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P.P.E.s Donated to Belize

A little over half a million Belize dollars worth of Personal Protective Equipment was donated to Belize by the governments of the United Kingdom, Canada and PAHO/WHO for the country’s [...]

C.W.U. Continues Protest Against P.B.L.

The staff at the Port of Belize Limited today continued their demonstration against their employer. The management at the Port has decided to cut staff salaries by ten percent due [...]

Introducing BOOST 2.0

According to Prime Minister Dean Barrow the existing Boost Programme will be augmented to include persons who are now unemployed long term due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. [...]

Barrow to Briceño: “Se Acabo!”

The first phase of the Unemployment Relief Programme, as well as the pantry assistance programme, is being audited by the Auditor General and her team. Leader of the Opposition, John [...]

P.S.B. Investigates Balam Street Incident

The Belize Police Department’s Professional Standards Branch says there is an internal investigation into a police officer following an incident on Balam Street this past weekend in Belize City. Cops [...]

No Risk for Cops Who Had Contact with Patient 24.

There is an update about COVID-19 case number twenty-four in southern Belize. He’s one of the fishermen detained back in June for illegally fishing off the coast of Placencia within [...]

Belize and US Sign Agreement for Stronger Customs Control

The Belize Customs and Excise Department and the US Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection signed a memorandum of cooperation on Thursday. The agreement seeks to provide for [...]

“It Ain’t Over ‘til the Fat Lady Sings;” PM Weighs in on Scotiabank Buyout

The purchase of Scotiabank Belize by Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited, the parent company of the Belize Bank, awaits regulatory approval from the Central Bank of Belize. The initial announcement was [...]

Concerns are Raised Over Pending Scotiabank Purchase

The Central Bank is an autonomous body assigned to regulate the financial sector.  A majority of its board, however, is made up of members who are appointed by the Minister [...]

PM Barrow Blames P.U.P. for B.I.S.L. Contract

Last Friday, PM Barrow preempted the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice by publicly stating that government won’t and can’t pay any damages awarded to Belize International Services Limited [...]

What’s the Road Ahead for Settling B.I.S.L. Damages?

The road ahead for B.I.S.L. to collect on the damages is uncertain as it will entail another round of litigation once a quantum is settled at the Supreme Court.  According [...]

$250M Still Outstanding to Michael Ashcroft

The government owes Lord Michael Ashcroft and his various companies as much as two hundred and fifty million dollars, including the mounting debt from Universal Health Services, as well as [...]

Sticking to His Guns, No-decision

The prime minister’s no-decision view on an oral judgment handed down by former Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin has raised several eyebrows, particularly those in legal circles who argue that the [...]

Belizeans Facilitating Border Jumpers

Border jumpers remain a constant challenge for law enforcers patrolling the porous borders. These border jumpers put the health of Belizeans at risk and, according to Director of Health Services [...]

U.B.F.S.U. Fires Off Letter to Board of Trustees

The national university is facing deep financial woes and things are in a state of flux. Today, President Clement Sankat of the University of Belize met with the university’s Board [...]

No Union Rep on UB Board of Trustees?

News Five is also in receipt of a letter dated July first from the Ministry of Education to President Sankat which is causing consternation to the Union. The letter speaks [...]

Lord Michael Ashcroft Reacts to C.C.J. Decision

The C.C.J. on Tuesday delivered a severe decision against the government using language like abuse of power, high-handed, and inconsistent with good governance. . The judgment handed down is in [...]

Will Ashcroft Ever Collect on Monies Owed by G.O.B.?

The likelihood of Lord Ashcroft being able to collect on hundreds of millions of dollars owed to him under the Barrow administration, is likely at zero to none as the [...]

Government on the Hook for Another $250M to Ashcroft

After signing an agreement in Miami, the PM agreed to pay five hundred million dollars for the acquisition and nationalization of B.T.L.  Government is once again indebted to Lord Michael [...]

Government Amends Laws, but Judiciary Needs to be Strengthened

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Dean Barrow, the government has amended laws on several occasions to suit its position on legal matters and introduced retroactive amendments.  This was first [...]

Government’s Actions, Do They Bode Well for Investor Confidence?

In a lengthy written decision accompanying the C.C.J.’s ruling on Tuesday, there are several points in which the bench rebukes the Government for its actions pertaining to B.I.S.L.  Justice Peter [...]

Attorney General Says Former Chief Justice Made No Decision

Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte was also asked whether an oral ruling handed down by former Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin is a non-decision as stated by the Prime Minister recently.  Peyrefitte [...]

Belize CitCo Will Not Pay Chon Saan Bill Incurred by Previous Council

The Belize City Council is not going to pay the eighteen thousand dollars that Lee Mark Chang, owner of Chon Saan Palace is attempting to collect. Chang who is the [...]

4 Loan Motions Passed by Senate, including a C.D.B. Loan to Service Debt

The Senate met today in Belmopan on four loan motions that were tabled in the House last Friday and were passed after heated debate. Government is borrowing a total of [...]

Private Sector Senator Says G.O.B. Has No Plan for Economic Recovery

According to Private Sector Senator Mark Lizarraga, the government has no solid plan for economic recovery and the right thing to do is to call elections now to give way [...]