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Cabinet News: Booster Shots for All and Extended Free Testing

In Cabinet news, with the start of the 2021 tourism season and increased tourist arrivals expected at the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport, the Ministry of Immigration has gotten approval [...]

Man 2 Man Forum Looks at Marriage and Men’s Roles

Topics that affect women are usually what make it to the fore of roundtable discussions, but today there was a shift in that focus to men. It falls in tandem [...]

16 Days of Activism Begins in Late November

Sixteen Days of Activism, an annual campaign to raise public awareness about women and gender-based violence, takes place later this month. It commences with a panel discussion on November twenty-sixth [...]

11 percent of those surveyed say it’s okay for a man to beat his partner

The Spotlight Initiative has released the results of a study of attitudes toward violence against women and girls, family violence, gender equity and discrimination. It was based on data collection [...]

MOU to Expand Economic Opportunities for Women

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed this afternoon, aimed at creating economic opportunities for Belizean woman. It is a joint venture, through the Ministries of Human Development and Agriculture, the [...]

Unions Want to Hear from PM on Salary Cuts

The ten percent pay cut also continues to be a contentious issue. Could there be another strike? PSU President Flowers says although the six month review is due, so far [...]

Minister Garcia Says Competing Interests for Land Rights Must be Balanced

During her appearance on this morning’s Open Your Eyes, Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs, Dolores Balderamos Garcia spoke to the apparent division between several Maya communities in the Toledo District [...]

Indigenous Affairs Minister Says Representation Requires Respectful Engagement

We also asked Minister Garcia about the Garifuna community and their claims to land under customary land rights. Here is what she had to say.   Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Minister [...]

4 Deputy and 9 Assistant Comptrollers at Customs

A wage bill higher than before. But can Flowers substantiate that claim? He says just take a look at the Customs and Excise Department which now has four deputy comptrollers [...]

New Legislation for Juvenile Justice System Coming

As we reported on Thursday, new legislation governing the juvenile justice system will be introduced at next week’s House Meeting by the Ministry of Human Development, Families and Indigenous Peoples’ [...]

More Proactive Approach to Juvenile Law

Balderamos Garcia explained that the law provides for a proactive rather than a reactive approach when dealing with children with vulnerabilities.   Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Minister of Human Development “We [...]

Maya Land Rights: Unbroken Chain of Legal Victories

This morning, a panel of four presenters, including Cristina Coc, spokesperson for the Maya Leaders Alliance, convened a lengthy discussion on recognizing the importance of Garifuna land rights. The issue [...]

Where Are We with the Implementation of UNCAC?

Speaking of anti-corruption reform, the minister was asked for an update in terms of final implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. Minister Usher says that the process is [...]

Recognizing Garifuna Land Rights: Virtual Panel This Week

The issue of land rights, as they pertain to the indigenous community, is once again at the forefront of public discourse. Recent developments in Seine Bight Village, as well as [...]

Panel Discussion to Look at the Importance of Indigenous Land Rights

The panel is made up of four speakers, including doctors Peitra Arana and Philip Castillo, as well as MLA spokesperson Cristina Coc and Marvin Blades. Coc has been at the [...]

A Maya Perspective on Garifuna Land Rights: Similarities and Struggles

News Five also spoke with Cristina Coc who is the spokesperson of the Maya Leaders Alliance and the Toledo Alcaldes Association.  The opportunity to speak on the issue of land [...]

PM on Shooting of Youths and Concrete Solutions

The issue of crime and violence continues to plague Belize. PM Briceno says his administration has a strategy to address the issue. He spoke about the plan and gave his [...]

Belize and Taiwan Initiate Women’s Small Business Program

Today, Belize’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Eamon Courtenay and the Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, David Kuan-Chou Chien signed a letter of intent for a project [...]

Unitedville Water Woes Continue: Chairman Shaw Explains Why No Wata No Dey

You may recall that about four weeks ago we spoke to two Unitedville residents who complained about the inconsistency of the potable water flow in their area. They told us [...]

Dr. Gayle: State of Emergencies Feel Good, But Ultimately Don’t Work

Social Anthropologist Doctor Herbert Gayle has done extensive research on the issue of crime and violence across the region.  Based on his research, Doctor Gayle has also made recommendations about [...]

Nelma Jones: Listen to Youth and Help Them Solve Gang Problems

In keeping with Doctor Gayle’s thoughts, Educator and Researcher Nelma Jones, who was also a guest on O.Y.E., stressed the importance of getting the perspective of these young men in [...]

Protecting Our Elderly Against Violence

The recent murders of two elderly men have raised serious concerns about violence against senior citizens.  While the National Council of Ageing has issued a release decrying the senseless acts [...]

2 Active Older Men Murdered in Less than 2 Weeks

Violence against older people is a global issue and today, a joint release from the Council of Ageing and the Ministry of Human Development condemned the neglect, abandonment and abuse [...]

Crimes Against Older People is Everyone’s Business

While the country continues to grapple with a rise in crime, these recent murders highlight that crime and violence impacts every person. Executive Director of the Council of Ageing, Ix-chel [...]

Caution: Excessive Noise from Motor Vehicles

If you are proud of the loud noise made by your truck, bus, car, motorcycle or moving equipment, or have even had work done to make it even louder in [...]