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Party supporters face off but cooler heads prevail

As the election campaign of 2003 winds down to its final weekend, it is no surprise that tensions are running high. One indication of the adrenaline level occurred this morning [...]

Law restricting displays is largely ignored

Tonight we think it’s fair to say that most people, including political operatives, and to be sure the media, are suffering from acute election fatigue and are more than ready [...]

Last minute court challenges heard in Bz. City

While some laws are, by consensus, made to be broken, others are so scrupulously observed that you’d think the entire election depended on their enforcement…which is exactly what happened today [...]

Two detained in bust of big weed farms

A multimillion-dollar crop of marijuana will never make it to market as authorities on Thursday put some major weed growers out of business. The bust occurred in the Orange Walk [...]

CITCO finances research on crime

Five thousand dollars changed hands today, not a particularly dramatic amount in this free spending election season, but what made this morning’s donation different was that didn’t go for zinc, [...]

Social Security workers sign new contract

First it was teachers and public officers who signed their three-year labour pact with government. Now, in a similar vein, the Belize Social Security Board has formalized its collective bargaining [...]

50 mile run raises money for Stella Maris

On Sunday, while most of us are taking it easy, Michael Roberts, an ex-British soldier, will be running fifty miles for charity. Roberts’ aim is to raise two thousand dollars [...]

Youths will serve as election info officers

On March fifth, several thousand Belizeans have to work all day, and to be sure, most of the night. But exactly one hundred and one of that number–youths from all [...]

Barrow: constitution no bar to Williams candidacy

On yesterday’s newscast, U.D.P. candidate in the Albert Division, Marilyn Williams admitted that in the course of becoming a U.S. citizen she had sworn allegiance to the United States of [...]

U.D.P. Leader stands by accusations of scandal

And moving right along, there is the U.D.P. accusation of scandal aimed at Education Minister Cordel Hyde’s sister, Jacinta. Barrow and the U.D.P. maintain she headed a sham business enterprise, [...]

Hyde defends sister, blasts Barrow

This morning, flanked by men and women he says are employees of Green Patch Company, and armed with paperwork: receipts of equipment purchased and maintained, Minister of Education Cordel Hyde [...]

U.B. president defends hiring of Lindo

Of all the accusations of irregularities mentioned in Wednesday’s U.D.P. press conference, perhaps the most intriguing is that of nepotism at the University of Belize. Today, News 5 spoke to [...]

Liquor board chairman: no booze while polls open

For most Belizeans, the declaring of election day as a national holiday was good news. It means that once you’ve voted, instead of going to work you can kick back [...]

Guerrero: board will toughen fire inspections

While speaking to Reynaldo Guerrero about election day, we also asked him to comment on a story we ran earlier this week in the wake of the deadly club fires [...]

O.A.S. will set up monitoring office in Benque

That long promised international presence along the Belize-Guatemala border came a step closer to reality this week with the arrival of an official team from the Organization of American States. [...]

Elections can’t stop Children’s Week

As Election Day draws nearer and the momentum picks up, it is hoped that a special observance next week will not get lost in all the hoopla. March second to [...]

Ground broken for new psych unit at K.H.M.H.

Traditionally, mental health care in Belize has been an issue scarred by images of “crazy” people locked off from society, first at Sea View and more recently at Rock View. [...]

U.D.P. alleges corruption in lands, education

It did not exactly come as a surprise, but the U.D.P.’s long awaited latest charges of scandal finally arrived this afternoon in the now classic form of the press conference [...]

Williams has U.S. passport, denies implications

While today was supposed to belong to the U.D.P., it was the People’s United Party that may have received the afternoon’s best news. For over a week, P.U.P. operatives had [...]

2nd suspect arrested in 6 month old murder

Eight months after Mark Dougal was beaten and killed, the police have made another arrest in the murder. Authorities have detained thirty-two year old Russell Garoy of a Banak Street [...]

144 Dell computers for Stann Creek & Cayo schools

The project got off to a late start, but in the last few weeks before elections the Intelco computers in schools initiative is making up for lost time. On Tuesday [...]

Voting challenges postponed to Friday

The Elections and Boundaries Department reports that as of January 2003, there were one hundred and seventeen thousand, four hundred and fifteen persons who are eligible to vote on March [...]

Electoral races are hot and heavy in Cayo

Our coverage of divisional races has thus far focussed on hot contests in Belize City. But if history is any guide, some of most fiercely fought battles have taken place [...]

Govt. signs wage pact with employees

Promises before a Belizean election are as plentiful as corn in Spanish Lookout. That’s why public officers made sure that they got it on the dotted line prior to March [...]

U.S. Army in Stann Creek on humanitarian exercise

Residents of the Stann Creek District should be getting used to the sights and sounds of Black hawk helicopters, as the U.S. Army is gearing up for another humanitarian exercise. [...]