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G.O.B. Shakes Down Statutory Boards for Budget Money

Belizeans are bracing for the 2017-2018 Budget, which is expected to be presented to the House of Representatives on March thirteenth, and to take effect April first.  The presentation to [...]

Did Former B.D.F. recruit’s Training Go Too Far? Army Investigates Leaked Videos

Two disturbing videos of recruits training for the B.D.F. have been obtained by News Five. The first, in its entirety, captures the rigorous and extreme training program, including tear gassing [...]

17-Year-Old Everal Augustine Struck Down in Shooting

There have been three shootings in two weeks in the Saint Martin De Porres area in Belize City; two of them were fatal. On Wednesday night, seventeen-year-old Everal Augustine left [...]

Why Were Mark Tench and Vernon Leslie Targeted in Visa Investigation?

Did the Immigration Department try to sweep the visa foils affair under the rug and turn on the man who instigated an investigation of the matter?  Immigration Officer Mark Tench [...]

Mark Tench Says He Should Not Have Been Surcharged for Visa Monies

Tench continued to enumerate his version of events at the Public Service Commission hearing for the Senators on Wednesday. He emphasized that the former C.E.O. had nothing to do with [...]

Vernon Leslie Admits Director Should Have Been Called in Sooner

In the afternoon, there was further discussion of the visa foil issue. As one of the senior men at the border during the incident, one would have expected that Vernon [...]

Supervisors’ Decision a Matter of “Administration”

As noted, a decision was taken, later endorsed by Cano, to basically pretend as if the visas had never gone missing. It involved receiving payment from legitimate travellers seeking a [...]

Guatemalan Ambassador to Belize Returns

Manuel Estuardo Roldan Barillas, Guatemala’s ambassador to Belize, has quietly returned to the country, eleven months after he was recalled for “consultations” with his bosses.  It is not clear under [...]

Cop Not Guilty, Colleague to be Tried Again for Fatal Shooting of Prisoner

A verdict has been handed down in the Southern Session of the Supreme Court in Dangriga in relation to a highly-publicized police-involved shooting three years ago. Eighteen year old Rasheed [...]

How Lax Was Access to Visas in West?

The Senate Special Select Committee has been actively poring through a single incident reported in the Auditor General’s Special Report on Immigration for weeks now. The more important issues of [...]

Printing of Passport Another Link in the Won Hong Kim Chain

Mark Tench also confirmed that he printed the passport for pickup to be delivered to Won Hong Kim in August of 2013 after being transferred from the Western Border office. [...]

African Immigrants Find Unique Way to Falsify Visas

Tench said to the Committee that there were ways to “game” the system if one was really in desperate need of a visa. He gave an example of his time [...]

Ahead of Forum, Internet Expert Issues Warning on Social Media Presence

The Public Utilities Commission has announced that Belize will be hosting its first National Cyber Security Symposium from April twenty-fourth to the twenty-seventh.  The primary activities  include  special  forums  for  [...]

Belize to Introduce Response Teams for Cyber-Emergencies

Wooding was speaking to News Five at the official launch of the Forum this afternoon.  It is expected to attract high-profile officials and experts, including heads of local, regional and [...]

Belmopan Goes for Municipal Bond

The Belmopan City Council is looking for investors for its six-point-five million dollar municipal bond. They are hoping to do some major works and upgrades in the Capital – but [...]

B.N.E. Cleaning Up Oil Leak at Mike Usher Site in Spanish Lookout

B.N.E. confirmed today that there was a leak at one of well sites in Spanish Lookout on Wednesday. Reports reaching our newsroom say that the leak happened at Mike Usher [...]

Remembering Leela in P.G.

In Punta Gorda this morning, cultural icon Leela Vernon was laid to rest with all the trappings of an official funeral.  Vernon passed away on February nineteenth. She had been [...]

Healthy Living Examines the Kidneys

World Kidney is celebrated on March ninth every year.  Across the globe, the campaigns focus on highlighting the importance of our kidneys as well as to draw attention to prevention [...]