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Opposition protest becomes chaotic riot at Tower Hill

A protest proceeded as planned in Orange Walk today.  But what started as a peaceful march against the “hot bed of corruption’’ at the Ministry of Lands escalated into a [...]

P.U.P., U.D.P. lock horns in Sugar City

But before the police would descend on the protestors, by nine this morning, thousands gathered along the San Lorenzo Road where the march kicked off.  Their call was for the [...]

Embattled Gapi Vega speaks, basks in supporters’ love

As we’ve mentioned, beleaguered Orange Walk North Area Representative Gaspar Vega was met by a group of supporters outside of his residence this morning.  While those numbers paled in comparison [...]

Ex-Lands Minister says he helped many get land too

Vega, during a brief interview with the media, also attempted to explain the situation at the Lands Department while he was in office and the many efforts he purportedly made [...]

Belmopan’s John Saldivar sides with Vega over constituent Amy Forte

Standing firmly in Vega’s corner is Belmopan Area Representative John Saldivar.  Saldivar has been an ally of Gapi Vega since his unsuccessful attempt at deputy leadership of the United Democratic [...]

The Bar turns down Franz Parke for Court of Appeal

A special session of the Bar Association of Belize met in Belize City at the Radisson Hotel on Tuesday night. Its purpose was to consider its position on the appointment [...]

Will law group’s opinion count?

There are reports to News Five that members of the social partners are likely to raise objections based on the position of the Bar. The Opposition Leader John Briceño is [...]

Bar president points to landmark C.C.J. decision on tenure

Banner referred us to the Bar’s case against the Government decided in their favor earlier this year in the Caribbean Court of Justice concerning tenure of judges and also setting [...]

Man dies from shooting in North San Pedro

A shooting overnight on the north end of Ambergris Caye turned murder today after police discovered the body of thirty-six-year-old Rudolph Eric Pitts. Just before nine p.m. on Tuesday, twenty-two-year-old [...]

‘No money no deh,’ P.M. tells Senate Committee

The Senate Special Select Committee resumed public hearings this afternoon and we will have details of the testimony of Director of Immigration Diana Locke shortly. But first, the Government of [...]

Three years later, Immigration Director says verification for visas still a problem

As many as one hundred visa applications appear weekly on the desk of the visa vetting committee established in the aftermath of the Won Hong Kim/Elvin Penner scandal. It was [...]

When will passport system be fixed or changed?

In February, News Five reported on a temporary backlog of passport processing in Belmopan due to issues with the antiquated system in place. At that time the Ministry, represented by [...]

No repeat of Won Hong Kim, Director says

The Senate Committee has heard many different explanations for how Won Hong Kim’s picture got into the Belize Passport Information System despite his never having been in Belize – that [...]

Police meet and greet on Jane Usher Boulevard

Police were out on their weekly meet and greet visits today with residents across the city. We went along with the cops on the south side in the Jane Usher [...]

Police aim to disarm criminals on Southside

When we spoke with Superintendent Arzu, we also asked him about the increasing number of weapons and drugs recently seized, retrieved primarily from empty or abandoned lots. Arzu says that [...]

Hurricane Irma flattens Barbuda; northern Caribbean and Florida next for Cat 5 storm

Hurricane Irma – one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic – is hammering Puerto Rico tonight after slamming a string of small northern Caribbean islands where at [...]

S.S.B. explains why increased contributions will lead to increased worker benefits

For the past several months, we have been telling you about the Social Security Board’s proposed changes in contributions. Consultations have been held around the country and it is yet [...]

Pay your contributions online!

There’s other news from the S.S.B.  The Social Security Board is slowly changing from its traditional way of receiving and making payments. An online contribution portal is being used for [...]

Carnival leaders promise revelry, not rivalry

Today, carnival band leaders, police and representatives from the National Celebrations Committee and the Belize Carnival Association converged at the Bliss Center for the Performing arts to sign a carnival [...]

Lilian Salazar is KTV the Remix Champion!

KTV, the Remix, closed with a bang on Tuesday night with the big announcement of who the people had chosen as this season’s KTV champ. It came down to four [...]