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Budget Addresses National Stability; Belize Still Short of National Fiscal Targets

The long-awaited first and second reading of the General Revenue and Appropriation Bill dominated today’s proceedings at the House of Representatives. The budget for the 2018-2019 financial year is for [...]

Debt Nears 100% of GDP

In the last few weeks, Financial Secretary Joseph Waight, in a memo to C.E.O.’s of government ministries, suggested that national debt had reached one hundred percent of GDP. The official [...]

New Measures, Including Tax on Data Services, ‘Extremely Mild’

Outside the House, the Prime Minister referred to the proposed budget as being a case of ‘steady as she goes.’ But in the case of the new taxes, did he [...]

Opposition on Budget: ‘Lifeless, Bogus…No Glitter and No Substance’

If the Prime Minister sounded somewhat lukewarm concerning the new Budget, Leader of the Opposition John Briceño is downright cold. Offering his first impressions ahead of the debate in two [...]

The Final Price for B.T.L.

The Government of Belize’s acquisition of Belize Telemedia Limited was also a feature of the Budget speech. A figure of more than half a billion dollars was widely quoted, but [...]

P.M. Hopes Venezuela Gets It Together on Fuel

For those worried about imminent increases at the pump, the Prime Minister quickly said that lesser used fuel oils, including kerosene, are the products affected by the G.S.T. re-balance. But [...]

The Rape of a 4-Year-Old Girl Reported in the South

Another child has been sexually abused in a disturbing incident involving a four-year-old little girl in the south.  On Thursday, a fifty-two-year-old mother reported to police in Bella Vista, Toledo, [...]

O.W. Grandfather Charged for Assault of 7-Year-Old, Gets Out on Bail

In another case of sexual abuse, but in the north, a sixty-six-year-old man has been charged for the sexual assault of a seven year old girl, who she knew as [...]

Melchor Trucker Gets Crushed under 18-wheeler at Border

Guatemalan trucker Marcus Fernando Zabaleto lost his life at the western border earlier today when an eighteen-wheeler ran him over.  According to police, they were called out to the cargo [...]

P.U.P. Going the Right Way, Says Leader John Briceño after Elections

The People’s United Party has won three of nine municipalities during Wednesday’s elections, including Belize City which is considered the most valuable asset of the ruling United Democratic Party, and [...]

Briceño: We Have Not Given Up on San Pedro

As for the situation in San Pedro, Briceño says that contrary to what the prime minister said on Thursday, that the P.U.P. had signed off on the reconciliation sheet, as [...]

Eamon Courtenay Confirms Court Challenge

Following the interview with Briceño in Belmopan, the P.U.P.’s legal advisor, Eamon Courtenay, in an interview with Ambergris Today this afternoon, confirmed that the party will take court action on [...]

P.U.P. Makes Biggest Election Heist in Belize City

The taking back of the Old Capital by the Blue Tsunami is compared to a repossession of the most valuable timepiece in the prime minister’s prized collection.  He is still [...]

“Boots” is Really Happy for City Residents. No, really.

Port Loyola area representative Anthony “Boots” Martinez swears he has no hard feelings after Wednesday’s municipal elections victory for the People’s United Party in Belize City. He kept insisting to [...]

Port Loyola Rep Confirms He Will Not Seek Fifth Term, but When Will He Go?

As he alluded to, Martinez is headed to retirement as a four-time area representative and will not seek a fifth term. Whether he goes right away or serves out his [...]

New Bills Tackle Gangs and Protecting Witnesses of Crime

The Budget was not the only major news coming out of today’s meeting in Belmopan. Three amendments to substantive legislation and a new bill were introduced which had to do [...]

U.D.P. to Make Plans in Wake of Municipal Result

Going back to Wednesday’s election, Prime Minister Barrow has announced time and again that he is stepping down as party leader and head of government in advance of the 2020 [...]

Party Leader Admits Downfall Due to Lack of Presence in Key Constituencies

The People’s United Party previously held five seats and following Wednesday’s election, now claims a total of twenty-six, including eleven in Belize City.  The United Democratic Party’s shocking loss here [...]

First Day of La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge

Fifty-three teams paddled away at the start of the annual Belikin La Ruta Maya Canoe River Challenge in the Macal River in San Ignacio this morning. Over the next four [...]

Our Reef Rocks! Celebrate with Reef Week

Reef Week started back in 2013 as an initiative to celebrate Belize’s Barrier Reef through a week of events across Belize. Today, the conservation community launched the fifth staging of [...]