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The 2020 Budget Debate That Wasn’t, Thanks to COVID-19

In Belmopan this morning, the Leader of the Opposition John Briceño responded to the budget for the new financial year.  There was no debate since the threat of COVID-19 is [...]

Johnny B Explains His Solo Performance in Parliament

Following today’s sitting of the House of Representatives, opposition leader John Briceño explained why other elected members of his party collectively abstained from debating the budget.  Not for the glaring [...]

Setting the Record Straight on Guatemalan Transit

Earlier today, word spread like wildfire that Guatemalan nationals were traversing Belize from the Philip Goldson International Airport to the western border and that their transit through the country was [...]

Sedi on Closing Down the P.G.I.A.

According to Elrington, a statutory instrument would have to be instituted in order to effect a travel ban for passengers entering the country via the P.G.I.A.   In that case, he [...]

Immigration Dept. Cracks Down on Illegal Border Crossings Due to COVID-19

As you may know by now, Nicaragua and El Salvador recorded their first cases of the novel coronavirus late Wednesday evening.  As it stands now, Belize is the only country [...]

An Update on Border Closures as a Result of COVID-19

Estrada also spoke on the official and legal border points. She notes that only two ports of entry remain open for Belize, those are the Philip Goldson International Airport and [...]

Airlines are Suspending Flights to Belize

On the issue of visitors and entry points, Director of Health Services Doctor Marvin Manzanero says that traffic through the P.G.I.A. is already significantly reduced and expected to dwindle further. [...]

Half of B.T.B. Staff to be Terminated; Lands Department Closing Offices

Aside from cancelations of events and activities, a number of government departments have been downsizing. News Five has confirmed that this afternoon the Director of the Belize Tourism Board met [...]

COVID-19 Disrupts Church Service

Churches across the globe are having to suspend services and alter practices during mass to avoid the spread of the corona virus.  Locally, this coming Sunday, masses have been called [...]

Anglican Bishop Speaks on Crime Situation

The recent spike in gun violence in the Old Capital claimed the lives of two innocent children in two separate incidents. Five-year-old Kia Herbert was fatally shot on Tuesday as [...]

Minister Faber Speaks on Spate of Crimes

Also speaking on the topic was Minister of Education, Youth, and Sport Patrick Faber. Kia Herbert was a constituent in the Collet Division which is, Faber’s constituency. The Minister says [...]

Secondary Legislation Drafted to Forward Court Proceedings in Wake of COVID-19 Threat

The courts are not immune to the corona virus threat. The Court of Appeal was the first to make a change in the judiciary and has suspended its sitting. On [...]

Bail Applications to be Heard Via Video Link

It has been established that the arraignment of persons for criminal acts continues as normal, even as a secondary procedure will be instituted at the courts for civil and criminal [...]

Precautionary Measures at the Court; Trials with Jury Postponed

Social distancing is a major recommendation as a preventative measure to halt the spread of COVID-19. The judiciary is taking no risks and has since postponed trials with jury until [...]

Supreme Court Empowered to Make Decisions in Times of National Emergency

Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, via the passage of the Supreme Court of Judicature Amendment Bill, will now be empowered to make decisions on occasions when there are matters of public [...]

A Look at the Latest Reports into the B.D.F. Helicopter Accident

As we promised, the following story looks at the two reports of the B.D.F. helicopter accident that were released late Wednesday evening.  The reports are produced by the Civil Aviation [...]

New Bills Introduced in the House of Representatives

Several pieces of proposed legislation were introduced in parliament today, notwithstanding the primary focus of the sitting being an aborted budget debate.  Before we get to those bills, the Prime [...]

Ministry of Health to Increase Testing for COVID-19

At the top of the newscast, we told you about the measures that the Department of Immigration is taking to prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus via the Ministry of [...]

The Do’s and Don’t’s of Self-Isolation

During the sessions, health officials also spoke about the issue of self-isolation. Manzanero appealed to the persons who have been asked to go into self-isolation to take it seriously. Kathleen [...]

Who Are Most Affected by the Transmission of COVID-19?

During the live question and answer webcast, Director of Health Services was asked about vulnerable groups to the novel coronavirus. These are sections of the population that are more susceptible [...]

Caye Caulker Preparing for COVID-19

Even as Belize remains free of a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19, the entire country is bracing for the inevitability. There is already an economic downturn in the tourism sector, [...]

National Hand Washing Day; Clean Hands Save Lives

National Hand Washing Day was celebrated today; to mark the occasion hand washing stations were set up across the country where residents were exposed to proper techniques to keep your [...]

Healthy Living: COVID-19 Preparation

As the only country in Central America with no confirmed cases of COVID-19, Belize remains on high alert for suspected cases of the new virus. Tonight in Healthy Living, we [...]