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COVID-19 Disrupts Present Academic Calendar; All Schools Remain Closed

High Schools normally close in May followed by primary schools in June for the summer break. But COVID-19 has disrupted every facet of life. The Ministry of Education today announced [...]

No New Cases of COVID-19; 66 Cases Under Investigation

The last confirmed cases of COVID-19 were last week Monday and it is now seven days since the Ministry of Health has not reported a case relating either to community [...]

An Investigation is Launched into the Death of Fashion Designer Ulysease Roca

Ulysease Roca, a twenty-five-year-old fashion designer, was found dead inside his house in Willows Bank, Belize District on Sunday. Roca’s death is under investigation because of the circumstances. Roca was [...]

Ulysease Roca Suffered from Being Bullied

Ulysease Roca was a fashion designer who suffered from cyber-bullying for being a member of the LGBTI community and for being HIV positive. In a recent post on his social [...]

UNIBAM Exec. Dir. Says Police & Community Could Not Identify Mental Breakdown

The family claims that Roca was denied access to medical assistance due to his HIV status, saying that a post-mortem was initially refused because of that. Caleb Orosco, the Executive [...]

ComPol Williams: “Police Officers Should Not Record and Make Mockery of People”

Just recently, three cops coerced a man to have sex with a mentally challenged woman. That despicable act was recorded on cell phone by one of the rogue cops and [...]

A Gang Update from ComPol

Last Thursday evening one hundred and thirty-seven gang members were released from the Belize Central Prison. The men were sent to prison for one month following a series of killings [...]

Is the Release of Gang Figures during the COVID-19 S.O.E. Stretching Police Resources?

But while the released gang members appear to be keeping the peace, their release from prison has put an added pressure on the Belize Police Department during the State of [...]

Tape Boss Detained by Police Pending Investigation

Police have detained Belize City resident, Roderick Wade who uses the alias, Tape Boss. Not too long ago, the photographer was on social media claiming he had a raped a [...]

Can Government Meet Teachers Wage Bill?

A new budget for the 2020 fiscal calendar came into effect at the beginning of April, but with the fluid economic situation involving COVID-19, there are concerns as to whether [...]

Education Budget Remains Intact Says Patrick Faber

The fiscal allowance for education is the second largest area for recurrent expenditure for government, after the Ministry of Finance.  Given the dire state of the local economy amid the [...]

Ministry of Education Recommends CPD for Teachers on Vacation

Ending the school year with home-based learning is a historic first for the education sector when traditionally the months of May and June are reserved for examinations.  Whereas BJAT, P.S.E. [...]

Policing and the Pantry Programme During the S.O.E.

On Friday, police officers shut down pantry programmes across Belize City. It has been reported that cops were telling pantry recipients to go home and that didn’t go over well [...]

138 Curfew Breakers over the Weekend!

Over one hundred persons breached the curfew law over the weekend but it did not include minors.  On Friday evening, the new curfew regulations for persons sixteen-years-old and younger came [...]

Two Vessels Arrive from San Pedro Over the Weekend

On Saturday morning, dozens of passengers destined for other parts of the country arrived by sea at the San Pedro Belize Water Taxi Terminal.  Many of them had been trapped [...]

Oil Prices Plunge Below Zero

There was an unprecedented event today in the international markets that should have some bearing for Belize. The coronavirus pandemic caused oil demand to drop so rapidly that producers have [...]

Standards & Poor Lowers Belize’s Credit Ratings

In other news of a financial nature, Belize’s ratings on Standards and Poor, have taken a hit.  The agency has lowered the credit ratings from a “B” negative to a [...]

Chamber of Commerce Says Bullet Tree Chairman is Acting Illegally

Last week, we reported on the impasse between the chairman of the Bullet Tree Village and Livestock Producers who export informally to Guatemala. The Chairman, Sabino Pinelo, held a meeting [...]

An Update on the Unemployment Relief Programme

As you know, there are a number of food programmes for persons who have, in some way, been impacted by COVID-19. Some of these programmes have run into hurdles due [...]

ComPol Weighs In on Media House Facebook Post

Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that 7News didn’t break any laws with their Facebook post over the weekend. The media house posted that they received credible reports that a [...]

Lord Ashcroft Relief Fund Has Dispersed $3.75 Million So Far

Here is an update on the Lord Ashcroft Relief Fund of ten million dollars.  The most recent donation is for five hundred thousand dollars, which was made to the Belize [...]

186 Fires Recorded on Monday in Belize!

More than one hundred fires were recorded on a single day in Belize last week posing serious risks to human health and the wider environment.  Air quality measurement tools showed [...]