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Sixty-day State of Emergency Goes Before the House

There was a special sitting of the House of Representatives this morning in Belmopan where only the bare minimum necessary to have a quorum was allowed to participate in the [...]

Cordel Says Thirty Days Would Have Been Better

Lake Independence Area Rep., Cordel Hyde was in favour of a thirty-day extension. In speaking on the motion to extend the existing state of emergency for an additional sixty days, [...]

Will Teachers and Public Officers’ Salaries Be Cut?

The economic picture for Belize remains grim and dismal, due to the new coronavirus crisis.  Government’s revenue is falling by almost half a billion dollars as a result of the [...]

To Extend or Not to Extend S.O.E. for Sixty Days

Opposition Leader John Briceño also sits on the National Oversight Committee as co-chair.  While he has been abreast of government’s need to reopen the economy as quickly as possible, the [...]

What’s the Fate of the Super Bond?

The Super Bond, as well as other external debts owed to international creditors, is also an area of concern for government given the financial crunch it has found itself in [...]

Ten Million Used for Food Assistance

The online portal of the Unemployed Relief Fund closed on Friday; as many as eighty-one thousand persons applied for benefits, having lost their jobs due to COVID-19 or were jobless [...]

Marked for Death, Julian Ebanks is Murdered in Bainsville, Hattieville

Julian Ebanks was shot and killed this morning in the Bainsville area of Hattieville Village. Ebanks was released from prison merely two weeks and had complained that his life was [...]

Another COVID-19 Patient Recovers; Only Ten Active Cases Remain

There is a gradual re-opening of business since according to the information from the Ministry of Health, there is containment of the corona virus and only ten cases are active. [...]

What’s Going On with Those Test Kits?

Close to a thousand persons have been tested for COVID-19, but the Ministry of Health is running out of supplies needed to carry out those tests. In fact, there are [...]

COVID-19 Here to Stay; What Happens When Flu Season Comes Around?

DHS Doctor Marvin Manzanero, during this morning COVID-19 update on Open Your Eyes, said that this is only the first outbreak in Belize, which the government was able to control. [...]

Westline Layoffs Personnel Due to COVID-19

COVID-19 has the Belize economy in a chokehold and while the government struggles to breathe, a long list of businesses countrywide are forced to shut down and lay off employees. [...]

PM Barrow Refutes Claims of Politicization of COVID Relief

There has been constant criticism from the People’s United Party that relief aid being provided by the Barrow administration is being done through political constituencies, as opposed to organizations such [...]

NEMO is Under-Utilized in Providing Humanitarian Relief

Cayo South Area Representative Julius Espat also raised the issue of the Red Cross and the Belize Defense Force as part of the COVID distribution network.  He, too, had strong [...]

PM Weighs in on Livestock Drama

The trade of livestock between Belize and Guatemala has been described as informal, but today Prime Minister Barrow flatly referred to the under-the-table industry as illegal and a business that, [...]

Is the P.U.P. in or Out of Bipartisan Effort to Fight COVID-19?

During his wrap up, PM Barrow went in on co-chair John Briceño and the People’s United Party, following a televised message aired by the Opposition Leader on Holy Saturday.  While [...]

Media Barred from Entering House at Start of Special Sitting

While the debate was inside the house, outside a very worrisome situation developed this morning.  On Friday, a plan was worked out among the media to pool resources so that [...]

Forest Department and Partners Battle Wildfires

Bush fires have been popping up all over the country in recent days as the dry weather prevails. A few days ago, laws were put in place to fine persons [...]

59 Persons Arrested for S.O.E. Violations

Fifty-nine persons countrywide were arrested and charged over the weekend for breaking the State of Emergency regulations. According to Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, forty-five persons were arrested for being [...]

Five Men Charged $6000 for Illegal Activities within a Wildlife Sanctuary

In addition to the arrests made at the river banks and elsewhere during the state of emergency, five persons were also arrested, charged and fined for violations of the National [...]

Councilor Haresh Vaswani Charged for S.O.E. Violations

Orange Walk Town Councilor Haresh Vaswani and three other persons were arrested on Saturday for violating the State of Emergency regulations. According to Vaswani, he had just finished packaging food [...]

Nigel Espat Recovers from COVID-19

He was COVID-19 patient number six and on Sunday, Cayo resident Nigel Espat became the sixth person to recover from the virus. Espat was able to breathe a sigh of [...]

M.O.E. Cuts Back Schools’ Subventions for April

The Ministry of Education says that the nearly non-existent revenue flow has forced it to make a difficult decision. The Ministry has decided, after a meeting with managing authorities that [...]