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Senate Approves S.O.E. Extension

The Senate today approved the motion to extend the State of Emergency by an additional sixty days. Unlike sittings before the COVID-19 pandemic, at today’s session only five senators participated [...]

AG Michael Peyrefitte Bashes P.U.P.

The Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte rebutted the lead senator across the aisle.  Peyrefitte questioned the People’s United Party’s position on the motion, stating that the P.U.P. in both the House [...]

Senator Elena Smith Says No Time for Politics

Weighing in on the debate was Senator Elena Smith on behalf of the social partners, which includes the business community, churches, the N.G.O. community and unions. Today, Smith was measured, [...]

Senators Debate Unemployment Relief Programme

The online portal for the Unemployment Relief Programme was closed on Friday, April twenty-fourth. More than eighty thousand applications for assistance were received, but less than half of that number [...]

P.U.P. on the Closure of Unemployment Relief Fund

Senator Michel Chebat decried in the senate the politicization of the food programmes to needy families during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. This afternoon, the P.U.P. said it was [...]

Corozal Severely Affected by COVID-19; Resident Line Up for Assistance at S.S.B. Office

Even as the Unemployment Relief Fund has closed to new applications, hundreds of affected Belizeans are still lining up hoping the get assistance. On Monday morning in Corozal Town, the [...]

Attorney General Comments on Latest Belize/Guatemala Dispute Developments

The Guatemalan Government was granted by the International Court of Justice, a six month extension to submit its memorial on its maritime and territorial claim to Belize. Guatemala cited the [...]

Two Injured in Dangriga Shooting

A shooting incident in Dangriga on Monday night has left two persons hospitalized with gunshot injuries.  Frederick Coote and Tamera Nunez were attacked inside a residence sometime around eight p.m., [...]

Senators Spar over Testing Kits

The number of active coronavirus infections has been reduced tonight to seven and the latest figures from the Ministry of health show that twenty-six are under investigation. It means that [...]

A New Testing Machine to be Procured

Though the number of active cases is now down to seven, there has been a persistent call for the Ministry of Health to begin using rapid testing kits in detecting [...]

When will Cattle Begin to be Traded with Mexico?

The trans-border trade of livestock between Belize and Guatemala remains at an indefinite standstill now that cabinet has decided to halt the informal trade that has been flourishing for decades. [...]

Agriculture Minister Speaks on C.E.O. Resignation

C.E.O. Alpuche gave the required three months notice on his resignation. The matter was also raised today during the Senate hearings by Senator Chebat. But on leaving the Senate, Alpuche’s [...]

The Impact of COVID-19 on Bowen & Bowen Ltd. and Companies

Globally, COVID-19 is having an impact on life as well on the business environment in significant ways. The Bowen and Bowen group has a workforce of over one thousand two [...]

BNN Writes to National Oversight Committee

In the Senate today, P.U.P. Senator Michel Chebat shared the contents of a letter written by the Senator for the Non-Governmental Organizations on behalf of the Belize Network of N.G.O.s.  [...]

N.G.O. Senator Objects to Use of BNN Letter

In the letter, the N.G.O. says that it was agreed that this decision as well as the suggested way forward would have been shared with and reviewed by the oversight [...]

An Unusual House Meeting on S.O.E.

The focus on the House meeting on Monday was related to the state of emergency which will continue for another two months. But the House heard that in the first [...]

Diplomatic Community Makes Donation to Belize Red Cross

A sum of twelve thousand dollars was handed over to the Belize Red Cross from the diplomatic community and the international organizations accredited to Belize. The diplomatic community here is [...]

Bowen & Bowen Making Almost Half-a-Mil Donation in Fight Against COVID-19

Bowen and Bowen Limited and Companies are making a half a million-dollar donation to the Ministry of Health to assist in the fight against COVID-19. Since March, when there was [...]

Delays Due to U.S. Restrictions, but Additional Medical Supplies to Arrive Starting Next Week

In a recent interview Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero, told News Five that there had been issues with the procuring of medical supplies, namely swabs and reagents to [...]

Finnegan Commends Teachers Amid Delayed Salaries

Educators across the country, those whose salaries are covered by government, will be paid on April twenty-ninth, along with all other public officers.  The unusually tardy payday is the result [...]

Supreme Court Rules Against LPG Importers, Notice of Appeal is Filed

Time is quickly running out for Gas Tomza Limited, Southern Choice Butane, Zeta Gas and Belize Western Energy Limited to continue in business. That is because the Supreme Court has [...]

The Monopoly of National Gas Company Violates LPG Importers

In her ruling last week, Justice Michelle Arana, was of the view that there exists issues to be resolved by the court in a pending constitutional claim. Attorneys for the [...]

AG Responds to LPG Importers

Responding to the LPG importers today was Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte. As mentioned, Gas Tomza Limited, Southern Choice Butane, Zeta Gas, and Belize Western Energy Limited have decided to appeal [...]

Attorney General Responds to the Alliance of Ministers and Leaders of Belize

The Alliance of Ministers and Leaders of Belize is petitioning the government to reconsider the position of the church as it relates to the State of Emergency. The clergy is [...]