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Putting the 2021 Budget Together in Times of Austerity

The presentation of the 2021 budget by the Briceño administration is still a few weeks away, but putting together the financial plan, despite severe austerity, is well underway.  Earlier this [...]

Things Look Dread fi 2021!

The outlook for the upcoming financial year is not promising.  The Government of Belize has been operating in the red before the COVID-19 pandemic, which has only made matters worse [...]

Super Bond Payment Due in May, Hard Times Notwithstanding

The perpetual albatross that is the Super Bond also stands at roughly one point two billion Belize dollars, with an interest payment of twelve million dollars due in May.  In [...]

New Chairperson for PAC, How will Hearings Proceed?

The Public Accounts Committee will be expanded to include three social partner senators. The government will introduce a statutory instrument to reconstitute the membership in parliament on Friday. The Public [...]

Where Does the New PAC Pick Up From?

With a new constitution of the Public Accounts Committee, it is expected that the working group will hit the ground running.  But where does it begin and what is the [...]

The Cost of Critical Care for COVID-19 Patients

In our ongoing series on K.H.M.H.’s response to COVID-19, as Belize’s only national referral hospital, we have covered several areas, including the establishment of a COVID Unit. We have also [...]

Luis Martinez is N.T.U.C.B. President

Over the weekend, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize held its annual general meeting virtually under the theme “N.T.U.C.B.: Overcoming the Challenges, Living our Purpose, Realizing Meaningful Reforms.” A [...]

What’s the Status of the OSH Bill?

Another issue that Martinez hopes to tackle during his time as president of the N.T.U.C.B. is the Occupational Safety and Health Bill.  Martinez aims to revive the discussion and talks of the OSH [...]

P.S.U. Says One Year Time Period for Fire Sale Investigation Unacceptable

Last month, Prime Minister John Briceño signed an order convening a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the sale of government assets between October 2019 and November 2020.  The meeting will [...]

P.S.U. Members Suffered at the Hands of Public Service Commission Says 1st V.P.

The battle between the Public Service Commission and the Ministry of Public Service continues tonight.  The five commission members are refusing to step down – something that Prime Minister John [...]

Allegations of Bias Against Public Service Commission Surface

According to Flowers, allegations have surfaced that members of the present commission acted bias, which would then constitute misbehavior. Flowers says that the ministry may have evidence supporting these allegations [...]

The Story of Determined Entrepreneur, Marvin Gonzalez

Tonight, we feature a twenty-three-year-old entrepreneur from Orange Walk Town, who is pushing through to earn an income and support his family despite adversity.  For over a decade, Marvin Gonzalez [...]

Patrick Williams Tells Us Why He is a Perfect Councilor for Belize City

He is twenty years old and Patrick Williams is entering politics. He says that he closely monitored the campaign trail of the two major parties for weeks, but it was [...]

More Affordable Sheep and Goat Stocks Coming for Farmers!

Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise Abelardo Mai has been on a countrywide tour in the past weeks.  He has been visiting farmers and other producers in the agro-productive [...]

UNICEF Country Rep Meets with Foreign Minister

UNICEF Country Rep Alison Parker met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Eamon Courtenay on Wednesday where the UNICEF Rep shared the organization’s priorities and support activities in Belize with senior [...]

National Women’s Commission and Special Envoy Condemn Cyberbullying against Women

Today, a joint release was issued by the National Women’s Commission and the Office of the Special Envoy for the Development of Families and Children condemning all cyberbullying against women. [...]

Unity Presbyterian School Burglarized Again and Again

Teachers of Unity Presbyterian School in south side Belize City are tonight once again pleading for help as their classrooms have been burglarized for the second time this month.  It [...]

Fire Destroys Vehicle in the West

A vehicle was destroyed by fire on Wednesday afternoon shortly after midday on Joseph Andrews Drive near the Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio. Information to News Five is that [...]

Healthy Living: Belize’s Vaccine Access

Belize’s access to the coveted COVID-19 vaccine is progressing.  The first batch of vaccines should be available in about two months.  The Ministry of Health and Wellness established several committees [...]