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The Unions Descend on the Steps of the National Assembly

Day two of the national budget continued today inside the National Assembly. But it was outside where all the action happened.  The joint unions, galvanized by a common stance against [...]

Teachers to Strike on Monday

And so there you heard the unions say that they are not backing down from their industrial actions.  The B.N.T.U. has informed the Ministry of Education that teachers will go [...]

Hyde and Usher Ask Unions to Understand and Work with Government

Deputy Prime Minister and member for the Lake Independence division, Cordel Hyde says he views the public service wage cut as a necessary action, even in the face of discontent [...]

Hugo Patt Says the Budget Burdens Belizeans

Area Representative for Corozal North, Hugo Patt criticized the 2021/2022 budget as being a bill that creates additional burdens for the Belizean people.  He noted that while the U.D.P. administration [...]

Vega Condemns the Neglect of Corozal

Corozal Bay area rep Elvia Vega Samos, the newest member of parliament, spoke for only fifteen minutes.  Her brief comments were filled with disapproval of the U.D.P.’s Corozal North Area [...]

Minister Hyde Going after Land Taxes

The Department of Lands will be going after private landowners with exorbitant outstanding tax payments.  According to Minster of Natural Resources Cordel Hyde, approximately four hundred and sixty-four persons or [...]

Usher Reveals 50-year Tax Waiver for Nature Conservancy

While the Lands Department is beefing up its tax collection unit, area rep for Fort George, Henry Charles Usher is blaming the former administration for the current land tax deficit.  [...]

AG Comments on Fixing Salaries

On Tuesday, Public Service Minister Henry Charles Usher informed cabinet of his intent to fix the salaries of public officers.  According to a cabinet brief released on Thursday, the minister [...]

UN Convention Against Corruption Already Signed, Legislation Still to Come

The joint unions have been calling for the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, UNCAC.  As Attorney General Magali Marin Young explained today, UNCAC is not a piece [...]

Shortage of Legal Drafters Causing Delays

While the salaries of public servants will be fixed, the Office of the Attorney General is facing a shortage of legal drafters.  Currently, the office has only two, so outsourcing [...]

PM Refutes Asset Sales

Prime Minister John Briceño began wrapping up the budget debate a little after five p.m. today.  PM Briceño responded to accusations from Mesopotamia area rep Moses ‘Shyne’ Barrow who accused [...]

PM Blames U.D.P. for Unsustainable Wage Bill

And, finally from inside the National Assembly chambers, Prime Minister Briceño sought to set the record straight about why the public service wage bill has become unsustainable. PM Briceño referred [...]

3 COVID-19 Deaths Recorded in 2 Days

Tonight we can confirm that since Thursday, three COVID-related deaths have been recorded by the Ministry of Health and Wellness. This brings the death toll to three hundred and twenty-one. [...]

Murder in Punta Gorda; Kevonn Wade Shot Dead

The quiet of Punta Gorda was interrupted on Thursday night when shots rang out near the Uno Gas Station and the Courts superstore. In the aftermath at the property adjacent [...]

Hospital Workers Will Not Strike; Concerned about Subvention

One union that will not be taking part in any industrial action against the government is the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital’s Workers Union.  That’s because during discussions this week between [...]

K.H.M.H. Staff Sacrifices Date to 2015

Baird said that the K.H.M.H. employees have already given up quite a lot of their salaries and benefits. Some of these sacrifices date back to 2015.     Andrew Baird, Vice [...]

Hospital Union Wants Pension Review

The union leader told News Five that while the K.H.M.H. Workers’ Union has no qualms with the government at this time, one thing its members would like to have addressed [...]

K.H.M.H. Overtime Payments due May 15th

One of the considerations that came up during the meeting between the K.H.M.H. Workers’ Union and Prime Minister Briceño on Wednesday was a request for a 2015 M.O.U. which stipulated that [...]

B.M.D.A. Members against Salary Cuts for Public Officers

The Belize Medical and Dental Association has surveyed its members and found a majority are against a salary cut and increment freeze for public health care workers.   The B.M.D.A. represents [...]

Santander to Mill 50K Tonnes of Sugarcane for Northern Farmers

During this week’s cabinet meeting, the government authorized that fifty thousand tonnes of sugar cane from Orange Walk and Corozal sugarcane famers be delivered for milling by the Santander Sugar [...]

What’s Up with B.S.I.’s Mill?

Because B.S.I. cannot mill the estimated tonnes of sugarcane it had initially informed farmers it would do, this has left thousands of tonnes of sugarcane in the fields.  Osorio says [...]

Will Santander Offer Competitive Prices for Northern Sugarcane Farmers?

We also asked Osorio if this decision to take fifty thousand tonnes of sugar cane to be milled at Santander would affect the prices for the farmers. Here’s what he [...]

Twin Sisters Return to Jamaica on Athletic Scholarship

Well-known track and field athletes, Ashanti and Ashonti Carr, have received athletic scholarships. They return to Jamaica this Sunday where they will continue to acquire their degrees at the University [...]

Books for Dangriga Children, Courtesy of the U.S. Embassy

And finally tonight, a little good news for some children in Dangriga. They will benefit from a gift of reading material from the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan.  Today almost one [...]