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PM Says Board Recommended Letting Vasquez Go

This morning, the press lay-waited Prime Minister John Briceño as he left a radio station to ask him about a range of burning issues; chief among them – the surprise [...]

PM Comments on Rural Development Smart Cell Phone Plans

Last week it made headlines that B.T.L. cellular accounts assigned to personnel within the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government were switched to Smart mobile accounts. [...]

PM says G.O.B. “propping up” B.T.L.

PM Briceño says the Government of Belize is still giving millions of dollars in business to B.T.L. and that the switch to Smart of some government phone plans should be [...]

Smart Responds to Controversy over Phone Plans for G.O.B.

Smart Belize has responded to reports about the government contracts. In a press release issued today, Smart says it is not aware of any directives given by G.O.B. to switch [...]

PM on Usher’s Comments and 2006 M.O.U.

Prime Minister John Briceño says Minister of State in the Ministry of Public Utilities and the Area Representative for Port Loyola, Gilroy Usher, called him to clarify certain statements he [...]

PM Says Port Not Efficient: P.B.L. Fires Back

PM Briceño also commented on B.S.I.’s move to the Big Creek Port.    Prime Minister John Briceño “Who I think we really need to hold responsible is the Port of [...]

Belize Receives Pfizer Vaccine from the U.S.

Today, the Government of Belize received a batch of one hundred and eleven thousand one hundred and fifty doses of Pfizer vaccine courtesy of the U.S. Government. It is part [...]

Pfizer Vaccine Opens Door to Teen Vaccination

Over the weekend, on the advice of the Ministry of Health and Wellness, a decision was taken by the Ministry of Education to push back the start date for in-person [...]

Pfizer for Children Only, for Now

The rollout of the Pfizer vaccine is set to begin on Monday, August twenty-third. But Minister Chebat says that until the other batches arrive in country, the one hundred and [...]

Faber Criticizes Ministry of Education on Distance Learning Approach

When the United Democratic Party lost at the polls in November 2020, the Ministry of Education, under the stewardship of former minister Patrick Faber, already had plans to introduce several [...]

COVID Positive Nurse Told to Remain on Job in San Ignacio

An anonymous tip to News Five this morning alleged that up to five nurses who had tested positive for COVID were being instructed by administration at the San Ignacio Community [...]

Cruise Passenger Dies After Returning to U.S. from Belize

The international media is reporting that a woman who got COVID during a cruise that stopped in Belize has died on her return to the U.S.  The seventy-seven-year-old retired school [...]

Public Health Inspector on Protocols for Infected Tourists

News Five also spoke with Principal Public Health Inspector at Ministry of Health, John Bodden, who explained the protocols being followed when a tourist requires hospitalization.   John Bodden, Principal Public [...]

Public Health Inspector: Mechanisms in Place to Prevent COVID Spread from Cruise Ships

Bodden is also Belize’s International Points of Entry Health Regulations officer. He said that in the case of an outbreak of a disease on a ship that docks in Belize, [...]

Hurricane Grace Heading to Yucatan Peninsula

We are well within the hurricane season and today, we have an update on Tropical Storm Grace, which has upgraded to a category one hurricane earlier today.  The projection is [...]

Belize to Experience Heavy Rains, Possible Flooding

Tropical storm winds are not expected, but the country will be impacted by rains, especially northern Belize starting tonight. There is also the possibility of flooding across the country. Chief [...]

Fire Destroys Home of Woman Charged for Death of Albert Broaster

There was a fire on Tuesday night on the corner of George Frazer Street and Iguana Saint Extension in Belize City. The home of Lisa Lauriano went up in a [...]

COVID Numbers Soar to 771; 3 New Deaths

Three new COVID-related deaths were recorded on Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths to three hundred and forty-seven. There were also ninety-eight positive samples identified so there are now [...]

COVID-19 Protocol/Curfew Remains Unchanged

With the increasing number COVID-19 cases, Minister Chebat was also asked if there will be any amendments to the quarantine regulations as set out in statutory instrument number seventy-four of [...]

Health Minister Has Not Been Served!

While we were with the Minister of Health and Wellness, we asked about the constitutional claim that has reportedly been filed by nine individuals in relation to statutory instrument seventy-four [...]

Human Rights Commission on Recent Cases of Police Abuse

The Human Rights Commission of Belize has spoken out on what it calls constant police abuse of power. While it says it acknowledges the efforts of the leadership of the [...]

Human Rights Commission Comments on Mandatory Vaccine Proposal

Pitts also weighed in on the matter of mandatory vaccination when a pandemic threatens human life en masse.  Pitts says the constitution gives the government authority to make such a [...]

“Our Circle” Responds to San Pedro Stabbing

The Board of Directors of the organization “Our Circle” has issued a statement after their managing director, Derricia Castillo Salazar, was charged with stabbing a woman in the face in [...]

Norwegian Gem Cruise Ship Adheres to All Safety Protocols

The first cruise ship docked at Harvest Caye today. The Norwegian Gem has over one thousand four hundred passengers and passed all necessary COVID and other safety guidelines.   John [...]

Rotary’s Adopt-a-Nurse Campaign Begins

Government’s vaccine rollout continues to see Belizeans across the country getting their COVID jabs.  The ongoing effort, as well as a recent increase in the number of infections, has seen [...]