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Amnesty to be Offered to Central American and CARICOM Migrants

The big news coming out of the Senate today was the announcement by the Ministry of Immigration that they are preparing to offer an amnesty program for Central American and [...]

Immigration Minister Repeats: South American Trip Was About Passports, Not Narcotics Trade

Last week, a trip to Bolivia and Peru by Immigration officers made headlines after the President of the Public Service Union reportedly asserted that travel was somehow made with nefarious [...]

Mai Says Sugar Amendment Bill “Corrects” What Associations Do Not Seem Able to Do

The Sugar Industry Amendment Bill seeks to give the Minister of Agriculture the authority to receive and deal with disputes and complaints brought to the Sugar Control Board. The Government [...]

Opposition Opposes Sugar Amendment; Withholds Support in the House of Reps

The Opposition says the Sugar Bill Amendment goes against the commitment by the Briceno Administration to minimize ministerial discretion. Opposition members in the House of Representative argued on Friday that [...]

PM Says Act Is to Ensure Timely Association Meetings

Prime Minister John Briceno also chimed in on the Amendment, insisting that the legislation does not give the Minister control over the association and the Sugar Control Board. According to [...]

Called “Pee Pee in Milk” and “Power Grab,” Sugar Amendment Bill to Stay in Deliberation, Not Passed by Senate

In the Senate today, the Sugar Industry Amendment Bill was most unpopular. One Senator referred to the Bill as the “worst piece of legislation” he has seen since being appointed [...]

A Glimpse at the Contractor General’s Latest Report

The Contractor General’s Report, for the period February 2020 through March 2021, has been published and made available to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as well as the [...]

Still No Corruption Perception Index for Belize

The Contractor General’s Report also touches briefly on the Corruption Perception Index and the fact that Belize does not have such an important indicator to refer to when assigning a [...]

How Much Was Spent to Get Rid of Former Central Bank Governor?

Kareem Michael has been named as the new Central Bank Governor. The post was left vacant by Gustavo Manuel Vasquez, who resigned back in August, after only nineteen weeks in [...]

Dr. Mendez to Head NHI, while Lesbia Guerra takes over as C.E.O. in MOHW

As we reported last week, Doctor Deysi Mendez is no longer the C.E.O. in the Ministry of Health and Wellness and her replacement is former Lands C.E.O., Doctor Lesbia Guerra. [...]

Who Will Replace Auditor General Bradley?

Today news five spoke with Minister of the Public Service Minister Henry Charles Usher about key posts that are becoming vacant with the retirement of senior public officers. Among those [...]

What Happens to the Investigation on Corruption at Lands?

Auditor General Bradley was the key person behind a number of audits, but one in particular for which she expressed frustration was an audit at the Ministry of Natural Resources, [...]

Who Will Replace Steven Ortega at B.D.F.?

Also leaving office is the Brigadier General Steven Ortega of the Belize Defense Force.  His replacement has not been chosen yet, but that too has a process.   Henry Charles [...]

G.O.B. Launches its National Digital Agenda

Today at the Biltmore Plaza in Belize City, the Government of Belize launched its national digital agenda as the country moves towards a digital Belize. It’s about building trust in [...]

Opposition Questions Emoluments for New Hiring at Ministries

The Briceno Administration went back to the House of Representative on Friday to seek approval for the allocation of forty five million dollars for additional expenditure by way of a [...]

Senator Smith: Appropriations are “Slap in the Face”

Also rising to oppose the latest Supplementary Appropriation Bill was Senator for the National Trade Union Congress of Belize, Elena Smith. Smith, a public figure who has been at the [...]

PM Breaks Down Supplementary Appropriations

At last Friday’s House Sitting in Belmopan, Prime Minister John Briceno rose to seek authorization for additional supplementary appropriations for the 2021-2022 fiscal year in several different areas that need [...]

Michael Lindo Perishes in RTA on Southern Highway

There has been a visible increase in the number of fatal road traffic accidents being reported in recent weeks, as motorists continue to lose their lives in deadly collisions along [...]

Home Affairs Minister Weighs in on JIOC Controversy

The hard line position recently taken by the head of the Belize Coast Guard to institute a firewall limiting information sharing with the Belize Police Department has been rescinded. It [...]

Welcome for Miss Earth 2021, PG’s Destiny Wagner

Over the weekend, a series of motorcades took place from Belize City to Orange Walk and down south in Punta Gorda, the hometown of Destiny Wagner and Miss Earth 2021 [...]

5 @ 30: “News Five Remembers” Anchor Ernesto Vasquez

This Friday marks the 30th anniversary of Channel Five’s very first news broadcast. So this week we will be bringing you a series of special features called “News Five Remembers.” [...]