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Port Strike in 7th Day; Shipping Agents Shifting to Big Creek

The standstill at the Port of Belize Limited is now in its seventh day. Some ships have already turned back, causing importers to activate contingency plans.  Shipping agents are looking [...]

GOB Proposes Compromise for Port Impasse

In an attempt to loosen the logjam at Port of Belize Limited brought on by the striking stevedores, the Minister responsible for Logistics, Michel Chebat has reportedly been in conversation [...]

Impasse between Port and Stevedores: The View From Big Creek

And while the impasse continues between stevedores and the Port of Belize, shipments that were destined to be processed through that entry and exit point have been channeled through the [...]

PM to Domestic Violence Victims: “Your Partner Has No Right to Hit You”

Prime Minister John Briceño chimed in on the state of affairs within the United Democratic Party, referring to the domestic violence allegations against Patrick Faber as a pattern. As the [...]

Borders to Reopen Feb 1; Vaccination May Be Requirement

This week the neighboring state of Quintana Roo, Mexico went to level orange on its five scale COVID-19 alerts. Orange is second highest, just below red, with a number of [...]

PM Hopeful 10% Can Be Reinstated Soon

This morning, before today’s meeting, Prime Minister John Briceño praised the efforts his Administration has made in growing the local economy over the last year. But, what will those successes [...]

PM Outlines Economic Accomplishments

P.M. Briceño says Belize has a lot to be grateful for with the economy rebounding, the Blue Bond, and now the Millennium Challenge Corporation funds. He maintains there is more [...]

GOB to Seek Additional Funds For MOHW

The Government of Belize is preparing to table a reported sixteen million dollar supplementary budget in the House of Representatives for the Ministry of Health. It will not be the [...]

PM to Honduran Presidential Inauguration

Prime Minister John Briceño left the country today for Honduras to attend the inauguration of Xiomara Castro, the Central American nation’s first woman president. Briceño also spoke this morning about [...]

Islanders and Sea Salt Production/Seaweed Farming

In early December, we reported on an effort to encourage women and youth in entrepreneurship through a project called Enhancing the Economic Empowerment of Women in Latin America and the [...]

Booming Economic Activity on Caye Caulker as Tourism Rebounding

A visit to the island of Caye Caulker today was different than it was six months ago. Tourism activity on La Isla Cariñosa was palpable, with many tour boats out [...]

Caye Caulker Sees Drop in COVID Cases

Like the rest of the country, COVID is on the island of Caye Caulker. With the omicron and delta variants in country, the village also saw an increase in COVID [...]

Will Villanueva-Pott Run Again?

This is village council election year, so News Five asked the chairlady of Caye Caulker if she will re-contest.  After all, Seleny Villanueva-Pott is a two-term village council chairlady and [...]

Customs Departments Celebrates Digital Achievements on International Customs Day

It is one of the government’s key revenue departments and today, the Government of Belize commemorated International Customs Day. The ceremony this year was held in the banana belt in [...]

More Schools Reopening

Since the reopening of schools on January tenth, there have been reports of teachers and students having COVID-19 but none of them were engaged in hybrid learning, and there have [...]

Are We Any Closer to the End of the Pandemic?

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Doctor Marvin Manzanero was government’s chief medical advisor in his then capacity as Director of Health Services.  Notwithstanding the controversial changes in the [...]

Omicron is Elusive to Immunity

According to Doctor Manzanero, what is equally of concern is the shortened time span when people can become re-infected with COVID.  Omicron, he says, is capable of coming back.   [...]

“Extraneous Materials” Hampering Cane Processing

First it was a blockage by cane farmers that delayed the start of the sugar crop, now rocks, metals, and other debris are threatening to shut down operations at the [...]

BSI Addresses Ban on Everaldo Uk

In other news from the sugar cane belt, B.S.I. has placed a permanent ban on Everaldo Uk, the putative president of the Corozal Sugar Cane Producer Association. A letter to [...]

Department of Transport Introduces Speed Guns

The Department of Transport is introducing sixteen new speed guns, following a training session during which traffic wardens were taught how to use the device to determine the speeds at [...]

No Word on Pay Cut Yet; Second Meeting in February

The meeting between the Joint Union Negotiation Team, and its government counterparts concluded just before news time this evening. There will be a second meeting, scheduled for February sixteenth. Tonight, [...]

Still No Formal Resignation from Patrick Faber

On Monday, the U.D.P. Leader and Leader of the Opposition, Patrick Faber, made breaking news after making a public announcement that he will step down from the post effective January [...]

Finding a New Leader of the U.D.P. & Leader of the Opposition

So, with his official departure taking effect in the next five days, U.D.P. Chairman Michael Peyrefitte was asked if they will be looking for a party leader or a Leader [...]

Tracy Panton: “I’m Ready!”

Although Belize has never had a woman as leader of a major political party, the U.D.P’s former deputy leader, current Albert constituency Area Representative, Tracy Panton, has indicated that she [...]

Shyne Barrow for U.D.P. Leader

Just before midday today, former Leader of the Opposition and Mesopotamia area rep, Shyne Barrow, announced his bid for the leadership of the United Democratic Party on his Facebook page. [...]