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Official Comment from NEAC Chair on Proposed Port of Belize Expansion  

A decision by the National Environmental Appraisal Committee, NEAC, was rendered last week in respect of the proposed Port of Belize Expansion Project. In the wake of that decision which [...]

NEAC’s Vote was Not Unanimous; What’s Next for Project?

Initial reports indicated that members of NEAC voted unanimously against the project. But today, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry issued a statement clarifying its stance regarding the recent [...]

Christina Coc Accuses G.O.B. Unilaterally Implementing FPIC

The Caribbean Court of Justice chastised the Government of Belize, following reports that G.O.B. has moved to implement a draft Free, Prior and Informed Consent Protocol without first consulting the [...]

Loopholes in FPIC Protocol Puts Indigenous Communities at a Disadvantage, Says T.A.A.

The Toledo Alcalde Association and the Maya Leaders Alliance has raised a number of issues with the proposed draft of the FPIC protocol according to Coc. One such matter arises [...]

Traditional Governance Institutions of Maya People Being Undermined?

We also asked Coc about reports that U.S. Capital Energy is in discussions with Maya communities on the return of oil exploration in southern Belize. News Five understands that U.S. [...]

“Many Quibbles over Meaningless Details”, Says Government Attorney on FPIC Protocol

Late this evening, we spoke with Senior Counsel Andrew Marshalleck, government’s lead attorney in their effort to implement the Maya Customary Land Rights in Belize. According to Marshalleck, Christina Coc [...]

Property Value of Maya Land Claims Equivalent to Two Hundred Billion Dollars

Senior Counsel Marshalleck says that in order for Belizeans to appreciate the magnitude of the task the Government of Belize has undertaken to fully implement the Customary Maya Land Rights [...]

A New Integrity Commission is Sworn-in Under Briceño Administration

A new Integrity Commission has been sworn into office, several months after a motion was passed in the National Assembly for the appointment of its members.  On Wednesday, at Belize [...]

National Assembly and United Nations Belize Sign Declaration of Intent

A declaration of intent between the United Nations Country Team and the National Assembly of Belize was signed this morning at the Leigh Richardson Building in Belmopan. Birgit Gerstenberg, Resident [...]

Design Depot Employees Charged for Theft and Handling Stolen Goods

Twenty-seven-year-old Malcolm Morris Baptist, a warehouse keeper, and twenty-three-year-old Zachary Tun, a maintenance worker of Santa Clara Village, Corozal District, appeared unrepresented in the magistrate’s court earlier today where they [...]

Couple Busted with Firearm Remanded to Jail  

A man and his common-law-wife were today remanded to the Belize Central Prison on gun-related charges. Twenty-four-year-old Charles August and thirty-year-old Eloise Baldarez of Antelope Street, Belize City, pleaded not [...]

Taiwan & Belize Sign Off on Another Urban Resilience Project

An official ceremony to mark the closing for phase one of the Belize Urban Resilience and Disaster Prevention Project was held in Belmopan today. It was carried out through partnership [...]

Dr. Kenrick Williams is Taiwan’s Distinguished Alumni Awardee

The Taiwanese Embassy has awarded its Distinguished Alumni Award to C.E.O. in the Ministry in the Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, Doctor Kenrick Williams. Williams was nominated [...]

Knowledge Exchange Program for Agriculture Industry

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the PROCASUR Corporation from Chile, hosted a five-day business capacity and [...]

All Officers Conference to Refocus on Crime-Fighting Strategy

Today, the Belize Police Department held its officer’s conference at the National Police Training Academy in Belmopan. It is held to chart the way forward for the department and the [...]

Single Mother, Businesswoman, Furniture Maker, Boss All in One!

We all know what wooden pallets are – those wooden planks nailed together that resemble rafts and are used as structural foundations for goods that are shipped from one location [...]

Happy 62nd Birthday Andy Palacio!!

Legendary Belizean artist Andy Palacio would have celebrated his sixty-second birthday tomorrow, December second.  The UNESCO Artist for Peace passed away fourteen years ago, but his legacy in Garifuna music [...]