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People Who Bring Us Joy – Ozzy the Clown

It’s the season of joy and we went looking for the people that are front and center in the holiday season. Sure, you have Santa Claus at the top of the list with his provision of gifts, but Sabreena stumbled on a man who works all year round in spreading joy. In this week’s on […]

Rural Resilient Belize Gifts Water Tanks to Maya Green Growers Cooperative

Personnel from Rural Resilient Belize today gifted five hundred liter water tanks to the fifteen members of the Maya Green Growers Cooperative of San Antonio Village, Cayo. The water tanks, valued at two thousand one hundred dollars each, will be used during the dry season, according to the cooperative’s president, Gary Canto.   Gary Canto, […]

G.O.B. Signs Matching Grand Fund Agreements with Farmers Associations

The Concepcion Vegetable Farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited, the Northern Sustainable Agro-producers Cooperative Society Limited, as well as the Seven Miles Farmers’ Association have entered into Matching Grant Fund Agreements with the Ministry of Economic Development through the Resilient Rural Belize initiative.  The purpose of the Matching Grant Fund Agreement is to provide resources and technical […]

Defensive Driving Training for Traffic Officers

Since the beginning of the year, over sixty persons have lost their lives in almost three hundred road traffic accidents that have occurred. Today, a group of public officers from the Department of Transport, as well as the Belize City Traffic Department, was engaged in a defensive driving training at the Belize Institute of Management […]

Comprehensive Road Safety Project II to Access Resources

Access to resources for enforcement is an issue that C.E.O. Doctor Osmond Martinez says his ministry is tackling through the Road Safety Project Two. They have also been working in partnership with the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing to repair roadways.   Dr. Osmond Martinez, C.E.O., Ministry of Economic Development “Resources have been one […]

Vital Statistics and Police Records Unit Going Online Shortly

The country’s first National Digital Agenda was introduced in 2021 with a comprehensive plan to place Belize on the digital stage with the rest of the world. Since then, a host of government ministries and departments have stepped up to the plate to become digitized in order to make everyday processes that much easier and […]

Belize to Receive Assistance from United Nations’ ITU in Digitization Process

Representing Belize at the United Nations’ recent International Telecommunication Union conference was the Minister of Public Utilities, Michel Chebat. The event dealt with all aspects of telecommunication and digitization. But perhaps one of the greater moments for Belize came during the election of officers. As Minister Chebat told us today, there were some assurances for […]

Nine “Long Weekends” in 2023

The schedule of public and bank holidays for 2023 has been made official.  A release from the Ministry of Home Affairs and New Growth Industries earlier today indicates that as many as fourteen days on the upcoming calendar have been designated for festivities and recreation.  With the exception of Easter, there is a total of […]

Inaugural Elevate Training Expo Hosted by B.T.B.

Over two hundred tourism service providers are participating in the first annual Elevate Training Expo being hosted by the Belize Tourism Board in Belize City. The expo is providing tourism workers with over twenty different trainings hosted by lecturers from the Florida International University, and some of our very own experts. According to B.T.B., the […]

Still No Chairman for Public Services Commission

The Public Service Union has come out strongly against the Office of the Prime Minister for failing to appoint a new chairman, as well as members of the Public Services Commission.  In a statement issued by the labor organization, its offices have been flooded with phone calls from retired public officers who have exhausted their […]

BATSUB Installs New Bridge in Lord’s Bank Village

Today, in the village of Lord’s Bank, the British Army Training Support Unit, BATSUB, officially inaugurated a bridge in the community that provides access to the Belize River. The project which is valued at twelve thousand U.S. dollars saw a troop of engineers who recently arrived in the country demolish an unserviceable small bridge in […]

Riverine Training to Take Place behind Lord’s Bank Area

The bridge will provide access to an area for riverine and jungle exercises by both military forces.   Lt. Col. Jermaine Burns, Acting Chief of Staff, B.D.F. “We had come at the back here along with our British partners to look at a way that we could bridge the gap between riverine training all the […]

Is Moises Cal Being Replaced as Government’s Pick for PSC Chairman?

Is government reneging on the appointment of Moises Cal as chair of the Public Service Commission?  While it is yet to be made official, P.S.U. President Dean Flowers alluded to the likelihood of another individual being appointed to that seat.  It comes after strong objections from the Public Service Union which questioned the integrity of […]

Over 140 Young People Engaged in B.D.F. Summer Camp 2022

Today, the Belize Defence Force concluded its annual summer camp at Price Barracks. Over one hundred and forty young persons, ages seven to seventeen, were engaged in two weeks of camp. They learned more about techniques in different sports, cooking and baking and even the creative arts. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.   Duane Moody, […]

B.E.L. 24/7: an Online App to Make Your Life Easier

The Belize Electricity Limited has introduced a mobile application called B.E.L. 24/7 which is being made available to its customers to access essential services online.  Forget the long lines at its offices, or being placed on hold while on the telephone, B.E.L. 24/7 allows users to access their accounts on digital devices to monitor power […]

Government & Churches Issue Joint Statement on Writ of Referendum

A joint statement was released late this evening from the Government of Belize and the churches regarding the issue of the Writ of Referendum. This follows the churches’ request for the Governor-General to defer issuing the Writ until a date to be set. The joint statement mentions, in part, that the Government of Belize recognizes […]

National M.S.M.E. Policy Seeks to Advance Micro, Small and Medium Businesses

During its regular Tuesday meeting, the Cabinet discussed the National Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprise, or the M.S.M.E. Policy and Strategy for 2022-2025. The new policy and strategy were approved along with key recommendations and efforts to strengthen M.S.M.E.s in Belize. This national effort compliments the recent strategy to appeal for support for Belizean businesses […]

Land Clinic Goes to Price Barracks

Since 2021, the Ministry of Natural Resources has been going across the country setting up land clinics. For years, residents have been complaining about the delays in processes at the Lands Department in Belmopan and the mobile clinic has been established to address just that.  Day one of a land clinic was at the Price […]

Haulover Replacement Bridge Project Remains on Schedule, within Budget

Several months into the construction of a new crossing to replace the existing Haulover Bridge, work remains on schedule and the spending remains within budget. Today, Engineering Coordinator at the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Evondale Moody explained to News Five that the work should be finished within the twenty-four-month timeline.   Evondale Moody, Engineering Coordinator, […]

MIDH Meets Challenges with Repair Work on Philip Goldson Highway

Moody also brought us up to speed with the repair works being carried out further up near mile seven on the Philip Goldson Highway, where a portion of the highway was washed away some time ago. He informed that the ministry has faced some challenges with that project.   Evondale Moody, Engineering Coordinator, MIDH “We […]

MIDH to Public: Stop Stealing Our Signs!

As if the challenges with debris and construction were not enough, the human element is also compounding the problem for the ministry, not only at the mile seven rehabilitation area, but also at other ongoing infrastructure projects countrywide. Moody told us that people are stealing signs from areas where road works are happening. This could […]

A New Intake of Police Officers Has been Approved

On Tuesday, cabinet met to discuss several matters which include an increase in requests for permits to allow charter flights from Haiti to Belize.  The ministry has assessed these applications carefully and has determined that these are not genuine tourist flights.  In consultation with the Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation, permission to land […]

Scratch and Win Winner $25,000 Richer

The latest Scratch and Win winner is twenty-five thousand dollars richer. Anthony from Belmopan purchased his ticket on Wednesday night and decided not to scratch it until he reached his work desk on Thursday morning. It was there that he discovered that he won twenty-five thousand dollars on a two-dollar ticket. He spoke to News […]

Upcoming Projects by the Social Investment Fund

The inauguration in Crooked Tree is one of several projects in the pipeline for the Belize Social Investment Fund. SIF is the premiere implementing agency for the country of Belize, focusing on water systems, as well as health and education.  On the ground, there is a lot of work that needs to be done across […]

Lake Independence Family Receives Home from G.O.B.

An elderly couple from the Lake Independence constituency was the recipient of a one-bedroom, concrete bungalow courtesy of the Government of Belize. Area Representative Cordel Hyde says he promised Marco Chan and his family that he would provide them with a house as soon as the Peoples United Party returned to office. That promise was […]