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Steven Diaz is Charged for OW Baker’s Murder

Twenty-two-year-old Steven Diaz is tonight in police custody after handing in himself in the presence of an attorney.  On Tuesday, we reported that the Orange Walk resident was wanted in connection with the murder of nineteen-year-old Joshua Ku which occurred in the predawn hours of February eleventh.  Ku, a baker of Orange Walk Town, was […]

B.H.S. Principal Jamie Usher Let Go After 14 Years

On Wednesday evening, reports began circulating of the termination of Belize High School’s long-standing principal, Jamie Usher. This announcement was confirmed by the Belize Elementary and Belize High School Board which released a statement confirming her parting from the institution, reading, “we thank Mrs. Usher for her thirteen years of service as our High School […]

U.D.P. Chides Briceño Administration over Refusal to Release Cabinet Docs

The opposition is chiding the Briceño administration after Cabinet denied a request from the Senate Special Select Committee. In its request, the committee sought documents pertaining to the Portico Definitive Agreement that were tabled in Cabinet.  News Five is in possession of a copy of one response from Cabinet Secretary Stuart Leslie to the Senate […]

U.D.P. Chairman Tells Senate Committee to Stick With Terms of Reference

But, is the Chairman of the United Democratic Party being sanctimonious in his criticisms against the Briceño Administration? On Wednesday when the former Lands Commissioner, Wilbert Vallejos, was called before the Senate Special Select Committee, he was reluctant to answer any of the questions posed to him. Vallejos served under the U.D.P. administration as lands […]

Does Questionable 2020 Public Land Transactions Warrant Investigation?

Outside the considerations of the Senate Special Select Committee, Peyrefitte was asked if he believes that the seventeen questionable government land transactions that occurred only weeks before the 2020 general elections warrant an investigation. As we reported, some eight hundred and fifty acres of public land were sold and seventeen titles were issued for them, […]

If Re-Elected, U.D.P. Chair Vows to Release Cabinet Confidential Papers

U.D.P. Chairman Michael Peyrefitte, also told reporters that if the U.D.P. was in office they would honor the request of the Senate Special Select Committee for Cabinet confidential papers. In fact, Peyrefitte pledged that the next U.D.P. government will provide any Cabinet paper requested. Here is how he responded when reporters asked him about a […]

P.D.M. Leader says “Fawda” Henry Excommunicated from Political Movement

The leader of the People’s Democratic Movement, Estevan Perera, is defending his name and that of his newly established political organization, after his former city council candidate berated him publicly. Last night, we told you that Phillip “Fawda” Henry, a candidate for the movement, is no longer a member of the PDM. Henry told News […]

OSH Bill Amendments Approved by Cabinet

The issue of occupational safety and health has been a concern for many in the private and public sectors.  On several occasions, we have reported on persons being injured or losing their lives while on the job.  The National Trade Union Congress of Belize has long been clamoring for the passage of the OSH Bill.  […]

G.O.B. Launches Plan to Transform Belize’s Investment Climate

The Government of Belize is seeking to reform the way we do business and facilitate investments as a country. That is why, this morning G.O.B. launched its Belize Investment and Business Climate Action Plan. Three public institutions have been identified to lead the charge in this initiative. They are the Investment Policy and Compliance Unit, […]

Off the Beaten Path and into the Wild With Wild Tracks Belize

In tonight’s episode of Belize on Reel, we journeyed far north to Sarteneja where we visited Wild Tracks Belize.  It’s a conservation organization that was established a little over thirty-three years ago by husband and wife couple, Paul and Zoe Walker.  Together, they have worked tirelessly to rescue, protect and raise awareness about manatees and […]

Kim Simplis Barrow is New Cancer Society President

After many years serving as the head of the Belize Cancer Society, Laura Tucker-Longsworth stepped down from the role and has been succeeded by former Special-Envoy Kim Simplis-Barrow. The organization announced on Wednesday the newly-appointed members of the board. News Five’s Britney Gordon visited the Belize Cancer Society for more information.   Britney Gordon, Reporting […]

Will Costa Rica’s Screwworm Crisis Impact Belize?

Recently, the government of Costa Rica issued a state of emergency after two hundred and three cases of screwworm were detected among various animals such as cattle, horses, pigs, sheep and dogs.  Screwworms are a species of parasitic fly that is well known for the way in which its larvae eat the living tissue of […]

Belizean Cattle Turned away at Mexican Border

On the topic of cattle, last week, up to three truckloads of Belizean cattle were turned away at the Mexican border due to a change in cattle importation regulations. Reportedly, the cattle was stalled by an entire day after being sent back to Belize before being returned the following day. Reporter Britney Gordon has the […]

Qatar’s Generation Amazing Program Introduced to Belize

The Generation Amazing Foundation is establishing its grassroots football program in Belize. The foundation is described as a legacy movement from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. An official ceremony was held in Belmopan this morning to celebrate the introduction of the program in more than two dozen primary schools. Here is more from that […]

Cameron Hemsley Murdered in Ladyville

A man was shot dead early this morning in Ladyville. He has been identified as twenty-one-year-old Cameron Hemsley, a known street figure of the same community. Hemsley was released from the Belize Central Prison on February second, for a robbery that is still before the Magistrate’s Court. He was shot in the Kwam Street area […]

Attempted Murder Charges Withdrawn By Complaint

In 2023, twenty-eight-year-old Howard Reyes was charged for attempted murder, use of deadly means of harm, aggravated assault with a firearm and wounding, following a shooting incident in Saint Paul’s Bank. Today, the Burrell Boom car dealer is a free man after his last two charges were dropped by the virtual complainant, James Perry, who […]

Six Days in Belize Ends with Six Months in Prison

After a mere six days in Belize, a Honduran national has been charged with illegal entry and is at risk of serving six months in Prison. Allegations are that thirty-nine-year-old Loren Rosales entered Belize on February eighth, 2024 through the banks of the Mopan River in Benque Viejo Del Carmen and has since being staying […]

Senate Inquiry Resumes in Belmopan

The Senate Special Select Committee continues to investigate the Portico Definitive Agreement. Since its establishment, a total of four witnesses have been called to testify before the committee, including two who were called to answer questions today. The committee’s focus in this session was on government land transactions that occurred between October and November 2020, […]

Senate Committee Chair Persistent in Face of Unwilling Witness

Notwithstanding Wilbert Vallejos’s reluctance to answer most of the questions put to him by the Senate Special Select Committee, Chairperson Janelle Chanona continued to press him on certain records in the committee’s possession. One of the matters on the committee’s record pertains to the short time between the signings of the Portico Definitive Agreement and […]

Kim Simplis-Barrow is New President of Cancer Society

Former Special Envoy Kim Simplis-Barrow is the new president of the Belize Cancer Society, succeeding Laura Tucker-Longsworth who served in that capacity for many years.  The announcement was made earlier today, following an annual general meeting that saw the appointment of a new board of directors. Simplis-Barrow is joined by Vice President Sharon Young and […]

Jamie Usher Is Terminated as B.H.S. Principal

Jamie Usher has been the principal of Belize High School since it was established over a decade ago.  But tonight, she is no longer head of the private secondary school here in Belize City.  In a message earlier this evening, Usher confirmed her departure from B.H.S. stating,  “I am humbled to have been able to […]

Meet the Belmopan Municipal Candidates for the UDP and PUP

Tonight, we continue with our weekly coverage of the upcoming municipal elections. In this installment of Meet the Candidates, we take you to the City of Belmopan, the nation’s Capital. Both the People’s United Party and the United Democratic Party are fielding candidates for March sixth. So, who are these aspiring municipal leaders and why […]

Who Will Take Over the Reins in Belmopan on March 6th?

There are a number of issues that Belmopan residents are expecting their elected municipal leaders to address. The upkeep of streets and drains are among those concerns, as well as debris and garbage collection. There is also a high demand for more family-friendly activities in the nation’s capital. On a political level, both the People’s […]

“Fawda” Henry Withdraws from P.D.M.

He’s been campaigning daily for himself and his fellow candidates with the People’s Democratic Movement, under the leadership of Esteven Perera Senior. But now, there’s been a fall-out between them and Henry says he is no longer a part of the P.D.M. team. It has to do with money issues and Henry told us that […]

Belize Joins Partnership for Atlantic Cooperation

United States Ambassador Jessica Lapenn concluded a whirlwind visit to Belize earlier today where she met with senior members of the Briceño administration, as well as several civil society organizations.  The trip was occasioned by Belize’s recent inclusion to the Partnership for Atlantic Cooperation, an initiative established by the U.S. government in September of last […]