Government & Politics

The BNTU wants the Churches to pay up

Members of the Joint Union’s negotiation team, which comprises members of the Public Service Union
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BNTU President says teachers need their allowances

 And then there is the matter of allowances for teachers. BNTU National President, Senator Elena
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PSU President rails against GOB sluggishness to un-freeze increments

The Public Service Union have long complained that the increments, which were frozen by the
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PSU President ZERO public sector workers will contribute to planned

Union leaders also took on the issue of pensions. As you will know, pensions are
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The BNTU is yet to sign a CBA after 14

 The BNTU says that after 14 years of negotiating with two governments, they are still
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PSU President says GOB must get its act together or

Get it together, GOB! That’s the essence of the sentiments expressed by the leaders of
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The Joint Unions say GOB is not committed to good

Good Governance – that’s what the Joint Unions have been demanding from the government since
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The Joint Unions want GOB to forgo GST on essential

The Joint Unions are suggesting that the government remove the General Sales Tax (GST) on
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The Joint Unions demand GOB tackle price gouging

The unions also discussed the issue of price gouging and what they say is the
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Belize City Mayor Says He Has No Fear Towards Khan

Forty-two-year-old Majid Khan, a convicted terrorist who spent 16 years at Guantanamo Bay and had
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Deannie Requena Will Not Seek Re-election

We also asked Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner about Belize City Councilor Deannie Requena. She
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Cuban Miguel Diaz-Canel makes historic trip to Belize

Cuba’s president Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez is expected to make an official visit to Belize in
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CitCo Says Citizens Need to Pay Their Taxes

And, the Belize City Council’s revenue continues to grow, but there are still many residents
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Dilapidated House Poses Concern for Pickstock Street Residents

Our newsroom received a call from a concerned Pickstock resident about a house that is
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CitCo and BEL Light Up the City Streets

The Belize City Council continues to light up the streets by placing more lamp posts
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Former Punta Gorda Town Mayor Alejandro Vernon Passes

Former Punta Gorda Town Mayor Alejandro Vernon recently died and funeral arrangements are currently being
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John Saldivar is Ready to Hit the Ground Running in

This weekend, the United Democratic Party hosted its highly anticipated Belmopan convention. The three candidates
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UDP Convention Kicked Off In Belmopan Over the Weekend

A total of 1,914 eligible ballots were tallied at the end of yesterday’s convention in
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UDP Leader Congratulates Newly Elected Standard Bearer for Belmopan

In the weeks leading up to the convention,  the Party Leader, Moses “Shyne” Barrow, did
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Mayor Earl Trapp Says Conventions Can Lead to More Division

The Mayor of San Ignacio/ Santa Elena Town, Earl Trapp, also weighed in on this
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Area Rep, Oscar Mira, Says the Work Continues in Belmopan

With the United Democratic Party now having an elected standard bearer for the Belmopan constituency
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More Haitians Coming to Belize

Belize is continued to be challenged by the inflow of migrants from other parts of
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Maya Mopan now has a police precinct of its own

The residents of the Maya Mopan area in Belmopan City will now be better able
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PG Residents Fix Their Own Streets

Some Punta Gorda Town residents are taking matters into their hands by repairing certain sections
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Enforcing Liquor Licensing Regulations

The Chairman of Punta Gorda’s Liquor License Board is reminding license holders to adhere to
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National Association of Village Councils choose Silk Grass Chairman as

 The National Association of Village Councils has chosen a new board. The President is Delroy
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PM discusses increase in his transport allowance

Yesterday, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize criticised the Government for its decision to
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PM Briceño speaks on wisdom behind salary increases for judges

As of Wednesday, members of the judiciary have seen increases in their base salaries. A
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PM speaks on timeline for public officers to get their

The National Trade Union Congress President Luke Martinez called out Government yesterday for the sluggish
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UDP Leader speaks about closely watched Belmopan convention

 Belmopan is playing host to a hotly contested and closely watched UDP convention. It’s the
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Shyne is thinking of municipal elections, unity and hard work

The internal squabbles within the United Democratic Party are still happening but it appears that
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Shyne is not bothered by dissenting views on Khan resettlement

UDP Leader Moses “Shyne” Barrow yesterday wished Majid Khan “well” as he resettles here in
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Legal Aid Bill, 2023 tabled in the House of Representatives

 Yesterday, we reported that Cabinet greenlighted the tabling and introduction of the Legal Aid Bill,
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Tourism & Diaspora Relations discusses retirees making Belize their home

 Retirees from all over the world are welcome! That’s the open invitation from the Minister
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IDB Motions presented to the House; Leader of the Opposition

 Motions for loans from the Inter-American Development Bank were also tabled today. The first one,
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Major H. Gilbert Swaso appointment as Ombudsman tabled before the

Major Herman Gilbert Swaso demitted office as Ports Commissioner in December and he was tapped
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Immigration Minister discusses how to improve department morale

 The Ministry of Immigration has had its difficulties over the years. Yesterday, Minister Eamon Courtenay
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Why is there a delay in passports?

Why is there a delay in getting a passport? That’s what many Belizeans have been
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PM cusses in House; Speaker says the language was unparliamentary

In response to the Leader of the Opposition, Prime Minister John Briceño drops what by
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LIU Chairman William Dawson to be honoured posthumously

Chairman of the Leadership Intervention Unit, William Dawson is to be honoured posthumously by the
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Transport Minister discusses termination of Ritchie’s Bus road permits

February 13 is the absolute last day that Ritchie’s Bus Service will operate in and
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Minister Ferguson says his son can handle his own candle

Earlier this week, we reported on the dispute over land and logs in Pomona Village,
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Stann Creek West area rep. discusses Pomona logging dispute

The dispute involving Aldon Tasher and Carolyn Logan goes back to 2021 and it also
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NTUCB calls for evidence-based approach to minimum wage increase

The National Trade Union Congress of Belize has continued to call for an evidence-based approach
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What’s going on with the road in Sandhill? Area Rep.

Residents in the village of Sandhill, one of the largest communities in Belize Rural North,
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Majid Khan, levied terrorism-related charges in US, resettled in Belize

Pakistani national, Majid Khan, has been transferred from Guantanamo Bay to Belize. The US Government
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Khan resettlement in Belize: a quid pro quo with the

 In the court of public opinion, a request – or this agreement – with the
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Who supports Majid Khan as he resettles in Belize?

Now that the Government of Belize has agreed to resettle Majid Khan, the question everyone
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Khan will be free to work, start a business and

 The U.S. representatives throughout this morning’s press briefing about Majid Khan repeated that the 42-year-old
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LOO says “All the best to Mr. Khan”

The U.S. State Department also consulted the Leader of the Opposition, Moses “Shyne” Barrow on
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Fraud in Immigration Department- Fake PR Cards Found

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade, Eamon Courtenay, today confirmed to reporters that fraud
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Immigration Systems Need to be Digitized

The problem that the Immigration Department has with the current system is that it is
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Number of Haitians Entering Belize Increases

Another immigration topic that Minister Eamon Courtenay addressed is that related to the Haitian nationals.
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Still No Directors for Refugees and Nationality Departments

There has been no Director of Refugees and no Director of Nationality since last year.
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Cabinet hints at legislative agenda for Friday’s House Meeting

Prime Minister John Briceño and his Cabinet met for their regular Tuesday meeting this week.
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NTUCB Says Judges Salary Increase is Not Fair Play

Effective yesterday, February 1, 2023, there was an increase in the base salaries for members
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NTUCB Calls On Pm Briceño to Justify the Need for

The NTUCB also has an issue with the Prime Minister getting an increase in transport
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NTUCB Condemns Offensive Remarks Made by Minister Michael Espat Against

Over the weekend, residents of Punta Gorda Town, Toledo were in high spirits as they
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BPP Demands Apology from Minister Michael Espat

The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) is also condemning the verbiage used by Minister of State,
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GOB Changing Lives through Housing and Food Security and Blackberry

The Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing (MIDH) today unveiled Blackberry Ridge Estate in the
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Ritchie’s Bus to seek judicial review after Transport cancels their

Ritchie’s Bus Service, based in Stann Creek, is making plans to seek judicial review of
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MIDH To Commence Road Rehabilitation Project on the Philip Goldson

 The Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing (MIDH) has two road rehabilitation projects in the
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New Haulover Bridge to be Completed by End of the

The construction of the new Haulover Bridge that connects Belize City to Ladyville is well
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Over Two Hundred Starter Homes To be Completed by End

Part of the Briceño Administration’s Plan Belize manifesto is to deliver ten thousand homes to
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MIDH Gets Bigger Budget

Minister of Infrastructure Development and Housing, Julius Espat, says it was no easy feat, but
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SICA focusing on food security, climate change, and disaster risk

 Two critical challenges the Central American and Caribbean regions face are food security and climate
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Fin. Sec. concedes lack of human resources causes backlogs in

A lack of human resources causes backlogs in financial reporting… that’s according to Financial Secretary
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Minister Julius Espat Weighs in on JPAC Meeting

Minister Julius Espat sat in the first Joint Public Accounts Committee (JPAC) meeting yesterday. Today,
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Pomona Villagers Raise Concern of Land and Logging Issues

Tensions continue to rise in Stann Creek over land issues… this time in Pomona Village.
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Corozal Conservation Groups Raise Concern Over Mangrove Clearing

The Corozal Town Council in a press release yesterday announced that it passed a resolution
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Joint Public Accounts Committee holds first public meeting

The Joint Public Accounts Committee of the House of Representatives held its first public hearing
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GOB signs MOU to launch the seventh round of its

 The Government of Belize is hoping to craft data-driven policies aimed at improving the lives
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Ministry of Public Utilities announces the winner of its high

 The Ministry of Public Utilities and Energy has announced the winners of its short video
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Minister of Sport Back from World Anti-Doping Conference

Minister of Sports, Rodwell Ferguson, was in Jamaica last week attending this year’s World Anti-Doping
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Waterloo wants to settle with GOB over port project

The Waterloo Group wants to settle with the Government of Belize over the Port of
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Land tenure dispute erupts in Red Bank, Stann Creek

Problems are brewing in the village of Red Bank in Stann Creek. Love News has
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Minister Ferguson Says Red Bank Ruckus is a Political Ploy

Love News spoke with Stann Creek West Area Representative, Minister Rodwell Ferguson, to hear what
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Seine Bight Fire Victims Receive Help to Rebuild Home

And, in Seine Bight Village, eighteen people were left displaced after a major house fire
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Natural Resources Minister discusses dredging in Caye Caulker

 Residents of Caye Caulker sounded the alarm recently over reports that a water taxi company
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BDF at 45: BDF Day held over the weekend

The Belize Defence Force is marking 45 years of service to the country this month
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Paul Thompson to become CEO in the Ministry of Natural

Former PUP Senator and Albert standard bearer, Paul Thompson is the incoming Chief Executive Officer
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Challenges is Issuing Land Titles in Maya Communal Land Areas

And on the topic of land, we asked Area Representative for Toledo West Oscar Requena
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Minister of Rural Development Speaks on GOB’s Re-Delineation Exercise

Yesterday we told you about GOB’s Municipal Boundaries Re-Delineation Exercise that began in 2012. Well,
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High Expectations for New Labor Commissioner

We also asked Minister Requena for an update on the appointment of Rissela Dominguez-Patt as
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DPM Hyde on campaign finance reform: “We have to start

This week, we reported on efforts by the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry to
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Belize continues to support Taiwan’s participation at the WHO level

The Government of Belize and the Ministry of Health & Wellness have today issued a statement of support to Taiwan
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Ministry of Sustainable Development Wants to Tackle Climate Change Crisis

The Government of Belize is looking to fortify its efforts to combat the adverse effects
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GOB Looking to Become More Innovative in the Energy Sector

Minister Orlando Habet also signalled that Belize will need to become more self-sufficient in the
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U.S. Ambassador Michelle Kwan visits Peini

 U.S. Ambassador Michelle Kwan has been having quite a busy first few weeks in Belize.
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PG Hospital gets new ambulances from the U.S. Government

Punta Gorda Hospital has received two new ambulances, thanks to the Government of the United
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PM John Briceno to Receive Sovereign Debt Restructuring of the

Prime Minister John Briceno is currently in New York City where he met with the
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ComPol Says the Continue to Monitor Haitians Moving Through Belize

The Belize Police Department (BPD) continues to monitor the movement of undocumented Haitian nationals into
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Police Await Further Information from Investigation Surrounding Asian Nationals

 The Belize Police Department is investigating the group of Asian nationals who entered Belize with
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National Forensic Science Service of Belize Gets Two New Labs

The National Forensic Science Service of Belize (NFSS) inaugurated two laboratory spaces geared at improving
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UNDP supports GOB’s Digital Inclusion Grant Programme

The Government of Belize has received ICT equipment from the United Nations Development Program to
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Civil Registry Grant Project to end the frustration at Vital

No one is immune to the stress that’s associated with going to the Vital Statistics
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The Ministry of Education launches its third round of curriculum

The Ministry of Education set up shop in Belize City today to meet with teachers
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The Ministry of Local Government responds to the San Jose

The Ministry of Local Government has responded to the San Jose Succotz’s Village Council and
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What’s up with weed? New Growth Industries Minister says Belize

 Marijuana remains an illegal substance in Belize, despite the decision to decriminalise small quantities of
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