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I was so disappointed to not be able to find chicken wings last weekend.
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The weather is changing, the high level clouds are sort of rotating clockwise around our area, taking the main cloud away to the west, into the Pacific, where I think it might form into a storm. There is already a so called TS FAY in the north Atlantic, off the Carolina coast, going north, and one in the Pacific TS CRISTINA going west, out into open seas. But the cloud and multiple ITCZ activity that is now moving into the Pacific, away from us, could start another storm. The easterly Caribbean winds are back again from the ESE direction. Heavy cloud over the Stann Creak district is causing rain, possibly some heavy rain in places.

Looks like today will be mainly sunny, but with a fair amount of cloud, could be some rain showers, particularly south central areas.

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Temperatures in Belmopan : ( Coast usually cooler, hills even cooler )
Last night min. 27°C 80°F Yesterday max. 34°C 93°F Yesterday Rain 0 mm ( 0")
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Specials and Events

Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.


The San Pedro Sun

Mayor Daniel Guerrero supports Honourable John Saldivar for UDP party leader
The Mayor of San Pedro Town, Daniel Guerrero, has shown his support to Belmopan Area Representative, Honourable John Saldivar for the leadership post of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP). On Sunday, July 12th, the UDP will host a second convention in Belize City to elect a party leader. The two aspirants for the post are Saldivar and Minister of Education, Honourable Patrick Faber.

Caye Caulker primary school students receive tuition assistance from Andre Perez, PUP Standard Bearer
With the staunch belief that education is essential for the future of communities and the country, on Wednesday, July 8th, the People’s United Party (PUP) Standard Bearer for Belize Rural South, Andre Perez was in Caye Caulker handing out tuition assistance to 56 primary school students. Among the recipients, ten top students with an average of 95% and above were granted full scholarships, while the remaining receive half of the total cost of their school’s fees.

National Elite Basketball League presents new Commissioner Christopher McGann
Christopher McGann was announced as the new commissioner of the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) on Wednesday, July 8th. McGann replaces former commissioner Karim Juan, who served for the past six years in guiding the league.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Friday, July 10th, Meal Pick ups: Location: Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill. Tiimes: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Three More Cases of Covid 19 Detected
Given the increasing number of samples that require processing, another set was tested today. That has allowed us to identify a further 3 cases, they are all minors and are members of a family who had been illegally across the border. The 3 new cases are in Orange Walk bringing their total to 7. We had one case recovered so we have a total of 11 active cases. While we acknowledge a general concern with the airport’s opening in August, we at health remain very much concerned with the ongoing illegals crossings at the Northern, Western and Southern entry points.

National Citizen Appreciation Day
The Caye Caulker Police Sub Formation is hosting National Citizen Appreciation Day on July 15th 2020, where they recognize outstanding citizens who have had a hand in developing the Caye Caulker Community.

Award of Complementary climate funding to the Government of Belize
The World, in grappling with the current COVID19 pandemic, has had a stark reminder of how disasters disproportionally affect the vulnerable. The disease is having a particularly dramatic impact on families and communities in developing countries that have fewer resources and weaker social safety nets. The COVID-19 economic downturn will differ from previous crises, as many of the sectors overexposed to the collapse in economic activity, such as tourism, absorb a sizeable share of female employment. The UNDP programme, "Enabling Gender-Responsive Disaster Recovery, Climate and Environmental Resilience in the Caribbean" (EnGenDER) has been working with implementing partners, stakeholders and donors over the last year to strengthen disaster risk management systems for 9 Caribbean countries and build resilience to the effects of climate change. This work is happening at a variety of levels, from improving central

Renewal of Effluent License
The Department of the Environment (DOE) hereby reminds companies producing effluent (wastewater) that the renewal of Licenses to Discharge Effluent is due each year on April 1. A valid License to Discharge Effluent is required to comply with the Environmental Protection (Effluent Limitations) Regulations, Chapter 328 of the Subsidiary Laws of Belize, as amended in 2009, especially as it relates to Section 14. These regulations establish that it is illegal to dispose of effluent without a license or written permission from the DOE. Companies that have not yet applied should complete an application for renewal of their license and submit it to the DOE, along with payment of the $500.00 fee for the period 2020/2021. Payments can be made at the nearest treasury or sub-treasury to Government Account Number 23328/11718/120/15. Proof of payment is to be forwarded to the DOE office along with the application.

Parvovirus on Ambergris Caye
For the past two weeks we have seen 18 cases of Parvovirus on island, all these cases have been pets with owners. On the bright side 12 of these cases have fully recovered. It is a very contagious virus, it affects dogs/puppies that are not fully vaccinated. We would like to stress that vaccinations are EXTREMELY IMPORTANT for your dog/puppy! Please be cautions, do not take your unvaccinated dog to the beach, around other dogs or for walks until he/she has received all their vaccinations.

Run For A Cause
This Saturday, July 11th, starting at the Central Park at 6:00 a.m. Sign up fee is $10.00 and all proceeds will go towards school supplies for students attending this school year. See you there!

Corozal Power Outage on Sunday
Power outage scheduled 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12 to affect entire Corozal District. This scheduled power outage is necessary for our teams to conduct maintenance and testing of equipment at Corozal substation and to install new power lines in the area.

Pictures from day 3 of Las Alboradas
Day #3 Las Alboradas a Nuestra Sra.del Monte Carmelo hosted by the Guerra,MartineZ& Leslie Family a yearly faithful & family tradition.

Midas Lobster Fest July 4th 2020
Midas Belize had a fun Full Moon Lobster party. In related news, they are having the next party on August 1st. Mistah Geeh and Supa G will be there.

Work is well underway on the Corozal/Sarteneja Road Project
The project is upgrading to (highway standard) the entire road from Corozal Town all the way to Sarteneja. It is financed by Taiwan and its execution overseen by a Taiwanese firm, Overseas engineering and Construction Company Limited S.A. Ground was broken in November, 2019. The contract is for the design and upgrading of 27 miles of road, including the construction of two bridges to replace old ferries at Pueblo Nuevo and Laguna Seca. Upon completion, the new road will provide a direct and all-weather link between Corozal Town on the Northern Highway and many of the communities to the east of the Progresso Lagoon-John Piles Creek–Laguna Seca Waterway System, including the village of Sarteneja.

Republic of Yucatan
In 1840 the country known as the Republic of Yucatan was form with what is today the states of Yucatan,Campeche,Quintana Roo and with portions of Belize . The centralist Mexicans didnot like what was happening so they send the Mexican army to Yucatan . The Mexican army arrived at the Pacabtún's farm in Mérida, where it learned that Yucatán had already prepared the defense of Mérida and had the reinforcement of eleven thousand Yucatec Maya indigenous soldiers(who were promised better treatment if they help fight against the Mexicans). The Mexican army back off .

BONIFACIO NOVELO
Bonifacio Novelo (19th century) was a Maya Máasewal fighter in the so-called Caste War . He was a Maya caudillo and tatich (in maya: cacique, great chief, in the east of the state of Yucatan, along with Cecilio Chi and Jacinto Pat. For some time before the war he was a merchant traveling the peninsula even reaching to what would become Belize . Bonifacio Novelo children which are known are Claudio Novelo ,Baluina Novelo and Canuto Novelo.

Art & Soul series: Egbert "Babes" Gill
This week's Art & Soul series features a well known Corozal singer, songwriter and musician. We are delighted to showcase Egbert "Babes" Gill who's love for music began at a very early age. The majority of his music is reggae. Babes was runner up at the 2019 National Song Competition with his song "This is Belize". To date he has recorded over 60 songs, produced three CD's and recently released on YouTube his dreamy reggae song "All My Desire". Check it out! - https://youtu.be/JLJwzFqRbAk

Channel 7

24, Including 4 Women, Locked Up For 30 Days Under SOE
Two days ago, we told you about the Southside state of emergency - which was launched at 3:00 on Tuesday morning in simultaneous raids all across the southside. Police detained 99 persons, and all of them faced the possibility of being locked up at the Hattieville Prison for a month. In the last State of Emergency, 130 alleged gangsters were held for 30 days.Well, this time, it's far less. Of the 99 detained, police sent up only 24 of them today - this includes four females. The Commissioner of Police explained why at a press conference today.

My Teenaged Son Sent To Jail - And No One Told Me!
For another mother, whose minor aged son was also sent up today, it's a nerve-racking nightmare. And while she too believes that her child's rights have been violated, she is also angry that the cops didn't tell her that they'd put her 17 year old son on lockdown until 36 hours after he was detained. Shermaine Martinez - Concerned Mother: "Nobody called me miss and that is my thing about this, that is what hurt me the most, nobody called me..."

COMPOL Says ACP Vidal Showing Encouraging Signs After Stroke
And, the man that mother might want to blame was the police department's "tip of the spear" on this pre dawn operation. That's the operation's commander Assistant Commissioner Marco Vidal. He led the operation at 3:00 in the morning but by 6:00 in the evening, he was hospitalised with a serious stroke and a brain bleed. The 50 year old Vidal was audibly slurred when he spoke at a press conference on Tuesday evening, and the Commissioner himself took the senior cop to the hospital immediately after. We got an update from COMPOL Williams today:

No Arrest For Weekend Double Murder In City
The pre dawn operation that Vidal led, and the entire state of emergency was prompted by two gang related murders over the weekend.But, for all the furore created by this new Southside SOE, and all those dozens of suspects detained, there have still been no arrests for the murders.Today, the Commissioner said they know who did it but cannot get witnesses to speak because of gang intimidation:

Protesting Professors In Belmopan
Tonight, there is tension at the University of Belize where the administration and the Faculty union are at extreme odds. The source of the discord is that the University has had its subvention cut substantially and must now find a solution to major budgetary shortfalls.It's a problem with no easy answers, but the faculty and staff insist that they must be heard, while the University President says they've already been given that opportunity and haven't said much of anything.

Cops Commended For Catching Bank Robbers
Last week Thursday, the biggest news was about the Scotiabank robbery, the daring heist pulled off by 5 robbers, and the immediate response by police who caught the thieves, with the stolen money and weapons, all within 500 feet of the bank.As has been widely reported, the cops also shot two of the robbers, killing one of them, Gasman Young.Today, the cops who showed uncommon bravery and competence were rewarded at a special at the Raccoon Street Station and 7news was there:

COMPOL to Cops: Shoot Before You're Shot
And, if you still have any doubts about the police rules of engagement when it comes to using deadly force, the Commissioner made it clear today that he tells his cops to shoot first, when facing a threat: Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police: "When I speak to my officers on a daily basis, my thing to them, you first, you second, you third, you fourth, you fifth is the way you have to think about a criminal..."

COMPOL Got Nada To Say To Nadir
And one cop who made his own pre-emptive strike yesterday was Police Constable Nadir Mendoza. He's facing a police tribunal verdict next week for stealing one of the department's guns. But, he appeared on 7News last night pre-empting that verdict to say he's being railroaded by his own department. Today, the commissioner held to his ground that PC Mendoza has a lot to answer for: "His alleged behaviour over the past few months have been nothing but comparable to that of a criminal and so he is before a tribunal for having stolen some guns from police which end up in the hands of criminals, that's a matter for him to deal, if they adjudicator finds that he is not guilty, I am fine with that. If the adjudicator should find that he is guilty, then I am fine with that too, I await the decision of the adjudicator where that matter is concerned."

Arzu Takes COMPOL To Supreme Court
And while the commissioner can let that one slide, he can't pretend to be Mr Nice Guy with Corporal Eldon Arzu. The Corporal and the Commissioner have locked horns over the leadership of the Police Association for over a year now, and the fight continued this afternoon in the courtroom of Justice Sonya Young.Arzu is attempting to convince the presiding judge to grant him leave to bring a judicial review claim against the Police Commissioner. According to Arzu, the Commissioner failed to follow the rules of the Police Association's election process. Arzu contends that the Commissioner arbitrarily extended the nomination process, which allowed for Sergeant Jane Usher and her team to enter elections, long after the deadlines set by the Police Association's election rules. His attorney, Nazira Myles, presented arguments on his behalf and attempted to convince Justice Young to grant him leave.

AG Says They Tried To Settle
We also got an opportunity to speak with Police Minister and attorney General Michael Peyrefitte about what could end up being a long and drawn-out legal fight between Corporal Arzu and Police Commissioner Chester Williams.He said that he is aware of that and that he tried to intervene and facilitate an out-of-court settlement between the two sides. Here's how he explained why that failed, and why all persons concerned must now wait on the lawsuit to run its course:

Uncle Confessed To Nephew's Murder
The Commissioner also discussed the one weekend murder which they have charged someone for. That's the chopping death of 26-year-old Pedro Cus, in San Pedro Colombia Village in the Toledo District.

UDP Convention - When A Party Isn't A Party
Sunday at the ITVET will witness the UDP's second national convention in 5 months. The party will select a new leader - after the abortive February 9th convention. That event was bursting with political combustion - and we saw the UDP machinery pumping like a great locomotive; but Sunday's convention will be more like a little red "tuk-tuk". That's largely due to COVID safety considerations, but we'd have to imagine that it's also - to some extent - a sheepishness inspired by just being "shame" that the last leader they picked lasted for 60 hours - and now they get a chance to pick him again!Such is the state of affairs in the UDP heading into Sunday event - and Jules Vasquez compares and contrasts, last time, and this time:

UDP On Hon. Saldivar, No Laws Broken
And, the three candidates for leader are Patrick Faber, John Saldivar and Wilfred Elrington.Today, the press asked the Chairman how Saldivar is still in the running - after he was made to step down as leader and cast out of Cabinet after the Lev Dermen revelation. Peyrefitte says Saldivar Committed no crime:

Three States of Emergency In Succession: The Police State Cometh?
And while we didn't even bother to spar with Peyrefitte on that one, we did search him out on the Southside state of emergency. It's the second Southside emergency this year - and it seems that police are now using this very extreme measure as a kind of policing tool for preventative detention.Presently, the entire Southside of Belize city, from Burdon Canal to the Swing Bridge is under a state of emergency, and we asked the Minister if this is the incipient stages of a police state:

Belmopan By Bus!
Last night, we showed you how the Public Service Union came up big in its out-of-court settlement with the Belmopan City Council. The union has to give up their hilltop property that they had grown attached to over almost 2 decades. But, in exchange, they will get full title to an alternative piece of land, valued at around $475,000, and the council will even assist them with equipment and assistance to build their new headquarters.Well, the Union's President is announcing that he and the executive have signed another agreement which should provide relief to public officers, in their daily commute between Belize City and Belmopan for work. The PSU has entered an MOU with the bus company, ADK Charters.

Real Climate Change Funds
Finally tonight, Belize has received $97,000 USD in funding to leverage sustainable climate finance from the Green Climate Fund. The funding comes through the UNDP's EnGenDER project which focuses on enhancing climate resilience, gender equality, and inclusion for vulnerable and marginalized populations.The funding is aimed at strengthening the country's disaster risk management system while building resilience to climate change and it's meant to combat losses to the agricultural sector, an industry that is more important than ever as tourism struggles.

Channel 5

23 Males, 4 Females Locked Up Under Anti-Gang S.O.E.
After spending two nights in lockdown, four women are among a group of twenty-seven gang members who were carted away to the Belize City Prison this afternoon. The police dragnet [...]

Marco Vidal on the Road to Recovery
And the man who led the anti-gang operation, Assistant Commissioner of Police Marco Vidal is already on the road to recovery after suffering a stroke on Tuesday evening, following the [...]

Sentencing for Danny Mason et al Adjourned
After nine o’clock this morning, convicted murderer Danny Mason and four other accomplices in the beheading of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas arrived at the Supreme Court to learn their fate. But [...]

Lisa Shoman to be Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court
While on the matter of judges, there is word tonight that Prime Minister Dean Barrow will be proceeding to have Senior Counsel Lisa Shoman appointed to the post of judge [...]

U.B.F.S.U. Holds Peaceful Protest in Belmopan!
Since last week we’ve been reporting on a growing dispute between the University of Belize Faculty and Staff Union and the University of Belize’s administration. The U.B.F.S.U. is only acknowledged [...]

What Up With U.B.F.S.U.’s Status?
As you heard in that story, the President of the U.B.F.S.U. says they are being shut out due to the lack of certification to show its union status.  We caught [...]

Will U.S. Authorities Come for John Usher?
A massive judgment with damages of one hundred and thirty-eight point seven million U.S. dollars was handed down earlier this week against businessman John Usher.  He was embroiled in the [...]

Hearing of Application for Judicial Review in the Case of Cpl Eldon Arzu Vs the ComPol Commences
Arguments were heard in the Supreme Court today on an application for judicial review filed by attorney Nazira Myles on behalf of her client Eldon Arzu. The Corporal of Police [...]

National Security Minister Tried to Resolve Issue
At an event earlier in the day, Minister of National Security Michael Peyrefitte spoke of his efforts to ease tensions between the ComPol and the former President of the Police [...]

N.H.I.’s Budget Cut
Last week, we reported on the cuts at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where Doctors Fernando Cuellar and Amin Hegar have been terminated.  Tonight, we can confirm that the National [...]

Everything’s A Go for Sunday’s U.D.P. Convention
A second leadership convention for the United Democratic Party is scheduled for this Sunday at the ITVET compound here in Belize City where three candidates, Patrick Faber, John Saldivar and [...]

Police Presence on Convention Day
From an operational perspective, the Belize Police Department will be deployed to the ITVET to maintain law and order on the day of the convention, however, officers will not be [...]

Dalla Vans Increase Price by 100%
The dollar fare on the well-known ‘Dalla Van’ that run in the south side of the city is soaring by as much as a hundred percent. Commuters are now paying [...]

Special Chicken Cuts Scarce, but Not for Long
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the productive sector, but today poultry producers confirmed that whole chickens are not in short supply at the grocery stores.  But chicken parts are and [...]

Recognizing Bravery in the Line of Duty
A ceremony was held today to recognize the quick response of alert police officers that led to the apprehension of four robbers of Scotia Bank. As you know in an [...]

ComPol Acknowledges the Good Deeds of His Officers
In acknowledging the effort of the men and women of law enforcement, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams also highlighted the fact that when officers run afoul of the law, they [...]

Uncle Confesses to Murdering Nephew
Police in Punta Gorda have cracked the murder of Pedro Cus.   Onastacio Sirik, reportedly confessed to P.G. police, telling them that he killed his nephew.  Sirik first told police that [...]

No Charges for the Murders of Raheem Faber and Raheem Miles
In Belize City, charges have not been leveled on any of the five men who police believe are responsible for the murders of Raheem Faber and Raheem Miles last weekend.  [...]

The EA Volleyball Academy Hosting a 7-Week Camp
Volleyball is an all-time favourite sport among children of all ages. Today, we found a group of volleyball aficionados dribbling the ball at the Mexico Sports Centre. The programme is [...]

LOVE FM

PSU celebrates new property
Yesterday, we told you that the Public Service Union (PSU) is in the process of moving their headquarters to somewhere new. This is the conclusion to the tireless Hilltop Property Saga, and the PSU is more than happy to have a resolution that suits everyone.

NHI Clinics face major cutbacks
The National Health Insurance (NHI) Program budget was cut by fifteen percent. The cut has forced the Ministry of Health to limit medical services provided at the NHI Clinics. Love News spoke to Dr. Ramon Figueroa, Chairman of the NHI program and he stated that persons in Southside Belize City are the most affected.

Brave police from precinct awarded
Several police officers attached to Precinct Four were awarded this morning for the successful response to last week’s bank robbery and for their efforts in addressing crime in their zone. A brief ceremony was held this morning inside the conference room of Precinct Two on Raccoon Street where the Police Commissioner and the Minister of National Security addressed the gathering.

ACP Vidal on his way to recovery
Assistant Commissioner of Police Marco Vidal continues on mandatory bed rest after suffering a hemmoragic stroke on Tuesday evening. Vidal was heading the State of Emergency operations when he fell ill. Today, Love News asked the Police Commissioner for an update on Vidal’s current condition and if there will be someone holding over his post as Operations Commander.

Possible extradition for John Usher
Earlier this week we told you of the pickle that Belizean businessman John Usher has found himself in. The FTC had proposed to the US Court in the District of Maryland that an order be enforced that finds Usher liable to pay one hundred and thirty-eight million US dollars as compensation to the investors in Sanctuary Bay.

Southside State of Emergency criticism
The introduction of this third State of Emergency since the start of 2020 has been met with some criticisms. Minister of National Security rationalized the criticism saying that the only ones who have an issue with police raids and other operations are those who break the law.

UBSFU takes to the streets
The University of Belize Faculty and Staff Union (UBFSU) took to the streets of Belmopan this morning to vent their frustrations with the UB’s Board of Trustees and the Labor Department. The basis of the protest has to do with the delay in the issuance of their signed certificate from the Labour Department which would give them teeth in their negotiations with UB.

Love Foundation’s anti-corruption campaign a success
The Love Foundation is helping Belizeans fight against corruption with a campaign they started two years ago. While they had to endure many trials along the way, they are one step closer to defeating corruption in our country.

John Saldivar eligible to run for UDP party leader
John Saldivar is back in the news tonight as he is one of three men hoping to succeed Dean Barrow as the UDP’s Party Leader. We have been down this road before back in early February. In that first round Saldivar was up against Patrick Faber and won handsomely as the UDP’s leader elect. His fall from grace came within seventy two hours after that victory when Prime Minister Dean Barrow found that Saldivar had lied to him about accepting monies from US criminal, Lev Dermen.

Who is supporting who?
When it comes to the delegate list for Sunday’s convention, our newsroom has confirmed that John Saldivar has garnered the support of Dianne Finnegan, UDP’s Lake Independence Standard Bearer, Ashton McKenzie (Mayor of Punta Gorda) and Daniel Guerrero, Mayor of San Pedro Town. Today we spoke with UDP’s Area Representative for Belize Rural Central, Beverly Williams who spoke on where her support lies for Sunday.

Dalla Vans now cost two dallas
There is a situation brewing between the Dalla Van Association and the Belize City Council. The issue has to do with the vans charging a fee of $2 per person and their insistence in the...

William Mason and associates back in court
William “Danny” Mason and his four associates were back in court today, but this time, they appeared at the Belize City Supreme Court in front of Justice Antoinette Moore. At around 9:30 this morning, the...

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize confirms 3 new cases of COVID-19
The Office of the Director of Health Services has confirmed 3 new cases of COVID-19. […]

Police investigate shooting in Esperanza
Authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Tuesday night in Esperanza. According to […]

Don’t spare the rod: Attorney General and Police Commissioner encourge reasonable corporal punishment for children
Today, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte and Commissioner of Police Chester Williams told parents all over […]

Three armed bandits rob Bowen delivery truck
Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred yesterday evening in Cristo Rey, Cayo. Driver […]

Police investigate shooting in Esperanza
Authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Tuesday night in Esperanza. According to […]

Attorney General acknowledges deficiencies in prosecution system
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte acknowledged today that prosecutions in Belize hinge too heavily on eyewitness […]

“Law-abiding citizens don’t need to fear State of emergency,” says Attorney General
Following the end of the State of Emergency (SOE) due to COVID-19, the Government of […]

Police know the people responsible for weekend murders, cannot charge because witnesses being intimidated
There were two Belize City murders over the weekend, Raheem Faber, 19, and Raheem Myles, […]

Georgeville residents concerned about community land being surveyed and distributed as lots without approval of village council
Residents and the village council of Georgeville in the Cayo District have raised concerns about […]

Canada joins Global Ocean Alliance
Today, Canada joined the United Kingdom and other countries in the Global Ocean Alliance. The […]

Blogs

Wed on a Whim: Elope in Belize
Who doesn’t love good news? Especially right now, when so much feels so heavy. While staying updated with current news and events is important, so is maintaining hope. What’s more hopeful that a couple deciding to tie the knot during a global pandemic? To say that COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in the wedding plans of those planning a big celebration would be a dramatic understatement. To that end, many have across the industry has seen a spike in elopement requests – regardless of whether that’s in 2020 or 2021. If you’ve had to adjust your special day, consider an elopement in Belize; think micro-wedding in the rainforest or on the sandbars of Belize.

What You’re Probably Missing Most from Belize
Whether you’ve lived your whole life in Belize or simply visited for a vacation, there will be things you’ll miss about this tropical paradise full of warm smiles, golden sunshine and stunning natural beauty. In no particular order, here are a few things people are looking forward to the most while travel to Belize remains on hold.

International Sourcesizz

SHYNE SHOWS LOVE TO DIDDY & TAKES US BACK TO THE 90’S
Former Bad Boy artist Shyne is reminding people that it’s all love between him and Sean “Puffy” Combs. Shyne shared a throwback picture of him and Diddy in 1999 riding around in the backseat of a car in New York City. In the caption, Shyne writes, “21 years ago……maybe another lifetime @diddy.”

Travel Advisors Selling the Caribbean to Host Dive Webinar
The Belize Tourism Board announced that Travel Advisors Selling the Caribbean (TASC) will host a Diving in the Caribbean and Risk Mitigation Amidst COVID-19 webinar on July 14 at 1 p.m. EST. The webinar will provide travel advisors with insights from the Caribbean Divers Alert Network, identify the most spectacular dive sites in the Caribbean and detail the elements that make the Caribbean’s “underwater gardens” so unique, TASC said.

Simone Biles and Boyfriend Stacey Ervin Jr. Split After 3 Years of Dating: 'It Was for the Best'
Simone Biles has confirmed her split from Stacey Ervin Jr. In Vogue's new cover story exploring her resilience and the coronavirus pandemic's impact on the Olympics, the 23-year-old revealed she and her boyfriend of three years called it quits in early March. "It’s hard being young and having that long of a relationship and then ending it," the four-time gold medalist told Vogue of splitting from Ervin, 26. "But it was for the best.” Biles' confirmation of their breakup comes months after fans noticed he did not wish Biles a happy birthday in March.

Videos

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - ALBERT BRUCE CHANANNES SR., 1min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - WILLIAM LINCOLN FLOWERS, 1.5min.

  • Galen University Summit on Recovery, Continuity, Transformation, Opportunity, and Innovation, 70min.

  • Winning submission to Make Belize Films' Coronavirus Music Video Competition!, 1.5min. Congratulations to 8yr old Ava Guerrero on her winning submission for the Corona Virus Video Competition! As Belize gears up to open back up to tourists with the first stage being the opening of PGIA on August 15, Ava’s video reminds us that to keep safe we must keep practicing the recommendations from the Ministry of Health and most importantly follow the rules. Click enjoy, share and stay safe!

  • Rendezvous Caye Belize Blog, 4min. Sailing, fishing ,swiming ,camping

  • Rum Talk with Travellers Liquors from Belize,61 min. Host: Matt Pietrek. What You'll Learn: Join Matt Pietrek for a deep dive into Travellers Liquors from Belize with: Amanda Perdomo, Director of Business Development. Myito Perdomo Jr., Master Blender, Distillery Manager. Odair Quetzal, Technical Distillery Manager.

  • BELIZE FAMILY ADVENTURE., 6min. We had a wonderful lunch at Maracas riverside restaurant.

  • National Guidelines for Re-Opening of the Tourism Sector Post-COVID-19, 3min.

  • CTO webinar discussion with Paul Pennicook, CEO of the Curacao Tourist Board and Yashin Dujon, CEO, Ministry of tourism, Belize on updates on their destinations, 62min. With August 15th approaching attached is a Zoom webinar discussing the opening of tourism. The webinar was held this morning with Paul Pinnicook, CEO of Curacao's Ministry of Tourism and Yashin Dujon, CEO, Belize's Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation. The discussion was conducted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
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    With August 15th approaching attached is a Zoom webinar discussing the opening of tourism.

    The webinar was held this morning with Paul Pinnicook, CEO of Curacao's Ministry of Tourism and Yashin Dujon, CEO, Belize's Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation. The discussion was conducted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

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    Work is well underway on the Corozal/Sarteneja Road Project. The project is upgrading to (highway standard) the entire road from Corozal Town all the way to Sarteneja.

    It is financed by Taiwan and its execution overseen by a Taiwanese firm, Overseas engineering and Construction Company Limited S.A. Ground was broken in November, 2019.

    The contract is for the design and upgrading of 27 miles of road, including the construction of two bridges to replace old ferries at Pueblo Nuevo and Laguna Seca.

    Upon completion, the new road will provide a direct and all-weather link between Corozal Town on the Northern Highway and many of the communities to the east of the Progresso Lagoon-John Piles Creek–Laguna Seca Waterway System, including the village of Sarteneja.

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    6 hours ago

    Rum Talk with Travellers Liquors from Belize
    Host: Matt Pietrek

    What You'll Learn: Join Matt Pietrek for a deep dive into Travellers Liquors from Belize with:

    Amanda Perdomo, Director of Business Development
    Myito Perdomo Jr., Master Blender, Distillery Manager
    Odair Quetzal, Technical Distillery Manager
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    Fundraisers, Volunteering, & Charity
    6 hours ago
    This Saturday, July 11th, starting at the Central Park at 6:00 a.m.
    Sign up fee is $10.00 and all proceeds will go towards school supplies for students attending this school year.

    See you there!

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    Ambergris Caye
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    For the past two weeks we have seen 18 cases of Parvovirus on island, all these cases have been pets with owners. On the bright side 12 of these cases have fully recovered.

    It is a very contagious virus, it affects dogs/puppies that are not fully vaccinated.

    We would like to stress that vaccinations are EXTREMELY IMPORTANT for your dog/puppy!

    Please be cautions, do not take your unvaccinated dog to the beach, around other dogs or for walks until he/she has received all their vaccinations.

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    Travel
    7 hours ago

    The dollar fare on the well-known ‘Dalla Van’ that run in the south side of the city is soaring by as much as a hundred percent. Commuters are now paying two dollars because the vans are to exercise social distancing, which means less passengers onboard. The increase is not going down well for residents who depend on this mode of transportation. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo set out to find out about the increase.

    Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

    In Belize City, along Mahogany Street and Central American Boulevard, these so call ‘dalla vans’ operate. They are named dalla van because that is what each passenger would pay to get from point A to point B. but not anymore. There is a new price came which came in effect when the country was in lockdown. The cost is now two dollars, a hundred percent increase, and residents of the area are upset.

    Allan Pollard, Councilor Responsible for Traffic

    “I understand that they were only taking two to three passengers at a time or the maximum four. The reason for the increase was that we are carrying fewer passengers so we have to charge for to make up for it. Understood but that was not relayed to us at the department. Now, after the quarantine I am getting compliant, you know Allen when is the fair going to decrease back to one dollar. It wasn’t anything that they have requested or informed the council of the increase.”

    …but they don’t have to.

    Allan Pollard

    “They don’t have to but it is in best practice that we have that communication with the association because we are I n contact with the residents. We are trying to ensure that these guys are adhering to some kind of controls within the city. I know it is a large number but that is the preferred method for the council.”

    Hipolito Novelo

    “So there is no agreement that is should be a dollar?”

    Allan Pollard

    “Well this is the dollar van. They have a commitment to the residents.”

    …and from what we are seeing in the economic crunch, the ‘two dallas van’ operators’ commitment to residents is less than what it is to their pocket.

    Allan Pollard

    “We have to be somewhat lenient to the people. We understand trying to get back. We understand the losses. But I mean the busses the take lick, Hipolito. The taxis are taking lick. Everybody is taking lick and the same residents that you are charging are taking lick. At least take that in consideration for the residents. People would be more inviting or welcoming of the increase, they would be more understanding but right now the truth of the matter is people can’t afford two dollars to go and two dollars to come back. There are so many people who are unemployed right now. Some people are trying to ketch that “dalla van” to go hustle a little thing for the day. Now, with that increase you just hamper their progress in a sense.”

    Hipolito Novelo

    “But would you agree that there is another option? They can walk.”

    Allan Pollard

    “They can walk, but I personally…when we got in this thing Hipolito, to be honest with you, we are about the people. We are about the resident. Our city must be a city where people have options.”

    Pollard says that a letter has been prepared and will be sent to the Dalla Van Association, seeking justifiable reasons for the increase. 

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    Laws & Taxes
    7 hours ago
    [Linked Image]Prime Minister Dean Barrow will be proceeding to have Senior Counsel Lisa Shoman appointed to the post of judge of the Supreme Court.

    The Judicial and Legal Services Commission Council and the Leader of the Opposition, we are told, were consulted, as is required for such appointments.

    The contractual appointment is only for a one-year period. Shoman has been practicing law for over thirty years, having studied at the University of West Indies.

    In early July, she was elected president of the Inter-American Development Bank Administrative Tribunal based in Washington. Leading up to the national referendum in 2019, Shoman was a proponent in taking the territorial claim to the International Court of Justice.

    Westmin James, a Trinidadian Lecturer at U.W.I., is also to be appointed as a judge for one year. Both Shoman and James represented the government before former CJ Benjamin who, it is recalled, issued an injunction restraining the holding of the referendum.

    Shoman has been engaged for many years in advocacy on human rights issues. She is a former PUP Senator and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Said Musa administration.
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    Elections
    7 hours ago

    UDP Convention - When A Party Isn't A Party

    Sunday at the ITVET will witness the UDP's second national convention in 5 months. The party will select a new leader - after the abortive February 9th convention. That event was bursting with political combustion - and we saw the UDP machinery pumping like a great locomotive; but Sunday's convention will be more like a little red "tuk-tuk". That's largely due to COVID safety considerations, but we'd have to imagine that it's also - to some extent - a sheepishness inspired by just being "shame" that the last leader they picked lasted for 60 hours - and now they get a chance to pick him again!

    Such is the state of affairs in the UDP heading into Sunday event - and Jules Vasquez compares and contrasts, last time, and this time:

    The last UDP convention was like a political orgy - thousands of supporters, hundreds of thousands of dollars blown, larger than life signage, amidst a riot of red and a crush of crowds inside the city centre.

    But, this time, you can scratch all that because all that noise will subside on Sunday at the ITVET.

    Hon. Mike Peyrefitte - Chairman, UDP

    "It will be a far more subdued convention due to the fact that we are still in the middle of a pandemic. And we have to make sure that people can exercise their franchise on that day, but most importantly that people are safe. We know there will be no campaigning inside the ground, there will be any posters or banners inside the ground. You go in, you vote, and you leave, all the campaigning and all that stuff will have be done before and or outside. I wish it could have been like a McDonald's drive through thing where you drive through, you vote and you go. It will be as close to that as possible. We understand fully well that the Belizean public would not appreciate any type of serious social gathering like that with the numbers that those things can produce while we are extremely worried about COVID 19."

    And, police, who had deployed 125 officers last time, are preparing for a smaller crowd:

    Jules Vasquez

    "The last time I got there early, and I saw 125 police officers I think I counted at the Civic Centre, what will be the expected deployment of law enforcement for Sunday's event?"

    Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police

    "It is going to be different this time in the sense that, it's not going to be an event where all the delegates and other supporters are going to come and congregate in one area. How it's going to be done is that they are going to vote by districts. So Punta Gorda is going to vote first, then they leave, then Dangriga comes in, vote and then leaves, so you'll find that at any given time, they're is not going to be a mass crowd at the convention area, our deployment is going to be much smaller. We must also ensure that we have patrol around the perimeters of the convention grounds."

    And so while everything will change, one thing will not: the media will again be kept outside the convention:

    Hon. Mike Peyrefitte

    "I can tell you the media will not be excited about because the media will not be excited about it because you won't be able to go into the compound. The only people who will be able to go into the compound will be the people who are voting and the party officials."

    The only consolation is that the press and public shouldn't have to wait too long…

    Hon. Mike Peyrefitte

    "And I expect it to run very smoothly and by 3-4 o'clock you will know who will be the new leader elect of the UDP."

    And while it will supposedly be all business, where's the politics in that?:

    Jules Vasquez

    "What is the purpose of having a political party and there isn't no dancing, it denies the nature of a mass party to have such an aster and gloom event, a joyless event like that."

    Hon. Mike Peyrefitte

    "No, it won't be joyless, the delegates who will be there will be attending to vote for their new leader, what can be joyless about that? I mean we can have a joyful event and then be sick and die or have a subdued event and live, the latter is the much better option."

    Of course our 7News team will be on the ground on Sunday and let you know the results first.

    Channel 7


    Everything’s A Go for Sunday’s U.D.P. Convention

    A second leadership convention for the United Democratic Party is scheduled for this Sunday at the ITVET compound here in Belize City where three candidates, Patrick Faber, John Saldivar and Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington, are offering themselves for party leader.  Unlike the previous February tenth convention at the Civic, the fanfare, as well as the bells and whistles, will be non-existent.  That’s because the U.D.P. is taking a more low-spirited approach to choosing a new leader ahead of the November 2020 general elections.  While campaigning will be limited to the perimeter of the compound, delegates from across the country will only be allowed to enter, cast their votes and then exit the venue.  But what about John Saldivar’s eligibility?  Is there an ethics committee within the U.D.P. that vets each candidate?  U.D.P. Chairman Mike Peyrefitte says that all is set for Sunday’s showdown.

    Michael Peyrefitte, Chairman, United Democratic Party

    “It will be a far more subdued convention due to the fact that we are still in the middle of a pandemic and we have to make sure that people can exercise their franchise on that day, but most importantly that people are safe.  So it will be much tighter.  I can tell you that the media will not be excited about it because you won’t be able to go in the compound.  The only people allowed in the compound will be the people who are voting and the party officials.  I wish it could have been like a McDonald drive-thru thing where you drive through, you vote and you go.  It will be as close to that as possible.  People who attend, they will come, they will vote and they will leave.  No campaigning inside the grounds, there will not even be any posters or banners inside the grounds.  You go in, you vote and you leave.  All the campaigning and all that stuff will have to be done before and or outside.  We believe that selecting a leader elect for the party going forward is very, very important; however, there are things that are more important than that.  There are things such as making sure that we remain COVID-free internally and that any additional case that we get are cases that are imported, so to speak, so we can manage them. So you want to speak specifically now about Mr. Saldivar.”

    Reporter

    “Yes, I wanted to ask that question before going into Saldivar.”

    Michael Peyrefitte

    “No there was nothing, in our view, that prevented him from contesting the leadership.  Whatever is out there then the delegates will decide whether or not that is not significant enough to them for them to vote for him, or significant for them not to vote for him.  That’s their choice.  Based on our investigation so far, no laws were broken.  He wasn’t accused of anything illegal here in Belize.”

    Channel 5

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    7 hours ago
    COMPOL Says ACP Vidal Showing Encouraging Signs After Stroke

    And, the man that mother might want to blame was the police department's "tip of the spear" on this pre dawn operation. That's the operation's commander Assistant Commissioner Marco Vidal. He led the operation at 3:00 in the morning but by 6:00 in the evening, he was hospitalised with a serious stroke and a brain bleed. The 50 year old Vidal was audibly slurred when he spoke at a press conference on Tuesday evening, and the Commissioner himself took the senior cop to the hospital immediately after.

    We got an update from COMPOL Williams today:

    Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police

    "Mr. Vidal is a very determined individual. I'm sure that he's going to come back and he's going to be well and be able to function as a police officer. I was with him this morning and he's in very good spirit, he's walking around. In our briefing with the doctor yesterday, the doctor said that his condition has improved significantly and so, he's well on his way to recovery. In the meantime, I am going to oversee operations and I also have Mr. Broaster who is the national head of operations, so it will be between myself and Mr. Broaster in the interim and then we see how long Mr. Vidal is going to be off for. It is going to be for an extended period, then I might well look at finding someone to put there temporarily until he returns."

    Vidal has reportedly had a mild stroke before.

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    Caye Caulker
    7 hours ago
    Friday, July 10th, Meal Pick ups:
    Location: Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill
    Tiimes:
    Village: 11:00am - 11:45am
    Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm
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    7 hours ago
    COVID-19 UPDATE: Three More Cases of Covid 19 Detected in Orange Walk

    Given the increasing number of samples that require processing, another set was tested today.

    That has allowed us to identify a further 3 cases, they are all minors and are members of a family who had been illegally across the border. The 3 new cases are in Orange Walk bringing their total to 7.

    We had one case recovered so we have a total of 11 active cases.

    While we acknowledge a general concern with the airport’s opening in August, we at health remain very much concerned with the ongoing illegals crossings at the Northern, Western and Southern entry points.

    All border communities are therefore being asked to remain extra vigilant and to report any suspicious case as we are now anticipating clusters in these communities at the rate we are going.

    Continue to remain safe!

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    Weather
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    Present Condition: A few clouds around, not mostly clear. Mainly fair and warm weather will prevail except for a brief increase in showery activity tonight and tomorrow morning, ahead of a tropical wave.
    24hr Forecast: Mostly sunny today with isolated showers or isolated thunderstorms. Partly cloudy to cloudy tonight along with a few showers and isolated thunderstorms mostly over southern and coastal areas.

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    The San Pedro Sun

    University of Belize Faculty and Staff Union organizes demonstration against possible salary reductions
    The country’s national tertiary institution, the University of Belize (UB), is facing complications as the UB Faculty and Staff Union (FSU) is at odds with the institution’s senior administration, primarily regarding issues of financial exigency that could see a possible pay cut for staff. The back and forth between the said Union and the university’s administration have apparently not eased tensions, and now a demonstration has been planned for Thursday, July 9th in the Capital City of Belmopan.

    Blue Water Grill helps feed seniors and provides grocery bags to those in need
    Grocery bags and hot meals - Blue Water Grill has been ensuring the island's seniors receive a hot meal weekly, thanks to generous donations! The crew at Blue Water Grill (BWG) is no stranger to rolling up its sleeves and getting to work, and during these difficult times on the island, they are doing just that! Volunteers, staff, and owners are busy in the kitchen, preparing hot meals and grocery bags to deliver to hundreds of people in need. Primarily focused on seniors, the hot meals are delivered every Thursday, and the menu varies weekly.

    Various Belizean Sources

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    Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
    Thursday, July 9th Meal pick ups Location: Hibisca. Time: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

    Book Drive for the Caye Caulker Library and the Ocean Academy Library
    We are 1 week into the combined Book Drive to benefit the Caye Caulker Library and the Ocean Academy Library. *Thank you* to the community members who have already donated. For all of July, we will continue to accept donations of books from the community. Check around the house. Donate your extra books so that others may benefit. Now is the time to return your overdue library books with no fee. You can drop books off at the CC Library (M-W-F, 2-4:00) or the OA Library (T-Th, 2-4:00) or at Caye Breeze Cafe on the beach between the water taxis.

    Forum: Belize Tourism Industry, Charting a Way Forward
    The current status of the tourism industry and its recovery remains paramount for the Belizean economy to stabilize and recover from the negative impacts of the pandemic. All public and private sector stakeholders must unite and join forces to maximize the resources available. The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) will be hosting a forum to welcome key stakeholders from the private and public sectors and members of the BTIA to an all-day session to strategize and chart the way forward compounding our resources and capabilities in a unified manner.

    Plain Speaking
    The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) presents Plain Speaking, a live update on the reopening of tourism, where Mr. Yashin Dujon, CEO, Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation, will share on Belize's response to COVID-19 and the country's perspective on the recovery process. Tune in on July 9th at 9 a.m. local time to keep abreast of the latest developments in Belize as our tourism industry moves forward on the path to full recovery. Tune in for the inside stories of the resumption of tourism activity in Belize and Curacao.

    BDF WILFRED MOJANO GRADUATES FROM UNITED STATES SERGEANT MAJOR ACADEMY
    Warrant Officer Class 1, Wilfred Mojano graduated from the United States Sergeant Major Academy on 20 June 2020. Well done Sir, congrats. The course assemble on the 20th may 2019 with a total of 721 students to include 74 international students from all over the world to include Belize.

    Cecilio Chi
    Cecilio Chi ( 1820 - 13 of December of 1848 ) was a leading Maya Máasewal , born in the village of Tepich in the Yucatecan peninsula . In 1842 he had participated in the defense of Campeche which allowed him to get to know the military organization. In 1846 he was chief of his native town. He participated in the organization of a rebellion against the domination and exploitation of the Criollos(Whites) in the region. He coordinated the insurrection with Manuel Antonio Ay , the Cacique de Chichimilá , and Jacinto Pat , among others , with the purpose of constituting a Maya nation independent from Mexico, which would respect the rights of indigenous people .

    Government House Rehabilitation Project
    Facebook is reminding me about a post I made about two years ago which I am sharing. At that time the vision of what we wanted to accomplish at Government House was only a distant dream. You know you start out with a dream and the end product sometimes doesn't always end the way you want it. However, although the end product in our instance ended up a little different than the original rendition, we accomplished the original dream. We have reached the end of the portion of our project. At times it seemed only a distant light at the end of a tunnel. Today, we are a mere weeks from our grand opening.

    The Office of the Film Commissioner informs the General Public of continuity of services by the Belize Film Commission
    In light of the recent discontinuance of logistical support that was being provided to the Belize Film Commission by the office of the Film and Media Arts Unit at NICH, we wish to inform all interested parties that the Office of the Film Commissioner continues to provide the same outstanding level of service to which the public and the Film Industry have become accustomed. To that end, all interested parties are asked to use the below provided coordinates for any future contact with the Film Commissioner and / or his office.

    UB PRESIDENT WILL MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS
    Dear Members of the Academic Council, Members of Senior Management, other Directors, Representatives of the UBFSA Executive and the University Faculty and Staff. I am writing to inform you that I will be having an online meeting on Monday, 13th July, 2020 beginning at 9:00 am where I will be presenting my recommendations to you on how we will treat with reducing our projected cash loss of $7.13 million for the new academic year 2020/2021. I will be doing so after due, deliberate and extensive consultations with all of our stakeholders, many of you, and I sincerely thank all of you who have responded to my request to share your thoughts on how we can treat with this severe projected cash reduction of 33% of our cash annual income...

    Paint N Splash
    See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint "Pelican".

    Unemployment Relief Top-up Cards
    Approved applicants for the COVID-19 Unemployment Relief are advised that top-up cards will be prepared for those who still have not been able to receive their approved payments due to banking information errors. Such persons should send a text with their correct telephone number to phone number 613-0095 so that they can be contacted should the need arise.

    Flood Forecast for July 8, 2020

    FREE MAHOGANY TREES
    BELIZE AUDOBON SOCIETY - Our 'Greening Across Belize' initiative is back for 2020, and we have 300 mahogany trees to give away! If you want to have Belize's national tree growing in your own yard, all you have to do is come and collect one, first come first served! You can collect your tree from Guanacaste National Park or St Herman's Blue Hole National Park Wednesday-Sunday, or we have a limited supply at our head office in Belize City, which is open Monday-Thursday. If you're coming to the office there's no need to enter reception, just head straight around to the back yard to pick one up.

    Corozal Yard Sale Sunday
    The Rotaract Club of Corozal will be doing a Yard Sale this Sunday at Roundhouse. Come support your favorite club in Belize. Items for cheap. This Sunday, July 12th. We’ll be there from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. We will also be selling Micheladas! Tek one fi di heat!

    Tourism Gold Standard Recognition Program Application
    The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to advise that application form for the Tourism Gold Standard Recognition Program is now available on the BTB website here. Completed applications should be submitted to qualityassurance@belizetourismboard.org for processing. Thereafter, an email confirming your application status or acceptance into the program will be provided. BTB will review submissions and corresponding details, and follow through with inspections. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 227-2420 EXT 274.

    Galen Virtual Economic Summit
    Galen University is having 5 sessions in their Economic Summit over the next 2 weeks. The 2nd is tonight, and focuses on the tourism industry.

    Watershed Ecology Field Course, Hosted by SAVE the MACAL RIVER in Belize
    The SAVE the MACAL RIVER in Belize project is having Kimo for a Watershed Ecology Field Course on Sunday. Walk along river edge learning about living organizms and their functions . Kimo Jolly will once again enlighten us with his experiences of the rivers flora and fauna. Sunday Funday again. Macal River wooden Bridge.

    Realize Belize 2019-20 Year in Review
    Realize Belize has their 2019-20 Year in Review out, and there are some impressive numbers in it. Thanks, Realize Belize, for helping with inclusion in Cayo!

    NEBL Welcomes New Commissioner
    The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) is pleased to introduce the new commissioner of the league. Mr. Christopher McGann has been selected as the commissioner and he is tasked to ensure that the 2021 season continues to build on the momentum and successes of the past seasons. Mr. McGann holds a Master’s Degree in Banking and Finance and has worked in various research and managerial positions in Belize. Mr. McGann has extensive experience in financial management and analysis and strategic plan development and execution. Christopher also played in the inaugural 2014 NEBL season with Belmopan Bandits and 2015 with Hurricanes. He is originally from Belmopan, but presently resides in Belize City. The league is excited to embrace this new transition in its leadership and administrative structure as it prepares for the upcoming 2021 season amidst the existing pandemic.

    BTB's Staff School Supplies to Students of San Antonio RC School, O.W.
    Approximately 70 children from San Antonio RC School in the Orange Walk District today received an assortment of back to school supplies as part of the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) staff's community outreach to assist those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. The presentation was made today by BTB employees in partnership with the Rotary Club of Orange Walk who also contributed to the project. The donation was comprised of knapsacks, composition books, hand sanitizers, masks (kids' size), pencil cases and a variety of other stationeries.

    Application for Re-Opening in the Tourism Safe Corridor
    Application for re-opening in the tourism "safe corridor" is now available for stakeholders to fill out and submit. As Belize opens the PGIA to international guests on August 15, 2020, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is working along with the Ministry of Health and other agencies in ensuring safety protocols and procedures are in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We are therefore, in the first instance, re-opening in a "safe corridor" and have prepared an application form for properties who can accommodate international guests as per the checklist.

    Ya'axché’s BioBlitz!
    The event will be taking place on July 23 to 24, 2020 at Ya’axché’s Field Station at Golden Stream. BioBlitz engages the Maya Golden Landscape children with nature and science. Children will learn from Ya’axché’s expertise about birds, mammals, freshwater bugs, plants and how to navigate in the forests using a compass and map. Join us for a fun learning day! Children from the communities of Aguacate, San Jose, Golden Stream, Medina Bank and San Pedro Colombia are invited to submit their application by Friday, July 17, 2020.

    Channel 7

    ACP Vidal Recovering From Stroke
    Assistant Commissioner of Police, and head of police operations, Marco Vidal is in the hospital showing signs of improvement after having a serious stroke last night. If you saw him at yesterday's Southside State of Emergency press conference you would have observed that his breathing was laboured, and his speech appeared slurred. Here's a clip: As you heard, his breathing was laboured, and he appeared short of breath.

    Families of Men Detained In SOE Complain
    And while Vidal recovers, don't expect "get well" wishes from the Queen Street holding cell. That's where about 100 men remain detained after the Southside state of emergency went into effect yesterday morning. Today, they remain there, where most will be transferred to the Kolbe Central Prison for 30 days. For the families of these men, it's an incredibly difficult time, losing in many cases, their breadwinner, and also trying to support them while behind bars.

    CWU Says 21 Days To Strike At Port of Belize
    21 days notice of industrial action, that's what the Christian Workers Union has given the Port of Belize. A letter from the union says that its Members who work in the Security Department at Port are moving from the protest stage to invoking the twenty-one (21) days' notice of intent to strike. As we've reported, it's all about the CWU's efforts to get the Port to rescind what it calls an "arbitrary and unconscionable ten percent salaries reduction" against its Members. Union Leader Mose Hyde says the stevedores stand in solidarity with the staff:

    Trial Coming Up For Narcos
    This morning, the Gang Suppression Unit was on high alert at the Magistrate's Court in Belize City. That's because they were escorting the 8 foreigners who were charged for illegally landing that drug plane on the Coastal Road in September of last year. You'll remember that major bust as the one where Belizean joint law enforcement teams intercepted some of the narco-traffickers trying to smuggle almost 3,000 pounds of cocaine through Belizean territory. The lawmen had a shoot-out with the narcos, and 2 of them were injured.

    PC Nadir At His Nadir
    Nadir Mendoza, he's the police constable who's been on the news plenty of times - accused of various criminal offences, from gun theft, to armed robbery. And, we're talking gun theft from his own police department at the Precinct Three formation! He's before the court for that theft, and facing a police tribunal for the same. Plus he has spent two weeks on remand for the armed robbery allegation. Indeed, Mendoza is a man running into a strong headwind when it comes to his police career and his liberty as a fee man.

    Chicken Parts Scarce, Prices Going Up
    Chicken, in most households, it's what's for dinner, or at least for lunch. Indeed Belize is one of the top consumers of chicken meat in the Western hemisphere. And that's why it's of concern that chicken could be getting scarce and the price per pound going up. The last time we reported on chicken prices, they were way, way down. That was at the start of the COVID quarantine, when the chicken companies were literally giving it way. But, now that consumption patterns are returning to normal, prices could be going up, due to scarcity.

    Man Gets Off Murder At A Party
    He's been on remand at the Belize Central Prison since October 2017, but tonight 23-year-old Steve Moss, the man police charged with the murder of 31-year-old Daniel Anderson, is home free. That's after Justice Colin Williams dismissed the charge for lack of evidence showing his guilt. Viewers will remember Anderson's killing, which happened on October 1st, 2017, in front of Bismark Nigh Club, which is located on Queen Charlotte Street in Belize City. Alex Underwood was celebrating his 28 birthday at the club, and Anderson was one of the party-goers. Police reports were that Anderson and Moss got into some sort of confrontation, which escalated into a street brawl. Moss allegedly pulled out a firearm and shot Anderson in the chest.

    Charged With Murder For Toledo Killing
    On Monday's news, we told you about the fatal chopping of 26-year-old Pedro Cus, a farmer from San Pedro Colombia Village in the Toledo District. Well, police have moved swiftly to charge one man for it. He's 47 year-old Onastacio Sirik, a farmer from the same village, and since this is a murder charge, he will be arraigned and remanded to the Belize Central Prison.

    The PSU Compromise With Belmopan City Council
    Last night, we told you about how the Public Service Union and the Belmopan City Council had reached an out-of-court settlement in their fight over the union's hill-top property. It was an amicable end to a bitter dispute between the union and council, who accused Mayor Khalid Belisle and his administration of unfairly selling the land right out from under them. The Union later sued the Council, and the new owners to try and get it back. The PSU president promised that there would be a grand ceremony to announce what the settlement was, and this afternoon, they invited us to the Bull Frog Inn in Belmopan to see for ourselves.

    A Place Where The Mentally Ill, And The Disenfranchised Are Welcome
    It's a place of refuge for the mentally ill, elderly and the disenfranchised where fun and relaxation is always the order of the day. And this morning, as they celebrated their 7th anniversary I stopped by the Welcome Resource Center to learn more about the programs and activities enriching the lives of the center's participants. There was excitement in the air this morning as the Welcome Resource Center, a drop-in center for adults of many backgrounds, celebrated its anniversary with games, snacks, and camaraderie.

    UB President Says Where's The Recommendation UBFSA
    Last week, the University of Belize's Faculty and Staff Union called a press conference to announce that they had become frustrated with the President, Dr. Clement Sankat, and the Board of Trustees. They say that for weeks, they've been trying to convince the president and the board to include them as valued stakeholders in the decision-making process of how the National University will survive the COVID crisis facing the country. They gave the President and the Board a deadline of Monday to make meaningful efforts at consulting with them, or else they would take industrial action.

    If You Want to Protest Against the Opening of the PGIA...
    Last week I went into the streets to find out how the average man and woman felt about the August 15th re-opening of the PGIA. The majority wasn't at all comfortable with it. Those apprehensions are what a group of activists is hoping to capitalise on with a protest being held next week Wednesday. It's called the "No Open Di PGIA Protest" - and activist Ya-Ya Marin Coleman is one of the lead organizers.

    No New COVID Cases
    There are no new cases of COVID 19 to report tonight. Yesterday, 63 samples were tested and turned negative. There are currently 9 active cases.

    605 Repatriates Have Their Return Coordinated
    And one of the main sources of new active cases is the ongoing repatriation of Belizeans stranded abroad. 264 have been repatriated, 1004 have applied to be repatriated, 908 have been approved, and 605 have their coordinated return in progress.

    SICB Has Major Legal Troubles
    Reports reaching our newsroom are that a defense attorney was escorted by police officers yesterday to the offices of the Sugar Industries Control Board. They were there to 'crowfoot' the organization's assets. Viewers may know that the Board, also known as the SICB, is one of the regulators of the Sugar Industry in the north. We understand that Dr. Carlos Itza, one of the SICB's former employees sued them in the Supreme Court for failing to fully compensate him. Dr. Itza once served as the Chairman of the Sugar Cane Production Committee.

    Channel 5

    Alleged Drug Traffickers Appear in Court
    Eight Central American nationals were escorted to court today in handcuffs under the watchful eye of heavily armed police officers and the Gang Suppression Unit. The men were busted in [...]

    ACP Marco Vidal Suffers a Stroke
    Assistant Commissioner of Police Marco Vidal headed an early morning law enforcement operation in Belize City on Tuesday where he led just about three hundred police and B.D.F. officers into [...]

    Deconstructing the Need for a Second Anti-gang SOE
    The south side of the Old Capital was quiet today and free of gang activity.  A second curfew that will last for a month has been instituted and the police [...]

    3 Fisherman are Remanded for Charges Related to San Pedro Home Invasion
    There was a home invasion and robbery in San Pedro Town over the weekend which also involved a kidnapping. Three fishermen have been arraigned for the crime. Ruben Martinez, Mark [...]

    P.S.U. and Belmopan City Council Sign Agreement Which Includes 1.2 Acres of Land
    The Belmopan City Council and the Public Service Union settled their almost two-year long dispute over the Hilltop property in Belmopan. As a part of the settlement, the Belmopan City [...]

    Policeman Investigated for Sexual Assault in Independence
    A policeman attached to the Intermediate Southern Formation in Independence Village is under investigation following an allegation that he forced a female minor into an unlawful sexual act.  On Monday, [...]

    Steven Moss is Freed
    In the court, the murder case of Steven Moss fell apart for the prosecution, when Supreme Court Justice Colin Williams dismissed the charge against him. A discharge warrant was prepared [...]

    Respect the Law and Law Enforcement Officers
    While a state of emergency is in effect in the south side of the City, across the country, a nightly curfew for children remains in effect, despite the lifting of [...]

    U.B.F.S.U. Set to Demonstrate in Belmopan!
    There’s new development into the University of Belize’s management issues. Late this evening, the President of the UB Professor Clement Sankat issued an invitation via a press release to the [...]

    B.N.T.U. Leader Meets with U.B.F.S.U.
    National President of the Belize National Teachers Union Senator Elena Smith this afternoon met with the University of Belize Faculty and Staff Union in Belmopan as it prepares to protest [...]

    B.N.T.U. President Says Schools Are Not Ready to Open
    The B.N.T.U. President also told News Five today that schools are not ready to reopen.  In an interview, Smith expressed serious concerns, saying that many schools across the country will [...]

    B.N.T.U. President Questions Belize’s Preparedness after the P.G.I.A. Reopens
    According to Smith, teachers who are willing to return to classes are also expressing concerns for their safety and the safety of their students especially since the P.G.I.A. will reopen [...]

    G.O.B. Announces COVID-19 Unemployment Top-up Cards
    Over eighty thousand persons applied for the COVID-19 Unemployment Relief, but only forty-three thousand applications were approved. Many persons, however, complained of not having received any assistance, despite receiving a [...]

    Senate Report on Immigration Investigation Almost Completed
    It’s been years now that the immigration scandal implicating several U.D.P. ministers, including the infamous Elvin Penner, came to light. Penner is the former Minister of State for Immigration and [...]

    Christian Workers Union Submits Notice of Strike Action Against P.B.L.
    The Christian Workers Union on Wednesday submitted a notice of strike action against the Port of Belize Limited.  The staff of the P.B.L. has been protesting against a ten percent [...]

    Christopher McGann is the New N.E.B.L. Commissioner
    The 2020 season of the National Elite Basketball League was cut short in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But this season is over, and now, the league is in [...]

    B.T.B. Staff Donates School Supplies to Students of San Antonio RC School
    Seventy students of San Antonio RC School in the Orange Walk District today received an assortment of back to school supplies as part of the Belize Tourism Board staff’s community [...]

    Scotia Bank Belize Donates P.P.E.s to Belize Police Department
    Scotia Bank Belize has made a donation today; it handed over five thousand dollars to be used for personal protective equipment to the Belize Police Department. The protective face shields [...]

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    PSU gets new headquarters
    After having gone through the wringer to maintain Hilltop as their headquarters, the Public Service Union (PSU) had to compromise. The Hilltop property was sold by the Belmopan City Council to Simplex Design Company Limited.

    PBL workers to protest in 21 days
    The Port of Belize Limited employees have submitted their 21 days’ notice for strike action. According to the President of the Christian Workers Union, Evan Mose Hyde, the notice is a ‘just in case’ move as the security guards are considered as essential and they would have to give ample notice to take part in the protest.

    UBFSU to hold demonstration
    The University of Belize’s Faculty and Staff Union (UBFSU) had threatened to take industrial action if their demands were not met, and tomorrow, those threats will come to fruition. The Union is holding a demonstration at 10am, commencing at the steps of the National Assembly.

    Captain Elton Bennett prepares to leave for the UK
    Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard, Captain Elton Bennett will be travelling to the United Kingdom next month to do a one-year course that would then take him up to the rank of Rear Admiral. Captain Bennett has been at the helm of the Belize Coast Guard for roughly eight months and has brought about much streamlining in the process.

    BTB donate school supplies
    Today, the Belize Tourism Board staff donated school supplies to students of San Antonio RC School Orange Walk district. Approximately 70 children from San Antonio RC School received an assortment of back to school supplies as part of the (BTB) staff’s community outreach to assist those in need during the COVID-19 crisis.

    Scotiabank donates to Rotary Club
    Scotiabank is doing their part for the community by donating $5,000 to the Rotary Club for the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the Belize Police Department. The Rotary Club will procure the PPE’s and distribute it to the members of the BPD.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Armed bandits hold up Bowen delivery truck in Cristo Rey
    Reports to BBN is that around 5:30 p.m. today, armed bandits held up a Bowen […]

    World Health Organization acknowledges “emerging evidence” that COVID-19 could be contracted through airborne transmission
    Following an open letter by over 230 scientists earlier this week, the World Health Organization […]

    New York Times list Belize as a recommendation to US tourists
    As the global COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the spike in confirmed cases in the United […]

    Scotiabank and Rotary donate to the Police Department
    Today, Scotiabank Belize handed over a donation of $5,000 to the Rotary Club for the […]

    Children’s curfew in effect; parents scolded
    A curfew for minors remains in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. according to […]

    New Scenes of Crime office rented from Barrow and Williams firm
    The Scenes of Crime division of the National Forensic Science Service (NFSS) is moving to […]

    National Security apparatus denies State of Emergency ‘fatigue’
    The newly-promulgated State of Emergency regulations, as of Tuesday morning, last for 30 days in […]

    Why another crime-related State of Emergency?
    “We had no choice,” Minister of National Security Michael Peyrefitte said Tuesday, “but to ask […]

    Flood levels continue to fall
    The National Hydrological Service of Belize informed today that flood levels are falling. The weather […]

    National Elite Basketball League welcomes new commissioner
    The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) has welcomed the new commissioner of the league, Christopher […]

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    The United States is leading global infections for COVID-19 with over 3 million cases prompting […]

    Blogs

    A Beautiful San Pedro Day and Chicken Boat Dreams
    Generally, I dislike a vague title like this…one that is confusing…means very little to you when you read it. The nice day part, yes…but Chicken boat dreams? But life is small right now…for many of us, confusing. Limited trips to town still (more because we are low on funds but also because it seems safest now). So for now…a pretty day and a possible ride on the Quality Poultry boat to Belize City? These things make me happy. Here are my photos.

    A Flavors of Belize Recipe: Fish Tacos
    Whilst the country remains closed to the outside world for a little longer, we know that food can transport you to another place. We know you can’t wait to see the sea again, so here’s a recipe inspired by the Caribbean Sea! These Fish Tacos, courtesy of the Flavors of Belize Cookbook, combines fresh fish fillet with soft flour tortillas and a zingy creole pepper sauce. Your first bite will transport you to a beach chair in Belize; think sand in your toes, salt in your hair, and a very happy belly.

    Belize introduces ‘Safe Corridors’ for Tourism Reopening
    As Belize prepares to reopen on August 15 to international passengers, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and Ministry of Health (MOH) prepares ‘safe corridors’ for tourism. Alongside the MOH, BTB, and other agencies, Belize continues to work to ensure all safety protocols and procedures are in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19 at reopening. As the Caribbean country enters Phase 3 of a 5-Phased Reopening Plan, BTB now opens their application process to the properties that can accommodate international guests, as per the checklist.

    International Sourcesizz

    The Top 10 Resort Hotels in Central America
    Travel and Leisure’s Top 10 Resorts in Central America have been announced! We would like to congratulate Matachica Resort - Belize, Central America , Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn from Belize for making the coveted list.

    I’m a U.S. Citizen. Where in the World Can I Go?
    Acclaimed publication The New York Times has featured Belize in a complete list of places reopening to American tourists.

    GraceKennedy signs Briana Williams as GK foods ambassador
    GraceKennedy (GK) Group CEO Don Wehby has announced that GK Foods has signed sprinter Briana Williams as its newest Brand Ambassador, effective July 1. The National Under 20 record holder will represent the GK Foods brand locally, as well in the regional and international markets, over the next three years. “We have been watching Briana's performances for some time now, and easily concluded that she would be a great addition to GraceKennedy. Her talent, discipline and focus are beyond impressive, especially at such an early stage in her career.

    Videos

  • Be a part of a CLEANER Belize ... Separate and Recycle!, 1.5min. Promotional Ad for Belize Solid Waste Management Authority.

  • KREM: Wake Up Belize, 2hr42min.

  • Live Cam - San Ignacio - Cayo, Belize - Looking over Spanish Lookout, Live cam looking west, over Spanish Lookout. The Belize-Guatemala BORDER (yes, Guatemala, it is a border because Belize is not part of your country.) is off in the distance.

  • Belize Estate & Company Ltd. - Auto Show 2020, 18min. The Summer Auto Show will take place on July 11th at 9:00 am at the Riverside Tavern. We talked with folks of the Belize Estate & Company Ltd. about the show and BEC's Summer Oil Change Promotion. David Vasquez - Sales Manager, BEC. Ryan Marin - Sales Manager, Belize Diesel & Equipment.

  • The Welcome Resource Center, 16min. The Welcome Resource Center has been working for the past seven years providing assistance to mental health patients. Over the years the services has increased and they continue to need the support of the community to aid those in need. We talked with Joyce Ellis, Administrator of the Welcome Resource Center, about the work of the center and how you can help them. She also told us about the clothing drive as they are looking for male clothing.

  • The Government of Belize & BelTRAIDE - Rolling out a MSME Support Program, 35min. The Government of Belize in collaboration with BelTRAIDE will be rolling out a MSME Support Program as part of the second phase in the COVID-19 Economic Relief initiative. We talked with Dr. Leroy Almendarez, Executive Director of BelTRAIDE, about the parameters of the assistance being offered and who will be able to access it.

  • Galen Virtual Economic Summit, 73min. Galen Virtual Economic Summit: Recovery, Continuity, Transformation: Opportunities and Innovations to adjust to the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - EDEN ELIZABETH JONES, 2min.

  • SolutionsPlus Webinar, 1hr47min. Coordination and hosting of Financial Planning Webinar

  • ANDRE PEREZ PAYS FULL TUITION OF HIGH RANKING STUDENTS, 8min.

  • Swimmers meet wild sharks and stingrays face to face in Belize, 1.5min. These swimmers in Belize were treated to an incredibly close encounter with wild sharks and stingrays. This is an are where the animals congregate to feed and breed. The are is a huge marine park that is protected. Although the animals are free to come and go as they please, they can come to no harm here.

  • Made in Belize - Nari Self Care, 14min. BELTRAIDE salutes our clients who are making waves in Belize! In this Made in Belize feature, we sat down with Sheena Gentle of Nari Self Care.@nari.bze Nari Self Care handcrafts skincare products made from all-natural ingredients. We encourage Belizeans to help build our country by buying from MSMEs.

  • Live Beach Cam - The Phoenix Resort - Ambergris Caye - San Pedro, Belize,

  • DJ TASH Soca Segment- Belize Got Talent Virtual Show (Hosted by DJ Dalla), 13min. Young Vibrant DJ Tash alongside mic man Junyah was aired live virtually on Belize Got Talent Show Hosted by DJ Dalla! DJ Tash's Soca Segment

  • Beach Around the World S1E1 - Bright Days In Belize, 24min. After the loss of her husband, a woman kept their traveling traditions alive and feels Belize's Caye Caulker is perfect for the family's future home. She brings her cousin along to find the ideal beach house with enough space for the family of six.

  • Images of Yucatan, Belize and Honduras, '03, 7min.
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    News
    Yesterday at 11:50 AM
    Belize wants Tourism but not Tourists
    It is understandable that it is difficult finding a balance between the health of people and the economic health of the nation.
    It is unfortunate that the lady in the video feels that people with substantial investment in tourism, i.e.: hotels, resorts and airlines, are only interested in their own profits. Belize decided long ago to develop tourism as a way to improve the economic health of the country, which by the way benefits all Belizeans whether directly involved in the tourism industry or indirectly.
    She appears unaware of how the money from tourism supports many of the government services that all Belizeans benefit from. It is too bad she doesn't have a crystal ball showing what her life would be like in Belize without the people, that she criticizes, investing in tourism and the tax dollars, foreign currency, etc that it provides.
    Again, it is a delicate balance tryin to weigh public health and economic health.
    Public health can be helped by taking precautions against diseases. Just like is being done. Unfortunately, economic health of Belize cannot survive without tourism. That means tourists coming to Belize.
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    Yesterday at 11:17 AM
    Application for re-opening in the tourism "safe corridor" is now available for stakeholders to fill out and submit.

    Dear Industry Partners,

    As Belize opens the PGIA to international guests on August 15, 2020, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is working along with the Ministry of Health and other agencies in ensuring safety protocols and procedures are in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We are therefore, in the first instance, re-opening in a "safe corridor" and have prepared an application form for properties who can accommodate international guests as per the checklist.

    The application form with the list of requirements can be found on our webpage HERE and should be sent electronically to licensing@belizetourismboard.org with the subject of your accommodation and the destination in which the accommodation is located. Once the signed application with all required documents have been submitted, you will receive an email of acknowledgement soon thereafter and if approved an approval letter within one week of submission.

    We look forward to approving you.

    Yours in Tourism,
    Belize Tourism Board
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    Yesterday at 11:05 AM
    The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to advise that application form for the Tourism Gold Standard Recognition Program is now available on the BTB website HERE.

    Completed applications should be submitted to qualityassurance@belizetourismboard.org for processing.

    Thereafter, an email confirming your application status or acceptance into the program will be provided.

    BTB will review submissions and corresponding details, and follow through with inspections.

    Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 227-2420 EXT 274.

    Yours in Tourism,
    Belize Tourism Board
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    Yesterday at 11:00 AM

    Belize Is Holding the Gate Open For You
    Belize is reopening its International Airport (BZE) on August 15th, 2020. Belize's culture is calling; our history is waiting to be discovered; wildlife and beauty beckon. And as a destination worth waiting for, we'll see you soon.
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    Food & Recipes
    Yesterday at 10:55 AM
    Whilst the country remains closed to the outside world for a little longer, we know that food can transport you to another place. We know you can’t wait to see the sea again, so here’s a recipe inspired by the Caribbean Sea! These Fish Tacos, courtesy of the Flavors of Belize Cookbook, combines fresh fish fillet with soft flour tortillas and a zingy creole pepper sauce.

    Your first bite will transport you to a beach chair in Belize; think sand in your toes, salt in your hair, and a very happy belly.

    Ingredients

    2 pounds of red snapper filets with skin, cut into 2-inch strips
    4-tablespoons olive oil divided
    Salt and freshly grounded black pepper to taste
    4 cups cabbage, shredded
    2 tablespoons lime juice
    10 flour tortillas, 6-inch
    2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
    Creole pepper sauce
    Lime wedges for serving
    1 1/2 cups guacamole, optional

    Directions

    Brush the fish with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat until lightly charred and cooked through, approximately 10 minutes. Transfer the fish to a platter and remove the skin. In a large bowl, toss the cabbage with the remaining olive oil and lime juice. Season cabbage with salt and pepper, to taste. Warm flour tortillas and spread a dollop of guacamole on each. Top with strips of fish, tomato slices and a large spoonful of cabbage slaw.

    Serves 6

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    Yesterday at 10:48 AM

    The 2020 season of the National Elite Basketball League was cut short in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But this season is over, and now, the league is in the process of preparing for the 2021 season. To get the ball bouncing, there is a new N.E.B.L. commissioner. Christopher McGann is taking over the N.E.B.L. and he wants to ensure that the upcoming season builds on the momentum and successes of the past seasons. McGann is no stranger to the sport; he played at the semi-pro level for two seasons in 2014 and 2015. But he also has a master’s degree in banking and finance and has worked in various research and managerial positions. So with that extensive experience, we asked McGann about this new role in the sport.

    On the Phone: Christopher McGann, Commissioner, NEBL

    “At this moment, I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with the league to try and continue to build on the growth and progress that it has made so far. Regarding this challenging time that we are in as a nation, as a region, as a world, I think we have to be guided by the public health regulations and guidelines and hopefully we can get back to doing what we love, playing basketball at the highest level and producing a family product so that people can come out and see it. I am hopeful to learn from all my experiences. I was fortunate enough to play many moons ago, it seems and I think at this moment, the most important thing is to sort of reach out to the individual team owners collectively, find out what are their concerns; reach out to the other stakeholders so that I can get a mandate from them as to how we can plan to bring back the next season of NEBL basketball.”

    Channel 5


    The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) is pleased to introduce the new commissioner of the league. Mr. Christopher McGann has been selected as the commissioner and he is tasked to ensure that the 2021 season continues to build on the momentum and successes of the past seasons. Mr. McGann holds a Master’s Degree in Banking and Finance and has worked in various research and managerial positions in Belize. Mr. McGann has extensive experience in financial management and analysis and strategic plan development and execution. Christopher also played in the inaugural 2014 NEBL season with Belmopan Bandits and 2015 with Hurricanes. He is originally from Belmopan, but presently resides in Belize City. The league is excited to embrace this new transition in its leadership and administrative structure as it prepares for the upcoming 2021 season amidst the existing pandemic.

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    Yesterday at 10:39 AM
    G.O.B. Announces COVID-19 Unemployment Top-up Cards

    Approved applicants for the COVID-19 Unemployment Relief are advised that top-up cards will be prepared for those who still have not been able to receive their approved payments due to banking information errors. Such persons should send a text with their correct telephone number to phone number 613-0095 so that they can be contacted should the need arise.
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