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The San Pedro Sun

Castillo’s Hardware Ltd celebrates 20 years of excellent business in San Pedro Town
In honor of their 20th anniversary, Castillo’s Do It Best Hardware threw a big celebration on Wednesday, February 19th to thank their loyal customers. 20 lucky customers had the opportunity of winning $1,000 each via a raffle during the two-decade celebration. During a short ceremony, proprietor Alfonso Castillo thanked everyone present and recognized the loyalty of his customers. “It is a pleasure for me to come every day, and greet our customers,” said Castillo. We provide some of the best quality products at competitive prices. My staff and I always follow the principle, of making the best even better.”

Department of Environment host educational waste management workshop in San Pedro
On Wednesday, February 19th, the Department of Environment invited health care professionals and members of the media to participate in a waste management workshop. Their aim was to educate health care personnel and the public on proper disposal methods of medical waste and regulations in place for medical waste disposal. Attendees ranged from registered nurses, public health officers, lab technicians, and veterinary assistants. The workshop was led by the Managing Director of Belize Environmental Technologies (BET) Mr. Ismael Fabro, representatives of DOE Dr. Isani Chan and Mr. Edgar Eck.

More MPAs and King Crabs can help Belize Barrier Reef health
Belize’s section of the reef was the only part which showed a 7 percent improvement, with its Reef Health Index (RHI) increasing from 2.8 to 3.0, according to the 2020 MBRS reef health report presented by Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative (HRI). HRI director Melanie Mcfield, Ph.D, is a marine scientist with the Smithsonian Institution, and she presented their findings at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City last Thursday morning, February 13. Elsewhere in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras which share the MBRS, reef health had declined so that the overall reef health index for all four countries fell from 2.8 in 2016, to 2.5 in 2018, an 18 percent drop.

Opposition and national unions condemn corruption
The ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) has been the center of attention over the past weeks following the scandal regarding the relationship of former Minister of National Security Honourable John Saldivar and international fraudster Lev Dermen. Adding fuel to the fire is the $1.5 billion that was allegedly spent unconstitutionally by Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow. To show the current government their dissatisfaction, all 10 unions in Belize shared a series of conditions for the government to implement prior to this year’s general elections, while the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) is set for a demonstration on Sunday, February 23rd in Belize City.

Owner of Samahdi Yacht issued six-figure fine for coral damage at Lighthouse Reef Atoll
Video footage filmed by local divers at the site known as ‘The Aquarium’ at Long Caye in Lighthouse Reef Atoll, depicted the alleged destruction of live corals by the anchor of a large yacht called Samahdi on Sunday, February, 9th. By the time rangers of the Belize Audubon Society and elements of the Belize Coast Guard responded to the reports, the vessel had left. Its owner, who was not on the yacht at the time, reportedly has since been in contact with the Government of Belize to address the unfortunate incident. Following an assessment from the Department of the Environment (DOE), it is alleged that a $150,000BZ fine was issued for damages caused by the yacht.

Ambergris Today

Castillo’s Hardware Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Castillo’s Hardware celebrated a great milestone in the town of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, On February 19, 2000, Castillo’s Hardware opened its doors to the Wednesday, February 19, 2020 they celebrated their BIG 20th Anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Alfonso Castillo could not think of anything better than to celebrate along with the community that they hold dear at heart. They decided to give away $20,000 to their loyal customers by having a raffle of 20 cash prizes of $1,000 to 20 lucky winners.

Belize Is Removed From The EU List Of Harmful Preferential Tax Regimes
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) of the European Union released the results of its recently concluded meeting held in Brussels on February 18, 2020. The Government of Belize has been informed that the recent amendments to both the Income and Business Tax Act and Tax Administrative and Procedure Act on December 23rd have been positively assessed and the ECOFIN Council has agreed to remove Belize from the EU list of harmful preferential tax regimes (Annex II).

Various Belizean Sources

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COROZAL FOOTBALL ACTION
TEMPESTAD CLUB ATLETICO from Corozal VS. ALTITUDE F.C. in preparation for bringing back Semi-pro football to Corozal. Game at the Michael Aschroft Stadium on February 23rd at 2:00 p.m. Join our fan club bus for $30.00 round trip to Mango Creek - Limited space - Call 607-9057 to reserve your seat.

TRADITIONAL MAYA HEALING
On January 20,2018 the Yucatec Maya NGO To'one Masehualo'on organized the event of Alternative healing in the Corozal House of Culture . Topics which were covered were The Yucatec Maya identity(importance of traditional Medicine), Mal de Ojo , Siro, El Susto ,herbs and the similarities with Scientifical Methods . Imparting their knowledge was Mr. Harry Rivas, well known Maya Healer from Xaibe Corozal, and Professor Maria “Maruch” Chable Ruiz from La Universidad de Quintana Roo, Mexico. Practitioners of the Yucatec Maya ethnic group and Garifuna ethnic group of Belize were present .

*COVID-19 UPDATE*
*COVID-19 UPDATE* As a follow up to the training that two officers received in Mexico City, an in-house training is currently ongoing at our Central Medical Laboratory. Parallel to this, we can confirm that we now have the capacity to do initial screening for COVID-19 as we now have primers and probes to test in country. The tests will be carried out on potential/suspect cases following specific screening purposes.

Hon. Omar Figueroa Sworn-in as Substantive Minister for Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development
Dr. Hon. Omar Figueroa was this morning sworn-in by the Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young as the substantive Minister for Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development. On January 12th, 2015, Hon. Figueroa was first sworn-in as a Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, after winning his seat in the by-election held on January 5th, 2015 in the Cayo North electoral division.

'I Love Belmopan Clean-up'
"I Love Belmopan Clean- up Campaign on Friday, 28th February 2020. Special thanks to all the primary and secondary schools that will be joining us.

LVII meeting of the Central American Travel Agency
Mike Hernandez is representing the BTB at the LVII meeting of the Central American Travel Agency (CATA) being held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras from February 18th to the 21st. CATA's main mandate is to promote Central America as a multi-destination in Europe.

Women in Art 2020
The Museum of Belize is proud to announce our call for submissions for Women in Art 2020! Our guest curator for this year's Women in Art is Ms.Chelsea Johnston.

BEL Update on Service Improvements for Caye Caulker Customers
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) continues to deliver on its commitment to improve services to customers in Caye Caulker through ongoing system upgrades and by increasing its generation capacity for the island. Since November 2019, the Company has installed seven higher capacity transformers in areas with a high demand for electricity. These new transformers enable BEL to better manage supply to residences and businesses and serve the increasing demand brought on by the rapid pace of commercial development on the island.

PLEASE STOP VANDALIZING SAN PEDRITO PARK
The San Pedro Town Council is currently renovating the San Pedrito Park by adding a new fence, fixing the playground, adding benches and picnic tables and even a snack shop and more! However, once again, the park is being vandalized. Every day, the work that goes into the park is later vandalized after our team leaves and it is very disappointing. Through this medium, we are asking the community, especially those that live in San Pedrito, to please take care of the park.

Monthly Weather Summary, January 2020
January falls within the cool transition period between the rainy season and the dry season for Belize. This transition period typically lasts for about two to three months from December to mid February or early March when the dry season sets in. January is typically cool over the country and can be wet at times. The main rainfall producers during this month are cold fronts, prefrontal troughs and shear lines.

15TH ANNUAL WOMEN'S AWARDS Call for Nominees
Agencies are invited to nominate an Outstanding Women or Organization contributing positively to the advancement of women in Belize! Select one(1)woman OR (1) organization to be awarded. Awardee should respect women's human rights. Organizations are encouraged to look at their partner agencies and network for potential awardee. Organizations are encouraged to develop a criteria for selection of awardee to ensure that the best possible candidate is acknowledged. Submit a picture and brief bio no more than 250 words) with the rationale for the selection of the individual/organization. Agencies are responsible for providing their own plaques/awards and someone to present the award during Women's Awards.

Incident at San Ignacio Market Thursday
The SISE Town Council along with the vendors and the Local Farmers have always had an agreement whereby the farmers (wholesalers) supply the vendors at the market, with fresh fruits and vegetables, on a weekly basis at wholesale prices. The farmers are allowed able to sell retail on Tuesday's & Thursday's to the local business and residents from 10:00am to 2:00pm. This agreement has always worked, whereby everyone benefits including the residents. As of recent, there have been a few wholesalers (not necessarily local famers) that have being coming into the market on a daily basis to sell to the residents and under-pricing the local vendors and some farmers in which the Town Council has tried on numerous occasions to meet with them and ensure that no one is losing especially our local farmers and vendors.

Pictures from the John Paul II Junior College Gala last weekend
We had an AWESOME turnout for our Gala on Saturday night. Thank you to all those who helped make this event possible. We couldn't have done it without you all. Hope to see everyone again next year

Belize Band Fest 2020
Showcasing pure musical delight and jaw dropping choreography, will be held on Saturday April 4th at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in the Garden City, Belmopan. The BTB is proud to be a sponsor of this event which will be held under the patronage of His Excellency Sir. Colville Young, Governor General of Belize.

PATRICK FABER & JOHN SALDIVAR TO STEP ASIDE FOR NEW UDP LEADERSHIP CONVENTION!!!
Today in Belmopan the UDP held an emergency meeting with 31 Area Representatives and standard bearers to resolve the leadership void left in the wake of John Saldivar’s decision to step down as Party Leader elect. We are told the majority of the 31, dubbed the group of 20, insisted that both Patrick Faber and John Saldivar step aside to make way for a new party leader elect that everyone can endorse without going through another divisive convention. The UDP has scheduled a National Party Council for February 29, 2020 in order to chart the way forward with a new leader elect that can be endorsed.

Community Forestry Symposium for State Actors: Forest Conservation and Governance!
We are currently in Belmopan hosting our Community Forestry Symposium for State Actors: Forest Conservation and Governance! Themes for discussion at the event include climate-smart technology, community forestry and partnerships in forest conservation and governance. We are grateful for the participation of our many partners at our one-day event! @ George Price Center

Corozal Town Historical Walk Tour
Ever wonder about the big white house on the corner of First Street South and First Avenue? The structure was first a home but it also served as the headquarters for the Schofield family who were the owners of the Goshen and Prembroke Hall Estates (Corozal Town and area). You are welcome to take the Corozal Town Historical Walk Tour to learn more about this landmark and others as we partner with CJC Tourism students this coming Monday, February 24th. Join us beginning at 9am as part of our 8th anniversary celebration. Tourism students will be waiting for you to tour!

Channel 7

The UDP At A Credibility Crossroads: Who Will Lead
The power dynamic in the UDP remains fluid, and, tonight, best information suggests that the leader who will emerge from the rubble of the John Saldivar meltdown is NOT Hugo Patt.  Reports tell us that Deputy Prime Minister and First Deputy Leader Patt has told his colleagues he doesn't want the party leadership. 
And that points to the next man in line, who .you guessed it Patrick Faber.  That's right, 10 days after he was soundly defeated in a National Convention, reports suggest that Faber could be poised to take back the leadership of the UDP.  

Seine Byte Fire Leaves 30 Homeless
Yesterday we told you about a  fire at a long barracks in the village of Seine Bight that left 30 people homeless. We also told you about the bucket brigade of villagers who banded together to fight the flames. Nevertheless, the building burned to the ground. And, today, Cherisse Halsall went south to get a firsthand perspective on the devastation caused: 14 families are homeless today after this building burned to the ground and the question right now is what could have started a fire in a location where up to thirty people lived.

Fire Dept Phones On The Fry
That village bucket brigade may have been brought together by community morale but the people of Seine Bight might have been forced to become first responders because the fire truck took longer than expected to get there.  And that's because the phones at the Placencia fire station weren't working. And today Station Supervisor at Fire Service Headquarters Kenneth Mortis said that they've been having issues with their phones countrywide.

Man Murdered after Drinking Spree in Champon
There are two murders to report tonight - one in the north and the other in the west.  We start in the west where a 24 year old was found dead after an evening of partying in "Champon" - the area between Benque Viejo and Melchor.   Robert Nunez was last seen on Sunday, and when he didn't return home that night, his mother reported him missing.  He was found dead today.  Cherisse Halsall has more: 24 year old San Ignacio Resident Robert Nunez was last seen on Sunday when he left home. 

Man Named Angel Executed In Front Of His Home
And while that 24 year old was found dead this morning, a 26 year old was killed on front of his home last night.  It happened in Corozal Town where, around 7:30 someone showed up at Angel Cahueque's home on Santa Maria Street calling for him.  He stepped out to see who it was and the man calling for him shot him dead.

The Bar Association Sues The CJ
In November, we told you about the pending lawsuit that the Bar Association filed against Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin.  It pertains to one of the disputes that the Bar has with the Chief Justice, and it was one of the reasons why DPP Cheryl-Lynn Vidal and senior members of the Bar boycotted last month's ceremonial opening of the Supreme Court. 
For about 2 years and counting, the Chief Justice, as the Chair of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission- or JLSC for short - has been preventing the DPP from sitting in the Commission's meetings as President of the Bar Association.

Elections and Boundaries Chair Explains Why No Redistricting
So, while the Chief Justice is one of the defendants in the Bar's lawsuit, he is acting as the presiding judge in an important case leading up to the 2020 General Elections.  As we told you last night, Michael Ashcroft has successfully joined the redistricting lawsuit that the Belize Peace Movement and others have brought against the Elections and Boundaries Commission and the Government. They say that the time has long past since the Commission needed to carry out a redistricting exercise to fix the huge disparity in the sizes of  Belize's 31 electoral divisions.

Motorbike Rider Dies In Fatal Accident
41-year-old Roberto Cordova died yesterday as a result of a traffic accident near Placencia's Thunderbird junction. It happened around 4:30 in the evening when 27-year-old Justin Linarez, driving a black Ford Fusion around a curve, allegedly drifted into the opposite lane. Cordova was on a motorcycle, and attempted to dodge Linarez's vehicle but lost control and collided with the Ford before crashing to the pavement.

Construction Workers Fall From Building
Viewers will remember that in September of last year, 2 construction workers died in the Belize City Civic Center after they fell from a scaffold while doing some works on the Center's roof. Well, there was another construction accident in Belize City today, but fortunately, neither of the two construction workers who fell lost their lives.  This one happened at the height of the morning rush in the heart of the city.  At 8:05, two men fell from the former Paslow building - which is now being named the Belize Heritage Plaza.  

Fire in Hattieville Restaurant Started At Fast Food Joint
Earlier in the news we told you about a fire in Seine Bight where 30 people lost their homes, but a sixty-year-old man from Hattieville also lost his home to a fire yesterday. It happened at around 2:15 in the afternoon when his neighbour, 38-year-old Leticia Smith, rushed out to pick up a child she was scheduled to babysit leaving her stove unattended.

Unions Strike It Up For Protest Tomorrow
Tomorrow morning in Belize City, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize is calling all its members along with the business community and regular citizens to join them in what is being called a  march against corruption.

Channel 5

Still No Leader-elect for the U.D.P.
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize held a successful demonstration in Belize City today, but fifty miles away in Belmopan, the United Democratic Party held a conclave. The meeting [...]

John Saldivar Has Yet to Tender Resignation as Leader-Elect of the U.D.P.
Belmopan Area Representative, John Saldivar, is holding on to his position that he did not participate in any corrupt act with or on behalf of accused fraudster Lev Dermen and [...]

Investigation into Allegations Against John Saldivar Ongoing
Michael Peyrefitte has been recently appointed the Minister of National Security after John Saldivar resigned from cabinet in light of the damning revelations made by Jacob Kingston in the U.S. [...]

N.T.U.C.B. Holds Successful Demonstration in Belize City
This morning, the streets of Belize City were seething with union members and their leaders chanting: “Only the People Can Save the People.” The unions staged a successful anti-corruption protest [...]

A Group of UB Students Walk Out of Classes to Attend Anti-Corruption Demonstration
The march was well underway, when a group of students staged a walk-out of classes from the University of Belize in Belmopan and travelled to Belize City to participate in [...]

B.N.T.U. to G.O.B.: Don’t Ignore Our Cry for Good Governance or Else
The national anti-corruption demonstration concluded with a rally at Memorial Park past the lunch hour.  It was a first step by the unions to effect change. The Belize National Teachers [...]

Senators Come Out in Support of Anti-Corruption Demonstration
The unionists were joined by many others who support the call to end corruption, including the N.G.O.s and social partners. Among them were Senators Osmany Salas and Mark Lizarraga. The [...]

Ahead of Its Own Demonstration, the P.U.P. Comes Out in Support of the N.T.U.C.B.
“Only the People Can Save the People” demonstration and rally staged by the N.T.U.C.B. precedes another demonstration to be held in the wake of the John Saldivar scandal, in which [...]

P.U.P. Leader: General Elections Should Be Called Now
Now the N.T.U.C.B. has made several demands to government, which they say must be met ahead of the next general elections, expected later this year. Amongst those requests is the [...]

Bobby Lopez Takes on Redistricting and Good Governance
The legal challenge brought against the Government of Belize by the Belize Peace Movement regarding an overdue redistricting exercise is presently before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin.  The revision of electoral [...]

What’s the Update with UNCAC?
As we told up, while the cabinet and U.D.P. standard bearers met in Belmopan on the political mess it finds itself in, in Belize City, the unions were clamouring for [...]

Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay Weighs In on Case of the Bar Against the CJ
On Wednesday night, we reported on the case of the Director of Public Prosecution.  While Cheryl-Lynn Vidal was serving as the President of the Bar Association, she was expelled from [...]

Police are Seeking One Person for Cahueque’s murder
Angel Cahueque was shot and killed outside his home in Corozal Town on Tuesday night around seven-thirty. Police say that they are looking for one person in connection with this [...]

Limited Information on the Murder of Robert Nunez
Police say that they are no closer to finding out what happened to Robert Nunez. He was found dead near the western border on Wednesday night just before eleven. Cops [...]

Orange Walk Robber Nabbed by Cops; Stolen Items Recovered
A robber is in police custody for robbing a grocery store at gunpoint in Orange Walk Town on Tuesday night. Police say that two armed men walked into 128 Store [...]

Local Lifeguard Saves Drowning Man
A young man’s quick action and CPR skills saved the life of senior Belize City resident. Tonight, sixty-one-year-old Ulrick Young is alive and with his family after a near fatal [...]

Concepcion Man Drowns near Pueblo Viejo Ferry Crossing
A man has drowned in northern Belize. Milton Correa, a painter of Concepcion Village in Corozal, lost his life in the New River around two-thirty on Wednesday afternoon. Correa attempted [...]

RTA on Placencia Road Kills One
There was a fatal traffic accident on the Placencia Road that has left one man dead. Police say that on Tuesday, forty-one-year-old Roberto Cordova lost his life when his motorcycle [...]

Omar Figueroa Takes Oath as Minister for Fisheries, Forestry, Environment and Sustainable Development
Omar Figueroa has been bumped up as substantive Minister for Fisheries, Forestry, Environment and Sustainable Development. The appointment came about as a result of cabinet realignments triggered by the resignation of [...]

Belize is Removed from the EU List of Harmful Preferential Tax Regimes
Belize has finally been recovered from the EU blacklisting as a harmful tax regime. This comes following a meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council of the European Union [...]

Healthy Living: Boosting Your Immune System
It can be scary to tune in to the latest updates of the new coronavirus – Covid-19. Even as the number of new cases continues to rise, the epicentre of [...]

The Reporter

No Party Leader Appointed Yet: Dean Still Leads The UDP
The U.D.P. will hold a National Party Council meeting next week, at which point the Party will announce a timeline to receive applications from persons who would be interested in being leader.

Omar Figueroa Is Sworn In Minister for Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Dev.
Dr. Hon. Omar Figueroa was officially sworn in this morning by the Governor General, Sir Colville Young as the substantive Minister for Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development.

Executive Meeting In Belmopan To Discuss New Party Leader Situation
It is expected that a new leader of the United Democratic party may emerge as early as today, following an emergency meeting currently being held in Cabinet.

LOVE FM

Only the people can save the people
‘Only the people can save the people’ – that is the theme that was used in a demonstration headed by the National Trade Union Congress of Belize. It was a handsome showing as teachers, public officers, private citizens, and other Belizeans came from the six districts to protest corruption.

Union says Government should take heed of their call to stop the corruption
As we noted there are six points that the unions are demanding from the Government. All the points are based on putting a stop to corruption including the enacting of legislation, investigations into alleged corruption and systems that would deter future acts of corruption.

UDP still in search of a new leader elect
The United Democratic Party is still in search of a new leader elect. The seat became vacant after John Saldivar enjoyed a mere 72-hours of victory following the February 9 UDP Convention. Saldivar was forced to step down when testimonies emerged of him accepting monies from Lev Dermen who is currently on trial in the US for money laundering.

Students walk out of the University in solidarity with Union Demonstration
And while there was a strong show of unity today, reports came into our newsroom saying that the students of the University of Belize were allegedly denied the right to attend the demonstration. At the initial reports, we spoke to the NTUCB President Marvin Mora who verified that he had gotten the reports.

Man dies in road traffic incident on Placencia Road
A man lost his life on Tuesday in a road traffic incident on the Placencia Road. The incident occurred between miles 21 and 22. Initial reports stated that a black Ford Fusion drifted into the opposite lane while turning on a curve in the road.

Man drowns in Corozal
Corozal residents received a shock yesterday after a body was seen floating in the river near the Pueblo Viejo Ferry. The body was later identified as Milton Corerra, who reportedly attempted to cross the river with Military boots and a backpack.

Dr Omar Figueroa sworn in
Doctor Omar Figueroa was sworn in this morning as the substantive Minister of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development. It was announced on Tuesday that the Cabinet would be seeing some changes.

Belize now able to test for COVID-19
Belize now has the capacity to do initial screenings for COVID-19. Two officers from the Ministry of Health’s Central Medical Laboratory were trained at the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (INDRE) in Mexico City.

Robber caught by police
Quick police response led to the detention of one robber who stole items from 128 Store in Orange Walk. The incident occurred on Wednesday around 7pm.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Application deadline for fellowship to attend 2020 Belize Writer’s Conference fast approaching
Aspiring Belizean writers still have until February 25 to apply for the Copal Distillery Writer-in-Residence […]

National Student Union of Belize chastises UB!
The National Student Union of Belize (NSUB) has fired back a press release at the University […]

BEL installs new generator on Caye Caulker
Today, Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) issued an update on the company’s efforts to upgrade its […]

NTUCB ‘tiger’ awakens
“The narrative out there, the image most Belizean workers have of T.U.C. is of a toothless […]

Juan Guaido rallies support to be recognized as Venezuelan president
Photo Credit: innews.co.uk The recently re-elected president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, has […]

National Evangelical Association support unions’ call for good governance
The National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) issued a statement today saying that it supports […]

UB: ‘Non-school day’ memo did not apply to us
The University of Belize contends that today was a normal workday for its staff and […]

Police nab robber right after Orange Walk 128 Store robbery
A man is detained by police after robbing a Chinese establishment at gunpoint. The robbery […]

Police investigate fatal Placencia road traffic accident
Police are investigating a fatal road traffic accident that happened on the Placencia Road on […]

Mose: ‘This is how bosses act’
Christian Workers Union President, Evan ‘Mose’ Hyde, warned his colleagues that it would not do […]

https://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2020/02/20/belize-now-has-capacity-to-conduct-initial-screening-for-covid-19/Belize now has capacity to conduct initial screening for COVID-19
The Office of the Director of Health Services issued a statement today informing that Belize […]

UB students walk out of class in Belmopan, travel to Belize City for NTUCB rally
Students of the University of Belize took a particular risk this morning by walking out […]

UDP’s future hangs in the air, no decision on leader
The future of the United Democratic Party (UDP) is still hanging in the air following […]

BNTU President Elena Smith addresses NTUCB rally
“No one will be spared”, warned Senator Elena Smith, as she reminded those attending today’s […]

Omar Figueroa sworn in as new Minister of Fisheries, Forestry, Environment and Sustainable Development
Today, Dr. Omar Figueroa was officially sworn in as the Substantive Minister for Fisheries, Forestry, […]

UB students walk out of class
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) is holding a national demonstration in Belize […]

‘The People’s Rally’ underway at Memorial Park; NTUCB President addresses crowd
Boosted by an impressive appearance from the teachers union, the National Trade Union Congress of […]

John Briceno agrees ‘time is too short’ for redistricting
Leader of the Opposition John Briceno says that while he supports redistricting in principle, the […]

UDP in limbo; meeting underway to discuss possibilities for new leader
The United Democratic Party (UDP), the ruling administration and party which has dominated party elections […]

Blogs

Air Tours in Belize
Wonder what the view is like from up here? Soar over lagoons, creeks, villages, mountains, forests and captivating Belizean waters and experience the sight of Belize’s mainland like never before. Join us in reading the top air tours Belize has to offer and why you should take flight! Let’s fly! There’s something about the experience of seeing the majestic view of God’s creation from up above. Walking, swimming, diving, traveling by boat are the common mode of exploration, but the aerial view takes the scenery perspective to a whole other level. Here are a couple of reasons why you should take this aerial tour of Belize.

Adventure Travel In Belize – What You Need To Know
Belize is a small, English-speaking Central American nation found right between, Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean Sea. Despite its small size, this country is rich in biodiversity and history. Belize is also home to the world’s second-largest barrier reef and many sites connected to the ancient Maya. When you have as many things to offer potential adventurers as Belize does, it is a wonder why so few people answer the call. You may be wondering just what sort of adventurers awaits you by taking a trip to Belize. Just continue reading and discover that there is more within this country than you might expect.

A Culinary Journey through Belize with Chef Sean Kuylen
Take a journey through Belize with Chef Sean Kuylen (pronounced kwee-len) and learn about the different cultural dishes that make up Belizean Cuisine. A young Sean Kuylen was the lead drummer and one of the founding members of the highly popular Griga Boyz band in Belize. He credits his experiences on the band as one of the main things that exposed him to the various cultures and food in Belize. When that era came to an end, he ventured into the culinary world and was formally trained in San Francisco. He returned home and after stints at various resorts in Belize and throughout the Caribbean, he eventually started his own company, Sean Kuylen Catering.

So you're thinking about a Belize Wedding
Fabulous choice. Weddings are the most important time of your life and whether you're celebrating it with friends, family, or just the person you love is a magical thing. Thankfully Belize is the idyllic location for a wedding and honeymoon. Relax on the beach and stick your toes in the sand for your big wedding day. There's no need to stress out when you've got warm feet and a cold drink in your hands.

Belize vs Honduras
There has been a lot of inquiries and debates we've seen comparing Belize to Honduras. While we are admittedly biased because Belize is better, we are going to try and showcase the strengths of both equally. They are both frequently cited as being ideal locations to travel for salty activities but I would argue that they are starkly different in terms of overall experience.

International Sourcesizz

Belize: More than beautiful beaches
When you think of Belize, images of beautiful beaches likely come to mind. And rightly so. For sure, Placencia, Hopkins Bay, Ambergris Caye fulfill the dreams of beach lovers. But there’s more to this nation on the northeastern coast of Central America. Take for example San Ignacio, a bit more than 100 miles west of Belize City and in the Cayo District. It’s ideally located for plenty of fun that has nothing to do with the beach. Make your home base the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. Not only is this stylish, boutique hotel ideally located to restaurants and shopping, it’s a gem with jungle views, excellent cuisine, a pool, and friendly staff.

Grenada, Barbados claim wins to open Concacaf Under-20 qualifiers
t was a busy day in 2020 CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship Qualifying on Wednesday, with 12 teams in action in three different groups. Group B opened play at Estadio Bayaguana here with Grenada topping Dominica 3-1. Chiesa Clyne gave Grenada a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute, only for Coann Lockhart to equalize 1-1 in the 37th minute. Action was due to continue yesterday with Saint Martin facing Guadeloupe and Belize facing Curacao.

Scandal leaves a power vacuum in Belize
Dean Barrow, prime minister of Belize since 2008 and an MP for the past 35 years, had it planned. He was to step down gracefully, after turning 69 on March 2 and presenting his annual budget three days later, with his successor to fight a general election...

Riots, Hostage Taking, and Escape Training at Belize Central Prison
Belize Central Prison stands out as a model correctional facility that has not experienced this type of violence or significant disturbances. Instead, Belize Central Prison has only a 10 percent recidivism rate thanks to a robust rehabilitation program. Order and discipline are maintained through mutual respect between staff and inmates. To put into perspective how well Belize Central Prison is run and the level of order and discipline that exists, rival gang members in the streets are housed together in the prison without conflict. This includes around 100 gang members from MS-13, 18th Street, Crips, and Bloods. The prison management takes the stance that the rival gang members are all brothers. Within the prison it works.

Why can’t the rest of the world be more like Belize?
Two years ago, my husband and I took our kids to Belize over March break. Located south of Mexico, on the northeastern coast of Central America, Belize is home to the largest barrier reef system in the northern hemisphere. It was my first time snorkelling, and the experience was mind-blowing: we swam among sharks and eels and stingrays and fish of every imaginable colour. And while many ocean reefs are dying from overfishing, offshore drilling and climate change, Belize’s reefs are doing okay. That wasn’t always the case. Until recently, Belize’s magical underwater ecosystem was headed for doom, too. But Belize decided to save its coral. Through a series of bold political moves, it changed the course of history. Most significantly, it became the first country in the world to put a moratorium on offshore drilling...

Videos

  • Live coverage of NTUCB's Rally, 69min.

  • Live coverage of NTUCB's "Only the People Can Save the…, 43min.

  • Quick Tour Ambergris Caye, Belize, 1min.

  • Pioneering Climate-Smart Farming in Belize — Ya’axché, 8min. Ya’axché has been protecting wild places and empowering communities in the Maya Golden Landscape since 1998. A major focus of Ya’axché's work includes supporting over 120 farmers in pioneering climate-smart farming in the Maya Golden Landscape in southern Belize.

  • SAILING into the GREAT BLUE HOLE!! - BELIZE, 14min. The blue hole in Belize is a 125m hole in the reef, 300m wide, in the atoll called lighthouse reef. It is a national park, but we manage to stay inside the blue hole overnight, and miraculously have it completely to ourselves. We SCUBA and free dive our way around the great blue hole, and a absolutely stunned by the energy of this place.

  • Students of Saint John's college immerse themselves into the Yucatec Maya culture, 4min. In the Maya village of Patchakan Corozal . The Yucatec Maya NGO To'one Masehualo'on recieved the students at the Tzul residents in Patchakan . kux'ano'on !!!

  • New structure at Macal River Park, 1min. There's a new building in the works at Macal River Park. Wonder what that could be...

  • Canoeing Sittee River in Belize, 4min. This video is about Canoeing Sittee River in Belize with our guides Neil and BJ from the Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort. We had a great time and saw lots of birds.

  • Caye. CAULKER Caribbean Sea(Belize..it to know..), 4.5min. An awesome day and nice experience at the Caribbean Sea.

  • OLD BELIZE & ALTUN HA.(Belize..it to know..), 2.5min. School trip la InmacuLada R.C.School Belize..ir to know..

  • Belize - Cockscomb Jungle Hike, 17min.

  • DJ ICONIC vs DJ BASE Belikin DJ Championship Belize, 14min.

  • Belize Altun Ha Mayan Ruins, 5min.

  • Gorgeous Belize Scuba Diving Trip December 2019 GoPro Hero, 3min. Sea turtles, rays, lobsters, eels, nurse sharks, angels and so much more in beautiful Belize! LOVE.