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Child Stimulation Month Begins With Colorful Parade
Child Stimulation Month 2020 kicked off countrywide under the theme "Hug Me, Listen to Me, Read with Me – Help Me Grow". Like clockwork, Child Stimulation Month commences on the first day of March every year, with it bringing an array of activities for the pre-school children of San Pedro. Pre-Schools on the island celebrated the opening of Child Stimulation Month with a parade through the main streets of San Pedro. Children were in colorful costumes displaying National Symbols of Belize, Colors, Shapes, Community Workers and so much more.

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March 14 Blood Drive in San Pedro
March 14: San Pedro RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE! Saturday, March 14, the San Pedro Branch of the Belize Red Cross will hold its quarterly blood drive at the Polyclinic from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Be someone’s hero! Give the Gift of Life . Tourists and San Pedranos are welcome! Donors should be be 18-65 years of age and should eat breakfast or lunch before donating.

Justice of the Peace & Commissioners of Supreme Court Meeting in San Pedro
The monthly meeting of the Justice of the Peace and Commissioners of the Supreme Court will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7PM, at the San Pedro High School room, 1G.

Tía Martina Passes away
It is with profound sadness that the Trejo Soliz family announces the passing of our beloved mother and grandmother, Martina Soliz Trejo. Affectionately known as Tía Martina to her countless relatives and friends. A wake will be held tonight March 2nd, 2020 at 6pm at her residence on Sandpiper Street, San Pedro Town (former location of Los Cocos Restaurant, behind Richies Supermarket). Funeral services will be tomorrow march 3rd,2020 8:00 am at the San Pedro Catholic Church. She will be fondly remembered and terribly missed.

Influential Women on Caye Caulker
In honor of International Womens Week, we are going to give credit to the influential women within this community who have made an impact with their hard work and dedication. We begin by featuring a very respected woman on the island Ms. Enelda Rosado. Ms. Enelda has had a positive impact within the education system aswell as in the lives of the Caye Caulker Children, she was a teacher for thirty years and held the position of principal for fifteen years. Her leadership skills won her the post as chairperson 2016-2019. Ms. Enelda is truly a rock star and an icon of Caye Caulker.

Office of the Prime Minister Orders National Flag to be Flown at Half Mast
The Office of the Prime Minister has ordered that Belize flags be flown at half-mast on all official buildings as of today and until the last Belize Defence Force (BDF) soldier is laid to rest. This is in honour of the memory of four members of the BDF who passed away while serving their country - Major Adran Ramirez, Major Radford Baizar, Corporal Yassir Mendez and Corporal Reinaldo Choco. The Government of Belize once again offers sincere condolences to the families of the soldiers, Commander, Officers and all men and women of the Belize Defence Force.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF FUNERAL SERVICES IN COROZAL FOR MAJOR ADRAN ".50 CAL" (RAM) RAMIREZ
ate: Thursday, March 5th, 2020 Location: St. Paul's By The Sea Anglican Church, 5th St. Corozal Town. Time: 10:00 a.m. A wake will be held in Corozal on Wednesday March 4th at the family home in Corozal starting at 7:00 p.m. & repasse will be held at the same location.

The Rotary and Rotaract Clubs of Benque had a river cleanup
They had a huge haul. Today, our club alongside the Rotaract Club of Benque Viejo and the Scouts cleaned a portion of the bank of the Mopan River in Benque Viejo. Thank you to everyone who assisted in one way or another to help us clean our river.

38th Ordinary Meeting of Presiding Officers of National Parliaments of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL)
The President of the Senate, Honourable Darrell Bradley, recently attended the 38th Ordinary Meeting of Presiding Officers of National Parliaments of Central America and the Caribbean Basin (FOPREL) that was held in the Chamber of the Mexican Senate in Mexico City. Nine resolutions relating to institutional strengthening and budgetary issues, the 200th Anniversary of the Independence of Central America, the framework on migration, gender issues, and other economic and health issues within the region were discussed and approved by the presiding officers at the meeting which was held on Friday, 28th February 2020.

Ministry of National of Security Provides Update on Investigation into the Tragic Crash Landing of BDF Helicopter
On the evening of Friday, February 28, 2020, 25 members of the Honduran Naval Defence Rescue Team arrived in Belize by air caravan and has been assisting with the recovery of the wreckage from the Belize Defence Force helicopter accident site. On Saturday and Sunday, with the use of a Bell 412 Helicopter, the wreckage was recovered and has been taken to the BDF Air Wing. An investigative team under command of Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral John Borland was assembled over the weekend and is in the process of gathering information in order to assimilate the facts surrounding the BDF U1H1 Helicopter accident which occurred on Thursday, 27 February 2020, and claimed the lives of four officers.

Barefoots Birthday Bash ! Open Jam Session !
Barefoot Skinny is having his Birthday Bash this Friday at The Bluffs. Everyone's welcome to head out and jam.

San Ignacio Child Stimulation Month Parade
There was a parade today to celebrate Children's Month

BNRC 2020 Invitation
The National Institute of Culture and History, Galen University, The University of the West Indies Open Campus and the University of Belize are once again pleased to invite your participation in our 3rd Annual Belize National Research Conference. The Conference is scheduled for March 25 and 26, 2020 at the San Ignacio Hotel, Cayo District, Belize. This year's conference theme is: Democracy and Development in Belize. Belizean and international scholars, professors and graduate students will be presenting papers in fields such as community and democracy, environment and development, health and development, education and development, technology and development, democracy and development, and Entrepreneurship and development.

Seeds of Love Tree Planting Project
Last week, Oceana's Toledo Field Representative partnered with representatives from BTIA PG, JICA ,Ya'axché, BK Creative, PG Auto Parts and the Youth Association Developing Livelihoods in Toledo to host the “Seeds of Love Tree Planting Project. This project had participants from five different primary schools in Punta Gorda namely - St. Peter Claver, PG Methodist, St. Benedict's School, Bethel Adventist, and Forest Home Methodist Primary School.

First International Female Mesoamerican Hipball Tournament
The first ever international female mesoamerican Hipball tournament! Was an amazing experience and eye opener to have witnessed and participated in such a magnificent cultural and sporting event. The good vibes and essence of these female warriors was enormous! A heartfelt thanks to AJUPEME presidents Reyna Puc and Armando Uscanga, and all the directors and personel!

Maya Day 2020 March 22

Channel 7

Soldier’s Mother Learned of His Death on Facebook
For many Belizeans, it has been a weekend of sadness over the death of four soldiers in a helicopter crash, and confusion over the very unclear circumstances of their demise.  And, in the middle of all that doubt, there are dozens of conspiracy theories seemingly on eternal loop in the social media echo chamber.   But, at the root of all this are the families of Major Adran Ramirez and Major Radford Baizar, Corporal Yassir Mendez and Corporal Reinaldo Choco.  They are the ones most struggling with the loss of these soldiers.   On Friday, we showed you that Major Baizar's mother in Belize city had not been informed of her son's death by the BDF.  Well, it's the same in PG for Corporal Reinaldo Choco's mother, Sylvana.  She told PGTV that she found out about her son's demise through social media.

Chief of Defence Staff Responds to Mothers
And to get a response on this major communication breakdown, this afternoon in Belmopan we spoke with Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral John Borland.

Families Feel Betrayed By The BDF
Indeed, the BDF told us on Friday that they did contact the persons who are next of kin.  But, according to reports even they feel betrayed by army that their husbands served.   A statement attributed to Jennine Thompson-Baizar, wife of Major Radford Baizar, says, quote, "These men did not have to die this way, it was not necessary for them to embark on such a deadly mission. Both Radford and Mr. Ramirez were experts, Radford especially was very much into safety, he would rather ground the aircraft and cancel the mission before risking his life and the lives of his passengers."

Helicopter’s Wreck Raised, but Are Those Bullet Holes?
And was one of those factors gunfire?  Many civilians were questioning what looks to the untrained eye like bullett holes in the helicopter's body.   The wreck of the helicopter was raised this weekend and we asked Borland what it shows:.. Admiral John Borland - Chief of Defense Staff: "The investigation started over the weekend with the recovery of the wreck from the crash site. That was done by Cisco Salvage and Wreck Removal along with the Honduran Navy who were on-board with us from Friday afternoon..." 

Airing Whistleblower Says Flight Took Off At 2:00 AM
And while we wait to see the findings of those reports, we didn't have to wait to hear form an airwing insider who was very concerned about the mysterious circumstances of the Huey helicopter's last flight. A soldier of unknown rank who works in the airing recorded a voice message which has been widely shared.  Borland responded to it: Voice of: Airwing soldier: "Guys, listen to me right, that flight for that chopper was not reported none at all. I worked the night when the plane landed. That chopper flew from the night when the plane landed. Nobody knew about it. Not even the watch keeper, not even me, not even operation Mr. Poc..."

Helicopter’s Mission Was Fraught With Danger
We also asked about the very alarming issue of night vision capability.  As we told you on Friday, the helicopter didn't have it.  But, the experienced pilots pressed on anyway, in the total darkness of pre-dawn, and into a cold front.  We asked today if all those elements were a recipe for disaster: Jules Vasquez: "Is that an area of urgent interest that in fact these gentlemen were put in a mission to fly into the night without specific night time capabilities?" Admiral John Borland - Chief of Defense Staff
"That is indeed is one of the burning issues. It is no secret to us that indeed, that is the case. Those reports have been made, not recently but in other times that there is a shortage of equipment that would allow the air wing to operate at night..."

Flags On All Official Buildings Fly At Half Mast
As we told you Admiral Borland is the Chief of Defence Staff directing a multi agency investigation.  You'll hear who all is on that later on in the news.  But, tonight, flags across Belize are flying at half mast.  The Office of the Prime Minister has ordered that this be done at all official buildings as of today and until the last Belize Defence Force (BDF) soldier is laid to rest. 

Mysterious Double Murder In San Ignacio
There was a double murder in San Ignacio Town on Saturday night that has shaken the communities of the twin towns. 
33-year-old Marva Rivera, and her co-worker, 33-year-old Shawn Vasquez, were leaving their job  site. They were right in front of the supermarket when a gunman snuck up on them and opened fire. Vasquez and Marva Rivera were fatally injured, while her husband Richard Rivera was grazed by one of the bullets in the barrage. 

One Murdered, Two Shot In Dollar Van
And there is another murder to report; this one happened in Belize City this afternoon in a known hotspot.   It came out of a broad daylight shooting in the St. Martin's area on Police Street exention.  The chaos started at around 1:25 when a gunman entered G&E mechanic shop and began firing shots at 25-year-old Gregory Martinez. Martinez ran through his backyard onto Mahogany street where, as shown in this surveillance footage, he emerges onto Mahogany street and jumps into a dollar van.

Friday Shooting At Mechanic Shop
But, was this murder foreshadowed? There was a shooting in front of the very same mechanic shop on last Friday night, which landed the well-known figure, Brandon Baptist, at the hospital. Here's what police had to say about that shooting incident: Hilberto Romero, Sr. Supt - Deputy, NCIB: "On Friday the 28th of February 2020, police visited the KHMH where they found Brandon Baptist with gunshot injuries to the body. Investigation revealed that he was on Police Street when a black in colour vehicle came to the area..."

Faber Supporters Heckle UDP Bigwigs At Their Own Headquarters
Switching gears now to politics, the UDP held its big national party council meeting this weekend. But, it was bigger than expected because Patrick Faber's camp mobilised a few hundred supporters to rally for him in front of his own party headquarters. Here's what we saw when we went out there:

UDP Will Go to Another Convention
And while that was the noise at the National Party Council meeting - the business of the meeting was actually more important.   The UDP is going to another national convention on April 5th, less than two months after its last national convention.  And, all those like Faber and Omar Figueroa who want to vie for the post have until March 26th to submit their names.   We learned more on this from the Chairman: Hon. Michael Peyrefitte - UDP Chairman: "The national party council meeting was fairly short, as I've indicated before, I didn't even see the need to have one just to set dates but we had one..."

Why Not Wilfred?
And we won't know if it will be contested.  As Faber mentioned earlier   there could be a compromise - and, conventional political wisdom would indicate that there must be because the UDP cannot afford another divisive contested convention.  But, these days, the UDP hasn't been following any kind of conventional wisdom.

Stevedores Lightning Strike At Port of Belize
There was a commotion at the Port of Belize this morning, as the stevedores, along with mechanics and engineers spontaneously walked off the job in a bold act of industrial action.  
Their union, the Christian's Workers drew the line after it was reported last week that Santander and ASR, intend to consolidate their interests and take raw sugar exporting through the Big Creek Port. 

Team Investigating Helicopter Flight Is Diverse
At the top of the news, we have you all the latest on the preliminary official discussions around the crash of the BDF's U1H1 Helicopter, which killed two pilots and two corporals who accompanied them.  They were lending air support to an anti drug operation.   Well, support for the investigating is coming from the Honduran Navy, the US Southern Command, and the manufacturers of the helicopter's engine. On Friday evening 25 members of the Honduran Naval Defence Rescue Team arrived in Belize by air caravan and they are the ones who recovered the wreckage from the western lagoon with the use of a Bell 412 Helicopter.

Street Art Fest Is Sensory Buffet
On Saturday NICH hosted its 10th annual Street Art Fest in downtown Belize City. The event featured a multitude of artists creating in real time, in a public space to offer visitors a kind of sensory buffet of all the flavours of Belize's creative cornucopia. Cherisse Halsall spent the afternoon soaking it all in and here's is her story. On Saturday "the Alberts" was alive with colour and vibrancy for the 10th annual street art Festival. There was all kinds of art as far as the eye could see, and by noon even the Channel 7 studio was getting a makeover. The festival is about art but also about creatives getting to share with the community. To create, curate, and showcase in a public space where the masses are the muse.

Tourists Robbed At Oft-Troubled El Pilar
The El Pilar Mayan Archaeological Site sits at the western edge of the Cayo District, very close to the Belize/Guatemala border.  Over the years, we've heard from tour guides who've raised concerns about the risks that cross-border bandits can pose to them and the tourists in their care. Well, last Friday afternoon, 2 tour guides from the Cayo District and their 2 American guests came face to face with that danger. That's when they were robbed by machete-wielding thieves believed to be Guatemalan nationals.

Motorcycle Cop Knocked Down On Boom Road
There was a slew of traffic accidents on Belize's highways this weekend, but fortunately, none of them resulted in any fatality. We report first on an accident that occurred on the Hattieville Boom Road, just after midnight last Friday.

RTA On Northern Highway
There was another traffic accident, this weekend. It happened on the Philip Goldson Highway between Miles 6 and 7 on Saturday evening at around 6:00. An SUV had a head-on collision with an MCI Bus. Police shared more details about the incident at today's press briefing:

Vehicle Flips In Front of FFB HQ
We turn now to an accident which happened yesterday evening in Belmopan, right in front of the FFB Headquarters.  At around 5:30 p.m., officers responded and found a beige Toyota Tacoma pick-up which was overturned with its 4 wheels in the air. The driver of the vehicle had 3 passengers: 1 in the cab with him and 2 in the pan. Somehow, he lost control of the vehicle, and flipped.

Hilux Flips, Life Spared
And finally, for tonight, we report on another non-fatal accident on the George Price Highway this weekend. This one happened near La Democracia, and here's what police know about it so far:

Channel 5

Investigation underway into fatal heli crash!
Tonight, flags are flying at half mast at public buildings as the country mourns the deaths of four B.D.F. officers. The wreckage of the helicopter was removed from the crash [...]

The Choco Family says Ministry nor B.D.F informed them of son’s death
The mother of deceased pilot Radford Baizar said on Friday that the family didn’t get an official word from the Ministry nor the B.D.F. that the pilot had perished. The [...]

Former Minister of Home Affairs Weighs in on Deadly Chopper Crash
Former Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington, upon leaving the U.D.P.’s National Party Council meeting on Saturday, was asked about his knowledge of the fatal helicopter crash that claimed [...]

Greg Martinez Murdered, Two Others Injured in Belize City Shooting
This afternoon, shots rang out on Police Street in Belize City. A gunman opened fire on Gregory Martinez, who was at his grandmother repairing a vehicle. Martinez fled into Mahogany [...]

Two Persons Murdered in San Ignacio Town
Two persons were killed and one injured on Saturday night in San Ignacio. The security officer at the Tia Kong Supermarket, thirty-two year old Shann Vasquez and cashier thirty-two year [...]

Stevedores protest outside Port of Belize
There was a protest outside of the Port of Belize Today. Stevedores, along with their Union president and other union leaders, stood outside the gates to  protest the news that [...]

What are consequences for protesters?
So, as you heard just now, the C.W.U. president Evan “Mose” Hyde says that the stevedores are prepared to go the distance to what he calls, a fight for their [...]

N.T.U.C.B. Issues Statement in Solidarity with the Stevedores
This afternoon, the National Trade Union Congress of Belize issued a statement to say it is in solidarity with the stevedores who stand to lose their jobs and those who [...]

N.T.U.C.B. Holds Special Meeting of General Council
The general council of the National Trade Union Congress of Belize met on Saturday and out of that special meeting came a number of demands from the umbrella organization. Following [...]

PUP is critical over GOB’s inaction following the deadly BDF crash
The deaths so the B.D.F. officer is evoking strong sentiments everywhere. The People’s United Party critical of the handling of the worst airs disaster that claimed the lives of Major [...]

UDP Sets Date for New Leadership Convention
The United Democratic Party is calling out its supporters to head to Belmopan for Thursday’s House Meeting which will see the budget presentation for the 2020/2021 fiscal year. The P.U.P. [...]

More than $75,000 owed in contributions to the S.S.B.
There is a list in circulation from the Social Security Board naming at least forty-three businesses that are in arrears to the S.S.B. the thousands of dollars. The list contains [...]

Fire Leaves Five Homeless, Including Three Children
Five persons, including three children are left displaced after an electrical iron was left on at their house at the Corner of Jane Usher Boulevard and Curl Thompson Street in [...]

Fire victim says she will need help to rebuild
Fire victim, Westby says the setback will affect her and her three children significantly because she was not paying any rent and while she is staying with a relative now, [...]

Belize City resident stabbed on the back
So far we have reported on two murders, there was also slew of stabbings and shootings over the weekend. Police are looking for two suspects after Ronnie Pott was stabbed [...]

Four persons injured in a hit and run
There was a hit and run traffic accident on Sunday evening on the Hummingbird Highway in Belmopan, and it left three persons injured. The driver of the vehicle fled the [...]

Child Stimulation Month 2020 Officially Underway
March is celebrated annually as Child Stimulation Month and there is an entire calendar of events that commenced today with a parade of kindergarten students, their parents and their teachers [...]

Darrell Bradley in Mexico City
The President of the Senate, Darrell Bradley, was in Mexico City for the thirty-eighth Ordinary Meeting of Presiding Officers of National Parliaments of Central America and the Caribbean Basin, known [...]

Weekend Sporting Activities with James Adderley
Good evening, I’m James Adderly and this is Sports Monday.   [Highlights of the weekend sporting activities....]

Amandala

Another youth lost his life to gun violence
A shooting on Police Street earlier this afternoon claimed the life of Gregory Martinez, 25.

Stevedores Protest Port Of Belize
Stevedores and some of their Christian Workers Union representatives are protesting at the entrance to the Port of Belize Compound in Belize City citing gross discourtesy and disrespect. Their issues of contention are two fold. One, they say there is now clear indication that Santander and ASR will consolidate their interests and take raw sugar exports through the Big Creek Port.

The Reporter

3 People Shot On Police Street
The Reporter has confirmed that the man who was shot in the Lake Independence area, on Police Street is Gregory Martinez.

Felix Enriquez, CEO, Min Of National Security Has Not Resigned
Since morning there have been rumors that Ministry of National Security CEO Felix Enriquez has been forced to resign in the wake of the tragedy last Thursday in which four B.D.F. soldiers were killed.

House Gutted By Late Morning Fire
A wooden home occupied by five persons – two adults and three children – located at the corner of Jane Usher Boulevard and Curl Thompson Street was completely destroyed by fire this morning.

Stevedores Getting The Boot, Because Of Multi-National Neo-Liberals “So Says Hyde”
Today stevedores, along with their Union president and other Union leaders, protested outside the Port of Belize Limited. A primary reason for the strike ...

LOVE FM

UDP holds National Party Council Meeting
On the political front tonight, we can tell you that the United Democratic Party has made progress in getting a new Party Leader Elect. It’s not a lot of progress in terms of quelling the internal ruckus that haunts the ruling party but it is a step forward as a date has been set for the next leadership convention.

RTA in Ladyville over the weekend
An employee of Grace Kennedy Belize Limited was injured during a road traffic incident that occurred at mile six on the Philip Goldson Highway Saturday night just after five o’clock.

RTA in Democracia over the weekend
There was a road traffic accident on Sunday night just after six o’clock near Democracia Village, Belize District.

Gregory Martinez; shot to death in front of his home
A mechanic’s life was cut short this afternoon just after one’clock on Police Street Extension in Belize City. 25-year-old Gregory Martinez was working in his garage along with 53-year-old Lindsford Garay and his uncle, Kirk Ramclam when a lone gunman entered the garage and fired several shots in their direction.

Flags flown at half-mast to mourn BDF soldiers
An order from the Office of the Prime Minister was issued this morning just after ten o’clock to have all Belize flags be flown at half-mast up until Friday evening when the last of the four BDF soldiers would have been laid to rest. The order is for the flags currently hoisted on official buildings around the country.

Construction worker injured on the job
Construction worker of Saint Margaret’s Village is hospitalized after he fell off a roof at his workplace. 30-year-old Mervin Morales was at his workplace in Teakettle Village just after eight o’clock this morning when the incident occurred.

Belize still in talks for trade with Guatemala
While chaos brews inside the UDP, there are still national issues that need attending to. One of those is the pending visit by the Guatemalan President, Alejandro Giammattei.

Admiral John Borland heads investigation team into deaths of BDF soldiers
It has just been over seventy two hours since the bodies of Major Adran Ramirez, Major Radford Baizar, Corporal Raineldo Choco and Corporal Yassir Mendez were retrieved from the Gales Point Lagoon. The military men met their demise when the U1H1 chopper went down sometime on Thursday.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Bullet Tree man victim of hit and run
According to reports, a young man was found badly injured last night on the side […]

One dead several injured in Belize City shooting
Reports reaching our newsroom is that one man is dead and several persons, including a […]

Man detained after being busted in 10-year-old girl’s room
A man is detained after he was busted in the room of a ten-year-old girl. […]

Suspected Guatemalans rob tourists visiting El Pilar
Over the weekend there was a robbery in Cayo. It happened near the El Pillar […]

Early morning commuters concerned over unattended Baking Pot ferry
Several early morning commuters that travel to Spanish Lookout via the Baking Pot Ferry in […]

Belizeans can enter and win in McNab Visuals Instagram competition
Belizeans are also eligible to enter and win in the McNab Visuals Instagram competition, being […]

Ronnie Pott stabbed in Belize City
Ronnie Pott is alive and well after an attack over the weekend. He told police […]

Two alive after gun attack
On Friday at around 10 p.m. police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). There, […]

Fleeing suspects open fire at police
Two police officers attempting to conduct a search on two men almost lost their lives […]

PUP condemns Ministry of National Security’s ‘attitude’ in face of BDF tragedy
The People’s United Party (PUP) issued a statement today condemning the attitude of the Ministry […]

Caribbean Community agrees on Coronavirus (COV19) Protocol
Heads and ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have agreed that a regional protocol establishing […]

Boxing community in Belize mourns the loss of beloved coach
The boxing community in Belize is mourning the loss of a local icon in the […]

Christian Workers Union leads protest outside Port of Belize
Framing their fight as one of survival, President of the Christian Workers Union (CWU) Evan […]

Prime Minister orders national flag to be flown at half-mast until last BDF soldier is laid to rest
The office of the Prime Minister this morning issued a statement ordering that Belize flags […]

UDP to host 2nd convention for party leader
The ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) announced that it will be holding a party-leader convention […]

Blogs

March in Belize
It’s March in Belize again, and it is the best time to visit! Why…you may wonder. Well, for one, the weather is ideal for the outdoors. You have warm temperatures of 80 degrees or higher and the cool breeze appropriately called “March breeze”, that refreshes you when you’re out in the sun. This month is also a popular time for locals with various public holidays coming up. This means free time to enjoy the festivities and amazing weather!

The 3rd Annual Belize Birding Festival Dates Are Out!
The Belize Birding Festival welcomes local and international birders and wildlife enthusiasts to enhance their appreciation of the spectacular beauty of the natural habitat, throughout the length and breadth of the country, that the almost 590 resident and migratory birds of Belize live in. Enjoy the day strolling through vendor booths, attending workshops, join a group for a birding tour, share photos and experiences about your birding adventures!

10 Interesting Facts About Belize
Belize is known for The Great Blue Hole – Largest Sea Hole in The World, crystal turquoise waters, and even for its mystical Maya Ruins but here are a few facts that are quite intriguing and interesting about this small and beautiful Caribbean destination. Great things come in small packages and Belize is no exception. Though our nation is small physically, don’t underestimate the wonders Belize has to offer. Many tourists who come for a short visit end up falling in love and even retiring here. Belize is a country that leaves a lasting impression. Here are a few fun and interesting facts to know about Belize.

Fly Fishing in Belize – Everything You Need To Know
Belize is one of the best places in Central America to fish. It offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities, but it stands out as a fly-fishing paradise. If you’re one of the many avid anglers who enjoy fly-fishing, then Belize is an amazing opportunity to do what you love. To fish in Belize, you’ll need to get a fishing license. The fees are mostly reasonable with weekly licenses costing BZ$50. You can apply online as well. If you only want a daily license, then you can pay a bit less at BZ$20. Some Belize fish species are catch and release only, including bonefish, tarpon, and permit.

International Sourcesizz

Forbes: Looking For Adventure, Spa, Wellness? Check Out This Central American Hot Spot
Do your kids want plenty of active adventure, hiking, or ATV riding in the jungle? Does your husband want to dive or snorkel in the second-largest barrier reef in the world? Do you want to enjoy a great spa and maybe partake in some yoga and meditation? Well, come to Belize, where you can have three different experiences all in one trip. This Caribbean country allows for three different experiences—jungle, beach, wellness—all in one vacation.

Coronavirus now confirmed in three Caribbean states
More reports of the coronavirus have emerged in the Caribbean with St. Maarten and St. Barts joining the Dominican Republic in recording cases. This has prompted Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization, to express concern about the region's capacity to deal with an outbreak of the virus. During a video conference on Sunday Dr. Etienne reported that there are three cases in the Dominican Republic, two in St. Maarten and one in St. Barts.

Why Carnival Cruise Ships Are Skipping Some Caribbean Ports
With several Caribbean islands continuing to turn away cruise ships out of fear of the coronavirus, Carnival Cruise Line is implementing changes regarding what ports they visit. In response to questions about the Carnival Horizon changing its itinerary, brand ambassador addressed the situation directly. “Here,” he said, “is the latest news as to why we have changed a few of our itineraries.” What followed was a statement reading: “We are implementing some itinerary changes on voyages scheduled to call on Grand Cayman and Jamaica this week. A number of Caribbean destinations continue to work through their policies with regards to cruise ship visits.”

Mérida City Council strengthens cooperation ties with Belize
The good planning and construction practices promoted in the City of Mérida through the Municipal Urban Development Program, position the Yucatecan capital as an example of guidance for other cities around the world that seek to improve in that area. Since the beginning of his administration, the Municipal President Renan Barrera Concha, has had the firm objective of making Mérida a world leader in planning and urban construction actions that are environmentally responsible.

Videos

  • Children’s Stimulation Month Parade in Corozal, 9min. Here comes the parade.

  • Upgrading of the Coastal Highway, 7min. The Government of Belize through the Ministry of Works signed contracts for the upgrading of the Coastal Highway in December 2019, and on Monday, February 24, 2020, GOB officially broke ground for the project.

  • COVID-19, 8.5min. In early 2020, a new virus began spreading across headlines. Information is changing rapidly as scientists learn more about this new virus. We took a closer look at the Ministry of Health’s response plan to COVID-19.

  • Children’s Stimulation Month Parade in San Pedro, .5min.

  • Top 3 Things to do in Caye Caulker, BELIZE!, 2min. Today we went to Caye Caulker, Belize to show you guys what our top 3 things to do while you're visiting this beautiful Caribbean island! From KOKO King to the Lazy Lizard check out this video to learn about some of our favorites!

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - Rachel Trejo Pollard, 2min.

  • The Business Hour..., 1hr40min.

  • Child Stimulation Month started today with a very colorful parade!, 6.5min.

  • Highlights of STREETART FEST 2020, 26min. A group of Corozal Belize Top Artists were awarded a bus trip to StreetArt Fest compliments of NICH and the Corozal House of Culture. View some of the trip's highlights as filmed by Artist Hassan Artiste Raheem of The Coconut Hut and WACPtv... ENJOY!

  • Diving the Blue Hole in Belize, 6min.

  • Snorkeling in Hol Chan Marine Reserve, 7min.

  • Scuba, zip-line and cave tubing in Belize, 4min.

  • Best Trampoline Fails Carnival 2020 Central Park San Pedro Belize, 40sec. It's that time of year when people get painted and the town comes alive with comparsas dancing through the streets. The Weather was pretty near perfect for the whole 5 days.

  • Our Last Day at Hamanasi Dive Resort in Belize, 22min.

  • Belize Census History, 1970 - 2010, 6min. Belize Population and Housing Census History, 1970 - 2010

  • Exploring The Streets of San Pedro, 11min.

  • Accion Deportiva, 60min.

  • A beautiful Sunday~funday well spent with great friends and a pod of Dolphins to high-light the day, 1.5min.