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The San Pedro Sun

Activities at Cayo Rosario paused after irregularities in building permit are discovered
Development activities at Cayo Rosario, a small island within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Zone IV on the northwest coast of Ambergris Caye once again has islanders concerned. A live feed on social media on Wednesday, March 4th showed what appeared to be a barge transporting heavy machinery to the small island. A large pile of rock material could also be observed on the barge, which is allegedly being used for construction. Information provided to The San Pedro Sun is that the developer has a permit to build a temporary bulkhead, and that material for its development is being barged, rather than extracted from the seabed.

Caye Caulker’s Julian Singh wins 26th Annual Coca Cola Spelling Bee Zone Eliminations
Julian Singh from La Isla Cariñosa Academy in Caye Caulker won first place at the 26th annual Coca-Cola Spelling Bee Zone Eliminations on Monday, March 2nd. The event was held at the San Pedro Lion’s Den and started shortly after 9 AM. It saw the participation of six primary schools from Ambergris Caye (Holy Cross Anglican School, Isla Bonita Elementary School, New Horizon SDA, San Pedro Roman Catholic School, The Island Academy, and Ambergris Caye Elementary School) and two from Caye Caulker (La Isla Carinosa Academy and Caye Caulker Elementary).

Projects Abroad Belize holds health fair and mobile clinics
On February 28th, Projects Abroad Belize volunteers, in collaboration with other agencies, hosted a community health fair at the Central Park in San Pedro Town. Projects Abroad is an organization based in England that has been in operation since 1992. Their focus is on connecting international volunteers with projects based on their field of interest. Their projects range from childcare, conservation, youth development, women’s empowerment, international development, and more. The current Belize group is focused on healthcare.

Air Tragedy: Belize loses four BDF airmen; investigation ongoing
An investigation is underway to find answers as to what brought down a U1-H1 helicopter attached to the Belize Defence Force’s (BDF) Air Wing sometime on Thursday, February 27th. The helicopter crashed in the Western Lagoon, near Gales Point, Manatee, Belize District, killing its crew of four highly decorated BDF officers. Pilots, Commanding Officer of the Air Wing, Major Adran Ramirez, Deputy Air Wing Commanding Officer, Major Radford Baizar and Corporals Yassir Mendez and Reinaldo Choco reportedly left base near Belize City around 4AM to provide air support to ground forces (BDF and Police) in the interception of a drug plane that landed in the area of Gales Point, Manatee on a makeshift airstrip.

Child Stimulation Month opens with a grand parade
A festive parade through the main streets of San Pedro Town signaled the start of Child Stimulation Month on Monday, March 2nd. Under the theme: “Hug me, Listen to me, Read with me, Help me Grow!” the island’s preschoolers, along with their teachers and parent(s)/guardian(s), commemorated the significance of early childhood education. Accompanying the preschoolers were the San Pedro Roman Catholic School’s marching band, New Horizon SDA’s newly formed marching band, La Isla Bonita’s marching band, representatives from Rickilee Rapid Response, the Traffic department, and the Police department.

Ambergris Today

Belize Receives Presidency Of CODICADER
The National Sports Council, Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture, hosted the first annual meeting of the CODICADER Executive Committee where Costa Rica handed over the Presidency of CODICADER to Belize on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Minister of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture, Hon. Patrick Faber was present to receive this honor. Representatives from Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador were present at the ceremony.

Various Belizean Sources

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Influential Women on Caye Caulker: Kimberly Cuthkelvin Rodriguez
Today we feature a rock star in the health area, someone very well known to the island. Nurse Kimberly Cuthkelvin Rodriguez is a rural health and midwife nurse living on Caye Caulker, serving so many island women with utmost grace, love, professionalism and passion. She is also an entrepreneur, who owns her own home nurse job in Belize City (ABC Enterprise). Although she works full time running the Caye Caulker Health Clinic, she still finds time to volunteer in the community and with NEMO! She is a strong woman, a certified Search and Rescue member through Red Cross training and an inspiration to all.

CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL AND PROCESSION IN COROZAL
An expression of love and care was shown Wednesday evening by a small group of residents from Corozal, as they led a CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL AND PROCESSION in honour of our befallen Corozal brother and military ex-serviceman, Major Adran "RAM" Ramirez. Our country and particularly, Corozal has lost a great human being and soul. Funeral services were Thursday at St. Paul's by the Sea Anglican Church at 10:00 a.m. Rest in Peace Lion - Rest in Peace Adran "RAM" Ramirez - We continue to pray for his family.

Census of Scarlet Macaws
A census to document the population of scarlet macaws was conducted on the eastern Maya Mountains with Red Bank, Lagarto, San Pablo and Roseville being the targeted communities. FCD thanks the volunteers from Red Bank that made this effort possible. Macaws also face several challenges there for their survival, primarily the removal of their feeding habitat.

COVID 19 UPDATE by the Office of Director of Health Services
We can confirm that we currently don't have ANY suspect COVID-19 cases in Belize. We also have to underscore that we are following the development of 4 confirmed cases of measles in Mexico City in patients that were apparently not vaccinated.

Celebration of the life of Major Adran Ramirez
Major Adran Ramirez was one of our country's best. His dedication, contribution & service to the Belize Defence Force & his country, was amazingly outstanding. The out pour of support and love from our Corozal community was quite visible today, as school children and residents lined up our streets to pay their last respect to our befallen brother. Today, our Corozal community joined the Belize Defence Force, Belize Police Department, COMPOL Chester Williams, all relative and friends to bid farewell to Major Adran "RAM" Ramirez, as he was laid to rest in everlasting peace.

Chunox St. Viator High School adopts decorated trash bin project
Art work by Chuy Carillo from Sarteneja, Village. Keep Corozal Safe & Clean.

Caye Rosario Protest
As of 4.49pm the fly guides of Ambergris Caye, are protesting the construction that has begun on Rosary Caye!!!!! Fisherfolk, stake holders, conservationists, environmentalists and those advocating for responsible, sustainable development gathered at Cayo Rosario to protest it's pending development with in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

The Pre-Kickoff party for La Ruta Maya is all set up
Thursday night prebash of La Ruta Maya on the banks of the Macal River inviting everyone to come out and enjoy music food and drinks.

2020 Belize International Jazz Festival
The dates for the 2020 Belize International Jazz Festival are set. June 18th through the 21st.

FCD Environmental Youth Group Kids Mentorship Program
FCD Environmental Youth Group will be having its kids Mentorship Program which will be taking place at Sam’s Community park starting this Saturday March 7, 2020. A total of 12 boys and 12 girls will be participating in the FCD EYG Kids Mentorship Program where with the aim for the to become Environmental Agents of Change by learning about Nature, Wildlife, our watersheds, Planet Earth and how we can make a change in our communities. These are just a few of the topics they will be learning about throughout a series of six sessions. This is possible through the support of the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, FCD and FCD Environmental Youth Group.

2020 La Ruta Maya
This morning at 7:00am is the start of the 2020 La Ruta Maya.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
Little Women, Jumanji, Spenser Confidential, Spies in Disguise.

Maya: Hidden World's Revealed opens at the Connecticut Science Center!
Curated by the Science Museum of Minnesota the exhibit features over 100 objects from Belize. National Institute of Culture and History staff are present for the installation and the soft opening!


Inviting all tour guides, tour operators, hotel owners, divemasters, fishermen and the general public to a worskshop on reef health and the stony coral tissue loss disease. Venue: San Pedro High School Laguna Drive San Pedro Ambergris Caye, Belize Date: March 18, 2020 Time: 6:30 PM - 8 PM

2020 Benefactors and National Heroes Ceremony
The 2020 ceremony will be held at the Baron Bliss Lighthouse at 7:40 AM on Monday 9th March. The Ceremony is to honor and give thanks for the life and contributions of Belize’s National Heroes: George Cadle Price and Philip Stanley Wilberforce Goldson and Benefactor Baron Victor Bliss. Wreaths will be placed at the tomb of Baron Bliss as well as for Price and Goldson. Members of the uniformed elements of Miltary will be in attendance, including girl guides, boy scouts, and brownies. The ceremony starts at 7:40 a.m. sharp and will include tributes to Price, Goldson, and Bliss. The general public is invited to attend.

Channel 7

PUP Walk Out On Budget Presentation
Today was budget day in Belmopan, the most important date on the parliamentary calendar.  That's when the revenue and appropriations bill for the coming fiscal year is tabled to authorise all government spending.  And while the house business is serious - the PUP wasn't playing one bit.  The opposition had a spring in its step after a massive protest 11 days ago.  Sensing the Barrow Administration was on the ropes, they seemed to have come into the house, fixing for a fight, or a knockout punch.  Right off the bat, the leader of the opposition tried to stop the PM form even reading the budget. 

Briceno Explains Walkout
So, the opposition walked out on the budget - but they didn't walk out for the day - after all, they had a no confidence motion tabled for the afternoon session.   So, the party went into the members room and then decided to come out to the front to speak to a handful of protestors from Santa Cruz village in Stann Creek West.   We asked the Opposition Leader about the walkout: Hon. John Briceno - Leader of the Opposition: "Well we only walked away from the presentation of the budget because we believe that one; the Prime Minister is no longer the leader of the UDP and by virtue of that, he should no longer be the Prime Minister..." Jules Vasquez

PM's Last Budget: "Making Every Dollar Count"
But, of course, even without the presence of the opposition the budget was presented.  And, for the first time in years, the Prime Minister had a full roster of representatives on his side of the house - including the long absent Gaspar Vega.  More on the political version of musical chairs later, but first to the main business of the day, the Budget Presentation.  Jules Vasquez has the story: Stingily titled, "Making Every dollar count", the Prime Minister made it clear though that - because of an expected drought and the arrival of the corona virus, circumstances have forced him to break every commitment he made on the debt to GDP ratio and budgetary constraints:

Hon. Julius Throws A Fit
The Budget will be debated open March 25 and 26th.   And while that was the main business of the day, today's meeting was full of business.  Government had to bring a Contracts Validation Bill, basically to retroactively approve major works contracts that weren't taken to the house before singing.  The Leader of the Opposition wrote to the funders in the UK and the Caribbean Development bank saying the loans for the mega projects had not gotten house approval.  So today a bill was brought to seek retroactive approval, which threw the member for Cayo South into a fit - and he went off.  Here's what happened:

PM Says Et Tu Johnny?
And out went on like that for a while, with no less than 7 members of the opposition weighing in forcefully on the Government Contract Validation Bill.  The Prime Minister gave a 25 minute response - and here are some clips: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "Your side never ever laid any contract before the national assembly? Madam Speaker I'm not saying that in fact that excuses any omission on our part but what it does is to expose the hypocrisy. You come here and you bewail and you bemoan the fact that there was an omission without ever conceding that it was an omission of which you are guilty, if that's the word you want to use, of which you are guilty from time in memorial..."

Funeral For A Major
This afternoon in Corozal Town, a full military funeral was held for BDF Major Adran Ramirez.  He's one of the 2 pilots manning the helicopter that was providing air support for the BDF and police teams which intercepted that fully-loaded narco-jet that was intercepted last Thursday morning. The BDF's U1H1 Helicopter that Ramirez and his crew members were in went down in the Western Lagoon - but no one realised they were gone until 16 hours later, and the helicopter with the four bodies were found the following day.  Major Adran Ramirez was the third soldier laid to rest this week, and 7News was there for the ceremony.

Airwing Four Remembered At House
And, today's House Meeting started with a moment of silence and a remembrance for the Airwing 4.  Here's the Prime Minister and the Leader Of The Opposition: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "They in fact are to be lauded and hymned and praised because truly it is said that there can be no greater sacrifice than that a man or woman should lay down his or her life for the sake of their country. We shall continue to mourn them; we shall cherish and treasure their memory always. For, Madam Speaker, we are most conscious of the fact that these are our heroes, not just for today, not just for tomorrow but for always."

No Solution At Port: CWU Gives Port Notice
The Christian Worker's Union is giving the Port of Belize 21 days notice.  A press release this evening said quote: "Stevedores will be moving from their protest to declaring the twenty-one-day' notice of intent to strike."  This would have meant their return to work in the interim but the CWU President Mose Hyde says not so fast.  When we spoke to him at 3:30 this afternoon, he accused the Port of negotiating in bad faith:

PBL's Response
And this afternoon at about 4:00, after the CWU's impromptu press conference, there was a response from the Port of Belize. Union President Mose Hyde read it aloud for media personnel to hear.  Hyde says he deems the response condescending, and disrespectful.  Due to time constraints we were unable to get a comment from the Port this evening, but will seek one tomorrow.

COVID-19 Surely Coming, But Not Here Yet
You may be anxious about the ever-looming threat of COVID 19. But tonight, you can rest a little ways for the time being; we can tell you that the virus has not been confirmed in Belize.  And the Ministry of Health says that while persons have been placed in precautionary isolation they've shown no signs or symptoms.

The Importance OF Handwashing
Of course, as you surely know by now, washing your hands is a major means of  stopping the spread of COVID-19.   A multi-sectoral meeting was held at the Radisson this morning, its purpose, to establish standard operating procedures for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Initiatives for Belize.  And as members of the task force came together to sign a commitment mural promoting good hygiene in schools throughout the country we got to find out a bit more about all the moving parts on the frontlines of this latest public health crisis:

Homeless in San Joaquin
A fire in Corozal's San Joaquin village yesterday afternoon has left one woman homeless. That's after her wooden house burned to the ground. 

A Recap of City Shootings
Last night we showed you Commissioner of Police Chester William's response to the spate of violence that took place in Belize City on Tuesday evening.

Michael Barrera Murder Not Retaliation
As we've told you It was only an hour and a half later that 52-year-old Micheal Barrera, a youth counselor and gang mediator, met an untimely death on Central American boulevard.

The Killing Of Keith Came Suddenly to Cops
And 15 minutes later, the evening's final shooting this one claimed the life of 46-year-old Keith Courtenay. Courtenay was by all accounts a hardworking family man and he proved it in his last moments shielding his 6-year-old grandson from the bullets that ultimately took his life. Superintendent Cowo says that police were called directly from Barrera's murder scene to what would become Courtenay's deathbed: 

The Santa Cruz Land Dispute
Earlier on in the news, we showed you all the commotion inside the House of Representatives at today's budget presentation. Well, while the representatives were feuding about official House business, a small number of residents from the Stann Creek West Villages of Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and San Roman was protesting outside against the Government. Their issue is a lease approval that the Ministry of Natural Resources has granted to the company, Belize Wind Energy Limited. That 2019 lease allows the private company to develop almost 2000 acres of land which is near to the Santa Cruz Village.

Ivan Says They Are Squatters
We also got an opportunity to speak with Ferguson's political opponent in Stann Creek West about the dispute. Ivan Williams is the UDP standard bearer for that division, and he told us that after studying this issue himself, he has come to learn that the Santa Cruz villagers are actually squatting. Here's how he explained why: Ivan Williams - UDP Standard Bearer, Stann Creek West: "What I learnt from the Ministry of Lands they are addressing it in terms of identifying those people who were squatting on it or had farming on it and the whole idea was to make some adjustments..."

Decoding The UDP's Political Musical Chairs
And, while that was outside the house, back inside, Jules Vasquez was keeping a close eye on the musical chairs being played on the UDP side.  Here's what he saw: It was a rare showing for all 19 UDP representatives, but there were some shuffling in the line-up. Edmond Castro is now in the front row, while John Saldivar and Gaspar Vega are behind the Prime Minister in the back bench.

Finnegan Is With Stevedores
And, back outside the house, UDP Party Whip Michael Finnegan wanted to talk about the striking stevedores - many of whom are his constituents.:

Channel 5

Changes in Seating Arrangement on Government Side in the House
The House was convened this morning for the budget presentation for the new fiscal year that starts on April first, 2020. It was the Prime Minister’s final budget presentation, but [...]

Opposition Calls for Debate on No-Confidence Motion
A motion for a vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Dean Barrow and his government prompted a rowdy start to this morning’s Special Sitting of the House of Representatives. The [...]

PM Barrow Objects to Debate Prior to Budget Presentation
Today’s sitting was set aside to present the budget for the new financial year 2020. And, as the Prime Minister would say, it was his swan song as Minister of [...]

“Tek Yoh Simple Pill” – Barrow to Briceño
The Opposition was quick and nimble on its feet today. Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño pointed out that because of the recent leadership election in the U.D.P., Prime Minister [...]

Opposition Walks Out Before Budget Presentation
Amid the back and forth over whether the no-confidence motion should have been debated prior to the presentation of the 2020 Budget, the Opposition decided that it would walk out [...]

Johnny B Calls Budget Presentation a Mockery
We caught up with Opposition Leader John Briceño outside of the Assembly Building following the walkout.  While he remained steadfast that the motion of no-confidence should have been debated as [...]

“I would have been ashamed to show my face…” – Johnny B on Gapi Vega
The issue of the one point five billion dollars in government expenditure that has been deemed to be illegal by the Supreme Court is also a sticking point for the [...]

B.D.F. Pilot Laid to Rest in his Hometown
We take a break from the House and head to Corozal Town where the third military funeral took place for this week. Hundreds of students and residents lined the streets [...]

Government Gets Past First Reading of Controversial Validation Bill
Of the three bills that were introduced in the House today, the Government Contracts (Validation) Bill 2020 was the most controversial.  The Barrow administration sought and successfully tabled the first [...]

Debate on Motion of No-Confidence Runs Long and Loud
Late this afternoon, the People’s United Party proceeded to table its vote of no-confidence which was succeeded by a spirited debate from both sides of the floor.  While Opposition Leader [...]

Motion of No-Confidence Batted Down by Parliament
This last item from the House in tonight’s newscast….From a legal perspective, former Attorney General and Pickstock Area Representative Wilfred Elrington weighed in on the conventional process of moving a [...]

Several Persons Detained for Michael Barrera’s Murder
Police say that they have several persons detained in connection with the fatal shooting of Michael Barrera. The social worker was shot dead on Tuesday evening as he waited to [...]

Was Keith Courtenay’s Murder Gang-Related?
Keith Courtenay was shot multiple times just a few feet from his mother’s door on Tuesday evening. Courtenay reportedly shielded his grandson with his body and took as many as [...]

Was Gregory Martinez’s Murder a Retaliation?
On Monday afternoon, Gregory Martinez tried to get away from his killer, but he was shot dead inside a dollar van.  The shots also resulted in injuries to a couple [...]

A Target on the Barber’s Back?
Police say that John Crawford was shot a few weeks ago and a second attempt was made on his life on Tuesday afternoon sometime around four. The barber was inside [...]

Fire Destroys Home in San Joaquin, Corozal
There was a fire on Wednesday afternoon in San Joaquin Village, Corozal. The fire destroyed a wooden house occupied by Maria Aban. Today, cops said that no one was at [...]

Belize Still Free of COVID-19
As COVID-19 makes its way across borders and into countries, here in Belize, the Ministry of Health continues to monitor the situation. There are no confirmed cases of the virus [...]

CWU Meets; Commitments Made
All this week we’ve been reporting on the stevedores’ industrial action. On Wednesday night, it appeared that some progress was made.  That’s because the C.W.U. met with the Port of [...]

CWU Says They Made Good on Commitments, but P.B.L. Didn’t
As a part of the commitments, the C.W.U. decided to go back to work on Wednesday night, with the expectation that today the P.B.L. should have sent them a letter [...]

Illegal Unreported and Unregulated Fishing Still Affecting the Caribbean
Climate change, ocean acidification, marine pollution and irresponsible fishing are considered very real threats affecting the region. Recently, G.O.B. declared gillnets a destructive fishing gear even though OCEANA, among other [...]

Teacher Andrea Cal of Midway Government Preschool Wins National Storytelling Competition
The month of March is being celebrated as Child Stimulation Month under the theme, “Hug Me, Listen to Me, Read with Me, Help Me Grow.” Across the country, there are [...]

Healthy Living: Testing for COVID-19 Done in Belize
The number of coronavirus cases has tripled as the virus grows rapidly across the world. There are no confirmed cases in Belize, but the Ministry of Health has been adopting [...]

The Reporter

Sparks Fly At Today’s House Of Representative Sitting
In light of the recent scandals that have befell the U.D.P, many Belizeans had a hunch that today’s sitting at the House Of Representatives in Belmopan would be more than interesting, and the P.U.P came out swinging and in some instances made accusations that caused some members to loose their cool.

Ministry Of Health Deny More Unfounded Rumors
The Міnіѕtrу оf Неаlth went on record to deny a rumоr оf a саѕе оf Соvіd-19 іn Ѕаn Іgnасіо but did confirm that there is a person who is in ѕеlf іѕоlаtіоn.

Corona-Virus May Spread On Money, The Item We All Exchange The Most
The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised people to wash their hands and stop using cash if possible as the paper bills may help spread CoronaVirus.

LOVE FM

Heated exchanges in the House of Representatives
The Sitting of the House got underway this morning at ten o’clock. The meeting opened with the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the House and the Leader of the Opposition expressing condolences to the families of the four fallen soldiers followed by a moment of silence for the men.

80 hour protest by the Stevedores
It has now been 80 hours and counting since the Stevedores at the Port of Belize (PBL) began protesting. While there has been a verbal agreement between the Christian Workers Union(CWU) and the Port of Belize, no written agreement has been put into play to solidify the queries.

Prime Minister reads his final national budget
Parliamentarians are currently in Belmopan where the Budget Reading for the fiscal year 2020/2021 is underway. Prime Minister Dean Barrow has presented a one point three-six billion dollar budget with the commitment of new taxes.

Southern villagers protest outside of National Assembly
A Protest is ongoing at the steps of the National Assembly by villagers of Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and San Roman in the south. We rejoin our Cayo Correspondent, Fem Cruz for the details.

Illegally parked
A taxi driver has gone on record trying to right his wrongs and accusing the Belize City Council of interfering with his livelihood. 59-year-old Gerald Lewis and two of his sons have taken up a portion of North Front Street near Spoonaz Café as their taxi base.

Sanjay Lino remanded to prison
26-year-old Sanjay Lino, was arraigned in court today on a single charge of keeping unlicensed ammunition and was remanded to the Belize Central Prison.

WASH Initiative
A draft for the standard operating procedure to obtain clean water, namely the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) initiative has been formulated.

Haldwin Castillo remanded to prison
19-year-old Haldwin Castillo appeared in court today for keeping unlicensed firearm and ammunition. Castillo changed his not guilty plea to guilty after he reviewed the overwhelming evidence the crown had against him.

Teenager involved in road traffic incident
A teenager is hospitalized after a hit and run incident last night in Belmopan. Our Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz has that story.

March 5 is the deadline says NTUCB
The Budget Reading is set for tomorrow in Belmopan. Tomorrow also marks the first deadline from the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) as it relates to the six demands they made in February. NTUCB’s President Marvin Mora spoke briefly to the media on this deadline.

Minister of National Security says a preliminary report due today
A preliminary report on the investigation into the deaths of the four BDF soldiers is due today. It is yet to be confirmed if the report was presented to the high ranking officials in the Ministry of National Security. Love News did speak to the Minister of National Security, Michael Peyrefitte, this morning who spoke of the report.

Police Commissioner says suspected drug plane did not land in Belize
Last night there were reports of a suspected narco plane flying low over the area of Gardenia Village, Belize District. According to the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams did receive the report and the department was ready to intercept it.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Government survives no confidence vote 18-11 after all day debate
The Government of Belize has, for now, retained the confidence of the House of Representatives […]

Gaspar Vega breaks appearance duck in House of Representatives
Area Representative of Orange Walk North, Gaspar Vega, appeared at the House of Representatives today, […]

Mesopotamia’s Finnegan comes out for stevedores
Long-standing United Democratic Party (UDP) area representative for Mesopotamia, Michael Finnegan, today added his voice […]

Belmopan CitCo denies approving gas station near school
The Belmopan City Council said it never offered its approval of a gas station to […]

BMDC hosts beekeeping harvest season
The Belize Marketing and Development Corporation (BMDC) hosted its annual beekeeping harvest season meeting with […]

Opposition excoriates Government Contracts (Validation) Bill
In terms of occasionally skirting the Standing Orders, members of the Opposition have roundly condemned […]

Ministry of Health says no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Belize
The Ministry of Health issued a statement confirming that there are no confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) […]

Corporal Reynaldo Choco laid to rest
Belize Defense Force (BDF) Corporal Reynaldo Choco, one of four officers that lost their lives […]

NTUCB told to ‘wait’ on resource allocation for Integrity Commission
Prime Minister Dean Barrow in moving the first reading of the amended Prevention of Corruption […]

World Health Organization warns that handling money may help spread the coronavirus
The World Health Organization (WHO) told US media on Tuesday that cash may help spread […]

Opposition walks out of house protesting PM’s statement that Briceno did not take his ‘simple pills’
The members of the Opposition People’s United Party have left the National Assembly after leader […]

House remembers fallen servicemen
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Laura Longsworth, solemnly opened today’s meeting with a remembrance […]

Grand Spanish Lookout expo happening this weekend
The annual Spanish Lookout expo is being held this weekend in Spanish Lookout. The expo […]

Opposition seeks sacking of Government for unlawful spending and corruption
The Opposition’s motion of no confidence in the Government, to be presented by its leader […]

Government lays Coastal, Caracol Road contracts before House; asks to re-appoint Ombudsman
As part of the papers to be laid on the table of the House of […]

Three Cayo cops charged for extortion; out on bail
Three officers attached to the San Ignacio police formation were charged on Friday for extortion. […]

National Evangelical Association supports NTUCB’s points of good governance
The National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) issued a statement saying that it stands in […]

House meets today for the 2020/2021 Budget Presentation
Prime Minister Dean Barrow, who also acts as Minister of Finance, is expected to present […]

Blogs

SAN PEDRO, BELIZE TRAVEL GUIDE – MAHOGANY BAY RESORT
Hope you are doing well! Today I am sharing my full travel guide to San Pedro, Belize. It was one of our favorite family trips and exceeded our expectations. We had the opportunity to stay at Mahogany Bay Resort one of the most beautiful resorts on the island. We also got to snorkel the amazing Belize Barrier Reef. It was one of the most amazing experiences with my family. We stayed at the Mahogany Bay Resort which is a beautiful new resort is located on the stunning Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye, Belize, and is just minutes away from the world’s best diving and snorkeling along the Belize Barrier Reef.

International Sourcesizz

New GEF US-dollarfunded initiative gets underway in Caribbean
A new US$46 million initiative to promote blue economic priorities, in support of the sustainable use and conservation of the region's vast and diverse marine ecosystems and resources, gets underway in the Caribbean. The project which is an initiative of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in partnership with the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is a four-year project funded by the GEF with a grant of US$6.2 million and co-financing of US$40.1 million.

COVID 19 Will Pass – The Economic Impact Could Be Longer Lasting On The Caribbean
The growing threat of a COVID-19 global pandemic will be disruptive for citizens and visitors alike, but as with all similar events it will pass. Despite this, misinformation continues to swirl. There are now fours cases of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) reported in the Caribbean. But amplified by social media and the willingness of some to ignore the facts provided by public health experts and medical professionals, the immediate danger is that unwarranted concern is being spread within the region and externally.

Cruise ships divert as Caribbean countries implement coronavirus travel bans
Two Carnival Cruise Line ships are steering clear of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands this week as the countries tighten travel restrictions in an attempt to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The Miami-based cruise company is sending the Carnival Horizon and Carnival Freedom ships elsewhere because the company’s CEO Arnold Donald did not receive assurances in time that the ships would be able to dock, a spokesperson for the company said via email. Carnival said no one on board the ships has COVID-19.

Videos

  • Protest against proposed tourism development at Cayo Rosario!, min. Islanders advocating for responsible and sustainable development!

  • Stevedore protest, 40min.

  • San Pedro, Belize - Mahogany Bay Resort, 5.5min. Hope you are doing well! Today I am sharing my full travel guide to San Pedro, Belize. It was one of our favorite family trips and exceeded our expectations.

  • Major Adran Ramirez is being laid to rest in Corozal Town, 17min.

  • Prime Minister Rt Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow offers words of condolences, 2min. as the nation mourns the death of four fallen members of the Belize Defense Force.

  • Where We Work - Belize Audubon Society, 3min. We invite you to enjoy a Belize Audubon Society co-managed protected area and play a part in their conservation! Learn more about our 7 co-managed protected areas and get involved today at www.belizeaudubon.org

  • Snorkeling Adventure in Bacalar Chico in Belize, 1.5min. Snorkeling adventure from Orchid Bay to Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Preserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Belize.

  • Corporal Reynaldo Choco is Laid to Rest in Big Falls, 6min. A solemn ceremony was held in the village of Big Falls, Toledo, for fallen soldier Corporal Reynaldo Choco. His flag-draped casket was carried from his house in the village, to the Lady of Guadalupe Church and then to the burial site, where he received a gun salute.

  • Major Adran Ramirez farewell walk, Today, the community of Corozal along with the school's joined Major Adran Ramirez. farewell walk that was held this morning in Corozal. Here's a highlight video of today's farewell. Condolences to the family members, friends and his Belize Defence Force. Rest In Peace.

  • Major Adran Ramirez’ funeral service, 4.5min. One week after a BDF helicopter crashed into the Gales Point Lagoon in the Stann Creek District, three of the four soldiers who perished have been laid to rest. Major Adran Ramirez’ funeral service took place this morning in his hometown, Corozal.

  • BELIKIN LA RUTA MAYA OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONIES DAY 1, min.

  • Belize Birthday Bone Fishing Trip, 7.5min.

  • Snorkeling with sharks and rays in Belize, 3.5min.

  • 2019 Belize National Heroes and Benefactors Wreath Laying Ceremony, 3.5min. Remembering the 2019 Benefactors and National Heroes Ceremony to be held at the Baron Bliss Lighthouse in Belize City.