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The San Pedro Sun

PM Barrow addresses the nation in regard to COVID-19 Pandemic
On Wednesday, March 11th, the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus, dubbed COVID-19, a pandemic due to the disease’s rapid spread across multiple countries around the world. Over 100,000 confirmed cases have been registered, with almost 5,000 deaths in 114 countries. Belize remains free of the deadly disease, which first appeared in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. However, the global impact is already beginning to affect the country’s main industry-tourism. The situation is being treated very seriously on a global scale, prompting Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow to address the nation on Thursday, March 12th in Belize City.

The Power of Pleasure Reading: What We Can Learn from the Secret Reading Lives of Teens
There are many worries about some of the reading selections students have made, hence the reluctance to embrace pleasure as a goal of instruction, or of pleasure reading as an end to itself. However, there is evidence of profound joy and zeal displayed by many of the readers of texts so often marginalized and worry-inducing, such as romances, vampire stories, horror novels, dystopian fiction, and fantasy. Many students spend hours reading outside school, even as they often reject the reading they are asked to do inside school (Wilhelm & Smith, 2016).

Controversial game between San Pedro Pirates and Altitude FC ends in 2-2 draw
Under rain and muddy conditions, the San Pedro Pirates faced Altitude FC on Saturday, March 7th, at the Michael Ashcroft Stadium in Independence Village, in southern Belize. The game was a tough battle for the win, but at the sound of the long whistle, the football action ended in a 2-2 draw. At the end of the game, San Pedro Pirates ended with four of its players (Dixon Paguada, Asrel Sutherland, Jesse Smith, and Jorge Nuñez) expelled via red cards. The management of the team found these callings questionable, along with the officiating of the game.

More national and international marathons for Ian ‘Lion” Gordon
At this year’s Women Day on Sunday, March 8th, islander marathoner Ian ‘Lion’ Gordon was in the city of Cancun, Mexico, competing at the ‘Maraton de la Mujer,’ where he once again proudly represented Belize. A day after, he was back in Belize, where he claimed first place at a five-kilometer run in his age- range (40-49) and third place overall.

Smile Clinic continues at Holy Cross
The San Pedro Smile Center Dental Clinic, located at the Holy Cross Anglican School (HCAS) in the San Mateo Area of San Pedro Town, hosted its second session of dental services to Belizean children and other members of the community on March 2nd and concluded March 5th. Doctor Mark Johnson of Annandale, Minnesota USA, founded the clinic in 2005 and has continued this volunteer effort along with his wife, Dr. Joan Johnson, ever since.

Ministry of Health Advisory No. 8 – Update on COVID-19
The Ministry strongly advises persons to avoid non-essential travel to any country that has local spread of COVID-19. For now, these countries include China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Singapore, and South Korea. These new recommendations have been implemented as a part of an immediate prevention measure based on our most recent development on the spread of COVID-19.

Various Belizean Sources

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Update on the San Pedrito Park in San Pedro
We are excited with the new additions and can't wait for the project to be done so that everyone can enjoy!

Standard VI Students at Ocean Academy Graduate!
Dear Standard VI Students, Ocean Academy congratulates you on nearing your primary school graduation! We are excited to meet you, share information, and invite you to participate in fun activities this Thursday, the 12th ofMarch, at 1 p.m. on Ocean Academy’s campus (you will not have classes at CCRCS on Thursday afternoon).

Police Officers of Caye Caulker hold community Awareness Session
Booths were up for the following: Caye Caulker BTIA, Friends of Swallow Caye, Department of Environment, Local Tourism Committee, Womens Department & Domestic Violence, BFLA- Belize Family Life Association, Checking Blood Pressure etc..

Caribbean Tourism Organization Digital Marketing Webinar
Register now for a FREE Digital Marketing Masterclass Webinar to be hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization. The Communication Division of the Caribbean Tourism Organization is hosting a digital marketing masterclass for members during the month of March. The webinar will be held on Wednesday 25th March at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time and will be presented by Tim Stuart of the digital marketing company, Genero.

BELIZE FISHING REPORT: MARCH 1, 2020 THROUGH MARCH 8, 2020
Last week was tougher than normal here at El Pescador as the weather and wind were not friendly. The guides are doing a great job keeping guests into fish in the protective coves mainly on the west side of the island. Bonefishing has been the stock and trade and guests are reporting good numbers. Several guests coming back each day with double digit numbers of bones and several trophy fish. Permit fishing has been tough with the wind. Tarpon are being caught tight to the mangroves along with snook. Good weather on the horizon and we are all excited to put these last few cold fronts behind us.

LITTLE WOMEN IN ART 2020 IS TODAY
Don't forget it's all taking place today Friday March 13th, 2020 at the Museum of Belize starting 7:00pm sharp! -LITTLE WOMEN IN ART 2020-

A great moment sharing the history of Corozal Town with the children of Rainbow Brite Preschool
Thank you to Mrs. Lourdes Marin for inviting the House of Culture to present Manuel Villamor's Historical Mural.

Karl H. Menzies needs an accounts payable associate
Karl H. Menzies. Co. Ltd. is looking for highly motivated and qualified persons to fill the position of Accounts Payable Associate. The Accounts Payable Associate will report to our Main Branch at 104 Barrack Rd. Belize City.

Belize Raptor Center Birds 2 fundraiser
We want to send out a special Thank you everyone who came out to the Bluff to support our fundraising event, Music for the Birds. We raised over $5,000 which gives us enough funds to build an enclosure big enough for two ambassadors AS well as print vulture posters! BRC is so blessed to have such strong community support! If you have photos from the event PLEASE share them in the comments. One of the highlights of our evening was Raquel Art surprising our director, Sarah with a beautiful painting of Akna for the new clinic wall.

Cayo Centre For Employment Training is having an open house on Friday, April 3rd
Open House 2020, you don't want to miss this event! Come and meet our trainees, take a tour of our campus, and experience practical skills training on display.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
MewTwo Strikes Back, Birds of Prey, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Grudge

COVID-19 Self Isolation/Home Quarantine Kit
BTIA has created this document for islanders based on WHO/PAHO Guidance. It provides you with guidance on how to prepare for your family on what you need in an emergency kit when someone gets sick. Be responsible and prepare to help prevent the spread of this new illness on the island. We all have someone in our lives, young or old, that is vulnerable to serious illness from COVID-19. Preparedness is key.

Channel 7

Corona Crackdown? Not Yet.
Belize continues to remain free of the Coronavirus tonight - while it has been confirmed in 127 countries, Belize is one of about 68 nations that have no positive tests.   That's the same situation with our Central American neighbours, El Salvador and Guatemala: no positive tests: but they have both enacted stringent restrictions on travel into the country - putting up a travel ban on countries and continents where the virus has appeared. So, what will Belize do - and what will nit not do yet? Well it won't put up a blanket ban. The Prime Minister announced the plan and the precautions at a press conference this afternoon at the Biltmore.

Health Experts Agree: Borders Stay Open
The Director of Health Services further explained that the decision to not introduce an across  - the - board travel ban at this time is based on considered advice of regional public health experts:.. Dr. Marvin Manzanero - Director of Health Services: "We keep getting asked do the virtual lockdown like El Salvador has done and we have asked our colleagues our counterparts even, what was your opinion on the matter. People were positive and dealing with the day to day issues now and I haven't found any single entity that has come back to us from the public health standpoint that says that is the way you are supposed to be dealing with COVID 19..."

Under Pressure, PM Elaborates
Again, Belize is not taking that drastic step at this time based on advice from regional health experts. But, the Prime Minister said he is under pressure even at home to enact a lock down - but conceded that there are too many dependent variables to do so: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "The time has not yet come for us to order any kind of mass shutdown. I know that there are some even in my own home who are trying to quarrel with me to say that everything should be shut down today. Well I beg to disagree, I don't think that's practical in any case, we need to approach that possibility carefully..."

MoH Taking on Testing
Of course, there's no right time to make a very difficult decision, but when the first positive test appears, then the options will be far fewer. But at this point, tonight, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 detected in Belize. So far, 300- persons have been singled out for screening.  Manzanero provided details: Dr. Marvin Manzanero - Director of Health Services: "I think it's more than 300 people we have been up to date and it keeps evolving. We can confirm there is no case confirmed of COVID 19..."

Why No Active Surveillance at Points of Entry
But many have complained that the screening at points of entry is far from optimal.  Basically, those arriving at the airport are asked their travel history and scanned for symptoms.  If they present no symptoms and have no flags in their travel history, they are sent on their way.  But, why not take the temperature of everyone arrive to see if they have a fever and might be sick with the flu?  Manzanero said it is not resource effective:

Hand San's Spike 300%!
And, right within Belize's borders, the price of hand sanitiser lotion and other essential antiseptics such as alcohol have been skyrocketing. We saw a bottle of hand sanitiser that usually costs four dollars, selling for 15 dollars!  Today, the Prime Minister outlined whether government plans to do to bring those prices down: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "Where we are is in a bad place, at least in terms of some sections of humanity..."

A Task Force and a Committee. Belize's Pandemic Response
Now, all these activities will be overseen by a COVID-19 Task Force and a COVID-19 National Oversight Committee.  The Prime Minister said this will be co-chaired with the leader of the opposition: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "I have asked the Leader of the Opposition, and he has accepted, to co-chair with me the National Oversight Committee. Apart from Government and Opposition, the Committee will be made up of representatives from the Belize Council of Churches, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Belize National Network of NGOs and the Belize Social Security Board. The NTUCB has also been invited to name a representative but has not yet responded..."

No Witness, No Case, Murder Suspect Goes Free
He was charged with stabbing a man to death with a broken pint bottle, but tonight 34-year-old Austin Gabourel is a free man. The DPP's Office has decided to discontinue its prosecution against him. On the night of April 17th, 2016, Leon Gordon, a 28-year-old resident of Caye Caulker Village, was at the Sip N Dip Bar on the island's beachfront. He reportedly observed when the bar owner got into a fight with a disorderly patron.

Accountant Paid Off 48K Bill At Riverside
43-year-old Amado Olivera, the former accountant for the popular Riverside Tavern in Belize City, has been freed of a major theft charge. His former employers, Bowen and Bowen Company Limited, accused him of pocketing just over $48,000 of the Tavern's money. Olivera, a resident of Orange Walk Town, was arrested and charged with the offense on October 22 of last year. That's after Natalie Grange, a manager at Bowen and Bowen, reported the money stolen.

CEMO Simulation Is Smoky
If you've ever been in an emergency you'd know that the outcome of the situation is often dependent on how quickly first responders can arrive on the scene. That response time can be stalled in a world of crossed phone lines and dropped calls, and more often than not neighbors have had to become impromptu first responders.  Well the City Emergency Management Organization and the Belize Red Cross have spent the last year training up a group of would-be community first responders from the Southside. Cherisse Halsall got to see them in action today. Here's that story.

No Clues On Carolyn's Killer
2 days ago, police discovered the body of 65-year-old Carolyn Arnold, and tonight the cops aren't any closer to solving her murder. As we told you, she was discovered early on Tuesday morning in the Lake Garden Area of Ladyville. She was wounded, badly brutalized, and her partially nude body was discarded in a most disturbing manner.  She was last seen alive on Monday night when she was leaving a friend's house, and at this time, police are trying to determine the series of events that occurred after she decided to go home, up until the time when her body was discovered.

Home Invasion Turns Stabbing
Tonight, 48-year-old Donald Enrique Garcia, resident of the Jane Usher Boulevard area of Belize City, is recovering from stab wounds he suffered while he was at his home last night. Someone barged into his house and stabbed him several times for no apparent reason. Sometime before 8:00, Garcia was inside his Mudd Street home by himself, and one of the doors was opened. He was suddenly surprised by a dark-skinned man who barged in and stabbed him. As far as investigators can tell, robbery was not the motive of this usual attack, and they are trying to find Garcia's assailant.

Home Invaders Charged
So, while the cops try to identify that home invader, they've arrested 3 men who they believe broke into another Belize City businessman's home last weekend. At around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7th, 2020, 55-year-old Obaidul Islam was at his home with his wife and his brother. They were all rudely awakened by 2 masked burglars who had entered their house. One of them was armed with a knife, and the other was armed with a firearm.

Women in Sports is Bae
Sport often contains its own drama. It can teach both players and spectators to be courageous, overcome adversity, and engage in unity. But while sports fans cheer on the players that taste glory at the highest level, what about the girls? A group of athletes asked just that question today at the BAE Sports Summit 2020 an event in which Belizeans advocated for gender equity in sport. We spoke to Athletes Enid Martinez and Kaya Cattouse to find out about the challenges women in our country face in sport: 

Pleaded Guilty to Killing His Own Cousin
27-year-old Tishawn Hamilton was charged more than three years ago with the murder of his own 17 YEAR old cousin.  Hamilton pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter in the court of Justice Marilyn Williams - and was sentenced today.  For the plea, he got a deduction of a third of his sentence which put the remainder of the time he would serve at 10 years. That sentence was further reduced to 7 years given that he had served three years on remand.  

Airing Out The Ventilator Issue
So, circling back to COVID 19, the Government of Belize is discouraging mass gatherings, but, at this time, not effecting a total travel ban.  The government is restricting entry to travellers from all restricted areas, including Europe.  Importantly, cruise ship arrivals will continue at this time.   And while those are all contingencies, what's the plan for when infected persons do appear and they have to be hospitalised, in intensive care, with ventilator support.  Yess, that will not happen with all infected persons - not at all, but it will happen with some.

Cruise Ships Keep Coming
Looking more closely any the situation with cruise ships - Belize continues to receive them, and three were in port today.  It's the decision by the government to  keep them coming at this time. Today the Prime Minster explained that the cruise lines do their own screening on board: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "I read out earlier as you would have heard all the measures that in place with respect to screening passengers before they can even get on to a cruise ship. It is in those circumstances that as I said, recognizing the impact of just suddenly cutting off all cruise lines, the impact that would have on jobs and on the livelihoods of people like yourselves, that we have adopted for the moment a kind of wait and see attitude if you will..."

NGO's Vs. GBV
Earlier we told you that steps were being made for women's equity in sport.  And while BAE was having that conversation, RET International, an organization whose slogan promises to bridge the gaps, was at UB hosting a fair for the timely transparent response to gender-based violence and trafficking in Persons. In attendance were multiple Governmental and non-governmental organizations such as A-Tips, Our Circle Belize, and the Department of youth services.

Channel 5

G.O.B. Prepares the Nation of COVID-19
In this region, Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago are the latest countries to confirm their first cases of the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus, referred to as COVID-19, which has now [...]

Supplementary Allocations and Additional Funding for COVID-19
A budget for the upcoming financial year was tabled in the House last week. But government is now looking at international partners for funding to deal with the imminent threat [...]

“Nothing is more important than preserving the health of our people” – PM Barrow
As we said, there are no confirmed cases locally, but the Ministry of Health has been consistently saying it is only a matter of time. But unlike other countries, the [...]

Cuban Doctors to Help Belize with Fighting COVID-19
The Ministry of Health is propping up its equipment as it prepares for COVID 19. The Ministry in the process of procuring six new ventilators to add to its existing [...]

Belize Integral Health Centre Closes Due to Suspected COVID-19 Patient
Prior to the Prime Minister’s press conference, there was a scare at a clinic in the south side of Belize City. A person showing respiratory complications had gone in for [...]

COVID-19: How Do We Self-Isolate?
The coronavirus is straining health systems all over the world. The Ministry of Health here says it is acquiring more ventilators as part of its preparedness plans to tackle the [...]

13 Samples, None Positive for COVID-19
The screening process for determining whether an individual exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 is not a series of test conducted on everyone with a cough or flu-like signs.  This afternoon, Director [...]

Exercise Proper Hand Hygiene by Washing Properly
One of the most asked questions is how to protect yourself against the alarming spread of c COVID-19. One of highly recommended suggestions from doctors is a common-sense approach. Epidemiologist, [...]

Jane Usher Resident is Stabbed Multiple Times during Home Invasion
On the crime blotter, there was a home invasion on Wednesday night in the Jane Usher Boulevard area of Belize City. Donald Enrique Nunez Garcia was inside his house when [...]

Police Following Several Leads in Murder of Elderly Woman
Senior Superintendent Hilberto Romero also gave an update on the investigation into the murder of Carolyn Arnold. The body of the elderly woman was discovered semi-nude on a dirt road [...]

35% in Cancellations – Massive Impact of Coronavirus to Overnight Tourism Sector
Even as the government officially announced today that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Belize, the virus is already having and will continue to have a major impact [...]

University Groups, Church Missions Cancel Travel to Belize
From the hotels to the tour guides, all sectors in tourism are feeling the impact of the COVID-19.  The Executive Director of the Belize Tourism Industry Association says that its [...]

S.S.B. Takes a Proactive Approach to Potential Crisis of COVID-19
In 2019, during the dengue epidemic in Belize, thousands of persons were affected and there was a sharp increase in the amount of sickness benefit claims between January and July. [...]

Opposition Leader Accepts Invitation to Co-Chair COVID-19 Working Group
Still on the coronavirus, the Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño confirmed via a release this evening that he has accepted, in good faith, the invitation by the Prime Minister [...]

Community Disaster Response Team Conducts Simulation
The Belize Red Cross and the City Emergency Management Organization conducted three disaster simulations today in Belize City. The exercises are to complement two months of training where thirty residents [...]

Kidnapping-Related Charges Levied in Orange Walk
Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with an attempted kidnapping. Police say one of the assailants, Luis Urbina, has a long charge sheet of similar charges. Urbina [...]

Three Men Arrested and Charged for Burglary
Police have arrested and charged three men in connection to a burglary that happened at number sixty Barrack Road on Sunday. Police say that fifty-two-year-old businessman Azm Obadul was asleep [...]

A Sports Summit Advocates for Equity for the Female Gender
All over, women face challenges in their professional life and the field of sports is no exception. Since Wednesday, a summit commenced in Belize City to promote equality for girls [...]

Healthy Living: SCA Tests Cyber-School Day
The W.H.O. declared COVID-19 a pandemic on Wednesday, acknowledging that the disease is spreading across the globe. You saw earlier in the newscast the Prime Minister outlining the country’s preparation [...]

The Reporter

Early Morning Motorcycle Accident On C.A Blvd.
A man is left injured after an SUV knocked him off a motorcycle on Central American Boulevard just before 8:30 this morning. It happened at the intersection with Gibnut Street and the Boulevard.

No Corona Virus In Belize
There is still no confirmed case of the virus in Belize, but Belize is now only one of four countries in Central America that do not yet have a case of the virus, so health officials have warned that it will only be a matter of time before it is detected here.

LOVE FM

St Catherine’s Academy setting the stage
St Catherine’s Academy has taken proactive steps in the preparations for the arrival of COVID-19. Today, the secondary institution had a Cyber day for first and second form students. It is a pilot project of sorts that allows students to stay at home and utilize laptops and an internet connection to have classes online.

COVID-19 impacts various sectors in Belize
Concerns are also mounting in the tourism industry as we have reported an increase in hotel cancellations. Prime Minister addressed this concern referencing a recent report given to him by the Director of the Belize Tourism Board, Karen Bevans.

BFLA comments on the death of Carolyn Arnold
The murder of 63-year-old Carolyn Arnold brought the circulation of a graphic photograph of her semi-nude body bleeding at the throat. The gruesome attack coincided with International Women’s Month and has spurred disgust by several organizations. One such entity is the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA).

Police officers detain robber
Quick response by the police allowed them to capture a robber last night at around 11:30. Reports are that 18-year-old Christian Ruiz was walking with a friend on East Collet Canal when he was robbed by two men.

How prepared are our health facilities?
As recent as yesterday the union members of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital have expressed concerns over the resources and readiness of that facility as they relate to the COVID-19 response. Both Prime Minister Barrow and the Health Director addressed the matter.

Are you Preparing for COVID-19?
Health officials have been stating that it is not a matter of if but a matter of when as it pertains to the arrival of COVID-19 to Belize. We have heard of consumers making bulk purchases as part of their preparations. Today, Love News went downtown Belize City to find out how some members of the public are responding to the alerts.

Health Director updates media on the country’s readiness
At the announcement of a press conference for today by the Prime Minister, it was widely anticipated that there would be the official closure of schools and ports of entry to Belize. Prime Minister Barrow addressed these possibilities and announced that the time will come where these decisions will have to be explored, but that time is not going to be today.

Amado Olivero pays his dues
Amado Olivero, a former accountant for Riverside Tavern was in court today facing ten counts of theft. Olivera was first arraigned back on October 21, 2019 before Chief Magistrate, Sharon Fraser where he pleaded not guilty to all ten counts.

PM condemns Price Gouging
The ramifications that COVID-19 will bring to Belize will be on other health sector is only of several departments that the Government is looking to address in the coming days. With the future arrival of COVID-19 in Belize, the Government is also looking at other sectors that will be affected especially the economy.

Man chopped several times
A man is in a stable condition after he was chopped several times inside his home. Yesterday, just before 8pm, 48-year-old Enrique Nunez Garcia was attacked by a man who barged through his door and inflicted chop wounds on him.

Republic Of China (Taiwan) Donates 400 Wheelchairs
Yesterday in Belmopan, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), H.E. Remus Li-Kou Chen, donated 400 wheelchairs to the Minister of Health, Pablo Marin. The donation was done on behalf of two Taiwanese non-governmental organizations,...

Several Ministries Participate In Bilateral Relations Workshop
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize hosted a Maximizing Bilateral Relations Workshop yesterday, where the objective was to share best practices with public officers from government ministries. The new Chief Executive Officer in the...

Austin Gabourel Walks Free From Murder
34-year-old Austin Gabourel, walked free from a murder charge this morning when he appeared before Justice Colin Williams.

There Are No Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Belize
Belize is clear of any confirmed cases of COVID-19. That is the official announcement that came out of a press conference this afternoon, led by Prime Minister Dean Barrow.

CitCo Records A Decrease In Expenditure Of 13%
The Belize City Council also spoke about their decreased expenditure. According to them, this decrease was 13%, going from $9.2 million in 2018 to $8 million in 2019. Areas that took cuts were finance and...

Belmopan City Council Address Public’s Concerns
With recent concerns being vented by residents in Belmopan, a public meeting was held last night, led by Belmopan Mayor, Khalid Belisle. Our Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz has the story.

Belize Experiences Price Gouging On Several Commodities As COVID-19 Makes Its Way To Belize
While several persons in Belize have taken to social media to complain about the stark increases in items such as masks, hand sanitizers, disinfectant sprays, the Belize Bureau of Standards is yet to receive a...

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Opposition Leader accepts Prime Minister’s invitation to co-chair working group pertaining to COVID-19
Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno issued a statement this afternoon confirming that he has […]

Highly-anticipated Dexta Daps concert postponed amidst coronavirus concerns
As the world makes necessary adjustments to cope with the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the […]

Stay safe: Wash hands adequately
The Ministry of Health is reemphasizing the importance and proper handling of washing hands. There […]

Director of Health Services: two samples to be tested
Two samples are to be tested for potential coronavirus later today, says Director of Health […]

Government forms coronavirus task force, oversight committee
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has announced the formation of a COVID 19 National Task Force […]

Belize City Council sees a 9% increase in revenue
The Belize City Council says that in its first year in office (the recent audit […]

On the KHMH isolation ward for Covid-19
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

Belize Family Life Association condemns sharing of deceased woman’s partially-nude photo
The Belize Family Life Association (BFLA) has come out against the widespread sharing of a […]

City Council prepares to float second municipal bond
Next Monday, the Belize City Council will roll out a short-term municipal bond to raise […]

San Ignacio resident not under quarantine for Covid-19 at any local hospital; Still no confirmed case in Belize
Social media has been abuzz with the sharing of information regarding the rapid global spread […]

Police nab robber in Belize City last night
Quick police response led to the detention of a robber last night in Belize City […]

Guatemala implements ban on Europeans, Chinese to keep coronavirus out of the country
Many countries around the world have imposed travel bans in an effort to protect their […]

Italy in lockdown as coronavirus death toll rises
Health experts around the world are grappling with the Coronavirus (Covid-19) that up to date […]

Ministry of Education declares March 25 – National Handwashing Awareness Day
The Ministry of Education, in partnership with UNICEF, has declared March 25 as National Handwashing […]

Traffic accident reported this morning in Belize City
Police are investigating a road traffic accident this morning at the corner of Gibnut street […]

Ministry of Foreign Affairs discusses bilateral relations with Government Ministries
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize hosted a Maximizing Bilateral Relations Workshop today, March […]

US Assistant Secretary of State features Belizean Michelle Carrasco as March Woman of Courage
The United States Embassy in Belize noted today that Assistant Secretary of State for Western […]

Man sliced up inside his own home
Donald Enrique Nunez Garcia, 48, is in a stable condition after he was attacked last […]

Blogs

Tropic Air Placencia Airport Closure Plan
Tropic Air reached out with the promised update on flight service and a Placencia Airport closure plan. Here is what we know so far……. Placencia Airstrip (PLJ) is slated to be close from May 1st to September 30th with full Placencia Airport operations by Oct 1st, 2020. During the closure, there will be some routine maintenance and expansion of the runway. Unfortunately, this necessary event makes logistics of flying into Placencia a bit tricky. It also makes for a rare experience too, and rest assured, everyone, is doing the best they can with what there is.

You Need to Try River Fishing in Belize
Belize’s fresh, sparkling waters are teeming with fish of all kinds. Discover what it’s like to fish for the most challenging, exciting fish as they spawn in Belize’s rivers, estuaries, waterways, barrier islands, mangrove flats, salt marshes, and bays. Belize has an amazing array of fish and sea mammals in the waters surrounding the Belize Barrier Reef. These waters are justly famous for their great fishing, but did you know you can get equally great thrills by going inland? Belize’s inland territory is rich with brackish and freshwater waterways. Many of them form parts of protected marine and fishing reserves. Others are prime spawning grounds for fish on their way out to sea. All of this means an abundance of fish waiting to challenge you along the riverbanks. Come discover what real river fishing in a wild jungle is like.

Sea to Shore Alliance merges with Clearwater Marine Aquarium
March 11th, 2020: Sea to Shore Alliance Belize (S2SA) has officially merged with Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving our environment, a commitment that has been in the works for a long time. Sea to Shore Alliance will now be known as Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute (CMARI). Jamal Galves has been named the Program Coordinator for the Belize Project and is enthusiastic about steering the research and conservation initiatives here in Belize. This also comes with the support of our local Belizean S2SA Board (Shelley Bowen, Tanya McNab, Oscar Arnold, Nicole Auil Gomez) and under the guidance of CMARI Executive Director, Dr. James “Buddy” Powell, who has been working with manatees in Belize since 1997.

Best Restaurants in San Ignacio, Belize
These venues are nothing short of amazing. Each has its unique touch and original flavors. San Ignacio is a central base catering to eco-adventures. It is a town west of Belize, great for horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, zip-lining, bird watching, exploring Maya Ruins and filled with friendly people and, best of all, with some of the best restaurants. 

A Guide: Eight Tips for Traveling By Bus in Belize
Buses are, by far, the most affordable and the most popular ways to get around mainland Belize. It can be slow, but IT IS CHEAP (Belize City to San Ignacio is only about $8bzd) and you get to really see the landscape, the people and the local color of Belize. If you live in country, you always see someone you know. And for all of these reasons, I really like it. There are schedules online but for the best, most up to date information just ask at the bus station. All major stations have the guys in the khaki shirts who work there – like this guy. The back of their shirts say something official.

Belize Wellness Travel – Spas and Yoga Centers
During a trip to Belize, you’ll have many opportunities to engage in yoga, whether you are new to this relaxing activity or an experienced Yogi. The country offers an extensive array of yoga classes, workshops, and retreats that focus on great stretches, mindfulness, and meditation techniques. Many of these yoga options even take place in breathtaking surroundings such as the lush rainforest, ancient Maya grounds, and even private beaches. If practicing yoga in a group setting isn’t your thing, you can also enjoy yoga on your own. There are plenty of places to practice yoga on a resort’s open-air deck, featuring picturesque views of the scenery.

International Sourcesizz

Port of Belize selects Octopi to modernise terminal operations
The Port of Belize has inked a deal with Octopi, part of Navis and Cargotec Corporation, to modernise its operations and bring the terminal up to international standards. Located in Belize City, the Port of Belize currently operates at 45,000 TEU annually. To leverage on maximizing efficiency and streamlining business processes to improve customer experience, the port is looking forward to Octopi’s TOS, which is a cloud-based platform, to act as a hub for its operational and transactional activities and also capture and collate its operational data. It would also offer functionality, visibility and ease of use for the port’s operations.

Science Center opens new traveling exhibit on Mayans
The Connecticut Science Center is known for its highly interactive educational exhibits with themes like the cosmos, nature, motion, and health. In its new traveling exhibit, “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed,” there are still hands-on activities, but most of the collection of ancient Mayan artifacts, though educational, are definitely not to be touched. The Mayan civilization existed for thousands of years in what is now modern day Mexico and Central America.

Videos

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - JOSE LUIS TUN, 2min.

  • Presentation on covid-19 by Dr. Cuellar, 61min.

  • Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the Ministry of Health held a press conference on COVID-19 yesterday, 1hr39min.

  • The National Women's Sport Summit 2020, 22min. The National Women's Sport Summit is scheduled for the 11th-13th at the Marion Jones Complex. It's called the 2020 BAE (Belizeans Advocating for Equity) Sports Summit and the intention is promote equity in sports for women. We spoke with the organizers about how the intended objectives. On our couch: Kaya Cattouse - Deputy National Sports Coordinator, National Sports Council. Dr. Jenn Jacobs - Professor, Northern Illinois University. Emma Baumert - Graduate Student, Northern Illinois University.

  • The 5th Annual Leadercast 2020, 28min. The 5th Annual Leadercast 2020 will be held this year. The focus is on what they call positive disruption. We talked with our guests about the concept of taking negatives and harnessing them into positive opportunities. They also shared some of the details of the speakers for this year's event. On our couch: Dr. Dionne Chamberlain Miranda - Managing Director, Chamberlain Consulting Ltd. Trudy Joseph - Chief Coordination Consultant, Chamberlain Consulting Ltd.

  • World Water Day 2020, 28min. World Water Day is celebrated on 22nd March under the theme: Water and Climate Change. Representatives of the World Water Day Committee were our guests to talk about the activities planned for this year's commemoration.

  • The Ministry of Health - proper hand washing tips, 34min. Are you washing your hands properly? The Ministry of Health talked with us about the proper hygiene practices that are essential to keep us safe and healthy. They walked us through what is considered the proper way to wash your hands for infection control. On our couch: Tiffany Rhaburn - Infection Control Nurse, Central Health Region. Shadract Ariola - Health Educator, Central Health Region.

  • General Revenue Appropriations Bill 2020, 56min. Senator for the Business Sector, Mark Lizarraga walked us through the General Revenue Appropriations Bill 2020. The budget is titled “Making Every Dollar Count” and in our conversation he outlines his issues with the proposed allocations.

  • Concerns are also mounting in the tourism industry as we have reported an increase in hotel cancellations, 4min. Prime Minister addressed this concern referencing a recent report given to him by the Director of the Belize Tourism Board, Karen Bevans.

  • COMMUNITY AWARENESS DAY ON CAYE CAULKER, 21min.

  • Placencia tour, 15min. A brief walk through Placencia’s Main Street and sidewalk in Belize

  • Diving at Turneffe Atoll Belize, 3min.

  • Belize River Cave Tubing, 44min.