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The San Pedro Sun

“For colored girls” production heads to The Bliss Center for Performing Arts
On March 27th and 28th, the Youth Advocacy Through Arts (YATA) will be putting on a production of “For Colored Girls” at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts. The show will start at 7PM both nights and is intended for a mature audience, so only people 18 years or older will be admitted. Tickets are on sale with general seats costing $15 and reserved tickets $20. “For Colored Girls” is a play written by Ntozake Shange in 1975. It follows the stories of seven women, who are only referred to by the color they are wearing (Lady in Red, Lady in Blue, etc.), and the oppression they have suffered in a racist and sexist society.

Belize Diving Adventures offers scuba diving training to public officials
On Thursday, March 5th, local tour company Belize Diving Adventures (BDA) began its first scuba diving training session for public officials. The first group, consisting of three police officers and one customs officer, were trained on scuba diving basics. Police officer Tyrone Hensley told The San Pedro Sun that they were drilled on how to perform hand signs underwater, floating, sinking, and the mechanics of the tank. The first group will be meeting once a week on Thursdays until the program concludes. Owner of BDA, Everette Anderson is teaching the course and shared with The San Pedro Sun his hopes for the initiative.

Island commercial fishermen discuss possibility of forming association
Commercial fishermen from Ambergris Caye convened at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve conference room on Wednesday, March 11th, where they discussed issues affecting them and came up with ways to address the said problems. The fishermen also discussed the possibility of forming an association so that members have a way to voice concerns whenever decisions affecting them are being made. The meeting included a short session with Senior Fisheries Inspector at the Belize Fisheries Department Lyndo Rodney, reading the New Fisheries Resources Bill that is replacing the current Fisheries Act. According to Rodney, this new bill is more robust and applies the international norms of fisheries.

San Pedro Town’s Little Free Libraries gets updates
With the aim to promote reading among island children, three Little Free Libraries were installed in San Pedro Town. The first was installed in the Escalante/DFC area on March 29th, 2019. The other two libraries soon followed one in the San Mateo area, and the final in the Boca Del Rio area. Little Free Libraries are small wooden boxes set up in public spaces used to encourage children to read and share their favorite books with their community. It operates under the honor system that you take a book, and you leave a book; this way, the content of the boxes is ever-changing.

“Making Every Dollar Count”: Prime Minister Dean Barrow presents Fiscal Year 2020/2021 Budget
The Fiscal Year 2020/2021 budget was presented at the National Assembly Chamber in Belmopan on Thursday, March 5th. Prime Minister Dean Barrow dubbed it his “swan song”; as it was his final budget presentation as Prime Minister. Named “Making Every Dollar Count”, the budget proposed that spending an investment will amount to BZ$1.3 billion, plus BZ$109 million for capital projects. BZ$540.5 million was allotted for public officer salaries whereby Barrow said, “It is this year’s investment in personal emoluments for all our fourteen thousand public officers, police and military personnel; all our teacher, nurses, doctors and every last person who serves our citizens, and, of course, the approximately one thousand pensioners we look after in their post-service life.”

Various Belizean Sources

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COVID-19 NATIONAL OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
Andre Carrillo, Executive Director of the Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT), is representing the Belize Network of NGOs (BNN) on the COVID-19 National Oversight Committee, which is co-chaired by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. Ms. Ivorine Bulwer (Executive Director, HelpAge) will represent BNN on the National Implementation (Operational) Committee.

50 European Nationals initially refuse to return to Chetumal
A group of about fifty nationals from Europe are refused to return to Chetumal. The group left a port in Chetumal in a water taxi and made their way to San Pedro. However due to the COVID-19 break out in European countries the passengers of the vessel were not allowed to disembark. The passengers however refused to leave Belizean waters. The vessel remained anchored off San Pedro. Commander of the Belize Coast Guard Captain Elton Bennett said that the vessel with European nationals was escorted by Coast Guard personnel back to the Chetumal port.

Ministry of Health Advisory No. 10 – Ministry of Health Warns on Products that Claim to Treat or Cure COVID-19
The Ministry of Health has received several reports on products that claim to specifically treat or cure COVID-19. These products range from hand sanitizers to herbal medicines and are mainly being advertised through social media. The Ministry reiterates that, at this time, there is no specific treatment or cure for COVID-19. These products are unauthorized and pose a significant risk to patient health and wellness. The claims being advertised for these products may prevent patients from seeking medical treatment which can lead to life-threatening harm.

Ministry of Health Advisory No. 11 - Update on COVID-19
To date, Belize has no confirmed case of COVID-19; however, the Government of Belize is taking all necessary preventative measures to protect the population of Belize. Given the growing global public health concern and the imminent threat to Belize, the Government of Belize announces the following updated travel restrictions effective today, March 15, 2020: 1. Nationals and persons who have traveled within the last 30 days from China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, South Korea, and Europe will be prohibited entry into Belize.

General Sanitizers/ Cleaners will now be priced controlled
The Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, through the Supplies Control Unit (SCU) of the Belize Bureau of Standards, in collaboration with the Solicitor General’s Office, Attorney General’s Ministry, and the Ministry of Health, hereby informs the general public that Statutory Instrument No. 33 of 2020 has been introduced into law. This amendment to the Supplies Control (Prices) Regulations made effective March 14th, 2020 establishes maximum percentage mark-ups on wholesale and retail prices of general sanitizers/cleaners. The newly introduced Part F of the First Schedule to these regualtions seeks to cover major categories of goods for domestic and commercial applications and includes bleach, peroxide and other supplies: liquid soap, face masks (N95) and alcohol based sanitizers.

Meeting today on Covid-19 on Caye Caulker
The Caye Caulker Village Council cordially invite all grocery store owners and hotel/ accommodation owners to an URGENT meeting to update the owners on the role they can play in the preventative measures and preparations of the impending threats of Covid-19. The meeting is scheduled for tomorrow Sunday 15th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Community Center. Please make an effort to attend.

Corozal Animal Program - IT'S BINGO TIME
Wednesday, March 18th. from 2:00 p.m to 4:00 pm. Includes silent auction. See you there!

Bolstering the National Grid
BEL will invest $74 million by 2024 to improve reliability and expand services to communities throughout Belize.

Yaoling Lee portrait drawing class
Yaoling Lee had a portrait drawing class yesterday at the San Ignacio & Santa Elena House of Culture -NICH, and her exhibit opened last night. Classes are postponed until further notice.

The Belize Tourism Board is engaging in the collection of all tourism sites to develop an inventory of tourism assets in Belize
The inventory will allow a platform for stakeholders to know what is available in each region and tourists to be linked to tour operators who can execute tours to respective sites.

The Reporter

New Law Created To Stop Price-Gouging By Retailers & Greedy Shopkeepers
A new law has been introduced to address price gouging issues occurring during the COVID-19 preparation and in the event of an outbreak. The amendment immediately “establishes maximum percentage mark-ups on wholesale and retail prices of general sanitizers/cleaners.

18 Yr. Old, Frederick William Shot At His Home
The Reporter has confirmed that Frederick Williams, 18, succumbed to his injuries this morning at the KHMH. Williams was shot on Partridge Street on Friday night around 11:00pm by a man who forced open the door of his home.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake rocks Mexico
Almost an hour ago a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck our neighbors in Mexico. All indications […]

Boat full of foreigners turned back from San Pedro amidst Covid-19 concerns
Close to 50 foreigners, mostly Europeans, onboard a vessel from Mexico to Belize is currently returning […]

Authorities pass legislation to stop price gouging
Following countrywide reports of businesses drastically increasing the prices of sanitizers and cleaners in the […]

Ministry of Health: No confirmed cases of Covid-19
The Ministry of Health informed minutes ago that health staff continues to monitor situations across […]

Message to the KHMH ICU specialists: Dr. Hidalgo and Dr. Arriaga
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

National Security talks to press on crime data reporting
Crime reporting, unfortunately, is one of our basic duties as reporters. There will never not […]

Coronavirus postpones NEBL season heading into playoff stretch
As the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) approaches the halfway point of the season, storylines […]

Lev Dermen trial goes to jury
Eight men and four women are to resume deliberations Monday after getting the case of Levon […]

Frederick Williams, 18, dies from gunshot wounds
Frederick Williams, 18, who was shot last night in Belize City has died. According to […]

Blogs

Corona Virus and Belize – Links and Some Thoughts
The world seems to have changed drastically in just a few days. And I’ve paused a bit in blogging because 1. I have a head cold – and lots of head-stuffing congestion and 2. It seemed a bit tone-deaf to keep posting about traveling in Belize when…well…most people are canceling any travel plans they have and perhaps even staying in their home completely. Fear not – things look the same here in Belize. The weather is gorgeous… I’ve never lived through anything like this. And now, MORE THAN EVER, we need to be careful about where we get our news. And how we are spreading news. TRUST ME when I say that I hope this is media hype. Though at this point, I hope all can concede that this is “all media hype” is wishful thinking.

Keep On Dreaming About Your Next Big Trip
It’s an incredible time for the travel industry right now. With so much uncertainty, hoteliers, cruise providers, airlines and travel agents are doing the best they can to adapt to the ever changing situation surrounding COVID-19 Our mandate here at Caribbean Lifestyle is, and always will be to encourage people to travel to the beautiful Caribbean. We realize that right now even though Caribbean Countries thus far have not been highly affected by COVID-19, traveling may not be the right thing until there are more concrete answers to the novel coronavirus.

Coffee and Top Coffee Shops in Belize
Belize is not a large producer of coffee beans but there is one place in Belize where coffee is grown and cultivated organically under the Mayan rainforest shade at the Gallon Jug Estate in western Belize. Gallon Jug Coffee is Belize’s leading coffee brand producing exquisite 100% Arabica coffee beans. The beans are naturally grown and carefully handpicked by local villagers. Gallon Jug Coffee beans can be bought at most supermarkets. Another company thriving in perfecting the roasting of Arabica coffee beans from Guatemala is Caye Coffee Roasting Company. This establishment is located in the San Pablo area on the Ambergris Caye.

Cahal Pech Maya Site in Belize
Cahal Pech was the seat of a once Royal Acropolis Palace of an elite Maya family. It may seem small in area but is quite compact. It consists of 7 plazas, 30 structures that served as dwelling and workspaces, stelae, ball courts, altar and sweat house, all sitting on two acres. Worth visiting is the Royal Burial Chamber. Here a ruler was laid to rest much as the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt, equipped with all the amenities they would need in the next world. You can see accouterments such as pottery vessels, ornaments made of shell and bone, and the impressive shell and jade mosaic.

Reef Week was held in Placencia, Belize on Friday March 13TH, 2020 at the Municipal Bridge
The Reef Fair this week took place at the Placencia Point on March 13th from 9AM to 3PM. Last year we chose Orange Walk to highlight that not only coastal areas or islands are affected by what happens to our reef, but this year we wanted to take it back to the coast and Southern Belize was a perfect fit! The fair was a day filled with games, food, art, music and informational booths sharing all there is to know about our beautiful resources. Reef Fair had students visiting from St John’s Memorial School and the Peninsula International Academy, as well as tourists and locals passing through the area. Music was provided by Dj Swagg and our food vendor was Galley’s Restaurant. We had DML Bamboo straws there also. Local artist, Anton Leslie, was also there working on a piece.

International Sourcesizz

El Salvador, Belice, Nicaragua y Surinam, los únicos países sin coronavirus en el área hasta el momento
Los días siguen pasando y esto del tiempo es tan fundamental para todo un país que un día sin coronavirus es mucho tiempo para miles de personas. Así es considerado en Europa que ya ha cerrado casi todas sus fronteras, empezando por Italia y ahora España. En América, solamente hay 4 países que no reportan casos de coronavirus, son El Salvador, Nicaragua, Belice y Surinam.

Videos

  • NO TRAVEL BAN BUT EUROPEANS DENIED ENTRY, 1min. The video below shows a vessel with Europeans escorted by Belize Coastguard personnel. The 50 Europeans were denied entry as they boarded the Belize water taxi in Chetumal, Quintana Roo. They have refused to leave. The official document by the Ministry states "self quarantine" not a travel ban on Europeans. So it seems the Government may be at risk for litigation. The last report was that the vessel was escorted out of Belize's territorial waters and back into Mexico.

  • Brithney Starr - Fight Fi No Man (feat Megan Ezi), 4min. I had always admired Belizean Singstress Brithney Starr as an Artist and had always anticipated working with her. I finally got to meet her on my most recent trip to Belize, and while out there, I had the opportunity to direct this music video for her, edited and released yesterday, March 13th, 2020. We had lots of fun shooting this music video over the course of three days, and she is satisfied with the end result.

  • Exploring Ancient Maya Cave in Belize Jungle, 22min.

  • Snorkeling in Belize over a barge wreck, .5min. Snorkeling over a sunken barge near San Pedro Belize.

  • San Pedro, Belize (Feb 2020), 15min.

  • Lighthouse Wall - Belize, 3.5min. Scuba diving at Lighthouse Wall - Lighthouse Reef, Belize

  • Scuba - Belize Trip - February 14, 2020, 26min.

  • Fly Fishing in Placencia, Belize; October 2019, 9min.

  • Deep Sea Fishing/Deep Drop in Belize, 10min. Deep Drop for Yellow Eye Snappers

  • Santa Elena Cayo representing the Maya of Belize, 2min. Baptist Preschool in Santa Elena, Cayo presenting on the 3 Maya groups of Belize the Yucatec Maya,Mopan Maya and Q'eqchi' Maya. Congratulations to the school for the awesome work

  • Baptist Preschool in Santa Elena, Cayo presenting on the 3 Maya groups of Belize, 2min. Congratulations to the school for the awesome work