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Today's Belize News: March 18, 2020 #541103
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The San Pedro Sun

Ambergris Caye’s sporting community comes together to help island triathlete Kent ‘Bob’ Gabourel
The island’s sports community came together on Sunday, March 15th, and participated in a fundraiser football marathon aimed to assist triathlete and San Pedro Town Council Sports Coordinator Kent ‘Bob’ Gabourel with medical expenses. Gabourel suffered an accident during the M and M cycling tour and broke his collarbone. The triathlete underwent an initial surgery in Peten, Guatemala, and is scheduled for a second session to properly address the issue. The marathon saw 12 teams participating throughout the day at the Ambergris Stadium. The event started from midday and spanned late in the evening when Team Boca Bombers emerged victorious via penalty shots. There was plenty of food and drinks for purchase.

Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Donates Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the Ministry of Health
On Monday, March 16, 2020, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) donated personal protective equipment (PPEs) as part of the continuous support to the Ministry of Health in responding to the declared COVID-19 pandemic. PAHO/WHO Representative, Dr. Noreen Jack, met with the Minister of Health, Honourable Pablo Marin, and Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero to handover the PPEs. This comes as an ongoing effort from PAHO/WHO to support Belize and healthcare personnel in the preparation and response to COVID-19.

Ambergris Caye Elementary School fundraiser gala raises over $40K for its students
Ambergris Caye Elementary School (ACES) hosted its annual gala fundraiser at Fido’s Beach Bar on Saturday, March 14th, raising a total of $41,130.00 in donations. For the fifth consecutive time, the charity event was organized to assist the non-government school with its costs of operation and their Special Needs Program. The evening saw generous donations by local restaurants, several items up for auction, live music and 50/50 raffles as well.

Ambergris Today

PAHO/WHO Donates Personal Protective Equipment To Belize Ministry Of Health
On Monday, March 16, 2020, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) donated personal protective equipment (PPEs) as part of the continuous support to the Ministry of Health in responding to the declared COVID-19 pandemic. PAHO/WHO Representative, Dr. Noreen Jack, met with the Minister of Health, Honorable Pablo Marin, and Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero to handover the PPEs. This comes as an ongoing effort from PAHO/WHO to support Belize and healthcare personnel in the preparation and response to COVID-19.

Crystal Bottling Co. Addresses Shortage Of 5-Gallon Water In Market
Crystal Bottling Co. (Crystal) is aware that there are shortages of our five-gallon water product being reported across the country. This shortage has resulted in our customers having to wait for longer periods, and not being able to purchase their usual number of bottles. We deeply regret this situation. Crystal is increasing production and increasing purchases of additional five-gallon bottles to meet the market demands.

Belize Announces New Measures In Response To COVID-19 At Joint Press Conference
In a joint press conference held today, March 16th, with the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceño a range of new measures were announced as part of response to the imminent threat of COVID-19. These decisions were taken at the first meeting of the COVID-19 National Oversight Committee which is co-chaired by the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition.

Various Belizean Sources


Postponement of Date - Village Council By-elections
The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby notifies the general public, particularly villagers who were scheduled to vote in the Village Councils By-elections that was to be held on Sunday 29th March 2020 that the By-elections have been postponed until further notice. The postponement is as a result of the recent measures put in place by the Government of Belize on limiting social gatherings to 100 people, as a part of its response to the imminent threat of COVID-19. The Department assures the general public that they will be notified on the new date for the By-elections.

F.F.B. Postpones All Ongoing Tournaments
Given the current health situation and concerns evolving around COVID-19, and consequent upon the directive issued by the Government of Belize to limit social gathering numbers, the Football Federation of Belize exercises due prudence by postponing, with immediate effect, all ongoing tournaments until further notice. We take this opportunity to thank all participants for their support and dedication in all FFB activities but remind the general public that the health and welfare of all our stakeholders remains our preeminent concern.

Corozal House of Culture Closed
Until further notice, our offices are open.

Cayo Watershed Conservation Alliance executive meeting
The Cayo Watershed Conservation Alliance held an executive meeting this weekend. They have some new board members. Great to see so much interest in keeping the rivers clean.

Women in Art 2020 POSTPONED
Women in Art 2020 originally scheduled for this Friday March 20th, 2020 has been POSTPONED until further notice. We apologize for any inconveniences.

Personal Protective Equipment Received
Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin, received Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other materials on March 16th from PAHO Representative, Dr. Noreen Jack, on behalf of the Ministry of Health. The Minister of Health also met this afternoon with the Cuban Ambassador to finalize logistics for Cuban healthcare personnel to assist us in Belize. All this is being done as ongoing efforts to prepare for COVID-19. Our island team is grateful to the generosity of PAHO for ensuring the availability of PPE to meet the needs of our health care workers when needed.

Christaline Gill Preschool Visits House of Culture
Thank you to Christaline Gill Preschool for inviting the House of Culture to present on Manuel Villamor's Historical Mural this morning! It's always a pleasure to share Corozal's history with our future leaders!

Replica of Santa Rita Mural Completed
Corozal Street Art Movement's(CSAM) artists Carlos Carrillo and Vianay Bautista Vivas's completed replica of the Santa Rita Mural! The replica is located near the corner of 4th Avenue and 2nd Street North. The artists were commissioned by the Corozal Local Tourism Committee with efforts to educate on and promote our town's Santa Rita Archaeological Reserve.

2nd Annual Corozal Coconut Festival 2020 postponed!
In accordance with the decisions arising tram the COVID-19 National Oversight Committee on March 16. 2020. The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) Corozal Chapter has decided to postpone our upcoming 2nd Annual Coconut Festival which was scheduled for March 27' and 28th in Corozal Town. We want to assure sponsors, exhibitors and the general public that all ticket payments and booth spaces will be honored once a new date is established. The committee will be meeting within the coming weeks to determine a new date and official notice will be provided.

BHA thrills attendees at the 2020 Washington Travel and Adventure Showcase
The 2020 Washington Travel & Adventure Show was held on March 7 and 8, 2020, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Attendees got to put their hands on different parts of travel in Belize, whether it was reefs, jungles, beaches or the mysteries of the ancient Maya, they got a snippet of the attractions Belize has to offer. The BHA representatives assisted visitors to find the vacation that is right for them and discover things that they may not have thought of previously. The BHA booth had a lot of traffic with attendees inquiring about activities to do and luxurious places to stay in Belize.

FCD EYG Kids Mentorship Program — in Benque Viejo del Carmen
FCD Environmental Youth Group carried out its final two sessions for the Kids Mentorship Program. They look at the topics my actions on earth and Protecting plant earth where they had fund through group discussions, natural walks and presentations by their peers. They also got information about the work environmental organizations do in Belize and got an indepth presentation about the work FCD and FCD Environmental Youth Group do in Belize. Kids mentorship Program Video Comming Soon!!

Advisory from the Caye Caulker Health Cente
Please, if you only have 1 sick child, do not also bring your well children into the clinic with that sick child. Please find someone to tend to your well children while you seek medical care for your sick child. This will help us prevent our healthy children from becoming sick and will leave room necessary for all needing medical care at this time. ONLY SICK PATIENTS who need assistance are allowed in the health center starting tomorrow morning (March 18th). Remember—Children below 18 yrs. of age, elderly, chronically ill, Emergencies ... we must handle ALL of these matters in addition to the burden the Corona Virus could place on us...

Goff's Caye closed to the general public
Goff's Caye is closed to the general public (i.e. ALL tour operators, concessionaires and visitors, whether local or foreign), for next 3o days effective Monday March 16th through to April 17th 2020.

Mayor Daniel Guerrero and the San Pedro Town Council hereby informs the general public that preventative measures will be applied in order to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors from the coronavirus (COVID-19). In agreement with the press conference held yesterday, Monday, March 17, 2020, by the Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Dean Barrow and the Leader of the Opposition, as they mentioned, “Limit Social Gatherings no more than 100 persons”, the San Pedro Town Council is forced to cancel the following events and activities: Mother’s Day Extravaganza, Teacher’s Day, All Easter events/activities and the International Costa Maya Festival.

Labour Ministry Meets with KHMH Management and Workers Union
On March 16, 2020, the Ministry of Labour facilitated two meetings between the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) Workers Union and the KHMH Authority Board of Directors and Management. Representatives of the Ministry of Health and the Labour Department also participated. The first meeting was chaired by Minister of State for Labour, Dr. Senator Carla Barnett. Several long-standing issues which have been raised by the Union were discussed. A framework was agreed upon for addressing these issues at a later date. The meeting focused on the immediate concern of the KHMH Workers Union which was the establishment of an isolation unit on the hospital’s premises.

Belize’s World Water Day 2020 Celebration Events Postponed
Guided by the precautionary measures outlined by the Government of Belize, the World Water Day Committee has decided to postpone all events for Belize's World Water Day 2020 celebration. Kindly take note of decisions moving forward regarding World Water Day activities: (1) Water Forum scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2020 has been postponed until further notice. (2) Water Fair scheduled for Friday, March 20, 2020 in Punta Gorda is cancelled...

Postponement of Horticulture Field Day
The Ministry of Food & Agriculture Horticulture Unit of the Research, Development and Innovation Center hereby informs the public that the “FIELD DAY” previously scheduled for March 25, 2020, at the Horticulture Training and Demonstration Center in Central Farm, Cayo District has been postponed until further notice.

Ocean Ferry Remains Open
Dear Customers to clear up any confusion, we would like to inform the general public that Ocean Ferry Belize Ltd. will remain open and continue with our regular scheduled runs. We are ready to serve you our valued customers. If you have any questions feel free to message us or call us at 223-0033.

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice. On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of U.S. personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19. The government of Belize has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The 3rd Belize National Research Conference has been Postponed
The Belize National Research Conference Organizing Committee hereby informs the public that the Conference originally scheduled for March 25,I, and 26d, 2020 has been postponed indefinitely As you know, the research conference includes a number of foreign and Belizean researchers as well as Belizean students and attendees from the public. Therefore, this decision was made to support the general well-being of all concerned parties. The organizers will continue to monitor the local conditions with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic and will announce a new date once the global situation improves.

2020 Chiquibul Challenge Marathon
Thank you to all 100 of the participants in the 2020 Chiquibul Challenge Marathon! Congratulations to all the winners and a heartfelt THANK YOU to all the sponsors, runners, organizers, and volunteers who made it out. It is thanks to the continued support from all of you that the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic and Friends for Conservation & Development are able to continue their work.

The 2019 Human Right Report for Belize is now available

Attention U.S. Citizen Travelers: enroll in STEP today!
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service for U.S. citizens traveling or living overseas. STEP makes it easier of the U.S. State Department to assist you in an emergency. STEP also allows Americans currently overseas get important information and updates from the U.S. embassy.

Holy Cross Anglican school visits Iguana Eco Corner
It was a wonderful day at the Iguana Eco Corner as students from the Holy Cross Anglican school visited the sanctuary. The iguanas greeted them upon their arrival, it was beautiful to see the different expressions on their faces. They had a blast during feeding time. Some kids were brave enough to hand feed them. Many had questions and Mr. Calvin was there to gladly answer and educate them. They explored the entire sanctuary and when the trail had ended they were complimented with delicious refreshments. Kudos to the teacher who was brave enough to hold the iguana in her hands and kudos to Mr. Calvin for creating this place for people to enjoy.

Channel 7

Working Man Killed On Tide of Terrifying Urban Violence
A red tide of violence has washed over Belize: 7 people have been murdered and 7 injured countrywide since Sunday afternoon.  
Six of those murders have been in the city, and one happened this afternoon at the corner of Orange and West Streets, a known hotspot for warring gangs.  At 3:15, two gunmen fired shots randomly, and innocent people were the victims.  Two Bowen and Bowen deliverymen were the main ones caught in the line of fire - and one of them died on the street.  21 year old Derrick King was doing his delivery work when the gunmen opened fire.  King was shot multiple times and died on the spot.  His co worker Haywood Brown was shot in the shoulder.  

They Killed Kia, She Was Only 5
And while Derrick King is this afternoon's tragedy, early this morning, it was a 5-year-old girl - the second 5-year-old to become a murder statistic in just over 24 hours.  Little children, both killed as they slept with their mothers.  The first case was on Sunday when 5-year-old Dominique Rhamdas was shot even as his mother shielded him - he died 20 hours later, at 6:30 last night.   And then, early this morning, another 5 years old was killed, and it has ripped the heart out of a family, and a community.  Cherisse Halsall has more:

Little Dominique Dies
And the other 5 year old victim's grandmother is also in that deeply sad place between grief and shock.  She had hoped and prayed for Dominique Rhamdas's survival, putting her faith in a positive outcome, but it wasn't to be; he died at 6:30 yesterday evening.   This afternoon she told us that she is afraid and in pain but that she's also angry. 

Area Rep Speaks Out Against Child Murder in His Constituency
And Caribbean Shores area representative Kareem Musa is also angry, very angry, about the death of Dominique Rhamdas and his family.  They were his constituents and this afternoon he called an impromptu press conference to declare that his team is taking a stand against gun violence in the city.  Hon. Kareem Musa - Area Rep, Caribbean Shores: "It's a real tragedy that as rocked our community to the core. We are a peaceful residential community and I must say that it has gotten to a point where the law abiding citizens, the residence of Caribbean Shores, we are ready to take a stand, to say that enough is enough..."

Teenager Collet Killed
5-year-old Kia Herbert, and her mother, 27-year-old Francis Herbert, were not the only Belize City residents who were hurt by gun violence last night. There was another gun murder, and this time, the victim is 19-year-old Collet Morter, a resident of Riverside Street in the Lake Independence Area.  Reports to 7News are that at around 9:05 last night, he was over at a friend's house on Gladden Street. He was watching television in the living room with his friends when someone shouted his name outside. He went to see who it was, but apparently, it was an ambush.

77 Year Runs To Escape Gunfire
And the senseless gun violence didn't stop there. This morning 77-year-old Mario Castillo was shot to the ankle while sitting in his yard. He is lucky to be alive and says he was saved by his worker, Aaron Brown, who told him to run.  Brown was shot to the buttocks. 

Orgy Of Violence Stuns City
So, to recap, in the 48 hours from Monday at 4:30 to this evening - 7 persons have been murdered.  They are Ryan Lucas, who was stabbed over two dozen times at the Corozal border, and then, later that night in Belize City, the couple, Phillip Leslie and Shakira White - who her aunt says was shot 17 times as she shielded her children. One of those children, her son Dominque Rhamdas died last night, 20 hours after he was shot.  And then Collet Morter was murdered last night, and early this morning, 5 year old Kia Herbert was killed as she slept on the floor, and now, victim number 7, Derrick King was killed just a few hours ago. 

No Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Belize
Tonight, there are still no cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Belize.  According to the World Health Organization it has been detected in 160 of 195 member countries, so Belize is one of 35 in the world where COVID-19 has not been detected.   But, the public anxiety in some places, hysteria in others continues to deepen.   To try and counter some of the false rumour reporting, the Ministry of Health today had its second webcast dubbed "Ask the Experts".   

An Over-reaction and Panic In Orange Walk
One part of the country that the COVID-19 scare caused an unnecessary commotion is in Orange Walk Town this morning. That's where residents worked themselves into a frenzy after rumors went out that the Ministry was investigating possible cases of the virus 2 well-known supermarkets in that northern town.  The bogus reports were that the 2 Chinese Belizean proprietors have recently visited China and that they supposedly entered the country through an illegal border entry point. The rumors continued that these proprietors were supposedly displaying severe flu-like symptoms.

Status on COVID Test Kits
The Ministry of Health is also reporting tonight that the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) has made a donation of equipment and supplies for the health professionals who will continue to monitor any suspected case COVID-19. The donated equipment includes Test Kits, 1,000 N95 respirators, 6,000 surgical masks, 2,500 gowns, 9,000 pairs of medium-sized gloves, 31,500 pairs of large gloves, and 12 units of COVID-19 banners and stands. 

MOH Monitoring For Acute Respiratory Illness Cases
Of course, just like you, we have heard many doubts from Belizeans who are concerned that the virus is already in-country, and that it has simply not been detected.  Well, one of the Ministry of Health's epidemiologists was also part of the head-table at today's webcast, and he gave an overview of how the Ministry has been combing through all their regular reports for acute respiratory illnesses, to ensure that COVID-19 cases are not slipping by them undetected.

An EOC Center & Hotline
And to provide better advice in real-time for the public, the Ministry of Health has set up its own Emergency Operations Center in Belmopan. You'll be able to call the EOC directly for advice from health professionals who will be manning the telephones for real-time help. The Ministry also announced today that there will be a number of activities that will either be postponed or canceled in accordance with the Government's decision to limit gatherings to 100 persons or less. Several important cycling events such as the Cross Country Cycling Classic may have to be postponed or canceled altogether.

KHMH Union Backs Down on Demonstration
Yesterday at the COVID-19 National Oversight Committee's press conference Prime Minister Dean Barrow said that it was not the time for demonstrations - and the Leader of the Opposition backed him up. Many wondered what that would mean for KHMH union workers, who were set to demonstrate this evening. 

PM Would Consider Moving ISO Ward
Yesterday the Prime Minister said that if the health professionals are so unhappy with the placement of the isolation ward within the KHMH, the COVID-19 National Oversight Committee is willing to consider moving it: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow- Prime Minister: "Even an objective organization such as PAHO has said that putting that unit there will not in fact interfere with the care and treatment of elderly and immuno compromised patients. But, ultimately, if after every effort has been made to persuade the personnel there and to persuade the public that it is perfectly safe to have the unit there. If those efforts fail then we put the unit somewhere else." 

Saldivar and Faber, These Guys Again
And while the Prime Minister would have to figure out where and how to find another isolation ward, those weighty national priorities aren't the only thing on his mind.   The party which he has led for 22 years is facing a deepening crisis of succession.  7News has confirmed that both Patrick Faber and John Saldivar have both formally submitted their names to run as leader in the emergency national convention which is scheduled for April fifth.  Now, if you're scratching your head, you're right to do so: those are the same two guys who ran in the last abortive convention in January!

UDP Convention Comedy
And we imagine even for the most devout UDP's, that's a quite sad turn of events, while for the general public, it's probably comedy - having two conventions, months apart, to pick between the same two guys.   But, can the UDP even have the convention?  With mass gatherings of more than 100 currently banned, and the UDP having 570 delegates, it might not even be legal.  The Leader of the Opposition took a few potshots at the UDP's woeful state of affairs yesterday:

COVID 19 Concerns Stalls Jury Selection in Cops Case
Earlier we told you that the judiciary was planning what to do in view of the COVID-19 concerns for public gatherings.   And that's why today Police constables 24-year-old Jahsimir Cob, 24-year-old Reydel Teck, and 25-year-old Romelio Logan, got a break when they were set to go on trial for a charge of manslaughter today but that all changed when it was learned that the selection of the trial's jury pool couldn't go ahead.

Snatched A Chain From Woman Waiting in Car
We know you wouldn't be wise to walk the streets with a gold chain, but now it seems you can't even sit in your car with one!   A man was allegedly caught on camera snatching a woman's chain while she sat in a car.  The victim is a 63-year-old woman who told police that at around 8:30 last Friday morning, she was sitting in her car on King Street. That's when a young man shoved his hand through her driver's side window, and grabbed her 14-karat rope design gold chain from around her neck.

BDF Does Have NVG?
When we spoke to one of the two CEO's in the Ministry OF National security this weekend, he made a quite remarkable declaration: that the BDF Airwing did have Night Vision Goggles.  As we have reported, the BDF's Huey helicopter crashed almost three weeks ago and its crew of four all died.  The cause of the crash was pilot error, and one of the issues was that they were flying at night without night vision capability. That includes night vision goggles - which the BDF Commander said was in his list of requirements sent to the Ministry.  But the CEO told us, it's there, along with other stuff:..

Leader of The Opp Wants Break On Water Bills
Turning back now to COVID-19, the conventional wisdom on it is that even if it doesn't make you sick, it may leave you broke, maybe even bankrupt.  Thousands  - especially in the tourism sector - are expected to lose their income - even if only for a few months.  And while businesses are expected to get some relief form the banks on loan payments and overdraft facilities, many folks who are facing joblessness are asking if they can get break on their utility bills!  Those utilities are all majority owned by the government - but they are also private business with private shareholders - so the cancelling of bills is unlikely.  

Will GOB Give Unemployment Insurance?
And we also asked the PM if the government will consider giving employers money to keep people on staff, even when revenue is sharply cut.  Here's what he said:.. Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow- Prime Minister: "There is no unemployment insurance. In cases where some people have to be quarantined, have to be sent home for 14 days, of course SSB will pay that as a benefit but your larger question. I just tried to detail how much money we are trying to raise and I said that with respect, certainly with the tour guides, the idea is to try to have a relief fund for them..."

Channel 5

B&B Employees and Two Others Shot in Deadly Encounter
In the face of an imminent threat from the coronavirus, a crime wave is sweeping across the city. There is word tonight that B.D.F. soldiers will be deployed to the [...]

5-Year-Old Kia Herbert is Killed as She Sleeps Inside Her Bedroom
The lives of two innocent children were taken following separate shooting incidents on Sunday night and Tuesday morning.  As the city reeled from the crime wave since Sunday, the nation [...]

4 Year-Old Dominic Rhamdas is the 3rd Person Killed in King’s Park Shooting
Among the seven persons to be senselessly killed in the past forty-eight hours, is another infant, four-year-old Dominic Rhamdas.  The young child was at home when his mother Shakira White [...]

Teenager Gunned Down on Gladden Street
Before Kia Herbert, was gunned down in her house, a father of one was shot and killed in Belize City.  Collet Morter was hanging out with friends when the killer [...]

2 Persons are Injured in Jane Usher Blvd. Shooting
Aside from the seven murders, nine persons have been injured in shootings in the violence that ash erupted in the past two days.  On Jane Usher Boulevard this morning around [...]

Shooting on Antelope Street; No One Injured
There was another shooting earlier in the morning. Several shots were fired at a house on the south side of Belize City, fortunately no one was injured. Police were called [...]

7 Dead, 9 Others Injured in Shootings Across the City
In less than forty-eight hours, gun violence has claimed the lives of as many as seven persons, including two children ages four and five. Nine others, including an elderly man [...]

Caribbean Shores Ready to Effectively Deal with Crime
Kareem Musa says that like COVID-19, there needs to be a bipartisan approach to solving the crime spree that has the city under siege.    The inequality in the system, the [...]

Kareem Musa on Gun Control, Curfew
Gun and firearms are known to be illegally pouring from across the borders and smuggled into the country in many ways, all contributing to the mad state of affairs on [...]

Killing of Children – A Most Serious Form of Human Rights Violation
The bloodbath in the streets, including the murder of young children, is prompting condemnation.  Earlier today, the National Committee for Families and Children in collaboration with the Office of the [...]

K.H.M.H. Workers Union Demonstration Cancelled
A demonstration that was scheduled to take place today in front of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital was canceled. The demonstration was planned by the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Workers [...]

K.H.M.H. Workers Union Prepares Letter to Send to Prime Minister Dean Barrow
The union has decided to petition the staff if they want the isolation unit at the K.H.M.H.  When we spoke to its leaders, two hundred and fifty signatures were collected [...]

Faber and Saldivar to Lock Horns for Leadership Again
The United Democratic Party is gearing up for yet another clash of the titans as it goes into a second contested convention to choose a new leader.  It promises to [...]

No COVID-19 in Belize; MOH to Acquire More Testing Kits
Today, the Ministry of Health held a sensitization webcast session on COVID-19. The session, as we’ve reported, is for the public to ask questions directly to health officials in an [...]

DHS Says COVID-19 Situation is Fluid; a Detection Could See New Measures!
There are no confirmed cases of the virus in Belize, so should you go ahead and make travel plans?  Not so fast, says the Director of Health Services.  Doctor Marvin [...]

MOH Makes Arrangements for New Screening Points & Makeshift Quarantine Center
The Director of Health Services also shared some updates about the opening of new screening points across the country. While there are concerns about the availability of space should there [...]

Coronavirus Rumor Mill Continues Churning
As it relates to COVID-19, the panic and fear are real and this morning alarm raced across Orange Walk Town as the coronavirus rumour mill kept on churning. Health officials [...]

Two “Economic Czars” to Assist with B.T.B.’s Financial Aid
As part of its bipartisan approach in tackling the COVID-19 threat, the government and the opposition have each chosen a financial expert to oversee the expenditure of some seventy-five million [...]

What About Foreign Exchange Amid COVID-19 Threat?
With a combined half-a-billion U.S. dollars in foreign exchange, there is enough cash between the commercial banks and Central Bank to cover roughly fifty percent of all projected imports for [...]

Tax Relief for Hoteliers on the Horizon?
The economic ramifications from the corona virus is a major concern so on the issue of an interim tax break, another working group will be put together in the days [...]

2020 P.S.E. Suspended Amid Coronavirus Threat
Primary School Examinations, the first sitting which was to have been held on March thirty-first, have been suspended amid the COVID-19 threat.  That decision comes from the Ministry of Education [...]

House Debate on Budget Cut Down to 1 Day
A number of events are being cancelled to minimize the risk of the corona virus. This afternoon, it was confirmed that the House debate on the budget which normally lasts [...]

Sporting Events Postponed Due to COVID-19 Threat
The National Sports Council is indefinitely suspending all activities countrywide amidst the threat of COVID-19.  A release from the council says that while the sporting activities and workshops worked in [...]

G.O.B. Introduces Measures to Thwart Price Gouging
Price gouging amid the new coronavirus threat that looms large over the country has prompted government to amend the Supplies Control Regulations via Statutory Instrument Number Thirty-three of 2020.  The [...]

No $#!t, Consumers are also Hoarding Toilet Paper
Along with an unwarranted price hike in the cost of sanitizers, is a tendency for consumers to stack up on large quantities of toilet tissue.  That trend has become evident [...]

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Three die after deadly 6th Street home shooting
At about 9:00 last night, bullets rained into a home on 6th Street in which Shakira White, 31, a housewife, and her boyfriend, Philip Leslie, 27, a “paletas” and food vendor, and her two children, 4 and 2, lived. They were about to go to sleep when a gunman or gunmen stood outside the house and fired into the lower flat of the two-flat timber house, where the couple and the two children were in the bedroom. The shooter/s then ran from the house. After the shooting, there were multiple bullet holes in the zinc walls of the house.

Belize implements precautionary measures to fight coronavirus
The coronavirus, or COVID-19 as the World Health Organization (WHO) has designated the new strain of the virus that was discovered last year in China, has been killing thousands of people since it moved out of China and began spreading across the world. COVID-19 is now confirmed to be in over 120 countries, causing millions of people to be quarantined in their homes in several countries. The virus has also hit the global tourism industry hard, as travel has ground to a virtual standstill, with cruise ship calls and air travel suspended.

Collet Morter, Jr., executed on Gladden Street
Tonight at about 9:30, Collet Morter, Jr., 19, of Lake Independence, was at a house on Gladden Street, the home of a taxi driver, watching television when a man came up to the house, stood on the street and called for him. When Morter came out to see who was calling him, the man fired multiple times at him. Morter was hit in the head and chest, and the killer then escaped. Morter was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he died shortly after.

Lev Dermen guilty on all 10 counts of conspiracy and money laundering
Lev Dermen, 53, also known as Levon Termendzhyan, was today found guilty by a federal jury of all 10 felony counts — two counts of conspiracy and eight counts of money laundering – brought against him in the courtroom of Federal Judge Jill Parrish in Salt Lake City, Utah, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Belize investigators can now apply for the transcript of the trial in order to move forward with their investigation of the former Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, who received monies from Dermen.

Gunman kicks in door of home, kills 18-year-old
Shortly after he was released from detention at about 8:30 Friday night, after spending 48 hours at the detention center at the Queen Street Police Station for his suspected involvement in a robbery on Albert Street which occurred on Wednesday afternoon, Fredrick Williams, 18, an unemployed resident of Partridge Street Extension, went to his home, where he would later be killed.

Disgraced John Saldivar defends his “dutty” money in Parliament from the back bench
Based on the way the Belmopan area representative, Hon. John Saldivar, carried himself during today’s House of Representatives sitting, one could easily mistake him for someone else, other than the disgraced United Democratic party leader-elect, who was forced to step down in less than 72 hours after evidence in the Lev Dermen fraud and money laundering trial in Salt Lake City, Utah, implicated him. Saldivar’s exposure also led to his resignation from Prime Minister Barrow’s Cabinet, and he is now the subject of a criminal probe in Belize.

Coast Guard sailor shot in Punta Gorda
Collin Ramirez, 28, a sailor of the Belize Coast Guard, has been treated and released from the Punta Gorda Community Hospital after he was shot in the arm at about 10:30 last night. Ramirez told police that he was at the Xion Den Bar when he heard gunshots and felt a burning sensation in his arm. He then realized that he had been shot, and he was taken to the hospital. Four men have been detained, but so far, no one has been charged.

Luis Urbina, 39, remanded on charge of kidnapping
Luis Gabriel Urbina, 39, a laborer of Orange Walk, has been charged with kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, threat of death and escape from lawful custody. He was taken to the Corozal Magistrate’s Court today, where the charges were read to him. No plea was taken, and he was remanded until June 9.

Government’s objection to expert witness delays redistricting case
The redistricting case that is before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin took another turn today as the government (defendants in the case) made an objection to the expert witness that the claimants (Belize Peace Movement and others, including the Michael Ashcroft group) have proposed to present, to provide assistance to the court as it assesses the redistricting process. Crown Counsel Kileru Awich, from the Solicitor General’s office, who is representing the government, objected to the interested Party’s (Lord Michael Ashcroft) expert witness.

Leeroy Supaul, 28, survives gun attack
Leeroy Supaul, 28, a security guard, is being treated for gunshot wounds at the Western Regional Hospital, after an unknown gunman fired several times at him at about 10:30 Saturday night, hitting him in the leg, arm and abdomen.

Editorial: UDP fights NTUCB’s reform agenda, but keeps public jobs secure
When the UDP (United Democratic Party) came to power the first time, in the year 1984, the party liked being the majority in the House of Representatives so much that its members coined a little slogan: “Never again PUP!” No one could blame them for wanting to hold on to power for some time, for the PUP (People’s United Party) had held an iron grip on government through the 1960’s and 1970’s, with the various Opposition parties not coming close to holding a majority in the House of Representatives.

CITCO launches Muni Paper Initial Public Offering
The Belize City Council (CITCO) launched its Initial Public Offering (IPO) of its 2020 Series I Municipal Paper this morning at City Hall. The bond, which had been in the making since September of 2018, required specific legislation to be tabled through the House of Representatives for it to become a legally registered and transferable financial instrument and direct debt obligation of CITCO. Flanked by Deputy Mayor, Michael Noralez, and his councilors along with representatives of Alpha Capital LLP, Messrs. Christopher Coye and Dr. Louis Zabaneh, Mayor Bernard Wagner gave a brief overview of the purpose for the floating of the bond. Aside from smoothing out cash flow variability, the Mayor also indicated that the bond will be used to retire existing debt (suppliers credit) left by the previous council, as well as fund an interest reserve account, and provide working capital so as to enable the council to carry out projects to benefit the residents of the city.

Thomas Donovan, (1927-2020)
Funeral services were held this afternoon at St. Martin De Porres Church in Belize City for former Jesuit priest, Thomas Donovan. Donovan had left the priesthood to concentrate on the book and magazine business in the old capital. The officiating priest was Fr. Timothy Thompson, S. J.

Dickie Hernandez Old Road Classic Championship Finals
The championship finals of the Dickie Hernandez Old Road Football Classic took place yesterday, Sunday, March 15, at the Lucky Strike Football Field. The afternoon began at 1:00 p.m. with a kids game, where children from ages 2 to 12 years had fun playing, as Lucky Strike Juniors won, 4-0, over Santana Juniors. Next at 3:00 p.m. was the 3rd place game in the Old Road Classic, where Pasadita prevailed, 2-0, over Old Road Veterans.

Cycling – Westrac Race 2020 results
With less than a month remaining for this year’s annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic, cycling fans are keenly observing the performance of their Cross Country hopefuls in the various races coming up to the Big One. Yesterday, the Cycling Federation of Belize (CFB) hosted the Westrac Race 2020, which has apparently substituted for the annual Belmopan Classic.

C-Ray D-Banner Saturday Race results – March 14
Following are the results for the C-Ray D. Banner Saturday Race held on March 14. The distance of 23.8 miles was covered in a time of 58:20 for an average of 24 mph.

CIF 2020 Boys Soccer Champions! Tilar & Tilann Gill! Belizean-American Soccer Stars!
Belizean-Americans Tilar and Tilann Gill, along with their skillful and outstanding soccer team, Northern Torrance High School, beat Redlands East Valley High School to win the southern section CIF 2020 Boys Soccer Championship in a well-played and exciting game on Saturday February 29, 2020 at Northern Torrance High School in Torrance, California.

First World doctors not with the herbs
I am reading the information on the new coronavirus out of the WHO and the CDC and the science journals and the newspapers and Facebook posts, and listening to the news stories – – I read and listen to everything — and what I want to say today is that I don’t expect any foreign doctor to talk good about bush medicine. I know most hospital doctors are not like Dr. Karl Heusner, and Dr. Bernard Bulwer¯hospital doctors don’t know about herbs, and I know they, the First World ones for sure, are in bed with big pharmacy.

Victor’s journey …
There is the local saying that sickness comes on horseback, but leaves on mule-and-cart, with regards to the rate of travel; and with our two other children away from home at their studies, Nigel and I, tending to pay more attention to the one at home, were becoming discouraged at being unable to detect noticeable improvement in Victor’s condition nearly a year after chemotherapy.

Political puppets
You cannot see the little political puppets who serve your enemy because there is a shortage of experience and knowledge. One of the challenges faced by those in a participative democracy is to create a society which is integrated by active citizens, prepared and organized to assume a dynamic role on the political scene. This also includes students who should be taught, through studies at the educational institutions they attend, to participate in this political system. For students to get involved in the affairs of Belize there are two things they need to know —the first one is the Constitution and the second is the history of this country.

Trinidad & Tobago shuts out international community to stem spread of COVID-19; schools closed
Trinidad and Tobago will not allow anyone other than its nationals to enter the country – except under exceptional circumstances – for the next two weeks, while bars and schools will be closed, as the country seeks to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As of this morning, there were four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the twin-island republic, all of which health officials say were imported cases.

Shooting corner West Street and Cemetery Road claims another life
One person is dead and three others are injured in a shootout this afternoon. Two deliverymen of Bowen and Bowen were caught in the crossfire. Derrick King was killed and Haywood Brown was injured. Francine Wade and Clifford Oliver were also injured. We will keep following this story. Below is a press release from Crystal Bottling Company. (Photo: Derrick King, deceased)

Another child lost her life to gun violence this morning
At around two this morning a mother and her child was sleeping on the floor when someone opened fire on their house. The child Kia Herbert received multiple shots and died shortly after.

The Reporter

Rampant Gun Violence In The Past 24hrs
In the past 24hrs there have been 5 separate incidents of senseless gun-violence, and another that occured this afternoon.

Infants Shot: Senseless Gun-Violence In The City
Seven bullet holes and yellow caution tape is all that remained stuck to a fence post at a family home on Pitter Street in Belize City are the only evidence left behind from this morning’s shooting...

Political Action Heats Up In The U.D.P Camp
Chairman of the United Democratic Party Michael Peyrefitte has confirmed to the Reporter that both Patrick Faber and John Saldivar have submitted their applications for leadership of the U.D.P.


Collet Morter called out to his death
Police are looking into another homicide that occurred last night just after nine o’clock in Belize City.

Shakera Young speaks on recent deaths of children
Kia Herbert is the second child to be killed by gun violence in the last forty-eight hours. The children were both inside their homes which for all intents and purposes should be a safe space for them.

Kareem Musa comments on slain mother and child
4-year-old Dominique Rhamdas is one of the two children who were shot to death inside their homes. His mother, Shakira White, and stepfather, Phillip Leslie, were both killed as well.

PAHO donates testing kits; Western Regional donates medicine
One of several concerns around the country surrounds the quantity of testing kits available in Belize. Earlier today the Belize’s Ministry of Health received a donation of personal protective equipment from the Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO.

False rumors of Covid-19 cases in Orange Walk
As at news time tonight, Belize remains free of any confirmed case of the COVID-19. What is present, however, are the rumors and fake news of Covid cases around the country.

5-year-old girl tragically shot while sleeping
Five-year-old Kia Herbert’s life ended tragically when someone shot at her house as she slept next to her mother in their family house. The death of the little girl has left her family, friends, and even the wider community stunned.

PUP condemns recent surge of crime
With a sudden surge in crime over the past 48 hours, the PUP is calling on the Government to act decisively to implement policies and strategies to address crime. They are urging policymakers in Cabinet who, quote, “seem as confused, clueless and incompetent as ever,” to give crime and lawlessness the highest priority at this time.

Various events cancelled due to COVID-19
As COVID-19 remains imminent several events have been either cancelled or postponed. Tonight we can tell you that the Primary School Examination that was to take place on March 30 has been postponed.

COVID-19’s effect on Belize’s economy
Belize remains one of the three countries in this region that are yet to declare a confirmed case of COVID-19. El Salvador and Nicaragua are the other two countries that have taken precautionary measures.

B&B employee shot to death
The old capital is seeing a return of frequent gun violence and murders. An employee of Bowen and Bowen was killed in broad daylight just after three o’clock this afternoon at the corner of Cemetery Road and West Street in Belize City.

BHC Against All Non-Essential International Travel
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the British High Commission has issued a press release advising against all non-essential international travel, initially for a period of 30 days.CEO ON BDF 470 GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

CEO George Lovell Says BDF Has Nighttime Equipment
The Belize Defence Force has nighttime equipment, according to CEO in the Ministry of National Security, George Lovell. The media got a chance this weekend to speak with him about the tragic incident that took...

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Buba Wuba Bar hosts St. Patrick’s Day Parade despite COVID-19 cancellation of mass gatherings
Despite the cancellation of numerous sporting, academic, and cultural events countrywide and around the world, […]

Missing teen from San Pedro found safe
A teenager reported missing last week has been found safe. Fourteen-year-old Kenya Itza was last seen […]

Bowen deliveryman shot dead and three others injured in shooting
Police are hunting two men who shot four people including a deliveryman for Bowen and Bowen […]

Ministry of Labor meets with KHMH management and workers union
On March 16, 2020, the Ministry of Labour facilitated two meetings between the Karl Heusner […]

Bowen & Bowen extends condolences to family of slain employee
Bowen and Bowen Limited is mourning the loss of one of its employees and hoping […]

More closures and cancellations due to coronavirus
As the country prepares to battle the global coronavirus (COVOD-19) pandemic, a growing number of […]

Belize’s World Water Day 2020 celebration events postponed
Guided by the precautionary measures outlined by the Government of Belize, the World Water Day […]

No covid-19 in Belize; Health authorities share possible measures in event of detection
The Ministry of Health is conducting its ‘Ask the experts’ segment with Health officials from […]

Easter Fair canceled, Budget Debate shortened; will Agric Show be postponed due to social distancing and gathering limits?
In recent days there has been a ramping up of postponements and cancellations related to […]

UDP ‘indefinitely postpones’ leadership convention due to coronavirus concerns
This afternoon, Breaking Belize News confirmed with knowledgeable sources that the United Democratic Party has […]

Football Federation of Belize cancels all upcoming tournaments
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) announced today that it has, with immediate effect, postponed […]

Michigan man makes public plea for coronavirus test, claims recent travel to Belize
Michigan Health Watch this morning reported that a Michigan man who suspects he has covid-19 […]

BelizeON informs customers of COVID-19 Preparations
BelizeON is Belize’s first online marketplace that provides Belizean shoppers with a secure experience shopping […]

Lev Dermen found guilty on all counts
Levon Termendzhyan, 53, alias Lev Aslan Dermen, has been found guilty of 10 felony counts, […]

John Saldivar applies to be UDP Leader again
John Saldivar has applied once again to be the next leader of the UDP. His […]

2020 Population and Housing Census postponed
The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) informed its stakeholders and the public that the 2020 […]

Barbados latest country with confirmed coronavirus cases
As the coronavirus strain (COVID-19) spreads across the world, Barbados becomes the latest Caribbean country […]

Shooting victims in Jane Usher area survive attack on their lives
Earlier today we reported two persons were shot in the Jane Usher Boulevard area of […]

Western Regional Hospital issues two-month supply of medication for patients with chronic conditions
The Western Regional Hospital this morning announced that it will be distributing a 2-month supply […]

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Around the Caribbean...
Guyana, the only Caribbean Community (Caricom) country to have recorded a fatal COVID-19 case, yesterday announced the closure of its international airports as well as a ban on self-imposed quarantine as it deals with the impact of the virus that has killed more than 6,000 people worldwide. Government and Opposition closed ranks in the battle against the coronavirus as Belize announced a series of measures, including the closure of all borders of entry in Belize as well as limiting all social gatherings to no more than 100 people.

WestJet to stop international flights; 16 Caribbean countries impacted
At least 16 Caribbean countries will be adversely impacted by the decision of Calgary-based airline, WestJet, which has announced a freeze on international flights as of March 23. In a media statement, WestJet president and CEO Ed Sims said: “WestJetters are known for our level of care and this situation is no different. While this is a difficult time, we now have the responsibility as a Canadian airline to bring our citizens home.”

Archaeology breakthrough: 1,300-year-old Mayan secret exposed by laser technology
ARCHAEOLOGISTS have unearthed a 1,300-year-old Mayan secret thanks to modern technology that could expose a whole new side to the ancient society previously unproven. The breakthrough was made in Coba, one of the greatest cities of the ancient world, and could reveal secrets of how this civilisation was connected with smaller, isolated neighbours to gain a foothold against the emerging Chichen Itza empire. A team of experts at the University of Miami, led by Traci Ardren, conducted the first LIDAR study of a 62-mile stone road that connected the ancient cities of Coba and Yuxana 13 centuries ago. Deployed from low-flying aircraft, LIDAR fired rapid pulses of laser lights at the surface, and then measured the amount of time it took for each pulse to bounce back – the difference allowing them to create a 3D map of hidden features.


  • Messages From Italians Quarantined in the Coronavirus Pandemic, 3.5min. 10 Days Later: What Italians Wish They Had Known. When the Italian media began reporting on the increased community spread of the novel coronavirus across the country, Olmo Parenti, like many Italian citizens, didn’t take the threat of the pandemic too seriously. “My friends and I were almost mocking the few people who believed the issue was serious from the get-go,” Parenti, a young filmmaker, told me. Just days later, Parenti felt like he was living in a different version of reality—a dystopian one. The number of positive cases had spiked dramatically. The entire country had shut down. The economy took a nosedive. Hospitals, overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, were being forced to make impossible utilitarian decisions: Which critical patients would receive lifesaving artificial ventilation, while the others would effectively be left to die? Parenti and his friends were disturbed by the fact that they had severely underestimated the situation, a perspective that perhaps contributed to the spread of the virus. “We read in the news that the U.S., England, Germany, and France were all taking the COVID-19 progression just as lightly as we had,” Parenti said. “We decided we had to redeem ourselves in some way.” Together with other members of his filmmaking collective, Parenti put out a call for citizens across the country to film themselves in quarantine. “We asked them to talk in first person to the camera,” he said, “and give themselves advice based on their own past behavior.” The resulting film, 10 Days, features messages from dozens of terrified Italians. The videos play as if warnings from the future. Like Parenti, many of the people who submitted quarantine videos chide themselves for not having taken precautionary measures, such as self-isolation and social distancing, as early as they could have.

  • Covid 19 Education Prevention Campaign, 2min. Young or old, have children or not, please take a listen and join our prevention campaign. To keep our communities safe and healthy during this global pandemic, we need every islander to prepare now. We need everyone united to fight this pandemic. Save a Life and Prepare.

  • Nutritionist Doris Sutherland - foods we can eat to boost our immune systems, 17min. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep across the region with Belize being one of the few countries who have not yet reported a case. We invited nutritionist Doris Sutherland to share tips of the foods we can eat to boost our immune systems.

  • Preliminary report of the Honduran Army on the crash of the BDF helicopter, 51min. Ret'd Major Lloyd Jones gave his take on the preliminary report of the Honduran Army on the crash of the BDF helicopter. He explained that his view is that the crash was caused by system induces human factors.

  • Belize Diabetes Association - prepare for any future contracting COVID-19 outbreak, 25min. Persons with diabetes are more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19. We asked the team at the Belize Diabetes Association to share information for this vulnerable population to prepare for any future outbreak. They shared advice and several recommendations including that you have two months worth of medications on reserve and that each person has a monitor to be able to check on their glucose levels if access to a medical facility is impeded. On set: Lynette Valerio - Act. President, Belize Diabetes Association. Dr. Michelle West - Medical and Scientific Advisor, Belize Diabetes Association.

  • The Belize City Council - Municipal Bond and the opportunities, 35min. The Belize City Council (BCC) representatives were our guests to discuss the latest initiative. The team talked with us about the Municipal Bond and the opportunities for you to invest with the BCC. On set: Oscar Arnold - Councillor, Belize City Council. Christopher Coye - Financial Advisor, Alpha Capital LLP.

  • Question and answer segment in respect to COVID-19, 58min. ASK THE EXPERTS! Ask your questions on the comment section of the live webcast.

  • An Important Message from UB's President, Professor Sankat, on the COVID-19 Pandemic, 13min.

  • An Unbelizeable Trip to San Pedro, Belize, 6min. A few of many moments captured during our time in San Pedro, Belize (Feb. 2020)

  • Ziplining in Belize, 14min.

  • Spearfishing Belize 2020 | Barrier Reef Spearfishing, 5.5min.

  • Belize 2020, 38min.

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