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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.
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.
SPTC TAKES PREVENTATIVE MEASURES TOWARDS THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
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.
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..."
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 [...]