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The San Pedro Sun

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.

Journalists participate in crime data workshop
On Saturday, March 14th, Belizean journalists from different media houses attended a workshop in Belize City on crime reporting. The meeting was hosted by the Belize Crime Observatory (BCO), under the Ministry of National Security at the Coastal Zone Management, Authority and Institute’s training room. Several presentations took place, touching on topics from the state of crime in the country, to forensic reports and the Kolbe Foundation at the Belize Central Prison.

Sporting league and activities schedules affected by COVID-19 pandemic
The current semi-pro sporting leagues in football and basketball are postponed amidst the pandemic COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) announced on Monday, March 16th, that all ongoing Premier League of Belize (PLB) tournaments will be postponed until further notice. While the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) has suspended its 2020 season until April 18, 2020.

NAWL: San Pedro Invaders fall 0-4 against Orange Walk Gladiators
The San Pedro Invaders scored two goals in their first home match of the 2020 National Amateur Women’s League (NAWL) football competition, but they have yet to win a game, as they lost 0-4 to the Orange Walk Gladiators at the People’s Stadium on Sunday. Tamara Baptist and Nadine “Nene” Manzanero led the Invaders’ offensive, supported by Alexia Chan and Marisol Alegria on the wings, and by Dianira Lopez and Juana Rodriguez at midfield.

Ambergris Today

Placencia Airstrip Closing For Renovations
According to the Belize Airports Authority (BAA) the closure of the Placencia Airstrip will be done to facilitate a revamp of the runway. Revamping, lengthening, widening and the installing of runway lighting will all be done. The Belize Airports Authority (BAA) is currently finalizing plans to use an alternate airstrip nearby.

Ministry Of Education Suspends Primary School Examination (PSE)
Kindly note that schools will close at the end of the school day on Friday, March 20, 2020 as per announcement in the joint Press Conference held by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. In view of this decision, the Ministry of Education is now asking all schools to immediately finalize their home-based learning plans. The objective of these plans is to provide meaningful engagement for students during the 2-week period (March 23-April 3) when they are not in school. These plans are to be shared with the respective Managing Authorities of each school.

Various Belizean Sources

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San Pedro Businesses, Hotels, Bars, Restaurants Open & Closed
***All bars and restaurants are required to disinfect high use surfaces hourly, and are encouraged to reduce seating for social distancing. At this time there is a limit of 100 people at any gathering. All major events in town are cancelled until further notice. Note that scheduled events may change daily/weekly.

NATIONAL AGRICULTURE AND TRADE SHOW 2020 POSTPONED
The National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) Committee under the auspices of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and Immigration hereby informs the general public that the National Agriculture and Trade Show scheduled for May 1, 2, and 3, 2020 has been postponed. This decision is in line with directives from the COVID-19 National Oversight Committee. The NATS Committee and the Ministry proposes to reschedule the event for October 16, 17 and 18, 2020 if conditions allow at that time. These dates will coincide with local and international activities for the celebration of World Food Day and therefore events would be combined.

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.

BELTRAIDE COVID-19 RESPONSE: SERVING CLIENTS REMOTELY
Stemming from the global COVID-19 outbreak, the Government of Belize announced a series of measures in response to this imminent threat, including proper hygiene and social distancing. Even though there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Belize at this time, our team at BELTRAIDE is taking preventative measures to protect our employees and clients. Therefore, while BELTRAIDE remains open for business, we strongly encourage our clients and members of the public to contact us via telephone or email to ensure that all are protected, in the event that the current situation changes.

Corozal Community College Closes March 20
In accordance with the advice of the Ministry of Education, our last school day will be on 20th March, 2020. This period will be for 14 days leading into the Easter break. In order to prepare and engage our students in distance digital learning during this time of emergency, kindly take note the following:

Tons of amazing pictures from the 2020 La Ruta Maya
Well shot, 501Boyz Productions!

Belize National Research Conference (BNRC) scheduled for March 25 and 26 has been postponed
Given the unprecedented state of the global and national situation, we express our solidarity. Please remain aware of the the latest information and recommendations from our national authorities including Government of Belize Press Office and Ministry of Health Belize.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint “Play Time”.

Message from the Office of the Labour Commissioner
The Office of the Labour Commissioner hereby informs the public that the Labour Department is available to address employment concerns and queries that may result because of the current and unprecedented circumstances facing our country in relation to COVID-19. The Labour Department recognizes both the urgency and necessity to protect labour and promote good industrial relations during these challenging times. Even so, it is very important that provisions of the Labour Act, Chapter 297, Revised Edition 2011 are adhered to by both employers and employees.

ASK THE EXPERTS! Question and answer segment in respect to COVID-19
Tune in this morning at 9:00 a.m. and submit your questions during the live stream.

EMERGENCY PLANNING MEETING IN SAN PEDRO ON COVID -19
Yesterday, in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, an emergency planning meeting was held to prepare for the possibility of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) affecting Belize. Organized by the Ministry of Health, the meeting was attended by San Pedro Mayor, Daniel "Danny" Gerrero; National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) Central Regional Coordinator, Al Westby; Central Health Region Manager, Nurse Melinda Guerra; Doctor Javier Canul of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye; and NEMO Cayo South Coordinator, Vanessa Parham.

Important Notice For Belizean Students Abroad - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belmopan

BBQ fundraiser for Victor Carrillo
Good afternoon to one and all, the Corozal Football Association and Falcons FC takes this opportunity to seek of your continued support. We will be having a BBQ Sale next week Friday, March 27th, 2020 at the Central Park for $7 a plate. The fundraising is to assist one of our player who is currently undergoing medical attention at Chetumal. He is Victor Carrillo. All proceeds will go towards his medical bills. BBQ will be ready as of 10:00 a.m., it will be served with flour tortilla/baked beans/coleslaw. To place your order contact us at 672-7755, 608-1521, 621-8774.

Summary of what the MoE session talked about today
Frequently Asked Questions COVID-19 Implications on Education and the Way Forward March 18, 2020 1. When will schools close? Schools will close at the end of the school day on Friday, March 20, 2020. 2. Does the school closure apply to support staff? School managements should make a determination on time-off for support staff based on the need for their services during the 2-week period of school closure. This does not apply to public servants who fall under the Public Service Regulations.

San Ignacio Easter Fair had to be cancelled

Channel 7

City Lockdown: Southside State of Emergency
Since the start of the week we've been reporting on the explosion of violence in the outside and this morning the police started doing something about it, something very serious. For the second time in two years, they have declared a southside state of emergency. The last time was in September of 2018, it covered 6 areas and lasted 30 days.   This one covers eight areas and it's in 8 areas all across the southside.  Cherisse Halsall was on the ground with the police this afternoon and has the full report.  Belize City is in a state of lockdown today and it's not because of the Coronavirus. Instead, a state of emergency has been declared in 8 areas to suppress criminal activity that surged in the last 48 hours.

Compol Chester: The Time For Talking Is Over
And while the state of Emergency wasn't brought on by COVID-19 Commissioner Williams says it does contemplate the arrival of it - and the fact that very sick persons will need beds in the ICU: Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police: "We have done a lot in terms of talking. CYDP have been extremely busy over the past few days trying to reason with these young men, bringing them to the table to reason with each other and goes through one ear, come out through the next. When they get back on the streets, they're back to their senseless behaviour..."

COMPOL: No Space For Gangsters In ICU
And while the state of Emergency wasn't brought on by COVID-19 Commissioner Williams says it does contemplate the arrival of it - and the fact that very sick persons will need beds in the ICU: Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police: "At the expiration of the one month, as the minister has said, we will be making representation to the government and ask for an extension because we believe..."

Due Process Suspended
Tonight the 83 detainees rounded up by the cops are facing a very long road ahead. The State of emergency allows for a 30 day detention period and during the first seven of those days, there is no requirement that they be charged or even know the reason for their detention. Minister of National Security and Attorney General Micheal Peyrefitte laid out the state of emergency's procedural element. Hon. Michael Peyrefitte - Minister of National Security: "These people can be detained for up to 30 days. After 7 days, within 7 days they will be told as to the reason for their detention..."

Slain Deilvery-man: Humble, Hard Working and Kind
And the last murder yesterday that triggered this Southside state of emergency was the murder of working man, 21-year-old Derrick King. King was shot and killed at the corner of Orange and West streets while on his delivery rounds for Bowen and Bowen.  Three others, including 48-year-old Francine Wade, 38-year-old Clifford Oliver, and King's side-man 20-year-old Haywood Brown, were shot.  Questions remain about whether King was targeted by the gunman who ended his life. And this morning Cherisse Halsall spoke to his heartbroken mother who describes her son as hard-working, humble, and kind:

Education Ministry Laments Fallen Children
In the first segment we told you about the Southside State of Emergency that has been triggered because of the spate of violence in Belize City.   This afternoon at a press conference, the CEO in the Ministry of Education lamented the deaths of these young children, Kia Herbert and Dominic Rhamdas:

Kia Lived in Faber's Division
And, one of the deceased, Kia Herbert lived in the Minister of Education's constituency, the Collet Division. He spoke about her today:

Ministry Outlines Plans For Schools
They were speaking at a press conference about the state of schools, which close across the country on Friday.  Minister of Education Patrick Faber outlined the plan:.. Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Education: "School will close at the end of the school day on Friday March 20th, and so Friday is a full school day. I think there was some kind of misunderstanding that suggested that there is no school on Friday, well let it be clear that we expect to have full class sessions on Friday and at the close of the day Friday, which means effectively Monday morning there will be no further classes..."

The Plan For PSE
The Education Minister also outlined the plan for the PSE which is now currently suspended. The first part of the exam had been scheduled for March 30th, and the second for April 30th. Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Education: "The Primary school examination scheduled for March 30th and April 30th are not suspended and we will at a later date provide new information on these portions of the primary school exam..."

Tough Times At Tropic Air
So, while that is the plan for schools, the situation isn't so simple for businesses within the tourism industry. Stakeholders are already feeling the financial pain resulting from the world's populations shutting down all international travel, while everyone bunkers down for the pandemic to run its course. The biggest domestic carrier, Tropic Air is one of those tourism stakeholders who is losing 10s of millions of dollars in this climate of global tourism industry meltdown.

Faber Doesn't Want To Talk Politics
And, turning now from COVID-19 to politics, the conversation still turned back to COVID.  We asked Patrick Faber about submitting his name to run as UDP. Leader for the second time in two months: Hon. Patrick Faber- Candidate for UDP Leadership: "It is for me not important at this time. I made the submission, you noticed that I had promised all of you in the media that when I made up my mind that I would come back to you and tell you. I did no such thing merely because it's not the kind of time for that. We are in a fight to try to ensure that this country remains COVID19 free and that's the bigger fish that we have to fry at this time..."

COVID-19 Causes No Cross Country
Belize has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 - one of only 30 countries in the world where it has not been confirmed.  And to keep infections at a minimum, Cycling Federation of Belize made it official: Belize's biggest sporting event, the Cross Country is postponed.   Their statement notes that they have been in consultation with the Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, and his team, that they've taken note of measures that federation's governing body, Union Cyclist International, has taken. As a result, they have decided to suspend all activities until further notice.

Police Golf Cart For Low Crime Town
And while there is a southside state of emergency in Belize City, in San Pedro crime is at a very, very low level. And today, the San Pedro Police Station received a donation of a golf cart from the Brads Gaming Group in Belize City. San Pedro Police, like all other formations around the country, have to make judicious use of the resources that they share with the rest of the Department. And so, donations like this one are always welcomed. 

Brad's Waiting For Word on Gaming Contract Renewal
Today's interview gave us an opportunity to ask the representative from Brad's Gaming Group about their tender offer for Belize's lottery services. Cabinet has put it out to tender, and so we asked the Public Relations Officer for Brads Gaming Group about their bid. He told us that he is unable to comment at this time because no final decision has been made by Government as yet:

An Update on Recent Crimes
At the top of the news, we told you about the southside state of emergency caused by a spate of 6 murders in the city and 8 shootings in 48 hours between Monday and Tuesday.   Today at the police press conference, Assistant Commissioner Joseph Myvette, the head of national crimes investigation gave the press an update on the recent spate of crimes:

Crime Suppression Needs More Than a Big Stick
And, with no arrests yet for all those killings,  a cross section of the community has embraced the State of the Emergency. But, it can't be maintained forever.  Minister of State for National Security Elodio Aragon admitted that 2018's state of emergency wasn't exactly a cure-all for criminal activity. He's called these efforts a way to arrest the situation but spoke to the need for a tangible and strategic plan for the criminal element: 

Two New reports On BDF Helicopter Crash Presented
And, in a very busy afternoon of major national press conferences, the Ministry of National security started its one at 5:00 to present two new reports on the BDF Helicopter crash.   Minister Michael Peyrefitte told the press it will be uploaded to the Ministry website: Hon. Michael Peyrefitte - Ministry of National Security: "In the Bell Helicopter report and the Civil Aviation report, to me it adds nothing new. There are no surprises in there but I don't expect you to trust me. So, you could read it for yourself when we post it online."

CITCO Cautious on Price Gouging
Earlier this week, we told you about the price controls enacted on general sanitisers and cleaners, including bleach, peroxide, liquid soap, N95 face masks and hand sanitizers. This was done in response to price gouging and some ridiculous double digit prices being placed on single bottles of hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol and other cleaning items. That was put into law by the Ministry of Commerce, but, even before that, many town boards, from Punta Gorda to Corozal went a step further and put out their own releases threatening the trade licenses of businesses who were gouging consumers. But, the Belize City Council was for more conservative in its pronouncements on the issue. Here's what the Mayor and his Councillor told us on Monday:

Clorox For Covid
And while price gouging on hand sanitiser may worry some folks, the city says it is telling residents, especially those who can't afford the sanitisers, to just use plain soap and water. Here is the councillor with responsibility for sanitation:

Agric Show Postponed Due To Covid-19
It's the largest annual social gathering of Belizeans and attendance is certainly expected to exceed 100 persons. That means that the AGRIC Show is yet another event that's been put on the backburner in light of COVID-19. The decision in line with directives from the COVID-19 National Oversight Committee is to postpone the event from its original date of May 1, 2 and 3, 2020 until October 16, 17 and 18, 2020 if conditions allow at that time.

Prison Suspends Visits due To Covid
The Kolbe Foundation Belize Central Prison has also announced that it will have to suspend all visits to the facility. Their press release says, quote, "Kolbe Foundation is suspending ALL visits including Regular, Family Days, Embassies, Volunteers, and Attorney visits for one month effective Saturday 21st March 2020. The population density of prisons creates a risk of infection and transmission for inmates and staff, therefore, this suspension of visits is necessary as a precaution to mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 created by external visitors.

Channel 5

Chester to Bad Man: “We Will Find You Wherever You Are”
While police conducted an early morning raid today, it is believed that a number of persons, who are wanted for involvement in gang activity, may have given them the slip [...]

No Judicial Relief Prior to Thirty-day Incarceration
It is expected that of the eighty-two persons, who are presently in custody and are headed to the Belize Central Prison for the next thirty days, a number of them—through [...]

Gang Members Keep Receiving Extensions for Unpaid Fines
Equally challenging for the Belize Police Department, in its attempt to put away known gang members, is the fact that the lower courts continue to impose fines and grant subsequent [...]

Law Enforcement is More Than Just Boots on the Ground
Minister of State Elodio Aragon Junior, himself a former ranking police officer, is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Ministry of National Security which includes the Belize Police Department.  [...]

Education Minister of COVID-19, Implications and Way Forward
One of the preventative measures taken in preparation against the novel coronavirus is that schools at all levels and across the country will be closed for two weeks leading into [...]

Students to Practice Home-Based Learning During 2 Weeks of No Classes
Going forward, schools are being asked to provide parents with a home-based learning plan for their children.  Parents are to ensure that students spend a part of each day in [...]

Ministry of Education Suspends P.S.E., CSEC and CAPE Exams
As for the Primary School Examination and the CSEC, those have been postponed indefinitely, says Minister Faber. According to Faber, it is not certain when students will sit the tests. [...]

Perlene Polonio Mourns the Loss of Her Son to Gun Violence
Eight areas across the city are on lockdown tonight as a state of emergency is in effect. The crime that swept through the Old Capital at the start of the [...]

Still No Arrests for King’s Park Triple Murder
As we’ve said, the security measures put in place by the Ministry of National Security was triggered by the bloodbath in the Old Capital. Within less than forty-eight hours, seven [...]

Several Persons Detained in Connection with Murder of Baby Kia c
Another innocent infant was senselessly killed in the spate of violence in the city. Five-year-old Kia Herbert was sleeping with her mother inside their bedroom when a gunman aimed his [...]

Investigators Following Leads in Collet Morter’s Killing
The Lake Independence area is in lockdown, having been identified as a hotspot for gang activity.  B.D.F. soldiers and police officers are stationed at all streets and access to that [...]

Patrick Faber Not Concerned About John Saldivar at the Moment
Minister of Education and the U.D.P.’s former Deputy Leader Patrick Faber today confirmed to the media that he has submitted his application to contest the party’s leadership convention.  His opponent, [...]

U.D.P. Suspends Leadership Convention
But the convention will have to wait since, according to Faber, during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, it was decided that the leadership convention be postponed indefinitely as the country [...]

Ministry of National Security Releases Latest Reports into Fatal Chopper Incident
Late this evening, the Ministry of National Security held a press conference about the investigation into the fatal helicopter incident. The press was informed that the reports, one from Belize [...]

Attorney Says Honduran Report More Critical of the B.D.F. Procedures
Before the press conference, the ministry met with the families of the deceased B.D.F. soldiers. Following that meeting, attorney for Mendez, Choco and Baizar families, Audrey Matura, spoke with reporters [...]

Each Family of Deceased B.D.F. Soldier to Get 100K in Ex-Gratia Payment
Attorney Audrey Matura also shared more information on the matter of compensation. She says that the Minister of National Security has made a commitment to pay each of the affected [...]

Caye Caulker a Ghost Town; the Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the Tourism Destination
Belize’s economy is heavily dependent on tourism so that the looming COVID-19 is presenting major shocks to the industry.  The Philip Goldson International Airport remains open, but the number of [...]

Tips to Help you Prepare During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Health officials have warned that it is not a matter of if; it is a matter of when the novel coronavirus gets here. The government has introduced some preventative and [...]

Older Persons Take Precautions Against COVID-19
The novel coronavirus is particularly deadly to the older population, many whose health conditions are worsened by pre-existing conditions. HelpAge Belize manages two institutions with a concentration of folks who [...]

Do You Know the Proper Hand-Washing Techniques?
There is a lot of information available on the internet on COVID-19. In the following story, we walk you through the steps to help you minimize risks. Now, soap and [...]

The Reporter

Chester: Talking Done, We Are At War With Criminals
‘The Time for Talking is Done,’ says Commissioner of Police Chester Williams. At an ongoing press conference, Williams explained that the C.Y.D.P. has been talking non-stop to these young men, but it goes in through one ear and comes out through the next.

As If Corona-Virus Wasn’t Enough, EARTHQUAKE IN Utah, U.S.A
As if the Corona-Virus wasn’t enough to deal with. There was an 5.7 magnitude earthquake at 7.09am (Utah Time) in Utah, approximately 15 miles West of Salt Lake City.

In The Streets: Police & B.D.F Soldiers, In Response To Recent Crimes
The Reporter has confirmed that Police and BDF presence has been ramped up in gang hotspots in Belize City where violent crime has spiralled recently.

LOVE FM

Belize Defence Force soldiers deployed to back police on the streets of Belize City
As we noted earlier, the joint operation began as early as three o’clock this morning. By the time the citizenry began streaming the streets to get to work, the gang-ridden areas in Belize City were already under lock by the police, backed by BDF soldiers.

Patrick Faber and John Saldivar run for UDP leader
While politics has taken a back seat to more pressing matters such as COVID-19 and the recent increase in crime, it is important to note that the UDP still needs a new leader. The deadline for submissions is March 26, however, Patrick Faber and John Saldivar have already submitted their names.

Patrick Faber explains suspension of schools
While various events have been cancelled due to the imminent threat of COVID-19, schools in Belize will also be closed as of Friday evening. Since this is new territory for schools and education officials to venture into, the Ministry of Education held a press conference to iron out some of the details.

Belize’s economy after COVID-19
COVID-19 is taking a toll on economies worldwide. Businesses are shutting down, and people are being laid off. Belize is already seeing effects on our economy as tourism, one of our major income earners, is seeing a decline.

Two persons found tied up
Two persons were found bound on the Hummingbird Highway this afternoon just after three o’clock this afternoon. Our Cayo correspondent Fem Cruz has the story.

CitCo has programs for grieving families
With all the murders and shootings happening in Belize City and with the recent crackdown on street security, Mayor Bernard Wagner spoke to Love News this morning. According to Mayor Wagner, City Hall is serious about tackling crime and the council has established several programs for families who have become victims of the violence in the streets.

ComPol address the use of cellphones while on duty
If you pass the checkpoints frequently, chances are you have seen police officers utilizing their cell phones and distracted from what is happening around them. Most times the officers at the booth are more reactive than proactive.

CitCo prepares for COVID-19
As Belize prepares to face the onset of COVID-19, the Belize City Council is bracing for impact. Considering that the old Capital is the most densely populated area in the country, the Council is closely monitoring the situation and working alongside relevant agencies.

PSE postponed; CXC and CAPE may follow suit
As we have reported, the Primary School Examinations slated for March 30 and April 30 have also been postponed. A new date has not been set as yet as the Ministry of Education will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation.

Police Operations Commander warns criminals that game is over and they are coming
After all the mediations and interventions and negotiations with the gangs and the criminal elements, 2020 seems to be a year of little to no tolerance from Commissioner Williams. Today, he and ACP Vidal had a message for the lawbreakers.

ComPol Says The Time For Talking Has Passed
On many occasions, the police have come under scrutiny for their approach toward criminals. When they attempted to conduct interventions with the gang elements, they were criticized for doing so.

State Of Emergency Declared As Crime Surges In The Old Capital
COVID-19 has infected over two hundred thousand people around the world and its death toll is in the thousands. In Belize, however, we are COVID free for now, yet our death toll is on the...

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Education Ministry grieves for lost children Kia and Dominique
The start of today’s briefing on the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) preparation efforts was briefly given […]

Faber vs Saldivar round 2 postponed due to COVID-19
Round 1 may have been overshadowed by events in Salt Lake City, Utah (and in some […]

Guatemala’s Covid-19 cases increase; Nicaragua and Salvador now confirm cases
Guatemalan President, Alejandro Giammettei, today informed that the country now has 8 confirmed cases of […]

“Nothing new in latest helicopter accident reports,” says National Security Minister
Minister of National Security, Michael Peyrefitte, announced today that two more reports on the helicopter […]

Ministry of National Security hosts followup conference on BDF helicopter crash
One week after the crash report prepared by the Honduran Armed Forces was made public, […]

Galen takes increased precautionary measures against Covid-19
In response to the imminent threat of the COVID-19 outbreak in Belize, Galen University’s Central […]

National Handwashing Day continues Thursday
There is a right way to wash your hands to avoid COVID-19 and other germs. […]

Payments will not be disrupted for education system
Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, announced that those connected with the education system will be […]

Minister Faber confirms school closures on COVID-19
School will close at the end of the day on Friday, March 20, Education Minister […]

Belize City Council implements Covid-19 measures
The Belize City Council issued a statement today saying that the council has been engaged […]

Wonder Woman challenge postponed
This morning, the Belize Coast Guard informed that due to the recent decisions given by […]

United States closes borders with Canada to prevent COVID-19 spread
United States President Donald Trump announced this week that the US would be closing its […]

CARICOM forced to withdraw independent high-level team in Guyana
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) issued a statement saying that it deeply regrets that it has […]

National Agriculture and Trade Show 2020 postponed
The National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) Committee under the auspices of the Ministry of […]

Belize Defense Force deployed to Belize City in light of violent crime wave
Belize City has seen an increase in BDF presence literally overnight following a dramatic crime […]

Blogs

Postcard From San Pedro, Belize
After watching the news for an hour or so this morning, we set out for town at about 10am to run some errands. It was my first trip to town in about 5 days – I’ve been trying to shake a nasty head cold and am finally on the upswing. Getting over the sinus issues and headaches slowly – still keeping away from others and taking it very easy. There is such a STARK disconnect between the dire worldwide news and how it looks outside here on Ambergris Caye. It’s ABSOLUTELY gorgeous! There are some tourists around…more than I would have expected but few are coming in. I asked some taxi drivers by the airstrip if they are still getting tourists, one answered “One or two here and there but not a lot. ” A few hotels have closed temporarily and a few bars but for the most part, San Pedro is open right now. Waiting.

How to Retire in the Caribbean: Costs, Visas and More
The Caribbean offers a sunny oasis for retirees. With the laid-back lifestyle, affordable healthcare, and tax incentives, retirees are drawn to the Caribbean islands. But before you throw your winter clothes away and spend your golden years under a palm tree, you need to understand what it entails to retire in the Caribbean. In this article we’ll discuss immigration laws, taxes, safety and other key factors for four of the most popular Caribbean retirement destinations: Bahamas, Belize, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. In Ambergris Caye, the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment is about $515 per month.

9 Waterfalls Worth Chasing in Belize
Inspiring natural scenery at its best, Belize has some of the most majestic and soothing waterfalls. Check out these 10 cascading beauties worth chasing and enjoying when in Belize.  Imagine capturing the rush of water against limestone rocks, listening to the soothing swishing sounds as the water hits the pool at the bottom of the boulders, smelling the breath of fresh air and trees and feeling the exhilarating effects of gravity and cascading waters. Each waterfall in Belize has its beauty and personality worth discovering, chasing and appreciating. Here are 10 waterfalls bound to capture your attention.

International Sourcesizz

BRITISH FOREIGN OFFICE ADVISES AGAINST ALL NON-ESSENTIALTRAVEL OVERSEAS
Today the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised against all non-essential international travel, initially for a period of 30 days. This advice takes effect immediately. This change in travel advice reflects the pace at which other countries are either closing their borders or implementing restrictive measures in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. Often there is little or no notice when countries take these steps and restrictions are also being imposed in areas where no cases of coronavirus have yet been reported. They are therefore very difficult to predict.

Peace Corps announces suspension of Volunteer activities, evacuations due to COVID-19
Read Director Jody Olsen’s statement regarding COVID-19 and steps we’re taking to ensure the safety and security of all Peace Corps Volunteers overseas.

Videos

  • Ministry of Education Press Conference, 36min.

  • Police Press Conference, 64min.

  • STANDARD BEARER OF THE PEOPLE'S UNITED PARTY MR. ANDRE PEREZ ADDRESSING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, 24min.

  • Ministry of Health Belize: Stay healthy while traveling, 1min.

  • Belize Zoo, 10min.

  • Our Honeymoon in Ambergris Caye, Belize, 6min. February 24 - March 1, 2020.

  • An information session was held with the market vendors to talk about anti-virus measures, 37min. Thank you, Mayor Trapp! Meeting with our market vendors to discuss our safety health measures and action plan in regards to Covid-19.

  • Fly Fishing the Flats in Belize, 3min. Fishing the Reef in Belize.

  • Dive Ambergris Caye San Pedro, Belize, 3min. Viz was spectacular and the sea life was abundant. Our dive with Amigos Del Mar was amazing.

  • Taco Canyon Ambergris San Pedro, Belize, 4min. Viz was spectacular and the sea life was abundant. Our dive with Amigos Del Mar was amazing.

  • Spearfishing Spanish Mackerels | Belize, 9min.

  • Belize - Day 4: Xunantunich Mayan Ruins and Cave Tubing, 3.5min.

  • EXPLORING BELIZE - MEXICO ROCKS REEF, 8min. We spent one of our last days traveling Belize, taking a short guided boat ride to go snorkeling at one the best reef sites in the world! This was located at Mexico Rocks on the norther tip of the Belize barrier reef that runs along the coast of the "island" Ambergris Caye. This is a small part of one of the largest Barrier reef systems in the world, which thousands of marine species call home! This trip was as a truly incredible experience, and amazing way to end our tour through Belize!

  • Belize on the RAG "Tales of Ernest", 12min. Telling an underwater tale.

  • William & Mary Scuba Club - San Pedro, Belize - 2020, 4min. A short video of W&M Scuba Club's first international dive trip to Belize!!! -March 7-12th, Spring Break 2020!