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The San Pedro Sun
Hundreds leave island
Hundreds of mainland residents are preparing to travel off the island with the assistance of the island authorities and the Ministry of Health.
Every person boarding the boats has been screened prior to today and will be required to do another 14 day isolation at their intended destination.
Some were stranded on the island while others lost their jobs after cases COVID-19 were registered in the country paralyzing the island’s main economy - Tourism.
Maresha Reid and company continue feeding those in need
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the world, economies have taken massive hits. Belize, which was dependent on tourism, has seen the effects of the pandemic as well. Its top tourism destination Ambergris Caye, has a population that saw the first effects of job losses. After the first positive COVID-19 case was registered on the island, an emergency lockdown caused many unemployed people to stay put, jobless and unfortunately, in need. Not one to shy away from helping each other, islanders and businesses (both on and off-island) came together to find a way to help the less fortunate – either via groceries or feeding programs.
Island residents on waiting list given the clear to leave Ambergris Caye today
No work, no money, no housing, running out of food. Going home to their families in the mainland.
Various Belizean Sources
Free Soup Project for Belize
Elizabeth Vidrine and T. Budd are organizing this fundraiser. The farmers in San Antonio, Cayo are not able to sell their vegetables due to the current lockdown situation, no one is leaving the village therefore they giving some away but most are rotting in the fields and people are starting to go hungry all around Belize. I spoke with the village chairman Danny Mai of San Antonio as I am trying to gather money to buy vegetables from farmers and start a soup kitchen making soups to give out to those who are in need of food. I have the facility to cook and package the soups but we need containers, gas to deliver and money to buy the vegetables. I will make bone stock, very healthy nutritious soups that can feed families here in Cayo. If you can help please do so, any little bit will feed many, every dollar helps. Thank you in advance and please keep praying for our world and stay safe.
Take note of Zitro’s Location and Services Provided
Zitro’s Location and Services Provided, including Western Union
COVID - 19 UPDATE: This is our data up until 3 pm today.
After more tests conducted, Belize has not recorded any new COVID-19 cases. Our number still stands at 18 cases total. This chart, showing the current status, was released on Saturday night by the Government Press Office.
Continuous Medical Education (CME) Presentation
In times of COVID-19, lots of things have changed and will continue to change as new norms are established.
in light of this, we thank Dr. Jorge Hidalgo and his efforts in bringing a daily one hour session of Continuous Medical Education (CME) to Belizeans doctors across the country and Caribbean colleagues throughout the English speaking Caribbean.
For over a week, the sessions have been held virtually with varying topics of interest and related to COVID-19, this at no cost to both doctors in private and public sector.
Bishop Dorick Wright to be Laid to Rest
Bishop Wright will be laid to rest on Wednesday, 22nd April, 2020 at 10 a.m. After consultations with the Nuncio, it was decided that Bishop Wright will be buried in the Holy Redeemer Cathedral Garden.
A procession only with the body will start at 8 a.m. from the morgue, passing by the Belize City churches. The body will be at the Cathedral at 9 a.m. for the mass at 10 a.m. and the event will be shown via social media.
Eventually there will be a memorial Mass for him at the cathedral with simultaneous masses in all parishes.
Sunday a Lockdown Day
The public of Belize is reminded that tomorrow Sunday April 19, 2020 will be another total lockdown. ALL Grocery Shops and Supermarkets will be closed.
Mr Zeke Novelo and the other fishermen offer fish
The Caye Caulker Village Council would like to applaud Mr Zeke Novelo and the other fishermen for giving back to our community in time of need. A truly beautiful example of community effort.
BWS Customer Premises Leak Detection Program Suspended
Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended our free Customer Premises Leak Detection.
Here are steps you can follow to detect if you have a leak at your premises:
“The Story of Doubting Thomas” Interactive children's Program
BEL, in collaboration with the Anglican Diocese of Belize and Love FM, brings another interactive Sunday School program for children countrywide: “The Story of Doubting Thomas”. Tune in on Sunday, April 19 on Love FM or Love TV.
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The rest of this season's games in the PLB have been cancelled
The Premier League of Belize (PLB) held a virtual conference on the 18th April. 2020 with the Executive Committee and Club Owners of the participating Closing Season competition to discuss the way forward as it related to the 2019/2020 Closing Season. It was unanimously agreed upon by the Club Owners that the Closing Season would be cancelled due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the imminent challenges that would have been experienced due to the Curren economic crisis. The League was also of the opinion that the safety of our players, officials, fans and stakeholders also had to be taken in consideration.
The NEBL has decided to cancel the rest of the 2020 season
The team owners of the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) met today to make a decision on the 2020 season. It was decided that this season will be cancelled due to many uncertainties created by COVID-19 and the social, health and financial impacts it will have on team owners, players, fans and other stakeholders.
The league would like to take this time to thank all the fans, team owners, managers, players, table officials, referees, media houses and security forces who made the shortened 2020 season a success. Initial discussions regarding the 2021 season involve having a longer season to somewhat compensate for this abbreviated season.
Learn to Cook Fry Jacks!
BFREE BZ will be streaming a cooking session Sunday morning. 10:00am local time. Fry Jacks! Join Nelly Cadle, BFREE Field Course Leader this morning as she teaches us to make Belizean Fry Jacks live from her kitchen in Belize!
You only need a few ingredients to join in making these traditional Belizean treats from your own home. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
The Rotary Satellite Club of San Ignacio Benque Viejo was mentioned in The Rotarian!
It was about their effort with the BioBarrier. Congratulations! We are excited to share that our club has been featured in THE ROTARIAN magazine for our biobar project. Kudos to our club members and all members of the community for the hard work and dedication into this project. Keep up the awesome work!
Free Online Training by Hospitality Training Services Belize
Did you know Ноѕріtаlіtу Trаіnіng Sеrvісеѕ (HTS) іѕ offering a series of FREE online training sessions for Belizeans? НТЅ іѕ thе оnlу соmраnу іn Веlіzе licensed tо оffеr cеrtіfісаtіоnѕ from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI). This is for anyone in Belize who worked in the tourism industry or may be interested in a post-COVID career in the tourism industry.
LEG BONE OF A GIANT SLOTH FOUND IN BELIZE
When this lockdown and national emergency is over people will want to get out and experience things they took for granted.
In the first attached photo you will be able to see a section of a giant sloth tigh bone that was discovered in Belize. It was discovered in the Yalbac area of Belize. I am not familiar with the full story of the discovery, but if you want to learn more about this display and other interesting historical information about our country, make it a plan to visit.
The second photo is the complete skeletal structure of the giant sloth. You will be able to see where the section of the bone found in Belize would have fitted. I believe the bone would have fitted in the sloth's leg above the first joint.
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Friday April 25.
Camazotz means "death bat" in the Kʼicheʼ language
n Mesoamerica the bat was associated with night, death, and sacrifice . Camazotz is the servant of the Lord of Death. He leads the nightly arrival of twilight, the time when bats emerge from their caves.
In the Popol Vuh, Camazotz are the bat-like monsters encountered by the Maya Hero Twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque during their trials in the underworld of Xibalba. The twins had to spend the night in the House of Bats, where they squeezed themselves into their own blowguns in order to defend themselves from the circling bats. Hunahpu stuck his head out of his blowgun to see if the sun had risen and Camazotz immediately snatched off his head and carried it to the ballcourt to be hung up as the ball to be used by the gods in their next ballgame .
Fatal Road Traffic Accident
Fifty year old Octavio Cowo died after being involved in a traffic accident on Friday night. It happened at around 8:55 pm near the San Estevan Roundabout, Orange Walk District. According to police, Cowo was driving a grey pick-up truck when he lost control. The vehicle flipped several times and Cowo died on the scene.
More Persons Allowed to Leave San Pedro!
As early as 6 a.m. today a number of persons formed lines at the Central Park in San Pedro as they waited with their belongings for a chartered boat to leave the island and return to their respective homes on the mainland. They were waiting for 3 hours because the two vessels, which were delayed, just arrived at the San Pedro Belize Express pier on La Isla Bonita. About two weeks ago, another boat filled with persons, who lost their jobs due to the shuttering of the tourism industry, was allowed to transport these displaced persons off the island. We are told that these people have been screened so they could leave the island.
200 persons were allowed to leave San Pedro
The Reporter has confirmed with Police that over 200 persons were allowed to leave San Pedro today. While the island remains guided by the nationwide quarantine which has gone into effect, those who were allowed to leave are persons who were caught on the island when the first State of Emergency for San Pedro was announced. With no more cases confirmed on the island, it has been determined that it is safe for them to leave.
(Pic - Priest blessing persons as they leave)
A traffic accident claimed the life of Octavio Cowo in Orange Walk around 9:00 p.m. Friday
Reports are that Cowo was traveling north, near San Estevan, when he lost control of his Mitsubishi pick up. The truck flipped several times causing him fatal injuries to the head.
Breaking Belize News
One phone Call Away – Solution to the plight of cattle farmers in Belize
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Fifth consecutive day with no new case of COVID-19 in Belize
Today is the fifth consecutive day with no new case of COVID-19 confirmed in Belize. […]
Children not allowed on streets after 4 pm
The Government of Belize has notified the public of Statutory instrument number 56 of 2020 […]
Gang members reportedly reaffirm 1995 gang treaty, promise peace and disarmament
For the first time, rival gangs in Belize have approached authorities to initiate a peace treaty […]
Hundreds stranded in San Pedro allowed to return home
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Farmer dies in traffic accident
Just before 9 o’clock last night there was a fatal road traffic accident reported in […]
Belize City men released from prison turn in 27 guns
On Wednesday night over a hundred men were released after 30 days at the Belize […]
Uncertain Notes On Quarantine Life Day 27 and the Future on Ambergris Caye
Here’s an update on what’s going on both in my life and on Ambergris Caye.
We are on Day 27 of Quarantine on this island. We had the first two cases, daughter and mother, announced March 23rd and have been on varying levels of quarantine. The entire country joined the island April 2nd as more cases were found. This is certain. The borders are closed. We are supposed to be restricted to our homes most of the day. There is a curfew. The number of tests given, the cases identified, the 2 deaths.
Each case is announced and tracked and traced and people quarantined.
But with at least 40% of the country out of work (and growing) – all but essential businesses closed and the government providing minimal benefits (can you imagine living on $150bzd for 2 weeks on Ambergris Caye?) – could we emerge from this even close to whole? How many dive shops, restaurants, bars, construction projects will never re-open?
Belize Big Day 2020 – A Backyard Challenge!
During stay at home orders, get familiar with your ‘yard birds’ and participate in Belize’s Big Day 2020. If you have a backyard, a balcony, or even a bird feeder, local birders are challenging you to participate in a Belize Big Day tomorrow, April 19th.
A “big day” in the birding world means counting as many birds as possible in 24 hours. With the COVID-19 pandemic and national quarantine orders for Belize, that means getting creative to go birdwatching. Birding can be more than just watching birds, but a relaxing form of meditation and stress relief. You don’t have to be an expert; it just makes you feel good. In the past, birding was just for people who had time and access to the rainforest. Today, we know birds can be seen anywhere – even from your backyard.
5 Ways Coronavirus Could Forever Change The Way We Travel
When the tragic events of 9/11 occurred, the airline industry forever changed the way we go through airport security, pack our bags, and board planes. The increased travel security has since became our new normal. That is, until the COVID-19 coronavirus. Today, the pandemic is unlike anything else we’ve seen in our lifetime, and even compared to the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. Once again, people around the world are adjusting when, where, and how they travel because of this novel disease. Here are 5 ways the coronavirus may affect how you travel to, from, and even within Belize.
Can COVID-19 be spread through coins and banknotes?
There is currently no evidence to confirm or disprove that coronavirus can be transmitted through coins or banknotes.
Along the seafront in San Pedro, 3min. Fresh Caribbean freeze...
Lady Gaga's 'One World: Together at Home' Concert, 2hr.
Hopkins on Easter, 1/2min. This is how Easter Sunday looked in Hopkins Village I felt like I was the only one in the Village
DJ Troy Dalla Flowers doing a thing, 3hr37min.
South Water Caye, Belize, 7min. This video is about my short time abroad in Belize for my tropical marine ecology course taken at Drew University.
Cave Tubing in Belize! | Our UnBelizeable Honeymoon, 18min. During our honeymoon, we both wanted a mix of relaxation and adventure. Belize was the perfect place to do that! We were able to stay 3 nights on the beach and 3 nights in the jungle.
What AIO Loves About the Ocean ep. 4: AIO Belize TREC, 8min. TREC in Belize! The Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) in Belize offers programs for high school and college students through their schools and universities.
Government House, Belize Oral History, 7min.
SIKAFFY, Belize Oral History, 4min.
Mule Park, Belize Oral History, 4min.
Big Wesley, Belize Oral History, 5min.
Swing Bridge, Belize Oral History, 6min.
Belize 2018, 26min.
Shark bwoy + Hamma + Ras J - 501 Belize, 3.5min.
Belize-This is the Life, 7min. Aug 2012 my wife and I visited Belize