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The San Pedro Sun

House of Representatives agree to extend State of Emergency for two additional months
The House of Representatives of Belize approved a two-month extension on the current State of Emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The motion will be debated by members of the Senate on Tuesday, April 28th.

Island fishers charged for possession of closed-season and undersized conch and lobster
Fishers Edwin Flores, Andy Cob, Cesar Lima, and Elvis Hercules were detained in separate incidents on Saturday, April 25th, in a joint operation conducted by the Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR) and the San Pedro Police Formation.

Summary of Statutory Instrument No. 62 of 2020
The following regulations apply to all areas of Belize: Is there a curfew? Yes. Curfew hours are as follows: 1. For children 16 years and under, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. the following morning 2. For adults, from 8:00 p.m. to 4:59 a.m. the following morning Is anyone exempt from curfew? Yes. Who can move freely during curfew? Frontline healthcare workers who are on duty who are reporting to or from work for the Ministry of Health or its statutory bodies

Five Men Charged for Illegal Activities within a Wildlife Sanctuary
The public was advised on April 2, 2020, of the closure of all protected areas to visitors and the public for the duration of the state of emergency. There remained, however, the duty of safeguarding all assets and resources from potential illegal activities and vandalism/theft of physical and natural assets on the sites.

Ministry of Labour – Frequently Asked Questions Version II, COVID-19 Labour/Employment Situations
1. The Government of Belize has issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency (Statutory Instrument 45 of 2020): (I) Are the employees entitled to wages during this period if they are not working? RESPONSE: Please note that once an employee’s employment contract is in force, his or her employer has an obligation to pay […]

Government’s Response to Wildfire Situation
The public is hereby advised on the situation with wildfires across the country and updated on the work being done by the Government of Belize. The Forest Department, the Department of the Environment (DOE) and other agencies including the Fire Department, the Belmopan City Council, the San Ignacio Town Council, and ranger volunteers such as the Southern Wildfire Group, continue to collaborate to actively address the ongoing fires.

Various Belizean Sources

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An important message the Hon. Pablo Marin ...
Taking this time to share the latest information of Quintana Roo, Mexico; throughout the week, the number of COVID-19 cases continue on the rise as this week 227 new cases were reported. They now have 550 positive COVID-19 cases on record of which 12 are in the neighboring city of Chetumal. This is to show that the novel coronavirus remains close to home and we must protect our country. It is a call for those defying our border closure to desist from any illegal crossing. This not only puts our frontliners, your loved ones but entire Belize at risk. It also defeats the joint effort being done by all in following Government safety and health measures. If you know of any person doing so please report it to the authorities, we need the cooperation of everyone in the fight against COVID-19.

Three Men Charged $6000 for Illegal Activities within a Wildlife Sanctuary
The public was advised on April 2, 2020, of the closure of all protected areas to visitors and the public for the duration of the state of emergency. There remained, however, the duty of safeguarding all assets and resources from potential illegal activities and vandalism/theft of physical and natural assets on the sites. As a result of enforcement activities, on April 24, 2020, Jose Angel Maravilla, Juaquin Ico, Florencio Choc, Elsueio Cho and Alfus Edwards, all of San Roman Village in the Stann Creek District were charged for the offenses of: 1) Illegal Entry into a Wildlife Sanctuary, 2) Illegal Hunting within a Wildlife Sanctuary, and 3) Illegal Fishing within a Wildlife Sanctuary.

Summary of Statutory Instrument No. 62 of 2020 which came into effect on April 26, 2020
The following regulations apply to all areas of Belize: Is there a curfew? Yes. Curfew hours are as follows: For children 16 years and under, from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. the following morning For adults, from 8:00 p.m. to 4:59 a.m. the following morning Is anyone exempt from curfew? Yes. Who can move freely during curfew? Frontline healthcare workers who are on duty who are reporting to or from work for the Ministry of Health or its statutory bodies ...

Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has issued a press release encouraging Belizeans to support local businesses to help boost the local economy
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) reinforces its longstanding support of the “Buy Belizean Goods and Services To Build Belize” concept. Our support is based on the fact that every dollar spent on local goods and services is one extra dollar for local enterprises and local jobs. The BCCI therefore encourages all Belizeans to support local manufacturers, service providers and farmers. Not only will this save and, in some instances, even create more jobs; supporting local also encourages innovation and believes the strain on Belize’s foreign exchange needs.

Belize Companies and Corporate Affairs Registry – Temporary Office Hours
The public is hereby notified that, effective immediately, the Belize Companies and Corporate Affairs Registry will be open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. only. The office will be closed to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The office continues to provide services via email at this time. All applications and filings should be emailed to [email protected]

Earth Day Photo Contest
Courtesy SACD - Only two days to go until our photo competition for Earth Day closes. Make sure you send us your photos and descriptions before it's too late!

Power outage 7:00am to 9:00am, Wednesday, April 29 to affect the entire Corozal District
BEL to conduct repairs to device on the transmission system in the area.

BTB Staff Provides Support to Those Affected by the COVID-19 Crisis
In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) recognizes that it is imperative to reach out to help those most in need. On this premise, BTB's staff has come together to donate towards community outreach initiatives in several different areas of the country. The first outreach was carried out this past week with Ms. Khadija Assales - a local jewelry artisan in the Cayo district. The BTB teamed up with Ms Assales who has been providing basic food packages which include flour, rice, beans, minsa, cooking oil, and vegetables to families in Cayo. BTB's donation allowed other basic necessities such as soap powder, toothpaste, toilet tissue, bath soap, and eggs to be added to 100 packages which were distributed to families in Calla Creek village.

Cerros (Cerro Maya) Research Online Catalogue (CROC)
For our archaeology enthusiasts - The Cerros (Cerro Maya) Research Online Catalogue (CROC) has been supported by National Endowment for the Humanities Grant #PW-51116-12 (2012-2014) and a University of Florida Faculty Enhancement Opportunity Grant (2011). The collection, numbering over 200,000 items, was originally excavated between 1974 and 1981. The artifacts were accessioned by the Florida Museum of Natural History in 2009 by agreement with the Belize Institute of Archaeology.

Supporting Teachers and School Leaders to Thrive in Uncertain Times
The MoE thru the efforts of the Teacher Education Development Services Unit (TEDS) is pleased to offer CPD courses that will allow teachers to work on their own time and be able to communicate with course facilitators via email. Interested? Please visit us and register now here. Ministry of Education Youth Sports & Culture supporting teachers and school leaders in uncertain times!

San Pedro Power Outage on Thursday
Power outage 8:00am to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 to affect entire San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. BEL to repair hotspots on the power distribution system and repair device and conduct maintenance of the transmission system in the area.

The San Pedro Town Council thank you for relief efforts
Mayor Daniel Guerrero and The San Pedro Town Council wish to thank the following people who have helped with our relief supply efforts: Mrs Rhonda Westman Brown and Rum Dog for their generous donation of 4 sacks of food relief supplies. (not pictured) Mr. Roger and Fran Nordstrom. (not pictured) We also take the opportunity to thank the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Hugo Patt, for securing over 1000 pounds of wheat flour for the island of Ambergris Caye. (pictured)

Testing Booth in Corozal
Today Mayor Rigo Vellos and the Corozal Town Council made a donation of a TESTING BOOTH to the Corozal COVID-19 Task Force. We will continue working with the relevant entities as best as we can, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our people. Special mention to Mr. Ivan Copo and Eric's Welding Service for their valuable support to this cause.

Update on wildfires: What is being Done and Prospects for Improvement
The Forest Department, the Department of the Environment and other agencies including the Fire Department, the Belmopan City Council, and the business community continue to join forces to fight fires around Belmopan and out west in the Vaca Forest Reserve. Major successes were recorded yesterday, Sunday, April 26th, around Belmopan and in the Vaca Forest Reserve. Belmopan: Yesterday, Sunday, April 26th, the Forest Department along with the Belmopan City Council and Westar Services, successfully controlled two wildfires in northeast Belmopan. The crew remained dedicated to the task well into the night to ensure the fires would not reignite.

SOCIAL SECURITY TEMPORARY OFFICE SCHEDULE
Effective today, April 27, 2020 all Branch Offices countrywide will be open to offer ONLY Cashier Services and Issuing of Top Up Bank Cards. For Other Services: 1. Submit Sickness Benefit Claims, Salary Sheet, Medical Certificates submissions to: [email protected]; 2. Email queries on Sickness, Maternity or Injury Benefits and Online Contribution Portal Registration to: [email protected]; 3. Live chat on Facebook: SsbBelize

Adjustment of Immigration Fees Effective May 1, 2020
The Ministry of Immigration hereby advises the public that on March 23, 2020, Minister Hon. Godwin Hulse signed Statutory Instrument No. 42 of 2020, gazetted on March 28, 2020. The Statutory Instrument, titled Immigration (Permits and Fees) (Revised) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations, 2020 authorize the adjustment of immigration fees with effect from May 1, 2020, as follows:

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Today to paint "Cute Cactus".

UPDATE ON GUN LICENSES
The Commissioner of Police, Chester C. Williams is pleased to inform the general public that effective today Monday, April 27th, 2020, the Belize Police Department has resumed the relicensing of expired firearm license. A person whose firearm had expired during the suspended period due to the pandemic COVID-19 can now relicense their firearms.

Court Session at the Caye Caulker Village Council Wednesday
The Caye Caulker Village Council would like to inform the Caye Caulker Community that today, Tuesday, and Wednesday they will be a Court Session at the Caye Caulker Village Council office at 9:00 a.m. The Immigration Department will also be here issuing stamps as of 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. For the court session, numbers will be issued out and everyone present must wear a mask and practice social distancing. Thank you

Scholarship Opportunity
CCRIF SPC invites applications for scholarships for 2020/21 to support students pursuing Masters level degree programmes in areas such as disaster risk management (DRM), natural resources management, climate change, civil with environmental engineering, actuarial science, and meteorology, among others. These scholarships are tenable at universities in the Caribbean, USA, UK and Canada and can be for either online or face-to-face programmes.

Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen on Tuesday
Tuesday, April 28th, Meal pick ups Location: Food Republic. Times: Village: 11:00-11:45 am. Bahia: 11:45 am-12:30 pm. Thank you for bringing your containers! "It takes a village to feed a village"

Power outage scheduled for 8:00am to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2020, to affect entire San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
BEL to conduct urgent repairs to hotspots on the power distribution system, replace lighting arrestors, and conduct maintenance on the transmission system and substation.

Galen's gearing up for Summer classes. Online classes
Are you looking to continue your program or just need to take a few courses? Galen University is now open for registration for Summer Courses! ALL classes will now be ONLINE for the summer semester!

Raffle to benefit Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen
We are excited to announce for every $100 or more donated to the Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen GoFundMe starting Monday, April 27 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) and ending Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 p.m. (CST) donors will be entered into a raffle for a 7 day, 6 night stay at the beautiful Sandcastle (Pool House Apartment). One entry for every $100.00 donated. Value: $950.00.

Channel 7

Two Weeks Without A COVID Positive
There are no new positive cases of COVID 19 to report tonight - and that makes it two weeks since the last positive case has appeared. Statistics produced yesterday show that 6 people have recovered, leaving only 10 active COVID cases in Belize. Today in Belmopan, the Minister of Health said that there may be more persons recovered in the most recent round of testing - but with the number of cases in Chetumal exploding, Belize needs to remain hyper vigilant:

A Most Unusual House Meeting
We spoke to Marin outside today's House Meeting - which was convened to extend the state of emergency by 60 days. It was historic for that piece of house business, and in a few other ways - from the limited number of members in chamber, to the masks and gloves they wore. Jules Vasquez was there to catalogue it all, and here's his report. It was an unusual day in the House for sure. All members showed up in masks. Some more stylish than others. As for the press, we were told we couldn't even go up.

PM Didn't Expect Such PUP Dissent
We should note that the opposition's position is that in fact the Task Force Oversight Committee agreed to extend the state of emergency but did not set a time of 30 or 60 days. But, whatever the case, the 60 day extension was passed by the four man majority in the House today - and it goes to the Senate tomorrow. Speaking with the Prime Minister outside the house, he said he knew the PUP would not agree to the 60 days:

PM Says Economy Must Start To Re-open
And, dismay is a common sentiment within the private sector as they wait eagerly for the economy to re-open. It's the same for government which is projecting a 400 million dollar shortfall in recurrent revenue. That's what the new State of Emergency regulations which go out on Friday are being closely watched. Many are hoping that it will allow greater economic activity after a costly two week national lockdown.

Will Public Officers/Teachers Face Paycut?
And the government's urgency to get some of the major revenue offices opened is because it can scarcely meet payroll and other operational expenditures. Last week we told you that the pay day for teachers had to be pushed back 5 days, and the prompted us to ask the PM if the 14 thousand teachers and public officers may see some kind of pay cut:

Finnegan Tells Teachers To Be Thankful
And, while Teachers, who last got paid over a month ago are struggling and stretching to make it to make it to payday, one senior UDP member said that in times like these, they are lucky to have a pay check they can count on: "There are thousands of people out there who will get no pay at all, who will never see a money in months to come..."

Will Belize Default on Debt ?
And so, while government says it hopes to recover somewhat financially before it even thinks of cutting the pay of teachers and public officers, can it pay its creditors? 11 days ago, Standard and Poor rated Belize's outlook as negative and warned the finance world that, quote, "The negative outlook reflects increased vulnerability to nonpayment of upcoming debt service, particularly the interest due on Belize's global bond (around US$13 million) in August 2020." End quote.

COVID Relief Program Shut Down at 82k Applicants
And a waiting game is just what tens of thousands of applicants to the COVID 19 Unemployment Relief Program are playing. The online portal, which was the main avenue for applying for this COVID-19 financial aid, was closed to new applicants at around 4 p.m. on last Friday. According to the Government, at that time, a total of 81,007 applications were submitted. Out of that number, 37,371 applications have been approved, and 34,425 have been sent to the Social Security Board for payment to applicants.

PM Says Cattle Informal Trade Actually Illegal
And the Prime Minister was very candid about the cattle trade to Guatemala which has been disrupted. As we have been reporting this has caused much pain and economic losses to cattle ranchers. The informal trade used to run through the backdoor at Bullett Tree in the Cayo District. But, the Guatemalans have stopped it and today the PM said it must remain that way:

Mother Loses Second Son to Murder
It's the third state of emergency murder - and the first one in 25 days. It happened this morning just before 6:00 in Hattieville and the victim was Julian Ebanks. He had moved into his mother's home after a recent release from prison and told her that he expected to be targeted. And this morning when bullets rang out on their street that frantic mother ran to pull her son out of the drain in which he'd fallen. She spoke to Cherisse Halsall Earlier today.

Cyclist Killed In Fatal Accident
61-year-old Jose Antonio Oliva was killed in a traffic accident on Friday night entering Yo Creek village, Orange Walk. It happened at about 6:45, Oliva had just finished checking a water tank and was riding away from his workplace, when he was knocked down by a pickup truck. Earlier today CTV3 spoke to Oliva's brother Edwardo who says that his family's only concern now is to give Jose as decent a burial as they can muster in what are troubled times.

National Response To Wildfires
For the last 2 weeks, wildfires, caused by severe ongoing drought, have been plaguing the Cayo residents. This weekend, that concern grew sharply after burning forests in the western district began threatening nearby communities. The Government and environmental NGOs had to tackle that problem head-on with a series of interventions. We start first tonight our coverage of this environmental crisis, with a recap of the weekend's interventions. The Forest Department, the National Fire Service, the Department of Environment, the Belmopan City Council, the San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town Council, and ranger volunteers such as the SoutherWildfire Group, partnered over the weekend to implement mitigation measures.

DOE's Answer To Fires
And today, The Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries, the Environment, and Sustainable Development provided a very detailed update on the wildfire situation in the Cayo District. Their account demonstrates that the problem is very difficult to manage, and the effects being felt in Belize are being compounded by wildfires occurring happening neighboring Central American Countries. 2 wildfires in an area northeast of Belmopan were successfully controlled by the Forest Department, with aid of the Belmopan City Council and Westar Services. The crew maintained their firefighting efforts well into the night to ensure that the fires wouldn't simply flare-up the next day.

FIGHTING FIRES IN TOLEDO...
As we told you earlier, these wildfires have also ignited in other parts of the country. The Ministry says that they've identified fires in the Bladen Nature Reserve. Today, a group of rangers from the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment, came to the aid of residents of the Hopeville in the Toledo District. The swamp near their community has dried up due to the drought, and now, they have large quantities of fuel for an uncontrolled wildfire.

The Burning in Benque
In the west, we understand that regular individuals in the community played a major role in coming to the aid of Cayo residents living near the burning forests of the Vaca Reserve. We have since been provided with a cell phone interview with 3 women: 3 civilians who noticed the distress that the residents of Benque Viejo Town faced, due to a shortage in food caused by the COVID-19 threat. They decided that they wanted to help, and coincidentally, their intervention took place when the wildfires were raging in the Vaca reserve.

National Fire Service Working Overtime
The National Fire Service is also alerting the public that in order to help with the fights against these wildfires in Western Belize, their equipment and staff have been put under significant strain. A press release from the Fire Department says that they have been in constant motion as they try to address as many bush fires as possible. They have kept their trucks constantly in the field, going from one fire to the next.

Reagent Arrived, Swabs Didn't
Turning now from fires to COVID-19 tests.we note that some key testing supplies arrived on Saturday. But, the specialised swabs to take the tests did not arrive - and we asked the Minister about it today:... "We are lucky enough; the swabs should be coming in on Wednesday. They were not confiscated, but just hold on the side. The enzymes came in yesterday, so we are goo to continue doing our testing."

PM: Food Package Program Free From Tampering
In other COVID 19 news, the Prime Minister went to some lightens today to defend the food relief program. The PUP members threw some glancing blows at it today in the House of Representatives - suggesting that the program was less than efficient, and subject to political meddling. The Prime Minister rejected that, saying the program is free from political interference:

No Sweetheart Pass, How About A Heartbreak Visa?
It has now been 14 days since the last confirmed case of Coronavirus was detected in Belize. Even before that we'd closed our borders, instituted a complete lockdown, and asked many of our citizens with even secondary contacts of San Ignacio and Belize City clusters to self-quarantine. So, while domestically, there is no appearance of the dreaded virus, that means the only threat from Coronavirus is external - meaning what can come across the border. That threat was personified by 28-year-old Sergio Cabanias over the weekend when he crossed into Belize through an illegal point of entry at Patchakan village.

They Were Down By the River
It's been an excessively hot few days and the heat coupled with the boredom of lockdown might have you dreaming about a river day. But not so fast, says the Commissioner Chester Williams. On Saturday he took facebook posting quote: "Over 20 persons were arrested in the Cayo area and on in Orange Walk after they were found recreating on the banks of or in rivers." He adds, quote, "So for the avoidance of doubt, going to the river is not a valid reason to be out. Anyone found going to or at the river will be arrested."

Sandbar Stragglers Arrested
And the waterway violations didn't stop there because on Sunday afternoon the Coast Guard made its own state of emergency arrests. They brought in 5 people guilty of recreating at the Sandbar near St. George's Caye. And the evidence for that recreation, a cooler stocked with ice, a bottle of coke, and an Elephant foot.

What About The Students Out There?
Going back now to today's interview with the Prime Minister, we asked him about the status of Belizean students in many corners of the world, who may be finished their studies, or may have an expired visa for the country they are studying in, or may be in a country with a dangerous number of COVID 19 cases. They can't come home because the borders are closed and look to remain that way for a while. He says consideration will be given to them:

PM Still Supports Tourism
An while those students may be able to come home - nobody's talking about tourists coming back into the country anytime soon. That gives rise to the question of whether tourism will be a viable industry at all for Belize in the future. The Prime Minister today said that he is confident it will re-emerge: "But those who say to me 'you need to encourage people to get out of tourism,' I don't agree with that at all..."

PM Supports Media In House
And, as we told you at the top of the news, the press was not allowed into the House of Representatives today. After we made some noise, arrangements were made to have us go into he house and sit in socially distant areas - which was no problem at all. But, who gave the order to keep the media out of the house in the first place?

LPG Injunction Fail
2 weeks ago, we told you about how the 3 Central American LPG companies, Gas Tomza, Southern Choice Butane, and Belize Western Energy Limited, ended up in a confrontation with the Government because they tried to drop the price of their butane as a relief to Belizeans. The Supplies Control Unit of the Belize Bureau of Standards sent them warning letters threatening to take action against them for attempting to arbitrarily change what is essentially a regulated price. The Central American companies then went on a public offensive, defending their actions as benevolent.

New Rules For Bus Riders
The Government has relaxed the strict restrictions on movement, which were implemented to prevent the local spread of the coronavirus. But, commuters countrywide are being expected to take certain precautions for public health purposes. The Department of Transport is asking Belizeans to plan ahead and consider traveling outside of rush hours, if possible, to continue observing social distancing. As per the recommendations of the World Health Organization, passengers are being expected to keep 3 to 6 feet apart from each other, to reduce the possibility of person-to-person transmission of the virus.

More Out of Season Conch
On Sunday fishermen were allowed to resume fishing for subsistence but that didn't mean breaking seasonal rules for what they're currently allowed to catch. Four San Pedro fishermen found that out the hard way when they were nabbed by the staff of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve for their illegal catch of the day. Edwin Flores, Cesar Lima & Andy Cobb were arraigned today, April 27th, 2020, on the charge of possession of undersized and out of season lobster and conch, fishing without a valid fishing license, and obstruction.

Channel 5

Sixty-day State of Emergency Goes Before the House
There was a special sitting of the House of Representatives this morning in Belmopan where only the bare minimum necessary to have a quorum was allowed to participate in the [...]

Cordel Says Thirty Days Would Have Been Better
Lake Independence Area Rep., Cordel Hyde was in favour of a thirty-day extension. In speaking on the motion to extend the existing state of emergency for an additional sixty days, [...]

Will Teachers and Public Officers’ Salaries Be Cut?
The economic picture for Belize remains grim and dismal, due to the new coronavirus crisis.  Government’s revenue is falling by almost half a billion dollars as a result of the [...]

To Extend or Not to Extend S.O.E. for Sixty Days
Opposition Leader John Briceño also sits on the National Oversight Committee as co-chair.  While he has been abreast of government’s need to reopen the economy as quickly as possible, the [...]

What’s the Fate of the Super Bond?
The Super Bond, as well as other external debts owed to international creditors, is also an area of concern for government given the financial crunch it has found itself in [...]

Ten Million Used for Food Assistance
The online portal of the Unemployed Relief Fund closed on Friday; as many as eighty-one thousand persons applied for benefits, having lost their jobs due to COVID-19 or were jobless [...]

Marked for Death, Julian Ebanks is Murdered in Bainsville, Hattieville
Julian Ebanks was shot and killed this morning in the Bainsville area of Hattieville Village. Ebanks was released from prison merely two weeks and had complained that his life was [...]

Another COVID-19 Patient Recovers; Only Ten Active Cases Remain
There is a gradual re-opening of business since according to the information from the Ministry of Health, there is containment of the corona virus and only ten cases are active. [...]

What’s Going On with Those Test Kits?
Close to a thousand persons have been tested for COVID-19, but the Ministry of Health is running out of supplies needed to carry out those tests. In fact, there are [...]

COVID-19 Here to Stay; What Happens When Flu Season Comes Around?
DHS Doctor Marvin Manzanero, during this morning COVID-19 update on Open Your Eyes, said that this is only the first outbreak in Belize, which the government was able to control. [...]

Westline Layoffs Personnel Due to COVID-19
COVID-19 has the Belize economy in a chokehold and while the government struggles to breathe, a long list of businesses countrywide are forced to shut down and lay off employees. [...]

PM Barrow Refutes Claims of Politicization of COVID Relief
There has been constant criticism from the People’s United Party that relief aid being provided by the Barrow administration is being done through political constituencies, as opposed to organizations such [...]

NEMO is Under-Utilized in Providing Humanitarian Relief
Cayo South Area Representative Julius Espat also raised the issue of the Red Cross and the Belize Defense Force as part of the COVID distribution network.  He, too, had strong [...]

PM Weighs in on Livestock Drama
The trade of livestock between Belize and Guatemala has been described as informal, but today Prime Minister Barrow flatly referred to the under-the-table industry as illegal and a business that, [...]

Is the P.U.P. in or Out of Bipartisan Effort to Fight COVID-19?
During his wrap up, PM Barrow went in on co-chair John Briceño and the People’s United Party, following a televised message aired by the Opposition Leader on Holy Saturday.  While [...]

Media Barred from Entering House at Start of Special Sitting
While the debate was inside the house, outside a very worrisome situation developed this morning.  On Friday, a plan was worked out among the media to pool resources so that [...]

Forest Department and Partners Battle Wildfires
Bush fires have been popping up all over the country in recent days as the dry weather prevails. A few days ago, laws were put in place to fine persons [...]

59 Persons Arrested for S.O.E. Violations
Fifty-nine persons countrywide were arrested and charged over the weekend for breaking the State of Emergency regulations. According to Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, forty-five persons were arrested for being [...]

Five Men Charged $6000 for Illegal Activities within a Wildlife Sanctuary
In addition to the arrests made at the river banks and elsewhere during the state of emergency, five persons were also arrested, charged and fined for violations of the National [...]

Councilor Haresh Vaswani Charged for S.O.E. Violations
According to Councilor Vaswani, as they were headed home the driver of the vehicle took a left turn contrary to traffic. A police mobile spotted them and pulled the men [...]

Nigel Espat Recovers from COVID-19
He was COVID-19 patient number six and on Sunday, Cayo resident Nigel Espat became the sixth person to recover from the virus. Espat was able to breathe a sigh of [...]

M.O.E. Cuts Back Schools’ Subventions for April
The Ministry of Education says that the nearly non-existent revenue flow has forced it to make a difficult decision. The Ministry has decided, after a meeting with managing authorities that [...]

LOVE FM

PM tells LOO to stop playing politics
Among several other issues that arose in the House of Representatives meeting earlier today was the unfortunate mix of politics into the COVID-19 relief efforts. Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno, began this conversation over the Easter weekend when he accused the Barrow administration of politicizing the distribution of aid and finances whilst threatening to remove himself from the National Oversight Committee.

State of Emergency extension approved
A Special Sitting of the House of Representatives took place today in Belmopan with just the bare minimum needed to make quorum. This is in consideration of the social distancing practice.

Government tackles cattle situation in the west
Last week we told you of the case where livestock producers were unable to make the sale on their cattle via the Bullet Tree informal passage. Initially, the information was that the village chairman was blocking the export into Guatemala.

14 days with no new covid-19 cases
Belize is at day-14 and counting since its last report of a confirmed case of Covid-19. The Government and public are now cautiously optimistic as restrictions have been relaxed effective yesterday and some stores and offices are now reopening its doors.

Belmopan residents affected by fires in the area
Belmopan residents are complaining of not being able to breathe due to the smoke that has settled over the city. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz has the details.

Hattieville man killed after 24 days of no murders
The last time we heard about a murder in Belize was on April 4. The peace that Belizeans had been experiencing over the past 3 and a half weeks was disrupted early this morning when gunshots rang out and fatally injured one man.

Guatemala gets an extension to submit its claim to the Intentional Court of Justice
The claim by Guatemala against Belize was due in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on June 8, 2020. Their deadline, however, has been drawnout after they submitted a request for a 12-month extension.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Swift, Smart and Bold Covid 19 Strategies Do Pay-Off: The Case of Selected Countries with Male- and Female-Headed Governments
By Marcelino Avila, PhD: While reviewing over the weekend the most recent reports and data on the Covid-19 epidemic around the world, my wife Mill injected an interesting question […]

Man shot a short while ago in Dangriga
Minutes ago a man was shot in Dangriga, Stann Creek. He was reportedly in the […]

Appeal for interim injunction after Supreme Court decision
The three major importers of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Belize plan to appeal to […]

National Assembly apologizes for media freeze-out
After an untimely mix-up caused the press attending this morning’s meeting of the House of […]

Prime Minister ‘dismayed’ by opposition to lengthy SOE extension but contemplates relaxation
Prime Minister Dean Barrow admitted to being a ‘a little bit dismayed’ by the actions […]

Health Minister stands by testing regimen, addresses equipment delays
With just over nine hundred tests done since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic here, Belize […]

Government updates on response to wildfires
The Forest Department, the Department of the Environment and other agencies including the Fire Department, […]

Forest Department Wildland Fire Crew responds to fires in Vaca Forest Reserve
On Sunday, April 26, 2020, the Forest Department Wildland Fire Crew from the Mountain Pine […]

New Zealand boasts victory over COVID-19, removes most of its restrictions
While the COVID-19 pandemic reached over 3 million cases worldwide today, the Government of New […]

Human Resource Management Association of Barbados hosting free webinar on employment post-COVID-19
On Wednesday, the Human Resource Management Association of Barbados Inc. (HRMAB) will be hosting a […]

Companies Registry announces temporary office hours
The Belize Companies and Corporate Affairs Registry (BCCAR) has announced that it will be operating […]

Emergency provisions approved; media allowed to observe
After a delay of 45 minutes, members of the press were finally allowed access inside […]

Cristo Rey volunteers continue to fight fires in Western Belize
The Cristo Rey Village Council organized a team of volunteers that began fighting fires on […]

Belize Red Cross Society distributes 450 hygiene kits to front line workers
Today, the Belize Red Cross Society distributed 450 hygiene kits to front line workers. Recipients […]

BTB staff provides support to persons affected by COVID-19 crisis
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) says that it recognizes that it is imperative to reach […]

Julius Espat: ‘Belize doesn’t really need SOE’
The People’s United Party is on record as approving an extension of the current state […]

Five men charged $6000 for illegal activities within a Wildlife Sanctuary
On April 2, all protected areas were closed to visitors and the public for the […]

Five men charged $6000 for illegal activities within a Wildlife Sanctuary
On April 2, all protected areas were closed to visitors and the public for the […]

Health Minister Pablo Marin joins emergency debate
In his first appearance since going into quarantine at the end of March, Minister of […]

Debate begins on extension of state of emergency
The seven parliamentarians in whose hands the State of Emergency lies are debating the proposed […]

Orange Walk Town councilor arrested for violating State of Emergency regulations
Reports reaching BBN is that Orange Walk town councillor, Haresh Vaswani, was detained yesterday evening […]

Police Commissioner issues preemptive warning to certain businesses
While the Government of Belize (GOB) has adjusted the State of Emergency (SOE) regulations, the […]

Independent media disallowed from entering National Assembly
Breaking Belize News arrived moments ago in Belmopan to find that no member of the […]

PAHO urges countries to maintain vaccination during COVID-19 pandemic
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is urging all countries to maintain vaccination during the […]

Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry reinforces support to buy Belizean goods and services
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) issued a statement today reinforcing its longstanding […]

Galen University’s school year uninterrupted by COVID-19, students can now register for summer courses
Despite the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on schools around the world, Galen University’s […]

Parliament meets today to extend State of Emergency
The House of Representatives, in a quorum, meets this morning in Belmopan. Its sole purpose […]

National Student Union of Belize organizes online forum
Today the National Student Union of Belize will be hosting an online forum titled, “Youth Chat on Covid 19: Beyond the Horizon.” […]

Still Total Lockdown?
Ву Lіѕа Ѕhоmаn: І’m nоt rеаllу ѕurе hоw humаnіtу hаѕ mаnаgеd tо ѕurvіvе fоr mіllеnnіа. Wе саn bе wаntоnlу rесklеѕѕ, unсаrіng аbоut оur ѕаfеtу аnd thаt оf оthеrѕ, ѕublіmеlу ѕtuріd аnd hаvе аn асutе ѕhоrt tеrm mеmоrу рrоblеm […]

Murder reported early this morning in Hattieville
31-year-old Julian Ebanks of Hattieville, Belize District, was found shot dead before 6 a.m. today, according to police […]

Blogs

Crazy COVID-19 Update and Farm Fresh List
As of today it’s been 14 days with no new COVID-19 related infections in Belize. Although the entire country has been given rules, here on the island we are well trained and still waiting for the other shoe to drop. As far as San Pedro and Ambergris Caye go, on Reef TV this morning, the mayor called-in and arbitrarily set 2:00 pm as the store closure time for today. I Also, so many new crazy changes are coming into place, like the Adjustment of Immigration Fees, which includes a new price hikes. WTF? Lets mess with the Belize economy some more – Not.

Caribbean Lifestyle: Belize Gold Book, Coming Summer 2020
While digital is important, print matters to consumers. Therefore, there’s no debating that. As such, our newest publication is an addition to the popular print and online resource of Caribbean Culture + Lifestyle (CC+L). The Belize Gold Book debuts Summer 2020 with a modest goal: be the leading travel resource on Belize and serve as the backbone of Belize’s thriving tourism industry. Within, the Gold Book will cover all Belize tourism-related businesses and topics, from legends in the industry to rising stars. Start-up businesses will have a seat next to heavy hitters for equal representation in Belize’s tourism industry.

Cassa Zenda – The newest Coppola Hideaway neighboring Belize
Cassa Zenda is a private home turned rentable retreat – the newest resort to the Family Coppola Hideaways as of December 2019. As such, this second lodge in Guatemala (after La Lancha in the north, near Tikal) creates a circuit between their resort properties in Belize. Travel upriver through Guatemala’s serpentine Rio Dulce, surrounded by the rainforest for a dockside arrival on Lago de Izabal. Here, steep canyons frame the muddy riverbank, ushering you into a tranquil jungle escape dotted by thatched dwellings. In fact, the filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola’s nostalgia for the jungle was what led him to open his first hotel in Belize, Blancaneaux Lodge, in 1993.

International Sourcesizz

Archaeologists Discover New Mayan Settlement in Quintana Roo
The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have confirmed the existence of a Pre-Hispanic settlement dating from the Mayan Post-Classic period between jungle and mangroves in southern Quintana Roo, Mexico, according to a recent article. The ancient settlement named by the specialists of the INAH Quintana Roo Center, as Mahahual, is reportedly the first of that era detected in the locality on the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula and believed to have been established in the late postclassical period between 1200 BC the first half of the 16th century.

CRUISE NEWSMobile ICU Modules Proposed to Caribbean Cruise Ports
As cruise lines begin putting into place new protocols that will allow them to welcome back passengers, one challenge they’re facing is how to handle health problems that arise onboard in the future. They, along with other industry players, are thinking outside the box for solutions. One proposed idea? Creating miniature ICU units in the various ports that will be visited.

Videos

  • Special Sitting of the House of Representatives, 2hr34min.

  • Peter Lawrence on ReefTV, min.

  • QUEUE OUTSIDE SOCIAL SECURITY COROZAL, 70sec. Financial Assistance recipients stand in queue this morning along 7th Avenue, Corozal to pick up their debit cards from Social Security.

  • Dr. Figueroa has a little video explaining the reasons for the wildfires, and detailing how many there are all around the region...and there are 1000's, 4min.

  • Bitter & Sweet: The Fragile Art of Mayan Chocolate, 6min. Nestled inside the lush green forest off the coast of Belize, dozens of green and red cacao pods grow. Cacao has been cultivated here since 1800 BCE, when the Mayans first discovered they could turn these pods into a rich drink. Today, Mopan Maya chocolate maker Julio Saqui continues to make the fullest use of his country's native cacao trees and the fruits they produce. Now, though, unsustainable land development and the introduction of outside cultures threaten to extinguish the Mayan traditions he holds dear.

  • LPG Importers Companies to Appeal Decision of Supreme Court, 6min. Attorneys for Gas Tomza Ltd, Southern Choice Butane (dba -Zeta Gas) and Belize Western Energy Ltd have filed a Notice of Appeal against the recent decision of Acting Chief Justice Michelle Arana denying them an interim injunction in relation to their pending Constitutional case before the Court. The Claimants had applied for an interim injunction to restrain the Government of Belize from refusing to issue LPG import licenses that are required by the claimants to operate after April 30, 2020.

  • Happy Tapir Day. Celso Poot is the focus of today's Bringing the Zoo to You, 3.5min. Happy World and National Tapir Day! Today's "Bringing The Belize Zoo To You" feature is on the Belize Tapir Project, run by our very own Operation's Manager, Celso Poot. Check out the video below to learn what it's all about and stay tuned for more tapir related posts all week!

  • Public Health in Belize, 1min.

  • Working with Children in Belize, 1.5min.

  • Conservation volunteering in Belize, 1.5min.

  • Photo Stories Intro, 24min.

  • Snorkling with Sharks, Stingrays & Eels in Caye Caulker Belize, 2.5min. Go on a snorkeling trip with me to see the beautiful ocean near a small Caribbean island, Caye Caulker, off the coast of Belize. Caye Caulker is the best island in Belize in my opinion!

  • Xunantunich, Belize ~ El Castillo & Impressive Mayan City, 6.5min. My report on the Mayan City of Xunantunich in Belize. A modern name based on a legend when the place was discovered. One of the more impressive Mayan Pyramids and a tomb of a Snake King discovered in 2016. Not much on artifacts from here.

  • Garifuna young man teaching Dennis how to catch fish in Hopkins Belize, 2.5min.

  • The Beauty of Belize, 1.5min. A short cinematic look at our 5 days at the Coco Plum Island Resort in Belize.

  • Positive Message by the Rotary Club Of Belize, 3min. Positive Message by Rotary Club of Belize during Covid-19

  • FIRE FIGHTERS, AROUND THE BENQUE VIEJO DEL CARMEN, 1min. ON THE ARENAL ROAD, CLEARING WIDE FIRE PASSES IN AN EFFORT TO CONTAIN THE VACA FALLS FOREST FIRES, FROM SPREADING FURTHER