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The San Pedro Sun

Extension of National State of Emergency approved by Senate
Belize's two-month extension of the National State of Emergency was debated in the Senate, and ultimately passed. It now awaits the signature of the Governor General to become law.

New operating hours announced for Ambergris Caye businesses
Different businesses and their service are under new, updated hours for Ambergris Caye. This came after a meeting with the Emergency Operation Center after the island's 2 patients have been declared recovered, and no new cases have emerged.

Bowen & Bowen, Ltd & Companies Makes Major Donation to MOH
Bowen & Bowen and Companies (B&B) has pledged support to the Ministry of Health (“MOH”) and all Belizeans through a donation of much needed medical supplies. Tomorrow the company will be delivering to the MOH 20 hospital beds with mattresses and 5000 surgical masks. The CEO / President of Bowen & Bowen, Ltd, Michael H. M. Bowen, also advised that they are awaiting the arrival of one thousand PPEs and one thousand face shields, both of which are vital for the protection of the front-line healthcare workers.

PAHO urges countries to maintain vaccination during COVID-19 pandemic
On the cusp of Vaccination Week in the Americas, countries need to take innovative safety measures to strengthen flu and measles vaccination to avoid an added burden of vaccine-preventable diseases.

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.

Update on the situation with wildfires, what is being done and the 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 Sunday April 26th, around Belmopan and in the Vaca Forest Reserve.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro Town Council Updates Regulations During COVID-19 Lockdown
Based on the Statutory Instrument No. 62 of 2020 which came into effect on April 26, 2020, the San Pedro Town Council, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. and the EOC have made modifications to further ensure the safety of all residents in Ambergris Caye. The modifications will be fully enforced and are effective immediately.

Various Belizean Sources

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MESSAGE FROM THE BELIZE EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
Attention Belizean Nationals whose stay in the United States had to be extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic . Please visit the website and fill out and submit the required forms. https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/special-situations, https://www.uscis.gov/i-539

SSB Scholarship
Interested in a SSB Scholarship? Learn more about our Scholarship Program here in this brochure. Feel free to message us for any additional information or assistance you may need. We are here to help!

Sharing Corozal's History and Culture
During the months of March, April and May the Corozal House of Culture has many requests for visitation from our educational institutions; preschool up to the tertiary level. Whether it is out of district, neighbouring Quintana Roo or the school around the corner, we take great pleasure in sharing Corozal's history and culture with all. We incorporate three locations of the Corozal Town Historical Walk: The Corozal House of Culture formerly the Public Market where we showcase artifacts and current exhibits, the Corozal Town Hall to explain the history of Corozal Town using the beautiful Historical Mural painted by Manuel Villamor and then we visit Fort Barlee where visitors can enter one of the gun turrets and let their imaginations run!

Belize Commemorates Vaccination Week in the Americas
The Ministry of Health is commemorating Vaccination Week in the Americas under the theme “Love. Trust. Protect. #GetVax.” This year’s campaign brings to mind the love that people have for their children, themselves, and their communities, as well as the trust in the ability of vaccines to save lives and the protection they provide from diseases for everyone from everywhere.

Belize Virtual Music Festival
The Belize Music Agency, the Office of the Music Ambassador, and Digi are partnering with other organizations to host the first Belize Virtual Music Festival. The music festival aims to bring awareness to the importance of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic and to provide support to local Belizean musicians who have been displaced as a result of COVID-19. The concert will be held on May 1, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. and will be live streamed on social media via the Belize Virtual Music Festival and the Government of Belize Press Office Facebook pages.

Updates On Rules and Regulations for Ambergris Caye
Based on the Statutory Instrument No. 62 of 2020 which came into effect on April 26, 2020, the San Pedro Town Council, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. and the EOC have made modifications to further ensure the safety of all residents in Ambergris Caye. The modifications will be fully enforced and are effective immediately. SOCIAL DISTANCING - All establishments must have their customers and employees practice social distancing. Spaces of 6 feet a part must be marked outside of your establishment and only a limited amount of customers should be inside the establishment.

Update on the situation with wildfires - Use of air tanker airplane for firefighting
The public in the Belmopan area is advised of the use of an air tanker airplane tomorrow April 29th, 2020, over the periphery of Belmopan to assist in outing persistent fires in the north east and south east of the city. These fires are slow burning but produce an immense amount of smoke. The air tanker is flown out of Spanish Lookout by experienced pilots and will be dumping several hundred gallons of water over the fires in a given pass. The air tanker will be in operation from 5 am throughout the day. Residents are advised to not be alarmed if they see or hear the air tanker as it is here to help. The fires are burning in the wild vegetation surrounding Belmopan and so there is minimal disturbance expected for residential areas.

Post offices now open for business
The Belize Postal Service hereby informs its customers that all Post offices are now opened for business. The Belize Postal Service is once again offering all postal services to its customers. Our new temporary opening hours are; 9:00 AM — 12:00 MD and 1:00 PM — 4:00 PM, Mondays to Fridays. Please note that in an effort to safeguard both our employees and our customers, certain protocols as set out by the Ministry of Health, are in place at all post offices. Kindly contact your post office at the below listed phone numbers, or via our Facebook page should you require further information on the services being offered or if you wish to make an enquiry of an expected item.

CAYE CAULKER IMMIGRATION STAMP UPDATE:
We had a VERY successful day today with over 100 people receiving 3 month stamps. The Immigration Officers were required to return to San Pedro at 5pm today, because Belize Treasury Department does not allow them to stay overnight with the amount of cash payments they received today. THEY WILL BE BACK THIS THURSDAY to stamp anyone who did not get stamped today. You will receive 3 month stamps at the old monthly rates. Please bring EXACT Belizean cash and your passport. Be at the Community Center at 9am. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE to get stamped, if you were on my list.

Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen on Wednesday
Wednesday April 29th Meal Pick ups Location: Caribbean Fusion (formerly DirtyMcNasty's) Times: Village: 11:00-11:45 am Bahia: 11:45 am-12:30 pm Thank you for bringing your containers!

There’s still time to apply for a Digi Scholarship!
Primary school students, between the ages of 11 and 14 who are entering High School for the first time are eligible to apply for a Digi Scholarship. Digi scholarship recipients receive a full package of paid tuition and new textbooks for four years at a High School of their choice. Applications are available on our website at www.livedigi.com/public-relations/scholarship-program Submit your completed application via email to prdept@livedigi.com. Deadline for applications is May 15, 2020.

Soul Project Soup Kitchen Project
Daniel at the Belize Soul Project has come up with a great feeding program idea. A soup kitchen, and it's located conveniently downtown. They have a gofundme page setup. Thanks to those that are supplying the meat, Running W, and the gas, Sirrom! "Daniel Velazquez who operates Belize Soul Project has decided to start a meal pick up service beginning this Saturday at the Soul Project location in San Ignacio, across from the police station and downstairs from the Old House Hostel. Gas for cooking is being donated by Sirrom Gas, and meat is being donated from Running W; these donations are SO appreciated!

Nukuch Tat
Our Tatitos always told us to tie the hammocks or else the Nukuch Tato'ob will lay and rest on them when they should be guarding . Our Maya Tatitos gave offering to the Nukuch Tato'ob which consist of Saka(Maya drink) on a Luuch(Jicara) to ask them for protection when hunting,getting firewood or to use land for milpa in the bush . The Nukuch Tato'ob also known as Tata Duendes or Balames are Maya guardian spirits in charge of protecting the towns, milpas,animals ,Forest and the humans

If you wear a medical mask, it is useless if not worn properly
Remember that medical masks and non-medical face coverings alone cannot protect you from COVID-19. Maintain at least 2 metres (6 feet) distance from others and wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, even while wearing a mask. If you use a mouths cover, it's useless if you don't use it correctly. Remember that mouths and non-medical facial coatings alone cannot protect you from COVID-19.

Bougainvillea Juice
Follow these simple steps and make your delicious juice especially in these hot days. Another method to savor this delicious drink is by Freezing the Bougainville tea in ice cube trays. Use these cubes to chill fresh Bougainville tea. This allows the tea to chill without diluting the flavor. Florencia Castillo

FREE WEBINAR
FUTURE OF CARIBBEAN TOURISM - KEY CONSIDERATION FOR COVID-19 RECOVERY, APRIL 30 at 11AM

Channel 7

Senate Debates 60 Days of SOE
Last night, we took you to Belmopan for a very unusual House Meeting, where only 7 representatives attended, and they all wore masks. They were there to pass a single motion: to extend the State of Emergency by 60 days. The Opposition, on the other hand, thinks that it should only be extended for 30 days, and that clash of interpretations played out again at today's Senate Debate - with the social partners somewhere in the middle. Because of Social Distancing, the meeting of the Upper Chamber included only 2 UDP Senators, 1 PUP Senator, 1 Senator representing the Social Partners, the President of the Senate, and the Clerk of the National Assembly.

What Will New SOE Regs Look Like?
So, now that the State of Emergency's extension is basically a done deal, the press asked Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte about how strict, or how permissive the accompanying regulations will be. After the Senate Meeting, he told us that there will be a day-to-day assessment and that there will be a tendency to err on the side of caution. "It is the measure of the National Oversight Committee, in conjunction with the Task Force. They will tell us what to draft, based on their deliberation. So, we're in the process of doing that..."

No Church On the Horizon
The Attorney General also made the point that at this time, the authorities aren't prepared to relax the State of Emergency regulations to allow you to go to church. We have heard of reports that certain denominations are agitating for a bit of freedom to worship. "I think God blessed us with good sense, and know that we can worship God and praise God without necessarily endangering ourselves with a disease..."

Fire Devours Farm In Toledo
Forest fires continue to rage across western and Southerner Belize, devouring vast tracts of lands, farms and valuable crops included. This was brought home vividly today just outside Mafredi village in the Toledo District. That's where much of the 50 acres of Serendipity Farms was consumed by firing, laying waste to a million dollars in crops. Lawrence Chavarria, Owner, Serendipity Farm: "Approximately 50 acres located right outside of Mafredi, one of the first parcel of land in the San Antonio Village. It consists of 15,000 cacao trees and which are already starting to produce. Last week we have harvested over 3,000 pounds of wet cacao..."

Fires Rage On In Benque and Vaca
And, fires also continue to rage out west in the Vaca Reserve and coming up unto farms just outside Benque Viejo. Today a hundred volunteers from the town went out to fight fires behind Benque. They were lead by a team of forest fire experts form the Ya'axché Conservation Trust. The Executive Director told us what it's been like: "We had like over 100 people or more, so we divided each group into different sections, so today we were tackling about 3 fires that were occurring the same time. We managed to contain some fires, but it's really raging at the moment..."

Latest: 9 Recovered, 7 Active Cases of COVID-19
The latest COVID 19 testing information was released just a short while ago. It shows that three more COVID patients have recovered, bringing the total number of active cases down to 7. 28 cases remain under investigation.

Canadian Fugitive Caught in Belize
A Canadian national wanted on an Interpol red notice has been caught in Belize. 59-year-old Francis Emmanuel Mella was apprehended by the Special Branch in the Corozal district on a charge of fraud.

Couple Shot in Griga
A man and a woman were shot last night in the New Site Area of Dangriga Town. It happened at around 8:10 while the couple was at home in a 2 story wooden house. At least 8 shots were fired from outside the home. Some of those bullets penetrated the walls of Frederick Coote's home, hitting him to the right upper side of his chest and his girlfriend Temara Nunez to her upper right thigh.

Smuggling Weed in BPMS Van
It's their second day of open operation post-state of emergency restrictions but a BPMS van has already been caught transporting weed. And while the illegal transfer is likely not the company's fault they'll have to check packages far more carefully because with inter-district movement still limited, drug dealers are forced to ship product.

Bowen & Bowen Comes Up Big With Health Donation
Bowen & Bowen has made a major donation of supplies and equipment to the Ministry of Health - and it is sure to benefit front-line workers in the COVID 19 response. It includes 20 hospital beds with mattresses and 5000 surgical masks, plus one thousand PPEs and one thousand face shields, which are on the way, along with 10,000 COVID-19 Testing Reagents, and eight Ventilators. Speaking with the press today via ZOOM video conference, the CEO and President of Bowen and Bowen said everything they gave was in coordination with what the Ministry of Health asked for:

Bowen Revenue Down 60%
The Director of Health Services today posted a thank you saying quote, "the commitment of the companyis more than appreciated." And, the half a million dollar donation comes at a time when, arguably, the company can least afford it. Like everyone else in the shut down economy, Bowen's revenue has been hurting. How much? We asked the CEO today: "Like all the businesses in Belize we are facing a significant reduction in earnings due to the Covid crisis."

COVID Causes Contraband Concerns, Bowen Sales Trending Up
But, sales are modestly trending up in a most unexpected area. That's Orange Walk where a funny thing has happened. The communities along the Rio Hondo are subtly turning against contraband! That's because Quintana Roo has almost 700 cases COVID 19 and people are scared the smugglers bring the virus across. So they are shying away from those products. We asked about the COVID bump in Orange Walk: "That's an interesting question Jules because while our sales are down, if we look at Orange Walk district in particular, the sales are slightly higher than the rest of the country by a trend..."

Water Sales Spiked, But Still Slow
We also asked about the market demand for water - which is the only thing Bowen was allowed to sell in those strict two weeks of full lockdown. "What have been the trends that you've noticed since the start of this crisis? I think there was some talk about people actually hording water initially. How has that played out." Michael Bowen- CEO/president Bowen and Bowen: "Well, I don't know about the specifications of hording but certainly, the demand went up. And of course, the 5 gallon is where the major demand went up..."

Faking Crystal Water
And, we also asked about the funny business with water which was reported to us from one store. It's a widespread practice when water is scarce to fill up crystal bottled with any old thing and sell it at an inflated price. Here's Bowen's answer: "We very diligently to address these items. We try to send cease and dessist orders to some of the refillers. Our concern is that if the bottle is not clean before it is refilled, regardless if the water was good quality or not, you risk contamination and people are going to look at that..."

Bowen Frontline Workers Taking Precaution
Bowen also discussed the measures that his company's frontline workers have to take as safety precautions:

Taiwan Donates Mass Temperature Takers
And while Bowen and Bowen is helping with equipment, the Taiwanese Ambassador this morning handed imaging cameras over to representatives from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Immigration and the KHMH. These cameras can be used to track and detect the body temperatures of 10 people at the same time.

City Council Fires PUP Stalwart
If you're a Belize City resident, you might know Keith Yearwood as a professional PUP loudmouth. There's just no other way to put it. He's always on the air, on the street, and at the rallies, running down the UDP and bigging up his party. He's a true blue soldier, and every mass party has personalities like that; they are part of the PUDP political DNA. And, as you'd expect, when the PUP won the Belize City Council in 2018, Yearwood was front and centre, and, sure enough, he got hooked up with a nice job at the council as Assistant Parks Manager.

BEL's COVID Friendly Cashier Booths
Last week we showed you how the South Korean inspired testing booths have become a major part of Belize's pandemic defense strategy. But is the same level of precaution necessary for paying your light bill? BEL certainly thinks so. The company has installed three booths in an effort to re-position cashier services for a more open-air, socially distanced, and sunlit COVID era billing environment. Customer care Manager Lisa Stanford told us that the company is focusing on quick, safe transactions.

An Air Tanker for Fires
It's been smoke-filled and stifling days in the west but help is on the way and tomorrow an air tanker plane will fly over the periphery of Belmopan to fight slow-burning fires in the northeast and southeast of the city. The air tanker, that will be in operation from 5 am onward, will be flown out of Spanish Lookout by experienced pilots, and will be dumping several hundred gallons of water over the fires in a given pass.

Relief For Farmers
In the past weeks, we've been telling you about the different relief programs that the Government has rolled out to ease the pain caused by lost earnings or no money to buy food. Well, during today's Senate Debate to extend the State of Emergency, Agriculture Minister Godwin Hulse discussed relief initiatives designed to help the nation's farmers. You'll remember how last year's drought devastated the agricultural industries. Now, there is the COVID-19 threat, and on its heels, there is the forecasted drought for this year that everyone is already feeling the effects of.

ICJ Presentation Extended
Next week Friday will make it 1 year since Belizeans voted yes in a National Referendum to take Guatemala's territorial claim over our country to the International Court of Justice. Guatemala was scheduled to file its full case, known as their "Memorial", at the ICJ on June 8, 2020. They have since gone to the Court to ask for an extension of time, and they cite the COVID-19 pandemic as the main reason. They were asking for a 12-month extension, and after getting input from both countries, the court has decided to extend their deadline to December 8th, 2020.

Crossing The Waterloo With Stevedores
Since last week we have been telling you about the proposed project at the Port of Belize. The Ashcroft-related company, Waterloo Investment Holdings Limited, has presented a 200 million US-dollar proposal for the Port's facelift, which Would establish a cruise port and rehabilitate and expand the container port. Sounds good enough, but yesterday the PM said it's not approved at this time, and they need to talk to the Stevedores first:

Curfew Breakers Charged
The Week started with a relaxation of the state of emergency regulations, inter-district movement was re instituted for essential workers, restaurants were allowed to re-open for takeout only, and construction was allowed to resume. But some things remained very much the same, and it's too bad not everybody got the memo that movement for leisure and outside curfew is still restricted. Over the weekend it was the 20 river goers breaking the rules.

Westline Bus Line Layoffs
Westline Bus Service is a major public transport provider for the country's western corridor. But, the company is preparing to downsize its operation in a significant manner, due to the State of Emergency. As a result, 90% of its staff are being laid off because the management simply can't afford to keep everyone on. An internal memo, dated April 24, 2020, was shared with us, and in it, the CEO/General Manager discusses the hardship that has brought the company to this crossroad.

Channel 5

Senate Approves S.O.E. Extension
The Senate today approved the motion to extend the State of Emergency by an additional sixty days. Unlike sittings before the COVID-19 pandemic, at today’s session only five senators participated [...]

AG Michael Peyrefitte Bashes P.U.P.
The Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte rebutted the lead senator across the aisle.  Peyrefitte questioned the People’s United Party’s position on the motion, stating that the P.U.P. in both the House [...]

Senator Elena Smith Says No Time for Politics
Weighing in on the debate was Senator Elena Smith on behalf of the social partners, which includes the business community, churches, the N.G.O. community and unions. Today, Smith was measured, [...]

Senators Debate Unemployment Relief Programme
The online portal for the Unemployment Relief Programme was closed on Friday, April twenty-fourth. More than eighty thousand applications for assistance were received, but less than half of that number [...]

P.U.P. on the Closure of Unemployment Relief Fund
Senator Michel Chebat decried in the senate the politicization of the food programmes to needy families during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. This afternoon, the P.U.P. said it was [...]

Corozal Severely Affected by COVID-19; Resident Line Up for Assistance at S.S.B. Office
Even as the Unemployment Relief Fund has closed to new applications, hundreds of affected Belizeans are still lining up hoping the get assistance. On Monday morning in Corozal Town, the [...]

Attorney General Comments on Latest Belize/Guatemala Dispute Developments
The Guatemalan Government was granted by the International Court of Justice, a six month extension to submit its memorial on its maritime and territorial claim to Belize. Guatemala cited the [...]

Two Injured in Dangriga Shooting
A shooting incident in Dangriga on Monday night has left two persons hospitalized with gunshot injuries.  Frederick Coote and Tamera Nunez were attacked inside a residence sometime around eight p.m., [...]

Senators Spar over Testing Kits
The number of active coronavirus infections has been reduced tonight to seven and the latest figures from the Ministry of health show that twenty-six are under investigation. It means that [...]

A New Testing Machine to be Procured
Though the number of active cases is now down to seven, there has been a persistent call for the Ministry of Health to begin using rapid testing kits in detecting [...]

When will Cattle Begin to be Traded with Mexico?
The trans-border trade of livestock between Belize and Guatemala remains at an indefinite standstill now that cabinet has decided to halt the informal trade that has been flourishing for decades. [...]

Agriculture Minister Speaks on C.E.O. Resignation
C.E.O. Alpuche gave the required three months notice on his resignation. The matter was also raised today during the Senate hearings by Senator Chebat. But on leaving the Senate, Alpuche’s [...]

The Impact of COVID-19 on Bowen & Bowen Ltd. and Companies
Globally, COVID-19 is having an impact on life as well on the business environment in significant ways. The Bowen and Bowen group has a workforce of over one thousand two [...]

BNN Writes to National Oversight Committee
In the Senate today, P.U.P. Senator Michel Chebat shared the contents of a letter written by the Senator for the Non-Governmental Organizations on behalf of the Belize Network of N.G.O.s.  [...]

N.G.O. Senator Objects to Use of BNN Letter
In the letter, the N.G.O. says that it was agreed that this decision as well as the suggested way forward would have been shared with and reviewed by the oversight [...]

An Unusual House Meeting on S.O.E.
The focus on the House meeting on Monday was related to the state of emergency which will continue for another two months. But the House heard that in the first [...]

Diplomatic Community Makes Donation to Belize Red Cross
A sum of twelve thousand dollars was handed over to the Belize Red Cross from the diplomatic community and the international organizations accredited to Belize. The diplomatic community here is [...]

Bowen & Bowen Making Almost Half-a-Mil Donation in Fight Against COVID-19
Bowen and Bowen Limited and Companies are making a half a million-dollar donation to the Ministry of Health to assist in the fight against COVID-19. Since March, when there was [...]

Delays Due to U.S. Restrictions, but Additional Medical Supplies to Arrive Starting Next Week
In a recent interview Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero, told News Five that there had been issues with the procuring of medical supplies, namely swabs and reagents to [...]

Finnegan Commends Teachers Amid Delayed Salaries
Educators across the country, those whose salaries are covered by government, will be paid on April twenty-ninth, along with all other public officers.  The unusually tardy payday is the result [...]

Supreme Court Rules Against LPG Importers, Notice of Appeal is Filed
Time is quickly running out for Gas Tomza Limited, Southern Choice Butane, Zeta Gas and Belize Western Energy Limited to continue in business. That is because the Supreme Court has [...]

The Monopoly of National Gas Company Violates LPG Importers
In her ruling last week, Justice Michelle Arana, was of the view that there exists issues to be resolved by the court in a pending constitutional claim. Attorneys for the [...]

AG Responds to LPG Importers
Responding to the LPG importers today was Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte. As mentioned, Gas Tomza Limited, Southern Choice Butane, Zeta Gas, and Belize Western Energy Limited have decided to appeal [...]

Attorney General Responds to the Alliance of Ministers and Leaders of Belize
The Alliance of Ministers and Leaders of Belize is petitioning the government to reconsider the position of the church as it relates to the State of Emergency. The clergy is [...]

The Reporter

Diplomatic Corps in Belize make a donation to the Red Cross
Today, the Ambassadors and Representatives of International Organizations accredited in Belize, made a donation of BZ$12,000.00 dollars to the assistance program managed by the Belize Red Cross, in order to support its efforts against the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of the Dean expresses its appreciation for the good offices of the Belize Red Cross for the efficient, transparent and impartial disbursement of resources.

Car lands in North Creek Canal
Earlier this evening a car landed in the North Creek Canal. Reports are that a domestic dispute contributed to the incident. Police are investigating the matter.

LOVE FM

Fire in Crique Jute Village
Love News has received reliable reports that two houses were destroyed by fire in Crique Jute Village tonight. Our correspondent Paul Mahung has been following and informs us that thankfully no lives have been lost as was being rumored. We will share more details as we get them.

GOB and PUP clash over unemployment program
The portal for unemployment relief program closed on April 24, meaning that if you did not apply for financial aid, chances are you won’t be getting the help. At the time of the closure, an estimated eighty one thousand applications were submitted with over thirty five thousand being approved and almost three point five million dollars disbursed.

Patient 6 discusses his recovery process
The latest data came out a few minutes ago from the Ministry of Health and it has indicated that there are now nine COVID-19 patients categorized as recovered. One of those six recovered patient is a businessman out of San Ignacio Town, Cayo District.

DHS gives an update on covid-19 in Belize
“Belize is still not in the clear” – these are the words of the Director of Health Services, Dr Marvin Manzanero as he updated our newsroom on where we currently are in the fight against COVID-19. While there are no new confirmed cases to report, Dr Manzanero explained that they are still vigilant and are gearing up for what they refer to as randomization testing.

Senate approves State of Emergency extension
The State of Emergency for Belize has been extended for an additional sixty days. The Senate met in session today in Belmopan to debate the motion for the extension.

Wild fires surging in the West
The high temperatures particularly in the inland areas are not the only heat that residents have had to deal with in recent weeks. We have been reporting on the forest fires in the south and out west that have posed a health hazard for residents.

Man shot in Dangriga
Two persons were shot inside their home last night in Dangriga Town, Stann Creek District. The incident occurred just after eight o’clock in the New Site Area as reported by our colleagues at Southern Belize Media.

Prime Minister discusses Belize’s economy
Prime Minister Dean Barrow is not only looking at how Belize will fare off in this COVID-19 pandemic but how the country will recover and reboot its economy. Prime Minister told the media yesterday that while tourism is at its lowest in decades, he believes in its resurgence.

BEL explains increase in light bill
Complaints of high electricity bills flooded social media this morning as many consumers noted that their bills had almost doubled. They questioned if it was some mistake by Belize Electricity Limited (BEL), but BEL told us today that the increase in bills should be expected.

Illegal entry during the COVID-19 pandemic
As we reported yesterday, our neighbours in Mexico and Guatemala are battling with the rise in COVID-19 cases. The concerns on the ground here in Belize is the illegal crossings into Belize particularly at the areas of Jalacte, La Union, and Botes. To combat the illegal crossings that are reportedly occurring, the Ministry of Transport and the Immigration Department have launched a joint operation to dispel all illegal entry into these villages.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Airplane from Spanish Lookout loaded with water to douse Belmopan-area fires tomorrow
Residents of the nation’s capital are expected to see an ease in the smoky sky […]

Bush fire destroys house and many farmlands in Crique Jute, no fatalities
Our colleagues at PGTV confirmed to BBN tonight that a bush fire near the remote […]

Three more patients recover from COVID-19
A release by the Office of the Director of Health Service has confirmed that three […]

Diplomatic corps donates $12,000 to Belize Red Cross assistance fund to face effects of COVID-19
Today, the Ambassadors and Representatives of International Organizations accredited in Belize, through the Office of […]

PUP denounces closure of unemployment assistance program; claims thousands waiting for assistance
The People’s United Party (PUP) issued a statement today saying that it does not agree […]

First-ever Virtual Music Festival being held this week
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to restrict the free movement of people worldwide, Belize’s creative […]

Belizean healthcare workers celebrate Vaccination Week in the Americas, committed to facing challenges going forward
Belize joins with the rest of the World Health Organization (WHO) member countries this week […]

Belizean nationals extended stay in U.S. due to COVID-19 advised of procedure
The Belize Embassy in Washington D.C. informs all Belizeans whose stay in the United States […]

Post offices now open for business
The Belize Postal service informs the public that all post offices are now open for […]

Hulse: ‘Not a fact’ CEO resigned over cattle situation; food production is in good hands
Minister for Food and Agriculture Senator Godwin Hulse says for the record that his soon […]

What’s next? asks Senator Chebat after the State of Emergency is approved
Senate Opposition Leader Michel Chebat, opening today’s debate in the Senate, has called for a […]

65 persons charged for violating State of Emergency regulations
On Monday, April 27, 65 people were arrested and charged for several offenses under the […]

Man shot in Dangriga identified as Fredrick Coote; female also injured in incident
Last night we reported that a man was shot in the New Site area of […]

Coping in Uncertain Times
Ву Rudоlрh А. Nеаl: Аѕ wе ѕееk tо mеаndеr аnd ѕtrugglе tо соре іn thеѕе unсеrtаіn tіmеѕ, оnе muѕt аѕk thе quеѕtіоn: “hаvе wе аѕ а реорlе lоѕt оur wау аnd hаvе wе fоrgоttеn whо wе аrе аnd whаt hаvе оnсе mаdе uѕ grеаt?” […]

Bowen and Bowen donates hospital beds; mattresses and masks to Ministry of Health
Bowen & Bowen and Companies (B&B) has pledged support to the Ministry of Health (“MOH”) […]

Prime Minister guarantees no pay cut for public officers and teachers; looks forward to potential debt relief
“I will do my damnedest to refrain from any pay cut for public officers.” Prime […]

New Food Assistance Program ‘must be non-partisan’: P.M. Barrow
Facing complaints that the Food Assistance Program opened a week or so ago is already […]

Unemployment Relief Program ‘closed for now’
The Unemployment Relief Program is shuttered after taking a staggering 81 thousand-plus applications in just […]

Emergency provisions to be approved by Senate
Inside the National Assembly this morning there will be debate on the 60-day extension of […]

‘Informal’ cattle trade with Guatemala illegal, cannot continue
Guatemala has put its foot down: ranchers in western Belize cannot run cattle through the […]

Blogs

Get Inspired by these Belize Resorts’ Organic Gardens
As people pick up new hobbies while remaining in self-quarantine, interest in gardening and farming is experiencing a boom. Developing a green thumb is a way to pass the time for some people, but others are using it as a comforting way to provide a easier access to fresh food. Especially under such stressful times, a personal garden can be a satisfying experience, with delicious perks. We challenge your green thumb to get inspired by these Belize resorts’ organic on-site gardens for your own fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and more. Being indoors at a time like this forces you to practice simple living – you realize that these little tasks are indeed fulfilling.

Ambergris Caye, Belize Update – State of Emergency Extended For Two More Months
Yesterday the Government of Belize voted to extend the State of Emergency for the country for another two months – until the end of June. Our country has a relatively low population (estimated around 350,000 thousand), a very low population density and we have been extremely lucky when it comes to CoVID19 numbers. And the 18 cases (with two deaths) have not increased at all for about two weeks. But that is not the case for the countries that surround us – the Yucatan is reporting a rising curve … So for two more months, our borders will remain closed. District to district travel is curtailed unless you are deemed essential workers. And our island, in addition, will be closed to anyone trying to get on or off (minus special exceptions).

International Sourcesizz

Long-term drought still of concern to several Caribbean countries
The Barbados-based Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) says long-term drought is of immediate concern in several Caribbean countries and is evolving in Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Barbados, Belize, Suriname, Trinidad, and the Windward Islands, except Grenada. In its latest edition of the Caribbean Climate Outlook Newsletter, CariCOF said that as at the start of this month, “moderate or worse drought has developed across The Bahamas, Cayman Islands, much of Cuba, westernmost Jamaica, Martinique, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and south-western Trinidad. It said short-term drought, until the end of May, is evolving in west-central Belize and is possible in northernmost Bahamas, northern Belize, Suriname, and Tobago.

No answers on 2017 Belize murder of Keswick woman
Three years later, it doesn’t appear cops in two countries are any closer to unravelling the mysterious strangulation murders of Keswick real estate speculator Francesca Matus, 52, and her boyfriend, former U.S. Marine, Drew DeVoursney, 36, of Georgia. From the start, detectives believed that the murders were carried out by more than one person. DeVoursney stood 6’6″ and could handle himself in a fight. It would have taken a gun or more than one conspirator.

Caribbean tops 10,000 COVID-19 cases
The total number of coronavirus cases in the Caribbean region has topped 10,000 with the Dominican Republic leading with 6,293 cases, 282 deaths and 993 recovered while Saint Lucia has had 15 cases, 15 recovered and no deaths. This is information, as of April 27, 2020, coming out of over 30 Caribbean countries with Guyana having the 15th highest number of cases, at 74, with 8 deaths and 12 recovered.

Remote Belize Village With No Access to Safe Drinking Water Gets Solar-Powered Device to Suck It Out of the Air
On a remote island off the coast of Belize, there is a fishing village that, historically, has relied on ferries to bring its residents drinking water in plastic bottles—a service that has now been disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, at the end of 2019, an initiative between Arizona-based company Zero Mass Water and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) led to the installation of hydropanels that turn air and sunlight into drinking water. The installation of the panels in Caye Caulker, which was done before the COVID-19 outbreak, is part of a wider project called the Caribbean Climate Smart Island Program. "It aims to demonstrate how these communities can transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient development pathway in sectors such as water, energy and waste treatment, among others," Cody Friesen, CEO and co-founder of Zero Mass Water, told Newsweek.

Videos

  • Special Sitting of the Senate, 1hr45min. National Assembly Belmopan

  • Ministry of Health Quarantine Guidelines, 1min. We have ask now for persons to be under quarantine for 21 days or until the health officer give you the all clear.

  • Caramel Brownies, 6min. Do you have a sweet tooth? Well, we have a real treat for you today! Our DYS coworker, Adrienne, is in the kitchen today teaching us how to bake these delicious brownies. Happy baking!

  • Aggressor Belize III Liveaboard, 9min. February 22nd-29th, 2020 Scuba World Blue Hole Adventure

  • Happy World and National Tapir Day from Gerson and Fuego! , 1/2min.

  • BUSH FIRES ARE AFFECTING OUR POWER SUPPLY SERVICE, 1/4min. Our teams continue to manage the effects of bush fires on our power system during the extended drought. We are committed to providing customers with safe and reliable electricity though at times, there may be unplanned outages outside of our control for these reasons. Please maintain a safe distance and report any wildfire near power lines or any suspected fires affecting power lines. Call free 0.800.BEL.CARE (0.800.235.2273) or send us a Facebook message.

  • Three Kings of Belize, 90min. Documentary on three musicians that lived in Belize. One Creole, one Mayan and one Garifuna. Excellent sound track.

  • The National Gas Company (Belize) Ltd. - Fueling Belize Forward, 3.5min. Belize is the only country in the region that does not have an LPG Marine Terminal, in other words, we depend on other countries in the region to get our cooking gas.

  • Belize- Travel Vlog, 13min. Here are some fun adventures and travel tips and some reasons why I wouldn't go back. The highlights are waterfalls, caves, paddle boarding, snorkeling (kinda), some cute dogs, and getting tan.

  • Eyes of the Explorer: Punta Gorda, 4min. See Belize through the eyes of chef and traveler Nyesha Arrington in episode 4 of our 4-part video series, sponsored by the Belize Tourism Board. The media company ChefsFeed and chef Nyesha Arrington won the 2020 Best Video by a Media Company for their series - Eyes of the Explorer and we are proud to be a part of this initiative! The series takes us through different culinary capitals of Belize as Chef Nyesha is immersed into our culture via food.

  • Chiquitin asks for blessing, 15sec. Our Yucatec Maya (Máasewal) elders of Belize predicted the weather by observing the behavior of Animals . One of this insects is known as Chiquitin which in the video we hear it is calling for the blessing of Yuum Chaak (Rain).