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The San Pedro Sun

‘Illegal’ ComPol declares SPTC’s COVID-19 regulations incompatible with National SoE
illegal SoEComPol responded to a statement shared by Attorney Audrey Matura-Shepherd on social media. In his response, he stated, ‘ We have one country and one central government. There is currently in force one state of emergency that governs the entire country; therefore those measures being implemented in San Pedro [Town] are inconsistent with the State of Emergency and are illegal and none enforceable.’

International Court of Justice grants 6-month filing extension in Belize-Guatemala territorial dispute
This decision was made on April 22nd, when the ICJ held its first-ever virtual plenary meeting from inside the Peace Palace, in The Hague, Netherlands. In that meeting, decisions were made to postpone a few judicial matters. The ICJ also released an official note regarding the Belize-Guatemala dispute, citing a letter from the Agent of the Republic of Guatemala, dated April 8, 2020, asking for an extension of twelve months to submit their Memorial. It explained that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in delays in his government’s preparation of that pleading.

Taiwan donates infrared thermal imaging cameras to Belize
Belize continues to receive assistance from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, April 28th, Taiwanese Ambassador Remus Li-Kuo Chen handed over six ‘Made in Taiwan’ infrared thermal imaging cameras to representatives of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Immigration and the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize City. These cameras will be used to track and detect the body temperature of up to 10 persons at the same time.

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.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro’s COVID-19 Measures Are Illegal And Non-Enforceable Says Commissioner Of Police
“We have one country and one central government,” stated Commissioner Williams. “There is currently in force one state of emergency that governs the entire country; therefore those measures being implemented in San Pedro are inconsistent with the State of Emergency and are illegal and none enforceable.”

Bowen & Bowen Makes Major Donation To Ministry Of Health
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.

Various Belizean Sources

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Relief packages for the villages
Protecting Community, Territory and Relations. We thank our staff and volunteers for their hard work in preparing the relief packages to the villages. Tomorrow we reach more villages.

San Pedro Town Council Offices Closed Thursday and Friday
The San Pedro Town Council hereby advises the general public that its offices will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, April 30th due to the power outage by the Belize Electricity Limited to conduct maintenance. The San Pedro Town Council will also be closed on Friday, May 1st, 2020, to observe Labor Day. Our offices will resume to its modified working hours (8:00 a.m. to 12 noon) on Monday, May 4th, 2020.

Teacher Licensing:
Temporary procedures for submission ofteacher licensing applications due to the impact of COVID-19. Please note that these adjusted guidelines are only applicable during this time or as otherwise directed. They are in no way intended to substantively replace the normal policies on submission and processing of applications.

ATTENTION BRITISH NATIONALS FLIGHT UPDATE
On Wednesday 6 May Westjet Airlines will operate a special flight WS3929 from Philip Goldson International Airport (Belize City) to Toronto-Pearson International Airport (Canada). Please note flights are on a first come first served basis and may be subject to change. To make a reservation please do so directly at www.westjet.com (do not use the WestJet application).

San Pedro Power Outage Wednesday
Power outage scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. BEL to conduct urgent repairs to hotspots on the power distribution system, replace lighting arrestors, and conduct maintenance on the transmission system and substation.

VRBO and AirBnB Refunds in Belize
I heard that they required 100% refund to all those who booked. Is that money you had to literally give back - like from your bank account (if it was there) to them? Or do they hold the money until the visitors check in? I am an AirBnB host (not in Belize) but from everyone I know who has rentals or rented or booked vacations, AirBnB has a full COVID-19 refund policy for anyone who booked between certain dates, VRBO leaves this choice completely up to the owner’s discretion to refund or not. I refunded everyone who asked me for a refund because I felt like a snake keeping people’s vacation money when they literally can’t leave the house. But I know some hosts have kept on VRBO!

Webinar: The Impact of Covid-19 on Belize Tourism
Join us during a LIVE Q&A with Lorenzo Gonzalez about the impact of COVID-19 on Belize tourism and what businesses should do to prepare! Lorenzo is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Master of Economic Development and Innovation program. As an economic developer, he focuses on entrepreneurship and small business development. He currently works as a small business advisor at Digital Main Street, a non-profit organization that helps small business owners in Ontario adopt digital technologies to improve and modernize their business. Lorenzo is also deeply involved in Belize's tourism industry. He has several years of experience advising tourism businesses in Belize, and he owns Belize Adventure, a popular travel website that receives thousands of daily visits.

NEMO Supplies & Relief Committee
If you know someone in need, kindly help them with the process to be registered/assessed for the NEMO Supplies & Relief Committees' Ambergris Caye grocery feeding program (through the combined effort of the Department of Human Services and Hope Haven). There are currently approximately 50 families on the call list for assessment.

EcoKleen F1
Eco Friendly Solutions is please to launch its Sanitizer/Disinfectant EcoKleen F1. A product safe to use at home and businesses. To order Call 615-7718.

FOOD ASSISTANCE FOR CALCUTTA RESIDENTS
The San Joaquin Village Council in coordination with Casa Chan Ka’an - a home for the homeless elders, extended a hand to our neighbors in Calcutta during this time of need. We are convinced that uniting efforts as brothers, we will stand out against this pandemic. We recognize that only working together as a team, we can make these hard times less difficult.

BFREE BZ Job opportunity
Job and Training Opportunity at BFREE for a qualified Belizean candidate. We are seeking to hire a recent graduate of Junior College or University for a position in the BFREE Science and Education Fellows Program. This position is assigned to the Hicatee Conservation and Research Center – a captive breeding center for the critically endangered Central American River Turtle.

To'one Masehualoon Nongovernmental Organization Relief
To'one Masehualoon Nongovernmental Organization , non political and non Religious Organizations which translates to "We are Maya" for the preservation of the Yucatec Maya culture in Corozal, Belize, desires to thank the families in Corozal Town and neighbor villages for the opportunity to be of service during this difficult financial crisis brought on by the Covid 19 pandemic. We have worked deligently this week to support our brotherhood in need. We are profusely grateful to our brothers of generous goodwill who financially supported this endeavour.

Congratulations to Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina for once again acquiring the prestigious Green Key Certification!
This certification recognizes their commitment to sustainable operations and activities. The Green Key award is the leading standard of excellence in the field of environmental responsibility in tourism.

Happy International Dance Day to our very own San Pedro Dance Academy!
Thank you for always gracing us with your spectacular and vibrant dances. We hope to have you soon performing for the entire community and filling us with joy!

Update on the State of Emergency Measures
Press Conference by the Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow., stay tuned , 10am this morning.

PACT JOINS NATIONAL FIRE FIGHTING EFFORTS WITH A BZ$100,000 COMMITMENT
Since mid-April, the country has been plagued by large agricultural fires started by humans, causing smoke levels that have led to poor air quality conditions for residents in nearby communities. The situation is now being exacerbated by wildfires (forest fires) due to environmental conditions such as extremely low humidity, high temperature and wind. As these fires continue to expand, the local smoke levels have become a health threat/hazard, affecting many citizens especially in the Cayo district and are now threatening to claim physical structures in the peripheries of residential areas.

Thursday's "Ask the Experts"
Following the Prime Minister's Press Conference tomorrow, the Attorney General Hon. Michael Peyrefitte will join us on 'Ask the Experts' to discuss the new measures under the recent state of emergency. Tune in for our live stream at 2:00 p.m.

SALE OF REGULAR FUEL
The Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, through the Supplies Control Unit (SCU) of the Belize Bureau of Standards, has received reports of shortages of regular fuel at several gas stations countrywide. The SCU advises the public that it has confirmed that there is adequate supply of this commodity in country based on existing inventory. The reports of regular fuel shortages are, therefore, not substantiated by the fuel supply information.

Update on the Situation with Wildfires – Two Air Tankers to Head to Benque Viejo del Carmen and Vaca Forest Reserve
Residents of the towns of Benque Viejo del Carmen, San Ignacio and Santa Elena and surrounding areas are hereby informed of the use of two air tanker airplanes today, April 29th, over the periphery of those municipalities to assist in extinguishing the persistent fires that are spewing smoke into the communities. Flights will commence around 3:30 p.m. and will continue throughout the daylight hours if wind conditions are favourable. The air tankers will fly from the Maya Flats airstrip. In addition, heavy machinery will be deployed to areas around Benque and in the Vaca Forest Reserve to help contain the blaze. The public is asked to be cautious in the areas described above.

Immigration Department on Caye Caulker this morning
The Immigration Department will be here Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. Those people who need stamps, please come in and those who need to pick up kindly do so. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen Thursday
Thursday, April 30th Meal Pick ups Location: Food Republic Meals prepared by Alan Chan, Auntie's and Belize Diving Services Times: Village: 11:00-11:45 am Bahia: 11:45 am-12:30 pm Thank you for bringing your containers!

Help keep Ocean Academy afloat since tourism-based funding is gone
Fundraiser for Friends of Ocean Academy Inc by Friends of Ocean Academy. Ocean Academy on Caye Caulker, Belize, needs your help. A tourism-based economy has disappeared overnight, during high season, affecting all sources of funding. 1) Government funding has been reduced by 19% so funding can shift to feed the jobless. 2) Families are no longer able to pay school fees (no school is free in Belize). 3) The tourism-based school business, Bike with Purpose, had to close when borders closed. By raising $385 per student (130 students), we can keep Ocean Academy afloat and cover four months of school fees for all students. This means families can focus on food and shelter and teachers can focus on online learning.

THANK YOU ROTARACT OF COROZAL
I just wanted to let the Community know how lucky we all are to have an amazing Rotaract Club here in Corozal. Today they helped put together 146 bags of food for Ranchito. The Elders of Ranchito were so grateful to have the help from this vibrant group of young people. They are the future leaders of our world....left in their hands we will all be so great!

Corozal Market Day for Friday Rescheduled for Thursday

Temporary Changes to BWS Opening Hours for San Pedro Office for Thursday, April 30, 2020
Due to the power outage this morning

BWS Suspension of Printed Bill delivery
Belize Water Services advises customers that the delivery of printed bills is suspended until further notice. You can now receive your water bill either by SMS (text), WhatsApp, or Email. We encourage you to update the contact information on your account to receive your monthly bill.

BELIZE INDIAN COMMUNITY BEGINS FOOD DONATIONS TO ALL 10 BELIZE CITY CONSTITUENCIES
As many families in the city struggle during the Covid-19 crisis, the Belize Indian Community (BIC) came together to procure and provide food essentials for over 2000 food packages to assist fellow Belizeans. Today BIC, represented by past presidents, Dinesh Bhojwani and Preeti Wadhwani, and Honorary Consul General of India, Arun Hotchandani presented the food package vouchers to Shyne Barrow, Candice Pitts, Philip Willoughby and Gilroy Usher.

San Pedro Tour Operators Relief Work
Today we distributed 150 grocery pantries to the employees of our association members. All of us in the tourism industry have and continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s in times like these that we all come together to assist. This program is scheduled to continue for the next three months; every week each person will be receiving this assistance to lighten up the difficulties they are facing. * Special recognition to the Tour Operator members who are contributing financially to this effort, Thank You!

GoFUndMe for San Pedro Tour Operators/Guides
Immense gratitude to the contributors on the GoFund me drive, our Operators/Guides are part of your Belize memories, and now you are integral to our getting through this pandemic + Please continue to share the GoFund me link as we are half way to our aim, reaching the goal means we can see this through

March 2020 Merchandise Trade & Consumer Price Index
Consumer prices up 0.2%, imports up 18.2% and domestic exports up 2.6%. Figures released by the Institute show that the All-Items Consumer Price Index for March 2020 stood at 105.4, an increase of 0.2 percent from 105.2 in March 2019. On average, during this month in 2020, the prices of goods and services regularly purchased by Belizean households were 0.2 percent higher than they were in the same month of 2019. While higher prices were seen for items such as home rental costs, international airfares and tertiary education fees, the effect of these were balanced off by lower prices for several food items, Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) and fuel. The cumulative inflation rate for the first three months of 2020, when compared to the same period in 2019, stood at 0.3 percent.

Channel 7

Showers of Blessing Ease Forest Fires
Tonight, Belize remains COVID free and we'll have the full update in our second segment, but our headline tonight is about the forest fires raging in Western Belize, across the Cayo District. The Goode news is that around 3:30 this afternoon and hour long downpour fell on the VACA Forest Reserve which has been the epicentre of the largest and most difficult to contain fires.

Wildfires Wreak Havoc, Prompt Community Response
And that rain is why some a breathing a little easier - in more ways than one - out west tonight. Here's the full story on the fire, the smoke and the valiant effort to fight the flames with a crop duster: Responding to the wildfires in the Cayo District is a mission of indeterminate destination. This is the Hydro Road coming out of Benque Viejo.

The Latest From The Wildfire West
As you heard, those planes dropped their load over VACA and around Benque Viejo this evening. What's the outcome of all that water, along with the rain? We spoke to surveyor Rob Trujillo who has been instrumental in coordinating the community effort on the ground: "The ones that were close to Benque on the Arenal Road they have been contained. We had last night one that was coming from behind Succotz towards Benque and that also has been contained and from what we understand it's raining behind Succotz right now. So, the ones that have not been contained in full, but are being monitored are the ones that are by the water hole camp 6 area, which is towards Vaca falls."

Wildfires Wreck Wildlife
Yesterday we showed you a picture of a Kinkajou rescued by the Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic. He'd suffered burns to his paws, nose, and ear, at the time we told you that smoke inhalation and pneumonia had made his case a questionable one. Tonight there's an update on his condition. Cherisse Halsall spoke to Dr. Isabelle Paquet-Durant, the founder and director of the Wildlife Referral clinic. She says that while for us burnt forests may mean less green space for weekend jaunts, for many animals, it means the loss of their homes and possibly their families.

DHS Urges Continued Caution with COVID Negative Cases
Tonight, Belize continues to be COVID free. Up to last night there were only 7 active cases, and 9 recovered. Today on Ask The Experts, Dr. Marvin Manzanero said that those recovered cases still have to be monitored: "Seeing the infographic from yesterday where we have 9 recovered cases, 7 patients that are still considered to be active. But I want to touch also that in discussions with the team earlier today that recovered notion is something that we need to be very careful about..."

Testing Will Now Be Randomized
And now that the number of active cases continue to decline, the focus and scale of testing will now be expanded. Dr. Manzanero said that it will now move to more randomized testing with specific focus areas: "I can tell you that there have been random testing that has happen at banking facilities. Elements of that has happened. Some policemen and BDF have also been randomly screened. It's important that we say that. But we also develop a listing of potential frontline workers that we can go and do random swabbing or random testing..."

We May Be Seeing The End of The First Wave of COVID
We note that two days ago, the health minister spoke not about 90 tests a day, but he said that they could do 200 seemingly for an indefinite period. But, that aside, testing right now suggests that what Manzanero called the first of many waves could be at an end: "Understand also that this is for the next 2 weeks; if you don't identify a case, as we had said for this outreach, this first wave would have considered to have been over, but don't confuse that message with the fact that we are saying we are over Covid-19..."

Is Belize COVID Free?
But, as this so called first wave seems to be ending - can Belize currently say that it is COVID free? Manzanero says it does seem that way, but reminded the public that we are all one reckless trip across the border from having a case imported through the backdoor: "Any positive tests for 2 weeks and counting, can we conclude that Belize currently does not have Covid-19, assuming that the orders remains close."

DHS: Don't (Dare) Go To Mexico
So, the message clearly is do not go across to Mexico right now - and not for anything. There are currently 711 cases in Quintana Roo, and 17 active cases in Chetumal. Manzanero says that, for Belizeans, it is a red zone: "The overall Quintana Roo state is following the same pattern as the rest of Mexico, which is increasing numbers and they are not expected to peak until the end of May..."

Regardless of New Regs, New Normal Will Persist
So, tomorrow the old State of Emergency ends and a new one begins with new COVID 19 regulations. It will see government starting to re-open the economy and all the details will be announced at a virtual press conference which the Prime Minister will host tomorrow morning. Manzanero says that whatever the new regs are - he reminds Belizeans that there is a new normal in effect - and we cannot act as we once did:

The Discipline of Public Health
And, Manzanero stressed that the casual going about our business can lead very quickly to an outbreak. He says to contain COVID in the long term, Belizeans need to do more than just wear masks: "When you make the mask mandatory when going out in the public? I think that's part of the regulations that is being considered. We make recommendations, but it's beyond the masks, let's not forget the other elements which I think we are sensing that people are starting to forget..."

The Gift of Giving Can Be Grief
And, going out on the city streets today - we didn't see very many masks being used. Cherisse Halsall didn't see any when she stopped to witness some commotion over food packages this morning. This time, it wasn't at the pantries. Instead, police had to manage the line for free groceries at a warehouse near Majestic Alley.

Charged For Killing Man, Injuring Incident Senior Citizen
On Monday's news, we told you about 22-year-old Dion White. He's the man who the police arrested and charged a number of offenses, including murder for the shooting death of 33-year-old Walter Ezekiel Usher, and attempted murder for the shooting of 61-year-old Joyce Edwards. Well, tonight, the man who police believe was his accomplice is at the Belize Central Prison.

Regular Gas Scarce? Not So Says BBS
The price of regular gasoline took a big dip last Saturday - almost 3 dollar cheaper, maybe the single biggest price slash in history. But, try finding that cheap gas at the pump! Many gas station say there's no regular fuel to sell! Well, The Supplies Control Unit has gotten involved. They say that according to their recent check of inventory in-country, there is no such shortage.

The Radio Rules
Last night, we showed you how the Senate passed a motion to extend the State of Emergency for two more months. New relaxed regulations will be announced tomorrow, but it will likely NOT include opening schools. And there is no clear indication just yet when it will be deemed safe to resume classes. To try and look after the nation's students in these challenging times, the Ministry of Education has come up with a number of different distance learning initiatives. Those include lesson broadcasts on national radio, online courses, and printed lesson plans, being distributed at major supermarkets and grocery stores countrywide.

Teachers, Create Content For High Schools
So, that's the ministry's answer to those children at the pre-school and primary school levels. For high school students, and those youths attending technical and vocational schools, the Ministry has asked the leadership of the different schools to create distance learning content that these students can access online. The Deputy Chief Education Officer stressed that the Ministry does not want secondary school students to stare at a computer screen for an extended period of time:

Will High Schoolers Get Promoted?
Among the talking points from this morning's Ask The Experts, the Deputy Chief Education Officer also discussed what the policy is when it comes to the promotion of high school students to the next form. You'll remember that at the last public discussion on education during the COVID-19 threat, the Ministry authorities stressed that primary school students would be automatically promoted to the next grade level. Well, during today's webcast, the Deputy Chief Education Officer explained that promotion at the high school level is not automatic and that students have to demonstrate the necessary academic competence to advance. Here's how she explained why:

ITVET Students Will Just Have To Wait
Dr. Villanueva also singled out the academic advancement of technical and vocational students, and how it will work during the COVID-19 threat. She said these types of students will simply have to wait for their school to re-open in order to advance: "Definitely, in the ITVET system, none of the promotion, graduation or certification, as they call it, can apply. These students, the trainees, are expected to complete their practical and on-the-job training, whenever school reopens. So, they will continue with their program whenever school reopens."

Teachers Going Online For Professional Development
Teachers are also being asked to make the necessary adjustment to online portals for important matters within their profession. One such area is continuous professional development or CPD for short. These are training courses that all teachers must complete. They are expected to have a minimum amount of CPD hours to qualify for their teaching licenses. Just in time for the State of Emergency, the Ministry has developed 2 courses which, if completed, will earn teachers a total of 50 CPD hours toward their licenses.

Student Teachers Story
And for those student teachers who are trying to fully qualify for their licenses, the Ministry is considering the fact that they will not be able to participate in an external assessment since schools are currently closed. The Deputy Chief Education Officer says that the internal assessment grades for these student teachers will have to be weighted more, given the ongoing COVID-19 threat:

To Get Your Teachers License...
There are also teachers whose licenses will expire during the State of Emergency. The. Ministry says that they will also apply online to get their licenses renewed, and according to Dr. Villanueva, the process has been made as simple as possible:

No Doubling Up on Motorbikes
We know that social distance guidelines are in effect. That means that we're expected to maintain a minimum of three feet sometimes even six feet from one another But what if your main means of transport is a motorcycle and you pick up your loved one, or a relative on it? How do you practice social distancing when it's two people on one 3 foot long seat?

"Air Tanker" Dumped 23K Gallons Over Cayo Hotspots in 57 Flights
And to follow up on our headlines story - here's footage of the so - called air tanker water bombing an area south of Benque Viejo that had been having persistent fires. The crop duster loaded with 500 gallons went there at 3:30 after it made 35 flights over Belmopan.

Bowen's Gifts Deployed
Yesterday we told you about Bowen & Bowen's major donation to the Ministry of Health. The first set of those supplies including beds and face masks were delivered today.

Channel 5

Wildfires Run Amok in Cayo District
In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is facing another crisis; it has to do with bush and forest fires that have been spreading all over the country. In [...]

Community Effort to Stem Wildfires Outside of Succotz
The forest fires are caused by a number of environmental factors such the current high temperatures.  The Vaca Forest has experienced the largest wild fire affecting the biodiversity of the [...]

Fire Causes $1 Million in Damages to Cacao Farm
One million dollars in damages were caused by a raging farm fire on fifty acres of cacao plantation in the south. The fire keeps burning tonight, stretching beyond the villages [...]

Raging Fires Also Stretching Police Resources Thin
Aside from the cacao farm in Crique Jute, fires have been raging in Punta Gorda where overnight two houses were gutted by a blaze. Police and fire-fighters had to respond [...]

Don’t Let Your Guard Down! Stay COVID-19 Alert!
There was a sigh of relief on Tuesday evening when the Ministry of Health confirmed that three more persons have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the number of persons to beat [...]

ComPol Chester Williams on Movement of People during S.O.E.
As you heard, since the beginning of this week, traffic has picked up and movement across the city has increased. So there is concern some have thrown caution to the [...]

Test! Test! Test!
Test! Test! Test! That is what international bodies such as the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization are advising countries to do to effectively respond to COVID-19 [...]

An Update on Viral Swabs Procurement
According to Doctor Marvin Manzanero, viral swabs that have been ordered for some time should be in the country by now. This along with the reactions donated by the Pan [...]

A Breakdown of G.O.B.’s Cost-Saving Measures
A few days ago, we heard the cry from the Prime Minister that government is low on money and as you know, the public service, which accounts for one of [...]

Inaugural Shipment for National Gas Company Arrives in Belize
The first shipment of liquid petroleum gas purchased by the National Gas Company arrives in Big Creek on Thursday and final preparations are underway to offload its inaugural freight coming [...]

Carib Trading Won Bid to Ship LPG from U.S. Gulf Coast to Belize
In responding to statements made in an interview given by attorney Audrey Matura, the managing director of the National Gas Company told News Five today that with the exception of [...]

San Pedro Has to Adhere to S.O.E., Not Regulations of Town Council
Earlier this weekend, the San Pedro Town Council issued its own regulations in terms of opening hours for businesses on the island. While all but one measure fell outside of [...]

Still No Charges for Murder of Hattieville Resident, Julian Ebanks
One person has been detained in connection with the murder of Julian Ebanks, a resident of the Bainsville area of Hattieville. On Monday morning, Ebanks was gunned down a few [...]

Dangriga Shooting is Gang Related
ComPol Chester Williams also spoke about the gun violence in Dangriga where a man and woman were injured. On Monday night, just before eight o’clock, Frederick Coote and Tamera Nunez [...]

Evian Murillo is Charged for the Murder of Walter Usher
Police have made an arrest in the murder of Walter Usher. Usher was killed on February twenty-third in Belize City.  Evian Murillo has been charged with Usher’s Murder.  Murillo is [...]

Lord Ashcroft COVID-19 Relief Fund Donates $60,000 to Police Department
During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers are singled out as frontline workers who are working around to clock to keep the public safe. But the police department is also on [...]

Recovery of COVID-19 Does Not Mean Immunity
There is more on the COVID-19 situation. The government continues to encourage social distancing and proper hygiene to prevent the spread of the virus. A motion to extend the state [...]

Chet’s COVID Cases
In the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, seven hundred and eleven persons tested positive for COVID-19 as of today.  In the neighboring subdivision of Othon P. Blanco, of which Chetumal [...]

Still No Cure for Novel Coronavirus
Research and scientists have yet to produce a cure or vaccine for COVID-19. While the US Food and Drug Administration has not approved any drugs for the treatment, researchers released [...]

This is What Teachers Need to Know During COVD-19 Pandemic
Schools across the country remain closed likely for the rest of the academic year so the Ministry of Education has developed an online programme to keep students at all levels [...]

Assistance for Belizean Students Abroad
The Deputy Chief Education Officer Doctor Neulin Villanueva also addressed the matter of Belizeans students who are stuck overseas and unable to return home except under special circumstances, because borders [...]

Deputy Chief Education Officer Explains Education Rules Regarding Graduations, Promotions
Doctor Neulin Villanueva also spoke on promotions and graduations in primary and high school. The Ministry has decided that students will be promoted though exams will not be taken.  Doctor [...]

Business and the Economy in the Caribbean Amid the COVID Pandemic
Women leaders across the globe have shown to be the most responsive in battling the COVID-19 pandemic in countries such as New Zealand, Belgium and Finland.  They have acted proactively [...]

Agriculture Minister says Assistance for Farmers on the Way
In 2019, an extreme drought devastated crops in the north and south. Farmers lost millions of dollars and this prompted the government to roll out a financial aid package for [...]

Belize Commemorates Vaccination Week in the Americas
This week, countries around the world are commemorating the eighteenth annual Vaccination Week in the Americas. This celebration is being held under the theme, “Love. Trust. Protect. #GetVax.” The importance of [...]

The Reporter

American National found dead in Corozal
The Reporter has confirmed that the partially decomposed body of an American national was discovered a short while ago inside his home near Tony's Resort at the entrance of Corozal Town. We'll keep following this story and will provide details as we get them, but sources say there are no obvious signs of foul play.

LOVE FM

Health Director explains why mass testing for COVID-19 isn’t ideal
Earlier in the news, we heard the Director of Health Services talk about expanding COVID-19 testing and the roll-out of random testing. Dr. Manzanero explained to Love News yesterday that the idea of voluntary testing would not be practical and neither would mass testing.

World Immunization Week 2020
World Immunization Week is being observed from April 24 to April 30. The aim is to promote the use of vaccines to protect persons of all ages against diseases. Immunization saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. In today’s session of Ask the Expert’s, Nurse Sharon Cooper-Espinosa shared a synopsis on the history of Immunization week.

Bowen and Bowen makes nearly half a million dollar donation to COVID-19 fight
Bowen and Bowen(B&B) Company Limited has contributed almost half a million dollars to the fight against COVID-19. Yesterday, twenty hospital beds with mattresses and five thousand surgical masks were delivered to the Ministry of Health. Instead of the monetary donation, Chief Executive Officer of Bowen and Bowen noted that the Ministry requested the equipment which is in demand.

Health Director says Belizeans are getting too relaxed
It has been sixteen days since Belize has had any confirmed case of COVID-19. This current situation has allowed the Government to ease restrictions around the country.

BTV responds to Guatemala’s extension
Earlier this week we reported on the decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) granting a 6-month extension to Guatemala for them to submit their claim on Belize. Guatemala had officially requested a one-year extension, but Belize objected and said that they would only accept a 2-month extension. In the end, the court ruled for a 6-month extension.

Belizean man who had gone across the border is now dubbed a high-risk patient
Belizeans becoming laxed in their precautionary measures is not the only concern that has been expressed by the Director of Health Services. Dr. Manzanero explained the dangers of COVID-19 lurk at our northern border and if we are not careful we could see imported cases in Belize.

AG speaks on the new regulations planned for May
The media spoke with the Attorney General, Michael Peyrefitte who explained that they are planning on reopening even more businesses under the new Statutory Instrument which would come into effect on May 1.

GOB and residents work together to extinguish forest fires in the west
Residents in Belmopan and surrounding areas are perhaps the most affected by the recent fires. For over a week now they have been complaining of their homes being inundated with smoke and difficulties breathing.

Are consumers being jilted by fuel stations?
Reports on a shortage of regular fuel at the pumps began reaching our newsroom at the start of this week. We visited three fuel stations yesterday and today and found that at the three locations there were no regular fuel. At first, we thought that consumers were capitalizing on the sharp decrease in prices which would explain the shortage.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

American national found dead in Corozal home identified by wife
Earlier today we reported that a decomposing body was found inside a home in Corozal. […]

“Cost of living was up slightly in March,” says Statistical Institute
The cost of living in Belize was up slightly for the month of March, according […]

Beans and banana revenues contribute to the first export increase of 2020
While Belize’s exports were down for the first two months of 2020, the Statistical Institute […]

GOB implements cost-saving measures, no jobs lost
The Government of Belize (GOB) has settled on the measures to curtail expenses in light […]

Body found in Corozal
BBN has confirmed that a decomposing body was found earlier today. The body was found […]

Compol dismisses updated regulations on Ambergris Caye as illegal and non-enforceable
San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye was the site of the first two cases of […]

Two planes to respond to forest fires near Benque Viejo del Carmen and in Vaca Forest Reserve
Government informed today of the use of two air tanker airplanes today over the periphery […]

Plane assists in outing fires near Belmopan
Today, a plane was used with success over Belmopan where the situation has improved. The […]

BWS suspends printed bill delivery
Today, Belize Water Services (BWS) informed customers that the delivery of printed bills is suspended […]

Scotiabank Belize advises customers to beware of fraud scams
Scotiabank Belize Limited issued a statement today informing all customers that it is aware of […]

Blogs

Belize to the World: WE MISS YOU!
There’s an overwhelming message among all Caribbean Countries right now that is felt so deeply. Our countries are empty and the life our visitors bring to us has disappeared in the blink of an eye! Hailing from all corners of the country, our tour guides, hoteliers, chefs, and conservationists have this message for you: While travel remains on hold, we want you to use this time to daydream about taking your Belize bucket list trip! We’re a destination worth waiting for, and we’ll be waiting for you.

WestJet Schedules Repatriation Flight from Belize to Canada
Though now is not the time to travel, some international travelers were left stranded by immediate border closures and government travel restrictions. To date, Belize has not reported any new coronavirus cases since April 13, 2020. Understandably so, most are scrambling to return home on a repatriation flight during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, a special repatriation flight was announced for Wednesday, 6 May 2020, via WestJet Airlines Flight WS3929.

International Sourcesizz

Hurricanes Are Reshaping Evolution Across the Caribbean
A new study of lizards in countries struck by hurricanes suggests cataclysmic weather can reshape entire species. Across Central and South America and the Caribbean islands, scientists found that lizards with larger toe pads seem to be more common in areas that have been hit by storm after storm in the last 70 years. That suggests that severe but fleeting cataclysms don’t just leave lasting scars on people and places. They also reshape entire species.

Coronaviruses and bats have been evolving together for millions of years
Scientists compared the different kinds of coronaviruses living in 36 bat species from the western Indian Ocean and nearby areas of Africa. They found that different groups of bats have their own unique strains of coronavirus, revealing that bats and coronaviruses have been evolving together for millions of years. Developing a better understanding of how coronaviruses evolved can help us create better public health programs for the future.

Seashell Souvenirs Are Killing Protected Marine Life
The seashell trade is little known, but the massive industry devastates marine life worldwide. IN THE LITTLE coastal town of Kanyakumari, in southern India, mountains of newly harvested mollusk shells—living animals still inside them—lie drying out near a sun-drenched beach. Next up for these seashells: a dunking for a few hours in large vats of oil and acid to clean them. Any remaining flesh or scaly growth is then scraped off each shell by hand by one of hundreds of local workers, and they’re given another soaking in oil. After a final hand-polishing, many are shipped to artisans in nearby towns who craft jewelry and other mementos to sell to tourists. The remaining shells are destined for elsewhere in India and abroad.

Does Visiting Belize's Great Blue Hole Live Up To Expectations? What To Plan For
There are many spots in Belize that are incredibly dangerous as well as spots that are favorites among tourists, The Great Blue Hole happens to be both. According to Chabila Mar Villas, this is precisely why The Great Blue Hole is for experienced divers only. Divers need to have completed at least 24 dives to be allowed to explore the hole due to the cavernous areas found in the nearly perfect circular body of water. The shallow waters of the atoll's lagoon quickly give way to the flooded cave that descends into the deep darkness below.

Videos

  • Peter Lawrence on ReefTV, 2hr30min.

  • Education Livestream, 60min. Ask your questions in the comments during the live stream! Today we are joined by Dr. Neulin Villanueva, Deputy Chief Education Officer at the Ministry of Education.

  • Ask the Experts for Wednesday April 19, 60min. Ask your questions in the comment section during the live stream! Joining us this afternoon is Sharon Cooper-Espinosa, Nurse Administrator, Expanded Program of Immunization

  • Reporters not allowed inside of National Assembly, 23min. The following is the notice we were sent last night outlining the guidelines for today "Dear Media, Please be advised that, in keeping with social distancing guidelines, a live stream of tomorrow's sitting of the House of Representatives will be provided by the Government Press Office. A link to the live stream will be provided prior to the start of the meeting.

  • Morning Matters with Minister Farber, 54min. Minister Faber discussed teaching strategies during the quarantine on Morning Matters

  • Morning Matters with Carolyn Carr, 48min.

  • SNORKELING AT MEXICO ROCKS, 4.5min. On this episode, we rented a private boat to fish & snorkel for the day! We visited the Mexico Rocks of Ambergris Caye, Belize. It was absolutely breathtaking there.

  • From Belize, to the World: We Miss You!, 1.5min. Belize misses you - our guests! Hailing from all corners of the country, our tour guides, hoteliers, chefs, and conservationists have this message for you: While travel remains on hold, we want you to use this time to daydream about taking your Belize bucket list trip! We’re a destination worth waiting for, and we'll be waiting for you.

  • Mergulho em Belize: Great Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye e San Pedro, 5min. Belize e um dos melhores lugares do mundo para pratica do mergulho! Durante minha viagem tive a oportunidade de mergulhar no Atol Lighthouse Reef e em San Pedro, dois lugares fabulosos repleto de pontos de mergulho.

  • Belize Dive Trip, Ramon's Village Resort, 34min. One of our favorite trips. We highly recommend Ramon's Resort.

  • Belize with The Boersma's, 4min. BZen Wellness Yoga Retreat 2020

  • Mass for Wednesday of the third week of Easter, 37min.

  • Caribbean Lifestyle - Belize photo contest, 1min. Calling all Instagrammers, bloggers, photographers and travelers! Caribbean Lifestyle - Belize is hosting a photo contest where you can display your amazing Belize photos! Check out the video below to learn how you can win spectacular travel prizes.

  • Planes attack fires, 1min. Two planes were at work this afternoon. They started with one plane behind Cristo Rey and one around Benque Viejo. At last report this evening, they were over southern Benque Viejo Town and south of San Ignacio Town and hit 3 fires.

  • Hands of Love Caye Caulker, 4min. Keeping the community fed. We need help and this shows why! It takes a lot of food, lots of volunteers, lots of logistics, and most importantly lots of support to maintain the program. Everyday, we're now feeding close to 600 people, with the numbers growing and no end in sight. Help in any way you can, even $5 provides for 3 meals. We understand many have given or simply can't give monetarily; you can still make a difference by sharing and raising awareness! Thank you!

  • Some cool footage of the tanker plane spraying locally, 1min.

  • Belize Permit Club, 15min.

  • Harvest Caye, Belize, min. 2019 Thanksgiving Day in Harvest Caye while on a family cruise on the Norwegian Getaway

  • Blue Hole Belize Flight, 40sec. Flight over the Blue Hole in Belize, one of the tourism gems of this Central American country. Adventure and amazing landscape of the biggest treasure of the Mesoamerican barrier reef

  • Travel Belize, Caye Caulker, 4min.

  • Acción Deportiva, 25min.

  • The Plug, 27min.

  • Hard Rain in Cayo yesterday..., .5min.