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The San Pedro Sun

Re-Opening of Elections and Boundaries Registration Offices
The Elections and Boundaries Department informs the public that all Registration Offices countrywide will be open to the public effective Monday, May 4, 2020, during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In an effort to ensure we continue to provide efficient services while protecting staff and the public, the cooperation of all is required. In the wake of COVID-19, services will be provided by adhering to the strict safety guidelines as mandated by the Government of Belize. Social distancing protocols will be strictly enforced in the provision of services.

Various Belizean Sources

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BLESSED & HAPPY RETIREMENT TO DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE MR. ROBERT "MAR" MARIANO
The commissioner of Police, Chester C. Williams, the Senior ranks and file of the Belize Police Department salute and congratulate Mr. Robert Mariano, Retired Deputy Commissioner of Police, as he says his final goodbye to the department. Mr. Mar, as he is fondly known by all, joined the ranks of the Belize Police Force on February 2nd, 1982, and completed his tenure of service on May 3rd, 2020. Mr. Mariano committed a total of (32) years of dedicated service to the people and country of Belize.

Attention Belizeans in Europe requiring extensions of stay
EMBASSY OF BELIZE - MISSION OF BELIZE TO THE EUROPEAN UNION - NOTICE CONCERNING EXTENSION OF STAY PROCEDURES FOR BELIZEAN NATIONALS IN EUROPE The Embassy of Belize in Brussels wishes to advise that Belizean Nationals currently visiting or residing in Europe on a Schengen Visa, and whose stay may need to be extended as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, are generally eligible for visa extensions free of charge due to Force Majeure. For further information on extension of stay procedures in Belgium, France and The Netherlands, kindly visit the link below. https://www.embassvofbelizebrussels.oro/latest-posts If assistance is needed regarding information on visa extension policies and procedures of other states in Europe, please contact the Embassy of Belize. The Embassy is reachable via telephone at +32 (0)2 732 6204 or email at embassy@embelizebrussels.be.

Daycares Remain Closed
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation advises the public that daycares will remain closed until further notice. This decision is under the advice of the Ministry of Health and in line with the school closures announced by the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As announced by the Attorney General, and according to the latest statutory instrument, SI No. 65 of 2020, governing the country’s state of emergency, the public is advised that while daycares are not permitted to operate, babysitters are allowed to work by going to a person's home or caring for a child in their home.

San Pedro Town Board Hours
We are open! We remind the public that our offices are open from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Dr. D's Clinic temporary working hours on Caye Caulker
9am - 12pm & 2pm - 5pm. Consultation will be by appointment only so as to continue practicing Social Distancing! Stay Safe!

RCD Barge Service this week to Caye Caulker
See below our run for this coming week. We will be accepting cargo at the Port of Belize on Wednesday up until 2pm and again on Thursday up until 2pm. We then depart for Caye Caulker to do deliveries on Friday. Kindly have all chilled items delivered on Thursday only. Any further questions, please feel free to message us or call the office at 206-0083. Keep staying safe. Be reminded that RCD hardware is open for Deliveries ONLY. Call 206-0083 and place your orders!!!

The Super Furia Band Mother's Day Concert
The Super Furia Band will be performing a concert on Mother's Day. They'll stream it online for everyone to see. We inviting everyone to tune in this Sunday May 10th, 2020 for another live edition, this time we be celebrating Mother’s Day. Yess, beautiful and Blessed Mother’s we be Serenating you all from 3pm to 5pm. Tune in to win prizes and let’s make it a family affair.

Immigration Offices Open for expired stamps and visas
The Ministry of Immigration offices around the country are open as of today. People who have expired stamps can go to the nearest office to renew their permission to be in the country. If the stamp/visa expired in April you will be asked to pay according to the old fee schedule. If the stamp/visa expired after May 1, 2020 it will be under the new fee guidelines as announced by the Government of Belize.

The Artist of the Day, Nicole Craig
Nicole is from Belize City and is a marine biologist. Her greatest passion, however, has always been music. She’s been singing since childhood, starting off in church, then expanding to bigger stages with directors such as Frankie Reneau. She plays the violin and piano - skills that come in handy for songwriting. Though her face may be unfamiliar, her voice and songwriting are behind many familiar projects. Nicole has written songs for various Belizean artists and has lent her voice to theme songs for television programs such as Channel 5’s "From Yes to I Do" and "If You Can Sing It, Bring It,’ and ads such as Mirab’s "Be Our Guest." She has shared her knowledge of music through voice coaching and support for artists participating in Belizean singing competitions.

Learning Packages Distribution Sites
Learning Packages for students from San Pedro Town can be picked up at the following locations: 777 Supermarket, Dorado Store and 21 Store. Learning Packages for students from Caye Caulker Village can be picked up at the following location: ZZ Store, Hicaqueno Store, Enjoy Store, China Town and JC Max Supermarket.

BELTRAIDE Office Hours
The general public is hereby informed that BELTRAIDE’s offices are now physically opened for business effective Monday May 4th, 9AM-4PM on weekdays.

Covid-19 Relief Fundraising Campaign for Ocean Academy High School on Caye Caulker
Today is a special "Giving Tuesday," celebrating a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Please consider giving to help us continue our mission to "foster the academic, physical and spiritual growth of all students who demonstrate a strong desire to learn, preparing graduates to pursue a life at home or abroad with personal and professional achievement."

Ministry of Natural Resources Re-Opening Protocols
The Ministry of Natural Resources informs the public that all offices countrywide are open between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 12 midday and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. To maintain the health and safety of customers and employees and to comply with the Government of Belize’s regulations, effective immediately, all persons conducting business at any office countrywide are required to wear a face mask that covers their mouth and nose, practice good hand hygiene, and adhere to social distancing protocols.

Change in the Pump Price of Diesel
The Ministry of Finance announces that effective Tuesday, May 5, 2020, the pump price for diesel will decrease by $0.36 from $8.25 to $ 7.89 per gallon. The prices for premium gasoline, regular gasoline and kerosene will remain unchanged at $10.92, $7.26 and $5.43 per gallon, respectively.

Update from the Office of the Director of Health Services
This is the 7th week since we first diagnosed a first case of COVID-19 and it is therefore important to be on the lookout for data as it evolves. We are going into a 4th week since our last case was diagnosed but we CANNOT lose sight of the fact that our neighbours are having escalating numbers in terms of cases and deaths.

Celi’s Deli Opens in San Pedro
We’d like to thank our long-time and loyal customers for being so patient and inform the public that Celi’s Deli will be reopening tomorrow, Tuesday, May 5 2020 from 6AM-12 Noon! We’ll have all the Celi’s Deli basics available like Tortillas, Johnny Cakes, Burritos, Powder Bun, Cupcakes, Rice and Beans, Coffee, Tea and all our usual juices! We’ll be taking orders for pickup from as early as 5:15 on any of the following numbers (668-8884 | 624-0103 | 631-2404 | 604-2354) We recommend all our customers call in advanced to place your orders to assure we abide by all the social distancing policies put in place by the GOB. We hope you’ve all stayed safe through this time and we look forward to seeing and serving you tomorrow!

Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen Tuesday Location
Tuesday, May 5th Meal Pick ups Location: Food Republic Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30 pm Please continue to bring your containers and bags. Thanks!

Raffle to benefit Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen
We are excited to announce for this weeks raffle We'Yu Boutique Hotel has donated a one week stay. For every $100 donated (or more) to the Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen GoFundMe starting Monday, May 4 at 6 p.m. (CST) and ending Sunday, May 10 at 3:00 p.m. (CST) donors will be entered into a raffle for a 7 night stay at the beautiful We'Yu Boutique Hotel on the popular Koko King Beach. One entry for every $100.00 donated, so your name will be entered twice when donating $200.00, etc. Value: 1,190.00 USD

BELTRAIDE has a short online survey about COVID 19's effects on Belizean businesses
In an effort to better assess the impacts of COVID-19 on our clients across BELTRAIDE’s strategic mandates of investment (BelizeINVEST), trade (EXPORTBelize), entrepreneurship (SBDCBelize) and capacity development (BTEC), we humbly encourage you to participate in this short economic impact assessment survey which should take around 3 to 5 minutes to complete. All responses will be kept anonymous and confidential, and will only to be used internally by BELTRAIDE in further advising the Belize’s National Economic Oversight Committee on COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Economic Stability Sub-Committee in support of national socioeconomic recovery and transformational efforts. Through the survey results you provide, we also anticipate the deployment of our continued policy advocacy efforts as guided by our mantra of “Making Business Happen.”

Cayo Animal Welfare Society has lost some of their sponsorship
We received some very sad news over the weekend. Our two monthly donors/sponsors who have been keeping us afloat have shifted the majority of their financial support to other animal welfare groups. There are many worthy organizations doing good work. We will still be receiving $100 US per month. We are grateful for that. However, this means we will not be able to continue to rescue and rehome more than a handful of dogs. Each one we take in costs a minimum of $200 bzd just for sterilization surgery and basic vet care (shots and worming). This does not include food or flea and tick meds. We also humanely euthanize a large number of sick and injured dogs each year and each one costs $50-$100 bzd.

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize (04-MAY-2020)
Event: United Airlines flight UA3023, which departs Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) on Thursday May 7, 2020 at 12:00 noon and arrives in Houston at 15:30 pm, is fully booked. If you are a passenger on this flight, please read the following important information concerning your safe departure from Belize. If you are not a passenger on this flight but are still interested in repatriating to the United States, please skip to step number 5. 1. Transportation: The Government of Belize has stated that due to the availability of public transportation options, all passengers must arrange their own travel to PGIA. Please arrive at the airport at least three hours before the flight departs.

$200 Million Port Loyola cruise port consultation underway
Chamberlain Consulting, the firm handling social engagement for the Port of Belize Ltd., held another round of stakeholder consultations today regarding the substantive Port Loyola Expansion project. The consultation, which brought together members of the creative sector from across the country, forms a part of a wider process required by the Department of the Environment (DOE) for the company's Environmental And Social Impact Assessment.

42 YEARS OF SERVICE TO BATSUB, LEROY BRADLEY RETIRES
On Wed 28 Apr, BATSUB said a fond-farewell to Mr Leroy Bradley as he retires from BATSUB: Mr Bradley started work for the British Forces Belize on 18 Apr 1977 as a 17-year-old (4 years before Belize became an independent country). He retired from the British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB) on the 29 April 2020 aged 60 years old, after 43 years unbroken and loyal service to HM Forces.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint Mama Manatee and baby.

Channel 7

Consequence for A Family Caught Slipping into Belize
Belize now only has two active cases of COVID 19, and there have been no new cases detected in 22 days. And while that is reason for some comfort, we live in a country with porous borders and with our northern neighbour Quintana Roo now reporting over 900 COVID 19 cases - we're always just one illegal river crossing away from entering a danger zone. And that's why last week government announced that anyone found illegally entering Belize will face three months in jail. That became the law on Friday with the new State of Emergency regulations.

The Streets Are Alive, Cops Under Stress
And while police patrols along the Rio Hondo and the northern border are increased, they also have to deploy more officers to population centres which got their first breath of life after a month of soft lockdown. A countrywide state of emergency was put into effect on April first, and today, the streets got an infusion of life. Jules Vasquez reports: Downtown Belize City looked alive again this morning - the first day after the most restrictive measures were relaxed.

Enforcing Mandatory Masks
And doing better for police means cracking down on the catalogue of new offences - that mainly have to do with the mandatory wearing of masks. On Friday it became the law that everyone in a public place, public space, or public office or building must wear a face mask, anyone providing services in a business or office must do the same, and even if you're exercising in the morning, you also have to wear a mask. It's part of the measures to keep Belize COVID free, but many found the masks oppressive - and on Saturday, police charged 15 persons for "Failure to wear a cloth mask or other face covering whilst in public."

Businesses Charged For Illegally Opening
Police also charged two businesses for opening when - according to the regulations - they should have stayed closed. One of them was a bar, and - under the state of emergency regulations - those are definitely supposed to be closed: Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: "In terms of business establishment that were open that were not supposed to be opened, I know the Shanti Store in Corozal was charged for opening whole he should be closed. On the 2nd May we have a number of business establishments that were open on Albert Street that were not supposed to open and we quickly close them down..."

Water Taxi Lax With Social Distance Requirement
But, the regulations for businesses that were permitted to open had changed by this morning, and we'll tell you about that later in the news. But, out in San Pedro with water taxi operations returning to normal - there were some major issues with inadequate social distance in the queue to get into the boat. The Commissioner says if they don't do better, those water taxi's will be forced to shut down:

Cop Caught Tossing Man Around Like A Ragdoll
And while the police have to be watching every sector of society from storeowners and to barbershops, to buses and water taxis, they are also being watched. And a case of abuse came to the fore over the weekend when a cop was caught on camera tossing a man about like a rag doll. Today, the weary commissioner would only say that he had heard about it:

Cabbie Killed In OW
There was a Sunday evening killing near Orange Walk Town. It happened just before 6:00. 54-year-old Mathias Alpuche, a taxi driver from Trial Farm village, had picked up a fare and was headed down Honey Camp Road when he was viciously attacked, likely by that very passenger. Cherisse Halsall went to Trial Farm Village to find out more: It was early Sunday evening when the usual peace and tranquility of Honey Camp Road was shattered by the skidding of a swerving car. An eyewitness told CTV3 what she saw as the car lurched down the road:

Solider Dies, 7 Others Injured
26-year-old BDF soldier Pristley Rancharan was killed on Friday in a road traffic accident that left 8 of his passengers and fellow soldiers injured. It happened just before 5:00 pm between miles 4 and 5 on the Consejo Road. All 9 soldiers were travelling in a government-owned D-Max Pickup which had been loaned to the BDF. Rancharan was driving en route to Corozal Town from Consejo village when he lost control of the vehicle. ACP Joseph Myvette provided further details earlier today.

Accused of Killing A 90 Year Old
It's remembered as one of the most brutal murders of 2017. A defenseless 90-year-old killed by two men while working in his store for what, at the time, his family said was 50 dollars in a drawer. In truth one of Pablo Pol's murders was a minor. He was caught by Guinea Grass Villagers just 12 days later, but his accomplice long known to be 29-year-old Amin Cho had long evaded capture. That is until today. And this morning ACP Myvette told us how Cho is being brought to justice.

Griga Gangs, Cops Concede Failure
There was another shooting in Dangriga town last night. At around 8:00, 35 year old Luwany Mena and 62 year old Ernest Mena were at home on their verandah when a gunman hid behind a post and shot them. Luwany was shot to the right hand and Ernest to the left side of the ankle while the gunman ran off. The shooting comes 5 days after a couple was shot in the same area of the town. It's a gang dispute between feuding rival groups that are both trying to take dominance in the town.

Central American LPG Importers, Stopped At COA
Turning now to some important news from last week... One week ago, we told you how the Central American LPG companies: Gas Tomza, Southern Choice Butane, and Belize Western Energy Limited, lost their first court battle against the Barrow Administration. They are attempting to resist the Government-enforced change in the local market for cooking gas, which we call butane, but is known scientifically as Liquified Petroleum Gas, or LPG. The LPG companies and their attorneys quickly filed an appeal, and during the course of Tuesday and Wednesday, the judges of the Court of Appeal heard from attorneys for both sides. We understand that the LPG companies offered several grounds of appeal.

Diesel Drops, Finally
Regular gasoline went down significantly over a week ago, and tonight, the Ministry of Finance is announcing that the pump price for diesel is also decreasing by 36 cents. As of midnight tonight, diesel will go down from $8.25 per gallon to $7.89 per gallon. The price of premium gasoline, regular gasoline, and kerosene will remain unchanged at $10.92, $7.26, and $5.43 per gallon respectively.

Sowing The Solution For COVID 19
At the top of the newscast, we gave you a look at the resumption of commercial activity that we saw in 3 major municipalities countrywide today. The noticeable change is due to a relaxation of the State of Emergency Regulations, which were passed in an amendment today. We'll share that with you later on in the news. But, we pick things up in Belize City on Saturday, before that amendment, when the police shut down a number of businesses in the downtown area.

SOE Regs, Going Through Changes
That was Saturday, but today, things had changed. Last week, the Attorney General said that there would be a daily assessment of the COVID-19 threat. He stressed that there was the possibility that the Government would be willing to lift more restrictions if the medical authorities were in agreement that the public health threat was decreasing. Well after taking a close look at the big picture over the holiday weekend, the Government has decided to allow the domestic economy to restart to a certain degree. During today's edition of the Ask The Experts Webcast, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte returned to announce that the Governor-General has signed a new Statutory Instrument into law, which allows for the vast majority of businesses to re-open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

Some Remain Shuttered
But, there is still a group of businesses that the Government is not allowing to re-open because the working environment is conducive to the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 disease. Here's what the Attorney General had to say about enterprises that will remain closed: "These are the businesses that remain closed. These are the businesses and activities that remain closed: casinos and gaming establishments, spas - which means, especially the ladies are limited to a manicure, pedicure, and hair..."

Keeping Albert Street On A Tight Leash
For those businesses that will be allowed to re-open, the Government and the police department will be strict with them about the enforcement of social distancing best-practices. That's what the Attorney General said while he was answering a question about the classification of daycares. He said that if business owners cannot maintain social distancing protocols, it is best that they keep their businesses closed because they will face harsh consequences. Here is the AG making the point that Downtown Belize City will be under the police microscope:

San Pedro Sync'd Up With National Laws
And, police are also keeping a very close eye on San Pedro. That's the municipality that tried to create its own rules outside of the national State of Emergency declaration. Today, the Commissioner told us that they have laid down the law:

Major Crime Stats Down, A Curfew Dip?
And for those that break the S-O-E regulations, there are criminal charges. On Saturday, police charged 62 people countrywide for various offenses under the State of Emergency Regulations. 1 person was also summoned for being unable to provide a reasonable explanation for movement outside of the curfew. 27 persons were charged with breaching the curfew. 15 people were charged with failure to wear a cloth mask or other face and mouth covering while in public. 9 people were charged with being unable to provide a reasonable explanation for movement outside of the curfew.

Police Dept. Will Have A Female Deputy
And, the COMPOL also announced today that one of his deputies is retiring:

E & B Open For Business
The Elections and Boundaries Department is one of the Government Departments that reopened its offices countrywide for a resumption of somewhat-normal operations. A press release from Elections and Boundaries says that all registration offices have reopened for regular business. The new working hours are from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Channel 5

Orange Walk Taxi Man Murdered
The weekend ended in tragedy for the family of a taxi man in the north. Fifty-four year old Matias Alpuche was stabbed to death by his fare in the Petsville [...]

Four Persons, Including Two Minors, Busted for Illegal Entry Into Belize
A family of four, including two minors, was busted over the weekend for defying the most severe piece of law to come into effect during the state of emergency.  Despite [...]

The Reopening of the Economy; Business Not as Usual
This morning, there was far more movement in the city and around the country as almost all businesses are now open and so did government offices and statutory boards. But [...]

ComPol Explains Confusion with Stores Being Shut Down on Saturday
The reopening of some businesses started on Saturday morning following the announcement of the new statutory instrument. Many stores in downtown Belize City opened their doors after weeks of closure [...]

Another Patient Recovers from COVID-19; Only 2 Active Cases Remain
The good news tonight is that there are no new cases of COVID-19 for twenty-one consecutive days.  On Sunday, another patient recovered from the virus after having twice tested negative [...]

Random Testing for COVID-19 Underway
Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero also told News Five that random testing began over the weekend for frontline workers and other persons. He confirms that the ministry is [...]

Luwani and Ernest Mena Injured in Shooting Incident in Kulcha Capital
Just before the eight o’clock curfew on Sunday night, gunshots rang out in the Benguche area of Dangriga.  When the shooting subsided, a man and a woman had both been [...]

Dangriga Shooting is Gang-Related, Police Presence Increases
The shooting on Sunday night in Dangriga is the result of an ongoing feud between rival gangs, a beef that has been simmering for several weeks and has landed two [...]

B.D.F. Soldier Loses Life in Fatal RTA
A Belize Defense Force soldier lost his life in a traffic accident on Friday evening in the Corozal District.  Eight other persons, who were traveling in the Isuzu pickup truck [...]

Wanted for a 2017 Murder, Amin Cho is Finally Detained and Charged
Wanted murder suspect Amin Cho has been detained and charged. The Guinea Grass resident was wanted for the 2017 murder of Pedro Pol, an elderly shopkeeper of August Pine Ridge. [...]

New SOE Means More Work for Police Officers
Statutory Instrument Sixty-Two has brought into effect a new two-month state of emergency on May first and with it a revised set of regulations to govern the movement of the [...]

Masks Must Cover Mouth and Nose, Or Else…
Over the extended weekend as many as sixty-two persons were arrested and charged for various offences related to the state of emergency.  That total is a considerable reduction from previous [...]

New Amendments to S.I. 62 of 2020
New state of emergency amendments have been made to Statutory Instrument number sixty-two of 2020, which allows for the reopening of a large number businesses in various categories. The Attorney [...]

AG Explains Different Opening and Closing Hours for More Businesses
…outside of those businesses, the amendments also make provision for many other businesses to operate during this extended state of emergency.  Those businesses are to operate from eight in the [...]

No Parties, No Social or Religious Gatherings, etc…
When it comes to other public events and different forms of social gatherings, the Attorney General says that those are still not allowed.  Michael Peyrefitte spoke on the topic of [...]

Mask, Social Distancing, and other Regulations Likely to be in Place for the Next Couple Weeks!
In his presentation, the AG shared some important reminders that the public must adhere to at all times. Peyrefitte notes that the borders remain closed; the curfew is still in [...]

Are You Allowed to Swim During the SOE? The A.G. Responds
To wrap up the AG’s presentation…when it comes to swimming at public pools, rivers, creeks, the sea and other waterways; that is off limits. But if you are on a [...]

Diesel Price Goes Down at the Pumps
The pump price for diesel will finally go down tonight, but the decrease is not such a big one. At midnight, diesel drops by thirty-six cents to sell at seven [...]

Was Deon Ferguson’s House Burglarized and then Set on Fire?
There was a fire over the weekend that wiped out a man’s house in Belize City. Deon Ferguson, a tourism worker from San Pedro, received a call just before eleven [...]

Fire at Chetumal Dumpsite Affecting Corozaleños
A fire across the northern border, at a dumpsite, has been brought under control, but the smoke continues to billow, affecting residents of the area as well as of the [...]

No Social Distancing at San Pedro Water Taxi Terminal
Enforcing that citizens maintain six feet of social distance is part of the police department’s mandate during this state of emergency.  In San Pedro this morning, dozens of passengers were [...]

Reports of Police Abuse During SOE are Down Says ComPol Williams
Reports of officers abusing their authority during the state of emergency have gone down significantly since the Professional Standards Branch of the Belize Police Department has been actively investigating a [...]

Making Masks Work in Orange Walk
After weeks of being under lockdown, Belizeans across the country get to move a bit more and return to work.  There is a new normal though; everyone must wear a [...]

The Struggles of Town Councils Amid COVID-19
As there is a softening of the regulations and the economy is beginning to crank up, town and city councils countrywide are trying to figure out how to keep financially [...]

LOVE FM

78% of the COVID-19 patients in Belize has recovered
Forty-five days ago Belize had its first confirmed case of COVID-19. Fast forward to today and there have been eighteen cases total with fourteen considered as recovered patients; two as active patients and two who lost their fight to the virus.

Robert Mariano retires after 38 years in police force
After thirty-eight years of service, Robert Mariano has retired as Deputy Commissioner of Police. He joined the Belize Police Force on February 2, 1982, and completed his tenure of service on May 3, 2020. Mariano committed several years of dedicated service to the people and country of Belize.

BDF soldier dies after vehicle overturns
He was twelve miles away from home where his family members were awaiting him. 27-year-old Pristley Rancharan didn’t make it home, however, as the vehicle he was driving flipped multiple times, killing him almost instantly.

Local journalists observe World Press Freedom Day
World Press Freedom Day was observed on May 3, and is dedicated to the autonomy that the press warrants to be able to report on issues without interference from government or political officials. It is a day set aside to remind governments of their duty to uphold the right to freedom of expression.

State of Emergency regulations eased under SI 62
The first announcement of COVID-19 in Belize brought about an awareness and submission by Belizeans as they relate to proper hygiene, social distancing, and the likes. The Government had begun shutting down the country by phases and restrictions on movements were made throughout the course of the last six weeks.

Three persons arrested for illegally crossing into Belize
Three of the five dozen persons arrested and charged over the weekend were for Entering Belize Illegally. Since the beginning of the State of Emergency, entry into Belize was prohibited from Non-Belizeans and Belizeans. In the New Statutory Instrument #62, the Government recognized that persons have been illegally crossing into Belize, Now these persons will be arrested and charged for the offense. Over the weekend two persons in the North and one person in the south were caught illegally crossing.

Upcoming hurricane season predicted to be very active
The Atlantic Hurricane Season is set to open in 27 days. For this year, the US-based Colorado State University has issued a warning that the 6-month season is anticipated to be more active than previous years. According to the tropical weather project team at the university, there will be sixteen named storms that will carry gusts of at least sixty-two miles per hour.

Taxi man killed in Northern Belize
The lifeless body of a 54-year-old taxi man was found inside his vehicle yesterday evening just after six o’clock. Mathias Alpuche, a Trial Farm Village resident reportedly had a passenger in the vehicle while traveling on the Honey Camp Road in the Petville Area of the Orange Walk District.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Consultation for US $200 million Port expansion project continues
Chamberlain Consulting, the firm handling social engagement for the Port of Belize Ltd., held another […]

Ex-butane importers claim limited supply of LPG as National Gas Company takes charge
According to a press statement from the former major importers of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG/butane), there […]

Belizean athlete signs football contract with Sheffield United
Belizean athlete, Angelo Capello, informed via his social media followers that he has agreed to […]

Diesel gets price decrease
The cost of diesel will decrease at midnight tonight. And so instead of paying $8.25 […]

Churches still not allowed to open
The Attorney General today explained the amendment made to statutory instrument 65 of 2020, which […]

AG explains amendment to SI, most businesses allowed to open
The Attorney General, Micheal Peyrefitte explained today that the Governor General Colville Young has signed […]

Saint Ignatius High plans virtual graduation; honor roll students will be highlighted in media
Saint Ignatius High School in Santa Elena, Cayo is planning for fourth form students to […]

Reward offered for assistance in Matias Alpuche murder investigation
Authorities are offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest […]

NICH – Artist of the Day is Nicole Craig
Nicole Craig is from Belize City and is a marine biologist. Her greatest passion, however, has […]

Chester Williams sends warning to persons using water taxi
Today Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, commented on persons leaving San Pedro. He explained, “The […]

Belizean nationals in Europe on Schengen visa encouraged to contact Belize Embassy for assistance with extension
The Embassy of Belize in Brussels wishes to inform Belizean nationals currently visiting or residing […]

Daycares remain closed until further notice; babysitters allowed to work
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation reminded the public today that […]

Police investigate murder of taxi driver
Police reports indicate that around 5:52 p.m. yesterday, cops responded to a scene on Honey […]

Two shot in Dangriga
Two men were shot in the Benguche Area, Dangriga Town last night. Luwany Lurian Mena, […]

Taxi driver robbed and killed in Orange Walk
Shortly after 6 o’clock last night a taxi man was killed in Orange Walk. He […]

Blogs

Belize’s Best Snorkeling Spots
With a prime location in the Caribbean that features crystalline aqua waters, Belize is one of the best spots in the world for snorkeling. Besides, Belize’s tropical weather and ocean temperatures typically remain the same year-round. So, no matter what time of year you visit Belize, snorkeling opportunities are endless! Belize is home to 80% of the Mesoamerican Reef System with three offshore atolls and hundreds of cayes to snorkel. Let’s take a look at some of the best spots to explore Belize’s fascinating underwater landscapes. Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Turneffe Reef Atoll, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Glover’s Reef Atoll, Tobacco Caye.

How Many Times Did I Go Out? And Farm Fresh List
I live close to the heart of downtown San Pedro and it is all too easy to walk out the door during allowed times, especially now with the relaxed ruling. Longer business hours in some cases mean less waiting in lin-ups, making it more appealing to be out. However, I know the government really doesn’t want us going out and since we now have to wear masks or be fined $5000 or two years in jail, that makes it easier to stay home.

Nautical Bohemia: artist Margaret Hulse gives catamaran sails new life!
Dallas artist and owner of Mpulse Studio, Margaret Hulse, has been working from her Boca del Rio studio in Ambergris Caye for the past year, using her art to support the community through women’s advocacy projects, serving women who are healing from domestic violence through her Love Necklace Campaign and the Empower through Love Project. She has recently launched a collection of art titled, Nautical Bohemia. Hulse is furthering her mission to support our community by painting on used catamaran sails from No Rush Tours, and using a combination of nautical themed imagery and bright, tropical flowers, to illustrate ideas of self-love and adventure, and the importance of loving ourselves during every aspect of our life’s journeys, even during the most trying times.

International Sourcesizz

Will international travel resume this year? Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says it's 'too hard to tell'
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin encouraged Americans to focus on domestic travel this year as the international travel outlook for the rest of 2020 remains uncertain amid the coronavirus pandemic. In response to a question from Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network Monday about whether international travel will be opened up this year, he responded, “Too hard to tell at this point." The Treasury secretary clarified that there may be room for limited international travel: “Obviously, for businesspeople that do need to travel, there will be travel on a limited basis."

Videos

  • HUGE FIRE YESTERDAY AT ONE OF THE DUMPSITES IN THE OUTSKIRTS OF CHETUMAL, MEXICO, 1/2min. Firefighters and sailors fight the fire in the clandestine dump of Chetumal.

  • People leaving Ambergris Caye Monday morning, 1min. this morning... not much social distancing....

  • Peter Lawrence on ReefTV, 2hr.

  • Manhandled by Police, 1/2min. A family in San Pedro Town is furious after one of their own was man handled by a law enforcement officer. Attached is a short clip shared by the family.

  • The Belize Virtual Music Festival Encore session, 16min. Relaxing.

  • Crystal Caves, Belize, 1min. The Crystal caves are one of the most complex caves systems in Belize. The Mayan people left offerings in the caves as they believed they were the passage to the underworld. Remains of human sacrifices are scattered through the caves tunnels.

  • Dry season "Prep Time" April before the Rainy season, 6min. Here it is - Ras Indio gives us an illustration of how he starts his plants before putting them out in the Gardens or Fields The 1st peek at our New series about Farm Life in Belize !!! Primarily in HarmonyVille, Belize area. We will be teaching you how we grow different fruits & vegetables while giving knowledge of how to get the best organic produce. We will also show you different local Belizean home recipes with the same fruits & vegetables we grow!!!

  • Monday's "Ask the Experts", 75min. Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General & Minister of National Security, joined us.

  • Despierta Belice May 4 2020, 3hr.

  • Lack of social distancing in San Pedro, 2min. Up to the weekend, cross district travels were authorized for essential purposes only. A video circulated on social media which was captured at the San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi in San Pedro shows a mass of persons gathered at the terminal without any adherence to social distancing in Police presence. Operators of these vessels, buses, and airplanes still have a task in ensuring that persons carry out the necessary precautionary measures in line with SI #62.

  • Bringing The Belize Zoo To You, 2min. Keeper Feature: Meet Shania! Continuing with our "Bringing The Belize Zoo To You" program, we'd like to introduce you to one of our bird keepers: Shania Lee!

  • Traditional Beeswax Candle Making, 5min. A short video about beeswax candle making. Showcasing the intangible cultral heritage of our community element that has been rescued by Mr.Raul Shish. Benque House of Culture

  • Maja Blanca, 2min. Treat yourself to an all time favourite!

  • XTC Dive Center Overview, 2min. Welcome to XTC Dive Center! We are located in the small fishing village of Xcalak. It is the southernmost town on the Mexican Caribbean coast, on the border with Belize and within the Xcalak Reef National Marine Park.

  • XTC Overview, 2min. Xcalak is on the tip of a peninsula that borders the Caribbean sea to the east and Chetumal Bay to the west, which are part of a unique, extremely connected and bio-diverse eco-system made up of 15 miles of protected coral reefs, mangroves, rivers, lagoons and bays that make for a nature lover’s paradise.

  • Belize 2019 May 4, 2020, 4min.

  • Wyndham Grand Belize Venezia Del Caribe, 3min.

  • WACPtv Belize: Belize on LOCKDOWN, 25min.

  • Acción Deportiva, 30min.

  • Milpa, the environment, and the government, 30min. The Grey Spaces podcast launched its first episode today!! Check it out to learn about the role of Milpa Farming in our society, the environment, and recent government regulations. Enjoy!