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The San Pedro Sun

New Chairman Appointed for the Social Security Board
Dr. Colin Young has been appointed as the new chairman of the board of directors for the Social Security Board. His appointment is effective as of today, May 6th. He succeeds Mr. Douglas Singh who resigned in April 2020. Dr. Young is currently the Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center. Prior to this, he served as the CEO of the Social Security Board from 2017 to 2019.

No more active cases in Belize; nation ranks high on the global scale in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic
Belize is one of the top countries in its region and around the world for having contained COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and managing to ensure no further active cases for over three weeks. This success has allowed economies to slowly begin to open, particularly in Belize and other Caribbeans nations, where the tourism industry has been crushed by the pandemic.

UNICEF scales up support to Belize Ministry of Education’s School Feeding Program during COVID-19 pandemic
In Belize, UNICEF continues to pledge its commitment to support programs initiated and subsidized by the Government of Belize. To this end, UNICEF has provided funding for access to a thousand (1000) nutrition hampers, including hygiene kits to be distributed to the families of children who have been beneficiaries of the Ministry of Education’s School Feeding Program.

Mexican Naval Vessel’s crash on the reef at Tuffy Channel believed to be caused by drifting buoy marker
A Mexican Naval vessel ran aground on the barrier reef at the Tuffy Channel in front of Ambergris Caye on Wednesday, May 6th shortly after 12:30PM. The military boat was reportedly traveling to the Mexican City of Chetumal when it crashed on the reef. After a couple of hours sitting on the reef, the boat was removed in a safe manner with the assistance of the Belize Coast Guard (BCG) and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, who carried out an initial assessment of the situation. In the coming days, the Department of Environment (DOE), will conduct a further impact assessment and submit it to Belize’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be dealt with at a State to State level.

Fisheries Department Office Operations and Services during COVID-19 State of Emergency
The Fisheries Department thanks the public for its cooperation at this time and continues to encourage everyone to put precautionary measures in place to protect the health and safety of all. For additional updates, follow the Facebook Page of the Fisheries Department and website.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Thursday, May 7th Meal Pick ups: Location: Happy Lobster. Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am, Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm. We appreciate the containers and bags you've been bringing!

Maya Island Air resumes limited services today
Maya Island Air advises the public that scheduled flights will be available from San Pedro, Savannah, Placencia and Dangriga for essential travelers and freight to Belize City and the Philip Goldson International Airport May 6th ,2020. Customers can call our office at 223-1140 to book or send email request at info@mayaislandair.com Canadian passengers repatriating to Canada must be at the Philip Goldson International Airport, 2 hours prior to flight time.

More questions about the Private LPG Monopoly
So My question is - how does Belize amend a law that has existed for 30 years to give a US pig farmer majority ownership in a Belize National Butane company? Please Don’t pay any attention to the fact that the laws are amended by the AG office and the AG law partner is sitting as Secretary on new company and have filed the paperwork for the newly established company. Now inquiring minds want to know : 1. is the AG financially benefiting via his law firm with this new Butane company ? 2. What does a pig farmer know about butane gas ? ...

IMPORTANT BELTRAIDE NOTICE: SURVEY
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.”

"From My Home" Art Contest
ART HUB BELIZE - Running out of ideas for the little ones? Let your kids show off their artistic talent by entering our "From My Home" Art Contest. Our selected winner will have the chance to receive a little treat from our sponsors. All submissions will be displayed on our Facebook page and will be judged by our Art Team. Remember everyone is a winner when it comes to Art! You can enter the contest by sending best quality photos of your child's submission via email or whatsapp . Kids can enter one artwork per child using any material or art technique.


With global limitations on social gatherings, the closure of cultural and heritage spaces including museums, sites and reserves, libraries, community centers, as well as the cancellation of concerts, festivals and other arts and cultural heritage activities, many communities are struggling to identify opportunities and spaces for the continued practice, transmission, and showcase of their cultural heritage. What we often fail to realize though, is that we can and do practice our cultural heritage every day from the safety of our own homes. Here you’ll find some ideas of how you can engage with your heritage while at home.

Business Continuity for Tour Operators and Accommodations
Kindly register for the first webinar on May 11, 2020, here.

The Artist of the Day, Bredda David Obi
David Obi, better known by his stage name bredda “DAVID” is Belize’s most revolutionary musician and is known to be the creator of “Kungo Muzik”, the Tribal Afro sound of Belize. Obi was born in Belize City but grew up in Dangriga with his grandaunt and granduncle. He migrated to the United States where he joined a Belizean band in Los Angeles, California by the name of “Astros” playing solely cover tunes from other artists. Obi later joined another band, before going on his own in 1978, to form a 3-piece rock band, “Scorpios Jurny” where he first began writing original music. The members of the band included Emmanuel Good, Lem Vaughn, and himself, David Obi.

Mrs.Lydia Ramcharan Pollard, curator of Window into the Past East Indian Museum
As part of our Museum Month activities we would like to introduce Mrs.Lydia Ramcharan Pollard, curator of Window into the Past East Indian Museum. The cultural museum is located at Mile 83 on the Phillip Goldson Highway where Ranchito Village meets Corozal Town. The museum opened in 2001 with inspiration from Lydia's husband who encouraged her, as Lydia had a substantial collection in her possession. She visited friends and family in Calcutta Village where she grew up with requests for contribution of artifacts and received overwhelming support. Over the years she has catered to schools, scout groups (overnight camping facilities) and visitors alike. Lydia's museum focuses on East Indian heritage but also houses Maya and British artifacts. Lydia has been a regular contributor of the Corozal House of Culture from it's inauguration in 2012, always ready and able to support our events and activities. In 2012 Lydia was awarded the Woman of Culture Award by the National Institute of Culture & History. If you would like to visit the Window into the Past East Indian Museum kindly call Miss Lydia at 651-9168.

Gilharry Seven Mother's Day Show
This Mothers Day we can all kick back and enjoy the great songs of the mighty Gilharry Seven with their Backyard Quarantine live performance beginning at 10am!!

New 'Dear Belize' Campaign Offers Free Trip for Two
The Belize Tourism Board wants people stuck at home to spread some love during the COVID-19 pandemic with a new virtual postcard campaign. Within the next four weeks, eager travelers are encouraged to submit a video in a bid to win a free trip to Belize once it is safe to travel again. A “Dear Belize” virtual postcard should be a short video that explains the participant’s love for the beautiful Central American/Caribbean destination. A winner will be selected at random, but favorites of the Dear Belize team will be shared on its social media platforms, so participants are encouraged to be creative.

Repatriation Flights to Canada and the USA
There are currently two United Airlines repatriation flights from Belize to the United States. The airport and all borders in Belize remain closed. We are grateful to United Airlines and the Government of Belize for providing these flights. Flight 1 - Thursday May 7, 2020: United Airlines Flight UA3023 departs Belize City on Thursday May 7, 2020 at 12:00 pm (noon) and arrives in Houston, TX at 15:30 pm. This flight is currently fully booked but you may wish to check www.United.com for additional seats due to cancellations or other issues. Flight 2 - Thursday May 14, 2020: United Airlines Flight UA3023 departs Belize City on Thursday May 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm (noon) and arrives in Houston, TX at 15:28 pm. There are currently available seats on this flight but please note they will fill up quickly. Please see information below for making a reservation or other questions.

Support La Isla Carinosa Academy Education Program
In 2015, Alberto Luis August established a small high-quality school on the island of Caye Caulker, Belize. This GoFundMe page was created to seek your assistance in keeping this small island school alive. La Isla Cariñosa Academy (LICA) is a high-quality educational institution licensed by the Belize Ministry of Education and operating on the small Caribbean island of Caye Caulker, Belize. We have been providing quality education to the children of Caye Caulker since 2015. Our program caters for both preschool and elementary levels.

New Chairman Appointed for the Social Security Board
Dr. Colin Young has been appointed as the new chairman of the board of directors for the Social Security Board. His appointment is effective as of today, May 6th. He succeeds Mr. Douglas Singh who resigned in April 2020. Dr. Young is currently the Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center. Prior to this, he served as the CEO of the Social Security Board from 2017 to 2019. Dr. Young also served as CEO in the Ministries of Agriculture and Energy for the Government of Belize and has served on the boards of various organizations both locally and internationally.

Update on Unemployment Relief Program
The Economic Monitoring Team (EOT) has approved a total of 40,453 unemployment aid applications and all of these have all been sent to the Social Security Board (SSB) for disbursement. SSB has processed 37,696 payments to approved applicants. Of these, 34,915 approved applicants have been successfully paid by direct deposit or recharge card. In addition, 15,438 of those people, who received their first payment before April 18, 2020, have now received their second payment. The SSB continues to process payments and all approved applications are expected to be processed by the end of today.

Anteater Chopped on the Head
Whilst some injured animals that come into our care are injured by Mother Nature or accidentally in conflict with people, we do unfortunately see our fair share of animals pointlessly, and often fatally injured on purpose. This morning we received a call about an anteater who had been chopped with a machete on the head by some guys taking coconuts from The Island Academy property. They threw his body on the beach and left him there to die before leaving the scene. Thankfully the world is full of more good people than bad, as 6 guys who’d found the anteater contacted us and shaded him with tarp until we could arrive. We rushed him to Saga Humane Society for emergency care hoping they could stabilize him so he could be transported to a wildlife vet on the mainland the following day.

Caribbean Fusion Friday Jam benefiting Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 4 PM

Hope Haven Accepting and Giving Donations
We have been working with families on the island Since March 23, 2020. Below are the number of families/households that have received assistance from Hope Haven: Boca del Rio 208 San Marcos/San Pablo/DFC/South 610 North 51 San Juan 184 San Mateo 507 San Pedrito 432 Town Center/Back a town 365 Total families assisted 2357. Of these 2357 families, we received basic assistance from Human Development for 1200 families...

San Ignacio Community Hospital Maternal and Child health services
News from the SICH. "Maternal and Child health services is being provided. Please call 662-9692 for more information."

Nexgen has an online school package on special
New Plans to Learn From Home! With our children out of school, ensuring their education stays on track is of the utmost importance. This means you need all the right tools to help your child’s transition to the virtual classroom that much easier! $56.25 per month.

BWS Customer services now available country-wide with the exception of Caye Caulker

Howler monkey in town (Belmopan)
No doubt displaced by the many forest fires around Belmopan, a male Black Howler Monkey took a wrong turn and ended up in my friend and colleague Tanya Santos's front yard, right in the very center of Belmopan. While Tanya was trying to phone for assistance with rescuing the animal, the monkey started moving again, expertly following the power lines even further into the center of the Town. Meanwhile being followed and even being attacked by the birds from the neighborhood (being city birds, they didn't know what a monkey was). But clearly upset by the dogs in the yards below him, he turned back and ultimately ended up on the Ringroad again where at that moment was quite a bit of traffic.

Oceana ZOOM backgrounds
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Channel 7

Mexican Naval Vessell Runs Unto Reef
A Mexican naval vessel ran aground on the reef just outside San Pedro town today. The vessel was travelling from Mahahual to Chetumal when it ran into the reef, reportedly after being misled by a navigational bouy that had drifted off course. Cmdr. Gregory Soberanis, Vice Commandant, Coast Guard: "What transpired this afternoon was that the lead vessel which was a safe boat class vessel while entering the channel was using the marked buoy as a reference for entering that particular channel, which is the main channel in front of San Pedro Town. Unfortunately the marker buoy had drifted and had drifted a little too much to the right of the channel and it was sitting right on top of the reef. So the Mexican vessel which used that marker buoy as a reference point eventually ended up on the reef itself. The vessel has been removed from off the reef. DOE will conduct an initial impact assessment and based on those findings that will be included in the report which will be forward to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and it will be dealt with on a state to state level."

DHS: Zero Cases, But Not Off the Hook
As we told you last night - Belize currently has no active cases of COVID 19, after the last two patients were confirmed to have recovered in test results released yesterday. It's reason to quietly rejoice, for sure, but, today, the Director of Health Services said it is no time to let up on your health and safety practices, because this could be just the first wave. We spoke to him via zoom teleconference this evening: "We are Covid-19 free. I don't know that relaxation is the word. I would hope that we can appreciate that we don't have any case and that we will ensure that we have learnt our lesson..."

The Many Moods of Masks
And - in the public's view - one way to keep that second wave from coming in is by wearing a mask at all times. Now, it is just one of many public health precautions, but because it seems to impose the most on our daily routines and habits- those ubiquitous masks have now become a major part of national life. And that's due in no small part to the fact that it is also the law - punishable by a hefty fine or jail time.

Manzanero Not Too Mad About Masks
So what does Belize's leading public health expert think of the whole mask thing? Well, not much, apparently. Today, DHS Marvin Manzanero that the wearing of masks is actually the least important public health practice we can do to prevent the spread of COVID 19. And, while it does play a role, there is a public education component which may be lacking: "I have said also that I am a little bit concern and worried when you walk down the street or drive through and you see people just wearing masks inappropriately, so in point a potential benefit can give you other headaches because you can have other diseases..."

Running With Mask May Not Be Ideal
And more than just guided by evidence, Manzanero says the public health directives have to be guided by practicality - and as he alluded to just now - exercising with a mask may not be the most practical thing. We asked him about how he would cope running with a mask because we've known Dr. Manzanero to run competitively in marathons: "I can't imagine that you can run a long distance with a mask, inhaling what you are also exhaling, it's unhealthy. Apart from being oppressive, it's very unhealthy."

PSU and GOB Bickering Over Increments
With a collapsing revenue base and soaring expenses, Government is straining to pay its wage bill - but, still, the Financial Secretary and the PSU can't seem to agree on the way forward with increments which will not be paid this year. A circular from the Minister of finance at the end of last month proposes the foregoing of all increments for the next fiscal year. But, the union wants the increments deferred instead for up to 3-5 years.

What's Old Is New at SSB
The last chairman of the Social Security Board Doug Singh resigned in a cloud of controversy three weeks ago. That's after some callous remarks about recipients of unemployment relief surfaced. Well, government has found a replacement - and it is a familiar face at the social security board.

40k Receive Unemployment Cheques
And, keeping it on Social Security, tonight the Economic Oversight Team can announce that it's approved a total of 40,453 applications for unemployment relief, all of which have been sent to the Social Security Board for payment. For their part, SSB has processed 37,696 payments to approved applicants. Of this, 34,915 approved applicants have been successfully paid by direct deposit or top-up card. Additionally, 15,438 of those persons, who received their first payment before April 18, 2020, have now received their second payment.

A Shower of SI's
And while that is one of the main elements in the national response to COVID 19, the mothership is the State of Emergency. The regulations outlined in the legislation for the SOE guide and control a state of national life, which is nothing like it was a few months ago.

CITCO Juggling Bonds After COVID Setbacks
Turning now from national to local government, the city council says it may have to juggle the terms of the first municipal bond which the previous mayor Darrell Bradley floated. It was the first municipal bond, and it was ultra secured by the government subvention and the cruise ship head tax - which went directly into a sinking fund lockbox at the central bank. That gave investors a high level of security - but the world has turned upside down: there are no cruise ships coming in anytime soon, and the subvention is now going back to City Hall, which is struggling to even pay its 400 plus employees a half salary.

City's Finances Far From Flooding In
And, a major part of any debt re-configuration would depend on the city council's finances which slowed to a trickle after the emergence of the COVID-19 threat. Now that some measure of normalcy is returning to national life, the mayor said a little more money is coming in: Bernard Wagner, Mayor, Belize City: "Last week was our first full week that we came back. We see minor little trickling coming in, little more improvement than where we were before. We remain cautiously optimistic. We know that all businesses are still suffering, people are not back on the job, even the government is feeling the pinch as we speak and so we don't see any significant turnaround."

Can City Stay Current With Sanitation Contracts?
But, the city has been unable to make full payment to its sanitation contractor recently. The mayor said they fell behind from before COVID reared its head: "We fell back prior to Covid, we continue to ensure that that is a priority payment for us. We are still not where we want to be in terms catching up back with the provider, but we believe that given our approach that they have that little understanding where we are too as well."

16 Keys of Coke In UK on Ship from Belize
A ship whose last port of call was Belize is wrapped up in a UK drug bust. That's after two Albanian nationals were charged with breaking into London's principal port to retrieve drug packages. Two men were later arrested by Border Force officers, who recovered around 16 kilos of cocaine from a refrigerated container said to have arrived from Belize on 1 May.

Radisson is Ready For Post COVID Tourism
With the relaxation of the State of Emergency regulations, many businesses have been slowly re-opening this week. But, the Government has doubled down social distancing and hand sanitization protocols, to mitigate against the possibility of a second wave of positive coronavirus cases in Belize. The government is being strict with the businesses that are being allowed to reopen, but one hotel is taking greater precautions than required.

Mayor Makes Major Mask Donation
The Police Department is a few steps closer to being fully masked. It's due to a major mask donation made by Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner in collaboration with his council and various business partners.

Can City Handle The Homeless?
Back in April, we told you that the Welcome Resource Centre had joined the National Sports Council and the Belize City Council to take care of the homeless population of Belize City during the National State of Emergency. It's an initiative that some might criticize as having limited success, because you could still see the homeless on Belize's City's main streets throughout April.

Students Bristle At Faber's Dismissive Statement
Last night we brought you a portion of the National Student Union of Belize COVID-19 forum. The participants discussed a timeline for school reopening and the web-based learning that will have to do until then. And in the last part of the forum hosted via zoom, the students said they din't like what they heard from the Minister of Education about university level learning.

Big Fines For SOE Violations
On Monday, we told you about the 62 people that police charged countrywide for breaking the State of Emergency regulations during the Labour Day Holiday weekend. Well, on Monday and Tuesday, 15 of those accused people were arraigned before the Belize City Magistrate's Court. On Monday, the cops escorted the senior citizen, Shanton Gillett, before the Chief Magistrate for breaching the curfew. He quickly pleaded guilty and was fined $2,500. He must pay his fine by July 31st, 2020, or he will have to spend 1 year in jail in default.

Tropic Air Trying to Return To Normal
As of Monday TROPIC AIR reactivated several of its domestic passenger flights since the State of Emergency Regulations have been relaxed slightly. Those flights include service for San Pedro, Caye Caulker, the Belize City Municipal Airport, Placencia, Dangriga, Corozal, and Punta Gordo. For the time being, the flights will be limited, and they will only be available on select days.

NGCL - Who Calls The Shots For Butane in Belize?
Last night, we showed you our telephone interview with Dr. Gilbert Canton, the Managing Director of the new National Gas Company. He and the Controller of Supplies for the Belize Bureau of Standards were responding to the suggestion from the dominant Central American butane importers, that butane might get scarce due to the transition that is happening within the local LPG market. Well, that gave us an opportunity to lift some of the mystery surrounding this pubic private company that has taken over all authority to import LPG into Belize. The Government has legislated a major change that unseats the companies: Gas Tomza, Southern Choice Butane, and Belize Western Energy Limited as importers.

What's In New Butane Deal For Consumers
But, while we're still reviewing those details, we asked the Managing Director of National Gas to discuss how this regime change will benefit you, the consumer. As we've reported, the change was presented as a consumer protection mechanism, and so, we asked Dr. Canton to explain how the business will work with them as the sole importers of LPG: Voice of: Dr. Gilbert Canton - Managing Director, Nat'l Gas Company: "What we've done in that regard - it's really three legs that we're on: the energy security, which we now have in place because there is a substantial supply, and the ability to have that supply in Belize itself..."

BBS Says It Will Be Strict
For the Bureau of Standards, it doesn't matter who the Government is allowing to import LPG into Belize. They say that they will be strict in their regulation of the industry, to protect Belizean consumers from any kind of abuse. Here's that Controller of Supplies making that point yesterday: "We have a duty as a regulator. How that market, or how the dynamic plays out, in terms of investment..."

Channel 5

2 Albanian Nationals Busted for Importing Cocaine from Belize into the UK
There has not been any reported drug plane landings since the start of the COVID-19 crisis. In fact, the last drug plane landed on the Coastal Road on February twenty-seventh, [...]

Ministry of Finance Threatens P.S.U./B.N.T.U. Over Increments and Allowances
The government is in a serious financial pickle due to the economic crisis that has befallen the country in its fight against COVID-19. The wage bill accounts for one of [...]

P.S.U. Open to Making Sacrifice, But Then What?
The Public Service Union responded to the proposed cuts in a letter to the FinSec on May fourth. Henry voiced its discontent with the turn of events and contends that [...]

Mexican Naval Vessel Runs Aground on Reef Near San Pedro
Just before one o’clock today, a Mexican naval vessel ran aground on the reef near San Pedro. Official information is that the vessel was one of two registered to the [...]

Vessel Grounding Will Be Dealt With at State Level
The vessel has since been removed from where it was lodged and departed our waters. The Ministry of the Environment will be conducting an assessment of the incident.  Commander Gregory [...]

Dickie Speaks Up for Body 2000 Workers
On Tuesday, proprietor Mark Neal and several of his employees were arrested for being inside Body 2000 Gym.  They were charged individually when they were unable to provide a reasonable [...]

Are the Laws on Exercise Lopsided?
According to Bradley, the laws, as they stand, are lopsided, granting citizens permission to do certain forms of exercise, but denying them from doing others.   Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley, Attorney [...]

Minor Charged for Taxi Man Murder
A teenage boy, who is believed to have brutally killed fifty-four-year-old Matias Alpuche, is in the custody of Orange Walk Police. He was caught on Tuesday morning after investigators launched [...]

Dr. Colin Young is New Chair of the S.S.B.
The post of Chairman of S.S.B. is now duly filled and by a familiar face there. Doctor Colin Young is back at the Social Security Board.  Late last year, he [...]

Wildfires in the West – the Burning Continues!
For the past two weeks we have been reporting on a spate of forest fires across Belize. Many of those fires are concentrated in the western part of the country. [...]

FCD Executive Director Says Environmental Education Program Needed
The Chiquibul and Vaca Forests have also been destroyed by wildfires, but these have decreased significantly. The rains last week doused the huge inferno that destroyed habitats and killed animals.  [...]

San Ignacio/San Elena Town Council Fires Ten Employees
Also in the west, ten persons have been fired from the San Ignacio/San Elena Town Council. Municipal governments across the country are having trouble meeting their monthly expenses and have [...]

Mayor Bernard Wagner Cautiously Optimistic About Revenue Stream
Since last week, some restrictions have been eased on the countrywide state of emergency and many businesses, including services provided by the municipal government, have resumed operation. Town and city [...]

Will CitCo Be Able to Make Commitment to Municipal Bondholders
Now, before COVID 19, on a monthly basis, the council collected about three hundred thousand dollars from the head tax received from the tourism industry. But that too disappeared when [...]

More Applications are Approved and Accepted for Unemployment Relief
The number of persons who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 is in the thousands, though the exact number is still out there. For sure, close to eighty-three thousand applied [...]

Audrey Matura Presses Court of Appeal for Written Decision
Attorney Audrey Matura finds herself at the end of a very stern letter from the Court of Appeal. Matura is the attorney for Gas Tomza Limited, Southern Choice Butane, Zeta [...]

The Keyword is ‘Household”
The state of emergency remains in full force throughout the months of May and June. Every week there is an update from the police on the number of persons who [...]

Madagascar’s President Claims Herbal Tonic Prevents COVID-19
As you know by now, there are no active COVID-19 cases in Belize, but fifteen are under investigation. Since the pandemic broke, a number of medications are being touted as [...]

Belize City Council Donates Over $9000 Worth of Masks for Eastern Division
Police officers are on the frontline of the COVID-19 fight, enforcing the regulations of the state of emergency. You see them stopping vehicles and making sure that the law is [...]

Belize City Council Working on Skeleton Staff, Reduced Salaries
Earlier you heard the San Ignacio Mayor saying he was cutting down expenditures by reducing staff due to the financial crunch.  At City Hall, except for sanitation workers, staff was [...]

Belize City Traffic Department Monitoring Movement
The Belize Police Department has mounted check points at various heavily trafficked points to monitor the movement of people across the country. Since the ease on restrictions last week, there [...]

Full Services Resume at the Traffic Department in Belize City
For almost six weeks, Belize District residents had to carry out online transactions for their traffic needs. From insurance, to the inspection and licensing of motor vehicles and even the [...]

The Reporter

Minor charged with murder
Orange Walk Police have charged a 17-year old minor from Sarteneja Village, Corozal District for the murder of cab driver Matias Alpuche which occurred on Sunday, May 3rd. Alpuche was found with multiple stab wounds to his body inside his taxi on the Honey Camp Road. Witnesses reported seeing Alpuche's vehicle swerving on the road before it came to a stop. A Hispanic male person was later seen exiting the vehicle and fleeing into some bushes in the area.

Home Invasion in PG
Two females were held at gunpoint in their homes on Monday night. A teacher living in Punta Gorda Town reported that her roommate was forced to enter her home at gunpoint. The gunman, a slim, dark-skinned male, entered behind her and demanded money. The teacher shouted that she didn’t have any and the gunman pistol-whipped her on the mouth, causing injury. The man then had them pack a laptop, tablet, phone, wedding ring and other items in a bag, locked the ladies in a bedroom, then made off with the loot.

LOVE FM

LPG importers concerned over nationalized gas company
Yesterday, we reported on the issues surrounding the former importers of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). As of April 30, these importers have been blocked from importing LPG, making way for the National Gas Company.

Attorney Audrey Matura responds to scolding from Court of Appeal
Aside from the issues surrounding the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) importers, Attorney Audrey Matura was the talk of the town yesterday after she received a strongly worded letter from the Court of Appeal. Matura explained to Love News that last Tuesday, she filed an application for an expedited hearing at the Court of Appeal after the interim injunction was denied by Acting Chief Justice Michelle Arana.

Mexican Vessel runs aground on Belize’s Reef
A vessel from our neighbours in Mexico was sighted off the shore of San Pedro Town just after twelve o’clock this afternoon. Love News understands that the Mexican Naval vessel was travelling from Mahahual to Chetumal with three passengers. The vessel lost its direction when they entered the main channel in San Pedro Town and their marker bouy drifted off course causing them to run aground Belize’s reef. Vice Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard, Gregory Soberanis spoke to the media today on what they encountered on the sea when they responded.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

/Diabetic Justice of the Peace that suffered foot burn during police stop and search seeking to file complaint
A diabetic Justice of the Peace is preparing to make a formal complaint in the […]

Teenage boy arrested for murder on Honey Camp road
A 17-year-old boy has been charged with murder. It is alleged that he robbed and […]

Courts Optical informs of new procedures at all branches
Covid-19 is unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetime and we continue to monitor […]

Dr. Colin Young appointed as new chairman of Social Security Board
The Government informed today that Dr. Colin Young has been appointed as the new chairman […]

Mexican Coast Guard Vessel reefed near San Pedro
There are reports of a Mexican Coast Guard Vessel seen in the reef near San […]

Over 40,000 applications approved for COVID-19 unemployment relief
The Government announced today that the Economic Oversight Team (EOT) has approved a total of […]

CitCo hands over masks for use police to use in Eastern Division
The Eastern Division of the Police Department received a complement of 1,600 masks from the Belize […]

Armed robbery being investigated in PG
Merisa Pate, 22, yesterday visited the Punta Gorda Police Station and reported that on Monday […]

GOB may change laws to alter salaries after Public Service Union rejects cost-saving measures
The Government of Belize (GOB) in its attempts to deal with the economic downturn brought […]

Blogs

Belize – The Only COVID-19 Free Country in the Americas
Besides being the last country in the Americas to report its first coronavirus case on March 23, 2020, Belize also becomes the first in the Americas to report no active COVID19 cases. Belize, since Tuesday, May 5, reported it’s last two of eighteen (18) cases testing negative and officially declared recovered. In the Caribbean, Belize now joins Suriname and Anguilla to report any active cases of infection, hospitalization, or new deaths.

Happy Mother's Day 2020
Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May.

Plastic Pollution During a Global Pandemic
This year was meant to mark an ultimate shift away from plastic. In January, the government officially began its roll-out to ban single-use plastic in Belize. Today, defining images of the coronavirus pandemic all seem to feature one thing: plastic. Surgical masks, gloves, protective equipment, take-out containers, and even disposable plastic bags. The current COVID-19 crisis has spurred a rapid expansion in the production of desperately-needed plastic products, with governments racing to boost their stockpiles and regular citizens clamoring for their share of supplies. Such production is necessary. But all that plastic ends up somewhere and environmentalist fear a relapse to plastic dependancy. And when PPE gets discarded in public areas, it ends up clogging sidewalk drains and washing into waterways.

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Travel The World Through These Foods & Drinks
Highly acclaimed publication Forbes has featured iconic Belize hot sauces, Marie Sharp's and Hot Mama's, in "Travel the World Through These Food & Drinks." Check it out!

Know amazing things about Great Blue Hole Cave
There are many amazing and mysterious places on earth, which no one has been able to disclose till date. One such place is also in the Central American country Belize, which is called the 'Great Blue Hole'. It is a circular cave, which is built in the sea. It has a diameter of 318 meters and a depth of 125 meters. This sea cave is considered one of the best places in the world for scuba diving.

Belize Nаtionals in Europe Can Extend Their Visas Free of Charge
Belizean nationals who remain in Europe due to the Coronavirus pandemic and whose visas are about to expire will be eligible to extend them, the Embassy of Belize in Brussels announced. According to the Embassy of Belize, visa extension for Belizean citizens who remain in Europe will be free of charge, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The Caribbean Now Has Over 14,400 Coronavirus Cases
The total number of coronavirus cases in the Caribbean past 14 thousand four hundred cases last night as the death toll reached 650. This as many countries in the region seem to be flattening the curve but at least half-a-dozen other continue to uptick. It was another day of increased cases for the Dominican Republic which added another three hundred and twenty-seven cases Wednesday to take to 8,807. Another 8 people died in the DR yesterday as its death toll reached 362.

Scuba diver surprised by appearance of shark as he comes over the coral reef
This scuba very surprised to have a close encounter with a ten foot Caribbean Reef Shark as he came over a coral reef in Belize. He has his eye on a large nurse shark, a very harmless and docile animal that will often follow scuba divers out of curiosity. But unexpectedly, coming over the sea fans revealed the shape of a large reef shark, which is a completely different animal. Although reef sharks are generally no threat to humans, they are physiologically different, with mouths that are more suited for biting and inflicting serious harm, if the chose to do so.

Large Parts of Caribbean Under Severe Drought
From Belize to Cuba, drought has encompassed a large part of the Caribbean. The upcoming summer and autumn seasons are typically the wettest months across the Caribbean, so there is certainly a chance that a soaking summer could offset the drier winter and spring. From Cuba to Belize, a lack of rainfall in 2019 and 2020 has led to significant drought across the region. Pockets of extreme drought have led to wildfires and agricultural stress.

Videos

  • Chef Sean Kuylen made stewed pork for breakfast instead of sausage, 2.5min. It looks delicious. He uses a lot of Marie Sharp's Fine Foods Ltd Green Habanero, as he should. Well done! Our Pork for stew is not only affordable but delicious. Check out this video to see what Chef Sean does with it,and try it for your next meal. We are sure you and your entire family will enjoy this.

  • Education on the Move! Infant Division - Episode 1, 20min. The MoE is creating a series of educational videos for the kids. Ready, set, teach! The Ministry of Education Belize presents a series of Primary Level television and radio programs to ensure educational continuity through flexible and interactive home-based learning with psycho- social support for parents and children during COVID-19.

  • Said Wilbert Musa (Prime Minister of Belize 1998-2008) Speaks about the Coronavirus Crises in Belize, 6min.

  • Caribbean Spice Belize, 5min. In the foothills of Belize’s Mountain Pine Ridge every one of our natural ingredients are raised. Our products include an exotic array of wild, local and traditional spices. Over 90% of all our ingredients are nurtured by the rich tropical soil of the Belizean Rainforest. The coconuts, vegetables, peppers & herbs are dried by the Caribbean sun and harvested by local farmers up the road.

  • EXPLORING WILD BELIZE : Meditative Short Film (flora, fauna, food & people), 4min. I made this over the course of a few visits to beautiful Belize. I wanted to serve the sacredness of the locations as much as possible so I didn't include any additional audio. I hope this can be a relaxing and informative look at what a trip to Belize can offer. (additional info below)

  • Peter Lawrence on ReefTV, min.

  • Young girl from Xaibe (Corozal) shows us the cardinal points in the Yucatec Maya language, 1min. To'one Masehualoon gave these Yucatec Maya language classes in the 2019 . We believe that a important aspect of our culture is the preservation of our native language . Corozal District according to the 2010 census counted aroun 787 Yucatec Maya speakers .

  • Howler Monkeys in Belize, 1/2min. Listen to the incredible sounds of howler monkeys in Western Belize. These are the loudest land animal on earth, and their sounds can travel up to 5 km through the forest.

  • Mexican Navy boat runs aground off San Pedro, 3min. A vessel from our neighbours in Mexico was sighted off the shore of San Pedro Town just after twelve o'clock this afternoon.

  • Sailing Belize to Mexico part2, 19min. In this episode; Barracuda, night sailing challenges, Dolphins and Lobster pots as we continue sailing on a beautiful beam reach up the coast of the Western Caribbean, north for Isla Mujeres Mexico.

  • The Salvation Army - Belize District Home league May 6, 2020, 50min. Home League program for May 6, 2020 - Service feature

  • Instructional Videos - University of Belize Online Professional Development Series, 61min. Dr. Staci Zolkoski from The University of Texas at Tyler discusses Instructional Videos to an audience of University of Belize personnel via Zoom.

  • Online Assessment - University of Belize Online Professional Development Series, 44min. Dr. Annamary Consalvo from The University of Texas at Tyler discusses Online Assessment to an audience of University of Belize personnel via Zoom.

  • Principles of Online Learning - University of Belize Online Professional Development Series, 39min. Dr. Oliveras-Ortiz from The University of Texas at Tyler discusses the Principles of Effective Online Learning to an audience of University of Belize personnel via Zoom.