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Today's Belize News: May 13, 2020 #542323
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The San Pedro Sun

Trust for the Americas Official Launch of the Ad-hoc Multistakeholder Open Government Steering Committee
As part of the second phase of an Open Government project: Transformation to an Open Public Administration in Belize, The Trust for the Americas in coordination with the Organization of American States (OAS), announces the official formation of an Ad-hoc Multi-stakeholder Steering Committee: The Belize Open Gov SC. This Open Government project, through funding support from the US Embassy Belmopan, is working to strengthen the creation of networks and fostering multi-stakeholder collaboration, supporting a longterm process to spur innovation, improving local government services, and activating international support mechanisms for enabling Belize to join the Open Government global movement.

IDB reports deteriorating tax revenues in the region
The report states that the increase of 0.4% points from 2017 to 2018 is the highest level of tax revenues ever recorded for the region. Belize recorded an increase of 1.4 percent, one of three countries recording the largest tax revenue increase (Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana being the other two countries). However, those LAC tax revenues are still considered far below the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, averaging a mere 34.3% in 2018. This limits the LAC’s capacity to finance public goods and services or to cushion economic shocks in the region.

Ministry of Natural Resources Issues Statement on Squatting
It has been brought to the Ministry’s attention that unauthorized individuals are involved with private lands in the Agricultural Area of Cotton Tree Village, near the Benny’s Warehouse at mile 44, George Price Highway, Cayo District. The public is advised to be cautious not to engage in activities that lead to the illegal disposal of land and unauthorized occupation as persons will do so at their own risk.

Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce Announces Third Annual Competitiveness Month
The Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce (MITC) through its statutory body, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), along with several of its key regional and private sector partners, is teaming up to host a virtual Competitiveness Month 2020. Competitiveness Month, which began three years ago, is a month-long series of activities that aim to strengthen competitiveness in the private sector through the enabling environment created by the government.

Ambergris Today

Caye Caulker Unites To Feed Its Villagers In Need
The sun shines bright on the island of Caye Caulker as businesses and individuals unite to form a feeding program that supports much of the island’s residents that are in need. Caye Caulker has always been and remains COVID-19 free. However, with no tourists here to enjoy the tropical paradise, even to date as Belize has opened itself up, the unemployment is in the 85% range.

Various Belizean Sources


Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Wednesday, May 12th Meal Pick Ups Location: Fantasy Dining Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm. Thanks for bringing your containers and bags!

Happy Nurses' Day
The Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin all smiles today with the Nurses at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Belmopan. On behalf of the Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin and the wider Ministry of Health Management and staff, a Happy Nurses' Day. Missing from the photo, we also salute, Nurse Lorna Perez, surveillance Officer and Nurse Donovan Cacho, Health Planner at the Ministry.

Belikin Stout Chocolate Bar
There's a Belikin Stout Chocolate Bar! The Belize Chocolate Company has teamed up with Belikin to create it, and it can be bought at the Belikin Store online.

Lord Michael Ashcroft Relief Fund Donates $1 Million For To Ministry Of Health For Covid19 Supplies
Тhе Міnіѕtrу оf Неаlth ѕоught ѕuрроrt frоm thе Lоrd Аѕhсrоft Rеlіеf Fund Соmmіttее tо рrосurе muсh-nееdеd ѕuррlіеѕ tо fіght аgаіnѕt thе СОVІD-19 раndеmіс. Тhе соmmіttее rеѕроndеd аnd аftеr dіѕсuѕѕіоnѕ wіth thе Міnіѕtrу аnd соmmіttеd tо ѕuрроrtіng thе fіnаnсіng оf сrіtісаl mеdісаl ѕuррlіеѕ. Тhе соmmіttее hаѕ ехреndеd $1,296,415 tоwаrd thе асquіѕіtіоn оf thе fоllоwіng:

Virtual Information Hub in partnership with the Child Development Foundation
IOM’s Virtual Information Hub in partnership with the Child Development Foundation (CDF) is intended to provide vital information to migrants in Belize (in English and Spanish) during the COVID-19 crisis. Part two of the information session will take place on May 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The session will focus on Risks for Gender Based Violence for Migrant Populations, including: Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, and Accessing Help.

Despite repeated request by the former importers of LPG, the monopoly NGCL has refused to answer their questions regarding the new sale price for butane/LPG. Gas Tomza Ltd, Zeta Gas and Belize Western Energy Limited (BWEL) have all written to the Belize National Gas Company (NGCL) individually, to attain the new price regime for LPG and the start date of sales since their licenses to import LPG expired on April 30, 2020. Those correspondences did not achieve any result. Subsequently, their attorney wrote to the BNGC and the Belize Bureau of Standards on May 6, 2020 to:

King's College Application Form
King's College invites those interested in attending the school to click on the link and apply.

This is our testing data up until today. The persons being tested are for the most part being from random samples being taken across the country as is the 'persons under investigation'. The second infographic is the regional Central American data where numbers continue to rise in most countries. Our work continues.

Submit your completed nomination form explaining why the nominee should be recognized as the Outstanding Fisher of the Year 2020. Submissions MUST include: 1. Your name and contact information 2. The fisher’s name and your relationship to him/her 3. Number of years nominee has been fishing 4. Whether he/she belongs to a cooperative and/or association; and the name of the Cooperative or Association AND 5. A copy of the nominee’s fisher-folk license...

Galen's SGA has 72 online tutoring slots for secondary and primary students
Let them know if you'd like to schedule one.

Francis Canto Jr on the Global Big Day
Join us tomorrow, May 13th at 10.00am for another Facebook Live as Francis Canto Jr talks about our results on the Global Big Day!

Repatriation Flights to the USA
United Airlines flight UA3044, which departs Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) on Thursday May 14, 2020 at 12:00 noon and arrives in Houston at 15:28 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.

The Artist of the Day, Chanelle Parks
Chanelle was born in Belize City on October 20, 1992, and grew up in the Lake independence area, until 2003 when she moved to Belmopan. She is currently employed as a Forensic Analyst at the National Forensic Science Service Laboratory. She has been singing since the tender age of 2 and has been performing professionally since 2010. Her love for music stems from both parents, she got her singing voice from her mother and her love of diverse genres of music from my father. She has sung with the University of Belize Choir, Belmopan Choral Society, and Allegro Music School Choir and has performed with Francis Reneau yearly since 2012. However, she became more of a household name when she participated and placed third in Channel 5’s show “If You Can Sing It, Bring It” in 2014.

"Stitching Connections during Covid-19: Belize's Northern Maya Association Embroidery and Huipil Design Project"
Learning how to express our identity! A wonderful initiative by Banquitas House of Culture and the Northern Maya Association. The great news is that we have our Corozal trainer being trained in order to bring the program to the Corozal House of Culture. Stay tuned for future program dates.

Channel 7

No Word On Way Forward After First Wave
29 days has passed without a positive COVID test in Belize, and many are asking what's next? Well, yesterday the National Task Force, chaired by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition met in a video conference to discuss options for the way forward. And today, Cabinet met to go over those recommendations and make its own deliberations. But, right now, the final result of those remain Cabinet confidential. The Prime Minister made no national address today, but he is expected to do so tomorrow or, at the latest, Thursday.

Strike On The Western Front
But, first, to the western border, which remains blocked with Guatemalan grain trucks tonight. As we told you last night, about five 18 wheelers from Guatemala which are here to purchase grain from Spanish Lookout have blocked the bridge on the Guatemalan side. They've come from far away, and in a type of strike action - say they aren't moving anywhere unless they get to pick up the grain. But, the Immigration Department doesn't want to let in the Guatemalan drivers, and - we are told - the proposal is for Belizean towheads to pull in the trailers, as is the practice in the north.

DHS Says "Keep On Truckin'"
But, as we said, neither the trade nor the economy is the first consideration, health is foremost. Belize has no active COVID cases right now - while truckers at the border come from Guatemala, Honduras and Salvador - all countries with active cases. But, is there an acceptable risk and a middle ground to keep the economic interests going? When we asked the Director of Health Services yesterday on Ask the Experts, he seemed to think so:

The Desolation of A Car Salesman
And while the protest at the western border continues one man is making protestations about being barred entry from Belize. Last night we told you about Guillermo Foreman, a Belizean who's stuck at the Chactemal bridge waiting to get into the country. Well, tonight he's still there with no prospect for entry, and no choice but to keep begging health authorities to let him in. As we've told you the borders are closed and have been since March. Foreman told The Reporter that he left the US on May the 6th, knowing that Belize spent the month of April in the State of Emergency but not knowing that it had been extended for another 60 days.

Was It The Vaccine?
The Ministry of Health is investigating the sudden death of an infant child in Independence Village. Yesterday evening, 20 year old Alfredo Caal and 18 year old Filomena Ical both from Bella Vista village showed up the Independence Poly clinic with their 5 month old child, Kynslee Jasmin Caal. The child passed away shortly after arrival at the clinic and appeared to be having respiratory issues.

He Stole Power; His House Burnt Down
Last night, we told you about the distress that 29-year-old Dorian Garnett is currently facing. His home in the windmill area of Hattieville Village was destroyed by fire on Saturday night. He told us that he was in Mahogany Heights when he received multiple phone calls that his house was on fire. A second account, which police got, was that he and another person got into an argument inside the house. That other person reportedly lit the house on fire. You'll also remember that in his interview with us, he claimed that someone intentionally burnt it down.

Can Tourism Come Back Without Greenbacks?
Last week during a virtual Press Conference, the Prime Minister mentioned that swimming with social distance would be allowed as early as this week. And while that's a relief for everyone trying to beat the heat, swimming is a major draw for weekend excursions to tourist destinations and could be the impetus for local bookings. It's a measure of relief for a suffering Hotel Association having to adjust to lower traffic and much higher standards. This morning we spoke to Hotel Association President Ted Tejada who says that while the airport remains closed, hotels are making themselves more open than ever to domestic tourism.

The Secret To 4 Weeks Without A COVID Case
29 days without a positive COVID test - Belize is one of only 12 countries in the world with that distinction. And, if you look at the trends in this region, everyone's curve is going up, while ours has flattened. Panama, for example has 8,616 cases with 249 deaths, while Guatemala has 1,114 cases with 26 deaths. But, right now, Belize has zero active cases, and of course, two deaths. While the deaths are truly sad, overall, we have fared off much better than our neighbours and the rest of the world.

Judges vs. Doctors, Who Should Get Paid More?
And while it is left to be seen if the government now relaxes that Phase 3 level response, we had a real sidebar conversation with Dr. Manzanero. We asked him how much he is getting paid, in the context of how much medical professionals are paid in the public healthcare system, generally.

Butane Supplier Closes Branches Countrywide
The battle over the local supply of liquified Petroleum Gas is continuing this week, and one of the former Central American importers is reporting tonight that it has no more cooking gas to sell to its customers. Southern Choice Butane, formerly known as Zeta Gas, Gas Tomza, and Belize Western Energy Limited are currently in Court against the Barrow Administration for the creation of a new regime, which unseated them as importers of LPG into Belize. They say that the government-enforced change in the market is unjust, and a constitutional challenge to that change is pending in the Supreme Court.

BDF Destroyed Toledo Clandestine Airstrip
13 days ago, the BDF blew up an illegal airstrip in the vicinity of Machaquilha Village, in the remote southwestern reaches of the Toledo District. A release says the BDF Explosive Ordinance Team was deployed to conduct demolition operations to deter the landing of illegal aircraft. The release adds that quote, "specialized rigging was initiated and the entire 750-meter runway was loaded with over 2000 plus pounds of High Explosives to enable its destruction. A total of 11 craters measuring 6' in depth by 10' - 12' in diameter was placed on the runway to render it inoperable."

Putting Out Forest Fires, A Team Effort
Over the past 2 weeks, we've been reporting on the wildfires that were wreaking havoc in the Cayo District, and smoking out major communities nearby. Well, a joint press release from all the organizations involved in the fight against these fires, says that the situation is under control, for now. That release notes that downpour over the weekend brings an end to the weeks of firefighting effort by the Forest Department, the Fire Department, the Towns, and City Councils many other partner organizations, including PACT, BECOL, and several conservation NGO's.

Indian Community Care Packages
The COVID-19 financial crisis has brought Belize even harder times than usual, but it's also revealed a philanthropic spirit among the many Belizean businesses that have offered a helping hand to the most needy. We've told you about the food packages provided by Belize City's Indian community and today we caught up with them as they prepared to hand out 200 additional packages to the residents of the Collett area. Dinesh Bhojwani, Former President of the Community says plans are in the works to extend their food assistance efforts for a longer period of time.

Belize Needs More Nurses
Since, last Wednesday, the nurses of the world have been celebrating International Nurse Week 2020. It's a particularly timely nod of respect to these healthcare workers. They are currently on the front-lines of the global coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed 290,000 lives around the globe. Nurses week concluded with International Nurse Day, which was observed today. To say thanks to the almost 600 nurses in Belize's healthcare system, two of the leading figures in the profession made an appearance on the Government Press Office's Ask the Experts webcast. Here's a short excerpt about the challenges that nurses in Belize are currently facing, while on the fight against COVID-19:

A Caye Caulker Kitchen
Earlier in this segment, we told you about grocery food packages being distributed in Belize City, but there's also relief for the Caye Caulker villagers. That's because of a Soup Kitchen started by Peggy Clark of Bondi Beach restaurant and carried on by John Newhouse and his team. It's a major effort supported by 11 restaurants and 50 volunteers providing daily meals for 350 needy island residents.

Mourning Fuego
In late April we brought you the story of Fuego the Kinkajou, a victim of the western fires, being nursed back to health by the Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic. Tonight we have the unfortunate task of informing you of his passing. Fuego had been electrocuted while attempting to escape his rescuers and while his burns had all but healed, the electrocution burns severely compromised him.

Channel 5

Illegal Airstrips Destroyed in Toledo
Several clandestine airstrips have been identified for destruction in the Toledo District where an operation led by the Belize Defense Force will continue to see these makeshift runways being destroyed [...]

Placencia Beaches Disappearing Due to Dredging
There is significant beach erosion near Maya Beach in the Placencia peninsula. In the area, the beach has eroded up to fifteen feet. Residents say that dredging for a marina [...]

Southern Choice Butane Closes All Branches
The war waged by the former LPG importers has moved to another level. Today, Southern Choice Butane (Zeta Gas) announced that it is shutting down operations countrywide.  Fifty employees are [...]

Former LPG Importers Say B.B.S and N.G.C.L. Playing Hard Ball
The three former LPG importers, Gas Tomza, Zeta Gas and Belize Western Energy Limited say they have still been unable to get the new price regime for butane from the [...]

Former LPG Importers Asked to Reveal LPG Inventory Data
According to Attorney Audrey Matura, while the former importers are unable to receive an answer from the National Gas Company as to the sale price, the Belize Bureau of Standards [...]

Lord Ashcroft COVID-19 Relief Fund Donates $1.3 Million to the Ministry of Health
Lord Michael Ashcroft will be on Open Your Eyes this Thursday morning and we’ll hear from him on a wide range of issues, including the shocks caused by the novel [...]

Reopening Local Tourism; Great Deals for Belizeans to Overnight at Hotels Across the Country
Belize, along with Barbados and Bahamas, is being cited as the three countries in the Caribbean region hardest hit in the tourism industry by the COVID-19 pandemic.  We know that [...]

When Will Belize Open Up to International Tourists?
Local tourists only contribute to ten percent of the revenues collected by hoteliers across the country; the bulk of its income is made by international tourists who would take advantage [...]

Hotel Restaurants & Pool to Be Reopened to Guests
It is expected that later this week, restaurants at hotels as well as pools will now be allowed to be open to guests. Belize Hotel Association President and General Manager [...]

A Guideline for Hotels/Resorts Going Forward with COVID-19
The tourism industry in Belize collapsed as soon as COVID-19 began to spread in the region. As early as January of this year, hoteliers began experiencing cancellations in reservations and [...]

Five-Month-Old Baby Girl Dies Days after Being Vaccinated
The cause of death of a five-month-old baby girl is under investigation tonight. The parents of baby Kynslee Jasmin Caal rushed her to the Independence Polyclinic on Monday evening after [...]

Was Ambulance Driver Justified in Sunday’s Frightening Ordeal?
The sighting of heavily armed police officers with guns drawn at an ambulance transporting a patient has triggered debate and raised questions about the driver of vehicle as well as [...]

Director of Health Services Comments on Guatemalan Truckers
At the western border cargo trucks are still lining up. The Ministry of Immigration intervened on Monday after Guatemalan truck drivers blocked cargo trucks, coming from Guatemala, from entering Belize.  [...]

Guillermo Foreman Remains at Northern Border
Belmopan resident Guillermo Foreman remains stuck at the northern border. He has been there since Friday after he made his way from the United States through Mexico. He was in [...]

Are Hoteliers Willing to Accept Repatriated Belizeans for Quarantine Period?
One last issue on the tourism industry…In his press conference last week, Prime Minister Dean Barrow spoke about the repatriation of Belizeans stranded in other countries. They are expected to [...]

Public Service Union Calls Out G.O.B. on Wasteful Spending
The Public Service Union and the Belize National Teachers will meet with the Prime Minister, Dean Barrow on Wednesday to iron out issues regarding the government’s proposed cost-saving measures. G.O.B. [...]

Nurses: A Voice to Lead; Nursing the World to Health
The COVID-19 pandemic has shed further light on the critical work that nurses do to save lives. International Nurses Day was observed today across the globe to recognize the noble [...]

A Salute to Nurses on the Frontline of Belize’s COVID-19 Response
National Nurses’ Week is celebrated from May sixth through to May twelfth.  On the culmination of this globally recognized event, today the Acting Deputy Director of Health Services Ann Matute [...]

Shortage of Nurses in Belize – an Ongoing Challenge
One of the pressing challenges facing the healthcare system in Belize is that there is a shortage of nurses. Currently there are eight hundred and ninety eight active nurses, with [...]

There is Mental Health Support for Nurses
So, hospitals are understaffed as it relates to nurses, which results in nurses being overworked. And because of this, many nurses may experience fatigue and other stresses that come from [...]

200 More Food Packages Courtesy Belize-Indian Community
The Belize-Indian community made an eight thousand dollars donation for underprivileged families who are feeling the economic pinch as a result of COVID-19. That eight grand is only a fraction [...]

BELTRAIDE Hosts Virtual Competitiveness Month
BELTRAIDE is taking its competitiveness month activities online. It’s the unit’s approach to adapt to the current state of affairs due to COVID-19. BELTRAIDE and its partners will hold a [...]

Are You Ready for the Ozzy Challenge?
Across the country, thousands of primary school students remain at home where they have been since March twentieth when classes were called off due to the COVID-19 threat.  The extended [...]

Police Draw Weapons to Stop a Presumed Runaway Ambulance
An ambulance was stopped by heavily armed police at the Hattieville junction on Sunday afternoon. It was coming from Hopkins in the south and was transporting a patient accompanied by [...]

Police Department Demands Apology for Ambulance Fiasco
Even though the police department found out that the ambulance was in fact transporting a patient, and so the life of a the patient was at risk, the Commissioner of [...]

Re: Today's Belize News: May 13, 2020 [Re: Marty] #542324
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Doctor criminally charged for treating 3 police officers
The Belize Medical and Dental Association (BMDA) issued a press release today saying that it is “appalled by the recent cases of ill-treatment of our doctors.” The BMDA release comes on the heels of a doctor being arrested and criminally charged for violating a section of the State of Emergency (SoE) regulations which prohibits doctors from engaging in private practice while employed by the government during the SoE.

If no COVID-19 case after 28 days, SoE restrictions will be eased: PM Barrow
By the end of today, if no one in Belize tests positive for the novel coronavirus, 28 days will have passed since there has been any new confirmed case of the virus in the country. While we are not yet out of the proverbial woods, so to speak, the 28-day milestone is important, because it will bring an easing of some of the State of Emergency restrictions as the country’s economy continues to stir into life slowly. On the other hand, if the virus re-appears in a second wave, that would lead us right back to the severe restrictions that have characterized the first State of Emergency (SoE) that government implemented in the fight to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Police forced to stop ambulance at gunpoint
This afternoon, an ambulance transporting a patient to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) was forced to stop at a checkpoint in Hattieville after it refused to stop at two prior police checkpoints before the Hattieville checkpoint. In Hattieville, heavily armed policemen determined to stop the ambulance pointed their firearms at the approaching vehicle, forcing the driver to stop. Police said that the vehicle was checked and searched and nothing was found in it except the sick patient who was being taken to the KHMH, and her companion, and they were allowed to proceed.

Outboard engine thieves busted through Facebook sale
Two men who allegedly stole a Yamaha outboard engine from a boat in Driftwood Bay, Belize City, have been arrested and charged with theft and possession of stolen goods. They have been detained pending arraignment at the Belize City Magistrate’s Court. Reliable information is that the engine owner reported the engine stolen, and yesterday, while scrolling through Facebook posts, he saw his engine being sold on Facebook.

156 persons arrested on Mother’s Day
Despite numerous warnings from police and the Attorney General of Belize, Michael Peyrefitte, that a curfew is still in place and that Belize is still in a State of Emergency, members of the public continue to violate the regulations that are in place and thus continue to be arrested. Today, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams announced that 156 persons were arrested on Mother’s Day and charged for offenses under the Emergency Powers Regulations.

Government is flat broke!
Prime Minister Dean Barrow called a virtual press conference from his Belize City office this morning and laid bare the facts that the government is broke and that the country’s economy has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is a health threat that the government is still trying to confront and avert. Barrow also addressed the standoff between the government and the Public Service Union (PSU), which recently rejected government’s proposals to freeze increments for the next two fiscal years.

Dangerous weapons found in Dangriga
This morning, an operation was carried out in Dangriga to disarm gang members, and during that operation two combat-type firearms and a revolver, along with a large quantity of ammunition, were found in an abandoned house. At the time, no one was in the area. One of the firearms which were found is an AK47 assault rifle that has a range of over 1,140 feet and can also be fired as a machine gun.

109 arrested for violating curfew and State of Emergency regulations
Despite the stern warnings issued by the Attorney General, Honorable Michael Peyrefitte, some members of the public continue to violate the curfew and the State of Emergency regulations, and arrests continue to be made. Those found guilty face fines of $5,000, or 2 years in prison. Today, Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, said that 48 persons were arrested and charged countrywide yesterday, Friday, May 8, for various offenses under the Emergency Powers Regulations:

Former Prime Minister Said Musa recovering from “mild stroke”
The former two-term Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Said Musa, the Opposition People’s United Party area representative for the Fort George constituency, is currently hospitalized and is recovering from a mild stroke, according to a social media post from members of his family. This morning at his virtual press conference, Prime Minister Dean Barrow began by saying, “Allow me the opportunity to express my best wishes for a speedy recovery for the Right Honorable Said Musa, the ex-Prime Minister of Belize. I understand that he was last night admitted to the hospital, having suffered what was described as a mild stroke. I’m sure that I join all other Belizeans in wishing him a speedy and completed recovery.”

Guatemalan found with loaded assault rifle and grenade in Santa Cruz
A Guatemalan national was busted with a loaded assault rifle, with a scope on it, in a house in Santa Cruz at about 3:00 this morning during a special operation conducted by police. The cops also found a 9mm pistol and a .38 Special revolver, along with a smoke grenade. The man was arrested and charged with possession of a prohibited firearm, and two counts of possession of unlicensed firearms. He will later be arraigned on the charges.

Editorial: PSU: We have ideas to help. GoB: Just give up the increments
At a press conference called last Thursday, the Prime Minister said that he finds it unacceptable that the Public Service Union (PSU) is balking at proposals (really a directive) that they, public officers and teachers, accept giving up their increments for fiscal year 2020/2021. The PSU had agreed to have their increments deferred. The Prime Minister said he was “utterly confounded” by the intransigence, of particularly the PSU, that “in the middle of this widespread social and economic devastation…they refuse to make even the tiny sacrifice” that his government is asking of them.

PM confirms — no help for municipalities
Last month, the mayors in the nine municipalities of the country were all informed that they should cut their operating costs. The mayors were hoping that after the lockdown is over, they would be able to get some kind of assistance from central government. There was no response to their correspondence on the question of assistance from government, and as the easing of the state of Emergency measures begins to take effect, the municipal bodies are returning to work to find that the lockdown has devastated their finances.

Belizeans warned not to go into Mexico
Although there are presently no known COVID-19 cases in the country, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services, continues to call on Belizeans to remain vigilant and not to take things for granted. He reminds all persons in the country to continue carrying out the necessary measures to combat the spread of the virus by carrying out social distancing, washing the hands regularly, and wearing face masks when out in public.

Ambassador Daniel Gutierrez speaks to KREM Plus
Belize’s Ambassador to Washington, His Excellency Daniel Gutierrez, told Evan “Mose” Hyde, Jr., on the 8th episode of the show, Talk To Mi, on Krem Plus, which is a Youtube channel, that the Belize Embassy in Washington D.C. has been closed for the past three weeks because the entire state of Maryland, USA, is under a state of emergency. Gutierrez said the incidence of COVID-19 is much less in Maryland than it is in New York, but they have been told to expect an uptick in cases of the disease in the near future. In the meantime the three diplomats at the Belize Embassy in Washington are conducting business from their homes in the state.

From the Publisher
The Russians celebrated the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II last week, but it was not until August of 1945 that the Americans, who were in alliance with the said Russians and the British, dropped atomic bombs on two Japanese cities – Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Presumably, this was how Washington chose to end the war in the Pacific theater which had begun when the Japanese attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in December of 1941.

Football Flashback 6 – Updating players list for 1970s
Our population couldn’t have grown that fast, so we suspect it had to do with the heavy turnover rate of players on teams as more and more young people joined the Exodus north to the USA, resulting in new young recruits being promoted to 1st Division football; but we have compiled a huge list of players from the 1970s period, and more names keep coming in. Over the past weekend, our former Charger teammate Lewis “Lee Buck” Belisle, Jr. added a few names to our list of Mid-1960s to Late-1970s players; and Lee Buck also provided for us the first name of the great “Negro” Hall; he says his first name was Hubert.

Can’t say enough about the work of Ms. Deltrude and Mayor Wagner
I want to say to Belize City Councilor, Ms. Deltrude Hilton, and to the Mayor of Belize City, Mr. Bernard Wagner, and all the other people who have a hand in helping the homeless persons in Belize City, that I pray God blesses you for having a heart and the common sense to do right by people who are in need. It is unconscionable to leave our brother or sister sleeping on a piece of cardboard in the streets. Just about the most preposterous thing I’ve ever heard is that it is a violation of people’s rights to take them off the streets, if that is where they want to be. Heck, there are vagrancy laws, and those must have been on the books for centuries.

China’s congenial aggressive foreign policy and quest for global dominance
The death toll from the unleashing of the Wuhan coronavirus is approaching three hundred thousand with over three million tested positives globally. These numbers are expected to continue to explode. Meanwhile, it’s impossible to verify since it’s widely suspected that many nations are underreporting cases, tracking, and testing. The Wuhan coronavirus created a global impact that is unparalleled in modern world history. Its effect has been felt in some of the most remote places on the planet and in the heart of the largest metropolis in the world.

Baby Arreini is “christened”! Jewel pregnant again!
Feeling alone in the darkness and silence of the night it had been difficult to fight the despondence brought on by these thoughts; and, before she knew it, water had begun to pour from her eyes and she, who rarely cried, had been unable to stop their flow. She had tried, unsuccessfully it had turned out, to muffle the sound in her pillow. Having no idea how long the crying fit had lasted, she had turned over and shifted her position at one point only to find herself with Jerome’s arms around her comforting and consoling her.

Cuba rejects Bolivia’s “pretexts” for suspending relations and targets the US
Díaz Canel’s government maintains that the United States has pressured Bolivia to “impose the deterioration of relations with Cuba.” On Friday, Bolivia decided to “suspend” relations with the island due to the accusations made by the Cuban foreign minister against President Jeanine Áñez and her government.

The high crime rate and poverty are a reflection of our quality of national leadership
Dear Editor, In March 2020, Belize imported $174.1 million worth of goods, up 18.2% or $26.8 million from March 2019. In March 2020, Belize exported $26.7 million. That’s a trade deficit for goods of $147.4 million. Although we have tourism and other services, every year Belize has a huge budget deficit. If we want to have a better standard of living for us and future generations, Belize has to change course.

Coronavirus: Wuhan in first virus cluster since end of lockdown
New coronavirus clusters have been reported in Wuhan city – where the virus first emerged – and the north-eastern province of Jilin in China. Wuhan reported five new cases on Monday, after confirming its first case since 3 April on Sunday. Authorities said the small cluster of cases were all from the same residential compound.


Fire in Hattieville completely destroys house
On May 9 a fire in Hattieville, Belize District completely burned down a house near mile 16. No one was injured during the fire and according to the National Fire Service, the house was connected to the power lines illegally. In speaking with the Station Supervisor Kenneth Mortis, he told Love News that investigators visited the premises yesterday and shared with us the findings of their investigation.

Nurses Day 2020
Today, May 12 marks the ending of nurses week and is observed as International Nurses Day. President of the Nurses Association of Belize, Darrell Spencer sent out his message to all the nurses across the country thanking them for their service.

MOH appoints a new Deputy Director of Health Services
The Ministry of Health has appointed a new Deputy Director of Health Services and Nurse Registrar. Nurse Lisette Belle will be taking up the post of Deputy Director while Eleanor Bennett has taken up the post of Nurse Registrar.

BNTU comments on cutbacks proposed by Government
The Public Service Union (PSU) has made its position clear on the foregoing of increments for public officers.

Amid the celebration of nurses, local authorities say there is a massive shortage
Belize is experiencing a shortage of nurses for our public health facilities. According to the Acting Deputy Director of Health Services, Nurse Ann Matute, this is one of the reasons they have been forced to accept help from other countries to staff the medical facilities.

Teenager goes on remand for slapping his mother
A teenager is at the Belize Central Prison after slapping his mother who refused to give him money to buy bread. 18-year-old Jordan Lamb of Belize City went before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts-Anderson yesterday and pleaded guilty to a common assault upon his mother.

Acting Deputy Director of Health Services explains how nurses dealt with suspected and confirmed cases of Covid-19
With the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic over and done with, our newsroom was able to ask Acting Deputy Director, Ann Matute on how the nurses were assigned around the country to deal with suspected and confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Persons arrested for having a house party
As many as eight persons were arrested over the weekend at a house party. Police in Belize City were alerted of the social gathering taking place in the Lake Independence Area on Sunday night.

PUP parliamentarians have not been asked to take a cut to their allowances
Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno has confirmed with Love News that the PUP Parliamentarians have not contributed a portion of their allowance towards the Covid-19 cutbacks. The question arose out of an ad that the United Democratic Party (UDP) released this week, indicating that while thousands of citizens, government workers, and the private sector are being forced to adjust to the economic hardships brought on by COVID-19, the opposition side of the House of Representatives has not authorized any cutbacks on their personal allowances.

Fourth formers lament on missing out on graduation and prom
Gowns, tassels, prom dresses, and corsages – these are only some of the things usually on the minds of fourth formers as the month of June approaches. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has pressed pause on these traditional major events.

LPG companies still waiting on NGC
The other suppliers of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) have also written to the National Gas Company about the same issue, that is, what will be the wholesale price of the product. Additionally, their attorney, Audrey...

Zeta Gas closes its Belize branches
Southern Choice Butane Limited, also known as Zeta Gas, closed its district branches this morning after their inventory was depleted. The company wrote a letter to the Controller of Supplies at the Belize Bureau of Standards,...

BDMA condemns ill treatment of Doctors
The Belize Medical and Dental Association expressed their frustration via a Press Release issued over the weekend condemning the abuse of Doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The release went ahead and added that the Doctors have been on the front line risking their lives, working long hours, giving up time with their family and children during this difficult time for the safety of our people and being repaid with ill-treatment.

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U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Keith Gilges recovering well in the US, thanks Belizean wellwishers
Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Keith Gilges is recovering well in the United States after being flown […]

“Waves of COVID-19 will continue until a vaccine is developed,” says World Health Organization official
According to Dr. Hans Kluge, Europe Director for the World Health Organization (WHO), countries around the […]

Ministry of Health launches investigation into death of 5-month-old child
The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed today that it has launched an investigation into the […]

Nurses Association of Belize wishes all nurses Happy International Nurses Day
The Nurse Association of Belize (NAB) issued a statement wishing all nurses a happy International […]

“Lives R Not Games:” Pupa Curly’s song for our times
Despite having been produced a year ago for his now-postponed album Edutainment, “Lives R Not […]

Gas war continues: Zeta runs out, NGC waits on GOB
As Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) stocks immediately available for distribution dwindles, the National Gas Company […]

National Hurricane Center issues special tropical weather outlook for Atlantic
This morning, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued a tropical weather outlook for the Atlantic […]

Belize National Association of Realtors back with a bang!
Contributed by Belize National Association of Realtors: Belize National Association of Realtors® is proud to announce that it’s […]

No football until July, says FFB
Following a Congress of the Football Federation of Belize on Sunday, May 10, it was […]

Five-month-old infant dies after receiving vaccine
Authorities are investigating the death of a 5 month old infant. Around 6:10 p.m. yesterday, […]

Lord Ashcroft COVID-19 relief fund donates over $1 million for medical equipment to Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health sought support from the Lord Ashcroft Relief Fund Committee to procure […]

Santa Elena teen wins second place award in CARICOM essay competition
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Sixteen-year-old Santa Elena student, Simone Ann Cruz, a fourth former at Sacred Heart College […]


Whose Handling The Food?
In the country of Belize, food is a common topic right now between groups trying to make sure people do not go hungry and those who are trying to navigate personal grocery shopping in a COVID world. On Ambergris, I know I am not the only one who does not like it that they do not get to pick their fruit. We deal with it; just learning I was not alone made me instantly let it go. Ordering vegetables online from the mainland, I never think twice about what is being picked and sent fresh for me – I love it all.

American Airlines and Southwest to bring back International Flights
Over the last few months, international travel has come to a screeching halt with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing on. In the Caribbean, Belize ranks with Barbados and the Bahamas as among the most exposed in the world to the sudden pause in global tourism. Notably, the hospitality industry (including airlines) have likely been the most affected. Travel restrictions, immediate border closures, and reduced service contributed to travel disruptions. And though Belize’s borders remain closed, international travel remains open for a select few countries in the Caribbean. This week, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines announced that international flights to the region will slowly resume in the coming months.

Condé Nast Traveller lists Belize as “The Right Destination”
Once travel re-opens, it’s hard to imagine what that may look like. But one thing is for sure – things are going to be different. And those differences are, in many ways, going to be good. After so long at home, this is an opportunity to rejoin the world with a gentler approach, to be more compassionate and holistic in our outlook and to align the way we travel with the efforts we make to live sustainably, healthily and thoughtfully at home. And we’re here to help kickstart the journey. So when you do start preparing for your next trip, here’s 4 reasons why Belize is “the right destination” post-pandemic, by Condé Nast Traveller.

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Twenty-Third Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
The Twenty-Third Meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held virtually on the 7-8 May 2020, under the Chairmanship of His Excellency Dr. Claude Joseph, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Republic of Haiti.

Win a family trip to Belize
The Belize Tourism Board has launched its ‘Dear Belize’ virtual postcard competition. One lucky travel agent could win a trip for two to explore the Central American country, when normal travel resumes. All entrants need to do is create a short video about why they want to visit Belize, starting it with ‘Dear Belize’ and submit it online by May 29, 2020.

Moody's downgrades Belize on 'high probability' of delayed payments
Credit rating falls to Caa1 from B3 and outlook is revised to negative. Moody's said on Tuesday it cut the sovereign foreign currency credit rating for the central American nation of Belize to Caa1 from B3 citing an "increased and now very high probability" that it will either defer on interest payments or enter into a distressed debt exchange because of the economic stresses imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Belize: Destination for Developing Our World’s Exploratory Trip in 2021
Despite being a small country, Belize has an incredible diversity culturally and ecologically. Unfortunately, there are several threats to the ecosystem. Belize’s marine resources and forests are under significant threat, principally due to high deforestation rates, rapid coastal development, improper solid waste management, weak legal and institutional frameworks, rising poverty, and recently, the discovery of sweet crude oil.


  • Tuesday's "Ask the Experts", min. In celebration of International Nurses Day, Ms. Anne Matute, Acting Deputy Director of Health Services and Nurse Eleanor Bennett, Registrar, Nursing and Midwives Council joined us at 3:00 p.m. on Ask the Experts.

  • COVID-19 Watch, 2.5hr. To empower you to be in the best position to avoid contracting the newest 'coronavirus', COVID-19 Watch will discuss it all; best practices, self isolation, quarantine and more!

  • Happy International Nurses Day, .5min. To all nurses, in Belize and all over the world, thank you for your service! Happy International Nurses Day from the Government of Belize Press Office!

  • BelizeOn - providing an online platform to connect Belizean consumers & Belizean products, 30min. Online shopping is quickly becoming a part of the new normal. BelizeOn has answered the call by providing an online platform to connect Belizean consumers with Belizean products. We talked with the team about the service and how you can access it to source your shopping needs. Kay Menzies - Co-Founder, BelizeOn. Michael Fuller - Marketing Manager, BelizeOn.

  • Caribbean Communities (CARICOM) essay writing competition, 1.5min. 16-year-old Simone Ann Cruz, a fourth former at Sacred Heart collage is the second-place winner for the Caribbean Communities (CARICOM) essay writing competition. While juggling online classes, Cruz set aside time for research to formulate a groundbreaking essay. Cruz’s essay entitled “How does consumer protection law benefit me and my region?” was shortlisted by the committee as the second-place winner in the age 16 to 19 years old category.

  • Hermie Derby. Week 8: Hermit Crab Races at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar, 62min. Tuesday evening isn't complete without Hermit Crab Races at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar! Thankfully you don't have to miss the fun as they now host it virtually each week! Yahoo...go Mr Crab (and we aren't talking about Rob) !!!!


  • Calypso Rose - Fire In Belize, 7min.

  • Belize stew chicken, 7min.

  • BELIZE 2019, 3min. Last summer, I volunteered with Frontier on their diving and marine conservation project. Joining this project was probably the best decision I ever made. During my time there I met the most amazing people from all around the world, and I'm forever thankful we crossed paths.

  • The Public Service Union and the Belize National Teachers' Union - Part 1, 40min. Dean Flowers - First Vice President/Public Relations Officer. Elena Smith - President, BNTU

  • The Public Service Union and the Belize National Teachers' Union - Part 2, 32min. The Public Service Union and the Belize National Teachers' Union were our guests to discuss the on-going deliberations over the government's cost-saving proposal to cancel this year's increments due to public servants and teachers. Our guests discussed their recommendations for alternative ways to cut national spending in the wake of the strain caused by the COVID-19 economic crisis. They explained the focus should be on better financial management eliminating unnecessary spending and wastage.

  • A True Caribbean Island Paradise - Caye Caulker, Belize, 15min. During our stay on Ambergris Caye we decided to go on a day trip to the tiny island of Caye Caulker, a little bit further south. We heard about it from other travellers and it was highly recommended so wee took the water taxi from San Pedro to check it out. We stumbled upon a true Caribbean island paradise, where time doesn't seem to be in equation to anyone. The sandy streets, palms, mangroves and of course the authentic locals made a deep impression on me, which i guess will last for quite some time. Have to back here sometime....

  • Onsikilbii Boox Bu'ul part 3, 2min.

  • San Pedro Scenes, 1min.

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