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The San Pedro Sun

State of Emergency regulations relaxed further after a month without cases of COVID-19
In a virtual press conference on Thursday, May 14th, Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow updated the nation regarding COVID-19 and announced further relaxation of restrictions associated with the current State of Emergency. Some of the topics he touched on included the use of recreational areas, the operation of open-air dining areas, limited religious congregations, and stated, “a July 1st re-start for international flights, is the hope for us all,” suggesting that the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (PGIA) could open in July.

Ministry of Immigration and Nationality Services adjusts Immigration Fees
The Ministry of Immigration and Nationality Services introduced an adjustment to immigration fees effective on May 1, 2020. These new fees apply to entry permits, an extension of visitor’s permits, employment permits, permanent residence permit, temporary residence, and even temporary border permits. The Ministry of Immigration says the last time Belize made adjustments to its immigration fees was around 15 years ago. The previous monthly fee after the first 30 days in the country was $50 BZ, but as of May 1st, the new amount required for further extensions is $200 BZ per month.

Ambergris Today

Notes from PM Press Conference Today, May 14, 2020
NEW SI Implementations start Tomorrow, May 15, 2020 * PGIA - Hope of opening International Airport before Land Borders July opening projected *Domestic Tourism Push by Belize Tourism Board is taking place *People are Allowed to Swim in Sea, Rivers and Pools (Maintain Social Distancing)

*Restaurants (Hotel Restaurants too) allowed to operate with outdoor dining & social distancing practices *Masks are not necessary for exercising *Churches can hold services - subject to 10 person limit/social distancing *Social Gathering still at limited to 10 people *Repatriation of Belizean Citizens Abroad Begins - Residents abroad are asked to contact respective Embassies for details

San Pedro RC School Registering Students Through WhatsApp
The San Pedro Roman Catholic School has just recently issued a notice to parents of students that the institution will be carrying out re-registration via WhatsApp and onine form. This is in lieu of precautionary measures taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic and currently being available for re-registration for the new school year 2020-2021. The following are the instructions issued out by the school:

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
The Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill has always been synonymous with Fridays on Caye Caulker. During this new normal, it means tomorrow the crew and the rest of the CCSK volunteers will be serving those in need here on our island. Friday, May 15th Meal Pick ups Location: Barrier Reef Sports Bar Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

FAQ #4 Sitting of CXC Exams

There are rules to catch Nassau Grouper!!
20 to 30 inches !! All fish fillet MUST have patch of the skin !!! Please do the right thing !! READ YOUR FISHERIES REGULATIONS!!!!

Ambergris Caye COVID Relief Cookbook
The San Pedro Hot Lunch Program was developed by Maresha Reid, owner of Pirate's Treasure and Pirate's Secret Beach. With the closure of the island, due to the COVID pandemic, Maresha instinctively saw the need to feed the people on Ambergris Caye. She started off feeding 80 people on March 24th, 2020. Currently, she feeds more than 350 people - three times per week. But there are so many more that need help! ​ 100% of the profits from this book will go to the San Pedro Hot Lunch Program, to help ensure no one on Ambergris Caye goes to bed hungry.

Evarista Badillo selected as Mother of the Year 2020
On Wednesday, April 13th, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. and Councilor Flora Ancona visited Ms. Evarista Badillo and brought with them a few gifts in celebration of her being this year's Mother of the Year. Ms. Evarista was really happy with the visit as she shared the moment with her family. Congratulations once again Ms. Evarista! The San Pedro Town Council and Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. would like to thank all the sponsors that donated gift items to make this visit extra special, THANK YOU:

The Artist of the Day, Maryam Abdul-Qawiyy
Ms. Maryam Abdul-Qawiyy is an international writer, performance artist, renaissance woman and yoga instructor. She is multifaceted and engages in various artistic fields, attributing this to her passion for creative expression. As an actor, she is a featured dancer in Spike Lee's Oscar-winning “Blackkklansman” and studied at the Susan Batson Studio for Acting in New York. As a performance artist, she's been a featured vocalist in annual Belizean patriotic showcases with the distinguished Francis Reneau, and as a Middle Eastern dance choreographer has performed in the annual regularly dance festival, Dance X Belize since 2013. As a dramatist, Ms. Abdul-Qawiyy has written and directed six original stage plays which debuted at the Belize Women in Art showcase 2014 and 2015, the International Pittsburgh Black Arts Festival, and most recently in Bangalore, India.

My Heritage At Home
How do you practice your heritage at Home? Submit your short video, and you will be showcased on our sister institute ISCR's Facebook page on May 22!

BELIZE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ON PSU-GOB DELIBERATIONS
The Belize Chamber of Commerce strongly suggests that both sides of this debate immediately reorient their approach and come together to discuss making government less costly so that each member of the population -including the unemployed- doesn’t have to carry the additional burden of paying $250 each month to maintain a government that is far too costly for our population’s size, unemployment and poverty rates.r of Commerce and Industry reminds the public, as we watch the debate between the Government of Belize (GoB) and both the Public Service Union (PSU) and Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU), that according to the latest budget it costs $92,360,747.17 per month in recurrent expenditure, majority of which is personal emoluments, pensions and other benefits to the public service.

10,000 Steps Challenge Winners
Earlier this year, the Nutrition Unit challenged staff at the Ministry to walk more through a competition entitled, the 10,000 Steps Challenge. The aim was to encourage more physical activity; in this case walking, to achieve a healthier lifestyle. At the end of the eight weeks that commenced from Feb 3rd to March 30th, prizes were handed out today to the top four steps finishers. The Ministry extends congratulations to Stacey Jones - 524,502 steps (8weeks), Julainne Elijio - 653,159 (6weeks), Arthur Martinez - 771,811 (8weeks) and top finisher, Patricia Francis - 854,261 (8weeks)

Friday Night Music Fund Raiser for Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen
Tomorrow afternoon we are graced by the presence of Cooper Greer, Kaitlin Rose Parmenter, Neil Schnell, Armando Pao and Gregory Michael. These great artists have generously given up their time to perform for you all and help raise money for the Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen. So don't forget to tune in and watch it live.

BTIA Tourism Bulletin
Our weekly Tourism Bulletin provides industry news and updates on the efforts of our Secretariat. Feel free to read and subscribe!

NO BOLEDO AND NO CASINO TO DISCOURAGE FRIVOLOUS SPENDING
Boledo is a Belizean past time, but it is well understood that today, Belizeans should be spending their monies on their basic necessities and needs during these challenging times. Boledo and Casino are non-essential.

Bowen & Bowen, Ltd now has a free home delivery service in Cayo
B&B | Beverages has now expanded Home Delivery Service to Ladyville, San Ignacio & Santa Elena. Contact us to place your order.

JÉETS' MÉEK'
Mrs Adelita President of To'one Masehualo'on being the Ye Na'(madrina) of Iktan Chuc during the Yucatec Maya tradition known as Jéets' Méek' in the village of Cristo Rey (Corozal) 2018 . Jéets ’ Méek’ also known as the Maya Baptism is rite of initiation to the activities and responsibilities of the individual according to their gender. The objective is to induce children in the various arts of daily life, evoking their intelligence and the different abilities and skills that will appear in the course of their life in this world, making them good men and women of good work and very outstanding in your community.

Corozal House of Culture Art & Soul Series: Mr. Hilberto Trujillo
It's Thursday, which means showcasing one of Corozal's talented artists with our Art & Soul Series! We are delighted to feature Mr. Hilberto Trujillo, artist and educator whose passion for Belize's culture runs deep. Returning from studying art abroad in 2009 he initiated a children's art club in his village of Paraiso. Today he instructs the Visual Arts Program at the Belize Adventist College, along with math and physics. Hilberto has a passion for community and has led several art programs in Corozal Town and surrounding villages; impacting many. He was one of ten artists who participated in Corozal's initial Art in the Park event in September 2009. We look forward to collaborating with him for an online/virtual art program coming in the near future. If you would like to contact Mr. Trujillo please call 655-4604.

Channel 7

PSU & GOB: From Compromise to Crash
When we left you last night - it was with the news that the PSU and the Government of Belize had reached a compromise in their dispute over a salary increment. After weeks of back and forth over whether the annual increment for public officers would be foregone or deferred, the two sides seemed to find common ground. The meeting featured the government on one side, and the PSU, the BNTU and the APSSM on the other. So, things seemed all good until this morning. The Prime Minister opened up an almost three hour long press conference claiming - basically - that the unions had moved the goalposts overnight:

Government Facing Chasmic Deficit
So, we are back to an impasse - the unions on on side; government on the other. And between them a 300 million dollar chasm. That's right, government projects its recurrent deficit will be upwards of 275 million dollars. And, the PM says that when you're 300 million dollars in the hole, the kind of cost savings that the unions are talking about don't count for much:

Closer To A New Normal, The Rollback Continues
That's a costly position to take and later on in the news, you'll hear the PM's answer when we asked him if retrenchment could be in the cards sometime down the road. But, first, to what we've all been waiting for: a greater relaxation in the State of Emergency measures now that Belize has gone 31 days without a confirmed case of the coronavirus. Yes, measures will be relaxed, but not all that much. First off, the curfew remains in effect, and so does the requirement to wear a mask at all times in public - except now during morning exercise.

Face Masks, Until The Big Divev
That was a press conference this morning, and this afternoon, the Attorney General appeared on "Ask The Experts" where he specified the rules for swimming, which includes the use of face masks, until the swimmer actually enters the water.

District Hopping Now Allowed
And while you have to swim by the new rules of social engagement, the good news is you can freely travel to any part of the country for that leisure outing. The Prime Minister said inter-district travel is permitted - but don't try to go to Orange Walk for tacos because those vendor stalls will still have to remain closed:

Belize Looks To July For Tourists
So while Belizeans are now allowed to travel cross district for tourism and recreation, the truth is, those "Queen Betty's" will only go so far to sustain an industry built on yankee dollars. Tourism interests are itching to re-open their industry - and today the PM gave a tentative date, built upon many "if's":

For Belizeans Stuck "Da Foreign"
The Prime Minister stressed that there are many variables in the days ahead which will determine whether that opening date of early July is realistic. This includes the availability of rapid tests and so-called immunity passports. But, Belizeans stuck abroad won't have to wait for all that. Since the end of March they've been banned from interring their country of citizenship. Many are stranded abroad in foreign lands - some are even stranded on cruise ships - and can't touch dry land.

Mennonite Businessmen Can Come Home
So, what about those mennonite businessmen form Shipyard who we told you about last night. They were in the jungles of Peru on business when Belize's borders were closed. By the time they scrambled back to Mexico - there was no way to get in the country. Now, they've been in Chetumal for about 6 weeks trying desperately to get back home.

CARICOM: Cruise Lines Have To Pay For Staff Quarantine
And what about those cruise line employees we've been telling you about? There are a few dozen Belizeans working on Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian who are stuck on their cruise ships - with no way to get home. Today, the Prime M minister said they can come but their cruise ship owner will have to pay for their quarantine - which is a uniform position held region wide:

Crossing The Border
During his session on the Ask the Experts Webcast this evening, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte shared a few more specifics about how repatriation of Belizeans will work, and what they will be required to do to be allowed into the country: The authorities say that a special Ministry of Foreign Affairs application form will be posted on the covid19.bz website on Monday.

Cayo 5 Caught With Corona Beer
And while there's no tolerance and great risks legally and health wise for border jumpers, the practice continues. That was illustrated today at around 4:00 pm when police arrested 5 Belizean men at the Calla Creek village's illegal crossing in western Belize. The men: 35-year-old Jose Luis Uck,30-year-old Jorje Vasquez, 26-year-old Jovani Salazar, 19-year-old Luis Vasquez, and 42-year-old Lazaro Santos were found having crossed the border with contraband.

The Western Border Opens To Corn Cargo
And while they crossed illegally - today Guatemalan trucks drivers crossed legally when the western border opened under a new protocol. The bridge on the Melchor side of the border had been blocked for the better part of three days when Belizean authorities stopped the free movement of the grain truck across Belizean borders. Today, the Prime Minister explained why they had to intervene:

FFECTAB Fighting Ashcroft Now
Lord Micheal Ashcroft chose to weather the pandemic in Belize - which also happens to be one of the safest countries on earth - if you're watching the coronavirus index. And this morning when he stopped by his television station to appear on Open Yours Eyes on to discuss his proposed 200 million US-dollar Port of Belize facelift, he was met by a small yet energetic group of protesters led by FECTAB firebrands.

Man Charged For Gentle Murder
And while police have their hands filled with State of Emergency arrests they've also made a major break in the murder of Darren Gentle. You'll remember that Darren, the son of Ministry of Works CEO Errol Gentle was executed in Orange Walk on October 23rd in an apparent roadside transaction gone bad.

Mexicans Caught Fishing in B'zean Waters
The Belize Coast Guard is reporting tonight that they picked up 2 groups of fishermen at sea for breaking the fisheries regulations. One group included Belizean offenders, and the other were all Mexicans, who will also face charges of illegal entry into Belize. At around 2:30 a.m. yesterday, a Coast Guard Maritime law enforcement team intercepted a fishing vessel, which was operating in the Corozal bay area. After the lawmen boarded the fishing boat, they found 2 Belizean fishermen from Sarteneja Village. A search of the vessel revealed that they were fishing without a license for their gillnet, which was found aboard the vessel.

Illegally Hunting Sharks In SP
There was another maritime crime bust on Monday when the Team at Hol Chan Marine reserve caught unlicensed fishermen Angel Alfonso Diaz and Ledvin Ixpatac with a nurse shark as well as out of season lobster and conch.

A Rundown Of The New Regs
At the top of the news, we told you how the Barrow Government is relaxing some of the strict State of Emergency regulations, now that Belize has been COVID-free for 31 days and counting. This morning, the Prime Minister briefly discussed them in his virtual press conference. In the afternoon, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte appeared as a guest on the Ask the Experts Webcast to provide a bit more clarity on what rules are changing and which ones remain the same. Here's what is mostly unchanged. The borders are still closed unless a Belizean stranded abroad has gone through the proper application process to enter legal quarantine.

The Businesses That Remain Closed
And, there are still some businesses and establishments that the Government is not allowing to re-open at this time. Here's what the AG had to say about those this afternoon: "This partying still closed. Sorry ladies, the waxing - well not only ladies, because you have some men wax too, ladies and gentlemen no waxing, no massage, no facials..."

Festival Goes Virtual
For about 15 years on 7news, at this time of year, we have been ending the news with the many hundreds of faces of performers from the Children's Festival of the Arts. But this year the festival of arts as we've come to know it has been deemed too hazardous to go ahead. Adults might say it's just one more loss to COVID-19. But for kids, the importance of the festival cannot be underestimated; it's found in the roar of the crowd, the bright transformative costumes, and the rush of stepping onto the stage.

BHA Thinks of Tourism Employees Who Lost Jobs
Now that Belize has no active case of the coronavirus, the National Oversight Committee has restored some of the freedoms which were taken away from citizens under the regulations. But, the damage caused by the global pandemic, continues to negatively the country's economy. No one knows this better than the more than twenty thousand Belizeans who worked in the tourism industry.

The Gold Book And the Way Back
Earlier in the week, we took you to the Biltmore for a breakdown of the Belize Tourism Board's New Health and Safety Procedures. The measures that hotels are putting in place to guarantee the health and safety of their guests and once the airports open up the entire country of Belize. And to outline those standards with crystal clarity the BTB has teamed up with Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle Magazine to communicate this all-important message to travellers.

Making Electronic Schooling More Available
Last week we brought you an excerpt from a National student union forum in which tertiary students discussed what they characterised as Education Minister Patrick Faber's problematic and blasé word choice to describe the current state of web-based learning in the nation's universities. It was a story that upset the Minister enough for him to suggest that the students were being, quote: "led to comment on "diced and sliced" excerpts of his press conference."

Zero From Multilateral Partners In COVID Response
Turning back now to today's Prime Ministerial press conference, which finished close to 1:00 pm, one of our colleagues asked the Prime Minister how much money had been received from the many multilateral partners who have committed to help with the COVID response. As we've reported, government is running its unemployment and relief response on 75 million dollars in advance funds from the Central Bank. But when will the money from the multilateral support agencies come in? The PM says they are still running on zero:

PM Says No to Cash-Strapped Town Boards
The PM estimates that by August, most of the multilateral monies will be in. For local governments though, there is no such relief on the horizon. they are strapped for cash and forced to send workers home. They've asked government to guarantee and overdraft for them as bridge financing and today the PM said "no can do":

Retrenchment Down The Road?
And those tight finances that the PM just described is when regular folks would say "things di buck!" Indeed government's finances are in the gutter and they are facing a recurrent deficit of close to 300 million dollars. A large part of the recurrent budget is the wage bill - which we were alarmed to hear is now listed at 688 million dollars - when two months ago the PM said it was 140 million dollars less!

When Are The Elections Again?
And, finally from the Prime Minister tonight, the press today asked him about that thing that was all the news before COVID-19. We're talking about politics, both the internal kind to select a new leader, and the external kind between PUP and UDP. More specifically, when will the UDP choose a new leader and when will there be elections? The PM said this is not the time for that:

Channel 5

War of Words – PM, P.S.U. and B.N.T.U. Disagree on “Forego”
It is a big day of news. So we start with the negotiations between the Prime Minister, the Public Service Union, and the Belize National Teachers Union. That matter is [...]

If Unions Don’t Agree, PM Will Amend Public Service Regulations
According to the Prime Minister, foregoing increments are required and if the unions continue to reject the proposal, the next step would be to proceed to amend the Public Service [...]

G.O.B. Maxed Out Commercial Borrowing
With a burgeoning deficit of over three hundred million dollars, Prime Minister Dean Barrow says that the time has come to trim emoluments and pensions which stand at a whopping [...]

No Monies from IFIs As Yet
Back in March, the Prime Minister announced that he had secured financial aid from international financial institutions for government’s COVID-19 response. He said that it would come from international institutions [...]

Foreign Reserve Below Three-Month Import Cover
The tourism industry is practically on life support.  It accounts for about forty percent of the gross domestic product and is a huge foreign exchange earner. And while domestic tourism [...]

National Curfew Remains in Place!
Turning to the state of emergency…the national curfew remains in place tonight as the country relaxes some of the restrictions in place since April first.  And if you expect the [...]

You Can Now Travel Outside of Your District!
As Belize records another day without an active case of COVID-19, the public gets a relief on some of the restrictions. One of the big changes is the allowance of [...]

Rebounding the Economy – a Matter of Priority
The tourism industry is at a standstill and Belize is one of three countries in the region to become the biggest casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Today, further measures were [...]

Balancing Impact of COVID-19 on Health and Economy
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge negative impact on health and the economy.  Lord Ashcroft admits it is not an easy choice when balancing the two sectors, but he [...]

Time is Running Out for Proposed Port of Belize Expansion
A mega project in the tourism industry has been on the drawing board for years. Waterloo Investment Holdings is proposing to invest two hundred million dollars to expand the Port [...]

Will General Elections Soon Be Called?
National elections are scheduled for this year, but the date is anyone’s guess. COVID-19 has put a wrench in most things; the U.D.P. is yet to elect a new leader [...]

Multimillion-Dollar Question: When Will the P.G.I.A. Recommence Operations?
International travel has come to a halt with the closing of the international airport and borders in almost every country. Here in Belize, ports of entries remain close, only cargo [...]

Belizean Students Can Come Home
Dozens of Belizean students remained stuck in different parts of the world when the state of emergency was imposed.  They have been unable to return because of the closure of [...]

Illegal Mexican Fishermen Detained in Belize!
Three Mexican fishermen have been arrested for illegal fishing in Belize. The Belize Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Team busted the Mexican trio in the Bacalar Chico area around three-thirty [...]

Guillermo Foreman to be Charged with Illegal Entry into Belize
Where is Guillermo Foreman tonight? The Belmopan resident, who was stuck at the Santa Elena border in the north for days and not allowed entry into Belize, remains in police [...]

Butane Cost Increases with New Price Structure
Late on Wednesday night, the long awaited prices for LPG were released. If you have been following the LPG war, the prices is a thorny issue for the ex-importers of [...]

10 People Only Per Church Service!
Back to the ease of restrictions….When it comes to churches and other religious and faith-based groups, there is a small bit of good news tonight – a ten-person per service [...]

Casinos, Bars, Rum Shops Will Not Open!
Shifting to some of the restrictions that have been relaxed for restaurants… Those open air restaurants will be allowed to accommodate diners. But those persons will be limited to ten [...]

Swimming is Now Allowed!
You can also now beat the heat in the pool or river or the sea. AG Peyrefitte says you are now allowed to go swimming but with some limitations to [...]

You Can Now Exercise without a Mask!
And there is a little relief for those who exercise. You are now allowed to run, jog, walk, or cycle without a mask. But again, you are to do these [...]

Blaine, the Ambulance Driver, in His Own Words
On Sunday afternoon near the outskirts of Hattieville, twenty-nine-year-old Blaine Caliz came face to face with a team of officers who trained their weapons on him as he exited what [...]

Blaine Caliz – “Sorry for What?”
Earlier this week, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams demanded an apology from Caliz for his behaviour during the incident and said that if an apology was not forthcoming, charges would [...]

Five-month-old Didn’t Die from Vaccine
On Tuesday, we reported the death of a five-month-old baby from Bella Vista Village. The report reaching our newsroom was that the child was administered a vaccine at the Independence [...]

Healthy Living Looks at Exercise Routines during Quarantine
It’s been over four weeks since the last confirmed case of COVID-19 in Belize. Now that the first wave has been contained it has led to some easing of movement [...]

LOVE FM

Increase in LPG Prices
While the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) war wages on between the National Gas Company (NGC) and the former importers, the government has announced new fixed controlled prices for the product. Notably, this was before a start date for the NGC has been announced.

International flights may be allowed back to Belize in a few weeks
In an earlier newscast this week we reported of international flights into Belize already being sold online, particularly on American Airlines. Up to last week, the Prime Minister was not certain that the decision to reopen the airport would be made anytime soon.

Government works on bringing Belizeans abroad home
The Government will begin taking correspondence from Belizean students and citizens abroad who want to come back home. Prime Minister Barrow says the repatriation of those Belizeans abroad will take some coordination but it will get done.

Police officers detain FECTAB members for protesting
This morning members of The Federation of Cruise Tourism Associations of Belize (FECTAB) were detained by Police Officers after they gathered in protest on Coney Drive, Belize City. Love News understands that the group wanted to send a strong statement as Lord Michael Ashcroft made an appearance on his television station.

Who will be the next UDP and when will general elections be held?
While the Government is looking to restore the sale of goods and services around the country, there are pending national issues that still need to be addressed. These include the imminent general elections and the election of new UDP leader to succeed Dean Barrow.

Zeta Gas wants to continue importing LPG
Southern Choice Butane, otherwise known as Zeta Gas, has had to close its Belize branches as it waits to refill its stock from the National Gas Company (NGC). Unfortunately for them, the NGC has not told them when they will start commercial operations.

Belize is victorious in the first wave of COVID-19
There is a victory to report tonight in Belize’s success in the first wave of COVID-19. Prime Minister Dean Barrow spoke on the country’s actions and results but cautions on the dangers that loom ahead.

Teaching during a pandemic
While the world celebrates teachers in October, National Teacher’s Day is celebrated in Belize today. This is an unprecedented time for the entire world, but especially for teachers who have to shape young minds in new and innovative ways.

Driver of ambulance explains his side
Tonight, the Police Commissioner is being accused of fabricating a story to cover up a possible hiccup by the Belize Police Department. Earlier this week we told you of the ambulance belonging to Southern Emergency Services that was stopped at a checkpoint in Hattieville, Belize District.

Unions renege on their agreement with the Government over increments
Just when you thought that the unions and the government would be moving forward on the issue of the public officers’ increments, a miscommunication of sorts has the parties back at an impasse. Last night we heard from the Vice President of the PSU, Dean Flowers who reported that yesterday’s meeting with the Prime Minister was cordial, an agreement was reached and the government would not have to act on their threat of amending the Statutory Instrument on public officers salaries.

Car dealer charged for after being stuck at border
There is currently no word on the whereabouts of Guillermo Foreman. The Belizean car dealer was detained by police after he tried to enter the country through Santa Elena, Corozal District.

Local Tourism goes into full swing as restrictions were scaled back
With Belize reaching the 31-day milestone in this COVID fight, some restrictions were scaled back and local tourism is about to go in full swing. As the Prime Minister indicated in his press brief these...

Chamber of Commerce lashes out at the unions for their position
The Belize Chamber of Commerce has issued a release on the current impasse between the Public Service Union and the Government. The Chamber has given quite a scolding to the union stating, quote, “To now...

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“Government and Unions approach to cost-cutting unacceptable,” says Chamber of Commerce
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) has condemned the approach to cost-cutting measures […]

Police detain several men for illegal border crossing
Today the Belize Police Department detained five men for illegally crossing the western border. Sometime […]

Churches can now open, but with some restrictions
Churches and other houses of worship are now allowed to open under the amended State […]

Ashcroft: Polling in Belize reveals that people think the country is going in the wrong direction
On Channel 5’s Open Your Eyes this morning, Lord Micheal Ashcroft, said that he has […]

Movement between districts restored
Under the new relaxed State of Emergency (SOE) measures, recreational travel between districts have been […]

“Relaxed measures must be enjoyed responsibly,” says Attorney General
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte said today that the Government of Belize will be relaxing the […]

Is the Coronavirus Pandemic World War 3?
By Gordon Kirkwood: Belize passed its 28th day since its last Coronavirus case on Tuesday May 12th 2020, and even though there has been no official change […]

Lord Ashcroft: ‘Port expansion to provide employment ‘
The Ashcroft Alliance is currently in the consultation processes for plans to move forward with […]

Masks still compulsory; bars, casinos and tacos vendors still not allowed to operate
Belize has gone a month without any new cases of COVID-19, prompting the Government of […]

Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses support for Taiwan’s inclusion in WHO’s global COVID-19 efforts
Today Belize’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, via social media, expressed continued support for Taiwan’s inclusion […]

Belize is one of 12 countries currently COVID-19 free globally
Today, Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow hosted a virtual press conference to update the […]

National Gas Company begins operations; gas prices hopefully not too steep
The National Gas Company Limited (NGCL), created by statute last year, has officially begun operations […]

Immigration issue at Western Border resolved
Reports are that the issue at the Western border has been resolved and cargo is […]

PM on Superbond payments and financial obligations: “The writing is on the wall”
Prime Minister Dean Barrow, during this morning’s virtual press conference, was reluctant to directly answer […]

Guatemalan cargo trucks allowed to come into Belize
Following an impasse this week, the Government of Belize (GOB) has made provisions for Guatemalan […]

“Who comes next will have to talk to the IMF,” says Prime Minister
Prime Minister Dean Barrow, speaking on Belize’s road to economic recovery after the end of […]

FECTAB members charged for protest
Members of the Federation of Cruise Tourism Associations of Belize (FECTAB) are being charged for […]

Prime Minister: No time to think of general elections due to pandemic
The last date for general elections now due is February of 2021. And Prime Minister […]

Agreement between unions, Government rolled back
Prime Minister Dean Barrow says Financial Secretary Joseph Waight has written back to the Belize […]

PM hits Opposition for not giving up allowances
Prime Minister Dean Barrow says it was not his Ministry of Finance that proposed his […]

Belize eases more restrictions; PM says easing not a free pass
As part of the national domestic tourism push, Prime Minister Dean Barrow has announced that […]

Ashcroft: ‘Elections and Boundaries Commission has been delinquent’
This morning, on a segment of Open Your Eyes on Channel 5, Lord Micheal Ashcroft […]

Lord Ashcroft COVID-19 relief fund continues to provide support to Belize
The Lord Ashcroft COVID-19 relief fund continues to provide financial assistance and donations to Belize. […]

PM Barrow to hold virtual press conference this morning, expected to ease some restrictions
Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow, is hosting a virtual press conference today, Thursday, May […]

Belize Superbond sinks following Moody’s downgrade and questions over ability to pay
A day following a credit rating downgrade by Moody’s Investors Services in regards to Belize’s […]

Lord Ashcroft: ‘Local tourism will not be the answer’
Lord Micheal Ashcroft has been in Belize for 10 weeks and has been paying keen […]

Ashcroft: Early election would allow new Prime Minister to begin to resolve issues brought by pandemic
In a segment of Open Your Eyes this morning on Channel 5, Lord Micheal Ashcroft […]

Blogs

Hidden Valley Inn: A Belize Vacation Off the Beaten Path
For those of us feeling pent up indoors, we’re looking forward to some outdoor therapy. When travel reopens, let that be in Belize! Experts predict travel trends after COVID-19 will include venturing to private sanctuaries, natural outdoor escapes, and open air facilities. In Belize, social distancing is made easy with over half of the country covered in lush rainforest and hidden gems off the beaten path. For those adventurous at heart or seeking untouched solitude, add Belize’s Hidden Valley Inn to your future travel plans.

CNN names Belize’s Turtle Inn “Prime for Social Distancing”
Will traveling with strings attached be worth it? CNN Travel names Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn of Southern Belize as “prime for social distancing”. As two-week quarantine requirements around the world become expected amid loosened travel restrictions, summer vacationers will face a new challenge. Is travel with such strings attached worth it?

Belize Hopes to Reopen its International Airport on July 1
The Caribbean country of Belize is preparing to reopen to international visitors on July 1, as the country lays out its exit strategy from lockdown. This date, July 1, would include the reopening of the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA). Today, the Prime Minister of Belize Hon. Dean Barrow has announced the country of Belize is going into a new phase of easing restrictions for both local and international travel. However, that date is extremely tentative on no further coronavirus cases in Belize, with precautionary measures. Additionally, this decision for Belize to reopen the international airport (PGIA) is very contingent on what’s happening in the U.S.A. at the time. Belize has been closed to overseas arrivals since April 5, even to Belizean nationals.

Dive master entertains clients with skillful with underwater bubble rings
Nito, known in the scuba diving world as "Big Sexy" is a very popular dive master. With a serious side, he is an excellent teacher and leader and he is sought after for his professionalism and skill. But he is loved the world over for his charisma and fun-loving side. At the end of a dive on the reefs of San Pedro, Belize, guests asked him to show them his bubble rings, a skill that he is famous for in the scuba world.

International Sourcesizz

Caribbean governments advised to cut passenger taxes on air travel to compete
Describing travel as being in a “free fall” and the airline industry as being “bare bones” due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), the trade association for the world’s airlines is advising Caribbean governments to cut passenger taxes if they wish to be competitive when service is restored. Peter Cerda, the regional vice president for the Americas at the International Air Transport Association (IATA), says the state of the global airline sector, including carriers in the Caribbean, is “as bad as one could expect”, and they will need government support to resume any form of service. Cerda, speaking on this week’s Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) podcast, COVID-19: The Unwanted Visitor, warns that the aviation sector will emerge from the crisis with fewer carriers offering leaner services to fewer routes and flying smaller aircraft. And “when it comes to the Caribbean, it won’t be the same market”.

Latin America, Caribbean Tax Mix Vulnerable To COVID-19 Hit
The tax burden in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) increased to a record 23.1 percent of GDP in 2018, according to a new OECD report. However, it warns the territories will face considerable financial pressures owing to COVID-19 because of their systems' reliance on indirect tax revenues. LAC tax revenues remain far below the OECD average (34.3 percent in 2018). Against this background, the capacity to finance public goods and services and to cushion economic shocks in the region remains limited, the OECD said.

GraceKennedy Q1 profit before tax up 50 per cent
While classifying the first quarter of this year as a period of great uncertainty, GraceKennedy (GK) Group yesterday reported that results for the period have been the highest in recent times. “For the three months ended March 31, 2020, the group achieved revenues of $28.85 billion, an 11.3 per cent increase or $2.93 billion over the corresponding period of 2019,” the group said in a news release.

Top 4 Places To Visit In Belize
With one foot in the Central American jungles and the other in the Caribbean Sea, pint-sized Belize is packed with islands, adventure and culture. Though many visitors barely touch mainland Belize, chilling instead on the tropical cays that speckle the length of the east coast, the visible traces of the world's second-longest barrier reef. We recommend 4 things to do in Belize, Central America.

Large dogtooth snapper fish is a surprisingly intelligent night predator
Scuba divers were returning from a deep dive and making their way through the shallower waters on their return to the boat when they saw that a large dogtooth snapper was following them and using their lights to gain advantage over the smaller fish. Surprisingly intelligent, these fish understand that the smaller fish are distracted by divers and their lights, giving them the element of surprise. Almost 1m in length (2.5feet) and weighing more than 12kg (25lbs), this is a big fish.

Videos

  • Prime Minister's Virtual Press Conference, min.

  • Why I Moved to Belize, 15min. Laura Diffendal, IL Belize Correspondent, coming to you live from the island of Ambergris Caye in northern Belize. I want to talk to you today about why I moved to Belize.

  • Maya Sunset Workshop, 2min. Maya Sunset Workshop is the best place to catch a golden sunset, here you will meet Jorge, a gifted artist who specializes in Mayan carvings.

  • Zeta Gas explains the lpg situation in Spanish, 8.5min.

  • Thursday's "Ask the Experts", 1.5hr.

  • Lord Ashcroft - Update, 80min.

  • Belize Medical & Dental Association, 42min.

  • A Scottish Tradition | Burns Night Performances from Belize Part 1, 14min. Burns night or supper; a Scottish tradition celebrating the works and poems of Robert Burns, A Scottish poet. This video is full of amazing performances from a Burn supper organised in Belize.

  • We Caught Lots of Fish! | Spearfishing Belize, 5min.

  • ANIMALS OF BELIZE | Belize Zoo and Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge in San Ignacio, Belize, 2min. If you love animals, then this is the video for you! Throughout our time in San Ignacio, Belize, I found myself whipping out my camera whenever we had a new animal encounter. So, I decided to put together a quick video of my favorite moments. Most of these shots are from our visit to the Belize Zoo, and the last two animal encounters are from our stay at Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge. 1. Tapir or "forest cow": Right at the beginning! 2. Spider monkey: 00:17 3. Toucan: 00:52 4. Ocelot: 01:12 5. Puma: 01:24 6. Jaguar: 01:30 7. Grey Fox: 01:45 8. Kinkajou: 01:56

  • THIS IS BELIZE, 3.5min. My friend and I went to Belize for spring break this year and loved every second of it! Enjoy these clips from San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Placencia, and San Ignacio :)

  • Drone over Mountain Pine Ridge, min. We flew the drone over a some places in Mountain Pine Ridge and got a couple amazing shots, so I had to make a short video and share. P.S Try to spot me on top of Big Rock Waterfall.