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The San Pedro Sun

Boat accident injures two; San Pedro Police investigation underway
An investigation by the Belize Port Authority on the island is currently underway to find out the cause of a boat accident on the lagoon side of San Pedro Town on Sunday, May 17th. Five persons were traveling in a 25-foot boat when it crashed into the dock at the International Water Taxi Terminal, causing injuries to two of its passengers. The captain of the boat was detained by police pending an investigation into the mishap.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Wednesday, May 20th Meal Pick Up Location: Hibisca Restaurant Times: Village: 11:00 - 11:45. Bahia: 11:45 - 12:30.

SPTB: Attention San Pedro Contractors RE: Materials in Streets
The San Pedro Town Council and the San Pedro Building Unit hereby inform all contractors that in order to use the street to place materials for casting, you must request a permission from the San Pedro Town Council. This permission must be requested at the office of the San Pedro Town Council at least 24 hours prior to the use of the street. Once permission is granted contractors must pay the set fee before acquiring the permission in writing. Failure to show a written permission for use of the street from the San Pedro Town Council will result in a STOP ORDER.

SIDS DOCK and GRID-Arendal announce strategic partnership for sustainable use and management of marine resources in small islands and low-lying developing countries
On May 14, 2020, the Government of Belize participated in a virtual conference where SIDS DOCK, the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Organization, signed an agreement with GRID-Arendal to collaborate on the promotion of nature-based solutions and technologies for the sustainable use and management of marine resources to support the economic and livelihoods systems of populations of small island and low-lying developing countries.

Maya Archaeological Sites Reopened
The following sites are open for visitation effective immediately: Santa Rita, Cerro Maya, Lamanai, Altun Ha, Cahal Pech, Caracol, El Pilar, Xunantunich, Serpon, Nim Li Punit, Lubaantun. We look forward to welcoming visitors to the sites. Please practice social distancing and proper hygiene. *CAVE SITES ARE NOT OPEN

BelizeBooking.com
Thinking of vacationing at home once again? We can help you with that! Introducing www.BelizeBooking.com, a microsite that lets you know all the hotel deals available countrywide for you and your family. From huge discounts to low-cost vacation packages, it’s easy to become a Belizean Traveller again. We encourage you to remain safe as you explore your Jewel.

Repatriation for Displaced Belizeans Abroad Form
If you are a Belizean whose permanent country of residenceis Belizeand you have been unable to travel home due to the closure of our borders as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you will now be able plan your return. Note that this can only be done with prior coordination and approval from Government of Belize. The reason for coordination and approval is required is to limit, as much as possible, the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of all those in Belize, especially those most vulnerable.

Artist of the Day - Kimberly Griffith
Kimberly Hannah Griffith was born in1970 in Belize City. At the age of nine, her family moved to Corozal Town, where she has spent most of her life. One of Kimberly’s earliest introductions to art was brought about while she was attending Primary School where a teacher taught her the craft of macramé. In 1989 during her first pregnancy, Kimberly taught herself the art of crochet. Over the years her pieces evolved into one-of-a-kind clothing designs: dresses, swimwear, tops, and coordinates. Kimberly ventured further and began creating her own jewelry which has evolved to include natural items such as seeds, wood, seashells, coconut shells, and more. “I turned my creativity into a business. It was a natural gift of creativity motivated by God which allowed me to self-elevate in the field.”

Ocean Ferry Phase-1 Re-opening Beginning Wednesday 20/05

Today's "Ask the Experts"
Tune into Ask the Experts tomorrow, May 20th, at 10:00 a.m. Joining us will be the CEO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Lou-Anne Burns Martinez to discuss the repatriation process for Belizeans displaced abroad.

Summary of Statutory Instrument No. 73 of 2020
Arrangement of Regulations, Effective Monday, May 18, 2020.

Belize Botanic Gardens reopens May 20th, 2020
All BELIZEANS ENTER FOR FREE!!!!!! 50% on guided tours, special rates on tea tasting and medicinal tour. With 45 acres of exotic plants, river access and wildlife, social distancing is easy! Reconnect with nature at BBG!

Happy International Day!
Belize is a country of diverse ethnic/culture groups with diverse cultures, belief systems, foods, customs, traditions, and languages. Maya, Mestizo, Creole, Garifuna, Mennonite, Chinese, and East Indian comprise the major ethnic groups. Join us for this virtual exhibition on the Faces of Belize. Happy International Day! Part 2

"Heritage at Home" Contest
Here's your reminder to send in your submissions of how you have been practicing your "Heritage at Home" to the Institute for Social & Cultural Research. Your entries will be shared on May 22!

Channel 7

Tropic Air Lays Off 200+
We've been reporting heavily on domestic tourism - but while it is a welcome help to struggling hotels and resorts, it's not enough to keep major tourist enterprises afloat in the toughest times this industry has ever seen. And that's why - with no fixed date for international tourism to resume - layoffs in the tourism sector are expected to increase this going into June. One of the hardest hit is Tropic Air. With 400 employees, it's one of the biggest private employers in Belize, and had been keeping on its full staff throughout the COVID crisis - with pay cuts.

Belize Now Only Nation on Mainland of Americas With (Much) More Than 1 Day COVID Free
And, Belize has a lot to protect. It is now the only nation on the mainland of the Americas which has gone more than 1 day without detecting a positive case of COVID 19. This distinction comes after a positive case was detected in Suriname on Saturday. That tiny south American nation had been without a case for 44 days up to that point.

Repatriation of Stranded Belizeans To Begin
And Belize's quite remarkable COVID free run is why there is some anxiety concerning the return of Belizean Citizens who have been stuck in all different corners of the world since late March when the airport and borders were closed. The Prime Minister announced last week that there would be a re-opening for those Belizeans to be repatriated. But, it has to be an orderly return. And the first step towards that went live late last night when the Belize Controlled Repatriation form went live on the official COVID19.BZ website.

Blease Back To Belize, Coming By Cruise
One of those who are coming home by ship, cruise ship to be exact is DJ Linda Blease. She has been working on cruise ships for years now and took up her most recent contract with Celebrity Cruises in January. The gig should have lasted until July, but everything got backed up by COVID 19 - and she has been stuck on a cruise liner in quarantine for two months now. We spoke to her via Zoom Conference call today as the ship she's on is making its repatriation route up the Central American Atlantic Coast:

Who Owns Mile 44? Not Nigel
Last night on the news we showed you all the drama of Sunday's big grass-roots land grab in Cotton Tree village. Land activist Nigel Petillo is encouraging Belizeans to clear over two thousand acres at mile 44 to begin the process of squatting for Title by Prescription. He said it's a first come, first serve basis and on Sunday that sent a rush of interested potential landowners to the area. Representatives for the Belmopan Land Development Corporation were watching closely - and with consternation. That company owns the land Petillo is trying to grab for the public - and they have owned it going back to the 1990's.

Canal Fish Kill Explained
Last night, we told you about the frustration of the Belize City Residents who were suffering with the foul stench of dead fishes in the canal which runs along the length of East and West Canal Streets. For a few days now, large groups of fish were suddenly turning up dead in the canal which was stagnated by 2 recently-installed clay dams. We've since learned that these clay dams were set up by engineers working on the Climate Vulnerability Reduction Program. It's a comprehensive mitigation plan for Belize City that is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Government, through the Ministry of Works.

Coke Truck With Weed
After an arrest on Friday, a Bowen and Bowen delivery man from Pomona Village in the Stann Creek District was left to face a drug trafficking charge. That's after police say they busted him with a bag of marijuana in his delivery truck. Police say that at around 10:45 a.m. on Friday, May 15, they intercepted the delivery truck, while it was making its rounds in the Stann Creek District. They were acting on intelligence that drugs were concealed inside the truck. The responding officers then pulled over the driver, who was later identified as 26-year-old Melvin Velasquez.

Consumers Complain About Bills, BEL Urges Energy Saving
There's been a whole lot of blowback this month and last on Facebook with consumers complaining about high electricity bills. Now, we've been in the news business long enough to know that this is a chronic complaint when temperatures soar in April and May and every fan in every house is runnings. But, it comes at a terrible time for consumers - many of who have lost their jobs - and feel that BEL is cheating them.

The Big Cats Coming Back
Last night you heard the Attorney General talk about the re-opening of Archaeological sites, and tourism attractions such as Shark Ray Alley. And, one other major attraction that is reopening is the Belize Zoo. The 37 year old facility has planned a soft-reopening even for this coming weekend of Saturday, May 23rd, and Sunday, May 24th. They're hoping that the regular flow of traffic into the Zoo will gradually increase to those pre-COVID-19 numbers.

Gyms Want COVID Restrictions Lifted
And while you may be excited to see your favorite Jaguar this weekend, you'd be wise to make it a workout, because it might be a while before you can hit the gym. That's because under even the relaxed State of Emergency guidelines, gyms remain closed. It's a COVID time reality caused by the perception of the gym as a place where viral and bacterial droplets are released through exhalations and sweat. But gym owners argue that the gym is a no less sanitary place than any other, with gym members already in the habit of sanitizing every surface they touch.

Copal Black Corn For Farmers
We've been reporting on the wildfires devastating Western and Southern Belize. The drought provided the ideal conditions for agricultural fires set by farmers to get out of hand and destroy huge tracts of forest. A concerted, community, NGO and government effort got the first out - but as that old 80's song says, "after the fire, the fire still burns." And it's burnt a hole right through the pockets of the farmers in the Toledo district who lost their crops in the blaze.

Green's Good For Mental Health
Losing crops is only one of a myriad of mental health stressors sure to be affecting Belizeans during this COVID period. So, the arrival of Mental Health month is timely. And while the expected panel discussions and solidarity marathons are a no go in 2020, the mental health NGO, Mind Health Connect has found a way for Belizeans to stand in solidarity for the cause while maintaining, all-important, social distance. Sahar Vasquez told us more:

Channel 5

P.S.U. to Get Prime Property for Hilltop Settlement
The Public Service Union and the Belmopan City Council have buried the ‘Hilltop’ hatchet.  They have reached a settlement in the form of another piece of property.  Today, the P.S.U. [...]

Limited Congregation Size Forces Churches to Remain Closed
Since the start of the state of emergency, the churches have been meeting online for services to prevent any contagion of the novel coronavirus.  Stay-at-home orders, the cap on gatherings of [...]

Caribbean Union of Teachers Vehemently Opposes to CSEC Exams Being Held in July
While locally the B.N.T.U. and P.S.U. have reached agreement with the government to forgo increments, there is a storm brewing involving regional exams. That is because despite opposition in the [...]

CUT Says Ministries of Education Not Prepared for CXC Exams
The regional union says that it has seen no evidence of any action plan by Ministries of Education in the region, which suggests that they have adopted any approved set [...]

Understanding a Need for Land in Cotton Tree
The desire to own a parcel of land sent hundreds of persons out to mile forty-four on the George Price Highway. Activist Nigel Petillo, formerly of BGYEA, has identified two [...]

Tropic Air Sending Home More than 200 Employees
We will have a look at the local tourism industry later in the newscast, but tonight the news for hundreds of employees at a local airline is not good. Tropic [...]

Testing Protocol for Returning Belizeans
Belize now stands as the only country on the American mainland without a new case of COVID-19; that’s because today, Suriname recorded a positive case after forty-four days of no [...]

Will There Be a New Water Taxi Terminal in San Pedro?
More than eight hundred and thirty people have signed an online petition to call on San Pedro officials to put a stop to a proposed water taxi terminal in downtown [...]

Businessman Says Proposed Water Taxi Terminal is Problematic
During the programme, Peter Lawrence summed up a few of the concerns about the project. He says that traffic congestion, safety for students and other concerns show that this is [...]

Mark Rodriguez Tells His Side of the Story
They say there are always two sides to every story and on Monday, we brought you the side of Assistant Superintendent of Police Aaron Gamboa. ASP Gamboa and junior officer, [...]

PC Rodriguez Slapped with Several Charges
PC Mark Rodriguez was arrested and charged for several offenses, including S.O.E. violations and for refusing to provide a specimen. He was arraigned and released on bail on Monday. Rodriguez [...]

PC Rodriguez Says Dispute is Personal, Over Land in Camalote
According to Rodriguez’s wife, Krista Zelaya, the dispute between both parties is personal. She says that Gamboa has reportedly been developing her land, which was passed down from her father. [...]

Forgo’ It Is! B.N.T.U., P.S.U. and G.O.B. Resolve Impasse
The Government of Belize, the Public Service Union and the Belize National Teachers Union are now on the same page. All sides have agreed to the word “forgo” as the [...]

B.N.T.U. President Says the Chamber Had No Idea
When the dispute became public, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry weighed in saying that the unions were out of touch with the current reality of COVID-19 and the [...]

The Possibility of Retrenchment in the Public Sector is Real
And while public officers and teachers are forgoing their increments, will they face retrenchment? At his press conference last week, the Prime Minister said he will borrow as long as [...]

The Impact of COVID-19 on Belize’s Tourism Industry
COVID-19 has had a severe impact on the economy resulting in massive layoffs especially so in the tourism industry. The B.T.B. was among the first to cut back on its [...]

Reopening the P.G.I.A. Will Pose a Challenge…
Last week, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced a tentative date for the reopening of the Philip Goldson International Airport to allow for international visitors to resume travel to Belize. July [...]

…But B.T.B. Keeping International Visitors Engaged
While health experts foresee challenges with the reopening of the Philip Goldson International Airport, there is optimism at the Belize Tourism Board about international tourists being able to return to [...]

Salvadoran Jailed for Illegal Entry
Jose Sosa, a Salvadoran construction worker was nabbed in Belize City this morning and when he failed to present documentation that he entered the country legally, he was escorted to the [...]

Belizean Traveller Campaign is Launched to Boost Domestic Tourism
With the borders and the international airport still closed, local tourism is being promoted across the country as a first step before international visitors begin making their way back to [...]

B.T.B. Developing a Property Manual for Hotels/Resorts
As the Belize Tourism Board promotes local tourism, it is also getting ready for the day when international visitors arrive at the P.G.I.A.  It is collaborating with the Ministry of [...]

Birding – the Challenges and Opportunities!
The quality and long-term viability of the natural environment are critical to tourism businesses across the world. Marine animals, birds and wildlife contribute significantly and add value to Belize’s tourism [...]

Amandala

Police charge activist for Harmonyville gathering
Nigel Petillo, 44, an activist of Harmonyville, was arrested and charged with violation of Emergency Powers Regulations for movement outside curfew hours without a valid reason and for not wearing a mask. He was ordered to appear in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court to be arraigned on the charges. A conviction for such offenses under the Emergency Powers Regulations could result in a fine of $5,000 or 3 years imprisonment.

Guatemalan President gets death threat because of COVID-19 lockdown
When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, Belize is in a class by itself. It was the last country in the Americas to report its first case of the novel coronavirus on March 23. The country went on to make history when it became the first country in the Americas to be free of the virus on May 6 — the only COVID-19-free country in the Americas. North, south and west of Belize, in Mexico and Guatemala, the novel coronavirus continues to exact a heavy toll, with cases spiking in both countries. And while the Belizean economy is beginning to slowly emerge from its one-month lockdown, in Guatemala, which is in the early phase of a complete lockdown, the president has come under a death threat because of the lockdown, according to a report from the Washington-based National Public Radio (NPR).

Government refuses to budge
Prime Minister Dean Barrow, whose administration has been at odds with the public service unions over government’s proposal to freeze increments for two fiscal years, 2020-2021, announced today that the government’s proposal has been accepted by one of the three unions, the Association of Public Service Senior Managers (APSSM). Following their meeting yesterday in Belmopan, the Public Service Union (PSU) and the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) emerged from the meeting indicating that they wanted to amend the wording of the agreement government had put forward to end the impasse over increments and retirement packages.

Government to ease more SoE restrictions
During a virtual press conference this morning, Prime Minister Dean Barrow took time out to announce that Belize is one of only twelve countries and territories in the world that has no case of the novel coronavirus. The Prime Minister praised the frontline workers and our very own Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, who spearheads the government’s fight against the pandemic.

Attorney General explains government’s easing of some SOE restrictions
This morning, Prime Minister Dean Barrow took to the airwaves in a virtual press conference to announce that government has amended some of the regulations in the Statutory Instrument (SI) which gives effect to the national State of Emergency. Government’s amendment of the SI, which comes into effect tomorrow, Friday, May 15, is geared toward a relaxation of the stringent measures that were put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in an effort to open more sectors of the local economy. By afternoon, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte appeared on the government’s webcast Ask the Experts to explain the do’s and don’ts of the amendment.

Mexicans caught fishing in marine reserve; escape from quarantine
Three Mexicans who came to Belize illegally were busted fishing in the Bacalar Chico Nature Park and Marine Reserve in Northern Ambergris Caye, Belize District, yesterday, Thursday, by the Belize Coast Guard, who were conducting a routine patrol in the reserve yesterday. The Mexicans were identified as Gabriel Vargas de la Cruz, Noel Gonzalez Alamilla and Arturo Pedro Cordero. Coast Guard officers said that when the men saw them coming, they threw away the marine products that they had caught and tried to speed away, but the Coast Guard pursued and caught them.

Five Belizeans caught bringing Corona beer from Guatemala
At about 4:30 yesterday evening, five Belizeans from Calla Creek, Cayo District, were found crossing into Belize illegally from Guatemala, through one of the many back roads along the porous borders between the two countries, in the Cayo District. The men went into Melchor, Guatemala, to buy cheap beer and were returning when they were busted with 3 cases of Corona beer and some other types of beer in bags they were carrying.

Chamber calls debate between GOB and unions unacceptable
The two major trade unions representing public servants, the Public Service Union (PSU) and the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU), have been involved for the past few weeks in negotiations with the Barrow administration over government’s proposals concerning increments and retirement benefits. On Wednesday, the two sides met in Belmopan, but following the meeting, the unions wanted to amend the agreement that had been reached with government. Today, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry issued a press release chastising both sides over their impasse, and describing the situation as a debate that is totally unacceptable.

Government sets new, higher prices for butane gas
Last Wednesday, May 13, the government’s Supplies Control Unit issued new prices for Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) or butane, ending speculation that the National Gas Company Limited, which takes over the importation of LPG by order of government, was not ready to supply the country with the fuel. Under an act of Parliament, government created the National Gas Company, giving it the exclusive right to import LPG into the country. The group of Central American companies which had been importing the fuel took the government to court. In a lawsuit, the companies —Belize Western Energy Limited, Gas Tomza, and Zeta Gas, are alleging that their constitutional rights were violated due to the monopoly that was created when government created the National Gas Company and gave it the exclusive right to import LPG.

Valley of Peace gas station robbed; getaway vehicle overturns
At about 4:30 this evening, four men in an SUV went into a Valley of Peace gas station and held up the cashier at gunpoint. The robbers robbed the gas station of an undisclosed amount of money, after which they escaped in an SUV and headed in the direction of Spanish Lookout. No one was hurt during the robbery, but reportedly, a man fired at the fleeing thieves, who still managed to make their getaway.

Editorial: The Chamber should be fighting alongside unions
It is understandable that some Belizeans who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic might harbor some envy of the workers on the public payroll who have been promised that the government will borrow, until it cannot borrow anymore, to meet their “15th and ending” salaries. This is a time when we are all called upon to make sacrifices for our country, to ensure we survive, and the Government of Belize has asked its employees to contribute to the effort by foregoing their annual increments. Relative to the shortfall in revenue which has occurred because of the pandemic, what the government’s employees have been asked to give up isn’t much. However, the unions for the public servants and the teachers have not agreed to the request from government. We understand that they want the increments to be deferred for a few years.

Caribbean students will sit CXC exams for 2020
It is official — secondary and tertiary schools will be administering CXC examinations in July of 2020, and the reception of this announcement made by the Ministry of Education on May 12 has been far from great. The Caribbean Examinations Council released a statement on March 26, 2020 to make clear their intentions of providing a modified version of the CAPE and CXC exams in July. The decision to administer these exams, however, did not solidify until May 8 after there was a majority vote in favor of the decision at a meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD), and Belize’s Cabinet later endorsed this decision on May 12.

Guatemalan President gets death threat because of COVID-19 lockdown
When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, Belize is in a class by itself. It was the last country in the Americas to report its first case of the novel coronavirus on March 23. The country went on to make history when it became the first country in the Americas to be free of the virus on May 6 — the only COVID-19-free country in the Americas. North, south and west of Belize, in Mexico and Guatemala, the novel coronavirus continues to exact a heavy toll, with cases spiking in both countries. And while the Belizean economy is beginning to slowly emerge from its one-month lockdown, in Guatemala, which is in the early phase of a complete lockdown, the president has come under a death threat because of the lockdown, according to a report from the Washington-based National Public Radio (NPR).

From the Publisher
Say you’re an extremely wealthy Belizean individual, family, or business group, and then this coronavirus catastrophe strikes, boom, the bottom falls completely out of the tourism money maker, and the Belizean economy goes into panic mode. Almost half the population of Belize was already in the poverty category of sufferers, and now tons of the gainfully employed go on the chopping block, so to speak. In order to have become extremely wealthy, in the first instance, you would have had to cultivate a mindset of a certain type, which is to say, you would have had to be hard core capitalist and place your bank account and business assets above all other considerations, considerations such as the welfare of the other human beings in your community/society.

The Blacks bought the bullshit – about Sam Cooke
Well, not really. At least, enough of them did; as well as some voices in the media, especially the Jim Crow mouthpieces. The result was that the masses of heartbroken black fans, as well as many young white ones, did not feel empowered or justified in vociferously blaming the right forces for the calculated murder of their icon, the one Sam Cooke. They were both embarrassed and disarmed by the official storyline – what more embarrassing than to be caught literally “with your pants down”?

Edgar Reginald, the first son …
Edgar Reginald, the second child and first son of Jewel and Jerome, had made his appearance on November 20th, on schedule and on Matron’s birthday! The pregnancy had proceeded smoothly after the initial uncertainty, the couple had been successful in weaning Arreini by the end of August without too much difficulty, so everything had been in readiness for him.

There is no lusty singing on the bus
Ignoring the fact that sports isn’t even on the table in the current plans for return to normalcy, I would understand if sports fans hollered, UNFAIR, if they were told that come Monday morning people could fill every seat on the bus to travel to work but that on Sunday afternoon only a limited number of them could go watch the game at the park, because every sports fan is a heathen. Sports is religion, given to us by God – remember He said we cannot live by bread alone, that ehm, there must be some diversion — but ah, fans tend to lose it when they enter a stadium. For that hour or two during which fans are at the game, God forgive them if they have bitter hatred for their rivals.

Letter: Football Flashback – 1960’s
Three players that I remember from that era which should make your list are: Dundee, can’t remember his full name; Billy Gill and Wallace “Smitty” Smith. If I remember correctly, all played for Queens Park Rangers. I believe Smitty was the brother-in-law of Winty J. Rojo Arnold was also family to these two. Billy Gill worked at Melinda Forest Station and Smitty worked at the Citrus Company of British Honduras. Both left Stann Creek in the late 60’s to work in the sugar industry up north.

LOVE FM

Western Dairies employees involved in car accident
Two employees of Western Dairies, Spanish Lookout were involved in a late-night traffic incident yesterday as they made their way back to their workplace. The incident occurred near the Blue Hole on the Hummingbird Highway and involved one of the company’s delivery trucks.

PSU will be compensated for the Hilltop property
The Public Service Union (PSU) is on a roll as there is yet another victory to report on tonight. If you recall, the union was embroiled in a battle with the Belmopan City Council and Simplex Designs Limited over the Hilltop property in Belmopan.

Unions will be compensated for deferring increments
The unions have won following an impasse with the Government of Belize over the issue of increments. The entire argument is a play on words at best but the bottom line in all this is that the unions will get their increments one way or another just not this year.

Man injured in motorcycle accident
A motorcycle accident has left a resident of Harmonyville severely injured. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz has the story.

Daughter of PC Rodriguez recollects the beating her father took
Yesterday we reported on the Police Constable who was beaten over the weekend in Camalote Village, Cayo District. The officer beaten was 39-year-old Mark Rodriguez. The incident occurred inside his yard in the presence of his 14-year-old daughter, Krystal Rodriguez. The man being accused of targeting Rodriguez is Assistant Superintendent of Police Aaron Gamboa.

Caribbean Bank gives the green light on an emergency loan for Belize
Belize has been approved for a loan of fifteen million US dollars from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The loan has been dubbed as an emergency loan and Belize is one of seven Caribbean countries to benefit.

Repatriation applications for Displaced Belizeans abroad is made available
The idea of repatriation of Belizeans is a scary thought as it means that the country runs the risk of imported cases of COVID-19. As scary as it may be though, the time has come for Belize to get its citizens back home.

BNTU concerned over July sitting of CSEC exams
The CSEC exams have been set for July as was reported by the Minister of Education, Patrick Faber. But, the Belize Teachers Union (BNTU) is concerned for their members.

Family home destroyed by freak storm in southern Belize
A family’s peace was disrupted on Sunday night when heavy rains and strong winds destroyed the home of Teresa Jackson in San Pedro, Colombia Village, Toledo District. Correspondent Paul Mahung has the story.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Baneza Godoy is St. Ignatius High School 2020 Valedictorian
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Eighteen-year-old 4th former Baneza Godoy is the Valedictorian of the Graduating Class of 2020 […]

Officer reportedly stabbed at Coast Guard gym
There are reports that an officer of the Belize Coast Guard was at the gym […]

More austerity measures for government ministries
Today, in a memo to addressed to department CEOs and other public service officials, the […]

Evening division teachers at Gwen Lizarraga High School still waiting for salary
Reports to our newsdesk is that 15 teachers from the evening division at Gwen Lizarraga […]

Two months since tree topples Branch Mouth bridge, residents request repairs
The Branch Mouth bridge (Hammock bridge) at Branch Mouth in San Ignacio was destroyed on […]

Climate Resilience Organization signs agreement for marine resources in Belize
On May 14, the Government of Belize participated in a virtual conference where Small Island […]

US company Moderna says COVID-19 vaccine trials show “promising results”
Moderna, a biotech company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, announced this week that the human […]

BGYEA supports former leader Nigel Petillo
The Belize Grassroots Youth Empowerment Association (BGYEA) has condemned the arrest of its former leader […]

Hotels and resorts offer special rates targeting local tourism
Belizean officials have decided to allow hotels and resorts to re-open to provide some kind […]

Caribbean Development Bank to give Belize emergency loan of US $15 million for COVID-19 pandemic
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is making available emergency loans to seven Caribbean countries, in […]

Attorney General urges Belizeans to comply with curfew regulations
Today, on Ask the Experts, Attorney General, Micheal Peyreffitte said that last night, 48 people […]

COMPOL: Town councils have NO authority to conduct screening
The Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, informed yesterday that town councils do not have the […]

“Chamber of Commerce comments played no role in decision to forego increments,” says PSU
The Public Service Union (PSU) categorically rejects any notion that the comments issued by the […]

Public Service Union says acceptance of government’s proposal is conditional
The Public Service Union (PSU) said that it has accepted the Government of Belize’s proposed cost-saving […]

Three injured in traffic accident near Biscayne
A traffic accident occurred last night around 6:45 near Biscayne on the Philip Goldson highway […]

Blogs

Swimming and Open-Air Restaurants Open: Lunch at Ramon’s Village
Last week, new Statutory Instrument was released – effective Friday, May 15th – that called for a slight loosening of regulations for Belize’s current State of Emergency since the country has been COVID-free for over 30 days. The curfew remains in place, the borders remain closed but there is a bit more freedom to move about the country and get outside. Social distancing is firmly in place and masks are required. Belize is taking health VERY SERIOUSLY. A great reason to get out a bit – safely and carefully – after over 55 days mostly inside. We went to Ramon’s Village – to Pineapple Restaurant. They have SUCH a friendly staff (wearing Ramon’s branded face masks – I’m sorry! I forgot to get a picture!) and we were one of two tables. They have a smaller menu and SUPER great prices as they re-open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. To get the staff slowly back working part-time.

Grand Caribe’s 4th Annual Deep Sea Classic Fishing Tournament
Calling all fishing anglers! Grand Caribe’s 3rd Annual DeepSea Classic Fishing Tournament will be taking place in two months. Mark your calendars for July 19th – 21st for one of the most exciting tournaments yet! The Deep Sea Classic Fishing Tournament to be held in Grand Caribe in Ambergris Caye. You could not ask for a more picturesque location with the Belize Barrier Reef a short distance away. The Belize Barrier Reef, stretching along the coast of Belize, is a fantastic destination for sports fishing. With Belize boasting the second largest in the world and year-round great weather, it’s no surprise avid anglers travel far and wide to try their luck out at sea.

Happiness is Underrated
There are many tips and much practical information out there on how to get through this Coronavirus Pandemic. Lately, I have noticed there has been more pandemic generosity among the island dwellers and it is spreading. I have hired a handy tour guide I trust who was out of work, to do a small job, gave masks to two friends, gave food to a family in need along with a few household items I knew would be enjoyed. I have also been receiving great gifts from friends. Everything from Bomba (mainland village) fruits and chocolate brownies, to tamarind from North Ambergris, and fresh-baked bread. The picture below is of tamarind pods, inside and seeds. As for what it tastes like I would say a cross between the inside part of a date and a sour patch kid.

The History of Corozal Town, Corozal District, Belize
The Town of Corozal was founded in 1848 by Mestizo refugees fleeing the Mayan uprising against the Spanish further north. These refugees, aligned with the Spanish, faced constant threat from Mayan attacks, and Corozal essentially became a garrison town. The brick corner supports of the formidable Fort Barlee can still be seen near the post office complex across from Corozal’s central square. For the next seven decades, Corozal Town grew steadily. The only town in British Honduras that was built in a grid-like fashion, it was known for its beauty and prosperity.

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Permit and Belize
Nick Koontz likes to fish down in Belize and explained why. "There is a fish called a Permit and most people have not heard of them but they are the hardest fish to catch in the world on a fly rod. Most people have heard of tarpon, bonefish and permit is the third one. There is some really good permit fishing down there, especially when I was going but now it has gotten a little crowded. I have been down there literally the first time I went down there I fished for seven days and caught one. If you need to boat a lot of fish, that is not the place to go.

Repurposing sport for community in Belize
This is seen in how sport is being used to respond to the pandemic in the close knit, Caribbean country of Belize. In mid-March of 2020, youth sport coaches from across Belize gathered in the country’s largest city to participate in the BAE (Belizean’s Advocating for Equity) Sports Summit 2020. Hosted by The Belize National Sports Council (NSC), Belize’s Department of Youth Services, and Northern Illinois University from the U.S., the summit focused on inspiring an open dialogue that prompted individuals and communities to take action to empower women and girls through sport.

Scholarship Opportunity for Online Graduate Studies with Universidad Internacional de la Rioja (Spain)
Available Programs include Human Rights, Education, Communication, Marketing , Finance, Human Resources, Technology and more. Language - Spanish ( Universidad Internacional de la Rioja- Spain) Deadline : August 26, 2020.

Videos

  • A golf cart trip through San Pedro, Belize, 3min. Headed to visit my friend Laura (and her pool) today at the beautiful PUR Boutique Cabanas! Join me for the ride as I drive through town, give a ride to someone and show off my new mask that Heather with Caye to the Heart made me!

  • Cayo Espanto Private island Belize, 3min. Cayo Espanto is a private island located off Belize and offers seven villas that can be rented out separately or for the ultimate in luxury and privacy – the whole island can be rented. Guests can enjoy absolute paradise and seclusion, with azure waters, sandy beaches and 5 star service.

  • San Pedro Belize Catamaran Snorkeling, 3min. Flying from Belize City to my home, San Pedro, Belize. Sailing, boating, snorkeling.

  • Journey To Mayan City of Cahal Pech in Belize, 5min. Mayan Ruins in Belize.

  • Peter Lawrence on ReefTV, 2hr.

  • Learn the numbers in the Yucatec Maya language with our borther Principe Maya, 1min.

  • Belize - 2018, 12min.

  • Investing in Nature, Investing in the Future of Belize, 3.5min. The World Bank Marine Conservation and Climate Adaptation Project (MCCAP) for Belize, implemented since 2015, aims to implement marine conservation and climate adaptation measures to strengthen the climate resilience of the Belize Barrier Reef system. This #BiodiversityDay, learn how locals are replanting coral reefs and pursuing sustainable livelihoods to ensure that Belize’s coral reef resources are preserved for generations to come.

  • Diving at the Great Blue Hole in Belize!, 5min. In this video, I will uncover my trip to Belize in 2018. The main purpose of the trip was to dive at the Great Blue Hole which was on my bucket list. It surely didn't disappoint!

  • Sunset in the Pine Savannahs of the coast, under Yellow-headed Parrots, 1min.