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The San Pedro Sun

Food in the time of quarantine – AKA, the “Ambergris Caye COVID RELIEF Cookbook”
As much as I wanted a play on words, the reality is that the current situation in the world says we should just get to the food! And you can do just that, by purchasing your very own copy of the Ambergris Caye COVID RELIEF Cookbook. Kimberly Wylie, who via Cypress Canyon Publishing, has quickly cobbled together this Cookbook featuring a wide variety of about 40 Belizean recipes. From appetizers to main dishes and some sides, traditional meals, cocktails, and even some spices, the book features local and international cuisine, and sales from the book go towards the San Pedro Hot Lunch Program.

SIDS DOCK and GRID-Arendal announce strategic partnership for sustainable use and management of marine resources in small islands and low-lying developing countries
SIDS DOCK, the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Organization, has 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 the populations of small islands and low-lying developing countries. The signing ceremony took place on Thursday, 14 May 2020, by means of a virtual conference between representatives in New York City and Norway, as a way to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Sunday, May 24th Meal Pick ups Location: Barefoot Caribe Time: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

COVID-19 UPDATE
A further 51 samples were screened today, all were negative for SARS-CoV2. The numbers with our immediate neighbours continue to increase with Guatemala now at 2,743 cases and Mexico now at 69,856 cases and our testing rate being twice that of these two countries. Note that Nicaragua has now reported 279 cases and El Salvador is now at 1,819 cases. The total number of global cases now surpasses the 5.4 million mark with the US having 30.8% of those cases. The mortality rate for SARS-CoV2 remains at 6.4% and we must all continue to prepare for living under new norms.

Crocodile starved by a stomach full of 82 plastic bags
Beached in the mangroves, we found a sick and dying animal that resembled a bag of bones rather than a crocodile. Where powerful muscles once were, his skin was stretched taught over his deathly emaciated body and clung to his protruding bones. As our eyes traveled down his tired body, we found a wound we could smell from 15 feet away - his tail had been torn off by another crocodile, only 1/3 of the length remained and was badly infected almost to the base of the tail.

UPDATE ON THE OAS ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 2020-2021
The OAS has informed that due to the current COVID-19 situation, they will ONLY consider applications for ONLINE studies for both Undergraduate and Graduate Programs. Due to this, the National Liaison Office has extended the deadline to June 14th,2020 to give those that have submitted applications for on-campus studies an opportunity to make changes if they wish to do so and to allow new applicants to consider their options.

Crocodile Education Session
Want to do something to switch up the homeschool routine during this turbulent period? In an effort to ease some of our financial burden and continue our wildlife care and rescue efforts during this difficult time, we are offering online educational sessions for you and/or your kids via Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime and Zoom! For a minimum donation of $10 USD towards our wildlife rescue efforts, you and your children can get a 15- minute personalized, real-time educational lesson about one of nature's most impressive species - crocodiles!

Belize Children Assistance Organization
Want to help the Nonprofit Organizations Page “Belize Children Assistance Organization”? Visit there page for more assistance. friends, we have created this page to get assistance with our "send a child to school program". There are many kids on the island unable to go to school and with your help we can make this program a success. We thank you in advance for your assistance and we look forward to working with you to send a child back to school.

Belizean tourists coming to Caye Caulker
95 percent were NOT wearing masks.i see everything from my balcony...why were they not being monitored by police?? The Split yesterday was mostly mask free!!!! Wth??? And saw most guests walking everywhere without masks!!!! We here must wear them...were they NOT informed??????? Not cool.i even asked several of them and were told they didnt have one..anyone else see what went on yesterday??

Investing in Nature, Investing in the Future of Belize
Turneffe Atoll, BELIZE - Natasha Gibson is a licensed scuba diver, tour guide, and more recently, coral reef conservationist. She and her colleagues at the Belizean non-profit Fragments of Hope are now researching and practicing various methods to replant more resilient types of coral that can be used to restore some of Belize’s reefs, which are suffering from rising sea temperatures, pollution, and habitat destruction. “It’s like propagating a regular plant,” explains Natasha, lighting up as she describes her work. “We take starts of old coral and use them like seedlings. It blew my mind. It was incredible to see that we can actually grow back these corals.”

CURRENT BUS SCHEDULE LEAVING COROZAL

April Monthly Weather Summary
April is climatologically the driest month of the year in Belize. The month is characterized by dry, warm and hazy conditions. An occasional late-season cold front may cross country. Whenever such systems cross at this time of the year, they typically produce very intense thunderstorm activity. April 2020 started off typical as seasonably warm and dry conditions prevailed across the country during the first five days of the month. A slack pressure gradient supported a light easterly to southeasterly airflow for the first three days then winds became moderate from the 4th to the 5th day. No shower activity occurred.

Channel 7

The Rhapsody of the Seas has docked in the Belize City harbor
It brings with it 14 Belizean’s who hope to be repatriated. Among them are some popular Belizean deejays like Linda Blease amongst others.

The Reporter

Market day at the Michael Finnegan Market
Market day at the Michael Finnegan (Queen's Square) Market seems to be picking up with the return of some vendors selling on the streetside across from the market facility on West Collet Canal. From our observation, people were generally adhereing to the social-distancing regulations, except for some instances in the market facility itself, where the spaces between and around some booths do not allow for pedestrian traffic and vending simultaneously.

Body found at farm off Yo Creek Road in Orange Walk
Police are investigating a gruesome murder after a body was found at a farm off the Yo Creek Road in Orange Walk. Around 9:00 this morning cops went to the site and found the victim dressed only in black boxers with chop wounds to both knees, stomach and elbow. There was also a cut wound on his throat and he had been shot in his head. His right arm was severed at the elbow and Police sources say it was not on the scene. The body, found outside a wooden house on the farm, was identified by a family member as that of Abner Otoniel Novelo, 30, who was employed as a watchman.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

After 51 more samples tested today, Belize continues to be COVID-19 free
The Ministry of Health issued its COVID-19 update a short while ago and reported that […]

Armed robbers target home in Pilgrimage Valley, Cayo
Reports to BBN is that around 3 p.m. today, 3 armed thieves entered a property […]

Belizeans from Rhapsody of the Seas cruise ship touch down in Belize
By Aaron Humes : Fourteen Belizeans are back home from a rather extended trip aboard the cruise ship […]

Meet Cosmetologist – Marisol Erazo from Mi Belle’s Institute
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Belizean entrepreneur and cosmetologist Marisol Erazo has been running her own school and salon […]

Man found dead in Yo Creek
According to reports, a man’s body was found this morning in Yo Creek, Orange Walk. […]

American and Belizean found murdered in Hopkins
Authorities found the bodies of 2 men yesterday morning near the dumpsite in Hopkins. The […]

ComPol says he wants SOE extended until the end of year
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

COVID-19 cases worldwide top 5 million
Cases of COVID-19 worldwide have passed 5.3 million, with more than 340 thousand reported dead. The […]

Blogs

Travel FAQs for Belize during COVID-19
Currently, Belize reports no active COVID-19 coronavirus cases, and is the only country in the Caribbean and Americas to do so. In an effort to mitigate a resurgence, the Government of Belize has extended the current State of Emergency for 60 days beginning April 30, 2020. Indeed, effectively keeping its borders closed and limiting domestic travel. Before you decide to take a trip to Belize, here are a few travel cues to keep in mind during COVID-19.

Belize – 40 Day Streak of No New COVID-19 Cases
As of May 5, the remaining 2 active cases in Belize have fully recovered, officially making no active COVID-19 cases. Subsequently, Belize has not reported a new COVID-19 case since April 13, making it a 40-day streak of no new cases. Belize has joined an elite group of “COVID-19” countries in the world. Ѕurіnаmе, whісh hаѕ mаnаgеd tо kеер іtѕ tоtаl numbеr оf саѕеѕ rеlаtіvеlу lоw (11 соnfіrmеd саѕеѕ wіth 9 rесоvеrіеѕ аnd оnе dеаth), reported a new case after 44 days. This Suriname update leaves Belize as the only country on the American mainland without a new case. Belize’s success has come due to its prompt action in sealing the country’s borders and imposing strict quarantine measures.

International Sourcesizz

Surveillance between Mexico and Belize is reinforced to avoid more infections
Belizean authorities said that by crossing to Mexico, they are putting the nation at risk for coronavirus. At the insistence of smuggling food, soft drinks and beers through the Río Hondo, the natural border between Mexico and Belize, authorities in the neighboring country have tightened surveillance. Fearing that Covid-19 will enter Belize in greater numbers (only 18 cases and two deaths have been cofirmed in Belize so far), the Belize Police Commissioner, Chester William, visited several Belizean communities by the river, including San Víctor.

The United Kingdom contributes $3.8m for COVID-19 Response in the Caribbean
The United Kingdom has agreed to contribute 3 million Pounds (USD $3.8 m) to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to help eight countries of the Caribbean - Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - contain the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and mitigate its impact. The financial contribution from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is in addition to the USD $9.9m already provided by the UK Government via the World Health Organization (WHO) allocations to support PAHO’s response strategy to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean as outlined in its Donor Appeal.

Travel’s Reopening: International
A timeline for international travel dates (and then when the dates are postponed...)

Quintana Roo government rejects June 1 reopening by hotels
'We're still not ready,' says Governor Joaquín... The government of Quintana Roo has quashed the hopes of optimistic Quintana Roo hotels that expected to reopen on June 1. Tourism Minister Marisol Vanegas Pérez burst a few bubbles when she said that “it’s not true that they’ll be able to reopen, since the companies themselves don’t determine that, nor the market. It will be the federal and state governments.”

Videos

  • FUTURE OF BIRDING FORUM, 1hr51min. From Roni Martinez

  • Sailing in Belize on a Bareboat Charter: Part 2, 4.5min. This is part 2 of a 7 part series from a sailing trip in Belize. Sailing from the Moorings base in Placencia. I chartered a 42-foot monohull and acted as skipper with my good friends Michael as chef and Scott as first mate. This was my 4th time charter with the Moorings in Belize and I am look forward to going again.

  • A Scottish Tradition | Burns Night Performances from Belize Part 2, 24min. 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.

  • UNCOVERING COVID-19 Pandemic Episode 7 - A Channel 5 Special, 1hr50min.

  • 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.

  • Denise Castillo - Better(Moving On) Live, 4min. Denise Castillo just released a live version of Better. It's well done, and definitely worth a listen.

  • Making Panades with Nelly, 12min. Join Nelly in her kitchen for the BFREE Summer Cooking Series. First up Nelly will be teaching how to make Panades. Panades is a Belizean version of an empanada, consisting of a deep-fried, crescent-shaped corn flour dough filled with either white fish or beans. Traditionally served with a delicious salsa topping made from cabbage, peppers, and onions.

  • Journey to Columbia River Source, Belize, 7min. If you are a nature lover, then you must come to visit a hidden treasure in the tropical paradise of the Columbian nature reserve in Southern Belize. The San Pedro Columbia Village has been known, the getaway for many tourists who comes to enjoy nature life, the mayan ruin (Lubaantun), rivers, culture, and traditional food. Today we will only take you to the river, where a river starts from! It's prestine clear waters bubbling up underground between the Columbian Rocks is breathtaking. Sitting on the gigantic cool "Rocks" and breathing fresh air, then dipping in the the green pure waters is just a dream come true. Enjoy!

  • Sailing the Western Caribbean from Belize to Mexico part3, 18min. In this video; Squalls, Lobster pot mine field, Sailing at 11 knots, and more fishing! It's a tricky early morning departure for the crew of catamaran Saltair 3 from the Lobster pot filled bay at Espiritu Santo Mexico and later we're sailing at speeds of up to 11 knots as we make our way up the Western Caribbean coast to Isla Mujeres Mexico.

  • Spin The Bottle Challenge (Egg Shots) (San Pedro,Belize), 7min. 8 contestants Will Have the Chance To Spin The Bottle! Whoever It Lands On Would Have To Launch Eggs At The Rest Of The Opponents.

  • Belize isla San Pedro, 1.5min.

  • A Children story : By Nelita Doherty, 21min. Are you ready for story time? We thank Miss Nelita Sambula of Orange Walk for reaching out to us with her children’s story entitled ES LO QUE ES. Dedicated to the children of San Estevan Village of Orange Walk!