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The San Pedro Sun

Two tropical storms trigger an early start to the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season
The season got an early start with two storms, Tropical Storm Arthur and Tropical Storm Bertha, both forming off the east-southern coast of the United States of America (USA). Tropical Storm Arthur formed on May 16th off the Florida coast. It did not cause severe damage as it snaked up the east coast toward North Carolina. Arthur brought a lot of rain, but it did not enter land as it moved on an east-ward motion heading out into the Atlantic Ocean. On Wednesday, May 27th, the second off-season storm named Bertha formed off the eastern coast of the USA. With maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, Bertha made landfall just to the east of Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Look ahead to when COVID-free tourists ARE allowed back to our island
by Lynda Perdue, Owner Belizean Breezes Soap Co. One thing is for sure, Covid19 knows how to STOP an entire working society. But what are we learning if anything? As a business owner, I sit like many others wondering what can be done today and what tomorrow will look like. If I am correct in my predictions, we are in this for many more long months and those months seem….wasted. We are not doing enough. I am used to working 17 hour days. Now, Like many many other residents and business owners alike, we have ALOT of time on our hands. Yes, we can clean, Rearrange, redecorate and tidy up but that’s not the purpose of this writing. Look ahead to when COVID free tourists ARE allowed back to our island. What will they see?

Ambergris Today

Ambergris Caye Cookbook Released To Raise Funds For Feeding Program
A key person on the island that spearheads one of the biggest feeding programs on the island is Maresha Reid who kickstarted a Hot Lunch Program almost immediately after the island went on shutdown due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The success of the feeding program has been largely due to monetary donations for the purchasing of goods to prepare the meals. After weeks of feeding hundreds of needy residents, a Go Fund Me page was created to boost donations and on May 15, 2020, Kimberly Wylie put together the Ambergris Caye COVID Relief Cookbook to raise more funds for Maresha’s Hot Lunch Program. Kimberly states that she is donating 100% of the profits to the program and has already donated over $2900 US ($5800 BZD). was in front of catholic church

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Friday, May 29th Meal Pick ups. Location: Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill. Times: Village: 11:00am-11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am -12:30pm.

Updated COVID-19 Response Measures
Tune in tomorrow, May 29, at 10:00 a.m. to view the Prime Minister's Virtual Press Conference on Updated COVID-19 Response Measures.

COVID-19 Food Assistance Appeal Form
If you did not receive a text or call notifying you that you have been approved for a second basket and you would like to appeal that decision please fill in the form below. Please note that if you or a household member is working, have already received a second basket, or are receiving assistance under BOOST or the Food Pantry Programme, then you would not qualify.

BWS to issue Debentures
Belize Water Services Limited (BWS) is pleased to announce that it will shortly be commencing its first Debenture Offering. The Company recently completed and submitted its fourth Full Five-year Business Plan to the Public Utilities Commission, for the period April 2020 to March 2025. This plan identified critical investments required for water system improvement and expansion. As a result, the company intends to raise $50 million through its first debenture offering which will be used to refinance an existing debt and to fund the implementation of vital capital projects, which are needed to meet customer demand and ensure climate resiliency.

THE SUPREME COURT CLOCK THE FINAL REPORT
You know, it gives me a lot of pleasure to post photos from the works in progress and completed involving our project because for the first two and half years, we did not have much to show from our hard components side of the project. Now, we are rolling them in one after the other. The completion parade all started with the Yarborough Basketball Court, followed by the Supreme Court renovations, followed by the Cathedral renovations, followed by the human Development Building raze and rebuild, followed by the Ronald Frederick Greenwood House raze and rebuild, followed by Government House (in progress), and then the Belize Heritage Plaza (in progress).

Artist of the Day - Rushelle Babb
Rushelle Babb was born on October 18, 2002, in Belize City, Belize. She was nurtured by both her parents, Vilma Babb and Jim Myers, as well as three sisters and seven brothers. Miss Babb did not attend pre-school; however, she went to what was called 'beginners', at Queen Street Baptist Primary School. Miss Babb was always great at poetry but it was not until Standard 3R, where she noticed she had a skill in drama. Her teacher Karima Roca was the first to notice her skill in drama and encouraged her to audition for a role in a stage production called, "My Body is Precious". Miss Babb was chosen for the production and was given the role of "Dede" where she showcased her exceptional talent.

Corozal artist Mr. David Mutul of San Pedro Village
It's Thursday- Art & Soul Series day! We are delighted to feature another Corozal artist, Mr. David Mutul of San Pedro Village. Even though he considers his art to be a hobby, David has shown great skill and has participated in our annual Men @ Work Art Exhibit. David most recently participated at Corozal Graffiti Festival 2020 as one of the live artists where he showcased his skill in pyrography/wood burning. He continues to hone his skills in wood burning while creating incredible pieces of art.

Repairs to the Corozal House of Culture
Recently we completed the first stage of repairs to the House of Culture! We are in office Monday, Wednesday and Friday's, although we are not open to the public as of yet, we are here to serve you! Please feel free to contact us via the Corozal House of Culture Facebook page or call 422-0071. We are very much active and engaged. The pandemic has given us an opportunity to look closely at our community identifying our great resources, which in turn has created more opportunities for cultural expression, exposure and documentation.

Update on Unemployment Relief Program
On April 3, 2020, the Unemployment Relief Program opened for applications. When new applications were suspended on April 24th, a total of 81,052 applications were received. To date, a total of 43,726 applications have been approved and passed onto Social Security Board (SSB) for payment. Of this total, 42% are for persons who were recently laid off from their jobs, 25% are for self-employed persons who lost their work and income, and 33% are for persons who applied as long-term unemployed. Applications will continue to be processed over the next several days, raising the total approved applications to about 50,000.

OPM Warns to Disregard Unofficial Information
The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) hereby informs the public that the notes being circulated via social media and other channels purportedly from the National Oversight Committee are not official. The public is advised to disregard the information as it is inaccurate and misleading. The official summary of the committee meeting and new measures will be presented by the Prime Minister via a virtual press conference on Friday, May 29th, at 10:00 a.m. This will be followed by an explanation of the amendments to the statutory instrument by the Attorney General on Saturday, May 30th, at 3:00 p.m. on the Ask the Experts webcast.

Notice from Varelas Freight and Barge Service

COVID-19 update
A further 55 samples processed today - all negative. While we remain on a positive note, we keep a close eye on the growing numbers in all the countries around us where most countries continue with increasing epidemics.

Commemorating World No Tobacco Day
This year the Ministry of Health, National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC) will be commemorating World No Tobacco Day on May 31st, 2020 under the theme, " Protecting Youth from Industry manipulation and preventing them from Tobacco and Nicotine Use." In response to the aggressive and sustained approaches to attract the new generation of tobacco users, the World No Tobacco campaign this year is to provide a counter marketing campaign to empower young people to engage in the fight against Big Tobacco.

Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen Live Stream Fundraiser Jam
It is Friday! That means it's time for another Live Stream Fundraiser Jam. We have some great musicians this week: Barry D Castillo, Raven Pascascio, Kaitlin Rose and of course our very own Armando Pau & Gregory Michael. Request your favorite song, dance and sing along, all from your own home! 4 PM - 7 PM Belize time (5 PM - 8 PM CST) Live on this Facebookpage.

ATLANTIC BANK TO FURTHER LIMIT CUSTOMERS' USE OF CREDIT CARD DUE TO FOREIGN EXCHANGE SHORTAGE
Dear Valued Customer, Thank you for your continued cooperation and support through these difficult times.The effects of COVID-19 on both the local and international economies are significant,thereby requiring changes to how we all manage our personal and business affairs. In response to the new reality, we now live and work in, Atlantic Bank has made certain changes to our products and services in order to ensure that we continue to efficiently and effectively serve your best interest.

SIHS & SIHSAE Virtual Graduation Ceremony
Join the SIHS & SIHSAE Graduating Class of 2020 & TNC for a Live Streaming of our 1st Virtual Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 10:00 am!

Channel 7

Drug Plane Left Running While Narcos Ran
We haven't reported on a drug plane landing in Belize since that famous one off the Coastal highway on February 27th. But, after that long break - a drug plane landed in Belize early this morning, around 5:00. And this one seems to have had a rushed near-crash landing in one of the northernmost parts of the country. But it's no triumph for the cops, with the plane's contents having vanished shortly after touchdown. Cherisse Halsall has the story of how they're trying to find it.

New State of Emergency Regs Announced Tomorrow
45 days, that's how long Belize has gone without a positive test for COVID-19, and, in response, tomorrow the Prime Minister will announce a further relaxing of public health measures designed to contain the virus. According to sources, first off, these include bringing back Boledo. That's right, the numbers game that Belizeans love so dearly has been suspended since April 10th. Now, it is scheduled to return on Monday, June first. But it won't be business as usual. 7News has learnt that social distancing measures will be required for purchasing tickets. Boledo franchise operator, Brads had no comment today.

81k Applied for Unemployment Relief, 43k Approved
The Government is also reporting tonight that they are still making payments to needy Belizeans under the Unemployment Relief Program. Between April 3rd, when the program opened for applications, and April 24th, when all new applications were suspended, a total of 81,052 persons applied. To date, a total of 43,726 applications have been approved and passed on to the Social Security Board for payment. Of that amount, 42% are for persons who were laid off from their jobs.

Murders Spike, Two Executions In A Day
The roughly 8 weeks of calm which came with the COVID 19 State of Emergency has been disrupted with a recent spike in murders countrywide. Since last week Friday, there have been 5 killings - two of those were cold blooded executions in the past 24 hours. The first happened around 6:30 in Belize City - where 33-year-old Xinwu Zhu, known to his customers as "Joe" was shot in front of his store.

Busito Driver Shot In The Head As He Drove
And then there was another execution at midday today. This happened right outside Belmopan, when the driver was killed by one of his passengers. Again, there was no robbery - just a fatal shot to the head. With footage from our colleagues at PLUS TV - Cherisse Halsall has this report: Oscar Vasquez's busito sat parked in the middle of the road just at about 12:35 today.

The Almost Got Off Scott Free
Last night we told you about the 6 men who the Coast Guard caught off the coast of Punta Gorda town. The group comprised four businessmen of Chinese descent from Corozal and Punta Gorda, along with two other locals. The BDF spotted them picking up a package within Belizean waters from a vessel that seemed to have come across form Guatemala. When the Coast Guard intercepted them - they had an icebox of shrimp on board, along with a Case of Corona beer.

Robbers Ran
There was an attempted armed robbery yesterday at the Sayer Paints office, at the corner of Douglas Jones and Cran Streets in Belize City. The operations manager, told police that at around 2:50 p.m., he was on duty behind the counter. That's when 2 masked, dark-complexioned men entered.

Benjamin Reid's Family Searching For Him
Tonight, a Maskal village family is seeking their son, nephew, and cousin. 15 days ago, 23-year-old Benjamin Reid disappeared from Ross Penn Road. The public is asked to kindly be on the lookout for the young man. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 602-1515 or 911 or 922 Tips.

Stix Charged For Ashcroft Protest
40-year-old Perry Smith, the community activist well known for the Days of Healing initiative, is out on bail tonight for charges related to the State of Emergency regulations. Police say that on May 14th, he was one of the persons who was protesting with FECTAB against Lord Michael Ashcroft. Smith was arraigned today before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer on the offense of being unable to provide a reasonable explanation for movement outside of curfew hours. According to the cops, at around 8:20 a.m., he assembled with others in front of Channel 5's Coney Drive headquarters for a protest.

PSU's Version of The "Forego" Compromise
Last night, we told you about the latest circular coming out of the Ministry of Finance, which finalizes that the Barrow Government will forego this year's increment for teachers and public officers. As has been widely reported, the unions, but specifically the Public Service Union, wanted were not in support of this proposal from the Government that they forego the increment; they want it deferred - meaning, pay us later.

Carnival Cancelled?
And while Public servants forego that increment the rest of us may be forced to forego 2020's J'ouverts and road marches. That's because plans for September celebrations remain in limbo. Now, the September season, like every major holiday touched by the pandemic will likely be significantly scaled back. And what happens to the colorful flashy costumes that would have adorned the streets? Well they won't get made. We heard from Belize's largest fabric retailer about how he's preparing for a Soca free September.

The Lord's Largesse
The Lord Ashcroft COVID-19 Relief Fund has made a donation of just under a million dollars in supplies to the Ministry of Health. This donation will aid the Ministry in the procurement of additional equipment and supplies for which payment is pending. Those supplies include 1 extraction machine, 1 video laryngoscope, 1 blood gas analyzer, 12 cartridges for blood gas analyzer, 300 infrared thermometers, 50 nebulizers, assorted ventilator supplies, and oxygen masks and cannulas.

Heavy Weather Could Be Coming
The rainy season is considered to begin at the start of June and right on cue, a warning to colleagues from Carlos Fuller at the Caribbean Climate Change Centre in Belmopan warns that you should expect torrential downpours that may result in flooding with rains that could start tomorrow and last through midweek.. It's a warning going out to Southern Mexico and the entirety of Central America.

Hard Currency Scarce, Atlantic Bank Lowers Credit Card Limits
In what may be a harbinger of things to come, the Atlantic Bank has sent a message to customers advising them that effective June first their credit card limits will be reduced. Why? Well the bank says, quote, "foreign currency revenue earnings have all but come to a haltthe bank is obliged to ensure that we meet the foreign currency needs of our essential service providers." End quote.

Fake G's, Fake Guns
A group of young men from the Toledo District were recently on social media displaying guns and making threats. The guns looked like prohibited automatic assault rifles. Well, police said they resounded to the video and went to search the young men, only to find that the guns were toys. That's right, despite their meaning appearance, they were all fake.

BWS Raising 50 Million
Belize Water services is trying to raise 50 million dollars through a debenture offering, the company's first. The company intends to raise $50 million through its first debenture offering which will be used to refinance an existing debt and to fund the implementation of vital capital projects.

Channel 5

Suspected Masterminds of Drug Plane Landing Arrested
At the crack of dawn this morning, a narco plane was heard circling up north. Around six in the morning, the aircraft crash landed off the Chunox-Sarteneja road in the [...]

Businessman Murdered; Cops Believe It Was a Hit!
A man was executed in Belize City before the start of the curfew hours on Wednesday night. A Chinese business man was shot and killed outside of his business in [...]

Busito Driver Executed on George Price Highway
The murder count went up by two today.  The latest victim was executed at around midday as he drove a ‘busito’ on the George Price Highway, heading to Saint Mathews [...]

A Further Relaxation of the State of Emergency to be Announced
A further relaxation of the state of emergency will be announced when Prime Minister Dean Barrow speaks to the press on Friday morning.  Belize continues without new cases of COVID-19, [...]

G.O.B. Receives Almost a Million Dollars from Lord Ashcroft COVID-19 Fund
The country of Belize remains under threat for a second wave of the coronavirus though no new cases have been reported in past forty-six days. Notwithstanding, the Ministry of Health [...]

P.S.U. and G.O.B. Agree on Increment Negotiations
On Wednesday, the Ministry of Finance sent out an addendum to a circular that had been previously released in respect of increments owed to eligible public officers for the fiscal [...]

P.S.U. Launches Social Media Forum
The executive of the P.S.U. also met virtually on Wednesday night where they held the first of a series of online conversations with its membership regarding various matters, including the [...]

Police Make Progress in Double Murder
There is an update to the double murder in Hopkins which occurred last Friday, May twenty-second at a house on the Hopkins Road. Police in Dangriga have made progress in [...]

Creative and Virtual Graduation Ceremonies Trending this Year
There is still no official information on the re-opening of schools, but the rest of the academic year will likely continue as is with students doing at-home studying. It is [...]

Students Preparing for CSEC, CAPE Exams
Students will be sitting CSEC and CAPE examinations in July. That was the decision coming out of the First Emergency Virtual Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development [...]

Saint Catherine Academy Closing Off, Preparing for New School Year
Saint Catherine Academy in Belize City has notified its parents that they are closing off the school year on Friday, May twenty-ninth. This will allow for the school to continue [...]

Will New School Year Begin Earlier?
But will the new school year begin earlier in August rather than later? News Five confirmed today that a meeting with education officials and stakeholders will be held next week [...]

ComPol Explains Release and Charges for Busted Chinese Businessmen
A group of men, including four Chinese businessmen and two Punta Gorda residents, was released from custody on Wednesday after being busted near Orange Point in the Toledo District.  The [...]

Cops Not Enforcing S.O.E. Regulations Enough?
The Prime Minister will on Friday measures that will give more freedom of movement during the state of emergency. But while ComPol says that the department is doing the best [...]

Chetumal Businesses Close at 5 p.m. to Stop the Spread of COVID-19!
Chetumal is locking up shop at five every evening and this is what it looks like at this time. This latest measure was taken by our neighbours in the north. [...]

American National Found Dead in Bullet Tree
The body of a woman was discovered in Bullet Tree Falls in Cayo District earlier today.  The woman who has been identified as an American national was found motionless this [...]

Healthy Living: Autism in Pandemic
Whether it’s curfew hours, face masks, no graduation, no travel, COVID-19 has drastically uprooted all that was normal in our lives. And yes, these measures are meant to keep us [...]

LOVE FM

Chiquibul Forest Reserve under attack by forest fires
The Chiquibul Forest Reserve has recently come under attack by forest fires. Rafael Manzanero, the Executive Director for the Friends for Conservation and Development explained the severity of the destruction caused to the Chiquibul and the Caracol areas in recent weeks.

PACT explains their investment strategies
The Protected Areas Conservation Trust is celebrating a milestone in their 3-year strategy to invest in a National Protected Areas System (NPAS). In 2018 the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) launched its Protection Investment Strategy with an aim to respond to the needs of the National Protected Areas System (NPAS) as opposed to individual sites.

Family cries foul play in death of relative
Belmopan Police are investigating the death of a resident in the area. Our Cayo Correspondent, Fem Cruz went looking for information on this incident and filed the following report.

Busito driver shot outside Belmopan
A bus driver was shot inside his passenger busito this afternoon on the George Price Highway. The homicide held up traffic on both sides of the highway as police investigators worked at recording the crime scene.

Asian businessman killed outside his establishment
Video footage showing 38-year-old Xinwu Zhu, also known as Joe, eating on the front steps of his establishment seconds before he was shot has shocked Belizeans across the country. The incident occurred yesterday evening, just before 6:30.

A step away from complete normalcy
Prime Minister Dean Barrow will hold a press conference tomorrow morning at ten o'clock to deliver an update on the Covid-19 response measures. A summary of further relaxation measures reached our newsroom and after checking with two senior Governemnt officials we were able to verify that some of the changes are in order.

Drug plane lands after ninety one days
Reports surfaced on social media this morning of an aircraft landing in the north. Our news team set out immediately to see what we could find out at the site as we had gotten reports that cargo remained on the plane and several persons were detained. Following the three hour drive to the rural parts of the Corozal District, the Police Commissioner eluded several media houses and we were unable to get an official comment. Reporter Alisha Valentine explored the area and filed the following report.

Crime during covid-19
Two murders and a suspected drug plane landing in less than twenty four hours have reminded Belizeans of what the state of the nation had been like prior to the threat of covid-19. At the announcement of the first confirmed case of Covid-19 on March 22, pandemic had taken over the headlines, and crime stories were not as rampant or news leading.

PACT’s research was affected by wildfires
Due to the wildfires that raged in the Vaca Forest Reserve a month ago, the various experts conducting research in this area were set back. The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) had teams of researchers at various locations that were also affected.

Man reported missing
23-year-old Benjamin Reid has been reported missing after his family failed to hear from him for 15 days. Reid was reported missing today by his aunt Gena Wade.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Diplomacy, Quarantine and COVID-19
Belize has offered a helping hand to our neighbor in the west, Guatemala, to safely […]

Fifty-five samples return negative for COVID-19, Belize remains free of any confirmed case
Today, 55 tested samples for COVID-19 returned negative, according to the Office of the Director […]

50,000 Unemployment Relief applications approved, says GOB
On April 3, 2020, the Unemployment Relief Program opened for applications. When new applications were […]

Blue Coral Management donates $20,000 to City Council for Accelerator program
The new innovative program of the Belize City Council is garnering much positive attention. The […]

Office of Prime Minister warns to disregard unofficial information
The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) issued a statement informing the public that the […]

“Belize headed for worst economic recession in its history,” says European credit group
The Europe-based credit group Credendo, is predicting that the COVID-19 pandemic will send Belize into […]

Open discussion on real estate bill to be held by Belize National Association of Realtors
In response to the call for public consultations following our pivotal meeting with the Lands Department in February, […]

Man shot and killed near Mile 45 on George Price Highway
A man was shot and killed a short while ago on a road near Mile […]

Maskall man reported missing
Authorities are asking the public to be on the lookout for Benjamin Reid, 23, of […]

Police offer reward for capture of Xinwu Zhu’s killer
The Belize Police Department is offering a cash reward for information leading to the capture […]

Woman found dead in Bullet Tree, Cayo
BBN has confirmed that a woman was found dead in Bullet Tree village in the […]

Belize debt to GDP ratio set to skyrocket amid COVID-19 economic shock
Prime Minister Dean Barrow has conceded that there will be a need for a new […]

Suspected narco jet found in Northern Belize
Reports to BBN is that this morning, authorities discovered a suspected narco jet near Sarteneja, […]

Is curfew helping to fight COVID-19?
Few can dispute that incidents of violent crime, while well down from the same time period […]

Chinese businessman dies hours after being shot
Our newsroom has confirmed that Xinwu Zhu 38, Chinese businessman and hairdresser of Belize City, […]

How will Belizeans celebrate September’s festivities?
The September Celebrations will look a lot closer from the other side of June 1, […]

Blogs

EcoTourism is the Future – Belize is the Destination
At a time like now, destination stewardship is critical as countries prepare to reopen borders and welcome travellers back. This includes a tentative July 1, 2020 reopening date for Belize. When travellers are ready to go, destinations like Belize must be prepared to welcome travellers in a sustainable way. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape a new normal in the travel industry – we have to rebuild smarter, wiser, and more sustainably. In Belize, sustainable travel, shorthand simply for tourism, must meet the needs of today without sacrificing our ability to meet the needs of the future. According to a survey by AFAR, more people expect to travel internationally in 2021 than they did in 2019. In fact, 66 percent are planning a trip right now. By choosing Belize, you’re making a long-lasting, positive economic and environmental impact in ecotourism with your visit.

Lunch Hotspots in Belize City
Whether spending the day or weekend in Belize City, add one of these lunch hotspots to your itinerary for some of the top-rated food! The Tavern, Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza, Taka Kitchen, Bird’s Isle, Martha’s Cafe.

Belizean Cruise Workers Come Home
After weeks of delayed efforts to repatriate crew members amid COVID-19, Belizean cruise workers are finally returning home. On May 23, Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas became the first cruise ship to drop anchor offshore Belize City in over a month. Onboard, 10 homesick Belizeans arrive in Belize territory after not touching land for approximately 72 days. From complete isolation at sea and a strict regimen onboard the Rhapsody of the Seas cruise, who did not record any COVID-19 cases on board, the Belizeans headed straight into a 14-day mandatory quarantine. The 10 crew members of Rhapsody of the Seas become Belize’s first group of repatriated citizens by sea.

International Sourcesizz

Scotiabank takes US$168 million hit as it shuts historic gold unit
Bank of Nova Scotia has set aside C$232 million ($168 million) to cover the cost of winding down its historic precious-metals unit as well as a potential settlement of US investigations into the unit’s trading activities. The charges this year, which the bank disclosed in its quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, mark an ignominious end to what was once one of the world’s top gold-trading businesses, with a history dating back to the 17th century.

CARICOM Crafting New Travel Rules, Says PM
As the Caribbean prepares to reopen borders and rescue battered economies, technocrats from CARICOM member states have been working behind the scenes to craft new protocols for tourists in the COVID-19 era. Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness confirmed yesterday that CARICOM was seeking to arrive at a common position. Holness, who co-convened a high-level virtual meeting and press conference with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said that the new paradigm “will define the new normal for travel”.

Caribbean Islands Will Begin Reopening to Americans in June
The sun-drenched islands of the Caribbean have been quieter than usual in the last two months. The coronavirus outbreak hit the region at the end of February, giving it time to take note from other hard-hit areas. As a result, Caribbean islands closed borders while case counts were still small, and enforced local lockdowns. The region’s infection tally is currently less than half a percent of cases worldwide—and now, it’s one of the first destinations in North America that’s ready to bring travelers back. “The English-speaking Caribbean has achieved containment of COVID-19,” says Dr. Clive Landis, pro vice-chancellor at the University of the West Indies and head of UWI’s COVID-19 task force. Curves are also flattening in much of the Dutch and French Caribbean. “The next phase will be critical as Caribbean countries begin to cautiously reopen their economies,” says Landis.

OCHOA DESIGNING GOLF COURSES IN BELIZE AND NATIVE COUNTRY MEXICO
Ochoa’s project in Belize is on a small island located about 20 minutes away from Belize City by boat. The name and location are still to be announced. Ochoa has worked on both projects for almost a year now. “It is going to be a beautiful resort,” said Ochoa in reference to her Belize golf course. “I really want to finish one of them to say I have finished a golf course design. Especially in my country, that is something I’m really excited about.

Videos

  • Plane lands near Sarteneja in the Corozal District, 10sec.

  • Plane lands near Sarteneja in the Corozal District 2, 10sec. The jet crashed in the Sarteneja area of Corozal about 6 am this Thursday morning. Armed men were seen in the area. Police have allegedly arrested several persons.

  • The Blue Hole, 4min. A Visit to Belize's Blue Hole

  • XTC Dive Center Overview, 2min. Welcome to XTC Dive Center! We are located in the small fishing village of Xcalak. It is the southernmost town on the Mexican Caribbean coast, on the border with Belize and within the Xcalak Reef National Marine Park.

  • Prayer Song, 5min. New to the music scene, Belizean born Stephann Cayetano, has released a full length single called Prayer Song. It is a phenomenal piece that encourages multiple listens.

  • Scuba divers in Belize thrilled to encounter octopus hunting at night, 1.5min. These scuba divers in Belize had gone on a night dive at Hol Chan Marine Park. The animal life at night is vastly different than during the day. The octopus is one of the creatures that is more likely to make an appearance after dark. It hunts by swimming or gliding over the rocks and coral, spreading its body out around the crevices and reaching under with long arms to catch fish. Any that dash out to avoid the tentacles will be captured and drawn into the center where a razor sharp beak delivers a fatal bite.

  • Victoria Arts teaches the secret to paint pours in her most recent video, 5min.

  • Kareem Guy submitted a video of his wicked dance moves for the Belize National Festival Of Arts, 3min. Our virtual showcase begins tonight with a dance performance from Kareem 'Twitch' Guy entitled "Playe".

  • Belize Watch on LoveFM: Belize river valley 1, 36min.

  • Belize Watch on LoveFM: Belize river valley 2, 29min.

  • Belize Watch on LoveFM: Belize river valley 3, 35min.

  • Belize Watch on LoveFM: Belize Brewing Company 1, 27min.

  • Belize Watch on LoveFM: Belize Brewing Company 2, 27min.

  • Belize Watch on LoveFM: Belize Brewing Company 3, min.

  • 5 Things About San Ignacio Belize, 9min. 1. Expats, Cheap Land 2. Taxi Cab 3. Diverse Cultures 4. Guatemala 5. Grocery Stores in San Ignacio Bonus (Burns Avenue)

  • Part 7 - The Belize Whale Shark Expedition: Treasures!, 3.5min. We take a break from documenting migrating whale sharks to explore one of the few atolls in the Caribbean Sea - Glovers Reef.

  • Part 3 - The Belize Whale Shark Expedition: Welcome to Placencia, 1.5min. Welcome to Placencia the small fishing village that will be our Belize base for our search for Whale Sharks.

  • Part 5 - The Belize Whale Shark Expedition - Whale Sharks and Manatees, 3.5min. Our first glimpse of whale sharks and a surprise encounter with manatees!

  • Hamanasi to Driftwood Pizza Belize, 10min. In Belize we drive out of the Hamanasi Resort and through the little fishing village of Hopkins. Then we make our way to the very last vendor on the north end of the beach, Driftwood Pizza. This little pizza shack is right on the beach, serves ice cold beer and fantastic pizzas!

  • Belize Watch on LoveFM: Maya Day in Belize Part 1, 28min.

  • Belize Watch on LoveFM: Maya Day in Belize Part 2, 28min.

  • Belize Watch on LoveFM: Maya Day in Belize Part 3, 36min.

  • Xunantunich | Ciudades Mayas en Belice / Belize - Estuardo Monterroso, 10min. Acompaname en mi visita al sitio arqueologico Xunantunich, ubicado en San José Succotz, Belice. Seguro te encantara!

  • Presentation on Mangroves in Belize, 17min. This is my short presentation about mangroves in Belize. It's for my class Environmental Science.