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The San Pedro Sun

Belize State of Emergency restrictions further amended by the GOB
Belize continues to lead in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as it has been free of the disease since May 5th. Having maintained that status for nearly a month, Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow addressed the nation on Friday, May 29th, and announced the further loosening of measures under the current State of Emergency. Barrow spoke about amendments to the current curfew, approval for street-side vendor sales, the opening of casinos, gymnasiums, restoration of non-contact sporting events in public areas, and increased size of social gatherings. The Prime Minister’s message also included the reinstitution of the weekly Boledo and Sunday lottery sales, the potential reopening of the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport, and the current situation regarding health services and the economic aspect of the country.

Her Majesty The Queen recognises Belizean volunteer Michele Irving with Commonwealth Points of Light award for service during COVID-19 pandemic
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has recognised Michele Irving from Dangriga Town, representing Belize, as the 139th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of her exceptional voluntary service supporting the most vulnerable during the COVID19 pandemic. Michele is supporting the most vulnerable in her community during the current COVID19 crisis by coordinating the provision of goods and assistance to the elderly, survivors of gender-based violence and people living with HIV. Michele is also working with local NGOs to ensure that access to sexual and reproductive health services is maintained during the pandemic.

The Island Academy surprises 2020 graduates following first-ever online graduation ceremony
Many graduates will not be able to march down the aisle to the tune of Pomp and Circumstance this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was the case of Standard Six students of The Island Academy (TIA) in San Pedro Town, who became the first school to hold its online graduation ceremony via the Zoom app, on Thursday, May 28th. The following day, the graduating class of nine were each visited at their home by members of TIA, who surprised them with their diplomas and academic awards.

Update on Unemployment Relief Program: 43,726 applications approved
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.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Sunday, May 31st Meal pick ups. Location: Caribbean Summer Island Restaurant at Amory Cafe. Times: Village: 11:00am-11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am-12:30pm.

Flooding in Cotton Tree Village on Saturday, May 30
Couple photos

You can only receive assistance from ONE program on Caye Caulker
NOTICE TO THE CAYE CAULKER COMMUNITY: In light of sensitizing the public on the matter of covid 19 2020 local food / pantry programs on our island, all local bodies had combined all the data gather from those who recognize the hardship we all are facing at this time. CCVC / Soup Kitchen / Helping hands (Split) would like to inform the community that the operation of our programs works to try and render SOME sort of assistance to as many families as possible and for us to see that all the food / pantry reaches as much people we put together all the names in one data base so items can be distributed in the best / equal manner possible.

COVID 19 UPDATE
This is our data up until 3 pm today. A further 54 samples were screened today - all negative. Note that some of these samples include those in the quarantine facilities so that some person being held under quarantine are being released from the Ministry of Health's standpoint. The numbers continue to rise in all of our neighbouring countries and we should make a particular note that the municipality of Othon P. Blanco (includes Chetumal) now has a total reported number of 101 cases with 60 of those being active.

National Competitiveness Month 2020
As part of BELTRAIDE’s Business Continuity Plan (BCP), this year’s National Competitiveness Month was hosted via a series of virtual webcasts from May 15th to 29th, 2020. Our team at BelizeINVEST, a unit of BELTRAIDE, hosted a webinar on May 21st, 2020, on the topic “Investment Diversification Opportunities Post-Covid-19”. The session covered key areas such as Regional Investment Opportunities, Investment Diversification Trends, and featured discussions of private sector case studies on the “Work from Home” transition and product diversification within multiple industries nationally and globally.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Armed thieves steal pickup truck in Santa Elena
Reports to BBN is that a family of Santa Elena were held up at gunpoint inside […]

SpaceX launches first crew to space
Today, SpaceX launched its first passengers to space. It is the first time in a […]

Tropical depression forms near coast of El Salvador and Guatemala
The National Hurricane Center informs that a tropical depression has formed near the coast of […]

Not mandatory to wear masks in private vehicle
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte has clarified the use of masks in private vehicles. It is […]

Children’s curfew altered; exercise now allowed
The curfew hours have been slightly altered under new regulations. Children sixteen and under may […]

Return of restaurants, casinos, gyms
Street vendors can return from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. under the new regulations subject […]

“We are not yet fully open”
Attorney General and Minister of National Security Michael Peyrefitte opened his appearance today by explaining […]

High achievers of Saint Ignatius High Grad Class of 2020
Today, Saint Ignatius High School in Santa Elena, Cayo held the first of its kind […]

BTB waives Tour Guides license renewal fees and supporting requirements
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) says that it remains committed to working with stakeholders during […]

Tropical disturbance to bring heavy rains
The National Meteorological Service has issued a flood watch. A tropical disturbance will support heavy […]

Flooding being reported in the Cayo District
Yesterday evening the National Meteorological Office issued a flood warning for Belize as a tropical […]

Blogs

Belize: A Sanctuary for Manatees
Manatees are some of the most unusual and interesting marine mammals in the world. There are 800 to 1000 individuals that call Belize home, with its coastline highly conducive to manatee life. These playful and gentle giants, often described as “Sea Cows,” live in shallow and warm waters. They have a very slow metabolism, so they spend half their day resting and the slowly swimming in search of food. The best areas to spot them would be: Northern Lagoon, located inside of the Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary; Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary located 7 miles from Belize City; and Galespoint Manatee Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the Southern Lagoon just offshore from the southern part of the Belize District.

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Tropical Storm Amanda Forms
The first tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific Hurricane season formed early Sunday morning, after becoming the second tropical depression of the season Saturday afternoon. Tropical Storm Amanda is moving onshore near Port San Jose, Guatemala. Maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour and the storm movement was north-northeast at 9 mph. The central minimum pressure was estimated to be 1003 millibars and for those tracking at home, the coordinates were 13.8 North, 90.4 West.

Caribbean Destinations At Odds Over Region’s Tourism Reopening
With regional destinations seemingly at odds over a common date for reopening of the vital tourism industry, two global tourism bodies – the United Nations specialised agency for tourism, the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) – have urged the Caribbean to unite to rebuild the sector post-COVID-19. “This collaboration will really make things different and speed up the recovery,” said Virginia Messina, the WTTC’s managing director.

Southwest Airlines is cutting more than 100 routes from its ‘full’ schedule this winter
Southwest Airlines may be among the first U.S. carrier to resume nearly its entire schedule with plans to operate a full complement of flights this winter after deep cuts during the coronavirus pandemic. The Dallas-based carrier loaded a schedule of 226,446 flights in November and December on Saturday, according to Cirium schedules. That is only 1.5% fewer flights than it flew during the same period in 2019, and an impressive recovery after cutting nearly two-thirds of its schedule in May.

Videos

  • Saturday's Live "Ask the Experts", 71min. with the Attorney General Hon. Michael Peyrefitte.

  • Video of the deluge. Belmopan area, 1min.

  • San Pedro Belize!, 3min. ound the clip on an old computer, must be late-90s or early 2000!

  • Overnights rains have left the Mahogany Heights community inundated, 1min. Surrounding communities are advised that more rain is expected in the coming days.

  • San Pedro RC Church Service, May 28, 50min.

  • Flooding along the Coastal Road, 10sec.

  • Belmopan flooding, 10min.

  • Sacred Heart College High School Top 3 Students, 1min. Rocio Carballo Karim Juan Fermin Magana Shjc Oss Eufemia Usher

  • SIHS & SIHSAE Graduating Class of 2020 | Virtual Graduation Ceremony, 2.5hr.

  • Kelly McGuires 16th annual Birthday Bash on Ambergis Caye in Belize, 15min. Mosquito Bite Mikes .. Episode Number One! Come with us as we follow TropRock singer songwriter Kelly McGuire down to Ambergis Caye in Belize for his annual Birthday Bash. Fun Food Sun Sand and Water... the adventure continues.

  • Museum of Belize opens (6 February 2002), 5min.

  • New River, Belize with Bzmtours, 3.5min. Traveling the new river with Bzmtours, while enjoying the beauty of the verdant vegetation that surrounds you. Be amazed by juvenile reptiles in their natural habitat.

  • Sailing in Belize on a Bareboat Charter: Part 3, 5min.

    This is part 3 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.
  • Lamanai Maya Temple BELIZE, 2.5min.