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Ministry of Education discusses the way forward on the re-opening of schools; 2020 high school graduates to be honoured in virtual celebration
The future of schooling in Belize was discussed by the Minister of Education, Honourable Patrick Faber, on Monday, June 8th, via a virtual press conference. Faber announced that the current school year would close at the end of this month, and schools are set to tentatively open for the new school year on August 10, 2020. The presentation also included the plans for examinations for students beginning secondary school and other exams for senior students in high school. In addition, a detailed plan to honour all 2020 secondary school graduates is set to take place virtually on June 21st.

Incident in the Caracol Area of the Chiquibul National Forest
On Sunday, June 7, 2020, at about 6:00 p.m., Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) Forest Rangers were conducting a routine exercise mounting cameras to monitor the poaching of endangered scarlet macaws 1.2 kilometres east of the border, in area of Caracol, in the Chiquibul National Park. During this exercise they had an encounter with two poachers which resulted in an FCD Ranger firing his weapon in self-defense, causing a non-lethal injury to one individual who was captured and detained for illegal entry and poaching of protected wildlife. The other person who was his companion fled.

IDB approves loan to support Belize’s COVID-19 immediate health response
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a loan of US$6.2 million for Belize following the government’s request to the Bank to reprogram 10% of the undisbursed balance of the country’s current investment portfolio to assist the government with its response to the impact of the crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The US$6.2 million loan will support the containment and control of the pandemic and mitigate its impact on service delivery in the country.

Minister of National Emergency Management and Orange Walk North Area Representative visit villages affected by Flooding
Minister of National Emergency Management Honorable Edmond Castro and Orange North Area Representative Honorable Gaspar Vega yesterday (June 7, 2020) visited villages in that constituency that are being affected by flooding associated with the recent passage of the tropical system that became Tropical Storm Cristobal.

Ambergris Today

Belize’s 20th COVID Case Is Illegal Immigrant In Punta Gorda
As a result of a revised protocol that came into effect this week, persons entering Belize either legally or illegally are being swabbed and tested for COVID-19. That process identified a positive case for COVID-19 in a 22-year-old female who was caught entering Belize illegally on Sunday, June 7th.

Guatemalan Scarlet Macaw Poacher Injured In Chiquibul National Park
Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) Forest Rangers were conducting a routine exercise mounting cameras to monitor the poaching of endangered scarlet macaws 1.2 kilometres east of the border, in area of Caracol, in the Chiquibul National Park. During this exercise they had an encounter with two poachers which resulted in an FCD Ranger firing his weapon in self-defense, causing a non-lethal injury to one individual who was captured and detained for illegal entry and poaching of protected wildlife. The other person who was his companion fled.

San Pedro High Announces 139 Senior Graduating Class
San Pedro High School is set to graduate 139 seniors by mid month and this week the school announced the top students of the graduating class. Manuel Casasola took the top honors of Valedictorian while Rachel Alamilla will be the Salutatorian and the Vote of Thanks will be given by Stephanie Usher. Like most graduations ceremonies this year, San Pedro High has planned an unconventional ceremony that includes a broadcast of the speeches and certain parts of the ceremony that will be recorded and broadcasted live through Reef TV on June 18.

Lobster Season Won’t Be The Same Without Lobster Fest
Usually this week the San Pedro Lobster Festival committee is crazy busy making its final plans and arrangements for one of the most exciting annual festivals in Belize. Sadly this year the San Pedro Lobster Festival will not take place on Ambergris Caye. Lobster season in Belize opens on June 15. The COVID-19 pandemic made sure that none of all three lobster festivals will take place this year in Belize. The festival committees in Caye Caulker and Placencia have also made announcements of the cancellations of their festivals for 2020. “We really do wish we could have held the event,’ stated the organizing committee of the San Pedro Lobster Fest.

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Wednesday, June 10th Meal Pick ups. Location: Happy Lobster Restaurant and Bar Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

Belize signs Revised Georgetown Agreement for the OACPS
Belize officially signed the Revised Georgetown Agreement today June 9, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. The signing was done at the headquarters of the Organisation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS). Signing on behalf of the Government of Belize was H.E. Dylan Vernon, Ambassador of Belize to the Kingdom of Belgium and the European Union and Belize’s Representative to the OACPS. The requisite number of signatures by Member States for the Agreement to enter into force was achieved in April 2020. Belize is now the 38th of the 79 Member States of the OACPS to have signed the Revised Georgetown Agreement.

Artist of the Day - Adrian "The Doc" Martinez
Hailing from Georgetown Village, Stann Creek District in Belize, Adrian “THE DOC” Martinez was born in Dangriga Town. His family migrated to Corozal Town in 1983. It was here that he developed his musical skills after doing grade 2 level of music at Corozal Community College. "The Doc" started off as the lead singer in the “Forever Band” in December of 1991 after returning to Griga. He worked with various new bands in Dangriga, until 1997. Dangriga, also known as the 'Culture Capital' of Belize, was home to talented groups like Sound City Band and Ugurou Band. He was also instrumental in artistically developing the likes of Supa G, Lloyd & Reckless, and other musicians and artists through the music program at Stann Creek Ecumenical College. These artistes have become the mantel holders of Punta Rock and Paranda music. But the transformation of The Doc's musical career commenced when he was recruited by the late great Andy Palacio to be a part of a new “project” that promoted the spectrum of musical genres of the Garifuna people.

2021 Public and Bank Holidays announced
IT IS NOTIFIED for general information that public and bank holidays specified in the First and Second Schedules to Holidays Act, Chapter 289 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000 — 2003, will be observed on the following days during the year 2021 in accordance with section 3 of the said Act:-

FLOOD REPORT AND FORECAST: Tuesday June 9, 2020 12 noon
CITIZENS ARE ADVISED THAT FLOODING IS OCCURRING ON THE RIO HONDO. Communities within the Albion Island areas, Douglas and downstream to the coast will continue to remain under FLOOD Warning. REGION &: REGION 7 - The Blue Creek Sub catchment of the RIO HONDO remains above the historically recorded Hurricane Mitch Level, and receding slowly; Levels at: Santa Cruz, San Antonio, San Roman, and Douglas continue to rise. The NEW RIVER at Caledonia continues to fall slowly.

Ministry of Immigration Receives Donation of Face Masks and Thermometers from the Embassy of Taiwan
At a brief ceremony held on Monday, June 8th, 2020, at the Embassy of Taiwan in Belize City, H.E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen, Taiwan’s Ambassador to Belize, handed over a donation of 10,000 face masks and 25 infrared forehead thermometers to Hon. Beverly Williams, Minister with responsibility for Immigration and Refugees. The donation will be used by officers of the Border Management and Immigration Services Department and the Nationality and Passports Department.

Ministry of Health Confirms 20th Case of COVID-19
As a result of a revised protocol that came into effect this week, persons entering Belize either legally or illegally are being swabbed and tested for COVID-19. That process identified a positive case for COVID-19 in a 22-year-old female who was caught entering Belize illegally on Sunday, June 7th. The female was traveling with a one-year-old child and a 63-year-old female, who were all placed in the mandatory quarantine facility in Punta Gorda. The patient is asymptomatic.

Multiple United Airlines repatriation flights from Belize in June
United Airlines and the Government of Belize are providing repatriation flights from Belize City to Houston, TX during the month of June 2020. Flights are confirmed for Friday June 12, Friday June 19, and Friday June 26. United Airlines Flight UA 2421 departs Belize at 12:00 pm (noon) and arrives in Houston, TX at 15:30 pm. United Airlines is providing these repatriation flights for U.S. citizens, family members, and other third-country nationals departing Belize. If you would like to depart Belize, please make a reservation directly with United Airlines at www.United.com. For more information or to change a prior United reservation, send an email to unitedbelizesales@united.com or WhatsApp message to +501 614-2613. Please note that flights are subject to change.

Yucatec Maya people of Patchakan (Corozal) doing Tamales in Píib for the tradition of Biix
In November from U Janal Pixano'ob until Biix are moments of remembering our love ones who are in the Spiritual world and sharing time with the family . Depending on the size of the family some do from 100 to 400 Tamales .

LODGEMENT OF AN EIA REPORT AND PUBLIC CONSULTATION FOR THE UPGRADE OF THE COROZAL - SARTENEJA ROAD AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE PUEBLO NUEVO AND LAGUNA SECA BRIDGES, COROZAL DISTRICT, BY THE MINISTRY OF WORKS
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“Caring and Revitalizing of Maya Lands and Resource Initiative”
Today FCD and the Maya Leaders Alliance/Julian Cho Society signed a collaboration agreement called “Caring and Revitalizing of Maya Lands and Resource Initiative”, aimed at joining efforts in the conservation of forested areas and its biodiversity especially in the ancestral lands used, occupied and enjoyed by the Maya people. FCD will primarily assist in building local capacity to protect the natural resources through community outreach and monitoring.

Virtual exhibition on the history of the Lobster industry
June 15th marks the opening of the Lobster Season. For the past 4 years, the San Pedro House of Culture (NICH) has organized a photo exhibition on the lobster industry at the annual San Pedro Lobster Festival. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the lobster festival has been cancelled, but the house of culture has prepare a virtual exhibition on the history of the industry on the island for all to enjoy.

MANAGING EXPECTATIONS FOR FILM PRODUCTION
Hosted by Nigel. P. Miguel Film Commissioner of Belize & sponsored by FILMBELIZE. THE BELIZE FILM COMMISSION & #FILMBELIZE MANAGING EXPECTATIONS Webinar Series is a one hour session held every Wednesday at 10:00 am Belize time starting June 3rd, 2020 with a different presenter each week. Our inaugural June Sessions will discuss how to prepare for the re-opening of Belize's film sector in face of the COVID 19 safety measures that have caused the shutdown of international film productions, grounded airlines and closed hotels causing great stress on small tourism dependent economies.

Channel 7

Case #20 Appears, It’s A Belizean Border Jumper
The 20th case of COVID-19 in Belize has been confirmed - and it is a border jumper - but in this case, a Belizean. She is a 22 year old female who was caught entering southern Belize illegally on Sunday - along with a one-year-old child and a 63-year-old female. Fortunately, there's a new protocol to test everyone coming into the country - whether they entered legally or illegally. So, all three were swabbed - and, this evening, only her test came back positive.

Border Jumper Went Home (to Mex) For Some Clothes
And the latest graphic also shows that there are three cases under investigation - presumably those are the Honduran Fishermen caught illegally fishing in a marine reserve at 1:00 on Monday morning. And soon there will be one more under investigation. He is a Mexican border jumper - who lives in Calcutta village Corozal who was reportedly caught after he crossed over the rio Hondo at Botes.

Honduran Illegal Fishers Quarantined and Got Swabbed
And, also under the COVID magnifying glass are those three Honduran Fishers we told you about last night. A joint patrol with Coast Guard and personnel from the Southern Environmental Alliance found them fishing in the Gladden Spit marine reserve on Monday morning at 1:00 am. Today on Ask The Experts Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero said they are quarantined in Dangriga - and WILL remain there for 14 days:

Concerns About Melchor Immigration Boss’s Death
And, there is another situation that bears watching - this one is at the western border. The head of Guatemalan Immigration at Melchor has suddenly died - and whisperings in that community is that he could have died of COVID-19. Now, an official release is saying that he died of diabetes and respiratory failure, and that the result of a posthumous test for COVID 19 is pending. Guatemalan media is reporting a confirmed case of COVID 19 at that border station and claims that other staffers have been sent into quarantine.

DHS Outlines Known Facts Of Case 19
And while those cases of concern all start at the land borders... The main reason that the Director of Health Services appeared on Ask the Experts was to give an update on patient #19 - who came in by sea. You'll remember that he is a Belizean who was recently repatriated as one of the persons working on cruise ships. The 27-year-old male came off the ship almost 2 weeks ago, and he and other cruise ship workers went directly into mandatory quarantine.

State Restrained With Allowing Return of Repatriates
Patient #19 demonstrates why mandatory quarantine is necessary for all Belizeans trying to come home. And so, the Ministry of Health intends to carefully manage the flow of returning citizens. They are trying to ensure that an imported case of COVID-19 doesn't cause that potential second wave of infections that the country is trying to avoid. Here's what the DHS had to say about the nearly 600 Belizeans who are following the repatriation process to be safely repatriated:

Some Repatriates Trying To Slip Quarantine
The Health authorities are also noticing a trend from repatriating Belizeans who are coming up with all kinds of excuses as to why they shouldn't be subjected to mandatory quarantine in a hotel. According to Dr. Manzanero, the returning Belizeans keep trying to convince the front-line personnel that quarantine in their homes would be best because of some medical condition or another. And that's party because quarantine is EXPENSIVE! About $110 - to $120 Belize dollars a night for two weeks.

Could This Be A Quick Test?
But processing those who come into the country could be made much easier by a new testing device. International health experts are starting to show support for the GeneXpert platform as a reliable type of rapid testing. It's a machine widely used as a tuberculosis diagnostic tool, but it is being repurposed in low-income countries as a viable option for mass rapid testing. Today the Director of Health Services said that Belize already owns two of these machines and that 2 more are being acquired:

Close To. Normal: Curfew Hours To Be Rolled Back
And while those new quicker tests could change a whole lot about how those coming into he country are processed - the national oversight committee is also thinking about changing things for those already in the country. Reliable reports say they are recommending that the curfew be rolled back to starting at 10:00 pm from Sunday to Thursday. And on Friday and Saturday, the start of curfew would be pushed back to midnight. In both cases, it would end at 5:00 am - as it does now.

71 Year Old Knocked Down And Killed on Butane Run
71 year old Tomas Pacheco was killed last night, knocked off his bike while on an errand in the village of August Pine Ridge, Orange Walk. It happened at about 7:30, just before the curfew hour. That's when Natalio Solis, a farmer also from August Pine Ridge, was driving on the village's main road. According to Solis, Pacheco appeared on his bicycle out of nowhere crossing the road from left to right.

Rising Northern Waters Force Families to Shelters
And while that family mourns their father and husband, others in the north are experiencing a different kind of tragedy. They're being forced, by rising flood waters, to flee their homes. Tonight, many have been put up in shelters, some of them on higher ground and some of them in other villages all together. This evening we spoke via phone to NEMO district coordinator Elodio Aragon Sr. He gave us a glimpse into the devastation that's been caused up north and the lengths his team has had to go to to ensure the safety of all those affected.

Soldier Gets Master’s Degree, Says Give Me A Chance To Use It
BDF Major Eric Neal today graduated with a Masters of Defence Studies professional degree from the Canadian Forces College, in Toronto, Canada. It was a virtual graduation due to COVID 19, but he is the first Belizean to complete the Masters studies program. Today, he discussed what he learned and spoke candidly about how it needs to be applied in the BDF:

Chiquibul: DEFCON Danger
Tonight, a Guatemalan who was shot in the Chiquibul is recovering at a Cayo Hospital. He is there pending charges for illegally poaching wildlife and other offence. As we told you last night, a Friends for Conservation and Development Ranger shot him on Sunday, at about 6:00 p.m., 1.2 kilometres east of the border, in the area of Caracol. As we have found over the years, that area is riddled with danger - and Charisse Halsall looked at some of close encounters with armed poachers:

Yaya: Why Black Lives Matter Movement Is Relevant in Belize
She's a seasoned activist having participated in countless protests against systemic injustices. And this week she vowed to bring a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest to the gates of Belize's U.S. Embassy in Belmopan. And Ya Ya Marin Coleman is far from alone, protests against systemic racial injustices were spurred globally over the last two weeks in the aftermath of the death of American citizen George Floyd.

Does MOE Support School Opening?
At the top of the news, we showed you the comments from Dr. Marvin Manzanero, the Director of Health Services, who made an appearance on Ask the Experts to discuss the latest in the local fight against COVID-19, which has materialized into positive case #19, and now case #20. Well, while he was taking questions from the general public, some Belizeans wanted to hear his views on the re-opening of pre-schools, primary schools, and secondary schools. Last night, you heard Education Minister Patrick Faber announce that classes resume in earnest on August 3rd.

DHS Discusses Airport Opening
Dr. Manzanero was also asked to give his thoughts on the tourism industry's stakeholders who re pushing for the reopening of the airport. The Belize Government continues to grapple with the difficult choice between economic survival and public health.

Belize Still Down With ACP Bloc
The ACP, or African, Caribbean and Pacific bloc of countries is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. And now to re-invogorate this bloc of developing countries, there is a Revised Georgetown Agreement - giving new life to the original charter document and a new name to the group - now known as the Organisation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS). Belize's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and the European Union and Belize's Representative to the OACPS signed the document today in Brussels, Belgium at the headquarters of the Organisation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS).

Holiday Hoopla
It's here! the traditionally early list of annual public and bank holidays for the year 2021. It's a welcome look forward to the end of a 2020 that most Belizeans will be happy to see the back of. As always 13 Public and Bank Holidays including eight long weekends are ahead for 2021. Holidays falling on a Monday include: National Heroes and Benefactors Day, Easter Monday, Commonwealth Day, Pan American Day, and Boxing Day.

BTIA Takes Poll, Tropic Responds
Last night we told you that Tropic air had issued a poll to gage response on the re-opening of the P.G.I.A. but we got our signals a little crossed because while it's the BTIA who's conducting a membership survey entitled: "Opening Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA)" Tropic Air CEO Steven Schulte issued a call to action urging members to agree to a July 1st re-opening. Tonight, our information is that Schulte's call to action, a move in line with Tropic Air's recent campaign to put pressure on BTIA membership, did not resonate with a majority of his intended audience.

PBL AND CWU AGREE
Last night, we told you how the Management of the Port of Belize intends to implement some pay cuts for their employees during the duration of the economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. These pay cuts for all employed at the Port, minus the stevedores, would reduce the wage bill while allowing for all employees to keep their jobs in a time when mass employee lay-offs are happening in other sectors of the economy. Well, the Port is also announcing that they've reached an agreement with the Christian Workers Union, which represents the stevedores, to improve safety and security at the Port.

Channel 5

Belize Records 20th COVID-19 Case: Female Illegally Entering Belize Tests Positive for COVID-19
Belize today recorded its twentieth COVID-19 case. The patient was caught illegally entering the country in the south. The twenty-two-year-old Belizean woman was swabbed and tested after she was caught [...]

Ministry of Health Shifts Testing Strategy
Earlier today, the Director of Health Services gave an update on Ask the Experts webcast on the persons being allowed into the country legally at the border points. These persons, [...]

Entertainment Industry Di Tek Lick under Stiff S.O.E. Curfew
Most businesses are now open, from hotels to casinos to boledo, but tonight, we have the story of those that are not. Along the entertainment strip on Princess Margaret Drive, [...]

Severed Legs Confirmed to be that of Gerardo Vasquez
A mother from Ontario Village, Cayo is struggling to come to terms with the gruesome death of her son, and it is suspected he was the victim of a vicious [...]

2 Linesmen Survive Electrocution
Two men remain hospitalized after enduring a horrible and dangerous incident on Monday. A pair of linesmen, employed by the Cayo Television Network, was electrocuted while they were working on [...]

An Update on COVID Patient #19
There is now case number twenty of the coronavirus and as you heard, the Belizean woman is a border jumper.  Earlier today, before number twenty was known, the Ministry of [...]

Health Perspective on Reopening of Schools
Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero was asked for his expert opinion on the opening of schools. He says that while the world is experiencing a pandemic, education must [...]

COVID-19 Cases Increase in Quintana Roo
The Director of Health Services also gave an update on the increase in cases in Mexico, particularly Quintana Roo. Here’s what he had to say:   Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director [...]

P.G.I.A. Remains Closed; Can the Situation Change Soon?
The tourism sector continues to plummet as Belize remains locked off from international visitors. There is no set date for the reopening of the international airport and worse so, border [...]

Importers Must Now Apply for License to Bring in Flour, Toilet Paper
Flour and toilet paper are two items that have been added to the list of items for importation. The Supplies Control Import Export Regulations have been amended via statutory instrument [...]

Flooding in the North!
Since last week, floods have been recorded in several villages in the north. Today, flood waters are still high in several communities, including Douglas and San Roman. The communities have [...]

Rice Farmers Lose Millions Due to Flooding
The floodwaters have caused serious damage to the agriculture sector. In the north, fields of sugar cane are underwater and last week, A.S.R./B.S.I. was forced to suspend milling until the [...]

Belize to Import Cabbage to Meet Demands
Valley of Peace Farmers are also having a difficult year. First, the drought devastated their crops and now heavy rains have damaged sixty percent of their cabbage plantation. More than [...]

F.I.U. Advises of Risks of COVID-19 Related Scams
The Financial Intelligence Unit is advising the public to be aware of the increased risk of COVID-19 related fraudulent activities. In its advisory, the F.I.U. notes that there has been [...]

Only 5 Prof & Tech Scholarships Available this Year!
The Ministry of Education is tightening its belt as it makes cuts across most of its programmes as schools prepare to reopen in August.  The annual Professional and Technical Scholarships [...]

What’s Up with Belizean Students in Guyana?
On Friday, we reported on the six students who are stuck in Guyana and appealing for the government to open the northern border to allow them back into the country.  [...]

Major Eric Neal, First B.D.F. Officer to Achieve Masters of Defense Studies
Major Eric Neal became the first Belize Defense Force officer to achieve a Masters of Defense Studies degree from the Royal Military College of Canada, following the completion of the [...]

Coach Kent Gabourel and His Wife Terminated from F.F.B.
Former coach Kent Gabourel, who has been with the Football Federation of Belize in various capacities for the past twelve years, has been let go from the F.F.B. and his [...]

Amandala

Schools will open on August 10
The Ministry of Education announced today via a press release that it has consulted with stakeholders and health officials on the question of the reopening of schools, which have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in the lockdown of the country. All kindergarten schools, all primary schools and all secondary schools are scheduled to be re-opened on August 10, 2020. The Ministry of Education has also announced that the new school year will begin on August 10. ITVET will re-open their new training cycle on August 24, 2020.

Government launches US$30 million Treasury Note
The COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent lockdown has devastated Belize’s economy, and tourism, which was the country’s main foreign exchange earner, has been shut down, dealing a massive blow to the country’s ability to earn foreign exchange. It is against that background that today the Central Bank of Belize launched the country’s first ever US dollar Treasury Note. Through the offering of the new US dollar Treasury Note, government plans to raise some $30 million to boost the country’s foreign exchange reserves.

Virtual graduations in 2020
Normally, the months of May and June mark the season for graduations at all educational levels in the country. In Belize, however, as in much of the rest of the world, traditions such as these have been canceled and the Minister of Education had announced in May that there would be no ceremonies, since these would violate the current social distancing regulation implemented by health authorities. This came as a disappointment for hundreds of families across the country, especially for secondary school students expecting to matriculate to the tertiary level this year.

Cruise ship employee is Belize 19th COVID-19 caseBelize had been free of any active cases of the novel coronavirus for 53 days, until today. In a late evening press release, the Ministry of Health said that it has confirmed the 19th case of COVID-19 in the country. Similar to the first case of COVID-19 in the country that was discovered on March 23, the 19th case was imported into the country. The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the infected person is a 27-year-old man who arrived in the country on Saturday, May 23, on a cruise ship.

Police break up Nigel Petillo’s meeting – again!
The Belize Police Department deployed a large contingent of its officers early this morning in the vicinity of Mile 44 on the George Price Highway and broke up a planned meeting by land activist Nigel Petillo. On Sunday, May 17, Petillo had attempted to bring together landless grassroots Belizeans after he had identified a plot of land that had been idle for many years. Police similarly had descended and broken up that meeting, arresting Petillo for violating the State of Emergency.

Theodore Garcia charged for double murder in Hopkins
An investigation into the double murder of Quintin Espinosa, 55, a tour guide of Hopkins, and American national Wayne Burley, 70, who were both shot in their heads and found dead on the morning of May 22, on a farm where Burley lived on the Hopkins road, led to Theodore Garcia, 20, and Ryan Brown Foster, 29, a laborer of Hopkins. A wanted poster had been issued for the arrest of the two men and a reward of $2,000 was offered for information leading to their arrests.

Guatemalan shot in Chiquibul
A Guatemalan national is in a serious but stable condition at the Western Regional Hospital after he was shot in a gunfire exchange between him and members of a patrol consisting of soldiers of the Belize Defence Force, rangers of Friends of Conservation and Development (FCD), and police officers. The law enforcement agencies said that while conducting a patrol in the Chiquibul National Park at about 8:00 last night, they came across a Guatemalan who was clearly in Belizean territory, and the man fired at them when they tried to arrest him.

Drug plane that landed in Toledo not found
A suspected drug plane that reportedly landed in the Graham Creek area of the far south-west of the Toledo District near its border with Guatemala, has not been found. A search for the aircraft was carried out by soldiers of the Special Assignment Group of the Belize Defence Force and a group of police officers. The law enforcement team went to the remote and unforgiving terrain and searched for the plane on Friday and Saturday, but the effort was in vain.

Editorial: End the “Yes-minister” System, now
The ruling party in the present government, the United Democratic Party (UDP), will have to face the electorate in the first week of November or before, and the odds are against them winning again. The incumbents usually have an advantage at the polls because they administer all the country’s resources, and in our case our governments have no scruples about manipulating the nation’s resources to give them an even greater chance in elections. However, the UDP is stale; it has served three consecutive terms, and it is now bogged down by the weight of corruption, which is not its only fault.

Re-living the “Happy Day!” in 1997; “Belize 4, Honduras 1” boomed the Amandala headline
It was certainly an apt Amandala headline story dated Sunday, June 1, 1997, that hit the streets on Friday, May 30, and read: “Oh, happy day! Belize 4, Honduras 1”; and, though the Belize football community certainly celebrated the big CONCACAF victory for Juventus over España, in the absence of video footage of the event, fans across the country perhaps never fully grasped the enormity of the achievement for Belize football, or the massive impact felt in Honduras, one of the perennial “powerhouses” in Central American football. It is true that back in April of 1989, Coca Cola Milpros of Belize had made a major milestone, playing through a first round of CONCACAF with their victory (3-0, and 1-1) against Diriangen General of Nicaragua.

From the Publisher
This column is late, and it is not direct in its message. It is written to place in some kind of context the brutal hanging of Nora Parham in British Honduras in June of 1963, and her burial in an unmarked grave. This is the British, classic British. You can’t argue with success: the British are successful, and cruelty is the foundation of their success. Remember, this was half a year before Belize gained self-governing colony status, so Mr. Price’s power was not as substantial as it became in January of 1964. But there is no doubt he could have done more to help Nora Parham.

Renowned Juventus defender, Eian “Coco” Henry passes
After a long and painful battle with complications due to diabetes, former star defender with 5-time national football champions Juventus, Eian “Coco” Henry succumbed on Friday, June 5, at the KHMH where he had been confined for over two weeks following surgery on a badly infected knee. Coco received no amputation, but he confided to us in our last communication before his admittance to KHMH, that he thought he was on his last leg due to multiple organ failure, as a result of diabetes. A true warrior to the last, the once great footballer, who just turned 48 in February of this year, spent his last few months bedridden, but still enjoyed the sports action on his TV.

Land, accessibility, development, and people who need it
Thanks to our present political leaders, we are all familiar with the phrase, “it is what it is”, which on the ground means that while there are certain unsavory things in our governance that our political leaders could change if they desired to, they won’t. When it comes to land, the most important factor to consider is its location, where it is. The more accessible a parcel of land is, the more valuable it is. Proximity to the utilities, and people, also increases the value of land.

LOVE FM

Melchor De Mencos’ head of immigration dies suddenly
The head of the Immigration Department in Melchor De Mencos, Guatemala, has died and speculations are that he had been infected with covid-19. According to a report from the department, he was diagnosed with diabetes, and had apparent respiratory problems

Port of Belize plans to cut salaries
The Port of Belize Limited has taken the decision to cut salaries by twenty percent for executives and senior managers and fifteen percent for middle management. As we reported yesterday, this is due to a significant reduction in their revenues.

Minister of Education comments on Guatemalan student
With the announcement of schools reopening on August 10 concerns are mounting over whether Guatemalan students studying in Belize will be allowed to cross the border. According to Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, everything is dependent on the country’s Covid-19 regulations.

Toddler still recovering after being knocked down
The last two years have been brutal for 3-year-old Tevin Cacho. He is the little boy who was hit by a GSU pickup truck when he was only two years old.

Douglas villagers faced with massive flooding
A total of 60 residents of Douglas Village, Orange Walk District have been forced to evacuate their homes due to this past weekend’s flooding. According to the Chairman of the Village Jairo Osorio the flooding started on Friday.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Government of Guatemala announces quarantine for Melchor immigration workers after Director’s death
The Government of Guatemala issued a release informing that all immigration workers at the Melchor de […]

Dr. Marvin Manzanero: Testing will continue with people arriving to Belize and prior to leaving quarantine facility
Today, on Ask the Experts, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services informed that the […]

Belize confirms case #20 of COVID-19
The Ministry of Health has confirmed case #20 of COVID-19 in Belize. As a result […]

Virtual consultation scheduled on environmental impact assessment for cruise ship port
The Department of the Environment (DOE) has announced a virtual consultation session on Friday, June 19, at 3 p.m […]

Director of Health Services; Belizean was on a cruise ship that had COVID-19 outbreak
Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero said that before being repatriated home to Belize, […]

Taiwanese Embassy donates face masks and thermometers to Ministry of Immigration
At a brief ceremony held on Monday, June 8, 2020, at the Embassy of Taiwan […]

Director of Health Services says 19th case doesn’t mean second wave of COVID-19
Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero informed on Ask the Experts today that having […]

COVID-19 cases spiking in US amidst Black Lives Matter protests; tourism in Belize may suffer
Photo Courtesy: CNN CNN reports that COVID-19 cases in the United States have seen a […]

Belize’s economy projected to contract nearly 14 percent as World Bank confirms COVID-19 economic recession
Evidence of a bumpy economic ride is piling up for Belize, with the World Bank the […]

Financial Intelligence Unit issues alert on COVID-19 related fraud
There have been reports of miracle cures which are not, and efforts to downplay the effect […]

2019-2020 citrus crop comes to an end – production stabilizing around 2 million boxes
By Hugh O’Brien: The 2019-2020 Citrus Crop is concluding today with the last few loads being received by […]

Public and Bank holidays 2021 announced
Expect several long weekends next year, as the schedule of public and bank holidays for […]

Harmony Young passes away
The Belize Brain Awareness Society informed this morning that sixteen-year-old Harmony Young died. Harmony was […]

Belize signs revised Georgetown agreement for Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States
Belize officially signed the revised Georgetown Agreement today June 9, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. The […]

ComPol speaks on drug plane activity
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that, despite preliminary reports, there were no illegal airplane […]

Floodwaters remain in some parts of the country
Floodwaters are still an issue in some parts of the country, according to the latest […]

Belizean artist attends Harlem walk in honor of George Floyd
Belizean artist, Harold Waight originally from Cayo, Belize joined other Black men in Harlem, New […]

“Belize’s agriculture sector needs better water-use equipment,” says water technologies company
The United States-based water technologies company, Fluence Corporation, says that Belize’s agricultural sector needs to […]

University of West Indies Open Campus appoints new head of site in Belize
The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus announced the appointment of Dr. Sharmayne […]

Blogs

Dia De San Pedro Ambergris Caye, Belize is observed on June 29th
Ambergris Caye. “San Pedro” translates to Saint Peter in English. Saint Peter is the patron saint of fishing, a traditional occupation on the island. During El Día de San Pedro, local schools have dance recitals in honor of the town’s fishermen. Nine days of piety and a nine-step altar. The statue of St Peter would move up a step each night at one of the novenas…or services held at a local family’s house. The novenas or nine days devoted to the saint would end with the bishop coming from Belize City to be met by decorated local boats and docks...

Mango Galette: another fabulous way to enjoy the seasonal fruit!
I carefully lined up my ingredients and began working on the crust. There’s a reason I’m re-sharing this recipe because, no joke, it took less than 5 minutes to form the dough! I placed the pastry in the freezer and voila, 20 minutes later, it was ready for prepping a galette. fresh chopped mangoPreparing the mango was easy enough: two large ripe mangoes, sliced and diced, tossed in a little lime juice, sugar, and some starch.

Supporting Heritage-Based Businesses in Belize during COVID-19
As the threat of COVID-19 slowly becomes a new norm and countries welcome visitors again, our focus shifts towards the challenges that small tourism and creative businesses may continue to face. T the reopening will be a slow, gradual process to ensure that the appropriate health and safety measures are in place before Belize’s tourism can return pre-COVID. With this new start, we cannot help but think about how to create a better, more sustainable and resilient tourism industry. We believe the answer lies in education for you – guests of Belize – about the important of heritage-based businesses for the tourism industry!

International Sourcesizz

How to Make Belize’s Take on the Classic Rum Punch
Belize's famed Rum Punch has been highlighted on lifestyle publication, Islands! This digital publication specializes in travel, culture and tourism in tropical destinations. Few cocktails have as many different recipes out there as the rum punch. It’s one of the best drinks to take liberties with, as you can feel like a mad scientist mixing and matching fruits and dialing down or cranking up the amount of rum you prefer. And, of course, you can play around with the types of rum, because this cocktail is all about good vibes. That might be why the rum punch is also the official cocktail of Belize. Or maybe it’s just because it’s delicious. Whatever the reason, this is a drink that you’re sure to find on just about every restaurant and bar in the country—and if it’s missing from any, you should demand answers.

Videos

  • See Ocean Academy compete in the Youth Innovation Challenge!!, min.

  • Youth Innovation Challenge, 2hr53min. Today, the Ministry of Education is conducting its virtual *Youth Innovation Challenge*, in which ESTM is proudly representing the Corozal district.

  • Cooking With Chef Jerry , 13min. Join Chef Jerry of the Belize Aggressor IV on a lesson of cooking Pan-seared Snapper with Banana Salsa!

  • George Price - Teaches us about our rights and Belize country must avoid!, 28min. The Father of Belize explain how to properly run Belize our country and what to avoid also teaches about our rights and duty ! George Price - The Father of Belize walk freely among men !!

  • Tuesday's "Ask the Experts", 42min. Be sure to tune in at 1:00 this afternoon for the latest information from Director of Health Services, Dr Marvin Manzanero on Belize's COVID-19 status.

  • A beautiful story of Ixchel and Itzamna the lords of the moon,the sun and the sky, 2.5min.

  • RESTORE BELIZE - Creating a Safe Classroom Environment, 12min. Avoid Surprises

  • Armed men use covid 19 measures to conduct a robbery on College Road in Corozal, 1min.

  • Pork pibil & mango guava bbq sliders, 4min.
    Jach ma'alob Chef Kuylen

  • KTV The Remix Alumni, Orelle Castillo - Music Video, 19min. KTV The Remix Alumni, Orelle Castillo, was today's musical guest. We talked with him about the music he's been working on. He shared his latest collaboration called "Take Off."

  • Bruk it Down - Jenny Lovell impact of COVID-19, 35min. Jenny Lovell, Mental Health Therapist, walked us through the type of support we need to offer teenagers who are also struggling to cope with the impact of COVID-19. She shared ways to help them through the process.

  • 25 years of celebrating Belizean artists, 34min. Yasser Musa is honoring the important and innovative work of The Image Factory. He was our guest to reflect on the past 25 years of celebrating Belizean artists. He spoke of the milestones and what he views as the greatest contributions. He also shared the details of the celebratory event that takes place this weekend.

  • Belize Inna Time of COVID 19 - Ep. 2, 23min. The second episode of Belize Inna Time of COVID 19 was just released! It's great! Daniel Velazquez clipped in many of the pandemic scenes from The Kurse a di Xtabai. He interviews Maria Garcia from the Garcia Sisters in San Antonio. The World Culture Band provided the music. Stay for the post credits scenes, where you'll get to see some of the Free Soup Project. "Documentary series, stories of hope from the people of Belize as we watch the global crisis unfold. In this episode i invite Michael Flores and Amiel Topsey to shoot a segment along with my walk around town interviews...

  • Danny Michele returns to Ocean Academy High School, Caye Caulker, Belize, 10min.

  • Danny Michel visits Ocean Academy HS, Caye Caulker, Belize, 7min.

  • Interview with the director of Belize Zoo: How to be a zookeeper, 30min. In this video Sharon Matola is interviewed. Sharon talks about the Belize Zoo, of which she is Founding Director. She is a published author and TED speaker. She developed the zoo after taking responsibility for some animals after a documentary film-maker no longer needed them. She discusses managing problem jaguars and rehabilitating harpy Eagles. We discusss her leadership style and the value of studbooks for conserving zoo animals. She mentions the late, great Gerald Durrell and the educational activities carried out at The Belize Zoo. She discusses the International Intern Programme. Interns from the UK can go to Belize and join the work at the zoo, where fabulous accommodation awaits. Sharon talks about what is required to be a zookeeper in the States and Belize.

  • Sailing in Belize Part 1, 20min.