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88% of BTIA poll respondents want a comprehensive plan before reopening PGIA
The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) recently held a poll among its members to gauge their views regarding the reopening of the Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (PGIA). The survey also asked members to share their opinions on the medical safeguards that should be in place once PGIA is reopened to minimize the importation and spread of Covid-19 from arrivals. 88% of respondents believed that the Government of Belize must have a comprehensive reopening plan with adequate medical safeguards in place before reopening of the PGIA.

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.

Restrictions on credit card usage also affects collateral accounts
Further reductions in the use of credit cards are expected to come into effect on Tuesday, June 9th, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the flow of foreign exchange into the country negatively. These restrictions, limiting credit card holders on the amount they can use, also apply to collateral card accounts. Some of the local financial institutions like Atlantic Bank made it public on June 1st that it was placing restrictions on the usage of credit cards, limiting the usage of the full credit to once a month only. These reductions on the card limits were also observed in other banks such as Belize Bank, who shared the new policy via Facebook. Some of Belize Bank’s new regulations state that existing limits greater than US$5,000 will be limited to $5,000US.

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Thursday, June 11th Meal pick up. Location: Hibisca Restaurant. Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

San Pedro High School Virtual Graduation 2020
San Pedro High School Announces Virtual Graduation 2020, June 18 on Reef TV

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint a Blue Heron.

NEW DOWNTOWN INTERPRETIVE MARKERS INSTALLED
The latest installation was yesterday at the Supreme Court building. This installation included four markers. The first entitled " A Court of Many Faces" will tell the long and interesting history about the iconic Supreme Court Buildings. The second entitled "The Road to Independence" will summarize our history from 1859 to 1981. The third marker entitled "Prime Minister" will provide a short bio on our four Prime Ministers. The fourth marker entitled "Industrial Revolution" will tell the story about wrought iron which was used to construct the cannons and various parts of the Supreme Court.

Itzamna - Priest manifestation
Itzamna is known as the supreme creator God . Some see Itzamna and Hunab K'uj as the same . In a alternative legend Itzamna is the son of Hunab K'uj. Itzamna may be a deified first priest, the founder of Maya culture. He invented the Maya calendar, mathematics, and the arts of calculating and writing. He is a healer and diviner. Among the other gifts he brought the Maya are maize and cacao. He is the patron of scribes. (Make him a book to request his favor.) Itzamna vehemently rejects anything to do with violence or destruction.

Artist of the Day - Allan "D Real" McCoy
I am Allan “D Real” McCoy, a saxophonist born on 24th March 1994 in Belize City with a passion for music. At the age of 7, I began to play the keyboards without reading notes. In 2003, I performed while attending All Saints Anglican School participating in their annual Christmas pageants until 2004. Then in 2011, I made an appearance on the OPEN YOUR EYES Morning Show performing a patriotic song from the Lord Rhaburn Combo entitled ‘YO BAAN DEH’ and they enjoyed the performance. After that performance on Channel 5, I took a break from music for a period of time. The last virtual concert I performed in was on Mother's Day, Sunday, 10th May. It was broadcasted on social media, various radio stations, and local television stations.

FLOOD REPORT AND FORECAST Wednesday June 10, 2020
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. River Conditions: 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 is above normal and continues to fall slowly.

Robert Hurley Murdered
On Wednesday, June 10th, 2020, at about 12:10 a.m., Police responded to a report at the residence of Robert Hurley on the George Price Highway, Benque Viejo Road. Upon arrival, they spoke to Sheldeen Evans, who reported that on Tuesday, June 9th, 2020, she was with her common-law husband Robert Hurley and her ex-common law husband David Valencia. The trio were socializing and after 10:00 p.m., she and Hurley decided to go to bed and they asked Valencia...

Corozal Robbery
On Tuesday, June 9th, 2020, 21 year old Ricardo Neal, a salesman/watchman of San Joaquin Village, Corozal District reported that about 2:45 p.m., while working at Western Gas Place on Antonio Sosa Drive, two male persons wearing masks, arrived on separate bicycles. One of them pointed a gun towards him. The culprits tied him and stole his cell phone and jewelry.

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THE BELIZE 101 WEBINAR
White Sands. Tropical Breezes. Vibrant Marine Life. Rich Culture. Azure Waters. Diverse Wildlife. Learn more about the hidden gem of the Caribbean. Join us for the Belize 101 Webinar- June 16th @ 5 pm ET. Register here: https://hubs.ly/H0rkcHw0

Reopening of the Phillip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) Survey Results
The subject of the reopening of the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) has been at the forefront of discussions in our sector. We have heard strong arguments for a July 1st PGIA reopening, as well as very good arguments to defer the reopening to a later date. The BTIA recently polled its members to gauge their views regarding the reopening of the PGIA. Here are the results.

HOK'OL KIN GUEST HOUSE UNDER HEAVY GUARD AS BELIZEAN REPATRIATEES EXPECTED TO ARRIVE THERE
Reports suggest that from the time of their arrival at our Corozal northern border the repatriatees will be under police and BDF guard until the end of their 14 days MANDATORY QUARANTINE PERIOD. Near the end of their quarantine they will be administered another COVID-19 test and if the result of that second test is negative, then they will be allowed to go home at the end of their quarantine period. Reportedly there will also be a second group arriving on Friday.

Thunderbolt Water Taxi Temporary Schedule Update

Creative Highlight Wednesday!
Hailing from San Jose Succotz Village, meet and greet the the creative Jenny Rosado Lopez. She is a talented crocheter and crafter. She has been in the creative industry for the past 6 years, she creates unique crochet character hats among many customized items, there is no limit to her handmade artwork. She focuses on every items and stitches a piece of her heart in every crochet masterpiece. She is a proud mother of 4 children and that has been her sole inspiration towards these wonderful creations.

San Pedro Blood Drive June 20
Hosted by Belize Red Cross - San Pedro. Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 9 AM – 3 PM at the pin Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic II.

TOAST San Pedro, BZ Grand Opening
Grand opening Monday - 4-7:30....Martini Monday with small plate options!! Corona Del Mar Street Side!

Don Pedro Carrillo of San Lazaro Village
Banquitas House of Culture is proud to introduce a Yucatec Maya guardian of San Lazaro Village, Don Pedro Carrillo. He is a living example of a typical Yucatec Maya practising his customs and traditions. He takes great pride in all aspects of his culture but demonstrates an even greater honour in wearing his traditional attire. A typical Yucatec male attire comprises of four important elements. A straight-cut white pants paired with a white guayabera shirt with long sleeves and a high round neckline, worn over a white cotton T-shirt. The footwear is a white sandal with a high and thick heel. One of the most important parts of their attire is the jipi or Palmilla hat, whose elaboration comes from the pre-Hispanic era with a technique of interweaving with natural elements. The attire is complemented by a large red scarf (bandana) hanging from the right pocket of the pants or worn around the neck. They customarily carry a henequen "sabukan" where they carry their farming tools and food and a gourd or "chuh" where they carry water or honey water to prepare their "pozol".

Channel 7

He Killed His Ex’s Husband
Tonight, we open with the vicious murder of San Ignacio resident Robert Hurley, a man killed in what police are calling a jealous rage. He was attacked just after midnight by his common-law wife's ex. Hurley and Evans fought off this familiar attacker - with whom they had been socialising just hours earlier - but they were overpowered, she wounded, and he, fatally stabbed to the chest while her two kids slept in a nearby bedroom. Cherisse Halsall has the story of a bizarre and deadly love triangle.

Cops Criminally Charged For Shakedown
Tonight, 2 police officers attached to the San Ignacio Police Station are facing an extortion charge. That's after 53-year-old Guatemalan man accused them of shaking him down for money so that he wouldn't have to face traffic offences. Those accused officers are 47-year-old Corporal Raymundo Carillo and 30-year-old constable Marlon Triminius. Gregorio Cumes, a resident of the La Gracia Village in Cayo District, said that on Saturday morning, he was driving his motorcycle , saw the police, and drove into a yard and parked to avoid them.

Jemmott Won’t Stand For Crooked Cops
And this afternoon the officer commanding Cayo District, Superintendent Henry Jemmott - who pushed for these charges to go through gave his own take on the allegations against Carillo and Triminius. He said that that under his watch abuses of civilians will not be countenanced. "Saturday we got information from Roaring Creek police that two of our officers had stopped a young man without license, because it was concerning our officers the information was passed to PSB and Roaring Creek police were doing their investigation..."

Ruthless Robbers In Corozal
There was an armed robbery of a Chinese grocery store in Corozal Town last night. It happened at around 6:40 p.m at the Huang Huang Store, on College Road. 2 men: 1 armed with a firearm, and the other with a knife entered the store, pretending to be customers. But that ruse didn't last long - and the entire scary scene was caught on the store's surveillance system. The surveillance inside Huang Huang Store shows a female behind the counter and 3 customers: 2 in a black shirt, and a young girl in white.

Close to 100 in Douglas Shelters
Last night we took you up north for a view for the massive floodwaters that have inundated 5 northern villages. NEMO district coordinator Elodio Aragon Sr. says it has led to tremendous losses for the villagers who have been forced out of their homes and into shelters. And tonight, we have an update. When we spoke to Aragon an hour ago, he expressed his hope that sunny skies will mean receding waters and that those displaced will be able to return to their riverside homes.

BTIA’s Big Poll Says Leave It to GOB
For the past two nights, we've been telling you about the big poll that the Belize Tourism Industry Association did. They asked their members how they felt about re-opening the Phillip Goldson International on July first, or later in the year. As we told you, one prominent tourism interest, Tropic Air, wrote a letter lobbying members to vote for an urgent opening on July first for an industry in peril. Well, the results are in - and as we suggested last night - the final tally does not fall in the favour of Tropic and other large interests who are pushing for that July first opening.

PUP Has Problems With Treasury Note
And, turning now to politics, the PUP says it isn't happy with the Barrow administration's prize offering, the First-Ever US Dollar-Denominated Treasury Note. Government has touted it as the antidote for the economic slump caused by the COVID-19. They say Proceeds of the Note will shore up the official Central Bank foreign reserves. Today the PUP held a virtual press conference to say, "is that even legal, tho?" Here's how the Leader of the opposition put it:

PUP Says T-Note Is Expensive Debt
The PUP's financial advisor Chris Coye says the treasury note offering with it's 6.5% interest rate amounts to very expensive debt - which he says is way too expensive in the current global financial climate - especially one where the IMF is offering low cost finance packages to certain nations: "For Belize to be putting out a note with that kind of interest rates immediately raises some questions. Jamaica for example, I think most of you would be aware just recently successful procured approximately 520 million US in financing from the IMF..."

An Explanation for Those Who Got Left Behind
Coye is also one of the so-called Economic Czars, and he, along with Dr. Carla Barnett are responsible for the Unemployment Relief Program. As we've been reporting 43,726 persons have been approved for the COVID-19 Unemployment Relief. Over eighty thousand applied to program. Today, Coye explained that tens of thousands who were not approved had material defects on their applications:

Briceno Backs Them Bulls
Briceno says 16 million of the approved 25 million dollars for the program has already been disbursed in unemployment relief. Briceno Called for an audit of what has been disbursed so far. He also scolded government for putting a stop to the informal cattle trade with Guatemala - saying the trade is legitimate even though the PM called it illegal:

Does Belize Need A Gov’t With a Fresh Mandate?
Suspending the informal cattle trade was one of the tough and unpopular decisions the government was forced to make during the COVID crisis. And, almost a full five years into its third term - government often gains legitimacy for its difficult COVID decisions by looking to the bipartisan national oversight committee. But, a new government with a fresh mandate might not have to do that. Briceno says that's what Belize needs: "Is there a need for a government with a fresh mandate that can make decisions without having to resort to a government situation as what we are effectively kind of now in with the..."

Sports Council Putting Fitness At Forefront
Very early into the State of Emergency and the national lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Education began producing school lessons for pre and primary school students. It was to tide them and their parents over with some learning aids for homeschooling since it was known pretty early that many hours of classroom contact would be lost to the need for social and physical distancing. Well, very soon, the National Sports Council will start to broadcast a program for workout and physical education. The NSC is concerned that the nation's children, and their parents, are not getting enough physical activity while being trapped at home.

John B Not Down With Squatting
Land activist Nigel Petillo has once again pushed squatting to the forefront of the national discourse. It's illegal, and highly frowned upon by people who own land, but those who don't, say it's a necessity for the landless. Former Minister of National Resources John Briceno ought to have an interesting perspective on this. He ran the lands department for much of the Musa administration between 1998 and 2008. On Sunday, his national Deputy was out at mile 44 with Nigel Petillo supporting the grassroots land grabber.

Rt. Hon. Said Still Interested in Fort George
Briceno didn't have to deflect nearly as much when he spoke of his predecessor Said Musa. The 76 year old, 8 term area representative for Fort George is recovering from a mild stroke. But, with elections scheduled for later this year, is he battle ready? Or is he even still interested in running? That's what the media asked his leader and his son today: "He is getting stronger every day. He continues to get his physiotherapy, but maybe chairman would you like to add some more to that."

Chetumal’s COVID Spike
Belize went on a 53-day streak without any active coronavirus cases until last week Friday when Patient #19 was confirmed. And then yesterday, Patient #20 was detected in the south. Mexico, our neighbor to the north, is having a completely different experience. Their number of confirmed cases continues to rise. The latest global snapshot indicates that just over 124 thousand cases have been confirmed in that country. Press reports out of that country are that there has been a spike in the number of cases in Othón P. Blanco.

Border Jumpers In Benque
And while Belize tries to remain clean - border jumpers keep appearing. Two were caught today out by the Benque border. A customs patrol in Benque intercepted two Guatemalans with two crocus bags filled with auto parts and medicines. The men were taken to San Ignacio were swabbed for covid 19 and then taken to cayo where they were quarantined .Charges will be levied after their quarantine period ends.

Channel 5

U.S. National Murdered inside his Bedroom; the Ex of His Common-law Wife is Detained
A U.S. national was murdered in the bedroom of his house on the Benque Viejo del Carmen Road on Tuesday night. The man detained in the bizarre murder is the [...]

2 Cops are Arraigned for Extortion!
Two cops are in trouble with the law and are facing charges of extortion. Police was quick to act and the officers were arraigned today in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court.  [...]

P.U.P. Says U.S. Treasury Note is Illegal and Expensive
On June fourth, Prime Minister Dean Barrow released a pre-recorded video statement announcing the launch of a thirty-million U.S.-dollar treasury note. The PM said it is the first-of-its-kind Central Bank initiative [...]

P.U.P. Considering to Challenge G.O.B.’s U.S. $30 Treasury Note
Opposition Leader John Briceño says he was left in the dark on the treasury note and that Prime Minister Dean Barrow failed to discuss it with the National Oversight Committee [...]

Tackling the Foreign Exchange Quandary
The government’s U.S. thirty-million-dollar treasury note is a means to attract much needed foreign exchange.  The aim, according to the PM, is to attract Belizeans who hold U.S. dollar accounts overseas [...]

Closure of Entertainment Strip Affects Other Small Businesses
On Tuesday night, you heard about the financial troubles of the owners of night clubs that remain closed due to the COVID-19 lockdown.  On the entertainment strip on Princess Margaret [...]

B.T.I.A. Membership is Divided on P.G.I.A. Reopening
Earlier this week, the Belize Tourism Industry Association commenced a polling exercise among its members to determine their position regarding the reopening of the Philip Goldson International Airport.  The survey [...]

A Group of Belizeans Repatriated
A group of Belizeans was repatriated into the country today. About fifteen Belizeans entered through the northern border with Mexico. We understand that they flew from Houston in the U.S. [...]

Corozal Armed Robbery Caught on Camera
Two armed men walked into a store in Corozal Town on Tuesday night, held up the cashier and made away with the money in the register. The robbers also robbed [...]

John Briceño: Call Elections Now!
General elections were generally expected to be held in November of this year, but the global COVID-19 pandemic has put the plans of the political parties on pause.  The ruling [...]

Said Musa on the Road to Recovery
Former Leader of the People’s United Party and current Fort George area representative, Said Musa is recovering. The veteran politician and two-time Prime Minister suffered a mild stroke in early [...]

B.B.O.C. Upset About Unlawful Run Allegedly Sanctioned by Minister of Transport
Tonight, the operators of the B.B.O.C. are calling on the Ministry of Transport to intervene in what they say is an unlawful run being operated out of the Belize City [...]

Flooding Continues in Douglas; Residents Need Food Packages!
The Rio Hondo continues to rise tonight, as flooding within the Albion island areas, Douglas Village and downstream. According to the Hydrology Unit’s report, flood warning remains in effect for [...]

ComPol Visits Border Villages in the West!
Three weeks ago we took you to the border village of Arenal in the west. Because half of the village is in Belize and the other half lies in Guatemala, [...]

Only $16 Million Disbursed In Unemployment Relief
The Government’s Unemployment Relief Programme was closed off to the public on April twenty-fourth, less than a month after it was launched. More than eighty thousand applications were received and [...]

Opposition Leader Does Not Support Retrenchment
The International Monetary Fund has been advising the government for years that there is a need for pension reform, cutting down on the wage bill and retrenchment in the public [...]

COVID-19 Cases on the Rise in Guat!
COVID case number twenty was recorded on Tuesday here in Belize, but in Guatemala the latest numbers show almost eight thousand confirmed cases and three hundred dead. And one of [...]

P.E. in Living Room is for the Kids
The National Sports Council has gotten creative and is using the media to reach out to children who are stuck at home during the state of emergency.  It’s called P.E. [...]

Salary Cuts at National Sports Council
Salary cuts have been an ongoing exercise across most companies and quasi-government agencies.  Earlier this week, the National Sports Council informed its employees that their monthly grant from the Ministry [...]

The Reporter

Oil spill off the coast of Caye Chapel
Since yesterday personnel from the Department of the Environment have been monitoring the possibility of an oil spill off the coast of Caye Chapel after a barge with heavy equipment onboard reportedly sunk. The Reporter was told that the barge was transporting a dump truck, an excavator, and other equipment when it went underwater early on Tuesday morning.

LOVE FM

Opposition leader states his plans for land distribution
Former Lands Minister, John Briceno says it is time to engage in land reform for the country. Briceno who was at the helm of the Lands Department for over ten years under the Musa administration spoke on this issue during today’s press conference.

What happened to foreigners trapped in Belize?
While there were Belizeans who were trapped abroad and are being brought back into the country through the repatriation process, there are also foreigners who have been trapped in Belize. One of the questions posed to the Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration, Beverly Williams, had to do with how this issue is being addressed.

American National killed in Western Belize
An American National was stabbed to death and his girlfriend’s ex-lover is being held for questioning. Our Reporter Alisha Valentine traveled west and filed this report.

Repatriates return through northern border
A group of Belizeans was allowed to return home via the Santa Elena Border in Corozal earlier today. Our news team traveled north to witness the process, but we were kept at bay as part of the precautionary measures.

Two cops go to court for extortion
Two police officers were taken to court on a charge of extortion. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz has the story.

New Immigration building up and running
Residents of Belize City may have noticed that the Immigration office has moved from the Charles Bartlett Hyde building on Mahogany Street to the Philip Goldson Highway. The new building has been operational since May 4 with all its services fully restored.

PUP has plans for the economy
The People’s United Party is looking to release their plan for Belize’s economy within the next few days. Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno says there is a PUP team working on the proposals to rebuild the country’s economy.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize Crime Observatory: “COVID-19 continues to alter the dynamics of crime in Belize”
A combination of dogged police work and the clamping effect of […]

BPP stands with Nigel Petillo in land advocacy movement
The Belize Progressive Party has publicly endorsed the land advocacy movement spearheaded by land activist, […]

Department of Environment holds environmental consultation for Corozal-Sarteneja Road
The Department of the Environment (DOE) has scheduled a public consultation, held virtually, on the environmental […]

Former Prime Minister Said Musa recovering
Former Prime Minister Said Musa is recovering well from a stroke he suffered a few […]

Belize Progressive Party gears up for General Elections
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) announced this week that it will be contesting nine seats […]

PUP lays out economic plans and position on cattle exports
Full details are to come in the coming week but Leader of the Opposition John […]

Elections sooner rather than later? Briceno calls for new national mandate
The Leader of the Opposition says it is time for a new mandate. In the […]

Superbond has better rate of return than Treasury notes
People’s United Party (PUP) Treasurer Christopher Coye pointed as part of the party’s arguments against […]

Unemployment Relief Program: Reasons for rejections valid
According to co-economic czar Christopher Coye, the reasons for some applications not being accepted for […]

PUP asks GOB for assurances on Treasury Notes
People’s United Party Treasurer and appointed co-economic czar, Christopher Coye, raised multiple issues with the […]

Belizean family of nurses highlighted for heroic COVID-19 efforts in California
Picture: Spectrum News 1 A family of Belizean nurses living in Culver City, California has […]

Facebook food-vending is the next big thing
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought numerous challenges to people around the world and in Belize. […]

Man stabbed in Belize City
A Belize City man is recovering at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital following a stabbing […]

Armed robbery in Corozal
Police are seeking two men in connection with an armed robbery in Corozal last night. […]

Man wanted for murder and kidnapping
Police are said to be on the trail of a man believed to have kidnapped his […]

Blogs

Things I Never Knew I Needed: My Life In San Pedro, Belize
Thirteen years ago, I moved to Ambergris Caye, Belize from Manhattan, NYC, the “Big Apple”. My life has changed in so many ways over that time period… Things that I never knew I needed and now I wonder…how did I live without this stuff? The answer is simple – and don’t judge me too harshly for this – I didn’t really cook (or clean for that matter) in my prior life. I HONESTLY did not have time. I left for work before 5am – returning home at about 6:30pm if I was lucky. My NYC-life was takeaway sushi, eating out most nights, delivered Italian food at 11pm and once or twice daily trips to Whole Foods Supermarket aka My Favorite Place on Earth. So ridiculously, over-the-top convenient.

Delta is Blocking Middle Seats Until October
As U.S. airlines grow hopeful that the summer travel season will bring an uptick in fliers, one carrier has vowed to keep its social distancing rules in place until at least October. Delta Air Lines has announced that it will continue to block middle seats; this policy is for all of its aircraft through September 30. Middle seats are shown as unavailable when passengers try to book fares or checking in. On aircraft with two-by-two seating configurations, a portion of the aisle seats will be blocked.

96% of BTIA Members Support Sanitation Protocols in Tourism Services
In a recent poll conducted by the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), 96 percent of their responding membership support the implementation of sanitation protocols and guidelines for all tourism service providers (Hotels, Restaurants, Tour operators, etc.). The poll was conducted to their membership regarding the reopening of the Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (PGIA). Although the responding membership polled an exact split vote on the reopen date of PGIA, 88 percent would like to see a comprehensive reopening plan; this includes adequate medical safeguards in place before the actual reopening.

“Restart tourism to overcome COVID-19”, says United Nations
The UN secretary general says tourism could be used as a platform for overcoming the effects of Covid-19. “Tourism can promote solidarity and trust – crucial ingredients in advancing the global co-operation that is so urgently needed at this time.” – Antonio Guterres. Previous research by the UN’s tourism arm suggests that up to 120 million tourism jobs could be at risk. “Travel is down, fear is up, and the future is uncertain,” Mr Guterres said. However, the UK and many other parts of the world, Belize included, still have travel restrictions in place in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Temporary Closure of Placencia (PLJ) Airstrip starting June 2020
Hoping to travel to Placencia later this year? Keep in mind that the airstrip in Placencia (PLJ) will be temporarily closed starting June 22, 2020 – for a period of five months. According to the Belize Airports Authority (BAA), this closure will be done to facilitate a revamp of the runway. Revamping, lengthening, widening and the installing of runway lighting will all be done. Additionally, the Belize Airports Authority (BAA) is currently finalizing plans to use an alternate airstrip nearby. The information will be passed along as soon as it is made available.

Videos

  • Peter Lawrence on ReefTV, min.

  • World Food Safety Day 2020, 17min. June 7th is celebrated as World Food Safety Day. This events of this year has made this an even more important conversation for those who make their living selling food. This year's theme underscores the need for all to be involved in maintaining the standards for proper food handling. We talked with our guests from the Ministry of Health (MOH) about the work they are doing to help the food vendors take the necessary precautions to be safe for your consumption. John Bodden - Principal Public Health Inspector, MOH. Lisa Marin - Sr. Public Health Inspector, MOH.

  • Small Business - Impacts of COVID-19, 28min. Many businesses have been impacted by COVID-19. We spoke with three small business owners about how they have innovated their services to survive in the new normal. They shared their thoughts on how their companies will tackle the uncertainties. Sean Kuylen - Chef Sean Kuylen Catering. Rachael Roe - Signature Belize Weddings and Events. Karlo Romero - Prestige Productions.

  • Ministry of Health - work to keep a second wave from developing, 30min. Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services with the Ministry of Health, talked with us about the strategy to manage the 19th case of COVID-19 confirmed on Friday. He outlined how the Ministry of Health will work to keep a second wave from developing.

  • Belizean Mango Sunrise with Bartender Edgar Trujillo, 3min. Craving a Belizean cocktail? Here’s Edgar showing you how to create the perfect Mango Sunrise, just in case we read your mind

  • Footage inside the grocery store that was robbed in Corozal, 1.5min.

  • The Belize Defence Force - Allegations of sexual misconduct, 37min. The Belize Defence Force continues to be plagued with allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse against women. We talked with Retired Captain of the BDF, Derricia Castillo about her experiences. She explained that there is a culture that needs to be shifted and that it will take a complete overhaul and reform to change the environment for women in the military.

  • Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry - impacts the economy, 50min. There is a lot of talk about the foreign reserves and the impending crisis that would ensue should the reserves be depleted. In an effort to educate our viewers on the national conversation we invited Kay Menzies, Past President of the Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry, to help us understand how foreign currency impacts the economy

  • Belizean living in Minnesota, 20min. George Floyd's death has rocked the world and brought to the fore the issues of racism in America. We talked with a Belizean living in Minnesota about how he was impacted by the events and inspired to create a mural to honor him.

  • Hon. John Briceno Virtual Press Conference, 1hr17min. Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno held a virtual press conference this afternoon to address several matters of national concern.

  • Visa and Residency in Belize: Permanent and Temporary Residency, QRP Program and Tourist Visa, 11min. Compared with many other countries, Belize makes it easy for expats to select the type of residence that works best to their advantage. In today's video, Laura Diffendal, IL Belize Correspondent, will take us through the various options.

  • Belize Part 2, 8min.

  • Snorkelling with SHARKS! (Caye Caulker, Belize), 1.5min. We visited the beautiful island of Caye Caulker and snorkelled with some incredible creatures. We took a boat tour with some guys on the island and saw dolphin, stingrays, nurse sharks, eels and loads more.

  • In It Together - Belize Classroom Learning, 63min. Learning in the classroom is a thing of the past, at least for now. Thanks to technology, learning can take place ANYWHERE, and that's exactly what we'll do together. We're In It Together!

  • The Supreme Court Clock chiming once again, 1/2min. We are conducting some maintenance work on it this week because the number of chimes weren't synched to the time of the day. It is a delicate, complicated and precise job.