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The San Pedro Sun

Mosquito situation on the island prompts residents to consider aerial spraying of malathion
As the rainy season continues, islanders are now battling the issue of mosquitoes, which has been worsening over the past weeks. Although the Department of Health on the island began fumigating malathion a few weeks ago, the continuous rains have not helped the situation. Residents are concerned about the potential outbreak of vector-borne diseases like Dengue, Zika, or Malaria, and a group of them have pitched the idea of aerial spraying over the island to tackle the mosquito problem.

Local tour operator is beautifying San Pedro Town during lockdown
The team from Xsite Belize Sailing and Adventures, a tour company on Ambergris Caye, has been busy beautifying different areas of San Pedro Town. While the island and country have gone into slow mode, the team has been painting the side of easements/alleys, streets, and public buildings with the sole purpose to keep San Pedro fresh, beautiful, and welcoming. The beautifying initiative is headed by Tammy Lemus of Xsite Belize Sailing and Adventures, who along with members of her staff and other volunteers have managed to transform several areas of the town core that seemed abandoned and needed some polishing. Lemus said that since the COVID-19 pandemic has halted the tourism business, they thought this project would keep them busy, and make the island look more beautiful for locals and visitors in the meantime.

Belize Announces Request for Interest Capitalization
The Government of Belize today announced its intention to seek the consent of holders of Belize’s U.S. Dollar Bonds due 2034 (the “Bonds”) to the capitalization of interest payments falling due on the Bonds through February 20, 2021.

Real Estate group joins San Pedro Roman Catholic Church in assisting islanders with food
The San Pedro Roman Catholic Church on Ambergris Caye has taken it upon themselves to assist families affected by COVID-19 with essential food items. The church has been doing so every Saturday through their facilities in the San Pablo Subdivision and at the Lions Den in the downtown area. This assistance has been possible thanks to many organizations that continue to donate towards the cause. One of them is the RE/MAX Real Estate Group and RE/MAX Belize, who recently gave 4,000lbs of rice and beans.

Ambergris Today

Dengue And Malaria Concerns Increase Alongside COVID-19 In Belize
Although Dengue deaths have not climbed to alarming numbers in Belize, last year there were 10 reported deaths in the country. With the astonishing rise in the number of mosquitos in Ambergris Caye and the country, Belizeans are calling the Ministry of Health to provide relief through the spraying of malathion. As if the COVID-19 pandemic and the active hurricane season are not alarming enough, there are other issues that Belize is looking at, including malaria and dengue. Health specialists in Yucatan, Mexico just indicated there there are now cases of COVID-19 patients also infected with dengue. They are calling the condition ‘Covidengue’. Both viruses can coexist in a single patient and when presenting some similar symptoms, they can be confused and pose a more serious health risk and death rate.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Thursday, June 18th Meal pick ups. Location: Hibisca. Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

Heavy Mosquitos on Ambergris Caye
I finally figured out why the mosquitoes are so bad. It’s been bugging me! (Pun intended) She thought it might be because all the resorts are not spraying. I think she’s 100% correct. We used to spray all the time at Capricorn to control them. The coast line is basically all resorts. I’ve been here 14 years and never have I seen mosquitoes like this. At least now it makes sense.

Appliance Disposal
When disposing of washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, coolers etc., please remove the doors to avoid any accidents with children.

Vol 6. of Dive Into Tourism
Vol. 6 of “Dive Into Tourism” is now available!

Way Back Wednesdays! East Frieze of El Castillo
Take a look at the a portion of the East Frieze of El Castillo Xunantunich Archaeological Reserve during excavation and conservation. Located in the San Jose Succotz Village, in the Cayo District, "The Maiden of the Rock" or "Stone Lady" is just a ferry ride across the Mopan river. After crossing the ferry and trekking up the steep hill, sitting at a looming 130 feet in height, you will encounter Structure A6, also known as "El Castillo", housing the stucco frieze on the eastern side of the building. This stucco frieze is believed to describe stories about Maya gods and details about Maya creationists stories.

OAS internship Program
Great Opportunity! Closing Date July 12th, 2020

Raffle June 26 for Relief for Belizean Families
Here is a great cause on the island... @Yamilett Tzib has been working very hard to raise money for the many needy families on the island. Recently she is helping victims of a recent flood on the mainland, and she is having a raffle on June 26th, at 6:00 p.m., with a huge list of great prizes - but best of all - your donations go right to the hands of families in Belize.

Artist of the Day - David Matus
David A. Matus is a carnival costume designer who has been in the Belize Carnival scene for over 23 years. He has created countless costume designs to represent Belize both locally and internationally, in carnivals, and in pageantry. David has taken part in several international carnivals. In 2014 and 2018, he was named Senior Designer of the year for Belize carnival. He is presently the Vice President and one of the lead costume designers for the Titans Mas Band.

Belize Hotel Association – Philip Goldson International Airport Re-Opening Survey
On Friday, June 12, 2020, the Belize Hotel Association (BHA) conducted an online survey where all 69 BHA hotel members and an additional 71 hotels were asked about the re-opening date of the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA). Please note that these 140 hotels produced 80% of the entire accommodation revenue for the country of Belize. The survey also asked about their view on having precautionary policies and procedures prior to the opening of the PGIA, to identify potential Covid-19 carriers and prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Belize. Of the 140 hotels requested to complete the survey, 68% responded. The survey has confirmed that 98% of the respondents are of the opinion that the PGIA should be re-opened, provided that a specific set of protocols and policies can be obtained and put in place.

Belizean to be Charged for Immigration Offense
On Friday, June 12, 2020, a team of police officers intercepted a vehicle with four persons, three of whom were Guatemalan nationals and the other a Belizean, at a routine checkpoint on the George Price Highway near Unitedville Village. The men were taken to the San Ignacio Community Hospital to be swabbed for COVID-19 per the Ministry of Health's protocol. The Guatemalans were taken to the Western Border where Immigration issued them an Order to Leave and ensured they went across the border. The results were made available late in the evening of June 16th and yielded a positive case for one of the Guatemalan nationals. The Guatemalan authorities were notified of the one positive result.

Taiwan Donates Medical Equipment to Belize as the Fight against COVID-19 Continues
As the world is still struggling with the severe repercussions of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan continues to demonstrate its good will and friendship to the Belizean people by donating 200,000 surgical masks, 10,000 N-95 Masks, 500 infrared forehead thermometers, 2,000 protective clothing, 4,000 isolation gowns, 2 automatic nucleic acid (PCR) analyzers, 720 PCR testing kits, and 10,000 nasal swabs to support the Government of Belize in its endeavors to contain COVID-19. This donation is valued at BZ$1 million. Furthermore, Taiwan’s Far Eastern Memorial Hospital will donate five ventilators to the Ministry of Health to treat patients in critical condition.

Belize Announces Request for Interest Capitalization
The Government of Belize today announced its intention to seek the consent of holders of Belize’s U.S. Dollar Bonds due 2034 (the “Bonds”) to the capitalization of interest payments falling due on the Bonds through February 20, 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on Belize’s economy. In recent years, Belize’s tourism industry accounted for approximately 60% of the country’s foreign exchange earnings; however, tourism has collapsed due to the rapid deterioration of worldwide economic conditions and the lockdown measures imposed by many countries, including Belize, to slow the spread of COVID-19. Preliminary indications are that Belize’s real gross domestic product will contract by as much as 18% in 2020.

Flood Report & Forecast - June 17, 2020
On the Macal River, reservoir levels remain below the spillways at the Chalillo, Mollejon, and Vaca Facilities. In San Ignacio, water levels are below the low-level bridge, but they are slowly rising. The Mopan River at Benque Viejo is above normal and slowly falling. On the Belize River, water levels at Banana Bank and Double Run are normal and steady.

Belize Real Estate Firm Celebrates its 20th Anniversary
Congratulations Ambergris Seaside Real Estate on your 20th anniversary! Ambergris Seaside Real Estate is a renowned real estate agency in the town of San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye, dedicated to offering its clients unparalleled support. Ambergris Seaside Real Estate has been in business since 2000 and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. "We are excited to announce our 20th anniversary as the island’s most dependable and trusted real estate firm. We have seen a lot of changes in the 20 years we have lived on the island, yet through it all we have remained committed to excellent client service. We are sure that you will love Belize as much as we do. We offer professional and personal service to help you find the home, condominium, or property of your dreams and we can also help with various real estate services including surveys, inspections, property listings, closing services, and more," said Joshua Buettner, owner and broker for Ambergris Seaside Real Estate.

National Institute of Culture and History - Cost-Saving Measures
The economic fall-out caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic has drastically reduced the revenue streams of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) to almost none. The current primary source of Income is the subvention by the Government of Belize. NICH instituted cost-saving measures as early as March 2020. During that phase, NICH commenced reducing all expenditures that may have been considered non-essential, and in April and May NICH reduced Programmatic and Strategic Expenditures by approximately 95% of previous periods. Even though we were at reduced expenditures, we still managed to assist over (14) fourteen artists (including bands) with an honorarium for their performances during that period.

NOTICE FROM ATLANTIC BANK - CAYE CAULKER BRANCH
Attention All Customers. Atlantic Bank- Caye Caulkrer Branch advises that effective Wednesday June 17th, 2020 the Bank's opening hours to the public will be amended to 8am to 3pm from Monday to Friday. We WILL REMAIN CLOSED ON SATURDAYS until further advised. Thank you.

BTB Introduces: Official protocols and guidelines for the Accommodation Sector
As Belize's tourism industry prepares to re-open, the health, safety, and well-being of the industry, it's employees, the wider Belizean community, and our guests are more important than ever, as we mitigate the risk of Covid-19. To address the new health and safety challenges and expectations presented by Covid-19, the Belize Tour-ism Board (BTB) is launching its Gold Standard Recognition Program for hotels alongside the country's national tourism guidelines. These new protocols are focused on enhanced hotel & restaurant cleaning practices, social interactions, workplace policies and standard operating procedures, while ensuring minimal impact on the guest cope hence. Join us as we outline this 9-Point Program which seeks to enhance the tourism industry's health and safety standards, by adapting new behaviors and procedures to ensure both employees and travelers are confident in the cleanliness and safety of Belize's hotels, restaurants and other amenities.

The Maya Mopan Resource Center got a touch-up
The Maya Mopan Resource Center received a touch of love from volunteers! BAY would like to thank all those who came and gave a helping hand. At this resource center, we offer services of printing, tutoring, and a comfortable area to complete assignments. Feel free to stop by and see how you can utilize the services provided. We look forward to meeting you!

Current opening hours for libraries
Opening Hours for Branch Libraries: Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on Saturdays. Patrons are asked to kindly practice social distancing, Sanitize hands before entering the libraries and wear a face mask at all times or entry will be denied. Thank you.

The Freed Permit South of Punta Gorda
Written By: Wil Maheia to the supporters of the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV). Organized fly fishing came to Punta Gorda (PG) about twenty years ago. At that time, it was not yet a major industry or a major sport in PG. The Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) had just been established around this time. Together, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and TIDE worked hard to conserve one of the most biodiverse marine areas known today as the Port Honduras Marine Reserve (PHMR). Located north of PG, the PHMR was heavily hunted for manatees and was overfished with gillnets, a destructive weapon that harvested and killed a lot of fish and by-catch. To find a more sustainable alternative to the gillnets, TNC and TIDE worked hand-in-hand with the fisherfolks in search for a better solution.

The Inspiring Story of Zahvia by Ronelli
Meet and greet the talented Ronelli Requena, 26 years old from San Ignacio Town, Belize. A self-taught designer and has been designing custom pieces for the past five years. After pursuing her degree in Biology and taking a few more "serious" jobs, I realized that an 8-5 just wasn't for me. I wanted to build something for myself, and make room in my life for more creativity and imagination. I took a huge pay cut and made the decision to become my own boss. I started off sewing on the dining table in my mom's kitchen, and have grown into now having my little studio area, where I get to create and bring pieces into life for both my clients and for fun.

Art Class with Hilberto Trujillo: Landscape using Perspective Drawing
Inviting children ages 10 -15 years who would like to improve their art skills. Program begins Friday July 3rd. Kindly message, call 422-0071 or visit us for more information and registration.

Channel 7

10 Year Old Run Over By Butane Truck
A family in the north is destroyed tonight after their ten-year-old son and nephew was crushed to death in a terrible traffic accident. It happened on a quiet village street when Steven Torres was running an errand, but he never got home. Cherisse Halsall tells us why. This morning just before 10:00 in Libertad Village, 10 year old Steven Torres was riding this bicycle on one of the village streets, when he was run over. The culprit is this Lucas Butane truck, driving by 39 year old Yuri Lucas from San Joaquin. The driver says he was overtaking the bicycle just as Torres swerved to dodge a pool of water in the road.

COVID Case #22, A Guatemalan Border Jumper
Belize now has confirmed case #22 of the coronavirus in Belize - and this time it's a Guatemalan border jumper out west. He was caught entering the country illegally - through the western border on Saturday. He was swabbed as soon as he was taken into the quarantine centre at the Victor Galvez stadium. That quarantine centre was holding the most persons; up to yesterday there were 32 in total, and 22 of them are Guatemalans. So, that's a lot of people who could have been exposed and the contact tracing exercise has started. The facility was full to above capacity and only got some breathing room yesterday when police took 15 of them to court.

Cops say BDF To Blame For Those Who Slipped Out of Southern Quarantine
As you heard, there are concerns at the Western Quarantine facility. But there are also concerns about the south where four Belizean border jumpers escaped from custody at the Chiste Garcia Stadium. They arrived in the country form Honduras last Wednesday and went missing shortly after that. Yesterday, the Director of Health Services, pointed to law enforcement, saying it is the job of the BDF and the police to secure those facilities. Today, the commissioner said it is not:

Tall Task Of Keeping Border Jumpers Out of Belize
And while keeping border jumpers in facilities is proving to be its now kind of challenge - after all, we have seen escaped in the north and the south - what about keeping them out of Belize altogether. The land, sea and river borders are vast and porous - but the commissioner says they are making strides in keeping the jumpers out: Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: "Well I don't think that there is anything that we can do to fully stop them. I know you would know that I have made visits to the various points and we had put things in place with a few to deter these borders jumpers from coming in to our country..."

Belizean Facing "Harboring" Charges For Smuggling Guats
At the top of the news, we told you about the situation out west, where three Guatemalans were intercepted, and they were being driven by a Belizean. The Commissioner said the driver would also face charges, and now a press release has been issued to confirm that. It came out minutes ago and says, quote, "On Friday...a team of police officers intercepted a vehicle with four persons, three of whom were Guatemalan nationals and the other a Belizean..."

BHA Asks For August Airport Re-Opening
Two weeks ago we told you about the BTIA's support seeking poll for the re-opening of the PGIA. It got them nowhere in terms of a consensus and in fact, served drive a deep rift in the organization - with many big members resigning. Tonight, we have the results of a new but similar poll, this one from the Belize Hotel Association. And over the weekend they asked their 69 members and an additional 71 hotels whether the PGIA should be re-opened provided that a specific set of protocols and policies can be obtained and put in place. Their results were overwhelmingly positive with 97% of respondents supporting an August 1st reopening with the provisions that rapid testing be available and protocols in place. This evening BHA President Ted Tejada advocated for that re-opening but with a limited number of flights.

Belizean Zacahary Knox Killed By Brother in Memphis Murder/Suicide
Last night we told you about reports that 23 year old Zachary Knox was killed in the US. Knox made the news in Belize as a 19 year old back in 2016, when he was convicted of shooting after then assonant commissioner of police Chester Williams. But, after serving 6 months, he apologised to the Commissioner and he went back to the states, where he was from. And that's where he met his demise in Memphis, Tennessee on Monday night in a murder - suicide where his own step brother pulled the trigger. His sister told us about the young man's terrible end today. She said he had gone home:

Cops Catch Tomza Robbers
There was a robbery this evening at the Gas Tomza compound in Belize City, located at mile 1 and a half on the George Price Highway. Fortunately, police were quick to respond, and the thieves were caught shortly after they targeted the Butane depot. The cops are still gathering the details, and so, they have not shared any official information on it as yet. But, we understand that two thieves barged in and held up the business place. The cops were in the area, and they quickly set chase after the fleeing criminals. The responding officers had to fire warning shots, but they were able to intercept and apprehend the culprits and recover the stolen items.

Another Robbers With Bandana Masks Struck Again
And while that is one foiled robbery.over the past 2 and a half weeks, we've been showing you many successful ones, where brazen armed robbers have been entering grocery stores and pretending to be innocent customers. They have been taking advantage of the State of Emergency Regulations, which requires everyone to wear face masks as a public health strategy. Well, 7News has once again obtained footage of a robbery that occurred at around 1 p.m. last Sunday in Hattieville Village. The Q&B Store, located on Sylvestre Boulevard, was a bit busy at around that time with customers doing their shopping. All that activity allowed 3 robbers to sneak in, and catch the owner, 36-year-old Peng An Zhou, off guard.

Cops Urge Threatened Storeowners To Limit Use of Caps
The topic of thieves using the abundance of mask wearers to their advantage came up in our conversation this evening with the Police Commissioner. He told the press that police have come up with advice that they think will help to protect the business community from the criminal opportunists. Here are his comments: "You would know that the wearing of face mask really and truly help the criminal elements, but we do understand the reason why people have to wear it and so we have to look at strategies that we can implement and one such thing that we are doing is to work with the business sector with a view to see how they can monitor more closely persons who visit their establishment..."

Police Association Election Has Good Turnout
We met the commissioner while we were at the Raccoon Street Police station to get some footage of the elections for a new police association executive. Over 2,200 police officers with the rank of constable to sergeant were eligible to vote for the new executive. They had the choice of two slates, one led by the incumbent Corporal Eldon Arzu, the other led by Sergeant Jane Usher. We will have the results for you by tomorrow night, but, today, we saw brisk voting at a number of police stations and precinct offices. We asked the commissioner about the integrity of the vote:

More Thanks To Taiwan
The Taiwanese Government is once again making a very generous donation to the Belize Government in the fight against the Coronavirus. They have handed over a million dollars worth of personal protective equipment for the frontline medical workers. In his remarks at the Embassy in Belize City, the Ambassador listed the items being donated and the Minister of Health says the donation demonstrates what a will partner Taiwan is:

Police Driver Not Charged For Knocking Down "Little Feet"
Last month we told you about the tragic end of Camalote resident Roy Lincoln Vansen who was knocked down by a police mobile shortly after midnight. Vansen who suffered from a congenital deformity had led a hard life making a living by doing odd jobs for market vendors in Belmopan and often having to make what, for him, was a painful journey to work, by foot. And when he died there seemed to be no one to speak for him. No one except the commissioner and while he consoled the family he seemed to view the accident as an inconvenience.

Arenal Villagers Being Threatened by Cattle Interests
We also asked the commissioner about reports we have received that Arenal villagers are coming under threat from business interests who are determined to smuggle cattle through that border village. As we have told you - the illegal cattle trade between Belize and Guatemala - which flourished for years - has been halted because of COVID 19. There are pressures on both sides to keep pushing it through. Police have sworn to stop it - and now the villagers are coming under threat. We asked the compol about it: Chester Williams- Commissioner of Police: "While we have no issue with cattle or livestock moving within the country when it comes to going to the Arenal or Calla Creek area we are going to stop you..."

Compol on Sleeping Policeman
We also asked the commissioner about the footage we showed you last night of the police man caught on camera in Punta Gorda asleep on his feet. Constable Santiago Choco seems to be out of it as he stands outside a town grocery store.

Real Estate’s Reaction To COVID Crisis
Switching subjects now.earlier we told you about the Hotel Association's vote for an August first airport opening, well Belize's Real Estate brokers are also calling for that. Today their President Hugo Moguel sat in solidarity with BHA President Ted Tejada claiming that creative and practical preparations for a return to business, as usual, must be made. And while Real Estate transactions continued during the lockdown they were minimal leaving the industry like their counterparts in tourism on life support. Nevertheless, Moguel says that when it comes to real estate there's plenty of international interest in Belize.

Torrents of Rain
Viewers will have noticed the intermittent rains countrywide, which have been taking place over the last few days. Well, the bouts of bad weather are causing flooding in different parts of the country. Reports reaching 7News this evening are that the Coastal Road is inundated in areas near the Gales Point Junction, the White Ridge area, and the Hope Creek Area. In the north, residents of Guinea Grass Village are being forced to wade through ankle-deep floodwaters which are covering their roads. We were also sent images of the minor flooding happening on the road leading to Santa Martha Village, which located on the Old Northern Highway.

Filling In The COVID Contributory Gaps in Toledo
The economic hardship, caused by the coronavirus pandemic continues, with no immediate end in sight. And so, organizations and persons around the country have been engaging in humanitarian efforts to try and ease some of the sufferings of some of the poorer Belizean families. The Ya'axche Conservation Trust recently rolled out a food assistance program for Toledo families living in the Indigenous Maya Communities located in the Maya Golden Landscape. With funds provided by the European Union and the ICCO Cooperation Forest Governance Project, they distributed food baskets to 150 needy families in that part of the country.

The Butane Ware of Words Continues
Last night, we showed you the press conference that attorney Audrey Matura hosted on behalf of her clients, the Central American LPG companies: Gas Tomza, BWEL, and Zeta. She took the opportunity to harshly criticize the Barrow Government and the National Gas Company about the two recent price increases for cooking gas. Well, the National Gas Company, which is the only licensed importer of butane has sent out yet another release calling out the 3 Central American companies on the points made by their attorney yesterday. Matura is demanding transparency on behalf of Belizean customers about how exactly the importer and the government regulator come up with the prices that you have to pay for your BUTANE.

Woman Caught With Five Pounds Weed
Tonight, 44-year-old Maria Antonia Ramirez, a Naturalized Belizean of San Joaquin Village in the Corozal District, is facing the prospect of a drug trafficking charge. That's after the cops caught her trying to board a water taxi with over 5 pounds of marijuana. At around 9:24 a.m. yesterday, police acted on Special Branch intelligence and conducted a search a water taxi vessel belonging to the San Pedro Belize Express. All passengers and their luggage were searched for illegal drugs, firearms, and ammunition.

Woman Charged For Gun Possession
And while that woman was caught with drugs, in Camalote a woman has been arrested for possession of an unlicensed weapon. The discovery was made earlier today when Police searched the home of Cordia Hernandez. And there inside one of the bedrooms they found a black 9mm pistol loaded with one magazine containing eight live 9 millimeter rounds of ammunition.

Channel 5

Belize Seeks Relief on Payment of Super Bond
It is no secret that the Government of Belize is in dire financial straits due to the economic downturn associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  On June fourth, government, in an [...]

Belize’s Tardy Application for IMF Loan in COVID Times
A number of countries, including Jamaica, have received loans from the IMF at significantly low interest rates. Belize is on a lengthy waiting list for a loan of thirty-eight million [...]

Disbursement of COVID Relief Funds are Only Trickling in
The payout of loans applied for by government from various international financing institutions, including the Inter-American Development Bank, I.D.B., has been sluggish owing to the many processes that are undertaken [...]

Guatemalan Caught Illegally Entering the Country Test Positive for COVID-19
On Tuesday, the twenty-second case of COVID-19 was detected in Belize. While this is a new case, patient nineteen has recovered.  Now, patient twenty-two is a Guatemalan border jumper, who [...]

Guatemalans Ordered to Leave the Country, But Who Gave the Order?
The Guatemalans, however, did not remain in the quarantine facility because on Sunday they were whisked away to the western border.  Reports surfaced that the Belizean, who was caught with [...]

Belizean Charged for Immigration Offense
A few minutes ago the Government issued a press release on the matter of the three Guatemalans who entered Belize illegal.  It confirms that the men were arrested at a [...]

B.H.A. Releases Results of Airport Reopening Survey
The Belize Hotel Association has released the results of a poll it conducted over the weekend and as much as ninety-seven percent of those who participated in the poll are [...]

Airline Arrivals Down to 15 Per Week Upon Reopening of P.G.I.A.
In order to reach the largest number of its membership, B.H.A. began its survey on June twelfth.  The hotels, based on the results, are willing to take necessary measures to [...]

B.H.A.’s Survey is Different from B.T.I.A.’s
Is there an overlap between the recent poll conducted by the B.T.I.A. and the hotel association’s survey?  According to Tejada, only the core membership of B.H.A., those businesses that are [...]

NICH Terminations: How Will It Impact the Creative Arts Industry?
Everywhere the financial crunch is being felt; at the National Institute for Culture and History, termination letters, dated June twelfth, were issued to eleven persons, including two directors as part [...]

G.O.B. Sees 50% Drop in Revenue from Tourism Shutdown
Fifty percent of government’s revenue which came from tourism has disappeared because of the COVID-19 crisis and it has been forced to streamline its expenditure in order to make up [...]

FinSec Says G.O.B. Will Meet June’s Wage Bill
Government has been struggling to meet its monthly wage bill as a result of the economic meltdown left in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.  The months of April and [...]

The LPG Perspective from the National Gas Company Limited
The new prices for liquid petroleum gas took effect on Monday and consumers are now paying thirty-eight cents more per gallon of butane. The former importers, Gas Tomza, Zeta Gas, [...]

Ten-Year-Old Boy Knocked Down, Killed in Libertad Village
A ten-year-old boy lost his life this afternoon after he was knocked down by a butane truck. Steven Torres was riding his red beach cruiser bicycle in Libertad Village, Corozal [...]

Robbery at Gas Tomza; Shots Fired!
Quick police response to a robbery led officers to the detention of two suspects. It happened just before four o’clock this evening at Gas Tomza Limited, which is located on [...]

Barge Remains Submerged near Caye Caulker
Last week we told you about a tugboat called “Pulla” whose barge sank somewhere between Caye Caulker and Caye Chapel.  That barge, which departed Belize City last Tuesday morning en [...]

Reviving Hetzmek, a Mayan Baptism Ritual
Over the weekend a ritual steeped in ancient tradition was performed in Yo Creek, in the Orange Walk District. A Hetzmek, which is a baptismal ceremony, was held for a [...]

Scarlet Macaw, the Prized Bird in the Illegal Pet Trade
The poaching of Scarlet Macaws for the illegal pet trade isn’t new. It’s something we’ve been reporting on for about ten years – but this illicit activity may have been [...]

Preparing for CSEC 2020; Fourth Formers Return to the Classrooms
Fourth form students are preparing to sit the 2020 CSEC examinations. They have been away from school since the start of the COVID-19 lockdown and the exams had to be [...]

A Call for Nominations for Ocean Heroes
Are you the next Ocean Hero? OCEANA Belize wants you to apply today! The call for submission for the annual Ocean Hero Award is now open. The award recognizes those [...]

Police Association Elects a New President
At news time, the votes are still being counted to determine who will be the new president of the Police Association. As many as fourteen officers put their names on [...]

Taiwan Gifts Belize $1 Million Dollars in Medical Equipment!
Taiwan is stepping up big time for Belize with another COVID-19 medical equipment donation. In its latest gift, Taiwan donated a million Belize dollars in equipment and materials for hospitals [...]

LOVE FM

Young Scarlet Macaws recovering well
Five out of seven young scarlet macaws that were found with a poacher last week have survived the incident and are well on their way to being reintroduced into the wild. Reporter Courtney Menzies found out more about how their recovery is coming along.

Hotels want PGIA to reopen
Hotels in Belize are calling for the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) to be reopened on August 1, with the condition that certain protocols be in place. The Belize Hotel Association conducted a survey which polled 140 hoteliers.

Gas Tomza robbed again
Quick response from Police Officers in Belize City led to two men being detained following a robbery on the George Price Highway. Sometime after four o’clock this evening two armed men entered Gas Tomza and assaulted two workers in search of money.

Taiwan donates to Belize
Belize received a donation of Medical Equipment valued at $1 million from Republic of China (Taiwan). The donation included 200,000 surgical masks, 10,000 N-95 Masks, 500 infrared forehead thermometers, 2,000 protective clothing, 4,000 isolation gowns, 2 automatic nucleic acid (PCR) analyzers, 720 PCR testing kits, and 10,000 nasal swabs to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Quick police work leads to arrest of alleged Gas Tomza robbers
Quick police response led to the capture of two men that robbed the Gas Tomza […]

Missing Belize City teen found
Michael McKenzie, 19, who was reported missing earlier has been found. McKenzie’s mother had asked […]

BDF soldier beaten up and robbed
A Belize Defense Force (BDF) soldier, Oscar Barahona, 19, reported to police that on Wednesday […]

Belizean to be charged for Immigration offense; Guatemalans issued with order to leave
On Friday, June 12, 2020, a team of police officers intercepted a vehicle with four […]

Mother seeks help in locating mentally challenged son
A mother from Belize City is seeking the public’s assistance in locating her mentally challenged […]

National Gas Company puts butane prices ‘in perspective’
The National Gas Company Limited ( NGC) points to an ‘apples to apples’ comparison with […]

Cayo teen reported missing
Police are asking the public’s assistance in locating 13-year-old Brenda Anaya from Fran’s Eddy Village […]

US actor/activist starts petition to nominate Cuban Medical Brigade for Nobel Peace Prize
American actor and activist, Danny Glover, has started a petition in the United States to […]

Belize City gas depot robbed, shots fired in police pursuit
Reports are reaching our newsroom that officers of the Belize Police department fired their weapons […]

National Hydrological Service says flood levels at Rio Hondo continue to fall slowly
The National Hydrological Service of Belize issued a report today informing that flood levels on […]

Taiwan donates $1 Million worth of medical equipment to Belize as the fight against COVID-19 continues
s the world is still struggling with the severe repercussions of the unprecedented pandemic of […]

Blogs

Lebeha Drumming Center: Learning Garifuna Culture & Art
The mystery and history of Belize’s Garifuna people are subtle reminders of the impression a small society can make within a much larger one. Belize, a robust community of cultures, continues to celebrate this alluring diversity through art. For example, the Toledo District is associated with the Maya, while Stann Creek District continues to host its thriving population of the Garifuna. While in Stann Creek, be sure to visit Hopkins for the Lebeha Drumming Center – an immersive and educational experience into Garifuna culture and art.

Belize Medical Associates San Pedro Clinic proudly celebrates its first Anniversary (June 17th, 2020)!
Although The official Grand Opening and Inauguration of the Belize Medical Associates San Pedro Clinic happened on Saturday the 7th of September 2019, our doors opened on June 17th 2019. We would like to now take this opportunity to inform you of the Medical services available at the Belize Medical Associates San Pedro Clinic. We cannot believe that a year has already passed, and we look forward to continuing to provide the best healthcare services on the island of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye/ la Isla Bonita!

Belize Business Barter Exchange proposes cashless transactions on Ambergris Caye
Island resident Glenn Schwendinger, head organizer of the Belize Business Barter Exchange, mention that he wants to challenge this newly trading system as many trading system with the business without cash. He also, mentioned that in the future this newly Barter Exchanged can work by which it can be used on local goods, skills, services, and products to reach and attract new customers, move surplus inventory, and unnecessary or unneeded item. This is an opportunity to collect as much goods and assitance services in exchange. For example, a hotel or individual needs a boat mechanic service, an arrangement is made, and the work gets done.

International Sourcesizz

NY Times: House Hunting in Belize: A Private Island for Less Than $2 Million
The tiny Central American nation, which has avoided the worst of the global pandemic, is luring foreign investors with its agreeable prices.

'I Discovered a 200-Year-Old Shipwreck Off the Coast of Mexico'
live in Quintana Roo, Mexico and as I am 81-years-old, I am now retired. I was born on December 10, 1938 in the Port of Xcalak, a village around six miles from where Mexico meets Belize. It was a typical small fishing port with just a few sandy streets. You had mangrove trees behind and the Caribbean Sea in front of you, and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System close by, with excellent diving. I grew up there, but had to leave due to Hurricane Janet in 1955—which destroyed a huge amount of buildings and killed many people. First I went to San Pedro, Belize for a few months and then to the island of Cozumel, Mexico. On Cozumel I continued working as a fisherman and after five years I returned to Xcalak and dedicated myself to lobster fishing.

Stunning 'priceless' Maya wall paintings reveal their secrets
Stunning Maya wall paintings have been discovered during the renovation of a house in Guatemala. Found on the walls of a house in Chajul, experts say that the paintings are from the colonial period between A.D. 1524 and 1821. The paintings, which were discovered in 2003 by the house’s owner, have been conserved by a team of experts. “The priceless paintings may represent a revival of local culture as Spanish authority waned,” researchers explain in a statement emailed to Fox News, noting that they combine indigenous techniques and motifs of Spanish origin.

Honduras sees strong demand on rare dollar bond
Honduras (B1/BB-) enjoyed strong demand on its first US dollar bond in over three years Wednesday when it raised US$600m to repay electric sector debt as part of ongoing energy reforms. Books were some seven times oversubscribed, allowing leads to land the 10-year bond at par to yield 5.625%, well inside initial price thoughts of 6.25% area. Unlike neighboring Belize, which announced an interest moratorium today, Honduras is seen better able to weather the economic fallout caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Videos

  • Peter Lawrence on ReefTV, 2hr.

  • San Pedro High School 2-Day Graduation, 8min. Congratulations to all the graduates.

  • Benque Rotary Food Deliveries, 2min. Rotary International has been doing many things to serve needs during this pandemic. Each district and club around the world were encouraged to serve their communities. Here's a video on the food delieveries the Rotaractors in Benque did for Benque, Succotz, Calla Creek and Arenal. Service above self.

  • TZUKAN - YUCATEC MAYA LEGEND, 4min. The Yucatec Maya of northern Belize also know the Tzukan as el Dueño del agua . Our grandparents told us stories of seeing them in rivers ,swamps and Savannahs .

  • Don Octaviano Pott, .5min. has been instrumental in promoting the Juan Carnaval festivities that begin on a Sunday and ends on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. His involvement began as a young boy when his uncle was the accordionist for the carnival and his dream was to one day play the accordion at said festivities, a dream he fulfilled in later life. One upon a time, in the 1960s and 1970s, carnival was a big thing in the calendar when boys went out on the streets to paint with talcum powder any girls on the streets. Mr. Pott continues to collaborate with existing comparsas to ensure the continuity of traditional music.

  • Channel 5 Daily Obituaries - EARLETH THERESE ELIZABETH LINO, 2min.

  • International Day of Yoga 2020, 15min. International Day of Yoga is celebrated on June 21st, 2020. This year Michelle Williams will be a presenter at an online Alternative Yoga seminar being organized to celebrate International Day of Yoga. We spoke with her about the objectives of the seminar and the local activities being planned for Belizean yogis.

  • The Social Security Board (SSB) - scholarships through their an online process, 20min. The Social Security Board (SSB) is accepting scholarships through their an online process. This year they are offering 56 scholarships to qualifying students. You have to be a first year student, have the financial need and demonstrate the academic ability to complete your studies. We spoke with their representatives about the process. Chandra Cansino - General Manager Corporate Customer Relations Services, SSB. Mowava Garcia - Corporate Relations Officer, SSB.

  • Continuing search for a COVID-19 vaccine, 35min. What would cause a test to give a false negative? We invited Dr. Jorge Hidalgo to educate us on the science of rapid tests for COVID-19 and the progress being made to create reliable tests. He also updated us about the continuing search for a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Major Eric Neal - Master's Degree Royal Military College of Canada, 20min. Major Eric Neal is making history as the only Belizean to graduate from the Royal Military College of Canada with a Masters Degree. We had a chat with him about his success and how he sees himself contributing to the future of the military in Belize.

  • The Belize Tourism Industry Association of Belize (BTIA) - Update, 42min. The Belize Tourism Industry Association of Belize (BTIA) has released the results of a survey of tourism stakeholders on the issue of re-opening the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA). We talked with the executives about what this means for the industry and how they are preparing for any eventualities. John Burgos - Executive Director, BTIA. Stewart Krohn - 2nd Vice President, BTIA.

  • World Blood Donors Day 2020, 34min. "Safe Blood Saves Lives, Give Blood and make the World A Healthier Place." This is the theme for this year's celebration of World Blood Donors Day. We talked with health officials about the importance of donating blood and the activities planned for this year's commemoration. Dr. Jorge Polanco - NCD Focal Point, PAHO. Adrian Martinez - Supervisor, Belize National Blood Transfusion Service "Blood Bank". Ronald Stuart - President, Executive Committee, Belize Volunteer Blood Donors Association.

  • Corozal Community College Commencement Exercises 2020, 1hr35min.

  • RB'S KARAOKE FATHER'S DAY SPECIAL, 2hr15min.

  • Mayan Ruins in Guatemala Could Become a U.S.-Funded Tourist Attraction, 15min. Deep in a dense, tropical Guatemalan forest lies the ancient Mayan city of El Mirador. It is more than 2,000 years old, but the site at the center of a current debate over who gets to dictate its future, as well as that of the surrounding jungle: local communities, or foreign scientists. On one side of the battle is Dr. Richard Hansen. An American archeologist who's dedicated much of his life to El Mirador, Hansen has been trying to build a privately-managed park in the area for the last 20 years. He says it would protect the ruins and jungle -- a UNESCO-designated forest called the Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR) -- more effectively than the Guatemalan state is willing or able to.

  • Reviving Hetzmek- A Mayan Baptism Ritual, 7min. Over the weekend a ritual steeped in ancient tradition was performed in Yo Creek, in the Orange Walk District. A Hetzmek, which is a baptismal ceremony, was held for a three-month baby girl. These Mayan ceremonies have been disappearing so the Cantun family is attempting to revive Mayan cultural practices. The Hetzmek included the presentation of items that symbolize the activities and responsibilities that the child will experience in life.

  • Escuela Secundaria Técnica México Graduating Class of 2020, 43min.

  • Video of San Ignacio in 1995 by Daniel Velazquez, 7min. VHS footage i shot in 1995, before i had any idea i would become a documentary film maker, i was in US Peace Corps San Ignacio Town, when tourism was beginning, and before wooden bridge, also my first house i rented and some of my art and architectural drawings, holy shit this was 25 years ago. 25 years ago. Before the market. Before the wooden bridge, and when the Hawkesworth was loud.

  • The Belize Zoo is doing night tours again!, 1min. The Belize Zoo night tours are back! Meet our nocturnal animals, including Fuzzy the kinkajou, with an informative guided tour led by a zookeeper. Available on Friday and Saturday nights by reservation only (minimum 24 hours notice). Price: $20BZ per person for 1-5 persons, and $10BZ for every additional. Contact 625-3604, or frontdesk@belizezoo.org for more information!

  • Blackbird Caye Resort - Turneffe Atoll, Belize, 2.5min. See the resort, view the cabanas, the beach and the dining experience. Then go diving to see the reefs, sharks, rays, turtles and more.

  • A little Lobster Fishing and Deep Drop Belize, 11min. A Deep Drop Day showing new Technology against old Technology catching Fish from the Deep. Also a little Lobster catching.