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The San Pedro Sun

85 students graduate from San Pedro Roman Catholic School
As graduation season continues on Ambergris Caye, on Friday, June 19th, the San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS) graduated 85 students. The commencement exercise was held under the theme, ‘It is in your hand to make of our world a better one for all,’ and was divided into brief sessions with different groups of students showing up at the school’s compound to receive their Standard Six Certificates. This extended graduation event, triggered by the current COVID-19 pandemic, went on until late in the afternoon.

ECI Development and Caye International Bank partner with the Living Word Church to lead the way to bring food relief to the people of Ambergris Caye
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has not been an easy thing for the San Pedro community to weather. In the noise of it all, many families have found themselves worrying about how to get food on their table and how they will survive through this sudden change in the system. ECI Development and Caye International Bank have partnered with Pastor Ian Zalidvar and the Living Word Church in San Pedro to help lead the way in bringing food relief to the people of Ambergris Caye.

U.S. Government Delivers Ambulances from U.S. NGO to Belize Fire Department
On June 19, the United States Government delivered two ambulances donated by the Virginia Emergency Services Program, a U.S. non-governmental organization, to the Belize Fire Department in San Ignacio and Santa Elena. The shipment was transported by the U.S. Department of Defense under the U.S. Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance Program. On their arrival to Belize, the ambulances were immediately handed over to Fire Chief Collin Gillett by U.S. Embassy Belmopan Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro High Class Of 1980 Celebrates 40th Anniversary
They are the sixth group of students to graduate from San Pedro High School; the Class of 1980 celebrated its 40th graduation anniversary over the weekend. The group boasts the only class to produce two Mayors for San Pedro Town - current Mayor Daniel Guerrero and former Mayor Elsa Paz. The remaining class members include Marisol Trejo, Cherrie Nunez Maggard, Zoyla Gonzalez Guerrero, Leny Alamilla Nuñez, Ali Nuñez and Guillermo Nuñez. The group had a great time reminiscing about the 'good ole days' at Nupalm Island Lounge.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Tuesday, June 23rd Meal pick ups. Location: Food Republic Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

COVID-19 Supplies to the Ministry of Health
UNDP and the Global Fund support national efforts through medical supplies and equipment for COVID-19 to the Ministry of Health and a vehicle for the CSO Hub to enable outreach in the fight against HIV/AIDS and TB

WEBINARS: Importance of Archaeological Sites in the Mundo Maya
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation invite you to participate in a series of webinars starting on June 22, 2020 at 3:00pm. For the Belize session on Monday, Dr. Allan Moore and Mr. Josue Ramos from the Institute of Archaeology will be presenting on the topic: Importance of Archaeological Sites in the Mundo Maya. Note that the presentations will be in Spanish. Please register at http://bit.ly/CharlasVirtualesOMM

Monday With The Maya
Today we highlight Ix Chel, Maya goddess of the Moon, Water, weaving and Childbirth. The rainbow deity is an aged goddess with a serpent headdress and jaguar claw hands, during the classic period she was known as Chaak Chel (Great or Red Rainbow) in the codices, but known as Ix Chel (Lady Rainbow) from her famous shrines on La Isla Mujeres, Mexico. She is a weaver goddess, whose whirling drop spindle is said to be at the center of the motion of the Universe.

Deep Dive Talks
This week, Deep Dive Talks is back with our second guest, Wil Maheia. Mr. Maheia is a man of many talents - known for his roles in fishing, farming and activism, to name just a few. For years, he has worked to encourage positive change in Belize and to this day, that remains true. Join us on Instagram Live this Thursday, June 25th at 12:30PM CST as Oceana's Toledo Field Representative, Analee Chuc, chats with Wil about his life, work and love of the sea.

TRANSPORT & NEMO MINISTER EDMOND CASTRO INSPECTS REPAIRS ON GEORGE PRICE HIGHWAY AT ST MATTHEW'S VILLAGE
Yesterday Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management Honorable Edmond was on the ground again inspecting the rapid repairs done on the George Price Highway at St Matthew's Village following the collapse of a massive culvert at that location the day before which had completely cut off access between the Nation's Capital, Belmopan and Belize City.

Working with a Silky Anteater
This weekend I had the honour of working with one of the rarest mammals in Belize, the Silky Anteater. After being found in a yard outside PG, an amazing amount of networking went into getting him flown up for a check-up then back down into the forests of Toledo after he proved to be healthy and ready to go back into the wild. Shout out to my awesome colleagues Humberto Wohlers, Roni Martinez, Ella Baron, Said Gutierrez, Shanelly Carrillo, and Bets Carlos for lending a hand or brain cells to help this amazing little creature.

Central Park got a new facelift over the weekend!
New fun colors to brighten up your day! The turtle, the manatee, and playgrounds are also getting a new paint job. Even the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge got some TLC this past weekend. Thank you to our team for a job well done, and thank you to Atlantic Bank for donating the paint for this project.

Decrease in Premium Gasoline!
The Ministry of Finance announces that on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, the pump price of two fuel products will change. The prices for premium gasoline will register a decrease and diesel will register an increase as follows: Premium Gasoline will decrease by $2.69 from $10.92 to $8.23 per gallon Diesel will increase by 51 cents from $7.28 to $7.79 per gallon The prices for regular gasoline and kerosene will remain unchanged at $8.84 and $5.43 per gallon, respectively.

23rd positive case confirmed: COVID-19 Update from the Ministry of Health
Given that we had an arrival with 40+ persons this past Friday, samples were pooled and processed today, this is outside of our established testing days (Tuesdays and Fridays). A further 45 samples were processed today and this has identified a further case of COVID-19. The person is a young female who arrived on the flight on Friday, she is asymptomatic with no treatment required. She went into immediate quarantine upon arrival as part of the established protocol. The Ministry of Health continues with its heightened surveillance.

Tri-Partite Collaboration for Sustainable Tourism Development in Protected Areas
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MTCA), the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development (MFFSD), and the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) on June 22", 2020 signed a first of kind tri-partied Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in the planning, resource mobilization, development and promotion of Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas. As a part of this MOU, the Parties will develop National Guidelines for Tourism Development in Protected Areas, including minimum requirements for tourism concessions, and the development of an eco-label certification program for tourism providers in protected areas.

FLOOD REPORT AND FORECAST Monday June 22, 2020
River Conditions REGION 7 — FLOOD LEVELS on the Blue Creek sub-catchment of the RIO HONDO at Blue Creek, is receding slowly. Flood levels at Santa Cruz, San Antonio, San Roman, and Douglas are steady. The NEW RIVER at Tower Hill is above the banks and falling and at bankfull stage and steady at Caledonia. REGION 9 - On the MACAL RIVER, reservoir level remains above the spillway at Chalillo. Mollejon and Vaca facility. At San Ignacio, levels are above the low-level bridge. The MOPAN RIVER at Bengue Viejo Town is above nominal and receding slowly. On the BELIZE RIVER, levels at Banana Bank and Double Run are above normal and rising. The CROOKED TREE LAGOON remains below the causeway but rising steadily.

UPDATE OF BURGLARY AT HABANERO GRILL IN COROZAL
We would like to update you all that thanks to the Corozal Police Department we managed to recover our Beverage Cooler, and freezer in a abandoned building on a street behind our business. We also managed to recover all 8 of our chairs that we found in another abandoned building behind our establishment. However, we are still missing our 20 Gallon gas tank and a few other small items but we thank God and the Police department for their good work!

The Belize Audubon Society is reopening their protected areas on Wednesday
We are super excited to announce that BAS parks will be reopening this week on Wednesday! Where will you visit first?!

Corn Husk Doll Making Program
Another summer art course being offered to our community! Learn this fun skill and create one of a kind cultural pieces. Please message, call 422-0071 or visit us on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday's for more information and registration.

Food Heritage During Covid-19
This article is a continuation of With Food, Heritage Begins at Home and explores how the concept of sharing a plate of food has taken a different meaning during the times of COVID-19. “Like, share, repost”, as we hear these terms, social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and recently, TikTok come to mind. Social media platforms allow for the sharing of content virtually with family, friends, and even strangers through posting content such as photos, videos and text. While some might argue that there are sometimes unwanted risks to sharing one’s ideas, and life snapshots through these public platforms, there has also been an undeniably integral role that these platforms have played in keeping us socially connected while maintaining physical distance in the era of COVID-19.

Channel 7

Repatriate Flight Produces Case #23
On Friday we told you about the 45 Belizeans who came in on a United Flight from Houston. Well, tonight we can confirm that one of them has tested positive for COVID 19. A release from the Director of health Services says that samples were pooled and processed today and this has identified a further case of COVID-19, which now become case #23.

Belize Bank Ownership Group Buys Scotiabank Belize
Today started out with a seismic event in the banking sector when news broke that the Belize Bank's ownership group had bought Scotiabank Belize Limited. It had been reported for over a year that Scotiabank Belize was up for sale - since it was well known that the Canadian owned bank was pulling out of the Caribbean. Up to last year, it had announced plans to exit nine countries in the region. And, now Belize. A release from Lord Ashcroft's Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited says that the deal is for somewhere between 30 and 35 million US dollars. And, for that, Caribbean Investment Holdings takes over all Scotiabank operations in Belize, every branch and ATM, and every employee.

Dead Newborn’s Body Found Being Dragged Around By Dog
Tonight, Police in the Stann Creek District are investigating a heinous crime where a newborn baby is the victim. It appears that the mother, whose identity is currently unknown, discarded the baby shortly after its birth - and the newborn ended up being carried around by a stray dog. Yesterday afternoon a villager spotted a stray dog dragging around something odd. He should at the dog - and the stray dropped it. The villager then went over to investigate, and realized that it was a newborn's partially decomposed body with portions of the baby's chest, head, and hand missing.

Drug Plane Suspicions For Lawmen
And while police work to get to find who the mother is, they also want to question two of their own, and 3 BDF soldiers about the possibility that they were getting ready to commit a serious crime. Over the weekend, Coast Guard found the 5 lawmen and 7 civilians in an area near Santa Marta Village, which is located on the boundary between the Cayo and Stann Creek Districts. They were caught in public at around 3 a.m. in the morning, which is within curfew hours. That by itself is suspicious enough, but the cops want to make absolutely sure that they were not in that area to facilitate the landing of a drug plane.

More Quarantine Escapes
The problem of border jumpers escaping from quarantine continued this weekend - and, again, it happened at the Victor Galvez Stadium in Cayo, Reports say that on Saturday night, 6 persons escaped from quarantine including 3 Guatemalans who had been captured in Chiquibul - almost a month ago(!). Again, the security of the quarantine centres falls to the BDF - but the escapes are a security problem for police as well. Today in Belmopan we asked the Commissioner to confirm and comment:

Residents Allege Brutality on Berry Street
Regularly on the news, we show you residents of Belize City who accuse one special police unit or another of police brutality, or some other similar form of abuse of authority. The victims regularly produce video recordings as proof of the cops overstepping. That's certainly what a group of residents was attempting to do last night when they had an encounter with police on Berry Street. One resident posted a video on Facebook showing the last minutes of the detention of several men on that street.

Man On The Run, Accused of Stabbing Family Members
An apparent domestic dispute in San Jose Village, in the Orange Walk District, has resulted in the hospitalization of a 36-year-old mother, and her teenaged son and daughter. At this time, it is unclear what triggered the quarrel between the woman and her ex-common-law husband. She told police that just before 9:00 last Friday night, he showed up at her house. The interaction between the two adults escalated to the point where he attacked her with a knife. Her children then tried to rescue her, and that's how all three of them ended up suffering stab wounds.

Still No Charges For Driver Of Butane Truck
Last week Wednesday, we told you about the tragic accident in Libertad village which claimed the life of 10 year old Standard 3 student Seven Torres. He was crushed by a Lucas butane truck when the truck knocked him down. His grieving and deeply wounded family held a candle-light vigil for the child at the scene where he was killed this weekend. They are demanding justice and that the driver, 39 year old Yuri Lucas be charged.

COMPOL Blows Off Arzu’s Police Assoc. Injunction
Last week we told you about the election for the police association. Over one thousand police officers came out to vote, and they overwhelmingly selected the slate of 7 led by Sergeant Jane Usher. Those new members of the police association were officially sworn-in at headquarters in Belmopan today with Sergeant Usher as the Chairlady, and top vote getter Sgt. Jermaine Hyde as the deputy chairman. That would seem to put a cap on their election, but not if the former incumbent chairman, Corporal Eldon Arzu has something to say about it.

806 Applied To Come Home, 154 Have Returned
As we told you at the top of the news another repatriate has tested positive for the Coronavirus. And while she becomes case 23 she's just one of 806 Belizeans who have applied to be repatriated.

COVID Cases Spiking In Central America
And while the country faces an immediate threat from its repatriates, a larger threat is looming on our borders. That's because confirmed cases throughout central America are spiking and have ballooned to 81,179. Of those 2,130 have died. Our neighbor to the west, Guatemala, stands behind Panama with the third-highest numbers in the region with 9,605 active cases, and 485 deaths.

Chairman & Alcaldes Arrested
And while COVID vigilance remains high to keep anything like those Central American type numbers out of Belize, villagers of Santa Cruz in the Toledo District say police are taking it too far. PGTV is reporting that police busted into their village on Saturday and detained their leaders. And all because of an anonymous phone call that alleged that they went into Guatemala to sell cacao.

Easy Glen Doing a Thing In the North
You may remember the man known as "Easy Glen". His real name is Goldburne Glenford Adolphus, and he gained prominence as one of the UDP's loyal street soldiers - but with a history of con games. And, police are now accusing him of moving to northern Belize to search for new cons in a new area. 8 days ago, he was charged with 3 counts of obtaining property by deception, and reports are that the charges are connected to some sort of shady business transactions. Well, while he was in police custody on last week Friday, he was taken to the Northern Regional Hospital for medical care.

"Tapeboss" Says Illegally Detained Wrongfully Defamed
Back in April, Roderick Wade A.K.A Tapeboss was put under a 48-hour lockdown over allegations of sexual misconduct. Those allegations sprung up after a video posted by Wade went viral. Now, Wade says he was unlawfully detained and defamed over something that he considered "just a joke". This afternoon in an effort to clear his name he gave us his version of the events in question. Wade has retained an attorney and is taking advice on whether he should bring suit against the media houses who defamed him.

The Rise Of The "Mega-Moscas"
With the heavy rains, come the mosquitoes, but have you noticed that this year there are some especially big mosquitoes? And, boy, do they bite! Well, your eyes are not deceiving you - there are some giant mosquitoes in circulation, like these ones we captured in San Pedro Village, Corozal. The Ministry of Health says the whole coastline is being infested with them - and that they come down from Mexico.

19 Homegrown Scoops
By now you know that COVID-19 has rattled the country, shutting down major industries and crippling many others. And in this economic downturn, many Belizeans have been doing what they can to support and buy local. One Ice Cream Parlour has made buying local a creative and compelling campaign, producing 19 locally sourced flavours in 19 days. And this afternoon we stopped by the Ice Cream Shoppe to get a recap of the unique and delectable concoctions that they've used to showcase a range of tastes from all over Belize.

Serious Complaint of Police Corruption and Theft
Police Commissioner Chester Williams has ordered an internal investigation to a complaint that has emerged out of Cotton Tree Village, on the George Price Highway just outside of Belmopan. The complainant is from a woman who says that police raided her house, and illegal items, but ended up actually raiding her secret stash of cash, and pocketed $6,000 dollars of her money. She claims that she can prove it, and so, our colleagues at Plus TV asked the Commissioner about her assertions, given that she has provided them with surveillance footage of the police search on her home.

Truce Between Two Rival Gangs?
He's trying to get elected as the new Area Representative of Mesopotamia, but yesterday, the UDP's Shyne Barrow made a bold move when he invited personalities from the George Street Gang and the Taylor's Alley Gang to a Father's Day event. It was held on a basketball court that Barrow built in the heart of Taylor's Alley turf. This court is being treated as a sort of neutral ground for these two warring gangs, who are moving to de-escalate the many years of enmity, tension and death.

Police Open To Talking Truce
We also asked the Police Commissioner about this new-found spirit of anti-violence that the members of these two warring gangs are trying to encourage among themselves. He said that police will always welcome positive interventions to de-escalate gun violence on the streets: Chester Williams- Commissioner of Police: "You would know, Ortiz, that after the gang State of Emergency lapsed, one of the agreements between all those gang members who were involved was that they would put down the guns and hold the peace..."

Carnival Cruising For October
While we know that the Belize hotel association wants the airport to open on August 1st We haven't heard much from the cruise sector. And that's because cruise ships are staying put for now. This morning Carnival Cruise Line confirmed that they are cancelling all voyages through September 30, 2020. It's bad news for Belize's tour guides and tourist vendors, those who, ahead of the pandemic, depended on the industry for an already dwindling income.

Premium Price Finally Falls
And while crime may be on the rise, the price of Premium gasoline is finally falling. That's according to a Ministry of Finance release that announces a midnight drop of two dollars, sixty-nine cents, taking the price from $10.92 to $8.23 per gallon. But it's not all good news, Diesel will increase by 51 cents from $7.28 to $7.79 per gallon.

And Then There Were Four
And while premium prices fall, so too has one UDP aspirant for leader failed out of the race. UDP Cayo North Representative Omar Figueroa has withdrawn from the race, leaving it to Patrick Faber, John Saldivar, Wilfred Elrington and Darrell Bradley.

Channel 5

Scotiabank Belize to be Sold to Belize Bank Ltd.
We start our newscast tonight with big financial news. The biggest single investment at this time of the COVID pandemic was announced this morning. Caribbean Investment Holdings, the parent company [...]

The Need for Building Investor Confidence in Belize
The willingness to engage in opportunities and associated arbitration channels available based on the perception of risk and return is a primary concern for anyone wanting to invest money in [...]

Ashcroft Has No Interest in Owning Port of Belize
The Port of Belize Limited remains in receivership eight years after being taken over by Private Investment Limited.  Despite its status since businessman Luke Espat filed for bankruptcy in January [...]

Lord Ashcroft Weighs in on Proposed Cruise Terminal
The idea of building a world class cruise terminal in Belize City has been met with objection from other tourism developers, including investors in the Stake Bank project who vehemently [...]

COVID Patient #23 Identified
Tonight we can confirm COVID-19 patient number twenty-three. According to the Officer of Director of Health Services, this latest case is one of the repatriates from Friday’s flight.  A post [...]

Premium Dips Lower than Regular Gas at the Pumps
Consumers can expect to pay more for one fuel and less for another effective this Tuesday. Premium gasoline will decrease by two dollars and sixty-nine cents to sell at eight [...]

6 Guatemalans Escape from Quarantine Centre
It has happened again: more persons have managed to escape the COVID-19 quarantine centers. The latest breakout happened in Cayo where the government is using the Victor Galvez Stadium as [...]

Remains of Newborn Discovered in San Roman
There is a disturbing report coming out of the south tonight. The remains of a newborn baby were discovered around five-forty on Sunday evening on a farm in San Roman [...]

Police Officers, B.D.F. Solders Ordered to be Arrested
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams has ordered the arrest of about twelve persons including two police officers and three B.D.F. soldiers.  The men were in the Santa Martha Village over [...]

“Easy Glen” Not Easy with the Land Scams!
Glenford “Easy Glen” Adolphus is facing more jail time tonight. The well-known Belize City man, who was imprisoned for shady land deals, was in the hospital when he escaped from [...]

Santa Cruz Villagers Vex with PG Police
On Saturday, villagers of Santa Cruz in the south expressed frustration against the Belize Police Department after their village leaders were detained and quarantined. The chairman Alfredo Mes, First Alcalde [...]

Politics Time Again, Omar Figueroa Drops Out of U.D.P. Leadership Race
Turning to political news…the United Democratic Party is heading to a second leadership convention on July twelfth, after within three days of his election, John Saldivar had to step down [...]

Leadership Convention Amid COVID-19
How will the upcoming leadership convention be conducted amid social distancing and limited crowd sizes post the state of emergency? According to Peyrefitte, who is also the attorney general, all [...]

Chetumal Surpasses Cancun in COVID-19 Infections
Earlier in the newscast we told you about COVID patient number twenty-three, but across the northern border, Chetumal, has surpassed Cancun with the number of positive COVID-19 cases. On Friday, [...]

Berry Street Families Recount an Encounter with GSU Officers on Father’s Day
A Father’s day celebration on Sunday did not end well for two families on Berry Street, Belize City. A number of family members had converged at the house of the [...]

ComPol Says Officers in Lake I Enforcing Curfew Law
The incident was captured in video and Yorke and Neal families have their convictions about what transpired on Sunday night on Berry Street in the Lake independence.  A video capturing [...]

Misunderstanding in Taylor’s Alley Resolved
The Mesopotamia Father’s Day Unity Basketball Game between once rival members of the George Street and Taylor’s Alley Gangs went off without a hitch on Sunday. The game was held [...]

No Charges Yet in Libertad Fatal Accident
Police says that the file for the fatal accident in Libertad Village that happened last Wednesday is with the D.P.P. for further directives. According to ACP Joseph Myvett, the police [...]

Did Cops Steal $6K During House Search?
A woman in Cotton Tree Village is accusing police officers of stealing six thousand dollars from her home. As many as eighteen law enforcement officers reportedly conducted a search at [...]

Mother & 2 Children Stabbed in O.W.
A mother and her two children were stabbed in their home on Friday night around eight-forty-five. The man who did the stabbing is identified as Guatemalan national Esau Ramirez Lopez. [...]

Gas Tomza Robbed Again; This Time in Belmopan!
Robbers target a second Gas Tomza depot in less than a week. The latest incident happened on Friday around five-forty in the evening in Belmopan where armed men held up [...]

Cpl. Eldon Arzu Challenges Police Association Election Process
This afternoon, the newly elected executive of the Belize Police Association was officially sworn in by the Commander of Welfare and Sports, Superintendent Calvert Flowers. The association is now being [...]

Belizean Dreamer Reacts to DACA Ruling
And some good news, last week Thursday the Supreme Court of the United States ruled to continue Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), allowing young people to apply for and [...]

LOVE FM

Works ongoing at Mile 38
Last Thursday, Belizeans were startled after massive flooding around Mile 38 on the George Price Highway caused the road to break apart. Engineers from the Ministry of Works alluded to the culvert not being big enough to withstand the magnitude of flooding caused by the incessant rains.

New Police Association sworn in
The winning team in the Police Association elections held last week were sworn in today at Belmopan. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz spoke to the president and the vice president.

Six Guatemalans escape from quarantine
Another set of persons under quarantine have escaped. This time, six Guatemalans who illegally crossed into Belize somehow managed to evade the Belize Defence Force soldiers at Victor Galvez Stadium in San Ignacio Town, Cayo District. According to Police Commissioner Chester Williams, the constant escape by those under quarantine poses a huge threat to the safety of other Belizeans.

Maya Mopan residents say they feel neglected by City Council
The residents of the Maya Mopan area in Belmopan are feeling neglected by the City Council, who they say provide little to no help when their area was flooded last week. Our news team was in the area last week when we observed several yards under water as well as some homes.

The Eve Banks story
This next story is not a usual occurrence in Belize. If it is, then it is often times kept private. But, over the weekend we learnt of a young Belizean couple who was capitalizing on the death of a newborn baby claiming the child to be theirs when it was actually for their neighbor. It is like a script from a lifetime movie but in this instance, it is not fiction.

Woman and children stabbed
A woman and her teenage kids were hospitalized after her ex-boyfriend stabbed them repeatedly. 36-year-old Rebecca Munoz has been separated from the assailant for about a year, but that did not stop him from paying a visit to their home in San Jose, Orange Walk District.

Newborn baby found dead and eaten by dogs
The partially decomposed body of a newborn was found in San Roman Village, Stann Creek District last night. Reports are that a resident had gone to an area in the village to gather soil when he observed a dog dragging something on the ground.

Police officers and BDF soldier detained
Two police officers and three Belize Defence Force soldiers are under suspicion after they were found in an area where there were allegedly facilitating the landing of a narco-plane. Members of the Belize Coast Guard found the men, along with seven civilians, near a lagoon in Little Belize, Corozal District around 3am yesterday.

Ashcroft buys over Scotiabank
The banking sector in Belize is seeing yet another shift as Scotiabank’s Belize shares are being bought over. Lord Michael Ashcroft through his group, Caribbean Investments Holdings Limited (CIHL) has acquired Scotiabank’s Belize licensed operations. In the first instance, CIHL will pay thirty point five million US dollars to Scotiabank Caribbean Holdings.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Mesopotamia unity – George Street and Taylor’s Alley come together on basketball court for father’s day
Contributed: On Sunday, gang members from George Street and Taylor’s Alley came together for a friendly father’s day […]

Armed robbery in Bullet Tree leaves businessman injured
Reports to BBN’s newsdesk are that just before 9pm tonight, 4 armed men entered Chen’s […]

Young woman robbed of almost $1,000 on busy Belize City street
A young woman reported to police that she was robbed of almost $1,000 around 11:00 […]

Police seek Toledo farmer for chopping incident
Police in Toledo are seeking farmer, Antonio Ogaldez, for a chopping incident which reportedly happened […]

Guatemalan national arrested for Toledo chopping incident
A Guatemalan national, Emilio Esquivel, 57, has been detained by police following a chopping incident […]

Ministry of Health confirms 23rd case of COVID-19
The Ministry of Health, via the Office of the Director of Health Services, has confirmed […]

COMPOL: Police investigating how 6 Guatemalans escaped quarantine in San Ignacio
Today, Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams confirmed that over the weekend, 6 Guatemalan nationals escaped […]

Police investigate activities of 15 men detained on alleged fishing excursion
Police are investigating the activities of 15 individuals who were initially detained around 3 a.m […]

The return of football in Europe: reflections for Belize
Some of the best-known and most famous football leagues in the world made their low-key […]

Omar Figueroa out of UDP leadership race
Area representative for Cayo North and Minister for the Environment, Dr. Omar Figueroa, has apparently […]

Tourism Board releases safety protocols for overnight tourism sector
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has announced a series of enhanced safety and health protocols […]

UNDP and Global Fund support Ministry of Health COVID-19 national efforts with medical supplies and equipment
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Belize in the framework of the Global Fund […]

COVID-19 cases reach over 9 million globally
Statistics from Worldometer indicates that as of today, there are 9,089,099 cases of COVID-19 around […]

Scotiabank announces the sale of its operations in Belize to Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited
Today, Scotiabank announced that it has reached an agreement for the sale of 100% of […]

Caribbean Investment to acquire Scotiabank’s Belize operation for US $35 M
According to an article from StockMarketWire.com, Caribbean Investment has agreed to acquire Scotiabank’s licensed Belize […]

You’re a 12,000 pound elephant
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

Blogs

Best Beach Bars in Belize
There’s something quite special about beach bars. With a cocktail in hand and toes in the sand, they take you to a different place; where you can leave all your worries behind and just have fun. Belize’s picture perfect beaches, laid-back culture and eclectic food and drink scene make these beach bars all the more special. So, we rounded up the best beach bars throughout the country, from Ambergris Caye to Placencia. Perfect for sipping on a local Belikin beer, listening to reggae and jumping into the sea to cool down.

International Sourcesizz

Genetically engineered mosquitoes get EPA approval for Florida release despite objections from environmental groups
A genetically modified male mosquito named OX5034 has received both state and federal approval to be released into the Florida Keys now through 2022, against the objection of many local residents and a coalition of environmental advocacy groups. "The administration has used tax dollars and government resources for a Jurassic Park experiment, except without the island," said Jaydee Hanson, policy director at the International Center for Technology Assessment and Center for Food Safety, in a statement.

Small islands' economies to shrink as tourism declines amid Covid-19 pandemic
Countries that are highly reliant on tourism will face the greatest pressures on their economies as the Covid-19 pandemic reduces tourist arrivals, according to Moody's Investors Service. The decline in tourism-related revenue and export earnings will weaken the fiscal balance of tourism-dependent economies, especially those with limited resources to absorb the shock, Moody's said in a report on June 22. "The shock to the tourism sector will matter most for those sovereigns with weak credit fundamentals combined with an elevated susceptibility to event risk," David Rogovic, Moody's vice president, said.

IDB Group Launches New Edition of Superheroes of Development Awards for its Clients
The yearly Superheroes of Development award will once again recognize the executing agencies, borrowers or clients of projects financed by the IDB Group (which includes the Inter-American Development Bank, IDB Invest and IDB Lab) that have successfully addressed different challenges in their implementation. The contest will identify executing agencies and clients throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, who will have the opportunity to present their solutions to a panel of IDB experts. The winners will receive free access to two online courses per person certified by the IDB and edX (the online educational platform of Harvard and MIT) and will present their project and lessons learned in an online event with Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the IDB.

IDB Approves Loan to Support Belize’s Vulnerable Population Affected by COVID-19
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a loan of US$12 million for Belize to support the implementation of the COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program. The loan program will provide protection for the vulnerable population affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Specifically, it will provide cash transfers for a period of 12 weeks to currently unemployed individuals, formerly working in the informal or formal sectors, particularly but not solely in tourism, and who are not on the rosters of other cash transfer programs.

CARPHA’s COVID-19 Detection Capacity gets US$750k boost from IDB
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) received a grant valued at US$750,000 from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to promote regional health security through the coordination of the regional health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant, signed on June 5, is made available through the IDB Japan Special Fund. It will support the enhancement of Laboratory Response Capacity at CARPHA, mobilise surge and strengthen real-time disease surveillance and response. Specifically, through the CARPHA Regional Travellers’ Health Program (THP) for all 26 of the agency’s member states. This component will also facilitate the development and implementation of the Caribbean travel health mobile app for real-time information sharing.

Beyond Tourism Innovation Challenge
The COVID-19 crisis offers an opportunity for the tourism sector and its closely related supply chains to embrace digital transformation and boost innovation ecosystems in the public and private sectors. Innovation can fuel the sector to recalibrate and emerge from this crisis ready to grow again. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), through its innovation laboratory, IDB Lab, and in collaboration with the the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), seeks to identify business models that aim to transform and revitalize the tourism sector in 15 target countries: Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

Videos

  • Peter Lawrence on ReefTV, min.

  • Great video of Cayo from above, 2min. Enjoy this short video of uptown San Ignacio, a couple weeks after lockdown has been lifted. Stay Safe on the Highways, continue to remain inside unless necessary.

  • Belize Bank's Vendor Payment Tutorial, 2.5min. The Belize Bank Limited introduces a faster way to process bulk payments to vendors and business partners.

  • Central Bank of Belize on the Acquisition of Scotiabank (Belize), 5.5min. The Governor of Central Bank of Belize speaks on the acquisition of Scotiabank (Belize) by Caribbean Investment Holdings, the parent company of Belize Bank Ltd.

  • La Guerra de Castas, 4.5min. n 1847 after 300 years of oppression by the Spanish in the Mayab the Yucatec Maya rise and liberated town by town through the peninsula . By spring of 1848, the Maya forces had taken over most of the Yucatán, with the exception of the walled cities of Campeche and Mérida and the southwest coast . By 1850 the Maya form a independent Máasewal nation known as Noj Kaj Santa Cruz(1850-1901) . The British even recognized the Maya free state . By 1860 the Yucatec Maya (Máasewal) had under their control the territories which included the eastern, central and southern portions of the Yucatán peninsula, extending from Cape Catoche south to include what is now northwestern Belize and northeastern Guatemala.

  • Belize Got Talent, 3.5hr. Hosted by: Troy "DJ Dalla" Flowers.

  • The Business Hour..., 90min.

  • Upgrading of the Corozal-Sarteneja Road and Construction, 2hr. Public Consultation 2020, Dept. of the Environment

  • Belize 2017, 9min. The Schumacher family travels to Belize in November 2017 to explore Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Belize City, and San Ignacio. Also with a special drive West into Guatemala for an adventure through the Mayan ruins of Tikal.

  • VIP Choir Tour 2018 - Belize, 5min. "Rejoice" (Ames) Recorded in Belize - June 2018 Soloists: Lila Winslow and Will Sudduth

  • The Garden Shop - Belize Botanic Gardens - San Ignacio Town, Cayo, Belize, 2min.

  • Crab Catching Hopkins Village Belize, 3min.

  • Drive Tour of Santa Elena & San Ignacio - Belize, 4min. We created this drive tour video of Santa Elena and San Ignacio (Twin Towns) to share what our towns look like while at the same time highlighting some popular places along the way.

  • Eating Mangoes, 1min. On the LEFT, the proper way to eat a mango. On the RIGHT, the tourist way of eating a mango.