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The San Pedro Sun

Haze blankets Belize as Saharan Dust arrives
The sky over Ambergris Caye and most of Belize has been hazy and dusty due to the Saharan Air Layer (SAL) coming in from the Sahara Desert in Africa. The dust plume which covers the Caribbean region is considered a carrier of fungi, bacteria, and other contaminants. As such, the National Meteorological Service issued an advisory on Tuesday, June 23rd, indicating that persons with respiratory or heart diseases, the elderly, or young children should take precautions and wear protective gear and avoid outdoor activities.

IDB Lab launches innovation challenge to revitalize tourism sector in 15 countries
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), through its innovation laboratory IDB Lab and in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO ), is seeking to identify business models to transform and revitalize the tourism sector. To this end, it is launching an innovation challenge to which both public and private sector organizations may apply until July 31.

Bynum Academic Scholarship available to assist single parents with school tuition
A new scholarship baptized with the name Bynum Academic Scholarship has been created to help unwed (single) parents to cover school fees for the upcoming year. The scholarship will pay the academic fee to attend a school year for one student in Belize City, San Pedro Town, or Caye Caulker. This project is an initiative between Belizean boat captain at San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi, Winston Garbutt, and Expat Pastor Derrick Pitts with God Cares Outreach.

MOU signed for 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 22nd, 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.

With pupusas, a Taste of Central America, Belize commemorates World Refugee Day
At a time when Latin America becomes the epicentre of COVID-19 and millions of people are confined within their homes, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, brings World Refugee Day to everyone’s screens in Belize. Jointly with the Department of Youth Services (DYS), UNHCR hosted “A Taste of Central America”, a cooking show featuring a Salvadoran refugee, who tells the world about the stark choices people like her face to save their lives. The cooking show can be found on the Department of Youth Services Facebook Page.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro High Class Of 1990 Has A Blast At Reunion
"We had a blast," commented Corina Alvarez to Ambergris Today, describing her 30th Anniversary Class Reunion of San Pedro High School. The Class of 1990 got together over the weekend to celebrate their memories at San Pedro High and their lasting friendship as one of the funnest classes to come out of SPHS. Congratulations guys!

Various Belizean Sources

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Virtual Press Conference: Undate on COVID-19 & Tourism Industry
Tune in tomorrow, Thursday, June 25, at 10:00 a.m. for a live stream of the Prime Minister's Virtual Press Conference: Update on COVID-19 and Tourism Industry.

Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Thursday, June 25th (6 months until Christmas!) Meal pick up. Location: Hibisca Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

SARGASSUM IS BACK!
Unfortunately, the sargassum is back on our shore; however, our team has been tackling it since day ONE and they are really doing a great job at it! Check out the pictures!

APPLICATION FOR MOE- MOH Nursing Scholarship 2020-2021
The Ministry of Health in partnership with the Ministry of Education officially announces the call for Scholarship application for the course study of Nursing at the University of Belize for the academic year 2020-2021. Completed application form along with supporting documents should be submitted to the Ministry of Health, East Block, National Assembly Building, Belmopan on or before July 22nd, 2020.

Saharan Air Layer (SAL) Advisory
(Updated 9 am, 24 June, 2020) Dense dust concentrations has increased over the area with higher amounts expected later today and tomorrow before a temporary reduction is expected on Friday. The SAL will continue to produce hazy and dusty conditions, decreased visibility and reduced air quaility over Belize through to next week.

Road Repairs Barrier Reef Drive near Lion's Den & on Sea Grape Dr
Please drive slow and careful when driving on Barrier Reef Drive near the Lion's Den and on Sea Grape Drive by LC Distributors as we are performing road repairs. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Flood Forecast June 24, 2020
REGION 7 - FLOOD LEVELS on the Blue Creek sub-catchment of the RIO HONDO at Blue Creek continues to recede slowly. Flood levels at Santa Cruz, San Antonio, San Roman, and Douglas are falling. 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 levels remains above the spillways at Chalillo and Mollejon and at spillway levels at the Vaca facility. At San Ignacio, levels are below the low-level bridge. The MOPAN RIVER at Benque Viejo Town is above normal and receding slowly. On the BELIZE RIVER, levels at Banana Bank and Double Run are above normal and falling. The CROOKED TREE LAGOON remains below the causeway but continues to rise steadily.

Ladyville’s Highwayman Service Station Celebrates 25 Years of Service to the Community, Saturday, June 27
An iconic family-run community business in Ladyville is starting its next 25 years of service to the community with a one-day celebration on Saturday, June 27. Founded in 1995 by Belizean-Canadian entrepreneur Charlie McIntosh and his daughter Heather McIntosh, the Highwayman Service station is the community’s first fuel retailer and started as a small independent business with two fuel pumps on the corner of Marage Road and Mile 91/2, Northern Highway.

Rehabilitation Work on Hawkesworth Bridge the next 30 days
The Ministry of Works hereby notifies the public, and particularly motorists, that rehabilitation works will commence on the Hawkesworth Bridge in Santa Elena/San Ignacio for a period of 30 days beginning June 25, 2020. The bridge will be closed to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Sale of Premium Fuel
The Supplies Control Unit (SCU) of the Belize Bureau of Standards has received reports of shortages of premium fuel at several gas stations countrywide. The SCU advises the general public that it has confirmed that due to price change on premium fuel effective Tuesday June 23, 2020 and a shift in consumer purchasing, a sudden, unanticipated spike in demand for premium was experienced. This issue has since been addressed by the replenishment of stock in most gas stations as confirmed by the unit.

LXX INCAP Board of Directors Meeting
On June 24, 2020, the LXX Ordinary Meeting of the Board of Directors from the Instituto de Nutricion de Centro America y Panama (INCAP) was held virtually, in which the Dominican Republic handed over the Pro Tempore Presidency of the INCAP Board of Directors for the period 2020-2021 to Belize. Dr. George Gough, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Health accepted the Presidency on behalf of the Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Saúl Marín. Among the commitments assumed by the Pro Tempore Presidency of the INCAP Board of Directors, compliance will be done with the main policies, plans and strategies of INCAP and SICA through the integration of the Central American region and the Dominican Republic.

Belize Dive Injury Assistance & Support
The Belize Dive Injury Assistance & Support would like to Inform all Dive Operator's & Diver's that we Stand Ready to Respond to Any Scuba Diving Injury within the Belize Region, We are Available 24 Hours - 365 Days a Year. We are Happy to now have our Own Portable Automated External Defibrilator - AED to Aid us in a Scuba Diving Emergency, This is a very Vital Piece of Equipment to have when Responding to Medical Emergencies and also Scuba Diving Emergencies.

May 2020 External Trade & CPI
Consumer Price Index unchanged, imports down 39.7% and domestic exports down 0.8% in May 2020. Figures released by the Institute show that the All-Items Consumer Price Index for May 2020 stood at 105.1. This was unchanged from the All-Items CPI that was recorded in May 2019. However, this does not indicate that there were no changes in the prices of items within the basket of selected goods and services commonly purchased by Belizean households when compared to last May. >In May 2020, Belize imported goods valuing $102.1 million. This represented a dramatic decrease of 39.7 percent or $67.3 million from the same month last year.

Belize handed Pro Tempore Presidency of Instituto de Nutricion de Centro America y Panama
Belize was handed over the Pro Tempore Presidency of Instituto de Nutricion de Centro America y Panama (INCAP) this morning during a virtual LXX Ordinary Meeting of the Board of Directors. Chief Executive Officer, Dr. George Gough received the presidency on behalf of the Minister of Heath, Hon. Pablo Marin for the period of 2020-2021. During our Pro Tempore Presidency, Belize will chair the main strategies of INCAP and El Sistema de la Integracion Centroamericana (SICA), such as participation through technical meetings for making informed decisions on public policies in the region, aimed at improving food and nutritional security of the population.

Industrial Hemp: A New Investment Prospect in Belize
On November 4, 2017, the Amendment to Belize’s Misuse of Drugs Act effectively eliminated industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances, thus opening the door for hemp cultivation, and subsequent value-addition mainly for export. Since the new Amendment, BelizeINVEST, a unit of BELTRAIDE, has received several hemp investment interests seeking to develop hemp-based products such as oils, protein-rich powders, textiles, Cannabidiol (CBD), among others. In creating the enabling environment for these investment interests, the Government of Belize (GOB), along with key stakeholders in the form of a task force, consolidated efforts to provide guidance and governance for the industry in the form of an Industrial Hemp Policy, gazetted on August 17th, 2019 – to later serve as a framework for the Industrial Hemp Regulations. These efforts included several stakeholder sessions aimed at addressing each level of the potential hemp value chain; from cultivation, harvesting, processing, and transportation.

KA'ANA: MAKING MEN AND WOMEN HUMBLE
Today, the Downtown Rejuvenation Project and our sister project STP I I (SustainableTourism Project) teamed up for a field visit to evaluate the investment that is being carried out to uplift the Caracol Archeological Site by STP I I. Caracol is the home to Belize's tallest Acheological Temple, Ka'ana, which stands at 141 feet. As part of the upliftment project, STP I I has added 32,000 gallons of water storage capacity which will be used for the general operations of the site and 40 solar electric panels which will provide electricity for various parts of the site including the BDF facility.

CHILAM BALAM : THE RETURN OF KUKULKAN
"Katun 4 Ahau . . . . The katun is established at Chichen Itzá. The settlement of the Itzá shall take place . The quetzal shall come, the green bird shall come. Ah Kantenal shall come. Blood-vomit shall come. Kukulcan shall come with them for the second time. the word of God. " Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel

Relief to Fireburn village
Today the Rotary Club of Corozal went to Fireburn village to cover a well and deliver two weeks worth of food to 10 families! We want to thank everyone who donated food to this worthy cause!

Sarteneja Alliance For Conservation and Development Internships
Less than one week left to apply for this exciting opportunity! Are you interested in increasing your career prospects and employability? Would you like to gain a greater insight into the inner workings of an NGO and conservation management? Are you dedicated and committed to making a difference with your career? Sarteneja Alliance For Conservation and Development - Belize (SACD) is now offering 1-3 months internships in any of our 4 core programs:

Archangel Back to School
Archangel together with the help from our community ,proudly announces our 5TH BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT!! Face mask will be a must and social distancing will be respected by us providing chairs to wait your turn for hair cut ,school bag and snack. Limited amount will be available so please try to come early. Any one wishing to donate to the event can please inbox us, the more the merrier!! Our children are our most valuable resource! Pimenta Street, Venezuelan Site.

Banana Bank is having their Summer Horse Camp soon
Email; [email protected] Tel:# 832 2020. What'sApp#605 0267.

LOCAL COMMERCIAL FISHING VESSELS IN BELIZE NOW EQUIPPED WITH MONITORING EQUIPMENT THAT WILL HELP IN SEARCH AND RESCUE
Today, the Wildlife Conservation Society, in collaboration with the Fisheries Department - Belize, the Belize Port Authority, the Belize Coast Guard, and the National Fishing Cooperatives, officially launched "Use of the Mobile Transceiver Units (MTU)", also called the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS), for Belize's commercial fishing vessels. The MTU/VMS device provides a GPS location of the fishing vessel every 15 minutes, which is received by the monitoring center, being hosted and monitored by the Belize Port Authority on a 24-7 basis. The Belize Coast Guard and Belize Fisheries Department will also assist in monitoring; and local protected area managers will assist in search and rescue alongside the BCG, BPA, and BFD.

IDB Launches Beyond Tourism Innovation Challenge
The Inter-American Development Bank through its innovation laboratory (IDB Lab) has launched a “Beyond Tourism Innovation Challenge” in 15 countries, including Belize. The challenge aims to identify business models to transform and revitalize the tourism sector. Selected projects may receive up to US $2million in loans and up to US $500,000 in grants. Deadline for application is July 31. For more information, click the link below: https://conta.cc/3hYzT9Y

Channel 7

The Waterloo for Waterloo’s Big Port Plan?
British-Belizean billionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft has been in the country for months, perhaps hiding out from the COVID outbreak in the UK, and maybe trying to soften up his image just a little. We've seen him profiling all over Twitter like an "accidental tourist" - and even loading himself unto a "Maria Bus" outside Orange Walk. And while Ashcroft is attempting some on the ground image rehabilitation, he could be cruising for another head on collision with the Barrow Administration next week. Reports say that the CCJ's decision on Government's takeover of two registries will be coming down next week. That's the IMMARBE and International Business Companies Registries, formerly owned and operated by the Ashcroft alliance, until government acquired them in June of 2013.

The Enduring Mystery Of Lawmen In A Drug Plane Area After Curfew
As we told you earlier this week, police 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 is suspicious enough, and now the cops want to make absolutely sure that they were not in that area to facilitate the landing of a drug plane.

Belize City Border Jumper COVID Status Soon To Be Known
Last night we told you that the cops had detected another alleged border jumper. This one, a Mexican woman, had made her way to Belize City. Reports are that the Ministry of Health was tipped off to her presence by a neighbor, prompting them to deploy their Coronavirus Investigative Unit along with a police escort. But when asked about the incident today the Commissioner of Police said he had yet to receive any such information. But he told us what would be done in such a situation.

58 COVID Negatives In Latest Round Of Testing
And while she is hoping for a negative test, a whole bunch of them came out last night. You'll remember last night that the Director of Health Services publicly disclosed that 4 persons arrived last Friday on that United Airlines flight with fevers. Well, 58 additional samples were tested yesterday, and all were negative. Those tests included swabs from those 4 suspected cases.

Port authority Kept Staff On Through Cash Flow Troubles
Belize's borders were closed exactly three months ago. It was a mitigation measure by the government and health authorities to keep the coronavirus out of Belize. It's been a massive hit to tourism - and caught right up in that is a government statutory board, the Belize Port Authority, the lead regulators of the country's maritime affairs. A significant portion of their revenue base comes from international vessels that make port calls in Belize. Those include cruise vessels, private yachts, and cargo ships. All those activities are either scaled way back or on a complete pause until further notice.

"Barge Turn Ovah"
The press also asked the Port Commissioner about a barge which sunk while it was on the way to Caye Caulker. On June 9th, it was being tugged by a vessel named "Pulla". The barge was carrying a truck, an excavator, and steel beams, which have all be recovered from the sea. But the barge is still submerged. So today, we asked the Commissioner about their investigation into the vessel's mishap:

Saharan Dust Cloud Should Be Gone By Weekend
It's been two days of intense cloud cover and ashen grey skies. But it's not just Belize that's suffering. In fact, we're getting the least of it with other Caribbean nations acting as a buffer zone. And while the ugly weather is certainly a buzzkill it's an extreme version of a phenomenon that's vital to the global ecosystem, and, it might even act as a brief respite from hurricanes. This afternoon Cherisse Halsall headed to the MET office to find out what we can expect from the lingering dust cloud.

Will Reserves Be Affected By Scotia’s Retained Earnings?
Last night you saw our interview with the former governor of the Central Bank, Glen Ysaguirre sharing his analysis of this week's seismic shift in the banking sector where the Belize Bank's ownership group acquired Scotiabank Belize. Ysaguirre said that there are possible pay-offs and perils in such a move, and one of the perils could be hard currency transfers which could affect the banking system. Now, the current governor of the Central Bank, Joy Grant, who succeeded Ysaguirre has said this will not happen. But, we looked deeper into the numbers at Scotiabank's massive store of more than 100 million dollars in retained earnings - and asked Ysaguirre whether this could cause a drain on hard currency:

Satellite Receivers On the Sea
The Wildlife Conservation Society has launched a 1-year pilot project which could change the way the maritime authorities police the country's seas. The environmental NGO is implementing a vessel management system for commercial fishing boats, which allows participating fisher-folks to be tracked in real-time using GPS and satellites. Among other benefits, the addition of 85 mobile transceiver units allows the Coast Guard and the Port Authority to have direct access to the fishermen, in the event that there is some sort of maritime emergency.

Big Gun, Small Village
Tonight 27-year-old Micshak Dwayne Flores is detained pending charges for possession of an unlicensed firearm. Police found a gun during a search of his Carmelita Village residence. They found a 9mm Arcos brand pistol with ten live rounds in his travelling bag.

New Model Police Substation For Roaring Creek
The Roaring Creek Police station had stood for more than half a century - but the recent upgrade of the George Price Highway and the construction of a new approach to the Roaring Creek bridge forced the police to shut down the station. They used that opportunity to build a state of the art substation - one that serves a number of Cayo South communities where crime has been sharply down this year:

Premium’s Price Plunge Followed By Shortage
Consumers nationwide are reporting shortages of premium fuel. That's after Tuesday's price drop led to what's being called a "Sudden and unanticipated spike in demand." It's a change in consumer behavior that has left gas stations running short, and the Supplies Control Unit having to ensure that they replenish stock. And tonight in a press release the SCU is reminding those stations of their obligation to supply price-controlled commodities to consumers. It's a warning to any fuel station that may have been purposely maintaining low levels of premium to desist from the practice.

Westrac Cares For The Kids
Westrac is providing school bags and covering the registration fees for students attending Queen Street Baptist and Unity Presbyterian Primary schools. It's part of the company's COVID-time corporate responsibility campaign. Our news team attended the first of two handing over ceremonies this morning where we spoke to sales manager Julian Theissen who told us that education is the investment with the highest possible return.

A Virtual Summer Camp
As June comes to a close it would normally be time for summer Camp but this year social distancing limitations on gatherings has made camps all but impossible. And yet that was a reality that councillors at Belize Camping experience refused to accept. This morning they told us how they're reaching out to campers virtually while providing their special brand of learning and fellowship through song and dance.

A 30 Day Hold On Hawksesworth
It was spared by the recent floods, but Tte Hawkesworth Bridge in Santa Elena/San Ignacio will be closed for a period of 30 days beginning June 25, 2020. The bridge will be closed to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

Channel 5

Does Scotiabank Purchase Change the Local Financial Landscape?
Since Monday, we have been reporting on the pending acquisition of Scotiabank Belize’s assets by Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited.  The Canadian Bank has been selling its branches in the region [...]

Investing in Belize Amid Economic Crisis
The completion of an agreement to purchase Scotiabank comes amid an economic crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is a sizeable investment being made in Belize at a [...]

Closing the Deal Despite Financial Uncertainty
Successfully closing a deal of this magnitude is a challenge in and of itself pre-COVID-19, but doing so at a time when there is financial uncertainty is an undertaking that [...]

B.T.L. Taking C.B.C. to Court for Alleged $200,000 Debt
There are new legal woes tonight for the Channel Broadcasting Cable. Last month, in the U.S. courts, C.B.C. was sued by Dish Network for piracy using Internet Protocol Television streaming [...]

Church Van is Torched in Gales Point Manatee
At the crack of dawn this morning, fire erupted dangerously close to the house of the resident pastor in the village of Gales Point, Belize District. The pastor and his [...]

Where Was the Police in Gales Point Arson?
The situation was fraught with danger for Pastor Welch’s family. The police station, which is not far away from the pastor’s house, was locked up and it took hours for [...]

Police Tracks Narco-Plane; Law Men Found in the Area
Fifteen persons have been detained for questioning after they were spotted in the Santa Martha Area over the weekend. In the bunch are two police officers and three B.D.F. soldiers who [...]

Border Jumper Caught in Belize City
A Mexican woman, believed to have illegally entered the country last week, was caught in Belize City on Tuesday morning.  Twenty-five-year-old Angela Soto lives in La Union in Mexico and [...]

Bail Denied for Former Cop, Carlisle Bol
An ex-Police Constable who is serving a two-year sentence behind bars applied for bail today while his attorney appeals the ruling of the case; but his application for the bail was [...]

No Payment for Scotiabank to Come from Domestic Banking Sector
The country is experiencing dwindling foreign exchange due to the economic downturn. Credit card spending is on a limit and importers say it has become increasing difficult to bring in [...]

Shortage of Premium Fuel?
This evening, the Bureau of Standards issued a statement in response to reports of a shortage of premium fuel at fuel stations. Due to a decrease in fuel prices on [...]

Driver Who Knocked Down and Killed 10-Year-Old Yet to be Charged
On Monday, ten-year-old Steven Torres was laid to rest. He was knocked down and killed in his home village of Libertad in Corozal. He was killed by a butane truck which [...]

Roaring Creek Gets New Police Station
The village of Roaring Creek has been growing exponentially and has morphed into a vibrant gateway to the capital.   Today, the top brass of the police department was in the [...]

Westrac Pays One-year Tuition for Two Belize City Primary Schools
Parents of some three hundred and sixty students can breathe a sigh of relief tonight. That’s because, Westrac Limited is providing tuition for one academic year for students of two [...]

Statistical Institute of Belize Releases Latest Figures
The Statistical Institute of Belize has released its latest figures for May, which was the second month of .of the corona virus lockdown.   According to the S.I.B. higher food and [...]

Mental Health Association Hosts Annual General Meeting
This morning, the Mental Health Association held its annual general meeting virtually and members, as well as other stakeholders, participated in an online discussion on how to improve outreach to [...]

The Work of the Welcome Resource Center
The Welcome Resource Center is also an initiative that involves the participation of the Mental Health Association.  Jex explains the work of the W.R.C., as well as the need for [...]

A Digital Summer with the Belize Camping Experience
The Belize Camping Experience is turning to the digital platform to keep the anticipated camping experience going.  Over a thousand Belize City kids usually participate in summer activities organized by [...]

The Reporter

Sculpting From Tires: Creativity at its best using recycled materials, way to go Belize Central Prison inmates!
The talent behind the walls of the Belize Central Prison has taken a new and creative twist. Since mid-April, inmates in the Industrial Zone cut, smoothed, painted, tacked, and sculpted used tires into all sorts of amazing shapes. CEO of the Belize Central Prison Virgilio Murillo told the Reporter that during the lockdown the majority of the prison’s production stalled and they had to look for other means of generating income and keeping inmates busy. He explained that the prison received a large donation of used tires and instead of having them lay around, they decided to put them to good use.

LOVE FM

Sugar production slows down at Tower Hill
According to recent data, sugar production is down at the Belize Sugar Industries at Tower Hill, Orange Walk District. For 2020, to date, BSI has produced just under seventy-eight thousand tons of sugar.

Salvation Army receives donations of paint cans
The Salvation Army School received a donation today of several cans of paint to renovate their classrooms. This donation comes from a collaboration between Children First and Last (CFAL) and Universal Hardware.

Border jumpers behind bars
Up to three o’clock yesterday evening, the Ministry of Health has conducted two thousand one hundred and one tests for Covid-19. Of that amount Belize has only had twenty-three positive results. Twenty-one persons are currently under investigation, meaning that they are in quarantine or may displaying symptoms of the virus.

BCE creates summer camp guide
The Belize Camping Experience (BCE) has created a summer guide for their campers who won’t be able to enjoy their annual summer events due to COVID-19. According to Leah Perez, Children Coordinator for BCE, the guide was developed and recorded by Belizeans for Belizeans.

Prison inmates embark on new and creative projects
The men and women at the Belize Central Prison are always engaged in various projects such as farming, baking, and making cement blocks. They have recently taken on two new and innovative projects: creating tire art and sewing face masks.

BPP says Ashcroft monies is a No No
Party Leader of the Belize People’s Front, Nancy Marin has been called out by the Belize Progressive Party (BPP) for making defamatory remarks against the BPP via social media. The BPP issued a release on the matter earlier today saying that the BPF has remarked that they have been taking monies from British Businessman, Michael Ashcroft. In a previous interview with Patrick Rogers, he passionately explained that he has never taken and will never take any monies from Ashcroft. This matter has been brewing for some time as Rogers did speak to Love News on the matter in mid-June.

Covid-19 endemic causes decreases in import statistics
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and global economic crisis, the latest figures out on Belize’s imports indicate that there has been a decrease of thirty nine point seven percent when compared to the same period in 2019. This percentage is equivalent to sixty seven point three million dollars.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize Bureau of Standards says no shortage of premium fuel
The Supplies Control Unit of the Belize Bureau of Standards said today that it is […]

Ministry of Works announces new schedule for Hawkesworth Bridge as upgrades commence
The Ministry of Works today informed motorists that rehabilitation works will commence on the Hawkesworth […]

Universal Hardware teams up with Children First and Last Belize to brighten up Salvation Army school campus
The Ministry of Education has set the opening of the new school year for August […]

Belize City Council and BFLA partner to bring hygiene sessions to children
Today, the Belize City Council’s Program Unit in collaboration with the Belize Family Life Association […]

“Belize should brace for more flooding and landslides,” says regional climate change organization
The Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF), which is based in Barbados, warned today that Belize […]

United Nations Development Programme makes donation to Ministry of Health to help with COVID-19 response
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supported the national COVID-19 response this week by making […]

Flood levels receding
The National Hydrological Service notes that the flood waters are receding slowly. The weather outlook […]

BPP says allegations of funding from Lord Ashcroft are false
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) issued a statement today saying that it has noted that […]

Roaring Creek Village inaugurates new police station
Today, Minister of National Security, Micheal Peyrefitte joined C.E.O. in the Ministry of Works, Errol […]

Vessel Monitoring System launched by Wildlife Conservation Society and partners
A pilot project for the use of mobile transceiver units (MTU’s) on commercial fishing vessels […]

European Union may bar US tourists due to COVID-19 concerns
The European Union (EU) is compiling a list of countries that can visit once its […]

Thief steals expensive liquor from Wendy’s Creole restaurant in Placencia
Reports to BBN is that the owner of Wendy’s Creole restaurant in Placencia noticed yesterday […]

Belizean businessman, owner of Ramon & Sons, offers 10 scholarships to students
Belizean-American businessman Ramon Palma of San Ignacio, Cayo has announced that he is offering 10 […]

Blogs

Belize & other Caribbean countries in IDB initiative to revitalize Tourism
The IDB said that The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago are among 15 countries in Latin and Central America that are participating in the IDB innovative challenge. The challenge is being launched through its innovation laboratory, IDB Lab, and in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). It said, to this end, it is launching the challenge to which both public and private sector organisations may apply until July 31.

International Sourcesizz

Belize - Sugarcane crush affected by wet weather
Belize Sugar Industries (BSI) has produced just under 78,000 tonnes of sugar in the 2019/20 season so far, down significantly from more than 118,000 tonnes by the same time last year, according to BSI data.

Exploring cuisines from near and afar
I’m “riding out COVID-19” at our home in San Ignacio, Belize where I’ve lived off and on for about two years. As a developing nation, it’s vastly different from living in the U.S. on so many levels including the availability of food products. For example, we really only have access to about ten kinds of beer, including Hobbs Brewing Co. beers because they opened a brewery down south in Placencia, oddly enough. We drink Belizean-made Belikin beer for the most part as well as local wine made from hibiscus and local rum with fresh juice, sometimes without the rum! We try to buy only Belizean-made products because not only does it help the local economy, but it’s less expensive. Anything imported from the U.S. like a bag of Lay’s potato chips is double the price we’re used to.

Latin America's COVID-19 deaths seen hitting nearly 390,000 by October
The death toll from the coronavirus in Latin America is expected to skyrocket to 388,300 by October, with Brazil and Mexico seen accounting for two-thirds of fatalities as other nations in the region contain their outbreaks, researchers said on Wednesday. The region has emerged as a new global hotspot for the fast-spreading pandemic as deaths surpassed 100,000 this week and cases have tripled from 690,000 one month ago to 2 million.

Region urged to brace for extremely wet season, landslides and floods
The Barbados-based Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) today warned that the increasingly wet period in Belize and the islands will be accompanied by increased flooding, flash flood and potential for landslide. In its latest edition of Caribbean Climate Outlook Newsletter, CariCOF said that the dry season ended with several areas experiencing short-term drought while a greater proportion of the region ended up in long-term drought. It said with temperatures significantly above average in April and May, some record temperatures, a number of heatwaves and further drying of soils occurred in this period.

Videos

  • Puma and cubs near Chan Chich Lodge in Gallon Jug, 10sec.

  • Puma and cubs near Chan Chich Lodge in Gallon Jug2, 10sec.

  • Red-coffee Snake, 15sec.

  • A bus belonging to the Galeli Gospel Chapel in Gales Point Village was set on fire early this morning, 10sec.

  • Poor visibility from the skies.... effects of the Sahara dusts over the region, 1min.

  • Launch of Caribbean Health Safety and Sanitation Guidelines and Training Series, min.

  • Young Jaguar at the Belize Zoo, .5min. An adorable young jaguar enjoys some play time at the Belize Zoo, which does incredible, important work for the native wildlife and takes excellent care of their needs.

  • Turneffe, Belize, 6min. Turneffe Atoll, Great Blue hole, Turneffe Island Resort

  • Ozz Fest live, 53min.

  • Horseback Riding to the Xunantunich Maya Temples, 50min. In this virtual experience, we traveled through the trails of ancient Maya village squares in the outskirts of San Jose Succotz and explored one of Belize’s largest ancient Maya cities, Xunantunich, with Rodolfo Juan and Carla Juan, the dynamic duo from St. Leonards Tours. Xunantunich Archaeological Site is a popular attraction for many travelers. It features the El Castillo Temple, the second-largest man-made structure in Belize at 130 feet from the plaza floor, and the largest Maya tomb ever found in Belize!

  • Sahara Dust Weather Phenomenon, 16min. Ronald Cordon - Climatologist, National Meteorological Service.

  • BFLA/BCC - Be Safe & Clean During COVID-19, 14min. Kimberly Thompson - Community Support Officer, Belize City Council. Kyla Ciego - Director of Education and Programmes.

  • Clayton Williams - Irahu Le (This Child), 4.5min. "A look at Clayton Williams Young days growing up in Hopkins Belize. The love of Garifuna Drums got him today singing and Teaching Garifuna Culture to many. Irahu Le is the first single from his album releasing soon.

  • Scuba Shack Belize 2020 VideoTrip Report, 22min. This video trip report chronicles the adventure of the Scuba Shack divers in Ambergris Caye, Belize in late February/early March 2020.

  • Driving in Belize - Princess Margaret Drive, 21min.

  • Prison inmates embark on new and creative projects, 4.5min. The men and women at the Belize Central Prison are always engaged in various projects such as farming, baking, and making cement blocks. They have recently taken on two new and innovative projects: creating tire art and sewing face masks. Reporter Courtney Menzies took a trip to the prison to see the inmates hard at work.

  • San Ignacio and Santa Elena House of Culture - NICH - San Ignacio, Belize, 2min.