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The San Pedro Sun

PUP Standard Bearer Andre Perez assists San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker primary school students
As the new school year approaches (August 10th), many families economically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic face the challenge of paying for their children’s education. The crisis is far from over, and those less fortunate are finding it difficult to afford pending school fees. Andre PerezThe People’s United Party (PUP) Standard Bearer for Belize Rural South (BRS) Andre Perez (left) and his team created a School Assistance Program in June to assist those in need. As a result, $18,000 will go toward helping over 300 selected primary school students from San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker in the upcoming school year.

Financial Education Subsidies reduced for high school students
The new school year at the secondary level will see parents/guardians paying a $100 extra for their children’s education, after the government reduced the financial education subsidies to $200 instead of the usual $300. This modification in the high school subsidy program was announced via a virtual conference on June 8th by the Minister of Education, Honourable Patrick Faber, who explained that the cuts were triggered by the current global crisis caused by COVID-19.

Taiwan Donates COVID-19 Antibody Rapid Test Kits to Belize
These test kits are developed by Taiwan’s Excelsior Bio-System Incorporation and can deliver reliable results in just 10 to 15 minutes with 100 percent sensitivity and 95 percent specificity. These kits can be used to screen potential carriers of the virus who were infected more than seven days prior to testing. This medical assistance will help strengthen the capacity of the Government of Belize to ensure a smooth and safe re-opening of the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport scheduled for August 15, 2020.

Ambergris Today

300 Students To Benefit From School Assistance Program By Andre Perez
Mr Andre Perez, PUP Standard Bearer for Belize Rural South recognizes the harsh economic times families are facing during this pandemic. Families are out of work, unable to meet rent payments, provide for their families and send their children to school. With this in mind, he initiated the School Assistance Program. Over 300 primary school students in San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker applied and qualified to receive assistance for the upcoming school year, a total cost of $18,000.00.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Friday, June 3rd Meal Pick ups. Location: Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill. Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

Reef Radio goes International!
Listen online from anywhere in the world!

UB Faculty and Staff Demands Transparency from University President
RE: EXIGENCY OF THE UNIVERSITY’S FINANCE: Greetings, The University of Belize Faculty and Staff Union (UBFSU) is a certified and recognized union in accordance with Chapter 304 of the Laws of Belize. This law mandates us to deliver the duty of fair representation to our membership. This representation involves matters that concern the terms and conditions of the service of our members. That being said, the issue of the University’s Finance and considerations treating with redundancy falls within this portfolio. Effectively, we are the sole bargaining agent for the bargaining unit better known as the “Faculty and Staff.” The Union must therefore be respected and be included in all mitigation measures that will affect its membership.

BELIZE on HGTV this weekend with Macarena Rose
Tune in for my 12th and 13th show for HGTV. This is the world premiere of a new show called "Beaches Around the World" July 5th and July 19th at 10pm EST time - TWO different episodes with 2 different families !! Tune in to watch. Caye Caulker will be featured in this series.

Combined Book Drive for Caye Caulker & Ocean Academy Libraries
Caye Caulker Library and Ocean Academy Library are joining forces to sponsor a book drive. Both of these libraries serve the Caye Caulker community with very little funding. But YOU can help! If you have any books just lying around your home or business, please consider donating them to the libraries...

MANUEL ANTONIO AY
Manuel Antonio Ay was a Maya leader who was allegedly accused of having a letter with him about preparing a Maya rebellion after 300 years of oppression and discrimination in Maya land. Manuel Antonio Ay was executed in July 26,1847 and his body was exhibit infront of his Maya people as a Way to intimidate them. Instead the Maya Masewal grew more angry and days later July 30,1847 the Maya liberation started more commonly known as the Caste War started.

July 4th Celebration Hosted by Palapa Bar and Grill
Come out and celebrate The 4th of July with us. Lots of great music with DJ Chabo, food specials, $5 fireballs, $20 bucket of beliken light , jello shots!! Lots of open air space, , sundeck , and swim in the sea!!! Wear your red and blue!!! Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 3 PM, Palapa Bar and Grill, Boca Del Rio (over the water), San Pedro, Belize.

Art & Soul Series: Mr. Bob Wright
Our weekly Art & Soul Series features another talented Corozal artist! We are delighted to feature Mr. Bob Wright whose unusual choices in turning wood such as mango, kinep, sapodilla and buttonwood showcases the wide variety of wood found in Belize. Mr. Wright has recently retired from this labour intensive art form but continues to participate in our annual Men @ Work Art Exhibit with his private collection.

NMAB is now accepting nominations for Maya Heroes Day awards
Northern Maya Association of Belize is accepting nominations for this year's Maya Heroes' Day awards. Deadline is July 15, 2020. You may submit a nomination by emailing the completed form to yucatecmayabelize@gmail.com or deliver a copy at Banquitas House of Culture.

San Pedro Cleanup 1
The turtle and manatee got re-painted by local artist, Mr. Efrain Guerrero, and they are looking bright and colorful. Don't you LOVE them?

San Pedro Cleanup 2
This week we cleared out the back of the Artisan's Market and re-painted the fence of the Town Cemetery.

NOTICE TO MEMBERS OF ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CREDIT UNION - DECLARATION OF DIVIDENDS & REBATE 2019/2020

European Union (EU) reallocates 500,000 Euros to PAHO for Belize COVID-19 Emergency Response
The European Union (EU) has reallocated 500,000 Euros from the existing “Health Sector Support Programme Belize Project” that is being implemented jointly by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Ministry of Health to support the Ministry of Health and the country’s response to COVID-19. 500,000 Euros of the Health Sector Support Programme Belize Project will be reallocated to: Enhancing national laboratory network diagnostic capacity including purchasing of testing kits, equipment and supplies, and providing training on their use...

Changes in the Pump Price of Fuel Effective July 3, 2020
The Ministry of Finance announces that effective July 3, 2020, the pump price of three fuel products will change. The prices for premium gasoline will register an increase and regular gasoline and diesel will register decreases as follows: Premium Gasoline will increase by 98 cents from $ 8.23 to $ 9.21 per gallon; Regular Gasoline will decrease by 27 cents from $ 8.84 to $ 8.57 per gallon; Diesel will decrease by 18 cents from $7.79 to $7.61 per gallon. The prices for kerosene will remain unchanged at $ 5.43 per gallon, respectively.

SIGNING OF MEMORANDUM OF COOPERATION (MOC) BETWEEN BELIZE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION (CBP)
The Belize Customs and Excise Department and the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) signed a mutually beneficial Memorandum of Cooperation that provides for collaboration on and implementation of an information sharing program utilizing cargo manifest and conveyance information. This program will enhance both governments’ ability to identify and track cargoes, conveyances, and entities that may pose a risk to international supply chains, including cargoes, conveyances, and entities that may be involved in customs offenses, combat transnational crime and other border security threats. It will also assist in facilitating safe international maritime, air and terrestrial transport of cargo and detecting or monitoring cross-border criminal networks or activities including contraband.

Update on voting and ballots for the 2020 U.S. Elections
Registering to Vote is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world! All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may receive your ballot by email, fax, or internet download. Actions to take: Start by confirming your voter registration with your state. Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register. Go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website at FVAP.gov to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, request a ballot, and more.

U.S. Embassy Belmopan will resume regular American Citizen Services
Beginning Monday, July 6, 2020 the American Citizen Services Unit at U.S. Embassy Belmopan will resume regular passport, notary, and consular report of birth abroad services for American citizens in Belize. To make an appointment for these services please follow the instructions at https://bz.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/ Please note that due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, all visitors will be required to wear masks, wash their hands when they enter the consular waiting room, and practice social distancing. We encourage all adult passport renewals to follow the instructions on our website to take advantage of the DHL Speed-It delivery service instead of physically appearing at the Embassy.

San Pedro Tour Operators Meet Fundraising Goal
We are happy to announce that we met our goal of $20,000. Our small island thanks you for your generous donation. The international's airport opens on August 15th. We invite everyone back to our island with the guide lines set by the Belize Tourism Board. See you soon!

Aurora Garcia Saqui: Traditional Healer, Cultural and Community Activist, Artisan, Culinary Practitioner, Entrepreneur
Aurora Garcia Saqui is one of the famous Garcia sisters. She is a proud Yucatec Maya who is well known for practicing and safeguarding her Maya culture through innovative ideas. Aurora Saqui was born on June 13, 1967 in San Antonio, Cayo District. Growing up on the family farm, “Arbolito” in San Antonio, along with her parents and siblings Mrs. Aurora heard legends of the gods and Maya culture but never thought how her culture would influence their lives. It all began in 1981 when Mrs. Aurora was working on the land at the farm with her siblings and discovered a slate stone. It was that finding that inspired and resurrected the ancient Maya custom of slate stone carving and became a family business known as “The Garcia Sisters Art Gallery and Museum” which has received national and international recognition in magazines and travel guides for their slate stone carvings. A piece of their art can be viewed at the Smithsonian Museum.

The other side of the Belize Heritage Plaza under construction

Channel 7

Scotiabank Robbery Ends in Death
Shots were fired in the Brodies Northside parking lot this afternoon - but it was the cops pulling the trigger, hot on the tail of armed robbers who had just pulled off a heist at the Scotiabank. Initial reports said it was a bank robbery, but it appears now to have been a big depositor who was robbed.

Commissioner Says Businesses Can Call Cops To Make Deposits
But, from a public safety standpoint, the commissioner conceded that robberies are on the rise. He discussed what businesses can do to keep safe: "We know the fact that people out there who are frustrated, people are desperate and so, while it is that they may not have a job to sustain themselves, people resort to other activities with a view to sustain themselves but my advice to business establishments is, to try as best as you can not to keep large amount of money within your establishment..."

Another Corporal Criminally Charged For Gun License Fraud
And as you heard the police commissioner say at the top of the news, it's been mostly a bad week for the department. And the bad news continued today when firearms clerk Corporal Donald Pinelo was charged for multiple country of forgery relating to the fraudulent issuance of gun licenses. Allegedly, he was also in on the same which involved another Corporal Oscar Itche - who was arraigned yesterday on 10 counts of forgery. Today, the Deputy Head of National crimes Investigation told the press about the charges for this other corporal with fraud now extending to 34 illegally issued licences:

PSB Investigates Gun License Fraud
Pinelo pleaded not guilty and was offered bail of $10,000. He returns to court on 28th October. So now, two police Corporals are charged for forging gun licenses - and putting more illegal weapons out there on the street. It's a fundamental betrayal of their job to uphold law and order and the Professional Standards Branch is investigating:

PM Barrow Sends Ashcroft Alliance Warnings on Scotiabank
Changing gears now, the Prime Minister held a press conference this morning - and in a sidebar spoke very questioningly about the Belize Bank acquisition of Scotiabank Limited. He says the central Bank has to take a long hard look: "That is the elephant in the room, that if somebody is going to own, if after the merger there is going to be this kind of super dominant position of the new entity. If this proposed acquisition is to be approved by the central bank of Belize, whose jurisdiction it is, it would put the Belize Bank in a dominant position. Now, Government has to weigh in on this matter..."

He Killed His Brother In Law To Save His Sister's Life
A man is dead, after he was shot by his brother-in-law. It's a tragic end to long-standing familial tension that came to a head with the ultimate act of violence. And while it sounds horrific it might not be as cut and dry as it seems.

UB Faculty Wants Answers From Admin
Tonight, the faculty and staff of the University of Belize, represented by their union, are calling for a long and honest conversation with the University's President and Board. They want to talk about how UB will weather and survive the global economic crisis. The Union is alleging that the President has not consulted them about the hard decisions to come over the coming weeks and months.

GOB Launches MSME Grants and Loans Support
And so while the UB faculty and staff are fearing the worst lies ahead for them - for many in the tourism sector, who've been laid off for months - the worst is already upon them. They got some measure of relief today when the government announced that the second phase of its unemployment relief program was going into effect at the middle of this month. Additionally, there will be money set aside for struggling micro, small and medium enterprises to access working capital and keep their staff employed.

COVID Unemployment Relief Pgm Phase Two Has Narrower Focus
And while the program for MSME's starts on August first, the second wave fo the unemployment relief program will start before that. But, this time, it will have a narrower focus group. It will not include those who have been unemployed for years but focus instead on getting relief to those who lost their jobs due to COVID-19. That change is likely due to the absence of the PUP from the decision making. In March, the PUP had pressed for the program to be all inclusive, while the UDP just wanted it to cover those in the tourism sector.

How to Apply For Unemployment Relief
So, phase two of the unemployment relief program with a more specific focus on the recently unemployed will now be opened at the middle of this month. It will be routed through the same COVID19.bz website, and applicants are asked to be very precise with their information: "Once we come past the middle of July, we're going to be clearing up the portal that people were able to apply on and you will be able to go on and do a new application if you're going to be applying for phase 2..."

In Face of CCJ Judgment PM Stands Firm
And while that second wave of unemployment relief and the new program for MSME's was what the press conference was about, we spent a lot of time asking about the most recent judgment coming out of the Caribbean Court of Justice. That court, the highest in the land, has ruled against Prime Minister Dean Barrow and his Government for the 2013 nationalization of the IMMARBE and the International Business Companies Registries. The CCJ has also ordered that the case is to be sent back to the Supreme Court for an assessment of damages.

Island Cop Diabetic, Not Drunk
On Monday we told you about the San Pedro policeman who had gotten into a crash with a police mobile on the island's northside. He appeared intoxicated as he told a bystander not to capture the pickup stuck on the sidewalk - and not to post it on Facebook. Now, he sounded drunk, those at the scene said he smelled like he had been drinking, and he seemed to be walking unevenly. But, today police said he's diabetic, not drunk. The head of professional standards said no sample was taken:

Balam Street Cop Confrontation Explained
Superintendent Sutherland also commented on the case on Balam Street in Belize City. That's where an off duty police officer allegedly obstructed on duty officers who had gone there to make an arrest. The off duty cop was allegedly protecting his siblings. Sutherland says the police officers were assaulted: "There was also an incident that was shown on social media. I believe the video was shown on Facebook where there was an altercation on Balaam street Belize City with some officers and civilians. From that same incident, a police officer visited our office in Belize City and he made a complaint..."

PSB Boss on Cayo Cop Charged For Dishonesty
And Sutherland also spoke about a San Ignacio cop accused of "working with" money that was the property of detainees. Sutherland discussed the criminal charges involved: "Roy Zuniga who is attached to San Ignacio police was arrested and charged with a crime involving dishonesty. On the 27th of June, 2020, it was reported by a police officer at the San Ignacio police station that there was a total of 352 Belize currency locked up in a room, that was the property of a prisoner who was in custody..."

Cops Recapture Mexican Who Escaped Quarantine
And, Police also discussed the case of the Mexican detainee who had escaped from a quarantine centre in Orange Walk. This morning at 7:00am, the BDF security facility found that 26 year old Mexican Fransisco Hernandez has gone missing. Police determined that he had escaped through a bathroom window by removing 3 aluminium louvers. But, today the head of national crimes investigation told us that he was re-captured not far from the border.

Community Leaders In a Disaster
This morning, the Belize City Council's City Emergency Management Organization welcomed 28 new civilian volunteers into their disaster response network for the City. For several months the Belize Red Cross has been training them to become disaster management coordinators in their communities. The idea behind the program is that in the event of some sort of emergency situation, of residents from the Collet, Jane Usher Boulevard, and Lake Independence neighbourhoods, can contact their neighbours to act as first responders, instead of waiting for the traditional emergency organizations to arrive.

Senate Debate CDB Loan
And going now to Belmopan, there was a Senate to debate those 4 loan motions that the Barrow Administration passed in the House of Representatives last Friday. You'll remember that at that House Meeting last week, the Opposition was resisting some of these loan motions on several grounds. Among other complaints, they asserted that the Barrow Government's term in office is quickly coming to a close and that the Prime Minister should not be allowed to saddle Belizeans with more debt, while he is on the way out.

Church Senator (Literally) Cries For Unity
As you saw, UDP Senator Aldo Salazar scolded some of his colleagues for engaging in "political nonsense", when everyone should be focusing on possible solutions for surviving economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Well, there was a whole lot of that kind of back and forth.

Compol Says Placencia Cops Had PPE's
Last night we told you about the concerns surrounding the Honduran border jumper who became Covid case #24 for Belize. He's one from that group of three fishermen we told you about earlier in the month. They were caught on the night of June the sixth in a group of three fishing illegally at the Gladden Spit marine reserve. His positive test came up on June 26th, which is almost 21 days after he was first caught.

Compol Concedes Sleeping Policeman Vehicle Had No License Or Insurance
And while those cops await their swabs, another had his head burst open after Belmopan Standard Bearer Oscar Mira rear ended him on Friday night. The Commissioner has been shading blame towards Mira - but today said that ultimately it is an accident. He conceded that the policeman's vehicle did not have A license or insurance:

Family Member on Self Defence Killing
Earlier in the news, we brought you a tragic story where a man, defending his sister, killed his brother in law, Roy Gabourel. His death has left a family devastated yet according to one cousin in a strange state of calm. That cousin Eden Crichton stopped by our studio today.

Channel 5

A Brazen Armed Robbery at Scotia Bank Belama Branch; 5 Thieves Caught
Armed robbers carried out a brazen robbery this afternoon around three o’clock; as many as five men, including a minor, pounced on the Belama Branch of the Scotia Bank.  At [...]

Belize Police Department Stands Ready to Assist Businesses in Light of Robberies
As you heard just now, cops were quick to respond and nab the culprits in the robbery at the Scotia Bank Branch on the George Price Highway. Today, Commissioner of [...]

“It Ain’t Over ‘til the Fat Lady Sings;” PM Weighs in on Scotiabank Buyout
The purchase of Scotiabank Belize by Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited, the parent company of the Belize Bank, awaits regulatory approval from the Central Bank of Belize. The initial announcement was [...]

Concerns are Raised Over Pending Scotiabank Purchase
The Central Bank is an autonomous body assigned to regulate the financial sector.  A majority of its board, however, is made up of members who are appointed by the Minister [...]

PM Barrow Blames P.U.P. for B.I.S.L. Contract
Last Friday, PM Barrow preempted the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice by publicly stating that government won’t and can’t pay any damages awarded to Belize International Services Limited [...]

What’s the Road Ahead for Settling B.I.S.L. Damages?
The road ahead for B.I.S.L. to collect on the damages is uncertain as it will entail another round of litigation once a quantum is settled at the Supreme Court.  According [...]

$250M Still Outstanding to Michael Ashcroft
The government owes Lord Michael Ashcroft and his various companies as much as two hundred and fifty million dollars, including the mounting debt from Universal Health Services, as well as [...]

Sticking to His Guns, No-decision
The prime minister’s no-decision view on an oral judgment handed down by former Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin has raised several eyebrows, particularly those in legal circles who argue that the [...]

Burrell Boom Shoots His Brother-in-Law; Was it Self-Defense?
Police are investigating the case of a man who was shot dead in rural Belize. The report is that it started out as a case of domestic dispute between a [...]

Police Shares Details of Burrell Boom Fatal Shooting
As you heard in that story, Roy Gabourel is dead and his brother-in-law, Dylon Flowers is detained for the fatal shooting. This all happened minutes after Gabourel allegedly hit his [...]

Former Belize City Mayor Says There Is No Long Standing Agreement with Chon Saan
Former Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley told News Five today that there is no long-standing agreement between the Belize City Council and Chon Saan Palace. Bradley responded to an interview [...]

Darrell Bradley Withdraws from U.D.P. Leadership Race
According to Darrell Bradley, the timing during which Lee Mark Chang is attempted to collect a four-year-old debt is interesting, especially since it is two weeks before the U.D.P. leadership [...]

Logistics in Place for U.D.P. Leadership Convention
The second leadership convention in five months to determine who will succeed Dean Barrow as the leader of the United Democratic Party is less than two weeks away. On July [...]

U.D.P. Chairman on John Saldivar’s Candidacy
News Five also asked Chairman Michael Peyrefitte for his take as to why John Saldivar was being permitted to run again for the leadership, having given the party a black [...]

An MSME Support Program for Private Sector Businesses
As government prepares to rollout out phase two of its unemployment relief program, it is also gearing up for the introduction of another initiative to assist micro, small and medium [...]

Up to Fourteen Million Dollars in MSME Assistance
The application process will run for a period of twenty-one days beginning in August.  There are specific conditions to qualify for assistance, including the use of those monies to cover [...]

Second Cop Charged in Fraudulent Firearm Licenses
A second cop is named and charged in the fraudulent gun documents at the Belmopan Police Headquarters. He is Corporal Donald Pinelo and he was slapped with six counts of [...]

Cop to be Charged for RTA That involves Oscar Mira
Today Commissioner of Police Chester Williams also fielded question about the RTA involving P.U.P. standard bearer Oscar Mira. Williams noted that the cop in question will be facing some charges, [...]

Mexican National Escapes Quarantine Center in Orange Walk; Later Captured
The Mexican man who ran out of the quarantine facility in Orange Walk Town has been captured. Twenty-six-year-old Francisco Hernandez was captured on a feeder road between the villages of [...]

Belizeans Facilitating Border Jumpers
Border jumpers remain a constant challenge for law enforcers patrolling the porous borders. These border jumpers put the health of Belizeans at risk and, according to Director of Health Services [...]

U.B.F.S.U. Fires Off Letter to Board of Trustees
The national university is facing deep financial woes and things are in a state of flux. Today, President Clement Sankat of the University of Belize met with the university’s Board [...]

No Union Rep on UB Board of Trustees?
News Five is also in receipt of a letter dated July first from the Ministry of Education to President Sankat which is causing consternation to the Union. The letter speaks [...]

LOVE FM

BPP concerned over Scotiabank situation
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) has expressed concerns over the proposed acquisition of Scotiabank by Lord Michael Ashcroft through Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited (CIHL). According to a release they issued, this transaction would place over three-quarters of the net worth of the banking sector in the hands of one individual.

CWU comments on salary cuts
The situation at the Port of Belize between the management and the workers has intensified into a protest. As you may recall, the company stated that members of the Christian Workers Union (CWU), excluding the stevedores, were to take a 10% salary reduction.

Farmers and Valley of Peace Farms Limited try to find a peaceful solution
The farmers in Valley of Peace, Cayo District and the Valley of Peace Farms Limited (VOPFL) may be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as it relates to their ongoing land dispute. Yesterday, our news team was out west and we got the farmers’ side of the story.

Valley of Peace Limited to take four farmers to court
While most of the farmers may have a reasonable and peaceful end to their land problem, there are four farmers who may not be as lucky. These farmers have court cases pending against them because they have expanded their farms outside the perimeters that were originally agreed upon.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Bank robber passes away; Police recover over $20K in Cash
Five brazen robbers entered the Scotia Bank Belama branch on the Philip Goldson highway this […]

U.S. reversing course on COVID-19
As the United States prepares to celebrate Independence Day this Saturday, wide swathes of the country […]

Should people be deliberately infected with COVID-19 to test vaccines?
The New York Times has been polling health professionals on their views as to whether persons […]

First bondholders’ meeting on consent solicitation “went well”
It’s so far, so good for Belize’s attempt to get holders of the 2034 Bonds “Superbond” […]

Prime Minister clarifies “non-decision” statement after legal authority cited
Last week’s suggestion by Prime Minister Dean Barrow that the oral ruling, not reduced to writing, […]

The Scotia and Belize Bank merger: Too big to fail?
The number one and number two banks in Belize have agreed in principle to merge, […]

Premium gas registers 98 cent increase
The Ministry of Finance announced that effective July 3, 2020, the pump price of three […]

Prime Minister still insists battles with Ashcroft are worth it
Belize has been on the hook for up to $750 million related to court and […]

Four detained following brazen daylight robbery attempt
Our newsroom has confirmed that police have detained four persons following an attempted robbery of […]

Scientists pointing to bars as a major point of infection for COVID-19 cases in the US
The Associated Press is reporting that closing down bars in the United States may be […]

Campaigns heat up as UDP prepares for 2nd party-leader convention
The ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) will be holding its second party leader convention on […]

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Support Program moves focus to employment support
Some 70 percent of jobs and income come from micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) […]

Prime Minister and economic gurus unveil plans for economic recovery, unemployment relief
The plan for support of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) has been supported by […]

Mexican escapes quarantine center in Orange Walk
Reports reaching our newsdesk are that this morning, a Mexican national that was quarantined at […]

Aeromexico files for bankruptcy hoping to survive pandemic
Aeromexico, Mexico’s oldest airline, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, as a means of surviving […]

Ministry of Health; 100 days since 1st case of COVID-19 and no community spread
On July 1, 2020, Belize reached 100 days since the first case of COVID-19 was […]

Belize Camping Experience works around COVID-19 with innovative summer camp strategy
Many of the social distancing restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic remain in place […]

Apparent murder reported in Burrell Boom
Police are said to have detained one person after a domestic dispute this morning led […]

Blogs

7 Tips to Live in Placencia, Belize
Many retirees and expatriates have found a warm home in the Placencia Peninsula of Southern Belize. If you’re planning to join them, here are seven tips to help you get settled. 1. It’s easy to use a Local Realtor, 2. Placencia’s nightlife, 3. It’s still affordable, 4. It’s safe – but be cautious, 5. GPS not necessary, 6. It’s Cooler, 7. On Belize time.

A Good Morning for Fishing, Laundry and Mosquitos
I just drove 2 miles north – to a resort/residence called Sapphire Beach at about mile 9, North Ambergris – to drop Jeff and his beloved bamboo flyrod off for some wading and fishing. I stayed there a WHILE ago (5 years+ now!) and wrote this blog post. This morning, I took pictures and fought off mosquitos – they are fierce AND plentiful right now. In fact, I just walked down with my basket of laundry to the washing machine with a mosquito coil clenched in my teeth. Serious times call for serious measures. I thought I’d share the pictures with you. As you head farther along the road north of San Pedro town, there are more empty lots and things turn from suburban to….rural.

International Sourcesizz

CARICOM Hosts Virtual Conference To Welcome Incoming Chairman
Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will host a special conference today, Friday, July 3, which will see Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley handing over the reins to incoming chairman, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Twentieth Special Meeting of CARICOM will be held via video conference throughout the region beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Belize Realtor Macarena Rose to share her passion for beach front island living on HGTV's Beach Around the World
Being stuck at home has inspired many to turn their daydreams into reality! While many families are only now looking at turning their dreams of sunny beaches into reality, Realtor Macarena Rose took the plunge and moved her entire life from Florida to Belize more than 16 years ago. Now she's eager to share her Caribbean island paradise with HGTV's new show, Beaches Around the World. Beaches Around the World, which premiers on July 5, 2010 at 10 p.m. EST (with a second episode airing on July 19, 2020 at 10 p.m. EST), follows homebuyers as they make the move from occasional tourist to full-time life in their own slice of beach front paradise. In two episodes of the show, Macarena Rose welcomes two families to the Belize island of Caye Caulker, known for its white sand beaches and the surrounding Belize Barrier Reef, perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving.

Videos

  • Prime Minister's Virtual Press Conference on the Unveiling of the MSME Support Program, 2hr18min. Prime Minister, Dean Barrow introduces Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Support Program.

  • For anyone craving a golf cart ride along the beach in San Pedro, hop on!, 1min. We took this video for you yesterday

  • Erratic Golf cart driving in San Pedro, 10sec.

  • Belize 2019: Lobster Fishing & Swimming with Sharks, 4min.

  • Cheeky moray eel off the shelf of Belize, 1min.

  • Surrounded by fish - aquarium dive in Belize, 1.5min.

  • Eagle Rays at the Belize Barrier Reef, min.

  • Belize Sea Kayaking and Tikal Guatemala, 9min. A 7 day sea kayak trip off the coast of Belize and a side trip to Tikal Guatemala.

  • JUMPING OFF WATERFALLS IN BELIZE, 6min. In this video we head to big rock, a waterfall that can only be accessed by driving deep into the belize mountains, we had lots of fun and hopefully this video captured some of it.

  • The Belize House, 13.5min. A documentary style video I created following Troy Roberts and the process he took to build a house in Belize.