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The San Pedro Sun

Our Community congratulates Dr. Lucio Nuñez as he graduates medical school in Cuba
The San Pedro Sun joins the island community in congratulating one of its own, Dr. Lucio Eulogio Salomón Núñez. On Thursday, July 16th, Nuñez graduated from Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina (Latin American School of Medicine/ELAM) as a general practitioner. He and seven other graduates have been bestowed with the honorable title of Doctor after years of study.

DOE announces Approval for Extension of Timeframe to Implement the Pollution from Plastic Regulations
The Department of the Environment (DOE) has received Cabinet's endorsement for the extension of the timeframe for the implementation of Regulation 33 (1) (b), (c) and (d) of the Environmental Protection (Pollution from Plastics) Regulations, 2020.

World Bank Financing for Belize to Assist Over 13,000 Poor and Vulnerable Households in Response to COVID-19 Impacts
Belize will strengthen its response to the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic with US$12.4 million from the World Bank. The funds will be used to provide social assistance to poor and vulnerable households impacted by the crisis.

Inspector Basil Reyes promoted to Assistant Superintendent
With over 23 years of experience in the Belize Police Force, Basil Delbert Reyes is officially an Assistant Superintendent. He is also Deputy of the Belize Police Department’s Coastal Executive Unit in charge of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. Assistant Superintendent Basil ReyesReyes’ new duties will now comprise of closer work with Superintendent Christopher Noble, human resource management, and more engagement with the community. He is happy with the opportunity to serve Belizeans via the police department. He looks forward to continuing his work with both island communities.

Ambergris Today

Congratulations To Newly Graduated Dr. Lucio Nunez
On behalf for the entire community of San Pedro, Ambergris Today congratulates Dr. Lucio Nuñez as he graduated a Doctor from the Universidad de Ciencias Médicas de Pinar del Río in Cuba. Our island community is very proud of his achievement and wishes him the very best in his medical career. Lucio was an outstanding student at San Pedro High School and St. John's College Sixth Form, even receiving top marks in the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) exams for the country of Belize.

Various Belizean Sources


Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Friday, July 17th, Meal Pick ups: Location: Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill. Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

Free PDF of "Classic Maya Place Names" by Stuart and Houston

86 Belizean Studenta in Cuba Urgently Need Cargo with Food and Hygiene Supplies
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on much global discomfort but for Belizean students studying in Cuba, the experience has been quite different. The first case of SARS-CoV-2 was detected in Cuba on March 11° and with good faith in Cuba's robust medical system, classes continued for medical students until halted on March 23rd. This meant that the only Belizean students who were and still are continuing regular studies were those in the Havana Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina (ELAM): a student population of purely international students making the health risk minimal in comparison to those students in years 3-5 who attend classes in hospitals across the country, who were subsequently placed under quarantine in school dormitories. Not until the first week of April did these students receive orientations for distance learning as the Ministries of Tertiary Education and Public Health attempted to reorganize the school calendar in accordance to the current epidemiological situation...

United States Embassy Resumption Of Limited Visa Services
As of Wednesday July 15, 2020, the United States Embassy in Belmopan, Belize is resuming certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services, including: Immigrant visa classes IR1, IR2, CR1, and CR2; Nonimmigrant visa classes F, M, and J. While the Embassy aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs.

to Belize Tourism Industry: Charting a Way Forward Forum
Meet our Panelists: Panel #4: No tourism without tourists: when, where and how will they come?

Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. Fee: $180, Call Mrs. Julie Ken at 622-9776 to REGISTER!

Encore presentation of the Mystery of the Rose Bouquet this Sunday
Clap Clap Clap! Join Wyldfyah productions in our ENCORE Performance of Mystery of the Rose Bouquet. Just in case you missed it! Our fans and friends have requested 1 mo show! come check it out .. resolve the mystery! Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 7 PM – 10 PM at Wildfire Artzmosphere, 1 Waight St. Embarcadero Plaza, San Ignacio San Ignacio.

Dive Into Tourism newest publication is NOW AVAILABLE!
Learn all about "Tourism's Resilience in a World of Pandemics"

Health and Safety Forum
Meet the panelists of Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA)'s Tourism Forum on July 24. This panel will focus on "Health and Safety."

Automatic Temperature Measurement Station's Donated
Ambassador Remus Li-Kuo Chen handed over the Automatic Temperature Measurement Station (ATMS) to Hon. Beverly Williams, Minister with responsibility for Immigration and Refugees in Belmopan on July 15, 2020, witnessed by Mr. Edmund Zuniga, Chief Executive Officer and other senior officials from the Ministry of Immigration Services and Refugees. The made-in-Taiwan ATMS will help frontline immigration officers perform their important duties of safeguarding the health of people in Belize by monitoring Belizean and international visitors’ temperature safely and easily, with its advanced built-in non-contact infrared forehead thermometer.

Plants of the Mayan World - Traditional Remedies, Food & Art
Plants of the Maya World, a beautiful edition with over 2000 photos of exotic plants, gourmet plates and Maya art and crafts! Many authentic Maya recipes adjusted for healthy and modern living that you can try at home. A first complete illustrated guide to the diverse flora of the Mexican Caribbean and Yucatan peninsula with the introduction into the world of Mayan traditions, culture and gastronomy. Now available in digital ebook version! [ 290 page PDF ebook ], $12.99us

Police Suicide in PG
A police officer was found dead in his home with a single gunshot wound to his head. 48-year-old Brenton Garcia, who resides in the Magoon Area of Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District, reportedly went home last night under the influence of alcohol and told his common-law wife that he was stressed out. He then went inside the bedroom, after which his common-law wife heard a single gunshot. She went into the bedroom to find Garcia lying motionless on the bed.

JOIN US As Agroforestry Extension Officer
Ya’axché is looking for an Agroforestry Extension Officer who will work with the Community Outreach and Livelihoods Program in promoting the use of climate-smart agriculture, targeting cacao farmers and beekeepers of the indigenous forest communities in the Toledo District.

CHILAM BALAM: Creation of Humans
On 12 Ik - the breath of life was created. The reason it was called Ik was because there was no death in it. On 13 Akbal - took water and watered the ground. Then shaped it and it became human. " - Books of Chilam Balam (The holy books of the Yucatec Maya) Note: The Yuumtsilo'ob k'uj created all what we know . Here we see the first attempt of creating Humans .

Art & Soul series: Cami Chun
This week's Art & Soul series features another talented cultural artist of Corozal. We are delighted to showcase Cami Chun who continues to celebrate her Maya heritage as a Jippi Jappa weaver, a skill instilled by her mother. Cami's work is one of, if not the best, in Belize creating beautiful baskets, ornaments and personal accessories. Her skill shines through with her tight, symmetrical, aesthetically pleasing pieces. Cami showcases her artwork at the annual Arte Con Voz de Mujer exhibit here at the House of Culture and sells her pieces at the monthly Art In the Park event.

COVID-19 UPDATE from Office of Director of Health Services
A further set of samples were done today including the samples from contact tracing done in Blue Creek, all of these are negative. We do have another positive case, this is in a person that came in through the repatriation process. She is an elderly female with underlying heart conditions who is in home quarantine due to her condition. The person is asymptomatic and remains under home quarantine.

Invitation for Bids to provide Operation Services at Solid Waste Transfer Facilities
The Government of Belize through the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority (BSWaMA) of the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development invite sealed bids from eligible and qualified bidders for Contracts to Provide Operations Services at Solid Waste Transfer Facilities (either loading and transferring overland or loading and transfer by sea and land) and a Solid Waste Disposal Facility (Landfill operations) located at Mile 24 off the George Price Highway as set out in more detail in the Bidding Document. Invitations for Bids for operation service will be for a total of 6 lots as detailed in the Bidding document:

CABEI Donates COVID-19 Sample Collection Kits and RNA Extraction Kits to Belize
In response to the request issued by the Presidents of Central American Integration System (SICA) countries at a meeting convened on March 12, 2020, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) authorized an emergency aid in favor of the Member States of the SICA, under a Non-Refundable Financial Cooperation modality, to complement national efforts for the prevention, containment and treatment of COVID-19. Those funds will be used to purchase COVID-19 detection test kits, sample collection kits, kits for the RNA extraction process, equipment, and instruments for use.

U.S. Government Delivers Emergency Kits to NEMO
The United States Embassy delivered US$20,000 in supplies to Belize's National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) at a July 16 handover ceremony in Belmopan. U.S. Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges presented the food packs and hygiene kits to NEMO Director Shelton Defour. "It is not a question of 'if' Belize will suffer another natural disaster, but 'when'," said Chargé Gilges. "In the aftermath of such a disaster, access to food and basic hygiene is crucial to the health and well-being of survivors, and it can mean the difference between life and death. The United States has long been committed to partnering with Belize to better prepare for future calamities," he said. "While confronting the current COVID pandemic, we must also remain vigilant to other threats."

SBDC Customer Care for Small Business Webinar
Date: July 23rd, 2020 Time: 10:00am-11:30am. This workshop will assist in providing good customer care and give you the skills necessary to communicate professionalism, gain respect, enhance customer relationships, and secure an overall competitive advantage through customer service excellence. Please feel free to contact us at tel: 223-3195 or email: [email protected] to register. Or register here.

Working with the UK Tourism Market Webinar
Want to learn more about the UK Market as it relates to tourism for Belize? The BTB is hosting a free one-hour session with Carol Hay, CEO of McKenzie Gayle Limited, to provide stakeholders with a greater understanding of UK consumers’ and their needs. Click here to register:

Channel 7

Port Plans to Lay Off 26, Union Rumbles Its Disapproval
The fight between the employees of the Port of Belize who members of the Christian Workers Union and the Port's Senior management is about to become more heated and contentious. That's after the Management has declared its intent to lay off 29 of its members who are on staff. Those 29 are among 36 workers that the Port says it can no longer afford to employ. According to the CWU, the official reason is redundancy, and the management says that the COVID-induce economic crisis continues to devastate their revenue source.

Round One to Arzu
Turning now to news coming out of the Supreme Court, Police Corporal Eldon Arzu has convinced the Supreme Court to entertain him in a judicial review claim against Police Commissioner Chester Williams. We've been following the case very closely, and as viewers are aware, Arzu is trying to convince the court that the Commissioner took arbitrary decisions to unseat him and his slate as the incumbents on the Board of the Police Association.

Belizean Cane Cutter Found Dead In Mexican Field
A Belizean who lived and worked as a cane cutter in Mexico was found dead yesterday. 31 year old Efrain Mauricio Barrientos had been missing for four days when he was found dead in the area where he was harvesting cane in the Cocoyol area of Mexico, which is not far from the Rio Hondo along the border of the Orange Walk District and Mexico. His big sister told CTV-3 that they had not heard from him in a year: "We identified my brother because his wife, they identified the body and she said that yes it's my brother. He has one year working there, cane farmer, he's working..."

Stopping Border Jumpers Is Top Priority For Nat. Sec.
As that story illustrates, the northern rural communities of Orange Walk and Corozal districts live in constant contact and close proximity to Mexican villages - with many Belizeans going over to communities across the river like it's just a walk down the road. This historical intimacy, of course, is what's now putting Belize at high risk since COVID is rampant in the municipality of Othon P Blanco. As you heard the commissioner say yesterday, the vast span of the border is impossible to police. Yesterday the Minister of National Security said it's about public education:

Northern SOE: The Deeper Reasoning
And reporting from the community is what led to the detection of the current cluster of 7 cases coming out of Blue Creek village. That village and its neighbour San Felipe are now under a state of emergency lockdown and curfew. The Police Minister and Attorney General says that they were left with no other options: "We had to seal it off. We had the declare the area a public emergency: San Felipe and Blue Creek in particular, and another Senator was telling me that maybe we need to do the same for Santa Cruz because that's also an issue..."

Dalla Van, What Happens To The Brand When The Price Changes?
It's kind of a problem when your price is also your brandbecause, what happens to the brand when the prices changes? Well, you take a licking! That's what Dalla Van operators are finding out after they increased their price to two dollars. Operators of this much used and trusted service say they can't hold at the one dollar mark indefinitely - while the city council says they can't decide to change it unilaterally.

Cop Arraigned For Rape of 17 Year Old Minor
A police officer was today arraigned for the rape and sexual assault of a minor. The allegation is that sin July 6th PC Nelson Ramos, attached to the Intermediate Southern Formation in Independence Village stopped a 17-year-old female driver who didn't have a valid license. She alleged that she was taken to the Police Station where Ramos asked her whether she had anything to offer in exchange for not facing any traffic-related offences. She claimed that Ramos then drove her out to a feeder road where he forced her to perform oral sex on him. He additional is being accused of fondling the minor without her consent.

Weed In A Box On a Bus
Yesterday, Orange Walk Police found a box with 9 pounds of weed at the Orange walk Bus Terminal.

Post-Convention Healing For UDP
On Monday's news, we took you to the UDP's leadership Convention, where 570 delegates decided, in a very close race between Patrick Faber and John Saldivar. Faber won out, but many of Saldivar's allies feel betrayed by the process and cheated. And within days we learned that Gaspar Vega will not run as a candidate for Orange Walk North, and Wilfred Elrington has said publicly that he believes that it is time to retire from electoral politics.

The Chopper Investigation Ongoing
And while it's a zero-sum game for the UDP candidates right now, we also asked the chairman of the ruling party to change hats back to Ministerial one, for national security. It's been months since we've heard an update on the BDF chopper crash that killed two pilots and two crew - and here's what he had to say about that: "I think we made it very public, that each family was given a sort of like an ex-rata payment of $100,000 or something to that effect..."

One New COVID Case
The latest COVID-19 test results were released just a few minutes ago - and it shows one new case. It's an elderly woman who came in through the repatriation process. She has underlying heart conditions, so she was allowed to quarantine at home due to her condition. Presently, she is now showing any symptoms.

PUC's and BEL's Tangle
Last night, you heard the chairman and the electricity director from the Public Utilities Commission lay into BEL. He said the utility refused to follow the regulator's lead into a power purchase agreement with Santander - which makes electricity form the sugar by product. Tonight, we have a response from BEL, but first here's how the PUC characterised what sounded like stubborn-ness on BEL's part: "We're also announcing our intention to make an order section 23 of the electricity act to ensure that BEL complies with the condition 17 of its license..."

BEL Corrects PUC
Those are some rough characterisations - and this evening, via zoom video conference, we got to ask BEL's senior executive for their response: Dawn Sampson Nunez - General Manager, Employee & Corporate Services, BEL: "We first want to communicate that with respect to the agreement with santander sugar industry limited, BEL is in full support of a PPA with that independent power producer and so we thought yes, we would encourage santander to take steps to increase its energy production..."

BEL Says It's Not Averaging Bills
We also asked BEL's senior execs about the claims made by the Chairman of the PUC that the utility had been "averaging" bills due to COVID 19. That suggests that due to staff safety concerns during the time of COVID, the company had based your meter reading on an average, rather than going to read it themselves. Today, BEL denied that claim: "So, first of all, meter reading was never suspended. We continued with that, when it comes to the concerns about high bills, of course we know many people were at home, the consumption was high during that time but I do have to make the point that meter reading never suspended..."

Rotary Helps Families Get Back to School
Schools are scheduled to re-open on August 10th, and the Sunrise Rotary Club of Belize has decided to come to the aid of 1,000 needy families countrywide, with a back-to-school telethon. Members say that they recognize the extreme financial hardship that Belizean families are facing at this time, due to the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. So, to aid those parents who lost their jobs during the National State of Emergency, the Rotary Club wants to provide their children with school bags, school supplies, and personal protective equipment.

Two Free Of Murder
They've been on remand awaiting trial for attempted for just over 4 years, but tonight 23-year-old Egbert Baldwin and 23-year-old Darwin Prado are both free of that capital offense. That's they were acquitted of a wild shoot out in 2016 in the courtroom of Justice Colin Williams. It happened on May 14th, 2016, and resulted in the murder of 23-year-old Lionel Rhamdas. That's when a shootout happened at the Lozano family home on Mirage Road in Ladyville. The late Casey Lozano and 3 other men were outside his family yard when 3 gunmen approached: two from behind and one from in front of the house.

Plastic Ban Pushed Back
On Tuesday's news, we brought you an update on the Plastic Ban reporting that there had been no adjustment to the timeline. But that was before a Cabinet intervention. It's a reversal of what had seemed an environmental triumph and a move that gives a bit of cushion to manufacturers who may not have been able to take another hit. Late Tuesday evening Cabinet granted approval for the extension of the timeframe, meaning that manufacture of single-use plastics did not cease on July 15th, 2020 but will now continue until January 15, 2021.

Channel 5

Mark King Goes Trigger Happy Over Domestic Dispute
Former U.D.P. politician Mark King is in hot water tonight and is under investigation by the police department for allegedly discharging a weapon in public overnight at a Belize City [...]

Blue Creek Community Members Express Concerns over Lockdown
The villages of Blue Creek and San Felipe up north remain on lockdown, cut off from the rest of the country. The two villages were placed under a State of [...]

Fuel Issue in Blue Creek Addressed
According to Teigrob, community members were also concerned over the depleting amount of fuel in the village.  Teigrob says that after appearing on Open Your Eyes this morning, the matter [...]

Attorney General on COVID Situation in Orange Walk
Seven members of a Blue Creek family are currently in quarantine at the Multi-Purpose Sporting Complex in Orange Walk Town.  This is after they all tested positive for the novel [...]

36 P.B.L. Workers to be Made Redundant?
Thirty-six workers of the Port of Belize Limited are staring down termination. Of the thirty-six employees, twenty-nine of them are members of the Christian Workers Union.  The declared redundancies may [...]

A Deeper Look into the Senate Report
On Wednesday, we were in the Senate hearings where the report from the Senate Special Select Committee on the Immigration Department was finally presented for adoption. The hearings concluded back [...]

The B.C.C.I. Supports its Business Senator
Aside from the report on the Immigration that was adopted in the Senate, the upper house also dealt with the appointment of the new chair of the Elections and Boundaries. [...]

Vacancies on the Supreme Court Bench
There is another appointment to confirm. As we reported last week, Senior Counsel Lisa Shoman has been appointed as a justice of the Supreme Court.  Along with co-counsel Westmin James, [...]

Corporal Eldon Arzu Vs ComPol!
Corporal Eldon Arzu versus the Commissioner of Police – it’s moving forward in the courts. The matter which was adjourned last week was back in the courts today before Justice [...]

Independence Police Officer Charged for Rape of Minor
The Belize Police Department has charged one of its own following on a directive from the Director of Public Prosecutions following an allegation of sexual assault on a minor. Nelson [...]

Darwin Prado and Egbert Baldwin Freed of Attempted Murder Charge
Two men, who were on trial this week for attempted murder, are free men tonight after the Judge upheld a submission by the defense that the accused men had no [...]

Lord Michael Ashcroft Receives Certificate of Appreciation from Belize Police Department
And this news…On Wednesday, the Police Department celebrated outstanding citizens who have supported the work of the department. The awards were presented during ceremonies held at different police stations across [...]

Good Samaritan Helps Out a COVID-19 Patient’s Household
In an act of generosity, a Belizean- American businessman made a donation to the family of the COVID-19 patient in Santa Elena, Cayo. The wife of the fifty-year-old patient made [...]

86 Belizean Students in Cuba Appeal for Help!
Eighty-six Belizean students on scholarships in Cuba say they are faced with extreme hardships and don’t know what will be their next step.  The students say they are in urgent [...]

COVID-19 Case #40 is Detected
An additional case of COVID-19 has been detected taking the total number of positive cases for the country to forty. Just minutes ago, a release from the Office of the [...]

How Ready are Primary Schools to Reopen?
The reopening of schools is weeks away on April tenth; it comes just before the re-opening of the Philip Goldson International Airport which can usher in new cases of the [...]

Motorcycle Knocks Down Toddler in Orange Walk
A toddler in Orange Walk narrowly escaped serious injuries on Wednesday afternoon. A surveillance camera on Park Street captured when a motorcycle hit the little girl as she ran across [...]

P.U.C. Forces B.E.L. to Sign Power Purchase Agreement with Santander
At a press conference on Wednesday, the P.U.C. did not mince words about B.E.L. calling the utility unreasonable. The Public Utilities Commission says it is signing an order to force [...]

B.E.L. Demands a Seat at the Negotiating Table
In responding to the P.U.C.’s position, General Manager for Employee and Corporate Services, Dawn Sampson-Nunez, told News today that B.E.L. rightfully deserves a seat at the negotiating table since, should [...]

Promotions for 18 Police Officers
The Security Services Commission has granted promotions to several security personnel, including over a dozen officers of the Belize Police Department. Three senior officers were promoted including Dezerie Philips-Magdaleno who [...]

A Gender-based Violence Hotline
Domestic violence and gender abuse are prevalent and often times go unreported for a number of reasons. On Wednesday, the National Women’s Commission and the United Nations Population Fund, on [...]

Illicit Dumpsite in the Albert Division is Cleared Out!
P.U.P. Standard Bearer for Albert Division in Belize City was out cleaning up the constituency, at least one particular area that has become an illegal dumpsite. Today, Thompson, with support [...]

Healthy Living: Advice for Diabetics
These days, life in Belize is as close to normal as it has been since March 2020. We are all still adjusting to face masks, social distancing and increased sanitization [...]

The Reporter

New Labour Complaints Tribunal Members
The Minister of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development has appointed the following persons as members of the Labour Complaints Tribunal for a period of three years with effect from March 1, 2020: Ms. Sheena Pitts, Attorney-at-law - nominated by the Minister and the Chairperson of the Tribunal Ms. Ashanti Arthurs-Martin, Attorney-at-law - nominated by the Chief Justice Ms. Marissa Longsworth, Attorney-at-law - nominated by the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ms. Ella Waight - representative of the worker nominated by the National Trade Union Congress of Belize Ms. Anne Marie Thompson - Commissioner of Labour, ex-officio


Former Prime Minister on the road to Recovery
Former Prime Minister Said Musa is recovering well after receiving a minor surgery in the United States. The 2-term former Prime Minister was flown out following a stroke he suffered back in May.

UDP Chairman comments on the recent resignations
The United Democratic Party (UDP) is faced with some uncertainty as several resignations came following the victory of Patrick Faber as the Party Leader-Elect. Most notably for many is the resignation of Gaspar Vega who pretty much controlled the north for the UDP.

Area Rep. Kareem Musa weighs in on Senate Report
The 160-page report from the Special Select Senate Committee was tabled yesterday in the Senate and has been released to the public. While we are still going through the findings of the committee and will be reporting to you accordingly, PUP’s Area Representative Kareem Musa spoke on the report and how he feels about it.

Eldon Arzu’s case back in court
The case against the Commissioner of Police by former president of the Police Association, Eldon Arzu, was back in court in front of Justice Sonya Young. At the last court session, arguments were made for the application for permission to file the judicial review.

Belizean students explain their struggles in Cuba
Belizean students currently in Cuba have written a plea to the government after the Ministry of Education announced a cut to their stipend. Ordinarily in September they would receive one hundred and fifty Cuban pesos but for this coming academic year the stipend will be cut to one hundred Cuban pesos monthly, equivalent to just over two hundred Belize dollars.

NOC contemplates locking down the Orange Walk District
San Felipe and Blue Creek Villages in the Orange Walk District remain under the State of Emergency tonight as a family of seven of Blue Creek was diagnosed with Covid-19. The mapping and tracing of these individuals continue by health officials to ascertain who else these persons have come in contact with.

CWU says Port of Belize Limited is heading the wrong direction
The Port of Belize Limited is planning to terminate 36 of its employees on the basis of redundancy. A letter was sent to the Christian Workers Union (CWU) with the details, a few days after the union gave its 21 days’ notice to strike. According to the CWU President, Evan Mose Hyde, things are moving in the wrong direction between PBL and the union.

Border jumpers; biggest risk for Belizeans
Border jumpers – they come into Belize via illegal crossings and undocumented. They also pose a great risk for Belizeans when they come in from the neighboring countries that are facing thousands of cases of Covid-19.

Mark King could be facing criminal charges
Former UDP Parliamentarian Mark King seems to have found himself in an entanglement of sorts and is possibly facing criminal charges. Perhaps such a situation could happen to just anyone, but last night it reportedly happened to King.

40th case of covid-19 identified
The Ministry of Health has identified the 40th case of covid-19. The person is an elderly female with underlying heart conditions who arrived into the country via the repatriation process.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize confirms 1 new case of COVID-19
The Ministry of Health confirmed 1 new case of COVID-19. A further set of samples […]

Over 21 dump trucks full of garbage taken from Albert Street Community in Belize City
Today, the Belize City Council in collaboration with the Water Walkers Boys and Girls Club […]

Belize receives COVID-19 sample collection kits and RNA extraction kits
In response to the request issued by the Presidents of Central American Integration System (SICA) […]

Southern Environmental Agency lawyers up following “defamatory” Facebook post
The Southern Environmental Agency (SEA) has threatened legal action against a person it claims has […]

Attorney General backs Estevan Perrera to lead Elections Commission, cites ‘constitutional protection’ of the right to association
On Wednesday, the Senate, by division, approved the appointment of attorney Estevan Perrera to the […]

UDP continues on despite losing Vega, Elrington
The confirmations of the departures of stalwarts Gaspar Vega and Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington from the […]

U.S. Government Delivers Emergency Kits to NEMO
Today, the United States Embassy delivered US $20,000 in supplies to Belize’s National Emergency Management […]

Police find 10 pounds of weed at Orange Walk bus terminal
On Wednesday, July 15, police conducted a joint operation at the bus terminal in Orange […]

UDP Chairman reaffirms party unity after rivals meet and shake hands
On Wednesday, party leader-elect of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Patrick Faber, and the man […]

BBQ and beach volleyball fundraiser being held for cancer warrior Wayne Eiley
A cancer diagnosis is sort of like a declaration of war. The patient and their […]

Tensions rising at Port of Belize as stevedores gather for protest
Stevedores are currently gathering in a protest at the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) Compound. […]

US Embassy resumes visa services
The United States Embassy in Belize informed that as of July 15, 2020, the embassy […]

Man dies during surgery procedure, wife blames doctor
Police are investigating the death of a man that occurred while he was undergoing a […]

Belizean-American businessman provides food assistance to COVID-19 patient
The wife of the COVID-19 patient from Santa Elena Town reached out to Breaking Belize […]

Mark King being investigated for firing a gun in public
Former United Democratic Party area representative Mark King is under investigation by police for allegedly […]


Inky’s Mini Golf at Sirenian Bay Resort
The first of its kind for Belize, Placencia is now home to Inky’s Mini Golf at Sirenian Bay! This 18-hole, professionally designed mini-golf course is a perfect vacation stop if you’re in Placencia or just nearby. Inky’s, rumored to be named after an octopus that escaped from the New Zealand National Aquarium to the Belize Barrier Reef, is the first of its kind in Placencia. As an offshoot of golf, mini-golf is much more casual while being fun for people of all ages and abilities! Essentially, your goal is to hit a ball from a tee-off point into a hole in as few shots as possible. That is. through plenty interesting (and tricky) obstacles to putt through, over, under, and around! Throughout the course, you’ll see Inky the Octopus themed across the area.

Delta Airlines resumes service to Belize in September
Delta Airlines will return service to Belize starting September 3, 2020; flights will resume three (3) times weekly form Atlanta (ATL). Belize’s international airport is slated to reopen on August 15. Travel to Belize includes stringent rules of engagement visitors must comply in order to stunt the re-emergence of COVID-19 virus; Belize was forced to close it’s borders three months ago in March. Reassured by the Prime Minister of Belize Hon. Dean Barrow, airlines are “ready to resume service once we [Belize] are”. While Delta returns to Belize in September, American and United Airlines return in August.

International Sourcesizz

A Stop in Tobacco Caye, Belize
Friendly residents and charm galore keep cruisers coming back to this tiny island off the coast of Belize. Cruising from island to island inside the world’s second-largest barrier reef, off the coast of Belize, is pretty darn sweet. The easterly trade winds blow steadily while the reef keeps wave heights to a minimum. There are dozens of islands to explore, but Tobacco Caye is the sweetest of all. This 4-acre caye (pronounced “key”) of coconut palms and brightly colored dwellings, perched in crystal-clear water on the tip of a southern section of reef, packs a lot of personality. The friendly, enthusiastic residents give the island a special vibe that keeps us coming back. On our recent visit, after we anchored our Morgan 38, Mary T, in a sandy patch off the northwest tip of the island (16° 54′ 02″ N, 88° 03′ 78″ W), my husband, Kenny, and I hopped into the dinghy and headed over to the Reef’s End Lodge restaurant, a major hub of activity at the southern tip of the island.

Caribbean Travel News
Here are the top stories making Caribbean travel news for July 17, 2020: As the US’ COVID-19 cases passed 3.6 million this week, these Caribbean countries are accepting Americans travellers with conditions: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Barbados, Bermuda, Dr, Jamaica, St. Barts, Curacao, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and The USVI .

Caribbean Business And Finance Report
Here are some of the top business and finance news making headlines across the Caribbean this week. Belize will strengthen its response to the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic with US$12.4 million from the World Bank. The funds will be used to provide social assistance to poor and vulnerable households impacted by the crisis.


  • Global Cooperation and Training Framework Workshop, 2min. The U.S. Embassy in Belize is thrilled to announce the next Global Cooperation and Training Framework workshop is coming to the Western Hemisphere. The theme for the event is the digital economy: options for Latin America and the Caribbean’s insertion into the chain of production and commercialization of high technology. In the coming months, the United States, Taiwan, and Japan will offer to Latin America and the Caribbean a series of virtual seminars and exchanges about the digital economy, rooted in our shared democratic values and our shared interest in economic prosperity and transparency

  • Yael Eisner at home in NJ after sailing from Belize on board BLUE NOTE, 15min. Yael Eisner for Israel Sailing Forum event April 30 2020

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - ANTHONY ALEXANDER ROMERO, 1min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - EDUARDO RAMIRO MENDEZ, 1min.

  • Inactive vehicle destroyed by fire at Town Council Barracks, 7min.

  • COVID-19 Watch, 62min. With the disruption of Belize's tourism industry, tens of thousands of jobs have been lost, and the impact may likely be felt for years to come. This experience has force us to examine our reliance on the industry and to think of ways to move Forward, Stronger in tourism!

  • The Belize Zoo highlights Emmanuel Peck in today's Bringing the Zoo to You, 3min. Keeper Feature: Meet Emmanuel! Continuing with our “Bringing the Belize Zoo To You” series, we’d like to introduce you to one of our mammal keepers and head primate keeper, Emmanuel Peck!

  • The Department of Youth Services has a nice video about backyard gardening, 4.5min. Check out our first episode of Backyard Gardening, hosted by our DYS Benque Youth Officers. And as a special prize today, we are giving away $20 CREDIT!

  • Crabs varieties in Belize, how cook the red ratty, 2.5min. There are over 4500 varieties of crabs in the world. We can find some of them in Belizean water. Some we can eat and other are scavenger. There are inland and fresh water and sea crabs. We have lots of kind of crabs in Belize. Today we will be sharing about the red ratty.

  • Ziplining in Belize!, 9min. Nick, Emily, her sister Melissa, and brother-in-law James go on the ultimate cruise excursion - a canopy zipline tour inside a rainforest in Belize! (2010)

  • Some Fishing visiting cayes around Belize city on the 20FT TROPHYBOAT, 11min.

  • Teachers from Belize, 9min. In an online session called Building Ships in Belize, a few teachers, Ms. Pascacsio and Ms. Ellis told us about advancements and challenges at their schools.