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The San Pedro Sun

Police hotlines activated to deter illegal border jumpers and contraband
The increase in cases of COVID-19 in Belize due to border jumpers and contraband smugglers prompted the private sector to join forces with the police department by installing five telephone lines, where these illegal activities can be reported. A social media messenger programme was also created in an attemptto tackle the situation. Since the launch of this project, no cases of illegal border crossing have been reported by the police.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Wednesday, July 22nd, Meal Pick ups:Location: Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill.Times:Village: 11:00am - 11:45am.Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

Essential Services Arbitration Tribunal to Convene on Wednesday, July 22, 2020
On July 7th, 2020, the Christian Workers Union (CWU) wrote to the Ministry of Labour, pursuant to Section 15 of the Settlement of Disputes in Essential Services Act, Chapter 298 of the Laws of Belize revised edition 2011, invoking 21 days’ notice by its members who work in the Security Department at the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) to take industrial action against the PBL. The letter intimated that this is due to unsuccessful efforts by the CWU to get the PBL to rescind a 10% salary reduction as well as address alleged breaches of the 2002 Collective Agreement between the Union and PBL.

The Belize Zoo “By Appointment Only” tour
The “By Appointment Only” tour offers animal experiences that cannot be obtained anywhere else in the world, led by Belize Zoo Founding Director Sharon Matola! The cost is 75bzd per person with up to 4 participants per tour. Participants will experience:Meet and greet with a tapir,Feed scarlet macaws,Meet rescued jaguar Lindo for a close encounter,Meet rescued jaguar Sylvia and feed her,Meet a rescued puma,Fly Titch the trained hawk,Meet the dynamic jaguarundis,Meet Panama the harpy eagle.Email frontdesk@belizezoo.org to book your experience! @ The Belize Zoo

Elijio Panti National Park Weekend getaway Hosted by Cayo Birders Club
The Cayo Birders Club is having an overnight event in Elijio Panti National Park this weekend. Let them know if you're interested. Weekend getaway will take us camping at Elijio Panti National park where we will be camping. This will allow some night walk and a early morning start to do some birding..Those interested please let us know 2 day before. Brimg along water and snack... a fee of $20.Bring along your cup and plates spoon and proper outdoor clothing .Those that have motorbikes or live in the village can pay their park fee only..

Service for the late Rubia Rosado on Caye Caulker
A small service for the late Rubia Rosado will be held on the beach in front of Costa Maya Beach Cabanas on Thursday July 23rd at 10:00 am. Her ashes will then be taken out to sea. Family and Friends are called to this announcement. Please wear bright colors.On behalf of her children: Yolanda, Janina, Clemy, Selena and Tico, they thank you all for your kind words and prayers during this difficult time.

One More Case of COVID-19 Detected Among Repatriates, Brings Total to 43 with 18 Active Cases So Far,
A further 67 samples were processed today for SARS-CoV2.Health officials have identified another case, this is in a female who came in through the repatriation process through the Northern Border station and is under quarantine in the Orange Walk district. The female is asymptomatic and is not requiring treatment at the moment.There is another recovered case, this is in a female who will now be leaving the quarantine facility.

Attorney General to File Request for Injunction to Stall Implementation of Redundancy at Port of Belize Limited
The Attorney General, on behalf of the Ministry of Labour, is seeking to file a request to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020, for an injunction to restrain the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) from implementing terminations of employees, majority of whom are members of the Christian Workers Union (CWU), also scheduled for July 22nd, 2020.The PBL and CWU are in a labour dispute in relation to the implementation of a 10% salary reduction by the PBL. This has been sent to the Essential Services Arbitration Tribunal for its consideration beginning tomorrow.

Change in Pump Price of Diesel Effective July 22, 2020
The Ministry of Finance announces that effective Wednesday, July 22, 2020, the pump price of diesel will increase by 60 cents from $7.61 to $8.21 per gallon.The prices for premium gasoline, regular gasoline and kerosene will remain unchanged at $9.21, $8.71 and $5.43 per gallon, respectively.

Civic Fellowship Program
Looking for an enthusiastic and creative intern for a project. Small compensation offered. Website design and updating Research Video editing Content creation Scheduling Other duties as may be required. Please send email to civicfellowsbz@gmail.com Send your WhatsApp # for an interview www.civicfellowsbz.com Also please check out our initiative and start applying to be a fellow.

Health and Safety Protocols for Tour Operators under the Tourism Gold Standard Recognition Program
As Belize prepares to welcome back international visitors,the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), in collaboration with its industry partners, has prepared new health and safety protocols for Tour Operators under the Tourism Gold Standard Recognition Program. These protocols aim to prepare Tour Operators to safely resume operations, as well as to protect both employees and guests.The guidelines represent best practices for the industry upon reopening, and it is anticipated that measures will evolve based on the progression of the virus and recommendations of public healthauthorities, in compliance with the Laws of Belize.

FROM THE PEOPLE OF #JAPAN - COROZAL TOWN COUNCIL HOLDS RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY FOR ASSETS WORTH $398,040.00
This morning, the Corozal Town Council held a packed ribbon cutting ceremony for assets worth $398,040.00 that was made possible via a GRANT from the Government of Japan.In January of this year, through the Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Project, the Government of Japan through its Ambassador Hiroyuki Kubota signed a grant contract with Mayor Rigo Vellos of Corozal Town for the procurement of a Garbage Dump Truck and a Garbage Compactor Truck.

New Arrival Protocols
Wondering what the new international arrival protocols and procedures for your visit will be? We have a created a page that combines all the information you need and we will post updates / amendments as they are made official.

San Ignacio Road Safety Visibility Project
The SISE Town Council has partnered with the "Belize Automobile Touring Association" in aRoad Safety Visibility Project. The project is specifically geard at repainting and enhancing the different Crosswalks, Pedestrian Ramps and Roundabouts closer to schools in preparation for the new school year!We continue to collaborate with different stakeholders in enhancing safety for our community members and at the same time add to the aesthetics of the Twin Towns!Through this medium, we give a heartfelt thank you to the Belize Automobile Touring Association for their kind contribution and collaboration!

The DYS is having their 5 a side football tournament this and next Sunday in Santa Elena
Please Take Note that the Tournament dates have been moved to Sunday, July 26 and August 02, 2020 at 9:00 am. "Due to youth participants whom are undergoing CXC and for those whom are resuming to work this week."

Virtual exhibition on the Ancient Maya Fishermen of Ambergris Caye

Deep Dive Talks
This Thursday, Deep Dive Talks is going regional! We're excited to have St. Lucian entrepreneur, Johanan Dujon, as our next guest.Join us as our host, Analee Chuc, chats with Mr. Dujon about his company, Algas Organics, and how their work is helping to combat the very real sargassum issue affecting the region.Hop on Instagram Live this Thursday, July 23rd at 12:30PM CST to learn more about Johanan Dujon's journey to starting Algas Organics, his well-deserved accolades along the way and a little about who he is when the 'CEO hat' comes off.

Channel 7

Port Readies To Send Home Workers, AG’s Office Seeks Injunction
The Port of Belize is getting ready to send home 36 staff members tomorrow and 29 of them are members of the Christian Workers Union.That union has been leading lunchtime protests with security workers for the past 14 days, leading up to their 21 days notice to strike. Today at noon we spoke to Christian Workers Union president Mose Hyde who says that PBL is acting against labour laws. "This is now day-14 of the staff of the Port of Belize Ltd., using their lunch hour to register their disapproval and their displeasure with what the union describes as unilateral and the illegal taking away a 10% from their earnings..."

CWU Questions Role Of Receivership in Waterloo Mega Investment Plan For Port
And while that labour dispute is being arbitrated, on a parallel track, the 200 million dollar Waterloo investment plan for the Port of Belize is going to a Department of Environment public consolation tomorrow. Now, weeks ago, the Prime Minister confirmed that this same investment plan had been rejected by Cabinet - but the Department of the Environment says the Public Consultation the Cargo Expansion and Construction of Cruise Terminal & Cruise Tourism Village Project, Port of Belize will proceed tomorrow. Today, the union president asked what's up with that and questioned the port's status as being in receivership:

Can Belize Learn A Lesson From the Bahamas
In other news...Last night, we told you about the spike in the number of coronavirus cases taking place in the Bahamas. They are one of the nations which re-opened its borders to tourism and visitor traffic. They started accepting tourist visits as of July 1st, and now, in only 3 weeks, they saw a spike of 49 new cases being detected. The Bahamas Ministry of Health statistics indicates that at this time, they have detected a total of 174 positive cases.As a result, Bahamasair, the country's international air carrier, announced on Monday that it was suspending regularly scheduled flights to the US, to conform with the Government's decision to close its borders to American tourists.

DHS Says No Active Cases In San Felipe/Blue Creek
We also asked the Director of Health Services and the Minister of Health about the status of the State of Emergency which was implemented in the northern communities of Blue Creek and San Felipe. The residents are clamoring for the lockdown to be lifted because they say that they are running out of available food and water resources. When we asked the DHS about the COVID status of these two communities, he told us that there are no active cases occurring there. Here's that conversation from this evening:

What Happens to Schools Under SOE?
But what does the quarantine mean for the schools in the villages? Will they be made to meet August 10th re-openings or will the lockdown keep them closed? That's what we asked Chief Education Officer, Carol Babb, this morning. Dr. Carol Babb, Chief Education Officer""I've spoken to the general manager of Catholic School Mrs. Thompson and she said that the school is physically ready, meaning that they are ready with sanitization supplies..."

Palace Coup for Pawpa Mena?
UDP Dangriga representative Frank Pawpa Mena is under pressure tonight - and it is coming from UDP's within his own constituency. Mena was reported to be considering not running again after his candidate for leader John Saldivar was defeated. But, 10 days later, he hasn't gone anywhere, and, now, a letter sent by ranking UDP's in the division to leader-elect Patrick Faber three days ago says, basically, that they've lost confidence in Mena and want him gone. It's a remarkable political hit against a sitting two term representative, and former divisional Chairman John Castillo, deputy Mayor Aaron Gongora, Town Councillors Earth Lopez and Alex Joseph along with two others write that Mena cannot win the seat.

Hon. Pablo, a Faber Ally, Stays Put
And so, while there is a call for UDP's Frank Mena to resign, the press asked his colleague, Pablo Marin, if he will be contesting the next general election in Corozal Bay.The 3-term COROZAL Bay representative gave an emphatic yes to that question. He also added that his constituents will no doubt recognize all he has done in his capacity as their area rep, and as Minister of Health. Here are those comments:

Nat. Sec. Minister Answers Major's Mother
Last night on the news you heard from Jean Baizar, the mother of Major Radford Baizar who did in the BDF helicopter crash in February. She spoke up to reject a statement made last Wednesday by Minister of National Security Michael Peyrefitte. Last week, Peyrefitte said that government had given the families of the four soldiers who died in the crash an ex gratia payment of one hundred thousand dollars each. Baizar's Mom called us to say that they had gotten nothing and the minister should be ashamed to speak such a mistruth.

Baizar’s Mother Answers Minister
Jean Baizar did discuss the issue of any discrepancy in the grant of administration when we spoke with her yesterday. She insists the Baizar family is all on the same page:Jean Baizar, Maj. Radford Baizar's mother:"And he was saying something that the families weren't having their things together, that's why they didn't get the money, because they weren't sure who was supposed to get what. Well I want to put it our there, the Baizar family we are on the same page, wife, everybody - we work together."

The Dollar Van Saga Continues
One place you'll have to guard against contracting COVID-19 is on public transportation which means water taxis, buses, and dollar vans. As we've reported the fares on those dollar vans have gone up 100% - and operators say it's because the price of everything else has gone up. And while that's their story, it's burning a hole in the pockets of anyone who depends on them to get around. But if you rode one this morning you might have gotten the welcome information that you're not required to pay anymore than one dollar. Our team was on the street this morning:

Two More COVID Cases, Both Repatriates
Belize has two more COVID cases to report tonight, bringing the total number to 42. The news came out last night when reporting on the results of 66 samples that were processed yesterday, most of them from the flight that arrived on Friday, July 17th.The two new cases of COVID-19 are both males; of of them came in through the Western Border from Guatemala and has been quarantined since he arrived in the country and the second case is from the returning flight on Friday. Both cases are asymptomatic and remain under quarantine.

Was MOH Truck In Melchor?
Today, we also asked the Director of Health Services about that video which went viral on Facebook several weeks ago, from a person who claimed to have busted a Ministry of Health vehicle in Melchor.If true, it would have been a gross violation of health standards by the officials who are supposed to be upholding them. But, the Director said that their best information suggests that it was a false report. Here's what he had to say about that when we brought it up today:

And On August 15th...
The Director of Health Services also told us that at this time, all quarantine protocols established for persons traveling to Belize will remain in place, once the country reopens the PGIA on August 15th. There will be no exceptions: both Belizeans and visitors alike will be expected to subject themselves to testing, and mandatory quarantine.

Manzanero: No community Spread In Cayo
We also asked Dr. Manzanero, about patient #39, a resident of Santa Elena Cayo, who deals in scrap metal, while his wife works at the market.He was detected last week with the coronavirus after after he showed up 2 weekends ago at the San Ignacio Community Hospital. He was suffering from gastrointestinal symptoms and a loss of sense of taste.

Ventilators From Mega Beverage Company
This afternoon, beverage giant Bowen and Bowen, completed its donation of a half-a-million dollars to the Ministry of Health.This evening, they invited the Health Minister, the Director of Health Services, and the press to their Belize City corporate office to officially hand over 8 ventilators to the Health Ministry.We spoke with both the donors and the recipients today about the donation:

Ashcroft Fund With Social Distance Assistance
And while the Ministry of Health received its ventilators. 105 schools nationwide are receiving much needed social distancing furnishings from Lord Micheal Ashcroft through his Belize Bank Limited. Ashcroft's COVID relief fund has designated $200,000 to update the 'three-student benches' that are standard furniture in many schools. It's a situation that makes physical distancing an issue and could only be resolved by the provision of individual student armchairs.

Will Schools Be Ready?
After the ceremony, we asked Babb what the new norms will be for schools and whether or not they'll be ready for August 10th?

MOH Appeals To Corporate Citizens
And while "catch and kiss" is certainly canceled, everything else about school needs run as relatively normal as possible. But that will take funds and additional supplies. Babb says that while several corporate citizens have been very generous there is still more ground to cover. Here's her appeal for additional resources to ensure the safety of all school-age children heading back to the classroom in the midst of the pandemic.

Channel 5

Legislation to Enforce Mandatory Quarantine Being Formulated
The tourism industry is gearing up for the arrival of international visitors to designated properties.  In less than a month, the Philip Goldson International Airport will reopen with flights from [...]

Cayo COVID Case Not Community Spread
Residents in the Cayo District can breathe a sigh of relief tonight. The COVID-19 case involving a male in his early fifties does not seem to be a community spread. [...]

Minister of Health: “That is the fear that we have.”
Two more COVID-19 cases were confirmed on Monday. This brings the total of active cases to eighteen. The tests resulted positive after sixty six more samples were processed, mostly from [...]

Shooting Survivors Need the Public’s Help!
Police continue to investigate a wild shooting that happened on Joseph Andrews Drive in San Ignacio on Sunday morning. The shooter was targeting football player, Windell Trapp, but he also [...]

Families of Deceased B.D.F. Airmen Say No Compensation has been Received
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte, following a senate meeting last Wednesday, told the media that the families of deceased B.D.F. airmen, Majors Adran Ramirez and Radford Baizar and Corporals Reynaldo Choco [...]

No Advance Either, Despite Trying COVID Times
COVID-19 has put a severe financial strain on families, and according to Matura, a suggestion was initially made for the Choco and Mendez families to receive an advance until they [...]

Widow of B.D.F. Airman May Be Asked to Relocate from Price Barracks
The widow of one of those deceased airmen continues to reside at Price Barracks, despite the likelihood that she will be asked to vacate the home since, as a civilian, [...]

U.D.P. Constituents in Dangriga Call for a Convention of the Constituency
In political news, Foreign Minister Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington and former minister Gaspar Vega both announced they will not seek re-election in the Pickstock and Orange Walk North constituencies. Their decision [...]

4000 Armchairs to be Purchased in Time for New School Year
Schools are scheduled to reopen on August tenth and across the country, preparations are underway to keep students safe when they return to classrooms as COVID-19 cases inch upward.  The [...]

No School to be Left Behind During Reopening
The Ministry of Education continues to receive financial assistance, as well as other donations from agencies across the country as it prepares for the reopening of schools on August tenth.  [...]

Is San Felipe School Prepared for August 10th Reopening?
The northern communities San Felipe and Blue Creek remain under lockdown during a thirty-day state of emergency prompted by a rash of COVID-19.  Amid the S.O.E. are concerns about the [...]

Relief for San Felipe?
There are also reports that San Felipe Village and Blue Creek will see some relief. The two villages have been on lockdown since July tenth, after a cluster of COVID-19 [...]

Minister Marin Explains N.H.I. Budget Cut
Last week, we reported that government had decided to cut the National Health Insurance’s Annual Budget as part of cost saving measures.  In order to sustain the programme and the [...]

Hospitals Implementing Cost Saving Measures
The N.H.I. is not the only health institution that is carrying out cost-saving measures. Hospitals across the country have been asked to tighten up its budget by removing unnecessary costs. [...]

AG Files Injunction Request Against PBL
For days we have been reporting on the escalating situation at the Port of Belize and stevedores who have been protesting for days.  Tonight, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte has become [...]

Case Management for Suit Against G.O.B. in Butane War
A case management session was held this morning involving attorneys for the Government of Belize and the former LPG importers who have since filed a constitutional claim challenging the legality [...]

Price for Diesel Goes Up
It is rough for consumers across the country due to COVID-19 pandemic and this Wednesday, it is going to be tougher.  That’s because the price of diesel will take a [...]

H.R.C.U. Issues Almost Half-a-Mil in Education Grants
The Holy Redeemer Credit Union gave almost half a million dollars in educational grants in time for the new school year. It is the biggest amount in financial aid that [...]

Dr. Manzanero Says M.O.H. Pick-up Did Not Cross Border
Last week, a video made its rounds on social media, showing a Ministry of Health pickup truck and alleging that health officers had crossed the western border into Melchor in [...]

Bowen & Bowen Ltd. Donates 8 Ventilators to M.O.H.
So far in the news we have reported on the donation for school furniture and grants for students. Eight ventilators were also today handed over to the Ministry of Health [...]

Dr. Manzanero Explains Health Protocols at P.G.I.A.
One of the topics discussed by Doctor Marvin Manzanero during today’s interview was the preparedness of the Philip Goldson International Airport to reopen to visitors and returning Belizeans.  Doctor Manzanero [...]

Acquiring a Gold Standard Certification Ahead of the Reopening of the P.G.I.A.
The clock is ticking for the reopening of the Philip Goldson Airport to international visitors on August fifteenth.  Today, the Ministry of Health reviewed the protocols in place. Hotels and [...]

Amandala

San Ignacio shooting – 5 shot, 2 dead, 3 injured
The peaceful town of San Ignacio was rocked by gunfire at about 1:30 this morning. Four men and a policeman were shot by a gunman as they were socializing in the parking lot of CK Nightclub.The four men, identified as Samuel Hill, 22, a taxi driver of Esperanza; Windell Trapp, 29, an unemployed resident of Santiago Juan Layout, San Ignacio; Marquees Robateau, 19, a sailor of the Belize Coast Guard; and Telesha Mckay, 29, a consultant of Esperanza Village, along with Danny Jimenez, a police officer of San Ignacio, are the victims.Police say that McKay and Robateau were sitting in the back seat of a Toyota Camry car, while Trapp and Hill were sitting in the front.

Accused gunman freed by court, then shot to death
Police have begun an investigation into the murder of Egbert Baldwin, 23, a Ladyville resident, and the wounding of Ronald Cole, 44, on Jackson Avenue in Ladyville on Saturday night, July 18, at about 9:30.Cole, also a Ladyville resident, had been walking on the road at the same time that Baldwin was shot, and was hit in the leg by a stray bullet.When police went to the scene of the shooting, they found Baldwin with gunshot wounds in the head and chest. Both men were taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), where Baldwin was declared dead on arrival and Cole was admitted in a stable condition.

PUC orders BEL to sign power purchase agreement with Santander
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) seem to be at odds. The electricity company and the PUC have been in negotiation with Santander Sugar Industry to finalize a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).BEL asserted that the PUC has sidelined them in the negotiations and is trying to push through an agreement that does not ensure the best interests of their stakeholders, which is a key objective of theirs.At a press conference held on July 15, the PUC announced that it would make an order under Section 23 of the Electricity Act to oblige BEL to comply with condition 17 of its license.

Independence police officer remanded for sexual assault of girl, 17
Constable Denfield Nelson Ramos, of the Independence formation of the Police Department, has been remanded until October 8 after being charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of rape for sexually assaulting a girl, 17.PC Ramos was arraigned yesterday, Thursday, at the Independence Magistrate’s Court by Magistrate Emerson Banner. No pleas were taken from him due to the nature of the case, and no bail was offered. He was then remanded.

Corporal Eldon Arzu given judicial review by court
On June 17, an election was held to select the police officer who would be the president of the Belize Police Association for 2020-2022. Corporal Eldon Arzu, the incumbent president who had been the serving president of the Police Association for the past 7 terms —14 years — again joined the race, seeking another term that would be his 8th term in the office.Over 1,650 police officers cast their vote. After the voting was concluded, the votes were tallied, and the results showed that Arzu had been soundly rejected. He only garnered 385 votes, while Sergeant Jane Usher garnered 729 votes.

Punta Gorda cop commits suicide
Police Constable No. 249, Brenton Garcia of the Punta Gorda police, originally from Dangriga, who has received several awards for his outstanding performance as a police officer, and for going beyond the call of duty, was found dead on his bed, with a gunshot wound in his head, yesterday evening.His common-law wife made the horrible discovery. Police were called to the residence in Magoon Area, and the body was taken to the Punta Gorda morgue.Reliable information to us is that when PC Garcia returned home after his shift, he told his common-law wife that he felt stressed, and he behaved as if he was intoxicated.

Four masked, armed men invade Maya Mopan house
A house in Maya Mopan was invaded at about 8:00 last night by four men who wore masks on their faces. Two of the men were armed with machetes, and the other two carried guns.In the house at the time was Gloria Tush, 26, a domestic of Maya Mopan, from whom the men demanded money.One of the gunmen held Tush at gunpoint, while the other three thieves ransacked the house, looking for money.

Editorial: PM Barrow got his five years; we got taken to the cleaners
On September 28, 2015, Prime Minister Dean Barrow called on the Governor General, Sir Colville Young, and advised him to dissolve the House of Representatives and set November 4, 2015, as the date for a general election. The UDP, having won the previous general election in March 2012, had a mandate to remain in office until March 2017. The UDP won the 2015 general election, 19 seats to 12, thus they parlayed 16 months into 5 long years.In November 2014 supporters of the UDP government came out in numbers to a rally in Belmopan, where they heard about all the wonderful things the government was doing to develop the country with extremely soft loans derived from the special loan program, the Petro Caribe fund, set up by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

BCCI supports Senator Lizarraga
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry leapt to the defense of the Business Senator, Mark Lizarraga, after Wednesday’s proceedings in the National Assembly. During the debate on the appointment of attorney Estevan Perera as the new chair of the Elections and Boundaries Department (EBD), Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte asserted that Senator Lizarraga’s lack of support for Perera stems from his (Lizarraga’s) political affiliations, which make him inclined to disagree with any motion made by the government:

Senators wary about the Integrity Commission Chair
At last week’s sitting of the Senate, it was decided that attorney Deshawn Arzu-Torres would in fact be reinstated as the chairwoman of the Integrity Commission. The chairwoman is now serving her second term after succeeding Marilyn Williams, who left the Commission in 2018.The Commission consists of seven members and the chairperson, and is tasked with investigating the declared assets and liabilities of elected officials in order to ensure that they are transparent and accountable in regards to their finances.

Locust scare puts BAHA on the watch
Since mid-July, farmers in Belize have been on the alert for a possible invasion of locusts after swarms of the insect were reported to have been feeding on crops in parts of Guatemala, including the Peten District, which is not far from Belize.The Director of Plant Health at the Belize Agriculture and Health Authority (BAHA), Francisco Gutierrez, told us that to date, Monday, July 20, 2020, it has been just a scare, but they are still monitoring the fields.

Tragedy for footballers – Verdes’ Windell Trapp shot dead, Police United’s Danny Jimenez seriously injured
Just getting back into the groove of football games following the recent lifting of the State of Emergency, the football community was rocked on Sunday morning with the tragic news of a drive-by shooting in San Ignacio that resulted in one footballer dead and another seriously injured. Five individuals were reportedly shot as they exited a club in San Ignacio early Sunday morning. Among them were two footballers who had just participated in a game on Saturday night in Benque Viejo; Windell Trapp of Verdes FC lost his life, and national team player Daniel “Danny” Jimenez of Police United FC was seriously injured and is reportedly fighting for his life. Another individual, Samuel Hill, was also reportedly killed in the incident.

Weekend Warriors Sunday Race results – July 19, 2020
Here are the results from yesterday’s Weekend Warriors (WW) Sunday Race. “A” & “B” rode together from Old Belize to Data Pro via Boom Road and back, for 50 miles; and the “C” rode from Old Belize to Boom Village Junction and back, for 40 miles. The race started at 8:15 a.m.Some 18 riders started the “A/B” race, and 15 finished; while 11 of 12 starters completed the “C” race.

Pere and Compol said wi fu tayr dem out
There is a true saying – not all sayings are true, but this one is – yes, there is a truth that there is some good even in the worst of us, and so I wasn’t surprised when good came from the Attorney General. He has absolutely bullied the genteel members of the Senate (Dear Mr. Pere, none of the social partners have ever offered themselves as candidates in any election, so please do not try and sucker them into the gutter with any rabblerousing.)Hn, one wouldn’t want to imagine what our little Belize would have been like if Pere’s parents had spared the rod while he was growing up. I don’t want to recall all the bad things he said when he was running in Freetown.

Get ready: it’s going to be a bumpy ride
Dear Editor,According to the website https://countrymeters.info/en/Belize/economy, Belize’s debt in US dollars is 3.365 billion and Belize’s GDP in US dollars is $ 1.997 billion, which means that the country has a debt to GDP ratio of 168.5 %.This is phenomenal. I warn that the global financial crisis has not climaxed and things will get worse before they get better. In 2006 in the US, people started to default on their mortgage loans, but it did not climax until 2008.

NEEDED: A BULL’S-EYE RESET
Samuel Haynes got a ballocking from Clinton Luna over a poem Haynes wrote 90 years ago, titled “Land of the Gods.” Luna mistakenly thought that the “gods” Haynes had in mind were the Baymen, and in that way the poem relegated other ethnicities in Belize to subservient roles, in particular those of Ibérico-Mayan lineage. He took the cudgel to the poet. (See “Our National Anthem Is Discriminatory,” in the Amandala 7/15/2020.]

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today
Dear Editor,The internet, artificial intelligence and sovereignty will be key issues of the 21st century. The entire global economy is in disarray. The fight for technological dominance between the US and China is indicative of the importance of the internet to the future of the world.Business, education and everyday life will increasingly involve the use of the internet and therefore, the internet will become vital to the modern world.

Honduran Garifuna leader Snider Centeno kidnapped
The Garifuna community of Triunfo de la Cruz has issued an alert over the kidnapping of the President of the elected council, Snider Centeno, and two others, by armed men who entered their home early morning Saturday.According to the Organización Fraternal Negra de Honduras or Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras, Ofraneh, Sneider Centeno was kidnapped along with Milton Martinez and Suany Alvarez, the three of whom are defenders belonging to the community’s Land Committee. Their whereabouts are unknown.

The Reporter

Death of a child in Bella Vista
Police in Independence are investigating the circumstance surrounding the death of a child in Bella Vista Village. Just after 4:30 this evening the motionless body of the one-year-old was found floating inside a well. Preliminary information is that the child's mother reported that the baby was playing along with several other children in the yard when he went missing. The mother reported that when she went looking for her son, she found him inside the well, already dead.

LOVE FM

SUGAR CROP ENDS
Sirens sounded tonight at around 10:20 in Orange Walk Town signaling the last delivery of sugar cane and the end of this crop season. The season was met with multiple challenges including poor quality cane due to excessive mud, decreased production and decreased revenues for farmers.

Ministry of Education to help all schools prepare to open
The Ministry of Education has promised that no school will be left behind when classes reopen on August 10. Chief Education Officer, Dr Carol Babb, has stated that she will do all she can to ensure that schools are properly equipped to keep students safe during this time.

San Felipe resident face issues while under SOE
Residents in San Felipe Village, Orange Walk District are feeling the pinch under the current State of Emergency. No one can enter or exit the village as law enforcement has been guarding the entrances after a family of seven was diagnosed with Covid-19 and officials had cited the illegal crossings being a critical issue in the area.

LPG companies worse for wear
Diesel price will see an increase as at midnight tonight. The pump price of diesel will increase by 60 cents taking it from $7.61 to $8.21 per gallon.

Belmopan residents weigh in on sending their children to school
Parents across the country are debating whether to send their kids to school in August. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz spoke to the residents of Belmopan to get their opinions.

Families of deceased BDF soldiers still have not been paid
Almost five months after the helicopter crash that killed four Belize Defence Force soldiers in the Gales Point area, their families have yet to receive the ex-gratia payment they were promised by the government. The Minister of National Security, Michael Peyrefitte stated on July 16 that the money has been paid out; but, family members have reached out to say that this is a blatant lie.

SEA prepared to go to court over false claims
Attorney Audrey Matura is engaged in another battle after the former executive director of Ya'axché Conservation Trust allegedly made false comments about Matura’s client, Southern Environmental Association (SEA). In a Facebook post, Alamilla claimed that SEA’s Board of Directors is considering using Little Water Caye as collateral for a bank overdraft since covid-19 has caused a financial strain on the NGO.

AG to file injunction to stop employees from being terminated from PBL
The Attorney General is seeking to file a request to the Supreme Court for an injunction to restrain the Port of Belize from implementing termination of employees. The AG is planning to file this on behalf of the Ministry of Labor tomorrow, July 22, which is the same date that the workers were set to be terminated.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize registers 1 new case of COVID-19
Today, the Ministry of Health confirmed a new case of COVID-19. The patient is a […]

Attorney General to file request for injunction to stall implementation of redundancy at Port of Belize Limited
The Government informed today that the Attorney General, on behalf of the Ministry of Labour, […]

Corozal Town Council receives equipment valued at over $300,000 from Japan
Today, the Corozal Town Council held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the receival of […]

Ministry of Education says plans proceed for August school reopening
Despite the misgivings of some teachers and parents, the Ministry of Education is moving ahead […]

Ministry of Labour calls on National Trade Union Congress to urgently name representative for arbitration tribunal
The Ministry of Labour (MOL) is calling on the National Trade Union Congress of Belize to […]

Tropical depression forms over the Central Tropic Atlantic
A tropical depression has formed over the Central Tropic Atlantic. According to the National Hurricane […]

Environmentalists present united front in opposition to Port of Belize cruise project; consultation set for Wednesday
Despite what appeared to be a ‘no’, or at least ‘not yet’ from Cabinet as […]

Pump price for diesel to increase by 60 cents
The Ministry of Finance announced a short while ago that effective Wednesday, July 22, 2020, […]

Police warn resort owner to cancel upcoming concert
The Midas Resort in San Ignacio was recently advertising the “Before the Plane Lands Pool […]

Commissioner of Police threatens nightclub’s license
The owners of the night club in front of which a double murder and multiple […]

Calaney Flowers: A.G. relieved right to appeal upheld
The Caribbean Court of Justice formally established last week that the State, in the person […]

Police: Gang rivalry responsible for multiple shooting, homicide
Police arrived on the scene of the early-morning double-homicide on Saturday in San Ignacio Town […]

Belize registers 2 new cases of COVID-19
The Ministry of Health has confirmed 2 new cases of COVID-19. The Ministry processed a […]

National Trade Union Congress stands with University of Belize Faculty and Staff Union
The National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) has pledged to support the newly-formed University […]

The rise of new Deputy Commissioner of Police Dezerie Phillips Magdaleno
Last week Tuesday, Dezerie Jacklyn Phillips Magdaleno was promoted to Deputy Commissioner of Police, Administration […]

Over 30 student athletes participate in basketball camp hosted by BK Sports Group
The BK Sports Group, formerly the BK Volleyball Foundation, assisted the sporting careers of some […]

“No real damage from locusts, monitoring still ongoing,” says agricultural authority
The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) said today that Belize had very limited impact from […]

CK Sports Bar says incident didn’t begin inside establishment
CK sports bar and restaurant in San Ignacio issued a statement today saying that the […]

Blogs

Play castaway on a Sandbar!
While many residents and visitors enjoy jumping into the beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean Sea off our shores, some also enjoy a leisurely soak in the shallows of sandbars. Tiny spits of packed sand, wholly exposed to the elements and often submerged under a high tide, sandbars give you that sense of ‘walking on water.’ When I get the chance to visit a sandbar, I often pretend I’m a castaway basking in the hot sun, hoping for rescue – but only after my BBQ feast and a few cold ones!

Own a home in Belize? You can return in Phase 3 of its Reopening
Once the airport reopens under Phase 3 of Belize’s Travel Reopening Plan, home owners can also return to Belize. While it is recommended to present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel to Belize. However, if you are unable to, you will be required to take a PCR test at the Belize international airport. If the test result is negative, the Ministry of Health will provide clearance for you to go home, but recommends 14 days of self-isolation. Those testing positive upon arrival will be placed in mandatory quarantine for a minimum of 14 days, at your own expense.

Why Gen Z Travelers Could Be Key to the Travel Industry’s Recovery
However, despite the disruptions in travel plans, 21% of Americans are still planning leisure travel before fall, with Gen Z making up a majority of this percentage. But how can advisors more effectively communicate with Gen Z travelers, and what are they looking for in their next travel experience? Matt Conlin, co-founder and CEO of Fluent, Inc. discussed his findings following the recent Future of Travel report, which surveyed people about who is going to be traveling in the short-term, where they plan to go and how they plan to get there.

Victoria House announces Reopening in September
Victoria House has announced it will be reopening its resort and spa to international guests this fall, on September 18, 2020. They are now taking reservations and to make sure guests enjoy their vacation safely, they have introduced new safety measures and introduced flexible booking policies. Along with the exciting announcement of their reopening, Victoria House included all visitors need to know on how the hotel is getting ready to reopen here. With this announcement, we have rounded up all you need to know on this luxury beachside retreat. Read on, and we are sure you’ll make a reservation soon after.

10 reasons why living in belize is the best – and everyone should move here
Are you still hesitating about your move to Belize? Read this list to discover the top 10 reasons you’ll enjoy living in this small, beautiful country.1. YOU’LL NEVER BE BOREDBelize has many recreation opportunities. You’ll never run out of places to explore or things to do. You can enjoy beach life, hiking, river cruising, walking, learning about Belize’s history or visiting a wildlife sanctuary. There’s something for everyone here.2. YOU DON’T NEED A CARIf you live in one of the popular areas, you won’t need a car. You can walk to the market, shops, restaurants, outdoor recreation areas, church and post office. If you need to travel further, hop on a bus or hail a cab.

Ambergris Caye: The Best Fishing Destination In BelizeOne of the biggest fishing paradises in the world is the South Caribbean. Within that area, it’s hard to beat Ambergris Caye, which is located off Belize’s eastern coast. This spot is considered one of the best in the whole region, not just Belize. The reason is its geographical diversity. You’ll find shallow water flats, deep open water, bays, inlets, atolls and one of the world’s largest coral reefs.Fishing in Ambergris Caye is generally good all year, just like the weather in Belize. However, the very best months are between May and November. If you want to fish near land, then it’s easy to do with the various piers off the island. The shallow flats are some of the best and most popular fishing spots. You can catch bonefish, tarpon and permit in these shallow areas around the atolls.

Retirees Cite Top 6 Reasons to Relocate to Belize Over Neighboring Caribbean Nations
When news reached the media about Belize’s low cases of COVID-19 cases, retirees took notice. For those already considering this affordable, accommodating nation, Belize quickly moved up to first place on dream destination lists. English is the nation’s first language, weather is warm year-round and retirees receive benefits from the government that have no equal.When queried, seniors cited myriad reasons beyond the aforementioned three, says Scott Fuson, Sales Director for Salt Life Belize, the newest, most luxurious 50-acre community development on Ambergris Caye. “This is the perfect time to start thinking about making that retirement move now that Belize is opening for business on August 15, 2020,” he adds. When queried, Fuson said these six reasons top lists of people eager to retire to a warm, affordable, hospitable location.

International Sourcesizz

New paper: Shifting baseline syndrome among coral reef scientists
70% of coral scientists under the age of 40 stated that they never witnessed an Acropora sp.-dominated reef,whereas 96% of the coral experts over the age of 60 stated the opposite. This demonstrates the dramatic change in coral reefs from just one generation of experts to the next.

A Deeper Dive Into the The Caribbean Diving Industry
The pristine underwater gardens of the Caribbean offer an incredible array of reef systems and marine life that make the Caribbean a huge favorite for dive tourism. It is predicted that divers will be one of the first groups to resume travel once the Caribbean fully reopens its borders post-COVID. The webinar featured specialists in the dive industry who presented exciting dive destinations and experiences. Panelists weighed in on how their business has been impacted with reduced group sizes, new health and safety protocols and the adoption of best practices to protect customers and staff against the challenges bedeviling the industry.

Belize Details Its Reopening Strategy
Belize is taking a measured approach in terms of its reopening strategy to work toward ensuring that the health and safety of its visitors takes center stage. “Belize’s number one priority is making sure cleanliness and hygiene measures are in place,” said Karen Bevans, director of the Belize Tourism Board. In June, the destination announced that the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City will reopen on August 15, 2020, initiating the third stage of the country’s five-phase tourism reopening strategy.

Videos

  • Maya Archaeology Field School in Belize, 3.5min. Northern Arizona University - Education Abroad

  • Some fishing and visiting the cayes around Belize City, 21min.

  • Conversation with a Missionary - Dan Dinsmore (Belize), 75min. Pastor Brian Johnston, from Gospel Light Baptist Church of (Toronto) Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada... in conversation with Dan and Tracy Dinsmore, missionaries in Belize, Central America

  • Belize Tourism Industry: Charting a way forward, 2.5hr. Our BTIA team sharing details on our upcoming forum, Belize Tourism Industry: Charting a way forward, to be held this Friday, July 24th at 9am.

  • Belize vacation/ Winter Bee's family vacation, 10min. Our Belize vacation, check out winter Bee's family vacation to my beautiful country Belize. Watch as we tour Belize virtually and enjoy every minute of it. Cant wait to do this again, family vacation to Belize is the best.

  • dolphins Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve #Belize 20jul2020, 1min.

  • La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge 2020 Day 4 | Canoe Race and Belize City Finish, 16min. Conceptualized by Richard Harrison of Big-H Enterprises for the purpose of launching Vida brand purified water, La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge made its debut on March 9, 1998.It was an opportunity to bring together many partners in order to build an event that would allow for promotional themes of ‘natural products’ identified with sports, endurance, while at the same time raising consciousness about one of Belize’s natural resources: The Belize Old River.

  • Driving by Central Park in San Pedro looking all fresh with new paint, 1min.