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The San Pedro Sun

Belize’s Garifuna Council denounces abuses on Honduras’ Garifuna people
The National Garifuna Council (NGC) in Belize is in solidarity with the Garifuna community in Honduras, after four of their members – Aparicio Mejia Garcia, Joel Martinez Alvarez, Alberth Snider Centeno Tomas, and Junior Rafael Juárez Mejía* – were allegedly kidnapped on Saturday, July 18th by a group of men dressed as police officers. The incident took place in the municipality of Triunfo de la Cruz in the Atlantida Department by the Caribbean Sea, where around 6AM, the four Garifuna community members were taken away from their respective homes.

Sargassum influx increasing on Ambergris Caye
A massive load of Sargassum seaweed is expected to continue making its way to Belize over the coming months. Despite arriving later than normal this year, the amount of the seaweed landing on the shores in the region has apparently already exceeded the 2019 figures. On Ambergris Caye, Sargassum continues to accumulate triggering beach resorts to establish containment barriers to keep their shorelines free of the algae.

Customs says street vendors’ Mexican products are properly screened
Representatives from Customs and Excise on Ambergris Caye have indicated that products brought over from Mexico and sold on the streets – particularly Angel Coral Drive – have undergone safety protocols at the northern border. This information was corroborated by a customs broker at the northern border, indicating that no cargo enters the country unless it is properly sanitized. According to customs, when the items are brought in, they are sprayed and kept overnight in an area within the border before they are allowed to enter Belize.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Thursday, July 23rd, Meal Pick ups: Location: Hibisca. Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

Tropical Depression Seven becomes Tropical Storm Gonzalo
The center of Tropical Storm Gonzalo was located near latitude 9.9N, longitude 43.1W, or about 1250 miles East of the southern Windward Islands. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph as it moves to the WNW at 12 mph. Currently this system does NOT pose a threat to Belize and our coastal waters.

Grand Final of Copa San Pedro
Come out and Support your favorite team Grand Final of Copa San Pedro, Saturday August 1st, 2020. Game starts at 7pm Live Broadcast by Acción Deportiva FaceBook Page

Public consultations for the environmental screening (EIA) process have been temporarily postponed
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Department of the Environment (DOE), in the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, hereby informs the public that, in consultation with the National Environmental Appraisal Committee, all public consultations for the environmental screening (EIA) process have been temporarily postponed until further notice. Therefore, any planned site visit and public consultation for EIA reports will be rescheduled for a later date. The DOE apologizes for any inconvenience caused.

Eight ventilators donated from Bowen and Bowen
Yesterday, the Ministry of Health received eight ventilators from Bowen and Bowen Limited and Companies (B&B) in a small handing over ceremony at their Belize City offices. The Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin and the Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero both received the donation on behalf of the Ministry of Health and the Government of Belize. The donation yesterday was one of the final items we have received from a larger donation list. We express gratitude to Bowen and Bowen Limited for their continued support to help us prepare our health staff and facilities to manage any COVID-19 situation we may encounter in the future.

El Pilar receives grant from National Science Foundation
Great news on the archaeology front. El Pilar has been awarded a long term grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant amount is almost $300,000us, and the project will go through June 2025. The project funds a large range of research in how the Maya lived and used the land. We are happy to announce the El Pilar Project has been awarded a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate ancient Maya settlement patterns and human-environment interactions in the Maya Forest! Our team of researchers and citizen scientists from Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, and the United States will explore the question of why the ancient Maya lived where they did by examining settlement patterns and their relationship to the environment.

"Caribbean Tourism Fireworks" press conference
The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association is hosting its "Caribbean Tourism Fireworks" press conference on July 24! BTB's Director of Marketing & Industry Relations, Mrs. Misty Michael, will be among the panelists to discuss reopening and new industry protocols. Tune in on CHTA's Facebook Live on Friday.

WEBINAR: "Digital Learning and other education forms"
The Government of Colombia has organized a series of webinars on Best Practices for "Digital Learning and other education forms" to respond to the Global Health Crisis caused by the COVID-19. The first which will be held tomorrow will focus on the strategy implemented by the Ministry of Education of Colombia in partnership with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies of Colombia : “Digital Learning and other education forms with content for everyone” .

YOU CAN HELP YOUR SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY
The Department of the Environment is launching its program that seeks to assist primary schools and community groups/persons that are excited to make a difference in their school or community...Apply today using the Request for Assistance Form found at: http://doe.gov.bz/help-your-community/

Chair of Integrity Commission Sworn-in for Second Term
This morning at the Belize House in Belmopan, Mrs. Deshawn Arzu Torres was sworn-in as the chair of the Integrity Commission for a second term by the Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young. Mrs. Torres is an attorney-at-law and founding partner of Mckoy Torres LLP. She earned a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (Hons) from the Cayman Islands Law School, University of Liverpool in 2003, and completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom in 2004.

Health staff training countrywide on COVID-19 Pandemic Interim Guidelines
The Ministry of Health has been conducting on-going trainings with health staff countrywide on COVID-19 Pandemic Interim Guidelines. The Deputy Director of Health Services,(DDHS) Dr. Francis Morey along with a support team of specialist doctors is conducting the trainings. Specific topics include Moderate COVID-19 in adult patient, COVID-19 and Pediatrics and Sepsis in COVID-19 among others. The training today is being done at Western Regional Hospital. For more information contact: Dr. Francis Morey, DDHS, Ministry of Health.

Vector Control Unit on Caye Caulker
Last week, a preventative for dengue was done and the vector control unit was on the island and made a trip across to North Caye Caulker to fumigating and conducting inspection of yards. We appreciate the hard work of the Vector Control and the partnership with the Caye Caulker Village Council.

Street Works on Caye Caulker
Some street works were completed on the entrance of Bahia and street works continue with the heavy equipment this week in the entire community. We ask that you kindly co operate with our workers as they direct traffic.

Wheel chairs Donated on Caye Caulker
Last week Thursday, two Belize Red Cross representatives were here to distribute wheel chairs to several individuals in need. One will also be handed over to the Caye Caulker Health Center for use by the nurse. The Caye Caulker Village Council and receiving residents sincerely thank the Belize Red Cross for their kind donation. If anyone is in need of a wheelchair, and did not get please contact any Council Member immediately to aquire one on your behalf.

The Future of Electric Power in Belize
Covid-19 has forced us to double down on our pursuit of resilience and self-reliance in many sectors - including Energy! Tune in this Thursday at 8pm on Channel 7 and our Facebook page to learn what some of the energy experts and regulators have to say about The Future of Electric Power in Belize and in the region! Be sure to also leave your questions for our panelists!

Rotary Offers Scholarships in Corozal
Today Mayor Rigo Vellos joined the Rotary Club of Corozal as they handed out 51 scholarships to deserving students in our district. The Rotary Club of Corozal started this initiative in 1978 and have since then been assisting students here in Corozal. The Rotary Club of Corozal has positively impacted many lives and today was no exception. Mayor Rigo Vellos and the Corozal Town council continue to support all civic and community organizations, for in these times only by working together will we attain our just objectives. Join us in congratulating all students and expressing a warm thank you to the Rotary club of Corozal.

BWS Pre-Qualification of Bidders
Belize Water Services Limited (BWS) intends to pre-qualify eligible contractors to facilitate bidding for its required works and services. Projects or works may be in any district location. Contractors are requested to indicate which district or districts they prefer. Below are the categories for work:

“Path to Recovery” webinar by Expedia
In the era of Covid-19, it is imperative to learn how to capture opportunities and be visible to potential future travelers. Join the “Path to Recovery” webinar by Expedia, where you will learn strategies to capture demand, attract travelers and insights for travel rebound. Click here to register: https://go.expediagroup.com/Americas-RR-1641.html

The U.S. Embassy is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the following position: Security Investigator (Foreign Service National Investigator)
This position was previous advertised via vacancy Belmopan-2020-05. This position is being re-advertised with the experience for education substitution option. If you previously applied for vacancy Belmopan-2020-05 and are interested in this revised vacancy, you will be required to submit a new application for this vacancy, to be considered.

Virtual exhibition on the Ancient Maya Traders of Marco Gonzalez, Ambergris Caye

Creative Highlight Wednesday: George Chacon
Meet and greet a young entrepreneur in our community that is growing in the culinary world! George Chacon, best known as ‘Chef Donovan’ is a young entrepreneur who operates a food take-out and delivery business: D’ Wingz Spot & Grill in Benque. He also caters for events and special occasions and works at a resort in Cayo. George graduated from Mopan Technical High School where he took a 2-year course in food prep. He has learned to make Pastas, soups, salads, baking and grills. His passion in cooking started at a very young age; at the age of 12. He spent most of his time in the kitchen helping his grandmother in making Pizza and pastries which they used to sell in the evenings after school.

ATTORNEY GENERAL FILES INJUNCTION TO STOP FIRING OF PORT OF BELIZE EMPLOYEES
The Attorney General, on behalf of the Ministry of Labour, is seeking to file a request to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 22-', 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 22', 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.

Channel 7

Eruption At The Port Started with Minor Incident
Weeks of mounting industrial tension at the Port of Belize exploded into anger today when management went ahead and fired 36 employees for redundancy. That was at 11:00 am - and within 90 minutes, the Port would be convulsed in chaos, with the GSU unleashing tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protestors, Stevedores who were protesting the firings. For the Barrow administration - which has been publicly taking the side of these stevedores - it will be a day of infamy: the day the security forces turned on peaceful protestors with extreme force and prejudice.

Chaos At The Port, Police Turn On Peaceful Protestors
So, that was all resolved by 8:15 am, relatively peacefully, with one stevedore, Edward Saldano detained for obstruction after he got in front of one of the two trucks. But that caused no real fuss and things remained calm - leading up to 11:00 when the stevedores had to go inside the compound as usual to offload a ship that had just arrived that. But, shortly before that, there was a sudden blackout at the Port - and that's where the tension started to mount. Cherisse Halsall picks up the story:

Security Minister: GSU Should Not Have Released Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets on Protestors
The pain is all too real for the stevedores and the port workers, they were suffocated and brutalised on the frontlines today - but there is also political pain for the ruling UDP. The party put out a proud press release at midday boasting, quote, "the United Democratic Party strongly supports the waterfront workers at the Port of Belize and commends the Attorney General for interceding on their behalf to protect the rights that are duly afforded to them under the Belize Labour Act." end quote. It goes on to inveigh against the Ashcroft Alliance and all the usual political jazzbut when you look at what happened on the ground today, the strident public statements and the reprehensible police conduct are irreconcilable.

COMPOL Says CWU Has Rights To Feel Betrayed
And this evening at 5:00, the Commissioner of Police called an emergency press briefing to say much along the line of his minister. By then he had already had a debriefing with the GSU to try and find out the answer to that burning question: who gave the order? This evening he told the press that the incident has undermined his credibility, with the CWU which whose members, he says, were well within their rights to believe that he set them up. Chester Williams- Commissioner of Police: "The Port of Belize wanted the police to move the people off the compound. So, I said to the commander of Eastern Division, my position is that once these people are on the compound and they are peaceful, then let us allow them to express themselves peacefully..."

Min. Of Labour Goes to Court to Block PBL
So, while that was the drama and ruction on the ground at the Port, the dispute landed in the courtroom of Justice Sonya Young this afternoon. As we told you, that's because the Attorney General filed an urgent application for an injunction on behalf of the Labour Department. Before Crown Counsel Kileru Awich, who represented the Government, began presenting his arguments, Senior Counsel Godfrey Smith, who represented the Port of Belize, pointed out that the issue that the injunction seeks to address has already occurred.

Government Says It Can’t Believe Port Went Ahead
And, in our interview this evening, the Attorney General also explained the government's rationale for its last minute application: Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General/Minister of National Security: "We did not think that just summarily trying to dismiss people without the process taking place, was in the best interest of the stevedores, the company or the Port of Belize. So we felt that it was neccessary to at least bring the court's attention to it and hopefully we can get the court to stop the company from dismissing these people before we can exhaust the process that was agreed upon."

A Killing In Carmelita
There was a murder last night in the village of Carmelita, ORANGE WALK, and the victim was a newcomer to that community. He's 28-year-old Terrique Munnings, who moved to that location several months ago after he was shot in his crime ridden "La Milpa area" of Ladyville. The victim's family tells us that after that incident, he struggled to recover from the gunshot injuries he suffered to the arms and legs. He made the decision to move north to avoid crime and violence, but last night death found him even there.

COMPOL Says Killers Will Be Caught
And justice for Munnings may be forthcoming, as the commissioner says that police are on the lookout for two suspects who they hope to have in custody soon. "The Police responded last night to information of a body on the side of the road just after you pass the second speed bump in Carmelita Village. There they found the lifeless body of a Creole descent male person with multiple chop wounds. The body was taken to the hospital where it was pronounced dead on arrival. The police have two suspects that we are looking for and we are hoping that we could find them very soon."

Shooters on Motorbikes in Calcutta
And while Munnings was attacked by three men, another victim, this one from the village of Calcutta in the Corozal District was targeted by two men on motorcycle. This evening the Commissioner gave us a snapshot of what happened. "Yes, I received a briefing from OC Corozal about an hour and a half ago that the victim may have gone to a jewelry repair shop and while he was in his vehicle two persons came on a motorcycle and fired several shots in the vehicle. He was caught and eventually he was rushed to the hospital and he later succumbed to the injuries. So that is what I have so far."

Cayo Cops Still Looking For Killer In Double Murder
And in the days since the end of the national lockdown, there has been very little respite from gun violence. On Monday we told you about the brutal executions of Windell Trapp and Samuel Hill who were parked inside a taxi cab in front of San Ignacio's CK nightclub. The commissioner says that the gunmen have mostly been captured with one straggler still at large.

CHAIRMAN ON FRANK PAWPA...
As we told you last night, the UDP has a problem in Dangrige. Prominent UDP's. - including town councillors are making a move against representative, Frank Pawpa Mena - who has won two elections there. With months to go before a general election, they are calling for a convention to select a new standard bearer. They have written to the UDP leader elect Patrick Faber to say that Mena can't win the division again. Mena was also not a Faber supporter in the divisive leadership convention and there had been suggestions that he would step down if Faber emerged as leader. He has not.

The King and His Court
Mark King, the controversial, 1-term UDP Area Rep., is tonight a free man after he was initially charged with aggravated assault with a firearm. According to police reports, at around 12:10 a.m. on July 16th, 2020, they received reports of gunshots being fired on Signa York Street in Belize City's Belama Phase 1. They responded, and that's when they spoke to King's accuser, Emil Lisbey. He told the cops that he had invited King's girlfriend, 24-year-old Selena Urias and other friends over for some drinks. While they were all inside the house, King showed up.

The Fibs Over The Foils
On last Friday's news, we gave you a small peek at the 160 page final report on the 2017 Senate Hearings on Immigration. This was the 13-month-long inquiry that the Senate Special Select Committee conducted to investigate multiple instances of hustling at Immigration which the Auditor General found during her audit of the Department from 2011 to 2013. We've been reviewing the Senate's findings, which we'll be sharing with you over time. For tonight, we focus on the Senate's review of the incident which first led to the need for an audit of Immigration. Back in December 2012, 8 unused visa foils went missing from the Department's Belize Western Border Station.

Was COMPOL Bullying Senior Officer Gamboa?
On Monday a pair of voice notes began making the Whatsapp rounds. They were intended for internal police circulation in a group, but they made it out into the public. And they do not paint the commissioner of police in a flattering light. The messages seem to pit the commissioner against commander of the Special Patrol Unit, ASP Aaron Gamboa.

Port Economies, Both Sides Now
Back now to the Port of Belize where the bottom line is 36 employees were sent home today. In a release this evening, the Port of Belize says, quote, "The Port of Belize (PBL) was forced to make 36 positions redundant. This necessary, but regrettable, action by PBL comes months after a majority of Belizean companies were required by the pandemic to effect furloughs, layoffs, or drastic salary reductions.After witnessing a 94% reduction in cruise vessel related revenue and a 26% reduction in cargo related revenue over the period of April through June, PBL took responsible austerity actions". End quote. Today, the Attorney General said he doesn't buy the hard times argument:

Cane Crop Ends
BSI/ASR is announcing tonight that the 2019-2020 crop season closed yesterday. And, as everyone in the industry was expecting, the cane crop in the north under-performed due to the drought, and the ongoing, COVID-induced economic crisis. The Millers say that while this year's production figures well-bellow recent results, this year's harvest was a demonstration of the industry's resilience as it battled last year's drought, the ongoing pandemic, pests, and floods. The grinding season started in mid-January due to severe drought. The amount of cane grinded fell from last season's total of 1,317,626 metric tonnes to only 893,662 metric tonnes.

Channel 5

Port of Belize Fires 36 Workers, Mayhem Ensues
Mayhem broke out at the port and escalated mid afternoon in the shooting of a stevedore.  As early as six-thirty, buses blocked the entrance of the compound of the Port [...]

Who Gave Order to Fire Into the Peaceful Protest?
As the chaos subsided after the shooting; the Attorney General who is also the Minister of National Security, sought to disown the use of force on the protesters by the [...]

PBL Explains Terminations
As the situation played out on its compound, the Port of Belize issued a release stating that at eleven o’clock it was obliged to proceed to terminate thirty-six employees due [...]

PBL’s Attorney Speaks on Filing of the Injunction
From the violence on the PBL compound to the courts…On Tuesday night we told you that the Attorney General would file a request for injunction, on behalf of the Labour [...]

C.W.U. President Responds as an Interested Party
As you heard just now, that matter is being brought by the Attorney General’s Ministry. The Christian Workers Union is only an interested party in this matter – as it [...]

AG Explains His Office’s Role in PBL Labor Dispute
…that application for an injunction was held this afternoon before Justice Sonya Young, but was it too little, too late considering the fact that the employees have since been made [...]

Chester Williams Vex with GSU, Says He Would Have Never Sent Unit at Protestors
The violence at the Port turned out to be a thorn for the government. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams late this evening called an emergency press briefing to address the [...]

Who Ordered the G.S.U. to be Deployed?
While both sides are looking for answers, someone did give the order for the GSU to be deployed to the area and an infuriated Chester Williams is trying to get [...]

Ladyville Man Chopped and Killed in Carmelita Village
A twenty-six-year-old resident of Ladyville met a brutal death overnight in the village of Carmelita, Orange Walk where he had recently relocated.  Terrique Munnings was chopped to death at around [...]

Death Followed Terrique Munnings to Carmelita Village
Late this evening, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams shared details of the investigation into Munning’s murder. According to Williams, investigators are looking for two suspects believed to have committed the [...]

Murder in Calcutta! Man is Shot Several Times
In Corozal, police are investigating a murder that occurred this afternoon. It happened in Calcutta Village and we understand forty-one-year-old Raymond Jenkins was shot multiple times while inside his vehicle. [...]

Family Upset with Police as Ronald Cole is Detained, Despite Being a Victim
Egbert Baldwin was shot and killed over the past weekend; police are yet to crack that murder. But a man, who happened to be at the wrong place at the [...]

2 Persons Being Sought for Ladyville Murder
Late this evening, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams told the media that investigators are looking for two persons in connection with the murder of Egbert Baldwin.   Chester Williams, Commissioner [...]

Charges Coming for Killer(s) in the West!
Police say they are close to making charges against those responsible for the double murder that claimed the lives of Windell Trapp and Samuel Hill and has left Danny Jimenez, [...]

1-Year-Old Drowns in Bella Vista Village
A one-year-old toddler of Bella Vista Village drowned on Tuesday. Police say baby Abdiel Ramos was discovered inside a well around four-thirty in the afternoon.  Police responded to the village [...]

Coast Guard Detains 3 Mexicans, 4 Belizeans at Sea!
There is information tonight that the Belize Coast Guard has detained seven persons and seized two vessels. They were on a counter-drug operation in the vicinity of Northern Two Caye [...]

Latest COVID-19 Case is Repatriated Female!
The number of COVID-19 cases stand at forty-three tonight; with eighteen of them as active cases. As you may know by now, a new case was confirmed late Tuesday evening. [...]

B.N.T.U. Prez Says GSU Action Was Uncalled For
Back to the violence at the port, National President of the Belize National Teachers Union, Senator Elena Smith commented on the tense situation at the Port of Belize. She says [...]

Is Papa Mena in or Out for the U.D.P.?
Is two-time Dangriga Area Representative Frank “Papa” Mena in or out of the race for his constituency come the November 2020 general elections?  The U.D.P. area rep was recently called [...]

Attorney Deshawn Arzu-Torres Takes Oath as Chair of Integrity Commission
The appointment of the chair of the Integrity Commission was hotly debated in the Senate last week, but it got the nod of the Upper House. This morning, at the [...]

Y.M.C.A. Goes Online!
The Young Men’s Christian Association is moving its classes online to meet the changing times to serve its population. The center can accommodate fifteen students but has the capacity to [...]

Kings Energy Donates Pickup Truck to Belize Police Department
Today, police received a new pickup truck to boost its fleet of vehicles. The 2020 JAC four door pickup truck was gifted to the Department by businessman Alistair King of [...]

The Tenth Annual Future Football Club Summer Camp
Primary and high schools students are getting ready to go back to the classrooms on August tenth. But to end off the summer break, some were on the field today [...]

The Reporter

Four Belizean students achieve "Titulos de Oro"
For the first time in history, and despite the hardships that COVID-19 has brought, four Belizean students who were on scholarships in medicine in Cuba have earned "Titulos de Oro" - the highest possible grade point average a student can earn in Cuba. The four students are: Lucio Eulogio Salomón Nuñez, Shaphan Arioch Robateau, Paolo Ronnier Ack, and Roger Eric Keme. These four and the others who have graduated are now staying behind to get their documentation and their seal of certification seal that will make them internationally recognized. Thereafter, the Government will facilitate them to come home.

LOVE FM

UDP & PUP blame each other for Port situation
While the Port of Belize workers are fighting to keep their jobs, the two major political parties are playing the blame game. The United Democratic Party issued a press release in support of the PBL workers and commending the Attorney General for stepping in on their behalf.

Injunction decision deferred until Friday
An application for an injunction was filed at the Supreme Court this morning to stall the redundancies at the Port of Belize. Arguments were heard from the Port of Belize and the Christian Workers Union. The two-hour-long court session which was before Justice Sonya Young ended with a deferred judgment until Friday. The attorney representing PBL, Godfrey Smith says that he was satisfied with the case he presented even though he was just made aware of it this morning.

ComPol condemns excessive force used by officers in protest
Police officers at the scene of the protest were called out for using excessive power during a peaceful protest. Rubber bullets and tear gas were used, injuring many of the protesters.

Thirty six persons terminated from Port of Belize,standoff takes place thereafter
There was chaos at the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) this morning following an advisory from the Government indicating that the Attorney General will file a request for an injunction to stall the redundancies at the PBL. The PBL management had backed out of the agreement to let a tribunal vet the financial documents on behalf of the Christian Workers Union and still went ahead and finalized the redundancies of the thirty-six staff members. Unlike the past fourteen days, there is now an all-day strike by the members as they have been terminated via text by the PBL.

BPM updates the leaders of the political parties on the redistricting case
The Belize Peace Movement (BPM) has written to the leader-elect of the UDP, Patrick Faber, and the party leader of the PUP, John Briceno, to apprise them of the current status of the redistricting case that is before the court. The case deals with the way electoral constituencies should be drawn, in an effort to make them nearly as equal.

Sugar crop season closes
Today, ASR BSI issued a press release on the conclusion of the sugarcane production season. The release highlighted prominent factors that hindered the production of the crop for this sugar season.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

UDP selects Carlos Zetina as Orange Walk North candidate
The United Democratic Party executive committee appears to have settled on a replacement for incumbent […]

Belize City man charged in multiple murder-shooting case
After extensive investigation, Police have made their first arrest in the murders of Windell Trapp […]

NGC condemns “grievous incidents against Garinagu in Honduras”
The National Garifuna Council (NGC) is drawing attention to recent incidents of violence and discrimination […]

Will Blue Creek, San Felipe children be ready for school?
The remote northwest corner of the country in the Orange Walk District is the current […]

Redistricting case resumes Friday; major parties warned by PEACE Movement
The leader and leader-elect of the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the People’s United Party […]

Chair of Integrity Commission sworn-in for 2nd term
Today, at the Belize House in Belmopan, Deshawn Arzu Torres was sworn-in as the chair […]

PUP calls out UDP’s ‘petty political gimmicks’ in the Port situation
The People’s United Party (PUP) issued a statement a short while ago calling out the […]

Leader of the Opposition condemns use of violence by authorities
The Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno has issued a statement condemning the use of […]

BNTU backs Port of Belize Workers
The Belize National Teachers Union has come out to publicly support the workers at the […]

“We are not criminals,” says Mose Hyde
Christian Workers Union President Evan Mose Hyde says that law enforcement has decided to treat […]

DOE cancels forthcoming environmental impact assessment (EIA) consultations
Ahead of this evening’s planned meeting on the Port of Belize cruise port project, the […]

UDP supports waterfront workers, takes jabs at Ashcroft and PUP
The United Democratic Party (UDP), separate and apart from the Government it controls, today declared […]

Football community mourns the loss of football player, wishes injured player a speedy recovery
This week the Premier League of Belize Football Clubs (PLBFC), the umbrella organization for the […]

Digital remembrance of Belize Black Revolution being held this morning
To commemorate the 101 anniversary of the 1919 Belize Black Revolution, the United Black Association […]

Belizean students in Cuba receive ‘Titulos de Oro’
Four Belizean scholarship recipients in Cuba have completed their studies and were awarded ‘Titulos de […]

Director of Health Services; contact tracing completed for Santa Elena COVID-19 patient
Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero shared with the media that the contact tracing […]

Belize monitors 18 active cases of COVID-19
Belize is currently monitoring 18 active cases of COVID-19. The Ministry of Health processed a […]

Tropical Storm Gonzalo forms in the Atlantic
The National Hurricane Center is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Gonzalo. As of this morning, the […]

Police disperse blockade at Port of Belize
Moments ago the Belize Police Department successfully restored operations at the Port of Belize Limited […]

Toddler Drowns in Well in Bella Vista, Toledo
Acting upon information received of a drowning incident in Bella Vista Village in the Toledo […]

Man chopped to death in Orange Walk
Yesterday around 10.30 pm, police visited Carmelita Village in the Orange District where the motionless […]

Blogs

Finding Joy in Baking and Books and More on Ambergris Caye, An Update
Almost 2 months ago, I wrote a blog post called Finding Joy in Quarantine in Honey Bunches of Oats – an update of the cooking, books, podcasts, TV shows and eating I was doing to keep busy (and sane…mostly to keep sane) in quarantine on Ambergris Caye. I was finding exceptional comfort in cereal…namely, in Honey Bunches of Oats.* Keeping sane is becoming easier (one day at a time they say)…the uncertainty now seems like a way of life. I’m getting better at accepting that.

International Sourcesizz

2,000 years of storms in the Caribbean
The hurricanes in the Caribbean became more frequent and their force varied noticeably around the same time that classical Mayan culture in Central America suffered its final demise: We can gain these and other insights by looking at the climate archive created under the leadership of geoscientists from Goethe University and now presented in an article in Nature journal's Scientific Reports on 16 July. Tropical cyclones in the Atlantic (hurricanes) are a substantial threat for the lives and property of the local population in the Caribbean and neighboring regions, such as the south-east of the U.S.. The storms' increasing force, described in Chapter 15 of the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC Report), raises the probability of ecological and social catastrophes, as the occurrence of such cyclones over the past 20 years, which caused devastating damage, has shown.

Belize : Technical Assistance Report-Public Investment Management Assessment
The level of public investment in Belize has varied over the past years in the context of existing constraints. The sharp increase in public debt has limited available fiscal space.1 This has resulted in an increase in externally financed investments as a share of the capital budget and a growing interest in public private partnerships (PPPs) to help achieve the government of Belize’s national strategy objectives.2 However, the correlation between Belize’s public investment and GDP growth remains weak, and the public capital stock as a ratio to GDP shows a sharp deterioration, possibly pointing to investment inefficiencies.

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.

United passengers must wear a mask in the airport, too, or risk being 'banned from flying' amid COVID-19
If you're flying United, you already know you have to keep your mask on during your flight. Now, the airline says you also need to keep it on throughout the airport, effective Friday. The company announced Wednesday ahead of its quarterly earnings call that customers are expected to don masks at United customer service counters and kiosks and United Club locations, plus at gates and baggage claim areas. "We're really trying to close all the travel gaps," United CEO Scott Kirby said in an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box." "If customers refuse to comply, they may be refused travel and banned from flying United at least while the mask requirement is in place," according to a company statement.

Videos

  • NIKITA BIRTHDAY CAMPING TRIP/Placencia, Belmopan Belize, 29min. Watch a group of 45 person travel from Placencia to the Belmopan are (Ayala's Natural Pool and Adventure) for Nikita Birthday, where you will enjoy the group camping experience. Watch kids swimming in natural pools, Zip Lining and Horse Back riding. An adventure you wish you were Participating in.

  • Our monthly Dive Trip in Belize, 4min. Every month we have a 5 day trip in Belize! Leaving from Playa Del Carmen, we drive until Chetumal and take a boat to San Pedro, where the dive shop and hotel are. During this 5 amazing days, you will have the chance to dive the famous Blue Hole and also some amazing dives around!

  • Dolphins encounter during our Belize Diving Trip, 2min. Sometimes we are very lucky!

  • The market in Belize City on a Saturday morning in July 2020, 3min. Teeming with great fruits, vegetables, fish and meats.

  • Belize Dive Trip 2013, 4min. Best of the 2013 Diving Trips in Belize

  • Death Announcement (Thomas Gregory Nunez), 2.5min.

  • Research Vaccine for COVID-19, 48min. We are keeping a watchful eye on the developments to find a vaccine for COVID-19. There is a lot of information in the international news about vaccine trials and results. We invited Dr. Jorge Hidalgo, Internist at the Belize Healthcare Partners, to explain the medical significance of these developments.

  • Expedia Launches Revive & Relieve Program, 30min. The Expedia Group is launching the Revive and Relieve Program. The initiative seeks to give marketing credit to stakeholders to assist their recovery efforts and rebuild the tourism industries across the region. Our guests shared the details of the initiative and how you can get access to the support. Maynor Larrieu - Expedia Market Manager for Belize & Bay Islands of Honduras. Mauricio Naranjo - Market Associate for Belize & Bay Islands of Honduras.

  • The Belize Association of Planners - 2nd Governance Summit, 39min. The Belize Association of Planners is holding the 2nd Governance Summit this Wednesday. The Summit will be held virtually under the theme, "Increasing the Capacity of Civil Society Organizations in Governance and Decision Making." Our guest had a discussion with us about our culture of planning - or lack thereof. They explained that one of the most difficult barrier to effective planning is the reluctance to share data. They explained that this contributes to many of the inefficiencies in our development work. Carolyn Trench Sandiford - Belize Association of Planners. Senator Osmany Salas - Belize Network of NGOs.

  • Tour the Marie Sharps farm in Belize, 1min.

  • Lobster CATCH,CLEAN AND COOK | TEAM JRUBIO, 10min. WE TRIED TO CATCH FISH BUT IT WAS A SLOW DAY BUT THANK GOD WE GET SOMETHING FOR US TO EAT.