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The San Pedro Sun

William ‘Danny’ Mason and accomplices to be sentenced for Pastor Llewelyn Lucas’ murder
On Tuesday, July 28th, the Supreme Court in Belize City saw the start of the sentencing process in the murder trial of William ‘Danny’ Mason, Kieron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, Ernest Castillo, and Ashton Vanegas. Justice Antoinette Moore listened to mitigation pleas for and on behalf of the five men convicted of the 2016 murder of Pastor Llewelyn Lucas. The men’s sentences are expected to be handed down on Wednesday, July 29th.

Copa San Pedro heads to 2020 Closing Season finals
After taking a pause due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the local football tournament, Copa San Pedro resumed its games. The tournament held its semi-final games of the 2020 Closing Season over the weekend, and on Saturday, August 1st, it will be hosting the championship match between Conquerors F.C and San Mateo F.C., beginning at 7PM inside the Ambergris Stadium. ALL islanders are invited to come out and support the favourite team in their last match of this Copa San Pedro season set for this Saturday starting at 7PM at the Ambergris Stadium. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

The Belize Police Department appeals to the general public to denounce border jumpers and contraband via their hotlines
The Commissioner of Police (ComPol) Chester Williams visited the high-risk border villages of Santa Cruz and Douglas in northern Belize on Monday, July 27th. Williams was there revisiting police strategies as well as law enforcement when dealing with illegal border crossing and contraband from Mexico. These activities have led to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the Orange Walk District, prompting the Belize Police Department to establish hotlines to report these illegal activities.

Various Belizean Sources

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Airlines to resume services for August 15 reopening
The flights to resume service in Belize are as follows: United Airlines: United Airlines flights will resume on August 15th with five flights per week from Houston (IAH). American Airlines: American Airlines flights will resume on August 18th with daily flights from Miami (MIA). Delta Airlines: Delta Airlines flights will resume on September 3rd three times per week from Atlanta (ATL). Sun Country Airlines: The seasonal airline will operate round trip flights on December 19th once a week on Saturdays between Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) and Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City (BZE).

Clearing the sargassum from Palapa Bar to Boca del Rio Park
In a collaboration with Mr. Danny Boyd and the San Pedro Town Council, the sargassum of the shores from Palapa Bar to Boca del Rio Park is being cleared out to avoid it from rotting. Mr. Boyd has offered his machines and part of his time in order to assist in the clearing of the sargassum, which is a challenge every year. Thank you Mr. Boyd for your assistance.

BFLA health services at Central Park Thursday
Save the Date, July 30th. The BFLA will be having health services at the Central Park This Thursday from 9am to 3pm. - HIV Testing & Counseling - Bloodpressure Check - Contraceptives

Virtual press conference today at 10am
Launch of Special Line of Credit for Tourism Stakeholders

Food and Drug Administration Issues Advisory on Hand Sanitizers
The Ministry of Health is aware that an advisory sent from the Director of Health Services to the Customs and Excise Department is in circulation on social media platforms. The internal correspondence is a notification of an alert issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on sanitizers contaminated with methanol. Methanol can be toxic when ingested or absorbed through the skin. The attached list of products has been tested by the FDA and found to contain methanol. Notably, all manufacturers on the list originate primarily from Mexico.

Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint "Tree frog".

Ramon’s Village Resort in Belize Now Designated a Certified Autism Center
Ramon’s Village Resort located in San Pedro Town, Belize is now a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC), designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Completion of the certification means that guests with autism and other sensory needs can have the best possible stay or scuba diving experience. To achieve the CAC accreditation, Ramon’s Village Resort staff completed evidence-based staff training and certification required by IBCCES to recognize the needs of guests on the spectrum and provide options for visitors with sensory needs.

COVID-19 Update | July 28, 2020
A further 85 samples were processed today. We have recovered one patient with today's results, and we don't have any new case to report. Our active and enhanced surveillance continues across the country. We continue to ask from all to exercise prevention measures at all times as we have a collective responsibility as we move along with COVID-19.

Belize Open Government Action Plan Development, Session #2
Register to participate in the 2nd Session of the Public Discussion on the Open Government Action Plan for Belize taking place online on: Thursday August 6, 2020 @3:00PM-5:00PM (Belize Time) This session is intended to present the results of the action plan development launching session of June 24th as well as the open government commitment proposals developed following the project activities.

Banned Hand Sanitizers
Ministry of Health issues list of banned hand sanitizers that contain Methanol, which can be toxic when ingested or absorbed through the skin.

MARY HILL R.C. SCHOOL PARENT MEETING - THURSDAY, JULY 30TH

173rd ANNIVERSARY OF THE CASTE WAR - FREE WEBINAR
Topic: The origin, development, and impacts of the Caste War on Belize. Date: Monday August 3rd, 2020. Time: 7:00 PM. Presenters: 1 - Dr. Angel Cal, 2 - Lic. Mario Baltazar Colli Colli. Tune into Estereo Amor Radio broadcasted on 103.70 FM, 95.9 FM & 97.5FM. Hosted by The Northern Maya Association.

Banana Bank Horse Camps
Collection of Weekend Horse Camp photos. We did 3 weekends and they were an absolute blast. Thank you campers and parents and who votes for an encore camp??? Maybe we can squeeze one in August! Email us today!

BWS Notice for Customers in Caye Caulker
Low water pressure due to mechanical failure at the pumping station for today, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Duration: 10:00 p.m. to July 29, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. Areas being affected: entire Caye Caulker

Channel 7

How Many Years Will Mason Get?
The sentencing hearing for Danny Mason and his employees, Ashton Vanegas, Keiron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo commenced today in the Supreme Court in Belize City before Justice Antonette Moore. Each of the convicted men made a plea for leniency from the court, begging the judge for mercy, pointing also to their good conduct while in prison, and to their families who were without a breadwinner. Notably, Keiron Fernandez and Terrence Fernandez - who are cousins - both called their grandmother, as a character witness. She broke down into tears on the stand, saying how she cried whenever she saw her grandson's Keiron's four kids - asking for their father.

Pizza Parlour Owner Killed for $200
And from the mitigation hearing of convicted killers William "Danny" Mason and his co-defendants, we turn now to murder last night in Ladyville Village. 38-year-old Oren Velasquez was a well-known and well-liked businessman. But, last night, at around 7:18 p.m., he was shot and killed in an armed robbery at his Pizza shop. The senseless killing of this productive community member is the source of great pain for Ladyville residents. Our news team went looking for answers in the village today, and Daniel Ortiz has that story.

A Vigil For an Upstanding Villager
Last night's murder of Oren Velasquez was is simply the last straw in a series of crimes to hit Ladyville over the last few months. And, a group of residents has decided to make a stand with a candlelight vigil for Velasquez. The vigil started at around 6 p.m. this evening...

Domestic Dispute Leads To Arson
There was an apparent arson in the heart of Belize City last night - and three children were lucky to have escaped. It happened at around 7:00 on Wagner's Lane in the heart of Belize city and flattened one home while partially destroying another. Tonight, residents and their children are struggling to put their lives back together after undergoing such tragedy in already hard times. Cherisse Halsall found that it may have all started with a domestic dispute:

The Ship Sails, Port Remains Closed
The Port of Belize remained closed today due to a strike, and the CFS Pacora, left for Jamaica with all its Belize-bound containers unloaded. That's the status quo at the Port of Belize since Wednesday of last week when chaos erupted after 36 persons were terminated via text message. But, things changed a little today when PBL went on the offensive claiming that CWU wanted neither mediation nor resolution to the difficulties at the Port.

CWU Says CBA First
And Hyde says that negotiation won't be possible without a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. There hasn't been one since 2004 but CWU believes it's more than necessary since entering into negotiations without such a document would leave them vulnerable to the bad faith dealings that they've come to expect from PBL. Mose Hyde, President, CWU: "We are at a point where we cannot see ourselves working without the protection of a collective bargaining agreement and the fact is that we have a collective bargaining agreement that is almost complete..."

Mexican Hand Sans Banned
The Food and Drug Administration in the United States has flagged certain hand sanitisers containing methanol as possibly toxic. And the effect of that is now being felt in Belize where the Ministry of health yesterday put out a list of banned hand sanitisers. First off, all the banned products originate primarily from Mexico.

Mounting Complaints From Dangriga
Last week we told you about a letter from prominent UDP's in Dangriga complaining about UDP area Representative Frank Pawpa Mena. They say he can't win the next election and are demanding a convention - which has not been held in that constituency - which is the only one the UDP holds in the south.

Hon. Marin Says Hon. Mena Should Stay
We got a chance to speak with Mena's UDP colleague, Pablo Marin, at another event this morning, and the press asked him for his take on the public pressure being placed on Mena to step down. He said that he hopes that Mena will stay: Reporter: "As a senior UDP member for Corozal, would you want your colleague Frank "Pawpa" Mena to stay within the party?" Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health: "Definitely, he is one of the strongest ministers and area rep that I know can win his division..."

The Problem With Border Jumpers
The media also asked the Minister of Health to comment on the persistent problem of border jumpers, who are bringing back the coronavirus to Belize with them. Marin said that the jumpers need to consider that their actions can endanger Belize's public health: "When we see situations like what happened in Orange Walk area and we get frustrated and we have to do decisions that are strong by locking down certain areas. I heard the area representative Mai mentioned that we shouldn't do those things in the house..."

Hon. Pablo On PGIA
And while the Government tries to control unregulated travel in and out of Belize, they are getting ready to re-open the Philip Goldson International Airport. It's a divisive issue, where some Belizeans think the airport needs to re-open, while others think that it is unwise to expose the country to more imported cases of COVID-19. Marin told the press today that in his opinion, the Government is prepared to start allowing visitors to return:

Cocaine Plane In Guat Wanted To Land in Belize
A drug plane landed in Guatemala on Sunday morning - with well over a tonne of cocaine. It's news because it landed so close to Belize. The Commissioner of Belize said it landed in Peten but was circling Belize: Jules Vasquez "Is that a plane that you were tracking, were you all aware of that?" Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: "Of course we were on top of that as well. We had received information that the plane had left South America and was coming our way and again we did what we normally do, deployed..."

Mayor Goes To alma Mater With A Gift
Belize City's Mayor, Bernard Wagner, visited two of his municipality's primary schools this morning. He was there to personally deliver over 20 tablets to classrooms that are about to embark on an academic new normal. We caught up with the Mayor and his councilors at his Alma Mater, Queen Square Anglican school where he told us that as a council they want to be part of the solution that allows the educational process to safely resume.

Dangerous Armed Robbers In Lord’s Bank
At the top of the news we told you about that senseless killing in Ladyville, and, we report now on an aggravated burglary which happened in the nearby village of Lords Bank. At around 5 this morning, Ladyville Police were called to the Lords Bank Store, which is located on the Lords Bank Road. When the cops arrived, they spoke to a 17-year-old member of the Belize-Chinese family who owns the business place. He told the cops that he was awakened by a man dressed in full black clothing, who was pointing a gun in his face. He was tied up and left on the upper flat of the building, which is the home of the owners. Best reports to 7News are that the house was ransacked, and a safe was stolen, which contained an undisclosed amount of money.

Major Medical Donation From India
The Government of India has made a very generous donation of a little over half-a-million dollars in medication and equipment to Belize. It's for the COVID 19 response and though India is struggling to keep the deadly virus in check at home, they decided several weeks ago to share their resources with 27 countries in Latin American and the Caribbean. In the package to Belize, there are several different types of medical drugs, testing kits, and COVID-related protection gear. This donation also comes with online training for frontline health-care workers in all the recipient countries. The Indian Government wants to aid sister nations by sharing their expertise and experience gathered while fighting the coronavirus so far.

Ministry Says It Has Meds In Storage
Today's visit to the Central Medical Stores in Ladyville gave the Health Minister a chance to demonstrate that the Government does have a large number of medicines stored in-country. He was responding to critics who, he says, have been unfair about the Ministry's capability to respond to an emergency need for important medicines.

No New COVID Case In Latest Round of Tests
There are now new COVID cases to report tonight. 85 samples were processed today with no positive results. There is one recovered patient so the activate patient number is now at 19 with 27 recovered cases.

Mayor Gets Back To Workers With Deferred Salaries
In our last segment you saw the Mayor donate computer tablets to city schools, but that show of generosity is not at the expense of his employees. At the end of March, we reported that the salaries of City Council employees would be cut by 50% at the start of April. At the time Wagner claimed that the move had been forced by an extremely diminished revenue stream due to COVID-19. But, he said that the reduction would not be counted as a loss but would be deferred.

Channel 5

Ladyville Businessman Shot Dead During Robbery
A well-known businessman from Ladyville was brutally shot and killed on Monday night in a robbery that turned deadly.  It is second murder in that community in the past nine [...]

Mason Five Seeks the Mercy of the Court Ahead of Sentencing
William “Danny’’ Mason and four others, convicted for the beheading of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas, were escorted to the Supreme Court this morning well before nine o’clock.  The men have been [...]

Norman Rodriguez: “Twenty-five years minimum for a crime like this…”
Attorney Norman Rodriguez, who represents Ashton Vanegas, told the media late this evening, following the mitigation pleas, that the least he expects for his client is a sentence of twenty-five [...]

Will Mason Five Get Equal Jail Sentences?
According to Rodriguez, the number of years to be handed down by Justice Moore will succeed careful deliberation having heard the pleas of the convicted killers, as well as family [...]

Thieves Net $30K during Early Morning Heist
Not far from Ladyville where Orin Velasquez was murdered, in Lord’s Bank, brazen robbers also broke into a house.  The early morning heist netted thieves a reported thirty thousand dollars, [...]

Ministry of Health Bans Methanol Products from Mexico
The Ministry of Health is moving quickly to ban and recall a number of products, primarily hand sanitizers that originate from Mexico. These products have one thing in common, they [...]

Stalemate Continues Between P.B.L. and C.W.U.
The stalemate involving the Port of Belize and the Christian Workers Union continues tonight and another day went by without loading and unloading of cargo which means that the shrinking [...]

B.C.C.I. Concerned About Implications of P.B.L.’s Closure
The P.B.L. also welcomes the statement of the B.C.C.I. that was released earlier today. The Belize Chamber of Commerce is calling on the parties involved to go back to the [...]

Fire Guts Two Properties through Duck Alley
Two houses were consumed by fire on Monday night, displacing as many as eight persons from two families. The fire erupted before eight o’clock and spread quickly, destroying the properties [...]

Pablo Marin Wants Frank Mena to Remain in the U.D.P.
Turning to politics…the question is: Will Frank ‘Papa’ Mena seek re-election under the leadership of Leader elect of the U.D.P., Patrick Faber? Mena, who is a staunch supporter of John [...]

Minister of Health Frustrated with Border Jumpers
Border jumpers and contrabandistas are becoming increasingly aggressive towards law enforcement officers. Just recently, M.I.T. officers were shot at after intercepting a boat with seven male passengers in Santa Cruz [...]

Health Minister Says P.G.I.A. Will Be Ready for Reopening
We also asked Health Minister Pablo Marin about the reopening of the Philip Goldson International Airport. Commercial flights are expected to land starting August fifteenth. The Ministry of Health is [...]

Begin Your Online Shopping Experience at www.belizeon.bz
All over the country, businesses have been choked by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Most have been shifting their way of doing business to be able to stay in the market.  Tonight, [...]

The Opportunities in the Seaweed Industry
On Monday night we showed you fifteen participants, majority fisherfolk from the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve, who became certified in an introduction to seaweed farming. Those fisherfolk want to supplement [...]

Small Business Grants Programme Booming – CitCo Gets Ready for a Second Round!
The Belize City Council is getting ready to launch the second tranche of its Belize Accelerator Programme. One month ago, the programme was launched to provide training and equipment to [...]

Update on Developments in U.B.F.S.U. Vs UB Board of Trustees
There are some small developments in the matter of the University of Belize and the UB Faculty and Staff Union. News Five understands that on Monday the Union and the [...]

Indian Government Donates Medication to Belizean Government
A donation to assist in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic was received by the Ministry of Health.  It came from a friend in the Commonwealth, the Government of India.  [...]

Health Minister Speaks on Availability of Medication
The short ceremony was held at Central Medical Stores in Ladyville. That is where the donated items will be stored along with all sorts of medication and supplies of the [...]

CitCo Donates 25 Tablets!
While the Indian government gifted Belize supplies to fight COVID-19, the Belize City Council today handed over twenty-five tablets to two Belize City Primary Schools. The recipients, Calvary Temple and [...]

Queen Square Anglican Gets Ready for August 10th!
As Queen Square Anglican Primary School prepares to take more of its lessons online, Principal Bernadine Conorquie says that there is a lot more going on to get the school [...]

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3 senior officers put on admin leave for Port shooting
On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at a peaceful protest held by stevedores and workers of the Port of Belize (POB) who were expressing their discontent over what they saw as acts of victimization by the Port of Belize, the police’s Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) entered the POB compound and fired rubber bullets at the protesters and threw tear gas at them. Injured in the police attack were seven persons: Trevor Jones, Leon Jones, Galvin Ozman, Kenroy Gillett, Bruce Diaz, Elswin Willoughby and Kevin Sutherland. All seven persons were issued with medico-legal forms.

GOB request for injunction on Port terminations denied
riday, July 24, 2020, was the day set for Justice Sonya Young to hear the request for an injunction that had been filed by the Labor Commissioner through the Attorney General against the receivership of the Port of Belize Limited to prevent the company’s termination of 36 of its employees. By the end of that hearing, both the injunction on the terminations of 36 Port employees and the call for the reinstatement of the employees were denied. Madame Justice Young’s ruling hinged on two factors — the first was that the claim was filed at the eleventh hour, and the second was that the reinstatement of employees was outside the jurisdiction of her court.

Egbert Baldwin’s alleged killers remanded
An investigation into the execution of Egbert Baldwin, 22, of Marage Road, Ladyville, that occurred at about 8:30 Saturday night on Jackson Avenue, led to Camryn Lozano, 19, and Albert Gill, 19, both residents of Ladyville. The two men were jointly charged with murder yesterday, and today, they were arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court by Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts Anderson. No plea was taken from them, and they were remanded until September 23.

Will the Supreme Court allow Ashcroft’s expert witness?
Back in February, Lord Michael Ashcroft was allowed to join the Belize Peace Movement’s redistricting lawsuit as an interested party. The case is an attempt to remedy the disparity in the number of voters across the 31 electoral divisions in Belize. Lord Ashcroft has agreed to pay for an expert witness to carry out an assessment of the electoral divisions and compile a report which would be presented to the Elections and Boundaries Department and the Supreme Court of Belize.

Police charge two for San Ignacio double murder/shooting
An investigation into the shooting of five men at about 1:30 Sunday morning in the parking lot of CK Sports Club in San Ignacio led police to John Alexander Hendy, 33, an unemployed resident of Santa Elena Town, and Travis Tyler Navarro, 26, a self-employed resident of Gaol Lane in Belize City. The gunmen who carried out the shooting sprayed bullets at 4 men in a vehicle, after shooting a police officer, who was standing outside the vehicle, in the jaw.

Jair Tamai, 22, found shot to death in Ricalde Stadium
Corozal residents living in the area around Ricalde Stadium reported that gunshots were fired in the area at about 1:30 this morning, and at about 6:00 this morning, when some men went to the stadium to exercise, they saw a man lying on the ground beneath the bleachers. When they went closer, they saw that it was the lifeless body of Jair Tamai, 22, of 2nd Street. Tamai had been shot in the head and chest. He was taken to the Corozal Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

Robbery at Bowen & Bowen
Three workers of the Bowen and Bowen company at Ladyville were held up at gunpoint by two masked bandits at about 4:30 yesterday afternoon in the company’s office. The thieves tied up the three workers and took an undisclosed amount of money. However, as the robbers were about to escape, an armed security guard who was on duty entered the office and saw the robbers, and he pointed his gun at them and ordered them to get out of the office.

Belizean detained in Chetumal for assaulting woman
A Belizean is sitting in a jail in Chetumal after he indecently assaulted a woman in a Walmart store and was captured by other persons in the store when he tried to run. They held him until police arrived, then they handed him over to police. He was then charged with indecent assault and will be arraigned in a court in Chetumal. The incident took place in Walmart in Chetumal at about 2:00 this afternoon. Reliable reports indicate that a man who told Mexican officials that he is a Belizean, approached a woman who is an employee of the store and slapped her buttocks. He then offered her money to have sexual intercourse with him.

Pomona laborer, 69, fatally hit by truck
Leopoldo Hapon, 69, a laborer of Pomona Valley, died at about 2:00 this afternoon after he was knocked down by a truck while riding his bicycle on the Stann Creek Valley Road in Pomona. He suffered massive head and body injuries and died almost immediately. The driver of the truck, Stephen Williams, 49, of Orange Walk Town, was detained. The truck belongs to La Popular Bakery of Orange Walk Town.

Kettle di cuss pot
The disturbing escalation of tensions between the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) and 36 of the company’s employees who were abruptly terminated has led, not only to a series of unsettling events, but also a list of unanswered questions. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of PBL by not granting an injunction that would have delayed the termination of the employees, Belizeans wait with bated breath to see what will become of the 36 employees who both the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the People’s United Party (PUP) have been publicly championing since a spotlight was put on the brutal treatment of the workers by the police’s Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) during what appeared to be a peaceful protest.

Editorial: Belizean workers demand respect, and justice
Last Wednesday, July 22, we watched in shock as the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) fired tear gas and rubber bullets at workers of the Port of Belize Ltd. (PBL). The workers were on the PBL compound protesting decisions by the receivership which is managing the company to reduce the pay of workers, which they had done, and fire 36 workers, many of them union members, which they planned to do on Wednesday, July 22. The Christian Workers Union (CWU), which has been representing the workers, had informed the receivership of a notice of strike action, and workers who were already protesting during their lunch break, went on work-to-rule.

House debates US$10 million loan
On Friday, July 24, the House of Representative met to debate several papers, bills and motions, but the main motion was a loan for ten million US dollars that will be used to strengthen the Government of Belize’s Food Assistance Program (FAP), which came into being as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on many Belizeans’ ability to feed their families. The loan, which will be repaid over a period of 20 years, is set to come from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries Fund for International Development at the request of the Government of Belize and will enable the government to extend the Food Assistance Program for another 6 months.

Freetown Basketball Tournament results for Thursday, July 23
The Freetown Basketball Tournament 2020, which got underway last Tuesday, July 21, at the Belama Phase 2 Basketball Court, continued with 2 games played on Thursday night, July 23. The 8 teams, divided into two groups of 4, are playing a single round-robin within their group, in addition to 2 out-of-group games, after which the top 2 teams from each group go on to the semifinal knockout playoffs.

Ben Jipcho, the ‘rabbit’ who helped Keino beat Ryun, dies
Ben Jipcho, a Kenyan runner who sacrificed his hopes of winning a medal at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to help teammate Kip Keino beat American rival Jim Ryun in the 1,500 meters, died Friday. He was 77. The Kenyan track federation said Jipcho died early Friday morning and called him one of the ‘’trailblazers’’ of the country’s rise to running greatness. Jipcho died in Kenya’s high-altitude town of Eldoret, the place that has produced countless Olympic and world champion distance runners over the last half-century.

Better the devil you know
For some time now the spotlight has been on Opposition leader, John Briceño, a man who is positioned to become the prime minister of our country after the next general election, due to concerns about his relationship with Lord Ashcroft, a man who, thanks to our leaders, is positioning himself to be king of our country. The PUP notoriously, irrationally, gave up control of BTL to the gentleman, and it cost us over 500 million dollars to get it back. No one knows how we ended up paying three times the value of BTL to return it to government control. We got had. Lord Ashcroft says it isn’t him, but he hasn’t convinced everyone.

Coronavirus “most severe health emergency” WHO has faced
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said Covid-19 is easily the most severe global health emergency it has ever declared. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he would reconvene the WHO’s emergency committee this week to review its assessment of the pandemic. There have been five other global health emergencies: Ebola (two outbreaks), Zika, polio and swine flu.

The Reporter

Chamber of Commerce on the Port situation
The current impasse between the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) and Christian Workers Union (CWU), and the resultant disruption of the Belize City Port’s operations has prompted the Belize Chamber of Commerce to issue a statement. In it, it described developments as a gravely serious matter for the entire Belizean economy, since vessels have not been able to discharge cargo or receive Belizean exports in order to earn much needed foreign exchange. BCCI stated that the economy is already fragile due to the pandemic's impact and is further damaged due to the business community’s inability to rely on efficient and consistent port services. "This will make recovery much more difficult, putting jobs, investments and livelihoods at serious risk."

Medicines worth 127,000USD donated from India to Belize
In an expression of global solidarity, the Government of India has taken a decision to reach out with medical aid to countries across the world affected by the global pandemic by providing Covid-related medical aid in the form of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets, other essential drugs, testing kits, and covid-related protection gear. They will also share of their expertise by despatching Rapid Response teams and conduct of online-training for frontline healthcare workers. India is providing medical aid to 27 countries in the LAC region. The total value of aid (inclusive of transport and duties) being donated to Belize is around Rs 9.5 million or 127,000 USD.

LOVE FM

India donates pharmaceuticals to Belizean Government
The Government of India has donated pharmaceuticals worth $127,000 to Belize in an effort to help fight covid-19. Among the medication is antibiotics as well as Hydroxychloroquine, which is being looked at in some parts of the world as a possible treatment for the virus.

Woman sought for allegedly burning down boyfriend’s home
Several persons are now homeless after a house fire last night on Wagner’s Lane, Belize City. Three brothers, 19-year-old Tyrone Flowers, 21-year-old Sherwin Flowers, and 18-year-old Tyler Murrillo, resided in the 12 by 30 wooden structure that was completely destroyed.

Queen Square Anglican School prepares for reopening of classes
In less than two weeks from now, schools will be reopening countrywide. As such, they have already begun preparing for the upcoming school year.

Minister of Health concerned over border jumpers
The Minister of Health is appealing to contrabandistas who illegally cross the border in order to buy and sell contraband goods. The border jumpers, as they are called, have been the cause of seventeen of the last thirty cases of covid-19 in Belize.

Stevedore arraigned for arson
Meanwhile, a Stevedore took matters into his own hands and as such, has been arraigned for an attempted arson that took place at Belize Bank on Albert Street last week Thursday. Kareem Arnold pleaded not guilty in court and was offered bail.

CitCo donates tablets to schools
Today, the Belize City Council donated tablets to approximately 24 students from Queen Square Anglican School and Calvary Temple School. The Mayor of Belize City, Bernard Wagner visited the schools today and met with some of the students who received the tablets.

PBL asks for mediation; CWU rejects it
The Port of Belize (PBL) and the Christian Workers Union (CWU) have engaged in a back and forth over the past week via press releases. As such, the PBL decided it was time for a mediation exercise, but the CWU will not budge so easily.

Belmopan prepares to celebrate its birthday
The Capital City is preparing for Belmopan Day, which will be commemorating their 50th anniversary. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz has the details.

Robbers get away with thirty thousand dollars
A minor was tied up as the store he was taking care of was robbed of thirty thousand dollars. The incident occurred around 3am today at a home along the Lords Bank Road in the Belize District.

Well known business man killed in Ladyville
The entire Ladyville community is in a state of shock after one of their own was senselessly killed last night during a robbery. 38-year-old Orin Velasquez was the owner of Bredda O’s, a popular pizza establishment in the village but he was known for more than just his cooking.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Government of Belize, Development Finance Corporation to announce new line of credit for tourism industry
On Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dean Barrow, will […]

Dangerous hand sanitizer being sold in Belize, massive recalls countrywide
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is working with the Customs and Excise Department to rid […]

Four people left homeless following arson on Wagner’s Lane
A house was set on fire last night, displacing a woman and her three sons […]

One patient recovers from COVID-19; no new cases reported
The Ministry of Health has informed that a patient has recovered from COVID-19. Eighty five […]

Patrick Faber completes tour of Toledo
UDP Leader elect, Patrick Faber has concluded his tour of the Toledo District. Faber’s tour […]

Most confirmed COVID-19 cases are tied to illegal border crossings
The Ministry of Health issued a breakdown of the origin of patients with COVID-19 cases […]

Phase 1 of land distribution in Mesopotamia completed
On Sunday, July 27, 2020, the first phase of a land distribution program in Mesopotamia […]

Chamber of Commerce concerned about implications of Port’s closure
The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) issued a statement saying that the current […]

Reward offered for assistance in solving Ladyville murder
The Belize Police Department is offering a cash reward for assistance in solving the murder […]

Court hears mitigating pleas for “Danny Mason Five”
Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore is hearing mitigation pleas for the convicted in the death […]

Minor tied up during robbery in Lords Bank
Authorities are investigating a robbery that occurred around 3:00 this morning. A minor was reportedly […]

Supreme Court prepares to sentence “Danny Mason Five”
William “Danny” Mason; Ashton Vanegas; Keiron and Terrence Fernandez and Ernest Castillo are finally expected […]

National Hurricane Center monitoring tropical disturbance in Atlantic
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is monitoring a tropical disturbance in the Atlantic. An elongated […]

New polyclinic to be built in Belmopan
On July 27, 2020, a ceremony was held to break ground for the Belmopan Polyclinic […]

Taiwan Embassy and Belize Taiwan Alumni society hosts orientation for 2020 scholarship recipients
The Taiwan Embassy and the Belize Taiwan Alumni Society co-hosted the Orientation for 2020 Taiwan […]

Economist, former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur dies at 70
Former three-term Barbados Prime Minister, Owen Arthur has died at the age of 70, Kaieteur […]

Belize Bureau of Standards reminds that sale of LPG below fixed price is illegal
The Supplies Control Unit (SCU) of the Belize Bureau of Standards issued a statement informing […]

Blogs

The Truck Stop Closes for the Season. Wait…What Season?
In normal times, there is no set date for the beginning or end of “slow season”, “rainy season”, “low season” or “storm season”. No exact time when all tourists leave or when heavy rains move in. It’s a transition…visitor arrivals used to slow a bit into the summer and then things are downright sleepy in September and October. Some businesses on the island would close for a few weeks or a few months – to relax…to give employees time off, the renovate or just because customers were few and far between. This year some businesses have stayed closed since the end of March (especially hotels and tour companies and guides, a few opened to welcome Belize internal tourists – and some opened briefly and found that domestic tourism just wasn’t enough). Some businesses tried to give it a go – restaurants trying take-out and delivery – or have tried opening on weekends only. Some are able to eke out a living. I’ve heard that some are planning to close on August 15th when the International AIrport opens to visitors.

Belize’s Trifecta of Coppola Hideaways Reopen on November 1
The Family Coppola Hideaways in Belize will welcome guests back to their trifecta of Caribbean resorts once they reopen on November 1. Being always remote, secluded and sustainable by design, you can vacation like a Coppola in Belize! Escape to any one, or all, of their three hideaways in Belize to enjoy the utmost in privacy. Undoubtedly, each hideaway is just that: hidden away off-the-beaten path from mass tourism. As the country lays out its exit strategy from border closures late March, Belize introduces its Gold Standard Recognition Program for its overnight tourism sector. In short, being recognized as a Gold Standard accommodation is to instill confidence in Belize’s tourism product and assure visitors that health and safety are top priorities for the destination.

Explore Belize’s Protected Areas to win with APAMO’s 13th Anniversary!
The Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations (APAMO) is celebrating its 13th Anniversary with a contest! With 103 Protected Areas in Belize, they can be your new travel bucket list. For APAMO’s 13th Anniversary contest, you can explore Belize and win big! Take a road trip with friends to Mayflower Bocawina National Park, create a fun TikTok atop Tiger Fern, or dive inside Gladden Spit Marine Reserve! Besides, commitment to the sustainability and proper management of Belize’s protected areas is something to always celebrate.

Wyndham Grand continues its Caribbean Expansion in Belize
Wyndham Grand’s growing Caribbean portfolio is expanding again, this time in Belize. Scheduled to be debut early 2021, the Wyndham Grand Venezia del Caribe in Ambergris Caye’s San Pedro will include all the amenities expected in a qualified 5-star resort. Wyndham’s expansion plans include a pipeline of 20 hotels in various destinations in addition to Belize, including St. Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, and Dominican Republic.

Diving: Everything You Need to Know About It in Ambergris Caye, Belize
Ambergris Caye is one of the leading spots for expats and vacationers to check out. Not only is Ambergris Caye an island paradise with plenty of access to the waters, it also has plenty of other amenities. That said, you are probably reading this because you are curious what the diving scene is like around this place. Simply keep reading to get your answer. HIGHLIGHTS: Hol Chan Marine Reserve helps to guide divers around the Belize Barrier Reef and its robust variety of sea life. Shark Ray Alley is where fisherman were known to clean their catch and also a resting ground for nurse sharks and stingrays. Both this place and the Belize Barrier Reef also happen to be great snorkeling spots. The Blue Hole is a breathtakingly beautiful underwater sinkhole that descends to 400 feet. This makes it a perfect spot for experienced divers. The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest barrier reef on the planet and home to a wide variety of marine life.

International Sourcesizz

Happy US Vote By Mail Day!
This makes it easy to put in your address (or last address!) and find out how you can easily vote by mail...safely. Tons of people have been voting by mail for YEARS including citizens that live abroad, the military, anyone who feels like it... It is not some new crazy ANTIFA thing... What is more American than allowing other Americans to safely vote in the presidential election? "As Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado reminded President Trump after he opposed vote by mail on fraud grounds, “Mr. President, we’ve had vote by mail in Colorado for years. We don’t have fraud. But we do have the second highest turnout in America.” "

The Data Centre Caribbean 2020 Report
The Data Centre Caribbean 2020 Report provides an overview of 20 Country Markets in the Caribbean region including Anguilla, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Curacao, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Montserrat, Jamaica, Panama, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, the Turks & Caicos, and the US Virgin Islands. However, out of the twenty (20) Caribbean countries surveyed, only twelve countries have a Data Centre market in operation consisting of multiple Data Centre Providers. The twelve Caribbean countries with significant Data Centre & Cloud markets in the region are listed below:

Rant and Rave: To the Twitter Thugs
So, it looks like former SC Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer just got Trump to appoint him U.S. ambassador to the vacation destination Belize. While running for SC Governor in 2010, Bauer compared those on government assistance as “stray animals”. Now, look at the newest “stray animal,” living in luxury in Belize off of American taxpayers! Trump just can’t stop stepping in dog poop. He goes and appoints Andre Bauer ambassador to Belize. Bauer is a world class jerk and one of his best friends is Thomas Ravenel. Ravenel was sentenced to ten months in prison for purchasing cocaine.

Videos

  • How Do We Make Our Belizean Organic Chocolate, 1min. We are a seed-to-bean-to-bar chocolate company in Punta Gorda Town, Belize. We produce the best organic chocolate responsibly handcrafted by 150 Mayan cacao farmers in the Toledo and Stann Creek district.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - EMMA JEAN PETERS, 2min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - HENRY SYLVESTRE BRODHURST, 1.5min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - JOSEPH ROBERT VESTON CADLE, 2min.

  • Today's Bringing the Zoo to You is all about the Ocelots, 2min. Meet ocelots Rhaburn and Linda! Bringing The Belize Zoo To You presents zookeeper Gerson and rescued ocelots Rhaburn and Linda! Ocelots are solitary and territorial cats, so introducing them doesn’t always work out in their best interest. Check out the video to see how they are doing so far!

  • Briana & John's Wedding In San Pedro, Belize, 4min.

  • Things to do in Belize : Zip Lining and River Tubing, 11min. Belize is one of the amazing tourist destinations in the world. Located in Central America and considered to be a Caribbean country, Belize is rich with nature and one way to explore is through zip lining and river tubing. Watch this video if you are looking for things to do in Belize as I enjoy these two activities.

  • 5 Things About San Ignacio Belize, 9min. Tami and I lived in San Igancio Belize about 3 months before moving to San Pedro Belize. Although it was very different from the states, we really enjoyed the lifestyle and different culture that Belize offered. We will gladly share our past journey of living in Belize here on youtube. Hope you guys enjoy. 1. Expats, Cheap Land 2. Taxi Cab 3. Diverse Cultures 4. Guatemala 5. Grocery Stores in San Ignacio Bonus (Burns Avenue)

  • The Belize Gold Standards for Health and Safety, 2.5min. Belize is implementing a countrywide program to ensure health and safety in the destination for all visitors and locals. The Belize airport will reopen for international travel on August 15th. In Episode 23 of The Belize Travelcast, we provide a summary of the information you need before you visit and what to expect while you are in Belize. Not all hotels will be open to international guests in the first phase of reopening. Jim Scott from Hospitality Training Services Belize explained the gold standards that they developed in collaboration with the Belize Tourism Board.

  • Flying to Ambergris Caye from the Belize mainland., 1.5min. Nothing beats the view of travelling to Ambergris Caye by air.

  • POPPER FISHING FOR BARRACUDAS | TEAM JRUBIO, m3in.

  • Miss Costa Maya 2019, Lisbeth Valverde Brenes, shares her experience in her journey to the crown in this short clip,2 min. I had several years of not going to any beauty contest because I had decided to dedicate myself to finishing my college career, in my last college months I accepted the proposal of @reinasdecostarica to represent Costa Rica again in an international competition, this time it would be in the @costamayafest, a festival that takes place every year in San Pedro, ′′ La Isla Bonita ", Belize to promote tourism and as part of many activities that take place, is the coronation of the queen of Miss Costa Maya International, title that with great pride today I turn a year of representing. I would be right now crowning the new queen 2020, but life allows me to celebrate it in a very different way, it gives me the opportunity to wear her band and crown one more year.