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The San Pedro Sun

Deshawn Goff acquitted of Lincoln Robinson Sr’s 2016 murder
Deshawn Goff, who in 2016 was accused of the murder of Lincoln Robinson Sr. in San Pedro Town, is now a free man. He was acquitted of the charge on Tuesday, July 28th, when he appeared at the Supreme Court in Belize City and the main witness was a no show. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was unable to present the main witness that would have been key to further keep Goff in prison. As a result, the DPP had no choice but to enter a ‘Nolle Prosequi’ against Goff. Thereafter he became a free man.

Sale of Liquefied Petroleum Gas
The Supplies Control Unit (SCU) of the Belize Bureau of Standards has received and confirmed reports of the sale of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) below the fixed controlled prices at several locations countrywide. The SCU hereby informs those partaking in this illegal activity to desist as they are contravening the Supplies Control (Prices) Regulations (Statutory Instrument No. 88 of 2020). Continued violations will result in penalties being pursued to the full extent of the law.

Real Estate development of Cayo Grande on lagoon side receives approval for 130-lot subdivision
After concerned residents reported the cutting of mangroves on a private island/area formerly known as ‘Peanut Caye’, a cease and desist order was quickly issued. The area, which is a large extension of mangroves (30 acres) was inspected by personnel of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, who discovered that clearing was underway along what seems to be approved survey lines. As a result, the activity will now be closely monitored to ensure there is no further development, unless the right permits are acquired. According to the developers of “Cayo Grande Island”, the project has received approval for a 130-lot subdivision, and the plan includes roads, open spaces, canals and natural barriers.

Medicines’ aid worth 127,000USD from India to Belize
India is providing medical aid to 27 countries in LAC region. These countries are: Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St. Kitts And Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent And The Grenadines, Suriname, Republic Of Trinidad And Tobago, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, Ecuador, Bolivia, Cuba, Peru, Venezuela, and Republic of Paraguay. Each country has been gifted a package of Hydroxychloroquine, 14 essential drugs and covid-protective gear. The total value of the medical aid to Latin America and Caribbean region is Rs 160 million (2,139,000 USD).

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.

Ambergris Today

History In The Making As Female Officer Takes Hold Of Acting Vice Commandant
History in the making, as our island girl Lieutenant Commander Alma Pinelo of the Belize Coast Guard will become the Acting Vice Commandant of the BCG. The announcement was made today July 29, 2020, as Commander Captain Elton Bennett is away in the United Kingdom studying for one year. Lieutenant Commander Alma Pinelo will be holding over for Vice Commandant Commander Gregory Soberanis, who assumes command as Acting Commandant

Various Belizean Sources


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

They're having some fun at the Volleyball Summer Camp
The second week of Volleyball Summer Camp in Belmopan is underway. The participants are having a lot of fun and improving every day! This camp is endorsed by City of Belmopan Volleyball Assoc. - CBVA.

Processing of Apostille Documents
Kindly note that processing of Apostille of all corporate documents/certificates for IBC's, LLC's, Trusts, Foundation, IMMARBE and IFSC will be issued by the Belize International Corporate Affairs Registry (BICAR), with effect 3rd August 2020. It is to be further noted that a standard Apostille Certificate will be issued with respect to documents submitted for Apostilling. As such the General Registry nor BICAR will accept pre-generate apostille certificates from agents. For more information, kindly contact Belize General Registry at Tel: 227-7377 or 227-2053 or by email [email protected]

COVID-19 Update | July 29, 2020
A further 44 samples for SARS-CoV2 were processed today, all samples were negative. We continue to ask from all to continue with the prevention measures as we require a community effort as we move along.

Changes in the Pump Price of Fuel Effective July 30, 2020
The Ministry of Finance announces that on July 30, 2020, the pump price for two fuel products will change. The prices for premium and regular gasoline will register as follows: Premium gasoline will increase by $0.15 from $9.21 to $9.36 per gallon; Regular gasoline will increase by $0.05 from $8.71 to $8.76 per gallon.

Captain Bennett Pursues Higher Military Education in the United Kingdom
The Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard, Captain Elton Bennett, is scheduled to undertake a year of study at the Royal College of Defence Studies in England from August 2020 to August 2021. This initiative is a vital component in his professional military education in strategic level studies to further enhance his capacity to contribute to the National Security apparatus in Belize. In his absence, Commander Gregory Soberanis assumes command as Acting Commandant with Lieutenant Commander Alma Pinelo as the Acting Vice Commandant.

June 2020 Merchandise Trade & Consumer Price Index
Consumer Price Index up 0.2%, imports down 38.4% and domestic exports up 41.1% in June 2020. The Statistical Institute of Belize’s latest figures on consumer prices showed that, for the month of June 2020, the national inflation rate stood at 0.2 percent. The All-Items Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased marginally from 105.1 in June 2019 to 105.3 in June 2020. In June 2020, Belize imported goods valuing $103.7 million. This represented a dramatic decrease of 38.4 percent or $64.8 million from the same month last year. Merchandise imports for the first six months of this year, January to June 2020, amounted to $793.7 million, representing a 15.6 percent or $146.6 million decrease from the same period last year.

Alma Pinelo appointed as Vice Commandant
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to congratulate San Pedro's very own, Lieutenant Commander Alma Pinelo on her achievement on being appointed as Vice Commandant, which is a historic moment for Belize as she is the first female to hold this post. San Pedro is very proud of you and we are sure you will excel in your duration as Vice Commandant. Congratulations!

Low Water Pressure on Caye Caulker
Please note that customers in Caye Caulker will continue to experience low water pressure until tomorrow, Thursday, July 30, 2020. Customers are being advised that water is expected to be fully restored by 7:00AM. Area being affected: the entire Caye Caulker Distribution System If customers experience water supply problem after that time, they should immediately call our BWS hotline at 0-800-CALL-BWS to report it. BWS apologizes for any inconvenience this low water pressure is causing to customers in the affected areas.

Navigating the Plastic Tide
A new article from local journalist, Andrea Polanco. This feature takes a more local and regional look at the global issue of plastic and the longterm environmental, social and economic repercussions. Here is some insight into the estimated single-use consumption of our tiny little country.

Images from two days of the Coconut Husk Jewelry Making Program with Kimberly Griffith
Our seven participants have been creating beautiful jewelry. Friday's class they will be making soap dishes utilizing the coconut shell.

Junior Ballet Program Summer Program
Looking for an extra-curricular activity for your children? Then, look no further and enroll them in the Junior Ballet Program at Banquitas HOC. Limited spaces available so sign up now!! For more information call us at 322-0517.

173rd Anniversary of the Caste War
The Northern Maya Association of Belize in conjunction with the House of Banquitas Culture invites you to an informative conference where the origin, cause, and impact of the Yucatan Peninsula Caste War will be discussed in 173 anniversary of this event. Monday August 3, 2020-7:00 pm. Place: House of Banquitas Culture, Orange Walk

Channel 7

GOB's Plan for The Port Is to Nationalize?
The Port of Belize remained closed for the 7th successive day today - and it's on the verge of causing a national crisis. Importers can't get their goods landed - and exporters can;can't get their products out. We told you last night about the CFS Pacora which has left Belize and is now on its way to Kingston, Jamaica - after sitting at anchor for 6 days, waiting for the port to re-open. But it did not, and now the Pacora - with its 70 Belize-bound containers will have to, presumably, circle back, leaving government out of revenue, and merchants without their goods, which could lead to shortages on store shelves. Exporters also lost out on about 100 shipments which they were sending out.

What Next For Port?
And while the PM prepares for yet another tangle with the Ashcroft Alliance, many want answers as to how the actual situation on the ground is playing out, and when we can expect the Port to re-open. Those are questions we put to CWU president Mose Hyde, and yesterday he outlined the events of the last 7 days. "The port is closed down after you had the security forces putting tear gas and rubber bullets on our members who were there. They established that it was a security threat and so Thursday and Friday the Port is officially closed..."

Port of Belize Staff Weighs Its Options
And what about that sister unit, the staff of the Port of Belize? They watched with the nation as the stevedores who stood united with their cause were treated to tear gas and rubber bullets. And while 36 of them have lost their jobs, those who survived the redundancy have had their full salaries restored, ending the much criticized 10% paycuts. It's a move that CWU President calls classic divide and rule, but he sympathizes with the staff which is still deciding where they stand.

PBL’s Plentiful Release Belie Executive Evasion
PBL's position is outlined in a series of press releases which they used to hurl a multitude of allegations at members of CWU. Those allegations included but were not limited to vandalism, illegal strike action, and rejecting mediation. They also put their business out in the street, so to speak, stating that "Stevedores earn an average of BZE $38,216 per year for an average of 38 days of work." All this without saying how much their executives earn. But for all its press release bluster, Union president Mose Hyde points out that the Port's leadership has refused to face the media and submit themselves to the many questions about the true state of their finances.

PM Says Election First Week In November
And, if anything it to happen with a Port take-over by the Government, it has to happen now. The Barrow Administration only has about a hundred days left in office, and the Prime Minister has a whole lot on his plate, most importantly leading the COVID response effort. In his press conference today, the PM said, don't expect an early election - as he tries to get in as much COVID relief funding as he can:

Mason To Be Sentenced Tomorrow
Tonight, Justice Antoinette Moore is carefully considering what sentence she should pass on the convicted murderers, William "Danny" Mason, Ashton Vanegas, Keiron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo. And she will hand down that sentence tomorrow morning. And that's after 2 consecutive days, during which the court has been examining their characters via witness statements. In that time, the judge has been presented with a large volume of information to consider why she should or shouldn't be lenient on the defendants who she found guilty of 2016 beheading murder of Pastor Lewellyn Lucas.

New Coast Guard Commander For A Year
Captain Elton Bennett assumed command of the Coast Guard on November of last year, but, the news tonight is that he's going on a year's break to pursue his studies. a release says Captain Bennett will to undertake a year of study at the Royal College of Defence Studies in England from August 2020 to August 2021. The release adds that the training is a "vital component in his professional military education in strategic level studies."

GOB Subsidizes Low Interest Loans For Tourism Sector
The Prime Minister today held a virtual press conference to announce 10 million dollars in (relatively) low interest financing for tourism stakeholders. It's a special line of credit which will be administered by the Development Finance Corporation. Special because of the low interest rate of 6% - but even more special because government is subsidising 1% of the interest - to the tune of 100 thousand dollars. That's to make the credit as cheap as possible to this vital industry that has been flatlined by the COVID - 19 pandemic.

Special Consideration For Those Who Use Loans For Payroll
And, a key component of the financing is that it must have the widest trickle down effect on the economy - meaning that a percentage of the monies borrowed should go to paying wages of tourism workers - thereby giving the government relief in the COVID unemployment relief program. Goff explained: "They will have to retain at least 30%. Now this was debated among the management staff because we thought 50%, because the more they retain, the less burden it will be on the state. However, at the same time we wanted to be as flexible as possible, so probably those who are able to retain more, maybe be looked at in a more favorable manner."

Loan Applications Go Live On Monday
Those tourism stakeholders that are pursuing the BTB's Tourism Gold Standard Certificate of Recognition while also be viewed more favourably, since they are getting ready to start back up. Now, the program goes live at DFC offices countrywide on Monday, August third and they will be awarded based on repayability, but also on who applies first:

Implicit Risk Assumed By DFC with Tourism Loans
And while - for better or worse - tourism is the bedrock of the Belizean economy - in a time like this, lending money to this sector is far from a sure thing. Risk is intrinsic to this lending - and Goff said that's what development banks must do right now: "While I would love a guarantee, I don't think there is any such thing in this time. And so what you are asking you probably have to go to the good Lord above to get that sort of guarantee, but we are not playing it by air. We are doing our due diligence as I mentioned those who will benefit will be those who were in good financial standing prior to Covid and that is how we mitigate risk, but we are a financial institution and financial institutions take risks."

PM Talks Tourism Opening
And, speaking of risks.many in the general public are saying that it is too great a risk to open the airport on August 15th. That's the considered decision that the Prime Minister made in consultation national oversight committee and Cabinet. It's not popular, but the PM today explained - again - why he feels it is necessary:

PM Urges Nation to "Let's Make A Start"
And while even that January forecast may be optimistic because of the way the COVID infection rate is going in the US, the PM says that all attention has to now be placed on August to at least make a start: Natalie Goff- General Manager, DFC: "I think you have to look at it that it is a start because if we waited until we could amass more funds the enterprises would have been bleeding out. So we decided, let's make a start with what we have and we are able to assist with what we have. Everything will not fall into place. The situation is very fluid and we have to be able to deliver as soon as possible."

Ladyville Comes Out In Numbers to Mourn Pizza Parlour Owner
Changing topics now... Last night, we told you about the senseless murder of 38-year-old Oren Velasquez, the self-made businessman from Ladyville. On Monday night he and his teenaged son were closing up his business, Breda O's Pizza when 2 armed men jumped the fence and attacked them in an attempt to rob the Pizza shop. Velasquez's family says that assailants moved with extreme violence and intent and that he had to fight them off, in order to save his son's life. In the process, he was shot and killed, and the robbers made off with only $200, money from the day's sales.

Back To School Blues For Schools Searching For Supplies
We're 12 days away from the start of the 2020-2021 school year. It's the end of an extended break that's caused much more anxiety than relaxation. And while the return to school is an important and hopefully welcome step, parents and government officials alike have many questions, and the most pressing one is whether schools will be ready. Over the past two days, Cherisse Halsall spoke to two principals who told her that ticking off GOB's checklist requires a ton of resources. Here's her story:

PM’s On School: "We Proceed"
And this morning while the PM addressed that all-important question of school, one journalist asked him whether or not August 10th would be the first day of school for his teenaged daughter. "Well, unlike Jules, you don't have a device planted in my house [laughs]. I only have one child that is still school age. One child of school age attending St. Catherine's Academy and certainly she will go back to school as soon as St. Catherine's reopens. But if something absolutely dramatic were to happen we call it off..."

PM Not Eager To Confirm Ag. CJ
But it seems the Prime Minister will not proceed to confirm acting Chief Justice Michelle Arana as the substantive CJ. He explained that the timing - being so close to an election- makes it problematic: "Look, I think it should be sooner rather than later. Remember though, that we need to consult with the opposition but I have to be careful because already the opposition is already making noise of, for example, the Boledo contract signed with Brad's which came out in a completely transparent fashion..."

PM Hopes To Mediate in PUC/BEL Dispute
And the PM hopes that the dispute between the PUC and BEL doesn't end up in front of the Chief Justice. As we've reported, the PUC announced two weeks ago that BEL was refusing to follow its directives and sing a power purchase agreement with Santander. So, the PUC said it would issue an order COMPELLING BEL to comply. Well, BEL has since gone to court to get an injection stopping the PUC from enforcing this order. It's an ugly entanglement for the utility in which government controls a majority of the shares, and the PM says he hopes he can de-escalate it before it ends up in court:

US Dollar T-Notes Under-subscribed
Speaking on matters of public finance, the Prime Minister today disclosed that Government's US dollar denominated treasury notes haven't sold as well as expected. The US$30 million dollars offering was launched on June fifth, but only 20 million dollars has been bought up. The PM explained today:

C-Bank Keeping A Tight Rein On Foreign Exchange
Now, the PM had said that proceeds of the Note were supposed to build up the official Central Bank reserves. So, how do those reserves and the general supply of foreign exchange currently stand? That's what the press asked today:

CABEI Could Come Thru With Budgetary Support
And, the PM hopes to get an infusion of budgetary support from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, CABEI. The bank has given significant support to other nations on the isthmus, and the PM says his government has requested the same:

Senate Debates COVID Relief Loan
And going now to Belmopan... There was a Senate Meeting in Belmopan today to consider the loan motion that was tabled in the House of Representatives last Friday. As we told you it's 10 million US dollars from the OPEC Fund designated for government's COVID 19 food assistance program. It is also intended to fund a public education campaign for COVID 19. It drew light debate in the House on Friday, but they were rearing to go in the Senate today. Here's some of the back and forth:

Wild Robbery At Wendy's, Independence
Robberies have become an all too common occurrence since the COVID-19 induced economic downturn. And yesterday there was yet another, this one happened at Wendy's Store in Independence Village. It happened shortly after noon when 3 dark-skinned men, two of them armed with a gun and a knife held up the store owners. They opened the cash register and stole an undisclosed amount of money before taking off.

Bystanders Strung Up Phone Thief
He's gone viral on Facebook as an alleged kidnapper but police say that 30-year-old Patrick Palma was actually trying to rob a 15-year-old girl of her cellphone. It happened on Banak street in Orange Walk at about 2:30 this afternoon when Palma allegedly tried to grab the young woman's Galaxy S7 cellphone. She refused to let it go and a struggle ensued.

Channel 5

There was a stabbing a short while ago near the Pound Yard Bridge in Belize City. Multiple reports say that the victim has died as a result of the injuries he received to the neck [...]

Will the Port of Belize be Nationalized Too?
The strike continues at the Port of Belize which means that cargo cannot be unloaded or loaded in the midst of the economic fallout due to the COVID pandemic. The [...]

DFC Introduces a Special Line of Credit for Tourism Stakeholders
That statement was made this morning at a press conference when Prime Minister Barrow announced that government, through the Development Finance Corporation, DFC, is rolling out ten million dollars for [...]

Government to Subsidize One Percent of DFC Loan Interest Rate
According to Prime Minister Dean Barrow, so as to be able to lend the monies at a six percent interest rate, government has to subsidize one percent or one hundred [...]

DFC’s General Manager Breaks Down Loan Programme
The DFC loans, says General Manager Natalie Goff, are to be used as working capital and part of the company or business’ eligibility requires that thirty percent of staff must [...]

Final Day of Mitigation Hearing in Murder Trial of Mason Five
The courtroom of Justice Antoinette Moore was crowded today for the mitigation plea of William “Danny” Mason.  The families of the convicted men were in court for the second day [...]

Will the Decision of the Court be Appealed?
Back in December 2019, when the five men were found guilty of the beheading of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas, it was indicated that an appeal would be filed. Norman Rodriguez, attorney [...]

General Elections Before November? Not Likely
Back to the PM’s press conference, the last general elections were held in November 2015, and all indications so far are that the anticipated elections vote will not take place [...]

T-Notes Stall at US$20M, Despite Interest from Taiwanese Government
But the government coffers are not full and since introducing an initiative to raise thirty million U.S. dollars through treasury notes in early June, the Central Bank of Belize has [...]

PM Barrow Comments on P.U.C./B.E.L. Logjam
Prime Minister Dean Barrow also weighed in on the row between the Public Utilities Commission and Belize Electricity Limited regarding a power purchase agreement that B.E.L. has been ordered to [...]

Senators Debate US$10 Million Loan from OPEC
A ten million U.S.-dollar loan motion was today approved by the Senate. The loan is from the OPEC Fund for International Development to provide financial support on concessionary terms to [...]

Michael Peyrefitte Takes On the Critics
Responding to the criticisms and concerns was U.D.P. Senator Michael Peyrefitte. Peyrefitte told the senators that they failed to focus on the loan motion.   Michael Peyrefitte, U.D.P. Senator “Mister [...]

SIB Releases Recent Economic Stats
On the economic front, consumer prices were up by zero point two percent in June 2020, according to the latest bulletin published by the Statistic Institute of Belize.  For the [...]

Hundreds Attend Vigil for ‘Breda O’ in Ladyville
The Ladyville community continues to reel over the murder of businessman Orin Velasquez. His life was taken for about two hundred dollars by robbers who shot and killed him inside [...]

Import Duty to be Waived on Vans for Tourism Stakeholders
If you’re a tour operator or hotelier and you’re thinking about buying a vehicle as part of your reopening preparations, you may want to consider purchasing a tour van.  That’s [...]

P.U.P. Senators Criticize Brads’ Multimillion Dollars Contract
The government, via the Lotteries Tender Panel, awarded Brads Gaming Group Limited a license to continue to administer the lottery for an additional ten years. The People’s United Party has [...]

More Monies for Carocal Road, DigiLearn and Passports
Also brought before the Senate today was a supplementary budget for the current financial year.  The motion appropriated several hundreds of thousands of dollars for different projects and initiatives including [...]

PM Says Schools are Reopening as Scheduled
Preparations are ongoing by the Ministry of Education to have schools ready for the August tenth reopening, but there are numerous concerns also being raised by parents and other education [...]

A Citizen’s Arrest in Orange Walk
Residents of Orange Walk acted swiftly today to make a citizen’s arrest.  They held down a Ladyville resident and promptly handed him over to the police.   The reports are that [...]

The Coastguard Appoints its First Female Vice Commandant
The Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard, Captain Elton Bennett, is heading to the United Kingston for further studies. Bennett will be on leave for a year beginning in August [...]

Resident Birds of Belize – a New Definitive Stamp Issue
The Belize Postal Service released its latest definitive stamp issue today. This issue will replace the old definitive issue which dates back to 2005. It features colourful birds found across [...]

The Reporter

“Resident Birds of Belize” Stamps
The Belize Postal Service today released a new set of postage stamps entitled, “Resident Birds of Belize”. This new line of Definitive Stamps will replace the old set entitled, “Belize Destinations – Ecological and Cultural Heritage Sites” which was initially released on August 31, 2005. The new stamps feature birds that are resident to Belize and consist of fourteen 14 birds depicted on 14 different stamps of varying values, ranging from 5¢ to $10.00. Two new values have been added to the line; a 40¢ and a $1.50 stamp.


PM comments on the reopening of the airport and schools
The Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) is set to reopen on August 15. The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has stated that they are not expecting a large influx of tourists at first, and today, the Prime Minister reiterated this sentiment.

Senators debate loan for food assistance program
The members of the Senate convened today at the National Assembly where they discussed various loan motions. Several senators stood up to debate a ten million US dollar from the OPEC Fund for International Development.

PM says general elections will most likely be held in November
With all that has happened since the start of 2020, topics that would usually be pressing have had to take a backseat. The upcoming general elections is one such topic.

PM considers the nationalization of Port of Belize
The situation at the Port of Belize remains at a standstill, and since the workers are engaging in a strike, ships have been turned away as there is no one to unload them. This is having a detrimental effect on the economy, which has already taken massive blows from the covid-19 endemic.

PM weighs in on border jumpers
Border jumpers continue to be a problem in Belize, as seventeen out of the last thirty cases were linked to those illegally crossing the border. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of National Security has been working tirelessly to try and prevent a community spread that could be caused if a border jumper with the virus is not quarantined.

Government announces loan program for tourism stakeholders
Stakeholders in the tourism sector will be receiving much needed financial assistance. This sector has been hit the hardest by covid-19, since all points of entry were immediately closed, which in turn had detrimental effects for stakeholders.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

COVID-19 cases top 17 million worldwide; 669 thousand dead
COVID-19 continues its grim march across the world. The viral disease has now infected more […]

Man stabbed dead near Pound Yard Bridge in Belize City
BBN has received reports that a man was stabbed dead near the Pound Yard Bridge in Belize City […]

Director of Public Prosecutions argues for lengthy prison terms for Mason and other defendants
According to Director of Public Prosecutions Senior Counsel Cheryl-Lyn Vidal, just 11 of 43 cases heard […]

Slight price increases for premium, regular fuel
Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, premium gasoline goes up fifteen cents to $9.36 per gallon, while regular gasoline […]

Ministry of Education to award 15 merit scholarships for incoming high-school students
The Ministry of Education (MOE) today informed that it will award 15 Merit Scholarships. The scholarships […]

Belize Coast Guard appoints first female Vice Commandant
Lieutenant Commander, Alma Pinelo, has made history by being appointed the Belize Coast Guard’s first […]

Ramon’s Village Resort in San Pedro designated certified Autism Center
Ramon’s Village Resort located in San Pedro Town, Belize is now a Certified Autism Center […]

Elections set for the first week in November
“As things now stand the elections will be by the end of the first week […]

Angry residents in Orange Walk make citizens arrest of alleged kidnapper
Neighbors in Orange Walk today conducted a citizens arrest on an alleged kidnapper. According to […]

Belize highlights importance of mangroves to global eco-systems
Marine ecologist and co-founder of the University of Belize Environmental Research Unit (UB ERI), Leandra […]

“Government has considered nationalizing Port of Belize,” says Prime Minister
As the impasse between the Port of Belize Limited (PBL) and its staff continues to […]

Coast Guard Captain Elton Bennett to pursue higher Military Education in the United Kingdom
The Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard, Captain Elton Bennett, is scheduled to undertake a […]

Senator Mark Lizarraga calls for transparency among assistance programs
In today’s sitting of the Senate, Senator Mark Lizarraga called for transparency of Government assistance […]

Senate debates $10 million loan for COVID-19 Food Assistance Program
The COVID-19 Food Assistance Program created by the Government, originally with $10 million out of […]

Sitting of senate opens with moment of silence for fallen business people
The Opening prayer for the sitting of the senate was conducted by Senator Isabel Bennett. […]

Government of Belize launches special loan programme for tourism sector
Today, the Government of Belize announced the official launch of a special loan program to […]

Phased repatriation process continues
The Ministry of Health and Foreign Affairs continue to conduct the phased repatriation process. As […]

“Mason Five” to learn their fates today
Four of the five men convicted last December of the beheading murder of Llewellyn Lucas […]

India donates medical aid worth US $127,000 to Belize
In an expression of global solidarity, the Government of India has taken a decision to […]

Tropical wave approaches
The latest forecast from the National Meteorological Service of Belize is indicating that an approaching tropical wave will […]

PM Barrow to hold virtual press conference this morning to announce special loan programme for the tourism sector
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 […]


A Visitor Checklist for Entry into Belize
In just over two weeks, Belize prepares to reopen for international travel on August 15, 2020. In preparation for your trip to Belize, here are the overarching requirements and guidelines to follow.

What It Means to be Recognized as a Belize Gold Standard Certified Hotel
Essentially, the Gold Standard is a 9-point recognition program to enhance the tourism industry’s health and safety standards. This is by adapting new behaviors and procedures to ensure both employees and travellers are confident in the cleanliness and safety of Belize’s tourism product. These new protocols are focused on enhanced hotel and restaurant cleaning practices, social interactions, workplace policies, and standard operating procedures while ensuring minimal impact on the guest experience. Properties will go through a declaration process to receive “Tourism Gold Standard Recognition”.

The Hot Sauce Of Belize: Marie Sharp’s Hot Sauce
Belize is known for a lot of things, and one of them is for its very own and authentic Marie Sharp’s Hot Sauce. Whether you have visited Belize or have been living here your entire life you can agree that Marie Sharp’s Hot sauce is an unbelizable delicacy that you must add to every meal. The beginning of this spicy and tasty hot sauce began back in 1980 when Mrs. Marie Sharp came up with some recipes for sauces, jams, and jellies while experimenting with fresh Habanero peppers, vegetables, and fruits from her farm. She was overwhelmed with positive feedback and encouragement when neighbors and friends tasted them. That was when she decided to turn it into a family business. At first, they started Marie Sharp Hot Sauce production in a small kitchen with help from relatives and an employee. Throughout the years, Marie Sharp Hot Sauce was recognized both locally and internationally for her production of a spectacular selection of pepper sauces, all of which are loved for their exquisite flavor and heat levels.

International Sourcesizz

Tropical Storm Isaias forms as it swirls toward Hispaniola, sets sights on Florida
Less than one week after record-setting Hanna strengthened into a hurricane and crashed into the Texas coast, another budding tropical system was dubbed Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) at 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday and maintained that status through Wednesday afternoon. On Wednesday evening, this system developed a single well-defined center and was upgraded to Tropical Storm Isaias (pronounced ees-ah-ee-ahs). This makes it the earliest "I-storm" on record in the Tropical Atlantic, breaking the record previously held by Irene, which formed on Aug. 7, 2005.

Which Country Is the Best for Offshore Banking?
There are a lot of places where you can do offshore banking. However, not all of them are ideal. You have to think about taxes, safety, accessibility and other factors. Plus, economies change over time, so the best country for offshore banking five years ago might not be the best country for offshore banking today. Belize is the best country for offshore banking if you’re seeking a high interest rate. There are other countries that offer higher rates but they’re also much less stable countries. If you want to grow your money, but to do so in a country that is stable and safe, go with Belize.

Former Bad Boy Artist Shyne Is Running For A Seat In The Belize House Of Representatives
Hip-hop artist Jamal “Shyne” Barrow, a Bad Boy Records alumnus, is running for the Belize House of Representative and he has been endorsed by Sean “Diddy” Combs. Shyne now goes by the name Moses Michael Levi Barrow. Shyne isn’t new to politics. The son of Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow, he grew up in an influential political family in Belize. Shyne was nominated by Belize’s United Democratic Party to stand as a candidate for the country’s House of Representatives for the constituency of Mesopotamia in Belize City. His father made history by becoming the first Black prime minister of Belize in 2008, Revolt reported.

A jaguar nicknamed “Short-Tail” the first known to cross between Belize and Guatemala
An adult male jaguar nicknamed “Short-Tail” (due to his partially missing tail) was caught on camera in both Belize and Guatemala, making him the first individual confirmed to cross the international boundary between the two countries. Short-Tail was first photographed in Belize in 2009 with his whole tail and then with most of it missing (for unknown reasons) in 2011. He was caught on camera trap in Guatemala in 2013 and then returned to Belize in 2014. But it wasn’t until a conference in 2018 that researchers realized this was the same animal, and the first recorded transboundary jaguar in the region.

In COVID-19 related news, this is certainly good news from a sister country in the region. Las dos formulaciones de anticuerpos equinos preparadas en el Instituto Clodomiro Picado de la Universidad de Costa Rica (ICP-UCR), a partir de plasma de los caballos hiperinmunizados con proteínas virales, son capaces de inhibir la infectividad del coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 que produce la enfermedad del COVID-19.


  • Launch of Special Line of Credit for Tourism Stakeholders || July 29th, 2020, 2hr30min.

  • Malachite (Siproeta stelenes) Butterfly, 38sec.

  • BELTRAIDE Access to Finance Series, min.

  • Sitting of the Senate | July 29, 2020, 3hr42min.

  • Octopus at night gracefully jets across the sand, 1min. The octopus is one of the most intelligent of all the reef creatures. They are the smartest invertebrates on earth and they are highly skilled hunters. Preferring to come out of their lair under the cover of darkness, the octopus can swim by propelling jets of water through ventricles that it uses to push itself through the ocean. These scuba divers were thrilled to witness such a rare spectacle on a night dive in Belize.

  • Puma at the Zoo, .5min. Despite their size, pumas aren’t typically classified as “big cats" because they can’t roar. They instead produce low-pitched hisses, growls, purrs, as well as chirps and whistles, many of which are comparable to those of domestic cats. Carlos was illegally kept as a pet, so he is unable to be released into the wild for several reasons, such as not having the necessary survival skills and being too comfortable around humans. He has a forever home here at The Belize Zoo, helping to educate visitors from around the world about the importance of his species.

  • Traditions and Culture in Belize, 13min. I want to talk to you today about the cultures and foods of Belize, as this is a big draw for many tourists and people that end up moving to Belize. Belize has a rich culture of diversity, and I am lucky enough to be able to get a few of my Belizean friends to tell us a bit about what it is like to experience this here. I will also do an update about the airport reopening on August 15th and what is happening with the COVID crisis here.

  • A Wedding in Paradise!! Little Alt Girl Goes to Caye Caulker, Belize, 10min. Hi guys and ghouls, welcome to my first ever travel vlog! And wouldn't you know it - it would be at my sister's magical wedding.

  • The Wildlife of the Belizean Rainforest, 11min. For the past several years we have been conducting a research project in the rainforests of Belize. Using trail cameras, our students and trip participants have been looking for evidence of the big cats of Belize. Here is what we have found.

  • Cupiennius salei Belize spider attack feeding, .5min.

  • Ya'axché Grant, 3.5min. PACT granted a Secondary Investment to Ya'axché Conservation Trust for the “Enhancement of Biodiversity Monitoring and Financial Sustainability for the management of the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve”. This investment, valued at BZ$99,966.00, improved the protection and conservation of the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve (GSCP) through awareness of buffering communities in the monitoring and conservation.

  • They Came from Corn, 66min. As we near the end of July we wish to reflect once more on Ancient World 2019. We are happy to offer another presentation from last year's event with our colleague Mr. Antonio Beardall from the Institute of Archaeology NICH. An in depth look at the origin of the Maya. Thank you to Mr. Jan Wilson of for documenting the presentations.