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The San Pedro Sun

Ministry of Health Condemns Stigmatization of COVID-19 Patients
It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Health that many persons who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and as well as persons who may have been in contact with them are facing stigmatization and discriminated physically and emotionally, including through social media platforms.

San Pedro’s Dr. Javier Canul among winners of the Essential Workers Competition
Congratulations to Dr. Javier Canul, one of 4 who won a prize package via the Belizean Traveller Campaign’s Essential Workers Competition. Four unsung heroes within the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Belize Police Department (BPD) won a Belize Staycation Prize Package via the Belizean Traveller Campaign’s Essential Workers Competition. Spearheaded by the Belize Tourism Board, the package awards essential workers’ performance during the COVID-19 pandemic and includes cash prizes and a two-night stay at a host of different hotels in different parts of the country. One of those winners is San Pedro’s Dr. Javier Canul from the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II.

San Pedro Town Council’s office closure not related to COVID-19 exposure
The offices of the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) are closed during the 14-day lockdown implemented on the island, following an increase in COVID-19 cases. Mayor Daniel Guerrero explained that the reason for the closure has nothing to do with any positive cases within its administration, but to set an example to the island community of the importance to quarantine and follow the safety protocols established by the Ministry of Health.

Ministry of Health Updates on Activities Related to Three Clusters of COVID-19 Cases
The Ministry of Health continues its mapping and contact tracing exercises as it aims to identify and contain the current spread of COVID-19 cases. As documented before, the island of Ambergris Caye and specifically San Pedro Town is experiencing ongoing community spread of the disease. While it remains unclear where the actual source of the current infections came from, for practical purposes the following three clusters are being followed closely now:

Ambergris Today

San Pedro COVID-19 Clusters Linked To Nightclub, Church And Construction Site
Ministry of Health has just updated activities related to the three active COVID-19 clusters in San Pedro Ambergris Caye. Each cluster has identified a common source where infection started and the spread continued thereafter. Cluster #1 is linked to activities at Allure Nightclub; Cluster #2 is related to Living Word Church and Cluster #3 is related to workers from Medina’s Construction Site.

Caye Caulker Faced With First COVID-19 Case
A total of 144 samples have been processed throughout the day. There is a total of 23 new positive cases with a preliminary breakdown as follows: - 1 case in Caye Caulker (with no apparent link to any previously identified case for now)

147 people arrested for COVID-19 Emergency Violations this past weekend
Over the weekend 147 people were arrested and charged countrywide for various offenses under the Emergency Powers Regulations: Failing to wear a cloth mask or other face (mouth) covering whilst in public- 124 people. Breach of curfew- 18 people. Failing to practice social distancing- 2 persons. Unable to provide reasonable explanation or proof for movement outside of curfew-1 person. Failing to wear a cloth mask or other face (mouth) covering during public transportation- 1person. Kept business establishment open when required to be closed- 1 person.

Various Belizean Sources


Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Tuesday, August 11th, Meal pick ups. Location: FOOD REPUBLIC. Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am -12:30pm.

Summary of Statutory Instrument No. 111 of 2020
TO WHICH PARTS OF THE COUNTRY DO THE NEW REGUALTIONS APPLY? The new Regulations/SI relates specifically to Ambergris Caye, Santa Martha Village, Shipyard Village and Guinea Grass Village. CAN I TRAVEL TO ANY OF THESE VILLAGES OR TOWNS? X No. Under these news regulations, no one can enter or exit any of the aforementioned villages or towns, unless you have the specific prior approval of the Ministry of Health, National Security - and only in an emergency. IS THERE A CURFEW IN THESE VILLAGES AND TOWNS? Yes. The curfew begins at 8:00 p.m. and ends at 4:59 a.m. This means that you cannot be outside your house or on any public road during these hours, unless you are on duty as a member of the security forces, Customs and Excise, Immigration Services, a frontline health care worker or an essential worker who has been issued a badge by the Minister responsible for National Security.

Essential Worker Awards
BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS: Ms. Lorna Perez, Surveillance Officer and Dr. Javier Canul, San Pedro Polyclinic. We also acknowledge the runner ups who will be continue to go over and beyond. Thank you to the BTB staff for this award activity, we truly appreciated it.

The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby notifies the general public of the adjustment in opening hours for all Elections and Boundaries Registration Offices countrywide. This adjustment is only for the period 12th to 31st August, 2020. This adjustment in opening hours to the public has become necessary to facilitate requests for perusal of binders. Adjusted Opening Hours: MONDAY’S TO THURSDAY’S, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FRIDAY’S, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Elections and Boundaries Department regrets any inconvenience this adjustment may cause.

Updates on Activities Related to Three Clusters of COVID-19 Case
The Ministry of Health continues with its contacts mapping and tracing exercises, as it aims to identify and contain the current spread of COVID-19. cases. As previously documented, the island of Ambergris Caye and specifically the town of San Pedro are experiencing a continuous community spread of the disease. While it's still unclear where the original source of current infections came from, for practical purposes, the following three clusters are now closely following: • The first patient related cluster #57 has so far identified a large number of cases. In this particular cluster, the Ministry can now confirm that 42 % of active cases on the island are related to activities at the Allure disco that took place between July 16 and 19 Anyone who has been in these activities and has symptoms should call 0-800-MOH-CARE.

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Summary of Belize’s Controlled Repatriation Process
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FLOOD REPORT AND FORECAST Monday, August 10, 2020

This is our data for today. A total of 144 samples have been processed throughout the day. We have a total of 23 new positive cases with a preliminary breakdown as follows: - 3 cases in Belmopan (2 are linked to the previous identified positive case in Belmopan and the other case is linked to San Pedro) - 1 in rural Corozal with apparent link to San Pedro - 2 cases in Orange Walk (1 from Santa Marta and 1 from Orange Walk Town linked to a previously identified case).

BELIZE FISHERIES DEPARTMENT Precautionary Measures for Preventing and Slowing the Transmission of COVID-19
The Fisheries Department would like to inform the public of its new procedures regarding services to the public in light of the national COVID-19 situation. Effective August 11, 2020, the Department will not be issuing any licenses until further notice. However, online applications will be received for a period of one month (August 11- September 10, 2020). The public is also informed that the marine reserves will be closed to visitation until further notice.

Ministry of Health Condemns Stigmatization of COVID-19 Patients
It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Health that many persons who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and as well as persons who may have been in contact with them are being stigmatized and discriminated physically and emotionally, including through social media platforms. The Ministry of Health recognizes that it is not only the virus that we must protect ourselves from but also fear, rumors and stigma. The psychological damage caused by stigmatization may be greater than the physical symptoms experienced by the illness and it can have an impact even after recovery from those symptoms.

Caye Caulker Raffle Fundraiser
This raffle is a second fundraiser for Miss Heni Heredia, an instrumental part of the Caye Caulker Community who is in need of urgent surgery. You can purchase tickets from Seni Smith, Nicki Aguilar or Kristel Aguilar if you wish to support a good cause.

Aaron Hendrix passes away
SPHS would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Aaron Hendrix. He was assistant coach to the basketball teams from 2001-2003. May his souls rest in peace

Mrs. Norma Lara passes away
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to express its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the Lara family on the sad and sudden passing of Mrs. Norma Lara. We hope her family and friends find the strength in each other to overcome this great loss. May her soul rest in peace and rise in glory.

Malaria Elimination initiative
Indoor Residual Spraying for the Malaria Elimination initiative has started targeting the high risk communities in the district. In the next coming weeks, Communities such as Trio, San Pablo, Swasey, Red Bank, kindly expect visits from our trained team.

The management and staff of Corozal Community Hospital would like to thank Rotary for their valuable donation of a 40 ft. container of items. Items include microscopes, beds, gurneys, crashcarts, cpap, infusion pump, goose lamps, washer, dryer and refrigerator. These will be used between CCH, Chunox Polyclinic and San Narciso Polyclinic.

Psychosocial Packages Distributed
On Monday, 10th of August 2020, the Vice-Chair of the SISE CAB Technical Steering Committee Mr. Abdel Cowo, Mayor Earl Trapp Jr, Councillor Vanessa Neal and Councillor Bernadette Fernandez assisted the CAB President Lea Gonzales (who was not present but represented by the Vice-Chair Abdel Cowo, due to COVID19 caution) with the distribution of a few Psychosocial Packages that were provided by the Ministry of Local Government in collaboration with the SCFM Partners, through funding from UNICEF, to support our efforts to mitigate the psycho-social impacts caused by covid-19 on some of the most needy families and children in our Municipality.

Consultancy Opportunity!
The goal of the project is to conduct an assessment based on a highly participative approach that should look into the pillars of sustainability, while also identifying current good practices and high priority destination risks that will be reflective in a Visitor Management Action Plan Report.

Mask Regulation in San Pedro
We want to clarify that the wearing of face masks is required for everyone in public. If you are in a vehicle alone or with members of your immediate family masks are not required while in the vehicle with the windows closed. People on golf cart type vehicles are required to wear masks.

By Shyne Barrow 16 years ago on August 10, 2004 I released the number 1 Rap/R&B album on the Billboard charts! I find it strange the people that talk about my 1 mistake I made 21 years ago always leave out my great unprecedented accomplishments! People will call me a deportee but forget to call me a Grammy award winner, they always forget the number 1 billboard album, the number 2 billboard album, the tens of millions of albums sold.

Yuum Cimil
The Maya natives of today, inhabitants of the Yucatan Peninsula, assure that Yum Cimil, Lord of Death, goes around the rooms of the sick to take them away. This was the ancient Lord of the Underworld, who was called Yuum Cimil, also known as Ah Cimil, Kisin (the stinking one), and Hun Ahau. The Maya represented him as a skeleton or a skeleton with the face of a jaguar or owl, from his body you could see the ribs and the spine without meat; that is, only the bones were appreciated. But sometimes his body was covered in flesh, bloated flesh filled with black circles caused by decay.

Channel 7

Belizeans on Edge Waiting on COVID 19 Testing Results
When we left you Friday night there were 144 confirmed cases of CORONAvirus; tonight there are 154 after a weekend when less than 20 tests were processed as the testing units were re-calibrated. And, sometime tonight - the numbers could soar - because 300 tests were processed today - and we are now awaiting the results. So, looking at the overview, up to last night there were dozens of cases coming out of San Pedro - where there is community spread, and also a small number of cases appearing in San Ignacio and Belize City, with increasing cases in Orange Walk..

San Pedro, the Eye of the COVID Storm
But, for the time being, the centre of the spread is San Pedro town. And, today the ministry of health said it had tracked that island town's numbers to three clusters. The first cluster is related to patient #57, an expatriate female who was infected many persons. A release says, out of the cluster, 42% of the active cases on the island are linked to activities at the Allure Nightclub from July 16 - 19th. If you were there and have symptoms, you are urged to call the Ministry of Health hotlines.

Fishing Tournament Was Not Super Spreader
And while those are the locations that spawned the major clusters on San Pedro, the Grand Caribe Fishing Deep sea Classic Tournament that happened on the 18th and 19th of July was not, after all, a super spreader event. "We have not been able to ascertain that that was a super spreader event. I think we are linking more to patient number 57. That fishing tournament was more than 3 weeks ago. We are looking at events primarily over the last 7-10 days..."

Five San Pedro Officers Tested Positive For Covid 19, 9 More Showing Symptoms
But, the police department in San Pedro has been experiencing its own kind of outbreak. Five officers have tested positive for COVID 19, and another 9 are showing symptoms. Toady, we spoke via video conference to the officer commanding about it: Supt. Chris Noble, OC, San Pedro: "We have 5 infected, 3 are on the island, 2 are off the island. They were symptomatic, they are now asymptomatic and I have 9 more that presented flu symptoms, 3 presented flu symptoms today. We had 6 that presented over the weekend. We have isolated all officers."

Infected Pharmacist Speaks About Symptoms
And, back to San Pedro, this weekend, Carlos Novelo, a pharmacist in the town, provided some insight into what it is actually like to manage the painful symptoms that come with COVID-19. Several days ago, he tested positive with the virus, and to raise awareness about the virus, he decided to publicize a series of testimonials on his Facebook page. Novelo urged his social media followers that his decision to do this mainly to help in the education of the general public. He is hoping to help convince everyone to follow the Health Ministry's advice of regular hand-washing, properly wearing face masks, and practicing social distancing.

Police Relax Lockdown Regs For Guinea Grass And Shipyard
Among those sick with COVID are the residents of Guinea Grass and Shipyard. Both villages have been locked off according to protocols meant to mitigate the spread, but news tonight is that they aren't locked off from each other. There are also reports that residents of those villages who were away when their communities were locked down have been allowed to return, seemingly exposing themselves at their own risk. And this morning we asked Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvette whether there was any validity to those reports.

Mother Of Three Was Found Slain and Buried, Boyfriend The Culprit
A 41-year-old mother of three was found dead this weekend. Guatemalan national Julia Milian Moran went missing at the end of July and was found in a shallow grave on Saturday, 9 days later. Her boyfriend, who initially accompanied her sister to file a missing person's report, later led police to the shallow grave where her body was found. It's a disturbing story with more than one twist and one that Julia's family is still trying to comprehend. Cherisse Halsall reports.

GSU Runs Over and Kills Homeless Man
Tonight, a police constable is facing a charge of manslaughter by negligence after he allegedly ran over a Belize City man on Saturday, just before midday. Police have identified the victim as 68-year-old Calvin Wright, who is originally from Morning Glory Street, but area residents tell us that they've spotted him behaving as though he is homeless. He is known to wander around the city, and at around 11:30, on Saturday morning, Wright was on Morning Glory Street, and multiple accounts say that he was somewhat in the road.

Cops Runs Over and Kills Man Sitting In Street
Police Constable Terrence Sutherland has since been criminally charged for this fatal accident. This morning at a police press conference, the Deputy Head of the National Criminal Investigation Branch shared what their investigation into the case has revealed so far: Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero, Deputy Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch: "On Saturday the 8th day of August, 2020, around 11:30am P.C. Terrence Sutherland was driving a police mobile on Morning Glory Street in Belize City when he ran over a male person who was seated on the road..."

Broad Daylight Armed Robber In Bmp Central Site
It's the second robbery this year for a centrally located Belmopan grocery store. It happened on Sunday morning at around 10:00 when a man wearing a camouflage jacket and a motorcycle helmet held up the store owners for cash and a cellphone. But it was far from a perfect crime with every moment of it recorded on security camera. ACP Joseph Myvette - Head, NCIB: "Sometime around 10am a slim built male person wearing a camouflage jacket and a reflective vest and a motorcycle helmet entered the establishment and thereafter pulled out a handgun and demanded money..."

Nazarene Church Emblazoned With Graffiti
And while the capital has been getting its share of robberies. It remains a relative stranger to gang activities. But that could all be changing as this weekend one of the City's most visible and popular churches was tagged with MS13 gang signs.

City Man Chopped To Head While He Slept
But the shocking acts didn't stop with the weekend. And early this morning 37-year-old Trevor Gill was chopped to the head while sleeping in his nephew's home. This morning the cops couldn't tell us whether Gill was the target or whether this was just a case of mistaken identity. But ACP Myvette told us that, despite a huge chop to the Head, Gill is stable. "He reported that he was sleeping at a friend's house on New Road and at some point a male person entered the house and inflicted the injuries to him. The male person thereafter fled from the area. Trevor Gill is in a stable condition. No suspects at this time."

Dinsdale Won Fantasy Five
Another Belizean has won Fantasy 5, and as a long-time fan of the game, he's now 173 thousand dollars richer. Exactly a week ago, another Belizean won the 300-thousand-dollar jackpot, and so, no one was expecting another winner so quickly. But, Dinsdale Smith continued to religiously purchase his fantasy 5 tickets, and this morning, he got a massive pay-day.

Phase Two Of Unemployment Relief Rolls Out
The Government of Belize is getting ready to start vetting applications for the second round of aid to needy Belizeans under phase 2 of its Unemployment Relief Program. The application portal opened up a week ago, and 49 thousand persons have already applied. To provide an update on the program, and to answer a few of the frequently asked questions, Dr. Carla Barnett, the Labour Minister of State who is in charge of the roll-out, appeared this afternoon on Ask the Experts. Here's her outline of the current state of affairs:

Working Out The Bugs With Online Applications
The Government's online application process for the Unemployment has been mostly successful, since a vast majority of the applications were completed electronically. But, the Minister also discussed a few of the technical problems they've been encountering with errors and glitches that have unfortunately come with a mostly-online process: Hon. Dr. Carla Barnett - Minister of State, Labour, Local Government, Rural Development: "There are 2 issues. 1, the singular one that we get the most notifications, requests, asking for help is where people are getting a message that says their number is already in the system, when they've already filled out their application, and think that they're inputting it for the first time..."

If You Haven’t Gotten Your Benefit Yet...
A few of the applicants from the first round made sure to ask Dr. Barnett about the beneficiaries who have still not received their money under the first phase of the Unemployment Relief program. She said that a number of them should have received their money today: "All have still not been delivered. On my way here, I was checking on it, and there's the last batch of quite a few hundred that are being delivered today, and that should be last of it for the top-up cards. And that should be the last of the transactions on phase 1. We're trying to tie that up, to finish that up, finally in the next few days. And that should be the last of it for the top-up cards, and that should be the last of the transactions on phase 1. So, we're trying to tie that up finally, over these next few days."

Helping Out Small Enterprises
A number of questions were asked about the Government-aid program for micro, small, and medium business enterprises. The Barrow Government is seeking to provide relief to those businesses which have been directly impacted by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. But, since there are multiple options being presented, the BELTRAIDE wanted to clear up any confusion, or misunderstanding that prospective applicants may have about how it will work. Here's an excerpt of a conversation between the Ask the Experts Host and Dr. Leroy Almendarez:

Mental Health Assoc. Calls For Forensic Unit, Urgently
On Friday's news you heard about Nigel Ferguson, who allegedly threw boiling water at a police Inspector who was trying to get him to use a mask. Ferguson's cousin explained that he's mentally ill, and has been acting out recently - threatening to harm family members and their property. She said police had beat him, and intended to charge him. Well, he didn't appear in court today, but the Mental Health Association says the incident, quote, "underlines the urgent need for a Psychiatric Forensic Unit in Belize. ..He is frequently violent, and the family cannot deal with him in a manner that keeps him and the public safe.

UB Union Calls For Delayed Start Of Semester
The University of Belize's Faculty and Staff Union is demanding that the semester start date be rolled back to September 7th. They are concerned about teaching assignments and workloads that have yet to be settled, about the lack of infrastructure to facilitate the move to online classes, and about uncertainty with regard to the future of units and departments. That along with the University's suggestion's that certain key Union members voluntarily separate from their posts in a move that could be deemed union-busting. And as tensions rise at UB the 2020/2021 academic year rests in the balance.

Port of Belize Back To Bargaining Table with CWU
This morning, the Christian Workers Union began negotiations with the Port of Belize's management on behalf of its members who are staffers at the Port. A week ago, the PBL and the CWU finally signed a collective bargaining agreement to cover the working conditions and benefits that the stevedores will enjoy as waterfront workers. That agreement marked history and the end of 16 years of open hostilities between the Port's Management and the Stevedores.

Remembering Gino
And, before we leave tonight, we note the passing of Sergeant of Police, Gino Peck. The 48 year old who was a 29 year veteran of the department who died on Saturday due to complications of stomach cancer. Peck never led the department or reached the senior command, but was one of the most respected cops we've known.

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300 COVID-19 Tests Being Conducted Overnight
Additional cases of COVID-19 are expected to be diagnosed in the days ahead, as contact tracing and testing are ongoing, so the next few days will be critical. An outbreak [...]

Primary School Teacher Contracts COVID-19
Following an outbreak in cases of the coronavirus, schools around the country were ordered to remain closed as a containment measure.  So instead of being in the classrooms today, the [...]

Contact Tracing in the Belize and Northern Districts are Ongoing
So while further results are expected, there is presently a total lockdown in the Mennonite community of Shipyard, in Orange Walk District where twelve cases have been recorded from a [...]

Dr. Manza Clears the Air on BMDA Release
On Saturday, the Belize Medical and Dental Association issued a statement regarding frontline health workers, who they claim were exposed to COVID-19 in the line of duty.  DHS Manzanero has [...]

COVID-19 Hits San Pedro Cops!
In San Pedro, fourteen officers attached to the San Pedro Police Station are in isolation.  Of those fourteen, five have tested positive for COVID-19; three of whom are on the [...]

COVID-19 Patient Documents His Symptoms
Six persons in the health system are confirmed as positive cases.  Pharmacist Carlos Novelo, who also lives on San Pedro, has tested positive for COVID-19, and like teacher Vanessa Gladden, [...]

Breaking the Stigma and Basic Remedies to Help COVID-19 Complications
But even as Carlos Novelo pleas for the public to stay safe, a number of patients, who have tested positive, are complaining that their lives are being threatened. There is [...]

Allure Nightclub’s Statement on COVID-19 Situation on Island
The largest number of positive cases is in San Pedro due to a community spread.  According to the Ministry of Health, the actual source of the current infections is unclear, [...]

Civil Aviation Minister Confirms Private Plane Did Not Land
Last week, the Director of Health Services discarded reports that a fishing tournament in San Pedro was a super spreader event for the virus. But the Minister of Tourism and [...]

Body of Missing Honduran Woman Discovered in Shallow Grave
The body of Julia Timotea Milian Moran was found inside a shallow grave over the weekend and police believe her killer was well-known to her.  The mother of four, who [...]

A and R Free Zone Shutdowns
As COVID-19 cases go up in the country, economic activity continues to slow down and everywhere, businesses are struggling to stay afloat. The government has rolled out a plan to [...]

A and R Enterprises Owner Considers Worst Case Scenario
According to Urbina Junior, A and R Enterprises has seven branches across the country. The company employs over two hundred persons. If the country goes in another lockdown, A and [...]

Phase Two of Unemployment Relief Commences
Almost fifty thousand persons have applied for unemployment relief through the Government of Belize amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  As part of the second phase of the programme, workers who have [...]

Kinks with Financial Assistance for MSMEs are being Worked Out
Financial assistance being provided for micro, small and medium enterprises, through BELTRAIDE, another of government’s COVID-relief initiatives, hasn’t been without its snags.  According to Doctor Leroy Almendarez, Executive Director of [...]

Smoothening Out the Unemployment Relief Process
Similarly, the Unemployment Relief Program, in its first phase, also ran into problems with the system being used.  According to Doctor Carla Barnett, the biggest hiccup involved the inputting of [...]

Elderly Man Knocked Down and Killed By G.S.U. Officer
There was a traffic fatality in Belize City on Saturday at midday. An elderly man was killed when a GSU vehicle ran over him on Morning Glory Street. Calvin Wright [...]

Man Chopped to the Head during Home Invasion in Belize City
Also here in Belize City, after three o’clock this morning, Trevor Gill was chopped on his hands and head.  Gill was in deep slumber at his nephew’s house on New [...]

MS-13 Tags Belmopan Nazarene Church; Bullets Found on the Grounds!
Is the MS-13 gang marking its territory in Belmopan? The Belize Police Department doesn’t believe so. In recent weeks, the gang has been tagging buildings and public spaces in Belmopan. [...]

Pastor Wade Says MS-13 Tag was Strategic but not a Target!
But what does the Pastor of Belmopan Nazarene Church think of this gang tags on his church? Well, that Pastor happens to be our media colleague Louis Wade of Plus [...]

San Pedro Police Officer Says There is No Love for Cops on the Island Amidst COVID-19 Spread!
So, as you heard at the top of the news, five police officers attached to the San Pedro Police have tested positive for the COVID-19; but several others are also [...]

Taisan Shop in Belmopan is Targeted by Armed Thieves
A robber targeted a small grocery store this weekend. Around ten on Sunday morning, Belmopan Police officers were called out to Taisan Shop where an armed thief held up the [...]

Business Owners Encouraged to be Vigilant
In recent weeks, we have been reporting on a string of robberies across the country, including Belmopan. Today, police encouraged business owners to be vigilant and call the police if [...]

San Marcos Village Residents Want Their Piece of Land
In the south, residents of San Marco Village are tonight upset and taking matters into their hands. Dozens of families have started to occupy lands along the Southern Highway, just [...]

San Marcos Villagers Say They Are Tired of Neglect
Villagers say that they will no longer tolerate neglect and call on the powers that be to give them what they say rightfully belongs to them.   Resident, San Marcus [...]

U.B.F.S.U. Concerned About Lack of Consultations as School Reopens
On Friday we told you about the University of Belize Faculty and Staff Union’s attempt to kick start negotiations with the UB’s Board of Trustees and President. The Union feels [...]

The Reporter

Man chopped in Belize City
A man identified as Trevor Gill, 37, is in critical condition at the KHMH after he was chopped to his head and hands around 3:30 this morning. According to prelimimary imformation, Gill was asleep on a sofa at his nephew's home on New Road in Belize City when an unknown person entered the home and inflicted the wounds before fleeing the scene. Police are waiting for Gill to be stabilized so they can get information from him whicn could help the investigation

The home of an elderly couple from Kuxlin Ha in the Toledo District was invaded on Sunday night by five masked men
The couple reported that around 8:00 five men, one holding a gun and the others with knives, entered the home and demanded money. A wallet with $700 was handed over and the men ransacked the home before leaving with a computer and other assorted items.


UBFSU requests postponement to start date for University
The University’s Faculty and Staff Union (UBFSU) voiced their concerns last week about new protocols that the University’s Board of Trustees had implemented without first consulting them. These protocols would directly affect the livelihoods of many of the faculty members as many were told their contracts would not be renewed while others were given the option of voluntary separation.

Over one hundred persons charged for breaking State of Emergency regulations
One hundred and forty seven persons were arrested and charged over the weekend after acting incontravention of the regulations under the current State of Emergency. According to the Police Commissioner Chester Williams, one hundred and twenty four were charged for failing to wear a cloth mask or face covering in public;

Fourteen officers off duty and on Quarantine
The latest statement from the Ministry of Health has indicated that Ambergris Caye has been the hardest hit in Belize with the highest number of Covid-19 cases. Tonight we can tell you that there are currently fourteen police officers attached to Ambergris Caye who are now off duty and in quarantine. Commanding Officer for the island, Superintendent Christopher Noble spoke to the media on the situation involving his officers and how this is affecting the security services on the island.

Police Constable test positive for COVID-19
As we noted earlier in this newcast, several police officers attached to Ambergris Caye have been confirmed with Covid-19. One of those officers is 28-year-old Javier Noble. Police Constable Javier Noble began displaying symptoms of the virus on Saturday, August 1, and had gotten tested at the San Pedro Polyclinic. He received his results yesterday and has indicated to our newsroom that he may have gotten infected on the job. Noble stated that he had no contact with any of the three clusters. We were able to speak to Noble who walked us through the entire procedure and the effects it has had on him.

Day four of Fourteen, How are they coping?
Three villages, Santa Martha, Guinea Grass, Shipyard, in the Orange Walk District along with Ambergris Caye have been placed on lockdown for the next two weeks. Late last week the announcement was made by the Prime Minister which brought significant changes in those areas as no one is allowed to enter or exit the villages. Love News reached out to the Chairman of Guinea Grass, Benito Uck who spoke on how the villagers are coping.

Stranded in the Caribbean due to COVID-19
A Belizean woman in Bermuda is eager to come home to Belize but is having difficulty doing this via the repatriation process due to the high cost of the hotel quarantine. Rose Lambey left Belize on March 5 and got stuck in Bermuda when Belize went under a complete lockdown. She has applied to come home and was approved but the cost to quarantine has crippled her progress. She has suggested quarantining at home in Belmopan where she lives alone. She says she is willing to cooperate with the police and health officials. Lambey is asking the Government to work with Belizeans who are unable to meet the demand for the quarantine fees required.

Ministry of Labor explains issues with Unemployment Relief Fund
As Belize experiences a second wave of Covid-19, the government continues its relief programme aimed at helping those severely affected by the economic downturn. The programme is in its second phase began on August 3.

BTB rewards frontline workers
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has announced the winners of the Essential Workers Competition, part of the Belize Travelers Campaign. The primary focus of the competition was to recognize dedicated and hardworking essential workers who have gone beyond the call of duty to serve Belize during the fight against COVID-19.

Belmopan resident wins Fantasy Five
A Belmopan resident is the lucky winner of the Fantasy five jackpot. Dinsdale Smith says that he has been buying Fantasy Five quick pick for as long as he can remember.

The numbers for COVID-19 cases increasing
It has been one hundred and forty-one days since the first case of Covid-19 was registered in Belize. Tonight we can tell you that there have been one hundred and fifty-four confirmed cases around the country, primarily in the Orange Walk and Belize Districts. In speaking with Love News late this evening, the Director of Health Services Dr Marvin Manzanero explained that there are three hundred samples in the queue to be processed.

Second Police Constable test positive for COVID-19
Police Constable Manuel Caliz attached to Ambergris Caye is one of the officers who has been infected with Covid-19. In a post on Facebook, PC Caliz seemed outraged at the situation on the island as...

Store in Cayo robbed for the second time
For the second time this year the owners of Taisan Shop in Belmopan were robbed at gunpoint. The incident occurred just after ten o’clock yesterday morning. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz has the story.

Two home invasions reported
A Belize City man was attacked and chopped inside a house this morning. The incident occurred just before five o’clock on New Road at a house where 37-year-old Trevor Gill was sleeping.

Body of woman found in shallow grave
The body of a woman was found in a shallow grave after she had been reported missing. On Friday, August 7, 39-year-old Julia Timotea Millian Moran was reported missing by her sister.

High demand for chicken causing empty shelves
Chicken is a staple in the diet of most Belizeans. As such, it was a major concern when various suppliers of chicken closed their doors early due to a lack of poultry products. At first,...

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Home of elderly American couple invaded by 5 armed masked men
Just after 8 p.m. on Sunday, 9th August, the home of an elderly retired American […]

“It’s not over till it’s over:” Trinidad Opposition seeks recounts in marginal seats
The Opposition United National Congress (UNC) of Kamla Persad-Bissessar says it’s not ready to concede […]

23 new cases of COVID-19 detected
A total of 144 samples were processed throughout the day and 23 new positive cases […]

People’s National Movement wins re-election in Trinidad and Tobago
The People’s National Movement (PNM) of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley is projected to have […]

Belize wins deferral of interest on Superbond
The Government of Belize says approximately 82 percent of bondholders have agreed to its proposal […]

San Pedro OC calls for mental health assistance for his officers
Several San Pedro Police officers are either infected with COVID-19 or in self-isolation as a […]

US State Department warns international travelers considering travel to Belize due to border closures
The United States Department of State has issued travel advisory warning Americans considering travel to […]

Fourteen San Pedro Officers off the job due to COVID-19
Some 14 Belize Police Department’s San Pedro formation are off the job due to COVID-19. […]

Ministry of Health condemns stigmatization of COVID-19 patients
The Ministry of Health says that it is aware that many persons who have been […]

US President Trump’s briefing interrupted by Secret Service after shots fired near White House
Minutes ago, a press briefing being held at the White House was interrupted by the […]

Ministry of Health: Visitors that visited San Pedro in mid-July and are developing symptoms of COVID-19 should call nearest health facility
The Ministry of Health today issued an update on 3 clusters of COVID-19 cases. The […]

Contact tracing for new cases in Orange Walk and Belize City continues
The Ministry of Health informed today that the contact tracing for the new cases identified […]

Ministry of Health issue updates on 3 clusters of COVID-19 cases
The Ministry of Health continues its mapping and contact tracing exercises as it aims to […]

Over 1,000 repatriation applications approved
The Government of Belize informed that as of August 7, 2020, 1,114 repatriation applications had […]

Tropic Air uses Ultraviolet C light to sterilize aircraft
As part of its continuing response to the issues surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, and in […]

Hours adjusted for Elections and Boundaries offices countrywide
The Elections and Boundaries Department informs the public of the adjustment in opening hours for […]

Trinidad and Tobago general election being held today
The people of the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago are voting in general elections […]

Over 4,000 tests completed for COVID-19
The Ministry of Health has conducted 4,031 tests for COVID-19 in Belize. So far, the […]

Belize City man chopped during home invasion
A Belize City man is receiving medical treatment for severe chop wounds, after an early […]

Police make almost 150 arrests for state of emergency violations over the weekend
Over the weekend Police arrested and charged a total of 147 people countrywide for various […]

Belize monitoring 120 active cases of COVID-19
Health officials in Belize are monitoring 120 active cases of COVID-19. On Sunday, the Ministry […]

Everyone deserves a second chance
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

Belize shaken after 5.7 magnitude earthquake off Honduras
Breaking Belize News has confirmed a magnitude 5.7 earthquake off the north coast of Honduras […]


Tropic Air uses Ultraviolet C light to sterilize aircraft
As part of its continuing response to the issues surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, and in keeping with its commitment to the health and wellness of its customers and employees, Tropic Air, has added an Ultraviolet C (UV-C) light sterilization process to its aircraft cleaning protocol. This is in addition to the enhanced chemical and disinfectant cleaning procedures for aircraft, equipment and facilities implemented in February.

Comfort Needed: Let’s Make Belizean Chicken Soup
Chicken soup – which actually DOES have several benefits when you are not feeling well. And 2020 is a year that…has very few of us feeling well. You might be surprised to hear it, but Belize is a BIG soup country. And I know what you are thinking. After a morning of sunning and snorkeling, do I really want a big bowl of hot soup? The answer, when I first moved down, was HECK NO. Yesterday I thought I’d sweat (more) and make some Belize Chicken Soup with Habanero. The ONLY Belize recipe that I’ve mastered. I love it because you can go heavy or light on any part of it…make it spicier or less spicy…basically, it’s impossible to mess up.

Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize
Belize experienced 105 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in just 8 days! The second wave looks more like a tsunami. How did this happen? Who is to blame? Will we learn from our mistakes before it gets even worse? Plus, listeners give their own two cents about the situation in Belize. And some good news from the Belize Zoo. Generous supporters have raised enough money to make sure no animals will go hungry during this difficult time, at least for now.

The 2020 Belize Gold Book Launches August 15
Debuting online this Saturday, the newest publication to the print and online resource of Caribbean Culture + Lifestyle (CC+L) comes with a modest goal: being the leading travel resource on Belize. Like past issues, the Caribbean Culture + Lifestyle’s Belize Gold Book will provide a true sense of Belize – a destination with an outstanding collection of people, places, and cultures, while Belize continues to prepare for the reopening of tourism to international visitors. However, it is important to safeguard the health and safety of both residents and guests now, more than ever. As such, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is actively working with industry partners to share Belize’s enhanced health and safety protocols for the tourism industry.

Can I Bring My Pet To Belize?
When you choose Belize as your new home, you will want to bring your pet. Fortunately, your pet is welcome to join you in beautiful Belize as long as you follow a few simple rules. First obtain an import permit from Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA). Since your pet will be inspected when you arrive at the Philip S.W. Goldson airport in Ladyville, make sure that is the port of entry listed on the permit. You’ll contact BAHA again two days before you travel to make sure there is an inspector present when you arrive. Because each airline has its own procedures for transporting pets, you’ll want to inform yourself before you book a flight. You’ll need to check on size or breed restrictions. You may need to get a new crate, depending on the airline, or get your vet to issue a health certificate.

How To Get Belize Residency
Living in Belize is a dream for many people. You can make that happen by getting official residency here. Thousands of expatriates and retirees have made their dreams come true in Belize. Here’s how to get residency so you can live here. When you enter Belize as a tourist, you’re legally allowed to stay for 30 days. At the end of 30 days, you must renew your tourist visa for another month. To do this, you must visit the immigration office in Belmopan or Belize City. If you do this for 12 months, you’ll have official residency. During that time, you cannot spend more than 14 days outside Belize. Each month you renew your visa, you must pay $25US monthly for the first six months. You must pay $50US for the next six months. After the year is over, you can apply for permanent residency. The cost for US citizens is $1,000.

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Belize Announces Results of Successful Consent Solicitation
The Government of Belize announced today the expiration and results of its solicitation of consent (the "Consent Solicitation") from eligible holders of Belize's U.S. Dollar Bonds due 2034 (the "Bonds") pursuant to the consent solicitation statement dated July 17, 2020 (the "Consent Solicitation Statement"). Holders of the Bonds representing 82.00% of outstanding Bonds have consented to the amendments to the terms of the Bonds and the indenture, dated as of March 20, 2013, between Belize and The Bank of New York Mellon, as Trustee (as amended on March 21, 2017, the "Indenture"), on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Consent Solicitation Statement.

Researchers created a test to determine which masks are the least effective
A group of researchers at Duke University created a simple technique to analyze the effectiveness of various types of masks which have become a critical component in stopping the spread of the virus. In the study published Friday, researchers with Duke's physics department demonstrated the use of a simple method that uses a laser beam and cell phone to evaluate the efficiency of masks by studying the transmission of respiratory droplets during regular speech.


  • Monday's "Ask the Experts", 92min. Dr. Senator Hon. Carla Barnett, Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development, and Dr. Leroy Almendarez, Executive Director of BELTRAIDE, lead the discussion on Ask the Experts. They focused on the Unemployment Relief Program and the MSME Support Program. Tune in today at 2:00 p.m.

  • Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) to discuss the next steps for teachers, 31min. The announcement was made yesterday that the reopening of schools is postponed until further notice. We were joined by Elena Smith, President of the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) to discuss the next steps for teachers.

  • The EA Volleyball Academy, 17min. The EA Volleyball Academy hopes to introduce youths to the sport of Volleyball. They have been conducting a training camp for the past few weeks. We talked with the organizers and players about the experience. They have cancelled their tournament scheduled for this weekend but told us that the work will continue to teach the fundamentals those already engaged in the academy. Allan Sharp - President, Belize Volleyball Association. Elton Anderson - Coordinator, EA Volleyball Academy. Abigail Sharp - U15 Player.

  • From Belize With Love - COVID-19 Edition is a documentary & live concert series, 32min. From Belize With Love - COVID-19 Edition is a documentary & live concert series to both document our local COVID-19 experience and to provide an international showcase of Belizean artistry. We caught up with the team behind the project the vision for the docuseries. They told us it's all about establishing a platform for creatives to share their art contribute to their livelihood. Andazi Panton - Flavaz Entertainment. William Neal - Wantime Kreeashions. Miriam Paz - Sector9 Live Streaming.

  • Update on Earl Haylock bridge, 11min.

  • Belize, Caye Caulker drive, 6min. This is a complete panoramic drive of Caye Caulker village to Split, Lazy Lizard where you can also enjoy great snorkeling at the second largest barrier reef in the world, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Employee Assistance Programme - Government of Belize, 1min. The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a confidential and professional counselling service for employees with significant life problems that are impacting their work performance and overall daily functioning.

  • Redistricting Case Update, 44min. Andrew Marshalleck - Attorney at Law (Claimant), Author Saldivar - Attorney at Law (Claimant), Paul Morgan - Belize Peace Movement.

  • Covid - 19 Update, min.

  • The Business Hour, 1hr25min.

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

  • Night Dive - Ambergris Caye, Belize - May 2019, 3min. We did a beautiful night dive this evening with Sam and Kristie in Ambergris Caye, Belize. This was a great way to start their dive vacation here in Belize!

  • Diving in Belize - May 2019, 4.5min. Great dives in Belize with Chuck & Robbie's Dive Center! Kristie and Sam completed their PADI Advanced Open Water certification by doing their Deep (106 feet) and Underwater Navigation specialty dives. Another wonderful day with terrific people!

  • Shark Dives - Ambergris Caye, Belize - May 2019, 5min. We had a fun first dive in San Pedro, Belize. Literally got to play with lots of sharks. Hope you enjoy the underwater video! Having a quick burger during our surface interval and heading back out again in about 45 minutes.

  • Belize Birding and More: Expert Panel on Natural Wonders, Birding, and Belize’s Conservation Story, 60min. Visitors to Belize will find a diversity of ecosystems and beautiful natural landscapes packed into this tiny Central American country. With more than 500 recorded avian species, it's a prime destination for birders and nature lovers alike. Our expert panel shares the story of Belize, its birds and protected areas, and how it serves as a model for successful conservation initiatives.

  • Blue Hole Diving - Belize - May 2019, 6.5min. We did some awesome dives while in Belize in May 2019, including the famous Great Blue Hole. 2.5 hours underwater! Long day starting at 5:30 AM and getting back to the condo at 6:00 PM, but worth every minute for some epic dives. Very cool day with we got to share with some great friends!

  • Central America is Un-Belize-able!!, 12min.

  • Belize, Ambergris caye 23 24 July 2011, 13min.

  • Oranges are not color orange in Belize, sweet they are UnBeliZeable, 4min. We love oranges juice. Fresh, home made juice is the best. Especially Anya is involved making oranges juice for the first time. Soon we go to oranges planation where you see why the are green yellow.

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