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Today's Belize News: August 15, 2020 #544223
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The San Pedro Sun

Large crowd gathers in front of Hon. Manuel Heredia’s residence seeking assistance
In an attempt to receive some assistance, a large crowd of people was observed outside the residence of Area Representative for Belize Rural South, Honourable Manuel Heredia Jr., on Friday, August 14th. Heredia told The San Pedro Sun that police came to disperse the crowd after they failed to adhere to social distancing as required. However, he expects to resume on Monday, August 17th, in a more orderly manner. In a video, a shirtless Heredia is observed on the veranda of his home looking at slips of papers before they are lower down with what appears to be a string. Meanwhile, a long line of persons economically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can be seen on the street waiting for assistance.

Ambergris Today

A Third Patient Succumbs To COVID-19 In Belize
The Ministry of Health of Belize confirmed this afternoon, Friday, August 14, 2020, one death associated to COVID-19, the third one for the country. The person has been identified at 52-year-old Luis Romero Senior who passed away at the KHMH’s ICU and his diagnosis had just been confirmed this afternoon. He was less than 12 hours in the ICU. Romero’s daughter expressed her father’s situation on a Facebook post. “He had symptoms during this week which progressed within one day. My brother begged M.O.H. to test him from last week Thursday. They said he had no links to anybody positive and a bad flu is going around and if he went to a clinic, they will give him meds and that’s it.”

COVID-19 Patient Delivers Baby In Belize, Both Doing Good
In a unique case, the Ministry reports that a COVID-19 positive female delivered a baby yesterday and both mom and baby are okay. Plus, there are six patients hospitalizes with one person having to be intubated.The COVID-19 updated came in late last night, Thursday, August 13, 2020, with no new reported cases for San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. This by no means indicates that there are no more cases on the island, rather, more samples have been taking for testing. A total of 172 samples have been processed with 60 positive cases. A lot of those cases have connections with San Pedro, especially in the Orange Walk district.

Various Belizean Sources

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Flood Forecast | August 14, 2020

Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions: Ministry of Health

Popular San Pedro DJ, Luis Romero organizes Food Bank Appeal for San Pedro
Popular San Pedro DJ Luis Romero makes a call out for food pantry assistance for the children and elderly of San Pedro. If you have a little, give a little.Please join DJ Romero in this initiative to help those mostly in need with their basic necessities.Please feel free to contact Luis Romero at 629-0454.Together we can certainly help those in need on the island. God Bless is all.

HIGHEST NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES IN CARICOM STATES, INCLUDING BELIZEWe have more cases than Jamaica.

Belize Water Services Limiting Visitations
Belize Water Services places the utmost importance on the health and safety of our customers and staff Due to the further increase in cases of Covid-19, effective Monday, August 17 2020, our Customer Service Representatives countrywide will be available via our whatsapp and toll-free numbers or email provided below.

COVID-19 update:
A further 172 samples were processed today with 32 new cases identified.The preliminary breakdown is as follows:- 1 case in Belize City- 10 cases in Corozal District (includes repatriated cases and cases in previously identified clusters)- 21 in Orange Walk District (related to previously identified clusters in Shipyard and construction site)We had one death - person diagnosed with SARS-CoV2.We have 3 recovered cases.We have 2 patients intubated and critically ill at the KHMH ICU.As we move through the weekend, we anticipate clearing up all the backlog of samples from the Central Medical Laboratory.Please continue exercising all the necessary precautions under new norms.

Ocean Ferry Temporary Schedule
Belize City to Caye Caulker and back.

Today the National Meteorological Service of Belize bids farewell to Forecaster Michael Gentle
He has served the country with 39 years of service. Today, we wish you all the best in your future endeavors. We will miss you, and we hope that you enjoy your retirement!

A YOUNG MAN WHO TESTS POSITIVE APOLOGIZES TO THE SARTENEJA COMMUNITY FOR MISLEADING HIS COVID-19 RESULTS
In his social media post Marvin Monterroso Jr. of Corozal Town wrote: Goodnight everyone, On my previous post I stated that I was confirmed negative for Covid-19. I want to apologize for misleading you all but please understand that I was also mislead when I received a text stating that my results were negative. I started with the symptoms the morning after the text and I started to question my results. Last night I saw the news about a fake text message going around confirming negative results and it made me question a lot of things since I haven't been feeling any better. Today I got a call from MOH saying that I tested POSITIVE for COVID-19. I hope this is a wakeup call for everyone.

Corozal Community Hospital Notice To The Public
The management of Corozal Community I lospital would like to inform the public that due to the increase in COVI1)-19 cases and a part of our response team. effective August l414. 2020 there will be some changes in the health services provided. These arc as follows:

BREAKDOWN OF COVID-19 CASES IN COROZAL AS PER MINISTER OF HEALTH
At today's House Sitting, Minister of Health Pablo Marin gave a complete breakdown of the country's demographic spread of COVID-19 cases. Here are the numbers as he explained for Corozal.

“Atithi Devo Bhava: Tourism Promotion India-Mexico-Belize”
In an effort to promote cross tourism between India, Mexico and Belize, the Belize Tourism Board has been invited by the Embassy of India in Mexico to conduct a country presentation on Monday, August 17th at 8:30 am, for the program “Atithi Devo Bhava: Tourism Promotion India-Mexico-Belize.”

Rumfish y Vino's Lionfish Crudo
Craving seafood this weekend? Try out this easy lionfish dish from Rumfish y Vino!

Creating September Celebrations Merchandise
Merchandisers, T-Shirt Producers and Print Studios: September is almost here. Your attention is called to this announcement.

Corozal House of Culture Closed August 17-28
Wishing everyone a great weekend and the remainder of August. We will be back in two weeks time! Stay safe.

Statistical Institute of Belize – Precautionary Measures to Slow the Transmission of COVID-19
The Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB) advises its clients, stakeholders, and the general public that effective Monday, August 17, 2020, its offices will not be open to the public. This is being done as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our staff and valued clients. Nonetheless, the work of the SIB will carry on, with staff working from home until further notice. In keeping with social distancing requirements, data collection exercises such as the Labour Force Survey will be carried out primarily through telephone interviews. Face-to-face interviews are temporarily suspended until it is deemed safe to resume such activities.

Channel 7

Belize’s Third COVID Death is Luis Romero Sr.
Belize has registered 356 and counting cases of COVID 19 since March - and, tonight, the country has its third death.He is 52 year old Luis Romero Sr, reportedly from Corozal. He died at the the KHMH this afternoon from acute respiratory distress. In an angry post a short while ago on Facebook, his daughter said, quote, "My dad passed away just some hours ago, he had symptoms during this week which progressed within one day. My brother begged MOH to test him from last week Thursday, they said he had no links to anybody positive and a bad flu is going around and if he went to a clinic they will give him meds and that's it.

Multiple Patients Intubated
And while his family says he passed after 2:00 pm, today the Director of Health Services appeared on Ask The Experts and either didn't know, or pretended not to know of this significant event. Here's what the DHS said about the positive patients who are currently hospitalized.: "For now I can tell you we have hospitalized patients: one in Corozal Community Hospital; one at the northern regional hospital and one in the southern regional hospital - all of these persons have a confirmed Covic19 test. We also have 3 patients now at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in intensive care, 3 patients that are intubated, one of them has a confirmed positive result and that's the person that has been transferred from the western regional to Karl Heusner and we have 2 persons that are highly suspect for Covid19, but they don't have a result as yet..."

The COVID Infections Breakdown By Village, Towns, Cities, Districts
Today in the House of Representatives, The Minister of Health opened the session with a statement; he gave a breakdown of the number of cases in each district, municipality and village: "Belize District: we have a total of 172; Belize City - 42, Caye Caulker - 3, San Pedro Town - 127. Cayo District 12, Belmopan - 5, Benque Viejo Town - 2, Bullet Tree Falls - 1, Las Flores - 1, Santa Elena - 1, Succotz - 2. Corozal District 20, Alta Mira - 1, Buena Vista - 1, Calcutta - 1, Caledonia - 1, Concepcion - 2, Corozal Town - 5, Paraiso - 1, Patchakan - 1, Ranchito - 1, San Pedro - 1, San Roman -1..."

Breaking Down Last Night’s Samples
We note that those numbers did not seem to reflect the full, updated figures up to last night's test returns. So, we turn back now to Dr. Manzanero's comments from 90 minutes ago, in which he provided a brief breakdown of the 60 positive cases which were identified last night. Those cases come from a batch of 172 samples that were tested. By the Ministry's official count those 60 brings the country's total number of positive COVID cases to 356, and total number of active cases to 322. Dr. Marvin Manzanero - Director of Health Services"In the batch of samples processed yesterday and I'll go briefly through those, 60 positives out of a 172..."

There Will Be No Lockdown, But a Curfew
So now you've heard all the numbers and about that very sad and scary third death due to COVID 19. So what's next? Is Belize going back into lockdown? Today in the House of Representatives - the Prime Minister stressed that the situation is fluid but as of this morning, neither he nor the National Oversight Committee saw the need for a national lockdown - but he did announce a strict new curfew: "I and those whom we have consulted, including the members last night by telephone of the National Oversight Committee do not feel that it is anywhere close to being a situation where we must think in terms of locking down the entire country..."

Lockdown Threshold is A Moving Target
After the house meeting we asked the Prime Minister about that decision not to go into a full-scale, national lockdown. Government did so the last time in mid April when there were under 10 positive cases; we have seen close to 300 cases emerge in just the last 10 days!So what is the threshold for a lockdown. The PM conceded that there is no standard; and it's a judgement call, a very though one: "Well precisely because we saw how much we suffered economically and perhaps in terms of mental health, socially from the first lockdown we are not going to be in as much of a hurry as we were before to pull the trigger for a second lockdown..."

Was San Pedro Exodus A Driver Of Infections?
But, will the government be forced to eventually institute a lockdown when it is too late? Consider this; in March when the first case appeared on san Pedro; there was an immediate lockdown; this time around, when case 57 was confirmed there on August second, there was no lockdown for days - giving infected persons ample time to leave the island, go back to their communities, and unwittingly infect others. Jules Vasquez: "Are we facing a situation where we may be, by the time a decision is made, it may be too late as has been hinted at may have happened with San Pedro because if it had been locked down immediately like last time at the instance of one case all those construction workers who have now gone on to infect other areas may not have left?"

MOH: COVID Started To Circulate On San Pedro In Early July
And building on what the PM said, the Ministry's "Epi" unit has had an opportunity to study the spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. And at this time, the health experts think that the outbreak started to take root shortly after the national State of Emergency was lifted at the end of June - and everybody, local travellers and construction workers started opting to the island. Dr. Marvin Manzanero - Director of Health Services:"June 30th was Tuesday so that was when the SOE was lifted and more free movement was ongoing after July 1st..."

More Positive Cases Coming Out Tonight
And finally on the COVID numbers.we gave you a breakdown of what they are earlier, and today, the DHS and his team said they bracing for that total number of confirmed cases to increase by tomorrow. 300 tests are currently in the system, and his preliminary report from today indicates that another 10 people tested positive from a batch of 78 samples: "The preliminary data we have today, the first batch of samples have come out, it is 10 out of 78 samples, 10 positives that we have so far. There is another batch that is currently being processed..."

36 Fired Port Workers Take to The Picket Line
Tonight, 36 former members of PBL's staff are still out of a job. You'll remember that they were fired by text message 23 days ago - the same day that culminated in the GSU declaring a riot at the Port of Belize. Now, they're firing back, and speaking out against union busting and the actions of the port that they say have taken food out of their children's mouths. I spoke to them at their midday protest.

A Carnival Of Cayucos
Our next few stories are going to be about contraband, and the concerted state effort to put an end to this everyday practice that has - it seems - been forged into the DNA of nortenos.And yesterday evening, the police went after 23 Canoes or "Cayucos" as they are called in the north. These are the flat bottomed dories that cross the Rio Hondo from Santa Cruz to Botes for a dollar. When they were seized yesterday and paraded through the town for storage, it's like the north did a collective "Ah ve!". It was like a carnival, but of canoes and here's what it looked like:

New Law Will Limit Bail For Border Jumpers
And while the police were doing that in Orange Walk, the Barrow Administration was in the House of Representatives making an amendment to the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Amendment Bill to limit bail for border jumpers. Under the new law - which was passed by the House - border jumpers will now have to go to the Supreme Court for bail. The Prime Minister explained: "One of the measures we seek to legislate today to try and control and deter the continuing incidents of the border jumpers, people complain that once you catch them you put them in quarantine of course and after they've come out of quarantine they are taken to court and charged..."

New Customs Law Will Make Possessing Contraband A Jailable Offence
And it's not just the jumpers who are getting pinned by the law - those who consume and are caught with contraband will also be harshly penalized. The house also passed an amendment to the Customs Regulations - to make it so that when you're caught with contraband, you can't just get away with a fine, you'll have to go to jail. Here's the debate on that:Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister:"What we are doing is to treat those that enable the border the jumper that purchase the contraband items from the border jumpers to be treated as themselves having committed a crime to be treated in the same way as the actual border jumpers would be treated..."

Do New Measures Disproportionately Target The Poor?
But, in taking a stand now, is the government coming down too hard on one side of the socio-economic equation - while giving an ease to others?We asked the Prime Minister to put the border jumper sin the context of those who fly in on private jets, and those who - as happened an the Big Creek Port - sent their tug-boat to Honduras during a national lockdown. The Ministry of Health prceerts that there are 5 positive COVID cases in Independence related to a "tug boat that was engaged in movement of cargo at sea - link to Honduras."

Infected Doctor Caught About Town On Surveillance Camera
Today the Director of Health Services stressed that those who have gotten swabbed and are awaiting the result of a COVID 19 test should stay home under quarantine. But, tonight, the Guardian Newspaper has posted an image of a doctor - who has reportedly tested positive - and is still allegedly up and about.

"Caller, Noh Call No Name..."
And, of course, we cannot and would not disclose his name - which is also the strict policy of the Ministry of Health. The DHS today stressed that it will not be releasing the identities of the patients who tested positive for the virus.

Change In Labour Laws to Benefit Stevedores
And back to our earlier story at the Port of Belize. As you saw, Port Staff who had been terminated were protesting. And while they were out there, that government was in the House of Representatives changing the Labour Laws to benefit the stevedores who signed their collective bargaining agreement two weeks ago.One of the prominent features of the CBA was an agreement on the hours of work. This had been an issue of contention for years, because the stevedores work sometimes 30 hour shifts to clear a vessel.

Can MOE Really Get Rid Of Administrative Bloat?
Last night, we showed you a few choice parts of Education Minister Patrick Faber's late evening press conference. This was his direct response to the Opposition Party's manifesto launch of their Plan Belize. This policy proposal explains how they intend to address the country's education system if they are elected as the next government administration.From the Education Minister's perspective, several key elements of the PUP's proposals either have a flawed premise, are already implemented in the education sector, or they are flashy, but empty promises.

Most Teachers Already Got Trained
Another of the 11 proposals in the PUP's education reform plan is to provide all of the nearly 6,000 teachers countrywide with full pedagogical training. Well, from the Education Minister's perspective, that won't be hard to do because his Ministry has already provided 84% of the teachers with the necessary training. Here's how explained why this proposal isn't significant or ground-breaking:Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Education:"One of the things that they are claiming that they will do is to increase the number of trained teachers to 100%. Now, the only reason they are able to make that promise is that under the UDP's administration for the last decade or so, there has been a marked increase of in excess of 50% - the recorded is there - of trained teachers..."

School Finance and The Question of Perverse Incentives
Faber also took the opportunity to respond to the PUP's criticism that his government's school finance reform initiative has neglected those students with academic weaknesses.At Wednesday's PUP launch, Francis Fonseca said that the Ministry of Education has been wasting money, focusing on the wrong objectives, and the wrong outcomes. He harshly criticized Government school finance reform, suggesting that it uses "perverse incentives structures" for school administrators, which lead to "perverse outcomes" where more school children are failing.Here's Faber's response to that perspective during his press conference yesterday:

When Will School Open?
Turning now to the Ministry's plan for the next school year, the press asked the Minister about the resumption of classes. Classes were scheduled to restart on Monday. But that opening date had to be delayed because of the current community spread of COVID-19, that we've been telling you about since last week. Here are the Minister's remarks:Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Education"We said until further notice, and the reason we did that was we wanted time to see just far things would develop in terms of the COVID situation. At the point where we're at right now..."

September Celebrations, Ready?
Turning now to the September Celebration, the government today extended the two week State of Emergency which started on August 6th - and should have ended on the 20th of August - by another two weeks - taking it to September fourth. That's right into the start of the national celebration month. Annually, the carnival road march, the Battle of Saint George's Caye Day, and Independence Day are among the most festive times to be in Belize. But, this year, we'll all have to do our partying at home and online.

Channel 5

Third Person Dies of COVID-19 in Belize
We can confirm tonight that a third person has died because of COVID-19 in Belize.  The Office of the Director of Health Services confirmed this information just before news time, [...]

10 New COVID-19 Cases
Turning to the latest number in the coronavirus pandemic….Ten new COVID-19 infections were confirmed late this evening from a batch of seventy-eight samples. The new cases drive the number of [...]

Is There a Link between the 60 New Cases and Other Previously Diagnosed Patients
And while those are ten new cases this afternoon, on Thursday night sixty more positive tests were confirmed. A majority of the cases are recorded in the Orange Walk, Corozal [...]

COVID-19 Numbers by Community
And while the cases have been concentrated largely in the north and the city, including San Pedro, these latest stats show that the virus is spreading across the country – [...]

16 Healthcare Workers are COVID-19 Positive
Among the positive COVID-19 cases are sixteen healthcare workers. The number, according to Doctor Marvin Manzanero, is a growing cause for concern. The results over the past twenty-four hours include [...]

Tug Boat Leaves and Re-enters Belize Illegally, Crew Members Test Positive for COVID-19
An investigation has been launched by Chief Executive Officer Doctor George Gough, of the Ministry of Health, into the departure of a tugboat from Belizean waters in Big Creek to [...]

COVID-19 Hospitalizations
Tonight several COVID-19 patients are hospitalized across the country. Three persons are in the I.C.U. at the K.H.M.H.; three of whom are intubated, but only one has a positive COVID-19 [...]

Curfew to be Set for 8 o’clock Once Again
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte is scheduled to appear on a weekend episode of Ask the Experts on Saturday night where he is expected to provide details of a countrywide curfew [...]

Restaurants to Remain Open, but Only for Party of Ten
But we know that restaurants and other eateries will be allowed to remain open providing that patrons make reservations ahead of their visit, as well as sticking to ten persons [...]

No Locking Down of Orange Walk District
The steady increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 across the country, particularly in the north, as well as Belize District, has seen a climb to three hundred and [...]

Movement Within Orange Walk to be Restricted
There is no lockdown for all of the north, however, specific communities, including Guinea Grass, Shipyard and Santa Marta will see an extension to the confinement for safety that they [...]

The Blatant Disregard for Physical Distancing, Social Gathering Limit in San Pedro
Tourism Minister and area representative for Belize Rural South, Manuel Heredia Junior is coming under fire tonight.  Videos and pictures of him and his family show them on their veranda [...]

Santa Cruz Village Chairlady Says that Police Unfairly Confiscated Canoes
The police has been active along border communities, attempting to put a lid on the movement of contraband goods.  On Thursday, a dozen canoes were confiscated by Orange Walk Police [...]

Chairlady Says Santa Cruz Has Been Abandoned by Government
According to the chairlady, the residents of Santa Cruz have been abandoned by the government. She says that some families are only eating one meal per day.   On the [...]

PM Barrow Comes Down Hard on Border Jumpers
In the House of Representatives today, Prime Minister Dean Barrow reiterated his condemnation for border jumpers.  He says that the constant reports of border jumpers and contrabandistas prompted authorities to [...]

Opposition Raises Concern Over New Crime Control Amendment
The Crime Control and Criminal Justice Amendment Bill was tabled and read in its entirety during the sitting of the House of Representatives this morning as a measure to arrest [...]

Should There be a Distinction for Border Jumpers?
While harsh laws have been brought into force to thwart border jumping, the opposition is calling for a distinction between persons who are purchasing contraband items and persons who are [...]

Increasing Numbers Being Repatriated!
More than eighty repatriates returned home on the weekly repatriation flight on United Airlines. Doctor Marvin Manzanero says that there appears to be an increase in the number of persons [...]

What is Accounting for Low Death Rate in Belize?
At the top of the newscast, we told you about the latest COVID-19 related death recorded earlier this afternoon. This latest death marks Belize’s third COVID-19 death. During today’s Ask [...]

Did Asymptomatic Cases from the North cause the Outbreak on San Pedro?
Tonight, there are one hundred and twenty-seven cases of COVID-19 on the island of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.  And going two weeks, the Ministry of Health has been mapping the [...]

OW COVID Patient Calls Out Discrimination in the Community
Another COVID-19 patient is sharing her status so that those who may have come in contact with her are aware.  Twenty-five-year-old Gabriella Chable of Orange Walk Town says that when [...]

Did N.R.H. Healthcare Workers Refuse to Treat Patient Due to Fear of COVID?
And while Chable is facing discrimination from the public, she says that she is disappointed to learn about how a friend was treated at the Northern Regional Hospital. Her friend [...]

Was a COVID-19 Patient Out and About?
A photograph has been circulating on social media; it is allegedly that of a doctor, who earlier this week tested positive for COVID-19. Now, according to the allegation, the doctor [...]

Are Private Flights Sanctioned to Land in Belize?
According to PM Barrow in the House today, he is fine with private flights landing at the P.G.I.A. as long as all protocols are met.  The arrival of an airplane [...]

Labour Act Amended
Back to the House of Representatives, the government introduced the Labour Amendment Bill 2020. The bill seeks to amend the Labour Act to provide for employers to reduce wages where [...]


Re: Today's Belize News: August 15, 2020 [Re: Marty] #544224
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COVID-19 surge continues – 296 cases and counting!
The ongoing contact tracing efforts being carried out by the Ministry of Health has led to the discovery of over one hundred COVID-19 cases in just the first three days of this week.We now are seeing a surge of cases, and the numbers change each day as these investigations continue.Belize now has a total of 296 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Eighty-six (86) cases were identified from 257 samples on August 12; on Tuesday, August 11, 33 positive cases were found in 84 samples; and testing on August 10 revealed 23 new cases.

Three Immigration officers charged with drug trafficking
After testing negative for the COVID-19 virus yesterday, three Immigration officers who were busted with about 8 pounds of compressed marijuana, which is believed to have been obtained from a Mexican drug runner, were released from an Orange Walk quarantine facility, into which they had been placed on Tuesday, August 5, for a mandatory quarantine after they were busted.The officers were then taken to the Orange Walk Town Police Station, where they were charged with drug trafficking.

Boy, 4, who saw parents’ murder-suicide, drowns
A boy, 4, who was orphaned by the murder-suicide of his parents two years ago, drowned yesterday morning at about 11:00 while playing in the backyard of relatives of his who had become his caretakers after his parents’ death.It has been reported that the boy, Steven Anthony Ferguson, fell into a pond in the Windmill area of Hattieville that had become full of water due to the rains, and drowned.His sister, Jayla, 6, who had been looking for him, found him floating in the pond, which is said to be about 15 feet by 12 feet in surface area, and between 8 and 10 feet in depth.

PUP proposes new education model
The People’s United Party (PUP) is charging full speed ahead to Belize’s 2020 general elections and has developed a new education policy as a part of their greater governing strategy entitled, “Plan Belize”.On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, the party assembled members of the media to discuss this new education policy, which it has described as “Goal #1 of Plan Belize,” in spite of the great uncertainty surrounding the resumption of classes in the country.

Where did all the chickens go?
The country has been experiencing an unexplained shortage of chicken since early July. At that time, the Belize Poultry Association (BPA) said that the shortage would be temporary, giving an assurance that the shortage would only last until the end of July.Currently, consumers are affected by a nationwide scarcity of chicken. The BPA and large poultry processing companies like Quality Poultry are looking for answers to explain the situation, but have found none to date.

Visits to Belize Central Prison suspended due to COVID-19
Commencing today, visits to inmates at the Belize Central Prison are prohibited.Visits to the prison have been suspended indefinitely. The move has been taken to keep the inmates and staff of the prison free from the COVID-19 virus that is now on the rise in the country.Presently, the prison is COVID-19-free, and prison officials are trying to ensure that this continues to be the case.

Machete man chopped with his own machete
Derrick Arnold, 38, a construction worker of Punta Gorda, is presently at the Punta Gorda Community Hospital in a serious condition after he was chopped on the left hand, right shoulder, and forehead.Moses Varro, a laborer of Punta Gorda, has been arrested for chopping him.Varro told police that at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon, he was walking on Front Street along with Sherese Coleman when Arnold, who was armed with a machete, rode up behind them, got off his bike and attacked him.

Guatemalan wanted for murder conspiracy in Guate, arrested in Belmopan
A Guatemalan fugitive who had been living in Belmopan for about 5 years has been detained by police today, based on an arrest warrant issued by Guatemalan police, on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.Guatemala national, Cesar Arnoldo Valleda, 44. a laborer of Canaan Street, Belmopan, will be handed over to INTERPOL Guatemala, who will take him back to Guatemala and hand him over to the police there.

Mentally ill man throws hot water on cop
igel Ferguson, 33, a mentally unwell man with no fixed address, has been charged with aggravated assault and has been detained pending arraignment.Police said that Ferguson threw hot water on Sergeant Keith Clarke, which scalded the police officer’s shoulder, yesterday morning near Pound Yard Bridge.Police said that Ferguson was not wearing his mask in public, as is required, and when the sergeant told him to put on his mask, he told the policeman that he was their boss, and would not put on the mask.

Belmopan church and other properties vandalized by MS 13
Police are looking for the person or persons who vandalized the Belmopan Nazarene Church (whose pastor is the well-known Louis Wade of Plus TV) as well as benches in the park and other structures in the city. The word “MS 13” was spray-painted on the buildings and benches.MS 13 is a criminal gang that originated in Salvador and is known for the cruelty of its members. The machete is their weapon of choice, and is used to chop their enemies, instead of shooting them.

Editorial: We can eat better if we try
In the best of times most Belizeans weren’t eating food of the highest quality, and with the harder economic times that are currently upon us, the meals on most tables in our country will become even less wholesome. Ironically, even in these tough times, which are expected to become even tougher, Belizeans across this land can eat better, much better than they did in our best times.The cost of vegetables and fruits is high in Belize because our market is small, and some of the crops are seasonal, and also because we ignore some valuable crops that are native or well-adapted to our country.

The CXC 2020 grading approach
As promised, the Caribbean Examination Council rolled out their CSEC and CAPE exams in July of this year, despite the interruptions of classes that had been caused by COVID-19. On Wednesday, the Registrar and CEO of the Council, Dr. Wayne Wesley, issued a virtual address thanking all Ministries of Education, local registrars, teachers, invigilators, and center staff for their assistance in the successful administration of these exams.Due to the new social restrictions caused by the pandemic, the Council was tasked with finding a new strategy to facilitate all students of the Caribbean in advancing to a higher level of education, despite the various academic hardships that they were facing since March, when the pandemic hit the Caribbean.

FFB appoints new National Team manager
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is proud to announce the appointment of Raymond Reynord Garbutt as the new Manager for the Senior “A” National Team, the Belize Jaguars. Mr. Garbutt has worked 15 years with the media and is well known in the sports world for the TNC show “Sports Talk.” He comes with a wealth of experience both in football and management, having played football for twelve years, four of which were in high school and eight with the semi-professional league. Additionally, he has eight years of experience in management.

It’s “Palma,” after all – the Wilfred “Palma” Davis saga
In Belizean Creole, we have always pronounced the name as “Paama” Davis, when referring to 1950s-‘60s legendary goalkeeper, Wilfred Davis.Many years ago, some folks would write Wilfred “Palmer” Davis when referring to this renowned Belizean athlete. In his 2005 sports classic, “Sports, Sin And Subversion,” however, Evan X Hyde used Wilfred “Palma” Davis.It is one of the things I still needed to clarify with the elusive gentleman, but I ventured to try the spelling “Paama” in our “The making of a legend…” story in this past Tuesday’s issue of Amandala.

WHERE ARE THE MEN WHEN CALLED UPON? MOSE HYDE & LIVING ON BELIZE’S FRONTLINE!
Putting your bodies on the line in protests and demonstrations in resistance against oppression and exploitation has never been an easy thing for those Belizeans living on the frontline like Belizean union leader Mose Hyde. His stand for labor in Belize and his decision to step up to leadership of the Christian Workers Union (CWU) of Belize City, Belize, cannot go unnoticed.Mose’s remarkable work as a broadcast journalist and talkshow host on the popular and revolutionary KREM radio and television in Belize City has energized a whole generation of Belizean young people to take a stand rather than becoming victims of a system of exploitation.

Rain, rain everywhere, but not on the coast in Stann Creek
The Belize River has swollen over its banks twice since the rainy season began, and at least twice we have heard of villagers in Toledo West running to high ground, but some people are experiencing the best of tourism weather. My good friend, Brother Gaspar Martinez, told me that he has sown two corn crops this year (the second after the first one failed), and bah, no rain no gain, no green corn in Hopkins.It’s like incredible. There’s been heavy rain in the west and deeper south all week, but none to spare for our brothers and sisters living near the coast in the Stann Creek District.

The residual effect of the pandemic and its long-term psychological consequences
While naturally most are fixating on the increasing number of COVID-19 cases but less on the number of cases of successful recovery, what is presently underway is a politicization of the pandemic. Lost in this politically polarized climate is a serious discussion on the residual and long- term impact that the pandemic will have on emotional and mental health. At the forefront of the issue are the millions of children who suddenly find themselves unable to attend traditional schools, and to interact and experience what has become an integral part of human development for centuries.

GILLY DUNN! BELIZE’S BOXING & FOOTBALL LEGEND! STILL PUNCHING & KICKING AFTER ALL THESE YEARS!
He still hits a punching bag inside his home in Florida in the United States before he departs outside for his morning briefing and daily activities that have governed his life for some fifty years after his retirement from boxing and playing football in Belize in the 1960s and early ‘70s. He is still Belize’s legendary boxing champion for life — displaying remarkably good health and fitness that enable him to keep punching and kicking at the challenges of life after all these years. He is the same Gilly Dunn — still!

Can we afford another lockdown?
Dear Editor,The sky looks gloomy overhead. The air is thick with fear. The wind blows puffs of trepidation, and the final decision hangs in the balance. As we watch the news daily, we are bombarded with the daunting and steady increase of new cases of COVID-19. It’s a rather scary phenomenon that tells a tale of a reckless July! The country had a month off, and now the results are in. We are in a headwind against a growing number of COVID-19 cases and, by all preliminary indications, we are losing and losing terribly.

Time for Belize to wake up — more demand for coffee and corn than sugar
Dear Editor,Belize needs another major way besides tourism to earn foreign exchange. The Cruise Lines International Association announced that its members — which include nearly every cruise line with ships sailing out of American ports (Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Group (RCL), Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Disney (DIS), and MSC Cruises, etc.) — will be suspending trips until at least November 1, 2020.Cruise arrivals surpassed a million for four consecutive years since 2016. In 2019, Belize had 503,177 overnight visitors, according to the Belize Tourism Board.

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Bill passed to issue mandatory prison time for border jumpers
In an effort to reduce the number of border jumpers, the Crime Control and Criminal Justice Amendment Bill was passed in the House of Representative. This bill will force those convicted to spend time in prison, rather than just paying a fine.

Minister of Health appeals to Belizeans to stay home
The Minister of Health, Pablo Marin, in the House of Representatives announced that one person from within the Ministry of Health's office has tested positive for Covid-19. The Minister highlighted that we are living in unprecedented times and that the community must play its part to flatten the curve.

Canoes confiscated from Santa Cruz villagers
Almost a dozen canoes were confiscated from Santa Cruz residents in the Orange Walk District. The Belize Police Department held an operation in the village yesterday in an attempt to stop persons from going across the river to buy contraband. The Prime Minister, Dean Barrow spoke on the events that prompted the operation.

Prime Minister says no lockdown for the country
Parliamentarians gathered in Belmopan today for a special sitting of the House of Representatives. The Prime Minister, Dean Barrow, announced that there will be no countrywide lockdown, nor will there be one for the Orange Walk District.

Ten new cases of covid-19 identified
Up to news time, ten new covid-19 cases were identified in Belize, two of whom are a part of the medical staff in Belize. On Today’s Ask the Experts, Dr Marvin Manzanero broke down the location of these cases.

Private Flights given the green light
Private flights will continue to come into Belize. The National Oversight Committee has decided that the protocols set in place are stringent and reliable. Prime Minister Dean Barrow explained more.

Two positive patients give birth
Two positive covid-19 patients gave birth to babies recently via cesarean section. These are the first babies known to have been born to positive patients in Belize.

Belize records third death due to covid-19
At the top of our newscast, we told you about the third patient to die from covid-19. We can now tell you that he has been identified as fifty-two-year-old Luis Romero Senior.

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Luis Romero is COVID-19’s latest victim, daughter expresses frustration on social media
The Ministry of Health confirmed earlier today that a patient had died making it the […]

Cuban Medical Brigade still in country
According to the Ministry of Health (MOH) members of the Cuban Medical Brigade that arrived […]

Another 10 cases of COVID-19 confirmed
The Ministry of Health says that preliminary data for today shows another 10 confirmed cases […]

Only 32 confirmed recoveries from COVID-19 so far
Belize has gone over 300 confirmed cases of COVID-19, however preliminary data suggests that there […]

Ministry of Health confirms 3rd death in Belize related to COVID-19
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that Belize has recorded its third death related to […]

Three children under age of 5 test positive for COVID-19
On Ask the Experts today, Dr. Marvin Manzanero informed that three children under the age […]

Nurse and employee of KHMH test positive for COVID-19
Today, on Ask the Experts, Dr. Marvin Manzanero said that a nurse and another employee […]

Ministry of Health will not issue individual COVID-19 results
Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero said that despite numerous requests from the public, […]

Samples of 2 babies to be processed later today
Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero informed that 6 patients are hospitalized. One patient […]

Residents gather at Area Representative’s home waiting for assistance
A group of residents are currently gathered in front of the home of Belize Rural […]

Girl, 14, reported missing
Authorities are asking the public to be on the lookout for 14-year-old Ashanti Kerr. Kerr […]

Curfew, mass gatherings to be rolled back
The daily curfew is to be rolled back as well as regulations on limits to […]

47 arrested for violating State of Emergency regulations
Citing his daily bulletin from the Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, the Prime Minister Dean […]

Minister of Health addresses House: it is in our hands to contain COVID-19
Minister of Health Pablo Marin told the House of Representatives this morning that it is […]

Government to extend national State of Emergency
At today’s meeting of the House of Representatives in Belmopan, the Government is to table […]

Ministry of Health warns of scam messages
The Office of the Director of Health Services issued a statement warning of scam messages […]

Health officials monitoring 322 active cases of COVID-19
Health officials are now monitoring 322 active cases of COVID-19. The country has now registered […]

Belize among top 5 in CARICOM for active COVID-19 cases
With this week’s spike in cases, Belize has set an unwanted record. At 322 cases […]

Blogs

Belize Extends National Curfew to Curb COVID-19 Spike
Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow has announced a series of new measures, including a nine-hour curfew as the English-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country moves to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As the nation prepares to enforce additional safety restrictions in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, Belize tables a motion to extend the ongoing state of emergency for another 14-days from August 20th, effectively extending until September. Wіth thе ехроnеntіаl іnсrеаѕе оf саѕеѕ оf СОVІD-19 frоm 57 tо 356 іn thе lаѕt ten days, thе Рrіmе Міnіѕtеr аnd hіѕ аdmіnіѕtrаtіоn іѕ, unhарріlу, ѕаtіѕfіеd thаt а реrіоd оf рublіс еmеrgеnсу ехіѕtѕ іn аll оf Веlіzе.

Foreign Ownership of Belize Property Just Got Easier
For seniors and vacation home shoppers considering purchasing retirement or real estate property in Belize, Corona virus may have put a damper on immediate plans, but in return for the wait, folks intending to continue with their plans as soon as travel circumstances ease up, rewards in the form of new perks from Belize’s government are already getting a lot of buzz.For Scott Fuson, Salt Life Belize’s sales director, this bold move by the Barrow government now means that land title transfers involving foreign nationals no longer need the Central Bank’s approval before the lands department can move further on a pending sale. “We have been getting many inquiries from people who had already started thinking about moving to Salt Life Belize or buying real estate in our beautiful community, so despite a few issues, this ruling is fabulous news.”

What Kinds of Gifts and Souvenirs Can I Find in Belize?
Belize is a unique and wonderful place. When you visit here, you will make so delightful memories that you will want to share with your friends.While you should certainly share photos and stories of your adventures, it might also be nice to bring home a small souvenir. Of course, there are always postcards, refrigerator magnets, keychains, mugs, and t-shirts, and if your friends collect these items, it’s fine to stick with them. However, perhaps you’d like to give a special friend a special, unique gift that you can only find in Belize?

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Review: Copalli Isn't Like Other Rums, And That's What Makes It Work
What we’re drinking: Copalli, an organic single-estate rum from southern Belize.Where it’s from: Copalli was co-founded by Anya Fernald, the CEO of Belcampo (a restaurant chain and online butcher that’s centered on transparency, eco-consciousness and humane practices) and Todd Robinson, a Marine Conservationist.“Todd is a rum aficionado and wanted to do something with the land that was sustainable and has a meaningful economic impact for the community surrounding the distillery,” as Fernald told us (note: we visited the distillery last fall — if you visit, bring all the bug spray — and had a follow-up conversation earlier this year). “Rum made from fresh sugar cane was the obvious choice.”

The Most Colorful Places in the World
How often do you think about color on a daily basis? Do you pay attention to it at work? On your commute? In your kid’s room? It can be easy to overlook, but according to science, we may be more attentive to color when we visit somewhere new. It gives us a sharper eye on safari, or leaves us feeling calmer by those Belizean blues. All the more reason to travel, we say. As Condé Nast Traveler highlights some of the most colorful places in the world, all guaranteed to brighten up your day, here’s what makes Belize’s Great Blue Hole so special.

Videos

  • Friday's "Ask the Experts", 51min. Joining us today is Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero.

  • Sitting of the House of Representatives, 4hr24min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - CALVIN LIONEL MCKOY WRIGHT, 1.5min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - LAWRENCE "LENCHO" VICTORIANO VANEGAS, 2min.

  • A message from the Principal of Ocean Academy Heidi Curry, 5.5min. Please see this brief message with updates about the start of the school year. Online classes are scheduled to begin on the 2nd of September. A virtual orientation session for parents and students is scheduled for 2 p.m. on the 24th of August. OA office staff will contact parents on Monday and Tuesday to check for your readiness to begin online classes, to answer questions and to provide support. We will keep you updated with any new information from the Ministry of Education as it becomes available. Stay safe and stay well. Blessings, Principal Heidi Curry

  • Gigantic stingray cruises casually past unsuspecting scuba diver, 1min. While scuba diving in Belize, this gigantic ray casually swam up behind and along side an unsuspecting diver who just happened to have the camera at the ready. Initially shocked to see this massive animal so close, the diver raised the camera to capture a beautiful video clip as the ray passed. The scuba diver followed along as the ray continued slowly over the coral and out to deeper water.

  • Sidewalk rail project in San Pedro, .5min. We're loving the bright, fun colors of this sidewalk rail project that the SPTC undertook by the San Pedro Roman Catholic School

  • Greening Across Belize - RotaVlog Season 1, Episode 1, 11min. The Rotaract Club of Corozal is pleased to share our journey in #GreeningAcrossBelize in collaboration with the Belize Audobon Society.This is our first community service project under Rotary's new area of focus: Supporting the Environment.The Mahogany Trees can be located at Belize Adventist College, Calcutta Government School, Xaibe Park, Patchakan Football Field and Central Park in Corozal Town.

  • Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch (trip experiences) (Belize), 3min. It was my first time to caves branch in Belmopan, we got the highest room it was so beautiful but there was so much walking up the stairs, did not find that at all on their description about the place. However, the canopy room was so big and beautiful and had a tub overlooking the mountains, it was so surreal. I’ve lived in Belize all my life and don’t wake up to this view everyday. I was such a blessing.

  • Belize Blue Hole National Park, 7min. Alem de Belize ser um pais super desconhecido por. muitas pessoas, falar ingles, e ter uma das belezas mais inconfundiveis do Caribe ela tem um passeio de boia dentro do Blue Hole!.

  • Things to do in Belize | Hopkins to Placencia, 9.5min. Hello I am Mickey Agyei and I share lessons from life experience and show you around the place where my work takes me. I am working in Belize and made a trip to Hopkins and Placencia. I saw waterfalls, luxurious houses and beautiful beaches.

  • 12ft hammerhead shark, 1min. Our view during breakfast at Caye Breeze Cafe this morning.A guy in a nearby boat said it was a 12 foot hammerhead shark.

  • Yucatec Maya dancers of Xaibe (Corozal) Jats'uts Ook'ot, .5min. The debut of 2 year old Lulu from Xaibe. Jats'uts Ook'ot dancing at the Yucatec Maya Museum U Kúuchil Uchben Maaya Ba'alob.


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