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Today's Belize News: June 16, 2020

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Today's Belize News: June 16, 2020 - 06/16/20 12:00 PM


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The San Pedro Sun

Lobster Season officially opens; Fishermen at odds with Fishing Cooperatives for proposed low prices
While the lobster fishing season has begun, fishermen are at odds with the market price being set by cooperatives. For now, lobster is going for as low as $15 a pound. In previous seasons, a pound of lobster can cost as much as $30BZ per pound, but because of the current pandemic, prices were reduced. Also, noticeable this year is the absence of the annual Lobster Festival. The annual island celebration attracts thousands of tourists during this time of the year, and usually begins one week before the main festivities, with the popular Lobster Passport Crawl. But as the country continues under the State of Emergency, and with the borders and international airport closed, organizers hope to bring back the lobster party in 2021.

BTB’s Staff Teams Up with the Belize Red Cross to Assist Families in Punta Gorda
The staff of the Belize Tourism Board has once again come together to reach out to help those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. This week BTB’s staff made a financial contribution to the Belize Red Cross to assist families in Punta Gorda, Toledo. This is the third community outreach initiative facilitated by BTB’s employees who have made a commitment to provide assistance in several different areas of the country. So far the contributions made by BTB’s staff have benefitted close to 200 families in Calla Creek, Belize City and Punta Gorda.

Letter to the Editor: Atlantic Bank credit card spending limits
Dear Editor, I have a US$ Atlantic Bank Credit Card with spending limit of $3000USD. To ensure I have that spending limit I gave the Atlantic Bank $3000USD to hold in a Collateral Account. I collect a wee bit of interest on that Collateral Account but cannot touch it if I want my spending limit. So, it is not really a Credit Card (credit gifted from the bank – based on my income and other regulations), it is a Collateral Card. Now, Atlantic Bank (via Central Bank) has reduced my spending limit to $1000USD because of COVID-19 and the government needs access to US Dollars. They tell me it was a unilateral reduction of spending limits – meaning it was done to everyone. Well, they have my money.

Ambergris Today

Belize Re-Opens National Parks, Nature Reserves, Wildlife Sanctuaries
The National Biodiversity Office under the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development announces the re-opening of protected areas under its management, including national parks, nature reserves, natural monuments and wildlife sanctuaries. All visitors to these protected areas are advised that social distancing and other measures required under the state of emergency regulations must always be observed to suppress the spread of COVID-19 in Belize.

Isla Bonita Elementary Holds Graduation Ceremony
In a short, small, but meaningful ceremony, the Isla Bonita Elementary School held its graduation ceremony on Friday, June 12, 2020. It was a memorable day for the class of Standard 6; the senior graduating class consisted of 26 students. They received their certificate of completion as witnessed by the school staff and immediate family. This year, the students could not have a huge graduation ceremony but the school ensured that the students are celebrated under the theme: "Be Bold, Be Courageous, Be Your Best!”

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Tuesday, June 16th Meal pick ups. Location: Food Republic. Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45qm - 12:30 pm.

Handicap golf cart license plate in San Pedro
Saw my first handicap golf cart license plate but wondering what privileges it comes with. I’ve never seen handicapped parking.

The new Westline Bus schedule

The webinar “Emergency Planning for Tour Operators”
Scheduled for June 19 at 10:30 a.m. Register here: https://bit.ly/2UzXUdb

June 15 marks the opening of the 2020 Spiny lobster season
Lobster is one of the most economically important seafood products for Belizean fishermen. As the season kicks off, don't forget there are still regulations to follow! - Minimum carapace length is 3 inches. - Minimum tail weight is 4 ounces. - No person or establishment should have in possession fillet or diced lobster tail. - It is illegal to have in possession any soft shell lobster or females with eggs (berried). - It is illegal to remove from any female lobster any eggs or spawn or the setae or fibre to which any eggs or spawn are or have been attached.

YUUMTSILO'OB
The Yuumstilo'ob which guide us ,bless us and protect us. "The Christians say their God is 3 in one. Ours is 10 in one " Julio Saque (Belizean Maya ) Note: For the Maya the Yuumstilo'ob which is the Yucatec Maya name for the different manifestations of the same energy force of the Great Spirit which makes the world and the universe to exist .

The Artist of the Day, Joanna Magana
Born in Corozal Town in 1980, an only child, Joanna enjoyed the attention and care of her mother and grandparents. From very early in her life, Joanna showed interest in the expressive arts. During her years at primary school, she was very much involved in drama and dance presentations. She met an outstanding educator by the name of Mr. Sotero Cruz who became a mentor and an inspiring force behind Joanna’s artistic and academic abilities. Enrolled at Corozal Community College, Joanna continued being involved in different art-related activities. During that time she was a member of a delegation of artists who participated in artistic exchanges between Corozal Town and neighbouring Chetumal.

The Maya Colors
The Maya knew that planet earth was round and not flat. In the Popul Vuh, the Maya speak of the round face of the earth and about the four corners of the earth, the cardinal points: north, south, east and west. North was at the top and south was at the bottom. The Maya associated the cardinal points with colours. North (xaman in Maya, pronounced as shaman was white (sac in Maya); south (nohol) was yellow (kan); east (lakin) was red (chac) and west (chikin) was black (ek).

Online Public Discussion of the Belize Open Government Action Plan Development
Date: Wednesday June 24, 2020 @3:00PM-5:00PM (BZE-CST) Duration: 2 hrs (presentations and conversation with members of the Open Gov Steering Committee). Venue: Online. The Transformation to an Open Public Administration in Belize project in coordination with the Belize Open Government Steering Committee invites you to participate in this session, intended to launch the co-creation phase of the Belize open Government Action Plan with a COVID-19 scope, where all participants will have the opportunity to contribute to that process according to the following agenda.

Re-opening of Protected Areas
The National Biodiversity Office under the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development announces the re-opening of protected areas under its management, including national parks, nature reserves, natural monuments and wildlife sanctuaries. All visitors to these protected areas are advised that social distancing and other measures required under the state of emergency regulations must always be observed to suppress the spread of COVID-19 in Belize. These sites will be open to the public between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Belizeans are invited to come out and enjoy the beauty of these areas and are asked to be good stewards by abiding by all park rules.

Change in the Pump Price of Fuel Effective June 16, 2020
The Ministry of Finance announces that on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, the pump price for regular gasoline will increase by $0.76 from $8.08 to $ 8.84 per gallon. The prices for premium gasoline, kerosene and diesel will remain unchanged at $10.92, $5.43 and $7.28 per gallon, respectively.

Flood Report and Forecast - June 15, 2020

New Controlled Prices for Liquefied Petroleum Gas
The Supplies Control Unit (SCU) in the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce is hereby informing the general public that effective Monday, June 15111. 2020 new fixed controlled prices will be introduced for the sale of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). This change now reflects the sale by wholesale volume and retail sale by volume in both urban and rural areas.

Summer 2020 Online Schedule
SHJC's Summer schedule is purely online

SHC Honor Roll students

National Caribbean-American Heritage Month webinar
The National Caribbean-American Heritage Month webinar series begins on Tuesday, June 16 at 2:00 pm EST. Join us via zoom as our esteemed panelists discuss "Caribbean – American cultural connections: cultural forms, cultural industries and social justice"

K’inich Ajaw - Sun God Deity
The sun faced one has several aspects - symbolizing the period of the sun’s life in its daily journey across the sky, hence all life as well as the jaguar sun in its nightly journey through the underworld and death. K’inich Ajaw can be recognized by his crossed eyes, T shaped upper incisors and snakelike curls on the corners of his mouth. His face and body is also usually adorned with four petaled k’in (sun/day) glyphs. The sun god was closely associated to Maya rulers, because Maya rulers promoted the belief of being an actual manifestation of the sun god. One of the most famous pieces of jade found in the ancient Maya land is a jade head bearing the appearance of K’inich Ajaw.

Chilam Balam: The Creation
"in the reign of Ahua 13 and Ahua 1 were the days and nights that fell without order and pain was felt throughout the land because of this Oxlahun ti ku(13 Yuumstilo'ob) and Bolon ti ku(9 Yuumstilo'ob) created the world and life "

Channel 7

COVID Case #21 Came From Houston With a Negative Rapid Test
Belize now has 21 confirmed cases of COVID 19, after patient 21 appeared in tests done on Saturday night. He is a middle aged male who arrived on a flight from Houston on Friday - and is in quarantine at the Princess Hotel. He is not showing any symptoms - but, interestingly, arrived with a negative result from a rapid tests he had done in Houston. The PCR test done in Belize, proved that to be a false negative. Director of Health Services, Dr Marvin Manzanero told us more about patient 21, and the recovered patient 19 via zoom video conference:

Belize “Winning Against COVID-19”
This latest patient will remain in strict quarantine for the next 14 days when a new sample will be processed. We note that persons under quarantine must stay in their rooms - and BDF soldiers are at every hotel and quarantine centre to make sure they do. And Belize's robust protocols have gained this country positive attention as one of the countries that is beating COVID-19. A website named "endcoronavirus.org" has Belize as one of the 46 countries that is "winning" against COVID 19.

Border Jumpers Pose The Major Threat
And, as Manzanero sees it, the greatest threat to Belize's management of the coronaries are those borders jumpers. They come by land in the south and the west, by river and sea in the north. And tonight, there is also a report of six Belizeans coming by sea last week Wednesday from Honduras. As we have reported, COVID cases 19, 20, and 21 are Belizeans returning home: one by cruise ship, one by border jumping, and, now. one by air. Manzanero says Belize will need a community effort to make sure that all border jumpers are reported to the authorities:

Can Repatriation Model Be Used At Airports?
We are told reliably that those 6 who arrived by boat were not put in quarantine and there is an effort now to find them. The Dangriga residents reportedly came by boat from Honduras. And while the problem of border jumping is complex and manifold, Dr. Manzanero sees orderly repatriation as manageable and necessary. Because of the mandatory quarantine - even if there is a positive test, the risk of infection would be low. So, could the model used with these repatriates, also be used to re-open the airport to tourist arrivals? Manzanero met with the National Oversight Committee today and we asked what his advice was:

From Where The Wave Will Come
We note that this was the first meeting of the National Oversight Committee without co-chair John Briceno, who resigned last week Wednesday. Manzanero says that when the second wave comes - it will not come from the airport, but from the jumpers:... "I think the eventual wave is going to be 2 waves we are thinking of now. One one is the illegal entry points, thats a little bit more scary because those are uncontrolled undetected..."

CWU "Bex" At Port
During last week's news cycle, we told you about the simmering tensions between the management of the Port of Belize and the Christian Workers Union. The Port is in the process of implementing austerity measures to survive the financial crisis brought on by COVID-19. The Port's management has started to implement pay cuts of 20% for its executives, 15% for middle management, and 10% for full-time staff members. CWU says that they are only willing to support that 10% pay cut to its members if the receiver discloses the Port's financials, which has to justify that the pain is truly shared and that the Port's economic viability is at risk.

Fire Victim Says Dimples Better Than Wrinkles
There was a fire over the weekend - and an elderly man lost his home. 76-year-old retiree Luis Belisle went from enjoying a weekend lie-in to running for his life. This morning he returned to the charred home to see what, if anything, he'll be able to salvage. Cherisse Halsall has the story. This man is lucky to be alive after a fire engulfed his home and devoured all his worldly possessions. And this morning while surveying the damage he took a moment to recount his terrible ordeal.

Crackhouse Burns On Mex Avenue
And while Belisle lost his home, others have lost what was at best their primary means of shelter and at worst a hangout spot. Neighbors in the area say it was a spot for drug addicts, one that they're glad to see go. Here's what the authorities had to say about the fire that finally rendered it unlivable. "On Saturday at about 11:00 pm police visited number 19 Cut Avenue to extinguish the fire but at the conclusion, most of the mobile home was destroyed. Police investigations showed that the house didn't have any source of electricity. So it's being looked at to see if it was arson or if it was something else that had caused the fire. The house is occupied by a person of special needs. It's something similar to what happened some time ago at that same location."

Another Armed Robbery Of Chinese Grocery Store
There has been another armed robbery of a Chinese grocery store. It happened on Sunday afternoon in Hattieville. Three men entered the store wearing caps and masks - and left with the owners loaded 9 mm pistol. "Yesterday at about 1:00 pm police visited Q&B store located on Sylvestre boulevard, Hattieville village where they spoke to the proprietor who reported that whilst he was inside of the store three male persons entered the said store one of them armed with a firearm. He was held at gunpoint and stolen from him was about $1000 in cash and a license 9mm pistol. The three persons that entered the store had masks on their faces."

"They Used Masks..."
Again, masks and caps were used in that robbery. Indeed, as we have shown you, the requirement to were a mask in public, has become a useful foil for criminals. And after more weekend robberies, we put the same question to Superintendent Cowo. This afternoon he told us about the small encouragement that the cops are offering to store owners worried about men behind the masks.

Shot For Weed He Didn’t Have
And, there was a shooting in San Ignacio last night. It happened at around 8:00 in the Kontiki area of the town where two men pulled up at Isiah Azueta's home and asked to buy five dollars weed. Police reports say that told them he didn't sell that, and they shot him. "On Sunday the fourteenth day of June 2020 San Ignacio police visited the San Ignacio community hospital where they found Is--- Azueta with a gunshot to the right thigh..."

Fishermen Furious About Low Lobster Price
Lobster season opened today - but, of course, this year, there's not going to be any lobster fest. That's partly because of the limitation on social gatherings, but it's also because the process for lobster are so low - that fishermen say it';s not worthwhile to fish. The world price for lobster has plummeted form $33 dollars last year to $12 dollars this year due to weak international demand. That's because restaurants have been closed for months - and they have lobster stored in their freezers.

COMPOL Says Not Playing Favourites
The Police Association elections is coming up in a few days - and many have accused the police commissioner of playing favourites with one slate over the other. He has publicly clashed with aspirant for president Corporal Eldon Arzu many times.

Butane Goes Up
There is a new, increased price for the sale of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), which is better known locally as butane. In all 6 districts, butane will wholesale for $2.64 per gallon. In all the urban areas of Belize City, Belmopan, San Ignacio, Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Orange Walk Town, Corozal Town, Dangriga, and Punta Gorda, the cooking gas will retail for 96 cents per pound and $4.24 per gallon. Last month, the retail prices in these same areas were 88 cents per pound and $3.86 per gallon.

Almost 10% Spike In Price For Regular Gas
And while butane is up, so is regular gas. Effective at midnight tonight, the pump price for regular gasoline will increase by 76 cents. It will go from 8 dollars and 8 cents per gallon to $8.84 per gallon.

Man Lost A Hand
Earlier we told you about a shooting in San Ignacio,. But there was also a case of maim. 31 year old Isais Estrada lost a hand. It happened on Saturday at around 12:15 in the village of Esperanza. Here's what police had to say about the western maiming claimed to be carried out in self-defense. "Around 12:52 am San Ignacio police visited the San Ignacio community hospital where they found Estrada 31 years with chop wounds to the head and an amputated left wrist. Investigation revealed that Estrada was at home when he heard someone calling for him..."

PG Mayor Strikes Back
On Friday we showed you a meeting of concerned citizens in Belize's Southernmost town. They had gathered in protest of a planned seaside gas station which they believed would threaten their livelihoods, the environment, and the first impression visitors have become accustomed to on reaching the picturesque town. They were also largely upset at the absence of Mayor Ashton Mckenzie at last week's meeting. He spoke to KREM News via zoom this afternoon about what he believes the owner of the disputed parcel can and cannot do. "As it pertains to the new development at the Y area, that parcel of land had been owned by well over a decade by one of the first prominent Chinese businessman to come here in Punta Gorda and everybody in this municipality especially those who are older than I am know very well who Mr. Augosto Mak is..."

Split Decision in Bar Assoc Vs. JLSC
Back in February, before the coronavirus inflicted the world's populations, it was big news when the Bar Association of Belize sued the now-retired Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. For almost 2 years, the Chief Justice, as the Chair of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, refused to allow the DPP to take her seat on the Commission as the duly-elected President of the Bar Association. His position was that while she is the president of the Bar, she cannot sit on the Commission because she is also a public servant.

Dr. Candice Scolds Party Leader
City councillor and Mesopotamia aspirant Candice Pitts raised many eyebrows with a scolding letter she sent to her party leader John Bricneo. The Letter says, "As you may recall, you were a member of the team in 2007, whose internal political reform led to the party's mandate to ensure there is a 30 percent representation of women in parliament. To date, there seems to be more lipservice done by the PUP rather than serious efforts to realize and actualize this mandate..

Hideous Child Rape In Chunox
Tonight, a horrifying story of child abduction and rape from the northern village of Chunox. It's a disturbing crime for which two men 28-year-old Josimar Patt and 18-year-old Manuel Yacab have been arrested and charged, Yacab for rape of child and Patt for one count of kidnapping and another count of abetment to commit rape.

Channel 5

Another Confirmed Case of COVID-19 – Patient #21
Belize and Uruguay are the two countries in this side of the world that are battling the novel coronavirus with success.  On the other hand, Brazil has been experiencing an [...]

Rapid Tests, False Negatives
The quarantine process of persons entering Belize is working to contain the spread of the virus, but there is growing concern over the effectiveness of rapid tests, especially as it [...]

American Nationals Also in Mandatory Quarantine
Fifteen persons were on the manifest of the United Airlines flight that landed at the Philip Goldson International Airport on June twelfth. Among them were twelve repatriated Belizeans; the other [...]

Five Belizeans on Cruise Ship Repatriated to the Country
Another group of Belizeans returned to the country early this morning via a cruise ship. The vessel docked at around seven o’clock off the coast of the Old Capital. The [...]

Belize’s Health System Continuously Preparing for COVID-19
The three recent positive cases of the coronavirus have all been imported and health authorities say the country is not experiencing a second wave. But during a one-on-one interview today [...]

Esperanza Resident Charged for Maiming Another
A man from Esperanza Village in western Belize remains hospitalized after he came under attack by someone he knew. Isaias Estrada’s hand was severed in a confrontation with Shane Jeal. [...]

New Service Station in PG is being Built near Calvary Chapel Church
In the south, the construction of a gas station at a prime location in Punta Gorda is coming into fierce opposition with every passing day.  Objection to building of the [...]

Summary Report of G.O.B.’s US$75 COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Programme Released
There is some consideration that the Unemployment Relief Programme will re-open as joblessness is on the increase. The initiative closed in April but since then hundreds others feeling the pain [...]

Why Didn’t Belize Try to Access IMF’S RFI Programme?
The Prime Minister has said that Belize will get in the range of one hundred million dollars from the international financial institutions to assist with COVID-19. The funding, however, is [...]

Brace Yourself for a Price Hike on LPG
Households across the country are bracing for a price hike that is coming their way. The Central American importers, such as Gas Tomza, Zeta Gas and Belize Western Energy Limited [...]

Regular Gas Goes Up at the Pumps
Aside from having to paying more for LPG, consumers will also get hit with a jump in the prices for gasoline. Regular fuel will increase by seventy-six cents per gallon [...]

Weed Seller is Shot at Home in San Ignacio
There was a shooting incident in San Ignacio on Sunday night that has left a local marijuana dealer hospitalized with an injury to the upper leg.  Sometime after eight o’clock [...]

Two Robberies Reported Over the Weekend
A businessman and a woman were robbed this past weekend in separate incidents that occurred in Hattieville and Belize City, respectively.  Thea Gillett was making her way on foot along [...]

Early Morning Fire Destroys Undertaker’s Property!
A fire has left Louis Belisle – an undertaker in Belize City – homeless, but he says he is lucky to be alive today. Belisle’s house, in which he lived [...]

Fire Destroys a Mobile Home!
There was another fire in the city; this one happened after eleven on Saturday night on Kut Avenue. Fire officials say the fire wiped out a mobile home where a [...]

Fishermen Meet to Discuss Price of Lobster!
It’s June fifteenth, an important date on the calendar for fishermen. It means it is the start of the lobster season. But this year, fishermen are not happy about the [...]

C.W.U. and Port of Belize at Odds, Again
The Christian Workers Union and the Port of Belize Limited are battling over salary cuts. In every sector, businesses have had to take cuts to survive. So the P.B.L. on [...]

An Explosion of Mosquitoes
An explosion of mosquitoes was felt everywhere on Friday evening and the rest of the weekend. Somehow, the mosquitoes felt more aggressive and seemed to be more intense.  So today, [...]

Relief on the Way; Spraying for Mosquitoes Commences
But there is soon to be some relief because starting today, spraying by the vector control unit began across the country.   Kim Bautista, Head, Vector Control Unit, Ministry of [...]

Nuisance Mosquitoes Are Not Disease-Borne Vectors
These mosquitoes are not to be confused with the aedes aegypti mosquito, which is the vector for dengue or Chikungunya. Head of Vector Control Unit, Kim Bautista says that the [...]

BHA Educates Hoteliers on How to Prepare for Reopening of the Industry!
The borders and the P.G.I.A. remain closed, but the tourism stakeholders are getting the industry ready to receive guests when that changes. As a part of the preparation for the [...]

B.T.B. and Red Cross Join Forces for COVID Relief in Toledo
The partnership between the Belize Tourism Board and the Belize Red Cross has resulted in the distribution of thirty-five food hampers among tour guides in southern Belize.  Over the weekend, [...]

LOVE FM

MOH comments on repatriated Belizeans
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has received an estimated seven hundred applications from Belizeans who want to be repatriated. To date ninety eight persons have made it back home either via the airport, the northern border or the cruise ships.

Fishermen hold meeting over proposed lobster prices
June 14 marked the beginning of the Lobster season and already there are problems mounting. As we reported last week, the fishermen are dissatisfied that there is a significant decrease in the price of lobster.

Horizon Academy holds drive through graduation
The Month of June marks Graduation season and schools have gotten creative due to the social distancing protocols. Horizon Academy, for instance, held a Drive Through Graduation over the weekend.

PG residents still in uproar about the gas station
Several residents in Punta Gorda Town continue their rejection of the new fuel station being constructed at the entrance of that municipality. We first reported this story last Thursday when our Toledo Correspondent Paul Mahung brought us interviews with Activist Wil Maheia; a current fuel station owner and an environmentalist.

CWU calls out PBL for misleading the public
The Port of Belize (PBL) and the Christian Workers Union (CWU) have engaged in a battle of “he said, she said” stemming from a proposal to reduce staff salaries by 10%. The union believes that PBL is essentially telling lies to give the impression that the company is working in the best interest of its workers while the union is being unfair and unreasonable.

Man survives shooting incident
A San Ignacio resident survived an attempt on his life last night after two men went to buy weed from him. The incident occurred around eight o’clock at the home of 24-year-old Isiah Azueta in the Kontiki area.

Belize detects its 21st case of COVID-19
Within the last twelve weeks Belize has confirmed twenty one cases of Covid-19. The most recent was reported yesterday via a post on social media from the Director of Health Services, Dr Marvin Manzanero.

Man’s hand is severed during chopping incident
A man’s left hand was severed, and the accused attacker has been sent to the Belize Central Prison on remand. The violent bloodshed took place during curfew hours in the wee hours of Saturday morning just before one o’clock.

Two fires reported in Belize City
Two fires were reported in Belize City over the weekend. The first occurred around eleven o’clock on Saturday night on Kut Avenue. The occupant of the house, who is reportedly a mental patient, was not at home during the time.

LPG prices on the rise
The Supplies Control Unit (SCU) in the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce has announced an increase of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG). Effective Monday June 15 wholesale LPG will be valued at $2.64 per gallon. Retailing price will be 0.96 per pound and $4.24 per gallon in the urban area and $0.99 per pound and $4.34 per gallon in the rural areas.

BPP getting ready for General Election
The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) has announced that they will be placing nine standard bearers in the next general elections. The slate is being led by its Party Leader Patrick Rogers.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Punta Gorda Town Mayor offers “facts” on proposed gas station development
Without signaling support either way, Mayor of Punta Gorda Town Ashton McKenzie said on social media […]

Protected areas and National Parks reopen
Today, the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development announced that protected areas […]

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 8-million mark, over 4 million have recovered
Now in its seventh month, the global COVID-19 pandemic has affected more than 8 million […]

US Supreme Court makes landmark ruling in favor of LGBT workers rights
The United States Supreme Court, in a landmark 6-3 decision, ruled that prohibitions in the […]

Dr. Manzanero tells BBN: “No need to panic”
“I don’t know that we should be panicking…the panic should be that we have cases […]

Director of Health Services issues advice after new COVID-19 cases are confirmed in Belize
Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero has made the point that there are a […]

Regular gasoline increases by 76 cents
The Ministry of Finance announced that effective midnight, the pump price for regular gasoline will […]

Will stevedores support their union colleagues at the Port of Belize?
They have always been a vocal bunch – indeed they were recently on the march […]

Flooding persists on Rio Hondo
The National Hydrological Service informs that flooding persists on the Rio Hondo river. Communities within […]

National Aids commission assists with food supplies to people living with HIV
The National AIDS Commission (NAC) says that as part of its ‘Continuity of HIV Services […]

Jamaica outlines tourism return plans
According to Caribbean Business Report, Jamaica will welcome the first of 70 flights bringing 6,000 […]

CWU discusses plight of other members during COVID-19 crisis
As one of the three largest trade unions by membership in Belize, the Christian Worker’s […]

CWU ‘sets record straight’
The Christian Worker’s Union (CWU) describes as “fiction” the view of Port of Belize Limited […]

Prices of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) sees increase
The Belize Bureau of Standards informed that effective today, new fixed controlled prices will be […]

Forbes Magazine lists Belize as one of the best places for residency and a second passport
The iconic American business magazine, Forbes, has listed Belize as one of 11 countries for […]

Lobster season reopens today
Lobster lovers rejoice – the spiny crustacean delicacy returns to dinner plates today. Today, Monday, […]

Four Countries in Europe to pay US$843 million for COVID-19 vaccine
ABC News reports that Italy, Germany, France, and the Netherlands are coming together to spend […]

Esperanza resident charged for chopping off neighbor’s wrist
Esperanza resident, Shane Leal was charged for the crime of maim. He was charged for […]

Burglars tie up teenage girl, steal shotgun
Police are looking for two burglars who broke into a home, tied up a teenage […]

San Ignacio man shot to the leg
Police are investigating a shooting incident that occured last night in the Kontiki area of […]

Police detain man and minor for Sunday night robbery
Police have detained a man, 24, and a minor, 17, for a robbery that took […]

Blogs

Belize on Seasonal Schedule for WestJet, Air Canada & Sun Country
Over the last few months, international travel has come to a screeching halt amidst the COVID-19 pandemic; as we venture further into the year, some airline companies have pledged to resume service. Notably, many of Belize’s neighbours like Mexico, Jamaica, and the Bahamas reopen their borders as early as June. While Southwest Airlines have confirmed all flights to Belize will remain suspended until January 2021, other airlines await a reopen date for the Philip Goldson International Airport. Until then, airlines like WestJet, Air Canada, United, and Sun Country continue to have Belize on their seasonal flight schedule. Seasonal flights typically range between fall and spring.

Is Belize City Worth Visiting?
Many tourists to Belize treat Belize City as merely a transit point. They fly into the Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) and immediately catch a flight, water taxi or bus to other destinations. That’s a shame, as Belize City is worth a visit. Currently Belize’s largest city, Belize City started in the 17th century as a simple logging camp exporting mahogany to Europe. Later, British pirates established a base here from which to loot Spanish ships. Culturally, Belize City is incredibly cosmopolitan. Not only are there descendants of the Maya here, but also Creoles, Garifuna, Mestizos and immigrants from other parts of Central and South America as well as from China, Lebanon, India and many other places. The Swing Bridge, the only manual swing bridge in the world, is located in the center of the city’s commercial activity.

International Sourcesizz

Caribbean countries to receive EU's aid in the face of climate threat
At least 16 Caribbean countries will receive aid from the European Union (EU) to better prepare for and respond to climate threats and strengthen the resilience of healthcare systems, highlighted Caricom Today website. According to that source, the EU via the European Development Fund and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will collaborate in the development of capacities and networks within agencies, centers and institutes of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) linked to healthcare services, climate change, meteorology and hydrology.

LA’s Only Restaurant Dedicated to Garifuna Cuisine Will Open Soon in Exposition Park
In 2015, Winston Miranda opened the city’s first-ever Garifuna food truck, Saraba, to help bring the community to light in greater LA. “Blacks here consider us foreigners, the Belizeans and other Central Americans act superior to us, and we sometimes experience the same racism from whites that African Americans go through because most of us are black,” says Miranda, who operates Saraba in Gardena and around South LA. Miranda learned how to make the traditional foods of the Garifuna and Belizeans from his great-grandmother and mother, then attended the Art institute of Seattle to study culinary arts.

Forbes: 11 Best Places For Residency And A Second Passport
Most countries make it possible to acquire citizenship through residency. After you’ve been a full-time resident of the country for a specific number of years, you can become eligible to apply for citizenship and a passport. The specific requirements vary depending on the type of residency permit you have and how long you’ve held it, but most countries require you to be a permanent resident for at least three to five years before you’re eligible to apply for citizenship, meaning that time in the country while you hold a temporary residency visa doesn’t typically count toward the years of residency required before you can be naturalized. Put five years of permanent residency under your belt (for a total of six years counting the year it takes to become a permanent resident), and you can apply to become a citizen of Belize.

Videos

  • Peter Lawrence on ReefTV, min.

  • Galenia Hospital: The Only Hospital in Mexico of High Specialty, 6min. With Belizeans allowed to cross the border to seek medical assistance in Mexico, there is one hospital that is getting a lot of attraction – the Galenia Hospital in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Galenia Hospital boasts state-of-the-art medical technology, advanced infrastructure, and a team of highly trained and well-accredited medical professionals. The hospital offers a wide range of services from routine procedures to treatment for life-threatening conditions. News Five takes a closer look at the services offered at the hospital.

  • Small Business Owner Gets Creative to Survive COVID-19 Impacts, 4min. Last week we told you about enterprising chocolatier Julio Saqui of Che’il Mayan Chocolate in Maya Center Village. Saqui shares his experience on the hardships COVID-19 has created for his chocolate brand and how he adjusts the way he conducts business to keep Che’il Mayan Chocolate afloat during this pandemic. Here’s the story.

  • Scuba diver swims through beautiful school of fish in Belize, 1min. Swimming through a large school of beautifully coloured fish is a very fun experience.

  • The webinar, “Marine Ecosystem for Tour Guides", 55min.

  • Business Editor of Nationwide News Network and Producer, 33min. There's a lot of talk about treasury bills as a result of the 30 million dollars treasury note being offered by the Government. If you're not sure what a treasury note today's segment explained what it is and how it works. Kalilah Reynolds is a Business Editor of Nationwide News Network and Producer of Taking Stock on YouTube. We invited her to explain treasury bills and what the current offer would mean for investors and our economy.

  • Schools - scheduled to reopen in August of this year, 28min. Schools are scheduled to reopen in August of this year. School administrators are currently preparing their schools and classrooms for the beginning of the academic year. We invited Fermin Olivera, Lecturer at the University of Belize, to share his thoughts on how the education system will have to adjust to the impact of COVID-19.

  • Patient #21 repatriated to Belize from Houston Texas, 30min. The Ministry of Health confirmed a new case of COVID-19 over the weekend. Patient #21 repatriated to Belize from Houston Texas on June 12th, 2020. Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services, talked with us about the ongoing strategy to manage the process of bringing Belizeans home and how they are keeping the cases from spreading into the community.

  • Horizon Academy Drive Through Graduation, 3.5min. The Month of June marks Graduation season and schools have gotten creative due to the social distancing protocols. Horizon Academy, for instance, held a Drive Through Graduation over the weekend.

  • OPENING OF THE LOBSTER SEASON 2020, 4.5min. THE LOBSTER SEASON OPENED TODAY BUT FOR MOST FISHERS IT WILL NOT BE A GREAT SEASON AS THE DECREASE IN PRICE IS DOWN TO 50% COMPARING TO LAST YEAR PRICE.

  • Rare and endangered sea turtle calmly eats sponges as scuba diver watches, .5min. Scuba divers who truly want to get a close up look at animals in their habitat understand that patience will reward them with experiences like this one. The sea turtle accepted the diver's presence and continued to eat and ignore the diver while doing so. Even a large angelfish joined i, eating the scraps that floated free from the turtle's meal.

  • Freaking face bird part 2, 5.5min. HORROR MONDAYS: oral legends, ghosts, spirits and other chilling stories

  • Diving in Southern Belize with Reef CI - March 2015, 2min. Lionfish eradication thanks to the team at Reef Conservation International

  • Diving in Southern Belize with Reef CI - November 2014, 1.5min. Lionfish eradication thanks to the team at Reef Conservation International

  • San Antonio - Toledo - Belize - Drone, 1min.

  • Belize Chocolate Company chocolate class, 3min. We show this at the beginning of each chocolate class before we start making and tasting chocolate

  • The Alux, 2.5min. The Alux is a well known spirit between the Yucatec Maya people of Belize . They are seen as guardian spirits of the milpa . enjoy the video courtesy of LUNA DE PLATA TV
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