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The San Pedro Sun

PM Barrow says General Elections will take place during first week in November
At a virtual press conference on Wednesday, July 29th, Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow spoke of the upcoming General Elections, indicating that they will take place by the end of the first week in November. Barrow ruled out any possibility of an early election, as his administration’s ongoing works combating the current COVID-19 pandemic continues. He explained that a lot of preparations needs to happen before the elections, which involves hiring more personnel.

William ‘Danny’ Mason and accomplices sentenced to life in prison
The family of the late Pastor Llewelyn Lucas shared with the media today, Thursday, July 30th, that they are satisfied with the sentencing of the five men accused of murdering the pastor in 2016. Following an appearance in the Supreme Court in Belize City, William, ‘Danny’ Mason, Ernest Castillo, Ashton Vanegas, Keiron Fernandez and Terrence Fernandez were sentenced to life in prison.

GOB launches loan program to assist the tourism sector
As the tourism industry is expected to start back up in the upcoming weeks with the re-opening of the Philip Goldson International Airport, tourism stakeholders have been battling with their finances. In an attempt to assist, the Government of Belize (GOB) held a virtual press conference on Wednesday, July 29th, announcing the launching of a special line of credit (loan program) that will be made available to tourism stakeholders through the Development Finance Corporation (DFC).

San Pedro’s Almita Pinelo appointed Acting Vice Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard
Ambergris Caye’s very own senior officer in the Belize Coast Guard (BCG) Almita Pinelo was promoted to Lieutenant Commander on November 27, 2019, and months after, she is making history as she has been appointed Acting Vice Commandant of the BCG. The official announcement was made on Wednesday, July 29th via a press release from the BCG’s headquarters on the mainland. The official note explains that Commandant Captain Elton Bennett is scheduled to undertake to go on a study leave at the Royal College of Defence Studies in England beginning in August.

The OAS in partnership with MIU is offering academic scholarships for online undergraduate and postgraduate studies
MODALITY: Online, Florida, United States. LANGUAGE: English. DURATION: 1.5 - 4 years. DEADLINE : Admission to the university and to apply for the scholarship: August 10, 2020. CALENDAR: Classes begin: September 12, 2020. BENEFITS: 60% tuition waiver for Scholarship Recipients.

Various Belizean Sources

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List of the Gold Standard Approved Hotels in Belize
As Belize welcomes back travellers on August 15, 2020, the Belize Tourism Board has created a “Tourism Gold Standard” Recognition program to enhance hotels for the safety of travellers. This extensive 9-point program elevates the cleaning and workplace policies of hotels and restaurants. These hotels adapt new behaviors and procedures while ensuring minimal impact on guest experience. For the initial phased approach, Gold Standard-approved hotels will be those that: Have achieved the Tourism Gold Standard Certificate of Recognition, and Provide full service to guests.

Lord Michael Ashcroft comments on the possible nationalization of the Port of Belize
I am writing to you with specific reference to your comments at the Government of Belize press conference yesterday with respect to the possible nationalisation of POB. Waterloo Investment Holdings Limited ("WIHL") is a listed company on the Bermuda Stock Exchange and the owner of both British Caribbean Bank Limited and Private Investment Limited, the primary debt holders and creditors in the receivership of Port of Belize Limited; the licensed port operator and owner of the POI3 assets.

Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Friday, July 31st, Meal Pick ups: Location: Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill. Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

San Pedro Traffic Department Receives Two Motorcycles
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, Mr. Chris Nuñez (Traffic Supervisor) along with two of our traffic wardens, Jose Cruz and Wellington Thomas were present at a handing over ceremony in Belmopan where Belize Motor's Solutions through the National Road Safety Project donated two Kawasaki Versys-X300 to each municipality in the country. The San Pedro Town Council and the San Pedro Traffic Department are very grateful for this much-needed donation which will help in patrols on the island. Thank you to the Belize Motor's Solutions and National Road Safety Project.

DIscount on Hospital Bills
National referral hospital offers 20 percent discount for paying your bill.

Hurricane track maps of the last 10 hurricane seasons (2010-2019)
The question is often asked: "How bad is Belize for hurricanes?". Well, here are the hurricane track maps of the last 10 hurricane seasons (2010-2019), during which time we have lived in Belize. These show the 5 times that Belize was hit by Hurricanes or Tropical Storms, out of 155 named storms, in this period:

Economic Recovery Strategy for Belize
Tune into the GOB Facebook page this morning at 10:00 a.m. for a live stream of the launch of the Economic Recovery Strategy for Belize.

Flood Forecast for July 30, 2020

Groundbreaking ceremony of the Maria Crawford Health Center
Yesterday, The Ministry of Health along with our partners conducted a groundbreaking ceremony in the village of Crooked Tree for the construction of the Maria Crawford Health Center. Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health along with Area Representative, Belize Rural North, Hon. Edmund Castro shared their gratitude for the long awaited project to commence for the residence of that village. This project forms part of our ongoing expansion project to get universal coverage to the rural communities countrywide.

COVID - 19 UPDATE
A further 78 samples were processed today at our Central Medical Laboratory. All new samples were negative for SARS-CoV2. However, 3 of our cases remain reactive and we don't have any other recovered case. The neighboring municipality of Othon P. Blanco (Chetumal included) up until midday today had reported a total of 1,213 active cases with a bed occupancy rate of 72%.

ATTENTION PARENTS OF COROZAL METHODIST SCHOOL
We are hereby requesting your presence at school on the following days to discuss the shift system, protocols and procedures for the reopening of our school with your class teacher. Meeting will be held in your child's class. 1. Tuesday, August 4 at 9:00 a.m. Preschool, Infant 1 and Infant 2 2. Tuesday, August 4 at 1:00 p.m. Standard 1, 2 and 3. 3. Wednesday, August 5 at 9:00 a.m. Standard 4, 5 and 6.

NICH Announces Conditional Re-Opening of Cave Archaeology Sites
The Institute of Archaeology, NICH is pleased to announce the re-opening of the Nohoch Che'en, Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM), and the Barton Creek caves for public visitation on 03 August 2020. Please expect the following: 1. Smaller tour groups at Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave 2. Enhanced sanitization of tour equipment 3. Limits on non-essential persons on the Reserves Please adhere to all health and safety protocols put in place. For more information please contact the Institute of Archaeology Phone: +501-822-2106 or Email: ia@nichbelize.org

Corozal Football Association Office Opening
Note to Club Owners & Managers The Corozal Football Association Office will be opening its office to normal working hours starting, Monday, August 3, 2020. Kindly take note: When visiting the office, ensure to wear your mask and practice social distances. Thanks, CFA Management.

The Public Service Union of Belize is having their 98th AGM this Saturday in Belmopan
And next Saturday at the individual branches.

BHA Live: A conversation on Enslavement and Emancipation
The Belize History Association is having a webinar today on enslavement and emancipation. Friday, July 31, 2020 at 1 PM – 2:30 PM. The Belize History Association and the Institute for Social and Cultural Research of the National Institute of Culture and History is coordinating a virtual panel discussion to commemorate Emancipation Day. The panel is entitled “A conversation on Enslavement and Emancipation in Belize” and will be hosted on Facebook Live at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020. The discussion will be accessible on the Facebook page: facebook.com/belize.history.association and on Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86778348893 or Meeting ID: 867 7834 8893.

SMART Double Up Day on Friday
Great news, Smart customers! It's a DOUBLE UP day on Friday, July 31st, with Smart!

Ya'axché Conservation Trust Job Opportunity
Job Opportunity deadline on Friday, 31st of July 2020! Join our team as an Agroforestry Extension Officer, who will work with the Community Outreach and Livelihoods Program in promoting the use of climate-smart agriculture, targeting cacao farmers and beekeepers of the indigenous forest communities in the Toledo District.

THE MAYA SOCIAL WAR STARTS
In July 30, 1847, Cecilio Chi assaulted Tepich, assassinating the residents of the town in retaliation for the armed incursion by the Yucatecan (Republic of Yucatan) soldiers who attacked Tepich on July 28; the uncontrollable troops had ransacked the houses of the Maya Máasewal people in the town and sexually assaulted a girl between 10 and 12 years old. That same July 30, Trujeque's troops, after a dubious interrogation, executed five Maya who would have confessed (it is not known under what conditions, the historian Don Dumond points out) the plan to rise up against the "Spanish" Yucatecans. These attacks and the execution of Manuel Antonio Ay a Maya Batab made the Maya Máasewal retaliate . Cecilio Chi and Jacinto Pat attacked the Spanish at Tepich .

Art & Soul series: Mr. Alberto Lopez
This week's Art & Soul series showcases another talented Corozal woodworker. We are delighted to feature Mr. Alberto Lopez with his parquet designed wood products. Alberto utilizes the beautiful woods of Belize in creating unique pieces of art which are functional as well. His wood products can be found on sale at San Pedro and San Ignacio public markets, the Museum of Belize Gift Shop and at Corozal Town's monthly Art in the Park event. You can also reach out to Alberto by calling 635-4538.

Channel 7

Life In Prison for Mason and Co.
Life in prison, that's the penalty that Justice Antoinette Moore handed down to the convicted murderers: William "Danny" Mason, Ashton Vanegas, Keiron Fernandez, Terrence Fernandez, and Ernest Castillo. The sentence is the stiffest we have seen coming out of the court in many years, and the judge said that it had to fit the heinous crime that these men were convicted of, which is the 2016 beheading murder of Pastor Lewellyn Lucas.

Mason Attorney Says He Is Dissatisfied With Sentence
As you heard in our story, several of the defendants are already considering an appeal of their conviction and sentencing. Well, Dexter Todd, Mason's attorney, told us this evening, that he is already taking initial steps to file that appeal of the case. This evening, Todd granted us a teleconference interview from his home country of Guyana, and he told us that this case has to go through its full appeal process.

Port Remains Closed, Face To Face Talks Underway
The Port of Belize was closed again today as workers remain on strike - but there is some progress between the two sides. Port of Belize representatives and the Christian Workers Union agreed to sit down and talk face to face this evening. They did so at the Biltmore Best Western dining room - which was designated as a neutral location. Our cameras were at the Biltmore just around 4:00 this evening as we saw Godfrey Smith and Tux Vasquez enter for the Port of Belize and Mose Hyde and a number of stevedores for the CWU. The meeting started at 4:30 and was reportedly still going at news time. Right now, it is too early to tell if there were any breakthroughs.

Who Paid For The Bus to Block?
And in a related story, 7News has received a cluster of screenshots discussing last week's blockage of the main entrance to the Port of Belize. As we told you the entrance was blocked by a bus owned by tour operator Yohnny Rosado. He later said his bus was stolen. The gist of the message thread is that a well-monied investment group with perhaps a vested business interest in undermining the Port of Belize had supposedly promised to pay for the buses to block the entrance. Two buses were damaged, and the messages suggest that forty thousand dollars was to have been paid to Yohny Rosado for his losses.

Murder At A Busy Intersection
Turning now to crime, there was a murder in Belize City last night. 41-year-old William Rubio was fatally stabbed on a crowded street just before 7:00. This morning Cherisse Halsall headed to the Pound Yard area to find out what turned a quiet taxi stand into a murder scene. Just before 7:00 last night William Rubio was lying flat on his back on Cemetery Road. He'd been stabbed to the left side of his neck and could only look up at the night sky and at the crowd that had assembled to watch him take his dying breaths. It's a cruel and nightmarish death for the sometimes-homeless man who'd only wanted to listen to some music.

Teenaged Couple Knocked Down
But the mayhem on Cemetery road wasn't over, and at 8:20 as 17 year old's Darvin Arturo Nah and Elisa Marroquin, walked hand in hand across a pedestrian ramp, they were hit by the driver of a Mazda tribute who claims not to have seen them. Eyewitnesses say that even after the couple had been run over and dragged 15 feet they refused to let go of each other's hands. This morning we heard from a taxi man and bystander who had just returned from a job when he encountered the scene.

Jervis Gets Off, Again
Jervis Diamond Valencia, the 38-year-old reputed street figure from Mayflower Street in Belize City, has been acquitted of murder for the second time. Justice Colin Williams found him not guilty today of the March 2015 gun murder of 36-year-old Moses Gonguez. On the night of municipal elections, March 4th, 2015, Gonguez was shot and killed on Mayflower Street, in the infamous neighbourhood known as Ghost Town. At around 9:30 p.m., while the votes were still being tallied, cops had to respond and stand guard over the embattled neighbourhood. Gonguez was gunned down, and the cops say that Valencia, his assailant, was trying to flee the scene.

KHMH Offering 20% Discount
If you have an outstanding bill at the KHMH - now is the time to pay it. The National Referral Hospital today announced that from August 1st to October 31st, it is offering a 20% discount on all hospital bills. You have to pay in full, and those who can, should call the Hospital's Collections Unit.

Magical Realism Rooted In Folklore
E.P Yorke educator Melissa Bradley came together with a socially distanced group of supporters at the Image Factory this morning to discuss her new book, La Partera. It's a tale rooted in tradition and Magical Realism and this morning Bradley told Cherisse Halsall where she believes the book fits in Belize's fledgling literary canon.

Training Public Officers On Sexual Exploitation
YES, short for Youth Enhancement Services, has been providing services to young women and girls for 21 years. And, now the NGO has gotten CARSI funding from the US to train public officers on how to protect victims of commercial sexual exploitation of children and adolescents, trafficking and domestic violence in Belize. Today we stopped in on the second round of training at the ITVET building where police were getting instruction on how to handle sensitive cases of child exploitation:

Humanitarian Flight To/From Honduras
The airport is closed, but a humanitarian flight from Honduras arrived today. It brought home 18 stranded Belizeans who had been waiting in Belize and Salvador for almost four months due to COVID-19 related border and airport closures. Upon arrival, the repatriated Belizeans were checked by the Ministry of Health and placed in mandatory 14-day quarantine.

GOB Will Build National Quarantine Center
As you heard, those Belizeans were placed in quarantine. Up to yesterday, 428 Belizeans had returned through the phased repatriation program and they have all gone though or are going through paid quarantine at hotels. But, for those who jump the borders - they are placed in quarantine centres all across the country. These locations are often converted public facilities so they are insecure. And it's costly to feed all these persons and keep them locked up. So, the PM announced yesterday that it is building a centralised quarantine facility:

Patrol Bikes For The Road
18 motorbikes were handed over to the ministry of transport today. It's part of the Caribbean Development Bank's financing toward Belize's Second Road Safety Project. The Eighteen Fully Equipped 2020 Kawasaki ABS Patrol Motorcycles will be by Municipal Traffic officers to patrol the nation's highways.

UB Graduates In a Time Of COVID
The University of Belize has been in the news in recent weeks for tensions between its administration, and faculty union, but this morning they were pleased to announce the nationwide graduation of 600 students. In a release, the University says quote: "Despite the challenges of the COVID 19 pandemic and the near physical lockdown of the University, online teaching and learning modality ensured that this large number of students met their requirements as hoped for."

Bees on the Boulevard
A man had to be hospitalised yesterday after a killer bee attack. It happened yesterday around 4:00 pm Jane Usher Boulevard in Belize City. At the scene we saw an abandoned bicycle left by the victim who came under attack as he was riding by - according to reports. The police had the area locked off, and the bees were still swarming. We could see a few bees pouncing on passers-by. It is unclear what provoked the attack, but the beehive is believed to have been in a thick bush on the side of the road.

Channel 5

Life in Prison for the Mason Five
Justice was served today in, without question, a most heinous and reprehensible crime and the family of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas can now find closure.  Having been convicted in December 2019 [...]

Lucas’ Family Gets Justice; but Convicted Murderers to Appeal Decision
The heinous murder in July 2016 and the subsequent trial of the five men grabbed national attention.  William “Danny” Mason was a highly connected man in Belmopan, who socialized with [...]

Construction Worker Stabbed to Death in Belize City
There was a murder in the city on Wednesday night.  A man from Saint Matthews Village was murdered in around seven o’clock.  A single stab ended the life of William [...]

Leaked Text Messages Reveal Moving Hand Behind Bus at C.W.U.’s Protest
While the Port of Belize remains open, the business community has not been able to receive imports or to export cargo as stevedores are on strike.  The port remains on [...]

P.B.L. Withdraws Request for Stevedores to Return to Work
Back to the port, meetings were held today between the parties seeking a way forward and it is expected that activity would resume in the next few days pending the [...]

SpeedNet Vs P.U.C. at C.C.J.
Turning to the Caribbean Court of Justice where SpeedNet is appealing a decision from the Belize Court of Appeal on the matter of provisional licenses. Now, the matter has been [...]

P.U.C. Attorney Sanctioned by C.C.J.
Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay pressed the court that it would be unfair for him to proceed with the presentation of his argument.  The judges offered that the P.U.C., represented by [...]

When Will Acting CJ Get the Substantive Post?
Back in April, we told you that Justice Michelle Arana was elevated to the post of Acting Chief Justice of Belize.  She officially took over from the former Chief Justice, [...]

Running W – From the Pasture to the Cut on the Table
One of the leading companies that specializes in the finest cuts of beef and pork is located in the west.  Running W has been around for decades and overtime, it [...]

U.D.P. Standard Bearer Ivan Williams Speaks Out on Santa Cruz Village Expansion Project
The Santa Cruz Village expansion project involving six hundred lots in southern Belize has yet to be completed, but there is a battle raging between the village council and U.D.P. [...]

Ivan Williams Says Santa Cruz Village Council Should Get Its Act Together
According to Williams, it is in the best interest of the villagers for Chairman Scott to handover the list of persons to the Lands Department so that the land expansion [...]

Former Taiwanese President Dies at 97
Belize is joining the government and people of Taiwan in mourning the passing of one of its former presidents, Lee Ten Hu, who died at the Taipei’s Veterans General Hospital [...]

Y.E.S. Hosts Workshop for Police Officers
Today, the Youth Enhancement Services kicked off a two-day workshop for thirty police officers. The workshop, according to Karen Cain of the Y.E.S., is to sensitize in the officers in [...]

Trained Officers Will Help to Support the Work of the Y.E.S.
According to Karen Cain, the capacity building workshop will also help to strengthen the work that the Youth Enhancement Services does. More importantly, it will positively impact vulnerable lives.   [...]

Single Father Needs Your Help
A single father of one needs your help.  Belize City resident, Travis Eiley says that his eighteenth-month baby boy, Jayden, was recently diagnosed with sickle cell anemia and due to [...]

Healthy Living – Back to School Health Risks
What can children expect come August tenth? In tonight’s Healthy Living, we find out what the new norm is like in the classrooms.    Marleni Cuellar “On August tenth, when [...]

The Reporter

Mexico's new Ambassador to Belize
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has appointed Martha Ofelia Zamarripa Rivas as Mexico's new Ambassador to Belize, and Congress has ratified her appointment. She replaces the current Mexican Ambassador, Carlos Quesnel Melendez, who has been appointed Mexico's Consul in Portland, Oregon.

LOVE FM

William mason and his Employees sentenced to life in prison
The William Danny Mason saga concluded today before Justice Antionette Moore in the Supreme Court. Danny Mason and his four associates, Ernest Castillo, Ashton Vanegas, Keiron, and Terrence Fernandez, will be spending life in prison with eligibility for parole. Castillo was sentenced to thirty years, while Mason, Vanegas, and the Fernandez brothers were sentenced to thirty-five years imprisonment before they are eligible for parole.

Belizean teacher publishes book entitled “La Partera”
A Belizean teacher has entered in the publishing world after releasing her first book entited La Partera. Author Melissa Bradley stated that the book tells the story of a Belizean community affected by supernatural forces.

Senators protest against supplementary budgets
Two supplementary budget motions were introduced in the Senate yesterday. The first was a one million dollar motion to support the DigiLearn Project.

600 students set to graduate from UB
Despite the struggles caused by covid-19, 600 students have managed to meet their graduation requirements from the University of Belize. Since the University in a lock down phase, the students needed to complete most of their coursework through online teaching and learning modality.

Man fatally stabbed in Belize City
A man was stabbed in the left side of the neck last night around 7. 41-year-old William Rubio was standing at the corner of West Collet Canal and Cemetery Road when he got into an argument with another man. The man then pulled out a knife and fatally injured Rubio.

New Mexican Ambassador to Belize appointed
A new Mexican Ambassador to Belize has been appointed. Martha Ofelia Zamarripa Rivas was appointed by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and her appointment was ratified by the congress. She is a member of the Senate of the Republic, and has a degree in Communication Sciences from the Monterry Institute of Technology and Higher Studies.

Port of Belize meets with CWU
The Port of Belize Limited has withdrawn its request for stevedores to come back to work. PBL had initially requested stevedores to resume work while they negotiated the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize City house shot up
A Belize City house located on Estela Metzgen Street was shot up earlier tonight. The […]

PM Barrow to hold press conference to launch economic recovery strategy
Prime Minister Dean Barrow is scheduled to host a press conference tomorrow, July 31st, to […]

U.S. Government hands over classroom building in San Isidro to Ministry of Education
Today, the U.S. Embassy and the Ministry of Education held a ceremony to announce the […]

No new COVID-19 case detected in Belize
The Ministry of Health informs that no new COVID-19 case was detected in Belize in […]

Lord Michael Ashcroft offers to help with possible nationalization of Belize City Port
The announcement of a special meeting of the House of Representatives on Monday in Belmopan […]

Belize City man reported missing
The family of Junior Najera, 26, of Belize City, is seeking public assistance in finding […]

Tripadvisor names Belize’s Coco Plum Island Resort the most romantic destination in the world
Even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Coco Plum Island Resort has further solidified […]

Football Federation of Belize appoints Dale Pelayo to lead Jaguars
The Football Federation of Belize has announced that Coach Dale Pelayo has been appointed as […]

World hunger expected to soar due to COVID-19; Latin America is particularly vulnerable
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is warning of an imminent catastrophe only exacerbated […]

Public Service Union rallies members and says Government has stalled on agreements
The Public Service Union (PSU) is planning a combined in-person and virtual annual general meeting […]

Guatemala buries dozens of unidentified COVID-19 victims
The Associated Press reports that Guatemalan hospitals have buried dozens of COVID-19 victims who were […]

Defense attorney Norman Rodriguez: “The judge will do what is right”
Defense attorney Norman Rodriguez’s client, Ashton Vanegas, is on trial for his life, and only […]

“Foreign exchange reserves are stable,” says PM
Prime Minister Dean Barrow said today that country has seen some stability in terms of […]

Over 100 UDP supporters call for removal of Frank ‘Papa’ Mena
A leaked letter signed by over 100 UDP supporters from the Dangriga constituency calls for […]

Tropical Storm Isaias causing life threating flash flood over Puerto Rico
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is monitoring Tropical Storm Isaias. A Tropical Storm Warning continues […]

Several including minors detained for robbery in Big Creek
Several people, including two minors and an adult have been detained for a robber at […]

Pound Yard stabbing victim dies
William Rubio, 41, died last night around 6:55 while undergoing medical treatment at the Karl […]

Blogs

COVID-19 Updates for travelers
I've created this page to share Belize COVID-19 updates for travelers. The information found here is gathered from the Belize government and it’s updated on a regular basis.

Are there really only two seasons in Belize?
Most countries are used to four seasons: spring, summer, spring and fall. As with many things about Belize, this small Central American country is an exception to what most people know. In truth, Belize really does only possess two seasons: “dry” and “green.” THE DRY SEASON AKA “TOURIST SEASON” This season lasts between the start of December and the end of May. This is when temperatures are their lowest and also highest. December through February sees the coolest months yet March through May tends to see the hottest months of the year. THE GREEN SEASON (THE REST OF THE YEAR) Belize resembles a typical subtropical locale around this time. Despite being known as “Low Tourist Season,” temperatures are quite fair and rainy days remain somewhat few and far between. The general rule is that there is more rain the further south you go. Northern Belize sees an average rainfall of around 60 inches while southern Belize sees as much as 160 inches.

The Best-Tasting Beers in Belize
There’s nothing like enjoying an ice-cold beer after a day of hiking, sightseeing, scuba diving or hanging out on the beach. Tropical drinks are great, but sometimes you just want a crisp, cold blend of hops and barley. You’ll be happy to learn that Belize is a great place to grab a brew. Belize has its own brewery in Belize City. Belikin has been brewing several local favorites since 1969. The word “Belikin” comes from the Maya word for the Belize river, whose waters are used to brew this excellent beer.

Videos

  • Something So Feminine About a Mandolin, 9min. Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers

  • The Belize Road Safety Initiative Handing Over Ceremony, 70min. Officially Handing Over Ceremony of Eighteen Patrol Motorcycles which were possible within the second phase of road safety partnership between the Caribbean Development Bank and The Government of Belize

  • "Paranda Boy" is a book about a young Garifuna boy gifted a magical guitar, 16min. "Paranda Boy" is a book about a young Garifuna boy who is gifted a magical guitar that transports him to new places. We spoke with the authors of the book about their inspiration. They explained that it was written in hopes that it encourages children to chase their most ambitious dreams. The book will be available on August 14th. They are hoping to also donate some books to children in Belize and Honduras. Clayton "C. Wills" Williams - Author/Creator, Paranda Boy. Keyla Williams - Author/Creator, Paranda Boy.

  • The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) - reopening of schools in August., 32min. The National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) weighed in on the conversation about the reopening of schools in August. Representatives of the NCFC shared their thoughts on the concerns expressed by teachers and parents. They explained that it is important to keep the lines of communication open for children to be able to help them process the change in their routines. Ava Diaz -Information, Education and Communication Officer, NCFC. Jenean Sabal - Children and Adolescents Participation Officer, NCFC.

  • The BK Sports Group - Developing the skills of youths through training and educational opportunities, 27min. The BK Sports Group is a group created to support the development of the sport of basketball, track and football. The group focuses on developing the skills of youths through training and educational opportunities. Our guests talked to us about the objective of the group. Berisford Codd - Manager BK Sports Group. Karym Coleman - Founder BK Sports and Scholarship Awardee. Daril Avila - Scholarship Awardee.

  • Jamaica legal redress for those that are detained under a State of Emergency, 19min. Ludlow Black, Attorney-at-law, was our guest to talk to us about a recent case in Jamaica that has set precedence for potential legal redress for those that are detained under a State of Emergency. He talked to us about the implications of the case and what it could mean for detainees in Belize.

  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Technical assistance report on Public Investment Management, 50min. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a technical assistance report on Public Investment Management. We invited Senator Mark Lizarraga to give us an overview of the content of the report and what it reveals about public spending and management.

  • BFLA ( BELIZE FAMILY LIFE ASSOCIATION) HEALTH SERVICES ON CAYE CAULKER/a>, 15min.

  • CIVIC FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM - BIRTH OF A CITIZEN, 1min. 75 Belizean Fellows will be part of a pioneering and innovative project. We are looking for diverse youths to rethink and rebuild civil society through presentations and dialogue and projects. Dynamic experts in the legal, political and governing professions will provide presentations to foster critical thinking skills and discuss important issues such as Voting Rights and Engagement; Criminal Justice; The Constitution, The Role of Elected Leaders and more.

  • Endangered hawksbill sea turtle calmly swims over the reef with young scuba diver, 1min. Hawksbills are usually shy and they will often swim away from people. But this turtle is surprisingly relaxed with Serena, a young scuba diver who has a certain way with animals. Even though Serena has been diving only a few years, her enthusiasm has more than made up for the shorter time that she has been involved in the sport. She has explored the reefs of Mexico, Cuba, Cayman Islands, Belize, and the Galapagos Islands several times. In this time, she has come to understand the animals very well, along with the need to approach them respectfully.

  • Here's what's at the bottom of the Great Blue Hole in Belize, 3.5min. The Great Blue Hole is a massive underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize. In the winter of 2018, a crew from Aquatica Submarines ventured to the bottom of the hole and made some unexpected discoveries.

  • Handing Over Ceremony for San Isidro Government School, 47min.

  • Enhancing Sanitization, 1min. Another major adjustment to tourism businesses in this “new norm” will be to their sanitization and cleaning protocols. Tourism businesses will be expected to adopt and implement enhanced sanitization procedures specifically designed to combat the transmission of COVID-19. To learn more about the National Guidelines for Re-opening visits

  • Termites, 1min. Jungle talk about Termites with Jaxon in Belize.

  • Beach Around the World | S1 E1 - Bright Days in Belize, 20min.

  • Belize Bus Trip, 11min. Streets of Belize

  • Belize - South Water Cayes, 5min. Exploring the South Water Cayes with our Seadoo Utopia 185 Jet Boat. the journey is about 23 miles to the Cayes and the ocean was quite choppy. Isabelle pulled a nice sized Lobster and we had a feast on the boat along with a few other fished that we got. Departure was from Sitee River Marina where we camped with the Rv. A fantastic day it was.