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The San Pedro Sun

Mayor Daniel Guerrero supports Honourable John Saldivar for UDP party leader
The Mayor of San Pedro Town, Daniel Guerrero, has shown his support to Belmopan Area Representative, Honourable John Saldivar for the leadership post of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP). On Sunday, July 12th, the UDP will host a second convention in Belize City to elect a party leader. The two aspirants for the post are Saldivar and Minister of Education, Honourable Patrick Faber.

Caye Caulker primary school students receive tuition assistance from Andre Perez, PUP Standard Bearer
With the staunch belief that education is essential for the future of communities and the country, on Wednesday, July 8th, the People’s United Party (PUP) Standard Bearer for Belize Rural South, Andre Perez was in Caye Caulker handing out tuition assistance to 56 primary school students. Among the recipients, ten top students with an average of 95% and above were granted full scholarships, while the remaining receive half of the total cost of their school’s fees.

National Elite Basketball League presents new Commissioner Christopher McGann
Christopher McGann was announced as the new commissioner of the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) on Wednesday, July 8th. McGann replaces former commissioner Karim Juan, who served for the past six years in guiding the league.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Friday, July 10th, Meal Pick ups: Location: Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill. Tiimes: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Three More Cases of Covid 19 Detected
Given the increasing number of samples that require processing, another set was tested today. That has allowed us to identify a further 3 cases, they are all minors and are members of a family who had been illegally across the border. The 3 new cases are in Orange Walk bringing their total to 7. We had one case recovered so we have a total of 11 active cases. While we acknowledge a general concern with the airport’s opening in August, we at health remain very much concerned with the ongoing illegals crossings at the Northern, Western and Southern entry points.

National Citizen Appreciation Day
The Caye Caulker Police Sub Formation is hosting National Citizen Appreciation Day on July 15th 2020, where they recognize outstanding citizens who have had a hand in developing the Caye Caulker Community.

Award of Complementary climate funding to the Government of Belize
The World, in grappling with the current COVID19 pandemic, has had a stark reminder of how disasters disproportionally affect the vulnerable. The disease is having a particularly dramatic impact on families and communities in developing countries that have fewer resources and weaker social safety nets. The COVID-19 economic downturn will differ from previous crises, as many of the sectors overexposed to the collapse in economic activity, such as tourism, absorb a sizeable share of female employment. The UNDP programme, "Enabling Gender-Responsive Disaster Recovery, Climate and Environmental Resilience in the Caribbean" (EnGenDER) has been working with implementing partners, stakeholders and donors over the last year to strengthen disaster risk management systems for 9 Caribbean countries and build resilience to the effects of climate change. This work is happening at a variety of levels, from improving central

Renewal of Effluent License
The Department of the Environment (DOE) hereby reminds companies producing effluent (wastewater) that the renewal of Licenses to Discharge Effluent is due each year on April 1. A valid License to Discharge Effluent is required to comply with the Environmental Protection (Effluent Limitations) Regulations, Chapter 328 of the Subsidiary Laws of Belize, as amended in 2009, especially as it relates to Section 14. These regulations establish that it is illegal to dispose of effluent without a license or written permission from the DOE. Companies that have not yet applied should complete an application for renewal of their license and submit it to the DOE, along with payment of the $500.00 fee for the period 2020/2021. Payments can be made at the nearest treasury or sub-treasury to Government Account Number 23328/11718/120/15. Proof of payment is to be forwarded to the DOE office along with the application.

Parvovirus on Ambergris Caye
For the past two weeks we have seen 18 cases of Parvovirus on island, all these cases have been pets with owners. On the bright side 12 of these cases have fully recovered. It is a very contagious virus, it affects dogs/puppies that are not fully vaccinated. We would like to stress that vaccinations are EXTREMELY IMPORTANT for your dog/puppy! Please be cautions, do not take your unvaccinated dog to the beach, around other dogs or for walks until he/she has received all their vaccinations.

Run For A Cause
This Saturday, July 11th, starting at the Central Park at 6:00 a.m. Sign up fee is $10.00 and all proceeds will go towards school supplies for students attending this school year. See you there!

Corozal Power Outage on Sunday
Power outage scheduled 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12 to affect entire Corozal District. This scheduled power outage is necessary for our teams to conduct maintenance and testing of equipment at Corozal substation and to install new power lines in the area.

Pictures from day 3 of Las Alboradas
Day #3 Las Alboradas a Nuestra Sra.del Monte Carmelo hosted by the Guerra,MartineZ& Leslie Family a yearly faithful & family tradition.

Midas Lobster Fest July 4th 2020
Midas Belize had a fun Full Moon Lobster party. In related news, they are having the next party on August 1st. Mistah Geeh and Supa G will be there.

Work is well underway on the Corozal/Sarteneja Road Project
The project is upgrading to (highway standard) the entire road from Corozal Town all the way to Sarteneja. It is financed by Taiwan and its execution overseen by a Taiwanese firm, Overseas engineering and Construction Company Limited S.A. Ground was broken in November, 2019. The contract is for the design and upgrading of 27 miles of road, including the construction of two bridges to replace old ferries at Pueblo Nuevo and Laguna Seca. Upon completion, the new road will provide a direct and all-weather link between Corozal Town on the Northern Highway and many of the communities to the east of the Progresso Lagoon-John Piles Creek–Laguna Seca Waterway System, including the village of Sarteneja.

Republic of Yucatan
In 1840 the country known as the Republic of Yucatan was form with what is today the states of Yucatan,Campeche,Quintana Roo and with portions of Belize . The centralist Mexicans didnot like what was happening so they send the Mexican army to Yucatan . The Mexican army arrived at the Pacabtún's farm in Mérida, where it learned that Yucatán had already prepared the defense of Mérida and had the reinforcement of eleven thousand Yucatec Maya indigenous soldiers(who were promised better treatment if they help fight against the Mexicans). The Mexican army back off .

BONIFACIO NOVELO
Bonifacio Novelo (19th century) was a Maya Máasewal fighter in the so-called Caste War . He was a Maya caudillo and tatich (in maya: cacique, great chief, in the east of the state of Yucatan, along with Cecilio Chi and Jacinto Pat. For some time before the war he was a merchant traveling the peninsula even reaching to what would become Belize . Bonifacio Novelo children which are known are Claudio Novelo ,Baluina Novelo and Canuto Novelo.

Art & Soul series: Egbert "Babes" Gill
This week's Art & Soul series features a well known Corozal singer, songwriter and musician. We are delighted to showcase Egbert "Babes" Gill who's love for music began at a very early age. The majority of his music is reggae. Babes was runner up at the 2019 National Song Competition with his song "This is Belize". To date he has recorded over 60 songs, produced three CD's and recently released on YouTube his dreamy reggae song "All My Desire". Check it out! - https://youtu.be/JLJwzFqRbAk

Channel 7

24, Including 4 Women, Locked Up For 30 Days Under SOE
Two days ago, we told you about the Southside state of emergency - which was launched at 3:00 on Tuesday morning in simultaneous raids all across the southside. Police detained 99 persons, and all of them faced the possibility of being locked up at the Hattieville Prison for a month. In the last State of Emergency, 130 alleged gangsters were held for 30 days.Well, this time, it's far less. Of the 99 detained, police sent up only 24 of them today - this includes four females. The Commissioner of Police explained why at a press conference today.

My Teenaged Son Sent To Jail - And No One Told Me!
For another mother, whose minor aged son was also sent up today, it's a nerve-racking nightmare. And while she too believes that her child's rights have been violated, she is also angry that the cops didn't tell her that they'd put her 17 year old son on lockdown until 36 hours after he was detained. Shermaine Martinez - Concerned Mother: "Nobody called me miss and that is my thing about this, that is what hurt me the most, nobody called me..."

COMPOL Says ACP Vidal Showing Encouraging Signs After Stroke
And, the man that mother might want to blame was the police department's "tip of the spear" on this pre dawn operation. That's the operation's commander Assistant Commissioner Marco Vidal. He led the operation at 3:00 in the morning but by 6:00 in the evening, he was hospitalised with a serious stroke and a brain bleed. The 50 year old Vidal was audibly slurred when he spoke at a press conference on Tuesday evening, and the Commissioner himself took the senior cop to the hospital immediately after. We got an update from COMPOL Williams today:

No Arrest For Weekend Double Murder In City
The pre dawn operation that Vidal led, and the entire state of emergency was prompted by two gang related murders over the weekend.But, for all the furore created by this new Southside SOE, and all those dozens of suspects detained, there have still been no arrests for the murders.Today, the Commissioner said they know who did it but cannot get witnesses to speak because of gang intimidation:

Protesting Professors In Belmopan
Tonight, there is tension at the University of Belize where the administration and the Faculty union are at extreme odds. The source of the discord is that the University has had its subvention cut substantially and must now find a solution to major budgetary shortfalls.It's a problem with no easy answers, but the faculty and staff insist that they must be heard, while the University President says they've already been given that opportunity and haven't said much of anything.

Cops Commended For Catching Bank Robbers
Last week Thursday, the biggest news was about the Scotiabank robbery, the daring heist pulled off by 5 robbers, and the immediate response by police who caught the thieves, with the stolen money and weapons, all within 500 feet of the bank.As has been widely reported, the cops also shot two of the robbers, killing one of them, Gasman Young.Today, the cops who showed uncommon bravery and competence were rewarded at a special at the Raccoon Street Station and 7news was there:

COMPOL to Cops: Shoot Before You're Shot
And, if you still have any doubts about the police rules of engagement when it comes to using deadly force, the Commissioner made it clear today that he tells his cops to shoot first, when facing a threat: Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police: "When I speak to my officers on a daily basis, my thing to them, you first, you second, you third, you fourth, you fifth is the way you have to think about a criminal..."

COMPOL Got Nada To Say To Nadir
And one cop who made his own pre-emptive strike yesterday was Police Constable Nadir Mendoza. He's facing a police tribunal verdict next week for stealing one of the department's guns. But, he appeared on 7News last night pre-empting that verdict to say he's being railroaded by his own department. Today, the commissioner held to his ground that PC Mendoza has a lot to answer for: "His alleged behaviour over the past few months have been nothing but comparable to that of a criminal and so he is before a tribunal for having stolen some guns from police which end up in the hands of criminals, that's a matter for him to deal, if they adjudicator finds that he is not guilty, I am fine with that. If the adjudicator should find that he is guilty, then I am fine with that too, I await the decision of the adjudicator where that matter is concerned."

Arzu Takes COMPOL To Supreme Court
And while the commissioner can let that one slide, he can't pretend to be Mr Nice Guy with Corporal Eldon Arzu. The Corporal and the Commissioner have locked horns over the leadership of the Police Association for over a year now, and the fight continued this afternoon in the courtroom of Justice Sonya Young.Arzu is attempting to convince the presiding judge to grant him leave to bring a judicial review claim against the Police Commissioner. According to Arzu, the Commissioner failed to follow the rules of the Police Association's election process. Arzu contends that the Commissioner arbitrarily extended the nomination process, which allowed for Sergeant Jane Usher and her team to enter elections, long after the deadlines set by the Police Association's election rules. His attorney, Nazira Myles, presented arguments on his behalf and attempted to convince Justice Young to grant him leave.

AG Says They Tried To Settle
We also got an opportunity to speak with Police Minister and attorney General Michael Peyrefitte about what could end up being a long and drawn-out legal fight between Corporal Arzu and Police Commissioner Chester Williams.He said that he is aware of that and that he tried to intervene and facilitate an out-of-court settlement between the two sides. Here's how he explained why that failed, and why all persons concerned must now wait on the lawsuit to run its course:

Uncle Confessed To Nephew's Murder
The Commissioner also discussed the one weekend murder which they have charged someone for. That's the chopping death of 26-year-old Pedro Cus, in San Pedro Colombia Village in the Toledo District.

UDP Convention - When A Party Isn't A Party
Sunday at the ITVET will witness the UDP's second national convention in 5 months. The party will select a new leader - after the abortive February 9th convention. That event was bursting with political combustion - and we saw the UDP machinery pumping like a great locomotive; but Sunday's convention will be more like a little red "tuk-tuk". That's largely due to COVID safety considerations, but we'd have to imagine that it's also - to some extent - a sheepishness inspired by just being "shame" that the last leader they picked lasted for 60 hours - and now they get a chance to pick him again!Such is the state of affairs in the UDP heading into Sunday event - and Jules Vasquez compares and contrasts, last time, and this time:

UDP On Hon. Saldivar, No Laws Broken
And, the three candidates for leader are Patrick Faber, John Saldivar and Wilfred Elrington.Today, the press asked the Chairman how Saldivar is still in the running - after he was made to step down as leader and cast out of Cabinet after the Lev Dermen revelation. Peyrefitte says Saldivar Committed no crime:

Three States of Emergency In Succession: The Police State Cometh?
And while we didn't even bother to spar with Peyrefitte on that one, we did search him out on the Southside state of emergency. It's the second Southside emergency this year - and it seems that police are now using this very extreme measure as a kind of policing tool for preventative detention.Presently, the entire Southside of Belize city, from Burdon Canal to the Swing Bridge is under a state of emergency, and we asked the Minister if this is the incipient stages of a police state:

Belmopan By Bus!
Last night, we showed you how the Public Service Union came up big in its out-of-court settlement with the Belmopan City Council. The union has to give up their hilltop property that they had grown attached to over almost 2 decades. But, in exchange, they will get full title to an alternative piece of land, valued at around $475,000, and the council will even assist them with equipment and assistance to build their new headquarters.Well, the Union's President is announcing that he and the executive have signed another agreement which should provide relief to public officers, in their daily commute between Belize City and Belmopan for work. The PSU has entered an MOU with the bus company, ADK Charters.

Real Climate Change Funds
Finally tonight, Belize has received $97,000 USD in funding to leverage sustainable climate finance from the Green Climate Fund. The funding comes through the UNDP's EnGenDER project which focuses on enhancing climate resilience, gender equality, and inclusion for vulnerable and marginalized populations.The funding is aimed at strengthening the country's disaster risk management system while building resilience to climate change and it's meant to combat losses to the agricultural sector, an industry that is more important than ever as tourism struggles.

Channel 5

23 Males, 4 Females Locked Up Under Anti-Gang S.O.E.
After spending two nights in lockdown, four women are among a group of twenty-seven gang members who were carted away to the Belize City Prison this afternoon. The police dragnet [...]

Marco Vidal on the Road to Recovery
And the man who led the anti-gang operation, Assistant Commissioner of Police Marco Vidal is already on the road to recovery after suffering a stroke on Tuesday evening, following the [...]

Sentencing for Danny Mason et al Adjourned
After nine o’clock this morning, convicted murderer Danny Mason and four other accomplices in the beheading of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas arrived at the Supreme Court to learn their fate. But [...]

Lisa Shoman to be Appointed Judge of the Supreme Court
While on the matter of judges, there is word tonight that Prime Minister Dean Barrow will be proceeding to have Senior Counsel Lisa Shoman appointed to the post of judge [...]

U.B.F.S.U. Holds Peaceful Protest in Belmopan!
Since last week we’ve been reporting on a growing dispute between the University of Belize Faculty and Staff Union and the University of Belize’s administration. The U.B.F.S.U. is only acknowledged [...]

What Up With U.B.F.S.U.’s Status?
As you heard in that story, the President of the U.B.F.S.U. says they are being shut out due to the lack of certification to show its union status.  We caught [...]

Will U.S. Authorities Come for John Usher?
A massive judgment with damages of one hundred and thirty-eight point seven million U.S. dollars was handed down earlier this week against businessman John Usher.  He was embroiled in the [...]

Hearing of Application for Judicial Review in the Case of Cpl Eldon Arzu Vs the ComPol Commences
Arguments were heard in the Supreme Court today on an application for judicial review filed by attorney Nazira Myles on behalf of her client Eldon Arzu. The Corporal of Police [...]

National Security Minister Tried to Resolve Issue
At an event earlier in the day, Minister of National Security Michael Peyrefitte spoke of his efforts to ease tensions between the ComPol and the former President of the Police [...]

N.H.I.’s Budget Cut
Last week, we reported on the cuts at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where Doctors Fernando Cuellar and Amin Hegar have been terminated.  Tonight, we can confirm that the National [...]

Everything’s A Go for Sunday’s U.D.P. Convention
A second leadership convention for the United Democratic Party is scheduled for this Sunday at the ITVET compound here in Belize City where three candidates, Patrick Faber, John Saldivar and [...]

Police Presence on Convention Day
From an operational perspective, the Belize Police Department will be deployed to the ITVET to maintain law and order on the day of the convention, however, officers will not be [...]

Dalla Vans Increase Price by 100%
The dollar fare on the well-known ‘Dalla Van’ that run in the south side of the city is soaring by as much as a hundred percent. Commuters are now paying [...]

Special Chicken Cuts Scarce, but Not for Long
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the productive sector, but today poultry producers confirmed that whole chickens are not in short supply at the grocery stores.  But chicken parts are and [...]

Recognizing Bravery in the Line of Duty
A ceremony was held today to recognize the quick response of alert police officers that led to the apprehension of four robbers of Scotia Bank. As you know in an [...]

ComPol Acknowledges the Good Deeds of His Officers
In acknowledging the effort of the men and women of law enforcement, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams also highlighted the fact that when officers run afoul of the law, they [...]

Uncle Confesses to Murdering Nephew
Police in Punta Gorda have cracked the murder of Pedro Cus.   Onastacio Sirik, reportedly confessed to P.G. police, telling them that he killed his nephew.  Sirik first told police that [...]

No Charges for the Murders of Raheem Faber and Raheem Miles
In Belize City, charges have not been leveled on any of the five men who police believe are responsible for the murders of Raheem Faber and Raheem Miles last weekend.  [...]

The EA Volleyball Academy Hosting a 7-Week Camp
Volleyball is an all-time favourite sport among children of all ages. Today, we found a group of volleyball aficionados dribbling the ball at the Mexico Sports Centre. The programme is [...]

LOVE FM

PSU celebrates new property
Yesterday, we told you that the Public Service Union (PSU) is in the process of moving their headquarters to somewhere new. This is the conclusion to the tireless Hilltop Property Saga, and the PSU is more than happy to have a resolution that suits everyone.

NHI Clinics face major cutbacks
The National Health Insurance (NHI) Program budget was cut by fifteen percent. The cut has forced the Ministry of Health to limit medical services provided at the NHI Clinics. Love News spoke to Dr. Ramon Figueroa, Chairman of the NHI program and he stated that persons in Southside Belize City are the most affected.

Brave police from precinct awarded
Several police officers attached to Precinct Four were awarded this morning for the successful response to last week’s bank robbery and for their efforts in addressing crime in their zone. A brief ceremony was held this morning inside the conference room of Precinct Two on Raccoon Street where the Police Commissioner and the Minister of National Security addressed the gathering.

ACP Vidal on his way to recovery
Assistant Commissioner of Police Marco Vidal continues on mandatory bed rest after suffering a hemmoragic stroke on Tuesday evening. Vidal was heading the State of Emergency operations when he fell ill. Today, Love News asked the Police Commissioner for an update on Vidal’s current condition and if there will be someone holding over his post as Operations Commander.

Possible extradition for John Usher
Earlier this week we told you of the pickle that Belizean businessman John Usher has found himself in. The FTC had proposed to the US Court in the District of Maryland that an order be enforced that finds Usher liable to pay one hundred and thirty-eight million US dollars as compensation to the investors in Sanctuary Bay.

Southside State of Emergency criticism
The introduction of this third State of Emergency since the start of 2020 has been met with some criticisms. Minister of National Security rationalized the criticism saying that the only ones who have an issue with police raids and other operations are those who break the law.

UBSFU takes to the streets
The University of Belize Faculty and Staff Union (UBFSU) took to the streets of Belmopan this morning to vent their frustrations with the UB’s Board of Trustees and the Labor Department. The basis of the protest has to do with the delay in the issuance of their signed certificate from the Labour Department which would give them teeth in their negotiations with UB.

Love Foundation’s anti-corruption campaign a success
The Love Foundation is helping Belizeans fight against corruption with a campaign they started two years ago. While they had to endure many trials along the way, they are one step closer to defeating corruption in our country.

John Saldivar eligible to run for UDP party leader
John Saldivar is back in the news tonight as he is one of three men hoping to succeed Dean Barrow as the UDP’s Party Leader. We have been down this road before back in early February. In that first round Saldivar was up against Patrick Faber and won handsomely as the UDP’s leader elect. His fall from grace came within seventy two hours after that victory when Prime Minister Dean Barrow found that Saldivar had lied to him about accepting monies from US criminal, Lev Dermen.

Who is supporting who?
When it comes to the delegate list for Sunday’s convention, our newsroom has confirmed that John Saldivar has garnered the support of Dianne Finnegan, UDP’s Lake Independence Standard Bearer, Ashton McKenzie (Mayor of Punta Gorda) and Daniel Guerrero, Mayor of San Pedro Town. Today we spoke with UDP’s Area Representative for Belize Rural Central, Beverly Williams who spoke on where her support lies for Sunday.

Dalla Vans now cost two dallas
There is a situation brewing between the Dalla Van Association and the Belize City Council. The issue has to do with the vans charging a fee of $2 per person and their insistence in the...

William Mason and associates back in court
William “Danny” Mason and his four associates were back in court today, but this time, they appeared at the Belize City Supreme Court in front of Justice Antoinette Moore. At around 9:30 this morning, the...

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize confirms 3 new cases of COVID-19
The Office of the Director of Health Services has confirmed 3 new cases of COVID-19. […]

Police investigate shooting in Esperanza
Authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Tuesday night in Esperanza. According to […]

Don’t spare the rod: Attorney General and Police Commissioner encourge reasonable corporal punishment for children
Today, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte and Commissioner of Police Chester Williams told parents all over […]

Three armed bandits rob Bowen delivery truck
Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred yesterday evening in Cristo Rey, Cayo. Driver […]

Police investigate shooting in Esperanza
Authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Tuesday night in Esperanza. According to […]

Attorney General acknowledges deficiencies in prosecution system
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte acknowledged today that prosecutions in Belize hinge too heavily on eyewitness […]

“Law-abiding citizens don’t need to fear State of emergency,” says Attorney General
Following the end of the State of Emergency (SOE) due to COVID-19, the Government of […]

Police know the people responsible for weekend murders, cannot charge because witnesses being intimidated
There were two Belize City murders over the weekend, Raheem Faber, 19, and Raheem Myles, […]

Georgeville residents concerned about community land being surveyed and distributed as lots without approval of village council
Residents and the village council of Georgeville in the Cayo District have raised concerns about […]

Canada joins Global Ocean Alliance
Today, Canada joined the United Kingdom and other countries in the Global Ocean Alliance. The […]

Blogs

Wed on a Whim: Elope in Belize
Who doesn’t love good news? Especially right now, when so much feels so heavy. While staying updated with current news and events is important, so is maintaining hope. What’s more hopeful that a couple deciding to tie the knot during a global pandemic? To say that COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in the wedding plans of those planning a big celebration would be a dramatic understatement. To that end, many have across the industry has seen a spike in elopement requests – regardless of whether that’s in 2020 or 2021. If you’ve had to adjust your special day, consider an elopement in Belize; think micro-wedding in the rainforest or on the sandbars of Belize.

What You’re Probably Missing Most from Belize
Whether you’ve lived your whole life in Belize or simply visited for a vacation, there will be things you’ll miss about this tropical paradise full of warm smiles, golden sunshine and stunning natural beauty. In no particular order, here are a few things people are looking forward to the most while travel to Belize remains on hold.

International Sourcesizz

SHYNE SHOWS LOVE TO DIDDY & TAKES US BACK TO THE 90’S
Former Bad Boy artist Shyne is reminding people that it’s all love between him and Sean “Puffy” Combs. Shyne shared a throwback picture of him and Diddy in 1999 riding around in the backseat of a car in New York City. In the caption, Shyne writes, “21 years ago……maybe another lifetime @diddy.”

Travel Advisors Selling the Caribbean to Host Dive Webinar
The Belize Tourism Board announced that Travel Advisors Selling the Caribbean (TASC) will host a Diving in the Caribbean and Risk Mitigation Amidst COVID-19 webinar on July 14 at 1 p.m. EST. The webinar will provide travel advisors with insights from the Caribbean Divers Alert Network, identify the most spectacular dive sites in the Caribbean and detail the elements that make the Caribbean’s “underwater gardens” so unique, TASC said.

Simone Biles and Boyfriend Stacey Ervin Jr. Split After 3 Years of Dating: 'It Was for the Best'
Simone Biles has confirmed her split from Stacey Ervin Jr. In Vogue's new cover story exploring her resilience and the coronavirus pandemic's impact on the Olympics, the 23-year-old revealed she and her boyfriend of three years called it quits in early March. "It’s hard being young and having that long of a relationship and then ending it," the four-time gold medalist told Vogue of splitting from Ervin, 26. "But it was for the best.” Biles' confirmation of their breakup comes months after fans noticed he did not wish Biles a happy birthday in March.

Videos

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - ALBERT BRUCE CHANANNES SR., 1min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - WILLIAM LINCOLN FLOWERS, 1.5min.

  • Galen University Summit on Recovery, Continuity, Transformation, Opportunity, and Innovation, 70min.

  • Winning submission to Make Belize Films' Coronavirus Music Video Competition!, 1.5min. Congratulations to 8yr old Ava Guerrero on her winning submission for the Corona Virus Video Competition! As Belize gears up to open back up to tourists with the first stage being the opening of PGIA on August 15, Ava’s video reminds us that to keep safe we must keep practicing the recommendations from the Ministry of Health and most importantly follow the rules. Click enjoy, share and stay safe!

  • Rendezvous Caye Belize Blog, 4min. Sailing, fishing ,swiming ,camping

  • Rum Talk with Travellers Liquors from Belize,61 min. Host: Matt Pietrek. What You'll Learn: Join Matt Pietrek for a deep dive into Travellers Liquors from Belize with: Amanda Perdomo, Director of Business Development. Myito Perdomo Jr., Master Blender, Distillery Manager. Odair Quetzal, Technical Distillery Manager.

  • BELIZE FAMILY ADVENTURE., 6min. We had a wonderful lunch at Maracas riverside restaurant.

  • National Guidelines for Re-Opening of the Tourism Sector Post-COVID-19, 3min.

  • CTO webinar discussion with Paul Pennicook, CEO of the Curacao Tourist Board and Yashin Dujon, CEO, Ministry of tourism, Belize on updates on their destinations, 62min. With August 15th approaching attached is a Zoom webinar discussing the opening of tourism. The webinar was held this morning with Paul Pinnicook, CEO of Curacao's Ministry of Tourism and Yashin Dujon, CEO, Belize's Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation. The discussion was conducted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
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    With August 15th approaching attached is a Zoom webinar discussing the opening of tourism.

    The webinar was held this morning with Paul Pinnicook, CEO of Curacao's Ministry of Tourism and Yashin Dujon, CEO, Belize's Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation. The discussion was conducted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

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    Fundraisers, Volunteering, & Charity
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    This Saturday, July 11th, starting at the Central Park at 6:00 a.m.
    Sign up fee is $10.00 and all proceeds will go towards school supplies for students attending this school year.

    See you there!

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    For the past two weeks we have seen 18 cases of Parvovirus on island, all these cases have been pets with owners. On the bright side 12 of these cases have fully recovered.

    It is a very contagious virus, it affects dogs/puppies that are not fully vaccinated.

    We would like to stress that vaccinations are EXTREMELY IMPORTANT for your dog/puppy!

    Please be cautions, do not take your unvaccinated dog to the beach, around other dogs or for walks until he/she has received all their vaccinations.

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    The dollar fare on the well-known ‘Dalla Van’ that run in the south side of the city is soaring by as much as a hundred percent. Commuters are now paying two dollars because the vans are to exercise social distancing, which means less passengers onboard. The increase is not going down well for residents who depend on this mode of transportation. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo set out to find out about the increase.

    Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

    In Belize City, along Mahogany Street and Central American Boulevard, these so call ‘dalla vans’ operate. They are named dalla van because that is what each passenger would pay to get from point A to point B. but not anymore. There is a new price came which came in effect when the country was in lockdown. The cost is now two dollars, a hundred percent increase, and residents of the area are upset.

    Allan Pollard, Councilor Responsible for Traffic

    “I understand that they were only taking two to three passengers at a time or the maximum four. The reason for the increase was that we are carrying fewer passengers so we have to charge for to make up for it. Understood but that was not relayed to us at the department. Now, after the quarantine I am getting compliant, you know Allen when is the fair going to decrease back to one dollar. It wasn’t anything that they have requested or informed the council of the increase.”

    …but they don’t have to.

    Allan Pollard

    “They don’t have to but it is in best practice that we have that communication with the association because we are I n contact with the residents. We are trying to ensure that these guys are adhering to some kind of controls within the city. I know it is a large number but that is the preferred method for the council.”

    Hipolito Novelo

    “So there is no agreement that is should be a dollar?”

    Allan Pollard

    “Well this is the dollar van. They have a commitment to the residents.”

    …and from what we are seeing in the economic crunch, the ‘two dallas van’ operators’ commitment to residents is less than what it is to their pocket.

    Allan Pollard

    “We have to be somewhat lenient to the people. We understand trying to get back. We understand the losses. But I mean the busses the take lick, Hipolito. The taxis are taking lick. Everybody is taking lick and the same residents that you are charging are taking lick. At least take that in consideration for the residents. People would be more inviting or welcoming of the increase, they would be more understanding but right now the truth of the matter is people can’t afford two dollars to go and two dollars to come back. There are so many people who are unemployed right now. Some people are trying to ketch that “dalla van” to go hustle a little thing for the day. Now, with that increase you just hamper their progress in a sense.”

    Hipolito Novelo

    “But would you agree that there is another option? They can walk.”

    Allan Pollard

    “They can walk, but I personally…when we got in this thing Hipolito, to be honest with you, we are about the people. We are about the resident. Our city must be a city where people have options.”

    Pollard says that a letter has been prepared and will be sent to the Dalla Van Association, seeking justifiable reasons for the increase. 

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    [Linked Image]Prime Minister Dean Barrow will be proceeding to have Senior Counsel Lisa Shoman appointed to the post of judge of the Supreme Court.

    The Judicial and Legal Services Commission Council and the Leader of the Opposition, we are told, were consulted, as is required for such appointments.

    The contractual appointment is only for a one-year period. Shoman has been practicing law for over thirty years, having studied at the University of West Indies.

    In early July, she was elected president of the Inter-American Development Bank Administrative Tribunal based in Washington. Leading up to the national referendum in 2019, Shoman was a proponent in taking the territorial claim to the International Court of Justice.

    Westmin James, a Trinidadian Lecturer at U.W.I., is also to be appointed as a judge for one year. Both Shoman and James represented the government before former CJ Benjamin who, it is recalled, issued an injunction restraining the holding of the referendum.

    Shoman has been engaged for many years in advocacy on human rights issues. She is a former PUP Senator and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Said Musa administration.
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    The San Pedro Sun

    University of Belize Faculty and Staff Union organizes demonstration against possible salary reductions
    The country’s national tertiary institution, the University of Belize (UB), is facing complications as the UB Faculty and Staff Union (FSU) is at odds with the institution’s senior administration, primarily regarding issues of financial exigency that could see a possible pay cut for staff. The back and forth between the said Union and the university’s administration have apparently not eased tensions, and now a demonstration has been planned for Thursday, July 9th in the Capital City of Belmopan.

    Blue Water Grill helps feed seniors and provides grocery bags to those in need
    Grocery bags and hot meals - Blue Water Grill has been ensuring the island's seniors receive a hot meal weekly, thanks to generous donations! The crew at Blue Water Grill (BWG) is no stranger to rolling up its sleeves and getting to work, and during these difficult times on the island, they are doing just that! Volunteers, staff, and owners are busy in the kitchen, preparing hot meals and grocery bags to deliver to hundreds of people in need. Primarily focused on seniors, the hot meals are delivered every Thursday, and the menu varies weekly.

    Various Belizean Sources

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    Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
    Thursday, July 9th Meal pick ups Location: Hibisca. Time: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

    Book Drive for the Caye Caulker Library and the Ocean Academy Library
    We are 1 week into the combined Book Drive to benefit the Caye Caulker Library and the Ocean Academy Library. *Thank you* to the community members who have already donated. For all of July, we will continue to accept donations of books from the community. Check around the house. Donate your extra books so that others may benefit. Now is the time to return your overdue library books with no fee. You can drop books off at the CC Library (M-W-F, 2-4:00) or the OA Library (T-Th, 2-4:00) or at Caye Breeze Cafe on the beach between the water taxis.

    Forum: Belize Tourism Industry, Charting a Way Forward
    The current status of the tourism industry and its recovery remains paramount for the Belizean economy to stabilize and recover from the negative impacts of the pandemic. All public and private sector stakeholders must unite and join forces to maximize the resources available. The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) will be hosting a forum to welcome key stakeholders from the private and public sectors and members of the BTIA to an all-day session to strategize and chart the way forward compounding our resources and capabilities in a unified manner.

    Plain Speaking
    The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) presents Plain Speaking, a live update on the reopening of tourism, where Mr. Yashin Dujon, CEO, Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation, will share on Belize's response to COVID-19 and the country's perspective on the recovery process. Tune in on July 9th at 9 a.m. local time to keep abreast of the latest developments in Belize as our tourism industry moves forward on the path to full recovery. Tune in for the inside stories of the resumption of tourism activity in Belize and Curacao.

    BDF WILFRED MOJANO GRADUATES FROM UNITED STATES SERGEANT MAJOR ACADEMY
    Warrant Officer Class 1, Wilfred Mojano graduated from the United States Sergeant Major Academy on 20 June 2020. Well done Sir, congrats. The course assemble on the 20th may 2019 with a total of 721 students to include 74 international students from all over the world to include Belize.

    Cecilio Chi
    Cecilio Chi ( 1820 - 13 of December of 1848 ) was a leading Maya Máasewal , born in the village of Tepich in the Yucatecan peninsula . In 1842 he had participated in the defense of Campeche which allowed him to get to know the military organization. In 1846 he was chief of his native town. He participated in the organization of a rebellion against the domination and exploitation of the Criollos(Whites) in the region. He coordinated the insurrection with Manuel Antonio Ay , the Cacique de Chichimilá , and Jacinto Pat , among others , with the purpose of constituting a Maya nation independent from Mexico, which would respect the rights of indigenous people .

    Government House Rehabilitation Project
    Facebook is reminding me about a post I made about two years ago which I am sharing. At that time the vision of what we wanted to accomplish at Government House was only a distant dream. You know you start out with a dream and the end product sometimes doesn't always end the way you want it. However, although the end product in our instance ended up a little different than the original rendition, we accomplished the original dream. We have reached the end of the portion of our project. At times it seemed only a distant light at the end of a tunnel. Today, we are a mere weeks from our grand opening.

    The Office of the Film Commissioner informs the General Public of continuity of services by the Belize Film Commission
    In light of the recent discontinuance of logistical support that was being provided to the Belize Film Commission by the office of the Film and Media Arts Unit at NICH, we wish to inform all interested parties that the Office of the Film Commissioner continues to provide the same outstanding level of service to which the public and the Film Industry have become accustomed. To that end, all interested parties are asked to use the below provided coordinates for any future contact with the Film Commissioner and / or his office.

    UB PRESIDENT WILL MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS
    Dear Members of the Academic Council, Members of Senior Management, other Directors, Representatives of the UBFSA Executive and the University Faculty and Staff. I am writing to inform you that I will be having an online meeting on Monday, 13th July, 2020 beginning at 9:00 am where I will be presenting my recommendations to you on how we will treat with reducing our projected cash loss of $7.13 million for the new academic year 2020/2021. I will be doing so after due, deliberate and extensive consultations with all of our stakeholders, many of you, and I sincerely thank all of you who have responded to my request to share your thoughts on how we can treat with this severe projected cash reduction of 33% of our cash annual income...

    Paint N Splash
    See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint "Pelican".

    Unemployment Relief Top-up Cards
    Approved applicants for the COVID-19 Unemployment Relief are advised that top-up cards will be prepared for those who still have not been able to receive their approved payments due to banking information errors. Such persons should send a text with their correct telephone number to phone number 613-0095 so that they can be contacted should the need arise.

    Flood Forecast for July 8, 2020

    FREE MAHOGANY TREES
    BELIZE AUDOBON SOCIETY - Our 'Greening Across Belize' initiative is back for 2020, and we have 300 mahogany trees to give away! If you want to have Belize's national tree growing in your own yard, all you have to do is come and collect one, first come first served! You can collect your tree from Guanacaste National Park or St Herman's Blue Hole National Park Wednesday-Sunday, or we have a limited supply at our head office in Belize City, which is open Monday-Thursday. If you're coming to the office there's no need to enter reception, just head straight around to the back yard to pick one up.

    Corozal Yard Sale Sunday
    The Rotaract Club of Corozal will be doing a Yard Sale this Sunday at Roundhouse. Come support your favorite club in Belize. Items for cheap. This Sunday, July 12th. We’ll be there from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. We will also be selling Micheladas! Tek one fi di heat!

    Tourism Gold Standard Recognition Program Application
    The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to advise that application form for the Tourism Gold Standard Recognition Program is now available on the BTB website here. Completed applications should be submitted to qualityassurance@belizetourismboard.org for processing. Thereafter, an email confirming your application status or acceptance into the program will be provided. BTB will review submissions and corresponding details, and follow through with inspections. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 227-2420 EXT 274.

    Galen Virtual Economic Summit
    Galen University is having 5 sessions in their Economic Summit over the next 2 weeks. The 2nd is tonight, and focuses on the tourism industry.

    Watershed Ecology Field Course, Hosted by SAVE the MACAL RIVER in Belize
    The SAVE the MACAL RIVER in Belize project is having Kimo for a Watershed Ecology Field Course on Sunday. Walk along river edge learning about living organizms and their functions . Kimo Jolly will once again enlighten us with his experiences of the rivers flora and fauna. Sunday Funday again. Macal River wooden Bridge.

    Realize Belize 2019-20 Year in Review
    Realize Belize has their 2019-20 Year in Review out, and there are some impressive numbers in it. Thanks, Realize Belize, for helping with inclusion in Cayo!

    NEBL Welcomes New Commissioner
    The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) is pleased to introduce the new commissioner of the league. Mr. Christopher McGann has been selected as the commissioner and he is tasked to ensure that the 2021 season continues to build on the momentum and successes of the past seasons. Mr. McGann holds a Master’s Degree in Banking and Finance and has worked in various research and managerial positions in Belize. Mr. McGann has extensive experience in financial management and analysis and strategic plan development and execution. Christopher also played in the inaugural 2014 NEBL season with Belmopan Bandits and 2015 with Hurricanes. He is originally from Belmopan, but presently resides in Belize City. The league is excited to embrace this new transition in its leadership and administrative structure as it prepares for the upcoming 2021 season amidst the existing pandemic.

    BTB's Staff School Supplies to Students of San Antonio RC School, O.W.
    Approximately 70 children from San Antonio RC School in the Orange Walk District today received an assortment of back to school supplies as part of the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) staff's community outreach to assist those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. The presentation was made today by BTB employees in partnership with the Rotary Club of Orange Walk who also contributed to the project. The donation was comprised of knapsacks, composition books, hand sanitizers, masks (kids' size), pencil cases and a variety of other stationeries.

    Application for Re-Opening in the Tourism Safe Corridor
    Application for re-opening in the tourism "safe corridor" is now available for stakeholders to fill out and submit. As Belize opens the PGIA to international guests on August 15, 2020, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is working along with the Ministry of Health and other agencies in ensuring safety protocols and procedures are in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We are therefore, in the first instance, re-opening in a "safe corridor" and have prepared an application form for properties who can accommodate international guests as per the checklist.

    Ya'axché’s BioBlitz!
    The event will be taking place on July 23 to 24, 2020 at Ya’axché’s Field Station at Golden Stream. BioBlitz engages the Maya Golden Landscape children with nature and science. Children will learn from Ya’axché’s expertise about birds, mammals, freshwater bugs, plants and how to navigate in the forests using a compass and map. Join us for a fun learning day! Children from the communities of Aguacate, San Jose, Golden Stream, Medina Bank and San Pedro Colombia are invited to submit their application by Friday, July 17, 2020.

    Channel 7

    ACP Vidal Recovering From Stroke
    Assistant Commissioner of Police, and head of police operations, Marco Vidal is in the hospital showing signs of improvement after having a serious stroke last night. If you saw him at yesterday's Southside State of Emergency press conference you would have observed that his breathing was laboured, and his speech appeared slurred. Here's a clip: As you heard, his breathing was laboured, and he appeared short of breath.

    Families of Men Detained In SOE Complain
    And while Vidal recovers, don't expect "get well" wishes from the Queen Street holding cell. That's where about 100 men remain detained after the Southside state of emergency went into effect yesterday morning. Today, they remain there, where most will be transferred to the Kolbe Central Prison for 30 days. For the families of these men, it's an incredibly difficult time, losing in many cases, their breadwinner, and also trying to support them while behind bars.

    CWU Says 21 Days To Strike At Port of Belize
    21 days notice of industrial action, that's what the Christian Workers Union has given the Port of Belize. A letter from the union says that its Members who work in the Security Department at Port are moving from the protest stage to invoking the twenty-one (21) days' notice of intent to strike. As we've reported, it's all about the CWU's efforts to get the Port to rescind what it calls an "arbitrary and unconscionable ten percent salaries reduction" against its Members. Union Leader Mose Hyde says the stevedores stand in solidarity with the staff:

    Trial Coming Up For Narcos
    This morning, the Gang Suppression Unit was on high alert at the Magistrate's Court in Belize City. That's because they were escorting the 8 foreigners who were charged for illegally landing that drug plane on the Coastal Road in September of last year. You'll remember that major bust as the one where Belizean joint law enforcement teams intercepted some of the narco-traffickers trying to smuggle almost 3,000 pounds of cocaine through Belizean territory. The lawmen had a shoot-out with the narcos, and 2 of them were injured.

    PC Nadir At His Nadir
    Nadir Mendoza, he's the police constable who's been on the news plenty of times - accused of various criminal offences, from gun theft, to armed robbery. And, we're talking gun theft from his own police department at the Precinct Three formation! He's before the court for that theft, and facing a police tribunal for the same. Plus he has spent two weeks on remand for the armed robbery allegation. Indeed, Mendoza is a man running into a strong headwind when it comes to his police career and his liberty as a fee man.

    Chicken Parts Scarce, Prices Going Up
    Chicken, in most households, it's what's for dinner, or at least for lunch. Indeed Belize is one of the top consumers of chicken meat in the Western hemisphere. And that's why it's of concern that chicken could be getting scarce and the price per pound going up. The last time we reported on chicken prices, they were way, way down. That was at the start of the COVID quarantine, when the chicken companies were literally giving it way. But, now that consumption patterns are returning to normal, prices could be going up, due to scarcity.

    Man Gets Off Murder At A Party
    He's been on remand at the Belize Central Prison since October 2017, but tonight 23-year-old Steve Moss, the man police charged with the murder of 31-year-old Daniel Anderson, is home free. That's after Justice Colin Williams dismissed the charge for lack of evidence showing his guilt. Viewers will remember Anderson's killing, which happened on October 1st, 2017, in front of Bismark Nigh Club, which is located on Queen Charlotte Street in Belize City. Alex Underwood was celebrating his 28 birthday at the club, and Anderson was one of the party-goers. Police reports were that Anderson and Moss got into some sort of confrontation, which escalated into a street brawl. Moss allegedly pulled out a firearm and shot Anderson in the chest.

    Charged With Murder For Toledo Killing
    On Monday's news, we told you about the fatal chopping of 26-year-old Pedro Cus, a farmer from San Pedro Colombia Village in the Toledo District. Well, police have moved swiftly to charge one man for it. He's 47 year-old Onastacio Sirik, a farmer from the same village, and since this is a murder charge, he will be arraigned and remanded to the Belize Central Prison.

    The PSU Compromise With Belmopan City Council
    Last night, we told you about how the Public Service Union and the Belmopan City Council had reached an out-of-court settlement in their fight over the union's hill-top property. It was an amicable end to a bitter dispute between the union and council, who accused Mayor Khalid Belisle and his administration of unfairly selling the land right out from under them. The Union later sued the Council, and the new owners to try and get it back. The PSU president promised that there would be a grand ceremony to announce what the settlement was, and this afternoon, they invited us to the Bull Frog Inn in Belmopan to see for ourselves.

    A Place Where The Mentally Ill, And The Disenfranchised Are Welcome
    It's a place of refuge for the mentally ill, elderly and the disenfranchised where fun and relaxation is always the order of the day. And this morning, as they celebrated their 7th anniversary I stopped by the Welcome Resource Center to learn more about the programs and activities enriching the lives of the center's participants. There was excitement in the air this morning as the Welcome Resource Center, a drop-in center for adults of many backgrounds, celebrated its anniversary with games, snacks, and camaraderie.

    UB President Says Where's The Recommendation UBFSA
    Last week, the University of Belize's Faculty and Staff Union called a press conference to announce that they had become frustrated with the President, Dr. Clement Sankat, and the Board of Trustees. They say that for weeks, they've been trying to convince the president and the board to include them as valued stakeholders in the decision-making process of how the National University will survive the COVID crisis facing the country. They gave the President and the Board a deadline of Monday to make meaningful efforts at consulting with them, or else they would take industrial action.

    If You Want to Protest Against the Opening of the PGIA...
    Last week I went into the streets to find out how the average man and woman felt about the August 15th re-opening of the PGIA. The majority wasn't at all comfortable with it. Those apprehensions are what a group of activists is hoping to capitalise on with a protest being held next week Wednesday. It's called the "No Open Di PGIA Protest" - and activist Ya-Ya Marin Coleman is one of the lead organizers.

    No New COVID Cases
    There are no new cases of COVID 19 to report tonight. Yesterday, 63 samples were tested and turned negative. There are currently 9 active cases.

    605 Repatriates Have Their Return Coordinated
    And one of the main sources of new active cases is the ongoing repatriation of Belizeans stranded abroad. 264 have been repatriated, 1004 have applied to be repatriated, 908 have been approved, and 605 have their coordinated return in progress.

    SICB Has Major Legal Troubles
    Reports reaching our newsroom are that a defense attorney was escorted by police officers yesterday to the offices of the Sugar Industries Control Board. They were there to 'crowfoot' the organization's assets. Viewers may know that the Board, also known as the SICB, is one of the regulators of the Sugar Industry in the north. We understand that Dr. Carlos Itza, one of the SICB's former employees sued them in the Supreme Court for failing to fully compensate him. Dr. Itza once served as the Chairman of the Sugar Cane Production Committee.

    Channel 5

    Alleged Drug Traffickers Appear in Court
    Eight Central American nationals were escorted to court today in handcuffs under the watchful eye of heavily armed police officers and the Gang Suppression Unit. The men were busted in [...]

    ACP Marco Vidal Suffers a Stroke
    Assistant Commissioner of Police Marco Vidal headed an early morning law enforcement operation in Belize City on Tuesday where he led just about three hundred police and B.D.F. officers into [...]

    Deconstructing the Need for a Second Anti-gang SOE
    The south side of the Old Capital was quiet today and free of gang activity.  A second curfew that will last for a month has been instituted and the police [...]

    3 Fisherman are Remanded for Charges Related to San Pedro Home Invasion
    There was a home invasion and robbery in San Pedro Town over the weekend which also involved a kidnapping. Three fishermen have been arraigned for the crime. Ruben Martinez, Mark [...]

    P.S.U. and Belmopan City Council Sign Agreement Which Includes 1.2 Acres of Land
    The Belmopan City Council and the Public Service Union settled their almost two-year long dispute over the Hilltop property in Belmopan. As a part of the settlement, the Belmopan City [...]

    Policeman Investigated for Sexual Assault in Independence
    A policeman attached to the Intermediate Southern Formation in Independence Village is under investigation following an allegation that he forced a female minor into an unlawful sexual act.  On Monday, [...]

    Steven Moss is Freed
    In the court, the murder case of Steven Moss fell apart for the prosecution, when Supreme Court Justice Colin Williams dismissed the charge against him. A discharge warrant was prepared [...]

    Respect the Law and Law Enforcement Officers
    While a state of emergency is in effect in the south side of the City, across the country, a nightly curfew for children remains in effect, despite the lifting of [...]

    U.B.F.S.U. Set to Demonstrate in Belmopan!
    There’s new development into the University of Belize’s management issues. Late this evening, the President of the UB Professor Clement Sankat issued an invitation via a press release to the [...]

    B.N.T.U. Leader Meets with U.B.F.S.U.
    National President of the Belize National Teachers Union Senator Elena Smith this afternoon met with the University of Belize Faculty and Staff Union in Belmopan as it prepares to protest [...]

    B.N.T.U. President Says Schools Are Not Ready to Open
    The B.N.T.U. President also told News Five today that schools are not ready to reopen.  In an interview, Smith expressed serious concerns, saying that many schools across the country will [...]

    B.N.T.U. President Questions Belize’s Preparedness after the P.G.I.A. Reopens
    According to Smith, teachers who are willing to return to classes are also expressing concerns for their safety and the safety of their students especially since the P.G.I.A. will reopen [...]

    G.O.B. Announces COVID-19 Unemployment Top-up Cards
    Over eighty thousand persons applied for the COVID-19 Unemployment Relief, but only forty-three thousand applications were approved. Many persons, however, complained of not having received any assistance, despite receiving a [...]

    Senate Report on Immigration Investigation Almost Completed
    It’s been years now that the immigration scandal implicating several U.D.P. ministers, including the infamous Elvin Penner, came to light. Penner is the former Minister of State for Immigration and [...]

    Christian Workers Union Submits Notice of Strike Action Against P.B.L.
    The Christian Workers Union on Wednesday submitted a notice of strike action against the Port of Belize Limited.  The staff of the P.B.L. has been protesting against a ten percent [...]

    Christopher McGann is the New N.E.B.L. Commissioner
    The 2020 season of the National Elite Basketball League was cut short in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But this season is over, and now, the league is in [...]

    B.T.B. Staff Donates School Supplies to Students of San Antonio RC School
    Seventy students of San Antonio RC School in the Orange Walk District today received an assortment of back to school supplies as part of the Belize Tourism Board staff’s community [...]

    Scotia Bank Belize Donates P.P.E.s to Belize Police Department
    Scotia Bank Belize has made a donation today; it handed over five thousand dollars to be used for personal protective equipment to the Belize Police Department. The protective face shields [...]

    LOVE FM

    PSU gets new headquarters
    After having gone through the wringer to maintain Hilltop as their headquarters, the Public Service Union (PSU) had to compromise. The Hilltop property was sold by the Belmopan City Council to Simplex Design Company Limited.

    PBL workers to protest in 21 days
    The Port of Belize Limited employees have submitted their 21 days’ notice for strike action. According to the President of the Christian Workers Union, Evan Mose Hyde, the notice is a ‘just in case’ move as the security guards are considered as essential and they would have to give ample notice to take part in the protest.

    UBFSU to hold demonstration
    The University of Belize’s Faculty and Staff Union (UBFSU) had threatened to take industrial action if their demands were not met, and tomorrow, those threats will come to fruition. The Union is holding a demonstration at 10am, commencing at the steps of the National Assembly.

    Captain Elton Bennett prepares to leave for the UK
    Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard, Captain Elton Bennett will be travelling to the United Kingdom next month to do a one-year course that would then take him up to the rank of Rear Admiral. Captain Bennett has been at the helm of the Belize Coast Guard for roughly eight months and has brought about much streamlining in the process.

    BTB donate school supplies
    Today, the Belize Tourism Board staff donated school supplies to students of San Antonio RC School Orange Walk district. Approximately 70 children from San Antonio RC School received an assortment of back to school supplies as part of the (BTB) staff’s community outreach to assist those in need during the COVID-19 crisis.

    Scotiabank donates to Rotary Club
    Scotiabank is doing their part for the community by donating $5,000 to the Rotary Club for the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the Belize Police Department. The Rotary Club will procure the PPE’s and distribute it to the members of the BPD.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Armed bandits hold up Bowen delivery truck in Cristo Rey
    Reports to BBN is that around 5:30 p.m. today, armed bandits held up a Bowen […]

    World Health Organization acknowledges “emerging evidence” that COVID-19 could be contracted through airborne transmission
    Following an open letter by over 230 scientists earlier this week, the World Health Organization […]

    New York Times list Belize as a recommendation to US tourists
    As the global COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the spike in confirmed cases in the United […]

    Scotiabank and Rotary donate to the Police Department
    Today, Scotiabank Belize handed over a donation of $5,000 to the Rotary Club for the […]

    Children’s curfew in effect; parents scolded
    A curfew for minors remains in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. according to […]

    New Scenes of Crime office rented from Barrow and Williams firm
    The Scenes of Crime division of the National Forensic Science Service (NFSS) is moving to […]

    National Security apparatus denies State of Emergency ‘fatigue’
    The newly-promulgated State of Emergency regulations, as of Tuesday morning, last for 30 days in […]

    Why another crime-related State of Emergency?
    “We had no choice,” Minister of National Security Michael Peyrefitte said Tuesday, “but to ask […]

    Flood levels continue to fall
    The National Hydrological Service of Belize informed today that flood levels are falling. The weather […]

    National Elite Basketball League welcomes new commissioner
    The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) has welcomed the new commissioner of the league, Christopher […]

    American Airlines resumes flights from Miami to the Caribbean while Florida shuts down over spike in COVID-19 cases
    The United States is leading global infections for COVID-19 with over 3 million cases prompting […]

    Blogs

    A Beautiful San Pedro Day and Chicken Boat Dreams
    Generally, I dislike a vague title like this…one that is confusing…means very little to you when you read it. The nice day part, yes…but Chicken boat dreams? But life is small right now…for many of us, confusing. Limited trips to town still (more because we are low on funds but also because it seems safest now). So for now…a pretty day and a possible ride on the Quality Poultry boat to Belize City? These things make me happy. Here are my photos.

    A Flavors of Belize Recipe: Fish Tacos
    Whilst the country remains closed to the outside world for a little longer, we know that food can transport you to another place. We know you can’t wait to see the sea again, so here’s a recipe inspired by the Caribbean Sea! These Fish Tacos, courtesy of the Flavors of Belize Cookbook, combines fresh fish fillet with soft flour tortillas and a zingy creole pepper sauce. Your first bite will transport you to a beach chair in Belize; think sand in your toes, salt in your hair, and a very happy belly.

    Belize introduces ‘Safe Corridors’ for Tourism Reopening
    As Belize prepares to reopen on August 15 to international passengers, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and Ministry of Health (MOH) prepares ‘safe corridors’ for tourism. Alongside the MOH, BTB, and other agencies, Belize continues to work to ensure all safety protocols and procedures are in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19 at reopening. As the Caribbean country enters Phase 3 of a 5-Phased Reopening Plan, BTB now opens their application process to the properties that can accommodate international guests, as per the checklist.

    International Sourcesizz

    The Top 10 Resort Hotels in Central America
    Travel and Leisure’s Top 10 Resorts in Central America have been announced! We would like to congratulate Matachica Resort - Belize, Central America , Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn from Belize for making the coveted list.

    I’m a U.S. Citizen. Where in the World Can I Go?
    Acclaimed publication The New York Times has featured Belize in a complete list of places reopening to American tourists.

    GraceKennedy signs Briana Williams as GK foods ambassador
    GraceKennedy (GK) Group CEO Don Wehby has announced that GK Foods has signed sprinter Briana Williams as its newest Brand Ambassador, effective July 1. The National Under 20 record holder will represent the GK Foods brand locally, as well in the regional and international markets, over the next three years. “We have been watching Briana's performances for some time now, and easily concluded that she would be a great addition to GraceKennedy. Her talent, discipline and focus are beyond impressive, especially at such an early stage in her career.

    Videos

  • Be a part of a CLEANER Belize ... Separate and Recycle!, 1.5min. Promotional Ad for Belize Solid Waste Management Authority.

  • KREM: Wake Up Belize, 2hr42min.

  • Live Cam - San Ignacio - Cayo, Belize - Looking over Spanish Lookout, Live cam looking west, over Spanish Lookout. The Belize-Guatemala BORDER (yes, Guatemala, it is a border because Belize is not part of your country.) is off in the distance.

  • Belize Estate & Company Ltd. - Auto Show 2020, 18min. The Summer Auto Show will take place on July 11th at 9:00 am at the Riverside Tavern. We talked with folks of the Belize Estate & Company Ltd. about the show and BEC's Summer Oil Change Promotion. David Vasquez - Sales Manager, BEC. Ryan Marin - Sales Manager, Belize Diesel & Equipment.

  • The Welcome Resource Center, 16min. The Welcome Resource Center has been working for the past seven years providing assistance to mental health patients. Over the years the services has increased and they continue to need the support of the community to aid those in need. We talked with Joyce Ellis, Administrator of the Welcome Resource Center, about the work of the center and how you can help them. She also told us about the clothing drive as they are looking for male clothing.

  • The Government of Belize & BelTRAIDE - Rolling out a MSME Support Program, 35min. The Government of Belize in collaboration with BelTRAIDE will be rolling out a MSME Support Program as part of the second phase in the COVID-19 Economic Relief initiative. We talked with Dr. Leroy Almendarez, Executive Director of BelTRAIDE, about the parameters of the assistance being offered and who will be able to access it.

  • Galen Virtual Economic Summit, 73min. Galen Virtual Economic Summit: Recovery, Continuity, Transformation: Opportunities and Innovations to adjust to the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - EDEN ELIZABETH JONES, 2min.

  • SolutionsPlus Webinar, 1hr47min. Coordination and hosting of Financial Planning Webinar

  • ANDRE PEREZ PAYS FULL TUITION OF HIGH RANKING STUDENTS, 8min.

  • Swimmers meet wild sharks and stingrays face to face in Belize, 1.5min. These swimmers in Belize were treated to an incredibly close encounter with wild sharks and stingrays. This is an are where the animals congregate to feed and breed. The are is a huge marine park that is protected. Although the animals are free to come and go as they please, they can come to no harm here.

  • Made in Belize - Nari Self Care, 14min. BELTRAIDE salutes our clients who are making waves in Belize! In this Made in Belize feature, we sat down with Sheena Gentle of Nari Self Care.@nari.bze Nari Self Care handcrafts skincare products made from all-natural ingredients. We encourage Belizeans to help build our country by buying from MSMEs.

  • Live Beach Cam - The Phoenix Resort - Ambergris Caye - San Pedro, Belize,

  • DJ TASH Soca Segment- Belize Got Talent Virtual Show (Hosted by DJ Dalla), 13min. Young Vibrant DJ Tash alongside mic man Junyah was aired live virtually on Belize Got Talent Show Hosted by DJ Dalla! DJ Tash's Soca Segment

  • Beach Around the World S1E1 - Bright Days In Belize, 24min. After the loss of her husband, a woman kept their traveling traditions alive and feels Belize's Caye Caulker is perfect for the family's future home. She brings her cousin along to find the ideal beach house with enough space for the family of six.

  • Images of Yucatan, Belize and Honduras, '03, 7min.
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    News
    Yesterday at 11:17 AM
    Application for re-opening in the tourism "safe corridor" is now available for stakeholders to fill out and submit.

    Dear Industry Partners,

    As Belize opens the PGIA to international guests on August 15, 2020, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is working along with the Ministry of Health and other agencies in ensuring safety protocols and procedures are in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We are therefore, in the first instance, re-opening in a "safe corridor" and have prepared an application form for properties who can accommodate international guests as per the checklist.

    The application form with the list of requirements can be found on our webpage HERE and should be sent electronically to licensing@belizetourismboard.org with the subject of your accommodation and the destination in which the accommodation is located. Once the signed application with all required documents have been submitted, you will receive an email of acknowledgement soon thereafter and if approved an approval letter within one week of submission.

    We look forward to approving you.

    Yours in Tourism,
    Belize Tourism Board
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    Yesterday at 11:05 AM
    The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to advise that application form for the Tourism Gold Standard Recognition Program is now available on the BTB website HERE.

    Completed applications should be submitted to qualityassurance@belizetourismboard.org for processing.

    Thereafter, an email confirming your application status or acceptance into the program will be provided.

    BTB will review submissions and corresponding details, and follow through with inspections.

    Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 227-2420 EXT 274.

    Yours in Tourism,
    Belize Tourism Board
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    Food & Recipes
    Yesterday at 10:55 AM
    Whilst the country remains closed to the outside world for a little longer, we know that food can transport you to another place. We know you can’t wait to see the sea again, so here’s a recipe inspired by the Caribbean Sea! These Fish Tacos, courtesy of the Flavors of Belize Cookbook, combines fresh fish fillet with soft flour tortillas and a zingy creole pepper sauce.

    Your first bite will transport you to a beach chair in Belize; think sand in your toes, salt in your hair, and a very happy belly.

    Ingredients

    2 pounds of red snapper filets with skin, cut into 2-inch strips
    4-tablespoons olive oil divided
    Salt and freshly grounded black pepper to taste
    4 cups cabbage, shredded
    2 tablespoons lime juice
    10 flour tortillas, 6-inch
    2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
    Creole pepper sauce
    Lime wedges for serving
    1 1/2 cups guacamole, optional

    Directions

    Brush the fish with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat until lightly charred and cooked through, approximately 10 minutes. Transfer the fish to a platter and remove the skin. In a large bowl, toss the cabbage with the remaining olive oil and lime juice. Season cabbage with salt and pepper, to taste. Warm flour tortillas and spread a dollop of guacamole on each. Top with strips of fish, tomato slices and a large spoonful of cabbage slaw.

    Serves 6

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    Yesterday at 10:48 AM

    The 2020 season of the National Elite Basketball League was cut short in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But this season is over, and now, the league is in the process of preparing for the 2021 season. To get the ball bouncing, there is a new N.E.B.L. commissioner. Christopher McGann is taking over the N.E.B.L. and he wants to ensure that the upcoming season builds on the momentum and successes of the past seasons. McGann is no stranger to the sport; he played at the semi-pro level for two seasons in 2014 and 2015. But he also has a master’s degree in banking and finance and has worked in various research and managerial positions. So with that extensive experience, we asked McGann about this new role in the sport.

    On the Phone: Christopher McGann, Commissioner, NEBL

    “At this moment, I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with the league to try and continue to build on the growth and progress that it has made so far. Regarding this challenging time that we are in as a nation, as a region, as a world, I think we have to be guided by the public health regulations and guidelines and hopefully we can get back to doing what we love, playing basketball at the highest level and producing a family product so that people can come out and see it. I am hopeful to learn from all my experiences. I was fortunate enough to play many moons ago, it seems and I think at this moment, the most important thing is to sort of reach out to the individual team owners collectively, find out what are their concerns; reach out to the other stakeholders so that I can get a mandate from them as to how we can plan to bring back the next season of NEBL basketball.”

    Channel 5


    The National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) is pleased to introduce the new commissioner of the league. Mr. Christopher McGann has been selected as the commissioner and he is tasked to ensure that the 2021 season continues to build on the momentum and successes of the past seasons. Mr. McGann holds a Master’s Degree in Banking and Finance and has worked in various research and managerial positions in Belize. Mr. McGann has extensive experience in financial management and analysis and strategic plan development and execution. Christopher also played in the inaugural 2014 NEBL season with Belmopan Bandits and 2015 with Hurricanes. He is originally from Belmopan, but presently resides in Belize City. The league is excited to embrace this new transition in its leadership and administrative structure as it prepares for the upcoming 2021 season amidst the existing pandemic.

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    07/08/20 05:31 PM


    Live cam looking west, over Spanish Lookout. The Belize-Guatemala BORDER (yes, Guatemala, it is a border because Belize is not part of your country.) is off in the distance.
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    07/08/20 05:25 PM
    The current status of the tourism industry and its recovery remains paramount for the Belizean economy to stabilize and recover from the negative impacts of the pandemic. All public and private sector stakeholders must unite and join forces to maximize the resources available. The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) will be hosting a forum to welcome key stakeholders from the private and public sectors and members of the BTIA to an all-day session to strategize and chart the way forward compounding our resources and capabilities in a unified manner.

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    Specials and Events

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    The San Pedro Sun

    UDP to elect its new party leader this weekend
    On Sunday July 12th, the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) will attempt for a second time to elect a new party leader to replace retiring and long-time head of the party and Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow. The leadership convention scheduled to take place at the ITVET Centre in Belize City will see three UDP Ministers, Former Minister of National Security, Honourable John Saldivar, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Honourable Patrick Faber and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable Wilfred Elrington.

    Three Ambergris Caye Fishermen arraigned and remanded for Attempted Kidnapping, Burglary and Wounding
    On Monday, July 6th, fishermen Ruben Avalos Martinez, Mark Hernandez and David Lopez of the San Mateo Subdivision were arraigned at the San Pedro Magistrate Court after being charged for the crime of Attempted Kidnapping, along with Burglary and Wounding. They were remanded to the Belize Central Prison and are scheduled to return to court on October 7, 2020. The incident took place on Saturday, July 4th, at a residence in San Mateo.

    Various Belizean Sources

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    Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
    Wednesday July 8th Meal pick ups. Location: Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

    La Isla Carinosa Academy Open for Registration
    We welcome you to register for our new school year 2020-2021. Feel free to visit our office during any of the specified dates. You must wear a mask and be conscious of social distancing when visiting our office. Note: registration after 15th of July will incur a late registration fee.

    School Re-opening at La Isla Carinosa Academy
    On 10th August, we open LICA with a whole new way of living...face masks, face shields, social distancing, sanitizing very regularly, daily temperature screening, and SOP manual to follow. So, we bought a bunch of face masks, face shields, and infrared thermometers to ensure the safety, protection, and wellbeing of our LICA community. This week, we start measuring and marking for social distance. We must keep all members of our LICA community protected.

    "Golitos" Football Marathon
    Over the weekend, the San Pedro Sports Committee organized a "Golitos" Football Marathon for males and females. Over 16 male teams and 6 female teams signed but in the end, Las Piratas placed first and the Goal Strikers placed second in the female category. Placing first in the male category were the Malandros defeating Rony's Boys who placed second. Kudos to all the teams that participated and a great job to the organizers of the marathon for creating these events for the community to enjoy.

    Ms. Velma Melendez Passes away
    Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to extend its sincere condolences to family and friends of Ms. Velma Melendez on her sad passing. Ms. Velma was dear to the community and we will miss her singing at the various Karaoke events, especially for the Dia de San Pedro Karaoke competition. We hope her family and friends find the strength in each other to overcome this great loss. May her soul rest in peace.

    San Pedro Town Public Library Summer Program 2020
    The San Pedro Town Public Library is hosting its annual summer program starting Monday July 13th ends July 17th from 9:00am to 11:30am. For further information you can call us at 206-2028

    San Pedro Public Library Literacy Camp- Conservation
    San Pedro Town Public Library is pleased to present this year's Literacy Camp.Children ages 6-14 are invited to join us on July 24th until July 28th from 9:00 am- 11:00am.This event is free of cost. This year the camp will focus on conservations. Children will learn practical ways to practice conservation at home and in their environment. This activity aims to foster an appreciation for our environment.

    Think Positive and Shine
    Interactive session to learn quick and effective ways on how to enhance your customer experience to boost sales.

    COROZAL: 4 EMPTY BLUE PLASTIC BARRELS APPEAL/a>
    If you or someone you know has four (4) spare empty barrels to donate or sell we would be truly grateful. The barrels are to be used for our decorated trash barrel project in Corozal. Either call 602-2126 or inbox us through this news blog.

    Multiple United Airlines repatriation flights from Belize
    United Airlines and the Government of Belize are providing a weekly repatriation flight from Belize City to Houston, TX every Friday until Philip Goldson International Airport opens on Saturday August 15, 2020. Flights are planned for the following dates (7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/07, and 8/14). United Airlines Flight UA 2421 departs Belize at 13:55 pm and arrives in Houston, TX at 17:32 pm. Please make a reservation directly with United Airlines at www.United.com.

    Deep Dive Talks
    This Thursday, Deep Dive Talks is back with our latest guest, local artist and fisherman, Ernest Garcia. We're excited to be talking to Mr. Garcia about not only his well-known marine life artistry, but also how he balances expressing his creativity with his long-time love of fishing. Join us on Instagram Live this Thursday, July 9th at 12:30PM CST as Oceana's Toledo Field Representative, Analee Chuc, chats with Ernest about his life, work and connection to the Caribbean Sea.

    Tourism Gold Standard Training Webinars
    The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is offering a series of Tourism Gold Standard Training Webinars for all accommodation stakeholders. The webmars. which you can attend from the comfort of your home/ office using a computer or mobile device, will be delivered online and include a lively question and answer segment. These sessions will feature specific topics from the Tourism Gold Standard Health and Safety Protocols for Accommodations and Restaurants, particularly to assist employees with implementation. All sessions are offered twice to provide more opportunities for all stakeholders to benefit.

    COVID-19 Update | July 7, 2020
    A further 63 samples were tested today for SARS-CoV2 and all have turned out to be negative. Please continue to listen to the official sources of information and we all should continue to take the necessary prevention measures as they become a part of our new norms. Changing our behaviour as we move along with this pandemic will prove to be a vital element in addressing any further cases of COVID-19.

    Metal Haven Benque Double Header
    Metal Haven is having a double header this Saturday in Benque. It starts at La Playa, where Jose and Romario will do an acoustic set, and then moves to El Bohemio, where Kumar Quiroz and As Moonlight Falls will perform.

    Scholarship opportunity. Masters in Public Policy and Good Governance
    The Helmut-Schmidt-Programme is designed to academically qualify future leaders in the fields of social & political science, law, economics, public policy and administration according to the principles of Good Governance and to prepare them in a praxis-oriented course for their professional life. The programme offers highly qualified graduates with a first university degree the chance to obtain a master’s degree in disciplines that are of special relevance for the social, political and economic development of their home country.

    Channel 7

    Fast As Lightning, Hard As Thunder, Another Southside SOE
    Two weekend murders and a rise in armed robberies has prompted the state to declare another Southside state of emergency. It went into effect this morning at 3:00 am. And while you were sleeping, all gang neighbourhoods on the Southside were roused from their sleep by as many as 300 hundred police officers conducting raids and sweeps. The Minister of National Security explained the reasoning at a press conference this evening at the Raccoon Street police station:

    Police’s Rapid No-nonsense Response
    Now, the last Southside State of Emergency started on March 18th, and finished 30 days later. When it was done, the Police Commissioner Chester Williams wanted that another one would be put into effect at the sound of the first gunshot. And he has held true to that promise. Belize City had seen no gang murders since April - until last weekend. This evening, the Commissioner outlined a rapid and no nonsense response to a rising wave of crime:

    Ops Commander Vidal: We Arrested 99
    The cop coordinating the response on the ground was commander of operations ACP Marco Vidal. The former GSU creator and commander is known for his hard nosed approach, and he gave an outline of what was done in the city - and to those gangsters who fled the city to escape the police dragnet: "This morning between 3a.m. and 11a.m. we launched the operation that was mentioned earlier by the commissioner targeting ten gangs in the south side of Belize City. The primary focus, however, was two sections or two gangs; the Ghost Town gang and the South Side Gang and its immediate affiliates..."

    Is SOE The Only Tool That Police Have?
    So, while many in the public may applaud the police for the get-tough, rapid response. Others might ask, why such a drastic measure? A state of emergency suspends many of a citizen's fundamental rights - and infringes on the presumption of innocence and due judicial process. After all, many might say, shouldn't the police have other tools at their disposal? Rather than mass incarceration and suspension of citizens' right? The Commissioner explained that - as he sees it - convicting gangsters is difficult:

    Kicking In Doors At Dawn
    And while the Commissioner is receiving facebook praise for swift and decisive actions against gang members, as we told you earlier, he has his detractors. And in the wake of the new Southside state of emergency Cherisse Halsall found a trail of kicked in doors and shaken citizens. Here is that story. It was between 4:00 and 6:00 this morning when the Police and the GSU unleashed their own brand of violence on the southside of Belize City. This surveillance video from the home of Doris Grant in the Yabra area shows a mobile pulling up to her front yard and unloading a swarm of officers.

    Cops Answer Complainers
    AND, the press challenged those at the head-table about the complaints from the family members of these detained gang members. Some of the residents, as you saw in our story, was alleging police excess and damage to property.

    COMPOL Scolds Parents of G's
    And while Commissioner Williams was not entertaining those complaints, he also had harsh words for parents of those criminally involved young men who he has previously referred to as "animals." He said that it's no time to cry for hardened criminals: "And to the parents who continue to tolerate your children to behave like monsters among us..."

    Not All Detained will Be Jailed
    So, to recap, the Police have detained 99 gang members. These are persons who, according to their intelligence gathered, are either involved in some way with the two gang-related murders this weekend in the City, or the plans for retaliation against family members and friends of the deceased men. Finally, some of these detained individuals were picked up because police linked them to the recent spike in crimes such as armed robberies and the extortion of business owners. The press challenged the police on the possibility that the State of Emergency operations this morning led to the detention of gang members who are trying to stay out of trouble.

    Stevedores Upset: Institute Go-Slow At The Port
    Last week we took you to the Port of Belize where full-time staff hd commence a lunchtime protest of their 10% pay cuts. Those measures were escalated today when a go-slow was put into effect. The idea is to hit their employer where it hurts: on the bottom line. Now, PBL already claims that its bottom line was hurting due to COVID, and that's why these pay cuts were made. Now, the workers want the Port to feel deeper pain. This afternoon, as his colleagues chanted and hoisted signs in the air, Staff Rep Will Lambey told us that the go-slow is a completely separate action from a 21-day notice to strike.

    PSE Settles Hilltop Fight
    Tonight, the fight between the Belmopan City Council and the Public Service Union over the union's Hilltop Headquarters is over. The Union has entered an out-of-court settlement with the Council and the Government, and sometime next month, it will vacate that land, and leave it to the private company which the Council sold it to. You probably remember that very public dispute that the PSU had with the Belmopan City Council. In 2018, the Council sold the Union's Hilltop Property to the private company, Simplex Designs Limited. The union complained bitterly about this transaction because this property had been their base of operations for almost 20 years. They were claiming that the Council ought to have given them the first opportunity to purchase the land.

    Man Escaped Kidnappers, They Cleaned Out His House
    Tonight, we report on a very usual kidnapping attempt that occurred on the island town of San Pedro. 34-year-old Virgilio Gomez Alverto, a Honduran laborer from the island, has reported to police that 3 men attacked him at his home, and tried to force him onto a boat. When he escaped, the culprits burglarized his home and stole several of his appliances. Alverto says it all started at 11:00 on Saturday morning, he was at home in the San Mateo Area of San Pedro when 3 familiar men entered his home. One carried a machete, another had a knife, and, the other, a piece of stick.

    PUP Asks Court to Injunct PM
    For the past few weeks, we've been reporting on the PUP and the UDP's fight over a January judgement given by the former Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. He found that the Prime Minister, as Minister of Finance and the Financial Secretary violated the constitution when they spent public funds without first getting parliamentary approval. And while that is what he said in court, Benjamin never delivered his formal judgement in writing, and so the government is calling it a non decision and carrying on like it never happened.

    PUP Blasts Brad’s "Boledo" Contract Renewal
    Last week we told you that Brad's gaming company had been granted another ten-year contract for Boledo/Lottery. Well, the PUP is not impressed. The Opposition says, quote: "Even in times of crisis, and cuts in critical sectors, it is business as usual for the UDP."

    Min. Nat. Sec. Renting From PM's Law Firm, Barrow and Williams
    Today's police press conference announcing the State of Emergency for Southside Belize City gave the press an opportunity to ask Police Minister Michael Peyrefitte about the plan for the Scenes Of Crime Personnel. Reports are the Government is entertaining the possibility of renting office spaces from Barrow and Williams, the Prime Minister's law firm building, which is located on Albert Street. The media asked Peyrefitte about that today, and he said that Gian Cho, the Director of the National Forensic Science Service, made the informed choice:

    Wilfred Waffles
    He's offering himself for leader of the UDP in 5 days, but Wilfred Elrington does not sound like a man on a mission. In a wholly mystifying interview with LOVE TV yesterday, he said he's in it, but not necessarily to win it: "My name is still in the race and it will remain there until after the procedure is finished on Sunday. I have had the opportunity to meet with most of the delegates. For one reason or the other I can't tell you that my support has been strong, I can't tell you that. Really, I was of two minds. One mind told me, don't get involved..."

    Thinking Beyond a Southside SOE
    As we showed you at the top of the news, 99 suspected gangsters are off the jail, and more are being sought. But, while the Southside state of emergency is a quick fix to create peace, it is not and could never be a long term solution for Southside crime - which is caused by structural poverty and violence. Today the Commissioner and the AG spoke about some alleged gangsters who were locked up the first time around and seemed to have gotten the message - so were spared this time. But, then there is the issue of long term containment of crime and lawlessness. Here's that:

    US Court Says Belizean has to Pay 138 Million in 30 Days
    A US District Court in Maryland says a Belizean man has 30 days to find 138.7 million US dollars to pay the Federal Trade Commission or risk jail time. John Usher, the Stann Creek resident who was allegedly the point man for the Sanctuary Belize scam has been found individually liable for multiple violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act. The Federal court found that Usher has formulated, directed, controlled, various fraudulent activities related to the Sanctuary Bay scam. It concludes that Usher willfully controlled and participated in the fraudulent scheme.

    PUP Rep Blasts Former BAHA Exec Director
    PUP shadow minister of agriculture, Orange Walk South's Jose Mai is on the attack against former Executive Director for BAHA, Emir Cruz. Cruz retired at the end of March after 7 years at BAHA. As part of his exit package, he got to take home his Director's vehicle, a 2016 Isuzu D-Max for a few thousand dollars. And while far form ideal, from our long observation of party politics in government, this kind of four-wheeled sendoff is not unusual; in fact, it's pretty standard. But, for Jose Mai, it sends the worst message - especially when Baha is facing budget cute. We spoke to him about it via zoom yesterday:

    Channel 5

    Another S.O.E. for South Side Belize City Amid Spike in Gang Violence
    At three o’clock this morning, another state of emergency came into effect in certain parts of Southside Belize City.  Police believe that the S.O.E. will abate gang activity and other [...]

    Are There Any Signs of S.O.E. Fatigue on Belizeans?
    The anti-gang state of emergency bookends the national state of emergency that expired on June thirtieth to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Effectively, the south side of Belize City has [...]

    Innocent Citizens Need not Worry About Dragnet
    Concerns from residents from the neighbourhoods that were swept by police this morning are centered around innocent citizens being corralled into the roundup.  While several persons complained loudly about damage [...]

    Families Want Justice for Slain Men
    The state of emergency for the south side of the city is a temporary measure of thirty days to prevent further bloodshed and other violence in the streets of the [...]

    5 Suspects in Both Murders are Detained
    Late this evening, the Commissioner of Police confirmed that a number of persons were taken into custody and questioned on their possible involvement in the murders of Faber and Miles. [...]

    Scenes of Crime Moves to Former Barrow and Williams Building
    The Attorney General also addressed today another issue that is bubbling. The Scenes of Crime team is being relocated from the Queen Street Police Station to a new home in [...]

    Quarter Billion-Dollar Judgment Handed Down Against John Usher
    A U.S. District Court in Maryland has handed down one of the biggest judgements against a local businessman in a case which has been described as one of the biggest [...]

    P.U.P. Asks Courts to Formalized Judgment against PM Barrow
    In the local courts, Opposition Leader John Briceño and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Julius Espat have made an application seeking that the Chief Justice’s ruling against Prime Minister [...]

    A Peaceful End to the Hilltop Property Dispute
    The Public Service Union saga on the Hilltop property has come to a peaceful conclusion. In what was to have been a case management in a counter-claim made by Simplex [...]

    P.U.P. Says Boledo Contract to Brads Stinks of Cronyism
    The ten-year contract for the administration of the lottery is coming under fire from the People’s United Party. Brads Gaming Company was awarded the contract by the government last week; [...]

    M.O.H. Calls on Public to Adhere to Healthy and Safety Measures
    Last week, Belize confirmed six new cases of COVID-19. The most recent patients were two Belizeans who entered the country illegally, but were placed under quarantine upon their entry.  They [...]

    Chetumal Placed Under Quarantine – Again!
    Chetumal has been placed under quarantine, again. That’s the news coming from our neighbours in the north. Televisa Quintana Roo, a Mexican news outlet, reports that the Secretary of Public [...]

    Sedi Opines on COVID-19 and the Economy
    COVID-19 continues to ravage countries around the world, including our Central and North American neighbors.  With Belize heavily reliant on the economies of Mexico and the United States, any downward [...]

    Prolonged Pantry and Unemployment Relief is Unsustainable
    While government’s relief initiatives, including the pantry and unemployment relief programmes, have gone a long way in helping families in need amid these COVID times, the granting of monies, as [...]

    CARICOM is Watching Guyana’s Political Impasse Closely
    While we spoke to the Foreign Minister on Monday, we also asked him about the situation in Guyana. Guyana is entering its fifth month of political deadlock since the results [...]

    San Pedro Man Claims Police Brutality
    There is another report tonight of the police abuse.  A man in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye is claiming that two police officers barged into his house at around eight-thirty on [...]

    Off Duty Cops are Off Duty at Non-Compliance Establishments
    The Commissioner of Police has complained about patrons of bars and nightclubs who are not complying with the measures in place to battle the pandemic. Chester Williams also says that [...]

    A Youth Summer Basketball Camp in the City
    Summer camps have been late to start this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, in fact, a number of organizations will not be conducting the popular programmes. But over [...]

    Amandala

    Drug plane, bound for Belize, crashes in Chetumal
    On Saturday night, a suspected drug plane that was being tracked from South America and appeared to be headed toward Belize’s airspace, made police scramble and deploy to a likely area where they believed it would land, and on their arrival at Chunox, they saw a road that was lighted with lanterns — in order to make it function as a runway. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams said that police took up a position and awaited the landing of the plane on the road, but the plane appeared, then circled the area, but it did not land. The plane then went across to an area in a nearby Mexican town, where it crash-landed, and not long after it burst into flames.

    Police charge 4 men for Scotiabank robbery
    Suspected bank robber, Gasman Henry Young, Jr., 24, of Belize City, who was one of five men who reportedly robbed a Scotiabank customer who was making a deposit at the bank’s Belama branch at about 3:00 yesterday afternoon, died after he was shot by police while trying to escape. The thieves, who stole a money bag from a depositor at the bank, which contained over $20,000 in cash and over $11,000 in checks, were confronted by police in the parking lot of the bank as they were getting away, and police fired at them. There was then a high-speed chase as the robbers drove from the parking lot into Henderson Street and towards Seashore Drive.

    Shaquille Raheem Myles, 23, executed by brazen gunman
    Shaquille Raheem Myles, 23, a laborer of Los Lagos, Belize District, was shot to death at about 7:00 Saturday evening. Myles and his friends were socializing at the corner of Waight Street and Fabers Road when a man, whose identity is not yet known, came up and shot Myles. The shooter then escaped. Myles ran into Fabers Road, where he collapsed. He had been shot in the head and chest.

    Raheem Faber, 20, shot and killed on Mayflower
    Raheem Faber, 20, a stevedore of the Yarborough area who foretold his death in April 2018, was shot and killed at about 11:30 Friday night in a yard on Mayflower Street. Police said that Faber was in the yard socializing with friends when a gunman rode up on a bicycle and shot him in the head and body, then rode away. All the persons in the yard scrambled for cover, and Faber ran out of the yard and toward Pine Street to escape, but he collapsed on the street.

    29th and 30th cases of COVID-19
    On March 23, 2020, Belize identified its first case of COVID-19, an unidentified woman of San Pedro, and ever since then, the nation’s government and health services have been on full alert. The island of San Pedro was put under quarantine, and when other cases were found in the Belize, Cayo, and Corozal Districts, the entire nation was put under near total lockdown for the entire month of April. The efforts were successful; in the first wave of the disease in Belize, there were only 18 cases, and 2 unfortunate deaths.

    Chon Saan goes after City Hall for old UDP bill
    The United Democratic Party Belize City Council that was led by Mayor Darrell Bradley left a paper trail of unpaid bills and other questionable financial transactions. The latest unpaid tab left by the previous council resurfaced on June 12, 2020, when attorney Mikhail Arguelles wrote the Belize City Council’s Senior Financial Manager, Rosalie Perez, on behalf of his client, Lee Mark Chang, owner of Chon Saan Restaurant. The subject of the letter was “re property tax arrangement.”

    Corporal accused of gun license fraud is released on bail
    Corporal Donald Pinelo of the Belmopan police was charged yesterday in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court with 6 counts of forging official documents. No plea was taken and he was offered bail of $10,000 with 2 sureties of $5,000 each. Pinelo was able to meet bail and was ordered to return to court on Wednesday, October 28. He was prohibited from leaving the country without getting permission from the court.

    Court acquits Ontario laborer accused of stabbing caretaker
    Glenford Patterson, 27, a laborer of Ontario, who had been remanded since October 2018 on charges of attempted murder, aggravated burglary and use of deadly means of harm, was taken today to the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court, where he appeared in front of Magistrate Johnelle Villanueva for the committal of the case against him to a trial in the Supreme Court. But after examining the evidence produced by the defense and the prosecution, the trial magistrate found that the accused had not been properly identified. Patterson’s attorney, Hurl Hamilton, made a no-case submission, and the magistrate agreed, and Patterson was acquitted.

    Light & Peace Basketball Summer Camp 2020 under way
    With the lifting of the State of Emergency at the end of June, activity has immediately picked up in the sporting community, although the major competitive sports like football and basketball will take some time to get their new competitions under way. One area of activity that has quickly surged forward is the traditional “summer camps” for boys and girls during their school holidays, which have been much longer than usual this year, most schools having been closed from late March on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Never forget the horrific Destruction of Libya”!
    In March of 2011, the “black” president of the United State Barack Obama, his VP Joe Biden and his warmonger Secretary of state Hillary Clinton green-lighted one of the most genocidal military attacks in modern history upon the independent and sovereign African nation of Libya. Not only was this a premeditated attack on Libya, but indeed an armada of the entire Western military alliance of NATO led the terror of a violent invasion. It was an arrogant and paternalistic show of white supremacy on a global scale.

    BPP leader says GOB must keep the PGIA closed to Americans, Mexicans and Guatemalans
    Ever since Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced that the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) will be open for commercial flights to jumpstart the tourism industry, many Belizeans have taken to social media to object to the opening of the airport. The objections were made by concerned individuals, however, and none of those objections had come from any organized group until now.

    Police to escort depositors to the banks
    Police will now escort representatives of businesses who are making bank deposits. The announcement was made today by Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams. The initiative is being undertaken to prevent the robbery of bank depositors, who have become a target of criminals. Commissioner Williams said that business owners can now call the Police Department to arrange for officers to escort depositors to the bank.

    Editorial: 10-year Boledo contract for Brads — 4 months before election
    It is not impossible that privatizing the Boledo, handing it to Brads Gaming Company Ltd. to run for ten years, was an extremely wise decision by the UDP government in 2009. Our national treasury was gaining less than $1 million from the game, and the contract reportedly called for $2 million annually as a licensing fee, and business tax. It is generally accepted that private businesses are run more efficiently than public ones, and it was common knowledge that the big vendors were skimming the profits of the Boledo; however, many felt that if government kept the game and put in a little effort to arrest the larceny, the gains for the national treasury would be greater than what we would get, have gotten, from privatizing it.

    Belizean Justin Williams No. 8 in Top 50 of Cycling News’ most influential people in cycling
    Thanks to a phone call to the Krem WUB this morning from another former Cross Country champion, Matthew Smiling, we entered a Google search and confirmed what Smiling shared, that two-time Belize Holy Saturday Cross Country Champion, Justin Williams had been named the No. 8 most influential person in cycling by the prestigious Cycling News international publication. Only two active cyclists are included in the seven individuals higher on the list than Justin.

    Sedi playing at leader maker
    I already told you that Sedi is no longer ready, for if he was, he wouldn’t be losing all these cases. In his youth, Sedi was invincible, and in his old age he is being battered, kicked around like ball on field. If I come over mean, forgive me, it’s only an effort to be truthful about what has happened to the gentleman’s cerebral powers, how it has eroded, naturally, because of inexorable Father Time. Oh no, I absolutely don’t like to see him being pummeled in the courts by foreigners. Atta dehn noh smaata than we!

    Dr. Jerome celebrates his 59th: March 7, 1987 …
    For the next few years all our affairs progressed at a timely pace, with no exceptional challenges facing either our country or the members of the extended family. In time the staffing of the hospital reached a comfortable stage, where Jerome and all members of the Surgery section, particularly, could be allowed to take their annual two weeks’ vacation, at least, while accumulating days towards their eventual long leave, without serious disruption to the work of the department.

    Hundreds of elephants are mysteriously dying in Botswana – a conservationist explains what we know
    Worrying news has recently come to light: hundreds of elephants have been found dead in Botswana, and as yet, there is no clear cause of death. But as an expert in elephants and their conservation, I believe we can at least rule out a few possible answers. Here’s what we do know: the first deaths were reported in March, but significant numbers were only recorded from May onwards. To date, it’s thought that the death toll stands at nearly 400 elephants of both sexes and all ages. Most of the deaths have occurred near the village of Seronga on the northern fringes of the Okavango Delta, a vast swampy inland region that hosts huge wildlife populations. Many of the carcasses have been found near to water.

    The Reporter

    Assistant Police Commissioner Marco Vidal Hospitalized
    There is a report that Assistant Commissioner of Police, Marco Vidal, is being hospitalized at a private hospital in Belize City after preliminary reports indicate he experienced breathing difficulties and "stroke-like" symptoms. The Head of Operations is said to have experienced the health difficulties after a late evening Police press conference on Tuesday, during which he and Police Commissioner, Chester Williams informed the nation of a State of Emergency imposed on the south side of Belize City.

    LOVE FM

    Hilltop Headquarters Saga comes to an end
    The saga involving the Public Service Union’s (PSU) Hilltop Headquarters in Belmopan has come to an end – and a happy one at that. This morning, the matter was settled in court at no cost to either of the three parties.

    Operations of the Belize Coast Guard during covid-19
    The three arms of the Ministry of National Security have had to work closer than every during the covid-19 endemic in order to ensure the safety of Belizeans. The Belize Coast Guard has been going above and beyond to assist in maintaining the State of Emergency regulations on sea as well as on land.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Tests return negative; Belize monitors 9 active cases of COVID-19
    Today, a further 63 samples were tested for COVID-19 and all have turned out to […]

    Police Eastern Division steps up presence in wake of recent murders
    Belize City residents have been greeted since Monday with regular checkpoints, stop-and-search operations and more mobile […]

    Five accused men held for weekend murders
    The Commissioner of Police Chester Williams confirmed to us that three persons are detained for […]

    State of Emergency: ‘The best weapon’
    According to Minister Michael Peyrefitte, law-abiding citizens have nothing to fear from another state of […]

    PUP calls out Government for renewal of national lottery contract for Brads
    Brads Gaming Group Limited (formerly Brads Gaming Company) will continue to administer the national lottery […]

    Marco Vidal: 99 arrested, more to come
    Ten gangs are under target in Belize City, according to ACP for Operations Marco Vidal. […]

    Commissioner to city criminals: You have been warned
    The Commissioner of Police, as he promised yesterday, has responded swiftly to the increased level […]

    Minister of National Security announces return to State of Emergency for parts of Belize City
    Minister of National Security Michael Peyrefitte has announced that as a temporary measure, the Governor […]

    China leads race for global COVID-19 vaccine
    China, the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, is leading the global race in finding a […]

    Belizean Defence Force Soldier graduates from U.S. Academy
    The Belize Defence Force (BDF) has announced with hearty congratulations the graduation of Warrant Officer […]

    Five years later, still no justice for Kareem Clarke
    It has been five years since Amandala journalist Kareem “Reemo” Clarke, 27, was murdered, but […]

    Reward out for Raheem Faber’s killer
    Police are offering a reward of up to $2,000 for the capture of the person/persons […]

    San Ignacio/Santa Elena Town Council, stakeholders host ‘Fireball’ business meeting
    Today, the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council is hosting a meeting for the […]

    Brazilian President Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19
    CNN reports that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro personally announced on Brazilian TV channels today, Tuesday […]

    Ambassadors to discuss re-opening of Caribbean At Zoom Town Hall
    The ambassadors of multiple Caribbean countries including Belize have been invited to discuss how their […]

    $2,000 reward offered in Raheem Myles murder investigation
    Authorities are offering a reward for information regarding the murder of Raheem Myles, 23. Police […]

    University of Belize outlines cost-saving measures for surviving COVID-19 pandemic
    The University of Belize (UB) has issued a memo sharing some of its proposed action […]

    Wrong is Wrong
    By Lisa Shaman: I look at my UNIBAM rubber bracelet from 12 years ago. It says WE ARE ONE IN DIGNITY AND RIGHTS. Here we go. None of us is free from discrimination and injustice until we are all free. When I was Counsel to UNIBAM there were a few times […]

    Blogs

    Answers to MANY Questions About the August 15th Re-Opening
    Yesterday I wrote a post about what the Caribbean and Central Americas countries re-opening or not re-opening. Two weeks ago, we got a set date – August 15th. But there are LOTS of restrictions and safety measures – and last night, we got the answer to many of our questions. In an effort to keep all travellers to Belize informed, we are providing the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 below. We do invite you to consider postponing, rather than cancelling your vacation, and visiting our beautiful jewel in the near future when these restrictions are reduced. Kindly take note of our Frequently Asked Questions and all official updates from our Ministry of Health below to keep updated.

    Nine Places to See During your Belize Vacation
    Often times, visitors want to know the local hotspots for the must-do adventures to have when vacationing in Belize. If we had to choose some of the must-see sights and excursions in Belize, these nine places would undoubtedly make the list. Belize Barrier Reef, The Great Blue Hole, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, The mystical ATM Cave, Xunantunich Maya Ruins, Caracol Maya Ruins, Monkey River, The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center, & Mountain Pine Ridge.

    Driving Times between Belize Destinations
    Belize is a small country, but some of our major destinations are still at least a half day’s road trip away from one another. Here’s what to expect when driving between major towns and cities in Belize. Plus, road and weather conditions can add to your travel time, especially if you drive at night. Driving is a good way to see Belize on your schedule. Belize has some incredibly scenic roads and highways. They rarely have a lot of traffic, and they’re fun to drive on. Stay safe by using common sense, obeying the speed limit and keeping an eye out for other drivers. Some side roads may not be lit at night, so bear that in mind when planning a road trip.

    What to know about coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel to Belize
    As the coronavirus situation evolves around the world, we will provide regular updates to help you make informed decisions about your Belize travel plans.

    International Sourcesizz

    WHO acknowledges 'evidence emerging' of airborne spread of COVID-19
    The World Health Organization on Tuesday acknowledged “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, after a group of scientists urged the global body to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease passes between people. “We have been talking about the possibility of airborne transmission and aerosol transmission as one of the modes of transmission of COVID-19,” Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead on the COVID-19 pandemic at the WHO, told a news briefing.

    The 7 colors of the Bacalar Lagoon begin to disappear due to excessive tourism: UNAM
    Just half an hour from Chetumal, the Bacalar Lagoon is considered an emerging national destination, driven largely by the excess of sargassum in the Mexican Caribbean and the tourist developments that are increasingly expanding from the extreme north of Quintana Roo, to the border with Belize. The increase in its popularity as an alternative destination in the southeast of Mexico thanks to its unique lagoon and its strategic location on the way to Chetumal, have caused in less than five years that the number of travelers has increased exponentially.

    Your Sunscreen Is Probably Hurting the Ocean. Here's What to Do About It.
    I was at a surf competition on Oahu’s North Shore in early February, watching a crew of Brazilians do battle with Banzai Pipeline, when the heat’s live commentary was interrupted by a PSA. With a banal, “I know you’ve heard this a thousand times before” intonation, a voice reminded the thousands of spectators gathered along the beach to only use reef-safe sunscreens while enjoying the Volcom Pipe Pro. The broadcaster listed a couple chemicals that seemed difficult to pronounce, thanked a brand or two and then promptly transitioned to talking about açaí bowls. That, apparently, was that.

    Videos

  • Stone Kraab Grill & Bar, 24min. Tim August is the Chef at Stone Kraab Grill & Bar. The lobster season is now open and so today he shared a recipe to add to your repertoire.

  • University of Belize - Update Segment 1, 24min. University of Belize officials were our guests to discuss the current crisis at the National University. They outlined the plans to adjust to the impact of COVID-19 and preparation underway for the new academic year. They also clarified the University's position on student fees and proposed salary cuts. Professor Emeritus Dr. Clement Sankat - President, University of Belize. G.A. Harrison Pilgrim - Chairman, University of Belize Board of Trustees.

  • University of Belize - Update Segment 2, 40min.

  • Belize Chamber & Commerce & Industry - Introduction to Digital Marketing, 14min.

  • University of Belize Faculty & Staff Union - State of Affairs, 44min.

  • Belize Network of NGOs - National Recovery Strategy, 41min.

  • BELIZE snorkeling with sharks in Belize, 2min. Belize - the second largest coral reef in the world. Marine Reserve Hol Chan, SharkAley and Coral Garden, snorkeling with sharks, turtles, stingrays on coral reefs accompanied by local guides Carlos and Salvador. A real travel experience.

  • Cave World Adventures Bats in Belize, 1min. The Curtain Room inside Actun Chapat cave in Belize Largest Cave in Central America

  • Launch of the Belize Open Government Plan Development: Public Discussion, 82min. In advancing open government in Belize through a multi-stakeholder co-creation approach, the Trust for the Americas and the Organization of the American States (OAS), are supporting during 2020 the process for developing Belize’s first open government action plan. The Action Plan is intended to serve as the instrument to orient the actions of stakeholders in Belize to accomplish certain open government commitments that are identified and agreed by government and non-government in different topics and/or sectors.

  • "Couch Potato Sharks" Snorkeling with Nurse Sharks Caye Caulker Belize - Our Fly Ocean, 1min. Nurse sharks are known as the "Couch Potato" of Sharks in the Shark world. They are able to stay still in contrast to bigger sharks like the Great White who need to keep swimming in order to breathe. This video was filmed off the coast of Caye Caulker, Belize.

  • Ministry of Human Development Downtown Rejuvenation Project, 3.5min. Here is a short video on the history of the new Women and Family Support Department Building that will be open this month. The new building located on Albert Street is a collaboration between the Ministry to Tourism and Civil Aviation (Downtown Rejuvenation Project) and the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation.
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    News
    07/08/20 11:33 AM

    There is another report tonight of the police abuse.  A man in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye is claiming that two police officers barged into his house at around eight-thirty on Monday night, beat him with his machete, tried to stab him, and threatened his life. According to Gabriel Zelaya, he was home in the DFC area when the officers entered his residence asking for marijuana. Zelaya told the officers that he has no drugs and that is when the officers used force on him. Zelaya says that doctors have categorized his injuries as harm.

    On the Phone: Gabriel Zelaya, Alleges Police Brutality

    “They came in here and they wanted to know where I have the weed. I am explaining to them that, which weed. I don’t know anything about any weed. They took me in my room and started to beat me up for no reason and told me to tell them where is the weed. I explained to them that I don’t have any marijuana. I have a machete in my house that I use to chop yard and  that is when they took the machete and he just flank me across my back. He wanted to know where is the weed. I told them I don’t have any weed. The other one just stamped me down to the ground and pulled out his knife and threatened to kill me. The man hold the knife to my throat and said that I would die if I don’t tell him where the weed is.”

    Hipolito Novelo

    “Did they find anything in your house?”

    On the Phone: Gabriel Zelaya

    “Yes, I had a file that I use to sharpen my machete and he took the file and fire juke after me, trying to juke me in my ribs.”

    Hipolito Novelo

    “You mean stab you?

    On the Phone: Gabriel Zelaya

    “Yes, he tried to stab me couple times in my ribs but I used my arms to shield my ribs that is when I was lying on the ground. That is how comes he never caught me on my ribs. He just caught my hands over and over.”

    Hipolito Novelo

    “Did they find weed in your house or on you?”

    On the Phone: Gabriel Zelaya

    “None. None at all because I have no weed. I don’t deal with weed.”

    Hipolito Novelo

    “I would imagine they have a reason to go to your house? Are you a weed smoker? Do you sell weed?”

    On the Phone: Gabriel Zelaya

    “Yes I do smoke my weed but I don’t sell weed. I am not a weed seller.”

    Channel 5

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    Nature
    07/08/20 11:28 AM
    Due to excessive tourism

    Just half an hour from Chetumal, the Bacalar Lagoon is considered an emerging national destination, driven largely by the excess of sargassum in the Mexican Caribbean and the tourist developments that are increasingly expanding from the extreme north of Quintana Roo, to the border with Belize.

    The increase in its popularity as an alternative destination in the southeast of Mexico thanks to its unique lagoon and its strategic location on the way to Chetumal, have caused in less than five years that the number of travelers has increased exponentially.

    This boom in tourist activity, as well as the agricultural waste from the region that is dumped in the Bacalar Lagoon, are the main causes of the destruction of this ecosystem, the largest bacterial reef in the world.

    Luisa Falcón Álvarez, Master of Science at the UNAM Institute of Ecology and founder of the Laboratory of Bacterial Ecology, has spent more than a decade studying the health of the microbial communities of the Laguna de Bacalar, the largest freshwater body on the peninsula from Yucatan.

    The results of his team’s investigations show that the diversity of bacterial communities that give life to this ecosystem and maintain its balance are disappearing and with them, the colors of the lagoon:

    “It is a treasure of the planet that we have not known how to care for; messy tourism and lack of wastewater treatment are wiping out the world’s largest freshwater bacterial reef, “he said in a statement.

    The interior of the Bacalar Lagoon is also one of the few homes in the world for stromatolites, organic structures formed by bacterial populations (especially cyanobacteria), an authentic living natural relic that represents the oldest evidence of life on Earth.

    Stromatolites were also responsible for oxygenating the atmosphere at least 3.5 billion years ago. However, all this natural heritage is at risk of disappearing due to uncontrolled human activity in the region.

    “When we started working, the Pirate Channel had microbialite reefs and mangrove swamps, now it is just a sediment bar; the boats that arrive and the movement of the people have ended this site by causing its erosion, ”said Falcón Álvarez.

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    News
    07/08/20 10:56 AM
    The Tourism Gold Standard webinars start this Thursday at 9am. As Belize’s tourism industry prepares to reopen, the BTB is offering a series of Tourism Gold Standard trainings entirely online. These webinars will acquaint stakeholders on new travel norms and guidelines that have been put in place for the accommodation sector. Read below to learn more.

    The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is offering a series of Tourism Gold Standard Training Webinars for all accommodation stakeholders. The webmars. which you can attend from the comfort of your home/ office using a computer or mobile device, will be delivered online and include a lively question and answer segment. These sessions will feature specific topics from the Tourism Gold Standard Health and Safety Protocols for Accommodations and Restaurants, particularly to assist employees with implementation. All sessions are offered twice to provide more opportunities for all stakeholders to benefit.

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    Belize District
    07/08/20 10:28 AM
    Two weekend murders and a rise in armed robberies has prompted the state to declare another Southside state of emergency. It went into effect this morning at 3:00 am. And while you were sleeping, all gang neighbourhoods on the Southside were roused from their sleep by as many as 300 hundred police officers conducting raids and sweeps.

    The Minister of National Security explained the reasoning at a press conference this evening at the Raccoon Street police station:

    Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Minister of National Security
    "Late last week as you know one young man was murdered and over the weekend another one was murdered and one young lady was shot in the arm whilst holding a baby. Intelligence told us that it would only escalate from there and there would be further bloodshed. So over the weekend we had n choice but to ask the Governor General to enter us into another state of emergency where we can detain these persons of interest to prevent any further bloodshed. I remain convinced that we would not tolerate any lawlessness in this country. We are in the middle of a pandemic already, we don't need any more headaches, so a still message has already been sent to persons of interest and more stiff messages are about to come especially if they don't decide to straighten up."

    Police’s Rapid No-nonsense Response

    Now, the last Southside State of Emergency started on March 18th, and finished 30 days later. When it was done, the Police Commissioner Chester Williams wanted that another one would be put into effect at the sound of the first gunshot.

    And he has held true to that promise. Belize City had seen no gang murders since April - until last weekend.

    This evening, the Commissioner outlined a rapid and no nonsense response to a rising wave of crime:

    Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police
    "In the press brief yesterday I made mention to the fact that the spate of violence would be address and would be address swiftly. This morning we launched an operation headed by Mr. Vidal and that operation was to go after those persons we believe are involved in the recent spate of violent crime in Belize City and to some extent across the country, because it is not just about the shootings, but also the robberies we are seeing across the country - those brazen robberies with people carrying firearms and pushing firearms in the faces of people. Those were committed as well by some of the same persons that we targeted this morning."

    "In terms of why we decided to going to this state of emergency, the minister has covered most of it, but you all would recall that when we had the previous one in March, when they were release from custody, they were warned and they were told that if it is they decide to start their foolishness again that we will be coming back for them. Even those who did not go up as a part of that previous state of emergency, they too were warned that if they decide to go down that road where they try to hold the masses of our people hostage in this country and particularly in the city that we are not going to sit idle by and tolerate them to believe that they can have their way and so based on that when we saw the robberies, the brazen type of robberies occurring across the country business people complaining of being extorted by gang members and to some extent being threatened that if they don't pay the amount being extorted that they will be killed, then the spate of shootings over the weekend - all of those culminated to get us where we are today."

    "Those who continue to demonstrate that criminal propensity and do not want to fall in line, but instead want to be violent hunting or preying on other people, recklessly shooting at women and children, we cannot have those people among us. Their behavior is incompatible with human behavior and as such they do not belong among us and those are the persons that we are after and those are the persons that we are putting away. I want to sound the message that entire south side Belize City is declared as a state of emergency area."


    Ops Commander Vidal: We Arrested 99

    The cop coordinating the response on the ground was commander of operations ACP Marco Vidal. The former GSU creator and commander is known for his hard nosed approach, and he gave an outline of what was done in the city - and to those gangsters who fled the city to escape the police dragnet:

    ACP Marco Vidal, Commander OPS
    "This morning between 3a.m. and 11a.m. we launched the operation that was mentioned earlier by the commissioner targeting ten gangs in the south side of Belize City. The primary focus, however, was two sections or two gangs; the Ghost Town gang and the South Side Gang and its immediate affiliates. So we utilized just over three hundred officers, that's a combined B.D.F. and police team, that operation included the cordoning of the zones by both B.D.F. and the police and then we utilized our strike teams which are the specialized units. The Gang Suppression Unit, the Special Patrol Unit, the Anti-gang Taskforce, Special Branch and the Mobile Interdiction Team and they were accompanied by the SOTIF in regards to conducting searches of the premises of these individuals and detain these individuals who we have detention orders for this state of emergency. At the conclusion of the operation, we had 99 gang elements detained and as we speak they are currently being interviewed by the anti-gang task force as well as the criminal investigation branch. The state of emergency as stated in the regulation is for 30 days and it can be extended further, so there are some who sought to flee the area, but we had vehicle checkpoints in the districts and that allow for us to apprehend 3 this morning in the Belmopan area. During the operation, we also had several drug seizures as well as one firearm, which is an AK-47 and some ammunition. Those persons who had fled we know where some of them are, so we will be going after them and they will also be brought in and dealt with thereafter."

    Vidal says he expects to be making more arrests of alleged gangsters outside the city.

    Is SOE The Only Tool That Police Have?

    So, while many in the public may applaud the police for the get-tough, rapid response. Others might ask, why such a drastic measure? A state of emergency suspends many of a citizen's fundamental rights - and infringes on the presumption of innocence and due judicial process.
    After all, many might say, shouldn't the police have other tools at their disposal? Rather than mass incarceration and suspension of citizens' right?

    The Commissioner explained that - as he sees it - convicting gangsters is difficult:

    Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police
    "Some might say but why is it we have to resort to a state of emergency to deal with the issue? Well you all will know that with these gang activities though we know these players, we know when they commit crime, it is difficult to prosecute them because they threatened witnesses and nobody want to come forward and give statement against them and so we are unable to effect arrest where they are concern and so they remain on the streets and continue to torment people and so this is one way that we can deal with them. So while they'll be in prison, the gang task force and CIB will be working on the investigations where they are concern to see if we can charge some of them under the gang regulation and some of them under the criminal for whatever criminal act that they may have committed."

    Reporter
    "Is there any concern on the part of the ministry and the police department that there may be perhaps a fatigue in the number of back to back state of emergencies that are being put in place to try to stem gang violence in the city?"

    Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police
    "I wouldn't say so because this is a different one than the previous one. As I said before, the elements we are dealing with now were not a part of the previous state of emergency and so I cannot see an issue of a fatigue and remember that the previous one was supposed to be extended but because of the fact that they had gone to CYDP and had gone to Brother Nuri and had asked for sympathy, the minister and the government decided, you know what, let us give them a break and see what they are going to do if they're going to change and it was in that spirit that the previous one was not extended. So at the end of the day, it is incumbent on them to show that they are serious about making the change, they are serious about displaying behavior that is compatible with ordinary people's behavior so that they can live among us. At the end of the day If they cannot do that then will have no other choice but to put them away."

    Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Minister of National Security
    "I don't know one single law-abiding citizen who hates a state of emergency. Law-abiding citizens love states of emergency because they have nothing to hide and they know they won't be gone after by the police. If you look at the whole COVID-19 situation, for example, my sentiment that I am hearing off the street is that people are asking back for the curfew so I believe that the Belizean public wants to be safe and if it takes ten SOEs for them to feel safe then that's what we'll do. In deed it's a legitimate question to say well are state of emergency the only thing that you can do, no, it's not the only thing that we can do, but whenever you want to stop something immediately, that's the best weapon. You implement the state of emergency, you detain the persons of interest and hopefully like the commissioner said when they come out they want to make some change to their lives and we have seen that with the previous set. Hopefully we will see that as well with this set."

    Not All Detained will Be Jailed

    So, to recap, the Police have detained 99 gang members. These are persons who, according to their intelligence gathered, are either involved in some way with the two gang-related murders this weekend in the City, or the plans for retaliation against family members and friends of the deceased men. Finally, some of these detained individuals were picked up because police linked them to the recent spike in crimes such as armed robberies and the extortion of business owners.

    The press challenged the police on the possibility that the State of Emergency operations this morning led to the detention of gang members who are trying to stay out of trouble.

    Here's what the Commissioner and the Minister of Police had to say about that:

    Reporter
    "The dragnet still encloses on some of those other people who are fairly innocent or have nothing to do with the flare up over the weekend."

    Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, Minister of National Security
    "I can assure you that nobody is being dragged into it. If the police are paying you attention it's because the intelligence is saying that you are involved in some way and we want to make sure that you know, if you are involved in criminal activity, that the police is paying attention to you. So yes, if you know you are not involved in anything and you're not involved in anything you don't have to worry about the police. But if you are associated with criminal activity then you need to be really worried."

    Chester Williams - Commissioner of Police
    "We will be filtering those persons out like what Mr. Cayetano have said, they may be some who are detained who may not be giving trouble at this time and so they'll go through the interview with the gang task force, CIB and once it is that we are sure that they are not a part of the problem they will be released. I can assure the Belizean people that anybody including any gang member who is not a part of the current problem will not go to prison. That's for sure. In terms of the amount of persons being targeted, we have well over a hundred persons that we are targeting, but not all of them may end up in prison. I am sure that the amount to go to prison this time is going to be less than those at went in the previous state of emergency. So, at the end of the day what we want is to ensure that we go after only those who are the problem at this time."

    To recap, this State Of Emergency follows a recently lifted national SOE as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. And before that national SOE, there was another for the Southside in March.

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    07/08/20 10:24 AM

    Last week we took you to the Port of Belize where full-time staff hd commence a lunchtime protest of their 10% pay cuts. Those measures were escalated today when a go-slow was put into effect. The idea is to hit their employer where it hurts: on the bottom line.

    Now, PBL already claims that its bottom line was hurting due to COVID, and that's why these pay cuts were made. Now, the workers want the Port to feel deeper pain.

    This afternoon, as his colleagues chanted and hoisted signs in the air, Staff Rep Will Lambey told us that the go-slow is a completely separate action from a 21-day notice to strike.

    Will Lambey, Chief Rep, Port Of Belize
    "Yes, we did have that meeting yesterday and in our meeting, we discussed that we have a go-slow along with the demonstration. The go slow started this morning and that will continue onward until they find some way to ratch up the system what we are doing."

    "This will affect the discharge of vessels. This will affect people coming in and out of the Port getting their Barrels and their cargo so we're hoping that through this method it will affect the bottom line for PBL which is their financial bottom line."

    "From last week what Wednesday we've been telling the port, let us have a conversation unless this thing will become uglier which we are trying to prevent. So I don't want anybody to walk away from this scenario believing that our whole idea is to disrupt the livelihood of the poor. No, our livelihoods have been disrupted and we are telling the port that we would like to have that communication tabled between them and us so that we can prevent the disruption of people's lives that use the Port facilities."

    Reporter:
    "This is not the 21 day notice of strike action correct, it's separate and if you were to do that would be yet another escalation?"

    Will Lambey, Chief Rep, Port Of Belize
    "Yes, that is right, the 21 days have not been evoked as yet, we are using slow meticulous movements so that people can understand that this process is not just out of hot air but that we're actually making traction into having solutions to the problem we're having. We realize that PBL seems to be stubborn and we as an employed body as workers will need to constantly galvanize this process. We know that standing up for your rights is not easy it's not always laced with a bed of roses and to get the team across it takes that special effort to get other people who have a lot to lose or all to lose to actually be here on the strike line being on the strike line can warrant your dismissal of your job so we realize all that is at the table however we cannot use that distraction and say because I can be terminated I won't stand up for my rights."

    Cherisse Halsall:
    "Sir with this going slow now, what will you say to Belizeans when they can't access goods on the shelves in the grocery stores if their medicine is delayed?"

    Will Lambey, Chief Rep, Port Of Belize
    "I would like for them to come here with me today and sit with me to see what I have lost. Imagine a person makes $174.00 their 10% makes them 75 dollars less. So imagine what, come and sit with me and see that the things that we are losing it's not that we want to be disruptive. We are saying that we need to protect my livelihood also. So taking 10% from me without my permission is considered robbery."

    Cherisse Halsall:
    "And then Sir finally for those people who are coming to the port to do business, what would you tell them about crossing your picket line?"

    Will Lambey, Chief Rep, Port Of Belize
    "We have no sense of violence we are asking them for solidarity. We are asking them to understand what we are going through, by helping us this thing can be solved quicker than if they would not."

    And while you heard Lambey say that a 10 % cut of $174.00 would be $74.00 It would actually be $17.40.

    We'll keep following the story.

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    Ambergris Caye
    07/07/20 07:30 PM
    San Pedro Town Public Library is pleased to present this year's Literacy Camp.Children ages 6-14 are invited to join us on July 24th until July 28th from 9:00 am- 11:00am.This event is free of cost.

    This year the camp will focus on conservations. Children will learn practical ways to practice conservation at home and in their environment. This activity aims to foster an appreciation for our environment.

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    Ambergris Caye
    07/07/20 07:29 PM
    The San Pedro Town Public Library is hosting its annual summer program starting Monday July 13th ends July 17th from 9:00am to 11:30am. For further information you can call us at 206-2028

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    Sports
    07/07/20 07:20 PM
    Over the weekend, the San Pedro Sports Committee organized a "Golitos" Football Marathon for males and females. Over 16 male teams and 6 female teams signed but in the end, Las Piratas placed first and the Goal Strikers placed second in the female category. Placing first in the male category were the Malandros defeating Rony's Boys who placed second.

    Kudos to all the teams that participated and a great job to the organizers of the marathon for creating these events for the community to enjoy.

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    07/07/20 11:54 AM


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    The San Pedro Sun

    SPTC works on street and sidewalk rehabilitation
    Works to rehabilitate Blake Street leading into the San Pablo Subdivision are underway by the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC). The much-needed upgrade to the streets has now extended to CocoPlum Street, where on Monday, July 6th, heavy machinery equipment was observed at work. In the downtown area, the SPTC is reconstructing the sidewalk next to the Roman Catholic Primary School. The street upgrade leading to the San Pablo Area began on Friday, July 3rd, with Blake Street getting the needed renovation. The plan is to rehabilitate all streets in the subdivisions that are in dire condition.

    Governments of United Kingdom and Canada and PAHO/WHO donate over USD$271,135 of PPEs for COVID-19 Response in Belize
    As Belize strives to be prepared for the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the country, the Governments of the United Kingdom and Canada collaborated with the Pan American Health Organization to support the Ministry of Health of Belize to continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic through the donation of various items valued at USD$271,135.

    Ambergris Today

    Pic of the Week: Into The Blue With Amigos Del Mar Divers
    It looks so peaceful down there, doesn't it? COVID worries away, the dive crew and staff of Amigos del Mar Dive Shop, Ambergris Caye, Belize, took to the clear waters off the coast of La Isla Bonita as a reminder of just how awesome diving is in Belize. After way too much time under quarantine, the inviting waters at Esmeralda Canyons were the perfect therapy. - Picture by John Romero

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    Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
    Tuesday, July 7th Meal pick ups Location: Food Republic. Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

    BNN’s National Recovery Strategy Tabled at National Oversight Committee
    In addition to recommendations on economic recovery, the document outlines steps that can be taken to enhance Belize’s agricultural sector and food security; strengthen the national health system; have the country’s educational institutions adapt to meet student needs; lessen the nation’s tourism product to external shocks; and implement crisis planning and response mechanisms across the public and private sector.

    Caribbean-American Heritage Month: Celebrating the U.S. – Caribbean Partnership
    Looking back on June 2020’s National Caribbean-American Heritage Month celebrations across the region.

    Thirty-Two Years of Integrating Archaeology and Heritage Management in Belize: A Brief History of the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance (BVAR) Project’s Engagement with the Public
    Archeology is more than just digging in the dirt, it’s cultural heritage management and precise archaeological research! Click the link to read on the contributions BVAR (Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project) has done over the past 32 years!

    Monday with the Maya: Itzamna
    Itzamna, the creator deity, was an all pervasive deity with many aspects - being the first priest, inventor of writing and curer of disease in the Maya world. In his celestial aspect Itzamna is associated with the Principal Bird Deity and is said to have been the first to name the places in Yucatán and to divide the lands. A benevolent Itzamna was invoked in several calendrical ceremonies. In the Maya New Year ceremonies he was honored to avert calamities. Along with Ix Chel, he was invoked as the god of medicine and was the patron god of the day Ajaw , the final and most important day of the twenty Maya days.

    Las Fiestas to our Patron St. Our Lady of Mount Carmel
    Las Fiestas to our Patron St. Our Lady of Mount Carmel will start tomorrow July 7th - 16, 2020, every morning at 4:00 a.m. with the traditional festivities Alboradas. This season as a community we will be observing a few modifications but may we guided to enrich and grow with the experiences that the year has been providing.

    Housekeeping - Covid secure Training
    In an effort to help the hospitality industry re-open on August 15th, HTS – Belize has revised some of its current training programs to fit within the BTB and Ministry of Tourism reopening guidelines and new Gold standard for accommodations. Below is a list of upcoming training & certification being offered. Please click on the training you are interested in to see detailed information. For questions call 615-6444 or email admin@htsbelize.com

    “Diving in the Caribbean and Risk Mitigation” webinar
    Want to learn more about the Caribbean and its underwater marvels? The TASC is hosting its “Diving in the Caribbean and Risk Mitigation” webinar on July 14. Join in as a panel of knowledgeable speakers discuss this topic.

    Scholarship Opportunity
    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the association of German universities, is currently calling for applications for full scholarships programmes for master's and some doctoral studies at German universities. The Development-Related Postgraduate Courses- Educating Professionals for Sustainable Development – Program offers the possibility of studies in various areas relevant to development (economics, natural resources, engineering, international public health and others).

    Belize Botanic Gardens Horticulture Training Program
    Hello Gardeners, we are pleased to inform you that we will be having classes on the topics listed in the pic. $40 per person per class. You can choose which topics you will like to learn about and come on that day. To secure a spot send us a message or call 671-3322. DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS OPPORTUNITY!

    IOM Belize Organizes First Humanitarian Charter Flight for Stranded Migrants
    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Belize organized on Friday (03/07) its first humanitarian charter flight carrying 32 stranded Salvadorans nationals to El Salvador. and bringing 13 Belizeans who returned home from El Salvador. The group had been waiting in Belize and Salvador for almost four months due to COV1D- 19 related border and airport closures. The Salvadoran group included 20 males and 12 females. 1 of whom is a minor, and the Belizean group included 8 females and 5 males. "There are currently limited routes for migrants to return home. Through the support of and close coordination with government authorities, partners and 10M teams. We have been able to ensure Salvadorans and Belizeans can reach their countries of origin in a safe and orderly manner" said Malina Galanu. Project Specialist with the I0M Belize.

    Governments of United Kingdom and Canada and PAHO/WHO donate over USD$271,135 of PPEs for COVID-19 Response in Belize
    As Belize strives to be prepared for the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the country, the Governments of the United Kingdom and Canada collaborated with the Pan American Health Organization to support the Ministry of Health of Belize to continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic through the donation of various items valued at USD$271,135. "The UK Government is committed to supporting our Belizean friends and partners through this global crisis," said British High Commissioner to Belize, Claire Evans OBE. "By all of us working together, we can all help save lives, protect vital healthcare systems, reduce the risk of future waves of infection globally and, together, work to help mitigate the wider social and economic impacts of Covid-19. In addition, the UK is, with a multi-million-pound commitment, working towards the development of a possible vaccine."

    Tropic Air adding flights between Belize City (TZA) and San Pedro (SPR) on weekends
    Starting this weekend (July 11), we are adding flights between Belize City (TZA) and San Pedro (SPR) on Saturdays and Sundays. Schedule is below: Saturdays: San Pedro (SPR) to Municipal (TZA) 9:00am, Municipal (TZA) to San Pedro (SPR) 9:30am. Sundays: San Pedro (SPR) to Municipal (TZA) 4:00PM, Municipal (TZA) to San Pedro (SPR) 4:30PM. Opening hours for both San Pedro and Belize City Stations over the weekend are as follows: Saturday: 8:00am - 10:00am, Sunday: 3:00pm - 5:00pm.

    COVID-19 UPDATE
    A further 38 samples were processed today, majority of these being from the flights that arrived on Friday, July 3rd (some pending for tomorrow). All samples today are negative for SARS-CoV2. We remain with 9 active cases and we continue to ask the community to exercise the necessary prevention measures, especially as we move into new norms and the evolving evidence in terms of COVID-19.

    Hon. Pablo Marin visits Molecular Biology Unit at Central Medical Lab
    This morning the Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin visited the Molecular Biology Unit at the Central Medical Lab to see the recent donations that will assist us to increase our COVID-19 testing capabilities as we work towards ensuring more efficient and shorter turnaround time to process samples. The donations in the photograph included the Pockit Analyzer donated by the Government of Taiwan and the QuantStudio 7Pro thermocycler donated by Belize Bank through the Lord Michael Ashcroft Fund. The Minister extends appreciation on behalf of the people of Belize for all the donations we are getting and for those who have committed to continue to help us.

    SISE Family Park Fest
    The SISE Family Park Fest will be on Saturday, July 18th, at the Macal River Park. DJ Mesmerize and many other DJ's will be mixing. Good food and music, and fun for the entire family.

    Commonwealth launches webinar series for youth to take charge of their future
    Hey are you a young person? Curious about how you can get involved and take charge of your future? Register today! The first webinar is July 15th! Don’t miss out!!

    A before and after of Xunantunich!
    These photographs are from a newly published paper that re-traces the archeological research and cultural heritage management of major sites in Belize. The authors "emphasize the need to train Belizeans as professional archaeologists and conservators, to serve as the next generation of advocates for Belize’s heritage management."

    STANN CREEK VALLEY ROAD REHABILITATED AND TRANSFORMED
    It's one of the most picturesque parts of the country, and the natural beauty of the Stann Creek Valley is further enhanced by the remarkable transformation of the road that passes through it. The Stann Creek Valley Road, which is the continuation of the Hummingbird Highway, has been completely rehabilitated and repaved all the way to Dangriga, all the narrow bridges removed, and road safety features added, such as guard rails, line markings, reflective road studs (cat’s eyes), traffic signs, pedestrian crossings and bus stops. It’s a pretty handsome investment that was long overdue and part of the nationwide infrastructure transformation that has become the hallmark of this UDP Dean Barrow Administration. Development you can see, feel and drive on!

    Channel 7

    City Sees First Gang Related Murders in Months
    Gang related murders came back to the city this weekend after a more than three month break - and the first victim is a teenager. 19-year-old Raheem Faber was murdered on Friday night in what police are calling a gun deal gone bad. It happened just before midnight at the corner of Ebony and Mayflower streets, where Faber and four other young men were hanging out. Reports are that Faber who had been targeted was shot with a gun that he sold. His family believes that he was called out of his home that night to be executed. Cherisse Halsall Reports: It's a parent's worst nightmare: a sharp knock at the door from what turns out to be the police followed by the quiet and somber revelation that your child has passed away killed by senseless gun violence.

    The Killing Of Two Raheems
    Less than 24 hours later, another Raheem, 23-year-old Raheem Myles had also been shot and killed in a very similar scenario. Police believe the two murders are directly connected. Myles was hanging out with friends at the corner of Faber's Road and Waight streets when he was gunned down. This morning the Commissioner of Police provided an explanation for the connection between the killing of the two Raheem's, each gunned down in the other's neighborhood: "The shooting of the other Raheem, Raheem Myles, from what we're seeing, is a retaliation for the death of Faber." And while the matter is cut and dry for the Commissioner, Myle's father had yet to be brought up to speed when we met him this morning. even expressing sympathy for the killing that police say ultimately resulted in the murder of his own son.

    Police Move Swiftly To Stem Gang Violence
    For the police department, these gang-related murders are a big priority, because they are the first since mid March when the Southside State of Emergency was put into effect. Today, the police commissioner said that they have been receiving persistent reports that the City's gangs are increasing their criminal activities once again - and those two weekend murders are proof of that. Compol Chester made it clear that his department isn't going to tolerate any kind of lawlessness or threats public safety:

    Cus Killed In San Pedro Columbia
    And while this press conference was taking place, the press began receiving reports that a another murder had occurred, this one in the Toledo Village of San Pedro Colombia. When the press asked the Police Commissioner about it, he said that he hadn't yet been briefed by his responding officers: Reporter: "Sir, is there any information on the murder in PG?" Chester Williams Commissioner of Police: "I just got a text that there was some chopping in San Pedro Colombia, Punta Gorda and the victim may have succumb. Other details at this time I don't have."

    Drug Plane Overflies Belize, Lands on Mexican Highway
    It's a striking visual image: a drug plane set on fire on a paved highway in broad daylight. It happened bright and early on Sunday morning on a rural two-lane highway in Central Quintana Roo - not far from Felipe Carillo Puerto. The Mexican Ministry of Defence had been tracking the jet and when it landed there was a shootout with the Mexican Army. With the support of the Navy an operation was deployed in the vicinity, with two "tanks" and a helicopter, to search for the alleged drug traffickers. A search of the nearby area led to the discovery of a truck, which was carrying 13 parcels of suspected cocaine weighing 66 pounds. Preliminary estimates are that it is valued at approximately 4.9 million dollars.

    Alleged Scotiabank Robbers Charged
    Last week Friday's headline story was about Gasman Henry Young, the accused bank robber who died in a shoot-out with police. The cops say that he was one of 5 culprits who attempted to carry out a brazen, broad-daylight robbery of Scotiabank's Belama Branch. Tonight, his alleged co-conspirators are at the Belize Central Prison after they were arraigned in Magistrate's Court today. They are identified as 28-year-old Jason McKenzie, 29-year-old Anthony Barrow, and 24-year-old Leon Westby, and a 17-year-old, and today they were all jointly arraigned on the offenses of robbery, aggravated assault, damage to property, keeping an unlicensed firearm, and keeping unlicensed ammunition.

    Robbers Pounce On Bayview Oasis Bar
    But, while police have managed to close the case on that Scotiabank Heist, they don't have anyone detained yet for a robbery which happened on Saturday afternoon at the Bayview Oasis Bar. IT'S is located at mile 5 on the Philip Goldson Highway, and preliminary investigation from police indicates that 2 armed men followed a Bowen delivery truck, robbed its employees, and then robbed a Bayview employee. Here's more from the cops: "On Saturday, just at about 3 p.m., police responded to a robbery at Oasis Bar, located on the Philip Goldson Highway, where they spoke to a delivery truck driver for Bowen and Bowen..."

    COVID Coming From Across The Borders
    On Friday night we told you that the Ministry of Health was expecting at least one other case of COVID case to be confirmed later that night. And, by 8:00 pm, we had not one but two new cases. They are a man and a woman who entered the country illegally through La Union in the Orange Walk District. The good news is that they are asymptomatic and have been confined to the mandatory quarantine area from when they were caught coming across. So that brings it 9 active cases - all in quarantine. They comprise 8 Belizeans and one Honduran. In fact, all of the last 12 cases - from case 19 - which appeared on June fifth through to case 30 - which appeared last Friday, are all imported.

    Another Border Jumper...
    That's what residents of Guinea Grass did this weekend when they saw a suspected border jumper roaming around a farm on a village road. They called police and the Quick Response Team responded. They found a Guatemalan, 50-year-old Elias Hernandez Lopez.

    IOM Guarantees A "Dignified Return Of Migrants"
    So, back to Friday's two repatriation flights that touched down at the PGIA. The first was a United flight out of the US and the second a TAG Airlines from Salvador. Tonight we can tell you that that TAG airline flight was the first of its kind, a humanitarian charter flight for stranded migrants. The chartered flight carried 32 Salvadoran nationals back to Salvador and to brought 13 Belizeans home from El Salvador.

    Plenty PPE’s From UK & Canada
    The UK and Canadian governments in collaboration with PAHO and the World Health Organization have donated half a million dollars worth of PPE for Belize's COVID response. The much-needed supplies were presented to Minister of Health Pablo Marin in an official handing over ceremony this afternoon at the P.G.I.A. Here's how British High Commissioner Claire Evans put the donation in context. "Yes, well the UK had donated $340,000BZD we're doing it in partnership with PAHO and with our colleagues from the Canadian government so it's part of a wider contribution that we're making from the UK to the Caribbean."

    Masks Are a Must In Da Club Says COMPOL
    Today at his press conference the commissioner of police underscored - once again - that if you go to a nightclub, you have to use a mask. This weekend was the first without curfew in months, so many people hit the clubs. The COMPOL says a mask is a must, punto final: "I have given a directive this morning that police officers will not be working at certain establishments, these are nightclubs. One of the reasons for that is because some of them are not sound proof; some do not have an exit and entry separate..."

    Malathion Shipment Arrives
    The heavy rains of June and May have passed, but Mosquito season is still in swing. And, the Ministry of Health today just got a long awaited shipment of mosquito killer Malathion. COVID had slowed down the shipment of supplies, so the Health Department has been using leftover supplies from last year.

    UB Responds To Students
    Last week, we told you about the frustration of the members of the University of Belize's Faculty and Staff Union. They were reporting that after weeks of pleading with the President, Clement Sankat, and the Board of Trustees, the senior administration of the national university was persisting in its attempts to exclude them from the difficult conversation about how the institution will survive the COVID-induced economic crisis facing the country. The union and the staff and faculty members the represent had given the Board and the President until 11 o'clock today to include them in the decision-making process, or else, the teachers would engage in industrial action.

    Vehicle Plunges Into Drain No One Hurt
    Fortunately, no one was hurt today on the Western Highway when a vehicle plunged headfirst into a drain and ended up on its side. It happened in front of Hot Mama's in Unitedville where passersby came to the rescue and flipped the vehicle right side up in order to free the driver who had become trapped inside. He appeared semi unconscious.

    Channel 5

    Raheem Faber is Gunned Down on Ebony Street
    Within days of the lifting of the curfew, violence has returned to the streets of the city. Two men were killed over the weekend and it is believed the murders [...]

    Raheem Myles is Murdered in Retaliation
    Less than twenty-four hours after the killing of Raheem Faber, Raheem Myles was gunned down. Police believe it was a retaliatory murder, avenging the shooting death of Faber.  When Myles [...]

    A Chopping Death in Southern Belize
    A man was killed in southern Belize. The body of Pedro Cus was found this morning around ten-forty behind his uncle’s property in San Pedro Columbia in Toledo. Reports are [...]

    Four Men, Including a Minor, Are Arraigned for Armed Robbery at Scotiabank
    The four persons accused of carrying out a brazen afternoon armed robbery at Scotiabank Belama Branch appeared in court today.  Anthony Barrow, Jason McKenzie, Leon Westby and a minor are [...]

    Police Seeking Two Suspects in Oasis Bar Robbery
    There was a robbery in the city and police are looking for two suspects. It happened around three o’clock on Saturday afternoon at the Oasis Bar on the Philip Goldson [...]

    Latest COVID Patients Confirm Positive on Second Test!
    On Friday, Belize recorded two more cases of COVID-19.  This brings the total number of cases to thirty, nine of which are active. Today, thirty-eight more samples were processed, but [...]

    ComPol Says Cops Will Not Work at Some Establishments
    Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that a number of patrons in bars and nightclub establishments weren’t wearing masks this weekend. He notes that social distancing was also not being [...]

    Belizean Security Forces Ward Off Narco Plane
    Belizeans security forces on Saturday night deterred a narco plane from landing in the country. That plane was forced to crash land on a highway in Quintana Roo, Mexico. The [...]

    Murder Case of Steven Moss Gets Underway
    The murder case of Steven Moss got underway today before Supreme Court Justice Colin Williams in a trial without a jury. But while the case was set to start, it [...]

    Police Say Dylon Flowers is Released Pending Investigation
    On Friday we told you that forty-year-old Dylon Flowers was released from police detention pending further investigation. Today Superintendent of Police Alejandro Cowo confirmed this to say that the D.P.P.’s [...]

    Cops to Step Up Crime Fighting!
    In the past few weeks we’ve been reporting on a number of robberies and just this weekend two Belize City men were killed.  Police say that gang rivalry is at [...]

    ComPol Williams: “Gang members will not be allowed to have their way in the city!”
    And when it comes to the gangs, Commissioner Chester Williams says that he has zero tolerance for the crimes they are committing and will not be taking it lightly – [...]

    U.B.F.S.U. Meets with University’s Finance Subcommittee
    As the crisis at the University of Belize continues to fester, the executive of the University of Belize Faculty and Staff Union met at length with the president and management [...]

    U.B.F.S.U. Still Not Certified Despite Assurances from Labor Department
    The failure to have the union certified, according to Doctor Pio Saqui, falls squarely on the Department of Labour since a letter sent to U.B.F.S.U. on January twenty-ninth indicated that [...]

    Financial Crisis Leaves UB in Tailspin
    The University of Belize spends a huge amount of money in salaries and wages, as much as one point three million dollars every month.  That staggering figure eats up seventy-five [...]

    B.M.D.A. Says K.H.M.H.A.’s Decision to Terminate Doctors is Unjustifiable
    As part of its cost cutting measures, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital has terminated professional contracts.  In May, the hospital ended its contract with Ophthalmologist, Doctor Amin Hegar.  Later in June, [...]

    P.P.E.s Donated to Belize
    A little over half a million Belize dollars worth of Personal Protective Equipment was donated to Belize by the governments of the United Kingdom, Canada and PAHO/WHO for the country’s [...]

    C.W.U. Continues Protest Against P.B.L.
    The staff at the Port of Belize Limited today continued their demonstration against their employer. The management at the Port has decided to cut staff salaries by ten percent due [...]

    Sedi is Still in the U.D.P.’s Leadership Race
    Pickstock Area Representative, Wilfred ‘Sedi’ Elrington is the third candidate running in the upcoming U.D.P. leadership convention this Sunday. The two others are Patrick Faber and John Saldivar. The second [...]

    Murdered Five Years Ago and Still No Justice for Kareem Clarke
    Five years ago to this date, Kareem Clarke was gunned down in Belize City. The journalist was heading home on his bicycle when he was met by gunfire. Like so [...]

    Still No Justice for Kyla Young
    Kareem Clarke isn’t the only family member that Melanie Young has lost to gun violence.  Her seventeen-year-old daughter, Kyla Young, was shot and killed in Belize City in February of this [...]

    LOVE FM

    Opposition Leader goes on countrywide tour
    The Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno, has started his countrywide tour in the Cayo District. His goal is to meet with residents and address their concerns.

    University of Belize’s chairman responds to UBFSU
    The University of Belize Faculty and Staff Union (UBFSU) has been declared as uncertified to act as a registered group. Chairman of the University of Belize, Harrison Pilgrim spoke to Love News over the weekend where he explained that the institution is yet to see any official documents on the union’s viability in representing the faculty and staff.

    Stevedores face their own issues at PBL
    In the first half of our news we told you of the protest by the Port of Belize Limited workers. There is another story coming out of the operations at the Port; this time involving the stevedores.

    Gang retaliation leaves another man dead
    The second young man that was killed was 23-year-old Raheem Miles. On Saturday sometime around 7pm, Miles was standing at the corner of Faber’s Road and Waight Street when he was shot several times. Police believe that his murder is in retaliation of the death of Raheem Faber.

    Teenager killed in Belize City
    The two other weekend murders are reportedly gang related. The first occurred just before midnight on Friday. 19-year-old Raheem Faber was standing at the corner of Ebony and Mayflower Street when he was killed. Superintendent Alejandro Cowo gave us more details on what transpired.

    No increase for UB’s tuition
    The Faculty and Staff union is not the only force that the University of Belize’s Board of Trustees has to reckon with. Recent decisions have also upset the student body, who took to social media to protest against a proposed increase in tuition.

    Protest at Port of Belize Limited continues
    For four days the Port of Belize Limited employees have been protesting during their lunch breaks against the implementation of a 10% pay cut. The protest began last week and according to the Chief Representative for the workers, Wayne Lambey, the PBL has declined to meet with the employees and the labor department.

    Breaking Belize NewsPJ

    Minister of Health visits Central Medical Lab
    Today, Minister of Health, Pablo Marin visited the Molecular Biology Unit at the Central Medical […]

    Medical and Dental Association concerned about doctors losing their jobs
    The Belize Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) is calling on the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital […]

    Latest batch of COVID-19 tests come back negative
    The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported today that the latest batch of COVID-19 tests has […]

    Police Department cracking down on nightclubs
    The Police Department is renewing its challenge on nightclubs, among the last establishments to reopen […]

    Murders of Raheem Faber and Raheem Myles linked by retaliation, rivalry
    The otherwise separate murders this weekend of Raheem Myles and Raheem Faber in Belize City […]

    Football Federation of Belize plots August return
    The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) today announced plans to resume competition in all disciplines […]

    National Hydrological Service says flood levels are falling
    The National Hydrological Service of Belize informed today that flood levels are falling. The weather […]

    Tropic Air adds weekend flights between Belize City and San Pedro
    Tropic Air Belize informed today that beginning this weekend, the company is adding flights between […]

    Pedro Cus chopped to death in San Pedro Columbia, body found by uncle
    Pedro Cus, 26, a farmer of San Pedro Columbia Village, Toledo was found dead on […]

    United Kingdom, Canada and Pan American Health Organization hand donate Personal Protective Equipment to Belize
    Today, the British High Commissioner to Belize, Claire Evans was in attendance at the handing […]

    Police confirm arrests in robbery at Scotia Bank
    Police have arrested and charged three persons with a robbery of a depositor at Scotiabank […]

    Police awaiting doctor’s report in Burrell Boom shooting
    The death of Roy Fitzgerald Gabourel remains under investigation by Police. The report of a […]

    Hurricane center issuing advisories for Tropical Storm Edouard, located over North Atlantic
    The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Edouard located over the North […]

    Blogs

    COVID-19 Update for Travellers
    In an effort to keep all travellers to Belize informed, we are providing the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 below. We do invite you to consider postponing, rather than cancelling your vacation, and visiting our beautiful jewel in the near future when these restrictions are reduced. Kindly take note of our Frequently Asked Questions and all official updates from our Ministry of Health below to keep updated.

    COVID-19: Tourism & Re-openings in the Rest of Central America
    Belize’s borders have been closed since the end of March. Just last week, a very limited re-opening of the International Airport has been announced for August 15th. Arrivals in Belize are HIGHLY recommended to have a COVID test within 72 hours of arrival to be fast-tracked thru the customs and immigration process. But they will have to go directly to a certified hotel that will provide not just a room but meals, tours, and everything that the visitor will need. There are still MANY questions about the specifics. How long do they expect this phase to last? What metrics will they be looking at to expand tourism – allow tourists to exit their hotels? What about homeowners and people visiting those with home – when can they return? Hopefully, we will get some answers soon.

    The Green Iguana Conservation Project at San Ignacio Resort Hotel
    Love animals? Then this one’s for you. Get the chance to spend the day with these amazing local lizards at the Green Iguana Conservation Project. Started in 1996, The Green Iguana Conservation Project is a continuous effort that aims to conserve and look after the endangered Green Iguana species in Belize. Located within the lush Macal Valley grounds of the San Ignacio Resort Hotel, this excellent program collects and hatches iguana eggs, raising the reptiles until they are past their most vulnerable age. The iguanas are then released into the wild.

    International Sourcesizz

    The Quiet Village of Seine Bight, Belize
    Belize is full of hidden gems, and you’ll find one just outside the popular beach town of Placencia. The village of Seine Bight is a few miles north of Placencia between Maya Beach and the Placencia Lagoon. It’s a quiet place that feels like it’s a world away from the popular tourist destinations of Placencia Village, San Ignacio or San Pedro in Ambergris Caye. Seine Bight’s original inhabitants were the ancient Maya, who established a trading settlement on the shores of both bodies of water. Pirates discovered this hideaway on the beach in the 17th century, later using it as a trading post of stolen loot for many years. Today, Seine Bight is a stronghold for the Garifuna.

    Tropical storm Edouard is fifth named storm of 2020, earliest such Atlantic storm on record
    Mother Nature put on her own modest Fourth of July fireworks over the weekend, when Tropical Depression 5 formed near Bermuda on July 4. Despite marginal conditions for development – sea surface temperatures (SSTs) near 25 degrees Celsius (77°F), moderate wind shear, and dry air – TD 5 managed to intensify into Tropical Storm Edouard at 11 p.m. EDT July 5. By 11 a.m. EDT July 6, Edouard had intensified to 45 mph winds as it sped northeast at 37 mph over the open Atlantic. Edouard was the earliest fifth Atlantic named storm formation on record, beating the record set by Emily on July 12, 2005. The fifth named storm of the year typically does not occur until August 31, so we are nearly two months ahead of climatology. None of this year’s named storms have been hurricanes, and the first hurricane of the season usually arrives by August 10.

    Belize: Cuban women on the front line
    The Cuban medical brigade in Belize is on the front line of the fight against Covid-19, and the women who make it play a key role. Dr. Mauro Castelló told Cuba Internacional vía the Internet that Cuba's medical cooperation started more than 30 years ago and since then, hundreds of physicians, licentiates and health technicians have visited the country. All of them have rendered their services in all six districts of the nation: Belize, Cayo, Corozal, Orange Walk, Stann Creek and Toledo, noted Castelló, who is a pediatric surgeon.

    IOM organizes double return flight between Belize and El Salvador
    A plane chartered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) completed last Friday a round-trip humanitarian flight, carrying 32 Salvadoran nationals from Belize to El Salvador and bringing home 13 Belizeans on the return trip. "This is the first large group movement of its kind for stranded migrants in Belize through IOM Assisted Voluntary Return Program," said Diana Locke, IOM's Head of Office in Belize. “This represents a big step in the right direction for the dignified return of migrants in the region.”

    Videos

  • Peter Lawrence on ReefTV, 2hr.

  • Brent's Two Cents: The Semi-Serious Thoughts of a Guy in Belize, Episode 1 - KKK / PGIA / UDP, 30min. The former leader of the KKK might be a citizen of Belize. Concern about Covid-19 when the Belize International Airport re-opens in August. And everything old could be new again when the UDP elects their next leader. It's the debut episode of Brent's Two Cents, the newest podcast from Belize!

  • Belize Barrier Reef: Exotic Fish, Sea turtle, Shark [National Geographic Documentary 2020 HD, 52min. The Belize Barrier Reef is the second-largest coral reef system in the world. Estimated to be nearly 4,000 years old, its waters are home to an immense marine ecosystem. Explore a deep blue wilderness brimming with rare, exotic fish, sea turtles, sharks, and huge green morays.

  • 60 Second Science: Measuring Jaguar Density in Belize, 1.5min. Panthera Research Fellow Bart Harmsen tells us about his new study on how to best measure jaguar density in Belize's Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Researchers recommend longer and more varied sampling to obtain more accurate jaguar estimates.

  • San Pedro Town Mayor Daniel Guerrero endorses John Saldivar for Party Leader, .5min.

  • Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise | Year In Review 2020-2021- Dr. Selma Bermudez Rotary Club President, 8min.

  • PAGENTRTY IN BELIZE | FT RENEA MARTINEZ, 15min. Today girls talk video we speak on pageantry. Miss Martinez has been in the pageant industry for sometime and she shed some light base on her experience.

  • A Christmas Celebration In Belize, 6.5min. While visiting Belize, I joined in on a December tradition in a small village.

  • Las Alboradas to our Patron St.Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 9min.

  • Want to learn a little about the Garifuna Drums, 5min. Here is an educational video on the Primero and Segunda drums. Video is courtesy of our very own colleague, Josh Arana, Coordinator of Stann Creek House of Culture and Institute for Social & Cultural Research ISCR NICH.
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    News
    07/07/20 11:27 AM

    The University of Belize spends a huge amount of money in salaries and wages, as much as one point three million dollars every month.  That staggering figure eats up seventy-five percent of its income. Government has effected a three-million-dollar cut in subvention leaving U.B. is a severe cash flow crisis. As the university navigates the financial crunch, it is also facing issues with the Union which is not formally certified, but wants represents its members around the table. News Five’s Isani Cayetano has the following report.

    Isani Cayetano, Reporting

    The University of Belize, the country’s only national tertiary institution, is in dire financial straits.  Complicating an already grim fiscal situation is the tense and somewhat hostile situation that is brewing between UB president, Professor Emeritus Dr. Clement Sankat and the UB Faculty and Staff Union.  This has to do with an imminent pay cut for persons employed by the institution.

    Dr. Clement Sankat, President, University of Belize

    “The budget of the University of Belize comprises essentially of two parts, what we call PE or personal emoluments, or the PE/HR budget and the non-PE budget.  We have said and we are proposing, it’s gonna go to the board, it has not gone there yet.  We will cut our non-PE budget, as I said before, by twenty-five percent, but the PE budget is the largest share of the university’s expenditure.  It is the lion’s share.  Seventy-five percent of our cash goes out to pay wages salaries, gratuities, pensions, social security, health.  In fact, the university pays every month one point three million dollars in terms of wages and salaries to our employees.”

    The U.B.F.S.U. maintains that it is the sole bargaining agent for the faculty and staff as far as negotiating pending salary reductions; however, the union is not recognized by the board of trustees because it is yet to be certified by the Labour Department.

    Harrison Pilgrim, Chairman, UB Board of Trustees

    “You have mentioned that the union wants the university to recognize it and I am sure that, as you are aware and the wider public is aware, that there is a process for unions to be recognized as the main negotiator for a particular group of employees at a workplace and that is something that is done through the Ministry of Labour.  The university doesn’t appoint unions.  The university doesn’t recognize unions as initially.  The unions apply to the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Labour determines whether they have the mandate necessary to represent the workers at a particular workplace and they are certified to do so.”

    In this case, however, the U.B.F.S.U. has not been certified.  Earlier this year, a ceremony was scheduled during which those formalities were to have taken place.  It was later postponed, reportedly with no reason given.  The U.B.F.S.U. states that President Sankat has also failed to consult them regarding the issue and that any information brought forward to the board is not representative of the inputs of its membership regarding financial exigency.

    Dr. Clement Sankat

    “I got advice on this matter and you have to recognize that the university was created in 2000 and you have a staff handbook that was dated it think it was in 2004.  The particular process that my colleagues speak about is one that has never been activated at the University of Belize as far as I am told.  In fact, when it was brought to my attention I didn’t even know about this thing called financial exigency and so I had to consult.  What has happened is that both the offices and the officers that are referred to in that handbook don’t exist per se.  There are things in that handbook that speak about offices like provost and directors and financial administrators and things like that that simply don’t exist but there are similar bodies today that still exist and those are the bodies that I have consulted.”

    Aside from the twenty-five percent reduction in subvention provided by the Ministry of Education, an amount which comes up to roughly three million dollars, UB has also cutting an additional seven point one million dollars in expenses internally.

    Dr. Clement Sankat

    “Where the seven point one six million comes from is that we are anticipating, as universities in the region and globally are projecting, that with this pandemic and the loss of income from students, from parents and guardians and sponsors—those who give scholarships—that we will see a twenty-five percent reduction in our student numbers. And if and when that happens, that alone will result in a three point five-million loss of income to the University of Belize. And let me say to you Marleni, that is probably the scariest of things that we are facing. We got wind in May, a communication from the Ministry of Education, coming out of the Financial Secretary Office, that the subventions of state subsidized organizations were going to be reduced. And let me say from what I understood, significantly reduced. The university and its administration immediately spun into action. We may have had a sense that this could be coming, but like many thing else in this COVID pandemic, you don’t know what will happen tomorrow.”

    Channel 5

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    Travel
    07/07/20 11:01 AM
    Starting this weekend (July 11), we are adding flights between Belize City (TZA) and San Pedro (SPR) on Saturdays and Sundays. Schedule is below:

    Saturdays:
    San Pedro (SPR) to Municipal (TZA) 9:00am
    Municipal (TZA) to San Pedro (SPR) 9:30am

    Sundays
    San Pedro (SPR) to Municipal (TZA) 4:00PM
    Municipal (TZA) to San Pedro (SPR) 4:30PM

    Opening hours for both San Pedro and Belize City Stations over the weekend are as follows:

    Saturday: 8:00am - 10:00am
    Sunday: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

    Please note: there are no cargo services on weekends.
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