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A BBC story on the restoration of the southern Belize reef after Hurricane Iris.

When Hurricane Iris hit southern Belize in 2001, the country's magnificent corals were destroyed. But within 10 years, a radical restoration project brought the reef back to life.

With the caye split into two and corals smashed into rubble, the underwater world at Laughing Bird Caye National Park off the coast of Belize looked nothing like the vibrant and colourful place that had thrived with life before Hurricane Iris swept across it in 2001. The storm left the water murky and muddy, while rotting dead creatures washed ashore.

When Lisa Carne first visited the island in 1994, there were so many large, bright reddish-orange interlocking elkhorn corals that she could hardly swim through or around them. The reef was abundant in fish, corals, lobsters, crabs, sponges and sea turtles. But after the hurricane all of this was destroyed. With only a few surviving corals, the scene looked more like a graveyard.

It was not the first time Carne had seen a dead reef. In 1995, she moved full time to Belize from California, and volunteered as a research assistant at Carrie Bow Cay, a Smithsonian field station. She witnessed the effects of the first coral bleaching event in Belize, home to the second longest barrier reef in the world. Bleaching events leave the structure of corals intact, but strip it of the algae that live in an endosymbiotic relationship with the coral polyps. Some coral recover from such events as the algae returns, although many die.

Hurricane Iris was catastrophic in a different way. It not only killed corals but uprooted their structure too, making recovery even harder.

Carne immediately wanted to start replenishing the reefs by planting corals, but it took many years to convince any funders that her idea was viable. People argued, and still do, that without solving the problems that cause corals to die, putting them back on the reef made no sense.

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Ambergris Caye
Yesterday at 06:10 PM
As we begin out tour in San Pedro, Hon. Kevin Bernard, Minister of Youth, Sports and E-Governance stopped in for a cordial Visit with the minister of Blue Economy, Hon Andre Perez. Attended by Directors of Youth and Sports, Kevin Cadle and Ian Cal, respectively, they discussed opportunities of putting together a sports committee for the National Sports Council in San Pedro. This placement will contribute to ensuring sports activities are served in the island town.

Minister Andre Perez has committed to supporting our developments through youth in San Pedro and we look forward to our continued partnerships for development in Belize.

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Environment
Yesterday at 11:14 AM
From Oceana Belize:

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We're sharing our latest article from guest blogger and local journalist, Andrea Polanco. This feature looks at the economic value of marine protected areas from the perspective of the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association as Andrea interviews Executive Director, Valdemar Andrade.

To read the full article, click here:
https://belize.oceana.org/blog/economic-value-marine-protected-areas-belize-0
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Ambergris Caye
Yesterday at 11:05 AM
On Wednesday, May 5th 2021, Mayor Wally Nunez met with Hon. Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations and Hon. Andre Perez, Minister of The Blue Economy and Civil Aviation.

Many issues were addressed during the meeting, including the need for San Pedro to continue to grow as a top tourist destination in Belize.

The San Pedro Town Council looks forward to collaborating with both ministries to improve San Pedro's tourism infrastructure and tourism product.

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Hon. Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations, today met with Hon. Andre Perez, Minister of The Blue Economy & Civil Aviation and San Pedro Mayor, Mr Wally Nuñez. Many issues were addressed during the meeting, including the tourism needs of the island and effective ways to deal with the issue of Sargassum. Also present at the meeting were Mrs. Nicole Solano, Chief Executive Officer, in the Ministry of Tourism & Diaspora Relations, Mr. Evan Tillett, Chairman of the BTB Board of Directors, Mr. Dufy Nuñez, Chairman of the Border Management Authority and Ms. Kennedy Carillo, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of the Blue Economy & Civil Aviation. The Minister will tour several points of interest in San Pedro to gain deeper insight into how the respective parties can collaborate to improve the tourism infrastructure and product.

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Travel
Yesterday at 11:01 AM
Belize Prepares for the Restart of Cruise Operations

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) today released a new set of health and safety protocols that will guide the restart of cruise operations in Belize. The protocols outline the necessary adjustments and adaptations to be undertaken at each step of the cruise cycle - from home port, to destination and return.

These protocols are the result of many hours of hard work by the Belize Cruise Taskforce, working in collaboration with the Americas Cruise Taskforce and the Central American Cruise Subcommittee, to develop special health and safety protocols in line with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) conditional sail order. These protocols also incorporate recommendations from the Healthy Sail Panel, Belize’s Ministry of Health and Wellness and local stakeholders via consultations.

"There appears to be light at the end of the tunnel for reopening of the cruise industry. The outlook appears much more positive than it has for the past year", stated Hon. Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations. "It is vital that we are adequately prepared for the return of our guests, and the key to our success lies in developing a strategic framework to ensure a safe and secure experience for passengers, crew and the destination."

For four consecutive years, Belize welcomed over 1 million cruise passengers annually to its shores. In 2019, prior to the pandemic, Belize received almost 1.2 million passengers with 68% of travelers arriving at Fort Street Tourism Village in Belize City and 32% arriving at Harvest Caye in southern Belize. The BTB and the Ministry of Tourism & Diaspora Relations are committed to the full recovery of the cruise industry to Pre-COVID numbers, and to enhance the Belize tourism product to make it more competitive within the region.

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) will resume with the first test sail on August 4th, 2021. This will be followed by the official first guests to call on Harvest Caye on August 9th, 2021, signaling the reopening of the cruise tourism sector in Belize. It has been over a year since the cruise industry in our region has been suspended, and thousands of Belizeans that work in this sector are now ready to welcome cruise guests to our shores once again, guided by the new health and safety protocols.

To see a copy of the protocols please click Here.
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Trip Reports
Yesterday at 10:58 AM

Check out our experience adventuring St. Georges Caye Belize island. This magical island has so many water activities to offer. It will keep you occupied for days with exciting adventures! St. Georges Caye Belize is close to the second largest barrier reefs in the world. Still dreaming of all the healthy coral and the abundance of sea creatures we encounter during our dive. ALSO! Mala is now a certified Scuba Diver!
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Trip Reports
Yesterday at 10:52 AM
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News
Yesterday at 10:38 AM

We asked the Health Minister for an update on the current stores of the COVID vaccines in the country, the looming expiration date on those doses, and how those variables could affect availability for the public in the weeks to come.

He said that Belize should be getting a second batch of vaccines under the COVAX facility in less than 2 weeks' time:

Hon. Michel Chebat - Minister of Health and Wellness
"The second batch of vaccines through the COVAX facility is estimated to arrive in the country around the 17th of May, so that we're well on our way with the planned arrivals, with the expected arrivals."

"The AstraZeneca vials, which the vaccine we're currently using, each vial brings 10 doses, and so, we're vaccinating 10 persons per vial."

"We are monitoring vaccines to ensure that we have no expired vaccines. I can tell you that we are about to embark on a month's vaccination campaign. So, we are guaranteeing as a Ministry of Health and Wellness that we will not allow any of our vaccines to expire. We are going to make sure that they get into arms before that time comes."

"Second doses have actually, this week, persons who had already gotten the first dose are now eligible to get their second dose."

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When Will the Second Dose Be Administered?

Twelve weeks after getting your first jab, you are to return to a vaccination center to receive your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. For those who were among the first to be inoculated, within the next two weeks, that second jab is due. Doctor Beer says that for those frontline healthcare workers, it is recommended that their second dose is taken now.

Dr. Natalia Largaespada Beer, Maternal & Child Health Technical Advisor, M.O.H.W.

“The second dose can be administered between eight weeks and twelve after given the first dose. For healthcare workers, we are stressing that they get their second dose now; eight weeks have passed since the first dose and we want to make sure that they are well protected, they are the persons who will be in contact if we should have an increase in cases of COVID-19. The rest of the population can wait until twelve weeks to get their second dose. But of course, if persons sixty years because some of them we did give them appoint for eight weeks and if they show up, they will get their second dose. But the recommendation is eight to twelve weeks. So we are asking those that are not sixty years and older if they can wait and little and then we prioritise healthcare workers and persons sixty years and older.”

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News
Yesterday at 10:37 AM

Is G.O.B. Sparking Rage?

Tonight the joint unions and the government remain at a standoff - with both he teachers and public service union membership on strike. But, it has not crippled government services and it has not closed schools or totally stopped online learning.

Still, many teachers and public officers are sitting it out - and today the agitation may have entered another stage with minor tyre fires on the George Price Highway. Now, we surely cannot link these activities to the unions - but we know that tyre fires on the highways have - in the past - been a standard part of civil and labour agitation in Belize.

Early this morning between 5:30 and 6:30 there was a single tyre on fire on the Colonel English bridge near mile 31, and earlier on - there had been three tyres near Harmonyville at mile 41.

These had no great effect on traffic and were quickly put out.

Union Negotiations Continue

But the joint unions did have an effect yesterday in Belize City when a total of around 900 teachers and public officers marched through the city streets.

They converged on the House of Culture where talks between government and the joint unions leadership resumed at 1:30 pm.

And they didn't come out until after 7:00 last night - a little more than 5 hours of negotiations. And just like the first set of consultations, there isn't much information about the details of that meeting. When it ended last night, our 7News team was waiting outside and caught up with the BNTU president, Elena Smith, as she left the House of Culture.

While she was tightlipped, she did say another meeting was planned for Thursday.

Elena Smith, President, BNTU
"We are not finished yet, you know, we only did a portion of the discussions today and we'll come back on Thursday for the second portion of the discussion."

Courtney Menzies:
"What was it like in there meeting with the government, what was the energy like?"

Elena Smith, President, BNTU
"I think as usual we had some cordial and some frank discussion and from now we'll go to membership and we come back and finalize matters."

Courtney Menzies:
"Do they seem willing to yield to some of the priority list that you mentioned this morning?"

Elena Smith, President, BNTU
"Well I don't want to get into that ye because we still have the list to complete so I prefer to do that when we've gone through the entire list."

Courtney Menzies:
"But they did put forward proposals?"

Elena Smith, President, BNTU
"Yes."

The Government side was led by Deputy Prime Minister Cordel Hyde. He was acting Prime Minister until today when the Prime Minister returned to the country after leave.

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Finally, G.O.B. and Joint Unions Enter Negotiations

The Joint Unions Negotiating Team and representatives of the Briceño administration resumed discussion on Tuesday afternoon.  That meeting was held at the House of Culture here in Belize City and lasted for almost six and a half hours. Both parties later exited the compound at around seven p.m.  Today, when we spoke with the President of the Public Service Union, Gerald Henry, he was unable to provide specific details of the meeting because discussions with government are still ongoing.  He did, however, mentioned that the discussions were cordial and that the joint unions finally feel that they have entered negotiations.

Gerald Henry, President, P.S.U.

“As it relates to the atmosphere of the meeting, usually our meetings tend to be very cordial, and you know it always appears as if though we are there to achieve something, and that remains the case.   It seems to me that it tended more towards being now a negotiation as opposed to prior to that, which would have been simply the government consulting with us to satisfy the law, as we kept saying. We are hoping that we could have some meaningful discussion going forward. So, we are hoping that we could have some meaningful discussion going forward with the hope that it will continue to be a negotiation or that it will be a full-fledged negotiation. Because we want to try to end this impasse as well, as quickly as possible.  We have to communicate with our membership what has taken place, what is expected to take place, tomorrow especially and perhaps a few days into next week. We see what they say about it and then we take back their position to the government. When we speak we don’t speak for ourselves. We speak the voice of our membership. So that is what we communicate to the government. The government will then in turn will do like what we are doing, and communicate what their leadership, which is of course the reverse of how we work, because of course we are a true democracy.”

The joint unions are set to meet with G.O.B. representatives at ten a.m. tomorrow morning.  We were not able to get any response from the government’s side on yesterday’s meeting. But the Minster responsible for Public Service, Henry Charles Usher, did inform News Five by text today that Deputy Prime Minister Cordel Hyde may speak tomorrow at the conclusion of that meeting.

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Ambergris Caye
05/05/21 11:59 PM
Earlier today, Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, Hon. Anthony Mahler was invited to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of Alaia Belize, the first-ever Marriot-International property in the country. It is located on the site of the former Banyan Bay.

Minister Mahler cut the ribbon together with Hon. Andre Perez, Minister of The Blue Economy and Civil Aviation, and Mr. Andrew Ashcroft, Managing Principal of Alaia Belize. Also present at the ceremony were Mr. Wally Nunez, San Pedro Town Mayor; Mrs. Nicole Solano, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Tourism & Diaspora Relations; Mr. Evan Tillett, Chairman of the BTB Board of Directors; and several other invited guests. The eco-luxury development is a four diamond resort on Ambergris Caye, upholding the high-quality standards of Marriott International's Autograph Collection brand.

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Mayor Wally Nunez was invited to the official ribbon cutting of Aalia Belize on Wednesday, May 5th 2021.

During his interview, The Mayor expressed the need for continued development such as these on the island to help create the much needed job opportunities for our residents.

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Belize District
05/05/21 05:12 PM
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Sports
05/05/21 05:05 PM
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Two island footballers are training with the Belize National Beach Soccer selection to prepare for the 2021 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship held in Alajuela, Costa Rica, from the 17-23rd of May. The two island athletes, who are team members of the San Pedro Pirates Football Club, include Sean Mas playing defense and Rugerri Trejo as goalkeeper. The remaining team hails from different football clubs around the country, including Dangriga Town, Seine Bight, Belmopan City, and Hopkins.

According to the Football Federation of Belize (FFB), the tournament will occur at the Fedefutbol Plycem Sports Complex in Alajuela. It will feature 11 participating teams from the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, USA, and Belize. The Jewel is in Group A and will play against Mexico on May 17th and Panama on May 18th.

The Belizean beach soccer selection started preparations at the FFB’s Headquarters in the Capital City of Belmopan with 16 players in a bubble, training at its newly constructed beach soccer pitch. The football federation hopes to wrap up all necessary preparations by next week. Afterward, a virtual press conference will be held on Wednesday, May 12th, to present the National Beach Soccer team to the country. The Belizean team will then travel to Costa Rica on May 14th.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun
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News
05/05/21 05:03 PM
On Friday, April 30, 2021, the Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and the Belize Communications Worker’s Union (BCWU) signed a four-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for 229 BTL employees.

The BCWU and the management of BTL negotiated provisions to maintain and enhance the good relations that exist between the company and the employees of BTL in dealing with the unprecedented labour and commercial challenges brought about by COVID-19.

Mr. Ivan Tesecum, CEO of BTL, and Mr. Mark Gladden, president of the BCWU, signed the CBA. Hon. Ramiro Ramirez, Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government, congratulated Mr. Tesecum and Mr. Gladden for the timeliness with which the CBA was concluded and the spirit of goodwill and collaboration that prevailed throughout the negotiations. The Minister further noted that the agreement will enhance the productivity of the employees through harmonious industrial relations.

Also present at the signing ceremony were Mr. Valentino Shal, CEO in the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government; Ms. Anne Marie Thompson, Labour Commissioner; Mr. Mark Lizarraga, BTL Chairman; Ms. Jolene Avila, BTL Human Resources; Mr. Mark Bowman, BCWU General Secretary; and Mr. Emerson Castillo, BCWU Trustee.

The Ministry continues to work closely with employers and employees throughout the country to promote good industrial relations, fairness, impartiality, and tripartism for mutual benefit of all.

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Living in Belize
05/05/21 04:59 PM
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Ambergris Caye
05/05/21 11:08 AM
On Tuesday, May 4th 2021, The BTIA San Pedro Chapter held a meeting and invited Councilor Adaly Ayuso and Ernesto Bardalez. Councilor Ernesto and Adaly were pleased to attend the meeting and introduce themselves to all the members in attendance. They welcomed the discussions and concerns of the BTIA and welcomed their ideas.

We would like to thank Chairlady of the BTIA Mrs. Tamara Sniffin for the invitation and we look forward to collaborating with them in the future.

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News
05/05/21 10:56 AM
Beltraide is celebrating National Competitiveness Month all through May with many webinars and online events created to help local businesses be more competitive. They had their launch yesterday.

"National Competitiveness Month is here once again with a list of events, workshops, training, shared stories, and more! Here is a list of events and activities happening this month!"

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Weather
05/05/21 10:53 AM
The hot weather is cyclical and every year around April/May, the heat is on. But if the days seem warmer to you, it is because the temperatures are in the hundreds and the breeze doesn’t help. The heat wave won’t let up until Thursday when it is expected to rain in some parts of the country, but as News Five found out from Chief Met Officer Ronald Gordon, the sweltering weather condition is normal.

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“These are the type of temperatures we normally get around this time of the year. We are in the hottest part of the year for us in this country and the region, certainly around Central America, Yucatan Peninsula area. So typically, every May we get these types of heat waves across the country. So far, we have been experiencing temperatures in the triple digits – one hundred and four, one hundred and two degrees Fahrenheit in the inland areas – and in the lower nineties along some coastal areas of the country. This has been occurring since Sunday, we had the peak and we continue to have that type of conditions lasting today and will continue trough until tomorrow until we see some changes.”

Stay Inside and Hydrated during Heat Wave

Although we are in the dry season, Gordon says that it cannot be described as a drought because the analysed data indicates this type of weather will continue up to end of May, early June. While rains are expected for Thursday and Friday in the south, by Saturday, we will be back to the dry weather. The Chief Met Officer gave advice to residents, including farmers as they continue to monitor the weather conditions.

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“We have been issuing our heat alerts. We typically do that this time of the year, especially when our temperatures inland are way in the high nineties. And what we advise residents to do is try to remain indoors. I know that is not possible for everyone; there are people who naturally have to work outdoors. We advise people who need to be outdoors, if you can, wear clothing, at least a hat or something that would shade you from direct sunlight – do so. And of course, one of the most important things is to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of juice, water, avoid carbonated beverages, but drink a lot of water and natural juices to remain hydrated. Look after vulnerable persons, the elderly and young children; you don’t want to leave them unattended. What we advise our residents, especially farmers to do is to monitor our four-day forecast especially to see those changes taking effect and then you can gradually see that the rainy season has started or not.”

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Living in Belize
05/05/21 10:49 AM

Many in Belize are facing hard times. That's because some basic items on the grocery shelves have doubled or even tripled in price.

It's a side effect of global supply chain disruptions, shortages of containers, increase in the price per freight, and even an infrequency of cargo voyages.

It's an issue we broached with customs broker Delroy Fairweather, here's how he explained the correlation between big ships sailing on the ocean and empty shelves at your corner store:

And those increases in ocean freight charges, some of which are up 300%, are calculated from the CIF. That's cost, insurance & freight based on a percentage or tariff. It means that freight costs aren't only affecting the transportation of goods but also their resulting taxes and duties.

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News
05/05/21 10:47 AM
The Public Service Union went on strike today - and it affected government offices across the country - but it didn't shut them down, and many departments reported conducting business more or less as usual.

Still, hundreds of public officers did walk off the job, and many of them covered in Belize City, where they joined forces with the BNTU, the Nurses Association, to march through the streets of Belize City in their most impressive showing yet.

The groups split into two - one starting at Memorial Park and another at the Yaborough field. Courtney Menzies travelled alongside the first group and has this story.

The yellow and green shirts that Belizeans have now become accustomed to seeing were out in full force this morning. They began with a church service before taking to the streets.

As the PSU entered its first official day of strike action, and the BNTU its ninth, the groups split into two.

One of the groups launched off from Memorial Park and circled around Newton Barracks before returning to the park and amalgamating with the late comers. They then took off again - this time heading for the House of Culture and back to the park.

Before the start of the protest, we spoke with two union leaders. BNTU president Elena Smith explained their expectations as they prepared to head into their afternoon meeting with the government.

Elena Smith, President, BNTU
"Well, we expect that the government's side is going to come and presenting some positions to us, whether it's going to be favorable or not, we are not sure yet, because remember whatever they bring to us we have to take back to our membership. So until our membership says yes then we can say if it's favorable."

But they are confident that their protests over the past few weeks have forced the government's hand to yield to some of the union's demands.

Elena Smith, President, BNTU
"I am sure that our actions thus far has probably pushed them to work a bit faster in terms of the draft whistleblowers act and so while they might not concede that we believe that our actions thus far and the time that we have been out has caused them to work a bit faster in presenting those draft to us and we believe that is continue with a bit more pressure then we will be able to get those other draft legislation long before the 8 months have proposed to us in those meetings."

"Whenever we go into negotiations, you have your list of demands so you know what it is are your priority areas if you will so we are able to move when we get to certain points. We are not able to tell you this at this point in time but there are stages that we have set out as we go through negotiation."

And while they are hoping the good governance legislation will be fast forwarded, they are also seeking some type of compensation for the salary cuts that will go through.

Elena Smith, President, BNTU
"The government has not proposed anything in terms of compensation, we want to make that very clear, what they have done is provide us with some carrots. So this is what we are going to be offering, we can offer you this, we can give you four hour less work week, we can talk to the banks so it can have a little less impact on what has happened to you so those are the things that they have presented to us but in terms of saying to us listen, in place of this cut that we will do, we are going to be giving you a promissory note that is going to be worth so much by this time, we are going to be giving you so much land whether it a plot an acre whatever it is, we have not gotten those details. Those have been mentioned on our end, we have asked them about those things but we have not gotten back from them a response saying Cabinet has agree so we will give you x, y, z."

And president of the APSSM, whose union was also forced to wait the 21 days before striking, echoed that they cannot give up a portion of their pay for nothing in return.

Sharon Frazer, President, APSSM
"We are expecting for the best that in fact government would have heard, we made it clear what it is that we're asking for, we've always wanted the public to understand that while it is the ten percent means a lot to us it's not just about the ten percent, there are many other issues - we understand that sacrifices need to be made and we've never said we are not prepared to sacrificed what we've said, if I am going to sacrifice, there are certain things that have to be in place, it can't be that I am making the sacrifice by giving up a portion of my property, so as to be given to someone else who has not put in the time and in fact those good governance measures that we've been asking for years."

Smith expects that the discussions with the government will extend for a number of days.

And while they talk inside at the house of culture, the protestors outside kept the pressure on with their presence.

Meetings continued late into the evening - right up to newstime.

According to Smith, there were approximately 600-700 BNTU members protesting today. As for the PSU, their numbers are uncertain at this point.

What Does the Public Strike Really Mean on the Ground?

And so what does PSU's strike entail? Striking teachers are putting little to no effort to attend online classes and have stopped going to physical classes altogether. But, many teachers remain on the job - though precise numbers are hard to come by.

And, as we told you top, government offices were still open today - meaning that not every public officer is on strike - most likely far from at - there are, after all, over 15 thousand of them.

So what does the public strike really mean on the ground? We asked the APSSM president Sharon Frazer more about their first day of strike action.

Sharon Frazer, President, APSSM
"I cannot tell you that all the government offices is closed because it's not every member of the public service is a member of the PSU, not that they don't have a right, so even if they're not members of PSU, they still have a right to show solidarity, to come out, to participate, to let the world and Belize know what they're position is in relation to what it is that we're asking for."

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Caye Caulker
05/05/21 10:19 AM
*** WE'RE BACK ***

SURPRISE MOMMIES!

We are officially back with the return of our MOTHER'S DAY GIVE AWAY!

We couldn't provide you with this event last year due to COVID but THIS YEAR WE WANT TO TREAT ALL YOU SUPER HERO MOMMIES!

COMMENT YOUR MOTHER'S NAME AND CELL NUMBER TO BE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED!

*** FOR MOTHERS ON CAYE CAULKER ONLY ***

IF THERE IS ANYONE WHO WISHES TO DONATE A PRIZE PLEASE CALL 6384883 AND WE WILL ADD YOU TO THE LIST OF SPONSORS AND ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS DURING THE SHOW!

BE SURE TO TUNE IN THIS SUNDAY MAY 9TH 2021 TO WIN PRIZES AND HAVE A GOOD TIME FROM 4-6 PM!

SEE YOU THERE AND HAPPY MOTHERS DAY IN ADVANCE!

The Voice Of Caye Caulker

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The Voice of Caye Caulker would like to take this time to thank all businesses who have donated a prize towards our Mothers Day Give Away and also supported us in everything since we started this venture.

If there are any businesses who have not donated yet and would like to, you can reach out to us on our page or call 638-4883 and we can pick up the donations. Many Thanks to those of you who have had a hand in putting a smile on the faces of our Super Hero Mommies by sponsoring a donation.

The Following Sponsors So Far Are:

1. The Lazy Lizard Bar and Grill-
2. Barrier Reef Sports Bar-
3. Go Slow Golf Cart Rental-
4. Caye Caulker Farm Fresh-
5. Il Pelicano Cucina Italiana-
6. Lupe's Delights-
7. Spartan Golf Cart Rental-
8. Food Republic-
9. The Cheesecake Club-
10. Sky Super Market
11. J& Sons Gulf Cart Rentals
12. Celina Rodriguez
13. Vega’s Inn
14. Caye Dreams Real estate
15. The Anchor
16. Errolyn House of fry Jacks
17. Moon Glow Custom Design
18. Purple Passion Studio & Spa
19. Dr. D Clinic
20. China Town Supper Market
21. Amigo’s Convenience Store
22. Lyssa Studio Magic
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Nature
05/05/21 10:15 AM
Visiting a Belize Audobun Society park is a fun day out for all the family - but did you realise how affordable it is too?!

If you're a Belizean citizen or resident, entry starts from just BZ$1, and if you're a non-resident the prices still start incredibly low at BZ$5!

All of the money raised through entry fees goes directly back into the management of the protected areas co-managed by BAS, so every visit is helping conservation in Belize.

Prices are the same every day of the week - and don't forget, if you become a BAS member, park entry is completely free!

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Ambergris Caye
05/04/21 04:53 PM
Please see telephone numbers to call regarding COVID concerns for the Belize District.

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Specials & Events
05/04/21 04:49 PM
To all our Super Hero Mother's of Caye Caulker do we have a surprise for you!! The Voice of Caye Caulker is collaborating with Reef TV in San Pedro because they are having their MOTHERS DAY BINGO SHOW ON MONDAY MAY 10TH 2021!

This is also extended to all of YOU! We will Share Reef TV's Broadcast of their show on our page so you all can watch and have a chance to WIN OVER 50 FABULOUS PRIZES !

Upon receiving a card we will ask for your cellphone number and your name so that WHEN you win a prize you can be easily contacted !

GET EXCITED MOMMIES AS THIS IS ONE OF OUR TWO MOTHERS DAY SURPRISES !

*** ONE CARD PER PERSON ***

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY IN ADVANCED TO ALL OF YOU HARD WORKING, SUPER HERO MOMMIES !

You Can Pick up your card at Ocean Academy Drive or call 6384883 !! Message us so we can have it ready for you!

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There was a reason for the opening of additional phases, and it's not just about losing that last dose at the bottom of the vial.

The ministry also had to consider the May 2021 expiration date of the AstraZeneca doses currently in the country. Here's what doctor Beer had to say about the race to get vaccines into arms as quickly as possible:

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"Talk about not losing doses, because I know you'd invite a younger person to get for example the last dose in a bottle, so its not wasted. In terms of the expiration date for the AstraZeneca vaccines that are currently in country, when will those expire?"

Dr. Natalia Beer, Ministry of Health
"Those expire end of May."

Reporter
"Do you believe those are in danger of expiration or do you think that it will work out...?"

Dr. Natalia Beer, Ministry of Health
"Today is the 3rd May, so we have until the end of May, that would put us how many days, 3 full working weeks to get vaccines in arms, so we don't foresee us going beyond the month of May with the stock that we have in."

Reporter
"For those who have already received their first dose, should they stick to the date that they were given or should they try and get their second dose quicker?"

Dr. Natalia Beer, Ministry of Health
"The evidence show - we started out with the second dose for the 8 weeks, but the evidence is now recommending we can go up to 12 weeks and even up to 4 months. But 12 weeks is the max that we are recommending to get your second dose and only healthcare workers are ask to get their second dose now, which is the 8 weeks. But of course if persons 60 years and older reach to us for a second dose at 8 weeks, we will not turn them back. We will provide them with the second dose. But the rest of the population we are asking if they can please wait for the 12 weeks."

Belize's remaining, unused AstraZeneca doses currently stand at 15,000. The Ministry of Health expects to administer all of those before their expiration date at the close of the month.

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