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The San Pedro Sun

Completion of fire-fighting activities
With the recent heavy downpours over most of the country, the many fires that were creating unbearably smokey conditions in the western and central municipalities of the country are now extinguished. This brings to an end the weeks of firefighting effort by the Forest Department, the Fire Department, the Town and City Councils, and many other partner organizations. The Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, through valuable financial support from the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT), the Belize Electricity Company Limited (BECOL), and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), was able to invest significantly in the use of aerial firefighting to help to control the unprecedented wildfires that raged through the Cayo District.

Belize Celebrates Nurses Week 2020
Every year Belize celebrates Nurses Week from May 6th to 12th. The theme this year is “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health.” The week culminates on May 12th, International Nurses Day. International Nurses Day celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale: nurse, innovator, reformer, and leader of improved health care. This year’s theme is an exciting opportunity to promote nursing across the world. The World Health Organization declared 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. It provides an additional platform for nurses globally as it showcases the unique contribution nurses provide to the wellbeing of the communities they serve.

Canada Announces Initiatives to Contribute to the Government of Belize’s response to the COVID19 pandemic
Recognizing Belize’s timely response to the COVID19 pandemic, Canada’s contribution is meant to complement efforts to address current needs, with a focus on women and girls, who are often found at the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. They are the primary caregivers in many households, comprise approximately 70% of vital roles in health and social sectors, and during this crisis have been at increased risk of gender-based violence.

Evarista Badillo selected as Mother of the Year 2020 in special Mother’s Day celebration
Despite the cancellation of this year’s Mother’s Day extravaganza on Ambergris Caye, islanders still celebrated the occasions via a special live program via Reef TV. Many Mothers from Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker won fabulous prizes during the TV show. At the end of the special program, Ambergris Caye’s Evarista Badillo was selected as the 2020-2021 Mother of the Year.

Prime Minister addresses controversy with the Public Service Union (PSU)
The Government of Belize is trying to sell a proposal to the Public Service Union (PSU), asking them to agree with the proposition of waiving or deferring their increments in salaries for the current fiscal year. This is a measure to save as much money as possible as the country’s economy has been affected due to COVID-19. The PSU’s alleged refusal to agree led Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow to host a virtual press conference on Friday, April 8th to discuss the issue.

Ambergris Today

Evarista Badillo Selected as Mother of the Year 2020
The San Pedro Town Council today announced its selection of Mother of the Year for San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff congratulate Mother of the Year 2020-2021, Ms. Evarista Badillo.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Monday, May 11th meal pick ups Location: Bondi Bar and Bistro...back to our roots. Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45 am, Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30 pm. We sure do appreciate everyone bringing containers and bags!

San Pedro Mother of the Year 2020-2021, Ms. Evarista Badillo
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to congratulate our new Mother of the Year 2020-2021, Ms. Evarista Badillo. May you have a wonderful day and may God bless you always! **Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Pedro Town Council's Mother's Day Extravaganza had to be cancelled for this year; however, via REEF RADIO/TV a new Mother of the Year was selected at random from nominations made by the viewers and listeners on Friday, May 8th, 2020.

Regional Covid-19 Statistics
This was how Belize looks compared to the status of other countries in Mesoamerica up to Saturday evening.

RCD Barge Service Delivery to Caye Caulker this week
See our runs for this coming week. We will be accepting cargo at the Port of Belize on Monday up until 6pm for departure to CC Monday evening for deliveries in CC on Tuesday. We will be back at the Port on Wednesday up until 6pm and again on Thursday up until 6pm. We then depart for Caye Caulker on Thursday evening to do deliveries on Friday. Kindly have all chilled items delivered on Thursday only. Be reminded that RCD hardware is open for Deliveries ONLY. Call 206-0083 and place your orders!!!

COVID-19 Active Cases in Belize
Our graph of active cases. This is relevant as we approach our 28 day period without an active case.

Official Photos can be taken on Caye Caulker May 14th
MarinD-Zine CayeCaulker will be open to take pics on thursday May 14th, 2020 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Anyone interested in doing passport pics, permit pics, license pics, etc. Please note that Danny will only be there for printing of pics for that day. (Located on Estrella Street at the Western Union office)

"From My Home" art contest
Here's another " From My Home" contest opportunity for our little artists! This time it's all about Recycling & Repurposing! Open to artist from all districts in Belize. Our selected winner will have the chance to receive a little treat from our sponsors. All submissions will be displayed on our Facebook page and will be judged by our Art Team. Remember everyone is a winner when it comes to Art! You can enter the contest by sending best quality photos of your child's submission via email or whatsapp . Kids can enter one artwork per child using any material or art technique. WhatsApp-6147437 Email : ArtHubBelize@Outlook.com

COVID-19 - Life in the New Normal Series by Karen Brodie
I braved the outdoors today to take an essential walk to the ATM. My RBC debit card hasn’t worked at Atlantic Bank for the last two weeks and my TD one is set to expire this month, adding to the emotional rollercoaster that we are all on in very different ways. I decided to carry my camera with me and perhaps start the COVID-19 Mask and Face Covering Portrait Series.

Channel 5

Ambulance Incident
We have been notified of a video circulating on social media depicting the police stopping an ambulance on the George Price Highway, we therefore saw it fit to issue a response explaining what had transpired. Sometime this afternoon police received information of an ambulance traveling from Dangriga to Belize City. The information suggested that the driver was being held at gun point and forced to transport drugs and guns. A few minutes after the information was received an ambulance with Stann Creek License Plate was seen coming from the direction of Dangriga, the officers at the checkpoint stopped the ambulance and as, they were about to check what was happening inside, the driver drove off almost hitting an officers.

The Reporter

Ambulance Stopped and Searched
Sometime this afternoon police received information of an ambulance traveling from Dangriga to Belize City. The information suggested that the driver was being held at gun point and forced to transport drugs and guns. A few minutes after the information was received an ambulance with Stann Creek License Plate was seen coming from the direction of Dangriga, the officers at the checkpoint stopped the ambulance and as, they were about to check what was happening inside, the driver drove off almost hitting an officers. Based on the reaction of the driver, Southern Regional Hospital was immediately contacted where inquiries were made to ascertain if in fact their ambulance is on its way to Belize City.

Two Yamaha engines stolen from Driftwood Bay
Two persons have been detained pending charges after a Belama Police operation in Gungulung on Saturday resulted in the recovery of two Yamaha engines stolen from the Driftwood Bay area of Belize City. Sources indicate that the thieves posted the engines for sale and Belama Police orchestrated an operation pretending to want to buy the engines. The two men and the engines were taken to the Belama Police Station.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Armed police stop speeding ambulance, ComPol explains incident
Earlier today, a video was widely shared on social media showing a team of police […]

Belize compares well with Mesoamerican region in COVID-19 pandemic
With just 18 cases of COVID-19 reported through May 9, only Nicaragua has fewer cases […]

Police find 19 grams of weed
Belize City police, as weekend operations across the country continue, found 19.7 grams of marijuana […]

GSU find .9mm pistol in Belize City
Police have recovered yet another illegal firearm from the streets this time in Belize City […]

Ministry of Health honors Belize’s nurses
As Nurses Week (May 6-12) continues, the Ministry of Health (MOH) is encouraging the public […]

Guatemalan national charged for illegal firearms
A Guatemalan man is facing several charges including keeping a prohibited firearm, following police operations […]

No contract officers are politically appointed says PM Barrow; total number to be provided
On Friday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow addressed several issues relating to COVID-19, financial assistance, and the […]

Global COVID-19 cases near 4 million, deaths approach 300,000
Since the COVID-19 outbreak began in Wu Han, China last December to today, May 10, […]

Blogs

Cave Tubing & Zip Lining – Two Popular Belize Adventures
Perhaps no activity in Belize is as iconic as cave tubing. Belize is home to a vast network of caves, and some of these colossal underground structures have a river running through them. Cave tubing involves using inflatable inner tubes to float down these rivers, passing for miles through a hauntingly beautiful subterranean world. Beyond the geological splendor of seeing glittering stalactites and stalagmites, cave tubing also allows participants to enter the secret hidden world of the ancient Maya. The people who built the pyramids and palaces that dot the Belizean landscape believed that caves were doorways to the world of the gods, known as Xibalba, a terrifying realm of powerful demons who held sway over the fates of the Maya people.

5 Fun Things to Do in Belize this Summer 2020
Summertime is one of the best times to visit Belize, with beautiful weather, balmy evenings, endless activities and tours to partake in, and fewer crowds to deal with. Below are 5 fun things to do in Belize in the summer:

Whether Your Retirement Style is Laid-Back or Action-Packed, San Ignacio Beckons You!
Your neighbor can’t wait until the snow starts to fall. Your idea of bliss is sunshine--all day and every day. Such preferences drive retirement plans more often than you imagine, and if you’re already convinced that everything you need to thrive as a senior is found in Belize, wait until you hear about your options. Ambergris Caye is the acknowledged hot spot for folks who aren’t happy unless their social and activity calendars are filled to capacity. The Placencia peninsula is fast-becoming an Ambergris Caye wannabe. But for folks who have done their homework and strive to avoid the hustle and bustle of these areas, word is out that San Ignacio Town in the Cayo District is THE place to settle down.

5 Must-See Mayan Ruins In San Ignacio Belize
Situated in western Belize, San Ignacio is a popular vacation destination that offers visitors much to explore and enjoy. From its pristine rivers, cascading waterfalls and incredible exotic wildlife to its ancient Mayan ruins and ceremonial caves, you will find that there is something for everyone to enjoy in this area. One of the most significant draws that entice visitors to spend at least a portion of their vacation here is the ancient Mayan ruins. These include everything from temples to plazas and dwellings, and some have been instrumental in helping archaeologists uncover important information about history and past civilizations.

International Sourcesizz

‘Finally, a virus got me.’ Scientist who fought Ebola and HIV reflects on facing death from COVID-19
Virologist Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, fell ill with COVID-19 in mid-March. He spent a week in a hospital and has been recovering at his home in London since. Climbing a flight of stairs still leaves him breathless. Piot, who grew up in Belgium, was one of the discoverers of the Ebola virus in 1976 and spent his career fighting infectious diseases. He headed the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS between 1995 and 2008 and is currently a coronavirus adviser to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. But his personal confrontation with the new coronavirus was a life-changing experience, Piot says. This interview took place on 2 May.

Tapirs Help Reforestation via Defecation
The large herbivores appear to prefer disturbed areas over more intact ones and spread many more seeds in those places through their droppings. The Amazon rain forest is under threat. Fragmentation, fires and climate change are just a few of the hazards. In natural, intact forests, animals that eat fruits help to keep the forest in a constant state of regeneration since they deposit seeds in their droppings as they travel. Could the same process help restore areas degraded by fire? “There are a lot of tapirs walking around the study area. And they, of course, poop a lot, because they are huge herbivores.”

Videos

  • Evarista Badillo selected as Mother of the Year 2020, 75min. Despite the cancellation of this year’s Mother’s Day extravaganza on Ambergris Caye, islanders still celebrated the occasions via a special live program via Reef TV. Many Mothers from Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker won fabulous prizes during the TV show. At the end of the special program, Ambergris Caye’s Evarista Badillo was selected as the 2020-2021 Mother of the Year.

  • Playful dolphins swim among divers, giving them an unforgettable experience, 1.5min. Dolphins are one of the most beloved and adored animals in the ocean. Their intelligence and playful nature appeal to people of all ages and almost everyone dreams of a close encounter with a dolphin. Inquisitive and curious, they occasionally approach scuba divers close enough to provide a close look for both the people and the pod of dolphins. But few people ever see them in the wild and even less are treated to a prolonged, close up interaction that is completely on the dolphins' terms.

  • EUROPE DAY 2020: A Joint Message from the European Union and Belize, 4.5min. A Joint Message from the European Union and Belize. "LET'S WORK TOGETHER...REGARDLESS OF ECONOMIC STATUS..."

  • Gilharry 7 Band Mother's Day Show, 2hr49min. Gilharry 7 Live - Happy Mother's Day.

  • The Voice of Caye Caulker Mother's Day, 3hr26min.

  • Belize Prepares for post-COVID Tourism, 1min. Ted Tejada from the Belize Hotel Association joins us to discuss how Belize is preparing for post-covid tourism.

  • Super Furia Band Mother's Day Show, 2hr46min. Happy Mother's Day! Super Furia is jamming!

  • Esq.Joe Moreno and Jovani Pinelo playing the marimba, 2min. Happy Mother's Day!

  • Homemade dough for Journey (Johnny) Cakes and Tortillas, 23min.

  • Dolphins in Belize, .5min.

  • Crab race at Crazy Canucks in Belize, 1.5min.

  • Belize Snorkling 2019, 12min. Off the shores of Caye Caulker, Belize.

  • San Pedro, Belize Catamaran, 3min. Flying from Belize City to my home on San Pedro, 2nd longest barrier reef in the world, snorkeling, catamaran,etc.

  • Punta Gorda - Full walk through the town, 21min.

  • Mother's Day Virtual Concert by D Real McCoy Entertainment, 1hr56min. Mother's Day Virtual Concert May 10th 2020

  • Drone video of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, 2min.