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The San Pedro Sun

Local banks restrict the use of credit cards to secure foreign exchange; PM says Belize’s reserves are more than enough
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected the flow of foreign exchange into Belize, and in order for local financial institutions to effectively and efficiently continue providing their services, banks have been forced to place restrictions on the use of credit cards. These restrictions limit credit card holders on the amount they can use monthly, and priority is being given to the importation of essential needs. On the other hand, the government assures Belizeans that the reserves at the Central Bank are good enough for the rest of the year.

Ministry of National Security Concludes Investigation into Allegations of Misconduct within the Belize Defence Force
The Ministry of National Security hereby confirms that the investigation into the alleged reports of extortion, maltreatment, sexual assault, and sexual advances at Training Company has concluded. The investigation recognizes that some progress was made in response to the victims of the alleged misconduct and highlights the need for more targeted organizational and strategic changes for progress to continue.

Embassy of Taiwan Donates Masks to the Ministry of National Security
The Ministry of National Security today received a donation of 60,000 surgical face masks from the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The masks will be distributed among the Belize Defence Force, Belize Coast Guard and the Belize Police Department.

Embassy of Taiwan Donates Masks to the Ministry of National Security
The Ministry of National Security today received a donation of 60,000 surgical face masks from the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The Ambassador also congratulated Belize on its efforts in managing COVID-19 and maintaining order through the measures under the statutory instruments.

2020 Hurricane Season begins with heavy rains across the region
The 2020 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season officially began on Monday, June 1st, with torrential rains across the country. On Ambergris Caye, it poured for hours, causing flooding in streets around San Pedro Town. Rain is expected to continue for the upcoming days, while the remnants of Amanda is heading to the Gulf of Mexico where it could become the season’s third tropical storm.

Ambergris Today

Islanders Organize Belize Children's Assistance Organization During Pandemic
Belize Children's Assistance Organization was created by Ms Yamilet Tzib to assist jobless parents with basic grocery items. She then pushed forward to assist single parents with baby products such as diapers, formula and wipes, to name a few. With the help of Mrs. Debbie Howell Reed and Mrs. Sheila Midgett Mark and their GoFundme pages the Organization has been assisting the needy on San Pedro and on the mainland with weekly grocery packages since April 10, 2020.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Wednesday, June 3rd, Meal Pick ups. Location : Happy Lobster Restaurant & Bar. Time: Village: 11:00am-11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am-12:30pm.

Webinar: Crisis Management for Tour Operators and Accommodations
The webinar on crisis management is scheduled for June 5, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. Register here: https://bit.ly/2Ml9cO0

Making drinking water safe
Due to the recent floods occurring over the past few days, the Ministry of Health reminds the public to stay safe including making drinking water safe. Practice safe sanitation and hygiene to reduce the incidences of common waterborne diseases that are characterized by diarrhea and vomiting. Seek medical attention if your symptoms become worse.

Green Iguana Conservation Project reopening
We are excited to be reopening our Green Iguana Tour this Friday June 25th, 2020. Tours will only be on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. Tour time: 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm. Price will be $10BZ for adults and $5BZ for children.

Banquitas House of Culture's Conference Room Available for Rent
In Orange Walk and Hosting a Conference, Large Meeting, or do you Need Space for a Large Gathering? Come and use the Banquitas House of Culture's Conference Room. Call us at +(501) 322-0517 or email us at: banquitas.hoc@nichbelize.org

Cabax bu'ul
Cabax Bu'ul is a well known dish between the Yucatec Maya(Máasewal) elders of Northern Belize . Our Mayero elders would say "Cabaz Bu'ul es una delicia de los Dioses Mayas " .

Artist of the Day - Hilberto Trujillo
Hilberto Trujillo was born in 1972 in the village of Paraiso. At the age of twelve Hilberto won his first poster competition. In 2007 he had the opportunity to study art at ‘La Casa Del Artista’ in Costa Rica where he was able to develop his skills in various mediums. In 2009 equipped with his new artistic achievements, Hilberto initiated an art club for the children of Paraiso Village. In 2010 he joined the Institute of Creative Arts-Corozal Committee in the capacity of visual arts instructor. Hilberto is an educator at the Belize Seventh Day Adventist College where he teaches math, physics, and visual arts. Mr. Trujillo continues to paint and is dedicated to sharing his passion for art with his students, encouraging them to be creative.

FLOOD REPORT AND FORECAST
FLOOD REPORT AND FORECAST Tuesday June 2, 2020. River Conditions. REGION 7: The Blue Creek Sub catchment of the RIO HONDO is flooded, flood levels have exceeded the historical levels recorded for Hurricane Mitch. The NEW RIVER is continues to rise slowly but remains below the banks. REGION 9: On the MACAL RIVER, reservoir levels remain below the spillways at Chalillo, Mollejon and Vaca facilities. At San Ignacio, levels remains below the low level bridge but is gradually rising. The MOPAN RIVER at Benque Viejo Town has exceeded its banks and continues to rise...

Summary of Statutory Instrument No. 78 of 2020
Summary of Statutory Instrument No. 78 of 2020 Effective Monday, June 1st, 2020. 1. IS CURFEW STILL IN EFFECT? Yes, the curfew is still imposed and in effect for the entire country for BOTH adults and minors, 16 years and under from o Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 p.m. to 4:59 a.m. o Friday to Saturday from 9:00 p.m. to 4:59 a.m. However, minors, 16 years and under, MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian during · The mornings from o Sunday to Saturday from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. · The evenings from o Sunday to Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. o Friday to Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. No person shall be on the streets or in any public place nor on any public road during curfew...

Vacancy for the position of Chief Compliance Officer For Caye Bank
A Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), is responsible to protect the bank, its affiliates, and customers from any damage that might result from the failure to comply with regulatory obligations and assist the Executive Management in monitoring and mitigating compliance risks in line with the risk tolerance of the Bank.

COVID-19 UPDATE
This is an update up until today at 3 pm. A further 45 samples were processed today and all were negative. We have now entered our 8th week since we last confirmed our cases. Neighbouring Othon P. Blanco (includes Chetumal) up to midday today has 71 active cases and a total of 113 cases. Guatemala reported a further 249 new cases with 8 deaths in the last 24 hrs with a total now of 5,336 cases. Our surveillance mechanisms continue as we move along under new norms.

Breeding places of the Dengue Mosquito
The Ministry of Health reminds the community to be aware of Dengue. Keep your surroundings clean and avoid having any container that can hold water around the yard. Please visit the nearest health center if you feel like you are experiencing symptoms of Dengue or call us at 0-800-MOH-CARE.

Channel 7

Tourism Stakeholders Call For Opening, Urgently
Tourism borders are re-opening across the Caribbean - and there is mounting pressure in Belize to do the same. Antigua and Barbuda, and St Lucia are set to welcome air arrivals on June fourth. Jamaica will do the same on June 15th and the Bahamas on July first. Those countries are responding to shares economic pressures. Just like Belize they have seen massive job losses, economic stagnation, and foreign exchange shortfalls, due to the coronavirus shutdown.

Cabinet Still Not Ready For Tourism
Well, government has heard the very loud public and private lobbying well enough, but it remains unmoved. Coming out of a Cabinet session this afternoon, the Attorney General told us via phone that Belize is not ready yet: "I know that there is great pressure in Belize from many in the tourism sector. Is there any flexibility on this? Are you all thinking of changing the July 1st timeline? I know that a cabinet meeting was held today. Is there a re-thinking of reactivating this July 1st opening on the governments' part?"

UDP Not Fretting About Leadership
And while the tourism leaders are sounding drums of desperation, on the political front, the UDP rank and file is also getting antsy. Yesterday, you saw short lived leader John Saldivar openly campaigning for another bite at the leadership cherry. And that made us ask, when will the UDP elect a successor to Dean Barrow, who only has 5 months left in this term? As Chairman of the UDP, Mike Peyrefitte said politics is not a priority right now:

Man Left For Dead On Village Road
A man was killed last night in a fatal hit and run accident reported after the 8:00 pm curfew. In happened on the Progressso - San Estevan Road at around 8:45. Porfilio Escalante was riding a bicycle when he was hit by a vehicle which sped off. Escalante was flung to the pavement and experienced massive head trauma and injuries to his body.

Female Cycle Rider Knocked Down, Vehicle Speeds Off
And there was a hit and run in Belize City today as well. It happened at around 2:30 this afternoon just north of A & R and across from Courts. A grey Nissan vehicle and a motorbike were both northbound, heading in the same direction.

Five Mexicans Caught
Five Mexican fishermen are detained at a quarantine Centre in Corozal after the Coast Guard caught them doing illegal fishing in Belize's waters yesterday. The men who are from the southern coast of Quintana Roo had been reported missing since Saturday - but they weren't missing at all, they had entered Belize illegally and were in good health detained by the Coast Guard. Mexican media reports say they were caught with an unregistered boat and with several empty gasoline drums. The Belize Coast Guard would only confirmed their capture, and added that they will be quarantined for 14 days.

Crazy Cayo Armed Robbery
Tonight, Police from San Ignacio continue to look for 2 suspects in an armed robbery that happened at a grocery store in that western municipality. At around 5:20 p.m. yesterday, 2 thieves held up B&J Grocery Store, which is located at the corner of Buena Vista and 4th Streets. But, the entire crime in progress was caught on the store's video surveillance system, and 7News has obtained a copy of that footage.

An Alley At War With Cops
Over the weekend 78 Belizeans were charged with the state of emergency offense of breaking curfew. You might ask yourself how and under what circumstances people get charged with such an avoidable offense; and one that carries a heavy fine. But last night Doyle Palacio, a resident of North Creek Alley managed to incur that fine not just for himself but for his entire family after a series of events that, according to the family, began with Doyle's after curfew decision to wash his car. Cherisse Halsall walked down the alley this morning for a rainy re-cap of a community disturbance and alleged police brutality.

TS Cristobal Causing Rains
For the last 4 days, thunderstorms and heavy rains have dominated the weather all across Belize. The heavy conditions started on Saturday, and were as a direct result of a tropical weather disturbance that began affecting Belize and other Central American nations. This bad weather actually pre-empted the start of this year's hurricane season, and now, it has developed into one of the first-named tropical storms of the season. It is now known as Tropical Storm Cristobal, and at this time, it is meandering in the Bay of Campeche, where it will stay for a few more days.

Hurricane Season Without Radar?
But, will the National Met Service be able to repair Belize's radar to track local weather patterns themselves? Reports say that it has been down since mid March. The Deputy Chief Met Officer said it needs parts: Ronald Gordon - Deputy Chief Meteorologist: "I am not a technician in radars as such, to tell you what the exact issue. But, I can confirm that our radar is currently down, and our technicians are working diligently to get it up. However, we're ordering some parts, and we're expecting those parts to come into the country in the near future, so [that] we can get the radar up and running."

Ben Reid's Family Convinced Remains Are His
Last night we told you about the missing 23 year old man whose body was found at mile three and a half on the George Price Highway. But late yesterday evening when we spoke to his aunt Gina Wade, the woman who reported him missing, she was still holding onto hope that the body found wasn't Benjamin's Voice of: Aunt of Benjamin Reid: "The last time I saw my nephew was May 13th. He was at my house at Ross Pen Road. He left and says he was going to Los Lagos and someone would have pick him up there. From that day we never saw him again up to today we haven't seen him."

They Caught A Courier
As the curfew clamps down on personal movement for unspecified purposes, drug paddlers have to find new ways to move their product. And, one of them tried to use a courier service to Caye Caulker - which put two men before the court today. 35 year old Elmer Leonel Eck, a Deckman of Caye Caulker along with 39 year old Barney Aquilez Lopez, a Loader of Caledonia Village who work for RCD cargo service were caught by Special Branch with 2.2 kilos, or about 5 pounds of weed in their cargo truck yesterday. This happened at the corner of Central American and Jane Usher Boulevard.

BDF Investigation Of Sexual Harassment Unearths Rape Report
Last night we told you about the whitewashed wording of the press release covering the BDF report that only alluded to sexual advances and sexual assault endured by the female recruits that made up Intake 65.

Trinidad Charge For Weed
Last week, we told you about the over 20 pounds of weed that a man left behind at the Belmopan bus terminal. He ran off when the police approached. Well, police have tracked down Belmopan resident. He is Trinidad Perez and yesterday in court he pleaded not guilty and was remanded until 12 August,2020. He was represented by attorney Arthur Saldivar.

Channel 5

Is a Foreign Exchange Crisis Also Looming Ahead for Belize?
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic toll on the tourism sector.  Tourism receipts, which represent up to forty percent of foreign exchange earnings, have plunged due to the downturn [...]

Economy on the Ropes, Can It Rebound From Financial Shock?
With tourism taking a hit, the economy is in the throes of a severe depression and despite the gradual opening up of businesses, including hotels and restaurants, there is not [...]

Open the P.G.I.A.
The prolonged closure of the P.G.I.A. is resulting in the sustained hemorrhaging of many businesses in the tourism sector, the supply chain, those that are not directly tied to the [...]

O.A.S. Asked to Confirm B.D.F. Soldiers’ Location
There is a developing situation along the western border near Jalacte Village. Reports in the Guatemalan media claim that Belize Defence Force soldiers illegally crossed the border into Guatemala.  The [...]

Police Investigating Latest Allegation at the B.D.F.?
Still on the B.D.F….On Monday night, we told you about the press release sent out by the Ministry of National Security on the conclusion of the investigation of the allegations [...]

Penner Goes To Court Following Bench Warrant for His Arrest
Former minister Elvin Penner appeared in magistrate’s court in Belmopan this morning after being a no-show on Monday morning.  Penner’s absence resulted in the issuance of a bench warrant for [...]

Five Mexican Detained for Illegally Entering Belize
An additional forty-five samples were processed today for the corona virus and the Ministry of Health is reporting that all were negative. Belize has now entered its eight week since [...]

Kashawn Gentle Loses Bail
Kashawn Gentle, a stevedore from Caesar Ridge Road in Belize City, is behind bars awaiting trial again, after he violated the terms of his bail and the bail was revoked. [...]

78 Arrests Made over the Weekend under S.O.E. Regulations
Seventy-eight more persons were added to the list of over one thousand persons who have been arrested and charged for various offenses under the emergency powers regulations. According to the [...]

G.O.B. Reviewing Applications for Repatriation
Three government ministries have begun reviewing applications submitted by Belizeans stuck overseas due to the coronavirus and want to come back home. Close to five hundred applications have been received [...]

Director of Health Services Speaks on Quarantine Hotels
A number of Belizeans, who were employed in the cruise ship industry, has made it home. In their case, the cruise ship companies made the arrangements for their return and [...]

Chocolate Making – a Mayan Art Form!
The history of the cacao in the Mayan culture dates back to thousands of years ago. The cacao beans or seeds were used for trading and also used in drinks, [...]

A.S.R./B.S.I. Suspends Milling Due To Inclement Weather
In the sugar belt, A.S.R./B.S.I. in consultation with the four cane farmers’ associations decided to temporarily halt milling due to the downpour. The four associations were told in writing of [...]

Rice Farmers Affected by Flooding
Another industry that is taking a hit due to the weather is the rice industry. According Jose Abelardo Mai rice farmers in Orange Walk South are in distress as they [...]

Belizeans Studying Abroad Determined to Complete Studies Despite Pandemic
Hundreds of Belizean students remain stranded in many countries due to the corona virus that spread so quickly they were unable to get back home. The P.G.I.A. and borders remain [...]

CEMO’s Preparedness for the 2020 Hurricane Season
It is only day two of the hurricane season, but a tropical storm has formed in the Bay of Campeche, Mexico.  The storm began as a tropical depression bringing heavy rainfall and [...]

Border dispute
Red 17 Petén Noticias is reporting that Belizean soldiers "entered Guatemala to measure land in Santa Cruz San Luis Petén". The news outlet is reporting that a group of residents in the area is asking that authorities respect the law since there have been fatalities due to the border dispute. It has been previously reported that Guatemalans have settled on Belizean territory as they have done along the border in the Barrio el Juda area.

Amandala

Tacos, gyms and boledo are back!
The national lockdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic that brought Belize’s economy to a standstill has been eased for the time being, since Belize has no active case of the novel coronavirus. Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced yesterday at his virtual press conference that government is lifting some State of Emergency restrictions in an effort to spur more economic activity. One stiff measure under the State of Emergency that is being somewhat relaxed is the maximum number of persons that are allowed to congregate at any social gathering. The number of persons who are now allowed at social gatherings has been raised from ten to 40 persons — an increase that will be particularly meaningful for places of worship. Prime Minister Barrow noted that churches “with the requisite space will be able, physically, to host congregations of that size.”

Barrow unable to say when PGIA and borders will reopen
The Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) closed on March 23 after the last commercial flight left the country, and the national State of Emergency lockdown kicked in as the country’s battle against the spread of the novel coronavirus began in earnest. With global air travel coming to a full stop due to the global shutdown to contain the pandemic, Belize’s tourism-dependent economy has taken a massive, direct hit. There was optimism in some quarters that an early opening of the borders and airport would occur to ease the economic meltdown and the bleeding of Belize’s economy.

Pickup runs off San Antonio bridge and into river: 3 dead
A pickup truck in which Raymundo Copo, 25, a laborer of Guinea Grass, Orange Walk District, and three others were traveling, skidded off the San Antonio bridge and into the Rio Hondo River below at about 7:30 tonight after the driver of the truck, which was heading from San Antonio to Santa Cruz, apparently lost control of the vehicle. As a result, Copo was killed, and two of the other persons, who have not been identified, who were traveling in the pickup, were missing; reports are that one body was later found, and police are looking for the second body. The fourth person, the driver, Alfonso Garcia, was able to swim out of the vehicle and go for help.

Benjamin Reid’s body found near bar
The search for Benjamin Reid, 23, a laborer of Maskall, Belize District, came to a sad conclusion at about 6:30 yesterday evening. A man walking in the area behind Tapir Bar, off Mile 3 of the George Price Highway, found the body of a man lying on the ground in some bushes. Police, since it was already late, secured the body, and today, the body was identified as that of Benjamin Reid. An autopsy is to be conducted on the body at a medical facility at Mile 13 on the Philip Goldson Highway.

Nimrod Tillett charged for brutal murder of Yo Creek caretaker
An investigation into the brutal death of Abner Novelo, 30, a farm caretaker of Yo Creek, Orange Walk District, who was found dead at about 6:30 Saturday morning on a farm where he was the caretaker, has led to the arrest of Nimrod Catzim Tillett, 32, a laborer of Orange Walk Town. Tillett was charged with murder for the death of Novelo, and will be arraigned at the Orange Walk Magistrate’s Court. Novelo was found with massive chop wounds in his head, back, chest, abdomen and knees; and his arms had been severed.

Police killing of unarmed black man ignites fiery protests in US cities
The death of an unarmed African-American man at the hands of a white police officer has triggered a wave of protests across several major United States cities. At times the protests grew violent as protestors burned police cars and looted stores. This morning, US President Donald Trump, who is often accused of fanning the fires of white nationalism, urged state governors to get tough on protestors and to put them in jail for a long period of time.

Belize’s lawmen searching for cargo from drug plane in Sarteneja
Yesterday morning at about 6:00, a suspected drug plane was found abandoned near a feeder road on a farm in Sarteneja. When police arrived, the engine of the plane was still running, but it was damaged due to the crash-landing. Police said that the plane’s wheels were damaged, and its front axle and its right wing were broken. Checks were made inside the aircraft, but nothing was found. The plane’s crew and its cargo were believed to still be in the area, but Belize’s law enforcement officers were not successful in finding anything during their search.

DNA tests being done to identify Gardenia remains
A mechanic of Gardenia who went into the bushes to cut sticks found human skeletal remains, and police were called to the scene, which was about a quarter mile off the Philip Goldson Highway. An immediate investigation was undertaken to determine whether any persons from the area had been reported missing, and the family of Alfred Seguro, 64, of Biscayne, the neighboring village, who has been missing since March 22, 2018, was contacted.

Roy Vansen, 55, dies in road accident
Roy Vansen, 55, a Camalote resident who had always been seen in Belmopan near the Belmopan Bus Terminal and in the surrounding area doing small jobs for a little money to earn his living, was knocked down and killed while he was walking home at about 11:30 last night on the George Price Highway in Camalote by a police vehicle that was responding to a report from Camalote. The accident occurred between Miles 49 and 50. Vansen died immediately due to massive head and body injuries.

Editorial: We cannot “force ripe” tourism
For some time now our authorities have been hopeful that on July 1, we would be able to reopen our doors to international flights bringing in US tourists, and we were told that the best chance for us realizing that hope was the development of a rapid test for the COVID-19 virus. There being no satisfactory rapid test yet available, we, still hopeful about reopening on July 1, had informed the world that we would welcome visitors if they were certified free of COVID-19 by means of the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test. At his press conference on Friday last, however, the Prime Minister informed the nation that the IATA (International Air Transport Association) rejected that testing requirement, thus the hoped for July 1st opening could not be confirmed.

Belize in the eye of the storm; let’s stay there
With the latest easing of restrictions in the State of Emergency, athletes and sports fans may be getting a little impatient; but, “discretion is the better part of valour,” and our health authorities feel it is still prudent to delay participation in competitive sports, for obvious reasons. In my football experience in playing days, our motto was that attackers/strikers are supposed to take chances, but defenders were to “tek no chance.” And, without an effective cure, we are still playing defense against this COVID-19 right now. Our authorities are advancing our economic attack, but cautiously, step by careful step. We can’t afford to rush in opening everything up, otherwise we may be open to the dreaded “contra golpe.”

Veteran cross country cyclist Glen Gordon passes away at home
Cycling enthusiasts and fans of the Cross Country Cycling Classic are mourning the death of veteran Cross Country rider Glen “Big Man” Gordon, 65, of Partridge Street Extension. He died Tuesday morning at his home due to complications of cancer. Gordon suffered a stroke in December and since then he had been recovering at home, but the condition took a turn for the worse. His wife, Alva Gordon, believes that he suffered a massive stroke from which he could not recover.

Carnival Glory brings 10 Belizean crew members home
The New Orleans-based Carnival Glory made its way into the Belize City harbor this weekend to drop off its 10 Belizean crew members. Since the COVID-19 pandemic locked down the world in March and April of this year, many cruise ships have had to remain anchored at sea. Carnival Glory was reportedly anchored off the coast of Jamaica for the past two and a half months. Since Belize became a port of call for major cruise ship companies, many Belizeans have been hired by cruise companies in various capacities.

Update on COVID-19 in Mexico and Central America
The coronavirus, COVID-19, is affecting 213 countries and territories around the world. As of 31st May 2020, there are 6.2 million (M) confirmed cases, and yesterday alone there was an increase of 67,877 new cases reported. COVID-19 has caused at least 372,340 deaths, i.e. the population size of Belize. I say “at least,” because in many places, the official daily figures exclude anybody who did not die in a hospital, or who never was tested for the virus, or there may be intentional under-reporting of cases by official authorities. As of today, the USA and Brazil lead the world with some 1.83 M and 0.5 M confirmed cases, respectively. The US has already registered 106.9 thousand deaths as of 31st May, 2020.

Belize continues to bask in COVID-19-free status
The novel coronavirus, which was discovered in the city of Wuhan in the province of Hubei, China, late last year and which would later be dubbed COVID-19 by the World Health Organization and declared a pandemic in mid-March, has infected more than 6 million people worldwide and claimed the lives of over 367,000 worldwide. In Belize, 16 persons are among the more than 2 million persons who have recovered from COVID-19. Additionally, Belize has been free from any active case of the novel coronavirus for more than one month.

From the Publisher
The way this particular column came about was my discovery somewhere recently of a 1996 Cubola publication, Ping Wing Juk Me, of six Belizean plays elected by Michael J. Phillips. The writers are Carol Fonseca Galvez, George Gabb, Evan X Hyde, Gladys Stuart, Sir Colville Young, and Shirley Warde. Generally speaking, the last nine weeks have been very boring for most of us Belizeans, because American cable television already wasn’t doing much for us, creatively and relevantly speaking, and the coming of the coronavirus meant the death of television sports entertainment in the United States and Europe. Those nine weeks should have been a time when our Belizean creative material, in the form of our local theatre, was blossoming anew, or, at least, being rescued from the archives.

Blue-toothing KREM
For about a year now I’ve had an expensive phone – is it an iPhone? – the kind of phone you can do all kinds of things with if you have any capacity. It’s no news to anyone who reads my column regularly that my younger sister got one of her brothers-in-law to bring it when he was visiting from the mighty but so often disgraceful USA, just so I could become a member of a family group she had set up. I haven’t progressed much beyond that, but I’m getting along.

The cat let out of the bag …
Miss Olive and Ruth, her niece, having agreed to look after Mama and Daddy during our absence, supervised by Linda next door, Nigel and I had accepted an unusual invitation to spend the Easter holidays with one of his few cousins on his mother’s side, who lived on a farm in the Western District, far from anywhere near to the sea (our usual haunt) or other relatives; and had returned to work on Easter Tuesday just in time to greet Jerome before he vanished into the operating theatre, not seeing him again until Wednesday night when he ate dinner at our house.

Anniversary of the execution of Tupac Amaru — one of the most cruel in Western history
There is not known in the world, a historical account of a more savage incident, where the highest representative of the Original Peoples was dismembered. The murder of José Gabriel Condor Canqui — Tupac Amaru. Condor Canqui spearheaded the largest indigenous and independence movement in the times of the Viceroyalty under the Crown of Spain. He was the first to request the freedom of all Latin America from any dependency, both from Spain and its monarch — striving not just for mere political separation but for the elimination of various forms of indigenous exploitation (mita mining, distribution of goods, works) of the townships, alcabalas and customs (November 14, 1780).

No justice, no peace
Dear Editor, Almost 40 cities imposed curfew and 15 states activated the National Guard in the United States. The people are defying curfew and claim police brutality. There were protests in London and Berlin near the US embassy about the unjustified killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US. I don’t get the impression that the ruling elites realize that this incident is massively eroding US soft power or moral authority. They can no longer criticize China over Hong Kong when they are treating their protesters equally or more brutally.

Op-Ed: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge
What was your first reaction when you saw the video of the white cop kneeling on George Floyd’s neck while Floyd croaked, “I can’t breathe”? If you’re white, you probably muttered a horrified, “Oh, my God” while shaking your head at the cruel injustice. If you’re black, you probably leapt to your feet, cursed, maybe threw something (certainly wanted to throw something), while shouting, “Not @#$%! again!” Then you remember the two white vigilantes accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery as he jogged through their neighborhood in February, and how if it wasn’t for that video emerging a few weeks ago, they would have gotten away with it. And how those Minneapolis cops claimed Floyd was resisting arrest but a store’s video showed he wasn’t.

The Reporter

Five Mexican nationals detained from west of San Pedro
Five Mexican nationals are currently being held at a quarantine facility in Corozal Town after they were detained under suspicious circumstances on Sunday by elements of the Belize Coast Guard. The men were spotted just after 7:30 a.m. drifting west of San Pedro Ambergris Caye, inside an area known as Nueland Area. Upon seeing the Coast Guard patrol the captain of the skiff attempted to outrun the patrol but was unsuccessful. When questioned the men claimed that they were coming from Mahahual, Quintana Roo, and were heading to Chetumal but had gotten disoriented along the way due to bad weather.

LOVE FM

Elvin Penner appears in Supreme Court
Former Minister of State, Elvin Penner appeared in court today after the Belmopan Supreme Court issued a bench warrant for him. The warrant was issued yesterday when Penner failed to appear to court.

Positive feedback on distance learning
Belize has been forced to enter into an age of online schooling due to covid-19. While there was uncertainty surrounding the move, Chief Education Officer, Dr Carol Babb stated that she has gotten positive feedback.

Owner of the Mile 44 land speaks out
Nigel Petillo, he is the man who managed to draw an estimated one thousand persons to mile forty-four on the George Price Highway on May 17. Their collective goal is to overtake the almost 3-thousand acre property that is privately owned. Petillo and others got into some troubles that day for defying the Covid-19 regulations but Petillo promised he would be back. The activist took to social media this week after he realized that the rightful owners of the land were erecting a fence on the property.

Family displeased with burial of loved one
It has been almost forty eight hours since the body of 23-year-old Benjamin Reid was found in a shallow grave just off the George Price Highway. While the family is grateful for closure they are displeased at how the family was not given the chance to bury him.

Annual Youth Innovation Challenge to be done online
The annual Belize Youth Innovation Challenge is moving from its usual face to face presentations to an online platform. The event is in its seventh year and is focused on having students come up with unique and creative entrepreneurial ideas.

Cause of house fire is a mystery to Fire Department
A man is homeless after his house and belongings were destroyed by fire in Belize City. A firefighting team was dispatched to Tigris Street on Sunday afternoon.

No compromise on CXC date
The Ministry of Education has stated that there will be no compromises on the date for CSEC exams. The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) had hoped that they could sit down with the Ministry to push for a later date, perhaps in August or September as opposed to July.

National Hydrological Service issues flood report
Our Central American neighbours are not the only ones monitoring Tropical Storm Cristobal. Our local weather experts are keeping their eyes on the effects of Cristobal as it will spell rainy days for Belize. Via the Government Press Office, the team at the National Hydrological Service (NHS) issued a flood report and forecast for Belize.

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Five Mexican nationals in quarantine after being busted entering Belize illegally
Reports to BBN indicate that 5 Mexican nationals were busted entering Belize illegally on Sunday. The […]

Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations commends government on establishing biodiversity office
Today, the Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations (APAMO) commended the Government of Belize’s decision […]

Testing continues; Belize remains COVID-19 free
The Ministry of Health continues to conduct testing and Belize currently remains Covid-19 free. A […]

Commemoration of Flowers Bank 14
The annual ceremony honoring the 14 men credited with saving the Belize Settlement in 1797 […]

Harmony Young undergoes brain surgery
Sixteen-year-old Harmony Young who had been suffering from a brain tumor, today, underwent brain surgery […]

KHMH relaxes restrictions to match relaxed state of emergency regulations
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority (KHMHA) announced today that the hospital will be relaxing […]

National Student Union of Belize makes recommendations for COVID-19 recovery
The National Student Union of Belize (NSUB) is calling on the Government of Belize (GOB) […]

Belmopan Land Development Corporation Limited asserts claim over Mile 44 property
Accusing the unnamed “organizer” of the May 17 occupation of their property at Mile 44, […]

Guatemalan press accuses BDF soldiers of incursion into Guatemalan territory
Several Guatemalan media outlets are reporting that there was an incursion of officers from the […]

Jamaica proceeds to reopen borders; will test returning nationals but not international travellers
This week, Jamaica has reopened its borders for repatriated Jamaicans and others, and will do […]

“Belize Day”: Country was renamed 47 years ago on June 1
June 1, 1973, was an unheralded milestone for The Jewel. After a century of being […]

Post mortem concludes that Benjamin Reid was shot to the head
On Sunday, May 31, authorities discovered the body of a man in a shallow grave […]

Flood waters surpass historic averages
The National Hydrological Service of Belize’s latest flood update says that flood waters in some […]

Motorcyclist injured after crashing over parking blocks
This morning, a motorcyclist injured himself after driving at a high speed and crashing into […]

Blogs

Canadians Quarantine in Paradise
“Ambergris Caye was, and still is, our ultimate destination”, shares Debora. After being laid off in Canada because of the virus on Friday, March 13th, Debora looked at Jerry 8:30 pm that night and, without any hesitation, simultaneously said, “Let’s go to Belize”. Knowing with their full time work schedules this opportunity does not come often, though whatever chance they’d get, they’d vacation in Belize. And so, their COVID-19 adventure begins. Booking a one-way red-eye flight for 12:05 am that Saturday, they quickly packed and scheduled an Uber within 20 minutes. “This was not an issue. We were both motivated to return to Belize’s pristine beaches, savour its freshly picked fruit, dine on an abundance of seafood, and be surrounded by warm Belizean hospitality.”

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12 Essential, Surprising Facts About Moving to Belize
Vacationers and retirees are finding more than a vacation destination in Belize: The nation has become the trendiest place to settle down because ex-pats receive so many benefits and perks. For those starting to look at making a move to Belize, these 12 facts could seal the deal. Fact #1: There is something for everyone in Belize. Living along the Caribbean Sea comes with weather, recreation and other benefits. Real estate located on Ambergris Caye is especially coveted by home shoppers.

Videos

  • In It Together Promo, 1/2min. UNICEF Belize and the Ministry of Education presents a fun and hands-on educational series for children at home during the COVID 19 Pandemic. Eventhough we can't be with our students physically, we're here with them virtually because we're all "In It Together!"

  • Swimmers witness close up shark fight over a fish head in Belize, 1min. Nurse sharks are large and formidable looking creatures with strong jaws and impressive teeth, but their nature is much more docile than you might expect. Their mouths are actually designed more for scavenging than attacking anything and they are particularly relaxed around people. These completely wild sharks live on the reef in Belize and swimmers and divers are delighted to share the water with whenever the opportunity presents itself.

  • Belize—Scott Wagoner + Nikki Holland, 18min. Nikki Holland, Belize Friends Ministries Director, speaks with FUM General Board member Scott Wagoner about the work of Belize Friends School and Belize Friends Center, the way in which the work of the School, the Friends Center, and Belize City Friends Church build upon one another, and how FUM in Belize brings good things to the Southside of Belize City.

  • ARIA KAT ART Gallery, Caye Caulker, Belize - Belizean Art, 1.5min. Check out this video with some of our colorful paintings by a selection of our awesome Belizean artists!

  • TAKE A LOOK AT THE WONDERFUL CHARITY WORK FROM THE CAYE CAULKER SOUP KITCHEN, 4min.

  • Playful dolphin has a beautiful interaction with this scuba diver, 1min. As he swam over the reef and approached a collection of soft coral swaying in the current, a large dolphin swam right in front of him and began swimming around in circles, performing acrobatics and looking him right in the eye with what can only be interpreted as an invitation to play.

  • Swimmers have an extreme close up look at stingrays in Belize, 1min. Between dives, Big Sexy took his group to an area where they could swim with sting rays and nurse sharks in a shallow bay. The crystal clear water and plentiful animal life make this a perfect spot to get right up close with some wild, but friendly creatures of the ocean. The sharks and rays swim freely among the people and will approach curiously.

  • Belize trip: Placiencia. ( Du lịch Belize), 8min. Along with a group of friends, my husband and I came stay in Placiencia, Belize for a week. A few days into our vacation, Belize government stopped letting foreigners come into the country. We were among the last tourists to leave.