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The San Pedro Sun

Coral Reef Ed-Ventures Summer Program 2020 is cancelled
The fun and educational annual summer camp, Coral Reef Ed-Ventures Program is not taking place this year due to the global disturbance created by COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The summer program is organized by students from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA and with the assistance of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR), teaches children about the reef’s ecology and conservation.

Unemployment Relief Portal are inactive
Those persons who still have not been able to receive their approved payments are reminded that they can consider using a TopUp Debit Card which is available through Heritage Bank. These cards are usable at any Heritage Bank or credit union ATM and at stores that carry the Bank’s terminals.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Friday, June 5th, Meal pick ups. Location: Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill. Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

Boca del Rio Drive closed to Vehicles Blue Tang to the Park in San Pedro
The San Pedro Town Council would like to advise the general public that the Boca del Rio Drive, from Blue Tang Inn to the Boca del Rio Park, will be closed to vehicular traffic until further notice due to the damages it incurred from the strong winds and choppy sea. The San Pedro Town Council is currently assessing the damages, such as erosion and debris, and will be clearing the area. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Storm in San Pedro
Significant high tide and surge last night from 25-30+ mph winds last night from the storm system that's in our area.

Gemini Celebration
Friday night, Dj Special is hosting the Gemini Celebration. It's a virtual Gemini Celebration this Friday night 5th June 2020. LIVE and exclusively on DJ Special FB page, Sec9 App, Firestick, Hitz TV - Switch TV!

Artist of the Day - Crysel Gabourel
Crysel Gabourel started dancing at the age of 5 with the Belize National Dance Company under the directory of the late Ms. Rosita Baltazar. Here was where she developed the dream of becoming a professional dancer and choreographer. In 2008 Crysel became a part of the BNDC touring company. She toured internationally in 2012 to Europe, 2013 to Suriname, 2015 to Haiti just to name a few. While attaining her associates in Natural Science at SJCJC, she became president of the dance club and began teaching dance at Saint John’s College Junior College. In 2012 she collaborated with Ms. Rosita Baltazar and began teaching dance at various primary schools, which she still does to this day.

Mrs. Vianay Bautista Vivas
This week our Art & Soul Series features another talented Corozal visual artist and educator, Mrs. Vianay Bautista Vivas. We are delighted to showcase her passion. Art is life for Vianay, as visitors and residents of our town can see...she has taken her passion and created several murals throughout the town as a member of Corozal Street Art Movement (CSAM). She is a regular contributor at the annual Arte con Voz de Mujer exhibit. Vianay graduated from the University of Belize in 2019 with a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education Spanish. She is currently an educator at Corozal Community College teaching Spanish, and with her artistic knowledge and experience, she is also the first Visual Arts instructor at the institution(a dream come true for Vianay)! If you would like to reach out to Vianay you may do so via her Facebook page - Vianay Illustrations.

2020 NEMO Hurricane Shelter List
A Complete List of Hurricane Shelters Countrywide - Inspected, Repaired and Retrofitted where needed, Approved and Certified as fit and adequate for determined numbers of evacuees in the event of natural disaster (specifically, Hurricane, Tropical Storm or Flood)

Donation of Made-in-Taiwan face masks
Ambassador Remus Li-Kuo Chen handed over 15,000 Made-in-Taiwan face masks and one Automated Temperature Measurement System to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize, accepted by Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs, with senior staff also witnessing this donation. These masks and the Temperature Measurement System will help the staff and employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs continue to stay healthy and provide uninterrupted quality services to Belizeans at home and abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic. The cooperation once again exemplifies the robust and friendly 31-year diplomatic ties between Belize and Taiwan which definitely benefit both our two peoples and countries!

Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow’s Announces First-Ever US Dollar-Denominated Treasury Note
My fellow Belizeans, Last week, when I provided an update on Government’s crisis response to COVID-19, I offered a reassurance of broad financial sector stability and, in particular, of continued commercial access to a sufficiency of foreign currency supply for essential imports. The certitude I conveyed is sowed by a ceaseless, creative campaign to tap every available source of external financing in support of our economy. In the next few days, the first disbursement from the IDB’s package is expected; and thereafter, in rapid succession during the ensuing months, the flows will come from Taiwan, the World Bank and OFID, in a total amount of some US$100 million. These fresh inflows will augment the Central Bank’s official reserve position, which currently surpasses the traditional 3 months of import cover. And the renewal of tourism earnings will commence during the third or, at the latest, fourth quarter of this year...

Unemployment Relief Portal is inactive
The public is once again advised that the hotlines/help numbers that were listed on the Unemployment Relief Portal are inactive due to public officers returning to their substantive posts. A public notice will be issued when the hotline/help numbers are reactivated. In the meantime, kindly send information and queries via email to unemployment@covid19.bz.

National Hydrological Service Flood Forecast - June 4, 2020
REGION 7 - The Rio Bravo and Blue Creek Sub catchment of the RIO HONDO remains well above flood stage; Levels at SAN ANTONIO, SAN ROMAN and SANTA CRUZ and DOUGLAS are rising steadily. The NEW RIVER at Caledonia has exceeded its banks and continues to rise. REGION 9- On the MACAL PJVER, reservoir levels remain below the spillways at Chatillo, Mollejon and Vaca facilities. At San Ignacio, levels remain below the low-level bridge but is gradually rising. The MOPAN RIVER at Bengue Viejo Town is above normal and declining. On the BELIZE RIVER, levels at Banana Bank continue to fall. The CROOKED TREE LAGOON is below the causeway and rising steadily. At Double Run, levels are above normal and rising...

Environmental Impact Assessment
The general public is invited to participate in this virtual consultation to make comments, ask questions, seek clarification, express concerns or issues, or to make representation to the DOE in relation to the possible effects of the proposed project activity on the environment. The EIA can be found at our website...http://doe.gov.bz/environmental-clearance/

Completion and certification of the Edmundo Granda Ugalde Leaders in International Health Program
The Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin, the CEO, Dr. George Gough, along with the Management and staff of the Ministry of Health extends congratulations to Mrs. Danini Marin and Mr. Andrei Chell on the completion and certification of the Edmundo Granda Ugalde Leaders in International Health Program. The program collaborates with countries in the Americas to equip leaders to develop capacities in situational analysis, policy design and decision-making, negotiation and advocacy, project management and cooperation, generation and exchange of knowledge and communications. The participants are grateful to the Paho Belize office for funded the program. For more information contact: The Pan American Health Organization Belize City office.

Free Soup Project Hosted by Belize Soul project
The Free Soup Project will be at the Belize Soul project, space for the arts & productions this Saturday at 3pm. If you know anybody that needs food, let them know, and let them know to bring containers.

The new bathroom in Billy White is close to being finished. Thanks, Rotary!
The grey skies aren't effecting the progress on the toilet building for the primary school in Billy White. The school even got an additional sidewalk! Our club members will paint the building when it almost finished. Thank you club partners and Rotary Foundation for helping us improve student health and attendance.

Virtual exhibition on Historical Landscapes of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. PART 1
By San Pedro House of Culture. Blake House and El Comisariato, San Pedro Roman Catholic School, Priest's Residence, Catholic Church and Layola Camp, San Pedro Roman Catholic Church, La Academia de Musica, Police Station, Loyola Camo, Scout's Room, Bonita Hall, La Esplanada.

San Pedro Traffic announcement
The public is advised that 'Boca Del Rio Drive' (the beach road) will be closed to all vehicles for 3 days, This is to allow for beach repair and clean up, access will be allowed for residents, NO Taxis or large vehicles will be allowed. Traffic Wardens will be monitoring the area. Thank you for your co-operation.

OCEANA Deep Dive Talks
In celebration of World Oceans Day, Oceana is launching its new live series where we talk to local and regional thought leaders about all things work, life and conservation. Join our Instagram Live on Monday, June 8th at 12:30PM CST as Oceana's Toledo Field Representative, Analee Chuc, chats with our first guest, Sean Kuylen. This conversation is sure to be one for the books - you don't want to miss it!

Channel 7

GOB Launches First Ever US dollar Treasure Note
Belize's leading foreign exchange earner, tourism, is on an extended hiatus, and no one can say for sure when it will return. In the interim, the economy is in a nosedive, and many are getting concerned - especially about foreign exchange shortages. The banks are cutting back on credit card limits; last week we told you about Atlantic Bank, and today we saw that Heritage Bank was also cutting credit card spending to $5,000 Belize per month.

European Couple Targeted In San Pedro Condo Invasion
San Pedro has been reporting low to no levels of violent crime for almost a year now - and that's what the report of an aggravated burglary stands out tonight. The report are that an elderly European couple was targeted inside their residence last night. They live in a condominium complex on the southside of the island, and say there were victimised in a home invasion.

Cops Can't Find Reported Narco Plane In Southern Belize
There are persistent reports that a drug plane landed in remote southwestern Belize this morning. The reports say it came down in the area of Graham Creek, which is right on the border with Guatemala. But it is a vast and hard to reach area, so tonight, the reports of a narco plane in the area are unconfirmed.

Shot At Hotel Estell
There was armed robbery yesterday evening at a hotel in Ladyville. The cops were in the area shortly after it took place, and tonight, they have 4 suspects detained. At around 5:30 p.m. yesterday, police responded to a robbery in progress at Estell's Airport Hotel, which is located on Mami Street. When they arrived they found one of the owners, Dudley Estell, suffering from an gunshot injury to his back. He was rushed to the KHMH for medical treatment.

Dr. Sutherland, I Presume
And while the KHMH's medical personnel work to heal Estell's wounds another play-play "doctor" has gotten a drugstore into a world of trouble. He's a man you met on 7News's pre-lockdown street cam but it's a more recent viral video that has the Pharmacists Association of Belize up in arms at the antics of the man who, armed with his secret weapon, refused to quiver in the face of the Coronavirus. Cherisse Halsall has the story:

Is The BDF Serious About Stopping Sexual Harassment?
Back in January, we reported on allegations of sexual impropriety between BDF recruits and their superior officers. Those reports spurred an investigation, and earlier this week, a verbose press release announced that the investigation was concluded, but if offered no concrete findings. And then, yesterday, the other shoe dropped when a BDF Staff Sergeant, was charged for rape of a female soldier. 14 year veteran for the BDF, Margarito Pop appeared in Belize City Magistrate's Court where he was read a single charge of rape for an incident that allegedly happened in the female soldier's room on May 20th.

Former Soldier Calls Minister’s Remarks "Chauvinistic."
One retired BDF Captain was aghast at the AG's tone, calling his words "chauvinistic." Derrica Castillo was among those who provided up to an hour's worth of testimony in recent cases of sexual impropriety alleged to have taken place within the ranks of her former comrades. Today she spoke to Cherisse Halsall via zoom videoconference and described her reaction to what she calls a wishy-washy BDF report designed to tip-toe past inevitable public outrage.

Pressure From The Air To Open Tourism
Belize has been grappling with the timeline to open its international airport, juggling the competing interests of tourism survival against human survival - that is, letting tourists in, versus keeping Belize COVID-free. Sources tell us that as recently as yesterday, plans were being hatched to proceed with a half opening of the airport in July - but we are told those plans were dashed at the last minute.

Tropic Air, Almost Out Of Oxygen
Like other tourism stakeholders, Tropic Air's profitability has taken a nose dive due to the COVID-19 crisis, and the closure of Belize's borders. The company's deputy director of operations briefly discussed the very tough choices that the management has had to make to ensure that the company can survive this crisis: "It's been difficult here at Tropic Air, like most stakeholders in the tourism industry. We've seen declines in the range of 95% to the business, to the revenues being brought in. Most, if not all, companies by now have had to lay off employees. Without a clear date, without a clear plan in sight. Other businesses are looking at further lay-offs in the industry..."

Some Rivers Still Rising
All this week, we've been telling you about Tropical Storm Cristobal, and the high volume of rain that it dumped on Belize. Well, the National Hydrological Service from within the Ministry of Natural Resources has another flood report and forecast on the country's rivers. The Rio Bravo and the Blue Creek Sub catchment of the Rio Hondo, which recently swelled to flood levels above those recorded during Hurricane Mitch, is still well above the flood stage. Levels at San Antonio, San Roman, Santa Cruz, and Douglas are rising steadily. The New River at Caledonia has exceeded its banks and continues to rise.

Misting Tunnels - A Fixture in Belize's Future?
It's a part of all of our new routines, having to constantly sanitize our hands before entering any and every establishment. But how would you react if, before granting you entry, a store expected to cleanse your entire body? It's a request you may face sooner rather than later thanks to yet another pandemic era innovation. It's one that could be on the path to becoming less of a showground curiosity and more of a sanitary necessity. Cherisse Halsall reports:

Gyms Working Out Fine With New Regs
And misting tunnels may soon be coming to a gym near you. That's because gym owners are keen to maintain sanitary measures in response to the intense scrutiny they've faced from the Ministry of Health as well as the National Sports Council. Gyms were allowed to open on Monday but the day after, the sports council slapped them with a 26 point list of regulations to govern COVID-time gym etiquette. We spoke to two gym owners to get their reactions to the government guidelines that they say were kinda "duh."

Field Trip For MNS Brass
Today, senior personalities in the Ministry of National Security went on a familiarization tour of Southern Belize. Attorney General and National Security Minister Mike Peyrefitte, was joined by Police Commissioner Chester Williams; CEO George Lovell; Brigadier General Steven Ortega; Admiral John Borland, the Chief of Defence Staff; Captain Elton Bennett, the Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard; and other senior officials within the Ministry of National Security.

Stole A Case of Guinness, Caught By Jogging Cop
There was also a failed burglary at the Good Friend Shop, located on Freetown Road in Belize City. This morning, Simon Wu, the business-owner, reported to police that he was awoken from sleep by the sound of people talking outside his business place.

Channel 5

The Groundbreaking U.S. Dollar Treasury Note
Is a thirty million U.S.-dollar treasury note the short term fix to Belize’s foreign exchange woes? Well, tonight the Prime Minister says this first-of-its-kind Central Bank initiative has the government’s [...]

COVID-19 Financial Aid to Start Rolling in Next Week
To ease the foreign exchange crunch, G.O.B. is also turning to the International Financial Institutions. During his video presentation today, Prime Minister Dean Barrow informed the public that the COVID-19 [...]

Opposition Leader Says Economy Crumbling
While the Prime Minister has launched the first of a kind treasury note to raise U.S. thirty million dollars, Opposition Leader John Briceño today told News Five that the economy [...]

Uncertainty in Air Travel Potentially Means Smaller Tourism Market Share
The Prime Minister has announced an initiative to tackle the foreign exchange crunch triggered by the halt of tourism activities which bring in significant foreign exchange.  But the grounding of [...]

Country Can’t Be Locked Off Forever, Says Opposition Leader
The longer the borders remain closed, the more damaging it is to the tourism industry, which accounts for forty-five percent of G.D.P.  The Philip Goldson International Airport remains closed and [...]

Elderly Man Shot During Home Invasion in Ladyville
An elderly man was shot to the back during a robbery at his hotel in Ladyville. Eighty-seven-year-old Dodlie Estelle was at home with his common-law when armed robbers came into [...]

Another Drug Plane Landing?
A drug plane is believed to have landed in southern Belize early this morning. Reports of a low-flying airplane began circulating as early as two o’clock this morning. Soon after, [...]

Is There Trouble in F.F.B. Over COVID-19 Relief?
The effects of the COVID pandemic is being felt everywhere and sport is no exception. Early in the crisis, sporting activities had to be cancelled because of the limit of [...]

F.F.B. General Secretary Says FIFA COVID Relief for Athletes Still Not Received
But there is another dilemma at the F.F.B. because the coaching staff and athletes, who have contracts with the F.F.B., believe the federation is taking advantage of them. News Five [...]

Football Activity Also Affected by COVID-19
General Secretary Earl Jones of the Football Federation of Belize says that COVID-19 has caused the football industry to crash. No money is coming in and the way forward for [...]

The Cacao – Opportunities for Maya Center
We introduced you to the Saqui family on Tuesday.  In tonight’s story, we share with you how the family in Maya Center Village uses the cacao to bring community benefits, [...]

Something is Wrong with the Unemployment Relief Programme
There is an update to the Unemployment Relief Programme and it is not good news for those persons waiting for financial relief. The hotline numbers that were listed on the [...]

Sugar Industry in Crisis
Opposition Leader John Briceño says that the sugar industry in the north is in crisis. The A.S.R./B.S.I. factory at Tower Hill has temporarily halted milling due to the inclement weather. [...]

John Briceño: “I don’t think anybody can take Mister Saldivar seriously”
John Briceño also weighed in on John Saldivar’s economic recovery strategy. The disgraced former Minister of National Security was forced to resign after he admitted to having received monies from [...]

Belizean Students Waiting for Approval to Return Home
A group of Belizean students in Massachusetts in the U.S. is waiting for approval from the government to return home.  Saint John’s Anglican school teacher Keisha Garbutt and three other [...]

Flood Report and Forecast
Parts of the country, in the north and central regions, are at flood stage. Residents in flood prone areas and near waterways are advised to be alert. The Hydrology Unit [...]

YATA’s Walls Down Makes the Cut for the “Change the Story Competition”
Turning to an interesting competition, The Walls Down project piloted by Joseph Stamp Romero, the founding director of Youth Advocacy Through Arts, has been entered into a contest, sponsored by [...]

Healthy Living: Anxiety Spikes in COVID-19 Era
The message from local health authorities has been clear; it is highly likely that at some time, Belize may face another wave of COVID-19.  While we continue to practice preventative [...]

LOVE FM

Forum for successful relationships held virtually
Whether you’re single or married, you probably have plenty of concerns surrounding relationships. With an aim to answer your questions, the Kingdom Diplomats’ Christian Center International (KDCCI) is hosting a virtual forum tonight to discuss effective tips for successful relationships.

Speaking up against injustices in the BDF
Black Lives Matter – it is a social media hashtag that has taken flight across borders and oceans. In the United States there is currently a social war primarily against racism.

Armed Robbery in Rural Belize
One man is hospitalized, and his girlfriend traumatized after their home which doubles as Estell Airport Hotel was invaded by three robbers. The incident occurred yesterday evening at around five-thirty in Ladyville, Belize District. Reports are that the couple was inside their home when one of the robbers came knocking querying about a room for rent.

Demanding justice for sexual assault victim within the BDF
A press release from the Ministry of National Security on the investigation into sexual assault allegations within the Belize Defence Force did more to confuse its readers than inform them. The release was lacking in pertinent information such as the crimes that occurred and the persons who would be disciplined, if any.

Cane farmers upset over closed mills
The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) is up in arms as they say they were not consulted nor did they have any say in the decision to shut down the mills at BSI. According to the Chairman of the Association, Elvin Reyes they had initially recommended that the mills be closed on Wednesday at 6pm.

Belize’s First Ever, Treasury Note
For the first time ever in Belize, the Government via the Central Bank is raising US dollars by issuing treasury notes. What this means is that the Government is looking at ways to inject new monies into the country’s foreign reserves.

Who will succeed Hon. Dean Barrow?
There is still no set date for the general elections. All in all, it is dependent on the Prime Minister and his Cabinet to finalize a date. There is a lot to be done between now and then for all parties entering the race. For the UDP they need to find a leader to succeed Dean Barrow. UDP’s Chairman, Michael Peyrefitte spoke on this issue. UDP ELECTIONS IN OUT /////]

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

CARICOM donates COVID-19 protection supplies to Belize Central Prison
This week the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) donated over […]

Placencia residents seek help in recovering stolen boat
A family from Placencia is asking the public to be on the lookout for their […]

“Increasing exports the only way to solve foreign exchange problems,” says Chamber of Commerce
Today the Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) called on the Government of Belize […]

Channel Broadcasting Cable sued in U.S. for alleged piracy
While Belize’s cable industry has moved away from its early days of outright piracy of television […]

Ex-Ministers still in crosshairs of police
Two former Government Ministers continue to face investigation for separate alleged instances of misconduct. But in […]

Prime Minister Barrow announces first-ever U.S. dollar-denominated Treasury Note
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dean Barrow today announced a first-ever U.S. dollar-denominated Treasury Note […]

Flood conditions still a problem in some parts of the country
The latest flood update from the National Hydrological Service of Belize’s latest flood update says […]

How COVID-19 took over the world
Belize is in something of an “eye” in the COVID-19 storm, with the last of […]

National Hydrological Service issues flood alert
Today, the National Hydrological Service issued a flood alert. Citizens are being advised to avoid […]

Government informs unemployment relief portal numbers are inactive
The Government issued a statement today informing that the hotlines/help numbers that were listed on […]

Sex workers unable to make a living, call for curfew to be lifted
The COVID-19 pandemic and the State of Emergency (SOE) measures that followed have put thousands of […]

CARICOM mounts election observation mission for St. Kitts and Nevis General Elections
At the invitation of the Government of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, the […]

Cristobal weakens to a depression; continues to produce heavy rains
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) informed that Cristobal has weakened to a tropical depression. The […]

Take a Stand Against Police Brutality in Belize
By Roy McCarthy and M.H.: The news of George Floyd's death has shaken the world. Through peaceful protest and awareness campaigns people are taking a stand against police violence and systemic racism […]

Burglar drops stolen case of Guinness to escape capture
A Belize City burglar may have escaped being caught by police, but he had to leave […]

Blogs

Four More Repatriation Flights from Belize by United Airlines in June
For North Americans stranded in Belize, four (4) more reparation flights have now become available in June 2020. The U.S. Embassy confirms multiple United Airlines repatriation flights from Belize: There is a confirmed repatriation flight this Friday June 5, 2020. United Airlines Flight UA 2421 departs Belize at 12:00 pm (noon) and arrives in Houston, TX at 15:30 pm. Please make your reservation at www.United.com. In addition, United Airlines and the Government of Belize are working to provide additional repatriation flights from Belize City to Houston, TX during the month of June 2020. The June repatriation flights are currently scheduled for the 12th, 19th, and 26th of June.

Surprisingly Stirring — and Totally Safe: Swim with Whale Sharks in Belize
Astonishingly, some of the largest animals to have ever roamed Earth are still alive today. That includes the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. Growing up to 60 feet – or as long as a school bus – with a weight of 50,000 pounds, these endangered giants are considered a part of the shark family. But, no, whale sharks are not dangerous. With mouths up to five feet wide, whale sharks are actually very docile and extremely agreeable to swimming alongside humans. Leisurely grazing at about 3 miles an hour with gulps of entire schools of krill and plankton, a whale shark can be found in all tropical oceans. Although massive, whale sharks are only one of three known shark species that filter feed; in Belize, they do so in the southern tip of the country. Between March and June, visitors of the Gladden Spit Marine Reserve have a unique chance to swim with these gentle giants.

Stormy Weather in San Pedro: Local Flooding from this Central American Gyre
Belize has seeing some rising rivers, some regional flooding but has stayed thankfully away from any real storm development. But last night, winds up to 35mph and a PARTICULARLY high tide caused some flooding, lots of beach erosion and even the dock next door to us at Xtan Ha Resort to see damage. High Tide was estimated at 7:48am – and with the winds coming hard and the waves coming over the reef, HUGE…the water rose. WindFinder is best for wind and wave height. By far the best weather prediction service I know here. Instead of pretending I know about meterology, I will show you photos. We headed to town at about 9:30am – the tide was receding on the east (windward) side of the island but still rising on the lagoon side. Here is what we saw.

International Sourcesizz

IOM launches a survey to understand how the pandemic has affected migrants from Central America and Mexico, or living in the region
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started, and due to its rapid spread in demia del COVID-19, many countries closed their borders as a sanitary measure. 92% of the countries in the american continent had closed theirs by April 6th, 2020. These measures impact immediately and directly human mobility, as new patterns are generated in global mobility, airline service, border management and migration policy. The context grows more complicated as the economies get affected and the labor markets in the countries suffer because of the closing of non-essentiall businesses. Unemployment, the reduction in remittances and poverty growth are direct effects on migrant populations.

The UWI Open Campus Appoints New Head of Site in Belize
The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Sharmayne Saunders as Head of Site, Open Campus Belize. Her appointment was approved by the University Council at its meeting on April 30, 2020, with indefinite tenure effective May 1, 2020. Dr. Saunders was preceded by Mrs. Jane Bennett, who served from 2007–2019. The University community thanks Mrs. Bennett for her stellar leadership during the years and wishes her well as she pursues new professional experiences.

Tax Revenue as Percent of GDP Below Average in Latin American and Caribbean Countries
The Organisation for Co-operation and Economic Development (OECD) has compiled tax revenue data for countries around the world—including 26 Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries, where tax revenue as a percent of GDP is on average 11 percentage points lower than in other regions. On average, the tax-to-GDP ratio for 25 countries (excluding Venezuela due to data availability issues) was 23.1 percent, compared to the OECD average of 34.3 percent. From all the LAC countries only Cuba (42.3 percent) recorded a tax-to-GDP ratio higher than the OECD average. (Mexico and Chile are also OECD member countries, therefore LAC and OECD groups overlap somewhat. Colombia also joined the OECD in 2020; nevertheless, it is not included in the OECD average for 2018.)

Videos

  • More than Organic, Traditional Chocolate Bars!, min. Tonight we take you back down south to Maya Center Village for part two of our story with Julio Saqui, the co-owner of Che’il Mayan Chocolate. Making authentic and organic chocolate bars is only one aspect of the business. In the following story, we’ll show you how this enterprising local chocolate producer has turned the cacao into a zero-waste fruit inside his facility.

  • Caribbean Slang Challenge| Belize Edition, 13min. In this video I quiz Garry on some Belizean Creole words/phrases/slang. This is my take on the guessing slang challenge.

  • Artists create 20-foot-wide mural to commemorate George Floyd, .5min. Belizean in the diaspora created this mural. A group of artists have created a massive mural to commemorate George Floyd, steps away from where he died in Minneapolis.

  • 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season - Belize Red Cross preparedness, 23min. It's day two of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season and if you have not prepared your plan there is still time to get it together! Lily Bowman, Director General of Belize Red Cross talked us through what we need to do to get prepared.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - OROSIA CHOC, 1min.

  • The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), 27min. The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) is opening its doors and resuming some of its programs. We talked with Deanna Gomez-Peyrefitte, the General Secretary of the YWCA about the programs and how you can access.

  • Nutritionist on Mangos, 14min. The best thing about this time of the year is all the mangos that are in season. You can go ahead and indulge as much as you want as our visiting nutritionist, Doris Sutherland, has shared the many health benefits of this fruit. Besides being rich in Vitamin C she explained that they also have antioxidants that are good for us. She shared a few recipes for those wanting to be creative and try something new.

  • BZ - online learning platform, 30min. BZ Learn is a new online learning platform that allows you to take professional development courses at your convenience. We talked with Sherlet Neal Lopez the Managing Director of Belize Institute for Service Excellence, Leadership and Research about the new platform and how both employers and employees can benefit.

  • Efforts to develop the film industry in Belize, 31min. Film Commissioner of Belize, Nigel P. Miguel is leading the efforts to develop the film industry in Belize. They are offering a series of webinar to help local creatives prepare for Belize to re-open the film sector in a post COVID-19 reality. He explained that the seminars touch on everything from innovation in production, remote location scouting and the newly required health measures to keep all participants safe through the film process. We talked with him about the webinars and who should participate.

  • Musical Guest - Feroza Cayetano, 21min. There is a lot going on in our world right now! Music can be a source of healing and inspiration. We invited Feroza Cayetano a young Belizean musician living in Madrid,Spain. She introduced us to her music and talked about the inspiration behind her acoustic sound. We were also treated to a performance of her latest song - Prayer Song.

  • Autism Belize, 32min. Autism Belize is an organization set on bringing awareness and education of the needs of children on the Autism spectrum. We spoke with Christy Almedia who is the Founder and a mother to an autistic child. She talked with us about the objectives of Autism Belize and the support she hopes to provide to families in Belize.

  • On-going crisis in America - A Belizean American media journalist perspective, 47min. Kendis Gibson, Belizean American media journalist, was our first guest to talk about the on-going crisis in America. He shared his perspective on the protest and racism.

  • Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow’s Announces First-Ever US Dollar-Denominated Treasury Note, 4min. My fellow Belizeans, Last week, when I provided an update on Government’s crisis response to COVID-19, I offered a reassurance of broad financial sector stability and, in particular, of continued commercial access to a sufficiency of foreign currency supply for essential imports. The certitude I conveyed is sowed by a ceaseless, creative campaign to tap every available source of external financing in support of our economy...

  • Scuba diver has magical swim with critically endangered sea turtle, 1min. Scuba diving is a sport that creates unforgettable memories for those brave enough to strap on air tanks and slip beneath the surface to explore a magical and mysterious world. The corals and reefs create an endless display of beauty. The animals are unlike anything we could encounter on the surface.

  • Here’s a video clip of today’s High tide in Corozal Bay, .5min.

  • Jumping Jaguarundis, 7sec. Jaguarundis, known in Belize as “halari”, are not only extremely fast, but they can jump 6.5 feet in the air to catch a flying bird! They’re also great climbers: look at this amazing soaring backflip done by one of our rescues when a piece of meat is tossed over the fencing!

  • Effects from Tropical Storm Cristobal felt in Belize, 2min. While Tropical Storm Cristobal formed in the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in the Bay of Campeche, the effects were felt in several parts of Belize. In the cayes, islanders are experiencing serious beach and road infrastructure damage. Jorge Aldana reports. The National Hydrological Service issued its third advisory for this week surrounding the country’s rivers and waterways.

  • Pueblo Viejo waterfalls Toldedo Belize, 1.5min.

  • Diving Belize, 4min. March 2020 trip to San Pedro (Ambergris Caye) Belize

  • Scuba Diving Belize 2020, 2min. University High School J-term trip to San Pedro, Belize//Huge thanks to Belize Marine Trec for hosting us!