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The San Pedro Sun

Case #19: repatriated Belizean tests positive for COVID-19
After 53 days COVID-19 free, Belize has a new confirmed positive case. According to the Ministry of Health, the new case was confirmed on Friday, June 5th, and it is that of a 27- year-old Belizean male, who was repatriated to Belize via a cruise ship on May 23rd.

Update on COVID-19: Repatriation Programme
The COVID-19 Repatriation Committee, comprising of the ministries responsible for Health, Foreign Affairs, Immigration, Human Development, and ultimately, National Security, organized the domestic arrangements for repatriation including identification and cite assessments of the quarantine facilities, negotiation of rates, training, assigning health officers and Belize Defence Force Officers for the returning Belizeans, as well as COVID-19 testing.

Unusual strong winds and high tides cause flooding and beach erosion in San Pedro Town
A combination of high tides and unprecedented waves have battered the eastern coast of San Pedro Town over the past few days. The situation, believed to have worsened by the bands of a tropical weather disturbance in nearby Mexico, caught the attention of the local authorities when strong winds and massive waves caused flooding and erosion in areas along the beach.

Various Belizean Sources

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Ministry of Health Confirms 19th Case of COVID-19
The Ministry of Health informs the public that a 19th case of COVID-19 was confirmed earlier today. This comes after the last four cases reported 53 days ago. The case is that of a 27-year-old male who arrived on Saturday, May 23rd, from a cruise ship as part of the established repatriation process for Belizeans. The male is asymptomatic for COVID-19 and was detected as part of the routine testing being done on all those placed under mandatory quarantine which is a requirement before their release. The contact tracing for this individual is starting now and the due process of informing the cruise ship and relevant counterparts has started.

Belize Celebrates World Environment Day
The Government of Belize, through the Department of the Environment (DOE), is responsible for the protection and conservation of its untold wealth through the control of pollution. The DOE is not alone in safeguarding Belize’s natural resources. Celebrated annually on June 5th, World Environment Day is the United Nations’ most important day to create worldwide awareness and education for the protection of the environment. Since its first celebration in 1974, it has grown to become a platform for public outreach on environmental issues and is globally celebrated in over 100 countries. World Environment Day is the day for people all around the world to become agents of change and take care of the Earth.

Public Notice from the Registrar General of the Supreme Court
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE SUPREME COURT, COURT OF APPEAL AND THE GENERAL REGISTRY WILL BE CLOSED THE 15TH, 16TH AND 17TH JUNE, FOR FUMIGATION AND PEST CONTROL. MANAGEMENT REGRETS ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED BY THIS CLOSURE. ALL OFFICES WILL RESUME ON THE 18TH JUNE, 2020.

Taiwan Donates 15,000 Masks and Temperature Measurement System to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
On June 4, 2020, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) donated 15,000 masks in support of the Government of Belize and its comprehensive and coordinated efforts taken to contain COVID-19. H. E. Remus Li Kuo Chen, Ambassador of Taiwan to Belize, also donated an automated temperature measurement system to the Ministry of Foreign Affair. Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs, accepted the donations from H.E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen. The masks will be distributed across Government to facilitate service delivery and to those in need. The automated temperature measurement system will be integrated into the eco-friendly building currently under construction for the MFA headquarters.

Update on COVID-19: Repatriation Programme
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs shares the following update as the first point of contact for the programme for the controlled repatriation of Belizeans who are stranded abroad due to travel restrictions imposed to contain COVID-19. On May 18, 2020, the controlled repatriation programme began with the opening of the process for stranded and displaced Belizeans to complete an application. https://repatriation.covid19.bz/Forms/Landing The COVID-19 Repatriation Committee, comprising of the ministries responsible for Health, Foreign Affairs, Immigration, Human Development, and ultimately, National Security, organized the domestic arrangements for repatriation including identification and cite assessments of the quarantine facilities, negotiation of rates, training, assigning health officers and Belize Defence Force Officers for the returning Belizeans, as well as COVID-19 testing.

Channel 7

19th Case of COVID 19 Appears
After 53 days without a positive case, tonight, we can confirm that COVID Case #19 has appeared in Belize. It is a 27 year old male who came off a cruise ship- almost two weeks ago - and went directly into mandatory quarantine. Definitely not good news, but it could be a whole lot worse. First, it is an imported case; second, this person should have been under strict quarantine at the Radisson, and third, he is asymptomatic at this time, meaning he isn't showing any symptoms of the disease.

First Commercial Repatriation Flight Arrives
Now that one cruise ship "repatriate" has appeared as case 19, many will look suspiciously on the first Belizeans to be repatriated via commercial flight from the U.S. today. They came in this morning and Cherisse Halsall was at the airport just after touch down. Here's what she saw: This is the Ministry of Health van on the tarmac at the PGIA. It arrived at 11:00 to pick up the 7 Belizeans who became - the first to be repatriated on a commercial flight; this United Flight came out of Houston.

Message to Repatriates
And while those 7 have returned and are now starting their two week quarantine, there are still 587 Belizeans out there in the world who have applied to be repatriated. And many of them are growing increasingly impatient, not for style, but because they're out of money, out of lodging, or very sick, and a whole bunch of reasons why getting home is not a luxury, but a dire necessity. We spoke to CEO Burns about the many Belizeans with no direction home and asked her what message she has for them: "No one is out of sight and out of mind. You would be surprised how many people we are in touch with every evening sending emails back and forth, even if we are not in a position to resolve the situation..."

After Caught On Camera, Robber Pleads Guilty
On Tuesday night's news, we showed you that crazy robbery which happened in San Ignacio at the B&J Grocery Store. The entire crime was caught on the store's video cameras, and the face of one of the assailants was clearly visible. Cayo cops have since tracked down one of the culprits, and he is facing several criminal charges for it. He's Rudy Garcia, and using intelligence from the Special Branch, the cops caught him and recovered a handgun, which they suspect he used in the crime. Seen here, it is a .357 special revolver, which the cops later cleaned up. This weapon is a prohibited firearm.

Bad Weather Blows Through Belize and Mexico
For the past few days, we've been telling you about how Tropical Storm Cristobal, which is currently pounding Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, has also been dumping excessive rains on different parts of Northern and Central Belize. The storm is currently moving over the eastern parts of Mexico, and may threaten the US Gulf Coast over the next few days. Amateur footage captured earlier this morning in Cancun, Mexico shows the heavy rains and winds hammering that popular tourist destination. Cristobal has been causing bad weather for other Central American countries, including Belize, and last night, heavy rains caused major flooding in the Orange Walk and Corozal District.

Petillo Prompts Squatting Solution
Two days ago, we shared the latest developments taking place in the battle over huge parcels of land near mile 44 on the George Price Highway. Land activist Nigel Petillo attempted to make a move on over 1,000 acres, which is owned by the Belmopan Land Development Corporation Limited. You'll remember that on May 17th, he organized a public meeting at the location for a crowd of Belizeans who want to become first-time landowners. The attendees were supposed to get moving on a plan to squat on their chosen carve-out of the private land, to begin the process of acquiring title by Prescription.

IDB Finally Approves 6.2 Million
The Prime Minister was banking on it last night, and today it was officially announced that the Inter-American Development Bank has approved a US$6.2 million dollar loan for Belize. According to a release, quote, "the loan will support actions to speed-up timely case detection and monitoring; and interventions to contain the transmission, including communicating with the public, encouraging social distancing and case surveillance at points of entry.

Yohny Says Keep Borders Closed
And, one man who doesn't want to hear anything about COVID-19 mortality and morbidity is outspoken tour operator Yohny Rosado. His business flatlined from late March when cruise ships stopped coming. And while he is as desperate as the other guy - he says he's not desperate enough to risk the community's health and wellbeing.

25 Years Of Images At The Factory
It's been 25 years of layers upon layers of paint on the walls of the Image Factory. And this morning, founder Yasser Musa told those gathering to celebrate, that if you could somehow peel them away, one by one, you'd discover the profusion of artistic expressions that have been the lifeblood of Belize's most enduring contemporary art gallery. And while the gallery couldn't celebrate with a physical exhibition they held one online. They also took a beat to preserve a 25-year record of artistry and inspiration now to have a second life at the National Heritage Library.

B'zean Helped Create George Floyd Mural
And a piece of art that would be right at home on the walls of the Image Factory is making history in the United States. It's THE iconic mural of police brutality victim George Floyd and a Belizean was a key part of its creation.

50k USD Minimum to Play In Treasury Note Offer
Last night we told you about the the first-ever public placement of a U.S. dollar-denominated Treasury Note. It has a face value of US$30 million, a tenor of 5 years and a coupon of 6.5%. With interest rates being what they are in the US, it's a very attractive instrument, but it doesn't come cheap! The Central Bank has posted the details offering on the fixed rate note. And, guess what? Just to get in the door - you'll need 50 grand US!

Chamber Says Cut Red Tape
And while the government is trying to attract US dollars with that offering, the Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry says they can do more. They issued a release yesterday calling on GOB to, quote, "immediately implement suggested revisions to policies and procedures affecting the export sectors, in order to reverse the sharp decline in foreign currency earnings and radically improve the business environment." End quote.

Taiwan Donates Again
On Monday, the Taiwanese Embassy in Belize donated 60,000 surgical masks to the Ministry of Health. And today, only 4 days later, the Embassy made another donation of 15,000 face masks to Government of Belize. The Taiwanese Ambassador, Remus Li Kuo Chen, handed over the donation to Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington. The donation also comes with an automated temperature measurement system, which will go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It will be integrated into the eco-friendly building currently under construction.

Channel 5

After 53 Days, COVID Case #19 is Detected in Belize
After a record fifty-three days without a positive case of COVID-19, a new case was confirmed today by the Ministry of Health. It involves a twenty-seven-year-old Belizean man who returned [...]

Release Date for Repatriates Pushed Back, Contact Tracing Underway
DHS Doctor Marvin Manzanero says that the release of this group of persons has now been pushed back as contact tracing is underway.  He says that this affirms the importance [...]

Hundreds of Belizeans Stuck Overseas; 570 Apply for Repatriation Programme
In respect of repatriation, hundreds of Belizeans remain struck overseas in nearby or far flung countries due to travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Five hundred and seventy Belizeans [...]

$30M Fixed Rate Notes are Introduced to Raise Foreign Exchange
Earlier today, the Government introduced the first-of-its-kind fixed rate notes totaling thirty million U.S. dollars, as a means of raising much needed foreign exchange.  The business community has sounded the [...]

Time to Look at Other Industries for Foreign Exchange
Demand for foreign exchange is significantly high since a majority of goods sold on the retail floor are imported.  Those items are purchased in U.S. dollars.  Foreign exchange, on the [...]

160K Heads of Cabbage Destroyed by Floods!
As flooding continues around the country, Valley of Peace farmers say that more than half of their two hundred and sixty-four thousand heads of cabbage has been damaged by flood [...]

Valley of Peace Farms to Veggie Farmers: ‘It Wasn’t Me!’
As you heard, the farmers believe that the flooding of their fields was worsened because of the sugar fields in neighbouring farms belonging to Valley of Peace Farms Limited. But [...]

Valley of Peace Farmers Take Triple Hit; Need Urgent Help!
The farmers are reeling right now from the losses as a result of the floods – but this loss cuts deeper, according to President of the Valley of Peace Farmers [...]

Suspected Drug Plane in the South Cannot Be Located
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams continues on tour in southern Belize. Today, while at Hunting Caye, he confirmed that a team of B.D.F. and police was deployed on Thursday to [...]

Local 19 – the Ice Cream Shoppe Featuring 19 Belizean Flavours
Tonight, we feature something sweet, so head over to the popular Ice Cream Shoppe in Belize City and San Ignacio, a favourite spot for children and adults who drop in [...]

Belizean Students in Guyana Appeal for the Borders to Open!
A group of seven Belizeans touched down at the P.G.I.A. on a United Airlines flight; they came as part of the repatriation process of Belizeans and are the first group [...]

B.D.F. Sergeant Margarito Pop to be Placed on Interdiction, Pending Outcome of Rape Case
Belize Defense Force Sergeant Margarito Pop finds himself in all kinds of trouble after he was charged criminally earlier this week with the rape of one of his female colleagues [...]

Accused Murderers Windell Thurton & Filadelfio Arriaza Get Bail
Two men who are awaiting trial for separate murders were lucky to get bail today when they appeared before Supreme Court Judge, Justice Colin Williams to present their applications. Windell [...]

Accused Rapist Michael Elijio Out on Bail
A man from the Stann Creek District is free tonight after he got bail on three counts of Rape of a Child – offences which he allegedly committed upon two [...]

Police Constable Charged for Damaging Glass Door of Immigration Department
Police constable James Usher of Belmopan is out on a thousand dollar bail after spending a night at the Belize Central Prison on Wednesday.  Usher met his bail on a [...]

Nigel Petillo Takes on Land Reform
Land reform advocate Nigel Petillo has identified another acreage not far from where he initially encouraged hundreds of Belizeans to sign up for parcels that, as it turned out, belongs [...]

Come Out to Discuss Land this Sunday in Cotton Tree
Petillo is encouraging as many interested residents to come out this weekend to engage in a discussion about land ownership, including those who have reportedly tilled the soil in Cotton [...]

Image Factory @ 25!
The iconic Image Factory Art Foundation is celebrating twenty-five years today.  Over the years, we have grown to recognize the Image Factory as the most edgy and innovative art gallery [...]

A Single Mother of Four is Gifted Land Title & Restored House
A single mother and her children are in better living conditions tonight.  Georgia Valentine today received the keys to a house that was retrofitted and gifted to her through Amy [...]

A Group of Preschoolers Graduate to Big School in COVID Times
It’s graduation season, so tonight we follow a group of pre-schoolers at the Y.W.C.A. as they celebrate that special day in their very young lives. As you know, COVID-19 has [...]

Pathlight International Assisting 60 Families with Food Hampers
Pathlight International has been around for four years; their most recent initiative includes assisting families that have been affected by COVID-19. A group of needy families from the tourism and [...]

Amandala

US-based DISH Network sues CBC for alleged piracy
One of Belize’s biggest cable television providers, Channel Broadcasting Company (CBC), however, has been accused of pirating US intellectual property, and its owner is now facing a lawsuit in a US court. While there are no specific details about the lawsuit, it has been reported locally that CBC’s executive director and owner, Robert Reich, has been served with a lawsuit at his Miami, Florida home. The lawsuit was filed by DISH Network, which is alleging that CBC has been pirating its satellite signals and using them on its television network.

BDF staff sergeant charged with rape of female soldier gets bail
Staff Sergeant Margarito Pop, 35, of the Belize Defence Force, has been released on bail of $5,000, after being charged with rape. He was ordered to return to court on August 7. He was arraigned by Magistrate Emerson Banner at the Belize City Magistrate’s Court yesterday. Pop is accused of raping a female soldier of the BDF. The female soldier reported that on the evening of April 20, she was drinking some Guinness stout with the staff sergeant. After a while, she went into her room, but had forgotten to lock the door of her room.

Belize gov’t denies BDF patrol entered Guatemala
Rumors have been swirling on social media and elsewhere that a Belize Defence Force patrol entered Guatemalan territory on Sunday, May 31. Late yesterday evening, June 4, the Ministry of National Security issued a press release denying that the incident took place, and characterized it as “misinformation.” “On Sunday, May 31, while conducting a routine patrol, some members of the BDF 2020 visited a neighborhood near Jalacte Village in the Toledo District of Belize, where they briefly encountered some civilians with whom they engaged in a respectful and civil manner, and then departed,” the press release said.

Banks put limit on credit card spending to preserve foreign exchange
In Belize, as in many countries that are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, the economic picture has changed dramatically. Apart from the record number of unemployed people around the world, governments in the Caribbean region are facing challenging times. As Belize was preparing to go into the first month of the coronavirus lockdown, on April 1, Prime Minister Dean Barrow said during a virtual press conference that the government would prioritize the purchase of essentials when making decisions involving the use of foreign exchange and that “the amount of foreign exchange that the commercial banks have on hand is adequate for the time being.” That picture has apparently changed, because at the middle of last month the commercial banks in Belize dispatched a letter to their international credit card holders, limiting the amount that they can spend per month.

Main radar at Met service is down
Roughly two and a half months before the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, the Doppler radar at the Belize Meteorological Service stopped working, and it has not yet been repaired. Belize has therefore entered this year’s hurricane season without one of its key pieces of equipment. In order to understand how the Met Service will function without the radar in this critical time, Amandala went in search of some answers.

Elvin Penner appeared in court after bench warrant issued">
The disgraced former United Democratic Party Cabinet Minister, Elvin Penner, was the subject of a bench warrant on Monday, June 1. The warrant, which was directed to all police and peace officers in the country to arrest Penner, was issued by the Belmopan Supreme Court after he had failed to appear for a routine adjournment in his criminal matter. Penner appeared in court the following day, Tuesday, June 2, and his case was adjourned to October 13, 2020.

2 suspects sought for Hopkins double murder
An investigation into the double murder of Quintin Espinosa, 55, a tour guide of Dangriga, and American national Wayne Burley, 70, who were both found dead on a farm in Hopkins on the morning of May 22, led to two men of Dangriga who are wanted for questioning. Police say that they are seeking Ryan Brown Foster and Theodore Garcia, both laborers of Dangriga.

2 friends die after vehicle plunges into Rio Hondo
At about 7:00 Sunday evening, two friends from Guinea Grass —Raymundo Copo, 17, and Alfonso Garcia, 25, were traveling in a pickup from Guinea Grass to Santa Cruz, but while they were crossing the San Antonio Bridge, the driver, who was reported to be Alfonso Garcia, lost control of the vehicle, which flipped and fell off the bridge, into the river below, and it became submerged. As a result, Garcia was thrown out, while Copo was trapped in the vehicle.

GoB’s cruel pandemic “bukut” at the gas pump
The COVID-19 pandemic that led to a global shutdown of travel has had devastating consequences for the oil industry. After a continuously downward spiral on the stock market, oil prices hit historic lows, and on April 20, oil futures crashed to zero, in part because there was no more storage space for the oil that had been preordered for the month of May. Experts are predicting that long after supply and demand for oil balance out, the oil market could see a long contango.

Ministry of National Security concludes investigation into wrongdoing in BDF
Reports out of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) in January confirmed that there has been major disciplinary breakdown at a recruit training camp for new intakes into the army. Allegations were made of extortion, maltreatment, sexual assault, and sexual advances on the part of senior officers at Price Barracks, who were in charge of training the new recruits. After the allegations were made public in the media, the Ministry of National Security launched an investigation into the allegations.

Editorial: Half a loaf is better than no loaf
Gradually, Belizeans are beginning to move about as they did before the lockdown in April, and the activities of almost everyone are directed toward earning money to put bread on the table and pay their other bills. We are now able to do almost everything we did before the lockdown, except for drinking at the bars and carousing at the nightclubs, and playing contact sports. Those too will come in time, if we keep our country COVID-19 free.

Belize City Council sanitation workers get new uniforms – and a new name
The Belize City Council’s Sanitation Department will now be referred to as the Belize City Council Operations Support Unit. The more than two hundred workers in the unit will also now be wearing tailored uniforms that were designed to give a professional image to the workers as part of a rebranding exercise that is aimed at conferring to the workers an appropriate degree of respect and making them identifiable as part of the City Council team. The uniforms consist of blue coveralls for the men and blue trousers with blue jackets for the women. The uniforms are made locally. The name change of the unit was made this morning during a brief ceremony at City Hall on Regent Street.

Flash floods in Belize, after first named storm Amanda hit region, killing 15
The first named storm for the 2020 Pacific Hurricane season, Amanda, made landfall in El Salvador on Sunday. Amanda also dumped heavy rains on Guatemala, leading to mudslides and flash flooding. The weather system dumped around 10 inches of rains on Belize that resulted in flash flooding, according to a flood report issued today by the Belize Government Hydrological Service. Amanda reportedly killed 15 people in Central America. According to El Salvador’s Interior Minister, Mario Duran, the storm killed 15 people in his country. Rescue workers are searching for seven persons, Duran reportedly said.

House collapses in Port Loyola
A house on Baldwin Avenue in Port Loyola collapsed at about 12:30 this morning. Luckily, no one was injured. Thalia Westby, the owner of the house, said that she was at home sleeping with her two children when they heard some creaking noises, and while they were trying to find out the cause of the noise, the house tilted and collapsed. Due to the darkness and because they feared being arrested due to the curfew, they went to a neighbor’s house.

From the Publisher
One night on the UBAD rostrum many years ago, in the early 1970s, out of nowhere the late Galento X Neal, a UBAD officer, suddenly said to the crowd at the Courthouse Wharf, “Tourism da whorism, mi bredda.” I was caught off guard by Galento’s comment, to tell the truth, because tourism was not a really big deal in Belize at the time. Lobster fishing was still the biggest thing in San Pedro Ambergris Caye in those days where the island natives were concerned, but today the only natives who own waterfront land on La Isla Bonita are Homero Escalante and his wife, Lois. Americans run things. Tourism rules on Ambergris Caye, and it has become a fabulous money earner, attracting workers from all the districts of Belize and from the neighboring republics even.

A chat with Cador, Part 2
I had a hunch to review a past Amandala Sports story, “A chat with Cador,” where we had interviewed 1960s Belize football star Anton “Cador” Thurton, who was on a visit home to Belize for the 2017 September celebrations. However, when we pulled up the Amandala story from the internet (Google), it ended abruptly with the above caption in brackets, and there was no Part 2 continuation on the web site. Luckily, I had located my old note pad, and so I thought I would try to reconstruct Part 2, the rest of the interview, especially in honor of recently departed Dunlop legend, Gilbert “Pine” Hernandez.

On Black Respect and Redemption
All the BS that is happening in America in this first quarter of the 21st century can be traced to every African who connived over four centuries ago with Arab and Fulani slave-catchers and middlemen to SELL for a mess of potage other Africans, first to the Arabs, and years later to white hustlers and adventurers. Africans do not teach this sordid aspect of their history to their children, so there is a vast ignorance, if not confusion, among Africans on the continent regarding why the entire world perceives the Black man’s place as being permanently on the lowest rung of the global ladder.

The State of Emergency is illegal
The first positive case of the dreaded COVID-19 virus was identified in Belize on the 23rd March 2020, the second on the 25th March 2020. As a result of the first case, the Governor General declared a state of public emergency for Ambergris Caye only. Regulations were issued by the Governor General that restricted freedoms of persons in Ambergris Caye. At the same time, the Director of Health Services issued Regulations under the Quarantine Act limiting gatherings to ten persons or less, imposing social distancing of three feet, closing certain businesses such as casinos, bars, gyms, spas and restaurants, requiring work from home where possible and imposing other restrictions. The San Pedro State of Emergency was to last for a period of 72 hours, but was extended on the 25th March 2020 for a period of one month. The Quarantine Regulations were to last until revoked.

“She was Brave” – the Nora Parham tragedy
Today, 5th June, 2020 at exactly 8:00, will mark 57 years since Nora Parham nee Williams was executed in this country. It was a state execution and the only execution of a female in Belize! She was hanged by the neck until she could not breathe, and thereafter, she was declared dead and buried in an unmarked grave. For those of you who do not know it, being placed in an unmarked grave is an effort to seemingly punish you even after death. Your family does not get your body to give you a proper burial, and the idea is that your crime of murder was so heinous that you do not deserve a marked grave to be remembered. Your family and loved ones are further punished, as there is nowhere they can go to take you flowers or anything or visit on the anniversary of your death, your birthday or any day.

Power corrupts
Since Independence in 1981, Belize has been to the polls eight times. The United Democratic Party has had five opportunities to improve governance in very fundamental ways. It has failed to do so. In its “A new plan for a new day”, the manifesto for the 1974 Elections, the UDP made a most enlightened commitment to the nation on behalf of real freedom and democratic rule. It promised under the heading “Bill of Rights article (c)” ….”that to ensure that Parliament becomes the supreme legislative body in the land, it shall not be lawful for Cabinet to hold more than one third plus two of the seats in the country’s House of Representatives.”

“Black lives do matter;” but some powerful people haven’t gotten the message yet
Images are important to inspire youth. And while there’s no criticism here for artists on television who want to be colorful and decorated with tattoos, wearing “outrageous” outfits, painting up their bodies and faces to make an impression, showing a lot of their body parts, and even trying to shock older folks with vulgar and provocative language; it’s all part of the entertainment business. But it’s also not a bad idea, when our youth are feeling downtrodden and discouraged and limited in their artistic dreams and life possibilities, to see someone that looks like them, standing tall, poised and dignified, commanding the attention of rich and poor, young and old alike, and wearing his natural hair (“Afro”) while dressed in a business suit as immaculate as any man on the planet. Well, apparently somebody thinks it is a bad idea; somebody who still has the power.

The report card for our politicians is a “D” moving to an “F”
Dear Editor According to the Statistical Institute of Belize, Belize has had 4 consecutive declines in gross domestic product (GDP) by the end of March 2020. The traditional definition of a recession is 2 consecutive quarters of GDP declines, so Belize was in a recession about 6 months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit us. This indicates that Belize’s economic policies and practices were already failing.

To whom it may concern
Dear Editor, Hello, my name is Seanna Cox. I am contacting you because I do not know where else to turn. I am looking to find my father, who is from Belize. He was born in or around April 16, 1960, and his name is Stanley Oliver Phillips. He lived in Los Angeles, California, back around 1981-1985, but then got deported back to Belize. His father owned an upholstery business in downtown Los Angeles, CA.

Venezuelan Armed Force will escort the arrival of Iranian oil tankers into its territorial waters
May 21, 2020 Francisco González Iranian oil tankers , escort , Venezuela– The Minister for Defense, Vladimir Padrino López, specified that the protection of the vessels will be done “as soon as they enter the exclusive economic zone” of the South American country. RT CARACAS.- The Minister for the Defense of Venezuela, the General in Chief Vladimir Padrino López, affirmed this Wednesday that the South American country will receive the Iranian oil tankers that transport fuel for their country, and announced that “they hardly enter the exclusive economic zone; they will be escorted by ships, ships and planes of the Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB)”.

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Land Movement still on the go
The Land Movement group headed by Nigel Petillo is calling on the Government to allow Belizeans access to land. Petillo has been at the forefront primarily on behalf of squatters and other people interested in acquiring farming lands in the country.

YWCA assist women with hygiene products
The Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) is accepting donations for their Feminine Hygiene Products Drive. The drive’s aim is to help women stay healthy and practice good hygiene.

Activist Lisa Shoman discusses culture of sexual assault in military forces
Activist and Attorney Lisa Shoman took to social media yesterday, along with other Belizeans, to demand transparency from the Belize Defence Force (BDF) as it relates to the investigations of sexual assault allegations within the ranks. She discussed the culture of rape and sexual assault within military forces, not only in Belize, but in other countries as well.

Image Factory celebrates 25th anniversary
In celebration of the 25th anniversary for the Image Factory, the artistic director, Yasser Musa, took part in handing over books about Belize’s history. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz attended the launch and brought back some highlights.

Taiwan donates masks and more
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) donated 15,000 masks to the Government Belize. The donation is to support the Government’s efforts in containing the spread of COVID-19.

Seven Belizeans return on repatriation flight
Seven persons destined for Belize alighted the first repatriation flight that landed at the Philip Goldson International Airport at around eleven o’clock this morning. Among the seven persons was US Chargé d’Affaires, Keith Gilges.

Belize records 19th covid-19 case
After 53 days of being covid-19 free, the Ministry of Health has confirmed that nineteenth case. This latest case is a 27-year-old who arrived in the country via the Royal Caribbean cruise ship that docked in Belize on May 23.

IDB approves loan to support Belize’s COVID-19 immediate health response
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US 6.2 million dollar loan for Belize. This loan is to assist the government with its response to the impact of the crisis resulting from the Covid-19.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Support local farmers during economic and climate instability, says CEO of Agriculture
Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Jose Alpuche, says that 2020 was forecast to […]

Ministry of Agriculture tracking ongoing floods, preparing help for farmers
The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) is working with local farmers to learn the damage being […]

COVID-19 global deaths almost at 400,000
Belize may have reported a new COVID-19 positive case today, but the number of deaths […]

Guyana to re-open schools on June 15
Guyanese authorities have decided to re-open schools on June 15. An article published on NationNews […]

Belize celebrates World Environment Day
The Government of Belize, through the Department of the Environment (DOE), is responsible for the […]

Eight years later, Jasmine Lowe’s murder case yet to go to trial
The news shook the nation, as authorities discovered the lifeless body of 13-year-old Jasmine Lowe […]

Ministry of Health Confirms 19th Case of COVID-19
The Ministry of Health informs the public that a 19th case of COVID-19 was confirmed […]

53 days after; Belize detects COVID-19 case #19
The Office of the Director of Health Services informed today that the Ministry of Health […]

Belize City Council and CEMO prepare for 2020 Hurricane season
The Belize City Council and the City Emergency Management Organization (CEMO), headed by Mayor Bernard […]

Cyclist Justin Williams makes the top ten of cycling’s influentials
Two-time Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic champion, Belizean-American Justin Williams, is among the leading […]

Blogs

Limited Economic Recovery of Ambergris Caye and Belize
It is a bit like we are back to the beginning again when it was a sparring match between GOB and San Pedro about the rules. Now it has turned to the Government of Belize versus International Air Transport Association (IATA.) As it stands, IATA has stated, things will be done a set way across the board as far as international travel goes. The GOB wants stricter testing procedures in place and has said until a more reliable rapid test becomes readily available, they do not want to open the country to outside tourism via Philip Goldson International Airport only. Understandably our Government wants to keep us safe and are placing our health first but at what cost? People need to put food on their tables and this is a country where tourism drives our foreign exchange revenue. With Belize having such a high dependence on US tourism (about 75%) this puts us in an extremely vulnerable position and brings limited economic recovery of Ambergris Caye and Belize.

International Sourcesizz

CDC issues travel notice for dengue in the Americas
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel advisory on May 21 for increase of dengue fever in parts of the Americas. CDC identifies a number of countries reporting higher-than-usual numbers of dengue cases, and travelers visiting these countries may be at increased risk: Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Saint Martin.

Drought ease likely, say experts
The Barbados-based Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) Friday said that as the region enters the wet season, it is expected that rainfall will increase and ease the drought situation in several regional countries. In its latest bulletin, CDPMN said that parts of the region have been experiencing drought, particularly the southern portion of the eastern chain and parts of Belize. It said that relief from the impacts may not be realised until after June.

Videos

  • World Environment Day Message From Pope Francis and First Ladies of Latin America, 2hr. A Live broadcast of the virtual meeting hosted by Scholas Occurrentes on World Environment Day with messages from First Ladies of Latin America and Pope Francis.

  • From Belmopan to cayo from cayo to belize an back to Belmopan part 1, 13min.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - AUSTIN DAVID ALLAN BENNETT SR., 2min.

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  • Healthy Living: Anxiety Spikes in COVID-19 Era, 6.5min. 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 measures to delay or prevent further cases of the new coronavirus, there is another wave spreading across the country that demands our attention. Tonight in Healthy Living, we look at the impact the pandemic is having on mental health in Belize.

  • The Cacao – Opportunities for Maya Center, 5min. 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, beyond the chocolate making facility. Julio Saqui draws parallels to the way cacao is used today and thousands of years ago. Andrea Polanco has a report on how a family-owned business helps to create opportunities to support the livelihood of fellow Mayan families.

  • Gigantic stingrays take a serious liking to snorkel guide in Belize, 1min. This snorkel guide seems to have captured their attention more than usual and they followed him closely, swimming up and around him, trying to look into his eyes and see what he was up to. The tourists in his group were very impressed and entertained with this wonderful display.