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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Wednesday, June 17th Meal pick ups.
Location: Happy Lobster Restaurant & Bar.
Village: 11:00am - 11:45am.
Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.
DEATH BETWEEN THE YUCATEC MAYA OF BELIZE
The Yucatec Maya of Belize also known as Mayero or Masewal see death as a phase of human life . Death is represented by Yuum Cimil "lord of death". The Yucatec Maya believe that the soul is bound to the body at birth. Only death or sickness can part the body and soul, with death being the permanent parting. There is the believe of a place where the soul reaches after death.
Before Spanish influence, the Maya may not have been a common idea of the afterlife. The Yucatec Maya believed that there were different routes after death. The Maya had several forms of ancestor worship. They built images containing ashes of the dead and brought them food on festival days.
Artist of the Day - Ernestine Carballo
Ernestine Carballo was born in Belize City, Belize on November 19th (one of the biggest national celebrations in Belize, Garifuna Settlement Day) to her beautiful parents, Ernesto and Therese Lightburn Carballo. Starting at the age of four (4) her mom would take her to ‘brams’ and ‘drumming’, it was at this young and impressionable age that the little princess learned to sing and dance on her toes. Ernestine’s dad was a popular DJ in the 70s and 80s. In 1997 Ernestine Carballo hit the stage with the first Belizean Artist Group called Young Artist Association (YAA) led by William Neal. She took training with Mrs. Brenda Armstrong in the Wesley College Choir in 1999. Ernestine was never the same after these experiences, as she always led her choir with high hitting soprano keys. Then in July 2003 Ernestine swept the entire audience all over the globe with her beautiful voice and charisma on KTV, where she won for three weeks in a row with her Alicia Keys renditions.
Ministry of Health Confirms 22nd Case of COVID-19
A further 45 samples were processed today for SARS-CoV2 as part of our ongoing surveillance.
These tested samples have identified a further case of COVID-19, case #22. The case is that of a male caught entering the country illegally this past weekend and who was swabbed as part of the established protocol, in the Cayo District. Contact tracing for this particular case is currently underway and as soon as further details are known, they will be shared through the official sources of information.
The samples tested also have rendered a second negative result for case #19, he is now considered as a recovered case and is being released from quarantine.
Paint N Splash
See you this week at from 2-4pm Thursday to paint Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay.
San Pedro Blood Drive June 20
Be someone's hero!
A single pint of blood can save up to three lives, therefore it is important to come together as a community and provide this important resource. Potential donors are reminded that they should eat a healthy meal, drink plenty of fluids, and rest well the night before.
Message from the BTIA President, Board of Directors and Secretariat to all our current and past members
Dear Members and Corporate Sponsors,
The past few months have been the most challenging we have faced in our lifetime. Our tourism industry, which was once the lifeblood of our nation’s economy, is on its knees. The crisis wrought by COVID-19 has affected everyone – none of our members have been spared.
BTIA is integrally involved in preparing for a post-COVID-19 future and lobbying for the best interests of members in the short, medium, and long-term. Some of the positions we have taken will please some members and displease others. Already, we have received both words of support and appreciation, as well as disappointment from others. We cannot please everyone, but we hold our heads up high that we are lobbying for the best interests of our general membership and the tourism industry.
Belize Music Industry- DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
BELTRAIDE and the Office of the Music Ambassador are teaming up to have a webinar on Digital Transformation this Thursday at 7:30pm. Date: June 18, 2020.
Music is evolving, but the music industry has been hit hard by Covid-19. It is fighting back with new ways to monetize music consumption and creating innovative modules via online platforms.
BELTRAIDE in partnership with the Office of the Music Ambassador, the MIAB Info Page, Sector 9 Studio, and Emilio Thomas (Music Consultant) from Leo Belize Issa Rep are hosting a webinar on how artists can generate income during this current pandemic and beyond.
Virtual Exhibition of the Symbols of San Pedro
The month of June is very special to the island residents of San Pedro. It is the month when we celebrate the patron saint of the town. Join us for a Virtual Exhibition of the Symbols of San Pedro.
Nominations are now open for the 2020 Oceana Ocean Hero Award
Oceana Belize is pleased to announce nominations are now open for the 2020 Oceana Ocean Hero Award. This award recognizes and celebrates individuals who go above and beyond to ensure the protection of our oceans.
The award is open to individuals throughout Belize with interests in the ocean including:
• Teaching and education
• On-ground conservation, restoration and rehabilitation work
• Project work
• Private or individual research
We accept Ocean Hero nominees from 13 years or older.
Want to nominate someone? Click here: https://bit.ly/OceanHero2020
DEADLINE: July 31st, 2020
No Tourism Revenue, NICH Forced To Make Layoffs
As June ends, the financial crunch is really starting to bite, and this is apparent at NICH, the National Institute of Culture and History where layoffs have commenced. 7News has confirmed that NICH yesterday paid off and sent home 12 persons, including three senior managers from the Institute of Creative
Arts. A late evening release from NICH says, quote "The Board of Directors and Management of NICH have been forced to make this decision of separating with approximately 6% of our entire staff"
Four B’zeans Escaped Quarantine in Dangriga
Last night we told you about 6 Belizeans who were unaccounted for after they arrived in Dangriga on Wednesday by boat from Honduras. They should have been swabbed and quarantined for the mandatory 14 days, but no one could find them. Well, tonight, we have confirmed that they escaped quarantine at the Chiste Garcia Stadium in Dangriga. Today on Ask The Experts, the Director Of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero announced it:
"What about the 4 people who came from Honduras? We are following that up. I believe that would be the family that was reported to us that came in and apparently had escaped the quarantine facility. We got that note late yesterday and I passed it on to the management team to go back and review to see whether in point of fact that is what has transpired."
Biggest Repatriation Flight Yet Arrives On Friday
But, the number of quarantined persons is about to go up sharply. That's because 45 persons are arriving on a flight this Friday. It's a part of an incremental plan to repatriate the close to 600 resident Belizeans who have applied to return home. The first flight with repatriates carried 5 who arrived on Friday June 5th, then 12 who arrived last Friday, June 12th, and now 45 expected this Friday.
Dr. Manzanero said they will set up testing booths at the PGIA:
"It seems that we will have 45 people arriving on the flight this Friday. One person just arrived at the western border a little bit earlier today. That person went to a quarantine facility in the Cayo District..."
Another Drug Jet, This One Lands In Mex, Near Bze Border
A drug plane was circling the northern Corozal District last night - but it ended up landing in Quintana Roo, Mexico, not far from the Rio Hondo boundary with Belize.
A report from Quintana Roo News says the plane landed on a sugar cane road near the town of "Javier Rojo GÃ³mez" in the municipality of OthÃ³n P. Blanco - which is the same municipality as Chetumal. We note that the aircraft is anotherHS-125 which is the same kind of jet that landed just outside Chunox village, Corozal almost three weeks ago.
Man Who Once Shot At Chester Reportedly Killed In US
The name Zachary Knox made big news in 2016 when the then 19 year old was accused of shooting at then Assistant Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams.
He was convicted of aggravated assault and sentenced to 6 months in jail. Tonight, unconfirmed reports say he was fatally shot in the United States.
PG Gas Station, Seafront Saga Continues
Over the last few days, we've been telling you about contention in Punta Gorda town over a planned gas station currently under construction on prime seafront real estate.
It all came to a head last Friday when a group of stakeholders came together to voice their concerns. It was a meeting that the town's Mayor Ashton Mckenzie says he didn't authorize. He informed townspeople that he preferred to postpone that meeting until all relevant authorities could be included.
The Row Over LPG, As CA Companies Stay on Offensive
Last night, we told you how the retail price of LPG, also known as butane, would be increasing by 38 cents per gallon. Well, the Opposition, People's United Party, and the major Central American LPG companies are accusing the Government and the National Gas Company of taking advantage of the Belizean customer, in these very trying economic times.
The Opposition was among the first to condemn the price increase. In a scathing release, the party says, quote, "The increase in butane cost is insane and tantamount to rape." End quote.
Checkpoints In Transition
Ahead of March's Southside state of Emergency Commissioner of Police Chester Williams confirmed that the cops would abandon fixed checkpoints in hotspot neighborhoods. It's a decision that was made in light of the fact that those static checkpoints seemed to be providing a safe haven for criminals. And as we moved into the nationwide state of emergency, checkpoints have gone mobile, literally. Yesterday Superintendent Alejandro Cowo told us how.
"We have checkpoints in the two main entrances to the city. The one by Manattee Lookout, we have also crossing Haulover Bridge and we have at the four miles on the George Price Highway..."
When Dengue and COVID 19 Appear Simultaneously
So far, COVID 19 has claimed two lives in Belize, but last year Dengue claimed 10. And, this year, the number of dengue infections is expected to be very high again.
So, with both COVID and Dengue in circulation - and mosquitoes swarming - how will frontline health workers know whether they should test sick persons for Dengue or COIVD first? The Director of Health Services took on that question today:
"The mosquito situation? We have noted the particular increase in numbers that are being reported to us. Vector Control is aware and Vector Control is monitoring the situation not only in Belize City where most of the concerns initially were from, but across the country..."
Cpl Eldon Challenges Compol Chester
Tomorrow is a big day for the police department, as it conducts its annual Election for the Police Association Central Board.
And, today, the attorney for aspiring president, Cpl Eldon Arzu issued a statement saying that he quote, "has been the subject, mainly through the media, of an unfolding apparent attack to his good name and reputation as a Corporal of Police and Public Officer by the newly appointed Commissioner of PoliceOur client is accused of failing to present the Commissioner with an Audit of the Association funds but it must be told that there is no Statute, Act or Rule governing the request.
FFB, Fighting Detractors In Silly Season
Back in December of 2017, Sergio Chuc, the President of the Football Federation of Belize and his current executive were elected into office after a period of strife and controversy. You'll remember that Chuc and the most senior members of the administration were part of the executive under the former President, Ruperto Vicente. But, these executives began to strongly disagree with the direction that Vicente was leading the development of local football.
So, Chuc and his team ran against Vicente and won; since that those elections, there has been a period of stability and the restoration of confidence in the FFB. Our newsroom has been getting regular updates from football insiders, who, for the most part, were satisfied with Chuc's first term in office as President.
FIFA’s COVID Relief Can’t Come Yet
And while the FFB could not spend those monies on salaries to keep those employees employed during the pandemic, they are waiting for COVID relief funds that FIFA will make available.
At the end of April, FIFA President, Gianni Infantino announced that they were releasing all operational funding to the member associations for the year 2019 and 2020. That would directly translate to 150 million US dollars, which was to be distributed among 211 national football governing bodies around the world.
FFB Says It Did Not Misappropriate
Another important topic, which the critics have put forward is an allegation that they mismanaged $400,000 that should have gone to the development of football.
This allegation was penned in a letter from the Belmopan Football Association, and in it, the members squarely asked the FFB quote, "Is it true that $400,000 BZ or $400,000 US was misallocated by the FFB in 2018? Please state [the] sum miss-allocated in 2018, and kindly substantiate this with a copy of the FIFA Forward Project 1.0 Report."
FFB Calls Out Mischief Making
According to the FFB General Secretary, he and other members of the Football Federation of Belize have already addressed these questions internally. So, from their perspective, these documents were leaked to the press to make political mischief during the election season:
Earl Jones - General Secretary, FFB:
"As you all know we are going into our electoral congress, the election fever is high and people would try to discredit one over the other. Most of what is pushed out to the press right now I would say is to create mischief..."
Wesley Finds A Way
In the last few weeks, many primary and high school seniors have found out what graduations are like in a pandemic. For many they're non-existent but others are pulling them off with a little planning and a whole lot of ingenuity. And this morning as "Pomp and Circumstance" blared out of Wesley Methodist church, four groups of high school seniors got to celebrate their graduation. We peeked in and asked the principal how they managed to hold the celebration while social distancing:
Joan Tillett, Principal, Wesley:
"We decided to divide our students into groups and then allow them to invite two parents. The first group we did all our honor students, the top students in the class, and then the other groups thereafter based on where they lived. Those in rural Belize went second and then we mixed up the others."
The Case Of The Sleeping Policeman
The older population will know that a sleeping policeman refers to a speedbump. But, in Punta Gorda, a police constable may have given that new meaning.
Constable Santiago Choco is seen here in this cell phone video in uniform, literally sleeping on his feet outside a Chinese grocery store as passers-by capture him on camera.
It's back to school in August but with many families reeling from the COVID-19 financial crisis it could be a struggle to afford tuition. And while corporate and bank scholarships forthcoming one Belizean expatriate is giving back by investing in education. Roman Palma, a Belizean businessman living in the state of Illinois, says he's been supporting students for years currently providing full scholarships for several at Mopan Technical High School. This year he's taking on 10 new scholars in an effort to give back to Belizeans who need the help. This afternoon he spoke to Krem news with details of how to apply.
Yoga For The Future
Belize will participate in the International Day of Yoga Global events leading up to International Day of Yoga on Sunday, June 21.
The event is organised by the state of India, which is also the cradle of the Yoga disciplines.
And the week of activities has already started. Tomorrow, local Yoga trainer Michelle Williams will be representing Belize in an online seminar at the ICCR Mexico facebook page.
The Rise of LPG Prices
The increase in the price of LPG, which was announced on Monday, is not sitting well for consumers and three former LPG importers as the country battles with the impact [...]
Attorney Audrey Matura Writes to B.B.S. Director Jose Trejo
Attorney Audrey Matura, on behalf of Gas Tomza, BWEL and Z Gas, has written to the Director of the Belize Bureau of Standards, Jose Trejo. In a letter dated June [...]
P.U.P. Says G.O.B. Merciless in Time of Crisis
The increase of prices for LPG came on the same day of a hike in the price of regular fuel. It was not lost on the People’s United Party, which [...]
Former LPG Imports Vs G.O.B.
The license of the three importers expired months ago and there was no possibility to renew or extend. Their position is that the government’s move to box them out is [...]
Narco Plane Lands in Mexican City near Rio Hondo River
Last week, reports of a narco plane landing in southern Belize surfaced, the police confirmed it had deployed a team in search of the plane but there was no find. [...]
Belize’s COVID-19 Test Quota Limited to 1050 Persons
Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, appeared on today’s episode of Ask the Expert where he responded to a number of questions put forward by members of the public. [...]
Family of Four Escapes Mandatory Quarantine in Dangriga
Border jumpers and repatriates present the only external threats of a second wave of COVID-19 in Belize, as the country’s borders and airport remain closed indefinitely. Dangriga is one of [...]
At Least 9 Employees Fired from NICH
As we have reported, the National Institute of Culture and History had been running on financial trouble for months. The Minister of Education Patrick Faber had raised the alarm on [...]
Set U.D.P. Leadership Convention Set for July 18th?
In political news, there is word tonight that at its sitting today, Cabinet discussed the matter of the U.D.P. leadership. As you know, in February, John Saldivar was elected as [...]
Calaney’s Case Goes Before the C.C.J.
Calaney Flowers was acquitted of the murder of ex-boyfriend Lyndon Morrison in March 2017 after five years on remand at the Belize Central Prison. Despite the acquittal, the former bank [...]
RTA on the Philip Goldson Highway
Six people were involved in a road traffic accident today on the Philip Goldson Highway. Fortunately, no one was critically injured but they were all taken to the hospital for [...]
COVID-19 and Mental Health
Back to COVID-19; Belize has been able to abate a so-called first wave of the corona virus by implementing strict measures under a state of emergency. Those regulations are only [...]
Hotels for Mandatory Quarantine
Across Belize, various hotels have been designated as facilities for persons facing a mandatory fourteen-day quarantine upon re-entering the country. The western border at Benque Viejo has seen considerable traffic, [...]
Are Face Masks and Social Distancing Here to Stay?
The Ministry of Health is also preparing a proposal regarding the continued use of face masks after the State of Emergency expires at the end of the month. The proposal [...]
University of Belize Experiencing a Financial Crunch
Earlier we told that the NICH has started layoffs of staff, including long serving members. There are also tough times ahead for the national university and there are growing concerns [...]
What Does the UB Faculty and Staff Union Has to Say…
But according to the University of Belize Faculty and Staff Union, they are seeking greater involvement in the process of mitigating the impact of COVID-19. In a response letter to [...]
Still No Official Certification for UB Faculty and Staff Union
But the UB Faculty and Staff Union is faced with another dilemma. Even as it has been in existence for twenty years and has represented its members, the union has [...]
F.F.B. Explains the Kent Gabourel Situation
Kent Gabourel, a former coach with the Football Federation of Belize, was sent home on May twenty-first after being informed that his contract with the organization had been expired and [...]
Rescued from Poachers; Scarlet Macaws Get Help to Return to the Wild!
Over a week ago we reported on the two poachers discovered in the Chiquibul National Park about one point two kilometers east of the border in the area of Caracol. [...]
Online Learning at Universities
The coronavirus pandemic is changing education; from primary schools to universities, online learning is becoming the new norm. But the transition takes some getting used to for both students and instructors. [...]
Dr. Sharmayne Saunders, the New head of the UWI Open Campus
While at the UWI, we caught up with Doctor Sharmayne Saunders, who has been elevated as the Head of the University of the West Indies, Open Campus in Belize City. [...]
Belizeans in solidarity against racism and police violence
The cold-blooded murder of black American George Floyd by a white Minnesota police officer that was captured on video (which enabled all the world to see a white man killing with impunity while his colleagues just stood there) is writing a new chapter in race relations, because it hit a raw nerve—unleashing a global protest movement under the banner “Black Lives Matter”.
UBAD Education Foundation chairperson, YaYa Marin-Coleman, who has been in the forefront where the global struggle against racism and oppression is concerned, attempted to organize a protest in Belize, in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement that has gained global traction.
Violent crime and robberies on the increase
A spike in aggravated robberies and burglaries has been noted. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, in speaking to the media, said that many Belizeans are now out of work due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they have families to take care of and will thus take opportunities to rob others.
On Wednesday, June 3, Estell Airport Hotel owner Dudley Estell, 89, was held up and shot during a robbery that was carried out by three Belize City men, who got away with $1,500.
Belize reports 21st case of COVID-19 infection
Belize registered its 21st case of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health has reported.
The Ministry said that a repatriated Belizean man who was in the Houston area of the United States and arrived on a flight on Friday, has tested positive, and that brings the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for the country to 21.
The person is asymptomatic and will remain in strict quarantine for the next 14 days, during which new samples will be processed.
CWU refuses PBL’s 10% pay cut proposal
There is another stand-off between the Christian Workers Union (CWU) ), whose president is Evan “Mose” Hyde and the Port of Belize Limited (PBL)), whose CEO is Arturo “Tux” Vasquez.
This time, the stand-off is over a proposal by PBL to reduce the salaries of CWU members in order to offset the company’s COVID-19 financial difficulties.
The stand-off began last week when the CWU rejected the PBL’s salary deduction proposal. PBL was asking the CWU members to share the economic pain that the company is presently experiencing.
Laborer’s hand chopped off by other laborer
During an argument at about 12:30 this morning at a house on Meduggi Street in Esperanza, the right hand of Isaiah Estrada, 31, a laborer of Esperanza, was amputated at the wrist, by a man known to him as Shane Leal, 32, who also inflicted chop wounds to his (Estrada’s) head.
Estrada had chopped Leal on his arm, but the wounds he inflicted on Leal were relatively minor compared to what he had suffered.
Estrada was taken to the Western Regional Hospital, where he was admitted in a serious but stable condition.
Cabinet uncertain about PGIA reopening date
Although government moved yesterday to relax more of the State of Emergency measures to make way for the further re-opening of the economy, prior to the ending of the Governor General’s Emergency Proclamation at the end of the month, the reopening of the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) remains an uncertainty in a world still gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The re-opening of the PGIA is directly linked to restarting the tourism industry, which has been hit hard by the global lockdown that wiped out the industry’s entire workforce in Belize.
Barge carrying excavator truck and steel beams sinks near Caye Chapel
A barge carrying a truck, an excavator and steel beams for a construction site in Caye Chapel sank in the seas on Tuesday morning not far from Caye Caulker. Luckily, no one was hurt.
The tugboat that was pulling the barge was being driven at the time by boat captain Alex Underwood of Belize City.
The Port Authority of Belize said that the truck and the excavator have been recovered from the sea, but the barge remains under water, and it will not be removed until after an investigation is conducted.
Editorial: Failing in our responsibility to the next generation
In the Holy Bible, in the Book of Genesis, we are told that on the fifth day God created the great whales, all the fishes of the sea, and all the birds of the air. On the sixth day, He made the animals —the cattle and the other creatures of the earth — and on that same day He made man and gave him “dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
In the story of evolution, scientists say that after the earth was formed, certain special conditions on it allowed life to spring up. BBC Earth says that in 2016 scientists updated their version of the tree of life. Scientists said that “almost all of the branches are bacteria”, and that “the shape of the tree suggests that a bacterium was the common ancestor of all life.”
Leader of the Opposition leaves National Oversight Committee
The People’s United Party (PUP) held a virtual press conference on Wednesday, June 10, and Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceño, remarked, “I am fully satisfied that the People’s United Party’s presentation on the National Oversight Committee and on the other committees contributed significantly to our country’s successful efforts to contain the coronavirus. I am proud of my party’s participation in this national effort, and I thank all those who gave so selflessly of their time, energy and ideas.”
Those remarks, in retrospect, turned out to be Hon. Briceño’s swan song. What Hon. Briceño did not reveal, however, was that he had resigned as co-chair of the National Oversight Committee.
Highlights from Summary Report of COVID-19 unemployment relief
The COVID-19 Economic Oversight Team has released a “Summary Report of the government’s unemployment relief program, which was designed to assist persons who lost their employment due to the pandemic.”
The team was headed by Dr. Carla Barnett, representing Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the governing United Democratic Party, while Chris Coye represented the Leader of the Opposition, the People’s United Party.
Filling the gaps; down memory lane with football great, Charlie Gardiner
The 1960s era of football in Belize has been a most difficult period to pin down, where the particular champions are concerned. Records are not available, so we have to keep trying to “pick the brains” of veteran players from those years who can give us the pieces to put together.
We have also been researching the names of notable players from the different periods, and we were extremely pleased to get a glimpse into the Late-1950s to Mid-1960s period from one of the best goalkeepers of that era, Mr. Charles Gardiner, known to fans as Charlie Gardiner.
Plaza lays one of their heroes, Eian “Coco” Henry to rest
Funeral services for football great, Eian Dwight “Coco” Henry were held yesterday morning at Ebenezer Methodist Church on Barrack Road in Belize City, where relatives and friends were joined by a number of Coco’s long time teammates and fans from the Plaza area, where he grew up. The mass celebrant, Bishop A. Moses Benguche likened Kelly Street, which has had troubling times recently, to the biblical Nazareth, when the question was asked, “What good could come out of Nazareth”? Eian “Coco” Henry, along with Norman “Tilliman” Nunez and Charlie Slusher, who both sat in the congregation, were three very close childhood friends and teammates from the Kelly Street area that went on to football greatness in Belize.
Palma’s weak spot
Legendary Landivar goalie from the 1950s and 60s, Charlie Gardiner revealed a prize piece of information, if you were one still in the business of scoring goals, and the one Wilfred “Palma” Davis were still active between the sticks; which of course is no longer the case.
But if yours truly had chanced upon that bit of football intelligence two generations ago, a certain play might have gone differently.
Of course, I was never a powerful shooter or a great goal scorer. But I had goal scoring instincts, and, like many footballers, I have scored a few in my time.
From the Publisher
There were things I did not understand about what happened on the night of May 29, 1972, in the streets of Belize City, and there were things I understood but never discussed in these pages because the implications for our organization (UBAD – the United Black Association for Development) would have been divisive and confusing.
Today I want to say that I am firmly convinced that Wilfred Nicholas, Sr., lost his job at the Ismael Gomez company on Mosul Street based on an untruth. There was a police officer by the name of George Heusner assigned to take photographs of the UBAD march that night, and when the march became a riot and then an insurrection, Heusner was attacked by a mob and someone stole his camera.
BLACK LIVES MATTER
I am going to write about a topic that is absolutely sensitive and one that needs to be openly discussed once and for all. There is so much to say about racism, discrimination, colourism, oppression and slavery and the decimation of our indigenous ancestors here in Belize. It’s a topic so close to my heart for many reasons, yet it’s one I shy away from too because too many people just can’t bear the discussion and get defensive and dismissive and in DENIAL… I call it the 3-D’s!
But I too must break my silence and stop worrying about who is in denial, or who would get uncomfortable and/or wants to keep believing the lie that racism does not exist in Belize. I have been discriminated against, and I know the reality of it.
Save foreign exchange: produce our own milk
I haven’t collected all the data on dairy possibilities in Belize, but I have enough information to ask, what are we waiting for? We don’t have the foreign exchange, definitely not enough to buy goods that we can produce for ourselves. Anyone who thinks that our economy is performing swimmingly must have failed to notice that we just gave out the fattest offer you can find anywhere in the world to try and corral US$30 million.
Anyone who read Mr. Brian Plummer’s latest contribution to the Amandala will have the sense of what is going on with our money. Mr. Plummer, who uses his excellent knowledge of economics to forecast what will happen in the world of politics and finance, and to offer solutions so that we don’t stay da back, explained that because of the recession and travel restrictions...
“As I recollect…” — Reclaiming our Story in the Best of Times: On the 1918 Spanish Flu in Benque Viejo del Carmen
6 June 2020– “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” wrote Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities amidst the disquietude preceding the French Revolution. Belize, like the rest of the world, is experiencing a “worst of times,” which, if we see it in the context of traversing through a tunnel rather than falling into a pit, could end up being the “best of times”. Professors Grant D. Jones and Joel Wainwright in “The 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic in Corozal, Belize: An Unclaimed Letter Rediscovered” published in the Amandala on April 24, 2020, speak about historical reflection as a “tonic” against disquietude in this worst of times.
A just cause
The first Africans were brought to North America as slaves in ships way back in 1619. They did not choose to come here; they did not want to come here. What became known as the Transatlantic Slave Trade was undoubtedly the most horrific era of human history. Ships set sail from Europe with rum, guns, and other merchandise to Africa. From Africa, human cargo was loaded and transported to the Americas. Finally, from America, sugar, tobacco, cotton, and other raw materials were transported back to Europe. This vicious cycle of human trafficking and looting was repeated for almost 200 years.
Nurse Pauline and Chairman Coburn tie the knot …
The building expansion had gone at a fast pace once it got started and by the end of July Cap’n had been confident that all would be in place for the opening of school on the last Monday in August, except for “finishing” like partitions and painting of the downstairs area, which would continue in the evenings after school and on weekends.
At the same time, repairs and renovation of Uncle Lito’s house had been completed by Jewel’s birthday, which we celebrated with a gathering of the members of the extended family, but excluding some of the older heads who had not been up to making the trip on the weekend of August 16th.
Don’t trust the OAS
In November 2019, Evo Morales, the recently elected president of Bolivia, fled to Mexico because of the Bolivian police and military.
The justification used was a November 10, 2019 preliminary report by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the final report one month after, which alleged widespread fraud in the election.
The United States and the current rulers of Bolivia used the report to justify the coup…
Minnesota cops “trained by Israeli forces in restraint techniques”
Officers from the US police force responsible for the killing of George Floyd received training in restraint techniques and anti-terror tactics from Israeli law-enforcement officers.
Mr. Floyd’s death in custody last Monday, the latest in a succession of police killings of African Americans, has sparked continuing protests and rioting in US cities.
At least 100 Minnesota police officers attended a 2012 conference hosted by the Israeli consulate in Chicago, the second time such an event had been held.
Belize confirms COVID-19 case #22
PRESS RELEASE: A further 45 samples were processed today for SARS-CoV2 as part of our ongoing surveillance. These tested samples have identified a further case of COVID-19, case #22. The case is that of a male caught entering the country illegally this past weekend and who was swabbed as part of the established protocol, in […]
Mosquitos on the rise; fearing dengue and malaria
As if the Covid-19 endemic is not alarming enough, there are other issues that Belize is looking at including malaria and dengue. Recent days have seen an increase in mosquitoes with many residents calling for the Ministry of Health to provide some relief through the spraying of malathion. According to Dr Manzanero the Vector Control Unit is assessing the situation around the country.
MOH taking Mexico and Guatemala as examples for re-opening
Belize is geographically smacked in the middle of countries that are having a hard time lowering the number of cases of Covid-19. Our eyes have been on Mexico and Guatemala that are just outside our borders and are continuing to see spikes in cases and deaths. Despite the reality, some countries including Mexico are already reopening its tourism industry. Belize reportedly is looking at these countries to see if and how it works.
No assistance for woman whose house collapsed
A single mother who lost her home in Belize City due to heavy rains is asking for assistance from the public and government in rebuilding. Thalia Westby explained to Love News that she visited the Women’s Commission but was frustrated at the response that she received.
Dexa-meth-sone, breakthrough drug to fight Covid-19?
International news have reported the use of dexa-meth-sone as a major breakthrough drug to fight Covid-19. The BBC News noted two days ago that the the, “drug is part of the world's biggest trial testing existing treatments to see if they also work for coronavirus.” Reports are that it could cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators and for those on oxygen, by a fifth. In today’s session of Ask the Experts, Dr Manzanero spoke on this report.
MOH looking to expand their testing capabilities
Belize has increased its Covid-19 testing in recent weeks. While the Ministry of Health has been using the Central Medical Lab to the PCR testing, the Director of Health Services noted today that they are looking at expanding their testing capabilities.
PUP calls government merciless for hike in butane and fuel prices
Audrey Matura and the former LPG importers are not the only ones concerned about the hike in prices of butane. The People’s United Party (PUP) has issued a press release calling the current government merciless.
Minor kidnapped and raped in Chunox
There is a story coming out of Chunox Village, Corozal District, of a kidnapping and rape. The reports are that a 28-year-old man abducted a 14-year-old girl from her home and took her to another location where another man raped her.
NICH lays off staff
Twelve men and women were sent home from the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) after the organization could no longer meet their salaries. It is another fallout due to Covid-19 and according to a source the move has come as a last resort.
PUP Councillor holds her Party Leader Accountable
PUP’s City Councilor Candice Pitts has written to Party Leader, John Briceno holding him accountable for a commitment made for inclusion of women in Parliament. Councillor Pitts reminded Briceno of remarks he made in 2007 that spoke of political reform that would include a thirty percent representation of women in Parliament. Fast forward thirteen years later and Briceno who has been serving as the PUP’s Party Leader from 2008 to 2011 and from 2016 to present, still has not fulfilled this commitment.
LPG attorney condemns price increase
Over the course of one month, the prices for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) have risen by sixty-nine cents for the gallon. This was highlighted today during a press conference held by Audrey Matura.
Cayo family claims they are victims of arson
A family in western Belize lost their home to a fire. According to one of the victims, they believe it was a case of arson. Cayo correspondent Fem Cruz has the details.
DHS gives an update on the COVID-19 endemic
Belize is into its 86th day since the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed in the country. Since then we have seen twenty cases, two deaths, sixteen recovered patients and three active cases.
Breaking Belize News
Three Guatemalans busted entering Belize illegally
Reports reaching BBN is that three (3) Guatemalan nationals, who entered Belize illegally were busted […]
Belize confirms 22nd case of COVID-19
The Ministry of Health tonight confirmed the 22nd case of COVID-19 in Belize. According to […]
Belize can receive $1 million Canadian dollars for climate change disaster risk management
Today, the Commission of Canada to Belize announced that Belize is eligible to receive CDN$1 […]
University in Israel develops 1-minute coronavirus breath test
As countries around the world continue to innovate ways of dealing with […]
National Institute of Culture and History forced to lay off staff due to COVID-19 economic fallout
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) confirmed today that it had to lay […]
National Gas Company hits back: “Addressing and Clarifying Misinformation”
The National Gas Company Limited (NGC), sole importer of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Belize, […]
Ex-importers ‘denounce butane price increase’
A 17 percent or 38-cent increase per gallon in the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas […]
Football Federation of Belize clarifies misconceptions ahead of July election
The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) is moving ahead to its July 4 Congress for […]
Waiting for ‘the beautiful game’ to resume in Belize
At present, sporting competitions remain restricted by the State of Emergency regulations which expire on […]
Belize eyes regional countries tourism responses
Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia and Jamaica have reopened to international tourists this week. And […]
“Beach erosion a more pressing problem than sargassum,” says Belize Tourism Industry Association
Thе Веlіzе Тоurіѕm Іnduѕtrу Аѕѕосіаtіоn (ВТІА) ѕауѕ thаt bеасh еrоѕіоn іѕ а fаr mоrе рrеѕѕіng рrоblеm fоr tоurіѕm.
Road traffic accident reported near Boom
Reports to BBN is that a road traffic accident near the Burrell Boom junction has […]
A Dreamy Sunday Stop at Mata Chica Resort
Mata Chica is a DREAMY resort about 5 miles north on Ambergris Caye. A long stretch of beautiful beach dotted with fruit colored (and fruit named) cabanas and what I think is the prettiest dock on the island.
Just last weekend, Mata Chica re-opened for the first time since the Pandemic and State of Emergency in Belize (end of March). They are now offering local discounts and deals for overnight stays on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday. OR…day passes. Where the price of admission allows you to use the pool and the dock, the water sports equipment. The restaurant is open with local prices and drinks are 25% as part of the special. You can find more information by contacting them directly.
Aggressor Travel Poll shows Caribbean as Priority Destination
To maintain a clear understanding of how travelers are feeling as destinations begin to ease travel restrictions due to COVID-19, leading adventure travel brand, Aggressor Adventures® asked consumers to weigh in on their anticipated travel plans in the coming months.
Aggressor utilized consumer engagement platform, 1Q, to capture traveler sentiment across the United States, targeting travellers ages 30 and above, with a household income of USD$60,000 plus. Respondents received the questions via text message or directly through the 1Q mobile app.
Will You Need to Wear a Face Mask on Vacation in Belize?
Essentially, yes. While Belize’s close proximity to North America makes it a poised destination to visit once travel reopens, the country continues to enforce measures against the spread of COVID-19. That includes the required use of face masks in Belize. With tourism being a primary market, Belize aims to communicate to guests who want to come and have fun also need to be as safe as possible. For those looking to spend future holiday time in Belize for fresh air and sunshine, be sure to pack a face mask alongside your flip-flops. While Belize has seen a gradual relaxation of restrictions during COVID-19, the country continues to implement social distancing and face masks.
Track Turtles Online this World Sea Turtle Day, June 16!
Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) is encouraging the public to celebrate World Sea Turtle Day on June 16 by logging on to www.tourdeturtles.org and tracking the migrations of six endangered leatherback turtles! In partnership with Florida Leatherbacks, Inc., STC applied satellite transmitters to six nesting leatherback turtles from Palm Beach County, FL as part of their annual Tour de Turtles “migration marathon” education program. The Tour de Turtles is a fun, educational journey that follows the migration of sea turtles from their nesting beaches to their foraging ground. Through the use of satellite telemetry, STC will track leatherbacks Jessie, Nevada, Freckles, Hope, Tamarind, and SweetTarte – named by their corporate sponsors – to determine how far the sea turtles swim. The one to swim the furthest distance by October 31 wins.
Off-the-Grid Living in Belize with Carmelita Gardens
If you’re looking to embrace the self-sufficient life, look no further than the Cayo District of Belize. And just seven miles out from San Ignacio lies the off-grid community of Carmelita Gardens. Founded in 2010, Carmelita Gardens is a self-sufficient village community as a 98-acre development on the banks of the Belize River. Besides boasting sustainability in action alongside the natural wealth of Belize, what really makes Carmelita Gardens tick is the community you’ll find. Offering vacation rentals or long-term lots, discover how this tiny home communities redefining green urbanism in Belize.
Honduran president says he is infected with coronavirus
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, is receiving treatment and will work remotely and through his aides, he said late on Tuesday.
“As president of the nation and a responsible citizen, I want to communicate that during the weekend I started to feel some discomfort and today I was diagnosed as having been infected with COVID-19,” Hernandez said in a televised speech.
“They have recommended rest but I will continue working remotely and through my aides.”
Campaign to Award Nobel Peace Prize to Cuban Doctors
The US campaign to award the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade will be launched this June 16th, 2020. The campaign has been endorsed by prominent intellectuals, artists, politicians and ordinary citizens from around the world who recognize the outstanding contribution of the Brigade to human health and life. It will be announced during a June 16 webinar with Danny Glover and Cuban Ambassador Jose Cabañas about Cuba and Covid-19.
Belizean and American Artists Honor George Floyd with Mural
Belizean Cadex Herrera, originally from Benque, was one of the handful of artists who created and painted the beautiful mural of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and he was interviewed by CBS.
Tuesday's "Ask the Experts", 47min. We were joined by Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services.below.
Beautiful Bountiful Belize 2020, 3min. Highlights from a 2020 liveaboard tour through Belize.
Obituary: Everyl Dianthe Meyers, 2min.
Caye Caulker R. C. School class of 2019-2020, 3.5min. Caye Caulker R. C. School principal and staff proudly congratulate the class of 2019-2020.
It was a year of had work and perseverance.
Dedication and hard work lead to success.
Congratulations to the class of 2019-2020.
This morning the Peccaries seemed to be confident enough to bring the whole family, .5min. 3 or 4 adults and 2 young ones.
The peclets were kept behind the palms most of the time
Monkey River - Belize
Ten foot shark sticks its nose where it doesn't belong, .5min. These scuba divers were returning from an ordinary dive in Belize, preparing to complete their three minute safety stop before climbing back into the boat, when some unexpected visitors arrived. Reef sharks are very new to these waters near San Pedro Belize.
Food Drive 2020, 2min. A collaboration between JDB Ltd., Rude Boy Belize & Rotarac Benque. Thank you for all the support and help to make this day possible.
The Most Beautiful Place on Earth: The Island of Caye Caulker, Belize | Best Snorkeling in the World, 9min. The most beautiful place in the world (Caye Caulker, Belize), some manatees, turtles, sea horses, stingrays, eagle rays, sharks, and another awesome adventure traveling around the world.
Snorkeling in Half Moon Caye, Belize, 1.5min. Turneffe, Belize.
POPPER FISHING, BARRACUDA UNDER A MINUTE | TEAM JRUBIO, 3min. I HAND MADE THE LURE GUYS AFTER SEEING HOW IT WORKS I BAPTIZED IT WITH THE NAME THE RED DEVIL.
Destination Show: Bromance in Belize, 25min. Within the tropics of Belize, Todd and Glenn test the limits of their relationship.