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Today's Belize News: June 24, 2020 #543144
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Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, Reef TV, KREM, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Belize Now, Talk Ah Di Town, and other specials.


The San Pedro Sun

Memorial service held for Mario Graniel and Dr. Gary Swank; Ambergris Caye registers a year with zero murders
Tuesday, June 23rd marks a year without a homicide on Ambergris Caye. This reduction in deadly crime is attributed to the work of current Officer in Charge of Coastal Executive Unit (Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker), Superintendent Christopher Noble, and his team. A year ago today, San Pedro experienced one of the worst crimes in recent history when an American tourist, Dr. Gary Swank, and local tour guide Mario Graniel were gunned down while on a fly-fishing trip off the north-west coast of the island. The double murder remains unresolved, but today, family members and friends remembered their lives during a memorial service at the place of their demise.

IDB approves loan to support Belize’s vulnerable population affected by COVID-19
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a loan of US$12 million for Belize to support the implementation of the COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program. The loan program will provide protection for the vulnerable population affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Specifically, it will provide cash transfers for a period of 12 weeks to currently unemployed individuals, formerly working in the informal or formal sectors, particularly but not solely in tourism, and who are not on the rosters of other cash transfer programs.

R.I.P. Rita Firestone
Rita Lois Firestone, 71, a woman who pledged allegiance to the love of friends, the surety of math and the beauty of Belize, died of cancer on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at her home in Roanoke. She traveled to Hatteras every fall. In her 40s, she and a friend went on a foray to Belize and she fell in love with its Ambergris Caye. She took a year’s sabbatical from teaching to move there. She later bought a place on Ambergris and became an accomplished diver.

UNDP and the Global Fund support national efforts through medical supplies and equipment for Covid19 to the Ministry of Health and a vehicle for the CSO Hub to enable outreach in the fight against HIV/AIDS and TB
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Belize in the framework of the Global Fund project titled “Building Resilience Through Innovation and National Accountability for the HIV and TB Response in Belize” is handing over essential items to support the Ministry of Health in the ongoing COVID-19 response. The testing equipment and ventilator is being handed over to the Ministry of Health and the vehicle is being handed over to the CSO Hub to support outreach to vulnerable populations

Memorial service for Mario Graniel and Dr. Paul Swank
Murdered while on a fly fishing trip one year ago.

Belizean repatriation: What is the process and where do they go?
Belizeans stranded abroad after the COVID-19 pandemic triggered the closing of Belize’s borders have been returning home via the repatriation program led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Health and National Security. The month of June has seen a number of repatriation flights on United Airlines, mainly for foreign nationals to leave Belize. Belizeans who have been allowed to return home are taking advantage of these flights and so far 154 have successfully repatriated. Upon arriving in country, they are swabbed and then transported to designated facilities/hotels where they must spend a mandatory 14-day quarantine at their own expense.

Ambergris Today

The Saharan Dust Effect On Ambergris Caye
The much anticipated and forecasted Saharan dust from the deserts of Africa has arrived in Belize and its effects are clearly seen here on Ambergris Caye. The current Saharan dust episode is leading to the worst dust storm in the Caribbean in decades. From bright blue skies to a foggy gloom, the difference is obvious. CNN reported that this plume is dense enough to obscure the African coastline on satellite imagery and the forecast calls of the dust to be carried by trade winds straight from the Saharan Desert, across the Atlantic Ocean into the Caribbean and onwards to the Southeastern USA.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Wednesday, June 24th Meal pick ups. Location: Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

Mr. Gonzalo Muñoz Sr. passes away
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to express its sincere condolences to the Muñoz friends and family on the passing of Mr. Gonzalo Muñoz Sr. Our hearts go out to one of our dearest employee and friend, Ms. Natalia 'Natty' Muñoz, daughter of Mr. Gonzalo. Mr. Gonzalo was a true pioneer of San Pedro's fishing industry and he will be greatly missed. We hope that his friends and family find the comfort in each other to overcome this great loss. May his soul rest in peace.

ONLINE COURSE - Wildlife Medicine and Conservation in Belize
As many of you know, BWRC's international student and veterinary groups were one of the main support mechanisms for the BWRC to provide free veterinary care and rehabilitation to imperiled wildlife (aside donations, grants and fundraisers). Due to COVID-19 this income was eliminated and we had to adapt and create an exciting new online format. This 4 week course with 12 sessions for only 990 US$ will give you a great introduction to this exciting field (to the same topics covered in the established "hands on" and on-site courses since 2005), offer lots of possibilities for discussion; and at the same time your fees will help the BWRC weather the Pandemic and to continue BWRC's free veterinary care for victims of wildlife traffic and human wildlife conflict.

Virtual Exhibition: Who is San Pedro?
Who is San Pedro? Join us for a virtual exhibition and learn about the patron saint of the town.

Belizean businessman offers 10 scholarships
Belizean American Roman Palma is an outstanding member of the Belizean diaspora. He regularly gives back on a yearly basis to Belizeans. While much of his deeds have gone unnoticed, a few years ago he was thrust into the spotlight when the sent funds to market vendors whose avacados were destroyed in an unfortunate incident. This year, Palma, an owner of a plumbing business in Chicago is putting his money to a worthy cause in Belize once again. He is offering 10 tutition and uniform scholarships to Belizeans. The deadline is this Saturday, June 27. All you need to do is to demonstrate a need for your child and explain your situation in an email to romanpscholarshipfund@gmail.com. Send whatever relevant documents you believe you need including grades. That’s it. An assistant will attend to the emails on his behalf and the selections will be announced soon.

Saharan Air Layer (SAL) Advisory from the National Meteorological Service of Belize
An outbreak of Saharan Air Layer ( SAL) which is unusually dense has been supporting hazy and dry conditions, decreased visibility and reduced air quaility over much of the Caribbean. The SAL is expected to continue producing hazy and dusty conditions over Belize through to next week, with a temporary break at the start of the weekend. Persons with respiratory or heart disease, elderly persons or children should take precaution, stay hydrated, wear protective gear and avoid outdoor activities as much as possible and seek advice from your health care provider to stay adequately protected from the dusty and dry conditions.

UNDP Supports National Efforts in the Fight against COVID-19 in Belize
Today, June 23rd, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Belize in the framework of the Global Fund Project titled “Building Resilience Through Innovation and National Accountability for the HIV and TB Response in Belize” handed over testing equipment and a ventilator to support the Ministry of Health in the ongoing COVID-19 response. The tests will allow for the decentralization of COVID-19 testing as they will utilize existing Gene Xpert equipment originally purchased to support Tuberculosis testing; resulting in an expansion of laboratory analysis capacities beyond Belize City to include the Western Regional Hospital.

COVID-19 UPDATE
A further 58 samples were tested today, they were negative. Some of these samples were from persons who are to be released from the quarantine hotels/facilities after completing their 14 days and having had a second negative swab. Our next set of samples will be done on Friday.

Corozal Street Closure
The section of First Avenue (in front of the sea) between 1St. North & 2nd Street North, has been temporarily closed down for your safety. That area has been affected by the rains and is partially caving in. Your CTC is working diligently to secure the necessary funds to urgently repair it for your safety and use.

Oceana Film Viewing: Use of gillnets in Belizean waters
In 2015, Oceana produced a documentary about the use of gillnets in Belizean waters. This short film gives insight into how many local fishers feel about this indiscriminate fishing gear, sentiments that hold true today as gillnets are still legal. We invite you to view the short film here: https://bit.ly/2B4lOab. Following your viewing, we will be having a Zoom discussion on Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 at 6:00PM. Contact your nearest field representative for the Zoom link and a chance to win a signature Oceana cup.

Come join the team at Mayflower Bocawina National Park!
VACANCY: PARK RANGER. Interested eligible candidates shall submit resume’ and cover letter no later than July 10, 2020 to: Estevan Assi Jr.

CHILAM BALAM: THE CREATION OF THE UINAL
Thus it was recorded the first sage, Melchise, the first prophet, Napuc Tun, the priest, the first priest. This is a song of how the uinal came to be created before the creation of the world. The uinal was created, the day, as it was called, was created, heaven and earth were created, the stairway of water, the earth, rocks and trees; the things of the sea and the things of the land were created

Channel 7

Former Central Bank Gov. Urges Caution on Bank Merger/Acquisition
Last night we told you all about the big deal in the banking sector - where Belize Bank's ownership group bought Scotia bank Belize. Pending approval from the Central Bank, it will create a very large bank controlling about half of the market. But, is it a good deal for Belize? And for Scotiabank customers? That's what we asked the former Governor of the Central Bank Glen Ysaguirre today. He said mergers can go either way for the market, but the regulator has to do all it can to make sure the confidence of the public in their trusted, old bank is not shaken:

San Pedro - one Year Later, from Death Island to Peace Town
Our next story may strike you as a softer story you would normally see at the end of the news. It's a story about a murder in San Pedro - but one that happened a year ago. And, it's also a story about how NO murders have happened on San Pedro since then. It is significant and encouraging milestone, and perhaps an example of how a properly police community can manage itself. Jules Vasquez took a deeper look: From 2016 to 2018, San Pedro seemed to be in the news weekly with some outrageous act of violence, from drug murders to killings of expatriate businesspersons, to truly wild acts of police brutality. And then it culminated in this murder of tour guide Mario Graniel and his guest on June 23, 2019.

Saharan Air Layer Reaches Belize
Skies all over Belize were ashen grey this morning - but don't blame forest fires or bad weather - it's a region wide phenomenon caused by what is known as the Saharan Air Layer. That's a vast cloud of dust from the Sahara desert that's blanketing the Caribbean as it heads towards the US. Experts say the size and volume of dust hasn't been seen in half a century, and this one is being called the "Godzilla dust cloud". And while that may sound dramatic, it's with good reason. Air quality across most of the Caribbean reached record "hazardous" levels. We have seen numerous public health warnings from across the region and from Guatemala which warn people to stay indoors and use air filters if they go outside.

From Botes To Belize, Border Jumper Caught In City
Tonight, reports reaching 7News are that another illegal border jumper has been detected - but in Belize City. This time it was a Mexican woman who has family ties in both Belize and her native country. The Ministry of Health is now conducting contact tracing, to determine the level of risk she poses to the Belizean public and the potential spread of the coronavirus. At around 8:30 this morning, a team of police officers and members of the Health Ministry's Coronavirus Investigative Unit conducted a search at a home located at #46 Mahogany Street in Belize City. They were acting on information received. Present at the time of the search was a 45-year-old man, and 25-year-old Angela Soto, a Mexican Domestic of La Union Village in Mexico.

Wife Stabber Detained After Going On The Run
During last night's newscast, we told you about that family of 3 from San Jose Village who was attacked and viciously stabbed inside their home. Tonight, the accused assailant is in police custody. On Friday night, 36-year-old Rebecca Munoz, her 19-year-old daughter, and her 15-year-old son were at home when her ex-common-law husband showed up. It is unclear what triggered violence between the two, but this ex reportedly pulled a knife and went after her. Her children tried to come to her aid, and they were also stabbed.

Easy Glen, Not Easy At All With Land Fraud
Last night, we told you how police had to chase down and recapture 49-year-old Goldburne "Easy Glen" Adolphus in Orange Walk Town. That's after he was charged with obtaining property by deception for his alleged involvement in con-games featuring shady land transactions. Well, after he has finished answering to criminal charges for escape and dishonesty in the north, he'll have to face similar charges in Western Belize as well.

How Taiwan is Managing The Coronavirus
There are very few Coronavirus success stories and even fewer on the Asian continent. And with most of the developed world still reeling from the virus's effects, Taiwan's containment of the virus has been nothing short of amazing. As of June 23, Taiwan had only 446 confirmed infections and 7 deaths in a population of 24 million. It's a scenario from which Belizeans, many who live there, are taking a few pointers from. Cherisse Halsall has a story of resilience from halfway across the world.

Getting Behind The Story of Patient 23
Last night's headline story was the confirmation from the Director of Health Services that another person,#23, tested positive for the coronavirus in Belize. The latest patient was among those 45 Belizean repatriates who came home on a United Flight from Houston last week Friday. Today, the Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, was the main guest on the Government Press Office's Ask the Experts Webcast. During his information sharing session, he briefly discussed patient #23, and what the Health Ministry knows so far about her:

Four Repatriates Returned With Fevers
The Director of Health Services is also putting the public on notice that he and other health officials are monitoring 4 of the repatriates. That's because they were detected with fevers during the screening process at the airport. An elevated temperature is one of the warning signs of a potential positive case, and so, the DHS said these 4 Belizeans will be closely monitored during their quarantine phase. Here are his comments on this topic:

What Happens During City Quarantine
So, since the repatriation process is producing the intended results of detecting Belizeans who contracted the deadly virus abroad, the press wanted to know more about what the screening progress entails. We got a bit more insight from Melinda Guerra, the regional manager at the Central Health Region. She was attending another health-related event today, which we will tell you about later. Here's what she had to say about how the screening and quarantining of repatriates actually works:

Experts Warn COVID Will Come From Across Borders
From the Ministry of Health's perspective, the detection of positive cases through the repatriation program is not a threat to public health, since it is a controlled process, which limits the public's exposure. But what health officials continue to be very concerned about are border jumpers, who do all they can to elude authorities. That's why the Director and his team are keeping a close eye on the fight against the coronavirus happening in Mexico and Guatemala. This afternoon, Dr. Marvin Manzanero said that the increasing number of confirmed cases in these two countries is cause for serious concern:

Shyne Fending Off Allegation of Misappropriation
Last night, we showed you how UDP's Shyne Barrow is contributing to the work of the Police and the Conscious Youth Development Program to encourage peace between George Street and Taylors Alley gangs. That conversation gave us the opportunity to ask Barrow about an American woman who has been blasting him on Facebook for allegedly misappropriating money. She's Amy Thomas, a resident of Hawaii. She says that she has visited Belize multiple times to do humanitarian outreach work. Thomas claims that in 2017, she gave Shyne $7,500 US dollars, which was supposed to go toward a resource center, just like the one Barrow currently is operating on Amara Avenue.

Testing Kits and Transportation
And while that donation may be the subject of bitter dispute, one from the UNDP will not suffer the same fate. The United Nations Development Program today donated an interesting package of medical supplies to the Ministry of Health. It's a contribution aimed at increasing the country's testing capabilities as well as facilitating outreach programs that, for many, could be the difference between life and death.

Aeroboxes For Safer Intubations
The Ministry of Health also got another donation today, and this time, it came from the furniture and home appliance wholesaler, Courts/Unicomer. The company handed over 19 aero boxes to the Ministry of Health, custom-made by Mabe, the Mexican appliance company. Now if you're asking what's an aero box, they are plastic boxes that create a barrier between COVID-19 patients and health workers during intubation procedures.

No COVID Vaccine Coming, Get Used to Masks For Two More Years
And turning back to news related to the coronavirus, today on Ask The Experts the Director of Health Services emphasized that there still is no vaccine for the disease. According to the DHS, the best medical information on the virus at this time, is that recovered patients don't develop any lasting immunity to the virus. That means that you can catch it a second time, even after your immune system successfully fought it off. The direct implication of this is that social distancing, and the wearing of masks, will be around for at least 2 years.

Mother to Child Transmission of 'Rona Is Possible
Dr. Manzanero also discussed the latest information from doctors abroad who are closely studying the virus. According to the Director, new revelations suggest that an infected mother can transmit the virus to their unborn babies.

Robbers Strike Again
Armed robbers have struck again in Cayo - but this time they made sure that there's no video evidence of their crime. Last night at 7:35, three men walked into Chen's Supermarket in Bullett Tree - without masks. They pretended to be regular customers picking up beer and Campari, but then they flipped the script. One of them pulled out a pistol and pointed it at the proprietor, Botai Chen's head.

Channel 5

Saharan Dust Drifts Across Caribbean
Since early this morning, a plume of the Saharan dust spread across the country. The intense dust storm started in the Saharan Desert in West Africa and began travelling across [...]

S.O.E. to be Lifted, but New Laws will be Introduced Subsequently
Turning to COVID-19, the countrywide state of emergency expires next Tuesday and the weeklong countdown to the lifting of all remaining measures, including the end of the nightly curfew, has [...]

2,043 Tests Conducted; More Results to Come!
The Central Medical Lab is currently processing a number of samples from persons who returned to the country in the past couple days. Among those samples are four persons who [...]

Border Jumpers Present Biggest COVID-19 Risk!
Doctor Marvin Manzanero shared that the chances of more COVID-19 positive repatriates is likely considering that more people are returning home.  But the Ministry of Health is not worried about [...]

COVID on the Rise in Guatemala & Mexico
One of the major reasons why border jumpers are a concern for the ministry is because they are coming from neighbouring countries where COVID-19 cases are on the rise. The [...]

Belizean Health Officials Monitoring Chet’s Rising COVID-19 Infections
Doctor Marvin Manzanero is keeping a close eye on the developing COVID-19. The cases in Mexico are increasing every day and it is reported that a mother there transmitted the [...]

Cutting Cost in the Ministry of Health during COVID-19 Pandemic
As border jumpers present a real threat to the health system, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority Workers Union is engaged in discussions with the hospital’s C.E.O. and management regarding [...]

Lord Ashcroft’s Change of Heart in Investing in Belize
The process of finalizing the sale of Scotiabank Belize to Caribbean Investment Holdings is several months away, as the Central Bank, as regulator of the financial sector, does it does [...]

Central Bank Commences Review of Scotia Bank Purchase
In a recorded statement issued by the Central Bank of Belize on Monday, Governor Joy Grant stated that a detail and thorough assessment of the sale of Scotiabank to C.I.H.L. [...]

Teaching Services Commission Approves Penalties for Former Excelsior Principal
The Belize Teaching Service Commission has approved the suspension with half pay and demotion in rank of former Excelsior Principal Dawn Watters.  Earlier this year, Watters was found guilty of [...]

Charge Reduced to Manslaughter for Shane Jones
A man, who was facing a charge of murder, saw that charge reduced to manslaughter when he appeared in the Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Viewers will recall the report we [...]

Guatemalan National Esau Ramirez Lopez is Captured
Police have arrested Guatemalan national Esau Ramirez Lopez who was on the run since last Friday. Ramirez Lopez is accused of stabbing his former common-law-wife, Rebecca Munoz and her two [...]

No Vaccine for COVID-19!
Back to today’s Ask the Expert’s Webcast…while not enough is known about the vertical transmission as yet, what health officials do know is that there is no treatment for COVID-19 [...]

DHS Explains What it Means to be COVID-19 Asymptomatic
As you’ve been hearing in recent positive cases in Belize, they have been identified as asymptomatic. Today, Doctor Marvin Manzanero highlighted what this means – essentially these positive persons may [...]

Belize’s Borders Likely to Remain Closed Indefinitely
A rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases reported in neighbouring Mexico and Guatemala has placed Belize on edge since it shares borders with both countries.  Despite all border [...]

Quarantining Positive Cases in Belize City
The Central Health Region is the unit of the Ministry of Health responsible for the on the ground logistics for those repatriated persons who are swabbed when they arrive at [...]

Private Sector Pressures G.O.B. on Economic Recovery
The private sector continues to bring pressure to bear on government in respect of a comprehensive economic recovery plan amid the COVID-19 crisis.  The resulting financial crisis has forced the [...]

Business Children Making Ideals during COVID-19
Two very young enterprising children have turned the COVID-19 pandemic into an opportunity to start a business. One is eight years old and the other is five; they came up [...]

CitCo Hosts a Training for Small Business Owners
An initial group of ten small business owners were hosted today and will be engaged in three days of training at City Hall in Belize City. Dubbed the Accelerator Program [...]

Ministry of Health Receives a Donation of Aeroboxes to Help in COVID-19 Fight
In the fight against the novel coronavirus, the Ministry of Health has received further assistance from the private sector. UNICOMER Belize, in collaboration with one of its product suppliers, has [...]

Months after His Passing, a Memorial Service is Held for Hubert Pipersburgh
Today, a funeral and memorial service took place to celebrate the life of Hubert Pipersburgh. This afternoon, at the Sacred Heart Church in San Ignacio, Cayo, family and friends gathered [...]


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Scotia Bank Belize sold to Ashcroft company
On Monday, June 22, Scotia Bank Belize (SBL) made the announcement that they sold their licensed Belize banking operations to Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited (CIHL) – the parent company of the Belize Bank Limited, owned by Lord Michael Ashcroft. Caribbean Investment Holdings (CIHL) posted their agreement to acquire Scotia Bank Belize, which priced the acquisition at an initial US$30.5 million, which includes the expected shareholders’ equity at US$28.5 million and a premium of US$1.5 million. CIHL may be required to pay an additional US$4.5 million in the event that the shareholders’ equity of SBL exceeds US$28.5 million.

Mario Aguirre found guilty of killing Marcelino Chan
The murder trial of Mario Aguirre, 29, a mechanic of San Roman, Orange Walk District, who was charged for the stabbing death on March 4, 2017, of Marcelino Chan, 54, a farmer of San Roman who was a father of 11 children, came to a conclusion yesterday in the Northern Session of the Supreme Court. Justice Herbert Lord was the judge in the trial without a jury, and he found Aguirre guilty. Aguirre’s murder trial began in January and concluded yesterday. After reviewing the evidence and submissions from the defense and the prosecution, Justice Lord ruled that Aguirre was guilty.

Dr. Omar Figueroa drops out of UDP leadership race
The crowded field of contenders for the post of United Democratic Party leader has decreased by one aspirant. Over the weekend, it was reported that Dr. Omar Figueroa, the Cayo North area representative who was recently promoted to a full ministerial post in the Dean Barrow-led cabinet, has withdrawn from the UDP leadership race. We were not able, however, to get an official confirmation of Figueroa’s withdrawal from the UDP Secretariat. When we called today, we were told that there was no one in the office who could confirm that Dr. Figueroa had dropped out of the leadership race. All of our attempts to reach the UDP chairman, Michael Peyrefitte, or the party’s deputy chairman, Alberto August, were similarly futile.

Belize Police Association elects first female president, Sergeant Jane Usher
The Belize Police Association (BPA) held elections for its new executive, and for the first time in the history of the organization, a woman has emerged as the holder of the top post. Woman Police Sergeant Jane Usher swept out longtime president of the BPA, Corporal Eldon Arzu, and his team. Corporal Arzu has been at the helm of the BPA for six terms, but during the last term, which just ended, he and Commissioner of Police Chester Williams got into a squabble which ended up in the Supreme Court after Arzu was stripped of his salary because he had failed to honor a transfer to the Police Department’s headquarters in Belmopan.

GOB requests a deferral on the Super Bond
The Government of Belize is scrambling to meet its financial obligations as the country’s economy continues to contract as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The extent of the financial crisis is made clearly evident by the government’s request for interest capitalization on the infamous Super Bond. Last Wednesday, the government issued a statement seeking consent of the holders of the U.S. Dollar Bonds to defer and capitalize interest due in August to 2021. If agreed upon, the interest due will be added to the principal.

Interdicted police constable hangs himself at home
The body of Constable Herman Milan, 27, of the San Ignacio police, who was put on interdiction from his duties since last October 2019, was found hanging in his room by family members at about 2:30 this morning, in San Ignacio. Police took down the body, and took it to the San Ignacio Hospital. Foul play is not suspected, and police declared his death to have been a suicide. His body will undergo a post-mortem exam to certify the cause of his death.

Abandoned newborn baby eaten by dogs
A newborn baby who was discarded in some bushes in San Roman was eaten by dogs. A man who came across the gruesome scene at about 10:00 yesterday morning managed to chase away the animals and rescued what was left of the infant —the legs and a hand. He immediately called police, and the body parts of the infant were rushed to the National Forensic Sciences Services for investigation, and they determined that the remains belonged to a female child.

Esau Ramirez wanted for the stabbing of his family
Rebecca Muñoz, 39, and her two children were stabbed in their house last night in San Jose, and police are looking for Esau Ramirez Lopez, 44, the common-law husband of Muñoz, for questioning. Muñoz, a domestic of San Jose, suffered stab wounds in her left breast and right elbow, while her daughter, Dianna Nyayeli Muñoz, 19, a student, received stab wounds in her abdomen, which ruptured her intestines. She was also stabbed in her right arm. Rebecca Muñoz’s son with Esau, Jose Adrian Ramirez, 15, was stabbed in the center of the back.

Gas Tomza robbers remanded
On Wednesday afternoon, two robbers who were trying to escape after robbing Gas Tomza gas depot, located at Mile 4 ½ on the George Price Highway, were caught by police who were on patrol in the area of Fabers Road, near its junction with the highway. Police say that while on patrol on the George Price Highway, they were alerted about the robbery at the Gas Tomza depot and that the robbers escaped in a blue car. Police, when they saw a blue car speeding towards Belize City, set chase and fired shots, forcing the driver of the car to stop.

Orange Walk cab driver robbed, escapes death
A cab driver, Vicente Flavio, 55, of Orange Walk Town, is alive and unhurt after he escaped from two bandits who tried to kidnap him. The firearm that one of the bandits used to hold him up and rob him misfired when the bandit tried to shoot him, and both thieves ran away after stealing his wallet and car keys. Flavio then went to the police and made a report. The incident occurred at about 10:00 this morning. Flavio told police that he was at the taxi stand on Queen Victoria Street when two men came up to him and requested that he take them to Trial Farm.

Editorial: Four UDP men want to lead nation
The two major political parties in Belize, the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the People’s United Party (PUP), would like persons who are not members to keep their distance from their internal affairs, especially when they are going about selecting a new leader. The UDP is at this time about to select a new leader, and the fact is that what the UDP does is everybody’s business here, and in some instances what they do has implications in the greater world. In a healthy democracy people who aspire for leadership are stripped and searched, figuratively; they are scrutinized for their integrity, their personal conduct over the years, their achievements and their failures, their stated goals and their methods of achieving them.

UDP to hold 2nd leadership convention July 12
General elections are scheduled to be held in November, but the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the selection of a new leader for the governing United Democratic Party (UDP). The UDP’s second leadership convention was initially scheduled to take place in April, before the pandemic struck. Reports now are that the UDP will hold their leadership convention on Sunday, July 12, at the ITVET compound in Belize City, where delegates will choose one person from the crowded field of aspirants to lead the party into the 2020 general elections.

Police address the use of face masks by criminals
Criminals are now taking advantage of the mandatory wearing of face masks to hide their identities while they commit crimes. A number of robberies have been committed by robbers who enter establishments with masks but initially appear to pose no threat because they appear to be customers. It is now difficult to distinguish robbers from law-abiding citizens going to the store for legitimate purposes. To address the situation, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams has ordered business owners to place signs on their businesses ordering customers to remove their sunshades and face masks before they enter the businesses.

FFB clears the air
Football Federation of Belize (FFB) General Secretary, Earl Jones was the man on the spot yesterday morning at the Marion Jones Sports Complex conference room, where he ably fielded questions from media personnel on aspects of the financial affairs of the FFB and its handling of district association elections, which have now been completed, and which determine the delegates that will cast their votes in the upcoming FFB executive elections, set for July 4. (Premier League of Belize elections are reportedly set for this Saturday, June 20.)

Pulu and O.J. big-up 16-year-old scholar athlete Kendall Morgan of Wesley College
With the easing of restrictions in the State of Emergency, a number of schools will be free to conduct graduation ceremonies that had previously been on hold. Among the bright young students who will be on center stage at their respective commencement exercises is one Kendall Morgan, a sixteen-year-old female student of Wesley College, who holds the distinction of not only being the top student academically, but also the best student athlete of her school; causing legendary basketballer and sports activist Clinton “Pulu” Lightburn to dub her G.O.A.T. at this stage of her young career. And politician O.J. Elrington also had a few words for the second consecutive recipient of the academic scholarship he has been awarding for the past 20 years to the most outstanding student athlete at his alma mater.

FFB announces results of District Association elections
This is an election year in the 4-year cycle of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB), and for the past few months of this year, elections have been held for the seven (7) football district association executives. The Premier League of Belize (PLB) will hold its elections this coming Saturday, June 20. All those elected executives of the district associations and the PLB will then represent their respective bodies at the FFB Elective Congress set for July 4. This morning, FFB communications director Yashmin Juan provided us with the results for all seven FFB district association elections and the dates elections were held. We noted that, in keeping with new FIFA mandate on female inclusion, all executives included at least one female member. Below are the lists of newly elected executive members:

Reparations for whom?
When African slavery was finally abolished, British, French, Spanish, Danish, South American and American slave owners received reparations. In effect, the act of issuing reparations to slave owners was a validation of the right for people to own property in the form of human beings. The slave owners, and not the slaves, became the cosseted beneficiaries of the public purse. But even before the slaves were freed, the practice of giving compensation to slave owners receiving compensation had existed. For instance, slave owners received compensation from the public purse when slaves ran away, when they died while working in the lead mines of Virginia, when they were executed for crimes, participated in slave rebellions, or joined the British side in the War of American Independence.

Alternative Vote better for Belize than quota for women
To preface, I will repeat that I think it doesn’t make sense for the homosexual agenda to include its story in the discussion about racism, and now let me say I think it also doesn’t make sense for people who are trying to advance women’s agenda to try and parallel gender with the black story. Women have been suppressed in some ways since Creation, and homosexuals have had a very hard time, but race is a different story, so let’s keep them separate. Allow me a few more sentences to make my position more clear. It is argued that through the years women haven’t had the same amount of opportunities that men have had. No one can argue that point.

Alida and Dr. Kevin; Gertrude and Clifton …
One of the great blessings for our extended family had been the visit home of our daughter Alida for two weeks immediately after sitting her finals! Due to the modern convenience of air travel she had arrived on a Wednesday and the whole family in the capital at the time, which included Jerome, Lloyd and Sonia, Safira and Emerson plus Linda and Ernesto with their two children, had sat down to a celebratory semi-buffet lunch; and I must say that it was the highest point of our lives for that year, even superseding the country’s Independence!

Exclusive: “Sorry is not enough”, Caribbean states say of British slavery apologies
British financial institutions that benefited from slavery such as Lloyd’s of London should go further than saying sorry for their role in the Atlantic slave trade and atone for their sins by funding Caribbean development, the region’s countries said. More than 10 million Africans were shackled into the Atlantic slave trade by European nations between the 15th and 19th centuries. Those who survived the often brutal voyage, ended up toiling on plantations in the Americas.

The Reporter

Saharan Dust Plume in Belmopan
A Saharan Dust Plume made its way to the Garden City of Belmopan earlier this morning. US experts reported that the Dust would have made its way across the Caribbean as early as Wednesday. They reported that while it is a yearly phenomenon, this year is a unique one since the plumes are said to contain the highest concentration of particles in the past 50-60 years. Apart from providing spectacular sunrises and sunsets, lowering visibility and reducing air quality, the Saharan Dust can also trigger allergies. This image was shared courtesy of Dioni Marin Photography.

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UNDP donates testing equipment
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through the global founding project, handed over COVID 19 testing equipment and a ventilator to the Ministry of Health. Cayo correspondent Fem Cruz attended the handing-over ceremony and filed this report.

CitCo assists entrepreneurs
20 aspiring entrepreneurs are participating in the Belize City Council’s workshop for small business owners. These workshops have been ongoing from the beginning of the year to promote competition and self-sustainability.

Unicomer and Mabe donates to MOH
The Ministry of Health today received a donation of nineteen aero boxes. These are necessary to keep doctors safe while they tend to patients infected with covid-19.

ComPol explains video of officers firing shots in St Martin’s
Many times, wrongdoings by police officers are documented by camera phones, and the police department has to answer to the public for the actions committed. Such was the case this past weekend when a video of officers firing shots in the St Martin’s area of Belize City.

Sahara Dust enters Belize
Across the country Belizeans are experiencing the effects of a phenomena known as the Sahara Dust. A plume of dust from the Sahara Desert in north-central African has made its way across the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

MOH ensures safety measures are in place for repatriates
The repatriates must endure a lengthy process before they are able to enter the country. Even after they are approved, they must undergo preventative measures while on their flight until they arrive in the hotel rooms.

Central Bank ensures protection for Scotiabank’s customer
The Central Bank of Belize is ensuring that the process of acquisition of shares from Scotiabank by the Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited goes smoothly. According to a press release from Central Bank, both parties have made assurances that Scotiabank’s customers and employees will be protected.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Persons quarantined to be released after receiving 2nd negative swab
Today, the Director of Health Services informed that a further 58 samples were tested and […]

Corozal police find gun and ammo
Today, Corozal police conducted searches in San Andres Village, Corozal and found a .22 revolver […]

Ventilators do not kill people, Manzanero explains
Today, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services addressed the use of ventilators for COVID-19 […]

Ministry of Health: “Returning to a pre-COVID-19 normal is unlikely without a vaccine,”
The COVID-19 pandemic, in a matter of seven months, has affected over 9.3 million people […]

National Meteorological Service issues advisory on the Saharan dust plume
Today, the National Meteorological Service issued an advisory on the Saharan dust plume. The thick […]

Neighbouring countries reeling from COVID-19, should Belize be concerned?
The COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying in both Mexico and Guatemala, Belize’s closest neighbouring countries, which […]

“There is no second wave of COVID-19,” says Director of Health Services
Belize’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased to 23; however, the Director of Health […]

CARICOM Institutions Collaborate on CXC Green Engineering Student Webinars
The Caribbean Examinations Council® (CXC, the Energy Unit of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the […]

Memorial service and funeral being held today for Hubert Pipersburgh
The family of Hubert Pipersburgh is currently holding a memorial service and funeral at the […]

City Council trains 20 entrepreneurs in the art of operating small businesses
There’s no right way or wrong way to operate a small business, as both successes […]

Courts Belize supports Ministry of Health in the fight against COVID-19
Today, Courts Belize made a donation of 19 Aeroboxes to the Ministry of Health (MOH) […]

IDB approves loan to support Belize’s vulnerable population affected by COVID-19
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) informed that it has approved a loan of US $12 […]

Tropical Storm Dolly forms over North Atlantic
The National Hurricane Center has informed that Tropical Storm Dolly has formed over the north […]

Testing continues for COVID-19 as Belize monitors 4 active cases
The Ministry of Health continues to conduct testing as it monitors 4 active cases of […]

Powerful earthquake shakes Mexico
Minutes ago, a powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake shook Mexico. At this time, there are no […]

Saharan dust plume arrives in Belize
A plume of dust from the Sahara Desert in north-central Africa arrived in Belize and […]

Internal investigation underway over alleged theft during police raid
Police Commissioner Chester Williams says he has ordered an internal investigation into a complaint that has […]

Bullet Tree Falls shopkeeper robbed and wounded
San Ignacio Police is on the trail of four armed men who robbed and assaulted 49-year-old […]

Fishing for fish – or drugs?
What were five law enforcement officers and seven civilians doing at three a.m. in the morning […]

Eldon Arzu: Ex-Police Association prez challenges election results in court
Deposed from the role he held for many years, Corporal of Police Eldon Arzu appears […]

Blogs

Secret Beach, Ambergris Caye. Monday. Borders Closed
Secret Beach is the most tourist-ed spot on Ambergris Caye. Endless blue clear water. And at the right time of the year, rows and rows of chairs filled with visitors to our island. Jet skis, tubes shaped like flamingos and champagne flutes, pina coladas served in whole pineapples, loud music…people, people, people. But things have changed dramatically in the last three months. I don’t need to tell YOU that. So I thought I’d head over and take some pictures of Secret Beach on a Monday during a State of Emergency due to a Global Pandemic. Definitely a first. The road isn’t the only thing pitted…someone has been holding target practice on the road side signs.

4 Incredible Natural Monuments in Belize
From inland wonders to offshore marvels, here’s four incredible natural monuments to discover in Belize. Welcome to Belize: where hidden gems hide in plain sight at one of the earth’s last truly wild places. Standing in awe of these natural pillars is one of the few experiences that leave us feeling rooted – fully connected to the world and its intricacies. On your next visit to Belize, be sure to add these four must-see wonders! Half Moon Caye, The Great Blue Hole, Actun Tunichil Muknal, & Victoria Peak Natural Monument.

How COVID-19 has affected Real Estate in Belize
While Belize’s real estate and housing market has been booming for the last year or so, travel trends amidst the COVID-19 pandemic have quickly shifted to “space and privacy”. According to Walter Zephirin, the managing director of 7th Heaven Properties, demand has seemingly “surged”, largely due to Belize’s low infection rate of COVID-19. Here’s how house hunting in Belize has changed, thanks to insight and statistics from the New York Times.

Five Awesome Experiences on Ambergris Caye (other than Diving or Snorkeling)
Just a few miles off the coast of Belize is Ambergris Caye – it’s 40 km long and less than 2 km wide. It’s one of Belize’s most popular islands, primarily drawing visitors that are interested in diving or snorkeling Belize’s reef, which is the second-largest barrier reef in the world. However, what tourists also find when they visit Ambergris Caye is that there are plenty of things to do other than diving or snorkeling. Below I will list 5 of these experiences. Explore San Pedro Town, Great Blue Hole Fly Over Tour, Enjoy San Pedro’s Food Scene, Go on a Sunset Cruise, & Visit Secret Beach.

International Sourcesizz

NY Times: Eating Thai Fruit Demands Serious Effort but Delivers Sublime Reward
Fruits familiar to us. Many delicious species in Thailand, “the Great Power nation of fruit,” require laborious peeling and careful chewing. Then there’s the sticky fingers and occasional disappointment.

Powerful earthquake shakes southern, central Mexico near Huatulco resort
A powerful earthquake centered near the resort of Huatulco in southern Mexico swayed buildings Tuesday in Mexico City and sent thousands into the streets. Seismic alarms sounded midmorning with enough warning for residents to exit buildings. Power was knocked out to some areas, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Helicopters flew over downtown Mexico City and police patrols sounded their sirens.

A 7.5 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE WAS REGISTERED IN OAXACA, STRONG IN MEXICO CITY
A few moments ago there was an earthquake that was felt in Mexico City, with an epicenter in Oaxaca and of 7.5 magnitude, according to preliminary information. Reports assure that the duration of the quake was approximately one minute. So far, no reports of serious damage in Mexico City. Official sources confirm the presence of the head of government at C5 and security reviews are being carried out by air and by ground in Mexico City.

Moody’s predicts up to 50% drop in tourism
ouristic dependent countries are “significantly exposed” to the coronavirus-induced decline in tourism, and countries such as The Bahamas will face the greatest pressure on their economies as a result, according to Moody’s Investor Service. In a June 22 report, Moody’s said The Bahamas, Maldives, St Vincent and the Grenadines are “highly vulnerable to a severe slump in tourism”, and due to large fiscal deficits, and higher debt burdens, these countries and others will have limited fiscal space to absorb the shock. The tourism industry to be one of the most severely impacted sectors globally as a result of the pandemic with only gradual recovery in 2021.

APSU professor experiences pandemic up close in Belize
On a sweaty afternoon in early March, Dr. Harold Young, Austin Peay State University assistant professor of political science, found himself dumped by a taxi on a street in Chetumal, Mexico, near that country’s southern border with Belize. Despite being only a few miles from the Caribbean Sea, the humid, sub-tropical breeze provided little relief as Young, exhausted from his long journey, walked toward the border, dragging his suitcases behind him. Belize had closed its borders to foreigners because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Young had a passport from that country. “There’s a river border, and I walked across it on a bridge, three-quarters of a mile, to the Belizean outpost,” he said. “It was completely deserted. It’s 3 p.m. in the afternoon, and there’s literally nobody.”

The Journal of Mesoamerican Studies
Check out the latest issue of Mexicon (https://mexicon.de) where we have an article on a molded-carved ceramic production mold from Actun Xtuyul, a small rock shelter near Pacbitun, Belize.

Videos

  • Tuesday's "Ask the Experts", min. Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services, on Ask the Experts.

  • Belizean Dreamer Reacts to DACA Ruling, 1.5min. And some good news, last week Thursday the Supreme Court of the United States ruled to continue Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), allowing young people to apply for and get authorization to work and/or go to college in the US. They are called ‘dreamers’ and were taken to the US as undocumented children, such as Belizean Denae Joseph.

  • Experience Travel With Katie and Allie Featuring Belize, 18min. Join us as we talk to Deborah with Belize's Tourist Board. We will be discussing all of the things that Belize has to offer visitors.

  • Bird Island :: Extraordinary Private Island in Belize, 4min. In February 2020, my boyfriend took me on a once in a lifetime trip to stay at Bird Island in Belize! We had an absolutely EXTRAORDINARY time with some of our closest friends. Bird Island is an private island in Belize and it was absolutely stunning and mind-blowing. Fred, the owner, and his family are so welcoming and helpful. We relaxed in the privacy of the island which had many hammocks, games, stocked kitchen, movies, snorkeling and canon equipment, and so much more. We went on excursions such as fishing in the open sea. We saw bio-luminescence in the waters at night.

  • Belize Shark Ray Alley, 2min. Our experience in Belize snokeling Shark Ray Alley

  • Adventure Bound for Warm Waters of Belize, 7min. Visit the cayes and splash in the Caribbean Sea. Swim, snorkel and dive with sharks, manatees, stingrays and lots of other sea life; explore deep into the famous Blue Hole; or just relax on a deserted island or sailboat ride.

  • Flooded Dirt Road Driving in Belize, 2min. Leah and children ask me what you want for your father day. I said,"to visit friends in Blue Creek." Something else I wanted to do! Is to capture a crocodile since the flooding makes them come out from the river. That the next video, you see how close and dangerous these floods are in Belize.

  • Charge D' Affairs US Embassy to Belize - Update, 34min.

  • Mental Health Association, 26min.

  • State of the Economy - COVID-19 Update, 70min.

  • Path Light International - E Conference Summer Training, 28min.

  • Musical Guest - PUPA CURLY - Artist, 20min.

  • Happy Public Service Day to All Public Officers!, 4.5min. MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SERVICE PAYS TRIBUTE TO PUBLIC OFFICERS ON PUBLIC SERVICE DAY.

  • Sailing in Belize - Part 1, 20min. The Adventure of a Lifetime

  • Sailing in Belize - Part 2, 20min.

  • Sailing in Belize - Part 3, 20min.

  • Sailing in Belize - Part 4, 14min.

  • Belizean Soca queen performing LIVE in Seaview restaurant in San Pedro Belize, 2min.

  • Peeling coconut with teeth in San Pedro Town Belize, 2.5min. Teeth coconut husking in Belize.

  • Cruising Corozal Town, Belize, 2.5min. Short drive through Corozal Town

  • Flag Monument in Belize City, 11min.

  • Scuba Shack Belize 2020 Highlights, 3min. Scuba Shack divers had the opportunity to visit Belize in late February/early March 2020. This short video courtesy of Joel Toohey gives us a little glimpse into the diving.

  • Remembering the lives of Mario Graniel and Dr. Gary Swank, .5min. Murdered a year ago on the north-west coast of Ambergris Caye, while on a fly fishing trip.


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