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The San Pedro Sun

Drowning in Caye Caulker
A male person was found dead floating in the sea off the west coast of Caye Caulker. According to information from reliable sources, the deceased had only a pair of pants on, and his identity could not be ascertained. He is not believed to be a resident of Caye Caulker. The body has since been transported to Belize City, where his identity is expected to be revealed.

Police vehicle runs off the road and crashes north of San Pedro Town
Early morning accident involving an apparently intoxicated police officer goes unconfirmed by local police. Images and footage of what appears to be a damaged police truck north of San Pedro Town have been circulating on social media. The photos show the police vehicle on the side of the road with a damaged front wheel caused by the impact allegedly made when it hit a light post. According to witnesses at the scene, the incident happened early on the morning of Friday, June 26th, and one of the officers, in uniform, appears to be under the influence of alcohol.

LXX INCAP Board of Directors Meeting
On June 24, 2020, the LXX Ordinary Meeting of the Board of Directors from the Instituto de Nutricion de Centro America y Panama (INCAP) was held virtually, in which the Dominican Republic handed over the Pro Tempore Presidency of the INCAP Board of Directors for the period 2020-2021 to Belize. Dr. George Gough, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Health accepted the Presidency on behalf of the Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Saúl Marín.

Belize to receive support from Japan Special Fund, the IDB and SECOMISCA to confront the health emergency
A joint effort by the Government of Belize, the Japan Special Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Secretariat of the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America and the Dominican Republic (SE-COMISCA) has achieved the urgent mobilization of US$130,000 for the purchase of medical supplies for health care workers on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19.

CCRIF SPC makes Payout to Belize for Excess Rainfall Event Associated with Tropical Cyclones Amanda and Cristobal
CCRIF SPC made a payout of US$203,136 to the Government of Belize on its Excess Rainfall parametric insurance policy following three days of heavy rains during Tropical Storms Amanda and Cristobal. Amanda was a tropical cyclone that originated in the Pacific Ocean and brought rains that affected Belize on 30 May and then weakened. However, the remnants of Amanda then reorganized to form Tropical Storm Cristobal in the Gulf of Mexico – thus becoming a cross-over cyclone from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Sunday, June 28th Meal Pick ups. Location: Barefoot Caribe Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

Drowning on Caye Caulker
The Voice of Caye Caulker has confirmed that a drowning has occurred today June 27th, 2020 near the South Eastern Side of the split. The body of a male person suspected to be from the mainland, was found at a quarter past six by Caye Caulker Police. Police are still investigating.

Dia de San Pedro Celebration Today
Since COVID-19 put a halt on our festivities, with the help of Super Furia, we will be celebrating DIA DE SAN PEDRO, Tomorrow, Sunday, June 28th, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Live on their page, the Super Furia Band will be performing your favorite hits and showcasing pictures and video from past Dia de San Pedro. Make sure to tune in!

COVID-19 UPDATE
How does our data compare to the English speaking Caribbean? In a snapshot, the comparison as drawn out by UWI, specifically from the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Center.

Fireball Business meeting in Cayo
The San Ignacio & Santa Elena Town Council is hosting the Fireball Business meeting on Tuesday, July 7th. Bring your business plans.

Taiwan extends the helping hands to Belizean people by offering 350,000 BZD humanitarian assistance
On behalf of the people and government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Ambassador Remus Li-Kuo Chen donated a humanitarian relief fund and medical materials worth the value of 350,000 BZD to Belize Mayors' Association, including $200,000 BZD to support the food and relief programs, 90,000 Made-in-Taiwan surgical masks & 150 forehead thermometers to the nine City and Town Councils in Belize to protect their staff and citizens while delivering and receiving services in local communities and to assist those people in urgent need for help.

HURRICANE POLES IN DOWNTOWN BELIZE CITY
As part of establishing an Ecomuseum (the purpose of the Ecomuseum in downtown is to share the history of downtown from a socio-economic, cultural and heritage perspective) in downtown, the Downtown Rejuvenation Project has installed a hurricane pole at Government House and will install two additional poles in downtown. The second will be installed near Brodies on Albert Street and a third between the Swing Bridge's southside approach and the Commercial Center. Although the main purpose of the Hurricane Poles is to give the visitor a perspective of the height of the water level at various points in downtown. The pole has a second purpose and that is to hopefully impart an experientiary feeling by combining the sense of seeing what transpired at a specific point in time with the sense of being at that very location when the photo was taken. We are hoping that by combining vision with location the viewer will be able to obtain a better sense and scale of the catastrophe. The photo will come with a short description and of course the water level will be shown.

Ya’axché Radio Show
Tune in on Sunshine Raydio Station, Tuesday, 30th June 2020 at 4-5 pm. We will be highlighting the preventative methods to stop the spread of COVID-19! Learn how to protect yourself and others. Be sure to join Julio Chub, Sayuri Tzul and Marvin Vasquez on the Ya’axché radio talk show.

K'UK'ULKAN REACH THE MAYAB
In the Mayab(Original name of the Yucatan Peninsula) we have the Chilam Balam books, a series of Yucatec Maya writings whose title is the name of one of their prophets, followed by his place of origin. In the Chilam Balam de Chumayel, you can read about the arrival of K'uk'ulkan to Mayab . When K'uk'ulkan arrived to the Peninsula, the Xiu families from Uxmal and the Puuc Route, and the Itzaes families from Chichén Itzá, lived in disagreement and were always fighting among themselves. K'uk'ulkan impressed the them with his wisdom and convince them to form a new city which he called Mayapan "Standard of the Maya people".

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Great news for Belize and our cattle owners: MILK!
I got a message from Mr. Rafael Omar Gongora, that I should call him, which I did, out of courtesy and interest, and wow, the gentleman had just about the greatest news any farmer, any Belizean, could have dreamed to hear. Mr. Gongora said that his company will be adding condensed milk to the list of products it already has on the market, and that his facility where he will produce sweet milk is well under construction. Of course, I asked him what he was standing on to make such a pledge, and he referred me to his present business, Chemical Specialties of Belize Ltd.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Taiwan donates $350,000 in humanitarian assistance to Belize
On behalf of the people and government of Taiwan, Ambassador Remus Li-Kuo Chen donated a […]

Patients quarantined to be released after receiving 2nd negative swab
The Ministry of Health informed that test results received yesterday include second negative tests for […]

Belize to receive funding from Inter-American Development Bank to help battle COVID-19
Today, the Inter-American Development Bank announced that Belize would be the recipient of US $130,000 […]

Lord Ashcroft COVID-19 Relief Fund donates over $200K to Customs for new X-ray machines
Today, the Lord Ashcroft COVID-19 Relief Fund donated $214,000 to the Belize Customs and Excise […]

Blogs

PLANTING COCONUT TREES AT CHILDREN’S PARK COROZAL, BELIZE
This Morning, Saturday, June 27TH, 2020, few of us volunteered to plant 5 Coconut Trees plants at Children’s Park Corozal. This is to help beautify the Park and make the park look more attractive. To make people use it more. Help care for parks across Corozal Bay, by volunteering, and, lending a hand to beautifying parks around a neighborhood green space park. Once people are engaged, it's easy to see how volunteer projects can be chances for the community to come out and join volunteers to help them around.

15 Things No One Told You About Living in Belize
Living in Belize is fantastic. But it is a BIG adjustment when you move from another country…from the US or Canada. And while I’ve been here full time for 13 years now and it is my home, I learn something new pretty much every day. And I love that. Almost always. So, here’s my list of the top things I’ve learned in those 13 years. “Go Slow” is a fun vacation sign when you see it when you first visit – but it’s a solid piece of wisdom that I work on weekly…

Political Parties are the Problem by: Aria Lightfoot
As COVID-19 wreaks havoc on Belize’s economy, we as Belizeans are grappling with a very uncertain future. COVID-19 brought to the forefront what we all knew and most turned a blind eye to- our political leaders are nothing but pirates of the system. COVID-19 showed us that they have not invested in our people; have short changed our medical system; did not create a diverse economy; have created an elite gap in our school system; and have left our borders unsecured and vulnerable. The worst part is that our entire political environment has significantly declined. We are not ideas driven, we are loyalty driven, even when the evidence of the human rights and constitutional rights are slowly stripped from the average citizen and even though many citizens, including children, have paid the ultimate price with their lives, freedom and citizenship rights.

The Green Iguanas Miss You
The Green Iguana Conservation Project was started to conserve and look after green iguanas by educating the public about them in their ecosystem. The resources for this work are provided by the many people who pay to enjoy this interactive exhibit. So when COVID-19 hit, we were concerned about the project and the Green Iguanas. Fortunately, although the last several months have been tough, there are good things happening at the project as we reopen. An example of this is recounted by Luis, our Grounds Department Manager:

The Best Birding in Belize (Hotspots and Lodges)
No matter what time of the year it is, Belize is always the perfect destination for birding. From the over 590 birds that call Belize home, approximately 80 percent of these birds are local and the rest are migrant species that fly down from North America every winter. This means that if you’re into bird watching, a variety of colorful and exotic birds can be spotted year-round all over Belize. Hopefully, this news entices you to plan your next trip to Belize. If that’s the case, follow this guide to visit the top hotspots to go birding in Belize, including a few recommended birding lodges that will make your stay extra special.

International Sourcesizz

Spectacular Maya Wall Paintings Discovered in Guatemala
An unparalleled set of Maya wall paintings, most probably from the 17th to 18th centuries CE, discovered in a local house in the Guatemalan city of San Gaspar Chajul (further referred to as Chajul) blends pre-Columbian with imported European elements, making them a unique example of Colonial art from Latin America.

Videos

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - Alice Lonie King, 1.5min.

  • Sacred Heart College Virtual Graduation, 2hr.

  • John Paul II Junior College's Sixth Mass & Commencement Ceremony, 3hr17min. Congratulations, JPIIJC graduates!

  • John Arana’s Farm in Belize, 10min. Teakettle Farm owned by John Arana. He showed us the work carried out and wisdom. Was truly a blessing seeing and spending time with him on his property. Learning from John about different fruit trees and agriculture.

  • Kaj Expressions - San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize, 2min.

  • Sailing in Belize on a Bareboat Charter: Part 7, 4min. Sailing from the Moorings base in Placencia. I chartered a 42-foot monohull and acted as skipper with my good friends Michael as chef and Scott as first mate.

  • Grand Annual Convention UPC. San Felipe Toledo Belize, 19min.

  • Revival in Indian Creek Toledo Belize, 5min.

  • Best Barbecued Oxtails, 37min. Joe decided to cook his famous barbecue. He barbecued oxtails for the very first time and they come out delicious so we subsequently did a mukbang.