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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

Ministry of Health reviews safety protocols at PGIA following recent repatriation flights
Belize has been putting to test their health safety measures at the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) ahead of its official re-opening on August 15th. That was the case on Friday, July 17th, when another repatriation flight via United Airlines touched down at the PGIA with 60 passengers, from whom samples to test for COVID-19 were collected. pgia safety protocolsThe measures, which include collection of samples from all passengers for eventual transportation to the Central Medical Laboratory to test for COVID-19, were reviewed by personnel of the Ministry of Health (MOH). There were 11 staff members on-site comprised of nurses, medical officers, and public health officers.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Monday, July 20th, Meal pick ups. Location: Belize Diving Services Ltd. Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am -12:30pm.

2 Dead and 3 more injured during Shooting Incident
On Sunday, July 19th,2020, at about 12:40 a.m., Police responded to a report about a shooting incident at CK Bar in San Ignacio Town. A group of persons were seated inside a car and others were standing near the vehicle when two men approached and began shooting them. Samuel Hill, a 22-year-old, a taxi-driver of Esperanza Village and Windell Trapp, a 29-year-old of the Santiago Juan Layout were murdered. Three other persons: Marquees Robateau, 19-years-old; Telesha Mckay, 29-years old, of Esperanza Village and Danny Jimenez, a Police Officer, received gunshot injuries and they remain in a stable condition.

Generous contribution of Fundación Probitas
As #COVID19 continues to impact the lives of children and their families, 840 masks, 200,000 gloves and other protective equipment such as biohazard bags and goggles have arrived in Belize thanks to the generous contribution of Fundación Probitas and donors who contributed to the UNICEF Humanitarian Fund. This will support the Ministry of Health Belize in the COVID19 response and protect hundreds of healthcare workers across the country, helping them to save lives.

Hope Haven Receives Contribution
We are so thankful to receive @Grand Caribe's Deep Sea Classic annual contribution! This year the event was another success that drew anglers from all over Belize to the shores of Grand Caribe Belize. Thank you to the organizers and their teams for always thinking of us. Their contribution of $5,800BZD will be used to send the children currently living at Hope Haven's Children Shelter to school for this year.

The Belize Audubon Society gave away 300 mahogany trees
Now in its 10th year, Greening Across Belize celebrates Earth Day by providing free trees to Belizeans to plant at their homes across the country. This year, we gave away 300 mahogany trees from our head office in Belize City, Guanacaste National Park and St Herman's Blue Hole National Park. These are a few of the happy new tree owners collecting their saplings!

“Forest Protectors” Workshop
Over the last three days 20 youths from buffering communities of St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, (Armenia , Ringtail and St Margaret’s villages) participated in a fun and educational workshop entitled “Forest Protectors”. During the three days, the young participants learnt about the work of BAS and it’s programmes, particularly the Biodiversity Research and Monitoring Programme. They were exposed to monitoring protocols and field demonstrations led by staff and local experts. The workshop was done at the National Park and neighbouring Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch Botanical Garden, allowing participants to experience first hand the biodiversity research and monitoring work though birdwatching, plant identification, mammal monitoring and bird banding.

Channel 5

Double Murder in Cayo
Two persons are dead and two others are at the hospital after they were shot at around three o’clock this morning in San Ignacio Town. News Five has learned that Samuel Hill, Windel Trapp, Danny Jimenez and Marques Robateau were near Macal Park when they came under heavy gunfire. Hill and Trapp died while Jimenez and Marque are at the hospital receiving treatment.

Murder in Ladyville
Egbert Baldwin was fatally shot last night in Ladyville. Baldwin was in Jackson Avenue when the gunman pounced, fatally shooting Baldwin.  Egbert Baldwin walked free of a murder charge last week after Justice Colin Williams agreed with a submission made by Defense Attorney, Oscar Selgado that the Crown had not proven its case against his client.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Constable shot in Cayo stable in hospital, gets visit from Commissioner of Police
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams personally confirmed that officer Danny Jimenez is stable in the […]

Two dead and popular footballer, Danny Jimenez, hospitalized after shooting in Cayo
A shooting outside the Macal River Park in San Ignacio last night has claimed the […]

Four armed men rush into house, only take a cell phone
A 26-year-old woman from the Maya Mopan area of Belmopan managed to survive an aggravated […]

One dead, one injured in Ladyville shooting
A man is dead and another injured following a shooting in Ladyville last night. Reports […]

Blogs

The Little Known ‘Big Hat’: Nim Li Punit in Toledo
The ancient people who lived in the Nim Li Punit Maya site took advantage of a convenient location between the mountains and the sea. This allowed for a healthy trade between inhabitants of the city and communities around them. Nim Li Punit people grew cacao and corn crops among many others. A wide variety of stones like obsidian and jadeite have been found at the site as well as ceramics and shells from the sea. This ruin site is one of the lesser-known ones in Belize, but it’s worth the trip for the fascinating history and beautiful view of the Caribbean on a clear day.

7 Hidden Adventures in the Belizean Rainforest: Bocawina National Park
Easily reached from Hopkins or Dangriga, the 11-sq-mile Mayflower Bocawina National Park offers high-adrenaline adventure activities or old-fashioned jungle hiking to mountains, waterfalls, swimming holes and small Maya sites. Besides, it’s remote enough that you might find yourself alone (apart from the wildlife) on some spectacular hiking trails. An experienced local guide can teach you about the diverse plant and animal species you will see. There are both challenging hikes, such as the popular one to the top of Antelope Falls, and easier ones such as the trail to Bocawina Falls. In either case, make sure to bring your bathing suit so you can refresh yourself in one of the waterfall pools afterwards.

The Ultimate Belizean Bake: Maya Chocolate Cake
Did you know that some of the best chocolate in the world originates in Belize? History shows the ancient Maya were the first to discover chocolate. Further evidences suggest the Mayans had chocolate at every meal, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And whilst we wish, this was still the case for us in modern day, we still know that everyone likes a sweet treat. So we are sharing one of our favorite bakes from the Flavors of Belize cookbook: Maya Chocolate Cake. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion, having a few friends over, or just in the mood to bake, this recipe will have everyone complimenting your cooking skills!

International Sourcesizz

Cubans celebrate no local transmission of COVID-19 for first time in four months
Cuba for the first time in 130 days on Sunday said there were no new domestic cases of COVID-19 as most of the country moved into the final phase of resuming normal activities with masks and social distancing. Francisco Duran, head of epidemiology at the Ministry of Public Health, and who has updated the country daily on the pandemic, took off his mask during the national broadcast for only the second time deliver the good news. Duran, on Saturday did the same, reporting just a single domestic case in Havana.

Mexico prepares for the arrival of a swarm of locusts that could destroy crops
As though the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t been challenging enough to Mexico, now comes a new threat that worries authorities and citizens: a large swarm of locusts moves over Belize and could be heading towards the southeast of Mexico in the next few days. This was explained Friday by the Plant Health Committee of Quintana Roo (Cesaveqroo), according to information from the newspaper El Financiero. The agency detailed that the pest could devour up to 400 plant species, and destroy crops of corn, beans, rice, soybeans, peanuts, sugar cane, chili, tomato, citrus, banana, coconut, and grassland, among others.

The Caribbean is Re-Opening and Welcoming
With more than three months after tourism ground to a standstill due to COVID-19, the Caribbean is opening and beginning to welcome visitors again. As of July 17th, here is a list of hotels and attractions in the Caribbean that are re-opening courtesy of the Caribbean Tourism Organization:

Bahamas closes borders to U.S. tourists after COVID-19 cases spike; others still welcome
Less than three weeks after reopening its borders to international visitors, the Bahamas on Sunday announced that it is closing all of its airports and seaports to tourists from the United States, effective Wednesday. Bahamasair, the country’s national carrier, will cease all outgoing flights to the United States immediately, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said in a national address Sunday. Outgoing commercial flights will still be permitted to accommodate visitors scheduled to leave the Bahamas after Wednesday, he said. Visitors from Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union will still be permitted to visit as long as they can show proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test from an accredited laboratory taken within 10 days of their arrival.

Videos

  • Coolies: How Britain Reinvented Slavery, 8min. The slave trade was officially abolished throughout the British Empire in 1807. This documentary reveals one of Britain’s darkest secrets: a form of slavery that continued well into the 20th century – the story of Indian indentured labour. “Coolies: How Britain Reinvented Slavery” tells the astonishing and controversial story of the systematic recruitment and migration of over a million Indians to all corners of the Empire. It is a chapter in colonial history that implicates figures at the very highest level of the British establishment and has defined the demographic shape of the modern world. Combining archive footage and historical evidence the programme includes interviews with Gandhi’s great-grandaughter, Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie, about Gandhi’s campaign to end indentured labour and David Dabydeen – author and academic – whose great-grandfather was an indentured labourer in British Guyana.

  • Wesley College Class of 2020 - A Virtual Celebration, 96min.

  • Wesley Junior College Class of 2020 - A Virtual Celebration, 77min.

  • Belize's Culture Awaits!, .5min.

  • Belize Awaits...We'll see you soon!, .5min.

  • Jazz Festival: Mr. Jordan Can won with his piano solo, 5min.

  • RIP RAYFOR ANDERSON of San Antonio Village, 19min. Found hanging in his jail cell, Rayfor Roy Anderson's life was not perfect although he was known by his bright smile. No one know how he was feeling inside. Whether he took his own life or something else happened is now in question and as Corozal police says... "It's under investigation"

  • Belize - The Silk Cayes, 3.5min. Yesterday we decided to go along with one of my favourite dive buddies. PADI WOMENS DIVE DAY.