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The San Pedro Sun

Unions show support to terminated workers of Port of Belize; ComPol investigating use of force against protesters
The main labor unions of the country have shown their solidarity with the Christian Workers Union (CWU), following the termination of some of its members by the Port of Belize (PBL), and being abused by members of the Gang Suppression Unit after peacefully protesting on Wednesday, July 22nd. The GSU tried to disperse the crowd with rubber bullets and tear gas, a move that Commissioner of Police (ComPol) Chester Williams condemned and pledged to investigate as to who gave such orders.

Chair of Integrity Commission Sworn-in for Second Term
On July 22, 2020 at the Belize House in Belmopan, Mrs. Deshawn Arzu Torres was sworn-in as the chair of the Integrity Commission for a second term by the Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young. Mrs. Torres is an attorney-at-law and founding partner of Mckoy Torres LLP. She earned a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (Hons) from the Cayman Islands Law School, University of Liverpool in 2003, and completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom in 2004.

Ministry of Education clarifies statements being made in regards to the termination of Anglican teachers
The Ministry of Education (MoE) hereby informs the public that contrary to statements being made in regards to the termination of Anglican teachers that no such action has been taken to terminate those teachers. The MoE reminds stakeholders that the Belize Teaching Service Commission is the entity responsible for enforcing all regulations governing the conditions of service of teachers with respect to employment, appointment, transfer, discipline, and termination at government and government-aided schools. Where termination for any reason is to be taken against a teacher in the teaching profession, it must be approved by the Commission.

Hope Haven receives donations from Ava Guerrero and Grand Caribe Deep Sea Fishing Tournament
Ava Guerrero and Grand Caribe's Fishing Tournament made generous donations to Hope Haven, which will be used to send children to school. Hope Haven is thankful for two generous donations that have come their way, one via eight-year-old Ava Guerrero, and the other from Grand Caribe. Miss Ava made her donation on July 15th after she won a Covid-19 Video Competition hosted by Make Belize Films. Upon being awarded, she told her mother that she planned to give half her winnings to two causes: Hope Haven and Blue Water Grill’s feeding program.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location

No action has been taken to terminate Anglican teachers
The Ministry of Education (MoE) hereby informs the public that contrary to statements being made in regards to the termination of Anglican teachers that no such action has been taken to terminate those teachers. The MoE reminds stakeholders that the Belize Teaching Service Commission is the entity responsible for enforcing all regulations governing the conditions of service of teachers with respect to employment, appointment, transfer, discipline, and termination at government and government-aided schools. Where termination for any reason is to be taken against a teacher in the teaching profession, it must be approved by the Commission. The Ministry encourages compliance with the legislation that governs the education sector and requests that stakeholders circulate accurate information as verified by the Commission.

REVISED: Invitations for Bids to Provide Operation Services
FOR CONTRACTS TO PROVIDE OPERATION SERVICES AT SOLID WASTE TRANSFER FACILITIES AND A SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITY. The Government of Belize through the Belize Solid Waste Management Authority (BSWaMA) of the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development invite sealed bids from eligible and qualified bidders for Contracts to Provide Operations Services at Solid Waste Transfer Facilities (either loading and transferring overland or loading and transfer by sea and land) and a Solid Waste Disposal Facility (Landfill operations) located at Mile 24 off the George Price Highway as set out in more detail in the Bidding Document. Invitations for Bids for operation service will be for a total of 6 lots as detailed in the Bidding document:

Caye Caulker Expo
Save the date Saturday August 1st as Food Republic host's our very own Caye Caulker Expo.They will be collaborating with local entrepreneurs to bring together some tantalizing treats and services. They will begin promptly at 11am until 6pm and as per usual, they will be adhering to all safety protocols including wearing masks and social distancing. Feel free to head over! Location: Food Republic. Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020. Time: 11am - 6pm. Cost: FREE

The Baymen of Belize Book
If you wanted to get a good description of old Belize Town and Belize in the late 1770's including a different and first hand description of the Battle of St. Georges Caye, the Battle at Spanish Lookout, Spanish invasion of St. Georges Caye in 1779, a little bit of love, hate and revenge all in one book

COVID-19 UPDATE
A further 83 samples were processed today. In this list, we have 2 persons that have recovered and 3 persons that remain reactive beyond the 14 days of being in quarantine. We have also identified a further cluster of 4 cases, this is a new cluster linked to another illegal crossing. The 4 cases are in one single family from a community in Orange Walk; the contact tracing and further mapping of these 4 new cases and their potential contacts has started. Once more information is available, that will be provided to all.

Caribbean Development Bank donates PPE
The Caribbean Development Bank yesterday handed over PPE to the new Integrated Regional Logistics Hub (IRLH) established by CDEMA. Executive Director (ag) of CDEMA Elizabeth Riley, President of the CDB Dr Warren Smith and Minister of Martime Affairs, Blue Economy Hon Kirk Humphrey and regional and local partner agencies were given a tour of the IRLH as volunteers from the Barbados Red Cross prepared the PPE to be shipped to Participating States. The hub’s operations is funded by the Government of Canada.

Charting a way forward Forum
Tune in this morning at 9am as we bring to you the live coverage of our forum, Belize Tourism Industry Association: Charting a way forward.

Tourism Gold Standard training for Tour Operators
Kindly take note of the Tourism Gold Standard training schedule for Tour Operators. Register here: https://bit.ly/39mrt8m

INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE FIRST YUCATEC MAYA MUSEUM TO TAKE PLACE
The TO'ONE MASEHUALOON NGO is proud to announce the Inauguration Ceremony of the First Yucatec Maya Museum in the Corozal District. The museum is to be named "U Kuuchil Uuchben Maaya Ba'alob" (Maya Yucatec Museum) and will be located in the beautiful and wonderful village of Cristo Rey at the Residence of Faustino Yam on July 25th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. The museum will serve as a tourist attraction in the future and connects the Cultural Corridor of the villages of San Pedro, Cristo Rey, Yo Chen, Patchakan, Xaibe and Chan Chen in our Corozal District. See enclosed map showing direction to Cristo Rey from Corozal Town.

Coco Nutz Festival
The Belize Botanic Gardens is having their first Coco Nutz Festival on Saturday, August 8th. It's all about celebrating the coconut, and it's free. They'll have coconut art from many local vendors, and they'll have food too. "Are you all ready for a fun day out? Get out the house, town and go Coco-Nutz at the Gardens on August 8th,2020. Join us for our very first Coconut Fest!!! Get products from @naturallybelizecoconuts, @sweetlemonbz and much more."

Cayo Football Fundraiser this Sunday
Proceeds go towards Daniel Jimenez' medical expenses. We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone. July 26th come out and support a worthy cause. Food and drinks will be for sale, entrance fee $5. All fundraising will go towards Daniel Jiménez aka (Danny) medical expenses.

Notice to BWS Minority Shareholders
The Board of Directors of BWS is pleased to announce dividends of 11¼ cents ($0.1125) per share, equivalent to 7.5%, for the year ending March 31, 2020. Please note that dividends will be paid ONLY via direct transfer to your bank or credit union account. Payments will be processed between August 14 to August 31, 2020. If you have not yet provided BWS with your banking information, please complete the form with your banking information and return to BWS. Kindly contact BWS to update your banking information via telephone at 222-4757 or via email shareholderinfo@bwsl.com.bz

Chargé d'Affaires visits Chiquibul National Park
Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges visited the Chiquibul Forest Reserve yesterday with FCD Belize to learn more about the environmental challenges that forest faces. The Chiquibul region is located in Cayo District and covers 437,376 acres or 7.7% of Belize’s land mass. Altogether, it is home to 17 distinct ecosystems providing a rich diversity of habitat for a variety of plants and animals, as well as the largest and longest cave system in Central America, the source of the Belize River Watershed, and Belize’s largest excavated Mayan archeological site. This year, major protected areas in the region, including the Chiquibul Forest Reserve saw unprecedented forest fires, as well as loss of wildlife and habit destruction of habitats caused by human activity. The United States is deeply committed to supporting the preservation of this vital region, which plays a critical role in the cultural and environmental health for not just Belize, but the entire region.

Raices Mexicanos Retonos Belicenas Dance Group
This week's Art & Soul series showcases a Mestizo dance group from San Joaquin Village. We are delighted to feature an institution of dance which has been under the tutelage of Mrs. Angelita Magana for over 50 years. Raices Mexicanos Retonos Belicenas Dance Group have been entertaining and enlightening audiences for decades, with humble beginnings in dance, Mrs. Magana has been able to retain and develop skills to honour our Maya Mestizo heritage. Over the years there have been many deserved distinctions for their efforts and commitment to cultural dance including performing at the inaugural San Joaquin Fiesta in 1967, performing for His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh in 1975 and a performance at the Bliss on the eve of Independence in September 1981. Congratulations to Mrs. Magana and her dancers for their of commitment to dance, community and the preservation and promotion of our Mestizo culture.

Channel 7

Police's Port Blunder Leads to Senior Shakeup
There's going to be a senior shakeup in the police department after yesterday's chaotic events at the Port of Belize. As the Police Minister made very clear last night - there will be, quote, "hell to pay" for whoever gave the directive to invoke the riot act during a protest inside the Port of Belize compound. The man under the most pressure is the Officer Commanding Eastern Division, Assistant Commissioner of Police Alden Dawson. He was the officer in charge on the ground, and the man who got the directive saying that the workers should be left to protest peaceably on the compound.

Revisiting The Ruction, Looking For The Trigger Event
So, what really happened on the ground yesterday that is forcing the senior shake-up in the police department? We know that the GSU went into full riot squad mode when it was not directed to do so. But tonight Cherisse Halsall, who was on the frontline all morning, re-examines the events of yesterday to find out exactly where things took a turn from civil unrest to paramilitary attack. Evan "Mose" Hyde - President, CWU: "Who gave the order to have people who were fighting for their rights face such levels of brutality." That's the question that's been booming across Belize since last night. But whoever's responsible is set to suffer the vengeance of the state.

Security Level Downgrade Forces Port Closure
And owing to yesterday's events, the port was shut down today: operations at a complete standstill, all the heavy equipment parked, no containers moving. As we told you at the end of the news, the Belize Port Authority downgraded the Port of Belize; security level from one to three, which forces a closure. The notice says, quote, "the Port of Belize Limited is temporarily closed for operation until further notice."

Transport Minister Discusses Downgrade
So, the only activity at the Port is the sit-in being staged by stevedores and Port employees in the shed and on the roadside next to the Port. And that's where we found Minister of Transport Edmond Castro today. He wasn't there stumping for votes or elaborating on police, he was giving out sal' beef tacos - which is a whole other story. But, we did have some very serious questions for him as Minister with responsibility for Ports. Here's that exchange:

Wrongful Termination Injunction Request Coming Up Tomorrow
And while the port remains immobilized by that downgrade in its security rating, it will have to mobilise to go back to the Supreme Court tomorrow. At 10:00 am, Justice Sonya Young is expected to deliver a ruling on whether or not she will grant an injunction against the Port of Belize. As we told you yesterday, the Attorney General's Ministry applied to the Supreme Court for this relief on behalf of the Labour Department. The Government is attempting to ensure that the purported lay-offs of those 36 Port employees can presumably be reversed.

NTUCB Comes Out In Support Of CWU's 36
The union leaders were there because the NTUCB made a call today to all subsidiary union affiliates, to show support for Christian Workers Union. The unions are converging on the CWU's behalf under the principle that if you touch one union member, you touch all. The NTUCB President said it's more than symbolic: Marvin Mora - President, NTUCB: "The decision to choose the Port came at the heels of what happened yesterday. I think it was most unfortunate that we witnessed those events of our brothers and or your sisters being carried in the way they were..."

CWU Counters Port’s Narrative of "CWU Vandalism"
We also asked the President of the Christian Workers Union about the perspective of PBL management. In a press release, the Port of Belize said, quote, "For hours the CWU members caused these unfortunate incidents on the Port that included serious and dangerous vandalism to property, including vehicle fires, tampering with the electrical supply, smashing windows, and destroying IT infrastructure. PBL wishes to thank the authorities for their efforts to regain control after bearing witness to these acts." End quote.

Killed By Men On Motorbike
31-year-old Raymond Jenkins was shot and killed yesterday while waiting for a cell phone to be repaired in Calcutta village in the Corozal district. It happened at about 2:15 when Jenkins and a minor were parked outside the home of Alric Chi. That's when two masked men wearing dark clothing and riding a motorcycle pulled up beside them, and the passenger opened fire on Jenkins.

Two Men Charged For Ladyville Murder
On Monday's newscast, we took you to Ladyville, in a neighbourhood near to the Mirage Road, that's become a sort of crime hot spot. That's where 22-year-old Egbert Baldwin was gunned down and mercilessly killed. Up until last week Thursday, "Eggy" as he was also known, was on remand for 4 years, while he awaited trial for a May 2016 shoot-out which happened at the Lozano family home. While a group of young men was socializing in the family yard, located on Mirage road, a group of gunmen ambushed them, and a shoot-out occurred between rivals of 2 warring gang groups from that neighbourhood. After the gunshots ended, 3 men left injured, and 1 man was shot and killed.

Was Someone Trying To Set The Belize Bank On Fire?
And from cold-blooded murder to attempted arson. It's a criminal act that was almost perpetrated on Belize Bank's Albert street branch. At around 2:46 this morning security footage shows a pickup truck reassembling a ford 150 cab parking beside the building and dropping off five tires. And by about 3:00 a police patrol noticed the tires kindled by grass burning beside the bank.

Yohny Said They Stole His Buses
And, two buses played a big part in that unrest yesterday. One of the buses was parked in front of the Port's main entrance at 6:30 am, and the other was set on fire down by the Customs building at around 8:30 am. Well, the buses are for Yohny Rosado - and this very unlucky vehicle owners says they were stolen from his wash man: "I give my buses to a young man to get detailed and this morning my bus is out here and it catch fire and I was waiting for the police to come and ask me any questions or find out how the bus get here but I get tired of waiting..."

"Y" Bridging The Digital Divide and the Generation Gap
The Young Men's Christian Association is bridging the digital divide for students and teachers in the Port Loyola area. It's a summer camp that they've dubbed the Technology Education Summer Program aimed at flattening the education and technology curve for marginalized students. Cherisse Halsall popped into their open day and got to see first-hand how teachers and students are helping each other to embrace the information age, through methods that may well become the standard in the new norm for education. Here's that story.

Castro's Sal' Beef Solidarity
Two weeks ago at the UDP convention, we showed you UDP Minister Edmond Castro's Sal' Beef Pop-Up shop - right outside the convention. Today he took his tailgate tacos to the Port of Belize for some sal' beef solidarity. We asked him about it: Hon. Edmond Castro - Minister of Transport/NEMO: "Based on the situation at hand and how our Belizean people have been brutally fired, attempt to fire, I decide that today I will after a couple calls from some of the frontline workers here at the port for me to come in and at least show solidarity..."

CWU Tell Port, See You In Court
And while Castro was "slinging" sal' beef to lighten the mood at the Port, there was already a sour taste in the mouths of Port workers - from that salty port press release we've been telling you about all night. That press release from the Port called the protest vandalism and another in a series of illegal strike actions. Tonight, the CWU says that they are distorting facts and reality, and they ought to retract their press release.

NEAB Rebukes GSU
And finally, tonight, we have a condemnation of the actions of the GSU at the Port by The National Evangelical Association of Belize. That groups says it is appalled at the quote "misuse of authority" that resulted in the escalation of the conflict.

Channel 5

Port of Belize Reacts to the Violence at its Compound
Tonight, we start the news with a reaction from the Port of Belize on the tumultuous events of Wednesday.  First, the Port was closed today and that is because P.B.L. [...]

Father Killed In front of 6-Year-Old Son in Calcutta Village
Turning to a shocking murder in the north; a six-year-old boy in Carolina Village is recuperating tonight after he witnessed his father’s murder on Wednesday afternoon. Forty-six-year-old Raymond “Snow” Jenkins was [...]

2 Men are Arraigned for the Murder of Egbert Baldwin
Five days after Egbert Baldwin was executed in a hail of bullets in Ladyville, police have arrested and charged two men for his murder. Camryn Lozano and Albert Gill, both [...]

2019-2020 Sugar Cane Crop Season Comes to an End
The 2019-2020 Sugar Cane Crop Season came to an end on Tuesday. It was a difficult season for cane farmers in the north. It was a year during which famers [...]

P.U.P. Wants Answers for the Awarding of Boledo Contract to Brads Gaming
Government announced on that it was awarding Brads Gaming Company another ten year contract for the administration of the lottery. That company, everyone knows, maintains a close relationship with a [...]

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Visits the Chiquibul
U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Keith Gilges visited the Chiquibul Forest Reserve on Wednesday with Friends for Conservation and Development to learn more about the environmental challenges that forest faces.  A US [...]

Will Teachers be Terminated at Overstaffed Anglican Schools?
Today, the Ministry of Education has reacted to a report on the alleged termination of teachers at Anglican schools. The release is in respect of reports made to the Belize [...]

Negotiations Stalled in UB’s Financial Crisis
While we spoke with National President of the Belize National Teachers Union, Senator Elena Smith today, News Five asked for an update on the situation at the University of Belize, [...]

Will Members of UB’s Faculty, Staff Be Terminated?
There is a projected loss of seven million dollars in the university’s cash flow. Back in June, a questionnaire was issued to poll whether faculty and staff would accept a [...]

A Back-to-School Drive for Belmopan Students!
A Belmopan resident is asking for the public’s support with her annual back to school drive. About four years ago Rocio Quiroz says that she started a grassroots initiative to [...]

Get Your Free Mahogany Tree from Belize Audubon Society!
The Belize Audubon Society’s “Greening Across Belize” is underway with the organization giving away three hundred mahogany plants. It’s an initiative that usually coincides with Earth Day in April but [...]

What is the Heritage Education Network Belize?
Heritage Education Network Belize is a new non-profit organization being led by four archaeologists to help support heritage education and the sustainable development of tourism and creative businesses. The online [...]

How to Access Heritage Education Network Belize’s Resources
Co-Founder of the Heritage Education Network Belize Sylvia Batty says that they have launched a number of free resources and are looking to expand their offerings and form more partnerships [...]

Healthy Living: Nutrition Advice During Pandemic
Since the start of the pandemic, weight gain seems to be one of the more prominent universal side effects of lockdowns and quarantines. While it’s not time to be hard [...]

LOVE FM

BPM writes to the new commissioner of Elections and Boundaries
The Belize Peace Movement (BPM) has written to the recently installed Chairman of the Election and Boundaries Commission, Estevan Perera, requesting that he initiates the redistricting of electoral divisions immediately. A copy of the letter was forwarded to our newsroom reflecting the basis of their request for an immediate redistricting.

Unions come out to support CWU
Union members and supporters gathered in Belmopan this morning to show solidarity for the Christian Workers Union (CWU) in their plight with the Port of Belize Limited. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz was in front of the Labour Department where he spoke with the several union members and leaders including the President of the BNTU Belmopan Branch, Curlan Galvez.

WATCH: Dangriga residents voice their opinions on the opening of the PGIA
Over the week, we have heard from residents in the Cayo and Toledo Districts on their sentiments over the reopening of the airport. Today, with the help of our colleagues at Southern Belize Media, we bring you the voices of Dangriga Town.

PUP voice concerns over contract awarded to Brads Gaming Company
Brad’s Gaming Company was recently awarded a 10-year contract by the Government of Belize but the opposition is up in arms and they want to see the supporting documents. The People’s United Party issued yet another press release along with a copy of a letter sent to the Minister of State in the Ministry of Trade, Investment and Commerce, Tracy Panton.

Thirty-six more persons to the Unemployment list
Thirty-six men and women have joined the unemployment line in the name of Covid-19 and austerity measures. The challenges have been real for many of the men, women, and children who have been forced to adapt to a new way of life. Of the three dozen persons fired from the Port of Belize yesterday, was a security officer, Akira Noralez.

Senior police officer in hot water for aggression at Port
Within the last twenty-four hours, thirty-six employees at the Port of Belize Limited were terminated; Police officers responded aggressively to a peaceful protest at the port using tear gas and rubber bullets; the Police Commissioner has gone public to relieve himself of any responsibility in the aggression by the GSU and other police elements and the Supreme Court has heard arguments from the Government and the Port of Belize regarding an injunction application to stop the termination of the PBL employees.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Belize registers 4 new cases of COVID-19
The Ministry of Health informed that it has detected 4 new cases of COVID-19. A […]

Evangelical Association speaks out against police brutality
Today the National Evangelical Association of Belize condemned the use of force employed by the […]

Unruly wins Mesopotamia And 1 basketball tournament!
After eight weeks of stiff competition, team Unruly has emerged triumphant in the Mesopotamia And […]

Hurricane Watch continues in effect for Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines as Tropical Storm Gonzalo approaches
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Gonzalo in the Atlantic. A […]

Leader of the Opposition writes Government requesting details of contract awarded to Brads Gaming Group
Leader of the Opposition, John Briceno informed that on July 14, he wrote to Minister […]

Boat engines valued at over $50,000 stolen in Punta Gorda
Authorities are investigating a report of a theft of 2 boat engines in Punta Gorda. […]

Placencia, Let’s Slow the Leadfoots down
By Charles Leslie Jr:As I walked out of my yard and on to the main road, carrying a bed head in my hand — I was helping a friend move a bed frame — I heard, then saw, a white minivan barreling down the road, travelling from north to south...at the same time another vehicle was coming from the south, travelling north. […]

Murder charge withdrawn against former suspect in San Ignacio double murder
According to Cayo Police, a charge of attempted murder against 20-year-old Amore Foster has been […]

“Incident at Port of Belize regrettable, police officers transferred,” says Police Commissioner
Several people were injured by police during a peaceful protest at the Port of Belize […]

Sweeping changes hit police department following Port of Belize incident
Yesterday several people were injured by police during a protest at the Port of Belize […]

Belize City Council donates $2,000 to YMCA for summer programs
Mayor of Belize City Bernard Wagner, Deputy Mayor Michael Norales and Councilor Delthrude Hylton handed […]

Ministry of Education informs that no action has been taken to terminate Anglican teachers
The Ministry of Education (MOE) issued a statement today informing that contrary to statements being […]

Hurricane Watch issued for Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines as tropical storm Gonzalo approaches
The National Hurricane Center is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Gonzalo as it begins to affect […]

The ‘new normal’ in schools: what will it look like?
It is one thing to re-open schools in the midst of a pandemic. It’s quite […]

Blogs

A List of Belize Hotels Preparing to Reopen, starting August 15
In Belize, many hotels are gearing up for the reopening of the international airport, slated for August 15. With many closed since mid-March, resorts are now cautiously and gradually reopening to prepare for the arrival of international guests. Below, you’ll find a short list of those preparing in line with Belize’s Enhanced Hotel & Restaurant Guidelines. As they work to become Gold Standard Certified with full-service amenities, here are a few properties along with their opening dates.

International Sourcesizz

Tropical Storm Gonzalo May Become a Hurricane Before Reaching the Windward Islands This Weekend
Tropical Storm Gonzalo may become the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, and it's headed toward the Windward Islands this weekend, but its forecast is a significant challenge with large uncertainty. Gonzalo is located several hundred miles east of the southern Windward Islands, moving west. Gonzalo's tiny size and the environment around it continue to pose a major forecast challenge for its future intensity. However, there is an ample supply of warm, deep ocean water ahead of Gonzalo, generally warmer than average for this time of year.

DIVE Travel Awards 2020 | Last Chance to Nominate
With one week to go before the nominations close, 108 destinations, 304 liveaboards and a staggering 951 dive centres and resorts having been nominated as dive operators to be celebrated in our 2020 Travel Awards.

Caribbean Business And Finance Report
Here are some of the top business and finance news making headlines across the Caribbean this week.

Belize Shows How Healthy Mangroves Can Help Countries Mitigate, Adapt to Climate Change
Mangrove forests are some of the most important ecosystems on our planet. Mangroves protect coastlines from the full impacts of waves and storm surges, provide nursery and feeding grounds for myriad species, and help mitigate climate change by storing three to five times more carbon in their soil per acre than other tropical forests. In celebration of the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem on July 26, The Pew Charitable Trusts caught up with Leandra Cho-Ricketts, a Belizean marine ecologist and co-founder of the University of Belize Environmental Research Institute (UB ERI).

Belize creditor group signals support for interest payment capitalisation
A group of creditors holding Belize's Eurobonds said on Thursday they planned to support the country's proposal to capitalise interest payments coming due between now and February. Belize launched a proposal last Friday to its creditors, saying it could not afford the next three payments on its $526 million Eurobond due to mature in 2034 which would amount to 1.5% of GDP following the economic hit from the coronavirus pandemic.

Another possible cause of the death of the Mayan civilization is named
Hurricanes in the Caribbean became more frequent, and their severity changed markedly around the same time that classical Mayan culture in Central America was in its final decline. Scientists have made these and other conclusions after studying the climate archive, created under the guidance of geologists from the Goethe University. The research is presented in an article in Scientific Reports. Tropical cyclones in the Atlantic – hurricanes – pose a serious threat to the lives and property of local people in the Caribbean and neighboring regions in the southeastern United States. The increasing force of storms, described in the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC Report), increases the likelihood of environmental and social disasters.

Videos

  • Please don't spread rumors on COVID-19, 1min. Wait on the Government Press Office, the Ministry of Health or the Office of the Director of Health Services to share official local information on COVID-19. You can also call us at 0-800-664-2273 (0-800-MOH-CARE) to get any and all information on COVID-19. We are here to help you.

  • Galen University Summit on Recovery, Continuity, Tranformation, Opportunity, and Innovation, 1hr43min.

  • BELIZE: How to get to Secret Beach (Ambergris Caye), 3min. 3 popular ways: jet ski, boat or golf cart. We rented a golf cart from Carts Belize. 1 single road from San Pedro town to get to Secret Beach. $5 BZ toll or $2.50 USD, Signs along the way, Roads are bumpy, Approximately a 45 minute drive.

  • Wanaragua Drums of Belize (Challenge), 1min. How To Enter: Make a video dancing to Wanaragua Drums of Belize drum beat below and submit for review to (Kingstaminamusic@gmail.com) Once chosen you will appear in the challenge.

  • Golden Spider in Belize City, UnBeliZeable spiders, 3.5min. A month passed by, seemingly we saw something glowing under our house. It was a Golden Spider shinning like a star. Colourful spider, the wonders of God's Creations. However, as is typical with most spiders, there is little real danger from an encounter with the golden spider. The spider will bite only if held or pinched, and the bite itself will produce only localized pain with a slight redness, which quickly goes away. On the whole, the bite is much less severe than a bee string.

  • Female players enhancing their skills on the Mesoamerican Hipball game, .5min. Very talented players! The Yucatec Maya movement rising up in Northern Belize.