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Today's Belize News: March 29, 2020

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Today's Belize News: March 29, 2020 - 03/29/20 12:29 PM


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Specials and Events

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

Breach of Quarantine Emergency Measures
Despite the various warnings on the importance of strict adherence to the Quarantine Emergency Measures, persons are not adhering to these warnings. If Belize is to remain in front of this COVID 19 pandemic, we must adhere to all measures put in place. In particular individuals and businesses are not adhering to the Social Distance requirement.

SSG donates $100,000.00 to support the global Covid-19 pandemic response in Belize
As Belize is preparing to face an unprecedented challenge with individuals, communities and industries to battle what has the potential to cripple its economy and the health of the nation, the Santander Sugar Group stands in solidarity with the Government of Belize to help respond to what is potentially the worst outbreak our country has ever seen.

BSI contributes to national COVID-19 relief efforts
Belize Sugar Industries Ltd. (BSI), a member of ASR Group, announces a contribution of BZ$250,000 to Belize’s national COVID-19 Relief. Country Manager, Celestino Ruiz, says, “Our donation will support the Government’s crucial work to protect the health and safety of all citizens as we join together to fight COVID-19. We believe we must all do our part as we unite to face this unprecedented global crisis.”

Burning of Household and Yard Garbage is Prohibited
The Department of the Environment (DOE) continues to receive reports of the burning of household and yard waste in both urban and rural areas. This prevalent and harmful practice continues to greatly reduce the air quality for residents and threatens life and property from fires, especially around this time of the year, due to the dry season.

The Judiciary of Belize – Response to COVID-19 Preventative Measures
In light of the Belize Press Office, Press Release dated March 26, 2020, the Judiciary is taking measures and implementing strategies to safeguard the health and safety of judicial officers, officers of the court, staff members, and the general public, while at the same time maintaining a functioning judicial system and access to justice.

Various Belizean Sources

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Beware of false information!
Beware of false information. There is currently a message circulating to a variety of groups including tour guides, tour operators and the JP Association to name a few on different platforms. Do not forward this message containing false information. Ambergris Caye remains under a State of Emergency while contact tracing continues. Essential outings such as buying groceries are permitted. We encourage you to send one family member instead of making it a family outing.

Water for Boca De lRio Residents Today
On Sunday, March 29th, 11AM, Hope Haven volunteers will be next to Quality Poultry in Boca del Rio supplying water to those in need. Water is being supplied by Kevin and Nova Parel from Casa Nova at Secret Beach. Up to 1 (one) 5-gallon container per family please, and as always, we ask 1 family representative to show up. Everyone is asked to practice social distancing, a safe 3 feet apart minimum.

Fisheries Dept: Precautionary Measures for Preventing and Slowing the Transmission of COVID-19 – Notice to Customers
In conformity with the national effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fisheries Department is guided by the Quarantine Order No. 28 of 2020 and guidelines for ‘SAFE WORKING ARRANGEMENTS IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE DURING COVID-19’ (Circular Memorandum No. 13 of 2020) and will be taking the following measures effective Monday March 30, 2020: 1. No walk-ins will be allowed, Public visitations will only be allowed by appointment.

San Pedro Chinese Community donates to San Pedro Polyclinic
San Pedro Chinese Community leading again by donating to the 42 staffs of the San Pedro Polyclinic with groceries, so these heroes of our island can stay at the front line without having worry about their food supplies! Unity makes us stronger and with that we can take down Coronavirus and bring back our booming economy on this Island! SAN PEDRO! WE CAN DO IT!!!

Buy Belizean!
With a chronic shortage of Foreign Exchange, Belizeans will need to support our local farmers. This is not the time to be picky and demand imported vegetables. Let us support our hard working farmers who, while some of us are in the safety of our homes they are in the hot sun working the fields and harvesting food for us!! Congratulations and thanks to all the Belizean Farmers for feeding us despite the circumstances. In particular a big THANK YOU to farmers of San Carlos!

Snapshots of San Pedro
The tourism mecca of Belize paralyzed by the COVID 19. As we face the most critical 7-10 days, let us continue to abide by the recommendations by the Ministry of Health. Practice good hygiene, social distancing and stay at home!

Corozal Farmers Market Distancing Measures
In keeping with the preventative measures in regards to social distancing, the Corozal Town Council has devised a plan for the COROZAL FARMER'S MARKET to ensure the safety of everyone on the grounds. For your safety and the safety of others: - Wardens will be one placec at the entrance and exit in order to controll the amount of persons who come in to do their shopping. A maximum of 5 persons at a time will be accepted. - Producers and vendors will be asked to pre-bag produce in order to minimize time that customers take when buying. - Wardens will be there to controll lines to ensure that we keep with the social distancing measures.

Women's Outstanding Awardardees 2020
The National Women's Commission in collaboration with The Office of Special Envoy for Women and Children & The Women's Department takes this opportunity to congratulate these amazing women for their hard work, dedication and moreover giving back to the community. Their contributions to making a difference in our community show us that everyone can do something to make Belize better.

Progress of the Building at Theodocio Ochoa Park in Cayo
The roof superstructure is up at the new multi-purpose building. Nice to see how far the building at Theodocio Ochoa Park is coming.

Today's Online Sunday Mass Services
There's no need to miss out on your Sunday Mass Service. The National Channel (TNC10) brings to you live Catholic Mass Service, tomorrow, March 29th. Services start at: - 9:00 AM live mass in English from Mount Carmel Church in Benque - 3:00 PM live mass in Spanish from Sacred Heart Church in San Ignacio

Birdathon 2020 UPDATE
Due to the uncertain and unusual times with the global pandemic due to Covid-19 we are postponing the Birdathon to the month of September. We hope things are back to normal then, but we will keep you posted monthly. This will give all the lodges more time to prepare as well. Stay safe and well everyone during this unprecedented time in human history.

KUKULKAN
K'uk'ulkan was born in May 18,895 Under the name of Ce Acatl Topiltzin in MesoAmerica . His birth was full of tradegy because his parents where murder but also full miracle as he survive various attempts of murder while he was a baby . He assumed lordship over the Toltecs and migrated his people to Tollan. Reigning in peace and prosperity he contributed much to the lifestyle of the Toltecs with basic ideas such as civilization. He was generally considered a god upon earth by his followers with similar powers to those of his namesake. Kukulkan dispelled the traditions of the past and ended all human sacrifice during his reign.

Free eBOOK - MAXIMO: The Last Alcalde of San Jose Yalbac
Yesterday the Free eBOOK - MAXIMO: The Last Alcalde of San Jose Yalbac was made available for all Belizeans to read. One of the co-authors, Delmer Tzib, was more than happy to share with us a small presentation of the book and its content. We also took the liberty of attaching the link below to access the ebook: https://www.belizehistorysjc.com/ Note: Maximo Perez was from the Yucatec Maya Ethnic group the last alcalde of the Maya of Yalbac

KUKULKAN : JOURNEY OF THE TEACHER
After leaving Tollan Quetzalcoatl, (Kukulkan) traveled in other locations of Meso-America. According to the Books of Chilam Balam the sacred books of the Yucatec Maya, Kukulkan the Native prophet, reached to the Maya lands of Yucatan Peninsula in Katun 4 Ahua. The natives admired his wisdom and called him K'uk'ulkan. The Books of Chilam Balam speak about the prophecies of the return of Kukulkan.

What is Open in San Pedro
One of the biggest questions being asked right now is what is open and when..... I would like to start an official list and if any business can chime in I will add it, over the weeks as places re-open, I will keep adding so we can have one place to check and stay informed. Here is what I think is open.

Channel 5

Saldiver detained for Spreading False Rumours
Attorney Arthur Saldivar has been reportedly detained for allegedly spreading false news on the social media site Facebook. Saldivar on his Facebook profile posted that a group of persons from LA were being allowed into the country through the Northern Border. Authorities say this is false news.

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Saldivar detained
Attorney Arthur Saldivar detained over alleged Facebook post

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Shooting reported in San Ignacio
Reports to BBN’s newsdesk is that there was a shooting incident a short while ago […]

BEL offers payment credit, no disconnections for customers countrywide in COVID-19 relief plan
As part of its efforts to provide what relief it can to consumers countrywide, Belize […]

Belize Sugar Industry to donate $250,000 to national Covid-19 relief efforts
Belize Sugar Industries Ltd. (BSI), a member of ASR Group, announced that they will provide […]

Ladyville resident shot last night
Authorities are investigating a shooting incident that occurred last night in Ladyville. Around 11:30 pm, […]

Judiciary suspends all civil cases and trials by jury with immediate effect as part of its Covid-19 prevention measures
The World Health Organization has declared the threat of the COVID-19 to be a global […]

Saluting the heart of a true patriot, Dr. Andre Sosa
By Dr. Bernard Bulwer: Today I want to salute the heart of a true patriot, Dr. Andre Sosa, Medical Chief of Staff, Belize Health Care Partners, Belize City. […]

The Judiciary of Belize enacts COVID-19 preventative measures
The World Health Organization has declared the threat of the COVID-19 to be a global […]

Blogs

6 Unique Belize Must Do’s
Start planning your next trip and book a tour to explore the hidden, unusual yet unique things to do in Belize that are sure to make for a memorable experience. The typical touristic sites of Belize are the iconic The Great Blue Hole, Belize Barrier Reef, the mysterious Maya Ruins and popular islands of Belize, but what if I tell you there is more to Belize? Here are a few places and unique things to do, not widely popular, yet fun and interesting.

Home Grilling Belizean Barbecue Recipe
The weekend is here which means it is time for some BBQ. With everyone at home this is the perfect time to show off your cooking skills. You don’t need to be a BBQ expert and we’re here to help with some recipes. You just need to get chicken, BBQ Sauce and you can even make your own homemade flour tortilla with the following recipe. Set your grill and be ready to delight your senses with this Finger-Licking Belizean BBQ!

Coronavirus Travel: 10 Steps to Follow
You’ve booked your flight, made hotel reservations, and marked up your travel guide with the best places to see and eat in Belize. Given the recent coronavirus pandemic, now you’re not sure you can take the trip you’ve planned for and dreamed of for so long. Before you cancel anything, here are ten steps you should take before rethinking your trip to Belize.

International Sourcesizz

2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to have 'above-normal' tropical activity, report says
They said that in a normal year, the Atlantic will have about 12 storms, six hurricanes, and roughly three major hurricanes. However, 2020 is expected to have about 14 to 18 tropical storms during the upcoming season. Of those, seven to nine are expected to become hurricanes, while two to four could strengthen into major hurricanes. Hurricane season begins on June 1 and lasts until November 30. The 2019 season had 18 named storms, matching 1969 for the fourth most-lively season in the past 150 years. Hurricane season begins on June 1 and lasts through November 30.

Residents of Xcalak close town after tourist found with fever
Residents of Xcalak near the seaside town of Mahahual have closed public access to the town after one visitor was discovered with a fever. A tourist from Belize was turned away Thursday after testing positive for a fever. Friday, residents of the small town generated a road block to prevent tourists from entering. The group says only residents of the town will be allowed to pass, and only after sanitary measures have been implemented including the use of antibacterial gel and face masks.

Videos

  • Quarantine - Craven Topsey, 3min. Mr. Topsey has an interesting song about the times in which we are living.

  • Howler Monkey Howl Belize, 10sec.

  • San Pedro Belize, 3min.

  • Leaf-Cutter Ants Belize, 15sec.

  • Termite Eating Belize, 15sec.

  • Belize Snorkelling Trip, 1.5min. Took a sailing trip out on the reef in caye caulker and got to see some pretty cool animals! filmed on a GoPro 5.

  • Belize Snorkling, 3min.

  • Belize - Altun Ha Mayan Ruins, 2.5min. Join us on this adventure as we ferry into Belize City and then explore the ancient Mayan Ruins of Altun Ha.

  • Diving 'La Isla Bonita' Belize, 6min. A short movie from a trip to Ambergris Caye, Belize, December 2019. The featured dive sites are the local San Pedro Reefs, Lighthouse Atoll, Half Moon Caye and The Blue Hole. The island of Ambergris Caye is thought to be the inspiration for the Madonna song 'La Isla Bonita'.

  • The Why Store at Sports Bar, Caye Caulker Belize, 32min. The Why Store performs at the Sports Bar in Caye Caulker Belize with family and friends. Thanks to Scott and Julie for getting them here.

  • Children of San Pablo (Orange walk) singing Maya is my roots in the Yucatec Maya village, 3min.
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