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Today's Belize News: June 2, 2020

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Today's Belize News: June 2, 2020 - 06/02/20 12:06 PM


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The San Pedro Sun

Belize’s Aviation Community says IATA cannot mandate keeping PGIA closed
The Belizean aviation community is questioning the reason provided by Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow to maintain the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (PGIA) closed. Barrow claimed the re-opening of the PGIA hinges on the rapid testing of travellers to detect COVID-19 before boarding an aircraft, and it is allegedly what is required by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to clear international flights to Belize. The aviation community, however, believes this mandatory requirement might be inaccurate, and that IATA has no mandate in setting such policies.

Ambergris Today

Belize Pushing To Get Back To Normal Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
Although Belize continues to be free of any active COVID-19 cases, the country is still under a national shutdown, with all its borders and airport closed, an evening curfew in effect and under laws of social distancing and use of masks in public. The global pandemic is wreaking havoc on its tourism industry and crippling the country’s economy that is 65% dependent on tourism. On Friday’s address to the nation, Prime Minister Dean Barrow discussed the further easing of laws and regulations of the state of emergency that will take place internally as Belize proceeds with the reopening of its economy.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Tuesday, June 2nd Meal Pick ups. Location: Food Republic. Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:45am - 12:30pm.

Statutory Instrument No 78 of 2020 Belize Constitution Emergency Powers Regulations 2020
Effective June 1st, Statutory Instrument No. 78 of 2020, the Belize Constitution (Emergency Powers) Regulations, 2020, will come into force.

Commissioner of Police Chester Williams writes about the new Statutory Instrument for Monday, June 1st, 2020
Williams says “...just to give you a reminder that SI 78 came into force this morning. This SI provides so further relaxation of the SOE measures. Here are some of the activities that are now permissible- - boledo will now commence; - Casinos can now open; however no drinking of alcohol nor smoking is allowed inside the casino; - All Restaurants can now open for dining; however, there must maintain 6ft between each table. - street food vending can commence...

Thunderbolt suspends service
We regret to inform you there will be no more runs until further notice due to some unforseen events. We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

HEAVY RAINS CAUSE FLOODING IN CHETUMAL AND RURAL AREAS
Reports coming from neighbouring Chetumal, today is that the heavy rainfall from early this morning has caused flooding in the following areas and municipalities: Centro, Barrio Bravo, Primera Legislatura, Nueva Reforma, 5 de Abril, Del Bosque, Adolfo López Mateos, Comité Proterritorio, Solidaridad, Lázaro Cárdenas, Venustiano Carranza, David Gustavo Gutiérrez, Leona Vicario, Nueva Italia y Benito Juárez, Arboledas, Municipalities of Othón P. Blanco/Chetumal, Bacalar, José María Morelos, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Tulum y Solidaridad.

Xe'ek'
The Yucatec Maya of Belize call this drink Xe'ek' which includes Calabasita , Coconut milk and rice. The Yucatec Maya of Mexico call Xe'ek' to the mix of Oranges,Jicama and pepper . The Yucatec Maya of Belize call Holchoch the mix of Orange ,Jicama and pepper . Interesting true.

Artist of the Day - Jamire Borland
Jamire Borland was born on the 2nd of December, 1997. He started dancing at the tender age of 5 and won Gold at The Festival of Arts for 4 years consecutively. He has 7 years of experience performing in the Institute of Creative Arts’ Dance and Dancers Showcase event “Dance X”. He performs as a “New Style Hip Hop Dancer”, known for “dancing with his heart on his feet”. Jamire is from Punta Gorda and dreams to travel the world and teach people to dance through workshops. Jamire started dancing because he was overweight as a child and dance made him feel lighter and as though he had become someone else. Dancing gave him the opportunity to become any character he wanted to be. Through the years and with hours of practice, training, and hard work, he was able to transform himself into the person he is today.

Tour Guide Renewal Application Form
To All Tour Guides: Times are Very Hard out Here and Especially for Us Tour Guides since Many of Us did not Qualify for the Covid 19 Relief. Please be informed that you can Fill in your Tour Guide Renewal Application Form and Sign it Digitally and Submit it to the BTB without even Printing the Forms, all you need to do is download the Form and download a Digital Signature App that allows you to Fillin all the Information and sign the Form.

Embassy of Taiwan Donates Masks to the Ministry of National Security
The Ministry of National Security today received a donation of 60,000 surgical face masks from the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Ambassador of Taiwan to Belize H.E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen said, “Amidst the global health crisis, people realize that no one can fight in this long and dreadful battle alone. As one of the most loyal friends of Belize, Taiwan will stand side by side with Belize and never leave behind our brothers and sisters here for walking through the valley of shadow and continue to support Belize through thick and thin to overcome the adversity.”

Ministry of National Security Concludes Investigation into Allegations of Misconduct within the Belize Defence Force

National Student Union of Belize has issued a release to speak of economic recovery due to the Covid-19 pandemic
In it the Union recommends the following: 1. We call for the immediate expansion of the Economic Oversight Team into a form of Post-COVID Socioeconomic Committee designed to prioritize Belize’s social protection landscape to protect its citizens while analyzing and balancing its economic obligations. We call for this committee to include the representative voice of youth representative but also call for the inclusion of unions and indigenous people’s representatives...

Saint Francis Xavier Credit Union Online Banking
Saint Francis Xavier Credit Union has made banking even much easier. Introducing to all the customers, now you can do banking online with yhe “Step By Step Online Banking Registration”. To apply, you most follow the information on the image above.

Completion of remodeling of Yucatec Maya museum in Cristo Rey village. Corozal district. BELIZE
Historic time for us from the Yucatec Maya ethnicity in northern Belize . Great Job To'one Masehualo'on NGO.

1st June 1797 and the Flowers Bank 14 Commemorated at Flowers Bank Village
In a short ceremony held this morning at the Flowers Bank 14 Monument in Flowers Bank Village, members from the Village Council, the Institute for Social and Cultural Research, Emergent Corp and community members paid tribute to the fourteen men whose decision to stay and defend Belize bequeathed the land and country we know today as Belize. More than 223 years ago settlers of the Belize Settlement received word of an impending Spanish attack via Yucatan. A Public Meeting was called in Belize Town on 1st June 1797, for settlers to decide whether they would stay and defend Belize or evacuate.

Channel 7

Human Remains Found, Family Says It's Ben
A body was found this weekend behind Tapir Bar at mile 31/2 on the George Price Highway in Belize City. Police found what appeared to be the pelvis bone of a human body buried about 1 feet in the ground. Investigators also found a pair of jeans pants, a white shirt, and a pair of Reebok Tennis shoes. The police are describing it as a John Doe, but the brother of a missing man is convinced that it's 23 year old Ben Reid. Last week we told you about that went missing from Ross Penn Road on May 13th and has yet to return.

More Belizean "Cruisers" Returning
Tonight, hundreds of Belizeans in far flung corners of the world, from Asia, to the UK to the USA, are still waiting for an opportunity or an opening to get back home. And while most of them are depending on flights that are slow to materialize, the ones who've had it easiest so far are those Belizean nationals who worked on cruise lines. They have suffered mightily, being on the sea since early April and not touching solid ground for months. But, since late May, Cruise lines have been making stops in Caribbean ports, dropping home crew from the island nations and the Atlantic coast of Central America. This weekend, two more ships with 22 Belizeans brought their passengers home. Cherisse Halsall was on the waterfront:

First COVID Case In Melchor
And while they have started their quarantine, some persons who were under quarantine were released this weekend. According to the Director of Health Service's Facebook page, the most recent batch of 54 negative samples included those in quarantine facilities, so the Ministry of Health authorised their release. And while that is the good news that none of them brought COVID-19 home, the bad news is that the numbers continue to rise neighbouring countries. The municipality of Othon P. Blanco which includes Chetumal now has 109 cases with 67 of them active.

TS Amanda Mashes Up Salvador
But, this weekend Central America actually had bigger problems than COVID 19. At least 17 people were killed by Tropical Storm Amanda, which made landfall Sunday. Two deaths were reported in Guatemala and in El Salvador, 15 people died, 7 are missing and more than 2,000 people were placed in emergency shelters. Footage from El Salvador showed that streets turned into rivers, overturning cars and stacking them up like toys. The Tropical Storm quickly dissipated over land, but the system also brought heavy rainfall across the region into Belize as well. The city of Belmopan saw fast rising waters on Saturday.

CBC Cable Sued By Dish Network For Piracy
It's one of the biggest cable operators in the country, with thousands of subscribers, but CBC cable is in big trouble in a US court. The cable company is being sued by Dish Network, a satellite provider in the US. Dish Network - which is seems residential satellite service in the US - says that CBC cable, through its co - owner Bob Reich, has been pirating its signals and distributing it through his cable service in Belize. Reich was likely targeted because he is a US citizen, and has a US address. That Florida address was also where the Dish Network satellite boxes were allegedly registered.

A Bench Warrant For Penner
There was a bench warrant issued for disgraced former UDP Minister Elvin Penner today. IF you don't know, a bench warrant means detain and arrest the named person ON SIGHT. It is issued after an accused person fails to appear in court as scheduled. And, Penner is accused in the Belmopan supreme Court in his ongoing trial for the manslaughter of 41-year-old Kenrick Myvette who he knocked down and killed in 2017. So, why wasn't Penner in court? Well, via text message he told us, quote, "I was unaware that the courts had reopened and on top was not feeling well this morning.

Belize Returning To Normal Life With Latest Rollback
Belizeans were breathing several sighs of relief this morning as several remaining state of emergency regulations were lifted. And this morning when we woke up it was with the knowledge that we were free to go to the gym, grab lunch at our favourite indoor restaurant, and even buy several pieces of our lucky numbers. True enough, in the middle of what was wave one, and what could be wave two Belizeans are getting back to some sense of normalcy. Over the weekend Attorney General Mike Peyfitte stopped by Ask the Experts clad in his '1 Peyrefitte face mask' to explain the lifting of more state of emergency measures. But as usual, the AG prefaced relaxations with a rebuke.

Clipping the Wings Off A Drug Plane
Late last week, the Hawker Siddeley HS 125 narco jet which landed in the northeastern Corozal District was all the news. Well, tonight it's mostly scrap metal. Bright and early on Saturday morning, contractors put their equipment to work, pared off the wings, hoisted the fuselage on the back of a truck and carted it out of there by early afternoon, when it could be seen passing through villages on the way to the scrap heap.

Two Men Plunge Off Bridge To Death
Tonight, two families from Guinea Grass are grieving after two sons from that Orange Walk village died in a deadly accident at the San Antonio bridge. San Antonio is one of the last villages before arriving at the Western edge of the Orange Walk District. In order to get there, drivers have to get across a dangerous one-lane bridge which has railings on one side only. Last night, 25-year-old Alfonso Garcia and 17-year-old Antonio Copo somehow missed the approach of that bridge while taking the curve off the San Antonio Road and careened off the bridge and right into the Rio Hondo.

John Saldivar Re-emerges With Economic Recovery Plan
You might have thought that after that whole Lev Dermen thing in February, UDP Belmopan representative John Saldivar would have retreated into the political shadows. But, Saldivar has always maintained that he did nothing wrong, and that's the confidence with which he put his name back into the hat to offer himself as UDP leader, for the second time in two months. And, if, again, you thought that was a stunt, Saldivar is showing everyone who cares to take notice that he's dead serious. The trained economist has posted a five thousand word Belize Economic Recovery Plan on his Facebook page.

A Recovery Plan Or Just Platitudes?
And, while you can read the entire plan on Saldivar's facebook page, if you have about 45 minutes or so, we did the reading and asked him if it was a little lite on details and heavy on lightweight, fast-fix concepts: "You are perfectly right there are many other areas that need to be address to remove the snags on growth to make the environment conducive for business sector to grow. All of those have to be discuss and I will say this in terms of what you have just said catastrophically the enormity of the problem should not fazed us to think that there is no solution."

Saldivar Says Society Must Learn To Live With COVID or Die Economically
And while Saldivar said he would need a few thousand more words to elaborate on the details, for him, the economic reality facing Belize at this time is stark: "I will close by saying this: we can't make Covid kill us, because if we make Covid kills us..."

Saldivar Says Retrenchment Is Last Option
And while Saldivar said "God Help us" if there are no COVID solutions; that's what the Prime Minister said about the economic crisis that will face Belize after COVID. A crisis his successor will have to face. Large parts of that crisis are the national debt, and the wage bill. Right now, emoluments amount to well over half a billion dollars annually. We asked Saldivar if he could contemplate retrenchment:

Saldivar Still Wants To Lead
And if all this forward looking talk makes it sound like John Saldivar is a man who wants to lead his party, and the country, you've got it right. Despite the massive hit to his credibility and political viability earlier this year, Saldivar says he's still very much in the race: Jules Vasquez, reporter: "Is it a pitch for the leadership of your party or the prime ministerial post?" Hon. John Saldivar, Belmopan Area Rep.: "It fits well within my ambitions of course come back again as leader of my party and then hopefully as leader of the country. We need a leader that is able to talk with the private sector to have meaningful dialogue, a leader that the private sector can trust..."

Saldivar Not Ashamed To Broach Anti-Corruption Legislation
So - to get it straight - if Saldivar says he told the truth to Cabinet - it suggests that the PM was not doing so to the nation - which is a very serious matter in terms of UDP politics. But Saldivar isn't shy it seems, because he was willing even to propose leading the way on anti-corruption measures: "I spoke a little bit about governance reform that we should not lose sight of that and that we've got to keep our focus and commitment on anti-corruption laws and getting those in place."

Belize Caught With COVID In US Detention Center
Reports out of the US from this weekend are that a Belizean immigrant being held in custody at a federal detention center has tested positive for the coronavirus. The identity of Belizean has not been disclosed, but the person is described as a 38-year-old, who is being held at the detention center in the California desert city of Adelanto.

BDF Sex Harassment Probe Concludes
Back in January, we told you about allegations of sexual misconduct concerning BDF recruits and the senior personnel tasked with training them. And today the Ministry of National Security confirmed that the investigations into the alleged reports of extortion, maltreatment, sexual assault, and sexual advances at Price Barracks in Ladyville have concluded. The report says that the events in question, which at the time Brigadier General Steven Ortega referred to as grossly unacceptable, point to wrongdoing and negligence by personnel within the units involved.

60k Masks From Friendly Nation
Today, the Ministry of National Security received a donation of 60,000 surgical masks from the Taiwanese Embassy in Belize. Ambassador Remus Li-Kuo Chen officially handed over the donation to National Security Minister Michael Peyrefitte. This is the second such donation in less than 3 months. Viewers will remember that the Taiwanese Government went through great lengths to ship 60,000 masks to Belize back in mid-April. These new masks will be distributed among the law enforcement personnel in the BDF, the Belize Coast Guard, and the police department.

Channel 5

Further Delay of Airport Reopening is Killing Local Airlines
The Philip Goldson International Airport will not resume operations to allow for the arrival of flights from other countries on the initially scheduled July first timeline.  That announcement was made [...]

Tropic Air is Down to 2% of Its Revenue
With ninety-eight percent losses being incurred by one carrier alone, the cost of delaying the reopening of the P.G.I.A. is staggering.  Investments have been made to improve the overall efficiency [...]

What’s the Fate of the Employees at the P.G.I.A.?
You’ve heard that Tropic Airlines is looking at a second wave of lay-offs and the matter is also under consideration at the Philip Goldson International Airport.  A meeting of the [...]

Domestic Tourism is Not Economically Viable
The tourism industry, from airlines to hotels to tour operators, continues to be battered by the corona virus pandemic. Hotels, restaurants and the value chain were hoping that further losses [...]

Monitoring Regional Reopening to International Visitors
As the domestic airlines and hoteliers push for the resumption of international travel, keeping a lid on the coronavirus is not lost on them.  The plan to reopen the P.G.I.A. [...]

Local Pilots Say IATA Can’t Say When P.G.I.A. Should Reopen
The announcement that the P.G.I.A. will not reopen on July first triggered further shocks in the already weakened tourism industry.  Last Thursday, the Government of Belize was set to announce [...]

Body of Missing Maskall Resident is Found in Shallow Grave
A Maskall man, who went missing on May thirteenth, is believed to have been the victim of a heinous murder.  Benjamin Reid was freed for the shooting death of Daniel [...]

Minor Detained for Xinwu Zhu’s Murder is Released
While we were with CIB Commander Superintendent Alejandro Cowo, we asked for an update on the investigation into the murder of Chinese businessman Xinwu Zhu. Last week, Zhu was shot [...]

“Bridge of Death” Claims Two More Lives
Two young men were killed on Sunday night when the vehicle they were travelling in plunged into the Rio Hondo River in the village of San Antonio, in the Orange [...]

A Bench Warrant is Issued for the Arrest of Elvin Penner
Earlier today, a bench warrant for the arrest of disgraced former minister Elvin Penner was issued by the Supreme Court after he failed to show up in court to answer [...]

B.D.F. Concludes Investigation into Allegations of Misconduct
The Ministry of National Security has concluded its investigation into allegations of misconduct within the Belize Defense Force and tonight, they are admitting to some wrongdoing and negligence by personnel [...]

CBC Owner Bobby Reich Faces Piracy Lawsuit in U.S. Court
Robert Reich of the Channel Broadcasting Company is in trouble with the law in the United States; the businessman is being sued by DISH Network for appropriating copyrighted content owned [...]

Heavy Rains Result in Flash Floods!
Heavy rains over the weekend resulted in flash floods in a number of countries where deaths were recorded in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. According to the National Met Service, [...]

10 Inches of Rainfall – More to Come Says the MET!
As you heard in that story, more than twenty people are now in a shelter in Saint Matthew’s Village where they experienced flash floods over the weekend. But what exactly [...]

The Met Service Says the Hurricane Season Will Be an Active One!
The hurricane season is here. Today marks the official opening of the Atlantic Hurricane Season for this year and the forecast is for an active season.  The National Met Service [...]

COVID-19 Poses New Challenges to Hurricane Season Response
Having an above average year for storms in 2020 brings another set of challenges and concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The issue of crowded shelters complicates social distancing and [...]

John Saldivar Proposes Economic Recovery for Belize
Former Minister of National Security John Saldivar, a trained economist and aspirant for leadership of the United Democratic Party, has put forward a proposal for Belize’s economic recovery post COVID-19.  [...]

Tax Reform and Public Sector Reform in Proposed Economic Recovery
The wage bill for public officers has ballooned significantly since the United Democratic Party first assumed office in 2008.  The cost of paying salaries for teachers and other public officers [...]

John Saldivar Still Wants to be U.D.P. Leader and Prime Minister
As for leadership ambitions, John Saldivar has been marred by the Lev Dermen scandal earlier this year, which resulted in a humiliating resignation as U.D.P. party leader elect as well [...]

Taiwan Donates 60K Surgical Masks to Belize
The Ministry of National Security today received sixty thousand surgical masks courtesy of the Taiwanese government.  The masks were presented to Minister of National Security Michael Peyrefitte by Ambassador of [...]

Curfew Still in Place, Slight Relaxation for Fridays & Saturdays!
As you know by now, the new Statutory Instrument number seventy-eight of 2020, the Belize Constitution (Emergency Powers) Regulations came into effect today, June first.  As was announced last Friday, [...]

The Borders are NOT Open!
While the measures continue to be scaled down and the economy continues to open up slowly, don’t expect social distancing and face masks to go away so quickly.  Those remain [...]

More Businesses Open Up – with Restrictions!
…and now to the relaxation for public places and spaces. Street vending is now permitted, but will be subjected to public health guidelines. Boledo, casino, gyms and all restaurants are [...]

The Reporter

Second body found in Rio Hondo
The Reporter has confirmed that the body of a second person was just retrieved from the Rio Hondo River near the San Antonio Bridge in Orange Walk. The victim has not yet been identified but is believed to be one of two persons who were reported missing last night after a vehicle plunged off the bridge with three occupants inside.

LOVE FM

Benjamin Reid found dead in shallow grave
The body of a man was found buried in a shallow grave near the Tapir Bar just off mile three on the George Price Highway. Police were called out to the area yesterday evening around six thirty after a human pelvic bone was spotted protruding out of the ground.

Two men meet their untimely death at the San Antonio bridge in Orange Walk
The bodies of two men were fished out of the Rio Hondo River following a road traffic incident at the San Antonio Bridge in the Orange Walk District. Reporter Alisha Valentine traveled north to the scene and spoke with relatives of the deceased. Here is her report.

Dealing with the hurricane season during a pandemic
For the next six months Belize will be on weather alert as the predictions for this season calls for a more active than usual period. Already, we have seen two named storms days before the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.

NEMO responds to flooding
With the major flooding that took place in the west and in parts of the Belize District, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), sprang into action on Saturday. According to NEMO’s Minister, Edmund Castro, there was no major loss of property and no loss of human life.

Belize sees major flooding in parts of the country
The Atlantic Hurricane Season is upon us and Belize has gone from seeing drought across the country to incessant rains and flooding in certain areas. This weekend alone, several inches of rainfall fell causing floods and damages to homes.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Artist uses her creative skills to raise funds for COVID-19 relief
In the wake of the economic impact of COVID-19, Belizeans have been helping however and […]

Crystal truck overturns in the south
Breaking Belize News has learned that a truck belonging to Bowen and Bowen’s Crystal Bottling […]

Over 75 people charged for violations of state of emergency regulations
The Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams informed that over the weekend, 78 people were arrested […]

Belize Emergency Relief responding to the COVID-19 humanitarian crisis
When compared to its Central American neighbors, Belize has largely been spared from the severity of […]

Pilots express concerns about reporting of rapid testkit policy, “We have our own choices”
A group of 16 pilots from Maya Island Air and Tropic Air has issued a […]

Embassy of Taiwan donates masks to the Ministry of National Security
The Ministry of National Security today received a donation of 60,000 surgical face masks from […]

Ministry of National Security concludes investigation into allegations of misconduct within the Belize Defence Force
The Ministry of National Security issued a statement today informing that the investigation into the […]

Benjamin Reid was shot, post-mortem reveals
A post mortem examination conducted today showed that Benjamin Reid, 23, whose body was found […]

Tropical depression 3 forms in Bay of Campeche
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is issuing advisories on newly formed Tropical Depression Three, centered […]

2020 Atlantic Hurricane season kicks off
Today, June 1 marks the first day of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season which runs […]

Tropical Storm Amanda devastates El Salvador, state of emergency declared
President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, has declared a 15-day state of […]

House burns down on Tigris Street, Belize City
A Belize City man lost his home to a fire yesterday. Authorities say that Ernest […]

Police find human remains on George Price Highway
Police have found a dead body buried in a shallow grave at Mile 3 on […]

Blogs

Southwest flights to Belize are expected to remain suspended
Over the last few months international travel has come to a screeching halt with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing on. As we approach summer, there has been slow movement towards the resuming of flights. Many of Belize’s neighbours like Mexico, Jamaica, and the Bahamas will reopen their borders as early as June. While Southwest resumes service to those listed, flights to Belize is expected to remain suspended as Southwest will operate 35 fewer international routes this winter than it did at the end of 2019.

Celebrate World Reef Day 2020
Stretching the length of the country, the Belize Barrier Reef has been, and will continue to be, a very integral part of our collective national identity. First inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1996, the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (BBRRS) was placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2009 due to the destruction of mangroves, marine ecosystem, offshore oil exploration prospects, and non-sustainable building projects. On June 26, 2018, BBRRS was officially delisted from being ‘In Danger’, however, we must collectively work to ensure its health and future is not compromised again. With threats like climate change and pollution threatening the world’s oceans and its coral reefs, you can practice reef-friendly habits to leave a ‘greener’ footprint. Here are 6 top tips on how you can do your part to protect the Belize Barrier Reef.

International Sourcesizz

June is Caribbean American Heritage Month!
You can read this 2020 Proclamation on National Caribbean-American Heritage Month here. From America’s earliest days, Caribbean Americans have contributed to the success, spirit, and character of our Nation. For generations, their skills, knowledge, innovation, and initiative have enhanced and advanced many aspects of our society. During National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we celebrate the rich history and vibrant culture of the more than 4 million Americans with origins in the Caribbean.

National Caribbean-American Heritage Month Virtual Celebrations in June
This June we celebrate National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. Caribbean-Americans have long shaped culture and patriotism with contributions that bolster America’s significant role in ensuring a strong vision and strategy for a winning future. Past and present historical records of the contributions of Caribbean-Americans begin with Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers and framers of the United States Constitution. Joseph Sandiford Atwell, the first black Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Virginia along with Dr. Claire Nelson, conveyor for the commemoration of June as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month and countless others.

Sixth mass extinction of wildlife accelerating, scientists warn
The sixth mass extinction of wildlife on Earth is accelerating, according to an analysis by scientists who warn it may be a tipping point for the collapse of civilisation. More than 500 species of land animals were found to be on the brink of extinction and likely to be lost within 20 years. In comparison, the same number were lost over the whole of the last century. Without the human destruction of nature, even this rate of loss would have taken thousands of years, the scientists said. The land vertebrates on the verge of extinction, with fewer than 1,000 individuals left, include the Sumatran rhino, the Clarión wren, the Española giant tortoise and the harlequin frog. Historic data was available for 77 of the species and the scientists found these had lost 94% of their populations.

Tropical Storm Amanda weakens after killing 17 people in El Salvador and Guatemala, could reform next week in Gulf of Mexico
The remnants of Tropical Storm Amanda formed into a tropical depression on Monday after killing at least 17 people in El Salvador and Guatemala, where heavy rains produced flooding and landslides. The weather disturbance is expected to move through the Gulf of Mexico in the coming days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, and is likely to regain tropical storm strength over the milder waters of the Bay of Campeche in Mexico. Amanda's remnants are predicted to produce heavy rains in El Salvador, southern Guatemala, western Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize and parts of Mexico, according to the hurricane center.

United Airlines Eyes Big Boost To International Schedule
United Airlines is significantly stepping up its international flying. While services remain a shadow of what they were, United notes today that there are glimmers of hope. In addition to increasing transatlantic services, United Airlines is re-opening schedules to destinations across the Caribbean and Latin America. Services to Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Singapore are also resuming. Both Belize City and Liberia will see services five times a week from Houston. Buenos Aires and Lima will both get thrice-weekly United Airlines’ services.

Videos

  • Happy 39th, SSB!, 1.5min. June 1, 2020 - SSB commemorates 39 Years of Service in Belize.

  • Belize Barrier Reef stills, 1min. Diving the Belize Barrier reef March 2020 - the second largest barrier reef in the world!

  • Legislating against hate crimes in Belize, .5min. Hate crimes against LGBT+ people are on the rise. Laura Tucker-Longsworth, Speaker of the Belize House of Representatives, explains the importance of protecting everyone against hate. Hate affects us all.

  • Kim Simplis Barrow on Human Dignity Trust Partnership in Belize, 48sec. Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Girls, discusses the importance of Human Dignity Trust's involvement in legislative reform efforts in Belize.

  • Peter Lawrence on ReefTV, 2.5hr.

  • Belize Barrier Reef, 2min. Diving the Belize Barrier Reef March 2020. The reef is the second largest barrier reef in the world and a huge conservation area.

  • Scuba Diving in Belize, 12min. The diving in Belize is characterized by steep walls adorned with beautiful coral, huge orange and crimson gorgonians and giant sponges. In them reside all kinds of creatures, from moray eels, lobsters or sharks. This country offers diving sites such as the Painted Wall, Half Moon Caye Wall and Quebrada, Lighthouse Reef, Half Moon Cay or Turneffe Reef that truly stand out.

  • Garifuna Tools & Utensils Exhibition, 3min. Introducing Ms Norma Young, President of the National Garifuna Council Orange Walk Branch with a quick video tour on a few publications, artists, musical instruments, clothing and cooking utensils. The Garinagu community takes pride in their traditional dishes prepared using traditional cooking utensils such as coconut graters, mortar and pestle, cassava straining tools to serve Garífuna dishes, such as ereba, cassava bread, and hudut to name a few.

  • Channel 5 Obituaries - SYLVIA YVONNE ROBINSON, 1.5min.

  • SOE lessons from Caribbean / SOE & Human Rights, 26min. Ludlow Black - Attornet at Law

  • Fisherfolk Month 2020 Fisher of the Year COVID-19 Impacts, 27min.

  • 2020 Hurricane - Preparedness, min.

  • Babes Gill Musician, 4min. Runner up at the 2019 National Song Competition, Corozal's very own Mr. Egbert "Babes" Gill with a song that will surely brighten your day!! His latest creation which was uploaded yesterday - All My Desire, is a dreamy reggae tune showcasing Babes' natural talent in writing and singing reggae. Lyrics and music by Babes Gill, video by Domingo Pott, song engineered by Paul Flores.

  • BTB Webinar on professionalism, 46min.

  • La niña de espinas", 3.5min. Oral tradition is important for the child's education and it's the modern educator's role to catch the strengths and wealth of students. Today we present the story "La niña de espinas" by a 7 years old Benque girl...

  • Want to learn a trade? Cayo Centre For Employment Training is accepting applications, min.

  • Julia Penner, 64min. Julia Penner, a pianist from Belize, is a senior music education student at the University of Arkansas. She has performed often as a collaborative pianist with several choirs at the University of Arkansas and with singers in addition to performing solo recitals. For this recital, she will play several classical pieces built on the theme of nature.

  • Flood flies! Termite hatch out at Checo Hill Farm, Belize, after the first rain of the year., 13sec.

  • Belize sees major flooding in parts of the country, 3.5min. The Atlantic Hurricane Season is upon us and Belize has gone from seeing drought across the country to incessant rains and flooding in certain areas. This weekend alone, several inches of rainfall fell causing floods and damages to homes. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz was monitoring the situation over the weekend and spoke with Belmopan’s Mayor on the response measures.

  • Acción Deportiva - Sports Action, 23min.

  • 1st June 1797 and the Flowers Bank 14 commemorated at Flowers Bank Village on 1 June 2020, 4min. In a short ceremony morning held at the Flowers Bank 14 Monument in Flowers Bank Village, members from the Village Council, the Institute for Social and Cultural Research, Emergent Corp and community members paid tribute to the fourteen men whose decision to stay and defend Belize bequeathed the land and country we know today as Belize.
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