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Today's Belize News: July 5, 2020

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Today's Belize News: July 5, 2020 - 07/05/20 12:26 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

Government of Belize Announces the MSME Support Program
The Government of Belize, through a collaborative effort lead by the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, the Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development, and BELTRAIDE, hereby advises the public that it will roll out the second phase of Government’s COVID-19 Economic Relief Program. The second phase includes the continuation of the Unemployment Relief Program and incorporates a new component, the Micro-, Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSME) Support Program. The objectives of the programs in the second phase are to continue providing direct cash relief for workers who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic and also to MSMEs that have suffered revenue loss. The program is expected to help safeguard and promote employee retention, as well as assist MSMEs as they transition and adapt to the economic challenges presented by the pandemic.

Wolfe’s Woofers: Extravagance
The 'No Se Nada' Club tries to save Moses' new marriage - but he says his wife is all about extravagance. “6-ball in the side pocket,” Vernon called, sinking the ball for an easy score. While Vernon ran the pool table the other members of the Nosenada Social Club listened to Moses bitching about his wife, Tysha. “I’m thinking about getting divorced,” he said. “You crazy,” Mario told him. “You only been married six months. What’s wrong with Tysha?” “Boss,” he said to me. “What’s that big word for when people want to spend lots of money they don’t have?”

Gregorio Najarro installed as the new president of the Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye
The Rotary Club of Ambergris Caye officially swore in their new president, Gregorio Najarro, at a ceremony celebrated on Wednesday, July 1st at Hidden Treasure Restaurant. Past President Andrew Ashcroft was present to officially hand over the duties for the period of 2020-2021 to Najarro. The event also saw the swearing-in of president-elect Kate Corrigan and other members of the club. Najarro, a well-known islander from the Escalante Sub-division south of San Pedro Town was first announced as the incoming president on February 5, 2020 during a lunch meeting. Months later, Najarro has taken the reins of the club which was officially chartered in May 2016.

Various Belizean Sources

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Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen day Location
Sunday, July 5th Meal pick ups. Location: Belize Diving Services Ltd Times: Village: 11:00am - 11:45am. Bahia: 11:35am - 12:30pm.

Thunderbolt Notice
Daily runs to start Monday, July 6th. However, Stops in Sarteneja will be made upon request for pick up or drop off of passengers who reserve ahead of time.

UB says Student Fees won’t Increase
Below is a press release sent by UB. The Board of Trustees of the University of Belize and its Administration are aware that a student or group of students have been circulating an erroneous post on Facebook suggesting that the University plans to increase tuition and fees for all students in August 2020. The Board of Trustees and the Administration take this opportunity to respond to this inaccurate and potentially damaging expression of concern and notify all its students of the truth related to the university’s plans to protect them from the full impact of the COVID19 pandemic...

JACINTO PAT
Jacinto Pat was a batab (Yucatec Maya indigenous intendant) from the town of Tihosuco. He was leader and initiator - along with Cecilio Chi and Manuel Antonio Ay - of the denominated War of Castes (1848-1901). According to the Encyclopedia of Quintana Roo, Pat is an ancient Maya surname that means "invent", "create", "make things with mud or wax". Before the Spanish invasion, this family ruled the Maya province of Ekab, had great power and presence on the island of Cozumel. Ah Naum Pat was the halach uinic of Cozumel, and when the invaders arrived many inhabitants of that island moved to the Yucatan peninsula, more than 70 families with this surname lived in Cochuah, especially in Tihosuco.

PLACENCIA AIRSTRIP NOTICE
Please note that we have been informed that construction will resume at Placencia Airstrip on Tuesday (7th). As such, service will once again be suspended to the Peninsula after our last flight on Monday (6th). Effective Wednesday, July 8th, our south schedule will be as stated below.

Belize History Association General Meeting
The BHA General Meeting is scheduled for 9:00 am on Friday July 17, 2020, at the NICH Museum Building, Belmopan. Attendees are invited to participate virtually on Zoom Meeting (an easy to use mobile and desktop platform for virtual meetings). Please confirm your attendance at this link: https://forms.gle/m7seenY3b7SbERAq9. The zoom link will be provided to those who register.

Channel 5

Murder in Belize City
Belize City police are investigating the shooting murder of 19 year old Raheem Faber which occurred just before midnight last night. Faber was shot several times while at the corner of Ebony and Mayflower Streets. According to reports, Faber was with some friends when the gunman approached him and fired shots. Faber was rushed to the KHMH where he died minutes later. Seven expended shells were found at the scene.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Looking at Japan’s mysteriously low COVID-19 death rate
With just 972 deaths up to June 30, Japan enjoys one of the lowest death […]

U.S. Independence Day: At Mount Rushmore, Trump says “We will not be silenced” by “angry mobs”
The United States of America is observing its 244th anniversary of independence from Great Britain […]

US Chargé d’Affaires remarks on 244th Independence of the United States
Today, July 4, Americans all around the globe are celebrating the 244th anniversary of the Independence […]

PUP Leader tours Western constituencies
Leader of the People’s United Party (PUP) John Briceno has commenced a countrywide tour. Briceno […]

Belize monitors 9 active cases of COVID-19
Belizean health authorities are currently monitoring 9 active cases of COVID-19. The last 2 patients […]

CARICOM Secretary-General says CARICOM Day 2020 like no other in history of celebration
Annually, today July 4 is recognized as CARICOM day, a day for the Caribbean Community […]

Financial Secretary casts Superbond relief in stark light of economic disaster
Breaking Belize News has obtained the opening statement from Financial Secretary Joseph Waight made on […]

Cement truck overturns on Placencia Road, one injured
Motorists in the area of the Placencia Road, Stann Creek District, are advised to approach […]

CARICOM hosts virtual conference to welcome incoming chair
Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) hosted a special conference on July 3. […]

Belize and Canada only Western Hemisphere countries to oppose China’s Hong Kong national security law
The People’s Republic of China (PRC)’s foreign ministry and state media are declaring a victory […]

Brads Gaming Group Limited retains boledo/lottery license
Вrаdѕ Gаmіng Grоuр Lіmіtеd (fоrmеrlу Вrаdѕ Gаmіng Соmраnу) wіll соntіnuе tо аdmіnіѕtеr thе nаtіоnаl lоttеrу fоr thе rеѕt оf thе 2020 dесаdе, uр tо Маrсh 31, 2030...

Scotia Bank heist crew charged for robbery
Тhе grоuр оf mеn dеtаіnеd fоr thе brаzеn Тhurѕdау аftеrnооn rоbbеrу ѕtаgеd аt thе Ѕсоtіа Ваnk Веlаmа brаnсh оn thе Рhіlір Gоldѕоn hіghwау hаvе bееn fоrmаllу сhаrgеd...

Raheem Faber killed in Friday night Ebony Street shooting
Raheem Faber, a 19-year-old stevedore by trade, was shot multiple times and killed before midnight on Friday...

Blogs

An Amazing Year for Mangos on Ambergris Caye + Strange Fruit: Yummy Pickly Grocera
I don’t remember a better year for mangos on Ambergris Caye. I’m not sure if it is a blowout year on the mainland for mangos. Or that there are fewer consumers (no tourists!) of fresh fruit in Belize right now. OR if mango-tree-owners are extra-incentivized to distribute more fruit (and maybe make a bit more money uring these TOUGH economic times.) Earlier in the week I visited David for another supply of fresh mangos. He had jars of what looked like berries…a green color so pale, they were almost white. Grocera, David said. Do I want to try?

Celebrating CARICOM Day 2020
CARICOM Day 2020 is like no other in our history. Today, we celebrate in an environment dominated by the continuing health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Caribbean, the region – including Belize – has done relatively well in addressing the current crisis. So far, we have demonstrated that capacity for resilience; that has been the hallmark of our response to the numerous challenges faced over time. Today, we celebrate the 47th anniversary of the Treaty of Chaguaramas! Notably, the treaty that establish the Caribbean Community signed on July 4, 1973.

International Sourcesizz

Indigenous People in Central America Vulnerable for COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is much more than a health crisis: it is affecting people´s societies and economies. Although the impact of the virus varies from one place to another, it is very likely that it will increase poverty and inequality at a global scale, affecting especially the communities and indigenous peoples of Latin America, the most vulnerable groups in this context. In Central America, the effects are multiple: due to the quarantine, the closing of commerce, the isolation measures taken to contain the spread of the virus, the indigenous populations and peasant communities are having serious supply problems, with difficult access to food, hygiene materials and medical attention.

Videos

  • GENTLE GIANTS LOOKING FOR LOVE IN OUR COROZAL BAY ON 4TH OF JULY, 8min. Splish! Splash! We we're taking a bath. A mating herd of about 8-10 manatees has been making its rounds along our Corozal Bay since this morning. We were lucky enough to have spotted them chasing each other around the shallow waters infront of Rainbow Park and Beach just before noon today. It appeared that this herd of manatees was just looking for love in our Bay. The largest female appeared to be between 8-9 feet in length. It is the first time that I have personally witnessed such an aggregation of manatees anywhere in our beautiful Belize. What a privilege to have been able to video these gentle giants.

  • Manatee Mating, 3.5min.

  • Hammerhead Shark North San Pedro, 14sec.

  • Just caught a jaguar chasing a peccary near Chan Chich lodge, 20sec.

  • A message from U.S. Embassy Belmopan Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges on the 244th anniversary of America's Independence, 4min.

  • Tropical Nature Sounds - Jaguar Creek Belize, 5.5min.

  • Caye Caulker Belize, 13min.

  • Caye Caulker and San Pedro Ambergris Caye Belize, 6min.

  • Big Falls Highlights -Toledo, Belize - Drone, 1.5min. Learn about Belize, my hometown of Punta Gorda and what i'm currently up to.
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