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Belize Government seeking millions to deal with the impact of Hurricane Lisa

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By Shanieka Smith

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#Belize, November 14, 2022 – After examining the damages caused by Hurricane Lisa in the Belize district, the government says they need US $20 million to rebuild the communities.  On November 2,  2022, Hurricane Lisa made landfall just south of Belize City as a category 1 storm.

Foreign Minister, Eamon Courtenay and Prime Minister, John Briceno who flew over the damaged areas and made a guess estimate of US $10 million. Briceno later said the Minister of Housing was doing a house to house assessment from which they came up with the US $20 million figure.

This sum will also include the rebuilding of the Phillip Goldson High which was also devastated by Hurricane Lisa.

Having noted that most of the destroyed homes were made with plywood, Briceno said that the plan is to rebuild using more durable materials.

The Prime Minister said funds have already been made available to some area representatives to assist the affected citizens as they try to bring the city back to its normal state of affairs.

Belize recorded no deaths as a result of the hurricane.

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Dark Tourism Efforts in Jamaica – Colonial sites Preservation

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Rashaed Esson

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#DarkTourism#Jamaica,February 23rd, 2024 – British Colonial sites in Jamaica like Georgian plantation houses and slave infrastructure, are being preserved as slavery monuments to boost what authorities are calling the “Dark Tourism” industry. According to reports, Dark Tourism refers to tourists visiting places marked by historical tragedy. For Jamaica, the history of Britain’s 300-year rule will be explained at the preserved sites. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says work is being done with the ministry of Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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