Easter Monday reveals just how much excess there was on Ambergris Caye during the long weekend holiday - Excess traffic, excess parties, excess drinking... We came across this golf cart damaged and pushed up a couple steps in front of the Trust Hardware building on Coconut Drive. The facts as to what occurred are not totally clear yet, as owners of the vehicles also woke up to discover their golf cart that was parked overnight almost totally damaged. Evidence at the scene suggests that a taxi driver was the culprit of the hit and run.
Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the U.S. Embassy Mr. Keith Gilges hosted an official ceremony and reception Tuesday, April 16, 2019, to recognize and honor the Embassy’s “Woman of the Year 2019” Ms. Sharon Matola. The event featured remarks by Chargé Gilges, Minister of State for the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, and Sustainable Development Hon. Omar Figueroa, the Co-Founder of the Belize Center for Environmental Studies Ms. Lou Nicolait, and the Founding Director of the Belize Zoo and the Embassy’s “Woman of the Year” 2019 Ms. Sharon Matola.
The Ministry of Health reminds the public that the risk of measles continues to grow for Belize with neighboring countries reporting measles cases. Belize has NO reported cases at this time. Measles is passed easily from person to person and anyone who is unvaccinated is at risk of getting the disease. Measles starts like with flu-like symptoms such as fever, runny nose, cough and “Pink Eye”. The rash appears 3 to 4 days after the fever starts, usually spreading from head to toe. The public is reminded to:
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) officially launched the Boca del Rio project during an inauguration ceremony on Sunday, April 14, 2019 as part of its plan to develop and enhance the attractions and amenities in key tourism destinations in Belize. The launching also included a family day of fun, which included numerous sports, prizes and lively music.
The unwavering efforts of the Belize Tourism Board and its industry stakeholders and partners to market Belize as one of the world’s leading tourism destinations is paying off. The latest statistics for the first quarter of this year show an impressive and persistent growth in both overnight and cruise ship arrivals to Belize predicting yet another bumper-crop year for the tourism industry. The following is a breakdown of the latest figures for the first quarter of 2019 for both overnight and cruise ship arrivals.
The latest on the infamous John McAfee is that he has been found liable and ordered by a federal judge to pay $25 million in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the estate of a Belize man. But according to the Florida Record Webiste, McAfee has said he won't pay.
The San Pedro Traffic Wardens attended a ‘Partnership and Life Skills’ Workshop on Monday, April 8, 2019. The Workshop took place at the San Pedro Town Council conference room and was conducted by Rudolph Orio, Supt. (Ret’d) – National Coordinator Police Auxiliary Unit.
The Alaia Charity Foundation held Ambergris Caye’s first ever fun run/walk which took place on Saturday, April 6, 2019. The main purpose of the event was to raise funds to provide financial, educational, medical and environmental support with the events net-proceeds, to disenfranchised island families.
Press Release - Belize Medical Associates, Belize’s premier, private medical hospital and clinic announces that it will be opening a Poly Clinic in San Pedro later this year. Belize Medical Associates has a thirty year history of excellence, growth and commitment to the highest ethical and academic standards. We have seen a need for specialized medical care on the island of San Pedro, both to its local residents and to its growing tourism sector.
San Pedro High School celebrated its 10th Business Fair on Friday, April 5, 2019. Senior and junior students were given the opportunity to show off their marketing skills by creating a product/business and putting it up for display and sale at the fair. There were lots of fun booths from burger huts, smoothies, elotes (corn in a cob or cup)booth, medical plazas, Water Park displays, candy shops, pastry shops, recyclable furniture and so much more; the ideas for new business ventures for the island of Ambergris Caye were free flowing at San Pedro High School's Business Fair.
The Belize Fisheries Department hereby informs all fishers, and the Public, that in accordance with Statutory Instrument No. 54 of 2012, the Honorable Omar Figueroa, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development will declare the Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) fishery closed on April 30th, 2019. This is necessary due to the realization of the Queen Conch quota. The fishing community is advised that all Queen Conch fishing activities shall cease as of this date until the opening of the fishing season on 1st October, 2019.
Action safeguards ecosystems while promoting sustainable fishing In a bold step for the sustainability of its fisheries and the world’s second largest barrier reef, the government of Belize has approved a plan to set aside 10% of its territorial waters as no-take marine protected areas (MPAs), nearly tripling the size of its existing zones.
The University of Belize convened a historic meeting with Presidents, Deans, Principals and representatives of Junior Colleges of Belize and a couple of technical/vocational schools. This meeting held under the theme “Working Together to Advance the Education of our Nation,” was held on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Belmopan Campus. Junior Colleges were represented from across the country and the Institute of Technical Vocational and Educational Training-Orange Walk and Cayo Center for Employment and Training.
Official Police reports indicate that on Saturday, April 6, 2019, Carlos Jex 58-year-old, manager of A.C. Construction in San Pedro Town, reported to police that about 3:00 p.m., that he was robbed of the company’s payroll for the workers. Jex reported that wo male persons entered his office with their faces covered, one armed with a firearm, proceeded to rob him of $20,000.00Bze. A.C. Construction is located on Coconut Drive, on the lower flat of the new Casa Picasso Restaurant; no injuries were reported and police are investigating.
On April 3, 2019, the Chief Justice Hon. Kenneth Benjamin delivered his ruling on the injunction case on the referendum planned for April 10, 2019 brought before the Supreme Court of Belize by the Opposition Party. The Opposition had asked the Supreme Court to stop the referendum because they contend that there are serious issues to be tried. The main points presented to the Court by the Opposition were:
A road traffic accident which occurred on Thursday, April 4, 2019, has claimed the life of 28-year-old, Samuel Pasqual, Guatemalan mechanic of San Pedro Town. According to reports Pasqual was riding his motorcycle going in a southerly direction when he lost control of his cycle and collided into a cement pillar on the right side of the road causing him severe head injuries.
On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) announced the winners of its first Take a Shot Photography Sweepstake held from February 15 to March 15, 2019, which focused on Culinary and Birding categories. First place went to Kay Westby, who was awarded a $2,000 cash prize plus a Nikon School Online course on “Beyond the Fundamentals of Photography”. Second place went to Nicole Wade, a resident of Orange Walk, who received a $1,000 prize and a Nikon School Online course on “Exploring Dynamic Landscape Photography.”
The past several days have been tough for residents of Northern Belize, primarily villagers in the Corozal District as heavy smoke has been reaching the area and causing many to be affected health wise. Ministry of Health Issued an advisory on the severe smoke affecting Northern Communities.
Tropic Air Wins The Travelers’ Choice Airlines Award In The Specialty & Leisure Category In Latin America- Tropic Air announced that it has been recognized with the Travelers’ Choice Award in the Specialty and Leisure Category in Latin America in the 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for Airlines. This is the first time any airline in Belize has won any award from TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor awards the world’s top carriers based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for airlines by TripAdvisor flyers. These are gathered over a 12-month period.
San Pedro High School held its annual science fair on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the R. Angel Nunez Auditorium under the theme “Reinventing the future by reducing, reusing and recycling”.