- Government of Belize Announces Commitment to Legislate Indefinite Moratorium on Offshore Oil in Belizean Waters - Right Honorable Prime Minister Dean Barrow officially announced in the House of Representatives today, Friday, August 18, 2017, his administration’s commitment and plan to legislate an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil activity in Belize’s territorial sea including its Exclusive Economic Zone.
Once it became obvious last week that the clear cutting was not going to be confined to a small area, residents of south Ambergris Caye started mobilizing and expressing their concerns to local authorities. It’s acres upon acres that have been leveled completely by developers and area residents say they had no regards to any impact on the environment.
Students Welcomed at Historic and First Matriculation Ceremony in Belmopan - The new Academic Year 2017-2018 has begun for the University of Belize (UB). Faculty, staff and the leadership team formally welcomed students at the historic and first matriculation ceremony in Belmopan on 16th August, 2017. The packed ceremony took place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the UB Jaguar Auditorium.
Police reports indicate that Scott Charles, 24 years Belizean Tour Guide of Bay Side Area, San Pedro Town, was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City via air ambulance after suffering from gun shot wounds last night, Wednesday, August 16, 2017.
The Belize Network of NGOs (BNN) has issued a press release expressing its grave disappointment that the national re-registration exercise that was to have been initiated in July 2017 has been postponed to next year. The BNN stated that voting systems are an integral component in the equation of our political democracy. The right to vote (including who can vote) and a fair and free election process are fundamental rights guaranteed by the Belize Constitution.
Last week La Isla Bonita Telenovela of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, announced that its pilot episode has been selected to be part of the Carifesta, the annual Festival of Arts in Barbados. The cast and crew have expressed their delight to have such an opportunity to showcase the island talent at the festival.
Police reports indicate that two persons have been detained in connection with a shooting that injured three people (including two minors) in the San Pedrito Area of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize, at around 9:00p.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) hereby expresses its solidarity with its long standing member and industry partner, Tropic Air Belize, in relation to its decision to discontinue its regional flights to Chetumal, Merida and San Pedro Sula, Honduras, as of September 2017.
As part of its strategic plan to equip tour operators with pertinent marketing skills and information in order to be more competitive, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) over the past weekends conducted digital marketing training workshops for 16 tour operators in Placencia Village and Belize City.
Belize’s only catch and release fly-fishing tournament, the 9th Annual Tres Pescados Slam would turn out to be one of the best in recent years. Once again the Holiday Hotel would be ground zero for the weekend festivities. The Captain’s dinner Wednesday night brought 17 teams together from Mexico, Canada, Belize and the US. Day one would not disappoint as weather forecasts showed perfect conditions for the start the following morning!!
Police are on the look out for the sons of Minister Edmond Castro. Wasani and Jafari Castro are being sought in connection with an aggravated assault incident that took place in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye over the Costa Maya Weekend. The Police Report states that 21-year-old Kevin Brown was at a resort in San Pedro with a group of friends when a dispute over a piece of jewelry started. During the dispute someone kicked Brown several times and bashed his head with a fire extinguisher.
The Department of Environment has issued a public advisory informing all new commercial and tourism developments on North and South Ambergris Caye (outside the declared “service areas”) and those in ecologically sensitive areas, are required to invest in a proper sewage treatment system.
On the 27th July 2017, the Forest Department responded to reports of a jaguar being captured by farmers around the Northern Lagoon area in the Belize District. Upon investigation, it was discovered that farmers, who experienced several jaguar attacks on their livestock, retaliated by trapping the jaguar.
Over 90 public, private and civil sector tourism stakeholders attended a presentation of the draft update to the National Tourism Policy held in Belize City on August 3, 2017. Dr.
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), in collaboration with the National Meteorological Service, hereby informs the public that around 10:45 last night Tropical Storm Franklin made landfall with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, north of Chetumal near Pulticub, Mexico.
Dodging the threat of Tropical Storm Franklin by a day, the International Costa Maya Festival was back in full force for its 25th Anniversary celebrations after being postponed last year due to another storm - Hurricane Earl. The festival took place from August 3 to the 6 at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. There had never before been such an impressive lineup of international performers as the festival celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Tropical Storm Franklin continues to move to the West-North-West at 13 mph with maximum sustained winds of 60mph. Franklin is now located near 18.6 North Latitude and 85.9 West Longitude or some 170 miles East of Belize City and 143 miles East-Northeast of San Pedro. The Cayes and Corozal district may experience Tropical Storm force winds. Franklin could reach Hurricane strength before making landfall tonight. Three to six (3-6) inches of rainfall is expected.
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in collaboration with the National Meteorological Service hereby informs the general public that the strong Tropical Wave in the west-central Caribbean Sea has an 80% chance of becoming a Tropical Depression or a Tropical Storm over night.