Belmopan- 21st March 2018. The Forest Department joined other partners locally and around the globe in celebrating International Day of Forests on March 21st, 2018. In commemoration of this day and this year’s theme, “Forests and Sustainable Cities”, the Forest Department is partnering with local municipalities countrywide to plant more than 10,000 trees by 2020.
Private island with 18-hole golf course and world class marina will feature oceanfront private estates, private residences and overwater bungalows
Belmopan. March 20, 2018. The Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, and the Ministry of Tourism led a collaborative taskforce comprising the Department of the Environment, Customs Department, Beltraide, Directorate General of Foreign Trade, and Solid Waste Management Authority to advance a proposal to Cabinet to reduce plastic and Styrofoam pollution through the phasing out of single-use plastic shopping bags and Styrofoam and plastic food utensils by April 22, 2019.
March 19, 2018 – The new Miss Universe Belize organization officially announces the return of Belize to the Miss Universe Pageant in 2018. The new Miss Universe Belize will compete at the 67th annual Miss Universe Pageant. This even will be seen by a global audience of over one billion people. The organization is being led by the new National Director Mr. Romeo Escobar, a three time Emmy award winning producer.
It is absolutely nothing new to island residents that our beautiful island is overly congested with vehicles. The topic of ‘traffic’ brings a lot of concerns and issues that needs to be urgently and strategically addressed. For instance one major problem particularly in town is that businesses are placing traffic cones everywhere so that people don’t park in front of their place creating even more parking problems in the town area. But the number one issue that faces our island concerning traffic is SPEEDING.
A structural review of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority physical plant was commissioned last week March 14th following an incident in which debris fell from the one area of the ceiling of the facility. A preliminary assessment prompted the need for immediate remedial reinforcements to a section of the hospital roof.
The Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children in partnership with the National Women’s Commission (NWC), the Women’s Department, UNICEF Belize, The Embassy of the United States of America and the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation hosted its third bi-annual 20,000 Strong Women's Empowerment Rally on Friday, March 16, 2018, at the Marion Jones Sports Complex. The Rally brought together thousands of women, men and students from across the country in yet another massive show of unity to ignite change in our society.
Oceana Belize held its Reef Swim on Monday, March 12, 2018 as part of their Reef Week activities. The Reef Swim was from Goff’s Caye to English Caye and San Pedro was represented; participants included Kian Trejo, Brandon Santos, Jordan Santos and Karina Paz.
On Thursday, March 15, 2018, five Belizeans residing in Florida were sworn-in as Justices of the Peace by the Attorney General of Belize Hon. Michael Peyrefitte at the Consulate of Belize in Florida. The men and women who have answered the call to serve are Mrs. Tracy Gomez, Ms. Deborah D. Duncan, Mrs. Glenda Lewis, Mr. Jason Guild and Mr. Philip Mckay.
After a three year break the San Pedro Junior Sailing Team has reformed and participated in the 90th Annual Baron Bliss Harbour Regatta in Belize City. The three sailors from the San Pedro Junior Sailing Team were Gabbi Knox, Rosemary Romero and Leroy Arzu. The race took place on Sunday, March 11, 2018, where a total of 12 sailors and four clubs represented and participated in the event. SPJST members all received medals of participation; congrats on a job well done!
Belize Police are investigating the landing of a clandestine private plane that landed in the Blue Creek Area of Orange Walk Town in Northern Belize on sometime between Wednesday, March 14 and Thursday, March 15, 2018.
Prime Minister of Belize and the Head of the European Union Delegation to Belize Sign Financing Agreements for the Health Sector and Public Finance Management Belize City. March 14th, 2018. The Prime Minister of Belize and Minister of Finance Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and the European Union Ambassador to Belize H.E. Malgorzata Wasilewska signed two Financing Agreements for a total of BZ$28.8 M for projects in the Health and Public Finance Management sectors. The signing ceremony took place at the Prime Minister’s Office at the Laing Building in Belize City.
While the People’s United Party heads to court today, Wednesday, March 14, to contest the final results of the recent municipal elections in San Pedro, the United Democratic Party held its official swearing in ceremony of the San Pedro Town Mayor and six councilors. Mayor Daniel Guerrero and his six councilors were re-instated as members of the Town Council for a third time on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Each councilor’s portfolio was announced, including that Ruben Gonzalez was appointed new Deputy Mayor of San Pedro.
According to Riviera Maya News an announcement for the proposal of a jaguar reserve has been made by head of the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas of Mexico. Alejandro del Mazo Maza of the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (Conanp), announced that Mexico plans to create a trinational reserve with Belize and Guatemala to protect the jaguar.
Belmopan. March 13th, 2018. The Ministry of Health informs the public of an unauthorized and suspected falsified vitamin and mineral syrup, Dayamineral ® Syrup 240ml. The liquid supplements were found to be circulating on the local market and those found have since been confiscated. Investigations conducted by the Ministry of Health revealed that the product has not been registered by the Ministry and therefore cannot be imported into the country as it has not met the necessary quality standards and may be compromised.
One of the UK’s naval humanitarian aid and logistic support ships will be visiting Belize 14 – 16 March. The purpose of the visit is to share experiences of delivering humanitarian aid and support to disaster relief operations in the Caribbean Basin with her Belizean hosts. The ship called MOUNTS BAY of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary is intending to host members of the Belize Coast Guard, Belize Defence Force, NEMO and Belize Red Cross onboard to share their experiences from Hurricane IRMA last year, which brought devastation to many islands in the east of the Caribbean.
Following a big win for world champion Mikey Garcia on Saturday, March 10, 2018, the boxer arrived in Belize the following day Sunday. The superstar boxer is in the country to do some charitable work and build some homes for the poor.
CZMAI participated in the second phase of The Major Aspects of Coastal Environment Management Workshop in Chile, scheduled March 5 to 8, 2018. This was a follow up to the initial phase that took place in Kingston, Jamaica where Mr Victor Sho (Sport Fishing Coordinator) and Mr Gilbert Andrews (Water Quality Lab Technician) of CZMAI presented their findings from a pilot project on Marine Litter and Micro Plastics Pollution in Belize, a research which was conducted by Mr Sho, Mr Andrews, Mr Samir Rosado (Coastal Planner) and Mr Ellis Requena (Water Quality Lab Assistant and Boat Captain).
In a statement released by PUP Belize Rural South and PUP Mayoral Candidate Andre Perez, he made it clear this afternoon, Friday, March 9, 2018, that his party cannot concede defeat at the municipal elections that were carried out on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Attorney at Law Mr. Eamon Courtney stated that after reviewing the official papers that were signed off by the Elections and Boundaries Commission that there are 275 ballots that cannot be accounted for, at minimum. He stated that 275 missing ballots puts the elections at dispute and thus the party will go to court.
The Belize Volleyball Association is pleased to announce that a Belize contingent departed country on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, to Puntarenas, Costa Rica to compete in Beach Volleyball at the Youth Olympic Games Qualifier to be held this weekend, March 10 & 11. This tournament also serves as the U19 Central American Beach Volleyball Championship. The Youth Olympic Games is set to take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 1-12, 2018.