On Friday, November 29th, 2019, the Belize Trade & Investment Development Services (BELTRAIDE) through its Small Business Development Center, Belize (SBDCBelize) unit will host its 5th Annual National Entrepreneurship Convention (EntreCon) under the team "Engage, Exchange, Empower".
Belize’s Children Honored at Special Awards Ceremony Several children were recognized for their outstanding work in several areas at the first ever National Children’s Awards ceremony held on Friday, Novemebr 22, 2019. The event was the culmination of several activities held as part of Belize joining the international community in the commemoration of the thirtieth anniversary of the signing of the Convention on the Rights of Children.
Belize Film Commission Announces Launch of Belize International Film Market & Belize-Based Studio Complex with Saba Industries
The Belize Film Commission, along with the Global Commerce, Digital Entertainment and Media Divisions for the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Saba Industries is pleased to report that they announced the soft launch of the Belize International Market: Film - TV - New Media - Animation at the recent Belize International Film Festival. This Market is focused on content development and acquisition, networking, professional development and training workshops.
On November 15th and 16th, the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation hosted European press in efforts to promote the community tourism trail called Holpatin, being developed by the Ministry in the Orange Walk District.
On Monday, November 18, 2019, the Government of Belize through the Ministry of Health and the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) signed a project agreement to improve the Medical Imaging Services in Belize. The project beneficiaries are two regional public hospitals and the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The project will increase accessibility to quality and safe imaging services as a means towards achieving universal access to health.
On Friday, November 15, 2019, San Pedro High School held a fun and educational Cultural Day Exhibit under the theme “Belize and its people integrated through its dance, music, culture and food”. After the official opening remarks by Principal Emil Vasquez, Mrs. Angie Ellis officially introduced the guest speaker Mr. Ravey Vellos. Mr. Vellos addressed the students and staff of San Pedro High with a very interesting and informational speech.
On Friday, Novemeber 15, 2019, the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) inaugurated its new San Pedro Branch Office on Pescador Drive. BEL took this opportunity to announce the Company's new strategic direction to expand its offerings to current and new customers. Ms. Sheena Garnett, Sr. Corporate Communications Officer of BEL was the Mistress of Ceremony for the event. After a lovely rendition of the National Anthem by Natalie Arceo and prayer by Father David Mumba of the San Pedro RC Church the welcome address was delivered by Mayor Daniel Guerrero of San Pedro Town.
MSC Meraviglia, the 7th largest cruise ship in the world, made its golden voyage to Belize on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, carrying nearly 4,500 guests(at double occupancy) on board. MSC Meraviglia, is owned and operated by MSC Cruisesand entered service in June 2017. It is the world’s 7th largest ship. It was built at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France by STX France. MSC Meraviglia was MSC Cruises first ship in the innovative Meraviglia class of next-generation ships, designed to be able to call in most of the world’s international cruise ports.
For the first time ever San Pedro Police destroyed over 100 kilos of illicit drugs that have accumulated over the years here on Ambergris Caye. On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the above the ground burning of the drugs took place under heavy police presence.
Oceana And The Belize Coalition For Sustainable Fisheries Commit Over Bz$2million Dollars To Assist Fishers Transitioning Away From Gillnet Use In Belize's Waters Oceana and the Belize Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries have committed via written letters of intent to the Government of Belize, over BZ$ 2 Million dollars to assist Belizean fishers transition away from gillnet use in Belize’s waters.
On May 5, 2019 Yamiri Jasmine Guy and Kimberly Melissa Guy lost their lives and several other passengers sustained various injuries on board a water-taxi owned by San Pedro Jets Xpress, being operated by Ocean Ferry Belize which exploded. The Belize Port Authority conducted investigations and has levied charges against the boat captain and both water-taxi operators.
Members of the Belize Parliamentary Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition (BPAHM) gathered on Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Marion Jones Conference Room in Belize City for a forum on Food and Nutrition Security for a Healthy Belize. In his address to the gathering, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Honourable Patrick Faber, said his Ministry is planning to scale up school feeding in Belize as well as ensuring that school children are fed one healthy meal a day.
The island community of Ambergris Caye has come to LOVE this dynamic duo at American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES), for their personality, their love of community and their passion in saving and protecting the endangered crocodiles. Chris Summers and Christina Manzi of ACES share this video of their hard work and passion that has brought them together as a couple that creates awareness and helps protect crocodiles in Belize. Enjoy the video and help support their worthy organization.
One man is dead as a result of a drowning incident that occurred over the weekend in San Pedro. According to official police reports, on Friday, November 8, 2019, at about 2:49 p.m. San Pedro Police visited the San Pedro Polyclinic, upon arrival, they observed the lifeless body of male person identified as Gustavo Lizzaraga, 25-year-old, Belizean laborer of a San Pedro Town address.
Belize’s Removal from the EU List of Non-Cooperative Jurisdictions for Tax Purposes Belmopan. November 8, 2019. The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) of the European Union (EU) has released the results of its recently concluded meeting held in Brussels on November 8, 2019. The ECOFIN Council is made up of the economic and finance ministers from all member states and is responsible for economic policy, taxation issues and the regulation of financial services.
John McAfee is back on the headline news this time with his movie “King of the Jungle” and huge Hollywood stars are signing up to be a part of it. Zac Efron has signed on to star in “King of the Jungle” as a Wired Journal investigator, Ari Furman, who tracks down John McAfee at his jungle compound in Belize.
On Saturday November 2, 2019, National Garifuna Council held its annual Ms. Garifuna Belize Cultural Pageant at the Belmopan Civic Center in Belmopan City. This event followed the National Solidarity Mass held the same morning at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral.
The Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and Country Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Dr. Cassandra T. Rogers signed a loan agreement on Friday, November 1, 2019, in the amount of US$14 million to strengthen tax administration in Belize. The project will strengthen tax administration governance, improve operational processes through the modernization of technological infrastructure with the aim of maximizing government revenue generating potential.
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce the release of its first Travel & Tourism Mid-Year Performance Statistics Report. The report is the first digitally interactive publication produced by the BTB in an effort to provide the Tourism Industry with a snap-shot of tourism trends occurring over the first six months of the year. The publication is in lieu of the annual
The Ministry of Health informs the public that the seasonal flu vaccine is now available for the following at-risk groups: children 6–23 months, pregnant women, healthcare providers, persons over 65 years, and persons with chronic heart or lung diseases, diabetes and other chronic conditions. The seasonal influenza vaccine helps to prevent the flu or reduce the severity of the illness. Mild side effects of the flu vaccine may include a slight fever, muscle pain for a few days and soreness around the injection site.