Mexico’s 8.1 Earthquake Was Strong Enough to Significantly Shake Things up in Belize - At least 20 people have been killed after a magnitude-8.1 earthquake struck Mexico, causing a tsunami and warnings for countries across Central America. Belizeans were very startled at the very evident shaking taking place as usually only slight tremors have been felt during earthquakes in the region.
MIAMI (September 7, 2017) - The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has expressed sympathy for the loss of life and hardship following the passage of Hurricane Irma and has urged Caribbean residents and visitors in the projected path of the storm to take continued precautions as it makes its way through parts of the northern Caribbean.
Belize Launches Inventory Exercise on Potential Sources of Radiation - The Government of Belize today, September 5, held an opening ceremony to launch the National Inventory on Radiation Sources, an initiative derived from the establishment of a National Radiation Safety Infrastructure in Belize. A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mission to Belize is in the country to carry out this exercise that is jointly spearheaded by the Department of the Environment (DOE) and the Belize Defence Force (BDF).
San Pedro High School and Belize Telemedia (BTL) celebrated in a brief ceremony after classes yesterday, Wednesday, September 6, 2017, the installation to the school of DigiNet, the fastest internet service in the country. San Pedro High is the first school on Ambergris Caye to have access to the DigiNet service as part of BTL's Internet to School Program. DigiNet will boost the school’s internet speed from 8Mbps to 60Mbps, making internet more reliable to the faculty and student body.
The body of Rudolph Eric Pitts was discovered this afternoon around 2p.m. 10 miles north of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, following the late night shooting incident reported this morning.
An urgent and imortant notice has come forth from the office of Belize Water Services (BWS) which informs its customers that a group of imposters are posing as BWS employees to gain access to resident’s homes. The imposters claim that they are there to install shower caps and to conserve water. Please note that BWS does not have any such campaign going on and residents should be wary of any unexpected visitors claiming to be from BWS.
San Pedro Police are investigating an assault that took place 10 miles north of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize that left one man injured with gunshot wound, on Tuesday, September 5, at about 8:00p.m. Police report visiting the San Pedro Town Poly Clinic last night and encountering 22-year-old Edgar Rene Lopez of 10 mile North Ambergris Caye with a gunshot wound behind the head (graze), left arm and left shoulder.
Tropic Air announced this week a substantial investment for its Orange Walk customers as it it will be increasing air service between Orange Walk and San Pedro to three (3) times a day, effective November 15th, 2017. Currently, flights are scheduled at two times a day, and this will add an often requested evening service.
With the passage of Hurricane Harvey over southern and coastal Texas last week, the oil refineries in the Houston area have shut down and are not expected to resume normal operations and return to full output for some weeks to come. The oil industry in Texas refines about 25% of all crude oil in the USA. The resulting shortages in refined petroleum products have caused a sharp spike in pump prices across the USA and also in other countries that purchase refined fuel product from the Houston suppliers.
Virginia Vasquez commanded the stage at the Miss San Pedro Pageant 2017 that took place on Saturday, September 2 on Ambergris Caye, Belize. She was selected as the island’s new beauty ambassador and will be officially crowned during the September 10th patriotic celebrations. Under the theme ‘Fragrantly Floral’ the five contestants of the Miss San Pedro Pageant delighted and entertained the audience with floral-themed costumes. They paid homage to the bright colors of Belize’s flowers including the hibiscus, fansy pansy, bird of paradise, red ginger and the morning glory.
Residents of southern Ambergris Caye in the Mosquito Coast area were glad to receive information from the Department of Environment (DOE) indicating that a stop order was issued on the land clearing that was causing much concern in the area. “We have a voice,” commented one resident as she shared the information the South Side Community received regarding the bulldozing that occurred.
Five hundred households and 13 banana farms in 27 communities in Southern Belize now have access to safe and reliable electricity. The homes and farms were connected to the national power grid under the Banana Accompanying Measures (EU-BAM) Electrification Project funded by the European Union. The three-year electrification project was initiated on May 28, 2014, with the signing of a BZ$4.5 million grant contract involving the European Union (EU), Government of Belize (GOB), and Belize Electricity Limited (BEL).
From the tragic loss of Rickilee Mercer, Jim and Traci Curtin are on a mission to assist the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize in implementing a volunteer based emergency response system that coordinates both American and community resources to help protect human life.
“Something terrible is happening at sea,” posted Oceana Belize on their Facebook Page. They are reporting a second whale that has been found in Belizean waters. According to Boat Captain Jason Westby, it's a juvenile sperm whale which he found lifeless and floating near the Silk Cayes. Oceana Belize urges that an investigation needs to be launched to determine why these whales are dying.
The San Pedro Turtles Rugby Football Club hosted its first rugby game in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye this past weekend on Saturday, August 25, 2017. It was the first of its kind on the island and the team was very excited to host and compete against the Kings Park Scorpions Rugby Football Club of Belize City. Adrian Ryan, alongside Simon Gulak, have been coaching the San Pedro Turtles on the island since forming the team a couple months ago. They have been training several times a week at the Louise Sylvestre Sports Complex on Angel Coral Street.
San Pedro Police have cracked down on latest murder case on Ambergris Caye as the department has boosted personal on the island, including the presence of the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU).
David and Anke Doehm appeared in Belize City Court this morning, August 24, 2017, on charges of Cruelty to a Child in connection to the death of Faye Lin Cannon. The court hearing was scheduled to be held in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, but moved to Belize City this week.
The Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, presented scholarship awards to four full-time Belizean students during a brief ceremony on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at the BTB’s headquarters in Belize City.
Belize was the guest country at the 21st Afro-Caribbean Festival in Veraruz, Mexico, held from August 10-12, 2017. The event was hosted by the Government of the State of Veracruz, through their Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the Veracruzan Institute of Culture. The importance of the festival is to acknowledge Africanism as a part of the Mexican culture. The event was organized by Belize Honorary Consul in Veracruz Ms. Sandra Vasquez.