Margaritaville Holdings, the global lifestyle brand synonymous with fun and escapism, announced on Thursday, February 7, 2019, a new condo resort on Ambergris Caye, Belize's largest island. Opening in 2020, Margaritaville Resort Belize is located on the unspoiled northern end of the island and within the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overlooking the azure waters of the Caribbean, the resort will be comprised of 71 residences, two pools, signature Margaritaville food and beverage concepts and more.
Did you know that Belize has the longest continuous barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere? It’s 185 miles (298km) long!! No wonder thousands of divers splash into these warm, clear waters every year. Here’s what Divers Alert Network - (DAN) is doing to help these divers stay safe:
Belmopan. February 4, 2019. The Elections and Boundaries Department informs that contrary to false information being circulated in the public, the Department is working diligently to process Voters’ Identification Cards for issuance to all qualified electors. Electors in the rural communities are notified to expect scheduled visits for the issuance of the cards in their area. Processing of the cards is taking longer than anticipated; however, the Department is committed to completing the processing of all cards well in advance of the Referendum date.
Belmopan. February 4th, 2019 – UNDP Belize and the Ministry of Health signed a new agreement to Build Resilience Through Innovation and National Accountability for the HIV and TB Response in Belize. This agreement signifies a further strengthening of the partnership between UNDP and Ministry of Health. UNDP is the Principal Recipient of a Global Fund Grant from January 2019- December 2021.
*A new Inter-American Development Bank study from the series - The future of work in Latin America and the Caribbean estimates that Belize will need 9,000 teachers, 1,000 doctors and 2,000 nurses by the year 2040. *The study also highlights that jobs in education and health are good quality jobs, especially for women.
The Citizens on Patrol Program, COPS, is an initiative by the Belize Police Department designed to enhance community participation and foster better communities. San Pedro, Ambergris Caye finally has a group of citizens who have volunteered their time to make our little island a safer place and on Thursday, January 31, 2019, The Belize Police Department celebrated its 10th Graduation of Citizens on Patrol.
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Makes Courtesy Visit to Prime Minister Barrow Belize City. January 30, 2019. Vicente Fox, Mexico’s 55th president, was in Belize on a personal trip. The former president and businessman paid a courtesy visit to the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow during his short stay. Mr. Fox was accompanied by friends - businessmen who expressed interest in investing in Belize. Fox visited several sites in Belize City, and this afternoon, departed the country.
Belmopan. January 28, 2019. The Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development is pleased to announce that on Thursday, January 24, 2019, Belize exported five containers of crude soybean oil to Jamaica, making this the first ever shipment of soybean oil to the region.
Cancer is a disease that has been plaguing many islanders and the latest victim of this disease is Miss San Pedro Chelsea Muñoz. At just 20 years of age, Chelsea is currently battling Hodgkins Lymphoma and the community of San Pedro is coming together to help her in covering medical bills.
Ricklee’s Response Rescue Team is actively working on the island to help in any situation possible and with their new emergency support van they were quick to assist on Sunday, January 27, 2019 when two boats collided by the Coast Guard base on the West side of Ambergris Caye. According to reports, Triple R Response was called in by the Belize Coast Guard and the RRR Evacuation Team led by Billy Leslie quickly responded to the emergency call. Information revealed that one gentleman had fallen into the water and was struck by his own boat’s propeller sustain severe injuries.
As part of its ongoing efforts to develop destinations and promote the attractions and historical areas of the various tourism regions of Belize, the BTB on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, joined key industry stakeholders in launching the Orange Walk Heritage Trail Project during a brief ceremony at the Banquitas House of Culture in Orange Walk Town.
Belize City, Belize, January 23, 2019 – The Belize Brewing Company is kicking off 2019 with a new advertising campaign for its flagship brand, Belikin, titled “Onli Eena Belize”. The striking new campaign highlights the diversity and lifestyles found only in Belize and features different Belizeans whose life experiences demonstrate what makes the country one-of-a-kind.
Lately our country is seeing an alarming up rise of missing teens, it is almost on a weekly basis that the police department is sharing “missing persons” bulletins with the media. Thankfully most of them if not all are found and safely returned home. The Ministry of Education of Belize sent out a memorandum to all general and local managers, principals of government primary and secondary schools, principals of gran-aided primary schools and secondary schools addressing the sending of students home during school hours for the safety of all.
In its meeting on Tuesday, January 22, the Cabinet unanimously reaffirmed its position that a ‘Yes’ vote in the April 10th Referendum in support of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) option is the right decision for Belize to rid itself forever of the unfounded Guatemalan claim. In May 2018, it was announced that the official position of the Cabinet was that a ‘Yes’ vote ought to be recommended to the people of Belize without prejudice to individual members of Cabinet reserving their right to disagree.
Belize City, January 21st 2019. - The Department of Youth Services under the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture announces the appointment of Mr. Kris Miller as the second of two CARICOM Youth Ambassadors to represent Belize.
On Thursday, January 17, 2019, H.E. Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize, met his counterpart H.E. Maximiliano Reyes Zuñiga, Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of Mexico (SRE) to discuss various issues, including trade and Belize’s relations with Guatemala.
It is our distinct pleasure to endorse and introduce Ambergris Today’s Person of the Year 2018. After reviewing all the notes of nominations, we zeroed in on our youngest awardee, 15-year-old Nayobie Rivero whom we are convinced is very deserving of this prestigious award.
On Friday, January 18, 2019, Minister Manuel Heredia and Mr. Yorham Shostari of Royal Caribbean Resort officially launched a Carpentry and Mechanical Internship program. Lee-el Shostari, daughter of Mr. Yorham Shostari officially introduced the program. She stated that they have been working on this idea for over a year now and it’s a way for them to give back to the community. Royal Caribbean Resort will be offering two (2) internships in carpentry and (2) two internships in mechanical work. The length of these internships will be of four months.
On Thursday, January 17, 2019, Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Hon Edmond Castro, received on behalf of NEMO a donation of equipment from the Belize Red Cross to assist in disaster preparation and response. Making the donation on behalf of the Belize Red Cross was its Director General, Lily Bowman. The donation valued at over $20 Thousand includes a Drone, Portable Open Street Map Server and Open Data Kit, all used for data collection in Community Development & Resilience, Accountability & Transparency in Disaster Relief Operations.
Children’s safety is the number one priority for parents. With so much missing teens and persons in the country and so much other things happening, keeping our children safe is very important. With this in mind a group of friend came together and bought security cameras and on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the first set of security cameras were donated to two schools on the island.