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Norwegian Cruise Line presents bz$100,000 donation to Belize Red Cross Society for Hurricane Earl relief
Norwegian Cruise Line has presented a donation of BZ$100,000 (US$50,000) to assist the people of Belize in the recovery efforts after Hurricane Earl’s impact on the country last month. On Friday, August 19, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Senior Vice President of Destination & Strategic Development, Colin Murphy (above left), presented the donation to Lily Bowman, Director General of Belize Red Cross Society (above right).
“Thank you to Norwegian Cruise Line for their generous donation to the people of Belize in this time of hardship after Hurricane Earl’s visit,” said Lily Bowman, Director General of Belize Red Cross Society. “This generous donation will allow the Belize Red Cross to assist at least 170 more families, to address what they perceive to be their highest priority need, with dignity.”
BTB 2016 Scholarship Recipients
The Belize Tourism Board awarded five (5) scholarships to students venturing into the Tourism field of studies. Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., presented each student with their scholarship package.
Two Associate Degree scholarships were awarded. The recipients were Clarita Ack, of Toledo Community College, and Ahkeem O’Brien, of St. John’s College. Both students received a two-year tuition scholarship for a Tourism Program at one of the Junior Colleges in Belize.
CCRIF makes US$260,000 payout to Belize for rains associated with Hurricane Earl
On August 18, CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) made a payout of US$261,073 to the Government of Belize under its excess rainfall insurance policy, as a result of heavy rains that affected the country on August 4 & 5 during Hurricane Earl. CCRIF’s prompt payment to the Government demonstrated its commitment to provide policy payouts within two weeks after a qualifying hazard event. The National Emergency Management Organization reported that the rains caused widespread flooding, resulting in damage to homes and businesses, interruptions of water and electricity services and losses to the tourism and agriculture industries.
Misc Belizean Sources
Monthly Weather Summary, July 2016
Six, mostly weak, tropical waves crossed the country during the month of July 2016, and rainfall was below average, except over the extreme south. Some stations in the north received only one third of their normal rain for the month, while Punta Gorda received about one quarter more than normal.
The month started with a few showers and thunderstorms over southern districts, which became isolated the next day as moisture levels decreased over our area. A moderate easterly surface flow prevailed along with a neutral upper level pattern. A weak tropical wave then supported a few light showers and isolated thunderstorms over most areas on the 3rd, then mainly over northern districts on the 4th. The next two days were generally fair, with a few showers and thunderstorms continuing over the south, especially at night, as moisture levels remained high over the south, and the upper pattern being weakly divergent with an anticyclone to the east.
Miss Dangriga wins Queen of the Bay 2016-17!!
Southwest Airlines sale on Belize Tickets
Get it while it's hot, peeps!!! And while we are in the mood to promote great fares to Belize, our friends from Southwest Airlines have a sale on tickets from Houston to Belize right now. Starting at $274.00 Roundtrip all in. For itineraries from now until December.
Queen Of The West 2016
Congratulations, Shameka Armstrong! She's the new Queen of the West. Jem Lyons was 1st runner up. It was held on August 20th at the Sacred Heart College auditorium. More pictures here.
"On August 20th 2016, the pageant of 'The Queen Of The West 2016 - 2017' was held. The Mayor and The San Ignacio & Santa Elena Town Council would like to thank everyone who made this possilbe! Hon. Rene Montero, Hon Omar Figueroa, Mr. Emer Hernandez, Thirsty Thursday, Mr. Orlando Montero, Cahal Pech Resort, Sacerd Heart College, Mayan Prince Restaurant, Hode's Place, Chaa Creek Resort."
Run for Vision Fun Run
The Run for Vision, a fundraising run to raise proceeds for eye tests and glasses for kids, is next Saturday in Belmopan.
"Run For Vision & Boot Camp! Come run for a good cause!"
Ocelot caught on camera in the Chiquibul
Photo from PhD student,
Lauren N. Watine, and the Program for Tropical Ecology and Conservation
Science (PTECS). PTECS is a joint venture between the University of
Tennessee, Knoxville, and the University of Florida.
We want to give a big shout-out to Albert!
Albert sells coconut water in Belize City in front of Rainbow Heights on the Philip Goldson Hwy, close to Bennys. Like most coconut water sellers, Albert doesn't use much of the meat from the coconut after harvesting the water, so he has been donating his "used" coconuts to BBR. Thanks to Gordon Kirkwood for setting this up and transporting the nuts to BBR. In just two trips we have already salvaged nearly 100lbs of coconut meat to be fed to the birds! Everyone wins!
So if you get thirsty for fresh coconut water please go support Albert, he's a wonderful man, and by supporting his business you are also supporting us.
If you are in Belize and have fresh produce going to waste please contact us! The birds aren't too picky, they're just happy to have fruits and veggies.
War rhetoric criminals
Always, the big boys in this game, which are the United States of America and the Organization of American States (OAS), feel the need to pamper and coddle the military/industrial complex which has ruled the republic of Guatemala since 1954. We say this because, most recently, the rulers of Guatemala should have been condemned, based on the findings of the OAS inquiry into the April 20 Julio Rene Alvarado Ruano incident, with the same level of regional alarm which Jimmy Morales, the President of Guatemala, dramatically raised on the afternoon of Thursday, April 21, 2016.
Passionately condemning the “cowardly” violence of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) which he blamed for the shooting death of the Guatemalan teenager, Julio Rene Alvarado Ruano, on that Thursday afternoon of April 21 Jimmy Morales announced on national television, an announcement which received widespread regional publicity, that he was bringing his troops to the republic’s western and southern borders with Belize, and in so doing Morales was threatening the peace-loving people of Belize with a military invasion.
Eight new Bills passed in House of Representatives
The Government of Belize this week passed eight new Bills, at a special sitting of the House of Representatives.
The Government pushed the bills through all three of the required readings and House Committee discussions and debates, in a single session lasting around five hours.
Those bills included the: Treasury Bills (Amendment) (No.2) Bill, 2016; General Revenue Supplementary Appropriation (2015/2016) (No. 5) Bill, 2016; Money Lenders (Amendment) Bill, 2016; National Payment System Bill, 2016; Domestic Banks and Financial Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2016; Electronic Transactions (Amendment) Bill; and the Food and Drugs (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The Government managed to pass the bills without much rebuttal or debate from the opposition, People’s United Party, because they walked out towards the end of the sitting and did not return.
GOB comments on independent investigation report on Chiquibul shooting
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, said this week that he is not seeking an apology from the Government of Guatemala for its erroneous statements about Belize and its security forces.
Elrington explained this week that since the results of the independent investigation commissioned by the Organization of American States (OAS) has proven that Belize was not in the wrong for the April shooting of a Guatemalan minor, he is only concerned about returning relations with Guatemala back to normal.
“People say bad things about me all the time and I forgive them,” Elrington said.
He added that if Prime Minister Dean Barrow gives the directive for him to seek an apology for the statements, then he will comply and communicate the request to the Guatemalans; however, his personal view is that he would not seek the apology of his own volition.
Breaking Belize News
Early Morning Murder in Orange Walk Town
BBN Staff: Reports reaching our newsroom are that a man was gunned down just after 5 this morning in Orange Walk Town. The victim has been identified as Kevin Flowers and he was murdered in front of his residence on Smith Sonia Street. According to reports, neighbors […]
No sign of repairs yet of low lying wooden bridge in San Ignacio
It’s been 3 weeks now since the Ministry of Works confirmed that the low lying wooden bridge, which connects San Ignacio and Santa Elena, sustained damages from the flooding associated with Hurricane Earl. Immediately after the hurricane, the Ministry of Works had estimated a […]
P.U.P. Politicians Say Government Was Trying to Silence Discussion of Immigration Reports; Prime Minister Avoids Media Comment After House Exit
Friday’s historic – for the wrong reasons – events concluded with a charged media interview with dismissed Cayo South representative Julius Espat and his party leader, John Briceno. Moments later, flanked by a massive security detail, PM Barrow would exit the building. The shouting […]
Is Governor Ysaguirre of the Central Bank gone?
In an interview with the media, including BBN, after the house meeting was suspended yesterday, Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceno, informed that Glenford Ysaguirre was fired as the Governor of the Central Bank. Briceno claimed the Governor was fired for revealing that ‘the Emperor has no clothes” as he made reference to the damning letter written on July 22nd 2016 by Ysaguirre. In that letter, the Governor warned the Financial Secretary, Joseph Waight, that the Central Bank was unable to facilitate a request by the Ashcroft Alliance to pay $70 million more in US currency for the BTL settlement agreement without jeopardizing the 2:1 exchange rate peg for the Belize dollar. Ysaguirre also made reference to the dire state of Belize’s public finances, the critically low level of foreign exchange reserves, the significant fall in export earnings and the current shrinking of the real economy.
Over half of Britons want Prince William to be King of England instead of Prince Charles
More than half of Britons want Prince William to be the next King of England instead of Prince Charles. According to a recent poll, 54 per cent want the accession to skip a generation when the Queen passes away, with Prince William taking the throne in place of his father.
Even more women favour the 34-year-old to become the next monarch, with 60 per cent of women backing William, compared with 47 per cent of men.
The poll by Opinium research found that a mere 25 per cent could see the Prince of Wales, who will succeed the Queen, as the future king.
The question of whether the British monarchy should continue was also considered, but with two-thirds of people polled wanting to preserve the institution, the Queen and her successor have nothing to worry about.
Secretary General of the OAS Special Representative, Magdalena Talamas, 6min. Press Briefing on the independent investigation on the shooting of the Guatemalan minor Julio Rene Alvarado.
Mayan Cosmology - Day 5, 1.5min.
Mayan Cosmology - Day 6, 1.5min.
Mayan Cosmology - Day 7, 2min.
Chicken Drop at Wahoo's Lounge in San Pedro, Belize, 2min. Thursday night chicken drop at Wahoo's Lounge in San Pedro, Belize.
Las Terrazas Resort - Ambergris Caye, Belize - June 2016, 22min. Las Terrazas Resort Ambergris Caye, Belize June 2016 5 Year Anniversary Trip.
Aerial Silks San pedro Belize, 3min.
FIRST COMMUNITY ANTIOCH BAPTIST CHURCH 2016 MISSIONARY TRIP TO BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, 6min. Pastor and Mrs. Ferdinand Gaines, Jr., and Pastor and Mrs. James Darby of Houston, Texas along with members and friends of both congregation traveled to Belize City, Belize from August 9 to August 14, 2016 on a Missionary trip to bring the Word of God and to work with the people of Hattieville Baptist Church, where Rev. Mark Sommerville is the pastor.
Trip to Belize | Vlog 3: Tubing | Itze De Jesus, 6min.
Living To The Dead End - Belize - Cross Continental Motorcycle Adventure, 11min. Living To The Dead End – Belize
Days 72-82 of a 276 solo cross continental moto trip
Belize signals the start of the Central American leg of the journey as I continue my way south towards the end of the road in Panama. Jungles, caves, friendly faces, new friends and, of course, more nudity! Come along as I spend 10 unforgettable days exploring Belize on the back of motorbike.
Belize It, 3min. Contiue to follow the journey of GGG girls as we take Belize and see the world beyond our backyards!
Tranquility Bay Belize HD, 5min.
REAL UFO LAUNCH BLUE HOLE BELIZE 2017, 42min.
Beautiful Belize - 5 weeks in 20 minutes, 14min.
My Trip to Belize Bird Rescue, 8min.