Today's Belize News: August 2, 2015 - 08/02/15 11:17 AM
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, West Vision (Cayo) and CTV 3
Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, Rise and Shine Morning Show, and the Dickie Bradley Specials
Copa Airlines Launches Airline Service to Belize
On Wednesday July 29th, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), in collaboration with the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. held a press conference, which officially announced the launch of Copa Airline services to Belize’s Phillip S.W Goldson International Airport. BTB’s Director of Tourism Karen Bevans opened the conference which was held at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel. Among those present were Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. Manuel Heredia, official Copa representatives, a host of tourism industry stakeholders and invited press. With the official launch of services commencing in Belize in December 2015, Copa will now be operating in 75 cities and 31 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
Island Pets at risk of Canine parvovirus
San Pedro may be facing a potential Canine parvovirus (parvo) outbreak. According to the San Pedro Animal Hospital (SPAH), there has been an escalating number of positive parvo cases over the past six weeks. Parvo is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life threatening illness in puppies and dogs. While SPAH cannot identify the cause of the increase in number of infections, it believes that the virus has come to the island through the increasing number of puppies being brought over from the mainland. Not only is the disease life-threatening, but it is also very contagious, and if kept unchecked, can spread across the island, endangering the lives of many pets. “It is hard to say why there is a sudden outbreak of this disease, but we believe that the high number of cases is coming from infected puppies being brought from the mainland. These puppies that people buy are not properly screened before being brought to the island and can carry disease that is not common here. As the number increases, Parvovirus is likely spreading between the dogs and puppies on the island,” said Droke.
San Pedro Town Library hosts Summer Reading Camp
The San Pedro Town Library started their annual Reading Camp on Monday, July 27th. The camp will run for two weeks culminating on Friday, August 7th. Each week, the camp sees a different group of children involved in various activities with the assistance of volunteer teacher students from the University of North Carolina, USA. According to Senior Library Assistant Brianne Leiva, the reading program targets children between the ages of five to eight and nine to thirteen. The first week of the camp was designed for the younger students, while the older children participate in the second week. From 2PM to 4PM, children read, enjoy story-telling, and even do arts and crafts. Every day, they choose an animal that the children are familiar with, and then create reading activities around the said animal. In the first day, reading exercises were done involving a local friend of ours, the frog! The camp participants were supported by the teacher students, who took turns in leading the various activities such as arts and craft, singing, reading and story writing projects.
Misc Belizean Sources
Reina de la Costa Maya Delegates
Enjoying the 13th National Tourism Awards and the Celebration of Fifty Years of Tourism in San Pedro at the Holiday Hotel.
The delegates of La Reina de la Costa Maya had a wonderful time at Grand Caribe Belize Resort
Thank you for your hospitality!
Snap Kiss and Makeup
There's a Makeup Art Show at Cahal Pech on Sunday at 1:00pm. "Revolution Artistry is having its Official Makeup Art Show First ever event 3 in 1show August 2nd at the Cahal Pech Resort At 1pm. SNAP KISS & MAKEUP SHOW is a 3 in 1 show the first segment will be a Makeup Art show which has 5 different type of makeup looks will be displayed..."
Belmopan turns 45 years old
Belmopan – the nation’s capital, turned 45 years-old on Saturday. The “new” capital, or Garden City, as it is called, came about after Hurricane Hattie in 1961 destroyed 75 percent of the wooden houses and businesses in Belize City. Belmopan now has a population of over 20,000 – the smallest capital city in the continental Americas by population, It is the third-largest settlement in Belize, after Belize City and San Ignacio. It was founded in 1970, and is one of the newest national capital cities in the world. Since 2000, Belmopan has been one of two settlements in Belize to hold official city status, along with Belize City. It is located just east of the Belize River, 50 miles inland from Belize, in the Cayo District and has an altitude of 249 feet above sea level. The government was moved to Belmopan in 1970. Its National Assembly Building is designed to resemble a Pre-Columbian Maya temple.
BDF sergeant hurt in traffic accident
A traffic accident last night on the Phillip Goldson Highway resulted in a Belize Defense Force Sergeant being badly injured and hospitalized at the KHMH. According to reports reaching our news room, Sergeant Shawn Garbutt, who is attached to the Training Company, Service and Support Battalion, was driving a Mahindra […]
Independent survey launched
An independent, private and non-profit consultancy group, called Belize Independent Development Research Group (BIDRG), has released a survey it operates and designed to check the vibrancy of the Belizean electorate for the next few months. This survey was released at this time since we are quickly approaching what is considered […]
US continues to assist Belize in fighting Medfly
Earlier this week a team of agriculture specialists visited Cancun, Mexico, for the second annual meeting of the Multilateral Fruit Fly Commission. Ministry of Agriculture CEO Jose Alpuche; Emir Cruz, Managing Director of BAHA; and Hernan Zetina, National Medfly Coordinator, witnessed the reneweal of signatures of the Fruit Fly Control […]
Police still searching for First Caribbean robbers
An early morning robbery of First Caribbean Bank in Belize City yesterday, July 31, has left police trying to piece together clues and looking through security camera footage in an attempt to identify the culprits who executed this bold criminal act. According to Police Superintendent Linden Flowers, who is responsible […]
Tourism partners say Belize continues to succeed in 50th year
SAN PEDRO TOWN – With 9% growth in the overnight sector and 62% in the cruise tourism sector, a temporary slowdown in overnight arrivals in the first half of 2015 is not enough to dent the confidence of Belize’s tourism partners and stakeholders. The Annual Tourism Industry Presentation, […]
Search continues for 9 year old now missing for 13 hours
More than 13 hours have elapsed that a nine year old child from Hokeb Ha Cave of Blue Creek Village in the Toledo District, has been reported missing. A search and rescue team has been deployed to the area and are working tirelessly in search for the 9 year old. […]
Santa Elena man charged for consensual intercourse with minor
A 23 year old Santa Elena man has been arrested and charged for having sexual intercourse with his 15 year old girlfriend on two occasions, most recently just two days ago on July 30, 2015. The minor, who described her relationship with the 23 year old as being intimate, was […]
BTB hosts Tourism Industry Conference 2015 in San Pedro
50 years after the start of tourism in Belize, the home of Belizean tourism, San Pedro Town, is hosting the Annual Tourism Industry Conference, now expanded from the standard presentation of previous years. A group of industry professionals will be discussing service excellence and tourism digital marketing with participants. Our […]
What's hot, what's not in the Caribbean
So, today's travel article is especially for all of you who come into Monroe Travel Service and say, " Give me a beach, not just any beach, but the best the Caribbean has to offer." Of course, I have my favorite five list from the gazillion resorts in the Caribbean, but, since our first wave of travelers have just returned, I thought it might be nice to give you their thoughts about what's hot and what's not this summer. Who knows? Perhaps if we do the heavy lifting — you know, tell you which beaches and resorts are stand outs — you will envision yourself sipping a tall mojito on the beaches of one of these sizzling Caribbean hot spots in the near future, too! "Off the grid at CAYO ESPANTO and loving it. We only have to ask to get anything we want! Yesterday the chef made us a lobster lunch that we ate under a coconut tree. Beach is small, but the view from the dock or our plunge pool is so amazing it does not matter. Best part is what's beneath the water: the Belize Barrier Reef system blows your mind. Suppose you know it is the longest barrier reef in the western hemisphere. An amazing laid back and quiet getaway — only 18 guests can be here. I understand you can rent the entire island for $14,000 a night! Must remember to ask my butler (or houseman) if that really ever happens!"