Today's Belize News: December 2, 2018

Posted By: Marty

Today's Belize News: December 2, 2018 - 12/02/18 12:45 PM


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The San Pedro Sun

SP BTIA and SPTC commit to a cleaner San Pedro
Following the San Pedro Belize Tourism Industry Association’s (SP BTIA) Big Garbage Clean-up campaign on November 9th through the 12th, SP BTIA Chairwoman Tamara Sniffin and SP BTIA member Karen Brodie met with Mayor Daniel Guerrero. On Wednesday, November 21st, the trio reviewed the success of the clean-up campaign and discussed plans for better trash management on the island. The SP BTIA team also appealed for a solid commitment from Mayor Guerrero and San Pedro Town Board in addressing the situation. In the meeting, SP BTIA mentioned that during the four-day clean-up campaign illegally disposed of trash was easily identifiable as to its origin. It became apparent that many businesses on the island are hiring individuals with trucks to dispose of their garbage, but the trash never makes it to the Transfer Station.

Cabinet approves Belize’s First National Trade Policy
On Wednesday, November 27th, members of the Cabinet approved Belize’s first National Trade Policy. The Policy is an outcome of the July 2016 National Trade Policy Framework, which has been developed following an extensive nationwide stakeholder consultation process. Coordinated by the Directorate General for Foreign Trade (DGFT) in the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, the Policy has been developed with technical assistance form the Commonwealth Secretariat under its flagship program the Hub and Spokes Program, aimed at Enhancing Trade Capacity Development in the African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (ACP). Through this program, Belize has benefited from the expertise of a Trade Advisor who provided integral support throughout the process of developing the Policy.

ACCSD lobbies stakeholders for support against Cayo Rosario Development
The Board of Directors for the Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development (ACCSD) held an informative luncheon on Tuesday, November 27th for key tourism and business stakeholders on the island. Hosted by Matachica Resort, more than a dozen individuals were updated on the progress ACCSD is making in preventing the controversial development of Cayo Rosario located within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. First to speak was ACCSD Board member and President of the San Pedro Tour Guide Association Billy Leslie, who reviewed the history of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the part ACCSD played in expanding the reserve in 2015. “We saw that this area on the leeward side of the island, the shoals, the mangrove islands, and bajos were essential to the health of the Hol Chan ecosystem and an important area for the fly-fishing industry. We worked closely with other agencies on the island along with local and national government to make it happen. Our goal was to prevent unsustainable developments like the one approved for Cayo Rosario from ever happening.

Taiwan helps Belize digitize Motor Vehicles License and registration system
The laid-back and tranquil lifestyle of Sanpedranos has changed over the years, as the occasional electric golf cart has given way to an increasing number of gas-powered vehicles, particularly larger vehicles such as sedans, taxi vans, and trucks have been imported on to the island. Despite the flag-stone paving of the principal streets, San Pedro now suffers many of the traffic ills which plague other urban areas, including traffic jams. Regulating this new traffic environment will become easier as Belizeans can now more easily register and license their motor vehicles through a new digital computerized system, which the Government of Belize began implementing with the technical support and financial assistance of the Government of the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan in June 2017.

Misc Belizean Sources


An Active and Destructive 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Ends
Despite pre-season predictions of an average to below-average year, the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season was above average by most measures, with two U.S. hurricanes—Florence and Michael—causing unusually high death tolls and catastrophic damage in excess of $10 billion each. The 2018 tally of activity in the Atlantic was 15 named storms, 8 hurricanes, 2 intense hurricanes, and an Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) index of 129. The 1981 – 2010 seasonal averages were 12.1 named storms, 6.4 hurricanes, 2.8 intense hurricanes, and an ACE of 105.6. The 15 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and ACE index of 129 this year puts 2018 in the upper third for all of these quantities since the satellite era began in 1970. The amount of activity in 2018 stands in stark contrast to seasonal forecasts that had called for a near- or below-average season. As explained in a analysis, this was due in part to two factors: the absence of anticipated El Niño conditions, and a significant warming of the tropical Atlantic in September, near the peak of the season. A record number of subtropical storms also pushed up the total number of named storms.

The Blue Hole Natural Monument will be closed as of 10:30 am today, December 2nd, 2018
The Belize Audubon Society would like to inform all stakeholders that the Blue Hole Natural Monument will be dosed as of 10:30 am on Sunday, December 2^' 2018 for the remainder of the day. This has become necessary to facilitate the international event of Discovery Channel's into the Blue" Blue Hole Expedition. We request the cooperation of the general public to practice restraint and civic responsibility; loitering in or around the Blue Hole Natural Monument will also be prohibited. Belize Audubon Society rangers will be present on-site to monitor the activity of the Blue Hole Natural Monument in preparation for the Blue Hole Expedition. We encourage the public to participate as viewers during the live broadcast of Discovery Channel's into the Blue" Blue Hole Expedition by tuning in to their television stream, as well as a live stream on Discovery's Facebook page. For updates and more, contact us through Belize Audubon Society's Facebook page.

Sir Richard Branson and his team meet with the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow
Before they go exploring Belize's Blue Hole, Sir Richard Branson and his team made a courtesy call on the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow. The expedition will be broadcast live on Discovery Channel on Dec. 2 starting at 1 p.m. Local Channel 69 San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in San Pedro
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Cayo Arts Festival Opening Night
The 2018 Cayo Art Festival is next Saturday, December 8th, at Falcon Field, and on Friday, the SISE House of Culture will have some opening night festivities, and will launch the associated art exhibit. Everyone is invitied to come and see some amazing art from local artists. "INVITING ONE AND ALL TO CAYO ART FESTIVAL EXHIBIT OPENING NIGHT ON THE 7TH DECEMBER, COMENCING AT 7:00PM.!!!!"

The U.S. Embassy is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for Guard Supervisor. The U.S. Mission in Belmopan provides equal employment opportunity and fair and equitable treatment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation

Peters Bram Night
The Peters Bram Night is the opening night of the Brukdong Creole Festival.This opening night is to honor Mr. Peters and his contribution to the Brukdong music in Belize. The event beginnings at 7:00pm at Sector 51 in Tourist Village, Belize City. There will be delicious Creole food, featuring: rice and beans with pork knuckle, seafood serre and various curry dishes. The entertainment will start with a colorful Sambai drumming and Fire Dance. Next, fantastic Brukdong music from the Peters Band and amazing Terry di Brukdong gyal and her Creole dancers and band. COME PREPARED TO DANCE!

San Pedro Tourist Guide Association Stakeholders meeting ( all guides )
Tuesday December 4th 2018 6.30pm at SPHS conference room!!! Interesting topics all are invited !!! Tourguides, Touroperators , and sales personnel!!

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Traffic accident on the Philip Goldson Highway
BBN has received confirmed reports about a traffic accident that happened on the Philip Goldson Highway a short while ago. At the moment, we are unable to confirm if the accident is fatal, however, a source informed our newsroom that the victims have been rushed to the hospital.

Blue Hole Natural Monument closes tomorrow to the general public
The Belize Audubon Society issued a statement today informing all stakeholders that the Blue Hole Natural Monument will be closed as of 10:30 am on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 for the remainder of the day. According to the statement, this has become necessary to facilitate the international event of Discovery Channel’s “Into the Blue” Blue Hole Expedition.

New Mexican President takes office
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, 65, takes office as the new Mexican president today after winning that country’s election in July of this year. Obrador enters office with control of both houses of the Mexican Congress.

Orange Walk man feared dead found alive
An Orange Walk man who had gone missing was feared dead after an unidentified dead body was found in the New River in Orange Walk on Wednesday, however, he was found alive. Nerry Montenegro, 42, from August Pine Ridge village had not been seen by his family for four days and was reported missing by his mother on Tuesday.

Body found in New River still unidentified
The body of a man found floating in the New River in Orange Walk on Wednesday remains unidentified as police have been unable to positively identify the badly decomposed body. The body was apparently eaten by crocodiles and was found without both of its arms. Police say the face was severely disfigured.


  • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in San Pedro, 60min.

  • Dancing the Christmas Punta!, 3min. San Pedro Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony

  • The Belizean version of the 12 Days of Christmas! The best!, 1min.

  • Holiday program in full swing on La Isla Bonita!, 2.5min.

  • The Reindeer Hokey Pokey!, 2min.

  • The holiday season is off to a start!, 1min.


  • Snorkeling in Belize, 5min.

  • Caye Caulker Sunset Belize 2018, 5min.

  • iguana eating leaves in Belize, 1/2min.

  • Belize 2018, 12min. Marti and I went to Belize on an Aggressor boat. Fantastic week of scuba diving.

  • Belize Nov 2018, 17min.

  • San Pedro, Belize — “La Isla Bonita”, 4min.

  • Message from Mrs.Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children, 2min. Today let's all unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS. We need to remind ourselves that this disease has not gone away and it is still affecting thousands. There is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight discrimination and stigma, and improve education sorrounding the disease.
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