Today's Belize News: June 7, 2019 - 06/07/19 12:55 PM
Last night's TV news on Channel 7, Channel 5, LOVETV, PGTV, and CTV 3. Also with the most recent Open Your Eyes, and other specials
Guatemalan Gold Panner Arrested in the Chiquibul National Park
On the evening of Friday, 31st May 2019, Conservation Rangers and Special Constables operating in the Ceibo Chico area of the Chiquibul National Park, 7.5 kilometers inside Belize, intercepted three Guatemalan gold panners two of whom escaped into the jungle. The third was caught in time but a struggle ensued between him and a Special Constable where he had to be subdued by hand before being arrested for illegal entry into the Chiquibul National Park.
Parents encouraged to sign up children for the Coral Reef Ed-Ventures Summer Camp
From Monday, June 24th to Friday, July 12th, island students will have the opportunity to participate in one of the longest running summer programs in San Pedro Town. Celebrating its 20th year, the Coral Reef Ed-Ventures Summer Camp is aimed at promoting the conservation of the Belize Barrier Reef System by teaching children on the importance of coral and marine ecosystems. The summer program is hosted through a partnership between students from Smith College in Massachusetts, USA, and Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
New information indicates Eco-resort on Blackadore Caye to open by 2020
Most recent news has indicated plans for the opening of the multimillion dollar eco-friendly resort development at Blackadore Caye set for 2020. Blackadore Caye, which is owned by Oscar-winning actor Leonadro DiCaprio, is located west of Ambergris Caye and was at the center of controversy from environmentalists after plans emerged of its potential development. Originally the resort was expected to open in 2018 and was being developed by Paul Scialla, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Delos Developments, however following the approval of their Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in March of 2016, further news on the development went cold.
San Pedro Sun reporter Dion Vansen participates in IVLP program for journalists
With the aim to gain more knowledge in the field of journalism, The San Pedro Sun’s senior staff report Dion Vansen is currently in the capital city of the United States of America, Washington D.C. participating in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)- Edward R. Murrow program for Journalists. The program titled ‘New and Traditional Media in the Digital Age,’ covers journalism in the USA, disinformation, investigative reporting and exploring the impact of digital and social media on the availability and veracity of news among other topics.
Belize Medical Associates To Open Clinic This Month!
Belize Medical Associates, Belize’s premier, private medical hospital and clinic announced that it will be opening its Poly Clinic in San Pedro on June 17, 2019. It opens June 17th with weekday hours 8 to 5pm, Saturday 9 to noon and closed Sundays. This is a BMA CLINIC not a hospital but they have direct access to BMA Hospital in Belize City. Dr Renae Sersland of San Pedro is the full time doctor and there will be a weekly rotation of doctors that will be posted when the clinic opens. Monday, Pediatrician, Tues, GYN, etc.
Misc Belizean Sources
SBDC Workshop: Business Plan Development
CALLING OUT ALL ENTREPRENEURS, ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS OWNERS This Workshop is for you!!! Presented by: Mr. Mark Bowman, Business Adviser, SBDCBelize, Beltraide. Location: Beltraide Conference Room, 14 Orchid Garden Street, Belmopan Workshop Date: June 13, 2019. Time: 9am to 12 noon. Cost: $30.00, Includes snacks and refreshments.
2019 Belize International Jazz Festival
The Festival's program is meant to educate, endear and encourage the Belizean public's awareness of Jazz music with a collection of locally and internationally known bands and performers to celebrate this universally cultural experience in Belize. This festival collaborates with local culture makers, small and large business enterprises, and globally renowned artists committed to social, cultural and economic well-being. The Jazz Fest is an important initiative promoting heritage preservation of our multi-cultural nation, through wholesome event and educational tourism.
CASTE WAR STORIES: CHAN SANTA CRUZ IN SAN PABLO
Pedro Marin is said to have fled to Belize from Chan Santa Cruz, Quintana Roo with his wife Paula Acosta shortly after the turn of the century. Before coming to San Pablo he lived in Corozal Town and Louisville where he worked as a laborer on sugar ranchos. Many of the mayeros who settled in the Douglas-San Pablo area during the 1920s came from sugar ranchos in the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts ( San Juan Saltillo, Louisville, and Caledonia; and Louisiana Farm, and San Lorenzo) while others had moved away from BEPC-owned villages (San Estevan, San Felipe, Libertad, and San Joaquin) get out form under company control...
Monthly Weather Summary, May 2019
Monthly weather summaries are prepared by the climate section of the National Meteorological Service (NMS) of Belize. The NMS of Belize maintains a network of over 25 weather stations that are situated primarily in the agricultural regions of the country. Temperature and rainfall are read at 9 am each morning and the rainfall total read at this time represents the accumulated rainfall for the previous day.
Guatemalan Vice Minister Visits the Ministry of Investment,
Trade and Commerce
Mr. Jairo Estrada, the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs with responsibility for Commercial Cooperation, along with his team, paid a courtesy visit to Hon. Tracy Taegar-Panton, Minister with responsibility for Investment, Trade and Commerce. The Ministers, accompanied by the Deputy Chief of Mission for Belize and Guatemala, Mr. David Vargas, discussed improving the trade relationship between the two countries by operationalizing the Administrative Commission in Guatemala. The Commission was established by both countries in order to reopen dialogue on the Partial Scope Agreement (PSA), and possible linkages between the Secretary of Economic Integration of Central American (SEICA) and the CARICOM Single Market Economy (CSME).
LIII Summit of the Heads of State and Government
of the Central American Integration System (SICA)
On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, the Heads of State and of Government of Central American countries convened in Guatemala City for the LIII Summit of the Central American Integration System (SICA). SICA leaders met to take stock of the progress of the region’s integration agenda in several areas including security, social and economic integration, climate change, and the ongoing migration challenge. The meeting was chaired by the outgoing Presidency Pro Tempore, His Excellency, President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala. The meeting highlighted the need for an urgent regional approach to the migration challenge. Heads of State and Government acknowledged the positive developments flowing from progress in economic integration among some member states and agreed the future focus should remain on enhanced trade facilitation and competitiveness measures.
Farewell to Lt Col Simon Walton
We, with CEO Enriquez, took the opportunity for an informal fond farewell to Lt Col Simon Walton and warm welcome to the new BATSUB Command Lt Col Simon Nichols MBE. The BHC / BATSUB partnership is a vital part of supporting UK/Belize relations. Good luck Simon in your next adventure!
World Blood Donors Day
Make at date June 14, 2019
Petition: Establish food standards in Belize
Whereas, Belize lacks a national food certification system that has standards for natural, organic or pesticide-free food products; and, Whereas, such lack of national standards retards development of value-added food items, both domestic and import, and diminishes consumer choice; and, Whereas, such lack of national standards jeopardizes food security and safety; Therefor, we the undersigned consumer do hereby request the Bureau of Standards begin the promulgation of standards for a national food certification system, including necessary consultations with consumer groups and the public.
Learn sketching and oil painting in Corozal!
Register now! July 1-5, Christiline Gill Primary School.
BHA Annual General Meeting
Join us on Wednesday July 3, 2019 for our Annual General Meeting, where you can hear what the Association has been doing for you for the past year and new projects for the upcoming 2019/2020 membership year. Dynamic Keynote Speaker, Mr. Manny Melendez, Field Marketing Director of TravelClick, will be discussing Revenue Management and how to make it work for you. The morning seminar, hosted by Expedia and ADARA, will focus on Data Driven marketing and new marketing strategies that can improve the way you do business. Guest Speaker Raphael Saul will inspire you on how to enhance your business approach and increase sales. Call us at 223-0669 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance.
Paradise Theater playing this weekend:
Wonder Park, Beach Bum, Captain Marvel, Detective Pikachu
How Toxic is Your Sunscreen?
A lot of sun means the need for more sunscreen, be sure that yours is as reef-friendly as possible.
Father To Court For Causing Battered Baby's Death
As we told you last night, Troy Banner has been charged with manslaughter for the death of his 8 week old son Trevane. While the infant's cruel death from multiple skull fractures and battered child syndrome has outraged many, police and the DPP's office could not find enough to charge him for anything more serious than manslaughter. Banner was arraigned this morning in Belmopan and granted bail. 7news was there and we spoke with Banner's attorney. Hurl Hamilton, after the court session:
Still No Answers For Alarice Murder
Tonight, the police special task force investigating the triple murder at Almond Hill is still looking for a plausible motive for the murder. As we've reported, 44 year old Alarice Andrewin, 39 year old Vidal Antonio Yuman Cacho, and 19 year old Maria Delfina Juarez Lucas were killed sometime between Monday and Tuesday at Andrewin's residence at mile 10 and a half on the western Highway. A post mortem conducted yesterday confirmed that Andrewin received, quote, "multiple penetrating gunshot wounds to the face."
Kyron's Slow Recovery
For almost 3 weeks now, 11 year old shooting victim Kyron Green has been hospitalized at the KHMH, critical but stable after being shot on Friday, May 17th. The standard four student at St. Luke's was shot in the face at a city Supermarket while running an errand for his mother. He was hit by a stray bullett intended for an adult target. The bullet struck one of the bones in the neck area, and it caused swelling on his spinal cord.
Mental Patient To Court For Stabbing Matron
He's accused of stabbing nurse Augustina Elijio at the Port Loyola Acute Mental Health Day Care Center, and, today, 28 year old mental patient Colin Francis Junior was charged for attempted murder, dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm. He was taken before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts Anderson who explained to him as best as she could that she will not take a plea because the offences are indictable and a plea will only be taken if the matter is sent up to the Supreme Court for trial. She also explained to him that she cannot offer him bail because of the nature of the charges. She remanded him until July 29.
New SSB Contribution Schedule Approved For June 1st.
You probably don't know it - and if you did it would keep you up at nightbut the social security fund is near a dangerous tipping point. Every year, the fund is running multi million dollar deficits - because there aren't sufficient contributions to support to burgeoning cost of pensions. And, so after getting hard won buy-in from all the social partners, including the unions and the business sector, Social security has now gotten approval from Cabinet to implement a new revised schedule of contributions - the first in decades.
The Belmopan City Council and SSB
In other Social Security news, today SSB's CEO Dr. Colin Young spoke on the case where the Belmopan City Council worker could not claim any benefits because the city council was not paying her contributions. Well, Young says the City Council has a responsibility to make those payments and based on his information the council has not paid those contributions for 13 weeks only. Young outlined the SSB's procedure in dealing with a case like this and also a message for employers and employees in general to avoid this situation.
City Snaps Back At SSB
But the council also has to have its say. We also got comment from the Belmopan City Council's City Administrator Ralston Frazer. Frazer admits they were late on payment but didn't think it should have been an issue since he says the city council and the SSB have a payment arrangement. Aside from that, Frazer spins the issue around saying that they are the ones who are owed money. Ralston Frazer- City Administrator, Belmopan City Council: "I will be the first to let you know that yes the Belmopan City council had been late in a payment or two, as it relates to the Social Security Board, but in a way that it would not and should not have affected any employee..."
"Compre" Moves Ahead With Graduation
Last night we showed you the interviews with the Belmopan Comprehensive School students. They ditched the exam rooms and stood in solidarity with teachers who were against the administration's decision to allow 17 students to graduate after failing to meet the standard requirements. Well, we went to Compre to see if we could get a comment from the principal but she declined comment.
Alcoholism: Enforcement and Excess
Last week you saw part 1 of our alcoholism feature where we took you into the life of an alcoholic and told you about what services are available to get help. Well, tonight we bring you part 2 where we delve into the element of liquor licensing laws, enforcement and how the various options of establishments that sell liquor contribute and encourage alcoholism. For some, you can walk to the nearest bar or nightclub, for others, it might be just be a 10 to 15 minute drive to a spot that sells liquor but there certainly isn't a shortage. Courtney Weatherburne has the story.
Escaped Prisoners Plead Guilty
They escaped from the Belize Central Prison last month, and, tonight, 31 year-old Rafael Mencias and 23 year-old Wilser Echeverria, are back behind bars serving out the rest of their prison sentence. They were arraigned today before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts-Anderson on the offense of escaping from lawful custody, and they wasted no time, pleaded guilty to the charge. They both asked for leniency, and they were each sentenced 1 year imprisonment, which will run concurrently to the sentences they are already serving.
Rocky Road Resident Convicted For Being In Gang
2 weeks ago, the police tested the new anti-gang legislation, when they prosecuted 4 men who pleaded guilty to being members of rival gangs in the Lake Independence area of Belize City. Well, the cops have charged 1 other man, and he too has pleaded guilty. He's 32 year-old Brian Armstrong, a stevedore of West Canal Street, and he was arraigned today in front of Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford for the offense of being a member of a criminal gang. He pled guilty, and he was sentenced to pay a find $3,500 by November 6, 2019. If he defaults on payment, he will serve 3 years in jail.
Rage On Rocky Road
Now, after he was sentenced, Armstrong said he quit the gang life about a year ago, but said police still believe he is a gang member because he lives in the neighborhood. And when he went back to that neighborhood this evening after pleading guilty - the police were right back there too - he says, looking to detain him again. They called our newsroom and we found Brian Armstrong in an explosive, emotional state:...
New BATSUB Boss
The British Army Training and Support Unit Belize (BATSUB) has a new commander. He's Lt. Colonel Simon Nichols, MBE. The British High Commission's Belmopan office posted this photograph on their Facebook page. Nichols is the man in uniform to the far left of the picture, and he takes over from Lt. Colonel Simon Walton, the outgoing commander, who you can see on the far left of the picture. They are joined by Felix Enriquez, the CEO in the Ministry of National Security and British High Commissioner Claire Evans.
The Legend and Legacy of the Black Cross Nurses
A mark of a good teacher is one who can inspire his or her students to become enthusiastic about education. And one teacher at Saint John's College got his students so excited about Caribbean History that they were able to produce a book, which they want to publish. It's a study of the Black Cross Nurses, which was founded in the 1920's, as the women's auxiliary of Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League. And like Garvey, the Black Cross Nurses were activists agitating for black empowerment and equal treatment of persons of African Descent. The Black Cross Nurses had an influence all over the Caribbean, as well as in Belize, and, a group of 2nd Form students from SJC, researched their activities in this country, back when it was still the British colony known as British Honduras.
Belize Got The Jazz
The 2019, Belize International Jazzfest launched last night with gusto at a Welcome Jam Session at the Mexican Institute,. It continues tonight with a jam session at the Radisson, a concert at the bliss and a juniors piano concert at the Gina Scott music school. Here's why you should catch one of the concerts: Concerts continue right through to Sunday.
Garifuna Collective Launches European/North American Tour in Switzerland
And while Jazzfest is playing in Belize, the country's most celebrated band has embarked on its biggest tour yet. The Garifuna Collective launched its North American and European tour tonight in Switzerland at the Afropfingsten Festival. They play in Berlin tomorrow, and continue through the summer and fall, in support of their new album, ABAN.
Farewell With The Festival
And, keeping on the music and performance theme, we leave you again tonight with more highlites of the Festival of the Arts. Again, we have highlites from Cayo and Styann Creek's kids performing last week at primary school festival of arts golden nights. Enjoy and join us back here tomorrow.
Alleged Baby Killer Arraigned on Manslaughter Charge
Tonight, twenty-eight-year-old Troy Banner stands accused of killing his own child. This morning in Belmopan, Banner was arraigned on a single charge of manslaughter for allegedly causing the death of [...]
Autopsies Reveal That Victims of Triple Homicide were Shot in the Head
This morning, autopsy results for the victims of a most heinous triple homicide were released to the media and the injuries sustained reveal that Alarice Andrewin, Vidal Yuman and Maria [...]
Chester Returns Fire at B.N.T.U. for Brusque Press Release
On Wednesday, the Belize National Teachers Union fired off a terse press release in the wake of the murders of high school principal Alarice Andrewin, Vidal Yuman and Maria Juarez. [...]
Belmopan City Council’s Comes Under Fire over S.S.B. Contributions
The Belmopan City Council is under fire tonight for failing to pay social security contributions for one of its employees. In a letter dated May thirty-first, the Social Security Board [...]
Holy Angels RC School Desperately Needs New School Building
Holy Angels RC School in Pomona, Stann Creek District, has been having a bit of a rough year. In March, health officials closed down one of its school buildings after [...]
Mental Health Patient Remanded Pending Psychiatric Evaluation
A mental health patient is arraigned and remanded to jail pending psychiatric evaluation. Collin Francis Junior appeared before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts-Anderson, charged for the attempted murder of psychiatric nurse [...]
Teen is Remanded for Armed Robbery of Sunny & Tan
A teenager has been arraigned for the armed robbery of popular Sunnyside Bakery on Racecourse Street in Belize City. “Sunny and Tan,” as it is otherwise known, was targeted by [...]
Black Cross Nurses: Analyses by S.J.C. Students
The S.J.C. History Department launched a book on the historical significance of the Black Cross Nurses in Belize. Back in 2013, the high school adopted a student-centered approach of teaching [...]
Chaa Creek: A Widely Civilized Belize Luxury Resort
Established in 1981, Chaa Creek: Belize Luxury Resort started off with a single hut. Fast forward more than three decades later; it is one of the world’s most eco-friendly resorts. [...]
President Trump’s New Policy Requires Visa Applicants to Submit Social Media Details
The U.S. Government is making major changes as it relates to its process of visa applications by foreigners. Under a new State Department policy, visa applicants to the U.S. will [...]
Romanian Ambassador Visits Belize
Earlier this week, Romanian Ambassador Daniela Gitman visited Belize and met with the Prime Minister and other government officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education. The visit was [...]
2019 Belize International Jazz Festival Commences with a Bang
The 2019 Belize International Jazz Festival started on Wednesday night with a bang as the Mexican Institute in Belize City was the venue for a jam session featuring Belizean and [...]
Call for Entries for the 2019 National Song Competition
Call for entries for the annual September Celebrations Theme, as well as the National Song Competition, are opened and the folks over at the National Institute of Culture and History [...]
September Celebrations Committee Looking for 2019 Theme
Meanwhile the deadline for the submission for the September celebrations theme is July twenty-first. All Belizeans, even those living overseas, have an opportunity to submit a theme – something dear [...]
Garifuna Collective Kicks off 2019 Tour
The Garifuna Collective has kicked off its 2019 tour of Europe and North America ahead of the release their new album, Aban, which in Garifuna means one. After years of [...]
Healthy Living: Donate Blood
You’ve seen countless calls in this very same newscast. You’ve seen a multitude of messages online. It’s a recurrent request that not enough people oblige. It’s a call for blood. [...]
Violent Brawl At Queens St. Station With Mental Patient
The Reporter has confirmed that a man was taken to the KHMH in an unconscious state after a fight at the Queen Street Police Station cellblock this afternoon.
Change Of Command – New Top Brass At BATSUB
While most military and former military personnel in Europe are honoring D-DAY in grand ceremonies, today the British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB) announced that there is a new commander at the helm.
A TURNING POINT??
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Belmopan Citco faulted for not paying contributions for a sick worker
Breaking Belize News has seen a letter from the Belmopan Branch of the Social Security […]
One accused in Sunnyside Bakery robbery charged
Damion Saldano,18, has been arraigned and remanded to prison with respect to the recent robbery at […]
BATSUB bids farewell to old commander, welcomes new one
Today, the British High Commission and Ministry of National Security bid farewell to Commander of […]
Guatemalan Vice Foreign Minister visits Belize
By BBN Stafg: Jairo Estrada, the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs with responsibility for Commercial Cooperation, came to […]
Foreign Minister leads delegation to 53rd SICA meeting
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington, led a delegation to Guatemala City this week to represent […]
Garifuna Collective kicks off international tour in Europe
Today marks the first day for the international tour of renowned Belize band, The Garifuna Collective. […]
Do Not Miss: A Night of Jazz Music and Wine At Black Orchid Resort
Black Orchid Resort, located in Burrell Boom Village, is inviting music lovers for a night […]
UB pushing new boundaries in ocean research with new MOU
The University of Belize (UB) is seeking to advance ocean research in Belize through a partnership with the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) […]
Warm weather to continue
The 24-hour weather forecast, prepared by the National Meteorological Service calls for warm weather with partly […]
Elwin Pollard Jr spared in unlawful imprisonment case
Elwin Pollard Junior, 22, was accused of unlawfully imprisoning his ex-girlfriend for unknown reasons, but she […]
Neighbor accused of almost running over Hattieville teenagers
Two teenage residents of Hattieville told police that a neighbor’s vehicle nearly plowed them over […]
Father, 28, charge for death of his 2-month-old child
Troy Banner, 28, has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of his two-month-old […]
Four charged for Dangriga robbery
Dangriga police have charged four men in connection with the robbery of Family City Super […]
Mayor Wagner fires back at Pablo Marin
Yesterday Belize City Mayor, Bernard Wagner, fired off a press release in response to recent […]
Andre Vega taken to court over $400,000 land compensation
Andre Vega testified in the Supreme Court yesterday for the case involving a $400,000 compensation […]
SJC’s students discovered how Black Cross Nurses defied the status quo
St. John’s College, SJC, has revolutionized the way history is taught by teaching it from the perspective of the oppressed in order to encourage critical thinking, allow for the students to have a deeper understanding and appreciation of the composition of Belize’s history. In this regard, SJC’s History Department launched a book, Black Cross Nurses. …
Who was Maria Juarez, the woman killed in triple homicide incident?
The postmortem examination results of the triple homicide has been released. 39 year old Vidal Antonio Yuman’s death was certified as Acute Cranevencephulic traumatic lupine from a single performing gunshot wound to the head. A single gunshot to the head was also the result of 19 year old Maria Delfina Juarez Lucas’s postmortem examination. The …
US Visa Requirements now Include Social Media
At the end of May, visa applicants to the United States were given an additional requirement to complete their background checks. Applicants must now submit links and information about social media accounts they have used in the past five years. Such account information would give the government access to photos, locations, dates of birth, dates …
Mother reunited with 10-year-old son
A 10-year-old boy and his mother were reunited after spending a month apart. Love News has been following the story of the young child who was taken away from his mother after entering Belize via the western border with a man who could not prove his relation to the child. Even though the mother had …
Child involved in accident while in foster care
Damaris Avilez struggled for a month without seeing her child, she said she even had problems with the foster home where he had been placed. While he was in the care of another family, he sustained injuries due to an accident that occurred, and she was not aware of it. Avilez told us more about …
Is there an established motive for murder of Excelsior Principal and friends?
The last time anyone had seen Alarice Andrewin was when she left Excelsior High School on Monday evening. Andrewin’s body was found on Tuesday at her home at mile ten on the George Price Highway along with the bodies of Vidal Yuman and his girlfriend Maria Juarez. There has been some speculation about two incidents …
Belmopan City Council says SSB Arrears are up to date
An employee of the Belmopan City Council allegedly went to the Social Security Board (SSB) to claim sickness benefits. That employee then was allegedly told that no contributions have been made by the City Council to SSB over four years. We spoke to the City Administrator for Belmopan, Ralston Frazer who says that the council …
Fifth annual Jazz Festival features local and international artists
The fifth annual Jazz Festival kicked off last night and will run up until Sunday. The Jazz Festival features several international artists as well as local artists. According to Karen Vernon, the theatre director of the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts, the purpose of having the Jazz Festival is to foster a deeper appreciation …
My Thursday View in Corozal Bay, Belize
Good afternoon from Corozal. You know, there are lots of things happening around town. Today, I am so happy to have visitedLABEL BUBBLE COROZAL!! We are OPEN and waiting for you guys with super tasty BUBBLE waffles and coffee 3 Rd Street South, next to Auto Maya. I just love to see these Trees in Corozal. After visiting the coffee shop, I headed to the Beach at Corozal. The beach had such spectacular scenery. But, at the same time, it was windy while taking photos of the bay. After the rain, you will see a lot more views in Corozal like this.
Investment Testimonial: Blu Zen, Caye Caulker, Belize
Blu Zen, a 100% Belizean owned company, was designed to offer quality and elegance; featuring a 50,000-gallon pool, 140 ft pier and seawall, a restaurant and bar, and condo-hotel units. Each unit is built with hurricane impact windows and doors, and the interior wood accents are Belizean wood with quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. The architectural concept incorporates modern minimalism with natural elements (wood, stone, glass, and metal) to reflect the Balinese influence. Its elegance and charm complements and contrasts the rustic flavor of Caye Caulker in a balanced and harmonious relationship with the environment. They plan to invest over BZD $25 Million; and during peak operations, employ over one hundred employees.
Belize Tourism & Leisure: Outlook and Investment Opportunities
The exceptional growth trajectory in overnight tourism and cruise passenger arrivals attest to Belize’s authentic offerings for visitors seeking diverse experiences, which in turn creates vast investment opportunities. In 2018 there was a 14.6% growth in overnight arrivals from 232,249 overnight visitors in 2009 to 489,261 in 2018, another record-breaking year and one of the largest increases in the last decade. However, this is only one side of the success story; the average length of stay remains at 6 days, and the average daily visitor expenditure is at $148 USD; similarly, cruise passenger arrivals continue to surge with over 1.2 million passengers arriving in Belize, a significant increase of 19.1% since 2017, which represented over 190,000 more cruise passengers in 2018.
Men At Work will be held Friday at 7pm inside Corozal NICH
The Corozal house of Culture will be their "MEN AT WORK" event today Friday at 7pm. It is an event to honor Father's Day in June. During the event, there will be a short Ceremony to honor those who does a great job in their Art Painting. If you will be around town tonight, come join the event commencing at 7pm. For more information contact: Debra Wilkes – Coordinator Corozal House of Culture, Museum of Belize First Avenue, Corozal Town, Belize Tel – (501) 422-0071
CDB To Connect Island Of Caye Caulker To Belize’s National Electricity Grid
The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) approved has a loan to connect the island of Caye Caulker, Belize, to the national power grid by submarine cable. “The submarine cable will provide cleaner, more secure, and reliable electricity to Caye Caulker,” said Daniel Best, CDB Director of the Projects Department. It is estimated that energy consumption in Caye Caulker, a renowned tourist destination north of Belize City with a population of around 1,700 people, will double by 2037. Diesel generators are currently producing all electricity in the island.
SUGAR CARTEL PROTEST
The four remaining Caribbean Community countries, which are still brave enough to continue producing sugar are demanding political and economic protection from regional governments saying tax free imported sugar from outside the bloc is undermining their efforts to remain in the industry. The umbrella Sugar Association of the Caribbean (SAC) which met recently in Belize complained to anyone who would listen that up to 70 percent of all sugar consumed in the 15-nation grouping comes “from extra regional sources duty free, displacing market opportunity for more than 200,000 metric tonnes of Caribbean sugar.”
Five Caribbean Roots US Television Personalities You Should Know
It’s another Caribbean American Heritage Month and while many Caribbean nationals and Caribbean roots nationals remain largely hidden as part of the black or Asian ethnic groups of the US, millions are part of the fabric of these United States, including appearing on U.S. mainstream television. Here are five you should know: 1: Kendis Gibson, 2: Abby Phillip, 3: Yamiche Alcindor, 4: Rachel McNeill, 5: Marlie Hall.