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Cheap Flights to Belize on sale now!

There are some excellent seat sales happening right now for cheap flights to Belize in May 2012. According to Airfare Watchdog you can get round trip flights to Belize City for as little as $419 US, taxes included. Here is a sample of some of the cheap flights available:

Orlando, FL (MCO) $419 RT Includes all taxes, Travel May only American
Washington, D.C. (IAD) $419 RT Includes all taxes, Travel May only American
Washington, D.C. (DCA) $419 RT Includes all taxes, Travel May only American
Los Angeles, CA (LAX) $528 RT Spring travel, including taxes Taca
San Francisco, CA (SFO) $528 RT Spring travel, including taxes Taca
Dallas, TX (DFW) $545 RT Nonstop incl. all taxes, Travel May only American
Miami, FL (MIA) $545 RT Nonstop incl. all taxes, Travel May only American
Austin, TX (AUS) $576 RT Includes all taxes, Travel May only Delta
San Antonio, TX (SAT) $606 RT Includes all taxes, Travel May only American, United
Oklahoma City, OK (OKC) $609 RT Includes all taxes, Travel May only American, United
Portland, OR (PDX) $632 RT Includes all taxes, Travel May only Delta
San Diego, CA (SAN) $632 RT Includes all taxes, Travel May only Delta
Boston, MA (BOS) $639 RT Includes all taxes, Travel May only Delta
Nashville, TN (BNA) $644 RT Includes all taxes, Travel May only Delta
Hartford, CT (BDL) $646 RT Includes all taxes, Travel May only Delta
Raleigh, NC (RDU) $646 RT Includes all taxes, Travel May only Delta
Tampa, FL (TPA) $646 RT Includes all taxes, Travel May only Delta
Chicago, IL (ORD) $654 RT Includes all taxes, Travel May only Delta
San Francisco, CA (SFO) $656 RT Includes all taxes, Travel May only American

So book your cheap flights and then talk to us about cheap hotel rooms for a great spring get away to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Belize!

Belize Receives US $3 Million Line of Credit From CARICOM

Belize has received a US$3 million line of credit from the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF). Prime Minister Hon. Dean Barrow and CDF’s Chief Executive Officer, His Excellency Lorne McDonnough, signed the official loan agreement on Monday, February 21. (more…)

BATSUB begins downsizing; 41 employees laid off

Amandala | The British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB) has announced the first tranch of layoffs in connection with its planned downsizing of staff at the base in Ladyville.

Initially reported to be taking place over the next two years, new information indicates that the cuts will go into effect during and at the end of this year.

According to the officer commanding BATSUB, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Lindsay, who spoke with KREM News, the first 41 locally employed civilians (LEC) have received letters of termination as of Friday, January 14; actual terminations take effect on March 31, 2011.

Another reduction will take place during the summer and the level of local staff is expected to reach 62 by the end of the year, a 62.5% reduction as part of expense cuts instituted by the UK government for this year.

Lt. Col. Lindsay told KREM, “This is very sad news and BATSUB will be doing all it can to assist our workforce at a difficult time.”

And while the news comes at a bad time for all, Lt. Col. Lindsay noted that, “A number of those made redundant are likely to be re-employed for shorter periods of time, as BATSUB will not be closing, and training will be continuing. However, as the level of training will be lower than currently, we cannot justify having all our current LECs working full time. By retaining some LECs on shorter term contracts, in addition to the remaining 62 LECs on full time contracts, BATSUB will be able to continue to support training and provide employment to a number of Belizeans.”

These trainings are expected to last for up to 2 months at a time.

Belize IMF report out – recommends more pain for Belizeans

Amandala | The 2010 report on the annual International Monetary Fund (IMF) consultation with Belizean authorities was published on Friday, after a delay of almost six months due to challenges from the Government of Belize (GOB) to its contents.

The preliminary recommendations released in July 2010 asked GOB to restrain current spending, prioritize investment, place the pension system on a strong and sustainable footing, and improve tax and customs administration.

The IMF, in its full report, says it is recommending that in order for Belize to achieve a 3.5% growth in its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the medium-term, plus halve its public debt to 40% of GDP by 2019, the government should raise the General Sales Tax—increased last year from 10% to 12.5%, as had been recommended by the IMF—to the regional rate of 15%.

Another measure it says the government could use to raise revenue is to put back the excise taxes on fuel, which had been reduced in 2008. (more…)

A CAMPAIGN TO SAVE THE HICATEE TURTLES

A campaign to save the Hicatee Turtles from going extinct will be under taken by conservation groups across Belize. Lee Mcloughlin, Protected Areas Manager for the Ya’axché Conservation Trust told us more.

Lee Mcloughlin; Protected Areas Manager, Ya’axché Conservation Trust 

“The Hicatee Turtle is heading towards extinction unless something is done to save it. A recent national survey of Hicatees hunting but it is going on throughout Belize. A national survey was carried out last year involving conservation organizations from across Belize. A lot to community members assisted with the survey and it was carried out by a researcher named Thomas Rainwater. It’s very hard to determine the exact numbers of the Hicatee population but the facts are that there were rivers where they were once abundant where they aren’t found anymore. This trend is seen in rivers in every district.”

Mcloughlin says that the practice of capturing and eating the hicatee is more prevalent in the Belize River Valley and says that a survey was conducted in the area where they once were in abundance but today the hicatee population has depleted dramatically.

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After a 60-Year Absence, Harpy Eagles Return to Nest in Belize

Animal Planet | One of the largest and most powerful predatory birds in the Americas has returned to Belize for the first time in over 60 years. Scientists recently confirmed the sighting of a Harpy eagle nest in the Maya Mountains with as many as five birds, in an area where the birds had become extinct due to human activity. This may be the most northerly breeding Harpy pair, signaling a comeback for the species in Central America.

“We were out doing our regular counts and observations when we heard a Harpy eagle calling,” said William Garcia, technician project leader of the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education team which made Harpy nest discovery. “It seemed to be fixed in one location, flying occasionally but returning to the same tree.”

Harpy eagles have nearly seven-foot-long wingspans and can take down prey as large as monkey and sloths. Their hind talons can be up to the size of grizzly bear claws and can carry about half their body weight.

Belize tour operators dodge the bullet!

Amandala |

The Government of Belize has managed to broker a temporary solution with Carnival Cruise Lines, the main cruise operator servicing Belize, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, that provides a buffer and buys some time for local boat operators in the tourist industry, who were facing an abrupt, financially devastating ejection from the industry by a suddenly imposed passenger policy originating overseas.
  
Carnival has firmly indicated to a high-level government delegation, led by Prime Minister Dean Barrow, that if locals don’t get ready for the new passenger policy fast, the cruise line will take some of its business elsewhere by reducing the number of calls to Belize.

Free Butane Gas delivered to Georgeville Residents

Press Release – Belmopan – January 6, 2011 – The people of Georgeville area of the Cayo District today were treated to free butane gas for their cooking and kitchen needs.

The process of delivering the butane gas started around eleven in the morning and, because of the large amount of villagers who came out with their empty gas cylinders, it lasted well into the afternoon, until every single resident, from Central Farm to Cool Shade, got their fill.

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Immigration Amnesty “Shelved”

7 news

The Prime Minister commented about news of an Immigration Amnesty. That news broke in late October when a Cabinet paper that detailed the programme was leaked. The paper disclosed that the programme would start early in 2011 and would grant permanent resident status to 20 thousand illegal immigrants who are living in Belize.

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Benjamin, 11, and Onelia Rash, 9, still missing after 4+ months

Amandala |

It has been 4 months and several days since Onelia Rash, 9, and Benjamin Rash, 11, both of the San Marcos Village in the Toledo District, have gone missing, and at press time tonight, they have not been found.
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