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The Alaia Foundation has announced that plans are underway for Ambergris Caye’s 2nd Half Marathon & 5K charity run which is scheduled to take place on April 5th, 2020. The foundation seeks to provide financial, educational, medical and environmental support with the events net-proceeds, to disenfranchised families/communities across Belize.

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Press Release - It is with great pleasure that the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) announces that 2019 was a year of milestone achievement for overnight tourism arrivals.

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Phase-Out of Single-Use Plastics: Enactment of Environmental Protection (Pollution from Plastics) Regulation, 2020

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The children being housed at Hope Haven now have a new outdoor play area to enjoy thanks to the kind donation of Garbielle’s Wings with the help of Believers World Outreach. According to Hope Haven’s Facebook page, in the summer of 2019, with a full house of children, they realized that they were in need of an outdoor play area for the kids to run around in and play games.

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From January and under the coordination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belize takes over the Mesoamerica Integration and Development Project (PM) Pro Tempore Presidency corresponding to the first semester of 2020, to hold two regional high level meetings of the Executive Committee of the PM, to promote the definition of the 2020 Mesoamerican Business Agenda and the fulfillment of the following relevant ministerial meetings for Health, Environment, Energy, Transport as well as of the Commission for Promotion and Financing (CPF) work plan. 

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The  National  AIDS Commission,  in  collaboration  with  the  Office  of  the Special Envoy for Women and Children and with multi-sectoral collaboration through the Anti-Discrimination  Steering Committee will  launch  a  series  of  public  consultations starting  Saturday, January 11th and  ending on  January  18th throughout  Belize  to discuss  the Equal Opportunities Bill.  

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The Belize Police Department has released its final numbers for the crimes committed in 2019 and according to report major crimes were down overall compared to 2018. The Belize Police Department says that major crimes were down overall in 2019. The records, according to Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, show a decrease of ten percent when compared to 2018. The murder numbers compiled by police for 2019 show a total of 134 homicides committed, most of the murders were committed with firearms and in rural locations.

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Last week the village of Caye Caulker was in the midst of a water and electricity crisis and even though things are back to normal the People’s United Party – Belize Rural South Representative – Mr. Andre Perez presented a donation of 20 Rotoplas Tanks to the community.

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Island residents of Caye Caulker are now connected to the locally sourced generation unit that is successfully operational and connected to the island’s power system. Belize Electricity Limited took teams of workers to monitor and asses the generator unit that was sourced from Independence Village to provide additional generation capacity in Caye Caulker arrived on the island on Saturday, January 4, 2020. This is a fairly used generation unit but was the only one of sufficient capacity that was readily available in-country.

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A group of tourist on a sailing tour shared an experience of a lifetime on Saturday, January 4, 2020, as their captain Horace Bladon and crew of Felicity Sailing saved a 100 pound sea turtle from suffocation after it had swallowed a pufferfish that inflated in its throat. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

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Belize court upholds finding that LGBT people are protected by non-discrimination laws, major victory for human rights It’s been a battle that started in 2010 and ended in 2019, rounding off the decade with a win for LGBT+ activists who tirelessly worked to get the ban dropped. On Monday, December 30, 2019, The Court of Appeal delivered a judgment denying the Belize Government's appeal of a 2016 ruling decriminalizing adult consensual same-sex relations.

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Caye Caulker is in a total state of crisis as they have been experiencing both water and electricity problems. The water supply plant could take days for water to be fully restored to the island and Belize Electricity Limited is working arduously to replace a faulty generator.  Belize Water Services issued a press release on Monday, December 29, 2019, stating that the Caye Caulker Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant experienced a shut down due to a broken main drive shaft, and that water could take days to be restored due to a part that is being shipped from abroad.

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Our neighbors in Caye Caulker Village are currently experiencing a water crisis as the island’s water supply plants has broken down. There are reports that guests are leaving hotels and the water shortage is gravely impacting everyone from restaurants, hotels, all businesses and consumers.

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In keeping its word of having a safer community, San Pedro Police have been conducting more patrols throughout the island and have successfully been catching up with individuals who have firearms without proper licenses. On Saturday, December 28th, 2019, at about 2:55 p.m., while Police were conducting mobile patrol on Barrier Reef Drive, San Pedro Town, their attention was drawn to a male person who was riding a red beach cruiser bicycle and acting suspiciously.

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The Ministry of Education has embarked on constructing thirty-five schools across the country in an effort to improve the quality of education in Belize. And on Thursday, December 19, 2019, two separate ground breaking ceremonies took place in Caye Caulker and in San Pedro.

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It’s the season of giving and that is exactly what many businesses have been doing this Holiday Season in San Pedro. Castillo’s Hardware held its grand Christmas Raffle on Monday, December 23, 2019, as a show of appreciation to their customers. The Lucky Winners of Castillo’s Grand Christmas Raffle are: First Prize : Caye Management (Headline Picture)Second Prize: Chris GorosicaThird Prize: Ernesto GomezFourth Prize : Jason & Hayke CapertonFifth Prize: Saul Nuñez

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The Mexican Embassy  has posted a travel advisory for all planning to visit Mexico, kindly read. TRAVEL ADVISORY – MEXICO This Advisory includes the following sections: A. IMMIGRATIONB. CUSTOMSC. VEHICLE IMPORTATIOND. VEHICLE INSURANCEE. DRIVING IN MEXICOF. PERSONAL SAFETYG. CONSULAR ASSISTANCEH. BELIZEAN DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS IN MEXICO

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The representatives of the heads of state and government of Central American countries assembled in San Salvador, El Salvador for the LIV Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Central American Integration System (SICA).

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra has teamed up with a footwear brand Crocs to collaborate in a donation campaign. She will give 50,000 pairs of classic clogs to school children in Belize. The actress took to Twitter to announce the good news. She also posted a video with the caption that read: “This initiative is very special to me. What started as a conversation with @Crocs of shared interests and concerns for the children of the world, has blossomed into this amazing association with @UNICEF, an organization that is so close to my heart.”

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“The conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist”  - William Golding - A Research Article, written by Deseree Arzu - The Queen conch is a well-loved delicacy; an important part of Belizean culture that has been around for generations. So, for many Belizeans, Golding’s quote above is not something they imagine or think about happening, particularly in a small country of 360,000 inhabitants; especially since the symbolism of the quote refers to the destruction of a people’s way of life.

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