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Advisory Mission on Harmonization of Legislation on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence The Ministry of National Security, in collaboration with the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, hosted the opening ceremony for the Advisory Mission on Harmonization of Legislation on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence in Belize City, Belize.

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The United Democratic Party of Belize held its National Convention in Belize City at the Belize Civic Center on Sunday, February 9, 2020. A total of 570 UDP delegates were to cast their vote but only 569 did as one was absent due to illness. Coming out victorious was John Saldivar as new UDP Party leader with a total of 342 votes against Patrick Faber with 227 votes.

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The Embassy of Belize to the Republic of China (Taiwan) hosted a Press Conference on Friday, February 7, 2020, to unveil lanterns depicting elements of Belize's Maya-Mestizo Heritage: the Lamanai Mask Temple, Deer Dance Festival, and Marimba.

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The Government of Belize issued a press release on Saturday, February 8, 2020, stating that given the recent situations with travel history that have been documented upon arrival at the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport and other points of entry, both the Ministries of Health and Immigration are hereby directing that all travelers who have been in China within 14 days immediately prior to arrival in Belize be denied entry.

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AN ON GILLNETS MUST BE DECISIVE - Without meaningful longevity, potential success will be undermined and fishers will be shortchanged Thursday, February 6th, 2020 – In December 2019, in the context of unwavering advocacy for more than two decades and widespread national support, the Government of Belize took the historic step to declare gillnets destructive.

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On February 6, 2020, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Belize to the United Nations, H.E. Lois M. Young, acting on behalf of the Government of Belize, signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Treaty was adopted on July 7, 2017 and opened for signature on September 20, 2017. The goal of the Treaty is for the total elimination of nuclear weapons. This signing demonstrates the support of the Government of Belize to a world free of nuclear weapons.

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The Dispatch Travelogue is an Indian media group and has placed Ambergris Caye as one of its “Must Visit Places in the World” ranking it number three out of a hundred places.

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On January 29, 2020, the Embassy of Belize in Mexico and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), a statutory body under the Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce of the Government of Belize (GOB), hosted a one-day seminar focused on advancing the business momentum between both countries. The core objective of the seminar was to enable greater knowledge sharing and dialogue in advancing strategic investment partnerships in Belize, while promoting enterprise development through increased Belizean exports within Mexico.

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The Ministry of Health continues to closely monitor the evolving novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) outbreak, particularly with the changing dynamics of the infection. The public is thus reminded that information in reference to this can change and any such change for the Belize context would be communicated through the official channels of communication of the Ministry of Health.

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On Friday, January 31, 2019, the Belize Coast Guard busted three fishermen in the Manatee Bar Mouth area who were in possession of illegal gillnets and fisheries products. These fishermen, one Belizean and two Guatemalans with naturalization documents, were also operating with expired fisherfolk licenses.

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Tropic Air announces that on Friday, January 31st, it accepted delivery if its first Beech 1900D aircraft. The 1900D is a modern, twin engine, 19 passenger, regional airliner. It arrived at the the Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize City at 4:15pm after a ferry flight from the USA. The airliner is to enter revenue service shortly on Tropic Air's main international routes from Belize City to Cancun, Roatan and Flores.

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Gabriela Varela is Reina Hispanoamericana Belize 2019 and she is representing Belize in Bolivia. 26 year old, Gabriela Varela, was born and raised in San Pedro, Belize. She has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management and is currently working as a Corporate Officer in an international financial service provider. Her hobbies include exercising, cooking, reading and enjoying the lovely beaches of San Pedro.

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National Surveillance Team of the Ministry of Health is aware that the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) epidemic is now a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The Ministry will be following the developments in this regard so that the relevant changes in terms of response will be mirrored on the ground as they evolve.

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Belmopan. January 29, 2020. The National Surveillance Team of the Ministry of Health continues to monitor all epidemiological information and surveillance activities in relation to the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The Ministry has met with airport authorities and relevant stakeholders to review the screening methods and processes to be implemented in the event of any suspected case. To date, this region, including Belize, has no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV.

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Belize City. January 28th, 2020. The Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, and Country Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Dr. Cassandra T. Rogers, signed an agreement on January 27, 2020, to implement a US$10 million loan to improve the quality and gender equity of education at the primary and secondary levels in the country.

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After nearly two years in custody facing life in prison without the possibility of parole, and additional life sentence plus 31 years, recording artist Daniel “Lova Boy” Cacho was found not guilty and acquitted of all charges in a jury trial in Compton California, USA.After being acquitted Lova Boy wasted no time in coming back to the recording studio by signing a new deal with West Lake Studios in Hollywood California. West Lake Studios is legendry in the recording industry for producing and voicing numerous multi-platinum artists most notably, Michael Jackson.

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The Government of Jamaica has issued a TSUNAMI WARNING for the coastal areas of the country. A powerful earthquake struck the Caribbean on Tuesday afternoon, shaking parts of Jamaica and Cuba shortly after 2 p.m. local time. The earthquake was originally rated a 7.3 by the USGS, but was later upgraded to a 7.7. The epicenter of the earthquake was 78 miles (125 km) northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, and was shallow with a depth of just 6.2 miles (10 km). Shaking was felt as far away as Miami, Florida, and reports began surfacing on social media that high-rise buildings were felt swaying.

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Belize held its first national Elementary School Robotics Event on Saturday, January 25, 2020. The FIRST LEGO League is the most accessible, guided, global robotics competition, helping students and teachers to build a better future together. The program is built around theme-based Challenges to engage children ages 9 to 16 in research, problem solving, coding, and engineering.

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration and the Ministry of Natural Resources embarked upon a joint initiative to protect important mangrove ecosystems covering approximately 17,000 acres of national lands remaining on the Turneffe Atoll. The lands have now been set aside for conservation under the ‘Turneffe Land Trust’ signed between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Turneffe Atoll Trust, a registered not-for-profit entity residing on Northern Bogue, Turneffe Atoll.

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The Ministry of Health is aware of a new strain of Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that has been linked to cases of respiratory tract infections originating in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China - some of these cases have evolved to more severe cases. On Thursday, January 23, 2019, the National Surveillance Team, headed by the Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero, participated in a virtual meeting hosted by the Caribbean Public Health Authority (CARPHA) to discuss the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak. Twenty other Caribbean member states also participated in the meeting.

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