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Both the Government of Belize and the Opposition have supported the legislation with puts a ban on offshore drilling in Belize and Environmental NGOs and the people of Belize in general can celebrated this grandiose act.  Below is a press release on the Offshore Oil Moratorium Passes with Rare Bi-partisan and Unanimous Support issued by Ocean Belize.  PEOPLE POWER FUELS PROTECTION FOR BELIZE BARRIER REEF

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Commercial Fisherfolk License Renewal The Belize Fisheries Department hereby informs the PUBLIC that it will commence the renewal of fisherfolk licenses on January 3rd 2018. A grace period for renewals will be in place until January 31st, 2018. Fishers are advised to bring along all pertinent documents upon renewal to facilitate the process. Belize City 03rd January – 05th January 29th January – 31st January Sarteneja, Copper Bank, Chunox – all fishers from Corozal & Orange Walk Districts

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Belmopan. December 13, 2017. The Ministry of Health informs the public that over the past few weeks there has been an increase in cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI). The Ministry has been informed by officials from Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority (KHMHA) that they are seeing this increase at that hospital.

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The University of Belize through the Natural Resource Management Program from the Faculty of Science and Technology will collaborate with Auburn University, Alabama USA, in a study to reconstruct the precipitation and tropical cyclone history of Belize. This will be done by obtaining stalagmite oxygen isotope ratio (?18O) records. These records offer a unique opportunity to reconstruct the long-term history of precipitation variability and tropical cyclone (TC) activity in Belize, extending beyond the instrumental record and over glacial to interglacial time scales.

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On September 2015 the Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Dean Barrow, mentioned on his Independence Day Message to Belize that government had plans for improving infrastructure designed to boost tourism in the country. One major project was the construction of an international airport for the island of Ambergris Caye and on Thursday, December 12, 2017, the project was put in motion and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the Nation’s Capital, Belmopan.

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The San Pedro Catholic Church rendered tribute to the Virgin of Guadalupe on Thursday, December 12, 2017. The Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe saw reverence by Catholics and Guadalupanos paying tribute to her as is done in thousands of churches throughout Mexico and now a grand celebration here in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

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December 7, 2017. The University of Belize through the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences (FMSS), launched its Master of Business Administration (MBA), the first Graduate Program for the 17 years old institution. The Tapir Room at the Best Western Plus, Belize Biltmore Plaza was packed to capacity with invited guests from the Business Community and support of members of Faculty and Staff of UB.

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Two New Cruise Ships calls to Belize: Marella Discovery 2 & Mein Schiff 6 December 8, 2017- Belize City, Belize- Belize welcomed Marella Discovery 2 in its first call to Belize on December 7, 2017. The ship had its maiden call ceremony on board at 11:00 a.m., participating was the ships local agent Eurocaribe Shipping Services, Ministry of Health, the Customs Department, BAHA, Immigration and the Belize Tourism Board.

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A state funeral is a public funeral ceremony, observing the strict rules of protocol, held to honor people of national significance. This  honor was bestowed to Don Alberto "Beto" Nuñez, who was the fifth Mayor of San Pedro Town and who served for two terms. Don Beto, as he was popularly called, died on December 8, 2017, at the age of 83.

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It's Christmas time and San Pedro knows how to celebrate during this festive season. Without a doubt one of the biggest parades that the island has seen this year took place on Sunday, December 10, 2017, as hundreds of island residents and tourists lined up the streets of San Pedro to witness Love FM's Christmas Parade. 

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On Friday, December8, 2017, Belizean parliamentarians gave bi-partisan support for the legislation that places an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil in Belize’s marine territory, including territorial seas and Exclusive Economic Zone. The Petroleum Operations (Offshore Zone Moratorium) Bill, 2017 has now been referred to the Senate which is scheduled to meet next Wednesday, December 13. Once passed by that legislative body, the Bill will be signed into law by the Governor General of Belize.

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Ambergris Today made contact with the Ayuso Family members who have given details of their efforts to capture and apprehend Vildo Westby, wanted by local authorities for the murder of Felix Ayuso Jr. Through the family’s continued efforts and reward offered on the Justice for Felix page on Facebook, they inform that Vildo Westby has been detained by Mexican authorities. According to the Ayuso family, after receiving an anonymous tip from a person in Los Choapas, Veracruz of Westby’s whereabout, they quickly mobilized to do everything in their power to capture him.

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Sources of Ambergris Today have confirmed that Vildo Westby, wanted for the murder of Felix Ayuso, has been detained by Mexican authorities and is being processed for his deportation to Belize.

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There were big smiles at the Holy Cross Anglican School as students were extremely happy to see military personnel handing out shoes at their school on Thursday, December 7, 2017. A team of The Belize Coast Guard Females along with US Marine Corps Civil Affairs Team were on hand to share the Christmas Spirit with the children.

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The village of Caye Caulker has received a new fire truck which is now part of the fire-fighting fleet of the National Fire Service. The truck is a donation from US citizen James York of Beechwold Christian Church, Columbus, Ohio and was shipped to Belize through the assistance of the United States Air Force. It has a 1,000-gallon capacity tank and is capable of discharging water at 150 PSI (pounds per square inch).

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Designed for those seeking relaxed adventure, Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio Collection by Hilton is now welcoming travelers in Belize’s stunning Ambergris Caye. Marking Hilton’s  first property in the country – and one of the first resorts from a global brand in Belize – the elegant hotel features 205 cottage and villa-style rooms across a 60-acre waterfront site with 10 distinct dining outlets, bay and beach clubs, and meeting and event spaces. 

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Congratulations to Rowan Garel of Belize for winning the title of Caribbean Adventure Ambassador of the Year for 2017 with 1,975 votes! Rowan Garel was born blind but that adversity has not been an obstacle in his life, much less hindering him from undertaking extraordinary feats. He is the only visually impaired person to ever climb Victoria Peak, Belize’s second highest mountain standing at over 3,000 ft. above sea level.

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The Nassau Grouper season closed on Friday, December 1, 2017 and will extend to Saturday, March 31, 2018. Regulations state that (1) No person shall take in the waters of Belize, buy, sell or have in his possession any Nassau Grouper between the 1st December and the 31st March, inclusive, in any year. (2) No person shall take in the waters of Belize, buy, sell or have in his possession any Nassau Grouper which is less than twenty (20) inches in total length or greater than thirty inches (30 in) in total length. (3) Every Nassau Grouper caught in the water of Belize shall be landed whole.

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Our lovely island is growing immensely and there are lots of needs to be met, one in particular the garbage collection. In an effort to keep la Isla Bonita clean the San Pedro Town Council has purchased another garbage compactor to help alleviate and facilitate the garbage collection in our beautiful island of Ambergris Caye.

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Since 1989, Belize has sent a total of five Meteorologists/Forecasters to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Weather Prediction Center for Training on Numerical Weather Prediction with a focus on the Tropical Americas. This year The National Meteorological Service of Belize sent a representative for training in Washington, DC.

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