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Nine months after announcement, Gillnet Task Force is dead in the water - Fishers and fisher associations, private sector groups and NGOs warn political intransigence is compromising thousands of Belizean jobs, a 100-million-dollar industry and undermining sustainability.

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Maya Island Air held a soft opening of its new terminal building (Terminal 2) in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The new elegant building is the latest addition to the Maya Island Air which boasts more ramp/parking space for the aircrafts, new cargo section, spacious waiting area at the ground level and a luxurious waiting area on the first floor as well as a waiting lounge verandah and a fully stocked bar.

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New Ambassador of Republic of China (Taiwan) Presents Credentials to the Governor General of Belize Belmopan. November 12, 2018. H. E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen presented his Letters of Credence as the new ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to H.E. Sir Colville Young, Governor General of Belize.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia held a workshop to train Belizean handicraft artisans in using coconut-based materials. The training was held from 5th – 9th November, 2018 at the ITVET compound in Belize City. A total of forty-five persons participated from various agencies. The training course sought to develop skills and knowledge of participants which are intended to create a platform for sustainable income ventures designed for sustainable development.

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Belize Enters Agreement with the Human Trafficking Institute to Enhance the Capacity of Belize’s Specialized Human Trafficking Unit On Thursday, October 25, 2018, The Belize Police Department and the Human Trafficking Institute entered into an agreement to partner in building the capacity of Belize’s Specialized Human Trafficking Unit that was formed earlier this year. This agreement was signed by the Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, in Washington, D.C.

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On Thursday, November 8, 2018, at about 10:28 p.m., San Pedro Police visited Sapphire Beach Resort, approximately 10 miles north of San Pedro Town. Upon arrival, police found the motionless body of, Larry Alan Pfrifer, 60-year-old, retired American lying face up on a sofa in the living room.  

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The Belize Tourism Industry Association has embarked in a four-day clean up campign for the entire island of Ambergris Caye. Sadly our little island is not so 'bonita' to say, there has been an increase of illegal dumping throughout the island, reducine the esthetics and charm of the natural environment.

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Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management (with responsibility for Ports) Honorable Edmond Castro, was on Ambergris Caye on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, where he visited and inspected the location for the proposed development of a Barge Berthing Facility.

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Mirab Department Store does it once again! Last month it inaugurated the first state of the art and largest department store in the country of Belize and yesterday, November 8, 2018, it opened doors to the first Ashley Furniture Home Store in the country.

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BEL plans to invest $15M to reduce noise and air pollution from diesel generation, eliminate the risks associated with transporting diesel to Caye Caulker and reduce generation cost by $3M to $4M annually. Since 2016, BEL has been engaging with the Department of Environment, the community, environmental and Non-Governmental Organizations to provide information on plans to connect Caye Caulker to the national grid by 2020. For more information, visit www.bel.com.bz to view the Feasibility Study Stakeholder Briefing.

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On Saturday November 3, 2018, National Garifuna Council held its annual Ms. Garifuna Belize Cultural Pageant at the Ecumenical Auditorium in Dangriga Town. This event followed the National Solidarity Mass held the same morning at the Sacred Heart Church.

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On, Saturday November 3rd, 2018, on a slightly overcast day an excited crowd of curious spectators gathered to witness n historic event. While everybody in Leadville is familiar with the British troops and their sporting prowess, nobody knew quite what to expect as cars, pick-ups and minibuses from the BATSUB Base and across Belize arrived with gangs of young lads jumping out wearing bright colored kit and carrying what looked like American Footballs.

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BTB and stakeholders install sign on Belize River reminding tour guides to protect manatees The Belize Tourism Board (BTB), in collaboration with the Port Authority, Sea 2 Shore Alliance and the Belize Manatee Conservation Project, has installed a sign  on  the  estuary  of  the  Belize  River with  the  aim  to  remind  tour  guides  of  their responsibility to protect Belize’s natural resources. The  installation of  the  sign  was  deemed  necessary  due  to  increasing  public  concerns  regarding some tour guides touching and feeding manatees as part of their tours.

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The Rotaract Club of Ambergris Caye embarked on an environmental awareness school campaign and visited of five hundred students who were informed of proper garbage disposal. A total of 40 Trash Bins came to San Pedro of which 22 of them are going to Holy Cross Anglican School, San Pedro R.C. School and New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist School. The remaining 18 trash bins will be strategically located throughout the community where it may be most needed this week.

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The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) has announced that they will be holding a demonstration at the nation’s capital, Belmopan on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, to serve as a warning to the Ministry of Education on stalling on a number of issues affecting teachers.

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Unpremeditated  Book Release Shines New Light on McAfee Cold Case - November 1, 2018 Minneapolis – As we approach the 6 year anniversary (November 11th) of the murder of security pioneer John McAfee's next door neighbor Gregory Faull, Johnny Depp has signed on to play McAfee in the upcoming major motion picture—while in Belize the case grows as cold as the national beer-Belikin. There hasn't been any significant news in the case in more than two years and the Belize Police Department will not confirm any progress in the investigation. 

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Caye Caulker resident Tracie Young was about to give up on Halloween. She had decided that 2018 was her last year to dress up in full costume, but then she tried something crazy and fun. Tracie took on a 31 Costume Challenge that had her enjoying Halloween a maximum of 31 days.

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In light of the challenges posed by sargassum on our tourism industry, the Belize Tourism Board has secured assistance for accommodation stakeholders in sargassum affected areas in Belize. This comes on the heels of several site visits conducted last month by a BTB team of senior officials, to assess the areas severely impacted and to consult with owners of affected coastline properties (beachfront properties) and members of the Sargassum Task Force (STF), with the hope of designing a concerted strategy to address the situation.

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The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) launched the 20thedition of Destination Belize, in celebratory fashion, at the Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina in the presence of over one hundred BTIA members, advertisers and other industry partners on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. BTIA Celebrates the Launch of the 20thEdition Destination Belize.

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The latest statistics show that tourism arrivals to Belize continue to record impressive growth. There was a 16.6% and 19.9% growth in overnight and cruise ship arrivals respectively after completion of the third quarter of the year. This means that Belize continues to be a popular vacation destination in Central America among those seeking exceptional adventure and relaxation. The following is a breakdown of the most recent statistics. OVERNIGHT ARRIVALS GREW BY 16.6% OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR

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