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Belmopan. January 28, 2019. The Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development is pleased to announce that on Thursday, January 24, 2019, Belize exported five containers of crude soybean oil to Jamaica, making this the first ever shipment of soybean oil to the region.

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Cancer is a disease that has been plaguing many islanders and the latest victim of this disease is Miss San Pedro Chelsea Muñoz. At just 20 years of age, Chelsea is currently battling Hodgkins Lymphoma and the community of San Pedro is coming together to help her in covering medical bills.

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Ricklee’s Response Rescue Team is actively working on the island to help in any situation possible and with their new emergency support van they were quick to assist on Sunday, January 27, 2019 when two boats collided by the Coast Guard base on the West side of Ambergris Caye. According to reports, Triple R Response was called in by the Belize Coast Guard and the RRR Evacuation Team led by Billy Leslie quickly responded to the emergency call. Information revealed that one gentleman had fallen into the water and was struck by his own boat’s propeller sustain severe injuries.

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As part of its ongoing efforts to develop destinations and promote the attractions and historical areas of the various tourism regions of Belize, the BTB on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, joined key industry stakeholders in launching the Orange Walk Heritage Trail Project during a brief ceremony at the Banquitas House of Culture in Orange Walk Town.

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Belize City, Belize, January 23, 2019 – The Belize Brewing Company is kicking off 2019 with a new advertising campaign for its flagship brand, Belikin, titled “Onli Eena Belize”. The striking new campaign highlights the diversity and lifestyles found only in Belize and features different Belizeans whose life experiences demonstrate what makes the country one-of-a-kind.  

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Lately our country is seeing an alarming up rise of missing teens, it is almost on a weekly basis that the police department is sharing “missing persons” bulletins with the media. Thankfully most of them if not all are found and safely returned home. The Ministry of Education of Belize sent out a memorandum to all general and local managers, principals of government primary and secondary schools, principals of gran-aided primary schools and secondary schools addressing the sending of students home during school hours for the safety of all.

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In its meeting on Tuesday, January 22, the Cabinet unanimously reaffirmed its position that a ‘Yes’ vote in the April 10th Referendum in support of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) option is the right decision for Belize to rid itself forever of the unfounded Guatemalan claim. In May 2018, it was announced that the official position of the Cabinet was that a ‘Yes’ vote ought to be recommended to the people of Belize without prejudice to individual members of Cabinet reserving their right to disagree.

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Belize City, January 21st 2019. - The Department of Youth Services under the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture announces the appointment of Mr. Kris Miller as the second of two CARICOM Youth Ambassadors to represent Belize.

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On Thursday, January 17, 2019, H.E. Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize, met his counterpart H.E. Maximiliano Reyes Zuñiga, Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of Mexico (SRE) to discuss various issues, including trade and Belize’s relations with Guatemala.

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It is our distinct pleasure to endorse and introduce Ambergris Today’s Person of the Year 2018.  After reviewing all the notes of nominations, we zeroed in on our youngest awardee, 15-year-old Nayobie Rivero whom we are convinced is very deserving of this prestigious award. 

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On Friday, January 18, 2019, Minister Manuel Heredia and Mr. Yorham Shostari of Royal Caribbean Resort officially launched a Carpentry and Mechanical Internship program. Lee-el Shostari, daughter of Mr. Yorham Shostari officially introduced the program. She stated that they have been working on this idea for over a year now and it’s a way for them to give back to the community. Royal Caribbean Resort will be offering two (2) internships in carpentry and (2) two internships in mechanical work. The length of these internships will be of four months.

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On Thursday, January 17, 2019, Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Hon Edmond Castro, received on behalf of NEMO a donation of equipment from the Belize Red Cross to assist in disaster preparation and response. Making the donation on behalf of the Belize Red Cross was its Director General, Lily Bowman. The donation valued at over $20 Thousand includes a Drone, Portable Open Street Map Server and Open Data Kit, all used for data collection in Community Development & Resilience, Accountability & Transparency in Disaster Relief Operations.

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Children’s safety is the number one priority for parents. With so much missing teens and persons in the country and so much other things happening, keeping our children safe is very important. With this in mind a group of friend came together and bought security cameras and on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the first set of security cameras were donated to two schools on the island.

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Havana, Cuba. January 16, 2019. Prime Minister of Belize Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow is on an official visit to Cuba on the invitation of the President of the Republic of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez. On January 15th, Prime Minister Barrow joined President Díaz-Canel and other officials to pay tribute to José Martí, a national hero of Cuba. From there, the delegations from both Cuba and Belize met for an official meeting.

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SPTC Press Release - On Friday, January 11, 2019, the newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, His Excellency Remus Li-Kou Chen, made an official courtesy visit to San Pedro Town. In a gathering inside the Mayor’s office, the Ambassador met with Mayor Daniel Guerrero and all six councilors of the San Pedro Town Council, along with Town Administrator, Mrs. Patricia Verde Tillett and LED Officer, Mr. Jorge Aldana.

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When it comes to helping someone in need the community of San Pedro always comes together to help out in any way possible. Two fundraising events took place this past Sunday, January 13, 2019, to help out baby Nelson Tabora suffering from Hydrocephalus.

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Government of Belize Signs Loan Agreement with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development for the Caracol Road Project On Monday, January 14, 2019, the Government of Belize signed a Loan Agreement with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development in the sum of Kuwait Dinars 6 million (approximately US$20 million) for the financing of the Caracol Road Project. The loan terms include an interest rate of two percent (2.0%) per annum and a repayment term of 20 years with a grace period of five years.

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The Belize Police Department today announced the arrest and murder charges laid upon Josue Danilo Villatoro Amador 25-year-old, Honduran Waiter of San Pedro Town Belize District in the shooting incident that caused the death of San Pedro Police Officer, Corporal Alfonso Guy.

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San Pedro Police are investigating the death of one of their own. At about 2:00 a.m. this morning police officer identified as Corporal Alfonso Guy was found in his room in the police barracks in the San Juan area with gunshot wounds to the back of his head and his abdomen. According to reports Cpl. Guy was taken for medical treatment at the Dr. Otto Polyclinic and was then airlifted to Belize City for further medical treatment. Cpl. Guy  later succumbed to his injuries while receiving treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

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Key strategic marketing initiatives by BTB to promote the country as one of the world’s best tourism destinations, propelled by the addition of new international flights are among some of the salient factors that have made 2018 an outstanding and record breaking year for both overnight and cruise tourism arrivals to Belize.  

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