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On December 1st, 2018 at BCCI’s Christmas Expo Extravaganza, Fine Things Ltd., located in Corozal and owned by Belizean, Melissa Vargas, will proudly launch Sacha Cosmetics in the country of Belize for users and those seeking entrepreneurial opportunities. Sacha is a Trinidad and Tobago born brand of makeup specially formulated for exotic skin types, but especially made for the Caribbean Climate.

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Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Continues to Contribute to the Infrastructure Development of Belize - Belmopan. November 26, 2018. Today in Belize City, His Excellency Remus Li-Kuo Chen, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize, presented a bilateral cooperation grant to the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Economic Development of Belize. The grant is in the sum of US$4 million.

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Coconuts are a longtime staple of Caribbean cuisine, and practically an emblem of the region's climate and culture. But a new international initiative is shifting coconut's image to an icon for business process innovation, wealth generation and sustainable livelihoods.

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Based on a health alert from the United States Centre for Disease Control regarding an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O0157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) associated with romaine lettuce, BAHA and the Ministry of Health advise consumers not to eat any romaine lettuce. Retailers and restaurants should not serve or sell any imported from the U.S.A. and Canada until more information becomes available.

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On Tuesday, 20th November, the Belize Embassy in Mexico City and Tropic Air sponsored a dinner event with the support of the Belize Tourism Board, the Belize Hotel Association and the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) with the sole objective to market and promote Belize to Mexican travel agents in support of the new route offered by AeroMexico.

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San Pedro High School had the honors of hosting a diplomatic group of Ministers of the Central American Integration System (SICA) on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. The Central American Integration System (SICA) is an integration process established under the Protocol of Tegucigalpa in 1991. It is comprised of Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panamá and so the Ministers of Education and Culture of each country were in San Pedro as part of their 48th Meeting of Ministers of Education and Culture of CECC/SICA.

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Belize City, Tuesday, 20th November 2018:  Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, is now the first international air carrier to offer a direct non-stop flight service from Mexico City to Belize. The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and senior officials from the airline held a brief ceremony on Saturday, November 17th to mark the inaugural flight to Belize, which will be available on Saturday and Sundays until April 28th, 2019.

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Greetings from the San Pedro Town Council.  

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Garifuna Settlement Day was observed on Monday, November 19, 2012, that made for a long holiday weekend of celebration throughout the country of Belize. The Garinagu community of San Pedro was nothing shy of showing off their rich culture, especially when it came to the drumming and dancing. Activities surrounding the day of celebration started off early with cultural drumming at Central Park, School visits, translation competitions and much more.

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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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