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Island residents of Caye Caulker are now connected to the locally sourced generation unit that is successfully operational and connected to the island’s power system. Belize Electricity Limited took teams of workers to monitor and asses the generator unit that was sourced from Independence Village to provide additional generation capacity in Caye Caulker arrived on the island on Saturday, January 4, 2020. This is a fairly used generation unit but was the only one of sufficient capacity that was readily available in-country.

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A group of tourist on a sailing tour shared an experience of a lifetime on Saturday, January 4, 2020, as their captain Horace Bladon and crew of Felicity Sailing saved a 100 pound sea turtle from suffocation after it had swallowed a pufferfish that inflated in its throat. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)

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Belize court upholds finding that LGBT people are protected by non-discrimination laws, major victory for human rights It’s been a battle that started in 2010 and ended in 2019, rounding off the decade with a win for LGBT+ activists who tirelessly worked to get the ban dropped. On Monday, December 30, 2019, The Court of Appeal delivered a judgment denying the Belize Government's appeal of a 2016 ruling decriminalizing adult consensual same-sex relations.

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Caye Caulker is in a total state of crisis as they have been experiencing both water and electricity problems. The water supply plant could take days for water to be fully restored to the island and Belize Electricity Limited is working arduously to replace a faulty generator.  Belize Water Services issued a press release on Monday, December 29, 2019, stating that the Caye Caulker Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant experienced a shut down due to a broken main drive shaft, and that water could take days to be restored due to a part that is being shipped from abroad.

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Our neighbors in Caye Caulker Village are currently experiencing a water crisis as the island’s water supply plants has broken down. There are reports that guests are leaving hotels and the water shortage is gravely impacting everyone from restaurants, hotels, all businesses and consumers.

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In keeping its word of having a safer community, San Pedro Police have been conducting more patrols throughout the island and have successfully been catching up with individuals who have firearms without proper licenses. On Saturday, December 28th, 2019, at about 2:55 p.m., while Police were conducting mobile patrol on Barrier Reef Drive, San Pedro Town, their attention was drawn to a male person who was riding a red beach cruiser bicycle and acting suspiciously.

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The Ministry of Education has embarked on constructing thirty-five schools across the country in an effort to improve the quality of education in Belize. And on Thursday, December 19, 2019, two separate ground breaking ceremonies took place in Caye Caulker and in San Pedro.

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It’s the season of giving and that is exactly what many businesses have been doing this Holiday Season in San Pedro. Castillo’s Hardware held its grand Christmas Raffle on Monday, December 23, 2019, as a show of appreciation to their customers. The Lucky Winners of Castillo’s Grand Christmas Raffle are: First Prize : Caye Management (Headline Picture)Second Prize: Chris GorosicaThird Prize: Ernesto GomezFourth Prize : Jason & Hayke CapertonFifth Prize: Saul Nuñez

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The Mexican Embassy  has posted a travel advisory for all planning to visit Mexico, kindly read. TRAVEL ADVISORY – MEXICO This Advisory includes the following sections: A. IMMIGRATIONB. CUSTOMSC. VEHICLE IMPORTATIOND. VEHICLE INSURANCEE. DRIVING IN MEXICOF. PERSONAL SAFETYG. CONSULAR ASSISTANCEH. BELIZEAN DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS IN MEXICO

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The representatives of the heads of state and government of Central American countries assembled in San Salvador, El Salvador for the LIV Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Central American Integration System (SICA).

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra has teamed up with a footwear brand Crocs to collaborate in a donation campaign. She will give 50,000 pairs of classic clogs to school children in Belize. The actress took to Twitter to announce the good news. She also posted a video with the caption that read: “This initiative is very special to me. What started as a conversation with @Crocs of shared interests and concerns for the children of the world, has blossomed into this amazing association with @UNICEF, an organization that is so close to my heart.”

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“The conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist”  - William Golding - A Research Article, written by Deseree Arzu - The Queen conch is a well-loved delicacy; an important part of Belizean culture that has been around for generations. So, for many Belizeans, Golding’s quote above is not something they imagine or think about happening, particularly in a small country of 360,000 inhabitants; especially since the symbolism of the quote refers to the destruction of a people’s way of life.

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On Tuesday, December 17, 2019 Rickilee Response and Rescue (RRR) Air Evac Emergency Response Team handed over $1million worth of medical supplies to the San Pedro Poly Clinic, Caye Caulker Poly Clinic and the Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT).

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In coordination with International Atomic Energy (IAEA), Belize is attending the First Project Coordination Meeting for Improving Regional Testing Capabilities and Monitoring Programmes for Residues/Contaminants in Foods Using Nuclear/Isotopic and Complementary Techniques from December 16-21, 2019.

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The Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize, Special Envoy for Women and Children and the Chair of SCLAN, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow participated in the Pastoral Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Pontifical Scholas Occurrentes office in Vatican City on Friday, December 13, 2019. This day also marked a special and significant day as His holiness was celebrating 50 years since being ordained as a priest.

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San Pedro Police are working hard on keeping La Isla Bonita safe and have conducted several patrols and as a result they have successfully arrested and charged several individuals for having a firearm without proper licenses.

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Hundreds of island residents and tourists lined up the streets of San Pedro on Sunday, December 15, 2019, to witness of the most cheerful parades of the year, the Love FM's Christmas Parade. It is without a doubt one of the season's most anticipated events as participants spread Christmas cheer and share candies and other goodies.

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[Press Release, Belize City, Belize, 11 December 2019] For two decades, many Belizean fishers have been calling for a ban on gillnets. Over the past 18 months, following a number of meetings with Government officials and licensed gill-netters, a coalition of NGOs, including commercial fishermen, sports fishers, game fishers, and tourism and conservation organizations, drafted a comprehensive proposal to transition those 83 fishers who have a gillnet license away from the gear.

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On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, the Hol Chan Reserve Enforcement team, led by operations Manager, Shalini Cawich, embarked on a strategic patrol within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. In the vicinity of Tres Cocos Channel, the patrol team encountered a fishing vessel with two fishers in the water. Due diligence was done, and the vessel was searched which led to the discovery of parrot fish, fish fillet without skin patch, lobster with spawn and undersized lobster. The fishers, Giovanni Reyes and Jose Marroquin were arrested and successfully prosecuted in the San Pedro Magistrate court.

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The San Pedro Fire Department can now boast the second largest fleet of fire trucks in the country as a donation of twin trucks boosted its fleet to four fire trucks. The donation took place today, Thursday, December 12, 2019, at the San Pedro Fire Station where Hon. Edmund Castro, Hon. Manuel Heredia and Mayor Daniel Guerrero officially accepted the donation from Casa de la Caye Villas.

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