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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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Five Former Foreign Affairs Ministers of Belize today Wednesday, January 9, 2019, signed a joint declaration supporting 'Yes' vote to take Guatemala's claim on Belize's territory to the International Court of Justice for final settlement. The declaration reads as follows: “We, former Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Belize from 1984 to 2008, after careful consideration of whether Belize should submit the Guatemalan territorial claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), this 9th day of January 2019, DECLARE the following:

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Global Finance Magazine has named Caye International Bank as one of the World's Best Private Banks for the second year running. The financial institution was named the Best Private Bank in Belize based on a range of factors that included recommendations from top analysts, public filings, company documents, and sources within the financial industry. As a leading offshore bank located on Ambergris Caye island in Belize, Caye International Bank offers exceptional customer service and professional financial services for investors from around the world.

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According to San Pedro Police, on January 7, 2019, a 26-year-old, Belizean Waitress of San Pedro Town reported to police that she was raped on Sunday morning.

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PC Tyrell Rowley and PC Samir Medina were both caught on video brutally beating up Jamir Leal on New Year’s Day in San Pedro Town.

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It’s a Boy - Saw hello to Wilfredo Jeovanny Cardenez Jr., 2019’s New Year Baby for San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. He was the first baby born in the new year, January 2, 2019. This makes the lucky boy the recipient of the New Year’s Baby awards and gifts from Ambergris Today and local businesses.

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Mayor Daniel Guerrero and the newly appointed Liquor Licensing Board had an open discussion with the "Open" bars of San Pedro Town on Thursday, January 3, 2019, where they discussed issues concerning noise pollution and how they can work together with the Town Council and authorities to minimize this problem. The new Liquor Licensing Board consists of: Mr. Eiden Salazar whom is the Chairman, Ms. Vanessa Parham, Mr. Joe Elijio, Mayor Daniel Guerrero.

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After video footage of excessive force by police Quick Response Team on civilians hit social media and news outlets, island residents and Belizeans have expressed their outrage on the situation. The Belize Police Department has launched an internal investigation and both PC No. 1919 Samir Medina and PC No.2287 Tyrell Rowley have been placed on seven days suspension pending the findings of a criminal and internal police investigation.

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Bringing in the New Year is supposed to be a festive and joyous time for all to celebrate, sadly we get to report on a case of excessive force by police. A disturbing video footage was circulating on social media of what appears to be members of the Quick Response Team (QRT) beating down on a couple underage males outside a local bar establishment in the Boca Del Río Area, San Pedro Town.

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Mr. Joel M Nagel of Nagel & Associates, LLC. Helps to promote the annual Toy Drive of Living Word Church in San Pedro, Belize. Living Word Church’s Annual Toy Drive for the children of San Pedro was brighter than ever! Thanks to the continual support of Joel Nagel and the local community, every year, the event continues to grow. Communities near and far have come together once again to purchase and distribute toys to the underprivileged children of San Pedro, Belize to insure they have a toy this Christmas.

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According to the website Hotel Management the resort hotel brand Margaritaville is developing a new property on Ambergris Caye. Our sources indicate that this new deveolpment will take place at the old Sueno del Mar property located about 12 miles in North Ambergris Caye; the development had been foreclosed by Belize Bank.

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The lotteries committee hereby informs the general public that no person shall promote or conduct any lottery or raffle (any scheme for distribution of prizes by lot or chance), unless he obtains a licence or a letter of authorization for raffle in accordance with the lotteries control act, chapter 151 of the laws of belize.

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