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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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Statutory Instrument 81 of 2019 - Amendment of Fisheries Regulations to Remove Eligibility of Permanent Residents for Fishing Licenses Belmopan. December 6, 2019. The public is advised that via Gazette of Statutory Instrument 81 of 2019, permanent residents are no longer eligible for fishing licenses.

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In commemoration of Tropic Air’s 40th Birthday, the airline is marking it by celebrating with customers. And is also thankful to its staff who have been with them for over 30 years. Steven Schulte, Tropic’s CEO and John Grief III – President of Tropic Air were present to thank senior employees for their hard work and dedication to the company. Senior Staff members include:

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Island residents and visitors flocked the shoreline of San Pedro to witness the Annual Holiday Board which was held on Saturday, December 7, 2019.  The boats were all lit up with colorful lights and cheerful with music, song and dance! The Holiday Boat Parade boasted a total of nine boat entries this year. Here are these year’s winners of the Final Holiday Parade: Best of Show (1st place - $4,000): Jody Leslie and Team Chingon, self-sponsored

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This Wednesday, December 11, Tropic Air commemorates its 40th birthday, and the airline is marking it by celebrating with customers.

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The Belize Tourism Board (BTB),in collaboration with Color Blind Multimedia Productions and the National Institute for Culture and History (NICH), officially launched on Friday, December 6, 2019, the See Belize Channel, Belize’s first dedicated television travel channel, during a press conference held at the North Park Hotel in Belize City.

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Founder’s Day was once more celebrated at San Pedro High School. The faculty, staff and students of San Pedro High pulled off another great celebration as tradition has it, San Pedro High School is always up for a celebration in commemoration of (now retired) Principal Angel Nuñez’s birthday every year on December 5.

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Illegal users to benefit from lack of political will to take decisive action on indiscriminate and destructive fishing gear On Thursday, December 5, 2019, The Government of Belize announced that the use of gillnets in Belizean waters will continue. In doing so, the Government has turned down a two-million-dollar financial aid package that would have been disbursed to licensed Belizean fishers as part of their agreement to transition away from this indiscriminate and destructive gear. In 2018, those fishers numbered 83 persons.

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Island resident, 18-year-old, Michael Cobo reportedly was last heard of on Friday, November 29, 2019 and was reported missing on Monday, December 2, 2019. The Cobo’s family worst fear came true as they headed to Belize to identify the body of a male person that was found floating near the Port Authority pier.

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On Saturday, November 30, 2019, 16-year-old, Nayobie Rivero was crowned Miss Teen Mundial Belize 2020. Nayobie is a junior student at San Pedro High School majoring in Business. She is no stranger to pageantry as she has held the title of Miss Chiquitita 2010 and Little Miss SPHS 2010. Nayobie Rivero will represent the Jewel - Belize at the Miss Teen Mundial to be held in El Salvador from July 18 - 26, 2020.

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On Sunday, December 1st, 2019. The Law enforcement Tourch Run for Special Olympics began in Punta Gorda and has made its way to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. This torch is paraded around the country by the police and other law enforcement officers including the Belize Police Department, National Fire Service, Customs Department, Belize Defense Force and The Kolbe Foundation in an effort to garner special attention to children with disabilities and the Belize Special Olympics, raising funds for the same organization.

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.The Deputy Prime Minister of Belize Hon. Patrick Faber represented Belize at the Meeting of Vice Presidents of Member States of the Central American Integration System (SICA) in El Salvador on Monday, December 2, 2019.

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The Department of Youth Services hosted its annual Belize Youth Awards Gala on Friday, November 29, 2019 at the Belize City Civic Center. The Youth Awards night celebrates amazing and talented young people who have shown leadership, innovation, and community service skills while empowering their peers and motivating their communities. Lovely Sanpedrana Nayobie Rivero was awarded with the Minister’s Award for Leadership and Advocacy.

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