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On Monday, December 2, 2019, the UK government was pleased to witness the signing of the construction contract for the Coastal Highway Upgrading Project in Belize which forms part of the £330 million UK Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF) portfolio. This project will upgrade approximately 59 km (approximately 37 miles) of the road network, associated bridge and drainage works linking the George Price Highway to the Hummingbird Highway.

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It’s beginning to look a Lot like Christmas, the San Pedro Town Council held its official lighting ceremony of the Town’s Christmas Tree on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Central Park. It was fun-filled event enjoyed by island residents and tourists alike.

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Belize to accelerate digital government transformation with support from the Inter-American Development Bank

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The Belize Coast Guard is celebrating its 14th anniversary and the 10th Recruitment Exercise and Changing of Command Ceremony took place on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. The event took place at the Belize Coast Guard Headquarters, 4.5 miles George Price Highway, Belize City. Taking command of the Belize Coast Guard was Captain Elton Bennet and our very own Sanpedrana Alma Pinelo was promoted to Lieutenant Commander.

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Simone Biles, world-renowned Olympic gymnast and gold medalist, was presented with a symbolic key to San Pedro Town by Mayor Daniel Guerrero at a short ceremony that took place at Pineapples Restaurant, Ramon’s Village on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. Mayor Guerrero mentioned that islanders are honored in having Biles visit San Pedro, Ambergris Caye as she keeps her native Belizean family and home at heart wherever she travels.The athlete said that her favorite destination would always be Belize as she holds dual citizenship through her mother, Nellie Cayetano Biles.

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Annually, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is launched on November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and runs until December 10th, International Human Rights Day.

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Oceana came to Belize 10 years ago determined to support Belizeans in their advocacy for the national policies necessary to enhance and increase our collective protection of the Caribbean Sea. Since then Oceana has helped Belize make significant strides in ocean conservation, accomplishing two momentous laws to safeguard its marine resources. Belize’s commitment to ocean stewardship was solidified with a ban on all forms of trawling and also the indefinite moratorium on offshore oil activities.

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On Friday, November 29th, 2019, the Belize Trade & Investment Development Services (BELTRAIDE) through its Small Business Development Center, Belize (SBDCBelize) unit will host its 5th Annual National Entrepreneurship Convention (EntreCon) under the team "Engage, Exchange, Empower".

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Belize’s Children Honored at Special Awards Ceremony Several children were recognized for their outstanding work in several areas at the first ever National Children’s Awards ceremony held on Friday, Novemebr 22, 2019. The event was the culmination of several activities held as part of Belize joining the international community in the commemoration of the thirtieth anniversary of the signing of the Convention on the Rights of Children.

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The Belize Film Commission, along with the Global Commerce, Digital Entertainment and Media Divisions for the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Saba Industries is pleased to report that they announced the soft launch of the Belize International Market: Film - TV - New Media - Animation at the recent Belize International Film Festival. This Market is focused on content development and acquisition, networking, professional development and training workshops.

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On November 15th and 16th, the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation hosted European press in efforts to promote the community tourism trail called Holpatin, being developed by the Ministry in the Orange Walk District.

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On Monday, November 18, 2019, the Government of Belize through the Ministry of Health and the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) signed a project agreement to improve the Medical Imaging Services in Belize. The project beneficiaries are two regional public hospitals and the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The project will increase accessibility to quality and safe imaging services as a means towards achieving universal access to health.

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On Friday, November 15, 2019, San Pedro High School held a fun and educational Cultural Day Exhibit under the theme “Belize and its people integrated through its dance, music, culture and food”. After the official opening remarks by Principal Emil Vasquez, Mrs. Angie Ellis officially introduced the guest speaker Mr. Ravey Vellos. Mr. Vellos addressed the students and staff of San Pedro High with a very interesting and informational speech.

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On Friday, Novemeber 15, 2019, the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) inaugurated its new San Pedro Branch Office on Pescador Drive. BEL took this opportunity to announce the Company's new strategic direction to expand its offerings to current and new customers. Ms. Sheena Garnett, Sr. Corporate Communications Officer of BEL was the Mistress of Ceremony for the event. After a lovely rendition of the National Anthem by Natalie Arceo and prayer by Father David Mumba of the San Pedro RC Church the welcome address was delivered by Mayor Daniel Guerrero of San Pedro Town.

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MSC Meraviglia, the 7th largest cruise ship in the world, made its golden voyage to Belize on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, carrying nearly 4,500 guests(at double occupancy) on board. MSC Meraviglia, is owned and operated by MSC Cruisesand entered service in June 2017. It is the world’s 7th largest ship. It was built at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France by STX France. MSC Meraviglia was MSC Cruises first ship in the innovative Meraviglia class of next-generation ships, designed to be able to call in most of the world’s international cruise ports.

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For the first time ever San Pedro Police destroyed over 100 kilos of illicit drugs that have accumulated over the years here on Ambergris Caye. On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the above the ground burning of the drugs took place under heavy police presence.

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Oceana And The Belize Coalition For Sustainable Fisheries Commit Over Bz$2million Dollars To Assist Fishers Transitioning Away From Gillnet Use In Belize's Waters Oceana and the Belize Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries have committed via written letters of intent to the Government of Belize, over BZ$ 2 Million dollars to assist Belizean fishers transition away from gillnet use in Belize’s waters.

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On May 5, 2019 Yamiri Jasmine Guy and Kimberly Melissa Guy lost their lives and several other passengers sustained various injuries on board a water-taxi owned by San Pedro Jets Xpress, being operated by Ocean Ferry Belize which exploded. The Belize Port Authority conducted investigations and has levied charges against the boat captain and both water-taxi operators.

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Members of the Belize Parliamentary Alliance against Hunger and Malnutrition (BPAHM) gathered on Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Marion Jones Conference Room in Belize City for a forum on Food and Nutrition Security for a Healthy Belize. In his address to the gathering, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Honourable Patrick Faber, said his Ministry is planning to scale up school feeding in Belize as well as ensuring that school children are fed one healthy meal a day.

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The island community of Ambergris Caye has come to LOVE this dynamic duo at American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES), for their personality, their love of community and their passion in saving and protecting the endangered crocodiles. Chris Summers and Christina Manzi of ACES share this video of their hard work and passion that has brought them together as a couple that creates awareness and helps protect crocodiles in Belize. Enjoy the video and help support their worthy organization.

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