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The Department of the Environment (DOE) has been receiving increased reports of the burning of household garbage in both urban and rural areas. This prevalent but harmful practice greatly reduces the air quality for residents and threatens life and property from fires, especially around this time of the year due to the dry season.

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Amendment of Fisheries Regulations Regarding Eligibility of Permanent Residents for Fishing Licenses Belmopan. April 29, 2019. The public is advised that on April 16, 2019, Cabinet approved an amendment to the Fisheries Regulations to remove the category of “permanent residents” from those persons eligible to obtain a fishing license in Belize’s territorial waters. All active licenses as of this date will be permitted to run their course and expire.

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The Belize Ministry Of Education is pleased to be a part of an exciting new venture for education in Belize! Digi Belize (Belize Telemedia Limited) in collaboration with Microsoft & the Ministry Of Education have deployed devices to selected secondary schools as a part of a pilot project geared towards creating a digital learning platform to schools in Belize. Deployment of devices included EP Yorke, Pallotti and Belize High School, Anglican Cathedral College, Saint Catherine's Academy, Ladyville Tech, San Pedro High School, Corozal Community College and Muffles College.

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Cut-Off Date for Registration as Electors for Persons Wishing to Vote in the May 8, 2019 Territorial Dispute Referendum The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby notifies the public that the cut-off date for registration as electors for persons wishing to vote in the May 8, 2019 Territorial Dispute Referendum was April 10, 2019.

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Illegal Fishing Is Costing Belize Millions and Undermining National Efforts At Sustainable Fisheries Efforts

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Belize Telemedia Limited, now rebranded as Digi, held an unveiling ceremony for this year's version of telephone directory in Belize City on Thursday, April 25, 2019. In collaboration with Yello Belize, the company chose to highlight the issue of being more environmentally friendly. Gracing the cover of the telephone directory is San Pedro’s very own Madison Pearl Edwards.

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On Thursday, April 25, 2019, San Pedro Police responded to a call about a suspicious parcel in the old San Pedro Cemetery. San Pedro Police visited the area shortly after 9 am where they found a rectangular parcel with suspected cannabis. The package was taken to the police stationed and weight 2.5 Kilos. No one was in the area at the time, hence no one was arrested. Click Here for More Ambergris Today News Online

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On the request of the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, acting pursuant to Section 4 of the Belize Territorial Dispute Referendum Act, (Act No.

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Easter Monday reveals just how much excess there was on Ambergris Caye during the long weekend holiday - Excess traffic, excess parties, excess drinking... We came across this golf cart damaged and pushed up a couple steps in front of the Trust Hardware building on Coconut Drive. The facts as to what occurred are not totally clear yet, as owners of the vehicles also woke up to discover their golf cart that was parked overnight almost totally damaged. Evidence at the scene suggests that a taxi driver was the culprit of the hit and run.

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Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the U.S. Embassy Mr. Keith Gilges hosted an official ceremony and reception Tuesday, April 16, 2019, to recognize and honor the Embassy’s “Woman of the Year 2019” Ms. Sharon Matola. The event featured remarks by Chargé Gilges, Minister of State for the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, and Sustainable Development Hon. Omar Figueroa, the Co-Founder of the Belize Center for Environmental Studies Ms. Lou Nicolait, and the Founding Director of the Belize Zoo and the Embassy’s “Woman of the Year” 2019 Ms. Sharon Matola.

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The Ministry of Health reminds the public that the risk of measles continues to grow for Belize with neighboring countries reporting measles cases. Belize has NO reported cases at this time. Measles is passed easily from person to person and anyone who is unvaccinated is at risk of getting the disease. Measles starts like with flu-like symptoms such as fever, runny nose, cough and “Pink Eye”. The rash appears 3 to 4 days after the fever starts, usually spreading from head to toe. The public is reminded to:

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The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) officially launched the Boca del Rio project during an inauguration ceremony on Sunday, April 14, 2019 as part of its plan to develop and enhance the attractions and amenities in key tourism destinations in Belize. The launching also included a family day of fun, which included numerous sports, prizes and lively music.

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The unwavering efforts of the Belize Tourism Board and its industry stakeholders and partners to market Belize as one of the world’s leading tourism destinations is paying off. The latest statistics for the first quarter of this year show an impressive and persistent growth  in  both  overnight  and cruise  ship  arrivals  to  Belize  predicting  yet  another  bumper-crop year for the tourism industry. The following is a breakdown of the latest figures for the first quarter of 2019 for both overnight and cruise ship arrivals.

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The latest on the infamous John McAfee is that he has been found liable and ordered by a federal judge to pay $25 million in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the estate of a Belize man. But according to the Florida Record Webiste, McAfee has said he won't pay.

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The San Pedro Traffic Wardens attended a ‘Partnership and Life Skills’ Workshop on Monday, April 8, 2019. The Workshop took place at the San Pedro Town Council conference room and was conducted by Rudolph Orio, Supt. (Ret’d) – National Coordinator Police Auxiliary Unit.

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The Alaia Charity Foundation held Ambergris Caye’s first ever fun run/walk which took place on Saturday, April 6, 2019. The main purpose of the event was to raise funds to provide financial, educational, medical and environmental support with the events net-proceeds, to disenfranchised island families.

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Press Release - Belize Medical Associates, Belize’s premier, private medical hospital and clinic announces that it will be opening a Poly Clinic in San Pedro later this year. Belize Medical Associates has a thirty year history of excellence, growth and commitment to the highest ethical and academic standards. We have seen a need for specialized medical care on the island of San Pedro, both to its local residents and to its growing tourism sector.

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San Pedro High School celebrated its 10th Business Fair on Friday, April 5, 2019. Senior and junior students were given the opportunity to show off their marketing skills by creating a product/business and putting it up for display and sale at the fair. There were lots of fun booths from burger huts, smoothies, elotes (corn in a cob or cup)booth, medical plazas, Water Park displays, candy shops, pastry shops, recyclable furniture and so much more; the ideas for new business ventures for the island of Ambergris Caye were free flowing at San Pedro High School's Business Fair.

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The Belize Fisheries Department hereby informs all fishers, and the Public, that in accordance with Statutory Instrument No. 54 of 2012, the Honorable Omar Figueroa, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development will declare the Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) fishery closed on April 30th, 2019. This is necessary due to the realization of the Queen Conch quota. The fishing community is advised that all Queen Conch fishing activities shall cease as of this date until the opening of the fishing season on 1st October, 2019.

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Action safeguards ecosystems while promoting sustainable fishing In a bold step for the sustainability of its fisheries and the world’s second largest barrier reef, the government of Belize has approved a plan to set aside 10% of its territorial waters as no-take marine protected areas (MPAs), nearly tripling the size of its existing zones.

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