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Forty-three-year-old Ian ‘Lion’ Gordon (long-time resident of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye) is currently on an 8-day run of Belize challenging himself to complete 13.1-mile runs (or half marathon) in all the districts of Belize. He is running a total of 104.8 miles in eight different towns plus Belmopan and Belize City in eight consecutive days in celebration of his five years as a marathoner.

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The Belize Zoo announced this week that Celso Poot, long time employee and Manager of Operations and Finance, will now lead the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center as Director. Celso succeeds the Founding Director, Sharon Matola, and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the zoo and education center.

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Contributed by Belize Hotel Association - Bringing the industry back is no small feat, but small steps build to long strides. The BHA office has been working with the Ministry of Health and Wellness to sensitize and encourage people to get vaccinated. Earlier this month, the Belize Hotel Association assisted in the coordination of the first round of vaccinations for tourism workers at the Best Western Biltmore and Plaza. We then took to Turneffe Atoll, where three-member properties were visited for the administration of the vaccine.

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Hon. Andre Perez, Area Representative of Belize Rural South and Minister of The Blue Economy and Civil Aviation, met last night with key island departments and stakeholders in San Pedro to discuss a joint plan in preparing San Pedro and Caye Caulker communities as Belize prepares to open its land borders.

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Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) announced last week that it will resume port calls to Harvest Caye in Southern Belize, on August 9, 2021.  Norwegian Joy will depart from its home port in Montego Bay, Jamaica on August 7, and will include Belize as a part of its week-long Western Caribbean itinerary.  

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“True environmental costs must be weighed against any potential benefits to safeguard Belize’s economic backbone, its natural resources - Dismissing cumulative impact of multiple cruise port proposals is shortsighted.” - Oceana Belize

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The San Pedro Traffic Department was closed on Thursday, April 8, 2021, as it went under investigation under the Police Department after reports indicated that a number of residents were conned in a well-put together scam carried out by former and current members of the public department.

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The Belize Police Department has issued a press release where it reiterates that hosting social and recreational gatherings during the Easter holiday is not only dangerous in light of the COVID-19 pandemic but also illegal under the current Statutory Instrument (SI) in place to prevent the spread of the virus. “As we approach the Easter holiday, we are seeing a number of advertisements promoting social events having the potential of drawing mass gatherings all over the country and in particular within the Coastal Communities,” stated the press release from the Police Department.

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The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has confirmed that the vaccination of the tourism sector began on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. This is the second phase of the National Covid-19 Immunization campaign, which also includes members of the National Assembly & Judiciary, teachers, police officers, and the staff of the Customs and Immigration department.

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The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has indicated that it welcomes COPA Airlines’ announcement this week that it will resume its weekly service to Belize effective June 2021. COPA Airlines first introduced service to Belize from Panama in December 2015, but had to suspend operations in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic crippled the global travel industry. 

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Before ending his tenure as Mayor of San Pedro Town, Daniel Guerrero announced that the Town Council had honored all of the past six mayors by renaming some streets in their names. A check with current Mayor Wally Nuñez, indicated that the new streets name are in the process of being gazetted to make the names official. Be it declared that the San Pedro Town Council announces the following changes: •The Boca del Rio Drive (Beachfront) is renamed the Gilberto “Chico” Gomez Promenade

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In a press release issued yesterday, Tuesday, March 17, 2021, the Coalition for Sustainable Fisheries and Oceana Belize fired at the Ministry of Blue Economy expressing their concerns that the Ministry appears to be rapidly moved to substantially alter Statutory Instrument 158 of 2020, effectively overturning the gillnet ban. Today, Hon. Andre Perez, Minister of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation, categorically refutes the allegations, including that he is refusing to meet with licensed Belizean fishers.

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The Ministry of Health and Wellness this week announced the arrival of 25,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Belize. The donation was made possible by the people and Government of India. The COVID-19 Vaccination Exercise continues this week with the remaining frontline health workers in the public and private sector. Thereafter, the Ministry will move to phase 1b and start administering vaccines to persons 60 years and older. The public is encouraged to get vaccinated when it’s their turn. (Vaccination Phases listed below)

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Prime Minister Briceño assures that his government will restore San Pedro as the premier tourist destination of Belize - “I am so grateful to San Pedro, because when I decided that I wanted to put my name to be the leader of the PUP in 2008, I had a lot of difficulties in trying to get support, but San Pedro was there with me from day one. You have never let me down and I will never let you down San Pedro.” Hon. Briceño stated that the PUP is going to work together and make a big difference for San Pedro.

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Hon. Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness reiterated his commitment to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, making a donation of equipment to the San Pedro Poly Clinic during his visit to the island this week. He was a special invited guest at the Town Council swearing-in ceremony that took place on Monday, March 8, 2021.

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At a small gathering attended by key party supporters, family and friend of the People’s United Party, Mayor Gualberto Wally Nuñez and his councilors were officially sworn into office on Monday, March 8, 2021 at the Ambergris Stadium. Hon. Andre Perez, Area Representative and Minister of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation, delivered the welcome address after which the official swearing in was carried out by Mr. Eduardo Aguilar, Legal Counsel and Mrs. Evelia Paz, Justice of the Peace.

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After receiving a donation of 1,000 Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the Government and people of Barbados, Belize’s Ministry of Health and Wellness began vaccinating frontline workers last week. We are glad to see that our frontline workers in the health sector have been vaccinated here in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Island doctors, nurses and even a police officer attached to the Poly Clinic have already received the vaccine. This is the first step in the country’s movement to safeguard the health of its populace.

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In his very first speech to San Pedro, newly elect Mayor Wally Nuñez embraced Area Rep Honorable Andre Perez to his working team.  Wally said, "I do not have a slate anymore. I have TEAM EIGHT, " and he looked at Andre Perez to welcome him to his working team. Wally went on to thank God, his campaign team, campaign manager Edwardo Aguilar, and the people of San Pedro that gave him overwhelming support at the polls. Wally added that he is ready to work. 

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Sargassum Products for Climate Resilience to mitigate harsh impacts on Caribbean States - The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and Plant & Food Research, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute, will host a virtual training workshop on Wednesday, 3 March 2021. The session—which will be conducted with the assistance of Prof Mona Webber of the Marine Science Centre, UWI, Mona Campus, Jamaica—will focus on techniques for harvesting, handling, species identification and processing of Sargassum seaweed for initial evaluation.

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The former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Kevin Gonzalez, presents community contributions by HCMR from 2016 to 2021. The Board would like to share its accomplishments during its tenure. - Paid Release - Click Here for More News on Ambergris Today Online

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