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Professional fly fishing guide, Cesar Acosta and tourists were treated with a rare sighting this week while fishing in the flats of the Bacalar Chico Natural Reserve in northern Ambergris Caye, Belize. Cesar shared his video with Ambergris Today as they got up close and personal with a jaguar that was swimming across the lagoon next to a dolphin that was following them during their fishing expedition. WOW! Wild and amazing adventures in Belize.

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San Pedro Police reports indicate that 38-year-old Vanessa Hall, a Belizean domestic of the San Juan Area, arrived at the San Pedro Polyclinic on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, to see a doctor and was sitting in the waiting area when she became unresponsive. She was taken to the emergency ward where Dr. Aneiros later pronounced her dead at 7:49am.

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- Press Release, Belize Tourism Board, Belize City, Belize Monday, September 13, 2021 - Since March of 2020 to date, we have heard a great deal about the plight of our dedicated frontline workers, nurses, doctors and lab technicians who have all carried the burden of Belize's COVID-19 battle. Due to the overbearing workload created by the pandemic, the health inspectors, who would normally be assigned to process food handlers licenses and carry out inspections, have had to put their expertise to task and increase the surveillance portion of their duties.  

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The announcement of the new development on Ambergris Caye, Belize at Cayo Rosario and Secret Beach, was made this week that boasts an ‘out of this world experience’ for its guests and residents.

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The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has offered its congratulations to the four Belizean resorts that dominated the Travel + Leisure 2021 World’s Best Awards in the Top 10 Resort Hotels in Central America category. The four Belizean resorts recognized for their top-notch service were ranked as follows: Gaia River Lodge –5th Matachica Resort & Spa - 6th Blancaneaux Lodge – 8th Copal Tree Lodge – 9th

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The submersion of a 375-foot concrete ship, The Wit Concrete, donated by ASR-BSI, will become Belize’s largest wreck dive and reef enhancement project to be located at Blackbird Caye, within the Soldier Caye Conservation Zone in the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve. The announcement was made on Monday, August 30, 2021, by the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association (TASA), in collaboration with Blackbird Caye Resort and Blue Finance with support from the Ministry of Blue Economy & Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Tourism & Diaspora Relations.

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Belize City, Belize August 26th, 2021: As part of its strategic marketing efforts to heighten consideration and awareness for Belize, highlighting wellness tourism, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) secured an opportunity to collaborate with the Empire State Building in celebration of National Wellness Month.

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Twenty-two-year-old Kyrone Rene Vasquez, a local bodybuilder and personal trainer, has taken upon himself to assist his community in any way he can. With the establishment of the KV Foundation, this year he has managed to assist four students as they go back to school.

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Latin-American Actor and director John Ortiz was spotted vacationing in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize last week. Fan photos on social media show Ortiz at the Mata Chica Resort and on a diving trip where he celebrates becoming an officially certified scuba diver. John Ortiz is known for his antagonist role as Arturo Braga in Fast & Furious (2009) and Fast & Furious 6 (2013), including rolls in Carlito’s Way, Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, American Gangster, Kong: Skull Island and Bumblebee.

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The Government of Belize received a shipment of the 111,150 doses of the Pfizer COVID19 vaccine early this morning, August 18, 2021. The shipment arrived on the 8:03a.m. FedEx Express Cargo flight at the Phillip Goldson International Airport. This is the first tranche of an expected larger donation from the United States Government to the Government of Belize through the Caribbean Public Health Agengy (Carpha) and CARICOM. Belize is one of the first countries receiving this vaccine from among fifteen CARICOM member states through this partnership.

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The San Pedro Town Council has issued a release expressing deeps concerns over the safety of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge at Boca del Rio. The Council stressed that the bridge must be urgently and extensively repaired, plus there is the need for an additional new structure to accommodate the volume and size of traffic that supports life and economic livelihood between the two parts of our town

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Like a majority of events in this COVID era, the Miss San Pedro Pageant has announced that its pageant show will take place virtually, broadcasted on its Facebook platform on September 9, 2021. During a Facebook Live session on Wednesday, August 11, at Ramon’s Village, the Miss San Pedro Pageant held a Sponsor & Delegate reveal virtual show! It was here that the six delegates for this year’s pageant were announced and officially presented with their sponsor sash. Miss San Pedro 2019-2020 Litzy Castillo was present during the reveal and sashing presentation.

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BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, Wednesday, August 11th, 2021:  Belize received the Carnival Vista today with 2895 guests and 1441 crew on board. As per the normal protocol, upon submission of the Maritime Declaration by the ship in anticipation of its call to Belize the ship reported that it had on board 27 positive cases, 26 of which were crew members and 1 passenger.

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Belmopan. August 10, 2021 - The Ministry of Health & Wellness through its partnership with Baylor College of Medicine has detected variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Belize. From a total of 81 persons diagnosed COVID-19 positive for whom SARS-CoV-2 sequencing was done, these are the findings. Sixty-one or 75.31% of the samples tested negative for any of the variants of concern (VOC) or variants of interest but 20 or 24.69% of the samples tested positive for variants of SARS-CoV-2.

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Aarti Sooknandan was officially sashed as the new Miss Earth Belize 2021 on Sunday, August 8, 2021 via a virtual press conference on the Miss Earth Belize Facebook Page. Aarti is a Commercial Model for “Monster Energy” “Circle K”, Clothing line such as Cupshe Bikinis, “Astoria Active Wear” and Brand Ambassador for “Digicel Belize’ to name a few and excellent at multitasking.

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One man is in police custody today as he was caught lighting a golf cart on fire in downtown San Pedro. The incident took place shortly after 9p.m. curfew on Saturday, August 7, 2021. A surveillance camera showed evidence of a man walking away from a parked golf cart adjacent to Elvi’s Kitchen right after he ignited it with a can of WD40 lubricant.

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Belize City, Belize, Thursday, August 5th, 2021: Effective Monday, August 9th, 2021 all travelers, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, entering Belize from other countries will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test. All travelers entering Belize at the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) will be required to present a  negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel or a negative result from any approved Antigen Rapid Test taken within 48 hours of travel.

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The Supplies Control Unit (SCU) of the Belize Bureau of Standards has received reports of an increase in the price of wheat flour countrywide. The SCU advises the public that there has been no change to the controlled price for Bebe Agua and La Gitana flour in the marketplace. Such change would require discussions with the Belize ADM (flour mill) and an approval by the Government of Belize. The reports of flour price increase above the controlled prices are, therefore, not substantiated.

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Island-based Caye Education Foundation (CEF) non-profit organization celebrates its success after its scholarship support program at San Pedro High School yielded this year’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian from the Class of 2021; including seven of the ten students that graduated with honors. The foundation aims to guide and help the students so they could successfully graduate.

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Belize City, Belize, Tuesday, July 27th, 2021:  The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) welcomes the announcement by Frontier Airlines on the start of a non-stop service to Belize from Denver, Colorado and Orlando, Florida beginning on December 11, 2021. The service, which will be offered initially only on Saturdays, will be year-round with the potential for additional growth in the future.

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