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The month of September is a very festive one in Belize and more so in our beautiful island of San Pedro because the community dedicates a day to celebrate the Independence of all the Central American countries including Mexico. This year was no exception as Noche Centro Americano was celebrated on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex.

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Residents of the Boca del Rio woke up to a morning scare as a fire broke out in the area on Saturday, September 14, 2019. San Pedro Police responded to a call which they received at about 6:20 a.m. about a house fire in the Boca Del Rio Area.

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The  Belize  Tourism  Board  (BTB) launched the second phase of its Did You Know (DYK) campaign, which is aimed at increasing awareness  among hoteliers,  persons  who  own  a  home and  rent  rooms or  businesses providing accommodation for remuneration purposes of the need to register with the Registrar of Hotels at the BTB.

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Belize Police have charged four men for what is being considered one of the biggest drugs in Belize after a drug plane landed at an illegal airstrip off the Coastal Road on Sunday, September 7, 2019.

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The Belize Postal Service released a new set of postage stamps on Thursday, September 12, 2019. The stamps commemorate the 30 years of diplomatic relations and friendship shared between Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan). This new set of postage stamps is comprised of a 25¢ stamp, a $1.00 stamp, and a $5.00 stamp. The set also includes a souvenir sheet valued at $6.00 and a first-day cover valued at $4.25.

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The Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation (MTCA) and El Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo (INGUAT) hosted a 2019 Sellers Networking, Route Reconnaissance & Border Crossing Overview Meeting and Familiarization Trip on September 2nd and 3rd, 2019 at the OAS Adjacency Zone in Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Cayo, Belize.

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Taiwan Supports the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize through the Institutional Strengthening of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Central American Countries

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The Belize Medical Associates San Pedro Clinic was officially inaugurated on Saturday, September 7, 2019. The clinic is located in Northern San Pedro on the premises of Grand Caribe Resort and they have partnered to bring specialized medical care on the island for both local residents and to the growing tourism sector. The official ribbon cutting was carried out by Grand Caribe Manager Sean Feinstein, Belize Medical Associates Board Chairman Dr. Marcelo Coyi, Resident Doctor of BMA San Pedro Clinic Dr. Renae Reasa and Mayor Daniel Guerrero.

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Litzy Castillo Guillen was officially crowned San Pedro 2019 on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. Outgoing Miss San Pedro 2018, Chelsea Munoz handed over the crown, band, cape and scepter to our new Miss San Pedro in a brief ceremony that took place at Hon Louis Sylvestre Sports Complex.

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Five young ladies competed at this year's Miss San Pedro Pageant which took place on Saturday, September 7, 2019 under the theme “Jewels of the Sea”. Helen Barrera, Tanisha Rhaburn, Litzy Castillo, Eileen Reyes and Blanca Velasquez took on the stage at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex, venue for this year's pageant. At event's end, Miss Litzy Castillo Guillen sponsored by Ramon's Village Resort, was selected as Miss San Pedro 2019.

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The public is advised on the condition of the New River and updated on the work that has and will continue to be done by the Department of the Environment to address the situation as best as possible.

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The Ambergris Caye Masonic Lodge is  pleased  to  inform  the public  that  island  resident  Anthony  Coleman,  has  been  accepted  by  the  Shriner's Hospital  in  the  United  States.  Anthony,  a  San  Pedro  High  School  student  lost  both  arms  in  an  accident.  Consequently, Ambergris  Caye  Masonic  Lodge  has  embarked  on  a  mission  of  fitting  him  with  a  pair  of  prosthetic  arms.  Through fraternal  relations  between  our  Masonic  Lodge  and Shriner's  Hospital,  a  date  has  been  set  for  his  first  Hospital visit  in the United States.

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On the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), on Thursday, September 5, 2019, the National Assembly of Belize received a contribution of BZ$40,000.00 from the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

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On Wednesday, September 4, 2019, in Belmopan, Minister of Transport Honorable Edmond Castro signed a new Statutory Instrument to regulate international buses from neighboring countries (Guatemala and Mexico) entering Belize, in accordance with agreements reached among representatives from the Ministry and Department of Transport, the Belizean Bus Association and Taxi Federation, the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, the Attorney General Office, and the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce.

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A ground breaking ceremony was held on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, to officially mark the start of construction of the new Caye Caulker Craft Market. 

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The Problem Jaguar Rehabilitation Program

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The Right Honourable Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize, on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, sent a message of condolence and solidarity to the Government and people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm on September 1st, 2019. Cabinet agreed, at its meeting today, to make a contribution of US$100,000 to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to assist in the recovery efforts.

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Belize Red Cross Launches Monetary Appeal to help Persons affected by the Catastrophic Hurricane Dorian The Belize Red Cross Society (“BRC”) is in solidarity with our Caribbean brothers and sisters in the islands of the Bahamas. Since Sunday, September 1st, the northern islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama have been catastrophically impacted by Hurricane Dorian, the strongest and most sustained Category 5 hurricane ever to be recorded in the region.

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On Sunday, September 1, 2019, the UK/Belize Commonwealth Litter Programme's Week of activities was launched with a beach clean-up at Belizean Beach.

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration (MAFFESDI), through the National Climate Change Office, is implementing the REDD+ Readiness Preparation Project. REDD+ is a global initiative to combat climate change by reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and by fostering conservation, sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks.

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