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Lovely Selena Urias is currently in Tokyo, Japan representing the Jewel – Belize. Selena Urias proudly wore her national costume representing Ix Chel the Maya Moon Goddess and it was during that segment where she was awarded the Purple Ribbon Ambassador Award. The Miss International Purple Ribbon Ambassador Award is a recognition that names a champion for the fight against domestic violence. Selena was awarded after the national costume presentation held on Monday, October 28, 2019.

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On Saturday, October 26, 2019 the Belize Audubon Society hosted the annual BAS-coined event, ‘Urban Bird Watch’, at the BAS Main Office in Belize City.  The Urban Bird Watch is a free annual BAS event, celebrating its 10th year in 2019, held in every major constituency alongside community members of all ages to bring a greater awareness of birds in our urban environment and spark interest in bird watching. At 6:00am, a brief welcome was given to Belize City’s Urban Bird Watch 2019 by Conservation Director, Ms.

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Twelve applicants are vying for five vacant post in the National Executive of the United Democratic Party. San Pedro’s very own Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. is taking up the challenge and has applied for the post of second deputy leader against Belize Rural Central representative Beverly Williams. Minister Heredia has had three terms in Government under his belt and believes he can work with either Faber or Saldivar (both running for Party Leader) to continue his works in his electoral division but most importantly to give back to his party.

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In April 2019, the Governments of Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan) held an agreement signing ceremony for a project entitled Belize Urban Resilience and Disaster Prevention. Since then the project has been well underway. The first phase of implementation commenced with the review and selection of priority sites for the installation of two water regime monitoring stations and the early warning system technology. These locations were selected according to stakeholder consultation and field surveys that were conducted in July and early September, respectively.

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As Belize prepares to celebrate Coastal Awareness Week under the theme, “building coastal resilience through innovation” a number of scientists and hydrographic experts are in country to continue work in helping to build the nation’s climate resilience and to develop adaptive measures as part of its efforts to manage and protect coastal and marine resources.

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The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) recognized the top tourism performers during its 17th National Tourism Awards Gala Event held on Saturday, 19th October in Belize City. Congratulations goes out especially to the winners from San Pedro namely Grand Caribe on their win for Top Performing Hotel of the Year, the San Pedro Tour Guide Association - for the Tour Guide Association of the Year and to Mrs. Kelly McDermott Kanabar on her win for this year's Minister's Award.

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During the early morning hours of Friday, October 18, 2019 the Belize Coast Guard detained two Honduran Nationals who were caught fishing in Belizean waters. These men were then handed over to the rangers of the Southern Environmental Association, who formally arrested the detained men.

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Tourism Industry stakeholders and international marketing experts converged at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel on Friday, Oct 18 to discuss a wide-range of issues important to the local industry as part of this year’s BTB annual Tourism Conference which saw a record attendance of over 200 participants. The conference evolved from the BTB’s strategic plan on equipping stakeholders with pertinent and relevant information for the industry’s enhancement.

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Mrs. Yvette Sanker Riverol is Oceana’s 2019 Wavemaker of the Year Belizeans  from  across  the  country  came  out  in  waves  to  the  Saint  Catherine  Academy Auditorium  in  Belize  City  to  participate  in  Oceana’s  Annual  General  Meeting  (AGM)of  its  dedicated  volunteers,  our “Wavemakers”. Over four hundred Wavemakers from Corozal, Orange Walk, Belize, Cayo, Stann Creek and Toledo districts, as well as from Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye attended this year’s event.

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On Friday, October 18, 2019, The Ministry of National Security (Defence) hosted the 5th Annual Multinational Security Cooperation Conference at the Grand Caribe Belize Suites & Residences in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

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Ministry of National Security Inaugurates Joint Interagency Information Security System On Thursday, October 17, 2019, the Ministry of National Security officially inaugurated its Joint Interagency Information Security System (JIISS) during a ceremony at the Ministry of National Security Compound in Belmopan.

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Santo Domingo. October 15th, 2019. Belize was represented at the 5th Meeting of the Executive Commission of Mesoamerica and first Mesoamerica Cooperation Forum by Ambassador Patrick Andrews, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and Children in partnership with the Belize Cancer Society unveiled its 2019 Cancer Awareness Flyer as part of Belize’s activities for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, the Office of the Special Envoy partners with the Belize Cancer Society to identify cancer survivors and current fighters who are willing to give of their time to empower others and encourage yearly screenings/self-examinations by participating in a Cancer Awareness Photoshoot.

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A team of five Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) employees travelled to the Bahamas on Sunday, October 13, 2019 to assist Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) with hurricane restoration efforts on Abaco Island. Category five Hurricane Dorian claimed 61 lives and caused massive devastation to the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands during its passage September 1-3, 2019. The BEL team will join other member utilities of the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) who have committed to assisting BPL with rebuilding electrical infrastructure.

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From Wednesday, October 16 to Sunday, October 20, Costa Rica will host the CODICADER Games (Elementary School Level). A delegation of 59 people will travel from Belize to compete in the disciplines of mini-volleyball, kids athletics, and football 7. The National Stadium will host kids athletics, mini-volleyball will be played at the San Francisco de Dos Ríos Sports Center, and football 7 will be played at the Ernesto Rohrmoser de Pavas Stadium.

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The Governments of Belize and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed an agreement on economic cooperation on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, aimed at strengthening the ties of friendship and cooperation that exist between both countries. The agreement establishes a framework for expanding the economic relationship between the two countries in a number of key areas, including:'

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Graffiti is writing or drawings made on a wall or other surface, usually as a form of artistic expression, usually done without permission and within public view. Our little town is coming alive with lots of colors and spectacular graffiti drawings and in most cases with permission of the owners.  Business owners  are contracting the graffiti artists to spice up their building.

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Tropic Air announces that effective November 13th, 2019 it will commence regularly scheduled air tour flights from Placencia to the Blue Hole. These new flights will initially operate on Wednesdays, will take approximately one hour, and will complement the existing scheduled Blue Hole tour flights from San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Belize City Municipal.

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Riversdale fisherwoman Guadalupe Lampella and Placencia-bred fisherman Dale Fairweather are champions for the sea.On Saturday, October 5th, Oceana formally recognized two extraordinary Belizeans as the 2019 Ocean Heroes. This year’s winners are fisherman and sea advocate, Dale Fairweather and fisherwoman and avid diver, Guadalupe Lampella.

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Headed down south or at Caye Coffee for some fresh coffee? Then you will be greeted by this awesome graffiti on the wall. There have been several murals going up in town lately as many local businesses are sprucing up their walls and graffiti art seems the way to go! Artists have been expressing their amazing talent and this one does not fail to impress! Afro Girl Graffiti done by island artist Elvis Eddie Aldana (Eddz 501) and Karen Gonzalez.

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