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The ninth Amendment to the Constitution of Belize has been proposed at the National Assembly in Belmopan and has been the biggest “talk of the town” everywhere in Belize. The problem is that is filled with sophisticated language terminology and legal jargon. All of this gobbledygook has gotten the ordinary Belizean confused. So is this first paragraph confusing, right?

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Our neighboring island of La Isla Cariñosa, Caye Caulker is always proud and willing to host the Costa Maya Pageant contestants for a day and the ladies sure have a fantastic time exploring the island. Although Saturday, July 30, 2011 was not a bright and sunny day, it was a fun experience for all.

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What does the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan have in store for Ambergris Caye and the islands? - The Government of Belize, along with the Belize Tourism Board, plans to double the number of overnight arrivals for Belize by 2030, thereby boosting the Belize tourism industry’s annual contribution to the economy to approximately US$1.2Bil.

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Noche Tropical lived up to its name, partly due to the excellent organization by Ramon’s Village that hosted the delegates of the Costa Maya pageant on Saturday, July 30, 2011.

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It is indeed a tragedy that occurred over the weekend, where many residents of San Pedro lost their homes during an early morning fire that could have gutted an entire block in the Airstrip Area. Popular eatery, Neri’s Tacos along with five other buildings went up in flames. Efforts now commence to assist those who lost all their belongings.

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A  very energetic, vociferous and most of all confident crowd of P U P supporters and friends gathered under the Giant Blue Flag all eager to know and meet with the P U P Blue Team that will contest the next Town Council Elections on March 2012. Master of Ceremonies Mr. Rene Guzman welcomed the gathering and P U P Chairman Milo Paz proceeded to introduce the candidates.  

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Several families are without their homes today as a large fire gutted a large area of San Pedro Town last night, July 31, 2011. Town residents in the Airstrip Area were awakened about 1:30 a.m. to the calls and screams of neighbors as a fire started in the building known as Neri's Tacos located next to Hakal Kiik and one street behind El Fogon Restaurant.

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Stuck between a Coconut Tree and a Hard Place - We see it all the time! And we only wish we had more traffic wardens and police officers that could help remedy the situation! Bad Golf Cart Drivers or Bad Drivers, period! But in this case it’s the same old problem of driving on the beach.

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Imagine growing up with your family and loved ones around you. Imagine the security of knowing that you’ll be cared for and loved into your old age, that someone will be there for you to make sure that you are able to enjoy your final years with comfort and care.  Now imagine being elderly and your family moving away, just abandoning you and leaving you behind.

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The Belize Tourism Board, this week, became the grand sponsor for the Costa Maya Festival, something that the festival committee is very happy and appreciative for. The sponsorship promises to greatly assist the festival in ensuring proper funding for activities of the festival.

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- Press Release - Twenty four year-old Monique Habet from Cayo was crowned Miss Earth Belize on Saturday, July 23, at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City. Her sponsors were A’dore Boutique, Shell Gas Cayo, the Habet Family and a host of other sponsors.

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We are used to seeing the Traffic Wardens set up traffic checkpoints along different streets on the island, surprising unsuspecting motorists who do not have their driver’s license or have their insurance expired! Yes it comes as an inconvenience, at times, but it’s their job to keep us in line.

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The NEMO, San Pedro/Caye Caulker Special Emergency Committee is scheduling to conduct a four-day search and rescue training program on Ambergris Caye in August. The National Emergency Management Organization understands that getting people committed to attend is a challenge as it is difficult for people to give up their time.

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Great and unexpected experiences occur in Ambergris Caye all the time! You never know when you will encounter a friendly pod of dolphins that come close enough to touch, encounter the majestic howler monkeys in our jungles or spot the giant whale shark off our shores.

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- Press Release, BTB, Belize City, Belize – July 20, 2011 — The Belize Tourism Board is pleased to give an update on our Belize Travel Road Warrior Program, and we are equally delighted to introduce our new Road Warrior, Ms. Lebawit “Lily” Girma.

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In recent months the San Pedro AIDS Commission has been working really hard in its efforts to create more awareness on HIV/AIDS on the island. They have been conducting fundraising drives, participating in town festival, spreading the word and helping those affected with the disease. Now that the organization is making great strides on its own here in Ambergris Caye, the Commission has made the decision to make public their most recent accomplishments and share with the public a little more details on how they are spending its funds and distributing assistance to those in need.

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A Delta Airlines flight from Atlanta, Georgia, to Belize was searched by a police bomb squad at Belize's Philip Goldson International Airport on Monday, July 25, 2011, after the pilot reported suspicious activity by a passenger and "the possibility of a bomb threat."

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On Thursday, July 21, 2011, PUP Standard Bearer for Belize Rural South, Patty Arceo held a community meeting at the Caye Caulker Community Center where a Caye Caulker’s chapter of the PUP Executive Committee was sworn in.

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Actun Tunichil Muknal, Belize - Belize makes it into another great Top 10 List this week. National Geographic just placed Belize’s Actun Tunichil Muknal cave system on its Number 1 spot for the Top 10 Sacred Caves in the World.

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Gene Simmons and his family visited Belize and San Pedro this past May 2011 and now the episode they call “Belize It or Not” will air tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 26 on the A&E Network. Gene’s show “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” airs on A&E (Local Channel 104 at 9p.m. with a repeat at 10p.m.)

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