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The Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, with the approval and support of Cabinet, has agreed to expand the Hemodialysis program to cover more than twice the number of patients with end-stage Renal failure. The implementation of the expanded program is as follows:1. Ministry of Health will contract with the following providers: KHMHA, Loma Luz Hospital, Miguel Rosado Dialysis Center, and Dialysis del Caribe. The Ministry has evaluated and certified that these establishments have met acceptable standards for quality care.

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Press Release – San Pedro Town Council - As part of the ongoing short and long term plan for the island, the San Pedro Sargassum Task Force Group (SPSTFG) was formed.  The San Pedro Sargassum Task Force Group will assist the San Pedro Town Council carrying out its short and long term mandate as it relates to addressing the non-stop large influx of sargassum that is beaching on the island.

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The Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, is in Belize on a two-day visit on the invitation of the Government of Belize. This marks Baroness Scotland’s second visit to Belize as Secretary General of the Commonwealth.

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The Elections and Boundaries Department is pleased to present its Final update to the public on the 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise which concluded on 30th September, 2018.

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Mayors from all Municipalities to Sign Memorandum of Agreement to Promote Wellness Spaces Mayors from all municipalities across the country will convene in Belmopan to sign unto a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Ministry of Health for the promotion of Wellness Spaces and Healthy Lifestyles on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 at the steps of the Independence Plaza starting at 9:00 a.m.

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Police have arrested and charged Belizean American, Lalman Richard Logan, 29 year-old of Missouri, USA. He was in connection with the murder of Christopher Meighan which occurred on September 27. According to sources Logan was captured at the Philip Goldson International Airport attempting to board a flight to the US hours after the murder.

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Police are investigating the murder of 21-year-old Christopher Meighan, resident of Caye Caulker Village who was found dead in a hotel room in San Pedro Town. Police responded to a report  at room No. 14 at Central Park Hotel, Barrier Reef Drive, San Pedro Town. Upon arrival, they observed the lifeless body of a male person with a large cut wound to the throat area, apparent stab wound to the left lower abdomen and stab wound to the left foot.

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The Belize Film Commission now has an office in New York, New York, United States of America.  The office has been established under the concerted efforts of the Consul General of Belize in New York, Mr. Herman R. Longsworth, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), The Belize Film Commission (BFC) & The Office of The Minister of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture, Min. Patrick Faber.

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The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) embarked on its action plan to counterattack the Sargassum that is wreaking havoc on the island. This week the SPTC declared the beaching of sargassum a natural disaster on the island of Ambergris Caye. The amount of seaweed has become unbearable, including the smell and other negative effects the rotting sea plant has on the island.

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has concluded its annual Article IV consultative visit to Belize. A report published by IMF on September 24, 2018, has stated that Belize’s economic recovery has grown by an estimated 5.4 percent during the second quarter of this year and the real Gross Domestic Product grew by 1.4 percent since last year.

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Belmopan. September 26, 2018. The Ministry of Health would like to alert the public that suspected fish poisoning (Ciguatera poisoning) was detected in ten persons that had eaten Barracuda Fish bought from a fish vendor at the Vernon Street Fish Market in Belize City. Further investigation into these cases has linked and identified the fish poisoning with the consumption of Barracuda.

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SPTC Declares Sargassum Beaching A Natural Disaster - a collective effort is needed to address the issue - The San Pedro Town Council recognizes the massive natural disaster caused by the significant amount of sargassum that has been washing up on our beaches.

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Belizean Health Official Receives 2018 PAHO Award for Health Service Management and Leadership Dr. Natalia Largaespada Beer, Technical Advisor for the Maternal and Child Health Unit of the Ministry of Health, was conferred with the 2018 Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Award for Health Service Management and Leadership at the 56th PAHO Directing Council Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Belize Benefits from the Republic of Korea’s Development Assistance Program On Thursday, September 20, 2018, the Government of Belize received a donation of computers and equipment valued at US$90,000 from the Government of the Republic of Korea through an official Development Assistance Program for the fiscal year 2018.

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Police are now investigating the death of Miguel Arroyo who was reported missing on Monday, September 10, 2018, when he failed to return home after leaving for the store. Twelve days later his body was found in a shallow grave north of San Pedro Town. An official Police Report stated that after receiving information on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at around 1 p.m., police visited a lagoon area about 1 ½ mile north of San Pedro Town. In some bushes approximately 75 feet from the lagoon they found the decomposed body of Miguel Angel Arroyo Hernandez.

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The Guatemalan Claim is a very touchy topic, to go to ICJ or not is a question many Belizeans still don’t know what to choose. And although many have expressed their strong opinions on social media there are some that are still indecisive. With this in mind the The Belize Network of NGOs (BNN) has launched a survey to collect data on the perspectives of Belizeans on Guatemala's claim to Belize. The survey will be administered by Aldair Gongora, a Belizean PhD Candidate at Boston University.  

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The residents of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize put on a FANTASTIC parade in commemoration of Belize's 37th Independence Day celebrations this past weekend. On Friday, September 21, Belizeans all over the country showed off their patriotism in many ways; San Pedro organized one of the most energetic and colorful parades. It was hot, but then it rained, then it was hot once again, but none of this made it any difficult for the revelers to put on a spectacular show full of color, dance and pride for Belize.

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On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, the Government of Belize and the Government of the United Kingdom signed the revised Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and its Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Status of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom while in Belize. Signing on behalf of the Government of Belize was Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security and on behalf of the Government of the United Kingdom, the Rt. Hon Mark Lancaster, Minister of Defence.

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Independence Day Message from the Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow

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Press Release - Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development (ACCSD) - It’s SO important to protect our Hol Chan Marine Reserve, for transparency and for our island to have a say in development here.

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