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The Central American Organization for Fisheries and Aquaculture (OSPESCA), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations along with Mexico’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Institute have embarked on a project entitled “Prospecting and Evaluation of Fisheries Resources in Central America". As a member of OSPESCA, the Belize Fisheries Department is participating in this project and has deployed a Fisheries Officer to assist in field data collection onboard a 195 ft. long research vessel “Dr.

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Creating Economic Prosperity in the Jewel – U.S. Embassy Announces the 2018 Cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program Belmopan – The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the 2018 cohort of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program from Belize.  This program will take place in September-October and will bring 250 young leaders from 36 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States.

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Belize Chocolate Company announces that the company is the winner of a silver award for their milk chocolate bar at the International Chocolate Awards for 2018 Americas competition. The 2018 Americas competition saw a record number of entries from North and Latin America and the Caribbean with over 800 products entered by 130 chocolate companies from 16 different countries.

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Our little country sure loves pageantry and particularly in the month of September many of them take place throughout the country. Concerned Belizean Women organized a pageant which took place on Saturday, September 15, 2018 where 10-year-old Rhea Guity took the title of Little Junior Miss Belize.

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The Honorable John Saldivar, Minister of National Security, met on Monday, September 17, in this month’s meeting with the senior members of Belize’s Security Forces, which includes the Belize Police Department, the Belize Defense Force and the Belize Coast Guard.

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On Sunday, September 16, 2018,  in the village of Maskall in the Belize District, members of the Salvadoran community in Belize gathered to celebrate their country’s 197th Anniversary of Independence, which was September 15. They came from communities around the country, such as Valley of Peace in Cayo and Bella Vista in Toledo. Maskall itself has a sizeable and productive Salvadoran community, the Naggo Bank Farmers’ Cooperative alone being responsible for more than $2 Million sales in agricultural produce annually.

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The Belize Chamber of Commerce issued a release commending those members of law enforcement involved in the interception of the drug plane and its cargo over this past weekend. The release stated that good work as such must be highly commended in hopes that the interceptions  continue  and  are  followed  by  rapid  convictions  which  will  quickly  become  the  norm instead of the noteworthy exception.

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September Celebrations are in full swing across the Nation and on Friday, September 14, 2018, a children’s rally was held at the Rafael Angel Nunez Auditorium where hundreds of students from all across the island gathered in celebration.

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As Belize is placed on the list of major illicit drug producing/transit countries, The US Embassy commends the country on its latest drug bust of approximately US $7 million worth of cocaine.  The United States President Donald Trump has declared 21 nations, including Belize, as a major illicit drug producing/transit countries.

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Belize Ocean Club Partners With St. Alphonsus RC School - “Resort continues to make good on its Committed to Community initiative!”

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The Belize Police Department is currently investigating two of their own after the landing of a drug plane carrying over $7million US worth of Cocaine on Sunday, September 9, 2018 in the Tres Leguas Area in Orange Walk.

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On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health received another generous donation from the Republic of China (Taiwan) for additional Wellness Parks. $30,000 was officially handed over to the Minister of Health for Wellness Parks to be created in the Capital City of Belmopan and San Ignacio Town.

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Chelsea Munoz was officially crowned San Pedro 2018 on Monday, September 10, 2018. The rain did not dampen the mood of the school children who came out to parade. Outgoing Miss San Pedro 2017, Virgina Vasquez handed over the crown, band, cape and scepter to our new Miss San Pedro Chelsea Munoz in a brief ceremony that took place at Central Park at 10am.

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Residents of Caye Caulker are the happiest with the inauguration and reopening of the Caye Caulker Municipal Airport that took place this past weekend, Friday, September 7, 2018 after almost a year of being closed for repairs.

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September Celebrations are in full swing and the San Pedro Town Council set out on Friday, September 7, 2018 to plant Belize’s National Tree at school compounds throughout the island. Mahogany tree saplings were planted in schools and parks by students, teachers and principals as part of the patriotic celebrations. Students were given a brief summary of the importance of patriotism and quick facts about the Mahogany Tree.

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Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) gets Grant Funding from Gilead Sciences Inc The Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) is pleased to announce the receipt of grant funding from Gilead Sciences Inc. for initiatives under the theme "Transforming Lives through Innovation: Implementation of high-impact prevention programs for adolescents, young men and women".

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On Wednesday, September 5th 2018, the United Kingdom (UK) contributed 1.3 million Belize Dollars to the Public Awareness and Preparedness Campaign to support the referendum on whether or not to refer Guatemala’s territorial, insular, and maritime claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The funds will be administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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New route from MSP Airport marks the 10th U.S. City to offer nonstop service to the country of Belize The Belize Tourism Board is celebrating a new partnership with Sun Country Airlines, which announced on Wednesday, 5 September 2018, the first-ever seasonal nonstop service from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Belize, marking the 10th U.S. City to offer nonstop service to the Central American nation.

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The Government of Belize has declared a state of public emergency for two south side Belize City communities where underlying tensions and killings due to gang violence have demanded the police to step up its presence.

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The Elections and Boundaries Department is pleased to present an update to the public on the ongoing 2018 Re-registration of Electors Exercise. An update is hereby provided as follows for the period 26th to 31st August 2018. During the period a total of Eleven Thousand, Nine Hundred Seven (11,907) applications were accepted; therefore the total number of applications received as of 31st August 2018 is One Hundred Twenty-One Thousand, Four Hundred Ninety-Six (121,496).

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