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Gabriela Varela is Reina Hispanoamericana Belize 2019 and she is representing Belize in Bolivia. 26 year old, Gabriela Varela, was born and raised in San Pedro, Belize. She has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management and is currently working as a Corporate Officer in an international financial service provider. Her hobbies include exercising, cooking, reading and enjoying the lovely beaches of San Pedro.

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National Surveillance Team of the Ministry of Health is aware that the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) epidemic is now a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The Ministry will be following the developments in this regard so that the relevant changes in terms of response will be mirrored on the ground as they evolve.

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Belmopan. January 29, 2020. The National Surveillance Team of the Ministry of Health continues to monitor all epidemiological information and surveillance activities in relation to the novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The Ministry has met with airport authorities and relevant stakeholders to review the screening methods and processes to be implemented in the event of any suspected case. To date, this region, including Belize, has no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV.

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Belize City. January 28th, 2020. The Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, and Country Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Dr. Cassandra T. Rogers, signed an agreement on January 27, 2020, to implement a US$10 million loan to improve the quality and gender equity of education at the primary and secondary levels in the country.

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After nearly two years in custody facing life in prison without the possibility of parole, and additional life sentence plus 31 years, recording artist Daniel “Lova Boy” Cacho was found not guilty and acquitted of all charges in a jury trial in Compton California, USA.After being acquitted Lova Boy wasted no time in coming back to the recording studio by signing a new deal with West Lake Studios in Hollywood California. West Lake Studios is legendry in the recording industry for producing and voicing numerous multi-platinum artists most notably, Michael Jackson.

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The Government of Jamaica has issued a TSUNAMI WARNING for the coastal areas of the country. A powerful earthquake struck the Caribbean on Tuesday afternoon, shaking parts of Jamaica and Cuba shortly after 2 p.m. local time. The earthquake was originally rated a 7.3 by the USGS, but was later upgraded to a 7.7. The epicenter of the earthquake was 78 miles (125 km) northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, and was shallow with a depth of just 6.2 miles (10 km). Shaking was felt as far away as Miami, Florida, and reports began surfacing on social media that high-rise buildings were felt swaying.

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Belize held its first national Elementary School Robotics Event on Saturday, January 25, 2020. The FIRST LEGO League is the most accessible, guided, global robotics competition, helping students and teachers to build a better future together. The program is built around theme-based Challenges to engage children ages 9 to 16 in research, problem solving, coding, and engineering.

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration and the Ministry of Natural Resources embarked upon a joint initiative to protect important mangrove ecosystems covering approximately 17,000 acres of national lands remaining on the Turneffe Atoll. The lands have now been set aside for conservation under the ‘Turneffe Land Trust’ signed between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Turneffe Atoll Trust, a registered not-for-profit entity residing on Northern Bogue, Turneffe Atoll.

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The Ministry of Health is aware of a new strain of Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that has been linked to cases of respiratory tract infections originating in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China - some of these cases have evolved to more severe cases. On Thursday, January 23, 2019, the National Surveillance Team, headed by the Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero, participated in a virtual meeting hosted by the Caribbean Public Health Authority (CARPHA) to discuss the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak. Twenty other Caribbean member states also participated in the meeting.

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On Wednesday, January 22, 2019, Ambergris Caye Masonic Lodge donated 27 pairs of soccer shoes to the children of Hope Haven in San Pedro. The donation was made possible by Mr. Nick Parker of Sequoia FC located in the US and accepted by Ms. Kristina Romero who encourages residents to volunteer in any way possible. It takes gestures of goodwill to brighten the path...We are glad to help shine the way!

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Belize Digital Media, a division of Lets Go Belizing LTD (Belizing.com) is proud to announce the successful launch of The Belize Travelcast, a first of its kind podcast series that provides authentic and relevant Belize travel stories and advice to a worldwide audience. The Belize Travelcast is the first of its kind destination-focused podcast for the Belize travel market, which sees over 450,000 overnight visitors and over 1 million cruise visitors each year.

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A joint operation between the Belize Fisheries Department and Dangriga Police on January 20th, 2020 in the Dangriga area resulted in the confiscation over 400 pounds of Nassau Grouper, including fillet and whole fish. The Department hereby reminds the PUBLIC that in accordance with the Fisheries Regulation Statutory Instrument No. 49 of 2009: a. No person shall take from the waters of Belize, buy, sell or have in possession any Nassau Grouper between the 1st December and the 31st March inclusive in any year.

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Various online articles have surfaced of a man claiming that Tupac is alive and living in Belize. A private investigator named Jimmy Poole has claimed that there is proof that rapper Tupac Shakur is living in Belize'. Jimmy Poole has been looking into Tupac's death to see if there is any truth that he is still alive, especially seeing that Las Vegas police still have his file open, despite being shot before dying on September 13, 1996.

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The Belize Volleyball Association will be hosting the Male National Volleyball Championship at the Belize City Civic Center on January 25 and 26, 2020. The general public is invited to come out and experience the excitement as the top male volleyball teams from all over the country compete to become Belize's National Volleyball Champion 2020.

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Belize Police are on the search for an American National, Alison McKenzie of Arizona, who has been reported missing after going on a camping trip at Rendezvous Caye. A missing persons report was filled by 58-year-old Paige Rote, an American Musician of Colorado, who told police that on January 17, 2019, he was on a tour along with the 43-year-old American and 16 other persons. They camped for the night at Rendezvous Caye in Belize and about 6am when Rote woke up, McKenzie was nowhere to be found.

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The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration signed into law an order to declare the North-eastern Biological Corridor which comes into effect on January 22, 2020. The enactment of this order carries out Cabinet’s decision to protect important forests situated in the sugar cane belt in order to protect the biological connectivity of protected areas and safeguard the ecosystem services provided by these forests, including watershed preservation and rain formation.

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The Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber attended the inauguration of the Republic of Guatemala’s new President Alejandro Giammattei. President Giammattei won the presidential elections in a second round of elections held on August 11, 2019 for a term of four years. The inauguration ceremonies in Guatemala included the installation of a new Congress.

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It has once again come to the attention of the Elections and Boundaries Department that there are individuals who are visiting residents to obtain their personal information and claiming to be Elections and Boundaries Department staff. The public is advised that all staff of the Elections and Boundaries Department is issued with Valid Staff Identification Card. The public is therefore advised to request such identification card prior to providing any information.

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The Alaia Foundation has announced that plans are underway for Ambergris Caye’s 2nd Half Marathon & 5K charity run which is scheduled to take place on April 5th, 2020. The foundation seeks to provide financial, educational, medical and environmental support with the events net-proceeds, to disenfranchised families/communities across Belize.

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Press Release - It is with great pleasure that the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) announces that 2019 was a year of milestone achievement for overnight tourism arrivals.

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