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Our Children Need Our Help - “Championing the rights, welfare and development of Belizean families and children” Our children remain under attack by those who should be in the position of keeping them safe. The National Committee for Families and Children notes with dismay the latest incident in which a five-year-old girl was raped. This is just one more instance where we have failed our most vulnerable.

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The Ministry of Health reminds the public that it is the flu season and that the seasonal flu vaccine is now available at all public health centers countrywide. The Ministry encourages specific at-risk groups to get the flu vaccine. These groups include children 6-23 months, pregnant women, adults 65 years and older, health care providers, and persons suffering from chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, or on the advice of a consulting physician.

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The Ministry of Labor, Local Government and Rural Development in collaboration with the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) hosted a two-day event, October 11th & 12th 2018, for mayors and councilors with responsibility for the implementation of the Sustainable & Child-Friendly Municipality Initiative (SCFMI). The event was hosted at the Lodge at Jaguar Reef in Hopkins Village, Stann Creek District.

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The Ministry of Health, through its Public Health Department, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is observing Global Hand Washing Week in Belize from the 15th to 19th October 2018. This initiative is in commemoration of Global Hand Washing Day which was observed on Monday, 15th October worldwide under the theme, “Clean Hands - a recipe for health”. The day is set aside to motivate and mobilize communities to improve hand washing techniques and habits.

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On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. Keith Gilges and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Manuel Heredia signed the first bilateral Air Transport Agreement between the United States and Belize.  Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington, U.S. Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Deborah Lingwood, Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of National Security George Lovell, and Director of Civil Aviation Lindsay Garbutt, among many other representatives from the Government of Belize, the U.S. Embassy, and the tourism and aviation sectors attended the ceremony.

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Mr. Andre Perez was endorsed as the Standard Bearer for the P U P Belize Rural South (BRS) on Saturday, October 13, 2018, in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. It was such a huge successful convention by local standards that one of the guest speakers remarked that he felt that he was in the victory rally for San Pedro and Caye Caulker. A successful convention is measured by the message, the entertainment, the unity and the numbers attracted to the event. Such was BRS convention for the PUP.

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The Paz Family is still gathering final pieces of information on the disappearance of Jose Milo Paz, San Pedro Pilot who has been unheard of since Sunday, October 7, 2018. Exact details are still not clear up to the moment and the family only knows that Milo was involved in a plane crash in the Panama/Costa Rica area. Reports confirm of the death of the veteran pilot came a few days after the accident is said to have occurred on October 7.

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On Thursday, October 11, 2018, the San Pedro Police Department reports acting on information received of a gunshots in the Boca del Rio Area. They visited the San Pedro Poly Clinic where they encountered the lifeless body of 21-year-old Julian Trapp, a mechanic of the DFC Area of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye.

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The Scouts Association of Belize made a courtesy visit to the Scout Patron of the Scout Association, His Excellency, Sir Colville N Young, Governor General of Belize on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. The Scout Association’s delegation was headed by Mr. Armando Aban, President of the Association, where he introduced himself to the Scout Patron, The Governor General Sir Colville N. Young.

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On Wednesday, October 10th, the Ministry of Health joined the international community to observe World Mental Health Day under the theme Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.

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It took us most of the morning to ‘kinda’ get a grasp of all the merchandise carried by the new Mirab Department Store that held its grand opening today, October 10, 2018, in Belize City. We still have to go back to spend more time browsing and shopping. It’s a first of its kind for Belize with a great ‘shopping mall’ feel to the store.  It’s HUGE! It’s ELEGANT! It’s ‘Three stories of retail therapy’, says Mirab.

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It is with profound sadness that we report that San Pedro has lost a son of the soil. San Pedrano and senior pilot of Tropic Air, Jose ‘Milo’ Paz was found dead in Panama in a plane accident. According to sources, Paz had taken a week off work to pilot a private charter out of Panama on Tuesday, October 8, 2018, when the plane went down sometime after takeoff. It is said that the charred remains of two pilots were found on the scene and one was identified to be that of Jose ‘Milo’ Paz.

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Oceana Belize celebrated its 27th Anniversary of National Coastal and Riverways Clean Up and on Saturday, October 6, 2018, the organization partnered up with the Kids in Action group of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and cleaned from Palapa Bar all the way up to Boca del Rio Park. Belize's participation is part of the largest global volunteer effort to help protect our seas, lakes, lagoons, rivers & creeks. Each year volunteers spend a few hours removing debris and trash from beaches and the banks of waterways, recording the refuse removed.

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The Belize Tourism Board, in collaboration with the Belize City Council and other key industry stakeholders, have embarked on a project to restructure the Fort Gorge Tourism Zone (FGTZ). The objectives of restructuring the FGTZ is to improve guest experience, enhance the image and traffic flow of our Belize City Cruise passengers Port of Entry and increase sales for Belize as a destination.

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Belize is known to be a premier diving destination and with this in mind divers' safety is of utmost importance. Dive Shops are equipped with the best dive equipment and staffed with the very best dive masters and instructors. But even the very best diver can find themselves in a predicament and something can go wrong; safety and how to deal with a diver's rescue is crucial. With this in mind, Dr.

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- Press Release- Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development – October 5, 2018, - Members of the board of the Ambergris Caye Citizen for Sustainable Development (ACCSD) held a very successful meeting with San Pedro Mayor Daniel Guerrero on Thursday, September 26, to discuss the controversial Cayo Rosario Development.

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On Friday night, October 5, 2018, San Pedro High School presented the very first Mr. and Miss San Pedro High Beauty Pageant. While the Miss San Pedro High Pageant goes back to 1974 when Celi Jeanne Grief received the popularity title, this year saw the first Mr. San Pedro High Pageant with two male participants. In the opening segment the five contestants presented themselves representing five subdivision communities of San Pedro. For the talent segment the contestants depicted five different folkloric characters of Belize including the Duende, Llorona, and X’Tabai.

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A new organization has been established that seeks to strengthen and support family members, in their roles as caregivers of persons with mental disabilities through advocacy, networking, education, and public awareness. In 2016, a small group of concerned parents and individuals came together to share experiences of living with a family member suffering from mental illness and identified the need for an advocacy organization.

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The Bou-Nahra family made a bold move in launching Belize’s first high end shopping experience, located on the Highway to home happiness (yes that’s what discerning shoppers are calling its new location at 1.5 Miles on the Philip Goldson Highway.) The 100,000 plus square foot of exquisite design is a must see and a must shop location that boasts not only the Mirab Department Store in its new plush designer inspired surroundings, but also the renowned Ashley Furniture Home Store which will also share space in this mega shopping experience.

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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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