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After 5 years of scientific research, Keisha Melodi McSweeney has achieved the highest academic degree, a Doctorate of Philosophy in Genetics and Genomics. On Monday, August 21, 2017, Dr. McSweeney successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Microelectrode array modeling of genetic neurological disorders in the era of next generation sequencing" to a panel of six accomplished and celebrated scientists at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

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San Pedro’s very own Iris Salguero will be representing Belize at the Miss America Latina Del Mundo 2018 will take place at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on September 29, 2018.

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Felix Ayuso was found brutally murdered in his home on Thursday, February 2, 2017. Jose Felix Ayuso was found lying in his bedroom with multiple stab wounds to his upper body.

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Preliminary Findings from National Survey to Identify the Epidemiological Risk Factors for Chronic Kidney Disease Belmopan. September 3rd, 2018. The Ministry of Health in partnership with the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) and the Statistical Institute in Belize (SIB), jointly carried out a national survey for risk factors of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) countrywide from August 7th to December 15th, 2017.

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American expat Sherris Stringham, 67 year-old of Missouri, USA, residing in Hopkins Village was reported missing on August 27, 2018. Initial reports stated that Stringham was missing along with her Green Nissan Exterra.

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Five young ladies competed at this year's 55th installment of the Miss San Pedro Pageant which took place on Saturday, September 1, 2018. Seleni Borges, Chelsea Munoz, Faith Noel Edgar, Janelly Akan and Daisy Martinez took the stage by storm and put on an impressive show of pageantry at the Hon. Louis Sylvestre Sporting Complex, venue for this year's pageant. At event's end, Miss Chelsea Muñoz, sponsored by Ramon's Village Resort, was selected as Miss San Pedro 2018.

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Founded in 2009 by travel visionaries Serge Dive and Sarah Ball, PURE Life Experiences is a hand-selected global community of leading experts in experiential travel – including high-end suppliers; Private Travel Designers serving a high-net-worth clientele; and renowned members of the travel press.

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Press Release – Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development – August 31, 2018 Belize, We need to send a message to the elected powers that be. Our patrimony is not for sale. Our livelihoods are disposable. Our future is not discretionary.

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The Belize Tourism Board’s highly publicized Belizean Traveller Campaign, which encouraged Belizeans to be a traveller in their own country, came to a close on Saturday 25 August with a superb and dynamic grand finale at the BTL Park, which included numerous giveaways, live entertainment and the selection of winners of six vacation prizes worth $25,000.00.

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Belize’s tourism is unique and diverse. Its excellent cuisine is among many of its special features. As part of its support to our school education sector and our community, the BTB recently donated stoves, gas tanks and pantry stock to 11 schools and 3 non-profit organizations in Belize City.

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CZMAI Training in Standardization of Methodology for Marine Litter sampling; A Citizen Scientist Approach The Coastal Zone Management Authority & Institute (CZMAI) and the Belize Water Services (BWS) have partnered to conduct a workshop on the methodology for marine litter studies in Belize.

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San Pedro Police arrested and charged William James Mulligan, 40 year-old, businessman of San Pedro Town for discharging a firearm in public. Mulligan appeared before Magistrate Aretha Ford on Monday, August 27, 2018 where he pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was accused of discharging a firearm on the beach in San Pedro Town and because of the serious nature of the offence he was denied bail.  Mulligan was remanded to Hattieville prison where he will remain until his next court date on October 31, 2018.

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On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at a ceremony held at the Belize Coast Guard Headquarters, the U.S. Government transferred counter-narcotics equipment to the Belize Coast Guard and counter-narcotics equipment and a secondary entry control point to the Belize Defense Force.

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The Belize House announced on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, that the Governor-General, His Excellency Sir Colville Young received a monetary donation for the Governor-General’s Music in the Schools Programme to purchase a small consignment of musical instruments. His Excellency also received a donation of souvenir pins for use at his Annual State Reception in September.

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Jacinta Gomez and Celeshia Guy off to earn Master’s Degrees in natural resource management Oceana in Belize is proud to announce that two of its employees have been awarded academic scholarships to study natural resource management in the United Kingdom and the United States respectively.

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Chef Jennie Staines of Elvi’s Kitchen says she met Rhodel and Yolanda Castillo of Gariuna Flava at the See N Taste Belize Festival in Miami back in 2015. This weekend the couple was visiting Belize and when they arrived to San Pedro, Chef Jennie had to host them for lunch at Elvi’s Kitchen.

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Nine young people from Belize have been awarded a prestigious Chevening Scholarship by the British government to study a one-year postgraduate course in the UK. Each scholarship is valued at approximately BZ$100,000.

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Atlantic Bank Limited has released a statement to its customers warning them about phishing scams occurring. Emails are being sent and stating that your online account has been locked and you need to click a link to regain access – this is FRAUDULENT! If you have clicked on the link, you are advices to contact your nearest branch as soon as possible, this should be changed immediately as well. Atlantic Bank reminds its customers that it will never ask you to update your information via email. Below is more information on phishing scams:

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Mexico just invested millions of pesos on their sargassum problem; they are installing barriers along the entire Yucatan peninsula from Cancun to Chetumal to divert the seaweed away from their beaches and into an area where they can more easily remove it. Things could look dreadful for Belize; will all that tonnage of sargassum be pushed our way and suffocate us even more?

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On Friday, August 24th, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for a Coast Guard Patrol Base in Bacalar Chico, north of Ambergris Caye. After operating in the area for over three years under foot patrol, Coast Guard Officers will soon have a base for day- to- day operations.

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