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Belizean culinary ingenuity and mixology will spice once again this year’s Taste of the Caribbean as Belizean chefs and bartenders go head on against the region’s finest. Taste of the Caribbean is the region’s premier culinary competition, food & beverage educational exchange and Caribbean cultural showcase. It will be held from June 22 –25 in Miami, Florida.

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On Monday, June 10th, 2019, the Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development hosted a Child Labour Training Workshop for officers of the Labour Department. The workshop sought to equip the employees with theoretical knowledge and practical skills in identifying and addressing the issue of child labour under a countrywide inspectorate programme within a legal framework.

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Four years ago, Belize Police Department Inspector Sherlet Ramclam’s boss returned from a 10-week law enforcement leadership training program in the United States called the FBI National Academy and shortly thereafter pushed for some changes within the Central American country’s ranks of more than 2,300 officers. Last month, during her own 10-week tour as a student in the National Academy’s 276th class in Quantico, Virginia, Inspector Ramclam was moved to send a message to her boss to thank him for the work he was doing to push for institutional change.

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The Primary School Examination results are out and the students from San Pedro Town did an excellent job! The top scorers this year where AnnElyse Fleser-Perdue of Isla Bonita Elementary School (95% - 380/400 points), Kamryn Rhaburn of San Pedro RC School (91.8% - 367/400 points) and Nia Lisbey of Ambergris Caye Elementary School with (91% - 365/400 points).

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Hundreds of Belizean wave makers country-wide observed World Oceans Day with different activities On  Saturday June  8th,  2019, the  international  community celebrated World  Oceans  Day under  the  theme “Gender  and  the Oceans”. This  year’s  theme  focuses  on  the  importance  of  gender  equality,  particularly  for  the  effective  conservation  and sustainable  use  of  marine  resources  as  we  strive  to  build  greater  ocean  and  gender  literacy,  and  discover  possible  ways  to promote gender equality in all ocean-related activities.

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Founded in 1971 San Pedro High has grown by leaps and bounds. After its first graduation of ten students, this past Sunday, June 8, 2019, SPHS marched 100 students up the aisle of the Rafael Angel Nuñez Auditorium in Graduation and Commencement exercises. 

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On Friday, June 7, 2019, The San Pedro Tiger Sharks played against Mirage Smart Belize Hurricanes at the Rafael Angel Nunez auditorium and swept away their third National Elite Basketball League Crown with a score of 72-65. Tiger Sharks led the game although it was a though one as they had though competition as the Hurricanes were also seeking their third league championship. In the end the Tiger Sharks came out victorious and thanked all their fans for their unconditional and wavering support. Congratulations to the San Pedro Tiger Sharks!!!!

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The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MTCA), the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the Belize Tourism Industry Association through the World Wildlife Fund partnered with the George Washington University International Institute of Tourism Studies to conduct a Sustainable Destination Assessment for Belize City, using the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) sustainable tourism criteria.

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Press Release - Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development – June 7, 2019 - Hol Chan Marine Reserve is the #1 attraction for tourists that visit Ambergris Caye; this protected area and national jewel generates millions of dollars for the community and the government of Belize.  Cayo Rosario sits in the middle of the Hol Chan Expansion, protected as a productive fish nursery, world-renowned catch and release sport fishing zone and important migration corridor.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that notification of the Special Agreement between Belize and Guatemala to submit Guatemala’s territorial, insular and maritime claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of 2008, along with its Protocol of 2015, was deposited to the Registrar of the Court in The Hague, Netherlands, today, June 7, 2019.

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This week we introduce to you the Miss Mexico contestant for the Costa Maya Pageant; she is 25-year-old, Monica Fernanda Hernandez Reynaga. Monica Reynaga is a proud Industrial Engineer student who enjoys sports and being active as her favorite pastime. Monica’s passions focus on her participation in beauty pageants, modeling, and her career. Her participation in beauty pageants has allowed her to live unique and unforgettable experiences that have also allowed her the opportunity to get to know some extraordinary people.

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Belize Medical Associates, Belize’s premier, private medical hospital and clinic announced that it will be opening it Poly Clinic in San Pedro on June 17, 2019. Belize Medical Associates has a thirty year history of excellence, growth and commitment to the highest ethical and academic standards. BMA has seen a need for specialized medical care on the island of San Pedro, both to its local residents and to its growing tourism sector.

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Mr. Andre Perez, PUP Standard Bearer and owner of Casa Pan Dulce Bakery, made a much needed donation to the San Pedro Police Department on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Mr. Perez presents Mr Reyes of the San Pedro Police Departmetn with an Air Conditioner and two printers.

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Twenty soldiers of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) Volunteer Element departed the country on Thursday, May 30th, to participate in military exercises at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, U.S.A., along with the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Louisiana National Guard. The main purpose of the training exercise is to validate Combat Teams readiness for deployment. The soldiers will be trained in Wide Area Security, Combat Arm Maneuver and in Conduct of Offensive, Defensive and Stability Operations.

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The Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture was in El Salvador over the past weekend where he attended the inauguration ceremony for the new Salvadoran President, H.E. Mr. Nayib Bukele.

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UK scientists have been working with Belizean partners to tackle litter in the ocean by collecting data to reveal the extent and type of items present in the environment.

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For the first time ever, the Sir Barry Bowen Cup was presented to two graduating students and one alumni of The Island Academy during their graduation ceremony on Friday, May 31, 2019. The graduating class consisted of eight students. Madison Edwards, Louke Van Noord, Nicholas Lausen, Bryan Camal, Ryan Camal, Malik Jones, Annie Nuñez and Elizabeth Sanchez received their primary school certificates of graduation from The Island Academy. The graduating class of 2019 received their diplomas and awards for high mark, including other top students from Infant to Standard 5 classes.

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Saturday 1st June marked the beginning of the 2019 hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin. The season runs from 1st June to 30th November 2019. However the formation of tropical cyclones is possible at any time of the year, as shown by the formation of Subtropical Storm Andrea on May 20, which upon its formation marked the fifth consecutive year a storm developed before the official start of the season.

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The Ministry of Health alerts the public on the identification of products that are being sold as medicines but not officially recognized and registered by the Ministry of Health. Two recent inspections resulted in the identification and subsequent confiscation of these types of products and other related supplies from peddlers/street vendors. The Ministry advises that peddling of medicines is illegal.

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The International Costa Maya Festival is proud to introduce two beauty contestants for this year’s International Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant.

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