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Minister of NEMO (with responsibility for National Fire Service), Hon Edmond Castro was on the ground on Saturday, August 4, 2018, in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, within hours after an early morning fire destroyed 10 buildings, leaving more than 75 persons homeless.

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Tragedy strikes again for residents of the Boca del Rio Area, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye as a blaze destroyed around ten structures that included homes and apartment complexes. The incident has left approximately 80 people displaced from their homes. The fire occurred in the exact location where a previous blaze burnt down an apartment complex four years ago, this time, leaving the same families homeless again!

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San Pedro Police are investigating the murder of man who was stabbed to death on his bed. According to the official police report, on Friday, August 3, 2018, San Pedro Police responded to a report on Caribena Street where they found the lifeless body of a Hispanic male lying face  up on his bed with multiple stab wounds in his body.

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With a very hot, lively and energetic line up of performances, the San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival kicked off last night on Ambergris Caye, Belize. The show included theatrical and lively performances by the Alma Caribeña dance group from Mexico, the explosive dance presentations by Grupo Crash of El Salvador, the cultural drumming and dancing of the Charikaniri Garifuna Dance Group of Belize and the lively sounds of Belize’s Youth Connection Band accompanied by an energetic Ernestine Carballo and Harrison “Dawgie” King; DJ Patron kept the music flowing.

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The Employee Assistance Programme, under the Ministry of Public Service, Energy and Public Utilities, held a three-day training with the Belize Police Department at the Police Training Academy in Belmopan. Sixty-eight (68) police officers with the rank of Inspector to Deputy Commissioner, were trained in Stress Management, Dealing with Trauma, and Suicidal Ideations within the Belize Police Department.

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The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is encouraging Belizeans to be a traveller in their own country during the entire month of August as part of its Belizean Traveller Campaign. And to make the invite more enticing it is offering over $25,000 in prizes that will allow six winners to enjoy a dream vacation in any of Belize’s regional tourism regions. But the campaign becomes even better with the Belize Hotel Association (BHA) jumping into the band wagon to offer numerous discounts through its members during the campaign.

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There is one more beauty queen on La Isla Bonita duing Costa Maya Festival week but she's not a pageant contestant. Miss USA 2018 Sarah Rose Summers, is vacationing in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and through her Instagram stories, Sarah has expressed how excited she it to visit Belize. She arrived on July 30 along with a friend and is staying in North Ambergris Caye at the Sundiver Beach Resort. Sarah Rose Summers is an American model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss USA 2018. As Miss USA, she will represent the United States at Miss Universe 2018.

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Ms Claire Evans OBE has been appointed British High Commissioner to Belize in succession to Mr Peter Hughes OBE.  Ms Evans will take up her appointment in October 2018. Ms Evans began her diplomatic career in 1987 and has served overseas in Jakarta, Islamabad, Dubai and Doha.

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The Belize Fisheries Department informs the public that in accordance with the Fisheries Regulations (Chapter 210’s, Revised Edition 2003) and Statutory Instrument 78 of 2011, the shark fishing season is closed from 1st August to 31st October of any year. The public is advised to comply with the stipulated Fisheries Regulation below: 1)No person shall take, buy, sell, possess, or export shark meat or fins during the period 1st August to 31st October in any year.

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Five National Garifuna Council (NGC) representatives attended the First Afro descendant Women’s Encounter which was held in Guatemala from July 25 – 27, 2018. The Women’s Encounter will be an annual event that seeks to bring together all relevant entities committed to the advancement of Afro descendant women in Central America.

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TRANSPARENCY = SUSTAINABILITY Oceana calls for the release of all relevant data on gillnets to support informed decision making

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Many travel from across the world to dive the wonders that our majestic Caribbean sea has to offer, some of us who live here have never even explored it. With this in mind PADI was more than pleased to support a kid’s diving program here on the island. For two weeks they had to study and carry out dives with their instructors, working towards their Junior Open Water Diver certifications. This had them engaging with marine life, building character and self-confidence and forming a greater appreciation for the planet.

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Belmopan. July 27, 2018. The Ministry of Health can, at this time, confirm three positive cases of HINI Influenza in the Corozal District. The cases include two males who have recent travel history to Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, while the third is a pregnant female who resides in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico.

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According to Mexico News Today, Mexican Government Environment officials have arrested a Belizean national after entering Mexico bound for China with protected marine life. The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection says that a judge ordered the legal detention of a Belizean citizen destined for China. The man was detained at the International Airport of Mexico City after being found in possession of seahorses and sea cucumbers.

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In the past months, the Belize Forest Department has received alarming reports of crocodiles being directly and indirectly fed as well as being molested for purposes of tourism attraction.

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Tropic Air announced today, Thursday, July 26, 2018, that effective August 1, 2018, it is increasing service between San Pedro (SPR) and Belize City Municipal (TZA). There will now be 15 daily roundtrip flights, with departures as often as every 30 minutes. Flights will now begin earlier (6:30AM), and end later in the day (6:00PM).

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Belize achieves substantial progress in the health of their most vulnerable populations – women and children The Ministry of Health receives award of US$150,000 dollars for having met the objectives of the second operation of the Salud Mesoamerica Health Initiative project.

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Kelsey Balderamos and Emma Hoare departed Belize on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 to Barranquilla, Colombia to compete in Female Beach Volleyball at the XXIII Central American and Caribbean Games Barranquilla 2018, where 37 nations are competing in 47 different sport disciplines. The Volleyball competition will take place from Saturday, July 28 to Wednesday,  August 1, at the Puerto Colombia beaches.

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Belmopan. July 24th, 2018. The Ministry of Health has been alerted to a precautionary product recall from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Valsartan, a medication used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. The recall is due to the presence of an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), found in the recalled products. Laboratory test results show that the impurity may cause cancer. Not all Valsartan medicines are affected but a few have been identified in Belize.

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The Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise, the Rotary Club of Seven Springs (USA), and Pathlight International (Belize) this week concluded a series of two-day Teacher Training Conferences (TTC) held in the Cayo, Orange Walk, and Stann Creek Districts. With Belize struggling to improve student literacy and limited formal training for educators, this project was identified as an area where assistance through Rotary could have positive, sustainable, and far-reaching impact with teachers and consequently improved learning capabilities for students.

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