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The Miss San Pedro Pageant is set to take place on Saturday, September 7, 2019 under the theme “Jewels of the Sea”. Five beautiful young ladies have signed up to compete for the coveted crown and title of “Miss San Pedro”, they are Eileen Reyes, Tanisha Rhaburn, Litzy Castillo, Helen Barrera and Blanca Velasquez.

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Belmopan. August 15, 2019. The Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) (RoC) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) today, August 15th, in Taipei, Taiwan, to engage in the negotiation of a Partial Scope Agreement (PSA) with the objective of formalizing trade relations between the two countries. The LOI resulted from a full week of discussions and engagement with RoC officials and the Belize delegation from the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce.

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The  Belize  Tourism  Board's  (BTB)  long  awaited Belizean  Traveller  Campaign,  which  encourages  Belizeans  to  be tourists  in  our  country,  was officially launched on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City. The  campaign  is  a  joint  venture  between  the  BTB  and  the  Belize  Hotel  Association  (BHA).Its specific objectives include:

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On Wednesday, August 14, 2019, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chester Williams was on the island of Ambergris Caye to officially install thirteen newly graduated Tourism Police Officers. These recent graduates are from the 23 newly graduated Special Constable Tourism Police Officers of which Placencia also received officers.

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The Belize Fisheries Department along with Mccap Fisheries and Tasa Turneffe Belize conducted boat-to-boat educational outreach to fishers on August 6th – 8th, 2019, to discuss climate change and how it’s affecting the fisher’s livelihood. The outreach is part of MCCAP’s ‘Climate Change - Let’s Save Our Belize’ campaign, aimed at raising awareness among fishers on its effects.

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Ten outstanding Belizean   students   received scholarship awards from the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the Belize Hotel Association (BHA) on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, during a joint award ceremony held at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel. This year’s BTB scholarship recipients include Glenroy Godwin Fermin and Roney Adali Espinosa, who will pursue their Bachelor’s Degrees at the University of Belize and Hugh Rodney Hulse who will pursue a Culinary Degree at Stratford University in the United States.

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The Belize Water Services Limited (BWSL) signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for 295 permanent employees on Monday, August 12th, 2019. The agreement seeks to promote efficient, safe and effective working practices between the company and the union.

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The 2019 National Song Competition was held on Saturday, August 10, 2019.  This annual event is celebrating the fourth year of touring the municipalities of the country of Belize after the competition's first 5 years were held in Belize City.  This year Corozal Town was the host of the competition at the Andres Campos Civic Center and Mayor Rigoberto Vellos chose, by random lotto pick from the remaining municipalities, Orange Walk to be the host municipality of the 2020 National Song Competition.

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Belize Tourism Board Offers Relaxing Escape From "Storm Area 51" Event To Residents Of Rachel, Nevada Viral campaign to infiltrate Area 51 has gained more than 2.1 million RSVPs on Facebook And could exhaust industry, infrastructure and resources in town of 54

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The Belize Police Department has 23 newly graduated Special Constable Tourism Police Officers of which twelve are coming to San Pedro Town. After having promised a recruitment of new officers to place extra officers in San Pedro, COMPOL Chester Williams officially sworn in 23 persons as newly Special Constable Tourism Police at the National Police Training Academy in a closing ceremony on Thursday, August 8, 2019.

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There is a major dengue outbreak in Belize and unfortunately the number of confirmed clinical cases are on the rise and have increased by a 10% compared to the numbers a week ago. According to reports bases on a data collection from medical facilities across the country there are a total of 789 confirmed cases in the country of which 40% of the cases are children.

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Belize will host the XIX Central American Men's & Women's Beach Volleyball Championship from August 16-18, 2019 at Kukumba Beach, Old Belize. Male and Female Teams from seven Central American countries (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama) will participate. Games will start at 9:00AM each day and run through 6:00PM with matches on two sand courts at Old Belize. Entrance fee is $10 for a full day of international beach volleyball action.

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On Thursday, August 1, 2019 the University of Belize (UB) and San Pedro Junior College (SPJC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the aim of providing tertiary level education up to a Bachelor's Degree in San Pedro. The signing took place at the conference room at San Pedro High School. Singing the MOU were Clement Sankat – President of UB, Dean of Faculty of Educationand Arts – Nestor Chan, Dean for the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences - Dr. Bernard Watler and Gustavo Ellis Dean of San Pedro Junior College.

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August 1st, 2019 marks the historic amalgamation of the Income Tax Department and Department of General Sales Tax into the newly formed Belize Tax Service Department- a department under the Ministry of Finance. The amalgamation will be done in a phased approach through to 2022. Taxpayers will experience better service by a newly trained cadre of tax professionals, efficiency, productivity and better tax compliance to further develop the country.

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Stakeholders of the banana industry, government agencies, agricultural partner organizations and the public are hereby informed of a notification of a suspected detection of Fusarium Wilt of Bananas in La Guajira Province in Colombia.

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The Belize Port Authority has issued a press release informing of major changes for Water Taxis. Passengers traveling on water taxis will now be required to present a valid identification card for it to be recorded on a passenger manifest, including toddlers.

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Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation is First Government Ministry to Achieve ISO 9001:2015 Certification On July 24, 2019 the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MTCA) received notification from its Certification Agent in Jamaica (National Certification Body of Jamaica), that effective July 18, 2019 the MTCA has been approved for Certification under the International Organization for Standardization’s 9001-2015 Standard (ISO 9001-2015).

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The Reebok CrossFit Games 2019 will be taking place from August 1 – 4 in Madison, Wisconsin in the USA. Our tiny country of Belize is being represented by Belizean Cricel Castillo and Vernon Neal as they compete under CrossFit San Pedro  and Crossfit Subterranean as their affiliate box, respectively.  

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According to Barbados-based Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) many Caribbean countries including Belize could see a deficit in rainfall this year and into 2020. There latest outlook newsletter (Aug-Oct) states that rainfall will continue to increase across the region augmenting water resources. It is likely that parts of Belize, particularly in the northwest, can still have concerns over short term drought that can impact agricultural production and small rivers, streams and ponds.

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Belize is reporting an outbreak of dengue along with several other Central American countries. According to reports there are more cases this year compared to last year, as much as twenty more times. According to Belize’s Ministry of Health Surviellance Officer, Mrs. Lorna Perez, the record number of laboratory confirmed cases are just over 600 compared to 300 for last year. There are sixteen confirmed cases of severe dengue where patients have been hospitalized but none have been fatal so far.  

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