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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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Forty-one men and women of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) departed Belize on May 29th for Exercise Tradewinds 2019 which is being held in the Dominican Republic and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Tradewinds is an annual exercise held jointly by the United States Southern Command and its multinational partners to promote regional security cooperation. This year’s exercise comprises 22 nations and over 18 different regional organizations and focuses on four main objectives.

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BTB holds its second annual BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge to promote attractions of Belize’s coastline The second Belize Tourism Board(BTB)Love Belize Sea  challenge,  a  grueling six-day  adventurous  extreme  race covering  over  218miles  of  sea paddling. The challenge commenced at Punta Gorda on May 22ndand concluded at the Rainbow Beach  in  Corozal  Town  on  Monday,  May  27thas  the  kayakers  crossed  the  finishing line  amid thunderous cheering and applauses from the spectators.

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As Hurricane Season 2019 approaches, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) is stepping up its preparations, constantly assessing and enhancing its state of readiness. Tuesday, May 28, 2019, more than 20 persons from Belmopan and surrounding communities participated in a Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA) Workshop.

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Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize met on Friday, May 24, 2019, with his counterpart H.E. Sandra Jovel Polanco, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guatemala, at the Organization of American States (OAS) Office at the Adjacency Zone.

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The Forest Department received a report on Saturday, May 24, 2019, at night that a jaguar had been poached in Toledo. The animal was beheaded and the carcass left near the dump area of the Punta Gorda/San Antonio road. This is the second such report of jaguar poaching in the last two years, and the pattern of beheading is the same. It is believed the poachers operate on orders of local or international buyers who seek the animal head for display or for other illegal ornamental uses.

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What authorities in Belize and Quintana Roo, Mexico and scientists never imagined in their wildest dreams, Omar Vasquez Sanchez has done! He built the first house entirely made of Sargassum, which could represent a worldwide milestone. Omar Sánchez Vázquez originally from Jalisco, lived part of his childhood in California, USA and returned Mexico to fulfill his “Mesican dream” in his birth country and created a new industry with organic materials that preserve the culture and environment.

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Twenty-five organizations and partner institutions participated representing a range of interests and areas of work

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019, volunteers from villages and communities throughout rural Belize District joined NEMO coordinators and assistant coordinators from the area for a workshop on Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA). This is to better prepare them, in the event of a disaster, to make an accurate assessment of the damage caused and the needs of those affected, both immediate and long term, so that the relief provided is adequately and rationally distributed.

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Belizeans Join Hands in Solidarity to Say No to Fossil Fuels and Yes to Clean Energy

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