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The San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival committee is working arduously to bring to its audience an exuberant three-day event as it is celebrating its 27th anniversary from July 26 to July 28. After its grand announcement for international night featuring international artists Becky G, people have gone wild wanting to know more about this year’s festival. Mr. Horacio Guerrero was on Reef TV on Friday, May 17, 2019 and had some updates on the festival and pricing of tickets.

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Belize is all set to make a comeback in Miss International as Selena Urias was recently appointed Miss International Belize 2019 by Mr. Enrique De Leon, the national director of Belize for Miss International. She will now represent her country in Miss International 2019 to be held on 12th November 2019.

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The Government of Belize, through the Office of the Music Ambassador, is pleased to announce that the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will be one of the proud sponsors of the 4th Annual Belize Music Month.

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Reef Week's Trivia Competition tested the wits of elementary school children based on our precious marine ecosystem. Students of Caye Caulker joined those from San Pedro at the San Pedro Lions Den for the fun and educational competition that took place on Tuesday, May 14, 2018. Coming out on top after three rounds was Kamryn Rhaburn of San Pedro RC School.

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A new water fountain was constructed around the San Juan statue roundabout and inaugurated during Reef Fest in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize. The fountain commemorates our barrier reef as it depicts sea creatures that are of vital importance to the survival of the reef. A short ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Monday, May, 13, 2019.

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Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 approved that the Maritime Areas Act, 1992 be taken to the National Assembly for amendment. Additionally, Cabinet approved that the amendments be tabled at the next sitting of the House of Representatives scheduled for Monday, May 20th, 2019, and submitted to the Senate the following day.

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According to the monthly reports of the Optical Oceanography Laboratory of the School of Marine Sciences of the University of South Florida, intended to provide an overview of the current flowering condition and the probability of future flowering of sargassum for the Caribbean Sea, the conditions for this 2019, are greater than those of last year for the uptake of these marine algae.

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Belmopan. May 10, 2019. Commander of the United States Southern Command (U.S. SOUTHCOM), Admiral Craig Faller met today, May 10th, with the Prime Minister of Belize, the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and the Minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar at the Prime Minister’s Office in Belize City.

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The highlight of the San Pedro Town Council’s Mothers’ Day Program on Sunday, May 12, 2019 was the performance of Yeka Rosalez from the comedic show “La Parodia” all the way from Mexico but the participation of the mothers on stage also made for great entertainment.

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Reef Week 2019 was officially kicked off on Friday, May 10, 2019 with its annual Reef Fair which took place at Central Park. Students from various schools and the public in general were invited to attend a very informative fair. There were booths from the Department of Environment, San Pedro Tourguide Association – Kids in Action, Oceana Belize, Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association (TASA), Hol  Chan Marine Reserve, American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES), Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve and the San Pedro House of Culture.

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The Ministry of Finance announced that at midnight on May 10, 2019, the pump price for diesel oil will increase by 17 cents from $10.26 to $10.43 per gallon. This price change reflects current demand and supply conditions which are influenced by a number of factors, most notably: • Geopolitical events which have significantly stymied the production of crude oil in Venezuela and the recent US announcement that it will terminate sanction waivers to countries that import oil from Iran is expected to limit oil availability by a million barrels daily.

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The Nation of Belize made history on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 as Belizeans made their way to the polling stations to cast their vote as part of the Territorial Dispute Referendum on whether to take the Guatemalan claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Polling stations throughout the country closed at 6PM and a few hours later the YES vote slowly started to win. In the Belize Rural South Area (San Pedro and Caye Caulker) a total of 4,230 votes were cast where the YES votes won with a total of 2,373 over the NO votes with a total of 1857.

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The Club Pesca Del Caribe’s Honduras International Billfish Open Fishing Tournament was held on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, 2019, out of Omoa, Honduras. This tournament is one of the largest in the Western Caribbean, and this year’s edition saw 50 boats compete for over US$50,000 in cash and prizes! Over the past 4 years, the Belize Game Fish Association has been developing a strong relationship with its counterparts from Honduras, and this year nine Belizean Teams headed to Omoa to compete in this prestigious competition.

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The National Committee For Families and Children (NCFC) sent out a release entitled “Children and alcohol are not a good combination”. The release date May 3, 2019, stated that the Child Protection – Technical Working group (CP-TWG of the National Committee for Families and Children applauds the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams for his efforts to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol to our children.

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FishingBooker, the world's largest website for booking fishing charters, just announced the 7 best luxury fishing destinations for 2019, and Ambergris Caye is one of them. The list was created based on a number of factors such as user reviews, access to quality fishing, overall aesthetic of a place, and vicinity to luxury resorts, exclusive restaurants, and other lavish activities.

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On Monday, May 6, 2019, Tropic Air announced that construction has officially begun on its new Caye Caulker Terminal. To be built over ten months and at a cost of BZ$1 Million, the new 1600 square foot air conditioned terminal will feature state of the art amenities for passengers and cargo.

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As the San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival celebrates its 27th anniversary in 2019, its newly appointed committee states that this year it brings an exuberant four-day event, from July 26 to July 28, that will cater to all ages, under the theme: Costa Maya Festival: Reignited!

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Life Skills teacher Mrs. Angie Ellis has been working arduously in preparing our youth for the future with useful life skills that that they will be able to carry on for life. The first form students of San Pedro High School have learnt interesting topics such as laundry/washing, cooking and baking, sewing and ironing. Basic home essentials to be able to survive on their own once they go study abroad and carry on for life.

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There is no longer any doubt that we are facing what some scholars have called the fourth industrial revolution, characterized by new technologies that are transforming the world of work. It is a full-fledged technological tsunami, due to technological advances that are rapidly penetrating society and expanding across the globe at an unprecedented rate in the history of humanity. The aging of the population has also accelerated, especially in the Caribbean and Latin America.

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A resident of an apartment building, located across from the San Pedro Roman Catholic School, came across a handgun on the front steps of her resident as she came out to investigate the sounds of gunfire. At the same time, a second resident of the apartment building discovered a male lying in a pool of blood in front of his apartment located on the second floor. This shooting incident took place this morning, Thursday, May 2, 2019, at about 9a.m.

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