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Rain is still absent in San Pedro and most parts of Belize. Just last week the National Meteorological Service of Belize issued a drought report which indicates that the entire country has been experiencing a deficit in rainfall.

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On Saturday 4th June a group of 12 emerging (future) leaders will arrive in Belize on AA 2103 to commence a Study Tour of Belize from June 4 – 8, 2011. The members of this group have been selected from several countries, including Canada, the Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago.

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Great new discoveries have been recently unraveled and more mysteries of the Mayan world in Belize are being discovered as a team of scientists work 200 feet below the surface in underwater caves. These caves were believed to be gateways to Xabalba, the sacred Maya underworld.

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Expedia® has named Coco Beach Resort Belize among the top-ranked resorts of the World on this year’s Expedia® Insiders’ SelectTM 2011 list, making it the only resort in Belize to have qualified for this exclusive Award.

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Did You Hear the Tsunami Siren? - As part of the National Emergency Management Organization of Belize (NEMO) Emergency Awareness Week, a Tsunami Threat Exercise was held in San Pedro. On Saturday, May 28, the San Pedro Fire Department sounded the alarm through the streets of San Pedro Town. This was a practice in case there is a Tsunami threat for Belize.

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- Press Release - The Council of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has approved for the Belize Sailing Association (BzSA) to become a full Member National Authority of the world governing body for sailing. Belize has been allocated, by geographic location, to the Group O - which includes 24 countries of North and South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

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The National Meteorological Service on Wednesday issued a drought report in which it said that an analysis of March, April and May indicates that the entire country has been experiencing a deficit in rainfall.

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National Geographic Society funds to develop the Santa Familia Primary School Forest Garden - Känan K’aax, the official signing of the first installment of the funds took place on Thursday, May 19.

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On our daily runs through the busy streets of San Pedro, an Ambergris Today reporter noticed that the San Pedro High School fence along the beachside was getting a face lift. For quite some time now, the fence has been constantly vandalized with ugly graffiti with obscene language and drawings. Seeing it getting a face lift was very enlightening.

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The San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival has officially announced its festival dates for 2011. The largest festival in Belize has been confirmed to run from August 4 to August 7, 2011. And this year marks Costa Maya Festival’s 20th Anniversary! Something special is underway.

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The San Pedro Lions Club attended the Annual Regional Istmania Lions Convention at Panama City from Thursday, May 19 to Saturday, May 21. The Belize delegation was headed by the Belize Lions Zone 59 Chairman, Mr. Baldemar Graniel and the incoming Zone Chairman, Dr. Glenford Espadas and included Lion members of both San Pedro and Belize City.

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Launch of ASYCUDAWorld for Cargo Clearance at the Phillip Goldson International Airport - The Comptroller of Customs announces that as part of the Customs Reform and Modernization Project, Customs is deploying the ASYCUDAWorld system for the clearance of cargo at the Phillip Goldson International Airport on Thursday, May 19, 2011.

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The Reef – Our Present, Our Future – Let’s Protect It. - Reef Week 2011 was celebrated this past week with many education activities under the theme “The Reef – Our Present, Our Future – Let’s Protect It”.

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La Isla Bonita does it again! San Pedro, Belize's tourism hotspot has just made it onto Trip Advisor's list of top 25 Destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico! And, if that wasn't enough, the island's world renowned shorelines have also earned the island its place on the list of Top 10 Beaches in the Caribbean and Mexico.  

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According to reports in the Guardian Newspapers, residents across the country of Belize have had to be subjected over the past three weeks to critical sugar shortages. The shortage, according to the Belize Sugar Industry Limited is an artificial one; that is, the company is currently supplying 14,000 tons into the local market which is the yearly demand.

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Whitey Feels Mighty – Even Dogs Forgive and Forget

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The U.S. Embassy in Belmopan, Belize, reminds Belizean citizens and residents to use caution when working with private entities to apply for visas to the United States, as reports of fraudulent e-mails, websites, and print advertisements offering visa services are on the rise.

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Town Council Elections are due in March of next year and General Elections are due until 2013, but already we have gotten unofficial confirmation of the candidates posturing themselves in front of the electorate for the post of Area Representative and possible ministers in the next cabinet of government.  

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On Saturday, May 14, a San Pedro resident was the victim of an aggravated assault and remains hospitalized in Belize City in a stable condition. According to San Pedro Police they received information about a break in at the Island Supermarket located on Coconut Drive/Palm Street/ Sea Star Street that occurred at about 10:30 p.m. where a male person was injured during the assault.

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As the first quarter of 2011 closes, Belize’s tourism sector is seeing positive indications that industry recovery is finally underway. The overnight sector, which witnessed the largest overall growth in January, seems to be trending with global predictions for 2011 by the United World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

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