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The University of Belize convened a historic meeting with Presidents, Deans, Principals and representatives of Junior Colleges of Belize and a couple of technical/vocational schools. This meeting held under the theme “Working Together to Advance the Education of our Nation,” was held on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Belmopan Campus. Junior Colleges were represented from across the country and the Institute of Technical Vocational and Educational Training-Orange Walk and Cayo Center for Employment and Training.

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Official Police reports indicate that on Saturday, April 6, 2019, Carlos Jex 58-year-old, manager of A.C. Construction in San Pedro Town, reported to police that about  3:00 p.m., that he was robbed of the company’s payroll for the workers. Jex reported that wo male persons entered his office with their faces covered, one armed with a firearm, proceeded to rob him of $20,000.00Bze. A.C. Construction is located on Coconut Drive, on the lower flat of the new Casa Picasso Restaurant;  no injuries were reported and police are investigating.

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On April 3, 2019, the Chief Justice Hon. Kenneth Benjamin delivered his ruling on the injunction case on the referendum planned for April 10, 2019 brought before the Supreme Court of Belize by the Opposition Party. The Opposition had asked the Supreme Court to stop the referendum because they contend that there are serious issues to be tried. The main points presented to the Court by the Opposition were:

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A road traffic accident which occurred on Thursday, April 4, 2019, has claimed the life of 28-year-old, Samuel Pasqual, Guatemalan mechanic of San Pedro Town. According to reports Pasqual was riding his motorcycle going in a southerly direction when he lost control of his cycle and collided into a cement pillar on the right side of the road causing him severe head injuries.

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On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) announced the winners of its first Take a Shot Photography Sweepstake held from February 15 to March 15, 2019, which focused on Culinary and Birding categories. First place went to Kay Westby, who was awarded a $2,000 cash prize plus a Nikon School Online course on “Beyond the Fundamentals of Photography”. Second place went to Nicole Wade, a resident of Orange Walk, who received a $1,000 prize and a Nikon School Online course on “Exploring Dynamic Landscape Photography.”

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The past several days have been tough for residents of Northern Belize, primarily villagers in the Corozal District as heavy smoke has been reaching the area and causing many to be affected health wise. Ministry of Health Issued an advisory on the severe smoke affecting Northern Communities.

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Tropic Air Wins The Travelers’ Choice Airlines Award In The Specialty & Leisure Category In Latin America- Tropic Air announced that it has been recognized with the Travelers’ Choice Award in the Specialty and Leisure Category in Latin America in the 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for Airlines. This is the first time any airline in Belize has won any award from TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor awards the world’s top carriers based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for airlines by TripAdvisor flyers. These are gathered over a 12-month period.

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San Pedro High School held its annual science fair on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the R. Angel Nunez Auditorium under the theme “Reinventing the future by reducing, reusing and recycling”.

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-submitted by Ramon’s Village - In the spring of 1987, Richard Headrick, purchased Ramon’s Reef Resort. Ramon Nuñez was already on site welcoming guests and running the hotel. Richard had plans to expand the hotel over the next several years and knew Ramon would need help. He also recognized right away that Ramon’s true gift was in dealing with the guests. So a bargain was struck. Ramon would remain as General Manager and his responsibility would be to hug the ladies and kiss the babies.

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The Third Annual Tattoo Expo was in full swing this past weekend, March 30 and 31. The buzz of the tattoo guns filled the air as tattoo artists from as far as Panama, USA and Mexico joined their artist brothers from Belize in participation of the Third Annual International Tattoo Expo.

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The Ministry of Labor, Local Government and Rural Development has recently established a Labor Market Information System, for the proper management of the regime for the free movement of skills within Belize. This activity is an integral component of an efficient Labor Market. The implementation of the system was as a result of collaborative efforts with the Ministry of Human Development.

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According to The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), weak El Niño conditions are forecasted to persist, chances of drought continuation and recurrent dry spells during this transition period between the dry and wet season are increased. El Niño, which is associated with a band of warm ocean water that develops in the central and east-central equatorial Pacific, is described as one of the most important weather-producing phenomena on earth.

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It is without a doubt there is a lot of local talent in San Pedro, especially when it comes to the music area. Today we are proud to share with you the latest music video by local Sanpedranos and brothers Guillermo and Nestor Rivero.

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San Pedro High School has embarked in teaching its students useful life skills that that they will be able to carry on for life.  The initiative was the brainchild of Mrs. Angie Ellis, teacher of the Life Skills for first form students.  The program commenced with skills in sewing followed by classes in washing or doing the laundry and then with ironing both male and female apparel as well as clothing for babies. It is to be noted that these skills are being passed to the entire first form classes, both males and females.

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The 4th Annual Wonder Woman Competition commenced on Monday, March 25, 2019, with five teams from across the security forces of Belize including the Belize Police Department, the Belize Defence Force and the Belize Coast Guard. The aim of the three-day Wonder Woman Competition is to identify the best team from across the services.

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Swimmers for Clean Oceans and to Connect-2-Earth - Twelve swimmers set out on Sunday, March 17, 2019, from English Caye to swim 1.6 miles to Goff’s Caye.  The wind and seas were in the swimmers’ favor with winds hardly reaching 5 knots and mostly flat seas.  This is the 7th annual English Caye Channel Swim Challenge to bring attention to conservation issues in conjunction with Reef Week 2019 while showcasing the swimming talent in Belize.  

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San Pedro Police have arrested and charged 25-year-old, Anthony Carballo, a Belize City Resident for the murder of Deon Faber and Allen Martinez in San Pedro Town which occurred on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

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On Thursday, March 21, 2019 a public consultation was held for Belize Electricity Limited's (BEL) Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Report regarding the interconnection of Caye Caulker to the national electricity grid. Over 90 residents attended the session conducted by the Department of Environment (DOE) at the Caye Caulker Roman Catholic Primary School. Since 2016, BEL has been engaging with DOE, the community, environmental and non-governmental organizations to ensure their involvement in the plan to:

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The Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce Issues Statement on Efforts to Secure the CARICOM Market for all Sugars The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, informs the public about the actions being taken to address the challenges currently facing Belize’s sugar industry and that of the wider Caribbean.

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San Pedro Police are investigating the shooting of two men which occurred on Thursday, March 21, 2019 in the Boca Del Rio Area. Police received a call of a shooting incident at about 1:30 p.m. and visited a blue house near a tire repair shop in the Boca Del Rio Area. Upon arrival they observed a dark skin male person with dreadlock hair lying face down in a pool of blood in the kitchen area bleeding profusely and still breathing.

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