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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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The Department of the Environment (DOE) has been receiving increased reports of the burning of household garbage in both urban and rural areas. This prevalent but harmful practice greatly reduces the air quality for residents and threatens life and property from fires, especially around this time of the year due to the dry season.

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Amendment of Fisheries Regulations Regarding Eligibility of Permanent Residents for Fishing Licenses Belmopan. April 29, 2019. The public is advised that on April 16, 2019, Cabinet approved an amendment to the Fisheries Regulations to remove the category of “permanent residents” from those persons eligible to obtain a fishing license in Belize’s territorial waters. All active licenses as of this date will be permitted to run their course and expire.

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The Belize Ministry Of Education is pleased to be a part of an exciting new venture for education in Belize! Digi Belize (Belize Telemedia Limited) in collaboration with Microsoft & the Ministry Of Education have deployed devices to selected secondary schools as a part of a pilot project geared towards creating a digital learning platform to schools in Belize. Deployment of devices included EP Yorke, Pallotti and Belize High School, Anglican Cathedral College, Saint Catherine's Academy, Ladyville Tech, San Pedro High School, Corozal Community College and Muffles College.

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Cut-Off Date for Registration as Electors for Persons Wishing to Vote in the May 8, 2019 Territorial Dispute Referendum The Elections and Boundaries Department hereby notifies the public that the cut-off date for registration as electors for persons wishing to vote in the May 8, 2019 Territorial Dispute Referendum was April 10, 2019.

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Illegal Fishing Is Costing Belize Millions and Undermining National Efforts At Sustainable Fisheries Efforts

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Belize Telemedia Limited, now rebranded as Digi, held an unveiling ceremony for this year's version of telephone directory in Belize City on Thursday, April 25, 2019. In collaboration with Yello Belize, the company chose to highlight the issue of being more environmentally friendly. Gracing the cover of the telephone directory is San Pedro’s very own Madison Pearl Edwards.

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On Thursday, April 25, 2019, San Pedro Police responded to a call about a suspicious parcel in the old San Pedro Cemetery. San Pedro Police visited the area shortly after 9 am where they found a rectangular parcel with suspected cannabis. The package was taken to the police stationed and weight 2.5 Kilos. No one was in the area at the time, hence no one was arrested. Click Here for More Ambergris Today News Online

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