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It’s that time of year again when TripAdvisor® honors the best of the best each year with their Traveler’s Choice awards, now in its ninth year. The annual awards honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers. Unlike any other hotel awards programs in the world, TripAdvisor® Travelers' Choice® winners are based on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions about hotels on tripadvisor.com™ and content from across the web.

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The 2010 report on the annual International Monetary Fund (IMF) consultation with Belizean authorities was published on Friday, January 14, after a delay of almost six months due to challenges from the Government of Belize (GOB) to its contents.  The preliminary recommendations released in July 2010 asked GOB to restrain current spending, prioritize investment, place the pension system on a strong and sustainable footing, and improve tax and customs administration. 

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- by Dorian Nuñez My morning commute to work on Friday, January 14, 2011, was on horseback! Yes, definitely not my typical working day on the golf cart filled streets of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. But that day it was not a typical day in San Pedro; I was one with Forest Gump, my trusty horse, on a City Tour of Belmopan, the capital of Belize.

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Police have confirmed the death of Karen Sue Brown, owner of Isla Bonita Gallery and Frame Shop, located at the Fairdale Plaza on Coconut Drive. The body of Brown was discovered inside her business around 12:30p.m. and police are ruling her death as suicide as they have confirmed the discovery of a note next to the body. People close to Karen mentioned to Ambergris Today that she had been depressed lately, complaining how the bad times were affecting her frame shop business. As San Pedro Police continue their investigations, Ambergris Today will keep up with updates.

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Belize Airports Authority Institutes Rider FeeOn January 15, 2011 the Belize Airports Authority (BAA) announced its implementation of a Rider Fee on all airline tickets sold for local travel in the country of Belize. Passengers are now obligated to pay an additional five dollar ($5.00) fee wherever local airline tickets are purchased.

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Lara Goldman of Romantic Travel Association of Belize, a premier concierge service for Belize Travel, hosted Celebrity Photographer Terry deRoy Gruber, Bridal Consultant – Amy Rubins and World Famous Destination Wedding Planner – Lisa Light on beautiful Ambergris Caye. The group was hosted to a week’s stay on beautiful Ambergris Caye; even though they were in paradise they were busy working taking pictures and learning about beautiful Belize. They had several photo shoots which will be used for advertising Belize as a top wedding destination.

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A meeting turns sour after fishermen object and complain about the new changes projected to the Old Football Field and Lagoon Area in downtown San Pedro that were presented to them at a consultation meeting on Friday, January 14, 2011.

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Morning fog in the Northern part of the country has halted public transportation for both air and maritime businesses. As of 9:30a.m. today, Monday, January 17, 2011, airplanes from San Pedro, Belize City and Corozal have been grounded due to a thick fog that has blanketed the area. Tropic Air has confirmed that none of their morning scheduled flights have been able to depart to Belize City, Corozal or Belmopan in the Cayo District, although the fog has started to clear in Belmopan. Flights to the southern part of the country are running as scheduled.

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American Airlines is adding a second round trip flight on Saturdays between Belize City, Belize and Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX starting February 12th, 2011. Dallas/Ft. Worth, DFW Airport, is American Airlines’ gateway to the world with direct flights from Dallas to destinations throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America and more. For the latest information please call 501-223-2522, visit the Ticket Office at San Cas Plaza in Belize City or enter AA.com.

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A large brush fire alarmed residents in the San Pablo area, one that could have posed a threat to the Alfaro residence. The San Pedro Fire Department was called to the scene of the fire, just north of the Ambergris Stadium, at about 7:30p.m. last night, Friday, January 14, 2011. Neighboring residents say that the fire truck took some time to arrive at the scene but that the fire was quickly put out once they tackled it. This is the second brush fire that has erupted behind the Alfaro residence caused by the burning of cleared shrubs.

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He’s a resident of Mt. Rainier, MD, on the Northeastern border of Washington, DC, and he fell in love with Brazil on his very first trip there in 1999. After his next few visits he knew that he wanted to live in Brazil some day. Paul Joseph Park even got a job at a Brazilian restaurant, practiced Portuguese and is now on a Bike Trip that left from the US destined to Brazil. Yes he is biking from the United States of America all the way down to Brazil in South America. And Paul is blogging his adventures all along his way. His most recent blog already has him here in Belize.

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SAGA Fundraiser – Buy a ticket and feed a cat or dog!- Press Release - On the 22nd of January, Charlotte Hanson a musical comedian and ventriloquist will be performing at the Lion’s Den in San Pedro Town to help raise funds for SAGA Humane Society.  Every adult ticket sold for this event will feed a cat or dog, being cared for by SAGA, for ten days.

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Under the theme “be proactive, invest in our future, our taxes empower Belize”, The Income Tax Department of Belize held its 2nd Annual Income Tax Fair in San Pedro and Belize City on Thursday, January 13, and Friday, January 14. The fair is a part of the department’s continuing effort to educate the taxpaying public on matters of interest. The Income Tax department believes that continuous dialogue with taxpayers can help them avoid many pitfalls, as filing time nears. There were brochures, pamphlets and forms available at the show room.

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Last night, January 12, 2011 at Tackle Box Bar & Grill Saga Humane Society hosted their Italian Cook Off featuring many dishes for a very hungry crowd. Music, drinks and delicous food were available, as well as raffles. What more can you ask for! The night was a huge success, congratulations to the organizers. The Italian Cook Off winners are as follows: 1st place: Tanya Mejia (Grille Sandwich donated by Haramouch Center) 2nd place: Miss Mel

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Every Newborn baby is reason to celebrate but this bouncing little chap is extra special reason to celebrate because he is San Pedro’s First Born for 2011. It's a boy!  It is the third child for Stephanie Nuñez, but he is the first born from San Pedro in the New Year on January 4, 2011.  Because the delivery needed specialized medical attention, Stephanie had her baby delivered in Belize City; thus the reason we found it out a little late.  

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- From Love FM News, January 11, 2011 Restore Belize was established in June last year in an effort to tackle the escalating crime particularly in Belize City. This week, the program is preparing a strategic five year plan.

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Makes you wish you had gotten the swine flu and survived! Check out this article on how the swine flu virus is offering super immunity to other influenza viruses By Michelle Roberts Health reporter, BBC News People who recover from swine flu may be left with an extraordinary natural ability to fight off flu viruses, findings suggests. In beating a bout of H1N1 the body makes antibodies that can kill many other flu strains, a study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine shows.

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It is very hard to fathom that our top government officials would even consider the possibility of allowing international oil companies to conduct oil exploration off the shores of our beautiful country for the possibility of erecting those horrible looking oil rigs along our coastline.

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The famous Brujo de Mexico has announced his predictions for 2011 and for entertainment purposes we have gathered some predictions he has made for some famous stars (artists). Enjoy!!

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Press Release - A Central American expert is putting Belize firmly on the map with the release of a new travel guide to this exciting Caribbean destination.  Kate Joynes-Burgess, based mainly in Mexico City, spent nearly a decade exploring and writing about this culturally eclectic part of the continent, discovering without a doubt that Belize offers much more that sensational scuba diving.

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