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On a press release dated January 7, 2011, The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) was happy to announce that the newly opened Craft Market in the Fort George Tourism Zone (FGTZ) had a very successful first week.

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The San Pedro Lions Club is always looking for fun ways to raise fund to help the community of San Pedro and on Friday, January 7, the San Pedro Lions Club celebrated its one year anniversary of Bingo Night! Bingo Night – which is held every Friday at the Lion’s Den, has become a very popular family pastime. Friends and family gather at the Den in hopes of winning great cash prizes and to have a great time socializing.

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Just a month ago butane prices increased a whopping $8.00 for the 100lb cylinder and about two weeks ago the price of fuel went up as well, and now taxi fares on La Isla Bonita increased??? After getting several complaints by concerned residents about the taxi fare going up, we contacted Mr. Raul Gonzalez of the Taxi Federation to clear things up.

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With 320 students currently enrolled at the New Horizon’s Academy, the school has shown tremendous growth in recent years, providing a great education for its students and helping to alleviate the congestion at other schools in the island.

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Hotel and Resort Insider (HRI) recently published a list of the top eight trends for travelers in 2011. We can take into account these trends and work with them to better our services and properly market our services in San Pedro/Belize. Take a look at the top travel/tourism trends for this year and let’s work in making our tourism product attractive to the entire world.

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Saga Humane Society to Close Full Time Vet Clinic and Reduce Services Due to Mounting Financial Pressures - Press Release, Saga Humane Society, January, 4, 2011 - Saga Humane Society regrets to announce that it will no longer be able to maintain a full time veterinary clinic or to provide free clinic services to low income pet owners. Saga will continue on a limited basis to take in surrendered and stray animals, and to do stray dog roundups, and follow up on abuse and neglect cases, but only as its finances will allow.

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Here is an interesting article we stumbled upon on Yahoo Finance that is so true in so many levels. The future is now and there are many aspects and things in society that are become obsolete – they are dying and soon going out of existence. Interestingly books, magazines and newspapers are on the list of eventually disappearing. This is why Ambergris Today is the first to take that the step into the electronic era and providing the news on a daily basis via the internet – the future.

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It’s that time of the year when cruise ships are sailing the beautiful water of Belize and tourist arrivals are at its best. Many families and friends take trips on the cruise lines to get to know the beauty of the Caribbean and have a good time. But unfortunately for one family on board the Liberty of the Seas, one of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, their dream vacation was cut short as one of their family members either jumped or fell to his death from the 12th level of the cruise line.

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Astrum Helicopters announced this year the delivery of its new Bell 206 Long Ranger L4 helicopter. The helicopter was delivered from Bell Helicopter and is undergoing an 8 week completion at Hillsboro Aviation located in Hillsboro, Oregon. The new Bell 206 Long Ranger L4 will have a corporate 6 passenger configuration, sliding door, cargo hook, litter kit (2 stretchers), emergency floats, latest avionics package, and many other options that will allow the helicopter to accommodate a variety of missions.

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The wonderful school that is Ocean Academy in the island of Caye Caulker was founded with the belief that children who want to learn deserve an education. Ocean Academy’s founders state that the school is dedicated to challenging each student to learn at his or her greatest potential.

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Mario Graniel submitted these great pictures of a 38-40 foot Humpback Whale that he spotted while on a fishing trip last week at the Turneffe Atoll. Truly a rare sighting!

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The lionfish invasion continues in the Caribbean and Florida Keys. The spread of the invasive lionfish has been well chronicled throughout media outlets. Now, one organization has taken the battle to a completely new level! It is time to eat them to beat them!

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What to Eat, Wear and Do for Good Luck on January 1stWhen it comes to celebrating the New Year, every country and every culture has its unique routines and charms to influence the incoming year. They're believed to bring into the New Year good fortune, health, prosperity, and love.

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Another year has passed us by and there was much to socializing, reporting and investigating to do. We have rounded up the TOP stories of 2010 that had much impact on Ambergris Caye and Belize, from triumpant awards, saving lives, making history, tragedy, great accomplishments, fantastic events, major discoveries and even miracles, there was lots going on in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye; a very busy 2010. Through hardships and great times we pulled through. The following are the top stories of San Pedro (and some of Belize) that highlighted the headlines of Ambergris Today.

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Belize National & Public Holidays 2011DAYS                  DATE                     HOLIDAYSSaturday         January 1st             New years Day        Monday           March 7th                National Heroes & Benefactors Day (in lieu of Wed 9thMarch)Friday              April 22nd               Good Friday        Saturday         April 23rd                 Holy Saturday        Monday           April 25th                 Easter Monday        

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Luckily for this marine motorist, he was steering his skiff in shallow waters when it started to go down. The problem was that they overloaded the skiff with too much cargo and yesterday’s rough seas caused water to start pouring into the skiff. This happened in front of the Boca del Rio split on Wednesday, December 29, 2010. With the assistance of friendly passersby they managed to salvage the skiff and continue on their way.

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Kelly McDermott Kanabar and Mukul Kanabar donate $3,000 to Liberty Children’s Home Five of San Pedro’s popular businesses - The Phoenix, Blue Water Grill, Caliente, Red Ginger, and Wine de Vine, came together for a good cause – to give a good Christmas to the children of Liberty Children’s Home in Belize City.

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Another set of Cuban Refugees has made a landing on the shores of Ambergris Caye, this time around in the early morning hours of Wednesday, December 29, 2010. The San Pedro Police Department has confirmed that there are a total of seven Cubans detained at the Police Department, both male and female, that are pending processing by the immigration department.

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With last week’s decision by the San Pedro Town Council's to open the Boca del Rio Bridge to taxi drivers only (other than golf carts), a stream of backlash has flooded its way. Some objection to the Town Council’s decision has risen from residents in North Ambergris Caye, similar to the resistance that came as the town decided to remove the old ferry and construct a bridge to connect San Pedro Town core to North Ambergris Caye which is also within town boundaries.

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BELMOPAN, Belize, Tuesday December 28, 2010 – The hunt for a jaguar that was killing a family’s cattle in Belize has ended in tragedy with one brother being fatally shot. Cesar Cak, 18, died on the spot after being shot in the chest and abdomen by his oldest brother, 25-year-old Ricardo. According to police, Cesar, Ricardo and another brother, Augusto, left their home and went to a pasture about a mile away in search of a jaguar they believe had been killing their chickens, ducks, pigs and cattle.

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