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San Pedro High School Girls’ Team is the Champion in the high school Northern Region comprised of Corozal and Orange Walk. San Pedro team first defeated Muffles College in penalties scoring three goals courtesy of Siomara, Sherrilyn and Angie Lima, and local goal keeper Shadine Franzua STOPPING THREE SHOTS.

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On Tuesday, January 13, a small handover ceremony was held at the Central Park, where Dr. John McAfee handed over a boat to the Belize National Coast Guard.

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The Fisheries Department in its efforts to ensure the sustained management of its eight marine reserves began the process of implementing a comprehensive revenue collection system.

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The office of Ambergris Today received phone calls about several construction sites being shut down during the weekend; we contacted the San Pedro Local Building Authority to clear out this issue and Mr. Omar Mitchell, engineer of the SPLBA gave us an account of what occurred.

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Belizean native, Arlen Escarpeta, will be appearing in the remake of Friday the 13th movie this Friday, February 13, 2009. The film is a reboot of the Friday the 13th film series, whose last film was the 2003 crossover film Freddy vs. Jason.

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"I don’t believe you!” blurted a nervous and excited Ceni Rivero Azueta to her husband, 34-year-old Ernesto James Azueta last Thursday night when he informed her that he had bought the winning ticket. But believe she did, as James brought home the bacon ($65,897.10 after the Belize Government Tax was levied), this Monday after collecting the fat check at the Lotto offices in Belize City.

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On Sunday, January 14, Miss Yucatan Nuestra Belleza Isis Barrera along with other distinguished guests were at Tranquility Bay celebrating Pany Arceo, Dr. Richard Strand and Dr. Brad William’s birthday as well as the handing over of the management of the resort to Ms. Neria Arceo by her father Pany Arceo.

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In an attempt to help curb the increase in crime on the island, the San Pedro Business Association (SPBA) raised nearly $40,000Bze to equip the San Pedro Police Department with a new police patrol boat.

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A new program initiated by the Belize Police Department honored 18-year-old San Pedro High School student Earl Sutherland last week Friday for his outstanding participation in academic and community affairs.

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The PUP 7 in San Pedro are saying that not only are they Ready, but also Willing and Able. This is the theme of the PUP Campaign for town council elections for March 2009 that was launched this past weekend in their endorsement convention. Present at the convention were Hon. Johnny Briceño, Party Leader; Servulo Baeza, Secretary General; Senator Eiden Salazar; Martha Carillo, Chairperson Women’s Group; and a large crowd of party supporters from San Pedro and residents of all the districts.

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Upon receiving several calls from the island, Deputy Prime Minster Gaspar Vega dispatched a team from the Ministry of Environment and Lands on Friday, February 15, to the island to crack down on developers dredging or cutting down mangroves without proper permits.

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Prior to the final games of the 11-a-side competition, the San Pedro Sports Council paid tribute to a special group of people who has definitely left their mark in the world of sports in San Pedro. Councilor Pablo Ico, Mayor Elsa Paz and the Sports Council handed out special recognition plaques to 16 special individuals who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the world of sports on the island, in particular football (soccer).

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High above the blue-green waters of northern Ambergris Caye, Ecoflight’s chief pilot Bruce Gordon banked the turbo-prop airplane to show his passengers the lush tropical terrain encompassing the Bacalar Chico Nature Preserve. Gordon was joined in the educational flight by representatives of Green Reef, the Peace Corps, and Edwardo Brown of Ambergris Today.

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Luxury Spafinder Magazine featured Belize in a 10-page spread on its January-February 2008 issue in what they called “The Insider’s Guide, Belize” where it compared the top four Spa Resorts in the country. Included in the article is a review on Cayo Espanto, off the shores of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, which featured spa treatments from San Pedro’s very own massage therapist Kristi Gonzalez.

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The invasion of predatory lionfish in the Caribbean region poses yet another major threat to coral reef ecosystems -- a new study has found that within a short period after the entry of lionfish into an area, the survival of other reef fishes is slashed by about 80 percent.

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Lee-La Vernon, the famous Belizean singer/dancer who embodies the very essence of Creole culture, performed her captivating Brukdong and Sambai dances as well as her original songs last Friday at the San Pedro R.C. School grounds, showcasing a highly-energetic and entertaining event for hundreds of children. Lee-La was invited by the school to do a cultural presentation on the Creole people of Belize in observance of Culture Day for Child Stimulation Month.

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A few weeks ago, Ambergris Today reported on the boat captain license issue that was causing much concern amongst the community in particular with the U.S. nationals living on the island. Boat Captain’s Licenses are required for private boat owners and those concerned believe that this creates obstacles for our foreign owners that are in the country periodically. The Belize Port Authority had announced that these licenses will only be issued to citizens and legal residents, but not to any foreigners or even those on Retirement Residency.

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A New Year brings hopeful resolutions, new opportunities, and for Ambergris Caye, lots of rain. It has also brought a group of 12 students from Montana State University sponsored by the School of Architecture who come to work on their school projects and at the same time create beautiful plans and suggestions that our Town Council may use to beautify and/or improve conditions on the island.

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Twenty two graduate students from Christopher Newport University (CNU) in Virginia, and three education professors, spent two weeks at Holy Cross Anglican School in January. The project was part of a service learning course in the CNU Master of Arts in Teaching program. The graduate students entered Holy Cross classrooms to act as partner teachers where they assisted in planning lessons, managing student behavior, and taught for two hours a day so the classroom teachers could attend the in service training provided by the education professors.

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The Second Annual Lobster Fest is set for four days of fun activities Beginning on June 14th and culminating on the 21st of June with a major block party on Barrier Reef Drive.

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