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Starting this weekend, San Pedro youth will have the opportunity to participate in a new arts program here on the island. Instead of hanging around with nothing to do on weekend afternoons, kids from 8 to 20 years of age will be able to pick from a list of fun subjects in the arts to try- free of charge! Parents and kids are invited to attend an Open House on Saturday, the 28th at 12:00 noon at the Medical University of the Americas. Classes and schedules will be described at this information session and enrollment will begin for classes starting February 4.

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The San Pedro branch opening of the First Caribbean International Bank took place this weekend on Sunday, January 28, 2006 making San Pedro one of the only communities to boast of having a branch of every banking business established in this country.

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On Tuesday, January 2, a fire in the Sanpedrito Area destroyed an entire building which belonged to Eliseo Rivero, owner of the Thunderbolt Water Taxi. The Fire Department responded to a call from the Police Department around 4:30 p.m. concerning a blaze in the Sanpedrito Area. The Fire Department immediately dispatched its first response truck to the scene of the fire, but by the time they arrived a quarter of the house was on fire. Despite their attempts on outing the fire the water supply just wasn’t enough.

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*Elsa Paz for UDP 7 UDP Mayoral Candidate Talks about her Party’s Strong & United Team

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The San Pedro Lions Club announced this week their new club queen for 2006. Delsie Graniel was asked by the Lions Club to represent them throughout the year’s activities and events both locally and abroad.

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More than one hundred San Pedro children were given the wonderful opportunity to have a healthier smile this past week during a free dental hygiene clinic conducted by a team of dentists, dental hygienists, and assistants at the San Pedro Polyclinic II. The medical team from Minnesota, U.S.A., led by Dr. Mark Johnson, provided dental services to schoolchildren from the New Horizons Seventh Day Adventist School last week Wednesday, with many more treated from other area schools this week.

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Ambergris Today went on a search around town on Wednesday, January 3, looking for onions. Onions, an essential ingredient for most dishes, will be scarce for quite a while in the entire country and the ones who will suffer more with this problem will be the restaurants – or those who enjoy preparing escabeche on a weekly basis.

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The San Pedro Town Council presented its final report of their 3-year term last Monday, January 30, at the Lions Den, in which were present Mayoress Elsa Paz, Area Representative Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Deputy Mayor Severo Guerrero, and councilors Nesto Gomez, Justiniano Guerrero, Joe Elijio, and Juan Alamilla. Elected to office thirty-three months ago, Mayoress Paz said in her opening remarks that the Council remained committed to the concept of accountability and transparency.

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The San Pedro chapter of the Governor General’s Music and Arts in School Program is embarking on a wonderful educational program which will offer children and teenagers the opportunity to get involved in a productive program and keep them away from mischief and off the streets. Instead of hanging around with nothing to do on the weekends, youth between the age of 8 to 20 years will be able to pick from a list of fun subjects in the arts. All classes are FREE of charge.

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There are no witnesses to the drama that took place around noon last Thursday near the Tres Cocos area in North Ambergris Caye, but after the gunshots went off, a Honduran national died and an American man was left in critical condition, fighting for his life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH).

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Sixteen year old Ilan Nuñez who is currently living in San Antonio, Texas and studying dance at North East School of the Arts, was back on the island during the holidays to give the senior class at the San Pedro Dance Company more dance training. This time around he choreographed a few dances that the group performed for their Christmas Show. He even got to work with a new group of male dancers who just recently joined the dance company.

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The Central Statistical Office estimates that Belize’s economy grew by 2.9 percent in the first three quarters of 2006 compared to the same period last year. This is according to a news release from the Ministry of National Development, not including revenues from the oil industry.

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(Editorial) The enemy is the enemy and his only job is to beat you or destroy you. You cannot expect the enemy to be on your side, to compliment you or aid and abet you. You cannot complain when he tries to destroy you because that is his job. However, you can beat the enemy, and there is only one way - you have to be more determined than the enemy.

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Immediate Past President of Lions Club International, Dr. Clem Kusiak and his wife Jeanne visited San Pedro and the San Pedro Lions Club this past Saturday, February 4. His visit was official as he launched on a worldwide tour to familiarize himself with some important countries so as to better serve his position as LCIF chairman.

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Member of the Belize Hotel Management Association met in San Pedro this past Wednesday, February 1, to further discuss the implications of the new General Sales Tax (GST) that will be implemented on July 2006.

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Ambergris Today is pleased to announce the arrival of San Pedro’s first baby of the New Year 2008. Ermiñio Gabriel Yupit was born under the care of Dr. Daniel Gonzalez at the Ambergris Hopes Clinic on January 2, 2008 at 5:15 p.m. He weighed in at 7 pounds and 9 ounces.

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The People’s United Party (PUP) unveiled its national manifesto for the upcoming municipal elections this Monday, February 6, during simultaneous public presentations that took place in San Pedro, Belize City, Belmopan, Punta Gorda, Corozal, Dangriga, Santa Elena/San Ignacio, Benque, and Orange Walk Town. PUP Mayoral candidate Alberto Nuñez was joined at the Sunbreeze Conference Room by the six other Town Council candidates running for the upcoming municipal elections, which will take place in less than one month, March 1, 2006.

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Severo Guerrero for UDP 7 Ambergris Today: What portfolio are you responsible for at the San Pedro Town Council? If re-elected, will you continue with the same portfolio?

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In keeping with its commitment of boosting tourism year round, the San Pedro Business Association (SPBA) has announced The Ambergris Caye Food Festival to take place the last week of January. With the success of the Lobster Festival in June of last year, this new Food Festival is another initiative of the SPBA to keep attracting visitors to the island and making a name for San Pedro abroad.

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Ambergris Today broke out the first rumors a couple weeks ago that the Government of Belize (GOB) gave positive vibes to the letter presented by the Business Community for the improvements of streets and roads on Ambergris Caye.

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