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On Friday, February 1, the Prime Minister of Belize, Hon. Said Musa visited La Isla Cariñosa, Caye Caulker to part take in the official inauguration of the new water distribution system for the island.

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A New Year…A New Life - When most of the people were out celebrating the New Year, Baby Zachariah Isaiah Arnold made his way out into a new world to enjoy what life has to offer in the company of his mother Luna Torres and father Joel Arnold. Zachariah Isaiah Arnold was born under the care of Dr. Daniel Gonzalez at the Ambergris Hopes Clinic on January 1, 2009 at 6:56a.m. He weighed in at eight pounds and four ounces.

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Minister of Tourism, Hon. Godfrey Smith along with Anthony Mahler from the Belize Tourism Board, Mayor Elsa Paz, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. and the business community of San Pedro gathered once more at the Lions Den on Wednesday, January 17, to talk about the street project, come to a decision on what should be done and then forward the information to a cabinet meeting this coming week.

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The San Pedro Post Office along with other main post offices around Belize now have a computer system where they can track international mail is a more convenient way. The Post office started off with the computer system a month ago, which is used for international shipping, including registered mail, express mail, and air parcel post. The parcels are bar coded and all placed in the computer system which facilitates in tracking when the mail is sent and when it is to be received.

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Hon. Manuela Heredia Jr. was once again elected by the people of Belize Rural South to be the Standard Bearer of the constituency for a second term. Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. will not only be representing his people as the Standard Bearer of Belize Rural South, he will also be representing his people and island for the first time ever in cabinet as Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, a first for our Sanpedrano Leader.

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Almost three years ago, then San Pedro Lions President Milo Paz Jr., met Dr. Frank Whipps, a practicing orthodontist from Centralia, Illinois, U.S.A., and asked the dentist for his assistance in obtaining medical equipment and supplies for the San Pedro Polyclinic II. This weekend, Dr. Whipps delivered on his promise to help the island’s hospital, as $1.5 million worth of equipment and supplies arrived in San Pedro for the Polyclinic, a donation made possible by Project C.U.R.E. and facilitated by the lobbying efforts of Dr. Frank Whipps and Lion Milo Paz Jr.

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Johnny Knoxville Vacations in SP MTV’s Jackass-famed celebrity visits island - Ambergris Today heard, ‘through the grapevines’, the news that a famous celebrity was coming to the island on vacation. Our reporters rushed on over to Tropic Air where they got to greet and meet the one and only Mr. Johnny Knoxville who was accompanied by his girlfriend.

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As of press time, Wednesday, February 13, Police are investigating the apparent homicide of Alvaro Galvez resident of Boca del Rio Area, who was found dead inside of his apartment. Unofficial reports stated that about 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12, about 10 gunshots were heard in the area followed by a boat leaving the area, while others claim that a car sped off, yet no one in the area notified the police.

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One hundred and ten teens attended the Juvenile Justice Public Forum held last week Friday at the San Pedro Lions Den for the opportunity to speak their mind and be heard by officials from the Ministry of Human Development’s Community Rehabilitation Department and the Ambergris Caye Safety Committee. Teens presented their views on issues such as crime, violence, and recreational opportunities available (or not) for them in San Pedro.

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Just a few days after New Year’s Day, young author Gigi Harris donated a signed copy of her book to the San Pedro Library. Miss Harris began her book when she was six years old, and then it was selected for publication when she was eight. The book is also illustrated by Miss Harris. The story, “Stella and Orion” is about two children who were both named after stars and become friends. There are 10 short chapters as you follow their lives, and each chapter has illustrations of the children in their escapades.

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Elito Arceo and Hol Chan will be holding their 5th Annual Reef Lagoon Eco Challenge Kayak Race on April 26th and 27th. The culmination of the race will be at Central Park on April 27th where the SPBA will be sponsoring a Block Beach Party. Festivities of the Block Beach Party will include a grilling competition. Awards and prizes will be given for the Best BBQ Ribs, Best BBQ Chicken, Best BBQ Seafood and Best Decorated Booth. There will also be awards given for the Best Specialty Drink. There will be a DJ all day and live entertainment.

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Preschools from around the island got together to celebrate Sports Day as part of Child Stimulation Month. They enjoyed playing all kinds of activities at the Old Football Field including, sack race, tug-o-war, relay races and a fun activity under a parachute canopy!

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Lloyd Andrew Usher, 48 year-old, Belizean Tour Guide and Boat Captain residing at Caye Casa unit #4, Boca Del Rio Area reported to Police that on Tuesday, January 6, at about 3:30a.m. he was alerted by his neighbor Robbie Guerrero that his boat engine 40h/p brand name Yamaha blue and red in color valued at $6,500.00Bz was missing from his boat and saw a white skiff leaving the area with (3) male persons on board. Mr. Usher along with Mr.

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A powerful earthquake hit southeastern Mexico on Tuesday, February 12, 2008. The latest reports show that the magnitude of the quake was of 6.4 on the Richter scale, but there were no reports of major damage.

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The 2nd Annual Savor San Pedro Food Festival Block Party has been scheduled for Saturday, January 24th 2009. Savor San Pedro celebrates the culinary creativity of Ambergris Caye. The Block Party will feature competitions for Best Food Dish, Best Drink and Best Overall Booth.

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Belizean producers have met yet another milestone thanks to Mrs. Wilana Oldham and her food processing company HOT MAMA’s. Hot Mama’s is the newest Belizean agro-processing company to have received the much coveted and demanding approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to export six products into the United States. The certification implies and confirms that Hot Mama’s products are of premium, quality standards and that they are now allowed by the FDA to enter the US market for American consumption.

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It is without a doubt that the San Pedro Holiday Hotel is a pillar amongst the tourism industry here on Ambergris Caye. The hotel was the first on the island, established in 1965, which opened the gates to tourism in San Pedro. Back then, the hotel’s restaurant only catered to its guests, giving our visitors a taste of Belize. But since the 1980’s Celi’s Restaurant has been open to the public and has established itself as an exemplary restaurant amongst the many on the island.

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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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