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The Caribbean countries can expect an above-average 2010 Atlantic hurricane with a 58% chance of a major hurricane affecting the region, respected United States forecasters have said. The team from Colorado State University is predicting as many as eight hurricanes, four of which will become major weather systems with winds in excess of 111 miles per hour, to form over the Atlantic Ocean during the June 1 to November 30 hurricane season. In all, it said that there would be up to 15 named storms.

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Natalie Arceo has made it to the KTV Latino Karaoke Competition Finals and San Pedro was present at last night’s live airing of the show that takes place at the Bliss Institute, in Belize City. Knowing that Natalie was going to sing last night, a group of her fans in San Pedro chartered a boat to travel to the city to be present as Natalie sang her heart out during day one of the finals. The spirits were high and the energy of the crowd was at maximum level as the San Pedro group cheered for Natalie. She competes with three other finalists for the first ever title of Latino Karaoke.

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Press Release – San Pedro Town Council – April 7, 2010 – The San Pedro Town Council feels deeply offended and is outraged at the accusations made in a letter recently circulated by a “so called” member of the San Pedro Business Association. The Council feels betrayed by this action as they have made it very clear to the San Pedro Business Association, as well as other organizations that its door is always open to them to discuss matters of concern. The Council feels that if they wanted to get answers they should have approached the Council first.

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Residents and Tourists Frustrated As international tourists and local visitors from around the country flooded to San Pedro for the long Easter weekend an underlying problem with the Island’s water supply, which many were unaware of, made for much an inconvenience when the island needed the services the most.

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No more imported Cheese & Milk? Rumors reached our office that there was a possible embargo on dairy products in the country of Belize. This would mean that no store or business establishment would be allowed to sell imported dairy products and only local dairy products would be sold. Ambergris Today made a quick check with Dr. Miguel Depaz of The Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) who explained that there is no embargo on dairy products and that there are only proper procedures in place for importing dairy products into the country.

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By Raquel Badillo Every year the San Pedro High School seniors are assigned to various offices and working areas to experience how it feels like to have a job and to take responsibility. The school refers to it as “office practice” which entails students to familiarize themselves within an office. The main tasks students are acquired to do are: filing, answering telephones and book keeping, to name a few.

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After a week-long of pageantry experience in Chiapas, Mexico, at the Piel Dorada International Pageant, Tatiana Rivero was back in her home town of San Pedro on Monday, April 6. Her family was on hand at the San Pedro Airstrip to greet her and congratulate her on a job well done representing Belize. Cause for celebration was in hand because Tatiana did not come back empty handed from the pageant. Thanks to all our support and that from her fans Tatiana took the title of Miss Internet at the pageant. Congratulations to Tatiana Rivero on a job well done!

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The San Pedro High School would like to invite and welcome all to this year’s Miss S.P.H.S Pageant to be held on Saturday, April 17, 2010. There are seven young ladies vying for the title of Miss SPHS.

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On March 10, 2010, the San Pedro High School proudly won the Math Olympiad Nationals competition. For that reason, the San Pedro Town Council invited the Math Olympiad champs: Vicky Balam, Jing Han, Ismael Kay, Emily Gomez, Lucio Nuñez, Walter Tut, Cindy Novelo and Yani Garcia on Monday, March 29, 2010 to receive honor for their accomplishment.

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If you have not seen it yet, then you are missing out on the wonders of the world as can only be captured by the Discovery Channel film crew. ‘Life’ follows in the footsteps of ‘Planet Earth’, the award-winning documentary about life on planet Earth.

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Tourism and Leisure Set to Develop Master Plan for the Belize Tourism Industry Agreement signed between consultancy firm and Ministry of Tourism Civil Aviation and Culture

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The San Pedro Roman Catholic School received three Gold awards and 11 Silver awards at the Festival of Arts regional competition that took place on Friday, March 26 at the Rafael Angel Nuñez Auditorium. The Island's primary school children were invited to showcase their talent for a chance to enter the national competition for the Festival of Arts what will take place at a later date in Belize City. San Pedro Roman Catholic School received the most awards followed by New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist School and Caye Caulker Primary School with three awards each.

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By Raquel Badillo Earth hour is a worldwide happening prepared by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature) and is held on the last Saturday of March every year. Earth hour involves the participation of households and businesses who turn off their lights for one hour to conserve electricity and to raise awareness about caring for our Earth. This event was originated in Sydney, Australia where 2.2 million residents participated in 2007 by kindly turning off their lights. This year it was held on March 27, 2010 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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As residents of Ambergris Caye woke up on Thursday, March 18, morning they were shocked to learn that a Police Officer had been shot at about 3:00 in the morning. According to reports by officials of the department, Officer Gavin Sanchez was shot as he pulled his gun on a member of his own Police Department, Sergeant Paulino Reyes.

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San Pedro Lobster Fest Featured in Travel Book San Pedro’s famous Lobster Festival is getting a big boost from one of Frommer’s travel guides. Our ever popular Lobster Fest has been featured in Frommer’s “300 Unmissable Events and Festival Around the World”.

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- Press Release - Mojito Bar & Grill will be hosting its first annual “Shrimp Fest” this Easter Weekend Saturday, April 3 and Sunday, April 4, 2010 from 9:00am through 6pm. There will be a mouth watering array of Shrimp prepared in every culinary assortment to satisfy every appetite. Fry Fish, BBQ Fish, Chicken, Pork, and Sausage will also be available as well as our famous $5.00 Assorted Fresh Fruit Mojitos.

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Nayobi Rivero takes the Crown By Raquel Badillo

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Presidents of all the different neighborhood watches on the island were summoned at an emergency meeting with Area Representative and Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation and Mayor Elsa Paz on Thursday, March 17, to tackle the main issue that is affecting our island at the moment – Crime.

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- Press Release - The 2nd Annual Tres Pescados Slam Tournament scheduled for August 12th, 13th and 14th, 2010 has been approved once again as a qualifying event for the IGFA Inshore World Championships held each year in Islamorada, Florida. Belize will again be 1 of only 3 countries outside of the USA approved as a qualifying event bringing prestige and professionalism to our annual fly fishing event and local guides.

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Ambergris Today got a call late in the afternoon at about 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 11 about a barge stuck on the reef. We set to investigate the matter and upon arriving on site, 8 miles north of San Pedro Town (close to Blue Reef Resort), we discovered that barge had flipped over and was lying on top of the coral reef.

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