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Many employers and employees only contact the Labor Department for complaints when someone is fired or to know how much one is supposed to be paid when fired and other complaints of such. But little does the public know that you can also contact the labor department for job opportunities.

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San Pedro is going Lion Fish CRAZY, but with good reason. After learning that the Lion Fish poses a great threat to the marine live in our coral reefs, residents are keeping a keen eye on the fish which has a $50 bounty, captured dead or alive.

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Humane education is based on the concept that all life is precious and is practiced by teaching young people the value and importance of treating other living creatures with kindness. In Belize, probably more than most places in the world, the cycle of life is all around us. Belize is a country that treasures and values its natural resources and many Belizeans have worked hard to ensure that much of this beautiful country is kept as natural reserves. This means that some animals are now well protected and respected, but not all.

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If it were not for a small group of junior college students from SPJC not much attention would have been given to the Earth Hour worldly cause here in San Pedro. As part of their Conservation of the Reef course led by professor Valentine Rosado, this small group of six San Pedro Junior College students organizing an event for Earth Hour on Saturday, March 28. They encouraged island residents to partake in Earth Hour’s campaign of turning off their lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Committee (UNESCO) dispatched two officials from its World Heritage Headquarters in Paris, France to conduct an investigation into dredging activities that have reportedly taken place at one of Belize’s main reserve sites. Edward Muller and Marc Patry are presently in Belize on a working visit. The two UNESCO officials are conducting public discussion, touring the sites where the dredging occurred.

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Among the many animals of our country that are now considered “Endangered Species” is the loggerhead turtle commonly known as The Sea Turtle. And among the many marine animals like the bonefish, permit, tarpon and nurse sharks that our local population tries to conserve and protect, the Turtle is one of them, and there are obvious reasons for that.

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The San Pedro #15 Cub Scout Group will be taking part in the Central American Cub Scout Encounter at Camp Oakley in Burrell Boom, Belize from Saturday, April 4 to Wednesday, April 8. This year Belize will be the host of seven other countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

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Former Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Manuel Esquivel, was injured on Monday, March 30, 2009, when his car apparently slid off the Western Highway as he was being driven to Belmopan. The accident occurred near the entrance to Mahogany Heights. Mr. Esquivel sustained severe facial trauma and a fracture on the left upper arm.

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* Mynor Martinez, 32-year-old, Belizean Taxi Driver of D.F.C Area reported to Police that on Friday, March 27, at about 8:20p.m. while he was driving his white Toyota Minivan with License plate (SP D0067) at the intersection of Barrier Reef Drive and Black Coral Street he felt something knocked into the passenger side of his vehicle and upon making checks he observed a male person of Hispanic decent lying on the ground beside a black beach cruiser bicycle who later was identified as Lorenzo Gonzalez, 27-year-old, Belizean laborer of D.F.C Area.

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Ambergris Today Newspaper was first at the scene of a fire that destroyed a warehouse on Saturday, April 4, 2009. The San Pedro Fire Department was quick to the scene of the fire that broke out in the San Pablo Area at around 4p.m. and completely burnt down one of the storage rooms of Medina’s Construction which is adjacent to their worker’s housing lot and also next door to a carpentry workshop.

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There is something about San Pedro – La Isla Bonita and Belize – Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret that attracts millions of tourists, actors singers and other celebrities to visit or film shows here and this week was no exception as former BET (Black Entertainment Television) star Joe Clair was in the country working on his own television show and shooting the first episode for Joey’s World Show.

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On Tuesday, April 7, the official launch of the Marco Gonzalez Mayan Site Project was held at the Sunbreeze Conference room which was hosted by Ms. Jan Brown. During Mrs. Brown’s presentation she mentioned how one of her longed passions is slowly coming to reality.

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Just last week representatives of UNESCO were in the country conducting a survey on the World Heritage Site as Belize could lose its world heritage status for not taking care of its Great Barrier Reef. To add insult to injury, a luxury yacht anchored on the reef right in front of San Pedro Town in the popular dive site, Esmeralda, causing more damage to our precious Barrier Reef.

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The Isla Bonita Marching Band represented San Pedro at Band Fest 2009 in San Ignacio this past Saturday, April 4. Although the band was small compared to the 13 other bands that were participating, did not win or place in any of the categories, they sure made us proud as they led the parade through the streets of San Ignacio.

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San Pedro BTIA (Belize Tourism Industry Association) held its membership meeting on Friday, April 3, 2009 at Elvi’s Kitchen. At the head table was Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation & Culture, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Chairperson of SP BTIA Julie Babcock, Vice-Chair – Catherine Paz and CEO of the Ministry of Tourism – Mr. Michael Singh. Minister Heredia and Mr. Singh had a lot to say in the meeting as they explained various plans for the development of the tourism industry in the country of Belize which include:

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World Famous Andrew Zimmern, a food writer, TV personality, chef, teacher and host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, was in the country filming the first episode for his new TV Show Bizarre Worlds. The show will feature different aspects of the countries he visits and Zimmern’s piece on Belize will showcase art, Mayan sites, caves, cayes and of course, food.

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Easter weekend did not pass by without any mishaps. On Friday, April 10, thieves attempted to rob Marina’s Store on Seagrape Drive; on Saturday, April 11, Police were dispatched to the scene of a flipped over four-seater golf cart in front of Banyan Bay Villas and on Sunday, April 12, the San Pedro Fire Department responded to a house fire in the San Juan Area. Shooting Incident

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The Belize Tourism will be hosting the 9th Annual National Tourism Awards on April 22, 2009 at the Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina. The event will be an exceptional event where industry stakeholders, distinguished guests and tourism friends will gather to recognize organizations and persons who have committed to the development of tourism in Belize. A total of 14 awards will be presented at this prestigious award ceremony with nominations received in each of the following categories:

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North Ambergris Caye is known to have an array of flora and fauna and back in the good old days most of the hunting was done up north, you could always catch deer’s and other game meat in the area and of course many have said that they have spotted a few jaguars and other animals in North Ambergris.

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In January of this year, 28-year-old John Paul Saldivar was found dead in North Ambergris Caye and on Wednesday, April 15, 26-year-old, Eric Swan who was shot in a crossfire with police, appeared in Magistrates’ Court where he was charged for Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Murder. Swan is set to reappear in court on Wednesday, May 13, 2009.

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