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- Press Release, June 14, 2010 - The Marco Gonzalez Mayan Site at the south end of Ambergris Caye will play host to 23 students starting on June 23. Arriving from the University of London, England, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA, the students will have a treat in store for them when they make the journey into the Mayan Site.

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For La Reina De La Costa Maya The Costa Maya Festival Committee is excited to announce the first contestant for the Reina de la Costa Maya Pageant set for August 5, 2010, kick starting the Costa Maya Festival. Diana Ingrid Martinez Pineda, Miss El Salvador, is the first to send her credentials and pictures to San Pedro. All other seven countries have confirmed their participation at the pageant and the remaining contestants will be announced during the weeks leading up to the pageant.

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After much hard work, dedication and donations, The North Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch (NACNW) proudly held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the North Ambergris Police Substation on Saturday, June 5. Sgt. Dominguez and P.C. Lyons of the San Pedro Police Department gave a few remarks on the new substation and both were also grateful for the handing of a new North Police Patrol Truck that was made possible by Special Constable and Justice of the Peace Police Chris Berlin, through his work and the generous donation by north island resident Don Listwin.

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Sean McDermott will once again be performing on Ambergris Caye on June 10 and June 12 at the new Paradise Theatre located just across the bridge at Reef Village Resort at 8pm. He will be donating the proceeds of his performance to San Mateo Road Building Fund to help complete a proper road for San Mateo. The contribution for the performance is $50Bze per ticket. Advance tickets can be purchased at Reef Village Resort lobby. Sean performed in San Pedro about ten years ago and raised $140,000Bze to assist in finishing the Lions Hospital.

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Fly Fishing Tournament at Teva Mountain Games Colorado Ambergris Today believes that San Pedro has a rising celebrity on its hands. Remember when Abby Marin, of Go Fish Belize, was featured in a short documentary about fly fishing in Belize by Costa sunglasses last year? Well, this year Costa sunglasses sponsored a trip for Abby to participate in the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado, that took place from June 3 to the 6.

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It was on October 2009 that principals on the island joined forces to form an association called the Principals Association of the Cayes (P.A.C). The group’s mission: “To nurture and support all principals to demonstrate the vision, courage, and expertise to lead and advocate for effective learning communities in which all children reach their highest potential.”

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The Search for Black Gold across the length and breadth of the Jewel has raised concerns from a number of environmental organizations that oppose oil prospecting. Island residents are not one bit happy about the oil drilling offshore since in a matter of minutes the Barrier Reef could be damaged if an oil spill occurs. Joining in this concern is the Tour Guide Association’s Chapter in Orange Walk as a current development for oil prospecting is near the heart of a sensitive protected area in the Orange Walk District, the Lamanai Archeological Site.

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Guest Editorial To dredge or not to dredge along the coast of Ambergris Caye? - that is the question. Dredging near the beach and for that matter near the reef has been done in the past to facilitate projects of development either for public or private use. Today when the environment is a more sensitive issue, there have been a lot of efforts to minimize dredging almost to a standstill.

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- Press Release - The organizers of San Pedro Lobsterfest are pleased to announce the official schedule for Lobsterfest 2010. Enjoy five days of fun, celebrating the official opening of Lobster Season in the tropical paradise of Belize. In addition to some new twists on the traditional Lobsterfest Town Block Party (June 19), the organizers have arranged a variety of events throughout the week that are sure to please the entire family.

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The Primary School Examination results are out and the students from San Pedro Town did an excellent job! The top scorers this year where Brian Schweigler of Isla Bonita Elementary School (91% - 364/400 points), Andreina Acosta of San Pedro R.C. School (90% - 360/400 points) and Odalys Duarte of SPRC School & Mahe Gonzalez of New Horizon SDA School both with (89% - 356/400 points).

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Music Appreciation Lessons by Free Music School Every year Dr. Floyd Jackson offers an inspirational music lesson to the children at each school in San Pedro. The lesson consists of music history, theory, ear training and demonstrations on violin, flute, trumpet, piano and guitar.

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On February 19, 2010 Francis (Chino) Eiley released his booked entitled ‘Caged Chronicles’ which is about the cries of injustice that he thought would never end. Seven long years he spent behind prison bars for a crime he did not commit, a time in which he found himself writing many poems that eventually made it into a book as he was set free. From this book now comes a documentary of Francis’ life as he reached out to the world for help when the judicial system seemed to fail him. The documentary is entitled – Chino’s Story.

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- Press Release, June 1, 2010 - There is a buzz in the air about what is going on down south close to the end of the island. A San Pedro non-profit group is working hard to bring a piece of history to life, in the near future. That would be the Marco Gonzalez Maya site, well known by locals who have over the years visited their ancestry at that location.

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General Sales Tax Dept. Looks Over Grocery Shops to Protect the Consumers As of April 1, 2010 the Government of Belize raised the General Sales Tax (GST) from 10% to 12.5% and being mindful of the changes in GST Rates and a new list of zero rated items, the General Sales Tax Department is keeping a close eye on grocery shops taking into consideration the consumers so that they are being protected.

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The San Pedro Town Library held its 2nd Annual Essay Reading Competition on Wednesday, May 26 at the Rafael Angel Nuñez Auditorium where students from six different schools participated in the competition. Each student was given reading materials which contained approximately 350 words which were to be read at 70 words per minute and read in five minutes.

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(Guest Editorial) It has been said that it is not the diplomas and degrees that we hold that make us smart but rather the wise decisions that we make makes us smart. And this is what it boils down to in San Pedro and Ambergris Caye. We are faced with so many very important issues and we now await “wise decisions”.

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The Puerto Rican international duet Angel (Angel Rivera Guzmán ) and Khriz (Christian Colón), worked tirelessly to conquer to the world and to be positioned as one of the most popular urban groups of this generation. Their next step – to take over the International Costa Maya Festival in San Pedro.

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It was a historic and memorable event on Thursday, May 20 for the San Pedro Town Council as after much hard work and dedication in designing and planning the vision and mission for a better San Pedro by Mayor Paz and her team they were officially unveiled and mounted on the wall of the San Pedro Town Council office.

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Ambergris Today received confirmation that a crew from National Geographic Magazine was on the Island since last week and spent days visiting the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. We are told that the magazine will feature our magnificent marine reserve in an eight page spread early next year. The crew spent countless hours underwater at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve with professional dive and photography equipment making sure that they capture the true essence and beauty that is the Hol Chan Marine reserve, as part of Belize’s Great Barrier Reef.

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By: Gerry Badillo San Pedro has been known as one of the hot spots for celebrities to come and vacation or perform. On Saturday, May 15th a video shoot took place on the island for a new reggaeton group from Belize named Franxel and Chamika. This is their second video “In Da Cayes” off their upcoming album “Los Nenes Del Grubeo” coming in July.

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