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BELMOPAN, Belize, Thursday September 16, 2010 – With the number of murders so far for 2010 just five away from surpassing last year’s total figure, authorities in Belize have announced a witness protection program to convince people with information on these crimes to come forward.

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Mike Hancock Receives Prizes For Most Lion Fish Caught In an effort to maintain the unique diversity of the Belize Barrier Reef Ecosystem and reduce the population of the invasive lionfish, monthly lionfish tournaments have been taking place since April of 2010 and will end November 2010 culminating in a grand prize on December 15, 2010. The tournament is open to fishermen and tour guides who capture and deliver the most lionfish each month and prizes are given to the person who collects the most at the end of the month.

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San Pedro went all out on Independence Day Parade, producing one of the most spectacular parades to date. Miss San Pedro, Natasha Stuart, was on the best Queen Float ever – an underwater magical theme and a huge crowd followed behind. The rain came pouring down midpoint of the parade, but that did not dampen the spirits as the parade revelers kept on jumping and dancing. Everybody had a fantastic time!

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$40,000 Needed for Roof Repairs! The San Pedro Poly Clinic’s roof is in dire need of repairs and the general public is being asked for monetary assistance to fix the roof top. On Thursday, August 26, a meeting was held at the San Pedro Polyclinic II and present were Ms. Melinda Guerra, Regional Manager of the Ministry of Health, Mr. Omar Mitchell, Engineer, Mr. Baldemar Graniel representing the Lions Club, Dr. Javier Zuniga and Dr. Otto Rodriguez. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a report that was submitted by Mr.

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Miss El Salvador – Daniela Augspurg in TV Azteca’s La Academia Bicentenario Daniela Augspurg – Miss El Salvador representative in the 2008 Miss Costa Maya Pageant is once again proudly representing her country internationally. 19-year-old Daniela is the first and only person to represent her country, El Salvador in one of Mexico’s most popular reality shows – TV Azecta’s La Academia.

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Twenty four mooring buoys have been placed in the Mexico Rocks area just north of San Pedro Town in efforts to prevent people from anchoring near the delicate coral reef of the popular diving site. The project was made possible through the efforts of The San Pedro Tour Guide Association (SPTGA) that received a grant provided by the Coral Reef Alliance and funding from private investor Mr. Don Listwin. The SPTGA matched the grant by providing the labor needed to make the anchors, assembling the buoys and anchoring them on site.

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In today's world more and more people are becoming more conscious and concerned about the importance of “Going Green” and for every one of us to do a little part in any way possible to help conserve our fragile ecosystem surely goes a long way. Mr. Andre Perez, proprietor of Casa Pan Dulce Bakery is pleased to announce its new eco friendly packaging for its delicious products such as the Pullman, Special White and Whole Wheat Bread.

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The sweet sounds of a Sunset Sea Singer/songwriter Danny Michel found inspiration in Belize for his latest record Our beautiful island of Ambergris Caye and our country Belize has inspired many artists to write songs about our beautiful beaches, people and many other things and even film on the beautiful jewel we call home.

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When the U.S. economy is mired in deep recession, an economic tsunami generally washes over Latin America and the Caribbean. But this time the worst recession in seven decades only caused a wave that rippled across the region in 2009, said economist Manuel Lasaga. And, in most cases, the wave wasn't strong enough to knock anyone down.

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Primary School Teacher Receive Training We all want a good education; there is absolutely no doubt about that. And we all agree that education is an intricate matter that includes and involves all teachers, parents, students, government, and the community. Recent successes in education will confirm that quality education is on the rise, and rest assured that this good trend will continue to rise.

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- Press Release, Holy Cross Anglican School, Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - What started out as an exchange of emails several years ago, recently produced great benefits for two local schools. On Monday, September 6, 500 slightly used desks, 300 chairs and 21 blackboards found new homes at San Pedro High School and Holy Cross Anglican School.

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EMC News - A Kingston man is behind the push to build an extraordinary new ocean-floor research facility - one researchers hope will help preserve aquatic life for generations to come. Kenn Feigelman is the "token Canadian" aboard a team of researchers who hope to build Sea Base 1 Habitat, a facility off Belize that would monitor the health of coral reefs.

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Under the theme “Enchanting and Magical – Our Belizean Barrier Reef” six beautiful young ladies took center stage this past Saturday, September 4 at the Old Football Field as they vied for the coveted title of Miss San Pedro. But it was Natasha Stuart that won the hearts of the judges and was selected as San Pedro’s newest beauty ambassador.

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San Mateo Residents Hope to one day Eliminate those Unsightly Walkways

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Crocodile Sanctuary in Punta Gorda Burnt by Angry Villagers It has been over a week now that two children, 9-year-old  from San Marcos Village in the Toledo District have been missing and the worst is feared for them and their disappearance has caused uproar in Punta Gorda Town.

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Worker gets hand caught in machinery An unfortunate and untimely accident fell upon a worker of La Popular Tortilla Factory, located on Angel Coral Street, on Tuesday, August 31, at about 1:00 p.m., as 16-year-old Emmanuel Marcos Garcia got his hand caught in one of the tortilla-making machines.

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Reports come into our office on Monday, August 30, that a resort maintenance worker drowned in an incident that took place at a pier of a resort about four miles in North Ambergris Caye after a night of partying.

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Joins Oceana at Mississippi Gulf Coast The Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage has found an important political ally in San Pedro’s Mayor Elsa Paz. Paz was aboard the vessel chartered by OCEANA to tour the areas affected by BP’s Deep Horizon spill and was joined by Hollywood celebrities on the gulf tour. At a brief press conference in the U.S., Paz was introduced by Ted Danson, actor and OCEANA Board member.

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But Not All Children are as Privileged It’s Back to School time! Summer vacations are over and most children are either moving up another grade in school or just starting of their educational career for the first time whether they are freshmen in high school or first years in the primary schools. Whichever the case may be, classes have commenced and here in San Pedro we are faced with a few minor problems which include (i) no space available at schools for children (ii) children not enrolled at schools and lastly (iii) the need of more classrooms/schools.

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Sixteen cancer patient children from all over Belize were on the island on Saturday, August 28, 2010, to enjoy some sun, sea and sand. Mr. Steve Hagan, in collaboration with Belize Kids Incorporated, was responsible for creating such a great outing for the children to enjoy and take their minds away from the everyday hardships of dealing with cancer.

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