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A healthy living workshop was conducted this morning at the San Pedro Roman Catholic School compound by Ms. Rochelle Flowers, Marketing Supervisor of James Brodies & Company along with Nurse Jennifer Cumberbatch, of Johnson & Johnson Ltd of Trinidad. Nurse Cumberbatch has been conducting these workshops throughout the Caribbean and speaks to both boys and girls about puberty; explaining to them about the changes that the body of both females and males go through and, of course, personal hygiene.

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It was a normal day in the life of Gilbert Espat; he was spear fishing like hundreds of other fishermen all over Belize. But it was not a normal barracuda that Gilbert came in contact with this morning. It was a ferocious one which reacted in self defence and inflicted two large and deep bite marks on his arm. The victim of the unfortunate incident was kind enough to accept an interview while being treated on the operation table by Dr. Daniel Gonzalez of Ambergris Hopes Clinic. Gilbert Espat, fisherman and resident of the San Pedrito Area related to us what went on this morning.

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-  Press Release, Belmopan. November 11, 2010 – Less than a month ago, when Prime Minister Dean Barrow made an official visit to Mexico, one of the commitments that President Felipe Calderon made to our Prime Minister and his delegation was to send a technical learn to Belize to look at the Belize City Center to determine how the Mexican Government can assist in reconstruction or rehabilitation of the structure which was recently determined by our local engineers to be unfit as a venue for the public events it once accommodated.

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The San Pedro Transport Department made a public announcement on November 4, 2010 advising all motorists that it is now mandatory to present a helmet when licensing their motorcycle. Failure to comply with the prerequisite will result in refusal to inspect and license the motorcycle. Mr. Chris Nuñez, Chairman of the San Pedro Transport Department, stated that they have been noticing that there have been many accidents involving motor cycles and motorists end up getting hurt. Hence they found the need of enforcing the already existing law.

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(from Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog, Weather Underground) “Since the active hurricane period we are in began in 1995, seven of the 15 years have seen an Atlantic named storm form after November 8. Only two of these storms caused loss of life: Tropical Storm Odette of 2007, whose floods killed eight people in the Dominican Republic, and Hurricane Lenny of 1999, which killed fifteen people in the Lesser Antilles.

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Singer/songwriter/actress Mya Harrison and NFL player Larry Johnson were vacationing in San Pedro, La Isla Bonita this week and were caught by the cameras of Ambergris Today. In the US, rumors have been flying around about Mya and Larry being a couple but it hasn’t been confirmed as yet. Whether or not they are an item, Ambergris Today caught Mya and Larry riding around town on golf cart on Tuesday, November 9.

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Scarleth Delgado and Anna Haylock Represent San Pedro Beauty, Poise and Grace; that and much more is what Scarleth Delgado and Anna Haylock have and will be proudly representing our beautiful Isla Bonita at the Queen of the Jewel – The Next Miss Belize Pageant 2010 at the end of November. Ambergris Today met up with these two lovely ladies to learn more on their “Journey to the Next Miss Belize”. *Scartleth Delgado*

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For quite some time now San Pedro Residents have been complaining about certain areas in town being poorly lit and other areas not having the streets lights fixed. It is a big concern as these areas are prone for criminal activities and for the safety off all one wonders who should be addressing this situation. Should the town council take care of having proper lighting in dark areas or is it the responsibility of Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) to fix the street lights?

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On Friday, November 5, at about 11:45 p.m. San Pedro Police visited the Ambergris Hopes Clinic located on Pescador Drive, where a male person appeared to have a stab wound on the left side of his rib cage. The male person was later identified to be Lionel Rodolfo Pinelo, 24-year-old, Belizean cabinet worker.

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A preliminary consultation for the Old Football Field (Saca Chispas) Sunset Boardwalk and Water Taxi Terminal, was held on Monday, November 9, at the San Pedro Lions Den. Heading the meeting for the evening were Mr. Carlos Santos and Mr. Pepe Garcia. The Sustainable Tourism Program of the Ministry of  Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation and the Belize Tourism Board have a project in concept for the Old Football Field which consists of having a sunset boardwalk and water taxi terminal in the lagoon area.

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At about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9, a boat belonging to San Pedro Water Jets International had a minor accident as it ran aground into a mangrove area on the lagoon side.Reports are that the boat arrived from Chetumal, Quintana Roo and was transporting international passengers to the neighboring Island of Caye Caulker. There were 40 passengers on board and there were no casualties reported. Several boats were dispatched to the area to render assistance to the passengers.

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A memorial service was held for the late Maria Antonia Plaza Gomez just a week after the tragic murder. Father Daniel Nuñez carried out the memorial service in front of a crowd in an empty lot adjacent to the crime scene on Tuesday, November 09, 2010. Opening remarks were delivered by Lady Bowen as she expressed her sympathies to the family of the late Maria. Mayor Elsa Paz spoke on behalf of the island of San Pedro and reiterated that everyone feels sorry for the loss of such wonderful young lady.

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It is the real thing now! The Honorable Manuel Heredia Hall, which will be the new building for San Pedro Jr. College, is now due to commence as early as this week.  This building will be constructed at the campus of San Pedro High School and will serve for classrooms for both the high school and the Jr. College.  It will immediately benefit some 500 students and, of course, thousands in the years to come.

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Edwin Ramirez has done it again! He told Ambergris Today he was very confident that he was going to regain the gold and title for Mr. Belize that he had previously won in 2008 and lost in 2009.

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The manhunt continues for the murderer of Maria Antonia Plaza Gomez as last night's apprehension of a murder suspect turned out to be a bust. The man who was detained in Caye Caulker and brought to San Pedro late last night for questioning was able to provide to the San Pedro Police Department enough evidence that he is a new visitor to Belize.

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On Sunday, October 31, San Pedro Police received a report that a female flight attendant of Maya Island Air Regional had gone missing. And shortly after 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2, police found the lifeless body of 37-year-old, Maria Antonia Plaza Gomez. Maria Antonia Plaza Gomez arrived in Belize City on Saturday, October 30 and told the rest of the flight crew that she would be spending the night on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. She checked in at the Corona del Mar Hotel and went out for the evening.

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A group of local Island residents traveled to Belize City, on Monday, November1 to Belize City and represented the community of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye as they made a donation to the Government of Belize towards Hurricane Richard victims.   

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The faces of Debbie and Larry Heimgartner shine bright with smiles as they enter each classroom at the San Pedro Roman Catholic School, along with them is Mr. Manuel Delvalle of Manelly’s Homemade Ice Cream. They were back once again giving out over 1,000 paletas (popsicles) to each student and teacher at the primary school. The students, like always, were delighted with the treat the Debbie and Larry brought along with them during their school visits. Year after year the generous couple purchases popsicles for the children from Manelly’s and joyfully share with the school children.

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Closure of Guanacaste National Park and St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park due to damage suffered during Hurricane Richard.

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Bigger Prizes – Brighter Event!  Press Release – San Pedro Holiday Lighted Boat Parade – October 26th, 2010 – The Fifth Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, December 4th. This eagerly awaited event promises to be even MORE SPECTACULAR than last year with beautiful lighted boats bringing in the Holidays by “cruising” the shoreline of San Pedro Town from Boca del Rio to Caribbean Villas and back. This colorful parade is scheduled to commence at 7:00 p.m.

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