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Fundraising efforts to cover the medical costs of Julia Menjibar Guerrero (the Fruit Stand Lady) got underway last week in San Pedro with the help of several online good Samaritans and the Reef Radio. 57-year-old Julia suffered serious injuries when she got hit by a golf car while working at her fruit stand on Coconut Drive and had to be flown by helicopter to Belize City for emergency medical treatment.

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The year 2005 has proven similarly successful for arrivals predominantly through two ports of entry, being the Philip Goldson International Airport and the border points. Tourist arrivals at the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) for the months of January – December, 2005, recorded a 7.4% increase over the same period last year. This port of entry single-handedly represented 73.8% of all overnight visitors.

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A leading indigenous group from southern Belize dispatched a protest, but government has already given the green light to an oil exploration company, U.S. Capital Energy Belize, to conduct seismic testing within the Sarstoon-Temash National Park. Chief Forest Officer Wilber Sabido has confirmed this in a letter to Greg Choq, the Director of the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management, which co-manages the national park.

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It is very difficult for many to fathom the idea of traveling in the smallest of vessels through a vast and dangerous sea, across thousands of miles battling giant waves, the blistering sun, hunger, thirst and great fear. But the hope of a better life has driven thousands of Cuban residents to take the unthinkable challenge of crossing the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea to find refuge in another country.

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Ambergris Today had the opportunity to spend an entire afternoon with the reigning Miss Belize, Tanisha Vernon, this past weekend and enjoyed the company of an articulate, friendly, career driven beauty queen; yet she confessed of being a sporty tomboy while growing up. And one could never imagine Tanisha growing up as a tomboy, as when you meet her you are greeted by a polite, well mannered and poised 20-year old who immediately charms you with her friendliness and grace.

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Three weeks ago, Belize police found 34 high-powered rifles buried on the small island of Deer Caye (known locally as Cayo Venado), which lies just west of North Ambergris Caye, near the Belize/Mexico border. Last week Thursday, April 20, police once more found another cache assortment of weapons, ammunition, and fuel, on a small island lying about 1 mile north of Deer Caye.

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It is with great pride that we announce that San Pedro’s very own Mr. Gapsar “Gach” Guerrero is the new Chairman of the Belize Tourism Board. Gach was appointed by the Minister of Tourism and along with Mr. Guerrero a team of eight other members were elected. The board consists of Mr. Einer Gomez and Mr. Elito Arceo from San Pedro, Mr. Santino Castillo and Stanley Longsworth from Belize City, Mr. Neal Bradley from Caye Caulker, Mrs. Marion Roberson from Cayo, Lindsey Garbutt from Placencia and Mrs. Isela Zabaneh from Dangriga.

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After hearing exuberant concerns about increased fees for building permits from business owners Ambergris Today, sought out to get the facts straight and contacted the Ambergris Caye Local Building Authority. Present at the meeting were, Chairman of the committee, Juan Alamilla; Councilor Nano Guerrero; Mr. Frank Panton, Inspector Landy Trejo, Secretary Candy Bradley and Engineer Omar Mitchell.

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The blockbuster movie Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull that was released last week in theatres has stirred up some attention to Belize and the famous Crystal Skull from Lubantuun. Now you can find information on the Crystal Skull and Belize on the internet, television and in countless magazines.

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Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation and Pro-tem President of SICA (Central American Integration System) was the host for the 18th meeting of the Central American Tourism Council which was held at San Pedro Ambergris Caye on Thursday, September 16 through September 18. A delegation of representatives from the eight Central American countries including Belize were present on Friday, September 17, to discuss ways in which the tourism product can be supported and marketed among member countries.

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Chef Jennie Staines of the world famous Elvi’s Kitchen proudly represented not only San Pedro but the entire country of Belize in Guatemala, as she did a marvelous job in preparing a huge spread of Belizean dishes for all to enjoy.

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The Government of Belize has issued a press release informing the nation that on September 16 the World Bank approved a $30 million Bze loan for Belize to improve service delivery in several municipalities or towns. Of special note is the word “several”. Why not all towns which are seven in total and in this context each town would be getting $4.2 million which could be used to improve infrastructure and thus improve the environment and quality of life of its residents.

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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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