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Ms. Rosita Baltazar received the Chatoyer Recognition Award for the Promotion of Garifuna Culture from the National Garifuna Council on Saturday, March 7, 2009. The award recognizes her work teaching dance to young people in Belize City, district towns, and the cayes.

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It took only a few minutes for the flames to set ablaze and a few more minutes for the fire department to bring the fire under control and totally out it in an hour and a half but it will take the Lara family many years to recuperate the belongings that they have worked for a life-time.

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In the days when pirates existed and many sailors were exploring the new world, many of those ships were either caught in bad weather and wrecked or possible pirate invasions of other ships caused many battles out at sea leaving many shipwrecks abound all over the Atlantic, Pacific and even the Caribbean Sea.

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Two weeks ago at the Angel Coral Street inauguration Mayor Elsa Paz officially presented the long awaited street sweeper for the island which was obtained through the Sister-City agreement with Wilmington, North Carolina. Today, the street sweeper is full operating and maintaining the streets of La Isla Bonita clean.

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Leonardo DiCaprio has recently unveiled his plans for his private island, Blackadore Caye in Belize, just west of Ambergris Caye. The renowned actor and environmental activist has teamed up with the Four Seasons to develop the 104-acre tropical private island into a conscientious exclusive eco-luxury resort.

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“Do you solemnly swear to work for the general interest of San Pedro and to abide by the constitution of our country and the laws of Belize and San Pedro?” With these words, with a holy Bible in their left hands, and the right hand raised in approval as the solemn and sacred oath was taken, Mayor Elsa Paz and six other councilors were sworn into office by Town Administrator Mrs. Patricia Tillett for the period 2009-2012 in front of a modest gathering at Central park which included relatives, invited guests, a few Justices of the Peace and sympathizers.

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International Game Fish Association has approved Tres Pescado Slam Tournament as an Inshore World Championship qualifier event. - August 20, 21, and 22, 2009 is the date for the first Belize fly fishing tournament, Tres Pescado Slam Tournament, involving all three of the grand slam species Belize is known for.

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Projects like Reef Village and especially South Beach Belize have created quite a stir in the island and now another development project is raising eyebrows and red flags - Venecia Del Mar. The project site is located on Ambergris Caye west of the airport. This project has brought lots of concerns to airline officials as it proposes a threat to the airway path.

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GIVE FISH A CHANCE - A peaceful yet very powerful march brought out hundreds to deliver a strong message in favor of protecting our environment and against some development projects that are not sustainable for our Island and threaten to destroy the very same things that attract tourists to our Island. The march particularly stressed on the protection of our reef, the mangroves (fish spawning habitat) and several fishing grounds for bone fish, tarpon, and permit.

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Children are the future of tomorrow and what better way to bring up our children than providing them with much love and affection, a proper education and in a safe environment. But children will always be children and they need to have fun in a safe and clean place to play with their friends. The children of the San Pedrito Area will soon be able to have fun with their friends at a park that was promised to them in this year’s political campaign by the United Democratic Party.

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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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