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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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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. And this is what it boils down to in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. We are faced with so many very important issues and we now await “wise decisions”. In too many cases, we hear the facts of issues and we then wait to hear the final decision, but we never do. As a responsible local newspaper in Ambergris Caye, we see it as our duty to follow up on these issues and help bring you the final decisions because you all deserve to know.

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Celebrity yoga instructor and TV personality Alejandro Maldonado was spotted in San Pedro leaving Ramon’s Village over the weekend. This photo was taken on a cell phone by an admirer. Alejandro Maldonado is one of the most prestigious yoga instructors in Mexico. Alejandro has had the opportunity to display his classes in Madrid, London, Paris, Miami and especially in México. He has been a trainer for different celebrities in the world, with the most recognizable celebrities in Mexico, Paulina Rubio and Alejandra Guzmán.

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Celebrity Weatherman of One Caribbean Weather/WSEE TV to Cover Event San Pedro’s Lobster Fest has been gaining fame and getting bigger and better year after year since the first Lobster Fest in 2007. This year Lobster Fest is set for June 14 to June 20 and it’s going to be HOT, HOT, HOT, as celebrity weatherman Mr. Joey Stevens (and Bob the parrot) of One Caribbean Weather/ WSEE TV will be on the island covering San Pedro’s Lobster Fest.

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The Belize Barrier Reef is currently on UNESCO’s list of endangered World Heritage Sites. It now faces another threat, a more serious one at that, since the reef could be permanently removed as a Heritage Site because of licenses granted for oil exploration and drilling. It is comforting to see that some organizations and individuals have stepped up to the plate and expressed their concerns to the Government of Belize about offshore drilling in respect to petroleum concessions that have already been granted for the territory of Belize.

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Volunteers Spread Joy at Holy Cross

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Belmopan - 11 May 2010 - The jurisdiction of the Privy Council to hear appeals from Belize has been abolished with effect from 1st June 2010. This follows from the Orders issued by the Prime Minister, Hon Dean Barrow, to bring into force the Constitution (Seventh Amendment) Act and the Caribbean Court of Justice Act with effect from the said date. These Orders were published in the Belize Gazette dated 1st May 2010.

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After news broke about the new underwater project in the Mexico Rocks Area known as Sea Trek, the project has raised more than eyebrows as a group in the community has expressed their concerns of the potential harmful effects to the reef. But the developer of the project, David Gegg, says that he has followed proper procedures to ensure that his new tourist attraction is environmentally safe. An Environmental Compliance Plan (ECP) has been signed by Chief Environmental Officer, Martin Alegria with Gegg, giving the project the green light.

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