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Many a times we see tourists riding in their golf cart with town maps on their hands or constantly having to stop at the tourist information center to ask for directions or general information about the island – population, where to eat, where to stay and so forth. Well this week we were intrigued by the two bicycle rickshaws at Central Park and found out that it’s a new way for visitors to tour the island.

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Her worship Mayor Elsa Paz has made several donations towards education for the young people of our community. A total of $7,600 has been paid to the San Pedro High School towards school tuition and fees for a year for nine students who were in need of financial aid. The Town Council also contributed $500 towards expenses for the male and female basketball team of San Pedro High to travel to the National Basketball Competition.

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Caye Caulker Also Receives Much Needed Fire Trucks The San Pedro Fire Department has received a new truck that will be stationed on the island permanently. This new truck is a 1992 English model with the steering on the right hand side; this Fire Truck is a 1992 Dennis Model and is replacing the 1992 Renult Fire Truck that was brought to the island in September.

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In June of 2009, Richard and Gina Headrick returned to Belize after a three-year absence. When they walked onto the property of their prized possession, Ramon’s Village Resort, they immediately realized it was time for some changes to be made.

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“Caged Chronicles” is the name of the book, and what is it all about? It is about selected poems written by Francis “Chino” Eiley from behind prison bars. For those of us who enjoy digesting good reading material, here is a book about to be released on Friday, February 19, 2010 right here in San Pedro in front of El Fogon Restaurant. Attendance to this memorable and very significant occasion is by invitations, as well as through this medium as Francis asked us to invite the entire town to come and share in his joy, his victory, his celebration of freedom and justice.

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Bob Riley – Mangrove Experts Visits Island Local Developer, Sugar Caye Development, read the news account of San Pedro Junior College student Sherri Ann Pou and her class project where the group embarked on a mangrove restoration pilot project intended to increase awareness for the importance of mangrove ecosystems on our environment. In spite of the valiant efforts of students the mangrove planting did not yield the intended results.

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Miss Vicky Balam was officially crowned Miss Carnaval 2010 at the Carnaval Fair that was held on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at Central Park to kick of this year’s Carnaval celebrations.

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Boggie in Belize Skydiving Event Continues to Invest in Belize Rich Grimm of Tsunami Skydiving, Ltd. of California, arrived in Belize on Monday, February 15 to launch the 6th annual “Boogie in Belize” skydiving event in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. After all these years residents are still thrilled to see the skydivers plunge down to our shores. The adrenaline rush is felt throughout the island during the skydivers’ stay.

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DNA officially launched its “Second Chapter” album this Thursday at the Reef Radio studios, pumping up the catchy dancehall/reggaeton sounds of their lead single “You are the One” through the airwaves and to the many listeners throughout the day.

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Part of the agreement negotiated by Past President Milo Paz for the San Pedro Lions Poly Clinic II was to solicit and look for donations for the clinic. The local Lions Club provides the property and the building which was completed by the Government of Belize. The Government of Belize further provides for all the administrative expenses, including staffing.

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San Pedro mourns the loss of Paisano, Smiro Habib Hajara. He was found dead on a pier where he often spent the night on Saturday, December 31, 2005. His real name very few people ever knew or will remember. But Paisano will always be remembered as a most intriguing character. If the American Ambassador visited San Pedro, Paisano was sure to take a picture with him. If George Price made an official visit, Paisano was sure to hug him as he landed from his boat and proudly pointed out that the Prime Minister of Belize knew him by name.

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Despite heavy opposition and debate last week, the new General Sales Tax (GST) bill was passed by the government’s Senate majority on Thursday, December 29, 2005, and though it will become law shortly, the new tax will not be knocking on your door until July 1, 2006, an extension of three months from the previously set date of April 1.

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Bridge Update The bridge is progressing rapidly and the completion date of January 31st is still very possible. There will not be a booth in the middle of the bridge as was previously stated. However, there will be posts placed in the middle so as not to allow any large vehicles over. The posts will be removable to allow vehicles across in case of fire or medical emergencies. There will be two lanes for golf carts and two lanes for pedestrians. This will end the long delays that occur during busy times of the day.

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Happy New Year, Belizeans, from your friendly essential services neighbor, Belize Electricity Limited (BEL), who along with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), has decided to increase your electricity rates by 13% effective January 1, 2006.

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Belize Natural Energy, the company that is harvesting the oil find in Spanish Lookout, is exporting oil, and lots of it. 7NEWS confirmed that an oil barge has been docked at the Big Creek Port since the last week in December. The barge has the capacity to transport 40,000 barrels of oil and 10 tankers are steadily supplying it. It should be at capacity in another two to three weeks and more tankers are expected to join the fleet to speed up the loading process.

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Twenty-seven students along with two professors from McDaniel College, Maryland in the U.S.A. arrived this Monday in San Pedro to take part in the school’s “Fishing and Diving-Belize” course, which is taking place in Belize for the 8th consecutive year. Accompanying the students to the island for their January study tour were Professors Herb Smith (course founder) and Dr. Brian Wladkowski, a political science and chemistry instructor, respectively.

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The Safety Committee reported on penalties given out by the resident Magistrate on curfew offenders for San Pedro Town. Magistrate Earl Jones had stated earlier that these are family matters, which are usually dealt with by the Community Rehab Department. Parents and youths are now being given notice that first offenses against the curfew are usually dealt with fairly quickly by the Magistrate in which most of the children are given to the parents with the understanding that a fine must be paid if the youth is brought back for another offense.

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The Ministry of Natural Resources, Local Government, and the Environment, through the Lands and Surveys Department will officially launch a Lease to Freehold Title Project on 23rd January 2006 in Dangriga Town. This one-year project is a national initiative, which begins with leaseholders of residential lots of one acre or less, but will eventually extend to other lessees.

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>The North Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch conducted a Children’s Trash Day Drive in December 2005 in children from the San Mateo area successfully cleaned up roads and beaches north of San Pedro Town. The children filled over 100 bags of garbage in just over 2 hours fifteen minutes, which were then placed on a garbage truck.

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Representatives of Belize joined diplomats from Mexico and other Central American nations on Monday, January 9, 2006, to demand changes in United States immigration policy. Belize, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Panama say the U.S. needs guest worker programs and the legalization of undocumented programs. The group criticized a U.S. proposal for tougher border enforcements. The regional representatives met in Mexico City and formed a working group to design a regional policy to avoid migrant abuse.

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