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El Gran Carnaval of San Pedro is almost here and the Town Council will kick off the celebrations on Saturday, February 13 with a Grand Carnaval Party at Central Park. One of the main highlights for the celebration will be the Miss Carnaval Popularity Contest.

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Karaoke? Everybody loves participating or watching karaoke and for quite some years Sanpedranos have had the privilege of watching Channel 5’s Karaoke Television (KTV) competitions. And this year Channel 5 proudly presents KTV Latino, where 14 contestants from all over the country will be performing Spanish songs.

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The man, whose face is associated with most of the sought after criminals on the lam, is the host of America’s Most Wanted. And on Wednesday, February 3, the cameras of Ambergris Today caught the AMW host, John Walsh with his film crew in San Pedro, shooting a segment for an episode of America’s Most Wanted. The television show is filming in Belize as there has been a series of American fugitives who have been seeking refuge our country.

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It was added stress for C.I.B. personnel when at the time of having to deal with investigations, apart from figuring how to uncover the criminal, they had to figure out first how they would transport themselves or persons concerned from one place to another. This problem is now over as now the investigation unit at San Pedro Police Station has a new golf cart at their disposal to make their job easier.

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Those of you who are fans of the High School band – Rock In Peace, know that Lead guitarist – Derrick Baños is a very talented young musician. Derrick Baños has been playing since the age of twelve and is currently a band member of a local band All Cayed UP (ACU), for which Derrick is the bassist, and the band has decided to try and raise enough money to send him to a well known music school in the US for a summer program.

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Firefighters were fast to the scene of a fire that broke out on the second floor of a concrete building in the San Pedrito area at about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2010. With the assistance of neighbors and tenants of the first floor, the firefighters were quick to oust the fire before major damage was caused to the building.

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No Ordinary Village Life

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The Annual Wahoo Challenge 2010 took place at Captain Morgan’s Resort on Saturday, January 23, 2010. It was another exciting year at the Wahoo Challenge with a great turnout and a catch of 30 Wahoo Fish. After all fish were weighed the award ceremony revealed the winners as follows:

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Safety! It’s a word that caters much attention in our society at the moment. The rise of criminal activity threatens the security of businesses, the personal security of residents and the security of our tourism industry. Safeguarding this major industry in our country is essential to the livelihood of all Belizeans.

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One golf cart rental on the island finds itself short of one golf cart, as the San Pedro Fire Department reports that at about 1:50a.m. on Monday, January 25, a cart belonging to Island Adventures suddenly burst into flames in front of Grand Colony Island Villas, south of San Pedro Town.

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Famed Honduran coach Jose de la Paz Herrera is taking over as the national football coach of Belize. Herrera said he plans to travel next week to Belmopan to sign what is expected to be a one-year contract. Herrera coached Honduras to the 1982 World Cup in Spain, the country's only appearance in the World Cup until this year. He also coached Honduras in the run-up to the 2006 World Cup, which Honduras failed to reach.

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The Belize Port Authority is in charge of keeping Maritime Safety, Security and Control and is based at Belize. The Belize Port Authority now has a small office here in San Pedro where residents are able to renew their boat masters license and register and license their vessels. The office is located in the San Pablo Area on the corner of Marina Drive and Mullet Street. Open Hours are from Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..

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During the week of January 5, 2010, the Belize Bureau of Standards inspected and verified fuels pumps at gas stations in San Pedro. A conformance sticker bearing the Bureau’s logo, specifying the inspecting officer, date and location of the inspection was placed on the fuel pumps that were found to be accurate. These stickers are valid for a period of three months after the recorded inspection date.

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There are opportunities that come once in a lifetime and experiences that when you grasp them fill you with joy, excitement and pure bliss. On Saturday, January 16, 2010, the staff of Ambergris Today got to enjoy one of those experiences that are purely unforgettable. We got the opportunity to soar like a bird above our Isla Bonita, not on a plane or helicopter but on an ultralight aircraft.

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Go Fish Belize on the Spotlight again!

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El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro: “Alegria en el corazon – Que viva nuestra tradicion”. It is that time of the year when Sanpedranos, young and old, look forward to - El Gran Carnaval. This year San Pedro will celebrate, Carnaval, its most unique traditional celebration on February 14, 15 & 16. The San Pedro Town Council will officially start the celebrations on Saturday, February 13, with a Grand Carnaval Party that will be held at the Central Park.

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Hours after a powerful earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale devastated the Caribbean island nation of Haiti, nations around the world organized themselves to send relief aid to the devastated country which is the poorest nation in the Caribbean.

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More Charges for American Fugitive Thirty three year old US national William Russell Jewett, the man wanted by US authorities and found in Belize with major stacks of cash, did reappear in Magistrate’s Court as scheduled this week, but once again was put back in the hands of police.

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Beautiful Belize is being discovered little by little and it has gotten its fair share of publicity recently with international TV shows. For instance, The Travel Channel with Samantha Brown: Passport to Central America, Discovery Channels’: Man vs. Wild with Bear Grylls, HGTV’s House Hunters and most recently Travel Channel’s: Bizarre Worlds with Andrew Zimmern. And this year it is has started off good with a new show in Animal Planet: Wild Recon with animal adventurer Donald Schultz who will be featuring Belize on a premier episode this coming Tuesday, January 19.

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The San Pedro Holiday Boat Parade Committee has been working arduously year after year to provide residents every Christmas a spectacular Lighted Boat Parade. Businesses are always willing to donate to this committee and with additional funds collected this year, Jan Brown, Chairlady of the Boat Parade Committee was more than pleased to hand out monetary donations to three organizations in the island on Tuesday, January 12, at the San Pedro Town Council.

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