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The news spread like wildfire, and the initial shock of word that the private plane of Mr. Barry Bowen had gone down in the marshes of Ambergris Caye was enough to cause everything to come to a standstill on the island, with everybody waiting to hear the outcome of the accident.

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The peaceful monotony of a Monday afternoon on Barrier Drive was interrupted at about 5:30p.m. when the driver of a Polaris swerved to avoid hitting someone, causing it to flip and land on top of him. According to eye witnesses, the driver of the Polaris was speeding and upon trying to avoid hitting the person he swerved to the left causing the Polaris to overturn and landing on top of the driver. The driver was assisted by those who were around and received medical attention by Dr. Daniel Gonzalez.

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Amongst the screaming cheers of his fans, DJ Flex arrived in San Pedro on Saturday, February 27, at around 3pm in preparation for his concert set for that night. Mayor Elsa Paz welcomed DJ Flex as he also greeted and hyped his fans inviting them to his concert.

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At about 4:45 a.m. on Monday, March 01, Ambergris Today was first to arrive at the scene of what appeared to be a traffic accident. The police pick-up truck crashed into the fence of the San Pedro R.C. School on Tarpon Street. According to an eye witness, the police car was speeding on Pescador Drive heading to Tarpon Street and appeared to have an injured person on the back when he slammed on the schools fence. The injured person was then transported the San Pedro Poly Clinic. The Police vehicle was later removed from the street at about 5:45 a.m.

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A San Pedro resident, Eladio Balam, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of causing death by careless conduct in the accidental death of an eight-year-old boy. In May 2007, 45-year-old Eladio Balam, accidentally reversed his Bobcat tractor into Jose Raudeles who was walking his bicycle from school on his way home.

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Film Highlights Effort to Balance Conservation and Development. By Costa del Mar In the new film, Currents of Belize, award-winning filmmaker Bradley Beesley follows Abby Marin and Lincoln Westby as they navigate the tension between the country's commitments to protecting its natural resources versus protecting its human resources. Perhaps nobody is experiencing these changes more intimately than Abby and Lincoln; fly fishing guides who spend their days out on the flats chasing the elusive permit.

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The Town of San Pedro woke up on Monday morning, February 22, to the sounds and sights of the popular morning show on Belize Channel 5 Television Station, Open Your Eyes. The venue was Central Park with the usual hosts of the show William Neal and Marleni Cuellar. There was a lot of information, interviews and entertainment in the show which opened at 6:30a.m. featuring Angel Nuñez with a discussion on the settlement of the Mestizos on Ambergris Caye and its consequent development of fishing, education, and growth of the Island.

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Congratulations are on hand to the hard working students and teachers, for an excellent performance at the Math Olympiad Central Regional Championships. The two participants in the Senior division were: Jing Han (4C) and Vicky Balam (4C), Alternates were Lucio Nuñez (3A) and Cindy Novelo (3C). In the Juniors division the two participants were: Emily Gomez (2A) and Ismael Kay (2E) and their alternates were Walter Tut (1C) and Yanni Garcia (2G).

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The Garifuna Collective and the Umalali Singers returned to Belize today after a two-week North American tour that included a performance at the Cultural Olympiad, part of the official festivities for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. The tour also included shows in Seattle, Washington, San Diego and Chico, California, as well as New Hampshire. Fronting the Collective once again were vocalists Desiree Diego, Sofia Blanco, Marcella Torres. The women were accompanied on stage by musicians Joshua Arana, Denmark Flores, Sam Harris, Wilton Lewis and Al Ovando.

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Ambergris Today got paid a special visit by actor Kirby Morrow this week. On vacations and visiting friends on the island, Kirby mentioned that he is delighted to be here and is having a great first visit. Besides acting, Kirby began voicing cartoon characters in 1997 and was happy to delight our staff with the voices of Michelangelo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Hot Shot of the Transformers.

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- Press Release, Belize Audubon Society, Belize City, February 18, 2010 - The Belize Audubon Society announces the opening of the Victoria Peak Trail for 2010 which runs from February to end of May each year.

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Ramon’s Village owner makes first recognized international flight into Ambergris Caye

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  New life has been given to the San Pedro Semi Pro soccer team which now goes under the new name: the San Pedro Seadogs. The new management team appears to be more organized than previous teams and is bringing much fanfare to the once dwindling following.

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Sings to a very Special Fan of Hers Rossy War, international Tex-Mex artist, was in Belize over the Valentine’s weekend to perform a series of concerts which included Belize City, Orange Walk and in San Pedro Town. But before her concert presentations, Mrs. Rossy War arrived on the island to perform a very special presentation to one lucky fan of hers.

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Conservation International and marine scientists from across the ocean converged in the capital for a multi sector symposium on Belize’s marine life on February 5. The NGO worked along with the Fisheries Department, Healthy Reefs Initiative, and other agencies to examine issues associated with marine protected areas management. Doctor Les Kaufman, the senior investigator for Conservation International’s Marine Management Area Science Project, said that the five year research has shown that Belize’s reef has wonders not seen elsewhere.

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This past weekend we were back on our mission to find the best accommodations on the island and write about our experience in Ambergris Today’s new column “Room Service”. And boy did we find a good one to write about! Milo Paz was very kind to invite our staff to a wonderful experience at one of the island’s newest accommodations – Ambergris Lake Villas.

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“I am extremely proud of having this opportunity to share my paintings and inspirations with the people of Belize City,” commented Melody Sanchez Wolfe to Ambergris Today as she readied to launch her art exhibit at the Bliss Institute, in Belize City. Melody, a local Sanpedrana who has been dabbing in the arts since she was little, most recently opened her art gallery on the island and has been painting professionally for only four years. On Tuesday, February 9, 2010, she mounted a show at the Bliss Center in Belize City which she named Windows to the Soul.

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World-Renowned Mangrove Reforestation Specialist, Bob Riley, Brings His Expertise to Isla Bonita They provide refuge for many endangered species of mammals, birds and reptiles. They also preserve the environment by filtering pollutants from the water. In south Florida (USA), some 75% of game fish and 90% of fish caught for commercial purposes depend on them. And they create a barrier that protects coastal areas from storms and tides. What are they? Mangroves!

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SPHS and Free Musical School to put on Belize’s First Musica! Fiddler on the Roof Returns In San Pedro’s own production of Fiddler on the Roof Returns, one would be hard pressed to add more pomp to this circumstance. The village that it takes to raise a child deserves a pat on the back, because our children are stars. Hats off to the Village Town of San Pedro! More youths from the cast of Fiddler on the Roof Returns are featured next week.

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It seems that boat accidents have been occurring more frequently these days and unfortunately there have been some deaths and injuries in the past few months. This week a boat mishap ended with a much more happy ending as one local tour guide/fisherman found himself capsized by the reef and helping out a dear friend swim to shore. On Tuesday, February 9, Sanpedrano and local fisherman, Mr. Ramon Guerrero had some difficulty out at sea and his boat capsized just a few miles off the coast of North Ambergris Caye in the Palmeros area (near Blue Reef Resort).

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