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ABC Pre School Visits the San Pedro Sun – Little Angels are joined by the Easter Bunny March 25, 2010

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This morning, the San Pedro Sun got a chance to host to the ABC Pre School. Kainie explained to the bunch of enthusiastics, the functions of a News Paper, and the people that make it happen. While the Little Angels were entertained by the Easter Bunny, as they collected their individual Easter Baskets.

Shots Fired Last Night March 25, 2010

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The San Pedro Police Department has confirmed that last night shots were fired in the beach area of Wet Willy’s. According to the report, a fight broke out inside the club and once outside a person fired shots. Fortunately no one was hurt.

Police officers are looking for three suspects.

Feathered friends of Ambergris Caye March 25, 2010

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    One of the joys of traveling to a foreign land is discovering the local wildlife. Common birds seen daily here on La Isla Bonita can be a new and exotic experience for a visitor, and although the residents might not think twice when one of these winged wonders grace the sky a tourist may be sent scrambling for his camera! Chances are you won’t have to look far for these Caribbean creatures and a walk on the beach will almost guarantee the sight of Brown Pelicans, Frigate birds, Great  Blue Herons, seagulls and sandpipers to name a few. The cooing songs of the White-winged Doves are a constant lullaby while Great Kiskadee sing“Quest-ce-que dit” and Tropical Mockingbirds go through their repertoire of twills and tweets. Together their constant chorus is an age old tropical song that fills the air throughout the day.


    Perhaps you have wondered just who these feathered friends are? Let The San Pedro Sun take the opportunity to acquaint you with these resident birds who call San Pedro home.

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Wilmington students receive training in San Pedro Town March 25, 2010

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Last year’s exchange program was a great success that this year, 17 students from the University of North Carolina arrived in La Isla Bonita in order to finalize their teaching certifications. Arriving from our sister city, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA, for the next few weeks, the students will be engaging with elementary and high school students on the island in order to acquire teaching skills needed to finalize their teaching certification. Well received by both students and teachers, Professor Dennis Kubasko, who is accompanying the group, says that, “this is just the beginning of a great exchange program where both countries will benefit.”

The students are engaging in 15 weeks of training, ten were held in the USA while the other five will take place on Ambergris Caye. Training is taking place at San Pedro High School, Isla Bonita Elementary and Ambergris Caye Elementary School.

Earth Hour to be celebrated March 24, 2010

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Students of the San Pedro Junior College have organized activities for Earth Hour this coming Saturday, March 27th, 2010. A candle light parade will begin at Boca del Rio at 6:30 p.m. and make its way to the Old Football Field for the main activities at 8:30 p.m.

Earth Hour is now a global initiative. At 8:30 p.m. on March 27th, individuals, communities, towns and cities across the world will turn off their lights for one hour sending the powerful global message that working together we can make a difference and that our voices will be heard on climate change.
For more information feel free to visit the Earth Hour website.  

Cpl. Sanchez laid to rest March 24, 2010

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Corporal Gavin Sanchez was laid to rest after an official police funeral service was held in his honor yesterday afternoon in Belize City. The ceremony was held at the Open Door Ministry Church on Muhammad Ali Street in the Port Loyola area. Magistrate Emerson Banner gave the official remembrance while Corporal Sanchez’s close friend Sergeant Nicolas Palomo gave a personal remembrance. Following the service – there was an official procession to the Lord Ridge Cemetery led by the Lodge Hall, followed by the police marching band. Corporal Sanchez’s flag was draped over the coffin and there was an assembly of police officers from all police formations led by Commissioner Crispin Jeffries.
Corporal Sanchez’s death continues to stir controversy since as reported Dr. Mario Estradabran’s autopsy report concluded that Cpl. Sanchez was shot 9 times – including more than once to the head.
The case file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions. In the interim, Sgt. Paulino Reyes has been placed on “administrative leave”.
Photo courtesy Channel 7 News

Honorable Manuel Heredia makes clarification March 24, 2010

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After having met with the island’s neighborhood watches and other key people, Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr. was presented with a suggestion, one which he hoped to take to Cabinet for recommendation. The suggestion was to implement a requirement at Water Taxis where passengers would have to submit information such as name, place of stay while on the island and how many days the passengers plan on visiting. The intention was to have a manifest of the passengers traveling to and from Belize City or Chetumal, the same way airlines have a manifesto. While granting television media interviews Honorable Heredia was quoted as saying, “Many of the officers that were responsible for taking control of the island that is what they used to do. Times have changed and its regretful because now with the human rights situation and so there are many people that – oh you are taking away the privilege of, in particular when it happens to the Creole descent. That is the first thing you will hear. But again, I feel that if we have to do that, we have to do it because we have to regain our community […].”

This has sparked a national controversy where his quote is stated as being an “apartheid type measure.”
Yesterday evening, the Government Press Office issued the following, “The Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, regrets having made certain comments during a Channel Seven News interview which have been interpreted by some to contain an element of racial bias.
The reference to the people of Creole decent was made merely to highlight the fact that when the draconian crime prevention tactic of deporting potential trouble-makers was last employed on the Island, it was criticized by some for its similarity to racial profiling.
Hon. Heredia wishes to assure all that while he remains passionate and committed to tackling the issue of crime on the Island, he has always and will continue to advocate for fair and equal treatment of all persons, a fact which is borne out by his unquestionable record of service to all manner of people.
Hon. Heredia is confident that residents, visitors and the police are all working towards the same goal of reducing crime and making our community safer, and is equally confident that we can and will find a solution to crime on the Island.”

Miss Chiquitita Pageant March 23, 2010

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The Miss Chiquitita Pageant held on Ambergris Caye on Saturday, March 20th was a great success. Check out the video above!

17-year-old suffers traffic accident March 22, 2010

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On Saturday, March 20th at about 12:50 a.m. whilst conducting golf cart patrol on Angel Coral Street (Back Street) of San Pedro Town, police attention was drawn to a female lying face up on the middle of the street. Inquiries were made by police officials from the people on the scene who stated that the victim was on the back pan of a Ford Ranger truck, gray in color, when she fell off the vehicle. The victim presented bruises to her left hand and face and was bleeding from her ears.
17-year-old Yaritza Rodriguez
Police later identified the female as 17-year-old Yaritza Rodriguez, secretary of San Mateo Area. She was rushed to Ambergris Hopes Clinic and later transferred to Karl Heusner’s Memorial Hospital where she was admitted in critical condition. At the time of the incident, a 17-year-old minor was driving the vehicle. Police investigation revealed that the driver does not possess a valid driver’s license. According to her, she accelerated the vehicle as she drove not realizing that Rodriguez was standing up in the pan.

Police investigation continues but the minor who has not been formally arrested and charged was served with a Notice of Intent of Prosecution. Officer in charge of the investigation PC Guerra, stated the minor may be charged for (1) Driving without a valid driver’s license, (2) Driving without being covered by Third Party Risk Insurance and (3) Negligent grievous harm.

Nayobi Rivero wins Miss Chiquitita Pageant March 22, 2010

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The Miss Chiquitita Pageant was back in full swing after a 10 year hiatus. The six lovely beauties entertained the crowd with their glamorous and exciting show. Miss Chiquitita 2000 crowned Nayobi Rivero as San Pedro’s youngest beauty ambassador.