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The San Pedro Sun is a newspaper published continuously since 1991[ citation needed ] and serves the community of San Pedro Town located on Ambergris Caye in Belize, Central America. The editors are Ron and Tamara Sniffin, assisted by Mary Gonzalez, Dennis and Natalie Manuel. The Sun also publishes a "Visitor's Guide" each week that features tourism interests in San Pedro and Belize. The Visitor Guide is inserted inside each issue of The San Pedro Sun.
San Pedro is a town on the southern part of the island of Ambergris Caye in the Belize District of the nation of Belize, in Central America. According to 2015 mid-year estimates, the town has a population of about 16,444. It is the second-largest town in the Belize District and largest in the Belize Rural South constituency. The once sleepy fishing village was granted the status of a town in 1984.
Belize is a country located on the eastern coast of Central America. Belize is bordered on the northwest by Mexico, on the east by the Caribbean Sea, and on the south and west by Guatemala. It has an area of 8,800 square miles (22,800 km2) and a population of 387,879 (2017). Its mainland is about 180 mi (290 km) long and 68 mi (110 km) wide. It has the lowest population and population density in Central America. The country's population growth rate of 1.87% per year (2015) is the second highest in the region and one of the highest in the Western Hemisphere.
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Toledo District is the southernmost district in Belize, and Punta Gorda is the District capital. It is the least developed region in the country, and it features some of the most pristine rainforests, extensive cave networks, coastal lowland plains, and offshore cays. Toledo is home to a wide range of cultures: Mopan and Kekchi Maya, Creole, the Garifuna, East Indians, Mennonites, Mestizos, and descendants of US Confederate settlers.
Ambergris Caye, pronounced am-BUR-gris KEE, is the largest island of Belize, located northeast of the country in the Caribbean Sea. It is about 40 kilometres (25 mi) long from north to south, and about 1.6 kilometres (1 mi) wide. Where it has not been modified by man, is mostly a ring of white sand beach around mangrove swamp in the centre. Though administered as part of the Belize District, the closest point on the mainland is part of the Corozal District.
Sir Colville Norbert Young is the Governor-General of Belize, and also patron of the Scout Association of Belize. He was appointed Governor-General in 1993, taking office on 17 November of that year, and was knighted in 1994.
Bob Dhillon is the founder, president and CEO of Mainstreet Equity Corp (MEQ) which owns and manages billions of dollars worth of Canadian real estate. Bob Dhillon currently sits on the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Board, the biggest Canadian Crown Corporation. Dhillon is the Honorary Consul General for Belize in Canada and owns a private 3,000-acre island in Belize that he is developing into a world-class tourist resort. Dhillon has further interest in the country of Belize as he is the published author of the book 'Business and Retirement Guide to Belize' currently in its second edition. Dhillon also currently sits on the Entrepreneur Advisory Council for the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a marine reserve close to Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, off the coast of Belize. It covers approximately 18 km² (4,448 acres) of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove forest. Hol Chan is Mayan for "little channel".
The 2007–08 season of the Belize Premier Football League, otherwise known as the RFG Insurance Cup, began on September 30, 2007 and concluded in April 2008. FC Belize of Belize City entered as defending champions.
Miss Belize is a national Beauty pageant in Belize.
Ambergris Museum is a Mesoamerican archaeology museum in Belize. It houses ancient Mayan civilization artifacts.
Garifuna Settlement Day is a public holiday in Belize, celebrated each year on November 19. The holiday was created by Belizean civil rights activist, Thomas Vincent Ramos, in 1941. It was recognized as a public holiday in the southern districts of Belize in 1943, and declared a national holiday in 1977. The holiday celebrates the settlement of the Garifuna people in Belize after being exiled from the Grenadines by the British army. The major festivities for the holiday occur in the town of Dangriga, including parades, street music, and traditional dancing.
The 2012 Premier League of Belize is the first season of the highest competitive football league in Belize, after it was founded in 2011. The season commenced on 11 February 2012.
Rosita Baltazar was a Belizean choreographer, dancer, dance instructor and founding assistant director of the Belize National Dance Company. In 2004, she was awarded the Lord Rhaburn Music Award as a dance ambassador and in 2009 she received the Chatoyer Recognition Award from the National Garifuna Council of Belize for her efforts at preserving Garifuna culture.
Belize National Dance Company is a Belizean cultural preservation organization which strives to represent Belize and its many ethnic groups in classical, contemporary and traditional folk dancing.
La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge is an annual 4-day canoe marathon held in Belize. It is considered the biggest sporting event in the country, and typically attracts thousands of spectators. The course runs from the Hawkesworth Bridge in San Ignacio to the Belcan Bridge in Belize City, a distance of 180 miles (290 km). It is held each year in March and is scheduled to coincide with the weekend of Baron Bliss Day.
The use of cannabis in Belize is common and largely tolerated; however, possession can result in fines or imprisonment. Possession or use of 10 grams or less on private premises was decriminalized in November 2017.
Harvest Caye is a private island owned by Norwegian Cruise Line, located in southern Belize. The caye features wildlife exhibitions including a blue morpho butterfly house.
The 2017–18 Premier League of Belize is the seventh season of the highest competitive football league in Belize, after it was founded in 2011. There are two seasons which are spread over two years, the opening and the closing.
San Pedro Pirates Football Club is a Belizean football team.
Palmiro Salas is a Guatemalan football coach best known for managing the Belize national football team during 2010 World Cup Qualification.