In a well attended event at Central Park, the UDP convention seemed very upbeat with the general message that a lot of progress has come to San Pedro under its tenure and that it is our duty to keep this progress alive and going.
Preparedness for Pandemic Influenza - With the constant change of weather many people have been getting sick with the flu, so Ambergris Today decided to contact Dr. Javier Zuniga for friendly advice and we learned more than we expected. Dr. Zuniga explained to us that the Government of Belize along with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) held a two week training workshop to help detect and respond to outbreaks of Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI), with emphasis on Human Influenza.
On Tuesday, January 27, 2009 the San Pedro Boat Parade Committee handed out donations to two island organizations. A check of $1,000 was handed by Jan Brown (Chairlady of Boat Parade Committee) to the San Pedro Aids Commission in support for their educational program and Fred Somes (Committee Member) handed out a check of $500 to the Holy Cross Anglican School to assist them with their food program which serves breakfast and lunch to over 400 students at the school on a daily basis.
Crime in Belize is a serious issue and what better way to address this situation than having well trained Police Officers and Criminal Investigation Officers so that they can properly handle these situations and to properly carry out investigations. A total of 30 detectives including one of San Pedro’s officer and Caye Caulker’s Officer are taking a Crimes Investigation Training Course which started on Monday, January 19 and is scheduled to finish on Friday, January 30.
Holy Cross Anglican School gratefully thanks Rendezvous Restaurant and Wet Willy's for hosting two very successful benefits last week. Internationally acclaimed singer/song writer, Ms. Jill Holly, preformed at both benefits. Ms. Holly generously donated her time and delighted audiences with her musical ability, talent and charm.
This past week San Pedro Police had its hand full investigating several cases on the island. The biggest and scariest case was that of a triple murder that has the town shocked and has the San Pedro Police Department on high alert. The Department has now claimed that the gruesome murders are all connected with the 25 kilos of cocaine found about three weeks ago in North Ambergris Caye.
Most of us did not see them touring the island and taking pictures all over the place, but a group of models were in San Pedro in late November/early December for a photo shoot for Buckle’s Spring 2009 campaign.
The San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival Committee has announced the dates for Costa Maya Festival 2009 to be from August 6 to August 9. The committee members met this past weekend to start deliberations and get the ball rolling with preparations for this year’s festival.
In observance of World Wetlands Day, the San Pedro Business Association, Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development (ACCSD) under theme "Upstream-Downstream: Wetlands connect us all" held a boat parade early Monday morning, February 2, to show support and awareness of the wetlands in San Pedro and around the country of Belize.
It has become a yearly event now – Kelly McGuire coming over to San Pedro to celebrate his birthday. And when Kelly celebrates he does not make it a one night event. The award winning songwriter of ‘Boat in Belize” is back on the island to celebrate his birthday, but to do so he needs to rock out at several venues on the island.
After noticing that the stretch of beach where they regularly walk their ‘dog clients’ was getting a little dirty with litter, the staff of Pampered Paws decided to hold a beach cleanup day to help make a section of the island a bit more cheerful and clean. Professional dog groomer and trainer Kathy Marin, proprietor of Pampered Paws on Pescador Drive, took to a stretch of beach just south of Royal Palm Villas on a Sunday and made the best of a Bar-B-Que picnic by cleaning up the beach of garbage that had been piling up for some time now.
San Pedro High School continues its winning streak in sports and academics in competitions around the country under their new principal, Mr. Emil Vasquez. Not satisfied enough with their wins in Math Olympiad, Science Food and Nutrition Competition, Volleyball, and basketball, this time they went with two first place trophies, Males and Females in the Northern Regional Football competition.
While Guatemala is disputing a portion of Belizean land that they claim belongs to them, Mexico, on the other hand, is thinking and planning of returning a part of territory which they have discovered belongs to Belize. The Department of External Affairs has officially informed that Mexico is in talks with Belize, which is just south of their border, in order to properly define the boundaries of the two countries.
Sunset Grill was the big winner at this year's Savor San Pedro Food Festival, taking home the Best Dish and Best Appetizer awards. The organizing committee called the festival a success, even though a sudden downpour scattered the crowds in look for shelter. But by the time the rain came, most of the booths had run out of food. Sunset Grill was the only booth that kept on serving their tasty dishes late into the night, proving that they were the favorite of the night.
“We are Ready and We will Make Things Happen” was the unified voice of the People’s United Party (PUP) as they launched their Contract with the People (manifesto) for the next three years for San Pedro.
Prime Minister Dean Barrow and the new Mrs. Barrow, Kim Simplis got married on Saturday, February 7, at the Episcopal Church of St Paul the Apostle, in Savannah Georgia. About one hundred persons attended – most of them from Belize.
On January 9, the Public Utilities Commission had ordered a decrease in electricity rates that worked out to about a 12% reduction in the average light bill. Well, since then they had to delay implementation of that decision because BEL successfully showed that they hadn’t complied with the procedural requirement of inviting public comments. And now the revised decision is even more favorable to consumers, it lowers the average rate by about 15%!
Every individual’s position on this depends on what side of the table you are eating from, if you have employment or investments you are eating on South Beach side of the table but if you care about the environment and sustainable tourism development for the island you are eating on the other side of the table.
On Friday, February 13, 2009, Chief Elections Officer Mrs. Marilyn Ordonez, of the Elections and Boundaries Department of Belize, met with both political parties with the objective to ensure that the candidates and their representatives are aware of the rules, policies and procedures governing the election process and that all of them are in agreement with them.
- Press Release, Belize City, Belize - February 12, 2009 - It's official, on January 19, 2009 Belize lawmakers unanimously passed one of the most comprehensive catch and release fishing legislations in the world. The legislation states that bonefish, permit and tarpon may not be possessed by any person or establishment in Belize, except in the act of catch and release.