A Community UnitedAfter meeting with Cabinet and obtaining the full scope of the damage caused by Hurricane Richard, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation and Area Representative of Belize Rural South, reported that the Government of Belize is not requesting any food, clothing or house supplies for those affected by the storm as they have enough to distribute at the time and have received a great donation from our Mexican neighbors.
In the controversial case against Sergeant Paulino Reyes, it is now known that no one will be charged for the shooting death of Police Corporal Gavin Sanchez, who went down in a hail of gunfire earlier this year.
The Belize Tourism Board held its 9th Annual Taste of Belize Competition on Saturday, October 16th, at the ITVET Compound in Belize City. This year’s event featured nine professional chefs, six bartenders, six cake decorators and for the first time ever, seven destinations represented with food menus from their specific localities.
Ministry of Health to Protect Citizens from Second-Hand SmokingA press release from the Ministry of Health has indicated that it will be holding a launching ceremony for Tobacco Control measures for the country of Belize, tomorrow Wednesday, October 20 at 9:00a.m. at the Belize Telemedia Limited Constitution Park, Belize City.
They held presentations of what they learned during the six month course on Thursday, October 15, 2010, at the Lions Den and the following night they received their certificate of completion of the Electrical Level One provided to them by the Institute of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET).
Members of the San Pedro Lions Club and volunteers took time off their Pan American Day holiday on Monday, 11 October 2010, to spruce up the Mosquito Coast Park with a new playground. Thanks to the generous donation from the Holy Cross Anglican School, the Lions Club has a great addition that will enhance the appeal of the Mosquito Coast Park.
Many a times we see tourists riding in their golf cart with town maps on their hands or constantly having to stop at the tourist information center to ask for directions or general information about the island – population, where to eat, where to stay and so forth. Well this week we were intrigued by the two bicycle rickshaws at Central Park and found out that it’s a new way for visitors to tour the island.
Her worship Mayor Elsa Paz has made several donations towards education for the young people of our community. A total of $7,600 has been paid to the San Pedro High School towards school tuition and fees for a year for nine students who were in need of financial aid. The Town Council also contributed $500 towards expenses for the male and female basketball team of San Pedro High to travel to the National Basketball Competition.
Caye Caulker Also Receives Much Needed Fire Trucks The San Pedro Fire Department has received a new truck that will be stationed on the island permanently. This new truck is a 1992 English model with the steering on the right hand side; this Fire Truck is a 1992 Dennis Model and is replacing the 1992 Renult Fire Truck that was brought to the island in September.
In June of 2009, Richard and Gina Headrick returned to Belize after a three-year absence. When they walked onto the property of their prized possession, Ramon’s Village Resort, they immediately realized it was time for some changes to be made.
“Caged Chronicles” is the name of the book, and what is it all about? It is about selected poems written by Francis “Chino” Eiley from behind prison bars. For those of us who enjoy digesting good reading material, here is a book about to be released on Friday, February 19, 2010 right here in San Pedro in front of El Fogon Restaurant. Attendance to this memorable and very significant occasion is by invitations, as well as through this medium as Francis asked us to invite the entire town to come and share in his joy, his victory, his celebration of freedom and justice.
Bob Riley – Mangrove Experts Visits Island Local Developer, Sugar Caye Development, read the news account of San Pedro Junior College student Sherri Ann Pou and her class project where the group embarked on a mangrove restoration pilot project intended to increase awareness for the importance of mangrove ecosystems on our environment. In spite of the valiant efforts of students the mangrove planting did not yield the intended results.
Miss Vicky Balam was officially crowned Miss Carnaval 2010 at the Carnaval Fair that was held on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at Central Park to kick of this year’s Carnaval celebrations.
Boggie in Belize Skydiving Event Continues to Invest in Belize Rich Grimm of Tsunami Skydiving, Ltd. of California, arrived in Belize on Monday, February 15 to launch the 6th annual “Boogie in Belize” skydiving event in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. After all these years residents are still thrilled to see the skydivers plunge down to our shores. The adrenaline rush is felt throughout the island during the skydivers’ stay.
DNA officially launched its “Second Chapter” album this Thursday at the Reef Radio studios, pumping up the catchy dancehall/reggaeton sounds of their lead single “You are the One” through the airwaves and to the many listeners throughout the day.
Part of the agreement negotiated by Past President Milo Paz for the San Pedro Lions Poly Clinic II was to solicit and look for donations for the clinic. The local Lions Club provides the property and the building which was completed by the Government of Belize. The Government of Belize further provides for all the administrative expenses, including staffing.
San Pedro mourns the loss of Paisano, Smiro Habib Hajara. He was found dead on a pier where he often spent the night on Saturday, December 31, 2005. His real name very few people ever knew or will remember. But Paisano will always be remembered as a most intriguing character. If the American Ambassador visited San Pedro, Paisano was sure to take a picture with him. If George Price made an official visit, Paisano was sure to hug him as he landed from his boat and proudly pointed out that the Prime Minister of Belize knew him by name.
Despite heavy opposition and debate last week, the new General Sales Tax (GST) bill was passed by the government’s Senate majority on Thursday, December 29, 2005, and though it will become law shortly, the new tax will not be knocking on your door until July 1, 2006, an extension of three months from the previously set date of April 1.
Bridge Update The bridge is progressing rapidly and the completion date of January 31st is still very possible. There will not be a booth in the middle of the bridge as was previously stated. However, there will be posts placed in the middle so as not to allow any large vehicles over. The posts will be removable to allow vehicles across in case of fire or medical emergencies. There will be two lanes for golf carts and two lanes for pedestrians. This will end the long delays that occur during busy times of the day.
Happy New Year, Belizeans, from your friendly essential services neighbor, Belize Electricity Limited (BEL), who along with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), has decided to increase your electricity rates by 13% effective January 1, 2006.