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Marco Gonzalez Maya Site: Belize’s 1st Maya Archeological Reserve on an island

Marco Gonzalez Maya Ruin on Ambergris Caye

Marco Gonzalez Maya Ruin on Ambergris Caye

San Pedro Sun | For months, a group of concerned island residents have been working diligently to have the Marco Gonzalez Maya Site protected. That dream finally materialized last week after the Government of Belize Gazetted and declared Marco Gonzalez as a Maya Archeological Reserve.

In speaking to The San Pedro Sun, Director of the Institute of Archeology, Dr. Jaime Awe, explained that the declaration is historic. “It is a historic event for the country because it is the first time that a Maya Archeological Reserve has been declared on an island,” stated Awe.

He noted that the only other archeological reserve on an island is the ancient burial ground on St. George’s Caye. Awe said that as a Maya Archeological Reserve, no one will be allowed to conduct any form of development on all that area declared as reserved. (more…)

New School Furniture for SPHS & Holy Cross

New School Furniture for San Pedro High School and Holy Cross Anglican School

New School Furniture for San Pedro High School and Holy Cross Anglican School

Ambergris Today | What started out as an exchange of emails several years ago, recently produced great benefits for two local schools. On Monday, September 6, 500 slightly used desks, 300 chairs and 21 blackboards found new homes at San Pedro High School and Holy Cross Anglican School.

Mr. Vernon Wilson, Director of Holy Cross, was able to secure the much needed school furniture from a Canadian non-profit organization headed by Mr. Ron Kyles. Mr. Wilson and Mr. Kyles began a long-distance association in 2007 when a mutual friend who knew the needs of Holy Cross and the ability of Mr. Kyles to possibly address those needs put the two in touch.

Months ago Mr. Kyles contacted Mr. Wilson and informed him that a Canadian primary school was being torn down. There would likely be school furniture available if the money could be raised to pay for the shipping costs. Mr. Wilson immediately contacted several local schools and was delighted when Mr. Vasquez, Principal of San Pedro High School expressed an interest in some of the furniture and a willingness to assist in raising the necessary $12,000Bze.

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Operacion Bendicion donates to San Pedro

San Pedro Belize Donations

Operacion Bendicion donates to San Pedro

San Pedro Sun | Operation Blessing, Relief and Development International (OBI) is a humanitarian non-profit organization based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA. Since 1978, OBI has touched the lives of more than 209.3 million people in over 105 countries and in all 50 states, providing goods and services valued at more than $1.7 billion. OBI is headed by a governing body that includes founder MG “Pat” Robertson. With the mission, “to demonstrate God’s love alleviating human need and suffering in the United States and around the World”, this organization has now reached out to the residents of San Pedro.

Pastor Ismael Rodriguez, representative of OBI Honduras and Mr. Barbosa of the “Primera Iglesia Evangelica y Reformada” in the San Pedrito area of Ambergris Caye were busy this morning, distributing pre-natal vitamins to the various medical providers on the island, as well as tennis shoes to the San Pedro Police Department on behalf of OBI. This particular donation came as part of the Honduras chapter of the organization.

300 cases of pre-natal multi vitamins were distributed. Within each case, there were 12 boxes containing 40 capsules each. The San Pedro Poly Clinic received 150 cases, Dr. Lerida received 30 cases, Los Pinos clinic received 30 cases, Hopes Clinic received 30 cases and the San Telmo Pharmacy received 20 cases. While the multi-vitamins are labeled pre-natal vitamins, according to Pastor Rodriguez, the vitamins are very useful and may be consumed by adults over the age of 20, both male and female. These vitamins are available at no cost to the general public. (more…)

San Mateo Residents Hope to one day Eliminate Unsightly Walkways

San Mateo Empowerment Project

Road building in San Mateo - photo by tacogirl

Ambergris Today | San Mateo residents’ dream of having proper roads that will lead to having proper water, electricity, and sewage systems is slowly becoming a reality. In March of this year a ground breaking ceremony was held for the commencement of a one and a half mile road thanks to the efforts of the San Mateo Empowerment Project Committee.

Now things seem a bit brighter thanks to the efforts of the SMEPC and to Heather and Cathy of Direct Abundance who have been working together for the betterment of the San Mateo Subdivision.

The Holy Cross Anglican School recently adapted to having a waste water garden and is now using a state of the art composting flush toilets. Heather Zwicker of Direct Abundance (a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people in struggling developing world communities through education, and poverty reduction) has come up with the idea to implement phase one of basic composting toilets for all residents in the San Mateo Subdivision.

This is an invaluable project for the area to clean up from the ground on up. Representatives of the Holy Cross Anglican School and Direct Abundance appeared on Reef Radio’s Morning Show on Thursday, August 26 where they talked about the eco-friendly waste management system plans for San Mateo and about the new roads that are being built.

On Sunday, September 5, a group of volunteers along with residents of the San Mateo Subdivision joined forces to work on the new road for the area and they worked in full force placing rocks and sand along the way, as well as cleaning up the area. Members of the community show up to work on the road every week and they are averaging 25 ft a week. The effort of the community members and all those who volunteer their time and services to help San Mateo Subdivision should be applauded since their efforts of working hand in hand for the betterment of the area has come a long way. (more…)

San Pedro in the September Celebrations Spirit

September Celebrations in Ambergris Today

September Celebrations in Ambergris Today

Ambergris Today | Residents of San Pedro have already started decorating their homes and businesses as Belize gets into the September Celebrations spirit in observance of their patriotic celebrations.

Friday, September 10 marks the celebration of St. George’s Caye Day and Tuesday, September 21 is Belize’s Independence Day. Here are a few pictures of homes and businesses that are nicely decorated with our red, white and blue flag. See more photos at Ambergris Today.

Cancer Patients Enjoy San Pedro Sunshine

Cancer Patients Enjoy San Pedro Sunshine

Cancer Patients Enjoy San Pedro Sunshine

Ambergris Today | Sixteen cancer patient children from all over Belize were on the island on Saturday, August 28, 2010, to enjoy some sun, sea and sand. Mr. Steve Hagan, in collaboration with Belize Kids Incorporated, was responsible for creating such a great outing for the children to enjoy and take their minds away from the everyday hardships of dealing with cancer.

Of the 16 children who enjoyed a full day at the Boca del Rio Park, seven are currently under cancer treatment and nine of them are in remission. These children come from Punta Gorda, Dangriga, Belmopan, Orange Walk and Belize City; they are treated by Dr. Elsworth Grant in Dangriga.

Also present with the children were members of the San Pedro Cancer Society who have expressed the interest in assisting Mr. Hagan and Belize Kids Incorporated with their planned events in San Pedro, which are scheduled about every three months. (more…)

National School Safety Policy Workshop held in San Pedro

Belize National School Safety Policy Workshop

Belize National School Safety Policy Workshop

San Pedro Sun | On Saturday, August 28th, stakeholders in the education sector of the community came together for a workshop regarding the National School Safety Policy. The workshop is sponsored by the Ministry of Education of the Government of Belize (GOB), and USAID (United States Agency for International Development) OFDA/LAC (Offices of Foreign Disaster Assistance/Latina America & Caribbean). In April of 2010, the GOB’s Ministry of Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States of America to develop a School Safety Policy for all schools in Belize.

The three year process should yield a draft of the National Policy which will be integrated in all schools across Belize, as well as create awareness of the issues associated with creating a safe environment in our schools. Stakeholders will be consulted and informed regarding the need for such a policy. By the third year, the objectives of the quality child-friendly schools initiative (Key Area #7) will be fulfilled. That initiative is in fact that Belize will provide a Safe, Healthy and Supportive Learning Environment for its students. (more…)

Back To School on Ambergris Caye

Primary Schools in San Pedro Belize

Primary Schools in San Pedro Belize

Ambergris Today | It’s Back to School time! Summer vacations are over and most children are either moving up another grade in school or just starting of their educational career for the first time whether they are freshmen in high school or first years in the primary schools. Whichever the case may be, classes have commenced and here in San Pedro we are faced with a few minor problems which include (i) no space available at schools for children (ii) children not enrolled at schools and lastly (iii) the need of more classrooms/schools.

Every year a great number of children are seen roaming around the streets and not attending school as they should and according to Education Officer for San Pedro Town & Caye Caulker, Ms. Candy Armstrong, the Education Law states that children between the ages of 5 and 14 should be enrolled at school to receive a primary education.

Space availability in schools is always an issue; here in San Pedro there are a total of eight school, three of which are grant aided schools (public schools) which are always full to capacity. One of the major factors that contribute to schools being full and no space available is the fact that San Pedro is a growing town; more people from outer district and other countries are coming to the island and making it their home bringing along their families. (more…)

Ambergris Caye represented in Expo Weekend Tour at El Salvador

Expo Weekend Tour in El Salvador

Expo Weekend Tour in El Salvador

Ambergris Today | San Pedro, Ambergris Caye was represented at the Expo Weekend Tour in El Salvador. The San Pedro Town Council participated at the event thanks to the invitation of Her Excellency Celie Paz de Gonzalez, Belize’s Ambassador to El Salavador.

Ambergris Caye had two days to shine, on Thursday, August 26 and Friday, August 27and the island was promoted as the number one vacation and tourist destination in the country of Belize. Basic information about the island was shared to those who visited the booth such as how to get here, what to do, where to stay and much more. Belizean products were on display and given out, such as Marie Sharps sauces, Traveller’s Liquors and San Pedro’s very own Kawkaw Dark Chocolate.

“Apart from promoting Ambergris Caye as a Tourism Destination, we had an overwhelming response from students who wanted to learn more about Ambergris Caye and Belize,” commented Mr. Felix Ayuso of the San Pedro Town Council. “ Deputy Mayor, Pablo Ico was very keen in this area.” The Ambergris Caye booth was well visited as not only did University students showed interest in knowing about Ambergris Caye but private aircraft owners and several other Ambassadors as well.

The Belizean Contingency consisted of Deputy Mayor Pablo Ico, Mr. Felix Ayuso and Mrs. Ana Ico (representing the private business sector); they were later joined by Mayoress Elsa Paz who was attending a SICA Conference. The Town Council takes this opportunity to give a special thank you to Her Excellency Celie Paz de Gonzalez for her hospitality and to the sponsors who made this trip possible: Tropic Air, Ambergris Lake Villas, The Palms Condominiums & Grand Belizean Estates.

Worker gets hand caught in machinery at Tortilla Factory

San Pedro Tortilla Factory Accident

San Pedro Tortilla Factory Accident

Ambergris Today | An unfortunate and untimely accident fell upon a worker of La Popular Tortilla Factory, located on Angel Coral Street, on Tuesday, August 31, at about 1:00 p.m., as 16-year-old Emmanuel Marcos Garcia got his hand caught in one of the tortilla-making machines.

According to reports, Marcos was cleaning the machinery after work and apparently forgot to turn it off before reaching into the moving parts of the machine. In the process, his hand somehow got caught in the machine, almost to elbow level. Fortunately for Marcos, the recently bought modern machine’s safety feature triggered it to shut off before it caused more damage to his entire arm. His injuries could have been a lot worst if it weren’t for the safety feature.

The problem then was to remove Marcos’ hand from the machine. Employees and assistants tried to reverse the gears to release his hand but with no success. Shortly the decision was made to cut the section of the machine with a grinder. Dr. Daniel Gonzalez was on hand to properly protect Marcus’ hand and deliver pain killers to the young man who was clearly in agonizing pain. (more…)

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