Tuesday, October 13, 2009

British High Commissioner visit San Pedro Town

The British High Commissioner to Belize His Excellency Pat Ashworth and his wife Pauline Ashworth were in San Pedro Town over the weekend. The purpose of the visit was to meet with the British Expatriates and to get familiarized with the Island. The event took place on Saturday the 10th of October at the Playa Lounge.
The British High Commissioner to Belize, HE Pat Ashworth and wife Pauline Ashworth
HE Ashworth and his wife were accompanied by Jamila and James Janmohamed
In an interview with The San Pedro Sun, H.E. Ashworth stated that he took the opportunity to listen to the concerns and address some issues brought up during his visit. According to H.E. Ashworth, Ambergris Caye has one of the biggest British communities in country. H.E. Ashworth and his wife were escorted by James Janmohamed the British Warden for San Pedro & Caye Caulker and his wife Jamila Janmohamed. The San Pedro Sun will have more on this week’s issue of the newspaper.

Holy Cross receives much needed equipment

The Holy Cross Anglican Primary School in San Pedro Town received a much needed donation in the form of an industrial type stove. On Tuesday, the school management invited the different stakeholders that made the donation possible to a symbolic ribbon cutting ceremony.
(L to R) Francis Wilson - Holy Cross Local Manger , Sylvia Laasner - BNE Trust Project Coordinator, Deborah Sewell - GM BNE Trust and Vernon Wilson - Holy Cross Director
The donation was made possible through the financial contribution of Tony and Ginger Rodger from Amarillo, Texas, USA. The couple was in Belize during the summer program at Holy Cross and noticed the need and returned back home and secured the donation. The stove was handed to Pastor Tim Tom from Word at Work Ministries in Texas, after which it was shipped to Belize. The shipping expense from Texas to Belize was covered by Belize Natural Energy Trust. Once in Belize, Island Ferry covered the transportation expenses from Belize City to San Pedro Town. The total donation including transportation is estimated at Belize $16,000. The stove will be used to prepare meals for the school’s feeding program. According to the local manager of Holy Cross, Francis Wilson, the stove will benefit some 527 students.

Police investigate two weekend incidents

A San Pedro Town resident is recuperating at the Belize Health Care Partners Limited in Belize City. According to a family member the woman, identified as 40 year old Deni Eiley was attacked sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning inside her home in the San Pablo Area of San Pedro Town. While neighbors heard dogs barking sometime around nine on Friday night, it was not until around seven on Saturday morning that Eiley was found by her 17 year old son.
Family members report that a lone Hispanic male stormed into Eiley's house and attacked her. No one has been arrested in relation to this incident. Members of the public that might have any information that can assist the police in their investigation are asked to contact the police department at 226-2022.
On Sunday the San Pedro Town community joined friends and family member of Deni Eiley at BC Bar and Grill to raise money to be used to help assist Eiley pay her hospital bills.
Meanwhile, San Pedro Police is investigating another incident that occurred on Sunday morning. According to police they received a call for help from a woman in the San Pedrito Area of San Pedro Town.
The woman told police that she found a man inside the room of her 13 year old daughter. The woman went on to explain that the man had a knife to her daughter’s neck and it appeared that the man intended to rape her but upon discovery he ran out through one of the doors and made good his escape. Based on the description given, police arrested a 16 year old male minor from the same area for this incident. The male is expected to be charged today (Tuesday) with a number of criminal offences including burglary and aggravated assault