Monday, March 22, 2010

17-year-old suffers traffic accident

On Saturday, March 20th at about 12:50 a.m. whilst conducting golf cart patrol on Angel Coral Street (Back Street) of San Pedro Town, police attention was drawn to a female lying face up on the middle of the street. Inquiries were made by police officials from the people on the scene who stated that the victim was on the back pan of a Ford Ranger truck, gray in color, when she fell off the vehicle. The victim presented bruises to her left hand and face and was bleeding from her ears.
17-year-old Yaritza Rodriguez
Police later identified the female as 17-year-old Yaritza Rodriguez, secretary of San Mateo Area. She was rushed to Ambergris Hopes Clinic and later transferred to Karl Heusner’s Memorial Hospital where she was admitted in critical condition. At the time of the incident, a 17-year-old minor was driving the vehicle. Police investigation revealed that the driver does not possess a valid driver’s license. According to her, she accelerated the vehicle as she drove not realizing that Rodriguez was standing up in the pan.

Police investigation continues but the minor who has not been formally arrested and charged was served with a Notice of Intent of Prosecution. Officer in charge of the investigation PC Guerra, stated the minor may be charged for (1) Driving without a valid driver’s license, (2) Driving without being covered by Third Party Risk Insurance and (3) Negligent grievous harm.

Nayobi Rivero wins Miss Chiquitita Pageant

The Miss Chiquitita Pageant was back in full swing after a 10 year hiatus. The six lovely beauties entertained the crowd with their glamorous and exciting show. Miss Chiquitita 2000 crowned Nayobi Rivero as San Pedro's youngest beauty ambassador. Winning Miss Congeniality was gorgeous Leilanie Alamilla (far left), while Gabriela Alexander took the prize for Miss Photogenic (far right). Below are some highlights:

Burnt Crossarm causes National Power outages

Press Release - Belize Electricity Limited - At 2:46 p.m. yesterday, power supply was lost to the national grid. Work crews were dispatched to the field immediately and identified a burnt crossarm on the 115 kV transmission line in the vicinity of San Estevan Village in Orange Walk as the cause of the power outage.

Power supply was restored to sections of Belmopan, San Ignacio, Belize City and Ladyville within 25 minutes to one hour; however the system collapsed again at 3:57 p.m.

By 4:42 p.m. power supply was restored to Dangriga, Independence, Punta Gorda and sections of San Ignacio, Ladyville and Belmopan; by 5:08 p.m. power supply was restored to Orange Walk and Corozal; by 6:23 p.m. power supply was restored to Belize City and at 8:13 p.m. power supply was restored to San Pedro Town.

In addition to mobilizing work crews and equipment, BEL also had to carry out repairs to a malfunctioning switch at the Buena Vista Substation.

BEL work crews completed replacement of the burnt crossarm at 7:30 p.m. and while in the process of restoring the transmission line between Buena Vista and Maskall, power supply was lost to the national grid at 8:00 p.m. Within 17 minutes power was fully restored to all parts of the country. BEL continues to investigate the cause of the burnt crossarm.

BEL apologizes for any inconvenience caused by these outages. For more information call 0-800-BEL-CARE (0-800-235-2273).

Fundraiser for Baby Daniel

Friends and family of Baby Daniel continue their efforts to raise funds for the upcoming medical treatments that he will require. The San Pedro Lions Den was the venue for one of those events which took place this past Sunday. Residents of San Pedro gathered at the fundraiser where they were treated to a combined bake sale, food sale and raffle. Drinks were on sale as well. This effort continues and individuals wishing to join forces to assist Baby Daniel and family are asked to do so by contacting Mel Spain at 605-9595, for further information.

Primary School students build sandcastles!

Standard II students took to the beach last Friday to enjoy one of the most abundant art mediums available on the island: SAND!
Ms. Isaurie, Mr. Moncho, Mr. Luis and Ms. Neidy had their students enjoy their Expressive Arts class out on the beach building sand castles. Structures lined the beach, and students happily applied their creativity to their work.
Having spent previous classes working on outlines, their castles took form quickly and beautifully.