Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Boat runs aground near lagoon side Ambergris Caye

Reports reached our office of a boat that had ran ashore around 6:30pm tonight. In our initial investigations, we were able to contact the operator of the San Pedro Water Jets express, who was confirmed that a boat belonging to his company was in fact involved in a minor accident when the boat ran into shallow waters.

No casualties were recorded. Reports are that the boat had arrived from Chetumal carrying international passengers en route to Caye Caulker. The passengers were scheduled to take a connecting boat that was leaving San Pedro en route to Belize City at 5:30pm (with a stop over in Caye Caulker).

Due to the absence of Immigration Officers at the terminal, the passengers were made to wait and they missed the final boat leaving the island. Another boat was secured, and it was this vessel that ran into shallow waters somewhere to the western part of San Pedro, around the Port area, en route to Caye Caulker.

About five boats were dispatched to the area to assist the passengers, assuring that they arrive at their destination and render assistance to the boat. Further details of this incident will be posted as they become available.

Memorial Held for Maria Antonia Plaza Gomez

A crowd gathered at the empty lot near where the body of Maria Antonia Plaza Gomez was found to hold a memorial mass in her honor. Many members of the community joined to celebrate the life of Plaza Gomez, which was cut short on Sunday, October 31st, 2010. Organized by Lady Dixie Bowen, the memorial gathered members of the business community, community activists, well-known public figures, local politicians, hotel industry insiders, Maya Island Air staff, students, teachers, local islanders and Police personnel.

Lady Bowen extended her sympathies to the family of the late Maria Antonia Plaza Gomez, and reiterated that the community as a whole feels the loss of such a young, vibrant life that was taken away much too soon.

The San Pedro Sun also joins in mourning, and we extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Maria Antonia. May she rest in peace.

FAO Representative for Belize and Jamaica visits Belize

Press Release - Belmopan - November, 8th 2010 -

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative for Belize and Jamaica Dr. Jerome Thomas is on a five-day familiarization tour of Belize.

Dr. Jerome Thomas is no stranger to the agriculture industry. His passion and vocation for agriculture at home and abroad have not only increased his knowledge theoretically as a doctor in the field, but have afforded him a wealth of experience that has been recognized domestically, regionally and internationally.

Today Dr. Thomas took up a new position as FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization) Representative for the countries of Jamaica, Bahamas and Belize. His office is based in Jamaica and his appointment is for three years.