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SP Police launch
Ask anyone on the street and they will tell you that in the past two weeks, the crime situation on the island seems to be out of control. In the past few weeks there have been at least two homes broken into while the owners slept, two violent home attacks where individuals were wounded and two robberies on tourists, to name a few. For the Police Department, the increase of burglaries and robberies come with the increase of commerce that occurs during the Christmas season. For that reason, the Police Department has introduced their Anti-Crime Campaign on the island. The campaign was launched on the first of December and will run until the middle of January 2012.
It’s a genuine concern and in an exclusive interview with The San Pedro Sun, Mayor of San Pedro Her Worship Elsa Paz explained that indeed the crime situation is something to be worried about. “It concerns me and it’s sad to say, but we don’t get the needed assistance we would want to see from the Ministry of National Security,” stated Mayor Paz, adding “This island keeps growing rapidly and we require more resources.” However there is not much that the Mayor can do other than lobbying for more security forces since the national security falls on the elected representatives to the national assembly. “I cannot do much. Much of the responsibility falls on the Area Representative even more so since he is also the Minister of Tourism; he should be the right one to call on the Ministry of Police,” explained the Mayor.
In addressing the issue, the acting Officer in Charge of the San Pedro Police Station, Inspector Ernel Dominguez, said that there will be more visibility of the police on the streets of the island. “We want to give the public a greater assurance that the policing in the different areas will be enhanced to their standards,” said Dominguez. With the Christmas season kicking in, it is expected that there will be an increase of crime. Dominguez said that not only are they advising the general public to be extra vigilant, but he wants to send a strong message to the criminal elements. “Perpetrators want to take advantage of the situation but we want them to know that we will not let down our guards; we will increase our stop-searches, vehicular and even home searches if need be,” Dominguez said.
In the past, when San Pedro had been terrorized by criminals, a special operation has been put in place by elements of the Belize Defense Force deployed to the island to help fight and avert crime. But with the limited resources, the Police are forced to “act within their means”. In so doing, the anti-crime campaign has been launched and is being spearheaded by the San Pedro Police Department with the assistance of elements from the Belize National Coast Guard based in San Pedro, Special Patrol Unit of the Police Department, Anti Drugs Unit of the Police Department and the Belize Defense Force. Dominguez ended by advising the public to “be their neighbor’s keeper” and to report any suspicious act in their respective areas of the community.
San Pedro Sun
SACNW Patrol Officer Saves Drowned Child
A South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch Patrol Officer was instrumental in the saving of a seven-year-old’s life after he rendered first aid to the boy who was discovered unconscious in a swimming pool.
According to the SACNW, on Saturday, December 10, 2011, a seven-year-old boy who was visiting from the mainland was discovered unconscious in a south island area swimming pool. His cousin managed to pull him out of the pool and call for assistance. As luck would have it Patrol Officer Coye, recently returned from a Bandage International First Responder (first aid) course that was held this past Thursday and Friday arrived on the scene within minutes.
Utilizing the first aid training, Coye managed to revive the boy who was quickly transported to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez Poly Clinic; fortunately a doctor and nurse were immediately available. After a quick assessment it was determined that the child should be admitted to the KHMH in Belize City for a night of observation. An airlift had been arranged for another patient so the boy was added to the flight and transported to the city. After a night of observation the SACNW is pleased to report that the young boy has fully recovered from this ordeal.
This past Sunday, December 11, 2011, the South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch hosted its annual Christmas Staff party, where all six members of the patrol team were in attendance with family and friends. Members of the watch and neighborhood extended a big ‘thank you’ to the patrol officers that work 24/7 to keep the area safe and sound.
SACNW would like to take this opportunity to remind the community that when you are in the southern area of the island, past Victoria House Hotel you can call the patrol for assistance at telephone number 610-4911.
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San Pedro High School excel in regional tournament
The San Pedro High School is the Northern Regional Basketball Champions after defeating the New Hope Technical High School of Orange Walk Town over the weekend. Thirteen secondary schools from the northern districts and Ambergris Caye participated.
SPHS secured a spot in the finals after defeating Escuela Secundaria Technica de Mexico of the Corozal District. Besides claiming the championship SPHS also brought home the title of Most Valuable Player, awarded to Charles Richards for the entire northern zone.
The females were not as lucky as the male’s team; they narrowly lost to Orange Walk Muffles High School and settled for third. Both teams were presented to the school body that applauded the teams for their excellent participations. Kudos to SPHS male and female teams for making San Pedro proud.
San Pedro Sun
NATIONAL LIBRARY SERVICE RECEIVES DONATION
The Leo Bradley Library located on Princess Margaret Drive was today the venue of the launching of the Health Science Collection. The collection is part of a generous donation by the Pan American Health Organization to the Leo Bradley Library. To launch this collection a ceremony was held in the library with the presence of representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education. Another person present was Dr. David Brown, representative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization UNESCO, who presented a cheque of over fifty two thousand Belize Dollars to the Ministry of Education. Dr. Gerardo de Cosio from PAHO/WHO spoke with Love News about the collection that is estimated to cost over thirty thousand dollars.
Dr. Gerardo de Cosio – Representative, PAHO/WHO
“We decided to come to an agreement with the library and the Ministry of Education to give this collection to the people of Belize and open it to all those researchers and others who are interested in learning about more health issues and this is what is seen here. It contains several areas from chronic diseases, information on elderly, indigenous people, family health and infant mortality. It is obvious that many of this information is already is online and many other is not online. The other is to make it easier because not everyone in Belize has access to the Internet and this is an easy way to give them access.”
Melinda Guerra from the Ministry of Health shared the following during her keynote address.
Melinda Guerra – Representative, Ministry of Health
“It is important that multi sectoral partners come together to foster partners and use this information to increase health equity. We need to encourage our children, our students, our people to access and use the health information initiatives. The Belize National Library and Information System is the vehicle that will reach everyone in Belize. The library’s network is in every district and this ensures that the health science literature is available for everyone. This initiative will strengthen our primary health care program in the Ministry of Health.”
Chief Librarian Joy Ysaguirre told Love News who will benefit from the donation of this collection of books.
Joy Ysaguirre – Chief Librarian
“Anybody interested in health information, it can be at the personal or individual level as well it can be at an organizational level. As long as you are seeking health information not only relevant to Belize but also relevant to the Caribbean and Latin America, you can access that portal and be able to obtain current and up to date information on health. Apart from the fact that we need to start to generate our own information, not only generate it but analyze it and have it available so that people can better understand health issues affecting Belize, I want to encourage greater participation in that and greater partnership with ministries and other institutions involved in the provision of health information." LoveFM
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