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American retiree attacked & robbed in his home
An American retiree is recuperating at his home following a home invasion which occurred on northern Ambergris Caye, some nine miles north of San Pedro Town. The injured person is 69 year old Doug Robertson of Vermont, USA, who has been living on Ambergris Caye for the past six years. The incident occurred sometime between 3:30PM and 4PM on Tuesday, March 20th in the Palmero Point Area of the island.
According to Robertson’s wife Carolyn Ramp, her husband was alone at the time of the incident. Ramp said that he was sitting behind a desk when he felt someone knock him in the back of his head. Robertson fell to the floor where he was hit several times in the head with a piece of lumber (4X4) until he was knocked out. Ramp told The San Pedro Sun she was not at home at the time of the incident as she had been out taking a walk on the beach with her sister and their dogs. When Ramp returned shortly before 4:30PM, almost an hour later, she found her husband trying to re-gain consciousness following the incident.
Robertson was brought to San Pedro Town where he was taken to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Poly-Clinic II where he received medical attention. Robertson received a large cut wound to the back of his head and abrasions to several parts of his head and face. The motives of the attack have not been established but Ramp reported to police that initial inspection reveals that two cellular phones and a watch is missing so far. Ramp explained that their house had been burglarized before. Ramp stated, “I am now concerned following this incident.”
According to Ramp, she has no idea who attacked her husband. The couple is known to their neighbors and those who work at the private homes and resorts in the area. Because the area is isolated from the busy part of the island, incidents of similar nature have been known to occur. In many instances, the incidents are orchestrated by unfamiliar people who either walk the beach in search of drugs or are looking for the opportunity to steal from the northern residents. San Pedro Police have started their investigation and but no one has been arrested as of yet.
San Pedro Sun
Mexicans Step Up Patrols
At The Border
According to a news report coming out of Mexico, the Mexican military has stepped up surveillance and manpower at the Belize-Mexico Border and in the "Subtiniente Lopez" area.
The report states that for the past 15 days, elements of the Mexican Navy have been deployed to the border where motorists are being checked at random to prevent the entry of drugs and ammunition into Mexico from Belize.
The report adds that the officers at the checkpoint are equipped with sophisticated equipment to detect stolen cars or overlapping plates.
The added surveillance proved fruitful on Monday when a shipment of Taiwanese cigars was allegedly being smuggled into Mexico from the Free Zone.
Canary Coves donates to the SP Tour Guide Association
Angels do exist and San Pedro has seen the goodwill of a couple of angels, the owners of Canary Cove, who have helped the community of San Pedro tremendously. Earlier this year they donated a new picnic area and restroom to the San Pedro RC School and on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, the San Pedro Tour Guide Association received a kind donation on behalf of Canary Coves.
Mr. Gilberto “Gil” Nuñez, representative of Canary Coves presented to Mr. Billy Leslie, President of the San Pedro Tour Guide Association a brand new Dell Computer for the Tour Guide Association Office located on Barrier Reef Drive.
According to Gil Nuñez this donation was a thank you from Canary Cove to the Tour Guide Association for having helped in placing mooring buoys on North Ambergris Caye. Canary Coves worked along with the SPTGA in placing mooring buoys inside and along the reef in the Mexico Rocks Area. Canary Cove provided all the materials and the SPTGA provided the manpower and will keep the maintenance of the buoys.
“The San Pedro Tour Guide Association is really appreciative for this donation and it will be put into great use,” stated Mr. Billy Leslie. He Continued by stating that the computer will be used for filing and data management.
Much Thanks to the owners of Canary Coves for another kind donation to the community of San Pedro.
Fight to Stop Offshore Drilling in Belize's Barrier Reef
In Belize, thousands of citizens are in an uproar about the government's determination to drill for offshore oil. The government, represented by Prime Minister Dean Barrow, was just narrowly re-elected -- but despite a clear message from the people, it continues to ignore the significant outcry against offshore drilling.
Belize is a small and proud nation, about the size of Massachusetts, with only 350,000 citizens and an economy that depends on tourism. The World Travel & Tourism Council calculates that in 2011 tourism contributed to 40,000 jobs in Belize, which is 30 percent of the country's total employment. Current plans for drilling include sites in the middle of Belize's reef-- the Mesoamerican reef which is the world's second largest barrier reef system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a destination point for over 60 percent of the tourists that support Belize's economy.
People in the tourism industry and many other Belizeans are concerned about what an oil spill in the middle of the reef would do to one of the world's natural wonders and to the future of Belize as a tourist destination. If superimposed over the marine areas of Belize, BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill is seven times larger. A spill of that size would have catastrophic effects for the entire country.
Last year, those concerned about the government's offshore oil drilling plans -- including Oceana and the Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage -- requested the government hold a national referendum on whether or not to drill in Belize's waters. They collected 20,000 signatures on a petition from Belizeans across the country, exceeding the number required by law to trigger a referendum. These signatures, representing Belizeans from all walks of life, comprised over 10 percent of the voting population. It was a powerful example of democracy in action and should have resulted in a public vote, the first of its kind under the referendum amendment of 2008.
But instead of allowing the referendum to proceed, the government rejected 8,000 signatures and the petition was declared invalid. The basis for rejecting these signatures? The government claimed the signatures on the petition didn't match those on the voter cards closely enough. The people were effectively silenced because of poor penmanship.
What the government underestimated, though, was the determination of Belize's people to be heard. In response to the government's referendum denial, Oceana Belize and the Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage hosted a "People's Referendum" the week before the elections at over 51 polling stations with election judges. Almost 30,000 Belizeans turned out to cast their votes, with 96 percent of them voting no to offshore drilling. The message couldn't have been clearer.
Earlier in the year, the government was expected to win re-election by a large margin and preserve its substantial majority, but the election was very close and the government lost eight seats. It walked away with a simple majority. But Prime Minister Barrow insists he has the mandate to continue on the same course and issued a warning to all not to test him, as he will not back-off and it will become "tit for tat."
The love and concern for Belize's reef reaches far beyond the country lines. There are countless people from all over the world who have developed a special connection to this breathtaking country after swimming in its lovely waters or diving in its reef -- all thanks to its pristine natural resources. We all hope the government, which loves Belize's barrier reef like we do, will hear the concerns of the people in Belize and around the world and ban offshore oil drilling in Belize's waters to help protect its barrier reef and its natural heritage.
The San Pedro Town Library has lost our sponsor. The skydivers from Boogie in Belize did not return this year. While some of us will miss the thrill of jumping out of a plane, other areas of our town are affected as well. For the past few years Rich Grimm and his crew, teamed up with Pedro's Inn for a poker tournament which resulted in generous donations that allowed our library to cover expenses for its programs each year. (Holiday programs during Easter and Christmas, several weeks of summer programs for different age groups, movie nights and other events). The town library receives no funds outside of donations to be able to put on these programs. We are now in need of a sponsor for our Easter program this year. If you would like to help, please call Iracela Acosta at the San Pedro Town Library 206-2028, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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