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in boat accident
There was a boat accident near San Pedro Town sometime around 3:10PM today, Tuesday, February 21st. The Belize Port Authority (BPA) has confirmed that the two vessels, namely Thanks A lot Two owned by a local dive company and another vessel 18 Degrees North owned by Robert Shiltz collided at sea in front of the San Pedro Belize Tourism Board office.
While the extent of damage to the boats is unknown at this time, the collision injured two of the four American tourists on board 18 Degrees North. The injured people were taken to the Los Pinos Clinic for medical attention. According to the BPA, one female passenger sustained injuries to the face and three of her teeth were knocked out as a result of the impact. Her husband, on the other hand, received injuries to the knee and hip. When The San Pedro Sun arrived at the clinic, the injured woman was seen wearing a neck brace when leaving the clinic.
Preliminary report is that both vessels, 25 feet in size, were travelling in opposite directions when they collide some 500 feet from the shoreline. Thanks A Lot Two was being captained by Kebin Pech while 18 Degrees North was captained by Ernesto Bernadez. The boat licenses from both captains are being withheld while the vessels are under detention pending the outcome of the BPA’s investigation.
San Pedro Sun
Inmate dies in
SP Police Custody
Sometime around 11pm Monday night, acting upon complaints received, SP Police detained one Miguel Martinez, 32, of a San Pedrito Area address. Martinez was detained and brought to the SP Police Station and placed in a cell with four other inmates.
According to reports, Martinez was acting disorderly and apparently under the influence of alcohol. When Police made checks sometime around 5am Tuesday, they observed what appeared to be the motionless body of Martinez on the floor of the cell. After attempts at reviving him, and receiving no response, Dr. Javier Zuniga was called. Zuniga certified him dead shortly after.
San Pedro Police is conducting an investigation following the death of a detainee at the police station. While there has been no official release, the department confirmed to The San Pedro Sun that sometime around 8:00AM on Tuesday February 21st, 32 year old Miguel Martinez was found dead inside his cell. He was found by an on duty officer after he was alerted by other detainees that Martinez was motionless.
In speaking to stepfather of the deceased, Emmanuel Diego, The San Pedro Sun found out that Martinez was detained on the beach following a report. “According to Police he was detained after he was walking with a machete in his hand. The police got a call from a hotel saying that Martinez was with a machete on the beach giving trouble. The security guys from the hotel handcuff him and handed him over to the police; that was around one in the morning. They brought him here (at the station) and according to the police, they put him in a cell along with other inmates that were in there. According to them [Police], it seems that Martinez was giving trouble and was put in another cell by himself. By this morning, he [Martinez] was dead.”
Police Press Officer, Rafael Martinez explained that a detailed report would be made public following a post mortem examination but said that the deceased was certified dead shortly before 9:00PM by Dr. Javier Zuniga. Martinez’s body was observed lying on his back with a pair of handcuffs around his hands inside the cell and fully clothed. Martinez had died some two hours prior to being certified Zuniga explained.
According to Diego, while he was allowed to identify Martinez from outside of the cell, he could not notice if there was any signs of violence on the body. “The prison bars were not open so that we could have noticed what might have happened to him,” said Diego. Family members visited the station in search for answers regarding their dead relative. “I saw him Sunday, crossing the bridge and nothing was wrong with him; he seemed perfectly well. One day after, by Tuesday morning, we got a call to say he is dead,” explained a clueless Diego. While Diego did not want to speculate what might have happened, he said that the family will be anxiously awaiting the results of a post mortem, which he expects could shine some light into the death of Martinez.
After learning of the incident, Area Representative Manuel Heredia Jr. visited the station where he met in private with the Officer Commanding the San Pedro Police Formation Dennis Arnold. According to Heredia cellmates are being question to gather if there were any forms of brutality being done while Martinez was detained. “I want to ensure that the law follows its course and that the family is satisfied with the report that follows with the investigation,” explained Heredia.
Meanwhile Martinez’s body has been transferred to Belize City where a post mortem examination is expected to be conducted later this week that will determine the cause of death. According to the Police Press Officer, a detailed report will be compiled following the post mortem to ensure that there was no negligence from the police.
San Pedro Sun
Study finds 60 percent
of Belizeans overweight!
Urgent changes needed
to improve diet.
The alarming statistic that more than 60% of adult Belizeans are either overweight or clinically obese has prompted the Ministry of Health to launch a number of food-based dietary guidelines, which the ministry’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Peter Allen introduced at the House of Culture in Belize City last Friday, February 10.
Weight problems can cause a number of chronic non-communicable diseases, even fatal health conditions such as diabetes, and arteriosclerosis.
Weight problems also cause spinal injuries and even some forms of cancer.
All of these can be prevented simply through proper diet and exercise.
Minister of Health Hon. Pablo Marin found the situation totally unacceptable, and he has therefore appointed a multi-sectoral task force to draft dietary guidelines which will help Belizeans to stay in shape.
The Food and Agricultural Organization, which is at the forefront of the campaign, has helped to draft the new guidelines, which urge Belizeans to add more local fruit and vegetables to their daily diet.
These foods give the stomach and intestines more fiber and bulk on which the intestinal muscles can work and push to give regular function.
Filling up with fiber cuts down calorie intake and so reduces the likelihood of a person becoming obese (fat).
Belizeans are being urged to eat more whole grain and ground foods, since these foods help the body to control blood sugar levels, reducing the chance of diabetes, while giving a person more energy and vitality.
Limiting intake of fats, sugar and salt is very important. Avoiding fats reduces the chance of becoming overweight or too fat. Avoiding salt reduces the chance of hypertension and heart and blood vessel diseases; and avoiding sugar keeps down the calorie intake, which in turn increases the likelihood that the body will burn off any fat consumed in food.
Food can be flavored without salt by using natural seasons as much as possible in food preparation and cooking. These measures can also prevent high blood pressure, blood circulatory diseases and some forms of cancer.
Good hygiene is also important to practice when buying, storing, preparing and cooking food, to avoid diseases which may be carried in the food, such as botulism poisoning and certain parasites which affect pork.
The guidelines also encourage Belizeans to keep active and to make physical activity a part of their daily routine.
Regular exercise not only maintains good muscle tone for a more attractive appearance. It boosts your confidence and self-esteem, helps you sleep better and reduces stress, and maintains a healthy body weight to control hypertension and diabetes.
The Ministry of Health’s multi-sectoral task force includes Arlette Shepherd, John Bodden and dietician Robyn Daly of the Ministry of Health; Melissa Tucker of the Ministry of Education; Dr. Abigail MacKay and Lily Mahung of the University of Belize; Natalie Gibson of the Belize Agriculture Health Authority; Dr. Fernando Tzib of the National Food and Nutrition Security Commission; Jose Trejo of the Bureau of Standards; Jeannette Garcia of the Ministry of Economic Development and Ava Pennil of the Ministry of Human Development.
Ms. Daly, Dr. Tzib and Ms. Belizair Tucker also addressed the launching ceremony, as did the Dr. Jerome Thomas, regional representative for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
A set of keys was found last Sunday on the road between Palapa Bar and Grand Caribe. They can be claimed at the Palapa Bar by naming what's on the key ring..
Cook Off- Italian
Join Saga Humane Society Wednesday, February 22, 2012 6-9pm at Ristorante DiCaprio. ITALIAN is the theme!
Located right in the heart of San Pedro Town, on the beach, is one of the newer restaurants, Ristorante DeCaprio, our host of this months cook-off.
Italian is their specialty so this ithe perfect place to hold an ITALIAN cook-off. Asking all chefs and cooks to come out and challenge our host for the best ITALIAN dish of the night! Want to try all the dishes…only $10Bz to sample them all and vote for the winner! A family, fun-filled evening for all!
a Public and Bank Holiday
Belmopan, 14th February, 2012. Cabinet at its regular
meeting today, Tuesday, 14th February, agreed that the
Election Day, Wednesday,
7th March, 2012, be designated
as a public and bank holiday.
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