Monday, November 8, 2010

UPDATE on stabbing incident

Lionel Pinelo

New information in the Lionel Pinelo case have surfaced. Our sources within the police department reveal that Pinelo was initially involved in an argument that had ensued at the Los Compadres bar, to which the police department was called and responded.
Upon reaching the establishment, our sources inform, the argument was calmed. Afterwards, Mr. Pinelo left the establishment and went out to town. This incident reportedly occurred at around 9:30pm.
At around 11:30pm a second group of individuals were reportedly involved in another argument around the same area, also involving Mr. Pinelo. Information reaching our offices are that Mr. Pinelo was on a golf cart with four other individuals driving by a nearby establishment in the Boca Del Rio area. They saw three young men standing in front of the establishment. A bottle was thrown towards the direction of the golf cart.
As quickly as this happened, the driver of the golf cart stopped and reversed. Seeing that there were only three young men standing in front of the establishment, the five guys on the golf cart took this as an opportunity to retaliate and an argument ensued.
Unbeknownst to the passengers of the golf cart, there were an additional four young men inside the establishment, who quickly joined the three standing outside when the argument commenced. During the altercation, 24 year old Lionel Pinelo was stabbed once to the upper left rib cage. He was transported to Belize City where he succumbed to his injuries.
Police initially detained seven individuals in relation to the case. Two were released, and the other five are being detained pending the outcome of the investigation. Responsible parties are looking at charges of Murder and Conspiracy to commit Murder. A formal charge is expected by Tuesday November 9th.

Memorial Invitation

Everyone is invited to come celebrate the life of
Maria Antonia Plaza Gomez
Tuesday @ 3:00pm

Old Football Field Revitalization Project Consultation

Old Football Field Revitalization Project Consultation
Tonight (Mon. Nov. 8th)
7:00 PM
Lions Den

This consultation meeting is being hosted by the International Development Bank and the San Pedro Town Council.

Hon Pablo Marin wins prestigious UN Award

Minister of Health wins prestigious UN Award
for Excellence in Public Service
-Press Release - Belmopan - November 8th, 2010 - The Ministry of Health is pleased and proud to inform the public that the Americas Award for Excellence in Public Service Jury Committee has announced the selection of the Honourable Pablo Marin, Minister of Health of Belize, as the Americas Award 2010 Laureate in the category “Improvement of Maternal Health”.
In a letter from Mr. Jose Ignacio Gonzalez, the Executive Director of CIFAL Atlanta, Minister Marin was informed that “the Jury Committee selected him for his Ministry’s Maternal and Child Health Program, which has facilitated a health care environment where there is an improved access, coverage and quality of basic care for mothers and children”.
The Americas Award honours remarkable public officials from the Americas who have contributed to the economic and social development of our societies and have achieved tangible progress towards the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Americas Award is a joint initiative of the United Nations and CIFAL Atlanta, with the support of the Carter Center, the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Metropolis International Institute.
Minister Pablo Marin will be honoured at the Americas Award 2010 ceremony. This will be held within the framework of the Americas Competitiveness Forum on November 15th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta. The special ceremony will be hosted by US Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and US Assistant Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela. Over 1,000 leaders including Heads of State, cabinet members, governors, mayors and business leaders from the Americas will attend the ceremony.
The Ministry extends its congratulations to the Honourable Minister for his leadership and to the staff of the Ministry of Health who have made this remarkable achievement possible.
(CIFAL Atlanta is a not-for-profit organization affiliated with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, UNITAR. CIFAL’s mission is to build capacity in governments across the Western Hemisphere).

Mr. Belize 2010

Every year, body builders from across the country vigorously train to compete in Belize’s annual Body Building Competition. This year is no different, and two San Pedro resident body builders, Edwin Ramirez and Cindy Ayala were slated to make an appearance in this year’s competition.
Edwin Ramirez was up for the Mr. Belize body building title. He previously held the title in 2008, and lost it to Mr. Dion Danderson in 2009. This year, he once again laid claim to the title when he was named Mr. Belize 2010.
Edwin informed The San Pedro Sun that he has been lifting weight since he was 19 years old, and was introduced to the sport by long time friend Mr. Andrew Godoy. Edwin fell in love with the sport and started competing professionally in the year 2000. Since then, he has had the opportunity to represent Belize in several Central American Games, the last of which was held in El Salvador, where he placed 2nd in the Body Building Competition in 2008. Apart from this, Edwin holds 3 gold medals, 3 silver and 1 bronze, medals he gained through competition in the Central American Games through the years 2000 to 2005.
This year there were no other female "competitors", and as a result Cindy joined the other ladies in a body building exhibition. She hopes that her participation will have inspired ladies in the country to step up to the plate and compete in next year’s competition.
Edwin also takes this opportunity to thank Marina’s Store, Brad’s Boledo, Roberto Castillo from Castle Carts, Captain Morgan’s and of course the San Pedro Fitness Center for their generous sponsorship.