Today's Belize News: August 18, 2019

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Today's Belize News: August 18, 2019 - 08/18/19 12:38 PM


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The San Pedro Sun

Clarification of Enlisted Soldiers Increment Adjustment
The Ministry of National Security hereby clarifies some false information that has been circulated regarding increment adjustment for enlisted soldiers. In May of this year, the Ministry announced that an exercise was completed to correct an anomaly in the yearly increments for Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Privates of the Belize Defence Force (BDF) which took effect on June 1, 2019. As was indicated in that release, the adjustment provided for a slight increase in most cases for the serving enlisted members of the BDF.

The Importance of blood drives
Blood drives are held by the Belize Red Cross every three months around the country via its local branches to collect the vital liquid and have it available for any emergencies at the blood bank in Belize City. A pint of blood can save up to three lives when a transfusion is imperative, and additional blood may be needed after surgery. On Ambergris Caye, the local chapter of the Red Cross is very active throughout the year, but in recent drives, they have observed a decline in the collection of blood, leading to the depletion of the current reserves.

Honoring the memory of Mr. Winston Franklin Panton
After an arduous battle with cancer, Mr. Winston Franklin Panton passed away on Friday, August 2nd. Mr. Panton was a beloved member of the San Pedro community, having integrated himself in the island life just as he had served the country for decades. The San Pedro Sun extends sincerest condolences to all his family and friends, and we join in mourning the loss of a good man, a father, husband, son, friend and mentor. We remember Panton as an intelligent, soft-spoken gentleman who had vast knowledge of a variety of subjects. Primarily known as the go-to weatherman during times of hurricanes and storms, The San Pedro Sun was fascinated to learn more and featured him in one of our popular “Our Community” columns.

SPBE’s plans for proposed beachfront water taxi terminal continues to face rejection
After acquiring the property formerly known as Ruby’s Hotel in downtown San Pedro in December 2018, the San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi (SPBE) revealed that they had plans of building a large beachfront water taxi terminal in front of the hotel. The water taxi company is currently operating from the Municipal Dock, and is anticipating its relocation as soon as the terminal is built. However, this idea has not been well received by many islanders, including businesses and even The San Pedro Town Council (SPTC). They believe the size of the project is not suitable for the location, given the fact that it is near a primary school, and will add to the already congested area in downtown while affecting neighbors and businesses.

The BTB and BHA award scholarships to ten outstanding Belizean students
Ten outstanding Belizean students received scholarship awards from the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the Belize Hotel Association (BHA) during a joint award ceremony held at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City on Wednesday, August 14th. This year’s BTB scholarship recipients include Glenroy Godwin, Fermin Espinoza, Adali Espinoza and San Pedro’s Roney Espinoza, who will pursue their Bachelor’s Degrees at the University of Belize and Hugh Rodney Hulse who will pursue a Culinary Degree at Stratford University in the United States of America.

Various Belizean Sources


Witzil Hi' Family Farm
A magical place I love visiting is called Witzil Hi' Family Farm; it is located in the beautiful village of San Antonio, Toledo! Over the past 15 years, my colleague Eugenio Ah has done remarkable work developing his farm into a gem. The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking; the coffee is heart warming; the meals cooked over fire hearth is comforting; the hammock swings are soothing; the birds are melodious; the micro-climate is cool; the river is so refreshing; and Eugenio's family is great company. Eugenio has a deep connection to nature, which is evident; he eagerly shares insights into his farming practice – agroecology. Eugenio has welcomed the likes of Senator Osmany Salas, yours truly, local and international visitors.

Prime Minister Barrow Departs on Medical Leave
The Office of the Prime Minister informs the public that the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow departed the country today, August 17th, 2019 to attend a follow-up medical appointment in Cuba. During the Prime Minister’s absence, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber will act as Prime Minister. The Prime Minister will return on Sunday, August 25th, 2019.

Channel 5

Death of 9 year old Danielle Hall
San Ignacio police are investigating the death of 9 year old Danielle Hall. Details leading to the girl’s death are sketchy and strange at this time. Reports are that her father was called to their house in Unitedville on Friday morning where he found his wife in a frantic state. Danielle was seen lifeless and quickly rushed to the Loma Luz Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

The Reporter

Multiple Personalities, ONE GOAL
edical triage is a process in which patients are prioritized based on their immediate need for emergency medical attention. To break this down a little, it is the categorizing of patients based on how quickly they can become complicated and die. In medicine time is very important.

Chopping Death in Hope Creek Village
Police say that the fatal chopping in Hope Creek Village, Stann Creek was the result of a dispute between two men at a bar in the village sometime before midnight last night.

STRANGE – Child Dies Suddenly in Mother’s Presence in Cayo
San Ignacio Police are investigating the sudden death of a little girl, age 8, on Friday, August 16th. The child’s father, reported to Police that he got a call around 11:00 am, at his work, urging him to report home because his wife was breaking up things inside the house.

National Butane Company to Reduce Costs to Consumers
The House of Representatives met in Belmopan on Friday and one of the Bills tabled was for a National Liquefied Petroleum Gas Project. This is a proposal by a slew of Belizean investors – mostly PUPs – to have a National Gas Company that will be a public/private sector partnership.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Prime Minister leaves country for medical appointment
Prime Minister Dean Barrow left the country today for a follow-up medical appointment for his lower back problem in Cuba. […]

Sargassum hits Belize hard
For the fifth consecutive year, influxes of sargassum seaweed have begun piling up on beach fronts in major tourist destinations in Belize. Breaking Belize News has confirmed that beaches in Placencia are now covered with the seaweed, which emits a putrid odor when it begins to decompose. […]

Accused rapists granted bail
Devin “DJ Perf” Peyrefitte, 24, and 21-year-old Denzel Usher are out on bail after a charge of rape laid against them earlier this week. Their attorneys, Albertha Perez, and Emerita Anderson, made bail petitions on their behalf before Justice Herbert Lord yesterday. […]

Police hid cop accused of rape after being granted Supreme Court bail
Police Constable Hernan Milian, attached to the San Ignacio Police Formation is out on bail for eight counts of unlawful sexual intercourse for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl from that jurisdiction. […]

Child dies under mysterious circumstances
A little girl who just completed Standard 1 died last night under very mysterious circumstances in Unitedville, Cayo district. Details are sketchy but villagers confirm to BBN that the child’s mother was at home in Unitedville, Cayo acting ‘strangely’, breaking up things in the house and rolling frantically on the floor. It is alleged that the woman was ‘demon possessed’. […]

Department of Environment calls Public Meeting to discuss Issues Affecting the New River
The Department of the Environment (DOE) will be hosting a public meeting to present information on issues affecting the New River and to give the public the opportunity to voice their concerns on the matter. […]

Body found in Hope Creek
A body was found minutes ago in Hope Creek, Stann Creek. According to reports, the body found was observed to be a man with cut wounds to his neck. […]


Fly Fishing Camp Life on Ambergris Caye
Things are slowing down on Ambergris Caye – the sun feels hotter, the air more humid and tourists are starting to wane. I spent a few days at “the camp” this week – my home away from home. We had a group of 6 visiting from Costa Rica – guys who do A LOT of fishing down there. In rivers, in the Pacific and they were all blown away by the gorgeous flats of Ambergris Caye. And while I STILL know little to nothing about fishing – you’d think I would have picked up SOMETHING during my 4 years hanging out at Cayo Frances…I do love…just hanging out. And taking pictures of course.

International Sourcesizz

Forecasters monitoring multiple areas near US for tropical development
While tropical storm formation is not anticipated over the Atlantic and eastern Pacific oceans in the near future, the area near Central America may become a breeding ground for tropical activity during the week of Aug. 18-25, 2019. "Wind shear has been quite extensive across the Atlantic basin the past few weeks and is, in part, one of the reasons why we have not seen any tropical storm development across the Atlantic Basin since mid-July with Barry," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski. "Long-range forecasts show less extensive shear but still enough to cause problems with westward-moving tropical waves, or disturbances, during the next week or so," Kottlowski said. Meanwhile, over Central America, patches of heavy rain and thunderstorms will continue to gather as a large slowly-spinning, non-tropical storm, called a gyre, develops this weekend and into early next week. "Areas from Colombia to southern Mexico will be trouble spots for flash flooding and mudslides into next week due to the uptick in the downpours," Kottlowski said.


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