The January 20th, 2013 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • Belize City Youth Charged In Cayo For $15 Robbery:
    A 20 year man from Belize City was today arrested, charged and remanded to prison on a robbery charge. San Ignacio police reports that on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at about 8:15 pm Ervin Tzul, 23, Belizean Lab Technician visited the police station in San Ignacio where he reported that he was robbed a few minutes earlier while socializing with friends inside the Macal River Park in San Ignacio. The complainant informed that while inside the park the group was approached by a male person of dark complexion wearing a blue shirt with stripes and a blue pants. The man, armed with a knife, reportedly approached the complainant demanding his cellular telephone and money.
  • Increase Fee For Drivers License Is Optional:
    Paying twice the statutory fee for a drivers’ permit in the twin towns of San Ignacio/Santa Elena is optional says Mayor John August. In the face of the doubling of the statutory drivers’ license fee in the twin municipalities, the contention blew up earlier this week when, on Monday, January 14, the Ministry of Labour, Local Government, Rural Development, National Emergency Management and Immigration & Nationality, issued a public notice informing that pursuant of Statutory Instrument #182 of 2003, the legal fee for the issuance of a driver’s license is ONLY thirty Belize dollars and that drivers are not required to pay anything above the thirty dollars fee.
  • Is An Accused Drug Trafficking Policeman Shielded By The Police?:
    A police constable on interdiction for allegedly being involved in illegal activities in Belmopan City has been arrested and charged with drug trafficking after he was allegedly caught in the act. Acting upon information received at around 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 15, a team of policemen from the Benque Viejo sub-formation rushed to area near the western border station. Upon arrival they were informed that the person wearing a blue t-shirt and blue ¾ pants boarded a taxi cab heading into Benque Viejo Town.
  • Godsman C. Ellis - Is Now At Rest:
    We take this opportunity to express deepest sympathy to the Ellis family on the passing of Mr. Godsman Ellis. Mr. Ellis was indeed a pioneer in several aspect of Belizean life. He was instrumental in agriculture, tourism and the Garifuna council among several other undertakings. He lived a fruitful life. Mr. Ellis has now gone to rest. May his soul now rest in eternal peace.
  • Looking For Mr. Hilary Wade Delmar:
    I am the younger Brother of Mr. Hilary Wade Delmar. On June 12th, 2011 your paper reported on an American by the name of Hilary Wade Delmar arrested by local police. Mr. Delmar was arrested and in custody, awaiting charges for being in the possession of excess ammunition and a contraption suspected to be used for smoking marijuana.
  • Cuba Confirms 51 Cholera Cases In Havana:
    Cuba’s health ministry has confirmed a cholera outbreak in Havana with 51 people infected - the biggest incidence of the disease there in decades. An official statement said health workers had detected an increase in “acute diarrhoea” in some districts, which has been established as cholera. The source has been identified as a foodseller who caught cholera during a previous outbreak in eastern Cuba. Doctors have been going house to house in Havana areas, checking for symptoms.
  • Guatemala Shock As Two Murdered Girls Found On Street:
    Guatemalan police are investigating the murder of two girls aged six and 12 whose bodies were found dumped on a street in the capital, Guatemala City. The girls, who were wearing pyjamas, appeared to have been strangled, officials said. Police are trying to establish whether their deaths are linked to the murders of two women found with gunshot wounds in the same district. Some 700 women were killed in Guatemala in 2011, according to official figures. The bodies of the two girls were found in the early hours of Wednesday on a street in Zona 11, a southern district of Guatemala City.
  • Thank You For Your Support:
    I would like to start by saying thank you for promoting the Kontiki Family Fun Day and apologies for the tardiness of this letter. The reason for this tardiness is because in an effort to sell a few more raffle tickets we postponed the raffling date for November 30th, 2012. The purpose of this article is to thank all the kind and generous hearts who gave freely, thank you to all the people of Kontiki and surrounding areas who attended the event and all those who contributed to make this day a success.
  • Early HIV Drugs 'Slow Virus Down':
    Giving a patient HIV drugs as soon as they are diagnosed could be the future of treatment, say researchers. Currently, antiretroviral therapy is given only once the immune system has been seriously weakened by infection. A trial, in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that a year-long course of therapy after diagnosis helped preserve the immune system and keep the virus in check. It is thought that early treatment may also reduce the spread of HIV.
  • New Belize High Commissioner to Canada Meets Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper:
    His Excellency Nestor Mendez, Ambassador of Belize to the United States of America and Permanent Representative of Belize to the Organization of American States, yesterday presented his Letter of Introduction to the Right Honorable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, accrediting him as Belize’s High Commissioner to Canada. The meeting took place in the Office of the Prime Minister in Ottawa, Canada, where High Commissioner Mendez discussed with the Canadian leader issues of prominence in the Belize -Canada bilateral relationship. During his visit to Canada, High Commissioner Mendez also met and had discussions with senior officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, officials of the Department of National Defense, and representatives of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
  • Venezuela Vice President Faces Leadership Test:
    As ailing President Hugo Chavez's successor, Vice President Nicolas Maduro is in charge. But he faces hurdles in solidifying support in a post-Chavez Venezuela.
  • Lance Armstrong: How It Feels To Lose Faith In Your Favourite Sport:
    Bitter, angry, disappointed, but hopeful. As a lifelong cycling fan, that’s how I feel after Lance Armstrong’s confession - and now that, maybe, a line can be drawn under years of lies and deceit. Imagine how you would feel if you discovered that the there had been so much cheating at such a high level across the sport you love, that a decade’s worth of results could no longer be relied upon. What would you think if the sport could no longer say with any great certainty who had won the Premiership, or the World Cup? That is effectively what has happened in cycling.
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