The February 3rd, 2013 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • No Arrest Yet In The Murder of Steven Valencia:
    An arrest is yet to be made in the shooting death of Steven Valencia, 40, who was fatally shot inside his home at around 8:30 pm on the night of Friday, January 25, 2013. San Ignacio police reports receiving the 911 call from the victim himself who reportedly told police that an intruder was at his back door trying to break it down. Valencia reportedly stayed on the telephone with the officer right up until he was fatally shot and killed by the intruder. While the police rushed to the scene, valuable time was lost as they mistakenly wasted time checking the Pasadita Bar located across the street from Valencia’s residence. By the time the police rushed over to the right location it was too late as they came upon the lifeless body of Steven Valencia, face downwards, in a large pool of blood, on the floor inside his bedroom.
  • Canadian Man Allegedly Falls To Death Inside Police Cell:
    As the police investigate the police, it is reported that an internal investigation has been ordered into the circumstances leading to the death of a Canadian national detained by San Ignacio police. Acting on a report received at around 10:30 pm on Saturday, January 26, of a suspected dead body on the ground in the Savannah Area, near the Welcome Center in San Ignacio, a team of policemen rushed to the scene where they encountered a male Caucasian laying face down on the ground. The man was aroused by the police and, with the high aroma of alcoholic beverage coupled with his inability to stand on his own, was suspected to have been in high state of drunkenness.
  • Laid To Rest Master John Pinelo Sr.:
    It is with profound sadness that we join the community, and indeed the nation, in the expression of sincere condolences as we record the passing of a trade union giant, career teacher and principal, loving father, brother, uncle and true friend, Master John Pinelo Sr., MBE. After battling with cancer for several years, the 64 year old former President of the Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) passed away quietly at home in San Ignacio on Saturday, January 26, 2013. John Pinelo was born in Trapiche, Santa Elena, Cayo on November 24, 1948. He attended Santa Elena RC School and started teaching as a Pupil Teacher in 1964.
  • Food For Thought - "To ICJ or Not to ICJ?":
    The question that will be put to Belizeans in the Referendum this October is whether or not to take the still unresolved Belize-Guatemala dispute to the International Court of Justice for resolution. October seems a bit far down the road to some, but just around the corner to others. Somewhat like the threat of Guatemalan military invasion. For many older people, this was just a moment ago. To the younger generation? Ancient history. Something they themselves have no first-hand experience with. But while the historical animosity and failed attempts at diplomatic resolution form part of the collective historical memory for all adult Belizeans, ultimately it will be the ability, or inability, of the older heads to put the territorial dispute to rest. No matter the outcome, this will be our legacy to our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all future generations.
  • The World Trike Tour Reached Belize!:
    On July 21, 2012 the German adventurers Andreas Zmuda and his partner Doreen Kroeber began there 100,000 miles trip around the world in a three-wheel, weight-shift ultralight plane, a kind of "flying motorbike", aim to set seven world records! There trip is planned to last approximately four years before landing in Sydney on August 31st, 2016. They will cross five continents, 74 countries and three oceans. Right now they make a brief stop till middle of February at Central Farm airstrip in Cayo and Placencia before flying to Honduras. Difficult weather conditions, delays caused by flat tires, a broken radio and long maintenance times have made every day and stage a new adventure. The traveling duo will document their four-year journey in their blog with detailed reports and photos with help from close-to-theaction 3-D cameras on the trike's wings. The trike can also be tracked on their website, Trike- Globetrotter.com.
  • Bidding Farewell To A Friend By A Colleague And Friend:
    BY: Mr. George Frazer, Colleague Educator and Trade Unionist. We are gathered here today-family, past and present educators, trade union leaders, members, sympathizers and friends to celebrate the Life, memory, achievements and contributions of our dear departed Brother, the late, John Pinelo Sr., husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend; a humble, dedicated and great leader…who has inspired and touched many of our lives for the better and who has impacted many positive changes in the education and trade union system and movement of Belize and even beyond. John was a true, committed, visionary and fearless leader; a dedicated, loving and trusted familyman and friend, who, many times, went beyond the call of duty, even at great, personal sacrifice and that of his family to see and get things done.
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