The February 10th, 2013 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • Father And Son Facing Joint Burglary Charge:
    A father and son, caught in the act of burglary, are today out on a three thousand dollar bail each after appearing in the Belmopan Court room of magistrate Linsbert Willis. The information reaching us indicated that at around 3:00 pm on Thursday, January 31, 2013, Georgeville police reportedly received an emergency call from Leopold Mai, Belizean caretaker at Maya Ranch Farm located in the village. Mai reported that two male persons, of Hispanic descent, arrived at the farm in a white pickup truck, broke the lock attached to the farm storeroom and were in the process of removing items from the building when he found them in the act.
  • Burglary in Buena Vista:
    Police are this week reporting the solving of another burglary this one in the village of Buena Vista on the outskirt of the Mennonite community of Spanish Lookout. At around 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 2, 2013, the policeman stationed in Spanish Lookout received information of a burglary in progress in Buena Vista Village. The policeman rushed to the scene where he met the complainant Ramon Coronado who told the police that his house was burglarized and that he knew who committed the crime. Armed with this information, police visited the Buena Vista home of Victor Alfonso Limas. The suspect was reportedly found in bed where he was informed of the report made against him. He was detained and transported to the sub-station in Spanish Lookout.
  • Sacred Heart College Auditorium Finally Becoming A Reality:
    After fundraising for many years Sacred Heart College has officially commenced construction of a 100X200 feet, state of the art multi-purpose facility which is expected to be completed in time for graduation in June. President of Sacred Heart College, Dr. Eve Aird, informed that reaching the ground breaking stage has been slow and painstaking. Dr. Aird informed that it took over six years to gather enough funds to start the project that is to become a major facility for sports and other social activities at Sacred Heart College. The auditorium which is estimated to cost over 2 million dollars was designed by Mr. Lennox Bradley, Chief Engineer in the Ministry of Works, himself a former student of the college. The facility will be constructed to withstand a category 4 hurricane. It will be pressed into service as a hurricane shelter. Upon completion the facility will house a grand stage for the performing arts, kitchen area and offices.
  • Theft Of Haitian Relief Funds By The Red Cross On Third Earthquake Anniversary:
    Three years ago, an international expression of caring went out to Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated the nation. Belizeans responded with open hearts, giving what they could. The major focal point in Belize for collection of donations was the Belize Red Cross despite information surfacing that the Red Cross money did not always get to where it was supposed to go. We wrote the media and called the talk shows about the The Red Cross and offering an alternative way to donate, the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund (HERF). It was founded in March 2004 by Harry Belafonte and Danny Glover and worked to address the crisis of the earthquake as well as giving concrete aid to Haiti’s grassroots democratic movement supporting the long-run development of human rights, sustainable agriculture and economic justice in Haiti.
  • Michael Flowers – Taking Complaints For The Ombudsman Office:
    I would like to take this opportunity to inform readers that over the past two years I, Michael Flowers of #16 Carmen Street, Santa Elena, Cayo, has been authorized by the Office of the Ombudsman to record and forward complaints to that office. The Ombudsman at that time, Ms. Cynthia Pitts, has since retired and a new Ombudsman in the person of Mr. Lionel Arzu was recently appointed to fill the vacant post. This letter serves to inform under the auspices of the new Ombudsman, I have been re-appointed to continue providing this service to the people in all of the three office locations where my business is operated. I consider it a great privilege to be able to assist those persons with complaints that they believe could be handled by the office of the Ombudsman.
  • Mexico Hunts Acapulco Spanish Tourist Rape Gang:
    Mexican authorities say they are determined to capture those responsible for the rape of six Spanish women near the holiday resort of Acapulco. Masked gunmen burst into a rented beach house on Monday, tied up and held at gunpoint six Spanish men as they attacked the women for several hours. A seventh woman escaped after telling the attackers she was a Mexican. Acapulco is one of Mexico's most famous beach resorts, but it has recently suffered from drug-related violence.
  • From Your Valentine:
    month of February has millions across the world presenting their loved ones with candy, flowers, chocolates and other lovely gifts. In many countries, restaurants and eateries are seen to be filled with couples who are eager to celebrate their relationship and the joy of their togetherness through delicious cuisines. There hardly seems to be a young man or woman who is not keen to make the most of the day. The reason behind all of this is a kindly cleric named Valentine who died more than a thousand years ago. It is not exactly known why the 14th of February is known as Valentine's Day or if the noble Valentine really had any relation to this day. The history of Valentine's Day is impossible to be obtained from any archive and the veil of centuries gone by has made the origin behind this day more difficult to trace. It is only some legends that are our source for the history of Valentine's Day.
  • Hemispheres: “Three Perfect Days In Belize”:
    Belize has received the prestigious honor of being featured in the February 2013 issue of the United Airlines in-flight magazine, Hemispheres. Belize was chosen for the “Three Perfect Days” article, and is also featured on the cover of the magazine. To capture the hill authentic Belizean experience, the twelve page spread features a myriad of adventures and gives readers a peek at just what sets Belize apart; the people, culture, food, and landscapes are just a snapshot of what makes Belize the ideal tourist destination. Joe Keohane and Al Argueta take readers on a journey into the heart of Central America, Belize.
  • Nine-year-old Girl In Mexico Gives Birth To Baby Girl:
    A 9-year-old girl in Mexico has given birth to a baby girl, Agence France- Presse reported Wednesday. Authorities are now hunting for the 17-year-old father in what they believe is a case of rape or sexual abuse, Mexican newspaper Milenio reported. “We are looking for the young man to get his story because she does not understand what has happened. This is a rape or child sex abuse case,” Jorge Villasenor with the state prosecutors’ office was quoted by Terra Noticias as saying. The girl, who has been identified as Dafne, was just over 8 when she got pregnant, the mother of the girl told local officials in the western state of Jalisco, AFP reported.
  • University of Belize appoints Internal Auditor:
    The Office of the President of the University of Belize, Dr. Cary Fraser is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Dudley Heredia, MBA, as Internal Auditor of the University of Belize. Mr. Heredia’s appointment will serve to strengthen the management structure within the University and his role will focus upon ensuring that there is a continuous process of evaluation of institutional performance.
  • Launching Of Belize Cancer Society San Ignacio Branch:
    The Belize cancer Society is pleased to announce the official launching of the Belize Cancer Society -San Ignacio Branch under the dynamic leadership of Mrs. Flora Usher and a team of dedicated committee members. The launch of the San Ignacio Branch is an important activity for the Cancer Society. The inauguration of the San Ignacio Branch signals to the community that the Belize Cancer Society is working to fulfill its mandate to advocate, educate, provide evidence based guidance, and promote the awareness,prevention and treatment of Cancer for the benefit of those affected and their families. The San Ignacio Branch of the Belize Cancer Society will provide opportunities to share information on lifestyle changes and services that support cancer prevention and control in Belize.
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