Re: The (Cayo) Star Newspaper is online
03/11/13 03:26 PM
03/11/13 03:26 PM
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The March 10th, 2013 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE
This Week's Stories:
- Two Villagers Beaten In Separate Incidents In Unitedville:
Two male persons have been
detained as the search continues for
another two comprising a group of
four young men suspected to have
attacked and injured two men in
separate incidents in the western
village of Unitedville on the George
Price Highway in the Cayo District.
In the first reported incident,
Unitedville resident Rosa Macharro
reported to the police that she was at
home at around 8:30 pm on Sunday,
March 3, 2013, when her husband,
Miguel Macharro, arrived at home
in a taxi from a trip to Guatemala City.
The husband was reportedly
unlocking the gate to enter the yard
when he was approached by a group
of four young men one of whom is
said to have asked him for a dollar.
He reportedly ignored the request and
this was when he was allegedly
attacked with sticks and a machete
by the group.
- The UDP Getting
Stronger And Stronger:
As this year’s round of village
council elections draw nearer, the
number of supporters seeking to
contest these elections for the United
Democratic Party (UDP) is growing
This new phenomenon has resulted
in the Party having to conduct an
unprecedented number of conventions
across the country.
Two recent such conventions were
held over the past two consecutive
weekends in the western villages of
San Antonio in the Cayo Central
Constituency and the other in the
village of San Jose Succotz in the
Cayo West Constituency.
In the San Antonio convention
which was held between 9:00 am and
4:00 pm on Sunday, February 24, an
astonishing 601 villagers, of the 972
registered voters on the voters list for
the village, flocked to the polls to cast
their votes for one of two candidates
seeking to contest the upcoming
elections as the UDP Chairman
candidate for their Village.
- First historic National
Communication System installed:
For the first time, the
Ministry of Health has
established a National Communications
System to network
with the Public health providers
across the country. Enhanced
communications have already
been established between
Northern Regional Hospital,
Southern Regional Hospital and
Central Health Region since its
installation last month.
This system will support
real-time reporting and communication
from incident site
directly to the Emergency
Operating Center (EOC) at the
headquarters in Belmopan. It
will also be useful during
possible electricity downtime
during disasters or emergencies.
- Third Cohort of Field Epidemiology
Training Program commences:
The Ministry of Health has
commenced on the third cohort
in a basic level course in Field
Epidemiology Training Program
(FETP) for participants
including, Public Health
Inspectors, Public Health
Nurses, Laboratory Technicians
and Medical officers of the
Ministry and from the Belize
Objectives of the program
include building capacity for
front line responders in
the detection, surveillance,
response, analysis and prevention
associated with high
priority public health problems.
- Nutrition Unit conducts training to
improve Dietary Services at Hospitals:
In an effort to improve on
Dietary Services within the
regional and district hospitals
across the country, the Nutrition
Unit of the Ministry hosted a
Dietary training session at
Southern Regional Hospital
Kitchen with cooks, dietary aides
and dietary supervisors to improve on the quality of food
preparation in hospitals.
During a short theory session,
participants were educated
on specialized diets and the
importance of nutrition care and
the quality of foods served at
patients. A practical session was
conducted in the preparation of
nine commonly used recipes.
These recipes included Corn,
Oatmeal, Squash and Rice
Porridges, whole wheat Johnny
cakes and tortillas, soy milk and
preparing herbal seasonings
- World Cancer Day 2013:
A Cancer Symposium was held
at the Bliss Center in observation
of World Cancer Day celebrated
globally February 4th. It was a
night of facts, statistics and
In the Caribbean, Central and
South America, cancer remains as
the second leading cause of death.
Dr, Francis Morey, National
Tuberculosis Coordinator, at
the Minstry was among the
presenters featured that night at
the symposium. He mentioned
that in Belize more than 10%
of annual deaths are related to
cancer. During the 5 year period,
2007-2011, there were a total of
857 cancer deaths and almost half
of these occurred in persons less than 65 years of age.
- PROTECT OUR RIVERS AND
WATERSHEDS!!! WATER FOR LIFE, NOT
BELPO joins with groups from
countries around the world in
celebrating International Day of
Action For Rivers on 14 March.The
aim on this Day of Action for Rivers
is to bring awareness about the
importance of our rivers to our lives.
BELPO’s struggle against
destructive dams and the current
model of water and energy
management is a struggle against a
social order that puts profits before
people. BELPO rejects the spread
of dam projects that threaten
our rivers and the downstream
communities; BELPO rejects the
promotion of intensive mineral and oil
exploitation in our watersheds.
Every year BELPO joins millions
across the world to celebrate
victories such as river restoration, dam
removal and theprohibition of the
building of dams. It is a day to
educate one another about the threats
facing our rivers, and learn about
better water and energy solutions.
Above all, it is a day to unite – by
acting together, we demonstrate that these issues are not merely local, but
global in scope.
- Relocation Of Gang Members:
I am honoured to express my
perspective, through your renowned
newspaper, about the situation
whereby the Government has
decided to relocate some gang
members of Belize City. As a
concerned citizen of Belize, I hope
to shed some light on the
absurd distribution of numerous,
dangerous gang members across our
On January 8, 2013, a massacre
was committed in the heart of a gang
territory known as George Street.
This unfortunate incident caused the
citizens of Belize, especially Belize
City, to become afraid assuming that
the George Street Gang (GSG) would
respond to this incident by terrorising
civilians. As a result, the Government
had a meeting with the gang members.
Among all the solutions found to
alleviate this situation, the one that
struck me the most, was the idea of
relocating gang members.
- Hugo Chavez's Body To Stay On Display In Venezuela:
The body of the late Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez is to be
embalmed and put on display after his
funeral, Vice-President Nicolas
The decision reflects the huge
crowds queuing to pay their respects
in Caracas, where he is lying in state.
Mr Chavez's body will be moved
to a military museum after the state
funeral on Friday, Mr Maduro said.
Hugo Chavez, who led Venezuela
for 14 years, died on Tuesday after a
long battle with cancer.
More than two million mourners
have already filed past his body at
the military academy in Caracas,
queuing for hours to see him lying in state.
- Brazil's Bruno Fernandes Jailed
Over Ex-lover's Murder:
Brazilian football star Bruno
Fernandes has been given a 22-year
prison sentence for ordering the
murder of a former girlfriend.
He was also found guilty of hiding
the body of Eliza Samudio and
kidnapping their baby son in 2010.
The ex-Flamengo goalkeeper
admitted to knowing that Ms Samudio
had been strangled and her remains
fed to dogs, but denied ordering the
He said two other defendants in the
case carried out the murder.
The murder has attracted intense
media interest in Brazil where it has
been compared to the OJ Simpson
trial in the US.
Fernandes, who was hugely popular
with fans, had been tipped to play
for Brazil in the 2014 Fifa World Cup
- Convention on International Trade in
Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora:
It is difficult to put on paper the
beauty of watching the sun rise over
the ocean while heading out to sea for
a day on the water. I have seen
Belize’s extensive biodiversity while
snorkeling off of the cayes, including
a variety of sharks and stingrays. The
United States and Belize have long
worked hand in hand to protect our
natural heritage, especially in the sea.
Sharks and manta rays are
important to ocean ecosystems, and
the United States is concerned about
the conservation status of species
that are increasingly affected by
international trade. These species are
all biologically vulnerable to
overexploitation, as a long-lived,
low productivity species. The
Convention on International Trade in
Endangered Species of Wild Fauna
and Flora (CITES) is a valuable tool
to address the threats posed by
unsustainable global trade in shark
and manta ray parts and products,
including fins, meat, and gill plates.
- Carlos Slim Tops Forbes Rich List For Fourth Year:
Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim has
topped Forbes magazine's list of the
world's richest billionaires for a fourth
The magazine estimates that Mr
Slim, whose business interests range
from telecommunications to construction,
is worth $73bn (£49bn).
He is followed by Microsoft
founder Bill Gates on $67bn.
Famed investor Warren Buffett
has dropped back to fourth place, with
third spot going to Amancio Ortega,
the founder of the Zara fashion chain.
Record profits, and a resulting surge
in the share price of the holding
company Inditex that he owns, has
propelled Mr Ortega from fifth place,
leapfrogging Mr Buffett.
- Processed Meat 'Early Death' Link:
Sausages, ham, bacon and other
processed meats appear to increase
the risk of dying young, a study of half
a million people across Europe
It concluded diets high in processed
meats were linked to cardiovascular
disease, cancer and early deaths.
The researchers, writing in the
journal BMC Medicine, said salt and
chemicals used to preserve the meat
may damage health.
The British Heart Foundation
suggested opting for leaner cuts of meat.
The study followed people from 10
European countries for nearly 13
years on average.
It showed people who ate a lot of
processed meat were also more likely
to smoke, be obese and have other
behaviours known to damage health.
However, the researchers said even
after those risk factors were
accounted for, processed meat still
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