The June 9th, 2013 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • Three Weed Arrests In Benque:
    records the seizure of over 15 hundred grams of marijuana in three drug operations resulting in the arrest of three male Hispanic persons. In the first incident, acting upon information received, at around 6:00 am on Friday, May 30, Benque Viejo police conducted a search at the residence of Jose Israel Zetina in Arenal Village. The search resulted in the discovery of 60 grams of weed. Zetina was consequently arrested and charged for drug trafficking. He appeared in the Benque Viejo Town courtroom of magistrate Hurl Hamilton where he pled guilty to the drug trafficking charge. He was ordered and paid the imposed one thousand dollar fine.
  • Security Guard Shoots San Ignacio Man:
    A man allegedly under the influence of alcohol was shot by the security guard posted at Roses Chinese Store and Restaurant in San Ignacio. The police reports that on Sunday, June 2, 2013, at around 9:15 pm an emergency 911 call was received requesting police assistance at Roses Restaurant located on the George Price Highway on the western outskirts of San Ignacio Town. Upon arrival the police encountered a creole decent male person suffering from three gunshot wounds, one each to both legs just above both knees and the third to the upper arm. The injured man was identified as Rupert Rowland, 24, Belizean laborer of a San Ignacio Town address. Rowland was placed in the police vehicle and rushed to the San Ignacio Community Hospital.
  • Step Father Convicted of Assaulting and Wounding Girl:
    Seven months after he was charged and pled not guilty on aggravated assault of an indecent nature and wounding his step daughter, Rosabel Mancia was today found guilty of both charges and sent to jail. The incident stems from an October 31, 2012 report made by the fifteen year old step daughter of the 35 year old Salvadoran convict of a Santa Cruz address in Santa Elena Town. The girl told the police that at around 10:30 one night five days prior to making the report, Mancia entered her room and punched her in the face while she was sitting on her bed. She told the police that since the incident she has been suffering from nose bleed.
  • Is It Double Standards, Indiscipline or Just Plain Arrogance?:
    Contributed Article; I am unable to say what happens in other parts of the country but in our community I can, with all authority, say that there certainly exist double standards in terms of law enforcement. Is it actually double standards or is it really a display of indiscipline or maybe even utter contempt for those who supervise them or, heaven forbids, total incompetence on they part of those who supervise them? The matter at hand is the enforcement of the law as it pertains to the wearing of helmet by motorcyclists. The sighting of a traffic warden writing a traffic violation ticket as he stands beside a non-helmet wearing motorcyclist, is regularly seen.
  • Suspected Drunk Boy Crash In Front Of Police Station:
    Of all the places to crash, a 17 year boy, suspected to be drunk, drove the vehicle he was driving into the street light pole in front of the police station in San Ignacio. At around 1:30 on the morning of Sunday, June 2, the policeman working the front desk inside the station heard a loud crashing noise and upon stepping out of the station he saw a vehicle crashed into the street light pole at the corner of Buena Vista Street and King Street. Bleeding from an injury to the nose, sitting behind the steering wheel of the extensively damaged blue Toyota Tacoma truck, was a young male person with the strong aroma of alcohol on his breath. Sitting next to the driver was another male person also bleeding from injuries suspected to have been caused by glass particles from the shattered windshield.
  • Doctors and Nurses benefit from Advance Training in Gynecology:
    Doctors of the U.S. Military Air Force – New Horizons 2013 and Midwives from Project HOPE also of the U.S. held a two day training session in Advance Life Support In Obstetrics last month in Dangriga Town. The training had the participation of 29 specialists in Gynecology and Obstetrics from the Northern, Western and Southern Regions as well as Medical Officers, Nurses Midwives and Front Line workers in Obstetrics. At the opening of the training, an overview presentation was done on theMaternal and Child Health Program. Training on specific subject areas included Post Partum Hemorrhage, Interruption of Delivery, Assisted Delivery – Use of a Vacuum, Monitoring of Labour and Interpretation of Monitoring graph, Maternal Resuscitation and Emergency C-section. Communication techniques between doctors and nurses in times of an emergency was part of the training where alarm codes and courtesies were highlighted. The training also had a practical section where the trainees worked with mannequins and flow charts.
  • Dentist rewarded at Annual Dental Workshop:
    The Dental Department, Ministry of Health in partnership with San Cas Group of Companies and Wrigley’s ORBIT brand conducted the Annual Dental Workshop in San Pedro Town from May 16th to 18th, 2013 under the theme: “Brush and Floss Every Day to Keep Cavities Away.” According to Senior Dental Health Surgeon, Dr. Raphael Samos, the objectives of the workshop were to review the action plan of the Department and to discuss future activities.
  • Advice on Smoke from Bush Fires:
    The Ministry of Health advises the General Public that due to recent sustained bush fires around the country there is a risk for vulnerable individuals of over exposure to smoke. The smoke associated with these bush fires has the potential to irritate eyes and cause breathing problems. Individuals with chronic lung conditions and asthma are advised to avoid areas with intense smoke. Use a masks or wet rags if you cannot avoid the smoke. Persons with chronic lung conditions in general and asthma in particular are advised to have medication on hand and are also reminded to go to the nearest health facility for respiratory support if needed. Special attention must be given to the elderly and very young.
  • MOH Partners with Peace Corps:
    The Ministry of Health will partner with Peace Corp Belize to conduct a workshop on Maternal, Newborn and Child health (MCH) including sessions on non-communicable disease (NCDs) to be held later this month. The main purpose of the workshop will be to ensure technical sessions on MCH and NCDs, to provide agency and country specifics on the work that Peace Corp will do within communties in Belize alongside HECOPAB Community health workers and also to assist Peace Corps Belize to adapt and integrate the language and technical content for Pre-Service training.
  • Matron Roberts Polyclinic held successful Annual Health Fair:
    Matron Roberts Polyclinic II in collaboration with the Health Education and Community Participation Bureau (HECOPAB), Central Health Region, and others partners in health organized its Annual Health Fair and Wellness Activities at the Matron Roberts Polyclinic II grounds on May 24th, 2013 under the theme, “Your Health, Your Life, Act Now.” Visitors had the opportunity to learn more and take advantage of Primary Care services at the grounds. These included outpatient services, maternal and child health services, nutrition and wellbeing, dental health services and mental health services.
  • Official Result Of The 2 June 2013 Village Council Elections:
  • Codd’s Drugstore Allegedly Robbed:
    The sales clerk from Codd’s Drugstore in Santa Elena reported to police that the store was robbed by a barefaced man. Hilda Zometa, the sales clerk, told the police that she was behind the counter inside Codd’s Drugstore located next to A&R Store on the George Price Highway in Santa Elena when at around 7:00 pm on Friday, May 31, 2013, a man entered the store, pointed a gun at her, demanded money and made off with almost 900 dollars. In the statement to the police the clerk reported that the robber, allegedly posing as a customer, entered the drugstore at around 7:00 pm and requested a bottle of antibiotics.
  • The Blue Hole - Nominated for the "8th Wonder of the World":
    The Belize Tourism Board is elated to announce the submission of Belize's Great Blue Hole, as the "8th Wonder of the World", a title which can only be achieved with your help!
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