The July 6, 2014 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • Witnessing The Passing Of A Generation:
    It’s with profound sadness that we record the passing of two well known Santa Elena women, Mrs. Pricilla Cruz Wiltshire and Mrs. Martha Oralia Waight. Mrs. Pricilla, better known as “Ma Pris” was born on November 14, 1936. She passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Ma Pris is survived by her husband, Cecil Wiltshire; daughters: Jacqueline and Janell as well as Sandra "Tosh" Lanza. Sons: Lyndon "Peels" and Dion Wiltshire; brothers David Cruz of Belmopan and George Frazer ( BNTU Secretary General); one sister, Dorothy Frazer-Garbutt. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and many and friends. A wake will be held on Friday, 4 July at the Wiltshire Residence on Zaiden Street in Santa Elena. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 6 at 2:00 pm at the Nazarene Church in San Ignacio. She will be laid to rest inside the Carmen Memorial Cemetery in Santa Elena.
  • There Is A New Police Chief In Town:
    Recently promoted Superintendent of Police, Dinsdale Timothy Thompson is the new Commander of the San Ignacio Police Detachment. Supt. Thompson is a 29 year veteran and former Chaplin of the Police Department. He is no stranger to the community as he had, just a few years ago, served as the Deputy Commander of the detachment he now commands. Dinsdale Thompson joined the Police Department in October 1985. He has served in various branches at Eastern Division in Belize City as well as in Belmopan. He first arrived in San Ignacio in 2008 as an Inspector of Police second in command of the formation where he served for two years. He was transferred to Benque Viejo Town in 2010 where he took over full command from now retired Superintendent of Police Mrs. Louise Willis.
  • Editorial: Are You A Hater Or Are You A Lover?:
    As we journey through this life and witness the passing of that generation just before ours, we begin to realize just how short this life is. Why are we not more loving to each other? Why do we spend time hating and harming one another? In the natural course of life, we have come to accept the passing of our mothers and our fathers, this tells us that the next generation on the way out is ours. Our children are now having children, this makes us grandparents, our children’s children will soon be having children, this makes us great grandparents. Do you honestly believe that you will be around to see your children’s, children’s, children’s having children? The unstoppable passing of your generation is at hand.
  • New Chairmanship At BNE Trust:
    The Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust announces the appointment of Government’s Representative, Alberto August, as its new Chairman. The Trust is a partnership between the Government of Belize and the Belize Natural Energy Limited. The board of Trustees comprises six members, three appointed by the Government of Belize and three appointed by the Belize Natural Energy Limited. In accordance with the Trust Deed, signed on February 25, 2008, the Chairmanship of the Trust rotates every two years. Chairman August took over from outgoing BNE Representative, Daniel Gutierez, when the BNE Chairmanship expired on June 6. Apart from the change in chairmanship all six members of the Trust remain unchanged with Alberto August, Elodio Aragon Jr., and Ismael Requena representing the Government of Belize along with Daniel Gutierez, Melanie Escalante and Alan Gobie representing BNE Limited.
  • Nine San Ignacio Police Promoted:
    The confirmed list of promotions within the Non Commissioned rank of the Belize Police Department is now out with the San Ignacio detachment getting its fair share of promotions. Today the team of nine, comprising seven policemen and two policewomen, traveled to the national academy in Belmopan for the dress rehearsal as they prepare for the ceremony to receive their much deserved promotions. To be promoted from constable to corporal are: PC # 292 Rowland Augustine; PC # 495 Jason Jones, PC # 1121 Ciriaco Medina; PC # 597 Rigoberto Patt; PC # 692 Jose Pinelo; PC # 1168 Leonard Puc and WPC # 625 Debbie Reynolds. Raising from the Non- Commission to Commission Officer rank (NCO) are Sergeant #651 Stanley Bowden and WSergeant #433 Natalie Castillo both of whom will now retire their regulation numbers to Nine San Ignacio Police Promoted become Inspectors of police thereby being elevated to the Commission Officer rank of the Belize Police Department.
  • Dengue Fever:
    Dengue fever, also known as breakbone fever, is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash that is similar to measles. In a small proportion of cases the disease develops into the life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever, resulting in bleeding, low levels of blood platelets and blood plasma leakage, or into dengue shock syndrome, where dangerously low blood pressure occurs. Dengue is transmitted by several species of mosquito within the genus Aedes, principally A. aegypti. The virus has five different types; infection with one type usually gives lifelong immunity to that type, but only short-term immunity to the others. Subsequent infection with a different type increases the risk of severe complications. As there is no commercially available vaccine, prevention is sought by reducing the habitat and the number of mosquitoes and limiting exposure to bites.
  • Victor Galvez Gets Face-Lift:
    Volunteers Katherine Goodman, Miranda Porter, Emily Fuller, Cassie Schuttrumpf, Mary Scouten, with country directors Angela and Adam Carmack from the Help International organization have painted a total of 20 murals along the inner walls of the Victor Galvez Stadium in San Ignacio. Help International has been coming to Belize since 2010 working with Richard Zul to fight poverty and empower people. Working early in the mornings for the past four weeks, these volunteers have dedicated their time and money towards covering up graffiti in the park and sharing uplifting messages along these walls. If anyone would like to further help this project, paint donations and more volunteers would be greatly appreciated. To donate please contact Richard Zul at 670-8876.
  • Chinese Couple Charged:
    A Chinese business couple was today in court charged with wounding a customer. The incident reportedly occurred 11 days ago, at around 2:30 pm on Thursday, June 19, when Linda Ellis entered, as a customer, Tom’s Grocery Store on Bullet Tree Road in San Ignacio. Ellis reportedly asked why the Fantasy Five numbers were not on the board. The Chinese woman, later identified as Yan Na Liang, reportedly told her that they had wiped off the numbers. When Ellis requested an explanation as to why the numbers were removed, an argument reportedly erupted between Ellis and the Chinese woman.
  • World Cup 2014: Who Holds The Balance Of Power In World Football?:
    The last three weeks have provided a consistent narrative of fast, attacking football and excitement - exactly as the game's rulers would have imagined it when they handed the tournament to Brazil. Even the line-up for the last eight has a balance that brings pleasure to the purists, as four teams from the Americas are complimented by a quartet from Europe - all of them group winners. The destiny of this World Cup will be decided in the iconic surroundings of the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday week but all quarter-finalists have the opportunity to show where the balance of power lies between the two continents. The seven World Cups held here in the Americas have failed to produce a European winner. On the flip side, Brazil are the only nation from the Americas to achieve a win on European soil - when they triumphed 5-2 in the final against hosts Sweden 56 years ago.
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