The October 12, 2014 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • Two On A Handling Stolen Goods Charge:
    As we go to press this Thursday night, a Santa Elena youth, on a handling stolen goods charge, is in police custody awaiting appearance in court on Friday morning being the second of two persons charged for the same crime. The accused is Rasheed Hyde, 24, Belizean laborer residing on Higher Street in Santa Elena Town. Hyde is facing a joint handling stolen goods charge with Luis Castellanos, 37, of a Bradley’s Bank address who was previously arrested and similarly charged. The charge against Castellanos and Hyde stems from a report made by Castellanos’ Bradley’s Bank neighbor, Nataniel Arriola, who told the police that sometime during the nighttime hours on Monday, September 29 and the early morning hours on Tuesday, September 30, someone entered his yard as a trespasser and stole his 2007 blue Meilun brand motorcycle valued at $3,000 which was parked in front of his house.
  • Three Years For Unitedville Drug Trafficker:
    A man from the village of Unitedville was convicted on a drug trafficking charge and sentenced to three years behind bars. Armed with a warrant to conduct a search for drugs, almost ten months ago, on December 15, 2013, police visited the Unitedville residence of 35 year old, Belizean laborer, Luis Loague. It did not take much searching when, immediately upon entering the house, the police spotted what appeared to be marijuana spread out on the floor near a small bed. Loague, who was home alone at the time was instantly and, with the suspected marijuana, transported to the police station in San Ignacio. The suspected weed was recorded at exactly 900 grams.
  • Editorial: Policing The Police:
    It is indeed refreshing to note that the police high command is taking affirmative action to swiftly deal with cases of alleged police brutality as nothing can erode citizens’ confidence in law enforcement faster than brutality committed by those who are sworn and paid to serve and protect. Police abuse however comes in several other forms some less subtle than inflicting pain and bodily harm upon an individual. Police abuse also comes in the form of the policeman who unlawfully detains a citizen in the absence of evidence resulting in depriving citizens of their constitutional right to freedom solely for the purpose of getting back at a citizen. Much for example like the recent case of the father who, when the police, in detaining his son, slapped the son repeatedly in the face and when the father made a report against the offending policeman, the father is detained on the threat of being held for forty eight hours all because the police can hold him for forty eight hours without charge.
  • Columbus Day:
    October 12th is the day in which the Americas observe Columbus Day, otherwise known as the Day of the Americas or Pan American Day. Belize celebrates this day with a national and bank holiday. This holiday commemorates the voyage taken by the Italian, Christopher Columbus about 500 years ago on behalf of Spain. Columbus made four voyages to the “New World”- in 1492 to San Salvador Island, Cuba and Haiti; in 1493-96 to Guadaloupe, Montserrat, Antigua, Puerto Rico and Jamaica; in 1498 to Trinidad and the mainland of South America and in 1502-04 to Honduras and Nicaragua. The discovery of the “New World” allowed European countries like Portugal, Spain, France and Britain to have empires around the world. These nations expanded their political control, their economic systems and their cultural influences in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas and eventually worldleading countries such as Mexico, Canada and the United States.
  • US Embassy Clarifies:
    The goal of the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) is to support the Belizean military and people so that the United States and Belize can continue to work closely together in strengthening maritime security interests that affect both countries. In consideration of our strong U.S.- Belize partnership, USSOUTHCOM and the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan are currently examining the contracting procedures and construction efforts underway to address Government of Belize concerns.
  • GOB Response:
    The Ministry of National Security hereby announces that the United States Army Corp of Engineers, the US agency responsible for the construction of the Hunting Caye Forward Operating Base, has issued a letter to the Guatemalan company BINARQ which has had the effect of causing all construction at the Base to cease. This action came about after consultations between the Ministry of National Security, the Belize Coast Guard and the United States agencies in Belize. The Ministry of National Security is insisting that this remains in effect until a satisfactory policy decision can be arrived at among all parties that takes into consideration the sensitivities expressed by sections of the Belizean population.
  • Mexico Missing Students: New Mass Graves Found in Iguala:
    Four more mass graves have been found near the southern Mexican town of Iguala, where 43 students went missing last month, officials say. There is no word on the number of the bodies discovered in pits on Thursday. The discovery came during a huge operation to find the students, who disappeared after clashing with police. They were last seen being bundled into vehicles. Last week 28 burnt bodies were found in six shallow graves, but have yet not been identified. Forensic tests are expected to take weeks. Federal Attorney General Jesus Murillo Kara said the new graves also contained burnt bodies and are in the same area as the first set of graves.
  • It's Not My Job:
    As I was reading John 7 recently, I saw again how God is not impressed with the same things that impress us. In this chapter, the Pharisees were trying to get rid of Jesus. So, they sent the temple guards to arrest him. But instead of arresting Jesus, the guards started listening to him. They'd never heard anyone like Jesus before, and they were captivated. Later when they went back to the chief priests and Pharisees without Jesus, they were confronted. "Why didn't you bring him in?" asked the Pharisees. They answered, "No one ever spoke the way this man does." "You mean he has deceived you also?" the Pharisees retorted. "Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in him? No! But this mob that knows nothing of the law-there is a curse on them."
  • Success Fundraiser in London:
    The Special Envoy for Women and Children and wife of the Prime Minister of Belize, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, held the 2nd annual Fundraising Gala Dinner in aid of the Belize Children’s Trust on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at Old Down Manor in Bristol, United Kingdom, raising approximately BZD $300,000. Mrs. Simplis Barrow formed the Trust in 2013 to facilitate international fundraising efforts in support of a dedicated Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in Belize. Funds raised from the first Gala Dinner in June 2013 in London went toward the first phase of construction of the PICU at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
  • International Credit Union Day:
    members around the world will celebrate International Credit Union Day®, an annual event to commemorate the credit union movement’s impact and achievements. In honor of this special day, Saint Martin’s Credit Union invites its members and the entire community to an Open Day on Thursday 16 October from 8:00am to 3:00pm at our offices on corner Eve and Church Streets, San Ignacio Town.
  • Ebola Virus:
    Ebola virus disease, (EVD), Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF), or simply Ebola is a disease of humans and other primates caused by an ebolavirus. Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and headaches. Typically, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash follow, along with decreased function of the liver and kidneys. Around this time, affected people may begin to bleed both within the body and externally. The virus may be acquired upon contact with blood or other bodily fluids of an infected human or other animal. Spreading through the air has not been documented in the natural environment. Fruit bats are believed to be a carrier and may spread the virus without being affected. Once human infection occurs, the disease may spread between people, as well. Male survivors may be able to transmit the disease via semen for nearly two months. To diagnose EVD, other diseases with similar symptoms such as malaria, cholera and other viral hemorrhagic fevers are first excluded. Blood samples are tested for viral antibodies, viral RNA, or the virus itself to confirm the diagnosis.
  • Two Bullet Tree Men Jailed For Two Months:
    A Bullet Tree man and youth are cooling their heels in prison after being sentenced to two months jail time on a joint wounding charge. The case against the convicts, Melvin Quischan, 21, who told the court that he is employed as a security guard, and Sergio Cocom, 34, laborer, both Belizeans residing in Bullet Tree falls village, stems from a report made against them at around 7:30 pm on Saturday, October 4, by fellow villager, Omar Cruz, 40, Belizean farmer.
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