The October 26, 2014 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • Hot Point Marijuana Bust:
    A man from Santa Elena Town was today arrested and charged for the possession of a controlled drug with the intent to supply. On Tuesday, October 21, at around 1:15 pm, on a search for drugs, police visited the residence of Patrick Gordon located in the Hot Point area of Santa Elena. Just as the police was approaching they saw a shirtless male person running from the house with a black plastic bag in his right hand. Police set chase after the fleeing man. He was found hiding in bushes without the plastic bag. When asked about the whereabouts of the bag he reportedly pointed to an area about three feet away and said “See it deh, dat da the bag”. Police retrieved, not one, but two black plastic bags, both containing suspected marijuana.
  • Burglar Caught Red Handed In Spanish Lookout:
    A male resident of Billy White village was today remanded to the Hattieville Prison on a burglary charge. San Ignacio police inform that on Wednesday, October 22, at about 12:15 a.m. they received an anonymous phone call informing that a burglar had been detained at Farmers Choice Butane Gas in Spanish Lookout. Arriving about an hour later, police found a handcuffed male person in front of the building. The owner of the burglarized business place, Geharel Rempel, 45, informed that he was at home when he received a call from a friend informing that the friend and the friend’s brother captured a male person who was burglarizing the business place.
  • Ministry of Health Celebrates Dental Health Week:
    The Ministry of Health is this week celebrating Dental Health Week under the theme, “BELIZEANS BIG-UP YOUR SMILE, IT REFLECTS YOUR STYLE”. Activities are being carried out by dental departments across the regions. The Public is especially invited to a Dental Health Fair which will take place on Friday, October 24th, at Central Health Region Compound in Belize City. Within the last year, the Dental Department has conducted and participated in several trainings to update the staff and improve on the services offered to the public. One training session was focused on dental care for children with special needs and in addition, staff also benefitted from lessons in sign language.
  • GOB Host Violation Exercise:
    The Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology and PublicUtilities in collaboration with the Inter– American Development Bank and Costalia Strategic Advisors is hosting the final validation exercise of the Belize Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Strategy at the Radisson Fort George Hotel on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The session is geared towards getting a final feed back on the Sustainable Energy Strategy and Action Plan from the original set of stakeholders who have participated in the consultation process or have vested interest in the energy sector. It is expected that at the end of this validation exercise, consensus will be agreed upon on the way forward with the action plan which outlines schedule, process and cost estimates on the activities that will allow Belize to achieve a sustainable energy scenario by 2033.
  • Rugby Training Starts:
    Though it may only be a sandy patch of ground, the Saca Chispas field in San Pedro made history recently as it became the venue for the first official training session for children participating in Belize’s newest sports activity, rugby, as members of the San Pedro Turtles rugby club. “We’re starting small,” says Martin Dawson, organisor of the San Pedro Turtles, “and we are aiming to get a rugby sevens team organized very soon. We know there are more children and youth in San Pedro that would like to play rugby with us, and they are welcome to come along”. The game, already popular throughout Central America, is played by both girls and boys, young and old, and in a variety of variations.
  • Ministry of Health Conducts Activities for the Possible Entry of Ebola:
    The Ministry of Health continues to conduct multiple activities associated with the global threat of Ebola. The Ministry of Health is pleased to share an update on several activities carried out within the past week. Two isolation facilities have been stationed at the Phillip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) compound and the precise specifications of these facilities are currently being reviewed. Revisions have also been conducted on surveillance activities at the airport for further strengthening.
  • A Eulogy:
    Not long ago, I was privileged, honoured and blessed to visit my father's birthplace, the small town of San Francisco in Peten, Guatemala. After a royal tour provided by relatives, I visited, at my request, the town's cemetery. It was a sight to behold! It was more than the resting place of departed loved ones. It was more like a garden come alive with freshly, recently placed wreaths on each and every tomb. It was divine! In a few days' time, All Saints Day or Finados will be upon us once again. Santa Rita Cemetery in San Ignacio and the Santa Elena cemetery will be visited by friends and relatives of the departed and wreaths will be left in kind remembrance of them. But the sad truth is that many tombs have remained abandoned and forgotten. As a grateful people we should do something about it.
  • You Can't Cram for What Matters Most:
    I checked my watch as I sat down to study. Twelve hours until my test. Pouring a cup of coffee, I added sugar, stirred, tasted and added another teaspoon of sugar. I was going to need it to prepare for the all-nighter before me. Oh, there were many reasons I could have given you for waiting until the night before to study: my part-time jobs, other demanding classes and a boyfriend who I was sure would be my husband one day. They were good excuses ... but underneath all the superficial reasons was the truth: I hadn't done a good job of studying. Rather than tackling a little bit each day when I had free time, I used that time for other things ... things I felt I deserved for working so hard! Plus, I was counting on an adrenaline surge the night before the test and laser focus due to the pressure.
  • Farewell: Paul Nabor- A Belizean Cultural Icon:
    In 2011 and 2004, Paul Nabor was honoured for his contribution to culture and music at the ‘Tribute to Belizean Patriots’ with the Order of Distinction and Meritorious Service Award, respectively. In 2004, this international icon who was fluent in English, Spanish and Garifuna, was bestowed with the honourable title of “Distinguished Guest,” during a visit to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. While there for the release of fellow Paranda musician, Aurelio Martinez’s Garifuna Soul album, Nabor received a signed proclamation from the officials in Honduras; an honour which further cemented his popularity, not only in Belize, but in the region.
  • Rotaract Club of Benque Viejo’s First Annual Cancer Walk:
    The Rotaract Club of Benque Viejo held its First Annual Cancer Walk on Saturday, October 18, 2014. The objective of the Cancer Walk, which will be an annual community service event, is to raise awareness about cancer which affects women, men and children, especially Breast Cancer Awareness which is observed during the month of October. The Cancer Walk was also a fundraising event to raise funds for cancer patients in Benque Viejo and San Jose Succotz. Rotaractors approached residents and businesses within the community for monetary donations. Participants of the Cancer Walk and attendees at the Benque House of Culture’s Annual Art Fiesta also gave monetary donations. The Cancer Walk started about 4:45 p.m. in front of the ferry in San Jose Succotz, and it was escorted by Mr. Heraldo Rancharan from the Benque Viejo Traffic Department. There were about 40 participants from Benque Viejo del Carmen and San Jose Succotz.
  • Breast Cancer:
    Breast cancer is the development of cancer from breast tissue. Signs of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in breast shape, dimpling of the skin, fluid coming from the nipple, or a red scaly patch of skin. In those with distant spread of the disease, there may be bone pain, swollen lymph nodes, shortness of breath, or yellow skin. Risk factors for developing breast cancer include obesity, lack of physical exercise, drinking alcohol, hormone replacement therapy during menopause, ionizing radiation, early age at first menstruation, and having children late or not at all. About 5–10% of cases are due to genes inherited from a person's parents, including BRCA1 and BRCA2 among others.
  • Mahmud Resigns:
    Joseph Mahmud, he's the elected PUP Representative for Cayo North. We have confirmed that he has told the party he is stepping down as standard-bearer and will not contest that seat for the PUP in the next general election. We have confirmed that Mahmud sent a letter last week to the party headquarters announcing his decision. What's behind it? Well, reports tell us that Mahmud had differences with the other PUP General's in the West, principally Julius Espat, who is the PUP Deputy Leader for the West. Today Deputy Espat wouldn't discuss it only saying, quote, "It's a sensitive issue…I wish him all the best. And I''ll be there to support him in whatever decision he makes…" End quote.
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