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This Week's Stories:

  • Complainant Does Police Work:
    A 31 year old man of Duck Run 1 was today arrested and charged for rape allegedly committed almost five months ago. It was shortly after 7 o’clock on Monday morning, June 9, 2014, when a 20 year old female visited the San Ignacio police station and reported that she was raped. In a statement to the police the complainant informed that at around 5:30 am that morning, at the junction of Joseph Andrews Drive and Bullet Tree Road in San Ignacio Town, she board a parked red car which she believed was a taxi for a ride home. The complainant alleges that on the way to her destination the male Hispanic driver diverted into a dirt road on the left side of the highway near Rumors Resort. He allegedly drove a short distance into the road, locked the doors and had sexual intercourse with the complainant without her consent.
  • Did The Police Plant The Bullets?:
    Three men from the western village of Unitedville, charged for keeping ammunition without a license, today walked free of the charge. The charge against the three Belizean laborers identified as Eric Elrington and Edwardo Olivera, both 27 and Robert Leiva, 18, stems from a May 23rd search, by the police, at Elrington’s house in Unitedville. The search according to the police resulted in the discovery, on a table in the kitchen, of an ammunition box allegedly containing seven live rounds of point 22 bullets. All three men were instantly detained and transported to the police station in San Ignacio where they were later arrested and jointly charged for keeping ammunition without a license. The men pled not guilty to the charge and, in accordance with the law, were remanded to prison.
  • Editorial: The PUP Is Bad For Belize:
    Writing with the firm belief that Belizeans are conscious, informed and unwaveringly committed to improving the national standard of living as the nation’s infrastructure is undergoing unprecedented development; we will save the details of the latest display of blatant selfishness by the leadership of the opposition People’s United Party (PUP). The Petro Caribe Agreement between Belize and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela came into existence under the Musa/Fonseca government during the latter part of 2006. The delivery of fuel from Venezuela, under the agreement caught the PUP government totally unprepared in 2007. It was a fiasco. When the first shipment arrived the government had no storage facility. The product remained in the harbor for several days costing taxpayers around 15 thousand dollars per day. It was a nightmare until Shell Belize Limited was eventually threatened to provide its facility to store the produce.
  • Boy Accused Of Burglarizing Bar:
    A 14 year old boy was today taken to court on a burglary charge. In a statement to the police on Sunday, October 19, Rigoberto Gonzalez, 41, Belizean businessman residing in Blackman Eddy village informed that sometime between the11:00 pm closing time on Saturday, 18 October and the 10 o’clock opening time the following day, Sunday, October 19, his bar in the neighboring village of Buena Vista, was burglarized. The missing items includes 24 cases of Belikin beers and stout, 2 cases of Heineken beer, 2 cases of Guinness stout, 15 cans of Monster energy drink, several packs of assorted brand cigarettes, 5 USB flash cards and 160 dollars in cash, all at a total of two thousand two hundred and ninety seven dollars.
  • Incomplete Case File - Attempt Murder Charge Dismissed:
    the presiding magistrate, an attempt murder charge goes down the drain. The incident occurred over 19 month ago in Santa Familia Village, Cayo. At around 11:15 pm on Saturday, March 16, 2013, San Ignacio police responded to a call from the San Ignacio Community Hospital regarding a male patient undergoing emergency medical treatment for chop wounds to the left side of the head as well as to the middle, ring and small fingers of the right hand. Police investigations revealed that the patient, identified as Kent Rivera, 22, Belizean laborer from Santa Familia Village, was socializing at a Chinese restaurant in the village when an altercation erupted between Rivera and a male Hispanic person identified by Rivera as Cain “Chino” Quewell.
  • Letters:
    Dear Editor; Recent developments at Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio has many asking ourselves and others: “Is Sacred Heart College engaged in religious discrimination?” While all forms of discrimination is explicitly prohibited by the education rules, a recent incident at Sacred Heart College, San Ignacio, smells of the practice of religious discrimination. A few months ago the President of the college, Dr. Eve Aird tendered her resignation to move on to greener pastures. The post became vacant and was advertised internally. An application, submitted by the serving Academic Vice Principal, Mr. Karim Juan, was the only sent, as requested, to the Board of Directors, in conformity with the deadline.
  • Hypertension:
    Hypertension (HTN) or high blood pressure, sometimes called arterial hypertension, is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is elevated. Blood pressure is summarised by two measurements, systolic and diastolic, which depend on whether the heart muscle is contracting (systole) or relaxed between beats (diastole). This equals the maximum and minimum pressure, respectively. There are different definitions of the normal range of blood pressure. Normal blood pressure at rest is within the range of 100–140 mmHg systolic (top reading) and 60–90 mmHg diastolic (bottom reading). High blood pressure is said to be present if it is often at or above 140/ 90 mmHg. Hypertension is classified as either primary (essential) hypertension or secondary hypertension; about 90–95% of cases are categorized as "primary hypertension" which means high blood pressure with no obvious underlying medical cause. The remaining 5–10% of cases (secondary hypertension) are caused by other conditions that affect the kidneys, arteries, heart or endocrine system.
  • High Milk Diet 'May Not Cut Risk of Bone Fractures':
    Drinking lots of milk may not lower the risk of fracturing bones, a study in the British Medical Journal suggests. The research, conducted in Sweden, showed women who drank more than three glasses a day were actually more likely to break bones than those who had less. The researchers cautioned that their work only suggested a trend and should not be interpreted as proof that high milk consumption caused fractures. Milk has been recommended as a good source of calcium for many years but studies considering whether it leads to stronger bones and fewer fractures have had conflicting results.
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