The March 6, 2016 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • Is The Town Council Property Really For Sale? - Mayor Earl Trapp Updates Residents:
    building for San Ignacio and Santa Elena sits is up for sale, says Mayor Earl Trapp. The Council has already received at least one phone call from an interested buyer. The Mayor, Councilors and senior officials of the Council have scheduled a public meeting for Thursday, March 17, to inform residents of the plan and get feedback on the issue. Mayor Trapp says the building has been condemned as far back as 1992 and three or four engineers have come to the same conclusion. He says the building is “not safe for human use” and it has demoralized the staff of the council. “When it rains outside, it rains inside,” Mayor leaking roof and cracked up walls. “When a truck passes outside the entire building shakes. If you leave a ball on the floor it rolls to the other side of the room.” The building is leaning on one side by a slope of almost 11 inches. The only reason they have stayed in the building so long is because previous councils have not been able to secure the funds to do otherwise. The Mayor says he cannot subject the staff of the council to this kind of working conditions any longer. “I personally have came upon members of the staff meeting in a corner, organizing not to return to work because of the terrible condition the building is in.”
  • Esperanza Village Resident Loses His Licensed Firearm:
    Another dangerous weapon may be in the hands of dangerous elements after a resident of Esperanza Village lost his firearm on Tuesday March 1. According to police reports, 43-year-old Phillip Elvis Orellano, businessman of Esperanza Village, Cayo reported that on at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday his wife rented a red 2002 Mitsubishi Montero vehicle to a customer. Shortly after the customer left with the vehicle, Orellano realized that he had forgotten his license .380 Walther Pistol, serial number S130557 with 7 live rounds of ammunition. He claims that he left the firearm inside the glove compartment of the Mitsubishi Montero.
  • Road Near Camolte Village Under Inspection:
    Residents of Camalote Village and motorists travelling that part of the George Price Highway need to exercise extreme caution over the next week. The Ministry of Works and Transport issued a release to inform the general public that an axle weight survey for heavy construction and heavy transport vehicles is taking place in Camalote Village, Cayo District in front of the Community Center. The main purpose of this survey is to gather preliminary information regarding the range of heavy axle loads borne by Belize’s main highways that will be used to assist engineers in improving future highway design, improve the performance of routine and periodic maintenance and to expand its database of vehicular axle weights.
  • Last Undefeated Team Falls In NEBL Tournament:
    On Friday night, Smart Belize Hurricanes hosted Belmopan Bandits at the Belize Elementary School gym, in a rematch of a thrilling season opener. The home team jumped out to an expected lead, with an early 20 - 11 advantage at the end of the first quarter. At the half, Smart Belize Hurricanes was able to extend that lead to 12 points, going into the fourth quarter with a 63 - 58 lead. Belmopan Bandits was able to cut the lead to 2 points midway through the fourth quarter, and with great end-ofgame execution, secured a huge win for their team, claiming the 85 - 83 victory. American import, Nick Brown, was the top scorer for Belmopan Bandits (3-4) with 24 points to go with 6 boards and 3 steals.
  • Having Trouble With Your New Business?:
    Thursday, March 3, BELTRAIDE is hosting a workshop in collaboration with InfoDev, a World Bank Group, “to chart a way to foster an innovative entrepreneurship ecosystem in Belize”. During the workshop, managers, entrepreneurs, students, government officials, donors and investors will take part in Business Incubation Management (BIM) Training. A business incubator is a company that helps new and startup companies to develop by providing services such as management training, market information, office space, etc. Many great business ideas fail shortly after take off because they did not get the chance to have enough air under the wings. Business experts around the world will tell you that the most vulnerable time for a business is the infancy stage - the period of time in which the business is susceptible to numerous terminal conditions. Some businesses crash in the infancy stage because of unexpected and unbudgeted expenses. Others fail because they could not stay above water long enough for the business to start seeing a profit. There are several factors that can cause a business to fail in the early stages and the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) is hoping to provide protection for young entrepreneurs by introducing a business incubator.
  • Arson In Billy White Village:
    One family from the Cayo District has loss their home and all their belongings after a fire gutted a structure in the early hours of Sunday, February 28. San Ignacio Police responded to a house on fire at 1:38 a.m. on Sunday in Billy White Village. There they saw a yellow wooden structure measuring about 24x24 feet with zinc roof and standing about three feet off the ground completely destroyed by fire. The wooden structure was the property of 39-year-old Dimas Duarte of Billy White Village who reported that at around 12:50 a.m. he went to San Ignacio Police station to make a report about an individual who was causing him problems and while at the station he was informed by the police that his shop was on fire.
  • Billy White Village BDF Couple Free of Illegal Weapon Charges:
    BDF corporals Gerald and Lloida August, husband and wife of Billy White Village, were convicted of firearm and ammunition offences in February of last year. The couple were being accused of being in possession of guns and ammunitions that were stolen from the BDF Price Barracks compound on December 23, 2011. They were sentenced to seven years imprisonment each by Magistrate Nardia Morgan on February 23, 2015. Through their attorney, Leeroy Banner of Chebat and Co. Law Firm, the couple appealed the conviction and sentence. A group of Cayo residents had protested the case in May 2015 because the couple’s four children were left with an overwhelmed grandmother while they were in prison. Fortunately for all involved, Gerald and Lloida are now free after Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore upheld the couples appeal of illegal weapons convictions. Banner argued before Justice Moore that the accused did not get a fear trial since there was no attorney present for them during the trial.
  • PM Barrow Appointed As Member Of The Privy Council By Queen Elizabeth II:
    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has announced that Prime Minister of Belize Hon. Dean Barrow has been appointed as a Member of the Privy Council. With this, the Prime Minister can now legitimately be referred to as the Right Honourable Dean Barrow. The announcement was published on the website of the Office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on March 1, 2016.
  • Belize Elects First National Youth Council… Almost:
    A group of young talented community servants have been elected by their peers to serve on the country’s first National Youth Council. Six District Youth Councils were elected on Monday, February 29, and the group of representatives are waiting for two more members to complete the body that will represent the voice of seventy percent of the population. The final two members will be Stafin Duncan or Micah Goodin and Phillip Wade or Herman Sanchez. Duncan and Goodin finished tied in the race for President of the Belize District Youth Council. Wade and Sanchez finished tied in the race for treasurer of the Corozal District Youth Council. The Department of Youth Services has set March 14 as the date for runoff elections in both districts. Other races for President, Vice -President, Secretary, Treasurer and Public Relations Officer have been decided.
  • Real Madrid's James Rodriguez Fined After 124mph Police Chase:
    Colombian footballer James Rodriguez, 24, has been fined €10,400 ($11,300; £8,090) by the Spanish authorities for refusing to stop for police, Spanish media report. The Real Madrid star was caught speeding on New Year's Day on his way to training, and refused to stop. Police said he was driving at 200km/h (124mph), double the speed limit. The fine is for refusing to stop when police told him to pull over. The fine for speeding has yet to be announced.
  • Mexican Drug Lord El Chapo Guzman 'Requests US Extradition':
    The jailed Mexican drug lord, Joaquin Guzman, has asked to be extradited to the United States rapidly so he can receive better treatment in prison. His lawyer said Guzman had asked him to stop fighting his extradition because guards at his prison would not let him sleep. "El Chapo" Guzman was recaptured in January, six months after he escaped from prison. Prison authorities say he is woken and checked every four hours. Two US courts have requested Guzman's extradition on charges of drug trafficking in California, and murder in Texas.
  • Guatemalan Military Intercepts Belizean Sarstoon Excursion:
    The Belize Territorial Volunteers planned an excursion on the Sarstoon River for Saturday, February 27, to mark the one year anniversary of team members detention by Guatemalan authorities. This excursion was a disappointment from the beginning, however. The campaign that once had dozens of supporters from the North and South of Belize has dwindled to less than a handful. There were more news reporters at Wil Maheia’s excursion than there were supporters. Still, the lack of support did not deter the Leader of the Volunteers. Maheia set off for his citizens patrol of the Sarstoon and met up with officers of the Guatemalan armed forces at the mouth of the Sarstoon. The naval vessel, according to members of the press, acted as blockades to prevent the Belizean skiffs from entering into the Sarstoon. It is a situation that could have escalated out of control. However, the captains of the Belizean boats informed Maheia that they do not wish to cause trouble and a decision was made to turn around.
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