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The April 29th, 2012 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • Boy Accused Of Burglarizing A Policeman's House
  • Sacred Heart College Wins Again: District elimination round of the Secondary School Nutrition Quiz competition
  • Former Police Commander Arrested On A Small Charge
  • Editorial: Better Days Await Us
  • Businessman's House Burglarized Shotgun And Cartridges Stolen
  • Electricity Workers Union Stage Mid-day Demonstration
  • A Cutting Edge Educator Coming To Belize Soon: Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzrman
  • Gun And Ammunition Charges Against Corporal Cajun Dismissed
  • Peoples Coalition of Cayo Wants Gentle To Stay
  • There Is No Charge For Love
  • Paved Road - No More Dust - Jobs Coming Soon
  • Your Weekly Horoscope and Lucky Numbers
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Public Notices
  • People's Coalition of Cayo Recognise Community Policemen
  • Former Police Commander Arrested

The San Pedro Sun

Less active Hurricane Season predicted for 2012
On 4 April 2012, Drs Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray, of the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, issued the expected forecast for the Atlantic Hurricane activity. According to the release, Information obtained through March 2012 indicates that the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season will have less activity than the median 1981-2010 season. It is estimated that 2012 will have about 4 hurricanes (median is 6.5), 10 named storms (median is 12.0), 40 named storm days (median is 60.1), 16 hurricane days (median is 21.3), 2 major (Category 3-4-5) hurricanes (median is 2.0) and 3 major hurricane days (median is 3.9).

San Pedro Town Council Takes the Bull by its Horns
It appears that our newly elected Town Council has "hit the ground running" with a noticeable effort to get things done on La Isla Bonita. Since the swearing in of our new Mayor Daniel "Danny" Guerrero and council members in mid March, it seems that each week The San Pedro Sun has something good to report on the progress made by this new, energized town council. From a traffic safety awareness program, to bridge repairs, a new Culture Committee, an island clean-up campaign, meeting with classrooms, new office hours where they stay open over the lunch hour, to liaising with UNICEF, assessing water access for the fire department and securing land for a hospital, there has been a notable effort by all those involved. I was especially impressed when the renewal notice for my trade license was actually emailed to me!

Misc Belizean Sources

A Day In The Life Of A Travel Writer In Belize
Ever wonder what a guidebook writer does all day? I made this little video to show a few "day-in-the-life" moments from the latest edition of my book, Moon Belize. I shot this video (with a little Canon point-n-shoot and Gorilla Grip tripod) during a foray up the Macal River. Turn up your volume and enjoy.

Feed the Children Fashion Show pictures
Cornerstone Foundation's Feed the Children Fashion Show was spectacular. Lots of great designs and smiling faces. It was a magical night!

Post Agric Pre Labour Day Party with Cloud 9
To celebrate another successful Agric and to bring in Labour Day, Cloud 9 will be at Club Next tonight.

Two dead at NATS grounds in Belmopan
Belmopan police are investigatiing a double murder at the National Agriculture and Trade Show gorunds. In the first incident, police went to the main road on the grounds around 2 am on Sunday, April 29 where they saw Javier Larios, 22, a resident of St. Matthews village, with a large cut wound to the right forearm and a stab wound to the center of his chest. Larios was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries whilst undergoing treatment. About an hour and a half later, police visited another scene not too far from the first one where they saw "the motionless body" of Moses Orellano, 23, a resident of Mile 26 on the Hummingbird Highway. Police say when he was discovered, Orellano was bleeding from his nose. When the police searched the body, they discovred that Orellano was stabbed to the left side of his chest. Both incidents are under police investigation.

Two dead on separate road traffic accidents
Two people lost their lives as a result of separate road traffic accidents on Saturday. The first incident happened around 3 o'clock on Sunday afternoon at the roundabout connecting Cemetery Road and Central American Boulevard. It claimed the life of twenty five year old Rafael Torres. According to police reports, Torres was attempting to pass on the right hand side of a truck with a tandem trailer, when the handle of the bicycle made contact with the right rear lower side of the trailer. Torres reportedly lost control of the bicycle, and fell to the ground. As a result, the right wheel of the trailer ran over his head killing him on the spot. The second fatality from a road traffic accident happened on the Southern Highway in Tambran village. The victim, ten year old Rufino Xi, a resident of Golden Stream village was knocked down as he rode his bicycle between miles 66 and 67 on the Southern Highway. The driver of a Ford Ranger pickup truck Aaron Coleman says that he tried to avoid hitting the child; but a collision could not be avoided. Xi sustained injuries to the head and left foot. He was rushed to the Punta Gorda Town Hospital but was dead on arrival. Police investigation of both incidents continues.

April takes the spotlight on Tapir Day
And while the crocodile's encounter with a moving vehicle resulted in injury, thirty five miles away, another animal was getting much happier spotlight. Love TV's Marion Ali and video journalist Myles Gillett headed up the Western Highway to bring you the following report.

Injured crocodile found in Ladyville
Human interaction with wild animals is fortunately not a common occurrence in urban areas of the country. But this morning, Love News was called out to Ladyville where a large crocodile was discovered. The animal had apparently had an unfortunate collision with a moving vehicle. Up to news time there was no word on what eventually became of the injured crocodile.

Commoners group speaks out on crime
He's been a regular voice on the morning talk shows and at press conferences and today Murphy McLaren held his own conference. He spoke as Chairman of the Commoners of the Port Loyola Area, and his concern was crime and its effects on the society. The only ones present were members of the media but McLaren was all but circumspect, delving deeper into the problem of street crime than just the man bearing the gun. He pointed squarely the people behind the real problem and in his words, they are quote �"the ones at the top". As for his take about primary school children roaming the streets at night, McLaren said parents and guardians have failed to play their role. The Commoners is a group of people from the Port Loyola Division who raise concerns over problems that affect the lives of the everyday people.


Bird-watching paradise found in Crooked Tree, Belize - Day 1
Crooked Tree on map of Belize -- we live on Ambergris Caye In researching various destinations in Belize, we knew we'd have to pay a visit to the village of Crooked Tree, because it is known as a birding hot spot, particularly in April, during spring migration. We love watching, identifying (or attempting to identify), and photographing birds, so we didn't want to let this month go by without a visit. We were particularly excited about the possibility of seeing the Jabiru Stork, the tallest bird in the Americas. Jabirus arrive in the late fall to nest in Crooked Tree, and we were excited by the possibility of viewing some before they migrated to their summer grounds in June. Crooked Tree is said to be named for its many cashew trees (which do have a rather crooked, multi-branched habit) by early logwood cutters boating on the Belize River and Black Creek to what is now the Crooked Tree Lagoon (source: Lonely Planet). It's a small, sleepy village with a sparse full-time population, but fortunately, one of the "chicken bus" lines in Belize, Jex, runs a daily bus to the village. Since we are traveling on a budget in order to see as much of Belize as possible, this sounded perfect to us. We'd take the ferry to Belize City, then grab the bus to Crooked Tree and avoid car rental and taxi charges.

Belize Health Notice
The Center for Disease Control has issued a medical alert about a highly contagious, potentially dangerous virus that is transmitted orally, by hand, and even electronically. This virus is called Weekly Overload Recreational Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from your boss, any of your colleagues or anyone else via any means whatsoever - DO NOT TOUCH IT!!! This virus will wipe out your private life entirely. If you should come into contact with WORK you should immediately leave the premises. Take two good friends to the nearest liquor store and purchase one or both of the antidotes - Work Isolating Neutralizer Extract (WINE) and Bothersome Employer Elimination Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. Here is some pricing in Belize dollars on various medical tests and procedures so you can compare medical treatment costs with Belize and where you live.

The Animals, The Rodeo, Plants and San Pedrano Sightings at the 2012 Belize National Agriculture And Trade Show in Belmopan
I hardly know where to start with this series of the posts (a two parter). The Belize National Agriculture and Trade Show takes place in Belmopan on the huge fair grounds each year. This year it was Friday thru Sunday, April 27th to 29th. It is not just is music, there are games and contests, there are animals, there is a rodeo, there is motorcross, shopping, drinking, eating, dancing, a dog show, a flower show, a sweating clown, there are mechanical rides, a giant ferris wheel that goes incredibly fast and is powered by a guy on a is almost overwhelming. Since they were expecting 20-25 thousand people at the show over the weekend and only about 14,000 live in Belmopan, we knew that lots of people would be travelling. Especially from Belize's biggest city, Belize City. Be prepared. There is no order when getting on the bus in Belize. No waiting on line. It is a total free for all. Even though we were supposed to wait at gate one, people rush from every gate. Usually this isn't a problem...but when there is a crowd, sharpen your elbows.

A passion that's more than purple- Caye Caulker massage
I sat across from Gina and she looked up at the ceiling. "I am a very spiritual person. I think that is in everything that I am and I have to do." I sat in that post-massage bliss that lends a cloud-like softness to movement and thoughts. I smiled in agreement. Gina had just given me one of the best massages of my life. I couldn't help but agree that it was both technically excellent, and that she had that quality in her profession that put her in the next tier of practitioner. Gina Badillo is the part owner to Purple Passion in Caye Caulker, Belize. Her sister and partner Stacey Badillo, began the business as a way to run their own spa . Their youngest sister, Candy Badillo, also a clinician, works in the front of the house doing nails, hair and makeup. Each of the sisters is professionally trained. Each of the sisters exude a kindness of spirit that makes you feel like you have known them forever.

International Sources

Belize PM seeks support of civil groups to fight rising crime
Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow has met with officials from civil society groups to outline his administration's plans for dealing with the recent increase in gang-related crime in the country. According CANA, a statement issued after the meeting on Friday said Prime Minister Barrow presented the latest update on the current police operations to ensure citizen security and the way forward for maintaining peace. The Government has also requested the cooperation and support of civil society to promote peace and to address the underlying social conditions adding to the country's crime situation. The statement said that the meeting was also attended by Opposition leader, Francis Fonseca and representatives of the church and business communities; the Crime Control Council and the National Trade Union Congress of Belize.

Reader voices: A service honeymoon
We were married in December 2011, so even though we are both Southern California natives, we couldn't wait to go somewhere warmer for our honeymoon. Neither of us knew much about Belize, but as we searched the Internet for tropical destinations, we instantly fell in love with the place. We were searching online for places in Belize that were in need of help when we stumbled upon the Liberty Children's Home in Ladyville, Belize, a unique orphanage where the focus is love, respect and education. We had a great feeling about this place and, in our naive minds, thought that it would be nice to have the guests at our wedding donate toys to the Children's Home that we could deliver on their behalf. With a December wedding, we knew that the spirit of Christmas would be in the air and that people would be looking for opportunities to give. We decided it would be a good idea to call the Children's Home to make arrangements for our project before we made any permanent decisions. After speaking with the Children's Home director, Delfina Mitchell, it was clear that they were in much greater need than for the small Christmas gifts we were originally planning to give.