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She walked all the way home for lunch every day, accompanied sometimes by her cousin, but most often by herself. Today, Zoila held a very important piece of paper in her hands. Every so often, she would glance down at it, smile, then put it back in her uniform breast pocket. The long strip of stiff report card cardstock held wonderful news, and every time she saw it, she would remember how hard it was to get those beautiful grades. She saw a row of nines, and even a one and two zeros (together of course) - and for the first time in her short school career, she had topped her class....

The May 6th, 2012 issue of The STAR (Cayo) is online HERE

This Week's Stories:

  • PC Francis Aldana Criminally Charged
  • A Whole Sack Of Weed
  • World Health Day 2012
  • Ministry of Health hosted Council Meeting of INCAP
  • Dead Bodies Stacking Up In The Morgues
  • Six Policemen Return From San Salvador Training
  • The Brain of 14 Year Old Brian Schweigler
  • Santa Elena Man Found Dead At Home
  • Two Journalists Killed In Mexico
  • Editorial: End The Nuisance - Not Rocket Science
  • Your Weekly Horoscope and Lucky Numbers
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Public Notices

The San Pedro Sun

Photos: Mama Vilma Family Home says thanks
The fundraiser for the Mama Vilma Family Home was a huge success. The event was held at Wayo's Beach Bar on Sunday April 29. The Mama Vilma Family Home committee would like to thank Wayo and all of the wonderful bartenders for their help. The event and monies raised is another step closer to their goal of opening a home. Special thanks to Cheri and Ens Fletcher of Lazy Croc's for cooking the barbeque and generous donation. Shelly Huber's smoked chicken was also a success. Special thanks go out to Aji, Waruguma, cg Esthetics, Linen Supply Store and the Palapa Bar for the donations used in our silent auction. Wil and Dale provided fantastic music for the crowd.

Editorial: Respect the CLOSED season for lobster
Just a couple weeks ago I wrote about conserving the conch. With the Fisheries Department closing the season a full two months earlier than scheduled, stating that the annual catch quota had already been met, it is clear that managing their population for sustainable harvest is essential. As I pointed out in the previous editorial, one great danger to the conch is poaching and undersized harvesting. Unfortunately the conch is not the only managed marine species that falls under this problem. The fishing season for Spiny Lobster runs from mid-June to mid-February. Once the season is closed it is illegal to collect these tasty crustaceans. It has been confirmed to me by very reliable sources that two of the most respected tour guides on the island are disregarding this law, and are not only hunting lobster during the closed season but doing so in the presence of their tour groups AND serving it as a meal. I have also seen photos of lobster served to tour guests when the season IS open that are no larger than jumbo shrimp. Why these guides are blatantly breaking the law, not to mention IGNORING the consequences of their behaviour is beyond me. One if these guides even claims to be an advocate for marine conservation; I don't understand how one can poach lobster and still claim to care.

Ambergris Today

Rumors Dismissed of Belize Prime Minister's Ailing Health
The Belize Press Office sent out a press release on Friday, May 4, 2012, informing the general public that Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize, is in very good health and is presently in Miami accompanying his wife for medical treatment. It had come to the Office's attention that mischievous rumors had been circulating to the contrary regarding his health.

Misc Belizean Sources

VIDEO: Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-elect Christopher Glancy

"New Bonds" Investor Pitch, 2007
DATED MARCH 5, 2007 BELIZE: $546,786,000 U.S. Dollar Bonds Due 2029 (the "New Bonds") The New Bonds will be general, direct, unconditional, unsubordinated and unsecured obligations of Belize and will rank equally with all other existing and future unsubordinated and unsecured Public Debt of Belize. The New Bonds will be backed by the full faith and credit of Belize. The New Bonds will be issued pursuant to an indenture with The Bank of New York, as Trustee for the bondholders, and will be governed by the law of the State of New York. Eligible Claims (as defined below) are entitled to be exchanged for the New Bonds. An investment in the New Bonds involves a high degree of risk. See "Risk Factors" beginning on page 10 of this listing memorandum. The New Bonds have not been, and will not be, registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction. The New Bonds will be offered only to qualified institutional buyers in the United States under Rule 144A of the Securities Act and to persons outside the United States under Regulation S of the Securities Act. The New Bonds will be subject to restrictions on resale under applicable law. See "Notice to Investors". Delivery of the New Bonds will be made on or about February 20, 2007. The New Bonds will be delivered in book-entry form through the facilities of The Depository Trust Company, Euroclear Bank S.A./N.V. and Clearstream Banking, soci�t� anonyme. Belize intends to apply to admit the New Bonds to listing on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and to trading on the Euro MTF market.

VIDEO: Three Little Birds
The wonderful teachers and students of Standard VI and guests at Holy Cross School in San Pedro, Belize produced this.

The Brain of 14 Year Old Brian Schweigler
In late 2011,, the video game news Blog and Forum was founded by Brian Schweigler, a 14 year old student of San Pedro High School. The goal of this site is to become a successful and well known video gaming community on the internet. N00bPwners strives to have a wide array of articles covering video game news and everything having to do with them. To achieve this goal, he created a site with a unique design and recruited 10 international volunteers and writers to help with the website. N00bPwners was created for programers from around the world to have a place to call their own. The site covers the following video game platforms: Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3 and Vita, Apple iPad, PC, Android tablets, the Nintendo 3DS, Wii and Wii U.

Hidden Valley Inn Noted for Sustainability
This month's Making a Difference award winner is Hidden Valley Inn, a luxury eco-resort set high in the Mountain Pine Ridge in the Cayo District of Belize. This secluded forest escape has miles of well-groomed trails as well as its own restaurant, massage rooms, and yoga studio. We spoke with Raul Rodriguez to find out more about this beautiful eco-chic hotel. Yes! Hidden Valley Inn is dedicated to nature conservation. We are located on a 7,200 acre private reserve comprised of two ecosystems: Caribbean pine forest and tropical broadleaf jungle. In our forests, you can find numerous cascades, pools, and waterfalls networked by over 90 miles of trails and roads. Hidden Valley Inn is involved with multiple wildlife projects in the region. The first orange-breasted falcons born in captivity, five females and one male, were released by the Peregrine Fund on Hidden Valley Inn's private reserve in 2007. Other animals that live in the forest include jaguars, ocelots, and peccaries--and look out for otters swimming in the quiet streams on the property.

Cameras Banned from Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave
In an effort to help preserve the Mayan artifacts in the ATM cave, and stop accidental destruction from camera droppings, cameras have now been banned from the ATM cave, unless approved by NICH. After another unfortunate event, the Cayo Tour Guide Association made a great call. "The best-known of all the remains are those of the 'The Crystal Maiden', the skeleton of a teenage girl, whose bones have been calcified to a sparkling, crystallized form. She has been photographed by many, but now all that comes to an end and the tour groups come to a screeching halt. Tours were stopped a few weeks back because someone had knocked out a tooth from the skull; believed to have been a direct cause of tour guides hurrying and flooding the cave with tourists. The ATM cave was closed for one day, and after a briefing with tour guides, tours resumed. Now, recently, a tourist dropped his camera on to the skull itself and shattered the back of it. After an unofficial meeting, tour guides of the C.T.G.A. suggested that cameras should not be allowed in to the cave."

More Pictures from The Remaining Full Moon Concert
These are some happy pictures from the Full Moon Concert at Midas last night. Those girls sure had a great time.

Panerrifix Full Moon Concert in Benque
The Benque House of Culture put on another free Full Moon Concert last night in Centennial Park with Panerrifix. You can see the steel drums in these pictures.

The Remaining and Mistah Geeh at Midas pictures
The Remaining really rocked the large crowd that was at Midas Resort last night. They have a violinist in the group, and she can play! They did a wide range of artists, and they even had a mosh pit by the end of the night. And that ended in the pool. Mistah Geeh mixed between the sets, and did a great job. Thanks go out to Xunan and NICH's SISE House of Culture for making it all happen. Can't wait for the next Full Moon Concert.