Title: STAR Newspaper
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Title: STAR Newspaper
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Alberto Orlando August
Place of Publication: Santa Elena, Cayo, Belize
Publication Date: January 25, 2009
Copyright Date: 2008
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"The Newspaper That Cares And Dares To Bring Out The Truth"
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TOWN, Cayo,
Thursday, January
22, 2009:
Although the
crime was allegedly
committed way down
south in Punta Gorda
Town, two men were
this week arrested and
charged for engaging in
a sexual relationship
with a female under the
age of 16.
The men arrested
and charged are Ismael Ismael Corr
Correa, 48, Belizean
construction worker later told the court that he res
who initially gave his Street in Dangriga Town.
address to the police as The other accused is Dav
Placencia Village, but also a Belizean construction


ea, 48

sides on St. Vincent

rid Molina Jr., 23,
on worker residing

in the village of El
Progresso (formerly 7
miles, Pine Ridge
Road) in the Cayo
The incident began
unfolding during the
late evening hours on
Friday, January 16
when the girls did not
return home from
school. Their mothers
visited the San
Ignacio police station
at different times
with each filing
separate missing
person reports.
Investigation revealed that the
female students arrived in San
Ignacio on Friday afternoon from

Police Minister's Second Visit

Thursday, January 22, 2009:
Minister of National Security,
Hon. Carlos Perdomo, is today on
his second visit to the San Ignacio
Police Detachment since assuming
responsibility for the Police
Department occasioned by the
February 7, 2008 General Election.
Minister Perdomo, accompanied
by Commissioner of Police,
Gerald Westby Esq., arrived at
9:00 am.
Upon arrival the Minister was
invited to inspect a guard of honor
mounted by elements of the San
Ignacio police formation including
Special Constables and members of

At the head table, (L-R) Officer Commanding Cayo (Police)
District, Sr. Supt. Paul Wade; National Security Minister, Hon.
Carlos Perdomo and Police Commissioner Gerald Westby Esq.


David Molina Jr., 23

the high school they attend in
Benque Viejo Town, where they
reportedly met the accused Correa
and Molina and agreed to
accompany them for a ride to
Spanish Lookout. On the way
however, they reportedly began
bar hopping and when the night
was closing in, one of the girls
reportedly called her mother
telling her that she was with some
friends in Belmopan.
A few bottles of Vodka were
reportedly purchased and the trip
went on for over 170 miles, ending
in the southernmost municipality of
Punta Gorda. Upon arriving in
Punta Gorda, two hotel rooms were
reportedly obtained where both
men is alleged to have engaged in
sexual relationships with the girls.
The girls were reportedly given
a few dollars and were reportedly
told to get on the first bus, the next
day, out of Punta Gorda for the
return trip to San Ignacio.
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Page 2 STAR Tel:- 626-8822 & 626-3788 Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Attorney General's response
to the Honorable Chief Justice's
address during last Monday's
ceremonial opening of the Supreme
Court, should serve as an eye
opener for many.
For one, it is a first in Belize's
post-independence history in this
kind of setting. One of the relics
of the colonial era has always been
the fear of repercussions associated
with the slightest criticism of the
justice system.
Admittedly deviating from the
text of his prepared address,
Attorney General and Minister of
Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade,
the Honorable Wilfred "Sedi"
Elrington, minced no words in
laying the cards on the table.
His eye opening revelation has
created some reaction within the
justice system. This has reportedly
prompted the call for an emergency
meeting this Friday with a view
towards analyzing some of the
points brought up by the learned
Attorney General in his address.
We refer specifically to the
Attorney General's pronouncement
of the public perception of an
erosion in the confidence of the
justice system particularly when he
mentioned the view that in some
quarters there is the feeling that the
court is dispensing more injustice
than justice, and this could be
attributed to the reason why an
increasing number of persons are
resorting to settling old beef
outside of the justice system. This
could most likely also be attributed
to the high murder rate for which
the Honorable Chief Justice

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expressed concern during his
Without ruffling feathers, the
Attorney General could have stuck
to the text of his prepared address
thereby continuing business as
usual and the nation would have
probably proceeded into yet
another year of escalating violent
We trust that with this
development and with Friday's
meeting of Magistrates and Judges,
the learned Chief Justice would
have commenced a real soul
searching exercise for the purposes
of regaining and maintaining the
public confidence in the judiciary
being one of the pillars on which
our democracy rests.


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Corozal Police Promoting Sports
As An Alternative To Crime

BY: Supt. Miguel Guzman,
Officer Commanding Corozal
(Police) District
January 19, 2009:
In keeping with the Police Action
Plan, Corozal police, this past
weekend, launched the Police
Athletic League Tournament which
is geared towards keeping youths
out of prison and inside the
sporting arena.
The Corozal Police Formation
began the drive this past Sunday
with a football tournament.
To date six teams have registered
while the invitation remains open
for other teams desireous of

participating in the event.
Registration is free of cost.
All games will be played in
Corozal District on Thursdays,
Fridays and Sundays.
The tournament is scheduled to
last for 6 weeks concluding
towards the end of February, 2009.
Trophies be awarded to winners
The first game held at the Ricalde
Stadium in Corozal Town on
Sunday, January 18,2009 with the
Police Drifters going up against the
team from Carolina Village. The
Police Drifters won the game by
three goals to one.
The next game scheduled for
Thursday January 22, 2009.


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Carnal Knowledge Charge Against Corporal Grinage Withdrawn

District, Thursday, January 22,
Latest information reaching us
indicate that after no less than
nine adjournments, the unlawful
carnal case against police corporal
#536 Joel Grinage was
withdrawn, reportedly for want of
Corporal Grinage was initially
arrested and charged for the crime
on February 20, 2008 and after
the fourth adjournment, the
complainant, accompanied by her
parents, visited the office of the
Director of Public Prosecutions
(DPP) on June 12, 2008 where she
informed that the statement she
gave to the police was not true and
that it was only given at the urging
of the investigating corporal.

matter to affect her school work.
The parents were advised to visit
the San Ignacio police station and
give a statement to that effect.
Notwithstanding the directive, it
took five subsequent adjournments
over the next five months for the
charge to be finally withdrawn
against corporal Grinage.

facing a charge for extortion.
Although this charge has not been
formally withdrawn against the
corporal, there are strong
indication of the lack of interest to
proceed with it.
By all indications, the interdiction
against Corporal Joel Grinage has
been lifted and he is currently on

In addition to carnal knowledge, active duty at the Dangriga police
Corporal Grinage was likewise station in the Stann Creek District.


Police Corporal
#536 Joel Grinage

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The Actions Of Irresponsible People

Our Condolences
Dear Editor;
Thanks for the STAR. What the
hell is happening! We're pretty sure
that the house on George Price
Avenue is the one we passed by
everytime we walked into San
Ignacio from the Aguada Hotel
when we are in Belize.
Were the bad guys high on drugs
or what? I mean they came out
ready to kill...and they killed and
in broad daylight.
So sorry for the family of the slain

Where Have Our
Dear Editor;
I quote from the front page
sub-headline article in last week's
edition of the STAR entitled
"Information reaching us
indicate that in presenting a
no-case submission, the defense
based its submission on the
argument that the 1 kilometer
adjacency zone and imaginary
boundary line between Belize and
Guatemala is the subject of
ongoing negotiations between
both countries and that a 1
kilometer intrusion is too slim a
margin to actual convict the
accused of the crime beyond a
reasonable doubt.

To The Families
security officer. What a pitiful loss.
Then, on top of that, we read about
the three kids who murdered the
storeowner's son. We noted that all
three were identified as Belizean
labourers and not students, which
at that age, they should have been.
Really liked the write up of the
bank robbery, it's good stuff. Very
riviting. Keep up the good work,
all the best,
Brian and Evelyn,

Borders Gone?
The defense also convinced the
court of the dubious reading of a
Global Positioning System (GSP)
and consequently the production
of erroneous coordinates. The
prosecution claimed."
So in effect the judge ruled that
Belize does not have a clue as to
where it's border with Guatemala
is (exactly what the Guatemalans
are saying). Furthermore, is this
judge saying that Belize is not
capable of properly reading the
GPS to find out.
Maybe the judge should have
called Guatemala and asked them
if this man was in Belize or not
since they seem convinced as to
where the border actually is.
Al Eastmond, Bermuda

Dear Editor;
It's a given that our streets and
roads across the country are in bad
condition due either to terrible
weather conditions and in some
cases like sinking culverts on our
highways due to poor or total lack
of maintenance. Whatever the
cause, the Ministry of Works and
Town Councils are doing their best
to improve these conditions.
There are some people out there
however, with very little or no civic
pride, shamelessly breaking up our
I am referring here specifically to
those irresponsible people I saw
this Tuesday evening running an
escavator on that section of the
Bullet Tree Road near Rene
Moreno's house in San Ignacio
The Ministry of Works and the
Town Council recently prepared

that section of the street to be paved
and here comes this irresponsible
person making a mess of the
surface with the metal tracks of the
The irresponsible operator of this
heavy duty equipment cause further
damage to the street every time he
dropped the bucket to turn the
Two things I recommend. 1) The
Ministry of Works/Town Council
should find out who owns that
piece of equipment and charge
them for the damage.
2) These heavy duty equipment
must first obtain permission from
the Town Council before they even
begin working within town limits
so that the Council is aware of their
presence and so that charges can be
brought against them for any
infrastructural damage they cause.
Antonio, San Ignacio Town.

I'd Rather Have A Central American Passport

Dear Editor:
I read with interest the story
posted to Channel 7's website
about Belize converting to
CARICOM passports in February
of this year. I, for one, am outraged.
Except for a very small part of
the population of Belize City,
nobody else in the entire Belize
COUNTRY has anything remotely
similar culturally with the
Even the other CARICOM
countries only marginally think
of Belize (and Guyana) as even
remotely "Caribbean".
I, for one, would much rather
have a Central American passport
than a CARICOM passport.

Our leaders who are mostly
Creole-centric individuals from
Belize City keep perpetuating the
myth that somehow Belize is
"more culturally connected" to the
Caribbean. Far from it!
Over recent decades Belize has
become overwhelmingly Hispanic.
Most of Belize relates closer to
Central American culture than
the Caribbean culture. And
economically, it is in our nation's
best interest to align ourselves
locally with our neighbors, not
unreachable island states.
Why isn't this issue being put to
a referendum?
Wendy Auxillou, Caye Caulker

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The list of supplies to be provided are as follows:

Air Freshener Spray 420 Boxes of 12 cans per box
Alcohol (Rubbing) 52 Boxes of 12 bottles per box
Bathroom Freshener Dispensers (Time Mists) 32 Cases
Brooms 132 Units
Buckets 68 Units
Buffing Pads 16 Units
Carpet Deodorizers 32 Bottles
Carpet Stain Remover 20 Bottles
Clorox (Bleach) 132 Boxes of six 1 gallon bottles per box
Deck Broom 8 Units
Dishwashing Liquid (750 ml) 148 Bottles
Dust Pans 16 Units
Disinfectant 10 Cases of six 1 gallon bottles per box
Furniture Polish non aerosol 156 Cans
Garbage Bags (13 gallons) 224 Rolls at 50 bags per roll
Garbage Bags (29-33 gallons) 224 Rolls at 50 bags per roll
Garbage Bags (50 gallons) 116 Rolls at 50 bags per roll
Garbage Containers (13 gallon) 50 Units
Glass Cleaner 108 Bottles
Hand Liquid Soap 76 Boxes at 12 units per box
Hand Paper 220 Cases at 12 rolls per case
Insect Spray 232 Cans
Jumbo Toilet Paper (for dispenser) 244 Cases at 12 rolls per case
Lime Away 272 Bottles
Lysol Antibacterial Spray 104 Units
Cleaning Cloths 36 Boxes
Mops (small) 164 Units
Mops (large) 24 Units
Muriatic Acid 116 Bottles
Orange Cleaner 28 Cases
Rubber Gloves 48 Packs
Scrub Brushes 12 Units
Powdered Detergent 9 Packs
Toilet Bowl Deodorizer 8 Boxes
Toilet Paper 36 Bales
Toilet Plunger 10 Units
Toilet Scrubber (brush) 12 Units
Unitabs (for urinals) 24 Boxes at 12 units per box
Vacuum Bags 4 Boxes

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Submission of tender must be made in a sealed envelope to the address below. The envelope shall bear the name of the
tender and a warning not to open before the specified time and date. The deadline for the submission of tenders is
February 9, 2009. Any tender received after this deadline will not be considered.

The Social Security Board, Tender Committee, will open tenders and the Social Security Board will not defray any cost
incurred by any tenderer. The Social Security Board does not bind itself to accept the lowest tender and reserves the right to
accept or reject any tender, and to annul the process and reject all tenders, at any time prior to award of contract, without
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The High Cost Of Living A Major

BY: Gloria Whitney,
CARICOM Secretariat,
Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown,
Guyana, Thursday, January 16,
The prevailing high cost of
living has been cited as one of the
top five issues affecting Caribbean
National Research Coordinator,
Shelly Carter in divulging
preliminary research findings told
participants of the Regional
Planning Workshop organized by
the CARICOM Commission on
Youth Development (CCYD) that
high cost of living, crime and
violence, limited access to
education, increasing rate of
unemployment and a lack of
Caribbean cultural identity were
the top five critical issues
identified by Caribbean Youth in a
study on Youth Dreams' and
Ms Carter's presentation was one
of five on research being conducted
by the CARICOM Commission on
Youth Development (CCYD)
which seeks to fulfill its mandate
from the CARICOM Heads of
Government to "provide a provide
a comprehensive analysis of
challenges and opportunities for
youth in the CARICOM Single
Market and Economy (CSME);
and to make recommendations on
how to improve their well-being
and empowerment. "
Ms Carter said the research
findings had indicated that high
food prices and high tuition costs
had severely limited the earning
and spending power of Caribbean
families and youth and had made
it increasingly difficult for them to
meet basic needs.

For Caribbean Youth

where many perceived that
"they might not live long enough
to realize any dream and
The relevance of education
outputs to private sector needs was
also brought into critical focus.
The findings indicated that youth
perceived a dissonance between
education provided at secondary
and tertiary levels and the demands
of the Caribbean job market.
Also of significance were issues
related to Caribbean identity. The
findings revealed that many
Caribbean youth were not
knowledgeable of national or
Caribbean history, failed to
identify with things Caribbean and
demonstrated apathy toward the

Linked to that, she said, were the
challenges of unemployment and
under-employment as a direct
consequence of global economic
recession, Caribbean contracting
economies and subsequent limited
avenues for job creation.
As a result, it was noted that a
number of highly qualified youth
were forced to settle for relatively
low paying jobs, within their
In addition, she explained
that crime and violence which
seemingly plague several
Caribbean countries had
engendered a spirit of fear and
despair among youth to the extent

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m Construction Start To Finish"

Mr. Tom was completly drunk
and stumbling down Burs Avenue
in the center of San Ignacio Town
with one foot in the drain and the
other on the street.
A policeman pulled up and said,
"I've got to take you in, Sir. You're
obviously drunk."

"Ociffer, are ya absolutely sure
I'm drunk?" asked Mr. Tom
"Yeah, buddy, I'm sure," said the
policeman. "Let's go."
Breathing a sigh of relief, the
drunk said, "Thank goodness, be-
cause I was thinking that I was a

Caribbean Community and its
flagship programme, the Single
Market and Economy.
Participants agreed that the
findings on the Youth Dreams and
Aspirations research did not augur
very well for the promotion of
the ideals of the CSME and
recommended that national youth
organizations, NGOs and CBOs
be trained to sensitize young
people in their communities to the
practical implications of CSME
and to develop concrete knowledge
and skills through the
implementation of cross-border
entrepreneurial development
The Commission's report is to be
presented to a special meeting of
the Council for Human and Social
Development in April prior to its
submission to the 30th Meeting of
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with the man sitting next to him. "That's okay," responded Mr.
"I've got a great policeman Jones, "I'll tell it really, really
joke. Would you like to hear it?" slow!"
The Crossed Eye Judge And The Three Defendants
With Time The Drunkeness Will Pass

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Cayo Chc

BY David Coombs,
Cayo Chess Coordinator
Monday, January 19, 2009
The Belize National Youth Chess
Foundation is pleased to announce
the dates for the upcoming

SN es to represent the Cayo District at the
S wS W sI 2nd Annual Belize National Chess
Olympiad to be held in Belmopan
Primary School Children Chess on April 25th, 2009. The winners
Tournaments in the Cayo District. will be offered additional training
West Cayo Tournament is being as preparation for that event.
held on Friday, February 6 at the Check-in time for all 3 events is
AguadaHotel. 8:00 am with the first rounds
East Cayo Tournament being starting at 8:30am sharp without
held on Saturday, February 14th, delays.
at the Belmopan Convention The Award Ceremony will be
Hotel. from 2:00 to 2:30pm. Lunch will
Chess Clocks will be introduced be provided for all pre-registered
at these events while notation is primary players.
optional. In addition, at each event, there
A total of 12 winners from each will be a separate adult section for
of these competitions will be friendly matches. It is open to all
invited to participate at the final players from high school and older
"All Cayo District" Tournament who pre-register.
scheduled for Saturday, March 14th. There is no charge for
Clocks will be used and basic registering but pre-registration is
notation will be mandatory. mandatory for both primary and
The 12 Winners of the "All Cayo adult players.
District" Tournament will qualify The Belize National Youth Chess
Another Decrease In The Cost Of Butane Gas
BELMOPAN CITY, Cayo The new retail price, excluding
District, Tuesday, January 20, delivery cost, for a one hundred
2009: pound cylinder of butane will cost
Another reduction in the $86 in Belize City, $87 in Corozal
acquisition cost of butane gas and Orange Walk; $88 in
has been passed on consumers. Belmopan and San Ignacio; $89 in
A release from the Ministry of Benque; $90 in Dangriga and $91
Finance today informed that in Punta Gorda.
effective, Wednesday, January 22, The Ministry informs that as
the price of butane gas will go prices decrease, these savings will
down by four dollars countrywide. be passed on to consumers.

Foundation encourages all primary
chess players to register for these
tournaments and the opportunity to
play at the Belize Chess Olympiad
2009 and for all parents to
show their support by attending
the tournaments with their
To register for these events,
please contact the Cayo District
Chess Coordinator David Coombs
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I Y [ur 'Horo scop e&Lckyumbr

ARIES (March 22 to April 20)
This week brings
several opportuni-
ties that you can
use to achieve pro-
fessional goals.
You are likely to
meet different people who offer you
interesting perspectives regarding
work. The catch is that there will
be clues and leads but translating
them into success will be a task
that you have to handle. A mentor
like figure will help you in finding
your direction. In personal life, be
as patient as possible. Lucky num-
bers: 9, 44, 78.

TAURUS (April 21 to May 21)
You will be
brimming with
energy, confidence
and intensity this
week. Even
though you have a
much focussed approach at work,
try not to get fixated with ideas.
Being passionate about something
is one thing; try no to get ob-
sessive or inflexible in this
context. Be tactful when you want
to get work done The recognition
you desire will come to you. Lucky
numbers: 6, 58, 70.

GEMINI (May 22
Sto June 21)
There will be a lot
of emphasis on
/ \ \restructuring of life.
You will strive to be
better organised. You will try to
engage yourself constructively.
There will be a sense of guilt that
has been gnawing at your mind for
neglecting your loved ones and this
is the time when you try to get your
house in order. Emotions should be
kept away. Lucky numbers: 5, 29,

CANCER (June 22 to July 23)
There is a greater sense
of belonging that you
/. register at the
S::: workplace as well
\ as in the home
: environment. Your
mood is upbeat and a do-good spirit
helps you in carving a place in the
mind of people around you. There
is harmony in the domestic
situation and it begins to reflect in
the initiatives that you are willing
to take now. You could be involved
with charitable work. Lucky
numbers: 2, 26, 49.

LEO (July 24 to August 21)
This is a week of
"' adjustments, where
you will have to put
SI the greater good over
Narrow interests. You

could be very willing in doing this
but then the leonine traits will show
up rather sometime soon. You will
try to accommodate the ideas of
others and will put your own
agenda on the backburner for
sometime. Keep a balanced head
on your shoulders where money is
concerned. Lucky numbers: 1,
65, 84.

VIRGO (August 22 to
September 21)
The year begins on a
very positive note for
you and there will be
success galore. If you
have been feeling
like an underdog, it
will be now your time in front of
the arc lights. There are indications
of power, money, appreciation and
good work coming to you. There
will be a joy that overtakes your
heart. However, make sure that you
forgive the people against
whom you hold resentments.
Lucky numbers: 12, 52, 80.

LIBRA (September 22 to
October 23)
There is a lot that
you want to achieve
and also a lot that
you desire. And it is
not just about the
material ends. You
wish for all thejoy that you can add
into the life of your loved ones and
will be working hard to achieve this
end. There is good money in the
offing and you are able to make a
good start in this direction. You
could take up an additional
activity that also brings in money
apart from keeping you
constructively occupied. Lucky
numbers: 7, 68, 87.

SCORPIO (October 24 to
November 21)
Sy This week sees you
\,, as a more open
figure, more willing
14 and outgoing. There
.=, is a sincerity with
which you approach work and
people. And this in turn draws
people to you. The environment
around you is also likely to be very
genial and adds to the positive
results. Personal relationships will
be rewarding and romance will
light up this phase. Lucky
numbers: 14, 60, 76.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22
to December 21)
There will be an
overwhelming desire
for recognition;
Social approval and
success that makes
you work very hard. You look back

in the past at what you have
achieved for an affirmation of your
abilities. You have defined some
clear goals in your head and are
bent on achieving them. You are
supported by a great network of
friends, a loving family who prove
to be a part of the driving force.
Lucky numbers: 3, 25, 69.

CAPRICORN (December 22 to
January 20)
There will be quite a
)it of work that will
Seed to go into
mprovement of a
dwelling place
refurbishing an office space or
decorating your home in a novel
manner. There will be moments
that define your abilities in your
own eyes. Stand up foryourself and
work towards achieving what you
want. You will be occupied with
nurturing new life around you.
Lucky numbers: 8, 40, 94.

AQUARIUS (January 21 to
February 19)
he mantra for you is
,be calm. This is the
aiting period before
ie design of success
egins to manifest.
iviailuaii a low profile and get
your plans right. If you have been
suffering from an ailment you
should get the problem addressed
at the earliest. There are indications

of the past becoming
overwhelming in your mind.
Develop your spiritual side for
comfort. Lucky numbers:3,21, 54.

PISCES (February 20 to March
The year starts on a
positive note with
most of the things
working in your
favour. You are
likely to be high on the
breakthroughs you are making in
your sphere of work. It gives you a
new kind of excitement altogether.
There will be social recognition.
There will be guests to be
entertained and arty activities to be
indulged in. Lucky numbers: 10,
45, 90.


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for and observance of human rights
and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas a common understanding
of these rights and freedoms is of the
greatest importance for the full
realization of this pledge,

Now, therefore,

The General Assembly


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Adopted and proclaimed by the General Assembly resolution
217 A (III) of 10 December 1948.

Whereas recognition of the
inherent dignity and of the equal and
inalienable rights of all members of
the human family is the foundation
of freedom, justice and peace in the

Whereas disregard and contempt for
human rights has resulted in
barbarous acts which outrage the
conscience of, and the advent of a
world in which human beings shall
enjoy freedom of speech and belief
and freedom from fear and want has
been proclaimed as the highest
aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not
to be compelled to have recourse, as
a last resort, to rebellion against
tyranny and oppression, that human
rights should be protected by the rule
of law,

Whereas it is essential to promote the
development of friendly relations
between nations,

Whereas the peoples of the United
Nations have in the Charter
reaffirmed their faith in fundamen-
tal human rights, in the dignity and
worth of the human person and in

the equal rights of men and women
and have determined to promote so-
cial progress and better standards of
life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have
pledged themselves to achieve, in
cooperation with the United Nations,
the promotion of universal respect

Proclaims this Universal
Declaration of Human Rights as a
common standard of achievement
for all peoples and all nations, to the
end that every individual and every
organ of society, keeping this
Declaration constantly in mind, shall
strive by teaching and education to
promote respect for these rights and
freedoms and by progressive
measures, national and international,
to secure their universal and
effective recognition and
observance, both among the peoples
of Member States themselves and
among the peoples of territories
under their jurisdiction.

All human beings are born free and
equal in dignity and rights. They are
endowed with reason and
conscience and should act towards
one another in a spirit of

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Everyone is entitled to all the rights
and freedoms set forth in this
Declaration, without distinction of
any kind, such as race, colour, sex,
language, religion, political or other
opinion, national or social origin,
property, birth or other status.
Furthermore, no distinction shall be
made on the basis of the political,
jurisdictional or international status
of the country or territory to which
a person belongs, whether it be
independent, trust, non-self-govem-
ing or under any other limitation of


United Nations

Everyone has the right to life,
liberty and security of person.

No one shall be held in slavery or
servitude; slavery and the slave trade
shall be prohibited in all their forms.

No one shall be subjected to torture
or to cruel, inhumane or degrading
treatment or punishment.

Everyone has the right to
recognition everywhere as a person
before the law.

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entitled without and discrimination
to equal protection of the law. All
are entitled to equal protection
against any discrimination in
violation of this Declaration and
against any incitement of such

Everyone has the right to an
effective remedy by the competent
national tribunals for acts violating
the fundamental rights granted him
by the constitution or by law.

(1) Everyone charged with a penal
offence has the right to be
presumed innocent until proved
guilty according to law in a public
trial at which he has all the
guarantees necessary for his defence.

(2) No one shall be held guilty of any
penal offence on account of any act
of omission.
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Mexico City Prize 2009 For Primary School Students

District, Monday, January 20,
As part of the activities of the
Embassy of Mexico in promoting
mutual understanding of the history
and culture of both Mexico and
Belize among their societies, the
Embassy invites all elementary
school students in Belize to
participate in the Children
Drawing Contest "Mexico City
Prize 2009".

This year's theme is "What do
you know about the Mexican
Revolution of 1910?".
The winner will be awarded an
eight day trip to Mexico City
from 8 June 2009 and will
participate in a cultural and leisure
activity program. The prize
includes a round trip airfare,
accommodation and food expenses
for both the winner and an adult
Participants must be between the

ages of 8 to 12 years from any
elementary school in Belize.
Paintings or drawings should
measure 17" 34 X 12" (45 x 30
cm.), horizontal or vertical format,
either on Bristol board, cardboard
or drawing paper, using coloring
pencil, acrylic paint, water colors,
crayons or any other material.
At the back of the painting or
drawing the following information
should be written: full name, place
and date of birth, age, address,

telephone number, name of school,
grade, painting or drawing title
and a brief description of the
All works should be submitted no
later than 27 March 2009, through
the school to the Institute of
Mexico in Belize, corner of
Newtown Barracks & Wilson
Street, Belize City. The winner's
name will be announced on 21
April 2009.
For more information please
contact the Institute of Mexico in
Belize, at 223-1408. E-mail:

Hon. Eden Martinez Refutes False Advertisement

An announcement coming out of
the Office of Toledo East Area
Representative and Minister of
Human Development, Hon. Eden
Martinez informs of what it refers
to as "A misleading advertisement
has been running in a certain
section of the media.
The advertisement which
purports to come from a lands
group in Punta Gorda falsely
alleges that "the new lots
committee in PG has embarked
on a program to cancel leases
in Punta Gorda Town to give
to others". The misleading
advertisement ends by advising that
if your land is being cancelled you
should call 702-0058.
The Office of the Hon. Eden
Martinez wishes to place on record
the following:
1. No systematic cancellation

of lot leases is occurring in Punta
Gorda or surrounding areas, or
anywhere in the country for that
matter, under this administration.
2. Any cancellation of any
individual lease would occur only
under the standard process where
a leaseholder has failed to meet the
terms and conditions clearly stated
in his lease documents and only
after the required notice of intent
to cancel and due process by the
Ministry of Lands.
3. The telephone number
referred to in the misleading
advertisement (702-0058) is that of
the Office of Toledo East Area
Representative Hon. Eden
The Toledo East Representative
is here to serve the people of his
constituency and therefore
welcomes calls from residents of

The BEST Cure For Acne
BY: Garen Arnold January 21, they do not work because they only
2009 target the surface skin. Many
The battle to fight acne is raging people believe their acne is just
as more and more products line the caused by oily skin, but that is
shelves at practically every store often not the case. Acne is often
and infomercials line up the beau- caused by an imbalance in the body
tiful clear faces that they claim as a whole and therefore the best
were covered in blemishes and acne cure will be one that corrects
scars only weeks or months before. the entire body from within, notjust
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best acne cure and promises quick is very simple: water!
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many people will be less than what of keeping bacteria and toxins out
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if the best acne cure is not in the cause acne. If you have a serious
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keeps it clear for the future. There systems you may have tried in the
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his constituency on any matter with
which he can assist them, but there
is no need for anyone to call
the office inquiring about any
systematic cancellation of leases
since nothing of that sort is
occurring or will occur under this
4. Considering the desperate
position of certain elements
contesting the upcoming municipal
elections, it is not surprising that
such false propaganda would be
circulated at this time with the
obvious intention of instilling fear
and distrust towards the Area
Representative and the Dean

Barrow Government.
5. The Office of the Hon.
Eden Martinez cautions media
organizations against running
false and misleading advertise-
ments purporting to come from
sources that cannot be verified, and
with respect to this particular
advertisement, advises that any
further airing of such could lead to
legal action being taken against the
media organizations in question.
Hon. Eden Martinez and the
Dean Barrow Government have
great confidence in the people of
Punta Gorda to recognize such
false propaganda for what it is.


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P.M. Barrow Unveils $200 Million Stimulus Plan...

BY: Al Eastmond, Bermuda
In a recent interview Prime
Minister Dean Barrow is quoted
as saying: "So, as I said, we are
looking at around two hundred
million dollars. That then is our
version of the stimulus package
that of course so very many
countries in this world are
resorting to. This will increase
employment, pump money into the
economy and create the rising tide
designed to float all boats even in
a time of recession."
I remember a STAR Newspaper
article a few months ago regarding
foreign workers that was employed
on the construction of the dam at
Vaca Falls, and recently there was
an article about a busload of
illegal workers that came across the
border on the way to Placencia to
get construction jobs.
Is there any system in place to
ensure that the $200,000,000 that
is spent will in fact end up in the
pockets of Belizean workers and
not in the foreign bank accounts of
undocumented foreign workers?
Are Belizean businesses, and
others hiring workers, made to
understand that if they employ
foreign undocumented workers,
especially during this economic
nightmare, they are selling the

country down the drain? Are there
laws in place (andSIGNIFICANT
penalties for non compliance) that
can/will be enforced against
anyone that employs illegal

Is the general population
conditioned to look out for these
infractions and report them to the
department of Immigration (or

whatever ministry handles this);
and is this ministry ready and able
to immediately investigate and take
necessary action?
If the stimulus package does not
end up in the Belizean workers
pockets then it certainly will not
stimulate Belize.

Ceremonial Opening Of The Supreme Court

The 2009 legal year of the Belize
Supreme Court was officially
declared opened by the Chief
Justice of Belize, Hon. Dr.
Abdulai Conteh at a ceremonial
session held at the Supreme Court
in Belize City, Monday, January
19, 2209
The session commenced with a
mass attended by judges, members
of the Bar Association, Magistrates,
Commissioners and other legal
practitioners at the Saint John's
Anglican Cathedral followed by a
gathering inside the Chief Justice's
The Chief Justice gave a
situational report outlining many
issues over the past legal year in-
cluding financial constraints, case
load, and the insufficiency in the
number of judges. He also
mentioned his dissatisfaction in the
unfortunate pattern of the criminal
justice system where cases are
increasingly ending in nolle
prosequi status. "In the course of

2008, the Director of Public
Prosecution office; I'm sorry to
say, lodged not less than
eighty-three nolleprosequi." said
the Chief Justice.
Murder was the leading charge
dealt with in the Supreme Court
followed by attempted murder.
There were sixty-three murder
cases, twenty-nine attempted
murder cases, three robberies,
eighteen rapes, twenty-seven
carnal knowledge and sixteen
unlawful carnal knowledge cases.
Two hundred and fourteen divorce
petitions were also filed.
Speaking on the adjournment,
Attorney General of Belize, Hon.
Wilfred Elrington, spoke on the
progress of the Attorney General's
Ministry since taking office and
also on the assistance given to the
other various departments that fall
under that Ministry.
The Attorney General also
indicated that there appears to be a
lack of confidence in the system of

justice as it appears now safer to
commit murder than to steal. He
highlighted the long delays in
delivery judgments. He said that
the time had come for judges to be
held accountable for their actions
or inactions.
In closing, the Attorney General
implored the judges to, "faithfully
discharge their functions and
regain the confidence of the
Belizean People."
The Chief Justice informed that
effective December 2008, he has
taken up an appointment on the
Cayman Island's Court of Appeal
but he mentioned that it will not
affect his work as the head of
Belize's Supreme Court.
Another announcement was the
January 1, 2009 appointment of
Justice Oswell Legall from
The new Registrar General; Mrs.
Velda Flowers takes over from
Attorney Aldo Salazar at the
expiration of his contract.



The Ambassador of the Republic of China Taiwan, H.E. Mr. Ting Joseph
Shih officially handed over medical equipment from the TAO YUAN
Hospital, Department of Health, Republic of China Taiwan to the Ministry of
Health at a ceremony held at the Central Medical Supplies compound in
Ladyville on Wednesday January 21, 2009.

The medical equipment valued at approximately US$100,000.00 was procured
following the visit of the Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin and CEO
Ministry of Health, Dr. Peter Allen to Taiwan last November.

Receiving the equipment on behalf of the Ministry of Health was Hon. Pablo
Marin who acknowledged this generous donation from the Government and
[inister of Health Hon. Pablo Marin People of the Republic of China Taiwan. Minister Marin expressed
bassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) appreciation for the exemplary work and continued support of Ambassador
H. E. Ting Joseph Shih H.E. Mr. Ting Joseph Shih and the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
reas in which the equipment will be utilized.
in Belize.

Ambassador Shih commented on the excellent relationship between Belize and
the Republic of China Taiwan and his country's commitment to the continued
support of the healthy development of Belize.

This handing over of equipment follows a cash donation made by the
Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) of US$100,000.00 to Belize
for flood relief and emergency medical supplies in an effort to assist with the
recent flood events of Tropical Storm Arthur and Tropical Depression 16 in
June and October 2008.

The Republic of China (Taiwan) has been supporting the Ministry of Health,
Marin gave a plaque to Ambassador Shih as a Government of Belize in several areas including training as well as donation of
appreciation for the continued support he has medical equipment and supplies.

given to the Ministry of Health.

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Everyone is entitled in full equality
to a fair and public hearing by an
independent and impartial tribunal,
in the determination of his rights and
obligations and of any crimainal
charge against him.

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(1) Everyone charged with a penal
offence has the right to be presumed
innocent until proved guilty
according to law in a public trial at
which he has all the guarantees
necessary for his defence.

(2) No one shall be held guilty of any
penal offence on account of any act
or ommssion which did not
constitute a penal offence, under
national or intemationa law, at the
time when it was committed. Nor
shall a heavier penalty be imposed
than the one that was applicable at
the time the penal offence was

No one shall be subjected to
arbitrary interference with his
privacy, family, home or
correspondence, nor to attacks upon
his honor and reputation. Everyone
had the right to the protection of the
law against such interference or

(1) Everyone has the right to
freedom of movement and residence
within the borders of each state.

(2) Everyone has the right to leave
any country, including his own, and
return to his country.

(1) Everyone has the right to seek
and enjoy in other countries asylum
from persecution.

(2) This right may not be invoked in
the case of prosecutions genuinely
arising from non-political crimes or
from acts contrary to the purposes
and principles of the United Nations.

(1) Everyone has the right to

(2) No one shall be arbitrarily
deprived of his nationality nor
denied the right to change his

(1)Men and women of full age,
without any limitation due to race,
nationality or religion, have the right
to marry and to found a family. They
are entitled to equal rights as to
marriage, during marriage and at its

(2) Marriage shall be entered into
only with the free and full consent
of the intending spouses.

(3) The family is the natural and
fundamental group unit of society
and is entitled to protection by
society and the State.

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(1) Everyone has the right to own
property alone as well as in
association with others.

(2) No one shall be arbitrarily
deprived of his property.

Everyone has the right to freedom
of thought, conscience and religion;
this right includes freedom to change
his religion or belief, and freedom,
either alone or in community with
others and in public or private, to
manifest his religion or belief in
teaching, practice, worship and

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Everyone has the right to freedom
of opinion and expression; this right
includes freedom to hold opinions
without interference and to seek,
receive and impart information and
ideas through any media and
regardless of frontiers.

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(1) Everyone has the right to
freedom of peaceful assembly and

(2) No one may be compelled to
belong to an association.

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(1) Everyone has the right to take
part in the government of his
country, directly or through freely
chosen representatives.

(2) Everyone has the right to equal
access to public service in his

(3) The will of the people shall
be the basis of the authority of
government; the will shall be
expressed in periodic and genuine
elections which shall be by
universal and equal suffrage and
shall be held by secret vote or by
equivalent free voting procedures.

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Everyone, as a member of society,
has the right to social security and is
entitled to realization, through
national effort and international
cooperation and in accordance with
the organization and resources of
each State, of the economic, social
and cultural rights indispensable for
his dignity and the free development
of his personality.

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(1) Everyone has the right to work,
to free choice of employment, to just
and favorable conditions of work and
to protection against unemployment.

(2) Everyone, without any
discrimination, has the right to equal
pay for equal work.

(3) Everyone who works has the
right to just and favorable
remuneration ensuring for himself
and his family an existence worthy
of human dignity, and supplemented,
if necessary, by other means of
social protection.

Everyone has the right to rest and
leisure, including reasonable
limitation of working hours and
periodic holidays with pay.

(1) Everyone has the right to a
standard of living adequate for health
and well being of himself and of his
family, including food, clothing,
housing and medical care and
necessary social services, and the
right to security in the event of
unemployment, sickness, disability,
widowhood, old age or other lack of
livelihood in circumstances beyond
his control.

(2) Motherhood and childhood are
entitled to special care and
assistance. All children, whether
born in or out of wedlock, shall
enjoy the same social protection.

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(1) Everyone has the right to
education. Education shall be free,
at least in the elementary and
fundamental stages. Elementary
education shall be compulsory.
Technical and professional
education shall be made generally
available and higher education shall
be equally accessible to all on the
basis of merit.

(2) Education shall be directed to the
full development of the human
personality and to the strengthening
of respect for human rights and
fundamental freedoms. It shall
promote understanding, tolerance
and friendship among all nations,
racial or religious groups, and shall
further the activities of the United
Nations for the maintenance of

(3) Parents have a prior right to
choose the kind of education that
shall be given to their children.

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(1) Everyone has the right freely to
participate in the cultural life of the
community, to enjoy the arts and to
share in scientific advancement and

its benefit.

(2) Everyone has the right to the
protection of the moral and material
interests resulting from any
scientific, literary or artistic
production of which he is the author.

Everyone is entitled to a social and
international order in which the
rights and freedoms set forth in this
Declaration can be fully realized.

(1) Everyone has duties to the
community in which alone the free
and full development of his
personality is possible.

(2) In the exercise of his rights and
freedoms, everyone shall be subject
only to such limitations as are
determined by law solely for the
purpose of securing due recognition
and respect for the rights and
freedoms of others and of meeting
the just requirements of morality,
public order and the general welfare
in a democratic society.

(3) These rights and freedoms may
in no case be exercised contrary to
the purposes and principles of the
United Nations.

Nothing in this Declaration may be
interpreted as implying for any State,
group or person any right to engage
in any activity or to perform any act
aimed at the destruction of any of
the rights and freedoms set forth

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US Priests 'In $800,000 Theft'

BY: Robert Pigott, BBC
Religious Affairs Correspondent
Two Roman Catholic priests have
been accused of stealing $800,000
from the collection plate of their
church in the US state of Florida.
They allegedly planned to spend
the money on property, holidays,
gambling and to meet the expenses
of mistresses.
One of the priests, Fr John
Skehan has admitted the charges,
but his colleague Fr Francis
Guinan denies them. US law the
statute of limitations prevents the
priests being charged with thefts
that occurred before 2001. But the
auditors say that up to $8m might
have disappeared over a period of
20 years. It could be the biggest
embezzlement case to affect the
Catholic Church in the United
One of the priests Fr John
Skehan abandoned his not-guilty
plea just before his trial began, and
admitted stealing $800,000 given
by parishioners at St Vincent Ferrer
Church in West Palm Beach. The
priests allegedly hid the money in
the church ceiling and opened
offshore accounts. Fr Skehan who
is 81 and has been given the
honorific title "Monsignor" -
served at the church for 40 years.

Father John Skehan

He admitted spending stolen
money on expensive houses and
gambling in Las Vegas. Police
reports claimed that he used more
than $100,000 to pay the expenses
of an alleged lover, and almost
$300,000 on rare coins.
'Well-supported' Fr Skehan's
colleague at St Vincent Ferrer
Church, Fr Francis Guinan, has
been accused of using his share
of the embezzled money to support
a mistress and take her on
expensive holidays. The authorities
claim Fr Guinan had an "intimate"
relationship with a former church
book-keeper and spent much of the
money on her. Fr Guinan who is
66 denies the charges and will go
on trial next month. Fr Guinan's
lawyer, Richard Barlow, said 'just
because bothpriests worked at the
same church and one pleads
guilty, it doesn't mean my guy is

The lawyer acting for Fr Skehan,
Scott Richardson, said "Fr Skehan
accepted responsibility for his
actions by virtue of his guilty
plea", adding, "he has the support
of many people, many of whom
will speak on his behalf". He could
be sent to jail for as long as 31
Both priests were originally from
Ireland. Fr Skehan comes from
Johnstown in County Kilkenny and
Fr Guinan from Birr in County
Offaly. Fr Skehan was arrested at
Palm Beach International Airport in

September 2006 on his return from
Ireland. Both the priests left
the United States after the Church
received a tip-off in a letter,
and began an investigation into
the accounts at St Vincent's,
and what they called "alleged

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The above positions require flexibility with shifts, distant travel, and
willingness to work weekends and holidays. Bi-lingual would be an

Serious applicants can forward their resume along with cover letter
and two references to: Human Resources
Blancaneaux Resorts
P.O. Box B
Central Farm, Cayo
Or Email:
Tel: 824-4914/12

News Release

Ix Chel Tropical Research Foundation is now
offering it's new after school program, KIDS
FOR CONSERVATION. This Program will have
volunteers to assist children with their daily
homework and other school projects.
Students will have the opportunity to do their
assignments in a peaceful, supportive
environment. When homework is completed, we
will have sessions on medicinal plants, animals,
arts and crafts, organic gardening, fun games and
Doors will be open as of January 12th 2009
Monday to Friday from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
ICTRF always working hand in hand with the
community to make a positive difference in the
lives of children.
For further information, to register your child,
to volunteer services, to donate books or school
supplies call 804-0264 or email us at

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Citrus Products Of Belize Team Wins 2nd

Annual Boom to Manatee Canoe Race

BY: Jerry Wilken,
Grumpy Old Men
Monday, January 19, 2009:
I want to thank all of those who
participated and assisted in the
running of the Second Annual
Boom to Manatee Lookout Canoe
The race took place on Saturday
17th January and started promptly
at 10:00 am. The weather was cool
and cloudy but remained dry
throughout the day.
Due to the recent rains, there was
a good current, which assisted in
getting the very fast times recorded,
up some 20 minutes on last years
The race ended at Manatee

Lookout Bar and Restaurant,
thanks to Jamiel for the use of the
Chris Guydis and the CPBL
(Citrus Products of Belize
Limited) crew were first across the
line by an amazing 2 minutes ahead
of Armin Lopez and Belize Bank
crew followed, in third place, by
Andres Cabb and his Atlantic
Bank team a minute later and in
fourth position was Jerry
Rhaburn's Don't Blink team four
minutes behind them.
The first male team and overall
champs recieved $400 and two
trophies for their efforts.
First Pleasure Craft and fifth
overall went to Rudolph Gentle

Housing Grants For

HOTEL, Belize City, Monday,
January 19, 2009:
A release from the Government
Press Office informs that on
Monday, January 19, 2009, the
Ministry of Housing called a press
conference at the Radisson Fort
George Hotel in Belize City to
present the procedures that will be
undertaken for the management of
a US$10 Million grant donated by
the Government and people of the
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Chief Executive Officer in the
Ministry of Housing, Rosalie
Gentle, informed those in
attendance that the grant will be
disbursed as followed, BZ $1.5
Million for the rehabilitation of
homes that were damaged due to
the Tropical Depression 16. The re-
maining BZ$18.5 Million will be
expended through the Ministry of
Housing for home improvement
and the reconstruction of new
CEO Gently informed that for this
purpose the country will be divided
into four regions; Northern,
Western, Southern and Central
regions encompassing all 31
electoral constituencies across the
Except for the Northern Region
which comprises all four
Corozal and in addition to the four
Orange Walk District and the three
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District (Rural North, Rural South
and Rural Central) all other three
regions basically comprises the
electoral constituencies in those
Each of the four regions,
according to CEO Gentle, will be
managed by a six member
oversight committee which will
include a representative each from
the Ministry of Housing; the
Ministry of Works, Ministry of
Human Development (Social
Worker), the Chamber of
Commerce, the National Trade
Union Congress of Belize and two
Area Representatives. They will
primarily oversee the vetting and
approval of application forms as
well as the monitoring and the
signing-off of all approved grants.
CEO Gentle further informed that
in order to qualify for a home
improvement grant, applicants
should own a house and not earn
more than BZ$15,000 per annum.
Furthermore, applicants seeking
the construction of a new house
should not own a house and not
earn more than BZ$20,000 per
Application forms can be
obtained from the constituency
offices of all 31 Area Representa-
tives across the country.
An estimate for the
improvements to homes or the
construction of new homes should
be attached to each application.
Also speaking at the press
conference was Minister of
Housing, Hon. Michael Finnegan.
In his presentation Minister
Finnegan stressed that the grants
will be given to the "... poorest of
the poor citizens of Belize." He
also explained that no monies
will be handed out directly to any
beneficiary and that the Ministry
will not accommodate more than


and his Print Belize crew and First
Female and 6th overall went to
Marcela Cruz and family paddling
for PR Marriott Drilling.
In 7th place and first masters,
Johnny Watt Searle and his team
Junkanu just nudged ahead of us,
Grumpy Old Men, by a mere 2
minutes to get first masters and 7th
Our team, Grumpy Old Men,
came in 8th but managed to collect
quite a bit of garbage along the way
allowing us to claim Orlando
Harrison's offer of a free La Ruta
Maya River Challenge entry.
As we were the race organizers,
we felt that we should offer the
prize to a team without corporate

The Needy
BZ$10,000 for repairs of homes
per applicant and not more than
BZ$30,000 for the construction of
a new house.
Also present at the press
conference were National
Emergency Management Minister,
Hon. Melvin Hulse, and Works
Minister, Hon. Anthony "Boots"
Martinez who both briefly
addressed the conference.

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sponsors and so we nominated
Jerry Rhaburn's team the recipient
of the award. We hope that this is
acceptable to Orlando Harrision
and his Ruta Maya Committee.
Finally in a valiant effort, the
Defenders of the Realm from
BATSUB brought up the rear guard
at 9th place achieving the
remarkable feat of paddling
backwards the whole way. Winners
of each catagory received $150 and
a trophy.
We want to thank Jose Swasey
and his crew for looking after the
safety boat, Ray Herrera and the
Architectural Accent staff for the
fine job on the BBQ, John,
Maurice and Susan for the time
keeping and administration.
We would also like to thank
Johnny Searle Sr. from Belize
Global Travel Services and Joe
Fuzy of SkyLighters Unlimited for
their financial support.
A special thanks also to Johnny
Watt for kindly volunteering to
take on the next race from Boom
to Belize City, which should end at
The Wet Lizard Restaurant and Bar
in the Tourist Village. That event
is tentatively set for for Saturday
21st February.
The proceeds, although nominal,
will be donated to the crew
heading for the Texas Water Safari
this year.

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Sx VolleyballPositions For Elections TWOCHARGED FOR
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BELIZE CITY, Thursday, Beach Commissioner, 5)
January 22, 2009: Tournament Director, and 6)
A release from the The Belize Press Officer.
Volleyball Association (BVA) The release furhter informs that
today informs that six positions will any person desirous of seeking
be up for election when the elected office at the General
Association holds its Annual Congress must be an affiliated
General Congress on Saturday, member and must submit their
February 7th 2009 at 2pm at the name in writing nominated by at
Belize City Center's Conference least three (3) other affiliated
Room. members to the Secretary
Those six positions are as follows: General seventy-two (72) hours
1) Vice President (District prior to the holding of the General
development), 2) Vice President Congress.
(Female Development), All members are asked to attend
3) Technical Commissioner, 4) and be on time.

Police Minister's Second Visit

the Police Youth Cadet Corp.
After inspecting the guard,
Minister Perdomo was ushered into
the new conference room for a
meeting with members of the
detachment. The brief encounter
began with the Officer in Charge
of the Formation, Sr. Supt. Paul
Wade introducing first the
Commissioner, and then the

Minister Perdomo was invited to
tour the upgraded cell block. In
briefing the Minister, Supt. Wade
informed that there have been cases
in recent of months of prisoners
escaping from cells through the
roof which was made of wood and
zinc. This situation has been
rectified as the old roof was
removed and replaced with a
cement slab. He also informed of
the addition of a fourth holding cell

Inspecting me guara, Yourn Laoets In

In his address Commissioner
Westby spoke about being
impressed with the progress that
has continued under Supt. Wade
especially as it pertains to the
police working in partnership with
the community resulting in an
enhance working environment, a
refurbished and freshly painted
police station and a state of the art
conference room. He likewise
expressed satisfaction with the job
that the detachment has been
doing, particularly highlighting
the swift apprehension of those
responsible for the first two
incidents of murder in San Ignacio
since the year began.
In his presentation Minister Perdomo
echoed Commissioner Westby's
sentiments and encouraged the
police, despite limited resources, to
continuedoingagoodjob. Heinformed
that with the Merida Initiative coming
on stream, additional funds will be
made available for the procurement
od much needed equipment for the
At the end of the meeting,

specifically for female prisoners.
From San Ignacio, the tour
proceeded to the villages of Bullet
Tree Falls, Santa Familia, Spanish
Lookout and Georgeville where
Minister Perdomo toured police
substations and held meetings with
village Chairpersons and other
community leaders.
From Georgeville the tour
returned to Santa Elena Town
where Minister Perdomo visited
the proposed site for the
construction of a Substation in
Santa Elena near the Fire Station
in the area of the Rotary Park, just
off Loma Luz Boulevard.
After a lunch break, the tour
continued to the Village of San
Antonio where, again, the
Minister met with village leaders
and was treated to a cultural
presentation organized by the
village council.
From San Antonio Village the tour
returned to San Ignacio Town for a
scheduled 7:00 pm public meeting
at the Center of Employment
Training in San Ignacio.

After the reports were made by
the girls' mothers, the search for
them began and when two haggard
looking girls got off a bus at the
terminal in San Ignacio, an alert
policeman at the terminal
approached them and requested
that they identify themselves. They
were identified as the reported
missing pair and were taken over
to the nearby police station where
they were interviewed.
They were subsequently taken
over to the San Ignacio Hospital,
where medical personnel certified
that one of them in particular was
subjected to a traumatic sexual
experience the likes of which
we will refrain from going into
Armed with a positive
identification of both accused,
investigators waited for their return

Notice is hereby be given that under the
Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance
Chapter 150 of the Laws of Belize,
Revised Edition 2000, that
INEZ FERNANDEZ is applying
for the renewal of her SHOP LIQUOR
LICENSE for he year 2009 to operate
STORE located at #11 George Price
Avenue, Santa Elena Town in the
Cayo District

Notice is hereby be given that under the
Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance
Chapter 150 of the Laws of Belize,
Revised Edition 2000, that
for the renewal of his MALT &
year 2009 to operate MIKE'S PLACE
located in Barton Creek in the Cayo

Notice is hereby be given that under the
Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance
Chapter 150 of the Laws of Belize,
Revised Edition 2000, that
for the renewal of his PUBLICAN
the year 2009 to operate TOUCH OF
Perez Street, Santa Elena Town in the
Cayo District.

Notice is hereby be given that under the
Intoxicating Liquor License
Ordinance Chapter 150 of the Laws of
Belize, Revised Edition 2000, that
CARLA IRELAND is applying
for the renewal of her SHOP LIQUOR
LICENSE for the year 2009 to operate
Blackman Eddy Village in the Cayo

Notice is hereby be given that under the
Intoxicating Liquor License
Ordinance Chapter 150 of the Laws of
Belize, Revised Edition 2000, that
ERVA ESPAT is applying for the
renewal of her RESTAURANT
LIQUOR LICENSE for the year 2009
located on Far West Street, San Ignacio
Town in the Cayo District.

from Toledo to Cayo as the walked
directly into the open long arms of
the law.
The accused appeared before San
Ignacio Magistrate, Kathleen
Lewis, on Wednesday, 21 January
2009 a day marking the 23rd
birthday of the accused, David
Molina Jr. Both accused pleaded
not guilty to the charge of
unlawful carnal knowledge.
Prosecutor George Gomez' strong
obj ection to the granting of bail was
upheld by Magistrate Lewis. Both
accused were consequently
remanded to the central prison in
Hattieville and are scheduled to
return to court on Thursday,
February 19, 2009.
Given that the incident is alleged
to have been committed in the
Toledo Judicial District, the
matter will be heard in Punta Gorda
Magistrate's Court.

Notice is hereby be given that under the
Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance
Chapter 150 of the Laws of Belize,
Revised Edition 2000, that
BOLEZIO PEREZ is applying
for the renewal of his MALT &
year 2009 to operate D&R
RESTAURANT & BAR located in the
village of Unitedville in the Cayo

Notice is hereby be given that under the
Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance
Chapter 150 of the Laws of Belize,
Revised Edition 2000, that ANNA
MARIE WILLIAMS is applying for
the renewal of her MALT &
the year 2009 to operate A&M located
in Georgeville Village in the Cayo

Notice is hereby be given that under the
Intoxicating Liquor License
Ordinance Chapter 150 of the Laws of
Belize, Revised Edition 2000, that
ALHENRY WESTBY is applying
for the renewal of his PUBLICAN
the year 2009 to operate
CHAMPION'S BAR located in the
Savannah Area, San Ignacio Town in the
Cayo District.

Notice is hereby be given that under the
Intoxicating Liquor License
Ordinance Chapter 150 of the Laws of
Belize, Revised Edition 2000, that
applying for the renewal of their
for the year 2009 to operate TABLE
Cristo Rey Village in the Cayo District.

Notice is hereby be given that under the
Intoxicating Liquor License
Ordinance Chapter 150 of the Laws of
Belize, Revised Edition 2000, that
for the renewal of her PUBLICAN
the year 2009 to operate LOLY'S BAR
located on Maya Vista Drive, San
Ignacio Town in the Cayo District.

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