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Publisher: Alberto Orlando August
Place of Publication: Santa Elena, Cayo, Belize
Publication Date: July 19, 2009
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SAN IGNACIO TOWN,
Cayo, Friday, July 17, 2009:
The news of late has been
saturated with reports of alleged
financial irregularities in public
life.
It started out a few weeks ago
with allegations of impropriety
at Belize's flagship public
health facility, the Karl Heusner
Memorial Hospital in Belize
City, where, on the advice of the
Hon Prime Minister Dean
Barrow, a preliminary quick The Western Border
audit was conducted which, one week timeframe allotted and
although concluded within the the report submitted, it did not

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TOWN, Cayo,
Thursday, July
16, 2009:
His face was
synonymous with
the Belize Elec-
tricity Board.
The family and
the community
today laid Santos
Mateo "Matt"
Guerra Jr. to
rest.
Mateo gave 31
years of diligent
service to the
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Station in Benque Viejo
point to any specific culprit.
The Hon Prime Minister has
subsequently announced the
formation of a full Commission
of Inquiry along with a
more comprehensive audit
investigation to span 16 months
before and 16 months after the
installation of the current Board
of Directors of the hospital.
Then came reports of alleged
financial irregularities at City
Hall in Belize City.
Acting on the advice of the
Prime Minister, the Financial
Regulator attached to City Hall,
Patrick Tillett, who is said
to have unearthed the alleged
irregularities, has lodged a
formal complaint with the
police and the matter is under
investigation.
Hot on the heels of the City


The Accused, Julio Santos
Council matter are reports of
alleged financial hanky panky
at Belize City Transport
Department which is reportedly
likewise under investigation.
Now the one that is taking
the cake involves reports of
financial irregularities at the
Accountant General's Office in
Belize City, specifically that
section that handles pension
payments. The Treasury
employee at the center of the
investigation is said to
be Second Class Clerk,
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MONEY MISSING FROM MANY PLACES I I


Monica Escarpeta, who, in the
preliminary stages, was
transferred to another arm
of the government service.
However, as the sum of the
alleged dishonesty began to
multiply, the Public Service
Commission was brought into
the picture ordering that
Escarpeta be suspended from all
public service duties.
In confirming the report,
Financial Secretary, Joseph
Waight, informed that as time
goes by the magnitude of the
irregularity is growing as new
discoveries are made. He
informed that he expects
criminal charges will be levied
shortly against person(s)
involved in the dishonesty.
Much closer to home is the
alleged misappropriation of
finances from the Western
Border Management Agency in
Benque Viejo.
While the rumor of missing
funds began circulating since
Friday, July 3, after the
immediate termination of the
services of the Agency's Site
Manager, Julio Santos, it was
not until about 10 days later,
when the news hit the media on
Tuesday and consequently the
ears of the Hon. Prime Minister
who ordered for the matter to
be reported to the police for
necessary investigation and
possible criminal charges in the
event of wrong doing.
And so it was that 13 days later
on Thursday, July 16 Gonzalo
Rosado, General Manager at
the Western Border
Management Agency visited the
Benque Police Station and


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reported that within a span of 4
days between 14 and 17th June
2009 a total of 6 cash
deposits, totaling $13,751.50,
dispatched to Atlantic Bank in
San Ignacio, were not credited
to the Agency's account. The
irregularity was reportedly noted
when the reconciliation exercise
was performed upon receipt of
the Agency's bank statement at
the end of June.
A release from the Border
Management Agency informed
that "Upon further investiga-
tion, it was noted that the Site
Manager for the Western
Border, Mr. Julio Santos was
the person assigned with the
responsibility of making all
bank deposits for the border
station. As a consequence of
this discovery, Mr. Julio Santos'
employment with the Border
Management was immediately
terminated as of Friday, July
3rd."
The agency has since
contracted the services of Belize
City based Accountant, Mrs.
Maria Fernandez-Stuart to,
according to the Agency's
release "review the Agency's
cash management procedures,
to verify the missingfunds, and
to make recommendations to
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breaches of the procedure."
While the police investigation
gets underway, the search
continues for Julio Santos, who,
up to press time this Friday
morning, remains outside
the reach of the long arms of
the law.
While he was never found
guilty of any wrong doing, this
same Julio Santos, was arrested
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come to the realization that by
his firm actions, in recent weeks,
the Hon. Prime Minister is dead
serious in his stance against
dishonesty/corruption in public
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SSunday, July 19, 2009


Spanish Language Teachers In San Andres, Colombia


Dear Editor;
Greetings from San Andrbs,
Colombia.
Just sending this short note to
inform STAR Readers that
twenty (20) Spanish Language
Teachers and Lecturers from
English Caribbean Countries,
including Suriname, are pres-
ently attending a Spanish
Language Congress in San
Andrbs, Colombia.

Representatives Of
BELMOPAN, Monday, July
13, 2009:
Arriving in Belize on
Saturday, July 11, is a writer and
photographer of one of the
major publishing companies in
the Republic of China (Taiwan),
and the Executive Secretary of
the Embassy of Belize to the
Republic of China (Taiwan).
Sabine Chen, Tori Tseng and
Ivy Lu, respectively are in Belize
on a 10-day mission to collect
material for a tour guide
publication on Belize that would


The course is sponsored by
Colombia's Ministry of Foreign
Affairs in conjunction with
the National University of
Colombia.
The objective of the course is
to help train Spanish language
teachers of the English
Caribbean, in the pedagogy for
teaching Spanish as a foreign
language.
The three participants proudly


representing Belize are: Cesar
Bricefio, Vice Principal of
George Town High in the Stann
Creek District; Mrs. Araceli
Obando from Delille Academy
in Dangriga Town; Leo
Antonio Obando, Applied
Linguist, from Stann Creek
Ecumenical Junior College,
Dangriga Town. The four weeks
course began on July 6 and will
end on July 31,2009.
On behalf of all Teachers from
the Caribbean in attendance, we
extend a special Thank You to
the Colombian Government for


Taiwanese Publishing Company Visiting


be published in Chinese for the
Asian traveler.
The publication will be
the first of its kind for
Belize, providing an in-depth
introduction of the country's
natural resources ... its people
... its landscape ... its culture.
The 200-page guide book will
be edited and printed in Taiwan,
with an initial publication of
2,000 copies to be distributed
to local travel agencies, airline
companies, and the media.
The guide will also be handed


out at tourism exhibitions in
Taiwan.
This project is being imple-
mented by the Embassy of
Belize to the Republic of China
(Taiwan) and the Belize Tourism
Board, with funding from the
Government of the Republic of
China (Taiwan).
For further information on the
Belize Tour Guide Publication
project, please contact the Belize
Embassy in the Republic of
China (Taiwan) at email
novelo.efrain@yahoo.com.


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kind in Colombia.
To the people of Andrbs we
say, Thank You for your show of
friendship and hospitality.
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In Belize: 15 Confirmed Cases Of Influenza AHlN1


BELMOPAN, Tuesday, July
14, 2009:
The Ministry of Health
informs the general public that
as of July 14, 2009, there are
fifteen (15) confirmed cases of
Influenza A H1N1 in Belize.


The Ministry is still awaiting
the result of twenty two (22)
outstanding samples sent to the
Caribbean Epidemiology Center
(CAREC).
All fifteen positive cases came
from the Corozal District and are


Santa Elena Library Taking On
BY: Orlando Pulido, Eve variety of concepts relating to
Computer Services Global Warming in Belize and
SANTA ELENA TOWN, around the World.
Cayo, Thursday, July 16, The Santa Elena Public
2009: Library is located on Carmen
The Santa Elena Town Public Street, next to the Santa Elena
Library in the Cayo District is Public Basketball court.
preparing for its yearly Summer It was built in 1997, with
Program. funding coming from the Baron
This year, the one week Bliss Trust Fund and with
educational program starts on assistance provided by the
July 20th and ends on July 24th Government of Belize.
2009.
Some thirty six children, ages
seven to thirteen, have already
signed up for the program.
According to Librarian i
Beatrice Moreno, by the end of
the five days of activities, We are loc
S.We are loct
participants will have an
enhanced understanding of a or


linked to the Corozal Free Zone.
These cases have presented with
mild flu-like symptoms and have
recovered.
The Ministry of Health
continues with its enhanced
surveillance and health

Climate Change
The Library has advanced to
full Internet capability in recent
years with additional equipment
promised by the current
Minister of Education, Hon
Patrick Faber.
For more information, please,
call Librarians Ms. Eliodi
Wagner or Ms Beatrice
Moreno at 804-3658 or by
e-mail at
santaelenalibrary 1 @yahoo.com


education countrywide.
The general public is reminded
to continue taking the necessary
precautions which include the
following:
A) Wash hands frequently and
use disposable tissue when
possible to cover nose and
mouth when sneezing or
coughing.
B) In public places ensure that
door knobs, bathroom counters
and other similar surfaces are
cleaned on a regular basis with
disinfectant.
Upon presentation of any
flu-like sign or symptom the
public is advised to visit the
nearest health center or your
health care provider.
The Ministry informs the
public that there is no need at this
time to limit any mass gatherings
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There Is No Need To Be Alarmed

THIS WILL ONLY BE A TEST OF THE
EARLY WARNING FLOOD SYSTEM

The
GOVERNMENT OF BELIZE
through the
rnuiaN/L EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATION,
and in conjunction with the
BELIZE ELECTRIC COMPANY LIMITED (BECOL),
hereby informs residents of San Ignacio, Santa Elena,
Cristo Rey, Calla Creek,
Bullet Tree, Santa Familia, Black Rock,
and surrounding areas such as
Negro Man, DuPlooys and Chaa Creek,
that the installation of the
Early Warning Flood System
for these areas is in its
FINAL STAGE OF COMPLETION.

A test of the sirens will be conducted on
TUESDAY, 21st JULY 2009
between the hours of
2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
The General Public is therefore advised that
THERE IS NO NEED TO BE ALARMED
AS THIS WILL ONLY BE A PERIOD OF
TESTING TO ENSURE THAT THE SYSTEM
IS FUNCTIONING TO MAXIMUM STANDARDS.
Belmopan, Wednesday, July 15, 2009


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VACA N CY .. :. .
Investment Officer
Social Security Board
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: July 30th, 2009
ORGANIZATIONAL LEVEL: Investment Officer
DUTY STATION: Belize City Branch Office ... ..
REMUNERATION: Technical Professional 2 Salary Scale
QUALIFICATIONS
E d u ca tio n : .. ..
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration
Associate Degree in Business with a minimum of 4 years working experience in mortgages
or credit management
S Appraisal/valuation experience/training preferable
Skills:
Sound working knowledge of Social Security and its operations
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment
Excellent oral, written communication, and telephone skills ". "
Computer skills MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power Point, MS Access -
A service-oriented mindset and a commitment to providing exceptional customer service
S Good decision making skills
COMPETENCIES
Applicant must possess excellent customer service skills, be assertive, confident and mature with a high
degree of integrity, honesty and responsibility. Must also be able to work independently and in a team
environment, be flexible, motivated and willing to take initiative. Knowledge of debt collection practices
will be an asset.
RESPONSIBILITIES
Manage and rehabilitate assigned residential mortgages' portfolio
S Monitor loans and consistently follow-up with customers (phone, email, personal visits)
S Achieve collections targets
Make recommendations and referrals for Loss Mitigation review
S Maintain productivity standards and perform quality monitoring and collection
Refer non-performing accounts to manager for review and subsequent action
Contribute to process improvement and efficiencies. .
Other duties assigned from time to time
Interested Applicants can send their application letter and updated curriculum vitae to:
The Human Resources Manager
Social Security Board
Bliss Parade
P. 0. Box 18
Belmopan, Cayo District
Belize, Central America









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Sunday, July 19, 2009


New Water Systems For Six Villages

In Orange Walk & Toledo Districts I- I


BY: Mike Hernandez Jr. J.P.,
Director Public Relations,
Social Investment Fund
BELMOPAN CITY, Monday,
July 13, 2009:
A series of unprecedented
ground breaking ceremonies for
the construction of new
rudimentary water systems will
be held this week in six villages
located in the Orange Walk and
Toledo disrtricts.
Over 2,035 residents in Trio,
Bladen, San Isidro and San
Pablo villages in the Toledo
District will soon have reliable
potable water as part of the
Banana Belt Clean Water project
between the European Union
and the Social Investment Fund,
a statutory body under the
auspices of the Ministry of
Economic Development.
The project calls for the
construction of new water
systems in these villages, and to
launch the construction of
these projects, official ground
breaking ceremonies will be
held on Thursday, 16 July 2009
for the villages of Bladen, San
Isidro and San Pablo. The
project in Trio village is already
underway.
The project scope calls for the
construction of a 20,000
Ferro-concrete elevated water
tank, a pump house and network
of distribution pipes in each
village.
These systems will have a
new design with a stronger
foundation, columns and beams
to make them more resistible to
earthquakes.
Combined, these systems will
cost $774,000 and will benefit
some 420 families. The project
will be financed by the European
Union.
The targeted villages are poor
communities, which experience
critical water shortages
especially during the dry season.
The situation in these villages
has continuously posed health
hazards from water borne
illnesses. The provision of
potable water to these four
communities is therefore consid-
ered urgent and beneficial to
their social and economic
development.
Meanwhile, official ground
breaking ceremonies will also be
held for the construction of new


rudimentary water systems in
San Luis and Douglas/San Juan
Villages in the Orange Walk
District on Friday, 17th July,
2009.
Both projects will cost
approximately $516,000 and
will be financed jointly by the
Caribbean Development Bank
and the Government of Belize
through the Basic Needs Trust
Fund.
San Luis is located approxi-
mately 9 miles North West of
Orange Walk Town. The work
scope for the project in San Luis
includes the construction of an
elevated Ferro-concrete 20,000
gallon water tank, a pump house
and the installation of some
12,000 feet of pvc pipes.
The new rudimentary water
system in Douglas will be
similar to the one in San Luis and
will replace the current system,
which is comprised of a
deteriorated galvanized tank
constructed in the later part of
the 1970's. The new system and
will also supply the nearby
village of San Juan.
The new water systems in San
Luis and Douglas/San Juan will
benefit over 900 residents. All
projects will be implemented by
the Social Investment Fund.
Guest speakers at the ground
breaking ceremonies in the
Toledo District will include the
Hon Eden Martinez, Minister
of Human Development and
Social Transformation and Area
Representative for Toledo
East, Hon Gabriel Martinez,
Minister of Rural Development,
representatives of the National
Authorizing Office in the
Ministry of Economic Develop-
ment, the Social Investment
Fund among other invited
guests. Representatives of the
European Union will also be
present.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Prime
Minister, Hon Gaspar Vega,
will deliver the keynote address
at the official ground breaking
ceremonies for the San Luis and
Douglas/San Juan water systems
on Friday.
For further information please
contact Mike Hernandez Jr.
J.P., Director Public Relations,
Social Investment Fund at
Tel: 822-0239 or email
mike.herandez(,sifbelize. org


BASIC NEEDS TRUST FUND
TENDER NOTICE
Construction of Sunday Wood Rudimentary Water
System. Toledo District

The Government of Belize has secured Grant No.GA23/BZE from
the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) towards the cost of
Water Projects and intends to apply part of the Funds to cover
eligible payments under the Contract for Construction of Sunday
Wood Rudimentary Water System, Toledo District.

The Social Investment Fund, a Statutory Corporation, established
under the Social Investment Fund Act No. 3 of 1996 and located at
Constitution Drive, Belmopan City, Cayo District, hereby invites
tenders from suitably qualified contractors for the construction of
the following:


CONTRACT #001.0408 of 2009: Construction of a
Rudimentary Water System for Sunday Wood. Toledo District
(Construction of tank, pump house and fence)


Construction of a 20,000 gallon ferro-concrete elevated water tank
measuring approximately 20'x20'x9'4" elevated by concrete 18"
columns 43' off the ground at the tank base. The footings are
7'x7x'18" and are a maximum of 7'-6" below ground level. The
structure will be enclosed by a concrete/chain link fence with the
perimeter measuring 200' with vehicular and pedestrian gates
strategically placed for easy access; and construction of a concrete
ground level pump house measuring 10'xlO' together with a
generator pad and a concrete/chain link fence with a perimeter
measuring 300' with vehicular and pedestrian gates strategically
placed for easy access.


Tender documents can be obtained from the Social Investment Fund
as of Monday June 29, 2009 at the address below during the
hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday for a
NON-REFUNDABLE fee of BZE$100.00 per package.

Bids must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked "Ouotation
for Sunday Wood RWS, Toledo District.

ADDRESSED TO:
The Executive Director
Social Investment Fund
Constitution Drive
P.O. Box 459
Belmopan City, Cayo District

Tenders will be received at the above address no later than 2:00
p.m. on Friday, July 24, 2009. A Public Opening will be held at
the SIF Office in Belmopan at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, July 24,
2009.

The Social Investment Fund will conduct a pre-bid meeting at
2:00 p.m. on July 16, 2009 at the Office of the Social
Investment Fund, Constitution Drive, Belmopan with interested,
eligible bidders, to explain the tender documents and address any
queries.

The Social Investment Fund reserves the right to reject any or all
tenders.








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At the cocktail party, one
woman said to another, "Aren't
you wearing your wedding ring


on the wrong finger?"
The other replied, "Yes, I am,
I married the wrong man."


were alone she leaned over and
said "Dear, Ijust want to thank
you for everything you did for
me! There is no way I could
ever repay you!!!


He replied, "Oh don't worry,
Honey, I get enough thanks
every time your mother comes
over and kisses you on your
cheeks!!"


Butane Prices Up By $5 Countrywide


Tom came home last evening
and found his 85 year old
grandpa sitting on the porch, in
the rocking chair, with nothing
on from the waist down.
"Grandpa, what are you
doing?" he exclaimed.
The old man looked off into the
distance and did not answer him.
The Best "Thank
A husband and wife were
involved in a terrible traffic
accident. The wife's face was
burnt severely.
The doctor told the husband
they couldn't graft any skin
from her body because she was
too thin. He suggested that the
husband donate some of his skin.
However, the only suitable place
was from his buttocks.
The husband agreed and
requested that no one, not even


"Grandpa, what are you
doing sitting out here with no
pants on?" he asked again.
The old man slyly looked at
him and said, "Well Son, last
week I sat out here with no
shirt on, and I got a stiff
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You" Of Them All
the wife, be told because it was
a very delicate matter.
After the surgery was
completed, everyone was
astounded at the wife's new
beauty.
She looked more beautiful
than she ever did before! All her
friends and relatives just ranted
and raved at her new look!
She always wanted to thank
her husband for the generous
donation. One day when they


The Ministry of Economic
Development informs of a $5
countrywide increase in the
retail price of the 100 lb
cylinder of butane gas to take
effect from Wednesday, July 15,
2009.
This increase, informs the
Ministry, has become necessary
due to an increase in the
acquisition cost of the latest


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The new prices now stands
at $98 in Belize City and
Corozal; $99 in Orange Walk:
$100 in Belmopan and San
Ignacio; $101 in Benque Viejo
Town; $102 in Stann Creek and
$103 in Toledo.
The release additionally
informed that the new prices do
not include delivery cost.


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No Need To Be Alarmed It's Just A Test

Of The Emergency Warning System


SAN IGNACIO TOWN,
Thursday, July 16, 2009:
The Government of Belize
(GOB), in conjunction with
the National Emergency
Management Organization
(NEMO) and the Belize Electric
Company Limited (BECOL)
informs of the testing of the
siren for early flood warning.
The installation of the
warning system is said to be in
compliance with one aspect of
the June 30, 2008 ruling of the
Supreme Court of Belize
specifically that aspect of the
Environment Compliance Plan
(ECP) dealing with the
installation of a dam break
warning system.
One component of the system
is located at the fire station in
San Ignacio Town. It consists of
a siren with 8 horns sitting atop
a pole behind the Fire Station
and the switching component
and communication system
mounted on a wall inside the


The set of 8 horns sitting atop a
pole behind the Fire Station
The switching component comes fully
equipped with four 12 volts batteries
which renders it independent of a
continuous supply of electricity. It is also


communication to the
dam.
We were informed
that the system is
designed to automati-
cally activate with any
failure of the physical
structure of the dam
wall at Chalillo with
a manual activation
system in the unlikely
event of the failure of
automatic triggering
system.
After approximately
two months of installing
the system, the
authorities (GOB,
NEMO & BECOL)
informs that the
equipment is now ready
to be pressed into
service and that final
testing will be
conducted between
2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
on Tuesday, July 21,
2009.


The switching component
and communication system
mounted on a wall inside
the Fire Station
all residents in the surrounding
areas that there is no need
for alarm during the period on
Tuesday as it is only a test of the


building. fitted with a base radio unit with direct


The September Celebrations
Committee invites all Belizeans
to submit recommendations for
EVENTS to be included on the official
September Celebrations Calendar.
All recommendations will be vetted
and approved by the September
Celebrations Committee.
Suggestions should be submitted no
later than July 24th, 2009 and should be
addressed to:


September


Chairman
Celebrations Committee
P.O. Box 325
Belize City


NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

The September Celebrations
Committee announces this year's
THEME Competition!

All Belizeans, whether living at home or abroad, are
invited to submit recommendations for the theme
for this year's September Celebrations that will
commemorate the 211th Anniversary of the Battle
of St. George's Caye and the 28th Anniversary of
Belize's Independence. The theme should reflect
Belize's growth and development as a nation and be
no more than 10 words.
Winner Receives $1000 Cash Prize.
Entries should be submitted by July 24th, 2009
to:
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ARIES
March 22 to April 20
Money comes in a
bigger way. You
could be excited
about the goings
on in your personal
life. There could be
a new relationship on the anvil
but you also need to not appear
overly interested. Try to
postpone serious decisions for
a while. Lucky Numbers: 12,
34, 66.

TAURUS
April 21 to May 21
You could be
interacting with
I some really
influential
people and it
opens up new doors. You are
cautioned here though that any
conflicts that you have now are
likely to result in fractures in
relationships. Travel for short
distances is indicated. Lucky


Numbers: 06, 15, 72.


You will try to make
the best of the
resources that are
available to you.
Play your cards right
and your past efforts will bear
fruit. Do not fall into the trap of
seeking comfort in intimate
relationships. Rely on trusted
friends for emotional support.
Lucky Numbers: 05, 49, 87.

CANCER
June 22 to July 23
You are full of
amazing ideas. You
/:' A'i feel that you can
1'i,. achieve a lot if you
follow your in-
stinct. There could
be some hurdle in the form of
an envious senior who may not
let your ideas transform into
reality easily. Despite this, do
not adopt a confrontational atti-


tude. There is reason to be wary.
Lucky Numbers: 02, 27, 93.
LEO
July 24 to August 21
There are many
L" things that you
are not aware of
.r and it will do
you good to
look closely at the professional
commitments that you have
made. You could be negotiating
through a challenging personal
relationship where you do get to
reach a settlement between you
and your partner. There could be
mild health related problems.
Lucky Numbers: 01, 32, 58.

VIRGO
August 22 to
September 21
If you question
too much, answers
will be hard to come
by. But there could
be some really
wonderful results
for you as some
divine-seeming interventions
happen to resolve your worries.
The contacts you make now will
come in handy in helping you
progress. Your personal life may
suffer from a lack of quality
time. Lucky Numbers: 17, 54,
76.

LIBRA
September 22 to
October 23
There could be
Some overwhelm-
S ing changes at home
and in your career.
You have managed
your life well so far and now is
the time to move to a higher
level. You need to throw away
items hat remind you of the past.
Try to finish all financial deals
before the week ends. Lucky
Numbers: 07, 53, 84.

SCORPIO
October 24 to
November 21
U v You will become
aware of a big
: change about to
,, happen and will
need to make a
final decision about property.
A short trip is foreseen. There
could be a new contract signed
at work. You could enter a new
relationship on a personal level.
Lucky Numbers: 09, 31, 57.


SAGITTARIUS
November 22 to
December 21
This week closes
pending money
matters. Personal
Life continues to be
largely ignored as
you have a lot to
cope with professionally. Talks
about a new job also will get
completed. One source of
income might close but the
other comes to fruition. Lucky
Numbers: 03, 47, 73.

CAPRICORN
December 22 to
January 20
This week sees
you focusing on
i the self-image
and resetting
priorities. You'll
also consider
whether a close
relationship is meeting your
needs. In case you feel very
committed and satisfied, you
could even chalk up plans for a
life together. Lucky Numbers:
08, 36, 98.


Jaruaryv 21 to
Februavy 19
There may be
money coming
from sources you
had least expected,
especially through
your creativity.
Some sort of middleman, such
as an agent, lawyer, representa-
tive, or broker may be very
instrumental to your sudden
luck. There is good news with
regard to a property, or a family
member. Lucky Numbers: 04,
39, 92.

PISCES
February 20 to
March 21
The coming weeks
sees you focusing on
home improvement.
Also there will be
many social commit-
ments to honour. You
could rub shoulders with some
highly successful people and
also start a new relationship on
a romantic note. Communicat-
ing well will be the key to
success in all relationships.
Lucky Numbers: 22, 51, 79.


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Most Of The Stolen Computer Equipment

Returned To The Ministry of Education


BELIZE CITY, Thursday,
July 16, 2009:
The office of the Belize
District Education Center on
Mahogany Street, Belize City
was burglarized during the night
on Tuesday, July 7, and the early
morning hours of Wednesday,
July 8, 2009.
Computer equipment valued


in excess of $14,000.00 was
stolen. Police investigations led
to the recovery, on July 9, of
most of the missing items and
the arrest one Carlos Hall who
was subsequently charged with
handling stolen goods. A release
from the Ministry of Education
informs that "contrary to reports
in the media Mr. Hall was never


an employee of the Ministry of
Education."
The release from the Ministry
of Education further informs
that on Thursday, July 16, 2009
officials from the Ministry of
Education visited the Police
Station where most of the stolen
items were returned to them.
A release from the Police Press


BELMOPAN CITY, Wednes-
day, July 15, 2009:
Belize's Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and Foreign Trade today
informed that the Government
of Belize, concerned about the
impasse that has characterized
events after the overthrow
of President Manuel Zelaya
Rosales as the democratically
elected and constitutional
President of the Republic of
Honduras on 28th June 2009,
welcomes the efforts being made
by all parties to ensure peace and


democracy in the region.
The mediation process being
spearheaded by Nobel Laureate
Oscar Arias Sanchez, President
of the Republic of Costa Rica,
is facilitating dialogue between
the parties in Honduras, and it is
very much hoped that progress
can be achieved very soon.
The release further informs
that these efforts are
commendable and deserve the
full support of the international
community.
The Government of Belize is


hopeful that a solution to the
impasse in Honduras can be
found very soon through
dialogue and wishes President
Arias and the parties involved
every success in their endeavors.
The Government of Belize
continues to monitor the
situation closely and reiterates its
full solidarity with the region in
recognizing President Manuel
Zelaya Rosales as the only
democratically elected and
constitutional President of the
Republic of Honduras.


Office informs that the Officer
Commanding Belize City's
Eastern (Police) Division,
Assistant Commissioner of
Police, David Henderson
"expressed his gratitude and
appreciation to the concerned
public who provided the
necessary information for the
recovery of the items."






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SOCIAL SECURITY BOARD TENDER
tender for the Construction and Exoansion of the Existina Parkina


lot at the SSB Headquarters Office

1. The Social Security Board proposes to invite Bids at the end of July 2009 for the contract package for the construction and
expansion of the parking lot for its Headquarters Office in Belmopan.

2. Joint ventures and partnerships including those between local firms will be considered.

3. Interested persons can pick up the plan and drawings along with the Bill of Quantities at the Headquarters Office in
Belmopan from the Chief Executive Officer's office or from the General Manager, Finance.

4. All documents that are provided by the Social Security Board will be given for the non-refundable fee of $250.00.

5. Deadline for the submission of tenders is Friday 24 July 2009, at 4:00 pm.
Any tender received after this deadline will not be considered.

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 thereby incurring any liability to the affected prospective contractor or any
obligation to assign any reason for the rejection of any tender. Prospective tenderers must be in compliance with the require-
ments of Social Security Act, especially with respect to the payment of contributions, in order to be considered.

MRS. MERLENE BAILEY MARTINEZ
Chief Executive Officer
Social Security Board Bliss Parade,
P.O. Box 18
Belmopan


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BY: Chris Hedges
In celebrity culture we destroy
what we worship.
The commercial exploitation
of Michael Jackson's death was
orchestrated by the corporate
forces that rendered Jackson
insane.
Jackson, robbed of his
childhood and surrounded by
vultures that preyed on his
fears and weaknesses, was so
consumed by self-loathing he
carved his African-American
face into an ever changing
Caucasian death mask and hid
his apparent pedophilia behind
a Peter Pan illusion of eternal
childhood.
He could not disentangle his
public and his private self. He
became a commodity, a product,
one to be sold, used and
manipulated. He was infected
by the moral nihilism and
personal disintegration that are
at the core of our corporate
culture. And his fantasies of
eternal youth, delusions of
majesty, and desperate,
disfiguring quests for physical
transformation were expressions
of our own yearning. He was a
reflection of us in the extreme.
His memorial service-a
variety show with a coffin-had
an estimated 31.1 million
television viewers. The
ceremony, which featured per-
formances or tributes from
Stevie Wonder, Brooke Shields
and other celebrities, was carried
live on 19 networks, including
the major broadcast and cable
news outlets. It was the final
episode of the long-running


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Michael Jackson series. And it
concluded with Jackson's
daughter, Paris, being prodded to
stand in front of a microphone
to speak about her father. Janet
Jackson, before the girl could
get a few words out, told Paris
to "speak up."
As the child broke down, the
adults around her adjusted the
microphone so we could hear the
sobs. The crowd clapped. It
was a haunting echo of what
destroyed her father.
The stories we like best are
"real life" stories-early fame,
wild success and then a long,
bizarre and macabre emotional
train wreck. O.J Simpson
offered a tamer version of the
same plot. So does Britney
Spears. Jackson, by the end,
was heavily in debt and
had weathered a $22 million
out-of-court settlement payment
to Jordy Chandler, as well as
seven counts of child sexual
abuse and two counts of
administering an intoxicating
agent in order to commit a
felony.
We fed on his physical and
psychological disintegration,
especially since many
Americans are struggling
with their own descent into
overwhelming debt, loss of
status and personal disintegra-
tion.
The lurid drama of Jackson's
personal life meshed perfectly
with the ongoing dramas on
television, in movies and in the
news. News thrives on "real
life" stories, especially those


involving celebrities. News
reports on television are
mini-dramas complete with a
star, a villain, a supporting cast,
a good-looking host and a
dramatic, if often unexpected,
ending.
The public greedily consumed
"news" about Jackson,
especially in his exile and de-
cline, which often outdid most
works of fiction.
In "Fahrenheit 451," Ray


Bradbury's novel about a future
dystopia, people spend most of
the day watching giant television
screens that show endless scenes
of police chases and criminal
apprehensions. Life, Bradbury
understood, once it was
packaged, scripted, given a
narrative and filmed, became the
most compelling form of
entertainment. And Jackson was
a great show. He deserved a
great finale.
Those who created Jackson's
public persona and turned him
into a piece of property, first as
a child and finally as a corpse
encased in a $15,000 gold-plated
casket, are the agents, publicists,
marketing people, promoters,
script writers, television and
movie producers, advertisers,
video technicians, photogra-
phers, bodyguards, recording
executives, wardrobe consult-
ants, fitness trainers, pollsters,
public announcers and television
news personalities who create
the vast stage of celebrity for
profit.
They are the puppet masters.
No one achieves celebrity status,
no cultural illusion is swallowed
as reality, without these armies
of cultural enablers and
intermediaries. The producers at
the Staples Center in Los


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Angeles made sure the 18,000
attendees and the television
audience (even theBBCdevoted
three hours to the tribute)
watched a funeral that was
turned into another maudlin
form of uplifting popular
entertainment.
The memorial service for
Jackson was a celebration of
celebrity. There was the queasy
sight of groups of children,
including his own, singing over
the coffin.
Magic Johnson put in a plug
for Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Shields, fighting back tears,
recalled how she and a 33-year-
old Jackson-who always
maintained that he was
straight-broke into Elizabeth
Taylor's room the night before
her last wedding to "get thefirst
peek of the [wedding] dress."
Shields and Jackson, at Taylor's
wedding, then joked that they
were "the mother and father of
the bride." "Yes, it may have
seemed very odd to the outside,"
Shields said, "but we made it
fun and we made it real."
There were photo montages in
which a shot of Jackson
shaking hands with Nelson
Mandela was immediately
followed by one of him with
Kermit the Frog.
Fame reduces all of the famous
to the same level. Fame is its
own denominator. And every
anecdote seemed to confirm that
when you spend your life as a
celebrity you have no idea who
you are.
We measure our lives by these
celebrities. We seek to be like
them. We emulate their look and
behavior. We escape the
messiness of real life through
the fantasy of their stardom.
We, too, long to attract
admiring audiences for our
grand, ongoing life movie. We
try to see ourselves moving
through our lives as a camera
would see us, mindful of how we
hold ourselves, how we dress,
what we say.
We invent movies that play
inside our heads with us as stars.
We wonder how an audience
would react. Celebrity culture
has taught us, almost
unconsciously, to generate
interior personal screenplays.
We have learned ways of
speaking and thinking that


grossly disfigure the way we
relate to the world and those
around us. Neal Gabler, who has
written wisely about this, argues
that celebrity culture is not a
convergence of consumer
culture and religion so much as
a hostile takeover of religion by
consumer culture.
Jackson desperately feared
growing old. He believed he
could control race and gender.
He transformed himself through
surgery and perhaps female
hormones from a brown-skinned
African-American male to a
chalk-faced androgynous ghoul
with no clear sexual identity.
And while he pushed these
boundaries to the extreme, he did
only what many Americans do.
There were 12 million
cosmetic plastic surgery
procedures performed last year
in the United States. They were
performed because, in America,
most human beings, rich and
poor, famous and obscure, have
been conditioned to view
themselves as marketable
commodities. They are objects,
like consumer products. They
have no intrinsic value. They
must look fabulous and live on
fabulous sets. They must remain
young. They must achieve
notoriety and money, or the
illusion of it, to be a success. And
it does not matter how they get
there.
The moral nihilism of our
culture licenses a dark
voyeurism into other people's
humiliation, pain, weakness and
betrayal. Education, building
community, honesty, transpar-
ency and sharing are qualities
that will see you, in a gross
perversion of democracy and
morality, ridiculed and voted off
any reality show. Fellow
competitors for prize money and
a chance for fleeting fame elect
to "disappear" the unwanted. In
the final credits of the reality
show "America's Next Top
Model," a picture of the woman
expelled during the episode
vanishes from the group portrait
on the screen.
Those cast aside become, at
least to the television audience,
nonpersons. Celebrities who can
no longer generate publicity,
good or bad, vanish. Life, these
shows teach, is a brutal world of
unadulterated competition and
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BASIC NEEDS TRUST FUND
TENDER NOTICE

Construction of Rudimentary Water Systems, Belize

The Government of Belize has secured Grant No.GA23/BZE from
the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) towards the cost of Water
Projects and intends to apply part of the Funds to cover eligible
payments under the Contract for Construction of Rudimentary
Water System in San Felipe, Orange Walk District, and
Construction of RWS for Corozalito/St. Anne's/ Santana, Belize
District.

The Social Investment Fund, a Statutory Corporation, established
under the Social Investment Fund Act No. 3 of 1996 and located at
Constitution Drive, Belmopan City, Cayo District, hereby invites
tenders from suitably qualified contractors for the construction of
the following:

CONTRACT #001.0404 of 2009: Construction of a
Rudimentary Water System for San Felipe. Orange Walk
District (Construction of tank, pump house and fence) AND
CONTRACT #001.0403 of 2009: Construction of RWS for
Corozalito/St. Anne's/Santana, Belize District (Construction of
tank, pump house and fence) includes:

Construction of a 20,000 gallon ferro-concrete elevated water tank
measuring approximately 20'x20'x9'4" elevated by concrete 13"
columns 43' off the ground at the tank base. The footings are
6'x6'14" and are a maximum of 6' below ground level. The
structure will be enclosed by a concrete/chain link fence with the
perimeter measuring 300' with vehicular and pedestrian gates
strategically placed for easy access; and construction of a concrete
ground level pump house measuring 10'x10' together with a
generator pad and a concrete/chain link fence with a perimeter
measuring 120' with vehicular and pedestrian gates strategically
placed for easy access.

Tender documents can be obtained from the Social Investment Fund
as of Monday June 29, 2009 at the address below during the
hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday for a
NON-REFUNDABLE fee of BZE$100.00 per package.

Bids must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked
"Ouotation for San Feline RWS, Orange Walk OR Ouotation
for Construction of RWS for Corozalito/St. Anne's/Santana,
Belize District.

ADDRESSED TO:
The Executive Director
Social Investment Fund
Constitution Drive
P.O. Box 459
Belmopan City, Cayo District

Tenders will be received at the above address no later than 2:00
p.m. on Friday, July 24, 2009. A Public Opening will be held at
the SIF Office in Belmopan at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, July 24,2009.

The Social Investment Fund will conduct a pre-bid meeting at 2:00
p.m. on July 16,2009 at the Office of the Social Investment Fund,
Constitution Drive, Belmopan with interested, eligible bidders, to
explain the tender documents and address any queries.

The Social Investment Fund reserves the right to reject any or all
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constant quest for notoriety and
attention. And life is about the
personal humiliation of those
who oppose us. Those who win
are the best. Those who lose
deserve to be erased. Those who
fail, those who are ugly or poor,
are belittled and mocked.
Human beings are used,
betrayed and discarded in a
commodity culture, which is
pretty much the story of
Jackson's life, although he
experienced the equivalent of
celebrity resurrection.
This has been very good for his
music sales and perhaps for his
father's new recording company,
which Joe Jackson made sure to
plug at public events after his
son's death. Compassion,
competence, intelligence and
solidarity are useless assets
when human beings are
commodities. Those who do not
achieve celebrity status, who do
not win the prize money or make
millions in Wall Street firms,
deserve their fate.
The cult of self, which
Jackson embodied, dominates
our culture. This cult shares
within it the classic traits of
psychopaths: superficial charm,
grandiosity and self-importance;
a need for constant stimulation,
a penchant for lying, deception
and manipulation; and the
incapacity for remorse or guilt.
Jackson, from his phony
marriages to his questionable
relationships with young boys,
had all these qualities. This is
also the ethic promoted by
corporations. It is the ethic of


unfettered capitalism. It is the
misguided belief that personal
style and personal advancement,
mistaken for individualism, are
the same as democratic equality.
It is the celebration of image
over substance.
We have a right, in the cult of
the self, to get whatever we
desire. We can do anything, even
belittle and destroy those around
us, including our friends, to
make money, to be happy and to
become famous.
Once fame and wealth are
achieved, they become their own


justification, their own morality.
How one gets there is irrelevant.
It is this perverted ethic that gave
us Wall Street banks and
investment houses that willfully
trashed the nation's economy,
stole money from tens of
millions of small shareholders
who had bought stocks to
finance their retirement or the
college expenses of their
children. The heads of these
corporations, like the winners on
a reality television program who
lied and manipulated others to
succeed, walked away with
hundreds of millions of dollars
in compensation and bonuses.


All Belizean Musicians are invited to enter this year's Carnival Song
Competition in conjunction with the 28th Anniversary of Belize's
Independence and the 211th Anniversary of the Battle of St. George's
Caye song competition. The winning song will be featured throughout the
September Celebrations activities.
Rules & Regulations:
, Contestants must be nationals of Belize.
e The organizers, judges and their families are not eligible to enter the contest.
r Topics can focus on St. George's Caye day and/or Belize's Independence.
; Songs must be NEW and ORIGINAL pieces, created to instill patriotism and a sense
of national pride.
r Songs can be in any language but each entry must be accompanied by its English
translation.
r Entry packages must include a lyrics sheet and an audio recording for each song.
r Professional recording are not required; once submitted, tapes, CDs and lyric sheet
becomes the property of the September Celebrations Secretariat.
r 9 Finalists will be selected by the committee and will be required to perform LIVE
rendition at the Finals.
r Songs making it to the semi-finals will be uploaded onto the September celebrations
website at www.septembercelebrationsbze.com at which point the general public will
be able to listen to all 9 songs and then vote for their favorite song.
Songs must not be longer than five (5) minutes.
August 15th has been set as the date for the live performance at the House of
Culture. The final selection committee will be comprised of 5 judges, however the
highest and lowest scores of all participants will be discarded at the time of judging.
Selected songs will be recorded for the production of a September Celebrations CD.
Entries will be judged based on:
Audience Appeal Lyrical Content
MusicalArrangement Stage Presence
Vocal Quality


The ethic of Wall Street is the
ethic of celebrity.
The saturation coverage of
Jackson's death is an example of
our collective flight into illusion.
The obsession with the trivia of
his life conceals the despair,
meaninglessness and emptiness
of our own lives. It deflects the
moral questions arising from
mounting social injustice,
growing inequalities, costly im-
perial wars, economic collapse
and political corruption. The
wild pursuit of status, wealth and
fame has destroyed our souls, as
it destroyed Jackson, and it has
destroyed our economy.


Winner will receive:
1st Place $3000 and a Trophy
2nd Place $2000 and a Trophy
3rd Place $1000 and a Trophy

Entries should be submitted by July 15th, 2009 to:
Chairman
September Celebrations Secretariat
P.O. Box 325
Belize City


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I Sunday, July 19, 2009


Over the past several days we
have seen the Vector Control
vehicle spraying around town. In
the absence of any official an-
nouncement the presence of
Dengue is said to be on the in-
crease. It is in this light that we
bring you the fact on the flu as
provided by the World Health
Organization:
THE KEY FACTS
SDengue is a mosquito-borne
infection that causes a severe
flu-like illness, and sometimes a
potentially lethal complication
called dengue haemorrhagic
fever.
Global incidence of dengue has
grown dramatically in recent
decades.
About two fifths of the world's
population are now at risk.
- Dengue is found in tropical and
sub-tropical climates worldwide,
mostly in urban and semi-urban
areas.
* Dengue haemorrhagic fever is
a leading cause of serious illness
and death among children in
some Asian countries.
* There is no specific treatment
for dengue, but appropriate
medical care frequently saves
the lives of patients with the
more serious dengue
haemorrhagic fever.
* The only way to prevent
dengue virus transmission is to
combat the disease-carrying
mosquitoes.
Dengue is a mosquito-borme
infection that in recent decades
has become a major international
public health concern.
Dengue haemorrhagic fever
(DHF), a potentially lethal
complication, was first
recognized in the 1950s during
dengue epidemics in the
Philippines and Thailand.
Today DHF affects most Asian
countries and has become a
leading cause ofhospitalization
and death among children in the
region.
There are four distinct, but
closely related, viruses that
cause dengue. Recovery from
infection by one provides
lifelong immunity against that
virus but confers only partial and
transient protection against
subsequent infection by the other
three viruses.
There is good evidence that
sequential infection increases


the risk of developing DHF.
The spread of dengue is
attributed to expanding
geographic distribution of the
four dengue viruses and their
mosquito vectors, the most
important of which is the
predominantly urban species
Aedes aegypti.
A rapid rise in urban mosquito
populations is bringing ever
greater numbers of people into
contact with this vector,
especially in areas that are
favourable for mosquito
breeding, e.g. where household
water storage is common and
where solid waste disposal
services are inadequate.
TRANSMISSION
Dengue viruses are transmitted
to humans through the bites of
infective female Aedes
mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes generally acquire
the virus while feeding on the
blood of an infected person.
After virus incubation for eight
to 10 days, an infected mosquito
is capable, during probing and
blood feeding, of transmitting
the virus for the rest of its life.
Infected female mosquitoes may
also transmit the virus to their
offspring by transovarial (via the
eggs) transmission, but the role
of this in sustaining transmission
of the virus to humans has not
yet been defined.
Infected humans are the main
carriers and multipliers of the
virus, serving as a source of the
virus for uninfected mosquitoes.
The virus circulates in the
blood of infected humans
for two to seven days, at
approximately the same time
that they have a fever; Aedes
mosquitoes may acquire the
virus when they feed on an in-
dividual during this period.
Some studies have shown that
monkeys in some parts of the
world play a similar role in
transmission.
CHARACTERISTICS
Dengue fever is a severe,
flu-like illness that affects


infants, young children and
adults, but seldom causes death.
The clinical features of dengue
fever vary according to the age
of the patient. Infants and young
children may have a fever with
rash. Older children and adults
may have either a mild fever or
the classical incapacitating
disease with abrupt onset and
high fever, severe headache,
pain behind the eyes, muscle and
joint pains, and rash.
Dengue haemorrhagic fever
(DHF) is a potentially deadly
complication that is
characterized by high fever,
often with enlargement of the
liver, and in severe cases
circulatory failure.
The illness often begins with
a sudden rise in temperature
accompanied by facial flush and
other flu-like symptoms. The
fever usually continues for two
to seven days and can be as high
as 41C, possibly with
convulsions and other
complications.
In moderate DHF cases, all
signs and symptoms abate after
the fever subsides. In severe
cases, the patient's condition


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may suddenly deteriorate
after a few days of fever; the
temperature drops, followed by
signs of circulatory failure, and
the patient may rapidly go into a
critical state of shock and die
within 12 to 24 hours, or quickly
recover following appropriate
medical treatment.
TREATMENT
There is no specific treatment
for dengue fever.
For DHF, medical care by
physicians and nurses
experienced with the effects and
progression of the complicating
haemorrhagic fever can
frequently save lives decreas-
ing mortality rates from more
than 20% to less than 1%.
Maintenance of the patient's
circulating fluid volume is the
central feature of DHF care.
IMMUNIZATION
There is no vaccine to protect
against dengue. Although
progress is underway,
developing a vaccine against
the disease in either its mild or
severe form is challenging.
Despite these challenges,
two vaccine candidates have
advanced to evaluation in human
subjects in countries with
endemic disease, and several
potential vaccines are in earlier
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stages of development.
TheWorld Health Organization
provides technical advice and
guidance to countries and
private partners to support
vaccine research and evaluation.
Prevention and control
At present, the only method of
controlling or preventing dengue
virus transmission is to combat
the vector mosquitoes.
In Asia and the Americas,
Aedes aegypti breeds primarily
in man-made containers like
earthenware jars, metal drums
and concrete cisterns used for
domestic water storage, as well
as discarded plastic food
containers, used automobile
tyres and other items that collect
rainwater. InAfrica the mosquito
also breeds extensively in
natural habitats such as tree
holes, and leaves that gather to
form "cups" and catch water.
In recent years, Aedes


albopictus, a secondary dengue
vector in Asia, has become
established in the United States,
several Latin American and
Caribbean countries, parts of
Europe and Africa. The rapid
geographic spread of this species
is largely attributed to the
international trade in used tyres,
a breeding habitat.
Vector control is implemented
using environmental manage-
ment and chemical methods.
Proper solid waste disposal and
improved water storage
practices, including covering
containers to prevent access
by egg-laying female
mosquitoes are among methods
that are encouraged through
community-based programmes.
The application of appropriate
insecticides to larval habitats,
particularly those that are useful
in households, e.g. water storage
vessels, prevents mosquito
breeding for several weeks but


must be re-applied periodically.
Small, mosquito-eating fish and
copepods (tiny crustaceans)
have also been used with some
success.
During outbreaks, emergency
vector control measures can also
include broad application of
insecticides as space sprays
using portable or truck-mounted
machines or even aircraft.
Regular monitoring of the
vectors' susceptibility to
widely used insecticides is
necessary to ensure the
appropriate choice of chemicals.
Active monitoring and
surveillance of the natural
mosquito population should
accompany control efforts
to determine programme
effectiveness.

For more information contact:
WHO Media centre
Telephone: +41 22 791 2222
E-mail:mediainquiries(dwho.int


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Sunday, July 19, 2009


SOCIAL SECURITY BOARD TENDER

Prequalifications of Contractor For the construction
of a building for the Punta Gorda Branch Office
Toledo District
Financed by the Social Security Board

1. The Social Security Board proposes to invite Bids in the latter part of August 2009 for the construction
of its Punta Gorda Branch Office, from its register of prequalified contractors whose firms belong to the
country of Belize. It is expected that construction will commence sometime in October 2009.

2. Joint ventures and partnerships including those between local firms will be considered.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK

3. The works consist of the construction of a two storey reinforced concrete and blocks structure as
offices for the Punta Gorda Branch of the Social Security Board. It will include offices, conferences
room, lavatories, security fence, mechanical and electrical services and other facilities, for a total area
of 7300 sq. ft.

4. Firms applying to be prequalified for carrying out the works will be evaluated, inter alia, on the basis
of experience, availability of plant, financial position, bank credit, previous performance and
organizational capability.


5. Pre qualification Application forms and questionnaires can be obtained at the SSB Head Office in
Belmopan as (of 13 July 2009 at 8:30 am) at the following address. All documents that are provided by
the Social Security Board will be given for the non-refundable fee of $500.00.

Mrs. Irene Cruz
Social Security Board, Belize
Bliss Parade
Belmopan, Cayo District
Belize, Central America
Tel: 501-822-2163 Fax: 822-3331
Email: icruzasocialsecurity.org.bz

6. Prequalification Form and Questionnaire must be competed and enclosed in a sealed envelope and
clearly marked on the top "PREQUALIFICATION APPLICATION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF PUNTA
GORDA BRANCH OFFICE" and returned not later than 4:00 p.m. local time on 24 July 2009.

Any tender received after this deadline will not be considered.

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 thereby incurring any
liability to the affected prospective contractor or any obligation to assign any reason for the rejection of any
tender. Prospective tenderers must be in compliance with the requirements of Social Security
Act. especially with respect to the payment of contributions, in order to be considered.


MRS. MERLENE BAILEY MARTINEZ
Chief Executive Officer
Social Security Board
Bliss Parade, P.O. Box 18
Belmopan, Belize








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Reminding our Valued Customers
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SOCIAL INVESTMENT FUND
TENDER NOTICE

Construction of Rudimentary Water Systems. Toledo District
(Construction of Tank and Pump House with Fence)

The Government of Belize has secured Grant No.9366/BEL (Europe
AID/126752/D/ACT/BZ) from European Union (EU) towards the
cost of Water Projects and intends to apply part of the Funds to cover
eligible payments under Contracts for the Bladden Rudimentary
Water System Construction, San Isidro Rudimentary Water
System Construction and San Pablo Rudimentary Water
System Construction, Toledo District.

The Social Investment Fund, a Statutory Corporation, established
under the Social Investment Fund Act No. 3 of 1996 and located at
Constitution Drive, Belmopan City, Cayo District, hereby invites
tenders from suitably qualified contractors for the construction of
the following:

CONTRACT #001.0405 of 2009: Bladden Rudimentary Water
System (Construction of Tank and Pump House with Fence)

CONTRACT #001.0406 of 2009: San Isidro Rudimentary Water
System (Construction of Tank and Pump House with Fence)

CONTRACT #001.0407 of 2009 San Pablo Rudimentary Water
System (Construction of Tank and Pump House with Fence)

Works include: construction of a 20,000 gallon ferro-concrete
elevated water tank measuring approximately 20'x20'x9'4" elevated
by concrete 18" columns 43' off the ground at the tank base. The
footings are 7'x7'x18" and are a maximum of 7'- 6" below ground
level. The structure will be enclosed by a concrete/chain link fence
with the perimeter measuring 200' with vehicular and pedestrian
gates strategically placed for easy access; and construction of a
concrete ground level pump house measuring 10'x10' together with
a generator pad and a concrete/chain link fence with a perimeter
measuring 300' with vehicular and pedestrian gates strategically
placed for easy access.

Tender documents can be obtained from the Social Investment
Fund as of Monday, June 29, 2009 at the address below during
the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday for a
NON-REFUNDABLE fee of BZE$100.00 per package.

Bids must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked
"Ouotation for Bladden RWS Construction OR Ouotation for
San Isidrn RWS Cnnstrnutinn OR Onntatinn fnr San Pahln RWS


Construction.


ADDRESSED TO:


The Executive Director
Social Investment Fund
Constitution Drive
P.O. Box 459
Belmopan City, Cayo District


Tenders will be received at the above address no later than 2:00 p.m.
on Friday, July 24, 2009. A Public Opening will be held at the SIF
Office in Belmopan at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, July 24, 2009.

The Social Investment Fund will conduct a pre-bid meeting at 2:00
p.m. on July 16,2009 at the Office of the Social Investment Fund,
Constitution Drive, Belmopan with interested eligible bidders to
explain the tender documents and address any queries from
interested eligible bidders.

The Social Investment Fund reserves the right to reject any or all
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SSunday, July 19, 2009


"He Loved His Work" says B.E.L


electricity company.
The boy from Cristo Rey
Village, with only a primary
school education, started at the
very bottom of the ladder, as an
ordinary laborer with a machete
in his hand cutting the bushes
growing along the distribution
lines.
Over the years, hard work and
dedication paid off as he climbed
the ladder to the position of Line
Supervisor in San Ignacio.
Having gone through the mills,
Matt knew it all and so none
were the employees under his
supervision who could pull a fast
one on him.
The crowded wake on Tuesday
and Wednesday nights along
with a packed church on
Thursday evening for the funeral
service, was a clear indication
that Mateo was a well known
and liked member of the
community.
Without much ado, we publish
the family eulogy delivered in
church by Rodney Baird, BEL
Superintendent, West Zone
"We are gathered here today
to celebrate the life of a
beloved son, father, brother,
grandfather and husband,
Santos Mateo Guerra Jr.
known as Mateo or Matt.
Mateo was the third child
born child ofEloisa and Mateo
Sr. He was born in the village
of Cristo Rey, here in the Cayo
District. As a boy, he attended
primary school at the Cristo
Rey village school but never
got the opportunity to get
a high school education due
to financial constraints.
Therefore after primary school,
Matt along with his brother
Jesus entered into the field of
work. He first started at
'Tabacal' San Miguel Farm,
near Esperanza Village. They
later moved to Mountain Pine
Ridge with the late Robert
Belote's Minter Naval Stores
where he worked as apine resin
extractor after which he moved
to the northern village of
Guinea Grass in the Orange
Walk District where he labored
as a cane cutter.
In 1976, at the Blue Angels
Night Club in San Ignacio
Town, love struck him. It was
at this famous night club where
he got brave and asked his now
wife, Dora out. Around that
same time, he started working


in line clearance for the
electricity company. As the
years went by and electricity
services advanced, so did Matt.
He began moving up the
ladder from line clearance, to
pole planting, to apprentice
linesman 1 then 2, to line
supervisor and to line
supervisor for the West Zone.
Mateo dedicated his life to the
electricity company. With
every power failure Mateo was
out the door on the way to
investigate the cause and to
restore power as soon as
possible. Rain or shine,
holidays or weekends, Matt was
always there.
On the weekends, he enjoyed
his farm along with his boys
and his father. He showed his
boys the art of castrating,
butchering, ham making and
even roping the cows despite he
had to throw several shots in the
coral because he always missed.
The fun memories of Matt and
his dogs Suelly and Rex, Suelly
surprised him with 5 puppies
last year on his birthday.
His real enjoyment was his 3
grandchildren: Tamarie, Tyler
and more recently baby Brandi.
He spent time after work
relaxing, watching cartoons
with his grandkids. He enjoyed
going to the farm, river and
fishing. He had an amazing
relationship with his little
brother, Doyo. Despite the fact
that Mateo never had a high
school education, he pushed to
ensure his kids did. Most of his
kids have excelled beyond the
college level Guys continue to
make your daddy proud.
Mateo along with his wife
Dora had a blessed marriage.
They both enjoyed dancing the
marimba, cobias and hitting a
little cervecita and even a little
vodka together. Their marriage
produced five children: Rene,
Alfred, Arleni, Michelle and
Carlo.
On June 28th 2009, while
seeing his son, Rene, off at the
airport on his return to the
University in Costa Rica, Matt
started to feel ill. He was
admitted to La Loma Luz
Hospital then later to Belize
Healthcare Partners. On
Monday 13th of July at 10:00
p.m., he passed away quietly
inside the Intensive Care Unit
at the hospital.
Mateo is predeceased by his


mother Eloisa and one sister
Angela. He is survived by his
wife Dora, children (three sons
and 2 daughters): Rene, Alfred,
Arleni, Michelle and Carlo,
daughters-in-law: Lily Tzul and
Phylisa Bennett, sons-in-law:
Danny Tejeda and Greg Canto,
3 grandchildren: Tamarie,
Tyler and Brandi. He is also
survived by his father Mateo
Sr., brothers: Eleodoro, Jesus,
Gilberto, Carlos, Eduvijes, and
sisters: Eloisa and Olivia. Rest
in peace Matt; Rest in peace.
On the professional side, the
guys at Belize Electricity
Limited (BEL) knew him best
and so they prepared the
following reflections on the life
a dearly departed colleague. It
reads as follows:
On Monday, July 13, 2009
Belize Electricity Limited
(BEL) lost one of its employees,
Mateo Guerra. Hepassed away
ten days after being admitted to
the Belize Health care Partners
Limited. At the time of his
passing, Mateo was employed
as a Line Supervisor at the
Company's San Ignacio
Branch.
At the inception of his career,
that is on March 1, 1978, Matt,
as he was affectionately called,
commenced working as a
General Assistant with Belize
Electricity Board, now Belize
Electricity Limited.
During his employment with


BEL (thirty-one long years), he
attended numerous in-house
training sponsored by
BEL, including the Merchant
NRECA "Power Line Job
Training and Safety Program",
for which he received
a Certificate ofAchievement -
Level 1, and the Lineman
Live Line Training. Matt
worked mainly in the
Transmission & Distribution
Department in various
capacities.
During his tenure with BEL,
Matt proved to be a capable,
versatile, and willing employee
and he worked his way up the
career ladder from an
entry-level position to Line
Supervisor, the post he held
until his untimely death.
Matt was a hard working,
diligent and conscientious
employee who loved his work.
He knew that his work was
demanding and he met those
challenges well as can be
attested by his many colleagues
and peers. He never shrunk
from responsibilities but took
them in strides. He was a great
team player who could be relied
on whenever his assistance was
needed whether during or after
normal working hours. Matt
was usually knowledgeable and
resourceful. He always tried to
maintain a positive work
environmentfor those working
under his charge.





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