Title: STAR Newspaper
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Title: STAR Newspaper
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Language: English
Publisher: Alberto Orlando August
Place of Publication: Santa Elena, Cayo, Belize
Publication Date: September 26, 2010
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"The Newspaper That Cares And Dares To Bring Out The Truth"



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Velasquez Attacked, Robbed,

Stabbed And Thrown in The River
SAN IGNACIO TOWN, Cayo District, Tuesday, J 'If 1
September, 21, 2010: -- A .* -
Acting upon information received police visited the ..
San Ignacio approach of the temporary wooden bridge, -- .. *
at around 4:30 a.m. today, where they found a man in
the water holding onto some shrubs on the bank of the
river with his head barely above the water. ,
He was pulled out of the river and rushed to the
San Ignacio Community Hospital where he was
identified as Leonardo Velasquez, 44, Belizean
labourer of a Trapiche Area address in Santa Elena
Velasquez was found with a horizontal cut wound ,,.
across the navel and what appeared to be a stab wound
below the left armpit. a 5 ,,
Investigation revealed that Velasquez was earlier -g 5 4 5 I tA
socializing near the Coronation Park in San Ignacio
Town before walking across the street to the San Ignacio Leonardo Velasquez, 44
Farmers Market where he was reportedly attacked by

Chris Chuc, 17
SUNRISE: May 23, 1993
SUNSET: September 23, 2010
smashed. Also on the scene was a
back portion of the frame damaged.
The investigation revealed that
Chuc and two of his cycling friends
were on the daily practice ride on
the Western Highway when the
tragic incident occurred. They were
reportedly riding in single file, with
Chuc bringing up the rear, when they
heard a bang behind them. With no

Thursday, September 23, 2010:
Traffic accident near Central
Farm in the Cayo district today
claimed the life of Chris Chuc,
17, Belizean cyclist of a Quarry
Hill Street address in San Ignacio

At around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September, 24, a team of
traffic officers from the San Ignacio police station responded
to the scene ofthe accident.
Upon arrival, police found a black Geo Prism four-door car
with private San Ignacio/Santa Elena license plates #C-00036
off the highway on the right side of the highway when
travelling toward Belmopan from San Ignacio.
The car was found with the driver's side of the windshield

Boutique Resort

District, Wednesday, Septem-
ber 22, 2010:
He officially took up duties as
the Officer Commanding Cayo
(Police) District a mere 59 days .
ago, on July 26, 2010, and as he
hands over duties today'
September 22, Sr. Supt. of
Police Chester Williams holds
the record as having served
the shortest time in the seat
as Officer Commanding this
western police formation. ...
Despite the short tenure
Chester Williams leaves behind .:
remarkable improvements at the
San Ignacio Police Station.
These improvements includes: ----1
a) a measurable case file
management system-
b) a shift supervisor/complain-
ant management system; Senior Superintendent of Police Chester Williams
c) a police of the month award address the practice that was improvements within the San
program; becoming regular for policemen Ignacio Police Station.
d) Strict guidelines for answer- to be walking the streets In the short time that he was
ing the telephone, without their caps and; in San Ignacio Town, Chester
e) A strict dress code to f) Several infrastructure Williams clearly demonstrated



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that effective police management
can indeed go a long way in
reducing crime.
If it were not for the
September 21 stabbing of
Leonardo Velasquez (reported
elsewhere in this edition of the
newspaper), which occurred
one day before his departure,
Chester Williams would have
left this community with not a
single reported major mcident
of violence occurring under his
watch despite large social
gathering during the month of
celebration in September.
Senior Superintendent Chester
Williams departed Belize on
Thursday, September 23 enroute
to Barbados where he will join
Assistant Superintendent of
Police Bart Jones as they begin
studying law at the University of
the West Indies, Cave Hill
In the interim, Inspector
Claudio Mai is holding over
while a more senior replacement
officer is identified to take
command of the Cayo (Police)

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vehicle coming in the opposite direction, the two
friends reportedly took to the middle of the
highway just in time to see the car passing them
on the right side, in the grass, off the shoulder
of the highway with their friend momentarily
on the hood before being flung over the top of
the car.
Before police arrived, the critically injured
cyclist was picked up and rushed to the San
Ignacio Community Hospital by one of the first
persons to arrive on the scene. He reportedly
passed away about an hour later from severe
injuries he received to the back portion of his
body with the x-ray showing at least three
broken ribs.
The driver of the car, identified as Miguel
Enriquez, 34, Belizean mechanic of a 3rd Street
address in San Ignacio Town, has been detained
pending further investigation. Enriquez was
reportedly on his way to Spanish Lookout when
the incident occurred. He has provided a
urine sample as a routine requirement of the

investigation. The car's license and insurance are
The deceased, only a month ago
captured second place in the
Junior Road Championship Race.
He also excelled in a recent
cycling event in Guatemala.
He is survived by his mother,
Lilibeth Chuc; one brother,
Michael Escobar and three
sisters Thaisis, Damelin and :
Evian Escobar as well as several
other relatives and countless
friends. Our sympathies go out .
the bereaved family as they begin
The ca
to make arrangements to lay their
loved one to rest. wa

r that Miguel Enriquez

Chris Chuc's Bicycle

.. .

Thursday, September 30, 2010

On The Western Highway in Santa Elena
(Across from the entrance to Eden High School)

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First Race Local/Semi-Trained
- P' place Wiley Done First,
Owner: Whistling Ducks Farm,
2nd place Michael,
Owner: Rafael Humes Jr.
Second Race Paint Race
1st place Imani,
Owner: E. Tesecum,
2nd place Lightning,
Owner: J. Zuniga
Third Race Cattle Horses

Eden SDA High School


A vacancy exist at Eden SDA High School in Santa Elena,
Cayo for a Music Teacher for the school year 2010 -2011

(a) ABachelor's Degree in the subject area, preferably with
teacher training
(b) Three years teaching experience
Applicant should be willing to follow the Christian
prmciples practiced at the school

(a) A letter of application;
(b) Resume-'
(c) Certified copies of all certificates and diplomas;
(d) Transcripts from tertiary institutions attended in sealed
(e) Two recent testimonials in sealed envelopes
Deadlme for the submission of application package is Tues-
day October 12 2010 and should be addressed to -
The Chairman
Eden SDA High School Board
P.O. Box 68
San Ignacio Town
Cayo District
Belize, C.A.

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Owner: Guzman Stables

Congratulations is extended to
all who participated and a big
Thank You to everybody who
contributed and assisted.
Special thanks go to Rafael
Humes Jr for bush hogging the
race track and the entertainment
site; Area Representative, Hon.
Elvin Penner for donating the
trophies; Whistling Ducks
Farm for equipment and
supplies; San Ignacio Police
Formation for assigning four
policemen to maintain law and
order; Dan Silva for the usage
of his land, and especially to the
race official Ms. Marjie Olson
Henley from Light Rein Farm,
who kept a sharp eye on the
finish line to determine the
winners, and last, but certainly
not the least, to all the horse
owners and fans who made this
a special and fun event.
We look forward to the next
race: November 19, Garifuna
Day, 2 pm at a location to be

The Santa Familia Equine
Racing Club held its first
racing event on September 19
at 1 pm, as an intro for the
Independence Celebrations
2010 in the village.
The races were organized by
Guy Stables, Paws Vet Clinic,
the Santa Familia Village
Council, David Carrillo and The
Santa Familia Advancement
Approximately 250 persons
came to see this first-time event,
which took place at Dan Silva's
property in Carmelita, at the far
end of Santa Familia village.
A total of 24 horses were
brought in from the surrounding
areas in Cayo, as far as from
Benque Road and most of them
participated in the four races on
the half mile stretch.
After the race activities
continued with games, a
parade, music and fireworks.
The 8 food stalls and the coke
tent provided food and drink for
everybody while DJ Manza
from Bullet Tree entertained
everyone with his fun music.

1st place Santina,
Owner: S. Juan,
2nd place Tatania,
Owner: J. Zuniga
Fourth Race Professionals

1st place Twinkle Twinkle, announced later.
Owner: Guy Stables,
2nd place Kenya,

Happy Birthday Belize
BE Larry Waight and very much alive in Belize to-
September 21 is Belize's day, and is at no time more appar-
Independence Day, and the entire ent than during September.
country comes alive with the The former colony of British
exhilarating celebrations one would Honduras officially changed its
expect from a young nation with name to Belize in 1973, and the
such a rich history and culture. drive towards statehood continued
Belizeans have always been to gain 'people power' momentum,
enthusiastic about exercising despite obstacles such as a long
free speech and their right to standing sovereignty dispute with
independence, so it is no wonder neighboring Guatemala. The push
they so vigorously pursued, for freedom continued, however,
embraced and now celebrate and on September 21, 1981,
nationhood. Belize's Independence was finally
This makes September a great declared.
month to enjoy the multi cultural Belize is now a thriving democ-
party that really kicks in Septem- racy, with high voter turnout and
ber 10, the Battle of St George lively participation in the electoral
Caye Day, and peaks on Septem- process. Creole, Mestizo, Gartfuna,
ber 21 when, at midnight 1981, the Maya, Asian, European and the
blue, white and red flag of the many other ethnic groups of Belize
independent nation of Belize was continue to unite under the banner
first raised throughout the country. of statehood and take pride in the
The story ofBelizean Independence ongoing development oftheir small
is as colorful as the country itself robust country.
From the first nomadic peoples The theme for this year's celebra-
who settled to establish the tions is, "United and Proud -
incredible Maya civilization MovingForward-IAmBelize",
beginning in 1800 BC, to the and this perfectly sums up the
legendary Baymen and the pirates, national feeling.
slaves, adventurers, explorers and Belizean Independence has been
Other settlers who followed, Belize celebrated at Chaa Creek since that
has grown with a certain rugged historic midnight in 1981, and this
independence and sense of fair play. year the party continues as we
It was only natural that even with encourage visitors to join in
many obstacles to overcome, the celebrating the fulfilment of what
people would, without resorting to for many years was a passionate
violence or warfare, demand and dream the birth of the sovereign
. .
receive their independence. This and independent nation of Belize.
sense of victory is very still fresh Happy Birthday and Viva Belize!

A Special And Fun Event In Santa Familia


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Make sure that all details have been
taken care of You may take up a
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your work only if you are quick to
read the call of the times and adapt
to the requirement. Lucky
Numbers: 01, 25, 53.
December 22 to
January 20
The big thing that is likely to keep
you occupied this week is finances.
Do not lend or borrow money. Also,
it will be in your best interests to
keep your plans to yourself and
function quietly for some time.
There will some reason to
celebrate.Lucky Numbers: 05, 47,

January 21 to
February 19
It's more like a fun filled week
ahead for you. There are great
opportunities to let your hair down.
You may try to oain the most out
of your adventurous experience but
don't miss out on the fun in trying
to do so. Those in the field of
research and academics may be
rewarded for good work.Lucky
Numbers: 75, 87, 95.

? February 20 to
March 21
The coming week is more likely to
draw you into some serious
introspection and subsequent hard
work to make your efforts count.
There will be some worry about
money which you can handle if you
rein in your impulsive buying. Your
interactions with family members
will also be in focus. Lucky
Numbers: 15, 42, 80.


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] August 22 to
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Get prepared and all set for a busy
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details as you go about the business.
Do not enter into arguments or
confrontation. Lucky Numbers:
27, 50, 62 -

september 22 to
October 23
You may suddenly feel that you are
turmng into a more sensitive
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individual with your feelings taking
a more intense form. There is
so it will be best to keep your
equilibrium. You might come up
with some new insights at work.
Lucky Numbers: 48, 57, 81.

October 24 to
November 21
Although there will be some
complexities or tough challenges
arising at work, you will have
reprieve in the form of effective
solutions and adequate time to iron
out issues. Your work will be
appreciated but you will have to
sustain the tempo of your work.
Lucky Numbers: 24, 33, 65.

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March 22 to
April 20
The key to handling this excessively
demanding week is to keep your
focus and take action, instead
of worrying and thinking. Even in
face of intense work pressure, you
will have to attend to several
personal and family demands as
well. Try to do justice to all
without worrying about the
outcome. Lucky Numbers: 03, 28,

April 21 to May 21
There will be quite a few
developments on the professional
front. It is also a phase where the
negative, gloomy feelings of the
past few days are overtaken by a
sense of exuberance and positivity.
There will efforts to revamp your
personal and public image. Lucky
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The coming week will be better in
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Hermanos Benquefios, hoy en
este important dia, quisiera antes
que nada expresar una gran
felicitaci6n a todos y cada uno
de nosotros, por este feliz
acontecimiento, felicidades por
estos 29 aflos de arduo esfuerzo, de unidad y de trabajo,
pero sobre todo de sobriedad positive.
Hoy 29 aflos despu6s, miramos hacia atris y
descubrimos que el camino es largo, pero que lo estamos
recorriendo juntos, buscando un beneficio comun para
las families de este pais.
Ayer fue el camino hacia la independence, buscando
respect, dignidad, soberania y una autonomia, que
estamos fortaleciendo cada vez mas, frente a los demis
passes de la cuenca centroamericana.
El cambio lo estamos viendo cada dia, en Benque Viejo
del Carmen, estamos trabajando para ser un pueblo fuerte
y different, la paz y la amistad que distinguen a los
benquefios, se ve fortalecida cada dia, hemos logrado en
solo 2 aflos y medio, regresar las oficinas de registry de
votantes, las oficinas de tel6fonos. El Ministro de
Recursos Naturales Hon. Gaspar Vega, estard
pr6ximamente abriendo sus oficinas de terrenos en
Benque Viejo, esto es un logro para el beneficio de todos.
En la zona libre ya se pavimentaron las calls con servicios
de agua potable y electricidad, y en 2 semanas
aproximadamente, se estard empezando la construction
de las primers empress, lo que conlleva a el
ofrecimiento de trabajo para nuestra Area.
El pr6ximo mes de octubre, estaremos inaugurando
nuestra biblioteca public, con todos los adelantos
tecnol6gicos que exigen nuestros j6venes, estamos
trabajando tambian, con gente Benquefia para abrir un
"Call Center"inmediatamente, esto nos ayudara tambian,
para mejorar las demands de trabajo tan necesarias en
nuestra area.
Durante muchos aflos hemos trabajado para conseguir
nuestro propio banco, quisiera compartir hoy en medio
de esta alegria, que en breve se estard construyendo el
Banco Heritage en Benque Viejo del Carmen. Con estas
muestras de apoyo solidario a nuestro pueblo, nos estamos
fortaleciendo con una autonomia que satisfaga a los
Benquefios, con servicios que aporten el crecimiento de
nuestro pueblo. Pero algo que a sido un objetivo en mi

administration, a sido la
educaci6n para to dos los
j6venes de Cayo Oeste,
seguiremos manteniendo ese
afin de mejorar las ayudas en
el sistema escolar.
A fin de este aflo como lo prometimos, se estard
desarrollando un mega-proyecto de construction de
calls y drenajes en Benque Viejo del Carmen, esto es
como respuesta de las iniciativas que hemos
gestionado, ante el gobierno central, el
embellecimiento de nuestra municipalidad, con calls
y drenajes serd una realidad a fin de este afio.
En solo 2 aflos y medio de administration, el gobierno
que represents construyo decenas de sistemas de agua
potable en todo el pais, a trav6s de mi minister
desarrollaremos un puente, que unira a Santa Elena
con San Ignacio, de primer nivel a la altura de las
grades urbes, en breve tambian se estard inaugurando
la nueva frontera sur, que conectara el Area de JAlcate
Belice con Peten y el Area de Izabal Guatemala,
se estard construyendo la carretera denominada
"Coastal Highway", que unird la democracy con el
Hummingbird Highway, esta era una prioridad durante
mas de 30 aflos, ahora serd una realidad.
Estaremos recibiendo 30 millions de d61ares, para
continual los trabajos de agua potable y electrificaci6n,
para mas families necesitadas, por eso hablar de alegria
de independence, es hablar del crecimiento como
pueblo y pais, que estamos recibiendo. 29 aflos de
independence solo se puede celebrar con trabajo para
nuestra gente, por ello cada dia, estamos buscando
nuevas fuentes de empleo, poco a poco nos estamos
independizando como pueblo, ahora buscaremos que
este beneficio comun, abarque a todos los habitantes
de Cayo Oeste, hemos encontrado obsticulos en el
camino, pero la fuerza de entereza nos a sacado a flote,
hemos cimentado el 6xito en el trabajo arduo de cada
dia, aver nuestros pr6ceres que lucharon por ver un
Belice libre, encuentran hoy una libertad de paz y de
justicia, sabiendo que mafiana con la Unidad Y el
Orgullo de esta naci6n, caminaremos rdpidamente para
ser cada dia mejores.
Felicidades a todos, torque todos somos Belice,
I'm Belize, Viva Belice, Happy Independence Day.

Sacred Hieart College Students Comment On Crime

their job to sell without worrying
about the serious consequences it
can cause on our neighborhood,
society or country. Making money
becomes priority rather than the
welfare of the society.
Lastly, another reason for the
escalating crime in Belize has been
caused by corruption in the
government system. Corruption
happens mainly because of the lack
of transparency within the daily
legal financial transactions, the
misuse of other monies by the
government and dishonesty to the
citizens of our country. When a
government is elected, it mostly
helps a chosen few, and most of the
people they assist are financially
capable of providing for themselves
and their families. They generally do
not help people who need the most
assistance. Most of these poor are
suffering today because of politics
being played within the government
departments. Hence, the reason
why a corrupt government contrib-
utes to crime in our country of
In conclusion, crime in Belize is
increasing on a daily basis. The
crime rate in Belize is caused by
poverty, lack of employment, drug
trafficking and corruption caused by
some ofthe government oficials.A
solution to this problem could
be by reducing the rate of unem-
ployment, by helping to create/
providing jobs, hosting more
educational/sports camps for the
youths, establishing safe recrea-
tional facilities for both children and
implementing stricter punishments
for grave crimes committed. We
need to work hand in hand to
make our country safer and more
peaceful for all Belizeans and
visitors to our shores,.
Jamila Alvarez, Renice Palacio,
Clarence Trapp, Gian Guerra,
Jamila Avilez
Third form students, Sacred
Heart College

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Dear Editor,
Crime is a social problem in
every part of the world. It has
become a major and serious
problem in our Belizean society.
Over the past years, Belize has
experiences a crime wave due to
poverty, unemployment, and many
other causes. All these factors have
helped in contributing from petty
to serious criminal activities such as
theft, murder, manslaughter, carnal
knowledge, rape, incest and
Firstly, poverty is said to be one
of the leading causes of crime.
Those who are living in poverty do
not have the means to provide for
themselves and their families. When
the sole provider or breadwinner of
a household has lost his/her job, it
poses a senous consequences to the
family. Therefore, some may
get engaged in various criminal
activities in order to cope with their
and theft. Hence, the reason why
some innocent Belizeans including
store owners are continuous victims
of hold up and other criminal acts
committed by those in need.
Secondly, unemployment has
been an enormous predicament in
Belize. The lack employment has
amplified our crime rate; it has
crippled the growth of our tourism
Industry, causing robbery and other
crimes to increase. Tourists are now
afraid to walk the streets of Belize
City and come out of their cruise
ships to buy our products and see
what Belize has to offer. The lack
of education has caused many
youngsters to engage in gang
Some other problems that may
arise are that innocent people are
being hurt, killed, raped and
deprived of their freedom. The
destruction of the tourism industry
is a very dreadful situation due to
the fact that tourism is an essential
part of Belize's economy and
tourists are now afraid to come to
Belize because of the crime rate.
The prospective investors will no
longer be interested and want to
invest in our country if he/she sees
our nation in a deplorable situation.
Whatever this jewel has not yet
unfolded could remain concealed
because of terrible crimes that are
occurring today.
This problem will definitely
create greater poverty. The lack of
and the high rate of crime definitely
has to be addressed in our country.
Thirdly, the misuse of drugs is
one of leading social problems in
our communities. It has influenced
many illegal activities in Belize.
Gangs at constant war to protect
their source of income and gains
from the illegal trading in marijuana
and cocaine.
In the drug dealer's mind, it is

Dear Editor,
Crime is present in every
society ,but sometimes it
escalates to a level that members
of the society begin to demand
that something be done to
minimize or eliminate it.
The crimes committed stem
from changes over the years.
Every new generation seeks
different ways to make life easier
for the next generation.
However, crime continues to
plague our society because of
abandonment of basic family
values, financial problems,
insufficient parental role models
and peer pressure.
Financial problems is one of
the main causes of crime in
society. Scarcity of fmancial
resources may lead to stealing
and even murder which affects
the society in a negative way.
Those who commit crime
resort to it because they are
unable to meet their needs.
Criminal activity is a fast way
of making easy money.
We are of the opinion that the
crime rate could be lowered if
the children have higher levels
of education because that will
give them a better chance at well
paying jobs. A high level of
education, better jobs and
for committing crimes
Money is not the only thing a
child needs when growing up
they alsoneedagoodrolemodel
to look up to. Due to the high
rate of unemployment some
parents resort to travel abroad
and leave children behind,
without the parental role model
children tend to take wrong
turns. Children that are
abandoned at a young age are
more likely grow up without
anyone telling them right from

Young parents also contribute
to the causes of crime. They do
not know how to properly raise
a child.
Social organizations, the
schools, the churches, and the
homes have to teach children and
young teens good values and
for what they need.
The children that grow
without a good role model tend
to be the ones committing crimes
in the society and something
must be done to lower the crime
rate but it will not happen
Peer pressure is something that
most teens go through and this
is one of the main reason for
Teens experiencing peer
pressure might commit crimes
to fit into a group like gangs and
friends. In gangs an individual
or commit an illegal act to be
able to join or continue to show
commitment to the group.
There are some children and
teens who, for the need of
friendshipare drawn away from
school and other friends who are
doing the right thing.
If the individual has good
advice from parents as to how
to choose a good friend and
walk away from things like drugs
and crimes, the crime rate, we
believe, will be lower.
With proper intervention
programs, better education '
better paid jobs and good family
values and unbroken homes, the
crime rate could subside.
Each of us must become the
change we want to see in our
Yesica Bautista, Luby Pech,
Liani Tzib and Annie Estrada
Third Form Students, Sacred
Heart College



paring knife were found in the
bathroom sink, along with a lot
the stabbing happened there and
that Mr. Mercado collapsed as he
approached his door.
The body had deep cuts to the
neck and stab wounds in the
The police, along with agents
from the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, were seeking a
motive for the killing, and no
suspects had been identified.
Mr. Browne said that the
apartment did not appear to have
been ransacked, and that
Mr. Mercado's body was

had been seen by neighbors on
Some neighbors in the
six-story tan-brick building,
known as August Arms, said they
recalled Mr. Mercado as being a
nice person. No one, however,
seemed familiar with his job.
One woman, Daisy Valle, 40,
who has lived on the fifth floor
for 16 years, said she was
surprised that someone of Mr.
Mercado's stature was living
Nicaragua's foreign minister,
Samuel Santos L6pez, who was
in New York for meetings of
the United Nations General
Assembly this week, was look-
ing into the death and was
communicating with Mr.
LaPrensa, aleadingNicaraguan
C J. Hughes, Ray Rivera and
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Commissioner Paul J. Browne,
the Police Department's chief
Mr. Browne said.
The driver, who was not
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called the police, Mr. Browne
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The Prime Minister of Belize
Hon. Dean Barrow, in his
independence day address,
spoke about Belizean National-
ism and the pride and love most
Belizeans have for their country.
He stressed on the accomplish-
ments his government has made
since assuming power two and
a half years ago. He cautioned
that the journey ahead is long
but his government will do
everything to make sure that in
the end they prevail. He pointed
out that Belize today is a lot
different from the Belize they
inherited back in 2008 when they
came to office. At that time,
the country was plagued with;
corruption, poor credit rating,
divisive government, family rule
and unequal distribution of
wealth. Belize looked as if it was
the personal estate of a few
families and one ethnic group
monopolized all the wealth that
was available to the general
Most of the money that was
available at the Development
Finance Corporation (DFC) and
the Belize Bank went to the
same wealthy families who have
plenty and still wanted more.
students from borrowing to
further their education, farmers
from doing farming and poor
families from improving and

On the 21st day of September
this year many Belizeans
who live in the United States of
America and elsewhere around
the world, including myself,
tuned in to Love FM and other
radio stations to listen to the
Independence Day Celebrations
speeches broadcasted live over
the internet.
Most ofus are concerned
about the increase in violent
crimes especially murders that
are taking place on the streets of
Belize City and the economic
situation our country is facing
The current government has
already outlined several new
initiatives that they have put in
place to curve the crime rate
and is waiting for more assist-
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executive so that he can get more
out of his party but as far as
Dangriga residents are
concerned, they want back their
pier for their people to get jobs
and go fishing. Once this pier is
delivered back to the people
of Dangriga by this current
administration, the People's
United Party will never again
win another election in that
The only thing that has
RodwellFergusonlooking good
are those few dollars he is
giving away but as the saying
goes: "A fool and his money
shall soon depart".
The good people of Dangriga
are known for eating your food,
taking your money and still go
If John Briceno was making a
case for the people of Belize to
replace the United Democratic
Party for his party he failed
miserably. He would have to
convince the Belizean people
that if given the opportunity
to govern Belize, he will be
different from Said Musa.
I heard nothing of substance,
fundamental or visionary from
this leader as to where he would
like to take Belize in the next
five years.
His speech was full of
criticisms lacking any real
substance and constructive
proposals to deal with the
problems Belize face today.
A solution to the crime
situation requires a joint effort
by all political parties and all
stakeholders in Belize.
In the beginning Bricefio
supported the government's
"Restore Belize" crime initia-
tives and that was a good
gesture on his part. However'
amidst the pressure from some
members of his party he later
withdrew his support. From the
time he withdrew, I have
not heard any major policy
initiatives coming from him as
to what he would do to solve
crime in our country.
Crime and the current state of
the national economy are the two
major problems Belize face
today and with the economy
showing signs of improving, the
United Democratic Party mut
now focus all its resources on
solving crime to win the next
general election.

By: Wellington C. Ramos

buying homes. Their borrowing
eventually bankrupted the DFC
and some of them have not
repaid their loan to this day. This
is Taxpayers money and the
government should utilize all
legal options to recover these
outstanding debts and bring
those fimds to the Government's
Treasury where they belong.
That administration just gone
was so brazen and cold blooded
that many of them went into new
business ventures with these
fimds, as if nothing went wrong
while still refusing to pay their
When it was time for the
Honorable John Briceno, Leader
of the Opposition People's
United Party to speak, he started
off like a raging bull in attack
mode. Little did he realize, that
his party was in power for ten
years and the state of Belize
they laid in those ten years
while he was in office as a
Deputy Prime Minister in that
previous government.
Had he forgotten that he was a
part of the break away G-7
group protesting the dictatorial
behavior of his Prime Minister
Said Musa, those same
dictatorial behavior when it
came to spending and disburs-
ing public fimds especially when
it came to the general public's
Does he not realize that he is
and all the other five elected
members of his party are against
him and are not satisfied with
his leadership and want him
to be replaced as their party
These five members are very
powerful because they can
choose another leader from
among themselves to represent
them in the House of
Representatives today if they
please. Yet, he is going around
doing many party unconstitu-
tional maneuvering to maintain
his fragile leadership of the party
where they would much prefer
to seem him go.
The PUP convention is
planned for October 17th this
year in Dangriga Town, a place
where they are not popular for
leasing the Commerce Beight
Pier to one of their Party
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address the problem we are now
facing with drainage and also
some key streets will be paved.
However, it is important to point
out that it is only through a
strong central government
working closely with the munici-
palities that makes projects like
these possible.
Other projects in the pipe line
include the construction of a new
primary Schoolinthe Santa Cruz
area and the paying of the Cristo
Rey/San Antonio road from
Santa Elena to San Antonio and
from Georgeville to Caracol.
The construction of a bridge at
central farm to replace the ferry,
a 10 Million dollars from IDB
to strengthen the core public
Agricultural services, 4 million
dollars from Alba funds for
rural development, focusing on
poverty alleviation through an
integrated farming system target-
ing the "Farm Family" which
will provide year round
employment for the farmer and
his family thus minimizing the
migration of our youths to the
urban areas and the list goes on
and on.
As a government we are
cognizant of the crime situation,
but the crime situation did not
creep on us over night, it has
been taking root over the past
ten years of the PUP mismanage-
ment of our resources and
policies which only helped to
fill the pockets of a few selected
We can never forget the legacy
of the PUP government, the
Super Bond. The Super Bond is
our cross and indeed a heavy
cross which involves paying
some 6 0 million dollar s on
interest rates alone on an annual
basis and there is nothing to
show for this criminal act that
will continue to affect real
growth for years to come.
In closing, I would like to
challenge all the youths to stay
in school, as a good education
offers a window of opportunities
and is one of the best weapons
to combat crime and poverty
Now, I invite each and
everyone of you to join in the
parade, enjoy yourself, have
fun, but please don't over do it.
Happy 21st Independence Day to
all. Let us Celebrate, United and
Proud..... Moving forward....
I am Belize!
Thank you and God bless us

Independence Day Address Dehvered by Hon. Rene MonteroArea
Representative Cayo Central Minister of Agriculture And Fisheries
SAN IGNACIO TOWN, Cayo Also, we should be proud of
District, Tuesday, September our barrier reef, proud of our
21, 2010: natural beauty, our ruins and
A pleasant good afternoon to most of all proud of our people.
one and all. It is indeed a great As Belizeans we need to show
honor and pleasure for me to loyalty and patriotism to our
address you on this momentous systems of government and our
, on the 29th year of inde- way of life. United and Proud
pendence of Belize. Moving Forward ... Iam
G hi ll Bli i Belize.

eograp ca y e ze s a
and Caricom and centrally
located between our neighbors
to the North Mexico and on the
South west with Guatemala.
Our team for this years
September celebration "United
and Proud, Moving Forward,
I am Belize" Depicts the
struggle and aspirations of a
young nation moving forward to
achieve social and economic
As Belizeans we need to be
united because in unity there is
strength. It also encompasses
pooling both our human and
financial resources to obtain
sustainable development, with
policies and strategies that

It is sad to say that crime is
rapidly escalating but as a nation
we must find a solution to crime.
Our present Government is
putting in place policies that
will have long term effect in
reducing crime so that we can
live in peace and tranquility.
At this point, I would
like to take this opportunity, to
welcome our new commanding
officer of the Police Formation
here in San Ignacio. Mr.
Chester Williams; He is known
to be a dedicated officer and a
person that takes his job very
seriously, we are seeing a
change, a change in attitude
towards the police that of
respect and trust. We are also
seeing an increase in street
patrols in the twin towns of San
Ignacio and Santa Elena and in
the surrounding villages.
Mr. Williams I must publicly
that you are doing and I am
looking forward to working with
As the area representative for
Cayo Central I am aware of the
economic challenges facing our
people and I feel for you. But
I must tell you that we have a
caring and visionary government
that's working for you that gives
us hope, hope in tomorrow and
hope for the future of our
children and children's children.
As a nation we will continue
to develop and prosper, as your
area representative for Cayo
Central and as Minister of
Agriculture and Fisheries I
have the commitment and
the political will to make the
necessary change that will
improve the standard of living
for all Belizeans.
Early next year we will start
the construction of the Hawks
Worth Bridge and paying of the
Loma Luz Boulevard.
The uplifting of the twin towns
of San Ignacio and Santa Elena
through a $5 Million project with
the World Bank which will

Hon. Rene Montero,
Minister Of Agriculture
& Fisheries
embraces the respect for
our biodiversity and the
environment. As Belizeans we
have a lot to be proud of, First
and foremost we should all be
proud of being Belizeans, Proud
of our National Anthem, Proud
of our National Flag, Proud
of all our National Symbols
and most of all proud of our
democracy, as we continue to
struggle for peace, peace with
ourselves, peace with our
neighbors and most of all peace
with our creator.

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Teresa Lewis will die by
lethal injection on Thursday
unless an appeal to the supreme
court can save her
The state of Virginia this
week plans to carry out its
first execution of a woman in
nearly a century, despite claims
that Teresa Lewis has severe
leading difficulties.
Lewis's last hope is an appeal
to the US supreme court after
Robert McDonnell, the state
govemor, said he will not spare
the life of the 41-year-old who
was convicted of arranging for
two men to murder her husband
and stepson.
The men who carried out the
killings one of whom was
Lewis's lover received life
Lewis's last hope of avoiding
the death chamber is an appeal
before the supreme court. Her
lawyers will argue that because
she has such a low IQ her
execution would be unconstitu-
Prosecutors say that Lewis, a
grandmother, deserves to be
executed because she planned
the killings in cold blood and
bears a greater responsibility
than the men who carried out
the murders in order to collect
insurance money.
Julian Lewis and his son
Charles were shot in 2002 after
an earlier attempt by Lewis to
organise their deaths failed.
McDonnell, a strong advocate
of the death penalty, said that an
appeal for clemency before an
execution is one of "the tough-
est decisions" a govemor faces.
He said he had read court
transcripts and documents
submitted by Lewis's lawyers
but could see no reason why she
should be spared.
McDonnell said Lewis admit-
ted to committing the "heinous
crimes" for which she was
convicted and dismissed claims
by her lawyer that she is
not mentally fit to be held
The governor said that
no medical professional has
concluded that she is "mentally
retarded" under Virginia law.
"The test for me really is: is
there anything that would be a
miscarriage of justice in letting
the execution go forward?" he
Lewis's lover, Matthew
Shallenberger, and another
man, Rodney Fuller, shot the
home. Fuller confessed to the
crime in order to save himself

Thomas was a man who
traveled all around the world.
Every city he stopped in he
would buy something for his
mother and send it to her.
On one such stop he found an
expensive parrot that spoke
seven different languages. He
immediately bought it and sent
it home to his mother.
A few days later he calls his

mother. "Did you like the
parrot? he asked.
"Oh yes," she replied. "It was
"WHAT!" Thomas cried out
"You ate it! That parrot wasn't
for you to eat! It spoke seven
The mother paused for a
moment and then said, "So why
didn't it say something?"

Teresa Lewis, 41
from the death penalty.
The judge in the case later said
he could not impose a more
severe sentence on
Shallenberger for the same
But he sent Lewis to the death
chamber after describing her as
the "head of this serpent".
Prosecutors portrayed her as
scheming, saying she lured the
two men into carrying out
the murders with sex and the
promise of a share of the
insurance claim. Shallenberger
has since killed himself.
The defence says that a
psychologist tested Lewis and
found she had an IQ of 72 which
put her in the "borderline
mental retardation range.
The supreme court has ruled
that the execution of "mentally
retarded" people interpreted
by the courts as those with
an IQ of less than 70 is
unconstitutional. Lewis has
also been diagnosed with a
dependency disorder and
addiction to painkillers.
Defence lawyers also say
Shallenberger told a former
girlfriendthathe "manipulated"
Lewis in order to try and collect
the insurance money on her
husband so he could set himself
up as a drug dealer in New York.
They say Shallenberger wrote to
a friend from prison that "the
only reason I had sex with
[Teresa Lewis] was for the
money to get her to 'fall in
love' with me so she would give
me the insurance money".
However, prosecutors say that
such claims are manufactured
to save Lewis from the death
Among those who have
appealed for her sentence to be
commuted is the novelist John
The last woman to be executed
in the state was 17-year-old
Virginia Christianin 1912forthe
murder of her employer after she
was accused of stealing a gold
There are 53 women on death
row in the US. They include
Linda Carty, who is from the
Caribbean island of St Kitts and
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Carty's co-defendants
testified against her and were
spared the death penalty. She
says she was framed by them
because she was an informant for
the Drug Enforcement Adminis-
tration. Carty is facing execution
after the US supreme court
refused to hear an appeal.

The Ultimate Penalty
Eleven women have been
executed in the US since the
restoration of the death penalty
in 1976.
The first was Velma Barfield.
She was put to death in North
Carolina in 1984 for putting rat
poison in her boyfriend's tea
after fearing he had discovered
that she was forging cheques on
his bank account.
Karla Faye Tucker drew
international attention before her
execution in Texas in 1998
because she became a
born-again Christian while in
prison and pleaded with the
state's then governor, George
Bush, for clemency. Tucker was
convicted of murdering two
people with a pickaxe during a
robbery withtwomen. Bush
refused to commute her

Christina Riggs, a nurse, was
put to death in Arkansas in 2000
for smothering her two small
children. After killing them, she
overdose of pills, but survived.
During her trial she would not
let her lawyers argue against the
death penalty, saying she wanted
to die. When the jury obliged she
said "Thank you".
Lois Nadean Smith was
executed in Oklahoma in 2001
at the age of 61 for killing her
son's former girlfriend. Smith
shot Cindy Baillie nine times
after accusing her of plotting to
have her son killed. Smith's
lawyers told the court she was
trying to protect her son and was
under the influence of drink and
drugs at the time of the killing.
Aileen Wuornos was unusual
as a female serial killer who
received six death sentences and
was executed in Florida in 2002.
Wuomos, a prostitute, admitted
murdering seven men. She
claimed they had raped her or
attempted to. She was the
subject of the 2003 film,
The most recent execution of
a woman was in 2005. Frances
Newton was put to death in
Texas for the murder of her hus-
band and two children, aged
seven and one. Prosecutors said
she did it to claim $100,000
(64,000) in life insurance.
Newton claimed her husband
was a drug dealer who was
murdered because he was in debt
to suppliers.

Wasted Talent

Discurso De Independencla -

Por El Alcalde De Benque Viejo Del Carmen A.

Sr. Nicholas Rulz


Como alcalde de Benque Viejo Del Carmen, me siento muy honrado de estar ante
ustedes una vez mas celebrando el aniversario de nuestra Independencia ya son 29
afios y podriamos decir que Belize emerge de ser un pais joyen, a ser un pais ya con
su propia identidad y characteristics de naci6n.
Pienso que podemos celebrar hoy a causa de los esfuerzos valientes de nuestros
antepasados: los de hace mas de 200 afios que lucharon en aquella Batalla del Cayo de San Jorge; los de hace mas de setenta afios
que lucharon a trav6s de la Depresi6n Global para exigir salaries mas dignos; los de hace mas 29 afios como George Price y
Phillip Goldson que lograron nuestra independence political de la Gran Bretafia. Estos son algunos de nuestros heroes pero hay
muchos mis: Leigh Richardson, Nicholas Pollard, Gwen Lizarraga, Cleopatra White, Simon Lamb y muchos mis, tantos
que no cavarian menci6n en este discurso.
APor que quien es un h6roe, despu6s de todo? Acaso no es aquel que lucha por algo justo, por una causa mas grande que el?
LAcaso no es aquel que se sacrifice para que otros puedan gozar de la meta obtenida? ANo es aquel que sobresale en la situaci6n
dificil, siendo ejemplo a seguir? Si esto es ser h6roe, y todas las personas que mencione, reunen estos requisites, entonces Belize
esta abundantemente Ileno de heroes: la madre que se sacrifice por sus hijos, el padre que trabaja arduamente para que sus hijos
puedan tener un mejor future. Y como olvidar la maestro que va mas alli de trabajar sus ocho horas, que se queda en la clase en las
largas horas de la noche? Y como el Policia que le es fiel a su credo de server y protege? El jomalero que da dia a dia, constantemente,
da de si mismo, cumpliendo con su responsabilidad y deber el tambi6n es ejemplo a seguir, y es, por eso un h6roe.
Hoy podemos gozar diciendo que somos independents y libres por los esfuerzos de muchas personas todos heroes. Pero
estemos conscience que esto no fue nada ficil: algunos heroes sufrieron burlas, critics, dudas, y hasta enfermedades y
encarcelamiento. No fue ficil, pero perseveraron y hoy tenemos un Belize libre y mejor, a causa de estos heroes.
APero torque mencionar esto? Ustedes ya lo sabin, estoy seguro. Pues les ofrezco una raz6n: como esos heroes, nuestros
antecesores, que luchaban por algo deseado (entonces no habia Belize, por ejemplo), nosotros tenemos ante nosotros nuestros
propios retos y la oportunidad de ser heroes. Si Belize es ahora politicamente independent, a nosotros, ahora, nos toca impulsarla
hacia adelante, en unidad. El suefio Belicefio no se terming con la Independencia: comenz6. Ahora nos toca hacerlo mejor: mas
prosper, mas unido, mas justo y equitativo, mas atento a los principios y fundamentos expuestos en nuestra constituci6n. Es
nuestro dia ahora y asi como los heroes de antailo, hoy debemos luchar sin temor y con valentia, por Belize. Y Belize tiene muchos
enemigos que no pierden tempo luchando para verla caer. No podrin.
En t6rminos tangibles, en Benque continue nuestro inexorable viaje hacia nuestro destiny: un pueblo prosper. Hoy podemos
decir, a pesar de las critics mas p6simas, que Benque Viejo Del Carmen ha avanzado a comparaci6n de hace dos afios. Antes no
habia una policlinica modem, un biblioteca nueva, oficinas de Registro Electoral o de tel6fono, como Telemedia. Hoy se ha
embellecido el pueblo con los recursos municipals y se continue el mejoramiento de nuestro sal6n de fiestas, la Cancha Marshalleck,
con nuevos bailos. Y hay mis.
Le dejo al Hon. Erwin Contreras que les de las buenas noticias en lo que se refiere a la lucha por una sucursal banquera asi
como lo de la oficina de terrenos. Pero si les digo, que la municipalidad y el, continuamos arduamente luchando para acezar los
condos del Banco Mundial para el program de desarrollo de municipalidades belicefias.
Despu6s de mis de 1000 horas de juntas, entrenamientos, seminaries y talleres, les puedo decir que Benque Viejo estard
recibiendo $800,000.00 BZD a trav6s de este program en Enero del 2011. El 3 de Marzo de este ano, ustedes acudieron a la
Cancha para decidir como se gastaria este dinero: ahi, los Benquenos decidieron que la mayor parte se utilizaria para la rehabilitaci6n
de calls, drenajes y alguna porci6n, para le reconstrucci6n del Parque Coronaci6n. El 25 de agosto, casi seis meses despu6s, en
consultaci6n con los experts del Banco Mundial, se hizo un andlisis de calls a pavimentar y otros proyectos a seguir. Church
Street, Bums Street, Churchill Street, y Victoria Street, algunas de las calls principles, fueron seleccionadas a base del studio
del expert del Banco Mundial.
Y esto solo es el primer paso: para acezar los restates $1.7 millions, su municipio tiene que seguir el process del Banco
Mundial de mejorar la capacidad institutional de la muni. Ahi, el rol de su alcalde y municipalidad es crucial: debemos continual
cooperando con el Banco Mundial, acudiendo a talleres y sometiendo los reports requeridos. Y su municipalidad 10 ha estado
hacienda: es mas, es una de las mejores en seguir estos requerimientos. Quizis no sea coincidence, pues, que nuestra habilidad
para cooperar y exponer nuestra situaci6n Benquena a la gente del Banco Mundial, nos haya obtenido el segundo lugar en
t6rminos de municipio que mas va a recibir ayuda monetaria solo detris de la Ciudad de Belmopin.
Pero este dinero del Banco Mundial no es un cheque en blanco: ese tempo se acabo en el 2008. Ahora todo require transparencia
y practices de gobiemo responsible. Asi como estamos publicando los reports de la Feria y los reports financiers municipals,
asi tambi6n requieren que las municipalidades hagan las cosas bien, y este municipio es uno de los mejore en este process.
Para retomar el punto del process a seguir en la edificaci6n de un Belize mejor, asi como los heroes de la independence en 1981,
hoy a nosotros benquefios nos toca seguir adelante en este process dificil pero meritorio. Con conflanza, con paciencia, con
determinaci6n, con optimism; con fe y esperanza debemos seguir adelante con el desarrollo del Benque. No es ficil, lo se, pero
en este emprendimiento, en este viaje, se require de heroism: en las cosas pequefias y las grades. Ahi esta nuestro aporte: en
apoyar en nuestras laborers diaries haci6ndolas bien. Al fin del dia, nuestros esfuerzos colectivos harin la diferencia y podremos
orgullosamente decir que si, vamos hacia un Belize mas unido, encaminado hacia el progress verdadero.
Hermanos que tengan feliz dia de la Independencia! Y Nuestra lucha sigue! Que viva Belize!

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WorkI Disasters Report 2010 "Focus On Urban Risk"


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The General Public is hereby advised that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
has been submitted to the Department of the Environment (DOE) by the Ministry of
Works for the San Ignacio / Santa Elena By-Pass. This EIA is for the proposed
construction of a new high-level bridge across the Macal River, between Santa Elena
and San Ignacio, Cayo District.The EIA will be reviewed by the National Environmental
Appraisal Committee (NEAC)before a final decision is taken by the DOE.

The General Public is hereby informed that the EIA will be available for public review
at the following locations: Santa Elena Library, San Ignacio Town Hall, Sacred Heart
College Library, Benque Viejo Del Carmen Town Hall, and the Department of the
Environment in Belmopan and at the DOE's website: www.doe.Rov.bz.

Kindly be informed that a Public Consultation for the EIA will be
held on Tuesday 28th September, 2010, at 6:30 pm at the San

Ignacio Resort Hotel (Bedran Hall) in San Ignacio Town.

The General Public is invited to attend the Public Consultation.

Comments can be submitted on or before 4th October, 2010, to the
Department of Environment (DOE) at 10/12 Ambergris Avenue,
Belmopan; Fax: 822-2862;
Tel: 822-2542 or E-mail: envirodept@btl.net.


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"";::bl e t ointThou ad
zoning and planning controls often
exclude a large part of the urban
population from legal land markets
and advocates that building
standards should be applied in away
that is appropriate to the local
context including affordability and
resistance to extreme weather. The
location of cities will affect the types
of climate hazards to which urban
communities are exposed. Over half
of 37 cities in Africa with more than
1 million residents are in the low-
elevation coastal zone. A sea level
rise ofjust 50 cm would lead to over
2 million people in Alexandria,
Egypt, needing to abandon their
homes. In the vulnerable east coast
of Africa, potential costs of 10 per
cent of GDP have been calculated
to help vulnerable communities
adapt to the consequences of
climate change and the growing
incidences of weather-related

The International Federation
of Red Cross (IFRC) warns
against unacceptable levels of
urban risk GENEVA, 21
The International Federation of
Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies (IFRC) today launched
the World Disasters Report with a
warning that 2.57 billion urban
dwellers living in low and middle
income nations are exposed to
unacceptable levels of risk fuelled
by rapid urbanization, poor local
governance, population growth,
poor health services and, in many
instances, the rising tide of urban
Much of this urban population is
also particularly exposed to climate
change. Akeyfindingofthereport
is that between one-third and
one-half of the population of most
cities in low- and middle-income
nations live in informal settlements
and it is common in such cities for
the local authorities to refuse to
extend to them all the infrastructure
and essential services that do so
much to reduce disaster risk.
Existing measures of risk and
vulnerability are criticized for
undervaluing the impact of disaster
losses on slum dwellers in favour
of measuring the impact of
disasters on large economies and
major infrastructure where loss of
life may be minimal but economic
damage is considerable.
The report urges governments
and NGOs to address the urban risk
divide which exists between cities
that are well-governed and
well-resourced compared to those
that struggle with a lack of
resources, knowledge and will to
ensure a well-functioning urban
environment. Bekele Geleta, IFRC
Secretary General, said: "For the
first time in human history more
people live in towns and cities than
in the countryside, but the world
has not kept pace with this chang^
This is why more people live in
slums or informalsettlentents than
ever before and this will lead to
more people being affected by
urban disasters like the terrible
earthquake which struck Haiti
earlier this year."
The report states that the root
cause of why so many people are
affected by urban disasters is that a
bilhon people live in poor-quality
homes on dangerous sites with no
hazard-reducing infrastructure and
no services. In any given year, over
50,000 people can die as a result of
earthquakes and 100 million can
be affected by floods and the
worst-affected are most often
vulnerable city dwellers.
"A very large deficit exists in the
infrastructure and services that
reduce disaster risk for much of

the population in Latin America,
AfricaandAsia,"saysGeleta. "We
must bridge this urban risk divide
or it will be further exposed in a
very cruel way by climate change
in the coming years."
A recurring theme of this
year's report is that good urban
governance is essential to ensuring
people are empowered and engaged
in the development of their urban
environment and not marginalize
and left exposed to disasters,
climate change, violence and ill
health. David Satterthwaite, World
Disasters Report lead writer and
Senior Fellow at the International
Institute for Environment and
Development (IIED), said: "Peo-
ple living in well governed cities
the world's best quality ofhfe and
highest hfe expectancies. Gener-
ally, thensoreurbanizedanation,
the stronger its economy, the

higher the average h'fe expectancy
and the literacy rate, and the
stronger the democracy, especially
at local level."
"The crisis of urban poverty,
rapidly growing informal
of urban disasters arises from the
failure of governments to adapt
their institutions to urbanization.
It stents also in part from the
failure of aid agencies to help
them to do so- most aid agencies
have inadequate or no urban
policies and have long been
reluctant to support urban
The report finds that forcible
eviction is a constant threat to the
urban poor. Large-scale evictions
by public authorities displace
millions every year, sometimes for
re-development or beautify ication
projects, or simply to target and
remove what they consider


two male persons one of whom
hit him in the forehead with a
stone. He reportedly fell to the
to relieve him of the $25 he had
in the pocket of his pants.
After robbing him, one of the
attackers reportedly took out a
knife and inflicted the wounds
after which they reportedly
dragged him down the hill and
dumped him into the Macal
River. He floated under the
bridge, made it to the other side
where he reportedly held on to
the shrub on the banks of the
river for several hours until a

Kid, were chosen as winners.
The essays were divided in
two winning categories Eco-
greenies (7-11 years), and Eco
Saplings (12-15 years) Essays
were judged on creative subject
content, structure and grammar.
The essays were posted on
the Chaa Creek Travel Blog and
a special Chaa Creek committee
selected the winning essays.
The lucky winners are:
Hannah William Age 10
Alice Koltchev Age 12
Nino Moreno Age 11
Magdalena Gray Age 9
Angel Castillo Age l3


* Responsible for compiling and AcademiclExp erience requirements include
maintaining the formation associated the completion of an Associate's Degree in
with the Vehicles Unit; liaise with all Mechanical or Electrical Engineering with
departments with regards to vehicle three or more years experience as a
usage, vehicle inspections and other Supervisor. Experience in vehicle
vehicle related matters that arise. management v.111 be an asset. Must possess
valid driver's license and be able to drive
* Manage vehicle maintenance scheduling vehicles with manual transmission. Must
be computer literate.
* Supervise clerks assigned to the Vehicle
* Prepare and submit computer generated
daily, weekly and monthly reports as Pay Scale $19,600 to $36,700. Starting
required. salary is dependent on education level
and experience.
*Develop work policies and procedures
for efficiency and effectiveness After successful completion of
probationary period:
* Other duties as assigned from time to
time. Pension Plan

Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

If you are interested in progressing with us please send your application letter with your detailed
curriculum vitae giving your current position by Gih October,2010 to:

Note: Only quarlified candidates will be acknowledged.

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8(9 Slide Summes Camp Winness
Cayo District, Belize July the MacalRiver Camp, all meals
5th 2010: plus snacks three times a day,
The Lodge at Chaa daily scheduling of educational
Creek, Belize's award winning events, arts & crafts materials
eco resort is delighted to and t-shirt, camp counselors
announce the winners of its Eco 24/7, and guided nature tours
Kids Summer Camp Essay with licensed naturalist guides.
Competition. Many interesting essays
Chaa Creek's Eco Kids essay were received but only those
competition offered contestants participants, who wrote the most
a one week summer camp captivating essays, explaimng
program inclusive of lodging at why they wanted to be an Eco

Velasquez Attacked, Robbed,

Stabbed And Thrown in The River

Alyssa Coleman Age 12
About the Eco Kids Summer
The Chaa Creek Eco Kids
Summer Camp is a week long
program to educate children
about biodiversity, natural
resource conservation, the
ancient Maya traditional
healing, and the three "R's"
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
The Program aims to instill
memorable values that will have
an impact on the way children
conduct their lives, their
relationship with our fragile
earth and the sustainable

Janel Rodgriguez Age 14 dvlpeto u uue

pedestrian passing on the
bridge shortly after 4 o'clock
on that Independence Day
morning heard his cry for help.
The pedestrian immediately
contacted the police who arrived
on the scene shortly thereafter
and transported him to the San
IgnacioTownHospital. Hewas
later transferred to the Karl
Heusner Memorial Hospital in
Belize City in a critical
condition. His condition has
since been stabilized as he
recuperates from the injuries.
San Ignacio are following
several leads but to date an
arrest is vet to be made.

Belize Water Services Lim ited invites applicants

VEHICLE UNIT SUPERVISOR: Supervise vehicle unit personnel and activities hi-~~~,: i n

Belize Watfer Services Limited nvi~esapplicanis


*Will be responsible for compiling and
maintaining the accounting information
associated with the Stores Unit. liaise
with all departments with regards (a
inventory usage and indicate re-order
'S'.ipervise clerks responsible for stores
issues and:eceipts andinventoo

*Prepare and submit daily, weekly nad
monthly reports

*Peribim annual!montaly phys:cal
inventory counts

*Develop work policies and procedures
for eficiency and effectiveness

*Other duties as assigned from due to

Academic;Experience requirements include
the completlor of a Bachelor's Degree la
,Accounting or Professional Qualifica-ion in
Inventoryisteres management wEdi two or
more years experience as an Accounting
Supervisor or an Associates Degree with
tour or more years experience as an
,Accounting Supervisor. Niust have
experience in Enventory management. Must
possess a valid driver's license and be able
to drhe vehic:es with manual transmissier
Iklust e computer iterate.


*Pay ScaleS26.200 to 553.930. Starting
salary is dependent on education level
me experience,
After successful completion of
probationary perial-

*Pension~ Plan

sh-u~ledca Dental and VIision Insuranc e

If yolu are interested in ororessirg3 with- us please send your applicatior lette- w~ith your det;

Hunan Resourc~es Nbineger

Human Resorurces Mranager

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