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Sunday, June 17, 2012 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 626-8841 & 804-4900 Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com Page 1 No. 151 SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2008 Price $1.00 *STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR8*8TAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR* *STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*S TAR* STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STARSTAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR No. 313 Sunday, June 17, 2012 Price $1.00Members of The PTA Anna Recinos (L) PTA President Stacey Burns (R)SAN IGNACIO, Cayo, Thursday, June 14, 2012: A spanking new three-classroom building, funded by the Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust, for Bishop Martin Primary School in San Ignacio was this morning officially inaugurated. The program began 10:30 with the singing of the national anthem and the opening prayer by the school’s Local Manager, Fr. Leo Palma. Master of ceremony for the occasion Caretella And Pagett Freed Of Murder ChargeSANTA ELENA, Cayo, Friday, June 15, 2012 : After spending almost five years in jail on remand, two Santa Elena men were, on Monday, June 11, 2012 freed of joint murder charge. Thomas Caretella Jr, William Pagett Jr and Rafael Martinez were arrested by San Ignacio police a few days after the August 31, 2007, shooting death of San Ignacio Taxi driver, Leopold “Polo” Waight. It was around 7o’clock that morning when Waight’s dead body, with a gunshot wound to the back of the head, was found on a feeder road in the Linda Vista Area of Santa Elena Town. The small car he drove was found nearby. There were clear signs to robbery. The investigation led to the arrest of three male persons identified as Santa Elena residents Thomas Caretella Jr, William Pagett Jr and Rafael Martinez. The then Director of Public Prosecutions, Lutchman Sooknandan, ordered that Martinez be granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony as a crown witness. The trial began on Monday, June 4, in the Belmopan Supreme Courtroom of Justice Troadio Gonzalez. Thomas Caretella Jr. William Pagett Jr. Please Turn to Page 2 was standard-six teacher Mr. Rodolfo Tun who will this year be retiring after many years of dedicated service to the teaching profession. The welcome address was delivered by teacher Jaime Panti immediate past president of the Belize National Teachers Union followed by an address by the Hon. Elvin Penner Area Representative for the Cayo Northeast Constituency and Minister of State in the Please Turn to Page 2 Three New Classrooms For Bishop Martin School No. 151 SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2008 Price $1.00 No. 313 Sunday, June 17, 2012 Price $1.00 STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*S TAR* *STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR8*8TAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR* STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR Starting at 9:00 pm every Starting at 9:00 pm every Starting at 9:00 pm every Starting at 9:00 pm every Starting at 9:00 pm every Thursday Night Thursday Night Thursday Night Thursday Night Thursday Night Dance follows with DJ Diamond. Dance follows with DJ Diamond. Dance follows with DJ Diamond. Dance follows with DJ Diamond. Dance follows with DJ Diamond. Inside Princess Int’l San Ignacio


Page 2 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 626-8841 & 804-4900 Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com Sunday, June 17, 2012 After a 12-member jury was empanelled, the trial began in earnest with Crown Counsel Ms. Sheiniza Smith prosecuting on behalf of the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Pagett was represented by Senior Counsel Ellis Arnold while Senior Counsel Simeon Sampson appeared on behalf of Caretella. Among the witnesses testifying for the prosecution was Rafael Martinez who told the court that Caretella and Pagett visited him at home on the day of the murder where they planned to rob a gas station. He said that they encountered Waight and decided to rob him instead. He told the court that they boarded Waight’s taxi and that one of them pulled out a gun, placed it to Waight’s head and ordered him to drive to a feeder road in the Linda Vista area of Santa Elena where he was relieved of his wallet and cash. Waight allegedly attempted to run away but was shot in the back of the head after which he fell to the ground. In his defence Pagett told the court that he could not have committed the crime because at the material time he was working inside a local meat shop. For his part, Caretella told the court that he was working with his father in Santa Elena. After hearing Martinez’ testimony both defence attorneys submitted that Martinez was given immunity for his testimony and that his testimony could not be trusted as he was simply saving his skin. The crown proceeded to call three more witnesses but despite its best effort, the prosecution appeared unable to convince the jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, of the guilt of the accused William Pagett and Thomas Caretella. The jury retired after listening to closing submissions presented by the prosecution and the defence and after deliberating for about three and a half hours, the jury returned with a not guilty verdict after which Justice Gonzalez ordered Caretella and Pagett to walk free. Ministry of National Security. The program also included two entertainment items first “My Pledge To Belize” by standard-one students and the “Intentalo” dance by standardfive students. The Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust remarks was delivered by Alberto August, member of the Board of Trustees while the vote of thanks was delivered by the school’s Principal Mr. Alejandro Najarro. Joining in the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon were Mayor John August; Daniel Gutierez, BNE Trust Chairman; Alberto August, Member of the Board of Trustees; Manager of the Cayo District Education Center, Mr. Luis Carballo; and Principal Alejandro Najarro. The historic occasion is summaarized by the speech delivered by Government’s Representative on the Board of Trustees, Alberto Augus t, as Continued From Front PageCaretella And Pagett Freed Of Murder ChargeAlberto August Government’s Representative on the Board of Trustees Three New Classrooms For Bishop Martin School follows: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to address you on this wonderful occasion – the inauguration of your spanking new three-classroom building. I begin by acknowledging the presence of the new Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust, Mr. Daniel Gutierez. We are also delighted to have in attendance another member of the Board of Trustees, in the person of Mr. Ismael Requena who travelled all the way from Belize City to be with us today. Let me, from the onset, inform that when the funding proposal was first presented to the Board, the decision to fund this project, based on the dire need of this school, received almost instant unanimous approval by the Board. I take this opportunity to thank the current four-member staff of the Trust: John Arana, Abner Valladares, Elswyth Patnett and Alcan Marin as they continue to effectively hold the fort while the Trust is seeking to appoint a new General Manager to replace Mrs. Tracy Panton who, in the latter part of April this year, resigned the position to take up a new appointment as the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. I likewise express heartfelt thank you to Mr. James Robinson, the man who actually designed this building and all other buildings that the Trust has constructed countrywide. We thank Mr. Robinson for continuously providing quality control for this and all the buildings constructed with trust funds. There are several other persons who played key roles in the realization of this project. The list includes the Hon. Elvin Penner, Area Representative for the Cayo Northeast constituency. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I say thank you to His worship the Mayor of the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena – Mayor John August and the Deputy Mayor, Mrs. Bernadette Fernandez We also thank the manager of the Cayo District Education Center, Mr. Luis Carballo for his personal involvement in this project. Thank you Mr. Carballo Then there is Mr. Juan Polanco who, without collecting a single penny from the project, was on the site frequently providing technical advice to the contractor and his crew. For his voluntary contribution to the project, we say a big thank you to Mr. Polanco. Another key person in this project is Principal Alejandro Najarro. Mr. Najarro is known to be a persistent champion for the cause of this school. Hence the reason why Bishop Martin, although a relatively young school, in fact if I am not mistaken, is the youngest primary school in the area, continues to excel in curricular and extra curricular activities. The large collection of trophies in principal Najarro’s office is a clear testimony of the many successes of this relatively young school. I must likewise acknowledge the contribution of your PTA and in particular your PTA President, Stacey Burns. I note that another member of the PTA, Ms Anna Recinos, is also with us this morning. Stacey was the first person who Continued from Front Page Please Turn To Page 16 FOR SALE722 Acs on Macal River at Monkey Falls 1560' Riverfront *17 Cleared River lots with LUA Approval Wooded *Yr-round Spring Hills w/ Views On Grid *10 mins from San Ignacio Financing Avail. *$1200. USD/Ac. ********** 57 Ac. Farm, San Antonio area. 2 apartments, 1 A.C., walled garden, pool, fenced, fruit trees, outbuildings, furnishings negotiable. $330k USD


Sunday, June 17, 2012 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 626-8841 & 804-4900 Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com Page 3SAN IGNACIO, Cayo, Wednesday, June 13, 2012: The uninterrupted supply of water to consumers in the community, a long standing and repeated request by Mayor John August, will soon become a reality in the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena as well as for residents in Esperanza Village, all connected to the municipal water system. The Belize Water Services Limited (BWS) will begin the construction of a generator house and the acquisition of a new generator to keep the system running in the event of power failures. The Belize Water Services Limited is gearing up for the implementation of a multimillion dollar investment earmarked for the upgrading of the water supply system in the west. The project, to be undertaken in three phases, includes, in the first phase, the construction of the generator house and the acquisition of a new generator for a combined price tag of one hundred and seventy thousand dollars. Improved Water Services Coming Soon The second phase will bring to reality the construction of a half million gallon concrete water storage tank at a cost of 1.2 million dollars. This new tank will drastically increase the current storage capability of 90 thousand gallons at the treatment plant and the 80 thousand tank located on top of the hill in the Cahal Pech area. The third phase of the project will result in a 1.3 million dollar investment in a total upgrade of the water treatment plant. The works will be undertaken on the site of the present water treatment plant located next to the fire station in San Ignacio. BWS is eager to begin the project as the technical team is convinced that the current water treatment facility is rapidly approaching the point of becoming inadequate for the increasing demands for the delivery of quality water services to consumers in the area. A major hindrance in the implementation of the project was ownership of the property between the fire station on the BWS compound which is being settled as the research shows that the strip of land was marked for a street access that was never opened as it would come to a dangerous end on the slope to the Macal river. In supporting the project, which apart from creating employment during the construction phase and bringing to reality his request for uninterrupted water supply, Mayor John August accompanied by the Chairman of the Belize Water Services, Alberto August and the District BWS Manager, Ron Cunningham today visited the site where the project was explained to him. In commending BWS for other expansion projects undertaking in the twin towns, Mayor August expressed his full support for the project as BWS continues delivering quality and cost effective water services to consumers in all its service areas. BWS Chairman, Alberto August (C) discussing the project with Mayor John August (L) and BWS District Manager Ron Cunningham (R)


Page 4 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 626-8841 & 804-4900 Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com Sunday, June 17, 2012 OCEANA HOST FAMILIARIZATION TOUR FOR MEDIAKathlene “Kate” WalshBELIZE CITY, Sunday, June 10, 2012: As part of its campaign to highlight the importance of Belize’s fragile marine ecosystem, Oceana In Belize invited the media from across Belize to join them, along with actress Kathlene “Kate” Walsh, on a familiarization tour of the Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye Natural Monument. Kate Walsh is an American actress in film and on television. She is most known for her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on the ABC drama series Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. Off the set Kate says that she is more than a person made famous by the various characters that she plays in the movies and on television. She sees herself as a citizen of the world engaged in conservation. Escorted by Oceana’s Vice President Audrey Matura Shephard, Kate made her grand appearance on the pier for a quick meet and greet with the assembled media after which she was whisked away for the helicopter ride to the island while the press and Matura Shephard took the three-hour boat ride from Belize City to Half Moon Caye. The trip afforded those in attendance a first hand demonstration of the importance of the barrier reef to the coastlines of Belize. As the boat left the safety of the inner waters of the barrier reef, the height, length and intensity of the waves increased thereby effortlessly tossing the boat at will on the waters. While the boat manoeuvred over massive waves, Matura Shephard seized the opportunity to explain the importance of the reef which she said served as a protection against the blunt force of the waves that would otherwise erode Belize’s coastline. She explained that she is fighting every single day to assist in the preservation of Belize’s barrier reef, marine life and the entire marine eco-system. On Half Moon Caye the group was afforded the opportunity for a close up view of the Belize Audubon Society’s haven for the Red-footed Booby birds. For its part, the Management and Staff of BAS took the opportunity to showcase the wonderful work undertaken to ensure the survival of the birds and other marine life that call Lighthouse Reef Atoll their home. Kate Walsh landed on the island, by Astrum helicopter at 1:30 pm. She boarded a boat with the media for a snorkelling expedition to the Blue Hole. The Blue Hole is an amazing national jewel set in a ring of corals, measuring 1,000 feet across and 412 feet deep. This ocean-floor sinkhole is a world renowned dive attraction for thrill seekers from across the globe. Lighthouse Reef Atoll plays a major role in tourism attracting thousands of visitors each year. After snorkelling the Blue Hole for about half an hour, Kate and the media headed back to Half Moon Caye for the interview segment of the expedition. In her presentation Kate reiterated the importance of the barrier reef not only to the marine life that call it home but also to the very survival of Belize. She said that the barrier reef acts as a fence keeping out the bad people from entering our yards in this case; she said that the waves are like the bad people who if left unchecked will destroy Belize’s coastline. Kate said that she considers herself blessed to have had to opportunity get an aerial and sub subsurface view of Belize’s magnificent barrier reef. She said that it would be just wonderful if every single Belizean could get a chance to behold the barrier reef from in the air and from under the sea in order to appreciate that it is something worth fighting for. She also informed that apart from its natural beauty, the sea provides a means of livelihood for over a billion people. In responding to a question about given the opportunity to say something to the Prime Minister of Belize, what would she say, Kate said “I would say, thank you for having me in your country. It is a gorgeous country, so pristine and such a jewel. I just want it to be intact for everyone to enjoy and visit not only for tourist but also for the people of Belize to be able to enjoy it and (L-R) Audrey Matura Shephard And Kate Walsh protect it.” The educational and enjoyable maritime expedition was organized and funded by Oceana In Belize. Apart from expressing gratitude to Oceana in Belize, the group also says thank you to the management and staff of the Belize Audubon Society showcasing their bird and other wildlife protection efforts on Lighthouse Reef Atoll.


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Sunday, June 17, 2012 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 626-8841 & 804-4900 Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com Page 7 ARIES: March 22 to April 20 This is an important week for you, especially if you are creative. The work you have already begun is beginning to escape your grasp. It is time to give it a name and its own identity in the world. Of course it will be painful, but you knew it would not belong to you forever. This is your lot in life. You need to accept both the joy and the pain of creation. Lucky numbers: 10, 31, 78. TAURUS: April 21 to May 21 Are you an intellectual or a poet, a novelist or a playwright? The celestial energy leaves you alone with your anxieties and questions. You are sure of only one thing words are the friends you have decided to spend the rest of your life with. This is a kind of dream and challenge that corresponds with your Taurus identity. Get to work. You will find your vocation and passion in your writing. Lucky numbers:12, 37, 52. GEMINI: May 22 to June 21 Nothing much is happening this week, yet you seem worried and tense. You will have to use this day to your advantage. Think about your life. You will also think about the needs of your relatives in the years to come and how to attain those goals. You'll also be in the best disposition to think about your own family life. Lucky numbers: 07, 45, 83. CANCER: June 22 to July 23 Perhaps your family is far away and you miss them a lot. You need to realize that you can count on your friends. They will be able to prove their love for you and show you that you are as important as the air they breathe. They will also keep people from taking advantage of you on your journey toward the impossible. Lucky numbers:17, 35, 97. LEO: July 24 to August 21 That little child you once were and that you are trying so desperately to forget is still causing you problems. Why do you try so hard to deny that sweet and tender part of you that comes out even in your adult life? You will forget about your faults, imperfections, and complexes more easily if you just remember your childhood fondly, and maybe even smile about it. Lucky numbers: 22, 69, 71. VIRGO: August 22 to September 21 You will have all the inspiration you need to get to work on some of the problems that have been plaguing you lately. Use your pragmatism and tact to efficiently tackle things that have been making life difficult. Help people to stay calm in the anxious atmosphere that could surround all of you today. Lucky numbers: 03, 56, 75. LIBRA: September 22 to October 23 Your family is encouraging you to reconsider some of your long-term plans. In fact, some of your loved ones' needs are changing. But the solutions you come up with may not be enough. Just don't panic. You may need to rethink some of your strategies, especially concerning your relationships with the people closest to you. Lucky numbers: 19, 34, 92. SCORPIO: October 24 to November 21 Without a doubt, your day will have important consequences for the future of your love life. The doubts you may have today, especially concerning your feelings, are likely to push you to think about things before you make any decisions. Should you go back on what you have done or march on with conviction? This is what is at stake right now. Don't be too hasty about things. Lucky numbers:15, 26, 64. SAGITTARIUS: November 22 to December 21 You are naturally involved in things and bursting with energy. You are also trying to work on how you relate to other people. However, you tend to want to get too involved in their lives at home and at work. You even have a tendency to do their work for them sometimes. Try to avoid overworking yourself. Think about how you fit into the group around you. Lucky numbers: 29, 41, 95. CAPRICORN: December 22 to January 20 This week you may be wondering just how much you should get involved in a certain conflict between family members or in your career. There is a lot of pressure on you to find an answer to this problem. But all you have to do is not take sides and everything should work out fine. You may finally realize that it is probably best to just let things happen for once. Lucky numbers: 08, 40, 62, 90. AQUARIUS: January 21 to February 19 You need to cut down on stress and stop getting upset over nothing. Even if up until now you haven't been able to figure out what is really bothering you, today you will understand some of the mysteries of your personality, and understand what it is exactly that causes those chronic mood swings of yours. You will see that you have nothing to worry about. Lucky numbers:18, 58, 87. PISCES: February 20 to March 21 Those arrogant types really need to watch out around you. Even if they don't mean you any harm, you head straight to the attack in order to make them understand that they don't intimidate you. This constant state of war should calm down a little with the current celestial energy. You may even discover that people can respect and appreciate you even if you aren't constantly on the defensive. Lucky numbers: 21, 48, 77. CAYO RENTALS Visit us today for the best in music cd’s and dvd’s. We have a wide assortment of gift items, watches, fashion jewelry, games and game accessories.Our sales assistants are always ready and willing to help.


Page 8 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 626-8841 & 804-4900 Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com Sunday, June 17, 2012 T T T T T hank You!!! hank You!!! hank You!!! hank You!!! hank You!!! Site Office Belize Electric Company Ltd. Hydro Road, Benque Viejo Cayo District, BELIZE TEL: 501-824-3016/824-2094 FAX:501-8244512 A Public Meeting will be held on the Early Warning System regarding the Chalillo Dam this Friday June 15th, 2012 at Hodes Place in San Ignacio. Topics to be discussed are: Bring your family and friends to Hode’s Place and let them enjoy our fine dinning, as well as the Game Room, the Playground and the Ice Cream Shop. HODES PLACE Hode’s Place, where Taste, Quality and Comfort makes the difference!! Savannah Area, San Ignacio Town Telephone #: 8042522 Encouraging All Fathers To Be Real Dads To Your children. Wake Up Call Johnny and his wife Alice were having some problems and were giving each other the silent treatment. The next week, Johnny realized that he'd need his wife to wake him at 5 a.m. for an early flight. Not wanting to be the first to break the silence, he finally wrote on a piece of paper: "Please wake me at 5 a.m." The next morning Johnny woke up, only to discover it was 9 a.m. and he'd missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and scream at his wife when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed that said: "It's 5 a.m. Wake up.” Law – Whatever You Want It To Be Dear STAR; It is with much interest that I read the front page article and the page 7 letter to the Editor in last week’s edition of your newspaper on the attack against basketball referee Mr. Elmer Martinez. Through the medium you provide, I take this opportunity, as a basketball player and sometime as a referee, to lend my full support to Mr. Martinez. He did the proper thing to file a criminal report against the attacker. As a referee, Mr. Martinez’ action has provided me, and indeed other game officials, with additional security when on the court as the head official. There is a proper channel for every player to lodge a protest against any official who they believe made a wrong call. To assault an official however is certainly not the way to go. As a sportsman, I have often times witness the assault on game officials, regrettably, many are the time that they take no further action against the attacker and like the girl or wife who is abused, they walk away believing that it is their fault. Hell no, absolutely no one has any right to assault anyone. I commend the action taken by the management of Galen University in expelling this individual and cancelling his scholarship. The lack of action on the part of Galen University would have forever tainted the reputation of this fine institution of higher learning. To referee Martinez I say, you did the right thing, for the sake of your fellow referee, do not back off. In the days and months leading up to the trial, there will be offers and counter offers. Stand firm for the love of the sport and for the safety of your colleagues. C. Novelo Belize City The Prime Minister is seeking to balance the budget. He calls in the Financial Secretary and asks : “How much is two plus two?” The Fin Sec answered immediately, “Four.” Next the Prime Minister calls in the Chief Economist and asks the same question: “How much is two plus two?” The economist thinks for a minute and answered, “Four, plus or minus one.” Finally he calls in the Chief Legal Advisor and asks the very same question: “How much is two plus two?” The Chief Legal Advisor peered around the room and motioned silently to the Prime Minister. And in a hushed, conspiratorial tone, he replied, “How much do you want it to be, Boss?” Happy Fathers’ Day From LarryLarry’s Barber Shop Larry’s Barber Shop Larry’s Barber Shop Larry’s Barber Shop Larry’s Barber Shop San Ignacio Town San Ignacio Town San Ignacio Town San Ignacio Town San Ignacio Town The employee with the engineering degree asks “How does it work?” The employee with the science degree asks “Why does it work?” The employee with the accounting degree asks “How much will it cost?” The employee with the liberal arts degree asks “Do you want fries with that?” Different Degrees – Different Question Pr esenter : Mr. Hezron Vega EMR/Environmental & Safety Officer from BECOL. Other regulatory bodies will include NEMO and the Department of the Environment. The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 pm. We encourage and ask all residents of San Ignacio and Santa Elena to attend this very important meeting. The Effects Of Flash Floods Available Time Safe Zones Within The Area The Siren System PUBLIC NOTICE. . .The Senior Barber In Town


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Page 10 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 626-8841 & 804-4900 Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com Sunday, June 17, 2012 Tourism Management Programs The Belize Tourism Board is offering scholarship opportunities to interested applicants for Tourism Management Programs commencing August 2012 for Full-time Students for the following degrees: 1. Associate Degr ee in T ourism Management (T wo Y ear T uition Scholarship) —4 Scholarships will be granted. Requirements: Applicants must submit a certified copy of their High School Diploma, an official transcript, two BTB recommendation forms, a page which describes your career goals and aspirations, proof of Belizean Citizenship and a copy of the acceptance letter into the Tourism Program for 2012 at one of the Junior Colleges offering the Tourism Program. 2. Jean Shaw T ourism Scholarship (T wo Y ear Full Scholarship) —1 Scholarshi p will be granted. Requirements: Applicants must be female Belizean citizens with a minimum of an Associate’s Degree wishing to pursue a Bachelor Degree in Tourism Management. Interested applicants must submit a certified copy of their Associates’ Degree, an official transcript, two BTB recommendation forms, a page which describes your career goals and aspirations, proof of Belizean Citizenshipand a copy of the acceptance letter into the Tourism Management Program at the University of Belize (UB) commencing August 2012. The Jean Shim Touism Scholarship has been establiched in nwnzoiy of the late Jean Ursilla Shan a yen owned fentaie tourism pioneer who played an integral pan in the development of Belize’s tourism industry in her ljfrthne. The Fund was established by the BTB, in collaboration nith its private sector countenjans, to supp ofl the development of qualified Belizeans pursuing a caner in tourisuk Application deadline: Friday, June 29th, 2012 Telephone: 227-2420 E-mail: xvelasquez@travelbelize.org or pbodden@travelbelize.org For more information and application forms, please contact: Ms. Xanierre Velasquez/ Mr. Perry Bodden Jr.*Application forms may be picked up at the BTB main office at #64 Regent Street, Belize City, Belize.


Sunday, June 17, 2012 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 626-8841 & 804-4900 Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com Page 11Greetings on behalf of Cayo Sports Center, a recently formed community wellness, community aimed, social service – non profitagency. In view of the increased violent crimes especially to our youths, in the Cayo District we the organizers are trying to do our best and do our part to help with the cause. With this aim in mind we have partnered with the Bullet Tree Boyzz Football Club and have organized an Under 17 Summer Male Football Tournament to be held in the village of Bullet Tree Falls, in the Cayo District. The tournament will be organized in the following manner: 1. Will comprise of 12 teams that will be divided into 2 groups of six teams each. 2. Commencement date will be on Sunday 1st July and end on the 12th August, 2012. 3. Games will only be played on Sundays. 4. Games will start at 9am sharp. 5. 30mins per half and 5mins intervals. 6. The top 2 teams from each group will qualify to a knock out stage on the 6th week with both losers playing for 3rd place and the two winners playing for 1st and 2nd on the 7th week. The registration fee is of $100.00 per team. Teams interested in participating in this tournament are asked to contact Hermain Tzib, 668-5214 or Emir Quiroz, 662-0795 by Wednesday, 20th of June 2012. We will be having prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, best goal keeper most valuable player best defender, goleador of the tournament, best disciplined team, and team with the most enthusiastic fans. If anybody is willing to assist with this worthy cause they can contact any of the organizers. We are appealing to the parents of the kids and the community to get involved and support them in positive activities such as this and encourage them to be drug free and violence free. Faith Nazerene Gets A Facelift SAN IGNACIO, Cayo, Thursday, June 14, 2012: On June 8th, 24 students and 4 instructors traveled from the mountains of Nederland, Colorado to San Ignacio to work towards creating a sister school. Faith Nazerene School welcomed this work force, who have been painting, repairing, building, planting, beautifying the school and connecting with the kids. Nederland Colorado is a small community high in the mountains, with no humidity, no bugs and lots of snow. One can only imagine the surprises that were in store for this excited work team. The in country project was coordinated in conjunction with Doroteia Pathways Foundation with Robert Trausch Richard Tzul and Lucille Souza. Our hopes are that this will be the beginning of an ongoing relationship between the cites of Nederland and the Santa Elena/ San Ignacio area. The students, who ages range from 13 to 18, are SophieLindenberger, Alexander Kinczel, Natasha Kinczel, Savannah Pugmire, Timex Murphy, Joe Chapman, Holden Reecer, Mackenzie Belden, Aubrey Evans, Wyatt Wales, Nikki Farris, Jaden Games, Dillon Weaver, Amanda Cook, Diego Lopez, William Pompey, Natalie Waddell, Ella Running Rabbit, Luke Harrison, Jake Aguilar, Amber Clasby, Jenna Mahon, Sam Churches, and Brenda Waggerby. The adult participants are Julie Graff, Laurie Roberts, Leaf Running Rabbit, and Lori Kinczel See ya next year! Members of the group along with students of Faith Nazarene Primary School


Page 12 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 626-8841 & 804-4900 Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com Sunday, June 17, 2012 Notice is hereby be given that under the Intoxicating Liquor License Ordinance Chapter 150 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000, that Therese Maddisson is applying for a MALT & CIDER LIQUOR LICENSE for the year 2012 to operate THE KAT located on the Western Highway, in United Ville, Cayo District. LIQUOR LICENSE NOTICES SAN IGANCIO, Cayo, Monday, June 11, 2012: After evading police for seventeen days, a Salvadoran laborer was today remanded to prison on three counts of carnal knowledge allegedly committed against a 14 year old Belizean girl from Santa Elena, Cayo. San Ignacio police informed that on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, Gomez Remanded To Prison On Carnal Knowledge Charges the father accompanied by the alleged victim visited the station where the initial report was lodged indicating that the accused carnally knew the child on three occasions being January 19, January 24 and February 3, 2012. In her statement to the police the child provided a detailed account of the three occasions on which the accused allegedly carnally knew her all of which allegedly occurred in the house where she lives. The police immediately began the search for the accused. During the course of the investigation the police was informed that the accused had departed Belize for his home country, El Salvador. Notwithstanding this information, the search continued for the accused. It ended on Friday, June 8 when he was found at his place of business on the Western Highway in Santa Elena. The accused was immediately detained and escorted to the police station in San Ignacio where he was informed of the report made against him. At the station he was positively identified as Dennis Gomez 22, Salvadoran laborer of a Western Highway address in Santa Elena. He appeared in the San Ignacio courtroom of Magistrate Narda Morgan on Monday, June 11, where he pled not guilty to all three carnal knowledge charges. In concurring with the prosecution’s objection to the granting of bail, Magistrate Morgan proceeded to remanded the accused to prison for the full 90 days. He will therefore be reappearing in court on Wednesday, September 12, 2012. Dennis Gomez, 22,Monday: Draft Beer $3.00 Tuesday: Local Rum $3.00 Wednesday: Panty Ripper $3.95 HAPPY HOURMonday thru Friday The Home Of MARGARITAS SPECIALS Mondays To Fridays:Regular Margaritas: $6.95 Straberry Margaritas: $7.95 Blue Margaritas: $8.95 24 Crenshaw St. San Ignacio, Cayo Tel: 824 -2730 Mexican and Belizean Menu “The Newspaper that cares and dares to bring out the truth”Publisher: Nyani K. August Editor: Albert Nigel August Circulation: Stanley Gabourel #42 Western Highway, Santa Elena, Cayo, Belize, CA Office Tel: 804-4900 Cell: 626-8822 626-8841starnewspaper@gmail.com


Sunday, June 17, 2012 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 626-8841 & 804-4900 Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com Page 13 The San Ignacio/ Santa Elena Town Council Traffic Department will be re-routing traffic in down town San Ignacio effectibe, Monday, June 25th, 2012. Areas to be affected are: Burns Avenue, West Street, Far West Street, Eve Street, Victoria Street, Benque Viejo Road, Thornley Street and Church Street. The Traffic Deparment is taking this measure to improve the flow of traffic in down town San Ignacio. This excercise will have a duration of one month. Sorry for any inconvenience this may Cause. PACZ Tours 30 Burns Ave, San Ignacio Cayo District, Belize, CA Landline: (501) 824-0536 Cellphone: (501) 604-6921 Email: pacztours@btl.net or b.joness@hotmail.com Please email us for more information on Tours and hotels Sacred Heart College invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the following full-time teaching positions: HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION 1 Full-time Science Teacher (minimum qualification a B.Sc. In Biology or a B.Ed. In Biology Education) 1 Full-time English Teacher (minimum qualification a B.A. In English or a B.Ed. In English Education) Applicants who have a Bachelor’s degree in the subject area should be prepared to pursue a course of studies (at their own expe nse) in Education to meet full licencing requirements. JUNIOR COLLEGE DIVISION 1 Full-time Primary Education Lecturer (minimum qualification: M.Ed. with tertiary teaching experience) 1 Full-time English Lecturer (minimum qualification: M.A. Or M.Ed. with concentration in English and with tertiary teaching ex perience)1 Full-time Business Lecturer (minimum qualification: M.B.A. or B.Sc. with tertiary teaching experience) REMUNERA TION: In accordance with established pay scales. APPLCA TION DEADLINE: July 15, 2012 S acred H eart C ollege P.O. Box 163, San Ignacio, Cayo, Phone: (501) – 824 – 2102, 824 – 2758, Fax: 824 3759 Send or deliver completed application letter with named references and resume to: Secretary Board of Governors Sacred Heart College P. O. Box 163, Joseph Andrews Drive, San Ignacio, Cayo District Signed applications may also be emailed to:president@shc.edu.bz PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT VACANCIES


Page 14 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 626-8841 & 804-4900 Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com Sunday, June 17, 2012 Jasmine Lowe, 13 Dear Jasmine, Like so many Belizeans right now I am still so sad, confused and angry that one more young life has been taken from us, that one more precious smile is gone, that one more family has been devastated by the senseless violence that continues to rip our country apart. Everything you did, from helping grow food on your family farm and brightening the San Ignacio markets with your smile when you sold it, to your participation with the Scouts, your church and your community, it all seemed to benefit Belize. You showed so much promise that everyone who knew you would surely say, “Jasmine represents the future of Belize” And today, through my sorrow and anger, I realised that you still can represent the future of Belize, that even in death you can make a difference. And that’s why I am writing this Jasmine, to put a promise into words that I’m going to start working to make sure you are a part of our future. Instead of just being snuffed out, your life can become a light to illuminate a path for all of us and guide us out of the darkness that is enveloping Belize right now. If this sounds crazy I just ask you to hear me out. This is the promise I make to you, your family, your friends and your fellow Belizeans, and I am asking them to join me. I am much older then you were when you were taken from us, Jasmine, and I have seen a great many things happen in Belize over the years. I remember a Belize when money was scarce, but we were rich in so many other ways. Our streets and our children were safe. Old people were respected and treated with courtesy and kindness. You never passed anyone without a smile and a greeting, even just a simple nod and a friendly “yes, mon.” There was no TV, but that was all right – we made our own entertainment, and every street and every village had their own stars, someone who could sing, play guitar or drums, tell stories or just make you laugh. I miss that laughter so much. When I was younger I left Belize to work, and I tell you couldn’t wait to come home. That’s when I first realised that we had something all the money in the world couldn’t buy – we had ourselves. We had each other and this beautiful little country we worked so hard to make our own. I remember we were proud of Belize. It felt good to say, “I’m from Belize,” because back then, when people thought of Belize, they thought of a beautiful peaceful little country. When the tourists first started to come I remember them telling us how lucky were, how friendly Belizeans were, how our little country was a sparkling Jewel. And we knew it was true. There was no better place in the world to live. Now look at us Jasmine. Innocent people are being gunned down in the street, stray bullets are killing children in their bed, and young boys are murdering to get membership in gangs where there is no future but more death, jail, and misery. Always having to act tough, never a smile, full of crack-fuelled courage that’s just a cover for the constant fear. And like a disease their fear and paranoia has spread through the community. Everyone seems to be locking themselves inside these days Jasmine, staring into a box, too afraid to go outside and be with real people, with their neighbours, listening to music and each other’s’ stories, feeling like a part of a community, a neighbourhood. How did we become so afraid, not of some foreign invader, but of each other? I tell you Jasmine, sometimes I wake up in the morning and think this is a bad dream. Please Turn to Page 15 Farewell to a Belizean Child


Sunday, June 17, 2012 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 626-8841 & 804-4900 Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com Page 15 But now I believe this is a nightmare that we have the power to change. Your death made something click inside me. I’m sick of being ashamed of my country, of being afraid in my own town, and now I know that the only cure for this shame is to do something. And this is why you can still be part of our future, Jasmine. For me your murder was the last straw, and you inspired me to start doing something to help change things. And if you did this to me, you can do it to a lot more of us. That would be the most beautiful tribute we can pay you. “Yes man, things changed after Jasmine Lowe’s murder.” So that is the promise I make to you today. I am going to start doing something and I am going to ask all Belizeans to join me. I am asking every pastor and church member, Scout leader, community leaders, organisations, clubs and everywhere where people meet to start getting together ideas for a very important day, the 15th of September, Jasmine Lowe Day. I pray that after that day, people will talk about the two Belizes Belize Before Jasmine, and Belize After Jasmine. Before Jasmine we felt powerless. Crime was out of control, the gangs were running the streets, and people were too afraid to do anything about it. Just keep quiet and mind you own business. Don’t make yourself a target. Just get by, there’s nothing you can do about it. Then came Belize After Jasmine After Jasmine we had people power. If over a hundred people could brave the jungle at night, cross the river, walk through the water, forget their fears so that they could join together to hold candles to light up the dark night and bury you with love and respect, that proved we are still a people who care. By joining together to comfort the family by telling them that they are not alone, that showed that we are still a community, that we still have a heart. You did that Jasmine. You brought people out of the comfort of their homes on a dark and wet night to show that they care, to express their love and humanity. And if over a hundred people can suddenly heed the call and come together on a dark night, why can’t a hundred thousand people come together to stop the madness? Why can’t all of us join together to rise up and demand a better Belize? I know that there are many more good people in Belize than bad. I know most Belizeans love their families, work hard and look out for each other. I still see it every day. I still love my country. But good people hardly get noticed. It seems like you’ve got to commit a crime to get on the news these days, and even there the competition is fierce. But what if the good majority demands to get noticed? What if, After Jasmine, we show some real People Power? If we show our numbers we will get noticed, we will make the news, and people will have to take notice. Every church, NGO, Scout group and any organisation can join in. Even your old Karate club Jasmine. If every group in every village came together, we would be united in demanding that our politicians show the same will we are showing and do something. And we won’t let them tell us there’s nothing to be done, Jasmine. No, that’s when we remember you and all the other victims and say, Guess What? There’s a lot that can be done. We can see Special Constables on the street. We can see the Police Cadets program expanded, we can organise the boy scouts, girl scouts, church groups, and everyone who wants into neighbourhood watch and other programs. The thing is, we’re at crisis point in Belize, and that calls for extraordinary action. And the best way to get the world’s attention is by joining together. People Power has changed governments and systems around the world, and if we show we are united, something will get done here. September 15 2012 will mark 100 days since the terrible day when we buried Jasmine. What a tribute if on that day people all across Belize wore a coloured ribbon and organised to gather in the Macal River Park and all across Belize to celebrate her life and show how many of us are willing to come out to demand that things change, that our children have a future, that our streets are safe again and that laughter returns to Belize. September 15 gives us time to meet with each other, to send letters to the editor about what we are thinking and to our elected officials asking them what the government plans to do. Jasmine, imagine if we all rise up with one strong voice saying this madness has to stop! We will get noticed. At least we have a chance, and we go to bed at night knowing that we did something. If we do nothing, the horror will only get worse. Sure, some people are just going to shake their heads and say that it will never happen, that the situation is too far gone, that Belizeans organise, and that After Jasmine is an impossible dream. Even your father is too young to remember Jasmine, but in our fight for independence, we had huge rallies and demonstrations. You think they just handed us our independence, no we had to fight for it, and we had to show that enough Belizeans wanted it, and wanted it badly, that the tide had turned on colonialism. Now we must demand independence from fear and violence, rape and murder, and with enough of us, we can turn the tide on crime this time. And it’s only right we do it before the September celebrations, when we celebrate how we first came together as a nation. Now we need to demonstrate how to survive as a nation. Do you think it’s impossible, Jasmine? Do you remember that two thousand years ago another innocent was murdered; someone else died a terrible death. That time it was a man and that man’s life and his death inspired something that changed the entire world. That something was hope. That something was a message that said, “We don’t have to live this way anymore. We are better than this” You know what happened after that, Jasmine. This week I am going to start. And if people read this and talk about it with their friends, teachers, pastors, MPs and any and everyone who will listen, maybe, just maybe your brief, bright spark will ignite a blaze, something that will burn though our complacency, our hopelessness, our despair and surrender to what can only be described as evil. That could happen, Jasmine, and you will have contributed to our future, your life will have made a difference, and while we must live with the sorrow that can never have you back, at least we can take comfort that we kept your spirit alive and with you achieved something miraculous. Lucius Blackstone, A sad but still proud Belizean Farewell to a Belizean Child Continued From Page 14 #18 Joseph Andrews Dr. San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize C.A Tel: 824-2357—Fax 824-4302 Email: decorativeinteriorsbz@yahoo.com Decorative Interiors Furniture Co. Ltd Decorative Interiors Furniture Co. Ltd Decorative Interiors Furniture Co. Ltd Decorative Interiors Furniture Co. Ltd Decorative Interiors Furniture Co. LtdCut out and bring in this coupon to get an additional 5% off your purchase!!!


Page 16 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 626-8841 & 804-4900 Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com Sunday, June 17, 2012made the initial approach to the trust for funding. Thank you Stacey for the major role you played in bringing this project to reality. We are today inaugurating your three classroom building measuring 25 by 90 feet, constructed at a cost over 267 thousand dollars. Construction began on December 5 of last year and was fully completed 6 months later, on June 6. I take this opportunity to express sincere appreciation to the contractor Mr. Richard Tzul and his crew for constructing a fine building. Mr. Tzul, from the very first day he broke ground here, has always insisted that he was going to construct a building the likes of which all of us would be proud. This structure that we are about to inaugurate today is indeed a testament of his firm commitment. Now I know that you are not here to listen to any long drawn out speech. You want us to hand over your new school building to you and you want to us to get out of here as quickly as possible so that you can begin to enjoy your new building. But before we go, I would like to ask you for just a little more of your time to give you a brief summary of what the Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust is all about. The Trust is a bold and solid partnership between the Government of Belize and the Belize Natural Energy Limited. The Trust is governed by a legal instrument known as the Trust Deed. It was signed on February 25, 2008, a mere 18 days after the first United Democratic Party Government was elected to office. The Deed which gave birth to the Trust, was signed by Prime Minister Dean Barrow, on behalf of the Government of Belize and by Dr. Gilbert Canton in his capacity as the Chief Executive of the Belize Natural Energy Limited on behalf of the oil company The Trust comprises of six members – three representing the Government of Belize and three representing the Belize Natural Energy Limited. A new Board of Trustees is appointed every two years thereby triggering the rotation of the chairmanship between the two partners, being the Government of Belize and the Belize Natural Energy Limited. The new Board of Trustees, just this week reappointed to serve another two-year term, include: Chairman Daniel Gutierez, Mrs. Melanie Escalante and Mr. Kevin Herrera all representing the Belize Natural Three New Classrooms For Bishop Martin School The New Three-Classroom Building From Page 2 Principal Alejandro Najarro (L) presenting Award of Appreciation to Chairman, Daniel Gutierez (R).Principal Alejandro Najarro and the large collection of trophies in his office Energy Limited while the Government appointed representatives include the outgoing Chairman Orlando Burns from Orange Walk Town, Principal Ismael Requena and myself. The Trust is funded by way of 1% of the gross revenue received from the exportation of crude oil, which, at the current rate of production, averages around 1.6 million dollars annually which is paid into the Trust fund by way of quarterly instalments. It therefore goes without saying that, the more crude oil Belize produces and exports, the more money goes into the Trust Funds. With more money going into the Trust Fund it automatically translates into the availability of more funds to invest in the core educational and social environmental projects. In other words, if Belize was producing and exporting ten times the amount of oil we are currently exporting, there would have been a greater probability that we would have today been inaugurating, not a 267 thousand dollar three classroom building, but rather a 2.67 million dollar thirty classroom building for you. Notwithstanding this reality, there are still a few among us who are insisting that we should not explore for more oil. I end by asking all you, as well as those with children and relatives attending this school, to please take good care of your school building. The engineers: Mr. Rabby, Mr. Polanco and Mr. Tzul, assures us that this building will be around for many, many years to come. We ask you again to take care of it and in doing so, you are ensuring that it will remain in service for future generations of Belizean leaders as the Trust continues to do its part in unlocking the potentials of Belizeans countrywide. Thank you so very much for listening. We AMS To Please


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