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Sunday, September 1, 2013 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 610-4188 & 804-4900 Email: starnewspaper@gmail.com Page 1 No. 151 SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2008 Price $1.00 Thomas Car etella Jr 28 Thomas Caretella Jr. Chopped In San Ignacio Thomas Caretella Jr. Chopped In San Ignacio Thomas Caretella Jr. Chopped In San Ignacio Thomas Caretella Jr. Chopped In San Ignacio Thomas Caretella Jr. Chopped In San Ignacio San Ignacio T own, Cayo, Sunday August 25, 2013: Thomas Ivan Car etella Jr 28, one of two men acquitted in June2012 of the September 1, 2007murder of San Ignacio taxi man,Leopoldo “Polo” W aight is today in critical but stable condition at theKarl Heusner Memorial Hospital inBelize City the victim of a chopping incident in San Igancio. San Ignacio police reportedreceiving the 91 1 call at around 12:30 am on Sunday August 25, 2013 of a bleeding man on the ground onIndependence Street, San Ignacio. A team of policemen rushed to the scene where they encountered thevictim with chop wounds to both armsand feet lying in a pool of blood. Thebleeding man was rushed to the SanIgnacio Community Hospital foremergency medical treatment. Hewas later transported to the KarlHeusner Memorial Hospital forfurther medical treatment. The preliminary investigationrevealed that the victim was walkingon Independence Street in SanIgnacio when he was attacked by agroup of male persons who afterchopping him fled the scene. While an arrest in this latestchopping incident is yet to be made,police investigation continues. San Ignacio T own, Cayo, Satur day August 24, 2013: The body of Mexican veterinarian,Dr Macelino Sosa has been returned to his home country forfuneral services, the latest victim of adrowning incident in the MountainPine Ridge. San Ignacio police reports thatGabino Canto Belizean Field Director for the National CattleSanitary Plan Project informed that ataround 4:30 pm on Friday August Me xic an Doctor Drowns In Belize friends and elements of the securityforces. At the time of the tragic incident, the deceased was employed by theBelize Agriculture Health Authority (BAHA), in the cattle sweep projectto test cattle for Brucellosis. The body of the 28 year oldMexican veterinarian was transportedto the Karl Heusner MemorialHospital in Belize City for the legally required post mortem examinationwhich was conducted by Forensic 23, 2013 the deceased, along with agroup of Mexican veterinarians, wastaking photographs near a waterfallat the Rio On Pools when he report-edly slipped and fell off a twentyfoot high cliff. A search for the body was immediately mounted but it was notuntil eighteen hours later when thebody was discovered by relatives, Specialist, Dr Mario Estradabran, who certified the cause of death asasphyxiation by drowning due to mildhead trauma due to an incidentalconsequence. The body of Dr Marcelino Sosa was subsequently released to thefamily and will be returned toMexico where he will be laid torest. Dr Macelino Sosa, 28 No. 151 SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2008 Price $1.00 No. 151 SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2008 Price $1.00 No. 151 SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2008 Price $1.00 No. 151 SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2008 Price $1.00 No. 151 SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2008 Price $1.00 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*STAR* STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STARSTAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR No. 357 Sunday, April 28, 2013 Price $1.00 No. 151 SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2008 Price $1.00 No. 151 SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2008 Price $1.00 No. 151 SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2008 Price $1.00 No. 151 SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2008 Price $1.00 No. 375 Sunday, Setember 1, 2013 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*STAR* *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 50% of f r oom rate for Summer 2013. Dir ect bookings only Air Conditioning Restaurant & Bar In Room Jacuzzi Luxurious Accomodations Infinity PoolFree Wifi T el: 01 1-501-844-4047 E-mail: info@mahoganyhallbelize.com

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Page 2 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 610-4188 & 804-4900 Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com Sunday, September 1, 2013 # 107 G eor g e Pric e Hig hwa y S ant a El ena, Ca y o Dist rict V isit us today and see our wide variety of stoves, beds, chest of drawers, mattresses, refrigerators, LCD TVs, fans, beach cruiser bicycles, dinning tables and so much more..... Come In T oday & Let Our Gr eat Prices Do The T alking Tel: 824-3099Cell: 652-0123 Best Prices On Back To School Tablets Ministry of Health to Implement Dengue Control Campaign in San Pedro Town Belmopan City Thursday August 22, 2013: As a part of its ongoing countrywide Dengue Prevention Campaign,the Ministry of Health is introducingan operation in San Pedro T own. The campaign includes ultra-lowvolume (UL V) spraying, thermal spraying of houses, premisesinspections, spraying of drains andissuing of bed nets to homes inhigh-risk areas for dengue. A team of personnel from the V ector Control Unit was dispatched to San Pedro T own on T uesday August 20, to investigate and assesssuspected cases of dengue that werereported in areas such as DFC, Bocadel Rio and San Pablo. The issuance of chemically-treatedbed nets has proven to be the mosteffective form of personal protectionto reduce dengue transmission. Thisinitiative is free of cost to the residentsand is being carried out in closecollaboration with the San PedroT own Council. The public is encouraged to takeevery precaution necessary tocombat the breeding sites for theAedes mosquitoes. Eliminate theplaces where the mosquito lays hereggs, such as containers that holdwater in and around the home. Inaddition, clean water containers atleast week, such as animal feedingbowls and flower pots, and coverwater storage barrels. For personal protection userepellent and when possible, wearlong sleeves and long pants. Residentsare also advised to keep housewindows open whenever the Minis-try of Health is conducting sprayingactivities in order for the insecticideto reach mosquitoes inside the home. Interventions will be employed onthe island from August 26-30. The Ministry continues to take an inte-grated approach on the prevalence ofdengue in order to control and reducefurther cases. This is a health andwellness message from the Ministryof Health. W orld Bank and Ministr y of Health Implement Japanese Social Development Fund Child Health Pr oject in T oledo Belmopan. Friday August 23, 2013 : The Ministry of Health (MOH), theW orld Bank and the Japanese Social Development Fund (JSDF) continueto work closely together to promotebetter health for women and childrenin communities of the T oledo District. This week, members of the W orld Bank T eam are in Belize meeting with officials from the Ministry of Healthto monitor the implementation phaseof the JSDF Grant which funds the“Improving Children's Healthand Nutrition” project. The project is being implemented by the T oledo District Health Council (TDHC) withthe Ministry of Health providingoversight of the process. W orking sessions to share the results and progress of this project arebeing held throughout the weekfacilitated by technical advisors of theMinistry of Health and members ofthe W orld Bank team led by Senior Operations Manager for the Grant,Carmen Carpio Carpio said, “The project focuses on pre-natal care, nutritionmonitoring in the critical windowof opportunity and school healthinterventions at the primary school level. W e are hopeful that through strong communityengagement the project will havea positive impact at the local levelin strengthening the quality andaccess to health services in T oledo District and that our experiencein that area serve as amodel ingood nutrition monitoringpractices for the country .” This week the team will make fieldvisits to schools in the southerndistricts and also facilitate workshop sessions with Ministry of Healthrepresentatives and communityleaders of the south. Cuper tina Pulcheria T eul project coordinator stated, “The support mission led the revision of theproject operational documents,this exercise resulted in prioritiz-ing a list of activities to beimplemented in the last quarter of2013. The project has now led intothe implementation of assessing Please T ur n T o P ag e 1 5 343 ac cattle farm, supporting 200 head, $343k usd 57 ac with house in 2 apts, pool, utils, fenced for sheep $295k usd 106 ac mopan river 367m river frontage $159k usd 181 ac great views, utils, 1.5 mi from san ignacio $199k usd luxury rural rental, furnished, 15 mins from san ignacio, 6 mos min. www .holdfastbelize.com roberson.elizabeth@gmail.com roberson.elizabeth@gmail.com roberson.elizabeth@gmail.com roberson.elizabeth@gmail.com roberson.elizabeth@gmail.com 668-0749 or 663-6777 668-0749 or 663-6777 668-0749 or 663-6777 668-0749 or 663-6777 668-0749 or 663-6777 We have buyers for farmland, let us know if you have land to sell.

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Sunday, September 1, 2013 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 610-4188 & 804-4900 Email: starnewspaper@gmail.com Page 3 W e Ar e Loc ate d a t The San Ignacio UNO Service St a tion on Benque V iejo Rd in San Ignacio CA YO RENT ALS Greetings Editor: T wice per month, Francine Sabal (2013 MDP Belize) leaves the Korean Development Institute (KDI)School of Public Management andPolicy campus and makes her way tothe Dongdaemun W elfare Center where, for an hour she teaches English to third graders, "I strongly believe that whatever knowledge was passedon to us by others we owe it toothers to pass it down to themtoo.” Francine is one of nine devotedstudents participating in the V olunteer English Program run by the KDISchool Library The volunteer program, whichstarted in 2009, provides Koreanteens from low-Income families theopportunity to improve their Englishand be exposed to diverse cultures. At the start of the Spring Semester the library sends out the call askingfor students with a proficiency InEnglish, enthusiasm and love forchildren to sign up. Nine students fromBangladesh, Belize, Iran, Egypt,Belarus, Algeria, Colombia and Nigeria answered that call and Inreturn are rewarded with the oppor-tunity to make a difference in the lifeof a child. The program runs from April to December and currently enrolls 25eager teens and 9 dedicated studentteachers. At the end of the program, the teachers each receive a V oluntary Community Service Certificate andmemories to last a lifetime. Francine graduated from theUniversity of Belize with a BachelorDegree in History with Magna CumLaude distinction in January 2012. She is currently pursuing a Mastersdegree in Public Policy with aconcentration in International Rela-tions and Political Economy at theKorean Development Institute inSouth Korea. Courtesy of KDI’ s newsletter – The Globe 80’S Night & Ladies Night Ev er y Sunda y!!! T eq uila Sho ts A t Half Pr ice Check out our F ACEBOOK page: Blue Angels Email: Blueangelsnightclub@yahoo.com

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Page 4 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 610-4188 & 804-4900 Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com Sunday, September 1, 2013 2013 Belizean Y 2013 Belizean Y 2013 Belizean Y 2013 Belizean Y 2013 Belizean Y outh Ambassadors Dine at the U.S. outh Ambassadors Dine at the U.S. outh Ambassadors Dine at the U.S. outh Ambassadors Dine at the U.S. outh Ambassadors Dine at the U.S. Ambassador Ambassador Ambassador Ambassador Ambassador ’s Residence Before T ’s Residence Before T ’s Residence Before T ’s Residence Before T ’s Residence Before T ravel to the U.S. ravel to the U.S. ravel to the U.S. ravel to the U.S. ravel to the U.S. Press Release From The USEmbassy in Belmopan, Belize. U.S. Embassy’ s Char g d’Af faires, a.i. Margaret D. Hawthorne and Mrs. Barbara Thummalapally hosted a luncheon for Belizean Y outh Ambassadors at the Ambassador ’s residence on August 12, 2013. The youth are part of the U.S. StateDepartment’ s Central American Y outh Ambassador Program, sponsored this year by GeorgetownUniversity in W ashington, D.C. and coordinated through the Belize FamilyLife Association. The program offers three groups ofCentral American youth from Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic,El Salvador Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama theopportunity to experience andexpand their knowledge of U.S.culture, society and education by traveling to the U.S. for three weeksand visiting several destinationsduring this time. The goal of the program is toincrease cross-cultural understandingand unity throughout the Americas. The participants have gone through arigorous selection process and havebeen selected from a competitivepool of applicants for communityinvolvement, leadership potential, and (L-R top r ow) Alternate Chaper one Ms. Odette Palacio, Public Af fairs Intern Alicia Krueger Mrs. Barbara Thummalapally Marilyn Mora, Jose Montes, Sherrie Perriott, V innessa Reneau, Charg d’Af fair es Margar et D. Hawthorne, Katherine Mar tinez, Geana Hanson, Emily Gutierr ez, Alexis Jones, Diana Castillo, Chaper one Ms. Nadia Mar tin-Caliz, Ms. Melanie Monter o of the Belize Family Life Association, Chaper one Ms. T arah Sabido, (L-R bottom r ow) Justin Ford, Darr en Jacobs, and Erwin Wills. good scholarship. At the casual luncheon, Ms. Hawthorne chatted with the youths about their expectations of theirvisit to the U.S., while Mrs.Thummalapally entertained herguests by playing songs on the piano. The Y outh Ambassadors who will be traveling this September are Diana Castillo (Santa Elena), Justin Ford (Benque), Emily Gutierrez (San Ignacio), Katherine Martinez (San Igancio), and Erwin Wills (Belmopan). The adult chaperone is Ms. T arah Sabido from Sacred Heart College. They willbe visiting T ennessee, Alabama, and W ashington, D.C. “The Newspaper that cares and dares to bring out the truth” #42 George Price Highway Santa Elena, Cayo, Belize, CA Cell: 626-8822 or 610-4188 and 626-8841 starnewspaper@gmail.com 54 Burns A venue, San Ignacio, Cayo istrict, Belize C.A W e of f er the best in Pr of essional Building Maintenance Ser vices W e ar e your best choice for Plumbing & Electrical Building Maintenance Services. V isit us today!!!! 54 Burns A venue, San Ignacio, Cayo istrict, Belize C.A Plumbing, Electircal & Construction Needs. No w of f ering Pr of essional Building Maintenance Ser vices New Tires Special Discount On T ir es For T axi Operators W ester n Har dw are has all y our Plumbing Electrical & Construction supplies under one roof at reasonable prices. Ask for what you do not see, we can find those hard to get items. Why travel out of town to buy y our supplies w hen W ester n Har dw are can sa tisfy all your “Y our One S top Construction & Home Improvement Shop” Phone: 824-2572/3494 Fax: 8243240 E-mail: westernhardware@hotmail.com 54 Burns A venue, San Ignacio, Cayo istrict, Belize C.A

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Sunday, September 1, 2013 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 610-4188 & 804-4900 Email: starnewspaper@gmail.com Page 5 "Inspirational Corner" Thank you so much for allowing methis privilege of sharing this inspirational corner" in your newspaper The following paragraphs ends thefirst chapter I pray they will be uplifting, spiritually educational andinteresting to your readers. Especiallyconsidering the times we are living in.I am opened to constructive criticismsand appreciate corrections as this isa first time experience for me. Myobjective, with God's help, is to makethis newspaper the best by providingthe kind of spiritual knowledge thatwill encourage not only the citizens ofSanta Elena & San Ignacio, but thewhole country of Belize to want topurchase it in anticipation. As the bible declares in Hosea 4:6 and I quote-"My people are destroyed for lackof knowledge" (end of quote). It is my intent by God's grace to be ableto provide this spiritual knowledgethat is needed for this end time. Godcontinue to bless and keep you, yourloved ones and your enterprise.Y ours in Christ, Sista B. Instead of educated weaklings,institutions of learning may send forthmen strong to think and to act, menwho are masters and not slaves ofcircumstances, men who possessbreadth of mind, clearness of thought,and the courage of their convictions.{Ed 17.2} Such an education provides morethan mental discipline; it providesmore than physical training. Itstrengthens the character so that truth and uprightness are not sacrificed toselfish desire or worldly ambition.It fortifies the mind against evil.Instead of some master passionbecoming a power to destroy every motive and desire are brought intoconformity to the great principlesof right. As the perfection of His character is dwelt upon, the mind isrenewed, and the soul is recreated inthe image of God. {Ed 18.1} What education can be higher than W e ar e located of f Joseph Andr ews Drive, near the Falcon Field in San Ignacio T own. Call us at 824-2076 or 610-0408. E-mail: cleanmasterbz@yahoo.com W ash, V accum, Armoral & Engine W ash As W ell As Pr essur e W ashing Outside of Houses this? What can equal it in value? "It cannot be gotten for gold, Neither shall silver be weighedfor the price thereof. It cannot be valued with thegold of Ophir W ith the precious onyx, or the sapphire. The gold and the crystalcannot equal it And the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold. No mention shall be made ofcoral, or of pearls: For the price of wisdom isabove rubies." Job 28:15-18. {Ed 18.2} Higher than the highest humanthought can reach is God's ideal forHis children. Godliness--godlikeness--is the goal to be reached. Before thestudent there is opened a path ofcontinual progress. He has an objectto achieve, a standard to attain, thatincludes everything good, and pure,and noble. He will advance as fast andas far as possible in every branch oftrue knowledge. But his efforts will bedirected to objects as much higherthan 19mere selfish and temporal interests asthe heavens are higher than the earth.{Ed 18.3} He who cooperates with thedivine purpose in imparting to theyouth a knowledge of God, andmolding the character into harmonywith His, does a high and noble work.As he awakens a desire to reachGod's ideal, he presents an educationthat is as high as heaven and as broadas the universe; an education thatcannot be completed in this life, butthat will be continued in the life tocome; an education that secures to thesuccessful student his passport fromthe preparatory school of earth to thehigher grade, the school above. {Ed19.1} (TO BE CONT'D IN NEXTEDITION)

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Page 6 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 610-4188 & 804-4900 Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com Sunday, September 1, 2013 Ministr y Of Energy Science And T echnology And Public Utilities Rejects SA TIIM Accusing The Government Of Belize Of Engaging In Illegal Activities In Southern Belize Belmopan, Thursday August 29, 2013: The Ministry of Ener gy Science and T echnology and Public Utilities (MESTPU) notes with regret a recentpress release by Sarstoon-T emash Institute for Indigenous Management(SA TIIM) in which the or ganization continues to erroneously accuse theGovernment of Belize of engaging inillegal activities on their customarylands as it relates to the issuance ofoil concessions and accompanyingpermits in southern Belize. While the Ministry respectsSA TIIM rights to espouse their views regarding its interpretation ofthe Court of Appeal ruling, the Ministry must reject as irresponsiblethe insistence by SA TIIM in misinforming the public regarding theruling of the Court of Appeals as it relates to oil exploration in southernBelize. The Court of Appeal in its ruling, expressly refused to uphold theorder issued by the then Chief JusticeConteh that required the Governmentof Belize to “abstain from issuing any concessions for resourceexploitation, including concessions, permits or contractsauthorizing logging, prospectingor exploration under the ForestAct s, Mines and Mineral Act, the Petroleum Act, or any other Act” Furthermore, the Court of Appeal agreed with the Government of Belizethat the learned Chief Justice Conteherred in law in failing to take judicialnotice of the Petroleum Act which vests property in petroleum in theS tate and of the Sixth Amendment Act which, for avoidance of anydoubt, exclusively vests the ownership of petroleum and other mineralsin the Government of Belize. Consequently the GOB reiterates its position that its decision to issuelicenses, concessions and allnecessary permits as required bylaw is completely legal and consistentwith the decision of the Court ofAppeal. As such, the MESTPU calls on SA TIIM to fully ventilate and explain the significance of the Courtof Appeal ruling to its stakeholders, particularly as it relates to theGovernment of Belize’ s rights, under law to issue concessions, licenses and permits for oil exploration in southernBelize. An explanation that is focused on facts will serve to educate allstakeholders and minimize the inten-tional rhetoric and sensationalismsurrounding this national issue. Ministr y of Energy Science and T echnology and Public Utilities 2nd Floor Lands Building, Market Square, Belmopan, Cayo District T elephone No. 822-0160/62 Fax No. 822-0433 2013 Village Arts and Craft Expo W ednesday August 28, 2013Belize City: The Belize T ourism Board (BTB) invites you to the 2 nd Annual V illage Arts & Craft Expo, on Saturday August 31 st at the Fort Point Pedestrian W alk at the Memorial Park in Belize City Over one hundred and twentyartisans will treat patrons to anexhibition of craftsmanship throughlocal souvenirs, carving, clothing,jewelry and packaged foods. The BTB recognizes the importance oflocally made arts and craft in promot-ing Belize, and, as a result, over thepast three months, BTB’ s Destination Planning Department has beenworking with artisans from across thecountry on how to better package,present, and market their products toa local market. The V illage Arts and Craft Expo is a result of the V illage Outreach Program outlined in theT ourism Master Plan, which Destination Planning Coordinator Clive Myers said, is set to create useful ties and provide income generatingopportunities, “ Theobjective of the event is to encourage localproduction and increase thevisibility of brand Belize, and,by extension, strengthen thetourism product.W e believe that aside from providing thesetalented craftsmen and womenwith the opportunity to promotetheir offerings, they will also beable to sell their work, networkwith local buyers and buildrelationship with other creativesin the business.” The V illage Expo is an all-day event which takes place between 9:00 am-4 p.m, which the public will be ableto access for free.The booths will bedividedaccording to districts, makingit easier to identify crafts by their re-spective areas. The event is the resultof the collaborative efforts of theBTB,Beltraide, SBDC Belize, NA VCO/ DA VCO, Ministry of Labour Local Government, and Rural Development& NEM. Publisher: Nyani K. August Editor: Albert Nigel August “The Newspaper that cares and dares to bring out the truth” #42 George Price Highway Santa Elena, Cayo, Belize, CA Cell: 626-8822 or 610-4188 and 626-8841 starnewspaper@gmail.com All Boxes Of Cereals only $20 Kitchen Supplies, Gardening T ool, Lawn Mowers, Dining set, car accesories, truck & car batteries, clothing, bed sheets, computer printers and so much more Freight Services from the USA to Belize Mile 65 on the George Price Highway Esperanza V illage, Cayo, Belize C.A. 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Sunday, September 1, 2013 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 610-4188 & 804-4900 Email: starnewspaper@gmail.com Page 7 ARIES: March 22 to April 20 Aries, your intuition is increased today to the point where you feel likea mind reader like you could deduce the thoughts and motives of peopleyou've never met before. Readingabout news events might bringsudden insights as to how they aregoing to turn out. Y ou could decide to put this ability to work advancingyour financial condition. Do this if youcan, within reason. Y our insights are probably correct! Lucky numbers: 12, 52, 67. TAURUS: April 21 to May 21 Y ou should be feeling especially passionate at this time, especiallyregarding partnerships. Romanticpartnerships definitely call for anevening together! Professional andcreative partnerships call for a newproject that you believe in strongly Look to events in other states orforeign countries for inspiration.Something begun in places far awaycould capture your imagination.Lucky numbers: 23, 45, 89. GEMINI: May 22 to June 21 If you have been feeling less likeyourself lately Gemini, a sur ge of inner power could push you over thetop and make you feel strong andhealthy again. Y ou could decide to finish the unfinished tasks around youtoday Y ou might get most of them done by day's end. Don't forget toenjoy yourself, however Y ou will want to make the most of your newfoundener gy Lucky numbers: 05, 38, 93. CANCER: June 22 to July 23 A sur ge of passion could dominate your day unless you find an outlet for Your Weekly Horoscope and Lucky Numbers it, Cancer An intimate evening with a lover would be a good idea. Creativepassion is also strong, and you couldbe hit with sudden inspiration, perhapsinfluenced by distant places. Don'tbe afraid to take time out from yourmundane chores to pursue this inspi-ration. Creativity is as important asanything else. Lucky numbers: 50, 65, 72. LEO: July 24 to August 21 A romantic evening at home with your partner could bring the two ofyou closer Leo. Y our emotions are intense right now so you need to use your intuition to judge exactly howmuch of your feelings you shouldreveal. An intellectual passion could also come your way Y ou might discover a new field of interest andyou will want to bury yourself at homestudying it for hours. Lucky numbers: 19, 58, 70. VIRGO: August 22 to September 21 Information received from far awaycould excite your passion to learnmore about a subject, V ir go. Y ou might be inspired to use your newknowledge in a project that includesa partner Y our mind is extremely insightful at this time, so if you facedecisions, this is the day to follow yourheart. Don't be surprised if you findyour telepathic abilities expanded aswell! Lucky numbers: 02, 35, 79. LIBRA: September 22 to October 23 Money matters are likely to be ad-vanced today through your intuitionand inner power Libra. Y ou may get a hunch that your idea for bringing insome extra money just might work.At least look into it. 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W e Cater For Large & Small Gr oups as well as for private functions, parties and meetings. For more Information and for deliveries within town limits, Please call us at: 804-2522 HODE’S PLACE Hode’ Hode’ Hode’ Hode’ Hode’ s Place, where T s Place, where T s Place, where T s Place, where T s Place, where T aste, Quality and aste, Quality and aste, Quality and aste, Quality and aste, Quality and Comfort makes the difference!! Comfort makes the difference!! Comfort makes the difference!! Comfort makes the difference!! Comfort makes the difference!! Open Dail Open Dail Open Dail Open Dail Open Dail y F y F y F y F y F rr rr r om 1 om 1 om 1 om 1 om 1 0:00 am 0:00 am 0:00 am 0:00 am 0:00 am talk you out of it until you know thefacts. Y ou might also rediscover a neglected talent that you could findquite useful at this time. Lucky numbers: 15, 48, 92. SCORPIO: October 24 to November 21 A sur ge of inner power could have you feeling like you can movemountains, Scorpio. If you have beencontemplating a course of action thatothers believe impossible, this is thetime to get it going. Career matters,romance, and creative projects couldall be advanced considerably bycareful effort on your part. Give itsome thought, write down your ideas,consider all contingencies, and moveahead! Lucky numbers: 10, 43, 98. SAGITTARIUS: November 22 to December 21 Memories from your past couldresurface, Sagittarius. Y ou might wonder why you are suddenlythinking about them, but theyprobably represent a release of oldemotional hang-ups that have beenholding you back. By midafternoonyou should feel more focused, deter-mined, and ready to take onjust about anything. This is definitelya great day to start new projectsor complete old ones. Lucky numbers: 17, 61, 94. CAPRICORN: December 22 to January 20 T oday represents a beginning in many ways. A friend from the past could reappear in your life, Capricorn,and bring up memories both pleasantand disconcerting. Don't worry toomuch about it. This probably repre-sents a much-needed release. Y ou might also become involved with agroup that embodies goals aboutwhich you're passionate. New friendscould also come your way Expect a few surprises from all sides! Lucky numbers: .33, 56, 90 AQUARIUS: January 21 to February 19 Emotions could be running hightoday Aquarius. Someone in your entourage may have a problem withan authority figure, and political issuescould come up. Y ou may feel power ful right now and tempted to throwyour hat into the ring. However it is best to stay out of anything politicaland channel that power and passioninto your own project. That's far morelikely to bring positive results. Lucky numbers: 03, 57, 68. PISCES: February 20 to March 21 Heightened mental powers mighthave you spending a lot of time read-ing or doing research of some kind,Pisces. Y our curiosity is especially high right now Y ou might even consider advancing your education insome way especially since new interests have been stimulating you forsome time. New friends in fascinatingfields might have started you think-ing. This is a good time to look intothis. Lucky numbers: 22, 83, 99. Art’s Mobile Service #54 George Price Ave, Santa Elena, Cayo Tel: 804 2659 or 630 3019 A MS We AMS to Please

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Page 10 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 610-4188 & 804-4900 Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com Sunday, September 1, 2013 Sweet Cheeks #6 Hudson S tr eet, San Ignacio T el: 824-2101 W e carr y a large assor tment of Electronices at the best prices in town. V isit us today for ladies & gents watches in brand names such as Casio, Guess, Seiko, etc.. Other gift items includes fashion jewelr y, games & games accessories. W e of fer the best & latest in music CD & DVD Movies Get all your back to school supplies this W eekend at V enus Photos & Records BRC Books Exercise Book 1 Subject Notebooks Dictionaries & Other S tationeries Calculators & Much, Much More Computer Speakers Our Friendly & Knowledgeable S taf f Ar e Always Ready T o Help A married couple was in a terrible accident where the woman's face wasseverely burned. The doctor told herhusband that they couldn't graft anyskin from her body because she wastoo skinny So the husband offered to donatesome of his own skin. However the only skin on his body that the doctorfelt was suitable would have to comefrom his buttocks. The husband andwife agreed that they would tell noone about where the skin came from,and requested that the doctor alsohonor their secret. After all, this was a very delicate matter After the sur gery was completed, everyone was astounded at thewoman's new beauty She looked more beautiful than she ever hadbefore! All her friends and relatives just went on and on about heryouthful beauty! One day she was alone with her husband, and she was overcome withemotion at his sacrifice. She said,"Dear I just want to thank you for everything you did for me.There is no way I could everrepay you." "My darling," he replied, "I get all the thanks I need every time Isee your mother kiss you on thecheek.” The Tough Teacher A s chool teacher injured his back and had to wear a plaster cast aroundthe upper part of his body It fit under his shirt and was not noticeable at all.On the first day of the term, still withthe cast under his shirt, he foundhimself assigned to the toughest stu-dents in school. W alking confidently into the rowdy classroom, he opened the window aswide as possible and then busiedhimself with desk work. Theclassroom became a bit unruly and headmonished them. This happened several times. When he would do work at hisdesk, the strong breeze from thewindow made his tie flap annoyingly He kept rearranging and rearrangingthe tie as the class raised it's level ofunruliness. Finally becoming disgusted with the wayward tie, he stood up andtook a big stapler off his desk andstapled the tie to his chest in severalplaces. Discipline was not a problem fromthat day forth. Breaking Bad News A bachelor who for companionship, had a beloved cat for over 10 years,plans a vacation to Paris and entruststhe cat with his brother As soon as he arrives in Paris he calls his brotherand asks how his cat is doing withouthim. "Oh, the cat? He's dead." said the brother bluntly "I can't believe this!" yells the bachelor "How could you tell me he's dead likethat?" "How else was I supposed to tell you?" the brother asked. "W ell you could have broke it to me gently ." the brother went on. "When I called today you couldhave said he is up on the roof butthe fire department is getting himdown. Then tomorrow when Icalled you could have said that hefell while they were trying torescue him and broke his back but, don't worry the best vet in town was doing the surgery to repair it.And then when I called the thirdday you could have said they didall they could do but they couldn'tsave him." The brother thought about this andsays, "That does sound better than the way I said it." "Never mind," says the bachelor exasperated, "How's mother?" The brother says "She's on the roof but the fire department isgetting her down." Little Johnny At Test Time I n class one day Mr Johnson pulled Johnny over to his desk after a test,and said, “Johnny I have a feeling that you have been cheating onyour tests.” Johnny was astounded and askedMr Johnson to prove it. “ W ell, said Mr Johnson, I was looking over your test and the question was,‘Who was our first president?’,and the little girl that sits next toyou, Mar y put ‘George W ashington,’ and so did you.” “So, everyone knows that he was the first president.” “W ell, just wait a minute,” said Mr Johnson. “The next question was, ‘Who freed the slaves?’Mar y put Abraham Lincoln and so did you.” “W ell, I read the history book last night and I rememberedthat,” said Johnny “W ait, wait,” said Mr Johnson. The next question was, ‘Who was president during the LouisianaPurchase?’ Mary put ‘I don'tknow ,’ and you put, ‘Me neither ’.” Flying home from France on a recent trip I noticed a rather haggardlooking mom walking into the customsarea with eight children-all under age10. Collecting their many suitcases,the nine of them entered the crampedcustoms area. A young customs official watched the large entouragein disbelief, ''Ma'am,'' he said, ''do all these children and this Big Family luggage belong to you?'' ''Y es, sir ,'' the lady said with a sigh, ''they're all mine.'' The customs agent began hisinterrogation: ''Ma'am, do you have any weapons, contraband or drugsin your possession?'' ''Sir ,'' she calmly answered, ''if I'd had any of those items, I wouldhave used them by now .'' Really Good Intentions The preacher just finished hissermon for the day and proceededtoward the back of the church for hisusual greetings and handshaking as thecongregation left the church. After shaking a few adult hands he cameupon the seven year old son of one ofthe Deacons of the church. Good morning, Jonathan," the preacher said as he reached out toshake Jonathan's hand. As he was doing do he felt something in the palm of Jonathan's hand. "What's this?" the preacher asked. "Money ," said Jonathan with a big smile on his face, "It's for you!" "I don't want to take your money Jonathan," the preacher answered. "I want you to have it," said Jonathan. After a short pause Jonathan continued, "My daddy says you're the poorest preacherwe ever had and I want to helpyou." Mr. Obvious A woman was shopping at her localsupermarket where she selected ahalf-gallon of 2% milk, a carton ofeggs, a quart of orange juice, ahead of romaine lettuce, a 2 lbs canof coffee, and a 1 lb package ofbacon. As she was unloading her items on the conveyor belt to check-out, adrunk standing behind her watched asshe placed the items in front of thecashier While the cashier was ringing up herpurchases the drunk calmly stated,"Y ou must be single." The woman was a bit startled bythis proclamation but she was equallyintrigued by the derelict's intuitionsince she was indeed single. She looked at her six items on thebelt and saw nothing particularlyunusual about her selections that couldhave tipped off her drunken observeras to her marital status. Curiosity getting the better of her she said, "W ell, you know what, you're absolutely correct. But howon earth did you know that?" The drunk replied, "Cause you're ugly ." ***Laughter Is Indeed The Best Medicine***

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Sunday, September 1, 2013 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 610-4188 & 804-4900 Email: starnewspaper@gmail.com Page 11 Y Y Y Y Y our C our C our C our C our C aa aa a yy yy y o Centr o Centr o Centr o Centr o Centr al Ar al Ar al Ar al Ar al Ar ea ea ea ea ea Representative & Representative & Representative & Representative & Representative & Minister Of W Minister Of W Minister Of W Minister Of W Minister Of W or or or or or ks & T ks & T ks & T ks & T ks & T rr rr r ansport ansport ansport ansport ansport Moving Cayo Central Forward!! Moving Cayo Central Forward!! Moving Cayo Central Forward!! Moving Cayo Central Forward!! Moving Cayo Central Forward!! Creating Opportunities Creating Jobs Fr ance' s Hollande backs US on Syria action France is still ready to take actionin Syria alongside the US, despite UKMPs blocking British involvement,President Francois Hollande has said. He told Le Monde newspaper astrike within days could not be ruledout. The US says it will continue to seeka coalition, and President BarackObama is meeting his national secu-rity team. The UN is investigating claims thatthe Syrian forces of President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons. Mr Assad denies the claims, blamingrebels. UN chemical weapons inspectorsvisited a hospital in a government-controlled area of Damascus onFriday The UN says the whole teamwill leave Syria on Saturday and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says they will then brief him on theirpreliminary findings. Syrian officials say they will rejectany "incomplete report" from the UN before the results of laboratorytests are known. Mr Ban is scheduled to meet thefive permanent members of theSecurity Council in New Y ork later They have held talks twice alreadythis week, but after the last meetingon Thursday diplomats said they were "far apart". Mr Hollande said the UK vote, inwhich parliament rejected a govern-ment motion supporting the principleof military action, made no differenceto France's position. Each country is sovereign to participate or not in an operation.That is valid for Britain as it isfor France," he said. He said that if the UN SecurityCouncil was unable to act, a coalitionwould form including the Arab League and European countries. "But there are few countries which can have the capacity ofenforcing any sanction throughthe appropriate measures," he said. "France will be part of it.France is ready ." He ruled out strikes while the UNinspectors were in Syria. However hedid not rule out the possibility thatmilitary action could be taken beforenext W ednesday when the French parliament is due to debate the issue. Neither France nor the US needparliamentary approval for action, andSecretary of State John Kerry said the US could not be held to theforeign policy of others. The UK vote was welcomed inRussia, Syria's main international ally Moscow said it reflected agrowing public understanding of thedangers of an attack. And the BBC's Jer emy Bowen in Damascus says Syrian MPs are delighted with the UK vote. He says they believe a letter theysent to the UK parliament inviting theirBritish counterparts to inspect theevidence of chemical attacks hadhelped sway the vote against militaryaction. China, which has vetoed previousUN Security Council resolutionsagainst Syria, reiterated on Fridaythat no action should be taken untilthe UN inspectors have reported ontheir findings. And Germany said of military action that "such participation has not been sought nor is it beingconsidered". Officials in the US and UK had been insistent throughout the weekthat the Assad regime had carried out a poison-gas attack in easternDamascus on 21 August in which hundreds were killed. However British Prime Minister David Cameron told parliament on Thursday he could not be 100% sure. In the US, government officialsbriefed a Congressional committee onthe case for launching action againstMr Assad's forces. Eliot Engel the top Democratic member on the House Foreign Af fairs Committee, told reporters after thebriefing that officials had said it was"beyond a doubt that chemicalweapons were used, and usedintentionally by the Assad regime". Mr Engel said officials had citedevidence including "intercepted communications from high-levelSyrian officials". Reports in the US media this weekdescribed Syrian officials suggestingin phone conversations that thechemical weapons attack had beenmore devastating than was intended. More than 100,000 people are estimated to have died since theconflict erupted in Syria in March201 1, and the conflict has produced at least 1.7 million refugees. Bring out the entire this Sunday for a day of fun and excitement For a community football competition, come out and cheer on your favorite team. Sunday September 1, 2013 At 10:00 am At The Santa Elena Park Located Adjacent T o The Santa Elena Basket Ball Court On Carment Street Succe s sfull y Liaison T o Ha v e A Dozen Bus Stops Sponsored Throughout Cayo Central

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Page 12 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 610-4188 & 804-4900 Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com Sunday, September 1, 2013 The Gilmor e Henkson Tr ophy Press Release from: Belize Olympic And Commonwealth GamesAssociation It has been announced by Mr Charles Bartley Hyde President of the Belize Olympic Committee’ s Fair Play Commission, and othermembers; Mr Raymond Lashley Ms. Hadie Gomez Mrs. Y olanda Fonseca and Mr Edward Pitts and with the consent of Mr Hilly Martinez President of the Belize Olympic & Commonwealth GamesAssociation, in concurrence withHis Excellency Sir Colville Y oung Patron of the Belize Olympic Com-mittee that the Gilmore Henkson FairPlay T rophy has been awarded to Mr W oodr ow W est and Mr Ian Gaynair for their outstanding honesty & patriotism during theirparticipation in the Gold CupT ournament in the U.S.A. Their character exemplifies the aims andobjectives of the International Olym-pic Committee. The Gilmore Henkson T rophy was established some years ago by theBelize Olympic Committee in memory of Mr Gilmore Henkson who was a diligent and excellent secretary of theBelize Olympic Committee formany years. He was an outstandingFootball, Softball & Cricket player The T rophy will be presented to the recipients on the 6th of August at Government House in Belmopan by H. E. Sir Colville Y oung. It will be recalled that the BelizeOlympic & Commonwealth GamesAssociation contributed the sum ofS30,000.OO towards the team’ s expenses for their attendance at theseprestigious games. SHOPPERS’ CHOICE Corner Hudson St. San Ignacio Town, Belize C.A. Tel: 824-4971 Cell: 610-3503. E-mail: pradeep@btl.net HOT Summer Sale on: Digicell & Smart phones. Kitchen Appliances. Cosmetics. Furniture (wardrobes, kitchen cabine ts, bed & matr ess, c hes t of dr aw er s, ent er t ainment cent er L CD T V’S. W indo w & Split A C units. w ashing mac hine. Refrigerators. Stoves. Bicycles. Motor Cycle. ETC... Receive A Free Gift Whene v er y ou spend $500 Or More With Us!!! Ge t Pr epar ed F or This Hur r icane Season W it h Gr eat Deals Onl y A t Shopper ’ s Choice.. F ollo w us on F acebook Colombia Tr oops T o Patr ol Bogota After Pr otests Colombia is to deploy troops in thecapital, Bogota, following violentprotests in support of a strike bysmall-scale farmers. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the troops were needed "to assure normality". Clashes with police broke outafter thousands of people took tothe streets in support of thefarmers. The farmers say the government'sagricultural policies are driving theminto bankruptcy "It's unacceptable that the actions of a few impact the lives ofthe majority ," President Santos said after an overnight cabinetmeeting. He had earlier said that the protestswere valid, but urged demonstratorsto keep them peaceful. Police fired tear gas in centralBogota overnight, and a curfewwas imposed in three areas tocontrol outbreaks of violence. Interior Minister Fernando Carrillo said that those who had resorted to violence were "vandals, not farmers". Back To School Week: 7 Teacher Tips To Get Your Kids Back Into School Mode Sleep Time This is easily the issue that parentsare dreading the most. W e all know that our kids need to get back intothe habit of going to bed at 8 andwaking up by 6am. That doesn’tmake it any easier after the bedtimeshave been creeping backwards overthe summer It wasn’ t your fault, it was still sunny at 6pm! “But it really is going to be difficult for students those firstcouple of weeks if you don’ t get them used to it,” multiple teachers warned me. “There’ s so much going on in the beginning, youdon’ t want them to be exhausted and falling asleep on their desksafter lunch.” So a couple of pro tips? Make thetransition gradual, don’t just try toplop them into bed an hour earlier theweek before school and expect amiracle. And enforce the morning wake-up time too. After a couple of early mornings on little sleep, yourkids will want to go to bed at anormal time. Reading The other biggie that I know I don’tactually have to tell you. “It’ s just amazing how you can tell the kidsthat have been reading during thesummer versus the kids whohaven’ t,” one elementary school teacher confided. “I know it seems simple, but it just has such animpact.” And don’ t let reading be the end of it. For younger kids, journaling andmath skills are also important thingsto catch up on. T ake a look at last year ’ s academic markers and make sure your kids haven’t forgotten thingsthey already knew over the summer “If you still have end of the yearassignments or tests to look backover those are great resources,” we learned. Honestly one month of reviewing a small amount each day can helpyour kids be more confident andsecure once the school year starts.Give positive incentives to help moti-vate your little ones to get back intothe habit. Morning Routine “ Y ou know the parent s who practiced their morning routineahead of time,” one teacher warned, “because they’re the only ones whomake it on time! The others comerolling in fifteen minutes late for thefirst couple weeks.” And walking in to a classroom that’ s already in full swing can make the first week ofschool even more intimidating for littleones. I know that the morning routine isnot easy It was the hardest part of working motherhood to adjust to forme. Getting up at 5am so I can makesure lunches are packed, hair isbrushed and socks are matching forthe entire family has never particularlyfun. Over the summer it’ s so nice to see the little ones lounging at home asI take the time to do my make-up andiron my clothes. Now it’ s back to the grind. T ry to make time to let kids wake up slowlyand get in a good sit-down breakfastbefore rushing off to school. Please T ur n T o P ag e 1 3

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Sunday, September 1, 2013 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 610-4188 & 804-4900 Email: starnewspaper@gmail.com Page 13 Back To School Week: 7 Teacher Tips To Get Your Kids Back Into School Mode Everyone’ s day will go better Socialize If your kids have been hanging outat home with no friends but thebabysitter all summer long, they couldhave a hard time readjusting to thesocial world of school. “If you know a couple friends in your kid’ s class, it’ s a great idea to get them together for a playdate before thefirst day of school,” another teacher suggested. “When kids walk into the room and see a familiar face,we lose so much of the beginning-of-the-year jitters.” Especially for younger kids whomight be nervous about their classesor new friends, calling up friends fromlast year can remind them how muchfun school is! My daughter spends the summerwith family members, cousins and hersitter That’ s a bit dif ferent from the social world of school. But just onebirthday party with an old schoolfriend had her right back in the swingof things and excited to get backto school. Plus, moms can startworking out volunteer schedules andcarpools before the year even starts. Meal Times Have your little ones been grazingall summer long as well? I feel like wehave one meal a day at my house.Aside from family dinner it’ s snacks and picking a yogurt here or an applethere. Unfortunately that lax eating schedule just doesn’t translate for theschool year Kids are going to have a very defined breakfast, lunch anddinner now that their back to the thebooks. “It seems simple, but when a child wants a snack at 10am andthen another around 2pm, it’ s hard for them to focus,” one teacher told me. “Just like sleep and morning routine, you want to helpyour kids get used to the sched-ules that go with school. Thatincludes mealtimes.” It’ s an easy thing to overlook, because we don’t often realize justhow out-of-hand it gets when thefridge is just a few feet away So I did a little experiment with my ownmunchkin. W ithout a normal school schedule, she’ s gotten to snacking about 4 or 5 times a day then just having a big meal for dinner Those little snacks won’t work so well sheheads to the classroom, so it’ s time to remember that lunch is an actualmeal that happens in the middle of theday Goodbye Screen I know I said that I wasn’ t too worried about a little extra screentime in the summer But that doesn’ t mean that kids aren’t going to needto tone it down now that the schoolyear has come back around. “It’ s amazing to see the number of kids who seem to be goingthrough screen withdrawal oncethe school year comes around,”remarked a middle school teacher “The ones hiding their cellphones under their desks. Theones who say that want to useiPads to take notes as if I’m notaware what’ s really going on. It’ s odd, but parents really need tostart weening that stuff down alittle before back-to-school,” she suggested. The beginning of the school year isalways a good time to go over rulesabout cell phones and screen time ingeneral. It’ s also a good time for par ents to take stock of their children’ s screen time usage and how controlledit’ s been. While every other part of the schedule is shifting, why not use this time to make sure that yourtech-obsessed child isn’t going a littleoverboard? Downtime Remember that half hour afterrecess when your teacher made youlay your head on your desk and listento a chapter book? That was a greathalf hour And kids always needed it. Y our children are going to need it too. And with all the rush of the school supplies and new clothes and newfriends, it’ s easy to let them get overwhelmed. It’ s easy to for get that relaxation is important, even for littleones. “T ry to have a little time each day where your kids sit down andt ake a breather Let them relax, empty their kids, maybe do a littlereading on their own,” one teacher suggested. Sounds like something that all of us could benefit from.

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Page 14 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 610-4188 & 804-4900 Email:starnewspaper@gmail.com Sunday, September 1, 2013 BTB Stands W illing & Ready to Support Gue st s, Staf f and Management of Ramon ’ s V illage Re sort W ednesday August 28, 2013Belize City: Minister Manuel Her edia Jr Minister of T ourism & Culture and Area Representative, Board ofDirectors and Staff of the BelizeT ourism Board express deepest regret at this most unfortunateoccurrence to hit Ramon’ s V illage Resort. On T uesday August 27 th around eight p.m., Ramon’ s, one of the island’ s oldest and iconic resorts, located on Coconut Drive in SanPedro, Amber gris Caye, was gutted by fire. While preliminary reports indicatethat more than thirty cabanas, restau-rant, gift shop, and other facilitieswere destroyed, and the island waswithout electricity for an hour due toan emergency power interruptionwhich was needed to mitigatedamages from the fire to nearbytransmission lines, we are happy toreport that there were no casualtiesnor injuries. All twenty-five guests staying at the resort at the time of thefire have been accounted for andrelocated to nearby hotels. The safetyand well-being of these guests remainthe priority and concern of BelizeT ourism Board and Ramon’ s V illage Resort, and, as a result, we haveensured that they will not incur anycost for their new accommodations,and we have provided them with carepackages. Furthermore, our thoughts and support are with the employeesand management of Ramon’ s V illage Resort, as they embark on a difficultand painful task to pick up the piecesfrom last night’ s devastating loss. We stand ready and willing to assist themas they start rebuilding. While theresort was significantly damaged, fortyof its cabanas and dive shop facilitythat weren’t affected by the fire arefully functional and open for business.The BTB recognizes that this isof ficially a police matter and asks that everyone affected or involved fullycooperate with the police. The BTB’ s Quality Assurance Department, which is tasked with ensuring thatindustry partners are in compliance with established standards of safetyand quality has reported that on December 16, 2012, the QualityAssurance Inspectors conducted afull inspection of Ramon’ s V illage Resort and found them to be in fullcompliance and up to standards.Members of the Board of Directors,Executive Management T eam, and S taf f of the Belize T ourism Board are on the ground in San Pedro assistingwith a rapid assessment of last night’ s damage. W e are extremely grateful to the San Pedro Fire Station, San PedroPolice, Management & Staff of theresort, BEL and the many SanPedranos whose quick thinking andactions prevented what could’ve been worse. As demonstrated during the fire on T uesday night, the San Pedro community sprang into action-assisting with evacuation and formingbucket brigades to put out the blaze.A community galvanized by loss, weare confident that Ramon’ s V illage Resort will bounce back from thisrather unfortunate and unforeseenincident with the help of residents andother local tourism partners. Ramon’ s V illage Resort is one of the oldest resorts on the island and hasbeen in operation since 1982. In2002, Ramon’ s was named Hotel of Y ear at the BTB’ s Annual T ourism A wards. Later in October 2010, founder of the resort, Ramon Nunez,was awarded with BTB’ s Lifetime Achievement A ward for his contribution of over forty years to the tourismindustry Monday: Draft Beer $3.00 T uesday: Local Rum $3.00 W ednesday: Panty Ripper $3.95 Mondays to Fridays: Regular Margaritas: $7.95 Straberry Margaritas: $8.95 Blue Margaritas: $9.95 Come In Today & Let Us Take Care Of You!!! 24 Cr enshaw S t. San Ignacio T el: 824 -2730 Home Of MARGARITAS SPECIALS Monday thru Friday

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Sunday, September 1, 2013 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 610-4188 & 804-4900 Email: starnewspaper@gmail.com Page 15 the environmental and structuralconditions of School sanitaryfacilities, including thecommunity health post s. T raining of Community Health W orkers is in progress. T oledo teachers and schools are alsobenefitting fromhealth and nutrition workshops.” The project seeks to promotehealthier lifestyles in communities inthe south and dramatically improve thehealth and development of ourBelizean children over the next twoyears. This has been a health andwellness message from the Ministryof Health. For more information contact: Dr Natalia Beer Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Ministry of Health 822-2325/2363 Continued From Page 2 W orld Bank and Ministr y of Health Implement Japanese Social Development Fund Child Health Pr oject in T oledo Art’s Mobile Service #54 George Price Ave, Santa Elena, Cayo Tel: 804 2659 or 630 3019 Welding Repair *Fabrication Come Visit Us Today & Let Our Team Of Craftsmen Design & Fabricate Anything A MS We AMS to Please How To Be A Good Listener Continued From Last W eek’ s Edition 5. A good listener uses positive body language; leaning forward andshowing an enthusiastic, relaxednature. They don’t fidget, crossarms, look elsewhere or expressinappropriate shock or disbelief atwhat’ s shared. 6. A good listener does not hurry somebody but asks good questions to guide the sharing. They guide andhelp shape what’ s being shared, but if the other person feels cut off orsquashed they’ve failed.7. A good listener does not approach a conversation with prejudice,expecting to know what’ s going to come out of the speaker ’ s lips. They don’t listen with a pre-formedopinion but attempt to have an openmind to what’ s being communicated. It’ s amazing how much time is wasted with the belief that people understandwhat someone means without takingthe effort and time to listen.8. A good listener cares. They show empathy for what the other person hasto say It’ s genuine, authentic and comes from a place of truthfulconcern.9. A good listener identifies areas of agreement with the speaker whilstavoiding the clich statement: “I know exactly how you feel.”Because you don’t. It ends up sound-ing insensitive, trite or self centred.Everyone loves to be truly understood. No one likes to bepatronised.10. A good listener remembers. They remember and follow upconversations wherever possible.They treat what is shared with respectand where appropriate ongoinginteraction.1 1. A good listener knows how to treat what is shared with confidenti-ality They are trustworthy and sensitive with information and neverlook to use anything that is shared forany purpose other then good. Goodspeakers don’t always make the bestlisteners. But a speaker who knows “The Newspaper that cares and dares to bring out the truth” #42 George Price Highway Santa Elena, Cayo, Belize, CA Publisher: Nyani K. August Editor: Albert Nigel August Of fice T el: 804-4900 Cell: 626-8822 or 610-4188 and 626-8841 starnewspaper@gmail.com albert.starnewspaper@gmail.com how to be a good listener has a profound impact on someone whosimply likes the sound of their ownvoice. Good listeners earn the rightto speak, because they aresharing more than their ownexperiences. As a result of listening to others and hearing different stories, good lis-teners often become great in commu-nication. They join the dots forpeople, and end up being greatquestioners. What have youdiscovered makes a good or badlistener? What approaches to youuse? I’d love to hear your thoughts?

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