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Sunday, July 13, 2014 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 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*STAR* STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STARSTAR*STAR*STAR*STAR*STAR No. 405 Sunday, July 13, 2014 Price $1.00 Please T ur n T o P ag e 1 5 A Five Year Old Case Finally Concluded SAN IGNACIO, Cayo, T uesday July 8, 2014: Five years after the vacationhouse of a Belizean engineer wascleaned out by burglars anddestroyed by fire, the casefinally ended today with theincarceration of one, theimposition of a fine againstanother and a third suspect stillat large. The case began way back inFebruary 2009 when Godwin Sutherland’ s vacation house in the Mountain Pine Ridge area wasburglarized and destroyed by fire.Police received information ataround 9:00 pm on February 23,2009 of a grey van heading from San Antonio V illage to San Ignacio town loaded withsuspected stolen goods. A team of policemen headed towardsSan Antonio V illage. The police came upon the van on the roadbetween San Antonio V illage and Cristo Rey V illage. The driver complied with the order to stopthe van, exit the vehicle and toopen the back door The van was found packed with plastic chairs,a brown sofa, a folding table,floor tiles and other constructionmaterials. The driver identified as Rene Rivera 26 at the time, told the police that he is aBelizean mechanic residing inSanta Familia V illage, Cayo. Rivera was accompanied by his father in law Alber t W oodye Under caution Rivera told thepolice that he had gone withW oodye to get the items from a house in the Mountain PineRidge. He said that after loadingthe van and they were departing,W oodye told him to stop the vehicle. He said that W oodye exited the vehicle, walked back tothe building after which he saw ahuge flame coming from thebuilding as W oodye returned to the van for the journey to SantaFamilia. The investigation later led toW oodye’ s house as well as the home of one Gabriel Martin The V ictim Eng. Godwin Sutherland Rest In PeaceAmbassador Senior Ambassador H.E. Alfr edo Mar tinez Belmopan. July 9, 2014. The Ministry of Foreign Af fairs regrets to announce the passing ofSenior Ambassador H.E. Alfr edo Martinez who was serving as Belize’ s Ambassador to Guatemala from 2003 to the present. He had alsobeen serving as Non-ResidentAmbassador to the Republics ofHonduras, Costa Rica, Nicaraguaand Panama. In earlier postings hehad served as Non-ResidentAmbassador to V enezuela in 19941997, Cuba in 1996-1997, asNon-Resident High Commissioner toJamaica in 1996-1997. During his tenure in the DiplomaticService of Belize, Ambassador Martinez served as Belize’ s Chief negotiator in the Belize/Guatemalanegotiating process and as amember of the negotiating team formany years. His first diplomatic appointmenttook him to Mexico where he served Please T ur n T o P ag e 9


Page 2 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Sunday, July 13, 2014 Editorial Editorial Editorial Editorial Editorial Learning From Past Mistakes If the possibility of a contemptcharge was non-existent in termsof matters before a court, wewould have long commented onthe only possible outcome of thecriminal proceeding againstElvin Penner What we find interesting in thismatter is at least two “firsts” that it presents in the history of thenation. It is the first time that anyPrime Minister of Belize hasever publicly announced thebanning of an area representativefrom ever serving in the party heleads. It is also the very first time thatany serving Area Representative is before a court of law on amatter relevant to the ministerialportfolio that individual held. If the government would havehad a larger majority of arearepresentatives, there would alsohave been the possibility that thiswould have been the first time anarea representative would havebeen successfully recalledtriggering a bye-election in theconstituency to which thatindividual was elected. A lar ger majority of area representatives for any onepolitical party can either havepositive or negative implicationsdependent on the integrity ofthe leader of that party On the positive side a large majority ina team lead by an individual withthe moral fortitude to take actionagainst any and all forms ofcorruption will afford that leaderand his party the leverage torecall the individual who hasgone astray On the down side, a largemajority with a leader who,himself is engaged in officialcorruption, will only mean thepresence of a larger group ofindividuals raping the nation atthe expense of the masses. Sucha situation can easily result in theamassing of a large national debtwith nothing to show for it. It canresult in the corrupt giving awayof a nation’ s key facilities to friends and cronies for very littleor nothing at all. It can lead to theawarding of bloated contracts torelatives and friends resulting insubstandard work like forexample a bridge that washesaway even before a single personor vehicle passes over it. It canmean the washing away of amulti-million dollar bridge onthe Southern Highway with thefirst flood. It can mean a leakingcenter for the performing artswhich is less than ten years old.It can mean the giving away of12,000 acres of land (over 40,000 house lots) to a single individual who has no intentionof using the land and insteadwalks into a bank gets a huge sumof money as mortgage for theland and allows the bank to takeownership of the land. A lar ge majority in the House of Representatives with a corruptleader can result in the signingof secret agreements toaccommodate a multi-billionairefriend. It can result in thissame special individual notpaying taxes to the governmentor dividends to Belizeanshareholders of the lucrative enterprise he owned. A lar ge majority in the House of Representatives with a corruptleader can result in extremearrogance where one of them canpublicly tell the people that itdoes not matter how manymistakes he and his governmentmakes and that the more mistakesthey make, the harder theBelizean people will work to getthem out of trouble. A lar ge majority with a corrupt leader can result in the hurling ofinsults to the employable amongus as they do not create jobsbecause they publicly accuse usof being lazy thieves. They cancome forward and proudlyannounce that they don’t need usand that they can go to any of theiroffices in Montevideo, Canadaand Cayman, where they canmake a lot of money A lar ge majority with a corrupt leadership can result in thecollection of an environmentaltax and after a couple yearsincreasing that tax by 100%without using the funds derivedtherefrom for its intendedpurpose while the people livingin the nation’ s commercial capital as well as those living inthe largest geographical districtin the land are subjected to thetoxic smoke emanating fromgarbage dump sites perpetuallyburning. The negative effects of a largermajority with a corrupt leader arereal and numerous, the nationmust therefore never ever againfall into that trap. The standard of living and themeaningful development of anation can be realized in anenvironment where officialcorruption is at its lowest level.The best combination for this tohappen is by way of the electionof a leader of a political partywith the moral fortitude of takeaction against all forms ofcorruption among the team heleads given a comfortablemajority in the house ofrepresentatives. It was a wise man who oncesaid that a nation who studies notits history learns not from mistakes of the past andhighlights not, to the youngergeneration, the errors of the past,is doomed to a lifetime ofsuffering. Wholesale W e of fer the best quality and prices on all your home furnishing needs!!! V isit us today and see our wide variety of stoves, beds, chest of drawers, refrigerators, LCD TVs, fans, beach cruiser bicycles, motorcycles, dinning tables and so much more..... 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Sunday, July 13, 2014 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Page 3 Vote Gurminder “Nick” Singh Vote Gurminder “Nick” Singh Vote Gurminder “Nick” Singh Vote Gurminder “Nick” Singh Vote Gurminder “Nick” Singh F F F F F or Councillor or Councillor or Councillor or Councillor or Councillor F F F F F or the T or the T or the T or the T or the T win T win T win T win T win T owns of owns of owns of owns of owns of Santa Elena & San Ignacio Santa Elena & San Ignacio Santa Elena & San Ignacio Santa Elena & San Ignacio Santa Elena & San Ignacio Come out to the Sacred Heart Primary School Between the hours of 10:00 am to 6:00 p.m. On Sunday July 27, 2014 Vot e f or Lo y alty T r us tw or t hiness & Liber alism Vote for Gurminder “Nick” Singh Vote for Gurminder “Nick” Singh Vote for Gurminder “Nick” Singh Vote for Gurminder “Nick” Singh Vote for Gurminder “Nick” Singh STAR Congratulates Kaylin Jimenez STAR Congratulates Kaylin Jimenez STAR Congratulates Kaylin Jimenez STAR Congratulates Kaylin Jimenez STAR Congratulates Kaylin Jimenez BY : Aar on Humes The Police Departmentregularly honors high schoolstudents who have met therequirements for the “Du Di Rait T ing” program. Acting Commander of Community Policing, Inspector Dehanne Augustine says the program has become a favoritewith businesses who seek to helpto honor those who have turnedtheir lives around from variouscircumstances. Of the 39 total winners, a topten were selected by a nationalselection board for specialrecognition. One of those is EdenSDA graduate Kaylin Jimenez who lost her mother to gunviolence mere months afterreconciling with her She had been removed from hermother ’ s home at fourteen as a result of physical abuse from analcoholic mother For someone who has beenthrough so much, she says shenever gave up on herself, andhopes other children in similarcircumstances do the same. From Belize City Edward P Kaylin Jimenez (Photo) Patrick E. Jones Y orke’ s Zipporah T aylor told us that finishing second provideseven more motivation. She says she had a sour attitude and was on the verge of flunkingout of school until she had apersonal epiphany and becamedetermined to turn her life around. She moves on to businessstudies at the University ofBelize. T oday’ s winners took home scholarships and attractive prizepackages from the varioussponsors of the program.Notice is hereby be giventhat under the IntoxicatingLiquor License OrdinanceChapter 150 of the Lawsof Belize, Revised Edition2000, XUE BING CHEN is applying for a CONVENIENCE STORE LIQOUR LICENSEliquor license for the year 2014to operate 68 STORE located in the Hills of Promise Area of Benque V iejo T own in the Cayo District. Liquor License Notice My World Cup Predictions 3. Netherlands 2. Argentina 4. Brazil 1. Germany


Page 4 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Sunday, July 13, 2014 S S S S S acred H H H H H eart C C C C C ollege P .O. Box 163, San Ignacio, Cayo, Phone: (501) 824-2102, 824-2758, Fax: 824-3759 Office of the President The following vacancy exists at Sacred Heart Junior College for the upcoming schoolyear:One FULL TIME Natural Resource Management Instructor Applicants for the above possition should have a minimum of a B.Sc. or a B.A. inthe discipline but graduate degrees would be an advantage, as well as teachingexperience at the tertiary level and experience in the field.Remuneration is commencurate with MOE approved salary scales.Application packages should include the following: a signed letter of application, aresume, a notarized copy of a university diploma showing the highest earned degree,certified or official university transcript(s), and two named referees with contactinformation.Completed application packages can be dropped off at the College, or emailed to Applications can also be mailed to: The Secretary Board of Governors Sacred Heart College Joseph Andr ews Drive P .O. Box 163, San Ignacio, Cayo APPLICA TION DEADLINE: July 16, 2014 A gallstone (also called cholelithiasis) is a crystalline concretion formed within thegallbladder by accretion of bilecomponents. These calculi areformed in the gallbladder but maydistally pass into other parts ofthe biliary tract such as thecystic duct, common bile duct,pancreatic duct or the ampulla ofV ater Rarely in cases of severe inflammation, gallstones mayerode through the gallbladderinto adherent bowel potentiallycausing an obstruction termedgallstone ileus. Presence of gallstones in thegallbladder may lead to acutecholecystitis, an inflammatorycondition characterized byretention of bile in thegallbladder and often secondaryinfection by intestinalmicroorganisms, predominantlyEscherichia coli, Klebsiella,Enterobacter and Bacteroides Galls t one species. Presence of gallstonesin other parts of the biliary tractcan cause obstruction of the bileducts, which can lead to seriousconditions such as ascendingcholangitis or pancreatitis. Eitherof these two conditions can belife-threatening and are thereforeconsidered to be medicalemergencies. Definitions Presence of stones in thegallbladder is referred to ascholelithiasis (from the Greekchol(bile) + lith(stone) + iasis(process) If gallstones migrate into the ducts of thebiliary tract, the condition isreferred to as choledocholithi-asis, from the Greek chol(bile) + docho(duct) + lith(stone) + iasis(process) Choledocholithiasis isfrequently associated withobstruction of the biliary tree,which in turn can lead to acute ascending cholangitis, from theGreek: chol(bile) + ang(vessel) + itis(inflammation) a serious infection of the bileducts. Gallstones within theampulla of V ater can obstruct the exocrine system of the pancreas,which in turn can result inpancreatitis. Characteristics and Composition Gallbladder opened to shownumerous gallstones. The large,yellow calculus probablycomprises cholesterol, while thegreen-to-brown stones suggestbile pigments, such as biliverdinand stercobilin. Gallstones can vary in size andshape from as small as a grain ofsand to as large as a golf ball. Thegallbladder may contain a singlelarge stone or many smaller ones.Pseudoliths, sometimes referredto as sludge, are thick secretionsthat may be present withinthe gallbladder either alone or in conjunction with fullyformed gallstones. The clinicalpresentation is similar to that of cholelithiasis. The compositionof gallstones is affected by age,diet and ethnicity On the basis of their composition, gallstones canbe divided into the followingtypes: Cholester ol S tones Cholesterol stones vary fromlight yellow to dark green orbrown and are oval, between 2 and3 cm long, each often havinga tiny dark, central spot. T o be classified as such, they must beat least 80% cholesterol byweight (or 70%, according to the Japaneseclassificationsystem) Pigment S tones Pigment stones are small anddark and comprise bilirubin andcalcium salts that are found inbile. They contain less than20% of cholesterol (or 30%, according to the Japanese-classification system) Mixed S tones Mixed gallstones typicallycontain 20–80% cholesterol (or 30–70%, according to theJapaneseclassificationsystem) Other common constituents are calciumcarbonate, palmitate phosphate,bilirubin and other bile pigments.Because of their calciumcontent, they are oftenradiographically visible. Tr eatment Medical Cholesterol gallstones cansometimes be dissolved by oralursodeoxycholic acid, but itmay be necessary for thepatient to take this medicationfor up to two years. Gallstonesmay recur however once the drug is stopped. Obstructionof the common bile ductwith gallstones can sometimesbe relieved by endoscopicretrograde sphincterotomy(ERS) following endoscopic retrogradecholangiopancreatography(ERCP) Gallstones can be broken up using a procedurecalled extracorporeal shock wavelithotripsy (often simply called "lithotripsy") which is a method of concentratingultrasonic shock waves onto thestones to break them into tinypieces. They are then passedsafely in the feces. However this form of treatment is suitableonly when there is a smallnumber of gallstones. T reatment involves an operation called a choledoch-olithotomy which is the removal Continue T o P ag e 6


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Page 8 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Sunday, July 13, 2014 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: W ash, V accum, Armoral & Engine W ash As W ell As Pr essur e W ashing Outside of Houses A distinguished young woman on a flight from Belize asked thePriest beside her "Father may I ask a favor?" "Of course. What may I do for you?" "W ell, I bought an expensive woman's electronic hair dryerfor my mother's birthday The dryer is unopened and well overthe Customs limits; and I'mafraid they'll confiscate it. Isthere any way you could carry itthrough Customs for me? Underyour robes perhaps?" "I would love to help you, dear but I must warn you: I will not lie." "W ith your honest face, Father no one will question you." When they reached theCustoms area, she let the priestgo ahead of her The of ficial asked: "Father do you have anything to declare?" "From the top of my head down to my waist, I havenothing to declare." The official thought this answerstrange, so asked, "And what do you have to declare from yourwaist to the floor?" "I have a marvelous instrument designed to beused on a woman, but which is,to date, unused." Roaring with laughter the official said, "Go ahead, Father ." Getting A Hair Dr yer Thr ough Customs Three old ladies were sitting atthe dinner table discussing theirproblems with getting old. Thefirst one said, "Sometimes I catch myself with a jar ofmayonnaise in my hand, whilestanding in front of therefrigerator and I can't remember whether I need toput it away or st art making a sandwich." The second lady says, "Y es, Little Old Ladies sometimes I find myself on thelanding of the stairs and can'tremember whether I was onmy way up or on my waydown." The third one says, W ell, ladies, I'm glad I don't have anyof those problems, knock onwood." As she hit her knuckles on the table she looked up andsaid, "That must be the door ... I'll get it!" A lost dog strays into the jungle. A lion sees this from a distance and says to himself withcaution, "This guy looks edible, never seen his kind before." So the lion starts rushingtowards the dog with menace. Thedog notices and starts to panicbut as he's about to run he seessome bones next to him and getsan idea. He says loudly "Mmm...that was delicious lion meat!" The lion abruptly stops and says" W oah! This guy must be tougher then he looks...I betterleave while I can." Over by the tree top, a monkey The Lost Dog and the Ferocious Lion witnessed everything. Evidently the monkey realizes that he canbenefit from this situation bytelling the lion and gettingsomething in return. So the monkey proceeds to tellthe lion what really happened andthe lion says angrily "Get on my back, we'll go get himtogether". So they start rushing back tothe dog. The dog sees them andrealized what happened andstarts to panic even more. Hethen gets another idea and shouts,"Where the hell is thatmonkey?! I told him to bringme another lion an hour ago!!" T wo children ordered their mother to stay in bed on themorning of her birthday As she lay there looking forward tobreakfast in bed, the smell ofbacon floated up from thekitchen. But after a good long wait she Mom’ s Bir thday Pr esent finally went downstairs toinvestigate. She found them bothsitting at the table eating baconand eggs. "As a surprise for your birthday ," one explained, "we decided to cook our ownbreakfast."


Sunday, July 13, 2014 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Page 9 Rest In Peace Ambassador A T ribute to Senior Ambassador H.E. Alfr edo Mar tinez as Belize’ s Ambassador to Mexico between 1993-1997. Inrecognition of his outstandingwork he was honoured by theGovernment of Mexico with theOrder of the Aztec Eagle, the highest award offered to Foreign Diplomats. He was appointed Senatorand Leader of GovernmentBusiness in the Senate from 1984-1989 and again from 1997-1998.After serving as Ambassador of Belize to Mexico he served asMinister of T rade and Industry from 1997-1998. Early in hispolitical career he was electedMayor of Orange W alk T own from 1985-1988 and served in thatcapacity again in 1991-1992. He wasalso the National Chairman of theUnited Democratic Party between1990-1993. Ambassador Alfredo Martinez is survived by his wife Mrs. EnnalisaAgneli Martinez and three sons Carlo,Giovanni and Etienne. A S tate Funeral will be held at the La Inmaculada Church on Saturday July12, 2014 in his hometown ofOrange W alk. Continued From Front Page


Page 10 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Sunday, July 13, 2014 If Brazil thought the country'sW orld Cup wounds could not go any deeper that the sense of national despair could notbecome more acute, the cheersechoing around the concoursesof Arena de Sao Paulo sounded a warning that the worst may be yetto come. As the rain finally ceased and Ar gentina won their W orld Cup semi-final against theNetherlands on penalties, thecelebrations were in full swingwith sights fully set on Sunday'smeeting with Germany The South American side's fans repeatedly counted inincreasingly deafening volumeto seven the number nowsynonymous with Brazil'shumiliation after their worst everdefeat in that 7-1 loss to Germanyin Belo Horizonte. Hastily assembled bannersrepeating the insult were inevidence in Ar gentina's section of support in Sao Paulo onW ednesday They do not intend to let their fiercest rivals forget thatday in a hurry and winning theW orld Cup at the Maracana would only serve as anotherpainful reminder for the hosts. There was no mistaking theadded pleasure the prospect oftheir captain Lionel Messi lifting the W orld Cup in Brazil's own iconic arena would giveArgentina. It would be a show ofsporting strength on enemyterritory that would sustain themfor generations. And for the Barcelona forward and Ar gentine talisman to lead his country to their first W orld Cup triumph since the 1986 win inMexico's Aztec S tadium against W est Germany would also be heavy with symbolism given thetribal rivalry with Brazil's ownfavoured son Neymar Neither set of supporters wouldever forget the image of Messitaking possession of the W orld Cup in an arena rich in thehistory of Brazil's own number10s such as Pele, Zico and latterly Neymar It would be as close to perfection as waswinning it in their own River PlateStadium against the Dutch in1978. Miguel Angel V icente from Buenos Aires-based newspaper World Cup 2014: Argentina VictoryWould Complete Brazil's Humiliation Argentina Celebrating their victory after Rodriguez scored Phenomenal block by Argentina’ s goalkeeper Romer o Diario Clarin told BBC Sport: "Of course it is a specialfeeling to win the W orld Cup but to come to a rival likeBrazil and win in their countrywould be extra special. "In Argentina, the fans have taken pleasure from theprogress of the team. It is not agreat team and we thinkGermany is the best team at the W orld Cup but this is one match the dream lives on and to winthe W orld Cup in Brazil would make the whole nation veryproud." He added: "Argentina's supporters will enjoy being inthe W orld Cup final in Brazil when Brazil are not there." There were other inspiringfactors at work for Ar gentina too. There was a moment of appreciation for the legendaryAr gentina-born Alfr edo Di S tefano who died this week aged 88. Coach Alejandr o Sabella also spoke of the "tragic event" that was the death of Ar gentine journalist Jorge "T opo" Lopez from La Red Radio, who died onW ednesday when the taxi he was travelling in was hit by a stolenvehicle in Sao Paulo. The W orld Cup now moves on to its conclusion and judgingfrom the noise generated byArgentina fans as their playersaddressed the media in Sao Paulo,they cannot wait to return to Rio. Demand for a place inside theMaracana will be high on Sundayand just minutes after the finalwhistle on W ednesday there was talk of tickets costing $20,000 (£1 1,500) in secondary markets. Sabella's side finally overcametheir Dutch opponents to set up arepeat of the 1986 and 1990W orld Cup finals (the latter the most recent occasion thatGermany albeit pre-unifica-tion have lifted the trophy) on a night that could not have nothave been in sharper contrast tothe seismic events at the EstadioMineirao 24 hours early While Brazil's thrashing byGermany offered goals, drama,and the full range of humanemotions, this was a night forattrition, much of it dull. It was a night for the toughtackling of defensive midfielderJavier Mascherano rather than the inspiration of his Barcateam-mate Messi graft in the Continue T o P ag e 1 3


Sunday, July 13, 2014 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Page 11 Le t Colombia End Its Civil W ar Contributed by: GeorgeGonzalezJun 4, 2014W ashington Of fice on Latin America Colombia has been the host ofsome of the most extreme andbrutal violence in Latin America’ s history The country’ s halfcentury long conflict has takenthe lives of almost a quartermillion women, men, andchildren, and displaced nearly sixmillion more. The United Stateshas financed much of the conflictin recent years, investing $9billion since 2000—much of itto bolster Colombia’ s security forces. Y et peace may be near On May 16, the Colombian governmentand the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (F ARC) the country’ s lar gest guerrilla group, signed a preliminary accord onthe third of five negotiatingpoints in their ongoing peacetalks in Havana, Cuba: illicitdrugs. The agreement offers aviable plan for the F ARC to end its involvement in the Colombiandrug trade, alternatives for thesmall-scale cultivators of cropsdestined for illicit drug markets,and meaningful policy reforms atthe national level for addressingissues of drug consumption andpublic health. Hope too lies with anannouncement that came earlierthe same day Following national and international pressure—including an inter-parliamentaryletter signed by 245 representa-tives from the United States,United Kingdom, and Ireland—the F ARC announced a unilateral ceasefire. While the governmentmaintains that it will not endmilitary operations until anagreement is signed, and thoughthe F ARC’ s temporary ceasefire ended on May 28, this act isencouraging because it bothsignificantly decreased violenceand will likely increaseconfidence at the negotiatingtable. According to the International Committee of theRed Cross, hundreds of thousandsof Colombians continue to beaffected by the conflict everyyear Ensuring that all parties respect internationalhumanitarian law is essential andwill likely help to advance thepeace talks. Continue T o P ag e 1 4 The Following vacancies exist at Sacred Heart College High School for theupcoming school year 1. One Full T ime English T eacher 2. One Full T ime Science/Math T eacher 3. One Full T ime Religion/IT T eacher All applicants should be prepared to participate in faculty orientationsessions in August. Applicants must have a B.Sc. In the teaching subject area with a Diplomain Education or B.Ed. in the teaching subject area and should have a FullT eachers’ License. Remuneration is commensurate with MOE approved salary scales.Application packages should include the following: A signed letter of application A copy of a university diploma showing the highest earned degree Certified or official university transcript(s)* T wo named referees with contact details A copy of a valid T eacher ’ s License Completed application packages can be dropped off at the College, oremailed to APPLICA TION DEADLINE: JUL Y 4, 2014


Page 12 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Sunday, July 13, 2014 ARIES: Mar ch 22 to April 20 Although you may be on the ball regarding business, commerce, andrelated plans and projects, you're alsoeager to enjoy some quiet time. A focus on your home and family sectorencourages opportunities forreflection, particularly regardingyour future path. Y et the Full Moon at the weekend also stirs up energies,bringing certain issues to yourattention. Y ou may be thinking about what you really want to do in life -and what might move you deep downnot what you think you should do.Lucky numbers: 01, 33, 46. T AURUS: April 21 to May 21 It's a good week to put your energyinto work and financial planning,especially if you need to shop forbig-ticket items. An intuitive hunch may let you know where that specialbargain is hiding out. Plus, this can bea good week for collaboration on aproject that could be quitedemanding but worth your while.When the Full Moon comes calling,you may want to pack up and travel,or at least consider going on anadventure. Later an attraction at work may set your heart fluttering. Lucky numbers: 12, 36, 49. GEMINI: May 22 to June 21 An invitation or fun social event could set the pace for the rest of theweek, encouraging plenty of mixingand mingling. Along with this, you may hear news of a pay raise or contractthat could earn you some extraincome. Things are looking up in thisregard if you're willing to take onextra work. Romantic options look setto sparkle as a special aspect heatsup a budding liaison. Y ou may have stars in your eyes by the time theweekend comes around. Lucky numbers: 62, 86, 97. CANCER June 21 to July 21 Y ou may be taking your leisure very seriously as a positive connectionencourages you to explore a new hobbyor pastime or dive into a lusciousromance. In this regard, the Full Moonheightens feelings, enticing you to go withthe flow and say it like it is. Y ou may feel vulnerable doing so, but yourconnection with the special person coulddeepen as a result. Plus, as Mercuryshimmies into your sign, you'll find it easierto sync with your gut instincts and turnthem into action. Lucky numbers: 58, 79, 92. LEO: July 24 to August 21 Sparkling social options show up,encouraging you to go on an adventure. Your Weekly Horoscope and Lucky Numbers Moving out of your comfort zone couldbe a bonus, especially as an instantattraction could be in the cards. But witha focus on your spiritual sector a part of you needs time to reflect andrecharge. No matter what you'redoing, give yourself a chance tomeditate and generally chill. Y ou'll find that when you do this your best and mostlucrative ideas may come to you, as wellas a solution to any ongoing problems.Lucky numbers: 27, 42, 60. VIRGO: August 22 to September 21 Career matters show a positive face,especially when you're willing to explorenew ideas with a futuristic twist. At the same time, moving in circles with folkswho share your interests and ambitionscould also help you get ahead. Oneconnection may be particularly usefulthis week. As Mercury glides into Cancer networking and other social events can also be an aid to movingahead and finding success. Finally the Full Moon on Saturday could be thecatalyst to help a romance take off.Lucky numbers: 09, 22, 85. LIBRA: September 22 to October 23 As Mars continues in your sign it's time to assert yourself and push yourown interests forward. However the call of adventure and the thrill ofromance might also tempt you awayfrom your plans and goals. Make timefor each this week and you can winon both counts. Later the Full Moon brings feelings to a head on thedomestic front. However the chance to clear the air may help resolve keyissues and leave peace in its wake.Lucky numbers: 06, 52, 73. SCORPIO: October 24 to November 21 This is a good time to explorelearning options or think aboutincreasing your skill set, especially asdoing so could improve your chancesfor a better job and income. Plus, youmay want to take travel plans to a newstage by committing to purchasingtickets and booking rooms.Regarding a relationship, your sex lifesizzles, and for now things seemupbeat in this department. T ake it easy around the Full Moon on Saturday as hasty words could upset afriendship. Lucky numbers: 25, 66, 98. SAGITT ARIUS: November 22 to December 21 Romantic options look good as apromising transit brings a chance foran unexpected meeting. Though in itsearly stages, an attraction couldquickly develop as a result. However thoughts turn to financial managementas the focus shifts to your zone ofshared resources. A chance to get back on solid footing regarding loansor debts shouldn't be ignored. At the very least, this is a time whenplanning for the future can not onlyhelp ease anxiety but also give you asound structure for present plans.Lucky numbers: 55, 64, 81. CAPRICORN: December 22 to January 20 Y ou seem to be for ging ahead in your career with chances to make special connections and encourageprofitable partnerships. Networkingand other social opportunities areencouraged, as your connections maybe a key to a better career andincome. Partnerships also flourish, andover this week the Full Moon in yoursign may send your feelings intooverdrive. If you've been backwardabout coming forward, you may let itall out into the open over theweekend. Perhaps this is all to thegood! Lucky numbers: 04, 19, 40. AQUARIUS: January 20 to February 18 The week ahead seems positive and upbeat, when good feelings and freshopportunities are all you need to behappy Long-term relationships can lighten up, especially if you're willingto allow private feelings out into theopen. However someone may not be upfront about issues they're having,which might require some dedicatedconversation. Along with this, romance is sweet and playful assomeone seems to really care. Theweekend may be an opportunity fora very special date night. Lucky numbers: 1 1, 77, 83. PISCES: February 20 to March 21 A focus on a more sensitive part of your chart suggests that secrets cometo light and intimacy tinged withromance can deepen. There's alsofun to be had on the home front, withopportunities for entertaining withfamily or friends. Romantic optionscontinue to shine. W ith the Full Moon in your social sector it could be party time or at least a chance for a greatoccasion or celebration. Mercury'smove into Cancer spotlights creativeopportunities and enjoying culturalentertainment. Lucky numbers: 20, 45, 78.


Sunday, July 13, 2014 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Page 13 World Cup 2014: Argentina VictoryWould Complete Brazil's Humiliation Sao Paulo rain rather thanflowing football in the warmth ofBelo Horizonte. Inside Arena de Sao Paulo, Brazil's famousyellow colours so prominent atalmost every game appeared tohave been airbrushed out of thescene. Their party is over And in a tactical battle that only added to the entertainmentdeficit, Dutch coach Louis van Gaal's plan to subdue Messi by shadowing him with first Nigel de Jong and then Jordy Clasie was so successful that theArgentine captain did not touchthe ball in the penalty area throughthe 120 minutes before penalties. So Germany will be favouriteson Sunday but Ar gentina have a tough spine to complement thebrilliance of Messi. They haveprogressed from all four of theirW orld Cup semi-finals and have never trailed at this tournament. For V an Gaal and the Dutch, there was only sadness. After losing to Spain in the final fouryears ago, they are the nearly menagain. There was sympathy inparticular for Aston V illa defender Ron Vlaar whose magnificent performance did notdeserve the fate of missing thefirst Dutch penalty especially as V an Gaal seemed to suggest the dubious honour only befell himbecause two other unnamedteam-mates declined. And the struggles of Robin van Persie who looked short of fitness, meant he had to beremoved, denying V an Gaal the option of introducing substitutegoalkeeper Tim Krul in the hope he could repeat his penaltyshootout heroics against CostaRica. First-choice keeper Jasper Cillessen had never saved a professional penalty before theshoot-out he is still waiting. As V an Gaal prepares for the meaningless W orld Cup window dressing of Saturday's third-placeplay-off against Brazil in Brasiliabefore he takes up the manager'srole at Manchester United, theW orld Cup reaches its climax. And for Messi, in particular this is the stage to confirm hisstatus as the world's greatestplayer Some still questioned him, wrongly before this W orld Cup on the grounds he had neverquite distinguished himself at amajor tournament. W inning one closes the debate. He did, however look jaded against the Dutch, as Ar gentine journalist V icente acknowledged. "W e need Messi in his best condition," he said. "Now he is tired. In the first three matches W ednesday's game pr oved mor e an occasion for Mascherano (right) than Messi of the W orld Cup he was very important but now he is not thesame. Mascherano is thesupport for the team." And would a win place him alongside Maradona who also won one W orld Cup in Mexico in 1986? "It is a very difficult question. They are different players.Maradona has differentcharacteristics but I thinkMessi needs this title." The elements are in place forthe finale this W orld Cup deserves but for Brazil there isstill that lingering fear that theirpain may not be over Continued F r om P ag e 1 0 We AMS T o Please


Page 14 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Sunday, July 13, 2014 Continue From Page 11 Monday: Draft Beer $3.00 T uesday: Local Rum $3.00 W ednesday: Panty Ripper $3.95 Mondays to Fridays: Regular Margaritas: $6.95 S traberr y Margaritas: $7.95 Blue Margaritas: $8.95 24 Cr enshaw S t. San Ignacio T el: 824 -2730 Mexican and Belizean Menu The Home Of MARGARITAS SPECIALS V isit us for br eakfast on Sundays!!! Monday thru Friday Le t Colombia End Its Civil W ar Domestic political shakeups,though, threaten to disrupt thisprogress. In the first round ofColombia’ s presidential elections on May 25, sittingpresident Juan Manuel Santos who began the talks to the dismayof many former political allies,came in second to conservativehardliner Oscar Ivan Zuluaga Zuluaga, who is allied withformer president (and current senator -elect) Alvar o Uribe has made clear his skepticismtowards the talks. While he hasnow softened his stance inadvance of the runoff election,his longtime opposition to theprocess remains concerning.Santos and Zuluaga will face offin a second-round vote on June15. The accord on the drug issue—declared a “partial agreement,” as no individual agreements arefinal until all points on the agendahave been agreed upon—is littleshort of historic. The language,which was agreed upon by bothparties, reflects a significant shiftaway from the prohibitionistapproach to drug policy Adopting some of the proposalsof the growing communitycalling for drug policy reform,the accord acknowledges that“evidence-based alternatives”to current policies are neededto address problems that maybe associated with drugconsumption, and distinguishesbetween the cultivation of cropsfor the illicit market and drugtrafficking. Furthermore, it calls for theexpansion of crop substitutionprograms, recognizing that manyrural communities rely on cocaand opium poppy cultivation fortheir economic livelihoods.However it stipulates that “supportive measures…will beconditioned to…agreementson substitution and no-replanting,” implying that cultivators would be required tocede their earnings from cropcultivation before they see thebenefits of alternative crops.Experience in Latin America has shown that conditioningassistance on total eradicationharms the chance of developinglasting alternatives, as cultivatorslack a successful bridge betweenwhen the cultivation of crops forthe illicit market ends and alternative livelihoods becomesustainable. Not surprisinglyin these circumstances, manygrowers return to the cultivationof coca and poppy crops. A more effective model would be tooffer a phasing out period and/orsubsidies to cultivatorsuntil meaningful alternativelivelihoods are actually in place. Y et while proper sequencing on reducing crops for the illicitmarket will need to be reviewed,the parties get it right on localinvolvement. Opting for what oneColombian analyst described as“building the st ate from below ,” the development program wouldrely heavily on and activelyengage with local communitiesto ensure their participation—and hence the program’ s sustainability The most monumental pointcame with the government’ s concession to de-prioritize—though not entirely retire—thedestructive and ineffective aerialherbicide spraying of coca crops,opting first for alternativedevelopment and manualeradication before sprayingcrops. In more than a decade ofits use in Colombia, aerialspraying has served only todisperse coca crops, destroy poorfarmers’ livelihoods, andengender local distrust forgovernment authorities, as theonly contact many communitieshave had with the state has beenthe occasional visit of a planeconducting aerial spraying. The agreement also addressesdrug consumption, an issuegenerally thought to be outsidethe purview of the peace talks.While details here are scant,linking this issue to the peacetalks will help continue regionaldebates on drug policy reform.Recognizing that drug policyshould be based on respect forhuman rights and public health isa valuable contribution. But a full agreement, ifeventually signed, will not be apanacea. T aking the F ARC out of the cultivation and traffickingbusiness will not independentlysolve the drug issue or theassociated violence. As long as there is worldwide demand—andparticularly U.S. demand—fordrugs, criminal organizations willfind a way to supply them.Furthermore, an accord willlikely leave a power vacuum in rural regions of the country as theF ARC demobilizes and cedes those territories. There is agood chance that right-wingparamilitary successor groupsand criminal gangs will try to fillit. Establishing a positive statepresence and providing basicservices will be a majorchallenge, especially in regionswhere the armed forces havebeen the primary face of thestate. Because of these continuedchallenges, the United States hasan important role to play in theimplementation phase, both insupporting Colombia financiallyand in granting the Colombiangovernment political space toimplement the accords—evenwhen they contradict U.S. policypriorities. A S tate Department communique on the drug policyagreement, which highlightsthe continuation of forcederadication, raises questionsabout whether the UnitedStates will help or hinder theadvancement of the peaceprocess. Nearly two of every three aiddollars destined for Colombiagoes to the public securityforces. W ill the U.S. government be willing to shift aid to buildpeace rather than continue war? Achieving durable reductions in poppy and coca crop cultivationfor illicit drug production willrequireimplementing alternativelivelihoods and connectinglong-forgotten rural areas withthe national infrastructure. After decades of waging a largelyineffective “war on drugs” in Colombia, will the United Statesallow its longtime ally to breakwith the prohibition-focusedmodel and explore alternatives tothe current militarized approach?Some of the most revolutionaryagreements in the accord, such asall but ending aerial spraying,would challenge the existing U.S.approach. These questions, and the manymore that will be raised asthe talks progress, will likelydismay hardliners in the U.S.government who are not readyto shift drug control tactics. Butwith little progress to show afterdecades of violence and billionsof dollars spent, the Colombianand F ARC negotiators have made an important step toward endingdecades of violence. 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Sunday, July 13, 2014 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Page 15 Continue from Front Page Canto in Santa Familia V illage where a number of suspectedstolen items were foundresulting in the arrest of Canto ona handling stolen goods charge. Furthermore, the investigationresulted in W oodye and Rivera being charged for arson, burglaryand handling stolen goods whileCanto was charged only withhandling stolen goods. W oodye pled guilty to the handlingstolen goods charge. He wasordered to forthwith pay a onethousand fine which he did. Theypled not guilty to all othercharges. On instructions fromthe of fice of the DPP the arson charge was withdrawn and theentire case fell apart. The burglary and handlingstolen goods charges werelater resurrected against Rene A Five Year Old Case Finally Concluded Rivera while Gabriel Cantowas issued with only thehandling stolen goods charge.An arrest warrant was also issuedfor one Gregory Reyes who remains at large. After all these years, the case finally ended today Gabriel Canto was found guilty of thehandling stolen goods charge andwas ordered to forthwith pay aone thousand dollar fine which he did. Rene Rivera was not asfortunate given that, on theburglary charge, magistrateNarda Morgan sentenced him to three years in jail.In the final analysis the vacationhouse of a Belizean professional,in the pristine Mountain PineRidge area of the Cayo District,was totally destroyed bycriminals with no regard for theproperty of others. Continued From Front Page


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