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Sunday, March 22, 2015 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Page 1 *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. 433 Sunday, March 22, 2015 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* FF FF F or your building needs, large or small or your building needs, large or small or your building needs, large or small or your building needs, large or small or your building needs, large or small Knowledgeable of native building styles—mud and daub, adobe Knowledgeable of native building styles—mud and daub, adobe Knowledgeable of native building styles—mud and daub, adobe Knowledgeable of native building styles—mud and daub, adobe Knowledgeable of native building styles—mud and daub, adobe Unique designs—treehouses, Colonial style houses Unique designs—treehouses, Colonial style houses Unique designs—treehouses, Colonial style houses Unique designs—treehouses, Colonial style houses Unique designs—treehouses, Colonial style houses WW WW W e build according to your budget e build according to your budget e build according to your budget e build according to your budget e build according to your budget Contact Mary Cariddi at 652-6403 Email: nn rr Cariddi construction, over 40 years experience building in Belize Cariddi construction, over 40 years experience building in Belize Cariddi construction, over 40 years experience building in Belize Cariddi construction, over 40 years experience building in Belize Cariddi construction, over 40 years experience building in Belize We do designs, plans, building authority permits and PUC approvals (Public We do designs, plans, building authority permits and PUC approvals (Public We do designs, plans, building authority permits and PUC approvals (Public We do designs, plans, building authority permits and PUC approvals (Public We do designs, plans, building authority permits and PUC approvals (Public Utilities Commission) as well as all your construction needs. Utilities Commission) as well as all your construction needs. Utilities Commission) as well as all your construction needs. Utilities Commission) as well as all your construction needs. Utilities Commission) as well as all your construction needs. Harrison Drops The Bomb SAN IGNACIO, Cayo, T uesday , 17 March, 2015: Just 75 days ago Richard Harrison was a national candidate for the People’ s United Party and glowing endorsements from his partyleader Francis Fonseca . But in quick time after his historic defeat hehas faded into obscurity; Harrisondisappeared from public view beforethe votes were finished counting in theCayo North bi-election. But he has re-appeared quitesuddenly with a searing politicalcommentary called “A Post Election V iew From Under The Bus.” Harrison starts by saying that theparty leadership, quote “threw him under the bus” when it endorsed his replacement Michel Chebat without his knowledge. Harrison takes this asdisrespect after all he gave in the failedbi-election effort. He then asks, provokingly , “if they cannot uphold their own party’ s constitution while in opposition, how can theybe expected to uphold thenational constitution while ingovernment?” From there, he goes unto criticizethe current direction his party istaking saying, “the momentum created in the by-election hascontinued in the municipalelections….nothing has beendone by the changethis momentum... if all thingsremain equal, the momentumdeveloped by the by-election willcontinue into the next generalelections.” Damning words from that formercandidate and while he wassoundly defeated in the Cayo Northbi-election he still got more than athousand votes which the PUP willneed as it tries to re-organize in theSan Ignacio and Santa Elena whichwas the scene for the worst losses,numerically , in the municipal elections. Richard Harrison Francis Fonseca CA YO WELCOME CENTER, San Ignacio, W ednesday , Mar ch 18, 2015: Launching Of “A WalkThrough El Cayo” The Institute for Social and CulturalResearch today launched a Continues On P ag e 1 5


Page 2 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Sunday, March 22, 2015 Municipal elections in Belize areheld every three years and werescheduled for March 4, 2015.General elections to elect members ofthe House of Representatives are heldevery five years and must be held byMarch 2017, but can be called by thePrime Minister at any time beforethen, with only 30 days notice. Suddenly , in mid-November 2014, People’ s United Party (PUP) elected area representative for Cayo North(Hon. Joseph Mahmud) resigned as standard bearer for his party , and I (among others) was called by senior party officials inviting me toparticipate in intra-party conventionto elect a new standard bearer thatwould represent the party in thenext general elections. After some consultation with people in the area, Idecided to accept this invitation, andstarted to do some ground work inthe division. I have always been disposed tobeing of service to my country , both privately and publicly….and Iknow that becoming an electedrepresentative gives one theopportunity to be of greatest influencein the development and generaldirection of my beloved country , Belize. At the peak of my life, I am well prepared for such anundertaking…and gaining theconfidence of my countrymen to serveat this level would be a great honorfor me. By early December , distance had grown between Mahmud and the PUPleadership, and he decided abruptlyto resign from his seat in the House ofRepresentatives, triggering the needfor a by-election. The Prime Ministercould have chosen to set a datebetween 30 and 90 days from thedate of resignation, and he choseJanuary 5, 2015; giving us 34 days.The PUP leadership decided toappoint me the standard bearer torepresent the party in the by-election,against my recommendation that wedo a quick convention so that thepeople of the division choose whoshould represent them. They claimedthat the time was too short and that aconvention would be divisive and hurtthe party’ s chances. I found myself at ground zero with this sharp, unforeseen turn of events. I submitted to their decision, as theleader , deputy leader and national campaign manager agreed in ourprivate meetings that the by-electionwould be treated as a nationalelection strategically….since it wouldimpact momentum leading up to themunicipal elections in March 2015,and the general elections anytimebefore March 2017…and this wasthe only way I would stand a fightingchance of winning with such a shortnotice against the United DemocraticParty (UDP) candidate that was working in the division for ayear previous….and with all theorganizational and material resourcesof the government and his ruling partybehind him. Shortly after my submission to theirdecision, the deputy party leader saidon national televised newscast that theparty leadership had taken thestrategic decision that the by-electionwould be a local election for thePUP…..and in our meetingspresented my campaign committeewith a less-than-skeleton budget ofwhat the party would support thecampaign with, claiming the partysimply did not have the funds. Thiswas a grave error in leadershipjudgment…reflecting its commitmentto represent the status quo and notthe best interest of the support baseof the People’ s United Party….willing to make of me a sacrificial lambinstead of doing everything possibleto win every election….cutting off itsnose to spite its face. I was ready totake a different approach at that point,but key members of my committeeencouraged me to stay and that“things would work out” leading up to election day . It never did. The PUP stuck to its “local election” strategy…..while the UDP implemented a “national election” strategy , bringing all its or ganizational and material resources from acrossthe country to CayoNorth….outspending us 10:1 indirect campaign financing, includingvote buying on a massive scale…plusgovernment sponsored Christmascheer , December home mortgage subsidy for many , trending drop in fuel price, wide spread grocery subsidy , personal construction, medical andeducation assistance for many , etc etc. The past UDP area representativewas on the ground fighting tooth andnail to get their candidateelected….the two past PUPrepresentatives had been chased outto pasture, and they , their families and loyalists were not supporting thecampaign. A low 61% turnout of voters on a rainy day gave the UDP2,664 votes, while the PUP got1,348….more or less a 2:1 margin. Shortly after the by-election, whileI was on personal business outside thecountry , I received message that the PUP leadership, with a handful ofCayo North people towing line, hadmoved to endorse Mr . Michel Chebat as standard bearer for Cayo North….effectively kicking me“under the bus” . This, after I had put my face, reputation, time, energyand resources for the party in such achallenging by-election. I had noknowledge that this wouldhappen….and I nor anyone close tomy campaign was consulted, as faras I know . This is how the current “endorsement champions” of the party can be expected to treatanyone that it considers not to be ablind loyal follower . This is the kind of rogue dictatorship that a partywhich voluntarily suspends its ownconstitution will provide for….takingaway the right of its supporters (more like blind loyal followers?) to democratically choose theirrepresentatives in free, open and fairintra-party conventions. Many peopleask the fair question “if they cannot uphold their own party’ s constitution while in opposition,how can they be expected touphold the nationalconstitution while ingovernment?” Indeed, I have not received a callnor invitation to meet from the partyleadership since the by-election. I am,and will never be, a blind loyalfollower of any man….if I agree withyou, you will know….if I don’t, youwill know . I respect the democratic free will of the people….and therepresentatives they put their trustin….resulting from free, open and fairelections….as required by party andnational constitutions. Then to add insult to injury…..theirweasels were spreading false propa-ganda that I had agreed to suchagenda at the time when I reluctantlyaccepted to be endorsed as standardbearer for the by-election. Theydid not end there, they claimedthat I had accepted money from theparty leadership for such“accommodation” … and their fake pitbulls were even spewingderogatory and insultingremarks about myself and my familyon social media. They were stabbingme while I was already kicked underthe bus. Subsequent to the by-election….the municipal elections were held innine municipalities across the countryon March 4, 2015….and the UDPwon 8 out of 9….gaining ground, asthey previously held only 6 of 9. Themargins in the municipals were verynear the 2:1 margin experienced in theby-elections…even though the PUPsuddenly found the resources itclaimed it did not have at the time ofthe by-election and were onlyoutspent 3:1…..which proves that thevoter sentiment expressed in the CayoNorth by-election closely reflected national sentiment. W as my loss margin reason enough to kick meunder the bus in the manner they did? There are those who continue withexcuses and empty justifications…..oh, that the voters did not take theby-election and municipal electionsseriously…..that the low voterturnout reflects mostly PUP’ s that stayed away from the polls due tofear…..that the voters are waiting forthe general elections to finally maketheir move to change the government.W ell, the momentum created in the by-election has continued in themunicipal elections….nothing hasbeen done by the leadership of theparty to change this momentum….andentrenchment seems to be the orderof the day . My knowledge of strategy leads me to continue tobelieve that, if all things remain equal,the momentum developed by theby-election will continue into the nextgeneral elections. The current PUP leadership seemshell bent on creating the partywithout a party to go to anytime soon.T reating party supporters like disposable diapers only chases themand their families and loyalistsaway… does not inspireunity….and divided, we fall. I, like most Belizeans, feel proud ofthe colorful and productive history ofthe People’ s United Party during its 1950-1981 “George Price” years….. large land holdings acquiredto give thousands of small holders ata ffordable rates, forestry toagro-industry and services economictransition, from candles tocountrywide electrification, fromriverways to highways and roadsconnecting the entire country , from a few elite schools only for the wealthyand privileged in Belize City toeducation and health services at thereach of every village, politicalindependence with territorial integrity , pooling of union financial resourcesinto credit unions, social security , telecommunications, expansion ofservice-oriented government thatcreated many new jobs, massiveexpansion of Belize City and thenBelmopan, ports and airports….allwith relatively low level of corruptionand debts…and working the mixedeconomy to benefit mostly amiddle-income population livingmostly peacefully and in generalsafety . Our post-Independence history has been prettymuch BORROW AND SPEND… continuing the colonialist economiclaws, policies and practices thatfavor imports over domesticproduction…. ”old money” economic ball-and-chain, nowjoined by special-interest andcorruption-based nouveau riche, withrelatively high unemployment andrising poverty . The only acceptable way forwardis to recommit the entire party to its Please T ur n T o P ag e 1 4 ““ ““ “ A P A P A P A P A P ost Election V ost Election V ost Election V ost Election V ost Election V iew F iew F iew F iew F iew F rr rr r om Under The Bus.” om Under The Bus.” om Under The Bus.” om Under The Bus.” om Under The Bus.” BY : Richard Harrison


Sunday, March 22, 2015 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Page 3 CA YO WELCOME CENTER, San Ignacio T own, Sunday , Mar ch 15, 2015: The new San Ignacio/Santa Elenatown council officially took office onMonday , March 16, 2015. Official Swearing In Of The New Mayor AndCouncillors Of San Ignacio and Santa Elena Mayor Earl T rapp and his councillors were sworn in during ashort ceremony held on Sunday afternoon at the Cayo W elcome Center by Senior Justice of the PeaceElulogio Cano. Prior to the start of the swearing in ceremony , Mayor T rapp and the councilors went around greetingthe people who had gathered towitness the event and to enjoy theentertainment provided by the Super Furia Band. Councilors George Boiton, Bernadette Fernandez, DavidMorey , V anessa Neal, Michael Salazar and Nick Singh were first to take their oath, followed by MayorT rapp who received a round of applause when he was introduced asthe new Mayor of the twin towns, succeeding John August who now proceeds to contest the next GeneralElections in the Cayo Northeastconstituency . When he addressed the gatheringafter being sworn in, Mayor T rapp thanked the people who resoundinglyvoted in the UDP team. He also thanked the campaignersand his wife and children for theirunyielding support during thecampaign, on election day and in thedays leading up to his first official dayin office. Everything In The Everything In The Everything In The Everything In The Everything In The Universe Has Rhythm, Universe Has Rhythm, Universe Has Rhythm, Universe Has Rhythm, Universe Has Rhythm, Everything Dances. Everything Dances. Everything Dances. Everything Dances. Everything Dances. Belmopan City , Mar ch 19, 2015: The Ministry of Natural Resourcesand Agriculture (MNRA), through the Lands and Surveys Department, haslaunched an investigation into fraudcases involving land titles that wererecently discovered. The preliminary investigationsuggests that there is a systematiceffort being orchestrated by personsof both foreign and local nationalitiesto obtain property by fraudulentmeans. The perpetrators usefraudulent international passport andother forms of identification to usurpthe identity of real land owners toobtain property and subsequentlyproceed to fraudulently transfer landtitles to prospective buyers byforging signatures of MNRA officialsin an effort to make the documentsappear legitimate as though they wereissued from the Lands and SurveysDepartment. It appears that the conartists are targeting properties ownedby absentee landowners who resideabroad. These cases of fraud have comeabout as a result of the new landmanagement system that wasdesigned to be more rigorous,specifically verifying the authenticity ofapplicants, especially those notapplying in person or with foreignpassports. As a result, the Lands and Surveys Department is uncoveringseveral documents that purport com-peting interest for the same parcel ofland. In some cases, the documentsrefer to land that do not exist. Consequently , and in direct response to the uncovering of these Land Fraud Cases fraudulent land transactions, the Landsand Surveys Department warns thegeneral public to BEW ARE of internet websites that purports to sellland in Belize. Government is mindfulthat there are many legitimate realestate companies that sell landover the internet and as such weencourage buyers to execute thenecessary due diligence during thisprocess. The Lands and SurveysDepartment recommends that thegeneral public adhere to thefollowing measures to ensure thelegitimacy of land transactions and/orauthenticity of land documents:(1) V alidate the authenticity of a Land T itle by making a check at the Land Registry(2) Purchase a certified copy of aregister to confirm ownership ofparcel(3) Request an abstract of land titlefrom seller and cross reference it atthe Land Registry . The MNRA, through the Lands andSurveys Department, takes thisopportunity to assure the generalpublic and lands stakeholders that alllegitimate transactions and documentsare backed up on a daily basis andno land registration will be completed without the proper authenticateddocumentation that matched ourelectronic and manual recordingsystem. The laws of Belize are veryclear on the perpetration offraudulent land transactions, which areconsidered serious criminal offencesfor both the perpetrators and theiraccomplices. As such, the Ministry is working with the Police Departmentto conduct a thorough investigationto find and prosecute theperpetrators of these fraudulentland transactions.


Page 4 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Sunday, March 22, 2015 Contributed by: Karim Juan The NEBL will be hosting its first ever All S tar Night on Friday , April 10 at the Sacred Heart CollegeAuditorium in San Ignacio T own. The All Star Game will tip off at 8 p.m.,with North versus South. Entrancefee is $10 general admission and $15for VIP seating. Children under 10years of age pay $5. T eams from the North will be Orange W alk Running Rebels, Belize Hurricanes,Belize City No Limit and San PedroT iger Sharks and teams that make up the South are Belmopan Red T aigaz, Cayo W estern Ballaz, Dangriga National Elite Bask National Elite Bask National Elite Bask National Elite Bask National Elite Bask etball League All Star Night etball League All Star Night etball League All Star Night etball League All Star Night etball League All Star Night During half time, there will be a threepoint shoot-out contest, with the bestthree point shooter from each teamparticipating, based on this season’ s player statistics at the end of Round1. The name of players who willparticipate in this year ’ s Three Point Shootout will be published nextweekend, after the completion ofRound 1. After the All S tar Game, W arriors and T oledo Diplomats. The starting five for both teams will beselected by the fans, via Facebooklikes. Fans are encouraged to visit theNEBL Facebook page, click on thepicture of their player and “Like” their favorite player . The players with the most FB “Likes” will be the starting 5 for both teams. Only 2players from one team can be on thestarting 5. The coaches, media,president of the BBF , the NEBL Commissioner and BABO willall be entitled to one vote, in order toselect the remaining 7 players to makeup the team. Below are the names of the players who have been selectedfor all star voting. If online voterswould like to view the playerstatistics for this season, they canvisit the NEBL website there will be a slam dunk contest, withthe best dunkers in the league partici-pating in this event. Below are the listof players who have been invited toparticipate in the Slam Dunk Contest.Each participant will get 2 dunks inthe first round, with 3 attempts perdunk. The top 5 dunkers will advanceto the second round, for one dunk.The top 2 dunkers will then advanceto the third and final round, wherethey will be performing one dunk. The slam dunk and three pointcontest winners will walk away with$300 cash and a trophy . All S tar Night promises to be a great event, as theleague’ s top players will be showcasing their skills and talents. SOUTH TEAM Point Guards 1. T errell Eskridge Belmopan Red T aigaz 2. S tanley Flowers Cayo W estern Ballaz 3. Daniel Nolberto Dangriga W arriors 4. Michael Bables T oledo Diplomat Shooting Guards 1. Kyle Pascascio Belmopan Red T aigaz 2. Elvis Usher Jr . Cayo W estern Ballaz 3. Jamir Flores Dangriga W arriors 4. Jiovanni Arzu T oledo Diplomat Small Forwards 1. T ravis Lennen Belmopan Red T aigaz 2. Richard T royer Cayo W estern Ballaz 3. Edgar Mitchell Dangriga W arriors 4. T revaughn Usher Dangriga W arriors 5. Shamir Martinez T oledo Diplomat Power Forwards 1. Jarrel V elasquez Belmopan Red T aigaz 2. S tephen W illiams Belmopan Red T aigaz 3. Keith Acosta Cayo W estern Ballaz 4. Macario Augustine Dangriga W arriors Centers 1. Farron Louriano Belmopan Red T aigaz 2. Kurt Bur gess Cayo W estern Ballaz 3. Brandon Flowers Dangriga W arriors NOR TH TEAM Point Guards 1. Randy Usher Orange W alk Running Rebels 2. T y Bradley Belize Hurricanes 3. T yrone Edwards San Pedro T iger Sharks 4. Lennox Bowman Belize City No Limit Shooting Guards 1. Alton Herrera Orange W alk Running Rebels 2. T ariq Middleton Belize Hurricanes 3. Rhetton Belisle Belize City No Limit 4. Ashton Edwards San Pedro T iger Sharks 5. Gregory Rudon Belize City No Limit 6. Jamal Kelly San Pedro T iger Sharks Small Forwards 1. Roger Reneau Orange W alk Running Rebels 2. Andrew V asquez Belize Hurricanes 3. W inston Pratt Belize Hurricanes 4. John Rudon Belize City No Limit 5. Darwin Leslie San Pedro T iger Sharks Power Forwards 1. Ian Carcamo Orange W alk Running Rebels 2. Brian White Belize Hurricanes 3. Brandon Rogers Belize City No Limit 4. Raul Roches San Pedro T iger Sharks 5. Andrew Ortiz San Pedro T iger Sharks Centers 1. Jason Grant Orange W alk Running Rebels 2. Leon W illiams Belize Hurricanes 3. Kevin Domingo Belize City No Limit 4. Milton James San Pedro T iger Sharks 1. Farr on Louriano Belmopan Red T aigaz 2. Jarr el V elasquez Belmopan Red T aigaz 3. Akeem W atters Cayo W estern Ballaz 4. Giovanni Lennen Cayo W estern Ballaz 5. Macario Augustine Dangriga W arriors 6. Daniel Nolber to Dangriga W arriors 7. Shemar White Orange W alk Running Rebels 8. Winston Pratt Belize Hurricanes 9. Milton James San Pedro Tiger Sharks 10. 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Page 6 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Sunday, March 22, 2015 BY : Paul Canning Editor ’ s note: This post is a Care2 favorite. It was originally published onMarch 14, 2012. Since then, therehave been many changes andadvancements in LGBT rights aroundthe world. The information in this poststill holds true, though, and is animportant reminder . Enjoy! Republicans and other opponentsof gay marriage often speak ofmarriage as being a 2,000 year oldtradition (or even older) . Quite apart from the fact that the definition ofmarriage has changed from when itwas a business transaction, usuallybetween men, there is ample evidencethat within just Christian tradition, ithas changed from the point wheresame-sex relationships were not justtolerated but celebrated. In the famous S t. Catherine’ s monastery on Mount Sinai, there is anicon which shows two robedChristian saints getting married. Their‘pronubus’ (official witness, or “best man”) is none other than Jesus Christ. The happy couple are 4th CenturyChristian martyrs, Saint Serge and Saint Bacchus — both men. Severus of Antioch in the sixth century explained that “we should not separate in speech [Serge andBacchus] who were joined inlife.” More bluntly , in the definitive 10th century Greek account of theirlives, Saint Serge is described as the“sweet companion and lover(erastai)” of St. Bacchus. Legend says that Bacchusappeared to the dying Sergius as anangel, telling him to be brave becausethey would soon be reunited inheaven. Y ale historian John Richard CELL: 610-3503 or 627-9966 TEL: 824-4971 Sale Sale Sale!!!! Come shop for the month of March and get a discount pluss a free gift we sell: Digicell & Smart phones, Laptops, T ablets, Kitchen Appliances, Cosmetics, Shoes, Sandals, Furnitur e, LCD TV’S, Air Conditioning Units, W ashing Machines, S toves, Refrigerators, Bicycles, Motor cycles, and so much more! Getting the best price guranteed! SHOPPERS’ CHOICE SHOPPERS’ CHOICE SHOPPERS’ CHOICE SHOPPERS’ CHOICE SHOPPERS’ CHOICE SALE SALE SALE!!! For the entire month of March only at Shopper ’ s Choice! Also r emember to follow us on Facebook.. The Forgotten History of Gay Marriage Boswell discovered this early Christian history and wrote about itnearly 20 years ago in “Same Sex Unions In Pre-ModernEurope“ (1994). In ancient church liturgicaldocuments, he found the existence ofan “Office of Same Sex Union” (10th and 1 1th centur y Gr eek) and the “Order for Uniting T wo Men” (1 1th and 12th centur y Slavonic). He found many examples of:* A community gathered in a church * A blessing of the couple before the altar* Their right hands joined as atheterosexual marriages* The participation of a priest* The taking of the Eucharist* A wedding banquet afterwards A 14th century Serbian Slavonic “Office of the Same Sex Union,”uniting two men or two women, hadthe couple having their right hands laidon the Gospel while having a crossplaced in their left hands. Havingkissed the Gospel, the couple werethen required to kiss each other , after which the priest, having raised up theEucharist, would give them bothcommunion. Boswell documented such sancti-fied unions up until the 18th century . In late medieval France, a contract of “enbrotherment” (affrèrement) existed for men who pledged to livetogether sharing ‘un pain, un vin, etune bourse’ – one bread, one wine,and one purse. Other religions, such as Hinduismand some native American religions, have respect for same-sex couplesweaved into their history . When right-wing evangelicalChristians talk about “traditional marriage,” there is no such thing. Receive A FREE Gift For Every $500 Or Mor e Y ou Spend With Us. 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 BY : Rick W arren Contributed by: Janice Swift “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and thislife is in his Son. Whoever has theSon has life; whoever does nothave the Son of God does not havelife.” (1 John 5:1 1-12 NIV) If you were to head out to a malltoday and ask people if they aregoing to Heaven or Hell, you’ll likelyhear them say , “I hope I’ll go to Heaven.” But hope just isn’t good enough. Ipray that’ s not your answer . Y our eter nal destiny is too important not toknow for sure. Only a fool would be unpreparedfor what we all know is inevitable:death. The most recent statistics showthat mortality rates in the world are100 percent! Y ou’re not guaranteed another minute on this planet, much lessanother hour . Don’ t put of f the most important choice you’ll ever make. The Bible says in 1 John 5:1 1-12, “And this is the testimony: Godhas given us eternal life, and thislife is in his Son. Whoever has theSon has life; whoever does nothave the Son of God does not havelife” (NIV) . That’ s about as clear as you can get. You never know how Strong You never know how Strong You never know how Strong You never know how Strong You never know how Strong you are until being Strong is you are until being Strong is you are until being Strong is you are until being Strong is you are until being Strong is the only choice You have. the only choice You have. the only choice You have. the only choice You have. the only choice You have. -Bob -Bob -Bob -Bob -Bob Mar Mar Mar Mar Mar ley ley ley ley ley Don’t Just Hope Y ou’ll Go to Heaven If you have Jesus, you have life. If youdon’t have Jesus, you do not have life.Y ou have a choice. Y ou won’ t go to Heaven because of someone else’ s faith. Y ou’ll never go to Hell because of someone else’ s choice. It’ s your choice! Y ou’ll decide where you’ll spend eternity . This is why Christmas and Easterare so important. If Jesus hadn’t comeat Christmas and if he hadn’t died andcome back to life on Easter , we’d be hopeless. Nothing we do wouldmatter . Y ou wouldn’ t have this choice. The cross is the answer to ourdeepest problem — our separationfrom God.The Bible says, “When you were dead in your sins and inthe uncircumcision of your flesh,God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, havingcanceled the charge of our legalindebtedness, which stood againstus and condemned us; he hast aken it away , nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:13-14) . God nailed everything thatseparated you from himself to thecross. But God won’t force you tomake the most important decision ofyour life. It’ s in your hands.It’ s time to choose.


Sunday, March 22, 2015 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Page 7 BELMOP AN, Thursday Mar ch 18, 2015: The Government of Belizerecognizing the critical importance ofensuring a more pleasant schoolenvironment for the delivery ofquality education to students providedschool furniture and computers to theBelmopan Methodist High School inthe nationÂ’ s capital. The donation includes 100 studentArmchairs, 15 chairs, three teachersdesks, one cupboard, three bookshelves and four computer tablesvalued at $14,525; coupled with 10computers and accessoriesvalued at $31,299.41 totaling$45,824.41. Funding was madethrough the Commonwealth DebtInitiative (CDI) . Students of Belmopan MethodistHigh School will now have moreefficient access to InformationT echnology due to the donation of the equipment. A notable feature of this initiative is that it also demonstratesgovernmentÂ’ s continued commitment to education in pursuit of nationbuilding; and the development of our GOB Impr GOB Impr GOB Impr GOB Impr GOB Impr oving School Envir oving School Envir oving School Envir oving School Envir oving School Envir onment onment onment onment onment F F F F F or Students & T or Students & T or Students & T or Students & T or Students & T eachers In Belmopan eachers In Belmopan eachers In Belmopan eachers In Belmopan eachers In Belmopan countryÂ’ s most precious human resources our children of Belize. The Belize Social Investment Fund(BSIF) coordinated and facilitated the donation of the school furniture,computers and accessories as part ofits mandate to work in line with theMinistry of EducationÂ’ s strategy to address the basic needs of Belizeans,in particular in the education sector . It also demonstrates the critical roleof BSIF , making significant and timely contributions that impact nationaldevelopment as well as improve andenhance the quality of lives ofBelizeans. About Belmopan Methodist High School: In 2009, the MethodistManagement approached theMinistry of Education to seekapproval to establish a primary school.The Ministry indicated that supportwill be given for a High School sincethere is a need for more high schoolspace in Belmopan. The MethodistManagement took up the challenge aspart of its outreach mission to thecommunity . The school was of ficially opened on August 28, 2013 with three first forms. There are now 175students with three first forms andthree second forms. And construction is currently underway to host thirdform and two Science Labs.


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"W ell, I can live with that! No problem!" replied the elated man. "What is your first wish?" asked the Genie. "W ell, I've always wanted a Ferrari!" The Three Wishes POOF! A Ferrari appeared in front of the man. "NOW , every lawyer in the world has TWO Ferraris," said the Genie. "Next wish?" "I'd LOVE a million dollars..." replied the man. POOF! One milliondollars appeared at his feet. "NOW , every lawyer in the world has TWO MILLIONdollars," said the Genie. "W ell, that's okay , as long as I've got MY million," replied the man. "What is your final wish?" The man thought long and hard, andfinally said, "W ell, you know , I've always wanted to donate akidney ...." A defendant was on trial for murder . There was strong evidence indicating guilt, but there was nocorpse. In the defense's closingstatement the lawyer , knowing that his client would probably be convicted,resorted to a trick. 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A dying man gathered his lawyer , doctor and clergyman at his bedside and handed each of them anenvelope containing $25,000 in cash.He made them each promise thatafter his death and during his repose,they would place the three envelopesin his coffin. He told them that hewanted to have enough money toenjoy the next life. A week later the man died. At the W ake, the Lawyer and Doctor and Clergyman, each concealed anenvelope in the coffin and bid their oldclient and friend farewell. By chance,these three met several months later . Soon the Cler gyman, feeling guilty , blurted out a confession saying thatthere was only $10,000 in theenvelope he placed in the coffin. Hefelt, rather than waste all the money , he would send it to a Mission inSouth America. He asked for their Y ou Can't T ake It W ith Y ou for giveness. The Doctor , moved by the gentle Cler gymans sincerity , confessed that he too had keptsome of the money for a worthymedical charity . 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Page 10 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Sunday, March 22, 2015 Continues On Page 14 A kidney stone, also known as a renal calculus or nephrolith, is acalculus formed in the kidneys fromminerals in the urine. Kidney stonestypically leave the body by passagein the urine stream, and many stonesare formed and passed withoutcausing symptoms. If stones grow tosufficient size (usually at least 3 millimeters (0.12 in)) they can cause blockage of the ureter . This leads to pain, most commonlybeginning in the flank or lower backand often radiating to the groin orgenitals. This pain is often known asrenal colic and typically comes inwaves lasting 20 to 60 minutes. Otherassociated symptoms include: nausea,vomiting, fever , blood in the urine, pus in the urine, and painful urination. The diagnosis of kidney stonesis made on the basis of informationobtained from the history , physical examination, urinalysis, andradiographic studies. Ultrasoundexamination and blood tests may alsoaid in the diagnosis. Urinary stones aretypically classified by their location inthe kidney (nephrolithiasis) , ureter (ureterolithiasis) , or bladder (cystolithiasis) , or by their chemical composition (calciumcontaining, struvite, uric acid, orother compounds) . Slightly more men are affected than women.Blockage of the ureter causesdecreased kidney function anddilation of the kidney . In those who have previously hadstones, prevention is recommendedby drinking fluids such that more thantwo liters of urine is produced per day . If this is not effective enough, thiazidediuretic, citrate or allopurinal may betaken. It is recommended that softdrinks containing phosphoric acid(typically colas) be avoided. When a stone causes no symptoms,watchful waiting is a valid option. Forstones which are causing symptoms,pain control is usually the firstmeasure, using medications such asnonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugsor opioids. More severe cases mayrequire procedures. For example,some stones can be shatteredinto smaller fragments usingextracorporeal shock wavelithotripsy . Some cases require more invasive procedures. Examples ofthese are cystoscopic proceduressuch as laser lithotripsy orpercutaneous techniques such aspercutaneous nephrolithotomy . Sometimes, a tube (ureteral stent) may be placed in the ureter to bypassthe obstruction and alleviate thesymptoms, as well as to preventureteral stricture after ureteroscopicstone removal. Signs and symptoms The hallmark of a stone that Kidney Stone Kidney Stone Kidney Stone Kidney Stone Kidney Stone obstructs the ureter or renal pelvis isexcruciating, intermittent pain thatradiates from the flank to the groin orto the inner thigh. This pain, knownas renal colic, is often described asone of the strongest pain sensationsknown. Renal colic caused bykidney stones is commonlyaccompanied by urinary ur gency , restlessness, hematuria, sweating,nausea, and vomiting. It typicallycomes in waves lasting 20 to 60minutes caused by peristalticcontractions of the ureter as itattempts to expel the stone. Theembryological link between theurinary tract, the genital system, andthe gastrointestinal tract is the basisof the radiation of pain to the gonads,as well as the nausea and vomitingthat are also common in urolithiasis.Postrenal azotemia andhydronephrosis can be observedfollowing the obstruction of urineflow through one or both ureters. Painin the lower left quadrant cansometimes be confused withdiverticulitis because the sigmoidcolon overlaps the ureter and theexact location of the pain may bedifficult to isolate due to the closeproximity of these two structures. Risk factors Dehydration from low fluid intake is a major factor in stone formation. High dietary intake of animalprotein, sodium, refined sugars,fructose and high fructose corn syrup,oxalate, grapefruit juice, and applejuice increase the risk of kidney stoneformation. Kidney stones can result from anunderlying metabolic condition, suchas distal renal tubular acidosis, Dent'sdisease, hyperparathyroidism,primary hyperoxaluria, or medullarysponge kidney . 3–20% of people who form kidney stones have medullarysponge kidney . Kidney stones are more commonin people with Crohn's disease;Crohn's disease is associated withhyperoxaluria and malabsorption ofmagnesium. A person with recurrent kidney stones may be screened for suchdisorders. This is typically done witha 24-hour urine collection. The urineis analyzed for features that promotestone formation. Pathophysiology Supersaturation of urine When the urine becomessupersaturated (when the urine solvent contains more solutesthan it can hold in solution)with one or more calculogenic(crystal-forming) substances, a seed crystal may form throughthe process of nucleation.Heterogeneous nucleation (where there is a solid surface present on which a crystal can grow)proceeds more rapidly thanhomogeneous nucleation (where a crystal must grow in liquidmedium with no such surface) , because it requires less ener gy . Adhering to cells on the surface of arenal papilla, a seed crystal can growand aggregate into an organized mass.Depending on the chemicalcomposition of the crystal, thestone-forming process may proceedmore rapidly when the urine pH isunusually high or low . Supersaturation of the urine withrespect to a calculogenic compoundis pH-dependent. For example, at apH of 7.0, the solubility of uric acid inurine is 158 mg/100 ml. Reducing thepH to 5.0 decreases the solubility ofuric acid to less than 8 mg/100 ml.The formation of uric acid stonesrequires a combination ofhyperuricosuria (high urine uric acid levels) and low urine pH; hyperuricosuria alone is notassociated with uric acid stoneformation if the urine pH is alkaline.Supersaturation of the urine is anecessary , but not a suf ficient, condition for the development of anyurinary calculus. Supersaturation islikely the underlying cause of uric acidand cystine stones, but calcium-basedstones (especially calcium oxalate stones) may have a more complex etiology . Inhibitors of stone formation Normal urine contains chelating agents, such as citrate, that inhibit thenucleation, growth, and aggregationof calcium-containing crystals. Otherendogenous inhibitors includecalgranulin (an S-100 calcium binding protein) , T amm–Horsfall protein, glycosaminoglycans,uropontin (a form of osteopontin) , nephrocalcin (an acidic glycoprotein) , prothrombin F1 peptide, and bikunin (uronic acid-rich protein) . The biochemical mechanisms of action of thesesubstances have not yet beenthoroughly elucidated. However , when these substances fall below theirnormal proportions, stones can formfrom an aggregation of crystals. Sufficient dietary intake ofmagnesium and citrate inhibits theformation of calcium oxalate andcalcium phosphate stones; in addition,magnesium and citrate operatesynergistically to inhibit kidney stones.Magnesium's efficacy in subduingstone formation and growth isdose-dependent. Prevention Preventative measures depend on the type of stones. In those withcalcium stones, drinking lots of fluids,thiazide diuretics and citrate areeffective as is allopurinol in those withhigh uric acid levels in the blood orurine.Dietary measures Specific therapy should be tailored to the type of stones involved. Dietcan have a profound influence onthe development of kidney stones.Preventive strategies include somecombination of dietary modificationsand medications with the goal ofreducing the excretory load ofcalculogenic compounds on thekidneys. Current dietaryrecommendations to minimize theformation of kidney stones include:* Increasing total fluid intake to morethan two liters per day of urineoutput.* Increasing citric acid intake; lemon/ lime juice is the richest natural source.* Moderate calcium intake * Limiting sodium intake * Limiting vitamin C intake * Limiting animal protein intake to no more than two meals daily (an association between animalprotein consumption andrecurrence of kidney stones hasbeen shown in men) . * Limiting consumption of cola soft drinks, which contain phosphoricacid, to less than one liter of soft drinkper week. Maintenance of dilute urine by means of vigorous fluid therapy is


Sunday, March 22, 2015 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Page 11 24 Cr enshaw S t. San Ignacio T own, Cayo District T el: 824 -2730 The Home Of MARGARITAS SPECIALS Monday: Draft Beer $3.00 T uesday: Local Rum $3.00 W ednesday: Panty Ripper $3.95 Mondays to Fridays: Regular Margarita $6.95 S traberr y Margaritas: $7.95 Blue Margaritas: $8.95 V isit us for br eakfast on Sundays!!! Monday thru Friday Mexican and Belizean Menu ST A TUT OR Y NOTICE T O CREDIT ORS In the Estate of NORMA LOPEZ a.k.a. NORMA ROSIT A LOPEZ a.k.a. NORMA ROSIT A LOPEZ YOUNG , deceased NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 36 of the Administration of Estate Act, Chapter 197 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000, that all creditors and other persons having any claims ordemands upon or against the Estate of NORMA LOPEZ a.k.a. NORMA ROSIT A LOPEZ a.k.a. NORMA ROSIT A LOPEZ YOUNG , late of No. 155 Santa Cruz, Santa Elena, Cayo District, Belize who died in Belize on the 17 th day of March, 2014 in whose estate Grant of Administration has been granted to ERROL YN VERONICA WRIGHT of Santa Cruz Ar ea, Santa Elena T own, Cayo District, Belize are required to send particulars in writing of their claims or demands to the said administratrix ERROL YN VERONICA WRIGHT , c/o Orlando Fernandez, Attorney-at-Law , P .O Box 236, #193 George Price Highway , Santa Elena , Cayo District Belize , and to send such particulars not later than within (3) three months from the date of the 1 st publication of the notice, AND NOTICE IS HEREBY ALSO GIVEN that at the expiration of last mentioned date, the Administratrix shall proceed to distribute the assets of the said NORMA LOPEZ a.k.a. NORMA ROSIT A LOPEZ a.k.a. NORMA ROSIT A LOPEZ YOUNG , deceased, amongst the parties entitled thereto having regard only to the claims or demands of which particulars havebeen delivered and the Administratrix will not be liable for the asset or any part thereof so distributed to any persons of whose claims or demands they shall notthen have had notice.DA TED this day 17 th of March, 2015 ORLANDO A. FERNANDEZ Attorney-at-Lawfor Errolyn V eronica W right Administratrix of the estateof Norma Lopez a.k.a. Norma Rosita Lopeza.k.a. Norma Rosita Lopez Y oung, deceased The Mexican Supreme Court hasordered the release of Alfonso Martin del Campo Dodd , a Mexican-American who was jailed in1992 for the murder of his sister andbrother -in-law . The court ruled that Mr Martin del Campo's confession had been extracted under torture and that therewas no other evidence against him. Mr Martin del Campo said policehad placed a plastic bag over his headto make him confess to the doublemurder . He is expected to be freed shortly . Brutal killing In a four-to-one ruling the judges said Mr Martin delCampo, who holds both US andMexican citizenship, should befreed "in light of the proof that torture was used to obtain hisconfession in the two crimes,without there being anyincriminatory evidence". Patricia Martin del Campo and her husband Gerardo Zamudio Aldaba were found murdered in their bed in their home in Mexico City in1992. Mexico Supreme Cour t Frees Man After 23 Y ears In Jail They had been stabbed more than60 times. Mr Martin del Campo, who livedwith the couple, was interrogated byjudicial police in the basement of aMexico City police station. One of the officers later said he hadplaced a plastic bag over Mr delCampo's head and had beaten him. Under torture, Mr Martin delCampo confessed, but later recanted. There was no other evidencelinking him to the crime, but he was nevertheless sentenced to 50 years inprison.Legal battle His supporters argued all along that he was innocent and that seriousmistakes had been made during theinvestigation. They pointed to the fact that hair and skin found under the victims' nailsdid not match the DNA of Mr Martindel Campo. They also said that there hadbeen irregularities in the way the investigation had been carried out,such as the fact that the victims'clothes and bed linen had beenburned the same day of the crime"for hygienic purposes". They took Mr Martin del Campo'scase to the Inter-American Court ofHuman Rights. However , the court found it could not act because the case predatedMexico's acknowledgment of thecourt's jurisdiction. A campaign to free Mr Martin del Campo continued regardless and bothMexican and US human rights groupspressured Mexico to review his case. The Supreme Court said MrMartin del Campo should be freedimmediately from the prison inPachuca where he was held. According to a United Nations report, torture and ill treatment dur-ing detention are "generalised in Mexico, and occur in a context ofimpunity". UN Special Rapporteur on T orture Juan Mendez said earlier this monththat methods used include beatings,electric shocks, suffocation,waterboarding, forced nudity andrape, as well as threats and insults. Amnesty International also denounced "the routine use of torture to extract confessions"by Mexican security forces in aSeptember 2014 report. Belmopan. March 18, 2015: The Office of the Prime Ministerof Belize is pleased to announcethat H.E. Nestor Mendez , Ambassador of Belize to the UnitedStates, Permanent Representativeto the Or ganization of American States (OAS) , and High Commissioner to Canada, was todayelected for a five-year term as thenew Assistant Secretary General of the Or ganization of American S tates. The post of Assistant Secretary General is the second highestoffice in the OAS, it is a highlycompetitive post to obtain, andholds senior responsibilitiesin that hemisphericorganization. The Office of the Prime Minister andthe Ministry of Foreign Af fairs embarked on two years of activediplomacy and campaigning to achievethe support of the majority ofcountries in the Americas for this post. Ambassador Mendez contested theelection against Ambassador Bayney Karran , Permanent Representative of Guyana to theOAS, and secured the election with24 votes against 10 out of a total ofthirty four Member States. This is thefirst time that a Belizean has beenelected to such a senior office in theOAS. Ambassador Mendez will serve along with former Foreign Minister of Uruguay Luis Almagro, who was today elected Secretary General of theOAS. They will succeed SecretaryGeneral Jose Miguel Insulza of Chile and Assistant Secretary General Alber t Ramdin of Suriname, both of whom will conclude their terms this year . The newly-elected leaders have pledged to worktowards reforming and transformingthe OAS into an organization thatresponds more efficiently andeffectively to the needs of itsMember States. Ambassador Nestor Mendez Elected New Assistant Ambassador Nestor Mendez Elected New Assistant Ambassador Nestor Mendez Elected New Assistant Ambassador Nestor Mendez Elected New Assistant Ambassador Nestor Mendez Elected New Assistant Secretar Secretar Secretar Secretar Secretar y General Of The Organization Of American States y General Of The Organization Of American States y General Of The Organization Of American States y General Of The Organization Of American States y General Of The Organization Of American States


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But around W ednesday or Thursday , something -or someone -may stop you in your tracks.Don't freak out; figure it out.Communication is key to getting agrip on this, so don't clam up. Theunderstanding you're seeking is mucheasier to find from Friday afternoonthrough the weekend, and you're alsogetting along beautifully with others.Enjoy time with friends (or withsomeone who's a bit more than afriend!). Lucky numbers: 44, 59, 62 . GEMINI: May 22 to June 21 Moving forward with your privateplan is one way to go at the beginningof the week; building trust andfinding common ground is another . Then, around W ednesday and Thursday , you're sharp as a tack, and it's not just book-smarts -you'reemotionally intelligent as well. Putyour head together with someone sig-nificant in your life, and see what youtwo can come up with. Whetheryou're on the clock or not, work'slikely on your mind from Fridayafternoon through the weekend. Ifyou want a change, start doing someinvestigating. 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Sunday, March 22, 2015 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Page 13 A long-term study has pointed to a link between breastfeeding andintelligence. The research in Brazil traced nearly3,500 babies, from all walks of life,and found those who had beenbreastfed for longer went on to scorehigher on IQ tests as adults. Experts say the results, while notconclusive, appear to back currentadvice that babies should beexclusively breastfed for six months. But they say mothers should stillhave a choice about whether or notto do it. Regarding the findings published in The Lancet Global Health theystress there are many different factorsother than breastfeeding that couldhave an impact on intelligence,although the researchers did try to ruleout the main confounders, such asmother's education, family income andbirth weight. Dr Bernardo Lessa Horta , from the Federal University of Pelotas inBrazil, said his study offers a uniqueinsight because in the populationhe studied, breastfeeding was evenlydistributed across social class notsomething just practised by the richand educated. Most of the babies, irrespective ofsocial class, were breastfed somefor less than a month and others formore than a year . Those who were breastfed forlonger scored higher on measures ofintelligence as adults. Breastfeeding 'Link Breastfeeding 'Link Breastfeeding 'Link Breastfeeding 'Link Breastfeeding 'Link ed T ed T ed T ed T ed T o Higher IQ' o Higher IQ' o Higher IQ' o Higher IQ' o Higher IQ' development. But experts say the study findingscannot confirm this and that muchmore research is needed to exploreany possible link betweenbreastfeeding and intelligence. Kevin Fenton, national director of health and wellbeing, Public Health England, said there was strongevidence that breastfeeding providessome health benefits for babies -reduced respiratory andgastrointestinal infections in infancy , for example. He said: "PHE's advice remains that exclusive breastfeeding foraround the first six months of lifeprovides health benefits to babies. "W e recognise however , that not all mothers choose, or are able, tobreastfeed and infant formula isthe only alternative to breastmilk for babies under 12 monthsold." Janet Fyle of the Royal College of Midwives said new mothersneeded breastfeeding support. Dr Colin Michie , chairman of the Royal College of Paediatrics andChild Health's nutrition committee,said: "There have been many studies on the link betweenbreastfeeding and IQ over theyears with many having had theirvalidity challenged. "This study however , looks at a number of other factors includingeducation achievement andincome at age 30 which, alongwith the high sample size, makesthis study a very powerful one. "It is important to note thatbreastfeeding is one of manyfactors that can contribute to achild's outcomes, however thisstudy emphasises the need forcontinued and enhancedbreastfeeding promotion soexpectant mothers are aware ofthe benefits of breastfeeding." They were also more likely to earna higher wage and to have completedmore schooling.Long-term impact Dr Horta believes breast milk may offer an advantage because it is a goodsource of long-chain saturated fattyacids which are essential for brain The Prince of W ales has met US President Barack Obama at the White House during his visit to thecountry . Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall met Mr Obama andvice-president Joe Biden at the Oval Office. The president told the prince thatthe Royal Family was fondly regardedby the American people. The prince also visited an adulteducation school and took part in10-pin bowling during this part of thefour -day "goodwill" tour . Mr Obama and the prince last met four years ago when he flew to theUS a few days after the wedding ofthe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Mr Obama told the prince it was"fair to say that the American people are quite fond of the RoyalFamily" . The prince replied: "That's awfully nice to know ." The president continued with thelight-hearted comment: "They like them much better than they liketheir own politicians." On Thursday Prince Charlesalso visited the Carlos RosarioInternational Public Charter School inW ashington DC, which provides Prince Charles Meets Barack Obama At The White House Prince Charles Meets Barack Obama At The White House Prince Charles Meets Barack Obama At The White House Prince Charles Meets Barack Obama At The White House Prince Charles Meets Barack Obama At The White House education and training for the capital'sadult immigrant population. He also played 10-pin bowlingduring his tour of the city's US Armed Forces Retirement Home. Thesix-lane bowling alley is designed toprovide exercise for the veterans wholive at the home. Bill Bowen , an 80-year-old former staf f ser geant from the US Air Force, spoke to the prince during the visit. Mr Bowen said: "I told him I was the worst bowler in this alley andhe said, 'No, I am.'" Earlier in their tour the pair visited monuments to A braham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr and were joined by figures from the American civil rights movement, Jesse Jackson and Congressman John Lewis . The royals are to join thecommemorating of several importantmilestones. These include the 150thanniversaries of the end of theAmerican Civil W ar and the death of President Lincoln, and the 800thanniversary of Magna Carta. Prince Charles is also expected toreceive an award for exceptionalleadership in conservation from theInternational Conservation CaucusFoundation.


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Calcium binds with availableoxalate in the gastrointestinal tract,thereby preventing its absorption intothe bloodstream, and reducing oxalateabsorption decreases kidney stonerisk in susceptible people. Because ofthis, some nephrologists and urologistsrecommend chewing calcium tabletsduring meals containing oxalate foods.Calcium citrate supplements can betaken with meals if dietary calciumcannot be increased by other means.The preferred calcium supplement forpeople at risk of stone formation iscalcium citrate because it helps toincrease urinary citrate excretion. Aside from vigorous oral hydration and consumption of more dietarycalcium, other prevention strategiesinclude avoidance of large dosesof supplemental vitamin C andrestriction of oxalate-rich foodssuch as leaf vegetables, rhubarb, soyproducts and chocolate. However , no randomized, controlled trial ofoxalate restriction has yet beenperformed to test the hypothesisthat oxalate restriction reduces theincidence of stone formation. 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Sunday, March 22, 2015 STAR Tels: 626-8822 & 804-4900 Page 15 Continued From Front Page Hector Silva & Mayor Earl T rapp publication titled “A W alk Through El Cayo.” The 48-page paperback bookgives a concise history of many of thepublic spaces around San Ignacio andSanta Elena or what was known inthe early days of the settlement as ElCayo. Contributors to the publication included Diana Askari, Francisco Galvez, Jr ., Luis Gentle, Hilda Mencias, Hernan Ochaeta and Launching Of “A WalkThrough El Cayo” Hector Silva, Sr . Field researchers were Giovanni Pinelo and Selene Solis and the editorial team was led by Nigel Encalada , the Director of the Institute for Social and CulturalResearch. Among the areas highlighted in the book are the Hawksworth Bridge, theold San Ignacio Hospital, Sacred Heart Church as well as earlybusiness enterprises in Santa Elenatown. Copies of the book were given toprimary schools that were present atthe official launching ceremony whichwas held at the Cayo W elcome Center . The San Ignacio Library and media representatives who attendedalso received copies. The book will be available forpurchase at local book stores andfrom the Institute for Social andCultural Research in Belmopan. According to the head of the ISCR Nigel Encalada, this is the secondpublication in the series, the firstbeing “A W alk Through Old Belize.” The third publication in theseries will feature Dangriga townand will be launched in the comingmonths. 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!! Savannah Ar ea, San Ignacio T own, Cayo T elephone: 804-2522 Free Delivery within town limits. HODE’S PLACE W e offer d el iciousl y pr epar ed food in an amazing l y r el ax ed at mospher e. W e al so cat er for l ar g e or small gr oups . In collaboration with –TheMinistry of Health, Friends ofPediatrics, and the Karl HeusnerMemorial Hospital Is offering treatment for patientsfrom birth to 21 years suffering from :NEPHROLOGY * Nephratic syndrome * Protein in urine * High blood pressure * Any other kidney problems SPINA BIFIDA * Spinal cord protrudes from theback as a lump or opening drainingsac at birthUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS * Hernia / hydrocele – swelling in thegroin or scrotum * Phimosis – penis foreskin balloonsbecause of tightness of skin * Labia Adhesion – fused vaginal lips. V aginal opening appears to be closed. * Enlarged kidneys * Febrile or constant urinary tractinfections * Kidney stones / Hematuria – bloodin urine * Undescended testicles * Bladder Exstrophy * Ambiguous genitalia * Genital deformitiesBRACING AND OR THOTICS * Patients with spina bifida, celebralpalsy , and spinal injuries benefit from devices used to modify the structureof the skeletal system andneuro-muscular systems. Sunday 22nd March at 8am at theKarl Heusner Memorial Hospital Please bring Social Security card (if possible) and $10. More information from Milagro 610–2606 or Khandice 626–6091or office 223-7300 Stand Tall , Be Stand Tall , Be Stand Tall , Be Stand Tall , Be Stand Tall , Be Courageous, Courageous, Courageous, Courageous, Courageous, Never Give up!!! Never Give up!!! Never Give up!!! Never Give up!!! Never Give up!!! The World Pediatric Project The World Pediatric Project The World Pediatric Project The World Pediatric Project The World Pediatric Project


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