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Hon. Manuel Heredia
responds to media interpretations
The Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, regrets having made certain comments during a Channel 7 News interview which have been interpreted by some to contain an element of racial bias.
The reference to the people of Creole decent was made merely to highlight the fact that when the draconian crime prevention tactic of deporting potential trouble-makers was last employed on the island, it was criticized by some for its similarity to racial profiling.
Hon. Heredia wishes to assure all that while he remains passionate and committed to tackling the issue of crime on the island, he has always and will continue to advocate for fair and equal treatment of all persons, a fact which is borne out by his unquestionable record of service to all manner of people.
Hon. Heredia is confident that residents, visitors and the police are all working towards the same goal of reducing crime and making our community safer and is equally confident that we can and will find a solution to crime on the island.
Shots fired Wednesday night
The San Pedro Police Department has confirmed that Wednesday night shots were fired in the beach area of Wet Willy's. According to the report, a fight broke out inside the club and once outside a person fired shots. Fortunately no one was hurt.
Police officers are looking for three suspects.
San Pedro Sun
Corporal Gavin Sanchez died of haemorrhaging; no other information released by police
Police have reported the findings of the post-mortem conducted by Dr. Mario Estradabran on Corporal 910, Gavin Sanchez, who was shot and killed in the police barracks at San Pedro.
Estradabran certified Sanchez’s cause of death as hemorrhaging due to multiple gunshot wounds. The police press release was empty of information, such as how many gunshot wounds, any exit points, where exactly the wounds were on the body, and a toxicology report concerning whether or not Sanchez was indeed intoxicated during the incident, thus confirming or not, allegations made by witnesses.
Amandala spoke with David Henderson, Assistant Commissioner of Police, the officer in charge of the Belize District, about the findings from Dr. Estradabran, via phone. Henderson informed us that the family’s doctor was on his way to San Pedro to conduct his own investigation, and until he finishes, the department is unwilling to release any information.
Hope for the Dwindling Sea Turtles
Turtle steak it’s considered a delicacy in Belize but one that’s increasingly hard to find, first, because it’s illegal and second, because the population of hawksbill turtles is on the decline. Well, that’s true all over the region and that’s why a group called the Consultative Committee of Experts on Sea Turtles Conservation is meeting in Belize. They’re here to discuss the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles, evaluating the region’s performance in the last 10 years. Two of the experts told us that there are encouraging developments.
Paul Hoetjes, Netherlands
Basically that is all what this whole Inter-American Sea Turtle Convention is all about, trying to protect the remaining sea turtles so that we will have them for our children. The Hawksbill Turtle is critically endangered, that means it has been reduced in numbers more than 90% over the last say 50 years and there is real cause for concern that they could actually go extinct if we don’t do something.
Veronica Caceres, Secretary
We need to work on regional cooperation to be able to better protect them. Conservation measures that we only in one country or two countries won’t cover the whole wide range of the migratory path so what happens is it is not enough to only protect them in one place, we have to think of a regional approach to protect this migratory species so we could actually be effective in protecting them.
You can’t foresee the future but will our children see or know these magnificent animals in their natural wild environment?
There is a good chance they will because we are actually seeing progress and in some places the numbers are increasing so there is a lot of hope.
The Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the legal framework for countries in the American Continent to take actions that benefit sea turtles. Belize has been a part since 2003.
OAS AMBASSADOR SPEAKS ON RE-ELECTION OF OAS OFFICIALS
Belize’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States, Nestor Mendez has commented on the re-election of the organization’s Secretary General and Assistant Secretary General earlier this week.
Nestor Mendez; Belize’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States
Belize was very pleased to see that both the Secretary General Ensulsa and Assistant Secretary General Ramdin have been re-elected to their posts, the two leadership posts at the OAS. It is a manifestation of the trust that the two countries have in them. It is emphasizing of their achievement at the helm of this organization over the last five years. Belize is particularly pleased because our relations with the OAS are excellent in several fields. Anything that has to do with cooperation with small project with tourism but mostly the OAS is being very instrumental in the process between Belize and Guatemala. Secretary General Ensulsa and his office played a crucial role in this area. We are very pleased to see the continuity in the organization. They are people that we know; people that we think are doing an excellent job and we look forward to working with them for another five years.
British Government Donates Van to BDF
The close ties between the British government and the BDF were noted today when the High Commi ssioner for this G-8 nation handed over one whole van.
Jim McFadzean Reporting,
Today’s presentation of the $68,000 van which can seat 16 comfortably, will help to reduce the BDF’s dependency on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government agencies, when hosting its own increasing number of foreign dignitaries.
Brigadier General Dario Tapia, BDF Commander
Many would ask why the need for a protocol van. The answer lies in three reasons, firstly the force vision calls us to become more engaged with regional and international partners as we seek to further expose the force to the world and to increase our own national security. As a result we have seen a steady increase of visiting foreign dignitaries as we seek their assistance and support to ensure the security and stability and prosperity of our nation. It was imperative that we have appropriate and reliable vehicle to transport them countrywide.
Tapia says the Belize UK partnership continues to benefit both countries, further citing that the legacy of Belizean history, leading before and after independence, has ensured that we continue to maintain strong ties with our former colonial ruler. His Excellency, High Commissioner, Pat Ashworth in presenting the spanking new vehicle, says his government and people will continue the excellent relationship with Belize and its people.
Pat Ashworth, British High Commissioner
For the BDF, the British Government, the British Army will always be there giving each other a helping hand, always be there prepared to help each other, giving the final push and helping each other out on every occasion.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
The Caye Caulker Humane Society will be having its 3rd Dog Wash Extravaganza this Saturday March 27th 12 to 6 pm. Under the Belikin Tent on the beach across from The Oceanside. Shampoo, flea and tic dips..light grooming. Heartworm meds, vaccines and more. Our Vet will be there. Great Raffle with snorkel,scuba trips,dinners,art,bar tabs and more..$3.00 rum punch...
We are in need of towels if you have any you can drop them off at Coopers Art Gallery.
HOLY CROSS ANGLICAN SCHOOL will be having VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL from Monday, March 29th until Thursday, April 1st between the hours of 9 am and 11:30 am. All children are welcome between the ages of 5 through 12!
There will also be a GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE here at Holy Cross on Good Friday, April 2nd at 10:00 am. All are welcome!
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