Monday, May 4, 2009

President of El Salvador visit to Belize

The President of the Republic of El Salvador was in Belize on Wednesday as part of his farewell visits to all Central American countries. His Excellency President Elias Saca and his wife Ana Ligia Mixco Sol de Saca were greeted by the Chief of Protocol, Diana Locke and the Ambassador of El Salvador to Belize, Jose Sergio Mena. After a salute from the Belize Defense Force Quarter-guard, the President and his delegation was then transferred to the Radisson Forth George Hotel.
Members of the Belize Defense Force Quarter-quard stand ready to salute the President

President Saca and his wife welcomed by Ambassador Mena
Prime Minister of Belize, Honorable Dean Barrow and his wife Kim Simplis-Barrow, Minster of Foreign Affairs Honorable Wilfred Elrington, and the Chief Executive Officer in the Prime Minister’s Office Audrey Wallace welcomed the delegation.

President Saca escorted by Chief of Protocol Diana Locke

During a brief exchange at the Radisson Fort George Hotel, both PM Barrow and President Saca shared concerns relating to the region such as the swine flu that has caused alarm in Central America. Saca stated that even though there is no reported case of swine flu in El Salvador, authorities are on high alert. Barrow expressed that Belize is especially concerned because the flu is present in neighboring Mexico.

Prime Minister Barrow and President Saca share concerns on swine flu

While the PM and President Saca meet in a private meeting, Mrs. Barrow and Mrs. Saca then departed for the spouses program to the Museum of Belize and Stella Maris School. Just before noon President Saca and his delegation toured the Old Belize Museum after which PM Barrow hosted the President to lunch.

President Elias Saca and Prime Minister Dean Barrow

As part of the agenda, the PM Barrow conferred the Order of Belize on the President Saca, the highest award that can be given to a non-Belizean. PM Barrow was also honored with the Jose Matias Delgado National Order by the outgoing president of El Salvador. Following his five hour tour, President Saca left Belize, thanking the Government for the continuous international support Belize has showed towards El Salvador.

Alyssa Arceo places third in Spelling Bee District Finals

The 15th Annual National Spelling B Belize District Finals took place on Wednesday afternoon in Belize City. 18 students from 9 different zones, including two representatives from San Pedro Town, made their presence known at the Belize Elementary Primary School Auditorium.

As early as in the first round, both Alyssa Arceo of the Island Academy and Nalini Che of New Horizon used every available strategy to ensure that they remain in the competition as long as possible. In fact both of the island’s top spellers were determined to bring the district champ to the island and were in the top six spellers that proceed to the final round.

While Che came down in the final round when she missed her first two words, Alyssa Arceo made it to the very last. Arceo spelled her last word “AGUARDIENTE” incorrectly. At the end of the competition Zhanae Sutherland of Hummingbird Elementary, second place went to Aaron King of Hattieville Government School, and third place went to Alyssa Arceo of the Island Academy.

Alyssa is the Belize District alternate speller, which means that in the event that either King or Sutherland cannot make it to the finals schedule for June, then Alyssa will be the other speller. Congrats to both Che and Arceo for making San Pedro proud! Read more in this week’s Thursday issue of The San Pedro Sun!

Statistics influenza A(H1N1) in Mexico

Embassy of Mexico - Press Release

05/04 Statistics influenza A(H1N1) in Mexico

Dangriga airstip to undergo rehabilitation

Residents travelling to and from Dangriga via any of the domestic airlines will have to allot extra time for their travel. This is because the runway at the airstrip will be undergoing repairs shortly. According to Public Relations Officer at the Dangriga Town Council, Kenrick Francisco, the airstrip will be closed effective Monday May fourth to facilitate the rehabilitation of the runway. The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation made a commitment last year to upgrade all the runways across countrywide. The rehabilitation works is being funded by the Belize Airports Authority, the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation and COCESNA at a cost of almost five hundred thousand Belize dollars. During the duration of the repairs the domestic airlines will be using the Melinda Airstrip. Works on the runway is expected to be completed within three to four weeks time. The respective airlines will also be providing transportation to and from the Melinda Airstrip.

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