On behalf of Mayor Bernard Wagner, Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold delivered the opening remarks for the Annual Belize International Film Festival at the Bliss Institute for Performing Arts. The Belize International Film Festival highlights the talents of local and international directors, film producers, actors and artists.
The Welcome Resource Center held a Sleep It Out Fundraiser in honor of those faced with homelessness, mental illness and substance abuse. This first of its kind fundraiser was orchestrated by Ms. Joyce Ellis, Administrator of the Welcome Resource Center. Belize City Council’s Mayor Bernard Wagner, Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold, Councillors Aisha Gentle and Micah Goodin were all in attendance to partake in this experience which began from 6:00pm and was scheduled to end at 6:00am. Mayor Wagner was asked to say a few words given the current condition of our homeless and mentally ill in Belize. Mayor Wagner and Councillors stuck it out for the night amongst the many who came to ‘sleep it out’.
Belize City Council had the esteemed pleasure of greeting the queens who have earned their crowns in their respective districts as well as the current Queen of the Bay 2017-2018 Aaliyah Amber Ysaguirre. Mayor Bernard Wagner, Deputy Mayor Oscar Arnold and Councillor Allan Pollard were honored to host and dine with these very informed young women. Through dialogue we learned of concerns they had hoped to shed more light on through their platform such as the current claim from Guatemala on Belizean territory. These young women had thoughts, ideas and opinions and were very engaging. We certainly wish each queen vying for the title all the best and may the best delegate win.
This morning Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner received a cheque from the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The cheque was delivered by First Secretary David Cheng-Wei Wu on behalf of H.E. Ambassador Charles K.Y. Liu. This donation was made to assist the Traffic Department in obtaining some traffic lights for the city.
The Mayor of Belize City, His Worship Bernard Wagner alongside the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber and Councillor of Special Events Allan Pollard met today in a joint press conference to address the cancellation of the 2018 Municipal Fair. The Deputy Prime Minister expressed his regrets and vowed to issue $10,000 on behalf of his government towards Belize City’s September 10th Celebrations.
In order to ensure that everything from the bodily preparation to the burial is a smooth process for the already grieving families of those who have lost loved ones a meeting was held at the Belize City Council. Councillor Deltrude Hylton (Public Health), City Administrator Mrs. Stephanie Lindo – Garbutt, Citco’s Public Health Inspectors, grave diggers, undertakers and a representative from the Ministry of Health all gathered to discuss best practices to uphold certain standards in this area.
Some concerns that were shared included:
- The communication between Undertakers and grave diggers regarding the ratio of casket size to grave size and body measurements appropriate to casket size. As well as casket capacity per gravesite
- Urgent burials called in from the authorities and it’s communication from mortician to City Council’s cemetery
- Lessening the timespan from the issuance of receipt at our Customer Service desk to the information of grave placement received by the family of the deceased.
- Mindfulness of cause of death when making preparations
- Keeping the family of the deceased informed of every step of the process
All in attendance agreed that keeping this in mind would streamline the process.
The Road Maintenance Management Systems Unit (RMMS) has commenced the day’s work blowing out the culverts and drains across from Hour Bar on Newtown Barracks. This is possible with the assistance of the Sanitation staff. This follows a string of drain suction work done throughout the city.
In order for our women to continue to give of themselves they must take time to be nourished and nurtured. Councillor Dr. Candice Pitts made a conscious effort to do just this by taking the women on the forefront (Councillors Aisha Gentle & Deltrude Hylton) and behind the scenes (Mrs. Michelle Smith – Public Relations Coordinator, Sharin Pitts – Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Marcia Joseph – Human Resources Personnel) of Citco to a yoga session at Om Shanti on Fort Street. The knowledge gained was enlightening of how the human body functions and operates.
Special Thanks to Mayor Bernard Wagner for this most generous gift to our ladies. Thank you also to the Om Shanti Team for opening your doors to us and being so accommodating. The work you are doing of bringing peace and enlightenment to the women who decide incorporate this practice into their lives is truly something special.
The Road Maintenance Management Systems Unit (RMMS) was on Freetown Road infront of the ITVET Compound. They were doing some much needed drainage work and clearing culverts. This is to ensure a smooth flow of flood waters as we move further into the hurricane season. This unit collaborates with the Sanitation department and falls under the City Planning Department.