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The Easter Holiday is here and families across the country are preparing for trips abroad or to other parts of Belize. It is one weekend where many families will be out of their homes and spending time with other family members and more than likely will be spending time near river banks or the sea. Today, Police Press Officer Sergeant Fitzroy Yearwood advised that part of those preparations should include safety.

Sergeant Fitzroy Yearwood – Police Press Officer

“If you have children and I know that children will want to use our various rivers, the sea, please don’t leave them unattended. Ensure that you have enough supervision for them. I know that people will be leaving their homes for the holiday; I ask that they just don’t leave it unattended. Ask a neighbor to look out for you, help us to help the police do their work. This could prevent burglaries. I want to ask motor vehicles users, those that will be traveling to our various beautiful locations countrywide, to use the laws of the road, travel within the aspects of the prescribed speed limit. Look out for not only yourself and your family but for the other driver and his family, practice more courtesy. If you drive don’t drink and if you drink have a designated driver.”

And while families are asked to secure their homes and be safe on the road, Sergeant Yearwood says the Police Department will be on hand to do their part.

Sergeant Fitzroy Yearwood – Police Press Officer

“I must also explain to you that we will have our joint operations, the Police Department, the Coast Guard and Belize Defence Force; we will have our persons deployed countrywide as well as in Belize City. We will be conducting several operations to try to keep Belize safer for you the law abiding citizens to enjoy the entire holiday.”


#405905 - 04/22/11 09:31 AM Re: BELIZEANS PREPARE FOR EASTER HOLIDAYS [Re: Marty]
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Easter Combustion In The City

For some, the long Easter weekend means time for deep, reflective prayer, for others, it means going to Cancun or Playa, while others will travel to all corners of Belize, and some will stay at home, glad for the rest.

But whatever you do this Easter, all preparations had to be made today because tomorrow every where's going to be shut down in observance of Good Friday.

I went out in the combustion of last minute everything today and here's what I found:….

Monica Bodden Reporting
Whether you're travelling on water or land - it's usually the same hustle and bustle.

Everyone with one objective - trying to reach their destination as quickly as possible.

John Gideon - Porter - San Pedro Belize Express
"Business like wise - from since we start we have been so busy on Easter. Plenty of people are riding this Easter. We are not keeping up with our schedule, as the people come and the boats are full we leave. For the Easter most people travel with Belize San Pedro express because it's one of best service, once you come with us we take care of your luggage, all luggage are safe with us. We have reliable boats, bigger and plenty of boats so most people want to travel with us. We have six runs; we are going to have 9:00, 1:00, 12:00, 3:00, 4:00, and 5:30."

Monica Bodden
"This is for the entire weekend?"

John Gideon - Porter - San Pedro Belize Express
"The entire weekend until the Easter finishes."

Ticket prices to San Pedro are normally 55 dollars round trip and 35 dollars round trip to Caye Caulker.

But for this entire weekend, San Pedro Belize Water Taxi is offering a 10 percent discount.

Our second stop today was at the Old Novelo's bus terminal.

This was how it looked around 3:30 this evening. The crowd all gathered trying to make it on this 4:00 o'clock James Express Bus. For those who didn't make it on bus, we understand there was a second one.

And the tradition of eating fish during Easter holidays is still very much alive.

The number of people at the Conch Shell Bay fish market this evening - is testimony to that enduring cultural practice.

Traffic was backed up all the way on Vernon Street - as crowds gathered by the waterside.

The fishermen had a wide variety of their day's catch on display. Fish was going from 8 dollars a pound all the way up to 13 dollars a pound.

Depending on how good you were at negotiating - you might have saved a couple dollars - but with prices at an Easter premium everyone had to spend for fresh fish.

And for those planning on crossing the Mexican border - here are some thing you need to know.

Marcelino Miranda - Press Officer, Embassy of Mexico
"There are some things that the embassy of Mexico wants to remind the Belizean public; one of them is that Belizeans do need a visa to go to Mexico. With the Belizean passport they can go anywhere in Mexico. They can go to Merida, they can go to Cancun, Mexico City, everywhere in Mexico and immigration officers give Belizeans 6 months to stay in Mexico. The other thing that we would like remind people is that tinted windows are not allowed in Mexico. But the local police in Mexico - they are allowing Belizeans because they understand that the cars are tinted in Belize. They are allowing Belizeans to travel in Mexico. But we would like to also remind that sometimes police officers indicate Belizeans to roll down the windows as a security measure, that's important to remember. But they are not going to be fined by driving cars with tinted windows. The Mexican police has establish a system in which any foreigner can complain about any kind of abuse or any kind of event in which they feel that they have been abuse so especially during this season the Mexican police have stated and has implemented a special operation and special program for protecting visitors and also we can receive at the embassy of Mexico any complain regarding some wrong doing by any official in Mexico."

The police also shared some safety tips and assured the public that they will be boosting patrols over the long weekend.

Fitzroy Yearwood - Police Press Officer
"Monica let's begin with the home. If you leave your home for some reason to travel to one of our beautiful locations please we are asking that you unplug all electronic devices, except for of course your refrigerator but everything else we are asking because fires start in some queer ways sometimes. We are asking that you turn off your butane so that you don't have any accidental leaks and if you have a neighbor that would be home let that neighbor know that you would be out - you will not be in your home so that that person can lend an eye to help protect your property and when travelling on the highway we are asking people - motorist to look out for children that may be playing near our major highways or streets. This is a holiday - children are out of school, we know that a lot of playing will be happening and we know the risk of when you are using your vehicle. Please don't operate it if know that have been drinking. Don't mix alcohol and driving because you definitely will engage in not only your life but your family's life, the other driver's family life and the other driver life. I just want to remind the public that that's their part and we at the police department will be conducting our various operations especially in Belize City where we will have the support of the Belize Defence Force and the Coast Guard. We have our various checkpoints, continue to house searches and we will try to rid Belize City of all these criminal elements in our continuous effort."

Channel 7

#405907 - 04/22/11 09:34 AM Re: BELIZEANS PREPARE FOR EASTER HOLIDAYS [Re: Marty]
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The Passion, In Benque

And so far on this newscast - we've told you all about the secular activities happening this weekend, from Cross Country to Cancun, but, lest we forget, Easter is a religious observance.

And nowhere is that more celebrated than in Benque Viejo where there is an annual, elaborate, re-enactment of Christ's crucifixion. In 2008 Jacqueline Godwin told us what it was about; we reprise this story from our archive:…

For the past 15 years in Benque Viejo – they’ve been spending their Good Friday’s re-enacting the crucifixion of Christ. With instruction from the scripture and a keen eye for detail, they’ve made it into a compelling show and this year NICH videotaped it all. It took hours, but here’s a very compressed version.

Jacqueline Godwin Reporting,
These aren’t the streets of Jerusalem, but on this wet day it looked real enough when Jesus was taken to see Pontius Pilate who put him on trial with the mob calling for crucifixion.

[Video Footage]

‘Crucify him,’ just creating the defining event of the past 2000 years in the west and played out in rich and fastidious detail on the streets of Benque Viejo. On the streets of a small western town but ready for any stage. As you can see from the emotional performance of this Mexican actress playing Mother Mary. Even the extras got in on it. Witness this man playing the part of Simon of Sirine, helping Jesus along.

And like the Jesus in the Bible, he stumbled and tumbled on the path to Calvary or Mount Carmel in this case and ended with a performance even Mel Gibson would applaud.

And from the non-fictional renactment of the crucifixion at noon to a procession through the streets in the evening. David Ruiz coordinated it all.

David Ruiz, Coordinator
“I believe it is a major attraction. We’ve kind of gotten to be good at it after a while and we start rehearsing early in the year and since many of the people play the same roles it has become an easier task. But none the less, I believe it is time for the younger people to take it on their own and get more involved so that this tradition can become a major attraction and also become better.

It is a lot of work and I think it is time for the younger people to start taking the leadership in all of this with us. We need the break.

Something that’s been also happening over the last six years is the tradition of building sawdust carpets on the streets where the major procession will past at 6 and we see major organization on the people’s part, the neighbors that come together and dye their sawdust and make the designs and lay it out and hopefully the rain will hold off so that we can see these beautiful works of art.”

And as per tradition, the re-enactment will also be staged tomorrow with the crucifixion in the morning and the procession in the late afternoon.

Channel 7

#405915 - 04/22/11 09:42 AM Re: BELIZEANS PREPARE FOR EASTER HOLIDAYS [Re: Marty]
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Police give safety tips for those traveling this holiday

Fitzroy Yearwood

While Canon Flowers spoke about the true meaning of the holiday, Easter is also a time that unsavory criminals take advantage of unattended homes. Police Press Officer Fitzroy Yearwood also had an Easter message of sorts. Yearwood gave tips on how to keep yourself and your property safe over the long holiday weekend.

Sergeant Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer

“We are asking you to do your part to help us to protect your property and your life while you are out enjoying your Easter holidays. We are asking people that if you are leaving your home and you have a neighbor that you can trust; ask that neighbor to keep a special eye out for you. And we are asking neighbors if you notice something unusual about your neighbors home—maybe a window left open, the door open—call the police, call 911or at 0-800-922-TIPS. We are also asking homeowners, if you are leaving home to unplug most of your electronic devices—except of course for your refrigerator—but to help us avoid electronic mishaps. We’re asking for you to turn off your butane tanks. If you’re leaving your vehicles at home, make sure you secure your vehicles. And please don’t leave anything in your vehicle like computers cell phones and things that can easily be seen from outside. And for those travelling, we are asking them not to leave their licensed firearms unattended in their motor vehicles. Over the past week, we have in the past moved firearms from the streets. We have been doing ballistic testing to see whether or not these have been used in various crimes. We are doing all sorts of tests. I have put out the serial numbers for these firearms to see if maybe you can identify that your firearm was stolen. We recovered a firearm that was reported stolen by a doctor and I put that in the news. We will continue to do things like this and our operations. You will see check points within Belize City, on our major highways; we will do everything possible to try to keep you safe. And we are encouraging drivers to put down alcohol during this time. Your taking your family out there to enjoy yourselves so don’t spoil the fun because you are drinking and you end up in a traffic accident where members of your family and even yourself could lose your life. We are asking them that if you are driving don’t drink and if you are drinking don’t drive. We know people will be swimming in the various rivers and at our various beaches. We are asking them to have proper supervision for their children. We want to reduce the risk of having any drowning incidents and just encourage them to enjoy this beautiful jewel of yours. And we at the police department will reassure you that while you are out having fun with your family, we will keep the city safe, the country safe and your home safe.”

Channel 5


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