Mayor Darrell Bradley welcomes Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to Belize Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

The Mayor of Los Angeles was on vacation in Belize over the Easter weekend. 

Mayor Garcetti arrived in Belize City on Holy Thursday and was greeted at the airport by his local counterpart Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley.  Mayor Bradley hosted a dinner reception in honor of Mayor Garcetti in Belize City. Mayor Bradley said that Belize and Los Angeles share many common ties, and Los Angeles is an important partner to Belize, especially since the majority of Belizeans in the Diaspora live in the greater Los Angeles Area.
Mayor Garcetti left Belize on Easter Monday. 

The Queen’s Baton arrives in Belize City

The Queen’s Baton arrived in Belize yesterday 21 April, 2014. 

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a tradition started in 1958, where the Queen’s Baton carrying a message from Queen Elizabeth II, travels around the world to usher in the start of the then Empire Games in Cardiff, Wales.  The games have evolved into the Commonwealth Games, now the second largest multi-sports event in the world aside from the Olympic Games. 

This year’s baton will travel over 118,000 miles through 70 nations on a 288-day trip involving roughly two billion people. The Queen’s message will then be read at the end of the relay, at the start of this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. 

Belize is the fifty-eighth country to receive the baton on the 196th day of its tour. This is a rare honor, more so, because the baton visited Belize City on the 88th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. 

The baton arrived at the Phillip Goldson International Airport, and was greeted by members of the Belize Commonwealth and Olympic Games Committee, and the British High Commissioner to Belize. The baton was then transported by cyclists to Memorial Park in Belize City and welcomed by Mayor Darrell Bradley. The ambassadors and Mayor Darrell Bradley then planted three mahogany trees in Memorial Park, commemorating the fact that this is only the third time in history that the baton has been in Belize. The baton was then relayed by Mayor Bradley and a group of over 100 young athletes from Memorial Park through the principal streets of Belize City to the House of Culture, where the Mayor and the Belize Commonwealth and Olympic Games Committee jointly hosted a cocktail reception in honor of the arrival of the Queen’s Baton. 

The Mayor, in his remarks, said that:
Today as we welcome the baton to our shores, we can receive it and the athletes and emissaries who bring it as merely a group of people traveling across the world carrying the baton to open the Commonwealth Games.  Or we can see it and appreciate it for its higher purpose.

… as an emissary of peace, connecting homes and hearts across the world, traveling across countries and continents, terrains and time zones… connecting along its way more than 2 billion people.

The Mayor went on to say that: It is an honor for me on behalf of the people of Belize City to receive the Queen’s Baton and to pass it on, offering in the process our gratitude to her Majesty the Queen and pledging our loyalty, our love and our commitment to continue to work towards achieving the principles of the commonwealth.

The Baton will remain in Belize for four days and will travel throughout the country of Belize.  

The Belize Audubon Society and the Belize City Council mark Earth Day 2014

The Belize Audubon Society and the Belize City Council marked Earth Day 2014, which is today, by planting a mahogany tree in the center of Battlefield Park.  The tree was planted by Mayor Darrell Bradley and Executive Director of the Belize Audubon Society Amanda Burgos-Acosta.  The theme of this year’s Earth Day is “Greener Cities” and the Mayor remarked that this theme is a challenge to cities throughout the world to create communities that incorporate in their policies the wise use of the environment.   

Earth Day is an international day of remembrance set aside to honor the importance of the earth and its natural resources to sustaining and supporting all forms of life.