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Two weeks ago Mennonite Businessman Roger Plett shared the story of being abducted in the Green Hills Area of Spanish Lookout and taken across the border, allegedly by the Guatemalan military. Plett also added that he was tied up and his tractor destroyed in the process of providing service to an NGO on the Guatemalan side of the border to contain a forest fire. Police’s investigation on the case concluded and they found that Plett’s story was, in fact, accurate. However, GOB did not protest the actions of the Guatemalans and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honorable Wilfred Elrington, who was not in the country when the incident occurred, says the entire incident was all just an act of neighborly disposition.


Screen_Shot_2016-06-09_at_7.55.17_PMHonorable Wilfred Elrington – Minister of Foreign Affairs


"They were fighting fire, the fire got away and the fire was moving from Belize into Guatemalan territory and the Mennonites had equipment to help to stop the fire and was invited by a Guatemalan NGO to assist to lend them the equipment to assist and they resisted and the Guatemalan NGO decide to take self-help and take it from them and decided to use it to clear off the area to make sure the fire would not go any further into Guatemala. When they had finished that they gave it back. So I think we have to start to understand that we are our brother's keeper in this kind of thing and we can't get offended by every action that is taken."


Reporter


"Even if it's acquisition of private property?"


Honorable Wilfred Elrington – Minister of Foreign Affairs


"If I borrow it; you see there is a difference you know. When you take something with the intention permanently to deprive the person then that's stealing but if I just borrow it from you and give it back to prevent my house or my country from being burnt down I don't think people would..."


Reporter


"That's a very benign.."


Reporter


"My understanding is that Guatemala military were in fact along with that NGO and we have seen pictures where that is the case."


Honorable Wilfred Elrington – Minister of Foreign Affairs


"That is not the information that came to me really."


Reporter


"This report or a portion of it is what you're getting from your Guatemalan counterparts?"


Honorable Wilfred Elrington – Minister of Foreign Affairs


"I got it from our people because they get it from; I don't know where they got it from but that's the information I got."


The families and fans of Cassius Clay better known as ‘Muhammad Ali’ are presently in bereavement after his death was announced on Friday June 4th. The three times Heavyweight Boxing Champion was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in the late 1970’s which is a disease that targets and affects the nervous system and causes tremor, muscular rigidity, slurred speech and slow movement of the body. It is believed that the disease came about as a result of the blows and hits that Ali received on the head from his opponents during many fights.


The disease played a major role in ending the fighter’s career and had impaired his speech overtime and made him a prisoner of his own body as he faced many difficulties with his mobility. On Monday of last week, Ali was admitted to the Osbourne Medical Center in Scottsdale Arizona where he passed away as a result of septic shock due to unspecified natural causes.


And while Ali was an impressive and tremendous fighter and was considered as ‘The Greatest’, he also had a reputation for speaking and standing up against prejudice, war and religious intolerance when he was absent from the ring. He became a positive role model for many people throughout the entire world.


Today the Government of Belize issued a release expressing their utmost sympathies and condolences to the family of the late Muhammad Ali and as a symbol of their respect and tribute to the boxing legend, they have decided that tomorrow, all Belizean flags will be raised at half-mast on all official buildings. Ali had marked a historic event for many Belizeans after he visited our country for a sparring competition back in 1965 when it was considered as British Honduras before we gained our independence.


Ali passed away at the age of seventy four after suffering with Parkinson’s disease for approximately forty six years. He will be lid laid to rest in his hometown at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky.

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