1/72 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR1   
1/72 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR1This is a plastic model kit, which comes unassembled and unpainted. So glue, model paints and other basic modelling tools are additionally required.

Skill: 2
Flying Hours: 1
Number of Parts: 89
Dimensions (mm): L193 x W107

Developed in the 1960s as the first truly successful V/STOL combat aircraft, the Hawker Siddeley Harrier proved a revelation upon entering service in this, its earliest form, the GR.1. Despite a difficult development period, the Harrier GR.1 matured into an effective close air support machine.

Based predominantly in West Germany to face any potential Eastern Bloc threat, the Harrier force also saw some service in Belize, as well as various goodwill tours around the globe. While the GR.1 never saw any combat, the next version, the GR.3, proved the Harrier's reputation.

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          Eating the Globe: Syria   

I was in San Francisco for work and celebrated a productive morning with an out-of-the-way lunch. This is Palmyra.

I got the Kibbi platter, which consists of:
Four shells of mashed cracked wheat stuffed with ground beef, sauteed onions, and pine nuts served with a side of hummus, cucumber salad, pita, garlic sauce, and hot sauce.

The kibbi was/were delicious. Not greasy or heavy at all. My only complaint was that it only came with four pieces.

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden
North America: Belize, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga
          World: Global Weather Hazards Summary, June 30 - July 6, 2017   
Source: Famine Early Warning System Network
Country: Belize, Benin, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Togo, Uganda, World

Heavy rainfall continues over Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since mid-May has led to abnormal dryness across eastern Uganda and southwestern Kenya. Moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact cropping and Pastoral activities.

          Jeffrey Wright sabía los secretos de 'Westworld' antes que nadie    

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La primera temporada de 'Westworld' ha sido todo un éxito para HBO, con las mejores audiencias de su historia para una temporada de debut e internet llena de teorías de los fans sobre los secretos de ese parque de atracciones del Oeste habitado por robots con apariencia humana. En el centro de muchas de esas teorías estaba Bernard, uno de los responsables del parque, al que da vida el veterano Jeffrey Wright.

Wright es ya un clásico de las producciones de HBO. Participó en la miniserie 'Angels in America' (recuperando el personaje que había interpretado en Broadway, y que le valió un premio Tony) y estuvo también en 'Boardwalk Empire' antes de subirse al carro de la adaptación de la película de Michael Crichton a cargo de Jonathan Nolan y Lisa Joy. El actor estuvo en Madrid participando en la presentación de HBO España, y aprovechamos para charlar con él, junto con otros medios, sobre Bernard y sobre el final de temporada de 'Westworld'.

El largo viaje de 'Westworld'

La mezcla de western y ciencia ficción de HBO ha resultado un éxito para la cadena, pero su nacimiento y rodaje no estuvieron exento de retrasos y de altibajos. "Rodamos el piloto en agosto de 2014, así que han pasado algo más de dos años desde que comenzamos el viaje de llevar la serie ante la audiencia, y que pudiera ver lo que estábamos haciendo", apunta Wright. La producción tuvo que pararse para que Nolan y Joy pudieran dedicarse a la escritura de los últimos episodios de la temporada, razón por la que el estreno inicial en 2015 pasó a otoño de este año.

"Cuando estábamos trabajando en la serie, tardamos bastante. Sabíamos desde el principio que estábamos trabajando en algo especial que era muy emocionante y excitante para nosotros, y estábamos deseando que el público pudiera verlo por fin", afirma Wright, al que tampoco le preocupa que haya habido algunas críticas que afirman que la forma, el envoltorio de la serie y sus trucos narrativos, casi fagocitan el fondo: "Confío en los guionistas y particularmente en la visión de Jonah (Jonathan) Nolan y Lisa Joy, nuestros capitanes. Cuando leí el primer guión, lo que reconocí en él, y lo que lo distinguía de otras cosas que he leído, es su equilibrio interno, la construcción del arco y de los personajes en él, y la complejidad que había, y la eficiencia que había, y estaba muy claro que estaba muy pensado".

En 'Westworld' hay muchas preguntas que van respondiéndose durante la temporada, y que han generado un intenso debate en internet. Los actores tampoco sabían por dónde iban a moverse esas respuestas, pero Jeffrey Wright reitera ahí su confianza en Nolan y Joy:

"Lo que he aprendido es que nuestros guionistas, liderados por Lisa y Jonah, van muy por delante de nosotros, así que es mejor dejar que nos sorprendan. Creo que es un territorio muy fértil para explorar. Una de las razones por las que estaba interesado cuando leí el piloto, y por las que quería formar parte de la serie, era que la premisa nos permite ir a cualquier parte, con el único límite de la imaginación de todos los implicados".

¿Puede 'Westworld' ir a cualquier parte en el mundo? "En el cuarto o quinto episodio, Theresa está hablando con alguien de la compañía y no están hablando en inglés, así que puede haber algunas pistas de hacia dónde podríamos ir", deja caer Wright.

Una charla sobre el final

Actualización: Si no habéis visto el final de la primera temporada de 'Westworld', a partir de aquí podréis encontrar spoilers de él.

Bernard2

De todos modos, aunque los responsables de 'Westworld' mantuvieron también al reparto preguntándose qué significaba todo lo que estaban haciendo, hubo al menos un actor que sí era consciente de la verdadera naturaleza de su personaje y de lo que estaba pasabdo en el parque, y ése era Jeffrey Wright. Cuenta que, cuando rodaron el piloto, Bernard era para él solo el responsable de Comportamiento de Westworld, pero que antes de empezar la producción del resto de la temporada, tuvo una charla con Lisa Joy sobre quién era "Bernaldo", como lo llama cariñosamente:

"Me contó toda la historia y me quedé ojiplático. Estaba muy sorprendido, y pensé “oh, eso está muy bien”. Para poder entender lo que estaba haciendo, tenían que contarme más cosas que al resto de los actores. No todos sabían que estábamos operando en dos líneas temporales, o tres líneas temporales, con un espacio de treinta, 35 años entre ellas. No habría tenido sentido, de otra manera, que yo no lo hubiera sabido, porque Arnold tiene conversaciones con Dolores que no tendría sentido que tuviera Bernard. Nos dieron la información suficiente para que pudiéramos hacer nuestro trabajo, pero ninguno teníamos ni idea de la totalidad de lo que estábamos haciendo, y ninguno podemos pensar lo que haremos en la segunda temporada".

Así, Wright podía distinguir perfectamente a Arnold, en los recuerdos de Dolores, de Bernard y podía ciertos toques muy sutiles a su interpretación como ese anfitrión que Robert Ford construye para que, de algún modo, sustituya a su amigo y colaborador en la dirección del día a día de los robots del parque. Y el final de la temporada trae al centro cuáles han sido las verdaderas intenciones de Ford durante todo este tiempo, con su nueva narrativa, aunque queda la duda de si es realmente sincero cuando le cuenta a Dolores toda la verdad.

Jeffrey Wright sabía los secretos de Bernard antes de empezar a rodar la temporada de 'Westworld'

Para Wright, Ford es honesto en esas últimas acciones y palabras. "Creo que Ford es sincero. Es muy ambiguo; ¿de qué lado está? ¿Es malvado? ¿No lo es? Como mínimo, creo que comprendemos al final, y también al principio de la serie, que es una figura muy solitaria y misántropa", explica, y añade que "quizás descubrimos que, pese a la frialdad y la manera desapasionada en la que considera y trata a los anfitriones, está más próximo a ellos de lo que lo está de otro humano (…). Creo que, a lo mejor, hay una pregunta al final. ¿Está más del lado de los anfitriones y su emergencia o tiene aversión a la idea de humanidad? ¿Cuál es el detonante?"

Bernard está llamado a ser uno de los personajes importantes de la segunda temporada de la serie, que no veremos hasta 2018, pero su intérprete tiene otros personajes favoritos, aunque se confiese muy parcial hacia Bernard: "Armistice, el personaje de Ingrid (Bolsø Berdal), es una malota salvaje. Algunas veces, casi es más un personaje de mimo, lo que es muy interesante, parece salida de una película muda. Cada acento, cada gesto, cada pequeño gesto, transmite muchísimo. Ella ha hecho un trabajo maravilloso, como lo ha hecho todo el mundo, y hasta pudo desmelenarse un poco".

La relación con HBO

Boardwalk Jeffrey Wright, en 'Boardwalk Empire'.

'Westworld' es la última colaboración, hasta el momento, entre Jeffrey Wright y HBO, un lugar donde tuvo su primer gran papel con Belize, amigo del protagonista de 'Angels in America'. Fue el único actor de la representación original en Broadway que participó en la miniserie y ganó el Emmy como mejor secundario en esa categoría, y desde entonces, Wright ha vuelto periódicamente a la cadena. "Realmente, he mantenido el contacto con algunos de los ejecutivos de HBO. Incluso cuando no estoy trabajando, hemos mantenido una relación amistosa, y eso es inusual", apunta: "Creo que eso ejemplifica la cultura que hay allí, establecida desde lo más alto por Richard Pepler, y no digo esto a la ligera. Es una cultura muy de apoyo y sana para trabajar en ella".

Jeffrey Wright ganó un Tony y un Emmy por su trabajo en el teatro con 'Angels in America' y en la miniserie de 2003

Profundiza un poco más en esa respuesta señalando que "hay una relación amistosa entre actor y guionista que no se da en ningún otro sitio", y en parte por eso le atrajo también 'Westworld'. Con 'Boardwalk Empire', donde interpretó al doctor Narcisse, entró en la serie en la segunda temporada, y el mundo de Nucky Thompson ya estaba creado para él. "Con 'Westworld', estaba interesado en revisitar esa relación (actor-guionista). Me interesaba crearla desde el principio".

Por eso también le resulta gratificante la buena acogida, en general, que ha tenido la serie. ¿Qué se siente al saber que es la temporada de debut más vista en la historia de HBO? "Es mejor que lo contrario, es mejor que ser la menos vista", responde Wright entre risas.

En ¡Vaya Tele! | La música en 'Westworld', o por qué escuchamos a Radiohead en la pianola


          U.S. Frowns on Belize’s Human Trafficking Record   
Four years ago, Belize ranked among the Tier Two nations in the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons report. This year, we have been named as the worst trafficking offender [...]
          Chester Says Goodbye to City; Will He Leave Police Department Too?   
ACP Chester Williams formally bid farewell to Belize City this afternoon during an official sendoff organized by his colleagues at Eastern Division South.  The respected top cop assumes a new [...]
          Ex-Gangsters Participating in Truce Told to Stay the Course   
Williams’ departure from Belize City has raised serious concerns about the fate of the existing gang truce which was struck several weeks ago with various rival groups.  Those individuals have [...]
          Commercial Center Readied to Become New City Hall   
The eyesore in downtown Belize City that is the decrepit commercial center is getting a much-needed makeover in the months ahead.  The long-delayed renovation project has finally been given the [...]
          Immigration Kept in Dark About “Fake” Belizeans   
Earlier in this newscast, we told you of the U.S.’s disappointment in how Belize is handling the issue of trafficking in persons. It also came up at the Senate in [...]
          Tourism Board Woos New Visitors   
The Belize Tourism Expo organized an online forum today connecting local tourism stakeholders to international agents. The event at the Biltmore Plaza is a cost effective way to attract visitors [...]
          Situation Comedy ‘Livin Mi Life’ Comes to Belizean T.V.   
“Livin’ Mi Life” – it’s a Belizean produced sitcom that’s been directed and shot right here in the City. Producer Kim Vasquez, who worked on the well-known “No Matta What” [...]
          University of Dayton heads to Belize with A Broader View Volunteers.   
In January 2011 A Broader View hosted 12 students from the University of Dayton in Belize.  Volunteering at the orphanage was an eye opener for many of the students, some of whom have never traveled outside of the USA. During their one week project the group worked incredibility hard and really made a strong impact by completing […]
           Cuba represented by top official at Belize Celebration   
Summary: 
Ricardo Cabrisas, a senior minister of the Cuban government, is making an official visit to Belize to attend celebrations for the 25th Anniversary of the Independence of the sister Caribbean and Central American nation

Ricardo Cabrisas, a senior minister of the Cuban government, is making an official visit to Belize to attend celebrations for the 25th Anniversary of the Independence of the sister Caribbean and Central American nation


          Comment on My Favorite Day in Central America — Semuc Champey by The Best of Belize and Guatemala: A Two-Week Travel Itinerary   
[…] and that shuttles were fairly straightforward, I thought I’d give it a try. Adventurous Kate wrote that it was her favorite day in Central America, and my expectations weren’t nearly that high, but guess what! I think this was my favorite […]
          Birthday in Belize   
My husband spoiled me with a dream birthday in Belize. I live for clear water!!!! We fished a few days and my husband managed to catch his first tarpon on the fly witch was very exciting. While he fought it I floated in the crystal clear water and felt like I was in an amazing dream. I can't wait to go back again hopefully someday soon.
Enjoy!
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          For sale - Belize 1979 Winter Olympics msx2 sg 531 mnh - £ 9   
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          Hat Dance, by Carmen Amato   

Emilia Cruz, Acapulco's first and only female police detective, will risk a dance with the devil to catch an arsonist and find a missing girl. But the music comes with a price no honest cop can afford to pay.

By coincidence at the same restaurant as Acapulco's popular mayor, Emilia's date with hotel manager Kurt Rucker is cut short by an explosive fire that kills half of the mayor's security detail. Emilia is assigned to investigate what quickly is dubbed an assassination attempt on the politician. 

Frightened by the fire and the raw emotion it has sparked not only inside herself but across the city, Emilia isn't helped by a boss who is more concerned with his own demons than hers, and a new partner who comes with a bad attitude. Moreover, Kurt Rucker could leave Acapulco for a lucrative new job in Belize.

When the involvement of the Mexican Army seems likely and would-be vigilantes post threatening videos on YouTube, Acapulco erupts with a wave of violent demonstrations. But even as pressure mounts for a fast arrest, Emilia remains bound by a promise to look for a girl who has disappeared from her own neighborhood. It doesn't take long before Emilia uncovers some nasty family secrets and turns to the city's most notorious hooker for answers, only to end up on the wrong side of a dirty Vice cop.

As fires, death threats, and the fallout from hasty decisions circle around her, Emilia will doubt both her skills as a detective and ability to survive amid the sharks. She'll start making deals for access and information, but the one she makes with the devil could be her last. 

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          Western Caribbean Cruise Shore Excursion   
Most Western Caribbean cruises stop for a day in Roatan, either at Mahogany Bay or Port of Roatan, depending upon the cruise line. When you choose your Roatan shore excursion, you want to make sure you’ll have a fun-filled day taking advantage of Roatan’s beautiful island environment. So come join us at Jolly Roger Roatan Sailing and Snorkeling with Lunch! Where is Roatan? Roatan is the southernmost port for Western Caribbean cruises. Many stop in Mexico and Belize, and then come to Roatan before heading back toward the U.S. Roatan is located off the coast of Honduras and is surrounded [Read More]
          Comment on Getting to Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker: Taking the Water Taxi after You Arrive at International Airport by CareMore   
Thanks Rebecca! I have to explain this decision countless times a year to my guests, and you laid it out perfectly. There is a 3rd option. Nautilus Express Water Taxi! It bypasses both Belize City and San Pedro, and takes you directly from Ladyville to your hotel/villa dock! Same price as flying, but for a group of people, it really is a lot of fun and hassle-free. (and free rum punch!) For those of us with dogs, it is the best!
          Comment on Getting to Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker: Taking the Water Taxi after You Arrive at International Airport by FJL   
Just curious if anyone has had an experience with Ocean Ferry Belize⛴️ as a 3rd option?
          Bird, Cardinal   

State Bird

Cardinal

By Steven Case
NC Government & Heritage Library, 2011

Clicking on this button or link takes you to the audio player at the bottom of the screen.Listen to this entry

 

Related activity:  State Bird Coloring Sheet

Male and female cardinal

The NC General Assembly of 1943 named the cardinal (cardinalis cardinalis) as the official State Bird of North Carolina (Session Laws, 1943, c. 595).

SELECTION AS STATE BIRD

The choice of the cardinal was by no means certain at the beginning of the session.  The North Carolina Bird Club initiated the campaign to choose a bird as a state symbol, publicizing the campaign through newspapers, local birding and wildlife clubs, and schools.  More than 23,000 votes were cast, and twenty-six different avian candidates were suggested, including, among others, the red-winged blackbird, the wild turkey, the scarlet tanager, and the catbird.  The cardinal received a plurality of 5000 votes, with the dove coming in second with 3395.

Ten years earlier, the state had a different state bird, but only for a few days.  At the suggestion of the North Carolina Federation of Women’s Clubs, the 1933 General Assembly passed Resolution 51, which designated the Carolina Chickadee as the official State Bird.  However, a week later, the Assembly repealed the Resolution with Session Law 1933-521.  The Chickadee’s nickname--the Tomtit--was considered too undignified, and legislators balked at the idea that North Carolina might become known as the "Tomtit State."

ABOUT THE CARDINAL

The Cardinal’s natural habitat currently extends over half of the United States, as far south as Belize and Guatemala, north into Canada, and as far west as North Dakota and southern Arizona.  The male has year-round bright red plumage and a black face mask, while the female comes in various shades of brown, gray and red.  Both males and females have strong short bills and a distinctive crest of head feathers.  Primarily seed-eaters, cardinals will also eat insects, larvae, sap, and many types of fruit.  Unlike most other bird species, in which only the male vocalizes, both cardinal genders sing--the males typically to attract mates or ward off intruders, and the female to signal the male to bring food for the nestlings.

Cardinals, sometimes known as Redbirds or Northern Cardinals, are non-migratory, and have adapted easily to both city and suburban environments.  In fact, both their numbers and their habitat range have grown as population pressures on other species, and the number of backyard birdfeeders, have increased. Their nests are generally concealed in hedgerows or vines, and monogamous couples can have up to 3 clutches of  2-5 eggs per year during the spring and summer.  

Six other states (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia) have chosen the Cardinal as their state bird.

Session Laws, 1943. c. 595

S. B. 151                  CHAPTER 595

AN ACT FOR THE ADOPTION OF A STATE BIRD.

WHEREAS, North Carolina and Connecticut are the only states in the Union that have not adopted an official state bird; and

WHEREAS, there is a wide-spread movement now on foot among the Bird Clubs, Garden Clubs, and many of the schools of the State, together with a large number of individuals, looking to the adoption of a state bird by the present Legislature, to which end the North Carolina Bird Club has, so far as it has been in its power, canvassed the State for votes on the selection of a suitable representative bird to be officially adopted; and

WHEREAS, the Cardinal has received a decidedly larger number of votes  than any other species:   Now, therefore:

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That the Cardinal shall be, and hereby is declared to be the official State Bird of North Carolina.

Sec. 2. All laws and clauses of laws in conflict with this Act are hereby repealed.

Sec. 3. This Act shall be in full force and effect from and after its ratification.
Ratified this the 8th day of March, 1943.


          Getting to Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker: Taking the Water Taxi after You Arrive at International Airport   
Getting to Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker:  Taking the Water Taxi after You Arrive at International Airport

You’ve booked a trip to Belize.  HURRAY!   So much to see and do (here’s why Belize is SO different from other places).  But first you need to get to your final destination – your hotel or rental home.  

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          1985: Kent Bowers, the last hanged in Belize   
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this day in 1985, murderer Kent Bowers met his death by hanging at Belize Central Prison in Hattieville. Only seventeen on the date of his crime, he had reached legal age by the time of his death. On July 4 of […]
          Cayamo: A Journey Through Song 11th Edition   

A true floating Americana Music Festival, the 11th edition of Cayamo: A Journey Through Song, brings together 2,200 music lovers and the who’s who amongst singer-songwriters for seven full days of inspiring music, camaraderie and Caribbean vibes sailing February 4-11, 2018 aboard Norwegian Pearl from New Orleans to Cozumel, Mexico and Harvest Caye, Belize. Register for the pre-sale now at Cayamo.com for Sixthman’s popular vacation and musical journey!

Now in its 11th year, Cayamo’s lineup will be another unforgettable assortment of some of the most influential and inspiring artists ever assembled at sea. They include Americana visionary John Prine, Brandi Carlile, roots-rock royalty Patty Griffin, English-folk legend Richard Thompson, Buddy Miller, Lee Ann Womack, Paul Thorn, Shawn Mullins and Hayes Carll.

Also joining are provocative vocalist John Fullbright, roots singer/songwriters Drew & Ellie Holcomb, Austin-based American rockers The Band of Heathens, 2017 Americana Emerging Artist of the Year nominee Aaron Lee Tasjan, Georgia-bred Nashville-based singer/songwriter Brent Cobb, band of brothers The Cactus Blossoms, genre hopping siblings The McCrary Sisters, multi-artist collaborative group Skyline Motel, folk soul bluegrass quintet Humming House, American Aquarium frontman BJ Barham, transcendent singer/songwriter Steve Poltz, Dallas blues hound Charley Crockett, Waco warbler Brian Wright, existential songster Michael McDermott, Grammy nominated folk and Americana songwriter Michael Logen and more!

“The Sixthman family is honored to lead Cayamo into year 11,” said Sixthman Founder and Chariman Andy Levine. “Sailing out of New Orleans for the first time gives our guests a chance to explore a new city steeped in music. This year also affords us another opportunity to guide this wonderful community of guests and artists for 7 days of music, friendship and family with a stronger emphasis on collaboration.  We want everyone to see and hear something they can’t anywhere else while in the middle of the ocean on vacation.”
 
Rocking around the Caribbean Sea from February 4-11, the 11th Edition of Cayamo will feature many talented acts across 5 performance stages and unforgettable collaborations.
 
A destination of her own, Norwegian Pearl offers guests Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature freedom and flexibility to enjoy 11 onboard bars and lounges, 15 dining experiences, one outdoor pool, hot tubs, and a full menu of spa treatments. To add to the musical memories, guests will enjoy the gem of the Yucatan Peninsula – Cozumel –known for fantastic fishing, snorkeling and diving. Next stop, the natural beauty and culture in Harvest Caye, Belize where exciting shore excursions range from zip lining across the island to snorkeling the world's second largest barrier reef.

This popular sailing is sure to sell out!  Visit Cayamo.com to check availability. Double occupancy staterooms on the 11th Edition of the Cayamo cruise begin at $1,505 per person, plus taxes and fees. For more information, visit us online at Cayamo.com, or call Sixthman directly at 877-379-9175 between the hours of 10AM EST and 6PM EST.

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          NICH hosts workshop with media partners to promote and safeguard Belize’s cultural history   
As culture is prominent in everything we do, ISCR, IA, and NICH discussed ways the media can advance the cultural agenda in Belize.
          Comment on A Creepy Day in Río Lagartos by jovita   
barbara the're going to get you!!!   yeah it looks like the night of the living dead   but its a small town   i think its lovely i loveit  ive never been there but hopefully in feb ill be there.  i love your pictures.  i was trying to maybe think you went out of season i see no tourist  maybe if you come back in june - august <b>huatalco</b> is a nice town,  <b>valladolid</b> is very tranquil plenty of tourist and town celebrations san pedro belize is nice my daughter loved it
          The Caribbean   
Where can I meet blackmen in the Caribbean. I will be in Barbados, Guyana and Belize? Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.
          NICH hosts workshop with media partners to promote and safeguard Belize’s cultural history   
As culture is prominent in everything we do, ISCR, IA, and NICH discussed ways the media can advance the cultural agenda in Belize.

          MOU signed between Microsoft and Government of Belize   
On Thursday, June 22nd, the Government of Belize (GOB) and Microsoft Service signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at an official ceremony held in Belize City.

          Daftar Mata Uang Negara-negara Di Seluruh Dunia (A-Z)   

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          The Caribbean   
Where can I meet blackmen in the Caribbean. I will be in Barbados, Guyana and Belize? Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.
          The Caribbean   
Where can I meet blackmen in the Caribbean. I will be in Barbados, Guyana and Belize? Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.
          Tranquility du Jour #338: All About the Pretty   

Bonjour. Welcome to the 338th edition of Tranquility du Jour: All About the Pretty. Today's show features writer, yogi, consultant Julia Coney. Be inspired by her favorite face oil, summer beauty routine, and nail care regime.

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          In My Stash: Anastasia Beverly Hills Single Eyeshadows   

Months ago during Black Friday, Cyber Monday or one of those post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas promotions, Anastasia Beverly Hills put all their single eyeshadows on sale for 70% off retail price. I had been biding my time to add a few of her shadows to my collection because I had read nothing but raves about the formula. They're usually $12 a piece but with the discount, I got mine for less than $5 each. When you purchase four or eight shadow pans, you get a free palette to hold your shadows as well, which is pretty awesome. Let's take a look at the shades I picked out, check out some swatches and see what I think about these single shadows.


Each shadow pan is packaged in its own cardboard sleeve and I really appreciate how all the information from the shade name to the amount of product is neatly printed on the back of the pan. It drives me insane when brands have no labeling on the back of the pans of individual eyeshadows. If I ever mix these shadows in a free-form palette like a ZPalette or Make Up For Ever Metal Palette, I know exactly what this is. I believe all of these eyeshadows are made in the U.S.A. as well (some Anastasia palettes are made in China).


There should be no surprise that I picked out mostly warm neutral shades. I tried to pick a mix of different finishes to get a feel for how each performed. On the Sephora website the finishes are listed as matte, satin, shimmer, metallic or glitter.


Rose (metallic) is a warm mid-tone pink. It has nice pigmentation but it also contains some slightly large shimmer particles that make this less creamy than the other metallics. If you like rose gold and pink-bronze shades, you'll like this color a lot.

Belize (satin) is grouped with the metallic shadows on Sephora's website but it's definitely a satin shade. It's a dark tan with the slightest sheen. I chose this shade thinking it would make an easy all-over lid color but I'm not entirely smitten with it. The lasting power could be better for this shadow - I find that it fades noticeably over the course of a day. I think this would be best used as a transition crease shade for those with tan to deep skin tones.

Warm Taupe (matte) is the more cool-toned of the two medium brown mattes I picked up. The mattes have good pigmentation but can be quite powdery when you dip your brush into the pan. Actually, across the board the Anastasia shadows are quite powdery. I always have to make sure to tap my brush off because applying shadow to my eyes, or else I get loads of fall out on my cheeks. Anyway, back to Warm Taupe - it's a very handy color to have for everyone's collection and I would recommend it.

Fawn (matte) is the much warmer matte shadow - here it looks almost orangey next to Warm Taupe. Again, same deal as with Warm Taupe. I think it's a good staple transition color if you wear a lot of bronze and gold eyeshadows.


The other four eyeshadows I chose were a little more exciting. Now we're verging into some color but still within the neutral family.


Topaz (satin) is the quintessential shimmery bronze that I think everyone needs to have in their makeup stash. I don't know why this is categorized as a satin because it definitely is shimmery enough to constitute as a shimmer finish. This shadow had a really nice buttery texture and applied really well on the eyelids.

Comfort (satin) is a red wine shade with some shimmer as well. This shadow did not kick up a lot of loose powder like the other shadows which I appreciated. I haven't worn Comfort all that much but I think it will look lovely in the summer and fall over a dark brown cream shadow base. A more subtle way to use this would be to take it on a pencil brush and define the outer corner of the eyes to add some depth to a warm neutral eyeshadow look.

Chiffon (metallic) is one stunning shadow. It is a rich golden green eyeshadow with very complex and multidimensional, yet fine, shimmers. Swatched on my arm it looks more neutral and golden, but on my eyelids it looks very green. Either way, it's gorgeous and not one to miss from this range.

Chocolate Crumble (metallic) is another stunner. It reminds me of Laura Mercier's Caviar Stick in Amethyst but in powder form. It is a taupey purple with very fine, multidimensional shimmer. In the sunlight, this shadow sparkles like a glitter. This is another shadow that really pops if you layer it over a colored cream shadow base. I like applying this shadow with my finger because it helps the shimmers translate and stick onto my eyelids better.

I like the Anastasia Beverly Hills single eyeshadows but they aren't my favorite shadows in my collection. Some of the shades like Chiffon and Chocolate Crumble are pretty unique and I would recommend those. But the mattes could be more buttery and all of the shadows could be less powdery. Also, these aren't exactly budget shadows if you want to make a whole palette because eight shadows at retail price will set you back $96. Anastasia's pre-made palettes are a much better bang for your buck but if you have your heart set on a particular shade, it might be worth it to just get one or two (or just wait for another epic sale).

Have you tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills single shadows? If you have, let me know what your favorite shades are!
          If I Retire Abroad, How Do I Pick Where to Live?   
My husband, Dan, and I will soon celebrate 11 years of living the expat life. We’ve lived in seven different locations (in Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Ecuador) and spent a considerable amount of time in many, many more – especially Belize and Costa Rica. Believe me, we’ve learned a lot in the past decade! Importantly, we’ve learned that it’s impossible to compare and contrast the merits or disadvantages of entire countries. And if you’re thinking about retiring to a foreign …
          Comment on Green Card for Boots? by Timber   
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          Comment on P.M. Maintains It’s No to IMF Prescriptions by Erlzee   
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          Youth shot on south side   
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<p>I’ve been looking for a product like the sea vitamin boost. I’m in Belize for a few months where it’s very hot and humid. I just never feel fresh and I’ve found I’m washing my face several times a day. This mist is just what I need!</p>
          Bleeding Cayo South Begs for Crime Resolution, P.M. Responds   
Two topics addressed on the adjournment are carrying a lot of currency at the moment. While Belize City has been mostly crime and murder-free for a few weeks, there has [...]
          Can Education Gap in Labour Force Be Cured?   
As we reported on Wednesday, unemployment ticked up to nine percent year to year according to the Statistical Institute of Belize’s Labour Force Survey done twice annually. Additionally, just under [...]
          The Pitfalls of Living at Minimum Wage   
Five years ago, the minimum wage for working Belizeans was raised to three dollars and thirty cents. In that time, the cost of living has increased hundredfold, exacerbated by high [...]
          U.D.P. Sets Municipal Conventions for August   
Municipal elections are set for March seventh, 2018. There are nine municipalities and a whopping sixty-seven seats to fill; eleven in both Belize City and Belmopan. The U.D.P. is in [...]
          Accused in Fatal 2016 Accident Faces Supreme Court Trial   
Belize City resident, Victor Mason Gibbs, accused of causing the death of a Jehovah witness, Lilian Emily Guy on July thirtieth, 2016 was today committed to stand trial at the [...]
          Belize Short Again in Protecting Barrier Reef   
The World Wildlife Fund and the Belize Coalition say that Government has failed to implement promised protection for the Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage Site. According to the WWF, this [...]
          First 100 Graduates from Police’s Youth Membership Program   
Two years ago, a spike in crime violence in Mayflower and Sibun area of Belize City saw residents seeking an initiative targeting those most susceptible on the south side. ACP [...]
          4 Pilots Train to Fly Huey ‘Copters for B.D.F.   
An auspicious ceremony was held at the Belize Defense Force headquarters in Ladyville.  Four pilots completed a Helicopter Conversion Training Course to fly the Taiwanese-gifted Hueys thus transitioning from the [...]
          Know Your Status: Test for HIV!   
Belize joined regional efforts today to encourage testing for HIV, particularly by men. Across the country, centers were open for persons to get tested and know their status. The trends [...]
          OAL2017: Invisible Zipper + Hemming   
Hello, everyone! I’m back from Belize, burned butt and all (this dum-dum didn’t think about how her ass would literally be the ONLY thing sticking out of the water while snorkeling… oh well, worth it! I swam with sharks and stingrays and even waved at a manatee! He responded by showing off with an underwater […]
          Belize observes Regional Testing Day   
Posted: Friday, June 30, 2017. 6:51 p.m. CST. By BBN Staff: The National AIDS Commission (NAC) culminated six weeks of mobile HIV testing today, with countrywide observance of Regional Testing Day. The NAC and its partners, such as the Ministry of Health and Scotia Bank, had testing sites all over the country, encouraging Belizeans to […]
          WWF challenges GOB on empty promise to protect Barrier Reef   
Posted: Friday, June 30, 2017. 3:14 p.m. CST. By BBN Staff: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), in a report this week, called out the government of Belize for its failure to implement legislation drafted to protect the Belize Barrier Reef from the threat of offshore oil drilling and damaging coastal construction. WWF joins other non-government […]
          U.S. Embassy in Belize celebrate 241st anniversary of U.S. independence   
Posted: Friday, June 30, 2017. 2:29 p.m. CST. By BBN Staff: Last night, the United States Embassy in Belize celebrated the 241st anniversary of independence for the USA. Charge d ‘Affaires Adrienne Galanek hosted distinguished guests including Governor General, Sir. Colville Young among others. Dr. Paul Whisnant was also present at the celebration. Whisnant was […]
          Human Rights Watch Country Profiles: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity   

The following are excerpts from the Human Rights Watch 2017 World Report  that relate to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. The report, released in January 2017, documented events of 2016. In some cases, we have added updates from the first half of 2017.

The countries are all listed below in alphabetical order. This compilation is not comprehensive. If a country is not listed, that means there was no mention of LGBTI/SOGI issues for that country in the 2017 World Report. For example, many of the smaller Caribbean countries and some African countries are omitted due to research limitations, but most have anti-LGBT laws on the books and pervasive homophobia and transphobia. On the other hand, several countries that are not included here made progress in the 2016-2017 period: Belize, Nauru and the Seychelles all decriminalized consensual same-sex conduct, for example. Human Rights Watch has only recently begun investigating the rights of intersex people, so there are few references to intersex rights.

This is a living document which will be updated regularly to reflect new events and further Human Rights Watch research.

Last updated: June 23, 2017

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Argentina

In 2010, Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage. The Civil Marriage Law allows same-sex couples to enter into civil marriages and affords them the legal protections of marriage enjoyed by opposite sex couples, including adoption rights and pension benefits. Since 2010, nearly 15,000 same-sex couples have married nationwide. In 2012, the landmark Gender Identity Law established the right of individuals over the age of 18 to choose their gender identity, undergo gender reassignment, and revise official documents without any prior judicial or medical approval.

Armenia

Activists reported that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LBGTI) people face discrimination, harassment, and violence. The government has not addressed hate speech or discrimination against LGBTI people. Gender identity and sexual orientation are not included as protected grounds in anti-discrimination or hate speech laws, limiting legal recourse for many crimes against LGBTI people. Following the October 2015 Rainbow forum, organized by Armenian LGBTI-friendly groups to discuss protection and promotion of minority rights, anonymous people targeted some participants with intimidation and threats, mostly on social media, including to burn and kill them. Authorities refused to launch a criminal investigation into the threats, citing lack of evidence. In June 2016, the LGBT rights group, PINK Armenia, published a survey revealing that 90 percent of the population is hostile to LGBTI people and support limits on their rights. In July 2016, PINK Armenia released a report documenting 46 cases of violence and discrimination against LGBTI people in 2015. The government has not taken meaningful steps to combat stereotypes and discrimination against LGBTI people.

Australia

Australia does not recognize the right of same-sex couples to marry. The Australian government announced a plebiscite on the right of same-sex couples to marry, but political opponents blocked it, arguing a plebiscite is expensive and wasteful and that the issue should be determined by a parliamentary free vote.

Australia continued its policy of intercepting asylum seekers and forcibly transferring them to Nauru and, until 2016, to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Asylum seekers or refugees perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) face harassment and abuse despite the recent decriminalization of same-sex conduct in Nauru. In Papua New Guinea, such conduct remains criminalized.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh witnessed a spate of violent attacks against secular bloggers, academics, gay rights activists, foreigners, and members of religious minorities in 2016. Prominent gay activists Xulhaz Mannan, the founder of Roopbaan, Bangladesh’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) magazine, and Mahbub Rabby Tonoy, the general secretary of the group, were  murdered in April. Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claimed responsibility for the killings. Fearing for their lives, many LGBT activists sought temporary refuge outside the country.

“Carnal intercourse against the order of nature” carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. In May 2017, police raided a private gathering of gay and bisexual men, and allegedly paraded them in front of media, exposing them to their families and the public. Authorities said they declined to press charges under the colonial-era sodomy law because they did not catch the men in the act of sexual intercourse. The government has twice rejected recommendations to repeal the colonial-era law during its Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council. The Bangladesh cabinet in 2014 declared legal recognition of a third gender category for hijras—a traditional cultural identity for transgender people who, assigned male at birth, do not identify as men—but the absence of a definition of the term or procedure for gaining recognition of third gender status led to abuses in implementation of the legal change. In June and July 2015, a group of hijras were subjected to harassment and invasive and abusive physical examinations at a government hospital as a requirement to join a government employment program. The Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission in 2017 agreed with LGBT civil society groups to establish a desk at the commission for reporting SOGI-related issues.

Belarus

Parliament adopted a vaguely worded bill in May 2016 on “protecting children from information harmful for their health and development.” These provisions may be used to restrict dissemination of neutral or positive information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as “discrediting the institution of the family.”

Bolivia

In May 2016, the Plurinational Assembly passed a bill that allows people to revise the gender noted on their identification documents without prior judicial approval. Same-sex couples in Bolivia are not allowed to marry or engage in civil unions. The 2009 constitution defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo Open Centre, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights organization, documented 23 cases of hate speech and incitement of violence and hate and two crimes and incidents motivated by prejudice on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the first three months of 2016. The reaction of authorities to these incidents is generally inadequate. There was no progress in police investigations into the 2014 attack on a film festival that Sarajevo Open Centre organized.

In its annual progress on Bosnia and Herzegovina published in November, the European Commission highlighted the failure of authorities to amend the constitution, in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights and to implement rulings by the Constitutional Court. The report also identified inadequate legal protection for LGBTI persons and the failure of authorities to protect adequately the rights of minorities and to ensure media freedom.

Brazil

Brazil’s Supreme Court approved same-sex marriage in 2011 and it upheld the right of same-sex couples to adopt children in 2015. But the Chamber of Deputies was, at time of writing, debating a bill that would define a family as a union between a man and a woman. The national Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office received 1,983 complaints of violence, discrimination, and other abuses experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in 2015. In the first half of 2016 the ombudsman received 879 such complaints.

Burma

Burma’s national penal code criminalizes consensual same-sex behavior between adult men. In recent years police have arrested gay men and transgender women assembling in public places, and politicians have called for the “education” of gay people.

Cameroon

Cameroon’s penal code punishes “sexual relations between persons of the same sex” with up to five years in prison. The law is regularly enforced, and in previous years, the Cameroonian authorities have subjected men arrested under this law to forced anal examinations. Although the number of arrests appeared to decrease for several years, activists reported a new uptick in arrests and prosecutions in 2016.

Chile

A “civil union” bill presented by former President Sebastián Piñera in 2011 that provides legal recognition and protection for same-sex couples became law in April 2015 and went into effect in October 2015. In September 2016, the Senate Human Rights Commission approved a bill to recognize the gender identity of transgender people, with a Senate vote expected in December.

China

China has no law protecting people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, and there is no legal recognition of same-sex partnership. Possibly because their activism is not considered threatening to the state, LGBT individuals enjoyed some success advancing legal cases in 2016. In January, a Hunan court heard a case filed by Sun Wenlin against the local Bureau of Civil Affairs, which had refused to marry Sun and his male partner. Though the court ruled against Sun in April, his case—the first gay marriage lawsuit accepted by Chinese courts—attracted wide media attention. In June, a Henan court accepted a case filed by Yu Hu against a mental health hospital that had subjected him to 19 days of involuntary “therapy” to “cure” his homosexuality. Also in June, a Guangdong university student, Qiu Bai, sued the provincial education department over textbooks that depict homosexuality as an illness. Qiu filed a similar suit in 2015, though she withdrew it later because the department had promised to look into the matter. She decided to sue again after the authorities’ pledge failed to materialize. In June, China voted against a UN resolution creating an expert post dedicated to addressing violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Colombia

In September 2016, the Council of the State—one of Colombia’s high courts—annulled the 2012 re-election of Alejandro Ordoñez as the country’s inspector general and dismissed him from office. Under Colombian law, the inspector general is charged with protecting human rights, but during his seven years in office, Ordoñez repeatedly sought to undermine the rights of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

In recent years, authorities in Colombia have taken several steps to recognize the rights of LGBT people. In June 2015, the Justice Ministry issued a decree allowing people to revise the gender noted on their identification documents without prior judicial approval. In November 2015, the Constitutional Court ruled that sexual orientation could not be used to prohibit someone from adopting a child, although a legislative proposal to hold a referendum on this issue remained pending at time of writing. In April 2016, the Constitutional Court upheld the right of same-sex couples to marry. In October 2016, FARC leaders met with conservative politicians and agreed to promote a definition of the family as formed by a man and a woman. The FARC backtracked after meeting with LGBT representatives days later. Conservative politicians and evangelist leaders had attacked the peace agreement claiming that it would “destroy families.” Between January and June 2016, the Ombudsman’s Office received 89 reports of cases of violence against LGBTI people.

Cote d’Ivoire

No law prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, or intersex status. Côte d’Ivoire does not criminalize same-sex conduct, but the criminal code establishes higher penalties for same-sex couples convicted of public acts of indecency. Two men were in November convicted of public indecency and sentenced to three-month prison terms after being accused of same-sex sexual acts. Two gay men were assaulted in June 2016 after a photo was published of them signing a book of condolences to the victims of a shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida, US.

Croatia

In February, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that Croatia discriminated on grounds of sexual orientation against a woman from Bosnia and Herzegovina, by denying her the right to a residence permit in Croatia to join her female partner.

Ecuador

In 2016, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled against Ecuador in a case determining that it is discriminatory to punish officers who allegedly have homosexual sex on military installations.

Egypt

Sexual relations outside marriage are criminalized. Since 2013, authorities have pursued a campaign to intimidate, track, and arrest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, including entrapment using social media applications. Police regularly used forced anal examinations in prosecutions of those suspected of homosexual sex. Solidarity With Egypt LGBTQ+, an advocacy group, said it had recorded 114 criminal investigations involving 274 LGBT individuals launched between the end of 2013 and November 2016, 66 of which involved the authorities’ use of social media.

Estonia

The government failed to adopt amendments that would allow the Co-Habitation Act to fully enter into force in 2016. The act is progressive legislation that extends the rights of marriage to unmarried—including same-sex—couples, encompassing, among other things, child adoption and property rights.

Gambia

The government continued to resist calls to repeal laws that criminalize homosexuality, including an October 2014 law that introduced a series of new “aggravated homosexuality” offenses that impose sentences of up to life in prison. The criminalization of same-sex conduct leaves lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Gambians at risk of arbitrary arrest and detention, although fewer arrests and physical abuse of LGBT Gambians were reported in 2016.

Georgia

In August, President Giorgi Margvelashvili blocked a referendum bid on defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman, saying that the issue is already covered in the civil code. Kvirikashvili vowed to pursue a constitutional definition of marriage after the October elections, arguing that this would help counter alleged Western efforts to spread same-sex marriage “propaganda” in Georgia. Local rights groups feared this effort would further marginalize the LGBT community and intensify anti-LGBT prejudice. Authorities declined a request by LGBT activists to hold an event to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on Tbilisi’s main thoroughfare, stating it was already booked for a procession by Orthodox groups to mark Family Day, an annual event established by the Orthodox Church in 2014. Activists refused to celebrate IDAHO in the alternative venue offered. The Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG), a local LGBTI rights group, said it documented almost 20 cases of attacks against transgender people in 2016. In October, a transgender woman was beaten and stabbed in what rights groups suspected was a hate crime. Police arrested a suspect on attempted murder charges, and the public defender urged authorities to examine a possible hate motive.

Honduras

Rampant crime and impunity for human rights abuses remain the norm in Honduras. Despite a downward trend in recent years, the murder rate is among the highest in the world. Journalists, peasant activists, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals are among those most vulnerable to violence.

In June 2016, several United Nations agencies working in Honduras urged the government to investigate killings of LGBTI activists and noted that sexual violence against LGBTI individuals forces them into “internal displacement” or to flee the country in search of international protection.

Hungary

In August 2016, a lower court sentenced a right-wing extremist to 10 years’ imprisonment for violent attacks between 2007 and 2009, including throwing Molotov cocktails at the homes of socialist MPs and an attack on a gay bar in Budapest.

In July, the ECtHR ruled that Hungary had arbitrarily detained an Iranian gay man and failed to take into account his vulnerability in detention arising from his sexual orientation.

India

In February 2016, the Supreme Court of India allowed a challenge to section 377 of the penal code to proceed, referring the case to a five-judge bench. The colonial-era provision, which the court had upheld in 2013, criminalizes same-sex relations between adults. In June, several well-known LGBT professionals filed a petition in Supreme Court arguing that section 377 violates the right to life and personal liberty, but the Supreme Court deferred the petition to the Chief Justice. In August, the government introduced a new bill in parliament on the rights of transgender persons. The bill was flawed, however, by provisions that were inconsistent with the 2014 Supreme Court ruling that recognized transgender individuals as a third gender and found them eligible for quotas in jobs and education.

India’s voting record on rights issues at the UN was disappointing. In July, the government abstained on a resolution that created a UN expert post to address discrimination against LGBT persons and voted in favor of amendments to weaken the mandate, saying India’s Supreme Court was still to decide on the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights.

Indonesia

Starting in January 2016, high-ranking Indonesian officials made a series of vitriolic anti-LGBT statements and policy pronouncements, fueling increased threats and at times violent attacks on LGBT activists and individuals. In some cases, the threats and violence occurred in the presence, and with the tacit support, of government officials or security forces. State institutions, including the National Broadcasting Commission and the National Child Protection Commission, issued censorship directives banning information and broadcasts that portrayed the lives of LGBT people as “normal” as well as so-called propaganda about LGBT lives. Ministries proposed discriminatory and regressive anti-LGBT laws. An ongoing case in the Constitutional Court is considering a petition that proposed amending the criminal code to criminalize sex outside of marriage and same-sex sexual relations. During the initial hearings, the petitioners—led by a group called the Family Love Alliance—put forward ill-informed and bigoted testimony similar to the anti-LGBT rhetoric espoused by Indonesian officials and politicians earlier that year. The government, the respondent in the case, said criminalizing sex out of wedlock would make “the sinner a criminal, and the government authoritarian,” a view echoed in testimony by the National Commission on Violence Against Women and other groups opposed to the petition. At time of writing the court had not yet ruled on the petition. While president Joko Widodo, or “Jokowi” in October 2016 declared that police must protect LGBT people and not discriminate against them, he failed to uphold that principle in action. In 2017, police raided at least two private gatherings of gay and bisexual men on the pretense of the discriminatory anti-pornography law, which construes gay sex as “deviant” and prescribes increased punishments for it, and Sharia police publicly flogged two gay men for private, consensual sex in Aceh province.

Iran

Under Iranian law, many nonviolent crimes, such as “insulting the Prophet,” apostasy, same-sex relations, adultery, and drug-related offenses, are punishable by death.

In March, the United Nations Children’s Rights Committee noted that flogging was still a lawful punishment for boys and girls convicted of certain crimes. The committee noted reports that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) children had been subjected to electric shocks to “cure” them.

Iraq

ISIS’s Diwan al-Hisba (Moral Policing Administration) and online media apparatuses have publicly announced 27 executions of allegedly gay men, at least nine of them in Iraq. The main method ISIS used to execute these men has been to throw them off the roofs of high-rise buildings.

Iraq’s penal code does not prohibit same-sex intimacy, although article 394 makes it illegal to engage in extra-marital sexual relations. Due to the fact that the law does not expressly allow same-sex marriage, it effectively prohibits all same-sex relations. In July 2016 Moqtada al-Sadr, the prominent Shia opposition cleric, stated that although same-sex relationships are not acceptable, individuals who do not conform to gender norms suffer from “psychological problems,” and should not be attacked.

Israel/Palestine

There are different legal systems in occupied Palestinian Territory. The British Mandate Criminal Code Ordinance, No. 74 of 1936 is in force in Gaza. In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the Jordanian Penal Code of 1960 applies, and does not contain provisions prohibiting adult consensual same-sex conduct. In Gaza, having “unnatural intercourse” of a sexual nature, understood to include same-sex relationships, is a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. In February 2016, Hamas’s armed wing executed one of its fighters ostensibly for “behavioral and moral violations,” which Hamas officials acknowledged meant same-sex relations.

Italy

As of May 2016, same-sex couples may have their relationships legally recognized as civil unions, though they do not have the right to adopt.

Japan

A bipartisan parliamentary group established in March 2015 continued to discuss legislation to address discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, but at time of writing it had yet to come up with an agreed draft bill. Japanese law treats those requesting legal recognition as transgender as having a “Gender Identity Disorder” and requires obtaining such medical diagnosis. It also requires forced sterilization, compulsory single status, not having any underage children, and being 20 years or older. While same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Japan, Tokyo’s Shibuya ward in April 2015 became the first municipality to pass a regulation recognizing same-sex partnerships, with more municipalities recognizing such partnerships in 2016 and 2017. Bullying is a problem in Japanese schools generally, and particularly so against LGBT students. In April 2016, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) for the first time released a guidebook for teachers regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. And in 2017, MEXT announced amendments to the national bullying prevention policy to include specific mention of LGBT students for the first time.

Jamaica

Jamaica is moving toward a revision of its rape law, which currently defines rape as the penetration of the vagina with the penis without consent. A proposal has been floated for a new law that is gender neutral. The absence of a gender-neutral rape law has been put forth in the past by politicians as justification for retaining Jamaica’s colonial-era “buggery” law, which criminalizes both consensual and non-consensual sex between men. The possible promulgation of a gender-neutral law on rape or sexual assault may therefore be a first step toward decriminalization of consensual same-sex conduct.

Kazakhstan

Surveys of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people reveal that many hide their sexual orientation or gender identity—including to healthcare providers—out of fear of reprisals or discrimination. When LGBT people report abuse, they often face indifference and hostility from authorities. Transgender people must undergo humiliating and invasive procedures—including coerced sterilization—to change gender on official documents. Without identity documents, transgender people struggle to access employment, healthcare, and education. The UN Human Rights Committee called on the government to end discrimination and violence against LGBT people and review gender-reassignment surgery procedures.

Kenya

Kenya’s penal code prohibits “carnal knowledge against the order of nature,” generally understood as consensual sex between men, and “indecent practices between males.” Civil society organizations and activists filed two landmark constitutional petitions against these sections in April and June 2016, arguing that the laws violate constitutional rights, including the rights to equality and nondiscrimination, human dignity, freedom and security of the person, privacy, and health. Kenya continued the prosecution of two men on charges of “carnal knowledge” after police arbitrarily arrested them in Kwale County in February 2015. The case remained open but was suspended pending the ruling of a constitutional petition filed by the two men, asserting that state officials had violated their rights by subjecting them to a forced anal examination. The High Court rejected the petition on the grounds that the men consented to the examination, ignoring that the men were in police custody and not able to provide free and informed consent. The men have appealed the ruling. The government appealed a 2015 High Court decision ordering the Non-Governmental Organizations Board to register the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), a civil society group. Parties were awaiting a hearing date at time of writing. The Kenya Film Classification Board overstepped its jurisdiction in asking YouTube to remove a locally produced video addressing same-sex relationships, prohibiting an alleged lesbian speed-dating event, and attempting to ban a podcast with alleged lesbian content.

In May 2017, the Attorney General established a “Taskforce on Policy, Legal, Institutional and Administrative Reforms Regarding Intersex Persons in Kenya.” Its mandate includes to “recommend comprehensive reforms to safeguard the interests of intersex persons.” The secretariat of the task force is based at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. The task force will be open to receiving submissions on best practices from around the world, and there is a strong possibility that it will result in the establishment of policies that protect the rights of intersex people. While it will not directly address SOGI related rights, the task force may produce a rights-based framework around intersex people with aspects that will be transferrable to the advancement of LGBT rights.

Kyrgyzstan

LGBT people in Kyrgyzstan experience ill-treatment, extortion, and discrimination by both state and non-state actors. There is widespread impunity for these abuses. On May 24, 2016, the law, order and fighting crime parliamentary committee returned Kyrgyzstan’s anti-LGBT bill, which would ban “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations,” for a repeat second reading, where it then stalled. The bill appears aimed at silencing anyone seeking to openly share information about same-sex relations in Kyrgyzstan. Following a live debate on LGBT rights on national television, Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee on National Security on June 14 summoned the editor-in-chief of Kloop.kg, an online media portal, for questioning about its coverage of the show. The television’s supervisory board also formally reprimanded its general director for airing the content. Also in June, Kyrgyzstan voted against a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council establishing the mandate of an independent expert to address violence and discrimination against LGBT people.

Latvia

According to Latvian LGBT activists, the authorities used a 2015 law on “constitutional morality education” to censor discussion about LGBT people in at least two schools in 2016.

Lebanon

Sexual relations outside of marriage—adultery and fornication—are criminalized under Lebanon’s penal code. Furthermore, article 534 of the penal code punishes “any sexual intercourse contrary to the order of nature” with up to one year in prison. In recent years, authorities conducted raids to arrest persons allegedly involved in same-sex conduct, some of whom were subjected to torture including forced anal examinations. In February 2016, a Syrian refugee, arrested by Lebanese Military Intelligence officers apparently on suspicion he was gay, was allegedly tortured while detained at Military Intelligence, Ministry of Defense, Military Police, and Jounieh police centers. In January 2017, a judge in Metn challenged the legal basis of the arrest of men for same-sex conduct, declaring that homosexuality is “not a criminal offence,” although under Lebanon’s legal system, the ruling does not create a binding precedent.

Malaysia

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is pervasive in Malaysia. Article 377A of the penal code criminalizes same-sex activity between men with punishments of up to 20 years in prison and whipping. Numerous Sharia-based laws and regulations prohibiting a “man posing as a woman,” sexual relations between women, and sexual relations between men effectively criminalize LGBT people.

Both government and private actors attempted to limit expression in support of LGBT rights. In February 2017, JAKIM (the Ministry for Islamic Development) endorsed so-called “conversion therapy,” claiming that gays should seek guidance from God, “repent,” and enter into heterosexual marriages. In March, the Film Censorship Board demanded that Disney edit out four minutes of the children’s film “Beauty and the Beast” because of a “gay moment.” Disney refused to make any cuts to the film, and the board eventually backed down and allowed the unedited film to be screened in Malaysia. In May, Taylor’s University in Subang Jaya canceled a three-day Pride celebration organized by Pelangi, an LGBT rights organization. In June, the Ministry of Health, in response to strident criticism from activists and the general public, reframed the terms of a youth video competition on sexual and reproductive health, removing language and criteria that stigmatized LGBT identities in favor of language that appears to affirm them.

In February 2017 Sameera, a transgender woman, was murdered in Kuantan. In June, an 18-year-old in Penang, T. Nhaveen, died after a group of teenagers allegedly beat and raped him while taunting him with insults such as “pondan,” a derogatory Malay term for an effeminate male, a gay male, or a transgender woman.

Mexico

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Mexico City since 2010. Since then, nine states have legalized it; in 2015, the Supreme Court opened the door to recognition in all states by ruling that the definition of marriage as a union only between a man and a woman constitutes discrimination and thus violates Mexico’s Constitution. In May 2016, President Peña Nieto introduced a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, to remove sexual orientation and gender identity as barriers to adoption, and to recognize gender identity through the reissuance of birth notices, without a doctor’s involvement. Two committees in the Chamber of Deputies voted against the initiative in November.

Morocco/Western Sahara

Moroccan courts continued to jail persons for same-sex conduct under article 489 of the penal code, which prohibits “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex.” A Beni Mellal court convicted two men of homosexuality after a group of youths on March 9 burst into the home of one and pushed the two men naked into the street, filming the assault and later posting the clip online. The two men were freed after spending one month in prison; in April, a court imposed prison terms on two of their attackers. On October 27, police in Marrakesh arrested two girls aged 16 and 17 who were reported for cuddling in a private home. They were jailed for one week and charged under article 489, then provisionally released. In December, they were acquitted.

Authorities require but often refuse to issue permits for foreign broadcast media to film in Morocco. On April 3, police detained and then expelled a crew of the French news program “Le Petit Journal” as it tried to film in a neighborhood of Beni Mellal where the abovementioned gay-bashing assault had taken place.

Nepal

In line with a 2007 Supreme Court decision and a subsequent court order, the government in 2015 began issuing passports in three genders: “male,” “female,” and “other.” Some with “other” passports have successfully traveled abroad with their travel documents recognized by foreign governments. The new constitution recognizes that citizenship is available in three genders, and protects “gender and sexual minorities” in clauses related to equality before the law and social justice. Activists remain frustrated with the lack of implementation of a Supreme Court-mandated committee recommendation that the government recognize same-sex relationships.

Netherlands

At the start of 2016, NGOs reported threats and discrimination against LGBT asylum seekers at asylum facilities, and a Dutch independent monitoring body, the Dutch Board for Protection of Human Rights, found in February that LGBT asylum seekers at a large facility face discrimination.

Nigeria

The passage of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, SSMPA in January 2014, has far reaching effects on members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The law is used to legitimize abuses against LGBT people, including mob violence, sexual abuse, unlawful arrests, torture and extortion by police. On February 13, the police arrested a homosexual couple in the federal capital for allegedly attempting to conduct a wedding. The wedding sponsors and the hotel venue owner were also arrested. The penalty for entering into a gay marriage under the SSMPA is 14 years. Ironically, former President Jonathan who defied global pressure before signing the bill into law, said belatedly in June 2016 that “with the clear knowledge that the issue of sexual orientation is still evolving, the nation may, at the appropriate time, revisit the law.”

In November 2015, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights urged the Nigerian government to review the SSMPA in order to prohibit violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and ensure access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care services for LGBT individuals.

Pakistan

In 2009, Pakistan’s Supreme Court called for improved police response to cases involving transgender people, and to ensure the rights of transgender people to basic education, employment, and protection. However, despite the court order, violent attacks on transgender and intersex women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province surged in 2016, with unknown assailants frequently targeting those involved in activism. Official responses have been inadequate. Human rights groups in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have recorded dozens of threats to, and attacks on, people and property, including abuses while in police custody. In September 2016, the National Commission for Human Rights called on the government to investigate the attacks, and in 2016 and 2017 local governments and parliament hearings reflected an increased amount of attention to the plight of transgender women—including a unanimous resolution in the Khyber Pakhdunkhwa assembly calling for voting rights for transgender people.

Papua New Guinea

The PNG criminal code outlaws sex “against the order of nature,” which has been interpreted to apply to consensual same-sex acts, and is punishable by up to 14 years’ imprisonment. Gay asylum seekers on Manus Island have reported being shunned, sexually abused, or assaulted by other asylum seekers.

In May, during the periodic review of PNG’s human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council, countries made more than 150 recommendations on sues including ratification of international treaties, establishing a national human rights commission, promoting gender equality, addressing domestic violence and sorcery-related violence, decriminalizing consensual same-sex relations, and abolishing or placing a moratorium on the death penalty. In September, PNG responded that it would ratify all core human rights treaties “on the basis of priorities” and that, while there are challenges to implementing reforms, it is committed to establishing a human rights commission, improving gender equality, and addressing domestic violence and sorcery-related violence. It also noted, however, that “LGBT is currently not a priority of the Government” and that the “death penalty is in our national law, however despite this, the current government directive is not to implement until further directions are issued.”

Peru

In March 2015, Congress rejected a bill to recognize civil unions for same-sex couples. In September 2016, a Congressional supporter of President Kuczynski announced that he would introduce a new legislative proposal to recognize same-sex civil unions.

People in Peru are required to appear before a judge in order to revise the gender noted on their identification documents. In an August 2016 report, the human rights ombudsman noted that courts had rejected most of these requests, often applying inconsistent criteria.

Philippines

The House of Representatives began consideration of House Bill 267, the “Anti SOGI (Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity) Discrimination Act” in June 2016. If approved, it will criminalize discrimination in the employment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, and prohibit schools from refusing to register or expelling students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Senate has introduced companion legislation, Senate Bill No. 935, otherwise known as the Anti-Discrimination Bill (ADB), which had its first hearing in August. House Bill 267 will also sensitize police and law enforcement officers on LGBT issues and train them to attend to complaints. These initiatives are essential given that LGBT rights advocacy groups have warned that hate crimes against LGBT people are on the rise and that the Philippines has recorded the highest number of murders of transgender individuals in Southeast Asia since 2008. The bill would also prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination in access to health care.

Russia

Authorities continued to implement discriminatory policies and laws against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. In March, police found journalist and theater critic Dmitry Tsilikin dead in his St. Petersburg apartment from stab wounds. The perpetrator, arrested a week later, confessed that he planned to blackmail Tsilikin about his homosexuality, but killed him during a confrontation. The police did not categorize the killing as a hate crime. In January, a court in Murmansk, northwestern Russia, found LGBT activist Sergei Alekseenko guilty of violating the discriminatory “gay propaganda” law which prohibits allowing children access to positive information about LGBT relationships. The court called several publications on the website of an LGBT organization formerly run by Alekseenko “gay propaganda” and fined him 100,000 rubles (US$1,300). Authorities continued legal action against Deti-404, an online support group for LGBT children. In April, a court in the Siberian town of Barnaul ruled to ban the website. As of November, Deti 404’s website remained blocked. In September, a court in Siberia ruled to block BlueSystem.ru, a highly popular LGBT news site. As of November, the site was blocked.

In February 2017 and stretching through at least the first week in April, law enforcement and security officials in Russia’s Chechen Republic launched an unprecedented anti-gay purge. They rounded up dozens of men on suspicion of being gay, held them in unofficial detention facilities for days, humiliated, starved, and tortured them. They forcibly disappeared some of the men. Others were returned to their families barely alive from beatings. Their captors exposed them to their families as gay and encouraged their relatives to carry out so-called “honor killings.” Although Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov has denied the round-ups, there is evidence that high-level officials in Chechnya sanctioned them. Russia’s federal government pledged to investigate, but intense and well-founded fear of official retaliation and honor killings, and overwhelming stigma will prevent many victims from coming forward.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has no written laws concerning sexual orientation or gender identity, but judges use principles of uncodified Islamic law to sanction people suspected of committing sexual relations outside marriage, including adultery, extramarital and homosexual sex, or other “immoral” acts. If such activity occurs online, judges and prosecutors utilize vague provisions of the country’s anti-cybercrime law that criminalize online activity impinging on “public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy.” In February 2016, the Saudi Gazette reported that the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution is considering requesting the death penalty for anyone “using social media to solicit homosexual acts.”

In February 2017, Saudi police arrested 35 Pakistani citizens, some of whom were transgender women. One of them died in detention. Her family said her body bore signs of torture, while the Saudi authorities said she had died of a heart attack.

Serbia (Kosovo)

Attacks and harassment of human rights defenders continued. According to local LGBT and human rights organizations, the majority of attacks and threats against members of the LGBT community go unreported with only known LGBT activists filing complaints. In June, in Vojvodina in Northeast Serbia, an LGBT activist was attacked and kicked in the head by four unidentified perpetrators. No one had been prosecuted at time of writing. In August, LGBT activist Boban Stojanovic, one of the Belgrade Pride organizers, was punched and called a “fag” in downtown Belgrade by two unidentified men. Police were investigating at time of writing. Hundreds of police officers deployed in Belgrade to protect the LGBT Pride march in September, which occurred without violence. This was a marked improvement from previous years when protesters attacked the parade, or the government had cancelled the event citing security concerns instead of providing adequate security.

The Kosovo Constitution protects against sexual orientation-based discrimination and a 2015 anti-discrimination law enumerates protections for both sexual orientation and gender identity; however, implementation remains weak.

Singapore

The rights of Singapore’s LGBT community are severely restricted. Sexual relations between two male persons remains a criminal offense, and there are no legal protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Media Development Authority effectively prohibits all positive depictions of LGBT lives on television or radio. The annual Pink Dot Festival in support of LGBT rights celebrated its eighth year in Hong Lim Park in June 2016, supported by the sponsorship of corporations including Google, Barclays, J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, BP, Bloomberg, Twitter, Apple, and Facebook. A few days after the event, the Ministry of Home Affairs warned multinational companies to stop funding the event, saying such support constitutes “foreign interference” with domestic affairs. In October, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced that, under newly promulgated rules, any entity that is not incorporated in Singapore and does not have a majority of Singapore citizens on its board is now required to apply for a permit to sponsor an event in Hong Lim Park.

Associations of more than 10 people are required to register with the government, and the Registrar of Societies has broad authority to deny registration if he determines the group could be “prejudicial to public peace, welfare or good order.” The Registrar of Societies has refused to allow any lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transsexual (LGBT) organization to register as a society on the ground that “it is contrary to the public interest to grant legitimacy to the promotion of homosexual activities or viewpoints.”

All films and videos shown in Singapore must be pre-approved by the Board of Film Censors. Theater productions must also obtain a license under the Public Entertainment and Meetings Act, and to do so must submit their scripts for approval. In June 2016, a production of “Les Miserables” was forced to delete a scene containing a same-sex kiss.

South Africa

South Africa has a progressive constitution that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and protects the human rights of LGBTI people. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has taken significant steps to improve coordination between government and civil society in combatting violence (including rape and murder) against lesbians and transgender men. On September 6, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced that due to widespread homophobic attitudes within South African society, and to protect the rights of LGBTI people, homophobic US pastor Steven Anderson and members of his church were banned from entering the country because they promote hate speech and advocate social violence. He said constitutional and legislative guarantees, including the rights of LGBTI persons, must be respected by all. Domestic LGBTI groups lauded the decision. In June 2017, at the 8th South African AIDS Conference, the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) launched the national HIV framework for LGBTI people. South Africa is the first country in the world to launch an HIV framework specifically for LGBT people as part of its national strategic plan. The objective is to “reverse the burden of disease from HIV, STIs and TB and to promote a rights and evidence-based environment for LGBTI people in South Africa.”

Some of South Africa’s votes at the United Nations were contrary to the country’s stated human rights principles. For example, in July, South Africa voted against a UN Human Rights Council resolution on the protection of human rights on the internet and abstained on a key HRC vote to appoint an independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity. The abstention went against the country’s strong constitutional protections and domestic laws around sexual orientation and gender identity. But on November 21, in the UN General Assembly committee, South Africa voted to allow Vitit Muntabhorn, the newly appointed UN expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, to continue his work. The vote was taken after the African Group put forward a resolution to stop the operations of the UN expert who was appointed in September by the Human Rights Council.

Sri Lanka

State and non-state discrimination and abuses against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) population persist. Sections 365 and 365A of the Sri Lankan Penal Code prohibit “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” and “gross indecency,” commonly understood in Sri Lanka to criminalize all same-sex relations between consenting adults. Sri Lankan law does not specifically criminalize transgender or intersex people. But no laws ensure that their rights are protected, and police have used several criminal offenses and regulations to target LGBTI people, particularly transgender women and men who have sex with men (MSM) involved in sex work. These include a law against “cheat[ing] by personation,” and the vaguely worded Vagrants’ Ordinance, which prohibits soliciting or committing acts of “gross indecency,” or being “incorrigible rogues” procuring “illicit or unnatural intercourse.” Some trans women and MSM said that repeated harassment by police, including instances of arbitrary detention and mistreatment, had eroded their trust in Sri Lankan authorities, and made it unlikely that they would report a crime. Several people also reported discriminatory treatment at the hands of medical authorities, leading many transgender people to self-medicate rather than seeking professional assistance.

Syria

News reports in 2016 indicate that ISIS continues to execute men accused of homosexuality. In one reported case from Deir al-Zour governorate, a 15-year-old boy was thrown from a building in January 2016 after he was accused of being gay. At least 25 men have been murdered by ISIS in Syria on suspicion of homosexuality or for sodomy, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Tanzania

Tanzanian law criminalizes consensual sexual conduct between adult males, with a penalty of 30 years to life in prison, one of the most severe punishments for same-sex intimacy in the world. Zanzibar has slightly different laws but criminalizes both male homosexual conduct and lesbianism. The laws are rarely applied, but police and other authorities use them as a pretext to extort, abuse and marginalize LGBTI people. 

Under the government of John Magufuli, Tanzania has seen an unprecedented crackdown on LGBT people. The government has shut down HIV outreach services and drop-in centers targeting men who have sex with men (MSM); banned the import of water-based lubricants, an important HIV prevention tool; and threatened to shut down LGBT organizations. Police in Zanzibar arrested nine young men, charged them with homosexual conduct, and subjected them to forced anal examinations at a government hospital in December 2016. They were released on bail, but the cases remain open. Another young man was arrested in Dar es Salaam in March 2017, and was also subjected to a forced anal exam. In June 2017, President Magufuli publicly condemned same-sex relationships.

Tunisia

The penal code punishes consensual same-sex conduct with up to three years in prison. Anal testing is used as the main evidence in order to convict men for homosexuality. In two high-profile cases in 2015, at least seven young men were arrested and subjected to anal examinations by forensic doctors, whose reports were used as evidence to convict them of sodomy and imprison them, even though it is well-documented that such exams lack medical value. On appeal, their sentences were reduced to two months in the first case, and one month in the second.

Tunisia has thus far been unwilling to consider decriminalization of consensual same-sex conduct but, in its 2017 UPR review, accepted a recommendation to end forced anal examinations. This positive development followed months of advocacy from Tunisian and international human rights groups. The United Nations Committee against Torture, in its 2016 evaluation of Tunisia, condemned the use of anal examinations as to prove homosexual conduct. Shortly before the UPR review, the national medical council issued a circular calling on medical personnel to stop conducting anal examinations without consent.

Turkey

Authorities frequently impose arbitrary bans on public assemblies and violently disperse peaceful demonstrations. For the second year running, the Istanbul governor’s office banned the annual Istanbul Gay and Trans Pride marches in June 2016, citing concerns about security threats and public order.

Turkmenistan

Under Turkmen law homosexual conduct is punishable by up to two years in prison. Widespread prejudice leads to homosexuality being treated as a disease, including by medical institutions and judicial authorities. Law enforcement officials and medical personnel subject persons detained and charged with sodomy to forced anal examinations, with the purported objective of finding “proof” of homosexual conduct.

Uganda

After nine years, the Constitutional Court finally ruled in November on a challenge to a limitation on the mandate of the Equal Opportunities Commission, which barred it from investigating any matter involving behavior “considered to be immoral and socially harmful, or unacceptable by the majority of the cultural and social communities in Uganda.” The judges determined the limitation was unconstitutional and violated the right to a fair hearing. Perversely, this provision had meant that the very mechanism designed to protect people from discrimination could blatantly discriminate against women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, sex workers, and anyone else who might not have been perceived to reflect the views of the majority.

Same-sex conduct remains criminalized under Uganda’s colonial-era law, which prohibits “carnal knowledge” among people of the same sex. The new NGO law raises concerns about the criminalization of legitimate advocacy on the rights of LGBTI people. In August, police unlawfully raided a peaceful pageant that was part of Gay Pride celebrations in Kampala. Police locked the venue’s gates, arrested activists, and beat and humiliated hundreds of people, violating rights to association and assembly. Police continue to carry out forced anal examinations on men and transgender women accused of consensual same-sex conduct. These examinations lack evidentiary value and are a form of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment that may amount to torture.

Ukraine

Since 2014, the government has introduced several progressive policies supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, but anti-LGBT sentiment remains strong among high-level government officials and the public. In March 2016, about 200 anti-gay, far-right supporters attacked a venue in Lviv hosting a LGBT equality festival, eventually causing the event to be cancelled. The Kyiv LGBT Pride march held in June took place without the violence against participants that had marred it in previous years. Ultra-nationalist groups had threatened to make the march a “bloody mess.” Around 6,000 police officers protected the 1,500 march participants. The first LGBT Pride march took place in Odesa in August. Local authorities initially attempted to ban it, but relented when organizers changed the route. Police arrested four ultra-nationalists who attempted to disrupt the event. A new draft of the amended labor code does not include an anti-discrimination provision that would protect LGBT people in the workplace.

United Arab Emirates

The UAE’s penal code does not explicitly prohibit homosexuality. However, article 356 of the penal code criminalizes (but does not define) “indecency,” and provid

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The whale shark, is a slow filter feeding shark that is the largest living fish species. This distinctively-marked shark is the only member of its genus Rhincodon and its family, Rhincodontidae (called Rhinodontes before 1984), which is grouped into the subclass Elasmobranchii in the class Chondrichthyes. The shark is found in tropical and warm oceans and lives in the open sea. The species is believed to have originated about 60 million years ago. The name "whale shark" comes from the fish`s physiology; that is, a shark as large as a whale that shares a similar filter feeder eating mode. Though it is often seen offshore, it has also been found closer to shore, entering lagoons or coral atolls, and near the mouths of estuaries and rivers. Its range is restricted to about ±30 ° latitude. It is found to a depth of 700 metres (2,300 ft) The whale shark is a filter feeder—one of only three known filter feeding shark species (along with the basking shark and the megamouth shark). It feeds on phytoplankton, macro-algae, plankton, krill and small nektonic life, such as small squid or vertebrates. The many rows of teeth play no role in feeding; in fact, they are reduced in size in the whale shark. Instead, the shark sucks in a mouthful of water, closes its mouth and expels the water through its gills. During the slight delay between closing the mouth and opening the gill flaps, plankton is trapped against the dermal denticles which line its gill plates and pharynx. This fine sieve-like apparatus, which is a unique modification of the gill rakers, prevents the passage of anything but fluid out through the gills (anything above 2 to 3 mm in diameter is trapped). Any material caught in the filter between the gill bars is swallowed. Whale sharks have been observed "coughing" and it is presumed that this is a method of clearing a build up of food particles in the gill rakers. This species, despite its enormous size, pose any significant danger to humans. It is a frequently cited example when educating the public about the popular misconceptions of all sharks as "man-eaters". They are actually quite gentle and can be playful with divers. There are unconfirmed reports of sharks laying still, upside down on the surface to allow divers to scrape parasites and other organisms from their bellys. Divers and snorkellers can swim with this giant fish without any risk apart from unintentionally being hit by the shark`s large tail fin. The shark is often seen by divers in The Bay Islands in Honduras, Thailand, the Maldives, the Red Sea, Western Australia (Ningaloo Reef), Gladden Spit Marine Reserve in Belize, Tofo Beach in Mozambique, Sodwana Bay (Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park) in South Africa and at the Galapagos Islands. The highest concentration of whale sharks to be found anywhere in the world is in the Philippines. From January to May, they congregate in the shallow coastal waters of Sorsogon province (at Donsol). Lucky divers have also come across whale sharks in the Seychelles and in Puerto Rico. Between December and September, they are well known to swim along the bay of La Paz in Mexico`s Baja California. Sometimes, they are accompanied by smaller fish, in particular, the remora. Recently, they have been seen in the vicinity of Tenggol Island, off the east coast of West Malaysia.
          Courts Optical Belize Optical Services and Vision Care   
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          Barrow refutes US claim on GOB being complicit in Human Trafficking   
Posted: Saturday, July 1, 2017. 2:24 p.m. CST. By BBN Staff:Prime Minister Dean Barrow, this week, refused to accept claims made by the U.S. State Department, that the Government of Belize has been complicit in human trafficking activities in the country. Belize ranked the worst among all Central American nations in the State Department’s 2017 […]
          Belize participates in Crime Stoppers forum in Salvador   
Posted: Saturday, July 1, 2017. 2:24 p.m. CST. By BBN Staff: Crime Stoppers joined with Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Belizean police in a two day forum to share experiences and information on the contraband of cigarettes in the countries. It is the first time that Belize has participated in the forum. The Belize Police Department’s representative […]
          Belize City teen shot on Raccoon street   
Posted: Saturday, July 1, 2017. 11:57 a.m. CST. By BBN Staff: Last night around 9:00, police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where Raheem Bowden ,18, of Raccoon Street Extension was seen suffering from a gunshot wound to the left shoulder.  Bowden told police he was inside his yard when a single gunshot was heard […]
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          Show-CurrencyFormatting.ps1   
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  4.     use of the NumberFormat class to nicely format things 
  5.     in this case, currency. 
  6. .DESCRIPTION 
  7.     This script iterates through the Windows cultures and 
  8.     displays those whose 2-letter ISO code is 'en' and  
  9.     displays how Windows formats currency in that culture.  
  10. .NOTES 
  11.     File Name  : Show-CurrencyFormatting.ps1 
  12.     Author     : Thomas Lee - tfl@psp.co.uk 
  13.     Requires   : PowerShell Version 2.0 
  14. .LINK 
  15.     This script posted to: 
  16.         http://www.pshscripts.blogspot.com 
  17.     MSDN sample posted to: 
  18.         http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.globalization.numberformatinfo.aspx 
  19. .EXAMPLE 
  20.     Psh > .\Show-CurrencyFormatting.ps1 
  21.     The currency symbol for 'English (United States)' is '$' 
  22.     The currency symbol for 'English (United Kingdom)' is '£' 
  23.     The currency symbol for 'English (Australia)' is '$' 
  24.     The currency symbol for 'English (Canada)' is '$' 
  25.     The currency symbol for 'English (New Zealand)' is '$' 
  26.     The currency symbol for 'English (Ireland)' is '€' 
  27.     The currency symbol for 'English (South Africa)' is 'R' 
  28.     The currency symbol for 'English (Jamaica)' is 'J$' 
  29.     The currency symbol for 'English (Caribbean)' is '$' 
  30.     The currency symbol for 'English (Belize)' is 'BZ$' 
  31.     The currency symbol for 'English (Trinidad and Tobago)' is 'TT$' 
  32.     The currency symbol for 'English (Zimbabwe)' is 'Z$' 
  33.     The currency symbol for 'English (Republic of the Philippines)' is 'Php' 
  34.     The currency symbol for 'English (Singapore)' is '$' 
  35.     The currency symbol for 'English (Malaysia)' is 'RM' 
  36.     The currency symbol for 'English (India)' is 'Rs.' 
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  42.    { 
  43.      # Only show the currency symbols for cultures that speak English. 
  44.      if ($ci.TwoLetterISOLanguageName -eq "en") { 
  45.      # Display the culture name and currency symbol. 
  46.         $nfi = $ci.NumberFormat 
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          Courts Optical Belize Optical Services and Vision Care   
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          FCM honours dedicated municipal leaders for their outstanding work to improve their communities - Region of Waterloo is the recipient of the 2016 municipal Green Champion Award   

Ottawa - The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is announcing the 2016 award recipients, paying tribute to outstanding municipal leadership. The award recipients were recognized at FCM’s 2016 Annual Conference in Winnipeg.

“Canadians from coast to coast to coast are truly fortunate to have such dedicated and talented leaders working for them in municipal government,” said FCM President Clark Somerville. “Each year we are so pleased to honour municipal experts who are making their communities better places to live and showcasing local innovation.”

FCM’s Roll of Honour

The Roll of Honour was established in 1982 to pay tribute to the outstanding contribution made by municipal officials. This year’s honourees exemplify the spirit of dedication and community service crucial to building strong vibrant municipalities.

Ms. Lise Burcher served the people of Guelph, Ontario as a municipal councillor from 2003 to 2014 where she was recognized by colleagues and constituents for her dedication to bringing people together to improve the community. She is noted for co-founding the citizen-driven organization “The Guelph Civic League” to motivate and engage residents while driving innovation and development. As a member of FCM’s Board of Directors, Ms. Burcher served on a number of standing committees including International Relations, Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government, Environmental Issues and Sustainable Development, and as Director of FCM’s Green Municipal Fund Council.

Mr. Don Forfar served as Mayor of St. Andrews, Manitoba for a remarkable 16 years, from 1998 to 2014. During that time, he showed an exemplary commitment to his community. From implementing flood defense systems to better protect residents and lessen the impact of spring flooding, to mentoring newly elected officials, to chairing numerous organizations, Mr. Forfar’s devotion to making his home town and the province of Manitoba safer, stronger and more sustainable have left a lasting legacy for generations to come. Mr. Forfar also brought that zeal for municipal leadership to his work at FCM, where he served as Manitoba Director from 2009-2014.  His hard work and resolve to show that a strong and united FCM provides a more effective voice for all municipalities led to Manitoba reaching the benchmark of 100 per cent FCM membership.

 

Ann MacLean Award

The Ann MacLean Award for Outstanding Service by a Woman in Municipal Politics recognizes retired municipal leaders who have shown exemplary service to their community and constituents and to mentoring women who want to run for elected office. It is named in honour of FCM Past President, Ann MacLean, who led FCM´s campaign to increase the number of women in municipal politics across Canada.

This year’s recipient is Ms. Audrey Green of Renfrew, Ontario. Her 35 year municipal career began in 1972 when Ms. Green was elected as the first female councillor in Renfrew. During her career as councillor, reeve, and finally mayor, she blazed a trail for many other women who entered public life both as elected officials and staff. Her guidance and wisdom helped influence and shape an entire generation of female leaders in Renfrew and it will serve as a wonderful example for many years to come.

Green Champion Awards

The FCM Green Champions Awards are presented annually to an individual and a municipality that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to implementing sustainable development initiatives within their organization and their communities. The FCM Green Champions Awards were developed to promote and reward municipal champions, inspire municipal governments, and showcase and encourage the exchange of best practices among Canadian communities.

This year’s individual honouree is the Chief Administrative Officer for Marwayne, Alberta, Joanne Horton. Ms. Marwayne has shown consistent leadership and dedication to environmental and sustainability projects in Marwayne. She has helped create Marwayne’s “Looking to the Future” short and long term sustainability plan and has also helped local non-profit boards track energy consumption and ensure that new buildings meet LEED Shadow standards. As CAO, she played a central role in ensuring that sustainability was considered in almost every aspect of Marwayne’s downtown revitalization project. She led the planning, open houses, funds generation, volunteer coordination and implementation, and encouraged council to examine all the environmental factors involved in such an important project, from brownfield site soil remediation to water and sewer infrastructure.  The project breathed new life into the village, and this past February won an FCM Sustainable Communities Award for best Neighbourhood Development Project.

The recipient of the 2016 municipal Green Champion Award is the Region of Waterloo, Ontario. Since establishing a long term Regional Growth Management Strategy in 2001, the region has doubled transit ridership vastly reducing GHG emissions, established a Community Environmental Fund in 2011 which to date has invested $540,000 into 80 community environmental projects, built 11 buildings to LEED silver standards and decreased annual water consumption by 5 billion litres over the past decade. The Region of Waterloo has already surpassed its 2011 GHG emissions reduction targets and continues to serve as an example of what communities can do when they set their sights on fighting climate change.

 

Outstanding Contribution to FCM International Programs

FCM-International is proud to bestow its 2016 Awards for Outstanding International Volunteer Contribution to an individual and a regional municipality for their extraordinary efforts to share Canadian expertise and leadership on the international stage.

This year’s individual honouree is Mr. Philip Powell, who recently retired from the City of Ottawa after 30 years of service. Mr. Powell is being honoured for his work with FCMI’s Caribbean Local Economic Development (CARILED) program.  His incredible wealth of experience in market management, social enterprise development, licensing and many other key areas and his ability to tailor these assets to fit the needs in the field make him an invaluable contributor to FCM’s international endeavours   His reputation for innovation, creativity, engagement, and leadership have also  earned Philip high praise from colleagues as  “one of the most competent, personable and dedicated volunteers with which we have ever had the pleasure of working.”

The winner in the municipal category is the Regional Municipality (MRC) of Argenteuil, Quebec. Argenteuil’s elected officials and employees have been invaluable supporters of FCMI’s international development initiatives since joining the CARILED program in 2012. The MRC of Argentueil has participated in a total of 8 local economic development missions to date. Among many other contributions, they have worked with women entrepreneurs in St. Lucia and Belize and with farming cooperatives in Dominica and Trinidad as well as hosting many delegations from the Caribbean in their beautiful region.

FCM is the national voice of municipal government. In leading the municipal movement, FCM works to align federal and local priorities, recognizing that strong hometowns make for a strong Canada.

 

Information:
Robin Walsh – Senior Media Strategist

Tél. : 613-907-6241 – rwalsh@fcm.ca

 

Shawn Lyons – Media Relations Advisor

Tél. : 613-907-6346 – slyons@fcm.ca

 

 


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          Belize Represented at XLIX Summit of Heads of Government and State of the Central American Integration System   
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          Comment on NICH hosts Belize Archaeology Symposium in San Ignacio by NICH hosts Belize Archaeology Symposium in San Ignacio - EcoGreen   
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          Comment on Belize gets another black eye for trafficking in persons by Tershia   
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          Comment on Belgian tourists plea for assistance; claims passport and money stolen by San Ignacio police by Poitou   
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          Comment on GOB Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Microsoft by Roundup: for the week ending 25 June 2017   
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          Health officials call for end to HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination ... - Antigua Observer   

Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper

Health officials call for end to HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination ...
Antigua Observer
Stakeholders gathered on High Street on Friday to distribute condoms, lubrication and information packages aimed at sensitizing the public on HIV/AIDS.
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          Businessman murdered at apartment on Orange Street   
By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor Police are currently at the scene of a murder at an apartment on Orange Street in Belize City. Preliminary reports are that the victim, a Bangladeshi national, was discovered inside his apartment with his hands tied behind his back. The Reporter will have details as […]
          Social Media, Travel, and Tourism: My Thoughts on the Belize Road Warriors Program   
With Social Media Week well behind us, we’ve been spending a lot of time the past week exchanging thoughts and ideas from the various sessions we attended. On Friday, I went to a panel at the Tribeca Grand whose subject matter was a lifestyle vertical that I am very interested in exploring: Travel and Tourism. […]
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          AIR075: Space Jam's 20th anniversary - Nigel Miguel and Nate Bellamy Jr   

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the highest-grossing basketball movie of all-time, Nigel and Nate pull back the curtain and share inside stories on the iconic Space Jam.

Nigel and Nate were vital contributors, both in-front of and behind the cameras. They also played a crucial role in the smooth running of the legendary Jordan Dome. Both gentlemen are close friends of Michael Jordan and recall some fantastic stories from on the set and discuss how the genre-bending movie came to be.

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People mentioned in this episode, include: Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Dennis Rodman, Marques Johnson, Larry Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Muggsy Bogues, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing & Shawn Bradley.

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          AIR068: Nigel Miguel - High School All-American, NIT Champion, Film Producer & Actor   

High School All-American, NIT Champion, Film Producer & Actor, Nigel Miguel.

High School: Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks), California

As a child, Nigel moved from Central America to California. We talk about his role models as a youngster, before transitioning into his high-school career, where, as a senior, he led his team to a 19-5 record, en route to winning the Del Rey League Championship. He was named a 1981 McDonald’s All-American, in the famous class that included Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin. He discusses the tremendous opportunities that afforded him, including a crucial role in the USA’s gold-medal win at the 1981 Albert Schweitzer Tournament (often referred to as the Mini-Basketball World Cup, or Junior Olympics).

College: University of California Los Angeles | Years: 1981-82 – 1984-85

Nigel played four seasons at UCLA. As a freshman, he was teammates with future Utah Jazz great – and friend of the show – Mark Eaton. In his sophomore season, Nigel’s Bruins made it the NCAA Tournament. He talks about the joy of making it to the tournament, coupled with the disappointment of a first-game exit.

In his junior and senior years, Nigel paired with all-time great, Reggie Miller. Prior to his last season with the team, Walt Hazzard – a player on John Wooden’s first NCAA Championship team – took the helm as UCLA coach. We discuss his lasting impact on Nigel and the team.. Miguel ended his Bruins career in style, scoring an equal game-high, 18 points, as UCLA won the 1985 NIT Championship, at the famed Madison Square Garden.

CBA / NBA career | Years: 1985-86 – 1986-87

We talk about the lead-up to the 1985 NBA Draft, including team interviews that Nigel undertook, and, his one-on-one workout with the legendary Jerry West, on the court at the Great Western Forum.

After being the last player cut from the New Jersey Nets’ training camp, Nigel signed with Wisconsin’s new CBA franchise, the La Crosse Catbirds. He talks about his fondness for that season, where he was named to the league’s All-Rookie team, averaging more than 17 points per game. Miguel was runner-up to future NBA All-Star, Michael Adams, for Rookie of the Year. The Catbirds made it to the 1986 CBA Championship series, before losing out to (former podcast guest) Ed Nealy and his Tampa Bay Thrillers.

Continued interest from the New Jersey Nets (and L.A. Lakers), led to Nigel’s return to (Nets) training camp, in anticipation of a roster spot for the 1986-87 NBA season. He talks about the seemingly-innocuous ‘tweak’ of his ankle, during a lead-up game. That quickly led to an inner-monologue: “My foot is on the ground…but I don’t feel anything”. He’d fractured his heel bone and damaged his Achilles tendon.

NBA veteran, Buck Williams, helped Nigel put his injury into context – offering suggestions on how to overcome the disappointment of having his professional career, seemingly reach an abrupt end.

Entertainment: Commercials, television, movies and more

After commencing rehabilitation for the 1987-88 NBA season, Nigel lost the desire to compete at the highest level, making a conscious decision to pursue other opportunities. His love for the entertainment industry, went as far back as high school – he attended classes with peers who had connections (family and otherwise) with the entertainment industry.

Miguel’s attorney helped connect Nigel with an agent and key members of the entertainment industry. Not long after, Dennis Hopper - recognizing the former-Bruins player - struck up a conversation with Miguel. Within an hour, Nigel was offered his first movie role, in Colors (1988). Future roles included the TV series, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper (1992) and movies, White Men Can’t Jump (1992), Blue Chips (1994) and the iconic Space Jam (1996), where Miguel appears on-screen and off; he was Basketball Technical Advisor.

We chat about his crucial involvement in the behind-the-scenes running of the legendary Jordan Dome, where Michael Jordan took part in amazing pick-up games – including Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Larry Johnson, Dennis Rodman & Jack Haley – during production of the film.

Nigel also details what it was like to be Michael Jordan’s ‘body double’ for seven years.

We chat about Nigel being named Belize’s ‘Goodwill Ambassador‘ (1994) and ‘Film Ambassador’ (2008), along with what the prestigious positions mean to him. Nigel also talks about creating II Jam Casting & Production.

I ask Nigel to recall “The Game I’ll Never Forget” and round out the conversation with a chat about the significance of his jersey number.

Nigel Miguel: IMDb | Media: Ardomi | Twitter: @FilmBelize

We discuss Mitchell's career in basketball since he retired as a player. He's been involved in various roles, most recently, accepting a position as a sports agent at Jackson Management Group (owned by Phil Jackson's son, Charles).

Our conversation rounds out with a quick chat about the significance of Mitchell's jersey numbers.

People mentioned in this episode, include: Cedric Ceballos, Pearl Washington & Gail Goodrich.

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8º LUGAR:

Sonhar é do ser humano...

Sonhar é do ser humano... Não nos custa simplesmente nada e sequer se mede que você é impossibilitado de ter essa primazia. Vamos todos sonhar e dessa mera quimera e fantasia, com Deus no comando, poderemos gritar ao mundo que somos felizes e dessa conquista apenas nos custou o amor a Deus e Ele existe e Ele é o nosso Salvador, Ele jamais nos vai deixar sozinho, sempre vai acreditar na força desse Deus e desse imenso amor tão bem dedicado aos nossos semelhantes e irmãos... 26.06.2017. Segunda feira. É tarde quente, cheia de graças e esperanças... Autor, radialista e jornalista, Rufino Silva.
Rufino Silva Rufino Silva falou: 
Sou como o rio Jaguaribe, sangrando e resistindo e desses percalços olhando sempre pra frente nesse mar de esperanças, muitos dos pseudos amigos são como as andorinhas, no inverno se juntam e se ajudam, no verão, se separam e às vezes, não voltam mais.. Minha mensagem de hoje.. 26. 06. 2017.

LEIA MAIS...CRÔNICAS DE RUFINO SILVA

7º LUGAR:

Entenda o novo vírus que está afetando vários países e saiba o que fazer

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O pesadelo do WannaCry parece estar se repetindo. Hoje, um novo vírus conhecido como Petwrap começou a infectar máquinas de grandes empresas, incluindo bancos estatais, ao menos um hospital brasileiro e multinacionais como a empresa farmacêutica Merck. Assim como o WannaCry, ele criptografa os dados da máquina afetada e só os descriptografa mediante o pagamento de um resgate, e ele já rendeu cerca de R$ 20 mil aos atacantes.
De acordo com Wolmer Godoi, o diretor de cibersegurança da Cipher, a semelhança entre os dois ataques não pára por aí. O Petwrap explora a mesma vulnerabilidade de SMBv1 que o WannaCry explorava para infectar novas máquinas. Essa vulnerabilidade, chamada também de "EternalBlue", já era conhecida pelo exército dos EUA, que não informou a Microsoft sobre ela. A empresa só ficou sabendo quando um grupo de hackers invadiu o exército e depois vazou as vulnerabilidades.
O SMBv1
O SMBv1, segundo Godoi, é a primeira versão do SMB, o protocolo de compartilhamento de arquivos entre computadores com Windows. "Com o tempo, a Microsoft evoluiu esse protocolo", diz Godoi, "mas as versões anteriores continuam habilitadas em computadores mais novos". O motivo disso é compatibilidade: se um computador novo precisa compartilhar arquivos em rede com uma máquina mais antiga, ele precisa desse protocolo para conseguir fazer o envio.
Acontece que esse protocolo antigo tinha uma falha - e como ele ainda estava habilitado mesmo em máquinas novas, até mesmo computadores com Windows 10 estavam vulneráveis a essa falha. Foi ela que permitiu que o WannaCry se disseminasse tão rapidamente no mês passado, porque além de criptografar o computador afetado, o malware também se espalha para outras máquinas conectadas.
Desde então, a Microsoft liberou uma atualização para os PCs que corrigia essa falha e imunizava-os contra ataques desse tipo. Mesmo assim, muitos computadores continuaram vulneráveis, por alguns motivos. Alguns usuários e empresas não instalaram a atualização, ou por não saber da importância de fazê-lo, ou por medo de perder algo de privacidade com a atualização. Outro fator é que muitos computadores ainda usam versões piratas do Windows, que não recebem atualização.
Infecção
Quando uma máquina é infectada pelo Petwrap, segundo Godoi, ela recebe apenas um arquivo executável bem pequeno. Por seu tamanho reduzido, ele passa despercebido pela maioria dos programas de antivírus e consegue se instalar na máquina afetada. Feito isso, ele se conecta a servidores externos para baixar deles outros arquivos e módulos que permitem que ele cause todo o estrago que ele causa.
No caso do Petwrap, os arquivos baixados alteram o "master boot record" (MBR) da máquina infectada. Essa parte é responsável pela inicialização do computador, e a mudança faz com que o computador não seja inicializado. Além disso, todo o conteúdo dos discos da máquina infectada são criptografados, e se tornam completamente inacessíveis até que sejam descriptografados. Trata,se sefundo Godoi, de um esquema "simples e genial".
Segundo Cleber Brandão, o gerente do laboratório de inteligência da BlockBit, esse aspecto diferencia o Petwrap do WannaCry. "O WannaCry ainda deixava você acessar seu computador para realizar o pagamento em bitcoin, por exemplo. Mas com o Petwrap, você não abre nem o Windows", comenta.
Diagnóstico
Para descobrir esses aspectos do funcionamento do malware, as empresas de segurança simulam o ataque, como se estivessem se deixando infectar. A diferença é que elas fazem isso em uma máquina virtual (uma espécie de computador rodando dentro de um computador) completamente monitorada. Cada ação que acontece nessa máquina virtual é monitorada e registrada pela máquina na qual ela está hospedada.


6º LUGAR:

Conheça agora os benefícios que o ovo trará à sua saúde

Por muito tempo, os ovos foram considerados insalubres, e muitos acreditam que o alto consumo pode aumentar o colesterol. Mas estudos recentes revelaram que os ovos são incrivelmente saudáveis para você e que a dose ideal não é apenas um ovo por dia, mas, possivelmente, dois ou três. Confira a seguir os benefícios que o consumo correto de ovos pode trazer à sua saúde:


1. Seu cérebro está sob a proteção de colina
A colina é uma vitamina de extrema importância na formação do cérebro. Comer dois ovos por dia garante que seu corpo receba bastante desse nutriente, o que é essencial, pois a deficiência de colina no cérebro pode causar diminuição de memória. 
2. A visão é preservada graças à luteína
Novas pesquisas revelam que os ovos são ricos em luteína – a substância responsável pela visão. A falta de luteína pode resultar em mudanças destrutivas no tecido ocular, fazendo com que a visão se deteriore irreversivelmente.
3. A vitamina D ajuda o corpo na absorção de cálcio.
A quantidade de vitamina D encontrada no ovo é a mesma que a de uma colher de sopa de óleo de peixe. Os suplementos especiais para a alimentação de frangos também aumentarão o teor de vitamina D em seus ovos. A vitamina D também é responsável por permitir que o corpo absorva melhor o cálcio, fortalecendo seus ossos e dentes.
4. Os ovos são ricos em vitamina B, que protege a pele, os cabelos e o fígado
Biotina, vitamina B12 e proteínas nutrientes digeríveis contribuem para o fortalecimento do cabelo e da pele. Os ovos de galinha também contêm fosfolipídios, que promovem a eliminação de toxinas do fígado.
 5. Diminuição no risco de doenças cardiovasculares
Os ovos já foram considerados fatores  essenciais no aumento de colesterol. No entanto, o colesterol encontrado nos ovos está cheio de fosfatídeos, o que significa que não é prejudicial à nossa saúde. Também inibe a própria produção de colesterol no corpo e, além disso, os ovos contêm ácidos ômega 3, que reduzem os níveis de triglicerídeos, diminuindo assim o risco de doenças cardiovasculares.
6. Os ovos ajudam na perda de peso.
Se você combinar uma dieta de baixo consumo de calorias à ingestão de ovos no café da manhã, por exemplo, é provável que você perca peso duas vezes mais rápido. Ter um café da manhã reforçado te ajudará a diminuir a quantidade de comida que você consome no resto do dia.
7. Diminui o risco de câncer.
A colina, um componente necessário na saúde do cérebro, também ajuda a reduzir o risco de câncer. Um estudo realizado em mulheres, mostrou que, durante a adolescência, aquelas que consumiram ovos apresentaram menor risco de desenvolver câncer de mama em até 18%.
8. Ovos são essenciais durante a gravidez. 
Os ovos são ricos em vitamina B9 e ácido fólico. Com sua ajuda, formam-se os glóbulos vermelhos e o tubo neural do feto. O ácido fólico também ajuda a aumentar a capacidade mental da criança.
9. Ajuda a retardar o envelhecimento.
De acordo com pesquisas realizadas por cientistas holandeses, 87% das mulheres com idades entre 35 e 40 anos apresentaram menor número de manchas da idade e pele menos enrugada. Também foi visto que, nos homens, as rugas em torno dos olhos eram visivelmente mais suaves.
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5º LUGAR:

Mensagens bregas no WhatsApp estão com os dias contados

© Reprodução / Spartakus Santiago
As famosas mensagens de ‘bom dia’, com corações e carinhas de bebês no grupo da família podem estar com dias contados

O publicitário Spartakus Santiago criou o site TypeZap que reúne belas imagens com dizeres de “bom dia” e "feliz aniversário", entre outras mensagens que fazem sucesso nos grupos de WhatsApp, só que com o diferencial é que as mensagens tem bom gosto. De acordo com o portal TechTudo, o material é gratuito, colaborativo e livre para compartilhar.

A ideia é simplificar as populares mensagens que rodam o WhatsApp – também chamado carinhosamente de “Zap” pelo país. O publicitário ressalta que as figuras originais “têm coisas aleatórias, como um desejo de bom dia com a foto de um pato”. Entra em cena o trabalho em conjunto com outros designers, para transformar uma combinação pouco comum de elementos em algo mais elegante.
No site do TypeZap estão as mensagens originais e as versões “renovadas”, por assim dizer. “Minha preocupação era não simplesmente jogar fora, mas sim manter elementos da arte inicial. Havia imagens muito bizarras, como uma margarida gigante flutuando no oceano.
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4º LUGAR:

Conheçam Shaniki Hernandez – A rainha do capô de fusca (Pata de camelo)

Shaniki Hernandez

Conheça Shaniki Hernandez, uma belizenha (nascida em Belize, América Central) com um incrível capô de fusca.
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3º LUGAR:

Raquel Martins interpreta "Lugar Secreto"

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Romã ajuda a prevenir inflamações e câncer de próstata; conheça

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A romã é rica em betacaroteno presente nas vitaminas A, B, C e E, no ferro e no cálcio, além de ter ação anti-inflamatória
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Originária do Oriente Médio, a romã é uma das frutas cultivadas pelo homem desde a antiguidade. Para os gregos, era um símbolo de fertilidade; e, para os judeus representava a esperança de um período próspero. Hoje, é conhecida por sua variedade de nutrientes e deveria estar mais presente no dia a dia das pessoas, segundo a nutricionista Flavia Salvitti, do Hospital San Paolo.

“A romã é rica em betacaroteno presente nas vitaminas A, B, C e E, no ferro e no cálcio, além de ter ação anti-inflamatória”, explica ela, complementando que o consumo da fruta proporciona ao organismo muitos benefícios, como a diminuição dos sintomas da menopausa, aumento da imunidade, controle do colesterol, prevenção de inflamações, do envelhecimento precoce e até do desenvolvimento de doenças como Alzheimer e Parkinson.
Flavia destaca também que uma forma prática de consumir a romã é por meio de sucos prontos, mas ressalta que é necessário observar a quantidade de fruta na composição da bebida e garantir que não possui conservantes.
“O consumo regular do suco de romã ajuda a prevenir inflamações recorrentes na garganta, e estudos já concluíram que também é capaz de inibir a proliferação das células do câncer de próstata, o que ajuda a impedir a metástase (migração de células cancerosas)”, pontua a nutricionista do San Paolo.

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Confira os 10 Benefícios da Goji Berry

Artigo de Rosi Feliciano
Saúde é essencial quando se trata de medicina moderna. Nós estamos olhando para um novo efeito terapêutico observadas há séculos que as plantas utilizam para isso. Por exemplo, Goji Berry.

Goji usadas 700 mil anos na China atraíram a atenção de todos no mundo com os inúmeros benefícios da baga. Goji o que aumenta a qualidade de vida dos benefícios mais bem conhecida.

goji berry funciona e fortalece o sistema imunológico, além de ter ação antioxidante e anti inflamatória .

1. Retarda o Envelhecimento
Um dos indicadores mais importantes de um estilo de vida saudável em retardar o envelhecimento. Goji Berry com um tempo reduz os efeitos. Por causa da estrutura fibrosa e eficaz antienvelhecimento propriedades antioxidantes que Goji atua como antienvelhecimento e retardar o envelhecimento da pele. Tais como o cancro da pele, quebrando os efeitos negativos dos radicais livres sobre a pele exterior, que pode reduzir o risco de problemas de saúde graves.

2. Aliviar a ansiedade e depressão
Com os seus anfitriões na depressão Goji, que ajuda a remover a ansiedade e outros problemas psicológicos. Este aspecto é acreditado para aumentar a energia vital na China. Para eliminar o efeito da depressão é uma receita tradicional consultado antes da medicina moderna.

3. Vitamina C
A vitamina C é devido para aumentar a imunidade contra resfriados. Goji Berry é rica em vitamina C que contém 3 vezes mais vitamina C do que a laranja.

4. Queima gordura
Goji Berry contém 19 aminoácidos diferentes. Os blocos de construção das proteínas, aminoácidos, bem como garantir o crescimento e regeneração do músculo, acelera a queima de gordura. Então, se você quer ganhar força a partir de acúmulo de gordura e peso deve optar por alimentos ricos em aminoácidos. Mas não se esqueça de beber muita água.

5. Facilita a digestão
Esta fruta misteriosa do Extremo Oriente, proporciona regularização dos problemas digestivos. É bastante útil para o melhoramento de problemas de estômago tais como gastrite.

6. A capacidade de aumentar a fertilidade
Goji é usada novamente para tratamento de infertilidade em países da Ásia e do Extremo Oriente. Nos homens, que assegura a viabilidade das células de esperma, e as células do polissacárido testículos goji foi revelado que evita a degradação induzida pelo stress e morte.

7. Regula os níveis de açúcar e insulina
Goji Berry vezes bastante antigos na China, particularmente goji é usada para o tratamento de diabetes tipo 2. Também conhecida como diabetes tipo 2 é o tipo mais frequente de diabetes no mundo. Diabetes tipo 2 em pessoas, a produção de insulina é baixa. Goji Berry também está envolvida neste momento e regula os níveis de insulina. No entanto, os pacientes diabéticos utilizando o goji deve sempre consultar o médico antes de comer.

8. Regular os níveis de colesterol
A maior razão para o consumo de Goji berry  é a luta contra o mau colesterol.

9. Deficiência visual
A vitamina A, zeaxantina, goji contém minerais e vitaminas vitais, tais como betacaroteno em bagas que ajudam na saúde ocular que é benéfica para a saúde dos olhos. Como a baga de goji contém nutrientes e minerais que ajudam a prevenir a catarata, pode reduzir o risco de problemas de visão causados ​​pelo envelhecimento.

10. Eliminar a tontura
Devido ao efeito a medicina tradicional chinesa e um dos recursos naturais, mais comumente referidos eliminar a tontura e dor de cabeça é a baga de goji. Você deve tomar goji antes de deitar.

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Cubelizer es una startup creada por Marcos García y Celso L. Masid que ayuda a las tiendas físicas y a los centros comerciales a entender el comportamiento de sus clientes y visitantes. Para ello emplea una visión artificial y machine learning que trata y analiza los millones de datos anonimizados que captura. Datos que, después de procesados, se convierten en información agregada para los clientes, a fin de que estos puedan medir los resultados de sus campañas de marketing o rediseñar sus espacios físicos de venta. La startup cuenta con el apoyo de ENISA, la entidad pública de apoyo al emprendimiento, que les concedió un préstamo participativo de 60.000 euros.

En definitiva, la intención de Cubelizer es mejorar la toma de decisiones de las empresas otorgando información objetiva y precisa. Una tarea que llevan practicando desde abril de 2016, cuando la empresa quedó formalmente constituida. La empresa destaca por ofrecer información fácilmente entendible para negocio y muy precisa a partir de la muestra completa de personas que visitan un espacio físico: todas las personas, todo el tiempo y en todo el espacio.

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Sus objetivos de cara al futuro pasan por consolidar y aumentar el numero de clientes. De momento ya han participado en algunos de los principales programas de aceleración como Tetuan Valley, Redepyme de EOI, Area 31 y European Coworkings de EOI.

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