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Written by By Ed U. Kate   
Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

NEWS 5 May 29, 2015 Former Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay Chimes in on Elrington’s Border Comments: “Now the island in the Sarstoon River, a part of it is on the north side of the midline and therefore it’s in Belizean territory and another part of it is in Guatemalan territory, on the south side.” The highlighted words are the best examples of misinformation. The border is MID-CHANNEL and not midline.  The whole island is NORTH of the border and is therefore 100% Belizean territory.

Courtenay Proposes ‘Deep Freeze’ as I.C.J. Alternative: “My belief is that we should agree with Guatemala for a minimum for twenty five years that there will be no attempt to resolve the territorial dispute…”

“…there would be no negotiations unless Guatemala is prepared to accept our borders.”

“…we have to sign a defense non-aggression pact.”

“We have to sign and implement a treaty that protects the environment that fights crime and fights illegal immigration.”

“I am suggesting that my position is let us put to one side the dispute…”

“…there must be an updated legal opinion.”

“…there must be a legal opinion on the maritime issue.”

“…we must know who our lawyers are…”

“…we must be satisfied that there is a team that is being paid and fully paid.”

“…we need to amend the Referendum Act…”

“We need to amend the Maritime Areas Act…”

“…we should amend the Representation of the People’s Act…”



Why stop at 25? Print E-mail
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Written by By Jamil Matar   
Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

A caller on the LOVE FM show on Tuesday, the eight day of January 2019, put the issue of the referendum in precise context when she said that the decision to seek redress from the United Nations’ International Court of Justice has been Belize’s instituted foreign policy for decades.  The caller punctuated that it did not matter which Political Party originally mapped this path for resolution to the Guatemalan claim; once the choice of action has been decided by an elected Belizean government, that decision becomes our standing foreign policy unless reversed by another legal Government.  Now to have the leadership of the PUP act as if this was an idea birthed by the United Democratic Party is disingenuous; ridiculous even, to one day fully promote a course of action while in Government, and then later condemn the same course when in Opposition.  No mass political Party should allow the new bully on the block, the so-called Belize Peace Movement nee COLA, to intimidate it. The BPM has no sensible alternative to the ICJ, no viable proposal except to say “NO” to the present option.

That same afternoon of the LOVE talk show, two PUP politicians cleared up the issue for Belizeans.  In the first instance, the high --priced marionette referred to the former Foreign Ministers’ declaration as a “circus” and stated that his personal position on the Guatemalan differendum has always been for “a deep freeze’ scenario in which both countries would agree to “halt negotiations for two and a half decades”.    Firstly, whenever you serve in public office at the pleasure of the Prime Minister, especially if you have never been elected, even to a village council water board, your primary responsibility is to carry out the policies of the Cabinet as instructions, not suggestions. Secondly, even if one’s personal insipid “deep freeze” opinion was plausible and Guatemala would sign on to it, why stop at 25 years? Why not “deep freeze” the claim for 1000 years or until Rev. 21:1 is fulfilled, whichever comes first?

The other PUP exposé relates to the undisputed heavyweight boxer from Cayo South, Mr. J.  Espat. He openly and boldly declared that the ICJ referendum is about Party politics, contesting the rational position of his colleague, Hon.  Kareem Musa. Check out Espat’s words, “He’s my colleague but I disagree with him, I think everything in politics is a litmus test, that’s a reality in life”. This is how these rogue Southern PUP politicians have attempted to highjack the ICJ decision. They are placing their personal hunger for power above national interests. To these people there is no urgency to solve decades of open aggression from our neighbor; to them there is only clamoring necessity to replace this Government with members of their Party.  We must hope and pray that these selfish, greedy, wannabes are not successful in derailing the “YES” vote. I hope in God’s name that I am still alive when the ICJ rules that we can demarcate our existing western border with a bold line rather than with dashes. To Julio I say, your exaggerated posturing and misrepresentation about the ICJ will one day come back to bite you right on the mark. Then you will remember the adage from the old man from Bullet Tree; spoken words are like spent arrows or feces from a horse. Once it comes out, there is no way to put it back in!

The “L” word Print E-mail
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Written by By Thamar Jones   
Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

Are you one of the lucky ones? Are you one of those fortunate people who just seem to have all the luck in life? Successful in love, career, finances, leading a happy and meaningful life?

Does luck have anything to do with success?

Thomas Jefferson once said “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”

The dictionary defines luck as the “events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual.” But if we analyze Jefferson’s statement, luck has nothing to do with circumstances operating for or against you. In his statement, Luck becomes less of a matter of chance and more a matter of being open to new experiences, perseverance, hard work, and positive thinking.

As is true with so many human problems, people tend to deal with this difficult-to-quantify inequality by giving it a name— “luck”— and then disclaiming any responsibility for how much of it they are apportioned.

Richard Wiseman, a professor at Britain’s University of Hertfordshire, has conducted some experiments which indicate to him that we have a lot more influence on our own good fortune than we realize.

Wiseman is quoted as saying, “The ones who achieve their goals are the ones who - when they hit obstacles - don’t just give up and pack it in, they try again! They find another route. They are versatile, they are flexible, and they have got new ways of finding solutions. Luck is accepting responsibility for who you are and being the person who drives the bus, not the person who is being driven.”

The study shows that lucky people tend to be far more open to new experiences. Those who are unlucky are creatures of habit, never varying from one day to the next. This tells us that if you want to be lucky, you must add some variety to your life. Meet new people, go to new places, and increase the possibility of those chance opportunities the “lucky” people always seem to run into.

Luck, though, isn’t JUST about trying new things. Luck is also about hard work, even when it is, well, hard.

Here I will share four of Wiseman’s principles to help you increase your chance of good fortune:

Principle One: Maximise Chance Opportunities

Lucky people are skilled at creating, noticing and acting upon chance opportunities. They do this in various ways, including networking, adopting a relaxed attitude to life and by being open to new experiences.

Principle Two: Listening to Lucky Hunches

Lucky people make effective decisions by listening to their intuition and gut feelings. In addition, they take steps to actively boost their intuitive abilities by, for example, meditating and clearing their mind of other thoughts.

Principle Three: Expect Good Fortune

Lucky people are certain that the future is going to be full of good fortune. These expectations become self-fulfilling prophecies by helping lucky people persist in the face of failure, and shape their interactions with others in a positive way.

Principle Four: Turn Bad Luck to Good

Lucky people employ various psychological techniques to cope with, and often even thrive upon, the ill fortune that comes their way. For example, they spontaneously imagine how things could have been worse, do not dwell on the ill fortune, and take control of the situation.

Unsurprisingly, optimism plays a key role in luckiness. Being open to new experiences and persevering are important in creating luck, but so is your thought process. Even though a particular business deal or job opportunity didn’t work out or you missed the bus, looking at the bright side of things may very well encourage more luck to come your way.

Proponents of the idea that luck is a matter of chance will tell you that some people are just lucky. Some will even tell you that luck happens in phases, and that a bit of luck is sure to come your way eventually. The simple truth of the matter, though, is that luck is not a matter of chance. You make your own luck in this life, and the great thing about it is that anyone can do it. Lucky you!