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Written by By Ed. U Kate   
Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Adults have two extremely important duties to their country. The first is ‘civic duty’, which involves coming to the right decision at election time! The second important duty is to offer oneself to protect the country militarily if such a need arises! April 10th this year is a demand for us to meet the first duty, a CORRECT vote!

It is shocking to hear an adult today complain that he or she does NOT know enough to come to a wise decision about the Guatemalan problem! EVERY Belizean above the age of ten knows something about the problem; that I can guarantee you! That knowledge is exactly the foundation that one needs to build on. Kindly allow me to share with you some of the blocks that I use to build up to my decision:  a) Columbus came to this part of the world in 1492. At that time, NO European knew the size of the Atlantic Ocean and of this Western Hemisphere! Scientists, philosophers and mathematicians who, as early as around 600 B.C., made observations that Earth was round, actually provided the basis for Columbus’ hypothesis that by sailing west, he would end up in The East! Greedy Europe became embroiled in fights to steal the wealth of the New World from the millions of Amerindians that were living here!  b) Queen Elizabeth I made it very clear that NO Pope had the right to divide the Earth and she further declared that her subjects would be free to settle on any land, not at the time occupied by Spaniards.  c) King Francis the First demanded to see the clause in Adam’s Will that gave Spain and Portugal the New World.  d) Queen Victoria was responsible for the 1859 Treaty.  e) King George the Fifth was responsible for the 1931 Treaty.  f) King George VI recommended settlement of the dispute at The Hague Court.  g) The Legislative Council of British Honduras supported the King’s decision.  h) Philip Goldson was the first Belizean to ask for the United Nation’s help with the unfounded claim. On the 15th November, 1967 Philip S. W. Goldson said:” Since 1940, Guatemala has repeatedly refused British offers to submit the dispute over the 1859 Treaty to the legal decision of the International Court of Justice in The Hague. It can only be conjectured, therefore, in the face of these refusals that Guatemala is in grave doubt about the legal and historical rightness of her claim to our country and therefore unwilling to risk putting it to the test before a properly constituted body. This is hardly surprising, for even in the words of the pro-Guatemalan international lawyer Bianchi, they have a legally desperate case.” i) Price and Rogers both addressed the unfounded claim at the United Nations.  j) Barrow, Esquivel, Musa, Courtenay, Smith, Lisa, Assad, Briceño, Elrington, Finnegan, Panton, Saldivar, Faber… are on record concerning ICJ adjudication of Guatemala’s unfounded claim. Other building blocks that I use are the aggression and violence of the Guatemalans in our protected areas; the thousands of illegal immigrants squatting in this country; the thousands of acres of forest that have been destroyed; the damage to our watershed; the killing of our birds, mammals, reptiles and fish; the illegal panning of our gold; the pollution of our rivers. Every 10-year-old knows of the problems Guatemala has caused us. My foundation and the buildings blocks that I have available to me, lead me to a loud, bold, brave and resounding “YES.” I am 100% confident that “YES” is ABSOUTELY THE RIGHT DECISION for BELIZE!

I urge you to start with your foundation and then work carefully and honestly with your knowledge blocks.

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Written by By Jamil Matar   
Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

There is a catapult in every successful politician’s career, which propels them to national prominence. At times, these triggers are domestic issues in their individual communities where fellow citizens see them as altruists, who will deliver in making their communities a better place at the end of the day. Other times, these aspiring politicians will latch on to national issues in an attempt to draw countrywide affection from the masses. The ICJ issue has been like a seed pod to wannabe politicians from the Hondo to the Sarstoon.  Shrouded under the flag of patriotism, we have seen the BPP take form and a movement called the BTV sprout from the river bank.  Both of these spores will either bud or wither after April 10.

The thing is some of the more rambunctious demagogues in these organizations will attempt to hang on to the ICJ “Titi” even after if the “YES” vote is successful.   They will continue spreading fear, doom and culpability for the entire two years of adjudication. They are hoping that people may vote them in office in 2020 in consolation or through guilt if one voted “YES” and then has second thoughts.

I think that the “NO” schemers have calculated that they will win either way.  If “YES” wins, they can still pick up sympathy votes in the next election and if “NO” wins they are home free in 2020! The flip side of the coin in their win-win calculous (there is always a flip side, even in boledo) is that after the “YES” wins, and Belize is successful at the ICJ, we will remember all of them, who tried to wreck our opportunity at peace and prosperity.  Voters are taking names and remembering faces. The Americans have modified this phrase and say “kick butts and then take names”.

Some of the said demagogues, who see the ICJ as a political shuttle, can very well end up buried forever from politics. Right now, they believe that uttering nationalistic slangs and smiling cynically makes them patriotic, smart, hip and radical. Their ego has convinced them that fluttering a Belizean flag under an “I LOVE BELIZE” cap makes them more Belizean than the rest of us. Drop the pretense, buddies! It makes you look more foolish than you really are.  Please show some respect and wash the flag already! It looks “BILGY” now, truly.

In closing I hope my friend “Common Sense” watched the Tuesday morning presentation on Wave Radio by Dr. Herman Bird from the Referendum Unit. I was left impressed with the amount of legal ammunition our country has in its arsenal, pardon the analogy.   I am today more confident than ever that we will be successful at the ICJ and end the claim in this generation. Take care.

Time is Money! (Time is actually way more valuable than money) Print E-mail
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Written by By Thamar Jones   
Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Imagine you had a bank account that deposited $86,400 at the start of each day; however, the account does not allow you to keep a cash balance, and whatever amount you had failed to use gets cancelled at the close of the day. How much would you withdraw from the account each day? Did you say all of it?! I’d bet you would!

You do have such a bank. We all do. But it is loaded with something even more valuable than money. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as a loss, whatever time you have failed to use wisely. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft so you can’t borrow against yourself or use more time than you have. Each day, the account starts fresh.  If you fail to use the day’s deposits, it’s your loss and you can’t get it back. There is never any borrowing time. You can’t take a loan out on your time or against someone else’s. The time you have is the time you have and that is that.

Just as with money, you decide how you spend your time. It is never the case of not having enough time to do things, but the case of whether we want to do them and where they fall in our priorities. To make the most of your time is to make the most of your opportunities. To make the most of your opportunities, you must know exactly what it is you want. In other words, you must be clear on your goals and what it is you want to achieve. You must know how you want to ‘spend’ your time.

However, simply knowing what you want isn’t enough. You must be on the lookout for opportunities that will help you to achieve your goals and you must prepare yourself to take full advantage when it presents itself.  Opportunities are all around us but are you capable of taking advantage when it comes your way? Most people are, unfortunately, ill-prepared for opportunities. They are ill-prepared because they simply don’t have the relevant knowledge, skills, support and tools at their disposal to make the most of opportunity.

Let’s imagine for a minute that your dream is to be a famous actor. You want nothing more than to be on the big screen, starring in movies alongside the biggest celebrities like Zac Efron and Jennifer Lawrence. You visualize yourself on red carpets, signing autographs for your millions of adoring fans. Now imagine that today, you were given the opportunity to fly out to Hollywood, California to audition for the role of your dreams. Would you be ready? Would you be ready to give the performance of a lifetime and compete for the role against the other people vying for the same chance?

Maybe being a movie star is not your dream.  But are you ready to seize the opportunities that will help you to achieve your goals if they came your way today?

Use your time to acquire the relevant knowledge, skills, support and tools, to help you make the most of potential opportunities.

A lottery ticket is most people’s idea of an opportunity. However, the odds of that ticket turning into a positive outcome are of course extremely slim. The truth is that real opportunities come through one single channel, and that channel almost always involves people. Yes, people are the one key factor that can help drive opportunity your way. It is often said that it’s not what you know, but rather who you know that matters. With this in mind, it’s important to regularly spend time connecting and networking with people, who can potentially help you get ahead and achieve your goals.

For the most part, opportunities don’t come wrapped up in a gift basket. They rather come dressed in dirty overalls holding a shovel. In other words, life’s opportunities are often disguised as problems that require hard work and a trip outside of your comfort zone. And it is for this very reason, that most people fail to recognize opportunities. They fail to recognize an opportunity because they expect it to be given to them on a silver platter. If it’s not easy, then it’s no opportunity but rather a distasteful set of tasks that require too much effort. And as a result, they fail to make the most of their situation.

It’s up to you to decide whether or not an opportunity is truly worth taking. There are after all, no guarantees. Your risks might not payoff in the end, but if you’re careful and calculated, they very much may.

In the moment, we will, of course, never truly know where each of our choices will take us. That’s something we will eventually discover years down the track. Looking back, there may even be some regrets and disappointment, and most of them will probably be because of opportunities not taken, and time you did not use wisely.