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GAF Stops Local Media from Traversing the Sarstoon River

Tonight, the uncertainty surrounding that volatile zone known as the Sarstoon is alive and well after Guatemalan Armed Forces denied a News Five team passage down the river this morning, [...]

PM Responds to Guatemala’s Restriction of Access to the Sarstoon

Even as our team headed back to Belize City, deterred from entering the Sarstoon but having made the point that Guatemala isn’t playing on the same checkerboard, Prime Minister Dean [...]

PM Says There’s a Clear, Unwritten Understanding Between Belize & Guatemala

A release issued by government on Tuesday, announcing the revocation of the Sarstoon Prohibition SI, stated that, “While the formal mechanism is being worked on, the two sides have informally [...]

Will Government Reinstitute Sarstoon Law?

So with Belizean civilians still not able to enter the Sarstoon, what happens next? Will government perhaps seek to reinstitute the Sarstoon Law?   On the Phone: Prime Minister Dean [...]

What About the B.D.F.; Will They Still be Chased Up the River?

It’s clear what the real protocol is at the Sarstoon where civilians are concerned. Belizeans can’t go there. But what about the B.D.F.? We all saw footage of the Guatemalan [...]

Belizeans Fishermen Arrested in Guatemala for Illegal Entry

There is another developing story. It is well-known that Guatemalan nationals illegally enter Belizean territory for illegal activities. Most recently when the Sarstoon law applied, their fishermen routinely traversed into [...]

Murder in Paradise, El Diablo is Executed in a Hail of Gunfire

The fourth murder for the Corozal District for this year took place on Thursday evening in the village of Paraiso. Thirty-seven year old Delmar Guerra was trailed and executed by [...]

Delmar Guerra is Ambushed and Killed in Paraiso Village

Late this evening, San Joaquin resident, Delmar Guerra was shot multiple times as he drove a van through the village of Paraiso, Corozal. Guerra was ambushed by a pair of [...]

P.U.P. Senator Eamon Courtenay Discusses Istanbul Talks

The much anticipated Istanbul talks are over and done with, but there is no definitive resolution and certainly no protocols coming out of those very high-level discussions. A release sent [...]

Is Guatemala Willing to Fast Track Sarstoon Protocol?

The fact is that if Guatemala agrees to any protocols with equitable use of the Sarstoon as an end point, it would represent a significant back-tracking. In past months the [...]

A Timeline to Continue Negotiating Sarstoon Protocol is Pretty Much Set

Both positions are polar opposites, so the next step is actually to the point where concrete protocols enter the equation. We’ve actually been there. On April eighth Belize presented eleven [...]

Ambassador Courtenay Says O.A.S. Has Critical Role in Discussions

The incident in Chiquibul in which a Guatemalan minor was shot also made it to the negotiating table in Istanbul. Following that incident, Guatemalan officials including President Jimmy Morales, Foreign [...]

Is There Any Update from O.A.S. in Chiquibul Shooting?

And finally, in our coverage of the Istanbul talks, we asked Courtenay about the ongoing investigation into that Chiquibul incident. The OAS launched one at the request of Guatemalan authorities, [...]

IMF Preliminary Report on Belize Doesn’t Inspire Economic Confidence

The International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.) has issued a report at the end of its most recent visit to Belize which concluded this Wednesday. The team was led by Jacques Bouhga-Hagbe [...]

Suicide at Queen Street Precinct: On-duty Police Officer Shoots Himself

Today, the Belize Police Department is reeling from the sudden death of one of their own, Police Constable Edwardo Gonzalez – not in the line of duty, but allegedly by [...]

Another Officer Ingests Deadly Poison in Suicide Attempt

That suicide this morning follows what we are told was an attempt by another police officer on Monday. In that case the officer allegedly ingested some form of poison, reportedly [...]

Police Department Addresses Critical Turn of Events

When and if that officer does recover, he will be placed into counseling which is provided by the Employee Assistance Program. It’s a twenty-four hour service available to those within [...]

Counseling to be Provided for Traumatized Colleagues

That counseling is sorely needed by officers who deal with long hours at a very difficult job. The suicide and attempted suicide this week highlight the need. But there’s some [...]

‘Papa’ Mena Discusses U.D.P.’s Upcoming Special Convention

On Sunday at the ITVET in Belize City, the United Democratic Party will be holding a special convention to elect a First Deputy Leader.  Belmopan Area Representative John Saldivar is [...]

A Pregnant Mother in Cayo Tests Positive for Zika

There is another confirmed case of zika in Belize. Late this evening, the Ministry of Health issued a release confirming that another patient has tested positive for the virus. This [...]

Did Police Pummel Zachry Knox Following Incident Involving Top Cop?

On May twelfth, nineteen-year-old Zachry Knox allegedly fired three shots at Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams during a high speed chase in the city. Knox was picked up that [...]

G.O.B. Revokes Controversial Sarstoon Law!

There’s a lot of news tonight revolving out of Belize/Guatemala talks and the Sarstoon – perhaps the most sensational being that G.O.B. has revoked the Sarstoon Prohibition S.I., that piece [...]

Belize and Guatemala Negotiate Sarstoon Protocol in Istanbul

That’s big news indeed, since the Sarstoon has remained a potential flashpoint for months. So that brings us to the Istanbul talks, scheduled for May twenty-first. We’re told they didn’t [...]

P.U.P. Cancels Planned Weekend Sarstoon Trip

While those talks were supposed to be happening on Saturday, the P.U.P. had planned a trip to the Sarstoon. They claimed that it was an educational trip as opposed to [...]

Deputy Party Leader Cordel Hyde Says There Were No Boats

The revocation of the Sarstoon Prohibition SI comes only four days after it was challenged in Court by the People’s United Party, and three days after the P.U.P. planned an [...]