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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 [...]

A Training Workshop for Lawyers and Medical Practitioners on Mental Health

The bar and the judiciary, along with representatives of the Ministry of Health, gathered today at the Radisson for a training workshop on persons with mental health disorders and the [...]

Bar Association on Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

Co-executive Director Pervais Jabbar, of the Death Penalty Project, reiterates that the knowledge generated from today’s discussions can be useful if applied to individual cases involving persons with mental health [...]

Raspberry Pi for High School Innovators

High schools from across the country converged on Belize City today where students participated in a competition geared towards young innovators.  The goal is to use a miniature computer platform [...]

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, [...]

Port Authority and Christian Workers Union Sign CB

Two collective bargaining agreements were signed today to benefit members of the Christian Workers Union. The Belize Port Authority and the CWU, after five weeks of negotiations, reached agreement in [...]

Port Authority Chair Says Signing New Agreement is Historic

According to Chairlady of the Belize Port Authority, Ruth Staine Dawson, the signing is a historic experience because the agreement was concluded in a relative short time and there is [...]

Central Bank Signs CBA with CWU

As we said, there was a second CBA signed earlier today, but at the Central Bank. While the media was not invited to that signing, a total of one hundred [...]

Ashcroft Attorney Says Speculation on Arbitration Award is Pointless

The official figure tallied in what will very likely be a whopping arbitration award is due in soon. We’ve all heard the numbers being thrown around – anywhere from a [...]

Government Loses Another Multimillion Dollar Litigation to BCB Holdings

That arbitration award is hefty, but government will spend much more. Recently, G.O.B. lost another multimillion dollar litigation brought by BCB Holdings in a U.S. Court. Courtenay says that the [...]

Blackadore Caye Development is Back on Track

Blackadore Caye Resort is back in the news tonight. The multimillion-dollar, eco-friendly, luxury resort project restructured, following a round of consultations in San Pedro in which residents expressed serious concerns [...]

Lunch With a Cop at the Princess

The police department has embarked on a new initiative to strengthen its community policing approach. The three regional commanders of the Eastern Division came together today to Lunch with a [...]

Courts Donates Ten Thousand Dollars to Lifeline Foundation

A donation that will go a long way for children was handed over to the Lifeline Foundation today at Courts Main Store in Belize City. Unicomer Belize Limited provided the [...]

Remembering Elijio Briceño

And this news…Elijio Briceño, affectionately known as Don Joe or Boss Joe, was laid to rest in his hometown of Orange Walk on Wednesday. The former Minister of Energy and [...]

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 [...]