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|Belize was the site of several Mayan city states until their decline at the end of the first millennium A.D. The British and Spanish disputed the region in the 17th and 18th centuries; it formally became the colony of British Honduras in 1854. Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992 and the two countries are involved in an ongoing border dispute. Guatemala and Belize are gearing up for a simultaneous referendum to determine if this dispute will go before the International Court of Justice at The Hague. Tourism has become the mainstay of the economy. Current concerns include an unsustainable foreign debt, high unemployment, growing involvement in the South American drug trade, growing urban crime, and increasing incidences of HIV/AIDS.|
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I had a great dinner tonight with Debbie (Pearl's niece) and Dean Gushiken
at La Mer, Pearl's favorite restaurant. They were my caretakers of apartment,
fish and plants in my absence of two months. The least I could do was share
with them one terrific dinner, so we went to La Mer, started with champagne,
and I had a foie gras, wagyu beef, chocolate passion (or whatever it was
called) and a glass of Margaux. Yes, it was terribly expensive, but, I would
guess, less than one night of my hotel room cost for half my stays.
The Dow Jones Industrials managed to end the day +9 at 10,850,
with Europe down and the Orient up. The Nikkei is at 10,996.
Which will break 11,000 first? Mind you, at the end of 1989 the
Nikkei hit 38,997 and sunk to 7162 on 27October2008, while
the DJI Average reached 14,164 on 7October2007 and dropped
to 6507 on 9March2009. Of recent, the DJIA and Nikkei have
tracked each other, although the former is in U.S. dollars and
the latter in Japanese Yen, where today you would get 92.7 yen
for a dollar, so there is no value basis for comparing the two.
Gold jumped $17/toz to $1108 and crude oil remained at $80/barrel.