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The Garifuna Settlement Day movement ? A cause for The Jewel

Garifuna Settlement Day, founded by Honduranean Carib Thomas Vincent Ramos, became a national holiday in 1977. This was an acknowledgement of the national importance of the Garifuna Settlement Day movement.

While much credit has gone to Ramos as the founder of Garifuna Settlement Day, the role of his immediate supporters and colleagues, Mateo Avaloy, C. S. Benguche, Domingo Ventura and Panteleon Hernandez, cannot be ignored. No man is an island, and Ramos recognized that his vision was one that was shared by his brothers and sisters, and hence the unanimous decision at the November 17, 1941 meeting for the day to be commemorated.

Charity for charity

California-based singer, Charity Goodin, is currently in Belize, where she is to perform along with some of the country?s finest jazz musicians on Friday night, November 5, for a YMCA benefit concert. The wine and cheese event is expected to begin at 8:00 p.m. at the House of Culture in Belize City.

The YMCA said that all the proceeds of the concert are going to the organization, which is requesting a $50 contribution from each person who attends.

Charity for charity

California-based singer, Charity Goodin, is currently in Belize, where she is to perform along with some of the country?s finest jazz musicians on Friday night, November 5, for a YMCA benefit concert. The wine and cheese event is expected to begin at 8:00 p.m. at the House of Culture in Belize City.

The YMCA said that all the proceeds of the concert are going to the organization, which is requesting a $50 contribution from each person who attends.

Dan Man comes ?Outta Trenchtown!

He is not a newcomer on the music scene by any estimation, but the energetic Allison Hemsley, popularly known as ?Dan Man,? is a newcomer to the world of published music. On Friday, Dan Man will launch a limited edition of his very first album, Outta Trenchtown.

Dan Man?s coming out as a recorded artist is his way of leaving a tangible piece of his original compositions with his fans, who range from the very young to the middle-aged?at least these are the people who he said have been following his music since he burst on the scene eight years ago.

Remembering Maurice Jones ? the ?70s superstriker!

Legendary striker, Maurice Jones, 49, credits himself with scoring over 300 goals during his football career in the first and second divisions.

At 6 feet and 2 inches tall and with a weight of about 170 pounds, Jones was an indomitable player.

The BTL saga

For 15 years, from the beginning of 1988 to the end of 2002, the Belize Telecommunications Limited (BTL) enjoyed the benefits of being the only company licensed to provide telecommunications service in Belize.

BTL grew out of the Belize Telecommunications Authority. On December 30, 1987, the Government transferred the assets of the BTA to BTL, and kept it as a publicly owned entity.

BTL got its first telecommunications license on January 1, 1988. The license gave it exclusive right to provide national and international telecommunications services in Belize. However, in April, 1999, the Director of Telecommunications granted an ?operating agreement? to Data Pro International, permitting it to operate a commercial satellite communication system in the free zone.

Psychiatric nurse – ?Mental disorders are not controllable?

This week is being celebrated as Mental Health Week under the theme ?The Relationship between Physical and Mental Health ? the body and mind connection.?

World Mental Health Day is celebrated on October 10 annually, and this year it will be marked on Sunday with a balloon lift-off at the BTL Park at 3:00 p.m.

$15 million Marine Parade Boulevard to be inaugurated

In October, the Government of Belize (GOB) and the Belize City Council (BCC) are expected to inaugurate the commercial capital?s newest and most modern boulevard, constructed in the Fort George area of Belize City.

Local traffic authorities say that tourist buses will use the multi-million-dollar boulevard as an entrance to, and exit from, the Belize Tourism Village, but they also encourage other drivers to use the route to help alleviate traffic congestion in the area.

The tangled web SSB, DFC, public finances and telecommunications

The ongoing controversy over the Social Security Board?s involvement in Government?s strategy of securitization?the sale of debt backed by a security to a third party?has revealed the web of financial challenges that the Government of Belize has been faced with over the years.

Currently, the Government of Belize is attempting to refinance its commercial debt with two of its major creditors: The Royal Merchant Bank of Trinidad and Tobago (RBTT) and the International Bank of Miami (IBOM).

John Alexander Watler: The roads to his literary genius!

In just a little under two years, John Alexander Watler has distanced himself from his literary contemporaries by adding a second novel to his resume. On Tuesday, August 31, at a brief ceremony held at Print Belize Ltd. new office on Mercy Lane, the new John A. Watler novel, Sea Lotto, was launched. Sea Lotto follows closely behind Watler?s first novel, Cry Among The Rain Clouds, released in 2002.

Amandala spoke with Watler at the launching of his new novel, which, unlike the first one that was printed in Guatemala City, comes as a complete Belizean package, which also heralds its printer/publisher, Print Belize Ltd., in the world of book publishing.

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