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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.

Heart specialist, cardiologist Dr. James Huhta, opens doors for children with heart problems in Belize!

He?s here again for the eighth time, to extend his gratitude, and help children in Belize who have been diagnosed with congenital heart defects. Because of the unavailability of this service and technique in Belize, it?s an opportunity parents don?t want to miss out on.

The kind-hearted professor, Dr. James C. Huhta, MD, a professor of Pediatrics & Ob/Gyn, with the Pediatric Cardiology Associates at the University of South Florida, has opened his doors to service children in Belize. This could not have been possible without the assistance of Rotary International.

?Good governance? ? Belize Governance Improvement Commission takes authorities to task over Social Security issue

?The Commission expressed concern about the apparent placement of SSB funds in high-risk low-yield instruments, contrary to prudent financial management principles.?

The Prime Minister, Hon. Said Musa, appointed 13 members to the Belize Governance Improvement Commission (BGIC) on July 1, 2004, in keeping, he said, with the People?s United Party?s manifesto promise to foster ?good governance.?

His party declared in its 2003 ?Keep Belize Free? manifesto that, ?Any dishonesty or corruption in public life poses a threat to democracy, produces instability, and slows down economic growth.?

DISCLOSURES ON SSB AND DFC

International Telecommunications Limited (Intelco) was birthed in January, 2000, under the tenureship of former Minister of Finance, Prime Minister Hon. Said Musa, by a former politician from his party, Glenn D. Godfrey.

That same year, the Government of Belize began to pool mortgages from three entities?the Development Finance Corporation (DFC), which Godfrey chaired; the St. James Building National Society (SJNBS), which Godfrey controlled; and the Social Security Board (SSB)?to sell on the international market.

Lucy Lopez, Belizean in US Army, tells of Iraq war ?You don?t know if you?ll live to see tomorrow.?

BELIZE CITY, Tues. Aug. 3, 2004

Former Belize Defence Force Soldier, Lucy Areina Lopez, 26, returned to her hometown of Punta Gorda on Monday, August 2, after being stationed in Baghdad, Iraq, for a year with the United States Army.

Lopez enlisted in the Belize Defence Force in 1996, but three years later, in 1999, she went to the US to visit family. In 2001, she enlisted in the US Army.

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