T E ELI T ZE
WE. E L E. i\SLETTER
Published by the Governiaent Info-rmation Servitces
No. 9 ****** Up To 28th February 1965.
TJ .ION ,,,09 PL ElIIER :D :' :- I L J7 ._> :-. ''
On Monday, Premier George Price and the- Minister of
Internal Affairs, the Hon, Lindbergh Rogers, w.re presented with
plaques and citations as honorary brothers of Christian Democracy
and Christianh Trade Unions,
Presenting the citations, Mr. Rae Lightburn, President of
the Christian Trade UniDon. said the awards not only signify joint
partnership in Christian Solidarity, but were tributes- to the past
and continued assistance IMr. Price and Mr. Rogers had given the
Trade Unions in fostering the political social and economic progress
of all Belizean workers "
The plaques were presented to the Premier and the Minister
by General-Secretary/Treasurer, ir.o Mike Rosado.:
The plaques are of Belizeanr ziricote wood, designed and
executed by Belizean sculptor, Mr. George Gabb.
Mr. Hugh Fuller, Se.cretary pf the Cabinet received the
plaque on behalf of the Premier who was unavoidably absent .
The Premier sent warm greetings to the Officers and members
of the Christian Workers Union and an expression of deep appreciation
for the citation they had found fit to confer on him,
,"For The Unions.0.. .Ever Increasing
..... .... 'Imp or tance
In a written message he said "Txade Unions have played an
important role in forging the New BeLize', and I know that as we
unite to build a nation, Christian and.democratic; on this Central
American mainland, unions are destined to assume ever increasing
importance as we move forward to independence ,"
The Premier noted that the development task before-the
country is great re quiring all ouro-ene rgy and constant application
by all of us for its accomplishment. It requires all Belizeans, in
whatever sphere-, of eti.vity they are engage', to do their best in the
.particular -task that- fa.iLs to them .
The message concluded "In this arduous and demanding
period of our history, I know that the Christian WDrkers Union will
not be found wanting.
The Ho. L ndbegh Rogers fir.t Min ister of Laboriur in ths
present g over ime :1 ex(pssed .thanks to tthe W U for bU-towing the
citation )on him
"if what I have don as Ministeu of Labour is consideredd a
contribution, he d ecla. e, have :been amp.ly. rewarded by the fact
that all t;ade unions have had new life injected into them during the
pressent gcoveriient1s tenure of office,"
"When .thi- gove~ne;: t came into office the unions had little
life; they were a .osi; de -ad. Today ,the trade movement reaches all
parts of the country, .
SWante d -" A i Fornul a ..... ......
The [Minister cong'atulated the CW.Uo for taking the first
co concrete step 'towards Tr-ade Union" unity by: establishing the Fedea-
tion of Christian Friee Trade Unions .And Mr, Rogers pressed hope
that other unions would try 't find a..formula by which they could
join the action al..Fed t.a-i.on..and s. .s..trenthe. the tiade union move-
ment even more
Si .Mr Roge rs- tne '. we.t on to- c ongratulate the' C WUI for
the i sens: of responsibili.ty- c conducting thesee lives: at -t ime- when
bland statements were being 1:ade to- the worker s
.aThe C.W. IU.) .:.) recognized the economic facts o. the
c ountr y and acted in co nfor.ity with.- ti truth. The ni on had- c ome
to realize that b:y Li e spo siby 1 closing one s eyes to tthe- eonom-ic
facts of life, .not only the trade union movement woul0-be hu'rt but
-the 'entir-e economy of the c ntryv .. ..
SMr Ro;gers expressed a firm belief that thee trade union
could serve as the- fountainhead foi: leader sh;ip in this ',country, just
as it had done in -n .ica the United Kin.gdom aind the United-States
of America,, ,
Giving the vote :of thanks M 4r, JNicholas Pollard;, Eecutive
Secretary of CLASC (British tC.ribbe:lan) said.;: "i"Mr. Pr ice and. Mr.
.Rogers, for their JIcoIntinu.ed 'support of the; case of lab our and trade
unions, a-ar;e the two ma:ii.um exiamTple s- of Chi.::istian, dlemocracyio in the
country of BCelize,"'
Nine corCresp ondeCints from Centxral America arrived here last
'!z eek'to cover the-General Electi ns on Ist Marcho Paul Kennedy,
correspondent of the ilrew York1. Times 5 arrived oh Friday
-The OCntral Ameerican countries repesenited are : Nicaragua,
Eil Salvador. Honduras, Cos ta Rica. and. P.ana ..
SiThe first three me.n to-arrive came from. the Re.'Z-ublic of
Hondurasu Faladolfo uzD o of "El Dia" and Arturo Alonso of "El
Cronistas Diales of Tiegucigalpa.o Representing "El Correo del Norte"
is Gabriel C-acia of San Pedro Sula.
S From ]M.nagua, Nicaragua came Rodolfo Abaun.za editoart of-
the r "Inde pendent Ljibe-ral." and Leeona:ardo Lacayo editor of the -ndepend-
ent "La Noticia'
: Dr, Pedro Geoffrey Rivas. .renriKd 'editor of "Tribuna
Libre" came fromn San Salvador .SrC. ancisco Antonio Cruz is
r reporting feor th- influential "Prefsa G ..f
iFrom San -.os, Costa Rica representing "Prensa Libre" came
Sr. Yehudi Monestel and from PanIamaiSr Cristobal Salmienro of
t"El Pain a t V% W
Pli*EMIR iTSi 3 REPORTERS
TL,,htjinancia.Psition utl ed
When the Premier, who' 'is -alo Minister of FiIance, met the
Central American and U A.coirespondents at a press conference
last Fi da'y 'one of them invited th Prmier to comment on the pledge.
by t he i .P t raise salaries and wages by the end of March.- -
It was a reckless pledge designed to catch voteDs he
replied He had confidence in the maturity and intelligence of
zBelizean voters not to fall. for such a dishonest, desperate and
reckless pledge *
VWhen his government is returned to power, a revision would
ce rtaily take :place as0 soon as funds are available.
SThe ':pisnt budgetary arrangements, he explained, are such
that any isibsitan ti recurrent conrmmitnt approved in the 1965 Budget
rcqulres the specific approval of the United Kingdtom Govirnment.
11700 000 GtantIn~Aid
SThe 1965 ordinary budget- as approvedC, requires a gran't-in-
aLid of 700,000 to nmeet essential expenditure and so it carrie-s no.
surplus. It therefore followed that any additional o expentditure, e.g.
an increase in wages and salaries, would have to come frcom-higher
taxes, cutting existing services, laying off workers and other similar
decisions which wold create hardship for the people 0 It waswitwin
this contett that a responsible government would have t o consider
the question of a revision os f salaries and wCages
Th-e Christian iWoxers Union, the general Workersl Unih the
Police Association, t.he T.acles Association and the Public, Officers
Union were all well aware of this difficult financial position, which
had been explained to tiheniat one tiume or another0 Indleed cthe P,QFU0,
who were at present having discussions with the Minister of Finance,
have been given access to all the facts available on the difficult
Budget position and they appear to have accepted th explanatio...
This Uhion and th e others had been assured that the revi-
sion would take place at the earliest possible opportunity, However
there was no point in proceeding with such an exercise until the :
a revision .'
Reckless, Impossible Ple se .
Tih c British -Gvernrent he was sure, would never use
Jritish taxpayers monies to support reckless and impossible pledges
made by politicians, particularly a pledge involving- additional
annual expenditures -of over ~l million.
There was no simple solution to the problem, he explained.
it required careful study and this w.why ove rnLCc.Lnt is pressing
forward .with its ai.n:.tion of the country' s fiscal s structure to
see how be st we: culd iiLove :and e:'pand the ec o nomy an:d :find the
necessary funidso .
At his last; ;ieti:ng with the P..0Uo he had stated that 'it'
was'his governments, ts jnte.nt;ioL to appoint an expert n.ot only to look
into. the adequacy of the salaries and wages structure, but a.lsoto...
look int-o Orga niszti on and .Methods in Productivity, Conditions of
Se rvice .
I. ... L ADL M.i T C.O..SP.....
On Satur day ,niht Mr Philip Goldson leader of National
Independence Party7 av a res.s conference for the Central rmerican
and T:S. A. reporters at t.he Pert George Hotel. It was arrange d by
the Govern.menL Inforiat ion Services
r : Go:ldson was asked: to comnt i:on Mr. Pr -ice s charge
that hi. pledge to give an -increase ini salaries wa.s rCckless and
de s per:.ate",
The reporters said they had been told by Mir Price that
the 1S budget ha:.: already been approved by London, and that the
deficit was :it700C:00. If the N .I.P were victorious they could not
keep their pledge. How thei: did le hope to granta salLaries
.inc re ase .
Mr Goldso.n said uher:e should be money in. l tle .treasury
unless the P. oP; gove rrnmel- n has used it all. On pemisi-oin from'
London, I'iL ioldson said.he felt be could ake adijustmentLs .y cutting
out. -certain seXvices of govj:~1ent whichh hi-s party did not consider
ne ce ssary
The .eporter s wa.und Cto .jow w:"i Mrt o Goldso n would do if
.he were to find ,that all the services presently available were.
nece ssary.. Mr. GC old.son r Bepli..ed. that if such was the case -. he would
seek financiall assistance fro the United l'iKingd-om
Fian MsilrsCtr ( ,omens
.Comrentingd on Mr. Goldson s statement the Minist;er. of
Finance said Mr .Gol:dsoi s state tl; proved conclusively how
izr.xcsponsible his pltedg was.
S He c.ontit d "The fact is that there are funds in the
treasury but they a.re; co.;iitted, i.n acccorda'tnce with the approved
budget, for specific purposes and services .
S .Regarding ad(dit ional financial.assistance from the United
Kingdom for Lcu'R.::f'.t -se@rvi:es the Minister said Uni-ted .ingdom
gove rnmenat had alre..iady made i.t quitea..; c 1lea- i. hat they are unable to
increase, by one cent th g.rant;-in-aid for 'the current. period.
'The UniLted K.ing d.om g government he continued "will not
bail out irre sponsible politicians who make such reckless and
de speratea stsatemeni ts i ,
g ove mune 'n ild hve p aid i.hm lonrg ag o
"We are still endeavouxing our very best to find additional
funds for the Dpropsed increasess" the Ministse ended,
: RECOiNSTRUCTION REPORT
At the monthly meeting of the Reconstruction and Develop-
ment Corporation held last week under the chairmanship of Premier
George Price, 242 applications for housing loans and grants were
These included 69 in Belize City, 49 in the airport, E urrel
Boom, Sand Hill, Lucky Strike1 Crooked Tree areas, 95 werxe in the San
Ignacio, Santa Elena, Benque Viejo del C.a:men, Cr.isto Rey, Santa,
Familiar, Macaw Barik and San dos., Succots areas and 29 for S-tann.
Creek Town, Hopkins, Sceine Bight and Independence
In addition there were 25 adjustments and 5 small unsecured
Tie total value of the assistance alvounted to _Il7171t75.
Applications approved thus far amount to 4,633 and financial
assistanceG, 2,771,331. Of this total, $1,701,526 Owas in loans and
$1,069 805, in grants.
Minor Schemes -
The board also approved a number of minor schemes including
an aided-group building scheme in Tndependence, the construction of a
fresh-water well in Mullins River New Village, a new access road
approximately 2 miles long leading to the Silk Grass Farming Are a,
an4 the extension 'of the piped water supply to 'the whole of Silk.
The Board heardd with satisfaction that the Stann Creek T.own
Electricity and Water Supply Schemes are progressing satisfactorily.
RECEIVED BY THE PREMIER,
Among visitors received by the P:remier last week were_
MR. M.L. WOODS, visiting Colonial Official who is in charge of the
affairs of. this country in London ....
The Premier intro ducsd Mr. Woods to the Minister of Natural
Re sou.ess, the Hon. A.A, Hunter, and to the Ministe-r of Internal '
Affairs, the Hon. Lindbergh Rogers.
AnoLng topics discussed were the new. capital, and the citrus
and sugar, industries. ,Later Mr. Woods discussed fiscal affairs with
senior officials at the Ministry of Finance ,
MRo LOUIS BUCK BELLISLE, lecturer at the Belize Technical College who
returned recently fr' m California in the U.S.A.
Mr. Belisle was awarded a scholarship to tlie Los Angeles
Trade, and Technical College which he. attended for the past two and a
half years, successfully completing a course in Electrical Construction
and Maintenance, He also took a course in ElectrConics.
We coming Mro Bie lisle the Premie j wi sheCd .im all the be st
in his job.
R.EV, -' ISTER ~OHNSl N of the Churc.. of the Nazaxrce.
He wa s acc ompanied by the RevL, Ge e P st r in char ge
of lthe Nazarene Mi. .ssion. i this country, and the Rev, Robert Ashleyg,
Pasto i. ci.hare f the mrissionBs work in enque Viejo dsel Carmeno
Rev Joh.L.on's evangelical appointment includes the
gehial supervision of .all azarene Missions in Latin 'America,
including Belize, In 163 .he visited Beli ze 'fox four weIeks.
S The Pr'emier thl:anRkd Revo Jo.hns on for. his visit .and had
warm words ofI p raise for the; ::oLk tihe N azarene miss ion is d.oing in
the country o '
'MAJOR HIUG. :' ilINi S si strant .Se:'re-ta:y-Geneal, Briltish Commonwealth
Major: Rfawlins was ,acc Jrlianied by Lt-Col.onel D.ol.Ae
Fail .rweat her O.BE, P.'si:.dent ai:ltjor Ji ., Locke Secretaxy of
the national Leafgue ,
SMajo- R:Alins was on a 'tour oMf I'Mem.ber Organi.atLons in the
Eastern Caribbean and. alle.d here to view the activities of our :
member r orga1izat ion0 (. :
The Majoi sa.id. hle was gratul for hlp given the League
he-re by Govexrnent., and for the fact that theircappers to be a good
MRS. DORIS FLOFWL0 a resident of Hattieville ho presented Mr.
PrEie with a giant-si ed potato and yam grown on her farm at Hattie-
m :Mr Pr.ice con gratulated Mrs. Flowers and said he wtas
pleased that the people of Ha.ttieville were doing their best to grow
their own food.
oper Government has purchased appropriately 4,000 acres of land
from the o-wnes of t e iRomig state tiDe track t includes tem village
of August Pine Ricge in the Osrange alk Districts s ..:. ....
A release ifr omL the. Ministry of Natural Resources last
Friday said the negotiations had been carriedd out ;in an amicable
1mae The ge-nerally hepQul attitude of t;he owners had contributed
to a successful conclusion:. of negotiations. '
The release went, on. tLo say the purchase was in .conformity
with governments policy of offering greater scu-rity of tenure to
farmers and v.illags who live on privately owni d lands
The land _'will. now Do: surveyed an.d laid out in village lots
and farm plots, primarily for the people of August Pine Ridge
With 'his latest acquisition government has secured some
3,000 village and City lots and some 30,000 acres of land have been
surveyed and given out as farm plots,
SOther village sites acquired t.o date are Caledonia, Buena
Vista' and Punta Gorda Town.
Last Thursday, a police team gave a precision demonstra-
tion of a riot drill in the presence of His Excellency the Gover.nor,
Sir Peter Stallard and the Minister of Internal Affairs and Justice
the Hon. Lindbergh Rogers and other guests.
The demonstration took place at the Police Training School
on the Northern Highway.
The development of the riot-squad is in keeping with
: government's policy of having a crack force prepared at all times to
deal with emergency situations.
Both the Governor and the Minister expressed admiration for
the efficient manner in which the demonstration was carried out
MINISTERS VISIT ST. IGNATIUS SCHOOL
in response to an invitation fromrZe r. 1Frankr Stobie S-.J.,
Pastor-Manager of St. Ignatius Church and School, Premier George
Price and Minister Lindbergh Rogers- paid an official visit to the
school on Wednesday.
The Ministers visited all the classes and in the assembly
hall of the new school block built with government assistance, the
students sang the proposed National Anthem, "Land of the Gods"
There was also an address of welcome rnado by one of the students.
MrP., Price was presented with a gift from the school
In a short address, the Premier said the visit was long
overdue. He was happy that it had at last been possible to visit the
school with Mr. Rogers.
Addressing the student body in the largest class-room,
Mi.o Rogers observed that government has a dual interest in the school,
as it was also a hurricane shelter for the people of the area,
NEWS IN BRIEF
A SEMINIiAR O\N PHY-SICALCAL EDUCATION was held last Saturday
morning at St. Mary's School. Attending were teachers from Belize
It w:s conducted by Peace Corps Volunteers Janey Driscol,
Halzel Bassett and J ames Miles. There were lectures and demonstrations,
THE .NATIONAL BOY SCOUTS AOCr'IATION presented its -"Gang
Show" at :the Bliss Institute in. B elize City ion Mond .ay night.b
.. .Th Slhow fes.t ::.r.ed co ntribut ions :fr om all th.e trrops 'of
the c i ty.
An outstanding .pe rfor.:.ngce- was give.n- by the SSt John's
Cathedral Cub Pack. Another i.hli.ht of the eveni-ng was the
'John Canoe' pexifo-mance by the Sto Ignatius Troop.
DR E,' LLOYD DAE O]i DW :U. i.--CONi.iCTICUT is here on
a visit as a representative of the rmeican IMedical. Association
)Dr-: Dawe who ..has had discUssions with the i.Miniister ofI
Health, the Hon; J.W. Macmill.n is s taying with thel Supt1erintendent-
of the Mental Hospital, Dr: Joh. Toke, wi wot ,,m Le. is having a
series of conferences on the organization of:ental health services