W E E K L Y N1 EW
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Published by the Governme nformatio rvices
No. 13 ******** Up To 28th March, 1965.
THE NEW CAPITAL PROGRESS REPORT
Controlled burning at the new capital site near Roaring
Creek, which started early this year, was interrupted briefly over
the past two weeks to allow for the proper drying of damp pockets.
Underbrushing was completed in February. Since then, the
nearly 30 men engaged on the site preparation have been busy laying
out fire breaks under the supervision of the Department of Agriculture
in an effort to prevent runaway fires at a time when the fire hazard
rating is high throughout the country.
*: The 600 acres now being prepared represents the first stage
in the development of the new capital. As soon as the present clear-
ing operation is completed survey teams will move in to conduct a
detailed survey prior to the start of heavy construction.
Still untouched, it was revealed last week, is the additional
one-mile-wide buffer zone acquired last November by government in a
move to ward off speculative pressure on the new capital environs at a
Unlike the six hundred acres being worked, this buffer
zone has yet to be subjected to a detailed soil survey.
JAMAICAtS GOOD WISHES
The acting Prime Minister of Jamaica, the-. Hon. D.B.
Sangster, was among the long list of foreign dignitaries to offer
congratulations to the Premier on the victory of his party at the
Mr. Sangster explained that the results of 1st March polling
were announced in the midst of his preparation for the conference in
British Guiana, from which he had just returned. Hence the delay "in
The letter continued: "Please be assured that you have our
best wishes and I look forward to the continued happy relationship
between our two governments."
And At Home
Other messages were received from the Northern FishermeO
Co-operative Society Limited, pledging continued support to govern-
ment which, the society declared; "has served us so tirelessly over
the past years."
The Village Councils of Ontario in the Cayo District and
San Roman in the Orange Walk District also sent pledges to work for
the progress and welfare of the nation along with government.
In its message the Sarteneja Council promised whole-hearted
support to the newly elected Ministers in the march to independence.
Letters were also received from Councils at' May Pen', Palaiso,
the Santa Marta Farmerst Associationi
Other messages were sent by William Morey of Cow Pen and
the United Woments Group of Esperanzai
From Gloom i... T Prosperity
The people 'of Hopkins said that the country, under the
leadership of Mr. Price, is "emerging from days of gloom into a
bright and prosperous futureA and continued .'We still believe,
however, that much more could be done if other factions were to
'wake up and work along with our many conscientious nation builders."
The Village Council at San Jose Nueva' (Palmer) pledged
continued support in sharing the responsibilities of nation building
and the Virgen del Carmen Farmers' Group expressed confidence that the
Premier and his government will continue to.work untiringly and
zealously for the development of the country. Farmers, they are
confident, will be.helped to take their places among those who are
called upon to make a major contribution in this development,
especially in the field of agriculture.
The Village Council of Cristo Rey promised unswerving
loyalty to the: Movement of Independence and said they hoped that this
will soon be achieved. The Sittee River Women's Group endorsed the
objectives of the government's manifesto. and the people of Pueblo
Viejo expressed joy that Senator Sam Vernon had been nominated to
represent Toledo South..
Five other messages were from Village Councils at Black
Man Eddy, Gallon Jug, Gracie Rock, Libertad and Unitedville.
LAKE INDEPENDENCE EXPANDING SUBURB
Oona's Drug Store and Grocery in the Lake Independence area,
owned by Mrs. 0ona Bevans, was declared open by the Premier ina
short ceremony last Friday.
Mr.:Price wished Mrs. Bevans every success in the new
venture. The drug store, he said, should be dedicated to' the service
of our fellow Belizeans in the Lake Independence area. He expressed
hope' that it will grow along with the rapidly expanding suburb.
The store was blessed by Rev. E.A. Sylvestre.
Two hundred and eighteen applications for Hurricane
Housing Loans- and Grants, amounting to $104,000, were approved at
last week's meeting of the Board of the Reconstruction Corporation.
This brought the total number of applications approved to
date to 4,851. Eight hundred and fifty five are from Belize City,
670 from Stann Creek Town and 3,325 from the Rural Areas.
The total value of assistance thus far approved now amounts
to $2,881,000. Of this amount, $1,120,000 were grants and $1,762,000
Last week the Board also approved 3 small farm rehabilita-
tion Loans to the value of $10,000.
MINISTER DONATES THREE SCHOLARSHIPS
The Hon. Hector Silva, Minister of Public Utilities,
confirmed last Monday that he had donated three 4-year scholarships
to Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio.
Mr. Silva expressed hope that this action would encourage
public spirited citizens in the Cayo District to provide scholarships
for children who, although they have the capacity to continue their
studies, lack the financial support to see them through.
The Minister pointed out that the more boys and girls who
can be given the opportunity fox further studies, the stronger will
the new nation be.
GOVERNMENT, ROTARY HELP STELLA MARIS INVALIDS
Three children from the Stella Maris School for Handicapped
Children left the country earlier this month for Jamaica where they
are receiving expert medical attention.
Sister Mary Seraphia, C.M.P., Principal of the Stella
Maris School said last week that treatment in Jamaica was made
possible through the generosity of Professor John Golding, a special-
ist at the University of the West Indies Hospital, while on a visit
The Professor examined the children and found that their
chances of recovery were good.
The children all suffered from polio. It is expected that
their treatment will take from 6 to 9 months.
Passages for two of them were paid by Rotary while the
parents of the third child with the help of Mr. Kurt Binda, paid the
Government for its part made all the necessary arrangements
and sent Sister Cherry Mae Usher of -the Belize City Hospital staff to
accompany the children.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING
Two week-end schools for youth leaders were held recently.
A statement by the Social Development Department, which sponsored
the courses, said the move was in keeping with its emphasis on youth
organization in the rural areas.
The first of the week-end schools was held from 5th to 7th
March at Maskall on the Northern Highway.
Forty four youth leaders from Ladyville, the Cayes, Grace
Bank, Sand Hill, Lord Bank, Boston, Rockstone Pond, Lucky Strike,
Santana, Maskall and St. Ann attended.
The second school, from 12th to 14th March, was held at
Bermudian Landing. Forty leaders,. from Rancho Dolores, St. Paul's
Bank, Hattieville and eleven other villages, attended.
The programme followed the workshop pattern and included
discussions, among other..topics, on the .role of youth in our
emerging nation. It was intended to help the youth of the country
to develop their knowledge and skills through group work.
This country, for the first time, has been featured in the
Pan American Airlines Calendar of Events of Overseas countries.
Belize appears first under the section dealing with Central
America and Mexico.
The important events are then outlined as follows;
Mestizo Villages Fiestas, most worthy of them is the one held annually
in San Jose Succotz in the Cayo District.
The National Festival of Arts and Crafts held annually in March and
The National Day Celebrations which is climaxed on 10th September,
and a description in detail of- the mammoth parades and beauty queen
coronation is also mentioned0
Re-enactment of the coming of the Belizean Caribs on 19th November,
is a public holiday in the southern part of the country and is all
highlighted in the illustrative booklet.
Finally there are remarks on the Christmas Season with its
gay extravaganza of elaborate decorations, and roving bands of
Mention is also made of the John Canoe Dance performed by
Belizean Caribs dressed in grotesque costumes and who dance to weird
ARTS CULTURE HIGHLIGHTED
At a press conference last Friday, presided over by its
Chairman Lt. Col. D.N.A. Fairweather, the National Festival of Arts
Committee applauded the designation, for the first time in the
country's history, of a Minister with specific responsibility for
The release recalled that since 1953, the National Festival
of Arts organization has been sponsoring annual presentations in
Belize City, as well as other parts of the country. The objective
has always been to give encouragement to national arts, particularly
in the performing arts, in craftwork, folklore, painting and literary
compositions. -- -'
There is a need today, the statement continued, for special
emphasis on the creative talent of our artists and for a more studied
effort to record, refine and preserve for the edification of future
generations, our vanishing treasury of folk culture.
Referring to its own role in cultural development, the
committee has sought to direct the attention of our artists to the
exciting national themes available, which offer material that has
been little used thus far.
The release concludes: "With the approach of independence
and the insistent call to project our own authentic national persona-
lity, it is important that we take stock of our position in the field
of culture and to chart an imaginative course of action for the
"It is the committee's earnest hope that, with this promising
beginning we shall be seeing in the second year of self government, a
vigorous flowering of the arts, generously supported by government and
Sustained by the interested patronage of the community as a whole."
TO HONOUR WELLINGTON WARRIOR
A Wellington Warrior Award, named after the man who, for
many years played a key role in the use of the Bliss Center foi the
performing arts, has been established by personnel of the Public
Library Service and the Extra Mural Department.
Final arrangements on the award was reached at a Conference
held recently at the Bliss Institute. The award in the form of a
trophy, is to be presented for the most outstanding individual
performance atthe Annual Festival of Arts, thus keeping alive the
memory of Mr. Warrior.
Speaking about the award, Senator Vernon Leslie who
suggested it, remarked; "Here we had a quiet contributor to the
Festival. Mr. Warrior devoted much of his time to helping with the
Festival and with other cultural activities. I think we should show
our appreciation for his interest in some tangible way."
PLANNED MANPOWER USE
SENIOR LABOUR -INSPECTOR, CHARLES WOODS, back from Lima, Peru, where
he attended a seminar on Manpower Administration, had a brief
audience with the Premier on Monday.
Welcoming the labour department official back the Premier
made reference to our domestic problems involving the proper use of
manpower. On the reported shortage of labour in the Corozal District
the Premier said we must find a formula by which governmental agencies
and the employers can co-operate in making the situation more fluid;
more attractive so that Belizean workers will be able to participate
in greater numbers in the expansion of the sugar industry.
The seminar, which lasted six weeks, -was attended by
representatives of fifteen Latin American countries. It examined the
organization and progress of economic development throughout the area
with special reference to subjects like the quality quantity,
availability and location of available labour; voca ional guidance and
training and the placement of workers.
Mr. Woods' attendance at the seminar, said an official
spokesman, must be seen against the groundwork on manpower problems
government initiated here some time ago, and given special emphasis
with the coming of the ILO manpower expert, Mr. 0.W. Francis.
The clear implication, he stressed, is that government is
now beginning to put into operation a long term plan for continuing
work in this vital area when the ILO expert's tour of duty ends.
SUCCOTZ COUNCIL RETURNED "EN BLOC"
The Minister of Local Government, the Hon.. Albert Cattouse,
received a letter from the Chairman of the San Jose Succotz Village
Council Mr. Elfigio Panti last week, !saying that the Belizeans of
that village, had given a 'Vote of Confidence' to the officers of the
Village Council, The officers were re-elected en bloc by acclamation.
The Council has embarked on its third term in office.
NEWS IN BRIEF
THE ANNUAL CEREMONIAL OPENING of the Criminal Session of
the Supreme Court for the Northern Districts took place in Corozal
Town on Tuesday morning.
His Lordship the Chief Justice, Sir Clifford de Lisle Inniss,
took the General Salute. The Police Force provided a guard of honour.
Among the distinguished guests were the Minister of Justice, the Hon.
C.L.B. Rogers and the visiting District Judge of Quintana Roo.
There are six cases on the calendar.
DR. JOHN PRICE, Medical Officer for the Stann Creek
District, reported last week that Mr..- H.T.A. Bowman donated an auto-
matic oxygen respirator to the Stann Creek Town hospital.
The gift was presented by Mrs. Alexander Bowman in memory
of her late husband, who was a prominent citizen of the district.
The Hon. Allan Arthurs accepted the gift on behalf of Government.
"On "Ove"800W swom of
SERGEANT WINSTON H. CARCAMO has been appointed an Inspector
of Police. Inspector Carcamo now heads the Police Traffic Branch.
Inspector Carcamo joined the Police Force in 1943 and rose
through the ranks to the post of Sergeant to which he was promoted
with effect from 1st June, 1958.
He was promoted as Station Sergeant on 1st June, 1962, and
has been acting Inspector since 6th February, 1965. His promotion
to be Inspector is effective from 21st March, this year.
He is 40 years old.
O.A. MYVETT (MISS), FIRST CLASS CLERK at the Registry
Department left on Sunday for Jamaica where she will be attending a
three month course in Vital Statistics being held at the University
of the West Indies under the auspices of the Census Research
The cost of her training is being met from the United
Kingdom funds under the Technical Assistance Programme.
EDMUND AND RAYMOND NISBET, directors of the firm, The
Belize Supply Company, left for Guatemala on Tuesday to undergo
training in the operation of a new type of farm tractor developed by
the Ford Motor Company.
REV. JOHN A. MAKEY of the Methodist Mission returned from
furlough in the United Kingdom on Thursday.
Rev. Makey has resumed duty as Superintendent of the
Corozal Circuit of the Methodist Church and Principal of Fletcher
College in Corozal Town.
AMBROSE ALEXIUS QUINN, is the new Chief Engineer at the
Public Works Department.
He was born in Ireland and educated at Galway University.
The posting is by the Ministry of Overseas Development in
consultation with His Excellency the Governor.