THE BELIZE .
W E E K LY NEWS ETT ER
Published by the Government Information Services
No. 14 U***** Up to 4th April, 1965
MNW CAPITAL DRAMATIC BREAKTHROUGH
Sixteen million dollars are to be spent on the
work now to be put in hand for the building of the new capital.
This was announced by Premier, the Hon. George Price,
at Wednesday's meeting of the House of Representatives.
The Premier revealed that the United Kingdom Govern-
ment has approved the building of the new capital and has now
given permission for work on the project to go ahead.
Outline plans for the project have already been pre-
pared by consultants and arrangements have now been made for
the tender documents to be drawn up with a view to the job
being put out on contract as early as possible.
Details...0. and a Timetable
A great part of the money will be provided, subject
to Parliamentary approval from grants and loans to be made
available by the UK government.
Details of the financial assistance, as well as a
timetable for work, will be furnished by the Premier when he
visits London in April.
The first aim of the new capital project, the
Premier explained, is to provide an administrative centre less
exposed than the present capital to the risk of hurricane and
flood damage. At a later stage it is envisaged that the new
capital will become a principal centre for agricultural and
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IN THE SENATE SUPPORT FOR THRONE SPEECH
A motion thanking His Excellency the Governor for
the gracious 'speech from the Throne delivered by him on the
19th of March was passed in the Senate last Tuesday.
There was a lively debate on the motion with seven
of the eight Senators addressing the House. Six Senators
voted in favour and two abstained.
The President of the Senate, Mr. E.W. Francis informed
the House with regret of the death of Princess Royal.o e spoke
of her keen interest in our people and country during her visit
here in 1960. The House observed a moment of silence in her
The Senators also passed a motion to ratify the appoint-
, ments of Minister Hector Silva and Representatives Fred Hunter
and Louis S. Sylvestre to be members of the National Electricity
Board, and another to send a message to the United Kingdom Branch
of the Parliamentary Association Headquarters for the gift of a
copy of Erskine May's Treatise on the "Law, Privileges, Proceedings
and Usage of Parliament."
LABOUR SHORTAGE CRITICAL IN THE NORTH
The Minister of Labour returned from a tour of the
Northern District on Tuesday. He was accompanied by his Principal
Secretary, Mr. S.F. Smith.
On the tour the Minister held discussions with the Immi-
grant Labour Committee. It was brought to his attention that the
need for workers in the sugar cane industry is most acute.
Mr. McKoy also hard an appeal from executives of the
Cane Farmers Association for permission to import Mexican workers
in order to allow the expansion of the sugar industry to proceed
The Minister was told that the shortage had assumed
serious proportions as many workers have received loans and are
now themselves farmers requiring labour
Also mentioned was the damage done to cane fields by
fires. Much of this cane was spoiling in the fields as it could
not be cut because of the labour shortage.
The Minister exhorted the Cane Farmers' Association
to ombark on an aggressive campaign of recruitment for workers in
the other districts. He advised them to appoint a person to
undertake this job immediately. He was aware, he said, that there
are workers willing to undertake employment in the industry, but
who were unable to travel to the work area due to lack of finance
and transportation. If this was supplied, he suggested, the
situation might improve.
Later, when he met the Manager of the Corozal Sugar
Factory, the Minister suggested that the Company might find it
worthwhile to co-operate with the Cane Farmers' Association in the
On his return to Belize City, Mr. McKoy made an urgent
appeal to workers to take up employment in the sugar industry.
This can bo done by contacting the Labour Exchahge, Labour
Inspectors or District Commissioners.
UoW.I.'S DR. BISHOP SURVEYS THE1 POSITION
Dr. George Bishop, Senior Lecturer in the Department of
Education, University of the West Indies, arrived here on
March 21st to undertake a series of visits to secondary schools
in Belize City and district towns,
The Doctor observed the teaching of Science and Mathema-
tics and held discussions with teachers in these fields.
He also conducted four lectures on the teaching of the
new maths for teachers in training at St. George's and St. John's
Teacher Training Colleges and the Intermediate Training Centre.
Before leaving on Friday afternoon Dr. Bishop met the
Minister of Education and reported on his visit, giving some
impressions and offering suggestions on the teaching of mathema-
tics and science in secondary schools.
THE PRINCESS ROYAL MESSAGES
On Friday, Government House made public the text of
messages exchanged between the Governor, Sir Peter Stallard
and the Secretary of State concerning the death of Her Royal
Highness,. the Princess Royalo
The Governor's message said.
"Please convey to Her Majesty the Queen, the sincere
sympathy of the Government and people of this country
on the death of H.R.H. the Princess Royal. Memories
of her gracious visit here in 1960 are still vivid."
The Secretary of State repliedQ
"I am commanded by the Queen to convey to you and the
Government and people of your country her sincere thanks
for your kind message of sympathy on the death of HRH
the Princess Royal."
REGIONAL CONFERENCE COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY ASSN.
The Honourable Charles Martinez and the Hon. Florencio
J. Marin, Members of the House of Representatives are scheduled
to leave April 20th for Barbados to attend the Regional Conference
of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
The delegates were selected at a meeting of this country's
Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association held on
March 31st. It was also agreed that the Clerk of the National
Assembly, Mro Stanloy Hulse, -should attend a conference of the
Clerks of the Legislatures also to be held in Barbados at the
TO STEP UP TOURISM DRIVE
The 1965 Tourist Board, with expanded terms of
reference and an increase in membership, has been appointed
by the Minister of Tourism, the Honourable A. A. Hunter.
In a release made public last Saturday the Ministry
declared that in addition to its normal advisory functions the
new Tourist Committee has the specific task of putting forward
proposals for co-ordination and regulation of all available
tourist facilities including services and encouraging private
enterprises to put more investment capital into facility develop-
The composition of the Committee is as follows:
Representing the Chamber of Commerce Mr. Frank Norris
the Belize Taxi Drivers1 Assn,- Mr. Lionel Gonzales
Hoteliers Mr. Raymond Weir
the Airlines Mr. David Bradley
Marine interests Mr. Arden Foreman
Hunting interests Mr. C. Payne.
The Information Officer of the Government Information
Services, Mr. Ronald Clarke, is the Secretary.
A Chairman is to be elected from within the Committee.
Reactivation of the Tourist Committee as outlined above
the release stresses the importance government attaches to a
vigorous promotion programme and broad participation in every
aspect of the industry by nationals.
CITY COUNCIL METING '
The Belize City Council met on Tuesday in the Council.
Chamber. The Lord Mayor, Mr. Fred Westby, presided.
Mr. Anthony Meighan, the Deputy Lord Mayor, was elected
to serve on the reconstituted Electricity Board.
The Council deferred two motions pending further research
and approved its programme of works for the coming month. A
number of trade licences were also approved.
A one-week training course in Home Economics, sponsored
by the Social Development Department was declared open on Monday
in Stann Creek Town by the Hon. Allan Arthurs.
Participating in the course were 18 delegates from all
the villages in the Stann Creek District, as well as representative
from Forest Home, San Antonio and Barranco in the Toledo District.
Offering his congratulations, Mr' Arthurs reminded
the students that the course was another example of Government
keeping its promise to carry on a sustained social and community
Special instruction was given on preparation, making
preserves, garment making and the use of national materials in
handicraft. There were also sessions on leadership training.
The instructors were drawn from the Social Development
Department and included a member of the Peace Corps attached to
TO ASSIST ANGLICAN CLERGY
The Right Reverend Bishop Swaby, Bishop of Kingston,
Jamaica, arrived on Saturday.
He will be staying over the passion tide, Holy Week
Bishop Swaby came specially to assist the Anglican
clergy because of the incapacity of Bishop Brooks who is still
recuperating from injuries he sustained recently in the West
NEWS IN BRIEF
THE NATIONAL LIBRARY SERVICE has now established its
66th service point. The new point is at Crique Sarco in the
IVOR WATTS, new British Council. Representative in Belize,
paid an official courtesy call on the Premier last Thursday morn-
He told the Premier the British Council will be continuing
its established programme of activities but that there would be
'rather more' bursaries than in the past.
PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS serving in this country began a
three-day conference in Belize City on Friday evening.
The conference, according to a spokesman, was primarily
for the discussion of problems encountered in the field and
finding out ways of overcoming them.
RICHARD F WARE, Peace Corps Director here since last
August, has been appointed Representative for the Agency for
International Development (AID) in Jamaica.
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WYTHEN .WATHERILL, Veterinary Surgeon, is the new
Veterinary Offioor at the Department of Agriculture.
In 1962 he qualified as a Bachelor of Veterinary
Medicine and is a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary
E. G. HYDE, Mechanical Superintendent at the Public
Works Department, has been appointed to the post of Mechanical
He is an Associate Member of the British Institute of
RAYMOND R. ATWOOD, Aircraft Surveyor of the Air Regis-
tration Board, Bahamas Branch arrived on Tuesday to inspect
aircraft and advise on their suitability for the granting or
renewal.of certificates of airworthiness.