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No. 18 *********** Up to 2nd May 1965
LABOUR DAY OBSERVED
Labour Day celebrations got under way in Belize City
on Friday night with a parade of Bolizean talent held at the
The artists supported by the Lord Rhaburn Combo,
presented a programme of songs and instrumental selections
before a jubilant audience.
On Saturday morning itself, a rally was held at the
park. This was attended by Ministers of Government and religion,
employers, heads of government departments, trade union represen-
tatives and workers.
The ceremony got under way when, with the arrival
of the Acting Premier, the Hon. A.E. Cattouse the British and
Belizean National Anthems were played by the Police Band under
Assistant Superintendent of Police Eric Jones.
The first speaker was Mr. Adolphus Rosales Branch-
Secretary of the General Workers Development Union, who urged all
workers to become members of a trade union in order to achieve
the best for the working force.
Democratic trade unions in this country, he said could
bring immediate material gains to the worker. His union had com-
mitted itself to making a positive contribution to the achievement
of respect for the dignity of workers.
Social Justice For All
Next, the President of the Christian Workers' Union,
Mr. Rae Lightburn, called on management, government and labour,
to co-operate in harmony for the benefit of the workingman.
"You will have to give an account of your stewardship)'
Mr. Lightburn said, referring to employer and government alike,
for you have a responsibility to those employed. You must
realize that the worker is the essence of the nation and that
social justice must be implemented."
The Acting Premier
In his address the Acting Premier observed that labour
is not confined to any specific class but includes workers ,of
all kinds blue collar and white collar.
The individual worker has little or no power to
bargain with his employer. So he becomes a member of a trade
union and the power of individual workers is unified and put
in a position to gain for them the best that can be had through
"His government," said the Acting Premier, "has done
and will continue to do everything possible to foster and encour-
age the advancement of Labour Unions. It will continue to legis-
late for the well-being of labour and will exert every effort to
protect and enhance the present and future of labour."
The final speaker was the Minister of Labour, the
Hon. D.L. McKoy, He made several important announcements. The
Ministry, of Labour is to run six Trade Union Seminars and several.
courses in Training Within Industry. One representative each of
the Christian Workers Union and the General Workers Development
Union will receive training in. Canada and a vocational training
centre, designed to develop the ability of both adult workers
and youth,, will shortly be inaugurated,
It was also disclosed that legislation is now being
prepared to provide for a Social Security Scheme, financed by a
national provident fund, which will insure the worker against
financial worry and want in his old age.
Alternatives For A 'Grievous' Blow
In a reference to the impending close-down of Hercules
at .Independence, the Minister said: "It is a grievous blow to
labour and the whole country. ""But government' he went on, "is
making every effort to find alternative employment for those
workers who will be displaced."
"Job opportunities are opening up in the north, and
I urge all workers to take advantage of these opportunities."
After the rally, there was a parade through the princi-
pal streets of the city.
EXTENSION FOR STANN CREEK TOWN
In keeping with its policy of acquiring land for
distribution to the people Government has acquired 20 acres of
land from the Benguche Estate, situated in the north-west corner
of Stann Creek Town.
The land is to be given out in the near future as
A spokesman for the Ministry of Natural Resources said
last Friday that an appreciable number of lots will be made avail-
able. Interested persons should apply in writing to the Inspector
of Lands, at the District Cormmissionerts Office, Stann Creek Town.
Committee To Advise
Meanwhile, a team of surveyors is at work on the site and
an Ad Hoc Committee has been formed to advise the Minister of
Natural Resources on the allocation of lots.
The Hon. Allan E. Arthurs,. Representative for the Stann
Creek Town Division in the House of Representatives is chairman of
DEPUTY PREMIER WELCOMES NEW RECORD
Belizean artist Roosevelt Courtenay, presenting a copy
of his first commercial record, was received by the Deputy
Premier, the Hon. Albert Cattouse, on April 24th.
Mr. Courtenay, appearing as composer and performer,
presents two new songs "Forward to Nationhood", reflecting
Belizeans' aspiration for independence and nationhood and
"P.G. Gal", a folksy tribute to the very likeable people of
Punta GordaE main town of the Toledo district.
Accepting the gift, Mr. Cattouse praised Mr. Courtenay
on his achievement.
Government Will Foster, ....
"More and more", he observed, "national artists are
coming forward with important contributions to the cultural
heritage of the new Belize." Government, he gave an assurance,
will continue to do all it can to foster this kind of creative
BIG DAY FOR FLOWERS LIMB WALK
"After four years of dedicated hard work by members
of the community and some assistance from Government, you, have
at last completed your community center.'
With these words Mr. Donald Gill-, Principal Secretary
at the Ministry of Local Government, acting on behalf of the
Area Representative, the Hon. Fred Hunter, officially declared
open the new Flowers Bank Community Center on April 24th.
"The building", Mr. Gill continued, "will serve as a
place for deliberations on matters of social, political and
'Wide Gap' Bridged.
Earlier, Mr. Gill recalled that in the past Belizeans
of the area were separated from Belize City by a very wide gap,
and were indeed handicapped in taking an active part in the
development of the country.
S"But today", he went on, "a proper road is due to be
completed shortly There is a tolophono and otherm'noans
of communications o"
Mr. Fred Rhaburn, Chairman of the Village Council,
welcomed the gathering and expressed thanks to Government for
the assistance it has given in the form of building the road
and other amenities.
UNICEF OFFICER VISITS
Mr. Jose I.Zanartu, Programme Officer attached to the
UNICEF Regional Office in Guatemala City, arrived in Belize on
Wednesday for a three day visit to this country.
In the morning Mr. Zanartu called on the Acting
Premier, the Hon. AE. Cattouse, at the Premier's Office,
He conveyed greetings from Miss Alice Shaffer, the area
representative, to the Premier, and discussed a proposed
Regional Conference in Santiago, Chile, in November, to which
this country has been invited.
Later Mr. Zanartu held discussions on development
projects with the Minister of Education, the Hon. Gwendolyn
MAYOR CARLOS NOLBERTO ON LEADERSHIP'
"One cannot help but realise that a community without
good leadership could make very little if any contribution to
the development of an emerging nation.:"
His Worship the Mayor of Stann Creek Town, Mr. Carlos
Nolberto, acting on behalf of the Minister of Labour, the Hon.
David McKoy, was addressing a group of Village Council leaders
at the opening session of a training course at Seine Bight spon-
sored by the Social Development Department.
"Independence is a must for all emerging nations'"
Mr. Nolberto continued. "One's duty never ceases."
"Leadership is not an easy task. We will have to
accept the fact that our community affairs are divided into
various aspects: social, cultural, and political, and thes3
form a part of our daily existence," he declared.
SEWING CERTIFICATES DISTRIBUTED
Certificates were distributed to persons who completed
courses in sewing last Thursday. The courses were sponsored by
the Christian Social Council of this country.
Guest speaker for the event was Mrs. C. Leonard Carty,
wife of the Reverend Carty, MoB.E., of the Methodist Church,
Mrs. Carty asked the audience whether they ever pause
to ask themselves just how the phrase "This is the Voice of the
Emerging Nation: of Belize in Central America" applies to them.
Hearing it,she said, we should think of a people awakening
to a new sense of responsibility, taking the reins of Government
in our own hands, knowing that we are no longer the children of
a foreign power, but have grown up and are capable of governing
ourselves. By achieving this, we must expect to find a better
way of life both materially and morally.
No Man, .. .
"From all this", she went on, "emerges the fact that to
help build our new nation, we should help others; help those less
fortunate than ourselves. No man lives unto himself."
One of the most important contributions women of Belize
can make to our emerging.nation is to run decent and well-regulated
homes. "The home is the center of any nation and the center of the
homes is the woman. You must not therefore minimise the importance
of the role you have to play in the building of the new Belizean
nation," Mrs. Carty exhorted. / ,
a. The Chairman for the evening was the Right Reverend.
Gerald Brooks, the Anglican Bishopo
CITY COUNCIL WORKS PROGRAMME
The Belize City Council's programme of works for the
period April 28th to May 25th2 1965, was approved at :a meeting
held last Tuesday.
Major projects include the reconstruction of a. portion
of Vernon Street from Collet Canal to Woods Street, filling of
Lord's Ridge Cemetery, cleaning..of canals and continuing work on
Constitution Park on Cemetery Road.
THE SAN JOSE DE SUCCOTZ FIESTA
Top officials of the National Festival of Arts Committee,
including the Chairman, Lt. Col. D.N.A. Fairweather and Senator,
the Honourable Vernon Leslie took a long journey out west on
Monday. The purpose? To pay special tribute to the people of
San Jose de Succotz on the occasion of their annual Fiesta.
The Fiesta, highlighted by the performance of...the tradi-
tional "Baile de Los Moros", is an event of special cultural
significance, giving a dash of old world splendour in a grass
roots Belizean setting to a nationally famous annual event.
From The Festival Organizers "Encouragement And Support"
The San Jose de Succotz Fiesta was featured prominently
in the Pan American Airlines Calendar of Overseas Events for 1965.
Hundreds of Belizeans from many parts of the country made the long
journey by road to witness the festivities which began on April ltu
A spokesman for the Festival of Arts Committee. sai4 .on
Sunday that the attendance -of Lt. Col. Fairweather and Senator
Vernon Leslie, together with other members of the Festival of Arts
Committee was intended, not only as a mark of recognition and
encouragement for the organizers of the Fiesta, but as a special
'Thank You' for the contribution which San Jose de Succotz is
making this year to the Festival of Arts.
One of the highlights of the district contributions this
year will be the appearance of the colourful marimba, 'Alma.
SISTER MARY LIGUORIA IS DEAD
The death occurred in Belize City on Monday of Sister Mary
Liguoria. She was 77.
Born in Lindberg,, Germany, on the 29th of January 1888,
she entered the convent in 1910 and served in'-her country for
some years, studying nursing and attending to the sick.
Her first missionary appointment took her to the United
States of Americaand then to the only other country in which she
was to serve Belize, the country she called ,home' -.
S- / /.She
She arrived here in 1922. The following year, she
opened the Pallotti Convent in Orange Walk Town, where she
worked with a ,well-known Jesuit priest, Fr. Abling.
Sister Liguoria served in Corozal Town, San Ignacio,
Benque Viejo del Carmen, Santa Rita, and Belize City.
Retiring from active service as a teacher in 1950, she
came to Belize City and was made Superior of the Pallottine
NEWS IN BRIEF
Heavy showers last Friday in the middle of the dry
season, caused drains to overflow and inundated some areas of
Rainfall measured at St. John's College, Landivar was
4.44 inches. At the Belize International Airport 1.22 inch
SEVAN ANTHONY HYDE, 17 years, has been awarded a four
year scholarship leading to the Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring
in creative writing.
He was selected from a field of 'most outstanding' stu-
dents from St. John's College, St. Michael's College, Wesley and
St. Hilda's Colleges.
The scholarship is sponsored by the U.S.A. government.
A SANCTUARY furnished in memory of the late Theresa
Donajkowski, the Papal Volunteer who died in the Rio On falls
last year, was dedicated last Sunday.
The sanctuary is at Sacred Heart Church, San Ignacio.
RUDOLPH BENT, the Belizean Middleweight Champion of
Jamaica, left the country on Thursday following his unsuccessful
bout with Commonwealth Middleweight champion, Gomeo Brennan.
L.B. BOWEN, Assistant Community Development Officer at
the Social Development Department, left for Leicester, England,
recently to attend a course on Youth Leadership.
INSPECTOR C.F. GILL, B.EM. has been made an Assistant
Superintendent of Police, with effect from March 21st this year.
E.W. YOUNG, Accountant Grade I who has been acting as an
Administrative Officer Grade II has been promoted to the post of
Administrative Officer Grade II.
ERIC FAIRWEATHER, Acting Administrative Officer Grade II
who has been Acting Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Educa-
tion and Housing, has boon posted as District Commissioner of the
Orange Walk District. He has been relieved by Mrs. Carol Campbell
just back from vacation leave.
RANDOLPH BALDERAMOS, Titles Officer, who has been Acting
District Commissioner, Orange Walk District, has. rosumeod duty
as Acting Deputy Registrar General in the Registry Department.