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BELIZE CITY, .L '/ P. 0. Box 324.
p JUN 2 1965
No. 19 ******** Up to 9th May, 1965
THE LONDON TALKS*
The Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and
Economic Development, Mr. R.A. Fonseca returned home on Tuesday.
He had accompanied the Premier, the Hon. George Price, to London
for talks on the new capital.
Mr. Fonseca reported that Mr. Price's talks in London
were mainly .with the Colonial Office, the Ministry of Overseas
Development and the New Capital Consultants on budgetary matters,
the new capital project, including financial details and the
arrangement of a timeo-table. Major reconstruction work, at the
Belize International Airport was also considered.
The Premier also had discussions with Belizean students
in London, directors of Tate and Lyle and the West India Committee.
He attended two showings of the film, "The New Belize", one for
the business community and another for Belizeans.
Early Report for Cabinet, Assembly.
There were a series of discussions with Mr. Anthony
Greenwood, the Secretary of State .for the Colonies, and with
Mr. A.E. Oram, Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Overseas
Development, in the absence of Mrs. Barbara Castle, the Minister
for Overseas Development.
A full report on the.discussions will be made to the
Cabinet an4 the National Assembly at the first opportunity.
Before going on to London, Mr. Price and Mr. Fonseca
visited Jamaica and Canada.
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EDUCATION MINISTER IN THE NORTH
The Minister of Education, the Hon. Mrs. Gwendolyn
Lizarraga, visited schools and colleges in the towns of Orange
Walk and Corozal on April 30th.
She was accompanied by the Principal Secretary to the
Ministry, Mr. A.S. Frankson.
Arriving in Orange Walk Town. the Minister met the
Hon. Eleito Urbina, Member of the House of Representatives, for
the Orange Walk North Electoral Division, and the Rev. Father
Richard Steimetz, of the Society of Jesus, Principal of Muffles -
College. She was shown around by Father Steimetz.
Later the Minister's party visited the Anglican
School where she was received by the Principal Teacher,
Mrs. Jean Coleman.
In Corozal Town, Mrs, Lizarraga visited Fletcher
College, the Methodist Primary School, St. Francis Xavier
Primary School, Xavier College, St. Paul's Anglican School,
and the Nazarene Primary School.
At Fletcher College, she was received by the
Rev. J. Makey and at Xavier College by the Rev. Father
Osmon P. Martin, with each of whom she spoke briefly about
the work of the Colleges.
Her final engagement before returning to Belize
City was a trip to Cuidad Chetumal where she spoke with
five students from this country holding scholarships at
the Escuela Tecnica Industrial.
NEW CAPITAL ENGINEER VISITS
Mr. N.B. Dyke, a civil engineer and representative
of Crown Agents in the United Kingdom paid a visit last week
in connection with the development of the new capital site.
Some $16,000,000 have been approved for the first phase of
Accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer of the
Reconstruction end Development Corporation, Mr. Magnus
Halcrow, Mr. Dyke was able to see the new capital site,
visit Stann Creek town and other points southland have talks
with government Ministers and senior officials.
THIRTEEN TO TOUR THE U.S.A.
Thirteen members of the National Assembly will
leave Belize City on May 15th on a twenty-one day tour of
the U.S.A. They will observe legislative activities and
methods of the U.S.A. Congress, and one or more state
The ten representatives and three Senators will
travel from Miami to Washington, New York City, Los Angeles,
California, and Seattle, Washington. They are also scheduled
to visit a number of mid-western states.
In Washington they will visit the Department of
State, the House of Representatives, the Senate, the Capitol
Building as well as the Democratic and Republican Party
headquarters. Other stops include the Department of
Commerce and the headquarters of the Organization of American
Later, in New York City, they are to observe U.N.
meetings, and have special briefings on the political system
of the U.S.A., the legislative process, the problem of
minorities and the War on Poverty programme. .
The visitors willppay a visit to the World's Fair, and
in Los Angeles, they are scheduled to visit Disneyland.
The representatives making the tour are: the Deputy
Speaker, the Hon. Allan Arthurs and Representatives Fred Hunter,
Florencio Marin, Charles Martinez, Edwin Morey, Guadalupe Pech,
Santiago Perdomo, Santiago Ricalde, Louis S. Sylvestre and Elito
Urbina. The three Senators are James Meighan, Sam B. Vernon and
RETURN OF THE DELEGATES
Two legislators, the Hon. Charles Martinez and the
Hon. Florencio Marin, returned home on May 1st from the Regional
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's Conference held in
A report from Barbados said the Hon. Charles Martinez
addressed the Conference on the "Regional Collaboration in
Education in the Caribbean", and the Hon. Marin spoke on "Aspects
of Tourism and Trade in Belize."
Through the courtesy of the Barbados Branch of the Asso-
ciation, the Belizean Parliamentarians toured the island before
returning home. During the tour they visited agricultural sectors
of the island, including two large sugar factories.
STAGE SET FOR RELOCATION OF DISPLACED WORKERS
Recognizing the need for the orderly resettlement of the
trained and disciplined workers of Hercules BH Limited and Pine
Harvesters Ltd. now in the process of being laid off as a result
of the decision to close down their operations, Government has,
with the assistance of the ILO Manpower Expert, Mr. 0,W. Francis,
taken the first step towards evaluating, classifying and formally
registering all the workers.
During a five-day exercise, completed on the 30th of
April, a register has been compiled which makes it possible to
determine the skill and other qualifications of these workers.
The next step will be to assess the manpower needs of
Last week, the Ministry of Labour asked all potential
employers of the displaced workers to state their likely require-
ments. The Labour Department has arranged for an interview and
proficiency test for interested workers.
RECONSTRUCTION; IN 2 YEARS 5,000 APPLICATIONS,
OVER $3,000,000 ISSUED
One hundred and eighty applications for hurricane
rehabilitation assistance were approved at the last meeting
of the Reconstruction Corporation.
The loans amounted to $117,000 $60,000 in grants and
057,000 in loans. This brought the total number of applications
to date to cover 5,000 in two years of operation and the total
financial outlay to just over $3,000,000. ,
The ]3oar& heard with satisfaction that, thanks to
the Premierts vi-si-t to London, the New Capital Project is
being put in hand worthwith.
Surveyors.for the group of consultants are due to
arrive from London by the end of this month to undertake a
detailed survey of the site,
RED CROSS DAY OBSERVED
A grand rally to mark Red Cross Day was officially
opened on Saturday morning by the Minister of Social Development,
the Hon. Albert Cattouse.
Mr. Cattouse pointed out that Government is always
anxious to encourage voluntary community organizations.
International organizations such as the Red Cross,
he said, .could do much to cement 'friendship between nations.
Their work would always be encouraged because of the organization
service to humanity.
'TWO FOR CANADIAN LABOUR COURSE
Mr. Adolphus Rosales, Branch Secretary (Headquarters)
of the General Workers Development Union, left for Canada on
Tuesday to undergo a four month training course for Trade Union
leaders under the Canadian Technical Aid Programme.o
The course will consist of a three-week orientation
period at the Labour Congress in Ottawa, an eight week course at
the' Labour College of Canada, in Montreal, and an extensive
travel programme.' It closes .with a two-week seminar in Ottawa.
Mr. Rosales is the first Belizean Trade Unionist to take
part in this new training programme. A release from the Ministry
of Labour said Mr. Carlos Nolberto, President of the Southern
Christian Union. of the Stann Creek District, will be the next to
take the course.
RURAL FIELD DAY
A rural field day the first attempt to discover
promising young athletes at the district level was held at
Burrel Boom last Sunday.
Highlighting the opening ceremony was an address by
the Assembly representative for the Belize South Rural Division,
the Hon. L.S. Sylvestreo
"In this era when all are involved in building the new
Belizean nation", Mr. Sylvestre said, "it is important that
responsible leaders are produced. that their skills be developed."
On national symbols, he said: "Some countries excel at
a particular sport, at a particular game or idea. Our symbol will
be our people; our youth. They will take the name "Belize" to
all the world and they will make that name hold its own wherever.-
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"Turning to the young athletes he declared: "It's up to
you to meet the challenge of nation-building, a challenge that I
am sure will inspire you to great achievements."
PROMOTIONS IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE
It was a week filled with news about civil servants step-
ping into high and higher positions of authority in the public
service. Among those elevated were.
KARL LEVI GIBSON, formerly Senior Surveyor in the Lands and Survey
Department, to be a Principal Surveyor.
Karl is 44. His promotion is effective from the 1st March
of this year.
DERICK H. MARIN was a Finance Officer Grade II in the Income Tax
Department.- At 42 5 he is an Assessor of Income Tax, effective from
September 16th, 1964.
k L CASTILLO, 29.-oar-old First Class Clerk in the Income Tax
Department, to be an Assistant Assessor of Income Tax with effect
from April 12th this year.
ANDREW A. VALENTINE, Community Development Officer, to be an
Assistant Social Development Officer. Last year he obtained a
Diploma in Social Administration from the University of the West
BLAINE MIDDLETON (Mrs.) Welfare Officer, has also been promoted to
be an Assistant Social Development Officer. The promotion takes
effect from the 1st April, 1962.
OLIVE L. AUSTIN (Miss), a Jamaican national, to be an Sister Tutor
in the Medical Department.
G.G. ROBATEAU, to be an Accountant Grade Iand
L.H. USHER (Miss) to be an Accountant Grade II. Both promotions
take effect from April 17th.
NEWS IN BRIEF
JOHN NAPOLEAN AVILEZ, a new Belizean lawyer, arrived from the
United Kingdom on Tuesday.
John left Belize country in 1959 on a government technical
and professional scholarship and studied at Lincoln's Inn.
THE RIGHT REVEREND JOHN CALNAN, M.B.E., Arch-deacon of Nassau,
arrived last week for a one-month stay. He is to assist the
Anglican community during the absence of Bishop Brooks who is
to undergo medical treatment in the UoS.A.
THE WEEKEND SCHOOL for Village Council Leaders of the Stann Creek
district held at Seine Bight village ended on Sunday.