PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY TE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES
BELIZE CITY P. 0. Box 324.
No. 20 Up to 16th May, 1965
The Premier, the Hon,. George Price returned to Belize
City on May 9th, after bo ing away for five weeks..
Leaving the country on April 3rd, the Premier visited
Jamaica, Ottowa, London and Miami.
He reported to the Cabinet on Tuesday* The Hous1.of
Representatives will also be receiving a full report on the trip
at its next meeting.
Education Week 1965, was officially declared open on
Sunday in a broadcast by he Minister of Education, the Hon. Mrs.
Broadcasting to the whole country the Minister said
R*" In nation-building we face a new challenge which requires us to
look at the work of our schools."
Independ.noe...is coming and we need to prepare for it.
On the UNESCO mission which came horo two years ago
to advise on changes in our educational system, she said some of
the points in their report were well made and have been embodied
in the Seven Year Development Plan.
SSchools Broadcasting Project
Schools broadcast will have an important and far-reach-
ing part to play in our future education programme. And she..
revealed that to this end an export will shortly be arriving to
assist -the education department in carrying out a schools broad-
On the teaching profession Mrs. Lizarraga said the
Teachers have. done a wonderful job.. She was confident .that they
would continue in their work of character training and nation-
PROVISIONS FOR RETARDED CHILDREN
Publicity was recently given to the discontinuation of a
project termed 'School for Retarded Childrent which had been
starte&dwithout sufficient planning on the compound of the In-
firmary in Belize City.
A press release from the Ministry of Health and Education
last week said the decision was made by the Minister after care-
ful consideration of all the facts involved.
"However good may have been the intention behind the es-
tablishment of such a project," the... release made it clear, "no
ministerial authority was sought for it, nor was permission
"The result," the release continued !iwas that, in addi-
tion to committing Government to a project for which there was
no long term provision .the classes were conducted in premises
...considere.d unsuitable' .
Gove rnme nti s Initiate-:
Gover.nment fully realise 'that there-may be need for. such
a project and embraces the opportunity afforded by the presence
in this country of a US Peace Corp Volunteer who has qualifications
necessary for this work.
The Minister of Education is therefore looking into the
possibility of continuing the project in surroundings more con-
ducive to the teaching of fe tat~ed children "-
It was pointed out at the same time. that""Governmentts
decision in this case in no way affects 'the 'Stella Maris School
which is supported by Government and serves physically handicapped\
SALARIES COMMISSIONER APPOINTED
A Commissioner has been-appointed to conduct an inquiry \
into the. salaries, wages and other conditions of service of
A release from the Office of the Premier on Thursday said
the Government. had arranged" the appointment with the Ministry of
SOverseas Development .
Increased Efficiency ,.i
Another .task the Commissioner will have will b :to enquire
into the service conditions of manual workers throughout the
And at the same time the Commissioner will be making
recommendations .fD- incr,.ascd efficiency in Organization and Methods.
The Minister of Internal Affairs, the Hon. Lindbergh Rogers,
returned home on Saturday from his official visit to the U.S.A.
Mr. Rogers left the country about two weeks ago. His trip
took him to Miami and to several northern cities of the U.S.A.
FOR SCIENTIFIC FISHERIES MANAGEMENT
The services of a Marine Biologist has been secured through
the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations.
A release" on Thursday named the Marine Biologist as Mr. W.H.
Allsop. The WHO specialist, accompanied by Mr. Gil Rosado,
Fisheries.Officer in the Department of Agriculture, left the
capital last week with the aim of visiting fishing centres to get
acquainted and to have wide ranging talks.
Information on catch, fishing efforts, and other allied
subjects is required to provide the foundation for deciding the
maximum seasonal offtake of spiny lobster without depleting the
catch in the future.
All fishing interests were asked to co-operate fully with
this fact finding mission. An assurance was given that all in-
formation given would be strictly confidential.
Thirteen members of the House of Representatives left Belize
City over the weekend to do a 21 day tour of the USA.
The tour was arranged by the USA State Department. Ten
Representatives and three Senators make up the party.
On Friday the Premier, the Hon. George Price, attended a
farewell party for them given by the U.S.A. Consul.
.. THE PREMIER'S OFFICE
Among the visitors received by the Premier last week were:
BISHOP MALCHUS BENNETT of the Church of God in Christ. Bishop
Bennett called to deliver a taped message from Bishop Frederick D.
Washington of Brooklyn, New York? congratulating the Premier-and
the Peoplets UnrIted Party on their recent victory at the polls.
The Premier thanked Bishop Bennett and asked that his
appreciation.be conveyed to Bishop Washington.
MR. RAFAEL MORALES leader of the marimba, "Alma de America"
of Benque Viejo del Carmen.
Mr. Rafael Moreles conveyed to Mr. Price the best wishes of
his fellow musicians and himself,
The marimba was in Belize City to take part in the National
Festival of Arts,.
MR. ELEEGO PANTI and members of the Marimba Conjunto "Alma
Beliefia bf' San Jose, Succotz in the Cayo District, The players
offered good wishes and expressed satisfaction over the Premier's
safe return following his five week tour abroad."
The Premier thanked the musicians and assured them that he is
always pleased to see them.- He wished them success in the future.
,,The conjunto had a successful one week tour in the capital,
appearing at night clubs, the cinema and hotels. They also
recorded a series of programmes for Radio Belize.
Mr, Panti is 'Chairman of the Village Council,
MR. ROBERT MOFFETT, Peace Corps Director in the Republic of
Honduras and Acting Peace Corps Director for Boizo, -..
Mr. Moffett told the Premier that as a newcomer to the
country he had become immediately aware of the total dedication
of the people to the task of nation building,
This is. quite proper, he said, and old as well as new nations
should try to create such an atmosphere. Some of the great civil-
izations in the past which have fallen'into decay probably dis-
appeared because they had stopped being dedicated to the task of
Mr. Moffett said he hoped all the Peace Corps members in this
country will take back something of this attitude with them on.their
return to the U.S.A.
FESTIVAL OF ARTS 1965
The 1965'Festival of .Arts was presented last week at the Bliss
Centre for the performing Arts.
The adjudicators were, for drama, Mr, Rex Nettleford of the
University of the West Indies and for Music- Mr, Leslie Regan of the
Royal Schools of Music, London and Mr. Ivor Watts, British Council
In a congratulatory message, the Hon. Albert Cattouse said:
"Year after year the National Festival of Arts has grown in
magnitude affording an outlet for the artistic creations of
Belizeans, and keeping alive the flame of our national culture.'
"As we move forward to independence, it is of paramount"
importance that we should create an identity of our own and in this
connection, it is imperative that we establish an atmosphere con-
ductive to the flowering of the Arts."
"Our Country is rich in folklore. I am pleased that in this
yeart.s activities a marked accent is being placed on this aspect
and that our national authors and composers have been given the
opportunity of presenting their original works."
Among the first night audience were, the Hon. Albert Cattouse,
Acting Premier and Minister of Culture, the Hone. W.H. Courtena'y,
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Senator Vernon H.B. Leslie,
a top ranking official of the National Festival of Arts Committee,
Colonel D.N.A. Fairwather, Chairman of the Festival Committee,
members of the Clergy and other prominent citizens*
Several cups were, awarded for artistic achievement.
The cup for the best play in the College group was o.n by.
Austin High School of Stann Creek Town. Best judged performer of
the festival was Miss Venton Francisco, a student of Austin High
School. She received the Wellington Warrior award established
in honour of a faithful, longtime employee at the Institute who
died "this year ,
Certificates of merit in the Drama classes went to St. Hilda's
College Drama Grou Sthe St. John's College--Drama Group the St.
Catherinets Academy group the Festival Players,the Arcadians and
the Punta Gorda Dance Group.
The award in the "Creative Dancing section was shared by the
Bob Reneau Group and- the St. Hilda's College Dance Group.
Other Certificates of Merit went to the New World Singers and
the -Orpheus Male Chorale, to .Miss Marjotie Macmillan and Miss
Sherlin Ferrera in the pianoforte division and Miss L. Orosco for
an outstanding vocal solo.
The cup for Mixed Choir was won by the Arcadians.
1k "' FIRE SOURS SUGAR OUTLOOK
The sugar industry in the north suffered a.serious setback
during the .month of April as a result of a sharp .increase in the
incidence of cane field fires. :
This was disclosed in a report last week by the Secretary of
the Sugar Board /
About 61 .of the month's deliveries were burnt cane'and of
this amount only thirty percent was burned with permission.
THESE CANE FIRES
The high percentage of burnt cane states thereport, caused
the average sugar recovery, which was already low compared to' last
year, to fall still more. At the end of the month the crop average
stood at 8.72 tons of cane for-one ton-of sugar-. This compares
with 7.72 at the end of the same time April, 1964.
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One hundred and seventy six members of the Cane Farmers'
Association completed their deliveries. There were only 65
members of the 800 member organization who had not yet made
TRAFFIC SAFETY WEEK
Traffic Safety Week this year will be observed from May
23rd to May 29th by the Police Traffic Branch and the Govern-
ment Information Services.
Special Consultant for the project is Mr. Donald La Fond,
a Papal Volunteer, who has been trained in safety education at
the Illin3is State University in the USA.
The week's programme will be officially declared open
with a radio broadcast by the Minister of Public Utilities, the
Hon. Hector Silva on Sunday, May 23rd.
MANHUNT 3 SOLDIERS LOST DURING EXERCISE
The biggest manhunt ever in the history of this country
was spread over several days last week as the King's Shropshire.
Light Infantry combed the Mountain Pine Ridge in search...of three
men who lost contact with the main batallion during a big
military exe rcise.
Over 300 men of the Infantry, some 30 Belizean guides,
personnel.of the Forestry Department stationed at Augustine ..
Maya Airways and members of the police free all joined in the,
A helicopter was flown in aboard a C 16 transport from
the headquarters in Panama of the US Southern Command. By the
time it arrived however, the men had already been located.
The menri Sergeant Alexander Flaherty, and Privates Tommy
Rogers and David Heighway, told a press conference they had
left their camp at Cohune Ridge in the Mountain Pine Ridge last
on May 5th. After following old trails cut by chicleros they
realized that they were cut off in thich underbrush.
With only.three days' supply of food and a very little
water, the men set their course due east, following their com-
Surviving on milk and sugar rations and water they got
from He.nequin plants, they kept pushing on for seven days until
Sergeant Flaherty.made contact with a truck.
FOUR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFBRIEF
FOUR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS GRADE TWO were promoted to
be Administrative Officers Grade One last week.
They are Messrs. 0.R. Sutherland, H.D. McCain, A.V.
Campbell and R.A. Fuller.
TROPHIES AND PRIZES were presented to winners in the
Belize Cricket Association's Triangular Competition presented
at the M.C.C. grounds last Sunday.
The awards were distributed by the Hon. Albert Cattouse*
THE RIGHT REVEREND GERALD BROOKS, of the Anglican Church
left the country by air last Sunday on his way to the Diocese
of Buffalo, in the United States of America.
Bishop Brookst visit to Buffalo is a result of the con-
ference of Anglican Bishops held in Toronto, Canada? recently
which recommended that relations between Anglican dioceses
throughout the world should be more intimate. One way of doint
this is by exchanged visits by Bishops.
JOHN NAPOLEAN AVILEZ, took up his appointment as Circuit
Magistrate last Wednesday.
He replaced A.B. Baldaramos, who has been transferred
into the No. Two post of Assistant Magistrate.
MISS E.G. MITCHELL, Commonwealth (Overseas) Secretary of
the Girl Guides Association in Britain, arrived on May 8th on
a three day visit.
HARVEY T. CLEW arrived in Belize City on the 7th of May
to begin a two-year assignment here as U.S.A. Vice Consul.
The iew Vice Consul is a farmer reporter and has also
served in the U.S.A. Army.