Group Title: Belize newsletter
Title: The Belize weekly newsletter
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Title: The Belize weekly newsletter
Physical Description: Serial
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Belize City British Honduras Government Information Services
Frequency: weekly
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Dates or Sequential Designation: no. 1- Jan. 3, 1965-
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Volume ID: VID00020
Source Institution: University of Florida
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No, 21 \ *********** p t 23rd May, 1965.


More details have been received about the Premier' s
visit to Jamaica last month en route to the United Kingdom foxr
talks with the Colonial Office.
The University of the West Indies Newsletter, states
that ~Mr.. Price, acc ompahnied by his Permanent Secretary Mr.
Rafael.Fonseca, was met on arrival at the University by the Act-
ing.,Vice-Chancellor, Profossior Skeldiing and the Registrar.
His Tour
He was taken on a tour of the campus, visiting the
library:and .meeting members of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Later, on a visit to the Trade Union Institute, he
talked with Mr. Rex Nettleford, Director of Studies, and
addressed the students.
At the University Hospital, Mr. Price was shown around
by Mr. Andrew Masson of Belize, who is a Senior 'Lecturer in
Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine.
With Belizean Students,
At a meeting with Belizean Students at the university,
23 in all and 19 of whom are on Government scholarships, the
Premier discussed the development plan and independence, high-
lighting the need for professional people, particularly engineers.
Premier Price said he would welcome a University Centre
for Belize along the lines of those being set up in the Wind-
wards and Leewards. At the end of his tour he had lunch with
members of the University at the Senior Common Room.


Last week the Premier visited the farming communities of
tMore Tomarrow' and itty Bank' in the Cay District, and Rock-
stone Pond and Crooked Tree along the northern highway.
The Belize an farmers and their families were happy to
see the'Pitemier who' toDures their pastures and plantations. He
was offered flfAer's animample produce from their farms. In turn,
the Premier assured them of his government's great interest in
agriculture. At 'More Tomarrow' the farmers built an arch of.
palms and flowers and proudly flew the Belizean blue and White

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Thursday was "break-through" day on the new road to
Crooked Tree. And the Premier was on time to witness the
"break-through" by PWD tractor operator, Mr. Alfred Dawson, and
his assistants, Messrs. Hugh Dyer and Ruben Cox.

Congratulating the workmen on the accomplishments Mr.
Price. praised tham and their PWD 'co-workers for their contribu-
tion in building the new nation of Belize.

Roads are necessary i-n opening .up ..the country just as the
arteries and veins in the human body are vital for good health.
New Agricultural Land Opened Up
The realignment of the Northern Highway now well ad-
vanced, is intended to shorten the distance from Belize City to
the Tower Hill crossing of the New River by continuing in a more
notherly direction from mile 19. It will open agricultural land
between mile 19 and mile 50 cutting through lagoons at Revenge
and Crooked Tree,
The Crooked Tree Road, when completed, will. connect the
eastern bank of the Crooked Tree Lagoon to the new Northern High-
way alignment at a point about 10 miles from mile 19. This sec-
tion of road is about four miles long.
After witnessing the break-through the 'Premier journeyed
on to the village of Crooked Tree where he met many farmers,
visited the government school and talked with the teachers and
school children.

"Your presence here today is an indication of the im-
portance you.have placed on the development of your country."

With these words the Hon. A.E. Cattouse, Minister for
Local Government opened a conference of Village Council Leaders on
Monday at Augustine Forest Station, in the Mountain Pine Ridge.
"You have made it possible to devote a whole week to dis-
cuss your problem and seek solutions for them", the Minister added.

Speaking about i-ndependenee, Mr...Cattouse urged the parti-
cipants to work hard to improve the economy." With such an effort
the country will acheive its independence within a shorter time.
Lectures were delivered by members of the staff of the
Social Development Department, Senator Vernon Leslie, Mr. Hugh
Fuller, Secretary of the Cabinet, and Mr. R.B. Cottrell, from the
Ministry of Finance and Economic Develpment .



Opening the second annual exhibition of arts and crafts
sponsored by the teachers of the CayD District, held in San Ignacio
last Friday, the Minister of Education declared.
"Education does nDt consist merely of learning to read
and write. We need many more skills besides the ability to read
and write, if we are to live successfully in this,world."
Mrs. Lizarraga congratulated the teachers on the high
quality. ,f the work being exhibited and thanked them for giving so
many people an opportunity to see what our children are capable of
doing with proper guidance.
The Minister noted that the purpose of the exhibition is
to draw attention to the importance of the development of the creative
skill of the children and to encourage the efforts of the schools in
this direction.

The Cayo District Commissioner Mr. Ray Locke, also
addressed the gathering.

The exhibition featured clothes making, embroidery work,
pottery and household furniture.


Senator Vernon Loslie on "Standards of Ex1erMdne"'

Addressing a public meeting sponsored by the teachers'
organization Senator Vernon Leslie, Resident Tutor of the Extra
Mural Department of the U.W.I. challenged the teachers and others
engaged in education to equip themselves for acheiving standards of
excellence, "Work hard, think hard and be more creative in all your
undertakings he urged. "Approach your work in an intelligent way
making your teaching a work of art," he continued.
"If these standards of excellence are achieved" he went on,
"we shall be sure that the nation we are building will have a sure
foundation and it shall endure."
Signa Yorke On

"The Role of the Teacher"
..... Another speaker was the Principal of St. George's Teacher
Training College, Miss Signa Yorke.
"Education is teaching the child to have a human person-
ality," she declared. "Children are born with a certain amount of
original equipment: the home, church, school and state... All to-
getheb these help to mould the child.

:On the role of a good teacher, Miss Yorke said, a good
teacher's job is to help young people to grow up to aspire higher
everyday; to use their power for good.


Among the many people who were received by the Premier last
week were:

MR, JOSEPH FARLAND, consultant to.Reader's Digest.

During the interview, Mr. Farland told the Premier he per
personally felt that Belize has a wonderful future, and from all he
had been able to learn and study about Belize, it would appear that
a firm foundation was being built.

Mr. Farland is a former United States Ambassador to the
Dominican Republic and Panama. He was here for four days studying
the economic, social and political development of the country.

MISS ILNA CASTENEDA, who returned to Belize recently after com-
pleting a 5 year course in General Nursing and Midwifery at the
Rochdale School of Nursing. She was presented to the Premier by her
father Mr. Gerardo Casteneda who paid for his daughter's education.

Premier Price congratulated the young Belizean nurse on her
achievement and expressed the hope that all Belizeans who go away
would come back to work for their country, thereby participate very
actively in the building of the new nation.

REV. AND MRS. JOHN WILDER,- a. Baptist minister from the State of
Texas and his wife.

Rev. Wilder told Premier Puice he had read a great deal
about him and his government in the United States of America, and of
the good relations existing between church and state.

He said he was very favourably impressed with the beauty of
the country and the courtesy and hospitality of its people.

Rev. Wilder was presented to the Premier by the Rev. Arnold
Pearson, who presented Mr. Price with a copy of the magazine, "The
King's Business" which contains an article on the unique church
and state relationship which exists in this country.

THE REV. DR. EVERETT S. PHILLIPS, Executive Secretary of-the-& rld
Mission Programme of the Church of the Nazarene. .

Dr. Philips thanked the Premier for all the kindness shown
to his church and praised the complete freedom of religion which
exists in this country.

Mr. Price said that his government recognized that we .live
in a pluralistic society. All denominations were working in their
own way to spread the word of God.

COMMANDER ED-R. SWORDER, Representative of Coseley Buildings

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by the Belizeao representative. .or the company, Ar. James Nisbet.

The company specialises in flexible and specially
designed buildings to suit the needs of an individual country.
For example, the emphasis fDr Belize would be a hurricane proof

Cosely housing units were used in the construction of the
Airport Camp of the British Garrison near the Belize International

:1A MR. JACK DULBERG. of Sunburxst Construction Company
Incorporate, a bu ia ux contracting firm.

Among the local projects his company is interested in
are citrus,cultivation, housing and the construction of a deep
water pier.

The company has 7,400 acres of citrus land in the Sittee
River valley near Kendall.


Word was received last Thursday on the visit of the
group of Belizean Legislators to the U.S.A.

The group had a busy day on Capitol Hill on Wednesday,
meeting Senator Robert Kennedy of-New York, visiting the House
Agriculture Committee, the Joint Committee on the Organization of
the Congress, chatting with Senator Wayne Morse of Oregon looking
in on both the House and the Senate in session.
At the Republican National Committee and the Democratic
National Committee heacduarters they received a special briefing
and on Thursday they went to the grave of the Late President John


A baseball game was played at Rogers Stadium in Belize
City on Sunday afternoon between a visiting team from Cuidad
Chetumal and an all-Belize team.

Just before the game started, Premier George Price and
the Mexican Consul, Lic. Reynaldo Francisco Calderor arrived.

The Mexican Consul raised the Mexican flag while the
Mexican National Anthem was played. Immediately afterwards,
Premier Price raised the Belizean flag while the Belizean National
Anthem was played.

An exciting match then followed which resulted in an im-
pressive victory for the Mexican team.

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In accordance with its declared aim of making educational
facilities available to all the children of the country, Government
has been running a school children transportation service in cer-
tain areas not well provided with schools.
Using hired buses and trucks, the service takes children
living in widely scattered communities to and from the nearest
school each day.

The service has been working well in the Orange Walk,
Stann Creek and Toledo Districts. A release from the Ministry of
Education last week said it is Government's intention to expand the
service to other areas to the extent that funds allow .

Extension Of The Service

As from last week, children living along the Western
Highway between Georgeville and Santa Elena became part of the
service. The Communities affected include the Mountain Pine Ridge
Road as far as Las Vegas, Georgeville, Esperanza and Red Creek.
The children will be taken to schools at Central Farm, Norland and
San Ignacio. -

A new school bus was also brought into use in the Stann
Creek Valley. The cost of the bus was shared between CARE which
generously donated the chasis, the people of the Valley, who con-
tributed $350 and Government, which met the rest of the cost of the
body and will meet the running expenses,


A seminar on social work conducted by the Social
Development Department was opened at the Bliss Institute on Mon-
day by the Hon. Minister of Education, Mrs. Gwendolyn Lizarraga,
deputizing for the Minister of Local Government, the Hon. Mr. A.E.
"There are many", Mrs. Lizarraga said, "who day by day do
a tremendous job in the social field of our development." And she
paid special tribute for the work done by churchesand other social

With everyone working together, it will be possible to
prepare the people to cope with the changes that must come with a
developing economy and with nationhood.
SThe opening session was chaired by Assistant Social
Development Officer, Mrs. Elaine Middleton.

I) ~L~I anew



The British Soldiers of 8 plantoon under-the command
of second Lieutant Mag Watts of the First Batalion, the King's
Shropshire Light Infantry returned to Belize on May 15th from
San Salvador.

The soldiers went to assist in the relief operations
following the considerable earthquake damage,
Their main task was the feeding and housing homeless
.people. A report from Army Headquarters at Airport Camp states
that immediately on arrival the" soldiers set up a tented camp for
some 400 families and organized community cooking feeding about
1,700 people daily.


For the third consecutive year, St. Catherine's Acadamy
Elementary School has won the George Pruce Shield awarded to the
winner of the first prize in the Annual National Elocution Contest
sponsored by the Catholic Educational Association.
Fourteen contestants from the six districts took part in
the contest, staged at the Palace Cinema.

First Prize in the Contest was awarded to Miss Rosario
Castillo of St. Catherine's Elementary School for her rendition of
the poem "Keeping His Word."
Second prize went to Master Robert Avila, a pupil of
Holy Ghost School in Stann Creek Town, who recited the famous poem
"The House With Nobody in It".

Miss Guadalupe MontalvD of St. Francis Xavier School,
Corozal Town, won the third prize. The awards were presented by
Father Francis Ring of the Society of Jesus, who is the General
Manager of Roman Catholic School.

"Our country, underdeveloped as it may seem? is the
target for people from many parts of the world to visit and see for
themselves the many attractions that could be developed."

This is what the President of the Chamber of Commerce,
Mr. IsmaGl Gomez9 told participants of the 10th Food Handlers'
Seminar which he declared opened at the Bliss Institute last
Tuesday night. -. ........ ...

"These visitors", Mr. Gomez went on, "are accustomed to
a certain type of service and if we expect them to return to
Belize and encourage Dthers tD visit us, then they must not be
denied that type Df service."

The Chamber's President had-some special advice for the

/participants ....

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participants. "Better business" .he said, '!is impossible without
better service, better atmDsphere and better merchandising
Twenty seven Food Handlers drawn from food and aereated
water establishments in Belize City, are attending the seminar,
which is sponsored jointly by the Health Services and the Extra
Mural Department of the U.W.I.


A number of appointments and promotions in the Public
Service were announced last week. Among these are the following:
MR. LESTER H. yOUNG, Radio Engineer, Broadcasting Department to be
Acting Chief Broadcasting Officer during the absence, on leave, of
Mr. E.G. Waight.
R.M. WATERS, Senior Assistant Conservator of Forests to
be Acting Chief Forestry Officer on the retirement of A.C. Frith.

THE HON. THE CHIEF JUSTICE, Sir Clifford de Lisle Inniss,
Q.C. was granted 170 days vacation leave with effect from the 23rd
of May.
MR. JUSTICE D.E.G. MALONE, Puisne Judge is the Acting
Chief Justice and C.A.B. Ross, Registrar General the Acting Puisne
L,.R. BALDARAMOS, appointed Deputy Registrar General with
effect from July 16th, 1962.
He is to be the Registrar General consequent on the
appointment of C.A.B. RDss as Acting Puisne Judge.
N.M. YOUNG Steward Medical Department promoted to be
Supplies Officerin the same Department.


W.RENDELL, General Manager of the Commonwealth Development
Corporation arrived on Saturday for a short visit. He was
accompanied by G.I. Firmstone-Williams CDC's Regional Controller,
Caribbean. ....... : .. .
The team had discussions with the Premier, the Hon.
George Price and the Governor, Sir Peter Stallard, and visited the
CDC owned Fort George Hotel.

THE MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT and Social Development, the Hon.
A.E. Cattouse, visited Calvary Temple Primary School on Friday,
the school's Open Day. He made the visit at the invitation of
the Rev. Bishop Bennett.

THE HON. MRS. GWENDOLYN LIZARRAGA, Minister of Education saw
exhibition of arts and crafts prepared by "the children of Wesley
School on Wednesday, Wesley's Open Day.

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THE CHIEF AGRICULTURAL OFFICER, E.W. King paid a visit to the
Central Farm Agricultural School on Saturday. Sixteen farmers
from all parts of the country are under-going a fourteenday
course for general agriculture. He delivered a talk on
Agricultural Development in Belize.

THE FRENCE CONSUL-GENERAL of Puerto Rico. M'sieur Henri DuMont
arrived on Saturday to have talks with his country's representative
in this country.
He was received at the airport by the External Affairs
Principal Secretary, Teddy O'Niel, and two officers of the Kingts
Shropshire Light Infantry.

THE RIGHT REVEREND GERALD BROOKS, the Anglican Bishop returned to
Belize on Tuesday from the Anglican Diocese of Buffalo City,
New York.
During his stay he preached sermons at religious
services, addressed meetings on Belize and also showed film strips
of the country, projecting the religious and social life of

LADY MARY STALLARD, wife of the Governor, Sir Peter Stallard
.arrived from the U.K. on Tuesday, She will be here for several

RAYMOND R. ATWOOD, Aircraft Surveyor from the Air Registration
Board, Bahamas Branch flew in on Tuesday to inspect aircraft recent-
ly imported by Crop Culture (Overseas) Limited, to do agricultural
work in the Northern Districts for the Corozal Sugar Factory

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