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PUBLIS WEEKLY BY B GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, /,
BELIZE CITY P. 0. Box 324. .-
No. 22 *********** Up to 30th May, 1965
PREMIER CHALLENGES CREDIT UNIONISTS:
With delegates fxom credit unions all over the country in
attendance as well as invited guests including, the Anglican and
Roman Catholic Bishops. the Pr.emier delivered a stirring challenge. to
leaders of the movement last Friday at the'Fort George Hotel.
At the same time, he promised that his government stands
ready to pass. any law which will strengthen the. Credit Unions.
Mr. Price began by paying tribute to Father Marion Ganey,
founder of the movement in Belize. Highlighting government's
interest the Premier pointed out that in the ruling People's United
Party's manifesto, a special section is devoted to credit unions.
The Challenge Of Growth
The country is growing,and the movement is growing, the
Premier observed, and the problems and challenges of growth must be
faced and solved by the unions themselves. The big task todayshe
went on, is the building of the new Belizean. nation.
And Mx. Price declared "We have the symbols of independence,
but we need the substance of capital formation and the ability to pay
for the ever-growing expenses of the nation and its people,"
The Premier ended by thanking the movement for its support
of the Development Finance Corporation." He then went on to wish
the league every success for the future.
The guest speaker, Mr. Carlos Matos, Vice President for
International Operation of UNA Mutual Insurance, was the next
He explained the make-up, operation.and facilities of the
CUNA Mutual Insurance Society and described how best Belizean Credit
Unions can use the society..
The vote of thanks was proposed by Mrs. Jane Usher, an
officer of the league.
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CONGRATS. FOR CAKIBBENA
Minister of Co-operatives
"Belizeans all over the country axe aware that our economy
is not as firm as we would like it to be but they are also conscious
that their Government is doing everything possible to improve this
condition with the resources available."
The Minister of Local Government the Hon. Albert Cattouse,
made this declaration as he addressed members of the Caribbeia
Producers Cooperative Society at their second annual general meeting
held last week at San Pedro Ambergris Caye.
This is the reason, he emphasized, behind the great
emphasis our government places- on the c-operative-movement.
"The movement," Mr' Cattouse went on, "enables the man in
the small income bracket t.o improve his personal economic position
quicker. His pooled resources allow his society to-do a greater
volume oTf business, thereby earning more money for him than he would
have made on his own."
The Minister said he was quite sure the members of the
Caribbena Producers Society were well acquainted with what he was
About nation building, Mr. Cattouse said: "As we build a
nation, our Government is striving to keep its dollars at home by
endeavouring to put the wealth of the natural resources of this
country in the pockets of nationals .
"Nationals on their part", the Minister went on, "should
cooperate with Government, plough back part of their profits in
Belizean enterprises and buy. Belize.an produce to assist in the drive
t t:o keep our. dollars at home ."
Praising the Cooperative Society on its financial achieve-
mentq the Minister urged members to work in a spirit of co-operation
to hasten the country's forward march to independence and he
pledged his support and that of his Govcrnmcnt in giving whhtcver
technical advice the society hay need.
TRAFFIC SAFETY WEEK ..
THEME....'.'Traffic Safety Is Your Business".
"Traffic 'Safety" Week was officially declared open on .
Sunday with a broadcast by the Hon. Hector Silva, Minister with
government responsibility for traffic. Radio listeners throughput
the country heard the Minister declare: *
"As our country develops and moves forward to nationhood
there are certain important factors that grow along with it, and
traffic and transport are among these."
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Drivers as well as pedestrians could contribute to the
success of Traffic Safety Week by following the advice and demon-
strations presented by the Traffic Branch of the Police Force and
the Government InfDrmation Service.
The Minister commended the Traffic Branch for the great
effort it has put into traffic control, especially during holiday
He ended by requesting every-citizen to support the
Traffic Safety Week Programme.
How To Survive
The theme chosen for this year's Traffic Safety Week is
"Traffic Safety Is Your Business". InChurches throughout the
*capital, tha theme was remembered during services. And in the
afternoon Yarborough Parade was the scene of demonstrations on safe
driving and survival routines.
Conducting the demonstrations was the Chief Traffic Officer
Officer, Inspector Winston Carcamo.
Senior Students Lend A Hand
Earlier last week, students from High Schools in Belize
City were given a conducted tour of trouble spots and shown common
dangers which arise during peak hours every day.
The purpose of the tour was to give the students a general
back-ground for the part they are playing in the Traffic Safety-Week
MINISTER PRAISES VOLUNTARY SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
Another Seminar on Social Work, conducted by the Social
Development Department, came .to .a clos.., on Friday. Certificates were
distributed by the Hon. A.E. Cattouse, Minister responsible for
In a brief address the Minister called on the social work-
ers to redouble their efforts in the field of voluntary social
services. He praised voluntary social organizations foi. as he
put it, the 'splendid work' they have been doing to alliviate some
of the misery surrounding their fellow men.
To round off the seminar there was a discussion on the
merits of the Course, the coordination of social work between Govern-
ment and Voluntary Social workers and proposals. ...
Lecturers were drawn from the Social Development, the
Medical and Health Departments, and from the Chrj stian Social .
TE V rIEBS V -I 1 OR S
Among those who were received by the Premier last week were:
M'SIEUR HENRI DUMONT, the French Consul General, for this area. He
was presented to Mr. Price by Foreign Affairs Secretary, Mr. T.
In reply to a question by the Consul, Mr. Price explained that
the policy of his government isto make Belize an independent nation
and a member of the United Nations6
"We have a personality of our own," he explained, 'we are
Belizeans and we have the symbols of independence a name for the
country Belize; the blue and white flag with the country's coat of
arms and a national anthem,"
"Belize, when it becomes independent," Mr. Price continued
"will be a member of the British Commonwealth. But we also want to
maintain very close relations with our Central American neighbours."
"We are very .interested in the Central American Common Market,
and all that happens in the area is of great. importance to us."
The Premier further explained that his government is making
great efforts to implement its seven year development plan. This
should result in the achievement of economic independence, thus
enabling us to pay our way.
M'sieur Dumont explained his government's policy of extending
scholarships in administrative and professional fields to developing
countries and invited Mr. Price to study .the French programme for
!underdeveloped countries. Thanking the French representative Mr.
Price promised to find out in what way Belize might take advantage
MR. PATRICK VULLIAYM of Scott, Wilson and Kirkpatrick, the consul-
tant firm for the new capital. He held discussions with the Premier
on progress being made in connection with the project.
Mr. Vulliamy spent a few days at the .site, He told a reporter
that it looks very good now that it has been cleared and burnt. It is
is a good site and now that werk has bogun in earnest one could
appreciate how nice it is going to be.
MISS ELLAJORDAN, M.BoE. an officer from Red Cross Headquarters,
Miss Jordan was here to conduct a leadership course for Belizean
Red Cross workers as part of the plan to change over from foreign
Station Officers to national Station Officers.
MR. I.T. NANCE of the Ministry of Overseas Development.
He is a specialist in public administration and his mission
here is to advise government n. inxservice training programmes for
He was accompanied by Mr. E.W. Fuller, the newly appointed
Principal:Secretary to the Ministry of Education.
MR, AND MRS. CARLOS MATOS. Mr. Matos is Vice-President of CUNA
MUTUAL and came to deliver the main address at the 9th General
Meeting of the Credit Union League of Belize.-
On tour of CUNA member countries in the area,
Mr. Matos tuld the Pxcmicr that CtUNA has been asked by the
League to open an account in this country to hancte payments made to
that organization for insurance. He -said he would look into the
possibilities. He said he agreed that it is a good idea to have
Belizean dollars staying in the country where they can be put to
LIC. REYNALDO FRANCO CALDERON, the Mexican Consul who presented Sr.
Salvador Olmbs, Private-Secretary to a former President of Mexico.
Sr. Olmos said he was gratified to hear Government urging
Belizeans to Wake Up and Work.
He recalled the motto of former President of Mexico, Sr.
Ruiz ,Cortines, "Let us work. Only with hard and untiring work will
we build the just destiny of Mexico."
Today Mexico was considered a developed country thanks to
the response given to the. call. .the .President, ..Sr. Olmos observed.
If Belizeans respond to the government's call, he was sure that
Belize would follow a road of success and achievement.
Premier Price expressed pleasure that Sr. Ol2ns and his
son had found time to fly to Belize in thcir private plane and
invited him to return again.
PRIVATE FIRST CLASS KENT BADILLO0 a paratrooper in the 3rd Batallion
of the 50th Airborne Division of the US Armed Forces. Mr. Badillo
was here on furlough. He told the Premier that he intended to return
home after completing special studying following his service period.
He was accompanied on the visit by his sister, Councillor Lois
Earlier in the week, CP.. GILBERT COLLINS, a Belizean
reservist of the 2nd US Headquarters Force also called on Mr. Price.
Cpl. Collins served in the 101st Airborne Division and saw
service in Spain, Turkey and Iran.
THE PhEMIER AT LYNAM
.. ...Imp.oveme nt L Expans i on
On a visit tD the Stann Creek district last Wednesday,
Premier George Price called on the Director of Lynam Agricultural
College, Reverend Urban Kramer of the Society of Jesus, and dis-
cussed plans for the Agricultural institute fox young Belize~ans
The Premier saw improvements carried out by the teachers
and students in the field as they continue to clear more and more
land for pastures and the cultivation of crops.
The Piemier noted that theie was an unavoidable delay in
starting the new building; but the Directxor told him he expected
work to begin at an early date.
There are about 90 students and five Belizean teachers
and three Papal Volunteers at Lynam. One of the Papal Volunteers,
Mr. Carl Burn, has a Masters degree in Agricultural Engineering.
Good Belizean Wine
On the return journey to the capital, the Premier stopped
at the Farm of Mr. and Mrs. Blancaneaux to receive fxrom.Miss Hazel
samples of the wines she makes from Belizean fruit, berries and
The Premier was giVih samples of wine made from cassava,
cashew, sour oranges, rice and sporrel.
BELIZE .LAW MAKERS TOURS TIHE U.S.A.
In another report received from the USA on the activities
of the Belizean Legislators presently touring as guests of the US
State Depattment itwas disclDsed that on Thursday the Belizeans
visited the State House of the Northwestern State of Montpelier,
Some of the Belizean legislators expressed amazement at the
size of the Vermont Assembly and were reported on being favourablr
impressed by its informal method of operation.
Vermont State is comparable to Belize in land area. It
has a population of about 400,000.
They also visited the University of Vermont College of
Agriculture, the Agricultural Ettension Service and the Agricultural
Earlier, the visit ors travclled to.New York City' from
Washington. On arrival they visited theWorld's Fair and saw the
United Nations in action.
CITY COUNCIL BUSINESS
A 16-point agenda was dealt with at last Monday's meeting
of the Belize City Council.
The Council unanimously approvedthe, retirement of two
staff members who had served the Council for many years.
Their retirement was recommended by the Council's Finance
Committee on the request of both employees. They are to receive
The employees are MH-, Edward Roberts, Chief St'reets
Foreman, who will be paid the sum of $4,750.00 and Mr. H. Dunn who
will receive $38,450. under the Government Workers Rules, 1964.
Also approved by-the Council was-its programme of works for
the period 26th of this month to the 29th of June this year.
The Programme includes patching of streets, cleaning the
Canals, staking a portion of Collet Canal with salt water palmettos,
general scavenging and sanitation.
His Worship the Lord Mayor who presided, announced the
completion of the filling of 'Constitution Park', near 'Rogers
Mr. EstefanD-Leiva was appointed Caretaker of Memorial .
Park on the recDmmendation of the Finance Committee,
CORO~- TOWN CATHOLIC CHURCH BEING RE BUILT
On an open lot beside the old Roman Catholic Church in
Corozal Town has been the scene of another in the history of our
emerging nation. The impDotant event was the ceremonial inauguration
of the construction of the new Saint Francis Xavier Church.
The gathering included citizens from many of the villages
in the Corozal District, and from Mexico.
Speakers at the ceremony were: The Premier, Hon. George
Price, the Rev. Robert L. HDdap, Bishop of Belize, the district
commissioner, Mr. Ramon Ramirez, who gave the address of welcome,
Mr. Jaime Noguera and Mr. Miguel Martinez, members of the parroquial
fund committee, and the Deputy Mayr oftorDozal Town, Mr. Lucio
The Premier, in his speech, said that it was with gladness
and satisfaction that the Belizeans of Corozal Town witnessed the
historic -and important event:.
CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL ADMINISTRATION "'-
Two senior Public Officers from this country engaged in
social services administration returned to Belize City on Tuesday
after attending a cDnference on the 'Role of Social Services in
National Development in the Caribbean.'
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The conference was held at the University of the West
Indies, Kingston, Jamaica.
The officers were Mr. Donald Gill, Principal Secretary at
the Ministry of Local Government and Social Development and Mr.
Andrew Valantine, Assistant Social Development Officer.
The conference was attended by Government Ministers from
Barbados, and St. Vincent. Dame Eileen Young-Husband, Advisor on
Social Work Training at the National Institute of Social Work Training
in the U.K. was the specialist consultant.
s THE PUBLIC SERVICE
MR. 09R. SUTHERLAND~ Administrative Officer Grade 1 has been appointed
to act as Housing Officer with effect from the 1st of June this year.
Mr. Sutherland's acting appointment is consequent on the
grant of vacation leave to Mr. E.W. Meighan.
A release from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Develop-
ment on Thursday afternoon stated that His Excellency the Governor,
with the concurrence of the Premier, has approved the following
postings of Administrative Officers*
MR. E.W. FULLER 0O.B.E., to be Principal Sccretary Ministry of
Education and Husing..........
MR. A.S. FRANKSON, M.B.E., to be Principal Secretary, Ministry of
Natural Resources and Trade.
AND MR. W.J. HOY, M.B.E., to be Principal Establishment Officer and
Secretary,. Public Service Commissions.
NEWS IN BRIEF
COMMONWEALTH DAY was observed here on May 24th.
The traditional CDnmmonwealth Day Race Meet was held in the
Orange Walk District there were picnics, fairs and dancing.
SIX YOUNG MEN aspiring to the priesthood were admitted to Fellowship
of the Sacred Heart in a ceremony at All Saints Anglican Church in
Cinderella Town in Belize City on MDnday night, Lloyd Henry, Lloyd
Periott and John Vernon were admitted as members 5f the Fellowship
and Hilbext Linacres, Windell Ramclam and Clive Cabral were admitted
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ANOTHER WEEK-END SCHOOL for Village Councils' Leaders of the Belize
District was officially declared opened on Friday at the Village
of Willows Bank in the Belize District.
Present tD declare the school open was the Assistant
Secretary at the Ministry of Local Government and Social DevelDpment,
Mr. Alfred Campbell, deputizing for the Hon. Fred Hunter, Area
Representative, who is on a government tour in the United States of
ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE in Belize City held its Athletic Meeting at
the College Campus on Tuesdayi
The meet was attended by the Bishop of British Honduras,
the Right Reverend Gerald Brooks, and the Venerable Archdeacon John
Calnan of Nassau and other Anglican Church dignitaries.
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