JUL 6 A5
PUBLISH EEY BYVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES
BELIZE CITY P. 0. Box 324.
Noo 25 ***************** Up to 20th June 2 1965,
THE FIRST THREE AND A HALF MONTHS
A Situation Report
Two major policy statements one on national symbols and
the other on economic affairs were made by the Premier at last
Fridayts meeting of the House of Representatives.
Presiding was the Deputy Speaker, the Hon, Alan Arthurs,
who stood in for the Speaker Hon. W.H. Courtenay, who is in London
taking part in the Magna Caxta 700th anniversary ceremonies.
On the Belizean flag, anthem and name Mr. Price said "With
these symbols the Blue and White flag Land of the Gods and the name
Belize, the Belizean people have founA their own national identity
and their own personality, of which they.can be proud.."
The symbols are not as yet official, he noted, there was
complete freedom for any citizen to propose other suitable symbols
Nobody has, as yet, put forward alternative suggestions.
GoveAnme1at had decided to use these symbols for ceremonial
occasions. If citizens did not wish to recognize their Belizean
symbols of independence at this stage before the attainment of inde-
pendence they would not ask for government's patronage or sponsor-
ship of %heir social, cultural or civic functions,
State Of The Economy:
In his economic statement, the Premier roted that the
country is going through a difficult period of development. There
have been a few dissappoihtments,as there were bound to be in any
developing country. But there was also much to be proud of and
thankful for ,
Listing several industries and ventures that augur well for
the young nation, Mr. Price highlighted the expansion in the sugar,.
industry in the north and the job opportunities this expansion is'
providing for hundreds of. Belizeans, Government was providing land
for farmers and arranging credit so that the farmers could share in
the ..project on an equal basis.
Final arrangements are being worked out to establish an
abbatoir and meat packing and canning plant with additional
facilities for handling by-products, near the Belize International
End Seen To Rice Imports
Rice production this year is likely to reach the record
figure of 7,000,000 pounds of paddy, an increase two and a half
million pounds over last year's figure. Continuing this way, he
said, we should reach self-sufficiency by 1968 two years earlier
than anticipate do
In the citrus industry, expansion was continuing despite L
low prices0 The present season's production of oranges is estimated
at 950,000 boxes or 83,000 boxes more than the previous season.
Other concerns mentioned were: the .setting. up a .plant to
manufacture gas foa. local consumption;- the reopenining of "Maestrels
Industries" furniture factory and the recent inauguration of modern
gas stations installed to mee the growing transport needs of Belize,
Indicators Of Progress :.
It was noted that the commercial banks are opening branches
throughout the country and the Belize Estate and Produce Company is
shortly to re-lace their burnt out factory with a new mill situated
on the Northern Highiay,-.8 miles from Belize City.
Building construction continues apace by both government
and private concerns and private individuals,. .More houses are to be
built in the Queen's Square and Ex-Servicements areas. Work on
bachelor .police quarters in Belize City is about :to begin and police
stations will be put up at Bermudian Landing and San Narciso.
In the field of communications the first phase of work on
streets and drains insove-,l areas o.f Belize City.has been completed
while the road improvement programme is being accelerated., Major
road works on the Northern and Western.Highways are being undertaken
and the Haulover Road is being. ;widened. aad.surfaced at certain
Special For Rr Bi-
For the benefit of.-rural communities.road links axe being
improved.- Government is proceeding urgently with finalising plans
for the erection of a bridge :over the New -River at Tower Hill, As
an immediate relief, an additional ferry is being installed within
the next two weeks to accommodate t!6 heavy traffic.
S Meanwhile work on the Hector Creek .and Rancho Dolores
bridges has started .. .. ,
SWith egard to water supply, Mr. Price revealed that *a
start is .shrly- to be made with house to house connection in Belize
City. The new watei project for Stann.Creek Town is under construc-
tion and the well-drilling programme in the rural areas continues.
Approval is now being sought for a loan of $750,000 for the
national electricity scheme THis, once implemented, should make it
possible to provide all district towns with a round the clock
The necessary funds for the extension and strengthening of
the runway a*t the Belize International Airport has been arranged.
Two engineers are here to carry out a preliminary survey.
On telephones, Mr,, Price noted that we can now boast a
modern services However, increased prosperity and development were
straining the service, More lines have arrived to take care of
congestion on the North Side and soon lines' for the South side of
the city will arrive
About the new capital projects, Mr, Price confirmed that
the site has now been cleared and six surveyors and one engineer
have arrived to complete necessary preliminary work.
A Milestone In Education:
SMore lots have been available in Belize City for building
purposes and government is now able to implement its pledge to
grant free-hold title to lease holders in the capital.
On education, Mr., Price said government is considering the
UNESCO Mission, s report on the educational system, "Government has
agreed in prilcpiple". he said, "to the merger of the government
Teacher Training College with the St. John's Teacher Training
College More and more liean.,s obc being sent abroad for training
The Premier then reported briefly on his visits to Jamaica,
Canada and the United Kingdom.
THE PREMIER'S WEEK
Often, the business.of government appears pretty humdrum
and routine It is only the special; event the Assembly in action,
some crisis or unusual occurrence which highlights the working of
that omnipresent organization we know as "the government".
Always, it is the person of the Premier which symbolizes
the government He is the 'father figure' of the nation. Judging
from his round of engagements last week it is ,very clear just ,to
what extent the Premier fulfills this image. He was very much the
people's Premier in Commerce, Religion and in social affairs.
Imposing Royal Bank Of Canada Building Opened.
Standing in the heart of downtown Be lize City the~new
Royal Bank of Canada building, gleaming white in the afternoon sun,
was officially declared open by the Premier, the Hon. .Georg4
Price : '.
Appropriately, building's facade ringing the mid section
and upper story, display a Mayan motif, forming a perfect link with
the first inhabitants of our country,
Among those present were His Excellency the Governor, Sir
Peter Stallard Ministers of Government, the Lord Mayor and Deputy
Lord Mayor of Belize City, Senators, the AAglican and Roman Catholic
Bishops, other ministers of religion, and invited guests.
"It's a great day"
The proceedings got under way with the manager of the bank,
Mr- Lee Anderson, remarking that it was "a great day for the Royal
Bank of Canada and Belize." He said: "We are proud of this con-.
tribution to the stability and progress of our country in this second
year of full internal self-government."
Mr. Anderson then thanked all who had a hand in the building
of the new bank headquarters; the architects, the engineers,
builders and the Belizean workmen,
There were several people for him to thank: government for,
its co-operation; the head office for the decision to build the new
headquarters; the bank's clients and faithful friends without whose
support, as he put it "the realization of the modern new building
would not have -been possible."
Mr. F. Ince District General Manager, said his head office
was proud to have such a spanking modern building in Belize City,
The bank's emblem a lion holding a globe- he Said, was symbolic of
the internationalism of the bank.
"We trust" he went on, "that your hopes and aspirations will
be fully realized and within the bounds of our contribution as a
commercial firm we shall be with you in every way,"
Mr. Price said the new building was a credit to the Royal.
Bank of Canada and a substantial addition to the assets of our
.:'The bank has served us for pany years, and it is my wish
that the partnership which exists between Belizeans and this bank
will continue to grow and to redound to our mutual benefits," he
declared. -Then, he congratulated the Belizean workers and all those
who were concerned in its construction. "The building was being in-
augurated,"lhe said, "with high hopes in the future greatness of
Belize, as, a-f-re, sovereign, prosperous and happy nation in the
Central Ame.ric an orbit.
The new building, of steel, concrete and glass, took just
over a year to complete. It cost over half a million dollars.
The Premier Salutes The Salvation Army
Attending a flag raising ceremony on Sunday to mark the
50th anniversary of the coming of the Salvation Army to Belize, the
Premier noted: "The Salvation Army began its work in Belize on the
site we know today as Central Park. Adjutant Trotman,called it the
Battlefield in those days, and so it is a sacred spot and also a
historic spot 'For--it was here too, that the movement of Belizean
"The work of the Salvation Army has grown," Premier Price
said, "and the happy relations which exist between Church and State
are witnessed in this flag-raising ceremony."
It was his hope and prayer that as Belize moves forward to
independence the Salvation Army and the churches will continue to
re--inforce nation building with the eternal principles on which
rests the Belizean Christian democracy.
The work of the Salvationists began here half a century ago
under the late Joseph Trotman, Today, a young lady from the
village of Georgeville has been commissioned and sent to St. Croix
in the West Indies to work with the Salvation Army there,
And for the Star of St. Johnts Lodge, a Cornerstone
Present for the laying of a cornerstone and dedication of
the Star of St. John's Lodge in Caesor Road, also on Sunday the
Premier told members of the Lodge and fraternal delegates, "You have
built this temple by your dedication, and by your perseverance and
devotion to service to your fellows and ht the Belizean. cmnunity."
"With admiration for your achievement and sharing with you
the great task of building a Christian Democracy in our new nation
of Belize, I join with you in this joyful inauguration of your new
After the .Premier's address, the Bishop of British Honduras
blessed the corn, wine, and eternal fire. The cornerstone itself
was blessed by the Very Rev. R. Hodapp, S.J., Bishop of Belizee
Also present was the Minister of Internal Affairs and
Health, the Hon. Lindberg Rogers.
At the entrance to the temple grounds, the Union Jack and
the Belizean blue and white flag flew side by side.
....,And Something For The Children
On Saturday, with hundreds of school children present, the
Premier officially received the newly developed playground at
The Union Jack and the Belizean blue and white flag
fluttered in the evening breeze just in front of the playground as
the Premier and then the Governor inspected a Guard of Honour drawn
up from men of "C" Company, the Ist Battalian the Kingts Shropshire
light Infantry who were responsible: for the development of the park,
Handing over the playground, the Officer commanding the
Airport Camp garrisonColonel .Gratton, said the playground was being
given to the city and the children of the Cinderella Town area as a
token of thanks for the wayin which the Belizeans have met and
treated the soldiers. The cost of the installations swings, a
chute for sliding, bars for climbing and a see-saw' was, $2,000,
The Colonel said he hoped the playground would bring joy to
the children of the area,
Why The British Army Is Here
In a short speech? the Premier said the playground was
a symbol of the good relations which exist between Belizeans and the
The British army is here to help train our defence force,
he declared, and they were here. to help us safeguard the right of
Belizeans to self-determination and to assist the Belizean people to
achieve their destiny as an independent nation .on the Central
The Premier then cut the ribbon, declaring the playground
open, and the children gathered for the occasion streamed in to
inspect the fixtures.
The Premier's Office
S.Apart from his busy round of engagements last week the
Premier also received a steady stream of visitors throughout the
week. Some of those he saw are:
THE HON. SAIMIAGO RICALDE, Mayor of Corozal Town, who returned re-
cently from the United States of America where he was the guest of
the State Department along with twelve other members of the National
He discussed the electricity scheme for Corozal Town with
Mr. Price and the Superintendent of the Electricity Board, Mr.
Mr. Ricalde was informed that the new generators for the
plant would be arriving in late July,.
The new generators will provide 220 kilowatts of .power
compared with the present total of 126 kilowatts.
MR, JOS4 TUX, ALCALDE OF SANTA ELENA, Rio Blanco, in the Toledo
He discussed with Premier Price the need for more land for
his village .which is made up of 25. families. The farmers at Santa
Elena are producing more corn, rice, and beans. The need at the
moment is space for expansion.
Calling on the Premier the same day was the Rev, Audley F.
McLean of Grace Chapel on Amara Avenue. He was accompanied by Mr.
and Mrs. Emile Turner, Mr. Turne ,was here for a missionary
RAUL FILBERTO RAMIREZ, the Belizean Doctor Df Dental Surgery who
graduated recently from Loyola University. He is on a three-week
visit with relatives before returning to the U.S.A. to do a years
work as an Internee at the Veteran Administration Hospital in New
Orleans, rounding off his preparation for entry into the dental
The Premier congratulated him on the success of his studies
and his intention to return to serve his people,
MR JACTIr bLURI C, who assumed office on Friday as head of the
CARE mission to -e ize. He replaces Mr. Hugh Kohler who has been
re-assigned to Honk Kong,
Referring to the Care operations as his government's tpet
project', the Premier said: "We are grateful as always for the help
CARE is giving." And Mr. Price wished Mr. Lauriac the same, or
better success than Mr. Kohler has achieved in Belize.
CAPTAIN CLARK who has served three years with the Stlv'.ticn mny in
iZ. 0o ha.'s directly been transafrrcd to Jia.aica sad b>fo
lc.',vinj, h,- collcd to say goodbye to'the P-emiel.
The Captain said he had-had three fruitful and enjoyable
years in Belize.
The Premier paid warm tribute to the work of the Salvation
Army and wished the Captain all success for the future.
TWO CANADIAN SURVEYORS serving here under the Canadian Technical
Mr*. George Loewel, has been here for two and a half years,
He has worked on the Crooked Tree Alignment, King's Park and the new
The second, a draftsman, is Mr. Paul Szavo, who arrived on
June 12th to take up a orn yc,;r s0con- cnt.
Premier Price thanked the Surveyors for the work being
done. He expressed thanks to the Canadian Government for all the
assistance being given to Belize.
Mr. F.W. Spencer and Mr. S.G. Cook, of the firm of Scott
and Wilson, Kirkpatrick and Partners, Consulting Civil and
Structural tinoJncr arrived here recently to carry out investiga-
tions and provide estimates of costs for the improvement and exten-
sion of the rurlway nd apron -at the Bolizo International Airport.
This is the final move before a contract for the improve-
ments can be given out.
They are to remain in the country for about a month.
When work on the runway is completed it will be able to
accommodate larger and more modern aircrafts,thereby helping to meet
the demands of increasing air traffic.
: 'MINISTRY INTERVENTION HELPFUL
A lump sum sx gratia payment is to be made to twenty-six
Citrus Company employees as a result of a retrenchment plan put
forward by the company, The rate is calculated on the basis of the
wo.kerts rate of pay at the time of leaving and his length of service
with the Companyi In addition, they are to receive their current
entitlement for holiday pay and any outstanding Bonuses.
A release from the Ministry of Labour says:the agre-ement
between Lhe Christian Workers' Union and the Belize Estate and
Produce Company, was initialed on June 1st,
It was further agreed between the union and the company
that the case of any .other regular w worker who may become redundant
in the future ,will be considered by the company and the union. Such
cases will be judged according to their merit,
SCA COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
"Remember that your country needs you and needs your
This is what the Librarian, Mr. Leo Bradley, told thick
year's graduating class from St. Catherine's Academy on Sunday
Mr. Bradley told the class of 1964 they were going into the
adult life of a country which is internally self-governing. which
aspires to independence, which respects the power and possibilities
The Name Their CountryVWants
They live in a land where the mornings open with an en-
couragement to wake up and work and the night close with a humble
prayer to the Divine Master to bless the nation. Their country wants
to be known as Belize. They would be-first class citizens of the
Mr, Bradley praised the standax of education which the girls
had received from the Sisters of Mercy and advised them to measure
their future action by the principles of high morality imparted to
them by their- Alma Mater.
The Cerempny was held at the Palace Theatre under the
Qatronage of the Minister'of Education, the Hon. Mrs. Gwendolyn
Lizarraga, who also distributed the diplomas. It began with the
playing of the Belizean Anthem. On the stage the Union Jack and
Belizean Flag were prominently displayed.
CHAML;R OF COMMERCE $8,000 GIFT TO INTERNATIONAL BODY
Invited foD the first time to attend a Convention of the
Chamber of Commerce of the Americas, the Belize Chamber has decided
to mark the occasion by donating a custom-made mahogany furniture
suite to furnish the executive offices of the international body in
The suite is estimated to cost about $8,000.
At the convention, the President of the Belize Chamber, Mr.
Ismael Gomez, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the
Americas for the year 1965/66o
NEWS IN BRIEF
Six University of Edinburgh Undergraduates will be arriving
in Belize in early July to explore the northern part of the country.
The team intends to investigate a number of features of
tropical geography, for which information is at present non-existent,
SENATOR JAMES MEIGHAN, last of the thirteen Belizean
legislators who touted the U.S.A. recently to return home arrived
on June 15th.
HIS EXCELLENCY the Governor accompanied by Lady Stallard,
letf Corozal Town for Belize City by iDad at the end of a three-day
visit during which he visited schools and toured with the District
GERMAN PAINTINGS of the 20th century in reproduction, will
be on display at the Bliss Institute, beginning on Thursday June
THE USS DUVAL COUNTY under the command of Lieutenant D.L.
Mitchell arrived on Monday for a two-day visit.
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