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: VID00028
Source Institution: University of Florida
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No. 29 *********************** Up to 18th July) 1965.


Eigh lovely consultations got underway last week on the effects
o:n the extension .of the telecommunications system being set up in Central
America and Mexico as it would affect this country.
The Hon. Hector Silva called in officials of Cable and Wireless
to discuss the possibility of extending our system. to link up with the
regional se t up.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Public Utilities said Cable and
Wireless, at the .request of the Premier had sent down a team to collect
the necessary data for the establishment of the system. and to get govern-
!ment"'s re-action to the idea of working towards the'integration of the
region's telecommunications network
Taking part in the discussion, besides the Cable and.Wireless
engineers', were Mr. Just Castillo the Principal Secretaryy Ministry of
Public Utilities Mr. Leopold Balderamos, Chief Civil'Aviation Officer and
the local Manager. of Cable and Witeless, Mr. R.F. Downe.
The Cable and Wireless engineers went on to Guatemala to con-
tinue their discussions,
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The lobster quota for 1965 has been set at 1,200,000 lbs. of
whole lobster. This is the same figure for 1964.

SThe puota goes mainly to-the three big co-operatives: Northern
Fishermen, Caribeia and Plhcencia Producers. However, individual fisher-
men also have a chance to participate.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Natural'Resources, making the
announcement last week, noted that .although there has been no quota in-
cr-eas6, estimated prices for this year are the highest ever.
Practically all the lobsters will go to the United States of
America. Last year the industry accounted for some $500,000

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The rash of graduation ceremonies continued last week in Belize
City and the district towns. Keynote speeches were delivered by
important personages. Among the newsworthy;


Present to address thirty-eight graduates at the school's ifth
leaving ceremony was the Minister of Education, the Hon. Mrs. Gwendolyn
Lizarraga, M.B.E.

Mrs. Lizarraga told the graduates she wanted to assure them
that the Education Department and the Ministry of Education were very
grateful for the patriotic sense of duty which led them to improve their
qualifications and to-r-emain in the. teaching profession,.

Expressing hope that each teacher would return to school andbe
a good example in the community, the Minister warned; "Strengthened and
supported by Christian principles you have no need to fear. But you:must
need beware of evil."

The future of this emerging nation of Belize is in their hands.
As teachers they would mould the minds of young Belizeans and help de-
termine what sort. of men and women the new Belize will have.

In conclusion, she declared; "One sure way of bringing about
national progress is to improve the schools through well-trained teachers.
You have received much and now you must give to your fellow Belizeans
much in return."

The ceremonies got underway with the arrival of the Minister
and the playing of the Belizean National Anthem

Chairman for the evening was Mt. E.P. Yorke, M.B.E.


The tenth annual leaving ceremony of St, George's Training
College was held at the Baron Bliss Auditorium on Friday. under the
patronage of the Premier, the Hon. George Price. The address was de-
live ret by the: Hon:. Gwendolyn Lizarraga, Minister of Education,

"All of us who call Belize our country," she said, "have a duty
to give out best in the building of the nation, In this connection,
teachers have a most important role to play,"

"We Should Endeavour....."

The Minister concluded, "As we unite to build this nation,
Christian and' Democratic we should exert our efforts to produce things
which will make this country of Belize great. We should strive to help
each other to the best of our ability,"

"We should endeavour to let the light of truth and justice and


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kindness :ever shine in our lives and cultivate values that will make our
Belizean way of life a pattern of true christian democracy."

The ceremonies began when, shortly after the arrival of the
Acting Premier, the Hone Albert Cattouse and the Minister of Education,
the.Belizean National Anthem was played. On the arrival of the Governor,
Sir Peter Stallard, the British National Anthem was played,

Diplomas, Prizes and the Merit Shield were distributed by the
Acting Premier, the Hon. Albert Cattouse.

The Belizean Blue and White Flag and the Union Jack both were
draped in a prominent display on the Auditorium stage.

The La Immaculda School Hall was packed for the fifth Commence-
ment Exercises of Mueffele s College on Sunday, July llth.

The address of welcome was given by graduate Luis Urbina.
The valedictorian was RosendoiUrifbina. 1964 graduates were also present
to receive their GCE certificates. Before presenting the diplomas Fr.
Ricardo Steinmetz S.J., spoke about plans for the future of Mueffele's

Addressing the 1965 graduates, ten in number, Belize City
businessman and President of the Chamber of Commerce, Ismael Gomez, ad-
vised the graduates some timely advice about the various fields open to
them commerce, industry, agriculture and the professions.

"We need doctors, lawyers, chartered accountants and politi-
cians with the right education," he declared as he urged the graduates
to start. a scholarship fund to help those boys and girls who are
not able to get a high school education because their parents could not
afford to finance their studies.

Among those present was the Hon. Elito Urbina, Representative
for the .Orange Walk North Division.


The Continental Theatre in San Ignacio was the scene on Sunday,
July llth of the Graduates Exercises of Sacred Heart College.

Sight young men and two young ladies, the fifth graduating
class received diplomas last Tuesday, at a ceremony held at the Conti-
nental Cinema in Orange Walk Town.

The Principal,. Councilor Hernan Ocheate, gave a brief history
of the


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This was fDollow -d by the Salutatory Address delivered by
Graduate Miss Azenette Figueroa, The Valedictarian was Miguel Mena.

GcCoEo certificates, from the. .examination held a year ago, were
delivered by the college Headmaster, Reverend Father Facundo Castillo.

His Lordship the Bishop of Belize, the Most Reverend Robert L.
Hodapp of the Society of Jesus, distributed the Diplomas to the
Graduates of 1965-and addressed the students afterwards.

In spite of difficulties connected with the commencement of
Sacred Heart College, he said, he was pleased with the rate of progress
'I, was mak2ingo

The Belizean Blue and White Flag and the Union Jack were pro-
minently displayed.

The programme came to a close with the playing Df "the'Bfiti"sh
SNational Anthem

The Rzlad to Flowers Bank., Belize District, was officially:.-de-
claxed open on Saturday by the Area Representative, the Hon. Fred

In his speech, Mr .Hunter reviewed the difficulties Belizeans
of: Flowers Bank Village had had in the past getting out their produce to
the Belize City Marketo

"Now y ou have. a -rad built by funds provided by youth govern-
nmont,t.Mr .. Hunter said. "Your dreams are now realized."

Si .: The road was constructed by Contractor William Gillett with the
help of his brothers,

S The r-epresentative then cut the blue and white ribbon at the
entrance of the road and the gathering went .on to the Community Centre
where speeches were delivered by the Acting Premier, the Minister of
Public Utilities and the HDn. L.S. Sylvcstre, hopresentative for-.the
Belize Rural South Division.

Mro Cattmuse recalled the days when the area was dominated by
the logging .industry

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"Now this is an agricultural community," he went on.. He
assured them that the more food they produce the more would Belizean
dollars stay in the country,

The Minister of Public Utilities the Hon. Hecto- Silva spoke
about government's road building prlgramme. This, he said, was geared
to bring ab3.t .tpi ecDnDmic, development of the cDuntry.

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After the playing of the Belizean National Anthem, Rev. E.A.
Sylvestre of the Anglican Communion, blessed the road.

The audience included prominent businessmen from Belize City;
and Belizeans from many neighboring villages. Flying from the verandah
of the Community C ntre was the Belizean Blue and White Flago


In a number of projects, ranging from Belize City acirss the
land, the Public Works Department's .June report shows encouraging pro-
gi-e SS ,

In the Haulover Creek area, the river defense Iproje ct was com-
pletedd At the Belize International Airport the "intransit" Lounge was
nearing completion and so is the Public Health Laboratory on the
Princess M1rgaret Drive, Belize City, and quarters for government officers
at Yo Creek Village in the Orange Walk Distiicto
The cons-tructin of feeder roads linking villages with main
highways continueddeposite stoppages caused by'lain. Stabilization of the
Northern Highway.progressed.

And in Belize City new streets were laid out in the Lake Inde-
pendence and King's Park areas.


Storage Limited, a subsidiary of Tate and Lyle which handles
the shipping of bulk sugar from Belize City announced last Tuesday that
"Sugar Line Limited", will inaugurate a new shipping service to Belize
City with the arrival of the "SUGAR CARRIER", on July 15th.
The SUGAR CARRIER will load 5,000 tons of raw sugar for ship-
nont to Montreat, Canada.
The SUGAR CARRIER, with a load capacity of 8,500 tons, is one
of a fleet of eleven ships owned by Sugar Line Limited, owned by Tate and


World heavyweight champion, Cassius Mohammed Ali Clay, is to
give a 10 round exhibition bout in Belize City on Saturday night, the
24th of July.

This announcement was made on Saturday by Mr, Otto Tench,
spokesman for the Belize Amateur Boxing Association.

The world champion will be arriving at the Belize International
Airport on Friday, July the 23rd from Miami. He will leave on Sunday
July 2:5th.

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The exhibition bout will be held at the Palace Theatre.


His Excellency the Govexnor, Sir Peter Stallard returned to
the country on Friday.

With his arrival, Mr. Rafael Fonseca, Permament Secretary,
Ministry of Finance and Economic Development ceased to be the Goveinor's

Mr. Francis Challes Hecker, M.B.E., Road Superintendent, Public
Works Department has been promoted to be an Executive Engineer.

Mr, Hecker is 46.
25th this year.

The promotion is with effect from Maxci

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