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: VID00032
Source Institution: University of Florida
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SAUG 26 1 5

BELIZE CITY P. O. Box 324.

No 33 ::* ;, -;,:.::: Up to 1.6th, 19 5.

The new thirty bed Pdnta Gorda Hospital was formally declared
,open on Saturday by the Premier, the Hon. George Price.
The ceremony opened with the playing of the Belizean Anthem.
This was followed by addresses by the Mayor of Punta Gorda Town Mr.
AlejandLro Vernon, Hon.Chbilc s: Martine rIeprsentative fr 'the Toledo
Pc uth constituency and Senator S.Bi Vcrnon, J.P.

The principal speaker for the occasion was the Minister of
Health the Hon. Lindberg Rogers and he handed the key to the main door
to the Premier who a dressed the gathering briefly before declaring
the new hospital open. Sister Norbertis, Head of the institution then
received the key from the Premier.
The Hospital
The two storey building is supported by ferro-concrete
columns. The walls are of concrete blocks. It wrs biilt at a cost
of ovr $180,000 ana will be staffed by sisters of the Pallotine
Preyors wore offered by Father Leo A. Doyle 'f the Society of
Jcsus, the Rev. H. Gill of the Methodist Mission and the Rev. L. Wade
of the! Nazaronc Church.
The playing of the British National Anthem ended the ceremony.

The Hon. Anthony Greenwood, 3eerctary of State for the
Dce-ndent te-'.-ritories of the United Kingdom will be visiting Belize
sometime duri)ig the first three weeks of October this year.
This w"' disclosed here on Friday.
It is under stood the Premier extended the iivit-.tion when he
launched with i'r. Greenwood in London last July while th rc for
o.ficial discussions.


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With the date for the Miss Independence contest announced as
August 28th, reports this week reflected a brisk start with the selec-
tion of contestants,

Those reported by week's end are: Sonia Henkis, Collet Elec-
toral Division; Geraldine Smith, Miss Belize Times; Julia NuThez, Miss
United Youth Group; Sonia Rancharan, Pickstock Electoral Division; and
Miss Yvonne Burgess, Miss Mesopotamia.

A highlight of the beauty contest is the selection of Miss
Belize District which takes place this year a day before the gala Miss
Independence selection. Meanwhile, the choosing of other candidates
throughout the country is going forward at dances and community gather-

The Districts,

From two districts has come word of what this year's celebra-
tions are going to be like. In the Orange Walk district, the most
beautiful, most graceful girl will be selected on August 21st. There is
is to be a religious service on September 5th, attended by the Hon.
Elito Urbina and the Acting District Officer, Mr. Eric Fairweather.
Other items include a band concert, games, a variety show and a film
show. And then on the tenth, itself, there will be the.traditiona'
parades and addresses, The celebrations will end with a dance in
honour of Miss Orange Walk district2 1965 at the municipal Park.

In Stann Creek the celebrations begins on the same day, Monday
August 21st. Further details have not yet been received.


Mrs. Vicente Maestre

Mrs. Vicente Maestre, the former Helen Bradley of Beli e, who
presently resides in Jacksonville, Florida, paid a courtesy call on
the Premier last Wednesday,

Mrs. Maestre was here on a brief visit. She left Belize seven
years ago. "Itss a pleasure to be back home," she said, as she noted
the progress which has taken place during her absence.

She was particularly struck by the many nice and imposing
buildings being erected in Blize City.

The Presier thanked Mrs0 Maestre for her visit and asked her
to convey his best wishes to"her family. And'he wished her every


A Belizean who left this country forty four years ago returned
last week to pay his first visit.



Mr. Lbriil MI tincz told .th PLLremier t Wednesday that pl ress
lae since his aep.i iLn 101 i hl s b n iimrn!ne e nd grand.

He congratulated Mi. Police .nid his Gov.~r~lent fDi all they have
achieved. He was hoping, he said, to see much of the districts. His
frLicnd, ocnar Meighan will accompany him.

The Premiei wished him an enjoyableC vacationn 3in Bize,

From all over the country they cam- fifty strong. And then, for
f3ui a ys they hurled toethir li~stning Do lcctuies. Talking about

Tnus, the tenth aiLual libr:ry course r. s Lhld in Belize City last
Wc c k.

Present to open the couise was the Ministe~. of Education, the Hon.
Mis. Gwedolyn Lizarraga.

She reviewed the achievements of the Libiaiy ScIvice last year and
declsaed: "The Service must glow to m.e-t the cultuial-and educational need
needs of our growing countIy."

W:ilcoming the district students she iemiindce them that the course
was designed to prcpale them to give mox-e ;ficfi,nt service in the future.

Th.e ceremony started with the playing of the National
Anthem as the Minister airived.


Tae opening rimaaks were by the chaii-man of the Libiaxy Board, Miss
Evadne Hulse, J.P. She was followed by thi LibIriian, MI LeD Bradley.

Mri Biadley disclosed that th-re aie plans for the iAnt duction of
a small hospital librlay service, and for improving the National Collc6-

T.he BelizEan Blue and White Flag as well as the UT-ion Jack were on
display at the Bliss Auditorium for the cermony.


Yet another Tradc Union Seminar w s opened 'on MonlyL.. by the Minis-
ter of Labour. the Hon. David McKoy.

Advising the participants the Labour Minister .said irsentment and
bitterness should be Left out of bargainning.E They should pDrject to the
public an image which emphasises tih dignity of labour and one that coveys
a icalization that pr duc-ivity and entciprise is the result of a coopera-
tive uno.erstandin, totween management and labour.

"Th'id seminarr was conducted by PrDi's Air iniowles Do the Inter
Am~,rican .:Univr sity of PuLLta Rico.


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At the end of tLhe coul se t he iifttln unionists who took part
wer-e awarded certificates by the CLomeissioi= of Laboux.


This year's Vacation Course for teachers took place ,in Stann
Creek Town. Forty teach, s, selected from the difierent d.eomina-
tional schools took part. Subjects covcrxd included Physical j.duca-
tion, First Aid and Belizean culture.

The Hon. Minister~ of Education, Mis. uwendolyn Lizarraga, in
declaring the course open on MonDday, paid tribute to the Education
Department foD theii choice of a site foD the course. She also
thanked the Peace Corps and the CARE Crep~lsentatives hee for tne
assistance they are giving with the Schools Feeding Progranmne.

Thexe were pointed words of advice f r the teachers. The
Minister reminded them of theii duty to teach our youths politeness
Sand good miarners.


Members of the Cntial Planning Unit village ip.rlsentatives
and senior members of the extension staff oD various Goviinment De-
partments had an important meeting on i.gional development in Stann
Creek Town last Wednesday.

Also pre-sent were the area rcprisentatives, the Honourables
D.L. M6Koy and Allan Aithurs.

The meeting was part of government's programme fo: taking the
development plan to the ,_..ople and discussing with thrm the problems
of increased pirduction and productivity in theii areas. Another
objective is coordinating the work of the extension staff in the dis-

Topic e

During t ththiee hour im.ctin feedexr Iads, agricultural
credits, availability of lands for farming, the world rmaket situa-
tion in citrus, and the principles of the aided self help movement
eire discussed.


Roads figure promiinetly in the P.W.D. progiLss Ic-)Dt for the
month of July.

Flo.eis Bank, Gracie Rock and Macaw Bank are the latest
villages to get all weathel feeder loads. And steady pDogxess is re-
ported in the sail stabilization. projects on the Northein and Western

Other works nealing completion aie the Baron Bliss In-Tlre.sit
Launge at the Belize International Airport, the San Ignacio Hospital,

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the Public H alth LaboiatDry ,aid river retention w:.iks in Stann Cruek
T un.

Construction of a bridge at Raniicho D ol3-es in thCe Belize Dis-
trict is 50% competed and additional feedea roads to Lord Bank,
Bermudian Landing and Lemonal, about 80o completed.

Two of the DIedes are engaged in the Haulove( Creek and Bridge
area while thI third Dredge is undergoing rIcpirs.


"Wheth~r you live in an average city, small town, D a .. .
mod-trn suburban community, you will soon discover that neglect in
hDusin.g is not just a city disease."

With thse words the Minist.r of Housing,, the Hon. MIs. Gwendo-
lyn Liziiraga, opened her addies WIt-ncsdy night to tcnnants of
the g:verinnnt op rated Geogc Str8it Housing CompDund at the Plincess
Royal Youth Hostel.

It is gov-inent's lesp:osibility, she said, is t- keep the
propel ty sound and to maintain standards appiDlpiiate to the City.
"Your resJponsibility as tennan ts is to ke;p the pjopcIty clean
and cause no undue wcar and teal, and the City Coluncil which is the
third party, is responsiblee to piVOide the ltgal basLe ,or maintenance
of minimum housing standards and machinery to enforce them."

Slum HIazar ds

Mrs. Lizarraga warned clginst ttie creation oD slumis where rats,, filth and disease abound.

The Ministi made a special appeal to pants in the group to
desist from causing qualrils, and asked them to encourage theii bit
to foster citizenship.

For the youths pi~sent, she had this advise "Be kind, honest
and respectable to your elders and study hard."

The ceremony began with the playing of the Belizean National
Anthz.n as the Minist a-rrived.


The Sugar BEard report for the month of July, issued last week
by Severe Pinto, confirmed an earlier forec- st that the 1965 grinding
season would be extended. The closing date previously announced was
July 31st. Now the season is closing on August 31st.

This is the result of an agreement b: twe'n the CDiozal Sugar
Factory and the Caine F- ~,-s Association, sanctioned by the Sugar,

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The prDduction this yeai should r.ach between 35,000 and
36,000 tons, a good increase on the 1964 production figure.

By the end if Jul/ 32 03S tons of sugar has b.en produced and
25,627 tons had been exp ctedo

Shipping Improved

Thcre was also arked impr ovement in the shipping facilities
provided foi the sugar dustry.

At mid-month tl.e -ISay CajL~ier', owiad by a Tate and Lylo
subsidiary a:rivod in the Elize City harbouf to load ssmc s50CO tons
of raw sugar fo bulk si~ ar-cnt t, Canada.

And a few aays latei the Athelarest" owned by anotha& Tate
and Lyle Subsidiary, arrived to take on 2,000 tons of molasses.


Doctor Richard Allsopp, of the University of the West Indies,
arrived here on Tuesday on a ten day lecture tour.

He has a continuing interest in Crcole studies and particu-
larly with problems of the intcre.ferencc of creole patt'.rns and
habits of speech on the writing of English and the amplications of
this for the teacher of English.

Speaking in Stann Creek Town on Thursday night doctor-Allsopp
said he observed that in this country about 57% of the inhabitants
speak creole, an extract aT the English Language.

In the West Indies, Doctor Allsopp remarked, the English
Language is not spoken fluently as it ouht to be, for there is
always that way of straying completely from the language when speak-

He has also .lectured in San Ignacio.


In a Supreme Court ceremony in Belize City on Tuesday morning,
Mrs. Hadie Goldson was admitted to the bar,

Mrs, Goldson studied at St. Catherine Academy and was called
to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in London, on 20th July of this year.

She is the first Belizean woman lawyer.

Attending the ceremony were members of the local bar. .

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REVuflW.D GILLT.n BOW-MAN1 f the Mekthodist Chu, ch, a Belizean,
letuined hDme last wcek on a sh1rt visit.

He was accomDrjLanied by his wife and little daughter.

ThE "LOS 3 LICONOS" CO1MO, icde Mr. Jack 'i uhl1 Lclic
iaturned on Wednesday foll-)wing an extended toul in Latin Amniica.

Amonr, theiL notable engagemnts was oe with the famous
Mexican artist Louis Au ila and his wife FlIr bylvcstxe.

R.M. WJATE S has been appointed Chief Fo~ist Of icAl.
He is thirty eijht, an. served in Tanzania before coming
to .3 lize.

The appointment is with ff'ect fl m Apr iil 10th.

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