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Title: The Belize weekly newsletter
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Title: The Belize weekly newsletter
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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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BELIZE CITY P. 0. Box 324.

.No 3u4 ** ,--*** Up t C 3'd Aug.ust, 1965,


Ground breaking ceremonies fo3 the New Capital will take place
in October and here to witness the event will be the British Secretary
of State for Dependent territo ie

Piemier Geoxge Pxice made this anniunceGmont 1. he addressed a
big public meeting at the Court homi.- Plaza on Wednesday night.

The new capital will ri .k ,Belize the only countLy in Cential
America. waich can boast a new capital, dcvelopecd on virgin land.

Other speakers that nighk called on Beliieans to lally"behind
their leaders in the activities planned to malk National Day, 1965.

And the guest speaker. S3enatoa V'ernon Courtenay, emphasized
three aspects of nationalism: sclf-rImpcct; respect foi one-s .
neighbour and respect and love for one's. country


Congiatulating villa~{r'is of Palaiso on the completion of their
community centre last Gatuiaay, Premiei George Pzice said the Centre was
tangible evidence of what could be bought about as a i sult of the
coop. ration of a good Belizean village with the G'iveirnent, of Indepen-
dence and national prosperityo-

He'had high p cais-e for the aided-self-help nmovemnt, and he
urged the people of Paraiso to continue to build, using the self-help

The Hon. .ib-irt Cattouse, Minister. of Local GovSinment address-
ed the gathering.

Mi. Cattouse said; "The opening of the Centrc is yet another
fulfilmenL of Goverinmnt's promise to assist '"illagc Councils and pro-
vide amenities foi Nationals to enjoy a higher- standard of living.


The Japanese Say It With A Doll
ERiT STO M. GOMEZ, fo the 'K line, the newly established Japanese shipp-
ing service, presented the Premier with a Japanese Doll, a token of
friendship and goodwill

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The 'K' line is -picL:c-nted by the Bclize estate and Produce
Company Ltd.
The doll, dressed in Japanesc national costume, went on display
in the show-wiindow of the Belize Times.

Youth Called To Service

FLTHERI JOHN PLUL CULL S.J., who lives in San Antonio (TDoldo) and has
pastoral care :of Kekchi/Maya Belizeans of sevcnt-cn villages in the
Tolrdo district saw the Premicl on Thursday and discus;sed plans for
schools in tlh atl.a.

The Priemic assured Father Cull that Governiment will press on
with dev;elpment plans fox the al;. in an endeavour to open up more roads
and imp iovc existingg bones.
And Mr. Price wishe-d Fath~c Cull eviy succ e in eciuliting
teachers for the ljmote villages. "Now is Lhc time foD oui youths to
come forward to seve o s th-ii fellow Bulizeans in the ruial arcas," he re-
ml, ike d.

Onec Who Lccepts The Ch:.llonze

ARMANDO PL.LADZ of San o oma in the OlanLg. Qalk Distiict, a school teacher
who ~ituined home recently from a one-year course of studies at tih
University of the West Indies.

ri-mando was fr over three yea,.s Assistant Principal of San
Roman Primary School., He also received ti: inning at St. Johnts Teachers
Training Collegc.

He will soon be taking up a tcachin appoin-tmLnt among Kekchi
and Maya BElizeans of the Toledo District.

KcCping In Touch

FOtU STUDENTS three of them eiucatois with Univelsity lvel; qualifica-
tions, were formally welcomed back home by the Premier last week.

*They wcir;

Dorothy C-gg who holds 13.A. Honours in Spanish;

J.L. Blackett, 1.A., L.C.P, who hane just co; .pletcd a toul of
educational institutions in Britain and New York State, U.S.A.;

John Rivutoll who -came back with Ithu Diploma in iurial Educa-
tion from Redding Univcisity and,

R.L. Gill, of the Gove:cnmnt Piintin Department who did
attachrimnt with the Govxrnment Printcry in Jamaica.

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The Pr ..mirc told the students thait a custom had developed of
having newly returned students in for an informal chat. The purpose was
to keep in touch and to bring them up to date on developments at home
while they were away.
"Theie are many r oaas to independence," the Premier said.
"Not evwry country follows the same riad? and Duls is a special case
when we keep in mind the international dispute about our country.
Having our flag, name and anthem would help-strL.ngthen our position and
oul preparation for independence," he went on.

The Pien.ier's P-pularity Abroad

LOS BELICENOS, the popular: Belizean pop group returned recently from a
successful toul in Central America.

Last.week the artists told the Primic~ they v.'xe happy to be
home in time to participate in the National Day celebrations.

.Commenting on the tour, the leader, Mr. Paul Acoste, said they
had many important engagements, including a performance with the Mexican
artist Tony Augilar before an audience of some 40,000 Nicaraguans. The
Minister ial goodwill tour of Central America was widely Cpported by
press, ladio and television in Nicaragua, he said and they had been
pleased to see photographs of the Piemiec displayed in places of honaou
in private homes in Progr~sso, Hondulas.

The Premi~,x uL.gco. the musicians to keep up Lheic efforts in
entertai.nrment and to consider themselves ambassadors of goodwill for
Belize in whatever country they pilform.



More details were made public during the week about prepara-
tions fool the National Day celebrations.

Coro zal "Town

The celebrations started on August 14th when Miss Corozal was
selected at a very successful dance.

On September 1st a band concert will be held at Central Park
i. CorLozal Town. Othtr feature items will I-clud c'oncts, p-,atry
fAlJ.y :- s and races.

Miss Coiozal will be installed on National Day following the
traditional addresses. This will be followed by colourful parades.
CGmtunity dancing at Coronation Park will round off the day. An un-
usual item is a regatta in C~rozal Bay on Sunday, September 12th.

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Orange Walk T own

The National Day Comnmittee of Orange Walk Towni has extended
an invitation to Belizeans of the Orange .alk District to take part in
the various activities it is sponsoring during the National Day Celebia-

A bicycle race, swimming aces, a darey lace, variety show and
a community games session fo~ child.irn and adults will highlight the
programme in Orange Walk Town.

The celebrations started with a dance at Queen Elizabeth Park
on Saturday August 21st.

Stann Creek Town

The selection of Miss Stann Creek on August 21st opened the

Activities flrm S1epembi b Ist to 10th include singing contests,
a football game, dances, thanksgiving services, a camp fire and fire
works, and patriotic meetings.

San Lazar

Miss San Lazaxo was selected at a dance sponsored by the Sun-
light Lady's Gyoup on August 14th..

The lucky maiden was Miss Olivia Gaxcia.

San Ignacio

Miss Carmelita Forrias was elected Miss Cayo district at a
dance in San Ignacio on August 22nd.

"Los Belicehos" the top pop Ochestra from Belize City was on
hand to supply the music.

In attendance wele the Minister of Public Utilities the Hon.
Hectoa Silva, who is also representatives for the Cayo North Electoral
Division and members of the San Ignacia Town Boazd.


A CiommonwValth Development and Welfare Grant of $140,000 has
been approved by the Secretary of State for the construction of three
new Feeder Roads in the Orange Walk District,

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The lapiid expansion the sugal iindu.triy, and the election
of a new f.cty .t T o'.e Hill, now in plogiss, has icsulted in the
incolpo-ation -of completely new aieas by cane i'fa1s. A Czlease fiom
the Ministry of Public Utilities last w,"Xk said it :d-.s nowi necessary to
provide fDulteen miles of additional foedcr I:Dads in the Ozlnge Walk
district to facilitate thie o.elively :;f cane.

It is expected that the v.;rk will be done by c:.txa t.


'Spiny LobLtxc' an iJhtLcen fD:t -skiff .cquired for the Fish-
elies Unit, Ministry of iatal -cnu1ces was comissined last wek.

The craft .,was built by Mi. R.H. Davis in just Ltwnty-two days.

The 'Spinny Libster x is tb b e mply,;d by the United Nations
(L3bstL.:) Scien tific AIsse ssiment Su Vcy.

It will be used in shallow ef aleas fi' biolo)ical studies.
Meanwhile a laiger boat is t3 be built foi f-suhing surveys in deeper

A eleaise flam the Ministly of Ilaturl Re soucess said the
Ministry is anxious to ensure the m,.oximum possible devclopent of our
marine xesou3ces without depleting the stock to a hairful degree.

This effort is intended to benefit th- country's economy and,
in paxticulai, the small fishing communiLie s.

And a spokesman fox tlie Ministiy cxpx rsed hop that all
fishiamen who fish f:)o spinny lDbstes w*r 'Crayfish' axe helping to
pl jvide the info:imation needed by the biologist size of the catch, 1o-
cation ond the time it takes to complete the catch.


In the bid to get the Tourist inaustly moving thc Tourist Borid
last Thursday nii,.ht held sepexate briefing s.s;sions'with two key
officials Police Commi:sione~l Buce Taylor, on Inumigiration pr ceduxe
and police contacts with visitors and Mi. Ralph Wyeth, Managxi of the
Development Finance C ipoation, on investment oppio tunities in Tourism
the D.F.C. might be prupaied to support.

Commissioner Taylor stressed the ne...d to e'cDfixd& an effective
scilcening process in the intere:,t of the Belizean community. The pui-
pose is to keep out the occasional undjsiia.ble visitor who causes Iral
offense to society. He emphasized that this is the noi..-1 function of
3iLpi great ion 'author itie s in all c ountr ie s.

Public Relations

At the same time he w:.s quick -to iccognize the anxiety of the

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Tourist Biard ovci attituces which could ct:us unnce;jary offence to
visitor s an; i,. flect adversely on the .,1ll known hospitality of BLlizcans
and harm the tourist industry.

Towards A Solution

SA number of suggestions tailored to mfet the requirements of
both immigration control and visitor satisfaction weri advanced. And
in future, th1-ir is to be closer liaison between the To:m ist Boald and
the Cormniissionue, on the chargin, needs of tourism development.

Wanted An Enterpiising Businessman

In a tentative opinion, Mi. Wyeth said it seemed likly that a
pi posal by somc enteiprising businessman ox gioup with the iight kind
of expeu-jnce for investment capital to provide a scheduled boating
service to the Cayes accompanied by the establishment of attractive stop
over accommodation at the Cayes would be thc proposal most likely to
command the interest of the Coipoiation.

The repayment period would be in the neigu6hbouihood of ten
ye ar s.

The Corporation's Policy

If the Coiporation wure t:) be fa.v;uiably impIo.ed 'thre was no
reason such a development scheme could not be started i:mm-Idiately. But
he emphasized that a convincing spirit of enterprise would have to be
demonstrated by the applicant.

The Corpioration is not interested in managing investment pro-
jects, he strcsed, and c re will be taken to see that every project
undertaken with D.F.C. investment can stand on its own as fax as enter-
piise and competent management are concerned.


AIRBELIZE INThRNATIONAL, a Belizeah Corporation presently in
-process of formation, announced plans last week to provide a Passenger
and Air Freight U.S.A. and Central America.

The Corporation will operate FIVE Constellations and T.HREE
DC 3's.

On a visit to the Premier on Thursday, Mr. Calvin GZ'cnfield,
Pr-esidont and Major shaxcholder of the Corpo~ation was accompanied by the
Hon. Lindbrg. Rogers, Ministur of Internal Affairs.

Operating and maintenance facilities of the airline, presently
located at Long Leach California will be transferred hure. The Cjopora-
tion should then be in a position to offer maintenance facilities to
other aircraft.

The Premier informed Mr. Gr-cnfield that Goviernnmnt is getting
irady to improve facilities at the Belize International Airport by
strengthehling'-and extending the runway.
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He wished them every succ:-ss 'and observed that Belize is
strategically placed .s -, base for the type of sevice that is contem-


A Labour Em. loyment Exchange made available by Tate and Lyle,
located on the Main Street in Orange Walk Town, was officially declared
opened en Wednesday evening by the Minister of Labour, the Hon. David

The ceremony started with the playing of the Belizean National
Lnthem shortly after the arrival of the Minister.

"This Labour Project Employment Exchange," declared the
District Officer, Mi. Eric Fairweather, who presided "is a tangible
effort which our Government, in cooperation with Management of Tate and
Lyle, is trying to place our nationals in the field of employment.

The Hon. Elito Urbina, described the opening as a 'memorable'

The main addiess of the evening was delivered by the Minister
of Labour, who declared that the establishment of the Exchange in the
Orange Walk District is part of government's overall plan to implement
fully the international Laboul Organization Convention recommendations
concerning the organization of manpower.

He called on employers in the Northern Districts, aad
especially.thode engaged in the sugar industry, to utilise the free em-
ployment service. He also expressed Government's appreciation to Tate
and Lyle and Taylor Woodrow and declared the building open.

The ceremony ended with the playing of the British National

The Belizcan Blue and White Flag held prominence throughout the
cc Lemony.

For U.S,.I.

.On .Fiday, the Minister left for the U.S.A. on government
busine ss

He should be away for a few w.eks.


The new community centre at Unitedville Village some ten miles
from San Ignacio was declared open on.Saturday afternoon by the Minister
of Public Utilities, the Hon, Hector Silva.

It is a 50' by 23' concrete block structure built by the
villagers, men and women, with materials supplied by government.

Mr, Harold Gabourel, Chairman.of the Village Council said:

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"We a:e grateful to Jul govetinent and our Premier, for'making
it possible f o us to have this big new centre. We shall make the best
use of it."

The District Officer, M Locke, noted that -the wind of change
is blowing over the land. There is also a wind of growth and today's
villages will one day be towns and tu towns will unite and become

Mi. Silva said: "On behalf of jvernment, I congratulate you
on youx achievement. Through the aided-self-help method, government and
Gcople have accomplished much."

He then urged the villages to ~prouce moi a.nd mone food foi
home use as well as f)x the lest of the country, "You must lean new
farming and ag~icultulrl techniques, and then you will have plenty," he
advise d.

The building wL.s blessed by the Rev. F Osv..ld ,eyes, a
Belizean homan Catholic clergyman. Then, Lhe doa:s anda windows were
thLrown open. Later in the night a dance .s held to celebrate the event.


SAiNTIAGO CASTILLO, a successful Belizean businessman was elected to head
the Development Financu Corparation at its first annual general meeting.

A spokesman of the Board said on Thursday that 'Chicht as he
is called, brings to the Corporation a wealth of experience and business
knowledge and ie- expressed confidence that the Corporat:ion would do well
under his chairmanship.

AN ILLUSTK.LL'ED LECTURE On th excavation of lMaya Ruins at-,ltun Ha in the
Belize District was given at the Bliss Institute last Thursday under the
distinguished patronage of the Minister of Natural Resources, the Hon.
Alexander Hunte ,

Doctor David Pendergast, a Lecturye at Utah University in the
United States of Amnrica, who has worked at Altun Ha for two seasons was
the speaker .

poctxr Pendeigast disclosed that during the last season, which
has just ended, nine burial chambers were excavated.

It is expected that the work.will...ncr.kse the prestige )f
Belize abroad because any scientific or historical contribution a country
can make regarding the history of mankind, gives much prestige to -hat
country, he told the large audience.

BELIZE has the second highest population increase .late in the world. The
figure was given as 3.07% by the Ministry of Finance. Pcrsently the
population figure is cle to 1::.',000.

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A STRIKE involving about 364 workers of Taylor Woodrow a-nd Company con-
tractois to TatG and Lyle, Dccured in the Toci Hill area l-st week.

Minister of Labour D.L. McKoy and Labour Commiissioner K.C.
Dunn who were in CoDIzal at the time were able to bring the two sides
together- and a tenative settlement on the points at i-sue was announced
after a marathon bargaining session.
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THE U.W,.I.'S DOCTOR RICHJA-D ALLSOP, continuing his lecture tour told an
Orange Walk Town audience on Tuesday that 'Cicole' is not only spoken
in this country, but throughout the caxibbean countries.

"We should be pioud of oui national heritage", he went on "es-
pacialLy during this time when we are on the ioad to independence."

hopes of mastecing a seven man team, is optimistic about capturing the
overall championship at the forthcoming Cuntral Amrlnican Games to be
held in Slvador next Octobei.

Highlighting a big fund raising drive is the Wcightlifting
and Physical Culture competition to be held at the Palace Theatie on
September 9th under the patronage of the National Day Cclebrations
Committee o

The Central imerican contests are held in a different country
each year and in 1966, it will be this country's turn to play host to
some sixty five Cential rAerican representatives.

"Other nations havw gone through the development that we are
going through, and we can lean much from them thlrugh library books."

Thus spoke Reverend Father Leo Web:r, S.J. President of St,
John's College, as he addressed fifty sub-librarians attending the
tenth annual training course being held in Belize City.

JOSEPh BELISLE has won the U.W.I. Independence Celebrations Committee
award for 1965.

The award was open to all students who possessed University
Entrance Qualifications and sat for the Entrance and Scholarship exami-

thousandsof Roman Catholics marched in solemn candlelight procession in
Belize City in honour of "Our Lady of Gudalupe."

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