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Now 40 ****: **********i******** Up to 4th October, 1965.
THE PREMIER IN THE SUGAR BELT
For five days 'last week the Premier toured village after
village in tha Corozal district.,., And everywhere he went with a heart-
warming show of affection, Belizeans of the sugar belt thronged their
village plazas and Community centres, singing "Land of the Gods", the
Belizean-Anthem, and displaying their Blue and White Belizean flags..
On the first day, Tuesday, Mr. Price visited Sarteneja,
b6uisville, San.Narcisc and Carolina Calcutta.
In the Premier's party wzre District Representatives Santiago
Ricaideand Flo-rehncio, Marino
A correspondent reported that the Premier was cheered as he
encouraged the peOple to work even harder foi economic prosperity and
for the independence of Belizeo
"By unity and hard work," he declared, "our goal will soon
'W3 .Shall Not -Despaix"
On Wednesday, the party moved on through Cnunox, Copper Bank,
Ranchitc and San Joaquin.
In Chunox village against a background of streets decorated
with arches and flowers, Mr, Price reminded the people of the difficulty
of Christian Democratic Nation
Area representative Florencio Marin was present to hear him
declare ;: "We shall not despair, We are beginning to see already the
fruits of our dedication, sacrifice and hard work."
Significant Annive rsary
The tour continued through on the third day. Jumping off
from'Pri:gresso on the shore of Lagun6....P.rogresso the Premier and
Representative Mar in trekked though Buena Vista, Caledonia, Santa Clara,
San RomranConcepcion and finally Libertado
The party was latcr j.oianed. by Senatbr.. Jesus Ken.
Meanwhile,the Radio Belize mobile recording unit was-record-
ing the Premier's addresses as the tour progresed and tnese were
broadcast to the nation in an.evening' special-narrated by.Eustare Usher,
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Wednesday,.: Se.ptembc r;29th marked a special annive sary -
the fifteenth anniversary of the birth of the Movement of Independence.
Marking the occasion, the Premier called' attention to the long and
difficult struggle which was now at thd eve of fulfillment with inde-
pendence leas than three years away.
On governments plan to help improve the standard of living
of -the people he ..said: '"This is a poor country. Everything cannot;
be done 'overnight. But we will be steadfast. We shall try and keep
on trying to achieve our noble objectives."
SEES EXPANSION PROJECTS
Rounding off "the tour, there was a big public meeting in:
Corozal Town on Friday night. This was followed with an informal
farewell party at a private home.
Earlier in the, day, Mr. Price, accompanied by Cox-ozal Town's
energetic Mayor, Santiago Ricalde looked over a few expansion pro-
. jept.in the Town-. These included.:the new market, near CoZbzal Bay,
". new housing area and the improved light plant oB Sants Rit.a- Hi1l,
now more than half completed,
:. : The:Premiejr letur.ned to Belize City late Friday night..
NO TAX HIKE
There will be no change in rates of take.;s fo..Be lii-:z.C-it.
CayB Caulker, Ambergris Caye and St. George's Caye.
This was disclosed following a meeting on Tue stay-whe the
City Fathers-went through a sixteen point agenda.
pre siding, the Lotd Mayor announced the completion of-wozrk
on Vernon Street and a plan to erect a ne-wlbridge to replace :the
one Orange Street over the South Side Canal.
A number of trade licenses, wera .also approved. : .' :
FOUR BRITISH M.P'S VISIT
Four memberS af Br tain' s Parliament -two Labour. and'o rid
Conservatives arrived here. on Sunday to begin a week's faiiliariza-'-
The..Labour.-M.P s axe Mr. W.T. Williams and D'octor M.S.
Mills, and their Conservative Colleagues are Mr. John Hunt and Mr.
They.we.e met at the airport .by the Secre-tary of the'
Parliamentary Association here, Mr. Stanley Hulse, clerk of the
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During third stythe ae lgation will visit Hattieville, the-
site of the new, Capital, .Cental Farm, the Xunantunich Ruins and other
Places :f interest,
They axe also expected to meet the Chamber of Commexce and :
have discussions' with the Head of Government, Premier George Price, the
Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Honouxable W.H. Courtenay,
and the President of the Senate, the Honourable E.W. Francis9
Meanwhile, the Secretary of State fox Dependent Territozies
Mr. Ant.:ony Greenwood, accompanied by his wife, is scheduled to arrive
on October 7?th.
.Mr. Greenwood and his party..will visit many areas of Belize'
and address the Natonal Assembly at 2:30 in the afternoon of his
.arrival. The visit ends on October 12th.
There will be oivic welcome for Mr, Greenwood in all the
district towns. One of his major engagements will be the unveiling
of a co:nmemorative pillar at the New Capital Site.
10,000 FT. IN SEARCH OF'BLACK GOLD'
The Shell Petroleum Company will drill to a depth of 10,000
feet in search of"oil or gas in the Tuineffe archipelago. Drilling
should oegin some time'before November 15th 1966.
An announcement by the Minister of Natural Resources and
Trade, last Tuesday said the move followed agreement between the
Phillips and Shell subsidiaries in Belize. '' -- ...
In return for the right to drill the wells, Shell will earn.
the rigt: to acquire fifty percent interest in the oil prospecting
licenses held by Phillips.
No precise spot for the drilling opci-.tions has yet been
STANN CREEK TOWN BOARD
Mi:. Frafcis Castillo, presided over a meeting of the Stann
Creek Town Board last Wednesday when special tribute was paid to the
late Calvin Bonsel McKay, long time employee of the Municipality.
The programme of works for the quarter ending on December
31st was approved,
THE BRITISH COUNCIL PRESENTS
His Excellency the Governor Sir Peter Stallard opened.an
exhibition of prints by British artists at the British Council-Library
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Declaring the exhibition open Sir Peter commended the B:itish
Council for bringingithis type of cultural activity to Belize.
On hand to comment on the techniques and appreciation of
abstract painting was Miss Madelaine Rowland, a V.S.O0 teacher at
Palotti- High School,
Among those attending the opening ceremony was the Minister
of Education, the Hon. Mrs. Lizafiaga,
HONDURAS HIT BY FLOODS
Belize Sends Sympathy, Supblies
When torrential rains in the high lands of Honduras sent
flood waters. rampaging through the coasted plains, leaving hundreds
homeless-and in distress 'Robert Eo Bennctt Red Cross Dircctor hele,
got off a prompt telegram to his counterpart in Tegucigalpad.
Belize was offering supplies of medicine and clothing to its'
.south-of-the -border neighbours,
And precisely at-"88-30" .m. the 'following- day; TAN Airlin s
began an airlift of cots,. blankets and clothing a gesture of sympathy
and solidarity from the Government and people' of Belize,
Earlier from Government House, Sir Peter Stallard despatched
the official message of sympathy and said Belize would do all it could
C.U. LEAGUE' MITS AT SAN IGNACib
St. Martin's Credit Union of San Ignacio' played- host- cently
to the first ever meeting of Credit Union League held outs:.d Bolize
The Board approved an application for membership by the St.
Bernard Credit Union Limited, of Placencia Village.
Mr. Owen Tucker, Actihg Maraging D~lector was appointed
SMoving the vote of thanks was League President Mr, Fred Gill
who thanked the officers of the St Martin's Credit Union for-their
NEWS. IN BRIEF
People make news, Last -wek Belizeans heard about the
ROBER J. TEPPER, newly appoinLed USA Consul in Belize arrived to take
up his assignment,
A former State Department 'Desk Officer' in charge of
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He expressed delight at his assignment to Belize, and said
he is looking forward .o enjoy some sport fishing in Belizean Waters.
He was received by the Premier and the Governor~ Sir Peter
MISS DOROTHYYBOOD, a Belizean who left home in 1962 and now lives in
She told Pcemier Price that Belize looks "very much improved
today". The streets are much better and the development going on is
very obvious -.
SERGIO GOMEZ, popular Radio Belize Spanish announcer and assistant -
Progrannme Organize .whose home was gutted after an explosion from the
tailoring establishment below sent flames racing through the building.
One House was completely destroyed with all its furnishings.
by file on Saturday morning, while two others were partially burnt.in-'
the aria of Orangc and Wist Canal Streets in Belize City.
The Belize City File Brigade sounded its alarm shortly after
8:30 and shortly afterwards the pumps were on the scene of the fixe.
It was soon had under control.
A spokesman of the Belize City File Brigade told Radio
Belize the fire was caused by the explosion of a gasoline operated
steam pressing outfit.
Thousands of Belizeans came out to witness the huge fire
while nany assisted in preventing the spread of the fire ,
The house was owned by M Francisco Sabido, while the steam
pressing outfit was the property of Placido Aynso, a well known Belize
C.F. C:EDDhS Shell Station manager here who told the press about modifi-
catiors to the Commerce Bight fuel depot. He -ilso spoke about the
construction of a new service station at the entrance ;o Stann Creek
Mr. Geddes told Radio Belize, he is satisfied with the pro-
gless of the work on both projects.
E.H. YOUNG. E.A. DAKLRS, Administrative Officers, Giade 11, were
awarded scholarships to do the UWI Diploma course in Public
They left for Jamaica on October 1st.
KATHLEEN M. USHER, a former government Stenographer, was appointed a
member of the Public Service Commission in the place of Mr', A4N.
Gibson, who died cn taepta~tu 12 th.
The appointment is fox three years with effect from 1st
October this year.
E.H. VERNON, Fiist Class Cleik will be leaving shortly for Hong' Kong
to undergo a three month course of training in the supervision of
The cost of his training i" being mnt from national funds.
A.H, OGALDEZ2 Forestef, who left for Trinidad where he will do a four
year.course at the University of the West Indies leading to the
Bachelor of. Science in 'Agri6ultuxe.
Colonial Development and Welfare allocations and Nati,.nal
-anids will: pay. for his training.