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Title: The Belize weekly newsletter
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Title: The Belize weekly newsletter
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Place of Publication: Belize City British Honduras Government Information Services
Frequency: weekly
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Dates or Sequential Designation: no. 1- Jan. 3, 1965-
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W.E E K L Y N' Wi l L i T T L

Publisi-ed By the Governm.nct Information Services.

No, 41 t*i<** ***!-* ***i****,* bto llth October 1965


-Se L ary of 3 t Greenwood,

MX, Anthony Greenwood Bri ih y of State with
ieopr..sibility for: U.K. dependent ter aiivyjd heie to
begin a six day visit last Thuisday. He was accompanied by Mis, "

He was met at the Airport by the Governor, Six Peter
Stallaid and the Piemiei, the Honouiable George Prite.

The Decla action

Addiessing the nationall Assembly in the afternoon Mr,
Greenrgood declared. "It is a very xeal pleasure foz me to be
standing today in an Assembly which fulfills all thye conditions
of democracy."

He conigatulated the Assembly on their success in'
operating the aelf government constitution.

They had,he went on, demonstrated a political stabi-
lity which auguis well fo~ the tine whentthi i:.tion will take
its pla:e among the independent nations of the woild. This half the battle (fox independence) because it adds
appreciably to the credit-woithiness of Belize.

Finding external financial aid is not easyP Iut finan-
ciers of -11 sorts, he st'tcd wA.thfI 7' rant of Maniza-
tio._s t v_ -ndiviu .ls are 1ys it dy to LX_ t in
countli es. .;. e thire is 'evident stability.

He waLs confident the Belizean government will. do all
in its p owe- to make tihe country credit worthy by maintaining
political stability and by managing oui finance wisely by fram-
ing a practical and ambitious development plan.

Britain Will Do ex Best

On the new capital he ddcla:ed "Your hopes and as-
pirat..ons, symbolized by the new capital city, axe themselves
evidence of ysux determination to lead your country forward so
that all youx people may enjoy a ,--asonable standard of living
and l.ok io'iva3 d to IGular full tnplpy:;.cA:t."

Bxitain, foi hcr part will do its best to help
financially anrd by piovidinL technical assistance and training
opp itunitie s
As Mi, and Mrs. Geenwood aiiived foi the historic
sitting they weie cheered by thousands of Belizean waving flags
V and ba.nneis.
a ATI rm /,.......Welcoming
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Welcoming the S visitors the Speaker, the Hon W.H.
Coustenay observed ti.t the cons itutional history of Belize
.- goes back-to the theoc-.acyof- t-he .-ay-as.,- *The-re-was an un-
broken link with Public Meeting legislative folum of the
easily "Settlerment of Belize in he Bay of Honduias".

Latex that afternoon the Secietary of State witness-
ed a' parade by primary ascho.pls. students.. of .Belize.: City,
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.. On the night .of KM. Greenwood's' aLrival, a.brief
meeting was held by the opposition NIP at Couxt House Plaza.

.;, .;NIP supporters matched through Albert Street to
Government Hou.sE in what was termed a demonstration and hand.- -
fd to the Commissionei of Police Mi. Biuce Taylor, a letter
to be del.iveied to the Secretary of State. ..

Punta Go ida
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Punta Goida, in the Toledo district was the first
step outside of Belize City in a crowded.programme of visits.

A large welcoming crowd, including school children
from San Antonia, Big Falls, San PedxaoColombia, and Punta

Members of the United Women's group dressed in their
uniform and girl guides also turned out to see.the Secretary
of State.

Late, the visitors toured-the Hospital, St. Petex
Clavex College, the Administrative Building and the Primary
Schools of the Town. They also met members of the Town Board.

Stann Cleek

It was a sunshine welcome that awaited Mr, Greenwood
in Stann Creek.

The first'engagement was lunch at M linda Forest.
station and from there it was on to Stann Creek Town ve-re the
party-dlove through stirete lined with school children..

.At the Town Hall, a large gathering stood. at atten-
tion while the British and Belizean Anthems were played.

The District Officer, MI, Walter Brown expiessed
happiness that the' secretary of State had..come to, the Stann
Creek Dis.trict and expressed confidence that the British
Government will continue to help and guide the country to
achieve its goal of becoming a flee' and sov~eign nation on
the Central American mainland. .

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For All Peace Lovingi People An Invitation

Stann Creek Town representative, the Hon. Allan
A.ithuis declared that the people of the Distiict support thne
Premier and the policies of his government, "We endorse the
Christian Democracy ideal. We accept the challenge of build-
ing a new.nation, and invite all peace loving peoples of the
w:rld to assist us in this very important and exciting venture",
He declared.

I "The people of Belize,"he told Mr. Greenwood, "are
seeking independence and will accept the helping hand of
f::iendship from all peoples of goodwill, provided that these
good people respect the aspirations of Belizeaps.

In his speech, the Secretary of State, congratulated
the people on the "very efficient way" the Self-Government
Constitution is being worked. Independence will only be suc-
cassful he went on, if the people work hard, as they have been
urged to by the Premier. But hard work by itself is not
enough. Efficiency the wise employment of labour and energy
- these things count,

It is praise worthy that as Belize advance towards
independence the bonds of friendship between the United King-
dom and this country grow stronger instead of weaker.

In closing Mr, Greenwood pledged that the British
Government will help our country as much as it can, especial-
ly since the people of Belize have shown such initiative and
enterpr is.

P eant "Epic Of Belize"

On their return from Stann Creek Town the Greenwoods
were guests of honour at a special presentation of the Pageant
":3pic of Belize".

The pageant a colourful presentation -with music and
folk dancing of the various ethnic groups which make up our
Be.lizean population, drow loud cheers from an audience of
thousands gathn~ed at the Yemorial Park. The set depicted a
cross section of life and customs in rural Belize.

In San Ignacio on Saturday, Mr. Greenwood was
honoured at a civic reception.

Mr. Heinan Ochaeta, for the Town Boa~rd declared in
an address of welcome that the building of a nation demands
tne undivided loyalty and the increasing effort of all a re-
quirement in which Belizeans have not faltered.
On the close ties beLween Britain and Belize, he
said Belize had been inspired by these ties to seek its own
national identity.
Replying, the Secretary of State told the audience the Cayo district is one with great potential. He knew
B:lizeans of the district were facing grave difficulties at\
the. present time due to steady decline in the timber and
chicle industries.


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Nevertheless, he was still confident that,-as the
people. turned to Agriculture they would make their area one
of the top producing districts of the country.

SHe 2ised that t he Britis4h government will do all
Sit can to help the country as it moves on to independence.

Miss Independence, Miss Carmelita Farrias presented
a bouquet of blue and white flowers to Mr. Greenwood for his
wife who was delayed on the way to San Ignacjo.

After lunch, the party which had been joined by Mrs.
Greenwood, paid an unscheduled visit to Xunantunich where -they
were shown around the ruins by Archaeological Commissioner Mr,
A.H. Anderson.

Present at the civic ceremony were the two represen-
tatives, the Hon. Minister of Public Utilities Mr. Hector
Silva and the Hon. Santiago Perdomo, rnembrs of the San Ignacio
Town Board,'and members of the Benque Viejo del:.Carmen Town

The administration building was gaily decorated with
Belizean flags and British flags.



The Secretary of State unveil a commemorative
pillar at the new capital site, markingthe official inaugura-
tion of the project, on Saturday.

SOn the way to' the new capital site the official
party, which included the Governor and the Premicr, made a
stop at Hattieville for a brief civic function.

The Premier was first to speak. Then he introduced
the Secretary of State.

Mr. Greenwood told the people of Hattieville that
he saw in the new capital the symbol of the spirit of the
people of Belize.

Common Links

"Britain and Belize have 1been linked together for a
very long time. During that time I believe that the link be-
tween us have become stronger as friendship and mutual confi-
dence has grown" he declared,

Not only was he expreLsing sympathy on the 1961 dis-
aster, He also wanted to c3onratulatc EBlizeans on the forti-
tude; with which they faced it and the determination with which
they now look to the future.

"Britain," he went on, "associates itself with the
imaginative idea of the Premier of having a new capital where
people will be safer from the hazards of nature. His govern-
ment is happy to be able to assist in bringing that imagina-
tive project into reality.

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The palty tihn moved on to the new capital site where,
following p ,.yers by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Geiald Brooks, pf the
A.glican Chulrh,.the Rev. Leonard C. Carty of the Methodist
Church, and Rev., Father Pick of the .SOciety of Jesus the-
Premier declared before thousands of Belizeans that the cere-
mony that mornitig marked the dedication of the new capital to
Blizeans by the. Secretary of State Mr. Anthony Greenraood,
Construction of the new capital, scheduled to begin
i.: earnest next year, will be financed in a great part by the
British people.

Mr. Price thanked the British Government for theix
continued help, not only with the construction of the new
capital but also in building the new Central American nation -
of Belize.

Second Fsr Western Hemisphere

Following comments on the significance df the Maya
limestone pillar and the reading of the poem "Limestone
Pillars of Belikin" in Spanish and English by the Premier,
the Secretary of State addressed the gathering.
The occasion was a significant one because on that
very site will rise the second new capital to be built any-
where in the Western Hemisphere.

He recalled that twice within living memory the
present capital had been destroyed by hurricane. This was
reasonenough fox the building of a capital further inlaid.
Britain had accepted the building of the new capital
as a moral obligation. For this reason a large part of the
cost had been provided as a gift.

He expressed confidence in the government's invest-
meat in a new capital.

Before unveiling the commemorative pillar, the
Secretary of State paid tribute to the ancient Mayas. And
wi;h best wishes for all who will eventually live in the new
city, he unveiled the pillar.

The ceremony began with the elisean Anthem and,
ended l with the British national anthem,


The key to the City of Belize.

A key, listing on a golden plaque, was presented to
th( visiting Secretary of State Anthony Greenwood by Lord Mayor
Fr. d .Westby on Thursday.
He told the Secretary of State; "On behalf of the
people and Government of Belize bity, we welcome you. In token
of our gratitude and esteem for the British people and Govern-
mentt .who are helping us to attain Independence."

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Accepting the key, Mi, Grzenwood declared "I am de-
S .lighted to be here with you and would like to tell you Mi.
SLord Mayor' and Membrxs of youx council hbw much I appreciate
the key-to Belize Ci4y,"

S. I thank you and your of the .City Council
for the good ,iolk you have *bogn dLing'in'this .city." .
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S Ealiert the Pxemiei, the Hon, George Pri e met the
British.Secietazy of.State'as he'alighted at the foot of the
steps o'f the Council Chamb.,is.
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PunIta Goida

The four-man team of British ,.P's, continuing theix.
V iit to Eelizc flow to Punt". u-,rd. on Chui*ty w h-o they met
the Lo:*d gayo ..'. Toludo diLt-ict ,:r :.::atotivcs and. the
D1 c". C Lffcicar, r
Stann' Crzek
: A day e1Al.ieX they flew to Stann Cieek Town foi dis-.
cussions with the district representatives,' the District
Officer and the Acting Mayor.

They were mit 'by the Di-trict Officer and Inspector

Th lso t.oue.d the Stann Creek Town Hospital and
the new TD w .H11 and paid visits to Silk Grass Village, and
the t.ynam Ariicultuial Golegc .conducted by Jesuit Fathers,.

At Pomona. they had a look at the citrus processjlng
plants owned by the Citrus Company of B.H. and then went on
to see the Salada plant at Alt-a Vista.

Ou West

Two days after. their airival, the quartet, Mr. W.T.
Williams, .(leade ) Doctoir .S. Mills, Mr. John Hunt and Mi.
Ar-thui Tiley-took a motor tour out west which took in Hattie-
ville, the New Capital Site and Cential Farm before going to;
San Ignacio,

In San Ignacio, the Paxliamentaiy. Delegation was met
by the Mj:mb.;s of the .San Ignacio Town Board, and the MePmbers.
of the House of Representatives for the Cayo District. -
Later, they sow the Xunantunich Maya Ruins ahd..the,.;
Guatemala Frontier.

And In The North
Their r'ound of. visits outside Belize City ended with
an outing to the Corozal.and Orange Walk districts on Friday.

Flying to Coxozal Town tarly in the morning they were
shown around -the.Libettad factory. They also saw something of

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the extensive cane fields in this area.

Latcr, on their return to CDrozal Town they had a
formal meeting with members of the Town Board. Inere were
al o visits to the Hospital and Cuotoms H-use at S'anta Elena,
the border village ,on the Mexican border.

In Orange Walk Town, following the usual meeting
with local dignitax(ies, they left for the site of the Tower
Hill Sugar Factory, now under construction.

Their final engagements weie a meeting with members
of the. Chamber of Conmerce, and a visit with Lhe British
Garrison at Airport Caimp


There are encouraging indications that Belizeans
are becoming'mlre interested in priscrving their valuable
Mayan heritage.

Two citizens from the Ccyo District last week pre-
sented Premier George Price with a humbc' of artifacts found
while preparing their fields for planting.

,Ph Juan Tzib of ;cn Antonio, Cayo Distiict, and
Mr, Maxsimiliano Garcia from Bullet Tr~e Falls, told Piemier
Price that they are all praying fo.I him so that he will be
able -,o canry out the hard work which falls to him as leader
of thc new nation,


The Honouriable Hector Silva, Minister of Public
Utilities and Communications and the Honourable Elito UIbina
Repre.tentative of the Oiange Walk North constituency returned
to Bel.ize City on Thursday following a State visit to the
State of Michoacan, in the United States of iMxico.

The LBelizean legislators r.plrsented this Government
at ceremonies marking the bi-centenary of the birth of Jose
Moria MorElos, one of the heroes of Mexican Independence,

In Michoacan, they were guests of the Governor,
Licenciado Augustine Ariaga Rivera, who recently paid a
visit to Belize,

Mr,, Silva also took the opportunity of visiting his
father's home town of Gotija in Michiocan where he met'a n'n-
ber uf his fathers -clativeso

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Minister Emphasizes Need Fox Service

Opening a YWCA leadership Training Couise at Y Head-
qua~teis on Thursday, the Hon. Albert Cattouse, Ministex of
Social Welfare advised that.Belizeans should get together more
often to- do something practical in keepinL with our forward
move to nationhood. -

He restated government's promiis to support and help'
all voluntary organizations which axe pr2ieaied to woik coopex-
,ratively with Govenment to. ameliorate the social and.economic
ills of the county.

He drew attention to the use of some associations as
pressure groups and called on Belizean's to continue to work
hard to improve the social standards of the nation.

"Your Gov einment," continued Mi. Cattouse "believes
that the endand puxpose,-f a good association is to create
good individuals who ale plepaied to do something spontaneous-
ly and practically fox the good of the community because there
is something in man that makes such deeds a pleasure."

The fist lecture was delivered by Mi. J.L. Blackett
on the theme "Wants, Needs, and PIDblems Of The Individual".


The Labour Depaitment has launched a continuous Man-
power Information PIogiamme,

An announcement last. week said the aim was to facili-
tate the application of the Economic Development Plan.

Information will normally be. equired on Lhe levels
of employment and the nurnbei of vacancies at half really in-
tervals on Maich 31st and Septemb~i 13th.

FoD the first round, ihoweve XIturns of the levels
of employment should be made fox both Malch 31st and Septembel
13th in oxdei to allow comparisons to be made.i

The District Officers' Office in San Ignacio and
Punta Golda, the Laboux Inspectoxs' Office in Coxozal Town and
Stann CIeek Town and the Labour .i'xchange in Belize City and
Orange Walk Towa.
,' rims are being sent employ is through the post but
employees who do not receive them in this way should contact
the LaDaou Department,


The second Confeience to review insurance policies
and objectives was held in Belize City on Satuxday. Leaders
fiom several Ciedit Unions took palt.

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The conference w. s addressed by Mi. .led Gill,
r:es ident .f ith Credit Union League. In all the conferees
leprest iLd .ovye fifteen thousand credit unionists th~ough-
Cout the couInt y.

The first co.nfeaence of its. i.ina was held last ..
year when ovCr sixty iimmbis of the c-ieciit unioni" '
came together to discuss the welfare of credit unions
an insurance point of view.


"Everybody must eat to stay alive. But the quali-
ty of the food served; the cleanliness with which it is
handled ale very impo.t.,int factors to the health .of our:- .
people ."

M., Claude Biadley, thiself a food iandler, was
addl ssing scme twenty food handless di:awn fiom variious
e stablishr-ents in the OBelize District. The occasion was the
opening session of t-he Food Handlers seoinai ,-held at-the -
Bliss Institute.

Mi. Bradley told the participants: "You have in
yul hands Lhe powve to pioviide a he-althy oitizenry in our
3Beliean"'.nation" and he went on, "food handling is a very im-
portant profession, not to be taken lightly. The professiQn..-
should be pi..ctised with piide and fiieitic cy.

Mandat o y Ti dining
Sp erking about thIn utule of food h.andlCes, he said
h. hDped the day would soon coml '..hen it will be necessary
fox all to at Lend co uses on food-handling such
a3 the series now being sponsiaed by the Lxtra-K Hul Depa~t-
nr. nt.
The Clhac w'as taken by the Health education Officer,
M.i:s. L is L ko1e She ievi>wed.C the histjoy of the Food
JTLnrlns Se nmi.):nali s ay.i i' that in tie beii i;;in tDi e .seminars
w,:e inlVi...nd.,- pj im' .rily f'or mar.iket vendors. I3W they were
op])en to all food :l_,, esT.abJ shms rts,


A RE'GULAR T''LEPhINTW SbERVICL between Belize :and Jamaica was
inaugurated on Th1ursday aft. a successful tes;t'Iun by Cable
0a1 d Wii less,

The equipmenrt was iLstalled to icilitate the
handling of tlerlams. It wiill result in rne.-ter efficiency
and speed, but will not cause any staff ledun.ancy.


MISS IRIS L. ABEhAI,IAM xecived the B~itish 'Empile Medal, awarded
to hei in 1063, at a belief Goverrnnt House ceremony on Tuesday.

THOMAS DUNNACHII M,.-JhPi-Y died at hiis 'sidence on South-Ln Foie-
shore last. 'Monday.

BMIn in Stxatchclyde Mount Vernon, Glasgow, he came
to Belize in 1922 and -assumed the post of Engine eeimanage and
later 'lectxical Sup(ciintededent of the Belize Electlicity Boald
from which he :-tired .n'13 I.

SCOUT W'VEgK ,opened here on Sunday with a parade though the
streets of Belite City. During the.-week tih .boys will txy to
earn enough money to k tep the movement alive.

THE VfiSTLiJN AC GiCUTI2JiURAL S6iOW COiMITEL has now finalized
aiiangemnts foi the ASricult'uial show; to be held at San
Ignaeio, oDn Saturday Novemb_; 13th of this yaro.

This v;as announced following a meeting on Sunday.

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