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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NoQ., 43 ******************** Ujp to 25th October, 1965


Although Belize is not prospcxous it has an improving
economy. It may well be self-supporting by 1968.

Speaking in Washington recently on his way home from'
a visi':- to Belize the ht. Honourable Anthony Greenwood, Minister
with responsibility y for Bxitain's depond.nt territories said this
country can have its independence just as soon as it becomes self-
suppor Ing.
National Purpose

On the new capital projecthe said Britain is providing
most of the money for a capital city removed from the Hurricane
Belt. This, he added, is "a symbol of the national purpose Mr.
Geoxge Price, the Premier, is instilling into the people."

The Secretary of State was paying the first working
visit to Washington by a Colonial Secretary since the days of
George 111.


Meeting on Friday, the House of Representatives unani-
mously approved a bill to raise a loan of $1,200,000 at home and

This is to be used to improve electricity supply in
district towns ($750,000); to build a bridge at Tower Hill
($350,000) and to continue the assistance in loans and giants in
the construction of secondary schools ($100,000).

The bill was presented foi the second and third read-
ings by Premier George Price, as Minister of Finance and Develop-
ment,, All three projects are part of the Seven Year Development
Self Financing

a The projects are broadly self-financing. While the
S'National Electricity Board will be financing losses in the.ini-
tial stages of the district electricity schemes a 24 hour set-
Svice is -planned the schemes will eventually become viable.

In the case of the bridge, ,it is planned to charge a
reasonable toll.

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Speaking in the House the Premier said government is
determined to. improve our secondary school position so as to keep
pace with development.

......The intention at this line is to. assist on.a limited
scale with the construction of secondary school buildings.

A Government grant will cover 50% of the total cost,
and would consider a loan if the school concerned is unable to
find their share of the total cost.

Other Bills

Two other bills: Wre passed.

One was an amendment to'the Immigration Ordinance and-the
other ,an amendment to .the i4 Moto Vehicles and Road Tiaffic Ordi-
nance .

even new bills were introduced and those will cbme up
for their second reading when the House meets again on.NovEmboa-


To mark the 20th anniversary of the founding-of the
United Nations an impressive oeuemony was held at.Central Park in
Belize City on Sunday. A large gathering was present to see-,
Premier George Pri-,e raise the United Nations flag between the
flags of Belize and Britain.

In a short address Mr. Price affirmedd the support
and loyalty of Bclizeans for the United Nations. H& publicly
thanked the organization for helping us to build the new nation of
of Belize on the Central .American mainland.

"Flags are important symbols," the Premier declared,
"for they: ripr~.rsnt peoples and th .ir aspirations."

IHe recalled that:it. v.s the E~lizean movement of inde-
pendence -which first unfurled thL U flag in hore just as it was,
the same movement which brught back the ancient flag of Belize,
the blue and white standard of independence.

And the Premier ended "The United Nations has helped
us to prepare our Belizean seven year development plan and is
sending us exports to Ihelp us fulfill that plan.

We salute th,- United. iations on its twentieth birth .:
day "

Plrsent for L- t ceremony were V.) vernment Ministels,
UN personnel s-rving herc, the Lord Mayor of Belize City and City
Councillors, Senators, Heads of GoveDncnt Dep:rtments and
Belizeans from all walks of. lif.


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Of the scores of visitbos received by the Premic x last
week, following were newsworthy

MR. JOHidK. Q President of Belize Chevron Oil Compary
who signed an oil exploration agreement with Govenr-ent on Tuesday.
He was ihtfoduced by the Minister of Natural ieoources and Txade
the Hon. A.A. Hunter. Also present was Senatrb E.W., legal
counsel to the company.

Mi. OtConner said that the Company had come to Belize
because of the confidence they had in Government and the happy
business climate which prevails here.
The negotiation he had.caxried out with the MinisteX of
Natural. Resources weie entiiUly satisfactory and most encouraging.

This is his third visit to the country.

MR. SYDNEY FORBES, Assistant Dir~ctoi of the Organization Depalt-
ment of CUNA International.

He was introduced by Sergeant Major Fred Gill, President
of the Credit Union League.

Mi. Forbes told the Primiei he understood that MX. Price
is doing a "fantastically good job."

The CUTA official was last here in 1961, one week before
huzxicane "Hattie".

He said he ;:.,s very impressed with the work being done
in the field of cooperatives and Credit Unions -and the g-neial res-
ponse the week-long celebrations were receiving.

.He was looking into the possibility of setting up of
regional office's in the aX~r with L-ague p-rsonnel.

Primini Pxice; welcoming Mr. FoDbcs, pointed out that
his Government is strongly behind the Credit Union Movement and had
affirmed this endorsement in the ruling party's manifesto.

MR. CSjDRIC GhAiJT, a political science xesearchci from the Univer-
sity of tie West Indies.

His visit was aonnectad with exploratory wo:k prior to
undertaking detailed observations fo o. book he is to publish on
the political history of Belize,
The visitor gave the Premie a copy of "New World" a
new cualtexly magazine published by the New V-orld Group of

He is a graduate of Leicesti University. Before
taking up an appointment with the University of the West Indies,
he w -s alecturer at the University of Ghana.

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SENATOR ELOA VASQUEZ, on her rexturn-from leave in New York.

The Senator spoke about the recent visit of Pope Paul to
the United Nations and St. Patrick's Cathedral. The Roman Catholic
Pontiff was given a great welcome by the people of New York.

Many people she had met in New Yoxk, the Senator said,
had shown interest in the new capital project,

REVLREND'PETL:R STEVENS, a Methodist pastor. He was accompanied by
the Reverend C.L. Carty Superintendent of the Methodist Church in

Discussing the work of the Methodist Church here the
Premir 'thanked them for the good work being done in the field of

Government will help in any possible way in the work.
being carried out by the Church in building the new Belize,

MR. WILLIAM .. JAM ES who is relieving Mi. Colin Geddes as Manager
of Shell operations in this county.

S He told the PiemicE Shell will continue to cooperate
with-Goveixinent in its programme to take the country forward.



Red Closs Week, being observed here from Oct. 24th to
the 29th, was declared open in a broadcast by the Premier on Sun-

"We dedicate this we;k to oui Red Cross Society and we
turn our eyes to sece the good services it gives our nation," the
Premier said.

The Red Cross stands ready, he observed, to serve the
people and to'help relieve suffering, not only in time of diss-
ter, but. also in helping to meet some of the ev>-yday necds of our
people ,

He appealed to everyone to help support the Organiza-
tion in every way not only this week, but all through the eAax.


With President E.W. Francis in the Chair, the Senate
met to considerr a number of Bills.

Senator J.N. Maighan, licader of Lovernment business,
presented.two Bills"from the House of Reprcsentatives..

One deals with aircraft customs r-gulations and the:
other, the operations of Sugar Cane Farmers' Association. Both
have already been passed by the House of Representatives.

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Senator Meighan also precnted a Sessional Paper dealing
with regulations made by the Minisqei of'Public Utilities and Commu-
nications on the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Ordinance.

Shortly after the President had lead the .prescribed
prayers, Senators Hassock and Brooks left the Hous;els

Texaco Belize Limited, a subsidiary of the Texaco Oil
Company of the United States of America, is to invest $350 000 in
the construction of service stations at Tower Hill. in the Orange
Walk District and at the entrance to Stann Creek Town.

This was revealed by Mr. James McCoy, visiting Texaco re-
presentative, as he was received by the Premier on Saturday.

Mi. McCoy was accompanied by Mi. Buchel Scott the local
agent &.nd Mr. James Lindo, whose company has been awarded the con-
txra6t to build both filling stations,

New C.aittal Too

The Stann Creek and Orange Walk Districts stations will "
each have a capacity of 80,000 gallons. The structures will be
very modern.

Mr.. SAot.t told Pirmir- Price that the company will be
applying foa a site at the new capital to install a modern service
station as soon as the need arises.


Following a working sessioniaolvirng the Prremier and the
Minister of Local Government and the Consul for the U.S.A. Mr.,
Robert Tepper and the CARE cGpzresntative, Mr. Jack Lauriac, last
Monday, it was decided that the Family fe-ding Project, introduced
as a relief measure after hurricane Hattie, will be replaced by a
new project under the nEw scheme, the destitute the handicapped1
the blind, and the aged with no visible means o livelihood will
receive. assistance.

The transition from one Project to the othere will be
phased. out over a p,,iod of six months ending on April lstb- 66.

This project will operate in Bclize City and the d*is-
trict;tapitals and will be known as 'Relief Project for the in-
digcnt, t

In the rural areas, CARE will.concentrate on assisting
economic development. CARE food will be used in connection with
agricultural improvement and with aided self help schemes such as
community projects, including feeder loads.

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Ministers of Religion, Lducatois and others interested in
the world of leaning wexe on hand as the Minister of Education, the
Hon. Mrs. Gwendolyn Lizairaga declaxedopen an exhibition of school
library books at the British Council office on Tuesday.

In a short address Mrs, Lizairaga spoke of the value of
the books and commented on the wide range of wriks on display.


International Credit Union Day was marked in Belize City
with a Radio Talk by the Piesident of the Cridit Union League MI
Fred Gill and a gxand banquet foi Credit Unionists and friends at
the Fort Geoige Hotel.

The 44 Credit Unions in this country have a combined mem-
bership of 14,657. Their share capital is of the order of.$1,598,000

Thi Credit Union movement was introduced here in 1943.


The Minister of Education, the Hon. Mrs. G.M. Lizanraga,
accompanied by the Principal Secrltary of the Ministry, Mr. Ernest
Fullec and the Representative of the Cayo South Division the Hon.
Santiago Perdomo? left Belize City on Saturday on a visit to areas
in the Western DLstrict in need of schools,

Out west, the. Minister also inspected the Macaw Bank


An exploration licenc e. covering practically the whole
of the northern part of the country of Belize, comprising some
4,125 square miles, was granted the Belize Chevron Oil Company, a
subsidiary of Standard Oil Company, California, U.S.A.

SThe licence is fox one year in the first instance with
option for an additional yeai's extension. Thcre is provision fox
the company aat any date prior to or at the expiration of the year
Oil Exploiation Licence to convert their holdings to Oil ProspE*t-
ing licence for a period of four-years.

A rIlease issued by the Ministry of Natuial Resources
last Monday said the company will be obliged to diill a well to a
depth of not less than 5,000 feet on or before the second year of
the Prospecting licence and a second well on or bcfoie the end of
the third year.
SIf oil is discovie~d the company would be
install a refinery as soon as the- output of suitable crude oil -il
xe'aches a level of ioughlly 10,000 barrels p-r day.
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r, .This refin.-xy would have a capacity of not leos than
2 500 taxrels pcr i ay.

It was pointed out that this is yet anotherr achieve-
ment' by Governme.nt in its bid to attract rtputalle investors,
especially in the petroleum field.

-The Blize Chev-on Oil Company is the third company
engaged in petroleum prospecting activities in this countyy'

Just recently, the Natural Re'ources Mi iistxy revealed
that ai eement had been reached between Phillips and Shell for an
initial investment of $3,000,000 under which Shell will drill a
Swell, i the olf shore area around the Turneff Islands before the
end. of September, 1966.


Some thirty he d of premium bieedin, stock axrived here
S last veek from Jamaica and Mexico.

Last yeir a C.D.&W, grant of $69,000 was approved fox
the cl.eaing and establishment of new pastures at C.nta.l Faxm.

Under the' scheme six bull stations would be set up in
S appiopiriate parts of th; country to serve faxmins with undel
twenty-five head of cattle

This is in line with the Economic Survey Mission's
reconumiendations that beef cattle should become major export in-
S dustrl fox Belize.

The United Nations livestock specialist, presently
assigned here advised the Department of Agriculture on the best
type )f animal to be used.

Fanmers will benefit from these purchases either by
purchsing improved stock or having better bulls to upgrade theix
he ds.

The newly arrived breeding stock-will be on ixhibit-at
the Western Agxiculti ral Show at San Ignacio on Novembcr 13th.

Meanwhile, memb-rs of the public *,.ill be able to see
the animals at Central Fa~m at a'ny X-C sonable time.


Two Belizean -atists will take part in the competi-
tion to be held in Britain later this year fo' the Bronze Sj~
Otto Belt Medal fox sculpture.

These entries will take the foim of photogxaphio
copies of works of sculpture produced in t'Li country.

The pieces to be entered are "Crucifix" by George Gabb
and "Gatden of Lden" by Frank Lizama.

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The wo-ks have been speciially photographed by Donald La
Fond with the help of the Govi -nmeiit Infoirmation Sxevic..,

hThe cost .of the photographing and shipment is being met
by the Bxitish.Council Re p<-.sent .. submitting a photogxaph.of i'bustb '

The Bronze Six Otto Beit Me~dal is ta arxded annually fo -
sculpture of special .merit exhibition to the public in the Common-


off with a match between the Toledo and Stann Cid,:k Districts in
Punta Gordaon November 14th.
'The follow up gaCo will b- -betwe6n .the C,ctozal and
Orange Walk Districts. The winner willplay.the Cayo Dictrict
Team.. .

GEORGE RAMON CASTILLO has been named minister of education of the
Church of Universal Fellowship in Bxiiain.

He was educated at the Stann Cre;k Methodist School and '
went to' the United States of meiica in 1952 where he entered the
Ailf.orce seiving-foi five and a half years, thrie of which were
,spent in the United Kingdomr


GILDA LEWIS(MRS.) has been awarded a British Council giant in order
to complete her studies at Garnett College in BEighton.
She is studying fox a Teachers' Diploma and intends to
teach shorthand and typing on h~x rit turn.

SHIELA-KAYE O'CONNi'jLL (MISS) the fir:t lady USA Vice Consul,
arrived in Belize on Octob~r begin a two year assignment.

CONSTABLE R. BRASKETT (N. 130) has been promoted to the rank of
coxpoxal with effeEt. fiom July 1st this yca.

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This refin.-ry would have a capacity of not leos than
2,500 :barrels per uay.

It was pointed out that this is yet another achieve-
ment by Gove.rnmnt in its bid to attract reputable investors,
especially in the petroleum field.

The Belize Chevron Oil Company is the third company
engaged in petroleum prospecting activities in this country.

Just recently, the Natural Resources Ministry revealed
that agreement had been reached between Phillips and Shell for an
initial investment of $3,000,000 under which Shell will drill a
well i.a the off share area around the Turneff Islands before the
end of September, 1966.


Some. thirty head of premium breedi;, st3ck arrived here
last -.cek from Jamaioa and Mexico,

Last ye a C.D.&W. grant of $69,000 was approved for
the cle-ring and establishment of new pastures at Cent:al Farm.

Under the scheme six.bull stations would be set up in
appropriate parts of the country to serve farmers with under
twenty-five head of cattl .

This is in line with the U.i. Economic Survey Mission's.
recommendations that beef cattle should become a-. major export in-
dustry for Belize,

The United Nations livestock specialist, presently
assigned here advised the Department of Agriculture on tLhe best
type of animal to be used.,

Farmers will benefit from these paulchases either by
purchasing improved stock io having better bulls 'o upgrade their

The newly arrived breeding stock will be on exhibit at
the Western Agricultural Show at San Ignacio on November 13th.

Meanwhile, members of the public- ,ill be able to see
the animals at Central F'.rm at any reasonable tirmr.


Two Belizean artists will take part in the competi-
tion to be held in Lritain later this year for the Bronze Si
Otto Belt Medal for sculpture.

SThese entries will taKe the form ::f pnotographio
copies of works of sculpture produced in thiii clntly.

The pieces to be entecid are "Crucifix" by George Cabb
and "Garden of Lden" by Frank Lizama.


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The worIs have been sp-cially photographed by Donald La
Fond with the help of the Government Infoimation Sevic.

.The cost of the photographing and shipment is being m-et
by the British Council Repirenttive Mr. Ivor Watts who is also
submitting a photograph of a bust.

The Bronze Six 1Bit,.'.dal is awarded annually for
sculpture of special maxit exhibition to the public in the Common-



off with a match between the Toledo and Stann Creek Districts-'in
Punta Goida on Novcmbie 14th.

The follow up gane will be btwon the Corozal and
Orange Walk Districts. -Th winneirX will play the Cayo District

GE'ORGE tlAMON CASTILLO has been named ministli. of education of the
Church of Universal Fellowship in Britain.

He was educated at the Stann Creek Methodist School and
went to the United States of America, in 1952 whlee he entered the .
Airfarce. serving for five and a half years,., thlee of which weje
spent in the United Kingdom.

GILDA LEWIS(MRS.) has been awarded a Blitish Council grant in oldei
to complete her studies at Garnett College in Biighton.

She is studying for a Teachers' Diploma and intends to
teach shorthand and typing on h.-. r-turn.


BHIELA-KAYE O'CONiE'LL .(MISS) the fiist lady USA Vice Consul,
arrived in Belize on Octob r 19th to begin a two yar assignment.

CONSTABLE R. BRASKETT (N. 130) has been promoted to the rank of
coipoial with effect from July 1st this ycai

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