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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
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Dates or Sequential Designation: no. 1- Jan. 3, 1965-
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.o. 46 ********************* Up to 15th November, 1965.


By Mr. John Hunt, British M.P.
S"We feel that a small country like Belize is fortunate indeed to
n.av- produced a man of such magnetism and ability,"

This appraisal of the Premier the Hon. George Price was by Mri
John Hunt, leader of the team of British M.P's who visited Belize last
!Lonth. He was reporting on his mission to the British Parliament.

Mr. Hunt said the fascinating blend of races here in Belize sets
an example to the world in racial ha-mony and goodwill.

While here, the Parliamentarians had an opportunity of seeing
Citrus operations, the sugar factory and the rice project in the Toledo

Mr,. Hunt expressed hope -that the short visit of the parliament
rians had done something to sh:O t.h;., warm friendly and courteous people
that they have the sympathy of thne B:xitisn parliament in the existing
future which they are carving for themselves in Central America.

Oux Pride And The Warmth It Tns-pj.s

Commenting on visits to schools in the rural areas Mr. Hunt said
everywhere they had been greeted by smiling children who proudly sang to
the visitors the Belizean anthem "Land of the Gods".

For his part, Mr. Hunt concluded, he haa returned to Britain
with warm admiration and affection for Belize.


Workers in private industry are to receive pay for work done on
public holidays.

This is the result of an amendment to the Labour Law passed by
the House -of Representatives last :::'.day

Government manual workers have for some time been enjoying such

The Bill had been the subject of special study by a Select
Committee chaired by the Honaurable Allan E. LArthurs, Stann Creek Town
Representative. The Hon. Guadalupe Pech (orange Walk South) the Hon. FJ
Marin, (Corozal South) and the Hone P.S.Wo Goldson, (Albert Division)
were members of the Committee

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In their report the Select Committee recognised what it termed
that undue hardship on private industries and gDvernment itself to meet
the cost of what appears to be an excessive number of public holidays
within the calendar year.

Too Many Holidays?

The Committee views.d with concern the loss of the present num-
ber of man-days of employment and production which, it noted, frustrates
the overall objective of accelerating the economic development of the
'* "''And the study group recommended that steps be taken to examine
the public and bank holidays ordinance with a view of reducing where
possible the existing .number of public holidays,
There ;are at 'present twelve national holidays in addition to
November 19th which is a public holiday in the Southern Districts.

On Christmas Day., Good Friday and Easter Monday workers will
now be. entitled to double rates. On the other nine days, workers will
draw 'time and a half.

The Bill now goes to the Senate for final action.

Other Business

The House also passed six other government Bills and one pri-
vate Bill and -referied a private Bill to a Select Committee.

The House also approved the gra-t of an exclusive concession
to Mr. Jack Fash to operate an omnibus service within the limits of
Belize City for a period of five ye'rs.

There was -no debate on any of the Bills passed.

TVo new bills were introduced, one dealing with Crown Land and
the other with Immigration.

'.-The House adjourned until Decembtn 17th.


In a s-pecial broadcast, commemorating the 142nd anniversary of
the coming of the first Carib Belizean settlers, the Premier had dedi-
cated the Carib Settlement Day celebrations this year "to the unity of
all Belizeans".

Carib Belizean Settlement Day is an official holiday in the
Stann Creek and Toledo Districts.

In his mid-day broadcast on Sunday the Premier said: "Elejo
Beni, we are told first came to our country in 1821 and the good news
he. took back with him resulted in the settlements along our southern

There was unity of purpose in this adventure as our ancestors
carved out- a future- for ourselves and our f,~ilies in this 'Land of the
Gods by the Carib Sea.

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"We Thank God"

"Today we stand united as one people, with a fim purposee to
mold and to build a true Christian Democracy on this Central American
mainland," he continued, "Confidently, we move forward to independence."

"We thank God for his supreme guidance and his goodness. We
look back on the past with gratitude, to the present with determination
and to the future with high hopes and ideals for the new Belize," said
Mr. .Px ice.

Meanwhile in the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts Sunday was
observed as a Day of Player in memory of notable leaders of the Carib
Belizean community, now departed.

Throughout the coming week there will be traditional Carib
Belizean dances. The climax of the celebrations will come on November
19th when the arrival of the first settlers will be re-enacted. This
will be followed by an address to the Premier and the crowning of the
Queen of Carib Belizean Settlement Day for 1965-66.


The Minister of Finance, the Hon. George Price has approved the
establishment of two tyle recapping plants with duty free facilities on
the import of materials and equipment.

One of the plants will be owned by Mr. Santiago Castillo, a
Belizeain, and the other by Belize Tyres Ltd. one of whose principal
shareholders is Mr. Harry Lawrence, another Belizean.

Government's Contribution

The value of these concessions amount to some $40,000 in
collectable Customs duty.

The two concerns, on the other hand will provide about 20
jobs, make motoring cheaper and reduce imports, thus assisting to
correct the adverse balance of trade.

Because of the need to train operatives the recapping plants
are unlikely to begin operating before early 1966.


Four bills came up before the Senate on Tuesday.for their
second leading.

The first was the Sugar Cane Farmers' Association Amendment
Bill which provides for the proper maintenance of the Cane Farmers'
Association's accounts. It was read a third time and passed.

The remaining Bills were: The Lands Development Bill, under
which Government would borrow funds at home and abroad for development
in education, a Bridge across the New River, and electrification of the
district towns; the Immigration Amendment Bill, and the Motor Vehicles
and Road Traffic Amendment Bill.

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For 'Hope And Ou timism'

Answering doubts expressed by Senatoi;. Ia ck on repayment of
the loans, especially for the electrification of the district towns,
Senator Courtenay said it was the hope of Govt~ nment to bring to the
district towns an equality of standards and opportunity. He exhorted
his fellow Senators to have hope and optimism,
On the same point, Senator Vernon said the district towns
also have their part to play in the development of the country-, Elec-
tricity is a potent factor in this development.
Senator Vernon Leslie spoke on Seconda:y Education. He ex-
pressed hope that because of the need for a ballinc.-d citizenry there
would be equality of facilities so that the similar denominational
high schools in Belize..City and the districts will be able to play
their- part.
All four bills-were passed.

The Senate will m-et again on a date to be arranged by the


Three top officials of the CDrozal Su.ga3 F-.ctoiy were re-
ceived by Premier George Price on Thursday, According to an official
report, they had a gen-ral discussion on the state of the Sugar indus-
The visitors were Mi. Tony Hugill, Managing Director of
Coxozal Sugar Factory and a Managing Dix.ctox of Tate. & Lyle Limited,
MI. James Fairrie, an executive director of the Co:ozal Sugar Factory
and Mr. James Fahs, the General Manage o
Mr. Hugill and Mr, Fair~ie were on a one week routine visit
to Belize to cheek on the construction work of the $14.000,000
factory being built at Tower Hill in the Orange Walk District.


The Minister of Public Utilities and Communications, the
Honourable Hector Silva last week completed an inspection tour of the
South. He was accompanied by his Principal Se c.tary and the Execu-
tive Enginneer,-P.W.D.
The Party left Belize City on Tuesday and axrived at Malinda
Aiistrip from where they left for the Southern Highway, journeying on
to Punta Gorda,
Arriving in Punta Goida late Tuesday night the Minister
visited the village of San Antonio and San Pedro Columbia the follow-
ing day.

Mr. Silva inspected the San Antonio.Policc ration and
Clinic. In Punta Gorda he saw the Magoon Drains, the new Hospital,

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;he pi. i as well as the old Town Hall, which is now being altered to pr'-.
vide accommodation for Sub Library and othbr Government Departments.

He also held fruitful discussions with the Representatives of
the Toledo South Electoral Division, the Honourable Chailes Maitinez and
His Wo:!:ship.the Mayor of Punta Gorda, Mi. Alejandro Vernon.

The visitors also had a look at Joe Taylo~rs Bridge which is
under going repairs .

In The Stann Creek District

On the return journey to Belize City the party stopped off in
.he Starnn Creek District for discussions with the district Representa-r
lives the Honourable Allan Arthurs and the Honourable D.L. McKoy?
iMinister of Labouri Formal. arrangements for taking over responsibility
fo-X. Stann Creek Town's electricity-supply were considered with the mayor-
and Repre tentative.

Along the 1-tann Creek Valley Road they saw the Water Supply
syoLem:, and the new oiectricity system, which is nearing completion,

Important repairs are being carried out on the Commerce Bight
Pier ir. preparation for the export of processed citrus this season and
this project, together with the P.WD. Depot in Stann Creek Town were
the last to be visited before the. visit:3s returnedd .to Belize.


'In Spite Cf chain And Floods.
The 4th annual Asricultural Show at San Ignacio was held last
ilr day. Reports say despite the condition of the Western Highway
following heavy flooding and sone rain which fell at San Ignacio in the
afternoon, the effort was a success.

The show was officially declared open by the Minister of Public
Utilities, the Hon. Hector Silva, substituting for the Minister of Agri-
culturethe Hon. A.A. Hunter. Mr. Silva, reviewing the development of
the show praised the efforts of .th e.grup f hard working people who
nade up the show committee.

S He hoped he said,: that the Show would encourage farmers to pro-
duce more.and better crops and that Belizeans would consume what the
country produces so that the country will be able to save its much need-
e'. dollars.

Present for th. opening ceremony was the Premier, the Hon.
George Plice Mr. Price toured the grounds and chatted informally with
farmers who had come from distant settlements. Latr in the day the
Minister of Labour, the Hon. D.L. McKoy and the Representative for the
Stann Creek Town Divisioh, the Hon. Allan Arthurs, also visited the Show,

The Awards .. .

In the cattle division, the trophy for the best pure-bred animal
went to Rancho del Tigr' of Garbutt-Cree-k Village. The prize for the
best cr ossbred animal went to Miss Pat Shaw from Banana Bank Village
and the award for the best creole animal went to Mr. Isich Smith of

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In the pig division, the trophy for the best pure-bred pig went
to Danford Farm of Roaring Creek Village. Taking first place honaurs
for the best yellow corn was Mr. Francisco Perez of Unitedville Village;
the white corn prize went to Mr. Rodolfo Tzib of San Antonio Village and
the lice trophy went to Mi. Peter Herrera of Roaring Cieek Village.

Geronimo Moh of Esperanza Village won the bean prize and Daniel
Alvarez of San Ignacio took away the vegetable trophy. The prize for
the best watermelon was won by Ltnaldo Melendrez of Bullet Tree Falls

]e gin Again

Other presentations were as follows: Best Commercial display -
The Belize Deisel. Company. Best Non-Commercial display The Marketing
Board. Outstanding Farmer Unitedville. Champion Village George-

A spokesman for the organizingg group has said that planning for
*next years' effort has already got underway.


Twenty one scholarship awards for S.J.C's Sixth Form compared
with sixteen last year have been announced by the Ministry fo Educa-

The release also said the awards were made in accordance with
Governments policy of helping to further secondary education so that
promising Belizean youths can go on to sixth form studies leading to the
Higher School Certificate.

This is the largest number of awards for sixth form studies
ever made in a single year.


Discussing an expansion of TEXACO operations in.Belize with
the Premier last week were three officials of the Company Mr. Walter
W. Crawford, Assistant Manager in Central America, Mi. James McCoy, re-
presentative of the Belize Texaco Company and Mr. Booker Scott, the
local Agent for the Company.

Recently Texaco announced plans to invest some $350,000 in the
construction of service stations in Stann Creek Town and the Orange
Walk District.


Musicians of Belize City representing the principal Orcheas-
tras and Combos of this country met with the Minister of Labour the
Honourable D.L. McKoy, on two occasions last week to discuss the Dorma-
tion of a Musician's Union.

A release fiom the Ministry listed the groupst'aking part in
the discussions Lord Rhaburn CDmbo, Los Beliccfos, Glenn Bood Combo,
Los Ambassodors, the Rits Combo, "Smiles" Coribo, "G.G. Sharp" Combo,


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Lonely C mbs, M lady Swingelrs The Imperial Band sent along observers.

Country Wide

On Tuesday the Minisitr: reported that the M ~:cians 'bId a.rc'
STT-i1n to be called "T-e Belize Federation of Musicians". It
,s their ,ntcntion that it should be country wide organization. Efforts
are to be made to contact other Combos and Orcheastras outside Belize
City with a view to enlisting their support and participation in the
'-enture "for their mutual interest".

In the me time a working committee has been set up to draft a

The members of the Committee are Gerald Rhaburn representing
Lord R.:iaburn's Combo, Gerald Gentle, for the 'G.G. Ehar.p' Combt, Glenn
Epod fo_ his Combo, Clifford Moss for Melody Swingers and Paul Acosta
y- ?:' nting .,oP BPliceQ~So


On the advice of the Premier, the Governor has appointed the
Hon. Albert Cattouse Minister of Local Government, to discharge the
functions of the Minister of Natural Resources, the Hon. A.A. Hunter,
during his temporary absence fiom Belize.

The announcement was contained in a Gazette Extraordinary dated
N ove mbir 13th.


Forty students fr m Mueffels College accompanied by the Honu.xr-
able Elitn Urbina and their principal, Mr. Belizario Carballo, toured
the studios of Radio Belize last Friday.

The Orange Walk district high school students were latex shown.
the film "The New Belize" and documenterics Dn the visit of the
Belizean delegation to Mex.icD and th; recent tour by the Secretary of

Earlier, the students witnessed a sitting of the House of Re-
re ssentat ive s0


Leaving the country on Sturday to take up another post with
the Fo::eign Office of the United States of Mexico was SetDr Licenciado
ReynaldL Caldernn Franco. LiccCalderon Franco has been serving as
Mexican Consul in this country for the past twelve months.

Before leaving he paid a farewell visit to Premier Price.

The Premier, in wishing him success in his future career, ex-
pressed gratitude for the very gD'd relations which have been develop-
ed during the past year between "'xico and Belize.

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He commended the Mexican diplomat for playing a big part in co;
menting these friendly relations between our two countries.

On his part the retiring Consul told the Premier that he con
sidered himself very fortunate to have been able to serve this country
as Consul in Belize.
Ciose: Fr iendship

He -had got to meet and like the people and he recalled with
.zeat pleasure the close friendship which existed between'his office and
:he representatives of the people.

Declaring that he will follow the march of this country towards
independence with interest he reiterated Mexico's foreign policy on this

Soioi Calderon will be succeeded by Sefor Juan Manuel Ramirez
wL, served at the Mexican Consulate here in 1957.

On Friday night the Premier gave a farewell party for SeiOr
CNlderon which was attended by foreign representatives and members of
the National Assembly, including Ministers and the President of the


The twenty-four members of the Merida Chamber of Commer6e who
spent a weekend visit to Belize City returned home on November 7th.

The Minister of Natural Rosources and Trade the Honourable A.A.
Hunter welcomed the visitors to Belize on behalf of Government,

In theix talks with the Belize Chamber of Commerce the visitors
explored-the possibility of expanding two way trade between Mexico and


The Secretary of State informed His Excellency the Governor on
Saturday, of the death of Sir Patrick Renison which occupied in the United
Kingdom on Thursday following an operation.

Sir Patrick was governor of this country from October 1952 to
October 1955.

It was during his term of office that the universal adult
.:ufferqge constitution was introduced.

He later served as Governor of British Guiana and Kenya.

Sir Pe~er Stallard hs- sent the following message to Lady

":"n behalf of the Government and people of this country, I send
you deepest sympathy. All Sir Patrick's many friends here wish you to
know-how well he is remembered."

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REMEMB -.ANCE DAY was observed throughout Belize on Sunday., November 1ith.

In Belize City, the traditional service was at the War Memorial,
Memorial Park.

Among the thousands of Belizeans and others, who attended the
Service:, were the Premier, the Hon. George Price, His Lordship the Aeting
Chief Justice, Cabinet Ministers and Members of the National Assrmbly,
relatives of the war victims, Ministers of Religion, Members of the Ex-
servicenen's Association, Government Officers, Consular Representatives
and Members of the Belize City Council.

PRINCE CHARLES' BIRTHDAY, as heir to the British Throne, was observed
here with sporting events and family picnics on November 14th.

A CHURCE SCHOOL for Lake Independence was discussed when the -icv. Father
Frank Stobie, Society of Jesus, visited the Premier on Friday.

A Legion of Mary survey in the area shows that the great major-
ity of the residents are keen on having such a school and St. Ignatius
Parish, where Father Stobie is in charge, has already collected $3,000
towards the final construction costs.

TWENTY SIX FOOD HANDLERS received certificates when the 12th Seminar for
this category of workers was closed by Senator Vernon Lealie of the
U.W.I's Extra-Mdural Department which co-oponsored the Course.

OSWALD MORTIS formerly of No. 75 Handyside Street, Belize City saw the
Premier last week on his first visit home since leaving Belize in 1941.

Oswald nw an employee of the U.S.A. government in Panama,
said he had heard of the devastation caused by Hurricane Hattie. It
was amazing to see the remarkable comeback. And he had warm praise for
the accomplishments of the Belize government.

KEITH DALEY, recently back from a course in Adult Education and Coopera-
tive Development in Canada was welcomed home by Premier George Price on
Friday. Said the Premier: "There is a great deal of work to be done in
the country and I hope you will play a useful role in the development of
cooperatives. Government is pledged to such a programme."

DESMOND SMITH of San Ignacio has become a lay brother of the Society of
St. Francis in England.

Brother Desmond left Belize some years ago and joined the
Society which has its headquarters in the Country of Dorset.

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I LICE INSPPECTOR E:RIEST C. SIMONS h-s been'appointed Assistant- SupeIin
tendent Df Police.

The prxmotion was also annDunced last week of Station sergeant
Oscal Wellington to the pDst of Inspect ox of Police.

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