.HE B ELIZ
wEEKLY NEW S ETT ER 1966
Published by the Government Information Serivi s
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No. 50 ***************** Up to 13th December, 1965.
B.T.C. GRADUATES FIFTY FIVE
Fifty five youths were awarded certificates at the Belize
Technical College leaving ceremony held at the Bliss Auditorium in
Belize City on December 9th.
The Belizean Anthem was played on the arrival of the Pre-
mier. This marked the commencement of the ceremony.
The Minister of Education, the Hon. Mrs. Lizarraga, pre-
sented the certificates. She was presented with a beautiful
bouquet of flowers
"We Do Not Go Away"
Speaking about our Belizean builders, the Premier, deli-
vexing the keynote address, said:
"We do not go away no matter how attractive life may
seem to be in another 'country.'. We spend our best endeavours in
achieving national unity and attaining a prosperous life for all."
"The nation will emerge into full independence and pros-
perity," he went on, "as fast as we cause it to move forward by
producing more goods and providing more services."
Comparing life in this country in the past with the pie-
sent, Mr Price recalled that little preparation was needed to
serva our people and our country. But today the preparation has
become more difficult and m~ involved.
Speaking directly to the students, Mr Price recalled a
quotation by a famous economist. "Society has given the student
some of its savings. Surely he has a clear obligation to return to
society the increased production that society expects and for which
it has spent its scarce substance."
In terms of scholarships he went on, the society has ""
provided a phenomenal increase in the number available over the
last few years.
Mr MPrice challenged the graduates to remain in Belize
and help to build our nation by serving well their. fellow citizens
who. need assistance.
The student body rendered items of song and poetry.
Some Will. Re turn
Presenting the end of the year report, Acting Principal
Clive Gillette said there are 216 students at day sessions. Under
the new policy of the College, he announced, some of the graduates
will be returning for 6th Form work.
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Present for the occasion were the Anglican Bishop, the right
Reverend Gerald Brooks and Father Leo Webtr of the Society of Jesus,
President of St. John's College.
The Belizean Flag, the Union Jack and the School banned were
...on display in the auditorium.
TWENTY IN CIT. CO. RACE
The Belize City Council Elections will be held on Tuesday,
Nomination day was December 10th. Twenty candidates in all
offeord themselves fox election nine each fox the two political
parties and two independents.
The following is the list of candidates:
Fox the People's United Party:
Marie Louise Usher (Mrs.)
and Lois Encalada (Miss)
For the National Independence Paity:
Edward A. Anderson
Edward Dugal Flowers
Rolando Pei domo
Helen Taylox (Miss)
Clare E. Gill (Mrs.)
Leotine Gillett (Mrs.)
and Colville Young.
The independent candidates are:
Gilbert Rae Libhtburn
and Fredrick Oliver Moody.
Tradition Of Impartiality.
In a xadio talk on Monday night the Chief Broadcasting
Officer Mr Everald Waight, spoke about tAe offer of Radio time to
the political parties contesting the Belize City Council election.
In every election, said Mr Waight, Radio Belize since its
reorganization in 1952, haG made time available to political
parties. .:In keeping with this practice the Radio this year again
offered time to the parties.
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c The People's United Party had accepted the offer. But the NIP
declined on grounds "that it was made in bad faith". The party further
charged that Radio Belize is trying to create the impression that a two
party democracy exists in Belize. The station, the NIP statement
charged, had made attacks on their broadcast in the general elections
Duty To Society
Reputing the NIP charge, the Chief Broadcasting Officer point-
ed out that all broadcasts must be factual and free from slander. -In
the event a political party makes a statement which is false it is the
duty of government and semi-government departments to correct such
statements. That is precisely what happened during the last general
election, he said.
"Radio Belize does broadcast and will continue to broadcast
news items in the activities of the Government elected by the people,"
he went on. "This is one of the main functions of the radio station."
Mr Waight disclosed that the People's United Party had in-
formed Radio Belize that they too would forego the opportunity of free,
radio time. Instead, the party will confine themselves to bringing
their Party's Manifesto and plans to Bel.zeans through the medium of the
Belize Times and the Public Rostrum, thereby meeting the. NIP on equal-
grounds. They would continue to make paid announcements regarding the
time and place of their meetings
Offpr Still Good
Concluding, the Chief Broadcasting Officer affirmed that where
the NIP is concerned, Radio Belize has been most cooperative. The offer
of free radio time for both political parties remained open, he said,
because he feels that the voters of Belize City have a right to hear de-
tails of the programme of each party.
PREMIER'S ELECTION APPEAL
Government hopes that all who go to the polls on December
14th to elect the next Belize City Council will cooperate fully with
the indelible ink voting experiment.
The experiment will entail. the smearing of the thumb with
indelible ink by the Returning Officer. It is being carried out with
the approval of the Ministries of Local Government and Internal Affairs.
On Saturday the Premier made a personal appeal asking voters
to copperate so that the results of the experiment can be assessed for
possible use in future elections.
MORE ACHIEVEMENT IN RURAL BELIZE
"Landscape your village and help to make Belize more beauti-
This was the special message the Minister of Local Government,
the Hon. A.E. Cattouse had for villagers of the Cayo District when he
declared open another in the series of Ashievement Days, this one staged
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Village Councils, Ladies and Youth Gioups of the Cayo District,
in co-opeXation with the Social Development Department~ worked closely
together to make the exhibition a success.
On community development, Ml Cattouse observed that the associ-
ation and cooperation of human beings in voluntary groups is one of the
most important factors of social and cultural development* As life be-
comes mrze highly organized and complex, he went on, groups formed by men
and women, associating for particular purposes, will increase in number,
size, power and diversity.
The i.Minister predicted that the Achievement Day will have a far
reaching effect on the economic development of our country. Saying this,
he exhorted the villagers to work hard as they strive for the plateau of
plenty for which the new nation of Belize is longing.
"The fulfillment of the objectives of the Seven Year Economic
Development .rests 'a great deal in your hands and hearts -the hard work-
ing farmers'*of o ur rural communities."
Congratulating all.the people involved for their co-operation,
the Minister .wished them all a Merry Christmas.
Rolling Back The Tide
The Hon. Hector Silva Assembly representative for the area
also had a word of encouragement for the villagers. The Achievement Day
marked a good beginning, he said. The Many items of preserves needle-
work, handicraft and fabric painting were pointers for the future and
the whole range of. goods Belizeans could produce at home, rolling back
the floodtide of imports.
For- the Unitedville Village Council, the Chairman expressed
gratitude for all the good government is doing for people in rural
settlements like his own. Proof of this was seen in the very Community
Centre in which the Achievement Day was being held spacious, elegant
and a guaranteed shelter from hurricanes.
MiETING OF THE SENATE
At Tuesday's meeting of the Senate, Presided over by the Pre-
sident, the Han. E.W. Francis, Senator James Meighan leader of govern-
ment business oved the second reading of seven bills sent up by the
House of RepZGsentatives.
Six of the bills namely the Currency, Coconut.Industry
Appointment of 'Attorney, Petroleum production Amendment Summary Juris-
diction Procedure Amendment, Miscellaneous Amendment and. Illegitimate
Persons were passed. An Amendment was taken on the Miscellaneous Bill.
When the meeting continued on Wednesday the Senate considered
and passed a resouution calling for fair and accurate ,reportage on its
pr ceedings. ....:.. .
A motion which sought to introduce the option for Senators to
speak on a motion for the adjounrment was defeated.
A seventh Bill the Labour Amendment Bill .- was passed, The
next meeting is schedu-Ted to be held on January 4th i966.
THE DISCUSSION WAS ABOUT ROADS
The Minister of Public Utilities and Communications the Hon.
Hector Silva, held discussions during the week with Sefior Jaime Diaz
Lael, who was on a brief visit to Belize City. He was accompanied by
two assistants, Sefiors Jose Luis Mendez and Pablo Ortegai
Seior Diaz works for the engineering enterprise which is
constructing the highway between Merida and Chetumal1
The discussion was about road construction policy and the
genezal:road problems of this country.
SAlso present were the Principal Secretary to the Ministry Mr
Justo Castillo, the Chief Engineer, Mr Quinn and the Executive Engineer
and the resident United Nation advisor on P.W.D. organization.
ALL SET FOR THE STANN CREEK SHOW
Belizeans of the Stann Creek District have elected a-new
civic committee to be responsible for the 1966 Farmers' Day and Agii-
The meeting, held on Thursday, reviewed experience gained
from this years show. It:-was chaired by the District Officer, Mr A.B.
Present for the meeting were the Minister of Labour, the Hon,
D.L. McKoy His Worship the MAyor of Stann Creek Town, Mr Carlos Nol-
berto, Mr Kelsie Buller J.P. and other prominent citizens.
The new Committee :is-made up .of Henry Bowman Jr. (Chairman)
Alonzo Ogaldez Vice-Chairman/Tre asure r, John Butano, Secretary,
'Alexander Lopez,-Assistant secretary, and Profilio Marin, James Usher,;
Romaldo Castillo, Julian Perrera, John Sabal, and Nicholas Morris,
BETTER HEALTH. IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY IN THE STANN CREEK DISTRICT
The National Environmental Sanitation Campaign is to be
opened shortly in the Stann Creek District. This decision highlighted.
Wednesday's meeting of the Regional Development Committee in Stann
Explaining the programme and its objective the improvement
of health and productivity were Engineex Dennis Gonguez and Frank
Staines of the'Health Department.
Present for the discussions were the Minister of Labour the,
Hon. D.L. McKoy and'the Honourable Allan Arthurs.
The Extension Workers present were assured of full support
by representatives of Villages from all over the district.
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The regional planning unit is designed to help farmers by in-
volving them more intimately with matter affecting the increase of pxo-
duction, and improving their standards of living.
The meeting was charied by the Stann Creek District Officer,
Mi .lonzo Ogaldez. Mi C.P. Cacho of the Ministxy of Economic Develop-
ment represented the Planning Unit.
INDEPEiNDENCE GETS NEW MARKET
Another Promise Fulfilled,
A new market, built with the pooling of Cential Government
funds and laboux contlrbuted by Belizeans of Independence, was official-
ly opened ipn Sunday. y the Minister of Labour, the Honi David McKoy*
Declaring the new $7,000 structure open the Minister cited
this as yet another pledge by the P.U.P. Government which has been ful-
Mr McKoy advised citizens of the area not to be dismayed by
the withdrawal of the "Hiecules Powder Company. This is the kind of
difficulty suffered by developing countries in the transition stage of
their emergence. And he took time out to express gratitude to all who
had contributed to making the market a reality.
Master of ceremonies, Mr Amado Mena welcoming the audience
said the people of Indepencence are grateful to government for the
Financial and social facilities afforded them. Belizeans of Independence,
he went on axe solidly behind the government.
Also addressing.the gathering was the Hon. Allan Arthuxs,
representative for the Stann Creek constituency.
THEY SAW THE PREMIER
LIC. MANUEL RAMIREZ, the newly appointed Concul for the United States of
Lic Manuel Ramire, served here exactly tan years ago. H
told the Premier he will do everything possible to continue to cement
the traditional goodwill and friendly relations between Mexico and
Extending a warm welcome, Mr. Price said he wanted to assure
his visitor of the high regard and good wishes of the people of Belize
fox their Mexican neighbours. Government, he said, is very thankful for
the technical assistance Mexico has granted Belize in support of its
DR. NAIR, United Nations' Statistician appointed here just under one
year ago, he was attached to the Ministry of Finance and Economic De--
velopment. Accompanied by his wife, the U.N. expert left Belize last
The Premier noted that Doctor Nair has rendered good sexvice-
to Belize through his part in setting up the statistics section of the
Doctor Nair said he had found the country "wonderful". He
urged Belizeans to keep on working a little harder. This, he said,
would in time assure the country's triumph over its difficulties.
FOUR MATRONS of the Order of the Eastern Star.
They were led by Dr. Clementina Nelson Daniels, Grand
Worthy matron of Bethlehem Grand Chapter. Visiting with her were
Carrie M. Porter, from Tallahasse; Carmella Crady from Palotka and
-Murailda Owlferd all from the state of Florida in the U.S.A.
For the group, Dr. Clementina told the Premier: "You have
honoured us by the time you have allowed us to spend with you. I
wish you and your people success as you labour to build your new
nation." Matron Grady, a retired teacher, questioned the Piemier
closely on our education system and was quite impressed with the
standard of literacy the country has attained. "You can tell so
much about a country by the emphasis it places on Education." she
remarked, and continued, "you have so many fine schools in elize
On the tempo. of life here in the capital Dr. Nelson Daniels
said: "Everybody seems to know where they are going and there is not
too much hurry."
NOR~lIN MEIGHAN a Belizean Public Officer and Vice President of the
National credit Union League. He recently completed a four month
course at the Coady Institute of St. Francis university on Sascahewan,
-Canada where he studied Cooperatives and Cooperative Education.
Said the Premier; "I hope the -training you have received
will be put to good use in your work with the Credit Union League to
help credit unions expand and develop into stronger organizations."
ANDREW ERMITT BRADLEY of San Ignacio, one of four Belizean students
on Mexican Technical Assistance scholarships at the National School
for Foresters at Urapan in the state of Michoacan.
Bradley expressed satisfaction with the training he is re-
Thanking the student for his visit, the Premier wished him
success in his studies.
ARTURO CHAVAiRIA, another Belizean student in Mexico.
Arturo, who hails from Holy Trinity in tha Toledo District
is studying at the High School of Agricultura in Cuidad Juarez,
He is here on two months' vacation.
In welcoming him back home, Premier Price wished Mr
Chavarria the best for the future.
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WILLIAM S. CARThR, C.B.O., the senior official, in charge of Belize affairs
at Britain's Colonial Office.
He was here as a guest of His Excellency, Sir Peter Stallard.
The British Official said he found the climate of Belize
Later accompanied by the Governor, he visited the districts by
JAMES MINQoTTO, staff chief fo: Senator Haydn, Chairman of the appropria-
tions Committee of the United States Senate..
"Anyone who. comes to Belize,." said the visitor, "can immediately
feel a difference in atmosphere. The people here," he said, have a.
personality. He found the country interesting. and unusual,- but most
PUBLICAACT. OF. CHURCH UNITY
S Despite inclement weather, Christians of Belize'City gathered at
the Memorial Park for a peace and unity rally.
The rally, which came on the eve of the closing of the Ectlan-
ical Council, included prayers, hymn singing and sermons by the leaders of
SThe first sermon was by Father Gross of the Society: of Jesus.
He compared our' time to that of the prophet Ezechiel when there was great
anxiety for peace and harmony.
SChiistians can no" lofiger afford the. luxury of seeking peace and
unity separately. Praying, talking, working and planning must be done to-
gether by Christians who share the dream of the prophet Ezechiel, which
was fulfilled by Christ the Prince of Peace.
What-Pride And Suspicion Hath .Wraught
Father Wells, for the Anglican Church offered a-prayer "That
they may be one, as Thou Father art in Me and I in -hee., that they also
may be one in is".
The sCALs of the past was tragic and hurtful. :But out of the
shame and penitence for this Was growing fruits -hat may very soon be
Reverend C-rty of the Methodist Church spoke on the importance
of human relationship. He urge~,that the pride and suspicion which has
led to wrong judgement of one ahothlr be put aside.
Lay readers Bernard Aguet., Fitzroy Lemott and Robert Tucker
read from the sculpture.
The ceremony was, broadcast-live and direct by Radio Belize.
STUDENT EXCHANGE POPULAR
The Student Exchange between Belizeans of the Village of Caye
Caulkei and students of Minitowoc in the United States of America may be
This was revealed last week by school authorities at Caye Caul-
ker Village School.
The School has received several applications from students in
the U.S.A. to carry out Community Development and other projects in
It has been tentatively decided to accept the United States
students in the coming summer. Negotiations are under way to prepare
foster homes for the accommodation of the students.
Commenting on the programme a member of the Board of Education
in Manitowoc, said: "Our students come back every year full of
enthusiasm about their experiences and love for the Belizean people and
their wonderful hospitality."
FOR BETTER HOMES
Exhibition At Home Economics Centre.
The Government Home Economics Centre at Saint Mary's School
held its annual exhibition last Thursday. And there to open the exhibi-
tion was the Premier, the Hon. George Price.
Declaring the exhibition open, Premier Price congratulated the
Principal of the Centre Mrs Norma Engleton, on the success of the exhi-
bition. And he reiterated Government Manifesto pledge to aim at improv-
ing the quality of education at all levels and at orienting the system of
education to meat the need of the country's development.
The Centre, he observed, is training our young Belizeans to be
resourceful and to be good home makers. Thus, they will meet the growing
demand for better homes in our emerging nation. He then called upon the
pupils to carry the knowledge they had acquired into their homes to serve
their fellow Belizeans.
The Premier was met on arrival by Mrs Engleton who escorted him
to the dais. The playing of the Belizean Anthem signaled the start of
the ceremony. The Chair was taken by the Chief Education Officer.
Prayers were offered by the Right Reverend Gerald Brooks of the Anglican
Some 70 students from nine city schools attend the contreo
The two year course leads to a certificate of proficiency.
SCOUTERS FOR NICARAGUA CAMPOREE
Seven Belizean senior Scouts, accompanied by B.S.A. Executive
Secretary Norman Staines, left Belize last Tuesday on their way to
Nicaragua where they will be attending the seventh Central American
Some three hundred and fifty Central American Scouts will
spend ten days brushing up on their scout craft as well as observing the
folklore and tourist attractions of the largest of the Central American
This year's Camporee is the second to be attended by Belizean
scouts since the event was first staged in 1952. All of them hold first
class badges, three have attained Bushman standard and three have the
Scout's cord all high ranking distinctions in the world of scouting.
NEWS IN BRIEF
THE YOUTH HOSTEL BAND, a Belize City home for boys, gave its first Sunday
evening concert at Central Park in the heart of the commercial district.
The concert, directed by Robert Anderson of the Police Force,
was held under the distinguished patronage of the Minister of Education,
TWO METHODIST WOMEN OFFICIALS Miss G.B. Hares, Secretary of Women's
Work at Mission House, London and Sister Dora Dixon, Secretary Designate
for Methodist Work in the Caribbean arrive here last Tuesday.
They were met on arrival by the Chairman of the Honduras Dis-
trict of the Methodist Church, the Reverend C. Lenonrd Carty.
PRIZE WINNERS in.t he.Orange Walk.'Town Junior Spelling Bee Contest re-
ceived their awards from Mr Belizario Carballo, Principal of Muffles
College, last Fxiday night.
Mr Carballo urged parents to show more interest in the educa-
tion of their children.
Primary school certificates were awarded to successful students
by the Reverend Father Richard Steinmetzs of the Society of Jesus,
Manager of the Roman Catholic School.in the District.
D.W. BELISLE, the Belizean who is studying Art at Hornsey College of
SArtbin London has had his British Council Bursary extended.
The artist left Belize in August for B.iitain on a three month
course. However the British Council is satisfied that he is working
very hard. The local representative has said the British Council is
very glad to offer him an extension until the end of the Easter Term.
JOHN R. PRINDLE, Director of Publications for CUNA, arrived here at the
start of a four day visit.' He was scheduled to meet members of the
Credit UnionsLeague as well as other Credit.Unionists in many parts of
C.M. CLELAND AND J.O.A. LONGSWORTH have been appointed to the post of
'Examiner of Accounts in the Audit Department.
The promotions are effecitve from November 22nd this year.