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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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.-JANi 6 : .

Published by the Government Information Service s

No. 51 Up to 20th December, 1965.
A Radical Departure.

Premier George Price, in his capacity of Minister of Finance and
Economic Development, made financial history on Friday by presenting a
budget for 1966 which, observers note, departs radically from the old colo-
nial type Budget in content as well as in.its objectives.
Introducing the sweeping fiscal changes the Premier said the
budget is designed to achieve three principal objectives; to stimulate
the pace of economic development; to lower the cost of living fox the
majority of Belizeans; and to assume fuller financial responsibilities be-
fitting a country which will shortly be independent.
The tarrif on a wide range of goods required to speed the
country's development, has been slashed "to the lowest level compatible
with our existing international commitments".
The lower duty will make these goods cheaper to the developer -
the small Belizean farmer or processor to the big concerns and thus en-
courage development.
Then the Premier proposed increases in the rate of duty on a
number of items which can be produced locally bread, ice cream, fish
and meat products. Not only will this help to keep our Belizean dollars
circulating at home. The move will also provide more jobs.
Use The Land....Or Free It
A development tax is to be imposed on unused agricultural land
within two miles of a motorable road.
The aim is to induce a greater and more efficient use of the
land. In this way owners will either develop their land or free it for
development by those who are willing and able to do so. Another objec-
tive of the raise is to realize the funds which Government needs to run
the country.
"As we move forward to nationhood," Mr Price declared, "we must
project an image of fiscal responsibility."
"No self-respecting country relishes a situation in which it is
dependent on external aid to meet its reculnent expenses, These proposals
represent a substantial move to correct this situation," he went on.
As our gross national product increases and the. private
sector's share of it glows it is natural that it should make a bigger
contribution in the knowledge that the more assistance government
receives, the more government will be able to return in investment in the
government sector and infrastructure services.
Agriculture All The Way
Some immediate benefits to the majority of Belizeans include
drastic reductions in import duty on agricultural and industrial
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Small Man Not Hurt
'Those.who can afford to buy these items," Mr Price said, "can
well afford to pay the increased duties.
He assured the House that the measures do not affect the cost
of living as a general index.
In most cases even the increased rates are fax lower than ciom-
parable rates in the neighboring Commonwealth countries and Latin
-America. In arriving at the new rates, said the Premier, Government has
been careful not to raise them so high that the designated goods lose
their incentive value to our working people.
On the other hand duty on krcosene from Commonwealth countries
is being abolished. The same holds true for coffee, cocoa and tea.

Blue Jeans too, will be free from Commonwealth countries.

As far as excise duty is concerned., only national lum will be
taxed extra about .264 ners per bottle or about .0Ol more per' drink.
Since imported liquor is being taxed much higher, it is hopod that this
will also encourage some move toward national rum.

About Time
The export duty on lobsters, which has had no increase since
1952, will go up from .024 to .10, a pound.
The Premier also dealt with a slate of additional measures.
Rents at the Bonded Warehouse, unchanged since 1951, will go up and so
will wharf and light dues which have not changed since 1925/26. These
will be doubled.
The lottery business, observed the Premierc is now big
business and can stand an increase in taxation. Proceeds from this tax
will go to augment the official Charities Fund which is used to assist,
many deserving causes.
Liquor licences will go up by 50% and temporary licences are
being increased by 100%.
While the entertainment tax on dances will be removed, .there
will be an incre se in the tax on cinemas but only in the reserved seat
sea IIas.
Licence fees for membership and proprietary clubs will be
doubled. This does not include clubs outside Belize City where the in-
crease will be from $300. to $375.
Stamp duties on receipts will advance from .034 to .054.
However, receipts given for wages will be entirely exempted from duty.
There will be a hike in the charge for the registration of
companies. This is designed to discourage people from setting up
companies with fraud in mind. Pilots will now have to pay an annual
licence'fee. of $50,
Other Moves
The cost of a Taxi licence will be increased by 20% and goods
vehicles will go up by 10% to 25%. Trailers and tractors used exclu-
sively for agriculture will pay no licence at all, while other.motor
vehicles will have to pay an increase fee of from 50% to 100% depending
on the weight of the vehicle.
Other increases affect post office box rentals, inland post
rates and express letters and registration.

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Certain increases are envisaged for landing fees and other air-
port charges at the Belize International Airport. A travel tax of $2.
per passenger will be introduced, in keeping with practice in the United
Kingdom, the Bahamas, Jamaica ~nd Barbados.
-Back To You

The new measures are expected to earn about one to $1.2 million
during the first year of operation.

The money would be ploughed backin services such as' scholar-
ships, free medical attention for school children, text books and betta
loads and services.

Taking a long term and more general view, the Premier declared,
these fiscal changes will satisfy the conditions which the United States
of America, for example, has laid down in connection with its foreign aid
programme. It requires that the fiscal structure must be designed to
stimulate development; those who can afford it-should make an EQUITABLE
contribution to the public revenue. Taxes agd..fees should be met prompt-
ly and in full.

For the opposition, Mr Goldson announced that he- would neither
support nor oppose the measures proposed by government, He would reserve
his comments for a later stage.


Reconstructilen E.onaBpnz

The report of the Reconstruction and Development Cooperation
for 1964, prepared by the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Magnus Halcrow, re-
veals that at the :end of-the year over $2.5 million had been given out in
grant and loans. Receiving this sum were some 4,199 Belizeans in the
Belize, Stann Creek and Cayo districts. C1.5 million of this amount was
in grants.
Thirty four areas including Belize City came under the pro-
gramme. There were seventeen villages plus San Ignacio in the. Cayo Dis-
trict, thirteen areas in Stann Creek including the district capital.

Exemplary Public Service

The Corporation was also responsible for the introduction of
modern water and electricity supply systems in Stann Creek Town.

In the report Mr Halcrow paid tribute to Premier Gedrge Price,
Chairman of the Corporation's Board, and other members, who he said, has
set a high standard of public their determination and sense
of urgenCy in doing their part without fear or favour the task which
made heavy demands on their time.

Development Equipment Build Up
The 1964 Trade Report presented by the Premier showed an in-
crease of $2.5 million in exports. Exports in 1964 totalled $17.9
million, not including re-exports which were worth over $2 million.

Imports also showed an impressive increased $17.5 million to
$33.9 million. This increase, it was pointed out was due to a steep
xise in the importarAion of machinery and transport equipment fox, de-
velopment projects.
The House also passed the Crown'Lands Bill, an Amendment to
the Immigration Ordinance and a private members bill. Two other bills,


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the property Tax (amendment) bill and the lotteries Control (Amendment
Bill) were ead a first time.

Presented in the Senate on Friday, the government's revised
Customs and Excise proposals were approved without a dissenting vote.

Opposition Reservations

Earlier, Senator Hassock, fox the opposition said time had
not been available for him to study the proposals in detail. From some
of the.proposals it was apparent that government's intention is to fos-
ter national industries and'assure them protection against foreign com-
petition. However he continued, there was nothing to provide for
maintaining high standards and he suggested that a disparity in the
quality of certain items explains why some people are prepared to pay
the high cost of the imported product.

As the Senate proceedings commenced, the: President, the Hon.
E.W. Francis noted that it was the first appearance in the Upper House
of-the Premier.

Said the President:
"We play that all his efforts and splendid talents will pro-
mote the prosperity, happiness and welfare of all his people."


In 1965 production of our more important export items showed.
significant increase despite adverse conditions.

Giving details of this in the Assembly last Friday, Premier
Price in his capacity of Minister of Finance and Economic Development
said the rice production had jumped from 2.7 to 4.5 million pounds
while corn increased from 228,000 pounds to 776,000 pounds,

Beans had risen from 483,000 pounds to nearly 600,000 pounds
and suger had gone up by 2,000 tons. There had been a slight fall in
the citrus figures.

Lobster tails on the other hand had risen by 113,000 pounds
and timber had increased by 400,000 cubic feet.

While Government will continue to promote increased produc-:
tivity the Premier gave notice, producers must continue to play their*
part in raising the level and standards to be able to compete on.the
world market.

Fifteen percent of the 1966 budget will be spent on Education,
providing for the continuation of assistance to primary and secondary
education. More scholarships will be provided at the ordinary and ad-
vance levels.

There was loud applause when Mr Price revealed that at present
some 262 Belizeans are enjoying free government scholarships in second-
ary schools, This compares with 68 in 1950.

A significant innovation is the establishment of the country's
first Junior High School. The allocation for this project is $1.48

The school will provide education for children between the
ages of 12 and 14. Additionally, $150,000 will be spent on the training
of public officers.


The Canadian Government has granted a sum of $405,000'
fox the construction of the second bridge over the Haulover Creek as it
passes through Belize City.

It is recalled that in 1965 Premier Price led a delegation to.
Canada to seek financial and technical assistance. *
The new bridge was one of these projects.

In June this year, Mi H.O. Moran, Director General of the Ex-
ternal Air Office wrote the Premier promising to inform him as soon as
a decisioM on the 1965-66 development assistance programme for.Belize
was reached. News of the approval was received just before the Assem~kly

Mr Moran also stated that the present level of technical assis-
tance is being maintained in the 1965-66 programme, allowing for the
supply of Canadian advisers including a survey team and the training of
Belizeans students in Canada.

A start on the bridge project will be made as soon as a
Canadian consultant is selected and final specifications for the bridge
have been agreed.

The appointment"of an engineer Consultant will be made later
this month.

Meanwhile, the Premier has sent word to the Secretary-of Inter-
nal Affairs in Canada with whom he held talks and to Mr Moran, conveying
an expression of government's sincere gratitude on behalf of he citizens
of Belize.


The People's United Party has swept the the December
14th Belize City Council election. The Party thus retains control of
Belize City's affairs for a further three year period.

Councillor Orlando Lizama, topped the polls with 5,322 votes.

Also re-elected were the former Lord Mayor Mr Fred Wesby
(5 239 votes) the. former Deputy Lord Mayor Mr Anthony Meighan (5,225
votes), Councillor Lois Encalada (5,223 votes) and Councillor James
Meighan (4,951 votes).
The New Comers

There were fout new-comers on the P.U.P. ticket George
Dake~s, J.P..who ran second with 5,251 votes, High School Teacher Homero
Escalante who polled 5,232 votes, William Coffin (3,105 votes) and
Primary School Teacher Marie Usher with 5,099 votes.

Two Independent candidates lost their deposits.

Of the 17,715 registered voters, 10,004 or 56.4 went to the
polls. The P.U.P. nine candidates got an aggregate popular vote of
46,647 in comparison with 39,732 votes for the National Independence


Returning Officel Alfred Campbell announced the results of
the contest at 7:45 aom. on Wednesday morning following an all night
counting session.

The new City Council is to meet shortly to elect the Lord
Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor.

Many P.U.P. supporters waited outside the counting station
throughout the night and refused to go away until the results were
made public.

And as Mr Campbell announced the results there was a thunder
of applause as each:councilloi ellecged appeared on the balcony,


At a victory tally, last Wednesday, the Premier, as party
leader, declared that the P.U.P. is leading Belize to independence as
a Christian Democratic nation in the Central American Orbit.

The Premier emphasized,his party's struggle fox a better
life for all Belizeans, This was the realization which had led
Belizeans of the capital to support the party's candidates "All the
He congratulated the successful candidates and thanked
voters and party workers for their efforts.. "Now we get down to the
task of continuing to improve Belize City undeX the Belizean symbols
of independence," he told the crowd.

The Premier then introduced each of the victorious
candidates. They pledged to work hard for a better Belize :City;


Names make news. And among the: scores of newsworthy callers
at the Premier's Office last Week were:
GENERAL SIR CHARLES RICHARDSON, Britain's Quartermaster General. Sir
Charles said the British Xrnry was happy to be in Belize to aid the
country in its efforts to become independent,

"Even after independence said the General "the Government
and people of Belize can rely on the British Army if they ae needss"

The ranking British soldier.:was on an inspection tour. He
made an aerial inspection of the projects being carried out by a Royal
Engineers team building a bridge over Fresh Water Creek and laying
out an airstrip at the new capital.
Thanking the. General for the assistance the Royal Engineers the:Pfemier:said "The British Army is in our country, be-
cause we want them to be here. We are very grateful fo .their presence
in our country since our defence is assured."

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MR JOHN PRINDLE, Chief of CUNA's division.

Mr Prindle will be doing a stoxy on the Credit Unions in Belize.

Last Monday he told the Premier: "It is gratifying to learn
that youl Government stands behind the Credit-Union and Cooperative Move.-

This was not always the case. Some Goveinments appearxto-be a
bit nervous that the ordinary man may be able to change the old ordeal
through the Credit Union, he remarked.

Mr Price retieiated his Government's support of the Cooperative
and Ciedit Union Movement, He told the CUNA visitor: "My only bank is a
Credit Union."

Dora Dikson, Secretary Designate for one of the departments of the Mission
House, and Miss Jean Betty Hales, Secretary fox Women's work at the
Methodist Mission House in London.

"Belize is very gratefullfor the help the Society has been giving
Methodist Chuxch here," the Premier told the lady Missionaries. "Any
assistance to one section of our community helps the whole country," he

MfR ROBERT TEPPER, United States of America Consul. It was the eve of his
departure for the U.S.A. for consultations and a medical check-up.

Recently,the Consul was injured when he slipped while boarding a
boat atthe; customs wharf.

He delivered letters to Mr Price from Mr Burdette and Mr
Chaille, State Department Inspectors, who visited Belize a few weeks ago.,

P.RCIVAL 'PROF' DRUMMOND, vocalist of the well known "Lord Rhaburn Combo'.'

plof Dxummond was just back from a three month business visit to
Los Angeles, California.

Mr Drummond told the PremiGe he is glad to be back home. He is
leady to entertain Belizeans as..e. has done in the past.

BELIZEAN DOCTOR RAUL RAMIREZ, of Corozal Town who is a graduate in Dentis-
try at the .University of Loyola of the South.

Dr. Ramirez is doing.a one year course in Dental Surgey. He has
six months more to complete the course.

S The doctor told Mr Price that he intends to return to Belize to
work when he completes his post graduate course.

TWO STUDENTS of El Colejo de Mexico, in the State of Guanjuato in Mexico.
The students Estevan M. Gaxaiz and Manuel Martinez del Sobral were hk*T
to observe the. pace.'of economic development.


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DOCTOR HIPOLITO PLREZ GONZALEZ who has been working with the Belizean
e-dical Service on contract for the past two years.

During his service here Doctor Perez worked for eight months
in the Toledo District.

"I have spent two pleasant and interesting years in Belize,"
he remarked, One of his daughters was born here.

In two years, he said, he had seen a number of worthwhile and
beneficial changes take place.' At the same time, he said he was option
mistic that with continued hard work Belizeans will reach their goal.


"The denomination system has contributed successfully to the
spreading of knowledge and culture. Your Government has undertaken to
give it its support"

Thus spoke the Minister of Education, the Honourable Mrs
Lizarraga last week as she attended the Open Day at Mount Carmel School
at Benque Viejo del Carmen.

The Minister called on the teachers to follow the new civics
syllabus which is designed to teach the importance of good citizenship,
good character and good living.

"The children of today will be the men and women of tomorrow,"
the Minister declared, "It is on them that the country must depend for
the carrying out of its programmes under the Seven Year developmen-

Advice For Young Students

Speaking about Government's take over of the school feeding
programme,. she acknowledges that implementation of this programme adds
to the duties of the teacher. However, since the objective of the pro-
gramme is an educational one, it had been given importance and the
place it merits in school activities.

In a word of advice to the school children she urged them to
be obedient to their parents and teachers and to work hard so that they
would be able to take advantage of all the opportunities which are now
open to them for furthering their education.

On display for the 'Open Day were exhibits representing the
students' efforts in domestic science, academic subjects and craftwork.


When she opened the annual Pallotti High School Exhibition,
the Minister of Education restated Government's policy of providing
funds and scholarships for the training of Belizeans overseas. The
aim, she said, is to improve the educational standards of our people
as we march towards independence.

The Futu4. Home Makers Of Belize

Lauding the sacrifice of parents and teachers alike, the
Minister urged the youngsters to make the best use of the knowledge they
are acquiring.

On the teaching of domestic Science Mrs Lizarraga spoke of its
importance to future.parents of Belize,

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Introducing the Minister, Father Leo Weber of the Society of
Jesus, President of St John's College, spoke of the impact the Pallotti
students are making on the students of St John's College.
On display was an impressive array of housecraft.


A new. Community: Cehtre at the village of Caledonia was de-
clared opened by the Hon.'Florencio Marin, representatir.g the Premier
on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Apolonio Pott, Secretary of the
Village Council said the occasion was a grand one because the dreams
of Belizeans of Caledonia Village had come true. "All we have achieved
would.not have been possible were it not for the good planning of our
Belizean Government," declared Mr Pott.
Thw main address was delivered by the Hon. Marin.

The Premier's message, which he conveyed, was one of goodwill.
The villagers were also urged to work harder together in every way fo'r'
the improvement of the village.
Representative Marin conveyed the Premier's congratulations
to the people for their efforts and hard work. The Community Centre
had been completed in what was described as 'record breaking' time.
Following Mr Marin's address the new Centre was blessed by
Reverend Father Martin Avila, Pastor of St Xavier Parish in Corozal
The Community Centre, a ferro concrete structure measuring
43ft by 71 ft was completed in less than three months. It was built on
an aided-self-help basis, under the supervision of Mr Eric Rice, Build-
ing Supervisor of the Social Development Department. The Sugar Labour
Welfare fund Committee contributed $2,000 towards its cost.

The Belizean Anthem was played to mark the beginning and end-
ing of the ceremony.


Yet another Community Centre was opened over the weekend -
this one at the village of San Pedro Columbia in the Toledo district.
Representing the Premier was Mr Harold Flowers, Assistant
Secretary at the Ministry of Economic Development.
In his message the Premier called the completion of the centre
"another stdp towards the goal of independence." Belizeans of the area
were exhorted to work harder'and produce more.
:"Ou Country is a small and comparatively poor, but we have
resources and with you who form the backbone of this country, we will
continue to march forward," the message said. And continued: "We must
close our ears to less progressive little groups who want us to go slow;
we must want to be fully prepared for the day of Independence so we must
prepare now."
Government is willing to help with aided-self-help projects
and cooperative societies. The new centre was a case in point. It re-
presents help from Government, .the Peace Corps Volunteers and the
x .. /efforts.......

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Cfforts of the Belizeans who live at San Pedro Columbia.

Mi Price hailed the Aided-self-help movement as a beneficial
system of economic development and social progress.


Site investigations at the new capital site, foreshadowing a
vigorous run down of preparatory work next year, began in earnest last
Thursday morning,

And here to see the study get underway was Mr Eugene Fflokes,
Chairman of Engineering Services Limited of Kingston, Jamaica. He was
accompanied by Mr Lloyd Hue, a soil specialist who worked for five
months on the site during the preliminary investigations.

Opportunity For Belizean Workers

On a courtesy visit to the Premier on Wednesday, the Engineer-
ing Services.. representatives assue.d..Mr Price that their concern will
be happy to honour the Belizean government's policy of providing a
maximum of opportunity for Belizean workers to share in the undertaking.
"We envisage that not less than 95% of the work force. will be Belizeans,"
raid Mr Hue who is staying on to supervise the investigations.
Mr Ffolkes, a highly qualified engineer who received training
in Holland, Britain and the U.S.A., said government's plan to use the
opportunity presented by the construction of the new capital, to rede-
velop the present capital. Belize City, is very sensible and in line
with'the attitude of forward looking authorities in other countries.

Engineering Services Limited is a subsidiary of Caribbean
Consulting Engineers Limited of Kingston which has considerable ex-
perience as consultants to various government agencies in Jamaica, in-
tluding the Water Authority. Recently, the group designed the new port
facilities for Kingston harbour. It is also a leading consultant to
the Caribbean Cement Company.

Great Strides

Accompanying Mr Fflokes and Mr Hue was Mr Douglas Pierce, re-
presentative of the firm of Pierce and-Guy. Mr Pierce is looking into
the possibilities of setting up a Belizean contracting firm.

Here before and during hurricane "Hattie" in 1961, Mr Pierce
noted a marked improvement in Belize City. Evidence of the great drive
which have taken place begins with the more comfortable drive which is
now possible from the International Airport to Belize City. The City
itself, he remarked, represents the great recovery which has taken


PEPITA JULIETT PINNEY, a Belizean student at the U.W.I., has been
successful in the M.B., B.S. Examinations of the University of London
held last October.

HANDING OVER the new Frashwater Creek bridge to the P.W.D. on behalf of
the visiting Royal Engineers were Major Hubert Newman and Peter RossJ eX
S./......... .Th

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The. engineers are. nearing completion ofa $2,000 airstrip for
light aircraft at the new capital site.

"DOWN TO BELIZE" the new L*P, Album released by the Lord Rhaburn Combo,
features music indigenous to Belize including the Cumbia, Ska, Bolero,
and Calypso. .. .
The recordings were made in'Belize City last Septembex by
Compton Fairweather, a Belizean now residing in New York..
A copy of the album was presented to the Premier last week
Sby a representative of the Lord Rhaburn Combo.

HIS LORDSHIP TEE BISHOP OF BELIZE, the most Reverend Robect L. Hodapp,
of the Society of Jesus returned to Belize City from Rome on-Friday.
His Lordship, bask from the Ecumencial Council..Said he was
happy--to be back in Belize', He expressed satisfaction with the deci-
sions taken at the. Council.-
S"Ver-y many of the decisions taken have been in operation in
my dipoese," the Bishop said.

-SAIN PETER'S 'CHURCH at Bushey Heath. in Hertfordshire has-.just com-
pleted: a 3 year period of christian stewardship during which time mem-
-be-Is of the parish has provided $2,000 a year. towards the operation of
Saint Michael's College.
This. link is not. to be broken. It has been decided that, in
addition to two new projects, over the next 3 years the church will
contribute funds foi, a scholarship to Saint Michael's College-each
y e a r' ..- .......


STheir Royal Highness the Prince and Princess Pahlavi Adbulreza
of Tehran arrived on the 19th to hunt a jaguar in the Orange Walk
S His Royal Highness is a brother of the Shah of Persia.

S To welcome them at the airport were MI J Shaw, agent of.
Caribbean Lodge, Protocol Officer ~o rge McKesey and Chamber Executive
Joseph Fuller.

arrived on Tuesday to diftss the extension plan for the Belize Inter-
national-Airport- '

STUDENTS OF THE BELIZE TEACHERSt COLLEGE, under the direction.-of the
Principal Miss Signa Yorke, staged a two hour Christmas variety show
at Hattieville last Wednesday.


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Returning to Belize City by way of the Boom load, the students
stopped in at the Sanitorium where they also performed for the inmates.

STANN CREEK HIGH SCHOOL presented their end of the year show at the
Joyland Theatre on Thursday.

The Show began with the playing of the Belizean anthem and
ended with "God Save the Queen"t

The show was organized by the Principal and his staff with the
assistance of Peace Coips and Papal Volunteers working in Stann Creek
T own

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