T E BEL I Z E
SE EE K LY NE w S ILET
Published by the Govarnmant Informt. .ice s
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No. 52 *************** ,Up to 27th' ember, 1965.
THE BUDGET-- PRIORITIES DEFINED
Emphasis on self-help and a strong desire to balance the budget
from our own resources, at least on the recurrent account, has prompted
government, after a serious review, to adopt sweeping measures to boost
revenue from local sources,.
With this declaration in his budget speech the Premier as Min-
ister of Finance, went on to explain that substantial portions of our re-
current expenditure represent monies merely transferred by Government
from one Sector of the population to the other or spent to provide the
ever increasing services needed by Belizeans.
"The growth of recurrent expenditure," he said, "has far outrun
the tax revenue balance. Consequently,'there had inevitably arisen the
need for a tax revision designed to meet the soaring cost of these ser-
vices. Education, for example, is. costing over-$1,000,000."
.The current fiscal revision the first serious effort in six-
teen yea-s, would bring the tax structure into line with the 'e-quirement
of the country. It would also accelerate the pace of economic develop-
And Mr Price continued: "The present revision reflects govern-
ment's concern to keep down the cost of living as a means of improving
the standard of living and our determination to assume full responsibili-
ty for our affairs by providing sufficient revenue from within the domes-
tic economy to meet recurrent government expenditure."
A careful review of the situation had revealed that from
$800,000 to $1,000,000 could be raised without imposing undue hardships
on Belizeans or the country's economy.
Coupled with the increases mostly on luxury items there has
been a drastic reduction in import duty on agricultural and industrial
machinery, animal feeding materials.and commodities imported for use in
1966 BUDGET APPROVED
The 1966 Budget .- at. $13.4 million, the largest in the country's
history was.approved by the House of Representatives following an hour
aid a quarter long debate on December 22nd.
*Five other bills were introduced. These were concerned with
amendments to Customs and Excise duty and land taxes.
SOUTH GOES THE RADIO LICENCE
The ,$2 radio licence fee has been abolished. This is with
effect from January 1st 1966.
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Government has now decided-to abolish the fee altogether in
order to allow as free a use as possible of all types of radio receiving
sets for the g reatr-benefit of Belizeans.
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MERCHANTS' GOOD RESPONSE
S \*Following the increases on certain imported d items enacted by
government the- week before a government survey team, in a round up of
cstablishment- in: Belize :City found that, generally, merchants were re-
sp din.g well to- government's call not to hike prices on old stock not
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S With one-exception -all wholesal &s o"f falchblic spirits said..
they would not be raising .prices on goods held in stock,
Among those holding the line weie Brodle Belize Estate,
Sant iago: Castillo Bowen and Bowen, Bryants, Guy N. .Nor d Lt,, Dis-
tributbs Ltd,. L d Regino Majar:rez.- ..
Others mainly in the retail business like.Lo.uisvilE-,. Jim
Blake, Guys, Ricks, Havana Hotel, Bamboo Bay Bliss Hotel and Rosa
B.lanca Clib toid the survey .team they intended to sell .off their. exis
ing stock at 'cur:- ent price s.
BELIZEAN INDUSTRY ENCOURAGED
t 'Shea.. ma-nageme nt of- Mae str.e I.,s Indus;tle s Limite d have applaudede d
Government! s action ,.n .aisasingi import: duty. on.foxeign cigarettes.
.Several well-known international manufacturing organizations,
they disclosed, had expressed. inte s't. in the .at.iona marxke.t. provided
a larger .shaXe of- it could be assured. .. ..
Maestre's Industries aXe at present negotiating licensing
arrangements with one of- these concerns with the intention of producing
a line of international brand-named cigarettes. .:.
': i.This, will -assure "-that high standax-ds and quality a;e maintain,
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SMe anwh.l, :a Company Spokesman qaid .steps .are. being taken to
step up the growing-Of -cigazrete tobacco
CHRISTMAS IN BELIZE-
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"'The Queein's ME Sssai
The Queen's Christmas message. broadcast over Radio Belize on..
Christmas Day, was heard by thousands. of Belizeans throughoutu. the: count .y.
"Mankind' s brightest hope," she said "is in the new army-of
young people who are giving voluntary .evice f or thed. poor, the backward
and the hungry."
Reiewin'her .call for peace on earth, 'she said nothing would
be achieved unless the cause spf conflict' are removed:in; peopAe. and; .
Goodwill ,t-oards .men is not a hallow phrase. Wonderful things,
could be achieved for mankind if it'were made a -living reality.
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Rounding off the message she declared: "Just because there are
so.many conflicts in the world today we should reaffirm our hopes and be-
liifs ina more peaceful and friendly world in the future.- This is just
the moment to tell ourselves that we can find some practical way to help
to create a better understanding between the peoples of the world."
Sir Peter Stallard
The Governor, in his farewell Christmas message expressed good
wishes for the future of Belize.
The great friendliness of Belize could never be forgotten, he
declared. It will serve as a magnet to bring him back in time to renew
old friendship and to rejoice with Belizeans over the progress of their
Sir Peter sent greeting to all who had to spend Christmas away
from home especially the Voluntary Service officers in Belize. And he
expressed hope that the warmth of the Christmas cheer they were receiving
would in some measure compensate for their sacrifices.
No Excuse For Prolonging Colonialism
He. was happy that Belizeans have progressed along the road to
independence peacefully. The good that is the legacy of the colonial
system the administration of justice and the rule of law should not
be forgotten. Nevertheless, we should also recognize that such benefits
should never be made an excuse for prolonging colonialism.
On the occasion of the sixteenth Christmas since the coming
movement of Independence, the Premier, in his greetings spoke of the
"Triumph of Christmas Democracy, with laws and customs founded on the Ten
Commandments, neighbourliness, and the law of love, in Belize."
"Belize is a democratic nation because Belizeans have self-rulo
and they elect their Government in free elections in which the majority
will prevail," said the Premier, and he went on "with independence, which
is not far away, Belizeans will be in full control of their Christian De-
mocratic nation of Belize. We get ready for this big event by putting
our house in order and at Christmas time while we celebrate we remind and
refresh ourselves for the giant task ahead."
Others -Who,.:Wished Us Well
Other goodwill messages were from the Rt. Hon. Anthony Green-
wood, who was here in October for the ground breaking ceremony at the New
The. Minister of. Local Government, Internal Affairs, Labour as
well as several Ministers-of religion.
RADIO BELIZE VARIETY SHOW
The annual Radio Belize Variety Show was held on Wednesday
night at the Bliss Auditorium.
In a special message, read.by compere George McKesey, the Pre-
"The annual Variety Show of'Radio Belize is one of the high-
lights for our Christmas Season."
"It brings together some of,our outstanding Belizean artists
and endeavours to convey the joy and purpose of this time of the year."
"- 7' 2 .AAccompanying the artists were the popular Los Belicefios Combo
*and, the Lonliest Combo. The star studded cast included the Diamonds,
'the- j-.y -Lovers, the Violets, the Bachelors.and solo performers Rodwell
Cadle, Aloma Morales, Louis peyrefitte and Rudy Cabral.
PREMIER AT SA-LVATION ARMY FUNCTION
Guest of honour at the annual Salvation Army Christmas Dinner,
was ,the Hon.: Pr-emir.. ..
.. The'. Army was host to over 600 underpriviliged children as well
as the aged and indigent of Gann's Rest House.
May. The G'od Seed' Flourish
Following' the playing of the Belizean Anthem. Brigadiex
Simmons briefly outlined the aim of the Salvation Army.'s Christmas Che.ea.
activities and he welcomed Mr Price. His wish, the Brigadier said, is
that the good seed planted by the Belizean GoQvernment will .continue;..to:
flourish and produce abundantly.
T ho P .pie r-. fj'ir tiichke d. BSigadier Simmons .for-his good. wishes..and.:
P'. aesse$-. pleasure at'.being' piesent'- '
Mr Pi ce' was presented with cards by a representative of the::.
kiddies and the; senior citizenss of Gann's Rest House.
S YOUTH HOSTEL PLAYS HOST TO -TB. AGEDD -
A parity fox the-.aged, sponsoxrjedointly.by the Ministry of
Social Developnment and .the Youth Hostel, was. given at the Hostel on
'Tue sday. '
And- there t:o de-livezr his Christmas Message. was. the' Minister of
-Social Development, the H6nouiable Albert Cattouse.
Addressing his message to a much wider audience, the Minister
spoke of the need for hard work and combining our.mental resources to
meet the tasks that lie ahead, .Belizeans, he said should look-with
confidence towards the new year when oux-..people will begin to see the
'fruit of th'irx labour' .
How To Command Respect,
On the new fiscal measures, Mr Cattouse explained that .. .
Belizeans need not fear an increase in the cost of living. This should
actually go down for people in the lower income bracket.
"It is not possible. .fax.-.us .to. consider. ourselves a self re-
specting people while we -look to the British people for continued finan-
cial and -te-chiical assistance,'t he affi-rmed.
COROZAL TOWN .- .i
.: -:-The Chiis-tmas atmosphere in eCo ozal TownJ.was gre.aty e.nchanced
by-a group of.students of St Francis Xavier High School.
.-Led by,.ene-rge-ti-JIJimmy Gegg, the students -dotted :t e Town and
ceritral plaza-with gay`'de-eorat'ions.
The beautification project was made effective through the co-
operation of the Mayor the Honourable Santiago Recalde, who helped the
students with their collection from merchants;. Town Board workers
readily joined with the students in the drive to provide a more fitting
backdrop for the Christmas festivities.
,...And Boston Village
A community get together, organized by Council chairman Benny
Feinstein at mile 21t brought representative Fred Hunter together with
the farming families of Boston Village.
Mr Feinstein-collected many toys and food from Belize City
merchants which were distributed to the children. "A good time was had
STANN CREEK TOWN TOO
Meanwhile in Stann Creek Town Mayor Carlos Nolberto was mas-.
ter of ceremonies at a concert given by the boys of the Listowel Band
under Major Edward Wringle.
The audience cheered with gusto as the youths rendered selec-
tions of Christmas carols, and popular hymns. Representative Allan .
Arthurs proposed the vote of thanks.
$8.8 MILLION FOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
A new Development and Welfare allocation of approximately $4.8
million has been made available to this country by the United Kingdom
Government under the Overseas Development and Setvice Act; 1956.
This was announced in a communique issued by the Ministry of
Finance and Economic Development on Thursday.
The Ministry said this additional allocation together with
the unissued balance of the existing allocation at 31st March 1965
makes available a total of $8.8 million for spending on development and
welfare projects during the period 1st April, 1965 to 31st March, 1968.
NEW CITY COUNCIL RjADY FOR ACTION
Mr Fred Wesby has again been elected Lord Mayor of Belize City.
The new term is for the first year of the new Council's life.
Chairing the meeting, the Minister of Local Government the Hon.
Albert Cattouse, congratulated members for their success in the recent
Mr Wesby was nominated by Councillor Orlando Lizama and
seconded ry Councillor Anthony Meighah. Mr Orlando Lizama, proposed by
Lois Encalada and seconded by Mr Homero Escalante, was elected Deputy
Accepting his appointment Mr Wesby described the office of
city father as the highest form of citizenship. For his part the new
Deputy. Lord Mayor said he was sure he could draw on the experience .of
his fellow Councillors in living up to the expectations of the people of
Appointed members of the Finance Committee were Messrs. Orlando
Lizama, Anthony .Meighai, William Coffin and James Meighan.
THEY SAW. THE PREMIER
In a week filled with comings and goings at the Premier's office, the
following stood out as noteworthy visitors&
MR JOSEPH SHIEL, an enterprising Farmex Green Groce:.1 ..
Mr Shiel was recently the subject of a GI.S. feature lauding
the efforts of Belizean nation builders. And on Christmas Eve he pie- '-
sented the Premier with fruit he has -gx!own successfully in his garden
here in the capital, despite the difficulties of cultivation in Belize
Mr Shiel also owns a fruit and vegetable shop on New Road
where he sells Belizean produce.
Premier Price congratulated Mr Shiel on the good example he is
setting to other people in the City. ....
MR JIG ADAMS, Veteran exponent of Dixieland music.
S Mr Adams -who is a close friend of Mr Louis "Sarchmo" Armstrong
presented the- Premier. the Hon. George Price with some thirty instrument
from his Horn Shop Inc.
The Minister of Internal Affairs, the Honourable Lindbergh
Rogers who has shown keen interest in the boy's band being formed by Roy
Straughan, was indirectly. responsible for..the glift...
S -The -Horn Shop Inc., in Corpus Christi Texas, has the reputa-
tion -of -beng one of the. largest distributors of musical instruments .in
the United States of -America.
-. Aceepting .the gift the Premier thanked Mr Adams for his
generousity and assured him that our Belizean youths will be making good
use of the instruments.
MR-JUSTICE MALONE who has served here since June 1961.
He has recently been appointed a judge in Trinidad.
In wishing Mr and Mrs Justice Malonesuccess and happiness in
Trinidad the Pramier recalled the good services which Mr Malone render-
ed in Belize after the disastrous hurricane "Hattie" in 1961.
MR LEROY GULLOP, back home after a three month course at the Golden.Grove
Training School in Acouca, Trinidad.
Expressing thanks to government for having made the course
available, Mr Gullop said,he is sure that he will be able..to impart the
knowledge acquired to others. :It would be good if more Prison Wardens
could be sent away to receive similar training.
MR OSMO1ND FRANCIS, International Labour Organization Manpower expert.
Presenting Premier George Price with five volumes, embodying
the formal report on his mission, said he enjoyed his stay here. He
feels sincerely that the country has a good future. And he cited three
Icasons why Belize under -the Premier's leadership, will.continue to
make good progress.
The great majority of the people had one language; literacy rate
is well over ninety percent; and, Christian Democracy is well established.
MRS FRED LAINFIESTA, on a short visit with relatives.
She is the daughter of Mr Ralph Gill of West Canal Street.
Mrs Lainfiesta left Belize City three months before Hurricane
Hattie and has been residing in London since. "Belize City," she said "is
very much improved." She had seen no signs of the hurricane destruationo
And she expressed a desire to join in the task of moulding the new Belize.
NEWS IN BRIEF
HIS WORSHIP the Mayor of San Ignacio, Domingo T. Espat has been re-eleet-
ed for the 1966 term. Deputy Mayor Heran Ocheata has also been re-elelt-
This was reported following a meeting on December 23rd.
REPRESENTATIVE FLORENCIO MARIN (Corozal South) issued certificates to
fifty six Sarteneja farmers, congratulating them for the completion of
twenty one mile access road to their newly established cane fields.
The farmers were given CARE rations, tools and were paid a to-
ken sum by Belizean Government while they were engaged on the project.
The certificates commend them for their cooperation and dili-
gence on the job.
FOUR PERSONS including two ladies lost their lives in a tragic acci"
dent on the western highway, near the Burdon Canal bridge.
It is understood that a broken tie rod caused the driver to
lose control of the vehicle.
THREE BELIZEAN SEMINARIANS Kurt Kassabeer, Calistro Cayetano and
Santiago Boiton arrive here from Honduras on December 18th to spend
the Christmas vacation.
EDWARD JOSEPH MIGUEL has been awarded a certificate for excellent grades
and unusual performance by National Technical Schools in Los Angeles
The merit award also commends him his qualities of leadership.
Miguel, a Radio Belize technician, has successfully completed the Inter-
mediate course in Radio and Electronic Engineering.
THE BELIZEAN STUDENT GREGORIO M. ARANA, a second year student at the U.W.I.
has been awarded-a special prize for a paper on the History of the