THE BELIZE 5BU
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PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SE S
BELIZE CITY P. 0. Box 324.
No. 1 *************** Up to 3rd January, 1966.
.... CAME THE NEW YEAR
At year's end the Premier joined labour leaders and others in
wishing Belizeans a prosperous 1966 through hard woik and renewed de-
dication on the home front.
Prem'iel Price spoke of two forces which contend for the .loyal-
ty of men. And he noted that Belizeans had given their resounding en-
dobsement to Christian Democracy the first of these forces as pro-
viding the best pathway to happiness and prosperity.
Supporters of Communism the second force, were also getting
together to plan the kind of future they desire.
Expressing the nation's thanks for the assistance they had pro-
vided in the past, he reminded Belizeans. nevertheless that "We will
have to rely on ourselves:for the most part and to work harder at the
historic task of creating the New Belize."
Home Of Justice
"We need not fail. If we try hard enough we shall reach our
goal the sooner," he went on. "We look forward to a new earth the
home of justice."
Christian Workers Union President, Rae Lightburn in his
message called for hard work in the: organization of workers and hard
work from the workers themselves in their everyday tasks. And he pre-
dicted that the Union will make several progressive moves in 1966 .which
he labelled "a year of maximum productivity."
For the general Workeizs Development Union, Adolphus Rosales
anticipated development in our livelihood and progress in our material
well-being. Said he; "The G.W.D.U. has committed itself to make a
positive contribution to the achievement of universal Recognition and
respect for the dignity of the working man in particular."
ON "THE LIST"
As announced from Government House last week, two Belizeans
and an officer of.the Shropshire Light Infantry have been honoured for
the New Year by the Queen.
Commendations went to: Faustino John Zuniga, who becomes an'
officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Civil Di-
Leopold Clifford Balderamos, now a Member of the Most Excellent
Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) and, Mark Alan Gervase
Watts, who is also an M.B.E.
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IN THE CHURCHES
At church services throughout Belize, Belizeans greeted the liew
Year in traditional style.
At Saint Ignatius in the capital, Reverend Father Henry Sutti of
the Society of Jesus, called on the congregation to have peace in their
lives in the new year and at all times.
This, he pointed out, is necessary if the world is to have
The Watch night service from Wesley church was featured in an
outsidee broadcast over Radio Belize.
THE SENATE APPLAUDS
"Whereas the National Aspiration for Independence can only he
satisfied by economic as well as constitutional emancipation."
"Be it resolved that this House applauds Government's fiscal re-
form announced on 17th Decembe r, 1965 aimed at streamlining the economy
in preperation for the role it must play in the new nation."
With this motion Sehator V.H. Courtenay asked the Senate to give
its seal of approval to the government's revolutionary "Modernizing
Budget" for 1966.
.R.ising to second the motion, Senator Elsa Vasquez, congratulated
Governme-nt for its -interest in Belizean industry and the small man..
Senator Brooks, for the Opposition, said he could neither
support nor reject the Budget since he had not been given a-copy. -
The same sentiments were expressed by Senator Hassack (NIP).
Senator Courtenay reminded Senators that budgets speeches are
delivered in the House of Representatives as.stipulated in the Constitu-
tion. It was the sacred duty of Senators to interest themselves in
hearing the speech and getting a copy if possible.
While the budget speech has become the main topic of public
discussion it was dishearting that some Senator had failed in their duty
to interest themselves in finding out its content said Senator Ken.
He also noted that the 1966-Budget would entail a wider distri-
bution of the national wealth.'
Senator James Meighan, leader of Government business, outlined
the aims of the new tax structure and called the effort "a more direst
move toward economic expansion."
The resolution was passed with Senators Hassack and Brooks ab-
At the same sitting the Appropriation Bill, 1966, was put
through its second and third readings.
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GOLDEN HANDSHAKE ON THE WATER FRONT
A 100% increase in holiday pay with a Sexevance Pay Scheme for
workers ovex the age of 65 these were the main provisions of the new
collective agreement initialed on December 31st.
Sighing the agreement on behalf of the .Christian Workers' Uhion-
(Waterfront Section) wexe Rae Lightburn, President, Miguel Rosado,
General Secretary and Reginald Fabex, membex'of the Port Labour
Dana J. Condon (United Fruit Co.) A. Alamilla (Paxham &
Allmilla) and K.R. Fox (Belize Estate and Produce Company) signed on-
behalf of employers.
Under the accord, workexsrwho retire at the age of 65, with
fifteen or bmoX years' watexfxont service behind them, will be paid up
The Labour Commissione, K.C. Dunn and Inspector L.J. Gullar,
witnesse-d the signing.o
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SEEK CLOSER TIES
Following a meeting on Thursday-with the Premier:in his capacity
as Minister of Finance and Economio Divelopment, and the Hon. Alexander
Hunter, Minister of Natural Resources and Trade, the Chamber of Commerce
conferees agreed that the groundwork had been laid fox closer ties with
government in the development of the country.
According to a release issued afterwards, it was a wide ranging
discussion:, covering many topics of general interest.
Representing the Chamber of Commerce were Ismael Gomez (Presi-
dent) L. Ayuso, J..Nisbet and J.E. Fuller (Executive Secretary3.
Government's top Financial and Economic advisors, R.A. Fonseoa
and C.P. Cacho were present
RECONSTRUCTION CORP. TO THE RESCUE
Concerned fox some time about the economic rehabilitation of
the Mullins River area, now that the New village has been built, the
Reconstruction Corporation has now taken steps to assure a brighter
future fox the community.
The trouble was that, previously, all the undeveloped land
near the village was privately owned.
Thanks to the Cooperation of public-spirited landowner, Mx
Hubert Goodston Maheia, forty seven acres of freehold land has been
acquired by the Corpolation. And a release issued last week said land -
will be split up on a location ticket basis and made available to
villagers who are willing to produce cash crops.
A spokesman for the Corporation said they would be prepared to
negotiate with other absentee owners who! axe themselves' unable to put
the land back into production.
Meanwhile, the Corporation is reorganizing its operations in
the Stann Creek district.
The office in Stann Creek Town has now been closed but in order to
assist the public in the repayment.,of loans,-as and when convenient to
them, several collection agents have been appointed.
Loan repayments are now receivable at the Electricity Board's
Stann Creek Town Blanch, to Mr Alvan Haynes in Mullins River and to the
Police Constable in charge of Silk Glass. An agent for the Independence
axea will soon be appointed.
Agents will receive repayments and issue official receipts on
behalf of the Corporation.
NEWS IN BRIEF
GILDA.LEWIS (MRS) han received a grant-in-aid from the British Council and
a training Grant from the Brighton Local Authority to enable her to attend
a teachers' Course at Garnett Secretarial College, Roehampton.
Her husband, Eckart Lewis, is training as an architect at the.
Blighton College of Art and Craft and hopes to return home on the comple-
tion of his course,
RICHARD COTTRELL former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance in
Belize died in Malta on.December 22nd.
He served in this country for 50 years as Financial Secretary
during which time he. also acted as Colonial Secretary and Governor's
S .-Mr Cottrell was an active member of the Anglican Church in.Belize
City and served as Tr.easurer to St Mary's Parish where he was also lay
reader. In addition he served on sub committees of the Belize Rotary Club
and was an active fund raiser for the Stella Maris (School) building fund,
TOWN BOARDS electing their Mayor recently included Orange Walk Town
(Ignacio Vega) and Punta Gorda Town (Alejandro Vernon).
THE BODY of Police Constable Collete Trapp, found on Wednesday, was
brought tg.QBelize City where it was buried with full police honours.
Constable Trapp died from drowning. No fowl play was suspected.
Reports from Orange Walk say he went swimming after attending a dance.
K.H. LONGSWORTH, Accountant Grade 11 at the rea ury has left for London
to undergo a six month attachimnt with the Crown Agents. The cost of his
training is 'being, met by the Belizean government and the Colonial Develop-
ment and Welfare. Fund.
MRS E. DALTON-JAMES, President of the Caribbean Union of Teachers arrived
on Janua y 2nd.
She was slated to be the guest speaker at the annual Conference..of
the Belize Teachers' Union.
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