S- PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES
BELIZE CITY P. 0. Box 324.
No. 3 **************** Up .to 17t.h Janua.y, 1966.
AMBASSADOR WEBSTER HERE
The Mediator in the Anglo-Guatemalan dispute, Ambassador Bethuel
Matthew Webster arrived here from the United States of America on January
He was met at the airport by His Excenlency Six Peter Stallard,
Premier George Price, Minister of Internal Affairs Lindbe.,gh Rogers, the
United states of America's. Consul Robert Tepper and the Vice Consul
Ambassador Webster, a prominent New York attorney, was appointed
Mcdiator by President Lyndon B. Johnson after that .country had been re-
quested by the United Kingdom and Guatemala to mediate in the long stand-
ing sovereignty dispute.
This decision was approved at Conferences held in Miami and
London attended by a bi-partisan delegation from Belize led by Premier
As Mediator, Ambassador Webster's task will be to study all as-
pects of the dispute and to offer to the parties concerned recommenda-
tions for a possible solution.to the problem.
Ambassador Webster will be meeting members of Government, a dele-
gatio from the Opposition Party and others. A Irlease from Government
House on January 10th said the ambassador will be visiting many parts of
U.Kj.- CANADA AND- U.S-.A.- TO. ASSIST
Great Britain, Canada and the United States of America have
agreed to sponsor a joint survey of Belize.
The survey will analyse the country's economy and growth poten-
tial and suggest guide lines for development over the next five years.
The members of the team will be drawn from the three participat-
ing countries.- By mid May, the survey shouldbe underway.
THE ALLIANCE HERE TO TALK ABOUT PARTNERSHIP
Premier George Price together with U.S.A. Consul Robert Tepper
and Peace Corps Director Bob-Moffit, was at the.ai.rp.t on Wednesday to
welcome Mr James Boren, Director of the Partners of the Alliance. This
is an organization on private businessman which parallels the Alliance
in an effort to make its various programmes really effective.
Mr Boren who is here for three days, held meetings with the
Cabinet, members of the National Economic Development Council, the De-
velopment Finance Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce.
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He also paid visits to Xunantunich, the Cayes and Lynam Agricul-
When he appeared before the Chamber of Commerce on Friday Mr
3Boen spoke on some detail about the functions of the Alliance Partners.
He said the group focuses attention on the relationship between
the Private sector and other groups in various areas of the United
States of America and allied groups in various territories in other
parts of the Hemisphere.
Possible Links With Michigan
MM Boren also said-there might be a-possibility of arranging
similar relationship between this country and the State of Michigan.
The area of assistance would include educational, cultural,
technical community and Industrial development as well as joint venture
Before leaving 'n Saturday Mr Boren told a Press Conference he
will shortly be meeting leading citizens of Michigan to tell them that
an effective partnership would be welcomed by leadership in both the.
goveimiAean'n privatee sectors here.
"It is my hope," he went on, "that Michigan will immediately
form a Michigan Partners of the Alliance chapter. If this works out
arrangements will me made for a small development team from Michigan
to visit Belize for the purpose of translating this mutual interest
into an operating programme."
'During his visit he had travelled many hundreds of miles. It
had b-en' an exciting experience for him. More exciting however had
been the opportunity of meeting the Premier members of the Cabinet and
many outstanding leaders in the private sector.
"The drive, the spirit, the initiative which I have found here,"
said Mr Boren, "convinces me that this is a citizenry which is determined
to build what President Johnson would call a Great Society."
500 INCREASE IN TOURISM. BUDGET
The 1966 Recurrent Budget provides for a 500% increase in govern-
ment spending on tourism deve lopment.
In preperation for the 1966 programme, the Minister responsible
for Tourism, the Hon. A.A. Hunter, had an hour long discussion on Monday
with officers of the Tourist Board.
The programme to be covered this year includes a start-in build-
ing up a tourist office with a permanent staff. This is in addition to
the $10,000 programme already announced for the development of visitor
facilities at Xunantunich and one of the larger cave system out west.
MINISTER STRENGTHENS TOURIST BOARD
Following measures already announced early this year with the
intention of adding to the impetus of tourism development, the Hon. A.A.
Hunter, Minister with responsibility for this subject, has taken steps
to strengthen the position of the Tourist Board.
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Announcing this development at a meeting of the Board on Friday,
Mr Hunter said he would be appointing a ranking member of the Ministry
staff to liaise with him on the day to day operations of the Board and
its sub committees.
Mr Hunter thanked the committee for its valuable contribution to
tourism advance during 1965, and he was .able to demonstrate that action
by the Ministry on these recommendations were either bearing fruit at
the present time or would soon result in tangible benefits to the indus-
Meanwhile, steps have been initiated to implement the decision
to establish a proper Tourism Bureau with full time staff and equipment.
CHALLENGE TO 'COMMUNITY DEVELQP MNT WORKERS
"The momentum with which the movement to build the hew nation of
Belize has been launched cannot be stopped, despite 'the wishes and de-
sires or hopes of any section of the community."
With 'this declaration, the Minister of Local Government, the
Honourable Albert Cattouse opened the annual staff conference- of Social
The Minister told the Social Workers they have a great responsi-
bility in bringing the consumation of nationhood neater and making the
country and its people more fitted to take on the burdens that lie ahead.
He was mindful of the many problems facing the social worker.
Nevertheless, these problems should be regarded as a challenge to which
solutions must be found.
On Government's pledge to press on with community development and
social education in a drive to raise productivity and living standards,
Mr Cattouse reminded the conferees that it would be up to them to trans-
late this objective into reality.
Earlier the Social Development Officer Mr R. Bennett? reported on
the activities of the Department last year. In spite of limitations of
finance and transport, he said, much had been achieved.
Mr Bennett thanked the Minister, the Peace Corps V.S.0., and Red
Cross Volunteers and the Extra Mural Department for their valuable colla-
VALUATION PROGREDSING SMOOTHLY
"The present valuation of properties in Belize City will be com-
pleted sometime in April and the new Valuation rolls will be ready by the
end of the month."
This was disclosed on Thursday by a spokesman of the Ministry of
Local Government who affirmed that the Quenquennial Valuation of proper-
ties in Belize City is progressing smoothly.
The last valuation was carried out in 1959 by MX I.J. Osmond of
the U.K. Department of Internal Revenue. Another valuation was 'due in
1964 but this could not commence until August last year because of staff-
ing and other difficulties.
The'Minister, the Honourable Mi Albert Cattouse has appointed Mi
E.W. Craig, a former Town Clerk, to carry out the valuation.
Mr Craig, who worked with Mr Osmond on the 1959 Valuation, has
been seconded ta the Ministry of Local Government fox his special
METHODIST MISSION GETS GOVERNMENT LAND GRANT
Government has made a free grant of Land in the Lake Indepen-.
dence area to the Methodist Church. A school is to be built on the site
which will serve as a centre for general church and community work.
This was announced on Wednesday by the Chairman and General
Superintendent of the Methodist Mission in Belize, Reverend C.L. Carty.
The cost of the building is to be met from a gift of $20,000'
from the Methodist Relief Fund of Great Britain and a grant-in-aid from
THEY SAW THE PREMIER
DR JAIME RENART, Regional Representative of the United Nations Develop-
Mr Renart's mission was to review the 1966 technical assistance
programme for Belize and Government's requests for aid in 1967 and 1968.
He had lengthy discussions with officials at the Ministry of Economic
Development. Later, he did an aerial survey of citrus sugar and live-
stock producing areas and the important tourist attractions of the off-
Mr Renalt was- recently posted in San Salvador to head the United
dNations Regional.Office for Central America under which Belizean Affairs
He is a native of Catalan, Spain and is by profession a lawyer
and economist. He has had a teaching assignment as professor of econo-
mics at the University of Bolivia.
The regional Direct-or was making his first visit since taking
over the office in San Salvador. It was a quick familiarization tour but
Dr Renart has promised to come back quite often this year and spend long-
er periods so that he can get to know and serve the country better.
RADIANCE MORTER GRANT, who is a qualified Belizean.nurse, home on vaca-
tion from Jamaica.
In her opinion the greatest thing that has ever happened to this
country is the connection of the Southern Districts with the rest of the
Nurse Grant works.at the Police Rehabili.tation Centre in Jamaica.
She has been away since 1956.
S "I hope to return to Belize when I complete my studies," she told
Premier Price. "If anyone should benefit from my studies it should be my
own people," she declared.
THREE U.S.A. EDUCATORS here to look into the possibilities of making a
contribution in the field of higher education-in Belize.
The three man group was led-by Mr Kenneth McLaughlin, President
of Hawthorn College, New Hampshire, who is also an Associate Municipal
Judge, experienced aviator and world traveller. He was accompanied by
Mr William Shea and Mr John Berrigan, Chancellor and Treasurer respect
tively of Hawthorne College.
They were presented to the Premier by the Reverend Father
Web r, President of St. John's College.
"Our visit here has been a marvellous experience," Mr McLaughlin
told the Premier. "We are greatly impressed by the dynamism of the
population. You have certainly come a long way and done lots of things
that other people have failed to do in preparing for independence."
Replying, the Premier said assistance from abroad which helps
us to become good Belizaans is always welcomed. As the drive to
strengthen our position in Liberal Arts and higher education progresses,
he noted, there is a particular need to reinforce the existing effort.
MOVE TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS
Representatives of the Corporacion Centro-Americana de Servicios.
de Navigacion Aerea, better known as 'Cocesna' and the agency for Inter-
national Development, Regional Office for Central America and Panama,,
arrived here on Tu-.sday.
In the party were Mr Paul Foster and 'daughter Martha, Mr and Mrs
Harold Robinson Mr and Mrs Charles Connelly, Sefioz and Sefioia Lisandro
Rosales, Mr Walter McGee their pilot, Mr Jack McDonald and two officials
In the afternoon the officials met the Minister of Public Utili-
ties and Communications together with his Principal Secretary and the
Chief Civil Aviation Officer. The talks dealt with ways and means .f
installing improved telecommunications equipment between the Belize
Int-rnational Airport and Tegucigalpa, the flight Information Centre for
Central America. This would be a tangible benefit of the airlines
serving the area.
The talks were continued at the Ministry of Finance on Wednesday.
Before leaving,the party were guests of the Minister of Communications
at a Cocktail Party held at the Premier's House.
REQUIEM FOR JOHN MLRK JACOBY
A requiem mass was offered at the Holy Redeemer Tennis Coutt
last Wednesday for the Late John Mark Jacoby of the Society of Jesus.
News of his death in Missouri, U.S.A. was received here during
the previous week.
Brother Jacoby served in Belize for thirty years and during
most of this time he was active in the scout movement.
The o-ermon was delivered by the Reverend Father Herbert Panton
who spoke on Brother Jacoby's favpurite motto: "All for one and one
Following the mass the last post was sounded by a scout bugler.
Among those in attendance were the Premier, the Honourable George
Price, the Minister of Natural Resources and Trade, the Hon. Alexander
Hunter, the Honourable Fred Hunter, His Worship the Lord Mayor of Belize
City, Mr Fred Westby, the Deputy Lord Mayor, Mr Orlando Lizamay Senator
Vernon Leslie, as well as hundreds of former scouts who received their
early training from 'Brother Jake'.
NEWS IN BRIEF
SEVTRAL MIAMIANS are expected in Belize next Friday January 21st for a
mccting of the Board of Directors Chamber of Commerce of the Americas.
Among those expected are Frank Gatteri international coordina-
t:x, Tommy Flynn, Chamber treasurer and Arthur Denchfield, Chamber
The two day meeting is in preperation for a meeting which the
organization will be having in Jamaica next June.
THE HONOURABLE ELITO URBINA, Representative fox the Orange Walk North
constituency, accompanied by District Officer Eric Fairweather, paid
official visits to the Roman Catholic and Anglican Primary schools in
Orange Walk Town last Wednesday.
The Representative urged the pupils to work harder this year..
"We must prepare ourselves:for independence,". he told them.
DESPITE SEVERE LOSSES suffered by the people of More Tomorrow Village
last year Belizeans there are persevzring with their efforts to be
Home economics instructors haveGalso been sent in to teach
them how to preserve the fruit they grow.
THE STANN' CREEK DISTRICT Football.Team emerged victorious in the 1965
Inter-District Football Competition. The championship was assured
them when tbaydefeated the Cayo District Team by 12 goals to 1.
The kick off, in Stann Creek Town, was by Dorothy Vernon, Miss
Stann Creek District 1965-66.
THE ANGLICAN MISSION has announced that the Reverend Father Province
who recently arrived from the Anglican Church in Canada will be assist-
ing at the Cathedral Parish of St. John Baptist in Belize City.
Meanwhile Reverend'Father Richard Basten has been appointed
Priest-in-charge of the Northern District Mission.
Father Basten will reside in Orange Walk and has spiritual
care of the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts and Gallon Jug.
THE JESUIT MIS6ION OF BELIZE last Friday welcomed the Reverend Father
James M. Short, of the Society of Jesus.
.Reverend Short has been assigned as the Chancellor to the
Bishop of Belize, the Most Reverend Robert L. Hodapp, of the Society
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