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PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORM SERVI
BELIZE CITY P.Fe&l49 C
No. 4 ********** Up to 244h January, 1966.
THE MEDIATOR SEES ALL
In a statement before leaving fox Guatemala Ambassador Bethuel
Webster, U.S.A. Mediator in the Anglo-Guatemalan dispute, described his
visit here as a "memorable experience". He was grateful for the friend-
ly, warm-hearted reception he had been afforded. He had had an incompa-
rable opportunity to see our beautiful country, to learn more of its
history and to know as much as one can learn in a short period about its
people, their problems and aspirations.
The statement-was addressed to the Governor, the Premier and
his Ministers, as well as the group and individuals seen by Mediator
Webster and those who sent him personal messages.
Without such a memorable experience he would be far less able
to serve as representative of the United States of America as Mediator
in the ancient controversy between the United Kingdom and the republic
of Guatemala, the Mediator affirmed.
He was deeply conscious of his responsibility.
ON THE FRONTIER
While in Belize, the Ambassador had a busy schedule.
On Monday, accompanied by the Governor,Sir Peter Stal'ard,
Premier George Price, the Consul for the United States of America M'
Robert Tepper and his staff assistant Attorney Richard Frank, he flew to
Coiozal Town and paid a short visit to Santa Elena to see the Mexico-
The party then went on to visit San Ignacio and Benque Viejo
del Carmen on the Belize-Guatemalan border.,
In the afternoon he met a delegation from CIVIC and the Nation-
al Independence Party and later met guests from all walks of life at an
informal reception at the U.S.A. Consulate.
A CLEAR DECLARATION
When he met the Cabinet on Wednesday it was to receive a clear
declaration that the aspiration of all Belizeans is to self determine
the independence of Belize, separate and apart from any other country.
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Mr Webster also met the National Economic Development Council
and officers of the People's United Party. Taking part in discussions
at the Premiel's official residence were the Speaker of the House of
iepre&entatives, the Hon. W.H. Courtenay and Senator E.W. Francis -
both legal advisors as well as Senator Vernon Leslie.
The Mediator had another good look at the countryside when he
flew, with the Ministers of Internal Affairs and Natural Resources, over
the southern part of the country. On the way back from the Sarstoon
niver the party landed at the Melinda airstrip. There, they ware re-
ceived by the Minister of Labour, the Honourable David McKoy and the
Honourable Allan Arthurs, representative of the Stann Cxeek Town Divi-
Mr Webster joined the Premier aboard the Government launch
"Patricia" at Commerce Bight pier for the return journey to the capital.
On the trip he held discussions with the Premier, Mr Hunter and Mr
Rogers all members of the External Affairs Committee.
HOUSE OF REPhESENITATIVES
The House of Representatives last week passed six Bills design-
ed to give .effect to provisions introduced in the Budget Speech last
Two were presented by the Premier the Stamp Duties (amend-
ment) Ordinance which seeks to increase duties on receipts, cheques,
bills of exchange, instruments appointing an agent or an attorney, but
exempts receipts for wages and the Companies (amendment) Ordinance which
seeks to increase the fees payable for registration of companies.
Presented by the Minister of Local Goverpment, the Honourable
L.E. Cattouse were the Intoxicating Liquor licensing giving effect
to the decision to increase the rates on juke boxes; the Clubs (Regis-
tration) (Amendment) Bill implementing the decision to increase Club
licences in Belize City as well as outside the Capital; and the Public
Halls Regulation (Amendment) Bill which seeks to increase the rates on
Public Halls for various forms of entertainment.
A sixth Bill was seen through the House by the Minister of
Public Utilities the Honourable Hector Silva. It was the Harbours and
Shipping amendment Bill which allows the Minister to fix the dues to be
paid by persons loading goods at private wharves. The fee payable as
light dues by shipping is being raised to a maximum of $250.
The Bills now go to the Senate.
V.I.P. CONFRi tES FOR CHAM
The Minister of Commerce and Industry, the Hon. A.A. Hunter,
has.told top executives of the Chamber of Commerce of the Americas of
the valuable role that organization can play in aiding the economic
development of Belize.
A ten man group, here for a Board of Directors meeting, were
feted at a dinner given at the Fort George Hotel on Saturday during
which a set of furniture, a gift from the Belize Chamber, was official-
ly handed over.
Speaking on that occasion the Minister looks to the world body
to assist Belize by introducing capital investment to help our economy
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"We have generous incentives which would interest any investor,
and we would like you gentlemen, on our behalf, to take this message to
all those with whom you will come in contact."
GOLDEN KEY SYMBOL OF FRIENDSHIP
The Gold Plated Ke:y'to Metropolitan Dade County, in token of
the Friehdship and administration of the residents of Florida, was pre-
sented to Premier George Price by the visiting Chamber of .Commerce offi-
cials on Saturday.
The presentation was by Mr Frank P. Gatteri, Coordinator for
International Affairs for the Chamber of Commerce of the Americas.
In a letter to the Prcmier, Mayor Chuck Hall of Metropolitan
Dade County, noted that the meeting in Beliza. City of the Board of
Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of the Americas is proof of growing
inter-relationship and cooperation among businessmen of the Western
Hemisphere. This, he said, assures a much brighter future for our
pe ople s.
Mayor HaJal sent his personal greetings along with those of the
Board of Commissioners of Dade County to Premief Price and the people of
this country for increased well being and prosperity.
Premier Price has sent a letter to Mayor Chuck Hall thanking
him for the Key which he, describes as the key of Friendship between the
peoples of Dade County and the people of Belize.
The presentation was made in the presence of the Minister of
:Natural Resources and Trade, the Honouaable A.A. Hunter, the President of
the Belize Chamber of Commerce, Mr Ismael Gomez and Director of the
Belize Chamber, Mr Liborio Ayuso.
TOURIST BOARD: "MAKE BELIZE MORE BEAUTIFUL"
Details of a major-community and roadside beautification pro-
gramme were discussed at last Friday night's marathon session of the
And on Saturday morning, officials of the Board along with the
Chief Engineer and Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Public Works
joined Inspector Carcamo of the Tr-affic Bxanch in mapping out an immediate
'clean up' drive concentrating on the approaches to BelizG City.
The theme for the beautification programme is:
"Plant Ten Thousand Trees THIS YEAR
Make Belize More Beautiful."
Commenting on the campaign, an official of the Board revealed
that the. Social Development Department has agreed to spearhead work in
the rural areas by co-ordinating the efforts of communities to beautify
their: village area.
Refreshing Scenic Drives
A special effort is being concentrated on those villages which
straddle the nations highways.
The idea is to bring into existence scenic drives comparable to
t-iat which offers the motorist a ref'shing vista of majestic trees and
flowers as he approaches-Central Farm oh the way to popular tourist
attractions like the Xunantunich Mayan centre.
The Tourist Board itself, in co-operation with other civic or-
Lanizations in Belize City, will be assuming responsibility for work
Song tha drive f'orm thd Bclize- Int-rnationazl- -jipTt to the nation's
Lo~ Term. Solution For Disposal Problem
It is recalled that shortly after the hurricane in 1961, the
Tourist Board took the initiative in having a special dump for derelic
vehicles and other bulky waste material established off Fabers' Road.
This dump is now seriously congested and the Board thinks this has
probably contributed to garage operators reverting to the habit of dump-
ing waste along the highways entering Belize City.
The purpose of last Saturdayts survey by top officials of. the
Ministry of Public Works, the Tourist Board and the Police Traffic
Branch, was to work out a more satisfactory, long term solution to this
problem a problem common to all great and growing cities said the
Tourist Board spokesman.
i. TO PRODUCE FRESH MILK AND DAIRY PRODUCTS
S'An establishment which will produce freshmilk and dairy pro-
ducts for the domestic market located at mile 9 on the Northern Highway,
has been granted a development concession,
S The firm is Belize Dairies Limited.
Announcing this a release from the Ministry of Finance said the
Company will be permitted to import building material, office and othel
equipment free of customs duty and entry tax. However, the concession
will be nullified if among other things, a .fa tory capable of processing
at last 80 gallons -of fresh cows' milk -pzr -day is not established by
1st November 1.967 and fair labour practises, including just wages, are
ot ~j mplemented.
CO-OP. STAFF -CONF1RENCE
The st-aff' Conference of the Department of Cooperative-s and. ,
Credit Unions was opened on Monday by the Minister of Local Government,
the Hon. Albert Cattouse.
The Cooperative movement, he declared is one of the most dyna-
mic influences in nation-building. Realizing his, the officers should
take advantage of every opportunity to maximise their effectiveness in
the field, thereby fastening economic viability and Independence for
Government's policy of fostering the cooperative movement should
engender a spirit of renewed dedication and purpose nh extension staff.
And the MinistUr cdngratulated the officers for the substantial impulse
thc' cooperative movement has contributed"to economic growth,"
Go Help The Weaker Ones
Mr Cattouse said he is concerned about reports of insolvency in
certain Credit Unions. On this subject, he said:i /
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"This matter, which I .hope is not caused by over-concentration
on'the more prosperous cooperatives to the neglect of weaker ones,
dcisrves your immediate attention. Every cooperative, no matter how
small, must be efficient if it is to give good service to its members
and:the community," he -went on.
Closing, Mr Cattouse had a challenge for the officers. "Go
forth with great zeal; continue to preach the virtue of thrift; encourage
the humble farmer, fisherman and the citizen of humblest means."
The ceremony commenced-with-the playing of the Belizean Anthem.
A rpoxrt on activities in 1965 was delivered by the Acting Registrar.
MASKALL -BOMBA MAY GET CO-OP.
The formation of a Transport Cooperative to serve the twin
village of Maskall and Bomba in the Belize District, was a special fea.-
ture of the Co-operative Departmentts annual staff Conference.
The .project was an orientation exercise for field staff.
In the area, the officers discussed the proposed, co-operative
with residents. The objective would be. to provide a scheduled service to
take the produce of their farms to Belize City.
SLater in the day, the officers proceeded to Rockstone Pond
Village where' they had discussions with the members of the Rockstone Pond
Transp rt- Cooperative Society. which has been in operation since 1st Aplil,
iEW STAMP ISSUE
A special stamp issue commemorating the Life of Sir Winston
Churchill, was scheduled to go on sale in post offices throughout the
country on Monday, January 24th. Sales will continue until April 23rd
unless stocks are exhausted before that date.
The special issue will be of the 03OV, 03., 2. and 25 4 demonina-
tions. Corresponding denominations in the current definitive series of
stamps will be discontinued during the period of sale.
SHELL EXPANSION CONTINUES
Contractors for Shell B.H. have started work on a $90 000 depot
in the Corozal District. In addition, two modern service stations are
being built to satisfy the demand from cane farmers.
Meanwhile, in the Stann Creek district, another service station
is nearing completion.
TOLEDO PIONBLRS TAME 72 ACRES
Seventy two acres of high bush have been cleared for agricultu-
ral projects in the Mafradi area in the Toledo District. The move is
spearheaded by Town Board Councillor Mr Joseph Roaches,
It took one week for the men to clear the plot. According.to a
report from-Toledo, rice planting will get underway shortly.
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On a visit with the Mafradi farmers, Representative Charles
Martinez congratulated the pioneers for responding to the call to "Wake
Up ind Work" and grow more food.
FATHER WEBER FOR CICOP
The President of Saint John's College, the Reverend Father Leo
Weber of the Society of Jesus, left Belize on Tuesday to attend the
third annual National Conference of the Catholic Inter-American Coopera-
tion Programme (CICOP) which opened in the Chicago Hilton Hotel last
This is the second year that the Roman Catholic Diocese have
been represented at the conference.
The aim of the programme is to promote understanding, friend-
ship and concerted an effort among Catholics of the United States of
America and the Catholic community of Latin America, including Belize.
The theme of this year's conference is 'Religious Values in
The CICOP has six presidents, three from the United States of
America, among them His Eminence Richard Cardinal Gushing, Archbishop
of Boston Maseachusetts and His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Ritter, Arch-
bishop of Saint.Louis Missouri. The other three are Cardinals from
SVenezuela, Chile and Peru.
NEWS IN BRIEF
TIE DE HAVILLAND AIRCRAFT COMPANY of Canada is to demonstrate its single
engined Turbo Beaver Aircraft in Belize.
A Ministry of Communications release described the Turbo Beaver
as a high wing monoplane with seating capacity for nine in the passenger
A THIRD AGRICULTURAL SHOW is to be held this year.
This will be held at the village of Chan Pineridge in the
Orange Walk District on March 9th.
Already announced are the Stann Creek district show (April 30th)
and the Western Agricultural Show (November 13th and 14th).
CLASSES FOR SOME THIRTY TEACHERS in the Corozal District started last
Thursday night. Conducting the course are District Education Officer
Inez Sanches and Peace Corps Volunteers in the District.
The classes are designed to help the teachers prepare for exam-
inations in.Geography and Arithmetic.
HON. LOUIS S. SYLVESTRE returned home on Friday after attending the
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference held in New Zealand
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4 He will be reporting to the House of Representatives at its next
PROFESSOR C.D. CALNAN, skin specialist, will be visiting Belize from 30th
January to 4th February.
During his visit, which has been arranged by the British Council
in consultation with the Minister of Health, Professor Calnan will be
visiting Stann Creek Town and the Leishmaniasis Unit at Central Farm.
W.G. BRANTHWAITE, Staff Tutor to Overseas Students at the Institute of
Education, University of Newcastle-upon Tyne, was scheduled to visit the
country from 23rd January to 13th February.
He will be studying educational problems in various parts of the
country and his programme includes visits to Primary and Secondary
Schools and a series of lectures at the Belize Teachers' College.
LDWARD J. MIGUEL, Radio Belize Technical Assistant Grade 1 returned home
last week after successfully completing a course in Radio Technology at
National Technical School in Los Angeles, California, in the United
States of America.
R.S. COOTE, Accountant Grade 11, in the Accountant General's Department
left Belize City on January 23rd to undergo a six-month course in
Accountancy at the Ministry of Overseas Development, London.
Tii GOVERNOR has approved the grant of Colonial Police Long Service and
Good Conduct Medal to four members of the Police Force.
Receiving the awards were C.F. Gill, B.E.M., Assistant Superin-
tendent of Police; Sergeant No. 68 J. Kelly; Corporal No. 9 C. Hope
and Corporal No. 190 H. Felix.