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THE BE L I Z
WE E K L Y N E W S L E T T EER
No, 5 Up to 31st January, 1966.
Visiting the Senate for the first time last Tuesday, the Premier,
the Hon. George Price, conveyed the Governor's consent to twelve Bills
on the table.
The Bills were deferred to be lead a second time when the Senate
r.econvenes on January 31st.
Senator James Meighan, on behalf of the Minister of Public Uti-
lities and Communications proposed the approval of the new Motor Vehicles
and Road Traffic regulations,
ITC SWAN SONG
At its final leaving ceremony as an independent institution the
Intermediate Training Centre said farewell to thirty-nine successful
Delivering the main address, the Minister of Education, the Hon.
Mrs Gwendolyn Lizarraga told the graduates: "You must, by your example
to the students, do the right things: exercise good manners, command
good discipline, and teach the importance of good citizenship, good
character, and good living."
Government's proposal to reorganize the educational system, she
stressed, calls for more and more trained teachers at higher levels.
This gave them a splendid opportunity which they should grasp.
In closing, the Minister challenged the outgoing teachers to
join in the task of our nation building. She also paid tribute to the
staff of the Training Centre.
Miss Signa Yorke, Principal of the Belize Teachers' Gollege,
then presented prizes for outstanding performance to Miss Alice Timmons,
Miss Linda Vanzie and Miss Shirley Garnett.
Moving the vote of thanks Mr Victor Arana, for the graduates, ex-
pressed gratitude to Government for the many benefits they had received.
Among those present were Senators James Mnighan and Vernon Leslie,
the Right Reverend Bishop Gerald Brooks, and His Lordship the Most
iRevelend Blishop R.L. Hodapp of the Society of Jesus.
Fox 5,981 Belizeans $3,500,0000.
This was the report which followed last Tuesday's meeting of the
Reconstruction and Development Corporation, chaired by the Hon. Premier.
The meeting approved 158 applications amounting to $126,360.
Giving details of the disbursements the Board said that in three
years, $1,370,000 were issued as giants and a further $2,130,000 as loans.
The Stann Creek Town Water Supply, being set up by the R.D.C., is
due to be completed in April. The meeting considered several requests for
BELIZE USA QUOTA FROM 100 TO 650
The Quota for Belizeans wishing to emigrate to the United States
of America has been increased from 100 to 650 per year. .There is no
limit to the number who can go on vacation.
Consul Mr Robert Tepper and Mr Harvey Clew who is in charge of'
visas, emphasized at a Press Conference last Tuesday that U.S.A. immigra-
tion policy bears no relationship to the government'of this or any other
country but depends entirely on the Congress of the. United States of
The Consular officialssaid they knew of no move in this country
to keep people at home or to restrict them from travelling to the United
States of America,
Elaborating on'his opening statement Robert Tepper declared that
the important thing about'.mmigration to the United States of America is
that the non-preference immigrant has to prove that he is going to a
definite job and that his employment will not displace a citizen.
Students, he added, must be accepted by the school where they'
want to study and should have the means of providing for themselves. It
is also a condition that they return home on completion of their studies.
FOR THE FARMER LAND
Some 5,586 acres of agricultural land has been acquired by
government for re-issue to farmers at Caledonia and Buena Vista.
A release from the Ministry of Natural Resources says Government
paid the Belizean Development Company over $95,000, the agreed price
following negotiations between the Company and the Surveys Department on
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The land will now be marked off into plots for farmers in the
In 1963 Government acquired more than 202 acres of land at a cost
of $5,000 from the Silvera estate for village sites in the area.
This most recent purchase agreement is a step towards fulfilling
government's pledge to make land available for our farmer, while enjoy-
ing improved security of tenure.
TOURISM "WELCOME TO CENTRAL FARM"
Following its declared aim of giving a new impulse to domestic
tourism this-~year, the Tourist Board has secured an open invitation for
Belizeans, whenever they are travelling in the western part of the
country, to visit the large government experimental station at Central
Apart from its scenic beauty, Central Farm offers the attraction
of an expanding section containing some of the most beautiful flowers
and shrubs found in Belize, in addition to a birdseye view of what the
future holds for the country in proper livestock management and mixed.
With its small reservoir, huge shade trees and crystal clear
streams, Central Farm, according to a Tourist Board spokesman, offers
the ideal picnic spot for the family type weekend outing.
It is also a convenient base for more rugged trips to the Moun-
tain Pineridge and the impressive Mayan site at Xunantunich, now being
further excavated and developed,
Commenting on the move to popularize Central Farm as a centre of
internal tourism, Chief Agricultural Officer Eric King said last weeks
"Of course we welcome visitors, We have much to show there that the
country can be proud of".
Meanwhile, the Belize City Council's Parks and Playgrounds
Committee has welcomed an offer by the Board to co-ordinate the efforts
of both bodies in the drive to beautify the City. More intensive land-
scaping and the establishment of better gardens is at the core of this
HOLDING THE LINE ON PRICES
A G.I.S. shopping list, containing a comprehensive run down of
goods affected by the recent tariff changes, was distributed to house-
wives throughout the .country last week,
The pamphlet makes it clear that the food items which should in-
crease due to the duty increases are not many. Nationally produced
items are not affected. "In fadt because of the protective tariff which -
those goods are now enjoying," the publication states, "it is Govern-
ment's hope that the increase in demand will allow for a reduction in
cost of these items wherever possible".
On petrol, the Chief Information Officer pointed out'that users of
gasoline were paying 556 per gallon at one time. Now they are being
asked to pay .526 a gallon,. Meanwhile. k-rosone users .ae now enjoying
a three cents per gallon reduction.
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There was also a warning:
Government can impose controls on all items to forestall abuse of
LBlikean family. However, this will only be done as a last resort. In
the meanwhile, consumers were urged not to patronize shops and stores
which have unjustly raised prices.
LABOUR MINISTER BACK FROM THE NORTH
On his return from a two day tour of the North the Minister of
Labour reported that he. had held discussions in Corozal with the Managing
Committee of the Cane Farmers' Association on the question of the labour
-hortage in the industry. This shortage includes other agricultural
workers for the-field work including bushing, planting and weeding.
Among the remedies considered were the recruitment of nationals
for this work from rural areas and the provision of adequate housing for
migrant workers in the industry.
A survey to. determine the number of foreign workers in the indus-
try has been undertaken. The survey is also concerned with the total de-
mand for workers.
In the meantime workers in other areas who are willing to cut
cane were advised last week to register at the District Labour office
or with the District Officer in their area.
In the Orange Walk area the Minister was shown round the site of
the new factory at Tower Hill by the Manager, Mr:Cooke. He took advan-
tage of the opportunity of speaking to a number of workmen.
In both districts the Minister met the assembly Representatives
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NEWS FROM CITY HALL
The Belize City Council's works programme for the period 26th
January to 22nd February was approved at a meeting on Tuesday.
At the meeting, the Lord Mayor, Mi Fred Westby, announced that
a part of Queen Street has been resurfaced.
A recommendation that fees for grave spaces be amended was re-
ferred back to the Finance Committee for further study.
Discussions on Orange Walk Town's participation in the National
Electricity Scheme were held in that Town last week.
Taking part were Mr James Ritchie of the Public Works Department,
Mr Eugene Robipson of the Belize Electricity Board, the Hon. Elito-Urbina
and-Mr Erlindo Leiva deputy Mayor.
Mr Robinson explained that the scheme expected to..be completed by
September, will cost about $220,000.
The proposed site for the Orange Walk Town installations is ad-
jacent to the Public- Works Compound. .
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The District Officer, Mr.Erie Fairweather, was present for the
Coozal Joining Up
Meanwhile, the Minister of Public Utilities, as Chairman of the
Electricity Board has let it be known that the present electricity supply
system in Corozal Town, now operated and maintained by the Corozal Town
Board, will be taken over by the Electricity Board with effect from
The Minister said this decision was taken at a meeting held in
Corozal Town on Wednesday at a meeting attended by His Worship the Mayor
of Corozal Town, The Honourable Santiago Ricalde, the Electical Superin-
tendent, Mr Eugene Robinson and the Corozal District Officer, Mr Ramon
S THE WORD GOES FORTH
The Government Information Service has issued a new publication
entitled 'The 1966 Budget Modernizing The Belizean Fiscal Structure'.
The booklet contains last December's Budget Speech by Premier
George Price. The booklet is being distributed to Libraries, Schools,
businessmen and others throughout the country and abroad.
On the back cover there is the quotation from the Premier which
declares; 'We must project an image of Fiscal Responsibility'.
NEW JUSTICES OF THE PEACE
The Honourable C.L. Rogers, Minister of Justice, has appointed
the following persons to be Justices of the Peace.
For the Belize Districts Mr James Nathaniel Bowen, a Gales Point
farmer Mr Wilfred Isidoro Nunez, a San Pedro (Ambergris Caye) Merchant and
Mr Joseph Nathaniel Pou, a Grocer at Hattieville.
For the Stann Creek District: Mr Richard Castillo, Shopkeeper and
Mr Isaac Daniels of the Stann Creek Valley.
Orange Walk Districts Mr Joseph Alexander Babb of San: Jose-San
Pablo and Mr Eulogio Valencia of Yoh Creek.
Corozal District: Mr Salustiano Magaha, a farmer and merchant of
San Joaquin, and Mrs Buelah Elva Sheran, a Corozal Town Teacher.
For the Cayo District, Mr Percival Garbutt, a merchant and for
Toledo, Mr John Faustino Zuniga, M.B.E.
NEW STEP TOWARDS CHURCH UNITY
"The religion of life and the giving of oneself to other people is
the sign of the twentieth Century Reformation in the Christian Church."
This is the message Reverend Frank Stobie of the Society of
Jesus had for the Annual Synod Men's Meeting.
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Father Stobie explained that the blending of the ecumencial and
liturgical changes in the Church was aimed at making beliefs realistic
.id meeting and encouraged all to view this with an open mind.
The speaker stressed the need for religion to be understood by
the ordinary man and he urged all to make a positive approach towards
breaking down barriers and defences which have so often warded off
charity and understanding.
Citing steps already taken to achieve this understanding,
Father Stobie referred to the Peace Rally and the Bible Service held in
Belize City in recent months.
The meeting was chaired by Mr C.P. Cacho.
FIRST SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY WATER. BRADLEYL VERNON
S"Among My Souvenirs" an anthology of ten short stories by
Be:lizean writes John Watler, Leo Bradley and Lawrence Vernon, repre-
sents yet another successful effort in projecting the Belizean personal-
ity through works of high literary merit.
This was the consensus among informed observers here after look-
ing through the forty page publication released in Belize City this
The setting for .most of the stories is the rich and varied
countryside Caye Caulker, the Mountain Pineridge, Monkey River Town
the high country where live the Belizean Maya steeped in their ancient
customs and tradition.
Lawrence Vernon, though, writes about territory that is fami-
liar to him Belize city with its throb of commercial activity.
Presenting an autographed copy to the Premier last week, the
Sl, kn6wn Belizean writers stressed the point that they hope to see, as
a result of their effort, a.new crop of writers emerge with a proper
appreciation of all the drama and poignancy of the present phase of our
history when Belizeans arecarving for themselves an international
Wake. Up And Work!
For his part, Mr Bradley said he would like to see some of the
older, established writers producing works of national importance.
Financing of the anthology was generously supported by Belizean
merchants through advertising patronage. Copies are now on sale at the
Angelus Press, the Belize. Bookshop, Hollywood Magazine and the Belize
Times. The anthology seljls for a dollar a copy.
Congratulating the authors the Premier said he welcomed the addi-
tion to the store of.Belizean literature. .He hoped to see a flow of
similar efforts on the flowers, birds and animals of Belize in order that
the Belizean child will be brought to a full realization of the splendour
of his own country.
WATER SERIOUS DISCUSSIONS IN STANN CREEK TOWN
..Health Inspector Alezander Lopez, lecturing in Stann Creek Town
on Wednesday, called on Belizeans of that town to take advantage of the
facilities Government is placing at their disposal.
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He was referring to the new Stann Creek Town Water Supply System.
Mr Lopez pointed to the risk in drinking the water presently being
u-,d in Stann Creek Town. The new system, however, ensures a healthy and
sanitary supply of water, he stressed.
The opening remarks were by Mr Carlos Nolberto,Mayor of Stann
Cri(k Town. The chair was taken by the Hon. Allan Arthurs who highlighted
the importance of good drinking water.
COROZAL TEACHERS GET TOGETHER
The Honourable Florencio Marin last Friday opened a one day
conference for teachers in the Corozal District at the Anglican School in
There were discussions on educational goals. Leading the deli-
berations was the Education Officer for the Northern Districts, Mr Inez
The Hon. Marin was deputizing for the Minister of Education, the
Hon. Mrs Lizarraga who sent her best wishes.
.Education Officer, Ralston Coye extended greeting to the teachers
on behalf of the Chief Education Officer and members of the staff of the
Present for the occasion were S1nator Jesus Ken, the District
Officer, Mr Ramon Ramirez and Mr W.J. Branthwaite, a Lecturer from the
United Kingdom, who was on a short visit to the Corozal District.
NEWS IN BRIEF
THE OLD STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION of the Belize Technical College has offered
a four year scholarship to candidate who passed the entrance examination
to the college held in July last year.
Mr Clive Gillette has announced that the award winner is Miss
Dozeen Henderson of Burrell Boom Village.
REPAIRS TO FOUR STREETS in Stann Creek Town estimated to cost $5,000, were
approved as part of the capital scheme to be carried out by the Town Board
The streets to be reconstructed are Canal, Oak, Guerero and Moho.
The decision was announced after a meeting on Monday which also
dealt with property tax and trade licence assessments.
ALEXANDER BENNETT, Lecturer Belize Teachers College is Chairman, Manuel
Esquivel of St. John's College Secretary and Miriam Belgrave .Treasurer of
the Guild of Graduates for the 1966 term.
Elections were held on January 20th.
TIH STAFF TRAINING COURSE of the Cooperatives and Credit Unions Depart-
ment, which started on 17th January, ended on Saturday.
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