pWEEKLY PYT*, ORMATION SERVICES
BELIZE:CITY P- P 0. Boi 324.
No. 6 ************* Up to 7th February, 1966.
.-TRAIGHT TALK ABOIT LAND
"Belizeans throughout the country but more particularly those
in the rural agricultural areas can rejoice that this year, after -
centuries of abuse and speculative treatment, they can see clearly
that our people are no 1ongLe,(?_be .mere tenants s in their own
,.This declaration was the keynote of the weekly commentary
"Your Government At Work" :broadcast over Radio Belize last Saturday.
The talk was prepare dby the Government Information Services and read:
by the Chief Broadcasting Officer.
..Neazly half of the total land area of Belize is held in
privately owned, large estates. Ninety percent of these are in
'foreign .hands, _it was disclosed.
OUR BEST KNOWN RESOURCE
Referring to the new Rural Land Utilization law, its basic
task was described as "bringing about the food and industrious use of
our country's best known natural resource land".
It was,:;.otedAhat -ad'e the new law, over 300 .aage .land own-
ers have been served notice to develop their land, pass it on to
someone with. the means and the will to use it profitably, or return
iL to -the community. :
Facing up to this problem government had applied the princi- -
ples of Christian Democracy. The land must serve the people and
Belizeans are. not to be mere tenants-in the land of their birth. The
Minister of Natural Resources, the Hon. A.A. Hunter, was quoted as
saying :the new.law is "a beneficial, just and equitable piece of'
The Long, Night. Ends
"'There-is and has been-malice. towards none, and the majority
of Be lize.ahs,. whatever their partisan :leanings, agree,". the speakere r-:'
The Rural Land Utilization law, he continued,, represents
government's firm determination to do all that is necessary. to make
our economic emancipation as real and clear as is our emergence from
the long night of colonialism.
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IAN SMITH'S "INDEPENDENCE BONDS" NOT VALID HERE
So called "Independence Bonds" issued by the illegal regime
in Salisbury will have no validity in Belize. And the Ministry of
Finance here has advised the Belizean public to have nothing to do
In a statement released last week the Ministry says the re-
gime never has been capable of incurring legal obligations on be-
half of the Government of Southern Rhodesia. Any person giving
credit to the regime does so at his own risk without recourse to
any security quoted by the regime.
Furthermore? after return to constutional government, the
lawful government will not be bound to accept responsibility for
any obligation which the illegal regime may have purported to incur.
Such obligations7 the .statement-said,-include any authority
for the purchase of foreign exchange to discharge debts incurred by
Rhodesian residents to residents outside Rhodesia.
SENATE CONSIDERS LAND QUESTION
Appearing before the Senate to speak up for his Rural Land
Utilization Bill, the Minister of Natural Resources, the Hon. A.A.
Hunter explained last week that the bill aims at stimulating and
developing the economy. Government, he noted, has taken steps to
provide expert advice on land development.
Senator Hassock, for the opposition, critized the Bill. He
charged that the possible consequences of the Bill had not been
properly evaluated. He also thought it had not b-en given suffi-
Replying to Senator Hassock's critism, Senator Jesue Ken
asserted that the measure had been given full publicity by Press
and Radio. He defended the Bill as "economically just aiming at
development thlbugh land utilization".
ARCHAEOLOGY -DR. PENJDRGAST RETURNS TO ALTUN HA
MX David M. Pendergast, Field Director of the expedition
sponsored by the Ontario Museum who has been working at the an-
cient Maya Site of Altun Ha, (Rockstone Pond) since 1964, is back
in Belize for the 1966 season.
Papers: on last years .findings at the site, published in
archaeological journals abroad, have attracted the attention of the
archaeological world to Altun Ha, and to the country in general, Dr
Pendergast reported last week.
This heightened interest has resulted in a decision by, the
University of Utah to increase their financial support for the ven-
ture. The Royal Onta.io Museum has also decided to continue work
for an additional season. This commits the Museum to work at Altun
Ha until 1968.
Presently, twenty two Belizeans are engaged on the. ecava-'.'
tions... The season closes in June.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Natural Resources last week
issued a reminder that the site is still closed to visitors.
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Doctor Pendergast is being assisted by Mr James Humphries, a
graduate.of the University of Toronto. His wife Esther, who accom-
panied him last year, returned to Belize early in January.
RURAL HEALTH.NURSES DOING "EXCELLENT" JOB
There is high praise.for the dedication and efficiency of
our Rural Health Nurses from one of Britain's top skin specialists.
Dr'Charles Callan, here on a tour arranged by the Ministry
of Health, said last weeks "I have been impressed with the Rural
Health Nurses. They are doing an excellent job, working under very
Accompanied by tht British Councul Representative, Mr Ivor
Watts he visited the Village of Hopkin in the .Stann Creek district
aihd attended.a special clinic in Stann Creek town. He also paid a
visit to Central Farm, headquarters of the lesichmanaisis research
Recalling the valuable-work done here over the years by a
succession of microbe hunters serving with the unit, Dr Callan said
some of them .had published papers which had aroused a lot of in-
tG~est in the scientific community.
FESTIVAL HAS AMBITIOUS TARGETS
In a bid to project the culture of Belize and- to paralell
its pace of Political and Economic advance, the National Festival of
Arts Committee is this year placing more deliberate emphasis on
national drama, music, dancing, playwriting and folklore.:
At'a press statement last Friday, the Committee said the'"'
National Festival of Arts, which this year celebrates its fourteenth-
anniversary, will reflect a studied emphasis on the creative talents
and traditional art forms of the Community.
Incentives For Creative Work
Highlighting the lead which the Festival gives in encourag-
ing artists t6 come forward with original work to enrich the nation-
al culture, incentive awards totalling some $200 ale being offered
for play writing, musicand folk song arrangement have been announced.
A spokesman for the Committee described the growth of-the
National Festival of Arts as 'very aggressive and growing from with-
FORMER F.B.I. PRESIDENT SEES GOOD FUTURE FOR SUGAR
Sir Peter'Runge, former President of the Federation of
British Industries and presently a Vice Chairman of Tate and Lyle'
visited Belize recently to see something of the big development and
expansion programme undertaken by his company in the Corozal and
Orange Walk districts.
Sir'Peter was paying his first visit to Belize.
Commenting on his tour, Sir Peter said the many thousands' o'f
acres of newly planted cane look good; in his words... "as though
this is a country where sugar can be grown as efficiently as anywhere
else in the world".
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The British industrialist also made the point that his com-
Sn.hy is anxious to work within the broad outline of government's
programme for economic development. This, he emphasized, is a
sensible policy good for the country and good for the industry.
METHODIST VISITOR FROM ROATAN
Mr Albert Bennett of Flowers Bay, Roatan, here as a dele-
gate to the Methodist Synod, found his first visit to Belize
thoroughly interesting and enjoyable.
Paying a call on the Premier, Mr Bennett spoke about the
courtesy and hospitality of the Belizean people.
On behalf of the citizens of Roatan, he extended an invita-
tion to the Premier to visit the nearby islands. Radio Belize, he
said, is one of his favourite stations. Through its programming,
the visitor declared, he is able to keep abreast of developments
Thanking him for the visit, the Premier presented Mr
Bennett with copies of several government publications.
TO PUNTA GORDA BY ROAD
One of the first visitors to Punta Golda Town by road this
year was the Hon, Premier. He was accompanied by City Councillor
In Punta G.orda Town the Premier had a meeting with the lon.
Charles Martinez, Representative for the Toledo South Constituency,
Mr Alejandro Vernon, the Mayor and Senator Sam Vernon at the Punta
Goxda Rest House.
NEW J.P'S. SWORN IN
In two southern towns last week, newly appointed Justices
of the Peace were officially sworn in.
In Stann Creek Town on Tuesday, Messrs. Issac Augustine
Daniels and Richard Castillo took the prescribed oaths before Mr
A.B. Ogaldez., presiding magistrate for the Stann Creek judicial
Present for the ceremony were the Minister of Labour, the
Hon. D.L. McKoy, the Representative of the Stann Creek Town con-
stituency, the Hon. Allan Arthurs, Justices of the Peace and
other prominent citizens.
And in Punta Goida Town, Mr John Faustino Zuniga, an Offi-
c.r of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, was sworn in
by District Magistrate Orton Clarke .
Present for the ceremony were Representative Charles
Martinez, the Mayor. Mr Alejandro Vernon Councillor Mr Anthony
ileighan of Belize City and the Reverend Father Ruoff, of the
Society of Jesus.
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U.S.A. JOURNALIST SBb BELIZE
Two visiting U.S.A. journalists spoke here last week about
the potential for development and the spirit of dignity of the
Mr Robert Estabrook, Sub-~ditor of the "Washington Post"
and Mr William Clew, Associate Managing Editor and Sunday Editor
of the "Hartford Courant" (Connecticut) were speaking to reporters
after completing a toux of the Cayo and Stann Creek Districts.
Mr Estarbrook observed that although the people of Belize
are not wealthy there is no abject poverty here.
THE ACCENT IS ON AGRICULTURE
He thinks there is a great future fox the livestock indus-
try and he found the mild climate of the interior magnificentnt.
Mr Estabrook has served as Chief Foreign Correspondent of
the Post in London for four years.
Mr William Clew, is the father of the U.S.A. Vice Consul.
He was impressed with the friendliness of the people of/Belize .
Mr Clew agreed that there is good potential for Agricul-
ture in BeliZe. He was particularly impressed by "the lovely
hilly countryside, the fascinating undeveloped Maya xulns, and the
Mr Estabrook said he got the impression that the country
has dedicated Civil Service which had been exposed to a good train-
ing programme. "There is a place on the sun for small nations.
Belize seemed anxious to lift itself by its bootstrap, led by an
energetic Government," he commented.
P.G. TOWN BOARD GETS NOW DUMP TRUCK
A $6,000 dump truck has been presented to the Punta Gorda
Town Board by the Ministry of Local Government.
Making the announcement last week a spokesman for the
Ministry said the Mayor of Punta Gorda, Mr Alejandro Vernon and
the Honourable Chaile's Martinez, Representative for Toledo South
left Belize City on January 29th aboard the truck.
The truck was provided under a capital scheme. It was re-
quested by the Town Board to assist with the collection of refuse
in Punta Gorda Town.
STANN CR'EK SHOW COMMITTEE 'ON THE BALL'
The Stann Creek Agricluture Show Committee met last Thurs-
day to receive reports from several sub committees.
It has been announced that the show will be held on April
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Prominent Belizeans of the district have been invited to take
part in the organizational programme.
MEXICAN GOODWILL VISIT
In Belize last Saturday fox a short visit was Brigadier
General *Ernesto-Caste llanos, Commander of Mexico's 34th Military Zone.
He was accompanied by 24 officers and men.
In the morning the party witnessed a weapons demonstration
at the Firing Range put on by the Staffordshire Regiment.
On hand to welcome the Mexican Army Official and men, who
were paying a goodwill return visit, was Colonel Gratton and Major
Boxman of the British Army.
The visitors were entertained to lunch at Airport Camp and
took part in several sporting events during the afternoon.
The Brigadier and his men returned to Mexico City last
In a farewell statement, the Brigadier General said he had
accepted an invitation to present two teams-to take part in a friend-
ly competition. He continued;
"I take this opportunity of expressing my gratitude for this
kind invitation and I extend my best wishes to all the people of
this- co tutry."
Witnessing the weapons demonstration was Assistant Superin-
tendent, Eric Jones and a number of recruits from the Police Train-
NEWS IN BRIEF
LADY BADBN POWELL, the Chief Guide and Widow of the Founder of the
Scouting movement arrived here last Sunday on a four day visit.
She was accompaniedd by Mrs Majorie Nichols Shea, a member
of the National Board of directors of the Girl Soouts of the United.
States of America.
J,.K. HAVERS has been appointed Attorney General with effect from
February 1st this year.
Promoted to the post of Soliciter General is A.L, Staine, a
Belizean career public -sevant.
W.T. MIDDLETON, Lithographer at the Printing Department left for the
United Kingdom on February 4th to do a six month attaclhmnt to the
PFinting Firm bf Messrs. Halxison and Sons of London.
The cost of Mr Middletonts attachment is being met from
A.A. HOARE, Acting Mechanical Superintendern at the Public Works
Department left on the same flight to do a six month training
attachment with Mechnical Engeneeing firms.
The Belizean government is meeting the cost of his train-
ing as well,
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