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PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY TE GO INFORMATION SERVICES
BELIZE CITY P. Box 324.
No. 11 U' ************ Up to 14th March, 1966.
TOURISM MINISTER MOVES TO ESTABLISH NATIONAL PARKS
The Tourist Board, acting on instructions from the Minister
of Tourism, has appointed a five man study group to submit recommend-
ations for the establishment of a series of National Parks areas
specially selected for their natural beauty, exotic plant, animal, or
marine life, or their historical significance.
A spokesman for the Board said the idea behind the National
Parks Scheme is'to secure the right of access by Belizean citizens to
the most inspiring recreational areas of the country.
In these locations, he went on, the citizen will have an
opportunity of enjoying the finest natural features of the country
and of learning more about its plant and animal life.
The Study Group '
Senator Vernon ..Leslie is Chairman of the group. It is made
up of persons with long experience of the country, who have travelled
extensively in all the districts,
The members are: Messrs. Henry Fairweather, Town Planner;
James 'Taight, Survey General; Hamilton Anderson, Archaeological
Commissioner and Louis Lindo, Forest Officer.
The T.ourist Board hopes that the study group will be able to
sAbmit a report .bfoire Lhie end of June. r
Hercules B.H. has presented the Premier with a cheque for
$20,000 a,goodwill :ift for the people of Belize.
This was disclosed last week in a joint statement by man--------
agers of the Reconstruction Corporation and the Hercules subsidiary
At the same time it was disclosed that government has decided
to apply the gift tow.ards the cost of constructing one of the build-
ings in the public sector at the new capital. Thus, it will serve as
a token of the company's wish for the continued progress of Belize
FLO`.WRS FOR A GREAT B':I'FACTOR
The traditional wreath laying ceremony at the tomb of this
country's most generous benefactor Baron Henry Edward Ernest Victor
Bliss took place on the morning of March 9th.
His Excellency the Governor laid a wreath on behalf of the
Baron Bliss Trustees and the Hon. Albert Cattouse, on behalf of the
Premier, laid another.
Belize enjoys an income of some $40,000 a year from the
.Present for the ceremony were the Minister of Education the
Hon.'Mrs. Lizarraga, the President of the Senate,the Hon. E.W.
Francis, Senator James Meighan and other members of the Belize City
Council and other prominent citizens.
For The People Sports Unlimited
The day, a public holiday, was celebrated throughout the
country with.sporting events.
In Punta Gorda town, a day long sports rally was held and in
Orange Walk district the people of Chan Pineridge staged their annual
Agricultural Field Day, In Corozal Town where another sports day was
held, a highlightwas the regatta held in Corozal Bay.
Meanwhile, in the capital or at the Cayes, there was the
annual harbour regatta which attracted a large, enthusiastic audience.
FIELD DAY AT CHAN PINERIDGE
A very successful Agricultural Show took place at the Village
of Chan Pineridge in the Orange Walk District on March 9th.
On hand to open the Show was the Minister of Local Government,
the Ho. -Albart Cattouse.
The Minister expressed Government's appreciation for the
efforts of the farmers and organizers.
He said: "Keep on producing efficiently. You fill the bread
basket of our nation and Government fully appreciates your important
role in the development of Belize. You owe this to your country."
Earlier, the Hon. Elito Urbina paid tribute to the farmers of
the area and congratulated the Village Council for their part in
making the show a success.
The master of ceremonies was Mr Belizario Carballo.
MINISTER ON FACT FINDING VISIT
The Minister of Public Utilities and Cormm-unications, the Hon-
ourable Hector Silva and the Area Representative, the Honourable
Louis S. Sylvestre were accompanied by the Chief Civil Aviation
Officer and the Superintendent of the Belize Electricity Board when
they p-id a visit to San Pedro Ambergris Caye last week.
On Thursday night the visitors held a meeting with members
of the Village Council and the Caribeia Producer Cooperative Society.
The-.discussions was about steps to improve the Village's electricity
.-On Friday, they inspected the Cooperative Society's installa-
tions. and the airstrip which is now in use.
SEVENTEEN FINE NEW POLICEMEN
At the end of their induction training seventeen young
policemen were the centre of: attraction at an impressive passing out
parade on Friday.
Taking the salute was Major W.A. Johnson who spoke of his
proud association with the police during his years as a District
Major Johnson reminded the constables of their role in the
transition through which the new Belize is passing.
Earlier, Major Johnson presented the Baton of Honour to P.C.
Cyril Wade. Examination awards went to P.C. Stafford Garbutt, and
P.C. Selvin Jones. A Special Prize for Exemplary Smartness went to
P.C. Lionel Vacarro.
The Passing Out Parade was under the command of Sgt. Major
Fred Gill. *
Among those witnessing the ceremony were the Chief Justice,
Sir Clifford de Lisle Innis, the Hon. Edwin Morey and Senator Brooks,
Col. Gratten of the British Army, US. Consul Robert Tepper and Mrs.
Tepper and the Principal Secretary to the Minister of Education.
FATHER WEBER'S SUCCESSFUL MISSION
The President of Saint John's College, the Reverend Father
Leo Weber, of the Society of Jesus, returned to Belize on March 5th.
Father Weber, who went to the U.S.A. on January 18th, was
on a mission to recruit Papal Volunteers to replace those who will
complete their tour of service in July this year.
On his return'Father Weber said he is confident that as a
result of this visit, all the vacant posts will be filled when the
new team of Volunteers arrives in September.
While in the U.S.A. the Roman Catholic educator attended the
third annual convention of the Catholic Inter-American Cooperation
Programme which attracted more than 3,000 delegates from Canada, the,.
United States of America and Latin America,
The Convention sought to foster closer and more beneficial
relations among the various American countries through an intensive
study of prevailing cultural, economic, social and religious patt-
Father Weber was present at the meeting convened by Governor
George Romney held at East Lansing, in Michigan at which the Part-
ners for the Alliance for Progress Programme between Belize and the
State of Michigan was formerly launched.
Mexico City Too
A one week meeting of Papal Volunteer officials from the
U.S.A. and Latin America was another of his engagement, this time,
in Mexico City.
,*The purpose of this meeting was to analyse the.present Papal
Volunteer-programme in an effort to discover its effectiveness and
to seek means of further increasing its value in the Latin American
SUGAR REPORT 20% IN SIX WEEKS
By the sixth week of the grinding season more than 20% of
the 1966 sugar crop has been reaped.
.The Secretary of the Sugar Board's February report said that
by the end of the month, the Factory at Libertad had received 79,785
tons of canes and had manufactured 9,055 tons of sugar.
The average S'l.:r recovery,.at 8.53 tons of cane per ton of
sugar, was better than last year's average 9.30 tons.
Survey Interesting Results Expected
Of the 1,000 members of the Cane Farmers' Association
nearly 400 took part in the cane deliveries. Forty have completed
Meanwhile, it was also reported that the Department of
Agriculture has carried out a survey of sugar cane plantings since
1960 in the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts. The result of this
survey .should give a good idea of the extent of cane cultivation in
the northern part of the country.
TWO FOR TRAINING
Two members of the staff of the Corozal Sugar Factory Limit-
ed, Mr C. Gue-rTo and Mr G. Westby left for Jamaica last month on a
three week attachment to gain experience in laboratory practices at
the factories of the West Indies Sugar Co. Limited.
Three one act plays, presented by students of Saint John's
College, were staged last Friday at the Auditorium of the Baron
In the first play, "Hope is the Thing with Feathers", first
prize for the actor was awarded to Mr Winfield Heines. Taking the
prize in the second play was F. Gegg who appeared in "Submerged".
In the third play "Afraid of the Dark" the prizewinner was
M. Cansino. He walked away with the careted award a cup for the
"best actor of the evening".
The judges were the Reverend Father Rucff, Assistant Pastor
of Saint Ignatius College, Mr Edison Coleman and Mr George Gabb,
wellknown Belizean entertainers.
NEWS IN BRIEF
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION, the Honourable Mrs Lizarraga, has
appointed the Reverend C. Lenord Carty, to be a member of the
Advisory Council for Secondary and Further Education. He replaces
the Reverend Caleb Cousins.
CARLOS SANTOS has been elected President of the Orange Walk Town
The aim of the Club is to sponsor lectures, civic and social
ORGANIZERS OF THE WESTERN DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SHOW and the Stann
Creek Farmerst Day held meetings last weekend.
The Western Show Committee are planning to raffle a small
garden tractor this year.
GEORGE ST""DMAN, Head of the B.B.C. Overseas Regional Services,
which Includes the Caribbean Service, arrived last Friday on a
He met the Governor and the Acting Premier, the Hon. Albert
EGBERT TAI of the U.W.I.'s Department of Agriculture is presently
in Belize on a brief tour. He is to give a lecture at the Baron
Bliss Institute on "Crops for Food".
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