Group Title: Belize newsletter
Title: The Belize weekly newsletter
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Title: The Belize weekly newsletter
Physical Description: Serial
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Belize City British Honduras Government Information Services
Frequency: weekly
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Dates or Sequential Designation: no. 1- Jan. 3, 1965-
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BELIZE CITY P. .Box 324.

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No 14 ****.******** Up to 4th April, 1966.

The Hon. Philip Goldson said last wp5k thvt he sees no reason.
why this country cannot, in the course of time, become alink between
the:Caribbean and Central American economic communities, .
Mr Goldson was addressing the annual conference of the
National: Independence Party held at Riverside Hall in Belize City.
He was re-elected Party Leader. '
Also elected were: -- Mr Edward Flowers, First'Deputy Leader,
Mrs Leotine Gillette, Second Deputy Leader fin Senator Simeon Hassock
Third Deputy Leader. .
Following a report on Mr Goldson's declaration, a Government
spokesman pointed out.that as far back as 1964, Praemier George Price
had declared that it is t'he policy of his CGovernment t.o chart such a
role in this region for Belize.
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Premier George Price has been invited to. send an observer to
the forthcoming world Conference of Christian Democrats.. The con-
ference is to take place in Lima, Peru, from April 23rd to 26th.
The invitation was sent to the Prbmier by Sr Alfredo Garcia
Llosa, President of the Organizing Committee. It was requested by
Venezuela's Christian Democratic Leader, Dr Rafael Caldera.

Two important documents were tabled in the House of Represen-
tatives last-Friday the UNESCO report oii Edcication in Belize, by
the Minister of Education 'and'a study on the countryts Gross Domestic,-,
Product, by the Premier, as .Minister of Finance.
The UNESCO report is the result of a plahning Mission which
did an on-the-spot survey here in June, 1964. During this exercise
discussions were held with the Ministry, the Education Department,
General Managers, Principals and the staff of educational establish-

Also interviewed were representatives of the Ministries of
Commerce and Agriculture.
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Men and women of all walks of life, also contributed to the
work of the Mission. Every district was visited.

Presenting the report Mrs Lizarraga said it offers a fair
and reasonable assessment pf the country's educational system at
the present time. Acceptable guidelines for development of the
system in the future were laid down.
Last week it was made known that this document is to provide
the basis of the country's development plan in education. It will
be carried out over the years, subject to some modifications, and
the limitations imposed by the country's difficult financial situa-
tion. .
The Premier noted that this is the first report, of its kind
to b'e put out by the Statistical Section of the. Ministry. It was, -;
prepared under the supervision of Doctor U. Nair, the United. Nti6ns
export who was until recently, attached to the Ministry of Finance.
The Forward to the report admits the document is not as full.
and detailed as might be desirable. It had been decided to publish-
the study in an effort to accustom the public to the need for this
type of study with the hope that greater co-operation would be
forthcoming when future st dies are undertaken.

Indifference And Worse
:r'The House Vas told that it..,was. intended to publish: a Gross
Domestib Product on a yearly b&sis in spite of:'the general indiff-
erence and inertia which complicated matters in this:first effort;
Many firms, large and small, did not respond well, some of them not
even bothering to return the questionnaire sent out by the Ministry ,,-'-'

Government Will Persevere
Banks and,-other Financial intermediaries would not render
the details requested in relation to their transactions. Similarly,
embassies and itternatina al agencies didd-not co-operate fully with"'
the project.:.''
'*These' were some of the Adiciiculties encountered in es.
timatiig 'the country's, gross domepic product.
This is nothing new the report says. The story of or- .. "
ganizing a national accounting system bringing out the various
economic aggregate has been a difficult one in almost every country
that has tried the experiment. .-- ......

Repeated and opatinuous attempts -have to bea made 'from year .'.
to year -- involving a detailed scrunity of accounts and the conduct"
of sample surveys of' national accounting are necessary.

In other.action the House..deferred two Bills accompanied by
amendment proposed by the Senate.

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The new capital project, for which the United Kingdom has
allocated $16,000,000 and the Hercules Powder Company has made
available a gift of $20,000 continues to attract interest abroad.

The Crown Agents in their published report for 1965 feature
a beautiful sketch by an artist of the Legislative Building for the
new capital.

The building, three stories high, is to bo the central
edifice of the City. It will be constructed on slightly higher
ground than the cluster of government buildings around it.

Architecturally, it will be a combination of ultra modern
construction with the slight suggestion of a Maya Pyramid in that it
will have a series of stairs at two levels leading in to the buil-


A $20,000 police hostel with accommodation for sixteen
single officers was opened last Thursday by the Minister of Internal
Affairs, the Hon Lindberg Rogers.

In his remarks, the Minister voiced government's concern
about the welfare of the police force.

Referring to the drain in the ranks of the force, Mr Rogers
said government was going as far as is possible within reason to
meet the wishes of its employees.

At the same time he congratulated the P.W.D. workmen for
their fine work on the new building.

Earlier, Commissioner Bruce Taylor, welcoming the Minister,
said he hoped the Minister would lend his support to other pro-
posals for providing similar accommodation for single officers in
the districts.


The Minister of Labour, the Honourable David L. McKoy, re-
turned from two days fact finding and assessment in the Corozal
district last Friday.

He was accompanied by his Principal Secretary and the
Acting Labour Commissioner.

Housing conditions for workers figured high in the dis-
cussions, with the Cane Farmers' Association and with represen-
tatives of the Workers.

The Minister was able to report progress with the estab-
lishment of a Fund for workers' housing to which contributions by
individual Cane Farmers will contribute.

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COLONEL F.W. COOK MBE, who is the new Garrison Commander of the British
Army stationed in this country. His tour of duty is for two

Colonel Cook's regiment is the Kingts Own Yorkshire Light In-
fantry. A veteran of service in Malaya, India, Tanganyika and Cyprus,
this is his first posting in the Caribbean.

The Premier in welcoming the new Commander said his Government
is very happy to have the British Army in this country.
"You are here at our request he added. Apart from defence,
he was aware that the stationing of the army here also helps the econ-

By virtue of his position, the Colonel is also a member of the
Internal Security Committee.

PROFESSOR R.B. LE PAGE, concluding a two week visit.

The Professor was here to study problems involved in the teach-
ing of English in our schools.

Professor Le Page was, for ten years, a lecturer at the Uni-
versity of the West Indies. During his recent visit he visited many
parts of the country. In Benque Viejo del Carmen, he commented, the
teachers are doing an extra-ordinary job in teaching English to pupils
whose first language is Spanish.

The Eight Language Of Belize

He thought the children are very bright to be able to master
the language in such a short time.

The Professor told Premier Price about a report he has written
on his finding, a copy of which has been submitted to government.

One finding of special interest is that the people of Belize
communicate in at least eight main languages Carib, Creole, English,
German, Ketchi, Mopan Maya, Spanish and Yucatecan Maya.


The City Council turned down a suggestion that there should be
a fee for parking in the Municipal Parking Lot. This was the
suggestion of the Transport Board which was seeking to have a watchman
employed to police the grounds.

In other action, the Council approved 131 trade license re-
turns and 60 trade license assessments.

A fourteen point programme of works covering the period March
25th to April 25th was.also approved.

The Lord Mayor, Mr Fred Wesby, announced that the council had
received 700 drums of asphalt for road works in the city. An order
has been placed for a new land rover.

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Archaeologists working in Belize have come up with a new theory
about why the indian civilization collapsed here so suddenly about a
thousand years ago.

In a recent issue of the Miami Herald it is reported that re-
cent discoveries here suggested that the real cause was a virtual civil
war between the populace and the priesthood.

Evidence of bad feeling was unearthed last ye-.r at the Altun Ha
site. Because of the undeveloped state of Xunantunich no evidence is
immediately available.

According to earlier theories on the collapse of the Mayan
civilization it was held that the Mayas were forced by famine to aban
don their cities.

It is now believed, however, that the quarrel between the
priests who were guardians of the calendar chart regulating the planting
of crops, and the people probably forced the inhabitants, who Vero ig-
norant of the mechanics of maintaining the food supply, to leave.


The Board of Reconstruction and Development Corporation last
week approved another $61,109. in loans and grants, bringing the total
issues thus far to $3,568,000.

Eighty nine applications, twenty two adjustments, and one un-
secured loan were approved on Friday.

The Board also ratified the thirty two small loans to Hattie-
ville Farmers.

In order to make an immediate start with the construction of
temporary accommodation at the new capital, an advance of $2,000 was
approved for the project. It is expected that work will begin in June.

The Board, meeting under the chairmanship of Premier George
Price, noted an improvement in the repayment position at Independence.
This was a tribute to the woments group of that community who are
anxious to meet their commitments in spite of economic difficulties.


A collective agreement, covering the factory workers at the
Corozal and Tower Hill Factories, has been signed in the North.. The
Corozal Sugar Factory Limited and the General Workers Development Union
last week entered into a formal agreement which will be valid until
some time in 1967.

In a joint announcement, the parties said the agreement
embodies certain fringe benefits and a general wage increase of 4 cents
per hour for all factory workers.

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Father Urban Krammer of the Society of Jesus, speaking at the
Annual General Meeting of the Starch Producers' Co-operative in Stann
Creek Town last Sunday advised the producers that they should seek
an alternate industry to assure the co-operative's continuity in the
event it might prove uneconomic to maintain price levels in the

Government he went on, had shown its interest in the develop-
ment of home industries by passing legislation to protect these

The cooperative, he went on, might also produce jams and pre-

He was sure Government would protect any home industry as long
as it confors to acceptable standards.

Mr Evral Waight, an officer of the Holy Redeemer Credit Union
Limited, reminded the co-operators that they should take pride in their
achievement and in furthering the progress of the society.


The new regulations on landing and parking fees for aircraft
came into effect on Saturday April 2nd 1966.

The chief feature of the regulation is the introduction of a
new source of revenue, namely, a travel tax payable by every person
leaving the territory by any aircraft. Intransit passengers or
visitors staying for less than forty eight hours are exempted.

The fee is two dollars and this is being collected by the air-

Making the announcement, the Ministry of Public Utilities
pointed out that a travel tax is a standard revenuee producing measure
in many countries, including the Unitel Kingdom.


The second in a series of survey on the employment situation
in the private sectors was launched last week.

A Ministry of Labour release said questionnaires were being
sent to every known employer. These should be completed and returned
to the Labour Department by April 15th.

The replies are to state the number of fulltime paid workers
employed on the last working day of March and the number of vacancies
that had occurred between October 1st last year and March Ist 1966.

The information is needed to help formulate government's
vacational programme. It will also be useful in advising employers
and workers seeking employment about employment characteristics and

Employers were asked for their full co-operation. Those who.
fail to receive the questionnaire should ask for one at the nearest
Labour office.

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The Honourable Florencio Marin, Assembly representative for the
Corozal South division toured his constituency last week.

At Sartaneja, the Representative visited several newly estab-
lished cane fields, the road from Sartaneja to Progresso, being grav-
elled by the Public Works Department.

The tour lasted one week.


New appointments and transfers of Roman Catholic clergy are to
become effective on Sunday, April 17th.

An announcement by the Reverend Father Marion OtCannor of the
Society of Jesus, said recently ordained priest, the Reverend Father
Harry Martin, who is a former Papal Volunteer, will be assistant pastor
and Missioner in Corozal Town. Reverend Joseph Vadakal who arrived
from India last Sunday, will also be an assistant pastor and Missioner
in Corozal Town.

The Reverend Father Herbert Panton, who was administrator of
the Parish of Benque Viejo del Carmen will be going to Orange Walk Town,
where he will be Assistant Pastor and Missioner, and the Reverend
Father Rene Gomez from Corozal Town, will be posted at San Ignacio as
Assistant Pastor and Missioner.

Father Os'wald R.eyes, who has been serving in San Ignacio will
take charge of the Parish of Benque Viejo del Carmen.

Joining the staff at Saint John's. College will be the Reverend
Father Anthony Kuenzel of the Society of Jesus, who has been assisting
at Holy Redeemer Cathedral. Reverend Father Charles Woods of the
Society of Jesus, now Assistant Pastor and Missioner in Orange Walk
Town will be the assistant Pastor at Holy Redeemer Cathedral.

Father Henry Sutti of the Society of Jesus, Assistant Pastor,
Orange Walk Town, has been posted to Lynam Agricultural College in the
Stann Creek District.


A new type of retreat, with deliberate emphasis on dialogue
among the participants in an effort to deepen the concept of unity-in-
variety and stress the importance of the individual in the Church, got
underway in Belize City on Friday.

The retreat, "A retreat of the Christian Community", was held
at the Sisters of Mercy Convent. Registered were some 90 participants
from every vocation, including priests, brothers, sisters and members
of the laity.

The retreat will last for a week.

Father Craner Graves of the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina,
and Sister Mary Silverius, Sister of Mercy from Washington, were the

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The National Table Tennis Association again delighted sport
fans with a star studded display of professional tennis.

Here to repeat their spectacular performance of a few years
ago were Mr Richard Bergman of England, who holds the world title
for table tennis, and his travelling colleague, Lee Daljoon of South

In a first night performance the visitors played against
Belizeahs Efrian Alamina, Keith Gardener and Louis Clarke.

Big attraction for the evening was a set between Champ
Bergman, seated on a chair, and Miss Andrea King. There was also a
set featuring Bergman vs Daljoon.


THE VOLUNTEER GUARD ended their two week field training session in
the Mountain Pine Ridge on Sunday.

On Friday, they were visited in camp by the Minister of
Internal Affairs, the Honourable Lindbergh Rogers, who has the
government responsibility for defence.

A.L. TUCKER, Assistant Superintendent of Prisons, and W.P.C. R.M.
BURGES le t the country recently to undergo training in the United

Tucker will attend the Prison Officers' Course at the Staff
College, Wakefield while W.P.C. Burges will be doing a thirteen
week course in Lancashire.

OMPAR, a specially aged Belizean rum, is the answer to an appeal by
government for better quality home produced liquor.

The blending distillery will be supervised by Sefior Julian
Acuerdo, a Mexican who has considerable experience in this field.

A FARMERS' COOPERATIVE has been formed in the newly reconstructed
village Mullins River. Twenty five acres have been planted in food
crops thus far.

The original village was flattened by hurricane Hattie when
the population was decimated. The reconstructed village is a mile
from the coast. New homes were constructed of concrete.


The Festival, which aims at projecting the best of Belizean
culture, will be staged from May 2nd to 9th. It will feature
Dancing, Music, Vocal Music and Folklore.


CARE has provided two hundred transistor radios, .valued about $8,500.
for the Schools Broadcasting Service. Government is supplying the

to the Premier for Lynam Agricultural College.

The books were secured by U.S.A. Consul Robert Tepper from
Congressmen in the United States of America,

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