I WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
Published by the Government Information Services
MAY 5 1966
No 15 ********** **** p to llt .il, 196,,
GOVERNOR ROMNEY'TO THE PREMIER:
"Come Be My Guest"
The Governor of the State of Michigan, Governor George Romney,
has invited Premier George Price to be his guest during the annual
celebration of Michigan Week.
The celebrations are being held from May 16th to 21st this
The invitation was extended on behalf of the Michigan Partners
of the Alliance and the people of Michigan,
Governor Romney said he looks forward to meeting premier Price
and expressed hope that it will be possible for him to come to ;
The Premier has said that he gratefully appreciates the'invita-
MICHIGAN ALLIANCE PARTNERS ARRIVE
!he first team of the Michigan Partners of the Alliance pro-
gramme arrived in Belize on Sunday morning.
They were met at the Belize International Airport by the
Premier the Hon. George Price, the President of the Senate the Hon-
ourable E.W. Francis, the U.S. ConsulMi Robert Tepper, the President
of the Chamber of Commerce, Mr Ismael Gomez and Mr Maurice Longsworth,
Assistant Secretary of the Belize counterpart committee.
SThe visitors were introduced to the Premier by the United
States Consul and the Premier in turn introduced the Belizeans who
formed the welcoming team
The Michigan team consisted of Mr Hugh Brennemen, Mr Warren
Huff Mr Blague Knirk, Mr Leonard White and Mr Win Schuler, Imme-
diately after their arrival in the City the party left on a trip to
Among the activities planned for the visitors are visits to
Central Farm and Xunantunich, Lynam Agricultural College, Altun Ha
and the Orange Walk, Corozal and Toledo districts. There will also
be a round of meetings with the Chamber of Commerce and other groups.
On the social front they are being entertained at cocktail parties
given by the Premier and the American Consul.
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GREAT FESTIVAL FOR THE CHURCH
Good Friday Service.
In an impressive act of christian unity, leaders of the Anglican,
Salvation Army, Methodist and Nazarene faiths joined in a great air serv-
ice to commemorate the passion of Christ.
Reading the opening prayer was Reverend R. Cornelius of the
Nazarine Mission. He called on the congregation to express gratitude for
what Christ has accomplished by his death on the cross.
Captain John Metvin of the Salvation Army spoke about "The trail
of Christ before Pilate".
Other speakers were Reverend J.R. Ley Rector of St Mary's the
Virgin, Reverend C.W. Cousins of the Methodist Church and Reverend E.E.
Green of the Nazarene Mission.
Among those present were the Right Reverend Gerald Brooks of the
Anglican Church and His Worship the Chief Justice, Sir Clifford de Lisle
Members of the Police Band under Ex-Sgt. Griffith, accompanied
Meanwhile, the traditional services for Easter were held through-
out the country.
At Holy Redeemer Cathedral, His Lordship the Bishop of Belize,
the most Reverend Robert Hodapp of the Society of Jesus, celebrated the
Solem Easter Vigil service on Holy Saturday night.
1966 CYCLE RACE
Kenneth Sutherland and Clinton Castillo, claimed first and second
place, respectively, in the annual cross country cycle race.
SThe race from Belize City to San Ignacio and back,got off to a
fine"start on Holy Saturday in front of Jake's Service Centre near
Addressing the contestants and welcoming the Mexican riders who
had come to take part in the meet, was the Minister of Internal Affairs,
the Hon Lindberg Rogers.
Hundreds of Belizeans were out early to see the start of the
race which was under the patronage of the Premier, the Hon George Price.
Twenty-eight Belizeans and six Mexican riders took part.
Mr Rogers, exhorting the participants to keep always before them
the goal of the international competitions, and especially, the Common-
wealth Games this year, and the Olympics to take place in Mexico, in
Unfortunately, many of the riders sustained minor injuries as
crowds, pressing forward to grept the winners, touched off a serious
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OPERATION "TRAFFIC EYE"
Beginning on Thursday evening and continuing until Easter Sunday,
'Operation Traffic Eye' a special effort by the Police Traffic Branch
to prevent accidents over the long weekend went into force throughout
The operation got underway with traffic officers carrying out
spot cheeks for roadworthiness on vehicular traffic in Belize City.
Highw-y patrol moved out of the City and district towns early to keep
watch on excursion vehicles heading for the countryside.
In Belize City itself, vigilance was centred on crowded
intersections clubs and places of entertainment where drunken drivers
wore thought likely to emerge into the traffic stream.
In related safety drives, the Public Works Department put out a
detailed list of stretches of the highways where repair or reconstruc-
tion work is in progress.
The Controller of Customs also issued a reminder to people using
the waterways that passenger carrying boats must be inspected and
approved for this purpose by the Customs authorities. Speeding in the
Haulover Creek is prohibited, it was pointed out, because of the danger
of swamping small craft.
NEW SECRETARY OF STATE FOP THE COLONIES
Following the victory of Mr Wilson's Labour Party in the British
General Elections, Mr Frederick Lee, a former Minister of Power, has
been appointed to succeed Lord Longford as British Colonial Secretary.
Leaving to take up duty again as Lord Privy Seal and leader of
the House of Lords, Lord Longford said change is the essence of colonial
As a member of the Cabinet and the House of Lords, Lord Longford
said in a message to the Premier, he would take a great interest in
Mr Lee, a Privy Councillor first entered the House of Commons in
1945 as a Labour MP for the Hulme division of Manchester. He is fifty.
SALUTE TO W.H.O.
"The Government and people of this country will remain forever
grateful for the direct help which the World Health Organization has
rendered to them. Belize joins with others in saluting this strong arm
of the United Nations which has brought such good hope for healthier and
happier life to all peoples."
With these words, the Minister of Health, the Hon Lindberg
Rogers, began a radio address to the people on the occasion of World
This year's theme, "Man .and His Cities", was an appropriate one
from the point of view of Belize since it was this year building a new
Our country should be grateful that the air and water here have
not suffered the same pollution which mennaces the industrial and more
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On the new capital project, he said Government plans to build.a
mocel city, drawing on the knowledge and experience of others in order
to minimise and if possible, avoid the problems which now plague so
many of the great cities of the world.
The World Health Organization carries out several projects in
Belize among them, Malaria Eradication and Environmental Sanitation.
FINE GESTURE BY B.M.A.
YOU AND YOUR BABY is the title of a handy guide for young
mothers, released here last week through the nation-wide chain of
hospitals and clinics of the Health Service.
The booklet four thousand copies of which were handed over to
the Minister of Health by a representative of the British Medical
Association last Friday, has chapters dealing with preparation for child
birth through nutrition and home economics to ways of fostering a
healthy relationship between mother and child as the infant grows.
Present to see the booklet handed over by the British Medical
Association's travelling representative, Mr Ken Campbell, were the pres-
ident of the Belize branch of the B.M.A., Doctor B. Hulse and the Chief
Medical Officer, Doctor Perez Schofield.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, the Hon Lindberg Rogers, has
welcomed the publication as an important contribution in a crucial area
of health education in this country.
"YOU AND YOUR BABY" is the Caribbean counterpart of the publica-
tion by the same name which has been appearing regularly over the last
eight years in Britain.
Over a hundred thousand copies containing articles specially
adapted for the needs of the Caribbean and the Americas, are currently
being distributed throughout the area.
REV. COUSINS' GOODBYE
It was in a spirit of sadness affection and gratitude, that the
congregation of Saint Andrew's Presbyterian Church said good-bye on
Sunday morning to the Reverend C-lob W, Cousins, B.A., B.D. a Minister
of the Methodist Church, who has served as their Moderator for. just over
The ceremony was presided over by the Honourable the Chief
Justice, Sir Clifford de Lisle Innis, who also read the address of
This was followed by presentations of farewell gifts.
BROOM INDUSTRY IN PROSPECT
Officers of the Chan Pine Ridge Village Council, led by Village
Council Chairman,Sr. Eugenio Cobb, are making plans to establish a broom
industry in the Village of Chan Pine Ridge in the Orange Walk District.
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They discussed their plans with the Minister of Trade on Wednes-
It is understood that the group has secured twenty acres for
planting the special grass seed. They hope to start production in July
The visitors also took advantage of their presence in the City
to interview the Minister of Education, the Hon Mrs G. Lizarraga.
TALE OF TWO SHOWS
The Western District Agricultural Show Committee, continuing
its planning sessions for the big show in November this year, held
another important meeting at San Ignacio on April 3rd.
Main topics considered were the procurement of challenge tro-
phies and the raffle of a garden tractor.
In a fine gesture of solidarity the Committee agreed to send
along a message to their counterpart committee in the Stann Creek dis-
trict in connection with their show,on April 30th.
To Display Citrus Trophies
Meanwhile, in Stann Creek Town, the Show Committee voted to
mount a display of medals captured in Britain during the 1930's for
prime citrus grown in the Stann Creek Valley.
A round-up meeting to go over final preparation for the Show is
to be held on April 14th.
NEWS IN BRIEF
ODETTE STORE on Albert Street was swept by fire in the early hours of
Thursday morning. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Charles Abdo, who owns a store next door has praised the Fire and
Police Departments for the efficient control of the situation.
O.R.I.T.'s ROBERT R. HANSEN, here for a visit with affiliates, told the
Premier about the new Inter-American Labour College at Cuernavaca,
Scholarships were offered for Belizean labour leaders to study
at the College.
C.W.U. PRESIDENT RAE LIGHTBURN AND SENATOR JESUS KEN4 also an official
of the C.W.U., returned home after attending a six day conference of
Central American Campesino and Urban workers held in San Rafael,
THE MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES and his Principal Secretary have
held discussions with citrus growers in the Stann Cre.ek District
on.new citrus legislation.
Present for the discussion were representatives of the