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MICHIGAN TEAM OPTIMISTIC
Possible exchanges in the field of Tourism, Agriculture, educa-
tion and culture are envisaged as a result of the visit here last week
of the Michigan Partners of the Alliance team.
Addressing a crowded press conference before their departure,
three members of the five man group lauded the hospitality of the
people of Belize.
Speaking optimistically but with candour about the prospects
for tourism, their spokesman declared that with improved health facili-
ties many more tourists especially women, could be attracted here.
There is a great potential for industrial investment and the team were
confident Belize is in a position to bring forward the material for.a
Members of the team, who arrived here on April 10th, are Hugh
Brennemen, Executive Director, State Medical Society; Warren Huff,
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Michigan University; Blaque Knirk
Michigan Agricultural Commission; Leonard White, Secretary W.K. Kellog
Foundation; and Win Schuler, veteran restaurateur and tourism promoter.
Oh a visit to the west on Monday, accompanied by Premier George
Price, the President of the Chamber of Commerce, and Reverend Father
Leo Weber of the Society of Jesus, the visitors had an informative
session with Mr Frank Norris at his Norland Farm near Central Farm.
They were to see the coconut groves, the citrus plantations and live-
They had a look around the extensive tobacco plantations near-
by and inspected the breeding stock and pastures at Central Farm.
Livestock Commands Interest
There were many searching questions about cattle rearing,
chiefly from Mr Warren Huff, a member of the Michigan Agricultural
commission Another member, Mr Knirk, later decided to stay on for an
additional week to study tha livestock situation.
Mondayts day out included visits to Augustine, San Luis,
Xunantunich and the Belize-Guatemala border.
Tuesday was taken up with a round of engagements in Belize
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AGRICULTURE AND TOURISM
The Toledo visit included sightseeing anda .sessiornwith the dis-
trict committee, headed by Mr Alexander Chee.
In the Stann Creek District four members of the team, accom-
panied by Mr E.W. Francis president of the Senate, looked into the
operations of the citrus industry. They met the Mayor and toured Lynam
The same day, Mr Win Schuler, who is specially interested in
Tourism, went on a trip to the Cayes with the Secretary of the Tourist
Board, Mr R.L. Clark. Stops were made at San Pedro, Ambergris Caye,
Caye Caulker and St George's Caye.
Sugar was the main topic of discussion on Thursday as the team
moved about in the Orange Walk and Corozal districts.
Acting as guides on this occasion were Mr Ismael Gomez, Pres*
ident of the Chamber of Commerce, Mr Jaime Noguera who.heads the Cane
Farmers' Association and the Manager of the sugar factory, Mr Fahs.
They were able to see .the extensive plantations, the factory at
Libertad and the new Tower Hill factory, now in an advanced stage of
On the way to the north the p"rty stopped briefly at Altun Ha
where they saw excavation in progress on ancient buri-.l mound. A
discussion was held with Doctor Pendergast about the possibility of pro-
viding scholarships in archaeology for Belizean students in Michigan.
SECOND TEAM DUE APRIL 19TH
The final engagements were formal meetings with the Chamber of
Commerce executive and the full Belizean counterpart committee.
Two members of the team Mr White and Mr Knirk extended their
stay to continue investigations on specific projects.
The second team of the Michigan Partners is due to arrive in
Belize on April 19th.
THEY SAW THE PREMIER
Among the scores of visitors received by the Premier last week
MR ROBERT GRACE, consultant of the U.S.A. Federal Aviation Agency and
the U.S. Weather Bureau, winding up a fact finding and advisory
visit to the country.
He came here for talks with staff of the Agrirultutal and
Forestry Departments and St John's College.
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The forces that go to make up-weather, Mr Grace stressed do not
respect national boundaries. For this reason, he said, the emphasis in
his work is on a regional, rather than national, collection of informa--
tion and the organization of facilities which will serve the interests
of aviation and weather forecasting.
The prospect of obtaining weather information from a regional
centre reporting from Tegucigalpa, should moan a much more complete
service for this country, Mr Balderamos, who accompanied him on the
PROFESSOR DUANE KOENIG, world traveller and a contributor to publications
specializing in travel features.
The visitor, who is a full time History Professor at the Univers-
ity of Miami, undertook a programme arranged by the Tourist Board which
was designed to give him maximum exposure to the tourist attractions- of
the country as a background to the features he is to publish in the
U.S.A. on the visitor attractions of Belize.
DOCTOR SAMUEL YOUNG, General Superintendent of the Nazarene church. He
was accompanied by Doctor H.T. Reza, who heads the Spanish
language section of that church's missionary work.
Doctor Reza edits eleven Spanish language publications for the
church and produces the popular Nazarene radio gospel service which is
carried by Radio Belize.
Speaking with the Premier about his missionary activities, Dr
Young remarked that there is a world wide current of change which is
taking formerly dependent territories forward to nationhood. He was
happy to find that the Nazarene church in this country is forward look-
ing and enjoys good relations with all sections of the community.
MR MAURICE GAREL Jamaican businessman and friend of Belize who has
visited the country on several occasions over the past twenty
He spoke about the signs of steady progress he's been able to
He was accompanied by his wife.
The Jamaican couple are certain Belize is "going places", as Mr
Garel put it.
THREE TOP OFFICIALS of the Corozal Sugar Factory, the Tate and Lyle
The visitors were Mr James Fairrie, a Director of the Company
and Dr John Vlitos ( VLE-TOS ) a director of Agricultural research and
Mr James Fahs, the local manager.
Speaking of their expectation of producing forty three thousand
tons of sugar this year the officials said that in a corresponding
number of working days this year,- the factory has produced five thousand
tons more sugar than it did in 1965.
As a general comment, the visitors said operations here are going
well indeed, particularly in the case of the new plantings and factory
construction in the Tower Hill area.
NEW TONNAGE AND WHARFAGE RATES
The Tonnage and Wharfage Regulations, Statutory Instrument No.
14 of 1966, came into force on April 16th.
The regulations were made by the Minister of Public Utilities and
Communications on February 3rd this year and approved by the House of
Representatives on February llth. Senate approval was given on March
Ships weighing under three tons must pay an increase from .25g
to ..50e3 over three tons but under ten tons, $1.00 and ships weighing
over ten tons but under twenty tons will pay $1.50; and ships weighing
thirty tons and 6ver will pay $3.00 per dpy or part thereof for tonnage
The annual rent on public wharves is, up to twenty five ft. from
$3-$6, over twenty five ft. and up to and including fifty ft. from $2.50-
$5.00, over fifty feet and up to and including seventy five ft. will go
from 2.25 to $4.50 and over seventy five ft. will go from $2-$4.
XUNANTUNICH ATTRACTIVE TOURIST CENTRES IN PREPARATION
Xunantunich, where a $7,000 development programme has been in
progress since late last year, today presents a new face to the visitor.
And the Secretary of the Tourist Board, Mr R.L. Clark, has disclosed
that plans are under consideration for a formal opening of the impressive
facilities there in the near future.
The development programme, designed and executed by the Archaeol-
ogical Commissioner, Mr Hamilton Anderson, is part of a $10,000 plan
approved last year under a C.D. and W. Scheme.
In addition to the considerable advance in clearing, excavation
and levelling at the site, a spaceous pavillion with a raised cement
flooring has been completed. The pavillion is thatched and preserves
the authentic flavour of a typical Mayan dwelling. In addition, there
is a driveway and parking area and separate toilet facilities for male
and female visitors.
These facilities, according to the Tourist Board Secretary, make
Xunantunich the first in a series of tourist centres to be developed
here under the aegis of the Ministry of Natural Resources. A picnic
area and public swimming pool is now being readied at Central Farm.
SUGAR SALES TO US.A. UP
A rise in U.S.A. domestic consumption of sugar has meant slight
increase of the Belize share of the import quota.
The basic quota negotiated by the Belizean government stands at
10,000 tons. This has now been increased by 500 tons.
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Meanwhile, a report by the Secretary--of the Sugar Board said more
than 16,000 tons of sugar were manufactured by the Factory at Libertad by
the end of March the tenth week of the grinding season.
The tonnage produced thus far represents about 40% of this year's
estimated production, 42,000 tons.
It is pointed out that the average sucrose content improved
slightly over last months figure.
The Harvest Committee, meanwhile, is placing an average of 180
farmers on the weekly programme of deliveries. One hundred and th rty
five small farmers, have completed their deliveries.
THE EMPHASIS IS ON ADMINISTRATION
Professor G.E.M. Mills, head of the U.W.I.'s Department of
Government arrived recently to conduct a course in administration for
senior Public Officers.
A spokesman of the Extra Mural Department of the University of
the West Indies disclosed that the first phese of the programme will
depl with problems of general administration. The second phase of the
programme, will deal with the problems of financial control. The tutor
will be Mr R.A. Swaby, Assistant Under-Secretary, at the Jamaican Minis-
try of Finance.
The training programme is sponsored by the Belizean Government,
the Extra Mural Department and the Public Officers' Union.
THAT SECOND BRIDGE NEARER
The Canadian Government has informed the Government of Belize
that a Montreal firm has been selected to build the second bridge over
the Haulover Creek.
The details of the contract has been worked out between the firm
and Directors of the Canadian External Aid Programme.
A few months ago the Premier, the Honourable George Price,
announced in the' House that the Canadian Government had agreed to pro-
vide funds for the new bridge.
MINISTER SEES THE WORK AT HILL BANK
Visiting the Hillbank site of Belize Estate and Produce Company
Operations on Wednesday was the Minister of Labour, the Honourable
David McKoy. Along with him were the Area Representative, the Honr
ourable Guadalupe Pech, the Principal Secretary at the Ministry of
Labour and the Acting Labour Commissioner.
Accommodation at the new camp site are designed for single men
and includes facilities which are described as satisfactoryy.
About sixty workers are employed at present but it is hoped to
increase the force by adding a number of skilled workers.
According to. a release issued by the Ministry of Labour, the
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camp is geared for seasonal operations. Men employed there are brought
back to the capital at three week interval for a long week-end.
Meanwhile, in spite of inclement weather which prevent logging,
the Company has endeavoured to keep all the men at work.
The Minister and his party were met at the airstrip by Mr E.C.
Good, Operations Manager, who took them on a conducted tour of the
operations. The Minister visited the workshop and dispensary and
chatted with workmen on the job.
RURAL LEADERSHIP TRAINING
A week-end school for representatives of Youth Groups in the
Stann Creek District began on Friday at the Village of Mullins River.
Declaring the course open Mr Charles Nolberto, Mayor of Stann
Creek, observed that the venture Is in keeping with government's policy
of bringing out the leadership potential of Belizeans in the rural
Independence for Belize is a must, he declared. Our efforts in
this direction must never cease. Speaking directly to the youths he
declared, "It behooves all of you then to accept this challenge as our
country moves from one transitional stage to another."
Mr Nolberto was deputizing for the Minister of Labour, the Hon-
ourable David McKoy, who was unavoidably absent.
The object of the effort was to instill a better appreciation
of agriculture and community action into the twenty one participants.
Subjects included gardening, elementary book-keeping, leadership commu-
nity, singing and physical education.
NATURAL RESOURCES MINISTER MEETS VILLAGERS
The Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Alexander
Hunter, along with the Area Representative, the Honourable Florencio
Marin, toured the Corozal South constituency for two days last week.
The Minister visited several villages where he discussed prob.
lems of the area with the villagers.
Mr Louis Belisle, one of our most accomplished Belizean artists,
returned home recently following a successful eight month study of the
techniques of his art painting and sculpture at the Hornsey College
of Fine Arts, London.
Belisle Did Well
Mr Belisle was awarded a.British Council scholarship which was
later extended for a period of three months. During his stay in London
he had the opportunity of meeting famous artists from many countries.
In addition to the improved technique he has acquired, he has been'able
to bring back to-Belize some fine examples of the work he has been
doing in Britain.
At midweek he received a hearty welcome home from the Premier.
Mr Price, for his part, expressed hope that other Belizean artists
will now be able to profit from the experience and improvement Mr
Belisle has acquired abroad,
....AND PERCIVAL CAIN
'Belizean Sunrise' a masterpiece of artistic achievement in
oil painting is the latest creation of Belizean artist, Percival Cain.
The painting, highlighted by vigorous strokes and bold,
optimistic colour combinations, focuses attention on the Belizean
flag in all its splendour, striking a defiant pose against the back-
drop of a typical Belizean sunrise.
The artist has said that he was moved to do the piece as a
tribute to those fearless builders who are today laying the corner-
stones of the new nation of Belize. Mr Cain, who lives on Caesar
Road, has been painting in oils since 1960. He considers 'Belizean
Sunrise' one of his best works thus far.
Accepting the painting as a contribution to the National
collection for a future cultural centre, the Premier and members of
the Assembly congratulated Mr Cain on his artistry and the clear ex-
pression he has given to his patriotic sentiment.
HON. HECTOR SILVA FOR LONDON
The Minister of Communications, the Honourable Hector Silva,
left Belize for London on Monday.
He is to be in London to take part in ceremonies marking the
inauguration of the new B.O.A.C. flight to Mexico City.
While in the United Kingdom, Mr Silva will be making official
contacts about matters affecting his portfolio.
During his absence, the Premier the Honourable George Price,
will have responsibility for Public Utilities and Communications.
SIR PETER AWAY FOR ONE WEEK
His Excellency the Governor will be paying a brief private
visit to England. He leaves Belize on Sunday April 24th and returns
a week later.
During his absence, Mr R.A. Fonseca, O.B.E. will be the
NEWS IN BRIEF
THE HON. FRED HUNTER representative for the Belize Rural North Elec-
toral Division will be attending this year's course on Parliamentary
Procedure, sponsored by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
The course is being held in the United Kingdom.
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THE NAZARENE CHURCH'S Annual District Assembly and Convention opened in
Benquo Viejo del Carmen on Thursday.
Representatives from the sixteen churches and missions were ex-
pected to attend. Rev. Dr. Samuel Young, General Superintendent of the
Belize jurisdiction presided.
THE GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY for a two storey school building for the
Methodist mission took place in Punta Gorda last week.
A TEMPORARY CAR PARK in the 'Harley's open lot' adjacent to the Cattouse
Building has opened in down town Belize City.
The Ministry of Public Utilities has secured permission from the
owncr, Mr D. Estephan, for use of the space for public parking.
DOUGLAS WHITING, Director of Voluntary Service Overseas arrived on Sun-
day for a round of conferences with government Ministries and school
ANDREW B. WESTWOOD, a Method Accountant from Scotland will spend two
years here helping with the mechanization of governments accounting
A RTRAL FIELD DAY for youths in Belize Rural District was opened at
Ltdyville Village on Sunday by the Hon. Louis Sylvestre.
Prices were presented at the conclusion by the Minister of
SAMUEL H. GRAHAM, C.M.G., O.B.E., the new Puisne Judge arrived
He was received at the Belize International Airport by the Act-
ing Puisne Judge, Justice Ross, Randolph Balderamos, S.A. Hassock and
Hadie Goldson (Mrs) on behalf of the local Bar.
A GAME BETWEEN the 1965 champion Vogue Sierras and a select side
touched off the 1966 Baseball Season.
Five teams will be taking part in this year's competition -
Vogue Sierras, Loyolans, Milo, Galaxy Flyers and Jets.
Radio Belize broadcast a running commentary on the game, live
T.:i COLOTPUL SAN JOSE SUCCOTZ FIESTA which began on Holy Saturday
attracted large out-of-town audiences this year.
The Fie ta climaxed with a performance of the traditional
Bailey de los Moros on Sunday.
A T2W ARTIFICIAL LIMB and orthopaedic appliance service has been
started in Belize City.
The service includes all appliances necessary for the
physicr.lly handicapped. Clinics are being held on the first and
third Fric.ays of each month.