*-a ;9 1966
Published by the Government Information Servic
No. 17 ************* Up to 25th April, 1966.
SALARIES INCREASE TEACHERS. JUNIOR OFFICERS FIRST
Quick action is expected on the Ramage Report and governments
White Paper on it which recommends a salaries increase for government
The report.was laid on the table in the Assembly last Friday
by the Minister of Finance, Premier George Price.
The Government White Paper proposes among other things, furth-
er improvements beyond those recommended by Ramage for manual workers,
teachers and nurses.
It is recalled that last year, following Premier George
Prices visit to London, he announced that the Belizean government had
asked the U.K. Government to appoint a salaries Commissioner.
Sir Richard Ramage came to Belize last October. His report
was submitted in December.
What The Country Can Afford
Since that time, Government has been studying the report in
consultation with workers' representatives. These have been taken
into account but the final decision has been taken in the light of the
country's financial position.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Finance said last week that
first consideration will be given to manual workers, nurses, policemen
and junior clerical and technical officers.
The increase will involve further expenditure in wages and
personal emoluments of some $1,000,000.
SECOND MICHIGAN TEAM
The four Michiganders who make up the second team to visit
Belize under the Partners of the Alliance project Mrs Modesta
Gamble, Mrs Doris Mosher, Messrs Victor Spathelf and William Marshall
arrived last week to continue the familiarization phase of the
They met leaders in the trade union, social service, educa-
tion and business fields and had discussions with high government
officials. They were shown around by a group which included J.W.
MacMillan C. Nolberto, Senate President E.W. Francis Rev Father
Weber of the Society of Jesus, Mrs Floss Cassasola and Sister Mary
On Thursday, Mrs Mosher and Mrs Gamble spent two hours with
the Minister of Education, the Honourable Mrs Lizarraga, as she visit-
ed United Women's Groups and inspected housing conditions in the City.
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When the Michigan Partners arrived in Queents Square, some
three hundred women, dressed in their blue and white uniforms, gave
them a warm reception as they walked around the area talking with
The visitor were shown new-houses raiently occupied by ten-
.--ants.' Theyr aso saw the needs of families living in what were
described as 'sub-humant conditions.
The visitors said that they were impressed with the nation
building spirit of the women in the area and with-their courage in
facing up to their problems.
S. Other highlights of their visit included a two hour session
with the Board of Directors of Holy Redeemer Credit Union, visits to
the districts and cocktail parties given in their honour at Govern-
ment House and dinner with the Consul for the U.S.A.
.$500,000 INDUSTRIAL GAS PLANT
A plant for the manufacture of Oxygen, and acetelyne was
officially declared opened on Wednesday evening by the Minister of
Trade. the Hon A.A. Hunter.
The establishment, costing about $500,000 was put up by a
group called. the .Belize Industrial Gasses Limited.
Congratulating the promoters for their "wisdom, fortitude,
and spirit of enterprise", Mr Hunter cited erection of this plant as
an important step forward.
Government and the people of Belize, he went on, are grate-
ful for the faith the company has shown in the future of the country.
Earlier the Speaker of the House of Representative, the Hon
Harrison Courtenay, chairman for the occasion, welcomed Mr
Bloomsfield the Company Chairman and Mr Windshield of the Chicago
Mr Bloomsfield said that his company had seen the right
atmosphere for development in Belize and has been encouraged by the
confidence engendered by the Belize Government.
As the need arises, he said, the Company will make further
investments in this country.
The plant was blessed by His Lordship Bishop Gerald Brooks.
MEAT PACKING PLANT
Work is to commence immediately on the construction of a meat
packing plant in the vecinity of the Belize International Airport.
This has been disclosed last week by Mr Mark Ahrano and Mr
Ford Young, Treasurer and Secretary of the Belize Meat Packers
The construction of the building and installation of the
equipment will be done for the most part by Belizean workmen. The
building and equipment conform to standards required by United States
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Department of Agriculture. This is in order to be able to export meat
products to the U.S.A. at a later date.
Beef and pork processed at the new plant will, in the first
instance, be offered for home consumption. However, a contract has
been negotiated with 'tGurrents International", orm of the largest im-
porters of frozen beef into the United States of America, for the ex-
port of surplus production.
And last week a company spokesman said the establishment of
ancillary plants tannery, soap factory, cannery should follow the
successful operation of the packing plant.
Meanwhile it was pointed out that this plant should help in
another direction the livestock industry by assuring markets for
Mr Ford Young has expressed his groups' appreciation for help
in the form of a development concession, in acquiring a site, drilling
wells and in the prompt approval of construction plans.
Thousands of Belizeans saw the Governor, Sir Peter Stallard,
take the salute at a colourful parade in honour of the Queen's birth-
day on April 21st in Bolize City.
Official guests included government Ministers, members of the
National Assembly, clergymen.and representatives from the diplomatic
Later, there was horseracing at the National Stadium.
THEY SAW THE PREMIER
DOCTOR JOSEF SCHUETZENBERGER, Assistant U.N. representative for the
Central American region.
Doctor Schuetzenberger was able to report that the United
Nations has allocated $200,000 for its technical assistance programme
in Belize during the biennial period 1967-1968.
The special agencies had submitted proposals for programmes
which would cost more than this amount and he was here to discuss
priorities with government.
MR ROBERT MCMURDO, retiring Chief Education Officer. Calling to say
goodbye after thirty two months service here, Mr McMurdo said
he sees the way clear for a proper educational system which
will serve to accelerate the general economic development of
During Mr McMurdots term of office the revolutionary UNESCO
report on education in Belize was approved by Government.
Mr J.L. Blackett Principal Education Officer, has been
appointed Acting, Chief Education Officer,
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PROFESSOR DOUGLAS WHITTING, Director of the Voluntary Service Overseas.
Premier Price thanked the Professor for the good work the V.S.O.
recruits have been doing in this country.
The programme started with the despatch of secondary school
teachers. Later, nurses were sent out and next September it is expected
that an engineer and a Town Planner will be made available.
The Professor spent several days here touring educational estab-
lishments with the British Council. Representative, Mr Ivor Watts, He
also met the Minister of Education, Ministers of religion, school man-
agers and teachers.
Earlier this year it was announced that in the future, recruit-
ment of volunteers under the scheme will be recruited by the Catholic
Institute of International Relations. This is because of administrative
NEW ANGLICAN DEAN OF BELIZE
The Reverend Father Francis David Powell of the Anglican Church
arrived in Belize City on April 15th. His induction as Rector of Saint
Johns Cathedral Parish and as Dean of Belize took place on April 20th.
Reverend Powell, a graduate of the University of Leeds, was
trained for the priesthood at the College of the Ressurrection,
He was ordained to the priesthood in 1934 and served from 1933
to 1936 at Saint Barnabas Tundbridge Wells at Saint Mary's Pimlico,
London from 1936 to 1945 and from 1942 to 1945 as Chaplain of the Royal
Navy Voluntary Reserve.
He also served in Tanzania for twenty years.
AROUND THE DISTRICTS
A NEW JAPANESE PIANO has been donated by private businessmen the Dis-
trict Representatives the Honourables David McKoy and Allan
An announcement from the Ministry of Culture said the piano will
be used by talented boys and girls who show an aptitude for this kind of
The instrument was handed over to Mayor Carlos Nolberto in Stann
Creek Town last week.
John Wilison, a V.S.O. worker stationed in the district has
offered his services as an instructor.
THIRTY-ONE STUDENTS and four members of the staff of Flether College
rounded off an eight day tour of the Southern Districts on
Travelling by road, the group visited Lynam Agricultural College
and the citrus factory in the Stann Creek District and the villages of
San Antonio and San Pedro Columbia in the Toledo District.
As part of the tour the students took part in sporting events
in Stann Creek Town and Punta Gorda.
A college spokesman, commenting on the tour, said the students
had gained valuable first hand knowledge of the country and its people
as a result of the tour.
THE VILLAGE OF SITTEE RIVER has now been linked with the Southern
Officially opening the new road link on Sunday, the Area Re-
presentative,the Hon D.L. McKoy, Minister of Labour, spoke of the road
as an opening towards economic viability. It would facilitate the
transportation of produce from the village to the market.
He also spoke of Government's bid to secure agricultural land
for the inhabitants of the area.
Most of the land-in the Sittee area is in the hands of absentee
Minister McKoy advised the farmers to go for mixed farming
rather than putting all their eggs in one basket by concentrating on
Mr McKoy congratulated the farmers for their determination to
stay on the land and for their willingness to make their contribution
to the new nation.
A CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL COMMITTEE, which aims to foster general
education and culture in the Stann Creek District, was formed
Officers are L.B. Gill, Chairman, A.B. Ogaldez, Vice Chairman,
C.J. Augustine, Secretary, the Hon Allan Arthurs, Assistant Secretary
and the Lord Mayor, C.P. Nolberto, Treasurer.
Committee members are the Hon D.L. McKoy, Minister of Labour,
Reverend Father.William Thro of the Society of Jesus, Rev. Father G.
Sealy of the Anglican Church and Rev D. Mullings of the Methodist
The Educational and Cultural Committee hopes to provide
scholarships to Secondary Schools in the District.
THE DIA DEL CAMPO at San Felipe Village in the Orange Walk District on'
April 21st, provided striking evidence of the high quality
agricultural produce grown in the area.
The programme, arranged by the San Felipe Village Council, was
planned so that farmers in the area could get together to exhibit their
produce and livestock, to exchange ideas and to derive moral support
from the public which such an event commands.
YOUTHS FROM RURAL COMMUNITIES in the Belize District demonstrated
sportsmanship, drive and ability at the Rural Field Day held at
the Village of Ladyville on April 17th.
The Hon Louis Sylvestre Representative of the Belize Rural South
constituency, said that the Rural Field Day was the beginning of a plan
to "let emerge from every hamlet of the land -our great prowess and
Mr Sylvestre told the youths the nation will support them andl
afford them every opportunity to excel.
Making the highest points for the day was Clinton Rayburn of
Flowers Bank. Albert Arnold, another Flowers Bank boy was second and
Ruben Lord of Lord's Bank, third.
Miss Clementina Sampson scored highest marks in the girls'
Dorothy Jex of Burrel Boom was acclaimed best all round athlete.
The Minister responsible for Sports distributed the prizes.
NEWS IN BRIEF
R.A. SWABY, Assistant Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Finance in
Jamaica, arrived on Thursday to conduct a seminar on the Financial
aspects of administration for senior public officers.
CYRIL DAVIS, National Organizer and Chief Shop-Steward of the Christian
Workers Union at the Public Works Department left for Canada on Sunday.
The course is sponsored by the Canadian government.
THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, following a meeting of its Executive Council in
Corozal Town, announced the recruitment of twenty new members from that
The officers were welcomed to that municipality by the Mayor,
the Hon Santiago Ricalde.
MERCER CHARLES RANG, M.B.B.S., F.R.C.S., Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedic
Surgery at the University of the West Indies arrived in Belize City on
He is scheduled to be here for five weeks.
ONE MAN WAS KILLED AND SIXTEEN INJURED in the collision of two trucks
belonging to Taylor Woodrow International, in the Orange Walk District
One of the trucks was carrying a party of workers.
COLIN GEDDES is being succeeded by Jose Guillermo Ortiz in a shift of
managers here announced by the Shell Oil Company.
Geddes, who served here for two years, is being'transferred to
another post with effect from June 1st.