SMAY 19 1966
WEEKLY NEWSLETTER E
Published by the Government Information Serv
No. 18 ********** Up to 2nd May, 1966.
SECOND MICHIGAN TEAM CONCLUDES. VISIT
Belize is a country with great potential. Its people are very
hospitable and aware of the problems confronting them.
These were some of the opinions at a press conference on Friday
by representatives of the second team from the Michigan Development
Speaking about agriculture here, one member declared that the
productivity of the land is simply marvelous. And he urged more effec-
tive utilization measures to protect the land from wastage.
The spokesman said he had observed that the meshing of races and
cultures was amazing. Each ethnic group should be encouraged to give of
its best in the moulding of our national identity.
Up The Michigan Flag
One of the highlights of the ten day visit was a public ceremony
at which the Michigan state flag was raised in central park where it is
to fly permanently beside the Belizean flag, the Union Jack and the
United Nations flag.
Speaking on the occasion, the Premier expressed hope that the
Bolize-Michigan partnership will develop successfully, giving satisfac-
tion to both partners.
Quoting Paul Tillich, he remarked: "Partnership thrives when
partners listen and learn; give and forgive, share the beauty and the
glory, the knowledge and the skill and the resources of that partner-
For the Michigan Team, Mr Victor Spathelf spoke of the great
warmth, friendliness and sincerity of the people of Belize.
Belize, he said, is a land of great promise with resources in
land, people and wisdom. The team would be previleged to be able to
play a part in helping to bring the hope and the dream to a reality.
The master of ceremonies was Mr Hugh Fuller, Secretary of the
The Governor, Sir Peter Stallard, returned to Belize on Sunday.
Sir Peter, who was away in London, left Mr R.A. Fonseca, to act
as his deputy during his absence.
STANN CREEK DISTRICT SCORES AGAIN
The Stann Creek District Farmers' Day and Agricultural Show was
opened by the Minister of Natural Resources and Trade, the Honourable
Alexander Hunter on Saturday.
Outlining the difficulties faced by.the farmers, the Minister
said despite adverse conditions, agricultural Production is rising.
In agriculture, the number one goal is self-sufficiency. This
has already been achieved in certain commodities and was approcahing in
He called on the farmers to repay loans from the Agricultural
Credits Fund. Half a million dollars have been invested in this fun4 he
Amid great applause the Reverend Father Urban Kramer, of the
Society of Jesus, and Headmaster of Lynam Agricultural College advised
the farmers to unite in a strong marketing organization. This was the
only way for them to be assured of fair treatment from the processors.
Other speakers in the opening were the Chief Agricultural
Officer, Mr Eric King, the Chairman of the Stann Creek Farmers' Day and
Agricultural Show Committee, Mr Henry Bowman, Junior, Mr Tereso Chaves
and Mr Frank Sharpe, Managing Director of the Citrus Company of this
Mr M. Haynes proposed the vote of thanks on behalf of the farm-
ers and Mr Kelsie Buller, Justice of the Peace, added his thanks on
behalf of the Committee.
The large audience was entertained by comedian Edison Coleman,
the Valley Cimbo and other artists.
Prayers were offered by the Reverend Father Oswald Reyes of the
Roman Catholic Church and the Reverend Charles Goff of the Methodist
Message From The Hon. D.L. McKoy
In a message to the Show Committee earlier in the week, the
Minister of Labour, who was one of the founders of the effort recalled
that the event was originally intended to bring the farmer into the
limelight and to highlight the contribution the bona fide farmer is
making towards the development of the country.
NEW LAND TAX EFFECTIVE 1.1.1967
The new law which imposes a tax on certain categories of
undeveloped rural land for the purpose of inducing the owners to devel-
op the landwwill come into effect c& Tuesday May 3rd, 1966.
It was pointed out in a release from the Ministry of Natural Re-
sources that holdings of less than 100 acres are exempted from the tax
as is all rural land on which permanent improvement have been carried
Another feature of the law is that the tax will not fall due
until the first of January, 1967. Every owner of rural land chargeable
subject to the Tax is required to submit a return in writing to the
Surveyor General showing the disposition of their holdings.
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The Minister of Natural Resoucces is authorized to grant an
exemption from the tax on conditions which to him seem just and proper.
Such applications must be submitted in the first instance to the
Surveyor General and must be made at once notwhitstanding the fact that
the tax will not be collected this year.
An order signifying the effective date of the new law was pub-
lished in Government Gazette date April 30th.
THEY SAW THE PREMIER
THE REVEREND FATHER LEO DOYLE of the Society of Jesus.
Father Doyle was passing through Belize City on his way to
Hamilton Ohio, in the U.S.A., where he will be vacationing with his
sister Mrs Marie Riley, who is well known here.
Father Doyle is Rector of Saint Peter Claver Church and Head-
master of Claver College in Punta Gorda Town.
The Premier wished Father Doyle a pleasant vacation and thanked
him for the valuable contribution he and his College are making to the
educational and social advancement of Belize.
MICHAEL HEUSNER, a quality control officer at a large industrial concern
Hero following an absence of six years, Michael is spending two
weeks in Belize collecting photographic material for publication in the
Speaking last week about the recovery from the hurricane damage
in 1961, Michael says: "I keep being surprised all day long. From the
reports we had Belize City was about 80% destroyed and would probably
never rise again. But now, there is hardly a trace of the devastation."
Mr Heusner left Belize to study abroad in 1958. He is a grand-
son of the late Doctor Heusner.
MISS LEOLIN NICHOLSON of the Orange Walk district.
She was in the capital looking for buyers who might be interest-
ed in onions weighing up to lb which she has cultivated successfully
in the Orange Walk district.
Miss Nicholson's success would seem to suggest that onions can
be grown here in commercial quantities. The Premier offered his con-
gratulations and encouragement to Miss Nicholson to continue with her
MRS LILYANN WYLIE, wife of Mr Samuel Wylie.
She is proud, she remarked last week, to see so many Belizeans
holding front rank positions in the Public Service and in private in-
Mrs Wylie was given a warm welcome by the Premier.
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NEWS FROM CITY HALL
The compound of the Pickstock project is to be filled, streets
watered to keep the dust down during the dry season and a number of
streets are to be repaired.
These are features of the programme of work adapted by the
Belize City Council for the period ending on May 3rd. An undisclosed
number of bridges are also to be repaired.
In another move the meeting approved a gratuity of $1 656. to
Mr Arthur Connoly, a night watchman, for long service to the Council.
Sixty three Trade Licences were ratified by the Council and
seven trade licences approved.
Lord Mayor Fred Westby also announced the arrival of a Land
Rover for his official use and completion of the reconstruction of a
large section of Douglas Jones Street.
NEW ASSAULT ON HAULOVER SWAMP
Scott, Wilson and Kirkpatrick of London, assisted by personnel
of the Public Works Department, will have a go at consolidating a one
mile stretch of the Belize City-Haulover Road a section which, so far,
has defeated every attempt to convert it into a first:class strip of
The monthly P.W.D. report, issued by the Ministry bf Public
Utilities also states that sixteen miles of Sugar Roads in the Orange
Walk District, under constWuction By Belizean contractors, are progress-
In the Cayo district, the asphalting of George Price avenue in
..Santa Elena is now completed.
Roads At New Capital Site
Still in the Cayo District, that portion of the Western Highway
which passes through San Jose Succotz Village and the Town of Benque
Viejo del Carmen has been asphalted. Access roads at the new Capital
site being .built by the Public Works Department are nearing completion.
Major maintenance work on Police Stations in the Districts are
reported. Building materials have been despatched to Cadenas Village -
near the Guatemalan Border in the Toledo District.- where another con-
struction project is to be started shortly.
During 1965, three Power Stations were constructed. Another,
in Orange Walk Town, is over fifty percent completed.
Other major projects include work on the Belize City sea walls,
and improvements to the Northern and Western Highways.
PUBLIC UTILITIES MINISTER SENDS ENVOY
Mr Vallan Neal, representing the Minister of Public Utilities
and Communications, carried out an inspection tour of the Toledo dis-
trict last week.
In Punta Gorda Town he inspected striet repair work, bridges
and public buildings.
The tour took him to Blue Creek, Aguacate, Santa Teresa,
Creque Sarco and San Jose Villages.
The Assembly Representative for the Toledo South Electoral
Division, the Honourable Charles Martinez, accompanied the Minister's
envoy on his rounds.
ARTS FESTIVAL THE PREMIER LENDS HIS PATRONAGE
Here to adjudicate in the Drama Section of the Festival of
Arts is Miss Maisie Cobby, senior inspector in Speech and Drama
(Education) of the London County Council. Miss Cobby is also a Licen-
tiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
The National Festival of Arts is being staged this year under
the distinguished patronage of the Minister of Belizean Culture, Prem-
ier George Price.
Folklore, creative dancing and original compositions in Music
and Drama are to be featured at the Festival.
LABOUR DAY, 1966
As a prelude to the grrnd Labour Day celebrations planned this
year by a joint C.W.U.-G.W.D.U. committee, a gala get together under
the patronage of the Premier was held at the Baron Bliss Institute on
There were songs by Roosevelt Courtenay Folk Dancing by the
Alfa Group, Belizean "Brok Down" presented by Albert Davis and Music
by Jerry Ybarra. Guest artists travelled all the way from Orange
Walk Town to take part in the programme.
The Minister of Internal Affairs, the Hon C.L.B. Rogers, was
guest of honour.
Meanwhile, special church services were held throughout the
country on Sunday. A bicycle race and a concert are scheduled for the
programme in Stann Creok Town. The usual public ceremonies and parade
will be held in Belize City.
NEWS IN BRIEF
TWO LEGISLATORS the Honourable Allan Arthurs, Deputy Speaker of the
House of Representatives and the Honourable Santiago Perdomo, Represen-
tative of the Cayo South Electoral Division, accompanied by the Clerk
of the National Assembly, Mr Stanley Hulse, are to represent Belize at
a meeting of the Caribbean Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary
Association which is being held in Trinidad from May 4th to 12th.
NE'T MEASURES to regulate the flow of traffic in Stann Creek town were
approved at the last meeting of the Town Board there.
The measures were recommended by Inspector Winston Carcamo of
the Police Traffic Branch.
FIFTEEN YOUNG FARMERS from Toledo all members of a new 4-H group -
will be attending the next series of lectures and demonstrations to
be given at the Central Farm Agricultural School.
The youths have started a vegetable garden which they have
fended round. Tools were provided by CARE. The project is supervised
by Peace Corps Volunteers in the Toledo district.
THE SCRIPTO PEN COMPANY of Atlanta, Georgia has donated 30,000 ball-
point and 7,000 fountain pens for use by needy school children in
The donation, worth $13,000, was made through CARE.
ERNSTO (NESTOR) GUITERREZ, one of the victims of the two truck colli-
sion in the Orange Walk district last week died as a result of his In-
juries on Tuesday.
He was the second victim of the collision.
ALFONSO ZELAYA of Orange Walk Town died after being run over by a
truck being driven by Ernest Carpize,
According to a Police report, the truck was parked waiting to
deliver a load of cane at Libertad and Zelaya was apparently lying