WEEKLY NEWSLETTER JUN 2 1966
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No. 20 ************** Up to 16th May, 1966.
'GREEN LIGHT' FOR SALARY HIKE
.......Falo Says "Go Ahead"
Following Senate approval of the Ramage Report and Government
White Paper on the salaries revision for government employees on Wednes-
day, quick action was taken by the following day to expedite the first
Mr R. Fonsoca, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance
issued the 'go-ahead' in a circular addressed to Accounting Officers,
Principal Secretaries, Heads of Departments and District Officers.
Effective date for the new wage rates, salaries and associated
allowances is January 1st 1966 for manual workers, primary school
teachers, policemen of the rank of Sergeant Major and under, Nurses,
Ward Sisters, Departmental Sisters and Prison Officers of the rank of
Chief Officer and below. Junior public officers with a maximum salary
not in excess of the revised rate of $2,400 a year are also included.
Earlier, Senate approval of the measure was secured on a motion
introduced by Senator Meighan and seconded by Senator Elsa Vasquez.
An amendment by Senator Reginald Brooks calling for a .47V an
hour ($22.56) basic weekly wage was ruled out of order on procedural
The Senate has no constitutional authority to do anything which
will result in additional charges_on the revenue.
Concession Scrapped \
On Tuesday morning the Minister of Local Government, the Hon-
ourable Albert Cattouse, appeared briefly to signify the Governor's
assent to the measure.
In another action the Senate approved the Licensing Authority's
action in revoking the exclusive concession granted to Mr Jack Fash to
operate an omnibus service for Belize City on the grounds that he failed
to begin the service within the stated time or within the extension
TRIPARTITE SURVEY PROGRESSES
The tripartite economic survey team wound up their tour of the
districts on Sunday with visits to Central Farm, Xunantunich and the
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The group, sent by the governments of Britain, Canada and the
U.S.A. are here to study the economy, assess its growth potential and
suggest guidelines for development over the next five years.
Heading the team is Professor George Clayton, Dean of the Faculty
of Economic and Social Studies at the University of Wales. Other members
are Professor W.D. Gainer, Professor of Economics at the University of
Alborta Canada, and Doctor E.T. Yorke,- Provost of Agriculture at the
University of Florida, U.S.A.
Secretary to the group is Miss Barbara Holt of the Ministry of
The group has thus far had talks with senior government officials
representatives of the Tourist Board, the Manager of the Development
Finance Corporation, Bank Managers and Industrialists.
They have visited all the districts where discussions were held
with the elected representatives, District Officers and producers.
It is expected that they will have their report ready by the end
HERE FOR BRIDGE STUDY
Two consultant engineers, sent by the Canadian Governomnt to con-
duct investigations in connection with the new bridge to be built over
the Haulover Creek in Belize City, arrived here on Monday.
They are Mr Jean H. Paradis and Mr John Rohar.
Their report will be submitted to the External Aid Affairs Minis-
try in Canada.
In welcoming the engineers, Premier Price emphasised the urgent
need for the second bridge. He reviewed the various set backs which the
project has suffered.
To Cost $300,000
Anything that could be done to speed up the project, said the
Premier, would be appreciated by the Belizean Government and people.
The engineers are of the opinion that construction will start
this year. They will be going over reports on earlier investigations
with P.W.D. engineers.
The Canadian government agreed to build the bridge following a
visit by the Prenier to Canada last year. It will.cost some $300,000
BR. ARMY AIDS CLEAN UP CAMPAIGN
A Big cleanup drive, the second of its kind to be organized by
the Tourist Board, got underway in Belize City last Friday Morning.
A Team from the British Garrison at Airport Camp, using two three
ton trucks and a heavy duty wrecker, are to spend five days cutting up
the hulks of cars and trucks and abandoned along the Western Highway and
on street sides in Belize City. The Scrap Metal will be deposited in the
Municipal Dump off Fabers Road.
The Drive is backed up by the Police-Traffic Branch, the Belize
City Council, the Public Works Department and the Ministry of Local
Government, which is providing a group of workers to assist with the
clearing of areas where unauthorised dumps have been started.
The Police Will Get Tough
Commenting on the new campaign, a spokesman for the Police Depart-
ment declared "We have done this sort of thing before. Thanks to the
British Garrison, I'm sure we are going to have a thorough sweep again."
He continued: "But I would like to emphasise that from here on
firmer measures are going to be taken against anyone found depositing
wrecks along the highway and on street sides. A proper dump for this
purpose has been established off Faberst Road,"
Meanwhile, a Tourist Board Official expressed satisfaction at the
public spirited response of all agencies which are cooperating in the
"With this kind of support," he declared "we are assured of
success in the effort to make Belize more beautiful not only for the
tourist, but for every Belizean who takes pride in his surroundings."
It is expected that all the wrecks will be cleared away and the
Faberst Road dump set in order by the time the campaign ends on May 18th.
LADY MINISTER LOOKS IN
Five schools along the Northern highway between Belize City and
Maskall were visited by the Minister of Education, the Hon Mrs G.
Lizarraga, last week.
On arrival at Lucky Strike Government School, the Minister was met
by the Principal Teacher and the pupils who sang the Belizean Anthem.
In an informal chat Mrs Lizarraga said Government is doing all it
possibly can to improve educational standards within its limited
resources. She called on the pubils to study harder.
Earlier, the lady Minister visited schools at Ladyville and Sand
Hill Villages before going on to Maskall village. While in the area, she
stopped in at the Zion Park Methodist School where she was presented with
a beautiful bouquet of roses.
FINDING OUT WHAT THE SOIL CAN DO
An Edinburgh University expedition'is to carry out a three month
survey of soil erosion in this country. The team will also evaluate the
suitability of the different regions for agricultural purposes.
The group is led by Mr Peter Furley, lecturer in Bio-Geography at
the University. The secretary is Mr W.A.D. Whitfield, a research student
who left Scotland recently for Belize.
The investigations will take the group to the Maya Mountains of
this country. It is the intention of the expedition to carry out some
really detailed research to determine the capability of the soil for
different types of agricultural activity.
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Miss Majorie Sweetingt a lecturer at Oxford University's Depart-
ment of Geography, will direc the investigationsin limestone topography.
ONLY IMPORTANT SHIPYARD BETWEEN VERA CRUZ AND PANAMA
The Robinson Point Shipyard is attracting a considerable volume of
Presently on the slipway is a large barge from Nicaragua and soon
to be docked for repairs is the U.S. owned tug Contega which is based in
Puerto Barrios, Guatemala.
The Linda Walker and the Cynthia Walker two Shell Geophysical
boats recently employed in the off-shore search for oil were both
repaired at Robinson Point.
Government granted the Company a concession in 1964. Since then the
the company has succeeded in obtainihg contracts for the repair of a
number of large vessels from neighboring countries.
The shipyard enjoys a considerable advantage in that it is situat-
ed near deep water and lies between Panama and Vera Cruz, the two nearest
Its docking facilities can handle vessels of up to 500 tons dead--
weight. Expansion plans call for installation of a floating drydock of
2,000 ton capacity.
The company builds and repairs both wooden and steel vessels. It
is equipped to serve as naval architects and marine consultations and -can
do salvage work. Its work force numbers thirty.
FORMAL UNVEILING IN STANN CREEK TOWN
The new Japanese piano donated by private enterprise and Govern-
ment representatives to the Education and Cultural Committee of the Stann
Creek District was dedicated at the Town Hall last Sunday at 5 p.m.
The unveiling was performed by the Minister of Education the Hon-
ourable Mrs Lizarraga.
The Minister of. Labour, the Honourable D.L. MeKoy, presented a
cheque covering a major share of the cost, to Mr E. Gegg, City business-
Speaking for the occasion included Mr F.G. Sharp of the Citrus
Company and Mr H.T.A. Bowman Sr.
BUMPER AUDIENCES FOLLOWED 1966 FESTIVAL
Winners in the 1966 Drama and Dance classes of the National Fes-
tival of Arts were announced last Sunday.
The Wellington Warrior Memorial Award for best individual perform-
ance (Drama) was ahared by Norris Hall and Gladys Stewart.
The Norman Lewis Cup for Adult Groups went to the City Players
for their "St. Joan", while the Mr and Mrs N. Lewis Cup for Best Pro-
duccr went to (St Catherine's Drama Group) for her entry "The Mirthful
The best overall production this year was "Yellow Tail" written
and produced by George Gabb. He got the Russel Grant trophy while the
Santiago Castillo Cup went to Austin High School for the play "I Will
In the creative dance section, "Creole Revelry" by St Hilda's
College and "Tilling the Soil'" by the Bob Reneau Dance Group shared
the Colonial Insurance Cup.
The Carib Dance Group., took the Horace Young Cup for folk
Merit certificates for production went to Pallotti High School
for their "Maker of Dreams". A scene from "The Merchant of Venice" by
a Wesley College group and "The Bathroom Door" a combined effort of
St Hildars and St Michael's also came in for merit cards.
The.Festival came to an end on Wednesday night with a sixteen
item programme.of "Adjudicater's Selections". Large audiences attend-
ed throughout in what'has been described as the most successful Fes-
tival season in years.
INTERNATIONAL GANGS AFTER MAYAN TREASURES
There has been an increase in the smuggling of Mayan
archaeological treasures from Mexico into Belize.
This statement was made recently.by Doctor Eusebio Davelos,
Director of the National Institute of Archaeology and History.
Doctor Davelos said during the past five years something like
$1.4 million worth of Maya artefacts, idols or stelae have left Mexico
The bandits do not confine themselves to small figurines but
make off with huge idols. One such sculpture, weighing almost a ton
and a half was stolen from Veracruz three months ago.
The monument plunderers cut them into small pieces. Most of
the material is smuggled across the border into the United States of
America by light aircraft taking off from small airfields in the
northern part of Mexico.
Belize A Transit Point
Lately, there has also been an increase in smuggling across the
border to Belize as well.
Once the idol or stelae (a stone engraved with intricatehistor-
ical patterns is outside Mexico, they cement it back together and it
goes on the market most of them finding their way into the hands of
The Mexican authorities are so upset about its loss of ancient
Mayan, Aztec and Pre-Columbian Indian-artefacts that they have called
in the marines to guard archaeological areas.
Some 1,000 men, besides the Marines are doing duty near the
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11,d000sites -'-not enough by any standard, but at least it helps to keep
the bandits away.
iMeanwhile 2the government here has set in train a number 'of
actions which 1e designed to give more effective protection to ancient
MANAGM NT CHANGE AT B.EL C,
The Retiring.General Manager of the Belize Estate and Produce
Co-pany, Mr Mike Hore, spoke at a press conference last Tuesday about a
number of changes in the Company's activities.
: The abnorally we-t weather in the Independence Area would force
the -ine `peratio;. there to ;be shut down very shortly .
Three Hurricanes Anna in'1960, and AbbY and Hattie in 1961, -
had caused.vory serious damages. There is no longer an adequate supply
of pin.' to sustain the typo and size of-sawmilling operations.
The Company, he vent on, expects to make alternative arrangements
for producing pine lumber to supply the domestic market in the future.
Evory effort is being made to transfer employees to other sites whcre
operations are continuing.
L.st season t he sit- of the mahogany logging operation had boon
transferred from Gallon Jug to Hill Bank. Apart from this, operations
are continuing normally.
RecallJng. the sawmill fire last February when the Belize City
mill was compl:etly`destroyed, Mr Hoare said sawmilling had been sat-
isfactorily resumed at the now Bolize River Sawmill at Gabourl's Bank.
Mr Ioa'e ohas'since been succeeded by Mr.K.R.'Fox.
: PW ..D. PROJECTSS INSPECTED
Inspecting public works projects in the Cayo district on behalf
of the Minister of Public Utilities last week was Mr VallanNoal,-
'Mr Neal accompanied: by Road Forman Alich Tillett and Clerk of
Works Lloyd Clother saw the colassing being done in streets in Benque
Viojo del Carmen, roads at San Jose Succotz and Santa Elena. He also
incsocted the San Jose Succotz ferry which has just undergone repairs
and the branch office of the Belize Electricity Board -n 'San Ignacio'.
FOUR DIED IN TRAFFIC INCIDENT
Fdur:.persons die' and several others were hospitalized as a two
result of a two' vehicle collision nebk mile thirteen on.the western
highway last week.
,The vehicles were trick number 9057 driven by Anseim Gillett
and truck- number 4004, driven by Carlos Ayala. Gillett was later.
charged with four counts of manslaughter by negligence,
Dear were: Adam Myvette and his wife Hannah, Leopold Blancaneaux
and David Espat, Jr,
NEWS IN BRIEF
THE HARBORS. AND MERCHANT SHIPPING (Light Dues) Regulations, 1966, came
into force on May 21st.
The landing and Storage of Goods (Fees) Regulations became effec-
tive on May 14th. This raises the fees on goods landed at any public or
private wharf in Belize City. Livestock is exempted.
HTVY RAINS WERE BLAMED for a significant drop in the tonnage of sugar
manufactured by the Corozal Sugar Factory last month.
However, 50% of this year's estimated production has already
been achieved. This is much better than last year's performance.
CAREtS LARGEST DONATION yet to Belize 20,000 primary science textbooks
and 3 000 textbooks on geography, worth an estimated $115,000 was
handed over to education authorities here last week.
The presentation was made possible through a contribution from
Allyn and Bacon Book Publishers.
VICTOR IEWIS, of 16 Nurse Seay Street Belize City, returned home recent-
ly after pursuing a course in Electrical Technology at the Eastern
Ontario Institute of Technology and Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, in
Victor taught electricity at the Belize Technical College before
TWO OFFICIALS of the Progresso Village Council accompanied by their area
representative the Honourable Florencio Marin, discussed the construc-
tion of a road linking their village with Caledonia, with the Minister
of Public Utilities last week.
The men were, Cupriano Rodriguez, Chairman .of the Village
Council, and Mr Francisco Sedacy, Secretary.
THE WESTERN DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SHOW COMMITTEE met at San Ignacio on
Matters pertaining to the show next November 13th and 14th were
discussed, including the raffle of a Small Farm tractor as a special
THE S.J.C. FACULTY, in a bid to promote a more practical view of the
business world is conducting a series of lectures by prominent business
Joseph 'Skippyt Fuller spoke last Wednesday about the functions
of the Ch'amber of Commerce.
SAINT LUKE'S ANGLICAN SCHOOL at Lemonal, Belize District, was congratula-
ted last week by the Premier for the success of their garden project.
Head Teacher, Gilbert Pascascio, said much credit was due his
assistant, Eddison Gabb and his 72 pupils.
ROY STEVENSON, 24, was crushed to death on Thursday when the Massey
Ferguson trac-or he was driving overturned at Big Falls Ranch and he was