Published by the Government Information Services.
No. 22 ********* Up to 30th May, 1966
BRITISH PRESS LAUDS BELIZEAN EFFORTS
An article entitled WHERE THE SUN SHINES appearing
recently in "THE WISDOM" The influential British magazine lauds
the efforts of Belizeans in education, culture commerce and govern-
ment. It was written 'b Mr. J.M. Jordan, ILO Social Security expert
who served for some time in Belize doing preparatory work on a pro-
posed social security scheme,
Belizeans, the author notes, has the highest literacy
rate in Central America. Most Belizeans are bilingual in Spanish
Culturally, he says, there is support for all the arts
with full houses for theatre performances. There is.great emphasis
On commercial life Mr. Jordan reports that very large
factories, houses and offices are being constructed in the north of
Belize for the sugar industry.
The Premierts Example
Belize is not completely independent but hopes are high.
The writer describes the Pre-ier, the Honourable George Price as a
hard working leader whose day begins at five a.m. each day.
In marked contrast to some other Central American
countries, Mr. Jordan writes, there is a high sense of discipline
in Belize. This, he says, augurs well for the future. He expects
Tourism and Agriculture to dominate the economy in the immediate
Chamber Selects Delegation
Frank Norris, Omario Perdomo, John Searle and Clarence
Passaligue are to make up the Belize Chamber of Commerce delega-
tion which will be attending the meeting of the Chambers of Commerce
of the Americas to be held next month in Jamaica.
This was announced last Saturday night by the Chairman
of the local Chamber during the course of a buffet supper at the
Fort George Hotel.
Present at the Buffet were the Minister of Natural
Resources and Trade the Honourable A.A. Hunter, the United States
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Consul Mr. Robert Tepper, and members of the Tripartite Economic
Executive Secretary, Joseph Fuller and Jos4 Shoman will
be going along as observers.
The Minister of Natural Resources will be delivering a
feature address on tourism and development incentives in Belize.
The delegation is expected to leave for Jamaica next
ONE DAY BOOK FAIR
Four commercial bookshops, the British Council, the
Extra-Mural Department of the University of the West Indies and
the Government Information Service were among the agencies taking
part in the one day Book Fair staged at the Baron Bliss Institute
Speaking at the opening ceremony the Minister of Educationt
the Hon. Mrs. Gwendolyn Lizarraga declared that the value of books
and of the inspiration to be derived from reading good books cannot
be over emphasized.
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BOOKS AND THEIR VALUE
Congratulating the bookshops for their participation
Mrs, Lizarraga said: "Books fortify our courage; broaden our
Earlier, the Minister was welcomed by Library Board
Chairman, Miss Evadne Hulse who thanked government for its generous
allocations to the Library Service.
The Librarian, Mr. Leo Bradley expressed gratitude to
exhibitors and to the staff of the National Library Service for
their hard work in preparing the Book Fair.
The Fair was the second of its kind to be staged in
TO PRESERVE OUR ARCHIVES
Following the Book Fair on Monday, the Minister of
Education visited the National Archives, also housed in the
Government in its manifesto, had pledged to develop a
National Archives for Belize. To this end the sum of $1,500 was
allocated last year to meet incidental expenses for establishing
the National Archives and for the purchases of-a Microfilm Reader.
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Mr. Leo Bradley, the Librarian, has been appointed
Additional material for the archives has been handed over
by the Registry and Prison Departmentsi Some of this material dates
back to 1805. Included were official dispatches, correspondence
maps and plans,
R.A. FonSeca' Governor's Deputy
Mr. R.A. Fonseca, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of
Finance is to be Governor's Deputy during Sir Peter's absence from
the country, beginning next week.
Sir Peter will be taking part in the talks on the
Guatemalan claim.- Delegates from both political parties have left
for London where the talks are to' be held.
FIVE BELIZEAN YOUTHS FOR BR. ARMY
"D".Company of the First Battalion, the Staffordshire
Regiment, commanded by Major Boorman have completed their nine
month tour of duty in Belize.
"A"Company under Major LeveF will be replacing them.
Covering the handin., over last week were reporters from
the Express and Star of Wolverhampton, and Birmingham Evening Mail,
and Independent Television.
Leaving Belize with "D" Company were five Belizean
youths Louis Castillo, Allan Reid, Ivan Roberts, Douglas Smith
and Orlando Vasquez.
The five have been provisionally enlisted. They are to
undergo further medical and educational tests on arrival at the
Mercian Brigade Depot. If successful they will be taken on as
members of the British Army.
Cuna Official for League Meeting
Mr. Paul Chavannes, Cuna Mutual Insurance Sbciety repre-
sentative, was guest speaker at the Tenth Annual General Meetlngofthe
Credit Union League hold at the Riverside Hall last Friday.
Arriving here on Thursday the visitor held discussions
with the Board of Directors of the League. Ways in which CUNA
Mutual can assist the development of the movement and help tto
work out a growth programme for the country were also considered.
Mr. Chavannes will be here for seven days.
Meanwhile, former President Fred Gill and Mr. A. Andrews
were elected to the Board of Directors of the League.
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GOODWILL VISITORS FROM HONDURAS
The Concord Baseball team from Utila in the Republic of
Honduras spent four days in Belize City last weekend. Before
departing on Monday, they were received by the Premier.
Speaking on behalf of the team and a party of excursionists,
that came along for the event, the team manager Mr. Rupert Eden,
expressed great satisfaction with their tour.
This was not his first visit to Belize, he said. He was
amazed at the tremendous amount of reconstruction which had been
completed since Hurricane Hattie.
People in Utila were following the progress being made
in Belize with great interest. He was sure that under its present
leadership the country would reach the goal of independence.
On Monday morning they toured the capital and, following
the interview at the Premier's office, they were shown the G.I.S.
films "Painted Reefs of Belize" and "All the Way".
The Utila team played three games, winning two and losing
WHERE THE SIDE WALK SHOULD BE
The Belize Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the
Traffic Branch of the Police Department is looking into the possiv
ability of having sidewalks constructed along the whole length of
Queen Street in Belize City.
A report from the Chamber's Executive Secretary last week
said property owners along Queen Street had responded favourably
to a suggestion that they help share the cost of constructing the
The Police Traffic Branch has estimated that the cost of
the side walk will be $4.00 per yard, including labour charges.
NEWS IN BRIEF
VALLAN NEAL representing the Minister of Public Utilities
recently completed an inspection tour of public works projects
in the Stann Creek district.
He was accompanied by Angus Vellos, acting District
Divisional Engineer (South).
SPECIAL RELIGOTUS SERVICES were held at the Holy Redeemer Cathedral
to commemorate the closing of the Jubilee declared by His Holiness
Pope Paul the Sixth in honour of the work of the Vatican Council.
ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN KINGSLEY HAVERS has been appointed a Q.C.-
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Letters patent confirming the appointment said the new
I.C, he La s *;h. .ght .o enjoy all the rights, allowu-nces,
privilo cs and pre-eminence which attaches to the appointment.
"WEY FE DO PUDD'N a hilarious vaudeville show presented by Peace
Corps Volunteers serving in Belize, played to a large audience at
the Palace Theatre on Friday night
Proceeds go towards a scholarship fund to assist deserving
THE ANNUAL HORSE RACE M'ST a.: Louisiana Farm was held on Common-
On hand for the events were the Minister of Local
Government and Public Utilities and Representatives Louis S.
Sylvestre, Flore.ncic Mar-in and -iVLto Urbir.a,
THE LATE SAMUEL RAMO according .o Coroner's verdict pronounced
in San Ignacio, .i.ld ti:. r:sul of an accident
Ramos ied .earli th-is year when the tractor he was
driving on the E -bird Hip hway overturned he was crushed beneath
THE RT. REVEREND BISHOP GR.LLr BRCOKS of the Anglican Church.
officiated at Con.fi-.rmation Services held at St' Peter's Anglican
Church in Orange Walk Town>,O
The Bishop ias *:.. i'. L.is last official. visit to the town
before leaving Beli:ze o 1, t iup another appointment.
A recertion.- in hi"s honour helc. later was attended by
representative Elito Urbina and bho Poman Catholic Pastor of the
THE SEMINAR FOR SALES CLERKS spo-u]ered by the Labour Department
continued ab the Bliss Institute last week.
The topic for Thursday. s lecture was "Merchandizing
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