Publ d by the Government Information Services
No .******** Up to 6th June, 1966
BELIZE CITY WATER AUTHORITY
The supply of potable water to Belize City residents will,
in the future, be the responsibility of the Water Board.
A decision to this effect was taken at the last meeting of
the Council on Tuesday,
His worship the Lo:d Mayor announced that Councilor James
Meighan has been granted one month, leave of absence, and is now in
the United States of America.
The Council unanimously approved its programme of work up
to the 28th of June.., This includes provision for the cleaning of
canals, building latrines, and the construction of streets in Belize
The Council also adopted new regulations on the granting
of leases laid down by the Survey and Lands Department. The regula-
tions are effective from January Isto
Ministers Welcome New Co-op
Yet another marine products society- the National Fishermen
Producers Cooperative Society Limited., of Belize City, has been in-
A ceremony marking the event was held on May 28th at the
Shortly after the arrival of the Ministers of Social
Development and,Natural Resources, the Belizean Anthem was played.
Mr. Cattouse in his address, urged the leaders of the
cooperative to work hard to bring a better life to members. The
group's success would be a boon to the countryts economy.
The Ministry and the Dept. of Cooperatives would do
everything possible to further the cooperative movement. And the
Minister praised the initiative the fishermen had shown in organizing
Reports were presented and a budget for the first years
operation approved. Officers elected were- Chairman, Evan Fairweather,
Vice Chairman, Charles Westby, Secretary, Fred Young, Treasurer,
Pedro Rodriguez and Committee members, Michael Vernon, Phillip Burgess
and Archibald Gillett.
With payment of salary arrears and the improved rates to
junior clerical officers, Policemen, Prison Officers and nurses last
week, government has taken the first step towards implementing the
recently approved increases for government employees.
The payment of several thousand dollars in backpay and
increases led to brisk trading in retail sales and commodities like
OPERATION "BOOKSTOCK" MOUNTED IN MIAMI
The Mass Circulation MIAMI HERALD students of Miami
University and the University Press, TAN airlines and "Operation
Amigo" have joined forces to collect badly needed reference and
research books for Belize.
This move follows a visit here last March by Profoesor
and Mrs, Duane Koenig of the University of Miami.
On Saturday Father Leo Weber President of St. John's
College and the Librarian Mr. Leo Bradley, confirmed that the first
consignment of books had began arriving. Expressing appreciation for this
gesture on the part of the Miami-based organization, Mr. Bradley said
he made a special request for children's books, for reference and
research works. He was happy about the first consignment and looks
forward to the follow up that has been promised.
The Gool Neighbour
Professor Koenig a full professor in History at the
university for some years, is noted for his travel articles on
Alaska and Hong Kong. Down here this year to help publicize the
tourism possibilities of this country, he has already placed items of
considerable value to our promotion drive in the Miami Herald, the
Mi.mi News, and the DetrJot Free Press.
Under the caption "Good Neighbours in Belize" professor
Koenig told Michigan readers on April 30th about the great welcome
accorded the Michigan Partners Development team here. "On all sides
we heard the greatest praise for their efforts", he wrote, and con-
tinued:" "It is our sincere hope that the links establishedwith this
small Central American territory will be strengthened; that tourists
will come to enjoy the tropical climate, fishing, hunting and Mayan
ruins that a friendly nation whose hope have been raised will be
encouraged in every way possible."
A copy of "Belizean Poets" submitted to the Miami News
book reviewer, Fred Shaw, onvokod the comment that this G.I.S.
publication is "an interesting first effort."
TRAVEL WRITER DISCOVERS BELIZE
Belize is just being discovered by big game fishermen and
international travellers. The country is incredibly beautiful with a
190 mile long barrier reef just offshore, running parallel to most of
the country's coastline. Its tropic reef islands are ideal for future
This is how Belize has been described in a recently pub-
lished book DISCOVERING YUCATAN written by Jim Woodman. He is
Director of Brazil Safari Tours in Brazil and President of the Travel
Advertising Agency in Miami,
Woodman..says the climate of Belize is warm and tropical the
year round. He tells his readers it is easy to get to Belize by Air
and by road, with good all-weather highways connecting this country
with Cuidad Chettmal, Merida and Mexico City.
Swr-art Targeting The 1967 Grinding Season
Meetings with Immigrant Labour Committees and representatives
of the Cane Farmers Association on arrangements for the 1967 grinding
season were held in the Orange Walk and Corozal districts last week.
The Minister of Labour and his Principal Secretary were on
hand to take.part in the discussions on immigrant labour and a proposed
voluntary fund to improve housing facilities for workers.
The Assembly representatives for the northern districts,
the Honourables Elito Urbina Guadalupe Pech! Santiago Ricalde and
F'orencio Marin, assisted with the deliberations.
CU. LEAGUE ANNUAL MEETING
The Tenth Annual General Meeting of the Credit Union League
was held on Monday night at the Riverside Hall in Belize City. Twenty.
~cven Credit Unions were represented.
Present to declare the meeting open was His Worship the
Deputy Lord Mayor of Belize City Mr. Orlando Lizama, who told League
nerbers that every effort on their part to establish sound business
practices must be commended.
The Deputy Lord Mayor observed that Credit Unions depend
to a great extend on the ability of leaders to keep their individual
credit unions in a healthy financial-state. He expressed hope that with
the Credit Union League's one hundred participation, the'Unions will
be successful in this direction.
Guest Speaker was Mr. Paul Chavannes, of the Cuna Mutual
Insurance Society of Madison, Wisconsin.
Elected Directors for the Belize District were Sergeant
Major Fred Gill, the retiring President of the League, and Mr. A.
Mr. Julian Avila was appointed to represent the Orange Walk
district. Members of the new Supervisory Committee are Mr. Henry
Usher of the Holy Redeemer Credit Union and Mr. Harry Martin, of the
Mesopotamia Credit Union.
LIBRARY BRANCH EXPANDS
Funds for the renovation of the building which houses the
Cinderella Town Library Branch have been provided by government.
Announcing that the branch would be closed from June 6th,
the Librarian said the library building will be dismantled and re-
moved from the Saint Joseph Parish Grounds. It will now be located
on a lot on St. James' St. facing Simon Lamb Street.
NEW CARE DIRECTOR
The newly appointed CARE Director for Belize arrived from
Algeria on Sunday by way of the U.S.A.
He is 38 years old Guy Kirkman.
Mr. Jerry Lewis who has served here for just only six
months will be leaving shortly to take up a post in Africa.
Shortly after his arrival Mr. Kirkman was introduced to the
Minister of Education: Principal Secretaries and other government
Anglicans Say Farewell To Bishop Brooks
The Anglican Bishop, the Right Reverend Gerald Brooks, left
Belize on Tuesday after serving here for fifteen years.
During this period Bishop Brooks served the Anglican diocese
through some difficult times, noticeably following the disastrous
hurricane in 1961.
On Sunday, May 29th the Bishop celebrated Holy Eucharist
and preached his farewell sermon at the St. John's Cathedral. The
congregation then gathered in the auditorium at St. Hilda's College
to present him with a farewell addreec and .going away gifts.
The Bishop wound up his term here with a series of visits
to rural communities.
Until a new Bishop is appointed the diocese here will be
administered by Reverend F.D.C. Powell, Dean of Belize,
ST. JOHN'S. ST. CATHERINE'S GRADUATE
The first batch of Sixth Form students from Saint John's
College to be awarded associate degrees were presented before a large
gathering, at the Bliss Institute: last Sunday.
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The ceremony opened with a fanfare followed by the playing
of the Belizean anthem. Then Father Leo Weber, Society of Jesus,
and president of St. John's College delivered his.address of welcome.
There to present the degrees was His Lordship the most
reverend Robert Hodapp of the Society of Jesus, Roman Catholic
Bishop of Belize.
The main address was delivered by Mr. William Gocking Abrarian
of the University of the West Indies at Mona Jamaica. He traced
the development of the University of the West Indies from its commence-
ment, with less than thirty students to its present enrollment of
more than three thousand.
His address ended with this stirring exhortations
"Go forth all of you to your several adventures. Let the firm founda-
tion of knowledge and conviction you have gained at St. John's College,
guide you and let its spirit of community support you and cheer you
on your way so that you may prosper".
Nine of the graduates received associate degrees in Arts
and Science and fourteen in Science alone.
Love The World's Greatest Need
Earlier, at the Palace cinema, St. Catherine's Academy held
its graduation exercises. There were twenty-two graduates in the
Classical Course and thirty two in the Commercial course.
The keynote speech was delivered by Mrs. Hadie Goldson,
first Belizean woman to gain a degree in Law.
Mrs. Goldson, herself an S.C.A. graduate said every woman
has something to give to the world including the Belizean woman. She
advised the graduates to be a credit to their parents, their teachers,
but most of all to themselves.
The satisfaction to be gained from any endeavor would de-
pend on the effort put into it.
In conclusion, the lady barrister declared: "You, as a
woman, can do everything with love that gift which is the world's
The salutatory address was delivered by Miss Maureen
Border. The valeditorian was Miss Laura Burn.
BELIZE DISTRICT COUNCIL
The Annual District Council Conference, Belize District,
was opened at the village of Ladyville on Sunday morning.
Present for the occasion was the Minister of Local
Government, the Honourable Mr. Albert Cattouse, who is now the
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The Minister said fclraofion of a district council is a step
in the right direction.
Many barriers confront them, he warned conferees. At the
same time he urged them to work along with the Belizean'government
for greater success.
Voluntary organizations, he suggested, should be pioneers
in the field of social reconstruction as they have the ability to
adjust readily to changing circumstances,
NEWS IN BRIEF
ISMAEL GOMEZ, John Searle and Clarence Passailaigue, representing
the Chamber of Commerce, left Belize on Sunday to attend the 16th
Annual Convention of the Chamber of Commerce of the Americas.
UTERICANES THIS YEAR will bear the names Alma, Becky, Celia, Dorothy,
Ella, Flossy, Greta, Hallie, Inez, Judith, Kendra, Lois Marsha$
Noreon, Orpha, Patty, Rena, Sherry, Tiora, Vicky and Wilma.
Meanwhile the Central Emergency organization have been
reviewing its operations plan so that everything will be in readiness
in the event of a storm approaching the country this year.
109 300 that is the latest population figure put out by the
Statistics Unit at the Ministry of Finance.
Over the past six years there has been a gain of 18,172.
THE COROZAL TOWN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE held its first meeting
on May 25th. The meeting was chaired by Joseph Fuller, the Chamber's
A NEW RACE TRACK was opened at Double Head Cabbage on Saturday by
the area representative, the Hon. Louis Sylvestre.
Present was Public Utilities Minister Hector Silva.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CARE arrived on a five day visit on Sunday. He
is here to hold discussions with government Ministers and to survey
operations carried on by the UoS.A. relief organization.
THE HONOURABLE FRED HUNTER Representative of the Belize Rural North
Electoral Division returned from Britain on Sunday.
He attended a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association on
procedure and practice.
THE STANN CREEK TOWN BOARD observed a minute's silence
at its last meeting in honour of the late Richard Castillo, a former