PU BY THE GOVEWMENT INFORMATION SERVICES
CTY P. a. Box 324.
No. 26 ************ Up to 27th June, 1966.
TE PREMIER ON "GOOD CITIZENSHIP"
What are the qualities of the good citizen in a Christian Democ-
The Premier had a few suggestions in his address last Friday
night to the third graduating class of Claver College in.Punta Gorda
"Such a citizen is a good citizen anywhere," he declared. "He
is a good citizen of earth and of heaven, perfecting creation.from which
will arise the new world of time and eternity."
He is not ashamed to be called a Belizean and does not seek to
be something that he is not.
"We are a new nation. We are Belizeans first and foremost and we
are proud to be good Belizean citizens.
A Policy For National Unity
The good citizen, he went on loves his people and respects his
government. He works for the good ol his country and cooperates with
his Government. He puts the common good before selfish interest or
selfish gain. He pays his taxes.
He makes sure that his soul, his mind and his body gets enough
rest, recreation and nourishment so that he wakes up early and works
hard to produce more wealth for the country and his people.
The good Belizean citizen earnestly wants progress for his
country and his people. He wants national unity and a united bi-parti-
san policy in foreign affairs.
On: independence symbols he said the good Belizean loves these
symbols regardless of what person or party presents them to the people.
If these symbols are historic, are true and good, and are
accepted by a majority of the people, then they are right and good for
the people and for the country.
Mr Price then went on to make this appeal: "Let us not waste
time over details regarding these symbols. The fact that there exist
symbols of Belizean independence, proves that we will soon reach the :;i
goal of an independent Belize."
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"Be not dismayed at the surface turmoil which vibrates about
you," he counseled. Beneath this layer there is a growing wealth, and
strength and Belizean treasure."
"We are a geographic part of Central America and all this con-
cerns us vitally. The revolution in Latin America, will affect us
because of our geography and geo-politics."
Christian Democracy can make this revolution a peaceful and pro-
ductive change from the old order of poverty and underdevelopment to the
new order of economic and social progress.
Christian democracy can transform and renew Belize if Belizeans
are good citizens."
Claver College was established seven years ago. It has an enrol-
ment of eighty three and a six member staff. Two young ladies and six
males were awarded diplomas. The salutatory address was given by
Ethnelda Ramirez. The valedictorian was Lawrence Zuniga.
Guests included Mayor Alejandro Vernon, the District Representa-
tive, Mr Charles Martinez, Senator Sam Vernon and Mother M. Tharsilla of
the Pollotine order.
When the Premier arrived, he was met at the airstrip by local
officials, including the Mayor. While in the area, the Premier, accom-
panied by the senior Public Works Official on the spot, inspected road
building and repair projects.
Mr Price also addressed a public meeting. He spoke about the
Anglo-Guatemalan talks held recently in the United Kingdom.
MINISTERS ROGERS, HUNTER BACK
SBringing news of fraternal support and goodwill from two widely
separated points of the American continent, the Minister of Internal
Affairs, the Hon Lindberg Rogers returned to Belize City early last week.
The firm pledges of support are from Guynana's Prime Minister, Mr
Forbes Burnham and a top flight team of community leaders in Michigan,
Spending five days in Guyana prior to the London talks, Mr Rogers
had a lengthy meeting with the Guyanese leader on common problems which
confront their two countries. Mr Rogers conveyed the warm congratula-
tions of the Belizean people for the people of Guyana on the occasion of
her independence. For his part, Mr Burnham said he, too, wishes the
people of Belize the best for the future.
The meeting was at Mr Burnham's request.
With The Michigan Partners
On his way back from London and New York, the Minister was guest
of the Michigan Partners -Dvelopment team at a luncheon given by Win
Reporting on the event, the Michigan "Enquirer and News" said Mr
Rogers was guest of people who are "helping his country to prepare for
The Michigan team assured Mr Rogers that, beginning almost imme-
diately with a few short term projects, the Partners are set to go all
out in helping Belize ready itself for independence. The Minister told
his hosts that Michigan will have an important role to play in this
direction. They could, indeed, play a significant part in the history
Reporting to the Premier Mr Rogers handed over a list of specific
projects with which it is hoped to initiate the partnership programme.
Another gift was a film on this country's preparation for independence.
The Minister of Natural Resources, the Hon A.A. Hunter also
returned to Belize last week after attending the convention of the
Chambers of Commerce of the Americas in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
THEY SUPPORT THE PREMIER'S STAND
Following the Premier's statement in the House of Representatives
on June 17th, many messages of support have been arriving at his office.
Forty canferos of Xiabe village (Corozal district) sent a testimo-
nial affirming their support for the Premier's domestic and foreign
policy. From Orange Walk district came expressions of trust from a
member of the Town Board, from the United Women's Group and from private
Other messages were from Village Councils at Georgeville and
Hattieville. A number of housewives in Belize City joined in prayers for
continued guidance for the Premier and for success in the difficult nego-
MINISTER GIVES DIRECT COMMISSION
A direct commission to a seven man working party to submit pro-
posals for a series of National Parks has been given by the Minister of
Natural Resources and Trade, the Honourable Alexander Hunter.
This was disclosed Thursday by Senator Vernon Leslie, who is
chairman of the group. He was presenting a prepared statement at a press
The National Parks Study Group has been asked to study and report
to the Minister of Natural Resources on any areas of sites in this
country which by reason of their special historic, botanic, recreational,
scenic or archealogical characteristics should be set aside as National
Parks having regard to problems involved in the acquisitions of privately
held land and the need to secure a rational economic return from the
country's Natural resources.
Invites Public To Make Suggestions
The National Parks Study Group will also receive written or oral
testimony from any person or group on any aspect of the Committee's
It is pointed out that members of the Parks Study Group will con-
duct on-the-spot investigations, surveys and allied studies relating to
,y areas or .sites which in its. opinion may be useful .in determining the
final .rdcomnend.tio-s to the Minister and they will prepare, as a
exercise, detailed proposal for the establishment of Nattional Botanical
Gardens and for Wild Life protection.
M" embers, of. the. National Parks .Study Group are the lSurveyor Gen-
eral,' MrJames Waight,, the Acting Principal. Forest Officer,Mr Louisg
Lindo, thLe: Toiwn Planner, Mr. I'ery.Fairweather, the Assis-tant -Se0eetary
at: the Ministry Jf ~itural Resources and Trade, Mr Douglas Barrow, and
the Secretary of the' Tourist Board, Mr Ronald Clark,
IMPROVE, ELECTRICITY SERVICES CENQUE VIEJO DEL CA MEN
Last Wednesday the Beliz.e Electricity Board agreed to-assume
responsibility'for the elect city supplies in Benq-ue Vieao del Carmen.
And two dayS-later, Public Works'Minister Hector Silva, who has
cabinet responsibility for the Electricity Board, journeyed to Benaue
Viejo del Carmen to receive the Board's formal consent to the new
arrangement. He was accompanied by .Superintendent Eugene Robinson.
A resolution to this effect, in produced -by Councill-o Juan
Gong ra, received unanimous s1-rport.
His Worship, the Mayor-expressed, gratitude,)to the Mtnister for
-:'their decision to. assistt at this stage. The town h~d. been witho at
electricity for .two weeks.
REgCNSTUCTI REPORT LOR FIAN, NGELL.8 -UEp *
'Twenty ne .applications and nine adjustments tIt,,,oans approved
'- arlier were okayed last Tuesday as the Board of the Reconstruc-tion
Corporation held its 42nd meeting.
The meeting was chaired by Premier George Price.
In three years- the Corporation has aipriv'ed 5,875 applications
amounting to,_he value of Z3,40C,,.Q,0, Of this; amopunt, $2,100,o00 was in
"th'd fort of loans and $1',300,OOOin grants, .:
Withf Tuiesday's allocations the Board has completed the funds pro-
vided for the purpose of Issuing grants and loans,
SHand Orr'.. 4 C Water Syst .
In other actiq_ th- z taCng consented to the. transfer of the
Stann Creek T6w4r' water supply* system to the new Water Authority,,
SE cep-t for: the overhead tank and electrical connectiona. the works
ha.e been eom.le'ted and should be fully operational- by the end of the
It has taken eighteen months and the expenditure of $250 000 to
provide this badly needed facility foriStanr. Creek Town, FinancnZg. from
the United Kingdom, is by a loan repayable i..i interest over twenty-five
On stff matters it was ..ee'd to review the question of increas-
*ing the minimum wage from .35 to .42 .ri per hour retroactive to January
Ist if funds permit., ,, :
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For miscellaneous minor works at Mullins River and Silk Grass
villages the sum of.$8,000 was allocated.
$lm. For Start At New Capital
The Board learned with approval that the British Government has
released the first instalment of over $1,000,000 to cover the preliminary
works at the New Capital site, mainly during the latter half of this
Preparation of documents, plans and specifications for the main
contract are in the hands of the Crown Agents and Consultants in London.
They are collaborating with the officers concerned in Belize.
The intention is to call for tenders for the main contract on the
first of September.
S'Premier Price will be..signing the documents on behalf of this
SIR PETER'S GOODBYE
The Governor, Sir Peter Stallard, who is ending his tour of duty
here at the end of the month, has been paying a series of farewell visits
to the districts.
At-a civic,reception in Orange Walk Town he was thanked by
Representative Elit& Urbina for all the help he has rendered during his
tour. Earlier, he visited schools, had a look at the new electricity
generatiing plant and a few of the outlying villages.
Sir Peter told the people of Orange Walk Town that he had seen
their district grow in every way. He expressed hope that the people of
the Isle of Man where he is to serve as Lieutenant Governor, will be as
kind.to him as the people of Belize had been.
Going on to the Corozal district he was guest of honour at a
Cocktail Party given by the Town Board.
The Mayor, the Hon Santiago Ricalde, acknowledges the valuable
co-operation he had accorded the government of the day. There was, he
said, a certain sadness at his impending departure.
"Like Sir Alan Burns" he declared amid cheers, "I shall return
some day to see how you are getting along."
Sir Peter has already said farewell to the people of the Toledo
KEN FOR ROME SEMINAR
Taking the fraternal greetings of hundreds of members of the
Christian Workers Union in Belize to their fellow unionists around the
world last week was Senator-Jesus Ken, who left for Italy.
Leaders of Christian trade unions around the world-will be
gathering in Rome shortly for a seminar on agrarian reform.. From Rome,
Senator Ken will be going on to visit the headquarters of the
'International Labour Organization in Geneva.
When the Senator called to see the Premier Wednesday morning,.Mr
Price wished him a successful mission and sent greetings on behalf of the
Bolizean people to the Christian Democrat leaders in the Italian Capital.
It is expected that Mr Ken will be away for three months.
GOMEZ, PERDOMO BACK FROM MONTEGO BAY CONFERENCE
The Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, Mr Ismael Gomez, and
Chamber.Executive Councillor Mr Omario Perdomo returned from Miami on
June 18th after attending the 16th Annual Convention of the Chamber of
Commerce of the Americas in Montego Bay Jamaica.
While in Miami, President Gomez had discussions with Mr Arthur
Denchfield Jr. Vice President of the Chamber of the Americas, Executive
Vice-President and International Affairs Coordinator, Mr Frank Gatteri.
Mr Gomez is now Secretary and a Director of the organization.
Mr Gomez also had discussions with the Miami-Dade Chamber's
Executive Vice President, Mr Amos Martin. They discussed closer rela-
tions between the Belize Chamber of Commerce and the Miami Dade County
BODIES GETS NEW HEAD
The positions of President, Governing Director and Chairman of
the Board of directors of James Brodie formerly held by Mr Russel Grant,
have now been acquired by Mr David Estephan.
The take-over was arranged recently.
Mr Estephan, as the new head of the firm has expressed complete
confidence in the present staff and Directorate. No changes are con-
templated, he has told the press.
GOOD MARKET FOR ORANGE WALK DISTRICT HONEY
Mr Andrew Kimpton of Kimpton Brothers, London, arrived here
recently to meet with officials of the Orange Walk District Beekeepers
Cooperative Society Limited which has been supplying his company with
honey over the past four years. Already this year, the company has
bought seventy five tons from the Cooperative.
The cooperative has received an order for a further 100 tons.
Accompanied by officers of the Co-operative, Mr Kimpton was
received by the Premier on Wednesday.
FOR MORE CO-OPERATIQN IN ORANGE WALK
A move is afoot in the Corozal district to form a federation of
The immediate problem, a spokesman said, is the transportation of
5,000 tons of sugar cane they hope to deliver to the factory next grind-
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The meeting was attended by the two area representatives.
Meanwhile at the Village of August Pine Ridge in the Orange Walk
District, seven groups have been formed to take part in the construction
of their community centre,
FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
The feast of Saint John the Baptist was observed in the Christian
World on Friday 24th June.
At the Holy Redeemer Cathedral in Belize City, the Holy Sacrifice
of the Mass was offered at 5:30 a.m. Mass was offered in other Catholic
Churches throughout the country in honour of the Saint.
The Anglican Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist also held
special services commemorating the feast. And in the Cinderella area
there was a colourful procession through the streets by the clergy and
parishioners of all Saints.
NEWS IN BRIEF
R7T'- D ANTHONY R. KUENZEL of the Society of Jesus, died at Saint John's
College on Wednesday evening.
He came to Belize in 1932 and has served the people as pastor in
every district with the exception of Stann Creek.
He was buried on Thursday.
ACTING RADIO ENGINEER, (Radio Belize) Edward Miguel has been elected an
Associate Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Edward holds a diploma in Radio Technology from the R.C.A. In-
stitute, New York and another in Electronic technology from the National
Technical School, Los Angeles, California.
THE "BELIZE UNION OF MUSICIANS," organized to promote the economic and
social welfare of musicians in this country has applied for registration
as a trade union.
The Minister of Labour, the Honourable D.L. McKoy, has welcomed
this development. Roy Straughan is President.
BERTRAM MITCHELL of the Cooperative Department returned to Belize on
Jane 19th after successfully completing a course in Business Administra-
CORNELIUS "PAT" CACHO, the former Economic Secretary at the Ministry of
Development left Belize with his family on Sunday for Trinidad where he
will take up his appointment as Bursar of the U.W.I. at St. Augustine,
A TWIN ENGINE C. 46 Freighter of TAN Airline en route to Miami from
Salvador made an emergency landing scently at the Belize International
When smoke began to billow from a faulty right engine the pilot
decided to come down at Stanley Field.
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