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Title: The Belize weekly newsletter
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Title: The Belize weekly newsletter
Physical Description: Serial
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Belize City British Honduras Government Information Services
Frequency: weekly
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Dates or Sequential Designation: no. 1- Jan. 3, 1965-
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P. 0. Box 32.

No. 28 *\ *********** Up to 11th July, 1966,


His Excellency the Governor, Sir Potor Stallard, left Belize on
Sunday afternoon onrouto to the United Kingdom.
He has boon appointed Governor of the ISle of Man.
He was seen off by Premier George Price, the Chief Justice,
Cabinet Ministers and the president of the Senate.
Also on hand were two truck loads of citizens, there to say
their personal goodbyes to a popular, progressive Governor.
As Sir Peter was departing, the Attorney General, Mr J.K.
Havers, Q.C., was sworn in as Officer Administering the government.

An important Canadian-Caribbean economic conference opened in
Ottawa last Wednesday. And there to represent this country was the
Minister of Trade, the Hon. A.A. Hunter, assisted by three senior
officials Rafael Fonsoca, Financial Secretary, D.R.B. Gill, Head of
the Planning Unit and A.S. Frankson, Permanent Secrotary at the Minis-
try of Natural Resources.
The conference, which ended on July 8th, was attended by
Premiers or senior Ministers from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana,
Barbados, Antigua, Dominica Grenada, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent,
Monsorrat, the Bahamas and elizo.
It was expected that the Caribbean and mainland block would have
boen urging three points on their Canadian hosts:
(1) That Canada should nW compete with the West Indies in the
production of rum.
(2) That better arrangements should be worked out for Canadian
purchases of sugar from the Caribbean Commonwealth
countries; and,


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(3) That Canada should relax her immigration laws in ordor to
permit moro applicants from the Commonwealth Caribbean
territories to enter Canada.

According to a French Canadian newspaper, the Financial Post,
the Caribbean Com;onwT:alth countries are unlikely to receive much
satisfaction on any of the three points.

Thoro was speculation, however,that the Canadian Prime Minis-
tor, Mr Lostor Pearson, would make an important announcement about
Canada-Caribboen relations.

It was thought unlikely that Mr Pearson would have invited so
many heads of Government to Canada if he did not have some good news to
give them.


Curfew, imposed a week earlier, was lifted on July 4th, by the
Governor on the advice of the Premier.

And later the same day Sir Peter invoked a set of regulations,
under the Public Safety Ordinance, banning public meetings and procoe

When it was imposed, the curfew was intended to protect law
abiding citizens from acts of intimidation and lawlessness perforated
in Belize City by the remnant of a demonstration sponsored by CIVIC.

During the six nights of the curfew no incidents were reported.


Among the pledges of solidarity and support which continued to
arrive at the Premier's Office last week was one from a fifteen yeor
old college student who resides at Young's Bank along the Bclize River.

The student expressed admiration for the Premier's "unruffled
steadfastness" in do-ling with the controversy arising from the contin-
uing efforts to find an acceptable solution to the Anglo-Guatemalan

Mr Hector Rodriguez, Chairman of the Saint Ann's Village
Council told the Pr(nmicr that the people of that village are proud to
be living in a country whore the leader is "consistently humane, yet
:irm," in dealing with those who disturb the peace.

Sylvia and Lindival Baptist of Hattieville observed "You are
fighting faithfully for the prosperity and happiness of our beloved
country," and promised sincere support for all the good works of the
Bclizcan government.

Mr A. Mona, Justice of the P *co at Independence, Stann Creek
District, sent a cable in which he described the Premier's statement
to the House of Repreosntatives as "historic and dynamic".

Other expressions of confidence came from Sibun, Grace Bank,
Big Falls, Bomba and Maskall.


The round of graduation exercises continues, in the capital,
Belize City, and in the district towns. In the news last week were
the following.

Xavier College, Corozal Town

The greatest and most effective service to an emerging nation
like Belize is steadfast, hard work and constant sacrifice.

This is what Premier Grorge Price told seventeen graduates,
including five young ladies, as he addressed the graduating class of
Xavier College in Corozal Town on July 3rd.

Nothing of lasting value is achieved without hard work and
sacrifice, without giving up some present pleasure for our own.
country's future greatness.

Development demands great austerity on the part of the retard-
ed nations. Production levels must increase for decades before stan-
dards of consumption can substantially improve.

We must produce more than we consume. We must buy Belizean
produce and keep our dollars working at home.

Mexico A Fine Example

Citing the United States of Mexico as a good example of what a
people can do, the Premier observed that despite immense difficulties
besetting them from the birth of their nation, they have succeeded in
solving many of their nation's problems by their own endeavour.

The Mexican movement.of independence, he went on, was founded
on firm spiritual principles. This explain the existence of hidden
reserves of strength which had kept the Mexican people moving onward
to greater economic development problems which confronted them.

A patent source of inner strength is prayer. This will keep
us going in times of greot strains and stress and great endeavours.

Armed with those three qualities sacrifice, hard work and
prayer, the Premier urged the graduates to go out and conquer the
nany problems that keep our poor, little country, Belize, from be-
coming great.

"With the help of graduates, the Premier concluded," we can
neo Belize the shining Christian Democratic Nation of Central
Anerica...Long live Belize."

The salutatory address was delivered by Zenaida Ramirez.
Father Martin Avila reported on the college activities.

The diplomas were presented by Premier George Price. Witness-
ing the ceremony of Corozal Town, was the Hon. Santiago Ricaldo.

Sacred Heart College, San Ignacio

Meanwhile, at Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio, eleven stu-
dents received certificates which were presented by the Hon Hector
Silva Minister of Public Utilities and Communications.

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The feature address was given by the Hon Santiago P-rdomo.

Mr Perdomo urged the student-graduate to be good citizens of
Belize and to strive to establish their identity as Belizeans.

The good Belizoan citizen, he said, will lenrn how to live in
peace and harmony with our neighbours.

The Principal's report was presented by Mr Herman Ochaeta,
Certificates were awarded by the Reverend Father O.P. Martin, headma-
stor of the college.

The salutatory address was delivered by Josefina Mona. Elda
Marina Salazar was the valedictorian.

Pallotti High School, Belize City

"Faith moves mountains of doubt and love moves hearts to serve
others loyally and well. It seems that in the hearts of women, more
than in the hearts of men, love rather than reason is the stronger
force for good and loyal service."

These were the thoughts of the Premier as he spoke before the
graduating class of Pallotti High School last Thursday.

There is more to love of country and its people. Love begets
love. If there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for a
follow citizen, there is no greater service than to live and to work
together to make Belize a better country and B'lizeans a bettor
people, he declared.

Love Is The Thing

The law of love knows no frontiers. It is upon this mutual
love that the found-tion of just international relations, seeking the
good of all people and respecting their rights, is built.

We are making progress. Love drives us forward, freeing us
from age-old prejudices and from outworn notions that condemn our
country and its society and economy to stagnation and impPovrishnont.

He continued: "It is love that cuts us free from this
stagnation to launch out into the future with courage and conviction
that by hard work and loving service we shall attain an independent
Belize where Belizeans will be happy, prosperous, ard in possession
and control of all their country's affairs."

Concluding, he urged the graduating class of Pallotti High
School to hold this unselfish love in their hearts. This would
inspire them to achieve those grearer things which our country and our
people expect from them.

Earlier, the graduates were addressed by the Acting Chief Edu-
cation Officer Mr J.L. Blackett who advised that they use what gifts
they have in serving their country.

Virtue in anything lies in its use, he added. They should
have a positive outlook on life in order to promote the happiness of
our people.

The corrmony got underway with the Belizoan Anthem followed by
the processional played by Sister Mary Consuelo, C.MoP. Certificates
were presented by His Lordahip, Bishop Hodapp of the Society of

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Home Economics Centre

Among last wcek's graduates were sixty students from the Home
Economics Contre in Belize City. It was the second graduation ex-
orcise of the government operated institution.

The Minister of Education, the Hon Gwendolyn Lizarraga was on
hand to present the prizes.

Reporting on the institution, the Principal, Mrs Marie Young
said the Centre admits girls from Government aided primary school on
the recomnondation of principal teachers. The course is of two
y:ars' duration and the subjects include Nutrition, Principles of
Cookery, Clothing Construction, Home Management, Child Care, Home
Care of the Sick and Family Relationship.

The principal speaker was the Home Economics Officer, Mrs
Norma Engloton.

The Acting Chief Education Officer Mr J.L. Blackett was in
the Chair. The invocation was performed by Reverend C.L. Carty and
the blessing was pronounced by Captain M:-thvin of the Salvation Army.

T7e ceremony opened with the playing of the Belizean Anthem
and ended with God Save the Queen.

Corozal Town Home Economics Centre

Thirty-six girls, ranging in ago from twelve to sixteen, com-
pleted a two year course at the Home Economics Centre in Corozal Town.

The institution is inter-denominational and supervised by
Sister Mary Gregoria, a Pallotine nun.

Pr sent at the ceremony was Mayor Santiago Ricalde and Mrs
Ricalde, the Acting Chief Education Officer, Mr J.L. Blackott, Rev-
crond D.A. Makey of the Methodist Mission in Corozal Town and Fathers
Francis Ring and Martin C. Avila.

The Acting Chief Education Officer told the audience govern-
ment is satisfied with the work being done at the Centre. It is in-
tended to set up similar centres throughout the country.


The Hon. D.L. McKoy, Minister of Labour, has been awarded a
Leader Grant to do an observation tour in the U.S.A.

It is expected that the Minister will be away for several

Arrangements for the visit were made through the U.S.A. De-
partment of Labour.

Mr McKoy will be travelling to Washington D.C. via Miami.


Mr G.W.J. Chadwick, Director of the Commonwealth Foundation,
is due in Belize on 14th of this month.

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It is expected that he will meet Accountants, Doctors, Architects,
Lawyers and other professional people.

The Commonwealth Foundation, established in March this year, is
fostering links between professional bodies in every part of the Common-
woilth. Already it has allocated funds to various professional societies
to encourage interchanges between individual members


The bye election to fill the vacancy on the Stann Crook Town
Board is to be held on Thursday, July 14th.

Polling stations for persons whose surnames begin with the letters
A to L will be at the Old Town Hall in Stann Creek Town.

For people whose surnames begin with the letters M to.Z, the sta-
tion will be at the Stann Creek High School.

Contesting the bye-election are Mr Carl Raymond Ramos (P.U.P.) and
Mr Albert Joseph Arzu (N.I.P.).

The returning officer is Mr Alonzo B. Ogaldez, the District


In an effort to facilitate loan repayments, the Reconstruction
and Development Corporation has appointed more agents to collect on its

They are: In Mullins River Village, Mr A. Haynes; In Silk Grass
Village, Mr W. Castillo; at the township of Independence, Mrs R. Rubio;
and-in Stann Creek Town, the Bolize Electricity Board.

With effect from 15th July, tho San Ignacio branch office will
also be authorized to take repayments in the Cayo District.

To help people who have difficulty in accumulating money, the
Corporations agents are authorized to receive any amount. Borrowers are
reminded that frequent small repayments may be the c.lution to some of
the present difficulties.

It is emphasised that the Corporation will take legal action in
cases of lack of attention to repayment obligations. Borrowers should
therefore make the utmost effort to pay regularly and avoid getting into


Heavy rains this ye-r have been hampering cane harvesting, with
an adverse effect on the manufacture of sugar. Despite this problem, by
the end of Juno some 35,081 tons of sugar had been produced.

The unusually heavy rainfall in June., leading a virtual shut down
around the end of June, led to the inundation of fields and sugar roads
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But in the tacc of these setbacks the Company and the Cane FarrQ r::
Sare still determined to produce between 40,000 and 45,000 tons of sugar
estimated for this years crop. This may mean extending the grinding
sc.son from the scheduled closing date on July 31st to about nid-Au:,ust,
or oven the end of August.


When the Connecticut Surmiar Course on dancing opened at Now LoT r.
on Sunday afternoon, Miss Donaldine Fairweather the noted dance instruct. --
from Belize was there.

Stucdents from all over the United States of America and a few
for-ign countries arc attending the eight-week intensive training in Cr
Stivo, Modern and Ballet Dancing.
Miss Fairweather began her career as a dance instructor as a
. kindergarten teacher at St. -Hilda's four years ago.

She w1s later appointed head of the Y.W.C.A. course in crr.-tiv:.

Her choreography is mostly concerned with Bolizoan and Caribbean

"Creole Revelry", "The Blending of the Races",and "Mayan 7chos"
are among her more successful conmositions.
:'C "Creole Revelry" a FePtival of Arts feature, captured an w.rd f..
presentationn at the Festival, earlier this year.

Miss Fairweather, who last year won a British Council bursary t"
attend a six weeks course in Cro-rtivo Dancing at the University of the
West Indies, is on a scholarship financed jointly by the Connecticut
College, the National Festival of Arts Committee and herself.

She was seen off at the Bolize International Airport on Saturday
by Mr and Mrs Jack Howell of thd Peace Corps who wore instrumental in
arranging the course.


Mr Henry Fletcher, Executive Director of OXFAM, Canada, spent tw-
days here last week going over a proposed progrro me of activity here wit;K
senior officials.

On Wednesday he visited Central Farm and small farrs in thC Cryo
District to see how hybrid corn trials are coning along. The corn scoe
was purchased with a grant of $20,000 from Oxfan.

Before leaving for Central Farm he had an audience with the


An upper flat, costing $6 000, is to be added to the Office of tl
Holy Redeemer Credit Union Limited on Hydes Lane in Belize City.


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Hodarpps-House, -the-one .flat building was built in 1959 at a cost
of $9,000.

The extension will be of ferro-concrete. It wis dosiined by
Dennis Gonguoz, a Belizean engineer. The contractor is Mr Erlington

Describing--the--addition, Mrs Jane Usher, Treasurer-Mana:ger of tho
Credit Union, said it will contain a special vault to house thl rooords
of the Union.

It is due for completion next September.


Four U.S.A. citizens ended a four day visit to Belize on Saturday
after looking into investment possibilities.

The four are: Mr Arthur F. Wood, and Mr Dickson H. Thorin of
Wood and Associates, an engineering and surveying firm in Florida, Mr
Preston L, Tillman, Real Estate Agent and Mr C.R. Berry, the pilot of the
twin engine aircraft which brought the quarto.t to Belize.

Accompanied by Mr Keith Bowen, the party told Premier George ..
Price about their keen interest in possible investments in horcing and
road building.

They said they wore very interested in the progress th. country
is making and had been attracted hero by the stability of its Government*

It was the fifth visit of Mr Preston Tillman who said ;that,
having made a thorough study of the countryts potential, he haC been able
to persuade the other three gentleman to come to Belize to look things
over for themselves.

Premier Price told them that his Government is ready to work
along with any group interested in joining in the work of developing the
country to roach its goal of independence.


With effect from July 1st the Chairman of the Public Service
Commission will be receiving a salary of $1,200 per annum. Evcry other
member will receive $10.00 for each meeting he attends, subject to a
maximum of fifty dollars in any calendar month.

This is the result of Statutory Instrument No. 43 of 1966,
authorized by the Governor on July 6th.

THE PRESIDENT OF THE GUILD OF GRADUATES and Chairman of the Externa~t ...
Affairs Commission of the Guild of Undergraduates of the West Indies, w-s
here last weok exploring the possibility of establishing a work camp

Under the scheme, U.W.I. under-graduates would spend a maximum of
six weeks-here working on some development project.

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--RE RENI-KELSY~RRIS, a Belizean-retu-ned home on July 3rd ai fr com-
plating four years at-theb-Union Theological Seminary iL Jamaica.

Reverend Harris will take up an appointment in Jamaica lo August.

He was guest preacher at Wesley Church on the occasion of its
fifteenth anniversary.

$2 224,000 CAME TO BELIZE IN 1965 under bi-lateral aid schemes under
-Br taijn'-sJinis-try--of Overseas Development.

In addition, 46 Britons not including 21 Volunteors, served her-
during the 1965-6 period, under technical assistance schemes.

MR ISMAEL GOMEZ, President of the Chamber of Commerce, has spoken to
senior students at Wesley College about careers in business.

The lecture was another in the series on "Your Career' sponsored
by the college.

GREGORIO ARANA, a Belizean student at the University of the We -t Indies,
Mona, has been awarded the Allon Lane Essay prize for his essEy on "The
Writings of James Baldwin".

The award, which is open to all students of the Univer:ity, was
instituted by Sir Allen Lane of Penguin Books Limited. It has a cash
value of $40. of which half must be spent on books approved by the Exam-

H.C. FLOWERS, returned home last week after successfully completing a
four year course in Forestry at the University of British Columbia in
Vancouver, Canada.

He has been awarded the Bachelor of Science degree.

CHANGES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED in the titles of certain public officers.

The post of Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance is now
styled Financial Secretary, and that of Economic Secretary is now Head
of the Planning Unit. Principal Secretaric are now Permanent accretarps,
and the Principal Establishment Officer is to be the Permanent Secretary

SECOND LIEUTENANTS K.B. Smith and R.H. Locke have been promote'. to the
rank of First Lieutenant.

These Volunteer Guard promotions were okayed by the Governor,
Sir Peter Stallard before his dcperture.

W.H.L. ALLSOPP, the U.N. Fisheries Advisor has forecast a brig' r future
for the lobster and marine scale fish industries.


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In a statement issued on the ove of his departure he ur,;od the
fishermen to continue to support their cooperatives to express their
views through the fisheries advisory unit, and to adhere to tho regula-
tions and programme of investigations which has been initiated.

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