Group Title: Belize newsletter
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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Volume ID: VID00078
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LflE EK: P. O. Box 324,

SAUG 1 966

No. 2- ************ Up to 18th July, 1966.

The Canadian Prime Minister, Mr Lester Pearson last week ex-
pressed regret that Premier George Price was not able to attend the
Comn.onwealth Caribbean-Canada Conference held in Ottawa in early

'.. The main topics discussed were sugar and immigration.

In a letter delivered here following the end of the con-
forence, Mr Poarson expressed hope that there would bq an early end
to the circumstances which had made it impossible for'Premier Price
to join with the Commonwealth Western Hemisphere Ministers.

He would like to see future meetings of a similar nature at
which Mr Price will be able to attend.

Prime Minister Pearson has said he thinks the conference was
most successful. Although Premier Price was missed, our country was
ably represented by Mr Hunter the Minister of Natural Resources and
The Prenier was originally scheduled to head the Belize
delegation. His visit was cancelled, however, as a result of the re-
cent disorders.
Hono Again
Meanwhile, the Minister of Natural Resources and Trade, who
substituted for the Premier, returned from the conference on Friday.

The Minister had been accompanied by the Financial Secretary
Mr R.A. Fonseca, Permanent Secretary Mr A.S. Frankson and the Head
of the Planning Unit, Mr D.R. Gill who acted as advisors during the

The Minister will be reporting to the Cabinet at its next
noting and to the House of Representatives when this re-convenes
later this month.

At 2:00 p.m. last Monday, shortly after his arrival here,
the new Governor Sir John-Paul, was sworn in at a sombre ceremony
held in the Chamber of the National Assembly.

( /.......During


During the course of his prepared address Sir John declared:

"It is most certainly not the policy of Her Majesty's Go-
vernment to settle the terms of independence without prior and full
consultation with the representatives of the people concerned."

This statement was received with applause by the packed
Chamber. The new Governor continued:

I:.iposition Ruled Out

"It is inconceivable that Her Majesty's Government would seek
to impose conditions of independence, which are not manifestly in
accord with the wishes of the people 'of that country."

He is aware that the firm intention of the Government is to
lead the country into independencee as a sovereign independent stato
as soon as this may be proved practical. And he promised to give the
Government all the advice and all the support in his power.

Dressed in striped trousers and a black tailcoat, the former
Governor General of Gambia said it would be quite improper for him to
discourse on the public affairs of this country in any detail, except
after consultation with or on the advice of the Honourable Premier
and his Ministers.

*This is a small country. But size is not all important. The
well-being and the progress of a country, given reasonable natural re-
sources, depends in the main on the quality and the character of the
people comprising it; on their ability to live in peace one with
another; on their capacity and their integrity of purpose.

He believes, he said, that neither these human qualities nor
the natural resources are lacking in this territory.

Appeal For Good Will

Referring to the recent disorders in Belize City, Sir John said
he know that he was speaking for everybody who has the country's in-
terest at heart, when he affirmed that it is essential for goodwill and
good sense to be restored at once and preserved. Without peace and
stability in a country there would be no progress.

There is no reason whatever why the good progress which has
been maintained cannot be accelerated. Whether this will be assisted
by closer economic and administrative cooperation with our neighbours,
no one is competent to judge at this stage.

Sir John told the House he was speaking personally when he
sug7osted that an amicablee and realistic reconciliation of the Anglo-
Guatemalan dispute would be in the interest of all the parties con-

Demonstrations Premature

He sincerely trusts that no further attempts be made -to pre-
judice the issue by public demonstrations and statements, which, at
this juncture, are not only premature but irresponsible.

We have entered, what is a vitally important stage in shaping
the destiny of this country. Let us look to the future and devote our
.6norgies to considering collectively the very real problems which con-
front us.


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Continuing, he affirmed:

"The country is entitled to expect the goodwill and cooperation
of all its leaders in all fields, both government and opposition alike,
so that the country can go into independence'in unity in a form which
is honestly believed to be in the best interest of the country."

With The Premier And His Ministers

His own role, he said, is to safeguard the constitution in
association with the renier and his Ministers, to upholl the rule of
law as laid down constitutionally and to assist the Civil Service in
the discharge of its duties not as servants of any particular party
but as servants of every person in the country.

He would try to ensure that the Civil Service is kept free of
political influence and interference.


STUDENT-MR JERONTMO-CAL of Yoh Creek Village who has been studying in
Puerto Rico for the past four years. He has obtained the B.Sc.
in Agriculture from the University of Puerto Rico.

Speaking about Lynam Agricultural College, Mr Cal said the
college is playing and will play an outstanding part in our present and

He thought that more of the students should be given the opportu-
nity of continuing their studios after graduation.

The visitor congratulated Mr Price on the good work government
has accomplished during the period he was away.

Mr Cal hopes to go on to Cornell University in the
study for the Masters degree in Plant Physiology and Agricultural Bio-

Always a serious student, he was awarded Best student shield of
the University of Puerto Rico for the year 1965-1966.

International T.U. Reps.

MESSRS. R. HANSEN AND J. SANDOVAL, both of ORIT and Steve Keating of the
Postal, Telegrtph and Telephone International.

These foreign officials were here to participate in the recent
formation of a national Trade Union Congress, made up of the General
Workers Development Union, the Public Officers Union and the Union of

Accompanied by Mr Adolfo Rosales, Secretary of the General
Workers Development Union, Mr Oswald Mathews, Executive Secretary of the
POU and Mr Parham of the Union of Teachers, the visiting trade union
officials paid a courtesy call on the Premier.

Mr Hansen stressed that the T.U.C. is a non political organiza-
tion. Its primary objective, he said, would be to obtain better work-
ing conditions.for its membership.


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He also informed the-Premier that a two week-trade-union Seminar
is being planned as part of the educational Dgramme .of the Congress.
Representatives from all over the country will take part.

The Premier thanked them for their visit. Trade Unions working
along the right lines ,Jhe-told_thet, could-contribute much to the devel-
opment of the -country.

Fornor Teacher

Hugh Fairweather, back in the capital following an absence of
five years

She is vacationing with relatives before returning to California,
U.S.A. where she holds a post in the Food Department of a summer resort
catering to tourists from all over the world.

Leaving Bolize immediately after the 1961 hurricane, Mrs
Fairweather did a one year course at the Los Angeles Trade and Technical
college in Food Preperation.

Belizeans- in California-get-bo-thjnawspapers published here she
reported. Those she met are well informed about current affairs at home
and have every confidence in the ability of their Premier to uphold the
dignity and sovereignty of Belize, whatever the occasion.

The Premier wished her success and happiness for the future.


A prayer for better understanding and for national unity in
facing up to the problems now confronting the country
This was the contribution of some sixty five Belizeans of Burrel
.Boom to the nation-wide debate on recent moves to end the dispute between
Britain and Guatemala over the future of Belize.

"We are fully satisfied with the way your government has been de-
veloping our country in accordance with its Manifesto," their testimonial
said. It continued: "We pray that God may guide you and your govern-
rocnt; that your courage and devotion may bring about a better understand-
ing as we work together to secure a better life."

Another correspondent, from George Town in the South, wrote:
"We want peace among ourselves and with our neighbours in order to attain
progress and prosperity."
Other letters showed that the Belizean people are calmly resolved
to bo steadfast with their government in the continuing search for an
honourable settlement of the dispute.

There were more letters during the week in support of this theme.
Sone of them were from village councils at Cock Loft, Flowers Bank,
Canalote and Libertad.
Norman Cattouse of San Andres Road, Corozal Town wrote to say
.that he is fully satisfied that all of government's actions .are intended
to secure orderly progress and independence for Belize.


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As the weekend approached other letters came from village council
i c.i::irmen at Maskall on the Northern River and Cotton Tree village, alon,
the western highway.

"We, are proud to accept you as the only person who has been con-
stitutionally chosen to 1:ad'our beloved country in this matter," wrote
the chairman from Maskall. "The goal of independence has been set by the
S3,lizoan people and from this there is no turning back. May God continue
to inspire you with grace so that you will be able to find the road to
prosperity and happiness for our people."


"The Belizean land is our treasure, and for Lynam College it is
element of study and research."

This was what Premier Price told the 1966 graduating class of
Lynan Agricultural College.

Graduates of Lynan Agricultural College! he said, must know the
Belizoan land and love its rich potential. It is Government's policy-to
:ake more land available to our Belizean farmers and help then to pro-
.:uce nore food for .the domestic and export market.

Comparing the' christian democratic land reform of Belize pro-
gra-me with that of Chile, Mr Price declared: "It is Government's task
to acquire and to make it possible for the farmer to own his land." On
the other hand it is the Belizean farmer's challenge to work the land and
produce crops for hone use and'for export.

Sharo In Present Growth

Challenging the youths Mr.Price said: "You have beeh given
special training to know the land and its use and its potential. To tame
and control and work the land is not an easy task. It is a task for
giant builders who must save the land. Yet there is hope that our pre-
sent growth, with your help, will redound to the future greatness of

And Mr Pr'ce.-.urged .the graduates to share in the promotion of the
country's present growth in order to be able to enjoy t'ie future great-
ness of Belize.

In his address of welcome, Pedro Cho, for tne graduating class,
promised their faithful service to the country. It is only through the
efforts of her own sons that Belize-will develop and be raised to the
status which befits her among the great nations of the world.

The valedictorian was Benito Garcia.

Ton -raduates received cortific.tos.

The ceremony began with the playing of the Belizean Anthem.


There were lots of surprises when the annuIl-exhibition staged
by-students of the Belize Teachers' College was opened last Wednesday

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A hilhl!irht of the event was the array o*f teaching aids used by
stu '.onts during' their teaching practise sessions in Belize City recently.
In the acadneic section there were reports enbodying original ro-
s :ch by the students in their social studies projects. And rounding
. .. the ,aroLram:, there wore features on needlework, art, and handi-
c :-:t.


Mr Albort Arzu of the National Independence Party ocinesd the
inner in the Stann Cr"ok bye-election.
He received 664 votes, one hundred nore than the riv-l P.T.P.
c.l.'i.~te, Mr Carl Rao::s.

There were 1,833 registered voters, 1,259 of whou went to the
nolls. The contest was brought about by the death of Mr Richard
Castillo, a Justice of the Peace.

The Minister of Education, the Hon.Mrs Gwendolyn Lizarraga,
visit'!d the Anglican and Ro:-an Catholic schools at Hattiovillo during th'

The Minister was imlconed with bouquets, sp'-eches r.n the playing. :
:* c;he Belizoan anthem.

Her address to the students was about good citizenship and the
lue of a sound christian education. They should be obedient and help-
ful both at hone and at school, she advised.

As the Minister departed the children sang the British-Antho':.


Corozal Town's now 24-hour electricity system was inaugurated on
3un ?.y.

Present for the occasion were the Minister of Power, the Hon.
Eactor Silva and the Town's Mayor, the Hon, Santiago Ric-.ldo.

The building which houses the plant was constructed by the Public
Works Depart:-ont at a cost of $26,000.


The drive to mako Belize nore beautiful was given a push last
-'co: as the Beautifiication sub-coaimittee of the Tourist Board announced
the setting up of a Belize City depot where ornamental plants can be pur-

The e-pot supplied front Agricultural Deoartnent's rrn,::untal
s-ction at Central Farn, is located In the Marketing Board coi:mound.
-h:.r-. are potted flower plants and shade trees in a wide variety.
/Pric. .........

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% Prices range from .251 to o50o.
Cortuaenting on the brisk pace of sales at the depot, a spokesman
for the Board said this was an indication of the level of unsatisfied
demand in Belize City. The people who formerly found it impossible to
so all the way up to Central Farm during working hours were the first
to p5.otronize the centre. Inspired by th # ~a""nthApr- '"'-i-+ .hA ial
pnign, he added, there was no doubt that hundreds of others with a less
intense interest in landscaping and beautification would be induced to
start hone gardens.
The Beautification Committee is headed by Mr E. King a quali-
fied horticulturist and.a Fellow cf the Royal Horticultural Society.


Work on the construction of seventy five Duplex Houses at the
new capital site is underway,
The project will cost about $200,000.
The Public Works Department is in charge. of the construction.
According to a P.W.D. report a hundred men will be employed until about
the end of the year.
These houses are being prepared for the nain contractor for the
now capital. Eight other houses, for senior staff, are also to be


C-RE, THE COOPERATIVE for American Relief Everywhere, last week present-
0e a 1964 Austin Cambridge Station Wagon to the Stella Maris School for
handicapped children.
The Ministry of Health will be responsible for its upkeep and

"La Hora Nazarene"), Mr Paul Skilles, General Secretary of the Interna-
tional Nazarena Young People's Society, the Reverend Ponder Gilliland
cnd' Professor Ray More arrived from the U.S.A. to conduct a series of
cvangclical meetings.
They were accompanied by nine college and university students
from North America.

T'.E LOBSTER SEASON opened on Friday, July 15th.
It is now legal for fishermen to catch and process lobsters for
hoioe consumption and for export,
It is expected that five fishermenrs cooperative societies will
be participating in the processing and export of lobsters.


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A ITW PEACE CORPS-CONTTIGENT now in training at Lincoln University, is
to replace those presently.serving in Belize.

There are approximately forty volunteers. The group is to in-
clude science and mathematics teachers, elementary teacher-training
assistantsmr-n-_1i cocunimty development workers and a small number of

They are expected to arrive here early in Septebe.

EDWA.D J. MIGUEL, JR. has been promoted to the post of Radio Engineer
in the Broadcasting Department.

Last year. he successfully completed a course leading to the
diploma in Electric Technology of National Schools in Los Angeles,

A NEW COMMUITTY CENTRE at Ontario Village, mile 58 on the Western High-
way, was declared open by the Minister of Local Government last

The building was constructed on the Aided Self Help basis.
Following the ceremonial opening there was a dance sponsored by the
village council.

PLANTNED TO ACCOMMODATE offices of the village council, Credit Union,
Library and Health Centre is the community centre which was started at
August Pine Ridge on July 6th.

It is an aided self help project. The construction is being
supervised by Mr Eric Rice of the Social Development Department.

The project was initiated by the area Representative, the Hon.
Guadalupe Pech.

"HE NEW DRY CLEANING SERVICE at 15, Prince Street, Belize City, has a
capacity of 100 pounds per load.

The management offers to do ten pounds for .75J and to iron
:on's shirts for .391.

TEE HARLEM STARS, a professional basketball team from the U.S.A.
arrived here by road last Saturday to play a series of exhibition games.

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