PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES
AUG 9 1966 BLZE P. 0. Box 324.
No. 30 ******** Up to 25th July, 1966.
FIRST FRUITS OF THE MICHIGAN PARTNERSHIP
Fifteen four year university scholarships have been offered
Bolizeans by the Michigan team of the bi-lateral friendship and
The scholarships, leading to the Bachelor degrees are worth
$120,000. Successful applicants would enter university in September
Information on the academic background, civil status and em-
ployment record (where applicable) of persons applying should reach
the educationn Committee of the Belize Partners before August 5th.
Interviews will be held during the week of August 7th.
SUPPORT FOR PREMIER UNWAVERING
As the days go by correspondents from all over the country -
.nd the farming areas in particular continue to express their
foe.lings on the controversy over the Anglo-Guatemalan dispute.
Typical of these messages is one from the Village Council
Chairman at Black Man Eddy who wrote: "I wish every Belizean could
soo the good work your government is doing for the farmers, es-
pecially in the western district." He was referring to the issue'of
lnd under secure conditions of tenure and other schemes for assist-
ing the small farmer.
From Copper Bank another small farmer declared: "All we,
want under your leadership is independence for Belize."
CONFIDENT, STILL BUILDING
Belizeans of San Jose on the Northern Highway last week
affirmed their support when they told area Representative Elito
Urbina.: "We stand firm as.always on the objective of making Belize..
a sovereign, independent nation.
The Representative was there to discuss the construction of
a Corunmity centre, installation of a-water system and village
The village's Farmerst Cooperative recently received a loan
of $750 from Government to finance an irrigation-system. Plans are
underway for the construction of an office building.
Before leaving the village, the Honourable Urbina was assured
by the people of their loyal support for the Premier's handling of
CRAYFISH: AN IMPORTANT FOREIGN EXCHANGE EARNER
Five co-operatives, with a combined membership of 543 fisher-
nen, have been allocated quotas and given the 'go-ahead' as the lob-
ster season started on July 15th.
Last year, exports of lobster amounted to 1,657,110 pounds -
worth over a million dollars in foreign exchange.
A announcing the quotas last week, the Ministry of Natural Re-
sources told fishermen: they should' continue to provide the statis-
Stical information required .for thesuocessful completion of the inves-
tigations initiated by the U.N. Marine Biologist. The U.N. has
already arranged for the replacement of Mr Allsopp who was, until re-
cently, in charge of the project.
To Protect The Industry
The Ministry also took advantage of the opportunity to warn
fishermen, fish processors, vendors, hotel and restaurant owners
about the taking of undersized crayfish,
Section 3 of the Fisheries Rogulaticns prohibits the taking,
killing, or capturing, or attempting to take, kill, or capture any ---.--.
crayfish, within the waters of Belize if the cape length is loss than
three and a half inches or the weight of the tail is less than four
Quite apart from ... r~ this law, violators would be ad-
versely affecting the future of an important industry.
USING WHAT WE HAVE
Government ne ds the assistance of _ivic organizations nr
its drive to improve the economy of the country. This is the policy
and no effort is being spared to give effect to it.
This is what the Hon. Albert Cattouse, Minister of Local
Government, told ladies from all over the Cayo district as they
settled in at Georgeville village early in the week for a six day
"Your participation in this residential Course, is a sure
indication that you support in principle the aims and objects of
your government," the Minister declared. The undertaking which the
Government has accepted can only be realized if the people work hard
Government realizes tlati if .te lot of the people in the
rural areas can be improved :' affording thm better amenities, by
assisting them to improve their financial position it will be a firm
step towards national solvency, With this tn view courses of this
nature had been organized to help ouseowive." get maximum results
from resources at their doorstops reviou ly, used to be discard*
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S The more people get together and discuss-their problems intell-
igently, the quicker will solutions be found and social-economic pro-
The ceremony got underway with the playing of the Belizean
Anthem as the Minister arrived.
The address of welcome was given by the leader of the George-
ville Ladies Group, Miss Margaret Mendoza. The Vote of thanks was
noved by Miss Edith Reneau, the Chairman of the Unitedville Ladies
Group, followed by the playing of the British National Anthem.
Lectures were scheduled to be given in Agriculture, problem
solving, group dynamics and elementary gardening,.
Subject covered included kitchen gardening, home improvement,
rug making, food preservation, craft work, and recreation. In addi-
tion, there were organized games and community singing.
FOR THOSE THAT WAITED IN DARNKESS....LIGHTI
After about two months without electric lights it was "switch
on" time in Benque Viojo del Carmen last Tuesday night.
The town's electricity supply system was recently taken over by
the Belize Electricity Board. When it became apparentthitthoTomBc20d
was not in position to provide a similar service the area represent"
tive the Hon. Santiago Perdomo, approached the Chairman of the Belize
Electricity Board and arranged for the take over.
The re-electrification of Benque Viejo del Carmen is in line
with government's declared intention of creating an integrated National
A spokesman for the Ministry of Public Utilities said that
Belizoans of Benque Viejo del Carmen have expressed relief and satis-
faction over the move.
BALANCING CANE REQUIREMENTS
Future requirements of the sugar cane industry were discussed
at length in a release last Monday from the Ministry of Natural Re-
With effect from the 1967 season and for the foreseeable future
the statement pointed out, the Libertad Factory in the Corozal District
will require 255 tons of cane from farmers to manufacture 30,000 tons
of sugar. The new Tower Hill Sugar F.ctory will require some 85,000
tons of cane from farmers to manufacture a further 10,000 tons of
Results of a field survey carried out by the Department of Ag-
riculture early this year show that at the end of 1965 cane production
in the Corozal District exceeded planned requirements for the Libertad
factory in 1967.
Cane Farmers in the Corozal District were therefore advised not
to plant any more cane for the time being.
Orange Walk District Position Different
On the other hand, the survey showed th:.t many of the new cane
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fields in the Orange Walk District will not be ready for reaping in 1967.
The Sugar Board has therefore agreed that during that year? when there
will be a shortage of farrmers' cane from the Orange Walk District area
for the Tower Hill factory, provisional licences will be issued to
c'.ne farmers only to the extent necessary to make up the short fall.
If Orange Walk District farmers meet the requirements of the
Tower Hill Factory after 1967, the Sugar Board will not issue pro-
visional licences until such time as increase production of sugar is
Time To Register
The release went on to advise cane farnmrs who have planted
cane for d-livcry to the Libortad factory in 1967, but who do not at
present possess a licence or a provisional licence, to register with
the Secretary of the Sugar Board, Mr Sevoro Pinto, in Corozal Town,
not later than Au-gust 15th this year.
And cane farmers of the Orange Walk District who intend to de-
liver cane to the Tower Hill Factory during 1967 should register with
the Secretary of thu Sugar Board in Orange Walk Town by the 15th of
August. Mr Pinto will be available at the Town Hall on Wednesdays
between 8:00 a.im. and 5:00 p.n.
Farmers who fail to register, as requested, will not be con-
sidered for a licence.
Applications should be accompanied by documentary evidence that
the farmer has a vlid forn of land tenure pertaining to the land on
which his cane is pl-ntod.
REPAIR FOR HAWKESWORTH BRIDGE
Hawkesworth Bridge which spans the Macal River between San
Ignacio and Santa Elena is undergoing extensive repairs.
Work is foing on around the clock. Fourteen men are engaged
with the project.
Built in 1949, Hawkesworth bridge is 'the only Suspension type
bridge in Bolize.
NEW GOVERNOR SAYS "HOWDYI"
Sir John Paul, the new Governor, paid formal visits to a number
of government departments last week.
On Tuesday Sir John visited the Ministry of Finance and Economic
Development, the Treasury, Income Tax, Customs and excise, and Informa-
tion Departments and Radio Belize.
Next day, it was the Ministries of Education, Internal Affairs
and Labour, all of which are situated in the Barclays Bank building.
He then went on to the Printing, Housing and Planning, Education and
At each stop, the Governor chatted informally with junior staff
and their superior officers.
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U.S.A. INVESTORS CONFIDENT
Caribbean Empire, a new development company, has planted some
30,000 bits of bananas on their holdings at Riversdale in the Stann
Some 15,000 acres have been devoted to this project.
Disclosing this on Monday, Mr Woodie Hall told the Premier
that the members of his company have full confidence in the Govern-
r-ent. It was their considered opinion that the country has groat
Mr'Hall was presento.dCy't Ton Miles, a business associate.
The visitors said they find it exciting to be working in a
country which is in the process of becoming a new independent nation.
BRANCH LIBRARY IMPROVED
The renovated Cinderella Town Library Building in Belize City
was visited by the Minister of Education, the Honourable Mrs.
Lizarraga on Monday morning.
On arrival, the Minister was not by the Librarian, Mr Leo
Bradley, and the Chairman of the National Library Service, Miss Evadne
After inspecting the building and book collection Mrs
Lizarraga had words of appreciation for the Surveyor General, Mr James
Waight for his part in arranging for the acquisition of the site.
Cinderella Town was first provided with aLibrary in 1958.
The structure was destroyed in Hurricane Hattie in 1961 but was imme-
diately rebuilt by the Public Works Department on the Saint Joseph's
The Cinderella branch library at its now location looks south
along Simon Lamb Street.
At present there are 500 library members in the Cinderella
Town area. Last week, the Librarian called on residents -of the area
to na-ke full use of the more comfortable facilities.
NEWS IN BRIEF
RAFAEL FONSECA, O.B.E., the Financial Secretary, left the country on
Thursday on vacation leave.
During his absence, D.R.B. Gill, who heads the Planning Unit,
will be the Acting Financial Secretary.
ANTHONY DILLETT, Junior Assistant Librarian, left for London on Sun-
day where he will study at the Colonial Library Service in Archives
and the Administration of sub-libraries.
BACK IN BELIZE after a-one year course in Public Health and Health Edu-
cation is Conrad Arzui
He gained both the Diploma of Royal Society of Health and the
Jamaican Certificate of Health Education.
DAVID G. LORD, an Antropology student from Michigan State University,
is spending a few weeks at San Pedro, Ambergris Caye whore he, is
collecting material for a thesis.
On Monday he paid a call on the Premier to say thanks for the
assistance he is receiving from the Belizean government*
SEVEN YOUNG LADIES arrived on Friday from ith.eManitowoc senior High
School in Wisconsin under the sponsored: itsiijitxchange programme with
the Cayo C.ulkor Roman C-tholic School and MaR i~c.
The young ladies are guests.of foster ho"*,_ at the Caye.
A SCIENCE LABORATORY is being constructed'-t-Ccentral Farm to spearhoad
government's pronisod expanded programme 6:.experiment and research.
THIRTY FOUR STUDENT TEACHERS, all of them in their first year of train-
ing at the Belize Teachers' College, were successful in the First ,id
examination of the Red Cross Society.
The Red Cross Club at the College comes under the social aspect
-of their training.
CHARMING CQG~iELO BANNER will be crowned Queen of the grand Fair to be
hold at San Ignacio on July 29th.
Proceeds will go to the Saint Ignatius Parish (Santa Elena -
Cayo District) building fund.
MAURICE RAFFAEL, Deputy Director of Operational Services Overseas at
the Ministry of Aviation in London arrived on Saturday in connection
with a tour of Caribbean territories to go over matters likely to be
discussed at the November meeting of the International Civil Aviation