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Title: The Belize weekly newsletter
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Title: The Belize weekly newsletter
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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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I AUG 25 1966 WT
Z (TY P. O. x 324.

No. 31 ********** p to 1st August, 1966.

Following a lengthy debate in the House of Representatives last
Friday, a resolution dealing with two subjects of keen public interest
was adopted by an @verwhclning majority.
The resolution, introduced by the Hon. Louis Sylvestre, was in
the following terns:

"WfICTEA in April of this year the Premier informed a Member of
the Opposition in the National Assembly of his proposal that Radio
!Blizo apportion tine to both the Government and the Opposition for dis-
cussin: political matters in a responsible and authoritive manner;

MINDFUL of the Prcrnier's recent statement in this House that the
territorial integrity of Bolize can be safeguarded by the Volunteer
GC-u.rd and the Police Force and with the cooperation of our neighbours
c.-nd that should the need arise military aid would be sought from the
United Kingdor and elsewhere;
RECOGNISING AND CONFIRMING the Government's repeated unequivocal
.claration of its intention to lead this country into independence as a
s-vc:rign and independent nation within the Commonwealth of Nations,
w' is in accordance with the wishes of our people;

REGRETTING certain premature and distorted statements which have
beon :ade prejudging the final forn of the Mediator's proposals for the
rcsolverent of the dispute between Guatenala and the United Kingdom,
t";:7roby unwarrantably impugning this Government's integrity in its con-
tirinin" efforts to achieve sovereign independence for Beliz; ----..
DEPLORING that such statements, which were inflammatory in
th'-ir nature should have provoked certain outbursts of violence, there-
by regrettably endangering life and property:
(a) that a Special Select Committee comprising Honourables
Santiago Perdono (Chairman), Allan Arthurs, Florencio Marin, Edwin
/ Morey and Santiago Ricalde be appointed to consider the question of
political broadcasting in all its aspects and make recommendations to t..:
this House as to the policy to be followed by the Broadcasting Depart-
n:ont whereby tine might be made available over Radio Belize for the
discussionn of political questions in a responsible manner and

(b) that a Special Select Committee comprising the Honourables
Louis Sylvestro (Chairman), Philip Goldson, Fred Hunter, Lindbergh
RoTors and Elite Urbina be appointed to study the question o'f national
-.fcnce in all its aspects and, having regard to the financial resources

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cand connitnents of the country, recommend to this House what further
..e..sures, if any, are considered necessary to safeguard and maintain
the internal security and future sovereign independence of Belize.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in the interest of public concern
"nd national safety, public discussion on the mediation now in pro-
Cress should be deferred until such tine as the Mediator's definitive
Yr'-sals are formally' presented for public discussion and considera-
tion in order that any decisions which may be taken in this matter
2.-cord with the will of the majority of the Belizean people.

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED that this House condemns violence and sub-
vIrsion as neP.ns of achieving political objectives."

Fr Hunter's Firm Stand

During the debate, the Minister of.Natural Resources, the Hon-
ouraTblo A.A. Hunter, charged that the leader of the Opposition had been
di~.onest, ~mfar and uhajust in his conduct relating to recent develop-
-rants in the Guatenalan dispute.

Mr Goldson had given versions of what he said.the British Gov-
crn--m:nt had had to say at the conference, what the Mediator had said
an. what ho himself had said. At no time, however, had he bothered to
tell the people what the Prenier and the Government Delegation had bad
tc say,

The reason for this omission was that if Mr Goldson had done
this,, his clock would have stopped, there would be no drum for him to, no sabre to rattle.

Policy On Guatemala Clear.

Throughout the conferences, and notably in Miami, Mr Price had
::oIe the policy of his government towards Guatemala clear.

The Pronior had stated that we seek peace and friendship with
on'r Central Anerican brothers and in turn ask then to respect the prin- of self-determination.

In Belize, all parties are united in seeking their objective of
In opendence within the Con~Lonwealth. Belize would stay in the Common-
l--'Ith so lonf: as this serves their best interests.

''h-t Mr Goldson Should Do

As a responsible head of Government, Mr Hunter declared the
P:s-c:iir cannot break a pledge of secrecy. Since the Leader of the
-Oo0sition had stated that he had already broken the Official Secrets
At, surely he should be free to report on the position government
loecratos had taken.

As far as he was concerned, Mr Hunter said firmly, he has no
confidence in the leader of the Opposition. He had complete confidence
in the Peoplets United Party and its leader.

W'h it Ureoncy?

The Orange Walk North Representative, the Honourable Elite
Urbina, said the Leader of the Opposition had made out that there was
soro urgency for him to save the country from an imminot :. sell-out'
to Guatenala. The facts, however, do not indicate that there was any
such urgency.


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Mr Goldson was the last nonber of the Belizean delegation to
return hone after the talks with the exception of Mr C.L.B. Rogers,
Minister of Internal Affairs, who had gone to Michigan on Government

It had taken Mr Goldson 14 days to toll his story five of
which were spent in Belize City. Why did the Opposition leader take
so long to save his people.

One reason, Mr Urbina suggested was that he had been busy in
'ow York whipping up feelings of resentment against the Belizean Go-
v--nnont and seeking financial assistance for the activities he had

Civil Servants Should Serve Loyally

For the Toledo South division, Representative Charles Martinez
challenged the civil service to respond to the sense of urgency with
which govern:cnt has onbrrked on prorrammes designed to develop the

Civil Servants who fool that they cannot, with a clear con-
science give loyal service to the government of the day should resign.
Disloyal elements should be removed.

Co:. wealthh Ties Appreciated

In other action the House approved two resolutions re-affirming
the importance which the government of Belize attaches to the Common-
w~?lth connection.

The first of these, introduced by the Hon. S.A. Perdono was:

"THAT this House express its grateful thanks to the
Government of Trinidad & Tobago and the Trinidad
Branch of the Cornonwealth Parliamentary Associa-
tion for their kind and generous hospitality to the
delegates who attended the recent Regional Parlia-
mentary Conference held in that island and for the
efficient arrangements nade for holding the con- '
ference which greatly contributed to its success."

In the second, moved by the Hon. F.H. Hunter, attention was
focused on the value of the annual course in Parliamentary Practice
sponsored by the U.K. Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Associa-

The text was as follows:

"THAT this House, being of opinion that the courses
on Parliamentary practice and -rocedure arranged
annually by the United Kingdom Branch of the Common-
wealth Parliamentary Association are of the greatest
value in providing information and instruction for the
the assistance of members of Commonwealth Legisla-.
tures in their parliamentary duties, and providing
opportunities for the exchan: e of views and informa-
tion between parliamentarians from the various
countries of the Commonwealth, thus strengthening
Cormonwealth bonds and tending to preserve the prin-
ciples of parliamentary government in the Common-
wealth, desires to record its grateful thanks to the
United Kingdom Branch of the Association for its con-
tinuing generosity in arranging these courses and for
its gracious hospitality to those attending the

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In Canada Too

The -P.U.P. government's determination is to see the country
through to independence as a sovereign state within the Commonwealth.
This policy was also underscored at the recent Ottawa conference of
western hemisphere members of the Commonwealth club.

Following the formal address of welcome, the Hon. A.A. Hunter,
who-represented. Belize, was the first delegate to speak.

He told the conference the Government andpeople of Belize had
noted with satisfaction their resolution on the right of our people
to self-determination, adopted at the conference held in Barbados last

Thanking the Canadian government for its kind invitation to
participate in the important trade and development talks, he placed on
.. record the Belizean people's wish to remain within the Commonwealth as
an independent sovereign state.

These declarations, Mr Hunter told the House, had been received
with rousing applause.


A five man team of educators arrived last week from the United
Kingdom to help conduct the annual Vqcation Course for teachers. It
is understood that they are to concentrate on techniques of teaching
subjects which have a direct bearing on life in Belize.

The nain subjects for this years' course are Geography,
Mathematics and Science.

Introduced to the Premier .on Monday a spokesman for the group
said they hop-k the teachers taking the course will be able to acquire
a better knowledge of how to instruct their pupils about subjects
within their day to day experience.

Down To Earth Approach

The teachers will be shown how to observe and understand and
then to impart their knowledge of life in Belize. For example, in
science, more emphasis will be placed on natural science as opposed
to the purely physical side of their subject.

For his part, the Premier said he was pleased at this approach.
As we move to independence, he told the visitors, our people must look
inward and learn more about their country. They would thus come to
appreciate their country better and work with greater dedication for
its development.

The team is headed by Mr K.R. Cowgill, Headmaster, Inkersal
County Junior School, Lerbyshire, England; who is the Director of
Studies. Other members are YI, R,G. Davies, senior Geography Lecturer
at Avory Hill College, London; MrA* A.. ,rrbIan ,Ict!C or ,- (E. ~?t-ti,
Sotiz~tp* ri ?? M %hany HW.-oetor-. Hath-rsage County,
Junior School ai ir .8-, haw, d science tutor.


Fifty Sub-Librarians attended the eleventh annual Library
Course which opened here in Belize City on Friday.


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At a session held at the Technical Library on Saturday morning
the Honourable Fred Huntdr, VicddChairnan of the National Library
Board, spoke about Librarians and National Development, Reverend Father
J.P. OtConnor of the Society of Jesus, a nenber of the Library Board
who is also the Librarian at St. John's College spoke about the Librar.-
ian and the student and the Acting Chief Education Officer, Mr Joseph
Blackett, spoke about Libr-ries and Education.

As a prelude to their course the students visited libraries at
the Belize Toechors' College and at Cinderella Town Branch of the.
N-tional Library Service.

The course w-s scheduled to end on Monday, August 1st. It was
declared open by the Minister with government responsibility for
Libraries, the Honournble Mrs Lizarraga.


The contract has been awarded for construction of the bridge
which is to span the New River at Tower Hill.

This was disclosed by a spokesman for the Ministry of Public
Utilities last week who said the bridge will be 210 feet long, consist-
ing of three equal spans. The overall width will be thirty two feet
with a twenty eight foot wide carriageway. This will accommodate two
lane traffic,

Taylor Woodrow of London, who won the contract, will build a
coapos-te structure. This is to consist of a reinforced concrete deck
supported by steel beans. The bridge is scheduled for completion six
months after actual construction begins.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that the P.W.D. Roads section,
whicii has responsibility for the approach works, has already begun work
on the alignnent.


.The Minister of Internal Affairs the Honourable Mr C.L.B.
Rogers was present on Wednesday evening when His Excelloncy the Go-
vernor addressed the twenty eight successful renbers of the Seventh
Squad of Police Recruits to graduate from the Police Training School.

The Minister stood beside the Governor as he reviewed the
March Pass.

Receiving Long Service and Good Conduct Medals were Sergeant
Major Fred Gill, Serge-nt James Kelly, Corporal C.Hope and H. Felix.

This year the Baton of Honour went to Constable J. Dawson.
Runner.up was Constable L. Francis.

The First prize in the final examination was awarded to P.C.
H. Thinvrel and second prize went to G. Johnson. The Special prize
for exemplary smartness was earned by H. Rhaburn and marksman badges
were presented to constables J. Clarke, J. Sheran, S. Herreroa, J.
Dawson and H. Raburn.

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Information on a nutritional survey, underway since May 30th
this year was made public last week by the Ministry of Education.
Co-operating with the project are School Managers, Teachers and the
Ministry of Health.

The purpose of the survey is to gain information about the
feeding habits of school children in order to evaluate their general

Spearheading the effort is Doctor Barry Nocks, the Peace
Corp Physician, who in addition to his official duties has found
time to pay weekly visits to the Primary Schools in Belize City dur-
ing the term just ended.

Only school children between the ages of eight and nine are

The survey has been conducted by me-ns of a simple question-
naire which parents of each.child are asked to fill out and return
to the school.

The Ministry release cited this oxa~cise as yet another exan-
ple of Government's concern, not only for the intellectual progress
of our children, but also for their health. Without sound health,
it was pointed out, the efforts of Managers and teachers alike,
would be largely wasted.

As soon as arrangements can be completed, it is hoped to ex-
tend the survey to the districts.

Paying a visit to the Maya Beach Development project in the
Stann Creek district last week was the Minister of Public Utilities,
the Hon. Hector Silva. He was accompanied by his Permanent Secretary
and the Chief Civil Aviation Officer.

A runway and ferry location associated with the project were
inspected. The party then examined the alignment of a proposed road
to Seine Bight village.


Forty five teachers have been selected for the 1966/67 Inter-
im course at the Belize Teachers' College. Fifty are to take the
Diploma Course.

A release from the Ministry of Education last Friday said
seven new subjects would be offered Home Economics Mathematics,
Soeanea, Woodwork, Metalwork, English and Social Studies. The
sessions are to commence in late August and early September.

These developments were foreshadowed in the Throne Speech de-
livered in the National Assembly earlier this year.


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The Honourable Albert Cattouse, Minister of Local Govornrnent
has been appointed to act as Minister of Labour, during the absence
front the country of the Honourable David McKoy.

The acting appointaont was notified in a Gazette Extraordi-
nary published on July 23rd.

His Worship the Lord Mayor of Belize City, Mr Fred Westby is
to be a nembor of the now Lots Con-ittee appointed by the Ministry
of Natural Resources.

This was one of the decisions which resulted from the month-
ly general meeting of the Bolize City Council held on Tuesday.

The Programme of Works for the period 27th to 30th August,
was also approved. This includes the reconstruction of cran Gtreet,
general scavenging and the cleaning of canals.

The Council okayed the reconnendation of its Finance
Committee that an exgratia payment of $842.40 be paid to the another
of the late Mr Donald Gordon, a former employee of the Council.

A fee of three cents per pound has been instituted on exports
of shrimps.

Effective front July 23rd the new measure was made public in
Statutory Instrument No. 50/1966.

Hitherto, there was no export duty on shrimps. Shrimps were
not exported in commercial quantities. There have been indications
of late that a significant trade in this product may be developing.

Winners of St. John's College Merit Scholarships for the
academic year 1966-67 were announced by the Headnaster, the Reverend
Father Stochi of the Society of Jesus, last week. They are, for the
Second Year in the Acadenic Course Glenford Quallo, for the Second
Industrial Course, Sidley Leslie, the Third Academic Course, Lee

Antonio Linares won the third year Industrial Course award,
Reymundo Aguilar, for the fourth Year Academic Course and Clinton
Domingo for the Industrial Course.

The merit Scholarship programme was initiated a year ago.

The M-rit scholarships are in addition to the seventy five or
more grants in aid awarded by Saint John's College through the efforts
of the Alumni Association. The College also awards a year's scholar-
ship to the top student every year who is not already the holder of
another scholarship.

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Leaving Belize after a brief visit on Sunday was Dr Richard
Niehoff, and Dr Clarence Minken. Both are connected with the
Belize-Michigan Partners of the Alliance prograrme.

Dr Nienhoff is Assistant Dean for international programmes
and a professor of Education at Michigan State University, Dr
Minken, is Director of the Latin American Studies Centre and an
Assistant Professor of Geography at the sane University.

While here they held discussions with the Chairman of the
Belize Partners Cornnittee, Mr J.W. Macmillan and Mr E.W. Francis as
well as with Fr. Leo Weber of the Society of Jesus, Chairnan of the
sub-cormuittee on Education of the Belize Partners Organization.

On Saturday, accompanied by U.S.A. Consul, they called on
Premier George Price. The two educators informed the Prenicr that
they are working closely with Mr Warren Huff who cane here in the
first Michigan team which visited Belize in April.

It was their impression that the fifteen scholarships re-
cently offered by the Michigan Partners should be devoted to those
fields in which professional nen are required.


Senator Jesus Ken returned to Belize last week after attend-
ing a conference of Christian Trade Unions in Rone.

Mr Ken attended thw conference as a-delegate of the Federa-
tion of Latin-Americ-n i'arn'rs, v'.ich is an affiliate of-CLASSC.

The conference discussed land reform and agricultural de-
velopment in gre-t detail. The delegates visited major agricultural
projects in Balnoia, the Delta of the River Po and Mosna in
Southern Italy.

Mr Ken left Belize on June 2nd. On his return journey he spent
three days touring in Brussels, Belgium, where he visited the head-
quarters of the International Cooperative of Christian Trade Unions.

In Mexico City, he went to the headquarters of the Federation
de Canpesinos de America Latina, where preporatory discussions were
held about the forthcoming Continental Congress of Christian Trade
Unions, scheduled to be held in Guatenala City from 20th to 28th


Four Belizean teachers Rainundo Cuellar, Bernard Longsworth,
Miguel Wong and Lloyd Neal have been successful in the examinations
held this year at the University of the West Indies for the Pro-
fessional Certificate in Education.

Although the students returned home on June 26th,word of their
success was only received here last week.

Speaking about their one-year course, Cuellar and Wong said


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there wrs a ne' development in the course during the last academic year.
The students, they say, were able to take part in a seven week practise
session in primary schools in Janaica.

The course emphasized curriculum development and school adminis-

About plans for the future, Cuellar and Wong said they look
forward to their return to the classroom.

Their study abroad had widened their outlook and provided the
opportunity for then to become more proficient in their profession.


Before leaving for Kingston, Jamaica to take part in the Bienn-
ial Ccmonwealth Gacs the 32 nan Belizean team were received by Premier
George PriceG

The team is made up of shooters, boxers, cyclists, weightlifters
and rcaltes- They were accompanied by ten officials including a doc-
tor, t ainers, coach-s and a masseur.

.- Fricc personally shook hands with each member of the team.
In a sho,-- address in the Chamber of the House of Representatives he
told then i atI rbove all they must remember they are Ambassadors for
their ener;in:; nation, He wished then all the luck possible and ex-
pressed hope that they would bring back some of the coveted prizes.

nowrOvc,0 that was not the most important part of their mission.
What they nmu3- re iemeber was that they should at all tines project their
identity as a people striving for independence. "In every sport there
are wit nc: and losers," he went on. "If there were no losers, there
would be no anmes." '_iey should give of their best ,n5d maintain a hirh
standard of sportsmanship throughout the games.

The team wore accompanied by an excursion of Belizeans who went
along to witness the games and to give morel support to the Belizean
contest ants,

SEVENTY FPiVE FIRIMARY SCHOOL CANDIDATES were successful in the Government
Scholarship Examination held recently.

Scholarship holders can elect to attend tho secondary school of
their choice.

office in Punta Gorda town, last week became the fifth of its kind to
be registered by the Co-operative Department.

THIRTY EIGHT STUDENTS of the Belize Technical College, accompanied by
four teachers, left Belize City last week for an educational tour in

The visit was arranged through the courtesy of the Mexican Con-
sul, Licenciado Juan Manuel Ramirez.

BELIZE OFFSHORE GROTWERS LIMITED has been granted a Development Coines-
sion by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, the Honourable
George Price to undertake an agricultural project on 5,000 acres of land
situated in the Area of the Belize District.

Under the terns of the concession the Company must plant 500
acres in cucumbers and produce at least 6,000 of the vegetable by July
5th 1967. They must also pay fair wages to their employees and follow
fair labour practises in the operation.

LORRAINE CASTILLO, a Belizean, has qualified as a State Registered

Lorraine left this country in December, 1962 to pursue her
course at the Royal South Hants Hospital in Southampton, England.

EDWIN BANDOSINGH, 42, received the death sentence last week after he
was found guilty in the Supreme Court of the Murder of George Lamb last
December at the Esso Bulk storage depot.

The jury, however-did not arrive at a verdict on the other
accused John Ordonez, who was also charged with murder in the same

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