PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERtICES
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No. 33 ****U******* Up to 15th August, 1966.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TOWARDS IMPROVED FACILITIES
Salaries, allowances and privileges of members of the House of
Representatives on the one hand and suitable accommodation on the
other hand, are to be the subject of special study by two select
committees appointed last week by the House.
The Senate has been asked to name representatives from its num-
ber to join members of the House of Representatives on the study group
which is dealing with salaries, allowances and privileges.
The Speaker the Hon. W.H. Courtenay will sit on both
committees. Opposition members have been nominated to serve on the two
fact finding groups.
THE SENATE CONFIDENCE REAFFIRMED
The Senate last Tuesday rejected an opposition motion-calling
on the government to allay the public conscience which, it contended,
had been disturbed by recent events and to adopt measures to 'restore
confidence'in the P.U.P. government.
Senator Hassack, mover of the motion, said he did not think
there was anyone inside or outside the House who would object to the
suggestion that the public conscience was disturbed. There were a num-
ber of things that bring the leadership of government into question.
It was necessary that the people should have absolute confidence in
this leadership. And he made it clear that his remarks referred only
to the conduct of external affairs.
Replying, Senator Courtenay pointed out that when one speaks of
disturbed conscience it could only mean that there were people whose
conscience was bothering them. If these people's conscience was now
bothering them it could only be that they are suffering from a feeling
Those who were guilty of sparking off the disorders were guilty
of spoiling the reputation of our forefathers who had over the years
worked hard to bring the country to its present position through con-
Where The Stigma Lies
"All these efforts have been dashed away by thoughtless,irre-
sponsible acts of a few individuals. And the terrible part of it is
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that when the world judges the behaviour of these few it will not con-
fine its judgement to Belize City or a district or one segment of the
community, but all of us will bear the stigma," he declared.
About absolute confidence in the leadership of Government
Senator Courtenay pointed out that it would appear that the Senior
Opposition Senator was advocating the establishment of a totalitarian
The motion was rejected.
In other action, the Senate approved, without a dissenting
vote, a resolution by Senator Meighan, leader of government business
in the Senate, a motion thanking the Governor for his address to the
National Assembly on June 17th.
GALA CELEBRATIONS THIS YEAR
The National Day Celebrations programme opens on August 26th
with the traditional selection of Miss Belize. She will later join a
bevy of contestants to.vie for the coveted Miss Independence crown.
The programme retains most of the usual features. However,
two innovations are Talent Parades, a bugle band contest and spectac-
This year the theme chosen for the celebrations is "Belize -
United; Sovereign, Independent.
One of the big features this year, according to a spoamman for
the Committee, will be the National Fair to be held on Saturday, Sept-
ember 3rd. For the Fair there will be a popularity contest, dancing
On September 9th there will be a grand fireworks display, pre-
ceded by a grand cavalcade of fire engines, cars, motorcycles, scooters
Other items include the annual memorial service in honour of
Belizean Patriots, the Voice of Belize Contest, Horseracing and a
patriotic meeting to be addressed by dynamic speakers drawn from a re-
presentative cross section of the community.
The celebrations comes to its climax on the morning of Septem-
ber 10th our national day when there will be the competition of de-
corated floats, installation of Miss Independence, and the state of-
the nation address by Promier George Price and a reply by His
Excellency the Governor at the Memorial Park in Belize City.
Meanwhile in the districts, local committees are preparing
programmes for their area.
By week end throe contestants in the Miss Belize event-had
been selected. They were: for the Collet Division, Miss Audrey
fobateau; the Mesopotamia Division, Miss Josephene Dawson;and the Pick-
stock Division, Miss Margaret Barrow.
THE GUATEMALAN CONSULATE REPLIES
Following certain incidents which occu-red between July 12th and
13th last when it was reported th.t the Maya Prince and the Customs'
Launch Lollette had been subjected to close aerial examination by un-
identified military aircraft, enquiry w-s made of the Guatemalan Con-
sulate in Belize City on July 18th as to the identity of these aircraft
in view of the fact that the incidents took place in Belizean territorial
The matter was referred by the Guatemalan Consul to the Guatema-
lan Ministry of National Defence which replied last week to the effect
that, given that there may have been flights of this nature, they would
have been due to the state of the weather and to errors in navigation;
since the Ministry of National Defence had issued instructions that in-
cidents of this nature should be avoided.
This w-s the substance of a release issued on Wednesday by the
Government Information Services.
BAN 0N PUBLIC MEETINGS OFF
A Gazette Extraordinary last week announced the lifting of the
ban on public meetings and processions introduced under the Public
Safety Ordinance on July 4th.
A Government House rele. .se said the ban on the holding of meet-
ings at Harley's Open Lot, introduced on 27th June, remains in force for
the time being.
Permission for processions must still be obtained from the
Commissioner of Police in accordance with the provisions of the Summary
Jurisdiction (Offences) Ordinance, Chapter 23 of the laws.
CONFIDENCE IN PUBLIC SERVICE
Word from Government House last week said His Excellency's
attention had been drawn to certain statements issued recently concern-
ing the need for an inquiry into the political nature of the Public
His Excellency wirheo it to be known that following mootings and
discussions with members of the Civil Service at all levels, with
o-ficials of the Public O.ficers Union and with officers and men of the
Police Force, he believes- that the vast majority of the members of the
Public Service are fully aware of the compelling need for the Public
Service to maintain strict impartiallity and non-involvement in politi-
It is proposed to issue a further circular on the subject of
"Politics and the Civil Service", very shortly.
In the meantime however, in order to allay any doubts which may
have arisen and with a view to restoring any loss of confidence which
these statements may have caused His Excellency feels it expedient to
make it clear that he has no intention of instituting any formal in-
quiry into the good faith of the Public Service and that both he and the
Government are confident that they can rely on all branches of the Pub-
lic Service to discharge faithfully and diligently.the many and various
duties with which it is charged.
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BELIZE RURAL CONF ENCE
"The need to unite .nd vork in harmony is greater than ever,"
This is what the Minister of Local Government told the District
Council for t'e Belize Rural area on August 7th.
Voluntary organizations should try to solve their financial and
organizational problems on their own. Government should only be called
in when all other avenues have been exhausted. Its technical agencies
would, however, always be available to render advice and guidance.
He took note of the fact that the Belize Rural District Council,
in submitting their programme, had attempted to solve these problems.
This was commendable, he said as he made known his intention to support
There would be problems. But he was confident they would come
There were twenty six delegates for the conference.
THOSE MICHIGAN SCHOLARSHIPS
Screening of the ninety two applications for the fifteen
Michigan Scholarships began on Monday morning.
U.S.A. Consul Robert Tepper, Senator Ewart Francis and Mr J.W.
Macmillan, Co-Chairman of the Belize Parthers Committee looked in to
see the preliminary selection get underway.
A counselling centre, headed by Doctor William Stirton, Vice
President of Michigan Univcrsity, is being established at the University.
Dr Stirton is expected to visit Belize during the week of August 15th.
The preliminary eliminations are being conducted by a Committee
made up of the following: Reverend Father Leo Weber, Reverend Father
John Stochl, Reverend Father Leo Zinkle of the Society of Jesus,
Reverend Father Ley and Messrs. E.P. Yorke, R. Locke, C. Young, E.W.
Fuller, J.L. Blackett, with Sisters Sarita and Rosella and Mrs Janet
It was also revcnled last week that Second Inter-American con-
ference on the Partners of the Alliance is scheduled to be held in Rio
de Janioro from September 19th to 22nd.
The Principal conference theme will be the ROLE OF THE PEOPLE
IN THE DEVELOFi -TT PROCESS.
Belize will be sending two delegates, Senator Ewart Francis and
Mr Ismael Gomez. It is hoped that it will also be possible for Mr
Robert Tepper, the U.S.A. Consul here to attend.
Delegates will be primarily concerned with an analysis of their
past efforts and with planning for the further development of the
Partners Programme as a neans of stimulating the active participation
of private-sector groups in the general development of their respective
On their return from the Conference, the two Michigan delegates
plan to visit Belize for a few days.
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STANN. CREEK YOUTH GET TRAINING
The Hon. Allan Arthurs, opening a weekend course for clubs and
voluntary organizations in Stann Creek Town last Saturday, called on
the participants to make good use of the instruction to be given and
to share their knowledge with those who could not attend.
Courses of this nature he said, are very important at this
time when the country is on the verge of independence.
Present for the opening ceremony were the Mayor of Stann Creek
Town MrCnC.rlos Nolbcrto, the District Officer, Mr A.B. 0 ald-& Rev-
erend-Mullins 7nd the tAssist-:nt.-Superintendent-of Police Mr-Gimons.
The course was organized under the auspices of the Ministry of
DISTINGUISHED VISITOR FOR S.J.C.
Father R.J. Henle, Professor of Philosophy and Academic Vice-
President of St. Louis University, who prepared the Latin text books
used by St. Johnts College over the past twenty years, was here on a
three day visit last week.
The Catholic educator had been on a three week tour of Latin
America which started in Caracas and took him to Panama, Nicaragua
and Guatemala where he visited Jesuit educational Institutions.
While here, he was shown around the S.J.C. junior college, the
extension Department of St. John's College and Lynam Agricultural
To Help Develop Community Programmes
Father Henle reported that St. Louis University hopes to help
St. John's College in the field of Social Science, Applied Sociology,
The University will be sending consultants and teachers on
short term visits to hold seminars during the second semester of the
school year. These will be open to the staff of the Social Develop-
ment Department, Red Cross personnel, and members of the Y.W.C.A. The
seminars will be designed to help these organizations develop social
and community service programmes,
FATHER FRANCIS LOOKS IN
Father Richard Francis, brother of Senate President, Ewart
Francis, rounded off a short vacation here last week and returned to
Father Francis has been serving in New York and Massachussets
continuously for the past six years. Since his ordination he has
spent a total of twenty three years away. His service here includes
postings in the Toledo district and Stann Greek Town where he was born.
Father. Francis is attached to Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston.
Before leaving he called on the Premier to pay a courtesy visit.
BTUSINE .SSiAT LIICS I INVESTMENTT CLIMATES
Mr G.F. Richardson, regional representative for Latin Americ of
American International Under.rriters, an affiliate of America.n Life- In-
surance Company of Belize City, spent three days here last week.
He w fs shown -around ;-e capital by Mr Danny Roberts, agency
manager of American Life and Mr Leopold Rogers, Managing Director of
On Saturday, he went on to Guatemala City aft r looking into
business possibilities here.
Interviewed at the Prcmi-r's office last Friday, Mr Richardson
said he was i-,presed with the climate for business here. The tourist
attractions of Belize are ri-e for rapid expansion of the travel indus-
try, he declared.
FIRST TO DO INTERNATIONAL LAW
For just over five y.zrs he pursued a very successful course of
studies in the United Kingdom. Late last month he returned home with
the B.A. and LLB degrees t.is country's youngest lawyer, the first to
specialize in International Law.
This is the background Mr Edward Laing Junior will have behind
him when he takes up his appointment on August 22nd as Assistant
Magistrate, Belize City.
Mr Laing, twenty four, loft here in 1961 on a government
scholarship. After three ye .rs at Cambridge University where he gained
his Bachelor's degreee, he s for throe months associated with Pro-
fessor John Rex, one of Britain's leading sociologists in a study of the
problems of West Indian migrants in the United Kingdom. The results
of this survey has been made available to the Institute of Race Rela-
"We are proud of your achievements", declared the Premier last
week as he welcomed the young barrister home. "We are building a demo-
cratic nation and this leaves room for many points of view. But we are
all working together for the good of the country," Mr Price told him.
SAID MUISA SUCCESSFUL
The Ministry of Educ.ation received news from the University of
Manchester that Mr Said IMu.s has satisfied the Examiners in the Inter-
mediate Part One and Part Two Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Examinations
and was awarded the Degree of Bachelor of Laws with Class Two Honours on
July 7th this year.
Mr Musa entered the Faculty of Law of Manchester University in
He has now gone on to London where he will prepare for his Bar
Mr Musa is takin, a special inter-st in Labour Law. He will be
returning home next year after his call to the Bar.
NEW SITE FOR WESTERN AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Visitors to the two day WTestern Agricultural Fair this y:?.r have
been: advised of a change-.in the venie of the bTg agricultural event.
Instead of being held at the San Ignacio race track, the fair
grounds this time will be at Trapich where, according to the organizing
committee, it is going to be more convenient to control the flow of
events and plan for the convenience of the hundreds of visitors that are
With the anDroach of their November deadline, the preparations
have gone into high gear with meetings every two weeks instead of the
monthly meetings which have been held since immediately after lst
The Western Agricultural Pair is sponsored by a committee of
private citizens dedicated to the improvement of standards in agricul-
ture and animal husbandry. The effort is fully supported by the Belizean
government which, besides providing the services of its technical
officers, started the annual fair on the way to success with a substan-
tial grant to cover initial expenses.
A spokesman for the cormittee, however, made it clear last week
that the group has been careful to build up a small reserve on its own
and to invest in permanent fixtures which make it progressively easier,
year by year, to go on to expand the Fair in one direction or another.
\TIES IN BRIEF
THE PUNTA GORDA TOWN BOARD has authorized the Belize Electricity Board
to assume responsibility for that municipality's supply of electricity
With the change over Punta Gorda is assured longer hours of
service soon after the schem-e comes into effect next October.
REPLACEMENT OF HOUSE NIUBERS washed away in Hurricane Hattie in Stann
Creek Town has been undertaken by the Town Board.
The move was decided on as a means of speeding up the deliv-ry
of postal matter and telegrams.
A 2% INCREASE PER TON of sugar cane delivered to the Corozal Sugar
Factory has been secured for members of the Cane Farmers' Association.
And while farmers got $9.92 per ton of cane this year next year
they are to get $10.88 per ton.
THE PLAY "MECHANICAL JANE" sponsored by the Seventh Day Adventist
Mission was presented at the Baron Bliss Institute on Tuesday night.
A large audience was on hand to hear items by Sherylyn Ferrera,
Mrs Orozco and Percival Innin.
waster of ceremonies was the Acting Chief Education Officer Mr
LOUISE JOSEPH (MRS) has been an-ointed District Missionary of .Turn r's
F-ith Temple, Church of God in Christ, for Belize City.
She has been associated with the work of the Church of God in
Christ for many years.
THE DRIVE TO BUILD a new school at Lake Independence in Belize City con-
On Wednesday, Dunrite, the 1966 Lady's Soft Ball champions play-
ed a benefit match against Loyolans under flood lights.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT, ISMAEL GOMEZ will represent Belize ut th;
quarterly board meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of the Americas being
held in Panama from Wednesday to Saturday of last week.
Mr Goinez ,,ill remain in Panama for a further week to take part
in another conference.
K7ENT LONGSWORTH, Accountant Gr.de Two at the Treasury, returned home r -
cently after attending an attachment course with the Crown Agents in
London. His course was concerned with keeping accounts.
DELMAS SIMMONS, a member of the teaching staff at the Belize Technic:l
College, has successfully completed his course in Automobile mechanics.
He studied in Bolton Lancashire.
NOT SATISFIED WITH JUST SENDING a letter of support and encouragement to
government leaders here in Belize City the Village Council at Trinidpd
Orange Walk district, recently sent a three man delegation their
President, Vice-President and Secretary to convey a testimonial with
their pledge of solidarity to the Premier,
A DWELLING HOUSE AND STORE BELONGING to W.J. Habet and Sons at San Luis
in the Mountain Pineridge was completely destroyed by fire last
Losses .are estimated at $200,000.
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