LORI THE IBEL E
ISHED WEEKLY BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES
IBLIZE CITY P. 0. Box 324.
No 34 ****** Up to 22nd August, 1966.
STANN CREEK TOWN'S WATER SYSTEM
To mark the handing over of the new water system for Stann
Creek Town, an impressive audience, including the Premier and
Health Minister C.L.B. Rogers, gathered at the site of the water
works last Saturday.
Hurricane Hattie was indeed an ill wind for the entire
country, but for Stann Creek Town in particular, said the Premier.
But from those ruins had come the opportunity to plan bigger and
better things for the town.
Filling in the background to the project, Mr Price recall-
ed that it had been carried out under the Reconstruction Corpora-
tion. Preliminary investigations had been carried out by Mr
Vulliamy, Senior resident engineer of the New Capital consultants.
The Belizean Sanitary Engineer, Mr Dennis Gonguez assisted
by Mr Jose Stamp, the WHO advisor, wns responsible for the detail-
ed planning of the scheme. They deserve our heartiest congratula-
Total cost of the project was $256,000 which came from the
British Government with a grant element of $60,000. The remainder
$196,000 was a 25 year 'loan bearing interest at 6L1/8%..
On the basis of pre
be realized from payments from consumers in Stann areek Town.
Above all, the Premier went on, the scheme was intended to
provide a reliable piped supply of pure water for the people.
This should result in better health and well being.
"Planned and constructed by local men, it stands not only
as a model but also as a symbol of what the government is doing
and hopes to continue to do for the nation as a whole not only
as regards water supply but over the whole range of our activities,"
Expressing gratitude on behalf of the people of the
municipality, were Mayor Carlos Nolberto and the Represbntative
for Stann Creek Town constituency, the Hon Allan Arthurs.
The handing over ceremony began with the playing of the
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Water Authority Announced
The Hon. Minister of Health, who accepted the installations
on behalf of his Ministry, disclosed that Water and Sewage Authori-
ty has been set up to find ways and means of supplying water to
communities throughout the country.
The Authority will have statutory powers and its membership
will be drawn from various sections of society. A big task would
be to devise sewage disposal systems for Belize City and the dis-
trict towns. This, in effect, would be an extension of the Environ-
mental Sanitation programme already in effect in many villages.
Continuing, the Minister said the Water and Sewage Authori-
ty has been promised assistance technical and financial from
the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
Affirming his confidence in this new move the Minister told
his large audience: "I have confidence that this authority will
work to the benefit of the country. But it can only work success-
fully with the co-oper.tion of the people of the community it in-
tends to serve."
Earlier the Minister, describing the water system handed
over by the Reconstruction Corporation, said it is the most modern
in the country and one of the best in this part of the world.
NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS
Country wide preparations for this year's National Day
Celebrations last-week went into high gear. By week's end seven
candidates had been selected, lending up to the colourful Miss
Independence contest on August 27th.
Early in the week, the official programme issued by the
National Day Celebrations Committee promised all the excitement of
last year's festivities plus a few new features. These are, a
Fireworks Display in the Beliz e City harbour, Talent Parades for
children.and adults and a Patriotic Meeting featuring some of the
country's most dynamic, thought provoking speakers.
The Pageant "Epic of Belize" is on stage at the Memorial
Park on Thursday, September 8th. This is a theatre production
treating with the coming of the races and showing how they have
been integrated-into the mainstream of national life. There are
illustrations drawn from the authentic folklore of each race. The
artists came from the district for the most part.
Another regular feature with a new look is the big Nation-
al Fair on Saturday, September 3rd. The attractions are games, a
popularity contest, plus lots of good 'creole' food.
Meanwhile, Stann Creek and Punta Gorda also announced their
programmes. Activities in Stann Creek Town will include,sports
thanksgiving services a camp fire and great parades. In Punta
Gorda Town, there will be dances, sporting events and a patriotic
TEACHERS' VAC. COURSE ENDS
The three-week vacation course for primary school teachers
ended on Friday with an exhibition which was opened by the Minister
of Education the Honourable Mrs Lizarraga.
Praising the efforts of both the organizers and teachers,
the Minister called for an effective follow-up to the course. This
she expected the Education Department to do. She would like to re-
gard this years course as the forerunner of a regular series.
Quality Must Up
"Government is leaving no stones unturned to improve the
quality of education," she went on.
It is at the primary level that this is most important, she
said. This was the vcry good reason behind government's intensifi-
cation of the training programme. Miss Signa Yorke was singled-
out at this stage for special commendation for the effort she put
into the organization and conduct of the course.
The example shown by the teachers themselves in foregoing
their vacation to attend the course, she said, was a fine example
of their dedication to the teaching profession.
Mr J.L. Blackett, Chairman for the occasion, said the
course was a very successful one. It would certainly result in
much good for education in Belize for the years to come.
To show their appreciation for the team of instructors,
including those sent by the British government, the teachers pre-
sented mementos to each one, individually.
The tutors, in turn, thanked the teachers and praised
their hospitality and the warmth with which they had been received.
$5,400 WORTH OF EQUIPMENT FROM CARE
CARE, the Co-operative for American Relief Everywhere, has
donated equipment for a third Metal Workshop to Belize.
The donation, worth $5,400, goes to St. John's College.
The first set of workshop aids went to the Belize Technical
College, in 1963, The second was for Lynam Agricultural College.
The equipment is expected to arrive in the near future. It
will be installed in Jacoby Hall of the new Industrial Arts Build-
ing now nearing completion on the Landivar campus.
TWO COMPANIES APPLY FOR CONCESSIONS
Gulf American Company Limited has applied for a develop-
ment order under the Development Incentives Ordinance for the es-
tablishment of a project to cultivate bananas for export.
Their farm is located along the Sibun River branching off
from mile 35 on the Western highway.
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The Company would have to plant 500 acres of bananas by
August 1st next year and not less than 14,000 boxes of bananas
exported monthly once harvesting starts. A fair wages clause
applies in all concessions under this Ordinance and Companies
are required to keep separate books and accounts in respect of
The Company has applied for a ten years tax holiday and
permission to import equipment for their operations.
Nails And Things
Another concern, Lisa Enterprises Limited, an enterprise
to undertake the manufacture of wire, galvanized nails and other
wire products has also applied for a Development Concession.
The order, if granted, would be revoked if the factory
fails to produce a total of fifty tons of its advertised pro-
ducts by August l'th 1967.
Normal conditions regarding fair wages, permission to im-
port materials and equipment would apply. The tax holiday period
being considered is ten years.
TO TIGHTEN UP ON BOATS
Following the near-tragic boating mishap in the Belize
City harbour early this month, the Tourist Board's committee on
Sports Fishing and Marine activities appealed to the Harbour
Master to continue his rigid examination of boats with a view to
averting similar occurrences.
The Comptroller of Customs, noting the recent increase
in the number of pleasure boats and the number of owners
interested in providing passenger service to the Cayes and inland
waterways has expressed concern about the observance of elemen-
tary safety precautions.
Under the law, he has pointed out, persons who seek to
operate a passenger service by boat are obliged to apply to the
Customs Department for a licence to operate such a service.
Mr C.B. Hyde, Cha.irman of the Tourist Board's sub committee
on marine activities remarked last week that his group is presently
engaged on an exhaustive study of safe boating in all its aspects.
"We owe it to the tourist, whether national or foreign,
to see to it that commonsense safety measures are enforced," he
remarked. On the subject of guiding he declared: "We are getting
on to this too. Naturally, we will want to be certain that only
responsible operators, backed up with reasonable skill and
experience are given any form of official endorsement as marine
guides or captains."
THE ART OF HERBERT PATTICO ACCLAIMED
An enthusiastic gathering of art lovers was present on
Monday evening when the Minister of Education, the Hon. Mrs
Gwendolyn Lizarrara, opened the one-man exhibition of paintings
by Herbert Pattico at the Baron Bliss Institute.
The young artist, who was born at Burroll Boom, presented
thirty two pieces including scenes which, for the average Belizean,
represent the most beautiful vistas to be found anywhere in this
country the Mountain Pineridge, coconut palms and sandy beach at
Placencia, a placid stretch of the Belize River.
There were a number of familiar glimpsesfrom Belize City -
the Vaults at Yarborough, Scarn's Bay a collection of quaint
houses along East Collet Canal. But the really thought provoking
items were "Way to Life" a striking composition on a religious
theme, "Dream" and "The Landscape" all in the modern, abstract.
Towards An Identity
Speaking on the occasion the Minister said: "Art is an
integral part of any country's development. It helps to establish
a country's identity. We have some good young artists who, with
encouragement can do much to give the Arts a fitting place in this
Congratulating the National Festival of Arts Committee for
their part in making the exhibition possible she observed that the
Committee has not missed any opportunity of presenting the public
with exhibitions of high merit. She hopes to see many more of
these in the future.
NEWS IN BRIEF
THE ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT PROCESSION in honour of our Lady of Guadalupe
was held last Sunday evening.
An estimated 3,000 people turned out for the pilgrimage im-
ploring protection from hurricanes.
REVEREND MILUS T1RIGHT accompanied by his family and the Reverend
Charles Johnson returned to Belize early in the week.
Reverend Wright, who heads the Bethel Assembly of God
Church, Freetown Road, had been spending a vacation in the U.S.A.
Reverend Johnson is preparing a thesis on The Indigenous
Church. The paper will survey the move towards self sufficiency
of churches in Latin America.
SGT. GEROGT HENRIQTJEZ of the First Belize and Sgt. Rudolph
Williams of the First Stann Creek Boys' Brigade Companies are to
represent this country at the forthcoming Caribbean Camp for
Seniors to be held in Barbados.
Joel Arnold will represent Locn.l B.B. Council at a meeting
of the Area Consultative Council in Barbados in September.
LESLIE CLINTON HOWARD was successful in Building Construction and
Geometric Drawing and Corinth Morter in English in the recent Ad-
vanced Level tests for the General Certificate of Education,
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"0" level passes were gained by Walter Peters "Engineering
Drawing) and Whitfi:ld Tillett (Economics).
THE HOFIUS HARDWARE COMPANY SCHOLARSHIP, 1966, has been awarded to
Ivor L. Burns of Belize City.
The award was made on the results of the qualifying exam-
ination held in Belize City last June.
Burns will enter the Jamaica School of Agriculture in
September to do a three year course in Agriculture.
MILTON ARANA, former Public Health Inspector returned home from
the University of the West Indies early this month with his
Bachelor's Degree (special honours in English)
A PAPER ENTITLED "THE LINGUISTIC DILEMMA IN BELIZE" has been pub-
lished in the Caribbe.n Quarterly, a publication of the Department
of Extra Mural Studies, University of the West Indies.
This paper w :s written by Professor S.R.R. Allsopp.