PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY TE GOVERNMENT IHFOUATM SIRIIES
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No. 35 ********* Up to 29th August, 1966o
GLITTERING START FOR CELEBRATIONS
Emerging radiant with an easy grace that simply wowed the throng
at Memorial Park last Saturday night, beaming Lourdes Awe set a regal
pace for the second big event of the National Day Celebrations,
The night before, a shouting uninhibited crowd had filled the
spaciousagrounds for the selection of Angelita Diaz as Miss Belizeo
She triumphed over nine other beauties. Judges were Mr and Mrs
Edward Miguel, Mr and Mrs Alvan Fuller, Mr and Mrs Roy Young and Mr
For nearly three hours the audience cheered and held their
breath alternately as the six Miss Independence contestants each one
representing a district went through the routine. There were bows and
curtsies, quick stepping march tunes and graceful waltses as the hopefuls
paraded before the judges who were on the look out for the best poise,
personality, grace and charm.
The panel Mrs Leslie Isaacs, Mrs Jose Shoman, Mrs Hugh Fuller,
Henry Bowman, Jr. and Miguel Urbina decided that the contestant:.most
worthy of the coveted Miss Independence crown was lovely Lourdes Awe.
Runners up were Angelita Diaz (Miss Belize) and Corozal's winsome
Following the selection a noisy motorcade snaked its way through
the streets of the capital, horns blasting. The traditional dance in
honour of Miss Independence designate was later staged at the Flamingo
Miss Awe will be crowned on September 10th National Day.
CONSERVING OUR FOLKLORE HERITAGE
What is to become of the traditional folk dances and art forms
of our various ethnic groups?
Year by year as the older generation custodians of a rich
heritage of folklore pass away, the country is faced with the loss in
some cases the PERMANENT loss of much that should have special meaning
in the evolution of a distinctive, Belizean culture.
The National Day Committee's contribution towards staunching the
mounting erosion of our folklore heritage is evident in the spectacular
presentation of the pageant, "Epic of Belize" to be staged at the
Memorial Park on Thursday, September 8th.
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Typical dance forms of Afro, Carib, East Indian, Maya and :
Mestizo Belizoans are woven together in a colourful display which year ;
by year ha ~never failed to excite and hold the interest of people from
all walks. f life.
To help prepare the East Indian Belizean representation this
year the National Day Celebrations Committee has secured the assist-
ance of the foremost Hassan-Hossein or Who-Seh-Me-Seh instructor in the
country, Mr Joseph "Bayo" Hinds.
Mr "Bayo" Hinds, who hails from the Corozal district, is ex-
pected in Belize City on September 5th to instruct a group of East
Indian Belizeans for the part they play in "Epic of Belize" this year.
PREMIER ALSO ACTING MINISTER OF PUBLIC UTILITIES
During the brief absence from the country of the Hon, Hector
Silva, Minister of Public Utilities, the Premier, the Honourable George
Price has assumed responsibility for the Departments and subjects under
This was announced in a Gazette Extraordinary published on
The Honourable Hector Silva left Belize on August 18th.
MINISTER EXHORTS YOUTH LEADERS
The National Youth Conference held in Stann Creek Town from
August 21st to 27th was addressed on Friday by the Minister of Local
The eighty two delegates, representing sixty organizations in
the field of youth activities, were put through a course of lectures
workshop sessions and practical work in r bid to imrpove their ability
to provide effective leadership within their organization.
In addition to the formal side of their programme, the students
were given instruction in swimming and parliamentary procedures.
CO-OPERATION WITH MEXICO IMPROVING
Four fifths of the tourists who come here last year entered the
country via Quintana Roo and Chetumal.
The top Merida Tourism official had talks with the Chairman and
Secretary of the Tourist Board. He wqs entertained to lunch by the
Minister of Internal Affairs last Monday and that evening attended a
private screening of the underwater film "The Painted Reefs of Belize".
Before the film show he had further exploratory discussions with the
Secretary of the Tourist Board and a Chamber of Commerce representative.
PAYING a courtesy call on the Premier on August 20th, Sefor
Verdayes was assured that the improvement of communications facilities
and the offer of co-operation is welcomed by the Belizean government.
Recently, when a party of Belizean students from the Belize
Technical College visited Mhrida-they were assisted by officials from
Senor Verdayes' office. The Belize Tourist Board has expressed appreci-
ation for the facilities extended on that occasion.
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Word has been received here that Chotumal airport has recently
been upgraded to the status of an international airport.
Officials of the Belize Tourist Board were quick to comment
last week on the significance of this move to the improvement of the
flow of Mexican and North American visitors wishing to continue their
journey into Belize.
Seior-Gustavo Verdayes Sapion, head of the Quintana Roo Depart-
ment of-Tourism who-was -on-a short visit to Belize City, said that
besides making it easier for tourists to come here, the new position
enjoyed by the Chctumal airport will facilitate direct:contact with the
Belize International airport. This would provide the opportunity for
further strengthening the co-operation which already exists between our
two countries in the field of communications.
C.W.U. HELPS TUG BOAT MEN
A three-year Collective Agreement between Storage Limited and
the Christian Workers Union was signed on August 19th. The accord pro-
vides for a wage increase of .040 an hour this year and a further Ol0
an hour next year for tug boat crews of the bulk storage division of
The wage increase is retroactive to January 1st, 1966.
There are too now features paid sick leave and a retirement
or severence pay proviso which comes into force at the age of 62.
The agreement was signed on behalf of Storage Limited by Mr J.D.
Fahs,-General Manager, and Mr W.D. Robinson, Manager.
President Rae Lightburn-and General Secretary, Miguel Rosado
signed on behalf of the Union.
Signing was witnessed by Acting Labour Commissioner Charles
IMPROVEMENT IE COURTS NOTED
The first Belizean Lawyer to specialize in International Law,
Mr Edward Laing Jr. took his seat on the bench at the Third Magistrate's
Court in Belize City on Monday.
Mr Laing was welcomed to the Bench by Senator Vernon Courtenay
and Corporal Gladstone Marshall of the Police Force.
Both men referred to the significance of having, for the first
time, three qualified magistrates staffing the courts in Belize City at
the same time.
MICHIGAN SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
The Selection Committee of the Belize Partners of the Alliance
announced the fifteen successful applicants for the Michigan Scholar-
ships on Tuesday.
And their method of sifting the ninety three applicants was
praised by Doctor Stirton of the Universityof Michigan. It was, he
said, a task which could only have been accomplished by a group
possessing integrity, foresight, and dedication to the educational
advancement of Belize.
Only the candidate's record was considered. Numbers were
substituted for names.
The Belize Partners of the Alliance are expected to pay the
passage of the student to and from Michigan as well as a number of
incidental expenses amounting all together to some $8,000 a year.
To Serve Their Own
Final acceptance of the students now depends on the Univers-
ities offering the scholarships.
A number of alternates candidates who attained entrance re-
quirements but who could not be placed immediately were also listed.
The scholarship holders will leave Belize around the middle
of September, .Under the terms of the awares they will be expected to
return home on.completion'of their studies and contribute to the
development of Belize.
ESSO SCHOLARSHIPS SECOND TIME ROUND
For the second time Esso Standard Oil Limited has awarded
four-scholarships for Sixth Form studies at St. John's College.
The winners determined on the basis of the Sixth Form En-
trance Examination and consultation between the local Esso Manager
and St. John's College authorities, are valued at.$4,220.
Scholarships which provide for the cost of tuition, boarding
lodging books and laboratory fees, in addition to something extra
for clothing and spending money, were awarded to Edilberto Tescum of
Belize City and Ernesto Castro of Punta Gorda.
Two scholarships, valued at $280, annually, went to Miss
Alice Craig, a graduate of St. Catherine's Academy, and Jose Bautista
a graduate of St. John's college These provide for tuition, books,
laboratory fees and necessary school expenses.
The winners of the first Esso.Scholarships David Aguilar,
Santos Mahung, Patricia Majarez and Gregorio Pott all graduated
from Sixth Form recently with Associ.te Degrees in Arts and Science,
PREMIER LAYS FOUNDATION STONE
"Unite and build" was the theme of the address delivered by
the Hon. Allan Arthurs as he presided at ceremonies marking the laying
of a corner stone for the new King Soloman lodge hall in Stann Creek
Town on Saturday morning.
The stone was laid by the Premier, the Hon. George Price.
The ceremony began with the playing of the Belizean Anthem
and address of welcome was delivered by Mr Learties-Gill.
ROBINSON POINT COMPANY SHOWS INITIATIVE
First Aid certificates were distributed to six employees of the
Robinson Point Shipyard at a Belize City hotel Friday night,
The Hon. C.L.B. Rogers, who handed out the certificates, praised
the initiative shown by the workers in preparing for the examination in
their spare time.
Government, said the Minister, attaches great importance to
First Aid training. This explained his participation in the ceremony,
Replying, Mr Howell Longsworth, a Company official said he was in
favour of independence for this country. The country has the capacity
for independence, he declared.
The assistant Commandant of the Red Cross observed that the
Robinson Point Shipyard Co. Ltd. is the first company to ask the Red
Cross to train its employees in First Aid. He hopes other companies ,
will follow this lead.
MARIO VALDEZ MARKETS NOVELTI UIE
Mario Valdez, the young Belizean artist has been making sartorial
history for his country with the successful design of a new type of neck-
tie, featured this month in "Gentlemen's Quarterly", one of the top trade
publications on men's fashion.
Valdez submitted a range of six designs which are to be marketed
under the brand PENDENT TIES. Since the ties were described in "Gentle-
ments Quarterly" he has reported receiving orders from as far away as
The ties are made here by order.
Although Valdez expects to be taken up with supplying overseas
orders in the immediate future, he has expressed hope that local mer-
chants can be persuaded to carry a few of the ties.
NEWS IN BRIEF
REVEREND FATHER E.A. SYLVESTER of the Anglican Church has been appointed
to replace Father J.R. Ley as a member of the Primary Education Board.
He will also serve as a member of the Advisory Council for
Secondary and Further Education.
SANTIAGO BOITON, CALISTUS CAYETANO, KURT KASSABEER AND LLOYD LOPEZ have
left for seminaries in the United States.
Boiton and Cayetano will be studying at the Benedictine Seminary
of the Immaculate Conception, and Kassabeer and Lopez will study at
Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis.Missouri.
METHODIST CHURCH HEADQUARTERS in Belize City announced last week that
Reverend Lesley G. Anderson has been transferred from the Bay Islands to
Forest Home in the Toledo district.
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Reverend E. Coleridge Barnett is the new Principal of Wesley
ISMAEL GOMEZ, President of the Chamber of Commerce returned from
Panama on August 19th with word that measures are afoot to revitalize
the Chamber of Commerce of the Americas.
Gomez attended a conference called to review the achievements
of the Alliance for Progress.
COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE BEEN AWARDED TO W.C.P. CHRISTIE to do a
one year-course leading to the final examination of the Royal Institute
of Chartered Surveyors.
N.J. ARZU, is to undertake a four year study programme leading to the
Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and BM. Silva, to do a
degree course in Veterinary Medicine.
Christie will study in the U.K. and Arsucand Silva, in Canada.
MAURICE LONSSWORTH is the new District Officer, Toledo replacing Harold
Flowers who is now an Assistant Magistrate in Belize City.
WINSTON MIDDLETON the Assistant Government Printer and his wife, Mrs'
Elaine Middleton returned home earlier this month from the U.K.
Winston did a course in printing administration and his wife,
who did a year of studying Social Welfare Services in Swansea, Wales.
LOS BELICENOS last week wound up an eight day engagement with sponsors
of the Feria Partenia in Puerto Cortez, Honduras.
The Belizean artists report a big welcome in Honduras in addi-
tion to broadcast programmes over Radio Cortez and Radio El Mundo in
San Pedro Sula.