WEEKLY NEWSLE T TER s.
Published by the Government Information Services
No. 36 *********Up to 5th September, 1966.
NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE
Sunday September 4th was observed throughout Belize as the
National Day of prayer.
Most churches held special services and here in Belize City
official representatives of government were present as the di ferent
denominations met to pray for peace, security and understanding
In Orange Walk town a united service, bringing together seven
eral denominations, was held on the grounds of Muffles' College.
And on Sunday night, a concert featuring the Imperial Band and
the Junior Music Association Band- was--given at the Memorial Park.
Fun and games, dancing, a big raffle and a happy 'fiesta' at*
mosphere prevailed on Saturday as Belizeans of all pursuasions turned
out for the biggest fair of its kind witnessed here in the capital in
It was the great family entertainment feature of the celebra-
tions with top vocal groups, The Crystals, the Violets, The Bachelors
and the Diamonds putting in quest appearances at the Moon Glo Room.
VOCAL GROUP CONTEST
"The Violets" long time favourites emerged winners in the fe-
male division of this years Vocal Groups Contest. The Barrow Sisters
were runners up. They earned special commendation from the judges for
their impressive debut.
Meanwhile, in the male division, The Crystals placed first
with The Bachelors second and The Diamonds third.
BUGLE BAND CONTEST
Judges Signa Yorke, J.L. Blackett and James Nisbet awarded
first prize in the Bugle Band Contest to the Minorettes and second
prize to the Anglican Youth Band for playing.
First prize for Performance was shared by the United Youth
Band and the Anglican Youth Band. The Corozal Town Youth Band making
their first public appearance, were given a special prize for their.
Present for the contest were the Minister of Local Government,
the Honourable Albert Cattouse, the Minister of Education, the Hon-
ourable Mrs Lizarraga and Senator Elsa Vasquez.
HONOUR BELIZEAN PATRIOTS
The traditional service of rededication and rememberanae-before
the. momaent-to.Belizeanpatriots was held on Wednesday night at Memo-
The service was conducted by the Reverend Father Facundo
Castillo) of the Roman Catholic-Church, the Reverend 0. Ottley of the
Nazarene Church-and the.Reverend Father W. Wells of the Anglican
Miss-Signa Yorke, Principal of the Belize Teachers College led
-a mass-choir in a stirring rendition of the Belizean anthem. They were
accompanied by the Police Band. The Wright-Family of Bethel-Assembly,
Church of God in Freetown Road, also rendered a musical -selection.
The Tribute "BELIZEANS: UNITE TO BUILD OUR NATION" was read in
English-by- the ChiefBroadcasting Officer, Mr Everald Waight.
EXCITING TALENT PARADE
A seventy eight year old lady with the-voice of a nightingale
thrilled an audience of thousands at the Memorial Park-as the first
ever-impromptu Talent Parade in connection with the National Day-cale-
brations was held.
She was Mrs Joana Lewis, who sang a popular religious song.
Maintaining the calm composure of a real 'pro' she bowed gracefully in
acknowledgement -of- thumlnerous.. applause-from a elighted..audience.
S Acclaimed best all round artist of the night was Marcus Allen,
who played a string bass, danced, sang and played the recorder.
Young Greta Locke had the audience with her all the-Jay-as she
belted out "Chicken Feed".
Selection of village beauty queen under the "Miss Independence"
programme continued in many small Villages.
Among the winners were Nazara Banner as Miss Camalote, Irene
Flowers as Miss Flowers Bank and Gilda Welch as Miss Gales Point.
Stann Creek Town staged a successful Singing Contest at the
Joyland Theatre. Austin Paulino, singing an original composition was
first in the Male Division followed by Roy Ellis, second and James
Mrs Monica Castillo was first in the Female Division followed
by I. Locario and Josephine Gamboa. The judges were Councillors Stella
Avilez (Mrs) L. Blanco and B. Leslie.
PUBLIC INVITED TO MAKE SUGGESTIONS ABOUT POLITICAL BROADCASTING
The Special Select Committee appointed by the House of Represen-
tatives to consider the question of political broadcasting in all its
aspects is to hold its second meeting on Mond. Sept. 19th.
The group will also submit recommendations to the House as to
the policy to be followed by the Broadcasting Department where time
might be made available over Radio Belize for discussion of political
questions in a responsible manner.
A release by the Clerk of the National Assembly also said mem-
bers of the public are invited to submit their views or make recommenda-
tions either in writing or in person at the meeting by getting in touch
with the Chairman of the Committee, the Honourable S.A. Perdomo or with
the Clerk of the National Assembly in Belize City.
TWO MORE APPLICANTS FOR DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES
Two companies have applied to the Minister of Economic Develop-
ment for concessions under the Development Incentives law.
They are Lisa Enterprises Limited and Gulf American Company.
Lisa Enterprises propose to undertake the manufacture of galva-
nized and wire nails and other wire products.
The proposed Development Order would be subjected to rescinded
if by the 16th of August, 1967 the factory has not produced a total of
50 tons of the proposed products and if fair wages are not paid to
workers and fair labour practices followed.
Under the proposal Lisa enterprise would be permitted to, import
three nail making machines, one barbed wire machine plus raw materials
free of customs duty and entry tax.
Gulf American Company proposes to cultivate bananas for the ex-
port market. The Company's farm is established on the Sibun River
branching off from the W1estern Highway starting at mile 35.
The Development Order if granted, would stimulate that 500
acres of bananas would have to be established by August 1st 1967.
Fourteen thousand boxes of bananas per month would have to be shipped to
an export market, with the standard fair wages and fair employment
guarantees written into the proposed agreement.
Customs and entry tax exemptions would apply to the import of
SIR JOHN PAUL: 'GETTING TO KNOW YOU'
His Excellency the Governor, Sir John Paul wound up an exten-
sive tour of the districts his first since his appointment to this
country when he returned to Belize City from Toledo by launch on
Enrouth to Belize City he paid a,brief visit to Placentia
During his absence from Belize City the Attorney General was
appointed Deputy Governor.
Beginning the tour on August 29th Sir John went first to the
West where he visited San Ignacio, Benque Viejo del Carmen and the
Mountain Pineridge before going on to the Stann Creek district.
In Stann Creek Town he saw the Benguche area, and visited
Government Buildings. He also toured the Salada plant, Lynam Ag-
ricultural College and the Pomona factory.
Throughout his tour Sir John was exposed to farmers, factory
workers and a good cross section of the community. He also had the
opportunity of cementing personal contact with elected representa-
tives, public officials and other prominent persons in the districts.
BELIZE REP. FOR CANADA CONFERENCE
The Honourable Mr Florencio Marin, Representative for the
Corozal South Electoral Division left Belize for Canada on Tuesday
where he will be representing the Belize Branch of the Commonwealth
Parliamentary Association a conference which is being held in Ottawa
and Montreal from September 8th to October 5th.
Mr Marin will be presenting a paper on Economic Aid and Trade.
Mr Marin attended the regional Commonwealth Parliamentary Con-
ference held last year in Barbados.
FALO ATTENDING U,N. SEMINAR
Mr Rafael Fonseca, Financial Secretary, left Belize City during
the week on his way to El Salvador where he is to take part in a United
Mr Fonseca has been granted a U.N. fellowship. The Seminar
will take him to Geneva, Brussels and Rome.
MINISTER OF LABOUR TO REPORT
Labour Minister D.L. McKoy returned to Belize City on August
29th after a seven week tour of the United States of America under a
While in the U.S.A. Mr McKoy spent two weeks in Washington,
visited Texas, California, Michigan, Illinois, New York and Puerto
In Michigan he had a meeting with Governor George Romney and
the chairman of the Alliance, Mr D. Bently. He also met the AFL-CIO
laborr leader Mr Marshall who visited Belize earlier this year as a
member of the Second Michigan team.
The purpose of his visit was to afford him an insight into
all aspects of the labour movement in the Unitee States of America.
The Minister is to report on his tour at the next sitting of
the House of Representatives.
WORLD PRICES FORCE INCREASE IN RICE PRICE
The Marketing Board announced on Thursday th-t the wholesale price
of rice has been increased by $1.00 per one hundred pounds from 27th
The increase had been made necessary by the recent increases in
the world price of rice.
A release from the Ministry of Natural Resources explained that
the retail price of rice will be increased from .14/ to .151 a pound in
Belize City and from .151 to .165/ a pound in other parts of this country.
NEWS FROM CITY HALL
The Belize City Council considered a seventeen point agenda and
approved a twelve point programme of works on Monday.
Among the points dealt with was an application by Mr V. Turnail to
expand and modernize his fuel station on Cemetery Road.
This was approved.
Earlier the Lord Mayor Mr Fred Westby announced that the council
will be entering the Floats competition in connection with our National
In other action the Council approved the appointment of Miss
Aurora Perez to the post of second class clerk and ratified eight Trade
license and approved three assessments.
CATHOLICS MOURN FATHER McCORMACK
News was received during the week of the death of Reverend Fzther
Robert L. McCormack of the Society of Jesus which occurred in Denver,
Colorado on Tuesday 30th August.
The late Father McCormack was born in Saint Louis on 8th September
1902 and entered the Society of Jesus in 1920.
As a scholastic, he served on the staff of Saint John's College at
Loyola Park from 1927 to 1930 then he returned to the United States of
Ametica to continue his studies for the priesthood.
Father McCormack was ordained to the priesthood in 1933 and upon
completion of his studies in 1935, returned to Belize City and was
appointed Headmaster of Saint John's College then located in buildings
that form part of the present Holy Redeemer Schools.
From 1945 to 1949, he served in Stann Creek Town, from 1949 to
1952 in Corozal Town and from 1952 until 1954 in Stann Creek Town.
He also served at Holy Redeemer Parish in Belize City until 1957
before returning to Corozal Town where he remained until 1962 when for
health reasons he was transferred to Denver Colorado. He was an assistant
pastor at the time of his death at Saint Ignatius Loyola Parish.
TOP BELIZEAN ARTISTS CONTRIBUTING TO XAVIER CHURCH
A firm indication that Corozal Town's forwardlooking St. Francis
Xavier church is nearing completion was the presence here recently of Miss
Jeanne Heiberg of California, U.S.A. She was engaged to help with the in-
terior design of the church.
The church, estimated to cost $100,000 by the time it is completed
is progressive in every detail, incorporating recent changes in liturgy
okayed by church authorities in Rome.
Two of this country's outstanding artists, Manuel Villamor him-
self a Belizean from Corozal Town and George Gabb, have been commission-
ed to do work for the interior. Gabb's contribution is an eight foot
crucifix, weighing some six hundred pounds, sculptured in ziricote.
Miss Heiberg is a Fine Arts instructor at Holy Names College, in
Oakland, California. She was specially recommended to do the interior de-
sign by Manuel Villamor who resides in California.
NEW HEAD FOR WESLEY COLLEGE
Wesley College has a new headmaster. He is the Reverend Colridge
Barnett, a Jamaican.
The Reverend Barnett who arrived here recently with his wife and
two children, received his B.A. in History from the University of the West
Indies and the Diploma in Education from the same University.
He was presented to Premier George Price by the Reverend C.
Lenord Carty on Tuesday morning..
MORE SCHOLARSHIPS FROM CANADA
Six awards under the sub-professional training programme of
Canada's External Aid Programme were announced last week.
Miss Minita Elmira Gordon, Miss Dorothy Ann Moody, Miss Marina
Isabel Vernon and Mr Henry Goldbourne Gordon will be taking courses lead-
ing to the degree of Bachelor of Education at the University of Calgary in
All four are teachers Miss Gordon at the Belize Teachers'
College, Miss Moody at Saint Hilda's Cullege, Miss Vernon at Saint
Catherine's Academy and Mr Gordon at the Belize Technical College.
Mr Emerson Eliott Bodden of Survey and Lands Department will be
studying for the Diploma in Mechanical Technology at the New Brunswick
Institute of Technology in Moncton, New Brunswich.
Mr Leslie Clinton Howard of the Public Works Department will pur-
sue a course leading to the Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology at
the Eastern Ontario Institute of Technology in Ottawa.
NEWS IN BRIEF
THREE SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE POLICE FORCE have been named to act in higher
Assistant Superintendent Adolphus is to be Acting Superintendent
of Police, Inspector Munoz will be an Assistant Superintendent and Sgt.
Major Gill, Acting Inspector of Police.
MATEO AYUSO, the newly elected President of the Caribbean Cane Farmers'
Association, returned home from the Annual Conference of that organiza-
tion on last week.
Mateo is Manager of the Belize Association. He was accompanied
by Wilfredo Coral, a Director of the local Management Committee.
FIVE BELIZEAN YOUTHS were among 25 recruits who passed out at the Mer-
cian Brigade Depot in Lichfield England on August 26th.
They are: Douglas Smith, Ivan Roberts, Allan Reid, Louis Cas-
tillo and Orlando Vasquez and were enlisted in this country by a com-
pany of the First Battalion, Staffordshire Regiment.
THE FOUR YEAR SCHOLARSHIP donated by Mr Luis Lui of Stann Creek Town
has been awarded to Simeon Joseph of 25 Yampa Road in Stann Creek Town.
An Education Ministry statement said the award was made on the
basic of his performance in the Government Scholarship examination held
DENZIL FITZGERAID JENKINS passed with Second Class Honours (Lower Divi-
sion) in Chemistry at the University of the West Indies.
HOLIDAYING IN THIS COUNTRY is.Harry Stanley Jr. who has been holidaying
here with relatives and will be returning to the U.S.A. shortly to road
for a Masters degree in Business Administration.
Harry holds the B.A. Degree in Philosophy from the Jesuit Uni-
versity of San Francisco.
ERNEST ACOSTA is back in Belize City after pursuing a course in Adminis-
tration at Carlton University in Canada.
The course was awarded under the Canadian Technical Assistance
programme for Belize.
NURSE CORA VIDA JOSEPH who was awarded a W.H.O. scholarship for a year's
study at the West Indies School of Public Health, returned home recently
with the certificate issued by the school.
The course dealth with supervision and administration and aspects
of Mental Health.
BALDEMAR SILVA, who holds a B.Sc in Animal Husbandry has left for the
University of Guelph in Guelph Ontario to undertake a four year course
leading to the Doctorate in Veterinary Medicene.
A Graduate of Saint John's College, he studied at the University
of Puerto Rico.
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SOME 162 PRIMARY SCHOOLS with an estimated population of 26,000 students
resumed classes on Monday following the six week summer vacation.