Published by the Government Information Services
No. 38 ********** Up to 19th September, 1966.
EARLY START FOR BELIZE CITY BRIDGE
Construction of a second bridge over the Haulover Creek in Belize
City is to begin shortly.
A Ministry of Finance release on Tuesday recalled that the
Canadian government had promised to build a bridge with a clearance of
Following a visit by Canadian engineers last May the Belizean
government requested a structure with adequate clearance for future river
Last week it was confirmed that the Canadian government has
agreed to build a larger bridge.
A CHANCE TO BE HEARD
The Select Committee appointed by the House of Representatives to
study the question of national defence and internal security met in
camera last Tuesday.
The meeting was held in the Assembly Chamber.
A spokesman for the group has said that public hearings will soon
be held in order to give citizens an opportunity to put forward sugges-
tions on the topics.
Members of the Committee are, the Honourable Louis S. Sylvester,
Chairman the Honourable Philip Goldson, the Honourable Elito Urbina, the
Honourable Fred Hunter and the Honourable Allan Arthurs.
FIRST JET FOR BELIZE U.S.A. RUN
TACA International expects to inaugurate the first scheduled air-
line service with jets between Belize and the U.S.A. on December 15th
Here to make formal application for the route last week was Mr
George J. McHugh, a Vice President of TACA International.
TACA agent Johnny Searle has said the aircraft would be working
the scheduled TACA run between Belize City and New Orleans.
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CENTENARY STAMP ISSUE
A commemorative stamp issue to mark the centenary of the first
stamps released by the Belize postal administration goes on sale here on
A press statement from the Ministry of Public Utilities last week
said the issue, unless exhausted before that time, will be on saleountil
the end of the Year.
The five, ten, twenty-two and twenty-five cent denominations make
up the centenary issue. Corresponding denominations in the famous bird
series are being withdrawn until the end of the year.
First Day covers with the four denominations affixed, will be
on sale at the General Post Office at eighty-five cents each.
M/LABOTUR IN CONSTITUENCY
The Minister of Labour, the Honourable D.L. McKoy, recently back
from a two month educational tour of the U.S.A. visited six communities
in his constituency last week.
Mr McKoy spoke with farmers, trade unionists and management per-
sonnel in a swing through Middlesex, Valley ConiiLunity, Alta Vista, Hope
Back in the capital, the Minister spoke highly of the initiative
shown by the people of Mullins River, in particular. Not only had their
farms been improved. Their environment also showed greater care and
ABOUT P __'TERS AND PLANNING
Three volunteer Town Planners arrived here recently to help out
with some important assignments.
On Saturday they had a meeting with the Minister of Housing, the
Hon. Mrs G. Lizarraga.
The Planners are Mr George D. Price from C.nada, Mr Gary G.
Kohler of the Peace Corps and Mr Robert Eaton of the Catholic Institute
for International Relations,
Messrs Price and Kohler will be serving here for two years.
The Minister commented that the areas in which the town planners
will work is being determined in order of priority.
For instance, Orange ,alk Town, still in the grip of a substan-
tial building spree; Roaring Creek, where construction of the new capi-
tal next door is due to commence shortly and, Belize City.
In Belize City, it is proposed to tighten up on Zoning regula-
C. OF C. QUATERLY MEETING
The Chamber of Coerr.rce is going ahead with plans to launch a
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newspaper, which, according to their president, is going to be dedicated,
to serving the interest of Chamber members.
This was disclosed at their quarterly general meeting held on
Wednesday night at'the Fort- George Hotel.
Delivering his report, Mr Ismael Gomez, president, said the
Chamber would shortly.be launching a drive to recruit more members. The
drive would be extended to-the districts.
Several meetings had been held with official agencies and with
the visiting Tripartite economic survey group. A Trade Directory had
been completed and the Chamber had sponsored the successful Stann Creek
Anxious About Image Building
As president, he h:d attended two important conferences in
Panama City and another in Miami.
A resolution was adapted calling for the Chamber to publish a
third newspaper, Mr Gomez expressed dissatisfaction with the coverage
his group receives in the press, He was also concerned about building
a favourable public images
Following the business session the audience was entertained by
Ricky and Ruby, tlo famous Costa Rican dance tean.
PARTNERS CONFAB IN RIO
Senate president E.W. Francis, co-chairman of the Belize-Part-
ners of the Alliance left for Rio de Janeiro on Friday to take part n
the Second Inter-American conference of the group.
The four day conference is also being attended by Mr Ismael
Gomez,Treasurer o-f the Belize Partners.
A spokesman for the group called attention last week to the
tangible benefits, including fifteen university scholarships, which have
already began to flow from this relationship.
SALUTE TO MELXCO
Two Ministers, the Hon. Mrs Lizarraga, Minister of Education and
Honourable D.L. McKoy, Minister of Labour, were among those representing
Belize at the Mexican Independence celebrations in Cuidad Chetumal last
For the past few years Belize has been joining our northern
neighbour in celebrating its Independence.
Included in the Belize party were Senator and Mrs James Meighan,
Cabinet Secretary Hugh Fuller and wife, Councillor Anthony Meighan,
Chief Broadcasting Officer Everald Waight and Information Officer, R.L.
C-. E WALK TOWN TO HAVE BETTER LIGHTING
The Belize Electricity Board has agreed to take over responsibi-
lity for electric Iat.c.n in Orange Walk Town,
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This move follows a meeting last week in Orange Walk Town between
members of the Town Board, representatives of the Board and the represen-
tative for Orange Walk North, the Hon. Elito Urbina. Immediate arrange-
ments have been made to install a 60 kilowatt generator to improve exist-
ing lighting facilities.
This takeover is in line with Government's policy of establishing
an integrated national electricity system. The Electricity Board now has
responsibility for the lighting in Corozal Town, Stann Creek Town and San
Ignacio. It is expected that Punta Gorda town will be joining the chain
in the near future.
Representative Elito Urbina has been pressing Government to go
ahead with the move as a means of improving the quality of service to
consumers. Once the decision had been taken he again pressed for imme-
diate action to install a plant to replace the old one so that the muni-
cipality could have a reliable system.
$100,000 CONTRACT FOR SHIPYARD
The Robinson Point Shipyard Limited has won a contract to build
a $100,000 liquid cargo barge for the Centro-Shell Company of El
The vessel was designed by Robinson Point Shipyard architects and
will be constructed according to the standards laid down by the United
States Bureau of Shipping and the U.S. Coast Guard.
The vessel will be 110ft. long and will weigh about 300 tons.
Heating coils will be installed throughout the cargo compartment.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director, Mr Walter Niven says the com-
pany has maintained a busy schedule.
Thirty eight vessels have been dry-docked and repaired there
within the past eight months. As a result of the cargo barge order it Is
expected that the company will be doubling its work force.
CITRUS SALES TO BRITAIN
During the first six months of this year Belize exported 2,319
tons of canned grapefruit to Britain.
This is more than three times the amount exported to Britain
over the corresponding period last year.
Belize, Jamaica and the Windward Islands says a London Press Ser-
vice release all increased their sales of unsweetened concentrated
citrus juice to Britain in the first half of the year.
However, there was a slight fall in the sale of unconcentrated
citrus juice to the United Kingdom. The figure dropped to 414,000
gallons in comparison with 453,000 in for the same six month period in
BELIZEAN MANAGER FOR FORT GEORGE HOTEL
Management of the Fort George Hotel will be taken over by a
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Belizean from the end of September.
The new Manager will be Mr Alberto Escalante who was specially
trained for the post in the Caribbean. Escalante replaces Anthony
Witter, a Jamaican, who has been Manager for the past three years.
Mr Escalante will be assisted by Mr Ruperto Sanchez, another
PUGA. GOUGH TAKE OPEN SCHOLARSHIP
The Belize Open Scholarship has been won by Mr Jose Orlando
Puga, a student of Saint Johnts College. The second scholarship wont
to another S.J.C. student, Carlson Patrick Gough.
A release from the Ministry of Education on Wednesday said .the
awards followed the report of the General Secretary of the University
of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate to the Acting Chief Educa-
tion Officer, that in the order of merit based on the results of the
1966 General Certificate of Education Examination at Advanced Level,
Jose Orlando Puga has taken first place and Carlson Patrick Gough
The awards in each case are subject to the terms and conditions
published in the Government Gazette of January 29th this year.
DRAMA STUDENTS PRESENT "IMPROMPTU"
The play "Impromptu" by Tad Mosel was presented at the Bliss
Institute in Belize City last Friday night.
The presentation by the students of the Summer Course in Drama
conducted here by Professor Alan Robb under the auspices of the
National Festival of Arts-Committee.
A large and appreciative audience was on hand for the occa-
NEWS IN BRIEF
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION the Honourable Mrs Lizarraga met fourteen
newly arrived Catholic Institute for International Relations Volun-
WOMAN POLICE CONSTABLE RITA BURGESS was presented with the Intermediate
Certificate and Bronze Medallion of the Royal Life Saving Society of
the United Kingdom by Acting Police Commissioner Ronald Watson last
She is the first serving member of the Police Force to qualify
for these awards.
CLASC EXECUTIVE SECRETARY NICHOLAS POLLARD paid a courtesy call on
Premier George Price on Monday to inform him that his Secretariat
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will be setting up its regional office for the British Caribbean Area
in this country.
Pollard was accompanied by Rae Lightburn, President of the
Christian Workers Union an affiliate of CLASC.
VICE CHAIRMAN OF BARCLAYS BANK DCO GEORGE GILBERT MONEY,on a routine
visit, called attention to the fact that the expansion of banking
facilities in this country is an indication of the confidence his
bank has in the future of Belize.
Barclays has recently constructed a modern concrete building
for its branch in Stann Creek Town. The northside Belize City branch,
presently housed in a modern building, is shortly to be replaced with
a cement block structure. Barclays also have plans to put up a fur-
ther building at the new capital.
COLONEL AND MRS GEORGE WELLS, Chief Secretary, West Indies and Central
America of the Salvation Army were here on an inspection visit last
Welcomed by Premier George Price the visitors were told that
the Belizean government has a high regard for the good work the
Salvation Army is doing in this country.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE EXTRA MURAL DEPARTMENT, U.-W ,_ADOLPH THOMPSON
arrived on Thursday for a three day visit.
A SACRED CONCERT was presented by the Faith Assembly of God Church in
Stann Creek Town last Thursday evening at the Joyland Theatre.
Master of ceremonies was Mayor Carlos Nolberto. .Thes-vote of
thanks was moved by the Hon. Allan Arthurs,
RETURNING TO MANITOWOC with the exchange students who have been spend-
ing time at Caye Caulker are two Belizean students Roger Rodriquez
and Orvir Saldivar.
Foster homes are being provided for them by past exchange
students while they are on a one year scholarship at Manitowoc's
Lincoln High School.