WEEKLY NEWSLETTER E1'
F 5 1967
Published by the Government Information Servi.
No. 39 ************ Up to 26th September, 1966
LOANS FOR HOUSING. EXPANSION OF SUGAR INDUSTRY
A $550,000 loan authorization bill to finance housing for public
servants and expansion of the sugar industry was approved by the House of
Representatives on Friday.
The noney will come from the Royal Bank of Canada.
Since 1960 government has issued $250,000 in home construction
loans for civil servants. Fifty thousand dollars of this amount has been
repaid. Still on the waiting list are'some 200 applicants with loan re-
quests totalling $800,000.
Presenting the motion in his capacity as Minister of Finance the
Premier told the House it is now possible to obtain a loan of $300,000.
With the construction this should finance there should be some further
improvement in the difficult housing situation.
Under the hurricane rehabilitation programme nearly 6,000 people
have received loans and grants amounting to $3,398,680. This had helped
a great deal to improve the past hurricane situation.
Help For Private Sector
The Development Finance Corporation is presently having discus-
sions with financiers in an effort to raise money for housing loans to
help out in the private sector.
This would be done through a building society. However,, he did
not want to raise false hopes. But members could be assured that Govern-
ment is doing everything possible to get the necessary finances to help
the private sector.
The motion was passed without debate.
In a related move the House extended a guarantee to cover loans
totalling $895,000 borrowed or to be borrowed by the Sugar Cane Farmerst
Association from the Royal Bank of Canada during the period 1964 to 1966.
The funds would assist farmers in the expansion of the industry
through the provision of loans to farmers for expansion, the purchase of
fertilizer and insecticides.
Over the last four years government has guaranteed loans amount-
ing to half a million dollars for the sugar industry.
BETTER HOSPITAL SERVICE
A doctor is now available at the Belize Hispital's casualty de-
partment on a twenty-four hour basis. And improved radiotherapy service
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is provided under the.direction of a specialist with considerable exper-
ience in the treatment of malignant diseases.
This is what the Minister of Health reported to the House of Re-
The round-the-clock coverage was put into effect on July 16th.
Radium treatment for patients suffering from malignant diseases
has been available at the hospital foe some time. For the first time,
however, this treatment is being administered by a physifian specially
trained for this work.
He is doctor C. Ernesto Fonts, a Cuban national with forty years
experience as a cancer specialist. He has also served as director of a
hospital for the treatment of cancer patients in his native land.
The Minister made it clear that the service must not be consider-
ed as a comprehensive radiotherapy service for all malignancies, it is
still an important forward step in the treatment, in this country of some
of the more prevalent malignancies. Previously, this service could only
be obtained by expensive trips abroad.
New equipment has been acquired at a cost of $8,000.
BRITAIN'S STAND ON MEDIATION REAFFIRMED
The communique issued at the end of the recent Commonwealth Con-
ference in London contained a pointed reference to Britain's remaining
colonies towards independence or self-government.
In its reference to Belize, concern was expressed about mediation
between Britain and Guatemala. Hope was expressed that particular care...
would be taken to ensure.that Belizeans are given the fullest opportunity
to express their views freely about any proposed arrangements affecting
Britain again reaffirmed her assurance that no settlement will be
reached which is not in accordance with the wishes of the people of
S.J.C. 75TH ANNIVERSARY PROJECT OFF TO GOOD START
Marking completion of the first phase of the St John's College
75th Anniversary Development Programme, the new Industrial Arts build-
ing on the Landivar campus was dedicated on Sunday evening.
.Name in honour of the late Brother John Jacoby, S.J., the build-
ing cost $100,000.
Delivering the feature address, Premier George Price
acknowledging the contribution the institution is making to the advance
of our young nation, said the industrial arts building will meet a
special, long felt need.
One hundred years ago, the local assembly had acknowledged the
need for "industrial occupations, such as agriculture and common trade to
be taught in schools supported by public funds".
SChurch-State System Lauded
The Belizean government today also realizes this need. To this
end it was pledged to sustain the Church-State school system which aims
at improving education at all levels.
He called on the Belizean worker to dedicate himself to the na-
tion in order to put the new Belize on a sound foundation. The Belize-
an man and woman must face the future brhVely. And all branches of
endeavour are important farming, fishing, industry, office work, teach-
ing and the professions.
Mr Price ended with a special tribute to the Society of Jesus
and their benefattors for working along with the Belizean people to
build a better world.
Outstanding Citizen Awards
Earlier, Father Leo Weber, President of the College said its aim
is "the education of youth in christian living to fit in with the de-
mands of the day so as to enter the world of labour in an intelligent
The institution lives on the assurance of the maintomance of the
Church-State system given by government a government which believes in
the principles of basic human rights.
"Outstanding Citizen" awards were bestowed on the Lord Mayor of
Belize City, Mr Fred Westby, and "Don" Carlos for outstanding service in
their respective fields.
The building was blessed by His Lordship, Bishop R.L. Hodapp of
the Society of Jesus.
DEVELOPMENT OFFICIAL ON VISIT
Mr William Bell, head of the Caribbean division of the British
Ministry of Overseas Development rounded off his three day visit on
Wednesday with separate discussions with the National Economic Develop-
ment Council and the Reconstruction and Development Corporation.
Shortly after his arrival on Monday, Mr Bell paid courtesy calls
on His Excellency the Governor, Sir John Paul and the Premier, the Hon-
ourable George Price.
He later held discussions with the Financial Secretary and the
Head of the Planning Unit, and Permanent Secretaries, about aspects of
this country's development drive.
On Tuesday and Wednesday he visited important centres of agricul-
tural production in the Orange Walk, Cayo and Stann Creek districts.
*" GERMAN AMBASSADOR VISITING
The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kingston,
Jamaica, Doctor Philip Schmidt arrived on Sunday for a one week visit.
He was received at the airport by the Permanent Secretary,
External Affairs and the Secretary of the Cabinet, Mr Hugh Fuller.
Doctor Schdmit has responsibility for German Consular activities
in Belize. He is scheduled to meet members of government, senior govern-
ment officials cultural and commercial organization and to visit the
Orange Walk district.
EFFORT TO IMPROVE CANADIAN SUGAR MARKET
The Caribbean Cane Farmers' Association, led by its President,
Mr Mateo Ayuso, held high level discussions on the future of Cananda-
Caribbean trade in sugar with Mr Harry Jay, the Canadian Trade Commi
The Ausociation stressed the importance of the Canadian market
as the traditional outlet for sugar exports from the Caribbean,
Suggestions were also put forward for improving present market-
ing arrangements. These sug esiions are being embodied in a formal
memorandum to be submitted through the respective governments.
Mr Ayuso, who is Manager of the Belize Cane Farmers' Associatior
expressed optimism on his return about the outcome of the conference.
DEVELOPM2ETT REVIEW 'OR STANN CREEK DISTRICT
The Regional Development Committee for the Stann Creek District
hold a meeting at the Town Hall last Wednesday to review economic pro-
gress in the district.
Delegates from the rural areas attended.
Also present was the Minister of Labour the Honourable D.L.
McKoy who is the Ass-embly representative for Stann Creek Rural the
District Officer and extension officers from various government depart-
Later, accompanied by the Social Development Officer, the
Minister paid a visit to Hope Creek where he discussed the new Community
Centre, now nearing completion.
HON. HECTOR SILVA BACK
The Hon. Hector Silva, Minister of Public Utilities, returned to
Belize last week following a private visit to Merida.
While there, Mr Silva had discussions with government officials
and visited many industrial -rojects and surveyed highway and traffic
systems. The visit co-incided with the Mexican independence celebra-
During the Minister's absence, his portfolio was held over by
Premier George Price.
EXTRA TIME TO PERUSE VOTERS LIST
Owing to the late submission of the voters list for the District
Town Board Elections, to be held next December, the Local Government re-
gulations have been amended in order to give voters an opportunity,
until 24th October to peruse the list.
During this period interested persons may register claims to
have their names included on the lists or object to the inclusion of any
names already on the list.
The lists were published in the Government Gazette of September
These may be inspected in the districts, at the headquarters of
the District Officer.
T.U. OFFICIALS IN THE MOVE
C.W.U. officials Rae Lightburn, Desmond Vaughan, and Nicholas
Pollard, according to a union release, have been spearheading a big
drive in the districts.
Messrs Lightburn and Vaughan recently had discussions with
Government workers at the New Capital Site where thirty five new mem-
bers were recruited.
On Wednesday, Mr Pollard had several meetings in Orange Walk
Town and conducted four bargaining sessions with Tate and Lyle at Tower
Hill. The matters discussed were redundancy notices and vacation
wages for some twenty-nine retrenched operators. Compensation for five
other workers on Medical grounds.
Mr Lightburn also travelled to Stann Creek Town where he com-
pared notes with officials of the Southern Christian Union and ne:t
workers at Alta Vista, Middlesex and Pomona.
G.W.D.U. ALSO SCORES
Substantial salary and wage increases plus implementation of a
medical care scheme for employees were discussed at a meeting of the
Belize Electricity Board Joint Industrial Council.
Insurance for the medical care scheme is provided by the
British American Company.
The agreement was the first of its kind for workers negotiated
by the Board. Hospital benefits range from ten to twenty dollars a day
plus a maximum of $200-for surgical operations.
The increases came into effect for employees earning $2,400 or
less a year in January. Those whose salaries exceeds $2,400 will get
their incre-se in June.
Something For Timber Workers
Also announced last week w-s the signing of an accord between
the G.W.DIU, and the Belize Estate and Produce Company on behalf of
workers at the Bolizo City Lu:bcr Yard and central workshops.
The signing was witnessed by Acting Labour Commissioner,
This agreement covered a general increase in wages, together
with additional fringe benefits. Signing for the Company was-Mr R.
Fox. General Secretary A.A. Resales signed for the G.W.D.U.
CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY AT NEW CAPITAL
Thirty eight duplex houses are now rising at the new capital site
in preparation for the full scale launching of that project early next
The houses will provide accommodation for junior officers in the
first phase of the undertaking.
A report published in the local press said the houses are in
various stages of construction some.very advanced, others still at
A hundred and ten men are presently engaged in the construction
which is being done by the Public Works Department. Later this year it
is expected that fifty more workers will be employed when a start is made
with the building of larger housing units.
BELIZE REPRESENTED AT RIO PARLEY
The Inter-American Conference of the Partners of the Alliance for
Progress continued in Rio de Janeiro last week.
President Johnson sent a message to the conference complementing
the conferees on their efforts to improve conditions in the hemisphere on
a multi-lateral basis.
Representing Belize at the meeting were the President of the
Senate, the Honourable E.W. Francis, co-chairman of the Belize Partners
of the Alliance, Mr Ismael Gomez, Treasurer of the group.
Basic programmres in the field of health, education, culture,
business and 'investment were up for consideration.
S.J.C. ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
The Annual General Meeting of Saint John's College Alumni was
held on Wednesday night at the Bliss Institute here in BelizP City. The
main address was delivered by the President of Saint John's College, the
very Reverend Leo Weber,.of the Society of Jesus.
Father Weber called for more contributions to finance the expan-
sion programme of the college. And he indicated that this programme is
barely going according to plan.
There was urgent need for a higher level of contributions from.
The report on the Association's activities over the past year was
presented by outgoing .President, Santiago Gomez.
The slate of officers for the 1966-67 term is as follows: Homero
Eacalante, President, Charles M. Woods, Vice President, Egbert Aspinal,
Treasurer, William Fonseca, Secretary, Leonides Escalante Correspond
ing Secretary. Doctor Salvador Awe and Joseph Fuller are members of the
PREMIER THANKS NAZARENE MISSION
The 21st Annual. Session of the mission Council of the Church of
the -Nazarene has sent greetings to the Premier the Honourable George
Price expressing gratitude for the pleasant associations the mission -
has enjoyed with government during their years of service in Belize.
This year, the Nazarene Mission appointed a national, rev-
erend Alvin Young, Assistant District Superintendent.
The Mission is supported by seven other ordained National
Ministers and some thirty-eight teachers, nurses and clerical workers-
Replying to.the message, Premier Price expressed deep apprecia-
tion for the Nazarene Mission's contribution in helping to build the
new Belize in the pastoral, educational and social fields
CREDIT UNION WEEKEND IN STANN CREEK TOWN ...
The one day seminar sponsored by the National Credit Union
League in Stann Creek Town last weekend attracted twenty students from
j the area.
Mayor Carlos Nolberto, opening the seminar, urged the partici-
pants to take full advantage of the opportunity before them.
League President Acting-'Police Inspe&tor Mr Fred Gill said the
Credit.Union movement is an asset in the development of the New Belize.
He Called on'credit unionists of the.district to redouble their :efforts
to speed. the growth, of the .movement in the citrus capital.
Present.f;r the ceremony were the District.Officer Mr A-B..
Ogaldez and Travelling Magistrate Bernard Pitts.
The seminar was followed'by the quarterly meeting of'the
national Credit Union.League.
NEWS IN BRIEF
TEXAGOJS $250,000 SERVICE STATION IN STANN CREEK TOWN has been completed
and handed over to its Manager, Albert Castillo, a Belizean.
The installation was built by Lindo Brothers, a Belizean con-
THE EXTRA MURAL DEPARTMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES is
'offering'courses for teachers leading to the Associate of the College
of Proceptors, as well as various courses leading to the G.C.E, at adw
COMMODORE JOHN M. TOWNLEY, R.N. SENIOR NAVAL OFFICER, WEST INDIES, Qn
tour of countries served by the Royal Navh in this area arrived here on
a short visit last week.
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Douglas also completed a four y ear course ea. g to
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RAYMEQD BADROW, Administrative Officer. Grade 1, left for. the-iAg Til.
during etae a theL Ministry of Finane iand Devetopmentf is back i
DOBeTGLAS FAter oATHER has been successful in a course in forensic
science hedid with. the AtWesInde Office's Laboratory,
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Douglas also completed a fourned ar course, leay hig tonh th,
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ETHIEED .MR D UAKERS Administrative Officer Grade Two, .Actig ,.irclast ak.
Secretary at the Ministry of Finance and Development, is back in
Belize after completing the one year course in Public Administratio f,
at'the University'of the West Indies,
NORRIS WALE, Assistant Analyst at the Department of Agricultuire who-
has been studying at the University of Arizona on an A.I.D. scholar!-
ship-'6ver the past four years returned home early this. month with..a
B.Sc., majoring in sail chemistry.
THREE MORE VOLUNTEERS UNDER THE C.I.I.R PROGRAMME arrived last week.
They are Katherine Montague, Shirley Goodwin and Julia
Stallingrass, all of them teachers to be posted in Corozal Town, San
Ignacio and Belize City.
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