T H E E TELI Z E .
W K L Y NE S LW E T T'
Published by th; GoovernSnt In'orr.:,.tion Sir s. *
No. 40 U-*** ** p to 3rd October, 1966.
THEY STUDY DEBENCE, INTERNAL SECURITY
The Special Select Co-.irittec of the House of Reprnsentatives
appointed to study the Question of National Defence and Internal Security
held its second meeting in camera on Wednesday in the Assembly Chamber.
The next meeting has been scheduled for October 19th when certain
persons will be invited to submit recormmendations.
The Committee is made up of the following cRepre'sentatives; Loui;
Sylvester (Chairman), Philip Goldson, Fred Hunter, Lindbergh Rogers and
POT? O-'ICE :CET,^R' -E:.T
Official First Day covers which wore to have, been issued on
Saturday in connection with the Post Office centenary could not be made
avDilable to the public because they were not received from the Crown
Agents in time.
A release from the Ministry of Co!nuni,..tions explained why it
was n'-cessary for the new issu:. to be placed on sal..: At the same time
the Ministry expressed re 'rot about the inconvenience suffered by r:embers
of the public.
CLOSER .LIS .I.. -OrGED WIT .'-iT GE.Ai'.~Y
Formation of a Gcrr-an-Belize friendship society claimed a week-
long visit here by the West German a:i-bassa'.or to Jaaaica, Dr Philip
Ambassador Schmidt-Scholjel also has consular responsibility for
Arriving on September 25th t-he diploe.iat spent much of his time on
hirh level discussions with Ministers of Governnientsenior public
of-'i'ials and groups interested in the nroiaotion of trade and culture.
Te was received by Pre-ier George Price and the governor, Sir John Paul.
In Belize City he visited the Industrial .rts School at Saint
John's College, the Belize Technical College the Vocational Training
School, the Stella Moris School for handicapped children, Radio Belize
snd the Press.
Tourism And Culture
Points visited in the interior include Xunantunich, Lynam Agricul-
tural College as well .s centres of t'e citrus and sugar industries. On
the eve of his departure he was ta':en on a visit to the marine tourist
area around English Caye.
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:WI, AT PA'D.TT\R-SHIP PROGRAM MME
MeCSrs i- ...: .^r a:' 1 N::.r en Huff of the Michigan Partners of the
fiance, on theLr :W "- ..;j from the Inter-American Partners of the
Alliance Conference i\ ]i. ,o .T.neiro, spent a few d:ys here last week
attending to follow:-~ ,up details of the programme which is being developed
Mr Huff, Chfir an of the Education Committee told a news con-
.erence on Wednc. -y that his ,,roup is seeking to foster a school-to-
bchool relationship b;eto en Belize and Michigan in addition to an ex-
i::-ange of stuenis- Advanced teacher training was also important. This
:i also receiving attentionn There exists room for co-oporation in
-._edicine, specialist training and adult education.
Specific Tourism P-rojDosals
Mr Orr, who is co-chairman of the Tourism, Business and Indus-
trial committee, speaking on the same occasion, said his committee is
-,.g.-.. ing new finarcirgi instutitions as well as the strengthening of
.'-r'.i..:.; p;,, -latic.l ,rl. w ere small development, loans are concerned.
Other efforts i: elude a move to promote investment by Michigan
-usinassmc. in Beiz-_' and opening outlets in that state for Belizean
When the visitors mot the Tourist Board on Wednesday specific
-proosals oo tbo t-::-ininr of tourism personnel and operatives, invest-
.:*nt priorities ad ir-vements to the existing tourist organization
hre wcre put for].rd.,
They left for M-ichign on Thursday,
1 7T-L7Ti 1 lGITI lO CAMPAIGN ATTRACTING ATTENTION
Efforts of the tourist Board's sub Committee on Beautification
rc improve the atmor-phre of Belize City and district communities
through closer attentironr the landsc-ping possibilities have been
gaining attention, not only here in Belize but overseas as well.
Clippings from the British press show that several British news-
papers have noted n:e move last June to promote the convenient acquisi-
:;ion of ornamental:- and other plants here in Belize City through the es-
-.ablishment of a sales deot in the Marketing Board compound. News
itcas on the project appeared in the "Evening Echo," Cork, the Aberdeen
iJ,:,ning Express" )ind the "Yorkshire Evening Post", published in Leeds.
c" n;o' v^d
Meanwhile, Mr Henry UTher, Acting Chairman of the group reports
..it a largo number of plnI.Ls have been sold from the depot. Tavourite
-.ieties are multi--coloured hybiscus, roses of various kinds and a
plant locally known as "June Bride".
Dwarf coconut plants are supplied from the Agricultural Depart-
.nntt's Stann Creek district station on order while the ornamentals are
brought in regularly from Central Farm.
In an effort to enlist the support of school children for the
Beautification drive the Committee has addressed a ciccular letter to
principals outlinng easy practical s-eps which can be taken by schools
to make a"start with their own compounds.
government Deartmcnts Asa-ed To Help
A circular lei;-.t issued on Saturday by the S -cretary of the
Tourist Board -to he-ds of government departments and Permanent S-.cretl.tic
n-.lled on theo; to ess~ot tb. Beautification Sub-CoL_.-ittee to achieve the
:-als of the present ca:-paicn.
In his letter, the Secretary of the Tourist Board said that mem-
bers of the Beautification Sub-Committee or staff of the Department of Ag-
riculture would be available for consultations on the planting of tress or
shrubs where this is feasible. And the Belize City Council, he pointed
out, stands ready to assist with the removal of waste matter once it has
SALARIES INCREASE FOR CIT CO. WORKERS
A salaries increase for senior staff of the Belize City Council
has br-ren approved by City Fathers.
The measure was okayed at the monthly meeting of the Council held
Spe.uing on the motiono n Deputy Lord Mayor Mr Orlando Lizama said
the council's employs would now be expected to give t ::ii.u efficiency
in return for the increased wages.
The programme of works, for the period Sept mber 28th to October
25th was also approved. This includes the laying in of cement drains,
resurfacing streets and general scavenging and sanitation.
The City Council has now decided to withdraw the trade licence
assessment on a building occupied by the Christian Social Council.
THREE OFF FOR CLASC MEETING
Three officials from the local affiliate will be attending the
5th Latin.American Congress of CLASC. The gathering takes place in
Panama from.October 3rd to 7th. Some thirty member countries and terri-
tories are expected to be represented,
The Belizean delegates are Nicholas Pollard, allan C.stillo and
The main business of the Congress will be to clarify and rewrite
the CLASC Declaration of Principles, Programme and Constitution.
It is expected that radical changes in the structure of CLASC,
designed to make it more democratic and effective, will be mooted.
Let It Be Known Where Ve Stand
Another important objective will be to promote the development
and integration of Latin America_:as a whole. This will involve a radical
transformation of existing social, economic and political structures.
Last week It was predicted that the Belize delegation will make
known once again the desire of our people to be a free democr-.tic,
sovereign, united, independent and christian nation in Central America.
BID TO CRL..T PROVIDENT FUND -FOR CITRUS WORKERS
Officials Cf the houth.rn Christian Union assisted by Na.tional
Officials of the PFeOier-tion of Christian Trrade Unions began negotiations
with the Citrus Coma:ny recently for wage increases and improved working
conditions affecti-ng some 700 workers at Midzdlesex and Pomons.
One of the proposals is for a contributory Provident iund,
Workers would be able to withdraw or barrow from the fund for
various provident and productive purposes.
The negotiations will be continued some time after October 7th
when delegates to the Panama conference of CLASC return.
TUTLE RESTOCKING PROJECT
A shipment of 400 baby turtles for distribution in the w-rters
around Tobacco Cayc a'rived h ro on Wednesday.
This was the se:-nth shipment of baby turtles received from
Doctor Archie Cain, who is in charge of the Institute responsible for
restocking in this ar-..
The scheme was started in 1960 with 1,000 when role -sed near
Mauger Caye. Since that time there have been yearly shipments varying
between 2,000 to 4,000 baby turtles. Some have been placed near North-
ern Two Cayes, Half Ioon Caye, Glovers Reef and in the Turneffe archi-
.AFPi-ADI; F.RERS' FIRST HARVEST
The Ma radi Rice farmers have sold 15,000 pounds of rice paddy
to the Marketing Board thus far.
It is proposed to band the thirteen members of group into a
co-operative. The men have been working in close association with the
South Electoral Division,representative, the Hon. Charles Martinez and
personnel of the Social Development and Cooperative Departments.
Government has provided a rice thrasher and a new road leading
to the farms. The men have expressed gratitude to government for this
TACL, TAN BOOST SCHOLARSHIP DRIVE
Taca International Airlines, which operates the air passenger
service between Belize and New Orleans and TAN Airlines which flies
between Miami and Belize have donated two tickets.each to Belizean .stu-
dents now studying at Universities in Michigan under the Michigan/Belize
A spokesman for the Partners said last week that so far only
eight of the fifteen Belizean students awarded scholarships have been
able to take up their places at the Universitios.
They are: Jaime Aguilar (Accounting), Helen Usher (Physical Edu-
cation), Phyllis Waight (Pro--ied.), Orlando Burgos (Business Administra-
tion) David Cruz (Political Science), Neal Garbutt (Pre-med), Lennox
August (Accounting) and Carlos Santos (Agriculture).
The others =ar 2xno riencin difficulty in finding the financial
support needed to cover the loc'l contribution to the project.
7NErIW hTAD FOR JESUIT MISSION
The Reverend Father Leo F. Weber, President of Saint John's
College, has been appointed Superior of the Jesuit Mission in Belize.
Father Philip Pick is the outgoing Supervisor of the Society.
Appointment of a Superior of the Jesuit Mission takes place
every three years.
As Superior of the Jesuit Mission, Father Weber will be respon-
sible for the functioning of three parishes here in Belize City, one in
the Stann Creek District and two in the Toledo District.
It is understood that the Reverend Fr. Weber will be Rector of
Saint John's College and Superior of the Mission at the same time.
So far Father Pick has not boon assigned to any specific duties.
He was General Manager of Catholic Primary schools from 1963 to 1964 and
Superior of the Mission since 19C3.
N EWS INT BRIEF
THE NEW SCHOOL 1AT 1UNITEDVILLE was officially open by District Officer H.
Tillett, (Cayo) on Monday. Also present was area Representative the Honn
Hector Silva who congratulated the Village Council on their part in the
FIRST IN A SERIES OF SIX WEEKEND SEMINARS for food handlers sponsored by
the Public Health Service in Orange Walk town was held on September 26th.
Th' seminar was declared open by Solomon Tillett, a well known
food handler of that town. The first lecture, on "The nature of germs
with special emphasis on epidemic diseases," was given by Dr. Harvey
TEN PROMOTIONS IN THE POLICE FORCE were announced on Saturday.
The following are the details:
Sergeant O.A. Gibson Sergeant Major
Sergeant James Kelly Station Sergeant
Corporal Denbeigh Smith ) Sergeant
Dudley Marshall )
Corporal Benjamin Avaloy Acting Se]
Bernard Bevans )
Raul Garcia )
C. Andrews ) Constable Corporal
1-. Haylock )
H. Zuniga Contable Acting C
D.R.B. GILL, PRINCIPAL ASSISTA' T SECRETARY has b(en appointed Head of the
Planning Unit, Ministry of Fin.nce and economicc Development.
A career officer, Gill joined the Service in 1032. He has hold
several top ranking; po:istio.s in the.accounting and Administrative
THE 'VALLEY COMBO', STANN CREEK DISTRICT, last week joined the ranks of
pop groups which have had long play records of their performance cut in
The LP. features eight items by the group, which is led by
veteran musician Albert Ysaguirre. Arrangements for the record were made
by the Stann Creek Rural representative, the Hon. D.L. McKoy during his
tour of the U.S.A. a few weeks ago.
THE STANN CREEK TTWN BOARD, at a mooting on Friday, approved the erection
of a concrete bridge across the c-nal which cuts across Madre Cacao
street in that town.
PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACTH'RS Eric Lopez (principal, San Jose Succotz School,
Cayo district) and Berzil Domingo (St Matthew's, Pomona) left on Satur-
day to do the one year course at the U.W.I's. Institute of Education.
Their scholarships were granted under the Teacher's Scholarship
OWEN TUCKER, MANATGINc- DIRECTOR of the Credit Union League returned from
Madison, Wisconsin on Septomber 25th.
He did a one month training with CUNA, gaining their Family
Financing Counselling School certificate.
ISMAEL GOMEZ, CHAIRMAN OF TIE SUB-COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, INDUSTRY AND
TOURISM,of the Belizo Partners of the Alliance and President of the
Belize Chamber of Commerce got back from the Alliance conference in Rio
de Janiero on September 25th.
A FIVE WEEK SEMINAR on Social Anthropology of the Caribbean and Belize is
being sponsored by the Extra Mural Department, U.W.I.
The tutor is Norman Ashcraft, an Anthropologist from Brandois
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