THE BELI Z E
W E EK LY N E W S L. E T T E R
Published by tLj Coe'irnent Information Services.
No. 41 **** ** Up to 10th October, 1966.
BELIZE WILL CELEBRATE WITH BARBADOS
When Barbados gains her independence on November 30th the govern-
ment and people of Belize will be represented at the formal ceremonies by
the Hon. D.L. McKoy, Minister of Labour.
Celebrations are going to be held in the Ambergris Caye size
island from November 27th to December 3rd this year.
An announcement from the Premier's office on Saturday disclosed
that the decision to send a delegate with Ministerial rank followed re-
cepit of an official invitation from the government of Barbados.
The Duke of Kent will be representing Queen Elizabeth 11 of
England at the -celebrations
HURRICANE READINESS TEST
A routine readiness exercise. by the Central Emergency Organiza-
tion was carried out on ~ i...'
The C.EoO, is made up.of the Governor, the Cabinet and the Sec-
retary to the Cabinet. The organization has the task of reviewing plans
.formulated by sub-conmritteos in addition to overall direction and con-
trol of hurricane reactions It would also have continuing responsibili-
ty for any post hurricane disaster or emergency.
After causing widespread loss of life and damage estimated at
several million dollars in the Caribbean, hurricane Inez began heading
for the north Yucatan peninsula by mid week.
On Thursday the local vatch on Inez was intensified as the storm,
packing winds of over 100 miles on hour, slowed to almost a halt off the
edge of the Yucatan channel. Radio Belize extended its schedule in order
to be able to bring listeners a late bulletin which made it clear that
the storm would be moving along the Gulf coast.
Reports from Merida on Friday indicated that there was severe
flooding in the City with over 15,000 refuges from the outlying areas
seeking shelter there.
MOVE TO IMPROVE WATER SUPPLY
A detailed prospectus for an improved potable water supply for
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Corozal Town was handed over to Premier George Frice by a team of engin-
eers from Mexico, last Tuesday,
Laboratory tests have shown that the water reserves in the
areas sub-soil can only be fraught up to acceptable health standards by
an extensive process of purification.
Because of these findings it is now suggested that Corozal
Town's Water Su-ply be lined with the Chetunal supply system.
The prospectus was presented by Engineer Edmundo Hernandez
leader of the team .which also surveyed water works in two other munici-
palities: San Ignacio and Stano Creek Town.
Just A Month Ago
The study of Corozal Town's water supply problem was initiated
about a month ago at the request of the Belizean government. The plans
have been passed on to government technical staff for study.
The coming of the Mexican engineers follows a visit to Mexico
earlier this year by the Hon. Lindbergh Rogers, Minister of Health and
Before savingg the visitors held discussions with the Minister
of Health and his advisors on -,tter supply systems here. They returned
to Mexico on Wednesday.
RECONSTRUCTION WRAP TTP
The final report on past hurricane reconstruction, covering the
period January, 1963 to July 1966, was handed in last week.
In a broadcast commentary last Saturday night, the Chief
Information Officer, Mr Rudolph Castillo, recalled that the Reconstruc-
tion and Development Corporation was established as a special statutory
agency, as an arm of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development,
for the purpose of administering funds for rehabilitation following the
widespread destruction caused by hurricane Hattie.
Seven thousand a-olications for assistance were processed.
Only 1,000 were turned down. The Corpo-ation held forty four meetings in
Housing assistance amounted to $3,422,658. Of this amount,
$1,383,542 were disbursed as grants.
Other forms of rehabilitation include a free issue of fertili-
zer to citrus farmers, assistance to coconut growers plus helo in re-
building Mullins River and Silk Grass villages and expanding farm hold-
A number of low intor-st loans for replanting were also approved.
Thanks All ound
With the winding up of this phase of its activity and the issue
of its final report the chairrian, Mr Price, has expressed thanks for the
service of board members who h-ve given so generously of their time, for
example, Members of the village councils and Town Boards. Without their
contribution, Mr Price said, the task could not have been completed in
such a relatively short time.
Good Reputation For Belize
On the repayment of loans hope w-s expressed that people con-
cerned will honour their obli .tions promptly, in accordance with
agreements they had signed.
By so doing, we will prove that the people of Belize understand
their financial responsibilities, and are prepared to forge a reputa-
tion for credit worthiness. This will go along with potential lending
agencies considering further house building and other development loans.
ESSO HELPS WITH YOUTH TRAINING
"No Government in the world bears all the expenses of its social
services. Voluntary organizations and successful business operations
are expected to take care of a fair percentage of them."
Th.t declaration was iade by the Minister of Local Government
and Social Development, the Honourable Albert Cattouse as he received
two sewing machines donated by the Esso Standard Oil Company Limited to
the Princies Royal Youth Hoitcl on 'b half of government.
The contribution of the machines, he went on, will help inmates
of the institution to be more independent when they leave. Thanking
ESSO for their 'wonderful gift', the Minister noted that the equipment
is worth some $400. It was a contribution to development and therefore
Agriculture 'Yes', But.....
Earlier when he presented the equipment Mr Edwardo Mendez, the
local ESSO Manager, remarked that although our economy is based on
agriculture, we should nevertheless pay attention to other spheres of
The ceremony began with the playing of the Belizean Anthem and
ended with a rendition of the British Anthem by the Band of the Youth
The Band rendered several musical items during the programme.
IEW SCHOOL .THROUGH POOLED EFFORTS
The Hon. Mrs Gwendolyn Lizarraga, Minister of Education, visit-
ing Macaw Bank Village for the dedication of a new school building,
congratulated Belizeans of the area for the support they had afforded
The project wi.s a joint venture in co-operation with Peace Corps
Volunteers coming under their school-to-school partnership programme.
Success of the Macaw Bank project, said the Minister, should
inspire other villagers to do likewise. And she urged Macaw Bank
parents to send their.children to school regularly so that the new
building could serve the purpose fpr which it has been provided.
Other important contributions to the project came from the
Belizean government, CARE and Mr Samuel Waight who donated the site.
TZO:. D.L. IiCOY II STANN CREEK DISTRICT
The Minister of tLa' ;.r, the Honour-ble D.L. MIcKoy returned to
Belize City on 7rid .y folio~i.^ a three day tour of his constituency.
Mr McKoy visited Seine Bioht, Placencia, Alabama, George Town,
Sittee, H1opkins and Silk Gr :ss Vi.lages and held discussions with
village councils. A-,p:rt fro'm :-h.oc talks he also visited work camps
where he met infor-ally with workers and employers.
Particularly impressive, he said, was the progress he had
seen at Placencia and the development of the banana industry in the
Waha Leaf and South Stann Creek Area,
The Minister took advantage of his presence in the district
to review certain problems which affect- Stann.Creek town.
STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMME GATHERS MOMENTUM
A dinner for nind hundred, with the aim of bringing members of
the parish together in a public act of christian brotherhood was given
by members of St Francis Xavier church, Corozal Town.
The dinner was part of the stewardship programme. It provided
an opportunity for Perish go Is and plans to be discussed in an informal
A spokesman for the Xavier stewardship group has said that the
response to the pror: mmne h?.s been 'magnificent'. The group now plans
to publish a brochure outlining the accomplishments and setting forth
the essential points of the program-:e.
DISCUSSIO!' FOR N11ATION.AL PROGRESS
Thirty three young people, most of them senior high school stu-
dents, turned out last Friday night for the re-convening of the-Young
People's Discussion Circle, sponsored by the Extra Mural Department of
the University of the West Indies.
Addressing the gatherin.: Senator Vernon Leslie reviewed the
activities of the group which was inaugurated in 1959. And he noted
that many of the foundation !.embers had gone on to achieve distinction
in their academic careers leading to their entry into professions like
Law, Teaching and other specialist fields.
Spearheading the re-organization drive are two leading figures
in the 1959 committee, barrister Edward Liang Jr. and Milton Arana,
now a lecturer at the Belize Technical College.
Following the pep talk by Senator Leslie, the group listened to
the recorded voice of George McKesey relating his famous "Bud Benk" and
other dialect skits. A Steering Committee was then elected and a ten-
tative programme of activities including discussions, debates and
music appreciation agreed in principle.
The Circle will have regular weekly meetings. Guest speakers
will be invited in from time to time. The first such address, on
"Tourism and National Development" will be delivered by Mr R.L. Clark,
Secretary of the Tourist Board on Friday, October 14th.
NgWS TIN BjB-EF
LADY kA"DFE PAUL, 7Twife o the Govr-irnor, arrived here on Saturday morn-
It was her first visit to Eelize since her husband was appoint-
ed last July.
REPRESENTATIVE ELITO URBINA expressed great satisfaction following an
on-the-spot inspection of the new San Jose Community Centre, now under
Fifty villages, helped by the Social Development's building
supervisor, Eric Rice, arc engaged on the project. It is an Aided
Self Help project.
INTTERNATIONAL CEDIT UNIONI DAY will this year be observed on October
20th. Week lon-; celebrations have ,een scheduled, beginning on
The Minist'er of Co-o ?r -ti4-Tes -,Ind Credit Unions will declare
the Week open in a Radio -,road c-st on the 16th. During the week also
the Premier will be publishing a special Proclamtation in which he will
urge Belizeans to support the movement.
LIBORIO AYTSO, Tr-esurer of th Chai..br of Commerce, was guest speaker
at last Wednesday's Rotary dinner.
Liborio spoke in support of the ;';emb,3rship drive which the
Chamber is conducting this month.
VITLLAGE COUNCTL O01ICRF S from the area have been invited in for final
stages of preparation -For this year's llWest:,rn District Agricultural
The Sh-w t.aes place on Nov:rb.r lth and 13th.
THE FINAL QUARTER SESSIONS of the Central District of the Supreme
Court began in Belize City on Tuesday morning.
Of the thirteen cases on the calendar, one involved an alleged
TWENTY SEVENTH YEAR OLD LE--TOX THOMPSON an employee of the Forestry De-
partment, died on Saturday following a traffic mishap on the Mullins
He was bur-ied in Stann Crcek Town on Sunday.