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Title: The Belize weekly newsletter
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Title: The Belize weekly newsletter
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Place of Publication: Belize City British Honduras Government Information Services
Frequency: weekly
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Dates or Sequential Designation: no. 1- Jan. 3, 1965-
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No. 44 ***U***** Up to 31st October, 1966.


Last Friday morning's meeting, o-' the National Assembly produced two
important. statements by Government Ministers.

The first of these by the Promier, dealt with rumours about final
proposals in respect of the Anglo-Guatemalan dispute.

Proposals' Rumour Scotched

Addressing a hushed chamber, the Premier said: "Recently rumours
have been circulating to ..the effect-that the Mediator's-final proposals
for the settlement of the Anglo-Gurtetoalan dispute have been presented to

"I wish to inform this. house that these rumours are entirely with-
out foundation. The mediation continues and will continue until such
time as the mediator feels able to formulate proposals which, it i. hoped,
will prove acceptable to all parties to the dispute."

Inaccurate publicity about the nedi:-.tion can only serve to pre-
judice the final outcome and such inaccurate publicity is against the i"-1
terests of all those involved in tL uicdiation.

Full Publicity Promised

t repeat my assurance and thie -assur.nce of the Government. of the
United Kingdom that no solution to this dispute will be imposed' on our
country and its people which is not in accord the will of the majority of
the Belizean people.

"I also.repeat my assurance that when the Mediator's proposals have
been formulated and presented to this Government, they will be given the
fullest and widest publicity beforeany decision is taken.

It is the earne-t hope of my government that an honourable settle-
ment to the present dispute can be found: a settlement which will not
only help to promote the firm and unqualified resolve of any government
to lead Belize to indep-endence but'-ill serve also to strengthen the
friendship and cooperation between the Governments and peoples of Belize
and Guatemala.

Case Of The Living 'Dead Man'

The second statement, by the Mlinister of Internal Affairs dealt
with allegations published in one of the national press to the effect
that a Jamaican national, Washington Monzies, had been refused entry and
political asylum in Belize and thpt on his return to Guatemala he was

The Honourable C.L.B..Rogers recalled his statement in the House
on Friday 22nd.October that a full investigation of the alleged incident
was being pursued. As soon as this was concluded, he said at the'timo, a
full report would be presented to the House.

"I have now received of"ciL;.l inCformaition which proves beyond all

/possible doubt that

possible doubt that there is no truth in the rumour th'it this man was
killed in Guatemala," the Minister declared.

There were cries of "Shame" from the government benches as Mr
Rogers continued. "The British Vice-Consul at Bannanera has spoken
very recently with Washington Menzies and has established his identity
to the Consul's complete satisfaction."

'Realistic' Salaries Increase For Assemblymen

A motion to adopt the report of the Jnint Select Committee on
Salaries, Allowances and other previlleges of members of the National
Assembly was approved subject to the amendment introduced by the Re-
presentative for Stain Creek Town, Honourable Allan Arthurs.

The report, introduced by the Honourable Fred Hunter, based
its recommendations on three overriding considerations. Firstly, the
existing salaries-and.allo.ances of members were fixed in 1960 and
the Select Committee had to take note of the rise in the cost of liv-
ing since that date.

Secondly, the duties and responsibilities of members have in-
creased with.the introduction of the Ministerial system in.1961, the
attainment of self-government, 1964 plus a further increase in
responsibilities foreshadowed by the establishment of Standing
Committees under the new Standing Orders of the House.

Thirdly, the recolmmendt.tions were influenced by a principle,
found to be observed in many Commonwealth Countries, that the salary
of the Premier is exceeded only by the.t of the.Governor and that
Ministers salaries are in excess of that of the highest paid civil
servant, with the exception of the Chief Justice.

The report.furth.r comments "We are firmly of the opinion
that rehumer'tion of all members of the National Assembly should not
only be commensurate with their duties and responsibilities and ade-
quately compensate them for all the expenses which are necessarily
inherent to the nature of their office but should also enable them to
maintain a reasonable standard of living compatible with the dignity
of their office."

Apart frem a suggestion by Senator Hassock that Senator should
be paid a tax free allowance instead of the salary and allowances ro-
commended, the report-wa3 unanimously agreed by the ten man committee
which included opposition representatives in the House and Senate.

Orit.inal Proposals Reduced
The amendment offered by the Stann Creek Town representative
and accepted by.the House reduces the Joint Committee's-salary and
allowanCe proposals, t9 bring them.into line with the percentage in-
creases implemented earlier this year on the basis of the Ramage Re-
port affecting government employees.

Assemblymen Not Privileged Citizens

Effective date for basis salary increases in the case of mem-
bers of the National Assembly is July 1st and for allowances, October
1st this ye.r.

Under the measure approved last week, while certain
allowances attract tax relief, it was made clear that there was no
intention to create a privileged class of citizens. Salaries of mem-
bers of the National Assembly will be subject to income tax in the
normal way.

/In other action,

In othmnr action, the Hinister of Natu7al Resources introduced -two
Bills aff'ct% .ng the ugs- i,.ustry.

First of these w-s the 3u:ar Inclustry Control Amendment Bill and
the second w:s the Sug-r '--.irs' Association Pmendient Bill which
has now been rfr-rred to t'i2_ economic Development Committee.'.

The House meets on 'ovbmber llth.


The nine branches~ o: the Cane Farming Communities in the Corozal,
and Orange Walk Districts are setting g.ered up for the statutory elec-
tions which will be hel.' from 3rd to 6th November.

'Under the new law, now before the House economicc Development
Committee the Corozal and Orang- Walk Districts will be administratively
sen-rr-ted. with each district having seven branches each. This-_'rill give
Orange Walk diti.-ict 6arit in ree- sentation with the Corozal d.L:trict.

The purpose 6f the elections is to elect an interim Committee to
wind up the affairs of the eh etirnting Association, thus making way :for the
seperrtion of the Districts under the new law.


As the December 21st de-dlinp fo" tenders on the now c..)ital pro-
ject approncho,,- more .and more interested firms are rounding of:. their
bids for the contract.

In to-.rn" Ist iees'.c ro inrv:stig-.tors for Higgs and Hill, and the
firms of John Mowlen an.nd "eorge Wimpey.

fRep'roienting Hi:,- and Hill were Hector Lindsay and Donald
McLennon, both o' them civil .en:in-ers. Higgs and Hill won the contract
for thed initial ph-se of con-truction for the University of the est
Indies at Mon., J"m-Rica. said.they. were looking into every possible opportu-
nity for the use of Belizsan manpower and mat-ria.l in the estirw'.tes they
are n-rpar ing.

"'Te ar?. looking-put for the best bid possible,t is the one
we are r'Oin-; to favour," co monted the Pr'emi-r is he received the
visitors last iw-ek.

No Brazilia

The Mowlen r p~n' ..E.nt'ti-e w-.s Mr A.J. Angell and he has been
accomp-onied on his mission by Mr \.J. Smallman who represents George
Wimpey, an enr:in ring fir n with wide exorrience in the Caribbean.
Wimpey won the contract for construction of the Palisadoes airport,
Jamaica, and the Nevett dam in ,rrinid-,d.

All the investigators. so "Tr have expressed internist in both
the new c~ it-1 project and the planned expansion of the. 3lize Inter-
national airport, At"the end of their mission here they commented fa-
vourably on the co-oper-tion r-ce ved from contacts in government and
.the private sector.

/"I am encouraged by the

"I am encouraged by the interest shown by so many .of the big contract-
ing firms in our new c- ital orojCct. It is not going to be a Brazillia. We
intend to start in a small way and ,ro. as" our economy expands," the Premier
told the Prss 1-st wee,'.

SIt is etim-.ted here that on-site activity by local contractors .illri
get .underway within six r.reels' of th- contract award. L-rger scale operations
should be in full swing by next 7ebruyry.

Taxes will not.beincre.sed, Belize City property owners wall con-
tinue'to iay 8% for "rop~-t' tax ndt. 4% for fire r te.

This .-.s the good n:ws for ta layerss in raye raulker, Ambergris
Caye and St. Jeo-ge's '".ye .s well following, last Tuesday's meeting of the
C'ty Councril.

Presidingt T,dtd M-yor Fred '.Tetby announced that the Estimates of,.Re-
venue:and Expenditure for 1967 have b:-en completed. The council, he said,
proposes to spend well over half a million.dollars next year.

Other NIdtters ^
Councillor Homnro Zscalante was Selected to represent the Council of
the Belize Teehninl Coll ge Advisory Board and the programme of works for
the period, October 2Pth to N~ovemb-r 23th was approved:.

Precisely at twenty five minutes to .eleven on United Nations Day the
blue and white U.N. flog w-s hoitted atop.the 'flagstaff behind the Supreme.
Court building.

And on hand to witness the: simple ceremony were the Premier,,'
gov-rnment oricials, United Nations techi al. assistance personnel and. a
grouo of hard working fruit and sand vendors who paused briefly as.ex-Police
Officer James Belgrave hoisted the T.N. standard aloft.

Our co-r- sponOent points out'that this is perhaps the first time that,
an o-'Liol flag other th-n the British Flag or the Union Jack wth, the
NY.tional Coat of Arms, h.s been flo :n in honour of a formal occasion at the
Court House Plaza. Since the late eighteen eighty's, he says, it has been
the custom to fly the Interntional Signal code flag "R" when the Assembly
is in cession.

A student of local constitutional history has pointed out in a book-
let published in 195, t*hat the ori:-in of this custom is obscure. It is not
known who chose this particular flag a yellow cross on a crimson background
w- ,hen, and for what re-son.

The Belgian Ambassador accredited to the sixk states of Central
America, Mr Raoul Dooreman w.s here l-st week on his second visit to Belize
in two and a half years.

/Ambassador 'Dooreman, an

Ambassador Dooreeman, an Economist with several years experience
in matters relating to the organization of international trade, answered
a number of questions about the present st.te of the Central American
Common Market put to him by a G.I.S. reporter.

From three years experience in the region, he said, it is his
impression that the Central Ameri'an Common Market is progressing well.
Proof of this is seen in the fact that today nearly 95% of the flow of
goods between the five, with notable exceptions like petroleum products,
are exchanged freely.

At the same time, he said, the participating countries are mov-
ing towards establishment of a comAuon tariff for products entering the

Central American Trade Liberalization "Impressive"

Asked tto draw a comparison between the European Common Market
and the Central American common Market, Ambassador Dooreman explained
that whereas discussions in the Central American Common Market take
place at Minlste~ial level,, there is a powerful Commission operating
within the framework of the European Common Market which in effect has,
in certain circumstances, the right to exercise supra-national authority
to speed the process of integration.

The pace of integration in the looser Central American Common
Market has been therefore noticeable slower. Nevertheless, he went..on,..
the liberalization of trade has been impressive.

Panama, he reports, although not a f'ember of the Central American
Common Market, has shown great interest in the progressive development of
the institution.

Ambassador Dooreman held discussions with the Belgian consular
representative, Mr Edgar Gegg. He wa shown two films, on Belize and
there has also been an op-ortunity for him to meet quite a few people
from both. government and private sectors. -

Belize Should Absorb Belgian Invetr;oent Capital

There is at present a small lovel of trade between Belize and
Belgium, this country purchasing mostly construction material and
matches. .There should be good possibilities for Belize to sellprecious
timber in the Belgian market, but this will require close study. He
also thinks Belize should be able to absorb Belgian investment capital.

The visiting diplomatist arrived here on October 16th and left
on Saturday. He was received by Premie-r George Price and the Governor,
Sir John Paul. Comparing the present visit with his first,,. the
dor declared: "One gets the impression that the City is being developed
more and. more,"


The Economic Deveiopment- Standinl Committee.of the House,,of Re-
pros.nt-tiv: s is to hold its first .i-tins in the Assembly Chamber at 10
in the.morning of Friday, November.4th to consider the Citrus .Processing
and Production Bill 11966 which was read a first time at the last sitting
of the House.

Member-s of the general public and interested persons who-wish to
make recommendItions to theCommittee were invited to do so, either in
writing or by getting in touch with the chairman, the Hon. F.H. Hunter or
the clerk of the National Assembly in Belize City.


..Mexico's top tourism official for the neighboring province of
Quint-na Roo, Sefor Gustavo Verdayes, began a four day visit to Belize
City last Friday as the I~iest of tho Tour'it Board.

;Soon after hi's a-rival he had a meeting with 'the Beautification
SUb Cormnittee ain later attended a meeting of the Tourist Board. High
on the agenda ws co-operative measures to, boost the flow of tourists
from the Merida-Chetumal are- to Belize and facilitating the onward flow
of north American visitors via Yucatan.

:Anccording to a recent report in an influential Miami paper,
Merida attracted 145,000 U.S.A. visitors last year. Together, they
pumped over $20,000,000 U.S.A. dollars intb the economy of that thriv-
ing tourist centre.

SeEor Verdayes' programme was planned to afford him maximum ex-
posure to the tourism attractions of Belize. Besides spending a day
and two nights at San Pedro Ambergris Caye at the invitation of Chemicals
Limited and Sefor Antonio Robayo, he also visited the country's most im-
portant archaeological centres, Altun Ha and Xunantuniph.

When the high ranking tourism official was received by the Minis-
ter of Tourism, the Hon. A.A. Hunter on Saturday morning he presented
several concrete proposals for the immediate improvement of the industry.


Membership of the Chamber of Commerce has increased sharply as a
result of their recent membership drive.

This was announced on Thursday night at a mass meeting held at
the Riverside Hall.

Mr Prank Gatteri, Intern.tional Advisor to the Chamber of
Commerce of the Americas, told the large audience that now is the time
to live and plan for the future. He emphasized the need to believe in
the potential of the country and of the value of cooperation between
the Chamber of Commerce and the Government.

During the course of the meeting he pre ented letters of commen-
dation from the Mayor of Miami"to Ismael Gomez, Liborio, Ayuso and Joseph
Fuller for their efforts in furtherance of the interest of the Chamber
of Commerce.

Mr A. Niederberger of St John's College spoke on the benefits
accuring to Education from a Chamber of Commerce.

He pointed out that the Chamber of Commerce feels a'vital obliga-
tion to involve itself in education because it is able to gain an: overall
view of the conditions of the community.

The President of the Chamber of Commerce, Mr Ismael Gnmez, out-
lined the objectives of the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber, he said,
is non-political, non-partisan but:pro-progress.

Members should march with the changing times. The Chamber's
activities are directed, he said, towards building and maintaining the
economic well-being of the entire nation.

Rel-ations with 7ovarnment, he said, had been improving. But the
Chamber-would continue to critise positively and constructively,'offerirg
alternate solutions to problems..
/The Chamber

The Chamber President ended his speech by posing a number of ques-
tions to the audience regarding the commercial, industrial, agricultural
and civic life of the country.


Visiting Belize last week to go over plans for United Nations
Development Assistance to Belize over the next two years wasDr Jaime
Renart, who heads the U.N. regional off-ice in San Salvader.

And here in fulfillment of a personal desire to learn something.
about the country and its people w:.s the Brazillian Ambassador to El
Salvador, Mr Wagner PimentaBueno. Mr Wagner arrived with the U.N..
official, his close personal friend.


Good progress was reported on Tuesday in the negotiations
between the Southern Christian Union and the Citrus Company headed on
wages and conditions of service.

The Union side was led by the President of the Southern Christian
Union Mr Allan Castillo assisted by National Organizer of the National
Federation of Christian Trade Unions Mr Nicholas Pollard.

Gains announced by the Union include a 21% improvement on all
hourly, daily and harveting rates, an all round 5% bonus, the-addition
of -50. to present burial payments, double and a half rates for work
done on certain prescribed holidays, .500 more payable to ship workers
for each shift loading and discharging ships, and an entitlement of
twelve days sick leave per year.

The Citrus also considering the Unionts proposal for
a Provident Fund. The Company was represented by H.R. Sharp, Chairman
and Frank Sharp, the General Manager.

It is understood that the Union's Executive Council is studying
the results of the negotiations to determine whether there will be need
for further action.


The General Workers Development Union has been granted Represen-
tational Rights "rom the firm of Taylor Woodrow Overseas Limited for
workers engaged on the Tower Hill Bridge Project.

The proposal drawn up by the union for a collective agreement
has been accepted in principle. They are being sent to: the firm's head
office .in London for ratification.

Meanwhile, there has been preliminary discussions between the
Company's Project manager, Mr P.7. Southern and Mr Cyril Gillett, Orange
Walk District Branch Secretary of the General Workers Development Union
and his bargaining Committee.


The Mini-stcr of :o sing, th::. Honourable Mrs Lizarraga has taken
positive action in swupnort o" the c-map.ign to rmanke Belize More Bo.utiful.
Thirty two l.rdis, residents of Central American Boullovard, have
agreed to undertake the cloning ani b,.r-tific.-.tion of the Boullevard.
,"Flamboyant and Cassaurina trees have been planted down the centre
of the Boulevard. .

The Minister h's .1,000 to establish the plants and
fence them in.

Commenting on the action taken byh.the Minister of Housing, Mr
Eric King, Chairman of the Be.utifica.tion Committee said last week that,
such position action is .-oelcomed by the Tourist Board.

Anyone wishing to establish a garden in any part of the country'"
could get assistance crom .thr Dep-'.rtoent of Agriculture in their respec-
tive districts or from the Marketing Board depot here 'in Belize City, he

.- 1 w. *

Farmers Association Bill .9-re schl-dulod to "e'iin on October 31st.

S. The hoe-rngs wil'. continue i- Corozal TQ'n the following day.
The Hon. Fred Hunter is Chri m.n of the group.

A TWIST-ER, ESTIMiXTED TO 73 CA'PYING ,,TIDS' of over 100 miles an hour
riped across th, municipal Airport at 3:25 a.u. on Tuesday.

Two small aircraft were td-.inaced as the freak tornado disappeared
as suddenly as it made its appearance.

There were no human casualties.


Approximately -cres have been rlcer'ed' f:r' the project by
the Ministe" of 7-tural R-sources.

Orange Walk District left for Guatemala on Saturday where, he will attend
a four week seminar at the Central American Institute of Social Studies
of the Latin American Confederation of Christian Trade Unions.

INTERNATIONAL arrived in Belize City on Wednesday to assist the Trade
Union Congress in conducting a two week seminar for Trade Union Leaders.

/Taking part in the

Taking part in the seminar will be executives of the Congress,
the General Workers Development Union, the Public Officers Union, and
the Teachers' Union.

District Agricultural Show is now underway in preparation for this
years Show on November 12th and 13th.

THE HONOURABLE ALLAN ARTHURS LECTURED students and teachers of Stann
Creek High School on Tuesday about the constitutional history of

or Thursday,

Participating in the seminar are twenty food handlers drawn from
the various food establishments in the city.

The seminar is co-sponsored by the Medical Department and the
Extra Mural Department, U.W.I.
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HERBERT FRANCISCO, A BELIZEAN SEAMAN who has spent the last year ferrying
supplies for U.S. forces in Viet Nam, returned to the U.S.A. last week at
the end of a short vacation with relatives in Belize.

The visitor said he was glad to see the really amazing improve-
ments which have taken place. He was confident that in the near future
after independence, the pace of improvetont is going to be a lot better.

a fire at about 3:15 a.m. on Monday morning.

The building and equipment are understood to have been insured.

MILDRED PAKEMAN WHO LEFT BELIZE in September, 1963 and spent the las-
three years pursuing studies at the Monterrey Peninsula College of
Monterrey, California, returned last week with an Associate of Arts
qualification as a medical Assistant.

Accompanied by her mother Eleen Reneau, she paid a courtesy call
on the Honourable Premier on Saturday.

Mildred hopes to return to California shortly to further her
studies with a view to dedicating herself to the future of Belize and

A TWELVE YEAR OLD BOY died on Thursday afternoon, apparently from an
electric shock.

The boy, Raymond Lamb, was playing with some of his school mates
behind the Eden Cinema when the incident occurred. Police investigations
are continuing.

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