BE L I Z E
WEE K LY r E W S L E TTE R
(Publihed by the G-overnment Inform.tion Services)
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No. 48 +* :* **** Up to 28th November, 1966
SUGAR INDUSTRY BILLS OKAYED BY HOTTSE
Friday's meeting of the House of Representatives was dominated by
consideration of two Bills concerned with the re-organization of the
industry the Sugar Cane Farmrrrs' Association Amendment Bill and the -
Sugar Cane Industry Control Arrendment Bill.
Both Bills were passed and now go on to the Senate for final ac-
Also presented atiFriday morning's session were two reports from
the House Economic Development Committee, which had held public hearings
in Belize City, Orange Walk and Corozal Towns on the sugar industry Bills,
The Minister of Internal Af<,.irs, the Honourable C.L.B. Rogers,
also introduced a Bill to amend the Inferior Courts Ordinance and another
Bill dealing with Miscellaneous Amendments.
TRIPARTITE REPORT OUT ON DECEMBER 9TH
It was announced from the Office of the Premier on November 2P.th
that the report of the Tripirtite Survey Team is to be laid on the table
in the House of Represent-tiv-e on Fri-by, December th.
A government snokcnman h's explained that before making the re-
port public it has been nccess-ry for the different branches of govern-
ment concerned to prepare comments on the specific recommendations.
This me-ns th-t when the report is presented to the House on
Decenmbe- 9th it will be accompanied by governments considered response
to the views and suggestions put forward.
FOR SAN IGNACIO: "AN AGGRESSI T WAVE OF EXPANSION"
In a one day tour of the west on c/eember 23rt, the Premier,
accompanied by the Minister of Tublic Utilities, the Hon. Hector Silva,
surveyed a number of public works projects in and around San Ignacio.
And present, to give the two Ministers the reaction of Belizeans of the
municipal area to the large scale construction programme was His Worship,
Mr Domingo Espa Mayor of San Ignacio.
The day began with an inspection of the Honduran Leaf Tobacco's
operations near Centrql Farm where Mr Luis Zaron, the Manager, showed
the Ministers the drying bsrns, fields, packing houses and samples of the
final product. Mr Price and Mr Silva also took advantage of the visit to
chat informally with workers engaged on the -roject.
Some Important Projects
A grand welcome awaited the trvellers on their arrival at San
Ignacio. Discussions were held at the Town Board office about continua-
tion of the San Ignacio expansion programme. From there it was out into
the streets for a close inspection o' improve:r.nt efforts spearheaded by
the Town Board over the -ast three y,,-rs with the help of Central Govern-
These include a vl-oie network' o.' trects improved or newly laid
out'- the park and chil-ren's playground, and the-vastly improved water
and electricity services.
There was a solemn moment on the tour as the Premier and the Hon.
Hector Silva, representative for the Cayo North constituency, paused to
pay their respects at the grave of the late town councillor, Mrs Maria
Samos. Next in line were the market, the recently discovered Maya ruins
behind the hospital and the hospital itself. Moving from ward to ward
accompanied by the district mc:!dical officer, Dr Jose Pena, the Premier
noted the need for the improvement of equipment and spoke with patients.
Something For The Villages As Well
The Bullett Tree Falls new bridge is being pushed to completion by
a teaim of B-lizean workers under the foremanship of Mr Lloyd Clother.
Welcoming the Premier and his party'was Village 'Council Chairman Marcello
Medina and children of the Bullett Tree Falls Roman Catholic School.
On the return journey, the Ministers had two other construction
sites to visit the Esperanza Vill.age Coimmunity Centre and new laboratory
buildings at Central Farm. Before returning to the capital, the Premier
and his party looked in briefly at Georgeville, Camalote and Tea Kettle
Commenting on the tour a corr'eipondent observed that it takes just
such an occasion to highlight all the .cod and meaningful assistance that
has been brought to the people of San Ignacio, particularly, and the
surrounding villages, in recent years. For instance, he said, Mayor
Domingo Espat was justly p-,oud. of the thirty four new streets which have
been completed, aiding tremendously in the expansion of the Town, exten-
sion and modernization of both the water and electricity services plus the
acquisition of two trucks for the more efficient disposal of refuse.
San Ignacio today, he said, is riding the crest of a very aggres-
sive wave of expansion. The momentum is sure to continue.
COMPLETION SCHEDTJLED FOR TWO BIG PROJECTS
Completion dates were given last week for two of the most import-
ant engineering projects now underway in the north the new Tower Hill
sugar factory and the Tower Hill Bridge.
The bridge is scheduled for completion in February next year and
the sugar factory by mid January.
This was disclosed on Thursday by Mr George Hazell, Deputy
Managing Director of Taylor TWoodrow.I-tenrnational, a firm with consider-
able experience of heavy construction in Belize. Mr Hazell was paying a
visit to the Premier. He was accompanied by Taylor Woodrow's resident
project manager, Mr Peter F. Southern who has been serving in Belize since
Taylor Woodrow International is yet another of the big United
Kingdom civil engineering firms which have been preparing bids for the no-
capital and airport extension projects.
Mr Hazell, who has been here since last Sunday, has been engaged
in consultations with the Manager of the Reconstruction'and Development
Corporation anI rovennment o. fici-.s. Coiimienting on the plans for the
new capital he said that, ta '-in into consideration the size of the pro-
,j1ct, the progr !in5 froe- n economic point of view had been well
The T.~'lor Woo','rov- D->.uty Man, i^ Director ended his visit to
Be'lie on Thursday.
HEALTH MINISTER BOOSTS SANITATION PROGRAMME
The Minister of Internal Affairs and Health, the Honourable C.L.B.
Rogers recently corpl-ted a tour of soLuo villages in the Corozal District.
He w ,s accompanied by Mr Dennis Gonguez, the Belizean Sanitary
Engineer and the Sanitary Engineer sent by the World He lth Organization,
Ingeniero Gueilermo Boquin.
In Corozal Town, Mr Rogers and h s advisors visited the Adminis-
tration Building, and the Police Station.
He then went un to copper Ban!, Chunox, Sarteneja, Libertad and
C-ledona where discussions on the environmental sanitation programme now
being carried rut in the District were held with Village Councils.
The Minister called on all Belizeons of the Corozal District to
coonrate with their government in completing the programme which, he
emph-sized, is aimed at bringing a better way of life to them.
GOOD IFWS FOR SAl ROMAN
A crash programme to improve the Mameal Road has been approved by
The good news was conveyed to a meeting of the San Roman Village
Council by the Hon. Elite Urbina, Representatives for the area.
At the close of the meeting, the Chairman expressed sincere thanks
to the Representative and Central Govern .ent for the move to improve the
MINISTER SPEARHEADS TREE PLANTING
The tree planting ceremony for National Arbour Day, postponed
from the previous 'riday, was carried out on Monday, November 21st.
Feature event of the programme wis the planting of a flamboyant
tree by the Hon. A.A. Hunter, Minister of Natural Resources.
The Minister asked all Belizeans to participate in the planting
of trees and shrubs. By so doing, he declared, the individual could make
a personal contribution to civic awareness and national pride.
Other trees were planted by the. minister of education the Hon.
Irs G. Lizarraga, the Lord Mayor of Belize City, Mr Fred Westby, the
President of the Chamber of Commerce, Mr Ismael GomeZ and the President
of the Belize Rotary Club, Mr Charles Passaligue.
IF DISASTER STRIKES
In the event of an emn rcency confronting Belize in the future it
*Till take no more th':n the -li.ing of a switch to establish contact with
rescue or relief agencies in the United States of America.
This significant improvement in direct voice communications
between the two countries results from the handing over recently of a set
of transcever equipment to the Central Em-ergency Organization by CARE.
Taking delivery of the gift on behalf of the people' of Belize was
the Premier, the Hon, George Price, who thanked the CARE representative
for all the assistance Belize has been receiving from this philanthropic
Commenting on the importance of the equipment, Mr Hugh Fuller,
Secretary of the Central Emergency Organization, recalled the delay in es-
tablishing contact with U.S.A. relief agencies after hurricane Hattie in
19l1. Now, he pointed out, with the flick of a switch we will be able to
communicate directly with the Coast Guard, with Miami or Washington itself
if this is necessary.
The plan now is for R-dio Belize technical personnel to establish
definite lines of communication for emergency use beforehand and to exer-
cise these contacts on a regular basis. The possibility also exists of
using the equipment to improve voice communications between Belize City
and the districts.
U.N. INTO"ORMA"ION OFFICIAL VISITS
In town on an overnight visit last week was Mr Leo Rivas junior,
Director of the United Nations Inforrmation Centre for Central America and
Panama. He wqs met at the airport by Chief Broadcasting Officer, Everald
On a visit to the Premier last Friday afternoon Mr Rivas presented
Mr Price with a U.N. publication entitled "Never Again War", which deals
with the recent visit nf the Pope to the United Nations in pursuit of his
And in preparation for Human Rights Day, December 10th the visitor
also handed over to the Premier a number of publications, with texts in
the Spanish and English languages, for distribution to schools and the
For his p.rt, the Prermier stressed to the T.TN. official that the
Belizean Movement of Independence is based on the United Nations charter.
Mr Rivas in turn thanked the Premier for all he has been doing to support
the United Nations and adnavce its programmes.
P7EW SERIES OF MAPS
A new series of maps covering the northern half of Belize have re-
cently been prepared by the Ministry of Overseas Development.
The mapping was undertaken, says a London Press Service release,
because it was felt that accurate maps are the first requisite for the
development of both industrial resources and communications.
The sr "es, sli -htly l.rr::' in r'. .le than tho ordnance survey mi'-p
of Britain, were ta-Kn by the Royal Air '"orce.
Meanwhile, the Director of 0--rseas Surveys, Mr William Wiggins,
arrived here on November 25th at the start of a four day visit. His
mission is to look at surveying porjects in Belize, and his programme in-
cluded visits to the northern districts, Altun Ha, the new capital site
and the Stann Cree_. district.
.Accompanied by the Surveyor General, Mr James Waight, Mr Wi-ggins
paid calls on the Proei;r and His Exccllrncy, Sir John Paul shortly after
HO DTJTA : AN TJSI2 IESMEN VISIT
A teatr of hinh ran: ,i. officials from Cementos de Honduras, the
conany in the neighbourin:: Republic o' Honduras which produces BIJAO
cement, arrived here last Monday.
BIJAO cement is used sxtensively in this country.
The pl-.nt, located in San P uro Sula, has a capacity of 300 tons
of cement per day and this is shortly to be increased to 800 tons per
Accomp-rnied by their Belizearn a,,nt, Mr Santiago Castillo, the
officials paid a call on Premier Georie Pr ce. They had come, the gentln-
ron said, to offer their ---ducts including other types of building
:material to the Belize.n construction industry. They also expressed an
interest in su nlying cement for construction of the new capital.
The visitors were shown plans :.-'or the new capital by Mr Magnus
Halcrow, Manager of the Recon.structioe'",. band Development Corporation.
VOTNTARY STI.G ASE Wi:'D'SDAY, GOOD RIDAY
The Bishop of B elize, the 'r;-':ot Reovend Robert L. Hodapp, of the
Society of Jesus returned to Belize on iovernber 20th from a three day con-
ference of Caribbean. isrhops in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Bishop J.J. McEleney of the So: ity of Jesus, Bishop of J'-.maica,
was elected President of- the Conference to succeed Archbishop Finbar
Ryan, O.P. who resigned his see soei monthsths ago. Bi.hop Boghart of
Roseau, Dominica, is the new Vrice Pr sident and Bishop Guilly of George-
town, Guyana is Secretary.
The imrcdiate object of the conference was to study how best to
implement without del.y the decrees of the Vatican Council.
The confe--ence ended with the rel.--se of a statement which said,
.o Pain Of Sin
"The practice of -penance is obligatory upon us all, to expiate
sin, to secure self-mastery and to unite ourselves with our crucified
Saviour. The obli:.tion to do penance is especially urgent at those
tiams of the ecclesiastical year which are traditionally considered in
the Church as tirees of n on-.nce.
/It has been left
It has been l;ft to Episcopal; conf 'rences to give practical di3:'.--
i.ves conc'irn:in the frs. such p.nc- should take with due regard to
We th-r;fore ur'r the flathful o:' -. n age to Jo so to observe Ash"
lWednesday and Cood Frida.y ao days of f.-:stiar and abstinence, voluntarily
a-nd not under p in of sin."
It was 'co!phasized that this new approach to Penance calls for a
new sense of personal r s-ponsibility on the.part of all. The Bishops
were con-'ident th-:t the faithful will mao-e a generous response, though no
specific forms of penance have been prescribed under pain of sin.
Also considered were the pl--.,ce of penrnce in the Christian life,
the liturgy, voc-.tions, social questions and seminary training.
I4EWS IN BRIEF
T"-E IINISTER 0 LABOT.7R, th- Monou.:, ble Mr David McKoy, left Belize for
B-rbhdos on Nove.Tbnr 22nd. H0 is reprrlenting the government and people
of -elize at the B rb:-dos Indop3ndence celebrations.
"IS EXCELLTENCY AND L.ADY PATTUL returned to Belize City on November 21st at
the end of :. five day southern tour.
The tour too: them to Punta Gorda Town, Barranco, Monkey River
'.own, Seine Bight and Stann Cree. Town.
ETT ~,IG OPFFICES ; ..- ~Nr APPOINTED to conduct the forthcoming munici-
In the c-se of Orange 'Wal-_, Corozal, Stann Creek and Punta Gorda
towns the respective D:'.trict Officers _have been appointed. Peter
Lizarraga, for 3Bnque iejo do Carren and Janmes Swasey, for Monkey River
Town, are the other appointees.
TTTE PPOGRESSO TR.ANS3POT COOP-RATTE SOCIETY LIMITED the third Society
of its kind, was registered on '....-eber ?3rd. by Acting Registrar, Sil.s
C- T-7 CIVIL AVI TION OFFTI R, Leopold C. Balcra mos, in the capacity of
d-i-or to the Briti.:.h delegation, has been representing Belizean
interests at a thirty-two nation conference on aerial navigation in
.Under study were national airports, communications, land services
and. aerial routes.
A TEW WAGES COUNCIL for the Citrus industry has been appointed by the
Minister of Labour.
William Li!htburn is Chairman.