WISHED WEEKLY BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES
CITY P. 0. Box 324.
No. 51 *********** Up to 19th December, 1966
OPENING OF AIRPORT EXTEN-;.ON
"We are working hard, too hard, to be thinking about delivering
this country to any other country. We want this country for ourselves
and for all Belizeans,"
So said Premier George Price on Wednesday as he spoke at the
opening of the extension by 500 ft. of the runway at the Belize
"Government has been aware for some time of the deteriorating
condition of the runway," the Premier remarked. This had been occasion-
ed by an increasing number of flights by heavier and faster aircraft,
poor drainage and other factors.
The Premier then had special words of encouragement for person-
nel of the Public Works Department who were responsible for completion
of the extension two weeks ahead of schedule and $32,000 below the ori-
About future development Mr Price said a new access road from
.the Northern Highway will be built. This will hake possible the estab-
lishment of up to 10,000 feet of runway as the need arises.
Presenting the visiting Canadian High Com-iissioner, Mr Harry
Jay, Mr Price took advantage of the opportunity of thanking the Canadian
government publicly for assistance it has made available to Belize.
Said Mr Price: "We publicly thanei: cz Canadian Government fur
all the assistance they have given as to develop Belize, in particular
for the.grant to construct a second bridge over the Haulover Creek.
Rounding off the address Mr Price reiterated his appeal for one
identity, one nation, one constitution, one democracy and one government
in the new Belize.
Delivering the speech in which he declared the new facilities
open the Minister also praised the P.W.D. for their performance.
With more of this kind of trrk, he went on, the*Department will
be able to make the contribution expected of it under the Seven Year
Development plan. This is to give the country an effective communica-
tions system. *
Following the ceremony guests and government officials visited.
the Solis Laboratory and Drawing Office near the Belize International
Airport where among other exhibits were plans for the new Belize City
Central Market, the Fisheries Laboratory and the Bridge at Tower Hill.
Q g g" n: < /The ceremony
The ceremony began with the playing of the Belizean and Canadian
anthems. The blessing was performed by representatives of the Catholic,
Methodist and Anglican denominations.
Flying for the occasion were the Belizean, British and Canadian
WARMER CANADA-BELIZE RELATIONS
Canada is very interested irn all that is going on here and ex-
tends its friendship to the Government and people of Belize. The
Canadian Government wishes Belizeans every success in their steady march
This was what His Excellency the Canadian High Commissioner, Mr
Harry Jay, told Premier George Price Pn Thursday shortly after the sign-
ing of the agreement under which Canada is to play the leading part in
the construction of a modern bridge over the Haulover Creek in Belize
Canada, as a signatory of the United Nations Charter, has de-
clared its belief that all peoples have the right to self-determination.
From his first hand impression, this is what the people of Belize want.
He foresees an exciting, interesting and successful nation building
"We are aware in Canada of the work being done by your govern-
ment," he told the Premier. "We know that Belize will play an increasing-
ly important role in the developing relation between Canada and the
Commonwealth Caribbean Countries."
During his stay, the High C~amissioner visited secondary schools,
including Lynam Agricultural College, had a meeting with the Cabinet and
met a representative cross section of the community at social functions.
He left for Jamaica on Thursday.
DETAILS OF THE BRIDGE ACCORD
The agreement between the governments of Canada and Belize fm
the construction of a second bridge in Belize City fver the Haulover
Creek, signed on December 15th, entails a substantial contribution on
the part of the Belizean government.
Under the accord, Belize must provide all local labour, materials
and equipment required; provide vehicles and drivers; provide living
accommodation, medical and office facilities for Canadian personnel and
construct approach roads and abutments in accordance with the schedule
prepared by the Csnsultants.
The Canadian contribution is an outlay lot exceeding $470,000
Canadian. The money will be spent en the provision of Canadian materials
The bridge, when completed, will be the most sturdy, most ade-
quately designed crossing ever senstructed here, Two hundred and fifty
six.feet long, it is going to have a 28 ft carriageway with 5 ft sidewalks
en either side. There are going to be two fixed spans, each 70 ft long
with a moveable centre span 116 ft lang.
/Article four of the
Article four of the accord provides for the agreement to be amend-
ed from time to time by the simple means of an exchange of letters,between
the High Commissioner in Jamaica and the appropriate Ministry of govern-
ment in Belize.
APPROVAL IN PRINCIPLE FOR HOUSING LOANS
Meeting for the last time this year on December 16th the House of
.Representatives gave its assent in principle to a loan of $550,000 from
Barclays' Bank for housing loans in the private sector. Interest is. at.
7% per annum.
The measure was, however, referred to the House Ways and Means
Committee for detailed study in the first instance.
It was agreed that government can now go ahead and inform Barclays
Bank that the, loan will be taken up.
There are some 800 people on the waiting list for housing loans.
Admitting that the proposed expenditure is not more than "a drop in the
bucket", in relation to the overall need, members welcomed the initiative
as a move in the correct direction.
Housing loans from this source will be available to residents in
all districts. The funds will be administered by the Reconstruction
BELIZE SUPPORTS VIET NAM PEACE EFFORTS
The Minister of Internal Affairs the Honourable Lindbergh Rogers,
received support from both sides of the House when he suggested that this
country, lend its support to those who are seeking a Christmas truce and
extended ceasefire in Viet Nam.
In supporting the suggestion several speakers noted that two
Belizen fi*Phting men have last their lives in that conflict.
Members who spoke of the suggestion agreed with the Minister that
the despatch of such a message was not out of place especially since
Belize had lost two of its sons in the Vietnam war theatre.
The Speaker, the Honourable.W.H. Courtenay, will convey the
message to the Governor with a request that it be transmitted to the
United Kingdom Government for forwarding to Governments involvedwith the
SENATE DEBATE SJC AMENDMENT BILL
The Saint John's College Amendment Bill, considered in the
Senate on Friday has been referred to a select committee appointed by
the President, the Honourable Ewart Francis.
Reference tothe Committee was decided on foll wing a lengthy,
Introducing the measure Senator James Meighan, leader of govern-
ment business, explained.that Saint John's College is seeking by way of
the proposed Amendment to award an Associate Degree to students who
successfully complete a course of post secondary education-in compliance
with standards laid down by the College.
The Senator emphasised that the Associate Degree will not replace
..the-Advanced Level GCE.
Neither does the award oblige any other school, or the Government,
to adopt some new education policy or to drop an existing one. It simply
sets out in legal form for Saint John's College the work this school has"
set herself to do for the good of the people of this country.
Questions Of Policy
Opposing the me sure Senator Verhon Leslie charged that Government
is giving recognition to a type of education which it has not stated ex-
plicitly is part of its Educational policy. The proposed Junior College
and the Associate Degree were essentially American. Nowhere do we find
reference to this either in the UNESCO PLAN on education or in the Govern-
ment's Seven Year Development Plan.
Even if Government is prepared to accept the self-imposed standards
of Saint John's College, the request is still premature. Two years of'
Sixth Form work is too short a period and one batch of graduates too few
on which-to conclude that the self determined standards have been achieved.
*Government whether wittingly or unwittingly, the Senator charged,
is subscribing to the present division in the field of Education. The
human and financial resources of the country are too limited to allow this
division-.ito go unch~eked. Education is the responsibility of government
and no-:excludin-. a matter for-the churches.
Other Senators who opposed the measure were Reginald Brooks,
Vernon Courtenay and Simeon Hassock.
SENATE CLE1_.S APPROPRIATIONS BILL
On Thursday, when the Senate approved the 1967 Appropriations Bill,
there was warm tribute from Senator Vernon Leslie.
The Senator said he was pleased-to hear about the large sums allo-
cated for Education, Health and Agriculture.
.The Bill was read a second time--and passed without a dissenting
vote. The session was presided over by President Ewart Francis&
During the session, Senator Simeon Hassock, who had charged during
the course of Tuesday's debate on the S.J.C. Amendment Bill that'Govern-
ment is about to grant.3,600 acres of land to the Roman Catholic'Churcf
in the Cayo District, apologized to the Senate for making such a false'
statement. Senator Hassock said he had been misinformed about the figures
and added that he was sorry.
The true figure, he said, was 3.6 acres.
.. MINISTER REPORTS QN CARIBBEAN TOUR
Reporting on his visit to Barbados to represent Belize at the In-
dependence celebrations, the Hon. D.L. McKoy, Minister of Labour, last
week praised the Barbadian government for their efficient handling of the
event and for their hospitality.
The Minister spoke in the House of Representatives on Friday. His
report also dealt with contacts.he had had with government leaders in
Barbados, Jamaica and.St Vincent.
/In Jamaica he had
In Jamaica he had met the Prime Minister, Sir Alexander Bustamante
and discussed social security with his counterpart, Mr Lynden Newland.
Also of interest were that island's employment and migration services.
Resulting from his visit to St Vincent, the ancestral homeland of
Belizean Caribs, it has been announced that a representative from St Vin-
cent is to come here to take part in the 1967 Settlement Day celebrations.
Mr Ebenezer Joshua, Chief Minister of St Vincent is said to be very much
in favour of closer cultural ties between St Vincent Caribs and the
Belizean Carib population.
YOUTH HOSTEL GRADUATES FOURTEEN
In Belize and in many other developing countries where poverty re-
mains a major problem, and where industrialization is quickly changing
family patterns, an increasing number of children needing care and protec-
tion are coming to the attention of the community.
This observation on one of our most pressing social problems was
voiced by the Hon. A.L. Cattouse, Minister of Social Development, at a
graduation ceremony at the Youth Hostel last Thursday night.
Institutional care, he went on, may be the only solution for delin-
quent or homeless children in our society. It was to solve such a problem
that the Princess Royal Youth Hostel had been set up by the Government.
The Minister assured parents, guardians and relatives attending
the ceremony that the graduates have been given the very best in care and
accommodation during their stay at the Hostel. The graduation ceremony
should be a source of pride to parents, the Warden and his staff and the
graduates themselves. Government, he went on, is proud of the job the
Hostel has been able to accomplish.
"Be Law-Abiding, Productive Citizens"
In a challenge to the boys the Minister declared: "I strongly en-
courage all you graduates to try to live exemplary lives and continue to
work hard to preserve the good name of the Hostel. This graduation is
just the beginning and it carries a sacred responsibility that you will
try to be law-abiding, productive citizens of the new nation of Belize."
The ceremony began with the playing of the Belizean Anthem.by the
Hostel band. Master of ceremonies was Mrs Rita Clark, Assistant Warden.
The Warden, Mr Lionel Clark, gave a comprehensive report on the Hostel
programme. Musical selections were rendered by the boys.
Among the distinguished guests were Senator James Meighan, Chair-
man of the Hostel Advisory Committee, the resident CARE director, Mr Guy
Kirkman, Colonel D.N.A. Fairweather and representatives of different re-
The occasion ended with the playing of the British national anther.
Thursday, December 15th was Nomination Day for the forthcoming
district Town Board elections.
The elections are being contested by candidates from the ruling
People's United Party and the opposition National Independence Party.
/A release issued
A release issued by the Ministry of Local Government on Friday dis-
closed that the elections are scheduled to be held on Wednesday, December
COMMUNITY FACILITIES OPENED AT GEORGETOWN
Inauguratiin a set of community facilities at Georgetown village
on Saturday, the Hon. D.L. McKoy, Assembly Representative for the area ad-
vised farmers there not to place all their eggs in one basket.
The facilities included new streets and housing units.
Georgetown was established as a result of hurricane damage to the
Seine Bight community in hurricane Hattie in 1961. He recalled that there
had been many adverse comments and discouraging remarks by people who
opposed the move at that time." However, the farmers had persevered with
the result that today they were enjoying a much better way of life. This,
he said, was the result of hard work and the co-operation which government
About the diversification of crops he said the improved road sys-
Stenm had made it more convenient to transport their produce to markets
elsewhere in the district and even in Belize City, There was a wide range
of-vegetables and permanent crops like coconuts that are in constant de-
He decried the importation of commodities which, he said, could be
produced by farmers here.
Noting the attendance of a large number of visitors from other
villages and from the capital, the Minister said this was an indication of
the interest citizens are today taking in each other's affairs. "It
shows," he said, "that we are interested in each others progress. We wish
to share in each others achievoments and in working and playing together."
HISTORIC RECORDING OF FOLKSONGS BY BELIZE TEACHERS' COLLEGE
The Music and Drama Society of the inter-denominational Belize
Teachers' College last Friday demonstrated that it stands in a class by
itself as the repository of Belizean folk music.
Not only has the College been collecting and recording this folk
heritage in readily usable form. The traditional songs have been specially
arranged in four part harmony and rehearsed by the Music Society which
has a membership of seventy.
In their first Radio Belize studio session last Friday the Music
Society placed on permanent record nine of our most popular folk songs,
including perennial favourites like Good Maw'nin Miss Lady for
Christmas revelry Oh Misa Ma'ten Hold Yu Dog and Ah Mi Gawn Da
The folk songs and a selection of Christmas carols are to be broad-
cast in feature programmes with a yuletide flavour being prepared by Radio
Towards A Sense Of 'Oneness'
Congratulated on the excellent showing of her students at the re-
cording session, Miss Signa Yorke, Principal of the Belize Teachers College
said the folklore project fits in nicely with the institution's programme.
/"We are fortunate
"We are fortunate," she went on, "to have students from all over
the country representing many denominations and every ethnic group. It is
our hope that the re-discovery and presentation of our rich heritage of
folk music will help to underline the sense of 'oneness' and harmony which
already exists in our society."
The arranger and accompanist is Mrs Melba Staine who comes from a
line of notable and talented musicians. Over a number of years she has
taken an interest in the preservation of national folk songs, carefully
recording both words and music on visits to the districts and here in
Belize City. In this she has had the collaboration of her brother Mr
THE NAME 'BELIZE' IN HISTORY
The Ibero-America Institute in West Berlin has sent photostatic
copies of old maps of the ancient Kingdom of Spain in Contral America'..
The maps, dating back to 1832, show the name of the country as
BELIZE and across the face of one of them is written "COLONIA. INGLESA DE
When the Chief Information Officer visited the Institute in West
Berlin, he had the opportunity of seeing the work of the Institute and af
looking at the Belize section of the library.
He was shown old maps of the Western Hemisphere by Dr Alden Dittman
who was instrumental in securing the photostatic copies now held by the
government of Belize.
The Ibero,-America: TItitnte contains the most compreh.ens.ive collec-
tion of publications on North, Central and South America. There are over
600 old maps of the world, dating back to the days of the discovery of
America at the Institute.
BIG INCREASE IN VOLUNTEERS FROM BRITAIN
The Catholic Institute for International Relations expects to in-
crease the number of volunteers working here from fifty to over 100 in the
This was revelaed on Saturday by Mr. Stan Windas, a ranking officer
of CIIR who is on a tour of Central America, including Belize, Jamaica and
other countries of the Caribbean.
*Mr Windas paid. a courtesy call on Premier George Price,. He -was
accompanied by Mrs N. Stalker, the Acting British Council Representative.
The CIIR programme for Belize is administered by the British Council
The-British Volunteer Programme recruits men and women in the
United Kingdom for service in developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin
America and the Caribbean..
The Premier-expressed gratitude for the service of the volunteers
in Belize* '
CHTT CH WORLD SERVICE IN BELIZE
Mr Richard Ferree Smith, visiting Secretary of Church World Ser-
vice, Latin American Department, was here last Monday for the presentation
of certificates to members for their contribution to the organization's
work in Belize.
In a conversation with the Premier later Mr Smith said the efforts
of Church World Service here were 'very impressive'.
"It is a magnificent effort," he said, "and since it is an inter-
denominational project and done by the Council members, with no renumera-
tion, it was all the more worthy." he declared.
Mr Smith said that the work of the Christian Social Council here
has impressed him more than anything he has seen in the C ribbean and
The visitor was introduced to Premier Price by Dean Powell. He
extended an invitation to Premier Price to visit their offices in New
York to discuss matters of mutual interest whenever he is next in New York.
The Christian Social Council is organized to provide opportunities
for women and girls which will help improve their standard of living and
help families prepare for the rapidly changing demands of the developing
nation. It also set out to foster and encourage Christian family life.
Also visiting the Premier the morning were two young priests of
the Society of Jesus who were here to collect material for an article they
are preparing for the Jesuit Missionary Magazine, published in New York.
The visitors were the Peverend William Davis and Reverend Father
They were accompanied on the visit by Father Leo Weber, Superior
of the Jesuit Mission in Belize.
BELIZE TEACHERS COLLEGE EXAM RESULTS
Results of the final written examination of the Belize Teachers'
College, held last July, were released here on Wednesday.
Questions were set and the scripts assessed jointly by the College
examiners and the Examining Board of the Institute of Education of the
University of the West Indies.
Twenty nine teachers were successful in the two year course. Three
other students were able to satisfy the College Examiners but were re-
ferred in one subject by the Examining Board of the Institute of Education.
They will be awarded the B.T.C. Diploma but will be encouraged to sit the
subject in which they were referred by the Institute.
Of the thirteen mature students with considerable classroom ex-
pprience who entered the college in September, 1965 for an extended one
year course, seven passed the examination, Four others satisfied the
College examiners but were referred by the Institute of Education.
NEWS IN BRIEF
THE HONOURABLE CHARLES MARTINEZ, Toledo South Representative, toured
villages in-his constituency last week.
At a meeting in Crique Sarco, attended by representatives from
Otoxba, Santa Teresa and San Luis, he spoke about government's plan for
the future of the rice industry.
CORPORAL L. WESTBY and Privates R.D. Faux, J.L. Galindro, D. Wade, W.
Pillaneauve and A. Vernon? all Belizeans from Placentia and Private H.W.
Eiley of Belize City, arrived home on two months leave last week.
They are serving with the Worcestershire Regiment, now stationed
A PARTY FROM 'A' COMPANY First Batallion, the Staffordshire Regiment,
(The Prince of Wales), stationed at Airport Camp, left Belize on December
llth on a good will and training mission to Grand Cayman.
THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE has offered its congratulations to those
schools in the Corozal district which took part in the recent School Grden
competition held in that.district.
Tools, seeds and fertilizer were provided by CARE.
A LARGE TWO STORY HOUSE ON COMMERCE STREET in Stann Creek Town was com-
pletely destroyed by fire on Friday night.
Two other houses were severely damaged.
THE CENTENARY STAMPS ISSUE has been receiving wide publicity abroad.
Linn's Weekly stamp News recently devoted three columns, with
illustrations, to the stamps and the background to the issue.
CORPORAL OSCAR RAMIREZ, Special Four of the United States of America's
Army is home for the Christmas season.
He has been serving with the U.S.A. Army for the past thirteen
Ramirez told Premier George Price that he and three other Belizeanc
now living in the U.S.A. hope to go into large scale vegetable cultivation
when they return home.
JEROME KOS OF MIAMI FLORIDA, has donated a set of dental equipment to the
/The unit includes
The unit includes a chair, sterilizer, cabinet and X-Ray facili-
The Minister of Health has expressed warm appreciation for the
donation which is to be employed in one of the district towns.
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