ID WEEKLY YTh O VERNMiENT fNFORIATION SERVICES
BEL IZE CITY P. 0. Box 324.
No. 23 *********** Up to Gth June, 1965.
THE PREMIER'S OFFICE VISITORS
"The development of the country is
in good hands." ......,FO-A xpoit
MR. CHARLES WRIGHT, Agricultural Specialist and Soil Export of the
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations paid a
courtesy call'on Premier George Price last Tuesday*
Mr. Wright is co-author of thd"book on Land Use in this
country. 'He was on his way to Cuba where he is to advise the
Government there on behalf of the United Nations.
Mr. Wright told the Premier that during his stay he had
made a trip by jeep to Crique Sarco from San Antonio, along with
Father John Cull, pastor of the village in the area.
It took them two and a half hours to make the journey*
"Charlie" as he is popularly known recalled that in 1961 he made a
similar journey when the Premier took a Ministerial delegation there
it had taken over 24 hours to walk to Crique Sarco.
The earth road, acknowledge the FOA man, is a promise which
had been kept by Premier Price's Government. The Belizean indians
of the area were most grateful for this.
Mr. Wright predicted that there ill be a bumiapo 1Qcocrop this
year, due to the great efforts made by Government to open the
country, thereby making it easier for the farmers to bring out their
~ "Everything is going very well", he volunteered, "the. develop-
development of the country is on good hands."
Mr. Wright said that he is trying to build up a hard core of
young farmers in the area who will turn from the .milpa system to'
THE REV. FATHER FACUTDO CASTILLO Pastor of Sacred. Heart Church in
San Ignacio discussed problems of Community Development in the Cayo
District on Monday. Father Castillo expressed keen interest in the
Government's Seven Year Development Plan and.promised to support the
people's representatives in their every efforts to improve the
It was felt, said Father Castillotthat for the plan to
succeed the little man must participate fully in it. He must
develop a.sense of involvement.
Father Castillo is also Headmaster of Sacred Heart College
which is nearing its 5th anniversary* There are 80 students and
the staff is made up of one Belizean and five Papal Volunteer
During the next scholastic year, the Premier was informed,
a start will be made with the teaching of science subjects.
MRS. ROSALIND INKS who has been away for twenty five years told the
Premier she was extremely impressed with all .the developments that
have taken place in the country, and especially Belize City, since
she left home in 1940 to take up residence in Panama,
She remembered how discouraged she had felt after the City
was destroyed in the 1931 hurricane and said she was surprised that
so much has been done in the four years since Hattie destroyed the
City and other parts of the country.
On Wednesday, she visited the new capital site and Premier
Price showed her the plans and drawings for the new capital. He
also took time out to explain the policy of his government and
the Belizean people's aspiration to become a sovereign independent
MISS ARACELI ALVAREZ whostudied nursing at Rochdale, Lancashire,
England, returned home recently and was presented to Premier George
Price by her cousin, Mrs. Matilda Steer.
Born in the Corozal District, Nurse Alvarez studied in San
Joaquin School. Her studies for the nursing profession were
financed by her father and an uncle.
Miss Alvarez said she was very happy to be back and would
like very much to work in the Belize City Hospital where, she under-
stands, there is a great need for nurses,
TWO MORE BELIZEAN PUBLIC OFFICERS who have been abroad on training
courses, were received on Friday.
Mr. Douglas Barrow, Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of
Labour, has completed a course in public administration at Carlton
University in Ottawa Canada lasting eight and a half months.
Mr. Edward. Moody, Foreman Piinter at the Government Printing
Office, undertook a three-month course in the servicing of Gestener
machines. He studied with the firm of Brydan and Evelyn in Kingston,
Premier Price told the Officers he was.very happy to see
them back home and expressed hope that they would put .to good
use the training they received as they played their role in the
building of the new nation of Belize.
LABOUR MINISTER IN THE SUGAR BELT
Problems arising from the use of Mexican and Mennonite
labour in field operations in the north, as well as other labour
matters affecting the sugar industry were discussed in the Towns of
Orange Walk and Corozal by the Minister of Labour, last Thursday and
Accompanied by his acting Principal Secretary the Minister
called on the deputy manager of the Corozal Sugar Factory at Libertad,
during his visit.
Making the rounds with the Minister were the District
Commissioner Corozal, Mr. Ramon Ramirez, Assistant Superintendent of..
Police, Mr. Brown and Labour Inspector Sam Tillett.
Discussions were also held with the District Commissioner of
Orange Walk, Mr. Eric Fairweather, and the Minister was able to see
the giant land-clearing machine owned by Mr. A. Espat, called "The
Nation Builder," in operation near Yo Creek6
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After only a few hours' duration, a work stoppage at the
Tate and Lyle operations, at Tower Hill was called off on Monday
following the prompt intervention of the Labour Department.
Following the successful mediation effort the more than 300
workers involved returned to work on the understanding that the
Company will accept the National Federation of Christian Trade Unions
as the bargaining authority for the Northern Cane Workers Union and
the Christian Workeis Union.
A poll is to be held to de'terZmine union representation in the
Mechanical Section under the chairmanship of the Labour Commissioner,
Mr., K.C. Dunn.
S- INTER SCHOOL TRACK MEET
Wesley Primary takes the
The inter-schools track meet, held at the M.C'.C. Grounds in
Belize City on Wednesday, was declared open by the Minister of
Education, the Hon. Mrs. Gwendolyn Lizarraga.
"Clean, active sports in our; primary and secondary schools,"
she declared, "would result in framing the mihds of our young people
to be better men and women of tomar ow,"
"Our Government," she went on, "considers that we should
have clean and healthy minds in the task of building of our
nation of Belize, and one of the ways in which this can be done is
by cultivating the habits of playing clean sports."
A silver cup donated by Mrs. Lizarraga, was awarded to
Wesley Primary School which gained the most points in the meet, the
cup is to be designated the 'Lizarraga Cupt and will be competed for
Belize an Anthem Played
The master of ceremonies was the Principal Education Officer,
Mr. Darel Diaz who met the Minister on her arrival as the Belizean
National Anthem waS played.
Earlier the St. Ignatius and Holy Redeemer School Bands
paraded around the Grounds, followed by pupils of the twelve primary
schools of Belize City which participated in the meet.
SPORTS RALLY IN P.G.
To attend the first ever Sports Rally held in the Toledo
District the Minister of Local Government, the Hon. Albert Cattouse
journeyed to Punta Gorda by road last Friday.
Thirteen villages took part in the cricket and softball games
during the Rally.
Addressing the participants as he presented a trophy to the
winning Softball team, from Punta Gorda, the Minister congratulated
them on their fine display of sportsmanship during the Rally.
"This kind of sportmanship is required in building the new
nation of Belize?" he went on, and urged them to keep sports alive
in their respective Villages.,
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE QUARTERLY MEETING
"....The aims of the Chamber are closely
allied to government's goal"
President Ismaci Gomoz..
District members of the Chamber of Commerce were on hand for
the first time last Wednesday night for the quarterly meeting of the
Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber heard with approval the report of the President,
Mr..Ismael Gomez, revealed that the Chamber now has representatives
on several government committees including the newly formed Tourist
Mr. Gomez saw this as a:mark of progress because he said,
"the aims of the Chamber are closely allied to Government's goal that
is, to bring a better way of life to people of this country."
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The Chamber agreed in principle t coopexat with vernment
in publishing a brochure advertising the country's tourism potential.
THE LADIES SCORE IN MOTOR CAR :RODEO
"...More cautious. and gingerly in their
approach",.....Inspector Winston Carcamo
In the first ever motor car rodeo held in this country,
women competitors .maintained an impressive lead throughout the five
hour event last Saturday over male. contestants .
The rodeo was the climax of seven days of road safety demon-
strations, educational film shows, a parade of floats and spe-cial
radio programmes. Another big feature was the photographic
exhibition put out by the Government Information Services.
In the female division, Carol Winker was the winner.
Barbara Fairweather came second and Sheila Leslie took third place.
Karl Menzies took first place in the male division, beating
his nearest rival by a comfortable margin of twenty three points.
Young David Roe was second and Hugh McKay third. There were seven
consolation prizes and one special award.
Commenting on the. performance ;of the women contestants., the
Force Traffic Officer, Inspector Winston Carcamo said"althouigh the
male contestants displayed more confidence and attack it was the
women contestants who were the more cautious and gingerly in their
BELIZEAN REPRESENTATIVES END TOUR
Continuing their.tour of .the USA last week the thirteen
Belizean Legislators went to Ca-lifornia to have a ook ..at. public
assistance programmes, citrus processing activities and the fishing
Glad To Be Home Again
The tour ended on Friday and the first group, including the
Deputy Speaker, the Hon. Alan Arthurs, the Honourables, Santiago .-
Ricalde, Guadalupe Pech, Elito Urb.ina,. Florencio Marin George .
Martinez, G. Morey and Senators S.D. Vernon and Jesus Ken, returned-.
to Belize on Saturday.
They all expressed joy to be home again.
NEWS IN BRIEF
CROP CULTURE (OVERSEAS) LIMITED a crop dusting concern, has
been granted. a one year permit to oporat.c in this country.
The company recently imported a SNOW type aircraft which will
be used in.the aerial spraying of plantations in the Corozal and
Orange Walk Districts for the Corozal Sugar Factory Limited and the
Tower Hill Sugar Factory-..Limited..
This is the second crop dusting organization to be registered
RADIO BELIZE has received another gift of gramophone records,
this time from Ing. Rodrigo Hurtarte, Cultural Attache of the
Guatemalan Consulate in Belize City.
THE SECOND WEEK-END SCHOOL for Village Council leaders of tis
Belize District ended on Sunday afternoon.
The school, which was held at Willows Bank Village in the-
Belize District, was sponsored by the Social Development Depart ment.
Twenty two Village Council leaders attended.
J. ROBERT MOFFETT, formerly deputy director of the Peace
Corps in the Republic of Honduras, has been appointed Peace Corps
Director for this country.
IT. BRUHIER, Lands Officer, Survey and Lands Department has--
been appointed Principal Lands Officer with effect from March 1st
Mr. Bruhier, who is 36 ye,?rs old was appointed as a
Survey Apprentice with effect from th.e 1st of June 1951 and later
as a Surveyor with effect from the lIst of July, 19&4,
In August, 1958, he was awarded a technical and scholarship
to read for a B.Sc Degree in Estate Management. ,.:......
Mr. Bruhier was successful in the Final Examination of the
University of London in 1961 and since then he returned to this
country and assumed duty in the Survey and Lands Department as Lands
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