Group Title: Belize newsletter
Title: The Belize weekly newsletter
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Title: The Belize weekly newsletter
Physical Description: Serial
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Belize City British Honduras Government Information Services
Frequency: weekly
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Dates or Sequential Designation: no. 1- Jan. 3, 1965-
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Bibliographic ID: UF00076855
Volume ID: VID00027
Source Institution: University of Florida
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-BELIZE CITY P 0. Box 324.
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No. 28 ********s Up to llth July, 1965

The Hon. A.E, Cattouse took the chair, in the absence of the
Premier, Hon. George Price.
Housing loans and grants to the value of $115 000 were approved
:at the 37th meeting of the Board of the Reconstruction Corporation last
T he 198 applications approved brought the total so far to 5384i
Of the total, 1017 were from Belize City, 722 from Stann Creek Town and
3645 from Rural Areas, The funds earmarked amount to $3,200,000 with
$1,240,000 in grants and $1,960,000 in loans.
A release fiom the Corporation on Wednesday, said all possible
applications dated up to the end of 1964 have been dealt with, together
with some received this year, There are still nearly a thousand applica-
tions, however, which were received up to the closing date for applica-
tions on 30th June, 1965 are still receiving urgent attention.

Mr,0.Silas C. Cayetano, Assistant Registrar of Co-Operatives who
recently returned home from training, was received by the Acting Premier
on Thursday,
Mr. Cayetano did a 10-month course in Co-Operatives at the
Co-Operative College in Loughbrough, England, He has gained the Diploma
inCo,-Operation the highest award granted to overseas students.

Thanking Mr. Cayetano for his visit Mr. Cattouse told him:. "The

new Belize has much need for her sons and daughters, who receive trainingg
abroad to help their countrymen as all the people hand together to reach
the common goal nationhood"

A five-day Education Seminar, held under the auspices of the
Ministry of Labour, was opened on Monday in Stann Creek Town by the Minis-
ter of Labour? who is also Representative for the Stann Creek Rural
Elector-l Division in the House of Representatives, the Hon, David McKoy.
Addressing the Trade Unionists, Mr. McKoy observed that i was a
unique occasion. For the first time he was declaring a Trade Union
Seminar in the Stann.Creek District.

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He asked the participants to have confidence in themselves and
to strive more and more to manage their own affairs

Continuing, the Minister said: 'Ls we go about in our individual
ways, striving to help in building our nation, let us each endeavour to
develop a spirit of self-reliance, and the nation will in turn through our
collective efforts be self-sustainingoi

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":`: -:1 ; Mr McKoy expressed hope that all the participants would go out
and impart the gospel of Trade Unionism to their fellow workers,

Closing, Mr, McK.oy ux.ged-all -to make.-full use of the Branch
Labour Office established in Stann Creek Town. This had beei placed at
their disposal as a medium of conciliation and a.Source of advice.

The seminar was arranged by the Unions and the Labour Department
with.the-help of: Seator Vernon Leslie, Resident Tutor of the .Extra Mural
Depaitment!"of the University of the West Indies.

There were lectures and workshop discussions on; Trade Union-
,Functions and OFganizations Collective .Bargaining; Conciliation and
Arbitration, and, the Labour Lawso

Corozal St, Francis Xavsdier

The Honourables Santiago Ricalde and Lorencio Marin, Represen-
tatives for the Corozal District, were on hand last Sunday to see nine
young men receive high school diplomas before a gathering of proud parents
and well-wishers .

The ceremony took place at the El Encanto Cinema.

Addre sscing the "graduates the Hon. Florencio Marin said: "There
is a lot you can do for your country by using your natural gifts -and
vocations ."
"Be honcurable and be sincere," he went on, "Know that your
community needs you, your country needs you. Accept your responsibilities
and make your education a weapon of triumph Kindle in other magnifi-
eent fire to go forward 'in the service of country."

SThde Distrit Medical Officer, Dr. Alfredo Grucet also addressed
the gathering .


S.: Minister of Education "I can depend on you"

S.... ...oting. "a strongnew trend among young people who wantt-o t im-
prove their society" the Minister of Education, the Hon. Mrs. Gwendolyn



Lizarraga, went on stage at the Bliss Institute in Belize City last
Tuesday night to offer congratulations to ten graduates of St. John's
Teacher Training College.

"Thlse young people", she continued, "believe that progress
begins at home and they are determined to work to make Belize more in the
image of wiat they know it should be." r
'tWe must fill ourselves with science and technology so as to
bring about better standards of living, with peace and prosperity to our
people and nation. We cannat"l, she said,"be too much concerned with the
lonely road that is ahead. We must look at the better things of life."

Whatever new plans church and state may'draw up, they are the
same old ones man always had only today they seem magnified,
9'I believe in you and I believe that your generation has the
determination to apply itself to this our land of promise, to use its
talent in building this Christian nation of Belize in the center of the
Americas in Peace, Justice and Liberty," she concluded,
Miss Ignatia Martinez, First Year Student of the College,. in her
farewell address to the teachers said~- 'May I remind you that the True
Christian teacher is the supernatural man or woman who thinks, judges and
acts constantly and consistently,

The Belizean Blue and White Flag and the Union Jack both held:
prominent places on the stage.

Diplomas were distributed to eight of the students.


Minister of Education..."Go forth in strength....."

As graduates of a Christian College there are two ideals -
Christian Service and Christian charity which would be expected of them,

This is the charge delivered by Fr. Robert Raszkowski.
Present for the occasion were the Minister of Education, the
Hon. Mrs. Gwendolyn Lizarraga M.B.E., who also delivered an address, the
Lod Mayor of Belize City, othe Hon. Fred Westby, the Very Rev. Fr Marvin
O'Connor, other priests, nuns and parents and friends of the graduates.

Qualities De fixned :
i Defining Christian Service Fr. Raszkowski said this is the deep
conviction that all the gifts and talent come from God and should be used
for the benefit of others.
In her address the Minister congratulated the class for their
achievement. One I.part of their learning had been concluded. Perhaps
some of them would trun to the teaching profession, or nursing.

In both instances, this will mean more training. Young people
of-today, she observed, are now ready to go out into the world; to become

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wage-earners and produce e s

"Think of others," she observed. "Go forward in strength and
serve your countr-yo Go forward to a life of achievement and of service
to your fellow Belizeanso"

The stage was decked with the Belizean Blue and White Flag and
the Union Jack, The ceremony began with the playing of "Land of the Gods'.


Austin High School for girls, established in 1953, graduated
twenty-two young ladies

Present to address the graduates was the Reverend Father Facundo
Castillo, a Belizean, who is President of the Catholic Educational Associ-
ation (Secondary Schools) Pastor of Sacred Heart Chuich and Director of
Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio.

Father Castillo told the young ladies, who were dressed in long
white gowns and caps, that the field is. wide open to them higher educa-
tion, professions or family life, Whatever their choice, they must bear
in mind that their Alma Mater has given them the two greatest treasures:
Religion and Educationo

"Religion and Education," he said, "will open for them the
windows of two beautiful worlds: the world of knowledge, and the world of
God, and," he declared 'Let Religion and Education show that you are
really serving humanity by contributing your skills to its betterment and
progre ss."

The were presentedd by the Reverend Father William Thro,
S.J., Pastor of Sacred He art Churcrii'n Stann Creek Town, who also address
'addressed the graduates.

Among those present wereZ The Hon, Allan Arthur-s Deputy
Speaker of the House of Representatives, .and Mrs. Arthurs; he Acting
District Officer, Mr. Walter L. Brown and Mrs, Brown, Clergy, parents and
friends of the Graduates.o


Hon, Allan Arthurs .,.."Do Strong And Confident."
Those present included the Minister .of Labour, the Mayor-of.-Starn
Creek ,Town the District Officer, Members o.f.-the. Stann Creek Town B.oar d,
religious leaders, the Secretary of the Cabinet and either Belizeans who
came to wish the graduates well.

"You have been trained to render service by your knowledge."

With these words the Hon. Allan Arthurs, opered his address to
the graduating glass'of Stann Creek HighSchool on Thursday: The ceremony
was held at the Joyland Cinema.

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Continuing, he said, "knowledge alone does notrmove one to ac-
tion, but rather it is the desire and the will to serve that motivates."

"The job of nation building is not easy but this new society
that has found its identity.will strive on until the goal is attained,"

His wish for them was that they would be strong and confident
as they join the ranks of those proud citizens who love their country and
its people.


A delegation from the Chamber of Commerce met the Minister of
Public Utilities and Communications, the Hon. Hector Silva and his Princi-
pal Secretary Mr. Justo Castillo, on Wednesday to discuss problems which
affect the business community.

In a session lasting over two hours the telephone service, roads
and bridges -including urgent needs for a bridge at Tower Hill-the post
office, the elize Electricity Board and air transport were discussed.

A release afterwards said a friendly and cordial atmosphere pre-
vailed throughout the meeting.

The Minister indicated his aware-ness of the-urgent nature of
many of the problems and agreed to look into the various matters with a
view to finding solutions to them.

The Chamber of Commerce was represented by its president Mr.
Ismael Gomez C, Omario Perdomod Anthony. Wicters and Joseph Fuller, its
Executive Secretary.


Grinding Season May Be Extended
Heavy rains resulting in flooding of fields and-roads, particu-
larly in the Orange Walk District, led to a show down in the sugar
industry last month.

Although farmers with quotas on the weekly programme were
allowed to deliver as much as possible, there was still a serious lag in
deliver ies.

The Cane Association estimates that there is sufficient cane in
the fields to supply the factory with the 320,000 tons required to manu-
facture the target figure for production this year 39,000 tons of sugar-.
A release by the Secretary of the Sugar Board last week indicated that the
factory isplepared to extend the grinding season to around the middle of
next August, by an extra two weeks, in order to reach their production tamrt

By the end of June., the factory had manufactured 27,561 tons of
sugar. This compares-unfavourably with last year's performance 28,082
tons in the same period. However the sugar yield per ton of cane this
year is appreciably higher than i was last year.

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Rev. Claude L. Cadogan, returned home from Jamaica on Friday.
He is here on a brief visit to take part in the fourteenth anniversary
celebratiDns of Wesley Church in Belize City.

Rev. Cadogan left Belize in 1959, having been Superintendent of
the Methodist Church for several years.

In Jamaica, Rev. CadDgan served in the Montego Bay Methodiat
Church, returning for ten days after hurricane "Hattie" struck.

Reverend Cadogan himself played an important part in rebuilding
the Methodist Chuich which was completely demolished by the 1931

A full programme has been planned for the 14th anniversary
celebrations. This includes special services on Sunday July llth, an
anniversary concert on Monday night, a Procession of Witness and an open
air meeting on Thursday night. A big anniversary fair will be held at
Wesley College grounds on Friday,

REV. ARNOLD PE RSON, first U.S.A. Superintendent of the Baptist Mission
in Belize, has returned home after serving in Belize City and othel parts
of the country for several years.

To replace him is the Rev. Paul .Vincent.

WINSTON PANTON, Meteorological Assistant, who successfully comple-ted-a
three-month course for Aeronautical Meteorological Assistants, at the
Meteorological Office, Jamaica, returned home on Friday.

.0O ,NoE. PHILLIPS, MBE, has been appointed Principal Forest Officer. The
promotion is effective from June 7th 1965.

R M. .JOiNES has been appointed a .teacher at the Belize Technical College.

In 1960 he was awarded a scholarship to the University of the
West Indies .and after oDbtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree and the Diploma
in education he returned home in June 1964. The appointment is. effective
f'Dm June 28th 1964,
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PROFESOR FLOYD ARPAN, Director of Foreign Journalist Programme in the
United States Department of State and a lecturer at Indiana University,
left Belize City on Saturday at the end 'of an eight-day visit.

He gave lectures at the Bliss Institute in addition to giving
on the spot advice to staff of Radio Belize, the Belize Times and the
Belize Billboard.

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