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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Volume ID: VID00044
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No. 45 ******************** Up to 8th November, 1965.


A release from the National Weightlifting.and Physical Ciulture
Fedreation of Belize issued in Belize City states that the Team of the
National Weightlifting and Physical Culture Federation of Belize which
left Belize City on October 22nd for El Salvador to participate in the
Sixth Central American Weightlifting and Physical Culture Championship
returned by TACA International at 8*30 p.m. Sunday October 31st.

The team left to take part in these championships on the invi-
tation of the President of the Central American Weightlifting and
Physical Culture Federation.

Teams from this country are no strangers to these events. A
team participated in 1963 and succeed in bringing hack three awards
and in establishing a record in one division. This year we sent a
full team and a very strong team.

The invitation was issued to Belize, but shortly before leav-
ing the Guatemalan Association declared that they would not partici-
pate if the Belize Team carried the British Flag and played the
British Anthem.

The weightlifters replied that they would bring their own
Belizean Flag and Anthem, Unffortunately, on arrival in San Salvador a
majority of the countries of Central America would not allow the team
to participate as a team on the grounds that Belize is not fully inde-
pendent. They were prepared for the team members to participate indi-

The Belize delegation rightly declared that they were invited
as a team to represent their country and could not participate on any
other basis. They, therefore returned without taking part in the

Subsequently, b fore their return, the team received a tenta-
tive invitation from Nicaragua to participate on a triangular meet
involving Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Belize.

The Premier on behalf of Government has congratulated the team
on their action in asserting the personality of Belize as a separate
country in Central America.


The Minister of Natural Resources and Trade the Hon. A.A.
Hunter has strongly urged the National Cane Farmers to improve and
modernize their methods of cultivating so as to enable them to counter
balance the low price of sugar on the world markets.

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The Minister was opening the annual general meeting of the Cane
Farmers' Association in CDorzal Town on Sunday.

Speaking in Spanish to rmhi ; than four hundred cane farmers and
others who packed E1 Encanto Theatre, Mr. Hunter said that the present
avr:age.. production of nineteen toilsu pr acre was low and inefficient.

Earlier the Minister had stressed Government's high int.res-i in
the sugar- industry and gave some details of what government has been
doing and intends to do in the interest of the industry despite its
limited financial resources.

Among these weie that government had guaranteed loans to the
value .f e.ighthundred and fifty thousand dollars for the benefit of
the Association, and that with regards to land for cultivation two sur-
veyors.were kept constantly in -the northern districts to complete all
survey work neceasaly for the expansion of the sugar industry.

The Minister .also pointed out- that amendments to the Cane Farm-
Irs' Association ordinance were being put through the National Assembly
and that the .j amendments would make it imperative fox the Association
to maintain better accounts.

Speaking of ~oads the Minister made reference to Government's
prieseit pj.ogramme of Feeder Roads in the. sugar belt which includes
three new lo-ads in the Orange '.alk District in addition to the repair-
ing of existing rads.

The Minister also mentioned Government's success in getting an
increase in: this country's .sugal quota from the United States of
Ame.rI:i.cis ,

This, h said,should help to improve the price paid for farmers'

Before leaving, Mr. Hunter congratulated the farmers for the
very business-like manner in which their meeting was conducted and told
them that the forthcoming elections of branch representatives to the
management committee of their Association was an important matter which
should be taken seriously and membAls should elect farmers who will
look after the interests of their respective cane farming district and
the welfare of the Association as a whole.

The Association Chairman, Mr. Matias Henry thanked the Minister
and Government for the interest and help given the association.

The report of the Com.-ittke for. 1965 and the Audited Accounts
for 1963 and 1964 .were presented. A lively debate followed.


The Progress Report of the Public Works Department for .the
month of October, this year speaks about more progress being made in
the construction of buildings, roads and bridges and also the recla-
mation of lands.

.The report states that a V.H.F. Repeater Station near Bally
Beacon, and the Baron Bliss Transit Lounge at the Belize International
Airport were both completed during the p-riod under review.


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WoIks near completion include, the Public Health Laboratory in
Belize City, tUh Police Station in Jan Narciso, the Generating Plan
House in San Ignacio and CoQrzal Town and the Police Quarters in Belize

The Progress Report sys that one rig is at Roaling Creek
Village and the one at the Well Fields at mile ten on the Northern
Highway, while a booster has been installed in Wilson Street and con-
-. -ioi_s ac 0e ing made,

The .following loads are near completion says the PoIgress Re-
ports Rancho Dolores Road, Lord's Bank Road, Bermudian Landing Road to
Lemonal Village, Meanwhile, it is reported that contracts have been
awarded for the construction of Sugal Roads in the North of the Country.

The dredger the 'Opposum' is now dredging in Belize City while
the 'Picaryl is reclaiming lands at Haulover Bridge area.

As soon as funds are available, the reports went on, work will
commence an the cycle track at the National Stadium and a Weigh Bridge
will be constructed in Belize City.

It is pointed out that work has began on the streets in Belize
City for which Central Government is responsible.

Tae. work..beijg done. by the Public Works Department in coordi-
nation wi.h the Belize City Council through His Worship the Deputy Lord
Mayor, Mr. Anthony;Meighan and Councillors Miss Lois Encalada, Mr.
O'ames .Meiihan, and Mr. Orlando Lizama who are in close touch with the
project since His Worship the Lord Mayor of Belize City, Mr. Fred Westby
is otherwise engaged with City Council responsibility.


The Minister of Public Utilities and Communications, the Honour-
able Hect:: Silva, the Principal Secretary at that Ministry, M Just
Castillo, and the Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Local Govern-
ment and Social Development, Mr. Alfred Campbell visited Stann Creek
Town on October 29th and held discussions with His Worship the Deputy
Mayor of Stann Creek Town, Mr. Francis C:stillo and other members of
the Town Board.

Government will take over complete responsibility for the
assets and liabilities of the Electricity supply which has been in
tarnn Creek Town over the past ye rs..

Following the visit of the three officials, the Stann Creek
Town Board held a working session in which they will make a decision on
the data' on which government is to take over the assetsand liabilities
of the electricity scheme.


Another big Agricultural Show will be held in San Ignacio on
Saturday'November 13th,

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This year..!s show is the fourth to be held in the Western Dis-
trict and promises to. be the best ever.

The Honourable Hector Silva, Minister of Public Utilities and
Communication, representing the Honourable A.A. Hunter Minister of
Natural Resources and Trade, will declare, the 1965 Western Agricultural
Show open.

Following the Official opening, there will be a continuous
series of events and attractions, among which will be machinery demon-
strations, square dancing, aerial spraying demonstrations, horse com-
petion, grand parade of livestock winners, greasy pig contests, and a
lot of other events,

The Governor,Sir Peter Stallard will present trophies to prize

The theme of this year's show is'the man on the land his im-
portance in turning out the produce to sustain our economy today and
t omorr ow.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend from all over the


Saint John Berchnan's College in Belize City, is preparing to
celebrate its seventy fifth anniversary since its establishment in this
country in the yc;:r 1896.

This was disclosed at noon on Sunday in a radio talk by the
Reverend Father Leo Weber, of the Society of Jesus, President of Saint
John's College.

The President of Saint John's said that with a future as
challenging as that of Saint John's, it is not too early to celebrate
the 75th anniversary of the College, since education is everybody's

The Jesuit Father said that what the late President Kennedy of
the United States of America, said about education in his country is
equally true of education in Belize.

"Our progress as a nation," he said, " no swifter than
our progress in education."

The President of Saint John's College went on to say that the
education of a nation's.youth is the fundamental ingredient of a
nation's development.

"Education in Agriculture, in commerce, in the trades and crafts
and the professions, education in art and sculpture, education in the
art of living and enjoying the dignity of the human personality, each
and all of these are fundamentall .and essential to the development and
progress of a nation," declared the Reverend Father Weber.


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Giving a byeakdown of the Dsvelopment Plan of Saint Johnts
College' 3n the occasion of the celebration of its seventy-fifth
annivesary, he said that it w-as anticipated that the College
would have a three-fold increase D._ students by 1970.

"This," Father Weber said "is also anticipated by our Na-
tional Development Plan and the UNESCO REPORT on education in this
c country.

Saint John's College has already made plans to provide build.-
ings and staff to accommodate the expansion programme.

The first phase of the Development Plan has already been
started with the construction of the Industrial rts building.

The other parts of the development plan of Saint John's
College include the construction of buildings for a library and ad-
ministration office, higher education programme and additional
science space, the completion of a .field house and the c-nstruction
of pr-:per playing fields, and provisions for staff and assistance to
student s.

In concluding his radio talk, the President of Saint John's
College said that the education is everybody's business, so is the
buildings of a grieter Saint John's College in a greater Belize.

Earlier, Father Weber sought the support of all to contribute
to the expansion puogramme of Saint John's College.


The Ministry of Education has announced the inauguration of a
two-fold bus service in Coiozal District.

The buses have been made available through a donation of
$10,OCO provided by Sugar Labour iWlfare Fund Committee.

One bus will bein operating on November 10th on a route
which will include Altamira, Paraiso, San. Antonio, San Andres, and
Chan Chen.

The Ministry of Education has expressed on behalf of Govern-
ment its appreciation of this public spirited gesture in helping to
provide a service from which many school children will derive a
great deal of benefit.


Three representatives of thLe group from the Yucatan Chamber
of Commerce, who were in Belize City for talks with the Chamber of
Cormme.rce h. re, accompanied by Licenciado Nicolas Lopez Rivas a
senior official from the Territory, were presented to the Premier
by the Mexican Consul, Lic. Rynaldald Clderon Franco. They are mem-
bers of a team of 25 Merida businessmen who visited Belize City over
the week end.

The Mexican businessmen arrived here in a D.C.3 of "Air
Safari" and spent 24 hours in the c untry.
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The delegation brought the Premier a letter from the Governor of
.Iucatan wishing Mi. Price the best of success in carrying out his
government's programme And )n behalf of businessmen in Yucatan, a
silver plaques inscribed,.. "In recognition of your endeavours to improve
relations be'..:eeen Belize and Mexico", was handed to the Premier.

The visitors, in chatting with Mri Price, showed keen .interest
in the new capital pro ject0 One spokesman observed: "The only thing
which separates Belize and Mexico is the Rio Hondo," in commenting on the
friendly ties which link the two countries.

"No doubt the Belize Chamber of Commerce representatives will be
discussing mutual problems and business opportunities with you", the
Premier said '"For my part, I want to assure you of a warm welcome to
Belize- and to wish you success in your discussions."


MY" A. Segal, conespondent for the London Press and Television
hi.d a lengthy interview with Premiar George Price before leaving at the
end of a four day visit.

During his stay, Mri Segal:had interviews with several Govern-
mentMinistris, the Manager of the Reconstruction Corporation Senator
Vernon Leslie and other prominent Belizeans to gather information for a
series of articles in the 'Spectator' and other London papers.

He .shot a few television sequences at the Premiel's office-which
showed Pr-mier George Price discussing the model of the new Capital and
talked about the significance of the Belizean Blue and White flag.

Mr. Segal is on a tour of Latin America.


Heavy rains caused the flooding of rivers in the CayoStann
Creek and Belize Districts over the weekend. Following a week of rains
during the day and night the Belize River burst its banks and flooded
many areas.

Eleven families were evacuated from their houses.

An emeinrgncy survey wrs carried out by the Social Development

Premier George Price visited the areas affected by the flood and
the Minister of Public Utilities, the Hon. Hector Silva flew over the
arjas to make an assessment of the situation and to inspect the roads
and bridges which were threatened by the rising floods.

The Belize Kivur from mile eight right up to the Guatemalan
border was under flood at varying degrees of severity the most
hazardous area being between Never Delay and Big.Falls. The Teakettle
Bridge was covered with water and one third of the Mullins River Bridge
had been swept away by the floods.

At mid week the waters had begun to fall.

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St. Mary's -Parish Church was the scene of a very impressive In-
duction Ceremony when the Reverend John Roland Lea was formally install-
ed as Rector of the Parish by the Rt. Reverend Bishop :Gerald Brooks.

After the Rev. Lea wjas presented to the Bishop by the two
Wardens of the Church, he took the necessary oaths in tho presence of
the Hon. W.H.. Courtenay, O.B.B., Chancellor of the Diocese.

Then followed the induction ceremony during which the Reverend
Lea, accompanied by the Bishop made promises at the front, the lectern,
the ali:r,.

ThGeReverend Fathers Hurt, Scaly, Wells and Basten of the
Anglican Clergy were present, and distinguished visitors included the
Lord Mayor of Belize City, the R'everend Father Leo Weber of the Society
of Jesus and the Rev-lcend Caleb Cousins of the Methodist Church.


Recently, the SS-Naturalist of the Harrison Line under the
command of Captain A. Moreton, M.B.E. arrived here on its maiden voyage
to"the port of Belize City, from Liverpool.

On Wednesday a Cocktail Party was held aboard to welcome the

Present were the Governor, Sir Pet.- Stallard,the Minister of
Public Utilitiesthe. Hon. Hector Silva, the Gairison Commander, Foreign
Consular Reprisentatives, Merchants, and oth~r prominent Belizeans.

The Naturalist with a crew of thirty-six has a capacity of
3,217 tons.

It is not a part of the regular mr-rchant fleet connecting Liver-
pool ar.d Belize City.

On Thursday a Gowvenmcnt spokesman underscored the importance
of ships like the Naturalist not only in bringing machinery and other
supplies to Belize but more particularly in taking Belizeans produce -
sugar, citrus, and timber to distant markets.


Lt. C~ommander Pierr Duplaix, throuLh the French consular re-
presentative htre Mr. E. Gegg, J.P., has expressed satisfaction for the
very cordial reception accorded the officers and men of the French
warship "Commndant Bory".

The "Commandant BDjy" was Lt-ie from Octobir 29th to the 31st.

Conveyihg the o3mmuander's message in person, Mr. Gegg assured
Premier George Price that the French naval men thought their treatment
here was the most cordial they had received in any of the countries
they had visited in this area.

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Back fiom .a successful TIae Union and le deiship training, pi:-
giamme in. Canada, Mr. C.ills. N)lb, to, Maya: of Stann Cleek Town, told
Premier GeGoge Price about his course and his plans fo3 the future.

The three month piDgr.mme took ni. NDlb.ito across Canada, with
stops fox lectures by University pxife sofs at some of that nation's
most famous centies fox the ti ,ining of trade union 16;.deIs.

,These were workshop sessiDns on Co-opCr ativesG political
science., gencial administration and Socialogy and at the end of it all,
the students'- mostly fxom the developing countries had to'-submit a
papex dealing with economicsocial and trade union conditions in theil
respective countries.

"Now that you ai:.. back, full of eneg.y- and having benefitted
from yqux studies," the Piemitr told him, "I wish you success in ad-
ministering the affairs of Stann Creek Town."

Mr. Noltext:, f)r his part, expi6esEd gratitude to Piemiel
George Price, the Minister of. Labour and the Sout-h.-.n Chiistian Union
fo~ making possible his studies in Canada. "I feel that I can. nw con-
tribute mDxe effectively to the dcvelp t the couhtly,""he said,


A diedgex Df the Public, Woks Dep:.-tmlent will shortly be engaged
in reclaiming lands in the Ex-service-men Area, Fabois' Road, Pen Road
and Faiiweathe~ Street in Belize .City.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Housing, the Hon. Mrs.

The Ministr- emphasized that Govecrnient is ever mindful of the
need fo housing lots and fo~ that frasDn lands are being raclairad.

"This move by Goveinment," Mrs. Lizairaga went on to say "is
fulfilling its promise in its Manifesto fo3 Belizean Pxogiess before the
1966 National Elections in which the People's United Party won an over-
whelming maj riity."

Several thousand dollar s will be spent Dn the leclamatiDn pro-
ject and this money is well spent in the iniest of Dur fellow .
Belizeans who a~e desirous of exrcting .their homes to shelter themselves
and their families,said Mrs. Liza-raga.


The Senio3 Laboux Inspect D, in this countAy, Mr. Chales M.
Woods is in Blitain foL a thrie month course of training in Labour Ad-
ministLation and Industrial lel-tions.

The course w;s organized by the British Ministiy of LabDou in

The course coveis a v-ly wiae field of I:.1 ul Iurlations.

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SpIeaing to a c iJespondent,2 Mi. 7 )ds said th'-t of the
subjects axe nDt of direct iiteiest to him in such a small county, .
but it is ve y helpful in bi oadening his outlook, and making him
better fitted to deal with his everyday woik.

Mr. Woods 'alsD told the conip ..p_ dent that he has keen in-
terest in industrial safety and so far he has attended lectures on
accideny prevention and pi~ltection of voikeis' health.

An internal p:at of the syllabus is a, month attached to a
Ministry of Labsoux .Regional Office to see operation- at first hand,
aftei which M'l. Woods will be going to the n:cth Westein Region of
England t cday.

SOthel subjects in the course which Mi. Wocds is attending, empl3oyIentt trxiinin within industry, pi~rductivity and social
insult nce.

Mi.':et-uns to Belize in Decembext,this ye x.


The Ministry of Intinal Affairs nas announced the visit of the
H.M.S:. Rithesay to this country fism Novembcr 29th to Dccember 2nd of
this year.

A progiarlce has been drawn up fo) the visit. It includes items
'in which the ship's crew will t-:ke in activities in this country.

The ship is unidei the command of Co n-odCtoe H.o. Dannxeathcxi
Comma..idei of the BEiti ~h FcxcesCal ibbean Al a, Seni:l NIaval Officel
West Indies, and Island Co laandec in B-eimuda.


Collective agieemment was signed between the Geneial Workeis
Development Union and Caiibbean Limited, Opc.atDis of Foit George Hotel.

The agreement piDvides fo increased salaries and walking con-
ditia..s for the hotil employees with xctioactive effect fiam 1st August
this ye i.


A rcl a ~ fl)n .Bai clays Bank states--that in acc D dance with the
bank's policy Df training fo i: mmb.s of its staff, Mi, F. Baldeiamos
and Mr. L. Cucllea would be sent to the Bank's training school, in King-
ston Jamaica Dfo an intensive course lasting thiee and a half weeks.

The course which is foi juniol xificial :f the bank covers such
subjects as the Histolxy :f ba:nkin,., Cdst-or:I il-.ttionships and Office
I rut in o,

Mr. Baldeia.mos s and Mi. Cuellai bring the .:uLi.bei of Bellzcans
train.jd this yecal undei the bank's t..Aining scheme to 9,

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At present Miss T.G. Vasquez is doing a moxe advance course at
the Bank's SchDDl in J-'.ica.

Miss Vasquez is the first member of the elize an female staff
of the bank to undeI go the a.dvance...course which C ve.s the for iLign ex-
change and bill aspects of banking.


The Etditor and DirxctrD-Gcnexal of the influential Mexican
magazine 'ICritica" SefiD Juan Vallejo RDoani and his Photogxaphex Rene
Gasca visited Belize for a wek.

While in this county, Seiox Vallej: collected materials and
pictures for a publicity piDject he has in store fI this courztly,

The IMexican JDurualist .id his Ph:tographer travelled t3 many
parts f the1 country, iwheei thy interviewed p6Dple, lDo-ked at indus-
tiial sites and r:te i developments and took hundreds of photogiaphs.

The haid cover Mexican M.agazine 'Clitica' will be devtinrg 'its
entire Novenlis issue to this county in which it will caly notes on
the social, coni3mic, and political C2nditiDos, inv tmrent Dppoituni-
ties and toDiiist potentials.

Befoie 1-aving Belize the Dir.ctI-GCeneial of the Clitica and
his photog~apheb Sefiu Cnen Gasoa called on Piemiex Geo ge Price and
told him they .wanted the Mexican people to know the effDxts and special
merits of the Belizean peoples as they strive to build the new nation,


An article appc in the 'Latin American Repo2t Newsletter
foi the moDnth of August highlighted Beli; e and said that neither
domestic nol foreign businessmen have indicated a loss of confidence
in the government.

The ripo3t explained that the close down of HL-cules Powdei
Company resin plant and the United Fluit Company not going ahead with
plans fo3 banana plantings were r::de for specific cnomic rC sons,
- without any political ove ti o-ne.

The report continued and 'mae riefence to t.h already suivey-
ed new capital site foir w.,ich govcinment will be inviting internation-
al bids for the actual construction wiok in January.

Speaking of the foreign pxivate business .sIctof, it made :en-
tion of the fiirxt phase of the expansion of the CDIDzal Sugar Fact ly
which involves the expenditure of about seventeen million Belizea.n
dollar s.

Ballier, the .auticle said that those reports f:1m some
quaxteus th..t fDriign and local business intexcest were beginning to
lose confidence in the Price Gov e.nmnt which w)n an )v-vewhelming
victory at the polls this ye:..r, may be discontinued.

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