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: VID00046
Source Institution: University of Florida
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DEC 161

BELIZE CITY P. 0. Box 324.

No. 47 ********************-** Up to 22nd November 1965.
At the request of the Governments of Guatemala and the United
Kingdom, the Government of the United States of America has undextak-
en to mediate in the dispute between those two countries about Belize.
Mr. Bethuel Matthew Webster a proninAnt New YDrk City lawye.c
has been appointed mediator.
President Johnson has accorded Mi. Webster the personal xank
of ambassador for the purpose of his assignment.
Meanwhile, repr,_t.ntatives of the British and Guatemalan
Governments had a neeting in W-ashin-ton with Mr. Webster and other
U.S.A. State Department officials. It is understood they discussed
procedual ar rangc ments.
Repr senting Belize Government was the Honourable A.A. Hunter
Minister of Natural Resources and Tiade.


The Belizean Govcrnment vill have no cormmEcial dealings
with the illegal Smith rcine in Rhodesia.
This was announced on Tuesday morning following a meeting of
the Cabinet.
And on the exchange control side, as Rhodesia is now excluded
from the sterling area tho Rhodesian pound is now"a foreign currency.
All dealings in it are restricted.

A Pledge Fulfilled

The first thirteen houses have bccn conl-tctcd to thc-.v toa
mains in Belize City. Thus a start w..s made last wcek with the house-
to-h:use water supply system piD oised undet Govmrnment's Seven Year
Development Plan.
Recently the ministerr of Health the Honourable C.L.B. Rogers
disclosed that the $35. installation fee announced earlier has been
redu:'ed to $30. and it is now po3sible for applicants to pay on the
install-rant plan,


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Two Piojdcts.
Two pr-jeccts a combine halvcstcl fo~ lice farmers and addition-
al equipment f-i Central Falm have been applovcd by the Dxianizcrs of
Freedom from Eungei in the United Kingdom.

The rice halvestce will cost $13,600 while the Contral Farm
equipment is slated to cost $19,266.

Making the announcement on Wkdnesday the Ministry of Natural
Resoueies said the new equipment fo~ Central Farm would provide farmers
with an opportunity of techniques in milking and the pro-
cessing of milk fox buLter and cheese production.

Every Available Source

A Ministry Spokesman commenting on the grants, said the proju;ts
had been submitted some months ago in an effort to modeinize two key
branches of agjCiculturi,

Govwrnmcnt is making good use of all tho facilities which exist -
governmental and p1ivatcly sponsored to spec.d tho development of a
strong economy.


The Honduran Leaf Tobacco Limited of BElize City has applied fo3
a Development Concession under the Development Incentives Ordinance,
1960, in respect of its enterprise to establishh a Cigal Tobacco Industry,

This was made public in the Goveinm-nt Gazctte recently.

Equipment has already beo-n to alrive and land has been cleaied
in the vicinity of Cential Faim in the Cayo District.

The Company is to spend about $300,000 in capital expenditure in
its first yeaz of operation.

Dilcctor and piomotel of the entrprisc is Mr. Mark Ahiano, a
United States citizen.

Mr. Ahiano plromte-d the Bull Run Cattle project which is cspand-
ing satisfactorily. He is also a leading fi uir in the Abattoir Projects.
Both of the^e cmnc-ins have b cn granted development concessions by the
Belizean Govim-rnaint.


Two hundi:ed and ninety four additional applications fo~ housing
assistance were approved at Tuesday's meeting of the Reconstruction and
Development Corp :oition.
There w ere 97 frxo Belize City, 94 fron Stann Cleek Town and 103
from the mural areas, and the total involved was $161,974. More than
half this sum -r.s in giants.

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A .:ep rt fl Dm tLh CoLpo i tiofn said ove tD he past thr3e yeas msle
than. $1p,5000000 in iecontxiuction funds has bden pumped into Belize City.
Stanh Cleck Town has Dbsclvud $700,000 and the luxal ax as have used up
mDoe than $1,000,000.

Although applicaLtions closed on June 30th this year there are
still 500 pri4 applications being investigated.

Site Clearing For New Capital

The Board under the Chairmanship of the Pr~micr, heard with satis-
faction that the Stann.Creek TD'm Ellctricity Scheme is practically com-
pleted. Decembci 4th has been fixed as the day when the PI~mier will
formally hand ove~ the scheme to the Ministei of Public Utilities, the
Hnouriable Hect-D Silva, at an fDficial ceremony in Stann Cxeek Town.

AnJothex repDrt pi ,cnted at the meeting said further~ clearing has
been stari-ed on the new capital site p)epaxaty 'j t L the start of detailed
site investigations in December,


Names Make News.
Among the scores of visitors who saw the PiemiC this week, the
following were newsworthy.

MR. EDWID, DcCOURCY, yet anoth. U.N. cxpeit who is hire to help le6oganiz-
ing the Public W-Jlus^nt.

ie w:.s pl :sented by the Chief E'niinx x, Mr. A.A. Quinn.

Mr. DeCourcy told the Pernie that during his stay he will try tD
put into effect the icocuendations made in the l~ip)t piepaled by Mr, R.
E. Pitt, a United iLations expect who :pent some time hexe earlier making
a study :f P.W.D. methods and efficiency.

MR. FRANK MANKIEWICZ, I.ijnal Dir..ctoi (Latin i u.ric an) of the Peace
Corps. He was accompanied by Mr. Michal Eidw-rds, Sub-Dirictr for 'thc
Cai ibbean Aca.

MI. Price told the visitors he is thankful for the work Paace
Corps V'-lunteirs ari doing heri in various fields including education,
agricultuie and s-cial development.

MRt. C.J.F. HAZELL Dilectr. of T.ylor Wod3iow and Co. which is building
the new:sugax faceT y at Towe( Hill.

He was on a toul of the Company's works in various parts of the
Car ibbean.

MR. RAiM40N CUhLROS, Axca r&cjri native for Int~inational Harvestex Export


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Hei was accompanied by the two Belizean Agents for his company, Mi
Omario Perdomo and Mr. Ray Woods.

Mr. CurIos said his company is very interested in developments
taking place in Belize, particularly in the field of agriculture.

DANNY ROBERTS, a Guyancse, the new Manager of the -Amrican Life Assurance
Company of Wilmington, Delaware.

He was introduced by the assistant to the Vice President of the
Company, Mi. J.B. Victry who said his Agency will try to help the people
of Beliz7t in whatever way p-ssiblc.


An exposition of the handicraft potential of Belize was given-at-
Sand Hill on Sunday as the Social Development Department staged an
"Achievement Day".

Taking part in the project were Village Councils, Youth Groups
and Women' Groups. from Freetown Sibun, Gracie hock, Rockstone Pond and
Sand Hill.

Addressing the gath-ering, the Hon. A.E. Cattouse, Minister of
Local Government observed that as rapid changes in farming methods and
industry take place, leading to increased productivity, one inevitable
result will be a charge in the social attitude of rural communities,

The Reason Why

The new nation,he said, depends on them for the attainment of a
viable economy.

Speaking directly to the farmers, the Minister declared "You
are the salt of this new nation. That is why your government, through
the press and radio, urges you to wake up and work and Buy Belizean
pr oduce."

"This,"he went on,."is nor-cmc political slogan."

Mr. Cattouse said he was happy and impressed with the coopera-
tion rural. communities were rndering in the building of the new nation.

Mr. Cattouse congratuatlted th staff of the Social Development
Department for their efficient demonstration of extension work in
bringing about the Achievement Day.

The object of the Achievement Day is to foster a greater si it
.of operation among rural communities and to encourage' them to improve
their standard of living by making proper use of their home grown

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According to a United Press International report from Mexico, the
Federal Mexican Police in the city Di Merida, Yucatan have declared that
heixe is-'.- group Df foreigners iresiding in Belize who have been traffick-
ing in valuable archeological articles.

These dealings were found out, said the police, after Mario Diaz
T.iay, a Mexican, was arrested and confessed that he had delivLred valu-
able articles to some fxorigners on the Mexican fi ntier with Belize.

He was unable to identify these contacts, but Triday added that he
bad been workirg with an Diganization of f:ieigners t3 whom he delivered
the., archeological treasures.

Mexican Autho:ities Vigilant

Having .ccived reports that Lhere were stolen alcheological
obje.cts .in Mexida fiom the Maya ruins, the Fede rl Police began an inves-
tigation and found stone objects hidden at a number 533, M;iida Street,
where Ma:io Diaz Tiiay lives.

Detained and taken along with the objects, to.the agent of the
Federal Police where he was questioned, Triay declaicd that some three
months ago he w:.s approached by three individuals -'Edward Jacob Dvoiak,
Johnny ai-dlex and anoth,~ surnamed Thutton.

The Pay Off

He was asked .to keep the artifacts in a safe place. At first he
had. ef-.sed because he thought it dangerous. He finally accepted how-
ever, on being offered $500.U.S. a mnnth to ke--p the articles.

So fax Tiiay admitted having received $1,500.

The object the police found in his homi was the fourth of its
kind he had been asked to keep.


The conch cell blasts and the beating of diu ms hcraldsdt the
dawn on Carib Belizean Settlement Day, as descendants of Alejo Beni and
his pioneers leenacted the coming of Carib Bclizeans to these -shores 142
years ago

This was the climax to a week of .celebrations officially inaugu-
lated by the Premici on Sunday, Novemb.r 14th.

At a colourful ceremony held at the Children's Playground,
hundreds of Belizeans, among the th e t Premirz and a bevy of out of town
visitors were on hand to pay tribute to Alej: Bcni, Thomas Vincent Ramos
and other famed leaders of thd Carib Belizean Community.
The ceremony began-with the playing of the Bclizcan and British
national anthems. FollDwing this th~cr was a display by the Sacred
Heart Trum and Bugle Corps. Then, the Deputy Mayor, Mr. Francis
Castillo, delivered an in which he pledled continued suppDrt for
the Belizean govCrnmento

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The Prexmi:c Speaks

cplying, the Premier thanked the people of Stann Creek Town fox
their support and loyalty.
He assured the Carib Belizeans of Stann Creek Town that all
their requests would be studied carefully. His government, he went on,
would endeavour to meet their needs within the limits of funds available.

Gm-exrnment, he went on, will -continue to assist small farmers
according to the plans outlined in the Seven Year Development Plan.

Education, Highest Priority

Speaking about Education, Mr. Price said the greatest priority
has been given to this field. The HDn. Allan Arthurs, Representative
for the Stann Creek Town electoral Division, had assured him, he said,
that the need for paxks, recreational centxes and a new Town Clock was
being kept in view.
Closing, Mr. Price extended the best wishes of his government to
Carib Belizeans throughout the country for a happy anniversary celebra-
The Preniir then proceeded to invest the 1965-6 Carib Belizean
Settlement Day Queen, Miss Almiza Pclez, with hr robe, sceptre and
Cr own.


One- of the best articles about the country's tourist attractions
appearing in the foreign press recently was published in the Novembex
edition of 'Continental Magazine, house oDgan. of the Lincoln Merculy
Division of the Ford Motor Company.

The stDry, by ace sports fishrmi-an, George Sands, is introduced
by a colourful cover spread and this is continued on the inside pages
with six beautiful illustrations which lend a touch of realism and
Iomance to the author's account of expeditions to Caye BEokel in the
Turneffe islands and the waters off Gales Point.

Vic Bar othy Helped

Vic Barothy, father of Sports Fishing in Belize was responsible
for getting Mi. Sands to come down to survey the attracions Belize has
to offer the touXist. Recently, Vic mark-d yet another pLase in the
expansion of his plant with the opening of thrce lodges at Caye Bokel -
an investment of some $40,000.

Although.vritten specifically for fish.rrmen the authDo also
gives a brief account of othKr attractions to be found in the interior -
hinting safaris, exotic birds, and the beautiful ail plants orchids
and the splendour to the tropic vista.

"Continental Magazine" is distributed to Lincoln Continental
d-alcXr thugh~ut the -jTitcd OZL tuL -f ruicrlca. Toul opcratirs here
report that they have cccivcd a rush of inquiries since the appearance
of this publication.

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W.C. PINiKARD, distantt Te. chr at the Lelize Technical College, has been
awarded the Advanced Craft Certificate (City and Guilds) of the London
Institute in WoDdcutting Machinists' WDrk.

GILBERT HECTOR PUL, Instuct in lec al Instuct in L Istallation at the Voca-
tional Centre has been successful in the Intexmediate E.xam:ination on
Electrical Installation (City and Guilds).

SGT. FELIX NOR',LES has been appointed Station Sgt.

Other prnomotins announced last week include Crporals W. Pat-
nett and E. Alpuche, to be Sergeants and Constables A. Palacio, A. Felix
and A. Lemott to be CD1rpDals.

JRAIDOLPh PITTS, replacing Milton Alana, has been elected Pzesident of the
Belizean Students' association -at the U.W.I. in Janmaia for the yeax

Joseph Belisle is Vice Picsident, and Miss Lydia Cervantes
Secreta:: y-Ti:. sure .

THE HON. FLORZNCIO Mi'tIN, representative fLo the CDiDzal South constitu-
ency, closed a four day TIade Union Secmilna in CoiDzal Town last Tuesday
November 16th.

The iepl entGtive stressed that it is Dovcrinrentts intention to
continue promoting legislation to protect woDkc;Xis.

Senator Jesus Ken presented certificates to the participants. In
a shDrt address he urged then to put the knowledge they had acquired to
good use.

THE NlAIONAL CREDIT UNION LEL'GUE has sent a cgt well saxd to the hevCrend
Father Marion Ganey of the LSciety jf Jesus, whI is recuperating from a
heart attack he sustained recently in Australia.

Father Ganey is largely responsible for introducing the Credit
Union MoveLment to Belize.

Father Ganey also pionrled the Credit Union Movement in the Fiji

HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVi-ERNOR held an investiture at Government H8:use on

Recc giving the Order of the British Emrpire medal wrce C.F.
Henville and W.A. HDate.

M.3.E. scdals were awarded to L.H. Bradley, H.E.C. Cain, W.H. Hoy
and E.P. YDrkc.

JA. Lenan received the CDlonial Police Medal foxi meritDrious


THE NATIONAL INT-R-DISTR`ICT football cDnpetition foi 1965 got unde-wov
in Punta G-dda on Novembci b 4th with a garme between the Stann Creek
ard Toled$ Districts.

The Stann Czeek Distfict won 2-1.

A. HARNDEN the new mirnager of Cable and Wireless ailived on Tuesday to
take ovec fxio R.F. Downe who has been ie-assigned aftex a stay of
almost two years.

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