PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES
SBELIZE CITY P. 0. Box 324.
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No. 10 *****+******:* Up to 7th M'rch, 1966.
ALLIANCE ANCHORED HERE THROUGH PARTNERSHIP SCHEME
A "Partners of the Alliance" organization, involving a civic
group in Belize and a counterpart in Michigan, U.S.A. is to be estab-
Following receipt of a telegram from.,the Governor of Michigan
last week, the Premier was able to confirm that a group of represen-
tative Michigan Citizens and Community Leaders has endorsed the bi-
lateral "Partners" scheme,
A Board of Directors and other officers have been elected and
a tentative Programme Development team selected. According to
Governor Romney a move for formal incorporation has been set in train.
Governor Romney expressed confidence that "This new direct
relationship will be mutually beneficial and productive to heighten-
ing understanding between the people of your country and our state.
We all look forward," the message continued, "to working with you in
this joint effort,"
In his reply the Premier said he has been heartened by the
news of the progress made in forming a Partners of Alliance Com2ittee
He warmly endorsed the Governor's confident hope for the de-
velopment of a mutually beneficial and productive relationship
between Belize and Michigan.
Mr James Boren's visit earlier this ye'r in connection with
the project was welcomed. And his proposals were so well received in
Belize, the Premier cabled, that a Belizean counterpart Committee re-
presenting Agriculture, Industry, Education, Trade Unions, the Pro-
fessions, and Commerce-is in the process of being formed.
Premier Price also said he hopes the Michigan Programme
Development Team will visit Belize Shortly.
Mr James Boren, Director of the Partners of the Alliance for
Progress visited Belize earlier this year. It is largely through
his efforts that the present programme is being worked out between
Michigan and Belize.
THE CHANCE TO OWN A HOME
The Cabinet has decided that thirty-four single unit houses in
the Lake Independence Area are to be sold to tenants on a hire-pur-
chase basis. Prices will be pegged at present levels and the programme
for payment will be spread over twenty years.
Announcing this on Wednesday, the Minister of Housing, Mrs
Gwendolyn Lizarraga, said purchasers will be required to pay the annu-
ity on the cost of the house as well as property tax, fire rate, in-
surance and land tax.
With these charges covered, monthly payments will amount to
-approximately $10.38, $12.11, $14.54 and $16.05 for houses valued re-
spectively at $1,300, $1,500, $1,800 and $2,000.
Under the. hire-purchase agreement, the--tennant will-be respon-
sible for the repair and upkeep of his. dwelling. Only tenants who
are not'in arrears will be given the option of acquiring their. houses
-fider the hire-purchase: scheme. Lots will be leased during the 20
year period and will be up for sale on fulfillment of the hire' pur-
TOURIST BOARD RECONSTITUTED
Mr Raymond Weir'has been re-elected chairman of the Tourist
Announcing the re-constitution of the Board last.week, the
Ministry of Tourism said Mr Weir will continue to represent hotel
.. :Other repre-entatives are:- *for the Taxi Drivers' Association,
Mr.E. Menzies; for Sports Fishing and Marine interests, Mr Arden
Forman; for the Chamber of Commerce, Mr F. Norris. Mr K. Binder re-
presents the Airlines and Mr Charles Payne, Hunting interests.
The Secretary is Mr R.L. Clark, Government Information Officer.
Meanwhile, in a move to strengthen the position of the body,
foreshadowed in a statement by the Minister in January, the assistant
Secretary 6f the Ministry of Tourism will now provide direct liaison
with the Committee and the Ministry.
"NEW MEXICO CITY BELIZE FIGHT
S Inaugurating a new Mexico City-Belize .air link last week, TAN
airlines played host to a number of persons here on a four day, all ex-
penses paid junket to the Mexican capital.
The Minister of Communications was represented by the Principal
Secretary at the Ministry, Mr Justo Castillo.
The carrier a DC.-7B Propellar driven craft of the TAN fleet,,j
will leave Belize City on Friday afternoon, returning next day.
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FRIENDS ACROSS THE RIO HONDO
"Report on the Goodwill Tour of Mexico," released here last
week, is the twenty-first booklet to be issued by the Government
The centre page spread of the booklet is a montage of clipp-
ihgs from Mexican and Guatemalan newspapers which covered the tour.
Among them is a 'statement by the Guatemalan newspaper "Presna Libra"
which quotes Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz as declared his
absolute approval for the independence of Belize and his sympathy
with the Premier's aspiration for the independence of Belize.
The twenty four page publication states that the purpose of
the tour was to seek surnort for our country's right to self-deter-
minaticn as a free. sovereign and independent nation in Central
America; to.discuss recommendations for economic help to Belize nut
forward by the Mexican Economic Mission which visited Belize in
June, 1964; and finally, to accept an official invitation from the
Mexican Government to the Premier and a delegation to discuss econ-
omic aid for Belize.
Also featured prominently is a historic letter from the
President of Mexico, Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz which reads in
part The historical links which unite us, the ever increasing
friendly relations and the observances of the principles of inter-
national co-existence which is defended by Mexico with such zeal and
preserverence are reasons enough to accentuate our solidarity for
the noble people of Belize on their quest for their liberty and
WAR ON PESTS
A gift of two hundred insect traps together with the
attractants and insecticides necessary for operation of the traps,
was received last week through the Agencia de Agricultura y Ganaderia
of Quintana Roo, Mexico.
An announcement from the Department of Agriculture said the
gift has come at a most useful time. The Department has recently
secured the services of an Enthomologist and the need for the con-
trol and identification of insects pests is becoming critical,
especially in the citrus industry.
The traps are used extensively in many countries especially
among the borders and at airports to facilitate early detection of
invading insects so that they can be eoljminaedbefore they become
In citrus groves the traps are used to help determine the
type and number of pest present. With this information the economics
of spraying can be determined.
At the same time appeal was made to the general public not
to interfere with the traps when they are displayed in various parts
of the country.
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CHRONICLE OF ADVANCE
Premier George Price was present last Monday night at a private
screening of a film documentary depicting social and economic progress
during the presidency of Lic. Adolfo Lopez Mateos.
Others attending the show were the Ministers of Natural
Resources, the Hon. A.A. Hunter, the Hon. C.L.B. Rogers, Minister of
Internal Affairs, the Hon. Mrs Gwendolyn Lizarraga, Minister of Educa-
tion and Principal Secretaries from various Ministries.
TRAINING FOR T.U. LEADERS
Opening a seminar for Trade Union officers in the Cayo Dis-
trict last week, Labour Minister D.L. McKoy said labour must be able to
work constructively with government.
Reading from a prepared statement, the Minister stressed the
importance of the education and training of workers in the building of
the new nation.
Hurling a challenge at the unionists, the Minister said workers
must adopt themselves to new conditions and come forward and play their
part in maintaining and expanding the economy. The country, he empha-
sized, could not continue to depend on immigrant workers.
GUIDEBOOK ON BELIZE
John Watler Jr, the well known Belizean writer is to publish a
Tourist Guide to Belize, His initiative has been welcomed by the
Ministry of Tourism and the Tourist Board.
The Guide will be entitled "Belize Welcomes You". It will
carry photographs representing our folklore and a selection, of popular
Mr Watler has said he hopes to present the tourist.with a quick
picture of the sporting and investment potential of the country.
THEY SAW THE PREMIER
Among the noteworthy visitors received by the Premier last week
HENRY V'RNON, who called on a courtesy visit following his return last.
month from a three month attachment in Hong Kong, He was there
at the Belizean government's expense to study the accounting
procedure used by the Hong Kong government.
"Their system is highly mechanized.and very efficient," said
He now looks forward to the opportunity of putting his new
knowledge to work in processing government accounts at the Treasury
ROBERT FRANKS, insurance agent.from Oklahoma. He is a son-in-law of
the late Alfredo Acosta.
Enjoying the vigorous sunshine of our Belizean climate
following the snow and freezing temperatures now prevailing in his
native state, Mr Franks said he found Belize very attractive as a
retreat for sports fishermen and hunters, particularly, from Oklahoma.
MISS DOFIS BROOKS, a versatile Belizean musician, who has performed
for the night club.circuit, the stage and radio in Jamaica.
Round off a visit to Belize City her first here since
1946 Miss Doris Brooks, niece of Senator Brooks, told the Premier
about her experience as a professional musician and her three week
visit with relatives.
Miss Brooks plays with the Jamaica combo, "Amorifa and His
Everglades". She was introduced to the Premier by her aunt, Miss
Laurell Brooks, who teaches at Holy Redeemer school...
MR MAURICE LANZA of Isabella Bank.
He was exhibiting a huge sweet potato grown on his farm. At
home he says, 'his family uses the sweet potato boiled, baked, fried
and to make a variety of pastry.
Mr Lanza told the Premier he also produces tomatoes, cocoa,
plantains, yams and cassava.
Thanking Mr Lanza for his visit the Premier told.him: "The
more Belizeans can produce for their table the more money would be
available to purchase other necessary things for family use.."
CARE HELPS AGRICULTURE, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
A scheme for equipping a complete Metal Workshop at Lynam
Agricultural College was approved last week by CARE World Headquarters
in New York.
The equipment, to cost $5,400, will shortly be shipped from
the United States of America.
Mr Jerry Lewis, CARE Director, said the equipment will include
lathes and other precision equipment which will be used to train
students in the maintenance and repair of farm machinery and equipment.
The Lynam Agricultural College, in Stann Creek District, is-
the only Agricultural College in Belize. One hundred students are
enrolled this year.
CARE has recently donated other training equipment valued at
$1,500 in-addition to a number of containers for preservatives and
sawing kits to the Social'Development Department, the Belize Technical
College and Saint John's College.
CHANGES IN THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE
His Lordship the Bishop of Belize., the most Reverend Robert L.
Hodapp, of the Society of Jesus, last Tuesday announced a number of
appointments in the Catholic diocese.
The Reverend Father Osmond D. Martin, who has been assistant
Pastor in the Corozal Town Parish has been appointed Pastor of Sacred
Heart Church in San Ignacio. He will be installed in San Ignacio by
the Reverend Facundo Castillo in the near futute.
The Reverend Father Facundo Castillo, who has been pastor of
Sacred Heart Church in San Ignacio has been appointed to be Pastor of
Immaculate Conception Parish in Orange Walk Town. He will succeed the
Reverend Father Richard Steinmetz of the Society of Jesus, who has
been transferred to the Yoro Mission in the Republic of Honduras.
Father Castillo will be installed as Pastor at Orange Walk
Town by the Reverend Father Henry Sutti of the Society of Jesus, who
has been the acting-Pastor since the departure of Father Stelnmetz.
Winners in the St. John's College Elocution and Oratorical
contest were selected at a contest held at the Bliss auditorium last
For First Form, Francis Gegg came first with his; interpreta-
tion of "Captain My Captain". John Menzies topped Second Form conten-
ders with the best rendition of "The Spider and the Fly" and Third
Former, Francis Cervantes was successful with an excerpt from
Shakespeare's 'Julius Ceasar'.
,Of popular acclaim in the Forth Form division was first prize
winner, Jose Boutista, original essay on "Progress Through Co-opera-
tion". Other noteworthy pieces on the "Progress" theme was Robert
Gegg's "Progress Through Tourism" Orlando Taylor's "Progress Through
Responsible Parents" and "Youth's Contribution to Progress" by Karim
HOLIDAY PAY FOR CITRUS WORKERS
According to a Statutory Instrument on the Wages Council in
the Citrus Industry, published last Sunday, any citrus industry worker
who has worked for two day before a holiday and is available for work
the day after will be entitled to a.days hoilday pay.
The Order came into force on March 1st.
NEWS IN BRIEF
THE PPEMIER returned to-Belize City on Monday following a four day
visit to the Cayes.
Mr Price visited the Turneffe Islands, Northern Two Cayes and
Half Moon Caye.
THE AIR TRANSPORT LICENSING AUTHORITY, as re-constituted last weok,
consists of the Minister, the Hon. Hector Silva, as Chairman, Sen-
ator James N. Meighan and the Chief Civil Aviation Officer.
ISMAEL GOMEZ, President of the Chamber of Commerce, delivered the
first in the series of lectures to students of St. Catherine's
Academy. The series was organized by the faculty.
E.O.B. BARROW, a Justice of the Peace, has offered to sell thirty
one acres of land in the Mullins River area to the Reconstruction
and Development Corporation. The gesture, he said, was made to
help the villagers with their plans for agricultural development.
Government and the people of Mullins River have expressed
appreciation of this public spirited gesture.
UNITED NATIONS REGIONAL INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ADWISOR, K. Vysasulu
arrived recently on a week long familiarization visit.
Last week he visited the Corozal and Stann Creek districts
and m3t the Premier and the Minister of Natural Resources.
ANTONIO LAINFIESTA, an employee of Maestre's Industries, left
Belize on Wednesday for the Republic of Honduras to do a ten day
course for supervisors in the handling of packing machinery used in
His course will be at the Tabacalera Hondurena.
The serial number for NEWSLETTER No. 6 for the week ending
on February 7th was repeated for the week ending February 14th.
Kindly note the consequent change of the serial number for
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