". i PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES
BElIZE CITY P. 0O. 0Box 324,'. :.,,
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No. 12 ********'****** Up to 21st March, 1966.
S '..MR, PRICE INTERVIED BY MIAMI HERALD,: ."
Premier George Price.has-again referred to independence within
three years' this time, in a newspaper interview reported in the
*Miami Herald, last Thursday. ,
The Herald predicts that it is probable that Mr Price!s Chris-
' t'ian Democratic orientated party, will lead Belize into independence.
Recalling that the governing People's United Party swept the.
polls at last year's Belize City Council elections, the Herald goes -On
to quote the Premier as. stressing that .the greatest prerequisite for
*independence is, increased economic development.
"We ate a poor country, but we are working hard... and we are'
optimistic," the Premiertold Don Bohning, a veteran staff reporter on
Latin Amferican affairs... '
Mr Price was in Miami on his way back home after a visit to
New York.on government business.
R'Oferring to'recent developments whibh helped create a more.
optimistic atmosphere about the country's future, Mr Price headed the
list with the U.S.A.-Belize investment guarantee accord.
The setting up of the Partners of the Alliance. Committee
arrangement between Michigan and Belize 'and 'the. tri-partie economf c
survey of Belize by Britain, Canada and the United States of America,,
due'to begin in May, were all happy developments. Florida X.terests
too had taken a hand in the west with the tobacco industry. 'Land
Utilization was yet another measure invoked to speed the country's
Role For The Belizean Personality.. ..
The-increase in"the U.S.A. Sugar quota"for Belize, a project d
modern abbatoir and the scheduled extension and improvement of the'-
Belize Internat4onal Airport to accommodate light jets were all for
the good. "' .. ..
The Premier alSo spoke about the ::efforts of his government' to'
develop a Bplizean personality to instill in the.country's racially
mixed population a sense of national'pride, .
The emergence of this personality, Mr Price contended, has
done much to .help the country in its.move.toward the. goal of indepen-
dence as a. sovereign nation.-i Central Ameriaa.
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PARTNERS FOR AN ALLIANCE
Members of the Belize Committee for the Partners of the Alliance
Programme, linking this country with the state of Michigan, were
announced last Thursday by the National Economic Development Council.
The group includes members of the National Econonic Development
Council and Mr J.W. Macmillan, a former Minister of Education and
Senator E.W. Francis, President of the Senate, who heads the body.
The N.E.D.C. members are Mr E.N.G. Gegg, Mr W. Gegg, Mr J.D.
Fahs, Mrs F. Cassosola, Mr I. Gomez, Mr M. Hore, Mr M. Rosado, Mr S.
Longsworth, Mr C. Nolberto, Mr F. Sharpe and Mr M. Urbina.
The 3 other members invited are Senator V. Leslie, Sister Mary
Sarita, R.S.M. and Mr J. Noguera. These three were included to streng-'
then the Committee in -the fields of Education and Agriculture.
Immediately after their appointment, the group. got,down to work.
It was decided to form sub-Committees to prepare specific-prn-
jects, and report back to..the main committee in.order to allow time for
members' to plan in advance for the presentation Qf specific proposalsto
a counterpart team from Michigan due to arrive here in April0
Guide Line .
"Partners for the Alliancet is a citizen to citizen project,
The Belize Committee decided last week that they should plan their pro-
gramme in line with the Seven Year Development programme.
Ministeries have been asked to give their full cooperation to
the work of the Committee. Projects should incorporate the self-help
The United States Consul, Mr R. Tepper, the Peace Corp Director,
Mr Moffet and Mr Jerry Lewis, Director of'the CARE Mission in .this
country-hav, been invited to be associated with the work of the.Belize
On Wednesday the Committee ,heard a report from Father Leo
Weber, of the.Society of Jesus, President of Saint John's College, on
a meeting he attended in Michigan recently at which the programme was
discussed.. Fatier -Weber was co-opt to serve as Chairman of the Educa-
PRODUCTION FIGURES UP
Belizeans are breaking .production records in many important
agricultural crops. .
Figures quoted by the Chief Information Officer in his e.Wekly
Saturday night broadcast reveal that there have been increases in beans,
corn, rice, egg .and poultry, banana, cituus, honey and sugar.-
; Much attention too is lbe.ing g 1ven to the cattle industry. At
present the national herd exceeds 33,000 more than enough for self
S-f the upward trend is maintained,, said.,the ,government .spokes-
man the people of this "country will soon be enjoying a higher standard
THE FISHERIES ADVISORY BOARD
The organization and development of the fishing industry was
discussed at a meeting of the Fisheries Advisory Board last week.
The meeting was held at San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.
Playing host to the party, which included representatives of
the customs, agriculture, and Cooperative Departments, was the.
Caribena Producers Cooperative of that island.
The visitors were shown around the processing plant at san
Pedro. Two films were shown for the occasion.
The lobster season which began on July 15th last year ended
at midnight on March 14th.
Last week the Ministry of Natural Resources announced that a
tagging programme is to be carried out from March 15th to July 15th.
Lobsters below the legal size will be marked with a plastic tag and
released in different areas of our territorial waters,
Describing the tag, an official statement said it would look
like a piece of macaroni hanging from the tail of the lobster
inscribed with words "Reward: Return Fisheries, P.O. Box 181 Belize".
Fishermen finding such lobsters after the 15th July are being
asked to hand them over to Fisheries Official with details about the
location and date of the catch.
SAN IGNACIO GETS NEW SLAUGHTER HOUSE
The Hon. Hector Silva, Minister of Public Utilities and
Communication handed over the new slaughter house to the San Ignacio
Town Board on March 13th. The building cost $8,060.
Mr Silva, who is also the Assembly representative for the
area told an audience witnessing the handing over that the new
building was built from National Funds.
The Mayor Mr Domingo Espat, received the building on behalf
of the people of San Ignacio. He asked the Minister to convey the
thanks of the people to government.
Earlier the building was blessed by Reverend Facundo Castillo.
The building was constructed by Mr Lloyd Clother.
EXAM. TIME FOR TEACHER
Some forty six teachers from the Belize Teachers College last
week were assessed in their practice teaching by Doctors Aubrey
Phillips and James Moraj, both of the Institute of Education of the
University.of the West Indies, in Mona, Jamaica.
The educators examined the teachers at the end of their
first and second year of studies.
There were thirty three teachers in the second year batch and
thirteen in the first year group.
An announcement in last week's Gazette, made public on Friday,
said the Minister of Public Utilities had decided on the composition
of the Transport Board for 1966.
Members are the Chief Engineer, Public Works Department,
(Chairman), Mr Fred Westby, Mayor of Belize City, Mr George Dakers, a
member of the Belize City Councul, the Principal Secretary, Ministry
of Public Utilities and Communications, and the Commissioner of
Mr F. Cutkelvin, First Class Clerk at the Public Works Depart-
ment is Secretary to the Board.
THE LYNAM STORY MORE DEVELOPMENT
The installation of a central water system at Lynam Agricultu-
ral College in the Stann Creek District is to commence shortly.
Last week Father Kramer reported that the College has received
a shipment of a mile of 4 inch piping from James Clow and Sons, a
Chicago firm. The gift is worth $14,000.
AID the U.S.A. Agency for International Development paid the
"We have to build a cistern to go with the piping. This in-
cludes all the necessary fittings and valves, but we know that that
will come," said Father Kramer.
CARE Also Helping
Father Kramer also revealed that the general metal workshop
donated by CARE has arrived and will be taken to the College as soon
as it is dedicated in Belize City. This equipment is valued at
Meanwhile, a great deal of development is going on at the
country's only Agricultural College. A huge building 144 ft by 72ft
is nearing completion on the campus. This will provide accommodation
for 120 students.
"This building is a joint community Government project"
commented the Reverend Father Kramer. 'Government has provided $7,000
in grants and $7,000 in loan. The students are making the cement
blocks. There have been contributions from various individuals at
home and abroad.'
Lynam Agricultural College has an enrollment of ninety boys at
present. The students come from all parts of the country.
NEWS IN BRIEF
OWING TO AN ADMINISTRATIVE RESHUFFLE, future British Volunteers to
Belize will be recruited by the Catholic Institute for Interna-
tional Relations instead of.Voluntary Service Overseas.
The Catholic Institute for International Relations re-
cruits both Catholic and Protestant Volunteer.
THE NORTHERN FISHERMEN'S COOPERATIVE SOCIETY LTD. is now buying
conchs, salt fish, fresh fish, lobster and turtle from its members.
This was announced at a recent meeting at Caye Caulker. A
cooperative spokesman said the group has now reached the stage
where it can offer year round selling opportunities to its members.
THE VILLAGE OF CAMALOTE, Cayo District, has elected Denbeigh Fuller,
Patrict Banner. Alonzo Basdy, Joseph Banner Jr., Natalia Brown,
Geraldine O'trien and Emogene Banner to be the Village Council for
the 1966 term.
Public Utilities Minister Hector Silva and the District
Officer H.M. Tillett witnessed the elections.
BARCLAY'S BANK D.C.O. has established a new Stann Creek Town branch
The building was constructed by Belizean contractor Jeffery
It was formally opened by Mrs Agnes Nolberto, wife of the
Mayor of Stann Creek Town.
THE PUNTA GORDA DISCUSSION CIRCLE last week sponsored two public
Senator Vernon Leslie, Resident Tutor of the Extra-Mural
Department of the University of the West Indies spoke on the
history of the University of the West Indies. 6edric Grant, re-
search fellow from the U.W.I. spoke on Parliamentary Democracy.
The first lecture was chaired by the Hon. Charles Martinez
and the second, by Mayor S.A. Vernon.
CITIZENS OF THE SAN IGNACIO, Santa Elena and the surrounding areas
have said farewell to Reverend Facundo Castillo who is to have
pastoral charge of Orange Walk Town, replacing Father F. Martin.
Father Castillo who will take up pastorship in Orange Walk
Town will be replaced by Reverend O.F. Martin.
STUDENTS OF AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL, Stann Creek Town were acclaimed last
week for their well executed pageant.
Also in Stann Creek Town, a convention of Jehovah Witnesses
was in progress.