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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Up to 28th March, 1966.

Belize continues to get a good press abroad.

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*:. J..riith'..:, t ,,past -three weeks, at iaa-st five stories have appeared
in influential newspapers and magazines, by far the 'most important is a
feature in International Commerce,-a journal of the United States De-
partmenpt-. Cof Cmmerce-. : :

.,.,.,.,.e *ar.ticJle,, by Ulpited States Vice Consul Harvey T Clow, states
that a.,tbe -otuntry iears,-independence government is inviting foreign .
investors to take part in the development of the economy.'

"The investors," Mr Clew is confident, "Will finda:.hoSpitable-
investment climate in the English speaking territory."
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Lis ing.peasures which have been, invoked in the struggle for
economic emacipation. an austerity budget, drastic fiscal and-land
measures, a united Nations Development Plan the article goes on to
point. out various industries which can be set up with the .benefit of
lib7ralf'tax, holidays.


Among the important assets Belize enjoys are a heritage of stable
government, and a peaceful population of various races and languages
living, together iin tolerance and harmony.

Opportunities For 'U.S.A. Participation .

Reference is also made to the new Capital. Opportunities exist
for private United States participation in housing and other auxiliary
services and their investment can now be guaranteed.under the new bi-
lateral Investment Guarahnty'Agreement.
,, T'he.otfhr articles.appeared in The Economist, the Manchester
Guardian, .,the.e-inancial Times and the Hartford Convent among other
special reports.* :
,...- The ar.tiple..-in the latter: is entitled 'In Belize It's Wake Up and
Work"'- with a sub-caption: ."'a tiny nation emerges without any United"
States aid." This piece was written by Mr William J. Clew, father of the
United .State .Vice Consul.

GuatbniLn D4g'is1putse, -Gre',st Prog-r ess".

The .-report: in 'The .Economist' deals with the Anglo-Guatemalan.
dispute;. The Guardian deals with that question as well but also surveys
the broad field of economic development.

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The Guardian articles written by Clyde Sanker, says it is pretty
clear that Premier George Price's enthusiasm will carry the country on
to independence by 1968, or soon thereafter.
The Financial Times notes that great progress has been made in
settling the Anglo-Guatemalan territorial dispute.
There is yet another article by Bern Keating of the magazine
"CAMERA 35", which describes in glowing terms the great fishing grounds
along the barrier reef which, he says, is at present unknown to
thousands of enthusiasts in North America.


Sixteen items were featured in-ana impressive two-man exhibition
last week at the Baron Blis'1Institute. The artists were George Gabb and
Norris Hall.
,.Opening the exhibition, Premier, :George Price emphasized tha, the
most .important,: asset- of.-a nation is ts ;people. *
SPeople he went on, are made up of body and soul. And while
government fosters-the physical part of their development, he was grate-
ful .o the,,Festival of *Arts Committee and'- the Belizean Artists themselves
for the .part they play in the enrichment of our national culture and
giving expression .to.,.Qur Belizean personality.
The National., Festival Committee
Earlier Col.'D.N.A. Fairweather, for the Festival Committee
welcomed the gathering and underscored the role of the Festival of Arts
Committee in ...fostering.the cultural development of the country.
.i The6Cpimmittee, ;he went on, believe. that culture and .art are in- ..,.
tegral parts of the development process of a nation. -For the past
fourteen years it has tried to encourage a suitable atmosphere for
cultfu "al-.g r.wt h. ; .-
Among those present were His Lordship the Chief Justice, Sir
Clifford De Lisle laniss, Senators Vernon Leslie and Reginald Brooks and
City Councillor Orlando Lizama.

"When the modern history of Belize is written it will record the
efforts and .c.omplishmentso.-f the people in cooperation with Governr .
ment." tW'ittesth,ee words- the Minister of Labour the Honourable' avid
McKoy open' a Trade Tnion Seminar in Oragne Walk Town on Monday.

In t these changing time, he continued, we aTe forced tb cooperate
with oher :~-fpit satisfaction of most- of oui needs. ,
'. Trade TUnionism is the essence of the cooperation of th6 working
man to protect his own interest, and he stressed the importance.of this.
cooperation for economic progress and the raIsingf "iining~ Itadads --;.

SThe, Ministeqr,.proQmdsed he would 'do all- in his powerr to further
the education. rf the vp .g aman.

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Education Is Important

Earlier, the Acting Labour Commissioner Mr Charles Woods, in
the chair, spoke of the importance Government has placed on the educa-
tion of the Bolizean worker. He then thanked employers who had
cooperated by allowing workers time off to attend the Seminar.

The Honourable Elito Urbina, area representative congratu-
lated both the Minister and the Trade Unions. "Government, he said,
is pledged to protect the interest of labour as well as management.

Witnessing the ceremony were the Honourable Guadalupe Pech,
Orange Walk South Representative and the District Officer, Mr Eric

Twenty trade unionists took part in the Seminar which ended
on Friday. Lectures were given by personnel of the Labour Depart-
ment and Extra Mural Department, U.W.I.


An additional yield of some 41,670,0001bs of corn is cnvisagedas
a result of the donation by OXFAM, of $20,000 worth of seed corn from

The corn seed, which was being distributed to bona fide farm-
ers throughout the country last week, was said to be' of high quality
and expensive.

Because of the chemical treatment to which it has been sub-
jected, the corn is not safe for human consumption.

Farmers were advised to get in touch with their nearest farm
demonstrator or agricultural officer for supplies.

Although the corn is berIg issued free of cost farmers have
been served notice that they must return a like quantity of seed to
the Department of Agricluture at the end of this year's harvest,.

About twenty pounds of seed should be planted per acre.
With the full cooperation of farmers 2,780 acres should be planted,
giving a harvest of not less than 1,500 pounds to the acre.


The Senate last week let it be known that they would still
like to see their amendment to the Cane Farmers' Association Amend-
ment Bill retained by the House of Representatives.

This was their answer to a message from the lower House say-
ing that the amendment was superfluous as the Panel Clause included
by the Senate was already covered under the Criminal Code.

The motion to uphold 'the amendment was moved-by Senator Ken
and seconded by Senator Vernon Leslie. It was supported by Senator

Earlier, the Minister of Local Government and the Minister of
Public Utilities attended the sitting to signify the Governor's
assent to the Bills.


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The Senate also took the Amendment to the Lotteries Control Ord-
inance through its fiscal stages, and approved regulations made by .the
Minister of Public Utilities under the Harbours and Merchant Shipping

In reply to a question by Senator Hassock regarding the Queen's
tour of the Caribbean, Senator James Meighan revealed that the Premier
had extended an invitation to Her Majesty to visit Belize at her
earliest convenience.



BISHOP JONES AND SISTER VERA THOMPSON of the City Mission Chucch, first
ostablishodharo in 1939 fron Jamaica.

Last week the Premier noted that the church has been doing good
work among our people in both the pastoral and social fields.

Headquarters of the Mission is in Belize City. There is also a
church at Rockstone Pond Village.

Bishop'Balzilla Jones, who visited Belize immediately after
Hurricane 'Hattie' in 1961 remarked that everything looks so changed
and be-utiful. To her, it is a NEW BELIZE.

Bishop Jones is here on an inspection visit. She said the
Mission plans to reoopen its Primary School as soon as suitable teachers
are available.

MR R.G. DYSON, General Manager of Barclays Bank, D.C.O.

Barclays opened their first branch in Belize City in late 1949.
Since then, branches have been opened in the Corozal, Orange Walk and
Stann Creek districts.

In the Capital itself, the bank constructed a modern four storey
building, part of which is rented by Government.

A small Branch office has been set up on the north side of the
City. A substantial office building has been constructed this year in
Stann Creek Town.

Mr Dyson was on a familiarization tour.

The state of development he had seen for himself, in visits to
sugar, tobacco apd cattle growing areas, quite exceeded what he had ex-
pected, he declared.

He has greatly enjoyed his visit and he found the country very


Fourteen Credit Union Treasurers frem Belize City received
certificates last Friday on the successful completion of, a course spon-
sored by the Credit Unions Department and the Credit Union League.


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Mr D.'R.B. Gill, Principal Secretary, deputizing for the Minister
"of Social Development, reminded the students that the Credit Union move-
ment is a wide field. As such there is always room to learn its various

Earlier, the President of the League, Mr Fred Gill, called on
the participants to spread their new knowledge among their fellow credit

The address of welcome was delivered by the Acting Registrar of
Cooperatives, Mr Silas Ca etano. The Vote of Thanks was moved by Mrs
Sylvia McKoy.

On an inspection tour of the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts
recently, the Minister of Public Utilities and Communications, the Hon-
ourable Hector Silva,was accompanied by district representatives, the
District Officer and technical officers of the Public Works Department.

The Minister surveyed conditions of the roads and inspected the
quarry at San Antonio, the extension of the Orange Walk Town hospital,
the building which is to house the power station in Orange Walk Town and
the new Police Station at San Narciso Village.


Here last week to spread the word about the Christian Democratic
approach to an improved standard of living for agricultural workers in
particular throughout Latin America, was young, dynamic George Antonio
Lasso, International Representative of the CLASSC Organization.

Sefior Lasso, held discussions with top officials of the National
Federation of Christian Trade Unions, before setting out on a tour of
the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts.

Speaking about the situation as he has been able to observe it
in Latin America, Sefior Lasso said that largely as a result of the im-
pact of the Alliance for Progress assistance, industrial growth in the
region has been impressive over the past few years. Yet in real terms,
the bulk of the population is still poor and industry will experience
difficulty finding consumers for the fruits of mass production.

It is the concentration of CLASSC, he went on, that the farmer
must be helped, not only through land reform, but equally by the type 6f
assistance which will enable him to become an efficient producer.

Unless the rural worker has the purchasing power to utilize the
products of local manufacturers, both industry and farming will suffer
in the long run, he declared.

Belize Involved

Sefior Lasso's visit here was part of a tour of Central America
in preparation for an important congress of Christian Democratic leaders
in the Trade Union Field slated to take place in Guatemala from March
27th to Anril 2nd.

Belize will be represented at this meeting by Mr Rae Lightburn,
the Honourable Jesus Ken and Mr Samuel Waight, all officials of the
National Federation of Christian Trade Unions.

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On Tuesday morning, accompanied by Senator Jesus Ken and Mr Rae
Lightburn, the CLASSC Official was received by the Premier. Mr Price
spoke about .the importance of Christian Democracy in working out a solu-
tion to the economic and social problems of Central America.
"Such a solution," he emphasized, "must be consistent with the
dignity.of the human personality, with freedom of the individual and
,the precepts.of democracy."


In his remarks to participants of the Residential Training
Course at Maskall on Monday, the Honourable Fred Hunter, Representative
for the Belize Rural constituency, stressed the importance of the
village unit in the task of Nation Building.

Mr Hunter expressed hope that the participants would carry with
them, apply and share what they. learned at the course in their villages.

Government is applying considerable energy to raising the stan-
dard of living in our villages because it is convinced of the importance
of the village in the development of the country.
Mr Ralph Barrow, Village Council Chairman, in his address of
welcome said it was through the influence and dedication of Belizean
women that the country will achieve those things which make life worth
Theme of the conference was "Educate the Women and You Educate
This Emerging Nation".


Rounding off the course on Saturday, an exhibition of preserves
and needle work was preceded by the distribution of achievement awards
by the Minister of Local Government, the Hon. A. Cattouse.

The Minister referred to the occasion as:"an eloguent manifest-
ation of the efforts of government to assist Belizeans to learn the
skills that the new nation will require for its female domestic popula-

This the Minister said, should give the participants an idea.
of our rapidly changing economy.
Mr Cattouse told the ladies of government's awareness of the
part the family must play in the nation and reminded them.of the slogan
"We keep our dollars at home when we buy Belizean produce".


A conference, bringing together village leaders of the Belize
district, was held on the weekend of March 19th at Burrell Boom.

Present to open the conference was the Area Representative the
Honourable Fred Hunter, who declared: "I am hopeful that your Tillage
Councils will grow from stride to stride until they become statutory
bodies, fully responsible for village affairs."
The role of Village Councils is three-fold, as he sees it: to
give of their best to their communities, secondly, to cooperate with


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government agencies responsible for government and administration, and
thirdly, to work closely with members of the Government elected to re-
present them.

The ceremony began with the 50 delegates singing the Belizean
Anthem. Next, the National Prayer was read by the Vice President of
the Burrell Boom Village Council, Mr James Sebastian, a Justice of the

There were lectures on the duties and function of Village
Councils by personnel of the Social Development Department.


The Right Reverend Gerald Henry Brooks, Bishop of the Anglican
Diocese, has resigned for personal reasons, with effect from 30th June,

The Anglican Bishop, aged 61, has served for over 15 years as
Bishop of this Diocese and for 18 years in the Diocese of Nassau and the
the Bahamas.
He is leaving Belize about June 1st on a visit to the Diocese....
of Western New York and the Diocese -of Toronto before going on to
England where he will attend the annual meeting of the Honduras Church
Association due to be held on June 24th in London.
In his absence, this Diocese will be administered by the very
Reverend F.D.C. Powell, expected to arrive on April 15th. Five days
after his arrival he will be installed as Dean of St. John's Cathedral.


Sister Mary Concette, a Roman Catholic Nun, of the Diocese of
Belize, following a precedent in inter-faith activities set by the
Catholic Bishop last year, went before the Belize Women's.Meeting on
March 20th to speak about the role of women qs instruments of peace.
Sister Concette told the gathering of Belizean women: "We
share a common ground; a common bond, that is Christ and throughout
this new realization, we can come to a fuller understanding of each
The appearance of a Roman Catholic Nun at the Methodist Church
here has been described as an unprecedented niove to give practical ex-
pression to the ecumencial spirit in the nation's life.


A new $40,000 Branch Building recently constructed for the
Royal Bank of Canada, was inaugurated in Orange Walk Town on Thursday.
Built by Belizean contractor, Giles Cargill, who was assisted
by Mr Eugene Flowers, the buildingisa ferro concrete structure. It...
was blessed by the Reverend Father Facundo Castillo of the Roman
Catholic Church and the Reverend Father Richard Basten of the Anglican


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In an address, Mr Lee Anderson, a Belizean who is responsible for
Royal Bank of Canada operations in this country, asked the people of the
district to support the Royal Bank of Cannada in its endeavour to bring
about the dovclopnent of Orango Walk District.

He also paid warm tribute to Central Government and the Municipal
authority for the cooperation they had given in making the new services

Former U,W.I. Professor R.B. Lo Pago, here to do research on
National speacn patterns, is to do a study of the problems of teaching
the English Language and will discuss these problems with officials of
the Ministry and Department of Education.

He will also deliver a series of lectures in Belize City.

Last week he visited schools in Belize City and spent two days in
Toledo. He was accompanied by Education Officer Ralston Coye.


HIS HONOUR S.H. GRAHAM C.M.G., O.B.E. has been appointed Puisne Judge of
the Supreme Court in Belize.

At present, he is Administrator of St. Vincent.

K.R. COWGILL appointed Director of Studies for this year's Teachers'
Vacation Course by the Ministry of Overseas Development in Britain
arrived here last week.

The course, to be sponsored by the Education Department will be
held at the Belize Teachers College from August 1st to 19th.

The course is designed to give teachers a practical working
knowledge of modern teaching methods.

HEALTH EDUCATION OFFICER E.C. DAVIS delivered another lecture in the
series on the new Water Supply system for Stann Creek Town on Wednesday.

The chair was taken by District Officer A.B. Ogaldez and the vote
of thanks was moved by Mayor C.P. Nolberto.

WITH MATERIALS SUPPLIED BY CARE, Belizeans of the village of Arenal
(Cayo District) have started construction of a school building on the
aided self help basis,


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BELIZEANS OF GEORGEVILLE VILLAGE, on the Western Highway, have started
construction of a Community Centre. The building will be made of
concrete blocks.

COL. F.W. COOK is here to take command of the Airport Garrison. The
former commander, Col. J.S.S. Gratton, has completed his tour of duty.

Colonel Cook has served with Supreme Allied Powers, Europe
(1952 to 1954) and in Tanganyka (1961 to 1964).

MICHAEL BUZON JR. a State Department official in charge of admin-
istrative support for Central Americe, was here to discuss internal
administrative policy of the U.S.A. Consulate here last week.

Following a visit to the Premier on Friday it was stated that
Mr Buzon's visit is indicative of the continuing good relations
between the U.S.A. and Belize.

T.B. TATTERSFIELD, (Chairman,) Senator James N. Meighan and N.W. Lewis
were last week appointed members of the Customs Tariff Board.

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