SBLISHED WEEKLY BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES
uEZE CITY P. 0. Bx 324.
No. 52 **~********** Up to 26th December, 1966.
CHRISTMAS IN BELIZE
Messages for the Christmas season were conveyed to the Belizean
people last week by government and church leaders.
His Excellency, Sir John Paul expressed hope for a 'merry and
The Premier of Belize, the Honourable George Price in his
message, broadcast over Radio Belize said Belize should not be left be-
hind. We should work hand in hand to keep up with other countries.
"We should take courage and hope from the fact that many
countries poor in economic goods are yet quite rich in wisdom and
can offer noteworthy advantages to others."
Belizq when compared to other countries is small and poor, he
said, but we have a rich heritage and excellent inter-faith relations.
The Premier ended with these words: "Belize can be a shining
example to the world in these good things which we can hold up to other
nations to follow."
"May all have peace and a blessed Christmas."
Other government Ministers also sent greetings to Belizeans in
various walks of life.
From Chur.ch Leaders
Leading the messages from religious denominations, His Lordship,
the Most Reverend Robert Hodapp, Bishop of Belize, spoke about love of
country. This means, he said, love of people we meet in everyday life
throughout the land.
For the Anglican Communion reverend David Powell remembered
people living in remote settlements where they would not be able to sec
a priest for the occasion. He prayed for the unity of the church and
for humility and joy among our people.
For the Protestant Council, reverend Charles Goff of the
Methodist church said there was need to recapture the spirit of the
first Christmas and apply its message to our hearts.
The traditional services were held in Belize City and in the
districts. The midnight Mass at St John's Church was broadcast by
A highlight of the season was the Radio Belize 14th Annual
Variety Show broadcast live and direct from the Memorial Park. On stage
X /were top
were top artists from the stage and radio, include The Messengers, Los
Belicefio, Uddison Coleman, On Christmas lve itself, the a al Christmas
Party for children was held at the PremieTrs Lodge.
"BOSS FRED" RE-ELECTED LORD MAYOR
Mr Fred Westby and Mr Orlando Lizama, Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord
Mayor of Belize City respectively, were unanimously returned to these
positions for the 1967 term.
Their re-election took place during a meeting of the Council last
Recounting the achievements of the Council in 1966, the Town Clerk,
Mr Stephen Heusner, referred to the reclamation of large portions of land
for school construction by the Roman Catholic and Methodist missions.
Thirteen streets in Belize City had been reconstructed to a very
satisfactory standard, and that a large number of reinforced concrete cul-
verts installed to help with drainage. A bridge had been built across the
South Side canal on Orange Street and the canal itself had been staked in.
As the day for country-wide municipal elections approached last
week the Hon. Albert Cattouse, Minister responsible for Local Government,
went on the air with an appeal to electors to vote for the one or seven
candidates of their choice.
The Minister also appealed to employers to ensure that their work-
ers would be given every opportunity to take part in the elections.
The polls will open at seven o'clock in the Towns of Corozal,
Orange Walk, San Ignacio, Benque Viejo del Carmen, Stann Creek, Monkey
River and Punta Gorda, voting ends at 6:00 p.m.
There are fourteen candidates for each municipality. Each voter
may vote for as many candidates as he choses up to a number of seven.
Both political parties the Peoples United Party and the National
Independence Party are offering candidates for the elections.
STEADY PROGRESS AT GEORGETOWN
A housing project, streets and a few small access bridges were in-
augurated on December 17th at Georgetown Village in the Stann Creek Dis-
trict by the Area Representative, the Honourable David McKoy who is also
Minister of Labour.
The occasion, he said, provided proof that government is complying
with its manifesto pledges. Their marketing problems should be consider-
ably lessened as a result of the new facilities they had been provided
Sounding a note of caution he advised against depending on a one-
crop economy. They should dedicate themselves to mixed farming.
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Government is aware of the remaining problems which confront them.
The effort at improvement, through their hard work and co-operation, would
The Minister congratulated the Belizeans of Georgetown Village for
their determination to remain on the land and become proud, dependable
farmer's, willing to make their contribution to the new nation.
VOCATIONAL TRAINING SCHOOL FOR STANN CREEK TOWN
A Vocational Training School for Stann Creek Town was inaugurated
by the Minister of Labour in. Stann.'Creek. Twn on December 18th.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr McKoy said that the aim of the
Belizean Government is to bring as many such schools as.possible to .those
living in the District Towns.
This was the reason behind the Ministry of Labour's decision to es-
tablish the centre.
There is a great and continuing need for trained mechanics, masons
and carpenters to sustain mechanized agriculture and the expanding build-
The move, he went on,. should .dispel any nation, that higher educa-
tion and training could only be had in Belize City.
The Minister thanked CARE fbr the donation of plumbing kits and the
United Kingdom government for providing funds for the buil.ing..
Another speaker for the occasion was the Mayor, Mr Carlos Nolberto.
The school was blessed by representatives of the Roman Catholic, Anglican
and Methodist churches..
SAN JOSE, TRINIDAD VILLAGES GET COMMUNITY CENTRE
A new Community Centre for the Village of Trinidad in the Orange
Walk District was officially opened by the Minister of Local Government,..
the Hon. Albert Cattouse, on December 17th.
Mr Cattouse congratulated the villagers for their dedication, spirit
and..progressive attitude. Successful aided self help projects like the
one just completed are welcomed by government as a.healthy indication of
Government provided the materials and technical supervision and the
villagers donated the labour.
The Minister, at the samme time, acknowledged the enthusiasm with
which the area Representative, the Hon. Guadalupe Pech, had pressed for
erection of the centre. .
San Jose '""
Two days later the' Minister tpehed a new centre at San Jose village
in the Orange Walk district. Present were the two district representatives,
the Honourables Guadalupe Pech and Florencio Marin.
A license has been issued by the Ministry of Natural-Resources for
the A and S Corporation, a U.S.A. concern, to set up a shrimp processing
industry in Belize.
A processing plant is to be set up at Big Creek in the Indepen-
dence Area. Belizean fishermen will be participating in the venture,
Meanwhile the Ministry of Finance has published details of a
development concession for which application has been made.
CIGARETTE PRICES PEGGED
A pack of twenty Colonial cigarettes will now be sold retail for
not more than .33g. Twenty Independence cigarettes will sell for not
more than .40 and a similar number of Milport cigarettes now goes to
not more than .491.
These limitations under the Supplies Control regulations, were
announced on December 29th. The rises follow the increased excise duty
on locally produced cigarettes invoked recently by the National Assembly.
C,WU, OFFICIALS BACK FROM TRAINING
Genero Baeza, Chairman of the Orange Walk District Branch of the
Christian Workers Union and Mr Jaime Alonzo, an Organizer who recently
completed a-four week study of the problems of peasant farmers, organiza-
tion and trade unionism in Santiago de Chile, returned home in mid Decem-
The seminar was sponsored by the Latin American Coafederation of
Christian Trade Union.
The third C.W.U. official to return from training was the South-
ern Christian Union's Pedro Vasquez who took part in a two week seminar
,at the Central American Institute for Social'Studies in Guatemala.
NEW TRADE DIRECTORY
A trade directory, prepared by the Chamber of Commerce, was re-
leased during the week. Besides advertisements, it features a classi-
fied index of business houses.
The Minister of Trade, the HAn Alexander Hunter, extended his
hearty congratulations at the Chamber initiative. "This publication"
he said, "will undoubtedly be of immense value to visitors and overseas
business concerns as a source ef information generally on the sphere of
business activities in Belize,
Mr Hunter, in a written message, noted that the Chamber, during
the past few years, has achieved the record of extending its interest
beyond the usual commercial activities into the social and economic
spheres. This outlook augurs well for the future.
R.C. BISHOPS WILL CONF3SR IN ROME
The Caribbean Community of the Roman Catholic Church will be re-
presented at the First Synod of Bishops to be held in Rome next year.
This was confirmed here by a BBC newscast whichh revealed that His
Holiness Pope Paul had announced the meeting.
Bishop Hodapp said establishment of the synod is a direct result
of the Vatican Council which he attended.
TWO MINISTERS ON LEAVE
The Premier, the Honourable George Price last week assumed Govern-
ment responsibility for the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
This followed the departure of Internal Affairs Minister C.L.B.
Rogers to California on a private visit.
The Minister of Natural Resources is also away and during his
absence the Hon Albert Cattouse, Minister of Local Government has been
charged with responsibility for subjects falling under Mr Hunter's port-
BELIZEAN STUDENTS IN MICHIGAN
Belizean students in Michigan studying on scholarships provided
under the partnership programme were treated to a heart warming show of
Christmas cheer by their fellow students.
Lennox August, at Ferris State College, was able to make a long
distance call to relatives. This was made possible by college authorities.
Neil Garbutt, at Wayne State University was taken on an educational tour
along with other foreign students and for Jaime Auguilar, funds and gifts--
were collected, enabling him to fly home bringing some unexpected Christ-
mas cheer for his wife and children.
David Cruz who is at Northwood Institute, visited with friends in
the state of Indiana and Carlos Santos, a Former Senior Farm Demonstrator
in this country, stayed with friends in Chicago. Miss Phyllis Waight,
who studies at Marygrove College, spent the holidays with a family at
Lima in Ohio and Miss Helen Usher, who is a student at Aquinas College,
was the house guest of one of her classmates.
DEATH ON CHRISTMAS DAY
The death occurred in the Orange Walk District on Christmas Day
of Mr Clarence Brown, a Works Overseer of the Public Works Department.
Mr Brown's death followed a traffic incident which took place at
mile sixty seven along the Northern Highway in the Orange Walk District.
Mr Brown joined the Public Service in 1951. He has served in the
post of Road Foreman before his appointment as Works Overseer recently.
He was buried on December 26th.
?EWS IN BRIEF
COLONIAL-POLICE LO NG SRVICE and Good Conduct medals have been awarded to
Corporal Peter Gomez and Constable A. Barker.
Receiving second clasp medals.were- assistantt Superintendent
Gilbert Williams, Ins1pctor Carlos Orio and Station Sergeant David Neal.
The First Clasp was awarded to Superintendent of Police Arthur
rdolphus, Assistant Suy-rintendents Arthur Brown and Eric Jones, Station
Sergeants Norman Simpliss and S. Barber, and Corporals A. Smith and
THE MINISTER OF FINANCE has approved an exemption from entry tax on
equipment, valued at $24,000 Belizean, for a new tyre recapping plant.''
The plant is being imported by Santiago Castillo Limited.
MOTHER KEIRAN, PROVINCIAL, OF THE SISTERS- OF MTRCY arrived last week on ~
eight day visit with the Sisters of Mercy.
Mother Keiran first came to Belize in 1946. She was a teacher at
Ioly Redeemer primary school and later principal of Saint C.therine's..
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BACK HOME WITH AN EXCZLLENT plus rating from the Brooks Institute in
Santa Barbara, California, where he has just completed a sixteen weeki
course in motion picture Yroduction, is .Lionel Kisling, G.I.S. Photo-
MICHAEL DESILVA AND MALCOLM ROE, young lawn tennis enthusiasts, left'
..Belize during the week for Miami where they represented Belize at the
annual Orange Bowl Junior Tennis:Tournament.
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THE DATES-FOP THE VACATION of the Supreme Court in 197. have been announ
announced as August 8th to September 18th...
Fixing of the dates for the supreme court cacation is provided
for by law.
EICHT FAMILIES OF THE AMISH I, MENNONI-TES, now in Belize, have persuaded
another family to leave the Ozarks in the State of 'rkansas, U.S.A. to
Earl Haus, a thirty five year old dairy farmer, has arrived with
his wife and four children -ranging -in ag-e from twelve to sixteen..
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