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WEEKLY NEWSLETTER MAY 27 1966
Published by the Government Information Services
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No. 19 U********c*** Up to 9th May, 1966.
HOUSE APPROVES SALARY INCREASES
The Ramage Report, as amended by the accompanying government
White Paper on salaries and conditions of service for government
employees, was approved at a sitting of the House of Representatives
A government motion to this effect was adopted with no
dis ending voice. The two opposition members, however, tabled two
unsuccessful amendments, one seeking to refer the report to a special
select committee and the other urging an increase of the minimum wage
for manual workers to .471 an hour.
During the debate it was pointed out that there was an el-
ement of risk in this major exercise, as the government will have to
realize well over $1,000,000 in additional revenue to finance the in-
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The entire increase in expenditure will have to be met from
national funds. Britain has made it clear that no additional grants
will be made to meet the revision of salaries and wages.
Presenting the motion, the Minister of Finance Premier
George Price said Government is most anxious to meet the just and
reasonable claims of its employees.
The simplest, and most popular solution would be to accept
all demands made by all parties concerned. But in coming to its
decision government had had to exercise a good deal of political
courage in arriving at the increases it would approve. This is not
necessarily what it would have liked to have awarded.
A government spokesman announced in the course of the debate
that an expert in Organization and Methods will be secured to help
in further streamlining the structure of the Public Service.
The proposed increases average about 15%. In the case of
the most needy cases r manual workers, nurses, teachers, junior
police officers and civil servants, the improved rates will be
retroactive to January 1st. Other grades will receive their increase
not later than July 1st.
It was predicted that the full impact of the increases will
not be felt until 1967 when absolutely no grant-in-aid will be given
to Belize. Government, however, is relying heavily on the continued
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expansion of the economy, including an early start with the new capital.
The reconstruction and improvement of the airport and the construction
of two major bridges one at Tower Hill, the other in Belize City,
should also serve as stimultants to the economy.
Where The $ Will Come From
The Finance Minister, continuing his presentation address, de-"
dared that government is depending on increased efficiency and output
both in the service and from manual workers. There would have to be a
more businesslike collection of taxes and ar-ears of revenue, the proper
control of expenditure and finally, the additional income tax and duty
collections from those who would be enjoying the increases under the
Social attention, he said,had been given to nurses. In some
cases they would be receiving as much as a 100% increase in their
salary. The lowest increase for nurses is of the order of 26%.
The increase proposed for teachers ranges between 17% and 80%.
Allowances are also to be improved.
Police Officers, Mr Price went on, had been given special con-
sideration. Over and above the salary increases, marriage allowances
are being improved.
The Taxpayers' Interest
The provision for manual workers is a minimum of .42d per hour
with a proportionate increase for those receiving higher hourly rates.
Winding up his address Mr Price stressed that his Government is
satisfied that to attempt at this stage to add more than the $1,000,000
suggested to the recurrent bill would be placing too great a strain on
the Belizean taxpayers, who in the final analysis, will have to meet the
The Government is ready to consider in due course the anomalies
which are certain to arise in any such exercise,
The motion now goes to the Senate. It was pointed out that the
actual payment of 'backpay' will be made, subject to Sendt6 approval,
just as soon as the clerical arrangements are completed.
TRIPARTITE TEAM IN ACTION
The five member team which is to conduct the tripartite economic
survey of this country has now assembled in Belize City.
Professor George Clayton, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and
Social Studies at the University College of Wales is the British Chair-
man of the group.
The U.S.A. representative is Mr E.T. York, Provost for Ag-
riculture at the University of Florida. Canada is represented by
Professor W.D. Gainer, Economics Professor at Alberta University. Miss
Barbara Holt of the Ministry of Overseas Development, London, is
Secretary to the team. Miss Zena Brigden is the official typist.
Last Friday the team had discussions with senior officials at
the Ministry of Finance and had a short session with the Secretary of
the Tourist Board before going on to the United States Consulate to
meet the consul for the UoS.A., Mr Robert Tepper.
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The governments of Great Britain, Canada and the United States
of America agreed on sponsorship of the new survey in January this
year. Their task will be to analyse the economy of Belize and its
growth potential and to suggest guidelines for development over the
next five years.
ANNUAL VILLAGE COUNCIL CONFERENCE
The Premier: "We Can Perfect......"
"We are engaged in a struggle to overcome poverty, to remove
malnutrition and disease; to banish ignorance: we are engaged in this
hard and tiring struggle, confident that with growing national unity
and with ever increasing hard work we can perfect the worlds creation."
Thus spoke Premier George Price as he opened this year's
National Village Council Conference at the Baron Bliss Institute. Some
125 delegates representing every district in the country were on
This special piece of earth,he declared, challenges us to unite
in building the new nation of Belize and to create by hard work the
wealth that will make Belizeans a happy people 'whom God has crowned
with glory and honour and whom God has set in authority over the works
of his hand.t
Government is going to continue to do everything it can to
press forward with land reforms and to secure markets for our produce.
Beautiful, Bountiful, Beloved Belize
The Premier called on the Village Council leaders to unite more
and study more and work harder. It is only through dedication, loyal
service to Belize and Belizeans that we can hope to reach the plateau of
plenty. Village leaders could help to build up, to improve, to develop
our beautiful bountiful and beloved Belize.
Closing, Mr Price invoked God's blessing on the conference, and
read the National Prayer.
Chairman for the occasion was Mr Hugh Fuller, Secretary of the
Cabinet, who delivered the address of welcome.
On Mr Price's arrival at the Bliss Institute, the Belizean
Anthem, "Land of the Gods" was played. The ceremony closed with the
playing of the British National Anthem.
The annual get-together of Village Council loaders aims at
fostering national unity, instructing village leaders in the use of
national materials, thereby raising productivity and improving living
standards. An effort is also made to acquaint rural leaders with
those aspects of government policy which affect them most intimately.
Among the lectures. delivered during the work sessions was one
on "Tourism and National Development" by the Secretary of the Tourist
Board, Mr R.L. Clark and another on "Cane Production" by Mr Eric King,
Chief Agricultural Officer.
Rounding off the conference was an exhibition of Arts and
Crafts 'staged on Saturday. And on hand to declare this open was the
Hon. Albert Cattouse, Minister of Local Government.
The Minister congratulated the conferees for having taken time out,
not only to attend the conference but also to prepare items for the exhibi-
tion. He called on the participants to return home and impart the new
knowledge they had gained to others.
There to attend the Exhibition and witness the closing of the
conference was the Hon. David L. McKoy, Minister of Labour.
TOWER HILL FACTORY ON SCHEDULE
The new $14,000,000 Sugar Factory being built near Tower Hill will
be completed by the end of this year.
This was confirmed on Thursday morning by Mr George F. HazelJ,
Deputy Managing Director of the contracting company, Taylor Woodrow
Mr Hazell was paying one of his periodic visits to see how the
construction is progressing.
He was presented to the Premier by the project manager, Mr Peter
Taylor Woodrow International Limited employs some 450 workers on
the project, most of whom are from districts other than the Orange Walk
Earlier this year it was announced that the new factory is going
to be ready to go into operation when the new grinding season starts in
An ordinance to incorporate the.Belize Cricket Association was
approved when the Senate convened on Tuesday.
Mr Hugh Fuller was formally installed as acting Clerk of the
National Assembly during the absence from the country of Mr Stanley Hulse.
In other business the Minister of Public Utilities, the Hon Hector
Silva put in an appearance to signify His Excellency's assent to the
Harbours and Merchant Shipping Ordinance ( Landing and Storage Fees
Regulations ) and Harbours and Merchant Shipping Light Dues Regulations.
Senator Meighan on bahalf of the government, tabled the Ramage
Report and Government White Paper. This will be discussed at a later
U.N. SPECIALIST DIES
The Honourable Premier headed the list of out of town Belizeans
who travelled to San Ignacio to attend funeral services for the late
William Clayton, the United Nations Livestock Officer.
"Uncle Bill" as he was affectionately known to personnel at
Central Farm came to Belize last May accompanied by his wife Dorothy.
At Central Farm he laid the ground work for the establishment of
an improved national herd for Belize.
He is survived by his wife and a daughter who lives in Britain.
Members of the Catholic Education Association and the Teacherst
Union paraded through the streets of Belize City last Friday demonstra-
ting against Government's proposed action on the Ramage Report as far as
it affects teachers.
Government is doing all it can within the limits of a very tight
budget situation to assist education, a government spokesman declared
the same day. The truth, he said, is that the denominations are respoh-
sible for 95% of the teachers.
Government is providing General Managers with over $900,000 a
year to assist with the payment of salaries and allowances to teachers
in the government aided schools.
EDUCATION WHOSE BUSINESS
Education Week got off to a fine start on Sunday with a broad-
cast by the Hon. Gwendoline Lizarraga.
On Sunday night there was a joint service of prayer at the
The first lesson from the scripture ws read by Reverend Father
Hurt of the Anglican Church. The second lesson was read by Reverend
C. Leonard Carty (Methodist Church) and Father Francis Ring of the
Society of Jesus read the third lesson.
Addressing the large audience, the Acting Chief Education
Officer, Mr J.L. Blackett, said this year's theme, "Education is the
Business of the People" was very timely.
Mr Blackett said that the home is the foundation of Education.
He called on parents to teach their children to walk in God's way.
TO PUSH SPORTS FISHING
The names of members of the Fishing sub-committee of the Tourist
Board for the current term were released last week.
Heading the group is Mr C.B. Hyde, the Postmaster General.
Other members are Messrs. R. Eyles, T. Vernon, W. Bowman, R. Belisle
and V. Barothy.
The Fishing sub-committee is primarily concerned with measures
designed to promote sports fishing, safety measures at sea, and con-
servation of species which are of particular interest to local and
It submits proposals to the Tourist Board which in turn is
responsible for preparing submissions to the Minister of Natural
Resources who has government responsibility for Tourism.
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CREATIVE WORK HIGHLIGHTS FESTIVAL
The National Festival of Arts, held this year under the disting-
uished patronage of the Minister of Culture, the Honourable George Price,
opened Monday night before a packed audience at the Baron Bliss Institute,
The Chairman of the Festival Committee, Lt. Col. D.N.A.
T'irweathnr, extended a warm welcome to the adjudicator, Miss Maisie
Among the first nights audience was the Minister of Education,
the Hon Gwendoline Lizarraga.
The Festival featured the Drama and Dance sections with the
music section commencing on Saturday and running for three nights.
Adjudicatorts night is Wednesday, May llth.
Highlighting the presentations this year were a number of.crea-
tions by Belizean artists, particularly in the Dance section. George
CGahb's play "Yellow Tail" received high praise from both the adjudicator
and the audience.
Adjudicators in the Music section were Mrs Laura Staines and Mrs
BELIZEAN MEDICAL STUDENT DOING WELL
Mr C. Leslie Card, a Belizean, was among the successful students
in the pre-clinical examination for the M.B. degree at the University of
the West Indies held recently.
Mr Card, on a Government technical scholarship, is studying in
the Faculty of medicine at the University of the West Indies.
He will now proceed to do clinical work for the 3rd M.B. Degree.
EXPANSION IN SPORTS FISHING
The Barothy Fishing Lodge at Cay Bokel in the Turneffe Island
group has been sold to Mr Bill Haerr who runs the Arctic Circle Lodge on
Canada's Great Bear Lake.
Commenting on the sale, Vic Barothy said he was very happy to
have been able to attract Mr Haerr to Belize.
"It is what we need now that sport fishing is becoming better
known abroad," he said.
Mr Barothy will continue to run his Belize River fishing lodge,
eight miles from the City.
"With so many people coming to fish here with us, it was becoming
hard to handle both of the establishments. We could not hope for a
better person to come in," Mr Barothy declared.
Mr Haerr will be expanding the. facilities at Cay Bokel during the
NEW VALUATION ROLL FOR STANN CRTEK TOWN
The Town Property Tax Ordinance, 1960 is to come into operation
in Stann Creek Town on the 16th of May.
The decision of the Minister of Local Government to this effect
was made public in.Statutory Instrument No. 27 of 1966, published last
A new valuation roll will now be prepared. This will come into
force on the 1st of January, 1967.
POSITION ON MIXED MARrIAGES. EXPLAINED
According to a release by the Roman Catholic church authorities
here, the fundamental rules regarding catholic marriages have not been
Mixed marriages however, may now be celebrated during mass with
the nuptial blessing given to the bridal party.
If the non-catholic member of the party so wishes the minister
of his church may be present at the ceremony and address the bridal
The release confirms, however, that the Holy Father has
abolished the excommunication which a Catholic incurred in attempting
marriage in a non-catholic ceremony.
This removal of the excommunication does not mean that a
Catholic can now be married in a non-catholic ceremony, but only that
the penalty formerly incurred for such an action no longer exist.
It was emphasized that in making the regulation the Roman
Catholic Church does not intend to discriminate against other Christian