WEEKLY NEWSLETTER \
Published by the Government Information Services
No. 21 U********** Up to 23rd May, 1966.
PAY RAISE FOR CIT-CO EMPLOYEES
A resolution providing for a general revision of salaries and
wages along the lines of the recent increases for government employees
was approved on Friday by the City Council.
Proposing the increase Councillor Anthony Meighan said it is pro-
posed to set in motion, without delay a detailed review of the rates of
pay of City Council employees based roughly on the Ramage's Report as
amended by the.Government White Paper,
The Councilts Finance Committee, he declared, would then make
specific recommendations to the Council setting out the new scales and
rates and the sources from which the increased expenditure is to be met.
Supporting the motion was CouncillorJames Meighan, who indicated
that the increase might be met from higher tax returns now that the new
tax rolls have been prepared.
Also speaking in support of the motion were Councillors Orlando
Lizama (the Deputy Lord Mayor), George Dakers and William Coffin.
TWO MINISTERS VISIT MEXICO
Two Belizean Ministers the Minister of Health, the Hon Lindberg
Rogers and the Minister of Public Utilities, the Hon Hector Silva, visit-
ed Cuidad Chetumal on Wednesday.
They were accompanied by the Hon Santiago Ricalde, Mayor of
Corozal Town, Enginbers from the Public Works Department and the members
of the Environmental Sanitation team.
The Belizean party was met at the International Bridge, Santa
Elena, by the acting Governor of Quintana Roo, the Mexican Consul for
Belize, and other Government officials.
Among the projects visited were the sewage plant, a new market,
new school, social building, recreation grounds, military zone, and the
new water supply system for Cuidad Chetumal.
Transportation facilities between Chetumal and Belise were dis-
The Belizean party returned happy over the results of their tour.
An invitation for the visit was extended by the Mexican Consul.
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SEMINAR FOR SALES CLERKS
"The economic health of our country depends to a large extent on
business and business in turn depends on those who find employment in it.
In qualifying yourselves to be good business people you are therefore
serving a wider interest than your own."
This was the advice the Honourable Alexander Hunter, Minister of
Trade had on Tuesday afternoon for twenty one sales clerks attending a
seminar at the Bliss Institute. The seminar is sponsored by the Ministry
Training Is The Thing.
Many of the experts who have come here to study our economy have
advised us that the need for more training is among our highest priori-
ties training in all occupations, training at all levels, training for
a specific purpose and training in general.
The Minister pointed out that Government itself undertakes a reg-
ular programme of training, primarily its own workers at home and abroad
in a wide variety of occupational fields. This was in order to provide
Government Establishment with trained supervisory personnel.
The chair was taken by Mr Ernesto Castillo, Labour Inspector. The
address of Welcome was delivered by the Acting Labour Commissioner, Mr
The Seminar ends on June 7th. Topics for discussion include Pub-
lic Relations, Merchandizing, Advertizing and Salesmanship. The lecturers
will be given, for the most part, by prominent businessmen.
The ceremony started with the playing of the Belizean Anthem.
ASSEMBLY IN RECESS
The National Assembly, in session since last March, 1965, was
prorogued last week.
His Excellency the Governor, who issued a proclamation to this
effect, also summoned the Assembly to reconvene on June 17th.
On that day the Governor will read the traditional speech from the
throne outlining the government's programme for the coming legislative
Among the business completed during the year was the overhaul of
the tax structure, tailored to accelerate agricultural development, intro-
duction of the new land tax on large tracts of undeveloped land and the
revision of salaries.
A total of thirty ordinances were passed.
BRITISH OFFICIAL ON TOUR
Mr K.G. Fry of the Ministry of Overseas Development who arrived
here on a one week visit had a round of talks with Ministers and senior
He was here to look at projects which have received assistance
under tha Commonwealth Development and Welfare schemes. He was also con-
concerned with projects proposed for the next 18 month period.
On Tuesday, he was received by Premier George Price.
The visiting British Official toured the districts and visited the
new capital site.
Mr Fry's office has been concerned with the problems of Belize for
some time. He was very glad to be able to see things for himself because
this would give him a new perspective of the problems facing the country.
He would thus be in a better position to discuss these problems as they
come up before the Ministry,
HON. C.L.B. ROGERS REPRESENTS BELIZE
Representing the Belizean government at the Guyana Independence
celebrations will be the Hon C.L.B. Rogers, Minister of Internal Affairs.
The celebrations take place in Georgetown from 23rd to 28th May.
CLEAN UP CAMPAIGN ENDS
The results of the five day clean-up campaign conducted by the
Airport Garrison, the Ministry of Local Government and the Police Traffic
Branch were surveyed on Wednesday morning by the Lord Mayor of Belize
City, the Hon Fred Westby.
For forty five minutes the Lord Mayor was shown around typical bad
spots where unauthorized dumping grounds along the western highway have
been cleared of derelic vehicles by the removal teams equipped with
oxyacetylene torches, heavy duty trucks and wreckers bearing mobile lifts.
Accompanying the Lord Mayor were officers of the Departments con-
corned, and the Chairman and Secretary of the Tourist Board.
The five day exercise ended on Wednesday.
NEW CONQUEST OF VICTORIA PEAK
A Party of "D" Company First Batallion the Staffordshire Regiment
succeeded in climbing to the summit of Victoria Peak, the highest point in
The party, made up of Lieutenant lan Freer, Corporal Peter Wright,
and Private Tom Shotton, took five days over what proved to be the longest
assault on Mount Victoria yet to be undertaken.
According to an Army spokesman, the rock was running with water.
Climbing was extremely difficult.
The team marked its success by placing a yellow flourescent panel
on the Peak.
NEWS IN BRIEF
SERGEANT MAJOR FRED GILL, President of the Credit Union League, returned
home on Monday after attending the annual convention of CUNA Mutual
During the convention which was held at Madison, Wisconsin, the
Belizean representative was elected Chairman of the 12th District which
embraces the English Speiking countries of the world apart from the
United States of America and Canada.
REVEREND SANDFORD WEBLEY, first moderator of the United Church of Jamaica,
rounded off a ten day speaking tour in Belize last Tuesday with a visit
to the Premier.
He was here as the guest of the Christian Social Council.
The Reverend Webley is also the Executive Secretary of the
Jamaica Council of Churches.
He addressed the Christian Social Council at their meeting and
spoke on the problems of Family life in Jamaica. He also addressed
congregationsat the Salvation Army Headquarters, Ebenezer, Saint Andrew
Church and Wesley Methodist Church.
PICHARD CASTILLO, SENIOR, Justice of the Peace and member of the Stann
Creek Town Board, died last week.
He was 62.
U.S.A. ROVING AMBASSADOR CHARLES BURFOWS, regional director for Central
America, at the State Department, Washington, paid a short visit to
Belize last week.
He was shown around by U.S.A. Consul Robert Tepper. Ambassador
Burrows also met the Premier and other government Ministers.