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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta ItTl TNI UTHMNOOI HMALO t Jobless fund contribution rates jacked up OTTAWA Man- power Minister Robert Andras announced new un- employment insurance .contribution rates Wednesday 'after disclosing that a deficit of 9335 million Is expected this year in the employer- employee account. He also told the Commons the government is taking further steps to tighten ad- ministration of the unemploy- ment insurance fund to reduce CUP AND SAVE THIS PAGE. IT WILL MAKE A HANDY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING GUIDE. __nng minister British Columbia Health Minister Dennis Cocke jogs past legislature in early-morning part of daily fitness regimen to be extended to whole 19- member cabinet. all ministers will undergo four-hour tests of amount of flab and other things. 100 years famed Suez waterway idle Bv KEVIN DOYLE LONDON On a bright November morning in the French ship Aigle was the centre of world atten- tion as it nosed out of Port Said in the Eastern Mediterra- nean to carry the Empress Eugenie of France on the first official voyage through the newly-dug Suez canal. Its opening was heralded as one of the great achievements of the 19th century. Giusepper the was moved to write the opera Aida in commemoration. A year of. celebration was declared throughout the Arab world. Trading states greeted it ecstatically as an invaluable catalyst to world commerce. But more than 100 years the waterway is strewn with the wreckage of a score of sunken ships and lin- ed by the hostile armies of Israel and Egypt. The canal has been unused since the ships were first sunk by the Egyptians during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war in an ef- fort to prevent movement be- tween the Mediterranean and Red Sea and to bring pressure on the West to force a settle- ment. Its possible has again become a subject of wide international interest with new Egyptian offers to clear the canal as part of any over-all peace settlement BENEFITS DUBIOUS But while such a prospect might have dazzled inter- national oil companies and shipping concerns several years its economic benefit now would be dubious. Shipping experts and publish- ed statistics indicate that the pattern of world freight in ICO BnUTKNT STOSES CORRECTION SANYO CONSOLE EXCLUSIVE 'TRIMATIC' COLOR advertised on page 11 of Nov. 7th Lethbridge Herald should have Size been changing dramatically and the impor- tance of the canal has rapidly diminished The countries which would gam most from an opening of the waterway would be those at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Yugoslavia and Romania. Before for Italy took two-thirds of all its imported oil via the canal and more than one-tenth of the country's toUl trade was fle- pendent on The ca- nal's closure was also a crip- pling blow to the aspirations of Genoa and Trieste to become major ports. To combat the loss of the ca- nal most major shipp- ing companies in other began building huge supertankers to carry oil from the Persian Gulf along the and much longer route around the Cape of Good Hope TRAFFIC DECLINED Even before a signifi- cant part of oil 10 per slipped away from the canal to the Cape in the larger tankers. As it the canal can accommodate any tanker up to tons deadweight and drawing up to 38 feet. Vessels up to tons would be able to use it if they were only par- tially loaded. But ships of this size now constitute only 30 per cent of the world tanker fleet and among the remaining 70 per some vessels range to a size of tons deadweight. Experts estimate the cost of enlarging the canal to a size where it could handle all exist- ing vessels at roughly billion. Even this enlargement would not enable it to keep up with the steady expansion in vessel size. Construction of a second canal to take the larger ships is generally con- sidered unrealistic. The cost of simply reopen- ing the existing waterway would be at least experts implying that the tolls which Egypt would have to charge to cover the cost from a relatively- small amount of traffic would be fairly exhorbitant. MIGHT LOSE AID The oressure for high tolls would be intensified by the fact that Egypt would lose the million annual compen- satory subsidies which it has received from other Arab states since 1967. Some political observers contend that a canal opening would have strategic impor- tance to the Soviet Union because it would enable it to move forces easily through the Mediterranean and into the oil-rich Persian Gulf as well as the Indian Ocean. But most agree Soviet leaders probably do not attach crucial importance to this. One international oil execu- tive explained that even if a decision was taken to open the canal and enlarge the process would take a minimum of five that he said new vances in shipping would have eclipsed its importance still further. abuses of btMflts. The new contribution rate for employees IB IMO far 1100 of weekly itMvraUe ear- up from The employer's contribution will rise to 91.M from They are effective next Jan. 1. Deductions are nude only on. the first of u indi- vidual's weekly salary. The minister Mid the government has decided to increase the contribution because the cumulative deficit in the employer- employee account at the end of this year would be million. That a net cash deficit of million carried over from last year. Shouting over Conservative hecUingTMr. Andras said the government is withdrawing a bill designed to cut down abuses of the insurance fund. New who nave opposed the bill as welcomed the announcement by thumping their desks. The minister said the legislation is no longer necessary because increasing administrative vigilance is weedini out abusers of the system. FUND IN THE RED The fund wound up with an operating deficit of million last year but a cash surplus of million from prevQus yean reduced the deficit to I174J nutton. Mr. Aadrae said that with the new the employer- employee account should break even next year. He ex- pected the current deficit to be wiped out by IfW. Further steps planned to tighten stepped up information program to inform claimants of their rights and obligations. insurance offi- cers to interview selected categories of claimants. -Close co-operation between the Unemployment Insurance Commission and Canada Manpower to ensure claimants are referred to Job openings quickly. The groups to be specially interviewed include persons who have left their Jobs volun- claimants transferred from special maternity or sick benefits to regular benefits. of a series. How to choose toys for little girls Because each little girl has her own special we hope that these guidelines will help you select the right toys for your special little WHEN YOU SHOP Remember that the toy you buy for your little girl is for her at her age. Toys too complicated for a child can cause not happy no matter how much you personally may be attracted to them. Remember that every girl needs a variety of toys to stimu- late her so keep in mind what types of dolls or toys your girl already has before you shop. One more word in a child's yesterday's favourite coy is forgotten today to fall back into favour tomorrow. So don't you be discouraged if every pur- chase isn't received with instant glee. Time will tell And tell again. 1 Mrs 1967 Family Affair Company TALKING MRS. Here's a proven the famous Mrs. from Just pull her chatty ring and she says cious me1 You're getting to be such a big plus nine other phrases. tall. For ages 3 to 6. NEWBORN BABY Looks and feels like a real new- born and makes your little girl feel like a real Mum. She has rooted velvet-soft skin and TENDER LOVE3 can be dressed and fed. She comes with I D and bottle. tall. For ages 2 to 6. Any face your girl can situation. She has rooted blond can make Her face and is tall. A is almost and each ex- new doll for girls 4 to 7. No bat- pression suggests a new play teries required. DROWSY' A sleepy-time espe- cially for little girls aged 2 to 5 She says 11 sleepy has snuggly rooted is tall. AND HER PUPPETS Here's a doll who has puppet- dolls of Put any of them in her pull her talking and the puppet talks in its spe- cial voice. Peachy talks all on her too. She has rooted blond is and comes with 4 each of which can speak 2 phrases. For ages 4 to 7. SCHOOL AGE GIRLS At this the emphasis is still on dolls of all sizes. There is interest in doll houses and other props that allow for more compli- cated social-fantasy play amongst the dolls. Interest in hobbies and skill crafts begins. BABY BEANS9 CRY BABY Very young children like to carry charming bean-bag dolls around and cuddle a All are cud- small friend who is soft and lov- dly and all appeal to able. That's why we call these young BEAUTY Almost life-size head makes hair styling and cosmetic make-up easy and realistic. Pony-tail grows when pulled. Comes with bobby brush and removable wash-away lip and pretty neck band. For girls 4 to 8. PRE-SCHOOLERS Girls 3 to 6 are especially interested in acting out adult roles through toys they can easily manipulate. Make sure they have a variety of and accessories for so they can act out being a a etc BARBIE9 SEW A whole completely safe way to No needle or thread. Makes sewing simple enough for a 5 year-old. Liquid sewing for- mula joins fabrics fast and firmly. Your little girl just marks the pat- cuts and adds dec- orations Completed items are washable McCall's patterns are reusable A marvellous way to teach your youngsters basic sewing creativity and motor coordination. Batteries not included MOST OF THE ABOVE MATTEL' TOYS ARE AVAILABLE AT tHESE FINE STORES. BUT SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED. Acme MercnaiKliee Dletrlbutoro 426 6 St. Phone 328-1761 Southern Alberta Co-Op 1221 2 Avo. Phono 329-0017 The T. Baton Co. Limited 4 Ave. and 6 St. Phone 327-8551 Ig'a Hardware 411 2nd Farnie 8. 8. Kroonjo Stotoo 4th Ave. 6th St. S. Phono 327-4155 Storoe Centre Village Mall Phono 328-9231 Tabor 5e To tl.OO Limited Tabor Wooteo College Shopping Mall Phone 328-7701 _ ooiwomi 501 4th Avo. Phono 327-2260 1710 Mayor Magrath Drive Phone 328-8171 ;