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   Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 12, 1979, Lethbridge, Alberta                                LONDON (ReuterJ - A crippling transport strike threatens Britain with food shortages, soaring unemployment and a near shutdown of industry. The government declared a state of emergency in Northern Ireland and sent extra troops to Ulster to replace striking fuel tanker drivers and keep essential services going. On the mainland, where most tanker drivers have returned to work, regional emergency committees have been set up manned by civil servants to deal with problems caused by striking truck drivers. The drivers received union backing Thursday night for their pay strike and 100,000 are expected to have stopped work by tonight. Prime Minister James Callaghan held crisis talks with union leaders representing the truck drivers and also train engineers, who are threatening their own nationwide strike next week. But he was unable to persuade either group to call off their action. Later Chancellor of the Exchequer Denis Healey said he warned unions that they are "moving towards a precipice." He said their action threatens the country with a return to runaway inflation and may put millions out of GIFT REDUCED TO TATTERED REMNANT VICTORIA (CP) - A torn, shredded piece of brown paper arrived by mail here this week - the tattered remnant of Irene MacDonald's Christmas present. It wasn't the wooden grandfather clock, blouse and skirt, puzzle and aftershave for her husband that was mailed Dec. 18 in Dartmouth, N.S., but it's what arrived in the post office here two days ago. "I'm so sick about this thing," Mrs. MacDonald said Thursday after she contacted her friend to find out what had been mailed. She said the parcel cost $8 to mail, but there was no sign of the contents. A post office official told her that the package likely was damaged in Halifax and only the crumpled piece of wrapping paper was sent across Canada. work by the end of next week. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) employers' organization and members of the opposition Conservative party attacked the truck drivers' use of so-called "flying pickets" to block ports, container bases and factories not directly connected with the strike. CBI Director-General Sir John Methven said the use of such pickets results in companies not being able to use their own vehicles. "It has already put a stranglehold on the country," he said. One result of the giant Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU) making the truck drivers' strike official is that it can ask pickets to allow animal feed in ports to go out to farms. Farmers have been faced with the choice of slaughtering their livestock or letting them starve. The strike has already left many shops and supermarkets without fresh vegetables. There is a shortage of sugar and some areas of the country are experiencing shortages of salt, coffee, and canned and frozen food. Supplies of newsprint have been hit too and newspapers have shrunk to one-half their normal numbers of pages. The truck drivers are seeking .165 ($150) a week for a 35-hour week. They now earn �53 ($121) a week and have been offered �60 ($138). Apart from the truck drivers and train engineers, who staged a one-day stoppage Wednesday in southern England, airline pilots are also are on strike. Most of British Airways domestic and European flights are expected to be cancelled today because of an unofficial 24-hour strike by 1,400 pilots who are protesting at the use of a longhaul intercontinental flight crew on a flight from London to Paris. The Lethbridge Herald LXXII - 27 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 1979 20 Cents Started in sauna Two die in Taber hotel fire - ft??,^ LOBBY WINDOWS WERE ALL BROKEN OUT China, Soviets bitterly debate Cambodian war UNITED NATIONS (CP) -China and the Soviet Union tangled Thursday in bitter debate on Cambodia. Canada to buy Mexican oil MEXICO CITY (CP) - In a deal worth $500 million a year, Canada has agreed to buy crude oil from Mexico, starting in 1980, a Canadian official said today. Agreement was reached during discussions Thursday between Canada Energy Minister Alastair Gillespie and Mexican officials, The Canadian aim is to diversify its oil imports particularly in the light of the Iranian situation and the possible disruption of Iranian oil shipments to Canada. This is the first Canadian purchase of Mexican oil. Shipments to Canada are expected to reach about 100,-000 barrels daily in 1980. The official said some shipments may actually start this year depending on Mexican production. Mexico has huge oil reserves but most of its production for 1979 is already under contract. By 1980 Mexican production is expected to reach about 2.5 billion barrels a day. The two Communist superpowers, using their own delegates and surrogates, traded acrimonious charges in the Security Council over the current fighting in the Southeast Asian country, which expelled the pro-Peking government of Pol Pot from the capital of Phnom Penh. Prince Norodom Sihanouk, former ruler of the country, addressed the council, holding both the Soviet Union and Vietnam responsible for his country's plight. He accused Vietnam of flagrant, naked aggression. Vietnam has developed an imperialist attitude, he said, and has swallowed Cambodia like a boa constrictor leaping on an innocent animal. He denied that the Pol Pot government has been ousted as Moscow and Hanoi have claimed. He said the Pol Pot government is in the mountains and will � continue the battle. Sihanouk, who spent three years under house arrest after the Communist Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot came to power in 1975, said Hanoi wants to form a Vietnam-dominated Indochina federation. Meanwhile, heavy fighting and dead Chinese were reported in northwestern Cambodia near the Thai border today. But observers predicted ail of the country will be in the hands of the Vietnamese and their Cambodian allies before the end of the week. FLAMES LEFT HOTEL LOBBY A CHARRED MESS Meraid photos Dy BOB WOThERSPOON Iranian mobs set prisoners free TEHRAN (AP) -Thousands rioted in Shiraz today for the second day, and witnesses said the Iranian army did nothing despite a promise by Premier Shahpour Bakhtiar of strong government action. Residents of the city 440 km south of Tehran said a mob of 5,000 to 10,000 made a new attack on the Chemist synthesizes blood antigens EDMONTON (CP) - Synthetic blood compounds developed by a University of Alberta chemist may be of "Nobel Prize calibre" and save the Canadian Red Cross 500,000 litres of blood a year. The Red Cross now diverts that much blood each year in Canada for laboratory tests to match the blood of donors and recipients. . Synthetic antigens developed by Dr. Raymond Lemieux will make the tests unnecessary and may ultimately prevent hundreds of deaths caused by blood disease and the mismatching of blood donors and recipients, other scientists said. University chemistry department chairman Dr. Walter Harris said the work was "of Nobel Prize calibre and all Canada should be proud." Lemieux synthesized the most commonly found antigens, the A, B, and Lewis. The human body recognizes antigens as its own or as foreign. It creates antibodies to de- stroy "foreign" antigens and thus creates the need for careful matching when doctors transfuse blood or transplant organs. The new synthetic antigens are being manufactured in a process involving about 20 chemical reactions by Chembiomed Ltd., a company wholly owned by the University of Alberta. They will not be available commercially until approved by the federal health and welfare department. Company officials anticipate approval in about six months. The world-wide market may amount to tens of millions of dollars a year. Aside from freeing hundreds of thousands of litres of blood annually for use in transfusions rather than tests, the compounds will aid automation of Red Cross blood-type testing in early 1980, said Dr. Derek Naylor, head of im-munochemistry at the Canadian Red Cross transfusion services. Manual testing using real blood is relatively costly and leaves room for human error, he said. The Lemieux compounds may also aid improvement of the process of fractionation. Fractionation is the separation of blood into clotting agents for hemophiliacs, concentrated red blood cells for accident victims and antibodies for pregnant women. Lemieux said he has been preoccupied with finding a chemical method of building blood antigens since the 1950s. At the time, he led the world in synthesis of complex natural sugars. He left his post as chairman of the University of Ottawa chemistry department in 1961. In Alberta, he had help from a team of 14 researchers and "generous" funding from the National Research Council and the Alberta government. Lemieux said he would "dearly love" to synthesize as many as possible of J^he 150 different types of antigens an individual can inherit. headquarters of SAVAK, Shah Mohammad Pahlavi's hated secret police, and freed 40 prisoners from its cells. The sources said the SAVAK building was badly damaged and the mob was searching for more prisoners to free. The residents said the army was still patrolling the city although Bakhtiar lifted martial law there on Monday. But the troops did nothing to stop the rioting, the sources said. No casualties were reported today. But there were reports of two to eight persons killed and 10 to 15 wounded Thursday when SAVAK agents fired into a mob of 10,000 to 20,000 that stormed the secret police headquarters after stoning the U.S. consulate. U.S. sources said the U.S. and Iranian staff of the consulate fled as the mob approached and none of the staff was reported hurt. The violence exploded in Shiraz as Bakhtiar was asking parliament to confirm his new civilian government, By BRENT HARKER Herald Staff Writer TABER - Two Calgary men aged 40 and 50 were killed today in an early morning fire which gutted the Heritage Motor Hotel. Police were withholding names of the two victims this morning until their families could be notified. One of the men was on the first floor, the other was on the second. The fire was noticed by hotel employees at 4:05 a.m. It started in a sauna on the main floor and quickly filled both floors with heavy black smoke. Guests on both floors escaped by kicking out windows of their rooms and jumping. More than 15 were admitted to Taber General Hospital for treatment of cuts, bruises, at least one broken leg, smoke inhalation and frostbite. Three persons remained in hospital here today in stable condition. Taber Police Chief Bill Wright said he wasn't able to indicate why the two dead men weren't able to escape. "The others were just lucky they got out," he said. One woman suffered a broken leg when she jumped approximately 3.4 metres from the second floor. A, man was frostbitten when he ran barefoot into an outdoor temperature of -25. Taber Fire Chief Bill Lord said it appeared from interviews with guests most were warned by smoke and heat detectors. He said others would have died and injuries would have been more serious without the warning. Lord allowed The Herald to listen to some of the taped interviews, but he asked that victims not be named or quoted directly. Most of them are from Calgary. One guest from Minnesota was in the room next to the sauna. He said the first sign of fire he noticed was an orange glow on his wall. He looked outside and saw a tongue of flame shooting from next door, according to the taped interview. He broke the window and tumbled outside. All the guests interviewed said they either opened their doors and were driven back by heavy black smoke or they saw the smoke billowing under their doors into their rooms. The windows were their only means of escape. Norm Long, one of the hotel's owners, said at the scene today the two men who died were in the west end of the hotel away from the sauna. "I will never have another sauna in a hotel," he said. Fire Chief Lord said it appeared from investigation that the sauna's control switch was left on. He said it appeared the dead men had been asphyxiated. The hotel, about five years old, was damaged extensively on the main floor. Smoke damage was heavy on all floors. But Lord said there is little structural damage. He said there wasn't much fire to put out when the department arrived about 4:21 a.m. The flames started in the sauna and had only spread to the lobby by the time firemen arrived. Long said the fire won't put the hotel out of business, it will be repaired, he said. Long said he didn't think there was much in the hotel that could burn. But Fire Chief Lord said the sauna was made of cedar. Hotel employees interviewed by Lord said the hotel was checked periodically during the night but the switch on the sauna was not checked. SEEN AND HEARD About Town Retired farmer Marcel Butts admitting he may have to find work if his luck at finding a better partner for bottle pool doesn't change . . . Butts' Thursday partner Norm Tiller hanging up his cue after two financial setbacks. The dispute between cowboys and rodeo management has all the makings of a western showdown ....................... Page 12 Pained pocketbook A local doctors' spokesman says physicians will likely begin tacking on extra charges to patients to counteract "pathetic" fees paid by government  .................. Page 17 72 pages    Jf Business/mkts .. .22,23 City/district .....17-19 Classified........25-31 Comics............24 Comment...........4 Entertainment .... 6-8 Lifestyle.........20-21 Sports...........12-16 Theatres............7 TV.................6 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT NEAR -24 HIGH SAT. NEAR -17 CLOUDY, LIGHT SNOW "Chief! I picked up this suspicious character in a phone booth!"   

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