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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta April LETHBRIUQE Few flood claims Military advantages sought expected before Kissinger arrives Prime minister votes South African Prime Minister John Vorster and his wife Tini were among the first voters to cast ballots Wednesday in Pretoria in a general election. The ruling Nationalist party was returned to power for another five years. EDMONTON (CP) Insurance agencies in the Prairies can expect "few, if claims as a result of the widespread flooding this spring, a spokesman for the Insurance Agents Association of Alberta said Wednesday. The man said flood insurance coverage is available "as an extension of a standard policy, but we don't offer it separately." In areas such as the lowlands around Winnipeg or other flood-prone regions, he added, "it would be impossible to afford." In regions where the cost is more reasonable, few buy flood insurance because the need for it is almost non- existent The agent said he anticipated a few requests by homeowners complaining about seepage, which is not covered in standard policies. "It's impossible to insure widely against floods, or something like an earthquake earthquakes are fairly common, because one disaster and it certainly is a disaster could sink an insurance company." LONDON (CP) Against a background of momentous diplomatic shifts elsewhere in the Middle East, the Israelis and Syrians have been maintaining their intensive clashes along the Golan Heights in the last days before Henry Kissinger begins another of his spectacular peace missions. One explanation for the fierce Israeli-Syrian flareups is that Syria has been trying to push the Israelis from commanding positions on Mount Heron before the American state secretary arrives to launch talks about military disengagement between the two sides. Already the Syrians have claimed gains in their military efforts, which may equally be designed to prove to the Americans, Israelis and others that Damascus means business in the coming negotiations. Mount Heron is the focus of the current hostilities. From its heights, the Israelis can virtually see the Syrian capital of Damascus and survey guerrilla and other military movements in both Lebanon and adjacent regions of Syria. The impending Kissinger peace expedition will also coincide with a period of instability in Israel where Yitzhak Rabin, chosen to succeed Golda Meir, is threatened with deep diffi- culties in forming a cabinet. By comparison with some elements inside and outside hii Labor party, Rabin has the reputation of being a dove on relations with the Arabs. But underlining the fact that Israel also will be a tough bar- gainer in the Kissinger peace efforts is Mrs. Meir's latest warning to the Arabs that "we shall cut off the arm raised to KISSINGER destroy us Aside from the rigid Israeli- Syrian situation, the Middle East appears to be in a state of flux, largely due to the spectacular reconciliation between Egypt and the United States and the estrangement of Caipo from the world power that formerly was its stoutest ally, the Soviet Union. Thus, American naval power is once more being welcomed m Egyptian waters, million in U.S. economic aid for Egypt has been proposed by President Nixon and indications are that the Americans will play a leading part in restoring the Suez canal Other examples of renewed Western involvement in the Arab communities include French arms sales to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia The European Common Market also has taken steps to establish stronger ties with the all-important Arab oil- producing states. The Egyptians themselves say the visit by Chancellor Willy Brandt of West Germany to Cairo may be the starting point for friendlier links between his country and Egypt. Adding to the strong impres- sion of an Egyptian swing westwards is the Cairo split with the anti-American Libyan government. A major complicating factor is the attitude of the Soviet Union towards these developments and towards the Kissinger mission. The Syrians have obtained and are making conspicuous use of sophisticated Soviet weapdns in their Golan Heights battle. HOW SAFE IS ABORTION? Lulled into believing thai abor- tion is simple and safe, more and more women are using n as an alternate e to birth control In the process, warns a leading ob- stetrician, an mutation to trag ed> isbemgextended issue of Reader's Digest, you'll learn about the four main abor- tion techniques used in Canada and the actual risks Find out legal abortion should function as part of 'a res- cue operation not as the primary method of population controf.ReadABORTION THE SECOND-BEST SOLUTION One of 33 articles and features in the Ma> Reader's Digest At your newsstand today' Inflation will be worse WASHINGTON (AP) In- flation in the second half of the year will be worse than either the Nixon administration or private economists have predicted, the government's top price controller said Wednesday. John Dunlop, director of the Cost of Living Council, also said he believes the inflation rate during the April-June quarter will be about the same as the 10.8-per-cent surge of the January-March quarter. "Thereafter, it may go he told reporters. But he said the over-all price level in the United States will be higher than the five-to six-per- cent increases forecast for the second half by the adminis- tration and most private economists. Dunlop said he has suggested to administration economic advisers that the official inflation forecast be raised He referred to the inflation rate as calculated by the Gross National Product the broadest measure of the economy. Dunlop said if the current high rates of inflation continue for a long time, the number of escalator clauses in wage contracts will spread. Currently, about five" million workers get pay raises under cost-of-hving escalators written into contracts. Pay increase for nurses NEW WESTMINSTER B C. (CP) Nurses in British Columbia will receive a pay increase of monthly retroactive to Jan 1 under a binding arbitration award handed down Wednesday. Under the award, handed down by provincial mediator Clive McKee, the base rate for a general duty nurse will be a month, retroactive to Jan. 1, compared with the present rate of a month. The award also calls for an additional increase of monthly effective Jan. which will bring the base rate to monthly. The Mother's Family Ring your children's birthstones set in 10 kt gold to remember a beautiful way Ring as illustrated Additional birthstones 4.00 each.Rings may be ordered with up to 6 birthstones. Tracy was born in January. Her birthstone is Garnet V Order this Mother's ring from Peoples Jewellers with as many as six birthstones. Each is a birthstone for one of her children. And all are set in a beautifully stylish 10 carat Yellow gold band. The perfect gift for a mother you know...from Peoples Jewellers, Peter was born in May. His birthstone is Emerald. Louise was born in November. Her birthstone is Topaz IRA leaders arrested BELFAST (Reuter) Two leading members of the violent provisional wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) were arrested by British troops at a checkpoint in west Belfast Wednesday night, an army spokesman reported. One of the men, Con McHugh, 37, was once described by his commander as "the best officer in the IRA." He was known as Bald Eagle and bought an ex- pensive wig to avoid detection. MOST IN WEST Eighty per cent of the coun- try's farmland lies m Western Canada. jeweuens CENTRE VILLAGE MALL Open daily 9 a.m. to p.m., Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ihone 327-1303 ;