Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD Friday, August News in brief Pollution curb proposed CARACAS (AFP) A group of 10 countries came up with a proposal Thursday that the countries ot the world adopt a regiona! approach to controlling marine pollution. The suggestion was put for- ward here as the third United Nations Law of the Sea Conference continued its dis- cussions at committee stage on ways of combatting pollu- tion of the oceans. Convict demands truck Hl'NTSVILLK, Tex. (AP> Fred Gomez Carrasco. an armed convict who took over the Texas state prison library .July 24. has chided authorities for "playing a game of poker" with the lives of the 13 hostages he holds. W. J. Estelle. director of the state department of correc- tions, agreed Thursday 10 provide an armored vehicle demanded by Carrasco. but only after Carrasco and two fellow rebels release all hostages. Two die in bridge crash NKW ORLEANS (AP) Two persons died and a teen- ager is missing after a tugboat pushing barges smashed a gaping hole in the 24-mile-long causeway across Lake Pontchartrain. Police said the victims were riding in a pickup truck and a car which plunged 55 feet into the lake Thursdav. Police find shipment TORONTO iCP) Police seized a shipment of eight new Israeli-made machine-guns Thursday when Air Canada officers discovered the guns in a routine check at Toronto International Airport. Det.-Sgt. Ray Young of Peel regional police said police sus- pect the guns were shipped to or from some underground or- ganization. He said the .32-calibre ma- chine-guns were sent from Nova Scotia and destined for what police believe to be a home in Winnipeg. He said the guns were pack- ed in a cardboard box along with empty ammunition clips. "They were shipped as fire- arms." a police spokesman said. "There was no attempt tn hide their identity." Aluminum wiring unsafe CALGARY iCP) The city's senior electrical inspec- tor says new Calgary homes with aluminum wiring may be "time bombs" ready to go up in smoke. Rov Hendrickson said in an interview with three major house fires and numerous minor fires in commercial buildings in Calgary have been traced to faulty aluminum wiring connections so far tins vear. Volcano climbers missing Japan (AP) Three climbers were near the summit ot Mount Yakeyama. a volcano 150 miles north ot Tokyo, when it erupted after 25 years of silence, and police said today the men are mis- sing. Smoke and ash first began pouring from several craters on the volcano last Sunday near where authorities said the climbers were thought to be. The eruptions have con- tinued, but the manager of a lodge near the mountain reported that it appeared to be calming. Thompson named consul ADDIS ABABA (CP) Former national Social Credit leader Robert Thompson was named honorary Ethiopian consul general to Canada Thursdav. Deaths THE CANADIAN PRESS Sanchez. 122, believed to be the oldest man in Venezuela. Hutchinson. BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL Mr. Thompson, who spent 15 years in Ethiopia working as an air force instructor, teacher and missionary, will take up his appointment in Vancouver Oct. 1. 53. of Brisbane. Australia, the country's only surviving heart transplant patient, of pneu- monia. Buenos Ortega Pena, 36, Argentine parliamentary deputy, by an assassin's bullet. Bologna, Cardinal Antoniutti. 75, considered one of the most powerful conservatives in the Vatican. LETHBKlDQE JAYCEE'S 1974 BAR OF GOLD WINNER is ALAN KOYATA of Lethbridge He is pictured above receiving his award at a presentation ceremony held recently. On the left is Rosalind Wojtowicz, Miss Gold Bar, Winner Alan Koyata, Tracy Dow, gold bar chairman and Val Serbu, gold bar princess. The Lethbridge Jaycees with to thank all who supported us In Gold Bar 1974 project and offer special thanks to the following: The Lethbridge Herald CHEC Radio CFCN TV CJOC Radio TV cfe Jourdans Studios Some DES beef still being served, says Whelan BILL GROENEN photo Bell Telephone system threatened by strike WASHINGTON (API Company and union bargainers plan to intensify negotiations in hopes of averting a United States-wide strike against the Bell Telephone System set for a.m. EOT Monday. A Bell spokesman said the company is hopeful of a peace- ful settlement but President Glenn Watts of the Commu- nications Workers of America said a strike appears inevitable. "The hard fact at this time is that the union and the com- panies remain very far apart on the total Watts told a news conference Thur- 'Excess licorice hazard to health' Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The federal health department has warned that excessive consumption of licorice or licorice-flavored products. especially medicine, could pose a serious hazard to health. Persons over the age of 60 and persons who either have or are predisposed to heart and circulatory ailments or kidney disorders are par- ticularly susceptible to the effects of the active ingredient of licorice, glycyrrhizm. Studies have shown that the substance can carse high- blood pressure problems which resist conventional treatments and which can lead to irreversible organ damage. There are known extreme cases where excessive con- sumption of iicoriee has pro- duced congestive heart failure and high-blood pressure called hypertensive to an article in the health department's Rx Bulletin sent to doctors. The warning, according to a health department tox- irologist. is aimed primarily at doctors and drug manufac- turers, cautioning about, the use of licorice-flavored medicines, especially in susceptible patients. The department suggests that doctors avoid large-scale use- of licorice-flavored medicines in general and be cautious about any use of the products among the elderly and those suffering from car- diovascular and kidney ailments, because of the potential health hazard. sday. He said his union's 000 members voted in favor of a walkout by a ratio of 7 to 1. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Alliance of Independent Telephone Unions with 250.000 workers also announced they v.-iH walk out Monday "in the absence of a satisfactory agreement." It marks the first time that all of the telephone unions have agreed to go on strike against the giant Bell System at the same time. A strike would affect the Bell operating companies across the U.S.. the Western Electric Co. and the Bell Telephone Laboratories. Since most telephone ser- is automated, the public would continue to have ser- vice, at least until lack of maintenance causes breakdowns. Installation of new phones and repairs on ex- isting equipment would stop. Watts said pay increases of 14 per cent are needed if telephone workers are to keep pace with inflation and productivity. Other issues in dispute, he told reporters, are pensions, hea'lth and inequities in geo- graphic differentials and job classifications. Current weekly pay for tele- phone workers ranges from tops of for operators to for craftsmen. Qu'est-ce que c'est? Pcurquoi un signe francais en Southern Alberta? "It's my dad's sense of replied Ruth Peterson when The Herald inquired about the sign on the Eldon Peterson farm northwest of Welling. "It's been there for years and people are always asking about said Ruth. "There's nothing dangerous except we have some cows down there and want the hunters out." Train crew size being disputed Rhodesian blacks predict majority rule in 5 years SALISBURY (Reuter) Many members of Rhodesia's African National Council believe that black-majority rule will come to Rhodesia within the next five years. says a high-ranking source within the organization. The source said the general feeling in the ANC. Rhodesia's most prominent black political organization, appears to be that this week's general election will be the last dominated by whites. In the election, Prime Minister Ian Smith won a sweeping five-year mandate for his policy of not "selling out" white interests, with his governing Rhodesian Front party winning all 50 white seats at stake in the poll. The prime minister's main concern will be to start work on a conference of African opinion which he intends convening in an attempt to break the deadlock over Rhodesia's constitutional dis- pute. The dispute began in 1965 when Smith's white-minority government unilaterally declared Rhodesia indepen- dent ot Britain. The British government now demands agreement between Rhodesia's blacks and whites on their constitutional future before talking with the Salisbury government. However, the credibility of the round-table conference has been damaged by the ANC's refusal to take part. It demands that any such meeting should contain representatives of all Rhode- sian political groups and not merelv African ones. The council is also refusing to talk to the government because of the detention of more than 50 of its followers. ANC sources say the council can afford to adopt this at- titude, as it expects a black govu fiment to come to power in neighboring Mozambique shortly, putting further pressure on Smith's government. OTTAWA (CP) Arbitra- tion hearings on the size of freight train crews ended Thursday with a spokesman for the two major railways charging that union arguments against reduction of the crews are "based on ex- treme cases, far removed from day-to-day conditions." The railways want to cut the tail-end crew to one the United Transportation Union (UTU) says elimination of the rear- end brakeman from the crew- would sometimes be hazar- Drought hampers U.S. crops KANSAS CITY (AP) Thousands of farmers in the United States were out in their fields Thursday checking on what scorching heat and lack of rain have done to corn, soybeans and hay so the government can tell you about it in round numbers. "If we had some rain, we could still make 18 to 20 bushels to the acre, and I usually get around McCager Thompson said as he surveyed his undeveloped soy- bean plants in southeast Kan- sas. Thompson reported his grain sorghums were "very poor. 25 per cent of normal." Not until Aug. 12 will the government release its tabulation and projection of the counts that were made. Farm officials from Okla- homa, Kansas and Nebraska through Missouri and Iowa into Illinois, Indiana and Ohio are talking about crop failures which will cut production from 25 to 75 per cent. dous and increase the workload unreasonably. E.D. Pinsonnault. general solicitor for Canadian National Railways who argued the case for his own company and CP Rail, said there is "no hesitation on our part" in saying that safety will not be compromised if the crews are reduced. "It is obvious that crews determined in the last century should be reviewed in the light of present conditions." he told Mr. Justice Emmett Hall, a former Supreme Court of Canada judge who was ap- pointed arbitrator after Parliament ended last summer's national rail strike. The makeup of freight train crews has not been changed since 1898. Maurice Wright, counsel for the UTU, summed up with a review of union testimony about posy Me accidents in the caboose, which he said would go untended if the conductor was alone. But Mr. Pinsonnault said the unions were giving "isolated instances" in which a lone conductor might be in danger. Because of requirements tor regular radio communica- tion between head and tail ends, the engine crew would be quickly alerted to any mis- hap in the caboose, he said. Trains must be stopped if they reach a second block sig- nal or siding without commu- nication between engine and caboose, and the engine crew would have to check on the conductor. Railway management offi- cials, who have had many years' experience as freight train crew members, testified that they could safely perform running inspections of trains and of track behind the trains without danger. Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan Thursday said that some restaurants and hotels in Canada are probably still serving their customers meat from beef treated with the controversial growth hormone diethylstilbestrol Sale of any meat containing the chemical, which was banned from use in cattle in Canada last year after being linked with a rare form of va- ginal cancer in humans, is ille- gal under the Food and Drugs Act. he agreed in an inter- view. Responding to questions about high prices for steaks in Canada since the Canadian border was closed to cheaper U.S. beef over the DES issue, he urged Canadians to eat less steak and other expensive beef cuts from the hind por- tion of cattle and to start eating more of the cheaper beef cuts from the front half. "If we just supplied steaks to the Canadian consumer, we would need cattle 20 feet long." he jested, "and we wouldn't have a beef-industry in this country." The front quarter, which provides cheaper cuts such as round steak, can be bought for 30 cents a pound cheaper than the back half. The meat from the front half "is just as he said. Countering recent com- plaints from the hotel, restaurant and institutional trade about higher prices for steaks and high-quality roasts since U.S. cattle were prevented from coming into Canada last April. Mr. Whelan suggested that many restau- rants and hotels have probably been using beef im- ported from the U.S. before the border closed since that time anyway. Such beef, he suggested later, would not only have been cheaper but also could have been treated with DES, which since early this year could be used again in the United States. The meat would have been stored in special freezers. Mr. Whelan later added that it is the federal health depart- ment's responsibility to deter- mine whether the law is being broken by any companies con- tinuing to sell meat in Canada from beef treated with DES. But he admitted it would be impossible to prove a cut of meat had come from a DES- treated steer since DES can only be detected in the liver or kidneys of the original animal. No accord reached with India OTTAWA (CP) Indian Foreign Secretary Kewal Singh completed four days of talks here Thursday without reaching agreement on the future of Canadian aid to India following their controversial nuclear test last May. As Mr. Singh left for Wash- ington. Canadian officials would say only that the talks, proposed by External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp after the test blast, will resume sometime in the future, likely in New Delhi. Mr. Singh left behind several officials for an extra day of discussions with the Canadian International Development Agency. An Indian source said that each side presented its posi- tion on the nuclear question, and "some of the misconcep- tions and misunderstandings have been narrowed down." Asked to elaborate, he said that India had repeated that it is "one of the greatest cham- pions of nuclear non-prolifera- tion." British election in October possible LONDON (Reuter) Britain's Labor party moves towards a possible October general elec- tion bitterly divided over its Common Market policy. And if Labor holds on to power, uncertainty over its intentions towards Europe may continue well into 1975. Sniping within the party has become frequent as Foreign Secretary James Callaghan strives to carry out Labor's promise for a fundamental renegotiation of Britain's membership terms. Some cabinet ministers and other Labor politicians do not want Britain to remain in the European Economic Community (EEC) on any basis. At the EEC's Council of Ministers meeting in Luxembourg on April 1 Callaghan quoted ex- tensively from Labor's last election manifesto about the changes the party wants. These include a cut in Britain's budgetary commitments, drastic alterations in the com- mon agricultural policy and more consideration for Commonwealth trading partners. Callaghan's hardline attitude aroused Conser- vative opposition while upsetting many of Brit- ain's partner-states in the community. This reaction temporarily disarmed his Labor critics, but after Callaghan made a second ma- jor policy statement on renegotiations to the Council of Ministers on June 4, the anti-mar- keteers accused the foreign secretary of being "soft" and not taking full note of the strong feel- ing within the Labor party about any loss of sovereignty involved in Britain's links with the EEC. Controversy also has broken out about Labor's pledge to consult the people on the outcome of the market through an election or a referendum. There are strong divisions within the cabinet about the principle of holding a referendum, which is not a traditional procedure in Britain. No decision has yet been taken by the party about a referendum but if it is decided upon then observers consider there are bound to be further about the wording of the relevant possibly resigna- tions.