Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
2-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, August 7, 1974 News in brief Israelis bomb in Lebanon ASSOCIATED PRESS Israel's military command said jets of the Israeli air force blasted targets in southern Lebanon early today. The raid followed a mortar and artillery duel along the frontier between troops of the two countries. Kadi side blamed the other tor the gunnery battle, which lasted almost an hour. The air strike was Israel's second in two weeks into the area of southern Lebanon known in Israel as Fatahland, which is controlled by Palestinian guerrillas. Vietnamese town captured SAIGON (APi After a tierce battle. North Viet- namese troops penetrated a district town 25 miles southwest of Da Nang early today and apparently cap- tured it. the Saigon command reported. A spokesman said radio con- tact was lost with the 400 gov- ernment rangers after the Communist troops captured the Thuong Due district head- quarters in hand-to-hand lighting. Constitution drafted ADDIS ABABA. Ethiopia 'AP> A 30-member panel presented the draft of a new cnnst i !ut ion to Premier Michd el Imru Tuesday. ending 'our months of work and bringing Ethiopia closer to constitutional monarchy. A copy also was given to representatives of the Ethio- pian armed forces, who hold the real power in the country. The new document en- visages an indirect election of Ethiopia's premier by members of parliament for a term of four years, and separation of power among the executive, parliament and the judiciary. Montreal subways halted MONTREAL iCPi Subway service provided bv the Montreal Urban Com- munity Transit Commission Ml'CTC' was closed down at a.m. EDT today following a walkout l.tiOO maintenance workers. A spokesman for the com- mission said all available buses would be put into ser- vice to handle the estimated 457.000 passengers who use the subwav svstem daily. Divorcee gets SI.2 million WEST PALM BEACH. Fla. AI'. The third wife of tire heir Russell Firestone will get J million alimony over the next 40 years even it she re- marries, her lawver says. renegotiated divorce set- tlement announced Tuesday calls for Mary Alk-p Firc-sioue. :18. to get S30.000 a year for life. The figure is based on a life span of 40 more years, lawyer Joseph Farrish said. Mrs. Firestone won a divorce in 1967. The 1967 award was a year plus a month support for the couple's son. The payments were to end if she remarried or it Firestone died. Sadat angry with Libya CAIRO iReuter) Egyp- tian-Libyan relations 'deteriorated today when President Anwar Sadat accus- ed Libyan leader Col. Mom- ma r Khadaf y of mas- terminding sabotage attempts in Egypt in a scathing denunciation. addressed to the Libyan leader and other members of the ruling revolutionary Com- mand Council, the president said Khadafy's secret agents attempted to blow up the presidential place in Mersa Metruh near the Libyan border. 3 arrested in bomb case BOLOGNA. Italy .i.APi Italian police today picked up three young men in connection with last Sunday's bombing of an express train. Twelve per- sons died in the attack. The youths were identified as members of the right-wing group Black Order, which claimed responsibility for the blast Police said two other youths are being sought. Aussies ration petrol MELBOURNE lAPi Gasoline rationing came to parts of Australia tonight for the first time since the Second War. Retailers imposed rationing after truckdrivers who deliver gasoline from refineries went on strike. Drivers in Sydney. Mel- bourne. Canberra and Forth voted to stay out until mid- night next Sunday night. In Hobart and Adelaide they plan to return to work Thursday. Kenora asks mediation help PETERBOROUGH, Ont. iCPi Ontario Human Rights Commission staff will attempt to mediate between Indians occupying a 14-acre park in Kenora and the town of Kenora. Walter Currie, acting chairman of the com- mission, said today. Prof. Currie, head of Trent University's department of native studies, said in an interview that commission director Bob McPhee, and his assistant George Brown, went to Kenora Tuesday after Mayor J. N. Davidson of Kenora asked for commission help. Girl aims at Bell record TORONTO (CP) A 14- year-old Toronto girl says she is hoping for two days of fine weather this month when she will attempt to beat the record set by Marilyn Bell in her historic swim across Lake Ontario 20 years ago. Angela Kondrak, a high school student, said Tuesday night she will duplicate the Bell route from Youngstown, N.Y.. to the Toronto water front. Five killed in plane crash QUEBEC (CP) Provin- cial police said today five per- sons are dead and four others are recovering from injuries in hospital following Monday's crash of a Laurentian Air Ser- vice DC-3 90 miles north of here. Earlier reports said BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL there were four fatalities. Police said the dead includ- ed the pilot, co-pilot and stewardess aboard the plane as well as two passengers. Crew members killed were identified as pilot Claude Rousselle, co pilot Walter Ferguson and stewardess Sylvia Potx-in. Their hometowns were not im- mediately known. Two of the 11 persons aboard were only scratched and able to walk from the scene of the accident. Whelan says ministers approved meat quotas OTTAWA (CP) The im- port ban on United States meat was lifted because the Americans accepted "prac- tically the same conditions that Canada demanded in April." Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan said Tuesday. Reports that cabinet had de- cided to lift the ban despite his objections were amusing, he said, because "they (cabinet Hussein confers with PM, Sharp Billowing smoke two died in explosion at Wenatchee, Wash., railyard. 'Canada needs lower birthrate' GENEVA PARK. Ont. (CP) Canada needs to restrict both its birthrate and its immigration, the. president of the Family Planning Federation of Canada told the 43rd Couchiching Conference today. Lise Fortier. a gynecology professor at the Universi- ty of Montreal, said Canada, with its wide-open spaces. is already courting the over-population which besets much of the world. In a text of a speech released at the conference site near Orillia. Dr. Fortier said the strip 200 miles wide and 3.200 miles long along the United States border already is over-populated. Only a fifth of Canada is habitable after water, wasteland and mountains are deducted, she said. Two- thirds of land currently arable already is under the plow and the remainder is marginal farm land, the type farmers leave because it cannot provide them with a decent living. It would take the country 70 years to reach zero pop- ulation growth. Dr. Fortier said, even with the fertility rate down to nearly replacement level 2.1 births a Canadian woman. One-child families must be accepted as the norm, she said. Increasing immigration would do little to help over- population in other countries. Present policies do not work, since new comers flock to the already over- populated urban areas and not the hinterlands. Rush hour acrobatics end in police station NEW YORK (Reuter) A daring Frenchman defied gravity, winds and the police today to walk a high-wire between the twin towers of the World Trade Centre here. The man. identified as Phil- ippe Petit of Nemours, walked back and forth several times between the two 110-storey towers. 1.350 feet above the streets of Manhattan's finan- cial district, as hundreds of persons stopped on their way to work to witness the stunt. At present, the World Trade Centre is the second-highest building in the world, topped only by the Sears Building in Chi'cago at 1.454 feet. The Em- pire State building is feet tall. When completed, the CN tower in Toronto will be the world's tallest, free-standing Grain firms reject offer WINNIPEG (CP) Top officials of the four elevator companies involved in a lengthy contract dispute with Vancouver grain handlers called on the federal government today to reject contract proposals recommended by a federal conciliator. Warning of the widespread effects the proposals would have on inflation, they said Parliament, not the companies, will have to bear responsibility for any settlement imposed from out- side. structure with a height of 805 feet. The Ostankino Tower in Moscow is feet tall. Petit crossed the 90-foot span several now and then to lie on the wire or wiggle a dozens of policemen gathered on the roof of each building. Petit is believed to be the same man who earlier walked between the towers of Notre Dame in Paris and performed a similar feat on a bridge in Sydney, Australia. One of the first to witness the stunt was Richie Santiago, a guard at the centre. He said he had to report the walk several times before anyone would believe him. Tank car explosion kills two WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) A railway tank car appar- ently carrying volatile ammo- nium nitrate exploded in a blast which shot auto-sized chunks of debris through the air, killing two persons. Sixty-six others were in- jured in the explosion Tuesday, six of them seriously, authorities said. The blast started fires and flattened at least 12 homes. Several other homes within a mile of the explosion were damaged in the blast near a Burlington Northern Railroad switching station about three miles from the downtown area of this central Washington community of Several boxcars were de- stroyed, and power and tele- phone service were knocked out. Authorities said one of the dead was David Jones, a rail- road switchman. The second was an unidentified transient. Fire authorities said they have not determined the cause of the explosion. Harris said ammonium nitrate, used in making fertilizer, normally requires an extremely high temperature to ignite. A Burlington Northern of- ficial said damage will be in the millions of dollars, but no official estimate was available. Jacobsen admits OTTAWA (CP) King Hus- sein of Jordan will hold talks with Prime Minister Trudeau and External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp today, the sec- ond day of his first visit to Canada. Officials said his talks with Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Sharp will deal mainly with his own views of the Middle East. Jordan and Israel still are dis- Police seek airport bomber LOS ANGELES (AP) Au- thorities are inspecting piles of debris in an effort to deter- mine who placed a bomb that killed two persons and injured 36 Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport. The blast apparently oc- curred inside one of 20 coin- operated wall lockers in the Pan American World Airways section of the International Carriers Terminal, police said. Officials said they could conceive of no motive for the explosion and had no leads. They ruled out, for the moment, the possibility that radical groups were involved. Two months ago, a blast ripped apart the Los Angeles headquarters of the state at- torney general. A letter sign- ed by the radical Weather Underground claimed credit. William Sullivan, special agent in Charge of the FBI of- fice here, speculated that the person who planted the bomb which exploded on Tuesday "may have wanted to take it on a plane" but was frustrated by tight security at the ter- minal entrance. Officials said there was no warning of the blast, but after- ward some other airlines re- ceived false bomb threats. by puling territory taken Israel in the f967 war. And while the King meets the prime minister, Senate Speaker Muriel Fergusson and Queen Alia, a former stewardess, is to visit the new Eastern Ontario Children's Hospital here. Security for the visit of the Arab leader has been tight, but not unusually so for such an. event. After their arrival Tuesday afternoon, the Arab leader and his wife made a brief call on Gov.-Gen. Jules Leger and Mrs. Leger. It was Mr. Leger's first offi- cial public function since his stroke June 8. The vice-regal couple greeted their guests at Government House and then Walked with them in the gar- den tor a pre-dinner reception. ministers i even approved the quotas on meat imports." The government imposed a ban on U.S. beef, cattle, mut- ton, lamb and sheep April 9 on grounds that no method satis- factory to Canada had been found to ensure imports were tree from diethylastilbestrol a growth hormone linked to cancer in test animals. Last Friday, the govern- ment lifted tiie ban and an- nounced quotas on meat im- ports from all sources. It also announced measures guaranteeing farmers a national average of a hundredweight lor cattle grading A. B or C. The moves are in line with Mr. Whelan's general policy of trying to increase food production through higher returns to farmers, while putting some damper on food prices to consumers. In an interview. Mr. Whelan said he has no idea and "couldn't guess" whether meat prices will rise or fall. He said agricultural produc- tion would probably increase by 50 per cent if farmers are guaranteed a fair return on their labor and investments and a hungry world would readilv consume all of it Ecologists study oil spill damage HALIFAX (CP) Three environment experts were able to fly into Saglek in northern Labrador late Tuesday, and were expected to begin reporting today on the ecological effects of a gallon diesel fuel spill. But Environment Canada officials said at a Halifax new's conference Tuesday it seemed unlikely there would be any long-term effects on marine life. Dr. Clinton Edmonds, re- gional director of environmen- tal protection services for En- vironment Canada, said he ex- peels the effects to be "not as great as it was initally ex- pected." Heavy fog in the region 125 miles south of the northern tip of Labrador had made it im- possible tor planes to land since Mondav afternoon, but a Buffalo aircraft managed a landing in the tog late Tuesday and dropped off the experts and some firelight ing equipment. Still waiting at Goose Bay. 300 miles to the south, were various other environmental analysts and a navy diving team with a 7.000-foot por- table boom and dispersion gear. ('apt. H.W. Vondette. directing the clean-up, reported late Tuesday that the winds had shitted to north from northeasterly at about 30 knots. This should make the sea choppier and speed up dis- sipation of about 250.000 gallons of the diesel fuel which escaped into Saglek Bay. Much of it has already evaporated. Regina potash policy draws rural criticism bribery WASHINGTON (AP) Texas lawyer Jake Jacobsen pleaded guilty today to a charge of bribing his one-time friend John Connally with in milk money. ROCANVILLE, Sask. (CP) Provincial government policies relating to the potash industry ran into strong criticism Tuesday as Premier Blakeney continued his bus tour of eastern Saskatchewan. Seconds after he arrived in this community of about 800 for a half hour of mainstreeting, Mr. Blakeney was handed a brief by Mayor W. L. Hewgill that listed potash policies as the most important of matters under government control that "are having a detrimental effect on the growth of the town of Rocanville and may in the long run end its chances for survival." Earlier, the Esterhazy town council had appealed for a greater share of taxes from nearby potash mines, contending that present tax- sharing arrangements are grossly inequitable and have caused that town of about serious financial problems. And before plunging feet below ground level for a tour of the Sylvite of Canada Ltd. potash mine near Rocan- ville, the premier received a brief lecture from the mine's general manager, Don Smith: Don Smith: "We ask you in your eagerness to hurt the big mining companies, the large corporations, please don't forget the people involved." Mr. Blakeney was non- committal on the nature of new taxes being developed to give the provincial government a greater share of potash revenue and had little encouragement for the efforts of municipal representatives to get more potash revenue. The premier started his public appearances Tuesday with visits to a home for the elderly and a hospital in Esterhazy, following a private morning session with his cabinet. His week-long, 700-mile tour of the eastern and southeastern part of the province, to be followed later this month by a similar tour of the northwest, is designed to give him an idea of the attitude of the people toward government policies and to let him explain new policies and programs. In what may be a trial run for the provincial election campaign expected next summer, the premier has been concentrating on the theme of a rebirth of rural Saskatchewan and how government programs are helping people enjoy a better life on farms and in small towns. Two charged SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (APi Two San Antonio brothers have been charged with aiding and abetting Fred Gomez Carrasco in his fatal attempt to escape the Texas state prison at Huntsville. Foreign media suggests Nixon resign By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Foreign newspaper criticism of President Nixon and recommendations that he resign increased today. Some editorial writers began to write about his presidency in the past tense. Governments withheld official comment, saying Nixon's problems are an internal U.S. affair. But diplomats in London said privately that uncertainties over U.S. policy are paralysing crucial international policy de- cisions involving monetary reform and defence. "Nixon's imperial presidency ended the moment he finally admitted he was a liar and a says Britain's tabloid Sun. In Paris, Le Figaro says there is "a certain power vacuum in the United States. Richard Nixon is nothing but a president on a suspended sentence, and this suspension he accorded to himself. What credibility can he now have with other nations? The greatest power in the world thus finds itself, un- precedentedly, without a rudder. The editorials came after Nixon released tapes Monday showing he had attempted to divert an FBI investigation of the Watergate case six days after the June 17, 1972, burglary of the Democratic national com- mittee headquarters. The South China Morning Post, an English- language Hong Kong daily, says Nixon's statement won't change the minds of his enemies, "but what will it do to his friends? v "Only the staunches! of his supporters will not be shaken." Britain's liberal Guardian says that "a resignation now would come too late to bring the president any credit, but not too late to save his country and the Western world from further months of empty leadership." The Times of London makes the same recommendation. In Japan, newspapers ran large headlines such as "Nixon Admits Cover Up." Editorial comment was much more restrained. The mass-circulation Asahi Shimbun was among the more outspoken. It says Nixon ap- parently was seeking support by "revealing disadvantageous evidence on the one hand and by showing sincerity with a co-operative stand to Congress on the other."