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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, August 23, 1974 News in brief Subway strike expensive MONTREAL (CP) A sub- strike, in 16 days from its start, cost the Montreal Urban Community Transit Commis- sion iMUCTC) an estimated 5 million, a commission of ticial told the Quebec Superior Court Thursday. Jean- Jacques Bouvrette, MUCTC secretary-treasurer, told a contempt of court hearing the commission stood to lose this amount from the strike as of Thursday. Irish official killed BELFAST (AP) A Protestant government of- ticial was shot and killed and another one was wounded late Thursday night in rural Ireland, police said today A police spokesman said both men, employees of the environment ministry, were shot from behind as they checked vehicles in a traffic census near Dungannon. an area dominated by the Roman Catholic guerrillas of the Irish Republican Army PWA workers suspended YELLOWKMFE. N W T Six Pacific Western groundworkers here been suspended pending dismissal after admitting to a i. ompam investigation team that they smoked marijuana The six men. two of whom have not completed their six- month probationary period, have launched grievance procedures against the com- pany Bomb threat sparks search iCPi Two telephone bomb threats the Calgary police ion meeting sparked a day-long search and sur- operation at city hall Thursday Police reported that a male caller called two radio stations on Tuesday and Thursday threatening to bomb the meeting One caller identified himself as "the the other said he was a friend of the "white-hand Two killed in truck B Alia (CPl Tv.o persons were killed when semi-trailet in which they vvere riding went off the road on Highwav 1 about 10 miles west of Bassano early today RCMP said the cab of the vehicle was completely burn- ed and they were not yet able to identify the victims Park cancels decrees SEOUL lAP) President Chung Hee Park of South Korea cancelled two decrees that made political dissent punishable by death His opponents urged him to declare an amnesty for those convicted of violating the decrees and to abandon two other emergency edicts Vineyards burned in Sicily ROME Forest fires raged on the island of Sicily and the Italian mainland to- dav destroying more than 000 acres of vinevards and woodland, reported. authorities A summer-long dry spell was also taking a toll of crops. India. Pakistan talks set NEW DELHI (Reuter) India announced today it has accepted Pakistan's sugges- tion to hold talks in Islamabad Sept 12 on the restoration of communication links between the two countries, suspended since the 1971 war The talks were to have been held June 10 but were called oft by Pakistan in protest against India's nuclear test in May Calgary youth murdered CALGARY (CP) A 16- year-old service station atten- dant was stabbed early today in what police described as a brutal murder. John Joseph Berze was alone in a south Calgary ser- vice station when he was stabbed to death with a knife at about 3.30 a.m. Syrian forces on alert BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Syria has placed its armed forces on tha alert to counter Israeli military moves, says the pro-Palestinian new- spaper Al Moharrer. Officials in Damascus had no comment. The newspaper, which gave no source for its report, says the Syrian move followed re- cent Israeli official statements that reservists will be called up in the next few days for 'military exer- cises." Girl, 3, takes LSD BRAMPTON, Ont. (CP) Police Thursday said they BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL know how Patricia Power, 3, of Brampton obtained an LSD tablet which left her inter- mittently unconscious in hospital for five days. "But to know what's hap- pened and to have the evidence to prove it are two different said Insp. James Harding, who is leading the investigation CUP AND MAIL TODAY LEARN TO EARN With Canada's Largest Tax Service XPQQBI.OCK AVAILABLE BfST SIUDCNTS INCOME TAX COURSE Includat currant In laws. and application practical in Block of- hex tram cont la cam al dan and clan unwt awarded upon graduation. ENROLL. NOW! Classes Start: Sept. 18 There are 2 convenient clou locations. Thu ii tnroll NAME____ ADDRESS. CITY_____ Contact the office nearest you: 81 5 Third Avenue South Telephone 329-3632 und mi ifeut tkt HIR llwk I Mm Cwru. i for inftrautim inly alim M _PHONE_ Streets closed to bicycles Streets outlined in black are arterial roads from ever, ride on sidewalks along these streets, police say. which bicycles have been banned. Cyclists can, how- story on Page 1. Oil countries cut production to support high price levels ASSOCIATED PRESS Kuwait's oil minister said Thursday the Persian Gulf sl.eikdom has reduced its crude oil production to two million barrels a day from three Venezuela also an- nounced a further cut in production of barrels daily Lawrence Goldstein, an associate at the Petroleum In- dustry Research Foundation in New York, said Libya has cut production without mak- ing an official announcement. He described the production curtailment as "clearly an attempt to support very high price levels." The action came at a time when Persian Gulf producers are fighting a proposal by Saudi Arabia to increase oil production and lower prices. Abdul Rahman Atiki, Ku- wait's oil minister, said in an Buchanan won't negotiate 6down the barrel of a gun' OTTAWA (CP) Judd Bu- chanan, the new minister of Indian and northern affairs, said Thursday he would ab- solutely refuse to negotiate with Indians, "down the barrel of a gun." That was a prime reason he didn't become involved in a dispute over ownership of a city park in Kenora, Ont., the minister said in an interview 10 days after being named to his portfolio "I arn extremely distressed by the element which to date has been absent in negotiations with introduction of he said "I see that as a slopover of techniques used in the United States, tactics that are alien to our way of dealing with problems. "I find it most disconcer- ting, a retrograde step because it can cause both In- dian and non-Indian people a great deal of unhappiness and discomfort and the ultimate, bloodshed." Mr Buchanan also said he was anxious to deal only with Indians who had been elected to positions by their bands. This was a policy vigorously pursued by former minister Jean Chretien and Mr. Bu- chanan said: "If I dealt with anyone who came along and made threats or demands, it could mean the distruction of a policy Mr. Chretien tried to build up for half a dozen years." interview: "We see no reason for us to increase production since there is this pressure to lower oil prices." Industry sources in Kuwait called Atiki's decision to cut production a "short-term tac- tical move." They said Kuwait would always be ready to restore production to three million barrels a day if oil buyers come up with accep- table price offers. Valentin Hernandez, Vene- zuela's minister of mines and hydrocarbons, said his coun- try's production cut is part of a continuing government policy to reduce production and save Venezuela's oil reserves. He did not announce when the reduction would go into effect. The United States and Canada are Venezuela's ma- jor foreign oil customers. U.S. agency re-evaluating North Dakota dam project WASHINGTON (CP) The U.S. Environmental Protec- tion Agency (EPA) has asked for a re-evaluation of the Garrison diversion unit in North Dakota because the irrigation project "causes serious environmental concerns The agency's request was revealed Thursday in a letter released by Rep. Henry A. Reuss, D-Wis. The EPA also recommended study of a possible postponement of some land acquisition until major problems are resolved. Wildlife habitats, ground water and farm operations have already been severely affected by portions of the construction, the letter said. Among the issues left un- resolved are negotiations with Canada on return waters from the project area to flow into Manitoba, the project's poten- tial for causing flooding and studies of the water quality of several rivers. Canadian and U.S. officials are to meet in Ottawa next week as part of continuing dis- cussions about ways of mitigating harmful effects from the project. Part of the area to be irrigated in North Dakota drains into the Souris River, which flows into Manitoba, and studies have raised concerns about the possible pollution of the river. Europe farmers protesting lowered income PARIS (AP) French and German farmers dump tons of manure outside government offices. Thousands of Belgian farmers block main roads around Brussels with their tractors. French pig farmers prevent a ship from unloading tons of Chinese pork. Dutch farmers isolate two harbor towns, blocking all freight movements. Italian wine growers protest against "Mafia Moonshine" and say much of Rome's vino lacks veritas. Europe's millions of small farmers, often cultivating only a few acres, are taking to Val d'Or robber search continues VAL D'OR, Que. (CP) A security guard lay in critical condition at Montreal's Notre Dame Hospital Thursday night as police continued their search today for "three or possibly four" men who stole Wednesday from a Brink's Canada truck after shooting the guard in the head. A Quebec Provincial Police spokesman said Thursday "we are going to keep searching and searching" although no clues as to the whereabouts of the men have come to light. the roads demanding that their governments and the Common Market take radical action. Gross overproduction has pushed down the prices paid the farmers while the cost of fuel, fertilizer, feed and credit have shot up 15 to 30 per cent. Retail prices do not reflect the drop in farm income. The farmers say that the govern- ments have taken only limited steps to give them direct aid and meanwhile have done lit- tle or nothing to control the booming profits they claim the middlemen are making. The Common Market's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is supposed to har- monize farm prices and con- ditions throughout the nine member nations. But it is largely ignored by various governments that adopt policies to meet their own problems. The Common Market ordered an 8.5-per-cent increase in farm prices for 1974, but farm groups were pressing for 12.5 per cent. The governments of France, Belgium and defied Common Market rules to grant direct aid, price-support increases and tax and credit relief. Farm leaders said these were inadequate. Dutch farm unions are de- manding that the prices paid them be raised to four per cent over the Common Market level. This year, as never before, farmers are finding the solid- arity to demand what in- dustrial workers have achiev- ed through union action. However, there is no sign of an easy solution to bring peace back to the coun- tryside. Ford studying Mid-East turmoil WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford is turning his attention back to the Middle East in a meeting with the Syrian foreign minister after meeting top Republican cam- paign leaders to map strategy for the fall elections. Today's White House meeting with Abdel Halim Khaddam of Syria is part of continuing talks that Ford and State Secretary Henry Kissinger are conducting with Middle East officials to lay groundwork for the next stage of negotiations for a peace set- tlement. Ford hopes to meet with Is- raeli Premier Yitzhak Rabin and Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Omar Sakkaf in the next three weeks. Ford moved through a heavy schedule of meetings and ceremonies Thursday, ending with a private dinner at the White House for Vice- President-designate Nelson Rockefeller and six long-time congressional friends. Ford stepped up his role as Republican campaign booster, posing for individual photo- graphs with 135 Republican candidates. Earlier he took time to pose with a dozen senators up for re-election. But White House press secretary Jerald terHorst said Ford will not campaign as much for Republican congressional candidates this year as he had planned before becoming president. TerHorst said no political trips have been scheduled yet. Ford discussed the fall cam- paigns for several hours in the Oval Office with Republican Chairman George Bush and congressional campaign com- mittee chairman Senator Wil- liam Brock and Representative Robert Michel (Rep.IlU. Poster war resurges PEKING (Reuter) Pe- king's moribund wall-poster campaign came to life again today with the appearance of five new series of wall posters opposite the city council of- fices. One poster was by two workers from the Peking fine arts and handicrafts factory who previously accused fac- tory leaders of revisionism for ordering the production of feudal figures such as emperors, generals and con- cubines. The workers said they were criticized for four hours at a factory meeting last week for denigrating the factory in their posters, for writing posters to seek promotion, and for "helping enemies at home and abroad." 300 Cambodians killed, wounded every day PROV CLIP AND MAIL TODAY L.H23 By SYDNEY H. SCHANBERG New York Times Service PHNOM PENH, Cambodia Cambodia has about the same number of people as New York City, and if the war in Cambodia were happening in New York, by now the equiva- lent of the entire population of Staten Island would have been killed or wounded twice over. Or, superimposing the Cambo- dian situation on a more populous borough, nearly half the people in Manhattan would have fallen as casualties. By the lowest estimates, more than 300 peo- ple are killed and wounded, on the average, every day of the war. Statistics cannot explain a war because people are not digits, but they can convey to some extent the enormousness of the destruc- tion that has been caused in the four and a half years of fighting. Given the confusion and the nature of Asian statistics in general, the figures on casualties cannot be exact. But they are reasonable es- timates, garnered by going from ministry to ministry and by seeking confirmation from knowledgeable embassies. All the figures used in this article are on the low side; other estimates of the toll are much higher. Since the start of the war, on March 18, 1970, with the coup that ousted Prince Norodom Sihanouk, at least govern- ment soldiers have been killed and at least on the other side, which at the beginn- ing included some North Vietnamese and Vietcong but now consists almost exclusively of a Communist-led Cambodian insurgent ar- my. The ratio of wounded to dead in this war is estimated by military analysts at 3 or 4 to 1. Using the lower ratio, the total of wounded on both sides would be at least Civilian casualties are harder to assess, but the best estimates are that at least have been killed or wounded. This adds up to a minimum of near- ly one-tenth of the Cambodian population of seven million. Dismayed Cambodians often ask why the world seems to have forgotten their suf- fering, why international attention is riveted instead on oil shortages or the Middle East or the Mediterranean. Because the United States provides virtual- ly all the financial and arms support for the government in Phnom Penh, Cambodians on this side frequently express the wishful thought that Washington do something dramatic to end the war. But this is a conflict whose fate has been in the hands of more than one country, and as yet no hint of an accommodation has surfaced between the U.S. and the sponsors of the Cambodian insurgents North Vietnam and China, and to a lesser extent, the Soviet Union. Nearly half the people in Cambodia are now refugees. The insurgents control 75 per cent of the territory and perhaps three million people. The government, for the most part, holds only the major cities and towns in isolated enclaves, cut off by road and reachable by air. Even in the relatively calm capital city of Phnom Penh, only slightly damaged by periodic rocket and artillery shellings, the human destruction is acutely visible. Crippled veterans and civilians beg in the markets, refugees live on the sidewalks and swarm everywhere. Fifty thousand war widows have registered with the government. Two hundred thousand children or more have been made orphans or half-orphans. Hospitals more often resemble abattoirs than medical centers, overflowing with am- putees and other victims. Often the staffs are so overwhelmed with new arrivals that the trails of wet blood simply dry on the stair- cases and in corridors and never get washed off. ;