Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
LETHBRIDGE December Various measures aid battle World coping with energy shortage THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Department stores and of- fice buildings in Japan have reduced elevator service. In South officials in government buildings have unscrewed one-third of the light bulbs. Europeans are paying more and driving some of them face gasoline rationing. The world energy compounded by the cut in oil production by the is be- ginning to have a sharp im- pact in Europe and Asia. Some Latin Americans also are beginning to feel the pinch. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Dental Mechanic Capitol Furniture Bldg. 328-7684 Here is what some of the major countries other than the United States and Canada are doing about the energy shortage. EUROPE British seem hardest hit because the energy shortage has been aggravated by labor work slow- downs by coal power station workers and railway engineers- Britain has distributed gaso- line ration books as a pre- and the speed limit has been reduced to 50 miles an hour. Most gas stations close on effectively reducing motoring. But the worst problem lies in the work slowdowns. Britain generates 70 per cent of its electricity from only 30 per cent from oil. The government has ordered a three-day work week starting Jan. 1. It also ordered TV broadcasts ter- minated at p.m. to save electricity. Heat is being turn- ed down in offices to 63 degrees. on Sundays and holidays is except for Christmas and New Year's. For the first time Italians must adhere to posted speed 75 miles an hour on expressways and 60 miles an hour on secondary roads. Street lighting has been cut by 40 per cent and shops must close at 7 p.m. restaurants and movies must be closed by. midnight. Workers in some automotive and home appliance industries are being laid off or going on shorter work weeks because of a shor- tage of oil and derivatives. French main- tain their pro-Arab policies will give them an advantage in the shortage. speed limits have been lowered on televi- sion program time has been motor sports are outdoor lighting is and temperatures are being lowered in buildings. The Citroen and Peugeot automobile factories have an- nounced long Christmas closings because of reduced auto sales. The Netherlands-The Netherlands is under an Arab oil embargo. Sunday driving bans have been in effect since Nov. 4. Gasoline rationing starts Jan. 7 Each driver who has paid his road taxes will be allowed four gallons a week. Housewives are asked to close window curtains to keep heat in the house. The government has asked parliament for special powers to meet the economic effects of the shor- tage. The bill would empower the government to control ashion BUY ONE GARMENT AT REGULAR YOU HAVE THE CHOICE OF ANOTHER OF THE SAME VALUE FOR ONLY 25. A Xi Maternity Pant Pant Hostess Wear. SPORTSWEAR PANT SUITS OFF CHARGEX BETTY SHOP FASHION ACCOUNT ALL STORES wages and other in- comes. bans were imposed for three Sun- days but have since been lifted. New bans may go into effect next month with the possibility of gasoline ration- ing unless drivers cut car travel. Heating oil is critically short in some Alpine resorts. 25-per-cent cut in oil deliveries has been or- dered for private public factories and power plants. Plans for rationing of oil and gasoline have been made but not put into effect. Work weeks have been cut in some industries. A Sunday driving ban is in effect.' industrial fuel supply has been cut 10 per schools are closed on outdoor advertis- ing signs are turned off at 10 p.m. and some automobile plants will close for two weeks at the end of the year. Coal production has been boosted and industry has been asked to cut power by 20 per cent. West government is asking homeowners and businesses to voluntarily reduce usage of heating oil by 25 per cent. Out- door Christmas lighting has been cut. Ford and Opel have shortened working hours in their plants over Christmas because of declining sales. Sunday driving was banned lour weeks ago but the restric- tions are being lifted for Christmas and New Year's. Weekend bans will go into effect Jan. starting at 4 p.m. en Saturdays. Vehicles with registration plates ending in an even number will be banned the first weekend and those with odd numbers the next. THE MIDDLE EAST government met the shortage by banning private cars from highways one day a week. It also ruled that households should cut electricity usage. Many Israelis maintain the country is not bothered by the energy shortage and the measures taken were as a token of solidarity toward the United States and the Netherlands. Arab Countries In most big-car sales are booming and no gasoline cuts have been ordered. The main visible effect has been a reduction in commercial air- line flights because of aviation fuel shortages in Lebanon and Egypt. Both import jet fuel from Europe. So far only a few flights have been cancelled. Aviation fuel is available from refineries in Kuwait. Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf region. The Egyptians and Lebanese will be switching to those source for supplies. QUITS SPACE PROGRAM HOUSTON Dr. Charles the chief phy- sician for the United States is resigning to head the University of Texas health science centre in Houston. helped in the medical evaluation of the first U.S. astronauts in 1958 and has been connected .with the space program since. Lottery for millions Girl holds handful of Montreal Olympic lottery tickets. The Olympic organizing committee expects the six segments of the lottery to draw to million and the sale of and sterling coins to draw million. Healthy Quebec economy to continue into 1974 MONTREAL With a couple of eco- nomic observers predict that Quebec's economy should con- tinue healthy in 1974 although growth rates will be lower in 1973. Economists agree that the basking in the world-wide economic upswing of had one of its best years in a long time. But the energy mate- rial shortages and a growing manpower shortage loom as factors that may hinder growth. far as economic in- dicators 1973 was the best year Quebec has ever said Guy in- and commerce minis- nent's year-end reviev. on figures for the fore- casts iiie grojs provincial product will to bil- lion from representing gi-afcih of 7.1 per cent. Charles Perrauu president of the Conseil du Patronat du an association of manager agrees that was a very good For the first time in seven the unemployment rate to 7.3 per cent from 8.3 per cent in 1972 in the la- bor force of 2.6 million. About new jobs were including in the vital manufacturing sector where there had been no growth for seven years. Despite the high rate of un- industrialists say labor is becoming scarce in particularly for highly-skilled jobs and jobs in forest operations. who aren't working now either can't work or don't want to said one in- dustrialist. Capital investment in manu- facturing climbed by 28.1 per cent to million from million in a higher growth rate than registered in Ontario or Canada as a whole. The value of shipments of goods manufactured in Que- bec is expected to rise by 12 per cent to billion from billion .in 1972. Heavy world for forest machinery and aluminum helped those sectors of the economy. was especially good year for the pulp and paper in- dustry whi had suffered losses for last three or lour said Gerard Fi- presideru of Marine In- dustries Ltd. The industry hampered by long strikes in the summer and fall at mills owned by Canadian Inter- national Paper and Price Co. Ltd. Mr. Filion expects 1974 to be another good although economy is overheated and needs to slow Observers agree that Que- which depends on im- ported oil. will not suffer from the energy crisis as greatly as the United which was having energy problems before the Arab state chose oil as a weapon in the battle against Israel. Montreal stockbroker Guy Desmarais said the federal government decision to ex- tend the Trans-Canada pipe- line to Montreal from S3' ..a will help the business CANADIAN WHttS FULLY-AGED WHISK ITS PEDIGREED GOODNESS REPRESENTS M' PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT Of CANADA'S MOST DISTINGUISHED MASTER DISTILLERS AGED. BOTTLED IN BOND UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT Tiie Prime Canadian OFC Canadian whisky is 8 years old. Picked in its prime. At 2-years old Canadian whisky is unmatured and around 12 is darker and beginning to take on a heavy 'woody' taste. In between this it becomes smooth and full-bodied. 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