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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 1, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta ft THE UTHIRICM HHAID Mmfer. hbnmry 1, Wl HOME AGAIN Sharon Bi-.lrd. 20-year-old Vancouver cocktail waitress, returned home Tuesday after being abducted at knifepoint Thurs- day and taken to Winnipeg by tu'o men. Jakarta, still in poverty JAKARTA (AP) Poverty still prevails in much of ttiis In- donesian capital, but the city is throwing off the neglect that made it one of the shabbiest in Asia. Many streets are choked with traffic. At night, long ribbons of light denote cars moving along the city's six-lane superhighway !o the fashionable suburb of Ke- bajoran. High-rise office buildings and hotels are springing up along the main street, casting a shad- ow over the red-tile roofs left behind by the Dutch. New night clubs and restaur- ants, many with gaudy neon signs, have sprouted. A new Jakarta is springing up in the wake of President Suhar- to's "new partly as a result of millions of dollars of foreign investment coming into the country. Another key factor is the initiative of the man who governs the city All Sadikin. Jakarta is tropical and usual- ly has blue skies. Sadikin dreams of malting the city a lure for tourists whose spending will help, him build schools and undertake reconstruction pro- jects. MONEY N'EEDED The national budget is not big enough to give the city the funds it needs and the city's budget barely meets routine ex- penses. To gain income, Sadikin has encouraged opening of the nightspots, a dog-racing track and a thoroughbred track. The profits are split with the city. Sadikin has had many suc- cesses in pulling a new face on the city. But behind the new prosperity lurks poverty, misery said un- employment. At least three-quarters of the people live in shacks, drain pipes, under bridges or on the sidewalks. Many live along Jak- arta's Dutch-built canals, which they use as a bathroom, in all senses. Thirty years ago the popula- tion was 600.000. It now is