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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, February 8, 1973 - THE IETHBRIDGI HERALD - 9 Vietnam ceasefire helped Situation in Middle East has improved Bv BERNARD GUERTZMAN WASHINGTON - Nixon administration officials believe that the prospects for resolving the current "no-war-no-peace" situation in the middle east have improved with the Vietnam ceasefire agreement, but for the moment they plan no major new initiative to bring the Arabs and Israelis clfiser together. In the absence of any new directives from the White House, American diplomatic efforts in the Middle East have been channeled into quiet counselling of the Arabs and Israelis to moderate their differences and, it is hoped, to negotiate them by themselves. Thermal water waste use suggested for power plant By JEFF CARRUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA - As every envi-.onmentally-conscious young Canadian knows, thermal pollution is one of the more serious side-effects of the continuing practice of locating large electrical power stations on lakes and rivers. These plants, whether nuclear or fossil-fuel burning, require thousands of gallons of cool water every day, to efficiently transfer the heart energy from the fires to the generators. And all that water in most cases gets dumped back into the lake or river at a significantly higher temperature. Now, a Canada-New Brunswick environmental impact study team has in all seriousness suggested that New Brunswick study the feasibility of using the thermal discharge waters from a planned power plant near St. John for aquacul-ture. In other words, they suggest there is a possibility of turning a "potential acological hazard into an economic advantage." To science fiction buffs, it's not a new idea. Nor is it not being done indirectly in nature already. Sharp fishermen on Lake Ontario have already discovered that the fishing is excellent in the warm-water discharge of the Pickering nuclear power complex, for example. But here is a group of environmental experts saying there is an "urgent need" for a biological and engineering feasibility study "to establish the po- Stroessner to seek re-election ASUNCION (Reuter) - One of South America's most durable heads of state, the flaxen-haired son of a Bavarian immi- | grant, may be re-elected for his fifth consecutive term as president when Paraguayans go to the polls Sunday. With family wealth at his command, Gen. Alfredo Stroessner, 60-year-old former career soldier, elected himself president in 1954 after a military coup following six years of civil strife. Subsequent constitutional amendments increased Stro-essner's term to five years from four and allowed him to be reelected indefinitely. In the 27 years before Stroessner seized control, this landlocked country of 2.4 million persons, wedged between Brazil and Argentina, had seen 22 different presidents, falling at the rate of almost one a year. Stroessner can say he maintained econommic and financial stability during his rule but the bulk of the population has remained poor and he is accused by opponents of strong - arm methods in upholding the law. The Colorado party, which nominated Stroessner as its presidential candidate last year, holds two-thirds of the se;its in both the 30-seat Senate and. the 60-seat chamber of Deputies. About 935.000 Paraguayans are eligible to vote. Leaders of the Colorado party estimate they will take 80 per cent of the poll. tential and problems of raising salmon, trout and shellfish commercially in captivity," using what would otherwise be waste heat in water that could otherwise cause significant and possibly serious changes in the environment downstream of a plant. In this regard, it should be noted that the scientific magazine "Science" recently contained a reDort from some Atlantic scientists who have discovered the following facts about Canadian and American lobsters. In the cold waters off Canada's east coast, it takes a lobster about eight years to mature and reach one pound in weight. In the warmer waters off New England, it takes only five and one-half years. In warm-water tanks 'n the Massachusetts Lobster Hatchery, it takes only two years. And, with selective breeding, the scientists think they could cut the time to 18 months. In this time of lobster shortages and consequent high prices, the dream seems to have taken a few large steps closer to reality. Of course, inland, the warm water discharge could be used to speed the growth of lake trout and other commercial fish species. And, for those who like to let their minds wander free, such a application could one day free Canadian fisherman from the sea altogether, where they now must fight against not only Mother Nature but the better-equipped foreign fishing vessels. This low-key approach is approved by Israeli leaders, who have long resented outside interference in the search for a settlement. But it has won no friends for the United States in Cariro or other Arab capitals, where it is firmly believed that only strong American pressure on Israel can result in a settlement. King Hussein, whose relations with the United States have been good, has been one of the Arab leaders who have chafed at the relative American diplomats inaction. He has urged a more vigorous rush by Washington to get a settlement, and he is believed to be repeating that view as he meets with Nixon. The King also consulting with Secretary of State William P. Rogers, Secretary of Defense Elliot L. Richardson and key members of Congress. Until very recently, some of the King's advisers had been hinting that lie might agree to a possible Jordanian - Israeli compromise settlement, even in advance of a general Egyptian Israeli agreement. CREATE INTEREST Although these suggestions created interest in the state department, most Middle East experts doubted that it was feasible for Jordan to move more rapidly on the peace front than the Egyptians. In fact, there was concern here that instead of improving the chances for peace, a Jordanian - Israeli settlem e n t might provoke Egyptian charges of a Jordanian sellout and perhaps lead to intervention against Jordan, thereby threatening middle eastern stability. Moreover, Jordanian ideas for a separate settlement depended to a great extent on Israel's willingness to end its insistence on maintaining sovereignty over all of east Jerusalem, which Israel seized in the 1967 war. Initial contracts with the Israelis convinced the state department that Israel would not be willing to make any meaningful compromises on this issue, and officials were prepared to tell the King this. Nevertheless, administration officials remain interested in the King's general approach and will look into his position in depth so that they can discuss it March 1 when Premier Golda Meir of Israel arrives for a state visit. With the Vietnam cease-fire, officials said, the administration will be able to turn its attention to the Middle East, as it has already begun to do toward Europe. This will inevitably lead to renewed efforts to get constructive talks started, they said. They really take their work home Mr. and Mrs. Norman Hess, employed at Philadelphia's zoo, really take their work home with them to their Westville, N.J., residence. Each night they take home two tiny Siberian and one grizzly bear cub and care for the three cubs overnight, feeding them every several hours. Each morning they head for work at the zoo in. Pennsylvania, carrying the trio, carefully wrapped up against the cold. Woman voles for beards HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) - A proposal that all city officials grow beards to mark Holyoke's centennial passed the board of aldermen by a whiskey-8 to 6. Among those who approved the idea was Alderman Mary McLaughlin. Some board members considered challenging her right to vote but did not press the issue. It was as hot WELLINGTON (Reuter) - New Zealand's highest temipera-tuie ever recorded, 109.9 de-� ccs fahrenheit, was reported Vorinesday in southern Can-erbury province on the South Island. The previous high 102.8 in 1950. 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