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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetKhridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, .FEBRUARY 10, 1975 15. Cents Protestant sabotage of IRA peace feared Countdown to zero HICK ERVIN photo After counting off 364 days from the city hall are the work of more than volunteers, prepara- countdown calendar, Pharley Q. Pheasant takes the tions to house and feed athletes, a system of honors to bring more than two years of preparations communication to join 13.Southern Alberta communi- to day zero the Canada Winter Games. Contained ties in playing host to one of Canada's major sports in the 365 days that have now fallen from the calendar events. 'It's about my new car. The rebate cheque has been Inside 64 Pages Classified........20-23 Comics Comment...........4 13-15 Family..........16-17 Markets...........19 Sports............10-12 Theatres............7 TV..................6 .Weather............3 Los tonight-10 higbTues. 5 cold, cloudy. Africans insist on black rule Blakeney blames Ottawa for oil finance woes REGINA (CP) Premier Allan Blakeney today put the entire blame on the federal government for financial troubles in the oil industry. 'in the remarks prepared for a service club luncheon, he said Ottawa created the problems in its 1974 budget and has remained inflexible in refusing'to help. He also said the federal government is planning to increase the export tax on oil in March and thus impose another burden on the in- dustry. DAR ES SALAAM (AP) Black Africa will insist on black rule in South Africa and will never agree to apartheid even if the blacks get control of Rhodesia and South-West Africa, Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere says. "The majority of people in South Africa will continue de- manding the rights of de- mocracy that have been denied to them and Africa will continue supporting Nyerere said in an interview. "You can't say majority rule is all right in Rhodesia but because South Africa is an independent state then ma- jority rule is not an objective of Africa." Nyerere conceded that the South African government "responded to the new changes and said, 'Look, is there a possibility of bringing changes in southern Africa But he warned: "There can't be peace until that peace is attached to free- dom. It's no use (South Africa) saying, 'We will sup- port minority rule in Rhodesia but we want or 'We will not grant independence to Namibia (South-West Africa) but we want peace.' This is ridiculous." South Africa's white minori- ty government has announced minor modifications of its apartheid policy of racial segregation. BELFAST (AP.) The Irish Republican Army (IRA) begins a new ceasefire tonight. But the killing of three Roman Catholics in less than 12 hours heightened fears 'Syncrude important part of future' EDMONTON (CP) History would have judged harshly if the Alberta and federal governments had decided against investing in the Syncrude Canada Ltd. oil sands project, Premier Peter Lougheed said Sunday. Mr. Lougheed said in an interview the province's supplies of conventional crude oil will be exhausted in 10 years and Syncrude will be ready to fill the gap, but had the governments decided not to put money into the project, it would have been set back for decades.. The worst thing that could have happened would have been to allow the atmosphere of uncertainty about Syncrude's future to continue any longer than necessary, he said. He'estimated the consor- tium would spend billion in Alberta in constructing the plant and create to jobs as well as provide a mul- tiplier effect in the economy. "Syncrude is a fantastically important part of our Ion8 term economic future and I think it would have been tragic if the project had collapsed." Alberfa had money to invest for future generations and what better place for it to have gone than into a provin- cial venture, he asked. In the case of Syncrude the federal government acted to improve the supply of oil to central Canada but because Alberta is a producing province and government's mandate is centred in consuming provinces, the energy conflict between the two will'likely continue despite recent co operation, he said. that Protestant extremists would sabotage the new truce. Two Catholics were killed and another wounded by an at- tack on a crowd of worshipers leaving a Catholic church Sun- day night. And this morning gunmen in a passing car killed a 19-year-old Catholic roadsweeper in East Belfast. The IRA's Provisional wing announced it would suspend its guerrilla war at 6 p.m. (1 p.m. No time limit for the ceasefire was set, but' London newspapers reported an IRA spokesman in Dublin warned: "This is only a peace initiative. A permanent ceasefire is still a long way off." William Craig, leader of the extremist Protestant Vanguard Movement, said the. IRA's Catholic leaders probably were trying "to gain credibility and win a breathing space." He de- manded the Catholic guerrillas "surrender of their arms." Two hours before the IRA announcement Sunday night, two gunmen opened fire on the crowd leaving 7 p.m. mass at St. Bridget's Church, in Belfast, killing two young men and wounding a third, and then escaped in a car stolen in a Protestant area of Belfast. Police blamed Protestant ex- tremists. Twelve persons have now died since the IRA Proves ended a Christmas truce on Jan. 16 after 25 days. The offi- cial death toll from 5% years of violence in Northern Ireland has risen to The Proves gave no ex- planation for their new cease- fire except to say it came after discussions with British officials "on effective arrangements to ensure that there is no breakdown of a new truce." The IRA said it ended the Christmas truce because the British did not respond suf- ficiently to its demands for the release of 500 interned IRA suspects and a pledge to withdraw the British troops in Northern Ireland. British sources insisted the government made no secret deals to win the resumption of the truce. But the government said in a statement: "A genuine and sustained cessa- tion of violence could be the basis for a more constructive and peaceful future for Northern Ireland." NEVER TOO OLD MARSEILLE, France (AP) Police uncovered a brothel for senior citizens during a raid on a building in Marseille, a police spokesman said Saturday. The raid Friday turned up two prostitutes in their 50s and eight clients whose ages ranged from 60 to 77, the spokesman said. The brothel was opened several months ago by a 63 year old madam, and the prostitutes said they charg- ed about ?10 for their services, he said. The old age pension in France is about a day. Saudis say oil won't be used as political club THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Saudi Arabia's oil minister held out hope Saturday for a reduction in oil prices and said oil should never again be used as a political weapon. But an Algerian official said petroleum producers are con- vinced that any attempt to cut prices is doomed to failure. Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani of Saudi Arabia told a news conference in New Delhi after a three-day visit to India that his country favors not only a lengthy freeze of oil prices, but also "some decrease" from the existing price of a barrel. "I don't think that in 1975 there will be any further in- he said. "It has al- Seen and heard, About town Lethbridge Bronco Bryan Trottier being called hockey's most "quiet" player fan just one period before he received a misconduct penal- ty for verbally abusing a referee Lethbridge Municipal Hospital radiologist Maurice Marshall downing a glass of barium after coming out on the wrong end of a bet. ready been decided to freeze prices up to September, and I hope can get that freeze extended beyond 1975. "As a matter of fact, we still are trying to have some decrease in the oil price." But Algerian Trade Minister Layachi Yaker told a news conference in Dakar, Senegal, that efforts to reduce oil prices will fail, even if there is no concerted action among the producers, because it is clear that demand must grow in the years and decades to come. Algeria heads the hard-line bloc within the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) while Saudi Arabia and some Per- sian Gulf states take a softer stand. Yaker was in Dakar for a conference on raw materials In other oil developments: Vienna, 100 experts from major oil-producing countries met to prepare working papers eventually to be used in a dialogue with Western, industrial, oil- consuming nations. But first the papers will be reviewed by ministers from the powerful Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries who in turn are to set the stage for a first-ever summit meeting of their chiefs of state prior to opening talks with oil consumers. Portugal drifting on sea of suspicion, intolerance New York Times Service LISBON Portugal is drifting in a sea of suspicion, fear and intolerance nine months after -the military overthrew an essentially Fascist regime and set the country on a democratic course. Most of the joy and con- fidence of the first days after the coup last April are gone, and no one is quite sure where Portugal is headed. There is an immediate goal an elec- tion before the end of April for a constituent assembly, con- sidered the first essential step which everything else depends. President Francisco da Costa Gomes is supposed to announce the date at least 60 days in advance. But people who stand on the streets and talk not certain they will be able to go to the polls even though the armed forces have assured them time and again that they will be. Behind the military's assurances are dark muiterings of coups and 'countercpups, warnings of civil strife and foreign intervention, calculations of troop reliability and worried speculation about the inten- tions of this or that man or group. The resentment and alarm created among non Com- munists by the Communist in getting dominant position., in the country, the deprecatory attitude taken by the armed forces toward politicians and the electoral process, and the interplay between military and politicians are major factors in the political climate. The government's lack of authority, it's confusion and ineptness in dealing with pressing problems, and the in- fighting and distrust that mark relations among cabinet members aggravate the situation, in the opinion of Portuguese who follow the political scene in and out of government. The confusion was evident in the governments handling of the so-called emergency economic plan, which the cabinet approved recently after months of debate. While the cabinet argued about how far to go in reforming the economy, unemployment spread, workers demonstrated and landless peasants started to seize land on large estates. Nixon still clinging to hope of salvaging his reputation New York Times Service SAN CLEMENT.E, Calif. The six month transition period allow- ed by law for Richard M. Nixon to "adjust to the life of a private citizen" expired at noon Sunday, leaving him a frail and lonely recluse clinging to the hope of salvaging his reputation and, some persons say, of returning some day to politics. Still insisting that despite "errors of judgment" he is innocent of any criminal wrongdoing, Nixon talks sometimes in a rather rambling manner, his acquaintances of his achievements in foreign af- fairs and his unique qualifications for helping restore American prestige abroad. PersonS in contact with Nixon say that he has suggested that he might become an elder statesman of the Republican party as "a sort of Bernard Baruch" or, more to his liking, a roving ambassador and trouble shooter much in the manner that he used Henry Kissinger or that Harry Hopkins served Frankline D. Roosevelt. However, in a television interview Saturday night, Nixon's chief spokesman, Ronald Ziegler, denied that the former president was a political comeback. Ziegler added that Nixon was not "contemplating or thinking about the day when he will become a spokesman for the Republican party or will be ambassador to China." Nevertheless, on one recent oc- casion, Nixon spoke eagerly to a former member of his White House staff of the valuable service he could render as ambassador to China, then suddenly digressed and began talk- ing about grooming his daughter, Julie Eisenhower, for a career in politics with the observation that "after all, she is both a Nixon and an Eisenhower." The desire for political rehabilita- tion and acceptance, his acquain- tances say, appears to be the subject most constantly on Nixon's mind. His moods, they say, shift suddenly, and sometimes puzzlingly, .from buoyant confidence to spells of withdrawn, almost sullen reflection interspersed with bursts of angry impatience over the .rate of his physical recovery and the state of his finances. The impressions of Nixon, his health and his concerns in his chosen exile behind the guarded walls of the Casa Pacifica here were obtained this week from a group of friends, political confidantes and. two members of his now depleted staff, as well as from a brief visit Wednesday inside the Nixon com- pound known until Nixon's resigna- tion last Aug. 9 as the western White House and virtually inaccessible to newsmen since then. Shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nixon emerged from his office in the compound. Wearing a dark gray business suit, he seemed tired. His face was drawn and his limp was noticeable. He entered a canary yellow golf cart, waiting with a Secret Service driver. Two other, carts carrying Secret Service men followed him the short distance to the Casa Pacifica. He appeared to be thin, and an employee explained that he was down at least 10 pounds from his normal 164 pound weight. A political associate of Nixon since he first ran for Congress in 1946, who talks to him frequently, said the former president had told him in a 30 minute conversation that he hoped to return to a political role, although not as a candidate for office, in perhaps two or three years. By then, he quoted Nixon as saying, "My book will have es- tablished for the American people the fact that 1 was not the culprit but one of the victims of Watergate and that I have been unjuitly vilified." "I didn't have the heart, consider- ing his physical condition and his worries, to tell he was the associate said. RICHARD NIXON ;