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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 12, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD WtdnMdiy, February 12, 1975 News In brief Tories fail to broaden income tax cuts Ford sees more unemployment THE ASSOCIATED PRESS President Ford has warned the United States to brace for a faster-than-foree'ast surge in unemployment, but says the jobless rate will peak at under 10 per cent and head downward before year's end. The president's personal prediction came at a Topeka, Kan., news conference Tuesday night after he announced the re- lease of (2 billion in frozen highway funds to spur or more jobs in the hard-hit construction industry. Ford scheduled a meeting today with his top economic advisers to discuss unemploy- ment and the reaction to his latest two-day trip in search of support for his economic and energy proposals. Farm incomes up 25 per cent OTTAWA (CP) Prelimi- nary figures released Tuesday by Statistics Canada show that farmers' cash receipts in 1974 totalled more than billion, up 25 per cent from 1973. The total last year was an increase of over the com- parable 1973 total of Soviets resume border talks MOSCOW (AP) Deputy Foreign Minister Leonid Ilyi- chev returned to Peking today to resume the talks on the So- viet-Chinese border dispute, Tass reported. The report by the Soviet news agency gave no indica- tion whether Ilyichev took new proposals with him. The Chinese government sent a message to Moscow Nov. 1 calling for the conclusion of a nonaggression treaty and the withdrawal of Soviet troops from "disputed Queen's raise postponed COLIN SHAW photo LONDON (AP) Prime Minister Harold .Wilson post- poned announcing a pay raise of for the Queen because the news leaked to the press, political sources said Tuesday. Political infor- mants said they believe the story was leaked by cabinet ministers opposed to the raise. The Queen now receives out of public funds to pay her staff and maintain her state residences. Blood chief blesses Games Premier Peter Lougheed was among the Games. Although few understood the chief's invocation athletes, spectators and VIPs who joined Jim Shot delivered in Blackfopt, Games President Charles Both Sides, chief of the Blood band, as he offered Virtue later assured the capacity crowd in the Sports- a blessing to the success of the 1975 Canada Winter plex that the Games "have been well blessed." Park victory certain SEOUL (AP) President Chung Hee Park was expected to win a sizable victory today in the referendum he called to get a country-wide endorse- ment of his authoritarian rule. Despite calls for a boycott by opposition political groups and some church and civic organizations, it was general- ly conceded that the final result would be a large ma- jority in favor of the former general who has been in power since a bloodless coup in 1961. China address must be right OTTAWA (CP) Mail sent to addresses in China, the Re- public of China or Nationalist China or other such variations are not going to get across the Pacific, the post office said Tuesday. In a statement, the post of- fice said it will accept only two forms of addresses: People's Republic of China, for the mainland. or what often is called Nation- alist China or the Republic of China! Assured income bill pushed EDMONTON (CP) A bill enabling the government to implement its assured income plan for the elderly was in- troduced in the Alberta BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE legislature Tuesday by Health Minister Neil Crawford. The plan, announced in the Jan. 23 throne speech and out- lined in the provincial budget Friday, would guarantee a minimum monthly income of to persons over 65 who receive old-age security and the province's guaranteed in- come supplement. The current level is about INSTALLATION ELECTRONIC AIR CLEANERS 17092AV..S. Phone 328-5973 Malagasy, president assassinated 'TANANARIVE (AP) -Ma- lagasy's military rulers today accused dissident" police forces of assassinating Presi- dent Richard Ratsimandrava. The president's limousine was ambushed on a narrow road Tuesday evening as he was being driven from his of- fice to his home. Ratsimandrava was critically wounded and died several hours later, the gover- ment said. Two bodyguards and several of the assassins also were reported killed. A large military force sur- rounded the Antanimora police camp, and the ruling military junta called on Col. Brechafd Rajaonarison to leave the camp unarmed and give himself up. There were indications that the army was preparing to at- tack the camp unless the police surrendered. Martial law and a curfew were proclaimed Tuesday night.. Government radio asked the population to help in the cap- ture of fleeing policemen. It promised those who turned themselves in would be pro- tected. There was speculation that tension between rival coastal and highland tribes would set off a civil war on this big island off the southeast African coast. Tanks and armored cars were stationed at public buildings and other strategic points in the city. Heavy guards were posted at the homes of leading members of the military regime. 'Cambodians will lose war without U.S. aid' PHNOM PENH The Cambodian commander in chief says that unless his forces receive the supplemental military aid sought by U.S. President Ford, they will lose the war before the year is out. "Even with more aid we cannot win, but we can hold the other side to a stalemate Asmara civilians confined to capital ADDIS ABABA (Reuter) Ethiopia troops who have been fighting guerrillas seek- ing independence stopped civilians leaving the Eritrean capital of Asmara today. This followed a radio appeal Tuesday night calling on refu- gees from outlying villages not to move back to their homes. Cars, buses, and pedestrians were stopped at road blocks. The office of the Eritrean governor, Emmanuel Amde- Mikhael, said attempts to move back to villages on the outskirts were "not in the interests" of the inhabitants. An estimated civilians fled into the city from the surrounding area after fighting broke out Jan. 11 between Eritrean guerrillas and government forces. The guerrillas who want full independence for Eritrea- clashed with government troops north of Asmara again Tuesday. No clashes were reported today. Water supplies were restored today to most parts of Asmara but residents said there was no prospect of restoring electricity in the near future. that may lead to Gen. Sosthene Fernandez said in an inter- view. The interview coincided with a Washington announce- ment Tuesday that a U.S.- financed airlift of supplies from Thailand to Phnom Penh would double its flights into the besieged capital. Sources at the Phnom Perth airport said Bird Air, the charter firm hired by the United States, increased its flights two days ago to 20 from 10 every 24 hours. The U.S. Congress approved million of the million in military aid which the ad- ministration requested for Cambodia in the 1974-75 fiscal year. However, one Western source said that due to inflation, even million would not have been enough to get the Phnom Penh govern- ment through the year. A Western supply expert said that without increased aid, "the army will run out of ammunition in two months." Another said the army needs just about everything in the way of equipment. Ottawa in no hurry to push oil, gas price control bill mERLEnoRmflncosmETics- T "VALUABLE COUPON' With this coupon you are Entitled to Receive-------- THE PRICE OF ANY OTTAWA (CP) The federal government is in no hurry to push through legisla- tion giving it sole control of oil and natural gas prices in ad- vance of an April federal- provincial meeting in Ottawa on prices, says Energy Minister Donald Macdonald. Speaking in an interview with The Canadian Press, the minister said, however, the threat of federal price control is there, even if the bill is not Ontario, the major oil and gas consuming province, is reported to have urged Ot- tawa to get the bill through Parliament before the first ministers meet for their dis- cussion of oil and gas prices. But Mr. Macdonald said it is better to hold off on the bill if there appears to be any hope of reaching agreement on pricing with the provinces. A section of the bill, in- troduced when the current Commons session opened last fall, would give Ottawa the power to set interprovincial oil and natural gas prices un- less a suitable agreement can be reached with the producing provinces. The 'bill drew sharp criticism from Progressive Conservative opposition members, many of them from the western producing provinces, who described it as part of a federal' takeover of provincial natural resources control. A filibuster mounted by the western MPs just before the Christmas recess forced the Liberal government to with- draw the legislation from de- bate, with a promise to bring it back later in the session. Main reason for the legisla-. tion, Mr. Macdonald says, is to meet a new price-change system in Alberta that he says could double the price of natu- ral gas by Nov. 1, bringing it to about a thousand cubic feet, the price for an equal amount of oil in energy value. The minister says Ottawa needs assurance that the sharply increased prices won't go into effect on Alber- ta's decision alone. OTTAWA (CP) -The ma- jority Liberal government swept aside two opposition attempts Tuesday night to broaden personal income tax Kissinger talks move to Egypt THE ASSOCIATED PRESS U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger flew to Cairo today and conferred with President Anwar Sadat on prospects for Egyptian concessions to Israel for a military pullback in the Sinai peninsula. Kissinger brought a detailed Israeli position with him from Jerusalem, including about a dozen steps toward an end to the Arabs' economic, political and diplomatic boycott of Is- rael. Sources said these include movement of cargo bound.for Israel through the Suez Canal and exchanges of journalists and cultural and sports groups. A senior U.S. official told reporters that Israel was in- sisting also on a signed docu- ment from Egypt marking an end to almost 27 years of hostilities. And, he said, if Israel gives up the Abu Rodeis oilfields it would have to be guaranteed an alternative source of petroleum, par- ticularly in the event of an- other emergency. Kissinger's 36-hour stop in Jerusalem was described by Israeli Foreign Minister Yigal Allon as "a very successful preliminary move" toward an agreement. The state secretary said that "we did not attempt to reach any final conclusions on this trip." Kissinger went to the Egyp- tian capital from Israel to tell President Anwar Sadat how much more of the Sinai desert Israel is prepared to return in a second disengagement .agreement and what it demands from Egypt in return. After getting Sadat's outline of the agreement he wants, the United States negotiator will return to Jerusalem Thursday with a stop en route in Damascus, the Syrian capital. U.S. sources said Kissinger encountered resistance during his talks Monday night and Tuesday with Premier Yitzhak Rabin and leaders of his Israeli government. 'And informed sources in Cairo said Egypt was firm in its demand for return of the strategic Mitla and Gidi passes and the Abu Rudeis oil fields and also refused to make a non-agression pledge demanded by Israel. Judges 'should work 8-hour day' VANCOUVER (CP) Court backlogs would be reduced if judges worked, eight hours a day "like everybody else Ralph Salerno, New York expert on organized crime said in Van- couver Tuesday. Mr. Salerno was speaking at a press conference during a seminar on white collar crime sponsored by British Colum- bia's co-ordinated law en- forcement unit. He recommended higher bail or no bail for arrested suspects "and the compensa- tion for that is to give him a speedy-trial. Let's try him next said Mr. Salerno. "If he's guilty, we're entitl- ed to a speedy trial; if he's in- nocent, he's entitled to a speedy trial." In England, suspects are tried in six weeks and an appeal is heard within six weeks, the whole process tak- ing no more than 12 weeks. reductions announced Nov. 18 by Finance Minister John Turner. Arguing that the country cannot afford additional tax cuts now, government MPs also used their majority mus- cle to give second in prin- a bill authorizing tax changes proposed by Mr. Turner. They were assisted en route by Leonard Jones cton) who managed to get through a motion effectively ending the second-reading de- bate which had lasted nine days. Fewer than the required 10 MPs stood to object when Mr. Jones moved late Tuesday night that the House sit con- tinuously until second-reading was voted. NDP members in- dicated they wanted to con- tinue the debate today but only nine were present at the time. The Conservative proposal, defeated 125 to 96, called for a substantial increase in the 1974 tax cuts of to an- nounced by Mr. Turner in No- vember. Sinclair Stevens, Conser- vative financial critic, said the proposal, costing million, would have given tax- payers a break of to more for 1974 than the reduc- tion proposed by Mr. Turner. Mr. Turner has proposed further cuts for 1975 rais- ing the minimum reduction to and the maximum to The NDP motion, defeated 204 to 18, would have granted all taxpayers a tax credit. It was presented by NDP Parliamentary Leader Ed Broadbent as part of a package of economic proposals to give the economy a "massive" shot in the arm. Standing in the 264-seat Commons: Liberal 141, Conservative 95, NDP 16, Social Credit 11, Independent 1. The two votes were followed immediately by a voice vote giving the controversial 287- page omnibus tax bill second reading, sending it to com- mittee for clause-by-clause study. Farmers may qualify for housing loans Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Alberta farmers as of Tuesday may qualify for housing loans up to at interest as low as nine per cent depending on their income. In the second part of a hous- ing program finally ironed out in cabinet Monday, non sub- sidized loans of up to at 11 per cent over 35 years are being made available. Alberta families who have farming their primary vocation and a net annual farm income of less than 500 qualify under the interest subsidy program. The maximum annual interest subsidy of is applicable to farm net in- comes of of less, and decreases on a graduated basis as income approaches The maximum loan of can be amortized up to 35 years for houses and 25 years for mobile homes on permanent foundations. Information and application forms are available from local district agriculturalists and Alberta Agricultural Development Corporation loan officers. The program is funded by the Alberta Housing Cor- poration, with up to million provided in the 1975-76 budget brought down by the province last Friday. The ADC, with the help of district home economists, will be responsi- ble for determining housing needs and net farm income, and processing applications. The AHC must approve all home plans, make inspections and disburse funds. The province hopes 200 farm homes can be built under the first phase of the program. PLUS! You will also receive CQCB with your purchase, one Wig Brush ITIERLE noRman cosmETic BOUTIQUE Gifts Wigs Perfumes 321-1525 1 COUPON PER WIG 'OFFER EXPIRES FEB. 28th' Clipthlt V A Coupon ami A Coupon BrlnflHto Mtrlt Norman today Mtrto Norman today! Killers 'ran down the street laughing9 CALGARY (CP) Two youths accused of murdering John Berze "ran off down the street laughing" minutes after one of them admitted stabbing and slitting the throat of the 16 year old ser- vice station attendant, a self confessed accomplice testified Tuesday. The 17 year old girl witness told a packed Alberta Supreme Court room that she lured Berze, whom she had known in high school, into the station's ladies' washroom where the two youths were waiting to ambush him. She testified under protec- tion of both the Canada and Alberta evidence acts, at the second day of the trial of three men charged with murder punishable by life im- prisonment. Having completed her part in the planned robbery of the service station last Aug. 23, she watched Berze go into the washroom and then "heard a moan or a scream, and I she told the court. The girl identified the two waiting in the washroom as "Myles and Cochise" Myles Garfield Sarter, 18, and Lorne John Rivett, 19, both of Calgary. The man who planned the robbery was "Gus" Warren Lee Augustus, 22, of Calgary, whom the girl said she had been engaged to. She had asked Augustus if he could get her any money so she could travel to Saskatchewan to see her boyfriend. The gir! testified Rivett and Sarter got rid of the knives in a back alley near the service station after the killing. Elaborating on the robbery scheme, with a slight waver in her voice, she said the three accused had discussed "hit- ting" the station the.previous day. She said the robbery plan did not involve killing the attendant and she did not see the hunting knives until after the killing. The girl said she went to stay with a friend and later that day notified and RCMP constable. She said she called a lawyer and after they talked, went to city police and told her story. ;