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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY NEAR 1C The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 56 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 38 PAGE3 More flights scrubbed as talks resumed Power crisis sparks flying last autumn By KEVIN DOVLE LONDON (CP) The devastating power crisis has plunged Britain into darkness and sent a crippling chill through the economy caught most of the country by surprise. But'the first sparks in what was to become a naming political row were flying as early as last September. Most Britons had anticipated a strike by the coun- try's coal miners well before it began in Jan- uary but few people, including those in government circles, expected (lie disastrous effects1 which followed. Five weeks after lire strike began, the government was forced Feb. 10 lo declare a state ot national emergency as elcclricily generators faced the most severe fuel shortage for 25 years. Blackouts were in- stituted throughout the country and industry was hTOiiehl lo its knees with extensive power Joe. Gonnlcy, president ot the National Union of Mineworkers, has set aside his usually low-key ap- proach to bargaining lo demand a 25-per-cenl increase for workers in the government-owned mines. Lawrence Daly, fiery union secretary, says the miners will set- tle for nothing less. Bitterness builds The miners' bitterness has tieen building steadily for about two ycais. Their anger is partly (he resuJI of years of pit closures and slipping prestige measured by the size of Uicir pay packets and partly because of unrelent- ing pressure by Communists and other radical unjon members for strike action. Coal miners are among the lowest-paid workers in Britain. Their current take-home earnings alter taxes nnd other deductions amount to about a week. They have demanded an increase of about a week.. The publicly-owned coal board offered about The miners' demand, which wxmld amount to about K 25-per-cent raise, runs counter to Prime Minister Heath's determination to hold wage increases in the public sector to seven or eight per cent as part of an anti-Inflation campaign. The miners have traditionally tended to avoid offi- cial strikes. Many believe this is because in tlw past, they have felt themselves in a weak position with the Industry's manpower declining to from 35 years ago. Men determined Tlie miners themselves share a fierce community loyalty and were determined to hold out for B satis- factory settlement once a strike had been declared. Ministers; hoped lo clear as many impending labor settlements as passible before dealing with the miners' claim for special treatment in the hope that a prec- edent-setting, "inflationary'1 increase could be avoided. They feared such an increase iru'glit have set off a round of Finiilar demands from other unions. All hough half the. energy market in Britain has t'ccn won by oil. natural gas and atomic power, coal will remain a vit.il resource in the country for as far into Ihe future as anyone cares to look. Talking computer next MKNLO PARK, Calif. (Kculor) Scientists at Ihe Slanfoul Tipsrarch Inslil'jto are Irving lo build a fnlkinc computer liy 1HRO. They say (lie computer will carry on an intelligent dialogue with any person who limits himself to about ]00 words. Dr. Bertr.nnd Raphael, in charge of Ihc project, said about eight .sciciilisls arc working on it full-time, including language ex-perls and computer systems analysis. He said computers have already been developed which nliey simple, clearly-spoken conimmids. llul linpbai'l said Ihe lask facing his project was In rtnclnn a compiilcr dial, could analyse Hie flow ol human speech nnd eliminate stammering and fill in for dropped words. The job of 11m laiiKnage experts is lo analyse normal human speech p.nltcrns lo instruct Ihc computer. Raphael said one of (ho main applications of such n cninpulor would be to instruct technicians In how lo repair equipment. Tlie Ircliniciiin would put questions (o Hip com- puter wliich would Ilien reply orally or by print-out djsplu.v on ,1 jcrcrn. By THE CANADIAN PRESS Air Canada cancelled more than half of its flights out of To- ronto today and about two- thii-ds of its domestic nights from Montreal as a country- wide strike by electronics tech- Tiicdfuis entered its llth day. Airlines urged passengers to take buses or trains as flight de- lays were reported across Can- ada. Some flights from Toronto were taken off six hours later. Medialion talks resumed in Ottawa at 10 a.m. EST Iwtween (he government's treasury board and Local 2228, Interna- tional Brotherhood ot Electrical Workers, in effort to settle the wage dispute. Traffic in and out of other major airports was hectic Tues- day as air controllers resorted to visual procedures for com- mercial takeoffs and landings after delicate radar equipment broke down without mainte- nance. Conditions today appeared about the same or slightly worse. CANCEL 60 FLIGHTS An Air Canada spokesman said the airline had to cancel 60 of 112 scheduled flights from To- ronto. It got about two-thirds of its flights out Tuesday. CP Air said ite usual -20 flights would leave Toronto today but it couldn't guarantee when. Air Canada said it was trying to maintain long-range flights while cancelling short runs. 'I nere were numerous consolida- on lightly loaded flights being put on other aircraft. Extra buses and railway cars are running because of the strike. CNR added three cars to each of Tuesday evening's Rapido trains from Montreal to Toronto snd airport buses met them at Union Slates. At least half the tram passengers had to take buses to the airport just In pick up cars they had parked there. On Tuesday mediator Gordon Simmons of Queen's University, wlra spoke to both sides hi the dispute by telephone, returned to Ottawa from Kingston for the talks. Seen and heard About town "VnLKMAN Bill Lcincs star- llled by a "hello love" Erecting from a north Lelh- bridge housewife who mis- took him for her d.nugliler Clark rigeslian biting Dr. n. S. llullock's finger while having a tooth filled I'nl Kaszas Irolding up traffic at a bus stop. STRUGGLING STRIKERS Police brace themselves against smuggling cool-miners, who ore on strike, as they arrived al Ihe English Houses of Parliament with their sup- porters. The ilrikers intended to lobby members if Parliament. (AP Wirephoto) Strike idles 2.5 million Britain's miseries mount Taber man charged TABER (Staff) Alvin .lames Cliomos, 25, of Tabcr has been charged with non- capi'tal murder following the shotgun slaying of his father, Alec Chomos, 55. A relaible source said the shooting resulted from a family dispute in the elder Chomos" home here. Alvin Chomos was arrested by town police shortly after the shooting Tuesday night. Information available a t press time indicated Chomos would be remanded in magis- trate's court for one week. The court will be presided over by Provincial Judge A. H. El- ford of Lelhbridge. LONDON (AP) Britain's power famine, sent the jobless total soaring above 2.5 million today and added an exlra three-hour blackout period io homes across the country. Electricity boards warned Ihc. situation is likely lo Ire worse by Friday, raising fears of in- dustrial paralysis, food short- ages and the tnreal of river pol- lution. Homes already blacked out for nine hours a day were warned lo expect a n additional three-hour power cutoff. The coal-tired electric power sta- tions, nearly starved of supplies by a coal miners' strike, now in its sixth week. Weathermen predicted a cold spell to add to the misers'. A government-named inquiry, which heard the miners' case Tuesday, took testimony from the state-run coal hoard today. It hopes to recommend a pay settlement Friday in Britain's worst industrial dispute in nearly half a century. The Trades Union Congress rejected a back-lo-worit apjwal by Prime Minister Heath. The miners are demanding a raise of over their current basic pay of S49..10 a week. The National Coal Board has offered them half flu's amount; and an inquiry board is now holding hearings with the hope of reach- ing a recommendation by Fri- day. Unless the strike is settled and coal moves inlo (he power stations by the end of Hie. month, millions more will he thrown out of work in a whole- sale shutdown of industry. Only hospitals and other essential services will be left with elec- tric power. Shortages of bread, milk, sugar mid iresh meat were re- ported. Blindfolded Irishmen shot in mass kangaroo court BELFAST (AP) Tliree blindfolded men were shot m the thigh in a Roman Catholic district of Belfast Tuesday night nnd police said they probably were victims of punishment squads sent out by the Irish Re- publican Army. Two other men were wounded, one seriously, by bul- lets fired from passing cars in apparently similar but separate incidents. Outside the capita] a youth was found tarred and feathered on the road lo Lur- gan. British troops found the wounded, blindfolded trio after Belfast, newspapers received a midnight telephone call report- ing that the IRA's militant Provisional wing had shot three men in the leg "for committing 11 robbery with violence." One of the three was dragged away by a crowd before the sol- diers could call an ambulance. "It looks as Ihough the IRA I'.as held 3 mass kangaroo court soineM'lierc in the a police spokesman said. DKVUN CHEERED Meanwhile a placard-waving crowd erupted into cheers to- day when a court case against Bernadotte Devlin and other Northern Ireland civil rights leaders were adjourned "in Iho interests of justice." Miss Devlin, firebrand Social- ist member of the British Par- liament, was among 26 persons accused of illegal marching. She and four others one MP and three members of the Parliament in Belfast were arraigned in the liny court- house at Newry in County Down. They were accused of march- ing in Newry earlier this month in defiance of a government emergency ban on all parades. Sadat rattles sivord CAIRO (API President Anwar Sadat said today Egypt must develop sophisticated weapons in order to face U.S. end Israeli armaments. Sadat lold a special meeting of the national congress of the governing Arab Socialist Union that Egypt must be prepared to accept big losses and inflict even greater losses on Israel. He gave no hint of how Egypt could develop sophisticated weapons, but presumably they would be supplied by the Soviet Union. Declaring lhal it was a world oblipoljon (o bring peace to the Middle Easl, Sadat added: "We want the force of law, not the law of force. "We must prepare ourselves for a long political and military struggle. There are no short cuts through which we can HOhieve our aspirations." DIDN'T MENTION TALKS He made no mention of Is- rael's agreement to U.S.-spon- soiwl talks with Egypt on reopening the Suez canal. Tile agreement, awaited here for a year, was made Feb. 2 as Sadat left for Moscow. A gov- ernment spokesman said no comment would be made until word was passed lo Egypt through Gunnar V. Jarring, the UN special mediator in the Mid- dle East crisis. U.S. delegation in Ottawa for talks WASHINGTON iReuteri A 23-man U.S. congressional del- egation will fly to Ottawa to- day lo discuss trade and for- eign policy with Canadian members of Parliament. Panel discussions, beginning Thursday, will cover trade ami economic affairs; foreign owni- ership and multi-national cor ponilions; export subsidies and non-tariff barriers, and pollu- tion problems along Hie U.S.- Canadian border. Co-chairman of the U.S. del- egation are Senator Frank Church (Dem. Idaho) and Iteprosenl.nl ive Cornelius Gal- lagher The semi-official newspaper Al Ahram reported Jailing is dus here Friday. Sadat has previously rejected U.S. peace efforts because Washington agreed last monlh to increase Israeli ail' force by one-third. He accused the United States of moving its 6th Fleet home base lo Greece, and wanting to remove President Makarios of Cyprus to get another base there to increase pressure on Ecypt nnd the Soviet Union. lie added that Arali-Soviet friendship is a "cornerstone ol all development for the fight, right, and truth and there must lie consistent efforts for the friendship to flourish." soldiers disappear WASHINGTON (AP) Kome- liow. about OO.nno North Viet- namese and Viet Cong troops havo disappeared from South Vietnam since last year. Whelher most of Ihem ever were there is open to question. In his annii.il report lo Con- ETCSS, Dcfcnco Secretary Mel- vin Laird said Tuesday (here are .it le.isl Norlli Virl- name-so and Viet Cong in South Vietnam. In ha j-oport nearly roar ago. Laird siMike. of fit least 2-10.000 North Vietnamese and Viet Confi in Ibe South. Sueh a drastic drop in Com- inunisl. sfrenglh is puw.ling be- cause officials have been saying they believe new soldiers were infiltrated from North Vietnam to replace battlefield losses. When nsked lo explain the. decrease, the Pentagon said Laii-d's sl.nlemenls "proba- bly involve n shillini! of identi- fied units in Cambodia or LP.OS ts well as other refinements not velle.eled in last year's defence report." However, the secretary's Cambodia figures show an in- crease of only about North Vietnamese and oilier Commun- ist-command soldiers over last year's As for Laos, Laird's report es- timated cnrronl North Vietnam- ese .nnd Pnlhel Lao .slrcngth I here is al least ISii.OOO-n de- cre.nso ot nboilt 2J.OOO Irom ,n year ago. Snow slides close road VANCOUVER (CP) Snow slides have closed the Trans- C.nn.ndu Highway through Ibo HoRors Pass. The llrilish Co- lumbia department of high- ways siiy'i heavy rain is tailing in ihe. nrra ond the pass will ba closed at least until noon. Election talk fills Ottawa air OTTAWA (CP) In a pre-election atmosphere, a new session of Parliament begins Thursday with an expecied slate-of-the-nalion-lype throne speech that will give Canadians an encouraging view of the future ot their country. The speech will also outline some of the legislation scheduled to come before Parliament some of it new. sonic of it in the form of left-overs which the government feels will bring Canada closer towards a just society. STORMY SESSION Will) (he opposition scenting an election, il could a stormy parliamentary period ahead. Bui the government is not ex- pected to aggravate the situa- tion by introducing unnecessar- ily contentious bills. Some of the more controver- sial bills left over from last ses- sion, including Labor Code amendments End a measure io regulate business rompelHion, are unlikely lo return in their former state, probably not before the expecied election. The throne speech, which tra- ditionally outlines legislation to come before Parliament, is ex- pected to concentrate more on the state nf Canada and hopes for its future. Some cabinet ministers lire known to he an- noyed that some of their pet projects are not being im hided in the speech, to be read by Governor-General Roland Mich- ener. The speecli lias been prepared within Prime Minister Tni- dean's office, aad sources say there has been less cabinet par- t i c i p a t i o n than in previous yeart. Ministers asked In s ir b m i t legislative programs they had in mind. Mr. fC'llo'Vjiig s lendencv begun in 1970. favors using (he speech as a vehicle for an over-all government view ol Canada, its problems and its hopes. Bills V.u'ch, in the gov- ernment's view, will make Can-, ada a belter place will be out- lined. One of these bills Is almost certain Io be 11..: family income security plan, winch would over- haul the present family allow- ance scheme. It is a carry-over from the current session. The biil to control electronic eavesdropping likely Mill he back, an amended version of the controversial grains stabili- zation bill is expected to come before (he new session, and there likely vill be proposed lightened regulations governing immigrant. Depending on the long-ex- pected study of foreign owner- ship in Canada, there be legislation to establish an agency to supervise foreign cap- ital. There also Is speculation about a new super agency to control both broadcasting and telecommunication common earners. Officials say legislation deal- ing with yoimg offenders is un- likely to return after a House committee recommended it be overhauled. Hut there arc. expected lo be a .sprics ol studies on capital pun- iHimoiii. afu'r a p-jbiic opinion poll indir-.r.eo! li.i per cent of Ca- nadians favor Ihr death pc-nally. action is expected on abor- tion or divorce. 'Stop doing that to your eyes Dick and come to found alive GLACE BAY, .N7.S. (C'P) A third survivor was taken today from the wrecked fishing traw- ler Gulf Gull, grounded in nearby Bnleine Bay in eastern Cspc Breton. Six other men ars missing and presumed drowned, A Canadian forces helicopter managed, after several at- tempts, to lift 17-year-old Emia Bun-.s of New Walerford, N.S., from the deck of the battered vessel. He was flown to hospital in Sydney. A member of the four-man helicopter crew said the survi- vor was in stock and appeared to have his hands and feet frozen. He said the man managed to say a few words and indicated there might he another survi- vor. RETURNS TO HTIECK The helicopter returned to tire wreck after taking the survivor to Sydney. 86-foct Gulf Gull was driven ashore in high seas early Tuesday. Only the caplain and one young seaman reached shore safely. Police said there was little hope for the six miss- ing men. Nineteen-year-old Danny Burns, brother of the man res- cued loday, managed to reach shore and then stalled through nearby woods for help. He be- came lost and it wasn't until lair afternoon that he reached a I r I o p h o n c. The ship had grounded n! about a.m ot the missing men were being withheld by the trawler's owners. Baldwin urges immigration system probe OTTAWA (CP) Conwrva- live Housi1 Leader Gerald Bald- win called today lor a full par- liamentary inquiry into the im- migration s y s t e m. currently beset by severe problems. Mr. Baldwin (Peace Miggcslcd the government has been stalling on changes in the Immigration Ac( :uid Hie Immi- gration Hoard Act be- cause it fears loss of (he clluiic vole. VICTORIA (CTl British Columbia's ban on lolt.icco ad- vertising was broken for the second lime in two days when Tlie Colonist e.inied (lie Eirne five-column t-igr.rellp ad- vertisement thai was published Tuesday by Hie Victoria Times. The Colonist, is Victoria's moniinfi paper. I'-olli The Colo- nist and The Times are pro- duced by Victoria Press Ltd Pi-ovir.ci.nl Alloniey-tloneral U'slio Peterson, questioned Tuesday about 111? in Tllo Times, said ho would rrmn- mcnri (o the provincial r.Thinrl that, no further government ad' ve.rt.ising be given lo the news- paper. lie said Hie same embargo on government lids would be plied lo any oilier in 11.C, which followed Hie unpin of Tu9 Times, hut mi'l other newspapers would "no doubt bo Ico responsible lo fol- low this example." However. Ihc same fld lor Bchnonl appeared in today's Colonist, with a slate- mnn from Puiilishcr Hichard Uouer ulnnfsl lo one cr.rried on the front page ot The Times by Publisher Stuart Un- di-rliill STANDS SIMILAR Both s.nid they believe the ad- linn loRislntroii In be beyond Iho competence of a provincial leg- Prnvinei.il prohibiting liv b.VTO or liquor advcrti-sinR mine inlo effect l.-.st 1. Since Hint lime, Mr. Underbill s.-iid, B.C. newspapers had re- frained from sudi ndvorlisiiiR. "ultsen iiij; Lws uliioli "TO Iinslily pushed through B.C. IcgLsluture." ;