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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta ie Lcthbridq I.F.THBRIDGE. ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 16, 1972 PRICE NOT OVEK 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 38 PAGES More flights scrubbed as talks resumed Poiver crisis sparks Hying last autumn By KEVIN DOYLE LONDON (CP) The devastating power crisis which has plunged Britain into darkness and sent a crippling chill through the economy caught most oi the country by surprise. But'the first sparks in what was to become a flaming political row were flying as early as last September. Britons had anticipated a strike by the coun- try's 280 000 coal miners well before it began in Jm- ua'rv but few people, including those in government circles, expected the disastrous effects' which followed. Five weeks after tire strike began, the government vas forced Feb. 10 to declare a state of national emergency as electricity generators faced the most severe fuel shortage for 25 years. Blackouts were in- stituted throughout the country and industry was brought to its knees will! extensive power cuts. Joe Gormley, president of the National Union of Mineworkors, has set aside his usually low-key ap- proach to bargaining to demand a 25-per-cent 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 been building steadily for about two years. Their anger Is partly the result of years of pit closures and slipping prestige measured by the size of their pay packets and partly because of unrelent- ing pressure by Communists and other radical union members for strike action. Coal miners are among the lowest-paid workers In Britain. Their current take-home earnings after taxes and 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 would amount to about K 25-per-cent raise, runs counter to Prime Minister Heath's determination to hold wage increases in (lie 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 UK past, they have felt themselves in a weak position with the industry's manpower declining to from 15 years ago. By THE CANADIAN PRESS Air Canada cancelled more titan half of its flights out of To- ronto today and about two- thirds of its domestic flights from Montreal as a country- wide strike by electronics tech- nicians entered its llth day. Airlines urged passengers to take buses or trains as flight de- lays were reported across Can- ada. Some flights froro Toronto were taken off six hours later. Mediation talks resumed in Ottawa at 10 a.m. EST between the government's treasury board and Local 2228, Interna- tional Brotherhood of 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 ot its nights out Tuesday. CP Air said its usual 20 flights would leave Toronto today but it couldn't guarantee when. Air Canada said it was trying to maintain long-range Tights ivliile cancelling short runs. There 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 and airport buses met them at Union States. At least; half the train passengers had to take buses to the airport just to pick up cars they had parked there. On Tuesday mediator Gordon Simmons of Queen's University, who spoke to both sides hi the dispute by telephone, returned to Ottawa from Kingston for the talks. STRUGGLING STRIKERS Police brace themselves ogainsl struggling coal-miners, who nre on strike, as they arrived at the English Houses of Parliament with their sup- porters. The strikers intended to lobby members Bf Porhament. (AP W.rephoto) Strike idles 2.5 million Britain's miseries mount Men determined The miners themselves share a fierce community loyalty and were determined to hold out for a 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 8 prec- edent-setting, "inflationary" increase could be avoided. They feared such an increase might have set off a round of similar demands from other unions. Although half the energy market in Britain has been won by oil. natural gas and atomic power, coal will remain a vital resource in the country for as far into the future as anyone cares to look. Talking computer next MliNLO PARK, Calif. (Kcuter) Scientists at the Stanford Research Institute are trying to build a talking computer by inso. They say the computer will cam- on an intelligent dialogue with any person who limits himself to about JOO words. Dr. Bertram! Raphael, in charge of the project, said about eight scientists are working on it full-time, including language experts and computer systems analysts. He said computers have already been developed which oliey simple, clearly-spoken commands. But Raphael said the lask facing his project was lo develop a couipuler that could analyse Ihe flow of human speeeli and eliminate stammering and (ill in for dropped words. The job of the language experts is lo analyse normal human speech patterns to instruct Ihe computer. Raphael said one of the main applications of such n cnnipuler would he to instruct technicians in how to repair equipment. The Ircliniciim would put questions to the com- puter which would then reply orally or by print-out ilispliiy on .1 screen. Taber man charged TABER (Staff) Alvin .lames Cliomos, 25, of Taber has been charged with non- capital 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 Lethbridge. LONDON (AP) Britain's power famine, sent the jobless total soaring above 2.5 million today and added an extra three-hour blackout period to homes across the country. Electricity boards warned the. situation is "likely lo Ire worse bv Friday, raising fears of in- dustrial paralysis, food short- ages and the threat of river pol- lution. Homes already blacked out for nine hours a day were warned to expect a n additional three-hour power cutoff. The coal-fired 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 board 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-to-work appeal by Prime Minister Heath. The miners are demanding a raise of over their current basic pay of a week. The National Coal Board has offered them half this 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 into the power stations by the end of the month, millions more will be thrown out of work in a whole- sale shutdown of industry. Only hospitals and other essential services will be left witli elec- tric power. Shortages of bread, milk, sugar ond fresh meat were re- ported. Blindfolded Irishmen shot in mass kangaroo court Election talk fills Ottawa air OTTAWA (CP) In a pre-election atmosphere, a new session of Parliament begins Thursday with an expected state-of-the-nation-type throne speech that will give Canadians an encouraging view of the future of their country. The speech will also outline some of the legislation scheduled to come before Parliament some of it new, some of it in the form of left-overs which the government feels will bring Canada closer towards a just society. _.-------------------------------- STORMY SESSION" With the opposition scenting an election, it could a stormy parliamentary period ahead. But 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 competition, are unlikely to return in their former slate, and probably not before the expected election. The throne speech, which tra- ditionally outlines legislation to come before Parliament, is ex- pected to concentrate more on the slate of Canada and hopes for its future. Some cabinet ministers arc. known to be an- noyed that, some of their pet 'Stop doing that to your eyes Dick and come to BELFAST (AP) Tliree blindfolded men were shot in the thigh in a Roman Catholic district of Belfast Tuesday night and police said they probably were victims of punishment squads sent out by ttie 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 capital a youth was found tarred and feathered on the road to 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 e robbery with violence." One of the three was dragged away by a crowd before the sol- diers could call an ambulance. "It looks as though the IRA lias held a mass kangaroo court somewhere in the a police spokesman said. DKVUN CHEERED Meanwhile a placard-waving crowd erupted into cheers to- day when a court case against Bernadette Devlin and other Northern Ireland civil rights leaders were adjourned "in the 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 tiny 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 sword Seen and heard About town TynLKMAN Bill Leines star- tled by a "hello love" greeting from a north Leth- bridge housewife who mis- took him for her daughter Clark Figfslian biting S. Bullock's finger while having a tooth filled Pal Kaszas holding up traffic at a bus stop. CAIRO (AP) President Anwar Sadat said today Egypt must develop sophisticated weapons in order to face U.S. and Israeli armaments. Sadat told 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 that it was a world obligation to bring peace to the Middle East, 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 achieve our aspirations." DIDN'T MENTION TALKS He made no mention of Is- rael's agreement to U.S.-spon- sored close-proximity talks with Egypt on reopening the Suez canal. The 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 to Egypt through Gunnar V. Jarring, the UN special mediator in the Mid- dle East crisis. U.S. delegation iri Ottawa for talks WASHINGTON (neuter) A 23-man U.S. congressional del- egation will fly "to Ottawa to- day to discuss trade ar.d for- eign policy with Canadian members of Parliament. Panel discussions, beginning Thursday, will cover trade and economic affairs; foreign own- ership and multi-national cor- porations; export subsidies and non-tariff barriers, and pollu- tion problems along the U.S.- Canadian border. Co-chairman of the. U.S. del- egation are Senator Frank Church (Dem. Idaho) and Representative Cornelius lagher Gal- soldiers disappear WASHINGTON (AP) Somn- liow. about North Viet- namese and Viet Cong troops have disappeared from South Vietnam since last year. Whether most: of them ever were there is open to question. In his annual report lo Con- gress, Defence Secretary Mel- vin Laird said Tuesday there are at least North Viet- namese and Viet Cong in South Victim in. lt> his report nearly e year ago. Laird spoke of at least North Vietnamese and Viet Cong in the Soulli. Such a drastic drop in Com- munist strength is puzzling be- cause officials have been saying they believe new soldiers were infiltrated from North Vietnam to replace battlefield losses. When asked to explain tho decrease, the Pentagon said Laird's statements "proba- bly involve a shifting of identi- fied units in Cambodia or Lr.os Kb well as other refinement not reflected in last year's defence, report." However, the secretary's Cambodia figures show an in- crease of only about S.COO North Vietnamese and other Commun- ist-command soldiers over lost year's As for Laos, Laird's report es- timated current North Vietnam- ese and Palhet Lao strength Ibere is at least. de- crease, ot about Irom a year ago. Tne semi-official newspaper Al Ahram reported Jarring is dus here Friday. Sadat has previously rejected U.S. peace efforts because Washington agreed last month to increase Israeli air force by one-third. He accused the United States of moving its 6th Fleet home base to Greece, and wanting to remove President Makarios of Cyprus to get another base there to increase pressure on Egypt and the Soviet Union. 'lie added that Arab-Soviet, friendship is a "cornerstone oi all development for the fight, right, and "truth and there must lie consistent efforts for the friendship to flourish." Baldwin urges immigration system probe OTTAWA (CP) Conserva- tive House Leader Gerald Bald- win called today for a full par- liamentary inquiry into the im- migration system, currently beset by severe problems. Mr. Baldwin (Peace River) suggested the government has been stalling on changes in the Immigration Act and the Immi- gration Appeal Board Act bo- cause it fears loss of the eUuiic vole. projects are not being included in the speech, to be read by Governor-General Roland Mich- ener. The speech has been prepared within Prime Minister Tru- deau's office, and sources say there has been less cabinet par- f i c i p a I i o n than in previous years. Ministers were asked tn "s if b m i I legislative programs they had in mind. Mr. Trudcuu. fallowing 3 tendency begun in 1970, favors using the speech as a vehicle for an over-all government view ot Canada, its problems and its hopes. Bills which, hi the gov- ernment's view, will make Can-, ada a better place will be out- lined. of these bills' Is almost certain to be the family income security plan, which would over- haul the present family allow- ance scheme. It is a carry-over from the current session. The bill to control electronic eavesdropping likely will be back, an amended version of the controversial grains stabili- zation bill is expected to come before the new session, and there likely will be proposed lightened regulations governing immigrants. Depending on the long-ex- pected study of foreign owner- ship in Canada, there may 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 young offenders is un- likely to return after a House committee recommended it be overhauled. But there are. expected to bo a series oi studies on capital pun- irbment. after a public opinion poll indicated tiS per cent of Ca- nadians favor the death penalty. Xo action is expected on abor- tion or divorce. found ive GLACE BAY, N.S. (CP) A third survivor was taken today from the wrecked fishing traw- ler Gulf Gull, grounded in nearby Baleine Bay in eastern Cape Breton. Six other men missing and presumed drowned, A Canadian forces helicopter managed, after several at- tempts, to lift 17-year-old Ernis Bums of New Waterford, 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 shock and appeared to have his hands and feet frozen. He said tiie man managed to say a few words and indicated there might be another survi- vor. RETURNS TO WRECK The helicopter returned to (he wreck after taking the survivor to Sydney. Tiie 86-fofct Gulf Gull was driven ashore in high seas early Tuesday. Only the captain 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 today, managed to reach shore and then stalled through nearby woods for help. He be- came' lost and it wasn't until latp afternoon that he reached a telephone. The ship had grounded a! about a.m. of the missing men were being withheld by the trawler's owners. Snow -slides close road VANCOUVER (CP) Snow slides have closed the Trans- Canada Highway through the, Rogers Pass. Tlio British Co- lumbia department of high- ways says heavy rain is falling in ihe nroa and the pass will be closed at least until noon. VICTORIA (CTl British Columbia's ban on tobacco ad- vertising was broken for Ihe second lime in two days today, when The Colonist carried the same five-column cigarette ad- vertisement that was published Tuesday by the Victoria Times. The "Colonist is Victoria's morning pnpor. Both The Colo- nist and The Times arc pro- duced by Victoria Press Ltd. Provincial Attorney-General Peterson, questioned Tuesday about II'.? ad in The Times, said ho would recom- mend In the provincial cabinet that, no further government ad- vertising he given to the news- paper. lie said Ihe panic embargo on government ads would bo ap- plied lo any other newspapers in B.C. which followed the ex- unplo of Tte Times, hut tai'l other newspapers would "no doubt be too responsible to fol- low this example." However. Ihe same ad tor Bclmonl cigarettes appeared in today's Colonist, with a state- ment from Publisher Richard Bower almost identical to one curried on the front page of The Times by Publisher Stuart Un- derbill. STANDS SIMILAR Both said they believe the ad- ban legislation to be beyond the competence of a provincial leg- islation. Provincial bwp prohibiting to- bacco or liquor advertising cnine into effect Sept. 1. Since that time, Mr. Underbill said, B.C. newspapers had re- frained from such advertising, "observing laws which WTO hastily pushed through B.C. ;