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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD-Saturday, February News in brief Troops fly to Martinique BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (Reuter) French troop rein- forcements have been flown into the troubled West Indies island of Martinique following strikes and demonstrations, said radio reports from the island's capital, Fort de France A report from the correspondent of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corp. said Friday night an unspecified number of troops have arrived from the French colony of Guadeloupe, 100 miles to the north. Officials in Paris said Friday that riot police opened fire on groups of machete- swinging demonstrators in Martinique Thursday. Two persons were killed and five injured. The Caribbean radio report said armed police and National Guard troops were patrolling the streets of Fort de France Friday. The situation was still tense, with meetings and marches going on all over the city. Bangladesh charges may drop LAHORE (AP) Pakistan has received an indication from Bangladesh that it will drop its plans to try 195 Pakistani prisoners captured in its 1971 independence war, Premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto said today. Bhutto told a news conference that if those indications become a "cast-iron Pakistan will take it in good faith and recognize its former eastern half. He said he would like to see Bangladesh represented at the summit meeting of 30 Islamic nations scheduled to open Feb. 22 in Lahore. Bangladesh has refused to attend the summit unless it gets diplomatic recognition from Pakistan. Bhutto coupled his offer to recognize Bangladesh with a strong warning to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheik Mujibur Rahman not to go back on his commitment. He said Mujib has gone back on agreements in the past, and said such a new action by him would be a basis for retaliation School convention 'a waste' CALGARY (CP) Calgary Mayor Rod Sykes said Friday teachers should not hold conventions such as the two-day Calgary area teachers convention which ended Friday during the weekdays of the school season Such conventions result in the closing of schools and a "gross waste of public the mayor said. "It is incredible to me that you would close down an enormous, multi-million dollar system of administration and education so that a few people can take a holiday." Julie takes a short walk INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (AP) Julie Nixon Eisenhower got out of bed for a short walk .24 hours after undergoing surgery for removal of a bleeding ovarian cyst. Indiana University Medical Centre doctors said the presi- dent s daughter is progressing satisfactorily. She experienced some normal post-operative pain and discomfort Friday but was considered "doing just a hospital spokesman said. Welfare 'favors' examined MONTREAL (CD Claude Forget, Quebec minister for social affairs, said Friday that an investigation will be launched into charges that some welfare officers demand sexual favors in return for welfare benefits. He said he did not know if such a situation existed but that the accusations, reported here Friday, "are serious enough to warrant an inquiry." The charges were made by several women who live in the east end of Montreal to a panel of welfare administrators and politicians Thursday night. Mr. Forget said irregularities of the nature referred to would warrant dismissal of guilty parties. Rebels shell Phnom Penh PHNOM PENH (Reuter) Ten persons were lulled and mere than 54 injured today in separate insurgent shelling at- tacks, the military command reported. Five people were lulled and more than 30 injured when the insurgents renewed their attack on the capital's outskirts. More than thirty 105-mtn shells hit the city edge. In another attack, insurgents fired six shells near the presidential palace, killing one person and injuring four others. In a third attack, guerrillas killed four people and wounded more than 20 others after firing some 20 rounds about yards southeast of the palace. Since Feb. 11, about 300 civilians have been lulled or wounded by insurgent shelling here. Agent payments to halt WASHINGTON (AP) -The General Accounting Office notified the treasury department Friday that it would not allow any more payments for Secret Service agents assigned to former Carpet Dirty? PHONE 321-2I53 mr. steam Cwpct CWMliflQ Ltd. Residence undecided Solzhenitsyn seeks rest ELKFORD CONTRACT RATIFIED ELKFORD, B.C. (CP) The 65 members of the Association of Commercial and Technical Employees, Local 1702, Friday ratified a settlement with the Cominco Ltd. fording coal operation. The union's 94 per cent vote in favor of settlement ended a five-week strike. The new agreement for office and clerical workers reduces the work week to 37Vz hours from 40 hours. The union said the new contract provides an average salary increase of 34.4 per cent, but did not give the previous base rate South Viet cabinet resigns SAIGON (AP) The South Vietnamese cabinet resigned today, indicating the country's economy may be in a more serious predicament than had been thought Radio Saigon said the cabinet resigned to allow President Nguyen Van Thieu "to meet the requirements of the new situation of the nation." One government source said the move was made for both political and economic reasons. It was the biggest reshuffle of the government since Thieu took office seven years ago. Thieu asked the cabinet mem- bers to stay as caretakers until new members can be chosen. Some observers saw the move an an effort to pump new blood into the country's failing economy, while other connected the resignations with Thieu's recent crackdown on gambling and corruption in the capital. The long paddle Edmonton canoeists reach New Orleans. Edmonton crew reaches New Orleans NEW ORLEANS (AP) Five Canadians and their pet dog arrived here Friday in three canoes after paddling nine months and a record miles from Edmonton. It was a soggy ending for the lead canoe, which took aboard a high wave of muddy Mississippi River water just before pulling up beside the Canal Street ferry landing. "Some idiot played 'chicken' with us in a towboat, trying to see how close he could said Michael O'Donnell, 28, whose jeans were soaked. A cluster of tourists joined the welcome. "I am so happy to see that the spirit of adventure lives said Irene Gable of An- tioch, 111, patting O'Donnell on the arm. "Well, it does in Canada, he said with a smile. The other canoes were braced together by two-by- fours, catamaran style, and carried Rick Kemp, 28, John Blair, 44, and Leonard Anderson, 22, all of Edmonton, plus a bear-sized Labrador that the men rescued from the Edmonton pound and named Mardi Gras. Angus Somerville, 28, was O'Donnell's partner. They arrived as the city is gearing up for the carnival season. DO 25 MILES A DAY Six of them started out last May 28 The trip wound along four rivers and uncounted lakes. They averaged 25 miles a day in the 16-foot glass-fibre freighter-type canoes. "One guy dropped out after the first miles the hardest said Somerville. "We spent a lot of nights camped on sandbars, eating canned meat, macaroni and rice. If I never see any again it will be too soon." A greeter for the mayor bus- tled up with keys to the city and parchments declaring them honorary citizens. "We have several of said Somerville, tucking his into a folder. "We also are honorary citi- zens of Keokuk, Dubuque and two or three other places. In Baton Rouge, they made us honorary police chiefs, as well." Kemp, organizer and unoffi- cial leader of the expedition, said they will fly back home Feb. 19. Why, after all that trouble, leave before Mardi Gras begins Feb. 26? He shrugged and grinned. "None of it makes much sense, does he said. From REUTER-AP ZURICH (CP) Exiled So- viet author Alexander Sol- zhenitsyn said today he has not yet made up his mind about where to settle permanently. "This is something I am thinking about but we shall have to wait until I hear defi- nite news about when my wife and family are coming from the Nobel Prize- winner told reporters during a shopping trip in this Swiss city. Solzhenitsyn, who arrived here Friday night after his ex- plusion from Moscow three days ago, said it may take a couple of weeks. "I don't want to say any he said in Russian. "Mr. Solzhenitsyn is a Swiss detective told more than 200 reporters and cheering supporters at the Zurich train station after the writer's arrival from West Germany Friday. "He wants to be left in peace." Solzhenitsyn waved and smiled at the crowd but main- tained his ban on granting in- terviews until his wife and three sons are outside the So- viet Union. In Moscow, friends said the writer's wife Natalya may en- counter difficulty bringing out one of her three boys, an 11- year-old from a previous mar- riage. In answer to a reporter's question, Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin confirmed Canada seeks better security expertise OTTAWA (CP) Increasing illicit drug traffic and international terrorism have convinced the government a domestic technology should be de- veloped in detection and security devices, a government official said Friday. RCMP, the transport department, the post office and national defence want new devices to detect illegal drugs, weapons and explosives, as well as to stop letter bombs and airplane hijackings, W.R. Conway of the supply and services department said in an interview. The departments and agencies also want systems Medical gas men 'lack training9 vice-president Spiro Agnew after Sunday. In a letter to Treasury Secretary George Shultz, Comptroller-General Elmer Staats said the payments for the agents were not authorized under any law. Doctor flays quota plan CALGARY (CP) A physician quota system proposed by the federal provincial health ministers' conference has been opposed by a Calgary medical profession spokesman. "I think such a more would be an infringement of our constitutional liberties to live and breathe where we want Dr. Martin Atkinson, president of the Calgary Medical Society said Friday. RUG DRAPES LTD. PhofwJ2t-4722 i i I i _j SUDBURY, Ont. (CP) The current lack of training in the field of medical-gas systems might be rectified soon, a coroner's jury was told Friday. Thomas Davey, a spokesman for Canadian Liquid Air Ltd., told the inquest into the deaths of 23 Sudbury General Hospital patients there are no formal- training courses in testing the systems. However, he added: "In view of this inquest there are many things that are going to be done differently by an awful lot of people." Canadian Liquid Air was re- sponsible for testing the medi- cal-gas system in the new wing at the hospital before gases were used on patients. The jury has been told that a cross-connection in the gas lines occurred in the wing. The inquest, which ended its Fifth week Friday, is into the death last Sept. 7 of six-year- old Catherine Dominic who died while receiving nitrous oxide instead of oxygen and into 22 other deaths of people who received gas at the hospital between May and September last year. "There are no experts as 1 know it in the area of medical- gas Mr Davey testi- fied when asked questions re- garding the tests done on the gas system by Jack Leppinen, Sudbury representative for Canadian Liquid Air. Mr. Davey agreed with Mr. Leppinen's interpretation of the building specifications, in that he was responsible only for a pressure test to find leaks in the system. He said that although he had performed gas tests in at least five hospitals he still does not consider himself an expert in the field. Crown attorney John Takach presented two witnesses Friday who disagreed with Mr. Leppi- nen's account of his tests. Lawrence Mullen, a plumber who assisted Mr. Leppinen, testified they started their work on the second floor of the hospital and then went down to the main floor, where the 23 patients received gas. Mr. Leppinen said be worked on the main floor first. David Filiatreault, a steamfitter who also helped Mr. Leppinen, said that when he had completed his work on the tests Mr. Leppinen was still aware of a problem in the gas system that caused one room to be pressurized while there was no pressure in another room. Mr. Leppinen had testified he thought the problem cleared up by itself. for area, vehicle and building intruder surveillance, said Mr. Conway, who is in charge of a program to entice industry to develop the technology. A domestic expertise in security and detection is preferable because criminal groups will find it difficult to develop counter-measures if several countries have their own secret techniques for stopping international crime and terrorism, he said. Officials were hopeful of putting some of the new technology into effect for the 1976 Montreal Olympics to prevent the terrorism that plagued the 1972 Munich Olympics. The February issue of the government's Research and Development bulletin is offering Canadian companies government contracts to develop the technology. For surveillance, the departments and agencies are interested in new ideas and developments in microwave, infrared and ultrasonic detection. These systems act like radar to register the disruptions intruders would make in energy fields. RCMP INTERESTED RCMP are especially inter- ested in development of a compact, portable mass spectrometer for detecting narcotics and explosives at airports and harbors, said Mr. Conway. Present models are too cumbersome and expensive. It would detect the gaseous solvents of drugs or explosives which can determine substances by the deflection of their charged molecules in electric and magnetic fields. The instrument would replace the trained dogs which can sniff the presence of drags. Unlike the dogs, the instruments could be turned on 24 hours a day, said Mr. Conway. Leigh Instruments Ltd. of Ottawa has developed a small mass spectrometer than can detect drugs in a suitcase, said Mr. Conway. However, the instrument has been unreliable in testing. An RCMP spokesman said the narcotics branch had looked at the Canadian instrument as well as others made elsewhere They could be a breakthrough for police work, but are still in the development stage, he said. The security services branch of the supply department hopes through its advertisement in the research bulletin to compile a directory of Canadian companies involved in security research and systems. Companies have until Feb. 28 to submit resumes- Inflation top Tory concern NEWCASTLE, N.B. (CP) Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield reiterated Friday that the Progressive Conservative party will make inflation its foremost concern when the new session of Parliament opens Feb. 27. U.S.gas stations may shut WASHINGTON (AP) Hundreds of gasoline stations around Norfolk, Va., have closed, and dealers in other states have threatened to shut down unless federal officials act on complaints about short supplies and new regulations. Prime among the dealers' demands are more gasoline, permission to charge higher prices and elimination of a regulation banning preferential treatment for regular customers. The justice filed its first complaint Friday under the recent regulation, charging the operator of a service station in Glen Ellyn, 111., with favoring past customers. The suit against William Miller, operator of a Texaco station in the Chicago suburb, asked a penalty and sought an injunction to prevent future violations. The federal energy office said stations may continue to give preferential service to commercial customers or bulk commercial purchasers. The office also said dealers would not be violating rules by complying with state distribution systems, such as alternate-day purchasing based on licence plate num- bers. today that Solzhenitsyn's family would be allowed to leave the Soviet Union as had been announced. Asked about what would happen to the author's literary archives, Kosygin said: "It's difficult for me to say. You know we have special organizations for that." The premier was cornered by a Scandinavian reporter at the Moscow railroad station as he awaited the arrival of President Urho Kekkonen of Finland. Solzhenitsyn and his family are rumored to be planning on taking up permanent residency in Scandinavia. The author moved Friday into the home of his Zurich lawyer, Fritz Heeb. Heeb is the administrator of Solzhenitsyn's estimated million in royalties from the Western publication of his books and the Nobel prize money Solzhenitsyn won in 1970. Letters condemn writer MOSCOW (Reuter) The flood of letters in the Soviet press condemning Alexander Solzhenitsyn continued today with the novelist being branded "a miserable "historical and "a poisonous weed." The letters came from members of the Academy of Sciences, poets, carpenters, actors, writers, steelworkers and ordinary citizens. The letters included one from two Nobel Prize winners, physicist Nikolai Basov and physiochemist Nikolai Semyonov, who said that they heard of the Kremlin's decision to expel Solzhenitsyn "with great satisfaction." Royalties up gas fee in Montana GREAT FALLS Alberta's higher gas royalties will cost the people of Montana at least million more this year than last, according to the Montana Power Company. Montana gets most of its gas from Alberta. It buys from the Alberta and Southern line which goes from the western Alberta gas fields through the Crow's Nest Pass to California, and picks up the s gas at the border at Carway, 1 south of Cardston. The MPC also has its own wells in the Pakowki Lake area in southeastern Alberta, and that gas crosses at Aden, east of Coutts. Mayor Dent says support building for 1978 Games EDMONTON (CP) Mayor Ivor Dent predicted Friday that a spontaneous group will soon emerge to counteract an apparently growing atmosphere of negative thinking towards the 1978 Commonwealth Games. "I know it will happen, judging from the number of telephone calls and telegrams I have received in support of the he said. "A man called me from Peace River and said they'd be willing to send a group down here to back the games. He said be was a provincial and federal taxpayer, too, and wanted his taxes to help The city's role as site of the games particularly its share of the costs has been Questioned by the Edmonton Taxpayers' Association, which successfully circulated a petition calling for a plebiscite on the city's million share of the million in capital expenses. The plebiscite will be held March 20 and Mayor Dent, chairman of the Commonwealth Games Foundation, has said he will resign as mayor if the city votes in opposition to the games. The mayor was asked if the city or the foundation would conduct information campaigns to counteract criticism. He replied that the city "can't come out in favor of one side or the other" and said he has asked the foundation executive "not to indulge in this sort of thing." He was confident, however, that a voluntary group will soon form to reply to the criticism. High-altitude balloon ready for journey HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Robert Galch slept in his gon- dola Friday night to get the feel of the craft before liftoff on his high-altitude transatlantic balloon flight Ground winds permitting, the flight will begin before dawn Sunday. Catch's plan is to ascend to feet above most commercial jet traffic and well above inclement ride the jet stream miles to Europe, preferably France. No balloonist has succeeded on such a trip in five attempts since 1873. Gatch expects to reach Europe in two to five days, depending on the wind speed. He said jet stream winds range from 130 to 170 miles an hour. The Air Transport Association will monitor the flight of the light heart which carries two VHF radios and provisions for 10 days. ;