Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 24, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Monday, February News in brief U.S. tornadoes kill six THE ASSOCIATED PRESS South and Oklahoma. Authorities said one person At least six persons were killed and thousands of homes destroyed in the United States as a series of weekend tor- nadoes swept through the Ethiopians bomb rebel posts ADDIS ABABA (AP) Ethiopian government planes bombed suspected guerrilla positions four miles northwest of Asmara in Eritrea province on Sunday. Reliable sources reported the United States government plans to close its military communications sta- Rail wreck kills 27 OSLO (AP) A railway official says the low winter sun may have caused the train collision that killed 27 per- sons, including a member of the Norwegian parliament and an musician from the United States. Bedouins die in floods TEL AVIV, Israel (Reuter) Floods in the northern Sinai left scores of dead among the Bedouin desert dwellers Sun- day. Rescued Bedouins brought Cypriots appeal to UN NICOSIA (AP) Greek-Cy- priot refugees appealed Sun- day to the United Nations to prevent seizure'of their homes by mainland Turks in the oc- cupied part of the island. The protest was made by the Pan-Cyprian Refugee Committee, which represents the Greek-Cypriots forced to abandon their homes as a result of the Turkish inva- sion and occupation of ne'arly half the island last summer. Aswan Dam 'saved lives' CAIRO (Reuter) One of Egypt's worst floods in more than 20 years has left at least 15 persons dead and homeless, but officials believe many lives and much property were saved by the giant Aswan Dam. The, dam, completed with Soviet aid in 1971, prevented worse devastation: in the den- sely-populated Mile towns and villages below the dam where torrential rains washed away thousands of homes Saturday, the officials said. Viets lose nine in battle SAIGON (AP) Com- munistled forces Sunday battled South Vietnamese troops trying to retake high ground along the populous northern coast below Da Nang, the Saigon command reported. It said nine South Viet- namese troops were killed and 37 wounded, but North Viet- namese and .Viet Cong losses were not known. The South Vietnamese operation is designed to forestall a North Vietnamese thrust into the lowlands. Fire damage hits million (CP) Firemen and plant workers were mopping up today after a fire caused an estimated million damage to wharves and buildings near the huge National Sea Products Ltd. plant. Firemen were continuing to water down a smouldering section under the cribwork which supports trawler- receiving buildings on two wharves. Sales to China restricted LONDON (CP) China has been added to a list of countries Britain refuses to sell military equipment to, The Daily Express reports today. Banned under the decision is the sale of 200 Harrier Ver- tical take-off fighters Peking was interested in, the new- spaper's defence correspon- dent Chapman Pincher says. British aircraft manufac- turers have protested and the matter is to be raised in the Parliament. Record budget for Israelis JERUSALEM (AP) The Israeli government presented a record budget to- day with more than a third set aside for defence. Arms, oil, food and debt re- payments will cost an extra M billion this year, Finance BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phont 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL Minister Yehoshua Rabinowitz told the Knesset Hours before, he had announced a hew round of price increases and dis- missal of civil servants. "The past year was one of the most difficult in our he said. Last year's budget original- ly was set at billion but was altered by emergencies and devaluation last November and the final figure was unclear. ARMY, NAVY AND AIR FORCE VETERANS CLUB LETHBRIDQEUNITNO.M GENERAL MEETING MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24th AT P.M. intheCLUBROOMS NOMINATION NIGHT All members are urged to attend. Paris proposals calm St. Pierre-Miquelon died at Tuscaloosa, Ala., where a tornado struck Sun- day. At least 50 persons were injured and hundreds more left homeless, officials said. tion in the embattled province in June. In the first military action reported in two days, two fighter-bombers swooped over villages where tanks, .planes and artillery took part in heavy fighting Friday. Casualties were not im- mediately known. The head-on crash of two passenger trains Saturday was the worst train wreck.in Norway's history. Carrying a total of about 900 passengers, they collided outside the Tretten station 130 miles north of Oslo. into the town of El Arish told Israeli officials they believed more than 200 persons died along with hundreds of camels and sheep. Twelve bodies have been recovered. Manitoba Grits pick lawyer as new leader WINNIPEG (CP) Manitoba Liberals chose Win- nipeg lawyer Charles Huband as their new party leader dur- ing the weekend and re- dedicated themselves to returning the party to a prominent position in provin- cial politics. Mr. Huband. won the lead- ership Saturday, one day before his 43th birthday, by defeating former Portage La Prairie mayor Lloyd Henderson 381 votes to 87. Former Provencher MP Mark Smerchanski withdrew from the race only hours after deciding to run and threw his support to Mr. Huband. The new leader takes over from Izzy Asper, the tax lawyer who led the party for nearly 4Vz years. The leadership contest was the highlight of three days of U.S. relief group team leaves Phnom Penh PHNOM PENH (AP) A United States voluntary relief agency today pulled its 19- man helicopter team, including a U.S. citizen, put of the besieged naval base town of Neak Luong under heavy rebel fire. It was the first such evacuation of the Cambodian war'. Insurgent forces also am- bushed and killed Brig.-Gen. Hem Poa, commander of an important training centre, as he led his troops in a road- clearing operation 20 miles west of Phnom Penh, military sources-said. They said Gen. Dien Dell, commander of the 2nd Infantry Division, was wounded in fighting southeast of the capital, and Col. Hang Yieu, the governor of Oudong, 320 miles north of Phnom Penh, was killed in a rebel grenade attack. At the same time rebel gun- ners fired 23 rockets into the Phnom Penh airfield and nearby market, wounding five persons and damaging a U.S. plane. Four more rockets landed in downtown Phnom Penh, wounding four other persons. meetings for a party which last formed the government of Manitoba in 1958 and fell to its lowest level of polular support in recent years in the 1973 pro- vincial election. Mr. Huband pledged his best efforts toward preparing for the legislative session that begins March 4 and rallying support for the party in early byelection compaigns in Win- nipeg. He also confirmed that he will seek a seat in the house in his home riding of Crescentwood in one of two byelections expected this summer. Mr. Huband ran unsuccess- fully against Conservative Leader Sidney Spivak in the last provincial election. All in the family Four thousand admiring Games spectators cheered as the skating Nadeaus, four brothers and sisters from the Montreal skating club Lames d'argent, turned Saturday's Wiffler Games 'A' dance final into a family affair. Nicole, 23, and Pierre, 22, captured the gold medal while Danielle, 20, and Andre, 19, followed with the bronze. Winners of -silver medals for their second-place finish were Toronto figure skaters Brenda Keay, 17, and Bob Heatherlngton, 16. Nixon remarks 'arouse tears9 PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) "I'm telling you, he had people in enter- tainer Bob Hope said after former president Richard Nixon talked at a weekend party about how important his friends are toJiim now. The gathering, at the estate of Walter Annenberg, former United States ambassador to Britain, was Nixon's first social appearance away from his seaside villa at San Clemente since undergoing phlebitis surgery last Oc- tober. "He didn't talk about the past but said how important friends were to Hope said Sunday. "He said friends are very important when you're at the top but even more so at a time like this. Boycott of Israel 'most strategic Arab weapon- B.C. Hydro committee 'didn't juggle costs' VICTORIA (CP) Dr. Hugh Keenleyside, former co chairman of British Colum- bia Hydro, said Sunday a special hydro committee set up in 1967 was not secret and had no power to juggle the costs of the Columbia River Treaty projects. He told a news conference the hydro committee was es- tablished to provide him with information on what costs included in the treaty projects could possibly be picked up by the provincial government or attributed to other hydro pro- jects. Dr. Keenleyside said there were other improvements carried out in the area of the treaty dams and it was felt these logically could be picked up by the government rather than included in the treaty costs. "I wanted the Columbia River Treaty costs to look as low as they he said. "If we could keep them down by attributing to the government some of the costs not responsive to the treaty, I wanted us to do it." Dr. Keenleyside's remarks were made in response to comments by Resources Minister Bob Williams, who tabled in the legislature Fri- day minutes and memoranda of the committee appointed by Dr. Keenleyside in September, 1967. However, the minister ad- mitted that although such a committee existed there was no proof that the Social Credit government of the day or B.C. Hydro actually juggled funds in order to hide the true costs of the Columbia River Treaty projects. Dr. Keenleyside said although he believed some of the costs included in the trea- ty projects could have been picked up by the government rather than included in the treaty costs, the Social Credit administration didn't agree. "We were not very, successful in our efforts to persuade the government to take over any signigicant part of the cost items that I did press upon he said. CAIRO (AP) Calling the economic boycott of Israel one of the "most-strategic weapons" in the Arab arsenal, Commissioner General. Mohammed Mahgoub opened a 10-day conference of the Boycott of Israel organization Sunday to review requests from 60 firms to be removed from the blacklist. The blacklist includes Ford Motor Co., Revlon lipsticks and' Coca-Cola. Ford Presi- dent Lee lacbcca recently made a two-week fact-finding visit to the Middle East and said in a copyright article in the Detroit News he hopes the boycott of Ford products will be eased. But he said Ford will continue to do business with Israel. lacocca also urged the United States to use "all the resources at its command" to break the Arab oil cartel that has sen.t oil prices skyrocketing. "Cartels are vicious and ex- ist only long enough to be he said. "That should be our final objective." In addition to companies, the Arab boycott list includes movie actors such as Paul Newman and- Elizabeth Taylor and singers Frank Sinatra and Harry taboo because of the help they have given Israeli causes such as bond drives in the United States: In a keynote speech at Arab League headquarters to representatives from 17 states with boycott offices, Mahgoub said the recent furore over Arab exclusion of Jewish owned banks from inter- national money market deals was a demonstration of the organization's strength. The semi official Cairo newspaper Al Ahram said before dealing with its agenda the conference will consider issuing a statement clarifying its stand on the banking issue. Diplomatic sources say conservative Arab states that have moved their oil money around freely in these capital markets are concerned by the new Arab assertion of economic power and want ground rules made clearer. Mahgoub accused "Zionist information media" of stirr- ing an uproar over'participa- tion of certain banks in Arab investments and said "this shows that Israel has become conscious of its isolation and the siege we have imposed and hopes to free itself by us- ing deceptive means." ST. PIERRE (CP) Work- ers are to return to their jobs today in St. Pierre-Miquelon ending a two-day general strike after hearing proposals from the French government Sunday aimed at improving conditions in the French territories. The 10 local unions called for the return to work after learning the contents of the proposals, which appear to contain the financial and political potential to end a re- cent spate of trouble on the islands off Newfoundland's south coast. The general, strike, the se- cond this month, was called Friday after it was learned that Paris was not going to comply :with repeated, 'demands for the recall of Gov. .Jean Cluchard. However, Senator Albert Pen, chairman of the local governing body, the general council, told a public meeting governor will be "muzzled" and instructed to attend to his own business. Senator Pen also said the .French government would work with the general council to give it the power to oversee administration of the territories' affairs, further cutting into the power of the governor, Paris would also provide for' a cost-of-living. subsidy for all non-civil ser- vice workers and government technical ministries would pay half the cost of economic developments. The proposals were drawn up in Paris last week at meetings of Olivier Stirn, minister of overseas Pen, who is chairman of the general council, and three council They were presented Sun- day to labor officials and later public meeting, attended by more than of the residents. Senator Pen said at the meeting he was "not coming, as they say in Paris, to make you accept the proposals but to advise you of them and you people will decide." He also repeated Paris's earlier promise to withdraw 65 special policemen called in by Gov. Cluchard early this month to maintain peace. The move led to a petition for withdrawal of the police and recall of the governor, and to two general strikes. The governor's office was oc- cupied during a civil servants strike in January. The French government's proposals appear to tackle the economic problems which lie at the bottom of the unrest. Jokes, gum pass time for cavers THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Four Illinois men survived a 27-hour ordeal in a flooded In- diana cave by eating candy bars, chewing gum and telling- dirty jokes. But three other persons died in another cavern after heavy rains caused streams to over- flow, flooding several caves near Bloomington, Ind., of- ficials said Sunday. The young spelunkers, or cave explorers, drowned Saturday, officials said. The victims were ferry Yokem, 19; Kim Aldridge, 19, and Marsha Bott, 18, all of In- dianapolis. Rescuers found their bodies and the four stranded ex- plorers Sunday. Black rule in 5 years 'acceptable''to Smith SALISBURY (AP) Black majority rule in Rhodesia in five years is acceptable to the minority government of Prime Minister Ian Smith, a black negotiator said in a report made public Saturday. the report, marked confidential, was dated last Dec. 17 and written by Robert Mugabe, a former detainee and now a member of the ex- ecutive committee of the African National Council ANC, the African nationalist move- ment in Rhodesia. The. document tells of an alleged clandestine visit to Rhodesia by South African Prime Minister John Vorster to promote detente with Mack Africa and seek a settlement in Rhodesia. Smith announced a ceasefire with African guerrillas in Rhodesia last Dec. 11 and said constitutional talks with Africans on the country's political future would be held. The document says President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia sent two envoys to Vorster. after the South leader's plea for .detente with black Africa late last year. "They asked Voriter Whether he believed Rhodesia could move toward majority the report continued. "Vorster thought it could and only queried the length of the tran- sitional period. "Vorster asked that two Rhodesian representatives be sent for. It transpired that a five year transitional period seemed acceptable to the Rhodesian government." Mugabe's report said it was agreed that completed primaiy education with one year of further education should be the minimum requirement for voting rights. "It is estimated that this should bring 000 to Africans on the voters'lists and this would mean that majority rule would become a possibility during the five year transitional period."