Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thursday, February 25, 1971 - THS IETHBRIDGE HERALD - 19 West needs more arms to match Red buildup A Long Island girl who lost her arms after she touched an electrical transformer in May, 1968, will receive $1,350,000 in what her lawyer called the largest such out-of-court settlement in the United States. The girl, Laura Falconer of Centereach, N.Y.t was three years old at the time of the accident. While playing in a lot near her home she touched the LAURA FALCONER . , . Gets $1.3 million transformer, which had been placed there by the Long Island Lighting Co. Her arms were severely burned and subsequently amputated. The device had been put in the lot to serve a housing development, but the development never was built. The transformer was in a locked steel box, but someone had broken the lock. * * Former state secretary Judy LaMarsh will ask the Supreme Court of Canada Monday for leave to appeal lower court decisions finding her guilty of libel against radio newsman Ed Murphy of Vancouver. The alleged libel was contained in Memoirs of a Bird in a Gilded Cage, written by Miss LaMarsh and published by McClelland Stewart Ltd. of Toronto. Miss LaMarsh and the publishers were ordered to pay $2,500 damages to Mr. Murphy, a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery during the time covered in the book. * * The present unemployment situation is a "tragedy beyond measurement," but an even greater tragedy is the fact that the situation can't easily be recouped, says Donald MacDon-ald, president of the Canadian Labor Congress. Appearing before the Commons external affairs committee Mr. MacDonald said: "The national economy is not like a water tap, it can't be turned off and on at will." He predicted high unemployment levels for years to come because of Prime Minister Trudeau's economic policies, which deliberately created unemployment in order to combat inflation. * The Canadian - built sailing vessel Endeavour II, wrecked on a New Zealand sandbar during a storm, has been pounded into "a million pieces," her owner Ronald Craig said in Auckland, N.Z. The Canadian businessman who spent $1 million building the replica of Captain Cook's] Endeavour said what is left of the 183-foot three-master barque will be offered for sale a* is. The ship is not salvagable, Craig said after inspecting the wreckage on remote Parengar-enga Harbor on the eastern tip of New Zealand's North Island. Endeavour II did not carry any, insurance because of prohibitive costs of such premiums. Craig said. * � Capt. Corbln Cherry lay in a U.S. Army hospital two years ago, his left leg sheared off nine Inches below the knee by a land mine while serving as a chaplain in Vietnam. Cherry adopted a positive atttude. He made the best of his handicap. And he got a chance to see what effect an optimistic chaplain would have on hospital patients. He became one. He's assigned to Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco where many Vietnam wounded are taken. "Come on, we're going out to play golf," the 30 - year - old Methodist minister tells his patients, many of them amputees. Former presidential press secretary Pierre Salinger says sources within the Democratic party predict New York Mayor John Lindsay will switch his party affiliation within the next 10 days so that he can run for the U.S. presidency as a Democrat. Salinger, speaking to students at West Chester State College, said the sources predict Lindsay, a Republican, probably will announce the switch in eight days because the legal requirements for filing to run in the California presidential primary demand a candidate's party affiliation be known for one year prior to the filing date for the primary. A spokesman for Lindsay denied the mayor would switch his party enrolment. Homeowner tax bill $11.4 million EDMONTON (CP) - The homeowners tax discount cost the Alberta government $11.4 million last year compared with $12.9 million in 1969. The annual report of the department of municipal affairs tabled in the legislature, shows there were 214,522 valid applications in 1970 compared with 246,281 in 1969. The provincial government pays a maximum discount of $50, with homeowners receiving a guaranteed income supplement from the federal government qualifying for a maximum discount of $100. In addition to the homeowners' discount, the government last year gave municipalities $268,152 as an administrative reimbursement. The report shows that at the end of 1969, Alberta's 327 incorporated municipalities had a combined debenture debt of $573.1 million, $64.4 million more than in 1968. BRUSSELS (Reuter) - The West needs more ships, more aircraft and more submarines to match a steadily growing military buildup by the Soviet Union and its Warsaw pact allies, says a NATO military ofi-cer. Admiral Sir Nigel Henderson, chairman of NATO's military committee, said in an interview the West's greatest need is to m a i n t a i n its anti-submarine warfare capability. The military comittee is the COLLEGE BOARDS OF GOVERNORS The Minister of Education, Robert Clark, requests nominations for the appointment of persons to serve on the boards of governors of the six Alberta public colleges. There are two vacancies on each of the following boards; 1. Lethbridge Community College 2. Medicine Hat College 3. Mount Royal College 5. Grant MacEwan Community College (Edmonton) 6. Grande Prairie College Nominations should provide pertinent information concerning the nominee's background and qualifications. Appointments are normally for a three-year period commencing July 1, 1971. Nominations should be forwarded, no later than March 31, tot THE CHAIRMAN ALBERTA COLLEGES COMMISSION SUITE 600 DEVONIAN BUILDING 1U 60 JASPER AVENUE EDMONTON senior military authority in the 15-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Sir Nigel, a British officer, retires as chairman April 5. Sir Nigel said there is a trend among the Western powers not to replace ships when they ran out of commission. The Soviet navy on the other hand contains a relatively greater number of newer ships in a fleet which has been largely built up during the last 20 years. The NATO officer said that the West has naval superiority in the Mediterranean largely he-cause it has better air cover for its ships, provided from onshore bases and from aircraft carriers. But as the Mediterranean is such a narrow sea, a Russian foothold in Libya and possibly in Algeria would seriously jeopardize the Western alliance's edge over the strongly increased Russian fleet. The Atlantic alliance is already reported concerned at the Soviet military and political buildup in Egypt, where the Russians have built missile bases. The evacuation of all foreign bases in Libya was one of the first demands of the group of young army leaders who took over power in Libya in September, 1969. Diplomatic sources at NATO headquarters said that so far as use of the evacuated bases is concerned there is no indication yet which way the Libyan leaders will turn. They are the biggest unknown factor in a crucial area. The London-based Institute for Strategic Studies lists the Soviet Union and its Warsaw pact partners as sharing 377 submarines between them, ot which 80 are nuclear-powered. Admiral Henderson said the Russians are "capable of building between 10 and 14 new submarines every year, and the ev- idence is that they are doing this." The 15 countries belonging to NATO are listed as sharing 202 submarines am on p. them - 92 of them nuclear-powered. 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