Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
10 LETHBRIDQE HERALD February 27, 1974 Under the Big Top Used to mean only one thing the Circus' Today, the phrase is more apt to bring to mind the many domed sports stadiums going up across the continent. Some projects are featuring a new wrinkle fabric roofs The air-supported topper sketched above would cover 10 acres of the proposed Detroit Lions stadium Another major project, shown in model above, is planned for Las Vegas. Four A- frame steel masts would support the Teflon-coated translucent Fiberglass roof. The technique is also applicable to other public structures such as schools. Below, a Los Angeles design model. Parched West Africans face sixth year of drought By HENRY S. HAYWARD Christian Science Monitor I NIAMEY, Niger Five years of drought nave itched leaden signs on the '.land and people throughout ;the six West African states of the Sahara. In spite of a brief rainy Ispell, this year will be another hard one for Mali, JMauretania, Niger, and Chad, 'with Senegal and Upper Volta xinly sightly better. With five months to go iefore they can plow, sow, and hope for rain again, farmers already are reported but of food and begging. I In Niger, alone, the shortfall of foodstuffs is reckoned at 500.000 tons below normal. "The situation is as bad as last a Western Informant declared. "The only thing that is better is that governments and relief agencies are more aware of the dimensions of the disaster and international experts already are on the scene." Not until December, 1972, was the initial appeal for outside aid raised by the drought-stricken Sahel countries. Then the dryness already was two years under way. Until then, the newly independent nations were either too proud to ask for help or unaware they faced a full-blown emergency. There also was an element of racism Involved. The governments' don't really care if some of their people perish. They may be members of a minority tribe, considered troublesome or rootless by the majority. "Even in the best of years, a number of people die from malnutrition in this part of the observers here point Chile challenges writer's exile UNITED NATIONS, N.Y.