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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 28, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, February 28, 1975 Pollution marring Madrid By ERNEST MENDOZA MADRID (Reuter) Air pollution and mushrooming apartment blocks are messing up the face of Madrid. Gone are the limpid blue skies1 that Velasquez, Goya and other great masters loved to paint. Even their priceless pain- tings arc threatened by the smog seeping into the exhibi- tion halls of the Prado, One of the world's most important art museums. Situated in the centre of Spain, on a plateau at the foot of the Guadarrama Moun- tains, Maadrid has a popula- tion that has doubled to four million in 15 Apartment buildings have sprouted in once green areas. Cars clog the streets and innu- merable chimneys belch out smoke during Madrid's long hard winter. Air pollution has become so bad that the government is considering drastic measures io cut it down. Proposals made by a study group led by the mayor ot Ma- drid, Miguel Angel Garcia- Lonias, include: all vehicles ex- cept buses from certain streets and permitting cars to circulate only on odd or even- numbered days, according to their plate numbers. Reducing the hours central heating is used. the quality of fuels used in transport and heating by reducing their sul- phur content. While anti-pollution measures await the approval of General Franco's cabinet, the Spanish Association for the Defence of the Environ- ment has written a bitter complaint to Prime Minister Carlos Arias Navarro. The association said pollu- tion in Madrid has reached alarming proportions, causing many deaths from heart and lung ailments. It blamed the pollution on poof town planning, lack of parks, the high sulphur con- tent of fuel oil sold by the state monopoly, Campsa, and what it called the irresponsi- ble way cars were being push- ed on Spaniards as sUitus sym- bols. One town planner said: "Madrid is like an over- inflated balloon into which more air is being pumped, without thinking that it can explode." Architect Miguel Fisac said: "Madrid is seriously ill. A major operation is required or it will die For the pollution and traffic problems, at least, a simple measure may help. Some ex- perts suggest that both will decrease appreciably if Madr- ilenos give up their habit of going home for lunch and a siesta. Snowy cape Snow piles high along the rocky sea coast of northern Cape Breton Island. This is an area visited by thousands of tourists every summer, but few enjoy the winter beauty. Customs rules changes make shopping easier Customs regulations effecting what can be brought back to Canada have recently been changed, making it easier than ever for Canadians to shop in the U.S. Over, eight million Canadians visiting the U.S. each year will be effected by the relaxed regulations, and 1975 is likely to be a record year with travellers visiting the Bi Centennial activities. Canadians can claim duty free entry on each trip of up to worth of articles, and once in each calendar quarter up to worth of goods may be brought back duty free. Once each calendar year, up to worth of articles can be brought back duty free. This can't be combined with other exemptions, such as the allowance. FIRST IN CALIFORNIA The Mormons' Jedediah Strong Smith was the first United States citizen to enter California. Tourism in Jamaica forces adjustments EDITOR'S NOTE: In the following story, Frank Rasky, a Toronto Star reporter, gives his impressions of Jamaica while on a recent writing vaca- tion on the Caribbean island. By FRANK RASKY KINGSTON, Jamaica (CP) Imagine a Saskatchewan farm boy or an Eskimo youth from Tuktoyakluk suddenly being whisked to Toronto to work as a waiter at the Royal York's elegant Imperial Room. The adjustment is far greater for the black waiters who serve alien food to the apparently rich white strangers who flock to the tourist hotels of Jamaica, some 000 a year from Canada alone. The Jamaican waiter may be fresh from a farm in the jungle interior of the 146- mile-long, 51-mile-wide island, ac- complished at shaving himself with a razor-sharp sugarcane machete but unac- customed to setting cutlery on a white linen tablecloth. He may have to memorize your dinner order because, like 40 per cent of Jamaica's two million people, he cannot read or write. He may not understand your order clearly because he speaks a soft, lil- ting dialect of his own. Above all, he may subconsciously resent having to serve you. These are some of the social ad- justments faced by the Jamaicans involved in the country's relatively new tourist industry. Canadian vacationers spend million a year in this emerging Caribbean country and the Jamaican Tourist Board has em- barked on an energetic campaign to offset some of the bad publicity the island has been receiving. Much of it arose from an incident two years ago which received wide press coverage. T. C. Douglas, the scrappy former leader of the New Democratic Party, put up his dukes to rout two knife- wielding bandits who were attempting to snatch his wife's purse on a lonely beach. Douglas himself says the encounter was blown out of all proportion and he has con- tinued to spend winter vacations at the same Jamaican hotel resort. But it prompted a whispering campaign among Canadian travellers and travel agents that Jamaica was a hotbed of crime. The difficulty is largely due to cultural misunderstanding. Some Canadians tend to regard the basically shy Jamaicans as aloof, sullen and racially touchy. For their part, Jamaican blacks are painfully aware that their African ancestors were slaves for almost 300 years. Many equate tourism with the colonialism of their former British masters, who ruled the island until it achieved its Commonwealth independence 12 years ago. The campaign to reconcile these differences is bearing fruit. 'Every taxi on the island is plastered with signs reading ''Tourism is everybody's business" and "Smile, it makes you better-looking." Hotel employees attend union seminars in which they are taught the dignity of their profession and have adopted the slogan: "Good service doesn't mean ser- vitude." A survey conducted by University of the West Indies reported that 95 per cent of the citizens interviewed feel the tourist in- dustry is vitally beneficial to them. At least 25 per cent said they had changed their attitude since the government introduced community politeness and eti- quette teach-ins during what was called Tourist Month. Jamaica's Canadian connections go all the way up to Michael Manley, the 48- year-old prime minister, who served as a pilot officer in the RCAF. Because of the island's 25-per-cent un- employed rate and '.ow per-capita income, more than Jamaicans have emigrated to Canada annually for the last two years. But Daniel Powell, Jamaican trade commissioner in Toronto, said a year return to assume top jobs in Jamaica. The expatriates have returned with new perspectives. Mauley's press secretary, Claude Robin- son, is a 32-year-old son of a Jamaican carpenter, who came back after studying journalism for four years at Carleton University in Ottawa. "My first morning in Canada I looked out the window and for the first time I saw two white men shovelling dirt on a Robinson recalled. "That really hit me. I became aware that blacks aren't the only ones who have to do menial jobs." Glen Young, 30-year-old son of a Kingston bartender, earned a week before he went to Toronto in 1965 to take a three-year course in hotel management at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. Now he is executive manager of the Turtle Beach Towers Hotel in Ocho Hios. Young hires his staff from the government-operated Jamaica Hotel Training School. The 90 students who take the free six-month courses there are train- ed by Tony Hall, another Ryerson graduate, or Gloucester Brown, a hotelier scholarship winner who studied in Ger- many. Rebuilt South African village museum of Cape architecture TULBAGH Canadians first time understandably visiting South Africa for the head for the well known Passport Photos Candid Weddings Picture Framing Photo Supplies A. E. CROSS STUDIO Phone 328-0111 7103rdAve. S. Phone 328-0222 bull GUIS Wimi-Qfl'ii Hslliij Tuiir Feb. 28lh 16 days. Reno, Sar. Francisco, Fisharmans Whorl, Knolls Berry Farm, Hollywood, Disneyland, SBn Diego, Tijuana, Mexico, Palm Springs, Las Vegas AS LOW AS ElMn HUMID SpcM. Las Vegas and Palm Springs g days TTT AS LOW AS FlCrWl, DIlMf WtlM. D.C. Twr. D.C., Cape Kennedy' Spaca Centre. Cocoa Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, Nassau in the Bahamas, Walt Disney World. Pensacola, San Antonio, El Paso, Juarez, Mexico, Phoenix, Las Vegas. 24 days April 5 AS LOW AS J699.90 Ultoltl I TIjMM IpttM. San Francisco. Disneyland, Sin Diego Palm Springs, 16 days. April 7 AS LOW AS S331 ItatM. (Same as above lor the places. 16 days April 19 AS LOW AS Ltl Vlfll taKM. 7 days. April 23 AS LOW AS 4 NuMlli SftcW. 20 ftp. April 86. 16 Days. April 26 VOMfwt, Su Dltfi, Spent ..............AS LUW In DHn, Mti Ifrtati. CMM days. May 2 .....................AS LOW AS IBdays.May Band, jasper, Victoria AS LOW AS 9299 CMftl MCtlN, KM GNU IfNW. Pentlclon. 12daysMay3 SEVERAL NEW JUMBO 747 SIGHTSEEING CRUISER! NOW IN OPERATION IN NORTHERN'S FLEET NORTHERN TOURS Phone 327-3536 COLLEGE MALL centers Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Kimberley and Jfruger National Park. Only if they have time to spare or are engaging in a second or third visit do they get around to visiting some of the relatively unknown but equally interesting parts of the country. One such spot is Tulbagh, 135 kilometers (84 miles) by car northeast of Cape Town a community that today is vir- tually a museum of restored Cape Dutch architecture, thanks in part to a devastating earthquake that occurred less than six years ago. Walking down Tulbagh's Church Street today, you get the feeling that you have mov- ed back a century or more in time. The road is broad and unpaved and on both sides of the street are dazzlingly white houses with green doors and shutters so typical of the simple, Cape Dutch style of architecture. This is how Church Street must have looked in the days when it was called Onder Street when the space between the Ou Pastorie (the Old Parsonage, built in 1769 and the oldest parsonage in South Africa still in use) and the Oude Kerk (Old Church, built in 1749 and the oldest church building in the country in its original form) was clos- ed to traffic on Sundays so that the minister might prepare his sermon. Tulbagh Valley was violent- ly shaken by the earthquake on Sept. 29, 1969. FEWER VISITORS Visits to the famous Caverns National Park dropped in 1974 from in J973 to TULBAGH'S CHURCH STREET AS IT APPEARS TODAY Ci DVANCE BOOKING VHARTERS BOOK NOW FOR 1975 DEPARTURES NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS CALGARY LONDON AMSTERDAM viaWARDAIR DEPOSIT WILL RESERVE SEAT A.M.A. TRAVEL AGENCY SOI-SlhAvrS. Offict Monday thru Friday a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday a.m. to p.m. Phont 328-7921 or 328-1181 EUROPE Tours from 1 day to 32 days Includes accommodations most meals, tour, escort. Tours depart from and re- turn to London. Even some one way tours. THOMAS COOK Travel Information Center 309 5th Street South Please send me information on your Europe programs. TtiomasCook The first name in travel. Everywhere. IN LETHBRIDGE 309-5IH St. S. Phont 329-3336 ;