Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 7, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, January 7, 1975 News in brief IRA may extend ceasefire LONDON Irish Republican Army (IRA) plans lo.extend its ceasefire until Feb. 2 while it holds secret ne- gotiations with the British government, London news- papers report. Gold drops in Europe LONDON (AP) The price of gold fell sharply on Euro- pean markets today following the failure of the U.S. Treasury's gold auction to Winter fares extended GENEVA (AP) Airlines operating scheduled flights across the North Atlantic have decided to extend current winter fares until March 31, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said today. U.S. isolationist dies WASHINGTON (AP) Burton K. Wheeler, one of the most powerful isolationists in the United States Senate before the Second World War, is dead at 92. North Pole rocket readied LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) Another rocket bearing barium ions will be fired into the earth's atmosphere above the North Pole within a few days, Los Alamos scientific laboratory has announced. Arabs eye Aston-Martin LONDON (Reuter) A director of the collapsed Aston Martin sports car com- pany today met represen- tatives of an Arab group about a possible rescue bid, but the company receiver said he would prefer to keep the firm British. With Arab oil interests and a wealthy U.S. entrepreneur among possible bidders, com- pany receiver Michael Clarke said at Aston Martin's New- port Pagnell factory north of here: "As an Englishman, I would naturally like to see the com- pany stay in British hands. But I have to get the best price for it for the benefit of debenture holders and creditors." Ford's low rating a record NEW YORK (AP) Presi- dent Ford's rating on keeping the economy of the United States healthy represents a new low for a president in modern times, the Harris sur- vey reported Monday. Ford obtained 86 negative, 11 per cent positive and three BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL per cent "not sure" replies to the question "How would you rate the job President Ford has been doing on keeping the economy in a sur- vey of American households, the polling agency said. "The lowest rating recorded for (former) president Richard Nixon was 12 per cent positive a few days before his resignation in 1974, and for (former) president Lyndon Johnson 31 per cent positive in July, 1968." Auto sales slump likely to continue in 1975 The reports, quoting IRA sources in Dublin, say the guerrillas also want to give the government time to publish a report on anti- terrorist legislation, par- ticularly internment of sus- pected terrorists. attract U.S. buyers and high bids. The early trading price in Zurich was an ounce, 58 below Monday's closing price of The 30 airlines meet Wednesday in a third round of talks aimed at working out a new fares system after two previous attempts failed last year. An IATA spokesman said they decided on the two- month extension u n animously, by postal vote. The Montana Democrat, a veteran of four Senate terms, died at his home Monday night after apparently suffering a stroke, his son said. The first rocket carrying barium ions was fired Monday from Cape Parry in the North- west Territories, in a project designed to provide informa- tion on the earth's magnetic field above the Arctic Circle. Shopcraft accord ends long B.C. Rail strike VANCOUVER (CP) British Columbia Railway shopcraft workers have approved a new nine month contract by a vote of 68.4 per cent. The final count of votes cast Sunday in Squamish and Monday in Williams Lake and Prince George was 256 to 118. The vote ends a six week strike that halted operations on the provincial government owned railway. Union of- ficials said it will take about three days to get the contract signed and the men back to work. A company spokesman said normal operations would resume in about a week. CSA wants Hohol in U of A feud EDMONTON (CP) The Civil Service Association of Alberta has served a writ on Labor Minister Bert Hohol to force him to decide a jurisdic- tional dispute between the association and the University of Alberta, CSA president Bill Broad said Monday. Mr. Broad said the step was taken because of Mr. Hohol's slowness in deciding whether the CSA or the university's non academic staff associa- tion should represent 20 engineers at the institution's power plant. Power plant workers did not report for the Monday morn- ing shift in compliance with a CSA call for a study session but the evening shift did come to work. 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CHINOOK STATIONERS LTD. Furniture Office machines Sales and Service 319 7th Street South Phone 327-4591 If Service Counts.. .Count on us! Aberhart hospitals, the W. W. Cross Cancer Institute and other campus buildings. African clashes kill four ORKNEY, South Africa (AP) Officials said today four men have been killed in two days of confrontations between police and striking workers at Vaal Reefs gold mine, 100 miles south of here. Anglo American Corp. re- ported about of striking Africans were return- ing to jobs at its mines. A company spokesman said two Basotho miners were kill- ed late Monday when their tribesmen clashed with workers from the Xhosa tribe. Two men were killed Sun- day, including an African mine policeman, and 22 were in hospital, officials said. Basotho workers looted a hostel during the night and police used tear gas to dis- perse the rioters. Basotho miners, recruited from independent Lesotho, struck Sunday in protest against an order from the Les- otho government that 60 per cent of their pay must be deposited in their home country and kept until they return. Other nationalities joined the strike, and by Monday the entire black labor force of 000 men stopped work. Union spokesman Norm Farley said the agreement includes increases of an hour on the tradesman's rate of an hour, plus a man retroactive to Oct. 31, ex- piry date of the old contract. He said the agreement gives the shopcraft workers an hour more than comparable rates on other railways. The agreement also provides for an investigation of labor management relations on the railway, Mr. Farley said. The nine-month term of the agreement means that all un- ion contracts with the railway will expire July 30. Northern strike committee chairman Vern Paull and several other members in Prince George remain oppos- ed to the new agreement. But Mr. Paull said that northern workers will abide by the wishes of the majority and return to work as soon as the contract is signed. A memorandum of agree- ment was signed Saturday following a meeting between representatives of the unions and the crown corporation. Dalton Larson, a Vancouver lawyer appointed by the provincial government in late December as industrial in- quiry commissioner, presided over the meeting. The railway has been idle since Nov. 21 when negotiations broke off. Games cars Some of the sixty vehicles being lent to the Canada Winter Games Society by General Motors of Canada surround GM and Games officials as the keys are turned over to the society Monday. The cars, vans and pick-up trucks will be used during the Winter Games for VIPs, referees and general transportation. In the photo, from left, are Milton C. Beny and Charles J. F. Beny of Beny Chevrolet- Oldsmobile; Art Batty, Games transportation chairman; Linder Armitage, G.M. zone manager, and John Vargo of Enersons. Aussies battling wave of bushfires SYDNEY, Australia (AP) Exhausted firemen and volunteers today battled a wave of bushfires that has. blackened vast areas of Australian grazing land and burned thousands of sheep alive. The bush fire season, just two months old and likely to last until March, already has left more land burned than the areas of Britain, France and West Germany combined. Strikes of lightning and frenzied kangaroos and rab- bits fleeing with their fur blaz- ing spread the fires while record growths of shrubs and high grass keep them fueled. "The fires this year are a once in a lifetime said William Hur- ditch, a co-ordinator for the Bush Fire Council in the southeastern state of New South Wales. "There have been worse years in individual parts of this state, but as a whole the situation has never been as potentially serious." At least three men have died fighting the blazes. No major population centres have been threatened, but two country towns in New South Wales narrowly escaped being engulfed by the fires. DETROIT (AP) With sales down 23 per cent in 1974 from 1973, its second-worst performance in 11 years, the United States auto industry's slump will continue into 1975 with hopes dim for recovery at least until late in the year. December sales reported Monday fell 25 per cent from the same month a year before, more bad news for companies already in the longest slump since the Second World War. It was disheartening word lor thousands of auto workers who face continued and perhaps more-sweeping layoffs if sales continue to decline. December was the 15th con- secutive month in which U.S. sales have dropped below year-earlier levels. The com- panies have responded with large production cuts, and about per cent of the industry's hourly workforce of layoffs this month. U.S. sales by the four major companies in 1974 were 921, compared to a record 9.7 million in 1973. It was the in- dustry's lowest total since 1963, except for 1970 when a strike against General Motors held sales to 7.15 million. December sales of down from in December 1973, were the lowest for that month in 15 years, with the exception of 1970. Including imports, 1974 sales in the U.S. were off 23 per cent from 1973's record of and far short of the 10 million to 10.5 million new-car sales the industry forecast a year ago. General Motors vice- president Mack Worden predicted sales will rise this year "if consumer uncertain- ties can be significantly reduced but Ford Motor Co. chairman Henry F'ord has forecast a weaker sales year in 1975 and warned that the in- dustry is headed for a depres- sion unless Washington adopts stronger economic measures. Since December, 1973, new cars have increased in price an average The auto makers blame inflation but refuse to cut prices, saying the problem is a lack of con- sumer faith in the economy, not resistance to high price tags. PLO rejects Jordanians as Arab negotiators force in Sinai, and reopening the canal to international shipping including Israeli ships. The proposal, Al Safir says, was based on three con- that Egypt obtain from the PLO a "mandate" for Jordan to negotiate dis- engagement along the Jordan River, that an Israeli- Jordanian agreement be arrived at and made public, and that Egypt drop its de- mand for an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights on the Syrian front. Ervin says Watergaters should get prison terms WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Former senator Sam Ervin says the four convicted Watergate defendants should receive prison terms for their roles in covering up the burglary. The retired North Carolina Democrat also called for a full-scale, congressional investigation of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) ac- tivities in the U.S. and abroad. Ervin said fines would not be severe enough punishment for those who acted for former president Richard Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, John Mitchell and Robert Mardian. "If somebody steals a postal card out of a mail box, we send him to prison. Then we're sort of hitting with a powder puff those who tried to steal from the American peo- ple their right to vote in a free election." BEIRUT Pales- tine Liberation Organization, backed by Syria, has rejected a U.S. proposal that the Jorda- nian government be the Arab agent to negotiate a dis- engagement of Israeli and Jordanian forces along the Jordan River, the daily new- spaper A! Safir reports. The newspaper says the pro- posal was one step in a United States program to move the Middle East towards a peaceful settlement. It was posed to the Arabs by Egypt at the recent meeting of the foreign ministers of Egypt. Syria, Jordan and the PLO, the newspaper says. The purpose of the meeting Mayor WantS was to reconcile the differences between Jordan f f and the Palestine guerrillas. 66% raise Quoting Palestinian sources, Al Safir says the Arab countries considered two U.S. proposals, one on a furthei' Israeli withdrawal in the Sinai desert and the other on Israeli-Jordanian dis- engagement along the Jordan River. The Sinai withdrawal would be carried out in four stages: a pullback of Israeli forces to the Mitla Passes, reopening the towns along the Suez canal, continuation for a further six months of the man- date of the UN emergency ST. ALBERT (CP) The mayor of this suburban Ed- monton community of more than wants a 66 per cent wage increase. Mayor Richard Plain, first elected last fall, says he needs the increase to enable him to spend more time on town business without suffering economically because of the time he has to take off from his regular job. Council is considering rais- ing the mayor's salary to 000 from a year. Ocelots focus of exotic court case By GEORGIA DULLEA New York Times Service TOMS RIVER, N.J. Moka, 'Mala and Sheena, a trio of ocelots born, bred and pampered in captivity, have suddenly become the central characters in a court case involving the illegal possession of exotic animals. The case is not without other exotic aspects. Until recently the three pet cats were dining on raw chicken necks, swinging from rubber tires and prowling about their plushly carpeted bedrooms until all hours of the night. Now, to their owner's distress, Sheena and 'riends are sharing a cage at the Terry Lou Zoo, a commercial enterprise in Scotch Plains, about 80 miles north of this Jersey Shore community. One owner was led weeping from the cage. "Those cats have never, ever, in their lives, ex- perienced anything like wailed Deanna Stevenson, 33. "They are members of a family." The rest of the cats' family is made up of Erik Stevenson, 41, a surveyor, Sherry, 11, and Michael, 12. Sheena belongs to a pair cf newlyweds Ken Neuhaus, 30, an engineer, and Ellen, 22, a registered nurse. Sheena was visiting the Stevenson's home on New Year's Eve, when the state's environmental protection agency seized all three cats for violation of its endangered species act. Actually Sheena was visiting Moka, a male friend. "She's in season and she and Moka had Mrs. Stevenson explained, adding that it was too early to say whether Sheena was preg- nant but, if so, distress caused by being caged and surrounded by strangers might cause her to abort. "Contrary to what some people believe, a cat will not Ken Hatfield, president of the Long Island (N.Y.) Ocelot Club insisted. "He is afraid of strangers, he will hide. If you corner him and hassle him and try to pick him up, the cat will bite you, but if you leave him alone he will not bother you." And contrary to what others may believe, he said, the club's professed aim is to breed the cat and wipe out illegal poaching in the wild. "We are working to propagate the said Mrs. Stevenson, echoing the view of other club members who gathered in her living room to show snapshots of their impounded cats. What about zoos? The Stevensons and Neuhauses said they had no quarrel with the few humane zoos, but the bars and concrete cages were the rule, something Moka, Mala and Sheena have never known. Despite protests from the Stevensons' veterinarian, Dr. David Eisenberg, who contends that the ocelot, in general, is "unusual- ly high strung" and that these ocelots, in par- ticular, had been so "pampered" and "spoiled at home" that "they could just die because of a nervous the state maintains that the zoo is where the cats will sit until the court determines'their fate.