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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 17, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE UTHBRIDQE HERALD Friday, January 17, 1975 News In brief Escapee charged in shoot-out Producers to resist lowering of oil prices OTTAWA (CP) Escaped prisoner Barry Forsyth, 31, of Toronto, was charged Thurs- day with attempted murder, armed robbery and attempted abduction after two Ottawa policemen arid a civilian were shot in a downtown chase the previous night. Police said Forsyth, who fled Collins Bay penitentiary Wednesday by forcing a prison bus to drive to Ottawa, is also charged with posses- sion of a gun stolen in a Bath, Ont, burglary last October. He appeared briefly in provincial court Thursday afternoon and was remanded in custody to this morning. Ford offers rebate By SEYMOUR TOPPING New York Times Service NEW YORK The oil producing countries intend to adamantly resist pressure for a reduction in the price of oil during their forthcoming talks with the industrialized con- sumer nations. This was stressed in interviews with government of- ficials and diplomats during a tour of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iran, the chief oil producers of the Middle East. These producers are ready to enter into new financial recycling arrangements that will lessen the shock of the four-fold increase in oil prices on the international monetary system. They are also amenable to readjusting the terms of trade and co operative measures to counter world inflation. But there is common determination for economic and political reasons to hold the line on prices at the conference of producer and consumer nations. At their December meeting in Martinique, President Ford and President Giscard D'Estaing of France proposed such a meeting, possibly with preliminary talks in March, after the con- sumer countries had undertaken conservation measures and consulted on a joint strategy. Among the three major Middle East oil producers, Saudi Arabia takes the most sympathetic attitude towards the problems of the United States, Western Europe and Japan. Attitudes among the three differ somewhat according to in- ternal political pressures and ultimately in terms of the size of each country's oil In general, however, all fear that national oil reserves might be depleted before development and investment programs provide adequately for longterm economic security. Some experts estimate that -at 1973 production levels, the oil of Arab producers and Iran would be ex- hausted within 40 years, although new reserves may yet be found, particularly in Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Ideologically, there is a strong 'feeling in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, all former colonies, that they have been exploited in the past by the industrialized countries which sold them high priced products while taking cheap oil. Politically, the three governments are under strong political pressures, internally and abroad, to maintain the price of oil and even increase it if world inflation remains unabated. Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are also being pressed within the Organization of Petroleum Exporters (OPEC) to keep the price up by such members as Iran, Venezuela, Nigeria, Algeria and Indonesia. These countries, with limited reserves, have committed the bulk of their revenues to inter- nal development projects and current budgetary expenses. DETROIT (AP) Ford Motor Co. has become the se- cond auto maker to offer its United States new-car customers significant dis- counts in the hope that com- ,pany rebates of up to will lure shoppers into showrooms. General Motors remains the only Big Three firm not sending cheques to customers for buying one of its cars. But industry observers say grow- ing pressure from dealers may force GM to do the same to remain competitive in a depressed market. GM of- ficials had no immediate com- ment on Ford's move. Ford said Thursday it will mail rebates of between and to purchasers of its 1975 small-car lines starting immediately. The offer lasts until Feb. 28. Quebec iron workers vote QUEBEC (CP) Striking Quebec iron workers are ex- pected to vote to return to work today following a government-imposed wage settlement designed to end a labor dispute that threatens the 1976 Summer Olympics. Leaders of a common front of workers involved in the eight-week walkout decided Thursday to recommend acceptance of the settlement proposed earlier in the day by Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa. A vote by striking iron workers today almost certain- ly will confirm the union lead- ership's position, said com- mon front spokesman Andre Vachon. Drug smuggler released LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) Lucien Rivard, a convicted drug smuggler whose dramatic escape and alleged bribe offer almost toppled Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson's government a decade ago, was to be re- leased today from Lewisburg federal prison. Rivard, 59, was sentenced in Laredo, Tex., on Nov. to 20 years in jail for master- minding a gigantic inter- national heroin-smuggling operation which United States officials said was the largest ever uncovered. When the gates opened, Riv- ard was to be met by im- migration and naturalization service officials who were to return him to Canada. B.C. phone hike approved OTTAWA (CP) Rate in- The result will be a 4.7-per- creases for British Columbia cent increase in the average Telephone Co. were approved basic residential bill and 9.5- Thursday by the Canadian per-cent for primary business transport commission. service. Andras 'sympathetic' on doctors OTTAWA (CP) Immigra- tion Minister Robert Andras said Thursday his department will give "sympathetic con- sideration" to a proposal by provincial health ministers to restrict immigration and .movement by foreign doctors. However, Mr. Andras also said in a prepared statement that "the application of immi- gration regulations to doctors will be no more or less stringent than the application to any other trade or profession." Greek-Cypriots flay British NICOSIA (AP) British troops and Greek-Cypriots protesting alleged British sup- port for Turkish efforts to par- tition Cyprus clashed today and one demonstrator was killed .and about 20 demonstrators and British troops were injured, officials said. A British spokesman said a BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phonn 329-4722 COLLEGE demonstrator was struck and killed by a British armored car trying to make its way through 500 student demonstrators near the entrance to the British air- base of Akrotiri in southwest Cyprus. The car belonged to the British contingent of the United Nations peace force on the island, he said. The spokesman said British troops responded with tear gas and fire hoses when the demonstrators began stoning British servicemen and setting fire to military vehicles. Viets, Cambodians battle to regain ground lost to Reds Tap water safe YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. (CP) Tap water here has been declared safe to drink by a 12-man intergovernmental committee set up to investigate reports of dangerous arsenic levels in REAVER HOME DCMVCn CENTRI Demonstration Saturday, January 18 10 a.m. 2 p.m. 20% OFF Existing Stock INCA STANDARD RED BRICK Reg 98pkg. BUILD IT YOURSELF! BEAVER HOME CENTRE the drinking water. The committee tabled its seven-page report Thursday night at a meeting of territorial council and, at the urging of David Searle, territorial councillor for Yellowknife, agreed to hold public meetings to answer questions posed by residents of this community of about The committee disclosed that 29 samples of drinking water were taken between April 25 and Sept. 30 and all met health standards. On 18 occasions, the test samples showed arsenic levels of less than 0.02 parts per million, exact measurements were im- possible at such a low concen- tration, they said. None of the remaining 11 samples showed concentrations near the recommended maximum safe level of 0.05 parts per million, the report stated. A federal government report conducted six years ago and only made public last week showed the level of arsenic, released by gold min- ing operations, in Yellowknife Bay was 10 times the max- imum allowed. The city changed its water supply from the contaminated site in 1969, but some Indian residents apparently con- tinued to get water from the bay. Tippy toe Let's hope this Poole Construction workman doesn't decide to step back and admire his han- diwork once he finishes this procedure involved in installing windows in the Lethbridge Centre tower. The project is due fpr completion in the late summer. Grit seeks Dickie riding CALGARY (CP) Alberta Liberal Leader Nick Taylor said Thursday night he will seek his party's nomination for the next provincial elec- tion in'Calgary Glenmore. The seat is currently held for the Progressive Conser- vatives by Mines and Minerals Minister Bill Dickie who recently announced that he will not seek re election. Mr. Dickie captured the seat for the Liberals in 1963 and later joined the Conser- vatives. Mr. Taylor, whose party currently lacks any represen- tation in the legislature, said he expects to have W to 50 candidates nominated by the time the election is called. He expects a June election. PHNOM PENH Fighting raged in both Cambodia and South Vietnam today as government forces in both countries fought to recapture land lost earlier to rebels and insurgents. South Vietnamese in- Shooting victim's mother: Edmonton 'little Chicago' EDMONTON (CP) A city woman whose son was shot in column launched an assault near the Cambodian border today to retake an outpost overrun by Communist forces earlier this month, field reports said. Officers in the field said the South Vietnamese counter- offensive 55 miles west of Sai- Mrs. John Allan McLay said Thursday she and her neighbors are frightened to leave their homes because of the shooting of her 19 year old son William. She said her son, under intensive care in hospital, told her he hadn't walked a block from their home when he heard a "noisy car." He turned to look at the car and was shot in the stomach. "Now people are afraid to leave their doors. We thought offensive 55 miles west ol: sai- Jasper Place, things like that don't happen here. I won't let my gon and within a mile of the 10 year old go skating at night anymore border was aimed at blocking she does not believe the bullet was meant for her son who a North Vietnamese and Viet had been in Edmonton for two months after returning from Cong thrust from bases inside Rainbow Lake, Alta., where he was employed as a carpenter. Cambodia into South Viet- p0iice said tney are still investigating the shooting nam s western Mekong delta. North Vietnamese resistance was reported to be strong despite heavy South Vietnamese air and artillery strikes, field reports said. Associated Press photogra- pher Huynh Cong Ut said North Vietnamese gunners shot down two South Viet- namese aircraft, an A37 jet bomber and a helicopter. Brig.-Gen. Huynh Van Lac, commander of South Viet- nam's 9th infantry division, which has up to troops and more than 50 armored personnel carriers in the counterattack, told reporters about North Vietnamese troops have carried out at- tacks in the area since early December in efforts to seize the rice harvest. The Saigon command re- ported that Viet Cong forces struck within 10 miles of Saigon for the second straight day. The command said Tan Tao, a village five miles southwest of the city, was attacked before dawn but police and militia forces drove the Viet Cong back. Viet Cong units attacked two militia positions within 10 miles of Saigon on Thursday, the command said. The South Vietnamese air force attacked North Viet- namese convoys in the central highlands northwest of Kon- tum and destroyed 79 trucks, a communique said. Pilots reported 13 secondary ex- plosions, indicating the con- voys were cafrying am- munition. In Cambodia, government forces battled through the day with Khmer Rouge insurgents threatening Phnom Penh from the west and killed 50 of the insurgents, the Cambodian military command reported. CIA spy charges called 'ruinous' WASHINGTON (AP) Al- though former CIA director Richard Helms gave testimony Thursday that seemed to contradict statements he made under oath two years ago, the chairman of the armed ser- vices committee of the U.S. Senate says his staff has found "no substantial discrepan- cies" in the testimony on the two occasions. Nevertheless, said Senator John Stennis, Helms will be called back before the com- mittee to answer further ques- tions. Helms told the committee Thursday that during the 1960s the CIA analyzed information on radical groups in response to "the express concern of the president" that there was a foreign influence behind dis- turbances within the United States. The order came from President Lyndon B. Johnson. Big welcome From AP-REUTER About Jordanians shouting "Save Jerusalem" gave King Faisal of Saudi Arabia a tumultuous welcome in Amman today. They slaughtered four camels out- side the airport lounge in homage to the monarch, who also holds the title "Protector of Islam's Holy Shrines." Faisal flew in from Dam- ascus, where he prayed in an ancient mosque with Presi- dent Hafez Assad. Thousands of Syrians cheered the Saudi monarch. Nearly two .years-ago, Helms was asked by the Senate foreign relations com- mittee if he knew "anything about any activity on the part of the CIA" in response to a White House request "that all intelligence agencies join in the effort to le.arn as much as they could about the antiwar movement.'' Helms, testifying under oath, replied: "I don't recall whether we were asked, but we were not involved because it seemed to me that was a clear violation of what our charter was." The armed services com- mittee is one of several groups investigating reports that the CIA spied on U.S. citizens within the United States, which it is forbidden to do by law. In his testimony Thursday, Helms denounced as "irresponsible" and "ruinous" published reports that the agency conducted spy operations against antiwar radicals and other dissidents in the U.S. Helms, now ambassador to Iran, testified in closed ses- sion along with current CIA director William Colby. A copy of his prepared state- ment was released to the press. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC IODY DKTKICH Certified Dtnlil Mtchmic 303 Sir, Strml South ftUtoatf Building PHONE 326-7684 CORRICTION SNOW JOB SPECIALS! While Stock Lasts Evening Wear 1.99 TO 7.99 All Winter Coats OFF ;