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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 21, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, January 21, 1975 News in brief Farmers urged to open door to opportunities __________ OTTAWA (CP) Oppor- Several speakers, including declined, increas (unity is knocking and Cana- Agricullure Minister Eueene market notenfiaHnn Vietnam clashes move south SAIGON (AP) Heavy .fighting was reported south of Da Nang in South Vietnam to- day for the first time in six months, and the Saigon com- mand claimed 141 North Viet- namese and Viet Cong were killed. A spokesman said fighting broke out around Que Son, 25 miles south of Da Nang, as South Vietnamese forces were trying to consolidate the de- fence line west of the town that protects the coastal lowlands. Peas sprout in space MOSCOW (Reuter) The two cosmonauts aboard the orbiting Soviet Salyut-4 space Gubarev and Georgy tended their space garden, in which peas have started germinate. The newspaper Izvestia said they reported to earth Monday that 10 shoots have appeared, a week after the peas were watered. Freighter crew rescued HALIFAX (CP) AH eight persons were lifted to safety from the Deck of the leaking coastal freighter Barma early today by a helicopter from the Canadian destroyer Assinibuine. A Canadian Forces spokes- man here said the helicopter flew ahead of the ship to the scene, about 200 miles east of Boston, and completed the rescue. No injuries were reported. Tanker explodes MIAMI, Fla. (AP) Two crew members were missing and feared dead after the Cy- priot oil tanker Lucky Era ex-. ploded and caught fire early today in the lower Bahama Islands, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said. Thirty-four of the 37 crew members aboard the 550-foot tanker were transferred to a Soviet ship, which had been diverted to the area, said spokesman Steve Frazier. Killers' fate watched DARTMOUTH, N.S. (CP) The fate of a pair of con- victed killers of two policemen in British Colum- bia is being watched closely by prison officials who will meet in Moncton, N.B., next month, a top city police of- ficer said Monday. "The decision on whether to hang these men will set a precedent for us to work Inspector Wen Mackenzie, president of Local 101, Police Association of Nova Scotia, said in an inter- view. OTTAWA (CP) Oppor- tunity is knocking and Cana- dian farmers were told Mon- day they should open their doors to it if -they want to counteract cost increase they likely face this year. Several speakers, including Agricullure Minister Eugene Whelan, made this plain Mon- day during the first day of the 1975 agriculture outlook conference. World stockpiles of the major crop have Stettler man facing charges in shootings RED DEER (CP) Russell John O'Shea was remanded to Wednesday when he appeared in provincial court today on two charges of non-capital murder. He appeared in court without a lawyer and remain- ed silent throughout the proceedings which remanded him one day for the setting of a preliminary hearing date. O'Shea, married with three children, was arrested and charged Monday following the shooting deaths of Kenneth Leroy Welty and his wife, Bet- ty Margaret, both 45, at their farm home near Stettler early Saturday. He, was apprehended at his home in Stettler following an intense police investigation into the apparent ambush of the couple after they had returned to their home about 1 a.m. after an evening of snow- mobiling. A group of armed neighbors arrived at the house, but the gunman had fled the scene. Residents of the town of 000 located 120 miles southeast of Edmonton band- ed together for protection after the killings, fearing that the kijler may strike again. RCMP said O'Shea was raised on his family's homestead about three miles northwest of the Welty residence and the family had resided in the area for more than 50 years. Iraqis arrest Arab terrorists Death penalty sought VANCOUVER (CP) A. federal MP said'Monday he plans to circulate a petition calling for the enforcement of the death penalty for slayers of policemen. John Reynolds (PC Bur- naby Richmond Delta) said the petition was planned by a group called Canadians for Law Enforcement and Application Now, which he helped to found. LONE WORKER WALKS THROUGH SITE OF 1978 OLYMPICS More strikes threaten delay on Olympic site Blairmore man shot QUEBEC (CP) Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau and members of the Olympic organizing committee explain to a Quebec legislature com- mittee today the rising cost of staging the 1976 Summer Games. Meanwhile, a strike by pile drivers threatened to further delay work at the trouble-pla- gued Olympic site. Testimony before the municipal affairs committee, formed last December when it SALMO. B.C. (CP) RCMP said Monday Leslie Joseph Miller, 17, of Blair- more was found dead of a rifle wound at his father's home here Sunday. Police said they believe the shooting was accidental. Nails delay rally Labor relations concern Chamber of Commerce BURZET, France (AP) Spectators who threw thousands of nails on the road disorganized the Monte Carlo Rally today. The big nails were scattered over the Burzet Plateau roads in south central France where the competitors were due to run their second race against the clock this mor- ning. Lalonde touring North WHITEHORSE, Y.T. (CP) Federal Health Minister Marc Lalonde opened a six- day familiarization tour of the North Monday on arrival at the Yukon capital. He was to start the Northwest Territories leg of his visit today, flying to Inuvik, and transferring to a bush plane for a trip to the remote Eskimo community of Tuktoyaktuk. 'Rail line addition urged SALMON ARM, B.C. (CP) A representative of the Alberta government Monday gave strong support to a proposed 11-mile addition to the CP Rail main line in the Tappin-Notch Hill area, 15 miles northwest of here. James Telford, Alberta assistant deputy minister of industry, trade and com- merce, told the Canadian Transport Commission hear- ing that his recommendation did not take into consideration the environmental impact of the proposed addition. Gravediggers dispute ends VANCOUVER (CP) The gravediggers dispute, which lias halted burials in the British Columbia lower mainland since Oct. 7, was settled Monday. Deputy Labor Minister Jim Kinnaird said both sides in the dispute have accepted the terms of Jack Sherlock, in- inquiry com- missioner. Edmonton pilot killed EDMONTON (CP) A 21 year old Edmonton man was killed Monday night when the Cessna 150 he was piloting crashed in a field just west of the city. City police said the body of Thomas Russell Gormley was found 40 feet from the wreckage by officers who used a borrowed snowmobile to reach the crash site. BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES PhOM 328-4722 COU.EOEMALL Death THE CANADIAN PRESS Southampton, N.Y. Kay Summersby Morgan, in her late 60s, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower's London chauffeur during the Second World War, cancer. OTTAWA (CP) Labor relations appeared to dominate concerns Monday as the cabinet received the an- nual submission from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce which suggested, among other things, that the right to strike be withdrawn from "essential public serv- ices." There was little encour- agement from the govern- ment in this respect. "If you outlaw strikes there will be illegal said Prime Minister Trudeau. He said it was also worth remem- bering that since public ser- vants were given the right to strike in 1966, some 200 con- tracts had been negotiated and there have been only six legal strikes. Labor Minister John Munro told the 120-member delega- tion that if management and labor were to be brought together in meaningful dis- cussions "to reduce the emphasis on then it would be better done without legislation. As usual, the annual brief from the chamber covered a wide area of concerns, but the 90-minute presentation to 19 cabinet ministers seemed to emphasize fears about future industrial relations. And the concern came from both sides. Treasury Board President Jean Chretien told the delega- tion, headed by Chamber President E. R. Olson, that the government faced a "tough year" of negotiations, with contracts expiring for some public servants. "We want to be good employers, but we don't want to be he said, adding a swipe at the Ontario government for giving big settlements to public servants in the province. Mr. 'Munro said an effort would be made this year to de- velop a greater harmony in in- dustrial negotiations. It was important to end the at- mosphere of confrontation and adversary, and try to cut down on the number of mid- contract walkouts. In its brief, the chamber suggested that members of Parliament take another look at their proposed salary increase in the light of "infla- tion and there was reference to a "lack of visible communications" between Canada and the United States. There was also a plea for an early resolve of federal-provincial disputes over resource tax policy. Another suggestion was for the government to cancel a 10- per-cent surcharge on taxes of corporations other than small businesses and those in manu- facturing, processing and re- source extraction. There was no response from cabinet about MPs salaries. But Finance Minister John Turner said there was "daily and continuous" talks between Canadian ministers and their U.S.counterparts, and Mr. Trudeau said dis- cussions are "continuing between federal and provin- cial officials over resource taxes. was revealed that costs had increased to million from the original 5310-million es- timate, is expected to be the basis of decisions affecting the future of the Games. Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa said Monday the government has to decide whether to continue construc- tion of the rnillion covered main stadium and swimming pool or to use an existing facility. The premier said engineers claim the Olympic stadium could be built by the July 17, 1976, opening of the Games de- spite delays caused by strikes. The Olympic worksite was hit Monday with a strike by pile drivers. And there was a threat of a new walkout by iron workers. Pile drivers are needed on the Velodrome, the Olympic Village and a viaduct linking the Village to the stadium site. They are demanding that overtime rates be paid after 40 hours a week instead of the 50 straight-time hours decreed by law. Iron workers may resume their eight-week walkout be- cause they were turned away from the Olympic site Monday when preparations for further work were incomplete. Union leader Michel Ga- larneau said "chances are good" that the men will stage another strike if they are not allowed to return to work today. The iron workers agreed during the weekend to end their strike in the face of a government-imposed 85-cent hourly cost-of-living increase. Meanwhile, Premier Bourassa said several minor changes in plans which could save "millions of dollars" already have been made. PARIS (AP) Iraq today denounced the three Arab terrorists who seized 10 hostages at Orly Airport here Sunday and said the gunmen had been placed under arrest in Baghdad. A statement issued by the Iraqi Embassy in Paris said the French jetliner that flew them out of France in ex- change for the hostages' lives had been permitted to land in Baghdad only because it was low on fuel and the crew was exhausted by more than 17 hours of flying. Permission for the plane to land was granted in response to a request by the French government, the statement reported. The Iraqi statement said: "We are convinced that these individuals do not in any way serve the Palestinian cause and are nothing other than troubling or misguided elements, because such acts can only harm the interests of the Arabs and the French peo- ple and could not be perpetrated by an Arab con- scious of the cause of his people." In Cairo, the three Egyptian government-run dailies Al Ahram, Al Akhbar and Al Gomhouriya also condemn- ed the siege and called for un- ified Arab action to prevent such incidents from recurring. Meanwhile, additional police units were ordered to Orly Airport and the balconies of the south terminal building from which the terrorists opened fire on an Israeli air- liner were ordered closed to visitors. The security measures were announced after a two-hour conference between Interior Minister Michel Poniatowski and air- port authorities. declined, increasing the market potential for Canada. "Grain producers have the whole world in their Mr. Whelan told delegates from several countries, the provinces and many areas of the agriculture industry. "It is the moral respon- sibility of every country in the world to grow more grain. Not very many countries are as, able as Canada to accept this challenge, so I want to see our producers plant more acres of each grain crop. This is urgent." Wheat, which accounts for about 10 per cent of dollar ex- ports in a normal year, is a major factor in Canada's trade balance. World requirements usually increase by about 3.6 per cent a six-million-ton increase this year. But many 1974-75 supplies have failed so far to meet expectations despite intense efforts to increase production in many countries. World wheat stocks are ex- pected to be reduced to 46.5 million metric tons from the 57.5 million on hand at the end of the 1973-74 crop year. This would leave the world with a 45-day supply if all crops based on total pro- jected annual consumption of 361 million metric tons, each equal to pounds and the normal measurement for grain. The three Prairie provinces produced about 13.6 million metric tons of wheat last year from 22.9 million acres. The conference was told this should be increased to between 27 and 28 million acres this year to enable Canada to increase its ex- ports, a move that is sure to succeed because of the decline in world supply. i Preliminary Statistics Canada figures indicate that while gross farm income jumped 24 per cent last year over 1973, net income increas- ed less than two per cent, held down by high operating costs. Democrats slam Ford's energy, economy plans WASHINGTON (AP) Democrats in the United States Congress, led by Venezuela oil rising Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The cost of Ve- nezuelan crude oil imported into Eastern Canada is ex- pected to jump soon by 70 cents to a barrel, according to Federal Energy Minister Donald Macdonald. But consumers in Eastern Canada won't notice the effect, since the federal oil import compensation program will absorb all the increase, as part of its aim to keep oil prices in Canada un- iform. 'FBI collects files on U.S. congressmen' WASHINGTON (AP) FBI Director Clarence Kelley ac- knowledged today that his agency maintains files on members of the United States Congress that include un- substantiated allegations volunteered by members of the public, but denied that such information is misused. Charges that the FBI is im- properly soliciting informa- tion about members of Ctmgress or misusing infor- mation in FBI files-concern- ing them are "erronepus-and without any basis in Kelley said. "Congressmen are treated substantially the same as'any other citizen concerning whom the FBI may receive in- Kelley said. "The policy of the FBI is that information concerning members of Congress is collected when members are .the subjects or victims of an investigation or a specific background check is re- quested concerning the suit- ability for nomination to a position in the executive or judicial the FBI chief said in a 550-word state- ment issued early today. Speaker Carl Albert, say they can do a better job than Presi- dent Ford in directing tax relief where it's needed, fighting the energy crisis and helping the poor cope with inflation. Albert joined other Demo- cratic leaders Monday night in a steady drumbeat of criticism against Ford's economic and energy proposals. In a broadcast reply to Ford's economic address last week, he said the Democrats who control Congress believe Ford's proposal to rebate 1974 income taxes by 12 per cent would put 43 per cent of the re- fund into the hands of the richest 17 per cent of tax- payers. Democratic leaders have asked the House of Representatives to pass by the end of March a tax reduc- tion for middle-and lower- income persons only. Albert said Ford's proposals for oil taxation would mean price increases as much as 25 per cent for gasoline, heating oil, electricity, food, fertilizer and other products. Congress will have to con- sider alternatives such things as gasoline rationing, prohibiting the sale of gas- oline on Sundays, excise taxes on automobiles with high horsepower and possibly other measures, he said. Ford's program also was criticized by a Republic, Senator Jacob Javits of New York. The president's economic program falls "far short of the magnitude of the Javits said. The senator said any tax re- bate should be prohibited for U.S. families earning more than Dust cloud paints fantastic sunsets By WALTER SULLIVAN New York Times Service NEW YORK A vast dust cloud thrown into the stratosphere by a volcanic eruption in Guatemala last October is spreading northward over the earth, causing. spectacular, multi colored sunsets and, in many areas, a prolongation of twilight. Over much of the United States, in recent days, the dust layer has reached what may be its maximum density. The layer is about three miles thick with its median, most concentrated region, 12 miles aloft. The northward advance of the cloud, which is expected to affect sunsets for as much as a year or more, has been traced by U-2 planes and other high flying aircraft, by visual observations from the ground and by a laser prob- ing system called Lidar. As with debris thrown aloft by the 1963 eruption of Agung in Bali, the dust is expected to provide dramatic views for those aboard airliners at evening or morning twilight. The new dust cloud would appear to explain a number of dramatic sunsets visible in the New York area in recent days. Its effects have been observed from such widely separated sites as Hawaii, Wyoming. Massachusetts, France and England. The dis- play tends to be brightest 25 to 30 minutes after sunset. At that sunlight, reddened by its passage through the atmosphere several hundred miles to the west, illuminates the lofty layer, although landscape near the observer and lower cloud layers are darkened. The result, as the sun sinks lower beneath the horizon, can be a succession of brilliant colors purple, ocre, yellow, orange and red. Under ideal conditions the western sky brightens noticeably as the effect reaches its maximum. ;