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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 26, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wtdntldoy, January 26, Eclipse of the July 10, 1972 SUN'S ECLIPSE ACROSS CANADA The roresr offering of the skies this year will be a folal eclipse of the sun over parrs of Canada on July 10. There is one other eclipse in the presenr century and will be visible in Canada and the United States on Feb. 26, 1979. This year's eclipse occurs in the holiday season and many people can plan their holidays fo be near the track. The maximum duration of totality for ihis eclipse is three minutes. Map shows pafh of sun's eclipse across Canada. Airlines can save money with new flight technique WASHINGTON (AP) Intro- duction of a new flight tech- nique called area save the major United States airlines S7 million a year in reduced flight time and distances, an electronics ex- pert said Tuesday. Glen A. Gilbert of Miami told a Federal Aviation Administra- tion symposium on area naviga- tion that the technique Ejso could save regional airlines up to a year in direct oper- ating costs. "The cost benefits would be sufficient in most cases to pay back the cost of airborne HNAV equipment within one to two Gilbert said. In area navigation a pilot, rather than flying fron one ground navigation station to the next, uses distance-measuring and computer equipment in his plane to fly a direct route to his destination. Speakers at the FAA confer- ence said pilots tend to like the new technique because it re- turns flight control to the cock- pit, as contrasted with control from the ground. Traffic controllers benefit also from the reduced workload. Gilbert said RNAV would per- mit great savings through re- duced need for ground installa- tions and increased controller productivity. Improved safely, reduced collision hazards, and noise abatement are other po tential resulls, he said. Church rite kills two meu SEATTLE (AP) Autopsies have determined thai ad- herents of p. local religious sect ivho died after inhaling paint solvent as part of a church rite were victims of "asphyxia due to acute toluene intoxication." The two men were found dead in one of seven Seattle houses rented bv the Church of commune- styled religious sect. The King County medical ex- aminer's office identified the victims as William Van Brunt Eddy, 26, of Minetonka, Minn., and Gregory Lemaster, 22, of Cheyenne, Wyo. The men had plastic bags over their faces and the bags contained the fumes of the sol- vent, toluene, the medical ex- aminer's office said. Multiple sclerosis research under way By KEN KELLY Canadian Press Science Write OTTAWA (CP) Surgical re search is under way at the 01 tawa General Hospital her aimed at relieving crippling an painful effects of multiple sclr rosis. The hope is that the researc will help to improve or restor the ability to walk to victims o the disease. Dr. Leslie P. Ivan, chief neurosurgery at the hospital who introduced to this country a spinal operation which stops the muscle spasms of Uiis disease has begun new work to find a more precise and less hazard i'- method. Dr. Ivan, 51-year-old associate irofessor of neurosurgery at the Jniversity of Ottawa, found thai radical surgery to the spinal column helped, especially in the iredridden. Some patients were enabled to valk. But the operation also oscd the danger that injury to he spinal cord would further mpair them. Dr. Ivan concluded that he ad to locate and operate with rccision on the tiny areas of le spinal cord which induce in- oluntary muscle spasms of multiple sclerosis. ALLED 'CROSSROADS' He calls them the "crossroads reflex pathways." They are esponsible for the lone or ten- on of limb muscles and for ontraction of the limbs. The crossroads are located in .hat part of Hie spinal cord mown medically as "lamina which is a part of the grey matter near the centre of the With an annual grant of from the Multiple Scle- osis Society of Canada, he now experimenting with dogs on ow best to find and block these rossroads point. Three testing methods are being used to destroy them, ra- diofrequency, direct current electricity and chemicals; in this case the chemical is alco- hol. Five dogs will be operated on with each method and five more will act as controls. All first undergo surgery to produce in them the muscle tone and spas- ticity akin to that of multiple sclerosis. In the last three years, Dr. Ivan worked on the accurage destruction of crossroads points with radiofrequency current ap- plied through fine needles to the inside of the spinal cord. But for this technique to be tested In humans the accuracy would have to be increased, a difficult step when using radio- frequency current through aji electrode that is less than one millimeter in size. DEST METHOD SOUGHT For that reason, Dr. Ivan pro- also to try direct current and chemical destruction of the crossroads points, comparing all three afterwards. The best then will be applied and evalu- ated in human patients to re- lieve their spasticity. The dog studies also will fur- nish Dr. Ivan and his collabora- tor, Dr.' Fedor Bhatlrchuk, an experimental radiologist, with an opportunity of finding a way to make X-rays of the cross- roads points at the Lime they arc destroyed. The research may furnish tools for helping sufferers from other diseases although multiple sclerosis is the main target. This disease strikes between 40 and 60 persons per population in northern coun- tries, Dr. Ivan estimates there are sufferers in Canada at present. Its causes and cure are unknown. Seal aided in escape Popeye's food nay be bad or infants ROME (AP) Spinach may be bad for infants, the UN Food and Agriculture Or- ganization reported here. Its warning against fresh and frozen spinach for babies under three months old was drawn up at a recent Bonn meeting of an FAO and World Health Organization committee on special diets. The report said several delegates to the meeting ex- pressed the opinion that "the Mgh nitrate content of spin- ach carried the potential dan- ger of causing methernoglobi- naemia a form of blood early infancy." A representative of the In- .ernational Organization of Consumers said, however, hat because of the public's belief in spinach as a valu- able food, containers should carry a warning on the label 'concerning the unsuitability of the product for the very young infant." INSTALLED 3 DLC-100 RETREADS FOR MANVCARS 75 M WHITEWALLS MORE 4-PLY NYLON CHAMPION for many models oi FALGONJ VALIAUT CHEWH INSTALLED 4-PLY NYLON CHAMPION for many models of FOR.O CHEV PLVAADUTH INSTALLED 33 BELTED ONLY MORE Now at Firestone Stores or participating Dealers Corner 3rd Ave. and 8th St. S. Phone 327-8548 4-PLY NYLON STRATO-STREAK for many models of PLVAAOUTH FORD CHEV INSTALLED DUBLIN (AP) Seven offi- cers of mililant provisional of the Irish Republican Army who escaped from the prison ship Maidstone in Belfast har- bor last week said here a seal helped them escape. The seven, held after raids by security forces in Northern Ire- land, told a news conference they.smeared their bodies with black shoe polish to make them less visible and butter to keep out the cold as they swam clad only in shorts. The escape, made after cut- ting the bar out of a porthole and swimming 200 yards through icy water, had been made after two weeks of prepa- rations which included luring a seal into the ship's underwater electronic detection screen by throwing out food. The seal did not touch off an alarm and the men decided that neither would they. Using a saw smuggled on board, Hie men cut halfway through a bar guarding a port- hole in the days before the es- cape and finished the job just before they went over the side, The final decision to go was taken only an hour before they actually went, a week ago Mon- day night, SAVED BUTTER RATIONS The seven blackened their bodies and covered themselves with butter saved up by prison- ers from rations. Then they cut the rest of the way through the porthole bar and slid down an anchor rope at one-minute intervals and swam ashore. They said they were badly cut by barbed wire surrounding the ship underwater but did not im- mediately notice the cuts be- cause of the cold. Because of a delay they missed their contact on shore and had to hijack a bus. They drove to an IRA-influ- enced area of Belfast wrere they were given clothes. Then they went quickly to other parti of the city. They stayed at "various houses" in Northern Ireland but were prevented from crossing the border until Saturday be- cause a close army watch was being kept on it. The seven guerrillas appeared at the news conference organ- ized by the provisional Sinn Fein, a legal political organiza- tion of which the outlaw IRA is the underground military arm. WIDOWS FACE UP TO CHALLENGE Suson Carson talked to a number of widows across Canada faced'with carrying on a family business after (heir husbands died. Read abou) the problems that faced them, and how they solved them IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERALD WEEKEND MAGAZINE J Open Doily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) hurtday gnd Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. College Shopping Mall 2025 Mayor Magrath Drive ;