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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 27, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta LXVIII-38 The Letkbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 1975 Countdown 14 (lays to go 15 Cents Army beds for It was almost as if Armed Forces manoeuvers were being held Saturday in Lethbridge as 36 army trucks streamed into the city. The trucks, which came in groups of six, were part of the Armed Forces contribution to the Canada Winter Games as they helped transport beds into the city for visiting athletes. The beds are being stored in Palli- ser Distilleries' warehouse until they can be moved into the three schools which will comprise the athletes' village for some sports participants. Errant dog owner takes jail term The neighbor of a Lethbridge dogcatcher decid- ed to spend two days behind bars instead of paying the fine for allowing his dog to run at large. Fraser Baalim, 3801 Pebble Place, told provincial court his dog was running at large with the neighboring dogcatcher's dog when it was picked up. In response to a query about what could be done about the dogcatcher's dog, Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson suggested a telephone call to the dogcatcher might suffice. Mr. Baalim claimed he had tried that several times. Call the city police, Judge Hudson suggested. What does the provincial judge think of the bizzare case he heard today? Maybe the. dogs are pals, he remarked in court. IRA renews bombing campaign BELFAST (AP) Three bombs exploded today in cen- tral Londonderry in what police said was a renewed blitz by the Irish Republican Army There were no reported injuries. Despite the bombings, political sources still express- ed hope the IRA would call an indefinite ceasefire. Belfast newspapers reported the army council of the IRA's Provisional wing might an- nounce a new ceasefire today. 10 injured MANCHESTER, England (Reuter) A bomb exploded in the basement of a depart- ment store in the centre of this big northern city today. First reports said 10 persons were injured, one seriously. Freight rate ruling puzzling OTTAWA (CP) The Federal Court of Appeal overturned Saturday a Canadian tran- sport commission ruling postponing part of a recent rail freight-rate increase for 60 days. But lawyers for the railways and some provincial governments were puzzled later about whether the railways can immediately raise general commodity freight rates. The court ruled unanimously that the commission exceeded its authority in postpon- ing half a 25-per-cent rate increase to March 1 from Jan. 1. Oil countries' proposal aimed at stabilizing world economy Inside 7 vote we lay off more, present company excepted, 24 Pages Classified........20-24 Comics............18 Comment...........4 8 13-15 8 ;S Markets...........19 8 Sports............8-11 Theatres............7 :S; TV.................6 g Weather............3 g LOW TONIGHT 15 (-9C) HIGH TOES. 15 (-9C.) 8 GUSTY. COOL. 3S? CN engineers returning By The CANADIAN PRESS A Canadian National Rail- ways spokesman said in Mon- treal today locomotive engi- neers who walked out Friday have begun returning to work in 15 of 30 affected centres across Canada. He said some of the 000 who booked off sick still were off the job today. He said engineers were re- turning in the following centres: Moncton, N.B.; Sioux Lookout, Windsor, Sar- nia and London, all in On- tario; The Pas and Gillam, Man.; Saskatoon, North Battleford, Humboldt and Prince Albert, Sask.; Jasper, Alta.; Kamloops, B.C., Prince George and Vancouver. Walkouts continued in To- ronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Ed- monton and Calgary. ALGIERS (CP) The world's major oil exporting countries are framing a pro- posal which they hope will stabilize the world economy during the next five years. Their plan, details of which have yet to be worked out, is to freeze oil prices in real terms by pegging them to an index of world inflation. This Algerian proposal won widespread support at the Or- ganization of Petroleum Ex- porting Countries (OPEC) Conference which ended here Sunday, sources said. -Heads of state of the OPEC countries are expected to adopt the Algerian proposal as their main contribution to the long-awaited dialogue between oil exporting and con- suming countries. After the, five-fold increase in oil prices during the last 15 months, this would put the onus for any further large oil price increases on the major industrial countries. A communique said the OPEC members "welcome the dialogue between the in- dustrialized countries and the developing countries and are, in this spirit, prepared to par- ticipate in an international conference such as that proposed by the government of France which will deal with the problems of raw materials and development." This indicated opposition to the United States view that the conference should be con- fined to the oil crisis and that negotiations to ease it should not be complicated by discus- sion of other raw materials. But a member of the OPEC secretariat said the oil countries realized they cannot force subjects of discussion on the U.S. A balmy 10 above Canada begins the long process of converting to the metric system this April 1. After that date all temperatures will be express- ed in terms of- Celcius (not centigrade) instead of Fahrenheit. To give its readers a chance to become more familiar with the' new system before conversion date, The Herald today begins including Celcius equivalents in the Fahrenheit temperature tables on the dai- ly weather roundup on Page 3 and the capsulized forecast on this page. But three of the five judges recommended that the commission reconsider the freight-rate case that led to the commission's Dec. 31 ruling. Two dis- sented from this suggestion. The general-commodity freight rates affect about 000 shippers and about 22 per cent of rail-freight traffic. The commission ruling on the freight rates Dec. 31 came only hours before a. two-year freeze on general commodity freight rates was due to ex- pire. Eight provinces, led by Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan, had asked for a 60-day postponement of the entire 25per-cent increase sought by the railways so they could discuss the issue with rail officials. The commission allowed half the increase to take effect Jan. 1 and postponed the effective date of the other half to March 1. This was to allow talks between the provinces and the railways. The federal court judges agreed with the railways and the justice department that the commission had no legal power to postpone the effec- tive date of the rates. But Mr. Justice A. L. Thur- low, supported by Mr. Justice John J. Urie and Mr. Justice D. V. Heald, said that the commission can and should look at the freight rate case again. Two other judges dissented indicating they did not see a legal case for further study by the commission of the freight rate increase filed by the rail- ways. The railways have said the commission has deprived them of about a day in additional revenue by post- poning part of the increase to March 1. NIXON, KENNEDYS IN FBPS SEX FILE NEW YORK (Reuter) Time magazine reported today that rumors about the sex lives of former presidents John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon were included in files the FBI kept on public officials when the agency was headed by the late J. Edgar Hoover. The magazine said the reports suggested that Kennedy, as well as his brother, the late Senator Robert Kennedy, were having extramarital affairs: In the case of Nixon, the rumor was that he had a liaison with a Chinese woman in Hong Kong before becoming president. The material, said Time, "was as sensational as it was adding that Hoover kept the files in his private office and sometimes regaled high government officials with tidbits of information. U.S. reviewing policies on UN New York Times Service UNITED NATIONS The United States, which has at- tacked recent United Nations decisions and warned of, eroding American support, has begun a high level review of its policies toward the world organization and all its affiliates. According to a high-ranking American of- ficial. The review was ordered after the last general assembly session, which Washington said has excluded South Africa illegally, curbed Israel's right to speak on the Palestine question and had generally been dominated by the nations of the Third World and their Communist sup- porters. Administration officials in Washington and members of the U.S. mission here are con- ducting the review. Seen and heard About town CP Rail employee Marco Altieri using a lunchbreak to score a perfect 29 score in a cribbage game with Tony Paldino, Nick Mucciarone and Mike Paldino Willy Dewit, Fort Macleod, wonder- ing if Prime Minister Trudeau is coming to Southern Alberta to help celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary Feb. It. Electronic gadgetry to speed reporting of Games results Two slalom racers hurtle down the south slope of Castle Mountain in a race against the clock. In another race against the clock, Canada Winter Games officials collect skiers times and rush them to the Games results room at West- castle lodge. A piece of paper with all the results is slipped into a machine the size of an attache case. Four minutes later, an identical piece of paper is printed out by an identical machine at the El Rancho Motor Hotel. Again within minutes, printed results go from the results editor at the El Rancho to seven newspaper radio and TV newsrooms. The scene at Westcastle will be repeated at Games venue throughout Lethbridge and Southern Alberta. There's none of the drama and none of the excitement of Games competition contained on those plain 8Vi by 11-inch pices of paper containing results. But those pieces of paper, electronically trans- mitted hundreds of miles within minutes on equipment donated to the Games by Xerox of Canada Ltd., are crucial to athletes, officials and fans. For electronics buffs, the Xerox equipment donated to the Games has more razzle dazzle than the best executed double axel, stem Christie or clean and jerk. Each venue will have what Xerox calls a 410 Automated Fascimile System. This unassuming machine uses the telephone to transmit messages rapidly. Identical machines at the El Rancho will automatically record trans- missions from each venue. Another electronic gizmo, a broadcaster, will relay results to the media, who will receive them on automatically operated 410s. The whole system, complete with the technicians needed to train Games volunteers and troubleshoot possible snags in the com- munication system, would probably cost the Games Xerox is donating its machines and men because of a public relations drive to "ever increase our social involvement" says a Xerox spokesman. The Xerox official, who .asked not to be named, scotched rumors that Xerox is using the Canada Winter Games as a dry run for the Olym- pics. "We don't view it as a learning curve for the says the spokesman. Xerox, Canada's largest producer of copying equipment, supplied similar machines for the 1973 Summer Games in Burnaby. For those Games, Xerox supplied a telecopier since replaced by the more modern 410 telecopier. Xerox will definitely be supplying equipment to the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, the spokesman said, but the company will probably have a new machine on the market by then. The Canada Winter Gantes "is not to be viewed as a pream- ble to the Olympics." ROB WHITFIELD, ROBERT NISH OF XEROX STACK EQUIPMENT IN WAREHOUSE ;