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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 27, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THE LITHMIDQI HIRALD Mondty, 27, 107S Synthetic eyes may help some blind people GAINESVILLE, Fta. (AP) Synthetic eyes patterned after the light panels on space' vehicles may help some blind persons see, lays researcher at the University of Florida. Dr. William Dawsbn, direc- tor of the sight laboratory, CTC members, wives get free air passes OTTAWA (CP) -Likecabi- net ministers and other high government officials, some members of the Canadian transport commission (CTC) get free annual air transporta- tion on the major domestic airlines and their wives also are accorded the same privilege. But while their husbands get the passes on an annual basis the wives, including those of members of the CTC's air Hunley nominated ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE (CP) Solicitor General Helen Hunley was nominated by acclamation Friday night to contest the Rocky Mountain House con- stituency for the Progressive Conservatives in the next Alberta election. She became the 73rd Progressive Conservative candidate and last sitting member to be nominated. Candidates are still to be nominated in Calgary Glen- more and Banff Cochrane. transport committee, must apply to the air carrier each time they want a trip pass. A spokesman for the com- mission said the annual passes for air transport committee members is simply a con- tinuation of a policy adopted when members of the former Air Transport Board received airline courtesy passes. He said he did not know how many such passes there were or how often they were used. He added the single trip passes available to wives must be applied for to the air- line concerned and that the CTC has nothing to do with them. He said the single-trip pass privilege for wives accom- panied all annual pass privi- leges accorded their husbands. Earlier this month, when it became public that Margaret Trudeau, like her husband, re- ceived an annual airline pass, an airline spokesman said such passes mainly cut down airline paper work. This followed an earlier re- jection by the CTC of an appli- cation by the airlines for per- mission to grant such annual passes to the wives of all cabi- net ministers and senior gov- ernment officials. says It Is a tough project, but he Is optimistic that researchers are near a breakthrough. Oawson said scientists at the university have been working to duplicate the retina, perhaps the most crucial part of the eye. The eye's cornea and lenses already have been dupli- cated, he said. An entire syn- thetic eye may be developed in six to eight years, he said. The retina, the eye's in- nermost portion, is the "seeing" instrument. It focuses light rays and tran- smits them to the brain. Retinal disease and damage account for about 20 per cent of all blindness and are usual-' ly Incurable, Dawson gild, But he said research by the Gainesville team has shown that it takes only a very small electric current to prompt the undamaged portion of the retina to send visual messages to the brain. A tiny electrode placed on the eye's outer surface can transmit electrical currents to inner layers and cause a blind person to see light, Dawson said. One of Dawson's volunteers who saw light for the first time in years described the scene as "brilliant as the aurora borealis." In other laboratories, animals are undergoing tests to determine how much electrical current is needed to produce the actual visual im- age on the eye, Dawson said. The University of Florida plan involves implanting 000 to tiny light conver- tors, miniatures patterned after the solar light panels used on the Skylab space sta- tion and other space vehicles. The small converters would excite previously inactive nerves in the retina. If the as photovoltaic stimulate enough nervei, an Image would form on another portion of the retina and be relayed to the brain. And there would be sight. But Dawson said that to be useful, researchers must make the artificial retina so complex it would be able to recognize subtle differences in intensity from thousands of points that reflect light to it each second. Without this sophistication, a person would see only patterns of light and dark, rather than specific ob- jects. Tortured war hero going home to Greece Greeks cheer loudly when viewing-'Z' DR. R.K. TSUJIKAWA FAMILY PHYSICIAN Wishes to Announce CHANGE OF OFFICE 72413 St. North Phone 328-7470 or 327-0952 WASHINGTON (AP) Partially paralyzed and almost unable to speak, Spyridon Moustaklis is going home, a Greek war hero returning to a country where one government decorated him for bravery and another tortured him. Moustaklis, 48, has com- pleted several weeks of treat- ment at Walter Reed (U.S.) Army Medical Centre for the effects of torture he suffered under the recently-deposed military regime in Greece. "We must go home and con- tinue said Christina Moustaklis, his wife. They ar- rive in Athens on Tuesday. Asked how he was tortured, Moustaklis pulled back his shirt to show scars on his neck and shoulders, reminders of the time he was burned with electric cattle prods. Asked if he would like to see his tor- turer punished, Moustaklis made a motion with his hand. His wife said that meant, "Yes, machine-gunned to death." The career military of ficer was left paralyzed on his right side and unable to speak when struck in the neck while in jail. He was arrested by the Invitations Jor Submissions Project Management Services for the Red Deer Regional Water System Department of the Environment invites submissions from firms interested in providing project management services for the detailed design, construction and commissioning of a potable-water supply facility. The facility encompasses a water treatment plant at the Red Deer River west of Innisfail and approximately fifty miles of high-pressure transmission line to serve Innisfail, Bowden, Olds, Didsbury, Carstairs and Crossfield. Information outlining the required services is available from the Dept's. Design and Construction Division, Milner Building, Room 405, 10040 -104 Street, Edmonton, Phone 425-1130. Direct all inquiries and submissions to the attention of P. G. Melnychuk, P. Eng., and Construction Division. All submissions must be to the Director by February Greek military police in May, 1973, following a naval mutiny that was to have been a: protest against the military regime. He said he had not participated in the protest. The United States govern- ment aided that military regime, and signs were that both governments did not want Moustaklis to come to the U.S. for medical help. Mrs. Moustaklis said that the day before they were to leave for Washington, they received telephone calls from the U.S. Embassy in Athens and George Levidis, consul- general of Greece in Washington. Both callers suggested they not make the trip, Mrs. Moustaklis said. A spokesman at the Greek Em- bassy said Levidis is in Greece and unavailable for comment. Moustaklis was admitted to the hospital alter'a campaign by Greek exile leaders in the U.S. and several members of Congress. Representative Donald Fraser (Dem. chairman of the subcom- mittee on international organization and movements, and Senator Edward Kennedy (Dem. Mass.) who heads a refugee subcommittee, cut through the red tape, and Moustaklis arrived in the U.S. last Dec. 21. Moustaklis was. decorated by the U.S., Greek and South Korean governments for his service during the Korean' War. Nominated EDMONTON (CP) Earl Rasmussen, a 32 year old Gwynne, Alta., farmer and agricultural management consultant, was chosen Sun- day as New Democratic Party candidate for Wetasfciwin Leduc in the next provincial election. The NDP has so far nominated 30 candidates for the election to the 75 seat legislature, expected this spring. By STEVEN V. ROBERTS New York Times Service ATHENS When the film "Z" was released in 1969, it was banned by the military junta then ruling Greece. It is now playing here for the first time and its showing has become one of the mbst pop- ular the controversial events since the restoration of democracy almost six months ago. The story is based on the assassination in 1963 of Gregoris Lambrakis, popular leftwing member of the Greek parliament. The sound "zee" means "he lives" in Greek, and the issues raised by that murder are far from dead. The most popular film here since television was introduc- ed has been The Godfather, which was seen by about 000 Greeks. In less than four weeks, have seen the French made "Z" and 000 are expected to do so by the end of its run. Audiences usually cheer loudly when one character denounces the American military bases here. They jeer at a photograph of King Con- stantine, who was dethroned in a national referendum last month. The biggest response always comes at the end. When a young investigator overcomes ah official cover up and indicts four police of- ficials for complicity in the murder. The model for the hero, Christos Sartzetakis, was arrested and tortured by the military regime that took power in 1967. After the junta crumbled during the Cyprus crisis last summer, he was restored to his post as an appellate judge. A mild mannered man with longish greying hair, Judge Sartzetakis saw the film for the first time recently and had this reaction: "I can only tell you that the film covers only a small part of reality it barely touches the surface. The real case was a thousand times worse." For one thing, the judge believes that the officials behind the cover up tried to kill him during his investigation. Asked why the movie is so popular here, the judge com- pared the Greek reaction to the American interest in Watergate: "It's very simple, there is a thirst for justice." The novel by Vassilis Vassilokos, on which the movie is based, is a best seller. Records of the movie's sound track, with music by Mikis Theodorakis, the left wing composer, are also mov- ing briskly. Despite this public response, the film has been attacked from both sides of the political spectrum. The left believes that the Lambrakis affair was part of a long standing conspiracy that culminated in the coup of 1967. Various writers have criticized the Greek director, Henri Costa Gavras, for not detailing that conspriacy and the role allegedly "played by the palace and the Central Intelligence Agency. The right feels that the film insults the monarchy and the military. The film is also embarrass- ing to Premier Constantine Caramanlis, who was premier in 1963 and was accused of "moral responsibility" for the. Lambrakis murder. By allowing its release, Caramanlis showed that he had no "guilt complex" about the affair, according to Panayotis Lambdas, the minister of information. "We are not afraid of these asserted Lambdas, who was in exile in London during the junta years and often used the film to raise money for the Greek resistance effort. He concedes, however, that the government blocked release of "Z" until after the referendum on the monarchy; on the grounds, that it might disrupt the campaign. ENVIRONMENT Thursday January 30th Exhibition Pavilion, Lethbridge Registration a.m. Hearings a.m. Your views ore needed on land use for Alberta. Plan to attend the public hearing in your area I Before making its report to the Alberto Government, the Land Use Forum will want to receive the views of every interested Albertan. This hearing will be an opportunity for presentation of oral views, briefs, and submissions by groups or individuals. LAND USE FORUM Prisoner freed after 54 years LANSING, Mich. (AP) Roman Olezniczak was con- tent in prison so he stayed 38 years longer than he probably had to. Now, at the age of 75, Olezniczak wants to go home. He was imprisoned in 1921 after being convicted in a bank robbery that left two persons dead. All of the other men in- volved in the incident have been released. But for dec- ades, Olezniczak asked the wole board to leave him in irison. Next week he is to be pa- roled and his life sentence commuted by GOV. William Milliken. And this time, Olezniczak Drobably won't object. He has decided to leave his "home" of nearly 54 years and live with a sister in Bay City. Olezniczak, a bachelor, has been a model prisoner since 922, authorities said. He first was eligible for parole in 1936. Herbal remedies causing disease CHICAGO (AP) Two California physicians report that certain Chinese herbal medicines illegally imported into the United States are causing a serious blood dis- ease. In the Jan. 27 issue of Jour- nal of the American Medical Association, they describe four cases in which patients developed agranulpcytosis after taking the medicines. More cases could be expected. Drs. Curt Hies and Mervyn Sahud of the University of California at San Francisco say the medicines originated in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The patients, middle-aged and elderly non Chinese, took them for relief of arthritis and back pains. The patients developed agra nulocytosis and their white blood cell count quickly dropped. The disease is mark- ed by high fever, prostration and ulceration of the mouth, vagina and rectum. The herbal medicines were found to contain the drugs aminopyrine and phenylbutazone, anti- inflammatory, pain-relieving agents known to cause agr- anulocytosis in some persons. Aminopyrine has been banned from over-the-counter sale in the U.S. since 1938. CAREERS SECRETARY RECEPTIONIST Salary Commensurate with expenonce Apply: YWCA Executive Director 604-8th St. S. OFFICE MANAGER REQUIRED Mature individual required. Must be experienced in bookkeeping, typing, shorthand, payroll and genera! office duties. For appointment please phone: Mrs. J. Pozgaj at 328-6661 PHOTO 419 5th Street South, Lethbridge. ENERGIE KB POWER THE NEW BRUNSWICK ELECTRIC POWER COMMISSION Requires One (1) Director of Marketing In the Distribution Division, Fredcricton, N.8., reporting to the Manager of Distribution. The Director of Marketing along with the Corporate Forecasting Committee Members is accountable for submitting recom- mendations, evaluating information and taking responsibility for pro- ducing a Commission Energy and Revenue Forecast. Will be required to'develop and recommend marketing policies, rate schedules and plans for improving industrial and customer relations. The successful applicant should be a University Graduate with some knowledge of Business Administration with a minimum of ten (10) years of utility or marketing experience. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applicants wishing to be considered for this position should write not later than February 7, 1975 to: The Manager of Personnel, The New Brunswick Electric Power Commission, 527 King Street, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 4X1. ATTENTION! PROFESSIONAL SALES REPRESENTATIVES Are you a Sales Representative in one of the following Industries: AUTOMOTIVE REAL ESTATE. AGRICULTURE INSURANCE DIRECT SALES Are you finding it difficult achieving your goals, ambitions and high income? We offer you the opportunity to achieve your goals, ambitions and high earnings in a rapidly growing mobile and modular home retail industry. High commissions, incentive programs bonuses excellent working hours and conditions, and the opportunity for advancement as well as full company benefits are available to you. All inquiries are strictly confidential. COUNTRY WIDE HOMES LTD. 200-325-Oth St. S. Lethbridge, 329-0566 Contact Brian Wilson, Marketing Director FULL-TIME RETAIL SALESMAN WOOLCO AUTO DEPARTMENT Requires a young, aggressive person for full-time retail sales. Excellent company benefit programs. Starting salary per month, plus bonus. For contact: THE MANAGER 328-8014 ;