The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 THI LITHtHIDOl HIHALD TiMMtay, Jamwry 20, 1974 News In brief IRA may have killed envoy BELFAST (AP) Rev. Ian Paisley said today he assumes that the Roman Catholic guer- rillas of the Irish Republican Army have killed a kidnapped West German industrialist be- cause the British government wouldn't negotiate for his re- lease. The government revealed Monday that it rejected an ul- timatum Dec. 30, purported to be from the IRA, that Thomas Niedermeyer, the honorary West German consul in Belfast, would be killed unless the government transferred eight young IRA members from a British prison to jails in Northern Ireland. The eight were sentenced to life imprisonment in November for bomb attacks in London. "I have been informed that 24 hours later, on Jan. 1, the British government wanted to reopen negotiations, but the lines were closed said Paisley, one of Northern Ireland's most militant Protestant leaders. "I would take it from the fact that the IRA no longer wanted to talk that Herr Niedermeyer had by then been murdered, as threatened. These people don't make empty threats, as we know in Northern Ireland." Cambodians meet resistance PHNOM PENH (AP) Cambodian government troops met sharp resistance Monday in a drive against Communist-led insurgent forces who had broken through Phnom Penh's southern defences, field reports said. Government troops numbering some men and backed by 24 armored personnel carriers failed to clear an area about seven miles southwest of the capital. Government forces around Prey Veng, about eight miles southwest of the capital, also reported no progress against the insurgents. Prince reaches New Zealand CHRISTCHURCH (Reuter) Prince Charles arrived today as members of the Royal Family gathered in Christchurch for the final days of the 10th Com- monwealth Games. The heir to the British throne sailed into Lyttleton, the port of Christchurch, on the british frigate Jupiter on which he is a communications officer. About 300 people were on the wharf to wave and cheer at the prince who in turn was waving to his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, on the royal yacht Britannia berthed alongside. Meanwhile, the Queen, Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips arrived on the South Pacific island of Rarotonga today on their way to New Zealand. They will fly an to Christchurch Wednesday after the Queen opens the new international airport on Rarotonga. The games will be closed by :he Queen on Saturday and the Royal Family will then tour Vew Zealand. New high commissioner named OTTAWA (CP) Sir John Johnston, 55, will succeed Sir Peter Hayman as British high commissioner to Canada, the high commission announced today. Sir John, now high commis- sioner to Malaysia, has held several posts in London and abroad. He was high commis- sioner in Sierra Leone and later in Southern Rhodesia before Rhodesia's unilateral declaration of independence in 1965. In 1968 he became deputy undersecretary in the Com- monwealth office, going to Malaysia in 1971. The high commission said Sir Peter will retire in early summer at the normal retirement age of 60. Tourists urged off Grenada ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada (AP) The United States government has advised Americans in Grenada to leave the country because of increasing political and economic tensions on the Caribbean island. Several hundred Americans are vacationing on the island north of Barbados. George Moose, a state department official, came from the U.S. embassy in Barbados Monday and told them they should leave before the islanders get their independence from Britain Feb. 6, a holiday that may touch off more trouble. In recent weeks there have been strikes and demonstrations in protest against Prime Minister Eric Gairy. The unrest has caused a number of residents to flee the island. Makarios proclaims amnesty NICOSIA (AP) President Makarios of Cyprus has pro- claimed amnesty for impris- oned members of Gen. George Grivas's underground in honor of the 75-year-old guerrilla leader who died Sunday. EOKA, Grivas's guerrilla organization, said in a letter to newspapers that it will suspend its terrorist campaign to overthrow Makarios "to gain time for the necessary calm needed for a responsible, positive and patriotic handling of our na- tional cause." BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FfttE ESTIMATES COLLEOE MALL FOR SALE BY OWNERS TWO 24 SUITE LUXURY APARTMENT BUILDINGS Full Price Each Cash To Mortgage On One Cash To Mortgage On The Other tLENUnUCONSTMCTMNLm Come together Hubert James, lett. Norman Saunders and Liam .news conference the benefits Canada and the islands Maguire, a three-man delegation from the Turks and would reap through close economic association. Caicos Islands in the Caribbean, explains at a Toronto Caribbean island delegation wants to talk economic union TORONTO (CP) Members of a delegation from the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean about 160 miles north of Haiti, said Monday they want some form of economic association with Canada that will enable the islands' economy to develop and give Canadians a winter home in the sunny south. The islands, between 30 and Warrant for Hughes sought RENO, Nev. (AP) A federal judge is expected to rule Wednesday on a federal prosecutor's request that a bench warrant be issued for the arrest of recluse billion- aire Howard Hughes. U.S. District Judge Bruce Thompson will also consider defence pleas for dismissal of an indictment charging Hughes and four others with stock manipulation in the purchase of a regional airline. The charges stem from Hughes's purchase of Hughes Airwest Airlines. The defendants allegedly conspired to reduce the value of the airline's stock so they could purchase the airline. Grivas, military hero of the guerrilla war for independence from Britain in the late 1950s, launched a new guerrilla campaign against Makarios in 1971 because the president turned his back on their former aim of enosis, the union of Cyprus with Greece. The Greek government sided with Makarios. Deaths THE CANADIAN PRESS Montreal Goodridge Rob- erts, 69, Montreal painter whose still-lifes and landscapes have been exhibited across Canada and in Europe. 40 of them with a population of about are the ones Max Saltsman, New Democratic Party member of Parliament for Waterloo-Cambridge, wants to become part of Nova Scotia. The three-man delegation, sent by the islands' tourism board, is in Canada this week pushing the idea of economic association and publicizing the tourism industry. At a news conference, Liam Maguire, member of the state council, the islands' legislative assembly, said the islands' main economy for hundreds of production of has collapsed. He said Britain no longer is interested in the colony and has turned its back on the islands in favor of the European Common Market. TO VISIT OTTAWA Other delegates are Norman Saunders, a slates council member, and Hubert James, vice-president of the islands' hotel association. Today they travel to Ottawa to meet Mr. Saltsman and other MPs and go later this week to Montreal. Mr. Hubert said islanders see Canada as a wealthy country able to provide funds for development. Canadians in return would get a vacation spot in the sun and opportunities to use the on major air and sea a distribution point for merchandise to the Caribbean, Central and South America, he said. Mr. Saunders said there are plenty of opportunities for Ca- nadians to set up businesses. The island needs hotels, water and power structures, stores and shops. However, the islands also need an airport large enough to handle non-stop flights from Canada. Flights now have to stop in either Miami or Port-au-Prince in Haiti. Any move towards association would require the approval of Britain, which takes care of the islands' foreign affairs. But Mr. Saunders said there would be no problems if the people wanted it. Mr. Maguire said he is open to ideas on the type of associ- ation but that he has no time- table because the speed for agreement will depend on Canadians. Currently, trade between Canada and the islands is nil. About 100 of the over- night visitors to the islands last year were Canadians. Campground owner's plight being examined Shooting incidents mar Ohio truckers9 protest AM 209 1 Plwm927-7l7t CLEVELAND (AP) More trouble flared along northeastern Ohio highways overnight as independent truckers carried their protest against high fuel costs and low freight rates into its eighth day. At, least two shooting in- cidents were reported. The incidents followed a day of violence Monday during which police in Pennsylvania and Ohio reported arrests, gunshots, burned rigs and truckers being beaten and threatened. Spokesmen for the truckers who are attempting to shutdown traffic denied responsibility for the violence. In Washington, D.C., Monday night, special presidential assistant W. J. Usery promised the truckers that help from the government is on the way and called for an end to the protest. But George Rynn, president of the Council of Independent Truckers, said in Ohio the pro- test will continue until the fed- eral government takes concrete action to alleviate the truckers' problems. And newly-formed truckers groups across the U.S. are calling for a national shutdown Thursday. SHOOTINGS REPORTED In Ohio, a Continental Baking Co. driver said a pickup truck pulled beside him on an Akron expressway and someone inside fired a shot his cab a few inches behind his head. A B and L Motor Freight Co. (irivf.- said h" ?--.v ve hides following him and heard gunshots. He later discovered a rear tire shot out. Pennsylvania State Police said they had reports early to- day of rocks or bricks being thrown through the windshields of two moving trucks but said no one was injured. Incidents Sunday night and Monday in Ohio included the beating of two men while they were making deliveries in a bread truck. An Illinois man was shot in his right shoulder while driving near the Pennsylvania boarder. Truckers in Ohio and Penn- sylvania reported Monday that their rigs were hit by bullets. The protest centres on de- mands for a guarantee of lower prices for diesel fuel and increased freight rates to make up what truckers are losing to high fuel prices and lower speed limits. EDMONTON (CP) The provincial government is examining several alternatives to improve the economic plight of Alberta's private campground and resort operators, Tourism Minister Bob Dowling said Monday. He was reacting to a request made last week by the Resort and Campground Managers Association of Alberta to have the provincial government phase out free government campsites or convert them to day use only. The association said the campsites competed directly with private facilities. "We are examining all possible Mr. Dowling said, adding that they Contract goes out of town EDMONTON (CP) Scott Lasalle Ltd., a Montreal firm, has received the contract for uniforms for Edmonton's firemen, policemen and bus drivers. City council Monday awarded the firm two contracts totalling after debating whether the next lowest bidder, La Fleche Bros, of Edmonton, should be the recipient because it is a local firm. However, Aid. Alex Fallow said if the city is going to follow the competitive bid tendering process properly, then the lowest acceptable bid must be taken. include the phasing out or conversion of existing government campsites that are operated close to private facilities. The minister said that although he has not yet had time to read the submission from the private operators, it appears they are after greater involvement by their representatives in government planning of recreational facilities. Former deputy dies at 88 CALGARY (CP) Funeral services were held here Monday for Major R. C. Arthurs, former deputy provincial secretary and a civil servant for 32 years. Major Arthurs, 88, died in the Col. Belcher Hospital last week. A native of England, he came to Canada in 1914 and that same year joined the 49th Battalion and served overseas. He entered Alberta civil service following his discharge from the army and was made audit clerk in the audit department. In 1932 he was appointed to the provincial secretary's department as auditor for the Fuel Oil Tax Act and a couple of years later became deputy provincial secretary. He held that post until his retirement in 1950. Industrial countries told to slow inflation VIENNA (CP) Industrialized countries have been warned by a spokesman for outproducing states that oil prices will rise unless inflation is controlled. Dr. Abderrahman Khene of Algeria, secretary- general of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said that when the oil-producing countries set the government share of the posted price of crude oil at a barrel last December, "they knew that the market value was well beyond that figure." "They were, therefore, aware that in so doing they made great sacrifices, particularly for the benefit of the industrialized countries, which use 85 per cent of their he told the Austrian Society for Foreign Policy. He said that in return the industrialized countries should "do something in favor of the world's economic order, notably in controlling inflation which they export everywhere, creating ever more untenable monetary conditions for the countries of the Third World." Syrians destroy Israeli troop car THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Syria reported its ground forces destroyed an Israeli ar- mored troop carrier and its occupants today in a clash on the northern Golan Heights front. A communique issued in Developing nations warned MEXICO CITY (CP) Canada's External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp warned developing countries Monday against using their raw material products as political weapons against industrialized countries. Sharp, here for a Mexican- Canadian joint ministerial conference, told reporters he believes countries exporting raw materials will achieve increased influence in world affairs in the near future. He said: "I am in agreement that these oil, help raise the standard of living for the peoples who produce them, but they should not be used as political weapons." Sharp said Canada sells its raw materials, such as grains and minerals, without regard to the ideology of the purchasing country. He said the power of coun- tries such as Canada and Mex- ico, which can never match the great powers in military might, depend more on moral than political pressure and can never be founded on belligerency. Sharp said the bilateral con- ference which opened Monday will "reflect profound changes whith have been taking place" between Canada and Mexico. He was accompanied by Trade Minister Alastair Gil- lespie and Charles Drury, president of the treasury. Emilio Rabasa, Mexico's foreign minister, was the host at the two-day meeting. Novelist dies CANTERBURY, England (Reuter) H. E. Bates, 68, acclaimed as one of the best British novelists of this century, died early today. His death in hospital came as his work, which covered the charm of the English countryside to the violence of war, was enjoying a popular revival in Britain. His 50 books, translated into 16 languages, included The Purple Plain, The Darling Buds of May, and The Jacaranda Tree. Damascus said there were no Syrian losses in the fight. It did not say how many Israelis were in the vehicle. There was no immediate comment from Tel Aviv. The clash along the 40-mile Golan front came as Egyptian troops consolidated their hold over Suez city on the Suez canal far to the south, where Israelis have pulled out. The Egyptians were reported ready to return east bank units of their 3rd Army across the waterway to the shell- ruined city on the west bank. But there was no word on when the estimated 3rd Army soldiers, trapped for 97 days by Israeli forces following the Middle East war, will start to move. No timetable was disclosed in the disengagement agreement. The Israelis lifted their siege of Suez and the stranded army Monday, pulling back across their own invasion bridges to new defence lines in the Sinai Desert, As the Israelis pulled back from Suez, the military com- mand in Tel Aviv reported Syrian forces fired mortars at Israeli positions on the Golan Heights for the third straight day. The spokesman said there were no casualties and the Israelis held their fire. Elsewhere in the Middle East, the travels of French Foreign Minister Michel Jobert continued to bring out reports of major transactions with Arab oil producers. In Beirut the newspaper An Nahar said Jobert had won Kuwait's agreement to build four tankers for million at a French shipyard. Another outcome of Jobert's visit to Kuwait, the newspaper said, was agreement to begin negotiations next March for the purchase of French Mirage jet fighters. Skynet 2 plunges to fiery death CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) The Skynet 2 satellite has plunged to a fiery death in the earth's atmosphere, ruining any hope of salvaging the mission to set up a British military communications switchboard. The United States Air Force reported Monday night the satellite re-entered the atmosphere over the southwestern Pacific Ocean Sunday morning and that it "is assumed it was con- sumed" during re-entry. Complete loss of the British satellite ended a nine-day saga during which Skynet 2 was first lost in space, found by tracking networks in a low orbit five days later, and a desperate attempt made to save it. Foster counsels college students 'Crave small university atmosphere? Try U of EDMONTON (CP) Alberta's six community colleges will remain just that; they will not become universities, Advanced Education Minister Jim Foster indicated Monday. He also told students and faculty at Grant MacEwan Community College that if they crave the atmosphere of a small university, they should go to the University of I-pthbridgc. His comments came after a faculty member at the college when it or other colleges a Hair, granting status. Mr. Foster said he jyrsonnally felt this should never happen. The colleges fulfilling a unique role in education and this would be lost if they became universities, the minister said. The faculty member said degree granting status would be one way of solving the problem of student transferability The issue of transferability where a student would be able to move from one college or university to another without losing credit for similar courses- had been raised earlier in the meeting VVnen 'nose attending the meeting argued that some students don't like large, impersonal institutions such as the University of Alberta, Mr. Foster suggested they try the University of Lethbridge. It has all the facilities and programs for a good education and only about students. The meeting was part of a tour by Mr. Foster in which he visits one post secondary institution in the province per month. Meanwhile, University of Alberta President Dr. Max Wyman told a general faculties council meeting that the heads of Red Deer and Grande Prairie Colleges have agreed to meet him Feb. 5 to discuss the problem of student transferability. Dr. Wyman said other northern Alberta schools which send students to the university, such as Grant MacEwan Community College and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, will also be invited. He said a meeting on transferability has been called for Feb. 12 in Calgary and all of Alberta's post secondary educational institutions about 22 of them will be invited. "I think we are going to work it out; I have great he said, adding that it offered the chance of .an alternative to having the government step in. The university's board of governors last week asked Mr. Foster to delay formation of a council to handle student transfers and admissions until a meeting of the institutions could be held Dr. Wyman said Mr. Foster has agreed to wait for the institutions to try to sort out the problem. The advanced education department has already proposed policies on transferability, but the Universities Act does not give the department too much power in the matter. Admission requirements are the responsibility of a university's departments and faculties.