Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 29, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
January 29, 197S THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD 19 Interpreting the News Easy, rider Buck, a Schnauzer from Rapid City, S.D., enjoys a ride with his master Loren Canaday in a Rapid City park. Buck rides almost everywhere with his master and mounts the cycle from the left side, which only makes good horse Oil tankers laid up because of slowdown THE ASSOCIATED PRESS An increasing number of oil tankers are laid up around the world because of a slowdown in petroleum shipments since the energy crisis of last year, Oral diabetic drugs report under review OTTAWA (CP) Health officials have asked for a copy of a U.S. report which says oral diabetic drugs might be causing to deaths in the United States each year. A spokesman for the health protection branch said Tues- day the drugs are used by diabetics in Canada. The branch would review the report by the U.S. Biometric Society, he said, and decide what action is necessary. The society's study was un- dertaken by a panel of special- ists to evaluate a controver- sial 1970 report of the Univer- sity Group Diabetes Program. The earlier report found that deaths from heart dis- ease were twice as high among those taking oral diabetic drugs as among diabetics taking other kinds of treatment. Dr. Max Miller of Case Western Reserve Medical School, chairman of the original study, said the drug most closely studied, tolbutamide, influences mus- cle contraction. Studies on animal heart tissue showed it made the muscles work harder and required more ox- ygen. The latest report is to be published in the Journal of the American Medical Associa- tion (AMA) with an accom- panying editorial by Dr. Thomas Chalmers. If the drugs do, in fact, cause premature deaths, Dr. Chalmers says, "one might estimate that there are to such unnecessary deaths occurring each year in the United States alone." The Canadian Diabetic Association said about one per cent of the population are known to be diabetics, or roughly Canadians. Of these, about one-third take oral treatment, it said. OVER HAS BEEN PURCHASED BY INVESTORS IN ALBERTA FROM DIAL MORTGAGE IN FIRST SECOND MORTGAGE INVESTMENTS ONE OF THE SAFEST AND MOST LUCRATIVE INVESTMENTS, OFFERING THESE BENEFITS: i ABOVE AVERAGE YIELD SECURITY OF INTEREST AND PRINCIPAL REGULAR MONTHLY PAYMENTS 5 YEAR TERMS MORTGAGES REGISTERED IN YOUR NAME EARN MOREON AMOUNTS OF AND UP COMPLETE DETAILS AT NO 642-3787 WARNER, ALTA. EMIL GUNDLOCK REPRESENTATIVE IN CALGARY, PHONE 265-8342 CORPORATION LIMITED 1518 STREET S.W. CALGARY Norwegian shipowners said Tuesday. The Oslo newspaper Aften- posten said that in Norway alone supertankers totalling two million tons have already been laid up and this might increase to 10 million tons by the end of 1975. A spokesman for the Norwe- gian Shipowners Association said the demand for tanker ca- pacity in terms of tonnage- miles has increased only 1.5 per cent while new tanker ton- nage increased 18 per cent in 1974. Aftenposten said: "We can expect a stream of tankers to be laid up this year and in shipping circles it is said that the only long-range solution will be gross cancellations of orders for new tankers." In other economic develop- ments around the world: well-informed sources in Budapest reported that Communist bloc countries face substantial price increases for crude oil and other raw materials they import from the Soviet Union next year. The sources said more-flexible prices approx- imating world market prices will be introduced into Communist-area trade when the new five-year plans begin. European Common Market reported coal produc- tion by its members declined in 1974 despite the energy crisis, but a slight upturn was recorded at the end of the year. Output totalled 243 million tons, a drop of 27 million tons from 1973. Underground workers de- clined to from the previous year, but a slight increase was sfcown for the latter months of the year. Rome, the Italian gov- ernment gave preliminary ap- proval to laws designed to save energy, including a curb on house heating and exten- sion of midtown districts clos- ed to private cars. -rCoffee producers and con- sumers clashed in London at a conference called to work out a new international coffee agreement. The consuming countries protested as "misleading'and counter- productive" a producer com- plaint that consumers showed no political will for a new agreement, and that the United States is causing prices to fall. central bank an- nounced devaluation of the es- cudo to escudos from 970 escudos to the U.S. dollar. The rate for travellers went to a dollar from The devaluation was the first in 1975 after 24 devaluations in 1974 in line with the official policy of keeping the rate at a realistic level. -Oil-rich Kuwait, operating through its Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, announced loans totalling million to build communications networks in Sudan, Algeria and Morocco. Saigon leader fights for survival By KEVIN DOYLE The Canadian Preu As the conflict in South Viet- nam enters what seems to be a decisive stage, the Saigon government of President Nguyen Van Thieu is caught up in a desperate struggle for survival. An offensive launched by the Viet Cong with the support of the North Vietnamese dur- ing the last several months shows no signs of weakening. Meanwhile, in the South Vietnamese capital, Thieu is coming under burgeoning domestic criticism and pressure to resign and turn over the government to a more acceptable leader. Most observers now believe his only real hope of staying in power in the long term rests with United States President Ford's recent request to Con- gress for an additional million in aid to South Viet- nam. The Congress has yet to debate the issue and the even- tual decision seems far from clear. The Viet Cong and North Vietnamese have steadily ex- THIEU panded their grip over large sections of the countryside al- though seasoned observers say they are unlikely to make any immediate dramatic push to grab large towns and cities. Their objective instead seems to be to block main roads and isolate government positions while consolidating control over the rich, rice- producing Mekong Delta area to the south of Saigon. The aim of the offensive ultimately appears to be not the complete defeat of the South but to gain enough strength to force Thieu's resignation and to compel his successor to reopen negotiations on the Paris ceasefire agreement which was to have ended when it was signed two years ago. The North Vietnamese and Viet Cong have held the in- itiative in the most of the fighting since the middle of 1974. Their artillery and ar- mor has been steadily increas- ed while that of the Saigon government has dwindled. The guerrilla forces lack any aircraft but they have en- joyed considerable success in the use of surface-to-air mis- siles in reducing the strength of Saigon's air force. BUYING A NEW CAR? Don't FORGET Rust Insurance Duracoat Auto Body Undercoat and Rust Proofing Cuts road noise seals out dust and water and is guaranteed to protect your car froni'rust cor- rosion CARDINAL MUFFLER CENTRE 2710-12ih Ave S Phone 328-635 Starts Tomorrow! 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