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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-30,Lethbridge, Alberta 2- THS LITHiMDQI HtlULD - Wednwdey, Januwy M, im News in brief Queen in New Zealand CHRISTCHURCH, N.Z. (Reuter) — ChMring New Zealanders gave the (^een a warm welcome today when she arrived to start a 10-day tour. The Queen arrived by air from the Cook Islands with Princess Anne and Capt. Mark Phillips. The royal party was greeted by Prmce Philip and Prince Charles, both already here for the 10th British Commonwealth Games now nearing their end in this New Zealand garden city. It was the fourth visit to New Zealand by the Queen and Prince Philip All of the Royal Family members will attend events of the Games, the biggest in the Commonwealth’s history, and present medals to the winners. Brisbane mopping up BRISBANE, Australia (Reuter) — The 9,000 persons evacuated in the face of floodwaters five days ago started returning to their homes today as the task of clearing up the devastated Queensland capita) began. The Brisbane weather bureau said levels in the Brisbane River and its tributaries are falling and the crisis is over. For many only the shells of their homes remain. In a number of suburbs still under floodwaters, vigilante groups, armed with shotguns and rifles, patrolled Tuesday night on the lookout for looters. Food shortages still are being felt by the 800,000 ulation. Bread is available only in restricted quantities and milk, fruit and fresh vegetables are expected to remain in short supply for several days. California to dim lights SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ~ California will be a bit darker tonight. Billboard lights will go off earlier, parking - lot flood lighting will be cut by half, outdoor events will use less electricity and businesses will dim after - hours indoor lighting. Commercial and industrial firms also must reduce heating and air conditioning. It all is the result of a Jan. 3 order by the state public utilities commission requiring curtailment of electric use by certain customer groups. The commission aims to reduce power consumption by at least 15 per cent. Park traffic may ease EDMONTON (CP) - Tiie energy cnsis in the United States may lead to less traffic through Canadian national parks this summer, Roman Fodchuk of Calgary, assistant director of development for parks Canada's western office, said Tuesday. Mr. Fodchuk told a University of Alberta panel discussion his office had learned that U.S. residents were buying fewer motor homes, which are heavy gasoline users. The gasoline shortage may also affect other kinds of vehicular traffic from the U.S., he added. Mr Fodchuk also said some parts of the parks are in danger of being damaged by excessive tourist use, and landuse zoning schemes have been prepared to limit their use. Hughes blocks extradition NASSAU, Bahamas (CP) -Billionaire recluse Howard Hughes has won an interim injunction blocking moves by the United States government to extradite him from the Bahamas to face stock manipulation charges. The injunction, handed down Tuesday by Supreme Court Justice Maxwell Thompson, prevents the Bahamian authorities issuing an arrest warrant for Hughes in accordance with any U.S extradition request. Crisis ‘one of policy’ EDMONTON (CP) - The national director of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers’ Union said Tuesday the so - called “energy crisis" is actually a policy crisis which should not exist. Neil Reimer told the Society of Industrial Accountants “the Arabs did us a favor by cutting back the supply of petroleum products” because the move could result in the formation of a long - overdue national energy policy. Mr. Reimer blamed the petroleum industry for not exploiting more quickly the proven resources of the Athabasca oil sands in northeastern Alberta. More incidents in Argentina BUENOS AIRES (Reuter) ~ Sporadic Incidents of violence continued to enint in Argentina Tuesday, aggravating tenslions between left-and right-wing factions of the rullBg Peronlti movement. Bolivians seize general U.S. energy bill ‘in shambles’ Chat while relaxing .. . Alastair Gillespie, right, and Mitchell Sharp, left, chat with President Luis Echeverría of Mexico. Canada, Mexico hope to boost tourist traffic north, south in the central industrial city of Cordoba, police said a militant member of the left-wing Peronist youth movement was shot and killed by a gang of men who had earlier forced him into a car. MEXICO CITY (CP) — Canadian and Mexican government ministers ended two days of wide-ranging talks Tuesday with expressions of satisfaction about relations between the countries and proposals for closer ties in the political and economic fields. At the conclusion of the meetings, attended by senior Canadian and Mexican cabinet ministers, External Affairs Minister Sharp and Emilio Rabasa, Mexico’s secretary of foreign affairs, signed an agreement to end double taxation of income derived by enterprises of the other country from operation of ships or aircraft in international traffic. Calgary youth ^kidnapped^ CALGARY (CP) - Police said Tuesday two men were arrested and two other men were wanted in connection with an alleged kidnapping case in which an IS - year - old was held for ransom. Gary Courtney, 26, and Stanley Szczepanc^yk, 27, both of Calgai?, were charged with kidnapping in provincial court Tuesday. They were remanded in custody without plea to Friday. Courtney was also charged with possessing marijuana and eannabis resin and with possession of MDA for the purpose of trafficking. A police spokesman said a Calgary woman reported Monday that she had received a phone call from her son, whom she last saw Dec. 31. My life is in danger,” her son was reported to have told her over the phone. The spokesman said her son called back later, saying he needed $2,000. Police traced the call to a farm just northwest Calgary. The police spokesman said the youth returned home Monday “in normal physical condition." The agreement covers taxation years starting Jan. 1, 1973. No figures on the amount of taxes involved were revealed, but Sharp told a news conference neither treasury was likely to lose money because of the small number of enterprises concerned. A communique issued Tuesday night after the conference dealt with topics ranging from inter-American and international relations to problems of energy and pollution and prospects for increased trade. It noted increased tourism in recent years, and said the ministers agreed to set up a special committee to encourage an even greater flow of travellers between the countries. The committee is to report within three months. In cultural matters, it was agreed each government will offer this year five scholarships for advanced studies in institutions of their respective countries, with Canada Increasing the number up to 10 in 1975. Considerable emphasis was placed in the communique on the potential for increasing bilateral trade, a prospect enhanced by the visit to Mexico last week of 33 Canadian businessmen. The communique mentioned that Trade Minister Alastair Gillespie “expressed his pleasure over the positive response of Mexican officials and businessmen to the trade development mission,” and “was able to confirm that there are substantial opportunities for increasing Mexican exports to the Canadian market as well as matching Canadian export capabilities and technology with Mexican requirements.” At the conclusion of the meetings, President Luis Echeverría met with the Canadian and Mexican ministers and received a report on their discussions. He remarked that Canada and Mexico have a series of problems in common on which they will have to work together. Golda Meir begins to form government Quick geMwdy nets big tip SEATTLE (AP) - The grey - haired man who rode in Charles Symras’ cab was a big tipper. But then he had plenty to spend; he had just robbed a bank of $2,000, said the FBI. Symms, 55, said the man' hailed his taxi, saying he wanted to go to a bank. “I let him out in front of the bank and park^,” Symms said. “I don’t think he was in there more than two minutes when he got back in. and said: “My wife is in there and she’s madder than hell. Let’s get going,’ ” The cabbie said that about 10 blocks away his fare told him that would be good, paid him *20 for a $4 fare and got out. The FBI said that while Symms’ taxi meter was running the man was inside the bank demanding all the $10 and $20 bills. WASHINGTON (AP) Controversy over oil-industry profits appears to have killed the emergency energy bill that the United States Congress struggled with for two months. The Senate voted Tuesday to send the measure back to a conference with the House of Representatives in an effort to remove an excess-profits provision that critics said was unworkable and probably unconstitutional. The move to recommit received the endorsment of President Nixon, who wrote Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott that it “would be most unfortunate” if Congress approved the energy bill in its present form. But both House and Senate leaders of the conference indicated there was little chance the conference will reconsider the bill. The White House has said it needs the legislation before it can order gasoline rationing and other energy - conservation measures. “It’s all in a shambles now,” said Henry Jackson (Dem. Wash ), the Senate interior committee chairman. Harley Staggers (Dem. W.Va.), House commerce committee chairman, agreed the Senate vote probably will kill the-bill, “The administration is going to rue this day,” Jackson said, explaining that without the bill the president will have to declare a national emergency before he can order rationing. A source in the Federal Energy Office said rasoline raUoning is a strong likelihood this summer if the Arab oil embargo continues. 1 In other developments: —Three oil companies announced substantial earnings increases for 1973. Phillips Petroleum Co. said earnings in the fourth quarter of 1973 B.C. House opening Thursday VICTORIA (CP) - Major tax changes for giant corporations and small property-owners, new consumer protection laws and the province’s first $2-billlon budget are the expected highlights of the spring session of the British Columbia legislature which opens Thursday. The throne speech, prepared by Premier Dave Barrett’s government and read by Lt.-Gov. Walter more than doubled those of the same period in 1972. Sun Oil Co. announced a 99-percent increase in earnings during the fourth quarter. And Marathon Oil Co. said its operating income for 1973 increased 62 per cent. —The    American Automobile Association said gasoline appears to be about as available this week as it was last week. What end-of-month shortages there are seem to be hitting metropolitan centres hardest, the AAA said. LA PAZ (AP) - Troops skirmished Tuesday night with angry peasants protesting food-price BRIDQERUG DRAPES LTD. FItU ESTIMATES PhOM32»-4723 COLLCOe MALL increases and rescued an army general the peasants had taken prisoner earlier in the day, a Bolivian government spokesman reported today. In addition to freeing Gen Juan Perez Tapia, he said the troops cleared a 30-mile stretch of road between Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, in eastern Bolivia. Leaving bases TOKYO (AP) - The United States agreed today to give up five army and two marine bases on Okinawa and to release 12 other base sites after arrangements are made to relocate the personnel and facilities. JERUSALEM (AP) - Premier Golda Meir, who has led Israel throu^ two wars and the first step toward peace with the Arabs, began to form her fourth government today in the wake of the New Year’s Eve election. President Ephraim Katzir asked her to put together a new government. She said she will try to do the job in less than the three weeks alloted for the task. She can have another three weeks if she needs it. Putting together a new majority in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, may be difficult. The National Religious party, a traditional partner of Mrs. Meir’s Labor alignment, this time is demanding tighter religious restrictions and changes in the Law of Return, which gives all Jews the right to live in Israel. So far Labor has resisted the religious demands, which include recognition of conversions to Judaism only if performed by Orthodox rabbis. This would repudiate many Conservative or Reform Jews in the United States and Europe. Mrs. Meir's Labor party won only 51 seats, a drop of five, in the 120-member Knesset while the right-wing opposition Likud bloc won eight for a total of 39. Israeli troops were continuing their withdrawal from the western side of the Suez canal to new positions 12 to 30 miles east of the canal. The Israeli command said its forces today were evacuating a “narrow strip” of land north of the Suez-Cairo highway. The city of Suez and the highway were returned to ' Egypt Monday, lifting the Israeli siege on the 20,000-man Egyptian 3rd Army on the southeast side of the canal. Air service launched PEKING (Reuter) -China’s national airline launched its first non-stop air service to Moscow today. The once-weekly service by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) was agreed to late last year. But there was some doubt among diplomatic observers here that it would begin on schedule following the recent row over China’s expulsion of five Soviet embassy staff for alleged espionage. Nixon’s address tonight WASHINGTON (AP) -President Nixon goes before the United States Congress toni^t with a State of the Union address which aides say will solicit bipartisan co -operation on domestic and foreign issues. Sources say they expect Nixon to make at least brief reference to the Watergate controversy. But they would not disclose whether the president will mctude the question of impeachment or requests by some congressmen that he resign. The half - hour speech, to be broadcast live by radio and television at 5 p.m. MST, will be Nixon’s first address to a joint congressional session since June, 1972, report on his Moscow summit talks. One official says the theme of the message is co - operation with the Democratic -controlled Congress. Owen, also is expected to con tain the broad outlines of reform of criminal justice procedures and a liberalized education system. Attorney-General Alex Macdonald is to introduce legislation allowing citizens to sue the Crown without getting prior permission from thi government. JUDGE GORDON RINGER Nixon may decline to appear LOS ANGELES (AP) - A subpoena ordering President Nixon to testify in the Ellsberg burglary case is awaiting the si^ature of a California state judge following his ruling that the president is a material witness. The unprecedented subpoena was delivered to Superior Court Judge Gordon Ringer Tuesday by lawyers for John Ehrlichman who requested Nixon’s appearance. The Ehrlichman defence team said Nixon’s lawyer earlier declined their request to have the president testify voluntarily. Ehrlichman was Nixon’s top domestic adviser until he resigned in the wake of the Watergate cover-up. Ringer, who said this would be the first time a president has been subpoenaed by a state court, added he will sign the subpoena by Friday. The subpoena commands Nixon to appear at a pre-trial hearing Feb. 25 and at the trial April 15. President Nixon will reject the court order on the recommendation of his lawyers, White House Press Secretary Gerald Warren said today. He said the rejection will be based on constitutional grounds. 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Breihnev, in Cuba on an official visit, praised Premier Fidel Castro and other Cuban leaders for their success in establishing the first Socialist government in the Western Hemisphere. And he said that Cuba “never has been and never will stand alone" against its former “imperialist exploiters.” The Russian spoke for almost V/t hours in Havana’s Plaza de ia Revolvcion, following Castro to the podium. Their broadcast speeches were monitored in Miami. Brezhnev said the last year had brought an improvement in relations between Russia and the United States which served to hasten a lasting peace. Among the recent f»ositive achievements he isted were the joint disarmament pact, the settlement of the war in Vietnam and the recent Middle East apeement. But he warned that ‘imperialism is far from having changed its aggressive nature. The improvement of terrible weapons continues.” Castro’s speech was one of praise for Russian aid to his 15-year-old government. In what may have been an allusion to Sino-Soviet rivalry, Castro attacked “pseudo-left critics” of the Soviet Union He said anti-Soviet criticism from the pseudoleft" tended “to serve the interests of the imperialists.” IPr^ctoitatioiiK Cool and damp Near norm«l t*mp*r*tur*» «nd below normal precipitation is expacted In th« axtrama Southarn Al* berta ragion over the next 30 days, according to the long-range weather forecast of the United States Weather Bureau. I.,    X'KJ \ V,. ;