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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-30,Lethbridge, Alberta M-THI LITHMUDOI HSRALO-Wediiwdiy.    M, 1t74 Arab oil countries wary of resistance Gleichen man gets SEB post OTTAWA (CP) - Jack Stabback, 53, has been appointed an associate vicechairman of the National Energy Board, Energy Minister Donald Macdonald announced here, Mr. Stabback, a native of Gleichen, Alta , has been a board member since 1968 and also IS chairman of the government’s technical advisory committee on petroleum supply and demand. A graduate of the University of Alberta, Mr. Stabback became chief engineer of the energy board in 1964 after working for the Alberta Oil and Gas Conservation Board and serving as a technical adviser to the government of South Australia. Do People For Love? With 5.0 many couples divorcirii; It’s more imporiani than ever to face the Hiirealities of love and marriage, February Reader’s Digest explodes 4 classic myths—about “romance", about children, about hostility— and provides you with helpful tips to make your marriage better It points out that the (rouble may not be with the marriage itself, but with the expectations of the bride and uroom. Gel the facts. Be sure to read DO PEOPLE REALLY MARRY FOR LOVE'-one of .14 articles and features in the February Readers Digest. At your newsstand TODAY' . Capital shelled A Cambodian Army photographer carries an elderly woman wounded after Cambodian rebels blasted Phnom Penh’s crowded slums with artillery shells. WASHINGTON (CP) -Arab oil-producing countries are showing signs of concern that the big consumering countries may somehow become united in a protest against the huge oil price jump.    . Observers here feel the firmest indication that the Arabs want to keep oil negotiations strictly on a bilateral basis was enunciated in Tokyo by Ahmed Zaki Yamani, oil minister for Saudi Arabia. Yamani, on a world tour explaining Arab oil policies, specifically warned that President Nixon’s Feb. 11 conference of oil-consuming countries may be an effort to block such traditional country-by-country deals and confront the Arabs with a united front. Experts here feel that the Arabs, having witnessed the effectiveness of their own concerted action, are naturally wary of a similar banding by consumers. As outlined by State Secretary Henry Kissinger, the Feb 11 meeting may be a step toward multilateral agreement on buying, selling, sharing and developing of the world’s energy resources. However,    some commentators here feel the U.S. may be placing her prestige as a world leader on the line in calling the conference. They point out that far from showing firm inclination toward a anited front, some Western countries hit hard by the oil embargo have been distant and cool toward the proposal and ar« going ahead making their own deals. Canada was one of the first countries to accept the Nixon invitation which also went to Japan, 'Britain, West Germany. France, Italy, Norway and the Netherlands. Kissinger says the Feb. 11 meeting is intended as a prelude to further discussions with other oil-consuming countries, especially the less-developed nations. Yamani told the Japanese he believes the purpose of such meetings is to block bilateral agreements, such as the one recently concluded with the Japanese. If the meetings of the consumer countries are in the interests of co-operation with the producing countries, the producers can have no objection, Yamani said, but if they are intended to set up a confrontation, the talks are in for "serious trouble.” In the last few months. Western and Japanese interests have concluded $6 billion in contracts with the oil-producing countries. Other deals, totalling nearly that much, are under negotiation. It is against this background that the Feb. U conference is shaping up — the U.S. calling, broadly, for a world-wide pooling of research and development and a subsequent sharing of the resources available — and the individual user nations, while interested in co-operating, feeling they must go ahead with what they have and make the best deals possible on their own. lULCHOW EXMVUTM LTD. Of DIAMOND CITY wIthM to «nnounc* th* chang* of their TELEPHONE NUMBER to 329-0303 Foods losing backup By ROBERT C. COWEN Chrisflan Science Monitor If you like potatoes, cherish the fact that their ancestor still lives in the Peruvian mountains. If modern varieties were to fail, plant breeders could start again from the ancestral form. But many food crops are losing this backup. Primitive forms are vanishing under the impact of urban sprawl, the “green revolution,” and just plain neglect. This is why some botanists warn insistently that our highly developed agriculture is being undercut by little noticed, but pernicious, “genetic erosion ” They cite America’s 1970 com blight as classic among recent examples warning of the danger involved, A new strain of blight attacked only one type of com. But since almost every farmer grew that type, there was a devastating loss of 15 per cent of the crop. Without earlier varieties to fall back on, com fanners could be in trouble In a follow-up s'udy, the National Academy of Sciences {NAS) warned that “most major crops are impressively uniform and impressively vulnerable.” Two types of peas, for example, account for most American pea crops. And in many lands, “miracle” strains of rice or wheat encourage dangerous uniformity. WARNING STRESSED Last fall the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) re-emphasized the NAS warning It pointed up A) re-emphasized the the importance of maintaming ancestral plant types from which healthy genetic variety can be bred back into food crops. This means keeping seed banks since the wild plants are disappearing. The report lamented that American seed banks have fallen into debilitating neglect. This could be said for virtually every counter except the Soviet Union, which has a vigorous seed program. Acting on a recommendation of the United Nations Stockholm environment conference (June, 1972), a consortium of 29 countries, foundations, and international agencies is trying to help organize seed banks on a global basis. Called the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, it recently set up a 14-member International Board for Plant Genetic Resources to try to overcome national indifference to preserving the genetic capital from which our food plants have been developed. Seed banks are indeed important. But genetic variety is only one aspect of crop stabili^. Variety among crop types is also important, as Goraon Conway of Imperial College, London, explains in a contribution to a newly published and informative collection of environmental essays (“Nature in the Round,” edited by Nigel Caider, Viking). Oil tax idea opposed OTTAWA (CP) - A Maine official has proposed a tax on oil imports shipped to Canada through that American state, but Maine’s Governor Kenneth Curtis apparently doesn’t favor the idea and federal officials here don’t think it’s anything to worry about. “I don’t think the governor is all that hep on the idea,” «aid a Curtis aide in a telephone interview. He was commenting on press reports that James Keefe, commissioner of Maine’s department of commerce and industry, was seeking an opinion from the state's attorney-general on Mr. Keefe’s proposed $l-a-barrel oil tax before determining whether to submit the idea to the Maine Legislature. Eastern Canada gets the bulk of its nearly one million barrels a day of imported crude oil through a pipeline originating in Portland, Maine. MEAT MAKES THE MEAL PORK PORK STEAK roast, SPECIAL PORKCHOPS^^ RIB& LOINEND ..... T-BONE and CLUB STEAKS 2 .09 lb. SIDES of BEEF .03 lb. 1 Bologna iRtlMpilCIVllM 85* lb. fronts of Boof .89» FRYERS imhaMiHi 75* lb. BACON STECML Mb. pkg. .19 Ik. 1 CHUCK ROAST 1.10 lb. * * Bi^ A M For MoRtli Sfrvici Clurgi ★ ★ WE ALSO DO CUSTOM CUTTINQ INCLUDINQ MAKING HAMBUAQER FOR ONLV 10« LB. Ranchland Meats WMtmlnM«r MaN    Ptten* »••Ot37 Mill ilhmii Mr. Keefe cited Canada’s export tax on its crude oil shipments to the west and midwestern United States as one reason for his tax proposal. A major difference is that the oil for Eastern Canada does not come from the United States, but from Venezuela, the Middle East and other overseas countries. It is merely shipped through Maine because of the convenience of the pipeline. OPPOSE PROPOSAL Dennis Violette, Gov. Curtis’ assistant for Canadian affairs, said some groups in Portland oppose Mr. Keefe’s tax proposal because transhipping the oil brings income into the area. Canada could bypass the Portland pipeline by bringing the oil directly to Montreal or East Coast ports by tanker. Mr Violette, speaking from Maine’s capittal in Augusta, said Mr. Keefe’s tax proposal also raised legal problems of U.S. laws on federal and state jurisdiction Maine officials, including Curtis and members of the U.S. Congress, earlier successfully appealed to Canada not to cut off supplies of industrial oil to two major paper manufacturers in the state, the Great Northern and George Pacific companies. The National Energy Board permitted supplies to continn(> this month and will rule agam on February shipments to Maine. External Affairs officials, while declining official comment, did indicate they weren’t very concerned about Mr. Keefe’s tax proposal, apparently relying on Gov. Curtis’ opposition to block it. accent scon, lvalue Acrylic latex wall finish u-Interior finish in 24 decorator colours. So superior in application ease and durability it’s guaranteed 3 ways: one coat*, washable and colourfast. Qt. Reg. $3.49 $3.39 acrylic Latex ’’■UlOH \\\| I I I''!'’ Save 2^0 799 gal. 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