The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
2-THI LETHMIDQI HMALD-TlNiraday, January News In brief Brisbane flood toll 13 Medical board flays work of Fort Smith surgeon BRISBANE (Reuter) Australia's third largest city faces an increasing disease hazard from tons of stinking sewage dumpted by widespread floods. Health authorities issued warnings today to the city's residents of the danger of disease, particularly gastroenteritis and tetanus, from the foul water and mud. Untreated sewage was pour- ing into the Brisbane River from flood-wrecked sewage treatment plants and breached septic tanks Acres of suburban areas were awash with effluent. As the flood-swollen river continued to recede police dis- covered the bodies of four more men Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 13 dead and three missing In surrounding areas, hun- dreds of thousands of animals have died and miles of fencing washed away. In the shops, prices have soared as panir buying emptied the shelves. Meat, vegetables, fruit and most other foods are scarce. The Brisbane River was ex- pected to fall below flood level today for the first time in six days. Meir Svants agreement' By REUTER Israeli Premier Golda Meir has affirmed that Israel has no intentions of holding on to land won from Syria during the October war. Mrs. Meir, speaking in Je- rusalem Wednesday night, also said Israel was interested in reaching a disengagement agreement with Syria. But she repeated that talks with the Syrians could begin only after Damascus handed over lists of Israeli prisoners and allowed Red Cross workers to visit them Earlier, an army spokesman said in Tel Aviv that the Syrians broke the ceasefire agreement for the fifth day running Wednesday when they attacked Israeli positions with mortar fire. Hughes case dismissed RENO, Nev. (AP) A fed- eral judge has dismissed an indictment against industrialist Howard Hughes and called the document the "worst criminal pleading I have ever encountered" in 36 years in the legal profession. The indictment dismissed Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Bruce Thompson alleged Hughes and four others conspired to lower the value of stock in an airline while Hughes was trying to buy the Hughes 1968. Thompson said it would be "a perversion of justice" to try the five men under the indictment He said the document should have been more specific. It contained duplicated charges and left room for speculation or in- terpretation as to what the of- fence actually was, he said. U.S. Attorney DeVoe Heaton, who appeared shaken by the ruling and criticism, said he would seek a new indictment from the grand jury that returned the rejected one on Dec. 27. Rebellion 'squashed' LA PAZ, (CP) President Hugo Banzer's military; regime says it has put diwri'a peasant rebellion in central Bolivia after 10 days of sporadic clashes in which five peasants were killed and more than a dozen injured. Unofficial reports put the death toll at eight The government announced Wednesday night its troops reopened three food supply roads that the peasants blocked with-Aree trunks and large rocks. Cochabamba City, which has about people, was calm Wednesday night, although some of the estimated rebel peasants were reported to be still massed near the roads they started to barricade Fri- day night. Twiggy plans to wed LONDON (Reuter) Twiggy, Britain's skinny model-turned-actress, plans to marry American actor Michael Witney, a spokesman for the couple said in London. Witney, 35, played husband to the 24-year-old actress in the suspense film which will have its premiere in London next March. He is separated and waiting for a divorce from his wife Jo. He and Twiggy both live in Malibu, California. Pipeline break repaired STROME (CP) A 34-inch pipe which broke Monday, spilling gallons of crude oil near this community, was repaired Wednesday by Interprovincial Pipe Line crews. However clean-up operations are continuing in the field where the break occurred 75 miles southeast of Edmonton. Cause of the break .s still unknown. Crews from Edmonton and Kerrobert, Sask., were having a difficult time pumping up BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FHEC ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEQE MALL spilled oil because of deep snow and freezing temperatures. Avalanche study set VICTORIA (CP) A task force has been set up by the provineial government to study snow control and make recommendations to prevent avalanches, Highways Minister Graham Lea announced Wednesday. The task force will determine where potential hazards exist. His announcement followed a meeting he had with four specialists VALENTINE YOU "LOVE" HER WITH FLOWERS 328 -13th St. North PkfM 328-6066 YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. (CP) A three-doctor board of appeal found Tuesday that a Fort Smith surgeon exercised "very poor surgical judgment" in removing healthy appendixes from 70 to 80 per cent of the patients he operated on for acute appendicitis. The board upheld a Dec. 28 decision by the board of St. Ann's Hospital to suspend Dr. Roy Cazabon from hospital privileges. The suspension was ordered after a medical audit of Dr. Cazabon by three Edmonton surgeons. In a 13-page report on the doctor's actions, the board of appeal found a high percentage of normal tissue removed from patients, poor appreciation of surgical and gynecological principles, and indiscriminate use of an antibiotic described as dangerous The three-doctor board con- ducted 20 hours of closed hear- ings in Yellowknife last week into Dr Cazabon's case It also examined 300 patient files before issuing its report. Fort Smith's residents have been without a surgeon since the suspension of the 43- year-old Dr Cazabon The community is on the border between northeastern Alberta and the Northwest Territories. "The audit committee (of Edmonton surgeons) found a totally unacceptable high in- cidence of normal said the board of appeals report. "In surgery for acute ap- pendicitis they found the appendix to be normal in 70 to 80 per cent of cases. "We were absolutely con- vinced that this high incidence of normal tissue resulted directly from very poor surgical judgment. "Because of this a large number of people were operated on unnecessarily. "We find this totally in- excusable." The board wrote that it was "particularly concerned" about gynecological cases handled by Dr. Cazabon. "In some cases where malignancy was suspected, even very simple tests which should have been used to verify diagnosis were not done. "In spite of this, major sur- gery was contemplated and indeed done. This raises two very serious matters. "First, if the case had in- volved malignancy, as Dr. Cazabon suspected, then ac- tually surgery was contra in- dicated. "Secondly, his surgical privileges at St. Ann's Hospital specifically excluded gynecological surgery for malignancy." The board report also found that the medical audit com- mittee "actually understated the seriousness" of the use of a dangerous antibiotic by Dr. Cazabon "On a number of occasions Dr. used an extremely dangerous oral antibiotic (Chlor amphenicol) when there was little or no indication of infection. "Even if there had been an indication for antibiotic therapy, under no circum- stances should Chlor ampheni- col have been used in these particular cases." The board of appeal also found that Dr. Cazabon yelled at nurses and ridiculed patients in the hospital. In one outburst, he discharged all his patients, the board of appeal found. Firms may double size of Medicine Hat plant Movie pioneer dies at 91 LOS ANGELES (AP) Samuel Goldwyn, the colorful, Polish immigrant who helped found the American movie industry and became its most independent producer, died early today at 91. The cause of death was not immediately known, but Gold- wyn had had been in hospital for an undisclosed ailment re- lating to age earlier this month. Goldwyn's motion pictures included Best Years of Our Lives, Withering Heights, Hans Christian Andersen, Guys and Dolls and Porgy and Bess. His films introduced such stars as Gary Cooper, Will Ro- gers, David Niven. Danny Kaye and Ronald Colman to world audiences. He also convinced some of the most celebrated writers to devote their energies to the new art of film writing. Among the men who wrote films for Goldwyn, the immi- grant son of Polish Jews, were Sinclair Lewis, Ben Hecht, Robert Sherwood and Maurice Maeterlinck. 'INCLUDE ME OUT' Besides his films, Goldwyn was famous for his wit and his incessant string of fractured phrases which became known as Goldwynisms. Associates said most were intentional. Among his famous remarks were "Include me and "Anyone who goes to a psy- chiatrist needs his head exam- ined." Goldwyn had been secluded in his Beverly Hills mansion since 1967, when he suffered a stroke. His only public appearance was March 27, 1971, when President Nixon came to the Goldwyn home to present the producer with the Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. His career spanned more than half a century since the time in 1913 when he and the late Cecil B De Mille and Jesse Lasky made the first feature length film, The Squaw Man, in a rented barn in a lemon grove. Goldwyn was one of the founders of Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer in 1923-24. A rugged individualist, he was a fiercely competitive, in- dependent producer for all but 10 of those years, a man who didn't want and didn't have a board of directors because "it takes too long to explain things to them." He married one-time Broad- way actress Frances Howardin 1925. For midgets only? Think we've had enough snow in Lethbridge? Before this winter's heavy snowfalls in Regina, this walk-signal button was just the right height for pedes- trians approaching the intersection. Now even five-foot Susan Brayford, 2Q, finds she has a long way to bend down. Second energy date made with premiers OTTAWA (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau has asked the provincial premiers to reserve March 14 and 15 in case another national energy conference has to be called. A spokesman in the prime minister's office said Wednes- day that telegrams asking the premiers to keep the dates open were sent out last week. He said the prime minister wants the dates reserved only in case .another conference is needed. Last week's energy meeting between Mr. Trudeau and the premiers reached a com- promise agreement to hold down national petroleum prices until March 31. In the meantime, federal and provincial officials are negotiating a permanent one- price oil marketing system which would take effect April Energy ministers are ex- pected to meet late next month to continue the negotiations. The spokesman said that if a solution is not found, Mr. Trudeau wants the first minis- ters to meet March 14 and 15. Japanese terrorists free after Singapore explosion SINGAPORE (Reuter) The Singapore government has decided to give safe passage out of the country to four Japanese who today tried to blow up storage tanks at an oil refinery and seized a boat and five hostages, a government spokesman said. The government decision was taken to ensure the safety of the hostages and because there was no loss of life involved and damage to the storage tanks was minimal, the spokesman said. Arrangements for transfer- ring the four men out of Sing- apore had not yet been com- pleted Chairman The appointment of Robert Alexander Scott as chairman of the Alberta Securities Commission has been announced by Attorney General Merv Leitch. Mr. Scott, 43, is a graduate In law from the University of Saskatche- wan and practised in Sas- katoon and Calgary be- fore joining the British Columbia attorney gen- eral's department. Last year he became a vice- president of the Van- couver Stock Exchange. Diesel fuel 52.9 cents Fuel receipts depict trucker's woe By AGIS SALPUKIS New York Times Service AKRON, Ohio Joseph Lehoe, who has been driving a truck since he could see over the dashboard, spread out his fuel receipts for the last month on a desk. he said, "on the trip down, that's the 17th, I paid 49.2 cents a gallon. On the way back, the next day, I paid 52 9 a gallon. We have hit the bottom We can't take no more The two receipts were from the same ti uck" stop, King's, on Interstate 75 in Harlan, Ky Such a rapid escalation of prices of diesel fuel over the past four months is the main reason that Lehoe has joined in a protest with thousands of other drivers in Akron. They say they will not drive their trucks until they get some relief. Since last Wednesday thousands of drivers, represented mostly by the Council of Independent Truckers, nave refused to move goods and have urged other drivers passing through the area to do the same. Leaders of the council, formed last Jan. 13 from groups representing mostly independent owners of about trucks in 42 states, have tried to keep the protest peaceful The main tactic has been a talk to men at depots urging them to go home empty and park Iheir rig. They also try to flag down trucks on the roads. But during the last week there have been scattered incidents of violence with several drivers being shot, trucks being hit with stones from overpasses and windows of truck cabs smashed. Trucking companies, some of which have suffered a severe decline in business, have resorted to sending out their trucks in convoys, usually late at night protected by police and state hi-way patrolmen. The violence has left many of the drivers, including Lehoe, uncomfortable about the protest. Most of the men are conservative and WCTP enraged by the campus demonstrations of a few years ago. But now many, including Lehoe, who said that the last time he voted with conviction was for Barry Goldwater, feel they have to protect themselves or lose their livelihood. Most of the protests have involved owner-operators who, in a sense, are small businessmen who own their trucks, pay all the expenses to run them, and bargain to get the best rates for moving goods. It is a very competitive system, with the owners competing among themselves for shipments, brokers and trucking companies seeking the lowest rate to get the business and the companies shipping the goods seeking the lowest prices. The system has kept the rates low while fuel prices have gone up as much as 40 per cent "We're caught in the Lehoe said. Spending million on methanol production EDMONTON (CP) Two Alberta companies building a million methanol plant in Medicine Hat are considering doubling the size of the project, Robert Blair, president of Alberta Gas Trunk Line, said Wednesday. Mr. Blair told a chamber of commerce meeting that the project by AGTL and Allarco Developments Ltd. of Edmonton was begun on the assumption that plenty of natural gas was available and that adequate demand existed for methanol. Although the plant does not begin production until September, it already has enough export orders to jus- tify a second operation, he said. Methanol, produced from natural gas, is used in the manufacture of formaldehyde and plywood resins. The Medicine Hat plant will be "the first world-scale" operation of its kind in Canada, and could produce the country's total methanol requirement, said Mr. Blair. He added that the methanol development is only one of many possibilities for using Alberta's energy resources to establish locally-controlled industry. AGTL and Canadian Industries Ltd. are planning a million development to convert natural gas to ethane and manufacture products, such as anti-freeze and garden hoses, from ethylene. Imperial Ho ease tax burden9 TORONTO (CP) Imperial Oil Ltd. said Wednesday it is prepared to pay Saskatchewan crude oil producers from whom it buys supplies a temporary supplement during February to offset an additional tax burden imposed by the provincial government. The company said legislation enacted last month has allowed increased taxes and royalty surcharges on oil produced in Saskatchewan of an average of about a barrel effective Feb. 1. The corresponding increase in crude price, it said, was apparently within the agreement reached at last week's energy conference in Ottawa of first ministers. Imperial said it was announcing its policy on the purchase and sale of Saskatchewan crude in February "to avoid disruption of supply channels to refineries." It said the additional tax burden would be passed on to Canadian and United States refineries processing Saskatchewan crude. In the case of Imperial, the company "will temporarily absorb this extra cost at its Winnipeg and Srnia refineries in anticipation of early resolution of the crude and product price problem." Imperial has been a leading opponent of the extended price freeze on Western Canada crude which went into effect in September and is scheduled to continue until the end of March. The Saskatchewan legislature passed legislation in December imposing tight profit and production controls on the province's petroleum industry, giving the government power to regulate wholesale prices and transfer legal title to oil rights from private companies to the province. No location has been set for the plant, said Mr. Blair. He also told the meeting that if there is a shortage of natural gas during the next few years it will be caused by delivery or sales agreement problems. He said higher field prices for natural gas combined with new exploration "can maintain the supply of growing gas requirements across the country for the foreseeable future 'Little change' in CKUA EDMONTON (CP) Programming over CKUA will change only slightly when the radio station is taken over by the Alberta Educational Communications Corp., Larry Shorter, corporation president, said Wednesday. Programs will reflect more pre-planning and be more educational in nature', he said. For example, every musical selection will be identified and programs will be developed to ensure a continuity of learning, two practices which are followed to a certain extent now. CKUA now is owned and- operated by Alberta Government Telephones, and the University of Alberta holds its broadcast licence. The corporation will make a formal bid before the Canadian Radio-Television Commission March 12 to take over both the AM and FM broadcast licences of the station. The corporation will also take over MEETA, Edmonton's educational television station and CARET, an educational TV outlet in Calgary. Kuwait announces oil pact KUWAIT (AP) Kuwait announced today it has signed an agreement to take over a 60per-cent share of British Petroleum and Gulf Oil's Kuwait operations. Oil Minister Abdul Rahman Salem Atiki said the Kuwait government will pay a lump sum of million as com- pensation to the two companies "The 60-per-cent share the government is taking over covers all production and production installations as well as an oil refinery and a gas liquification Atiki said. The agreement covers the holdings of the Kuwait Oil Co., jointly owned by BP and Gulf, which accounts for 95 per cent of Kuwait's production of three million barrels a day. Atiki said the agreement has a five-year duration expiring Dec. 31, 1979 The agreement must now be submitted to parliament, which blocked approval of a previous participation accord that would have given Kuwait an eventual 51-per-cent share of the company by 1962. Saudi Arabia, the largest oil producer of the Middle East, currently owns a 25-per-cent share of foreign oil companies on its soil. There have been consistent reports it wants to renegotiate this participation pact, but the government has made no offi- cial announcement.