Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 THE 1ETHDRIDCE HERALD Frldoy, July 7, Greenpeace unrammed OTTAWA It was no "ram- ming" it was just an "acci- dent." That Is the official explana- tion Riven lo Ihe Canadian gov- ernment by the French govern- ment of the incident involving the Canadian ketch Greenpeace III. The Canadian vessel Is in the South Pacific to protest the cur- rent series of French nuclear tests. It reported this week it was rammed by a French mine- sweeper to remove it from the area in which the tests are tak- ing plscc. What is (lie official explana- are making further Inquiries lie- cause as Ihe member knows there has been some conflict." Ben Mctc'nlfe, chairman of the Greenpeace Foundation, which is sponsoring the voyage said in an interview in Vancouver Wednesday that the Greenpeace had been "rammed" by the French slu'p. lie said he had received the "ramming" report from the Greenpeace by radio and he accepted it "without re- servation." Mr. Sliarp said "Mr. Metcalfe lias said that the ship was rammed. We have no confirma- tion of that, but of course we were not there to witness the accident." lion? David Lewis, national, tiii.ii leader of the New nfd, the Uniled States Party enquired in Hie Commons kept confidential ihe informa- Thiirqrlv- HP addressee liis tlon A h'ds regarding the atmos- "''to AffalrV miciear tests made by Ministe" Mitchell Sharp. Mr. Sharp said he had asked I" the past the U.S. had al- the Canadian embassy in Paris I ways let the world know when it lo gel in touch with ths French hr.d detected such explosions sei .vernment. He added he was off by the Soviet Union, Com- happy lo report to the House that "we have reason to believe that the crew is safe and well." However there are conflicting reports about the collision, he acknowledged. The French government in- formed Canada officially of its version Thursday. "They said essentially that the two ships were passing slowly alongside each other. The French ship was about to pass a message to Ihe Green- peace when the Greenpeace turned by mislakc, or was blown Into the French ship. "Damage was light. But Hie Greenpeace asked for help and was towed to Mururoa and re- paired free of charge. The crew was hospitably treated. The Greenpeace may have left Mu- ruroa now, but we are not cer- tain of said Mr. Sharp. Mr. Lewis esked what mes- sage the French ship was at- tempting to communicate to the people on the Greenpeace. Mr. Sharp told the House "we are not Informed about this. We munist China and other coun- tries, the NDP leader claimed. Mr. Sharp said he did not know if the U.S. was followinj any different practice this time. He said the Canadian govern- ment had reason to believe there have been two nuclear ex- plosions in the Pacific under the authority of the French govern- ment. This Information had been neither confirmed nor denied. Mr. Sharp said he did not know whether the U.S. had a respon- sibility lo make tlus information available. 'What's the minister's source of asked Mr. Lewis. "It comes from a number of sources. We have reason to be- lieve they are quite reliable. The fact there have been tests has not been denied by anyone and I assume it to be true. I cannot answer for the govern- ment of the United States as to why they follow a certain prac- said Mr. Sharp. North West Mounted Police ride tonight at Macleod By GREG MclNTYHE Herald Staff Writer FORT MACLEOD The In- augural Inspection of the Fort Macleod mounted patrol will be held today starting at p.m. on the east lawn of the Fort Museum. The Inspection Is part of pre- Midnlght Days activities. Mid- night Days, Fort Macleod's an- nual exhibition, lasts through the weekend. The patrol, started In June, consists of eight high school students aged 16 to 19 dressed in 1878 North West Mounted Police uniforms riding on matched black horses. The inaugural inspection Is to start RCMP centennial celebra- tions at the fort. The first Mounted Police post in Alberta was built on an island in the Oldman River in 1874 end named after commanding of- ficer, Col. James Macleod. The Fort Macleod mounted patrol is on duty from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum during Ihe summer. Cominco prepared to shut down TRAIL, B.C. (CP) Three locals of the United Steelwork- ers of America followed their leaders' recommendation Thursday and rejected a con- tract offer from Cominco Ltd. The members in Ben- son Lake, Kimberley and Trail voted 78 per cent In favor of rejecting Cominco's 16.5-per- cent, two-year contract offer. The union served strike no- tice on Cominco Wednesday which expires at 7 a.m. Satur- day. Cominco officials said earlier they are preparing to shut down operations. CELEBRATE DALAI LAMA'S BIRTHDAY Southern Al- berta's Tibetan refugees gather at Taber Thursday to mark the Tibetan dalai lama's 38th birthday. Prayers are observed in regard to the dalal lama's 14 reincarnations, a belief of the Tibetans. There are about 80 Tibetans in Tibetans need help southern Alberta, mostly engaged as farm laborers. They have received four months' training in the English lang- age ond urgently desire more instruction 1o enable them to advance economically. Rickard Photo. Rough road for refugees By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald Staff Writer TABER Tibetan refugees here celebrated the dalai lama's 38th birthday Thursday with prayers and a banquet in the Hoyal Canadian Legion Hall. About 50 people gathered dur- ing the day. There are about BO Tibetans in southern Alberta. They fled from their country in 1959 and arrived here a year ago, spending the interval in camps in India. To the world, Tibet is just another province of China. But the world Is Ig- norant. They say: "The government here is very kind to us but we are concerned with the rest of our people who are suffering in Tibet." Chinese soldiers raped the country in 1959. On Oct. 21, 1959, the UN gen- eral assettbly by 45 votes to nine with 26 abstentions, ap- proved a resolution which de- plored the events in Tibet and called for the Chinese respect of fundamental human rights of the Tibetan people. The dalai lama, his family, three cabinet ministers and many high government func- tionaries escaped and sought refuge in India. In a statement on arrival the dalai lama de- nounced Communist China as having broken all Its promises to respect Tibetan autonomy as provided in the 1951 agreement. The government of India "ranted the dalai lama and his followers political asylum. Com- munist China accused India of inciting revolts In Tibet, and re- lations between India and China became critical. After the flight of the dalai lama. Communist China on March 28, 1959, decreed the dis- solution of the Lhasa govern- ment. The country was hence- forth to be under the Commun- ist thumb. Through the early 1960s China continued to consolidate its con- trol over Tibet. Thousands of Tibetans continued to flee to India and Nepal. The dalai lama remains in exile in India. He tells his people not to fight back. They are gentle. But many of them continue to fight and Indications are the Chinese Communists are still having trouble with groups of rebellious Tibetans. However, it Is cruel to raise false hopes. Tibetans here do not have any contact with par- ents, brothers and sisters left behind. Nor is there any indi- cation they will be allowed to communicate in the near future. At Taber Thursday Mr. Chega Gari and his wife, Mrs. Tashi Wangmo ate some rice and drank some water from the altar before tie picture of his holiness. Phuntsok Kakho, 11, native son of Lhasa, did the same. So U network VANCOUVER (CP) The Uniled States government i s being asked for million to set up a computer network and an FM radio station Unking 14 colleges and universities in British Columbia and Washing- ton State. did his wife, her small babe In arms. They believe his holiness has continued through 14 reincarna- tions. Life Is belter lor them, but still not good enough. They earn 80 cents an hour hoeing sugar beets. They receive free hous- ing on the farms but cannot save a penny. They need books and tools, hope to learn crafts and trades. To date they have been given only four months' instruction in English and the customs of their new country. It's not enough. Only two of 80 Tibetans her have decent jobs. Both ar women. Many men are unemployed sickly and Idle. They could b learning trades, If help was forthcoming. .After 11 years In camps 1 India, this country is paradis for these deprived people. The have freedom and they can gather to pray and worship hi holiness. Prayer Is the mair theme of their lives. But they need help In many other ways. The loneliness can be over powering. CHINOOK BEVERAGES TRUCKLOAD SALE PEPSI, MOUNTAIN DEW, DIET PEPSI Plus Deposit Centre Village SGA HiramWalker's Gentle RyeWhisky. gentleness 4' -jllfT jjtti'-i i -_ i -J f J j- 1 Bell gravely ill after operation MONTREAL (CP) George Maxwell Bell, CO, chairman of the board of FP Publications Ltd., was reported in serious condition Thursday night follow- ing brain surgery at the Mont- real Neurological Institute. Mr. Bell, publisher of the Cal- gary Albertan, was admitted to ihe hospital May 5 and under- went surgery May 23. Doctors diagnosed that he was suffering from u brain tumor. Dr. Theodora B. Rasmussen, reurosurgeon and former director of the institute, re- ported Thursday night that Mr. Bell was unconscious and seri- ously ill, his condition un- changed for several days. Mr. Bell is a director of CP nail. He is a former director of the Bank of Nova Scotia and was a member of the board of governors of McGill University from which he graduated in 1932. Hijacker gives up Prom AP-REUTER OAKLAND, Calif. (CP) A young AWL soldier seized a Pa- cific Southwest Airlines jetliner for ransom, which he said would be given to groups "'involved hi the Mideast cri- and ordered the plane miles up and down Califor- nia before surrendering early today to his hostage, a law offi- cer, authorities said. The air pirate, who gave up after the jetliner landed at Oak- and International Airport, was dentified by the FBI as Francis Goodeli, 21, of Manassas, Va., AWL two days from the army. Agent-in-charge Robert Geb- lardt said military c-rds were 'ound on GoodeU, including one from Fort Rilcy, Kan. The en- tire was recovered, the agent said. The hijacker gave a note to ths pilot which said the ransom money, obtained from PSA along with one parachute, "would be given to two organi- zations involved in the Mideast a Federal Aviation Ad- ministration official sad. It was the second hjacking for PSA in two days. Wednes- day, FBI agents stormed aboard a PSA jetliner at San Francisco Internationl Airport, killing two. hijackers who had demanded in ransom and escape to Sibera. A Cana- dian passenger was shot and killed by one of the hijackers. Auto insurance 'unfair' EDMONTON (CP) Auto- mobile insurance coverage In Alberta is "far from adequate and, in many instances, un- the provincial automobile insurance board was told Thursday during the first of three days of public hearings. The statement was contained in a brief submitted to the board by the Alberta Young New Democrats who said a government-operated Insurance program should be established at minimum cost to the public. Such a program would ba similar to government schemes in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and would enable the province to reduce costs through legisla- tion, the board was told. "The government would, tiirough its responsibility for in- surance premiums, more like- ly be motivated to minimize ac- cidcnl costs tiirough progcs- sive traffic legislation." Weather and road report SUNRISE SATURDAY SUNSET Lethbrldge .......80 55 .8; Medicine Hat 79 58 3incher Creek 76 51 .7; :algaiy ........70 47 .1. Edmonton ........56 46 .41 Prairie Eds on GB 43 50 37 53 "enticton 83 'rince George ..75 50 Vancouver 6G 52 rince Albert 76 51 Saskatoon ........75 53 Yorkton 74 45 Thompson ..62 43 legina ..........77 51 Winnipeg.........76 48 .16 72 47 Montreal .........74 57 Quebec ...-.......76 48 St. John's ........65 56 Halifax ..........66 Fredericton 54 75 48 Chicago ..........73 New York 77 61 liami ...........C6 79 Washington ......73 60 ".os Angeles .....-75 63 Ian Diego ........77 65 Denver 85 48 ,as Vegas .......108 CO [onolulu .........07 75 Icxico City 73 54 lome ...........86 63 'aris 73 59 jondon .........-72 55 .02 Berlin ...........73 63 Brussels 77 57 Madrid .........75 63 Stockholm 73 57 FORECASTS Lclhbridge Medicine Hal- Cloudy with showers and thundershowers today and Saturday. Highs both diyi 65-70. Lows 45-50. Columbia Kootenay Today and Saturday, sunny with cloudy periods. Afternoon and evening showers and a few thundershowers both days. Gusty winds with showers. Highs today in the low 80s and Saturday 75 to 80. Lows tonight 50 to 55 except in the high 40s in the Columbia District. MONTANA East of Continental Divide and thunderstorms northwest portion this morning and scattered over the entire area this afternoon and to- night. Saturday, partly cloudy west afternoon showers and thunderstorms east portion. No important temperature chang- es. Highs both days mostly 75 to 85. Lows tonight 50s. West of Continental Divide Partly cloudy today and Satur- day. Scattered afternoon show- ers and thunderstorms. 600 GEHL CHOPPER Six foot, 4 bar pickup. Platform Auger Floats Fewer Moving Porti Windgard Hold. Crept Firmly Full Information available from Ken Dickson or Doug Irwln. BALER TWINE PER BALE 6.95 GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES Coulli Highway telhbridgn Phono 326-1 Ml OFFICIAL AS OK A.M TODAY COURTESY OF ASIA All highways In Ihe Leth. disrtlct are bare ana Highway 1, Trans Canada Highway, bnre and dry. PORTS OF ENTRY (Opening and Closing ConKs hours; Carway 6 a.m. lo midnight; Del Bonita 0 a.m. to fl p.m.; >osevillc, D.C. 8 n.m. to midnight; Kingsgale. B.C., 21 hours; irthill Jlykcrts 8 a.m. lo midnight; Chief Mountain 7 a.m. p.m.; WIIdboriM. n.m. U> 8 p.m.