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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 46 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, June "Green carpet9 returns in Ethiopia By ANDREW TORCHIA JIJ1GA, Ethiopia (AP) Tractors slog through mud on the vast plain around Jijiga Peasants and cattle drink from puddles. Grain shoots and grass spread a thin carpet of green Grass, gram and puddles are strange sights in Jijiga. where until a few weeks ago it had not mined noticeably for two years Now torrents of rain have come to this fly infested military and farm centre 30 miles across a baking semi desert from hostile Somalia "Another two weeks with no rain and the temperatures we have here, and people would have been dying in big said Dave Eliaway. a British Red Cross volunteer Jijiga is about 650 miles north of the equator Still. 75 per cent of the cattle in the area have starved to death and many more died gorging themselves after the ram. Much more rain is needed in the next few months before the tirst crops can be harvested in eastern Ethiopia's Harrarge province Inhabitants will depend heavily, meanwhile, on food aid programs hampered by lack of funds and transport, stnkes and bureaucracy Fears worse disaster Survival is still in the balance for Jijiga, as it is for three million rural Ethiopians in drought affected regions across the African country of about 25 million people In Addis Ababa, the capital. Western relief administrators say they are winning the battle against hunger Death rates are reported back to near normal in most areas Scenes of mass starvation like those of last year, when tens of thousands of people died, are hard to find. "I am amazed how much better things have gotten over the past two or three months in terms of administration and said John Phillips of the United Nations Development Program Ethiopian authorities have scheduled 21 rehabilitation projects oxen and seed supply, tractor rental, well digging, tree planting and road building Foreign donors are being asked to pav all but million of the million cost. Shimelis Adugna, the Ethiopian drought relief commissioner, paints a darker picture. He fans out on his desk snapshots of undernourished children and nomads burning heaps of cattle carcasses, taken on a recent flying tour deep in the Ogaden Desert near Somalia. Millions affected Despite huge injections of foreign grain, Shimelis does not rule out the possibility that worsening conditions in south eastern Ethiopia produce disaster on an even greater scale. Shimelis expects hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians to need food relief for at least the next 12 months He said in an interview he plans to ask about 40 foreign donors for as much as 250.000 tons of gram in 1975, about tons more than the amount pledged this year Stretch-stitch natty knits. Blind hems. Make buttonholes. Kenmore zig-zag does it all! 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Slore Hours Open Daily 9 30 a m lo 5 30 p m TnursdAy- and Friday 9 30 a m to 9 00 p m Cenlre VHIape Mall Telephone ;28-9231 Grit 'strip tease' helps Tory winds OTTAWA Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau who got off to such a good running start in the first stages of the election campaign seemed to lose momentum last- week Progressive Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield on the other hand who has continued the same, steady pace kept plodding along and began to have more and more impact. Lberals returning from the hustings to the capital report that they have felt strong tory winds blowing about the country. They have reported to the national Liberal headquarters that they don't like the bit by bit unveiling of the party platform that is now taking place They would rather it was announced all at once rather than in dribs and drabs. One Liberal worker has described it as "strip tease" approach peeling off one piece of policy after another. The Conservatives, New Democrats and Social Crediters however like the Liberals' technique of announcing a bit of policy at a time as it gives them an opportunity to put their re- searchers to work on each bit and come up with ammunition to tear it apart. The Liberal candidates are pointing this out to their campaign organizers They would also rather have all the policy unveiled at once so they could start using it in their home ridings now instead of later, when it has been finally all announced by the prime minister. By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau The well organized heckling and hassling of the prime min- ister in Calgary where there were vigorous protests over his oil policies detracted from the image of the popular national leader that the party had been striving to create through the media Liberals back at headquarters were blaming the oil companies for the protestors who had given the prime minister a hard time in Canada's oil capita and whose placards anc shouts of indignation had been duly captured on the nationa television cameras. Margaret Trudeau's tribute to her "loving" husband while probably a long thought ou and pre-planned part of the campaign to try and allay hi< reputation for being arrogant has been put to good use by Mr Stanfield The remarkr made by Mrs. Trudeau have had a strange unexpectec reaction. Many people are saying they were "not in gooc taste." But Mr Stanfield, who has a droll sense of humour and a good sense of timing on the platform for poking fun at his opponents, has turned Mrs. Trudeau's tribute to his own good use. He says with a twinkle in his eye that his own wife Mary could tell the au- dience that he is not the "power hungry guy it's often said I am Then he adds with his slow smile that his wife could tell the folks how much he's taught her about love and that sort of thing It's a magnificent takeoff and brings the house down as the audiences explode with laughter Brain wave fizzled It begins to look like Marga- ret's participation, another one of Senator Keith Davey's brain waves may have fizzled He is the Liberal organizer who managed the late L B Pearson's campaigns and had his coloured comic books, and the truth squad exploited by John Diefenbaker to the disadvantage of the Liberals Bilmguahsm is also hurting the Liberals The introduction of legislation by the Quebec government curtailing the rights of English speaking Quebeckers to use English in that province is having a major impact All national leaders have said publicly that they hope bilmgualism will not surface as an issue in this campaign But it is simmering beneath the surface. Even in Prime Minister Trudeau's own con- stituency of Mount Royal in Quebec there is reportedly very strong antagonism developing among the large number of English speaking voters to the proposed legislation It is so strong that it has Liberal workers in Montreal worried about its impact on Mr. Trudeau's constituency and on Treasury Board President C M. Drury's seat in Westmount, although the impact in Mount Royal is reported greater than in Westmount Another disturbing develop- ment for the Liberals is the large number of "Stanfield" signs that are popping out of the lawns like dandelions in well-to-do suburban areas that make up part of Finance Minister John Turner's constituency of Ottawa Carleton The Liberal party is counting on Mr Turner to divide his campaigning time so he can make several speeches across the country (in 40 ridings) as well as con- centrating on getting re- elected in his own seat. William Neville, the energetic young Tory candidate running against Mr. Turner will keep the finance minister on his toes and give him a good run for his money. Mr Neville may not be able to match the dashing, urbane, likeable John Turner for sex appeal when it comes to appealing for support but he can use the inflation argument effectively against the finance minister He and his leader Mr. Stanfield are not forgetting Mr Turner when they attack the government for failing to cope with inflation. Mr. Turner who lived in Montreal before moving to Ottawa is well aware of the damage the Quebec language bill can do the Liberal cause federally He has been sharply critical of the measure The cause for the Liberals worry can be seen in the correspondence pages of the newspapers where letters to the editor from irate readers register their objections to the language bill The Toronto newspapers have had a flood of such letters. As one indignant letter writer said: "Surely the taxpayers of Ontario who are paying money to finance a bilingual policy have a right to cry out against this discriminatory legislation." Bitter exchange The bilingualism issue has stirred bitter exchanges in Ot- tawa constituencies where public servants are feeling hot over the question Many feel their careers are endangered by the Liberal government's determination to press ahead as quickly as possible with the implementation of its bilingualism policy within the civil service Meantime as the long cam- paign continues Mr Stanfield keeps hammering home the need for the Canadian people to face up to some tough new measures to help curb inflation The longer he talks about it in his slow, common sense approach the more he seems to get his points across. When rumours were brought to his attention that some firms may start boosting prices to get ahead of any price freeze he moved quickly, and created a good impression He announced firmly that he would make the legislation retroactive if necessary to cope with businesses who tried to beat his proposed 90- day price and incomes freeze Mr Stanfield's stock with the voters seemed to be rising slowly" but steadily as the national leaders made their respective tours back and forth across the nation Inflation is continuing to hurt the Liberals. Realtors, lenders unhappy with housing proposals By BOB DOUGLAS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA (CP) Real estate agents and mortgage lenders have adopted a "plague on all your houses" approach to housing proposals by the Liberal. Progressive Conservative and New Democratic parties in the federal election. They say some of the suggestions may help a little m a few cases but are unlikely to have a significant impact on the current housing Caterpillar alert issued in Halifax HALIFAX