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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 3ft THE UTKBRIDGE HERALD Wcilncsdoy, Juno 14, 1973 DESCRIBES HORROR Derek Emery ol Winnipeg describes the scene of de- struction at Rapid City, S.D., and how he ami his wife es- caped with Ilieir lives. He toid his story while wailing at a claims centre for an esti- mate of damage to his mud- filled car. Sugar beet price C7 fi- prop unchanged OTTAWA (CP) Canada's sugar beet farmers have been guaranteed again this year a ton for their heels under an agricultural depart- ment support program. The department announced today that the support level would be the same as last year for beets delivered to processing plants. A ton o[ beets yields about 250 pounds of refined sugar. Sugar beet production and acreage also is expected to be about tlie same this year as it was in 1B71. Last year, beets were planted on acres for a yield of about 1.2 million tons. Sugar beets are grown in Al- FOR SALE BY OWNER 1717 7th Phone for Days 327-4016 Avenue South AppointmentI Evenings 328-4785 berta, Manitoba and Quebec. Deficiency payments arc made Lo farmers under tlie support program when sugar prices drop. Anti-poverty federation planned OLDS, Alta. (CP) Repre- sentatives of p o o r people's or- ganizations in Alberta unani- mously agreed during the weekend to form an anti-pov- erty federation to lobby with government. "Poor people cannot work in isolation and governments and the general public must accept the fact there is o responsibil- ity to provide means that allow the poor to work said Paulette Atterbury of Ed- monton, chairman of the Alber- ta poor people's conference. The new federation is divided into southern and northern branches with eacli to receive an equal share of available funds. Aims o! the federation are to provide information about and to low income organizations and to develop new poor peo- ple's groups. li.JWf MtK States at odds again PROPOSED AMTRAK ROUTES These are the roules which are being proposed by two factions (or the AMTRAK route from Montreal to New York City. Solid line indicates proposed route primarily through New York slate, and hyphen-line shown route proposed through New England states. Hy MICHAEL C. SINCLAIR ALBANY, N.Y. AP) Since before the American Revohi- Uon, Vermont and New York 1? maintained a territorial ri- valry running the gamut of is- sues from pollution to industrial devlopment, It is not unusual, therefore, to find the two sovereign states, one the largest .centre of popula- tion on the East Coast and the other the smallest, again at odds. This time it is over resto- ration of rail passenger service between Montreal and New York City. Vermont lost all rail passen- ger service in 19SG when the Boston and Maine Railroad dis- continued the lost of its trains that had connected major popu- lation centres in the state with Boston and New York. The rail- way cited a continued decline in passenger revenues as justifica- tion for the move. Freight service has been maintained, primarily by Cen- tral Vermont Railway, a Cana- dian. National Railways subsidi- ary, and by several small re- gional rail lines. B7t mass transit in the state has been de- pendent on the skimpy schedule of one major airline, two com- muter air carriers and bus serv- ice. In contrast, new York state for many years has enjoyed twice-daily runs to Montreal from New York City via Perm Central and Delaware and Hud- Won a 1972 Vega from Tide lately? Mn. G. W. Joyrtt won. livej in Wettlock Join the happy trend Win your own personal car, a spanking Chevy as a prize from Tide. You stall have a great opportunity to win Be- cause Tide is awarding a total of five of these pop ular compact cars m Alberta alone. Send usyour nameand address with aTide box top (or facsimile) to Tide, Box 3222, Terminal A, Toronto 1, Ontario. If your entry is selected, you'll be asked to cor- rectly answer a time-limited math- ematical skill-testing question. Naturally, you must comply with all contest rules. Get full contest details at your store. And enter the contest soon Entries must be postmarked no later than midnight, June 24 Get Tide now. You may win a Vega! son Railroad lines in the Hudson and Champlain valleys. But the advent of Amtrak, the National Rail Passenger Service in 1971, brought an end to the service us the D. and If. cancelled the Albany-to-Mont- reai leg of the route, citing a continuing decline in revenues. FIGHT FOH SERVICE Representalivcs of both states fought vigorously against dis- continuing the trains and, through a concerted congres- sional lobby, won tentative ap- prival earlier tills year of funds to underwrite Amtvak's resump- tion of service between New York City and Montreal. Final approval of the federal money in a congressional re- ference committee is expected within Ihe next several weeks. Amtrak must then decide which route would be best for the service. When Amtrak was created, all passenger-carrying ra ilways were offered the option of join- ing the national system and re- linquishing responsibility f o r passenger service to Amtrak or remaining independent of fed- eral control. Those that choee to remain outside the system are required by law to operate all trains in service as of May 1, 1971, until April 3, 1975. Those that joined the syslem were required to operate trains under Amtrak conlracls on any routes that Amtrak designated. The Delaware and Hudson joined the system, but Am Irak decided to abandon the Mont- real runs. James Bryant, Amtrak public relations director, explained how Ihe restoration of service to Montreal might be accom- plished. If the Hudson-Champlain Val- ey route were chosen, Bryant aid, it would be a simple mat- er to execute a contract with he Delaware and Hudson to re- sume Ihe service that had been >reviously provided. However, if Amtrak desired to use the New England route, it would involve contracting with ion-Amlrak member railways, he Boston and Maine Railroad and Central Vermont. Should the railways reject the contract, Amtrak would petition :he Inerstate Commerce Com- mission asking that the railways required lo provide the serv- ice. The ICC normally takes several months to review such cases and then could rule for or against Amtrak. The Boston and Maine's chief executive oiiicer, John Bar- ringer, says, should Amtrak ask the railway lo initiate the service, "we probably would co-operate." Amtrak officials were given a tour of the two proposed routes last week by officials of the competing states. Later this month, Amlrak engineers plan to conduct closer examinations of the facilities along the two routes. The results of both inspections will comprise the basis for Am- trak's evaluations of the two routes from a feasibility stand- point. But the ultimate decision, an Amtrak spokesman said, probably will be weighted heav- ily on the economic arguments put forth by both stales in sup- port of their positions. Computers replace fortune-tellers By IAN PORTER Canadian Press Labor Writer .OTTAWA (CP) In the past, kings and commoners could consult a for time-teller before making major deci- sions on matters such as war, marriage or purchase of a new cow. Today, the soothsayer's crystal ball has given way to the computer. Or, more ac- curately, to elaborate com- puter programs that help indi- cate at least the probability of success. Among the most sophisti- cated of such programs are those used by economists to predict trends for employ- ment, inflation, productivity and so on. Businessmen are able to learri what is likely to be the demand for a new product after they have raised the money, solved the engineering problems and built 8 new plant. Government departments use computer models of the economy to establish the im- pact of a new tax plan or spending project. For example, the Unem- ployment Insurance Commis- sion used such a model to test the feasibility of increasing the size of benefits, reducing the qualifying reauiremenls and extending benefits to sick or pregnant workers. All feasible, the computer replied, as long as no more than four per cent of the work force is condi- tion that has not existed since a new unemployment insur- ance plan came into effect last June. FOR TOP PEOPLE For the most part, such high-powered fortune-telling is reserved for ton managers in government and i n d it s t r y. ?Jost people continue to make Ihei.r personal economic deci- sions without knowing for sure, for example, whether they still will have a job in a year's time, or whether they should hold off until they can get a better break on interest rates. In one key choice of a uncertainty can be intolerable. This has been in the last two or three years when thou- sands of young peonle have emerged from universities and community colleges trained as teachers, engineers and technicians and have found no demand for their skills. The computer-assisted car- eer counselling service, now being developed by the fed- era! manpower and immigra- tion department, appears as a partial response to the prob- lem- While it may seem be- 1 a t e d, department officials maintain that only now have they the money and resources required to make headway with the Idea. HAS GREAT POWER The program is described by Dr. G. N. Perry, assistant deputy minister in charge of program development, as "potentially a tremendously powerful counselling tool." "Our manpower counsellors now are being asked to advise young people on career plan- ning but through no fault of their own they're in no posi- tion to make a good estimate of a young person's market position once he's finished his training. "We're trying to lake over that function." Computer-assisted career counselling is barely off the ground but it represents a change in emphasis in the use of computers by a govern- ment agency. Most programs still are designed to provide information useful to top plan- ners and decision makers. For them, computers offer a panoramic view of the econ- omy and a scanner for major troubles ahead. To do their job effectively, however, the counsellors at 360 manpower offices across the country need more detailed information. Some is to be provided by the department's Automated Client Information should speed re- ferral of unemployed workers to employers needing their skills. The program being de- veloped by the team of econo- mists and analysts under Dr. Perry takes the approach an- other step. NO BOLD CLAIMS Dr. Perry was reluctant In an interview to make any bold claims for the program. He suggested, cautiously, that a computer model of the econ- omy can make fairly accurate predictions about the demand for certain clusters of occupa- tions up to IB months into the future. Even so, however, there re- mains the problem of "how well can we translate what we currently believe to be true about Ihe future into effective counselling." COMPUTERS CONT Microfield research !s at a relatively primitive stage, he added, and to be successful a program also will have to he will have to take into account the effect of its own predictions. Again, there is the sensitive point that technology serve in- dividuals, not the other way around. "We can foresee noth- ing but trouble it word gets about that we're trying to tell people what to Dr. Perry said- He stressed that the service is intended only to help Job seekers make "a wise, per- sonal choice about their car- eers." HELPING IS ROLE The role of the manpower counsellor will te" to assist people in assessing their qual- ifications and aptitudes, as they now do, and to introduce them to the available informa- tion about career possibilities in a particular field. "The counsellor's problem will be to decide how far he can instruct a client on the courses he will require Id reach his goal. He will have to leave room for substitu- tions." ;