Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 3, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, 3, 1773 THE LETHBRIDGt HEKAID 33 B.C.., Ontario hardest hit in flu epidemic 'WELCOME TO SRI LANKA' By VICTOR MACK1E Herald. Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The .tin. epi- demic which swept across Can- ada this winter, hitting Ontario and British Columbia the hard- est, is now on the wane, accord- ing to reports received by the national health and welfare in- fluenza centre here. Absenteeism in schools, uni- versities, industries and busi- ness institutions in Ontario has been running at a unusually high figure this month. But as February is drawing to a close the spread of Influenza appears to be on the decline. British Columbia this winter also recorded a high rate of flue cases with absenteeism re- ported to be widespread as a result. Manitoba was the worst of the three prairie provinces with flue cases, but the level of the disease in that province was relatively low coajparcd to On tario and B.C. The strain of the flu viru most predominant according b laboratory tests made to Can ada, appeared to be the "Lon don flue." Contrary to popular belief th virus did not get its name be- cause it came from London. 1 appeared first in India. It was different strain of the "Asiai flue." Samples of the virus were own to the world health or- ,anizaUcri) reference centre in xaxlon, England a year ago for (fcntificatiou. It was isolate wre and became known as the London flu." Since then it has swept iround the world. One of the world health labo- atories specializing in tracking down influenza strains is lo- cated in Ottawa at. Tunney' 'asture where the health and vclfare 'department has iU headquarters. It is the refer eiice centre for influenza Canada. The London variety is a dif :evcnt strain of what becam tnown a few years ago as th 'Asian flue." The epidemic this winter while mt as prevalent on wide a scale in Canada as othe flue epidemics in recent win ters, is still "smouldering" and taking longer'to subside accorc ing to Dr. John W. Davies, d rector of the epidemiology ser ices. British Columbia is now well over the peak period and re- ports of flue eases from- the province have dropped sharply. Alberta was not nearly as se- verely affected. Saskatchewan also escaped a severe outbreak this ninter. By many other names it's still Ceylon HELP YOU GET fire HOME By TOM T1EDE COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (NBA) Tiie locals tell the story of a European tpurist who, on arriv- ng toe recently, was greeted vlth a hearty "Welcome ot Sri Sri Lanka? "I thought this was she gulped. Oh, God, dont tell me I tok [he wrong This kind of thing, in one variation or another, has been taking place' on this Indian Ocean island since the middle ot last year when, altering the tradition of centuries, the nationalistic-minded Ceyltmese government decided to cast off the last of its colonial ties and become, "for all the world to the Republic of Sri Lan- ka. Al the world, of course, hasnt yet come to know. Sri Lanka rings a bel hardly anywhere else but here. To most of man- kind Ceylon is still Ceylon, and even that name, given the re- moteness of this nation, is not a household word. ('Ceylon tourists have said in the past, 'I thought tills was Bombay. Dont tell me I took the wrng But if the rest ot the world has been-slow to recognize the name change here, its quite right. Sri Lanka, too, has drag- ged itsfect on implementing, the alteration. Hoad signs still read Ceylon, the official travel guide says "Welcome to Cey- lon." The Times of Ceylon newspaper has no intention of succumbing to a different nameplale. Even the people, those who speak English any- way, refer to their land as Cey- Inn, their tea as Ceylon and their brethren as Ceylonese. independence from Britain in 1M, we. changed our official language to Sinhalese (the na- tive-tongue) in 1957, and since Ceylon has always been called Sri Lanka in Sinhalese it was only naluraly when we became a republic to also become Sri Lanka." who accidenlaly referred to i may toast "The Republic of Sri confusing the country as East Pakistan. Xaire officials (formally the Congo) will even now report- edly arest the uninformed. Hurry-up And there is a similar hurry- up name change currently un- der way in U.S. industry. Esso, or Standard Oil of New Jersey me numc ft' I YOU WANT! iJHb J I ARTDRIEDIGER B Send for your free 1973 Today. 80-2 NAME I Formality ADD BESS. 0. Box 3034, Poilal Station 'B', In fact, according to govern- ment officers in charge, the name change is barely more than formality and, actually, hardly a change at all. Says Sri Lanka Minister Col- vin DeSilv: 'What we have done is simply to adjust our name to our official language. Under British rule the official language was English and so the island was called by the English name Ceylon. We won If all this sounds confusing, that? because it is, and always has been. Sri Lanka is a land with 2 600 years ot written his-8 tory and an almost equally long Lime of complex colonialization. been known by many names: the Ramans called i't Tapro- bane, the Arabs said Serendiu, early traders referred to it as Tambanni (copper) and the English, Ceylon. But the Sinhalese, immigrants from Northern India who have become the majority people, have always known it as Sri Lanka (Sri is a Buddhist word having to do with blesing; Lanka, says Minister DeSilva, was a kingdom of early Indian 0 But what's in a name, any- way? Sri Lankans are not ob- sessed with labels. Kin emontlis after the official change Minis- ter DeSilva says: not trying to fling Sri Lanka at anyane. K you want to call our island Ceylon, okay. I'm sure if you mailed a letter from the United States address- ed to Sri Lanka it would never leave New York. But what we have done i to bring our name and our people together. We shall now sit back and let things take their natural course. Sooner or later, we hope, the world will come to know us merely as Sri Lanka." The leisurely concern here over the name change is, to be sure, refreshing. Other nations that have undergone name al- tejations in recent years Bangladesh in South Asia and Xaire and Ghana in Africa have done so with more ur- gency. Early after Bangiadeshs war of independence, hoodlums sometimes attacked visitors (which may be richer than Zaire and DU; to is spending mil- lion to incorporate all of products under the single name Exxon. The process is being done rapidly and with ex- traordinary hoopla. Exxon, Ex- xon, Exxon! Everybody gets the message. Yet here in Sri Lanka, well, the climate is just not conduc- ive to haste. Some government offices have ordered updated state stationary, olhers merely pencil in the country's new name, and letterhead Ceylon. but the postcards still recognize Ceylon, Says one plantation owner: "Whatever Happens, I hope we never start calling it Sri Lanka tea. Our tea Js world famous under the name Ceylpn. What would hap- pen to Upton if its n a m e Minister DeSilva says no money has been budgeted for the name change. The Sri Lan- ka Parliament has not yet leg- is'-'ed flic now name into law, Even the slate's official seal, which was drawn up with the advent of the new republic, is hedgy; the seal identifies both Sri Lanka and Ceylon and, for pood measure, it includes a third name Ilankai which is what one ot the island's mi- norities have always called home. As tor Esso. They sell it here, too. And, wouldn't you know it, the name has changed. Not to Exxon, but to Lanka, which I-ka, which means Ceylon, except in Sm- The boys at the 'military bar I halese where oh, forget it. SIMPSONS IN IMPERIAL COLOUR for 3 days only Your child's portrait made with Eastman "PROFESSIONAL" Ektacolour Film and materials and our all new DYNAMIC COLOUR background assures you full colour fidelity and breathtaking realism never before passible. You must see this value to believe it! 8x1O PORTRAIT Plus .50 Handling the entire "portrait photograph is completed in gorgeous colour! CHOOSE FROM FINISHED PORTRAITS-NOT PROOFS! 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