Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 9, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Forecast high Wtdntsday 35-45. The LetHbridge Herald ? ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIV - No. 74 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 20 PAGES THE FALLEN GLADIATOR - Muhammad All is down on the canvas after being floored by Joe Frazier in the 15th round of their title fight in New York Monday. Frazier won on a decision. See stories in sports section. Pakistan rift poses host of problems By CY FOX ' Canadian Preis Staff Writer The threatened breakup of Pakistan pones a host of problems for the Commonwealth and the world generally as well as for the Asian country's 130 million people. ...... The trend* towards disintegration is greatly enhanced in the case of Pakistan by the vast distance separating the country's East and West regions. Together they were fused into a single Moslem state when the British quit the Indian subcontinent in the late 1940s. A collapse of that political entity now would mean independence for 70 million East Pakistanis, whose home region lacks natural resources and, on its own, might prove an excellent target for subversion from nearby Communist China. . The East also is subject to regular catastrophes such as the cyclone-driven tidal wave of last year, and this in itself is enough to undermine the development potential so vital to the survival prospects of any newly-sovereign country. West also in danger But West Pakistan, traditionally the dominant partner in this bizarre marriage of geographically-distant partners, would itself be in danger of disintegration if a national breakup occurs. The West consists of sections uneven in their degree of wealth. The less fortunate of them stick with their richer neighbors in the Punjab only as long as the influence of the latter is balanced at the national level by that of the Bengalis in East Pakistan. Already there have been signs of internal conflict in West Pakistan, unleashed by the possibility of secession by the East. And while the central government flexes its military muscles in an attempt to head off Eastern secession, observers throughout the Commonwealth are keeping worried watch on the situation. Strains on unity They are particularly concerned in view of the extra strains placed on what remains of Commonwealth unity by Britain's decision to provide South Africa with additional helicopters. Any collapse of Pakistan would further complicate the affairs of the Commonwealth and inevitably in-crease the doubts about the international organization's survival, resulting from the angry controversy over the South African arms issue. Moreover, a collapse of the precarious Pakistani union would undermine the equally delicate balance of power in the teeming subcontinent, an area torn in past years by conflict between the Hindus of India and the Islamic masses of Pakistan. This in turn would have a radically unsettling effect on Asian affairs as a whole. And with Asia currently serving as an arena for crucial rivalry involving Russia, China and the West, the added complications engendered by upheavals in Pakistan would automatically take on a prime significance for. all the world community, iHttMiHiiiBil West side project decision pending City council Monday ap-proved a recommendation from Tom Nutting, city manager, regarding the course of action to be taken on west side development. A meeting is to be held March, 11 with all builders and real estate developers currently active in the area. From this meeting would come information relating to such things as estimates on construction proposals, interest in large or small tract developments and the strength of the money supply for such developments_____ . CLOSED SESSION This information would be tabulated and made available to council for a closed session to be held March 15. A decision would be made then or soon after (in open session) on awarding contracts for servicing the west side Phase 1 development. The city has received bids for the project and the tender offers cannot be held beyond March 25. A decision, must be made on installation of services by that time. Mr. Nutting's report points out that the cost of financing a portion of the cost of secondary sewage treatment facilities (an expense imposed on the city after the decision to expand across the river had been made) is a factor in how much can be spent this year on West side services. The city has been assured, he said, that the money can be obtained, but the actual arrangements have not been worked1 out New language target is set OTTAWA (CP) - Treasury Board President C. M. Drury said todby it is government policy that 60 per cent of the executives in the public service in the Ottawa area and in certain other designated districts be bilingual by 1975. He told the Commons committee on miscellaneous estimates that only 15 per cent of these high-ranking public servants now are fluent in both French and English. In addition, 50 per cent of employees engaged in administrative tasks and foreign service are to be bilingual and 35 per cent in the administrative support category. A target of 15 per cent has been set for public servants engaged in scientific, professional, technical and operational jobs. Mr. Drury said the government accepts these targets and intends to take appropriate measures to ensure that the public service achieves them. A memo was sent today to all deputy ministers and heads of Crown agencies to make known the new objectives. Mr. Drury said that second-language training courses will be accelerated to help meet the targets, but the most important change would be recruitment of oompent French-speaking staff. "The fact of the matter is that the public service has not been, and is not, representative Piano makers to shut down TORONTO (CP) - Canada's oldest piano makers, Mason and Risen Ltd., announced today they will go out of business within three months because of falling sales caused by competition from Japanese imports. "Three years ago we were selling 5,000 pianos a year," a spokesman said. "Last year we sold less than half of that." The company shut down for three months last year and reopened after employees agreed to take a temporary wage cut, but even with that the company was unable to make ends meet. About 40 persons will lose their jobs. so far as participation by Francophones is concerned. "Let me repeat that this situation can be remedied only by the adoption of a manpower development plan which will result in the accelerated training . in French of Anglophones in supervisory positions and in parallel the accelerated recruitment of Francophones in the public service and development of those already in it." He repeated promises by former prime minister Lester Pearson and by Prime Minister Trudeau that there would be no dismissal or demotions because of the policy. There would always be room in the public-service for persons who spoke only one language. Seen and heard About town ALDERMAN Rex Little bringing his own shortwave radio to city hlall so he could keep tabs on the heavyweight fight . . . John Hammond organizing a pool on the fight and then winning it (the pool) . . . Win Parkinson realizing the dream of all crib players - a perfect 29-hand dealt by opponent Ethel Styner in local tournament play. British labor revolts against union chiefs Crown closes case MONTREAL (CP) - The Crown closed its case today in the trial of Paul Rose, accused of kidnapping and murdering Pierre Laporte, Quebec's f o r-mer labor minister, last October. The move followed testimony from a Quebec Provincial Policeman who said that on instruction from Rose, rifle stocks and disguises were found in nearby St. Hubert. Sgt. Marcel Ste. Marie said stocks for M-l rifles, three plastic face masks, a pair of sunglasses and two woolen hats were found hidden at the Armstrong St. house identified as the place where Mr. Laporte was held. The material found by police on two separate trips-both made at Rose's suggestion according to testimony-was hidden by a trap door in the ceiling of a closet. Sgt. Ste. Marie said Rose told him on Dec. 29 to look for the trap door and on Jan. 7 asked whether a bag containing the disguises had been found. Police missed the bag in the first check but found it in a second trip. TOLD LOCATION Sgt. Ste. Marie said Rose volunteered the information as he was being taken back to his cell from court. In testimony Monday, the sergeant and a constable read a statement attributed to Rose which said he, his brother Jacques and Francis Simard "executed" Mr. Laporte. Sgt. Ste. Marie and Constable Jean-Claude Boisland, reading the statement to the 12-man jury, said it was made in their presence Dec. 29. It was not signed by Rose. The Roses and Simard were arrested that day in a tunnel under a farmhouse near St. Luc, about 20 miles southeast of Montreal and later charged with the kidnapping and killing. "All three of us were present when Mr. Laporte was executed," the statement said. "Two of us held him while the other tightened the chain he wore around his neck." Montana tribes divide money WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate interior comifctee approved today a bill to divide $8,679,814 among two Montana Indian tribes. The measure would authorize distribution among the Black-foot and Gros Ventre tribes of the funds appropriated by Congress in 1968 to pay for land taken by the government. The Blackfoot are to receive 73.2 per cent of the money and the Gros Ventre 26.8 per cent. Some of the money would be distributed to the Indians on a per capita basis and the remainder would be held for use in plans for their benefit. Gorilla born BRISTOL, England (AP) - The Bristol Zoo proudly announced Monday the birth of The Little Fella-the first gorilla born in Britain and the fourth in Europe. The zoo said the 3%-pound gorilla was born to Caroline and Samson. LONDON (AP) - British workers, worried by a wobbling economy, staged their second revolt in a dozen hours today against union pressure to go on strike. By an estimated three to one, 5,000 workers at Rolls-Royce's Glasgow plant rejected strike action urged by shop stewards as a protest against the layoff of 1,655 employees. THEY'RE FED UP By 490 to 30, workers at the Acocks Green battery factory in Birmingham Monday night turned down a call for a March 18 strike to protest the government's Industrial Relations Bill. "Some of us are tired of being pushed around by a bunch of flaming Commies," one shop 6teward said afterwards. The original March 18 strike call came from the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers. Four, out of five of the Acocks workers are members of the Transport and General Workers Union which supports the strike. The rank-and-file revolt, in British labor came at a troubled and confused time in British industry when unemployment totals 660,000. The revolts strengthened the hand of Prime Minister Edward Heath. His Conservative government proposes to halt a wave of unofficial strikes with the Industrial Relations Bill that would put unions under broad rules carrying fines for violations. And, the government has thrown its weight against any wage settlements above 10 per cent. Rolls-Royce, aero-engine and motor car giant now in receivership, announced that 4,300 workers would be laid off in the next three weeks. Most are executives, managers, technicians and designers. Only about 1,500 come from the factory floors. ENGINE IS KEY : Hanging over the heads of Rolls workers, too, is the fate of the RB-211 jet engine designed to power Lockheed's TriStar airbus. This fixed-price development contract forced Rolls into receivership. The contract is under renegotiation. Aviation Supply Minister Fred Corfield told the House of Commons Monday that if the RB- 211 is lost another 12,000 to 18,000 Rolls workers will be laid off. Britain's chaotic industrial climate chilled many workers who might have followed their shop stewards without question. Harmsworth Publications announced the merger of The Daily Sketch, London morning tabloid, with The Daily Mail, another of its morning papers. A total of 1,700 employees will lose their jobs. 'I do declare, I'm on my way out, I gone and lost the title bout!' China may step up assistance HONG KONG (Reuter) -North Vietnam warned today that China's role in Indochina would increase in step with U.S. war escalation. The warning came in Hanoi's official daily Nhan Dan after a four-day Jvisit by Chinese Premier Chou En-lai, who returned to Peking Monday night. It said: "The more the U.S. imperialists step up their war of aggression, the more the Chinese Communist party and the Chinese , government and people will increase their support in all fields to our people for the defeat of the enemy's war escalation, and for our complete victory." It referred to China's "mighty national defence" and its possession of nuclear weapons and said the Vietnamese people took great pride in having such a friend. The paper, quoted by the North Vietnam news agency, singled out Chou's statement in Hanoi that U.S. expansion of the Indochina war posed a serious threat to China and that the Chinese had made adequate preparations. Observers believe the Chinese leader, who last visited Hanoi in 1969 when President Ho Chi Minh died, discussed contingency plans for Chinese aid in case South Vietnamese troops invade North Vietnam. Behind this speculation was the presence in Chou's delegation of several high-ranking army officers dealing with military planning and logistics. China last month signed an agreement giving North Viet-n a m supplementary military and economic aid. COMIC DIES - Harold Lloyd, whose portrayals of a bumbling, bespectacled youth in impossible siuta-tions made him one of the great comics of silent films and early talkies, died at his home in Beverly Hills Monday. He was 77. (See story page 17) Platoon leader faces trial FORT McPHERSON, Go. (AP) - Capt. Ernest Medina, 34, commander of the company which waged the My Lai assault in 1968, has been ordered to stand trial on charges of murdering 102 South Vietnamese civilians. "I am innocent of the charges against me," he says. A platoon leader during the attack was Lieut. William Cal-ley, who is on trial at Fort Ben-ning, Ga., and also is accused of slaying 102 Vietnamese civilians. Calley has testified that he killed on Medina's orders. Medina denies it. Fear civil war DACCA (AP) - President Agha Mohammed Yahya Khan is flying to East Pakistan Wednesday in an attempt to quiet a political leaders' revolt that threatens the country with civil war. Broadcasts by the Pakistan and Dacca radios today did not say how long he will remain in the angry province 1,000 miles across India from West Pakistan and the capital at Rawalpindi. East P a k i s t a n's judges refused Monday to swear in an army general who Yahya Khan had appointed provincial governor, and a highly-placed source said the government had ceased to function. The source, a civil servant in the central government, said East Pakistan's government secretaries have agreed to stay away from their offices unless the army forces them to return but they are working on a plan to keep the government machinery operating under the leadership of the province's political leader, Sheik Mujibur Rahman of the Awami League. ORDERS MARTIAL LAW Yahya Khan proclaimed martial law in East Pakistan last week after protest against his postponement of the new national assembly turned violent and scores were killed. Saturday, Yahya Khan rescheduled the assembly for March 25 and named Lt.-Gen. Tika Khan governor and martial law administrator for the 70 million Bengalis of East Pakistan. Sheik Mujibu in reply said he would boycott the assembly and lead a campaign of civil disobedience until martial law is lifted. A foreign exodus from Dacca started Monday when a West German air force Boeing 707 took 128 German aid technicians and their families to Thailand. A British airliner was scheduled to evacuate 110 British nationals today. In Ottawa, a spokesman for the external affairs department said no special instructions had been sent out to 126 Canadians registered in Pakistan, adding that any evacuation of Canadians would be in co-operation with the British plans. Alaska road news good -Laing OTTAWA (CP) - Works Minister Arthur Laing said Monday it is "very good news to Canada" that the U.S. government has authorized discussions for improvement of the Alaska Highway. Canada would be "most happy" to have such discussions. Gerald W. Baldwin (PC-Peace River) had asked in the Commons whether - there are any plans to pave the highway. The minister said Canada has been maintaining the highway at "an inadequate level" at great expense and is anxious to discuss improvements with the U.S. The fight ringside read like who's who NEW YORK (CP) - Frank Sinatra was there, tanned and toupeed, sitting beside Burt Lancaster who looked just like he does at the movies. Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner was accompanied by two bunnies-and his ever-present briar pipe. Boxing champions-past and probable-also were on hand at Madison Square Garden as 20,455 persons watched Joe Frazier win a unanimous decision over Muhammad Ali and take possession of the undisputed world heavyweight boxing championship. Throughout the world-including Canada-the less fortunate watched the battle on closed-circuit television, paying anywhere from $10 to $30 for the privilege. It was The Fight, a publicity term dreamed up by the Garden but lived up to by the protagonists and the assembled rich at the 34th Street Garden, the boxing capital of the world. Producer David Merrick also attended as did many others sported out in furs, jewels and colorful outfits, ranging from the black man in a white turban, black silk suit, white-on-white shirt and black tie to the classy blonde in purple evening dress and $40 piled hairdo. Fans goggled as Mayor John V. Lindsay arrived with the Apollo 14 astronauts-Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell and Stuart Roosa. There was the usual list off former boxing greats introduced at ringside-with Joe Louis receiving the longest and loudest applause. Other fighters announced from the ring included Jimmy EUis, former World Boxing As-sociation champion, Archie Moore,, former world light heavyweight champ, Billy Conn, former world light heavyweight champ and defeated by Louis in hip bid for the heavyweight title,: end current heavyweight hope George Foreman, former Olympic champion. It wp3 not all fun and games, however, as Madison Square Garden officials announced after the fight tbat at least one spectator died of a heart attack during the battle. It was billed by Madison Square Garden as The Fight, and it probably was, with Ali being decked in the 15th round after a furious battle in which both fighters suffered the scars of battle.^ Both fighters also said they were ready for a rematch. Both fighters received $2.5 million for their hard night's work. (See other stories in sports section).