Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbrtdae Herald VOL. LXVII 80 LETHBRIDQE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, MARCH 18, 1974 10 Cents Syria maintains embargo VIENNA (CP) Seven Arab countries decided today to lift the oil embargo against the United States Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ahmed Zaki Yamani said after a meeting of nine Arab oil ministers here. The ministers will meet in Cairo June 1 to review the decision, a spokesman said. Yamani told reporters a formal announcement will be made shortly. "Syria did not agree with the decision and neither did Yamani said. He stressed his own country as the biggest Arab oil producer will lift the embargo. He indicated Kuwait, Egypt, Algeria and smaller Arab oil producers endorsed the decision. Syria and Libya were the only two countries against the decision to relieve the oil supply situation in the U.S., Yamani said. The Saudi minister gave no hint whether his country would increase oil production to satisfy growing U S needs. 24 Pages Sirica will release jury's secret report Tories liberal with support for Stanfield OTTAWA (CP) Con- servative Leader Robert Stanfield got a massive vote of support from his party Sunday night after delegates to the party's convention pushed his idea of a leadership review a step further than he proposed. Mr. Stanfield proposed that a secret-ballot vote on whether to hold a leadership convention be taken at each party convention. The revolt stifled LISBON (AP) The Porttf- guese government appeared securely in control of the country today and tension eased after the failure of an attempted coup by young infantry officers Military police were holding between 20 and 30 army officers in the Lisbon area in to the 200 young officers and infantrymen who Lisbon Saturday. TroapV loyal to the author- itarian regime of Premier Caetano turned the rebels back without firing a shot. They returned to their barracks at Caldas da Rainha, --.60 miles north of Lisbon, and surrendered several hours later. Lisbon remained calm, and no disturbances were reported elsewhere in the country. Thousands of soccer fans from Oporto streamed into Lisbon Sunday for a game between Oporto and Sporting 'Lisbon. Because of the fgame, the government relaxed a state of alert which had confined the military to their barracks, but it was clamped back on after the game. The Lisbon club won 2- 0. The attempted revolt -.resulted from a movement in the armed forces for a political settlement to end the war against native rebels in Angola. Mozambique and Portuguese Guinea, Portu- gal's African territories. News analysis on Page 3. and heard About town City police Sgt. BUI Zay- dnk receiving a rubber duck award after a boy scout swim contest DOB McLean moving his house two feet closer to the boulevard to tighten his clothesline. proposal would have come into effect at the next con- vention. But when the constitutional amendment came before the convention's general meeting it was amended to provide for an immediate vote. The outcome was 600 against a leadership show of satisfaction with the present 97 in favor. Marcel Lambert, MP for Edmonton West, said the vote was necessary "to get rid of this tendency" of having the Conservative Party question leadership. "We'll put it to rest once and for he said. "There will be a resounding vote of confidence in Bob Stanfield." The three-day convention is to choose a new president and consider policy orientations for the party. About delegates were expected, but many were held up by a storm that dropped 11 inches of snow on Ottawa in a 24-hour period ending Sunday evening. Many were still registering as wrangling over the constitution led-up to the vote giving 86-percent support to Mr. Stanfield's leadership. The constitution pceviertsly Said that when the parity isln opposition a leadership review is possible only when it has failed to increase its parlia- mentary seats by 20 per cent in the proceeding general election. Jack Homer, MP for Crow- foot and one of the sponsors of amendments that led to the previous constitution, opposed a regular leadership review. But he said that if there were to be automatic reviews, they should begin immediately. "Certainly I support Mr. Stanfield, but I am getting tired of fighting the Conservative Party on this leadership thing." Mr. Homer's sub- amendment making the Stanfield amendment take effect immediately passed by a vote of 135 to 49. Mr. Stanfield's amendment then carried, overwhelmingly, without a count. Another constitutional amendment takes away the right of the party executive committee to appoint delegates-at-large to party conventions. A motion from Mr. Homer eliminated an amendment which would have permitted the executive to name 50 delegates-at-large. Mr. Stanfield" went into the so-called bearpit Sunday evening but found it was a friendly meeting. The questions ranged over housing, inflation, unemploy- ment insurance, welfare, taxes and small business and Mr. Stanfield's answers were greeted each time by rousing applause by delegates. Not as easy as it looks oirJT A W0rkin9 VO-yo which was given him by country singer Roy Acuff Saturday night during his visit to Nashville, Tenn., to attend 1 in the Grand oie new !he music fans' Nixon escaped his wife onto the stage and rthday and My Wild lrjsh Rose ln honor Editor charges 'collusion' between Liberals, refiners CALGARY (CP) The federal Liberal government has denied Albertans fair market value for their oil in an effort to maintain the support of Eastern voters, Alex Rankin. statistics editor of Oil Week magazine, said Saturday. He told a public forum on Alberta oil problems that the Liberal government decided in November to force western producing provinces to sell their oil cheap to Eastern Canada by limiting exports to the United States and by imposing a price freeze of on the wellhead price via ministerial order. Producers then had no choice but to transport their excess crude to Eastern Canadian markets via the Panama Canal, be said. He called the move an act of "collusion" between Liberal politicians seeking satisfied eastern voters and major eastern refiners looking for the cheapest oil available. The export limitations were imposed through the National Energy Board after the Arab oil embargo sent the price of foreign crude used by Eastern Canada skyrocketing above the price of Western Canadian products. Shades of WASHINGTON (AP) United States District Judge-------- John Sirica ruled today that a secret grand jury report on President Nixon's role in the Watergate political espionage scandal should be delivered to the House of jag-i n 9 Representatives judiciary committee for its inquiry into 119 U11 the president's possible impeachment. Sirica said in his opinion Nixon meeting broadcasters WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon will fly to Houston, Tex., Tuesday for a radio-television question-and- answer session with a group of broadcasters. White House aides held out the possibility that the president will make another public appearance in Houston besides the 5 p.m.MSTsession with members of the National Association of Broadcasters. But they said details are yet to be worked out. The Houston trip is part of Nixon's campaign to overcome the effect of the Watergate political scandal by making public appearances across the country to show he is resisting pressures for impeachment and res- ignation. that "the person on whom the report focuses, the president of the United States, has not objected to its release to the committee." "Other persons are involved only Sirica said. He also said the report "draws no accusatory con- clusions it renders no moral or social judgments. The survival probable Ice foul arenas EDMONTON (CP) The Journal says tests have shown that three of the city's nine artificial-ice arenas contain carbon monoxide levels above acceptable pollution standards. The newspaper says test done by the city and the local beard of health indicate the air inside some of the indoor arenas is polluted by gas- powered ice resurfacing machines. It says one official in the department of parks and recreation and another In the local board of health indicated it was their intentiomto quiet- ly rectify the situation without alerting the public. "All you're doing by telling the public is creating panic and no panic is said Harold Krusche, public health engineer with the board of health and the man The Journal says did the tests.' But one city official quoted by The Journal said: "We are certainly concerned about the levels of carbon monoxide in these arenas." We've had no reports of children suffering from carbon monoxide another city official said. "However, we really don't know if they are being affected by the carbon monoxide or not. The symptoms of it may lead them to think it's the flu or because of something that happened to them in the game." a "simple and straightforward compilation of information gathered by the grand jury, and no more." Sirica delayed implementa- tion of his order for two days to enable interested parties to file appeals with the U.S Court of Appeals here. The judge wrote that "al- though it has not been empha- sized in this opinion, it should not be forgotten that we deal in a matter of the most critical moment to the nation, an impeachment investigation involving the president of the United States." "It would be difficult to con- ceive of a more compelling need than that of this country for an unswervingly fair inquiry based on ail the pertinent he said. Sirica said that the grand jury "strongly recommends" that its Deport and a satchel filled with evidence should go to ,-the [impeachment committee because: ".Having carefully examined the contents of the grand jury report, the court is satisfied that there can be no question regarding their materiality to the House judiciary committee's investigation." The -judge said it would be up to the House judiciary com- mittee "to determine the sig- nificance" of the evidence and the court offers no opinion as to relevance. Sirica also said that the judiciary committee rather than the court should consider a request from White House counsel for permission to review the grand jury evidence. INDICTED SEVEN The grand jury gave the re- port to Sirica March 1. the same day it indicted seven former Nixon administration and Nixon re-election campaign aides for alleged conspiracy to block the investigation of the 1972 break-in at Democratic party headquarters in the Wa- tergate building here. Sirica's decision is expected to be his last major act before stepping down as chief judge of the U.S. district court in Washington. Sirica, who must relinquish the post Tuesday when he turns 70. will be suc- ceeded by Judge George Hart LONDON (AP) Prime Minister Harold Wilson's minority Labor government faced its first voting test in the House of Commons today and was expected to win with the help of abstentions by some opposition members. Wilson's chances were also helped by a declaration from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) that it will support the government if it retains the government wage board set up by the last Conservative government to curb wage in- creases. Although the Labor party's campaign platform promised to abolish the wage board with which Prime Minister Edward Heath tried to limit wage increases to seven per cent, the 10-million-member TUC said the government should give priority to repeal of the Industrial Relations Act even if this means temporary retention of the wage board Wilson's first test in the House of Commons was ex- pected on a Conservative mo- tion attacking the absence from the government's program of a statutory system of wage controls. But there was a .-possibility that the Conservatives will not-press their motion to a vote because of the prospect of embarrassing abstentions within their own ranks Wilson controls 301 votes in the House of Commons, 16 short of a majority. The Con- servatives, with 295. could de- feat him only if they got enough support from the other 38 members. Informed sources said Wilson was assured the votes of three independents and two Welsh Nationalists, boosting his strength to 306, and 24 abstentions were expected from Northern Ireland loyalists, Scottish Nationalists and Conservatives alarmed at the thought of forcing a new national election less than two months after the Feb. 28 poll. The Conservative motion Js an amendment to a government motion calling for Commons approval of the policies the Labor regime outlined at the opening of the new Parliament last week. If defeated. Wilson could ask for a vote of confidence. Flu cuts school staff The Birds Sirica plans to remain an active judge after stepping down as chief judge. He already has assigned himself the Watergate cover-up trial, which he has scheduled to be held in September. The flu created a teacher shortage today in Lethbridge public schools. George Bevan. director of public school curriculum, said the number of stricken teachers and substitute teachers meant that principals, vice principals and counsellors had to fill in. Students are still staying away from school in droves this week, but not enough to force school closure. All those little beady black eyes have folks GRACEHAM. Md.