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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2-THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD Monday, March 18, 1974 News In brief Airline agreement reached VANCOUVER (CP) Air Canada and the Canadian Air- line Employees' Association have reached a tentative con- tract agreement, ending a week of rotating strikes at Air Canada counters across the country The airline and the employ- ees' association reached the tentative agreement Saturday after talks with federally-ap- pointed mediator Stanley Hartt of Montreal The union, representing Air Canada passenger and communication agents, backed contract demands with rotating strike action last week but flights were not affected. J. T. Saunders, president of the employees' association, said under 'He old contract which expired Sept. 30 the average weekly salary for passenger agents was Terms of the proposed new contract will not be released until the union membership has voted on it. Another setback for Brandt MAINZ (AP) Chancellor Willy Brandt's Social Demo- crats suffered another setback when the vote count today showed that the conservative Christian Democrats won major gains in West Germany's Rhine- land-Palatmate state. The result does not affect Brandt's standing in the federal parliament in Bonn, but political observers said it indicates growing voter dissatisfaction with his government. Earlier this month the Social Democrats lost badly in Hamburg. Insurgents in former capital PHNOM PENH (Reuter) Communist-led insurgents have penetrated the former Cambodian capital of Oudong and heavy fighting is raging in the city's centre, the government high command said today The command said insurgents had bumed houses and pagodas and heavy fighting was still going on in the" broad, tree-lined boulevards of the ancient city. It was not clear which side is effectively controlling Oudong. The government "rushed in reinforcements by air Sunday. Sermons, shooting in Ulster BELFAST (AP) St. Pat- rick's Day in Northern Ireland was marked by sermons, the killing of a British soldier and an unsuccessful arms raid on a United States rtavy post. The soldier was Killed in an ambush of a British motor pa- trol by five gunmen in a Catholic section of Londonderry. He was the 976th confirmed fatality in more than four years of communal warfare, and the eighth person killed in three days. At St. Patrick's traditional burial site, Downpatrick, the primate of the Protestant Church of Ireland, Dr. Alan Buchanan, pleaded with the guerrillas to "stop now in the name of humanity." In the Irish republic, how- ever, not even driving rain could dampen the spirits of marchers and spectators at the annual parade along Dublin's O'Connell street. Locomotive contract signed MIAMI, Fla (AP) Cuba has signed a con- tract for 30 railway locomotives with a Canadian firm controlled largely by a United States company. Havana radio, monitored in Miami, said today the pact was signed in the Cuban capital by MLW-Worthington Ltd of Montreal and the Cuban railway enterprise. Fifty-two per cent of the Ca- nadian company is controlled by Studebaker-Worthington Inc. of Harrison, N.J. The contract had been held up because of U.S. laws prohibiting U.S. firms from doing business with Cuba. But the directors of MLW- Worthington voted earlier this month to pursue the negotiations despite U.S. state department objections. Live mortars uncovered SIDNEY, B.C. (CP) Seven live mortar shells were found at this Vancouver Island community Sunday by a man digging up the floor of his garage. RCMP said the shells, believed to be of Second World War vintage, were removed by demolition experts and taken to the Canadian Forces Base at Esquimau. Weekend accidents kill 37 By THE CANADIAN PRESS Five persons who perished in fires women in a house in St. Hvacinthe. Que.. and two men in a rooming house in BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FME ESTIMATES PIMM among at least 37 persons who died ac- cidentally in Canada during the weekend. A survey by The Canadian Press from 6 p.m. local times Friday to midnight Sunday night also showed 26 traffic deaths, one snowmobile death, one shooting death, one death when a man was nit by a train and three deaths in two airplane crashes. Beauty an the GO asptcial head to tote offer Skyway Shoulder Tote Bag value- Yours for only with a purchase of Merle Norman's complexion care kit A famous name in cosmetics and a famous name in luggage gelling togelher m a limited-lime special oiler The purchase of a Merle Norman kil oon- fammg 8 prepacked-complexion care aids enWJes you 1o ihe handsome S25 00 Skyway Shoulder Tote Bag for only S7 50 Color choices Green. Tangerine, Suntan, Blue lealher-loofc vinyl, fitted with sturdy zipper and lucite Skyway name lag. mERLE noRmm COSMETIC BOUTIQUE G Perfumes College MM MS-IMS Artillery booms for 3 hours THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Syrian and Israeli artillery boomed for more than three hours across the Golan Heights ceasefire line today for the seventh straight day, with each side saying the other started the fighting. A military spokesman in Tel Aviv sai< opened heavy shell fire on Israeli fortificiations in northern sector of the plateau before Israeli guns silenced the Arab barrage. No Israeli casualties were reported. Syria said the artillery duel was along two-thirds of the front, and said Syrian gunners dealt "fierce blows" to Israeli positions. A Damascus military- communique said the engagement broke out when Israel tried to improve and fortify its positions in the central and northern sectors of the 40-tmle-long front. Israel's chief of military operations, Maj.-Gen. Yitzhak Hoffi, said the 17 civilian settlements on the heights are an integral part of the army's defence system and will not be negotiated in talks for a separation of Israeli and Syrian troops. Israel has named Defence Minister Moshe Dayan ttf represent it at the Washington negotiations. Syrian government sources said their representative will probably be Maj.-Gen. Abdul Ghani Dardarry, the chief of operations Speaking Sunday to an au- dience in Tiberias only a mile west of the heights, Hoffi re- jected the argument that the settlements handicapped the army during the October war. Several settlements were overrun by the Syrians but later recaptured. Vietnam fighting heats up SAIGON (AP) Thousands of North and South Vietnamese battled during the weekend in the heaviest fighting reported in the central highlands since the ceasefire 14 months ago. The Saigon government re- ported 348 North Vietnamese and 72 South Vietnamese killed and 111 government troops wounded. But field reports said another 275 government rangers were missing from a 400-man ranger battalion that was overrun Saturday. The Saigon command re- ported half a dozen battles on the outskirts of Kontnm, and Saigon's chief military spokesman said the North Vietnamese have launched a new offensive in Kontum province. But he said that the city of Kontum is not.in danger. The command said about 000 North Vietnamese launched the attacks Saturday against about government troops. Field reports said the North Vietnamese objective was to gain control of the Highway 5 to complete a supply route from the border to the coast. In Phnom Penh, as President Lon Nol marked the fourth anniversary of the overthrow of Prince Norodom Sihanouk, his -military command reported that Khmer Rouge insurgents battled their way into the marketplace at Oudong Mean Chey. 23 miles north of the capital on Highway 5. Coming down Wales Hotel reduced to rubble In less than a minute Wales Hotel was no more CALGARY (CP) It took less than a minute to reduce the 11-storey Wales Hotel to a pile of rubble. About 200 pounds of explosives were used in bringing down the old hotel in downtown Calgary early Sunday morning. Cleveland Wrecking Co. of Los Angeles, the wrecking contractor, said it was the first time in Canada that a building was wrecked by explosives. Police and firemen stood by just in case, but there were only a few onlookers, as the news media honored a news blackout not to report it beforehand for fear it would attract a large crowd. .Why wrecking by explosives? "Mainly we're using explosive demolition in the interest of saving time and preventing public said Bill Penning, vice-president of Cleveland Wrecking. "It would take a month to knock down the Wales with the conventional wrecking ball method." Mr. Penning said not all buildings are suitable for explosive wrecking, but the Wales fitted the bill. .Conventional wrecking of the Wales would require the closure of several busy roads in downtown for a long time. City Officials said. The explosion did practically no damage to surrounding buildings. SLA broadcast ruling near HILLSBOROUGH, Calif. (AP) The head of the million Hearst food-giveaway program has promised a progress report today on efforts to buy food that will satisfy the "terrorist band that kidnapped Patricia Hearst six weeks ago. Ludlow Kramer, head of the People in Need program set up by Miss Hearst's father, newspaper executive Randolph Hearst, said the program's funds will be exhausted after three more distributions. The mysterious Symbionese Liberation Army which abducted the 20-year- old college sophomore from her Berkeley apartment Feb. 4. demanded that Hearst feed Cajifornia's needy as a precondition for negotiating her release. It demanded that "top-quality" food be used in the giveaway. In its latest communique March 9. the SLA blasted the existing free food program for offering "hog feed" to the poor and said the giveaways were on too small a scale. Meanwhile, a judge prepared his decision, due Tuesday, on a proposed television broadcast by two imprisoned men linked to the SLA. In its last communique, the SLA said it would not communicate further until the broadcast is allowed. Joseph Renuro, 27, and Rus- sell Little. 24, referred to by the SLA as its "soldiers." have asked for a television forum to discuss prison conditions and to give their suggestions for Miss Hearst's release. Lawyers for the two asked Superior Court Judge Sam Hall to clear the way for the men to read their statement on television, with one camera and one reporter present No questions would be allowed. Transport commission flayed as rubber stamp BRANDON (CP) Manitoba Industry Minister Leonard Evans says the federeal government hasn't been able to get the railways to dp a better job of hauling grain because the Canadian Transport Commission (CTC) has become a friend of the railways rather than the public. "The commission is protecting the railways and has in fact become their rubber said Mr. Evans, who attended a western transportation ministers' conference in Vancouver last week with Federal Transport Minister Jean Marchand. Mr. Evans said in an interview on the weekend that the situation is so bad, the CTC doesn't even efficiently carry out government directives that msry affect the railways. He said Prime Minister Trudeau agreed at a conference in Calgary last summer that the railways should provide the western premiers with cost data as it relates to freight rates. Mr. Evans said he found out the other day that "the CTC did not forward that request to the railways until December." He said, "designed to protect the consumer, the commission has ended up protecting the industry." Nixon facing 'increasing GOP hostility' WASHINGTON (Reuter) Representative Wilbur Mills, an Arkansas Democrat, said Sunday there is increasing pressure among Republicans for the impeachment or resignation of President Nixon and forecast Nixon will be out of office before November's congressional elections Mills said the pressure to resign will intensify if a congressional report on the Republican president's taxes show be owed back income tax. Meanwhile, John Anderson, chairman of the House of Rep- resentatives Republican conference, warned that if there is a confrontation between the president and the House judiciary committee on Iraq ready to crush rebellion BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Iraq has mobilized three army divisions containing troops for a showdown with the rebellious Kurdish minority in the country's oil- rich northern regions, says the independent Beirut newspaper An Nahar. The paper says the Iraqi forces, complete with tanks and helicopter-borne commando units, "stood poised for a crushing blow" against the Pesh Mergha, the guerrilla army of Mulla Mustafa Barzani. An Nahar says Barzani's forces have established full control over rural areas along the Iranian-Turkish border. An Nahar quotes reliable sources in Baghdad as saying an Iraqi army offensive will be launched only after a 15- day ultimatum which was served on Barzani expires March 26. The ultimatum followed a unilateral government declaration last Monday granting self-rule to the more than two million Kurds in of the total northern areas where they constitute a majority. The 70-year-old Barzani, who has spent most of his life fighting for his people's autonomy, was said to have rejected the terms of the government offer as insufficient and sent his fol- lowers on the warpath again. U.S. influence 6growing in Middle East9 By PAUL HOFMANN New York Tines Service ROME A team of Italian Communist patty leaders, just back from a long tour of Arab countries, reports that United States influence in the area has grown impressively while the Soviet Union is encountering difficulties there. "In Cairo I have been breathing the air well known to us of the Marshall said Luciano Barca. a member of the Communist party directorate. Barca was one of four top Italian Communists who visited Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq recently and had talks with government members. Encouraged by Moscow, the Italian Communist party, the largest in the West, has for many years been cultivating relations with left-wing movements, ircluding clandestine groups, in the Middle East Barca and another member of the team. Giancarlp Pajetta. told of then impressions dui ing their latest travels in parallel interviews published by Rinascita, their party's ideological weekly, in its latest issue. Pajetta, a member of the Communist party's seven-man secretariat, said he would not underrate "some results of the American policy in the Middle East" "They are accompanied by a Soviet prudence that I'd call almost the Communist leader went on. "I think it is prudence prompted by the determination not to interfere with the genera! process of detente, not to seem an immediate competitor, but it is also linked with a certain detachment from the belief that some problems are already solved that actually are hardly dose to solution and can be tackled only with difficulty." Pajetta did not elaborate on the nature of such problems confronting the Soviet Union in the Middle East However. Barca said that "there is a difficulty in the socialist world to establish multilateral relations with other countries. Still devoid of a convertible currency, its exchanges are essentially based on barter deals." Pointing to the enormous funds that the Arab oil producing countries are now accumulating and seek to invest Barca said that the Communist camp's lack of a generally accepted currency "is a limitation that has its weight" He asserted that the "attempt at hegemony" undertaken by the United States in the Middle East was greatly favored by the role that its dollar was still playing in the world. Pajetta suggested that what was going on in the Middle East at present was "a turning point in the imperialistic policy of the United States." Instead of neocolomalist domination, the Communist leader said, the United States was now developing a system of delegating influence to "subpowers" whose autonomy it was ready to acknowledge. In Latin America, the United States had assigned "subpower" status to Brazil, and in the Middle East to Iran, Pajetta asserted. He said Secretary of State Henry A Kissinger had realized that Arab emirs and sheiks no longer were satisfied with the role of feudal dependants of the United States, but wanted to become partners and protagonists wielding economic and financial power of their own. Egypt was a special case within this framework. Pajetta said, noting that in the talks he and his travel companions had conducted with Egyptian economic leaders, the latter had shown that they were thinking of building their country into "a kind of big Lebanon from the economic point of view establishing in that area of the Mediterranean a power of the modern capitalistic type delivery of relevant information "that issue could become the basis for a charge relating to impeach- ment Anderson said Nixon will lose support if he maintains the position that the judiciary committee is on a "fishing ex- pedition" in its request for more White House documents and tapes. HP told interviewers on NBC television's Meet the Press program that a dispute between the White House and the committee staff over what is an impeachable offence is largely academic. The investigation, he said, is coming down to the question of whether "there is or is not evidence that amounts to the obstruction of justice, to a coverup or a conspiracy, either through the offer of clemency or through the payment of so-called hush money to cover up the events that took place in the Watergate burglary." Mills is vice-chairman of the joint congressional tax committee which is investigating Nixon's financial affairs. There have been reports the committee will find the presi- dent owes the Internal Revenue Service up to Games site choice has N.B. in snit FREDERICTON (CP) Brenda Robertson, New Brunswick youth minister, says it was a "political decision" to award the 1977 Canada Summer Games to St. John's Nfld. The decision to award the games to St. John's was an- nounced in Ottawa Saturday night by Health Minister Marc Lalonde The Newfoundland capital and Saint John, N.B., were the only cities in the running. 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