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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 21, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Tu.iday, November 21, 1972 THE LETHtRIDGE HERALD 13 REMAINS OF AN EMPIRE Map shows the sovereign states in the British Commonwealth. Besides these states there are a scattering of territories still dependent on Britain but little is left of ihe empire which once straddled one-quarter of the globe and brought 500 million people under the Union Jack. Waves more powerful than scientists dreamed By GLENNIS ZILM HALIFAX (CP) Studies of waves in the northwest Atlantic have shown oceanographic re- searchers they grossly under- estimated nature's forces in the past, Hans Neu, an engineer and expert on wave for the Bedford Institute of Ocean- ography, said here. Study of waves is an old Field, but only recently have the com- puter teclmiqiies and tech- nologies been available to help, he told a seminar for science writers. Since scientists tegan build- ing research platforms in the Atlantic about 10 miles off Hali- fax Harbor in 1968, they have Rail union pension bid turned down WINNIPEG (CP) Canadian National Railways officials have rejected a union request for in- creased pension benefits. George Lach of Montreal, vice president o[ CN's person- nel and labor relations division, said changes wanted by em- ployees would increase pension payments by 30 per cent. The union wanted pension pay- ment percentages increased to two per cent from 1V4 Pcr ccm- Jlr. Lach said Uie plan would cost the company an extra 530.5 million annually, and added that CN, as a government corpora- tion, might have to be subsid- ized to pay for any increased pensions. He said the CN pension plan Is among the top ten per cent of pensions in Canada and added there was no way the present fund could pay higher pensions. But Earl Whyle, vice-presi- dent of the recently formed Ca- nadian Railway Employees' Pension Association, said the money wasn't available to pay for increased pensions because the company had taken it out of the fund "which is corporate welching." Mr. Lach denied the accusa- tion, saying it was utter non- sense. Camera fight 111 sight ROCHESTER. N.Y. (AP) Eastman Kodak Co. hns an- nounced plans lo market an in- stant camera nnri film flint will compcle with Polaroid Corp., instead of making nn instant film for Polaroid cameras. For some time Kodak had saying it planned lo mar- ket cin instant film for the tradi- tional Polaroid cameras. Its ap- parent about-face seemed lo put Kodak in a head-on baUlo wilh Polaroid for tlie fast-growing in- s t a n t-pholography mnrkcl, analysts said. A Kodak announcement said the company uas aiming for "an instant system, priced for mass market apponl." Recently, Polaroid introduced il.s new SX-70, a compact in- slant camera whose pictures develop without any throw-away material. ObsciTcrs said Ihc new Ko- dak camera might aiming at Ihe SX-70's mnrkcl. and might retail [or less than the sug- gested for Ihc Polaroid model. had two towers knocked down by waves, he said. A new tower now being planned will be twice as strong as the first one. Re- searchers had underestimated wave force as well, finding now that it is about four times as powerful as they had antici- pated in "Nature teaches us her forces are greater than he said. Mr. Neu said he now believes Canadian east-coast areas and Iceland "are probably the worst places in the world" for waves. MEASURED AT 93 FEET Five years ago, if sailors had said Ihey knew of 50-foot waves, they would have been accused of "looking too deeply into a rum bottle." Since then waves measured in the North Sea showed heights of 65 feet and 93 feet. "And there has been one near Iceland reported as measuring more than 103 feet. These faclors have come lo light since the Bedford Institute staff began identifying the way waves came into the Atlantic coastline. At first researchers only ob- served waves coming in over the continental shelf area that surrounds the Maritimes well out inlo Ihe North Atlantic. But now, the area has been increased to cover the Atlantic from directly south of Iceland down to the Tropic of about one-third of the ocean. STUDIES VALUABLE Mr. Neu said the studies being done "are highly appli- cable." They are valuable to the oil companies lhat are building oil-drilling platforms- each worth up to S15 for exploration into the conti- nental shelf. Most of the continental shelf already has been leased by ma- jor oil companies for explor- ation. After oil is found, they will build permanent platforms lo be used for bringing the oil lo the surface, he said. Such plalforms must be strong enougli lo withstand high seas for longer periods, support hu- man lives and provide environ- mental protection even in the wovsl kind of storms. Using statistical methods. Mr, Neu and his staff are plotting "hiindrcd-ycar worst wave that might be ex- pected in any 100-year period. "It may be a once in a billion chance, but it could destroy you E.r-lier studies, still carried on ar.d still providing useful data, were to idcnlily the wave action within Halifax harbor. PIERS PLACED WRONG Mr. Neu said one of the first (lungs they showed were older existing main pier.- structures in Halifax were wrongly at right angles to the shore so they caught Ihe worst of the waves. Check bid for Games GRANDE PRAIRIE (CP) A learn of federal officials will visit Iterc Dec. 6 lo investigate (he city's bid lo hold Ihe 1075 Canada Winter Gamps. Calgary, Red Deer, Lolh- bridgc, Medicine Hal nnd Ilin- lon-.laspcr have also put in bids lo stage Ihe games, which will be hold In an Albcrln centre. The city plans million in capiUil expenditures to Improve vccrenlional facilities. "They were built without ben- efi; of present-day knowledge." After the studies, plans for the new pier for the svcial con- tainer cargos were changed so it would provide greater protec- tion for ships. "It's probably the most effec- tive container pier in tis said. Even then, Mr. Neu said, the pier might have been built at a slightly different angle that would have meant even better protection against waves. How- ever, it would have cost "appre- ciably more." You have to consider the cost aspects as well as the perfect he said. Yodelling lessons forget em TORONTO (CP) Think- ing of taking yodelling les- sons? Don't bother says Andres Eolliger, an attache with the Swiss consulate and an expert yodeller. "It's just sometliing you've got to be born he said in an interview. "It's not something you can learn." Mr. Bolliger and 13 other members of the Swiss Yodell- ing Club of Toronto demon- strated their talents at the annual banquet of the Swiss Club. All, however, were na- tive-born Swiss. Mr. Bolliger says yodelling must be started at about the age a child begins to talk. Any later, the yodeller never will amount to much. Residents of coldest state biggest ice cream eaters ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) of Alaska, the Uni- ted States' northernmost and coldest state, are the nation's largest per capita consumers of ice cream, the state agriculture department has reported. None of the major ice cream chains grace Alaskan cities, but figures show the average Alas- ka resident puts away six gal- lons a year, about twice the na- tional average. In south-central Alaska alone, hometown creations such as bubble gum and choc suey ice cream are consumed along with standard flavors at the rate of a million gallons a year. "For some unknown reason, people like to sit in front of the fire, watch the snow fly and eat ice Arden Farms' Ben Nolan says. At one Anchorage shopping centre, a single parlor sells about 800 scoops a day and up to scoops a day in the sum- mer. Manager Al Marriott says special concoctions, like dil pickle Ice cream, don't sell well while the tradidonals vanilla chocolate, strawberry, banana mint and peach sell tradi tionally. His shop also sells choc suey a combination of chocolate, rice and raisins; bubble gum, which when melted reveals bubble gum balls inside; sump'n else i n c 1 u d ing bananas, cherries crushed pineapple and peaches nnd love ice cream, a cinna mon, almond, cherry and cho- colate combination. Carrier fire slows air strikes SAIGON (AP) A fire below he flight deck on the carrier fourth United Stales 7th Fleet accident in seven curtailed J.S. air strikes but caused no njuries, spokesmen said Mon- day. The blaze broke out in a cata- pult room off the coast of Viet- lam Sunday. It was quickly ex- jnguished. The 7th Filet ruled out sabo- laLe, explaining that spon- taneous combustion In in- sulation around steam lines ap- parently caused the fire. The carrier carries about 70 planes and a crew of On Oct. 29, a fire broke out aboard the carrier Saratoga In Singapore. Three sailors died of smoke inhalction and 12 were injured. Five days earlier, the landing gea: of a navy jet collapsed as it touched down on the carrier Midway and the plane plowed into parked aircraft and flight personnel, killing five and in- juring 21, The first in the scries of acci- dents was on the heavy cruiser Newport News Oct. 1. 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