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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - October 3, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Peace Hopes Get Jolt GUNNAR JARRING From AP-REUTERS Gunnar V. Jarring, the UN's Middle East peace negotiator, headed back to his regular diplomatic post in Moscow Friday, handing another setback to hopes for an Arab-Israeli settlement. Secretary-General U Tbant said Jarring "has done all that he can do" and said the Swedish ambassador would resume his post in the Soviet Union temporarily. Thant said Jarring is expected to return to UN headquarters in New York "around the middle of October," but could fly back within 24 hours if the situation warranted it. In another development Friday, the top United States representative at the funeral of Egyptian President Gamel Abdel Nasser met with new Egyptian leaders in Cairo and emphasized the need for continuing the ceasefire in the Middle East and resuming the peace talks. Elliott Richardson, U.S. secretary of health, education and welfare, said after the meeting with acting President Anwar Sadat that the discussions were "frank and cordial." Talks Plane Sale Richardson said he discussed the sale by the United States of Phantom fighter-bombers to Israel, as well as Israeli charges of Egyptian ceasefire violations. Israel has charged that Egypt is moving anti-aircraft missile sites closer to the Suez canal ceasefire zone in violation of the Aug. 7 truce. Richardson said he found the Egyptians had a "genuine interest" in continuing the Middle East ceasefire and peace negotiations. The 90-day truce agreement is due to run out Nov. 5. Richardson said the U.S. would support an extension of the ceasefire if needed. The U.S. official also met informally with Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin, but there was no word on what the two discussed. Kosygin remained in Cairo today holding further talks with Egyptian leaders on the Middle East situation and seeking to preserve the close links between the two countries in the post-Nasser period1. The Soviet leader already has held three meetings-with Sadat, members of the higher executive committee of the Arab Socialist Union and top ministers. Promises Aid Kosygin was reported by informed' sources to have reasserted that Moscow would continue its political, military and economic aid to Egypt. He stressed Russia's continued aim was a political settlement of the Middle East conflict, and he appealed to Egyptian leaders to follow in Nasser's steps and carry on the search for peace. In Beirut, Lebanese authorities reported that 16 persons, including nine children, were killed in wild shooting during the three days of mourning for Nasser. Shooting in the air is a traditional Arab way of saluting a dead leader. Mourners also detonated explosions. Officials said 76 persons were taken to hospital with Injuries-10 in serious condition-as a result of the gunfire and explosions during the mourning. In Tripoli, Libya, it was reported that three youths were killed and nine injured when they played with dynamite left behind by mourners. Jordan Calms Jrodan appeared to be returning to normal today although Amman and the garrison town of Zarqa, 16 miles to the northeast, were still under a strictly-imposed curfew. Amman airport was scheduled to reopen today and buses will be running in the capital for the first time in more than two weeks. ..... The airport was closed when fighting erupted between Palestinian Arab guerrillas and the Jordanian army Sept. 17. Several thousand were either killed or wounded in the fighting which ended last Sunday. Jordan still has a shortage of food and water and there is no sign yet of electric power being restored.. Tension still exists in the Jordanian capital, and the major guerrilla organization, Al Fatah1, charged Friday night that Jordanian authorities had arrested one of the Palestine Liberation Organization's central committee members, Munif Al-Razzaz. Razzaz is a former secretary-general of the Arab Baath Socialist party now ruling Syria and Iraq. Calls For Release The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine called on Israel today to release a group of prisoners in return for the air hijacking hostages recently released in Jordan. A Front spokesman, quoted in the organization newspaper Hadaf, said: "We still insist on the need for the states concerned to meet our proclaimed conditions. Without doubt those who evade their committments will regret it." Hadaf said a Front representative in Amman handed over to the Egyptian embassy a list of the guerrillas detained in Israel whose release the guerrilla hijackers are demanding in exchange for Israeli and American captives freed earlier this week. The spokesman said the last six hostages released earlier this week were set free in response to a request by Nasser, but the Front still expected Israel to release the people against whose freedom the American and Iaraeli hostages had been held. These were an unspecified number of fedayeen captives, 10 Lebanese soldiers, two Algerians and a Swiss commando sympathizer. Wheat Crop By More Than mm THIS IS HOW - Six-year-old Darryl McDonald of the Blood Indian Band struts his stuff in the famed Chicken Dance in the Lethbridge Exhibition Pavilion during the International All-Indian Rodeo finals. Also entertaining at the event is the Joe Saddleback dance troupe from the United States - world champion Indian dancers. Small Restaurants May Get Licences CALGARY (Special) - The Alberta cabinet's committee on liquor laws may soon consider a recommendation from the Alberta Liquor Control Board relating to a need for a special licence category which would allow small restaurants to serve wine and beer to their customers. The announcement came in the form of a hint from Provincial Treasurer Anders Aal-borg during a news conference held here. The sale of wine and beer in small restaurants had been hinted at before by the liquor control board, but this was the first time a cabinet minister had indicated that it could be due for active consideration. Among other discussions at the conference the provincial treasurer: -Disclosed the provincial government is paying lower interest rates than anticipated on public borrowings which could total $135 million this fiscal year. -Indicated a specified portion of Alberta's next debenture issue will be set aside for residents as an opportunity for Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN /"JETTING mixed feelings about a comment on his former playing days with the Edmonton Eskimos, Peter Loughefed smilingly complaining that "the statement usually goes over better in northern Alberta" . . . Jim Penton, asked for assistance in adjusting a microphone, replying "I'm an historian, not a mechanic, but I'll try" . . . Bert Johnston enjoying a quiet snooze while his wife, at the wheel of their car, fought her way through busy noon traffic. them to invest in the province's future. He also said he is hopeful federal tax legislation will accommodate many of the province's objections to the white paper on taxation. OTTAWA (CP) - The Canadian wheat crop now is estimated at 330.3 million bushels, a decrease of 52 per cent over last year's crop and 44 per cent over the 10-year average, the Dominion Bureau of Statistics reported Friday. Production is lower because of the federal government program to encourage farmers to grow less wheat this year. As a result, seeded acreage was cut in half. There also was a three-per-cent decrease in average _ yield an acre. Royal Lunch Seen Salute To Nixons CHEQUERS, England (AP) - President and Mrs. Nixon lunched today with Queen Elizabeth at the country home of Britain's prime ministers-an interlude sandwiched between business conferences with Prime Minister Edward Heath. It was the first time the sovereign had lunched at the estate, Chequers, and many Britons considered the precedent a special salute to the Nixons. The Nixons flew to Chequers in a helicopter after the presidential plane-Air Force One-landed at London's Heathrow Airport following their visit to Spain and the president's meeting with Gen. Francisco Franco on his five-country European tour. New Health Commission CALGARY (CP)-The Herald says the Alberta government will form a new commission as a means of decentralizing hospital responsibilities held by Health Minister James Henderson. The newspaper said today the commission likely would assume Mr. Henderson's day-to-day administration duties involving about 140 provincial hospitals, freeing the health minister for long-range policy and planning work. Production of oats for gram is forecast at 374.1 million bushels, one per cent above last year's crop. Barley production is estimated to be a record 414.9 million bushels, 10 per cent above last year and 91 per cent above the 1959-1968 average. The combined production of fall and spring rye now is estimated at 22.7 million bushels, about 37 per cent higher than in 1969. SEED RECORD ACREAGE Rapeseed production is estimated at 71.6 million bushels compared with 33.4 million last year. Acreage seeded to this crop was also at a record level, 96 per cent more than in 1969. Production of flaxseed is estimated at 47.8 million bushels, about 74 per cent above last year. Soybean production is set at 10.5 million bushels, 36 per cent more than last year. The bureau based its esM= mates on the basis of yields as of Sept. 15. The bureau also reported that despite recent delays due to wet weather, Praiirie farmers have made good progress with harvesting operations. Rain and snow in mid-September halted combining over wide areas of Alberta and S'askatche-wan. Periodic warm sunny weather towards the end of the month allowed harvesting to be resumed. HARVESTING HALTED Excessively wet conditions have halted harvesting in the Maritimes. Cool, wet weather has allowed little opportunity for resumption of full-scale operations. Yields of crops so far are- above average but the final outruns and quality are expected to be reduced. Harvesting is nearly normal in British Columbia, except in the northern interior and the Peace River area where wet weather has slowed .it. The bureau said the wheat crop on the Prairies is about 311 million bushels, about 354 million below last year. The crop in Manitoba is estimated at 31 million bushels, compared with 64 million last year. Saskatchewan production is estimated at 208 million bushels, compared with 461 million last year. In Alberta, the total is 72 million bushels, down from 140 million last year. U.S. University Football Stars Die In Crash Teachers Balk At Extra Duties MEDICINE HAT (CP) - County of Forty-Mile teachers in southeastern Alberta announced today they will refuse to perform after school activities, primarily athletic, effective immediately and until an agreement is reached on payment. The county includes the communities of Bow Island and Foremost. Premier Resigns BEIRUT (Reuters) - Premier Rasliid Karami tendered today the resignation of his coalition cabinet to Lebanon's new president, Suleiman Franjieh, a cabinet source said. Benson: Pay Demands Pose Threat OTTAWA (CP) - Finance Minister E. J. Benson said today he will undertake a major review of the economy and government economic policies shortly after Parliament resumes Monday. Mr. Benson told a seminar of the Ontario Association of Hotel Accountants the major inflationary threat to the economy continues to be high wage and salary demands. "I expect to undertake an extensive review of the state of the economy and the policies that are being implemented by the government in an effort to maintain a sound economic balance shortly, after Parliament  reassembles next week." The government is concerned about the high level of unemployment, partially caused by the anti-inflation fight, Mr. Benson said. But controlling inflation will lead to greater production and more employment gradually, he added. The government was also easing its restraints slowly to stimulate greater employment. Text of his address was released in advance of delivery. Mr. Benson said the government has managed to convince some sectors of the economy to adhere to voluntary restraints on prices, wages and salaries. He said the cost of living index was not increasing nearly as fast as it had over the last number of years. But organized labor still was making wage demands that far outstripped gains, in productivity and were a major source of inflation. Mr. Benson aimed his remarks directly at the contention of Donald MacDonald, Canadian Labor Congress leader, that the government has "a psychotic preoccupation with inflation." Labor leaders had continued to ignore the warning of 'he Economic Council. of Canada that "lack of responsible restraint in wage and salary demands could frustrate the achievement of labor's own aspirations for strong and steady growth of employment and real incomes." SILVER PLUME, Colo. (AP) - The cream of the Wichita State University football team, its top athletic officials and some of its most loyal fans were killed when their game-bound plane crashed into a mountainside while trying to cross the Continental Divide of the Rocky Mountains Friday. Twenty-nine persons, 13 of them,players, were killed. Eleven persons-including nine players, a co-pilot and a team trainer-survived. The Colorado State Patrol said there was no chance of other survivors among the 40 persons listed as passengers and a crew on the twin-engine Martin 404. The aircraft, dubbed the Gold Plane by the team, was one of two taking the squad, its coaching staff and boosters to Logan, Utah, for a game today with Utah State, where Wichita State Shockers hoped to break a three-game losing string. "BLACK PLANE' SAFE The other plane, called the Black Plane, arrived safely with 34 persons, including 23 players and five assistant coaches, aboard. The game was called off and the rest of Wichita's 11-game season probably will be cancelled. Among those presumed dead were the athletic director, A. C. (Bert) Katzenmeyer; the head football coach, Ben Wilson; Kansas state Representative Ray King; Wichita banker John Grooms, and their wives. Bomb Explodes Near Mansion ATHENS (Reuters) - A home-made bomb exploded near the regent's mansion in central Athens today while the regent, George Zoitakis, was conferring with Defence Secretary Melvin R. Laird of the United States, who is on a three-day visit to Greece. The list included Marvin Brown, the team's second leading rusher; Gene Robinson, the Shockers' top pass receiver; and Ray Coleman of Wichita, membership chairman of the Shocker Club, a booster organization. Tradition decreed that top players travelled with the head coach. The crash came a few minutes after a refuelling stop in Denver. The cause was not determined. The other plane was impounded by the Federal Aviation Administration in Utah and its occupants were to return to Wichita on commercial flights today. Two survivors - trainer Tom Reeves, 31, and John Taylor, a member of the team - were listed in critical condition with bums. CANADIAN CRASH A crash in December, 1956, cost the lives of five Canadian Football League players. MelBecket and Gordon Stur-tridge, both of Saskatc hew an Roughriders, and Calvin Jones of Winnipeg Blue Bombers were returning from action in an all - star game at Vancouver when the Trans - Canada Air Lines plane they were aboard crashed in the Rocky Mountains. Two other Saskatchewan players, Mario de Marco and Ray Syrnyk, who had attended the all - star game as spectators, also died in the crash. Mr. Benson said the government, is concerned about inflation "primarily because of our concern about securing the greatest possible growth of production, employment audi incomes in t'le vears ahead." EXPORTS ENDANGERED Unit labor costs in Canadian manufacturing since 1966 had exceeded those of other industrial nations and threatened Cnnadian competitiveness i n world markets. It was trup, partly because of slower price increases, that Canadian exports have increased sharply this year. "There remains a very real and continuing danger our success will be short-lived," Mr. Benson added. SAD SIGHT AT PLANE CRASH SCENE ;