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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta October 30, LETHBRIDQE HERALD Grocers under no obligation to pass on skim milk subsidy Masked meeting Wearing masks to avoid recognition and des- cribing themselves as leaders of the Protestant Ulster Volunteer Force, this group hdlds a news conference in Belfast. They said they were "deeply concerned" at the recent spate of sectarian killings. They also said they had decided, not to call off their "cease-fire" that has been operating for nearly a year. Americans lose auto market in Cuba switch HAVANA (Renter) The rusty, patched-up American convertibles of the '40s and '50s, for a decade one of the most striking features of the Havana-street scene, are dis- appearing. They are fast being re- placed by new automobiles from the Soviet Union, Japan, Italy, East Germany and Czechoslovakia The change has been spectacular in the last two years with the ar- rival of thousands of Japa- nese Toyotas and Russian- made Zigulis, a Soviet-assem- bled version of the Fiat 124. But the most notable and visible influx to this island, which once almost exclusively bought its cars from the United States, is of automo- biles assembled by Argentine subsidiaries of the three giant Rockefeller loans listed WASHINGTON (AP) Vice President designate Nelson Rockefeller said here he has made loans of to close friends, business associates or relatives in the last 17 years. Rockefeller disclosed the in- formation in letters to chairman Howard Cannon (Dem. Nev.) of the Senate rules committee and chairman Peter Rodino (Dem. N.J.) of the House of Representatives judiciary committee. The former New York governor is scheduled to testify before the Senate com- mittee Nov. 13 on his earlier disclosures of nearly million in gifts to public of- ficials and staff aides during his 15 years as governor. The judiciary committee is to conduct hearings on Presi- dent Ford's vice-presidential nominee after the Senate pan- el has completed its investigation The committee chairmen had asked for a listing of Rockefeller's loans between 1957 and 1967 but Rockefeller said be was including all loans made from 1957 through Oct. 1, 1974. "Virtually all of these loans were made to close personal friends, associates or members of my Rockefeller said The largest loans to any individual was to Robert Anderson, who served as secretary of the United States Treasury daring the Eisenhower administration and who was described by Rockefeller as a long-time friend. US tors and Chrysler. These Argentine cars are being unloaded at Havana har- bor at a rate of nearly a month and a total of are expected to be on-the road within six years under a contract signed here earlier this year. The accord, which opened a major breach in the 10-year- old embargo by Western Hemisphere countries against the Cuban government, was signed by the Argentine gov- ernment in spite of strong pressure by the U.S. state de- partment When the U.S. broke off dip- lomatic relations with the Castro government in 1960 and declared a trade embargo on the island, it became vir- tually impossible to get spare parts for the American cars which accounted for more than 80 per cent of privately- owned vehicles in the country. Many were soon out of serv- ice but Cubans learned to cope Broken windshields, smashed hoods or engines held together with wire or str- ing were not enough to keep a car off the road. Faced with an alarming an- nual death toll on the roads, the authorities have lately be- come tougher'against owners of such "cacharros" (pieces of as Premier Fidel Castro described them in a speech last year. INSPECTIONS TOUGH Missing lights or defective brakes-which cannot be re- paired in time for the annual compulsory examination of all pre-revolution vehicles mean an automatic death warrant for the faulty car. Remnants of Cuba's U.S.- oriented past still outnumber the new gleaming vehicles from Argentina, Russia or Ja- pan, particularly out in the countryside. It will be some time before private citizens are able to buy new cars. They are al- lotted to government and par- ty officials and are also used as taxis in most big cities and holiday resorts. Under one existing plan, doctors will be able to buy cars through monthly pay- ments provided that they use them to make boose cants. As the country's economic situation continues to im- prove, thanks partly to the soaring prices of sugar on the world market, it is likely that Cubans will again buy new cars after a lengthy inter- ruption. But it may take from five to 10 years. In a first stage, they will have to earn tfoe right to boy through their "positive atti- tude" toward the revolution and in their jobs, as is the case with most consumer goods. OTTAWA (CP) The Retail Council of Canada has advised grocery stores that they are under no obligation to pass on to consumers a 24- cents-a-pound federal skim milk powder subsidy, council spokesman Alistair Smi'h says. In a telephone interview from Toronto, Mr. Smith said retailers have been told they "run ,the risk of a certain amount of government criticism" if they refuse to pass on the subsidy. But there was no law requir- ing them to sell at set prices simply because of the govern- ment subsidy program. Under the year-old program, the government makes payments to processors who keep their prices from rising. Proc- essors, in turn, are asked to make sure the lower prices are passed on to consumers by retailers While the government can withhold payments to process- ors which don't pass on the subsidy, it has no power to de- termine retail prices, Mr. Smith said He commented shortly after Consumer Affairs Minister Andre Ouellet told the Com- mons that federal investigators are looking for ways to prosecute retailers who don't pass on the full sub- sidy The minister was replying to questions by John Rodriguez Belt) wfio asked what the government was doing to stop retailers from stealing public funds. Mr Rodriguez referred to recent food prices review board reports that the milk powder subsidy was not being passed on to consumers in a number of cities. The board said Friday that the full benefit of the million-a-year subsidy was not being reflected in retail prices in a number of Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Ont., and Montreal stores It asked the agriculture de- partment; which administers the program, to take steps to see that all processors and retailers comply with the sub- sidy's provisions. Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan agreed that the situation is and said the combines branch should go after those who don't pass the subsidy on "if they can find the means to prosecute." An agriculture department spokesman estimated today that there have been about 40 complaints regarding overly- high powder pnces'since the program began last fall. But in all cases, the situa- tion was quickly corrected. When a complaint was received, the department con- tacted the National Dairy Council, which in turn told a processor that prices were out of line. The processor then put pres- sure on the retailer to lower his prices. All eight major skim milk powder processors and manu- facturers have signed subsidy agreements with the govern- ment. They control all but a frac- tion of the roughly 33 million pounds of milk powder sold for home consumption each year The remaining 60 million pounds of powder produced by the companies is sold for use in other products or exported and does not qualify for the subsidy. YAMAHA ORGANS Naw and Used COLLEGE MALL Phone 328-3694 Budget Plan RCKL5TOKC INTRODUCING GREGG CUSTOM MADE KITCHEN CUPDOARDS GREGG RICHELIEU Old Quebec at its prettiest. Solid, glued up eastern Birch doors and frames. Easy to maintain finish. Sizes to fit any kitchen. GREGG ACORNACAN Do you love your house, but hate your kitchen? Gregg's Acornacan can change that. Rugged Oak panel doors, smooth rolling drawers, all the ingredients for a fine kitchen. More than two hundred and fifty years ago the Gregg family's love affair with wood began. The Canadian historv of master craftsmanship reaches back to the very beginning of this country. Today, the Gregg plant reflects no? only these two traditions; but combines great beauty in classic or ultra modern design in each piece of Gregu Kitchen cabinetry. Gregg cabinets are designed for durability, using kiln-dried wood with mortise and tenon construction. Frames are solid wood, doors are solid birch, solid oak or elm veneer. All Gregg cabinets featun- superior synthetic finishes, particularly resistant to normal household wear and tear (including water or steam fruit juices, butter and such household chemicals as ammonia.) CON A. VAN PELT Kitchen Consultant If you are building newor would like to remodel Call Con at 327-5777 Res. 327-7605 We have the experience to lay-out and plan your new dream kitchen. Come and spend some time in our kitchen. 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