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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 6, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THt IRHSRIDOE Wcdnsicoy, September 6, 1972 EXECUTIVE CALLED 'INCOMPETENT Black front faces tough test By SANDY McKEAN HALIFAX (CP) The Black United Front of Nova Scolia, a self-help organization lormecl through federal funds in 1969 to assist the province's blacks who make up tlic major- ity of Canada's black popu- lation, is facing one of its toughest tests. The organization's executive lias been accused of in- competence, mismanagement of funds and failure lo meet the needs of black Nova Scotians. The charges Intensified tlus week when members of BUF's youth committee siormed the front's headquarters and held a three-day occupation there. They left Ihe offices alter BUF obtained a Supreme Court in- junction. However, the official position from the federal health depart ment, which made tire grant over a live-year period to BUF, is that the dispute is in tcmal. But health officials caulio that any continuation of th present dispute vill mean th department will meet with BU officials "in the very near fu lure." A leader of the militant youths, Harris presi- dent of the youth council and also a member of BUF's hoard of directors, said: 'We're not saying they (BUF) haven't accomplished anything. It's just thai they haven't gone far enough." EES IT DIFFERENTLY But the opinion from the hite community differs from hat black oiticinls term an in- crnal squabble. A store owner n the north end of Halifax, the leavily-populated black area of ic city, sees the dispute as a reludc to violence in the city. The white merchant Jamcn- cd: "If I could, I'd sell this >lace today because I don't vant to be around for the vio- ence." Jules Oliver, youthful a-year executive director of BUF, sees the situation as ing themselves from the black community. Mr. Oliver said BUF went swt ef its way to resolve the diffi- culties with the youtlis and that the elected repre- sentatives Irom each of the province's 40 black commu- tolerate the kind of action taken by the youths. He said the youths rifled the office files, used office supplies and equipment, used the BUF var. and purchased gasoline on BUF credit cards. "We're considering taking le- i gal action" he said. j Mr. Oliver said: i "There are channels that the jlack community have cslab- isheel to seek change within liis organization and if there is oncern wilh regard to policy or direct, you can work tlirough he council or the !.-oard." Buddy Daye, former Cana- strictly an internal matter be- Iween the handful of youths and the organization. Tlie youtlis, termed anarch ists by BUF officials, accuse the paret.t body of working ou ot plush offices where blacks usually feel uncomfortable, re ceiving high salaries and isolat- dian lightweight boxing cham >ion and joard, says director of the the organization has gone out of its way to help and encourage youth participa tiou in the black community. "We asked them what wi could do in terms of programs assistance in obtaining op- portunities for youth projects you uame it." The youllis, through a com- mittee of seven, are calling for Hie resignation of lop BUF offi- cials and a reorganization of the front. Tliroush the com- mittee, the 5'outlis have re- quested a meeting wilh BUF to air their grievances. Mr. Oliver said council will meet with tile youtlis, adding j that "the success of BUF is to remain controversial and still j maintain the democratic proc- ess." Federal health officials say i they do not plan n freeze on op-1 orations funds of BUF as long i as it continues operations within the provisions outlined in the grant. 12G YEARS OLD SOUTH HEAD, N.S. (CP) The Anglican Christ Church iere recently celebrated the 12Glh anniversary of its con- struction. It was first opened for worship in 184G and conse- crcaled as Christ Church in 1850. After several years cf fall- ing into disrepair, the church was restoren in 1371 by a group of locn-agevs and used for a service this year commemorat- ing its erection. CAN IT BE? Ths same Jchn Wayne who ii per- petually charging, full of righlecus indignation, lo res- cue somebody from o bad guy of one kind or another, dressed up in a bunny costume? Yes, it can be, which ought lo prove wrcng all those people who say Duke lacks a sense of liumor. Wayne, though did not appear overjoyed at the prospect, agreed lo ploy the Easter Bunny for comedienne Sarah Kennedy on television's Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. SIMPSONS-SEARS Today you can wear Canadian-made knit slacks that look pretty sensational, feel pretty terrific, but don't cost a pretty penny. These 100% polyester doubleknit slacks could change your whole way of life. They don't wrinkle or go baggy like ordinary slacks do: So you can wear them day afterday and they'll always look freshly pressed. And if they happen to pick up a tittle dirt, just pop them into the Handsome herringbone pattern, in navy, chocolate brown, or grey. Take your choice of trim fit flares (sizes 30-42) or full-fit straight leg styles (sizes 13" at Simpsons-Sears you get the finest guarantee Mtlifectfon or money refunded and free delivery our slore-to-door ssrvics begins with the protects you every inch o I the way Quality Costs No More at Simpsons-Sears STORE HOURS: Open Dally 9 a.m. to p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Centre Village. Telephone 328-9231 Ethnic traits provide clues to lung disease By DICK KLEINER DUAETE, Calf. (NBA) More and more, medical re- searchers arc uncovering ge- netic traits in disease. Appar- ently, some ellmic groups are more prone to one, while other groups appear more suscep- tible to another. Dr. Jack Lieherman has dis- covered what he calls "an in- herited exposition" io pul- monary emphysema, the leng disease which is becom- ing increasingly common as smoking and other lung irri- tants increase. Liebertnan's work is only one of several medical genetics projects being carried out at the City of Hope Medical Cen tre here. He is in charge of the Centre's Pulmonary Bio- chemistry Laboratory- Ueberman says the first in- dication that emphysemi might have an inherited qua! ity was uncovered in a re- search project iti Sweden a decade ago. The initial break- through indicated a recessive gene was responsible, and the Swedes who did the work esti- mated that possibly one per cent of emphysema cases were genetic in origin. "It was treated as a medi- cal curiosity, that's he says. MADE STUDV Licberman took it more se- riously, however. First at the Veterans' Administration Hos- pital in Long Beach, Calif., and then here at the City of Hope Medical Centre, he began studying emphysema patients. He found, at Long Beach, that of 66 emphysema victims, 26 per cent had a deficiency in their genetic make-up. And, among those patients who were 50 years old or younger, the percentage went up to 50 per cent. At the City ot Hope, his figures have been almost iden- tical. His studies jpparently indi- cate that the genetic form of the disease is responsible for approximately half cf all em physema cases. And what is perhaps most curious about the research thus far is that there seems to be an ethnic, or na- tional, derivation to these defective genes. He has found that most often (he affected indivduals come from a Northern European background English, Irish, German, French, Scandinavian. He has rarely found it in peo- ple whose heritage is black, reas or from working in laces with lung irritants a'l actors which heighten sirs- eptihility to emphysema. Curiously, while emphysema affects the lungs, the protein appears to be manufactured in he liver and it is trapped in hat organ in those with the ge- netic defect. In these cases, the iver apparently fails to re- ease the antitrypsin it pro- duces. Lieherman believes that the future holds the possibility that a full or partial liver transplant may alleviate the problem. And that would create the singular curiosity of a liver transplant being prescribed for a lung dis- ease. (Newspaper Enterprise Italian, Jewish, American Indian. Mexican or mertcan iiiuiau. The problem seems io lie in a protefa alpha-1 antitrypsin- which Is part of the chemical make-up of the gene. By test- ing for antltrypsin deficiency, Lieberman is able to detect early signs of emphysema. He thinks it is possible, too, that the remaining 50 per'cent of emphysema cases those who do not have this antitryp- sin deficiency in their genes- will prove to have some other genetic defect. SCREENING Lieberman's hope is that, ultimately, a screening process can be set up at the junior high school level, which would iden- tify these youngsters who have the anlitrypsin deficiency. They would thus be warned to take with their lives and to keep away from smok- ing or from living hi xmoggy OU spill spy system developed AZUSA, Calif. (AP) The States Coast Guard is developing a system with sev- eral airbomo eyes for spotting oil spills at sea and pinning the blame on the ships that cause them. The device will map the lo- cation and size of spills in all kinds of weather, in daylight and (Tarkness. It also will make a film rec- ord of spill and slu'p for evi- dence in prosecuting violators of international oil spill agree- ments. By 1075 the coast guard plans io have the equipment installed in airplanes which will patrol the country's shores, scanning a 50-mile offshore strip of ocean, spokesmen say. Although accidental spills such as those resulting from collisions are a big pollution problem, the coast guard says "operational spills" are prob- ably more serious in total ef- fect. Many ot these result from ships pumping bilges or clean- ing oil tanks in coastal waters without reporting it. A system to d e t ec t these polluting ships under all weath- er and light conditions was de- signed by aerojet electro sys- tems of Azusa. The company's had to incorporate a number of dif- ferent sensors to do the job. The system has a radar sensor which sweeps the ocean for 25 miles on either siuo of the plane, an infrared scanner for use in clarkness, a micro-wave imager which Is said lo be very reliable in nearly all weather conditions, a low 11 g h t televi- sion camera, and a pho- tographic record ing system that develops film in minutes. STUDY SCHOOL YEAR FHEDERICTON (CP) A special committee is studying the possibility of keeping open on a year-round basis all of New Brunswick's schools. The committee has been ordered to study all aspects of the proposal and make recommendations for the future of the school year, which currently runs between September and June. The report is expected by October, ;