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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, September 8, 1973 Libyans struggle for better future By ELIAS ANTAR BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) "The Arab woman places her hand in that of the Arab man to achieve the historical ac- tion of the Arab masses in go- ing from backwardness to proclaims an edi- torial on the woman's page in a local newspaper. That may be so in the ab- stract, but few young couples are seen strolling hand-in- hand in this Mediterranean seaport. It's thp Wnd of thing the authorities frown upon. Instead, there are rows of young men sitting forlornly on the seafront or talking politics and eating sunflower seeds. and out The recent John Howard So- city house and garden tour and tea realized a profit of more than last year's tour, according to Mrs. Marie Wylie, chairman of the society's ways and means committee. She said that the board of the John Howard Society would like to express its thanks to tlie concerned public and to every- one who assisted in the success of the program. Commencing next week, the Golden Mile singers will begin new season activities with a practice held at 10 a m. each Tuesday in the centre's club room, 320 llth St. S., with Lena Martin as accompanist and Milton P. Strong dirscting the group. The choir executive would be pleased to have new sincers, including sopranos and but especially tenors and bass- es. F.O.L BSNGO EAGLES HALL 6th Ave. A and 13th St. N. Every Saturday Night at 8 p.m. 5 Cards for 1.00 or Each Three 7 Number Garnet JACKPOT Free Gamers ana free Cards DOOR PRIZE Gold cards pay double money Children under 16 not The drastic moral strictures of Libya's young leader, Col. Muammar Khadafy, seek to turn this Arab country into a teetotaling, thrifty, hard- working place where all Lib- yans are united in their struggle for a better future. On the other hand, the country's huge oil wealth has rubbed off on many Libyans, and they evidently would like to enjoy the material benefits it can buy. The influx of Western goods brings with it the subtle attractions of West- ern mores. LIQUOR BANNED There are no bars here. Khadafy banned alcohol in all its forms from the first days of his revolution in 1969. Early this year, he forbade d i p'l o m a t s their monthly quota. we serve apricot juice, pineapple juice, sort drinks and bitter lemon at our receptions. They're not said one Western diplomat drily. Hairdressing salons for women are out. They all had to close, under ordr.-s from Khadafy. But there are still a surpris- ing number of foreign women who go about in the streets al- most as they would at home. The stares they arouse are anything but hostile. Some Libyan girls, mere daring than most, appear in public in tight slacks and T- shirts. But they are few ana hurry through the streets. No one wears a veil in the ci'v. Before the revolution, v I n thousands of foreigners luod here, oilmen in f-om the desert could find rcc' i on in night clubs and gambling dens. No more. The night clubs were closed, sometimes personally by a gun-toting Khadafy; and the gambling dens have dis- appeared. To expunge foreign In- fluence. Khadafy ordered that all public signs be written in Arabic only. ARABIC MANDATORY Khadafy is determined that Arabic be recognized as an international language. To hslp bring this about, he has ordered that personal infor- mation in a foreigner's pass- port be in Arabic and has re- fused entry to some who didn't comply. HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services Need Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household Effects CALL 3282860 FOR PICKUP JERV1CE OR LEAVE AT 4! 2 AVE. S. CASH BINGO TONIGHT, O'CLOCK HUNGARIAN OLD TIMERS HALL A Blackout Bingo played for till won Saturday plus Jackpots JACKPOTS NOW AND S Cards for or 25c each (Located Next to No. 1 Firehall) ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL FALL PROGRAMME OF CLASSES All Fall Classes will commence the week of Sept. 17. 1973. Insufficient Registration means Class cancella- tion. Please register at the office of the Bowman Arts Centre before Friday, September 14. All classes will run for 12 weeks. PHOTOGRAPHY Begins Monday, September p.m. Instructor: Bill weeks SILVERSMITHING Begins Monday, September p.m. Instructor: Dave weeks PHOTOGRAPHY II Begins Tuesday, September p.m Instructor: Bill weeks CREATIVE CRAFTS Batik, Macrame, etc. Begins Tuesday, September p.m. Instructor: To be announced weeks FIGURE DRAWING Begins Wednesday, September p.m. Instructor: Jay weeks SCULPTURE Begins Thursdiy, September p.m. Instructor: Bill weeks ART APPRECIATION Begins: Thursday, September p.m. Instructor: Vladimir weeks JUNIOR COURSES Beginning Tuesday, September 18 PRE-SCHOOl CRAFTS 4-6 years 3-4 Bill Pratt JUNIOR PAINTING 6-11 Bill Pratt Beginning Wednesday, September 19 JUNIOR CREATIVE CRAFTS 6-11 to Bill Pratt LETHBRIDGE YOUTH THEATRE FIRST FALL MEETING, SEPTEMBER p.m. Gallery of the Bowman Arts Centre. There is no charge for this course. Bicycle built for tivo Eleven-monlh-old Leah dees a little backseat driving while mother, Mrs. Evelyn Jenkins of 1406 22 S. S., shapes up on her bicycle. Object of the exercise, incident- ally, is to walk Inuk ,the handcome white-haired gentle- man, front, shopping around for a likely fire hydrant. By MAUREEN" JAMIESON Family Editor Maybe that bruised child did fall or just maybe, his mother or father has kicked or beaten Mm! The death of a small child brings anguish and heartbreak to stricken parents. But a child can also meet his death at the hands of a parent. There is seldom an outside witness to child abuse, accord- ing to Ralph Michelson, chief of the Lethbridge police de- partment. ''And husband and wife can't give evidence against each other according to law. For certain sex offences they can, but they can't for child abuse. "If that were changed, then the job of getting to the bot- tom of it would be much eas- ier. "But as it is now, they can't give he said, "and the poor little kid can't talk sometimes he's dead. "The department of social development has machinery to handle those types. There's various things they can do, like make the child a ward of the government, which the police can't do.'" However the Department of Health and Social Develop- ment in Lethbridge appears reluctant to divulge any infor- mation on child abuse to the press. "I don't think we get as many complaints about child abuse as there are said the Chief, explaining that these complaints "usually come from medical people. We seldom get them from neighbors or schools. "We frequently get this crib death situation, which baffles any investigator or medical man. "But when they (the chil- dren) start getting a little older than, say six to 12 months and suddenly die for unexplained reasons, I really don't think you could call it crib death." The police, he said "prose- cute in all such cases if evi- dence is available. If enough evidence is not available to support conviction, we refer them, usually, to social agencies in the interests of the child. Competent doctor solved mystery "We've gone to trial on sev- eral that we've lost because the evidence wasn't strong the Chief admitted. "I recall one case where the baby was taken to hospi- tal, and only because of a very thorough and competent doctor, we were able to dis- cover what really happened. "The child had a fractured skull and the mother claimed the baby fell off the table while she was bathing it. "The doctor explained the fracture as having had to be caused by a flow between two hard surfaces the same as if you had a grapefruit on a table and hit it with your hand. That caused the baby to lose all control of its limbs and the baby was blind, plus a lot of other complications. But the baby recovered. ''We questioned the woman and she finally told us the baby had been lying on the table crying and fussing and she hit it on the head with her fist, which is exactly what the doctor had suggested might have happened." As children grow older, the Chief pointed out, the chances of abuse diminish, they still have these prob- lems. "Here's where neighbors, schools, churches and anyone else who continuously sees a child suffering bruises, broken bones or something, might v.ell conclude there is some- thing wrong there. ;st witness still other parent "But even with the co-oper- ation of those people, the best evidence would ba one parent against the offending parent, because these things usually happen in the confines of the home, not usually witnessed by someone else. Though, of course, the results are. "We have had situations where a husband or wife is willing to testify against the offender. We have no problem getting a said Chief Michelson. "Lots of times we know what happened, but we can- not prove it. But sometimes it happens in a common-law relationship and you can use it then. "I don't think you can say there's any said the Chief thoughtfully. "You can get it in a pretty respectable situation. I think most of the cases that come to our atten- tion are from low-income, poor situations and the resulting conditions. "On the other hand, some of those people treat their kids a lot better. Abusing children "is a pret- ty standard character dis- order. I moan there's a per- sonality pattern that runs through all these people." said one southern Alberta so- cial worker. "Usually, it's an expres- sion of frustration. These are individuals who can't cope with the practical realities of the child and usually come from an overdisciplined back- ground. "They are infantile them- selves, and a child being a child, demands a parent fi- gure and they can't be that." He described battering as frequent, excessive and inap- propriate punishment. "If a baby cries when it's wet, and its father beats it with a stick, that's inappropriate. "Or if the baby is teething and the mother throws it downstairs." In some areas in the U.S., Days of Gypsy Rose Lee long gone family life by MAUREEN JAMIESON abusing parents are banding together in self-help clubs sim- ilar to Alcoholics Anonymous, he explained, "where the par- ents have to admit they are child batterers." In his opinion, "while it wouldn't hurt to learn more about the problem, I would think they need to work on it a qualified professional." Identifying a child who is being beaten or the parent who is capable of torturing or mutilating his or her own child is obviously a delicate business. A_n inadequate explanation of injuries does not necessar- ily mean a battered child but it could! TN MY day-to-day dealings with friends and acquain- ances, I sometimes get the crazy notion that I'm a paid- up member of the human race, in reasonably good standing. Then I go home. Truth rears its ugly head, and once again I realize that I am merely a blob dangling from the lowest rung on the ladder of life. I zip through the front door, throw together a hearty meal put in a load or two of wash- ing, and am halfway through the ironing, when Youngest Daughter sidles up and wants to know why I can't make cupcakes every single day, like her friend's mother does. Then there are days when I labor long and lovingly over some exotic dish, galloping from store to store to pur- chase rare ingredients and spending a couple of hours as- sembling them. P r o u d 1 y I place the end product on the dinner table specially set that night with unchipped china, flowers, and matching glasses, even. Five out of six children, martyrdom oozing out of every pore, rise from their chairs and head for the po- tato chips and cookie jar. The sixth insists there's spi- nach in that garbage, and why do we always get stuck with yucky messes at mealtimes, when his friend down the street gets to eat wieners every single night. Sewing is another area where I let my children down badly. Our girls are always complaining about having to wear 'this old rag that was hought in a while Lulu- belle has a busload of absol- utely adorable outfits that her mother has made with her own fair hands. Mind you, the suspicion has PRINCE GEORGE, B.C (CP) Jodi English is in busi- ness to make money and wastes no time saying that being a stripper offers little else. "There's no future in this the 26-year-old exotic dancer said. "You can't become a star any more, the days of Gypsy Rose Lee are long gone." She works a circuit from San Francisco up the west coast to this northern interior British Co- lumbia city. She spends an av- erage of two weeks in each place, doesn't date the custom- ers and has little contact with other strippers on the circuit. She said she intends to stay in business for another five years, make a lot of money and get out. Then she wants to settle 4own and have a family. Miss English said she started stripping in Los Angeles about five years ago when she was abandoned by her husband after a short marriage. She picked up lips from watching other strip- pers and began to put together her own routines. "It's a very selfish she said. "If you develop some good techniques you don't want somebody else stealing your act. "You have to work hard at being a good stripper. It's like acting. You have to take it seri- ously if you're going to suc- ceed." Miss English said the person who gives her the encourage- ment and support she. needs to keep going is her road mana- ger, Tim, who travels with her. She said her parents, who don't know she is a stripper, think Tim sells golf clubs for a living and supports her. Miss English described the men in her Canadian audiences as "either gentlemen or drunks" and said they are gen- erally more reserved than men in American audiences. As far as the women in the audiences, she said she finds them depress- ing. "They come to the show with the Ettitude that they go to clrurcli on Sunday and a strip- per is disgusting." She added that the sexual suggestion in a stripper's act is, after all, what draws in the audience. "Let's face it, everybody is interested in sex, whether they like it or that's what it's all about." crossed my mind that Jf I did sew, the cry would switch to "why do I always have to wear homemade junk. Citro- nella gets all her darling clothes from the you think that's bad? Things go downhill fast when one of our little darlings brings a friend over to spend a couple of days. There's the 12-year -old whose mother is the world's most superior being. Single- handed, she taught him base- ball, basketball, hockey, kung fu and fractions. And then there's the little girl whose mother is just beautiful, with ireal curb. She never wears rollers or slops around the house barefoot. And what about the young man of 14 who gets unlimit- ed amounts of pocket money? Not only that, his dad lets him drive the fam- ily car all the time. Many years of practise have enabled me to glue on a albeit somewhat sickly, grin when one of these monsters comes to stay. But I still need to remind myself pretty constantly that it is against the law to hit someone else's child over the head with a baseball bat. What keeps me in the ring, is the fact that I'm a natural optimist. Fortunately, I'm the kind of person who can find an odd sock in the laundry and say 'look everybody, an extra This determination to look on the bright side helps a lot when I tell myself that in the middle of the night, when a tummy pain strikes, or when Son Two's latest girlfriend has left him for another, they don't go haring off to visit Lu- lubelle's or Citronella's moth- er. It's nice to know, that just once in a while, the mother they want is their own! THE BETTER HALF By Barnes "I'll get up when I'm good and ready And I'm R.W.Y. 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