Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
22 i Ht Lt i HBRIuuE HbRALu Wednesday, September Ottawa says Chinese not upset Fraud plagues insurance people OTTAWA (CP) A seven- member official delegation's visit to China has been post- poned at the request of the Chinese government. Six mining engineers and one interpreter were to leave last weekend for a two-week visit as guests of the Chinese government. But Chinese officials now consider the schedule too tight at this time, an energy depart- ment spokesman said Tuesday. He could not elaborate on the official Chinese reaction, but denied one earlier publish- ed report that the Chinese were upset about the composi- tion of the delegation. The report said only two of seven members were Cana- dian citizens, three were citizens of the United Kingdom, one was a U.S. citizen and the interpreter was of unknown origin. The energy department spokesman could not confirm the composition of the delega- tion, but said that he knew Eric Jamieson. senior coal ad- viser for the department of energy, mines and resources and a member of the delegation, to be a landed im- migrant from Scotland. "It's quite possible that there were only two Canadians" in the group, he said. "We've had to draw on experts from many countries to aid the Canadian coal in- dustry." Delegates were picked at an inter-departmental level be- tween the departments of energy and industry. Two of the engineers come from the energy department and four from private industry. Discussions were expected to begin soon between the two governments to reschedule the visit. The next visit, he said could be anytime within the "next week, month or year." The delegation was to be an exchange visit. Six Chinese mining engineers spent two weeks in Canada last month and visited open-pit coal mines in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Oil industry accused Nixon to hospital? Julie Nixon Eisenhower said Tuesday in New York her father Richard Nixon will probably enter hospital within a week for treatment of phlebitis. She said the former president is getting better and that he is "just going to get some things checked." Mrs. Eisenhower termed "crazy" reports that Nixon's mind is wandering and said: "I think he is doing very well under the circumstances." Australia offers troops CANBERRA (AP) Aus- Cyprus for six months, tralia has offered the United Defence Minister Lance Bar- Nations an independent rifle nard said Tuesday Personnel company of 170 men and sup- would be rotated every six port elements to serve in months. MONTREAL (CP) The oil industry is aggravating already severe problems fac- ed by airlines through dis- criminatory pricing of avia- tion fuel, the director-general of the International Air Tran- sport Association (IATA) said Tuesday. Knut Hammarskjold said in his annual report at lATA's 30th annual meeting that avia- tion fuel cost about 13 U.S. cents a gallon before the so- called energy crisis last fall. But the average price for the current quarter is forecast for 42 cents a U.S. gallon. "An IATA analysis of the di- rect effect of 1973 increases in crude oil prices indicates that current jet fuel prices should be no more than 20 to 22 cents higher now than they were in September, 1973, if the oil companies had elected to pass through increased crude costs equally to the various products they Mr. Hammarskjold said. "This has obviously not been done. Yet even in early 1973 jet fuel was priced above the average level of oil products and was therefore making a substantial contribu- tion to oil company profit and overhead. "This contribution appears to have simply been arbitrari- ly increased at the expense of the air carriers and ultimately the travelling public." IATA, an international organization which groups 110 airlines of non-Communist countries, represents air carriers in international dealings and provides a forum for setting most international routes and fares. The meeting at its Montreal headquarters continues to Friday. TORONTO (CP) A recent insurance' claim for injuries from a slip-and-fall accident in New York turned out to be the result of a gangland beating after the victim failed to pay a gambl- ing debt. Two doctors and an oesteo- path in New Jersey faked medical bills submitted with insurance claims to cover debts owed to organized crime. In Detroit, fraudulent insur- ance claims nearly brought public transportation to its knees. James Ahern, director of the Insurance Crime Preven- tion Institute (ICPI) of West- port, Conn., said Tuesday the impact of fraud in the in- surance industry is "frightening." Mr. Ahern, addressing the 65th annual meeting of the In- ternational Claim Association, said that although the examples may be American the incident of in- surance fraud is widespread and a plague to the industry. It costs every individual money. The American Chamber of Commerce estimates the loss to the industry through fraudulent claims at billion annually. One out of every 10 claims was es- timated to be fraudulent in some way. He urged that more than 850 claims officers from across North America and-abroad to be diligent in pursuing sus- picious claims. As evidence of the scope of the problem, he described the extent of the Detroit fraud. More than 100 indictments were handed down in Detroit in the last year in connection with a city-wide staged- Burns money CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) Two erstwhile bank robbers using an acetylene torch on a night deposit box set the money inside on fire. The blaze triggered a fire alarm, bringing firemen and police. Two men were charged with attempted bank robbery. accident ring involving doc- tprs, lawyers and municipal police. They were accused of conspiring and submitting fraudulent and exaggerated claims, many in connection with accidents involving the city-owned bus line. Claims against the bus line rose to million in 1971 from in 1969. Another target of the ring was a taxi company which eventually desclared bankruptcy because of the onslaught of fraudulent claims. The rate of bodily injury claims in Detroit was double that for the rest of the state and settlements were twice as high.'One insurance company was forced to raise rates 25 per cent. But the impact didn't stop with those directly involved, he said. "Every citizen of the city lost more of his bus or taxi fare to cover rate increases, in addition to bearing an ad- ditional burden for his private auto premiums." Machine prevents oil spills OTTAWA (CP) A machine that can quickly chart marine navigation routes was described Tuesday as a major breakthrough in the effort to prevent oil super- tankers from running aground and spilling their cargo. The machine is called a sec- tor scanning sonar and a pro- totype of it developed at the Admiralty Research Laboratory in England can produce a continuous cathode ray tube display of the seabed below a cruising survey ship. Although the machine will not be on the market until 1977, a team of British scientists gave a sales pitch for the system at a meeting of Canadian hydrographers, armed forces personnel and marine specialists. Dr. Douglas W. Colvin, a physicist with the U.K. department of industry, said larger vessels and economic pressures are forcing mariners to navigate through waters of barely adequate depth. Moreover, many navigational charts around the world are decades out of date and contain incomplete data, said Dr. Colvin. "You wouldn't be happy tak- ing off in an airplane if you knew the navigator's map had been made before the Wright brothers became he said. Echo sounding and side sonar scanning, whereby high- frequency radio waves are bounced off the seabed and protrusions, are now the most sophisticated methods for making navigation charts. However, echo sounding is usually done along sea lanes which may be 100 metres or more apart, said Dr. Colvin. Protrusions such as shoals or shipwrecks may go un- detected. Side sonar scanning was not completely satisfactory either because distortions are pro- duced and because the height of protrusions cannot be determined. But the new surveying sonar, mounted underwater on the lower part of a ship's bow, can cover a wider sweep of the ocean floor and gather more information in one pass. The sonar can also be adjusted to a vertical scan position to determine the height of sub- merged objects. The sonar, which can be re- tracted into the hull of the ship to avoid obstacles such as ice, is mounted on a stabilization platform to prevent its mov- ing with the pitch and roll of a ship. Dr. Colvin said most charts in navigable waters have little information on submerged ob- jects such as rocks, wrecks, shoals and sand waves below a depth of 70 feet." For those of you who like to work at home, welcome to the International. To have all the comforts of home while vou're at the office. Not a bad idea. That's what we think, and that's why we have penthouse suites on the thirty-fifth floor at the Big I. Suites that offer you a living room, large enough to hold a good sized meeting, a dining room, a bedroom, even a kitchenette Comfortable, convenient, and less than you might think. The International of Calgary. You ran t miss us. the big I. The International of Calgary 220-Fourth Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2P OH5 Tel. (403) 265-9600. 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