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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta China concerned with environment PEKING (Reuter) China has set up a new government agency called the Office of Environment Protection, reflecting growing concern in the country about en- vironmental problems, reliable sources said Sunday. The agency is under the State Council, the umbrella organization for governmen- tal bodies, and is headed by a Wang Chung-chieh, but nothing is known about its functions or powers. In the past, Chinese atten- tion to the environment has been patchy. In the cities, the attitude towards pollution has tended to be ambiguous. While Chinese city streets are relatively clean and litter- free compared with many other Asian cities, vehicle pollution is apparently allow- ed to go unchecked and is a growing problem. Many foreign visitors are appalled by the plumes of acrid fumes trailing behind trucks, buses and the widely- used three-wheeler light tran- sport vehicles. Low-grade fuel, poor maintenance and old engines all contribute to this. There is also heavy pollua- tion in some industrial areas, and foreign observers are skeptical about Chinese claims that the problem is un- der control. There have been occasional articles in the Chinese press on the environment which claim that the Socialist system is best equipped to deal with pollution, since it cares for people more than the profit-hungry capitalist world. At the same time the ar- ticles stress the need for more environmental care. A recent report in the theoretical monthly Red Flag said limiting the size of has at least 16 cities with more than one mil- lion people a key factor. "We must pay strict atten- tion to keeping the cities strictly within their present limits." it said. No formal bargaining SASKATOON (CP) Ex- ecutive officers of faculty associations at 13 Western Canadian universities agreed during the weekend that demands for formal collective bargaining with university Boards of Governors should only be made if the existing in- formal system breaks down. Keith Johnstone of the University of Saskatchewan, chairman for the two day conference, said most univer- sity faculties now have infor- mal collective bargaining arrangements with university officials. EARLY ATLANTIC OCEAN (width Central NfldS Added Million Years Ago MUN Physics Dept Monday, 23, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 5 Greater effort is needed VANCOUVER (CP) Greater effort should be made to identify congenital blindness in children so that parents can receive early counselling, a Halifax doctor told a National Conference on Blind Children Friday. Dr. S. J. Kent said a study of blind children in the Maritime Dead brain cells hamper hearing Birth of Newfoundland? These sketches by the physics department of Memorial University of Newfoundland show one ver- sion of the proto-Atlantic hypothesis. The sketches show present coast-lines for easier recognition. Top picture depicts Newfoundland in two eastern part lying off Europe, the western part off North America. Bottom sketch shows the North At- lantic closed up at the continental margins, which lie beyond the coastlines actually shown. New- foundland has become fused into one unit by rocks newly formed at the centre. Arrows indicate the direc- tion of subsequent continental drift. B.C. family mans barricades Locusts threaten wheat crop SYDNEY (Reuter) Giant locusts that roost like birds in trees are threatening wheat crops in New South Wales. The than twice the normal reported in plague proportions in the northwest of the Australian state. Department of agriculture aircraft have been spraying the locusts for three weeks. BOSTON (AP) Older peo- ple suffer losses of hearing and other senses because key nerves may become clogged with debris from dying brain cells, scientists say. New research also suggests that the process of aging re- duces the number of con- nections between brain cells, choking the flow of informa- tion in the brain. Electron microscope photo- graphs of the auditory system of rats show fewer nerve con- nections between brain cells in older animals than in younger ones. Therefore, the researchers conclude, less in- formation can pass between cells. The researchers say these and other age-related changes discovered in every part of the rat's nerve system for hearing show that more atten- tion must be paid to changes of the brain with age. "We feel confident many of these changes are common to many groups of nerve cells in other parts of the brain and applicable to humans, said Dr. Martin Feldman, assistant professor of anatomy at the Boston University Medical Centre. Feldman, who conducted the research with Dr. Deborah Vaughan and Dr. Alan Peters, said almost every major part of the human auditory system has an equivalent with similar func- tion in rats. Israel takes Soviet Jews TEL AVIV (AP) Israel is preparing to receive Soviet Jewish immigrants a year following talks between the United States and the Soviet Union, a Jewish Agency official said Sunday. Moshe Rivlin, the agency's director-general, told corres- pondents that Soviet Jews have already registered to leave for Israel and the number will grow if all the ob- stacles are removed. In the last 12 months, Soviet Jews emigrated to Is- rael. provinces showed that more than half of the cases had a genetic origin. "There is a need for ac- curate diagnosis and early genetic counselling for she said. Dr. W. G. Pearce of the University of Alberta said about 20 per cent of all cases of childhood blindness are reported as being of unknown origin when about half of these cases could be traced to genetic disorders. He urged greater co opera- tion between the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and university departments in identifying these cases. "The diagnosis of all children under the age of 20 should be confirmed by members of university he said. Eileen Scott. Supervisor of Social Services for the CNIB, urged counselling for parents to prevent treatment that could leave a blind child emotionally and mentally crippled. FRAME STYLES From AROUND-THE- WORLD BURNABY, B.C. (CP) A family in this Vancouver sub- urb have manned the barricades in an attempt to protect their home from rock attacks that have occurred more than a dozen times in the last month. Steven Lee, 15, and his brother Michael, 13, both wearing hard hats, keep watch while their father, Barry, paces around the lot directing the patrol. The alcove kitchen window is shielded by a piece of plywood. Mr. Lee says a number of rock attacks, which have broken windows and narrowly missed his children, have forced the family to take these measures. He thinks a neighborhood gang is responsible for the at- tacks which he says usually IT'S THE BIGGEST DRAW IN THE WEST! There will be 1908 lucky ticket holders! FIRST PRIZE SECOND PRIZE THIRD PRIZE 5 FOURTH PRIZES each CONSOLATION PRIZES 1900 at each SELLER'S PRIZES TOTAL PRIZES Entries Close October 9, 1974 Preliminary Draw October 23, 1974 GOOD FOR YOU AND ALBERTA, TOO! Proceeds from the sale of all tickets in Alberta will be used in Alberta to support sports and cultural events such as Sport Alberta. The Alberta Art Foundation. Alberta Heritage Foundation and the 1978 Commonwealth Games. The Lottery is sponsored by the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. the Commonwealth Games Foundation and the Edmonton Exhibition Association under the auspices oJ the Alberta Government. GIVES YOU A CHANCE ON BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW! Available irom OT iris coupon and ad your tickets by mail WESTERN CANADA LOTTERY I Box 1922, Edmonton, Alto. SO PPT No I Money GtxJerr n I NAME ADDRESS PROVINCE PHONE POSTAL CODE Your Termiiance must accompany coupon a occur between 6 p.m. and mid- night. Several weeks ago, Mr. Lee caught a 15 year.- old neighborhood youth carrying stolen tools and reported him to police. He thinks the rock attacks and threats against Steven and Michael are the youth's and his gang's revenge. "The rocks will come from the back, they'll come from the front and they'll come from the said Mr. Lee, explaining that bushes on neighboring lots have made it difficult to spot the attackers. Mr. Lee said the attackers have even managed to elude RCMP who have tried stakeouts and even brought in a tracking dog. "The dog handler had his dog wagon parked here and they were even hitting it with he said. Michael, a grade 8 student, said members of the gang bother him at school. "They kick me down the hall and stuff push 'me around." he said. Steven, who is in grade 9, said he tries to ignore the threats he has received from the same youths. The Lees have two other children Chris, 7, and two year old Diana, who sleeps in an upstairs alcove for protec- tion from the flying missiles. Mr. Lee said it has been suggested he move from the house in which he has lived for years. "I've had the suggestion put to me. through my mother and sisters, that I should he Soccer LONDON