The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 16, 1976 · Page 13
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The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas · Page 13

Hays, Kansas
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Thursday, December 16, 1976
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SECTION 2, HAYS DAILY NEWS I'AUK in December 16, 1978 Global Grain Reserves May Reach 46 Million Metric Tons Voting To Vote Spaniards stand outside the Central Post Office In downtown Madrid early Thursday and watch voting returns. WASHINGTON (UPI) Recent improvements in 1&76 grain harvest estimates indicate that global grain reserves next summer will be up by 46.1 million metric tons, or 42 per cent from last July 1, the Agriculture Department said Thursday. The report showed that in-a number of major grain producing regions including the United States, the Soviet Union, Europe and Australia harvests have topped earlier forecasts, partly because the impact of widely publicized droughts was smaller than farmers had feared.. Analysts added in a review of the world grain situation that most of the reserve buildup will consist of wheat. By mid-1977, world wheat stocks will be up 65 per cent to nearly 104 million metric tons — the second largest mid-year wheat stock in history and only slightly below the record 110.4 million ton reserve of July, 1970. Officials noted that world carryover reserves of wheat, corn and other grains, combined, which stood at 110.1 million tons last July 1, had been expected to rise to 138.5 million tons by next summer according to estimates published in late October. The new report, however, predicted the combined reserve next surtimer would reach 156.2 millon tons. This equals nearly an eight week supply at current use rates compared to the six week supply on hand last July even though useage rales this year are up. Agriculture experts said their reserve estimates were raised from the October forecast • level because estimates of 1976 grain harvests have been boosted by more than 22 million tons since October. This year's grain harvests now are estimated at nearly 1.087 billion metric tons, up 11 per cent from the 981.6 million ton 1975 harvest. Officials said most of the boost in 1976 production estimates came in the Soviet Union where wheat harvest forecasts have been raised by 5 million tons and prediction for livestock feed grains boosted 3.8 million tons since October. Estimates of grain production have been boosted in the United States, Eastern and Western Europe and major southern hemisphere countries including Australia, officials said. Despite the bumper harvest figures —. which include record American wheat and corn crops and a record or near-record Soviet harvest, officials said world grain prices recently have been leveling off after sinking earlier in the year. Experts speculated that de- spite weak prices caused by a heavy surplus of that grain, the markets were drawing some strength from the fact that supplies of animal feed grains were in fairly close balance with needs. Since svheal can be fed to livestock as well as being used for bread, officials said, some importing countries have been shifting orders from corn to wheat. The global grain forecast came on the heels of reports indicating that U.S. wheat reserves next summer would top I billion bushels for the first time since 1963 because this year's record crop will exceed demand by more than :tf>0 million bushels. The wheat supply situation, coupled with wheat prices, loomed as a major farm policy problem for the incoming Carter administration. Oklahoma City Officials Think Bomb Threat Hoax .Voters overwhelmingly opproved con-\ (UPI Photo) stltutlonal changes to establish a western-style parliamentary system, according to early referendum returns. Spanish Vote Opens Way For Democratic Reforms Suits Acceptable At Inaugural Parties MADRID, Spain (UPI) — .Spaniards have given a re. sounding vote of confidence to King Juan Carlos and his government by approving Democratic reforms that open the way to the nation's first free elections in 41 years. In a referendum Wed' nesday, 94.2 per cent of the ^'Voters approved constitutional "changes scrapping key institutions of the Franco regime and establishing a ', Western-style democracy, according to official and almost complete results today. The vote was a victory for ; Male Birth Control Method Promising ' 'NEW YORK (UPI) — I Chemically induced reduction of sperm as a "safe' and reversible" form of birth control for men is showing promise, a University of ' Washington scientist says. The method, which involves taking a pill and getting a monthly shot, is being field tested in Houston, Los Angeles and Seattle, Dr. C. Alvin . Paulsen of the University of ' Washington Medical School • said in New York Wednesday. Paulsen told a symposium, on contraception sponsored by '. the Ford Foundation that he ' has been working since 1971 to .produce "a safe, and reversible means of regulating male fertility and one ac" ceptable to males wanting to 'help prevent unwanted pregnancy." ' The male pill, consisting of the drug Danazol, inhibits pituitary gonodotrophin .' secretion and reduces the ' production of sperm, Paulsen said. A synergistic effect is ' created by a monthly injection of testesterone enanthate. Viking Spacecraft Back In Operation PASADENA, Calif. (UPI) — The two Viking spacecraft orbiting Mars, back in radio contact jvith Earth after a month-long' silence, warmed up for a two-year mission by transmitting photos of the red planet's polar ice caps. Orbiter 1 transmitted pictures of the Martian south pole Tuesday and Wednesday, and Orbiter 2 began sending photos of the north pole Wednesday. Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Wednesday reported a succesful test of the radio link with Lander 1, conducting tests on the plain of Chryse on Mars, 230 million miles across space. Lander 2, on the other side of the planet, will be contacted Friday, they Premier Adolfo Suarez, 44, who is engineering the delicate task of turning the dictatorship established by the late Generalissimo Francisco Franco into a democracy. The outcome was a crushing defeat for Francoist diehards, the only political force to urge rejection of the new laws. They got 2.6 per cent of the vote while 3.2 per cent' of the voters cast blank or void ballots. The result was also a defeat for the left-wing opposition led by Socialists and Communists. They had asked their followers to boycott the vote in a protest against continuing curbs on some political freedoms. But the voter turnout was 77.4 per cent — better than the government had hoped for. Only in the restive Basque region, where voting day was m; -ked by a series of street claries between police and leftwing separatist demonstrators, was abstention widespread — an average of close to 50 per cent. Police using clubs, smoke flares and teargas arrested more than 20 persons. Scattered clashes also erupted between police and several hundred Maoists in downtown Madrid. The government's victory also was marred by the abduction of the regime's No. 4 man, Antonio Maria Oriol, who was being held for the sixth day Thursday by left- wing kidhap'ers. In their latest communication, the obscure "Antifascist Resistance Group October 1" said Oriol would be "put under the gun" if 15 political prisoners were not released by midnight Friday. As throngs of Spaniards watched the referendum results appear on a giant Scoreboard put up in Cibeles Square', newspapers rushed out special editions. Under the new laws, a two- chamber parliament of 350 deputies and 248 senators will be elected by popular vote sometime during the next six months and with the participation of political parties that were outlawed by Franco. One remaining problem was the Communist party, which is still banned by law. WASHINGTON (UPI) While its not a "come as you are" affair, Jimmy Carter's inaugural party won't be as formal as others that have preceded it. The word went out Wednesday that six parties will be held the night of the Jan. 20 inauguration. Carter and Vice President-elect Walter Mondale will attend all of them— greeting the public in front of the bandstand instead of from the President's box. You can wear a Tuxedo if you want, but a dark" business suit is also acceptable and women can wear short or long party dresses. "The square dancing has not yet been programed," inaugural co-chairman Bardyl Tirana said. Some 300,000 invitations are in the mail, but of that number, 25,000 are extra special. They allow the recipient to purchase two $25 tickets to one of the parties. For the most part the 300,000 invitations are souvenirs going out to the Carter faithful as a memento of their involvement in the campaign. Except for those with an invitation to the parties, they're good for nothing because the p'Ublic was promised equal access to the ceremonies. The six parties—the word "ball" does not apply according to the Carter people- will be held in four hotels, the Washington Armory and the D.C. Visitors Center .in cavernous Union Station, Dancing will be to the sounds of Peter Duchin, Mercer Ellington, Buddy Rich, the. Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchester. Three rock groups—The Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels and Sea Level—have been signed up and others' will follow. OKLAHOMA CITY (UPI) City officials have decided a letter threatening to bomb 50 buildings unless a $1 million ransom was paid was a hoax, but police kept up increased security precautions Thursday. The letter was left Wednesday at the door of City Hall and warned the bombs had been activated and would explode during a 26-hour period, ending at 10 a.m. Thursday. No explosions occurred. Police Chief 1.0. Purser said schools, hospitals, business offices and "every key building in Oklahoma City" were searched but no explosives were found. Mayor Patience Letting said she considered the threat a hoax. "We feel quite like it was a hoax or prank or someone's not-very-funny idea of a practical joke," she said. Mrs. Latting said a man called later Wednesday and said "something might happen" at a city water plant. Extra security was assigned to the plant, she said. The letter, which was left at a city hall door at 8 a.m. Wednesday, said further in- structions would be given in a 1 p.m. telephone call to city hall. The telephone there rang five times, but the caller hung up immediately and there were no further instructions, officials said. A diagram with the letter showed a bomb which could be made from readily available and relatively inexpensive materials, said Bob Miller, head of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Unit, said. "The least said about the bomb the better, except that it is extremely dangerous," he said. Kenneth Whittaker, head of the local' FBI office, said the only indication of the letter writer's motive was a desire "to destroy capitalism, so you might conclude they are leftists." Sources said the letter mentioned a group calling itself the "Combined Liberation Front." "All of us considered that he was very articulate," Whittaker said of the letter writer. "It was very well written. Limited investigation into its contents seems to indicate he is more intelligent than your average nut." He said he did not know whether the writer was a man or woman. The letter was signed "Sheba" and said a young police woman in civilian clothes, carrying a brown handbag, should deliver the money. Kansas Rhodes Scholar Selected TOPEKA, Kan. (UPI) — The Kansas Rhodes Scholar Selection Committee Wednesday chose Jim Adams of Prairie Village, and Daryl Koehn of Concordia, as the state's nominees for Rhodes scholarships. Adams, a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Miss Koehn, a student at the University of Chicago, will represent Kansas before the Middle West District Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee Saturday, at Rochester Minn. Final ' selection of four Rhodes scholars will be made from the nominees chosen in Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota,. South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas. 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