Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 13, 1975 · Page 117
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 117

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 13, 1975
Page 117
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by LLOYD SHEARER BECAUSE OF VOLUME OF MAIL RECEIVED, PARADE REGRETS IT CANNOT ANSWER QUERIES ABOUT THIS COLUMN. DC I A few weeks ago insurance officials JTB mfU revealed ID DHL that damage awards totaling $35 million had -been made in the world's first jumbo jet disaster--the crash of an Eastern Airlines L-1011 in Florida on Dec. 29, 1972, which killed 101 of the 176 passengers and crew members aboard. Now comes word that a deal may be worked out between the insurance companies and the damage claims by relatives of the 346 people killed in the Turkish. Airline DC-10 air crash near Paris 16 months ago. James FitzSimons, speaking for the four defendants in the case-' McDonnell Douglas, makers of the plane; General Dynamics, a major subcontractor; Turkish Airlines, and the U.S. government, one of whose agencies approved the plane's airworthiness--is willing to make a deal providing there is no detailed, drawn-out court investigation as to which defendants were responsible for the crash. FitzSimons told Judge Pierson Hall in Los Angeles that the offer for quick settlement was. made on two conditions: (1) The plaintiffs- must forgo 1 punitive damages, and (2) they must cease attempts to hold the four defend- , ants legally liable for the accident. Punitive damages are damages awarded to punish the defendant, especially . where willful and gross negligence can be proved. They can increase considerably the size of damages awarded. What McDonnell Douglas and the other defendants are trying to prevent is a lengthy 'trial in which the public learns how the DC-10 was planned, constructed, tested, certified, and then crashed, killing all 346 aboard. It is one of the saddest, most shocking stories in . the history of modern aviation. Lloyds of London, the insurers for three of the defendants, is rumored to be willing to settle an estimated $100 million in damage claims. Whether many of the lawyers representing -the plaintiffs are willing to settle without punitive damages remains to be seen. · The United Nations remains a bastion for ~ IIII CTVIC male chau ~ ~U.II.UI IU vinists in this International Women's Year. Although the preamble to the U.K. Charter of 1945 guarantees "equal rights for men and women," and Article 8 forbids "every type of restriction" on men and women with respect to jobs, there have been only three female mission chiefs in the 30-year- history of the U.S. Last year 55 of the 138 delegations were exclusively male. Only 7 per cent of 2449 U.K. delegates were women at last fall's General Assembly meeting. Female candidates for the post of Secretary-General are not even mentioned. The examples of male chauvinism and sexual apartheid at the U.N. are countless. Recently a female delegate from an African country received a friendly greeting from a male colleague as she entered the General Assembly for the first time. He edged up to her, pinched her fanny, gave her his most attractive smile. A MODEL WEARS THE PERFECT GIFT. Want to surprise your wife or girlfriend with a most unusual'gift? Tiffany's of New York is offering a gold bra for about $4000. Elsa Peretti, the Italian designer who dreamed up the bauble, says it makes a most practical gift. "Wearing it on the body," she explains, "it feels like a jewel. Not only that. You can fold it up, place it in your purse,take it anywhere." And at the right time you can dazzle your husband with it. Communist-bloc countries are cutting down on foreign aid. Last.year they gave $1.6 billion in foreign credits. The Soviet Union was the chief creditor, its largest appropriation of $444 million going to Argentina and Pakistan. The People's Republic of China distributed $217 of its $297 million in foreign aid to African countries--mostly to Tanzania, Zambia, and Mauritania. Laos and Afghanistan got the remainder. Compared to the West, these two Communist countries are pikers. In one year, 1973, the capitalist countries made $24 billion available to needy countries in credit and aid, which is $5 billion more than the Communist giants provided from 1954 to 1974.

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