Times Colonist from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on December 7, 1983 · 45
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Times Colonist from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada · 45

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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Wednesday, December 7, 1983
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TIMES-COLONIST Special Fragrant Gifts (vcds ; for hprl INTERNATIONAL December, 1933 C-13. V ;'Vl v u I ,n? fp viovu j j 'j I t ' , i 1 Famous Fragrancos for glamourous giving, await you now at Woodward's perfume counters Select her special favour- . vl ite from: Chanel Anais Anais Arpege 1 Rive Gauche Halston L'Aimant Choc. J Aviance Cie Epris Many other fragrances available. Selectionmay vary in indi- cosmetics vidual stores. Skimming charged at Las Vegas casino Lot Awlei Timet Nevada gaming agents have seized control of the casino at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas after charging that its owners had permit ted a major skimming operation to continue unchecked there for more than two years. This Is the second successive Stardust ownership to be accused of permitting skimming at the resort on the Las Vegas Strip. San Diego businessman Allen Click sold the casino in 1979 after gaming officials accused him of failing 'to stop more than $7 million worth of skimming from slot machines. (Skimming Is the unlawful removal of a portion of the gaming proceeds before they are officially counted and audited.) The State Gaming Control Board charged Allan D. Sachs and Herbert L. Tobman, the Stardust's current owners, with 222 gaming-law violations in connection with the alleged skimming of more than $1.5 million In a so-called "fill-slip scheme." The board's complaint, served late Sunday night, includes 18 separate counts and seeks (I million In fines, a record. The Nevada Gaming Commission also suspended the gaming licences of the Stardust, Sachs and Tobman, using emergency powers never before invoked, which give the commission authority to remove casino operators even before a case Is adjudicated. Those powers were granted the commission under a 1979 statute designed to keep troubled casinos open under temporary management, in order to prevent unemployment and a loss to the state in tax revenues. Technically, the suspensions will not take effect until a federal judge appoints a supervisor to run the Stardust casino. Officials did not estimate how long that might take. 3 VICTORIA 386-3322. SHOP MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY 9:30 A.M. -9:30 P.M. 'TIL DECEMBER 23RD. ALL ITEMS AVAILABLE WHILE QUANTITIES LAST. After-the-bomb farming outlook given rosy hue HALF PRICE Here's your chance to save on this brilliant display of jewellery and pick up some gilts lor hall the manufacturer's regular price Choose from a variety of styles and designs in 10 Kt or 14 Kt gold, sterling silver and European rolled gold plate. Earrings, pendants, collectibles and much, much more. Fill your gilt list now at fabulous savings. Illustration larger than actual size tor clarity of detail. FINE JEWELLERY mu inimiiuii iiimihul wimmii jiminn iipiuii -!, in ml kjii i,n 111mmj.nn unini.iuimwwm m vim imimmtmmmmmmmsmmmmmmiuaismamem - - - .... . ..-1 8Sp-" rn f H52SSSB3S3nSESE3E!fflKSSnS3I3EZESE3Q t SSSSSi!5S2?Hfc Lni mnr'niii iim.i.it iini:Llr.ri.irtiiiV-.itii.ii hwm'JI ' - ""N w am m mm sjm M mm sigin w Tk "W1 VICTORIA 386-3322. SHOP MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY 9:30 A.M.-9:30 P.M. 'TIL DECEMBER 23RD. ALL ITEMS AVAILABLE WHILE QUANTITIES LAST. By Ward Sinclair Washington Post . WASHINGTON There might be a shortage of cans for processed foods, the livestock might do better than humans and there could be crop losses due to radiation and a shortage of pesticides, but federal emergency planners say they don't think a massive nuclear attack would be all that harmful to American agriculture. One of the key factors in having enough to eat after a massive enemy nuclear strike, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), would be its timing. Early in the year it would affect planting; a June attack would hurt crop yields more than would an August strike. FEMA has also concluded that there would be no "severe" farm-labor shortages, because rural people would survive an attack better than their city brethren, and there would be plenty of urban migrants to help harvest fruits and vegetables. FEMA developed this generally positive picture of post-nuclear-attack agriculture in America last year for presentation to a White House Cabinet Council meeting. The briefing paper fell into the hands of Rep. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, w ho reported on it last week to his farm-state constituents. Harkin called the FEMA study "shocking" and "disgraceful." "The misdirected perceptions of those involved in this briefing ought to shock us all," he said. "With information like this, it is no wonder that there are those in our government who believe that we can win a nuclear war. "I was absolutely appalled at the content of this briefing, and, quite frankly, if one of my staff would have prepared such material for me, I would be looking for a new staff member." Despite Harkin's reservations, the nation's financially embattled farmers might be intrigued by FEMA's confidence in their ability to overcome the after-effects of a nuclear onslaught. "The land and the work force would be available under even the greatest calamity nuclear attack," the study said. "Given the essential inputs which studies indicate would be potentially available to support agriculture needs and current civil-defense capabilities, sufficient production seems assured to meet survivor needs." FEMA did not say so, but it left the impression that post-attack agriculture might even continue to be dogged by today's problem of surplus production. The study said that half of the U.S. population would perish in the hypothetical massive attack it contemplated. It also speculated that yields of most of the major crops would decline in the area of about 50 percent some higher, some lower, depending on the season. And it said livestock and poultry were -likely to survive blast and fallout better than' humans. One of the early problems facing the food-supply system after a strike, the study said, would be seeing that everyone got fed in the first chaotic days and weeks. Calorie intake would have to be lowered, to stretch food supplies, and the remaining transportation network could be dedicated to hauling food. That intense pressure to feed the surviving populace would diminish, FEMA told the council, because ' "the numbers of survivors during the first 60 days " following an attack drops over time. Thus, those who 1 are doomed to die will be consumers for (only) part of that time." FEMA's report did not deal with the issue, but : Harkin wondered how the agency expected farmers to get their crops to grow "in the 'dead dirt' that will be left after attack, or who is expected to harvest ' these crops or how they could be harvested in intense radiation." Nor did the report deal with another regular f arrn ing imponderable the weather. Recent scientific ,. reports have suggested that massive nuclear-weapons detonations would sink the planet into a deep freeze as belts of atmospheric debris screened out the sun's rays. FEMA, however, acknowledged that radiation fallout could be a problem. "The greatest threats to crop production come from radiation, which, depending on the time of year,' could delay planting or affect crop yields," it said. "Research has shown that crops are most sensitive to radiation effects during the early growth and reproductive stages. Thus the percent of crops available for harvest following nuclear attack is dependent on the time of year of the attack." While the farmer might keep producing, FEMA was sober about getting his crops into consumers' hands. "Frankly, the post-nuclear-attack picture is not so bright in food processing. The margin of safety in the ratio of potentially surviving processing capabilities . to surviving population is razor-thin when compared ' to that of agriculture production," the report continued. "In addition, the availability of containers could . be a serious problem for surviving food processors. Plans and capabilities to use expedient containers ; should be developed."

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