Pacific Stars And Stripes, November 30, 1990, Page 9

Pacific Stars And Stripes

November 30, 1990

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - November 30, 1990, Tokyo, JapanFRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1990 Pacific PACIFICSTARS AND STRIPES 9 postpo Stripes Okinawa Bureau CAMP FOSTER — Military planners were takinga wait-and-see attitude Thursday after postponing an exercise five hours after it began.The Marines announced Wednesday afternoon that Exercise Beach Crest '91, which began thatmorning, was on hold because of the approach of Typhoon Page. Planes were taking off and Marines wereevacuating noncombatants" on outlying le Shima as Beach Crest started early Wednesday.But weather forecasts said Page might pass within 28 miles of Okinawa Friday and planners waved the exercise off. "Concerns for the safety of men and equipment caused the decision," said Capt. Dave Simon, deputy public affairs officer at Camp Foster. No decision on when the exercise would be resumed had been made by Thursday morning. Page, taking a more easterly path, was not expected to threaten Okinawa as it had Wednesday. Orders to move troops already deployed toNorthern and Central Training areas on Okinawa and the Marine Auxiliary Airfield on le Shima back to their home bases were passed Wednesday afternoon, said Sgt. Angela McDaniel, a publicaffairs office spokesman. More than 2,400 Marines, sailors and airmen were scheduled to participate in the eight-day exercise on le Shima, five miles off the west coast of Okinawa. The maneuver was mostly an air combat exercise and the threat of high winds madeflying unsafe, Simon said. Exercise plans had called for 30 to 50 flights a day and included aircraft from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and Kadena Air Base on Okinawa and MCAS Iwakuni on mainland Japan. The monkey monk A monkey, playing the part of a Buddhist monk, performs for tourists in a Buddhist temple in Lopburi, Thailand. The affair was staged to attract tourists to the historic town in the northern part of Bangkok. (AP) Profit sharing with MWR causes liquor prices to vary Fuji escapes major cyclone damage SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Tropical cy- clone Sina moved away from Fiji's main island, Viti Levu, Wednesday. The storm, the first cyclone to hit Fiji in four years, did less damage than expected. No serious casualties were reported. Although large areas were hit byheavy rains, high seas and strong winds, the most destructive part ofthe storm remained well out to sea. Nadi airport, Fiji's main interna-tional gateway, was closed for 20 hours, stranding hundreds oftravelers. Stripes Korea Bureau Why does the bottle of scotch sold in an Army and Air Force Exchange Service Class Six store in South Korea cost more than the same bottle of the same scotch at a Class Six storein Japan? The agreement signed among the Army, the Air Force and the ex- change service, which permitted AAFES to take over Class Six opera- tions in March, 1989, is the culprit. On-base package liquor sales were operated by morale, welfare and recreation funds at each base until this past year, and prices varied widely from country to country — and often from base to base within the same country — an AAFES- Pacific spokesman in Hawaii said. "PRICES WERE basically set by local command," said Army Capt.Paul Pierett. The agreement that transferred liquor sales to the exchange service requires AAFES to "pay the installa- tion a guaranteed amount equivalent to what MWR earned when they operated the facilities," Pierett said. Prices are based on meeting thoseguarantees to MWR, he said. If earnings from AAFES liquor sales exceed the guaranteed amount, the base where the Class Six store is located makes extra money. Pierett also said sales of beer and wine in shoppettes, exchanges and other non-Class Six AAFES facilities are included in the earnings computa-tions. He said AAFES is attempting tostandardize liquor prices in the same way that it does general merchandise. That price standardization program has resulted in some price reduc-tions, he added. "For example, average prices ondistilled spirits in Korea have been lowered by about 6 percent since AAFES assumed management of theClass Six stores," he said. An informal survey by Pacific Stars and Stripes showed the Class Six prices in South Korea are thehighest in the Pacific. Liquor — especially Johnny Walker Black and Chivas Regal scotch — always has been a prime seller on the South Korean black market. A liter of Johnny Walker at the Yongsan Class Six store in Seoul sells for $24.45, and a similar-sized bottle ofChivas goes for $21.50. A FIFTH OF either brand goes for about $100 on the legitimate SouthKorean market. The ration control program run by the U.S. military, in an attempt to prevent merchandise sold on base from getting into the South Korean black market, appears, however, to be at odds with any effort to lower liquor prices substantially. A tighten- ing of the ration control system has resulted in a significant loss in ClassSix sales. Until July, the number of bottles of liquor Class Six patrons could buy each month was rationed, but the cost of liquor was not applied to the monthly dollar-spending limit. The dollar-spending limit was reduced inJuly, but officials began applying liquor purchases to the lower dollarlimit. Shortly after ration control regula-tions were tightened, sales began dropping off at Class Six stores inSouth Korea. An AAFES-Korea spokesman saidTuesday that liquor sales so far in November were 34 percent less thanin November, 1989. any single toy is considered a USFK lifts ration control dollar limits Stripes Korea Bureau Ration control dollar-limits have been lifted on a number of Christmas decoration and gift items sold in Army and Air Force Exchange Service- Korea stores and holiday merchandise in military commissaries. An AAFES-Korea spokesman said dollar-limits will not apply to the following items through Dec. 31: • Live and artificial Christmas trees. • Lights, wreaths, tinsel, ornaments and other tree and home decorations. • Scented and ornamental Christmas candles. • Christmas table linens. • Paper or plastic holiday plates, cups, napkins, favors and other party goods. • Christmas wrap, trim and cards. • Holiday food gift packages. • Christmas fragrance and cosmetics gift sets. • Christmas candy and nuts. • Toy sales totaling more than $50. The spokesman added that which costs $50 or more still controlled item, however. A U.S. Forces Korea spokesman said all holiday merchandise sold in commissaries will be exempt from ration control regulations throughDec. 24. USFK ration controls and dollar spendinglimits are measures used in an attempt to prevent items sold in U.S. exchanges and commissariesfrom reaching South Korea's black market. 19 AIDS cases reported in ROK Stripes Korea Bureau The South Korean Health and Social AffairsMinistry said Tuesday that 19 new cases of the AIDS virus have been diagnosed in the countrythis year, bringing to 116 the number of virus or AIDS sufferers discovered in the country since1985. The new virus carriers were found among517,398 persons tested in the first 10 months of the year, according to a ministry report preparedfor the National Assembly. South Korean law requires merchant seamen who visit ports abroad and anyone working in the entertainment industry to have periodic AIDSvirus tests. The report said 10 South Koreans have died ofAIDS in the past five years and one AIDS virus carrier left the country to reside abroad. A recent World Health Organization reportsaid 298,914 persons in 137 countries have AIDS. NTT to change Oki phone digits Stripes Okinawa Bureau CAMP FOSTER — Commercial telephone dialing procedures for areas in the southern half of Okinawa and some adjacent islands willchange Dec. 9, phone officials said. National Telephone and Telegraph officials announced that callers will need to dial only the last seven digits of telephone numbers in the new dialing areas. Callers are now required to dial thefull 10-digit number. NTT is dropping the three-digit city codes for areas south of Onna and Ginoza. Also affected are Kumejima Island, Aguni Island, Kerama andTonaki. To dial commercial numbers in northern areas,callers will still be required to dial the 10-digit number. This includes commercial numbers at Camp Schwab, the Northern Training Area andle Shima. The change will not affect military phonenumbers. ;

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