Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 30, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
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A2 BRANDON SUN, Sunday, June 30, 2002
Local/WeatherKirton won’t say where city wants to see casino locate
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Kirton says he’s aware of which highway sites the band wants but wouldn’t comment on where the city would like to see the casino locate.
“That’s all part of the discussion of how to benefit the casino and the community ... We can’t pass any judgment until we have all the information.”
Bonnie Owens, owner of the Super 8 on the highway, says she hasn’t heard either which sites the band is eyeing. But she adds her own hotel has surplus land it would consider selling or leasing to the casino if asked.
The casino is critical to raising money for the band and creating jobs for its people, McKay says.
About two-thirds of Sioux Valley members are unemployed, he says.
“The casino is one of the biggest things we’ll ever be investing in.”
Premier says policy allows for more flexibility
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Manitoba Government Employees Union president Peter Olfert says the hiring policy makes it difficult for remaining workers to do their jobs.
“Workloads are increasing. Stress levels are up.
“It’s not a healthy situation.”
Premier Gary Doer acknowledges that down-sizing “pressures” staff and affects services. The policy is all about “saving the money,” he says.
Unfilled jobs in the Conservation department, a handful of which Doer says were recently filled to fight flooding, represent more than $3 million in starting wages and benefits. Those savings equal the cost of one MRl (magnetic resonance imaging) machine, but are a tiny fraction of the $6.8-billion Manitoba budget.
With the government bound by law to balance its budget or face penalties, leaving jobs unfilled provides it political wiggle room.
“We can manage our budgets and try to reduce our spending without going through the difficult decisions of laying people off,” Doer says. “You have more flexibility.”
But it’s not high-paid bureaucrats, for the most part, whose jobs are going unfilled in Conservation.
Thirty-three of the jobs, or just less than half, pay less than $40,000. Only four pay more than $50,000.
Olfert, of the government employees union, says the province is racking up overtime expenses because of the policy.
The hiring freeze might be considered more of an asset for the NDP’s image than a political liability. Opposition parties generally ignore it and NDP ministers usually mention it in the same breath as “fiscal responsibility.”
Six per cent of the civil service is currently vacant, Doer says. The unionized workforce alone includes about 12,500 employees, suggesting that at least 750 jobs — and maybe many more factoring rn management — are unfilled.
“Front-line jobs,” such as jail guards, are filled immediately, Doer says.
Doer says the policy has helped Manitoba improve its rank from fifth most costly civil service per capita in 1999 to eighth-
Winnipeg is the region most affected by unfilled Conservation jobs. In the western half of Manitoba, there are at least seven jobs wanting in Neepawa, Portage la Praine, Brandon and McCrearv combined.
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Angie Chapman of the J&G Supply fastball team gets a refreshing spray from one of her coaches during a break between innings at Simplot Millennium Park yesterday.
Israeli troops sift through rubble for wanted Palestinians
North and South Korea accuse each other of provoking naval clash
HEBRON, West Bank — Israeli troops searching yesterday through heaps of smashed concrete and metal found no sign of several wanted Palestinians while an Israeli army officer said the men may have escaped two massive explosions at a Palestinian building the army blew up when surrender went ignored.
Many Palestinians doubt the men were inside when the four-day siege ended at a government and security compound early yesterday, maintaining Israel only wanted to deliver another blow to Palestinian President Yasser Arafat’s administration.
Broken satellite dishes, water tanks, blankets and metal window frames were strewn over an area nearly a square block. Two bulldozers pushed through the piles of rubble, one of them smashing a demolished small concrete building.
Israeli officials said weapons and ammunition had been found at the compound. Soldiers took an AK-47 found in the debris and carried out some rolled documents.
International observers videotaped the work and interviewed area residents, who were cleaning up shattered glass and picking pieces of metal pipes out of flower beds 150 metres away. Dust and shattered glass coated classrooms, desks and textbooks in a Japanese-funded elementary school.
In its statement after the first explosion, the army said it had rigged the building to blow in the area where the wanted men were hiding. Lt.-Col. Olivier Rafuwicz, cai cu my spokesman, said that
although no bodies had been found, the army remained convinced the wanted men had been inside.
“There are two possibilities: No one is there and they proceeded to escape, or maybe there are some bodies under there,” he said. “Right now, we don’t believe there are bodies there.”
Jibril Rajoub, the head of the Palestinian Preventive Security m the West Bank, said that “as far as we know, no one was inside” at the time of the explosions.
Several Hebron residents also were skeptical anyone was inside — but most allowed for a slim possibility. They said they want to hear the names of those Israel believes were inside so they could find out from their families.
Rafowicz said the army had names, but would not release them.
Imad Quttana, a 45-year-old businessman, said he was confident nobody was inside. A half-dozen friends sitting in the shade, watching the bulldozers work about 150 metres away nodded their heads resolutely, two chiming in “Nobody.”
Army troops surrounded the Hebron compound early Tuesday as part of a West Bank military offensive that has confined some 700,000 Palestinians to their homes while soldiers search the West Bank for Palestinians suspected of links to deadly attacks on Israelis. The open-ended campaign, prompted by a pair of suicide bombings that killed 26 Israelis, began a week and a half ago.
SEOUL — Hours after North Korea sank a South Korean patrol boat yesterday, the president of the South and commander of U.S. forces in the country accused North Korea of violating the armistice that ended the Korean War.
A defiant North said the South fired first.
The 21-minute confrontation in the Yellow Sea is the worst border clash in recent years on the world’s last Cold War frontier and killed four sailors and wounded 19. It dealt a new blow to Korean reconciliation efforts and embarrassed the South during its moment in the sun as host to the World Cup soccer tournament.
President Kim Dae-jung called an emergency meeting of the National Security Council, while South Korea’s military sent a 1,090-tonne battleship to the poorly marked border, accompanied by a squadron of fighter jets.
“The military provocation of pre-emptive filing by a North Korean navy patrol ship is a clear violation of the armistice and an act that raises tension on the Korean peninsula. We cannot keep silent,” Kim said.
In a statement after the meeting, Defence Minister Kim Dong-shin demanded an apology, punishment of those responsible and a promise from North Korea to refrain from such actions
Focusing attention on the riverbank should help attract crowds year-round, she says.
There will also be a children’s carnival in the Safeway parking lot on Victoria Avenue from IO arn. to 4 p.m. A pancake breakfast starts at 8:30 arn. Proceeds go to Westman Special Olympics.
Also on Canada Day, the Sportsplex will be open for public swimming from 1-4 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. at regular rates.
Other Westman communities are also planning celebrations.
In Souris, Victoria Park will be the site of fireworks and a barbecue to raise money for health equipment. The barbecue starts at 4:30 p.m.
In Boissevain, organizers will block off South Cook Street for a block party.
Park officials have waived the gate fee to Riding Mountain National Park for Canada Day. The main beach area will be the centre of events that day.
At 10:30 arn., the new bridge, renovated pier and improved beach will officially re-open.
Reserved campsites at Wasagaming campground are fully booked for the weekend, while non-reserved sites at Moon Lake, Lake Audy, Whirlpool Lake and Deep Lake are also nearly full.
Minnedosa Beach will be the site of children’s activities, music, volleyball, a wiener roast and fireworks.
U.S. and South Korean forces were in “close contact” after the attack, said Gen. Leon LaPorte, who commands some 37,000 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea as a deterrent against North Korea LaPorte’s statement did not elaborate. He has asked for a command meeting with North Korean officers to investigate, but said the North has not responded.
There was no immediate word on North Korean casualties or missing. A Northern warship was seen being towed away from the battle scene in flames, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs-of-Staff.
A Pentagon spokesman, Cmdr. Randy Sandoz, said there was no “heightened alert” and South Korea had not made any request for U.S. assistance.
The clash occurred at 10:25 arn. local time as South Korean navy vessels tried to repel two North Korean navy warships and an unspecified number of Northern fishing boats, the Southern military said.
Two North Korean warships ventured five kilometres into the South’s waters, ignoring loudspeaker warnings to withdraw, the military said.
One of the Northern boats then fired a heavy-calibre gun from about 460 metres, scoring a direct hit on the steering room of a South Korean patrol boat with 27 sailors aboard, the South’s military said.
— Associated Press
Storms create havoc across western part of province
Fast-moving thunderstorms caused “all kinds of outages” in the southwestern part of the province last night, according to Manitoba Hydro spokesman Jim Peters.
“The storm is creating a lot of havoc,” Peters said yesterday at 11:15 p.m. “We’ve got customers in the thousands out right now.”
Towns reporting power outages last night included Birde, Virden and
Neepawa, as well as Birch River and Mafeking, Peters said.
Peters did not have specific reports of lines being down or damage caused by the storm, but said lots of branches on power lines had been creating major power outages.
The reason why so many customers were without power, Peters said, was that the storm affected sub-transmission lines that feed into the towns
“When you take out the main feeders, that’s what would happen,” Peters said.
Numerous Hydro crews had been dispatched to work on restoring power, he said.
The Brandon Fire Department reported responding to a number of calls last night of power lines sparking in the city.
Environment Canada issued a severe weather bulletin last night for the city of Brandon, as well as rural municipalities across southern Manitoba.
A line of intense thunderstorms was moving across southeastern Saskatchewan, according to Environment Canada’s Web site, with wind gusts over IOO kilometres an hour causing extensive tree damage.
— Brandon Sun
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Westman towns also have events planned
See Tuesday’s Brandon Sun for a list of this year’s Assiniboine Community College graduates.
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COOK, Gladys Clara Irene (nee Baynton), Feb. 7, 1912-June 27, 2002.
Brandon Sun’s Forecast
Western Manitoba Forecast
Mainly sunny with a few morning clouds. Winds westerly 25km/h becoming 30km/h. High 27. Humidex 28.
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Clear Low 12.
Sunny High 29 Low 11
Sunny. High 27. Low 13 Sunny High 26. Low 13
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Skies today tonight
Sunrise: 5:34 a.rn Sunset: 9:52 p.m.
Moonrise 1:06 a.m. Moonset: 11:34am
Brandon’s almanac today
Today s Normals
30 071970 16 1°
3.0mm 0 mm
SHoal Lake • Carberry I
Su my 27/12 Sunny 27/12
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Portage la Prairie
L Angeles p cloudy
Salt Lake Cp.cloudy
San Diego p.cloudy
Fredericton p cloudy
Kapuskas’g p. sunny
Pr. George p.sunny
Whitehorse p cloudy
Yellowknife p sunny
Montego B p.cloudy
Puerto Rico p cloudy
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