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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 36 THt LETHERIDCE HERALD Wnrlnrsdny, February 1 fi, I 97? Pacific Islanders upset by new 'republic' plan Ily HAIUiKll i Minerva, wl London OliM'ncr Si'mci' i from Ihc SL'VA. FIJI Tin1 Soul b An orgai Ocean Life lion, which and New Vi Minerva He Panfir island naimns of Tonga ami Fiji art' taking a very dim vii'u of Hie pro-spcrt of n now neighbor. Ihe Republic of ih lias >cl to rise i late coral forniiilions lying 450 a miles south of Fiji, 21G inih'.s called I he wcsl of Tonga ami about l.niui Kounda- i mile.s norlli of Xealand. based in London The foundation sajs it plans rk, is claiming the i lo reclaim acres of land [s, two vast dcso- and establish a port and city 1244 3rd Ave. 5. RFIELD SERVICES -INVENTORY CLEARANCE! Phone 327-6684 10 HOOVER Washer Spin Dryers Assorted 0 I o r Automatic 1-CREDA COMMERCIAL SPIN DRYER 145.( 2-110 VOLT SANYO DRYERS 169.95 10 TIMED GAS ond ELECTRIC DRYERS Of, lis, Pric, With Reasonable Trado IB. SANYO WASHERS 139.95 3-COMBINATION Table Top Fridge and Freezer Units 229.95 9 HOOVER UPRIGHT SHAG CARPET VACUUM CIEANERS 64.95 12 SANYO TANK TYPE VACUUM CLEANERS 69.95 10 CARRIER TYPE SUCTION VACUUM CLEANER 5 gallon semi-commercial. Reg. 59.95. Now, (with hose) 2-19" Color Sanyo TVs Oil with working trade Sanyo and Phillips Radios 20% Off 3 20" Color Sanyo TVs I J OTT with working trade 20 SANYO Cassette Recorders 25% Off All Component Sound Systems ot Reduced Prices 6 Heater Fans VACUUM CLEANER Hose Kits 12-20" 5 BLADED Air Mover Fans Single Speed 19.95 ALL HOOVER HOME APPLIANCES blenders, hair- It dryers, etc. We Can Handle All Your Parts and Service Needs! 3rd AVE. SOUTH PHONE 327-66B4 lor people who want lo escape from crippling laxe.s, govern- ment interference, crime ;iml the worsl excesses of human I sncicly. Us spokesman in Suva, an American named M a r k Oliver, says llicy are not aim- ing to build a Ulopia, merely a "new- .society.1' Under inlernalional law. Mr. Oliver says, anyone can claim land for anncxalion which lies ahove high water. The. Minerva Reefs are exposed only at ebb tide. The foundalion says it has met the requirements by con- structing two very small islands of coral and sand on Ihe reefs. A flag has been planted there i (a yellow torch of freedom oa a blue sea) anil the foundation is sending courtly letters lo every independent country in tho world asking for recognition of the Republic of Minerva. RECLAIM LAND Mr. Oliver says has heen spent on tho. project, main- ly on engineering consultants, and arrangements are n o w being made with an Australian dredging company to reclaim land lo 10 feet above high sea level. The Minerva Reefs are about j 15 miles apart. One is figure- j eight shaped, awl 14 miles in circumference, the other an oval 11 miles around. They have i a colorful and tragic maritime history. Well away from sea (and air routes, they are tho graveyard of countless ves- j sels which have foundered on them in consistent bad weather and at night. Captain Stan Brown, an acknowledged ex- pert on the Pacific Ocean, de- scribes the reefs as some of the most hazardous in the en- tire Pacific basin. The chart he I uses successfully in the area is I British Admiralty Chart No. 985, surveyed by Captain H. M. Denham of HMS Herald in 1854. The reefs are named after j an Australian whaling ship which foundered, in 1829. Tho story of the shipwreck is bi- zarre: the whaling master anrl two of the men were dead drunk j before, during and after the dis- aster, and were finally pulled from the wreck in their inebri- ated stale by the rest of the 23- j man Dozens of fishing trawlers have been wrecked on tho reefs, and as many smaller is- j land cutters. Nobody will ever know how many of the old saU- ing ships or Ihe great douhle- hulh'd oulrigger canoes of the niu'irnl Fijians and Tons n s were smashed on the jagcd coral, which falls down into un- derwater cliffs 400 fathoms, deep. KIM'C SIIIPtt'HKCK The reefs were Ihe scene of one of Ihe most epic shipwreck adventures ever, when in 11102 a 20-ton culler carrying 17 Ton. gans lo Zealand broke info pieces on the reef. The men spent 102 clays on the reef, get- I ling their only shellcr and sus- i lenance from Ihc wreck of a Japanese fishing vessel, which they gradually stripped of any- thing that would keep them alive, including equipment lo distil seawatcr. Searchers fail- ed lo find llicm, and Ihc reefs were rarely visited Ihen. Tho men finally built a frail ouf- riggered boat from (lie Japan- ese wreck and three of Ihem sailed, Ihrough reefs and shark- infested waters, 400 miles lo the Fiji island of Kadavu for help, TO KXCIIANfiE MISSIONS MOSCOW (Ileutci-) The So- viet Unian and Ihc Union of Arab Emirates have agreed lo exchange diplomatic missions 1.1 embassy level, it was an- noni'ed lure Monday. NEW MliASUIiE SYDNEY, Australia (Router) Conversion of the traditional pint of milk lo a metric size ia lo slart in the middle of 1973, a lop daily industry spokesman says. The pint becomes 000 mil- lililrcs and the quart a litre. WHAT'S IPiRAUTA QTURNIQ? _ It's one of ihe sporls at 2nd Arclic Winter Game? being held next month in Whila- horse. Enjoy Andy O'Briens story of this colorful Arctic event for olhletes from around the top of the world. IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERALD WEEKEND MAGAZINE SIMPSQNS-SEARS Perma-Prest Team Mates Only 4W, JL for ill for llie scl! Machine washable, no-iron coordinates make il willi striped lurllcncck lop and flared panls! Bolli of easy- care nylon knit in sizes 8-14. Panls in navy, brown or green wilh color-coordinalcd Biripcd lop. Ouc low pried Quality Cosls No More at Simpsoiis-Sears STORE HOURS: Open Daily 9 a.m. lo p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. lo 9 p.m. Centre Village. Telephone 328-9231. GUARANTEED GUARANTEED MEATS SHOP AND BE SURE L-MART SELLS ONLY GQVT. INSPECTED MEATS INCLUDING RED AND BLUE BRAND BEEF NATIONAL BRANDS FRESH PRODUCE STORE HOURS: Daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. ORIGINATED IN ALBERTA FOR ALBERTA FAMILIES ;