Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
_____________Wedn.idoy, Moy 10, 1973 THE UTHBJIDGE HERALD 13 SADNESS The tension, the fear, the sadness that embroils Northern Ire I a n d are expressed by this woman watching a parade in Bel- fast. She clutches a flag. Cubans revive tourism HAVANA (neuter) Cuba i showing the first signs of a re viva] of organized non-Commun Sst tourism. Havana's nightlife once drew many Ihousamls of tourists I Cuba every year, but since Ihe 1959 revolution, the island ha had few North American tour ists. A major breakthrough oc curred in March and April when about 500 Canadians flew from Montre-al in six successive batches. In most cases since the revo- lution, Cuban tourists have been Emited to a few adventurous lone travellers, groups of work crs from the Soviet Union, occa sional East European cruise- ship passengers, parties of so- cialist Swedes, numerous offi cial delegations and, above all Frenchmen. Each year about French jneo arrive, mostly communist and oUier left wingers. They come in the summer and sleep in tents by the sea when not visiting economic and social projects. DRAWN BY SUNSHINE By contrast, the 500 Canadi ans were seeking not Premier Fidel Castro's revolution but the Cuban sunshine. They seemed totally apolitical and had few opportunities am little inclination to inquire into Cuban life. To Cubans, the Canadian in flux means a timid comeback on the Caribbean tourism scene For their part, they see it only as a potential source of eager- ly-sought hard currency from a country with which they main, tain good relations. The Canadians canie from al walks of life. One group in- eluded 60 French-speaking farmers, and another included doctors, teachers, nurses, and a fair number of grey-haired wid ows They paid for their week 111 Hie Cuban sun. including their return flight to Montreal. They spent their first four days in a hotel at Varadero, Cuba's leading beach resort, about 175 miles east ol Havana, where they could waterski, sail, fish underwater, and visit a nearby crocodile-breeding station. VISITED BAY OF PIGS They also had the chance to visit Ihe site of the unsuccessful American-hacked Bay of Pigs Invasion by Cuban exiles in 1961. The Canadians moved to Ha- vana for the last three days of their stay, spending Ihe eve- nings at the Cuban Folk Ballet and Ihe huge "Tropicsna" open-air cabnrct. The tour operator, Michel Sir- islsky, is full of praise for Iho Cuban g u i d c s. who speak French or English nnd help or- ganize the tour. lie also says he has nol met with any serious problems, tho only slight snag being the occa- sional power blackout at the Ha- vana hold. FJeasiire cruise ends in death l.OCKPORT, Man. (CP) An afternoon pleasure cruise on the Red Iliver lurnetl into l.ragrdy when a Ifi-fnol boat overturned and (our Winnipeg- gers drowned. Four persons died. Including three young boys. HCMP sold Ihe dejjd arc Jane Mathilda Vueko, 30, Thomas Hnrvcy, 9, Samuel Karl West brook, 0, and Paul Franklin, 10. Surviving tho accident about 20 miles norlh of Winnipeg are ll-yenr-old Sandra Alexandra Weslbrook and George Waller Harvey, 42. All nre from Winni- Senior citizens wont get free licences EDMONTON (CP) Alber- ta's senior citizens will not gel free hunting licences, Allan Warrack, minister of lands and forests, told the legislature They now receive complimen- tary fishing licences, but the fish and wildlife advisory coun- cil has recommended against free hunting licences because a safety factor is involved, he said. Dr. Warrack earlier had told Keith French (SC Hanna- that he would examine the possibility. Man who knows calls suicide disappointing NEW YORK (AP) A man who lias tried it and failed calls suicide disappointing. "There was nothing, just recalled Al (for Alfred) Alvarez, 42, who gulped down 45 sleeping pills years ago and survived after doctors thought he would die. "I thought death was going to be dramatic and fascinat- ing, like the last reel of an Alfred Hitchcock movie where everything was explained, but nothing was said Uie British crilic and author. Alvarez said the experience taught him "thai Uicre wern'l ever going to he any an- swers, even in death and that in itself is already the be- ginning of happiness." As a result, he said, "you learn that the world is a stink- ing place, nol oven a dra- matic place." "But you have to make a life for yourself I'm a differ- ent person. Now F expect less." Alvarez compiled his thoughts ajid research on the nature of suicide in a new book. The Savage God, which lie says he wrote to "possibly help someone." I'UNCTUIIES MYTHS In the book Alvarez punc- tures many of the myths aboul suicide. Sweden docs not have the highest suicide Hungary docs. Young romantics are not the most likely to kill themselves at Christmas time; it's middle- w h o are suffering the pangs of. it reaches its peak during early summer. Alvarez said dentists and doctors had the consistently highest suicide rates, "largely because Ihcy have access to drugs, and maybe it has something to do with having money." Alvarez, who studied suicide victims from Socrates to bis friend, poet Sylvia Platb, said that today "the only common factor in suicide is loneli- ness." He listed other characteris- tics of the potential suicide. a person talks a lot about suicide, he's not joking. Chances are, he'll do it." How else to it? can tell when someone Robber escapes EDMONTON (CP) A man carrying a silver plated pistol. and a brown paper bag robbed I a branch of the Canadian Im- j perial Bank of Commerce ol i SI.905 and escaped on fool. j A teller placed Ihe money in i the paper bag and the man ran out and down a lane, followed by the bank manager. 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