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THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1998 4A Soviet collapse ended any Cuban threat, experts say next month on the possibility of completing the plant. Alexander Nechayev, a member of the Russian agency that builds nuclear power stations abroad, said in Moscow that it would take up to two years to '(U.S. Sen. Bob) Graham was simply playing to the Cuban crowd in Florida. It's embarrassing to think we'd feel threatened by Cuba.' WAYNE SMITH Former chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana 12TH ANNUAL PALM BEACH INVITATIONAL APRIL 11-13 13 Award-Winning Pianists 9 Countries Represented 4 Concerts PALM BEACH BOCA RATON Palm Beach Invitational is a program of The Guild For International Piano Competitions. conduct negotiations with Cuba, and another two or three years to finish building the plant. The Clinton administration opposes the plant and considers it a safety risk to Florida and other states along the Gulf of Mexico. CUBA WmlA - "Sheehan, the highest-ranking llM. officer to visit Cuba since the 1959 revolution, maintained that n serious security threat is poSed by Cuba's military forces, which have been reduced by 25 to 4 percent since 1989. Z Sheehan, who dined with Cu-bjh President Fidel Castro and traveled through the countryside wirji Cuban Defense Minister Raul Castro during his visit in mid-March, said that the Castro bothers still garnered widespread respect and admiration frrn the majority of the Cuban population. -I'These men mingle often with tHS public and are generally admired, and this is not something that's being faked or staged by tfrtj people," he said. Meanwhile, hard-line Cuban-Aftericans argued Monday that Fjjjel Castro is still an unstable dictator with the ability to develop biological and chemical weapons. i-They point to the 1996 shoot- towards the United States and asserts that the "USA, as a sovereign nation, must be able to respond to any Cuban provocation and defend the people and territory of the United States against The U.S. House of Representatives voted last Thursday to require the White House to issue an annual report to Congress about any countries that help Cuba build its Juragua nuclear plant The measure also limits U.S. financial or technical assistance to any countries granting credits or supplying nuclear fuel for the plant. U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., a member of the House International Relations Committee, said U.S. intelligence reports indicate that Moscow "surreptitiously" has sent construction material and nuclear experts to Cuba to finish the plant. 10:00 AM Palm Beach Hotel Saturday 11 Apr World Of Music Concert 1 $30 Members' Champagne Breakfast Palm Beach Arthur Hart Rumania-USA Invited By Opus2000 Rohrabacher called for the suspension of U.S. aid to Russia any attack. Assessments of Cuba from the Pentagon were common during the Cold War when the Communist island maintained varying degrees of defense relations with the Soviet Union. Political posturing? But many experts on Cuba argue that such assessments have become unnecessary since the fall of the Soviet Union, and that the amendment was a purely political one designed to pander to Graham's anti-Castro, Cuban-American constituency. "Graham was simply playing to the Cuban crowd in Florida," said Wayne Smith, senior fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C. and former chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana. "It's embarrassing to think we'd feel threatened by Cuba." Other experts agree that although Cuba does have six Russian MiG-29 jets, which Moscow delivered during the Cold War, they are barely air-worthy. But anti-Castro Cubans express growing concerns over Russia's decision in February to free up $350 million in credits offered to Cuba in 1997. Scriabin's 12 Etudes Schumann Listz TianYing China Invited By Opus2000 Palm Beach Copland's ElSallon Mexico Scriabin Scarlatti Schumann , Apostolos Bantis Greece Invited By Opus2000 Palm Beach Beethoven's Sonata No. 17 (Tempest) Chopin Rachmaninoff Listz Jim Giles USA Invited By Opus2000 Palm Beach Schumann's Humoreske, Op. 20 Prokofiev's Sonata No. 8 because of its assistance to Cuba. Sheehan countered that it's ridiculous to think that Russia would expend these kinds of resources to complete a nuclear plant in Cuba. Eased sanctions anger some "They have big economic down of two exile planes over international waters, as well as plans to complete a Chernobyl-stle nuclear plant just 180 miles ofcthe Florida Keys, as evidence that Cuba remains a powerful security threat. Critics: Castro hasn't changed "It's absurd to think Cuba's nctf a security threat when the Cttban government kills Americans just 90 miles from the United States," said Ninoska Perez, spokesman for the Cuban-Ahierican National Foundation, tftnation's most powerful Cuban ex(e group. "I think this is just another sign that people want a Sunday, April 12, 2:30 Judges Reception & Concert, Four Seasons Resort By Invitation Only And Exclusively For Donors, Sponsors, And Committee Chairpersons problems inside Russia," he said. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., charged that the Pentagon report is part of a long-term effort by the Clinton administration to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba. The report comes just days Sunday 12 Apr 6:00 PM Flagler Museum World Of Music Concert 2 j $50 Members' Welcome To Palm Beach Supper alter Clinton announced a reauthorization of direct flights and exile remittances to Cuba. In a March 19 letter to U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Al seftening of relations with Cuba, b Castro hasn't changed at all." -An amendment to the 1998 deense authorization bill that was sponsored by Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., required the Pentagon to produce a report on potential security threats posed by GUba by the end of this month. lBut the report may not be presented to Congress until later thS week. Cohen said Monday thjit he planned to review the report, which has been prepared, oj r the next several days before commenting on it. JlTrie Graham amendment accuses Cuba of a "hostile policy" Dmitrij Teterin Russia Invited By Pro Piano New York Chopin's 24 Etudes, Op. 10 and Op. 25 Wendy Chen China Invited By Young Concert Artists New York Rachmaninov's Sonata No. 2, Op. 36 BachBusoni Chopin Janacek Esther Budiardjo Indonesia Invited By New York Concert Review New York Balakirev's Islamey Mozart Schumann Perle Plant seen as safety risk The money will allow work to continue on a half-built nuclear plant located near Juragua, Cuba, about 185 miles southeast of Havana, that was abandoned in 1992 following the fall of the Soviet Union, Cuba's main benefactor. On Monday, the Associated Press reported that Russia and Cuba plan a new round of talks bright, the three Cuban-American members of Congress and six House colleagues wrote that they were "appalled by current attempts to downplay the Castro threat. "There is a pathologically unstable tyrant in the final years of his dictatorship just 90 miles from our shores," the letter said. 1:00 PM Boca Raton Resort Monday 13 Apr World Of Music Concert 3 $30 Members' Welcome To Boca Raton Buffet Member must be staying for the 5:30 concert West Palm crash spurred crusade AlanGampel USA Invited By Music Club of New York New York Stravinski's Infernal Danse Schubert Chopin Scriabin Qi Liu China Invited By Harid Conservatory Boca Raton Brahm's Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel Bartok Listz Matthias Soucek Austria Invited By Music Society St. Louis St. Louis Liszt's Spanish Rhapsody Haydn Schubert Strauss SchubertLiszt say they did not intend to start a debate on abortion. Healey approves of amendments passed by the Senate Criminal Justice Committee that narrow his bill, his aide Susan Bucher said. Those amendments, sponsored by Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, Air would make the new law apply only to fetuses that are viable. Abortion rights advocates are uneasy with the law, but aren't strenuously opposing it because it now conforms with Roe vs. Wade, said Charlene Carres, a civil rights attorney and lobbyist for Members' Welcome To Boca Raton Buffet 4:30-5:30 For Members Attending Both 1:00 and 5:30 Concerts Boca Raton Resort Monday 13 Apr 5:30 PM World Of Music Concert 4 the Florida Coalition of Independent Abortion Providers. Still, Carres is concerned with one amendment that allows civil damages for the death of a fetus. Sen. Campbell, a trial lawyer who handles personal injury cases, $100 Members' Welcome To Boca Raton Buffet & Members' Gala Celebration Supper Dance , Andrew Wilde England Invited By Opus2000 Palm Beach Chopin's Polonaise-Fantaisie Haydn Schubert Strauss SchubertLiszt George Vatchnadze Rep. Georgia Invited By World Piano Competition Cincinnati Prokofiev's Sonata Nor. 6 Scarlatti Ravel Anton Mordasov Russia Invited By Van Cliburn Piano Institute Fort Worth Gould's Boogie Woogie Etude KreislerRachmaninofTs Joy Of Love Bach 1996 FILE PHOTO THE DAUGHTER: Lisa Montague was 27 in 1994 when Charles Lewek ran a red light, killing her, her 18-month-old son and unborn daughter. the bill in the Senate. The bill passed the House last year, but drew objections from lawmakers who feared it would threaten abortion rights. That's be added the provision. Civil damages would give personhood to the fetus, Carres said. Right now, the court can't award civil damages until a live birth occurs, she said. "It does set a precedent," she said. "It's a slippery slope." The civil damages amendment could also draw fire from legislators who want to make it harder to file lawsuits against companies. The House has al SOLWAY m 1A atS Criminal Justice Committee Unanimously passed a bill making it a crime to kill an unborn cjnld in a reckless car crash. Supporters from Mothers Against Drunk Driving cheered wiien the bill passed. Solway's crusade began the learning of Feb. 15, 1994, when Charles Lewek ran a red light at Hgverhill Road and Community Drive in West Palm Beach. The crash killed her daughter, Lisa PkJontague, 27, her grandson Michael, 18-months, and her un-r&rn granddaughter, Casey-Cjnn, who was four days from brth. Montague had just dropped off her 6-year-old (Jmighter, Alexandria, at school. Lewek was convicted of two counts of vehicular homicide and sthtenced to 11 years in prison, but prosecutors could not charge him with the death of Casey-Lynn bjcause the law didn't allow it. C-An appeals court ruled last fall that Lewek deserves another trial because Solway's testimony a&out her daughter's impending dSe date was not relevant and cpuld have inflamed the jury. With pictures of her dead children on her lapel, Solway addressed the Senate committee Iat week, telling senators why t6i law needs to be changed. This little baby fought and siCuggled and kicked to get out of dtjr daughter's womb," Solway sjkl. recounting what paramedic saw. Doctors later delivered tfe girl stillborn. "Casey was real to all of us," S3way said. "I think it's a crime tfiit the state of Florida does not rfiognize an unborn child as a rJman being." Zz. The law doesn't allow penalties for the death of a fetus. It des allow a driver to be charged wth vehicular homicide if a child iCborn after a crash and then dies off injuries. ' Rep. Ed Healey, D-West Palm Beach, agreed to take up Solway's cause. The penalty for vehicular homicide, which is a maximum of five years per count, would stay the same. Sen. John Grant, R-Tampa, is sponsoring RESPONSE SHEET Make Checks Payable to "GUILD" P.O. Box 3094. Palm Beach 33480-1294 ready passed six laws this session that limit the right of consumers to sue companies and the Senate seems headed in the same direction. Campbell acknowledges that the civil damages amendment could hurt the bill's chances of passing the full legislature, but he says anyone who supports the cause Healey's bill applies not only to fetuses that are close to birth, but also to fetuses that are old enough to move in the womb. Fetuses usually start moving sometime in the second trimester of Enclosed is my check for Guild membership $ Check boxes and enter amount above 365 days J $36 Person J $72 Couple Enclosed is my separate check for PBI98 Tickets $ THE GRANDSON: Michael was 18 months old at the time of the crash. vehicular homicid'- bill should also support just compensation for victims. Regardless of the amendments, Solway is exhilarated that her bill passed the Senate committee. "I'm so happy. I've had so Non-Members pay the same amount, but do not attend the related social event. Join the Guild! Members at 13 Apr7l .00 concert May for the Buffet only if staying for 5:30 conceit. Indicate number of tickets in appropriate bo: Member Public 11 Apr 10:00am $30Each 12 Apr 6:00pm $ 50 Each 13Apr 1:00 pm $30 Each 13 Apr 5:30 pm $100 Each much support up here," she said, hugging her fellow members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Margaret Robson, a MADD member, said cases like Solway's aren't frequent Thank God." Opponents say Healey's bill threatens abortion rights because it heightens the state's interest in a fetus at a much earlier time during pregnancy. Now, under the Roe vs. Wade decision, the state protects fetuses that are viable, or able to live outside the mother. A fetus is usually viable in the third trimester and it's illegal to abort then except in special cases. Solway and her supjKrters PRINT NAME TELEPHONE ( ) Information (561 ) 659-465 1 Nonetheless, the bill is needed. This is a bill for one little girl. Her name is Cay she never got a chance at life, Robson said. "It tears us all up."

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