Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 15, 1990 · Page 15
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 15

Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Saturday, September 15, 1990
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fllhe 3nbtana (gazette WORLD Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - Page 13 Russian ballerina fired By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press Writer MOSCOW — The Bolshoi Theater fired one of Russia's best- known ballerinas in a contract dispute that followed management charges she was too heavy to find a dance partner. Anastasia Volochkova, who danced in Swan Lake and several other famed ballets, was fired Tuesday after a highly publicized, two-week rift over terms of her contract. Volochkova, 27, dismissed as intrigue and lies statements by the Bolshoi management that she was too tall and fat to find her a partner. "A ballerina isn't measured by her height," Volochkova said on Channel One television. She told The New York Times she weighs 109 pounds and is 5 feet 7. The business daily Kommer- sant today described the controversy as a "soap ballet." Bolshoi's director general, Anatoly Iksanov, said he fired Volochkova after she had refused to sign a proposed contract. Volochkova said she had refused to sign it because the Bolshoi offered her a four-month contract instead of a regular year-long one and refused to schedule her performances. Volochkova also had wanted to dance in three out of five performances of the Swan Lake during Bolshoi's scheduled tour in Paris — a demand Iskanov called unacceptable. Thailand gets reward for arrest VOLOCHKOVA Two wild elephants played after eating garbage at a roadside dump Tuesday near Polon- naruwa, northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP photo) Population of Asian elephants dwindles BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — The United States has given Thailand $10 million in gratitude for its help in the arrest of Asia's top terrorist suspect, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said today. Hambali, an Indonesian whose real name is Riduan Isamuddin, is accused of masterminding last year's nightclub blasts that killed 202 people on the Indonesian island of Bali and other bombings. He is the alleged operations chief of Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asian terrorist network with links to al-Qaida. Shortly after his Aug. 11 capture, President Bush called Ham- bali "one of the world's most lethal terrorists." Hambali was seized in the ancient temple city of Ayutthaya, 50 miles north of Bangkok, by Thai forces and the CIA. He was handed over to U.S. authorities three days later and flown to an undisclosed location for interrogation. "The U.S. government has already given us $10 million for help in the arrest of Hambali, and we will allocate this fairly to the agencies concerned," Thaksin told reporters. He said the money would be split among the National Security Council, the Military Security Center, the Special Branch Police and local police who helped in the arrest. By DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer POLONNARUWA, Sri Lanka — In this tropical island nation where 19 million people share space with about 3,000 wild elephants, forests are dwindling and the huge beasts are entering villages to forage in garbage dumps for food. The sad state of Sri Lankan elephants is not unique. The elephant population in Asia has fallen from hundreds of thousands at the turn of the 20th century to only 16,000 in 11 countries today, according to the United Nations. Many face difficult lives. They are used by beggars in Thailand, and to move timber in Myanmar. In Cambodia, still recovering from years of war, there are only about 250 wild elephants left, and fewer than 150 captive ones. Hoping to help the elephant — whether the Asian or the larger African variety •— more than 150 delegates from around die world were expected for a three-day conference beginning Sept. 19 in Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital. The conference is backed by the U.S.-based International Elephant Foundation. Sri Lankans and arriving environmentalists were shocked to see elephants feeding from garbage near Polonnaruwa, an ancient city famed for its ruins. Recently, a 5-ton elephant, balancing on three legs, used its left front foot to kick a plastic garbage bag across the ground. Seeing it fall open, several other elephants, surrounded by dozens of cows, started to chow down. The variety was good: curried rice, rotting bread, cooked vegetables, fruit and even green chilies, a must in Sri Lankan cuisine. Discarded flower garlands helped round out the menu. "If you are forced to leave your home and your access to find food is made limited, what will you do?" asked SA.M. Salim, resident of a small village near Polonnaruwa. "Most likely you will beg." In some ways, elephants are honored here. 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According to the nation's Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, a record 289,836 couples divorced last year, up 1.4 percent from the previous all-time high of 285,911 in 2001. That amounted to 2.3 divorces for every 1,000 people in Japan, also a record and more than double die rate of 1.07 in 1975. Behind die rise is an increasing number of couples who are parting ways after having been mar- Tied for 20 years or more: They accounted for 15.7 percent of divorces in 2002, up from just 5.7 percent in 1975. Divorce was long seen as a social taboo in harmony-conscious . Japan. A popular term for a person who has been divorced once — "batsu ichi" — translates to "strike one." But that shame is slowly becoming a thing of the past, a trend attributed to changing values, including a growing rejection by women of sacrifices they were once expected to make in Japan's male-dominated society. 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