The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 27, 2001 · Page 5
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THE SALINA JOURNAI WORLD FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2001 AB • JAPANESE GOVERNMENT New leader forms Cabinet Japan's newly elected minister fills posts with committed reformers ByJOJI SAKURAI The Associated Press TOKYO — After being elected prime minister, Juniciiiro Koizumi wasted no time Tliurs- day surpassing expectations of change, installing a Cabinet that includes a record five women — all in key posts — and filling his roster with committed reformers. Makiko Tanaka of women on Koizumi's team, given the crucial portfolio of foreign minister at a time of bumpy ties with the U.S and Japan's Asian neighbors. KOIZUMI Koizumi, who was elected I3rime minister by parliament aher winning a ruling party nlandate for change, also put Women at the helm of the ministries of justice, transport, health and education. That represents almost a third of the Cabinet in a nation where women represent only one-tenth of lawmakers and where only a few have made it to the top of corporations. "It's a revolutionary Cabinet," Tanaka said. As foreign minister, she will have to ease ties with Asian nations angry about Japan's recent approval of a history textbook written by nationalists. Relations with Washington have also been hurt by the submarine accident off Hawaii that killed nine Japanese. Koizumi spent his first day in office polishing his reformist credentials. He snubbed the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's biggest clique, giving only two, relatively low-profile posts to its members. "There are forces that are against reform, but I'll fight hard for it from the very beginning," Koizumi said. After hearing of the fresh faces in the new government, many people abandoned the cynicism that has prevailed in recent years. "I've been secretly supporting him since he announced his candidacy," said Miki Yokokawa, 22. "When he left his faction, I thought maybe we can trust him." But experts were more cautious, Many wondered if Koizumi's team has the experience, resilience and cunning to change the LDP from within. "The LDP is such a formidable burieaucratic system," said Shigenori Okazaki, a political analyst at UBS Warburg, "Can this young Cabinet really challenge the bureaucrats? Can they challenge the senior politicians?" While rallying behind the new leader in public, the old guard was almost certain to be plotting revenge, Okazaki said. And if they have fared dismally at winning the public's trust, the LDP's conservatives have honed the art of putting up a hard — and reputedly underhanded — fight. Koizumi needs to produce results fast, because failure in parliamentary elections in July is widely seen as the only excuse LDP conservatives need to dislodge him. The new leader gained power on the back of a stunning groundswell of support among grass-roots LDP members who forced his election as their leader in the party's presidential ballot Tuesday • FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE Baby calf inspires new policy Britain's officials will stop ordering death of healthy animals By The Associated Press LONDON — Phoenix, a cuddly and photogenic calf, was credited with bringing a change of heart by the British government Thursday after more than 2 million farm animals were slaughtered to stop foot-and-mouth disease. The decision to stop killing apparently healthy animals followed fVont-page pictures Wednesday of the winsome white calf, who somehow survived the slaughter on a Devon farm and was discovered after lying beside her dead mother for five days. "It is only because it is a baby calf that the media has got hold of it. If that had been a cow, they wouldn't have been Interested," said Jeff Bell, a farmer in Cumbria whose cattle were slaughtered Wednesday Cumbria, like Devoij, has been hit hard by the epidemic. "There is an election looming up and they didn't want this to go on, that is quite obvious that's vyhat is going on," Bell said on British Broadcasting Corp. radio. Agriculture Minister Nick Brown, who officially confirmed the new policy Thursday, long after the government had leaked the news, said he was simply giving authorities the discretion to spare some cattle on farms adjacent to infected farms if they were confident there was no danger of infection. Such changes, he said, were the result of the government's success in getting control of the disease. When Phoenix, who was born April 13, was discovered, owners Philip and Michaela Board refused to allow officials to return to slaughter the calf. The story quickly moved to newspaper front pages. "It is brilliant, fantastic. We were not sure we were going to get anywhere, but we thought she deserved a chance and we v/ould go for It," Michaela Board said after hearing the government's new policy The Boards' livestock were killed because the disease had struck a nearby farm. The government pursed a draconian policy of killing every cow, pig and sheep on farms around infected sites in Devon and Cumbria, which had by far the greatest number of Britain's nearly 1,500 confirmed cases. More than 2 million animals have been slaughtered since the first foot-and-mouth. case was confirmed Feb. 20. But opposition lawmakers joined in accusing the image- conscious government of Prime Minister Tony Blair of being swayed by the photographs of Phoenix. "There is that little inkling of suspicion that Mr Alastair Campbell (Blair's chief spokesman) took one look at this calf on the front pages of the newspapers — happily christened Phoenix — and thought this would be a wonderful metaphor for the whole recovery of the countryside and the defeat of this epidemic and perhaps the timing has a little bit to do with those pictures," said Conservative lawmaker David Curry BRIEFLY Ethiopian plane hijaclced to Sudan ••KHARTOUM, Sudan — Nine university students armed with hand grenades and pistols seized an Ethiopian plane with at least 50 passengers on board and diverted it to Khartoum Thursday, state- run Sudan television reported. The hijackers, students at Ethiopia's Addis Ababa University, demanded meetings with U.S. and British diplomats in Sudan, the report said. A committee set up by the giovernment was negotiating With the hijackers, Ghazi Salah el-Din Atabani, Sudan's minister of information, told Sudanese television. Atabani refused to provide any details about the hijackers, saying only they "appear to be Ethiopian." The Antonov 12 aircraft originated in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and was heading to northern Ethiopia when the hijackers seized the plane, the TV report said. It landed at Khartoum airport at 6:20 p.m. Paiestinians honor four in mass funerai JERUSALEM — Thousands of Palestinians marched in a funeral procession in Gaza Thursday, blaming Israel for the bombing death of four activists, as police and soldiers guarded picnic spots on Israel's independence day Dozens of masked gunmen fired rifles in the air as Palestinians carried the bodies, covered with white sheets because of mutilation from the explosion, through the town of Rafah. About 8,000 people walked alongside, shouting anti-Israel slogans and burning Israeli and American flags. The four, including Ramdan Azam, leader of the Popular Resistance group, were killed Wednesday when a bomb went off near the Gaza-Egypt bor- d,er. • At the funeral', Palestinians said the blast was an Israeli operation aimed at killing the group members. They said the bomb was planted in a concrete block used to mark the border with Egypt. Palestinians say since violence erupted Sept. 28, Israel has targeted and killed at least 15 other Palestinian activists. Court extends l\1ilosevic's detention : BELGRADE, Yugoslavia — A Belgrade court has extended Slobodan Milosevic's detention for two months because of fears the former president could flee abroad, Serbian state television said Thursday Milosevic, who was arrested April 1 on suspicion of corruption and abuse of power during his rule, was initially ordered detained for one month, while the case was being investigated. Under Yugoslav law, a one- month detention can be extended for up to six months be- fbre charges are filed. Serbian Television, citing unidentified sources from Belgrade's District Court, said the court extended the detention two more months "fearing the possibility that Milosevic could flee the country or influence potential witnesses." From Wire Service Reports New Prod -U -ct and. Sliowrootn Updates At Orr's Furniture City, we are constantly striving to keep our inventory and showrooms on the cutting edge of fashion here in the midwest. With this m mind we have recendy decided to update our main floor showroom which includes the Lane Gallery, Winners Only Gallery, casual wood dining area and our mattress department. This update will be both the products on the floor and the showrooms themselves. Consequently the decision has been made to immediately commence an inventory liquidation of all products in the following categories: all Lane recliners, motion sofas and loveseats, sleepers, Lane leather groups, motion sectionals, all Winners Only home office products,- all casual wood dining and clinettes, all coordinating occasional table groups, curios, grandfather clocks and all bedding products. In addition to these main floor showroom products we are also liquidating Samuel Lawrence bedrooms, Riverside livinE rooms and a variety of Thqmasville bedrooms and formal dinin Lane Velvet Recliner List $499 !Sale $196 -1-1 lt ,l Thomasville Celebrity Bed T^yin$l98 set Full $228 set Queen $288 set King $398 set Lane Reclining Sectional List $3,636 Sale $1,488 • Oak 5 piece Dining Set List $599 Sale $277 Iwin, lull, QuLLii Slocpti Your Choice ol size List $999 Sale $398 Twill Si/c M,utrtss List $149 Sale $59 .....4J^^V ' Mastercraft Leather Sofa List $2,800 Sale $888 Lane Leather Sofa List $1,890 Sale $897 Lane Leather Sofa List $2,340 Sale $988 Lane Leather Sofa List $2,520 Sale $1,098 Lane Leather Sofa List $2,340 Sale $988 ' t% Lane Redining Leather Sofa List $1,980 Sale $925 5pc Oaic Dining Set List $925 Sale $462 Riverside Sofa List $828 Sale $396 Lane Reclining Sofa List $1,674 Sale $688 LaCrosse Sofa List $1,134 Sale $425 Lane Reclining Loveseat List $1,440 Sale $488 Queene Anne Tables List $306 Sale $98 Cherry Rice Carved Bed Queen Size List $1,249 Sale $544 Lane Reel. Sectional List $3,312 Sale $1,398 Thomasville Dresser, Mirror Cliest, Queen Headboard List $2,995 Sale $1,488 Tliomasville Dresser, Mirror Ciiest, Queen Headboard List $3,895 Sale $1,588 7 Piece Oak Dining Set List $1,465 Sale $648 Grandfather Clock Cable Driven List $2,159 Sale $996 Grandfather Clock Cable and pulley weights List $2,099 Sale $877 Cocktail Table or End Table List $720 Sale $298 Six Months No Payments and No Interest Financing Available \yith approved application OER'S FUKNITUEE CFTY Phone ToU Free 518 Lincoln Ave. 1-888-557-5865 P.O. Box 23 email: orrs@kansas.net Downtown Clay Center Opeh Weeknights Til 7 p.m. Saturday 10 -5 Sunday 1 -5

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