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A2c THE VANCOUVER SUN. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3. 1999 .OFF THE FRONT. QUICK TAKES World & NAtion ; : anti-smoke drive .-: The Chretien goverSnlent is " considering a major aigtpok-ing offensive that couea as much as $132 million jsgll :- $'' mmmrnvim ,! CRASH KIN SHOCKHT Crash investigators shocked relatives by saying there was little hope of finding intact bodies from EgyptAir Flight 990. AI4 City & Region ARSONISTS TO PAY j . The Surrey school board will consider legal action to recoup the cost of a school that burned down Sunday, if it turns out that young arsonists are responsible for the blaze, board chairwoman Heather Stiiweff said Tuesday. BERTOLD from Al Ouster MARTIN from Al overturned on anneal Food '1 Bl m VERSATILE CAULIFLOWER It's one of the littlejsung star$ of the produce bins great,1 delicate flavour and packed with vitamins. Cauliflower deserves more attention than it gets. Today's recipes explore its wide possibilities. CI Insight messiah complex Pakistan's continual search for a saviour has led the popu lation to eschew democracy and embrace a series of military The federal government learned of his convictions only when a man to whom Bertold owed money back in Germany tracked him down here. Unable to collect the debt, the man informed Canadian authorities about his history and supplied investigators with German court documents. Bertold was ordered deported after a hearing, but that order was overturned Sept. 29 on ap-peal.when Justice Francis Mul-doon ruled that the German conviction h$d been sealed under tkatcountry'srehabuitation laws ajjd could not legally be made public? , Bertold 'argued that the man who had pursued the debt had , ransacked his house and stolen his court' papers. : Muldoon has ordered a new hearing for Bertold, saying the issue of the killing should not form parTof the new tribunal's decision.1 ' A date for the new hearing has tence, court He French border. "It started off with a joy ride" in a stolen car, Bertold testified, adding that he had a rifle. "Wehte'red. thefasitation'? and the gas station attendant was ! sitting.bemnd. the Counter and so v we entered, he definitely got ?, scared and he had an object in ' his hand And when we entered he threw the object in our direction," Bertold, told an immigra- tibn review panel, t. JTOne of the robbers! started , shooting a numberpf shots. One EBERHARD BERTOLD: Out-shot iya$ released by my rifle," he V side South Surrey home. sand. Ana we turned around I r t I '" I elusive European Cars Inc, company records show. ; A German prosecutor testified by phone from Stuttgart during one of Bertold's immigration hearings that Bertold is charged with declaring artificially low prices to German customs officers for the vehicles he bought and sold. In Germany, he had a company called EUCAR Autohandel GmbH, which went bankrupt" earlier this decade. In B.C., Eucar changed its name and became Barabas AutO Rental and Leasing. Manning decries lack of firm ' promises ;; topics in the budget by providing tax reduction for middle and low-income earners to help them raise their families. :A Reform leader Preston Man ning, who attended the commitni and tatf awayi And the next day I that defrauded the German gov- ; Kevin Robinson, operations ; tee meeting, said Martin gavd ia'ifrelpe at Barabas, told an im- ; taxpayers no concrete promises tnat the attendant actually got in unpaid duty and customs, court migration panel last year the , ot relief. x i j II. i, j: x j : j: j . i . aaa sss . rr killed, basically murdered by us.' ' The robbers were convicted of joint murder; and joint aggravated robbery. The older men got life in prison'tut Bertold then 19 and. kjHJwn as Wahler was treated as a juvenile under German law and given a 10-year sen- was fold. He has been indicted in that case, but he came to Canada before a trial could be held. Bertold moved to Canada around 1990 with his wife. Christ Bertold, and adopted her company did about $250,000 to $300,000 worth of business dur ingl997. - Bertold told an immigration" panel that some vehicles become ; available in North America be- To illustrate his complaints about tax levels, he waved a pay-stub from a Saskatoon mill" wright, whose deductions are-more than his take-home pay. This is an ordinary taxpayer, Li not yet been established. iBertold admitted to the 1977 scooting death of a gas-station attendant in Germany while fightjng the deportation proceeding in 1995. ' It was during the commission of an armed robbery with his brother and some criminal associates one of several robberies the young man had participated in that the man was shot in the town of Fyberg, near the had earlier convictions for rob- Dery and rraua.j surname, Christa told a deporta- ;fore being sold on the European Manning told the committee.'' tion hearing. She had become market, and customers would "His disposable income has consumed with the idea of rais-pay him a premium to purchase been cut by more than half.-; I jng and racing sled dogs, and the ;i the cars and ship them to Europe. What does the minister say to-i - -.1 i e ';.' -i-..M. 'w-i-s i.. i i l-- i- r pair puiiuaacu a icaui ui uugs-j wen, jJiiumg structures . mis worner wno s luuiung ioet rRefeased; afterj, 12 years, hft and raisedjthem on propertv-varyfrom country to country, real tax relief?" went re Texas, where he was hearlOQ Mile House.-- Island sortie vehicles are sold for While Martin agreed personal: sISfeJfcedM w '.They had a daughter, Isabefiap-lessin Nortlj America, making it ; taxes in particular must come for thefts Be Was down, he insisted Canadians', Germany because he had broken --hard applied for landed lmmiiOt' resale, 861 8314'.. .te-J'a'jneleM. b0gr&& ttt& ,! ' S'AMuldoon said a new hearing leaving ttecotintrjssTtefiffli- and the dogsthould not be told of (ihe iQernian"! ;uerman prosecutors auege " later moved to me Lower Mam- killing or customs evasion; and ' ; inar anomer coun snouia decide whether the Texas conviction can be considered that while in Germany b the ear ly 1990s, he participated in an automobile importation scheme land ?' i: ' ' In Surrey, he operated a vehicle dealership called Eucar Ex- INSTRUCTOR from Al strongmea A17 Business SWEETENED OFFER It's now Onex Corp.'s move in the high-stakes airline bidding War after Air Canada came back Tuesday with a sweetened , counter-proposal that boosts its buyback offer to its stockholders from $12 to $16 a share. Dl ; Entertainment gemini dreams j , When Swissair Flight 111 crashed into the waters off Nova Scotia last year, all of Cihada1, 5 heard about it from VarftouXferf1 own Gloria Macarenkd. The local CBC anchor is up for a.Gem-ini award, partly for her coverage of the Swissair disaster. C5 b: CART urged to reassess infield surfaces Sports 19VO jtoOl ; HIGH HOPES FOR , i I BUDROYALE Ladner's Jeffrey Sengara is at Florida's Gulfstream Park, hoping his horse Budroyale can complete the Longacres Mile-Breeders' Cup Classic double on Saturday. 1- F6 COPYRIGHT The contents of this newspaper are protected by copyright and may be used only for personal non-commercial purposes. All other rights are reserved and commercial use is prohibited. To make any use of this material you must first obtain .1 . - r i . e ine permission oi uie owner oi the copyright. For further infor mation, contact Susan 605-2318. Using pavement instead of grass would make it safer for drivers, teammate says. Empringham, who was Moore's driving instructor in 1990 at the Spenard David Racing School in Shannonville, Ont., and later became a teammate of Moore's within the Player's Racing organization, said CART needs to reassess its infield surfaces. After Moore spun off the track . in Fontana, at the Turn 2 exit h-driveirHeHo Castro-Neves, who followed Moore into the turn, said the Canadian lost control after hitting a bump in the middle of the race surface his car bfiJiflcjdP rss a grass infield, t .cafie airborne whent aijjgared tp meet a paved access road that cUt across the grass. k As his caf turned over, exposing the cockpit, Moore's Reynard struck an exposed concrete retaining wall with terrifying ve- l6citY:. .. . j "In this incident, and it s quite Oi 9VRff Ion hhlCtd?. agisi'oo 1MAM,frSN MANENVancouver Sun "ridfiUTE: GM Place employee' StevetVnn.Valks past a make- shift memorial for Greg Moore at finish line area for Vancouver Indy. example, grassy areas have been replaced by pavement, giving cars a hard surface to grip after they leave the race surface. common, you get on the grass What the extra asphalt costs in and it feels like you're speeding aesthetics is repaid in safety, up, fcmpnngham said. "In tnis case, he hits a road slightly elevated from the grass and it launches him upside down. If that whole area is paved, from track to wall, it's a different story." Empringham said that at Day-tona International Speedway, for Empringham said. He added that Formula One uses gravel pits in its run-off areas to slow cars before they hit retaining walls. "Certainly on road circuits, with sand traps and gravel traps, what Formula One did is incredible," Empringham said. "I don't think we've achieved that in CART. Hopefully this will make a lot of people sit down and take another look at how to make these things safer." Empringham's emotions ranged from sadness to frustra-, tion when he discussed Moore's crash. Of Castro-Neves' account of the bump on the speedway surface, Empringham said: "All these tracks have bumps. If you go around on a street car, you wouldn't feel it. At 200 miles an hour, it's a fairly significant bump. "You want to blame someone. At the same time, every driver thinks they're invincible. The risks are there when you do it But it hits so hard when it's someone you spent time with, someone you grew up with in the motorsports community." Empringham and Moore first met at the Spenard David school, where Empringham said he was blown away by the "gobs of talent" Moore possessed. He waseojmpre'ssed'byjjthe' to his father Ric, who put his car dealership at risk to finance the start of his Son's racing career, i Later, Ejnpringhamollowed , Mwreja &ndri,rer, in-JHuyepIs powerhouse Indy Lights team,?? "I was his first instructor-when he was just a boy," Empringham said. "He came to racing school at 15. Didn't even have a driver's licence. I watched him fulfil his dreams, achieve his dreams. His dad was his companion; they were inseparable. Together they went off to conquer racing. "He had many more years of being a hero. But he was just a kid, and he's missing out on other dreams in life, like being married and having kids. It's sad." Empringham will attend today's private memorial in Vancouver. don't mind paying for social ser vices. "We're not going to shortij change health care and education," he said. J ii The minister provided only the bare bones of government; planning but did announce that as of January 1 employment uk surance premiums will fall to: $2.40 per $100 of insurable earni ings from $2.55, a reduction that, will save employers and workers $1.2 billion next year, ij With private economists estk mating the surplus will ap-i proach $10 billion in 2001-2002,? and soar to $30 billion by 2004. 2005, Martin says it's time to broaden the public debate about) how to divvy up the money. S The figures include $3 billion in annual contingency padding1 as well as an "extra prudence"; amount that begins at $1 billion next year and climbs to $4 bil-" lion in five years' time in case the economy goes sour op there's a major disaster. Other- wise, it's used to pay down the debt Last year, the final surplus figA. ure.came in at $2.9 billion, the second surplus in a row and the first such back-to-back fiscal feat in almost 50 years. Employee kills in Xerox office CANADIAN PRESS i , j HONOLULU - A reclusive! Xerox copier repairman shot' and killed seven co-workers in his office building Tuesday, then surrendered after a five-! hour armed standoff. : Police believe Byran Uyesugi, a 15-year Xerox employee, went ) on the rampage after learning) he was about to be fired. Uyesugi, 40, fled in a company van, stopping in a residential neigh- bourhood. He exited the van to I surrender five hours later. i ARTHRITIS from Al sX Not enough published tests, UBC says IN TOUCH 1-200 Granville St., ' Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6C 3N3 EditOHJvehief: John Cruickshank 605-2319 Managing editor: Executive editor Patricia Graham Shelley Fralic 605-2452 605-2170 Chief news editor Nicholas Palmer 605-2167 Newsroom reception 605-2180 City Desk .60S2445 Newsroom tax line ...6052323 Library Infoline (9 a.m. to 3 p.m fees vary) 605-2607 Main switchboard (7:30 am 5 pm) .605-2111 Reader Sales and Service 24Hour automated service 605-7381; Outside the Lower Mainland -1-80O663-2662 ' Fax 605-2200 Classified 605-7355 72 PAGES i FOUNDED 1886 ;; I VOL.114 No. 153 Ojaycm Virtually mil yon n4 1 know. Monday's Daily 3 numbers , were 784. In the event of a discrepancy between these numbers and the official winning, numbers list, the latter shall prevail. commonly used drugs, is already covered by government drug insurance plans in Alberta and Quebec In a letter sent to pharmacists, doctors and the provincial government, the UBC group said Celebrex was licensed in Canada "before publication of any research evidence demonstrating safety and effectiveness. "It is unusual to obtain approval for a new drug without full publication of at least one relevant clinical trial,' according to the government-funded UBC group. But Dr. Alice Klinkhoff, medical director of the Arthritis Society's B.C. and Yukon division, said the 36 rheumatologists in B.C. discussed the UBC letter at their re-, cent annual meeting "and not one of us agreed with them." .. "Those 6f us in medical practice are hearing and seeing the evidence at international meetings 1 and anyone who needs it and can afford it is taking it," she said. The drug costs between $2.50 to $4.50 a day, depending on dosage. Klinkhoff added that the UBC letter gives the provincial government an "excuse not to pay for it." Pharmacare spokesman Jeff Gaulin responded: "As with any drug, Pharmacare acts on the recommendation and relies on the informed opinion of the Therapeutics Initiative to determine if the drug is safe and effective. "In this case, the application for coverage of the drug did not meet the criteria because there was insufficient published data to support the manufacturer's claims. If and when there is more published data, we can review the matter again," Gaulin said ' Health Canada spokesman Eric ( Morin disputed the UBC group's claim that there was something unusual about the Celebrex approval process. The federal government : approved the drug last spring . based on research trial reports that found the drug to be safe and effective, Morin said adding there is no requirement that research data be published prior to approval. The UBC researchers say that without sufficient published evidence, it is impossible to assess whether the drug is better than other pills like A.S.A., Tylenol, ibuprofen and naproxen when used for the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Celebrex is said by its marketers to be as effective as the old-fashioned drugs while having far fewer side effects such as ulcers and gastrointestinal tract bleeding. An estimated 1,500 Canadians die from such complications each year. Dr. Jim Wright, managing director of the Therapeutics Initiative, said he and his colleagues were frustrated that the research published so far was too brief to reach a conclusion about it. Asked if his message that Health Canada took the unusual route of approving the drug before publication of at least one clinical trial wasn't a little misleading and alarming, Wright said: "If it sounds alarming, I apologize." But he later added "We don't be-, lieve we made a mistake. Health Canada may have had the information, but it hasn't been made available to us since the pharmaceutical companies consider it proprietary information." Dr. Chris Yardley, director of medical and scientific affairs for Celebrex manufacturer Searle Canada, denied that, saying the same 300-page clinical report sub mitted to Health Canada was also forwarded to the provincial drug plans to help them decide whether to pay tor the drug. "There is lots of published data on Celebrex and eight more papers have been accepted for publi cation lat an as-yet undetermined date in peer-reviewed journals," he said. Yardley said Health Canada approval for Celebrex was based on 52 studies involving 13,000 patients. ; Since Celebrex was approved, the drug has been racking up higher sales figures than any other new drug, including the impotence drug Viagra. According to IMS Health, which monitors drug sales, in the first three months of availability at pharmacies, 428,400 prescriptions for Celebrex worth $20.7 million were filled, eclipsing the previous new-drug record, set by Viagra, of 178,400 worth $13.3 million in the same amount of time. Klinkhoff said there is a consensus among arthritis experts that Celebrex is as effective as other anti-inflammatory drugs when used for osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, and the risk of ulcers and other gastrointestinal complications can be reduced by as much as 50 per cent with the new drug. The drug should not, however, be used by people with allergies to sulfa drugs or A.S.A. 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