Sunday, March 6, 2011

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 5 March 2011
Canadian International Sports Weather


TORONTO: A steady rain is falling on Toronto and its surrounding regions on Saturday, threatening to break a record more than half a century old. A rainfall warning was in effect from Windsor in southern Ontario to Cornwall in northeastern Ontario. Up to 30 millimetres of rain was expected in Toronto. The city's previous record of 16 millimetres in one day was set on March 5, 1959. Toronto residents expressed concern about flooding.


TRIPOLI: Another Canadian military plane landed in Tripoli on Saturday to continue the evacuation of Canadians and other foreign nationals. It was not immediately known how many passengers boarded the plane, but at least nine Canadians debarked later that day in Malta. The plane also evacuated foreign nationals from the United States, United Kingdom, Ukraine and other countries. So far, about 340 Canadians have been transported out of Libya. The number of Canadians remaining in Libya is not known. Getting landing permission is difficult because of confusion on the ground. Canadians have been instructed to get to sea ports or airport evacuation points if they want to leave the country. A Canadian navy frigate, HMCS Charlottetown, is expected to arrive in Libya in several days to help in the evacuation and to offer humanitarian aid.

Canada announces New Zealand aid

OTTAWA: Canada is contributing 500-thousand dollars to New Zealand's global appeal fund following last month's earthquake. The fund will complement efforts by international groups such as the Red Cross. There was a bit of good news in New Zealand on Saturday. Searchers say no one died in the rubble of Christchurch's well-known cathedral. Officials had feared up to 22 people were trapped inside. Elsewhere in the city, the quake killed at least 165 people.

Diseased cow destroyed in Alberta

CALGARY: Mad cow disease has been detected in a dairy cow at an undisclosed farm in the Western prairie province of Alberta. It's the 18th detected case in Canadasince 2003. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the six-year-old cow has now been destroyed, and no part of the carcass entered the human or animal food chain. The farm where the cow was found is under quarantine. The Canadian Cattlemen's Industry says this latest case should not hurt exports of Canadian beef.


A strong aftershock shook Christchurch on Saturday, causing minor damage but no casualties. The tremor measuring 4.8 was felt less than a month after a powerful earthquake hit the city, killing at least 166 people and severely damaging many buildings.


Alberto Granado, the man who accompanied Ernesto 'Che' Guevara on an epic 1952 motorcycle trip has died. He died of natural causes at the age of 88 in Cuba, where he lived since 1961. An Argentine native, Mr. Granado wrote about his crossSouth America trip with Guevara in a book. The book along with Guevera's memoirs werethe basis for a popular film, The Motorcycle Diaries.


Alassane Ouattara will attend a meeting of African Union leaders in Ethiopia next week. The trip will mark the first time that Mr. Ouattara will leave the hotel where he has stayed under protective guard since he declared victory in the presidential election in November. The sitting president, Laurent Gbagbo, is refusing to leave office. Mr. Ouattara will attend a meeting on March 10 in Ethiopia's capital. A U.N. helicopter will be pick him up at the hotel. The United Nations says at least 365 people have been killed in the three-month-old conflict between supporters of the two rivals.


Shiites in Bahrain formed a human chain around the capital, Manama, on Saturday in the latest protest against the Sunni monarchy. No police were in sight as men and women held hands to encircle the city. A mass campaign to weaken the monarchy's hold on Bahrain has begun its third week. Seven protesters have been killed since the Shiites took their grievances to the streets. Bahrain's Shiite majority has been ruled for 200 years by a Sunni dynasty.


Media reports in Brazil say a bus and a truck collided in the southern state of Santa Catarina on Saturday. At least 25 people were killed. More than 20 others were seriously injured. The accident occurred as Brazil began celebrating its famous Carnival. Newspaper reports said the bus was carrying 47 passengers. Officials say the truck driver apparently lost control of his vehicle on a curve and slammed head-on into the bus.


Forces supporting Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi tried but failed on Saturday to take control of the city of Zawiyah away from rebels. Gaddafi forces used tanks and artillery to attack the strategic town about 50 kilometres from the capital, Tripoli. Rebels said that they repelled both attacks. One building was completely burnt. Rubble littered the centre. A local doctor said at least 30 people, mostly civilians, had been killed. At least 60 have died from two days of battles.


A member of ousted president Hosni Mubarak's government went on trial for corruption on Saturday. Former interior minister Habib al-Adly pleaded not guilty. He is the first person in Mr. Mubarak's government to face charges. Mr. Adly was arrested last month as part of a sweeping corruption investigation. Several other former ministers and senior members of Mr. Mubarak's National Democratic Party were also taken into custody. Saturday's hearing was adjourned to Apr. 2.


Demonstrations demanding that President Ali Abdullah Saleh resign continued in several key cities across Yemen on Saturday and several members of Mr. Saleh's ruling Congress Party resigned. The government has suspended classes at the universities in the capital, Sanaa, and the southern port city of Aden, which have been the focal points for daily demonstrations. The protesters are rallying on the main squares of Sanaa, Aden, and the cities of Taiz and Hadramawt. They are also demanding an investigation into the killing of four people during Friday's protest in the northern town of Harf Sofyan.



Two Iranian warships have passed through the Suez Canal back into the Red Sea. The two ships entered the Mediterranean last month sparking an outcry from Israel. Their initial passage was the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution that Iranian warships had entered the Mediterranean. Israel, which considers Iran its biggest threat, put its navy on alert during the flotilla's mission. Analysts say the deployment was an attempt by Iran to project its clout in the region at a time when anti-government protests sweeping the Arab world from Casablanca to Cairo are shifting the regional balance of power. The Suez Canal Authority said last month that ships of any nationality can pass through "as long as the country is not in a state of war with Egypt."


A court on Saturday adjourned until later this month the case of a police commando charged with murdering high-profile liberal Punjab governor Salman Taseer. Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri has been charged with terrorism and murder. Around 150 people rallied outside the Adiyala prison in the garrison town of Rawalpindi, where the hearing took place, chanting slogans in support of Mr. Qadri. Mr. Qadri has confessed to killing Taseer on Jan. 4 and said he objected to the politician's calls to reform the blasphemy law, which mandates the death sentence for those convicted of defaming the Prophet Mohammed. The killing of the reformist Taseer was the most high-profile political assassination in Pakistan since former prime minister Benazir Bhutto died in a gun and suicide attack in December 2007. On Wednesday, unknown attackers shot dead Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan's minority affairs minister who was also a vocal opponent of the blasphemy law.


Premier Wen Jiabao on Saturday pledged that China, the world's top emitter of greenhouse gases, would work harder to save energy and clean up the air as it revamps the economy over the next five years. He made the comment in a speech to open the annual session of China's parliament, or National People's Congress. The country will seek to reduce carbon emissions per unit of gross domestic product by 17 percent in the 2011-2015 period -- as part of its wider goal to reduce carbon intensity by at least 40 percent by 2020 from 2005 levels. Wen said China It will slash energy consumption per unit of GDP by 16 percent by 2015, and hopes to raise the percentage of non-fossil fuels in its energy mix by 11.4 percent from 8.3 percent last year, the premier said. Wen said the country had made "genuine progress in energy conservation, emissions reduction, ecological improvement and environmental protection" in the 2006-2010 period, and had "vigorously developed clean energy" technologies. Energy consumption per unit of GDP fell 19.1 percent over the past five years -- close to the original target of 20 percent, the premier said.



Andrei Rogozine has become the first Canadian to win the junior men's world figure skating champion since 1978. He captured the title on Saturday in Gangneung, South Korea. He landed seven triple jumps including one in combination and concluded the program with two double Axels. Keiji Tanaka of Japan was second and Alexander Majorov of Sweden was third.



Canadians Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil won their doubles match in Metepec, Mexico, on Saturday to give Canada a 2-1 lead over Mexico in their Davis Cup series. Raonic and Pospisil won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 over Luis Diaz-Barriga and Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela.


Friday's results: The New York Rangers defeated Ottawa 4-1 and Calgary defeated Columbus 4-3.


Friday's result: In a game played in London, England, New Jersey defeated Toronto 116-103.


Canada's Mike Weir needed a good finish at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach, FLA. to retain his PGA Tour card but wound up missing the cut after shooting a career-worst 85. Calgary's Stephen Ames goes into the weekend 11 shots back.


Here is Canada's weather on Sunday, March 6. British Columbia will be mainly sunny. The high temperature in Vancouver will be eight degrees Celsius. The Yukon: sunny. Whitehorse, minus 12. Northwest Territories: sunny. Yellowknife, minus 20. Nunavut: mainly sunny. Iqaluit, minus 22. Alberta: overcast. Edmonton, minus 14. Saskatchewan: variable cloudiness. Regina, minus 15. Manitoba: sunny periods. Winnipeg, minus 13. Ontario: mainly cloudy. Toronto: two. Ottawa, minus three. Quebec: snow. Montreal, four. New Brunswick: rain. Fredericton, eight. Nova Scotia: sunny periods. Halifax, five. Prince Edward Island: overcast. Charlottetown, seven. Newfoundland: sunny periods. St. John's, two.

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