Monday, May 16, 2011

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 15 May 2011
Canadian International Sports Weather



The province of Manitoba has asked the federal government to send more soldiers to help fight flooding. The Canadian Forces personnel are needed to help protect communities from rising waters on Lake Manitoba, after a controlled release of water southeast of Portage la Prairie. About 150 homes are threatened by the deliberate flood, which is meant to take pressure off dikes downstream and save hundreds of homes in the region. The area is being monitored on land and by air 24 hours a day to identify anybreaks in the dikes. Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger says residents affected by the controlled flood will becompensated.


Arecount of votes in a riding in Quebec following Canada's federal election earlier this month has led to another victory for the New Democratic Party. In the recount, the NDP candidate, Francois Lapointe, was declared the winner over the Conservative Party candidate by just nine votes. The victory in the eastern riding of Montmagny-L'islet-Kamouraska-Riviere-du-Loup gives the NDP 103 seats in Parliament---a record high number for the party. The Conservative Party won its first majority government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper with 166 seats.


Rita Chretien has returned home to Penticton, British Columbia, to continue her recovery from a 49-day ordeal in the mountains of Nevada. Ms. Chretien and her husband, Albert, were traveling in their van through the mountains earlier this year when the vehicle became stuck. Her husband left on foot to get help and has not been seen since. Ms. Chretien was eventually found, hungry but alive. On Sunday, members of her congregation a the Church of the Nazarene prayed for her recovery and for the return of her husband. Up to 50 people were conducting an intensified search this weekend for Albert Chretien, but rescuers say that there is little chance that he survived.


U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano hopes that American border agents can improve border surveillance by getting access to 22 Canadian radar stations. The United States relies on one national radar network run by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Defense Department, bolstered by routine air patrols. Some U.S. government officials are worried about growing drug smuggling from Canada, where smugglers use small planes to fly across the border at low altitudes to prevent radar detection. The most popular smuggled drugs are marijuana and Ecstasy amphetamines. A new law requires the Obama administration to come up with an anti-drug strategy on the U.S.-Canada border by this summer. Increased enforcement along the Mexican border has made smuggling more challenging for criminal cartels using the major southern routes.


Jack Richardson, a Canadian record producer who worked with the Guess Who, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger and other music stars, died on Saturday. He was 81. Mr. Richardson retired four years ago after working as a professor of audio production at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, for more than 20 years.



NASA's next-to-last space shuttle flight is set to blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, tomorrow morning. Mission control gave the green light yesterday for the final voyage of Endeavour. NASA says an electrical problem in the shuttle's engine compartment that scrubbed the last scheduled launch has been repaired.


Palestinians staged violent protests in several parts of Israel on Sunday to mark what they call the day of catastrophe --- the day in 1948 when Israel became a state, forcing Palestinians from their homes. About one thousand Palestinian protesters from Syria crossed into the Golan Heights, one of several demonstrations at Israeli border points. Reports say that Israeli security forces killed four people and injured about 40 others.


A moderate earthquake struck the Chinese province of Sichuan on Sunday. The tremors measured five. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Three years ago, a strong earthquake in the region left 87,000 either dead or missing. China's government last week announced that almost all of the region's earthquake reconstruction projects had been completed. Government officials say that the cost of the projects was nearly 123 billion dollars*.


Swiss voters in Zurich have overwhelmingly rejected calls to ban assisted suicide. Eighty-five per cent voted in a referendum to maintain the right to stage assisted suicides. A large majority also voted against outlawing assisted suicide for foreigners. Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland as long as there is no benefit from a patient's death. But the government wants to discourage foreigners from traveling to Switzerland to commit suicide, a practice known as "suicide tourism."


Gunfire from Syria raked a crowd at a border crossing in northern Lebanon on Sunday, killing a woman and wounding five other people including a Lebanese soldier. The gunfire at Al-Boqayah crossing near the town of Wadi Khaled came as hundreds of Syrians fled violence in their homeland on foot into Lebanon. Sunday's shooting comes amid growing concerns that the upheaval from a two-month anti-government uprising in Syria is also causing unrest in Lebanon. More than 5,000 Syrians have fled the violence in the past weeks. Over 700 people are said to have died at the hands of security forces since demonstrators began taking to the streets to demand an end to the authoritarian regime of President Bashar al-Assad.


Police in Guatemala suspect that drugs gangs carried out the murder of27 people whose decapitated bodies were found on a farm on the Mexican border on Sunday. Among the victims were two women. The bodies were discovered at a farm in San Andres, some 500 kilometres north of the capital. Most murders in Guatemala go unsolved or unpunished. The United Nations created the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala in 2007. So far, several former senior officials and former police chiefs have been arrested and face prosecution by the Commission.


At least nine people were killed in suspected election-related violence in an indigenous community in southeast Mexico on Saturday. Authorities in Oaxaca state say the victims were ambushed by unidentified gunmen on a highway, as they headed to a political rally ahead of local elections. At least 10 people were injured in the incident which occurred near the town of Santiago Choapan, south of the state capital, Oaxaca. A mayoral election is planned for five municipalities in the region. A December election was annulled after four of the five regional townships were not allowed to vote and disputed the results.


A leaked UN report says North Korea and Iran appear to have been exchanging ballistic missile technology in violation of sanctions. The report, obtained by Reuters, said regular transfers had been taking place through a neighbouring third country, which was named by diplomats as China. The sanctions were imposed on Pyongyang by the UN after it conducted a series of nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. They ban all trade in nuclear and missile technology with North Korea. The Stalinist North is believed to have enough plutonium to make about six bombs, but is not thought to have developed a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.


Six people, most of them members of the same family, have been charged in the US with providing financial and material support to the Pakistani Taliban. U.S. authorities say the investigation was prompted by suspicious financial transactions. Three of the suspects are American citizens, including two imams at Florida mosques, while three remain at large in Pakistan. News of the arrests comes amid heightened tension in relations between Pakistan and the US following the US raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.


Japan says a visit to a Pacific island by Russia's Deputy Prime Minister is unacceptable. On Sunday, Sergei Ivanov travelled to Iturup, the Russian name for the northernmost island in the southern Kurile archipelago that's claimed by both Russia and Japan. Mr.Ivanov criticized the poor state of the airport, roads and living conditions on the island. Soviet troops occupied the four islands at the end of the Second World War. The islands haveremained under Russia's control, which has created tension between the two nations.


At least seven people have been injured in clashes in central Cairo. Reports say Christian demonstrators outside Egypt's state TV building were attacked overnight, with shots fired, petrol bombs thrown and cars set ablaze. The protestors were angered over attacks on two Coptic churches last weekend in which 12 people died. Coptic Christians make up 10 percent of Egypt's 80 million population and many complain of discrimination at the hands of the Muslim majority. The country has seen an increase in sectarian clashes since Hosni Mubarak was overthrown as president in a popular revolt last Winter.


The head of the British Armed Forces says NATO must broaden its range of bombing targets in Libya or run the risk of stalemate and leaving Libyan leader Muammar Gadafi clingingto power. In a newspaper interview, General David Richards suggests NATO should be able to attack Libya's infrastructure. He didnot elaborate. The western alliance is bombing Libya under a U.N. mandatethat authorizes force to protect civilians from attacks byGadhafi supporters. The bombing is mainly restricted to targets such as tanks and artillery.



The head of the International Monetary Fund is under arrest in New York in connection with an alleged sexual assault. Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been charged with committing a criminal sexual act, attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment. He was detained on Saturday after police removed him from a flight shortly before it was scheduled to depart for Paris. The charges stem from a statement made by a maid in the Manhattan hotel where Mr. Strauss-Kahn was staying. His lawyers say that he'll plead not guilty. Mr. Strauss-Kahn was once France's finance minister. He was widely expected to challenge Nicolas Sarkozy in the presidential election next year. The IMF says that its second-ranking official, John Lipsky, will serve as acting managing director. Mr. Strauss-Kahn's wife has expressed confidence that he will be cleared of all accusations.




The Toronto Rock beat the Washington Stealth on Sunday, 8-7, to claimed its sixth National Lacrosse League title. The game in Toronto marked the career finale for Bob Watson. The Rock goaltender is retiring after 15 years.


Jose Bautista hit three homers on Sunday to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins, 11-3. Toronto swept their three-game series.



Here is Canada's weather on Monday, May 16. British Columbia will have rain. The high temperature in Vancouver will be ten degrees Celsius. The Yukon: mainly sunny. Whitehorse, 17. Northwest Territories: sunny. Yellowknife, 20. Nunavut: snow flurries. Iqaluit, minus four. Alberta: sunny. Edmonton, 26. Saskatchewan: sunny. Regina, 21. Manitoba: sunny. Winnipeg, 23. Ontario: showers. Toronto: eight. Ottawa, six. Quebec: rain. Montreal, seven. New Brunswick: rain. Fredericton, nine. Nova Scotia: rain. Halifax, eight. Prince Edward Island: rain. Charlottetown, eight. Newfoundland: drizzle. St. John's, seven.

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