Monday, June 6, 2011

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 5 June 2011
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Monday will tour the areas of the Richelieu River in Quebec that have suffered flooding for the past month. His visit follows regional tours by Quebec premier Jean Charest and by Defence Minister Peter Mackay. Hundreds of homes and sections of highway along the river were flooded. Canada's military helped residents to build sandbag dikes. Water is expected to start receding slowly on Monday. Thousands of volunteers have agreed to help with the massive cleanup following the floods, but the task is expected to continue for many months.


Mail service in Montreal will be disrupted on Monday as the postal workers' rotating strike extends for the first time to the province of Quebec. The labour strike began on Friday in Winnipeg, Manitoba, then moved to Hamilton, Ontario over the weekend. Postal workers are holding temporary strikes in selected cities to pressure Canada Post to sign a new contract. Canada Post says that so far the strike has caused minimal delays in mail delivery. Contract negotiations continue, but with little progress. Canada Post says that revenue has decreased because people are using e-mail and other forms of delivery. The postal workers' union is seeking better wages and other benefits.


Residents in the Montreal suburb of Dorval are hoping a ban on their tap water will be liftedon Sunday. The ban has been in place since Fridaywhen a worker accidentally connected a pipe from a fire prevention reservoir to a drinking water pipe. City officials say they've conducted several tests that show the water is not contaminated. But they're waiting for more results before lifting the ban which has affected about 19,000 people.


Thirty years ago, doctors publically identified the first patient with AIDS. While there's been much progress managing the disease, there is still no cure.American physicianMichael Gottliebwas the among firstresearchers to identify AIDS as a new disease. He says the general public has become too complacent about AIDS and HIV, the virus that causes it. It wasn't until 1996 that drugs were discovered that could block HIV from replicating in the body, allowing many people to live despite being HIV positive. The disease has claimed more than 25 million lives around the globe. In Canada, the number of people living with HIV is going up. According to the Public Health Agency, everyeight hours, another Canadian contracts HIV.



Israeli troops opened fire on pro-Palestinian demonstrators from Syria on Sunday. Syrian state television reports that more than 20 people were killed and several others were wounded, but the report could not be verified independently. The protest march on the Golan Heights marked the anniversary of the start of the 1967 mideast war in which Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza. Protesters ignored Israeli warnings not to cross the border.


President Ali Abdullah Salehis expected toreturn to Yementhis week from Saudi Arabia, where he is being treated inRiyadh forinjuries sustainedin a rocket attack on the presidential palace last week. Yemen's military blames al Qaeda for the attack which left seven people dead and several other senior ministers injured. Yemen's acting president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has takencommand of the armed forces and security services. But it remains unclear whether Mr. Saleh will return. The president has faced nationwide protests for the past four months butsteadfastly refused to step down.In recent day,there have been clashes between Saleh supporters and armed tribesmen.Violent incidents have broken out in several areas including the capital, Sanna, where two people were reported killed and a dozen others injured.Thousands of Yemenisare begun celebrating what they hope is the president's permanent departure.


A explosion ripped through a street in the centre of the Kenyan capital Nairobi today, injuring dozens of people. Prime Minister Raila Odinga visited the scene of the blast but declined comment on whether it was accidental or the result of a bomb. In December, three people were killed in a grenade attack on a bus from the Ugandan capital Kampala, which police blamed on the Somali Islamist Shebab group.


Hong Kong police said Sunday they arrested 53 people for illegal assembly after a candlelight vigil attended by tens of thousands of people to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrators. A police statement said the 53 were detained because they marched to another site following the end of the vigil on Saturday and then refused to disperse after midnight. Television news footage showed a tense standoff between a large number of police and about 200 protesters, some of whom were later forcibly removed and carried into police trucks after scuffling with police. Such arrests are rare in Hong Kong. The former British colony was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 but it retains a semi-autonomous status with civil liberties -- including the right to protest -- which is not enjoyed in mainland China.


Tens of thousands of people attended an outdoor mass elebrated by Pope Benedict in the Croatian capital, Zagreb. The pontiff denounced what he called the "disintegration" of family life in Europe. And he reaffirmed the Catholic Church's teaching on abortion and traditional family values. Croatia is nearly 90 per cent Catholic, but it allows some legal rights for same-sex couples and permits abortion up to 10 weeks after conception. It's Benedict's first papal visit to Croatia, an overwhelmingly Catholic country that's poised to soon join the 27-member European Union


Unofficial results in Portugal's election on Sunday shows that Social Democrats will form the next government, unseating the Socialists. According to one exit poll. the Social Democratic Party collected between 38 and 42 per cent over the vote compared with about 25-29 per cent for the Socialists. The Social Democrats have promised to bring in a severe austerity program to help deal with Portugal's huge national debt.


Voters in Peru are going to the pollsin a closely fought presidential second-round run-off. They face a choice of Keiko Fujimori, daughter of jailed former-president Alberto Fujimori, and Ollanta Humala, one-time ally of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.At least ten percent of the electorate have said they will not bother to cast ballots.Opinion polls indicate that the outcome is too close to call. Ms. Fujimori supports free-market economic policies, a tough approach to crime and has promised help for the country's poor. Critics say her only aim is to secure a pardon for her father. Mr. Humala, a leftist, staged a short-lived rebellion against Alberto Fujimori in 2000 and narrowly lost to Alan Garcia in the last presidential election in 2006. The winner will succeed Alan Garcia, who cannot stand for a second term.




Two separate bomb attacks in northwestern Pakistan killed at least 24 people on Sunday. Militants had vowed to take revenge for the death of a major al-Qaeda commander, Ilyas Kashmiri, in a U.S. drone missile strike in South Waziristan on the Afghan border. The death toll in the latest attacks could rise as many of those wounded were in critical condition.


Portuguese voters are electing a government that will lead the nation through a period of deep austerity and recession after it received a multi-billion dollar bailout from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. The election follows a period of political and financial turmoil that began with the collapse of the Socialist government in March and led Lisbon to become the third country in the euro zone to seek a financial bailout after Greece and Ireland. Portuguese citizens now face higher taxes, deep spending cuts on social programs and the country's highest unemployment rate - at 12.5 percent - in three decades. Late opinion polls show voters are expected to reject caretaker Prime Minister Jose Socrates in the snap ballot and turn to opposition centre-right Social Democrat Pedro Passos Coelho.



At least 70 people were injured when Indian police used tear gas Sunday to disperse an estimated 10,000 followers of the country's most celebrated yoga guru, Baba Ramdev. The protestors had been gathering at a site in New Delhi where Ramdev had set up camp to continue a hunger strike he said would end in his death if the government continued to refuse to implement his anti-corruption proposals. Ramdev has wide support from right-wing Hindu groups across India, which has seen many corruption scandals involving government bureaucrats. One of Ramdev's proposals suggests the death sentence be handed to any corrupt minister. He says despite the police action he'll continue his fast.


NATO says a coalition helicopter has crashed in eastern Afghanistan, killing two on board. Their nationalities have not been released. The alliance says the cause of the crash is being investigated but adds there were no reports of insurgent activity in the area when the aircraft went down. The Taliban claimed one of their fighters had shot the helicopter down, in the Sabari district of Khost province, with a shoulder-fired rocket. Sabari residents said the helicopter crashed in flames in a mountainous area.


China's Defence Minister Liang Guanglie has tried to ease fears about Beijing's military ambitions after accusations from smaller regional nations that the Communist government is behaving like a bully in the South China Sea. The minister spoke at an annual security forum in Singapore stressing that democracy in international relations and respect for each other's core interests are necessary to ensure "lasting peace, harmony and stability". He said despite his country's hughe economic growth it will never become a military threat nor will it threaten any nations. Mr. Liang is the first Chinese defence minister to attend the meetings, known as the Shangri-La Dialogue. The Philippines and Vietnam both accuse China of intimidating acts in the disputed Spratly and Paracel island groups in the South China Sea.


A Syrian rights group says the death toll from a military operation in a northern town has reached 25. Rami Abdul-Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the deaths occurred in the town of Jisr al-Shughour and included four policemen. He says the operation is part of a crackdownthat began on Saturday. The state-run news agency SANA said Sunday four policemen were killed and more than 20 wounded in the area when "armed terrorist" groups attacked government buildings and police stations.




Canada's Paula Findlay won the Madrid elite women's triathlon on Sunday. She also won the first two events of the season. Helen

Jenkins of Great Britain was second and France's Emmie Charayron came in third.



In the National Hockey League, the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Boston Bruins in the second game of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night. Vancouver leads the series two games to none.



The Toronto Blue Jays beatBaltimore on Sunday, 7-4.



Here is Canada's weather on Monday, June 6. British Columbia will be sunny. The high temperature in Vancouver will be 21 degrees Celsius. The Yukon: overcast. Whitehorse, 14. Northwest Territories: sunny. Yellowknife, 14. Nunavut: clearing skies. Iqaluit, four. Alberta: sunny periods. Edmonton, 18. Saskatchewan: variable cloudiness. Regina, 21. Manitoba: sunny. Winnipeg, 23. Ontario: sunny. Toronto: 28. Ottawa, 26. Quebec: sunny periods. Montreal, 25. New Brunswick: showers. Fredericton, 18. Nova Scotia: fog. Halifax, 19. Prince Edward Island: drizzle. Charlottetown, 16. Newfoundland: cloudy. St. John's, 15.

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