Monday, June 27, 2011

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 26 June 2011
Canadian International Sports Weather


Mail service that was halted across Canadafor the past two weeks was expected toresumeby Wednesday.Canada Post locked out its 48,000 union members after they held a series of rotating strikes to back contract demandsthat included better wages, and improved working conditions and pension benefits. Members ofCanada's parliament passed the Conservative Party government's back-to-work legislation lateon Saturdaynight. Opposition parties, led by the New Democratic Party, had stalled the government's attempt to introduce the bill by continuing debate for 58 hours. The back-to-work legislationwas debatedon Sunday inthe Senate,wherethe bill was expected to be passed by the end of the day, opening the way for the legislation to go into effect.


A Canadian soldier who died of non-combat injuries in Afghanistan on Saturday has been identified as Master Corporal Francis Roy. He was a member of Canada's special forces regiment. He died while on hissecond overseas deployment. His body was discovered at a forward operating base in Kandahar city. Military police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death. Corporal Roy is the the 157th Canadian to die during Canada's Afghan mission. Canada's 2,800 soldiers in Afghanistan will withdraw next month, almost ten years after the mission began.


A Canadian government database of accidents reveals numerous incidents of drunk or drugged truckers hauling dangerous cargoes. The statistics obtained by the Canadian Press through Access to Information laws show that the impaired state of the truckers was at the root of hundreds of fatal accidents over the past 20 years. The crash reports reveal that thousands of people who transport dangerous cargo are either working while impaired or not taking enough care on Canada's roads and rails. Government officials record accidents in the Dangerous Goods Accident Information System when a spill or leak poses a danger to human health, property or the environment. The Canadian Press analysis found that some of the reasons for crashes include sleeping drivers, carelessness and negligence, speeding and handling cargo the wrong way. Canada has no drug- and alcohol-testing requirement for transport workers.


The Canadian mining company, Bear Creek Mining Company, is vowing to use all means to keep open its silver mine in the mountains of southeastern Peru. Peru's authorities suspended the company's concession on Saturday following deadly protests by anti-mining demonstrators. At least five protesters were killed on Friday when riot police fired on demonstrators who tried to take control of the airport in Juliaca, in Puno province. The demonstrators fear that mines pollute waterways and offer few local benefits. Bear Creek says that the government's decree is illegal since the company has complied with Peruvian law. Bear Creek's head, Andrew Swarthout, says that his company will challenge the decree under Peruvian law and under provisions of the Canada-Peru Free Trade Agreement.


The police movie, 'Dabangg,' won the best picture award at the International India Film Awards in Toronto on Saturday night. About twenty-two thousand people attended the awards show at the Rogers Centre, capping three days of festivities. Ontario has the second-largest Indian diaspora in the world, topping 600,000. Many stars of India's cinema were in attendance including Shah Rukh Khan, Anil Kapoor and the Deol family. Launched in 2000 at the Millennium Dome in London, the annual IIFA awards have been held in 11 cities around the world. The Toronto event was the first time IIFA was held in North America.


A raucous demonstration was held at the Ontario legislature Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the G20 summit in Toronto. Civil rights and labour groups at the so-called Freedom Festival called for the Canadian government to hold a public inquiry into police actions during the summit. More than 1100 people were detained during the event, most later released without charge.Thirty-nine protesters said they were injured during the arrests.


Hundreds of people in the Gatineau region in western Quebec are cleaning up after the area was hit by heavy rain over the past two days. On Saturday, a road holding back a creek near the Gatineau River suddenly washed away, flooding a number of streets. Residents were ordered out of the area. All but one family have now returned. Quebec's Richelieu River area, southeast of Montreal, suffered its worst flooding in over a century this spring. An estimated 3,000 people were forced from their homes during the five week period of flooding.



One of the best-known structures in Canada, the CN Tower in Toronto, marked its 35th anniversary on Sunday. The tower---once the tallest free-standing structure in the world---attracts more than 1.5 million visitors a year.



Large public demonstrations were held in Morocco on Sunday both for and against a proposed constitution. King Mohammed VI announced a new constitution earlier this month in reaction to unprecedented nationwide protests for greater freedoms. He's promised a constitutional monarchy and more democracy. But pro-reform demonstrators continued their protests in Rabat, saying that the king is promising too little. Supporters of the government organized their own demonstrations, blocking the reform march with the help of police. Activists reported brief scuffles and some injuries. The constitution will be voted in a referendum next week.


Three bombs exploded in the northeastern city of Maiduguri on Sunday, killing 25 people and wounding 12 others. The bombs targeted outdoor beer gardens. Maiduguri is about 870 kilometres from Nigeria's capital, Abuja. Police blamed a group known locally as Boko Haram. The group recently carried out an attack on the nation's police headquarters in Abuja that killed at least 22 people.


Syrian troops pushed towards the Lebanese border on Sunday as they pressed a deadly crackdown on dissent in central towns, where gunfire rattled overnight, The latest violence in the town of Kseir, near the flashpoint city of Homs, forced "hundreds" of people to flee over the border into Lebanon. The exodus came as Turkey, where some 12,000 Syrians have already taken refuge in recent weeks, scrambled to build a border tent city to accomodate a possible new influx of refugees. On Saturday at least 10 civilians were killed by security forces during house-to-house raids and at funerals held for those killed in Friday's rallies. On Monday, dissidents plan a conference in Damascus to discuss how to resolve the crisis. Protests against the authoritarian regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began over three months ago. Activists say more than 1,300 demonstrators have been killed by security forces and government supporters since the unrest broke out.


Israel is threatening to bar international journalists from the country for years if they board ships attempting to breach the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. A flotilla of Gaza-bound ships is due to set sail as soon as this week. Israel describes the act as a dangerous provocation and an international violation of Israeli law. Israel imposed the blockade in 2007, after Hamas overran Gaza. Israel eased a land blockade after a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla last year. The naval blockade remains intact.


Activists from cities across Spain have begun a symbolic march toward Madrid to show their anger over the state of the economcy. The protestors plan to arrive in the capital next month. Spain has experienced a two-year recession which has left the country with an unemployment rate of 21 percent. For those under the age of 30, the rate has jumped to 35 percent. The government has had to introduce austerity measures to reduce the deficit.


Six mountain climbers have been found dead in the French Alps. Officials say it appears that they perished in an avalanche on Saturday. A hiker found their bodies on the Neige Cordier summit at an altitude of 2,700 meters. The victims were climbing roped together in two groups. There was no word on their nationalities.


Flights between Australia and New Zealand are resuming after a five-day suspension of services caused by volcanic ash from Chile. Ash plumes from Chile's Puyehue volcano travelled all the way to Australia and New Zealand two weeks ago, forcing hundreds of flights to be cancelled. Some normalcy was restored a few days later but the ash came back last week, forcing many cancellations as of Wednesday. Air travel between Chile and Argentina and Uruguay is still being disrupted. The Puyehue eruption was the first since l960.


Somalia has pardoned six foreigners who had been convicted of illegally carrying millions of dollars into the country with the intention of paying pirate ransoms. They are believed to be three Britons, an America and two Kenyans detained late last month. The six had been sentenced to 15 years in jail and fines of $15,000 each. They were also fined $100,000 for the two planes which they'll be allowed to fly out of the country. The ransom money, said to be $3.6 million, has been forfeited. Maritime piracy costs the global economy up to $12 billion annually. It has spawned numerous private security businesses offering armed protection for ships and ransom deliveries, which are often dropped onto hijacked ships from light aircraft.


Speculation about the health of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez continues. The president underwent surgery two weeks ago in Cuba for what the authorities described as a pelvic abscess. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said on Friday that the president is engaged in what he called a "great battle" for his health. The last public comment from the 56 year old Chavez was June 12th when he called Venezuelan state media from Cuba to tell them he was recovering quickly and that tests had shown no signs of malignancy. Opposition politicians say it's unconstitutional for Mr. Chavez to govern from abroad. There's been no word on when he will return home.


One of China's most prominent prisoners of conscience, Hu Jia, returned home Sunday after completing a jail term for subversion. Mr Hu, 37, served a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence and the term had been due to end today. Correspondents report a a heavy police presence outside Mr Hu's Beijing home, indicating he is under some form of house arrest. Last week Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was released after spending several months in jail. Mr. Ai's detention prompted global condemnation and a campaign for his freedom. Officials said he had confessed to tax evasion offences. Reports indicate that under terms of their release neither dissident is allowed to speak to the media for a period of one year.


Tens of thousands of protestors have taken to the streets of major cities in Yemen to demand that the president's sons and other aides leave the country. The protesters also called for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step aside after nearly 33 years in power. Saleh is in Saudi Arabia for medical treatment after being badly wounded when his compound was attacked earlier this month. His son, Ahmed Saleh, 42, commands the elite Republican Guard. The 42 year old was at one-time the heir apparent to his father. His military unit has played a key role in protecting the regime since pro-democracy protests erupted in February. His brother Khaled is an army commander.


Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has warned Armenia that their war is not over yet and says Azeri forces are ready to take back the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh. The territory was seized from Azerbaijan in the 1990s by Armenian separatist forces backed by Yerevan. He made the comment during a military parade in Baku, two days after talks aimed at resolving the dispute fell apart. Six thousand troops marched in Sunday's parade, accompanied by tanks, armoured cars and rocket launchers, as fighter planes and combat helicopters roared overhead and warships lined up in the nearby Caspian Sea bay.


The Afghan government says an eight-year-old girl has been killed after insurgents used her in a bomb attack. The interior ministry said insurgents gave the girl a package and told her to take it to a police vehicle in Uruzgan province. They detonated the explosives as she approached. No one else was killed in the incident which happened a day after a suicide bombing targetted a hospital in the east of the country, leaving 38 people dead. Dozens of people were injured. Old people, pregnant women, children and hospital staff were among the casualties. The Taliban denied responsiblity. But officials in Logar province say militants warned locals of retribution if they housed or joined the Afghan security forces. Officials described the attack as the deadliest on a medical facility since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.




Canada's women's team lost to Germany, 2-1, on Sunday in Berlin in the opening round of the FIFA women's world cup. Canada's captain Christine Sinclair scored for Canada, launching a free kick into the top right corner of the net.


Canadians Dave Calder and Scott Frandsen rowed to victory in the 2000-metre men's pair on Sunday at the Holland Beker Regatta in Amsterdam.


The Toronto Blue Jays beat the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, 5-0, in inter-league play.


Filly Inglorious won the first jewel in Canada's Triple Crown, the Queen's Plate, on Sunday in Toronto. Hippolytus, a 60-to-onelongshot, was second and Pender Harbour took third in the 17-horse field. The second leg of the Triple Crown is the Prince of

Wales Stakes on July 17 at Fort Erie, Ontario and the final event is the Breeders' Stakes turf race August 7 at Woodbine in Toronto.


Canadians Aaron Nusbaum and Grant O'Gorman won the bronze medal on Sunday at the FIVB world junior

beach volleyball championships in Umag, Croatia.




Here is Canada's weather on Monday, June 27. British Columbia will be mainly cloudy. The high temperature in Vancouver will be 19 degrees Celsius. The Yukon: increasing cloudiness. Whitehorse, 22. Northwest Territories: mainly sunny. Yellowknife, 16. Nunavut: sunny. Iqaluit, ten. Alberta: mainly sunny. Edmonton, 25. Saskatchewan: sunny. Regina, 21. Manitoba: mainly sunny. Winnipeg, 21. Ontario: sunny. Toronto: 25. Ottawa, 28. Quebec: sunny. Montreal, 27. New Brunswick: mainly sunny. Fredericton, 26. Nova Scotia: showers. Halifax, 23. Prince Edward Island: showers. Charlottetown, 20. Newfoundland: showers. St. John's, 18.

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