Tuesday, July 5, 2011

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 4 July 2011
Canadian International Financial Sports Weather


The Greek coast guard has used force to prevent a ship bearing some 30 Canadian pro-Palestinian activists from trying to sail through the Israeli blockade of Gaza. The activists say armed coast guards boarded the aid ship 15 minutes after it left a port in northeast Crete and returned it to a second port. A spokesman for the activists in Montreal said that when the guards steered the ship into port, they rammed it into a concrete pier, damaging it so severely that it was in danger of sinking. An activist on board the vessel says as many as 10 armed coast guards boarded the ship armed with handguns and assault rifles. He said the Greek government was entirely responsible for what happened and called on Ottawa to intervene. The Greek Merchant Marine Ministry says the Canadian boat had sailed without permission. The government has ordered a flotilla of nine ships that intended to take supplies to Gaza to remain in port on security grounds. Last year, nine activists were killed after Israeli commandos boarded a Turkish boat taking part in a similar flotilla.


Prince William and his bride Catherine visited Province House in Charlottetown, P.E.I., on Monday. The house was the scene of the historic meeting 146 years ago that led to the foundation of Confederation. Later, the prince practiced flying a Sea King helicopter.


Residents from three Ojibway native communities in the Canadian province of Manitoba are threatening to blockade a highway. About 1,200 people were forced out their homes in April because of flooding on Lake Manitoba and still haven't been able to return. About 100 residents protested Sunday along a major highway. A spokesman said the Manitoba government has given them little information about what's happening and when they may be able to go home. He says a meeting is planned with the province on Tuesday and if the natives don't get the answers they need, protesters will block access to a highway which leads to Winnipeg.


A funeral will be held Tuesday in the Canadian province of Ontario for a police officer killed in the line of duty last week. York Region Police Constable Garrett Styles died last Tuesday when he was crushed by a minivan during a traffic stop. Police officers from across Canada and the United States will be in Newmarket, Ontario for the funeral. Hundreds of colleagues and members of the public appeared at a funeral home in Thornhill on Monday to pay their respects. A charge of first-degree murder has been laid against a 15-year-old boy who was allegedly driving the vehicle.


A court in central Ontario will hear arguments on Tuesday in the case of a man who turned up in a drive-thru naked. His lawyers will try to convince the judge that the nudity law is too broad and therefore unconstitutional. One of them will argue that the purpose of criminal law is to protect the public from harm not to protect the sensibilities of society's most prudish. The lawyer intends to argue as well that it should not automatically be a criminal office to be without clothes in public and that police should have the discretion to decide whether someone should be prosecuted. Public indecency laws would remain on the books in case of people behaving inappropriately.



The municipal government of Jerusalem has approved hundreds of new homes for Jews in the urban settlement of Gilo. The homes would be built on land captured from Jordan in the 1867 Arab-Israeli war. The proposal still needs the approval of the Israeli interior ministry. The Palestinians want the land for the capital of an eventual Palestinian state. A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the approval shatters any attempt to lay down foundations of a real peace.


The Libyan government says it is holding talks with opposition figures but there appeared little chance of a quick end to the conflict. A spokesman for Moammar Gadhafi's administration says top government officials has been in foreign-mediated talks in Italy, Egypt and Norway with opposition figures to try to find a peace agreement. Meanwhile, the leader's son Saif al-Islam told a French newspaper there was no question of negotiating an end to his father's 42-year rule, while the rebels renewed their demand that he resign now. The Libyan crisis has been ongoing for some five months.


Foreign ministers from China and Japan are calling for improved relations between their two countries. At their meeting in Beijing on regional security, Japan's Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto and his counterpart China's Yang Jiechi also say that stability is important to both nations. Relations between both nations have been strained for years over a contested gas field in the East China Sea, China's claims to Japanese controlled islands and ongoing animosity over Japan's often harsh occupation of China during World War Two. Mr. Matsumoto is the first Japanese cabinet minister to visit China since the March earthquake-tsunami that set off the nuclear crisis in Japan.


President Juan Manuel Santos says the military carried out an operation against FARC rebels last week that nearly captured its leader. Mr. Santos said Alfonso Cano had likely been tipped off and escaped the camp 12 hours before the raid took place. The operation took place on the border of the Huila and Cauca districts.


Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez made a surprise homecoming Monday from Cuba and declared himself in good health despite speculation his cancer may still require lengthy treatment. Many Venezuelans had thought the 56-year-old Chavez' convalescence after two operations in Cuba, one to remove a cancerous tumor, would keep him in Havana for weeks and possibly months. Mr. Chavez returned home just in time for two days of celebrations of Venezuela's 200th anniversary of independence from Spain.


Belarussian security forces have arrested almost 300 people in a nationwide crackdown on Independence Day protests against the régime of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. The rights group Vyasna says that 200 people were arrested in the capital Minsk during Sunday's protests, while another 80 were arrested in other parts of the country, including the regional centres of Grodno, Gomel and Mogilev. Those detained were due to appear before a court in Minsk later Monday. They face jail terms of up to 15 days on charges of hooliganism. Mr. Lukashenko launched a crackdown on the opposition after mass protests on the evening of his re-election victory in December.


Accused Bosnian war criminal Ratko Mladic appeared briefly at the International Criminal Court in The Hague but was expelled from the courtroom by the judge. He had heckled the judge while he read out a charge of genocide. It was Mladic' second appearance in the court since his arrest. The former Bosnian Serb military commander is accused of crimes in connection with the 43-month siege of Sarajevo and the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men at Srebrenica.



Canadian manufacturer Bombardier has refused to confirm reports in Britain of impending job losses. The reports say Bombardier intends to lay off 2,000 of the 3,000 workers at its plant in Derby in central Britain. The plant is Britain's only railway manufacturing facility. A consortium led by Bombardier recently lost a contract to Siemens of Germany to provide 1,200 Thameslink trains. Berlin-based Bombardier Transportation has announced a news conference on Tuesday to discuss the future of the Derby plant.




Superstar swimmer Michael Phelps stole the show again

in Montreal on Sunday, handily winning the 100-metre butterfly at

the Canada Cup swimming competition.

The U.S. swimmer, who has won 16 Olympic medals, didn't come

close to beating his own world record, but he led from wire to wire

with a time of 51.32 seconds.

Phelps won his only other event at the Olympic Pool, the

200-metre freestyle, on Saturday.


Monday an off day at the women's World Cup. Canada is preparing for its finale tomorrow against Nigeria, a meaningless game after which both teams will go home. Germany will face France to see who wins Group A.



British Columbia on Tuesday: rain north, sun south, high C23 Celsius. Yukon: rain. Northwest Territories, Nunavut: mix sun cloud. Whitehorse 16, Yellowknife 22, Iqaluit 10. Prairies: sun. Edmonton, Winnipeg 25, Regina 26. Ontario: rain north, sun south. Quebec: sun. Toronto 31, Ottawa 20, Montreal 29. New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island: sun. Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador: rain. Fredericton 28, Halifax 25, St. John's 19.

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