Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Radio Prague Today 8.31.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Radio Prague marks 75 years on air

Set up in 1936 primarily as a tool to counter propaganda from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, Radio Prague itself long served as a mouthpiece for communist propaganda. Since the 1990s however, the station is the only Czech public news service, providing information about the Czech Republic in six languages to audiences around the world. Marking Radio Prague's 75th anniversary, the Czech-born, UK-based writer, and former Radio Prague reporter Benjamin Kuras and Radio Prague's own David Vaughan discuss the most interesting moments in the station's history.

Radio Prague to suffer no budget cuts in 2012

Seventy five years ago today, at 10 AM on August 31, 1936, the foreign service of Czechoslovak Radio went on air for the first time ever. Today, Radio Prague is an independent broadcaster although it is still funded entirely by the Czech Foreign Ministry. Following severe budget cuts in recent years, some good news came on Wednesday from the Foreign Ministry which promises no further cuts for 2012. Radio Prague spoke to the head of the ministry's public diplomacy department, Jan Bondy.

Adapting to change: 75 years of Radio Prague broadcasts

In the 75 years of its existence, Radio Prague has seen many changes – among them, unfortunately, the end of our shortwave broadcasts. On Wednesday, the station presented some of its programs live from a tent in the heart of the city, in an effort to propagate the international service locally. Sarah Borufka was at the site and spoke to Miroslav Krupička, who has served as Radio Prague's director since 1998. She asked him about the important changes he had witnessed over the years.

Radio Prague listeners send well-wishes on Radio Prague's 75th birthday

Of course, Radio Prague would not have turned 75 if it wasn't for our loyal listeners. We would like to thank you for your support and interest over the years, and for the many anniversary emails you have sent in. On the occasion of our 75th anniversary, we did something we usually don't do – we called some of our listeners from around the world. Here's one of them, Stan Schmidt. He listens to Radio Prague from Evansville, Indiana, in the United States.

News 8.31.2011

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Copyright (c) 2011 Radio Prague (Cesky Rozhlas 7 - Radio Praha)

News Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

By: Daniela Lazarova

* The Czech cabinet has agreed to establish a state secretary for EU
affairs.

* A legal analysis commissioned by the Czech Foreign Ministry has
advised separating the Czech opt-out from the Lisbon Treaty from
Croatia's admission to the EU in an upcoming vote in the Czech
Parliament.

* A train accident in west Bohemia has brought rail traffic in the
region to a standstill.

* The Education Ministry has announced the planned merging of around
100 secondary schools around the country due to a drop in the number of
students.

* Radio Prague is celebrating its 75th birthday.

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Government approves post of state secretary for EU affairs
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The Czech cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to establish a state
secretary for EU affairs, despite fierce opposition from one of the
coalition parties, TOP 09. Prime Minister Petr Necas, who pushed
through the proposal, said the post was vital in view of the need to
better coordinate the country's position ahead of negotiations in
Brussels. TOP 09 party leader and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg
is fiercely opposed to the move arguing that it would lead to a
confusing division of powers. The position is to be filled by Vojtech
Belling, who heads the government's department for EU affairs.


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List of priority areas in need of EU finding
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The cabinet on Wednesday also approved a list of priority areas for
which the country would request EU funds in the coming years. They
include raising the competitiveness of the economy, improving the
infrastructure and assisting social integration. The government's
economic council has advised a more cohesive and target oriented policy
in applying for and using EU funds.


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Foreign ministry recommends separating Czech Lisbon opt-out from
Croatia's EU accession
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A legal analysis commissioned by the Czech Foreign Ministry has advised
separating the Czech opt-out from the Lisbon Treaty from Croatia's
admission to the EU in an upcoming vote in the Czech Parliament.
Although the government originally recommended linking the two issues
in one treaty for practical purposes, the analysis warned that
opposition to the opt-out from the Social Democrats, who have a
majority in the Senate, could complicate Croatia's accession to the EU.
In 2009 President Vaclav Klaus only signed the Lisbon Treaty after the
EU agreed to his demand for a Czech opt-out from the EU's Charter of
Fundamental Rights, which is part of the Lisbon Treaty. The Czech
president feared it could open the way for restitution claims by
Sudeten Germans expelled from Czechoslovakia after the war. The treaty
will require a constitutional three fifth majority to get the
legislation passed in both houses, meaning that the government needs to
win support from at least part of the opposition.


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Egypt's foreign minister to visit Czech Republic
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The Egyptian foreign minister, Muhammad Kamil Amr, is expected to visit
the Czech Republic next Thursday for talks with Czech top officials,
the Czech Foreign Ministry said in a statement for the CTK news agency.
The Egyptian official is expected to meet with Czech Foreign Minister
Karel Schwarzenberg and will be received at Prague Castle by President
Vaclav Klaus. The Czech Republic is expected to offer Egypt assistance
and know-how in its transition to democracy.


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Train crash brings rail transport in the west to a standstill
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Train traffic in the west of the country came to a standstill on
Wednesday morning after a passenger train ploughed into a freight train
loaded with new passenger cars. No one was injured in the accident
which is being ascribed to human error. Preliminary damage estimates
are at over 4 million crowns. A Czech railways spokesperson said
clean-up work would take up most of the day, with the Prague-Pilsen
connection expected to become operational sometime in the late evening.
The company has secured a replacement bus service for passengers on
this route.


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Public Affairs deputy injured in brawl
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Public Affairs deputy Michal Babak has made headlines after getting
into a brawl in a bar in the city centre on Tuesday night. According to
the ctk news agency got into a heated argument with the owner of the
bar and lost two front teeth in the ensuing fight. Babak recently had
his party membership suspended after coming under suspicion of having
doctored party finances and accounts. His membership was renewed just
this week.


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Secondary schools merging for lack of students
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The Education Ministry has announced the planned merging of around 100
secondary schools around the country due to a drop in the number of
students. Although the final decision on the number of schools in
individual regions is in the hands of the local authorities the
Education Ministry has been putting pressure on governors to affect
cost-cutting measures and warned that schools with a small number of
students would get lower support. According to available statistics the
number of secondary students is down by some 23,000 students this year.


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Bartak refused bail
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Jaroslav Bartak, a prominent Czech doctor who has been accused of
sexually abusing his assistants has been taken into custody. A Prague
court on Wednesday refused his offer of bail on the grounds that he
might try to leave the country or influence witnesses. Bartak has been
charged with sexual coercion, rape, extortion, unlawful restraint and
physical assault. Six women have filed criminal complaints against him.
Co-owner of a medical facility in Prague's Modrany district and former
head of the Prague branch of the Lion's Club charity, Bartak is known
to have close ties to politicians in high office.


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Police: Sumava National Park operation cost over one million Czech
crowns
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According to figures released by police, the cost of a recent operation
in the Sumava National Park exceeded one million Czech crowns. Police
had been stationed in a protected area of the park where environmental
activists were holding a blockade to prevent the logging of bark-beetle
infested trees for about three weeks. They made countless
interventions, often forcibly removing activists who had chained
themselves to trees in the vicinity. The operation, which was
criticized by a number of NGOs for suspected police brutality resulted
in a number of law suits.


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Radio Prague turns 75
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Radio Prague is celebrating its 75th birthday. The country's foreign
service was established in 1936 at the instigation of the Czechoslovak
Foreign Ministry and first went on air on August 31st of the same year.
Although severe budget cuts led to the termination of the station's
shortwave broadcasts as of this year, Radio Prague is still providing
listeners with daily news, current affairs and reports about the Czech
Republic with its main platform now the Internet. The station
broadcasts daily half-hours on satellite in six languages and offers
podcasting and reception via mobile phone.


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Weather
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The weather should continue warm and sunny with day temperatures
between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Radio Prague marks 75 years on air
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Set up in 1936 primarily as a tool to counter propaganda from Nazi
Germany and the Soviet Union, Radio Prague itself long served as a
mouthpiece for communist propaganda. Since the 1990s however, the
station is the only Czech public news service, providing information
about the Czech Republic in six languages to audiences around the
world. Marking Radio Prague's 75th anniversary, the Czech-born,
UK-based writer, and former Radio Prague reporter Benjamin Kuras and
Radio Prague's own David Vaughan discuss the most interesting moments
in the station's history.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/special/radio-prague-marks-75-years-on-air


Radio Prague to suffer no budget cuts in 2012
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Seventy five years ago today, at 10 AM on August 31, 1936, the foreign
service of Czechoslovak Radio went on air for the first time ever.
Today, Radio Prague is an independent broadcaster although it is still
funded entirely by the Czech Foreign Ministry. Following severe budget
cuts in recent years, some good news came on Wednesday from the Foreign
Ministry which promises no further cuts for 2012. Radio Prague spoke to
the head of the ministry's public diplomacy department, Jan Bondy.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/radio-prague-to-suffer-no-budget-cuts-in-2012


Adapting to change: 75 years of Radio Prague broadcasts
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In the 75 years of its existence, Radio Prague has seen many changes -
among them, unfortunately, the end of our shortwave broadcasts. On
Wednesday, the station presented some of its programs live from a tent
in the heart of the city, in an effort to propagate the international
service locally. Sarah Borufka was at the site and spoke to Miroslav
Krupicka, who has served as Radio Prague's director since 1998. She
asked him about the important changes he had witnessed over the years.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/adapting-to-change-75-years-of-radio-prague-broadcasts


Radio Prague listeners send well-wishes on Radio Prague's 75th birthday
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Of course, Radio Prague would not have turned 75 if it wasn't for our
loyal listeners. We would like to thank you for your support and
interest over the years, and for the many anniversary emails you have
sent in. On the occasion of our 75th anniversary, we did something we
usually don't do - we called some of our listeners from around the
world. Here's one of them, Stan Schmidt. He listens to Radio Prague
from Evansville, Indiana, in the United States.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/radio-prague-listeners-send-well-wishes-on-radio-pragues-75th-birthday


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BUSINESS
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Taxes
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GERMANY
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Society
Rich Germans' group says 'tax us, please!'

Well-off Germans enjoy benefits of a tax system that helps them keep or
even increase their wealth. But Dieter Lehmkuhl, head of a group of wealthy
Germans, says they are ready to chip in more by paying higher taxes.

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Terrorism
Accused gunman admits to shooting at Frankfurt Airport

A Kosovan man on trial for shooting dead two US airmen at Frankfurt Airport
has apologized for his actions. The 21-year-old confessed to the shooting
and said he was influenced by radical Islamist propaganda.

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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
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Internet
WikiLeaks fends off cyber-attack after release of unedited cables

The United States and Australia have condemned WikiLeaks for publishing
unredacted diplomatic cables, saying the move puts lives in danger.
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EUROPE
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Retail
London businesses struggle to reopen after riots

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Film
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2011-08-31 15:06:00
Government taking measures to ensure better equipment of medical institutions.
The Ukrainian government intends to soon develop a program to provide medical
institutions of all levels with necessary medical equipmentIncluding the
equipment produced by the domestic industry, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said
today during a Cabinet's sitting.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=151733

2011-08-31 14:49:00
Ukraine actively working on implementation of action plan for liberalization of
visa regime with EU.
This was announced during the meeting with heads of national parliamentary
delegations at the Parliamentary Assembly "Euronest" by Chairman of the
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Lytvyn.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=151731

2011-08-31 14:36:00
Dmytro Tabachnyk says on September 1 first-graders' parents will be given
day-off.
This was disclosed by Minister of Education, Science, Youth and Sports of
Ukraine at a press conference in Kiev. According to the minister, salary for
these parents will be saved for that day.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=151729

2011-08-31 14:28:00
Ukraine able to replace some 40% of energy balance by alternative sources.
Ukraine is one of the key suppliers of alternative fuels to the European market.
Using different types of biofuels in the country, about 40% of the energy
balance can be replaced by alternative energysources.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=151728

2011-08-31 14:27:00
Ukrainian, Russian foreign ministers to meet in Moscow.
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryshchenko will on September 5 pay a
working visit to Moscow. During the visit, Hryshchenko is expected to hold
negotiations with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and talk to thepress.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=151727

2011-08-31 14:04:00
Systematic medical examinations of pupils to be introduced at schools.
Ukrainian Prime Minister the Ministry of Health to develop and introduce next
year a program of systematic medical examinations of schoolchildren.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=151725

2011-08-31 13:50:00
Government not expecting rise in prices for gasoline.
This is what Minister of Energy and Mines Yuriy Boyko told journalists.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=151717

2011-08-31 13:37:00
Ukrainian NPPs producing world's cheapest electricity.
As was disclosed by Energoatom President Yuriy Nedashkovsky, tariffs for
electricity produced at Ukrainian nuclear power plants (NPPs) are the lowest in
the world.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=151713

2011-08-31 13:33:00
No Ukrainian military confirmed in Libya.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has verified media reports of an alleged
participation of Ukrainians in the fighting in Libya on the side Muammar
Gaddafi. It has been found out that such information does not correspond to
reality, there are no Ukrainian military inLibya.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=151711

2011-08-31 13:24:00
Oil traders to retain current oil prices after September 1.
After September 1 when concessional excise duty for oil products is cancelled
the domestic oil traders will retain current oil prices since they have enough
profitability, Minister of Energy and Mines Yuriy Boykobelieves.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=151734


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Edition 30 August 2011
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CANADA TO ASCERTAIN LIBYA'S NEEDS

Canada will try to find out the needs of Libya's transition government at a high-level international meeting in Paris on Thursday. The official spokesman for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada won't enter the meeting with any formal offers of assistance before discovering what the National Transitional Council needs. The spokesman says Canada can help in several ways but that the international community must first co-ordinate its aid. One expected topic in Paris will be how to free up billions of dollars in Libyan assets frozen as part of UN sanctions against the Gadhafi régime.



LIBERAL LEADER SAYS GOVT. ON WRONGHEADED ECONOMIC COURSE

Canada's interim Liberal Party leader, Bob Rae, says the Conservative government has taken an stubborn ideological approach with its deficit and tax reduction priorities and risks driving the country back into recession. Mr. Rae says the government ought to be investing strategically in infrastructure, innovation, research and other measures that would stimulate the economy and to abandon its obsession with tax cuts and lower spending to the disregard of any other considerations. The Liberal leader made the remarks on Tuesday, a day before Statistics Canada is expected to announced that the economy contracted in the second quarter. The government invested heavily in infrastructure in response to the 2008-09 recession, but its stimulus package has been mostly wrapped up and its present priority is a return to a balanced budget by 2015. Mr. Rae is attending a party caucus in Ottawa to prepare for the resumption of Parliament on Sept. 19. The Liberals were reduced to only 34 seats in the House of Commons in the May 2 election.



2ND NDP MEMBER INTERESTED IN LEADERSHIP

Nova Scotia Member of Parliament Robert Chisholm says he's considering running for the leadership of the country's official opposition New Democratic Party. Mr. Chisholm says he won't try to hide his interest in succeeding Jack Layton, who died last week. The 54-year-old MP is a former leader of the Nova Scotia NDP. He says Mr. Layton last spring encouraged him to think of a leadership run. Mr. Chisholm is in Quebec this week taking French lessons and says he knows he'll have to learn the language if he has leadership ambitions. The first person to openly say he's considering a run for the job is party President Brian Topp. He's already taking steps to make sure he is not in a conflict of interest by distancing himself from the process to set the rules for the leadership race. He also says he will take a leave of absence from the presidency if he enters the race.



TRADE DEFICIT BALLOONS

Canada's trade deficit grew by more than half in the second quarter of the year. Statistics Canada puts the deficit at $15.3 billion, up from about $10 billion in the previous quarter. The main factor is weaker exports. The trade surplus with the U.S. fell by $2.5 billion because of lower exports of oil and automobiles.



CANADIAN ASTRONAUT EXPECTS SPACE STATION VISIT TO GO AHEAD

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield says the crash last week of a Russian cargo spacecraft won't affect his planned flight to the International Space Station. Mr. Hadfield is scheduled to travel to the station next year in a capsule atop a Soyuz rocket similar to the one that crashed carrying supplies to the facility. The astronaut is now in Moscow training for the mission. He says any interruptions caused by the accident won't affect flights planned for six months to a year from now, including his own. The Russian space vehicles provide the only way to reach the station since the retirement of the U.S. space shuttles last month.



MINISTER WEIGHS TOUGHER REFUGEE LAW

Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says he's thinking about changing the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act because it's too slanted toward the release of people scheduled to be deported. The minister complains that the law puts the onus on the government to prove that those in custody are a danger to the public or a flight risk. Mr. Toews was reacting to the release last week by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Walter Ernest Guzman of El Salvador on $3,000 bail. He was one of three suspects arrested within 24 hours after the Canadian Board Services Agency posted their names and photos on a special website. Guzman was in Canada illegally after being convicted of drug trafficking, assault and other serious offences. He surrendered to Montreal police on Aug. 19.



VCR. POLICE WANT MORE HELP FROM PUBLIC TO PUNISH RIOTERS

Vancouver police have again asked the public's help in making sure that the worst of the Stanley Cup hockey rioters are duly punished. The police have posted a website containing photos of the 40 of the most violent rioters and asked the public to help identify them. The information supplied is to enable the police lay tougher charges against the perpetrators. Police Chief Jim Chu has been sharply criticized because no rioting charges at all have been filed since the riot erupted two-and-a-half months ago. Mr. Chu acknowledges that he himself is frustrated with the slow pace of the investigation but that he wants convictions for participation in a riot rather than the lesser charges of mischief or looting. The loss by the Vancouver Canucks to the Boston Bruins triggered a frenzy of pillage and destruction in downtown Vancouver.





International

LIBYA

Libya's interim leader has given military forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi four days to surrender the towns they hold. Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the head of the National Transitional Council, says that otherwise the outcome will come militarily. In Benghazi, the NTC has said that the negotiations over Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte are taking place with tribal elders, not Gadhafi supporters. The Council repeated its accusation against Algeria that that country had committed an act of aggression by offering shelter to the fallen dictator's wife, daughter and two sons on Monday. Also in Benghazi, the newly named head of the National Oil Corporation, Nouri Berouin, has promised to resume oil production within weeks. He also pledged that oil production will return to the daily output of 1.6 million barrels when the civil conflict began within 15 months.



UNITED STATES

Transportation returned slowly to normal along the eastern seaboard of the U.S. after last weekend's hurricane. Hurricane Irene killed at least 46 people in the U.S. In the northeastern state of Vermont south of Canada, a number of towns remained cut off by flood-damaged roads and bridges. In New York City, most riders on commuter lines were able to get onto trains into Manhattan, although some Long Island communities were still without service because of flooded tracks. The city had anticipated a major disaster which never materialized. Amtrak reports that some rail service remained limited or suspended. Airlines say it will be several more days before thousands of stranded passengers will find their way home.



RUSSIA

The world's biggest natural gas firm, Gazprom of Russia, has announced huge profits of more than $16 billion for the first quarter. Analysts say it's one of the biggest interim profits in history and driven by high global energy prices. The profit of $16.24 billion for January through March was up 44 percent from the same period in 2010. The results mean that Gazprom is already well on the way to topping its record performance in 2010, when it posted the biggest profits in its history. According to Gazprom, it controls one-fifth of the world's gas reserves and provides for one-sixth of world's gas production.



MEXICO

Five men have been arrested in connection with an attack last week on a casino in the Mexican city of Monterey that killed 52 people. The state governor of Nuevo Leon, Rodrigo Medina, says the suspects are believed to be members of the Zetas drug cartel. President Felipe Calderon declared three days of national mourning after the attack and in a television interview Monday pledged to continue the fight against organized crime.



CHINA

The Chinese government has presented legislation that would enable the police to hold dissidents and other suspects of state at secret locations without telling their families. Critics of the law predict it could embolden the authorities to go even farther in the kind of shadowy detentions in which human rights lawyer, veteran protesters and people like artist-dissident Ai Weiwei earlier this year. Lawyer Jiang Tianyoung says that if the legislation becomes law the authorities will have even fewer problems and obstacles in detaining people like himself and Mr. Ai. Mr. Jiang was detained for two months without any contact with his family earlier this year.



UNITED STATES

The U.S. has frozen assets belonging to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem and two other top-ranking Syrians. The state department says the three have been targeted because of their roles in advancing President Bashar al-Assad's reign of terror. Meanwhile, Syria's security forces shot dead four demonstrators, including a 13-year-old boy, after people emerged from mosques after prayers to mark the end of Ramadan.





Financial

PHARMACEUTICAL FRAY SHARPENS

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. has emerged as a white-knight bidder for competitor Afexa Life Sciences Inc. Afexa manufactures the Cold-FX flu remedy, which Valeant says is Canada's leading over-the-counter cold and flu treatment. Valeant's offer is $76 million, an improvement over the hostile offer of $56.7 put forward by Paladin Labs Inc. Valeant CEO Michael Pearson says the acquisition of Afexa would improve Valeant's roster of non-prescription drugs.



MARKETS

TSX on Tuesday: 12,635 + 130. Dollar: US$1.02, down .15. Euro: $1.41, down .10. Oil: $88.87 + $1.60.





Weather

WEATHER

British Columbia on Wednesday: sun north, rain south, high C21 Vancouver. Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut: rain. Whitehorse 17, Yellowknife 9, Iqaluit 6. Alberta, Saskatchewan: mix sun cloud north, rain south. Manitoba: mix sun cloud. Edmonton 15, Regina 22, Winnipeg 29. Ontario: rain north, sun south. Quebec: sun. Toronto 24, Ottawa 25, Montreal 22. Maritimes: sun. Newfoundland and Labrador: rain. Fredericton 23, Halifax 24, Charlottetown 21, St. John's 15.





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News Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

By: Sarah Borufka

* Prime Minister Petr Necas has said that he considers the controversy
around the Education Ministry's Ladislav Batora resolved.

* The lower house has stripped two MPS, Public Affairs' Vit Barta and
the independent MP Jaroslav Skarka, of their criminal immunity.

* In a meeting with Czech diplomats, President Vaclav Klaus criticized
the government's foreign policy concept.

* A well-known Prague physician charged with offenses such as rape and
extortion was dismissed from the city's Bulovka hospital on Wednesday.

* Anti-corruption activists have slammed a proposed change in the
legislation of public tenders that is currently being debated by the
government.

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Prime Minister: Controversy around education ministry official resolved
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Prime Minister Petr Necas said on Tuesday that he considers the
controversy around Ladislav Batora, the head of human resources at the
Education Ministry, resolved. He added that he had been assured by
officials from the government coalition's TOP 09 party that they would
attend a meeting of the cabinet scheduled for Wednesday. Previously,
the party, which is led by Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, had
refused to attend cabinet meetings until Mr. Batora was dismissed. Mr.
Batora came under fire for his past links to an ultra-right party and
for making insulting remarks about the foreign minister online,
sparking a row within the governing coalition. Education Minister Josef
Dobes of the Public Affairs party bowed to growing pressure for Mr.
Batora's dismissal on Monday evening, saying that he would be
transferred to a less prominent position.


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Lower house lifts criminal immunity of two MPs
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The Czech lower house on Wednesday stripped MP Vit Barta of the Public
Affairs party, as well as the independent MP Jaroslav Skarka, of their
criminal immunity, enabling criminal investigation. Both are suspected
of corruption but deny their guilt; they had called on the lower house
to strip them of their immunity. The opposition has voiced concern that
the government will influence the criminal prosecution of Mr. Barta,
the de-facto leader of the junior government coalition party and former
transport minister. This is the second time that the current lower
house has voted on stripping a member of its criminal immunity. In late
March, Parliament voted against this step in the case of the Public
Affairs' MP Stanislav Huml.


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TOP 09 leader welcomes education minister's decision
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TOP 09 leader Karel Schwarzenberg has welcomed the news and thanked the
education minister for being receptive to his arguments. Mr.
Schwarzenberg said that for him this was not a personal dispute but a
matter of principle which stemmed from his experience with the
Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia as a child. The foreign minister
said it was vital for the country's democracy to defend human rights
and to fight fascist tendencies at the outset. He confirmed that TOP 09
ministers would be attending the next cabinet session.


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President criticizes government's foreign policy
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In a meeting with Czech ambassadors from around the world at Prague
Castle on Tuesday, President Vaclav Klaus criticized the government's
foreign policy concept. Mr. Klaus, who received the Czech diplomats in
town for a week-long meeting at Prague Castle, said that the
government's concept lacked content, did not address key questions and
problematic areas of foreign policy. On Monday, Czech ambassadors met
with Prime Minister Petr Necas as well as Foreign Minister Karel
Schwarzenberg. In addressing the country's ambassadors, Mr. Necas
stressed the Czech Republic should support Europe's quest for fiscal
discipline, take a prudent stance regarding the adoption of the euro
and forge stronger business links with potential partners outside
Europe in view of the country's export-oriented economy. In view of the
present economic situation, the prime minister added that business
diplomacy was of strategic importance. Mr. Schwarzenberg underlined the
crucial role of European integration, a concept that the Czech
president has criticized.


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Well-known Prague physician dismissed from Bulovka hospital
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Doctors of Prague's Bulovka hospital on Wednesday dismissed well-known
Prague physician Jaroslav Bartak from his post. Police are set to
interrogate Mr. Bartak and ask the state prosecutor's office for
permission to take the suspect into custody. He has been charged with
several crimes, among them sexual coercion, rape, extortion, unlawful
restraint, dangerous intimidation and bodily harm. According to a
police spokeswoman, Mr. Bartak is suspected of having sexually abused
his assistants; six women have filed legal complaints against him. He
denies the accusations, saying the women were prostitutes. He was
detained and arrested at Ruzyne International Airport on his return
from holiday on Saturday.


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Anti-corruption activists slam proposed change in public tender
legislation
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The anti-corruption initiative Citizens Against Corruption on Tuesday
slammed a proposed change in public tender legislation. According to
anti-corruption activists, the new law currently being debated by the
government would not make the awarding of public tenders any more
transparent. According to Karel Janecek of the Anticorruption Endowment
Fund, it may even make it easier to cover up corruption. Non-government
organizations have presented a proposal that they believe would improve
the efficiency of anti-corruption legislation to the government.


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Hundreds of Muslims gather in Brno to mark end of holy month Ramadan
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Some 400 Muslims gathered in Brno on Tuesday to mark the end of the
holy month of Ramadan with a joint prayer session. Due to the high
number of participants, the event could not be held at the country's
oldest Islamic house of prayer and instead had to be moved to the
city's Hotel International. The leader of Brno's Muslim community,
Munib Hassan, said that since the late nineties, the number of people
who are of Muslim faith in the country has increased significantly and
that due to the growth of the community, a permanent solution for
holding larger events needs to be found. He added that space in the old
mosque is not just a problem during holidays, but also during the
traditional Friday prayer sessions, which are visited by some 150 to
200 people every week. However, finding a location for a new house of
prayer in the city has been met with opposition by local politicians.


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Civic initiative organizes happening to support transformation of
Smetanovo nabrezi into pedestrian zone
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The initiative Auto*Mat organized a happening in Prague on Tuesday to
propagate the transformation of the city's Smetanovo nabrezi street, a
stretch along the river near Charles Bridge, into a pedestrian zone.
Participants wore masks featuring the face of Prague mayor Bohuslav
Svoboda and symbolically opened a pedestrian zone along the riverbank,
which draws a high number of tourists every day. Auto*Mat has put up a
petition to transform the stretch into a pedestrian zone online. The
initiative's Vit Matare said that Smetanovo nabrezi was an
embarrassment for the Czech capital. He said that the stretch along the
river featured some of the city's most beautiful sights, yet its appeal
was marred by the many cars passing through it, as well as the frequent
traffic jams. He added that in 2005, then mayor Pavel Bem had pledged
to curb traffic along the river.


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Survey: Czechs are cost-conscious, efficient shoppers
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Two-fifths of all Czechs consider price the most important factor when
shopping for various goods, according to a fresh poll by the
multinational Henkel company published on Tuesday. The survey results
indicate Czechs are more cost-conscious than Hungarian and Polish
consumers. For 41 percent of the Czech population, the cost of a
product is the decisive factor in purchasing, as compared to only 25
percent of Poles. By contrast, Austrian and German consumers are even
more cost-conscious than Czechs, with 43 and 46 of those polled
responding that they pay the most attention to the price of a given
product, respectively. The survey also finds that Czechs are efficient
and quick shoppers who rarely purchase more than they initially planned
to.


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Court deals 17-year sentence to man for brutal murder of his ex-wife
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An upper-circuit court in the Moravian city of Olomouc on Tuesday
handed a prison sentence of 17 years to a 39-year-old man who was
charged with brutally murdering his ex-wife. The man had appealed a
previous verdict. The murder made headlines in June of last year. The
defendant beat his ex-wife to death with a brick and set her body on
fire in her car in the Moravian-Silesian city of Havirov.


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Weather
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The coming days are expected to be warm and sunny. Daytime highs will
reach temperatures between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius.


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Jaroslav Marvan: 50 years on stage and screen
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Jaroslav Marvan was one of the most prolific Czech actors of all times
with more than 150 film roles and many more theatre acts. He appeared
in his first - silent - movie in 1926, and he made his last film in
1973, a year before he died. In this edition of Czechs in History we
look at the extraordinary career of Jaroslav Marvan, a theatre and film
star before the war as well as in communist Czechoslovakia.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/czechs/jaroslav-marvan-50-years-on-stage-and-screen-1


Latest government crisis leaves commentators baffled
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A drawn-out government crisis over the controversial head of human
resources at the Czech Education Ministry has been resolved in a most
surprising way. Ladislav Batora, the figure at the centre of the
dispute, who came under fire for his past links to the extreme
Nationalist Party and for insulting the foreign minister online, has
not been sacked but is to be relocated to the less visible but
technically higher position of vice-chancellor to the education
minister. TOP 09 leader Karel Schwarzenberg, who was insulted by the
civil servant in question has thanked Education Minister Josef Dobes
for his accommodating approach in the matter, explained that his
party's firm stand was a matter of principle in combating extremism and
promised that the party's ministers would no longer boycott cabinet
meetings. After two weeks of muscle-flexing over the fate of a civil
servant the government crisis is ostensibly over - but it has left many
people wondering what exactly the dispute was all about. Radio Prague
asked political analyst Petr Just for his take on one of the most
bizarre crises in Czech politics.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/latest-government-crisis-leaves-commentators-baffled


New Prague medical facility to help military veterans suffering from
serious long-term injuries
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Military veterans who served in conflict-hit areas like Iraq or
Afghanistan will soon be able to make use of a new facility being built
in the Czech capital. The new centre is under construction in
Svemyslice, Prague, and is expected to open in roughly one year's time.
The aim is to provide complete expert care for veterans who suffered
serious or long-term injuries.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/new-prague-medical-facility-to-help-military-veterans-suffering-from-serious-long-term-injuries


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German international Mertesacker in talks with Arsenal

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2011-08-30 15:39:00
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych leaves on working visit to Poland.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych left on a working visit to Poland on
August 30. He has said that he intends to meet with his Polish counterpart
Bronislaw Komorowski in Gdansk.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=151630

2011-08-30 15:25:00
Azarov: Ukraine still geared up for equal gas talks with Russia.
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has voiced hope that gas deals with Russia would be
revised through negotiations. This was aired by the Premier during his working
trip to Kharkiv region.
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2011-08-30 15:06:00
More students of Kyiv region to study at universities for budget costs.
The number of students who study at universities for the budget costs is growing
in Kyiv region. This year 37 young people from Kyiv region became able to study
at the Medical University at the expense of budgetfunds.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=151653

2011-08-30 14:51:00
Despite economic problems and political conflicts Ukraine moves forward through
economic reforms.
Such an opinion was expressed by Polish expert, former vice president of the
European Parliament Janusz Onyszkiewicz. He believes that the economic situation
in Ukraine is not bad.
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2011-08-30 14:38:00
Ukrainian-Polish exercises "Cossack Steppe - 2011" start in Mykolaiv.
Ukrainian-Polish exercises "Cossack Steppe - 2011" start at a military training
ground "Wide Field" in Mykolaiv.The aim of the exercises - organization of
peacekeeping operations in the conditional conflict zone by joint
Ukrainian-Polishunits.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=151656

2011-08-30 14:22:00
Premier on working visit to Kharkiv region.
In Kharkiv, the Chairman of the Government is planning to visit an exhibition of
medical equipment and get familiarized with the work of ambulance service and
emergency service of the region.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=151640

2011-08-30 14:14:00
Kyiv Mayor instruct heads of departments to proceed to Kyiv's development
strategy to 2025.
Head of Kyiv City State Administration Oleksandr Popov said that Kiev residents
actively participated in discussing the strategy of the city's development.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=151651

2011-08-30 14:09:00
Books of National Historical Library of Ukraine to be digitalized.
The aim of the project is to provide worldwide access to information about books
of the historical library through the Internet network, Director of the Library
Alla Skorohvatova said.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=151661

2011-08-30 14:04:00
Sugar refining campaign launched in Ukraine.
Ukrainian sugar mills have started processing beets of the new crop. Lannivsky
sugar factory in Poltava region, center of Ukraine, is already running, and soon
another 6 mills in the region will beginrefining.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=151649

2011-08-30 13:55:00
This year's potato crop in Ukraine may beat records.
A massive collection of late breeds of potatoes has started in households
throughout Ukraine. According to experts with the project Agrooosvita:
Vegetables and Fruits, the current crop may well become a record in the
country'shistory.
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RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 29 August 2011
Canadian International Financial Sports Weather
Canadian

CANADIAN DUBIOUS ABOUT PERIMETER PLAN

Canadian consulted about the planned U.S.-Canada "perimeter" security project aren't sold on increasing co-operation between the two countries' law enforcement bodies. A new report on the consultations shows that almost one-half of Canadian who expressed an opinion disagree with closer co-operation between them. The document also says that many have doubts about information-sharing and the impact of joint programs on civil liberties. The report was released in Toronto on Monday by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. The minister says an eventual security accord will respect Canadians' legal and privacy rights. In February, the two government agreed to negotiate an accord to crack down on security risks while making the free flow of goods and people easier through a North American "perimeter."



STORM LEAVES THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER

More than 48,000 customers are still without power after the remnants of Hurricane Irene hit parts of eastern Canada. Most of the affected are in the New Brunswick cities of Fredericton and Moncton. The storm also caused power outages in the province of Quebec and left one man dead . The storm is thought to be responsible for the disappearance of a motorist in Quebec, who was swept away when a landslide washed out a road northeast of Montreal Sunday. Thousands remain without power in Montreal. Twenty-seven people were killed by Hurricane Irene, as it battered half a dozen U.S. east coast states late last week.



OPPOSITION PARTY UNFAZED BY LEADER'S DEATH

The president of Canada's main opposition New Democratic Party says the momentum that propelled the party to unprecedented success in the May election will not be broken by the death last week of their leader Jack Layton. Brian Topp says voters have recognized there's a clear and viable alternative to the status quo. Mr. Topp also acknowledges he's considering a leadership run to succeed Mr. Layton, who died a week ago of cancer at the age of 61. Other possible candidates include former Manitoba Premier Gary Doer and MPs Thomas Mulcair, Libby Davies and Paul Dewar.



LIBERALS AREN'T CONTEMPLATING MERGER

The interim leader of Canada's opposition Liberal Party, Bob Rae, says a union with the main opposition New Democratic Party is not on the agenda. The death of New Democrat leader Jack Layton a week ago revived speculation about a possible merger. But Mr. Rae says the Liberals are focused on getting their own house in order during a four-day caucus retreat in the federal capital, Ottawa. Current and former Liberal Members of Parliament say they are convinced their party can make a comeback from a disastrous election on May 2 that left them with only 34 seats and the NDP with official opposition status.



OTTAWA, B.C. DISCUSS TAX VOTE REPERCUSSIONS

Premier Christy Clark of Canada's Pacific Coast Province of British Columbia says she and federal Prime Minister Stephen Harper agree they must quickly resolve any fallout from the province's scrapping of the Harmonized Sales Tax. Miss Clark says she and Mr. Harper talked about the issue during an event Sunday in her province. A major issue to be resolved is the $1.6 billion in HST transition funding that the federal government had paid the province.



SIGN LAW TO BE POLITICAL ISSUE AGAIN

The government of the largely French-speaking province of Quebec is going to launch a campaign this fall to force big-box stores to use French names. The head of the agency that oversees Quebec's sign laws says the sign issue will be very important in the next few months. Louise Marchand complains that big-box stores are coming more and more to the province and using their English brand names. Bill 101, Quebec's language law, was passed in 1977. As a result of several court challenges languages other than French may be displayed on public signs as long as French is predominant.





International

LIBYA

Three of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi's children have fled to Algeria and a third son is reported killed in fighting with the rebels. The Algeria government reports that Gadhafi's wife Safia, his daughter Aisha and his sons Hannibal and Mohammed entered Algeria on Monday morning. Libya's rebel government says it considers the sheltering of Gadhafi's family an act of aggression and will demand their extradition. Meanwhile, a senior rebel officer says Khamis Gadhafi has been killed in fighting near Tripoli, a report that could not be independently confirmed. Khamis has already been reported killed twice. The focus of the fighting between insurgents and Gadhafi loyalists has shifted to his hometown Sirte, 350 kilometres east of Tripoli. The insurgents say they're trying to persuade the fallen dictator's forces to surrender.



JAPAN

Japan's Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda was chosen Monday to become the country's sixth prime minister in five years. The 54-year-old Mr. Noda must deal with a rising yen that threatens exports, forge a new energy policy while ending the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl and find funds to rebuild from the March 11 tsunami at a time when huge public debt has already triggered a credit downgrade. Mr. Noda replaces Naota Kan who only served for 15 months.



RUSSIA

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev has announced a parliamentary election for Dec. 4 that will prepare for the country's presidential vote next March. The 450-seat State Duma, the lower house of parliament, is dominated by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's ruling United Russia party. United Russia's senior official, Duma speaker Boris Gryzlov, says his party's aim is to preserve its constitutional majority. Meanwhile, Mr. Putin has hinted he is trying to decide whether to run for a return to the presidency in March or endorse his protégé Mr. Medvedev for a second term.



MEXICO

Five men have been arrested in connection with an attack last week on a casino in the Mexican city of Monterrey that killed 52 people. The state governor of Nuevo Leon, Rodrigo Medina, says the suspects are believed to be members of the Zetas drug cartel. President Felipe Calderon declared three days of national mourning after the attack and in a television interview Monday pledged to continue the fight against organized crime. In the past five years.



GUATEMALA

A commission set up by the U.S. government has delivered a report concerning U.S, medical experiments in Guatemala in the 1940s. The report concludes that at least 83 of the 5,500 Guatemalans involved in experiments on venereal disease died of sexually transmitted disease. The commission concludes that 1,300 of those subjected to diagnostic testing were exposed to STDs, of whom only 700 received some form of treatment. The American researchers were trying to find out whether penicillin could be used to prevent syphilis and gonorrhea. U.S. President Barack Obama apologized to President Alvaro Colon when the experiments were accidentally discovered last year.



VENEZUELA

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has thanked the country for praying for his health as he undergoes a third round of chemotherapy at a military hospital in Caracas. He underwent the first two rounds of treatment in Cuba. He says his treatment has been going well and aims to prevent reappearance of cancer cells more than two months after he underwent surgery in Cuba to remove a tumour from his pelvic region. Mr. Chavez, who was first elected in 1998, has vowed to bounce back and win re-election in 2012.





Financial

AUTO PARTS MAKER, ONTARIO, TO INVEST IN ELECTRIC CAR TECHNOLOGY

Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc. and the Ontario government will invest more than $400 million to research and develop electric vehicle technology. The province's share of the investment is $48 million. The government says the plan will create more than 700 jobs, while preserving 1,700 at four Magna plant in the province.



LUMBER FIRM OFFERS RESTARTED SAWMILL

Forest products firm AbitibiBowater says it wants to invest $32 million to restart an idled sawmill at Ignace in northwestern Ontario. However, the Montreal-based company is making the investment conditional on reaching terms with the United Steelworkers union and with the Township of Ignace regarding matters unspecified. The firm says the sawmill would go back into production in 2014 just as demand for lumber is expected to recover after years of weak U.S. housing starts.



AIR CANADA UNION WANTS OTTAWA'S HANDS OFF

The union representing flight attendants of Canada's biggest airline says it hopes the federal government will not intervene in its current labour dispute. Air Canada's flight attendants voted against a tentative contract on Saturday that was reached earlier this month. There's no walkout planned, but the union says it will schedule a strike vote in September. It will also try to restart talks with the airline. Air Canada's customer service agents walked off the job for three days in June before they were legislated back to work.



MARKETS

TSX on Monday: 12,505 + 177. Dollar: US$1.02, down .15. Euro: $1.41, down .10. Oil: $87.43 + $2.06.





Sports

SPORTS

GOLF

Victoria's Stuart Anderson drained a 25-foot putt

on the second playoff hole to beat Richard Scott of Kingsville,

Ont., at the 2011 Canadian Tour Championship.

Anderson fired a final round 6-under 65 to post 21-under for the

tournament, which was enough to force a playoff at the 7,000-yard

Ambassador Golf Club.

Anderson's winning shot came just moments after he missed a

16-inch putt to seal the win on the first playoff hole.

Anderson picked up his fourth Canadian Tour win and second Tour

Championship of his career, in addition to the $32,000 winner's

purse.





Weather

WEATHER

British Columbia on Tuesday: rain, high C21 Vancouver. Yukon: mix sun cloud. Northwest Territories, Nunavut: rain. Whitehorse 18, Yellowknife 11, Iqaluit 9. Alberta: cloud north, rain south. Saskatchewan, Manitoba: rain. Edmonton 17, Regina 29, Winnipeg 28. Ontario: sun north, rain south. Quebec: sun. Toronto 28, Ottawa, Montreal 24. New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador: mix sun cloud. Prince Edward Island: rain. Fredericton St. John's 22, Halifax 20, Charlottetown 21.





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