Monday, August 1, 2011

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 31 July 2011
Canadian International Sports Weather


Canadian beef exporters say they are looking to Russia to increase sales. The exporters hope to counter a drop in beef sales to the U.S. - traditionally their biggest customer. Sales have slipped because the Canadian dollar has been trading above its American counterpart for several months. The Canadian Cattlemen's Association predicts developing countries will be a key source of growth in the future.


The Canada Border Services Agency has announced the removal from the country of a war crimes suspect. Manuel De La Torre Herrera, from Peru, was arrested July 25 in Toronto, just days after the federal government launched a website featuring photographs 30 alleged war criminals. The government says Herrera was part of a brutal regime in Peru, and was denied a refugee claim several years ago. He went underground and was only found last week. Since the website was published, five alleged war criminals have been arrested. Officials say public response has been tremendous and tips have been flowing in. Some critics say publication of the website undermines the idea that people in Canada are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


A part of a major Montreal downtown tunnel collapsed on Sunday morning, raising further concern about the state of infrastructure in the province of Quebec. No one was hurt. On weekdays, the Ville-Marie tunnel is used by about one hundred thousand vehicles. The large concrete slab measuring about 15 metres long fell as workers were undertaking maintenance worker. There is some suspicion that vibrations from the workers' tools caused the collapse. The tunnel has been closed indefinitely. It is unclear how long it will take to clear the debris. The rest of the tunnel will need to be checked for safety before the tunnel may be re-opened. In the past decade, Montreal has seen other cases of large slabs falling from highway overpasses and buildings. There is also concern about the safety of the Champlain Bridge linking downtown Montreal with its south shore suburbs.


Toronto's annual Caribbean Carnival parade, formerly known as Caribana, was marred by a shooting incident Saturday. Officials say the gunfire erupted last night after police checked out a report of a disturbance involving three men along the parade route. A 30-year-old man died of his wounds. A woman said to be in her early '20s is in critical condition and another man was grazed by a bullet. The shooting is being probed by the Special Investigations Unit, which looks into cases involving death or injury involving Ontario police officers.


Rust on Canada's submarines is limiting the depth to which they can descend. A navy document obtained by the Canadian Press recommends that one submarine, HMCS Windsor, should have its rust removed by grinding rather than by more expensive methods such as welding or replacing plates. As a result, the vessel's depth range will be limited. The navy is declining to confirm if the depth limit recommendation has been enforced. Canada's navy has three submarines that were bought from Great Britain. Critics of the sale said that the vessels were old and prone to repair.



Sunday was one of the bloodiest days in Syria since pro-democracy protests began in March. Security forces cracked down on demonstrators across the country. Unconfirmed reports say that In the northern city of Hama,as many as 140people werekilled. Residents said tanks and artillery moved into the city at dawn, shelling civilians. The government says that it sent troops into the city to remove barricades set up by protestors. In 1982, Hama suffered a massacre when government troops were sent to crush an Islamist revolt. U.S. President Barack Obama says the reports from Hama are horrifying andPresident Bashar al-Assad has shown himself unwilling to respond to legitimate grievances. Elsewhere, residents of a Damascus suburb say over 40 people were injured when Syrian forces threw nail bombs during protests for democratic reforms. Activists say more than 1,500 civilians and 350 security personnel have been killed across Syria since the protests broke out.


U.S. Senators have defeated a proposal to end a debt crisis that threatens to plunge the United States into economic chaos. U.S. legislators have until Tuesday to come to a compromise or risk defaulting on the U.S. national debt. Failure to reach a deal could have bad consequences for world stock markets, including markets in Canada, the United States's biggest trading partner. The defeated deal proposed to cut U.S. government spending by three trillion dollars, to impose spending limits over the next ten years, and to keep taxes at the same level. After the vote, legislators continued to debate a solution. The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, is still expressing confidence that a compromise deal can still be reached.


The African Union has announced it will hold a summit to pledge help for the victims of Somalia's drought. But it set no date for the meeting. The statement comes after criticism in the African media of the failure of the continent's leaders to help famine victims across the Horn of Africa. The United Nations announced several weeks ago that the famine is spreading across southern Somalia. It now warns of an intensifying crisis, with over 12 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti urgently needing help.


China's state news agency says at least 15 people have died this weekend in the western restive region of Xinjiang. The violence began on Saturday in the city of Kashgar, when two men killed a truck driver, then drove his vehicle into pedestrians and attacked them with knives, killing six. A crowd turned on the attackers, killing one of them. The second was captured. A local official was quoted as saying that both of the attackers were members of the Uighur minority. On Sunday, an explosion killed three people in Kashgar and police shot dead four suspects. Twenty-eight people were injured and taken to hospital.It's the second outbreak of violence in Xinjiang this month. Two weeks ago, several police officers and a number of civilians died in an attack on a police station in the city of Hotan. China blamed the attack on what it described as Uighur terrorists.


Libyan rebels clashed in the early hours of Sunday with an armed gang they said was loyal to Moammar Gadhafi in the rebel-held east of the country. Rebel spokesman Mahmoud Shammam told reporters in Benghazi that the clashes broke out when rebel forces attacked a militia that had helped some 300 Gadhafi loyalists break out of jail on Friday. He said at least six rebels were killed in the clashes, which involved rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns. The 300 Gaddafi soldiers and loyalists who broke out of jail were apparently still at large.In Berlin, Germany's foreign ministry has ordered the expulsion of a senior Libyan diplomat because of his allegiance to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The diplomat had arrived in Berlin on July 22nd. Last week, Britain expelled the entire staff of Libya's London embassy and asked Libyan rebels to provide representatives in London.


A suicide bomber killed 12 Afghan policemen and a child in the southern city of Lashkar Gah on Sunday when he detonated a car bomb. Twelve people were wounded in the blast, nine of them policemen. The city was recently handed over to Afghan security forces. The explosion happened near the police chief's compound in the provincial capital and appeared to target a joint Afghan police and army patrol.


The judge who will try Egypt's ousted leader Hosni Mubarak has vowed a speedy trial with all hearings to be broadcast live on state television. Mubarak, his security chief and six top police officers could be sentenced to death if found guilty on charges they ordered the use of lethal force against protesters during Egypt's 18-day uprising. Some 850 protesters were killed. About 600 people will be allowed to attend the trial, scheduled to open Wednesday in the country's national police academy in a Cairo suburb. Mubarak's sons Gamal and Alaa will also be tried along with their father and a close associate on charges of corruption.


An Iranian woman who was blinded by a suitor who threw acid on her face has pardoned her attacker at the last minute, sparing him from being blinded by acid as retribution. Iranian state television broadcast footage Sunday of Ameneh Bahrami in the operating room with her attacker, Majid Mohavedi, who was on his knees waiting for her to drop acid in his eyes as punishment. Ms. Bahrami said she has forgiven Mohavedi. He poured acid on her face, blinding her in 2004 for rejecting his marriage proposal. A court had backed Ms Bahrami's demand in 2008 that Majid Movahedi be blinded.


Ukraine observed a day of mourning on Sunday for 37 miners killed in two accidents in coal pits in the country's eastern industrial district. The emergency ministry says the bodies of all of the victims have now been recovered. The first disaster occurred Friday at a mine in the Luhansk region where 21 workers died. Investigators suspect the accident was caused by an explosion of methane. Sixteen other miners died in the Donetsk region Saturday, when an elevator collapsed. Ceremonies for Russian Naval Day in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, which hosts a Russian naval base, began with a minute of silence to remember the dead. The commander of the Russian Black sea fleet Alexander Fedotenko said all the entertainment events for Navy Day, a landmark holiday, had been cancelled.


Nine people drowned early Sunday when a pleasure boat collided with a barge and sank on the Moscow River in Russia's capital. Seven of the 16 people on board the vessel were rescued. The boat was reported to have been hosting a birthday party and is suspected to have been overcrowded. Russian police arrested the director of the company that rented the boat and a ship registrar who certified it.


Palestinian government workers in the West Bank are threatening to stage an open-ended strike if they are not paid within 48 hours. The Palestinian Authority says it is facing a financial crisis because donor countries, and particularly Arab governments, have failed to deliver pledged aid. That forced Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to cut back on the salaries of government employees. They received only half their pay in June while salaries for July have yet to be paid. The employees say with the holy month of Ramadan, during which extra expenses are incurred, about to begin, they have no alternative but to strike.



Guyana plans to improve its airport landing systems to avoid crashes. Guyana's Civil Aviation Director Zulfikar Mohamed made the announcement one day after a Caribbean Airlines jetliner broke in two after sliding off the runway at the airport in Georgetown. No one about the 162 people on board was killed, but about 30 people were hurt. One of 12 Canadian passengers suffered a minor injury. U.S. investigators will aid in the investigation into the cause of the accident. The new landing system will help pilots to land in poor weather.





Canadian Ryan Cochrane on Sunday won his second silver medal at the world swimming championships in Shanghai. He came second in the men's 15-hundred metres. Sun Yang of China was first in a world record performance.




Former Blue Jays star Roberto Alomar had his No. 12 jersey retired on Sunday in a ceremony before Toronto's game against the Texas Rangers. Alomar is the first Toronto player to have his jersey retired. He was recently inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. On Sunday, Toronto beat Texas, 7-3.

In the Canadian Football League on Saturday, Calgary defeated Saskatchewan 22-18.



Here is Canada's weather forecast for Monday, August 1. British Columbia will mainly sunny. The high temperature in Vancouver will be 22 degrees Celsius. The Yukon: mainly cloudy. Whitehorse, 17. Northwest Territories: mainly cloudy. Yellowknife, 21. Nunavut: mainly sunny. Iqaluit, 16. Alberta: sunny. Edmonton, 22. Saskatchewan: variable cloudiness. Regina, 28. Manitoba: mainly cloudy. Winnipeg, 31. Ontario: sunny. Toronto: 31. Ottawa, 30. Quebec: mainly sunny. Montreal, 29. New Brunswick: variable cloudiness. Fredericton, 26. Nova Scotia: sunny. Halifax, 24. Prince Edward Island: variable cloudiness. Charlottetown, 26. Newfoundland: mainly cloudy. St. John's, 18.

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