Monday, August 29, 2011

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 28 August 2011
Canadian International Sports Weather


The Canadian Hurricane Centre says although Irene has been downgraded to a tropical storm, it still has the potential to cause flooding and wind damage to parts of eastern Canada. Forecasters predict the storm will hit Quebec and the Atlantic provinces late Sunday or early Monday. Heavy rainfall and possible flooding is expected in Quebec's Eastern Townships. The strongest winds and coastal storm surges are expected for western Nova Scotia and southwestern New Brunswick. All flights to and from the U.S. were cancelled at Halifax's Stanfield International. Ferry sailings for Sunday and Monday were cancelled between Digby, Nova Scotia, and Saint John, New Brunswick, and motorists were warned to expect crossing restrictions on the Confederation Bridge between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Hurricane Irene is blamed for nine deaths, and massive power outages on the U.S. east coast and still a threat to southern New England after hitting New York City this morning. It pushed a metre-high storm surge into New York Harbor, briefly sending seawater cascading toward Wall Street.


British Columbia premier Christy Clark says she and Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper agree they must quickly resolve any fallout from the province's scrapping of the Harmonized Sales Tax. Ms. Clark says she and Mr. Harper talked about the issue during an event today in Abbotsford, B.C. A major issue to be resolved is the $1.6 billion in HST transition funding that the federal government had paid the province. Ms. Clark refused to elaborate on her discussions with Harper, saying she is not going to negotiate through the media. The results of a referendum where British Columbians voted to scrap the unpopular Harmonized Sales Tax were released Friday.


The union representing Air Canada's flight attendants said on Sunday it hopes the federal government won't intervene in the current labour dispute. Air Canada's flight attendants voted down a tentative contract on Saturday, reached earlier this month. There's no immediate walkout planned, but their 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.



Libyan rebels say some 50,000 people detained in Tripoli in recent months are now unaccounted for. Spokesman Ahmed Omar Bani say they may have been put into underground bunkers, which have since been abandoned by Colonel Moammar Gadhafi's regime.Many rebels, and their supporters were detained by Gadhafi loyalists during the struggle to topple the regime. Rights groups claim to have seen evidence that dozens of people have been massacred near prisons. In Tripoli Sunday, more than 50 charred bodies were found in a burnt-out warehouse. There're believed to be civilians, executed days ago by members of a brigade commanded by Colonel Gaddafi's son, Khamis, before they abandoned a nearby military base. AlsoSunday, rebels rejected an offer by Gadhafi to negotiate the transfer of power, saying they won't negotiate until he surrenders.


Three prominent Syrian opposition figures were prevented by border officials from leaving the country on Sunday as they tried to cross into Lebanon. One of the three, Fayez Sara, said they had planned to travel to Beirut to take part in a televised discussion on the Syrian uprising, but were stopped on the Syrian side of the frontier and told to turn back. All three have been arrested during the recent uprising. The UN says 2,200 people have been killed in President Bashar al Assad's crackdown on five months of protests against his rule. Meanwhile, members of the Arab League will to go to Syria Sunday to discuss the ongoing crisis with officials in Damascus.


An Iranian accused of assassinating a scientist on behalf of Israel has been sentenced to death. Iran's official news agency IRNA says Majid Jamali-Fashi pleaded guilty to murdering Massoud Ali-Mohammadi in January 2010. The prosecution claimed Jamali-Fashi had travelled to Israel to receive training from the Mossad intelligence agency, and that he had been paid $120,000 to carry out the assassination. Although Iran's news agency described Ali-Mohammadi as a nuclear scientist, a spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation said in the days after his death that he had not played a role in the activities of the organisation.



The head of the International Monetary Fund says the global economy is not growing at a fast enough pace and faces a number of risks to recovery. Christine Lagarde is calling on leaders in the United States and Europe to take aggressive and immediate action to address what she called new cracks appearing in the global economy. She suggests addressing long-term debt problems in the United States and Europe. The IMF chief adds that problems in the U.S. housing market that are making it hard for Americans to get out from under their debts should be dealt with and said European banks must be recapitalized.


Five lawmakers from Japan's ruling party wrapped up a short weekend of campaigning on Sunday, ahead of a vote to choose the nation's sixth prime minister in five years. This comes after Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced on Friday that he was stepping down after less than 15 months in office. Mr. Kan has been criticised for failing to show leadership after the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and ensuing nuclear crisis. Among the five candidates to replace him, Trade Minister Banri Kaieda has become a front runner after winning the backing of a powerful power broker in the governing party. But opinion polls show former foreign minister Seiji Maehara is the most popular candidate among the public.On Monday Japan's 398 lawmakers in the ruling Democratic Party of Japan will vote for the new leader. The winner becomes prime minister once approval is given by the Diet, or parliament.


Singapore's former deputy prime minister Tony Tan has won the country's presidential election by a narrow margin. The result was announced after a recount between Tony Tan and fellow front-runner Tan Cheng Bock. Tony Tan was seen as the preferred candidate of the governing People's Action Party, which has run Singapore since independence. The election was the first of its kind for 18 years. Singapore a former British colony with a parliamentary system of government- instituted the position of president in 1965 when it became a republic. Candidates run as individuals because Singapore's head of state is supposed to be non-partisan.


China's most popular microblogging site is cracking down on what it says is the spread of false rumors. The decision by Sina's Weibo service comes after the ruling Communist Party told Internet companies to tighten control over information online. Sina Corp has sent notices to its 200 million users denying two reports posted on the site, including one about the killing of a 19-year-old woman. It said the accounts of users who originated the reports were temporarily closed. Most of China's Internet companies are privately owned. They have been under incrasing pressure to help Beijing enforce censorship or risk losing the right to operate profitable businesses in a fast-growing market.


Nepal's parliament elected a Maoist leader as prime minister on Sunday after weeks of failure by lawmakers to form a national unity government. Baburam Bhattarai is a senior leader of the former rebels who waged an armed insurgency against the now-toppled monarchy. He's facing the twin challenge of integrating and rehabilitating more than 19,000 former guerrillas and he must oversee preparation of the first republican constitution. They are the two major conditions of a 2006 peace deal which ended a decade-long civil war in Nepal that killed 16,000 people.


Supporters of India's elderly anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare are celebrating across the country. India's parliament on Sunday agreed to support proposed changes to anti-corruption legislation. Hazare had demanded sweeping legislation to create a government watchdog to deal with corruption. But now he says Parliament's move is enough to convince him to end his fast and resume eating nearly 2-weeks after he began his hunger strike.


Survivors and human rights groups say that fighters supporting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi killed detainees and arbitrarily shot civilians as rebel forces took control of the Libyan capital Tripoli in recent days. In one case, Gadhafi fighters opened fire and hurled grenades at more than 120 civilians huddling in a hangar. Some 50 charred corpses were still scattered across the hangar on Sunday. The justice minister in the rebels' interim government, Mohammed al-Alagi, said the allegations would be investigated and leaders of Gadhafi's military units put on trial. A rebel spokesman said many Gadhafi loyalists have fled to Sirte, the leader's home town, and are preparing for a fierce battle.


Iran warned NATO on Sunday against intervention in Syria. Iran's Foreign Minister warned NATO it could end up bogged down in a quagmire similar to Iraq or Afghanistan. Iran is Syria's closest ally in the Middle East. But in recent days, it has tempered its strong support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Iran has called for Mr. al-Assad to respect some of the demands from his people. Analysts say that with the fall of Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, aided by NATO bombings, Iran is concerned something similar could happen in Syria.



In Football Saturday, Calgary beat Montreal 38-31.

And Tampa Bay edged the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5.


The Toronto Blue Jays face off against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday evening.


The Calgary Stampeders beat the Montreal Alouettes 38-31 on Saturday.



Rainy weather across northern Canada on Monday, with 12 C in Whitehorse, 18 C in Yellowknife and 9 C in Iqaluit. Mix of sun and cloud in British Columbia with 20 C in Vancouver. Thunderstorms in Alberta and Saskatchewan with 28 C in Edmonton and 28 C in Regina. Sunny in Manitoba and 25 C in Winnipeg. Sunny in much of Ontario and Quebec. 24 C in Toronto and 23 C in Montreal. Wind and rain in much of the Atlantic provinces with 19 C in Fredericton, 22 C in Halifax, 24 C in Charlottetown and 23 C in St-John’s.

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