Monday, September 5, 2011

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 4 September 2011
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A First Nation in British Columbia has welcomed its ancestors back home. The remains of 142 members of the Heiltsuk First Nation have been reburied in the small community of Namu, 34 years after they were dug up by curious archaeologists. Some of the remains date back 45-hundred years. Simon Fraser University agreed to give them back, last month. Heiltsuk Chief Harvey Humchitt says it feels good to return his ancestors to their proper burial grounds.


What was designed as a life saving device did just the opposite on an Ontario highway this past week. A motorist, a 43-year-old man, was killed when he lost control of his vehicle after a fire extinguisher smashed though his windshield. Police have concluded the extinguisher had fallen from a garbage truck and then bounced several times before hitting the victim's vehicle.



Six Syrian soldiers and three civilians have been killed in an ambush by an armed group in central Syria. The official Sana news agency says 17 others were injured when gunmen opened fire on the bus near Hama. Elsewhere, local residents and activists say security forces killed at least eight civilians in stepped up raids into restive northwestern towns. Syria blames what it says are foreign-backed armed groups for the ongoing protests against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. The United Nations says more than 2,200 people have been killed in government crackdowns since pro-democracy demonstrations began in mid-March. Today, the state-run newspaper Al-Thawra condemned a decision by the European Union to ban Syrian oil imports, describing it as a sign that Europe is trying to regain its colonial past.


At least 20 people have been killed and more than 50 are missing after powerful Typhoon Talas ripped through western Japan. The storm made landfall on Shikoku island Saturday, packing heavy rains and winds of up to 109 kilometres an hour. Forecasters warn that similar conditions remain in effect and residents should be on the alert against the threat of floods and landslides. Evacuations orders have been issued. Some of the worst hit areasts are in Nara and Wakayama prefectures.


Iran's first nuclear power station has been connected to the country's electricity grid. Officials say the plant is supplying 60 megawatts of its 1,000 megawatt capacity to the national grid. The reactor's generating unit began operating at a low level in May. Iran says its intentions are peaceful. But the International Atomic Energy Agency has said it is increasingly concerned that Tehran is also secretly working on components for a nuclear weapons program.


Turkey says it will challenge Israel's blockade of Gaza at the International Court of Justice. It is the latest sign of strain between the two countries, since last year's Israeli raid on ships heading for Gaza. Israel refused to apologize for the deaths of nine people in the raid, most of whom were Turkish. Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says his government rejects the findings of a UN report which said Israel's blockade of Gaza was a legal security measure. Turkey has expelled Israel's ambassador and has also halted military co-operation with Israel.


Israelis took to the streets again this weekend to protest against the high cost of living. Some reports say as many as 400-thousand people joined the protests, the largest so far. The biggest rallies were in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa. The demonstrators began protesting against the high cost of housing, food, education and health care earlier this Summer. Recently. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government responded by forming a committee to examine calls for reform. However, he warned that he could not meet all of the demands for change.


Dominque Strauss-Kahn has returned home to France from the United States. The former head of the International Monetary Fund arrived in Paris early Sunday morning. He was allowed to leave the U.S. after prosecutors dropped charges of sexual assaultlaid in May after a New York City hotel maid accused Strauss-Kahn of raping her. He'd denied the charges. Later, questions regarding the maid's credibility led to the case being dropped. The former I-M-F chief had been touted as a possible Socialist contender for the French presidency to replace Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012. But opinion polls in France say the electorate would not vote for Strauss-Kahn after his legal troubles in the U.S.


Three days of mourning are underway in Cuba for Defence Minister Julio Casas Regueiro who has died of heart failure at aged 75 on Saturday. The veteran of the revolution oversaw the Cuban military's economic activities until 2008, when President Raul Castro made him defence minister. Mr. Casas Regueiro was an accountant who fought under Raul Castro's command against Fulgencio Batista, who was ousted in January 1959.


China's propaganda authorities have placed two of Beijing's most popular newspapers under new management in an apparent effort to censor the news. The government-run Qianlong website announced the changes at "Beijing News" and the "Beijing Times," on Saturday night. It said the move is aimed at bringing the two papers under the control of local management and reining in an advertising war between the publications. Qianlog added that the two papers may be merged into one. The Beijing News was formerly a joint undertaking between the Guangming Daily Group and the Southern Daily Group, arguably China's most daring newspaper publisher. The People's Daily Group, whose flagship People's Daily is the official Communist Party mouthpiece, ran the Beijing Times. Officials and journalists at both papers have refused interviews concerning the management shuffle. But Internet postings on the move were critical.


Residents of the southern US state of Louisiana are feeling the effects of tropical storm Lee, while hurricane Katia bides her time over the Atlantic. The Miami-based hurricane center said it was still too soon to gauge the potential threat to land or to the US East Coast from Katia, but cautioned that it was well worth keeping an eye on. The slow moving Lee is expected to keep dumping rain in the US Gulf Coast region for a while. Heavy rain has sent water lapping at the front doors of some low-lying homes in Louisiana, while power has been cut to thousands there and in Mississippi.


Hopes for a bloodless end to the siege of the Libyan town of Bani Walid are fading. Negotiations over the surrender of the town, one of Col. Gadhafi's remaining strongholds, have collapsed, and rebels were waiting for the green light to launch their final attack. Rebel negotiator Abdullah Kanshil said the talks had broken down after Moussa Ibrahim, Gadhafi's chief spokesman and a top aide, had insisted the rebels put down their weapons before entering the town, situated some 140 kilometres southeast of Tripoli. The rebels have extended to Saturday a deadline for the surrender of Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte and other loyalist areas, but some have warned they could attack Bani Walid sooner because many of the most prominent former regime officials were believed to be inside.



N.Y. Yankees 9 Toronto 3


(Bled, Slovenia) Canada's lightweight women's double won silver Sunday at the world rowing championships. Victoria natives Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee picked up the medal one day after securing a spot in 2012 Olympics. Jennerich was the 2010 World Champion in this event with Tracy Cameron. However, an injury in early August took Cameron away from training and Obee, just 19 years old, stepped in. Greece won gold in six minutes 59.80 seconds, Canada was second in 7:03.46 and Britain third in 7:04.33, over 2,000 metres. Meanwhile, Canada's adaptive mixed coxed four won a silver medal in 3:31.84. Britain won the race in 3:27.10 while Germany finished third in 3:33.27. Elsewhere, Canada's men's four won the B final to finish seventh overall and qualify for the Olympics.The lightweight men's double of Doug Vandor and Cam Sylvester secured an Olympic spot by finishing fifth in the B final.


Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Otis Floyd is retiring after 11 seasons in the CFL. Floyd played 164 games with Hamilton, Edmonton Calgary and B.C. He had 588 defensive tackles and 29 quarterbacks while being named a West Division all-star three times. Floyd also won the Grey Cup twice in 2001 and 2006. The 35 year old played the last two seasons with Hamilton but was not signed for this season. Floyd will be at Ivor Wynne Stadium on Monday to lead the Ticats out of the tunnel before they take on the Montreal Alouettes.


MONDAY, SEPT 5, 2011

Sunshine will prevail across the western half of the country, with daytime highs of 22 in Vancouver, 26 in Calgary and Edmonton, 27 in Saskatoon, 25 in Regina, 22 in Winnipeg and 18 in Thunder Bay. Central and parts of eastern Canada will experience showers, with highs of 20 in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. Frederiction will reach 28 and Charlottetown 26, with sunshine and rain showers. A mix of sunshine and cloud for Halifax and St. John's, with highs of 26 and 23. In the far north, rain for Whitehorse and Iqualit, with highs of 12 and 7. Yellowknife will enjoy some sunshine, with a high of 16.

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