Sunday, September 25, 2011

RCI Cyberjournal


Central Bank Governor Mark Carney saysCanada has every tool it had in 2008 if another crisis hits the global economy.In an interview broadcast on CBC Radio, Mr. Carney saysCanada would feel the battering from a new recession, but he stressed that the country would enter any new crisisin essentially the samemannerit did during the last one, with strong companies, a working banking system, and a sound fiscal position that would allow Ottawa to mount a new rescue package of the economy. Mr. Carney's remarks add some details to the statements he and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty made Friday evening at a news conference in Washington, where the two were attending G20 meetings aimed at heading off a European financial crisis. The finance minister said he still expected Canada's economy to continue to grow, although more modestly than previously thought.


A major human rights group is urging Canada's federal government to bring criminal charges against former US vice-president Dick Cheney for his alleged role in the torture of Canadian detainees. Human Rights Watch says overwhelming evidence of torture by the Bush administration, including at least two cases involving Canadian citizens, obligates Canada to investigate Mr. Cheney to comply with the Convention Against Torture. In addition, the New York-based group says Canadian law expressly provides for jurisdiction over an individual for torture and other crimes if the complainant is a Canadian citizen, even for offences committed outside of Canada. The group says it has documented the role of senior Bush administration officials in authorizing torture of detainees, including "waterboarding" and prolonged exposure to heat and cold. It further says the US was directly responsible or complicit in the alleged torture of at least two Canadian citizens, Maher Arar and Omar Khadr Mr. Cheney will be in Vancouver on Monday on a tour to promote his book "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir."


A close friend says Ralph Klein has been hospitalized in Calgary to deal with problems relating to lung congestion and dementia. Rod Love says the 68-year-old former Alberta premier has been hospitalized twice in recent weeks due mainly to his chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. Mr. Klein also suffers from aphasia, a form of progressive dementia. Mr. Love, who was Mr. Klein's political right-hand man, says the ex-premier is expected to be discharged from hospital within the week. He says Mr. Klein has been feeling unwell the past couple of weeks and his wife, Colleen, and his doctors both felt it would be prudent to get him into hospital and get things stabilized. Mr. Klein was Alberta premier from 1992 to 2006 and became a national figure for his folksy charm and sharp tongue.


One of the pilots killed in a plane crash on a Yellowknife street on Thursday is being remembered as a vivacious and adventurous young woman. Nicole Stacey's uncle, Greg Stacey, says flying was a big part of her life. He describes her as bright and adventurous and says she was in the army reserves all through high school. The 26-year-old Stacey and her 36-year-old fellow pilot, Trevor Jonasson were killed when their Twin Otter float plane crashed during an attempt to land on Great Slave Lake, sliding between two buildings. Seven passengers were injured, two of them seriously. Arctic Sunwest Charters has suspended flights until Monday as the airline deals with the aftermath of the crash. The company says grief counsellors have been called in to help staff and relatives of the crew and passengers.


Security forces killed at least 13 civilians on Saturday, nearly all in the central region of Homs. Nine people were killed by security forces during anti-regime protests in the Homs area on Friday. The office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva has said the death toll from the crackdown on dissent since March 15 has risen to more than 2,700. Meanwhile, the European Union has imposed further sanctions against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.


A six-ton NASA science satellite pierced the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean and fell back to earth early Saturday. But the US space agency said it is not yet known where the remains landed. There were reports on the social network site, Twitter, of debris falling over Okotoks, a town south of Calgary in western Canada, that experts said most likely were satellite remains. One of the largest spacecraft to plummet uncontrollably through the atmosphere was NASA's 75-ton Skylab station, which crashed to Earth in July 1979.


Kenya's prime minister pledged Saturday that he will work to stop extreme hunger in East Africa as national and UN leaders gathered to discuss the region's devastating famine. Prime Minister Ralia Odinga, whose country is among those suffering from the crisis, became the first to sign a charter devised by non-governmental organizations including Oxfam, ONE, Save the Children, and World Vision. The organizations are calling on all countries in the region to ensure famine never occurs again by repairing an international emergency warning system, and supporting local food production. African and UN leaders gathered at UN headquarters in New York for a day-long meeting on the famine threatens the lives of 750,000 people.


Top global finance officialspledged Saturdayto work decisively and in a co-ordinated way to deal with a European debt crisis and other dangers confronting the global economy. The International Monetary Fund's policy-setting committee said the economy has entered a dangerous new phase. The panel said close watching of the situation and a willingness to take bold actions quickly are crucial. Officials say they're encouraged by the willingness of the 17 nations that share the euro currency to do what's needed to resolve Europe's debt crisis. They say the IMF stands ready to strongly support further efforts. The IMF is already providing bailout support to three heavily indebted European countries -- Greece, Portugal and Ireland. The IMF's statement didn't give specifics on how much extra support might be possible. The statement came as G20 finance ministers mettofind a way to avert another global recession continued in Washington, which was also hosting the annual meeting of the World Bank and the IMF. Both Canada's finance minister, Jim Flaherty, and US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner called on European leaders to take urgent new steps to prevent the eurozone debt crisis from spreading. Mr. Flaherty said Europe must move quickly on a massive bailout for its largest banks. He said there was no time to lose to head off another recession. Mr. Flaherty wants European leaders to put together a facility similar to the near-trillion-dollar bailout that Washington announced late in 2008 to save American banks. Britain's financial chief, Chancellor George Osborne has also warned that European leaders have six weeks to end the crisis.



Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is rejecting a peacemaking blueprint forwarded by international mediators. Mr. Abbas said Saturday that the proposal by the so-called Quartet--the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States--is unacceptable because it doesn't demand a halt to Israeli settlement construction or negotiations based on pre-1967 borders before Israel captured land the Palestinians claim for their state. He was speaking to reporters on the plane carrying him back from the United Nations, where he submitted a statehood bid on Friday. Mr. Abbas said he expects the UN Security Council to consider the bid within weeks.


Clashes rocked the capital of Sanaa on Saturday, leaving dozens of people dead a day after President Ali Abdullah Saleh returned from months of medical treatment in Riyadh carrying "the dove of peace." An eerie calm finally prevailed in the late afternoon as the guns fell silent, an after raging gunfire killed people and rattled nerves. Activists sai hundreds of others were wounded as the death toll spiralled to 173 people over the past week. State news agency Saba said 24 of Mr. Saleh's soldiers have also been killed. As gunfire echoed across the capital, hundreds of thousands of people set out in a massive march from Change Square, which itself came under fire from the security forces from several directions.


Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says he has accepted a proposal to stand for president in March 2012. Addressing the ruling United Russia party's annual congress, Mr. Putin and the current president, Dmitry Medvedev, backed one another to switch roles. The announcementsbrought to an end speculation about which man would run for the top job. United Russia is led by Mr. Putin and dominates the nation's politics. He served two terms as president before Mr. Medvedev took over in 2008. The constitution barred Mr. Putin from standing a third consecutive term.


Hundreds of rebel fighters have pushed into Colonel Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte in the first significant assault in a week. Explosions rocked the city and plumes of smoke rose into the sky on Saturday as revolutionary fighters fired rockets and heavy artillery from outside and Col. Gadhafi's forces returned fire. The fighters have occupied a key roundabout called Zafaran west of the downtown area. They said their goalwas to occupy two neighbourhoods on the western side of the city. The two sides have been locked in a stand-off since former rebels tried to advance on the city a week ago but were repelled by fierce resistance. Sirte is one of three Gadhafi strongholds that refused to surrender after revolutionary forces seized control of Tripoli.


An Egyptian court has delayed the verdict in the key trial of two police officers. They are accused of beating an Egyptian activist whose death contributed to an uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February. The judge set a hearing for Oct. 22 to allow lawyers to study a forensic report submitted by a team of medical experts who had examined the activist's corpse to determine the cause of his death. Witnesses and rights activists have said that Khaled Said, 28, died in the port city of Alexandria after two policemen dragged him out of an internet cafe and beat him. Egyptian authorities said he died after choking on drugs.


Rioters in the southern province of Guangdong besieged government buildings, attacked police officers and overturned police vehicles during protests this week against the seizure of farmland. The protests continued Friday with farmers from Lufeng gathered in front of a government building banging gongs and holding aloft signs that said "Give us back our farmland" and "Let us continue farming." The authorities say the violence escalated Thursday after rumors spread that the police had killed a girl. At least four people were arrested, including a man officials accused of instigating the crowd. More frequent episodes of civil unrest in China have been fueled by popular discontent over industrial pollution, police misconduct or illegal land grabs that leave peasants with little or no compensation.


The Dalai Lama says if he is to be reincarnated he will leave written instructions about the process, but that the issue is unlikely to come up soon. The Tibetan spiritual leader said in a statement Saturday that when he is about 90 he will consult Buddhist scholars to evaluate whether the institution of Dalai Lama should continue at all. He is 76. The statement came after a meeting with religious scholars in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamshala. Concerns that China will appoint a new leader after his death have led him to contemplate ideas that break with the ancient system of each dead Dalai Lama being reincarnated in the body of a male child. He has suggested that he could name a successor in his own lifetime and that the next Dalai Lama could even be a woman.


Some of Spain's top matadors gathered for a final weekend of bullfighting before the blood sport is banned in the northeast Catalonia region. Top flight 'toreros' were on the bill both Saturday and Sunday at the La Monumental arena in Barcelona. They include Jose Tomas, one of the country's most popular bullfighters. The ban on the sport takes effect Jan. 1, but this is the last event of the 2011 season in the Catalan capital. The conservative, pro-bullfighting newspaper El Mundo ran an analysis by an economist lamenting among other things how much money the city will miss by banning bullfighting. It published another piece that read like an obituary, with vignettes on matadors who made their names in Catalonia and others -- four in La Monumental -- who died in the ring.



Brandon Morrow pitched seven shutout innings as Toronto beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 Friday in Florida.


Brandon Whitaker scored three touchdowns as Montreal defeated host Edmonton 34-21 Friday. The Als are now two points behind East-leading Winnipeg with a 7-5 record. Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo was knocked out of the game with a huge third-quarter hit...A media report says Alouettes receiver Danny Desriveaux has filed a civil suit in court against teammate Kerry Carter. Desriveaux says he invested $15,000 two years ago in a company owned by Carter. Desriveaux wants his money back and says Carter is refusing.


The NBA on Friday postponed training camps indefinitely and cancelled 43 pre-season games while it tries to reach a new labour agreement with the players..


Former NHL goaltender Kevin Weekes says this week's banana throwing incident involving Philadelphia forward Wayne Simmonds hits close to home. Weekes, who like Simmonds is black, says he had a banana thrown at him during the 2002 playoffs while he was a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. Thursday's incident in London, ON against Simmonds has prompted questions about whether there were racial overtones. Simmonds is shrugging the incident off. He says when you're black you to learn to expect racist things and deal with it. Weekes says he's not surprised by the incident because there are still people with their head in the sand who aren't comfortable with blacks in hockey. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman calls it the stupid and ignorant action of one fan. He says it doesn't represent hockey fans or the people of London.


A judge in Montreal has ruled that the widow of former world champion Arturo Gatti's can no longer be questioned about the night before he died two years ago. The decision came after a lawyer for Amanda Rodrigues argued the events of that night are not relevant to the ongoing civil trial dealing with the late boxer's estate. Justice Claudine Roy agreed, telling the Montreal trial the line of questioning from lawyers for the Gatti family amounted to a "fishing expedition." Ms. Rodrigues and the family are locked in a bitter dispute over who should get the estimated $3.4 million that is left in Gatti's estate. On Thursday, Ms. Rodrigues testified that a drunken Gatti hit her in public just hours before he died and that she fell to the ground. She says the dispute came after an evening at a pizzeria in the small Brazilian resort town of Porto de Galinhas.


Vancouver has rain with a forecast high temperature of 17 degrees Celsius. Calgary and Regina are sunny, highs of 27. Winnipeg is sunny, a high of 23. Toronto is sunny, a high 22. Ottawa has a mix of sun and cloud, a high of 26. Montreal is sunny, a high of 25. Atlantic Canada has a mix of sun and cloud. Highs: 25 in Fredericton, 22 in Charlottetown, 23 in Halifax, 17 in St. John's. Whitehorse has a mix of sun and cloud, a high of 10. Yellowknife is cloudy with a 60 percent chance of showers, a high of 10. Iqaluit is cloudy with 70 percent of showers, a high of five.