Monday, October 10, 2011

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 9 October 2011
Canadian International Sports Weather


A wild fire in southeastern Manitoba has charred nearly 200 square kilometres. Since Saturday the wind has died down. Crews continue to clear brush to try to keep the fire from reaching homes. About 400 people in the villages of Sandilands and Woodridge have been forced to move out. There was better news Saturday for the evacuated residents of the neighbouring municipality of Stuartburn. They were able to return to their homes.


Hockey fans in Winnipeg were set to turn out in force Sunday to watch their hometown team face the Montreal Canadiens. The new Winnipeg Jets are the old Atlanta Thrashers, who were moved to Winnipeg last summer. The original Jets left for Phoenix 15 years ago. Tickets on the street were going for as much as $1,500. The game was a complete sellout, butthousands whocould not get a ticket watched on a giant screen downtown. Among those at the game: Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who managed to score tickets.


Don Cherry says his on-air rant about fighting in hockey on Thursday was a bit over the top. However, he did not apologize Saturday on his Coach's Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada for attacking former NHL enforcers who are now speaking out against fighting. He said his one regret was calling them "pukes." Mr. Cherry said there were young kids watching and the term was rude. In his diatribe, Mr. Cherry also called them hypocrites. Mr. Cherry said Saturday hockey is a tough sport and fans like fights and so does he. The CBC has distanced itself from the comments, putting out a news release saying it doesn't agree with them.


Two former members of the Canadian military say they are being denied benefits from Veterans Affairs to cover travel costs to mental health professionals. A veteran in southeastern Saskatchewan says he was told the department would no longer pay his way to see his psychiatrist in Saskatoon and that he would have to see someone in a community closer to his home. Steve Bird says he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder by a military-approved doctor. He says he fears that going to another psychiatrist will undo the progress he's made. He says he and his wife received a letter from Veterans Affairs last June stating that he would have to find a new doctor in Regina, rather than travel the more than five hours to Saskatoon. He says Veterans Affairs had been reimbursing him for years for his travel costs, but abruptly notified him that would end the following month. Craig Pottie, a veteran in Truro, NS, said he also received notice in July that the hour-long drive to Halifax to see his psychologist would no longer be covered by Veterans Affairs even though the department had been paying the costs for more than five years. Mr. Pottie, who says he was diagnosed with a panic disorder linked to his service, said he was told last February that the coverage would expire and that he would have to find care in Truro. As a result, he says he hasn't seen his psychologist since July. A spokesman with Veterans Affairs couldn't comment on particular cases but said the travel policy states that it's expected veterans will access the nearest health-care provider and that hasn't changed.


About 100 people turned out for a protest in Montreal Saturday demanding a public inquiry into the Quebec construction industry. They say a formal hearing would be the best way to eliminate corruption in the province. Premier Jean Charest has resisted calls for an inquiry for the past two years. But after a recent report by the province's anti-collusion watchdog, Mr. Charest now says he's weighing the possibility.


Environment officials in Nova Scotia say a damaged bulk carrier stranded off Cape Breton doesn't appear to be leaking any fuel or oily waste water. Provincial and federal officials have conducted an assessment of the shoreline, and say they have no concerns about any possible environmental impact -- but will continue to monitor the site. The MV Miner broke free while being towed last month and ran aground near a provincially designated wilderness management area.



The leaders of Germany and France - the Eurozone's two largest economies - say they have reached agreement on strengthening Europe's shaky banking sector. Chancellor Angela Merkel says she and President Nicolas Sarkozy are determined to do wht is necessary to ensure the recapitalization of Europe's banks. Both leaders declined to give details. Their Berlin meeting Sunday was aimed at forging an agreement ahead of a summit of the European Union's 27 leaders later this month.


Initial results from France's Socialist Party show that Francois Hollande and Martine Aubry led primary voting for next year's presidential elections. The party says on its website that long-time party chief Hollande won 39 per cent of the vote and Aubry, author of France's 35-hour workweek law, 30 per cent of the vote based on about 977,000 ballots counted. The party estimates that more than 1.5 million voters took part in Sunday's voting. The runoff will be held Oct. 16 between the top two finishers. The winner would be the main challenger to conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy, widely expected to seek re-election. The competition has gained unusual international attention with the absence of one-time sure nominee Dominique Strauss-Kahn.


An exit poll shows that the centrist Civic Platform party of Prime Minister Donald Tusk is winning Poland's national election with 39.6 per cent of the votes. The TNS OBOP exit poll shows opponent Jaroslaw Kaczynski's conservative Law and Justice party with 30.1 per cent. The poll was published by the all-news station TVN24 on Sunday. Official results are not expected until Monday.


Revolutionary forces were pushing into the centre of Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte on Sunday, squeezing the remaining loyalist fighters still holding out. Anti-Gadhafi fighters have captured the sprawling Ouagadougou Convention Centre as well as Ibn Sina Hospital on the south side of Sirte. They are now battling loyalists in heavy street fighting focused around Green Square in the city centre. At the hospital Sunday, hundreds of wounded civilians crowded the corridors. There was no electricity or water, and a handful of medical students and nurses were the only medical staff. Revolutionary fighters roamed the hallways checking IDs, and took some people suspected of being Gadhafi fighters into custody. Sirte is the last major city in Gadhafi loyalist hands.


A Syrian rights activist said hundreds of Kurdish mourners gathered in a northeastern city for the funeral of five people killed by security forces. Mustafa Osso also says more than a 100 security agents in uniform have deployed in the main square of Qamishli ahead of the funeral, as unrest builds in the majority-Kurdish region. Sunday's procession came a day after more than 50,000 mourners marched through Qamishli to mourn prominent opposition figure Mashaal Tammo. Security forces fired into the crowds, killing five people. Tammo was assassinated Friday.


Protesters camped out in Sanaa's central square have cast doubt on the latest pledge by President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign. They say his comments Saturday that he would step down in the coming days was another promise that he will break. In the last six months, Mr. Saleh has backed out of signing a Gulf-mediated power transition deal three times. The opposition says the government is holding up negotiations after Mr. Saleh's return from Saudi Arabia, where he had gone for treatment after a June assassination attempt. Demonstrations aimed at toppling his 33-year reign began nine months ago.


Jewish settlers clashed with Palestinian farmers on Sunday as they tried to pick olives from land owned by the family of two men convicted of killing a young settler family in March. At least three Palestinians were injured when dozens of settlers armed with sticks and stones attacked the group of about 50 workers as they tried to harvest the olives on land belonging to the Awwad family from the nearby village of Awarta. The olive groves lie very close to the edge of Itamar settlement where a young couple was stabbed to death along with three of their young children earlier this year, in an attack by two young Palestinian men from the Awwad family. Israeli troops arrived at the scene and broke up the clashes, and were trying to protect the farmers, although the settlers remained close by, throwing stones and shouting: "Death to the Awwad family."


State television reported Sunday at least one soldier had been killed in riots that erupted in Cairo as Christians protesting a recent attack on a church came under attack. An Interior Ministry official at the scene told Associated Press that two people were killed in the riots on Sunday, but did not give details. A number of military vehicles were set on fire and thick black smoke rose along the Nile outside the state television building.



Officials said Sunday police had arrested around 30 Islamist demonstrators set on attacking the offices of a television channel that had shown the award-winning film "Persepolis." An Interior Ministry spokesman said police blocked the attackers before they could reach the offices of the Nessma private television channel in the centre of Tunis. The head of Nessma said on radio Mosaique FM that the attackers were angered by the channel's recent showing of "Persepolis," Marjane Satrapi's moving and humorous adaptation of her graphic novels about growing up during and after Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. He said they consider it hostile to their religious convictions. The film won the jury prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.


President Hu Jintao on Sunday called for Taiwan and the Chinese mainland to reunite, as he marked the 100th anniversary of the revolution that ended the nation's long imperial history. Speaking at a ceremony attended by top Communist Party leaders, Mr. Hu also ruled out Taiwanese independence in a statement in which he said that achieving reunification through peaceful means is what most suits Chinese people's fundamental interests, including Taiwan compatriots. President Hu also reiterated that China is committed to peaceful development, amid concerns about the nation's military build-up and growing territorial assertiveness.


A South African newspaper reports that the government of Jacob Zuma refused to give Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, a visa to attend Archbishop Desmond Tutu's birthday celebrations because it feared his trip would jeopardise trade ties with China. City Press claims to have obtained the information in foreign ministry documents which stressed that China - South Africa's largest trading partner - was key to helping the country avoid the last recesssion. China regards the Dalai Lama as a "splittist" and frowns on overseas travel by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader. On Saturday the Dalai Lama spoke by videoconference as Mr. Tutu's birthday celebrations wrapped up. He criticized censorship in China and said hypocrisy and telling lies had unfortunately become part of life in "the communist totalitarian system," and that people who spoke truthfully and honestly sparked discomfort.


Police in New Delhi detained more than a dozen Tibetan exiles demonstrating outside the Chinese Embassy in the Indian capital. The Tibetan Youth Congress said Sunday's demonstration was organized as a show of solidarity following recent self-immolation protests by Tibetans against the Chinese government. A police officer said they were detained for violating a law prohibiting more than four people from gathering in the area around the embassy. Five Tibetans have set themselves on fire in southwest China's Sichuan province in the past two weeks.


Polls opened late and to low turnout in Cameroon's capital for a presidential election widely expected to take the nation's long-time president into his fourth decade in power. Witnesses said officials arrived late to polling stations and many Cameroonians were still in church service early on Sunday in Yaounde. Officials opened polls on time in the commercial hub Douala, but voters started trickling in nearly an hour late. A fractured opposition and aloof electorate have made Paul Biya's victory a foregone conclusion, despite popular frustration over high living costs and unemployment. The opposition has expressed concern over the impartiality of election authorities and hinted at protests if the elections are not free and fair. One of Africa's remaining strongmen, Mr. Biya has won every election since he was bequeathed power in 1982.


Prime Minister John Keysaid Sundayserious questions must be answered about why a container ship ran aground on a reef off one of the country's most scenic coastlines. Officials say 20 to 30 tonnes of oil have spilled into the Bay of Plenty, one of the country's top tourist destinations, since the Liberian-flagged MV Rena ran aground on Wednesday. If the ship breaks up, 1,700 tonnes of heavy fuel would spill into an area that is home to a variety of aquatic life and birds.




Saturday's results: Phil Kessel had three goals and an assist to lead Toronto to a 6-5 win over Ottawa at the Air Canada Centre...Pittsburgh scored four second-period four goals to beat Calgary 5-3 at the Saddledome...The NHL returned to Manitoba after a 15-year absence Sunday as Winnipeg played their season-opener against the Montreal Canadiens.


Saturday's result: Paul McCallum set a CFL record for consecutive field goals, and capped a big night with a 53-yarder on the final play to give the BC their seventh win in a row, 33-31 over Calgary. McCallum made his first three field goal attempts, giving him 30 overall, to break Dave Ridgway's record of 28. McCallum's try for number 31 sailed wide, and Larry Taylor returned it 122 yards for a touchdown.



Vancouver has periods of rain. The forecast high temperature: 12 degrees Celsius. Calgary has a mix of sun and cloud with a forecast high of 12. Regina is cloudy with a chance of showers, a high of 11. Winnipeg has rain, a high of 18. Central Canada is sunny. Highs: 24 in Toronto, 25 in Ottawa, 23 in Montreal. Fredericton is sunny, a high of 22. Charlottetown has a mix of sun and cloud, a high of 19. Halifax is sunny, a high of 23. St. John's is cloudy with a chance of showers, a high of 16. Whitehorse is cloudy, a high of five. Yellowknife is cloudy with a chance of showers, a high of four. Iqaluit is cloudy with a chance of showers, a high of zero.

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