Monday, November 7, 2011

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 6 November 2011
Canadian International Sports Weather

Israeli forces said to have beaten activists trying to breach Gaza blockade

Israel has yet to release activists who were seized aboard Canadian and Irish ships trying to breach the naval blockade of Gaza on Friday, despite a pledge to do so. Canadian protest organizers say that some activists were beaten when they refused to voluntarily leave the ships. Israel has said no one was hurt when its forces took command of the Canadian-owned Tahrir and an Irish vessel two-days ago. One of the injured is identified as Canadian David Heap who said he was hit with a stun gun, or taser, fired by Israeli forces and has some bruises to prove it. Mr. Heap was one of 21 activists on the Canadian vessel that was trying to take medical supplies into Gaza when it was intercepted by Israeli forces on Friday.


Quebec woman wants right to die

A Quebec woman is going to court in hopes of getting the right to a doctor-assisted suicide. Ginette Leblanc's lawyer says she suffers from a degenerative disease, that will eventually leave her paralyzed. Her life expectency is between two and five years. Quebec lawyer Rene Duval is arguing the section of the criminal code that makes it illegal to assist or advise someone to commit suicide is unconstitutional. He says since the Canadian Supreme Court refused to hear a similar request by Sue Rodriguez, 20 years ago, a number of other countries have legalized assited suicide.



More victims of coordinated attacks in northeastern Nigeria are coming to light. The Red Cross says that more than 100 were killed over the past few days. The radical Islamist sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the series of attacks around the capital of Yobe state, Damaturu. The town was calm on Sunday as the army and police manned roadblocks. But in the neary city of Maiduguri, the sect's gunmen killed a local police inspector as he approached a mosque with his family. Boko Haram wants to impose strict Islamic law in the region. The United Nations Security Council and Pope Benedict have called for an end to the violence.


After a tense weekend of crisis talks, opposing political leaders in Greece came to a tentative agreement on Sunday to create an interim government. The proposed coalition would face a confidence vote in parliament within a week. President Karolos Papoulias chaired the talks between Prime Minister George Papandreou and opposition leader Antonis Samaras. Mr. Papandreou has declined to head the interim government. On Monday, he and Mr. Samaras will discuss who will act as interim prime minister and also who will sit in the interim cabinet. The interim government will decide whether to accept the European Union's bailout package to save Greece from going bankrupt next month as a result of an immense national debt. Failure to resolve the debt issue could force Greece to withdraw from the Eurozone, a move that could lead to dangerous pressure on other debt-ridden countries such as Italy.


The President of Israel says Iran is the greatest threat faced by his country, and for the entire world. Shimon Peres Peres' remarks Sunday come amid a revived debate in Israel on whether it should carry out an airstrike on Tehran's nuclear facilities and just days before the UN atomic watchdog releases a new report on the Iran's atomic ambitions. Previous assessments by the International Atomic Energy Agencyhave centered on Iran's efforts to produce fissile material -- uranium and plutonium -- which can be put to peaceful uses such as power generation or be used to make a nuclear bomb. But the new update, which diplomats say will be circulated among envoys on Tuesday or Wednesday, will focus on Iran's alleged efforts to put the radioactive material in a warhead and to develop missiles to carry them to a target.


Officials in Thailand say the number of people killed by months of flooding in the north of the country has risen to more than 500. Heavy rains over the past three months have destroyed farmland and forced tens of thousands of people from their homes north of the capital. Now large areas of Bangkok have also flooded and there are growing fears the city center could face more damage. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has announced a $4 billion recovery plan she says will help rebuild homes, businesses and restore the badly hit economy. The government has come under strong criticism for its slow response to the crisis.


A Tibetan rights group said Sunday that an estimated 10,000 Tibetans have gathered around a monastery in western China where a nun set herself on fire last week inprotest against Chinese rule of the Himalayan territory. The 35-year-old Buddhist nun died Thursday in Ganzi prefecture in Sichuan province, the 11th Tibetan monk, nun or former monk to self-immolate in western China in recent months. The New York-based Students for a Free Tibet say the Tawu Nyitso monastery has been surrounded bythose who wish to payrespects to the nun, it identified as Palden Choetso. Some 1,000 monks and nuns are holding prayer vigils inside the site. Chinese security forces have surrounded the monastery and a nearby cinema is reportedly being used by Chinese forces as a military base, housing up to 2,000 army soldiers.


The people of Nicaraguavoted on Sundayto elect a president and representatives to the national parliament.Opinion pollsshowed an easy victory for incumbent presidentDaniel Ortega of the left-wing Sandinista party. Mr. Ortega had been criticized over a Supreme Court ruling allowing him to stand for a third term. But his time in office has been marked by a period of economic growth for the Central American nation. The electoral campaign has been marredby sporadic violence. On Saturday, at least 15 protesters and two policemen were injured when supporters of Mr. Ortega and his main rival Fabio Gadea fought with sticks and stones in Sebaco town, about 90 kilometres northwest of the capital Managua.


At least 21 people are dead following a landslide in northwest Colombia. Dozens of other people are missing.Rescue workers were searching for survivors in an area where a number of homes were buried in the town of Manizales. The landslide happened after heavy rains, which brought down part of a mountainside.

United States

The U.S. state of Oklahoma was shaken by a 5.6 magnitude earthquake Saturday. Some buildings cracked and a highway buckled, but there were no immediate reports of serious injury or damage. The quake was centred near the town of Sparks, 70 kilometres north-east of Oklahoma City.


One of the world's largest airlines is offering free flights to passengers affected by a recent labour dispute. Qantas Airlines of Australia says that Australians who were were left stranded early this month can make a free flight within Australia or to New Zealand. The airline will announce other offers for stranded foreign passengers and frequent fliers. It's estimated that the gesture will cost the airline about CDN$21 million. Qantas locked out its employees after rolling labour strikes disrupted service. A court order forced airline workers back to work.




Canadian Daniel Nestor and Belarus partner, Max Mirnyi, lost on Sunday, 6-4, 7-5 to Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia and Michael Llodra of France in the mens' doubles final of the Swiss Indoors championship in Basel.


Hickstead, the horse of Canadian Olympi show jumping champion Eric Lamaze, collapsed and died during a World Cup event in Verona, Italy, on Sunday. The incident occurred at the end of the 13-fence run. The cause of death was undetermined. The competition was abandoned at the request of the riders. Lamaze won individual gold and team silver medals aboard Hickstead at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.



Here is Canada's weather forecast for Monday, November 7. British Columbia will have rain. The high temperature in Vancouver will be eight degrees Celsius. The Yukon: variable cloudiness. Whitehorse, minus two. Northwest Territories: overcast. Yellowknife, minus one. Nunavut: variable cloudiness. Iqaluit, minus nine. Alberta: mainly sunny. Edmonton, two. Saskatchewan: overcast. Regina, minus five. Manitoba: overcast. Winnipeg, one. Ontario: variable cloudiness. Toronto: 16. Ottawa, 14. Quebec: mainly sunny. Montreal, ten. New Brunswick: mainly sunny. Fredericton, 13. Nova Scotia: mainly sunny. Halifax, 11. Prince Edward Island: mainly sunny. Charlottetown, eight. Newfoundland: cloudy periods. St. John's, four.

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