Friday, December 30, 2011

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 29 December 2011
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Grenada police officers questioned in death of Canadian

There were developments Thursday in the death of a Canadian man in the Caribbean island nation of Grenada. Authorities there have detained two policemen and reassigned all the officers who were at the police station where 39-year-old Oscar Bartholomew of Toronto allegedly was beaten to death. His family alleges that Mr. Bartholomew was beaten into a coma after he mistook a plainclothes femail police officer for a friend and hugged her. They accuse police of leaving him in a cell bleeding for several hours before calling for an amublance.

Family fears for Canadian held in Congo

A young Canadian reportedly is among dozens of people picked up off the streets of the Congolese capital, Kinshasa last week. 24-year-old Fabien Shambuyi Kalala of Ottawa had been working as a volunteer on the campaign to oust President Joseph Kabila following last month's disputed election in the Central African country. Family members say they fear for Kalala's safety because of his ties to opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi. A spokesman for Canada's Minister of Consular Affairs Diane Abolonczy says "Canadian officials in Kinshasa are providing consular assistance to a Canadian who was arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo and officials in Ottawa are in contact with his family".

Hong Kong investigates the death of a Canadian man

Preliminary autopsy results suggest that the 25-year-old Canadian student found dead in a public washroom in Hong Kong last week, might have died of a drug overdose. Joseph Basha of Newfoundland and Labrador had been studying international and public affairs at the University of Hong Kong since 2008. He was also the lead singer in a rock band called, Milkteeth. The Basha family is raising questions about how Hong Kong authorities handled the case. They're especially bewildered that the city morgue was not checked for several days. His mother says Mr. Basha's remains will be cremated in Hong Kong and then flown back to his hometown of St. John's.

Ex-girlfriend arrested in Poker Champ robbery

A former girlfriend is among the 4 people arrested in the beating and robbery of former world poker champion Jonathan Duhamel. Three of the suspects made court appearances Wednesday, including 20-year-old Bianca Rojas-Latraverse who dated Duhamel briefly a few months ago. The fourth suspect was arrested Thursday and faces similar charges. Mr. Duhamel was robbed of his World Series of Poker championship bracelet, a Rolex watch and cash during a home invasion on December 21rst. The poker champ was tied up and severely beaten in the attack. His watch has been recovered but his coveted championship bracelet has yet to be found.

More Honour Houses for returning Canadian soldiers

Canada's returning Afghan veterans soon will have a home away from home. The British Columbia man who established the so-called Honour House near Vancouver, wants to build similar centres across the country. Allan DeGenovasays Canadian soldiers facing physical and psychological challenges need to have a place to rest while they receive treatment. He says Canada's top soldier, Chief of Defence Staff, General Walter Natynczyk has requested an Honour House in every province, and Mr. DeGenova says he intends to do everything possible to make it happen.

More women as Canadian Premiers

Women's groups in Canada are saying that next month's meeting of the country's Premiers in the Pacific coast Province of British Columbia will have a different look.

For the first time, there will be four women at the table representing the Provinces of Newfoundland, Alberta, British Columbia and the territory of Nunavut.

Nancy Peckford of Equal Voice says having four female premiers and territorial leaders is important. But she notes that women are still very under-represented in politics.

She hopes the success of Alberta's Alison Redford, B-C's Christy Clark, Newfoundland's Kathy Dunderdale and Nunavut's Eva Aariak will inspire other women.


Turkish airstrikes mistakenly kill civilians

Turkish warplanes have killed 35 civilians in an apparent case of mistaken identity. The victims were thought to be Kurdish rebels hiding in Iraq. Instead, authorities now believe they were cigarette smugglers. A spokesman for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says most of the victims were youngsters from an extended family that has helped Turkish troops in their fight against rebels. He also suggested Turkey was prepared to compensate the victims' families. The killings sparked angry demonstrations in Istanbul and several cities in Turkey's mostly Kurdish southeast.

Aid worker killed in Somalia

Two international workers from Doctors Without Borders have been shot at the aid group's compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. A security guard there says the gunman was a Somali employee who was fired from his job on Wednesday. He returned Thursday and shot two aid workers, killing one. The victims' nationalities are not immediately known, but the person killed is believed to be French.

Horrific year for elephants

Wildlife experts say 2011 has been a horrible year for elephants. The wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC says large seizures of elephant tusks make this year the worst on record since ivory sales were banned in 1989. The group estimates as many as 3,000 elephants were killed by poachers in the past year. It says most cases involve ivory being smuggled from Africa into Asia, where growing wealth has fed the desire for ivory ornaments and for rhino horn.


The Syrian regime's brutal crackdown on dissent continues despite the presence of Arab League monitors. Security forces opened fire Thursday, on tens of thousands of people protesting outside a mosque near Damascus suburb where the monitors' cars were parked. At least 4 people were killed there and some 22 others were killed nationwide after troops fired live ammunition and tear gas to break up huge rallies. Syria's Local Coordination Committees network says it has documented the names of 130 people, including six children, who have died since the Arab League monitors arrived in Syria Monday night.

Russian nuclear submarine engulfed in flame

Russian officials insist no radiation leaked when a massive fire engulfed a nuclear submarine at an Arctic shipyard Thursday. The Yekaterinburg was undergoing repairs at the Roslyakovo shipyard in the Murmansk region when fire broke out in the wooden scaffolding. Authorities say the flames engulfed the submarine's outer hull but there was no danger of it spreading inside the vessel. The Yekaterinburg is a Delta-IV-class nuclear-powered submarine that normally carries 16 nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles. A Russian Defence Ministry spokesman says all the weapons had been off-loaded from the sub and its reactor had been sutdown prior to the repairs.

North Korea declares Kim Jong-un Supreme Leader

North Korea has declared Kim Jong-un the country's supreme leader. The declaration was made Thursday during a massive memorial service for his father, Kim Jong-il, who died December 17th of a heart attack at the age of 69. There are concerns worldwide about Kim Jong-un's youth and whether he can lead a nation with a nuclear program and a number of other problems such as famine.


Market highlights

Stocks: S&P/TSX Composite Index -- 11,841.70, up 113.29 points;Dow -- 12,287.04, up 135.63 points; S&P 500 -- 1,263.02, up 13.38 points; Nasdaq -- 2,613.74, up 23.76 points

Currencies: Cdn -- 97.96 cents US, up 0.32 of a cent; Pound -- C$1.5740, down 0.84 of a cent; Euro -- C$1.3231, down 0.21 of a cent; Euro -- US$1.2961, up 0.22 of a cent

Oil futures: (February) $99.65, up $0.29

Gold futures: (February) $1,540.90, down $23.20

Bombardier Aerospace wins big order

The Montreal-based aircraft maker Bombardier Aerospace says it has a multi-million dollar deal to build five Challenger 850's for an undisclosed customer. The order is worth a total of US$156 million. Challenger 850 business jets have a range of more than 5,000 kilometres and are used around the world. Bombardier Aerospace is part of Bombardier Inc., a multi-national with revenues of nearly $18 billion in its last fiscal year.

Keystone XL

The Canadian company that's looking to build a $7 billion pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to refineries in Texas, has been given an official map of the environmentally sensitive areas it'll have to avoid in Nebraska. Calgary-based TransCanada agreed last month to draw up a new route for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to avoid Nebraska's ecologically delicate Sandhills region. The underground pipeline would snake through the U.S. states of Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. But, environmentalists worry that it will foul underground and surface water supplies, increase air pollution around refineries and harm wildlife.

Housing stats

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation says housing is still a major pillar of the Canadian economy. The federal agency says spending related to homes rose by 7.1 per cent to about $330 billion last year, and now accounts for over 20 per cent of Canada's economy. The CMHC also says it expects the aging baby boom generation will fuel demand for more condominiums and renovations.



Freestyle skier Jennifer Heil is the recipient of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as The Canadian Press female athlete of the year. Ms. Heil retired after sweeping the moguls and dual moguls gold medals at the world championships and finished ahead of speedskater Christine Nesbitt in the voting.


Mark Visentin is back in goaltonight (Thursday) when Canada faces off against Denmark at the world junior hockey tournament. Scott Wedgewood got the shutout in a 5-0 win over the Czech Republic last night. Visentin played in Canada's tournament-opening 8-1 victory over Finland.


The Vancouver Canucks continue their swing through California. The Canucks are in Anaheim tonight (Thursday)after earning a 3-2 overtime win in San Jose Wednesday night. In other NHL action, Montreal faces Tampa Bay, Toronto is at Carolina, Edmonton plays at Minnesota and Winnipeg hosts L-A.



Here is Canada's weather for Friday, December 30. British Columbia will be rainy. The high temperature in Vancouver will be 8 degrees Celsius. The Yukon: mainly cloudy. Whitehorse, minus 11. Northwest Territories: mainly cloudy. Yellowknife, minus 19. Nunavut: clear skies. Iqaluit, minus 26. Alberta: a mix of sun and cloud. Edmonton, minus 2. Saskatchewan: sunny. Regina, minus 1. Manitoba: sunny. Winnipeg, minus 4. Ontario: a mixed bag of rain and flurries. Toronto: 6. Ottawa, minus 7. Quebec: flurries. Montreal, minus 7. New Brunswick: sunny. Fredericton, minus 7. Nova Scotia: sunny. Halifax, minus 1. Prince Edward Island: flurries. Charlottetown, minus 7. Newfoundland and Labrador: flurries in Newfoundland. St. John's, 0. Clearing skies in Labrador: Happy Valley-Goose Bay, minus 10.

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