Sunday, March 18, 2012

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 17 March 2012
Canadian International Sports Weather

Canadian Navy submarine fires test torpedo
The Royal Candian Navy says it fired a test torpedo from one of its submarines off Vancouver Island, on Canada's west coast. The test was conducted from H.M.C.S. Victoria, the only active submarine in Canada's fleet. The Canadian government purchased four used submarines in 1998 from Britain and, until this test,, none was able to carry or fire the United States-built torpedos the navy owns.The torpedo the Victoria fired carried an electronic package designed to gather data, rather than an explosive warhead. When Canada bought the submarines it opted not to buy the British torpedoes the submarines were designed to carry. The refittinghas cost the navy millions of dollars. The torpedo tubes have to be modified and the fire control systemsreplaced.
The navy's other three submarines are not in the water and are still not capable of firing torpedoes.

Some Air Canada flights cancelled amid labour strife
At least 19 Air Canada flights were cancelled or delayed on Saturday as the airline continues to deal with labour difficulties. Several of the flights were apparently cancelled because pilots called in sick. Delays and cancellations were reported for flights between Montreal and other cities including Toronto, Halifax, Saint John, N.B. and some American destinations. Earlier this month, the federal government passed legislation to prevent a labour strike by Air Canada's ground crew as well as to stop Air Canada from locking out its pilots. Labour unions representing ground crews and pilots at Canada's biggest airline have ongoing grievances with the airline.

Irish Immigration to Canada increasing
St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Canada have some added Irish authenticity to them this year. Statistics show that Irish immigration to Canada has almost doubled from 2009 to 2011 to more than 5000 new arrivals as more and more Irish flee a weak economy in search of better jobs. Eamonn O'Loghlin of the Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce says the new immigrants are finding a diaspora that's doing its best to build a sense of community. It includes the opening of a new Irish Canadian immigration centre in Toronto. The Irish government contributed funds to the centre. Kathy Murphy, who works at the new centre says many of Canada's new Irish are eventually settling in the western province of Alberta where job propects are good.

E-Coli warning issued by Health Canda
The Canadian public is being warned not to consume certain ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E.coli bacteria. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says all ground beef products made between July 1, 2011 and Feb. 15, 2012 at the facility linked to the establishment number 761 are included in the warning. The agency's directory of registered meat establishments and licensed operators lists Saskatchewan-based New Food Classics as the company linked to establishment number 761.The products have been distributed nationally and there has been one reported illness associated with them.

British Columbia sees rise in exports to China
Canada's Pacific coast province of British Columbia says that its exports to China are rising. The provincial Jobs Minister, Pat Bell, says that annual mineral exports have increased by 145 per cent to more than 84 million dollars. Machinery and equipment exports jumped by 285 per cent to nearly 24 million dollars, while lumber exports climbed 57 per cent. In recent months, Canada's prime minister, Stephen Harper, has been urging Canadian manufacturers and commodity sellers to seek new markets in Asia.

Fields stores to close
One of Canada's major retail chains is going to close its stores. Fields Stores has 141 locations in the four western provinces, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, as well as in the Northwest Territories. The chain closed its 26 stores in Ontario last month. Fields mainly serves rural areas and small communities, selling discount clothing, groceries, toys and housewares. The chain will close all of its stores by this Fall. Fields Storesare owned by a larger Canadian retail chain, The Bay.


Bomb attacks in Syria kill dozens
Two explosions in Damascus have killed at least 27 people and wounded at least 97 others. Syrian state television says the attacks were the work of terrorists with car bombs.The bombings occurred just two days after thefirst anniversaryofanuprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Over those 12 months, the United Nations says more than 8,000 people have been killed. Meanwhile, the United Nations Arab League envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, says he is sending a team to Damascus this weekend to prepare for more political negotiations and to start talks on an international monitoring plan.

Former Libyan Intelligence chief arrested in Mauritania
Libya's former chief of intelligence has been arrested in Mauritania. Abdullah al-Senussi is charged with crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court. He was also convicted in absentia in France for involvement in an attack on a French jetliner in 1989 that killed 170 people. France will seek his extradition from Mauritania. Libyan authorities are also demanding his extradition. Mauritania has not signed the ICC's statute, and it is unclear what the country intends to do with Senussi. Senussi was a brother-in-law to Libya's late leader, Moammar Gaddafi, and served as a senior government adviser.

Coptic church leader dies
The spiritual leader of Egypt's ten million Coptic Christians died on Saturday. Pope Shenuda III was reported variously to be 88 or 89. He led the Middle East's largest Christian minority. Many Copts considered him their guardian amid a majority Muslim population of more than 80 million people. He had suffered from liver and lung problems for several years.

Vatican to probe leak of church documents
In a rare move, the Vatican has opened a criminal investigation into leaks of sensitive church documents. The documents allege corruption and mismanagement in several Vatican departments. An internal tribunal will investigate the source of the leak. A separate, administrative investigation will be conducted by the Secretariat of State, which manages Vatican bureaucracy. The Vatican has denounced those who leaked the embarrassing documents, saying that they took advantage of their privileged position. Pope Benedict was reported to be very hurt by the leaks.

Protesters urge rape law reform in Morocco
An angry demonstration was held outside Morocco's parliament in Rabaton Saturday to urge a radical reform of the country's rape laws. About 200 women carried signs referring to Amina al-Filali, a teenaged girl who committed suicide earlier this month because her parents forced her to marry her rapist. Under Morocco's Islamist law, a rapist may stay out of jail if he marries his victim with her parents' consent. In traditional families, women who lose their virginity outside marriage bring dishonour to the family. But Amina al-Filali's suicide has shocked Morocco, bringing renewed calls to reform the law. On Thursday, 300 protesters staged a sit-in outside the local court that approved the marriage. The government has promised to re-examine the legislation.

Belarus executes accused bomber

Belarus has executed one of two men found guilty of a deadly bombing in Minsk last year. Vladislav Kovalev was executed by a bullet to the back of his head. He maintained that he was aware of the bombing plans but did not detonate the bomb. A second defendant, Dmitry Konovalov, was convicted of making the explosive and also faces execution.The explosion killed 15 people and injured hundreds of others. The defendants' lawyers said that prosecutors presented only trivial and inconclusive evidence. Belarus is the sole European country to keep the death penalty. Expressing horror at the execution, the president of the European parliament, Martin Schulz, called on Belarus authorities to spare the second condemned man.



Canadian Olivier Rochon is the overall aerials World Cup champion. He claimed the Crystal Globe trophy after finishing ninth on Saturday at an event in Voss, Norway. Dimitri Dashinski from Belarus won the event, Hang Zhou of China was second while Oleksandr
Abramenko of Ukraine earned the bronze.

Davy Arnaud scored the first Major League Soccer goal in Montreal Impact history as Montreal and the Chicago Fire played to a 1-1 draw before almost fifty-nine thousands spectators at Olympic Stadium on Saturday. Striker Dominic Oduro equalized for the Fire who played
their season opener.

Canada's Len Valjas won a bronze medal in the men's 15-kilometre classic mass start race at the World Cup finals in Falun, Sweden, on Saturday. Valjas was just 1.3 seconds behind winner Dario Cologna of Switzerland. Eldar Roenning of Norway was second. On Friday, Canadian Alex Harvey won the men's classic prologue and Devon Kershaw won the bronze medal---the first time that two Canadians shared the podium in a cross-country World Cup race.

Canadians Roseline Filion and Meaghan Benfeito won the bronze medal in women's 10-metre synchro at the World Series diving circuit in Dubai on Saturday. Ruolin Chen and Hao Wang of China won the gold medal and Pandelela Rinong Pamg and Mun Yee Leong of Malaysia won the silver.

Atlanta's Brandon Beachy allowed two hits while striking out six over four innings and Dan Uggla homered as the Atlanta
Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 in a split-squad game on Saturday.




Here is Canada's weather forecast for Sunday, March 18. British Columbia will have variable cloudiness. The high temperature in Vancouver will be eight degrees Celsius. The Yukon: sunny periods. Whitehorse, minus two. Northwest Territories: sunny. Yellowknife, minus 13. Nunavut: sunny. Iqaluit, minus 22. Alberta: cloudy. Edmonton, eight. Saskatchewan: mainly sunny. Regina, 19. Manitoba: sunny. Winnipeg, 29. Ontario: variable cloudiness. Toronto: 19. Ottawa, 23. Quebec: sunny. Montreal, 20. New Brunswick: variable cloudiness. Fredericton, 16. Nova Scotia: variable cloudiness. Halifax, seven. Prince Edward Island: increasing cloudiness. Charlottetown, 11. Newfoundland: showers. St. John's, four.


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