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2012-04-30 12:50:00
Crocodile farm to open to public on May 1 in Sevastopol.
It will be opened in the children's village "Lukomorye".
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=169880

2012-04-30 12:41:00
Citizens who plan to travel abroad advised not use services of informal
intermediaries to obtain visas.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine calls upon citizens who plan to
travel abroad not to use the services of informal intermediaries in obtaining
visas.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=169878

2012-04-30 12:32:00
10, 000 people parade opens holiday season.
The motto of this year's season: "Evpatoria - resort: Hello, summer, hello,
sport." In this way the city supports the football championship Euro-2012.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=169869

2012-04-30 12:24:00
Competition of short films "Cinema and school" held in lviv.
This art event is held in Ukraine for the first time. The total of 25 short
films, in which students show their school life with all its nuances, entered
the competion progem.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=169868

2012-04-30 12:10:00
President's administration waiting for new criminal procedure code.
According to presidential adviser and judiciary department head at the
Presidential Administration, Andriy Portnov the Presidential Administration
hopes that the Verkhovna Rada will provide the new Code of Criminal Procedure
for signature to the President nextweek.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=169865

2012-04-30 11:57:00
Government promises UAH 2 m for information about Dnipropetrovsk terrorists.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych announced this in Dnipropetrovsk, where he
chaired a meeting of the coordinating headquarters.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=169864

2012-04-30 11:48:00
Security agencies should coordinate actions among themselves to investigate
series of explosions in Dnipropetrovsk.
This is what President Viktor Yanukovych has urged them to do at a meeting of
the security coordination staff in Dnipropetrovsk."We have to coordinate our
actions according to the principle "do not impede each other, " Yanukovychnoted.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=169862

2012-04-30 11:36:00
Ukraine's President greets participants of Ukrainian Scout Forum.
The event is held on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Ukrainian
scouting. The 100th anniversary of Ukrainian scouting is celebrated at the
national level: relevant decisions were made by the President of Ukraine, the
Verkhovna Rada, as well as localauthorities.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=169860

2012-04-30 11:24:00
Yanukovych signs law on Naftogaz reform.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych signed a law on pipeline transport
regarding the reform of the oil and gas industry, which allows the Cabinet of
Ministers to reorganize the national JSC Naftogaz ofUkraine.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=169857

2012-04-30 11:10:00
SPU to run in elections independently.
This was disclosed by leader of the Socialist Party of Ukraine (SPU) Oleksandr
Moroz after the SPU rally.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=169855


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RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 29 April 2012
Canadian International Sports Weather
Canadian

Dalai Lama thanks Canada's Prime Minister
Canada's prime minister, Stephen Harper, has won the praise of the Dalai Lama for balancing human rights with the need to further economic ties with China. The Tibetan spiritual leader came to Ottawa to attend a convention of world parliamentarians on Tibet. His public talk Saturday was organized by the Canadian Tibetan community. Canadian parliamentarians from all three main federal parties attended. Speaking later at a news conference the Buddhist leader said he felt Mr. Harper has done well at developing a good relationship with China while also fostering Canada's democratic values. He said one of the things he did during the meeting with Mr.Harper was thank him for a previous agreement to accept 1,000 Tibetans into Canada from India over a five-year period.Mr. Harper irritated China in 2007 when he met publicly with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader and again in 2009 when the Dalai Lama was made an honourary Canadian citizen. China considers the Dalai Lama a dangerous separatist.


Reputed Canadian crime boss killed in Mexico
A British Columbia man alleged to have crime connections across Canada has been shot dead in Mexico. The RCMP say Thomas Gisby was shot and killed in a coffee shop in the Pacific coast town of Nuevo Vallarta Friday night. They say Gisby was involved in importing illegal guns and drugs into British Columbia, and headed his own gang called the Gisby Group. the RCMP says is is concerned there may be retaliation for the killing back in Canada.



 Student group rejects  government offer


The largest of three student groups oposed to Quebec tuition increases has rejected the provincial government's latest offer. CLASSE made the announcement Sunday. It's expected that the two other groups meeting over the weekend will also reject the deal. Premier Jean Charest has offered to phase in the tuition hike over seven years instead of five and to improve the province's bursary program. A student strike that has seen thousands of students staging rallies and protest marches in Montreal is entering its 12th week. Although Quebec's college tuition fees are among the lowest in Canada, student leaders say that the increase is still too much.


Liberal leader says NDP popularity is a honeymoon phase


Canada's interim Liberal Party leader Bob Rae says he's not overly concerned about the trailing popularity of his party. He says it's perfectly natural for the NDP to be enjoying a honeymoon following the selection of Tom Mulcair as leader. And he says it means the Liberals have a lot of work to do. Recent polls put the Liberals well behind the official opposition New Democratic Party and the governing Conservatives. Rae told Nova Scotia Liberals meeting in the east coast city of Halifax to ignore the polls and concentrate on rebuilding the party. Rae remains coy about any ambitions to become permanent leader, only saying he will not be making any decisions until the rules for the leadership contest are set.




Former Canadian engineering excutive arrested
The former head of construction for Canadian engineering firm SNC-Lavalin has been arrested in Switzerland. Riadh Ben Aissa is being held on accusations of corrupting a public official, fraud and money laundering tied to his dealings in North Africa. Justice officials in the Swiss city of Bern confirm they've been holding him since mid-April. He is the subject of an ongoing investigation for his business dealings in Tunisia and in Libya where he is said to have helped SNC-Lavalin win billions of dollars in projects from the Gadhafi regime. He resigned his position at the engineering firm in February, along with SNC-Lavalin VP controller Stéphane Roy. SNC-Lavalin itself has been under a cloud for weeks. Swiss officials say they requested the RCMP to conduct a search of SNC-Lavalin's Montreal headquarters on April 13. That raid saw thousands of documents seized and a dozen executives questioned. The company in March announced it was contacting the RCMP after internal audits discovered $56 million in improper payments under Ben Aissa's watch.




International

General strike in Bangladesh
Schools and businesses are closed in Bangladesh as part of an opposition alliance strike. Strikers want the government to find an opposition leader who went missing nearly two weeks ago. The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party is leading the nationwide strike, demanding the government find the party's organizing secretary, Elias Ali. The opposition blames the government and security agencies for Ali's disappearance, but authorities deny it. A rights group says at least 22 people, mostly politicians, have disappeared this year in Bangladesh. Last week, the opposition enforced three days of general strikes calling for Ali to be found.



UN Secretary General visits Burma
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made a landmark visit to Burma Sunday to meet Aung San Suu Kyi and press the government for more democratic reforms.The trip is his first since a reformist government took office a year ago. On Saturday, the EU foreign policy chief announced the EU would open an embassy-level office in the country. Before arriving in Burma, Mr Ban said the country was "re-opening to the world".



Al-Qaida releases soldiers in Yemen
Al-Qaida in Yemen says it has released 73 soldiers captured by its fighters during battles with government forces in the south of the country. The terror network said in an emailed statement that the release of the soldiers followed mediation efforts by tribal elders and senior clerics. Relatives of some freed prisoners confirmed the release. The soldiers were freed Sunday in the city of Jaar in the southern province of Abyan in a ceremony attended by several al-Qaida leaders based in Yemen.



Kenyan worshippers attacked
An explosion in a church in Kenya has killed one person and wounded at least 15 others.It happened as Christians gathered for worship at the "God's House of Miracle Church" in Nairobi. Police say the blast was caused by a hand grenade.This is the latest in a string of grenade attacks in Kenya since government troops entered neighbouring Somalia last year. Since then, Al- Shabab militants in that country have vowed to carry out attacks on Kenya.



Attack on Catholics in Nigera leaves at least 16 dead


Police say at least 16 people were killed and several others injured in an attack on a university campus in northern Nigeria. The attack took place on the Bayero University campus where Catholics were holding a Sunday service.Police say the gunmen rode into the campus on motorcycles and used small explosives within soda cans to scare worshippers out of the building. The gunmen shot those who fled. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack,though it mirrors tactics previously used by a radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram. That group carried out a co-ordinated assault in Kano in January that killed at least 185 people.



Chinese government arresting allies of blind activist
Authorities in China have begun arresting people connected with activist, Chen Guangcheng. The dissident is blind and was under strict house arrest but somehow escaped and is is now believed to be taking shelter at the U.S. embassy in Beijing. Chen is known for exposing brutalities associated with China's one child policy, including forced abortions. His escape comes at a sensitive time for the United States and China.This week, U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton will visit China. In the past Mrs Clinton has called for Chen's release. While Chen escaped a week ago from Dongshigu village, his wife and 6-year-old daughter were left behind. The whereabouts of several other relatives, including Chen's mother and brother, are unknown. Seven lawyers have volunteered to defend Chen's nephew, Chen Kegui, who allegedly confronted and stabbed local officials who stormed his house in the middle of the night on Thursday in apparent retribution for the activist's escape. the Chinese government has made no official comment on the matter. A top White House aide on Sunday said President Barack Obama wants to strike an "appropriate balance" between advancing human rights and maintaining U.S. relations with China, It's the first public comment by the administration on its potential involvement in harbouring Chen. However, John Brennan, Obama's counterterrorism adviser, would not say whether Chen,is hiding in the U.S. embassy in Beijing.



British Red Cross doctor killed

The body of a British doctor held captive in Pakistan since January has been found dumped in an orchard in Quetta. Police say Khalil Rasjed Dale was beheaded.There was a note left stating he was killed because a ransom had not been paid. Khalil Rasjed Dale was managing a Red Cross health program when he was seized by armed men. No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, but separatist and Islamist militants in the area have kidnapped for ransom before.





Sports

SPORTS
BASEBALL

The only Canadian team in Major League Baseball, the Toronto Blue Jays, defeated the Seattle Mariners 7-0.

SOCCER

In Major League Soccer, Real Salt Lake beat Toronto F-C 3-2.. T-F-C tied for an M-L-S record with a seventh straight loss to start the season.

FOOTBALL

The Denver Broncos selected Canadian centre Philip Blake of Baylor in the fourth round of the U.S. National Football League draft.
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Defensive lineman Christo Bilukidi of Ottawa went to the Oakland Raiders in the sixth round.

GOLF

Canada's Graham DeLaet was two shots off the lead going into Sunday's round at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
DeLaet fired a 66 to pull within striking distance of clubhouse leader Jason Dufner.




Weather

CANADA WEATHER
Here is Canada's weather for Monday, April 30th. British Columbia will have rain. The high temperature in Vancouver will be 10 degrees Celsius. Victoria 12. The Yukon: cloudy. Whitehorse, 10. Northwest Territories: sunny. Yellowknife, 9. Nunavut: cloudy. Iqaluit, minus 3. Alberta: cloudy. Edmonton, 15. Saskatchewan: cloudy. Regina,16. Manitoba: sunny. Winnipeg, 18. Ontario: sunny. Toronto: 12. Ottawa, 10. Quebec: sunny. Montreal, 14. New Brunswick: cloudy. Fredericton, 12. Nova Scotia: cloudy. Halifax, 8. Prince Edward Island: cloudy. Charlottetown, 7. Newfoundland and Labrador: showers in Newfoundland. St. John's, 7. Labrador: snow flurries. Happy Valley-Goose Bay, minus 3.





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Dalai Lama thanks Canada's Prime Minister
Canada's prime minister, Stephen Harper, has won the praise of the Dalai Lama for balancing human rights with the need to further economic ties with China. The Tibetan spiritual leader came to Ottawa to attend a convention of world parliamentarians on Tibet. His public talk Saturday was organized by the Canadian Tibetan community. Canadian parliamentarians from all three main federal parties attended. Speaking later at a news conference the Buddhist leader said he felt Mr. Harper has done well at developing a good relationship with China while also fostering Canada's democratic values. He said one of the things he did during the meeting with Mr.Harper was thank him for a previous agreement to accept 1,000 Tibetans into Canada from India over a five-year period.Mr. Harper irritated China in 2007 when he met publicly with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader and again in 2009 when the Dalai Lama was made an honourary Canadian citizen. China considers the Dalai Lama a dangerous separatist.



Reputed Canadian crime boss killed in Mexico
A British Columbia man alleged to have crime connections across Canada has been shot dead in Mexico. The RCMP say Thomas Gisby was shot and killed in a coffee shop in the Pacific coast town of Nuevo Vallarta Friday night. They say Gisby was involved in importing illegal guns and drugs into British Columbia, and headed his own gang called the Gisby Group. the RCMP says is is concerned there may be retaliation for the killing back in Canada.







 Student group rejects  government offer


The largest of three student groups oposed to Quebec tuition increases has rejected the provincial government's latest offer. CLASSE made the announcement Sunday. It's expected that the two other groups meeting over the weekend will also reject the deal. Premier Jean Charest has offered to phase in the tuition hike over seven years instead of five and to improve the province's bursary program. A student strike that has seen thousands of students staging rallies and protest marches in Montreal is entering its 12th week. Although Quebec's college tuition fees are among the lowest in Canada, student leaders say that the increase is still too much.





Liberal leader says NDP popularity is a honeymoon phase


Canada's interim Liberal Party leader Bob Rae says he's not overly concerned about the trailing popularity of his party. He says it's perfectly natural for the NDP to be enjoying a honeymoon following the selection of Tom Mulcair as leader. And he says it means the Liberals have a lot of work to do. Recent polls put the Liberals well behind the official opposition New Democratic Party and the governing Conservatives. Rae told Nova Scotia Liberals meeting in the east coast city of Halifax to ignore the polls and concentrate on rebuilding the party. Rae remains coy about any ambitions to become permanent leader, only saying he will not be making any decisions until the rules for the leadership contest are set.







Former Canadian engineering excutive arrested
The former head of construction for Canadian engineering firm SNC-Lavalin has been arrested in Switzerland. Riadh Ben Aissa is being held on accusations of corrupting a public official, fraud and money laundering tied to his dealings in North Africa. Justice officials in the Swiss city of Bern confirm they've been holding him since mid-April. He is the subject of an ongoing investigation for his business dealings in Tunisia and in Libya where he is said to have helped SNC-Lavalin win billions of dollars in projects from the Gadhafi regime. He resigned his position at the engineering firm in February, along with SNC-Lavalin VP controller Stéphane Roy. SNC-Lavalin itself has been under a cloud for weeks. Swiss officials say they requested the RCMP to conduct a search of SNC-Lavalin's Montreal headquarters on April 13. That raid saw thousands of documents seized and a dozen executives questioned. The company in March announced it was contacting the RCMP after internal audits discovered $56 million in improper payments under Ben Aissa's watch.






General strike in Bangladesh
Schools and businesses are closed in Bangladesh as part of an opposition alliance strike. Strikers want the government to find an opposition leader who went missing nearly two weeks ago. The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party is leading the nationwide strike, demanding the government find the party's organizing secretary, Elias Ali. The opposition blames the government and security agencies for Ali's disappearance, but authorities deny it. A rights group says at least 22 people, mostly politicians, have disappeared this year in Bangladesh. Last week, the opposition enforced three days of general strikes calling for Ali to be found.





UN Secretary General visits Burma
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made a landmark visit to Burma Sunday to meet Aung San Suu Kyi and press the government for more democratic reforms.The trip is his first since a reformist government took office a year ago. On Saturday, the EU foreign policy chief announced the EU would open an embassy-level office in the country. Before arriving in Burma, Mr Ban said the country was "re-opening to the world".





Al-Qaida releases soldiers in Yemen
Al-Qaida in Yemen says it has released 73 soldiers captured by its fighters during battles with government forces in the south of the country. The terror network said in an emailed statement that the release of the soldiers followed mediation efforts by tribal elders and senior clerics. Relatives of some freed prisoners confirmed the release. The soldiers were freed Sunday in the city of Jaar in the southern province of Abyan in a ceremony attended by several al-Qaida leaders based in Yemen.





Kenyan worshippers attacked
An explosion in a church in Kenya has killed one person and wounded at least 15 others.It happened as Christians gathered for worship at the "God's House of Miracle Church" in Nairobi. Police say the blast was caused by a hand grenade.This is the latest in a string of grenade attacks in Kenya since government troops entered neighbouring Somalia last year. Since then, Al- Shabab militants in that country have vowed to carry out attacks on Kenya.







Attack on Catholics in Nigera leaves at least 16 dead


Police say at least 16 people were killed and several others injured in an attack on a university campus in northern Nigeria. The attack took place on the Bayero University campus where Catholics were holding a Sunday service.Police say the gunmen rode into the campus on motorcycles and used small explosives within soda cans to scare worshippers out of the building. The gunmen shot those who fled. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack,though it mirrors tactics previously used by a radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram. That group carried out a co-ordinated assault in Kano in January that killed at least 185 people.





Chinese government arresting allies of blind activist
Authorities in China have begun arresting people connected with activist, Chen Guangcheng. The dissident is blind and was under strict house arrest but somehow escaped and is is now believed to be taking shelter at the U.S. embassy in Beijing. Chen is known for exposing brutalities associated with China's one child policy, including forced abortions. His escape comes at a sensitive time for the United States and China.This week, U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton will visit China. In the past Mrs Clinton has called for Chen's release. While Chen escaped a week ago from Dongshigu village, his wife and 6-year-old daughter were left behind. The whereabouts of several other relatives, including Chen's mother and brother, are unknown. Seven lawyers have volunteered to defend Chen's nephew, Chen Kegui, who allegedly confronted and stabbed local officials who stormed his house in the middle of the night on Thursday in apparent retribution for the activist's escape. the Chinese government has made no official comment on the matter. A top White House aide on Sunday said President Barack Obama wants to strike an "appropriate balance" between advancing human rights and maintaining U.S. relations with China, It's the first public comment by the administration on its potential involvement in harbouring Chen. However, John Brennan, Obama's counterterrorism adviser, would not say whether Chen,is hiding in the U.S. embassy in Beijing.





British Red Cross doctor killed


The body of a British doctor held captive in Pakistan since January has been found dumped in an orchard in Quetta. Police say Khalil Rasjed Dale was beheaded.There was a note left stating he was killed because a ransom had not been paid. Khalil Rasjed Dale was managing a Red Cross health program when he was seized by armed men. No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, but separatist and Islamist militants in the area have kidnapped for ransom before.








SPORTS
BASEBALL



The only Canadian team in Major League Baseball, the Toronto Blue Jays, defeated the Seattle Mariners 7-0.



SOCCER



In Major League Soccer, Real Salt Lake beat Toronto F-C 3-2.. T-F-C tied for an M-L-S record with a seventh straight loss to start the season.



FOOTBALL



The Denver Broncos selected Canadian centre Philip Blake of Baylor in the fourth round of the U.S. National Football League draft.

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Defensive lineman Christo Bilukidi of Ottawa went to the Oakland Raiders in the sixth round.



GOLF



Canada's Graham DeLaet was two shots off the lead going into Sunday's round at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

DeLaet fired a 66 to pull within striking distance of clubhouse leader Jason Dufner.






CANADA WEATHER
Here is Canada's weather for Monday, April 30th. British Columbia will have rain. The high temperature in Vancouver will be 10 degrees Celsius. Victoria 12. The Yukon: cloudy. Whitehorse, 10. Northwest Territories: sunny. Yellowknife, 9. Nunavut: cloudy. Iqaluit, minus 3. Alberta: cloudy. Edmonton, 15. Saskatchewan: cloudy. Regina,16. Manitoba: sunny. Winnipeg, 18. Ontario: sunny. Toronto: 12. Ottawa, 10. Quebec: sunny. Montreal, 14. New Brunswick: cloudy. Fredericton, 12. Nova Scotia: cloudy. Halifax, 8. Prince Edward Island: cloudy. Charlottetown, 7. Newfoundland and Labrador: showers in Newfoundland. St. John's, 7. Labrador: snow flurries. Happy Valley-Goose Bay, minus 3.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

News 4.29.2012

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News Sunday, April 29th, 2012

By: Christian Falvey

* Prime Minister Petr Necas has nominated his science advisor Petr
Fiala to head the Education Ministry.

* Convicted MPs Vit Barta and Jaroslav Skarka could lose their seats on
their parliamentary committees.

* Opposition MPs plan to return government bills more often to the
Senate, where they have a majority.

* The Czech Finance Ministry forecasts GDP growth of nearly three
percent in 2015.

* Unseasonably high temperatures at the weekend have caused a sharp
rise in fires.



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Necas nominates science advisor Petr Fiala to head education ministry
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Prime Minister Petr Necas has nominated his science advisor, former
dean of Masaryk University Petr Fiala, the position of education
minister. Mr Fiala told the Czech Press Agency that he would comment on
Monday. Leading members of the governing parties Miroslava Nemcova and
Karel Schwarzenberg called Fiala a good candidate with high
professional credit. The opposition Social Democrats have taken issue
with the long absence of a head of the ministry, which they also said
had such a poor budget outlook that even a respected expert could not
improve its situation. The ministerial post has been vacant since late
March, when Josef Dobes of the Public Affairs party resigned.


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Barta and Skarka could lose committee seats
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Convicted MPs Vit Barta and Jaroslav Skarka could lose their seats on
their parliamentary committees. Lower house chairwoman Miroslava
Nemcova reminded Czech Television on Sunday that the independent
deputies, formerly of the Public Affairs party, had refused to give up
their mandates as MPs and that the only thing the chamber could do
would be to remove them from their functions. Mr Barta, the de facto
head of Public Affairs, was given probation for bribery in March, while
his former colleague Skarka was sentenced to three years' for perjury.
Barta is a member of the budgetary and organisational committees;
Skarka is the deputy chair of the inspections and petitioning and
budgeting committees.


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Social Democrats to return government bills to Senate more often
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Social Democrat chairman Bohuslav Sobotka says his opposition party
will return the government's bills more often to the Senate, where they
have a majority. Speaking to Czech television on Sunday, Mr Sobotka
said they will thus put pressure on the government's loss of a
comfortable majority of 118 MPs. The government received a thin
majority of 105 in a vote of confidence on Friday, and some of those
deputies have said they will not support all of the cabinet's proposals.


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Finance Ministry forecasts nearly three percent growth for 2015
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The Finance Ministry has prepared an updated economic forecast to be
submitted to the European Commission by the end of May. The Convergence
Programme states that following this year's slight economic growth the
Czech economy should recover and reach 2.8% growth by 2015. The
Convergence Programme is a basic document for a country's acceptance of
the single European currency and describes the government's strategy
for developing public finances for the coming years. GDP growth of 0.2%
is expected for this year and 1.3% in the next.


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Heat wave brings rise in fires
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Unseasonably high temperatures at the weekend have caused a sharp rise
in fires. Fire departments have estimated the damages from fires on
Friday and Saturday alone at nearly nine million crowns. They noted a
75% increase in fires on Friday and a 167% increase on Saturday - in
all 243 fires. Weekend temperatures of around 30o Celsius (86o F) have
broken records older than 200 years.


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Styrsky painting sold at auction for 4.6 million
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An early painting by Czech surrealist Jindrich Styrsky entitled
"Cloister" has been sold at auction for 4.6 million crowns. The 1922
work is considered an important piece of Czech cubism. A 1917 cubist
still-life by Emil Filla was also sold for 3.8 million. Galerie Art
Praha sold off 461 works of Czech 19th and 20Th century art on Sunday.
The sale included a benefit auction of one hundred statues and
paintings for the reconstruction of Prague's Manes gallery, which
brought in about one million crowns.


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Police unable to identify men killed ultra-light aircraft crash
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Police are unable to determine the identities of two men who were
killed in the crash of an ultra-light aircraft near Karlovy Vary
Saturday evening. Fire crews found the burnt remains of the men laying
near the ruins of the plane, which was still on fire when they arrived.
The cause of the crash is unknown and is under investigation. The
aircraft's automatic rescue system and parachute had been launched.


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Weather
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Conditions over the coming days are expected remain very warm, with
mostly sunny skies and daytime highs reaching 29o Celsius.



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Our guest in this edition of Sunday Music Show is Jonathan Gaudet, a
French-Canadian guitarist, singer and songwriter who travelled the
world before he settled in Prague. Collaborating with Czech musicians
and singing in French, Spanish and English, Jonathan incorporates
various musical influences in his lively blues.

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Edition 28 April 2012
Canadian International Sports Weather
Canadian

Students reject Quebec government offer
Students in Montreal continue to pressure Quebec's government to abandon its plan to increase college tuition fees. Thousands of students marched through downtown Montreal again on Friday to denounce the government's latest offer. Earlier the same day, Premier Jean Charest offered to extend the tuition fee increase of 16 hundred dollars from five years to seven. Although Quebec's college tuition fees are among the lowest in Canada, student leaders say that the increase is still too much.


Canada supporting Dalai Lama
Canada is expressing support for the Dalai Lama's message of peace and harmony. The Tibetan spiritual leader was in Ottawa on Friday to attend the Sixth World Parliamentarian's Convention on Tibet. Some Canadian parliamentarians from all three main federal parties attended. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney told conference delegates that Canada's government supports the Dalai Lama. The Buddist leader thanked the world for its support of Tibetans. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was scheduled to meet the Dalai Lama in a private setting. China considers the Dalai Lama to be a Tibetan separatist. China's government has criticized world leaders who meet him. The Dalai Lama is one of only a few foreigners to be made an honorary Canadian citizen.


Air Canada reopens labour negotiations with two unions
Labour negotiations have resumed at Canada's biggest airline, Air Canada. Officials of the airline and the labour union representing eighty-six hundred mechanics and other ground workers have agreed to negotiate with a mediator for 10 days. During the same time, the union representing Air Canada's three thousand pilots will hold separate negotiations with the airline. Both unions were set to go on strike six weeks ago until Canada's government passed a bill that banned a walkout or a lockout. The government said that labour action by the airline's unions was not in the public's interest.


Canada expected to announce consulate closures
Canada is expected to reveal next week which of its consulates in the United States will close. Canada's Foreign Affairs department is facing a six per cent budget cut. Unconfirmed reports say that at least four of its 21 consular and trade offices in cities across the United States will close. Foreign Affairs is also expected to close some of its 18 trade offices across Canada. The offices help businesses to sell their products abroad and to attract foreign investment. Foreign Affairs could also reduce its operations in Europe and redirect resources to expanding countries in South America and to China and India.




International

Huge protest demonstration in Malaysia
One of the biggest public protests in Malaysia in years turned violent on Saturday as police fired tear gas and chemical-laced water at tens of thousands of demonstrators in Kuala Lumpur. At least three demonstrators and 20 police officers were injured, and dozens of people were detained. Demonstrators want Prime Minister Najib Razak to change electoral rules before the next election, expected as early as June. His coalition has held power for nearly 55 years. The demonstration remained peaceful for several hours, but a small group appeared to breach the police barriers, leading authorities to retaliate.


Fugitive Chinese activist reported in U.S. hands
A blind Chinese dissident who fled house arrest in a dramatic escape is reported to be under the protection of U.S. officials. Chen Guangcheng escaped from his home in Shandong province last weekend, leaving his wife and small child behind. The U.S.-based ChinaAid Association says that he was driven hundreds of kilometres to the U.S. embassy in Beijing. Neither China nor the U.S. have confirmed the report. Mr. Chen was active in exposing forced abortions and sterilizations that occurred in villages as a result of China's one-child per family policy.If he is sheltered in the U.S. embassy, itcould lead to diplomatic tension between China and the U.S. at a time when the U.S. is seeking China's support on issues related to North Korea, Iran and Syria.


New trial delayed for former Ukrainian prime minister


The court hearing in the second criminal case against Ukraine's former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, has been postponed because of her poor health. The hearing was scheduled on Saturday in Kharkiv, but the judge agreed to postpone the hearing until May 21. Ms. Tymoshenko suffers from back pain. She is also on a hunger strike to protest alleged abuse in prison in Kharkiv. She is serving a seven-year prison sentence after being found guilty of abusing her powers while in office. She faces new charges of evading taxes. Some Western nations believe that the charges against her were politically motivated.


Ukraine offering reward for terrorist bombers
Ukraine's president, Viktor Yanukovich, is promising a swift investigation into bomb blasts in the city of Dnipropetrovsk on Friday. Bombs planted in trash bins at four separate downtown locations injured 30 people. Twenty-two people are still in hospital, three them in grave condition. Police are blaming terrorists. Speaking in Dnipropetrovsk, Mr. Yanukovich offered a reward of $250,000 for information that would help find the bombers. The attack has unsettled government authorities who are preparing to host the Euro-2012 soccer championship together with Poland later this year.


Deadly seaborne raid targets Syrian military
Gunmen in rubber boats have staged the first seaborne assault against the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Under cover of darkness, the gunmen attacked a military unit at Latakia on the Mediterranean coast just south of the Turkish border. Syria's official news agency reports that several gunmen and soldiers were killed in a firefight. The attack was the latest sign that a ceasefire arranged earlier this month has failed. On Friday, a suicide bomber killed nine people including
security officers at a mosque in Damascus.


Gunfight kills two militants in Afghan governor's office
Two Taliban militants infiltrated an Afghan government compound on Saturday and killed two guards before dying in a gunbattle. The militants passed through security checks that failed to detect handguns in their shoes. They aimed to killed a southern provincial governor, but a guard in the governor's reception room became suspicious and stopped them. The assailants shot two guards, then engaged in a gunbattle that lasted half an hour. The Taliban regularly target Afghan government officials.
The attacks have raised doubts about the readiness of the Afghan government to take control of security as international forces withdraw over the next two years. On Saturday, U.S. Senator John Kerry discussed extending American presence in Afghanistan with President Hamid Karzai during an unannounced visit to Kabul.


U.N. worker among four detained in Sudan
The United Nations says that a member of its mission's staff in South Sudan was among four people detained in Sudan on Saturday and taken to Khartoum. Sudan says that a Norwegian, a Briton and a South African were stopped for illegally entering a disputed border area. Sudan accused them of helping the South Sudan army. South Sudan rejects the claim. The nationality of the U.N. worker was not initially reported.


Citing security, Saudi Arabia closes embassy in Cairo
Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador from Egypt and closed its embassy and consulates. Saudi officials cited security reasons. The embassy in Cairo has been the target of demonstrations against Saudi Arabia's arrest of an Egyptian lawyer, Ahmed El-Gezawi, in Jeddah earlier this month. He was detained when he arrived for a pilgrimage after being sentenced in absentia to a year in prison and 20 lashes for insulting King Abdullah. Egypt's ruling military council is discussing the arrest with Saudi officials. Saudi Arabia's move is the first public rupture between the two major Arab states since a popular uprising in Egypt forced President Hosni Mubarak from power.


Journalists in Nigeria fearful of attacks
A deadly attack on a major newspaper office in Nigeria is raising fear among journalists. The extremist Islamist sect called Boko Haram says it was responsible for a suicide car bombing of the newspaper, ThisDay, in Abuja on Thursday. Another attack was aimed at the newspaper's offices in Kaduna. In all, seven people were killed. Boko Haram warns that it will target media that publishes what it calls unfair stories. The media in Nigeria are highly politicized. Oligarch families and
politicians own many of the major newspapers. Low-paid journalists are the targets of targets of threats and bribes.


Saudi Arabia to consider sports club network for women
Saudi Arabia is considering allowing women's sports clubs. Saudi religious groups frown on women participating in sports, and sports are not allowed at state-run girls schools. Gyms for women are designated as health centres. Abdullah al-Zamil, a senior official from the General Presidency of Youth Welfare, says that it is necessary to end what he called the chaos surrounding women's sports clubs. The al-Watan daily newspaper reports that a special ministerial committee will be formed to consider creating a women's sports club network. Human Rights Watch has called on the International Olympic
Committee to bar Saudi Arabia from the London Olympic Games unless it fields a woman athlete.


Elections in Guinea postponed yet again
An important parliamentary election in Guinea is being postponed again. The election was originally to be held last December, and then re-scheduled for July 8. But President Alpha Conde has postponed it again to permit authorities to resolve technical problems over voter registration. Opposition parties refused to participate in the vote until disputes over voter registration and their representation in an election commission were first resolved. The election will be the final step in Guinea's transition from military to civilian rule. A democratic vote will enable Guinea to unblock European Union aid that could be worth billions of dollars.




Sports

SPORTS

TENNIS
Canadian Milos Raonic lost to Spain's David Ferrer, 7-6, 7-6, in the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open on Saturday. In men's doubles, Canadian Daniel Nestor and partner Max Mirnyi of Belarus lost in the semifinals to Mariusz Fyrstenberg and
Marcin Matkowski of Poland, 6-3, 0-6, 10-6.


HOCKEY
The Phoenix Coyotes won their first second-round NHL playoff game on Friday, beating Nashvile, 4-3. Phoenix goalie Mike Smith 39 saves.

BASEBALL
The Seattle Mariners had a 9-5, 10-inning victory over Toronto on Friday.

BASKETBALL
Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey has won a contract extension. Toronto finished the season, 23-and-43.

 





Weather

CANADA WEATHER

Here is Canada's weather forecast for Sunday, April 29. British Columbia will have variable cloudiness. The high temperature in Vancouver will be 14 degrees Celsius. The Yukon: variable cloudiness. Whitehorse, nine. Northwest Territories: mainly cloudy. Yellowknife, four. Nunavut: sunny. Iqaluit, minus two. Alberta: showers. Edmonton, minus 11. Saskatchewan: showers. Regina, eight. Manitoba: showers. Winnipeg, 15. Ontario: sunny. Toronto: 13. Ottawa, nine. Quebec: sunny. Montreal, nine. New Brunswick: sunny. Fredericton, nine. Nova Scotia: sunny. Halifax, ten. Prince Edward Island: sunny. Charlottetown, nine. Newfoundland: variable cloudiness. St. John's, seven.

 





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