Monday, April 2, 2012

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 1 April 2012
Canadian International Sports Weather

Bad weather delays investigation into helicopter crash
It's expected to be a few days before salvage crews can remove the wreckage of a sight-seeing helicopter that crashed into a mountain near Canmore, Alberta. Bad weather is being blamed for the delay. Investigators are waiting to go over the wreckage to try to find out what caused the fatal crash on Friday. The pilot, a resident of Prince George, British Columbia was killed. His four passengers, two couples from Britain, were treated in hospital and released. The pilot died from his injuries while waiting to be airlifted to a hospital in Calgary. Rescuers were delayed by snow and winds and took several hours to reach the crash site.

Canadians join in international Earth Hour
The World Wildlife Fund says Earth Hour was observed by a record 551 cities and towns across Canada. For one hour starting at 8:30 last night, many Canadians joined participants from around the world and turned off their lights to demonstrate the need to act against climate change. Across the province of Ontario, power demand during last night's Earth Hour was down 2.7 per cent from a usual Saturday night.

North American leaders to meet
Canada's Prime Minister will be in the United States Monday for a meeting of the so-called "Three Amigos". The economy, energy, and border security will be up for discussion at the Washington summit, when Stephen Harper meets with Presidents Barack Obama of the U.S. and Felipe Calderon of Mexico.

Canadian farmer home after a year in Lebanese prison
A potato farmer from the east coast province of New Brunswick is back home after spending more than a year in a Lebanese jail. Hank Tepper was in Beirut on a business trip when he was arrested and jailed. Algeria, issued the arrest warrant because it says that Tepper exported rotten potatoes to their country. Tepper, his family and supporters have always maintained his innocence. Tepper's sister spoke on his behalf when he arrived back in Canada Satuday thanking a number of supporters, including many living in Lebanon. Absent from her thanks was the Canadian government. The federal government insists it worked behind the scenes to secure Tepper's freedom. But Tepper's supporters are not as convinced. Canada's minister of state for foreign affairs, Diane Ablonczy, issued a statement saying that the federal government had been working behind the scenes to get Mr. Tepper released. She also thanked unnamed partners in Lebanon for their help. A Liberal Canadian Senator, Pierrette Ringuette, who pressed Canada's government to secure Mr. Tepper's release says she saw little support from the government.


Burma's opposition reporting victory for Democracy leader
Burma's oppostion party says Aung San Suu Kyi has won a seat in that country's parliament after Sunday's landmark election. That sets the stage for the pro-democracy leader to hold public office for the first time. If confirmed, the victory will mark a milestone in Burma. The military has ruled there almost exclusively for half a century but the government, is now seeking legitimacy.

Western and Arab leaders meet to discuss Syria

Foreign ministers from more than 70 Western and Arab countries have wrapped up their meeting in Turkey.They're trying to keep up the diplomatic pressure on Syria.This was the second gathering of the Friends of the Syrian People. Participants say Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries are creating a multimillion-dollar fund to pay salaries to members of the rebel Free Syrian Army and soldiers who defect from the regime and join opposition ranks. They are also calling on Syrian soldiers not to fire on civilians. The plan is the first formal support, though only financial, for the rebels. Canada's Foreign Affairs minister,John Baird says Canada will not arm Syrians but supports humanitarian assistance. China and And Russia, considered allies of the Assad regime, did not attend the meeting. The United Nations estimates more than 9000 people have been killed since the crackdown began.


Mali's coup leader promising to reinstate constitution
The leader of Mali's recent coup says he is reinstating the nation's previous constitution amid international pressure to restore constitutional order. Amadou Haya Sanogo, who grabbed power in a military takeover March 21 and dissolved the nation's constitution, said Sunday the 1992 law has been "reinstated." It's not clear what the constitutional change means. The move is intended to stave off the crippling financial sanctions that were due to hit the West African nation in less than 24 hours if the junta failed to hand power back to civilians. Following the coup, Canada cuts its aid to Mali.

State of Emergency declared in Fiji
A state of emergency has been declared in the Fiji Islands. A tropical cyclone hit the west coast, causing lethal flooding on the main island. At least three deaths have been attributed to the flooding, and 5 people are reported missing. Seven thousand people moved into emergency shelters as the floodwaters destroyed roads. Airlines were advised not to fly to the main island as the safety of visitors cannot be guaranteed.

Thousands protest Chinese interference in Hong Kong
Thousands rallied in Hong Kong Sunday against the city's incoming government chief and decried China's alleged interference inHong Kong'srecent leadership election. The protesters marched through the streets of the city centre to Beijing's representative office in the semi-autonomous territory. It is the first major protest since Leung Chun-ying was elected as Hong Kong's next chief executive on March 25 by a 1,200-strong election committee made up largely of pro-Beijing supporters. The former British colony, which reverted to Chinese rule in 1997, enjoys broad freedoms not seen on mainland China under the "One country, two systems" model, but is not allowedto choose its own leader by popular vote.

Disabled cruise ship arrives at Malaysian port
The luxury cruise ship that was stranded at sea for 24 hours in southeast Asia has arrived at a Malaysian port. TheAzamara Quest was stricken by an engine-room fire Friday and made its way to port using emergency power. Emergency services and embassy people are preparing to help the one thousand people on the ship. There were 45 Canadians on board, none of whom were injured. Five crew members were hurt.

Hundreds of Russian ice fishermen rescued from ice flow

Russia's emergency services rescued 675 fishermen from an ice floe that was drifting out to sea in the far east of the country. About half of the ice fishermen were picked up by helicopter, the others by boat. None were said to require medical treatment. The emergency services on Sakhalin Island said it received a report Sunday that an ice floe was drifting into the Sea of Okhotsk with hundreds of fishermen on it. More than six hours later, all had been rescued. It's not unusual for fishermen to get stranded on ice floes in Russia, especially in the spring as the temperatures rise but it's rare for so many to become stranded at the same time.


Patrick Chan won the figure skating world title for the second straight year despite a flawed free skate that included a fall. He's the first Canadian to claim back-to-back men's world gold medals in 16 years. Elvis Stojko did it in 1994 and 1995.


Four of Canada's seven teams in the National Hockey League saw action Saturday.
Winnipeg lost to Tampa Bay 3-2, putting the Jets out of the playoff rounds.

Vancouver beat Calgary 3-2 in overtime, to eliminate the Flames playoff contention.

Toronto beat Buffalo 4-3.


Canada's only team in Major League Baseball, the Toronto Blue Jays beat Philidelphia 8-5.


Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps played to a scoreless draw against the Philadelphia Union Saturday.

Thierry Henry scored his first MLS hat trick and assisted on another as the New York Red Bulls beat Montreal 5-2.

Columbus beat Toronto1-0.

Canada's soccer team won't be playing at this summer's Olympics in London. Mexico beat Canada 3-1 in the semifinals of a regional qualifying tournament.


Canada is off to a winning start at the Men's World Curling Championship in Bern, Switzerland. Glen Howard's team beat France 7-5 in Canada's opening round. Canada plays Germany and the U.S. Sunday.


Here is Canada's weather for Monday, April 2. British Columbia will have rain. The high temperature in Vancouver and Victoria will be 9 degrees Celsius. The Yukon: cloudy. Whitehorse, 5. Northwest Territories: sunny. Yellowknife, minus 6. Nunavut: sunny. Iqaluit, minus 8. Alberta: mainly sunny. Edmonton, 8. Saskatchewan: sunny. Regina, 10. Manitoba: mainly sunny. Winnipeg, 12. Ontario: sunny. Toronto: 10. Ottawa, 12. Quebec: sunny. Montreal, 12. New Brunswick: cloudy. Fredericton, 10. Nova Scotia: partly cloudy. Halifax, 9. Prince Edward Island: sunny. Charlottetown, 5. Newfoundland and Labrador: cloudy. St. John's, 3. Happy Valley-Goose Bay, 2.

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