Sunday, May 13, 2012

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 12 May 2012
Canadian International Sports Weather

Criminal charges laid against four in Montreal subway smoke bombings

Criminal charges were filed in Montreal on Saturday against four young people in connection with a series of smoke bombs in the subway system in Canada's second-largest city. Smoke from the bombs forced evacuation of all stations on Thursday, stranding hundreds of thousands of people during morning rush hour. A merchants' association estimates that the incident cost Montreal several million dollars in lost productivity. The three female and one male suspects surrendered on Friday. They are charged of inciting fear of terrorim, conspiracy and mischief. After the attacks, suspicion immediately fell on students who have been publicly demonstrating for several weeks against the Quebec government's plan to increase college tuition fees. Fees in Quebec are far lower than in most other Canadian provinces. Student demonstrations have been violent. The government's latest compromise proposal was strongly rejected by student leaders. The government's debate with students has become a major political crisis in the province.

Rafferty found guilty of child assault-murder
A sensational murder trial in Canada ended on Friday in a guilty verdict. Michael Rafferty was charged with kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder. His victim was an eight-year-old girl, Tori Stafford. The jury dismissed testimony from Rafferty's girlfriend, Terri-Lynne McClintic, that she alone was responsible for the crimes. McClintic testified that she lured the victim from her school in Woodstock, Ontario, in 2009 and delivered her to Rafferty. McClintic pleaded guilty two years ago and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. Rafferty could face the same penalty when he's sentenced next Tuesday.

Canadian woman arrested in Britain for child murders
A Canadian woman living in Britain has been arrested in connection with the murder of her two infant children in London. Felicia Boots and her Canadian husband, Jeffrey Boots, moved into a home in the upscale Wandsworth area two weeks ago. Her husband discovered the victims' bodies earlier this week at home. The accused appeared in a local court on Saturday. She was remanded in custody until another court appearance on Tuesday. Police can only speculate about the motive for the murder. They believe that the victims were smothered.

Criminal charges for attack on Air Canada flight attendant
A 70-year-old woman is facing criminal charges of attacking an Air Canada flight attendant. Moira Gentry allegedly grabbed the attendant by the neck on a flight between London, England and Vancouver on January 4. The attendant was checking on a complaint that a passenger was behaving strangely. Ms. Gentry is charged with endangering or interfering with an airplane crew.

High risk of fires in northern Alberta
Fire authorities in the province of Alberta warn that northern regions are facing a high to extreme risk of wildfires. Forests north of Edmonton are dry, humidity is low and winds are strong. A wildfire information officer says that northern Alberta received less than half of its usual snowfall last winter. Forty-one wildfires are burning in Alberta.


As crisis continues, Greek political leaders to meet again

Greece continues desperately to seek a way to form a new coalition government. President Karolos Papoulias has called party leaders to meetings on Sunday in a last-ditch effort. He will first meet with the heads of the three parties that won the most votes in an inconclusive election last weekend. The three are the conservative New Democracy, radical left-wing Syriza and socialist PASOK. Mr. Papoulias will then meet with leaders of the other four parties that won parliamentary seats. If coalition talks fail, Greece will hold new elections next month.

Militant group claims responsibilty for Damascus bombings
A little-known militant group is claiming responsibility for two bombings in Damascus this week that killed 55 people. Almost 400 other people were injured. The group called Al-Nusra Front posted a video online in which a voice says that theexplosions fulfilled promises to stage attacks and bombings. Western intelligence agencies think that the group might be linked to al-Qaeda. It's also believed that more than one Al-Qaeda sub-group has infiltrated Syria as instability spread across the country over the past 18 months. Their activity would be unaffected by international diplomatic efforts to resolve Syria's political crisis. President Bashir al-Assad has brutally tried to suppress anti-government protests.

Russia's new president to go to China
Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, will go to China next month for his first trip abroad since his election last month. During his three-day trip that begins on June 5, he will meet President Hu Jintao and attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit. The two countries have important trade ties. Russia is a major energy exporter and China is the world's largest consumer of energy. Earlier this week, Mr. Putin informed the United States that he would be unable to attend the Group of Eight summit, which begins at Camp David next Friday. Mr. Putin explained his absence by saying that he needed time to form a new government.

Nigeria arrests extremist Islamist commander
Police in Nigeria say that they captured a senior commander of the militant Islamist sect Boko Haram. Suleiman Mohammed was taken in Kano, the largest city in the north. Kano was the scene of attacks this year that have killed hundreds of people. Boko Haram has vowed to introduce strict Islamic Sharia law in the northern region, where Muslims are in a majority. The sect is blamed for scores of deadly attacks on Christians. Boko Haram has refused to confirm the latest arrest.

Attackers in disguise kill NATO soldiers in Afghanistan
Men disguised as Afghan police officers attacked a military coalition compound in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Saturday, killing two NATO service members. A third Afghan policemen fired at the attackers, killing one and wounding the other, who escaped. The shooting was under investigation. Also on Saturday, a roadside bomb killed a third NATO service member, and a fourth died of non-battle related injuries. All four deaths occurred in southern regions where much of the fighting has been concentrated. So far this month, 18 NATO service members have been killed in Afghanistan.

Lithuania sends warning to Ukraine
Lithuania's president, Dalia Grybauskaite, says that Ukraine could become diplomatically isolated if former Ukrainian prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, remains in prison. Ms. Grybauskaite spoke after visiting Tymoshenko in a hospital in the eastern city of Kharkiv on Friday. Tymoshenko is being medically treated for back pain. Ms. Grybauskaite later communicated the European Union's concerns about Tymoshenko to President Viktor Yanukovych. Tymoshenko recently ended a three-week protest hunger strike. She was convicted last year of abuse of power while in office and sentenced to seven years in prison. Western nations have largely criticized the conviction as politically motivated.

Saudi adviser dismissed over stance on women
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has again asserted his aim of easing restrictions on women. One of the king's conservative advisers, Sheik Abdul-Mohsen al-Obeikan, was dismissed after he publicly warned about what he called dangerous moves by influential people to change women's status. King Abdullah has relaxed some Islamic restrictions that forbid women from being alone with male strangers. Under the King's reforms, women are able to work as engineers, doctors, nurses and in a range of other posts.

Venezuela's President Chavez ends latest cancer treatment
Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez, returned home on Friday after his latest trip to Cuba for cancer treatment. He described his radiation therapy as successful. He was treated for 11 days in Cuba, where he had operations to remove tumours last year and in February. Mr. Chavez faces a tough presidential election in October in which his health could play a role.



Canadian Daniel Nestor and his partner from Belarus, Max Mirnyi, were defeated in the semifinal of the Madrid Open men's doubles on Saturday by Poland's Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 7-6 (3), 6-7 (6), 12-10.

The Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, 7-6, win despite two home runs by Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista.

At the world hockey championship on Friday, Canada beat Finland, 5-3. Evander Kane scored the winning goal. Canada improved its record to four wins and a tie. Finland lost for the first time in five games.



Here is Canada's weather forecast for Sunday, May 13. British Columbia will be sunny. The high temperature in Vancouver will be 20 degrees Celsius. The Yukon: variable cloudiness. Whitehorse, six. Northwest Territories: mainly sunny. Yellowknife, nine. Nunavut: overcast. Iqaluit, one. Alberta: sunny. Edmonton, 26. Saskatchewan: sunny. Regina, 26. Manitoba: sunny. Winnipeg, 26. Ontario: sunny periods. Toronto: 19. Ottawa, 20. Quebec: a few showers. Montreal, 18. New Brunswick: cloudy. Fredericton, 22. Nova Scotia: variable cloudiness. Halifax, 19. Prince Edward Island: variable cloudiness. Charlottetown, 18. Newfoundland: sunny periods. St. John's, 13.


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