Tuesday, May 22, 2012

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 21 May 2012
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Prince Charles and Camilla mark Victoria Day in Canada

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have begun a four-day tour of Canada to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The royal couple landed in New Brunswick, where on Monday morning they began a tour of a military base in Gagetown, where the Prince in his youth trained briefly as ahelicopter pilotin Britain's navy. Governor General David Johnston welcomed them at the base, where the royal couple was scheduled to meet with families of Canadian soldiers who died during military service. In his first public remarks during the visit, the Prince noted that the latest trip is his sixteenth to Canada in the past 40 years. Later on Monday, the couple will fly to Toronto for a fireworks display to mark Victoria Day, an annual holiday in Canada that celebrates the reign of Queen Victoria.
 



Canadian military out of Afghanistan in two years
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says there will be no Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan after 2014. But he says Canada will continue to financially support the Afghan military with $110 million a year for the next three years. He says the contribution is generous and designed to set an example for other nations to follow. It is estimated that it will cost $4.1 billion a year for Afghanistan to run its security forces once the NATO-led coalition pulls out in 2014. Canada had been asked to consider leaving some soldiers in Afghanistan post-2014 to continue to help with training. But Mr. Harper says the deadline is firm.
He says it is not an abandonment of Afghanistan but a transfer of responsibility to the Afghans.The prime minister made the comments on the second and last day of the NATO summit in Chicago.



Prince revisits military base as royal visit starts
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla began their Canadian tour Monday at the same New Brunswick military base where the Duke of Cornwall trained as a military pilot four decades ago. Charles said he was delighted to begin his 16th trip to Canada at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, where he flew as a naval helicopter pilot in the 1970s. He also extolled the virtues of service to community, a prominent theme of the royal couple's visit as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations this year. Under sunny skies, the royal couple were given a 21-gun salute and welcomed by Gov. Gen. David Johnston, federal Heritage Minister James Moore and Premier David Alward.



Quebec students go marchin' on
Quebec's student movement is preparing to mark 100 days of protest Tuesday with a massive afternoon march in downtown Montreal. A coalition of unions and civil society groups is encouraging people to join in the demonstration to denounce the tuition increases and a new emergency law aimed at restoring order in the province. The march will follow one of the most chaotic weekends since the protests began. More than 300 people were arrested on Sunday night alone and at least 20 were injured, including 11 police officers, though none seriously.



Mounties kept eye on French writer
Newly released documents show Canadian spies closely watched existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, tracking his planned trip to Quebec in support of people arrested during a crackdown on separatist threats. The declassified Royal Canadian Mounted Police dossier on Mr. Sartre also reveals that Mountie intelligence officers pored over translations of the French writer's pronouncements and monitored his links to the peace movement during the Cold War. The two-volume file, spanning 234 pages, was obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act. The RCMP monitored a wide range of groups and individuals during the Cold War in an attempt to identify left-wing subversives.



Canadian loses life on Everest
A Canadian is among three climbers who were killed this weekend while descending from the peak of Mount Everest. The victims were identified as a German doctor, Eberhard Schaaf, Nepal-born Canadian Shriya Shah, and South Korean mountaineer Song Won-bin. It's believed that they suffered from exhaustion and altitude sickness. Two other climbers are missing, An estimated 150 climbers reached the summit each day of the weekend. The large number of climbers means that climbers need to wait in line for a longer time at high altitude before they can begin their final ascent to the top. Some climbers fail to bring enough oxygen.



Conservationist makes bail in Germany
The Canadian founder of an anti-whaling group who was arrested in Germany on an international warrant has been released on bail. Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society left a Frankfurt jail on Monday after a court ordered him freed on bail pending a decision on whether he will be extradited to Costa Rica. Mr. Watson is wanted for allegedly endangering a Costa Rican fishing boat while filming a documentary in 2002. The Toronto-born activist said he was relieved to be free, a week after his detention at Frankfurt Airport. Last Friday, a Frankfurt court ruled that Mr. Watson could be freed on $320,000 bail. Sea Shepherd says the money was put up by a donor and Watson must remain in Germany while the extradition case against him is underway.





International

Suicide bomber wreaks destruction in Yemen
A suicide bomber killed at least 96 people on Monday in an attack at a military parade rehearsal in Yemen's capital Sanaa. About 200 people, mostly soldiers, were wounded. The attack was the deadliest in recent years. Among those at the event were Yemen's defence minister and chief of staff, but both escaped unhurt. The military was rehearsing for the National Day parade on Tuesday to mark the unification of north and south Yemen, which were merged in 1990. Government officials suspect that a rogue soldier carried out the attack. The militant group Ansar al-Sharia says that it staged the attack in revenge for the military's assault on militant strongholds in the south, but the claim has not been verified.



UN chief worried Syria conflict could spread
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on Monday that violence from the 14-month conflict in Syria could spread to neighboring Lebanon, and reiterated his fear that the Syrian violence may erupt into a full-scale civil war. The UN says Mr. Ban is extremely troubled about the risk of an all-out civil war (in Syria) and was concerned about the outbreak of related violence in Lebanon. At least two people were killed in heavy fighting between rival Sunni Muslim gunmen in Beirut on Monday. UN special coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly also voiced concern about the fighting and called on all the parties to stop fighting. Many of Lebanon's Sunni Muslims sympathize with the Sunni-led uprising in Syria against Mr. Assad, whose father sent forces into Lebanon during its 1975-1990 civil war. The Syrian army finally pulled out in 2005 under international pressure. But Mr. Assad retains powerful allies in Lebanon, including Hezbollah and its pro-Syrian Christian partners in Prime Minister Najib Mikati's government.



Pakistani leader attends NATO summit
NATO's top official says he is optimistic that Pakistan will re-open key transit routes to Afghanistan in the very near future. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the closure of the routes in November have not had a major impact on alliance operations in Afghanistan. But he says NATO will face logistical challenges as it draws down its forces from Afghanistan and will need a number of transit routes. Pakistan closed the supply routes in November in response to a U.S. airstrike that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers. The U.S. and Pakistan have been negotiating the reopening of the routes, but those talks are stalled. Pakistan's President Asif Zardaro is attending the NATO summit in Chicago and met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but not with President Barack Obama.



Putin unveils new government
Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a government dominated by personal supporters on Monday. Mr. Putin, 59, opted for continuity by retaining his ally Igor Shuvalov as first deputy prime minister in charge of economic policy. Igor Sechin will remain his energy chief in a role outside the government. The former KGB spy consolidated his hold over the "power" ministries by naming Moscow police chief Vladimir Kolokoltsev as interior minister, in a sign of trust in a man who has at times used heavy force against protesters demanding Mr. Putin quit. Mr. Putin also signalled continuity on foreign policy and military affairs by leaving Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov in place.



Chinese activist sallies forth in New York
A day after leaving China, a blind legal activist ventured outside near where he's living in New York City. Chen Guangcheng spent a sunny Sunday sitting in a wheelchair in the shade as children played nearby. Mr. Chen escaped house arrest in China and was given sanctuary inside the U.S. Embassy, setting off a diplomatic skirmish that ended with his leaving China.



New Serbian leader will continue move toward EU
Tomislav Nikolic pledged to keep Serbia on its pro-European course after his shock election as president. Mr. Nikolic beat liberal Boris Tadic in a close-run vote in which less than half the electorate turned out, breaking the almost 12-year hold on power of the reformists who ousted late Serb strongman Slobodan Milosevic in 2000. The rightist leader of the opposition, last in power with Mr. Mlosevic when Serbia was bombed by NATO in 1999, says he now shares the goal of taking the Balkan country of 7.3 million people into the EU. Mr. Nikolic was in government with Milosevic in 1999 when Serbian forces expelled almost one million ethnic Albanians from Kosovo and NATO intervened with air strikes. He once said he wished Serbia were a province of Russia.



Unrest continues in Mali
In the West African state of Mali, demonstrators forced their way into the office of the interim president on Monday in Bamako and attacked the elderly leader. Witnesses say Dioncounda Traoré was later brought to a local hospital unconscious. Thousands of people protested at the presidential palace on Monday. They were angry about a deal brokered by regional powers that extended the time Mr. Traoré would stay in power. A military junta that seized power in Mali in a coup in March, reversing two decades of democracy in one of the only stable countries in the region of Africa. The junta agreed under international pressure in April to cede power to Mr. Traore, the former head of the National Assembly.This was called for in the country's constitution.




New Dominican leader exults
Dominican President-elect Danilo Medina is thanking his supporters as he celebrates his win in a still-disputed election. Mr. Medina told cheering supporters that he is ready to get to work on an agenda that includes more funding for education and reducing the power blackouts that have long plagued the Caribbean country. He also praised his main rival, former President Hipolito Mejia, and said he ran a good campaign. Mr. Mejia met with advisers Monday and has not conceded. Officials from his party have complained that Sunday's presidential race was tainted by vote-buying and other fraud. Mr. Medina, an official with the ruling party of the current president, won 51 per cent of the vote, enough to avoid a runoff.





Financial

Markets
Toronto Stock Exchange, Canadian dollar, euro: closed. Oil: $92.57 - $1.09.




Sports

Sports
ROWING
Natalie Mastracci of Thorold, ON, and Larissa Lagzdins of Burlington, ON, advanced to the final of the Olympic qualification regatta with a win in the women's pair repechage on Monday. Canada overtook Belarus to win the event in 7:08.74 over 2,000 metres. Belarus also advanced with a time of 7:10.85.
The top two boats from Tuesday's final will earn berths to the London Olympics. The women's pair is the final boat that Canada is attempting to qualify for the 2012 Games.




Weather

CANADA WEATHER
Here is Canada's weather for Monday, May 21. British Columbia will have rain. The high temperature in Vancouver will be 16 degrees Celsius, Victoria, 14. The Yukon: cloudy . Whitehorse, 14. Northwest Territories: sunny. Yellowknife, 14. Nunavut: flurries. Iqaluit, minus 2. Alberta: partly sunny. Edmonton, 20. Saskatchewan: increasing cloudiness. Regina, 21. Manitoba: cloudy. Winnipeg, 25. Ontario: isolated showers. Toronto: 27. Ottawa, 30. Quebec: sunny. Montreal, 29. New Brunswick: sunny. Fredericton, 24. Nova Scotia: mainly sunny. Halifax, 20. Prince Edward Island: sunny. Charlottetown, 23. Newfoundland and Labrador: sunny breaks in Newfoundland and in Labrador: St John's and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, 11.




Weather
British Columbia on Tuesday: rain south, mix sun cloud north, high C14 Vancouver. Yukon: rain. Northwest Territories: sun. Nunavut: snow. Whitehorse 15, Yellowknife 17, Iqaluit 2. Prairies: rain. Edmonton 14, Regina 17, Winnipeg 26. Ontario: rain south, mix sun cloud north. Quebec: rain. Toronto 23, Ottawa 21, Montreal 19. Atlantic Canada: rain. Fredericton, Halifax 20, Charlottetown 22, St. John's 24.




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