Tuesday, June 5, 2012

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition 4 June 2012
Canadian International Financial Sports Weather

Study doubts murcury levels on the rise near Albertan tarsands
A new study is casting doubt on findings that mercury levels are increasing in fish near Alberta's oilsands.Two Environment Canada scientists analyzed decades worth of data from different sources to conclude levels of the potent toxin are stable and may even be declining in lakes near the massive developments.

However, their findings caution that it's hard to draw firm conclusions, given spotty and inconsistent monitoring that has been done in the region. Both the federal and Alberta governments are developing better ways to measure the environmental impact of the oilsands.

A 2009 research paper had suggested that mercury levels had increased by more than one-quarter between 1975 and 2005.

Manhunt for Magnotta ends - suspect arrested in Germany

There has been a break in the case of Luka Magnotta, the man wanted in connection with a grizly murder and dismemberment in Montreal. Police in Berlin confirm he has been arrested there on the basis of an international arrest warrant issued by Interpol. Magnotta was wanted in connection with the slaying of Chinese national Jun Lin, a 33-year-old student at Montreal's Concordia university. Lin's torso was found in suitcase in a Montreal alley last week, and other body parts, including a hand and foot, were mailed to the offices of political parties in Ottawa. Interpol had put Magnotta on the equivalent of its most-wanted list. A Berlin police spokesman said Magnotta was arrested after being recognized in an Internet café on Karl Marx Strasse, a busy shopping street running through the multi-cultural south-Berlin district, which is home to numerous Turkish and Lebanese cafés and snack bars. German television quoted the owner of the cafe as saying that Magnotta had spent an hour surfing the internet before police entered and took him into custody. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is offering his congratulations to the police. Mr. Harper, in London for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, says he is pleased Magnotta has been arrested. Magnotta, whose birth name is Eric Clinton Newman and who is also known by the name Vladimir Romanov, will appear before a judge on Tuesday. German police are awaiting instructions from Montreal police regarding his extradition to Canada.

Arrest in Toronto shooting

Toronto police say they have made an arrest in Saturday's Eaton Centre shootings. 23-year-old Christopher Husbands has been charged with one count of first degree murder and six counts of attempted murder. One man was killed and several other people injured in the shootings on Saturday. Toronto's Eaton Centre is a major downtown shopping complex. The man killed has been identified as 24-year-old Ahmen Hassan. Police say he was known to them. Two people, a 13 year old boy and a 23-year-old man were said to be in critical condition. Police say the boy's condition has improved to critical but stable. Police Chief Bill Blair says the man who was killed had been targeted and that the other victims were innocent bystanders.

PM joins jubilee celebrations
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is spending his first full day in London. He is in the British capital to join the celebrations of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. The queen is Canada's head-of-state. Mr. Harper's only planned event today is a big concert at Buckingham Palace. He will visit 10 Downing Street tomorrow to meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron. On Wednesday, he'll have an audience with the Queen herself at Buckingham Palace.

Protests hamper F-1 activities
Organizers of Montreal's annual F-1 Grand Prix have decided to scale back its public exposure because of ongoing street protests in Montreal by students and others. An Open House to allow the public to meet the drivers and tour the course has been cancelled for fear of disruptions by protesters. Othwerwise, the race - Montreal's largest tourist draw of the year - will proceed next weekend. The almost daily street protests were sparked by students upset with the provincial government's plans to raise their tuition fees.


Philip hospitalized
Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has been hospitalized with a bladder infection. Buckingham palace said the prince, who will turn 91 on Saturday, was taken to the King Edward VII Hospital in London from Windsor Castle on Monday as a precautionary measure. It said he would remain in hospital under observation for a few days. Philip spent four nights in the hospital at Christmas after suffering chest pains and underwent a successful coronary stent procedure.

Nuke talks with Iran to resume
The U.N. nuclear agency chief on Monday announced new talks with Iran and urged it to sign a deal that would relaunch his long-stalled probe into suspicions that Tehran worked secretly on atomic arms. Yukiya Amano went to Tehran two weeks ago to try and wrap up a deal on restarting his probe. In the meantime, however, satellite images indicate that buildings are being demolished at an Iranian military site the United Nations nuclear watchdog wants to visit. Separate from IAEA attempts to relaunch its probe, six world powers - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - are attempting to persuade Tehran to stop enriching uranium to a level that can be turned into warhead material more quickly than its low-enriched main stockpile. Their next meeting is in Moscow starting June 17.

Markets 'react' to Tiananman anniversary
China's censors blocked access to the term "Shanghai stock market" on popular microblogs on Monday after the index fell a bizarre 64.89 points on the anniversary of the bloody June 4, 1989, crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square. In another twist, the Shanghai Composite Index opened at 2346.98 points on the 23rd anniversary of the killings in either a deft piece of manipulation or an uncanny double coincidence. The numbers 46.98 are June 4, 1989, backwards. Terms related to the anniversary, such as "six four" for June 4, "23", "candle" and "never forget", were blocked on Sina Weibo, the most popular of China's Twitter-like microblogging platforms. Users encountered a message that said the search results could not be displayed "due to relevant laws, regulations and policies". The anniversary of the date on which troops shot their way into central Beijing in 1989 has never been publicly marked in mainland China.

China takes benign view of U.S. military redeployment
China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday it hoped the United States will respect Beijing's regional interests. The statement follows the announcement of U.S. plans to reposition its naval fleet so that 60 percent of its battleships would be in the Asia-Pacific by the end of the decade, up from about 50 percent now. China's mild reaction to the announcement highlighted its reluctance to risk outright confrontation with Washington, despite friction.


BCE acquires Q-9
A weekend deal involving BCE Inc. and its financial backers will see Bell Canada add a minority ownership stake in 11 data centres in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario to its holdings. Bell will contribute $180 million of the cost of acquiring Q9 Networks Inc. while $420 million will come from the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and two U.S. private equity funds, Providence and Madison Dearborn.



Canadian Daniel Nestor reached his sixth straight doubles semifinal at the French Open on Monday. Nestor and Belarussian partner Max Mirnyi defeated American Ryan Harrison and Australian Matthew Ebden 6-4, 6-4 to advance. The 39-year-old from Toronto won the clay court Grand Slam title last year.
Canada's men's soccer team played to a nil-nil draw with the United States in a exhibition game held in Toronto. Canada takes on Cuba on June 8th to kick off the next round of World Cup qualifying. Canada was seeking its first win against the U-S since a 2-nil victory in Vancouver on April 2nd, 1985.
Scott Dixon was the winner at a problem-plagued Detroit Grand Prix. Poor track conditions stopped the race for a little more than two hours, shortening the race from 90 laps to 60. Canadian James Hinchcliffe crashed out due to the track issues.
The Toronto Blue Jays emerged as 5-1 winners in a series finale with the Boston Red Sox.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Vancouver: A few showers ending in the afternoon then mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 14.
Edmonton: Rain ending near noon then cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers early in the evening. Amount 5 mm. Wind east 20 km/h gusting to 50 increasing to 40 gusting to 60 in the evening. High 25.
Calgary: Cloudy. Showers beginning in the afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm late in the afternoon and in the evening. Amount 10 to 15 mm. Wind becoming west 30 km/h early in the evening then light in the evening. High 23.
Saskatoon: Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers in the morning with risk of thunderstorms. Wind east 40 km/h gusting to 60. High 29.
Regina: A mix of sun and cloud. Wind southeast 50 km/h gusting to 70. High 30.
Winnipeg: Sunny. High 30.
Toronto: A mix of sun and cloud. Becoming sunny late in the afternoon. High 19.
Ottawa: Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness in the afternoon. High 21.
Montreal: A mix of sun and cloud. Wind northeast 20 km/h becoming light early in the evening. High 20.
Fredericton: Showers. Amount 2 to 4 mm. High 12.
Halifax: Showers or periods of drizzle. Amount 2 mm. Wind northeast 20 km/h. High 11.
Charlottetown: Showers or periods of drizzle. Amount 2 to 4 mm. Wind northeast 30 km/h. High 10.
St. John's: Periods of drizzle. Fog patches becoming fog in the evening. Wind northeast 20 km/h. High 8.
Happy Valley - Goose Bay: Mainly cloudy. 40 percent chance of drizzle in the morning. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 12.
Whitehorse: Mainly sunny. Increasing cloudiness in the afternoon with 60 percent chance of showers late in the afternoon and in the evening. Wind becoming east 20 km/h in the afternoon. High 18.
Yellowknife: Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud in the morning. Wind becoming east 20 km/h in the afternoon. High 20.
Iqaluit: A mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h in the evening. High 9.

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