Sunday, June 10, 2012

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition du 9 June 2012
Canadian International Sports Weather

More arrests in latest Montreal student protest
Canadian police in Montreal have made more arrests in connection with student protests. At least 20 people were detained on Friday night after clashes with protesters who tried to disrupt downtown festivities leading to the Canadian Grand Prix auto race on Sunday. Students have been staging mass protests for three months in an attempt to force Quebec's government to drop plans to increase college tuition fees. But some protesters during the latest demonstration denounced what they called lavish excess by capitalists attending the Formula One race. Protesters are threatening to disrupt Montreal's subway system on the day of the race, which would hamper thousands of people who use the subway to travel to the race site.

Miami police investigating possible connection to grisly Montreal murder
American police in Miami are checking to see if a Canadian murder suspect, Luka Rocco Magnotta, was involved in any of their unsolved killings. Miami police have murders involving victims who were later dismembered. Magnotta was arrested in Germany this week in connection with the dismemberment murder of a Chinese student in Montreal, Jun Lin. Investigators are interested in Magnotta because of his alleged brutality and extensive international travels. Magnotta is awaiting extradition to Canada.

Oil spill in Alberta contained
Alberta's premier, Alison Redford, says that an oil spill on a tributary of the Red Deer has been contained. As much as 475-thousand litres spilled from a pipeline on Thursday night near the town of Sundre. The premier says that the spill was contained in the Glennifer reservoir. Crews are trying to limit the environmental impact on a region where hunting and fishing are popular. It's estimated that the cleanup could take all summer. People downstream of the spill have been told not to use river water. People who live just north of Sundre can smell the telltale odour of sour gas or sour oil. A spokesman for the Greenpeace environment group, Mike Hudema, says it's disturbing that the spill was not detected by the company until citizens alerted it.

500 new vehicles for Canada's military
Canada's government is buying 500 armoured vehicles for the Canadian military. The cost is just over 700 million dollars. The vehicles will be used as armoured personnel carriers as well as for reconnaissance and surveillance and for delivering cargo. A company in Ottawa, Textron Systems Canada, is building the vehicles. The first vehicles are scheduled for delivery within two years.


Facing economic crisis, Spain seeks bailout

Spain will ask for a multibillion-dollar bailout package, the latest eurozone country to seek financial help. The International Monetary Fund estimates that Spanish banks need a capital injection of almost 50 billion dollars. But some estimates put the need at 80 billion dollars. Following discussions on Saturday by finance ministers from the 17 nations that use the euro, Spain said that it will make its aid request after two independent consultants assess the country's financial needs. Spain could make an official request for a bailout within two weeks.

Intense fighting in Syria kills 17
Rights activists say that unusually intense fighting in Syria killed 17 people overnight, including 10 women. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that most victims died during severe shelling of the city of Deraa, a centre of anti-government activity. Fighting was also reported in Homs and Damascus. Loud explosions were heard in the capital overnight after residents reported some the fiercest fighting between rebels and security forces a day earlier. The rights group says that neither side is respecting a U.N.-backed ceasefire. Two massacres of civilians in the last two weeks have given added urgency to international talks on a solution to Syria's crisis. But simply agreeing on who should participate in talks is proving a hurdle. Russia wants Syria's ally, Iran, to attend, a move that the United States opposes. Russia has blocked United Nations efforts to apply more pressure on the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad. But on Saturday, Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said that Russia would not oppose Mr. al-Assad's resignation if Syrians supported it.

Suicide bomber kills four in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber blew himself up near a French patrol in Afghanistan on Saturday, killing four soldiers and wounding five others. The attack in the mountainous eastern province of Kapisa was one of the deadliest on the French contingent in several months. An Afghan government spokesman says that the attacker was wearing a burqa as a disguise. The Taliban claimed responsibility. Until Saturday's incident, 83 French soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan since 2001, the fourth-highest number of military deaths suffered by one nation behind the United States, Britain and Canada. France plans to withdraw most of its 3,400 troops by the end of this year, two years ahead of the timetable agreed by NATO. Most foreign troops are due to leave by the end of 2014. Canada ended its combat mission in Afghanistan last year but maintains several hundred troops to train Afghan forces.

Ivory Coast considering cross-border attacks into Liberia
Ivory Coast's government says that gunmen who killed seven United Nations peacekeepers on Friday came from neighbouring Liberia. Eight civilians and at least one soldier in Ivory Coast were also killed. Peacekeepers were responding to a suspected raid on a village near the town of Tai, close to the border. New York-based Human Rights Watch had warned that Liberian mercenaries and Ivorian fighters who fought on behalf of Ivory Coast's deposed president, Laurent Gbagbo, in a brief civil war last year were launching attacks from Liberia. Defence minister Paul Koffi Koffi says the raid highlights the need for Ivorian troops to carry out cross-border operations in Liberia to improve security. Following the raid, the United Nations said that it was redploying some of its several thousand troops to protect civilians in the border area. Ivory Coast and Liberia have in the past carried out joint border patrols with U.N. peacekeepers.

Corruption charges target India arms sales

India has charged a businessman and his wife with accepting more than half-a-million dollars in bribes from a Swiss arms manufacturer. Abhishek Verma and his wife, Anca Neacsu, allegedly tried to influence government officials to remove the Swiss company, Rheinmetall Air Defence AG, from an Indian government blacklist. The company was placed on a blacklist of arms firms banned from doing business in India following corruption allegations that the company strongly denied. India's Defence Ministry has strict guidelines for arms deals in an effort to stop corruption at a time when Asia's third-largest economy is on a weapons-buying spree to modernize its military. India is the world's largest arms buyer.

China planning manned space launch
China is planning a space launch this month to transport three astronauts to an orbiting Chinese space module. It's possible that one of the astronauts will be a woman. The Shenzhou 9 spacecraft will dock with the Tiangong 1 module that was launched into space last year. Last November, an unmanned Chinese spacecraft docked with Tiangong 1 by remote control. China is the third country after Russia and the United States to launch astronauts into space using its own rockets. The next launch is scheduled within the next two weeks. It's not clear how long the mission will last.

Great Wall of China opening two new tourist sites
Two more parts of the Great Wall of China will be made accessible to tourists. The Huanghuacheng and Hefangkou sections of the Great Wall will be opened to meet an increasing number of tourists visiting one of the world's most famous attractions. The popular Mutianyu and Badaling sections of the Wall will also be expanded. Some tourists have tried to avoid crowds by scaling closed sections of the Wall and sometimes causing damage to the historic structure. The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications built throughout the centuries to protect China's ancient empire.

Prince Philip leaves hospital
Britain's Prince Philip has left a hospital in London after spending five days for treatment of a bladder infection. The Prince took ill earlier this week as the Queen was celebrating her Diamond Jubilee marking 60 years on the British throne. Prince Philip will mark his 91st birthday on Sunday.



Canadian Daniel Nestor and his partner from Belorus, Max Mirnyi, won the men's double's title at the French Open on Sunday for the second consecutive year. They defeated Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States, 6-4.6-4.

The Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Atlanta Braves on Friday, 4-3, in ten innings.

Qualifying runs are scheduled in Montreal on Saturday for the Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday. Lewis Hamilton, the 2007 and 2010 Canadian Grand Prix winner, pushed his McLaren to the fastest practice sessions on Friday.

The Canadian-owned horse, I'll Have Another, will not run in the Belmont stakes on Saturday. He sustained a tendon injury in his left front leg at Belmont Park during practice on Friday. The horse has been retired from racing. Trainer Doug O'Neill calls the end of the Triple Crown quest for the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner disappointing but not tragic.




Here is Canada's weather forecast for Sunday, June 10. British Columbia will cloudy. The high temperature in Vancouver will be 17 degrees Celsius. The Yukon: sunny. Whitehorse, 21. Northwest Territories: sunny. Yellowknife, 14. Nunavut: overcast. Iqaluit, three. Alberta: rain. Edmonton, 17. Saskatchewan: increasing cloudiness. Regina, 15. Manitoba: rain. Winnipeg, 18. Ontario: sunny. Toronto: 26. Ottawa, 28. Quebec: sunny. Montreal, 26. New Brunswick: increasing cloudiness. Fredericton, 22. Nova Scotia: variable cloudiness. Halifax, 19. Prince Edward Island: mainly sunny. Charlottetown, 19. Newfoundland: sunny periods. St. John's, nine.


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