Monday, June 11, 2012

RCI Cyberjournal

Student demonstrators threatening Grand Prix race
Police in Montreal were on alert on Sunday as student demonstratorsthreatened to disrupt the Grand Prix auto racethat day in their latest attempt to put pressure on Quebec's government. The students have been demonstrating for three months in an effort to persuade the government to drop plans to raise college tuition fees. On Friday night, demonstrators in downtown Montreal vandalized several police cars. Police arrested at least 28 people. Demonstratorsthreatened to disrupt the city's subway system to prevent race fans from reaching the Grand Prix. Last month, smoke bombs in the subway forced the evacuation of several major stations at peak commuter hours. No resolution to the dispute with the government is in sight.

Alberta oil spill cleanup continues
As much as 475 thousand litres of oil entered the Red Deer River system about 100 kilometres upstream of the city of Red Deer earlier this week as a result of an oil pipeline spill. Pipeline firm Plains Midstream Canada says that a cleanup of its spill could take several weeks. People living downstream of the spill in west-central Alberta are still hoping that the spilled crude will not cause seriousl damage to the Red Deer River. Alberta Premier Alison Redford is trying to assure residents that everything possible is being done to contain any damage.

Actor Donald Sutherland receives French honour
Canadian actor Donald Sutherland was awarded one of France's highest cultural honours on Saturday. Former culture minister Frederic Mitterand named him Commander of the Arts for his contribution to cinema. Mr. Mitterand praised Mr. Sutherland's diverse roles in scores of films during a career that began in the 1960s. Mr. Sutherland's latest film is the blockbuster movie, The Hunger Games.

Fighting kills 38 in Syria
Intense fighting continues in Syria. Opposition activists say government shelling in the central province of Homs killed 38 people this weekend. The rights group, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says six people died in the shelling of the province's town of Qusair, near the border with Lebanon. Three others were killed in the town of Talbiseh, north of Homs. As rebel troops grow bolder in their attack on government forces, Syrian troops have started shelling opposition strongholds.

Huge financial bailout offered to Spain
Spain is the fourth member of the eurozone to accept a bailout for its faltering banks. Banks can expect to receive as much as 125 billion dollars. Eurozone leaders hope will the bailout will stabilize a debt crisis that threatens the future of the 17-member eurozone apart. Spain's bailout comes a week before elections in another indebted eurozone country, Greece, where voters could decide whether the country leaves the eurozone.

Deadly attacks on two churches in Nigeria

Two churches came under deadly attack in Nigeria on Sunday. In the central city of Jos, a suicide attacker drove a car to Christ Chosen Church and detonated explosives. Police say that the explosion wounded about 40 people but only the bomber was killed. Two people were killed afterwards in clashes among bystanders. Hundreds of kilometres away in the northeastern city of Biu Town, three gunmen opened fire on people entering a church, then continued firing at people inside. At least one person was killed. No group has claimed responsibility, but the militant Islamist group Boko Haram has regularly attacked churches in its attempt to create a Muslim state in northern Nigeria. Last Sunday, a suicide car bomber killed at least 12 people at a church in the remote northern town of Yelwa.


Prominent Kenyan government minister dies in helicopter crash

A police helicopter crashed near Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on Sunday, killing a high-profile government minister who intended to seek the presidency next year. George Saitoti and his assistant were among the six people on board who were killed. The cause of the accident is not clear. Police cordoned off the scene of the crash and are investigating. Mr. Saitoti was one of the most visible figures in Kenyan politics. For over a decade, he was a deputy to former president Daniel arap Moi. Prime Minister Raila Odinga called the the death of Mr. Saitoti a great tragedy. As security minister, Mr. Saitoti was the government's spokesman on security matters, including Kenya's decision to send troops to Somalia last year. He was one of the most outspoken government politicians on the threat from Somali militants,

Burma imposing curfews following deadly clashes

Burma's president, Thein Sein, says that sectarian violence could put Burma's transition to democracy at risk. He spoke as overnight curfews were imposed in parts of western Burma in an attempt to prevent deadly clashes between local Buddhists and Muslims from escalating. The curfews apply to the state capital of Sittwe and three other townships. Public gathering of more than five people are also banned. On Friday, clashes in two other areas of Rakhine state that, killed at least seven people and wounded 17 others. Hundreds of houses burned down. Local residents says that Muslims apparently retaliated for a lynching of ten Muslims this month by a few hundred Buddhists. The Buddhists were said to be angry over the rape and murder of a Buddhist girl by three Muslim men last month. Buddhists and Muslims have long lived under tension in Rahkine state. Army troops were deployed on Friday in Maungdaw and Buthidaung to help police keep order.


Daughter of Ukraine's imprisoned former prime minister to meet German officials
Germany's justice ministers will meet the daughter of Ukraine's imprisoned former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko this week. Eugenia Tymoshenko will discuss her mother's fate with the ministers from Germany's 16 states and their counterpart from the federal government on Wednesday in the city of Wiesbaden. The meeting will come on the day that Germany's soccer team will play in its first Euro 2012 match in Kharkiv, Ukraine, where Yulia Tymoshenko is serving a seven-year prison sentence. Ms. Tymoshenko was found guilty last year of abuse of power, a judgment that has been widely criticized as politically motivated.

Lawyer hired in sensational Chinese murder case
The wife of deposed Chinese Communist Party leader Bo Xilai is reported to have hired a lawyer to defend her against murder allegations. Gu Kailai is suspected of killing a British man, Neil Heywood, last year. An aide in Bo's household, Zhang Xiaojun, is also a major suspect in the case. Gu's lawyer, Shen Zhigeng, is described as a lawyer experienced in defending government officials accused of corruption. He's declined to confirm reports that he will defend Gu. Earlier this year, Bo was suspended from the Central Committee and its Politburo, effectively ending his career. He was once seen as a candidate for a top post in China's next leadership. His fall created a major political scandal in China.

Hosni Mubarak in deteriorating health
The health of Egypt's deposed president, Hosni Mubarak, remains fragile a week after he was sentenced to life imprisonment. An official at the prison clinic in Cairo where he is under guard says Mubarak's health is in decline, but steady. He's reported to be slipping in and out of consciousness, and breathing with difficulty. Prison officials on Sunday granted special permission to his wife and two daughters to visit him. Mubarak was convicted this month of failing to stop the killing of protesters during the popular uprising that overthrew him last year.

Victims' bodies in helicopter crash retrieved from Andes
Searchers in Peru have found the bodies of 13 of the 14 people who were killed this week in a helicopter crash in the Andes Mountains. The helicopter was carrying eight South Koreans and three Peruvians as well as citizens of the Netherlands, Sweden and the Czech Republic when it crashed on Wednesday. The bodies were being taken to a nearby town on Sunday. They have not yet been identified. Investigators will use DNA tests to identify the victims



The New Jersey Devils beat the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1, on Saturday, in the fifth game of the Stanley Cup finals. Devils' Martin Brodeur made 25 saves. It's the first time since 1945 that a team trailing 3-nothing in the final has extended the series to six games.


The Toronto Blue Jays lost on Saturday to the Atlanta Braves, 5-2. Atlanta won its sixth straight.


Sebastian Vettel driving Red Bull has the pole for the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday in Montreal.


Canadian Filip Peliwo lost his second straight junior Grand Slam final on Sunday, suffering a 6-1, 6-4 loss to

Belgian Kimmer Coppejans at the French Open. Peliwo was a runnerup at the Australian Open junior men's final earlier this year.


Canadian Audrey Lacroix won the women's 200-metre butterfly in Monaco on Sunday to conclude the three-stop Mare Nostrum swim tour. Jiani Zhu of China was second and Canadian Katerine Savard was third. Sinead Russell was second in the women's 100-metre backstroke behind Lizzie Simmonds of Britain. Russell was also third in the 50-metre backstroke. Canadian Tobias Oriwol won a bronze in the men's 200-metre backstroke while Canadian Sandrine Mainville and Thomas were third and fourth in the women's 50-metre butterfly.



Here is Canada's weather forecast for Monday, June 11. British Columbia will have showers. The high temperature in Vancouver will be 15 degrees Celsius. The Yukon: showers. Whitehorse, 11. Northwest Territories: sunny. Yellowknife, 15. Nunavut: mainly sunny. Iqaluit, nine. Alberta: showers. Edmonton, 20. Saskatchewan: sunny periods. Regina, 15. Manitoba: rain. Winnipeg, 13. Ontario: increasing cloudiness. Toronto: 27. Ottawa, 32. Quebec: sunny. Montreal, 31. New Brunswick: mainly cloudy. Fredericton, 24. Nova Scotia: mainly sunny. Halifax, 20. Prince Edward Island: mainly sunny. Charlottetown, 21. Newfoundland: variable cloudiness. St. John's, 11.