Monday, June 18, 2012

RCI Cyberjournal

Edition du 17 June 2012
Canadian International Sports

Stage collapse kills one, injures three others
Investigators with the Ontario Ministry of Labour were at Toronto's Downsview Park Sunday. They're trying to determine why a stage collapsed Saturday as it was being prepared for a concert by the bands Radiohead and Caribou. A stage worker was killed and three other people were injured while the crew for Radiohead was performing a soundcheck. The sold-out concert was cancelled.

Bank robbery gunman suspect in custody 
The security guard accused of gunning down four co-workers in Alberta on Friday is now in custody.Twenty-one-year-old Travis Baumgartner was arrested Saturday while trying to enter the United States at Lynden, Washington.He was later handed over to the Canada's police force, the RCMP. American border officials say they found 334-thousand dollars in Baumgartner's pickup truck. He's accused of killing three other security guards and critically wounding a fourth as they stopped to reload an Atomated Tweller Machine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

Canada doubtful about Earth Summit 
Federal Environment Minister Peter Kent says he has low expectations as he heads to Rio de Janeiro for the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit. He's joining tens of thousands of delegates from countries around the world in an effort toestablish sustainable development. But he says negotiators can't even agree on the definition of sustainable development. Organizers received submissions from 600 different countries, and groups, and have edited the suggestions down to 97 different items to be negotiated.The two main issues are: how to modify the United Nations structure so that sustainable development is a priority; and how to define a global set of sustainable development goals that will influence decision-making for years to come.

Prime Minister heads to Mexico

Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, is travelling to Los Cabos, Mexico Sunday to attend a G20 summit that's increasingly focused on the debt crisis in Europe. Several countries are trying to create a special International Monetary Fund bailout fund. Prime Minister Harper has already said Canada will not contribute to such a fund. His position is that growth must come through austerity. The United States is also opposed to a special IMF for Eurozone countries.

Secret files once kept on former Canadian Prime Ministers

Newly declassified records show Canadian security officers compiled secret files on former prime ministers John Diefenbaker and Lester Pearson. But the files were destroyed in the late 1980s. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service, which inherited the files from the RCMP, says they were discarded to respect the privacy of the leaders, both of whom died in the 1970s. Two intelligence historians dismissed the CSIS explanation as ridiculous. The confidential files on the two prime ministers were among hundreds the RCMP security branch amassed on politicians, senior public servants, judges and other so-called VIPs during the Cold War. Some RCMP files, including extensive ones on Quebec premier Rene Levesque and NDP leaders David Lewis and Tommy Douglas, wound up in the national archives. CSIS says the majority were destroyed.



North Korea-US trade barbs
A war of words is heating up between North Korea and the United States. North Korea is criticizing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for what it calls "reckless" criticism of its human rights record. The country's state news agencyquoted an unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman Sunday saying the North's arms industry now has the capacity to "steadily boost its nuclear deterrent" and will do so as long astheU.S.maintains a hostile policy. On Thursday, Mrs. Clinton said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un must improve life for what she called his oppressed people or face a backlash.Tensions increasedafter a North Korean rocketlaunch in April that the U.S. and other western nations called a test of banned long-range missile technology. North Korea says it was a test forputting a satellite into orbit.

Shelling continues in Syria
Opposition activists say at least 11 people were killed in Syria Sunday as government troops intensified their shelling of the city of Homs. Activists say the city has been under intense shelling and ground attacks for a week. The latest shelling comes a day after UN observers suspended their patrols in Syria due to increased violence in the country. More than 14,000 people have been killed since the crisis in Syria began in March last year.

Explosions hit three churches in Nigeria

Nigeria's emergency services says at least 20 people were killed and 100 wounded in bomb attacks on three churches in the country's north. One explosion occurred at a church in the city of Kaduna Sunday morning. Two other churches were attacked in the nearby city of Zaria. The Zaria attacks occurred about 10 minutes apart in different parts of the city. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks but the extrememist Islamic group Boko Haram has made them a prime target. Nigeria's population is almost equally divided between Muslims and Christians.


Egyptians vote in presidential run-off

It's the second and final day of voting in Egypt's presidential election. The run-off pits a former top minister in Egypt's old regime against an Islamic candidate. Voter turnout has been low and many see the election as a choice between two undersirable candidates. Ahmed Shafiq, was the last prime minister under deposed president Hosni Mubarak. Some voters fear that he would reinstitute Mubarek's authoritarian style. The other candidate, Mohamed Morsi, represents the hardline Islamic policies of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Exit polls give Greek election to traditional parties

Exit polls suggest Greece's two traditional parties have enough seats to form pro-euro coalition. While no party appears to have an outright majority, exit polls indicate New Democracy and PASOK, will have enough seats to form a coalition together. New Democracy supports the debt-ridden country's international bailout agreements which call for harsh austerity measures. The leftist party, Syriza, which vowed to scrap the bail-out measures is projected to come in thrid place.Many European leaders have cautioned that Greece could be left outside the 17-nation eurozone if it opts out of its bailout commitments.





The European soccer championship's quarter-finals are beginning to take shape.
Greece and the Czech Republic advanced to the quarter finals of the European soccer championships with wins on Saturday. The Greeks defeated Russia 1-nil and the Czechs edged co-hosts Poland 1-nil. Group B plays Sunday as Portugal takes on the Netherlands and Denmark faces Germany.

In North America’s Major League Soccer, the Vancouver Whitecaps earned a 1-nil victory over the Colorado Rapids. The Montreal Impact opened the revamped and expanded Saputo Stadium with a 4-1 win over the Seattle Sounders. Kansas City beat Toronto F-C 2-nil.


In North America’s Major League Baseball, Canada’s only team, the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5.

Track and Field

Dylan Armstrong won the shot put event at the Donovan Bailey International track meet as he prepares for this summer's Olympics. The Kamloops, B-C, native finished first with a final throw of 21.02 metres. Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Whitby, Ontario won the women's 100-metre hurdles in 12.64 seconds.

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