Afternoon Update April 17th, 2012 (10)

CANADA

#1 — CNews | ‘Prize pig’ banned from radio contests

VANCOUVER – A local radio station group has pulled the plug on a self-professed “prize pig” who has gorged too frequently from the contest trough over the past three decades.

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#2 — Globe | Bank of Canada hints at higher rates

The Bank of Canada left its main interest rate untouched at 1 per cent Tuesday, while painting a brighter economic outlook and hinting for the first time since last summer that it is beginning to look for an opportunity to raise borrowing costs.

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#3 — MacLeans | Mining boom puts ‘stunning’ Yukon watershed at risk

The Star‘s Paul Watson reported Monday on a brewing conflict between mining companies and conservationists over a massive untouched wilderness in the central Yukon. The area is thought to be rich with iron ore, gold and zinc as well as oil and gas. But First Nations and environmentalists consider it too precious, and fragile, for mass development.

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#4 — NP | Quebec anti-corruption cops arrest construction magnate Tony Accurso in early-morning raids: reports

MONTREAL — The special anti-corruption squad of the Quebec provincial police has reportedly arrested construction magnate Tony Accurso as part of a broad sweep involving various communities north of Montreal.

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#5 — OC | New document rekindles debate about Samuel de Champlain’s birthplace

QUEBEC — Canadian historians say the discovery of French explorer Samuel de Champlain’s baptism certificate helps solve in part the mystery surrounding the birth of the navigator know as the Father of New France.

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WORLD

#6 — BBC | Shuttle Discovery makes Washington flypast

One of Nasa’s iconic space shuttles has made a dramatic flypast over the centre of the US capital as it heads to its final resting place in a museum.

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#7 — CNN | UK arrests alleged terror fund-raiser Abu Qatada

London (CNN) — British authorities have arrested Abu Qatada, whom they describe as an inspiration to terrorists that include one of the hijackers who struck on September 11, 2001, the Home Office said Tuesday.

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#8 — Fox | Norway massacre suspect: Rampage was ‘spectacular’ and I ‘would have done it again’

OSLO –  Norwegian gunman Anders Behring Breivik defended his massacre of 77 people, insisting Tuesday he would do it all again and calling his rampage the most “spectacular” attack by a nationalist militant since World War II.

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#9 — DM | 60 years in the skies… and still going strong. The amazing career of the B52 bomber 

The B52 Stratofortress, the colossal bomber which was one of the defining pieces of Cold War military technology, yesterday celebrated 60 years of military service.

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#10 — Telegraph | Tens of thousands of NHS workers to strike

Tens of thousands of NHS workers will take industrial action and other forms of protest next month in the continuing bitter row over pensions.

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  • beentheredonethat

    Re#9. Yes, an amazing aircraft. A decade or so ago I was priviledged to be driven out to a B52 on the flight line at Minot AFB. In the crew van with the bomber’s actual crew for a ‘royal tour’. Huge bomb bay, sat in the pilot’s seat….the cockpit windows have blinds to pull down to protect against the glare of a nuclear explosion. Sat in the rear gunner’s seat (sits up front not in the tail) go to see the rear defense setup with a small video screen and joystick. Interesting to me was the fact if ejection is necessary two of the crew eject out of the bottom of the aircraft. Sorta makes ejecting at low altitude a bit risky so they said. Ah…ya. B52’s are affectionately referred to in the USAF as BUFF…short for Big Ugly Fat F**ckers.

    • Joe

      Watched the BUFFs doing simulated bombing runs north of Brooks AB. The USAF had a train pulled off on a siding and they used the train to triangulate the electronic bomb drop. I watched the big birds 500 feet in the air 250 knots. I commented to one of the radar techs that the pilots must be busy avoiding terrain. The tech replied “I don’t know how. They got the flash blinds down”.