Busy Day Spawns News Briefs

Friday, June 15, 2007

Local Briefs

On the morning of June 14th Guelph Police appeared at a residence on Laurine Ave. east of downtown. The police conducted a search of the residence. Subsiquently, a 45-year-old man was arrested for possesion of child pornography.

Stand off-
In Fergus, just north of Guelph, a 58-year-old man barricaded hiself in his garage. Early reports stated that the man was armed and that he had fired one shot into the air prior to the begining of the stand off. A small army of OPP officers surrounded the man's home and shut down the area around the home. The OPP media desk is open from 6 am until 9 am Monday through Friday. As such, there is no information currently available as to whether or not there has been a resolution to the situation. For more information look to the Guelph Mercury

Change Now-
Change Now is a drop-in youth centre in Guelph. The centre provides food and shelter for at-risk youth. Suddenly this morning at 9 am the centre has been closed. There is no information as to why the centre has been closed at this time. This closure is troubling as youth that are at risk have lost a safe space and a space in which they were not judged, a place they could trust.

International Briefs

Collapse of Palastinian Government-
Palastinian President Mahmoud Abbas has dissolved the Hamas-Fatah coalition government on June 14th. Abbas, of Fatah, disolved the coalition and appointed a new Prime Minister following days of intense fighting. Fighting in the Gaza Strip between Hamas and Fatah has gone in the direction of Hamas. The strength of Hamas in the Gaza strip has prompted Abbas to ask for UN intervention and an international force enter the Gaza Strip.

Former Austrian President and UN Secretary General Died on Thursday-
The German publication Der Spiegel is reporting that Former Austrian President and UN secretary-general Kurt Waldheim died Thursday afternoon. Waldheim was very isolationist as President of Austria. The United States named him persona non grata, a person that is not allowed in the United States following revelations of his World War Two activities in a Nazi military unit. Waldheim served as secretary-general from 1972 to 1981 and as Austrian President from 1986 to 1992.

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