A neighbourhood under siege. Amid continued fighting in the Tivoli
Gardens district of Kingston, Jamaica, a minister shuttles food in to
A cooling head prevails. A conversation with Christiana Figueres --
who's about to take some heat as the U.N.'s new climate chief.
Fade to white. Canadian biologists predict that the death of the polar bear will be nasty, brutish, short -- and permanent.
A disease that metastasizes to your bank account. A new report exposes
the disastrous effect breast cancer can have on your finances.
The only park in Canada where they hope you don't have a blast. Vernon,
B.C. plans to open a new green space -- once it's sure all the
explosives are gone.
And...taking a bath -- and refusing to give it back. A rogue elephant
in Kenya must like the taste of sunscreen smoothies -- because he keeps
drinking a luxury hotel's hot tub dry.
As It Happens, the Thursday edition. Radio that knows sometimes you
grumble about tourism -- and sometimes you just suck it up.
The clashes that started on Sunday, in a single neighbourhood of
Kingston, Jamaica, have shed light on the political situation in the
country. And what's being exposed by that glare is disturbing.
On the ground in Kingston, in the epicentre on the unfolding drama,
the residents of Tivoli Gardens are still dealing with a state of
emergency, sporadic gunfire, and dwindling food supplies.
Reverend Al Miller has been shuttling food into Tivoli Gardens. We reached him in Kingston.
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It's obvious that breast cancer has a devastating impact on a woman's
life. But a new report by the Canadian Breast Cancer Network has
revealed a less-obvious effect: its devastating impact on a patient's
Janet Dunbrack is the author of the report. We reached her in Ottawa.
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It's often been said that there's no place like home. Which is
certainly true. But every once in awhile, it's just better if you're
Harvey Shaffer is a city councillor in Hampstead, Quebec and we reached him outside his home earlier today.
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Politicians are known to be crafty, conniving, and clever. They are not
known to be poetic. But former Czech president Vaclav Havel has never
been a typical politico.
The leader of Czechoslavakia's "Velvet Revolution" in the
nineteen-seventies and 'eighties was first and foremost a playwright.
Now, seven years after the end of his presidency, he has returned to the
arts. Last night he was in Philadelphia, for the American premiere of
his first play in nearly twenty years. It's called "Leaving".
Paul Wilson is a Canadian writer who has translated many of Havel's
works into English, including "Leaving." He was at the premiere last
night. We reached Mr. Wilson in Philadelphia.
The news is coming up next, but stay tuned -- there's a lot more As It Happens to come in just a few minutes. When we return:
A matter of degrees. We'll talk to the U.N.'s incoming head of climate change -- Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres.
Curses -- oiled again. Scientists discover a lot more spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico than has ever been seen before.
You'll be blown away by its beauty. But in the case of a planned park
in Vernon, B.C., there's also a slim chance that you'll be blown away by
We'll be back in six minutes. I'm CO.
And I'm DS.
Hello again, I'm CO.
And I'm DS. This is As It Happens, Part Two.
She's the first woman to hold the position. She's also the first person
from a developing nation to hold it. And when Christiana Figueres takes
over as chief of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, she's
going to have her work cut out for her. She has to assemble some kind of
framework to address the issue of climate change, following last fall's
disastrous and divisive summit in Copenhagen.
Ms. Figueres is a Costa Rican diplomat. She was appointed earlier this
month by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. And she'll take
over the position on July first.
We reached Christiana Figueres in Washington, DC.
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A deep-sea freeze.
As British Petroleum tries to stop its leaking oil well with a
maneuver dubbed a "top kill" -- essentially plugging up the well with
mud -- the Obama Administration today launched its own kill maneuver.
Its goal is to plug some of the loopholes in the laws regulating
For the record, here is President Barack Obama speaking today in Washington, D.C.
Despite that freeze, there is the matter of the oil that has already
been spilled. BP has maintained that the well is releasing about
five-thousand barrels a day. But today, the U.S. government released its
own independent assessment -- and the news isn't good. Between twelve-
and nineteen-thousand barrels of oil a day, meaning that this disaster
is likely larger than that of the Exxon Valdez.
Because of the heavy use of chemical dispersants, much of that oil
remains hidden beneath the water's surface. Today, though, a group of
marine scientists accounted for some of it.
Bill Hogarth is the Dean of the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida. We reached him at his office.
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If you're a lover of exotic fauna, the Etali Safari Lodge may just have
your dream accommodations. It's located in South Africa's Madikwe Game
Reserve, and it offers its well-to-do guests a unique window on South
Africa's wildlife -- all from the comfort of a fancy suite. The outside
deck allows breathtaking views of African sunsets, and you can forget
all your troubles with a refreshing dip in the outside pool, surrounded
by towering acacia trees gently swaying in the wind.
There's just one caveat: be a little careful in the Jacuzzi. Because
one local resident keeps walking up and sticking his nose in where it
Susan Potgeiter is the owner of Etali Safari Lodge. We reached her in Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa.
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Extinction won't come gradually. It will be sudden, and it will be quick.
So says one of the world's leading experts on polar bears. In a study
released this week, biologists at the University of Alberta used a
mathematical model to predict the decline of polar bear populations, as
the climate in the far north changes.
Andrew Derocher is a co-author of the study. We reached him in Edmonton.
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I don't know what you do when you're bored. But, sometimes, I like to dial strange phone numbers at random.
The old "867-5309" is a pretty standard choice. But I'm also pretty
crazy about numbers made up of a single digit. Like 888-888-888. That
one's in Bulgaria and it used to belong to a guy named Konstantin. But,
lately, all I get when I dial it up is this:Now, I know what you're
thinking. Konstantin got tired of me calling him up and asking him the
score in the latest Levski versus Lokomotiv soccer match, then
subjecting him to my rendition of "Do The Locomotion" every time my boys
won. But, actually, it's not me, it's him.
You see, his particular mobile phone number has something of a nasty
history. It's been assigned to three different men over the last decade.
And all three of those men have met an untimely end. So the Bulgarian
phone company that owns the number, Mobitel, has decided it's finally
time to put it to rest.
The first user of the number was Vladimir Grashnov -- the CEO of
Mobitel, no less -- who died of cancer in 2001 at the age of
forty-eight. At the time, there were rumours that his illness was caused
by radioactive poisoning by a business rival.
The number was then assigned to a guy named Konstanin Dimitrov. He was
shot dead while eating dinner with a model in the Netherlands. His
career as head of drug-smuggling empire might have had something to do
with his death.
And then the 888-888-888 number was passed to my buddy Konstantin
Dishliev. He wasn't just a soccer fan. He was also a real estate agent.
Oh, and, he was also something else that he never mentioned in our chats
-- a cocaine importer/exporter.
He was gunned down outside an Indian restaurant in Sofia.
So the solution to ending these killings isn't detective work, or
clamping down on organized crime, or even assigning the number to a
little old lady. There's no call for that kind of thing. No, cutting off
the number altogether is the answer because, clearly, this is an eight
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It doesn't matter whether you're a pro, or you're still playing for
your school team. When it comes to baseball, it doesn't get any bigger
than a World Series. So stakes are high this weekend, when the College
World Series gets underway in Appleton, Wisconsin.
In the N-C-double A Division, three teams will compete for the
American national championship. And one of them is making a surprise
appearance: the University of Massachusetts Boston. It's the team's
first trip ever to the big show.
Some of their players are a little bit older and a little bit rounder
than their competition. But don't let their "Bad News Bears" appearance
fool you. The UMass Beacons are grizzlies on the field.
Alan Wickstrom is their director of communications, and we reached him at their hotel in Appleton, Wisconsin.
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Everybody loves a park -- particularly at this time of year. You can
relax, chuck a ball, throw a Frisbee around, or just sit around in a
mesh shirt and short shorts, and soak up the sun.
You can imagine the joy on the faces of Vernon, British Columbia
residents, when the city announced plans to develop a fifty-six-hectare
park. The area, located in Roses Pond, boasts beautiful lake vistas and
lots of indigenous animals.
But it's not completely perfect. For example, there are the explosives.
Wayne Lippert is the Mayor of Vernon. We reached him in Vernon, BC.
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Dateline: Lhasa, Tibet.Go forth . . . and do not multiply.
That's the message from Chinese officials in Lhasa, Tibet.
The city is home to a new rule that restricts the freedom to
duplicate. Now, those looking to photocopy materials will have to let
shopkeepers copy down some material of their own -- their name, address,
and the number of copies they want.
The measures are part of a government registry officially aimed at
stopping criminals from carrying out illegal activities. Others,
however, think this fear of duplication is a tad duplicitous. They say
the real motive behind the registry is to clamp down on political
pamphlets that encourage a "Free Tibet."
In fact, shopkeepers in Lhasa are already so wary of being associated
with such activity that many insist they won't copy anything that uses
Tibetan characters without a staff translator on hand, "just to be
So, it looks like Tibetan activists will either have to go underground or start handwriting their literature.
Funny that, in a world of censorship where conformity is king, it just might pay to be "an original."
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Siphiwo Ntshebe wanted to share the joy of opera with people around the
world. More than that, he wanted his music to be accessible to everyone
beyond the opera house. And he was about to realize that dream, with a
performance at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Johannesburg.
But on Tuesday -- less than three weeks before the soccer tournament's
kick-off -- the thirty-three-year-old tenor died suddenly. after
Siphiwo Ntshebe was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. When he was
five years old, he got a sense of the power of his own voice: he was
astonished to hear it echoing throughout his church. He first knew he
wanted to be an opera singer when he heard Mario Lanza singing on TV.
And from the moment he made that decision, he wouldn't let anyone
prevent him from pursuing a musical career in opera. He also refused to
accept anyone else's notion of his limitations. At one point, one of his
teachers told him, "Mozart is not for you -- blacks can't sing Mozart."
Mr. Ntshebe did not agree -- and proved that teacher wrong.
When he was sixteen, he was offered a scholarship to the University of
Cape Town. That was followed by a scholarship in Australia -- and then
he completed his studies in London, at the Royal College of Music. He
went on to perform around the world, and had secured a multi-album deal
with Epic Records. Nelson Mandela selected Mr. Ntshebe personally to
perform at the World Cup opening ceremonies, on June eleventh. He was to
perform a new track entitled "Hope".
The producer of those opening ceremonies said "Siphiwo is a true South
Africa World Cup legacy, gone too soon. May Sophiwo's spirit of hope
centre us all."
Here's Siphiwo Ntshebe with "Un Aura Amorosa" from Mozart's opera "Così fan tutte".