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THE NEWSNEWS IN BRIEFTUESDAY NIGHT04.12.2012 P. 04FLIGHT ATTENDANT FIRED AFTER POST ABOUT EX THAI PMBANGKOK, Thailand — A Cathay Pacific flight attendant is outof a job after writing on her Facebook page that she wantedto throw coffee in a passenger’s face because she happenedto be the daughter of someone she dislikes intensely: oustedThai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.The flight attendant caused a stir in the Thai onlinecommunities last week for posting hostile comments aboutThaksin’s youngest daughter, Paetongtarn Shinawatra. Shealso posted a picture of Paetongtarn’s seating number on aBangkok-to-Hong Kong flight she worked on in November.Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific said yesterday on itsFacebook page that the posting of a passenger’s personalinformation was unauthorized and against the airline’s privacyrules. It said, without elaborating, that the flight attendant is“no longer an employee.”The flight attendant said in her post that she called herpersonal adviser to ask “if it was all right to throw somethingon (Paetongtarn) on this flight.”IOC BANS INDIA FROM OLYMPIC EVENTSLAUSANNE, Switzerland — The IOC suspended India’s nationalOlympic committee today because of government interferencein its election process, two officials with knowledge of thedecision told reporters.After months of warnings, the IOC executive boardimposed the sanction when the Indian Olympic Associationfailed to comply with the world body’s demands for holdingindependent elections, the officials said.The officials spoke on condition of anonymity becausethe official announcement hadn’t been made yet. An IOCnews conference was scheduled for today at the end of theexecutive board’s first day of a two-day meeting.Suspension means the Indian body will stop receiving IOCfunding and its officials will be banned from attending Olympicmeetings and events. India’s athletes will be barred fromcompeting in Olympic events under their national flag, althoughthe IOC could allow them to do so under the Olympic flag.International Olympic Committee spokesman MarkAdams said he could not comment, saying, “I can’t discussthat because any decisions that are taken have to becommunicated to any countries involved.”4 SAVED, MORE MISSING AFTER SHIP SINKS OFF TURKEYANKARA, Turkey — Turkish rescuers recovered a body andsaved four members of the crew of a cargo ship that sank ina storm in the Black Sea today and were searching for sevenother missing crewmen, officials said. A second ship was indanger of being overturned by high waves.The St. Kitts and Nevis-flagged ship, Volgo Balt 199, with 11Ukrainians and one Russian crew member aboard, was sailingto the Turkish port of Antalya from Russia when it sank off thecoast of Istanbul, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Thevessel was carrying coal.Istanbul’s Gov. Huseyin Avni Mutlu and the Coastal Safetyauthority said rescue boats and a helicopter found four ofthe crew alive and recovered the body of a fifth. Seven otherswere still missing.Tug boats meanwhile, were dispatched to try and help thesecond ship, the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged BBC Adriatic,further west off the coast of Istanbul.Associated PressDOZENS KILLED IN PHILIPPINES TYPHOONResidents prepare to assess their house which was damaged by Typhoon Bophain Butuan, Philippines, today. A Philippine governor says at least 33 villagers andsoldiers have drowned when torrents of water dumped by the powerful typhoonrushed down a mountain, engulfing the victims and bringing the death toll from thestorm to about 40.Erwin Mascarinas / Associated PressEXTRA PUBLIC SECTOR SICK DAYSCOST $3.5B A YEAR: REPORTA new report suggests publicsector employees in Canadatake nearly five moresick, disability and personaldays a year than Canadiansin the private sector.The Canadian Federationof Independent Businesssays those extra days costup to $3.5 billion per year,noting some public sectorworkers can bank unusedsick days, then take a lumpsumpayment or use thedays to retire early.The CFIB says federalgovernment employees takethe most time off, averaging15.2 sick, disability andpersonal days per year comparedto 12.9 days in theoverall public sector and 8.2days in the private sector.The federation says thereare variances within the privatesector, depending onthe size of the employer.Employees in businesseswith fewer than 20 employeesaveraged 6.7 days off,while those in firms withmore than 500 employeesOTTAWA – Police reported598 homicides in Canada in2011, 44 more than the yearbefore and the first increasein homicide in three years,Statistics Canada said today.The agency said the homiciderate was 1.73 per100,000 population in 2011,7% higher than in 2010, althoughthe rate of firearmshomicides fell to the lowestlevel in almost 50 years.The rate of homicidesinvolving handguns hasalso generally been decliningsince reaching a peak in1991, although they accountfor about two-thirds of allfirearm homicides.took 9.1 days, still lower thanthe public sector average.In its report, the CFIB callsfor sick day allotments to bealigned with those offered inthe private sector and for theaccumulation of unused sickdays to be discontinued.“I don’t think anybodybelieves that public sectorworkers just get sick moreoften, yet something makesthem feel entitled to moretime off,” said CFIB presidentand CEO Dan Kelly.The Canadian PressHOMICIDE RATE UP 7% FROM 2011: STATSCANDespite annual fluctuations,the overall homiciderate has remained relativelystable over the past decade,after a steady decline fromthe mid-1970s.Most of the 2011 increasewas accounted for by Albertand Quebec.The Canadian PressUP-TO-THE-MINUTE HEADLINESTONIGHTNEWSPAPER.COM

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