Burgess case undergoes preliminary hearing
A preliminary hearing for a Regina substitute teacher will go ahead this week. Robert Burgess, 34, is facing half a dozen charges including sexual assault, sexual exploitation and uttering threats. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in June. The complainant is a 16 year old girl who says she was sexually assaulted at a nightclub on Dewdney Avenue just before Halloween, 2010 on two consecutive nights.
Agribition kicks off at Evraz
The Canadian Western Agribition is expecting 125, 000 visitors as it makes its return to Regina for the 41st year. In addition to the livestock shows and auctions that are well attended events, The Agribition Trade Show will exhibit over 400 businesses. High school rodeo will make its first ever appearance at Agribition this year.
More volatility expected on the financial markets
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Stock markets still wary about the state of Europe’s economy will have another factor to contend with this week; the political deadlock gripping Washington as a deficit reduction deadline draws closer. The so-called “Supercommittee” is so far gridlocked with no concrete plans to slash America’s deficit by at least $1.2 trillion in the next ten years. Democrats are proposing tax increases that Republicans say are just too high. This panel was created as part of the agreement to fix America’s “debt ceiling” issues this summer. The deadline for an agreement is set for Wednesday, November 23rd.
Khmer Rouge trials being in Cambodia
Leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge will face trial for war crimes in a UN backed tribunal beginning this week. It’s been more than three decades since the reign of terror on what’s known as “the killing fields” killed an estimated 2 million people. Three high ranking members of the regime will stand trial; Nuon Chea, 85, Khieu Samphan, 80, and Ieng Sary, 86. The Khmer Rouge supreme leader, Pol Pot, died in 1998. They are facing charges of crimes against humanity, genocide, homicide and torture.