Sunday, February 28, 2010

News 2.28.2010

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News Sunday, February 28th, 2010

By: Jan Velinger

* Transport unions could organise a series of strikes if tax changes
reducing employee benefits are not modified.

* Belgian soldiers taking part in military training in the Czech
Republic crashed an armoured personnel carrier on Saturday.

* Cross-country skier Lukas Bauer is gearing up for the Men's 50
kilometre Classic - a chance for the Czech Republic to clinch a final
medal at this year's Winter Olympic Games.

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Transport union leader warns of series of strikes
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Transport unions could organise a series of strikes if tax changes
reducing employee benefits are not modified by Parliament. The warning
was issued by the head of the Czech Transport Workers' Union Lubos
Pomajbik on Sunday. Speaking on Czech TV, the union leader said he had
the full support of other union members. The caretaker government late
last week scrambled to try and avert a strike originally planned for
Monday that threatened to see public transport grind to a halt; that
strike has now been postponed until Thursday, leaving Parliament time
to act. The right-of-centre Civic Democrats have come out strongly
against the unions: Civic Democrat deputy leader Petr Bendl expressed
confidence on Sunday that his party would not support any changes to
the tax legislation in either the Chamber of Deputies or the Senate,
where centre-right parties hold the majority.


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Belgian soldiers crash personnel carrier
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Belgian troops taking part in military training near Karlovy Vary on
Saturday crashed an armoured personnel carrier. Four soldiers were
taken to hospital with cuts and bruises. A breathalyser test ruled out
alcohol as a factor in the crash; all four were released by Saturday
afternoon. The Czech news agency, CTK, reported that the Belgian
military has leased the roughly 33,000 hectares of grounds owned by the
Czech Army for extensive training by a brigade of 1,800 soldiers over
14 days. The Czech Defence Ministry said it is one of the largest
training operations on Czech soil over the last five years.


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Svejnar dismisses report he could run as regional candidate in May
election
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Respected Czech-American economist Jan Svejnar, who ran unsuccessfully
against Vaclav Klaus for the post of president in 2008, has dismissed
media reports suggesting he could run as a regional election leader for
the Social Democratic Party in the upcoming national election. His aide
Daniel Herman released the information on Saturday in reaction to an
article in the Czech daily Pravo, which cited two unnamed sources
within the Social Democratic Party, who suggested Mr Svejnar might get
on board. The Social Democrats have also dismissed the article as
speculation. Mr Svejnar was supported by both the Social Democratic
Party and the Greens in his 2008 presidential bid, but is not a member
of either political party.


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February sees lowest number of road fatalities in 20 years
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The month of February has seen the fewest number of deaths in traffic
accidents on Czech roads in 20 years, police statistics have shown. 24
people died in accidents in February compared to 52 over the same month
last year. Police attribute the drop in fatalities to fewer people
heading onto the road in February due to often difficult snowy
conditions. The Transport Ministry, meanwhile, is taking a pro-active
approach in trying to lower the number of fatalities on Czech roads,
planning to release its hard-hitting television campaign Nemyslis -
zaplatis (Don't think? You'll pay the price) on Facebook.


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Melting snow leads to more low-level flood warnings
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Melting snows across the country have now raised water levels on rivers
in 18 areas leading meteorologists to issue low-level flood warnings. A
2nd degree warning (a mid-level alert) is in place on the Radbuza in
western Bohemia. 1st degree alerts are also in place in other parts of
the country, including the Labe (Elbe) River in northern Bohemia. This
winter saw snowfall within norms, specialists have said, but a higher
concentration in cities like the Czech capital, where snow only began
disappearing with the coming of milder conditions in recent days.


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New album by jazz guitarist Doruzka to be released in Czech Republic in
March
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Noted Czech jazz guitarist David Doruzka has recorded a new album which
will go into distribution in the Czech Republic in March, the artist
has told the Czech news agency. Doruzka recorded the album, called
Wandering Song, with Spanish pianist and organist Albert Sanz, together
with renowned drummer Jorge Rossy. David Doruzka, who is 30, received
critical acclaim in the Czech Republic for his previous album Silent
Dawning two years ago, for which he was awarded Best Jazz Recording at
the Andel (Angel) awards.


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Bauer gears up for Men's 50 km Mass Start Classic at Olympic Games
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Czech cross-country skier Lukas Bauer, who has won two bronze medals at
the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, will race in the Men's 50 kilometre,
Mass Start Classic later on Sunday. It is a last chance for a final
medal for the Czech Republic, which has a tally of six so far. Bauer
himself expressed confidence ahead of the race, saying that he
considered himself a favourite. But he added that much would depend on
the course itself as well as weather conditions and said anyone could
surprise. The Czech Republic has three other racers who will also be
taking part: Milan Sperl, Jiri Magal and Martin Jaks.


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Bank finishes 11th in men's slalom at Whistler
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Czech alpine skier Ondrej Bank was unable to hold on to a promising
sixth place in the men's slalom at Vancouver on Saturday, slipping to a
final 11th spot after his second run. All the same, the skier indicated
he is satisfied with his performance at this year's Winter Olympics,
which included an earlier 7th place finish in the Super-Combined
Downhill. He did say, however, that he hoped to do better in the
future. Saturday's men's slalom was won by Italian skier Giuliano
Razzoli, followed by Ivica Kostelic of Croatia, and Sweden's Andre
Myhrer.


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Football season resumes
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The second half of the 2009/2010 football season got underway in the
Gambrinus Liga on Saturday, seeing the following matches: Brno against
Liberec, Sparta Prague against Pribram and Slavia Prague against
Bohemians Prague. Brno edged Liberec 1:0, Sparta and Pribram tied 1:1,
and Slavia defeated Bohemians Prague 1:0 in their derby.

Matches on Sunday included Ceske Budejovice against Teplice which ended
in a 0:0 draw, and Bohemians 1905 against Jablonec, which Jablonec won
3:0.


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Meteorologists warn of strong winds
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Meteorologists have warned of strong winds in parts of the Czech
Republic on Sunday, including areas in northern Moravia and Silesia.
Sunday evening strong winds are also expected to hit the Czech capital
and parts of Central and northern Bohemia. Experts said that the gales
were not likely to be dangerous, ranging between 55 and 90 kilometres
per hour. The winds are expected to continue in other areas on Monday,
including around Pardubice and Olomouc, as well as in northern Moravia.
In the mountains, winds are expected to hit 125 kilometres per hour.


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Forecast
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Partly cloudy skies with periods of sunshine are expected into Monday.
Daytime temperatures should reach highs of around 8 degrees Celsius.

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Letter from Prague
The appeal of officialdom at a distance
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Some people might have great expectations when they get those slips
from the post office saying that a recommended letter awaits them at
the counter. Perhaps a gift from a relative has turned up. I get a
frisson of fear.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/125422

Mailbox
Mailbox 2.28.2010
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Today in Mailbox: The Vancouver Olympics, the Bata canal in South
Moravia, the fourteen regions of the Czech Republic. Listeners quoted:
Nobuya Kato, Alastair Pamphilon, Nashir Uddin.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/125415

Czech Books
Edwin Muir: a Scottish poet in Prague
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Literature sometimes makes for some unusual connections. What, for
example, could Franz Kafka possibly have in common with the Orkney
Islands off the north coast of Scotland? To find the answer we start at
the busy British Council office, just a couple of streets down from
Czech Radio's headquarters. Just after World War II, the British
Council here was headed by Edwin Muir, who was born in 1887 in Orkney
and grew up on the tiny island of Wyre. He is one of Scotland's best
known 20th century poets, but it is also quite possible that you will
have come across his name and that of his wife Willa on the inside
cover of one of Franz Kafka's novels or stories. They translated many
of his works and did much to establish his reputation in the
English-speaking world. What is less well-known about Edwin Muir is the
time he spent in Prague, first in the 1920s and then again between 1946
and 1949. Clarice Cloutier, who teaches literature at two Prague
universities, has written about Edwin Muir's link to this city - a link
which, she tells me, is a good deal more than skin deep:

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/125383


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Letter from Prague: The appeal of officialdom at a distance

Some people might have great expectations when they get those slips from the post office saying that a recommended letter awaits them at the counter. Perhaps a gift from a relative has turned up. I get a frisson of fear.

Mailbox: Mailbox 2.28.2010

Today in Mailbox: The Vancouver Olympics, the Baťa canal in South Moravia, the fourteen regions of the Czech Republic. Listeners quoted: Nobuya Kato, Alastair Pamphilon, Nashir Uddin.

Czech Books: Edwin Muir: a Scottish poet in Prague

Literature sometimes makes for some unusual connections. What, for example, could Franz Kafka possibly have in common with the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland? To find the answer we start at the busy British Council office, just a couple of streets down from Czech Radio's headquarters. Just after World War II, the British Council here was headed by Edwin Muir, who was born in 1887 in Orkney and grew up on the tiny island of Wyre. He is one of Scotland's best known 20th century poets, but it is also quite possible that you will have come across his name and that of his wife Willa on the inside cover of one of Franz Kafka's novels or stories. They translated many of his works and did much to establish his reputation in the English-speaking world. What is less well-known about Edwin Muir is the time he spent in Prague, first in the 1920s and then again between 1946 and 1949. Clarice Cloutier, who teaches literature at two Prague universities, has written about Edwin Muir's link to this city – a link which, she tells me, is a good deal more than skin deep:

Saturday, February 27, 2010

News 2.27.2010

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News Saturday, February 27th, 2010

By: Jan Velinger

* An anonymous investor could finance the construction of a new speed
skating stadium in the Czech Republic, a Czech news site has reported.

* Czech alpine skier Sarka Zahrobska has won the bronze medal in the
women's slalom at the Winter Olympics.

* Czech cycling phenomenon Roman Kreuziger has won the Giro di Sardegna.

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News site: unnamed investor could build new speed skating stadium
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The Czech internet news site iDnes has reported that an anonymous
private investor may consider building a new speed skating track 50
kilometres outside of Prague, to be used by Czech speed skaters
including the sport's biggest star, Martina Sablikova. She made history
over the last fortnight by winning three medals (two gold and one
bronze) at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Domestically, her success has
drawn attention to the fact there is no speed skating stadium in the
Czech Republic. Building such a facility, however, has been estimated
to cost around 1.5 billion crowns (the equivalent of almost 80 million
US dollars). idnes reported that both the skater's coach and a local
mayor were in contact with the interested party, with Sablikova's coach
saying he would be meeting with the potential investor upon his return
from Vancouver.


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Zahrobska takes bronze in women's slalom
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Czech alpine skier Sarka Zahrobska has won the bronze medal in the
women's slalom in Vancouver - the Czech Republic's sixth medal at this
year's Winter Olympic Games. On Friday, the 25-year-old skier got in a
successful first run at Whistler and again skied well during her second
to finish behind Germany's Maria Reisch (who took gold) and Marlies
Schild of Austria (who took silver). It is the first time Zahrobska has
won an Olympic medal and is also the first time a Czech alpine skier
has finished on the podium for the Czech Republic. Before that Olga
Charvatova won a bronze medal in the downhill for the former
Czechoslovakia at the Winter Olympics in 1984.


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Daily: firm interested in exhibiting Slav Epic in Japan
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The Czech daily Pravo has reported that a Japanese firm specialising in
large scale cultural productions including major exhibitions has
expressed an interest in exhibiting in Japan the famous Slav Epic by
Art Nouveau painter Alfons Mucha. The epic, a series of enormous
canvases telling the story of the Slavic people, has been housed for
the last 45 years in Moravia's Moravsky Krumlov - although the city of
Prague is to decide soon on a permanent space for the series in the
Czech capital. According to Pravo, if the city gives the go-ahead,
Mucha's famous cycle could be seen in Tokyo, Japan for more than two
months. Necessary restoration work by Czech specialists, along with
transportation costs, would be covered by the Japanese firm, the daily
writes. City Hall is expected to discuss the issue next month.


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Social Democrats may add economist Jan Svejnar to candidates' list for
upcoming election
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The Czech-born US-based economist Jan Svejnar, who ran for president
against incumbent Vaclav Klaus in 2008, may be added to the list of
candidates in May's election to the lower house, the press has
reported. Pravo has said that the economist could be added to the list
of candidates for the Social Democratic Party, citing two anonymous
sources. The Social Democrats supported Mr Svejnar's bid for president
two years ago although the economist, who is 57, is not affiliated with
any particular political party.

In related news, Pravo writes that other candidates who could be
fielded by the Social Democrats include current Interior Minister
Martin Pecina, a Social Democrat nominee in the caretaker cabinet and
Foreign Minister Jan Kohout. Both men say they have not received any
official offer, but suggested they would probably accept if asked,
Pravo writes.


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Low-level flood alerts in places
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Melting snows across the country have raised water levels on rivers in
14 areas leading meteorologists to issue flood warnings. A 2nd degree
warning (a mid-level alert) is in place on the Novohradka - a river
near Chrudim. 1st degree alerts are also in place in other parts of
eastern Bohemia, as well as the west of the country. This winter saw
snowfall within norms, specialists have said, but a higher
concentration in cities like the Czech capital, where snow only began
disappearing with coming spring conditions over the last several days.


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Lanskroun market destroyed by blaze
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A market in to the town of Lanskroun in East Bohemia succumbed to
flames on Friday evening. Fire fighters arrived at the scene shortly
after nine pm but were unable to save most of the market's wooden
structures; they put out the blaze at a little after 12 am and no one
was hurt in the incident. The main frame of the market did survive but
will need to be tested by safety specialists. Otherwise, damages have
been estimated at around 5 million crowns. Police are looking at a
number of scenarios - including the possibility of arson.


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Cameraman Juraj Sajmovic to receive lifetime achievement award
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Cameraman Juraj Sajmovic, born in Czechoslovakia in 1932, will receive
a lifetime achievement award on Saturday recognising his contribution
to Czech cinema and television production. The cameraman worked on such
projects as Return to Paradise Lost by director Vojtech Jasny, the film
Golet v Udoli (for which he received a Czech Lion), and the TV series
l13 komnata (13th chamber). The Association of Czech Cinematographers
is made up of around 190 members; members of the jury deciding this
year's lifetime achievement honour included film critic Vera Miskova
and director David Ondricek.


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Cycling: Kreuziger wins Giro di Sardegna
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Young Czech cycling phenomenon Roman Kreuziger has won his first race
in the new season, the Giro di Sardegna in Sardinia. The 23-year-old,
who rides for Liquigas and finished ninth last year in the Tour de
France, took command of the tour on Wednesday in the race's second
stage. He held onto the leader's jersey after that; the tour is raced
over five separate stages. Chris Horner of the USA finished second,
four seconds behind the leader.


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Football: Cech out with injury for three to four weeks
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In football, star Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech, who plays for Chelsea in
the English Premier League, will miss the next three to four weeks due
to a calf injury. Cech suffered the injury during his side's Champion
League first-leg loss on Wednesday against Inter Milan. Chelsea were
defeated 2:1. Besides missing games for Chelsea, Cech will also not be
able to take part in the upcoming friendly between the Czech Republic
and Scotland.


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Weather
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Mostly cloudy conditions are expected into Sunday; daytime temperatures
should reach highs of around 7 degrees Celsius.

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SoundCzech
I am fed up
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Welcome to another edition of SoundCzech - Radio Prague's Czech
language course in which you can learn new phrases with the help of
song lyrics. Today's song is by the group Alkehol and it is called
Guardian Angel. The phrase to listen out for is "on uz me ma plny zuby".

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/125465

Magazine
Magazine 2.27.2010
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A Czech invents the tea-lock. What's it for and, do you need one?
Czechs are crowding to see a castle that will not be around for long.
And what will Czech firms bring to April's Slow Food fair in Stuttgart?
Find out more in this edition of Magazine.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/125464


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SoundCzech: I am fed up

Welcome to another edition of SoundCzech – Radio Prague's Czech language course in which you can learn new phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today's song is by the group Alkehol and it is called Guardian Angel. The phrase to listen out for is "on už mě má plný zuby".

Magazine: Magazine 2.27.2010

A Czech invents the tea-lock. What's it for and, do you need one? Czechs are crowding to see a castle that will not be around for long. And what will Czech firms bring to April's Slow Food fair in Stuttgart? Find out more in this edition of Magazine.

Friday, February 26, 2010

News 2.26.2010

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News Friday, February 26th, 2010

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Transport unions have postponed a strike due for Monday in order to
give Parliament time to meet their demands.

* The Czech Doctors' Chamber has approved a new set of guidelines
relating to care for terminally ill patients.

* The Office of Naval Research World has opened an office in Prague.

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Transport strike originally planned for Monday postponed
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Transport unions have announced a decision to postpone a strike set for
Monday morning until Thursday, in order to give Parliament time to meet
their demands. The move came after the cabinet agreed at an emergency
meeting on Thursday night to abolish proposed tax changes which would
reduce employee benefits. At the direct intervention of Prime Minister
Jan Fischer, transport unions agreed on Friday to give Parliament a few
more days to scrap the respective amendment from the proposed tax
changes. Union leaders have threatened to go on an indefinite strike if
their grievances are not addressed. Parliament is to debate the issue
at a special session next Tuesday.


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New guidelines for treatment of terminally ill patients
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The Czech Doctors' Chamber has approved a new set of guidelines
relating to care for terminally ill patients. According to the daily
Lidove Noviny which broke the story on Friday, doctors will have the
option to decide when to stop giving terminally ill patients intensive
treatment, and concentrate merely on easing the patient's pain and
discomfort. This would concern predominantly patients in a coma and
patients with multiple organ failure. The Doctors' Chamber has stressed
that this is not to be interpreted as euthanasia. Nevertheless, it is
being described by doctors as a revolution in Czech medicine.


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ONR opens office in Prague
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The Office of Naval Research World on Friday opened an office in
Prague, its first in Central and Eastern Europe. The office will
operate at the US embassy in Prague to which the ONR will move some of
its London-based staff to look for worthy scientific research projects
in the region. ONR provides grants and other funding sources for
scientific research in exchange for access to it. The office operates
in the US and 70 other countries and works with researchers at
universities and in the private sector.


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Police investigating OpenCard project
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The police has launched an investigation into Prague City Hall's
controversial OpenCard project. The multipurpose OpenCard was launched
last year to replace city transport passes as well as library, museum
and other types of service cards. However the project has not met the
intended goal and, at a cost of over 800 million crowns, has come under
attack for being grossly overpriced. Three independent audits have
already been conducted, each concluding that the project was badly
conceived and reporting untraceable invoices and a lack of transparency
in commissioning. Critics say the main tender was tailored to the
company Haguess and lots of other companies were commissioned to do
work that was not essentially necessary.


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PM wants BIS on APC investigation
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Prime Minister Jan Fischer has said he wants to ask the Czech
intelligence service BIS to cooperate in the police investigation into
the purchase of armoured personnel carriers for the Czech army. The
contract with Steyr is being investigated on suspicion of corruption
after a Czech daily quoted former executives from the Austrian firm as
saying that Czech political parties had received bribes in connection
with the deal. The prime minister said his request for BIS involvement
did not imply a lack of trust in the police investigation, but was
based on the belief that the intelligence service might have valuable
information on the case which might otherwise be considered classified.


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NATO secretary general to visit Prague
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NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is to visit the Czech
Republic next Friday. He is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Jan
Fischer and Foreign Minister Jan Kohout for talks expected to focus
primarily on Czech military involvement in Afghanistan. In response to
a NATO request for reinforcements, the Czech government earlier
approved a plan to boost the Czech contingent by 55 soldiers and
operate two radars in the southern Afghani province of Logar. For the
time being Parliament has confirmed the continued presence of 535 Czech
soldiers in the country, most of them serving on the Provincial
Reconstruction Team in Logar.


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Health Ministry to provide certificates of quality to hospitals and
clinics
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The Health Ministry is preparing to hand out certificates of quality to
state-run hospitals and health centres around the country. The
certificated will be issued on the basis of results achieved and an
assessment by patients themselves. Late last year the ministry
conducted an in-depth survey of the care provided in 18 state run
hospitals and 12 psychiatric institutions. The survey, in which 26,000
patients took part, indicated general satisfaction with the treatment
provided and the length of time patients had to wait to be admitted to
hospital, but respondents complained about the quality of hospital food
and the authoritative attitude of doctors and nurses.


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Preparations underway for Masaryk anniversary
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Preparations are underway for the 160th anniversary of the birth of
Czechoslovakia's first president Tomas Garrigue Masaryk. Masayk, who
founded an independent state of Czechs and Slovaks after the fall of
the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1989 laid the founding stones of
democracy in the country, enjoys tremendous respect to this day. The
160th anniversary of his birth on March 7, 1850 will be marked around
the country, particularly in his home town Hodonin. President Vaclav
Klaus is to open an exhibition on President Masaryk's life and work at
Prague Castle on March 2 and a bronze equestrian statue of the
country's first president is to be unveiled outside the T.G. Masaryk
Museum at Lany near Prague.


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Office rents in Prague highest in Central Europe
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Corporate rental prices in Prague are still the highest in Central
Europe despite a year-on-year fall of 8 percent, according to figures
released by the consulting firm Cushman & Wakefield. A square metre of
office space in Prague now costs on average 404 euros a year (just over
10 000 crowns). In recent months real estate companies have reported an
exodus of leaseholders who can no longer afford the prices, increasing
available office space in the city centre.


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Sablikova to be flag-bearer at closing ceremony
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Czech speed skater Martina Sablikova has been selected to carry the
flag at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The
honour is in recognition of her historic achievement after becoming the
first Czech ever to win two gold medals at one Winter Olympics. The
22-year-old took the gold in the women's 5000 metres, the 3000 metres
and a bronze in the 1500 metres.


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Weather
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The coming weekend is expected to be partly cloudy with intervals of
rain and shine and day temperatures hovering at around 9 degrees
Celsius.


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Current Affairs
Czech rescue group saves thousands of wild animals every year
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Eleven years ago, the Czech Union for Nature Conservation started
opening rescue centers for injured wild animals all over the Czech
Republic. To date, 26 centers have been opened and last year alone over
10,000 animals were brought to a rescue center. The organization's
member Marketa Peckova talks about issues in rescuing wild animals and
how the situation is changing.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/125452

Current Affairs
New book compares post-1989 development of Czech Republic and Austria
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The Czech Republic and neighbouring Austria share centuries of common
history but in recent times relations between the two states have often
been strained. How the countries have developed since 1989 is the focus
of a new anthology by a group of Austrian and Czech academics.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/125451

Current Affairs
Can Czech ice hockey rebound from disappointing Olympics?
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There were a few bright moments at Vancouver 2010 when the Czech hockey
team was firing on all cylinders but ultimately the Czechs' run at the
Olympics was short-lived, notably the fourth time in a row in a major
tournament that they have exited in the quarterfinals. Now some are
suggesting that the Czech team is on the verge of crisis, facing lean
years in which medal wins will be few.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/125450

Business News
Business News 2.26.2010
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In this week's Business News: Brussels probes Czech Airlines loan, CEZ
sets record profit but warns over outlook, car maker Hyundai gears up
for expansion, Prague struggles to make mark on real estate market, and
fresh milk sales come to the capital.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/125428


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Current Affairs: Czech rescue group saves thousands of wild animals every year

Eleven years ago, the Czech Union for Nature Conservation started opening rescue centers for injured wild animals all over the Czech Republic. To date, 26 centers have been opened and last year alone over 10,000 animals were brought to a rescue center. The organization's member Markéta Pecková talks about issues in rescuing wild animals and how the situation is changing.

Current Affairs: New book compares post-1989 development of Czech Republic and Austria

The Czech Republic and neighbouring Austria share centuries of common history but in recent times relations between the two states have often been strained. How the countries have developed since 1989 is the focus of a new anthology by a group of Austrian and Czech academics.

Current Affairs: Can Czech ice hockey rebound from disappointing Olympics?

There were a few bright moments at Vancouver 2010 when the Czech hockey team was firing on all cylinders but ultimately the Czechs' run at the Olympics was short-lived, notably the fourth time in a row in a major tournament that they have exited in the quarterfinals. Now some are suggesting that the Czech team is on the verge of crisis, facing lean years in which medal wins will be few.

Business News: Business News 2.26.2010

In this week's Business News: Brussels probes Czech Airlines loan, ČEZ sets record profit but warns over outlook, car maker Hyundai gears up for expansion, Prague struggles to make mark on real estate market, and fresh milk sales come to the capital.

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2010-02-26 17:18:00
Film dubbing in Ukrainian increases profits from film shows by 37%.
The Culture and Tourism Ministry proposes to close the discussion on the
necessity of dubbing and subtitling of foreign films in Ukrainian due to an
increase of total yield from film shows in 2009 by 37% against 2008, Culture and
Tourism Minister Vasyl Vovkun told on a press conference inKyiv.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=112549

2010-02-26 17:02:00
Ukraine regains 7th position in UEFA Country Ranking 2010.
Ukraine has outstripped Romania and regained seventh position in UEFA Country
Ranking 2010 following the performance of its clubs in European football
competitions in the last five years.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=112548

2010-02-26 16:50:00
President Yanukovych urges PGO to check budgetary funds used by Cabinet.
Today President Viktor Yanukovych has met the Prosecutor General Oleksandr
Medvedko and ordered the Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) to check the use of
budgetary funds by members of the Cabinet of Ministers, the presidential
press-servicereported.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=112542

2010-02-26 16:37:00
Wizz Air Ukraine opens new flight Lviv-Venice.
Wizz Air Ukraine, the first Ukrainian low-cost airline, will open a flight
Lviv-Venice (Treviso) in May.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=112535

2010-02-26 16:10:00
Communists want probe into Yushchenko's activity as president.
The Communist Party of Ukraine (CPU) is planning to initiate an investigation
into Viktor Yushchenko's activity as president, the party's press service has
quoted CPU leader Petro Symonenko as saying.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=112550

2010-02-26 15:55:00
25% of vineyards frozen in Ukraine.
About 25% of vineyards in Ukraine's all wine-growing regions have the signs of
thermal damage, said director of the Association of Winegrowers and Winemakers
of Ukraine (AWWU) Seriy Petrenko.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=112544

2010-02-26 15:33:00
Hong Kong court releases Naftogaz-67 captain on bail.
On February 26, the Court of Appeals of China's Special Administrative Region
Xianggang (Hong Kong) granted a request of Naftogaz-67 captain Yuriy Kulemesin
on his release on bail, according to press-service of SJSCChornomornaftogaz.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=112534

2010-02-26 14:59:00
Ukrainian girl becomes Florence Biennale's youngest participant.
Ukraine's Oleksandra Avdeyeva, 12, has become the youngest ever participant in
the Florence Biennale 2010, an international contemporary art exhibition held
every two years in the Historical Fortezza da Basso in Florence,Italy.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=112547

2010-02-26 14:48:00
Naftogaz of Ukraine plans to cut down gas production by 2.6% in 2010.
The National Joint Stock Company Naftogaz of Ukraine plans to cut down gas
production in 2010 against 2009 by 0.5 billion cu m (2.6%) tп╬ 18.847 billion cu
m, Naftogaz CEO Yaroslav Marchuk told a meeting of the Fuel and EnergyMinistry.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=112540

2010-02-26 14:27:00
Yanukovych, Lytvyn discuss situation in parliament.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr
Lytvyn discussed the situation in the parliament at a meeting on Friday,
information from the presidential press service.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=112532


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Dear shristees ,

This winter has been long, frosty and for most of us freezing. Thankfully at the end of February we can look forward to the spring season.

Before, we would like to give you some tips and advice on great things you could enjoy in the next few weeks with Ciao UK

Spring is in the air, let's rejoice and cheer


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Ciao is curious: four questions about spring

Spring fever, spring shopping, annual spring-cleaning...the coming season usually create an atmosphere of departure, or doesn't? We would like to know what spring means to you.

1. What are you looking forward to in spring the most?

3. Are you getting prepared for spring?

2. What do you associate spring with?

4. Where do you find inspiration for your spring shopping?

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Ciao Categories: our recommendations to you

This year's winter will remain in our memories. With temperatures around -15 degrees and snowfalls up to 40 centimetres, many countries have experienced a cold, frosty and inconvenient winter. Now at the end of February, the winter slowly disappears and spring comes along.
Here some topics you can now look forward to:

Garden
Spring makes it easy for the enthusiast gardener to restart enjoying a garden experience. For the first cleaning works in the garden, he/she will just need to have a look on products in our sections garden Shredders, garden trimmers, or high pressure cleaners, as well as for advice other members in the sections plants, plant care and Garden furniture. Even if it's a bit too early to use the lawn-mover, read useful reviews and get ready to buy your own. 

House
With Spring also the time for an annual spring cleaning has arrived.  For cleaning Products, home improvement tools, home furniture and tips from the community members, just visit our category household.

 

Fashion
Do you know the latest fashion trends for this spring? Jackets with shoulder pads for the ladies are apparently in again, as well as fancy pumps, dresses and foulards or scarves.

For the gents, things usually don't really change. Shirts, Jackets and Coats from our Man's fashion Category should make anyone happy.

 

Travel
Spring's weather is generally well known to be great for city and weekend trips. If you want for example to see an opera in Vienna, the Eifel tower in Paris, the fashion boutiques in Milan, the rambla in Barcelona or the Statue of Liberty in New York, just browse through our category Travel. In the same section, we also recommend you local entertainment, such as concerts in London or to a play in Manchester.

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The Oscar nominations are out and promise to be an exciting ceremony on the 7th of March in Los Angeles.  In today's member voice, we would like to know how good your movie knowledge is. xhoneybeex was very kind to give us her predictions of the winners in the several nominated categories.

 

Best Movie?

I am guessing after all the hype that Avatar will win this. I am one of the minority groups that haven't seen it, as it just doesn't appeal to me. Against my better judgement, I saw 'Up' last year. I wasn't expecting much, but it really impressed me and even made me cry! I would love to see 'Up' win Best Movie, but sadly I don't think this is going to happen!

Best Actress in a Leading Role?

I am quite a fan of Sandra Bullock, but she has a lot of competition with many popular and talented actresses up against her. I know everything Meryl Streep touches seems to turn to gold, as with Helen Mirren. I think I would like to see Gabourey Sidibe win, as Precious looks a great film (have yet to see it yet!), very moving and touching, and it would be nice to see something a little different win. But my prediction is Meryl Streep.

Best Actor in a Leading Role?

Ooh, in my opinion you can't beat a bit of Colin Firth! I think he's a fine man (a little old for me, but you know...) and I really want him to win this! But my prediction is for Mr Clooney, as he's such a legendary actor. 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role?

Haven't seen any of these films, sorry! I think the guy out of Inglourious Basterds is in with a shot, as that was meant to be a good film, wasn't it?! I want to see Stanley Tucci win, as I'm off to see The Lovely Bones soon and it's meant to be really good! My mum has read the book and loved it, albeit very sad!

Best Actress in a Supporting Role?

Apparently Mo'Nique is fabulous as Precious's abusive mother in the film. Again, I'd love her to win. I think Nine was a very over-hyped film, not one of my favourites by a long shot, although Penelope Cruz is a great actress, and very beautiful. My prediction is Penelope or Anna Kendrick.

Best Sound?

Again, I want Up to win! I think it was such a great film, with great animation, storyline and voiceovers. But my bet is on Avatar - I think it's the film that will steal the whole show and walk away with all the awards.

Best Camera?

This has got to be Avatar, hasn't it? There's no point in predicting it, in my opinion it's just too obvious! I hope I'm proved wrong, as I don't like it when one particular film wins everything. 

Ending Note
Thanks so much for offering me the chance to participate in this interview. I am normally quite big on films, but feel a little useless here as I haven't seen many of the films! Hope I have been a help, and once again - come on 'Up!' x

 

 

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Ciao-Diamant You Don't Have To Be Spanish To Have The ACCENT!
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Ciao-Diamant Chucky comes Alive to save Christmas !!
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Ciao-Diamant I see You
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Ciao-Diamant Cold climate concludes in classic case of chilblains
by Bollinger28, on Balmosa Cream
Ciao-Diamant The beautiful game of the beautiful game
by craggybuk on Football Manager 2010 (PC)
Ciao-Diamant This old nag is now a winner
by plod591 on The Nags Head, Sheffield
Ciao-Diamant A6, OUR BIG AUDI WITH THE LITTLE "e"
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Reading circle – live and let live?

Who at Ciao doesn't get invitations to reading circles? We have to admit that some of these invitations are definitely imaginative performances. Talking about "15:15" or "30:30", you might think about the score of a tennis match; in reality, it's the offer of a user to another to read and evaluate reciprocally the last 15 or 30 reviews. 
In times when CIS Alerts aren't always properly working, there is actually nothing to say against these requests which also keep the communication between ciao users upright. And as we all know, the utility of our webpage is based on reading, commenting and rating reviews.

Most of the people who don't want to be part of these reading circles just ignore any requests or place a corresponding notification on their member profiles.
But why do so many users feel coerce by undesirable invitations? This might firstly have personal (and understandable) reasons. Some people consider these invitations as telephone calls of customer call centres; some are annoyed by the fact that their guest books are blemish by these requests.

In our opinion, all these reasons are understandable. But the difference to a telephone call is that you don't have to pick up the phone and have to accept any kind of contract. You can just ignore any request to a reading circle or delete it from your guest book through a simply click.
There are also many users, who really enjoy requests to reading circles. At the end of the day it does make sense to use this opportunity to collect community points and increase your community account balance.

In summary, we understand both sides of the coin: the ones that enjoy being invited to a reading circle as well as the ones feeling annoyed by these requests. But the decisive point is how the request has been made and how it has been declined." It's not what you say, but how you say it".

As already mentioned, appropriate notifications in guest books, can be ignored or deleted through a simply click.
If you feel bothered by the same user again and again concerning this issue, just send a mail to:feedback.uk@ciao-group.com . We will then inform him/her to stop sending you invitations to reading circles.

 

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