Friday, April 30, 2010

News 4.30.2010

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News Friday, April 30th, 2010

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Miloslav Vlcek of the Social Democrats has resigned as chairman of
the lower house and given up his deputy's post over his involvement in
controversial subsidies and loans.

* A convoy of American war jeeps drove through Prague on Friday at the
start of celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of the end of WWII.

* Czech Foreign Minister Jan Kohout has awarded individuals and
organizations for promoting the good name of the Czech Republic.

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Chairman of the lower house resigns over scandal
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Miloslav Vlcek of the Social Democrats has resigned as chairman of the
lower house of Parliament and given up his deputy's post over his
involvement in controversial subsidies and loans. He will not run in
May's general elections and plans to leave politics altogether. Mr.
Vlcek came under intense pressure to resign from his posts after it
emerged that he had persuaded deputies to approve a controversial
subsidy for a close friend and had breached the law by repaying a one
million crown loan to a friend in cash, a practice outlawed in order to
prevent money-laundering.

Deputy chair of the lower house Miroslava Nemcova of the Civic
Democrats is expected to replace Miloslav Vlcek as the head of the
lower house.


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Convoy of US war jeeps starts end-of war celebrations
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A convoy of American war jeeps drove through Prague on Friday at the
start of celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of the end of WWII
and the liberation of western Bohemia from the Nazis by the US 3rd
army. The largest Czech city General Patton's men freed in 1945 was
Plzen - about 80 kilometres south-west of Prague - where the biggest
celebrations with US war veterans are due to take place over the
weekend. During the communist years the authorities only credited the
Russian army with the country's liberation from Nazi rule, downplaying
the US role in the process.


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Foreign minister presents Gratias Agit awards
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Czech Foreign Minister Jan Kohout on Friday presented the Gratias Agit
award to individuals and organizations for promoting the good name of
the Czech Republic. This year's laureates include Natasa Al Radi
Cimbalova, a Czech pianist living in Iraq, Czech studies teacher and
translator Donka Rousova from Macedonia, Alfred Bauer, a philanthropist
from the United States, the former Vatican envoy to Prague, Cardinal
Giovanni Coppa, and two French lyceums with Czech studies programmes.


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Environmentalists announce Oil Guzzler and Green Pearl award winners
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Czech environmentalists have announced the winners of the Oil Guzzler
and Green Pearl awards for the most environmentally damaging action and
statement of the year. This year's Oil Guzzler prize went to Trade and
Industry Minister Vladimir Tosovsky for his efforts to expand coal
mining in north Bohemia. The minister has been pushing for the limits
imposed on coal mining in the region in the 1990s to be increased. This
would lead to the destruction of several villages that are located on
large brown coal deposits. The Green Pearl Award for the most ludicrous
and damaging statement went to the governor of the Usti region Pavel
Kouda of the Social Democrats. He told the media he wanted to expand
coal mining in the region in order to improve the local culture.


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Rival parties would run up same budget deficit
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The policy programmes of the two main rivals in May's general
elections, the Civic and Social Democrats, would lead to approximately
the same public finance deficit, according to an analysis by the
business daily Hospodarske noviny. The paper says that while the Social
Democrats would achieve that result by generous social handouts, the
Civic Democrats would be hampered by their promise not to raise taxes.
Both would lower public spending by between 15 and 16 billion crowns.
Two smaller newly-established parties, the right-wing TOP O9 and
centrist Public Affairs Party would both do better, cutting the deficit
by 50 and 19 billion crowns respectively.


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President Klaus names 68 new professors
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President Vaclav Klaus on Friday named 68 new professors in a special
ceremony at Prague's Charles University. On the occasion Education
Minister Miroslava Kopicova pointed out that Czech universities were
undergoing a confidence crisis triggered by the plagiarism and
fast-track-degrees scandal at Plzen's law faculty. She said that
certain disciplines had been damaged by a brain drain to the private
sector with school graduates unwilling to commit to academic careers
which paid less than they would make elsewhere.


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Household debt climbs higher
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Czech household debt climbed to 993 billion crowns in March of this
year, up by 87 billion against February, the Czech National Bank
reported on Friday. Meanwhile, the debts of businesses decreased by 7.2
billion on the month and 88 billion on the year to 900 billion crowns.
Financial experts say the figures reflect the current state of the
economy and unemployment rate. An increasing number of Czechs are
proving incapable of re-paying their household debts and banks are now
more cautious in granting loans.


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Prostejov laying off employees
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Clothing manufacturer Prostejov, which is on the verge of bankruptcy,
has laid off 600 workers. The firm, which is 1,6 billion crowns in
debt, will now run on 900 employees. The one-time clothing giant, which
produced the best quality wear during the communist years, has been hit
by a sudden fall in demand which has seen it operate at 30 percent of
its capacity. In the first three months of this year it posted a loss
of 104 million crowns.


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More than half of Czechs worried about unemployment
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A survey conducted by the polling agency STEM suggests that 63 percent
of Czechs are worried about losing their job as a result of the
economic crisis. The vast majority of them said they would be willing
to work for less if it would help them keep their job, or take a
requalification course to work in a different capacity. On the other
hand, few would be willing to move to a different part of the country
to get employment.


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Pole vaulter Katerina Badurova retiring
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Czech pole vaulter Katerina Badurova, a silver medal winner at the
Osaka world athletics championships in 2007, announced her retirement
from the sport Friday. The 27-year-old recently suffered damage to
internal knee ligaments. A scan which revealed the full extent of her
injury prompted her to make the decision. Badurova finished 12th in the
Olympic pole vault competition at Athens in 2004, and finished second
in the worlds in 2007 with a jump of 4.75 m. She failed to qualify for
the 2008 Olympic Games after suffering ruptures to knee ligaments in
January of that year.


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Weather
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Although central Europe is still enjoying an unseasonably warm spell
with afternoon highs reaching 27 degrees C a cold front from the west
should bring cloudy skies and rain over the weekend with daytime highs
dropping to 15 degrees Celsius.

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Business News
Business News 4.30.2010
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In Business News this week: the Finance Ministry revises its growth
prediction for the Czech economy upwards; the government delays a sale
of international bonds because of uncertainty in the wake of the Greek
debt crisis; Skoda Auto sees its profits increase by over 500 percent
in the first quarter; agribusiness tycoon Andrej Babis says the EU is
destroying the Czech food industry; and Czechs spend twice as much of
their income on booze and tobacco products as the average EU citizen.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/127486

Current Affairs
Bonfires, broomsticks and barbecues: Czechs mark Witches' Night
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April 30 is Carodejnice, or Witches' Night. In the past, this date was
believed to bring the arrival of spring. People would gather to burn
bonfires in order to dispel evil spirits. Nowadays, the celebration is
still popular among Czechs, and the organizers of Prague's biggest
witches' night celebration at Ladronka park are getting ready for a
night full of magic and fire.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/127483

Current Affairs
Film producers look to public collection to save "Lidice" from
development hell
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The extermination of the village of Lidice by the Nazis is one of the
most harrowing tales of WWII, and Czech filmmakers are have long wanted
to bring it to the screen. The acclaimed director Alice Nellis is set
to helm the project, with some of the country's top actors already on
board. But still what would be an important historical film has been in
a proverbial development hell for some years now. Amid a dearth of
sponsors, the film's producers are now looking to the public to help
complete the budget. Earlier today, Radio Prague spoke with producer
Adam Dvorak.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/127481

Current Affairs
Will Greek debt crisis impact Czech euro adoption?
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Member states of the Eurozone are discussing ways of helping Greece and
its debt-laden economy, while there are growing concerns about some
other countries that use the single European currency. But what will
the crisis mean for the Czech Republic, which is itself hoping to adopt
the euro in around five years' time?

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/127480

Arts
The theatre of Spejbl and Hurvinek: A hit with Czech children since 1945
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Divadlo Hurvinka a Spejbla - the theater of Hurvinek and Spejbl - has
been a favorite destination for children in Prague for the past 65
years. It is home to the country's most popular puppets, father Spejbl
and his son Hurvinek. The Dejvice theater just returned to its original
location that was closed down for two years due to renovation. Sarah
Borufka visited the new space and even met the voice behind the puppets.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/127467


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Radio Prague Today 4.30.2010

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Business News: Business News 4.30.2010

In Business News this week: the Finance Ministry revises its growth prediction for the Czech economy upwards; the government delays a sale of international bonds because of uncertainty in the wake of the Greek debt crisis; Škoda Auto sees its profits increase by over 500 percent in the first quarter; agribusiness tycoon Andrej Babiš says the EU is destroying the Czech food industry; and Czechs spend twice as much of their income on booze and tobacco products as the average EU citizen.

Current Affairs: Bonfires, broomsticks and barbecues: Czechs mark Witches' Night

April 30 is Čarodějnice, or Witches' Night. In the past, this date was believed to bring the arrival of spring. People would gather to burn bonfires in order to dispel evil spirits. Nowadays, the celebration is still popular among Czechs, and the organizers of Prague's biggest witches' night celebration at Ladronka park are getting ready for a night full of magic and fire.

Current Affairs: Film producers look to public collection to save "Lidice" from development hell

The extermination of the village of Lidice by the Nazis is one of the most harrowing tales of WWII, and Czech filmmakers are have long wanted to bring it to the screen. The acclaimed director Alice Nellis is set to helm the project, with some of the country's top actors already on board. But still what would be an important historical film has been in a proverbial development hell for some years now. Amid a dearth of sponsors, the film's producers are now looking to the public to help complete the budget. Earlier today, Radio Prague spoke with producer Adam Dvořák.

Current Affairs: Will Greek debt crisis impact Czech euro adoption?

Member states of the Eurozone are discussing ways of helping Greece and its debt-laden economy, while there are growing concerns about some other countries that use the single European currency. But what will the crisis mean for the Czech Republic, which is itself hoping to adopt the euro in around five years' time?

Arts: The theatre of Spejbl and Hurvínek: A hit with Czech children since 1945

Divadlo Hurvínka a Spejbla – the theater of Hurvínek and Spejbl – has been a favorite destination for children in Prague for the past 65 years. It is home to the country's most popular puppets, father Spejbl and his son Hurvínek. The Dejvice theater just returned to its original location that was closed down for two years due to renovation. Sarah Borufka visited the new space and even met the voice behind the puppets.

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2010-04-30 14:15:00
Ukrainian film to be shown at Cannes film festival.
Ukraine will present 'My Joy, ' a film directed by Sergei Loznitsa, for the
first time in the official competition program of the Cannes International Film
Festival.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117508

2010-04-30 13:52:00
Ukraine is world leader on pension expenditures.
Expenditures on pension in Ukraine make up about 16% of the GDP, it is the
highest index in the world and twofold higher comparing to Europe, Mission
Director for the USAID Regional Mission in Ukraine Janina Jaruzelski reported on
the international Conference on Pension Reform inUkraine.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117521

2010-04-30 13:42:00
Azarov goes to Russia again.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has left on a one-day working visit to
the Russian Federation.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117518

2010-04-30 13:33:00
Cabinet replaces heads of state banks.
New authority of the country continues to strengthen its positions in the
financial sector.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117516

2010-04-30 13:26:00
Foreign minister sees no separatism threats in Crimea.
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryshchenko rules out strengthening of
separatist sentiments in Crimea because of the prolongation of the Russian Black
Sea Fleet stay on the territory of Ukraine until2042.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117512

2010-04-30 13:11:00
Book publishing falls in Ukraine in Q1, 2010.
Book production declined by 1, 152 titles in the first quarter of 2010, whereas
book circulation dropped by 1.396 million copies, according to the Book Chamber
of Ukraine.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117506

2010-04-30 12:57:00
Gas transit to Western Europe will make up 116.069bln cu m.
The expected volume of gas transit for consumers in Western Europe via Ukraine's
territory will make up 116.069 billion cu m in 2010, according to the documents
published by the Russian government's press service for the Russian-Ukrainian
talks inSochi.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117522

2010-04-30 12:30:00
Interbank biddings.
US dollar biddings on Ukraine's interbank currency market on Friday are
proceeding within the range of 7.9205-7.9265 UAH/USD, when the euro biddings
opened at 10.5267-10.5387 UAH/EUR and Russian ruble at 0.2719-0.2721 UAH/RUB,
InterBusinessConsultingreported.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117515

2010-04-30 12:09:00
Ukrsotsbank cut profit by 35 times in Q1, 2010.
Kyiv-based Ukrsotsbank reduced its profit 35 times in the first quarter of 2010
year-on-year, to UAH 1.538 million (UAH 7.93 / USD 1), according to a bank
statement published in the information system of the State Commission on
Securities and StockMarket.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117504

2010-04-30 11:39:00
EU to give Ukraine money for new history manuals.
The European Union will finance the new educational project providing for the
study of history of Ukraine as a multinational state, a country belonging to the
European poly-ethnic space.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117517


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RCI Cyberjournal

Canadian government loses censorship squabble


G-8 ministers progress on child care file


British lawmaker seeks to quash Canadian visit ban

OTTAWA: GOVT. LOSES CENSORSHIP FIGHT WITH COMMONS

Members of Canada's Parliament have been given two weeks to come up with a compromise on releasing sensitive documents about detainee transfers in Afghanistan. House of Commons Speaker Peter Milliken issued the deadline Tuesday when he ruled that the government's refusal to hand over uncensored documents on Afghan detainees violates the privilege of the House of Commons. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson says the government welcomes the possiblity of reaching a compromise with opposition MPs, while respecting national security concerns. The three opposition parties in the House voted in December to force the government to release the uncensored documents to determine whether detainees had been tortured after being handed over to the Afghans. The government has given the legislators documents but has censored them in the interest of national security.

HALIFAX: G-8 MINISTER PROGRESS ON CHILD CARE

A two-day day meeting of development ministers of the G-8 grouping of nations has concluded in Halifax, NS. Canada's minister responsible for international co-operation, Bev Oda, says she and her G-8 counterparts made progress in discussions on an accord for child and maternal care to be finalized at the G-8 summit in Ontario in June. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had made a plan for child and matemral care a priority for the summit. Earlier in the week, he said his government wouldn't accept funding of abortion as part of the program, a position at odds with that of the U.S.

OTTAWA: CENTRAL BANKER REMAINS CONCERNED ABOUT INDIVIDUAL DEBT

Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney has reiterated the importance of Canadians handling their money and their debt responsibly. Speaking to the House of Commons finance committee on Tuesday, Mr. Carney said Canadians need to think long-term when they take on additional debt. With interest rates at an historic low in Canada for the past year, many people have taken out huge loans. But economists warn interest rates will soon rise and those Canadians with big loans could find themselves in financial difficulty.

TORONTO: BRITISH MP TRIES TO OVERTURN IMMIGRATION BAN

Lawyers representing British Member of Parliament were in Federal Court of Canada on Wednesday to have a ban on a visit by George Galloway lifted. The Canada Border Services Agency banned him as a supporter of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza and is officially listed as a terrorist group in Canada. Mr. Gallaway was to have made a four-city speaking tour in March of last year. One of his lawyers told the court that the Canadian government had false labelled him a terrorist because it dislikes his opposition to the war in Afghanistan. The lawyer says her client's only offense was to have provided humanitarian aid to Gaza, adding that since Canada also does this Prime Minister Stephen Harper would be a terrorist by the same token. But the Jewish Defence League said the debate is about support for terrorist groups banned in Canada.

OTTAWA: REGISTRY CALLED ANTIDOTE TO SUICIDE

A group of emergency room doctors, nurses and suicide prevention workers has written an open letter to Members of Parliament asking them to vote against a bill that would abolish the long-gun registry. The letter says that the significant decline in gun-related suicide proves that the registry works and the scrapping would lead to a new rash of suicides. A private member's bill by a Conservative Party MP has gone through second reading and needs only a third successful vote to pass. The health professionals write that most firearms deaths are suicides and that the guns most often used are rifles and shotguns rather than pistols. They also note that gun users stand a 96-per cent chance of actually taking their lives, compared with only six per cent who seek death through drug overdose. Polls have shown that most Canadians don't favour the registry on the grounds it is inefficient and has not reduced crime.

UNDATED: DANISH DOGS JOIN NORTHERN MANEUVRES

A dozen Danish sled dogs joined Canadian troops on a military exercise in the High Arctic on Wednesday. Danish Rear Admiral Henrik Kudsk told The Globe and Mail newspaper that the sled dog is a very useful tool because it doesn't consume gas but only food. The admiral was on hand on Ellesmere Island with Canadian Defence Minister Peter MacKay to observe the latest exercise in the North to assert Canadian sovereignty. Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the U.S. have overlapping sovereignty claims in the Arctic and have spent the past decade mapping the Arctic seabed to support their claims. On Tuesday, Russia and Norway announced they have settled a 40-year-old dispute over their border in the Barents Sea.

VICTORIA: B.C. TIGHTENS ALCOHOL CONTROLS FOR DRIVERS

Canada's Pacific coast province of British Columbia says it will make its drinking-and-driving laws the toughest in the country. The province says there will be an on-the-spot driving ban of 90 days for any drivers who have more than .08 level of alcohol in their blood or who refuse to give a roadside breath sample. There will also be a $500 fine and the impounding of their vehicles for 30 days. Anyone whose alcohol levels are in the warning range of between .05 and .08 will face an immediate three-day driving ban.


GREECE

Greece is trying to secure desperately-needed emergency loans to avoid a debt default after its credit rating was condemned to junk status. The new rating caused declines in European financial markets. The euro dropped against the dollar and stocks and bonds plunged with investor fears spreading to other areas. Leaders of Greece's 15 euro currency
partners are now planning a summit on May 10 in an attempt to agree on 30 billion euros of rescue loans.

EGYPT

A court in Cairo has handed down jail sentences to 26 defendants convicted of planning attacks on behalf of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Twenty-two of the accused who were in fact in court received sentences ranging between six months and 15 years. Three of the four defendants who are still at large received life sentences. The 26 were convicted of planning attacks against ships in the Suez Canal and tourist sites. The defendants claimed that they never planned attacks in Egypt but rather intended to provide assistance to Hamas, the militant Palestinian group that rules Gaza.

ETHIOPIA

Ethiopia's ruling party has accused the opposition of plotting a violent overthrow after the national election on May 23. The People's Revolutionary Democratic Front claims the leader of the main opposition party told thousands of supporters that it is possible to oust the government violently. However, Beyene Petros, the leader of the Medrek party, told the Reuters news agency the accusation is untrue and that he mentioned only constitutional means of removing the government in a campaign speech. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is expected to win the vote comfortably. After the last vote, both sides claimed victory and the security forces ended up killing about 200 protesters ln the streets.


MONTREAL: ROGERS BANKS ON SMARTPHONES

Canada's biggest provider of cellphone services, Rogers Communications Inc., says the use of smartphones to convey email, text and internet service are driving the company's growth. Rogers President and CEO nadir Mohamed says the the such of such data services accounts for 26 per cent of total wireless revenues. Rogers says that one-third of its wireless customers now use BlackBerrys, iPhones and Google Android devices that are designed to perform more tasks than just making voice calls. Rogers says it earned $380 million in the quarter that ended on March 31, compared with $309 a year earlier.

MARKETS

TSX on Wednesday: 12,086, down 60. Canadian dollar: US99. Euro: $1.33. Oil: $83.15. up .71.


HOCKEY

It was winner take all in Washington on Wednesday. The Capitals entertained the Montreal Canadiens in the deciding game of their first-round National Hockey League playoff series. The top-seeded Capitals finished 33 points ahead of Montreal in the regular season standings.


Weather

British Columbia on Thursday: rain south, cloud north, high C13 Vancouver. Yukon, Northwest Territories: sun. Nunavut: mix sun cloud snow. Whitehorse 13, Yellowknife 10, Iqaluit -2. Alberta: snow south, rain north. Saskatchewan, Manitoba: rain. Ontario: sun south, rain north. Quebec: sun. Toronto 19, Ottawa 17, Montreal 14. Atlantic Canada: rain. Fredericton 10, Halifax, Charlottetown 9, St. John's 6.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

News 4.29.2010

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News Thursday, April 29th, 2010

By: Jan Richter

* Czech President Vaclav Klaus has said that Germany must be prepared
to bear the negative effects of EU integration.

* The Czech Environment Ministry has approved a controversial plan to
renovate a major coal power plant.

* The Czech Finance Ministry has raised its estimate for this year's
economic growth Czech economy to 1.5 percent.

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President Klaus: Germany must bear negative effects of EU integration
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Czech President Vaclav Klaus has said that Germany must be prepared to
bear the negative effects of European integration it always championed.
Speaking at Humboldt University in Berlin on Thursday, Mr Klaus said
that freedom and prosperity in Europe are at risk, and that the Lisbon
treaty had failed to bring more democracy to the European Union.
According to the Czech president, EU enlargement had caused the bloc to
lose its decision-making potential. Mr Klaus also drew a parallel
between the European Union and communism saying that both deny nations
equality and sovereignty. Despite the existence of the formal posts of
EU president and foreign minister, and the EU flag and anthem, it is
Germany and France who wield the real power, President Klaus added.


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Environment Ministry approves controversial renovation of Prunerov
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The Czech Environment ministry approved on Thursday a controversial
plan to renovate the CEZ-owned coal power plant in Prunerov, northern
Bohemia. Minister Ruth Bizkova told reporters the project complied with
all requirements related to air quality protection in the region. The
25 billion crown, or 1.3 billion US dollar project has been opposed by
environmentalists who demanded the CEZ power producer use the best
available technology in the renovation, contrary to the approved
project. Green Party leader Ondrej Liska said the project was a victory
of the power giant CEZ over the environment and people's health. The
previous environment minister, Jan Dusik, stepped down over the issue
last month. Mr Dusik was going to ask CEZ to prepare another project
that would use the best technology but Prime Minister Jan Fischer
insisted the environment ministry approve the project in its current
form. Mr Dusik refused to do so and resigned.


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Finance Ministry raises economy growth estimate
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The Czech Finance Ministry raised on Thursday its estimate for this
year's economic growth by 0.2 percentage points to 1.5 percent. Next
year, the Czech Republic's gross domestic product should grow by 2.4
percent. The estimate of the Czech National Bank for this year's growth
is lower; the central bank believes the economy will grow by 1.4
percent. Last year the Czech economy contracted by 4.2 percent. The
Finance Ministry said the country was successfully recovering from the
downturn, and expected the growth will be fuelled by foreign trade.


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Central banker: deadline for euro adoption up in the air
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The vice-governor of the Czech National Bank, Mojmir Hampl, said that
due to the current problems of the Eurozone, it made no sense to talk
about any concrete deadline for the adoption of the euro in the Czech
Republic. Speaking at a seminar held by the Czech Exporters'
Association, Mr Hampl said the European Union and the Eurozone faced a
complicated debate on its future economic policies. The demand on the
side of the Eurozone to accept new members also decreased, according to
Mojmir Hampl. Most experts and politicians believe the Czech Republic
could adopt the euro in 2015 at the earliest.


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Poll: most Czechs oppose Euro adoption
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In related news, a majority of Czechs oppose the adoption of the Euro
for the time since 2001, according to a survey by the CVVM agency
released on Thursday. 55 percent of those polled said they did not want
the Czech Republic to adopt the single European currency, while 38
percent would welcome it. In 2001, 52 percent of Czechs supported the
adoption of the euro. Among the opponents of the euro are supporters of
the Social Democrats and Communists, elderly people and people with low
living standards.


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Greek embassy in Prague attacked with Molotov cocktail
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The Greek embassy in Prague was attacked with a Molotov cocktail in the
early hours of Thursday, Czech police said. The bottle with flammable
liquid landed in the embassy's garden, and damaged the main entrance to
the building. Fire-fighters were able to put out fire before it could
cause further damage. Nobody was injured in the incident as the embassy
was empty at the time. A spokeswoman for the fire brigade said the fact
that the embassy is part of Greek sovereign territory somewhat
complicated the emergency operation.

A member of the Greek mission told Radio Impuls the attack was not
related to the current economic situation in Greece; it was rather an
act in support of a Greek anarchist, Janis Dimitrakis, who recently
landed a prison sentence.


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President Klaus vetoes increase of maternity benefits
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President Vaclav Klaus vetoed on Thursday a bill that would have
increased maternity benefits to the levels of 2009. Mr Klaus said the
bill would increase the deficit of Czech public finances, which goes
against the interest of the Czech society. The bill was approved
earlier this month by the Social Democrats, Communists, Christian
Democrats and the Greens. It will now return to Parliament's lower
house which is expected to overturn the presidential veto at its May
session.


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Skoda car maker posts 560-percent profit increase year-on-year
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The German-owned, Czech-based car producer Skoda Auto posted a
561-percent increase in profits in the first quarter of 2010
year-on-year. The car maker made just over 2 billion crowns, or more
than 107 million US dollars over the first three months of this year,
with revenues increasing by 32 percent to 52.5 billion crowns. The
company sold nearly 180,000 cars, which was some 25 percent more than
last year. The head of Skoda board of directors, Reinhard Fleger, said
the firm expected higher sales for the rest of the year despite
continuing uncertainty at world markets.


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CEZ to decide on constructing new block at Dukovany nuclear plant
within two years
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The Czech energy producer CEZ will decide within two years whether it
will build a new, fifth block at the Dukovany nuclear power plant in
southern Moravia, the plant's director told reporters on Thursday. A
feasibility study on the new block should be ready by the end of the
year. The Dukovany power plant was built 25 years ago, and CEZ plans to
keep it in operation for another 35 years. Unlike the other Czech
nuclear power plant in Temelin, the Dukovany plant faces difficulties
with water supplies needed for cooling the blocks.


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Zlin strips communist dictator Klement Gottwald of freedom of the city
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The city of Zlin, in eastern Moravia, stripped on Thursday the
communist dictator and Czechoslovak president Klement Gottwald of
freedom of the city he was awarded in 1946. The motion was supported by
34 out of 38 council members; two communist councilmen voted against
it. In 1949, the city of Zlin, where the Bata shoe company was based,
was renamed Gottwaldov, in honour of Klement Gottwald, who led the
communist coup in 1948, and served as the country's first communist
president until his death in 1953.


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Two police officers arrested on rape charges
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Two police officers were arrested in Prague on Thursday on rape
charges. Another policeman, who faces prosecution in the same case, has
not been taken into custody. A spokeswoman for police inspection said
they face charges for raping a 16-year-old girl which occurred in the
region of Usti nad Labem, in northern Bohemia, in March. The police
officers, who worked at the Prague police headquarters, have been
suspended. If convicted, the police officers face prison sentences from
two to ten years.


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Visitors of Prague zoo can see newborn gorilla for the first time
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Prague zoo is opening its gorilla pavilion to the public for the first
time since the birth of a new gorilla baby on Saturday. Visitors can
visit the pavilion on Thursday afternoon, but the director of the zoo
stressed that rules for visitors would be very strict. They can only
enter in small groups and only stay inside for a few minutes. The baby
is the third child born to gorilla Kijivu. Gorillas are very popular
with visitors of Prague zoo, which has set up a live video-stream from
the gorilla pavilion on its website.


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Weather
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The current sunny spell should continue for several days to come, with
some rain showers and storms expected over the weekend. Highest day
temperatures should range between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius.

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Special
Czechs in Afghanistan Pt. III: You have to ask the women where the
water is, but how?
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Say Afghanistan, and a whole range of difficult issues comes to mind,
at the forefront of which is the position of women. In the next edition
of Radio Prague's special edition on Afghanistan, we wanted to know how
Czechs in the most far-off parts of that country work with and among
the women of Afghanistan. Christian Falvey joined the Czech aid
organisation People in Need in the field to find out.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/127434

Current Affairs
Acclaimed boat theatre returns for 10th year
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It is hard to believe that it has been ten years since the Forman
brothers' Lod Tajemstvi (Mystery Boat), an avant garde theatre with
performances held on an 84-metre long barge, first set out on the
Vltava River. But over that period, the theatre, which runs from May
through October, has become a Prague favorite. The 10th season has
promised shows not only by the Forman brothers but close partners
Theatre Aqualung and Dno (The Bottom), as well as international
performers.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/127426

Current Affairs
Czech Environment Ministry approves renovation of country's biggest
coal-fired power station
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Earlier this year Micronesia called on the Czech Republic not to refit
its biggest coal-fired power station, Prunerov, saying the pollution it
will produce threatens the tiny state's future. The matter also proved
controversial in the Czech Republic itself, leading to the departure of
one cabinet minister. However, the Environment Ministry has now
approved the project, despite the fact the plant's owners CEZ are not
planning to install the best available technology.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/127420

Current Affairs
Klaus on Greek debt crisis - euro chickens coming home to roost
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Uncertainty reigns in Europe as Greek leaders wait anxiously for
Germany to agree on a bailout plan for the country's debt-laden
economy. Analysts fear if Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel continues
to dither, the euro could be pulled into the abyss as other debt-ridden
countries such as Spain and Portugal follow suit. But one man telling
Europe 'I told you so' is President Vaclav Klaus, who says the euro is
the cause of Greek woes.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/127418


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Special: Czechs in Afghanistan Pt. III: You have to ask the women where the water is, but how?

Say Afghanistan, and a whole range of difficult issues comes to mind, at the forefront of which is the position of women. In the next edition of Radio Prague's special edition on Afghanistan, we wanted to know how Czechs in the most far-off parts of that country work with and among the women of Afghanistan. Christian Falvey joined the Czech aid organisation People in Need in the field to find out.

Current Affairs: Acclaimed boat theatre returns for 10th year

It is hard to believe that it has been ten years since the Forman brothers' Loď Tajemství (Mystery Boat), an avant garde theatre with performances held on an 84-metre long barge, first set out on the Vltava River. But over that period, the theatre, which runs from May through October, has become a Prague favorite. The 10th season has promised shows not only by the Forman brothers but close partners Theatre Aqualung and Dno (The Bottom), as well as international performers.

Current Affairs: Czech Environment Ministry approves renovation of country's biggest coal-fired power station

Earlier this year Micronesia called on the Czech Republic not to refit its biggest coal-fired power station, Prunéřov, saying the pollution it will produce threatens the tiny state's future. The matter also proved controversial in the Czech Republic itself, leading to the departure of one cabinet minister. However, the Environment Ministry has now approved the project, despite the fact the plant's owners ČEZ are not planning to install the best available technology.

Current Affairs: Klaus on Greek debt crisis – euro chickens coming home to roost

Uncertainty reigns in Europe as Greek leaders wait anxiously for Germany to agree on a bailout plan for the country's debt-laden economy. Analysts fear if Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel continues to dither, the euro could be pulled into the abyss as other debt-ridden countries such as Spain and Portugal follow suit. But one man telling Europe 'I told you so' is President Václav Klaus, who says the euro is the cause of Greek woes.

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2010-04-29 17:10:00
Industrial production sales at UAH 192.5 billion in Q1, 2010.
The volume of industrial products sold in Ukraine in the first three months of
2010 totaled UAH 192.503 billion (UAH 7.925 / USD 1), the State Statistics
Committee has reported.
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2010-04-29 16:56:00
Criminal case against former government is opened.
Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) has opened a criminal case on the
violation of legislation on the budget system in 2009.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117445

2010-04-29 16:37:00
No legal grounds for early parliamentary elections.
Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn has said that there are no legal grounds for
holding early parliamentary elections.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117435

2010-04-29 16:26:00
Yanukovych will build dialogue with Russia on principles of equality,
good-neighborliness and healthy pragmatism.
"Today I am ready to report to my voters that from now on the dialogue with our
big neighbor will be built on the principles of equality, good-neighborliness
and healthy pragmatism, rather than confrontation and anti-Russian rhetoric, "
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said in his address to the nation on the
occasion of signing into law the bill on ratification of the Russia-Ukraine
agreement on the stay of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in the territory ofUkraine.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117431

2010-04-29 16:03:00
Lytvyn insists lawmakers involved in April 27 brawl should pay for property
damage.
Ukrainian lawmakers involved in a brawl in the session hall of the Ukrainian
parliament on April 27 should pay for property damage, Verkhovna Rada Chairman
Volodymyr Lytvyn has said.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117437

2010-04-29 15:34:00
Interior Ministry starts questioning organizers of protests against Russian
fleet deal.
Deputy Chairman of the Ukrainian Svoboda Union Andriy Mokhnyk was called to the
police for questioning on Thursday.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117421

2010-04-29 15:31:00
AMCU to fine banks for obliging its clients to use services of certain insurance
companies.
The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) will fine banks by 10% of their
revenue if they violate the terms of competitiveness between insurance
companies. The committee took the decision at its meeting.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117432

2010-04-29 14:41:00
Ukrzaliznytsia denies information about raising passenger tariffs.
Tariffs for passenger conveyance will not be raised, Ukrzaliznytsia press
service informs.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117422

2010-04-29 14:33:00
0.3% of state budget is allocated on sport in 2010.
The financing of Ukrainian sports in 2010 will amount to 0.3% of the total state
budget, Family, Youth and Sports Minister Ravil Safiullin said at a meeting with
the leaders of the Summer Olympic SportsFederation.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117434

2010-04-29 12:45:00
Majority is against restoration of monuments to Stalin.
The majority in Ukraine, 56.7% have a negative attitude to the idea of putting
up monuments to Stalin in Ukrainian cities, and only 9.6% like the idea,
according to the results of the public opinion poll held by the Razumkov center
of economy and policystudies.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117423


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LA GUITARRA SPAGNOLA
Spanische Musik dargeboten von den besten Gitarrenvirtuosen Spaniens.
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OPER
GIOACCHINO ROSSINI: ARMIDA
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OPER
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KUNST
MARKUS LÜPERTZ - AUF DER SUCHE NACH DER VOLLENDUNG
Der 68-jährige Markus Lüpertz gilt neben Gerhard Richter als einer der
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Menschenbilder, Sonntag, 2. Mai 2010, 14:03 Uhr.
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POLITISCHE BILDUNG
FÜR DIE ZUKUNFT LERNEN - BILDUNG FÜR NACHHALTIGE ENTWICKLUNG
Im Mittelpunkt steht das Vermitteln von Urteilskompetenzen, wie sich das
eigene Handeln auf künftige Generationen auswirkt, und das in einer
globalen Perspektive.
Salzburger Nachtstudio, Mittwoch, 5. Mai 2010, 21:00 Uhr.
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News 4.28.2010

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News Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

By: Sarah Borufka

* The Czech foreign minister and his Vatican counterpart have decided
to implement a bi-lateral workgroup to help accelerate the ratification
of a treaty between the two states.

* The head of the Czech Bishops' conference has distanced himself from
a statement published on its website regarding the general elections in
May.

* President Vaclav Klaus has said that the euro is the cause of the
financial crisis in Greece.

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Czech foreign minister visiting Vatican
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The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Jan Kohout, met with his Vatican
counterpart, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, on Wednesday. Mr. Kohout
visited the Vatican to mark the 20th anniversary of the resumption of
diplomatic relations between Prague and the Holy See. Both praised
relations between the two countries and agreed on implementing a work
group to accelerate the ratification of a treaty defining the framework
of relations between the Czech state and the Roman Catholic and Eastern
Catholic churches. The document, which does not cover the restitution
of church property seized during the communist era, was agreed in 1999,
though Czech MPs refused to ratify it four years later.


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Leader of the Social Democrats criticizes Czech Bishops' conference
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The current head of the Czech Bishops' conference Jan Graubner has
distanced himself from a statement published on the conference's
website on Tuesday. Jan Graubner, who is to be replaced by Prague
archbishop Dominik Duka on May 1, said the statement reflected the
opinion of the bishop who wrote it rather than the opinion of the
bishops' conference as a whole. The document published on the
conference's website states that Czech voters are likely to focus on
the policy programs of some of the smaller parties. It earned harsh
criticism from the two main players on the Czech political scene, the
Social Democrats and the Civic Democrats. On Wednesday, leader of the
Social Democrats Jiri Paroubek said in a letter to the future head of
the Bishops' conference Dominik Duka that the conference was
influencing the outcome of the general elections to be held in May and
was indirectly calling on voters to give preference to smaller parties.


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Country's largest textile producer closes down one of its branches
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The Czech textile producer Odevni Podnik (OP), which is threatened by
bankruptcy, will be closing down its location in the Moravian city of
Jesenik, where 290 of the companies' roughly 1500 employees work. In
addition, some 300 employees of OP's main branch in Projestov will lose
their job. OP has made losses of 104 million Czech crowns in the first
three months of 2010 alone and is about 1.6 billion crowns in debt.
While it the company not yet announced bankruptcy, OP executives say it
is likely. OP is the Czech Republic's largest textile producer.


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Czech President: Real cause of Greek financial crisis is euro
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In an interview published in Wednesday's edition of the German daily
Frankfurter Allgemeine, Czech president Vaclav Klaus identifies the
euro as the main cause of Greece's financial crisis. He said that
Greece's budget policy is not to be blamed for the country's problems
and added that the situation could be helped by devaluing the currency
by forty percent, which is not possible because Greece no longer has an
independent currency. Mr. Klaus says that in terms of economic
stability and growth, the euro-zone collapsed a long time ago, but that
he still considers it unlikely that European leaders would drop the
euro.

Vaclav Klaus is a fierce opponent of the European Union's monetary and
political centralization and has stated previously that the Czech
Republic would benefit if the euro was not introduced in the country.


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President of European Court to visit Czech Republic in May
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The President of the European Court of Justice Vassilios Skuris will be
visiting the Czech Republic from May 8 to 11, a spokesman of the court
said on Wednesday. Mr. Skuris will be meeting with Czech Justice
Minister Daniela Kovarova and is scheduled to receive an honorary
doctorate degree from Brno's Masaryk University. Last year, the
President of the European Court of Human Rights Jean-Paul Costa visited
the Czech Republic. He also received an honorary doctorate in Brno.


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Curd entrepreneur and doctor receives 900,000 crowns in compensation
from Czech state
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The Prague city court ruled on Wednesday that the Curd doctor and
entrepreneur Yekta Uzunoglu will be receiving nearly one million Czech
crowns in compensation for monetary losses from the Czech state. In the
same verdict, the Prague city court did not grant the doctor and
entrepreneur the two billion Czech crowns in compensation for pain and
suffering that he had pleaded for.

Mr. Uzunoglu spent 2.5 years in prison in the mid-nineties. He was
charged with fraud, planned murder and torture, but was eventually
freed of all charges and has since been suing the Czech state for
compensation for material and immaterial losses.


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Head of Supreme Audit Office charged with breach of trust
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Police are investigating if the head of the Czech Supreme Audit Office,
Frantisek Dohnal, has used public funds to purchase luxury apartments
for himself and his family. Mr Dohnal is charged with a breach of
trust. Police estimates the damages that Mr Dohnal is accused of having
caused amount to over 900,000 Czech crowns. If he is found guilty, he
faces prison charges between six months and 5 years. Mr. Dohnal's
lawyer said on Wednesday that the police investigation had political
motivations and that it was an attempt at removing Mr. Dohnal from his
office.


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Czech hotels and travel agencies see losses of about half a billion
Czech crowns linked to Icelandic volcano eruption
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Czech travel agencies and hotels have lost about half a billion Czech
crowns in profits due to a cloud of volcanic ash that spread over the
continent and closed down European air traffic for a number of days.
The figure was published on Wednesday, when businesses from the tourism
sector met with officials from the Ministry of Regional Development.
After the meeting, Minister of Regional Development Rostislav Vondruska
said that the ministry would try to secure some form of financial aid
for affected businesses both from the state budget and EU funds. In
addition, the ministry will also launch an advertising campaign to help
boost tourism in the second half of the year.


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Animal rights activists block Czech-Austrian border crossing
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Czech animal rights activists blocked a border crossing between the
Czech Republic and Austria near the Moravian town of Mikulov for 15
minutes on Wednesday afternoon in support of their Austrian colleagues.
Thirteen Austrian animal rights activists will go on trial on
Wednesday. They are charged with arson, sabotage and further offenses
and face a prison sentence of up to five years. Czech animal rights
activists say that none of the thirteen people are guilty of any of the
offenses they are charged with. Four of them have published their
arraignments online.


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Air force training exercises to take place over Prague
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In the first three weeks of May, skies above Prague will be the scene
of joint training exercises of the Czech and British air force. The
project, titled Flying Rhino, will see the participation of the roughly
3000 soldiers, including members of the Slovak, Lithuanian, Danish and
American air force. The exercises will be taking place between 8 am and
1 am on week days, some of the air space over Prague will be partly
closed down to amateur pilots. The project Flying Rhino, which is
taking place in Prague for the eighth time this year, is meant to
prepare soldiers before they leave on war missions abroad.


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Weather
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The weather over the next few days will be summery, sunny and warm,
with temperatures of up to 25 degrees Celsius.

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Czechs in History
Egon Erwin Kisch - the Raging Reporter
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One of Prague's best known German-language authors was Egon Erwin
Kisch, who was born in the Czech capital 125 years ago this Thursday.
His excellent style and original choice of stories, together with his
dramatic life, earned him a reputation of the 'Raging Reporter' that is
still very much alive today.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/127390

Current Affairs
Czech schools test new style of handwriting
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Czech children spend a considerable part of their first year at school
learning to write, more so than their contemporaries in Britain or
France. That's because in Czech handwriting joined-up letters are very
different from printed letters, with an emphasis on perfectly formed,
slanted letters with lots of loops and twirls. Now, it looks like
learning to write may become easier. A young Czech graphic artist has
come up with a new set of letters, based on printed letters rather than
the cursive style:

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/127379

Current Affairs
Historians, police sceptical over 'StB plot' explanation for 1984 gas
explosion
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The authorities have been examining claims by a former intelligence
agent that a fatal explosion in 1984 was the work of the communist
secret police, the StB. Twelve people died when a gas mains exploded in
the town of Trinec. The agent claims the whole thing was a secret
police plot aimed at discrediting dissidents around Vaclav Havel, but
historians and police are sceptical.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/127378

Current Affairs
Czech and Austrian foreign ministers discuss bilateral issues in Prague
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The Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Michael Spindelegger held
talks in Prague on Tuesday with his Czech counterpart Jan Kohout on
issues ranging from the Benes Decrees to the opening of Austria's
labour market to Czechs.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/127367


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Czechs in History: Egon Erwin Kisch – the Raging Reporter

One of Prague's best known German-language authors was Egon Erwin Kisch, who was born in the Czech capital 125 years ago this Thursday. His excellent style and original choice of stories, together with his dramatic life, earned him a reputation of the 'Raging Reporter' that is still very much alive today.

Current Affairs: Czech schools test new style of handwriting

Czech children spend a considerable part of their first year at school learning to write, more so than their contemporaries in Britain or France. That's because in Czech handwriting joined-up letters are very different from printed letters, with an emphasis on perfectly formed, slanted letters with lots of loops and twirls. Now, it looks like learning to write may become easier. A young Czech graphic artist has come up with a new set of letters, based on printed letters rather than the cursive style:

Current Affairs: Historians, police sceptical over 'StB plot' explanation for 1984 gas explosion

The authorities have been examining claims by a former intelligence agent that a fatal explosion in 1984 was the work of the communist secret police, the StB. Twelve people died when a gas mains exploded in the town of Třinec. The agent claims the whole thing was a secret police plot aimed at discrediting dissidents around Václav Havel, but historians and police are sceptical.

Current Affairs: Czech and Austrian foreign ministers discuss bilateral issues in Prague

The Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Michael Spindelegger held talks in Prague on Tuesday with his Czech counterpart Jan Kohout on issues ranging from the Beneš Decrees to the opening of Austria's labour market to Czechs.

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2010-04-28 16:45:00
Ukraine, Russia to consider aircraft production projects.
The Ukrainian-Russian inter-governmental commission will consider projects on
the joint production and sale on the markets of third countries of An-148,
An-124, An-70 and An-140 aircraft, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov
hassaid.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117345

2010-04-28 16:18:00
Spring grain crops sown on 63% of planned acreage.
According to live data, in Ukraine spring grain crops and leguminous cultures
were sown on almost 4.8 million ha or 63% of the plan.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117332

2010-04-28 16:00:00
State should preserve control over strategic enterprises.
As a result of privatization, the state should preserve control over strategic
enterprises and markets, First Vice Premier Andriy Kliuyev stated, his press
service informed.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117325

2010-04-28 15:49:00
All unfinished objects checked in Ukraine.
The Regional Development and Construction Ministry has conducted a monitoring of
all unfinished facilities in Ukraine, Construction Minister Volodymyr Yatsuba
has said.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117346

2010-04-28 15:22:00
BSF agreement will accelerate economic growth.
The ratification by Verkhovna Rada of the agreement signed in Kharkiv by
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on
prolongation of stay of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in the territory of Ukraine
does not restrict Ukraine's sovereignty ajot.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117334

2010-04-28 15:08:00
Sevastopol port opens cruise season.
The Sevastopol commercial seaport (Crimea) opened a cruise season, the first
passenger liner Adriana (flag - Vanuatu) called at the port, the Transport and
Communications Ministry press service informed.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117326

2010-04-28 14:25:00
Ukrainian cinema will get over UAH 20mln.
For development of the Ukrainian cinema UAH 21 million (1 USD - 7.93 UAH) is
envisaged in the state budget for this year, Culture and Tourism Minister
Mykhailo Kuliniak informed.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117337

2010-04-28 14:11:00
Only 10% of computer clubs have licensed software.
The Microsoft Ukraine summed up outcomes of software realization for computer
clubs in the result of which 10% of Ukrainian computer clubs legalized their
software, the company press service informed.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117327

2010-04-28 12:55:00
Expert forecasts fluctuation of currency rates in May.
In May, fluctuations in the currency rate are possible, in particular, during a
visit of the International Monetary Fund Mission to Ukraine when the National
Bank can demonstrate 'floating' rate, economist of the Astrum Investment
Management Oleksiy Blinov hassaid.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117323

2010-04-28 12:42:00
Weimar Triangle praises Ukrainian-Russian deal on Black Sea Fleet.
The Weimar Triangle countries (Germany, France and Poland) have welcomed the
agreement reached between Ukraine and the Russian Federation regarding the
Russian Black Sea Fleet's presence in Crimea.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=117344


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RCI Cyberjournal

Canadian leader defends decision not to subsidize abortion


Automaker invests in Ontario


Greece's travails take chunk out of loonie

OTTAWA: PM DEFENDS ABORTION STAND

Canada's prime minister has defended his Conservative government's stand on abortion. Stephen Harper says that there's plenty for Canada to spend its development dollars on besides abortion. The government's confirmation that it won't fund abortion as part of its Group of Eight child and maternal health plan for poor nations has been condemned by the opposition. Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff says the Conservatives have embarrassed Canada on the international stage, while New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton accused Mr. Harper of pandering to social conservatives values. The government clarified its position on Monday, the eve of a meeting of G-8 international development ministers in the east coast city of Halifax, NS.

OTTAWA: GOVT. TAKE THIRD STAB AT SENATE REFORM

In other news, Mr. Harper is making a third attempt in four years to make Parliament's unelected Senate a more democratic body. The legislation was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday. Under its terms, the prime minister would retain his power to name senators but would commit himself to consider the names of nominees chosen in provinces that hold unofficial elections for the Senate. Two such senators have been appointed from the province of Alberta. Several of the provinces have in the past objected to attempts to reform the upper chamber of Parliament without their formal constitutional approval.

TORONTO: GM INVESTS IN ONTARIO

U.S. automaker General Motors has announced $890 million of new money for five of its plants in North America. One of them is based in St. Catharines, ON. GM says it will invest invest $235 million dollars in that plant, which will secure 400 jobs. The St. Catharines plant will now focus on producing GM's next generation of small fuel-efficient engines, something the company says is key to a successful future. The biggest investment, $400 million, will be spent to revamp the company's engine plant in Tonawanda, NY. The news comes less than a week after GM finished paying back all $8 billion dollars in loans from the U.S., Canadian and Ontario governments.

OTTAWA: GOVT. MORE OPTIMISTIC ON ECONOMY

Canada's finance department says the country's economy is now expected to grow faster than the government projected in its budget last month. It expects the economy to grow by 3.1 per cent this year. That's half a percentage point more than the budget projection.The department bases its new report on a survey of 15 private sector economists. It comes a week after the Bank of Canada upgraded its forecast for Canada's economic growth to 3.7 per cent.

CALGARY: FORMER REFUGEE ON HUNGER STRIKE

A convicted murderer from Bosnia is on a hunger strike in a Canadian prison, as he continues to fight his deportation from Canada. Elvir Pobric arrived in Canada in l999 after he allegedly broke out of a Bosnian prison where he was serving 20 years for two counts of murder. He's been in custody in a jail in the province of Alberta since February, when his refugee status was revoked because he did not tell immigration officials about his conviction. Officials are carrying out an assessment of what risks Pobric faces in Bosnia. The report is expected sometime next month and his deportation could occur two weeks after that.


NORWAY

Russia and Norway have unexpectedly settled their 40-year-old boundary dispute in the Barents Sea. this was announced at a joint news conference in Oslo by Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. The two parties had been disputing sovereignty over a 176-000-square-kilometre maritime area in the Barents Sea. The area is thought to contain huge amounts of oil and natural gas. Russia and Norway have agreed to divide the territory almost equally. Canada, Russia, Norway, Denmark and the U.S. have overlapping sovereignty claims in the Arctic. The borders are to be eventually drawn up under the terms of a UN treaty.

KYRGYZSTAN

Kyrgyzstan's interim government has charged ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev with a series of murders and asked Belarus to hand him over for trial. Mr. Bakiyev was ousted from power earlier this month amid violent protests against widespread corruption and rising utility prices. He is currently in Belarus, where that country`s president Alexander Lukashenko granted him sanctuary.

SOMALIA

The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution aimed at curbing Somali pirates. The resolution calls on national governments to change their legislation to criminalize piracy and to facilitate the prosecution and jailing of pirates. The measures also calls on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to present the Council with a report within three months suggesting ways to reinforce international law to deal wilt pirates and their armed attacks on the high seas. The text of the resolution was drafted by Russia.

FRANCE

The United States has extradited former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to France, where he faces money laundering charges. Noriega was placed on an overnight commercial flight to Paris and was handed over to French prosecutors Tuesday. He served prison time in the U.S. for convictions in 1992 on drug racketeering and related charges. Noriega has spent more than 20 years in American prisons since he was captured in the U.S. invasion of Panama in 1989. His sentence ended in 2007 but he was kept in custody in Miami, FL, because of the French extradition request.


TORONTO: GREEK WOES PUT DENT IN LOONIE

The Canadian dollar dropped more than a cent in half-an-hour in trading against its U.S. counterpart on Tuesday, as traders reacted to fears that Greece's financial woes could affect other European countries. The Canadian dollar fell to as low as US98.47 cents before noon, down 1.39 cents from Monday's close, and was down by 1.2 cents by mid-afternoon. The dollar had been trading a just under or over parity in recent weeks, based on the strength of the Canadian economy and the likelihood of higher interest rates in Canada. Traders turned to the U.S. dollar after Standard & Poor's downgraded Greece's and Portugal's credit rating, Greece's to "junk" level. Both countries have imposed spending cuts but markets have been sceptical their governments can push them thorough against the strenuous opposition of labour unions.

MONTREAL: CN COUNTS ON EMERGING ECONOMIES

CN Rail Co's. new CEO, Claude Mongeau, says demand for North American commodities from emerging economies is helping the railway see its way through the gradual recovery from recession. He told the annual meeting that as the U.S. and Canada gradually pull out of recession, China, India and other growing economies are maintaining CN's bottom line. Mr. Mongeau cited a demand on their part for Canadian potash, coal and wood products. He told shareholders that about one-half of the growth in CN's wood shipments was due to demand from Asia, where building codes increasingly require its use. CN earned $511 million in the first quarter, up from $424 million 12 months earlier.

TORONTO: MORTGAGES RATES RISE

Three more Canadian banks have joined the movement to raise lending rates. The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Scotiabank and the Desjardins Group have increased mortgage rates by .15 per cent. A 5-year fixed rate is now about 5.24 per cent. Earlier this week the Royal Bank of Canada and TD Bank announced similar increases.

MARKETS

TSX on Tuesday: 12,143, down 138. Canadian dollar: US98. Euro: $1.34. Oil: $82.05, down $2.15.


HOCKEY

In the National Hockey League, veteran defenceman Tom Poti will not play for Washington in Wednesday Game 7 against Montreal. He was hit in the eye by a puck last night and could be sidelined for three weeks. Poti is tied for the team lead with four assists this post-season.


Weather

British Columbia on Wednesday: rain, high C13 Vancouver. Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut: sun. Whitehorse 14, Yellowknife 8, Iqaluit -2. Prairies: rain. Edmonton 7, Regina 21, Winnipeg 19. Ontario: sun. Quebec: mix sun cloud. Toronto 10, Ottawa, Montreal 12. Atlantic Canada: rain. Fredericton 9, Halifax 8, Charlottetown 7, St. John's 12.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

News 4.27.2010

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Copyright (c) 2010 Radio Prague (Cesky Rozhlas 7 - Radio Praha)

News Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

By: Ian Willoughby

* The Czech government has approved a treaty on co-operating with the
US in the field of military research.

* Ryanair is to discontinue flights to and from Prague later this year.

* The Australian conductor Sir Charles Mackerras has received an award
for promoting Czech culture.

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Czech government approves treaty with US on military research
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The Czech government has approved a treaty on co-operating with the
United States in the field of military research. If both sides ratify
the deal, it will allow Czech scientists to take part in US-funded
projects alongside colleagues from America and around a dozen other
countries. Speaking after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, the Czech
minister of defence, Martin Bartak, said he expected to sign the treaty
in the next few weeks. Talks on the research deal began last year, when
Washington was still planning to build a radar base in central Bohemia
as part of an anti-missile defence system. Mr Bartak denied it
represented compensation for the US dropping the Czech Republic from
its missile defence plans.


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Ryanair pulling out of Prague
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Ryanair is to discontinue flights to and from Prague later this year. A
spokesperson for Europe's biggest budget airline said it was pulling
out of the city's Ruzyne airport because its charges were too high.
Routes to Birmingham and Hahn near Frankfurt will come to an end in
July, while routes to Dublin and Stockholm will cease in October.
Ryanair had put forward a proposal to increase its number of
destinations from Prague to 33, if the airport reduced its charges
considerably. The airport's management refused, saying the same
conditions applied to all airlines.


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Finance minister to present cut suggestions to cabinet colleagues
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The Czech minister of finance, Eduard Janota, says more cuts will be
needed if the government is to meet its aim of keeping the budget
deficit no higher than 5.3 percent of GDP. Mr Janota said on Tuesday
that he would present his cabinet colleagues with proposals on how to
save on expenditures, though he refused to reveal any concrete
suggestions to journalists. The deficit for 2010 is CZK 163 billion
(over USD 8.4 billion), though the left wing parties in the Chamber of
Deputies pushed through a number of measures which make that target
impossible to reach.


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Press: state spends over half billion on new exam system unlikely to
see light of day
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The Czech state has spent over CZK 500 million (USD 26 million) on
plans for new school leaving exams which are unlikely to come to
fruition, Mlada fronta Dnes reported. The Ministry of Education
launched the project, under which 'maturita' exams organised by
individual schools would be replaced by a centralised system. However,
the ministry cannot explain how all of the money has been spent, Mlada
fronta said. The newspaper added that there was an increasing chance
plans for a new exam system would be either put on ice or abandoned
completely after May's general elections.


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Social Democrats question selection of Miroslava Nemcova as short-term
lower house chair
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The Social Democrats are questioning the selection of first deputy
chair Miroslava Nemcova to chair the lower house of the Czech
Parliament for the one month that remains of its term. The Civic
Democrat politician was expected to take the post for that short
period, after the Social Democrats said last week that Miloslav Vlcek
was planning to step down on April 30. However, Pravo reported on
Tuesday that the Social Democrats are now saying that under a deal made
in 2006 they should hold on to the position. The party would like to
install Lubomir Zaoralek as speaker, though he said on Tuesday that he
was not interested in the post. For her part, Miroslava Nemcova says Mr
Vlcek has already charged her with taking over.

The Social Democrats announced on Thursday that Miloslav Vlcek was
quitting as chair and withdrawing from next month's general elections,
after his name was linked to alleged financial impropriety.


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Marked rise in number charged with extremist activities, though number
of cases dealt with down in 2009
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The number of people charged with extremist activities in the Czech
Republic was 50 percent higher 2009 than in the previous year,
according to a report Interior Minister Martin Pecina presented to the
government on Monday. However, the number of recorded extremist crimes
fell by about a fifth last year in comparison with 2008. Some 256
extremist crimes were recorded in 2009, representing 0.07 percent of
all crimes dealt with by the Czech police. Most of those charged were
aged between 21 and 39. The report found that more secondary school and
third level graduates had faced charges, though it said the increase
could not be regarded as a trend.


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Woman who freed husband from prison guards in armed ambush unlikely to
get jail term
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A woman who took part in an armed ambush on prison officers and freed
her husband is unlikely to go to jail. Pravo reported that a judge in
Plzen had decided to punish Dagmar Tauchenova in the form of an
injunction, which carries a maximum sanction of a one-year suspended
sentence. Judge Josef Prach refused to comment on the decision, which
has not yet been handed to the state attorney or the accused's defence
lawyer. In November last year Mrs Tauchenova held up prison guards at a
hospital in Plzen, forcing them to release her husband Pavel Tauchen.
When police tracked them down a month later Mr Tauchen shot himself
dead, while his wife was injured by a police bullet, necessitating a
difficult operation.


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Sir Charles Mackerras receives award for promoting Czech culture
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The Czech minister of culture, Vaclav Riedlbauch, has presented the
Australian classical music conductor Sir Charles Mackerras with an
award for promoting the good name of the Czech Republic in the cultural
sphere. The minister said he was giving Sir Charles the Artis Bohemiae
Amicis prize in gratitude for all he had done for Czech music over the
decades. Since studying in Prague in the late 1940s, the conductor has
championed the music of Leos Janacek; he has described his work with
the Czech composer as his single most important legacy to music.


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Banik draw level with Sparta at top of league with four games to go
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Banik Ostrava have drawn level on points with Sparta Prague at the top
of the Czech soccer league with only four rounds remaining this season.
Banik beat Bohemians 1905 in the capital on Monday evening to reach 54
points, the same number as Sparta who have a superior goal difference
of four. The two clubs, whose fans are bitter rivals, will go head to
head in Ostrava next Sunday in a game that could decide who wins the
Czech title.


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Hadamczik returns to post of Czech ice hockey manager
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Alois Hadamczik has been selected as the new Czech ice hockey manager.
Hadamczik, who recently helmed Pardubice to the Czech Extraliga title,
will take over from Vladimir Ruzicka immediately after the World
Championship in Germany next month. He will sign a two-year contract
and return to a post he previously held for three years; Hadamczik led
the Czechs to a silver medal at the 2006 World Championship and bronze
at the Winter Olympics the same year.


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Weather
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It should be quite sunny over the next few days, with temperatures of
up to 21 degrees Celsius.

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Current Affairs
Generation 89 meets to debate the past and plan the future
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Generation 89, currently underway in four European capitals, is a
project intended to bring together young people from different
backgrounds and different experiences to debate their common future in
the European Union. Participants from nine EU member states are meeting
in Bucharest, Brussels, Prague and Warsaw to talk about where they came
from and where they want to go. The project was initiated by the
Romanian Cultural Institute to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of
communism in Eastern Europe and co-financed by the European Commission.
Dan Mitra Duta, the project manager, explains the idea behind it.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/127355

Current Affairs
Sir Charles Mackerras receives Czech Culture Ministry award
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The renowned Australian-born conductor, Sir Charles Mackerras received
the Artis Bohemiae Amici Award from the Czech Culture Ministry on
Tuesday, for promoting Czech music abroad. A champion of Czech
classical music, Sir Charles has conducted the works of Leos Janacek,
Antonin Dvorak and other Czech composers throughout his career spanning
over five decades.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/127342

Current Affairs
High schools come under pressure from regional politicians to drop mock
elections
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Over the next three days, more than 140 high schools in the Czech
Republic are taking part in a mock election, aimed at boosting interest
among students on the cusp of voting age, in the political process
although they haven't earned the right to vote yet. Students between 15
to just under 18 are taking part, but paradoxically, some of the
country's politicians, primarily Social Democrats ahead of the real
national election in May, have stepped up the pressure for schools to
drop out. The reason? What they charge is a danger of politicisation of
the classroom. But critics say, they are only really worried about the
mock election results.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/127341

Special
Czechs in Afghanistan Pt. II: The "Afghan Czechs"
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The idea of long-term humanitarian work in a developing country is not
for it to be run ad infinitum by a team of expert foreigners. The work
must eventually be put in the hands of the people themselves to
continue it on their own, and the same goes for People in Need in
Afghanistan. In the years to come, the work of the Czech charity
foundation will continue, but without the Czechs. In the next of Radio
Prague's series on Afghanistan, Christian Falvey meets the Afghans who
will gradually take over the ground laid by Czechs.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/127337


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