Monday, May 31, 2010

News 5.31.2010

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News Monday, May 31st, 2010

By: Sarah Borufka

* President Vaclav Klaus has said that he considers a right-of-centre
coalition the only option for a new government at this point.

* The prime minister has called on deputies of the caretaker cabinet's
lower house to not propose any new measures that could deepen the state
budget deficit.

* The negotiating teams of the Civic Democrats and the TOP 09 party
have agreed on six points that their future government coalition would
focus on.

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President: Right-of-center coalition currently only option for
government coalition
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President Vaclav Klaus said on Monday that currently, he considers a
three-party coalition of the Civic Democrats, TOP 09 and Public Affairs
the only viable option for a government coalition. He added that he was
not yet ready to announce which party would get the first chance to put
together a government. The president's statement followed talks about
the formation of the next government which he held throughout the day
with the leaders of all five parties that made it into the lower house.


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President Klaus launches talks with party leaders
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On Monday, President Vaclav Klaus met leaders of all five parties that
made it into the lower house to talk about the formation of the next
government. The leader of the TOP 09 party, Karel Schwarzenberg,
informed Mr Klaus of the progress of coalition talks between his party
and the Civic Democrats, which he said were going very well. The acting
leader of the Social Democrats, Bohuslav Sobotka, said that while he is
not convinced that his party would be able to succeed in forming a
government, he still believes that, in line with tradition, the winning
party should be given the first chance to form a government. The leader
of the Civic Democrats, Petr Necas, expressed his wish to form a
coalition of fiscal responsibility with the TOP 09 and the Public
Affairs parties.

Even though the Social Democrats gained the most votes and seats in
elections to the lower house, their chances of creating a viable
coalition seem slim. It is now up to the Czech president to decide who
will get the first chance to put together a government. Mr Klaus has
not yet made any statements regarding when he is planning to announce a
decision.


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Prime minister calls on deputies to not make controversial proposals
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On Monday, the head of the current caretaker government, Prime Minister
Jan Fischer, called on deputies of the Czech lower house to not make
any further proposals or suggest initiatives that could deepen the
country's state budget deficit. Mr Fischer said that he hopes the new
government will be fiscally and socially conscious at the same time. He
added that he hopes the formation of a new government will be swift,
and that he is prepared to dissolve the current parliament after the
first session of the newly elected lower house, which could take place
on June 22.


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Civic Democrats and TOP 09 hold first coalition talks
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The negotiation teams of the Civic Democrats and the TOP 09 party met
on Monday for talks over the creation of a centre-right coalition,
which they expect will be joined by the Public Affairs party. The two
parties agreed on six basic points that would form the core of the
future coalition's program. Along with salary reductions for
politicians, the two parties declared senators and MPs should be
granted less immunity in the future. The Civic Democrats and TOP 09
both put curbing the Czech public deficit at the top of their
priorities for the future government.

The Civic Democrats won 53 and TOP 09 41 seats. A deal with Public
Affairs, with 24 seats, would give them a comfortable majority with 118
seats. Mr. Necas ruled out on Czech Television on Sunday a coalition
with the left-wing Social Democrats saying it would bring no benefit to
the country.


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Head of Public Affairs signals support for right-of-center coalition
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Following a meeting between the negotiating teams of the Public Affairs
party and the Civic Democrats on Monday, the head of the former, Radek
John, signaled his support for a three-party right-of-center coalition.
He added that forming a government with the Social Democrats would
involve seeking support from the Communist Party, which Public Affairs
considers unacceptable. Mr John said that nonetheless, negotiations
with the Civic Democrats and TOP 09 would be very difficult.


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Christian Democrats to focus on fall senatorial elections
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The Christian Democrats will focus on gaining voters' support in the
Senate, senator and Christian Democrat member Rostislav Slavotinek said
on Monday. Since the party did not gain enough votes to surpass the
five-percent threshold needed to win seats in the parliament, a number
of its candidates for posts in the lower house will now be able to run
in the elections for the Senate that are scheduled to take place in the
fall. The Christian Democrats' deputy leader said on Monday that the
party needed innovation and fresh ideas if it wanted to win back voters
in the next lower house elections. Christian Democrats leader Cyril
Svoboda stepped down on Saturday following the defeat of his party.


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President describes election results as a political earthquake
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In an interview with Monday's edition of Lidove noviny, President
Vaclav Klaus described the election results as a political earthquake
that had not left one stone standing upon another. He highlighted the
sharp drop in support for the two main parties blaming this on the
protracted stalemate after the previous tied elections in 2006, the
association of previous Civic Democrat leader Mirek Topolanek with top
business leaders, political behaviour of former Social Democrat leader
Jiri Paroubek and demonization of politicians by the media. The
president said that there were still big questions about the two new
breakthrough parties, TOP 09 and Public Affairs, and how they would
behave.


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Head of TOP 09 party expresses concern over vague party program of
Public Affairs party
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The head of the right-of-center TOP 09 party, Karel Schwarzenberg, said
in an interview published in Monday's edition of Pravo that he did not
know what the Public Affairs party stood for and what it hoped to
achieve in a centre-right government coalition. He added that before he
enters into talks with someone, he likes to know who he is dealing with
and that he fears that agreeing on details with the Public Affairs
party may prove somewhat difficult.

Some analysts believe that the Public Affairs party led a populist
election campaign with a rather vague party program.


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Constitution court confirms ban of far-right Workers' Party
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The Constitutional Court has turned down an appeal from the far-right
Workers' Party, which was banned by the Supreme Administrative Court in
February on grounds that it promotes xenophobia and racial hatred. This
is the final verdict and cannot be appealed within the Czech court
system. The head of the Workers' Party said that the party would now
appeal this decision at the European Court for Human Rights in
Strasburg. Some members of the banned Workers' Party are now active in
the Workers' Party for Social Justice, which has a similar party
program and uses some of the same symbols as the banned party. It
gained 1.14 percent of votes in the recent elections.


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50th Zlin children's film festival launched
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The 50th International Film Festival for Children and Youth started in
Zlin on Sunday. A large part of this year's programme looks at the film
creations of Czechoslovakia and in particular the work of animation
pioneer Karel Zeman. This year is the 100th anniversary of his birth.
One of this year's star guests is British actor Sir Christopher Lee.


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Czech goalkeeper rumored to join Russian ice hockey club
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The Russian sports newspaper Sovetsky Sport reported that the Czech ice
hockey player Dominik Hasek is set to travel to Moscow in the next few
days to sign a contract with Spartak Moscow. The 35-year-old
goalkeeper, who won gold at the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, has not
yet commented on speculations of his possible move to Spartak. His
personal trainer said last week that Mr. Hasek was thinking about the
offer but had not made a decision yet. The Czech goalkeeper returned
from a one-year break last year, after ending his career at the NHL.


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Tomas Berdych in French Open last eight
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Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych has made it for the first time into
the last eight of the French Open Men's Singles competition. He beat
the number four seed, Scot Andy Murray, in straight sets 6:4, 7:5, 6:3.
The game played late in the evening was interrupted by rain with Murray
later hitting out at tournament organisers and saying it should have
been postponed till the next day because of poor light. Berdych, seeded
15, now faces the 11th seeded Russian, Mikhail Youzhny.


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Weather
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The next days will bring rainy conditions with cloudy skies, before
brightening up by Wednesday. The maximum daytime temperature will be
around 18 degrees Celsius.

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One on One
Amcham's Weston Stacey: Corruption concerns changed Czech political
environment
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Ahead of the Czech general elections, the Prague-based American Chamber
of Commerce, or Amcham, came up with an initiative to curb corruption
and to reform Czech public procurement legislation. The main Czech
political parties welcomed the initiative and committed to implementing
the proposed reform in Parliament. On Monday, with negotiations about
the new government in full swing, Radio Prague spoke to Amcham's
executive director Weston Stacey, and asked him whether he thought
corruption had been an important issue for Czech voters.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/128489

Current Affairs
Public Affairs party remains a mystery to many
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One of the winners of these elections and a newcomer to Parliament, the
Public Affairs party, clearly owes its success to its leader Radek
John, a former TV journalist who is a household name in the Czech
Republic. His investigative programme on commercial TV NOVA focused on
uncovering corruption, something the party has promised to do in top
politics as well. However, aside from its self-proclaimed role of
watchdog, the party's background and ambitions remain unclear even to
its potential coalition partners. I spoke to political analyst
Vladimira Dvorakova and first asked her what made Public Affairs so
appealing to voters.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/128482

Current Affairs
Voters shake-up status quo, pave way for government of "fiscal
responsibility"
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In the final weeks ahead of the election, polling agencies in the
country repeatedly predicted a major win for Jiri Paroubek's Social
Democrats but the reality at the weekend was different. The Social
Democrats did come first, but only barely, far from the overwhelming
success they had expected. Within hours of the polls closing, it became
clear that the party had a marginal chance of forming the next
government and that instead the country was now headed for a
centre-right coalition promising wide-reaching reforms.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/128478

Sports News
Sports News 5.31.2010
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In Sports News : Tomas Berdych has enjoyed a tremendous run in the
French Open to equal his best ever Grand Slam performance; Czech
handball star Filip Jicha has a European Championship medal with Kiel,
and Usti nad Labem have made it back to Czech football's top
competition after more than half a century.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/128469


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Radio Prague Today 5.31.2010

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One on One: Amcham's Weston Stacey: Corruption concerns changed Czech political environment

Ahead of the Czech general elections, the Prague-based American Chamber of Commerce, or Amcham, came up with an initiative to curb corruption and to reform Czech public procurement legislation. The main Czech political parties welcomed the initiative and committed to implementing the proposed reform in Parliament. On Monday, with negotiations about the new government in full swing, Radio Prague spoke to Amcham's executive director Weston Stacey, and asked him whether he thought corruption had been an important issue for Czech voters.

Current Affairs: Public Affairs party remains a mystery to many

One of the winners of these elections and a newcomer to Parliament, the Public Affairs party, clearly owes its success to its leader Radek John, a former TV journalist who is a household name in the Czech Republic. His investigative programme on commercial TV NOVA focused on uncovering corruption, something the party has promised to do in top politics as well. However, aside from its self-proclaimed role of watchdog, the party's background and ambitions remain unclear even to its potential coalition partners. I spoke to political analyst Vladimíra Dvořáková and first asked her what made Public Affairs so appealing to voters.

Current Affairs: Voters shake-up status quo, pave way for government of "fiscal responsibility"

In the final weeks ahead of the election, polling agencies in the country repeatedly predicted a major win for Jiří Paroubek's Social Democrats but the reality at the weekend was different. The Social Democrats did come first, but only barely, far from the overwhelming success they had expected. Within hours of the polls closing, it became clear that the party had a marginal chance of forming the next government and that instead the country was now headed for a centre-right coalition promising wide-reaching reforms.

Sports News: Sports News 5.31.2010

In Sports News : Tomáš Berdych has enjoyed a tremendous run in the French Open to equal his best ever Grand Slam performance; Czech handball star Filip Jícha has a European Championship medal with Kiel, and Ústí nad Labem have made it back to Czech football's top competition after more than half a century.

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2010-05-31 15:20:00
Draft law on basic directions of budgetary policy for 2011 to be prepared for VR
consideration.
Such an instruction was given by Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn.He stated
this during a conciliation board.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=119690

2010-05-31 14:42:00
Ukraine and Belarus approve plan of joint actions in priority areas of
cooperation.
The plan was signed in Gomel, Belarus by First Vice Premier Andriy Klyuev and
First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=119681

2010-05-31 14:23:00
Ukraine's disclaimer course for NATO membership viewed its sovereign right.
It in no way affects Kyiv official relations with Washington. This is how U.S.
Assistant Secretary of Communications and Press Phillip Crawley commented the
statement of President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine's hardly probable accession
to theAlliance.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=119679

2010-05-31 14:17:00
Luhansk to host third night festival of youth social films"May 32".
It is dedicated to International Children's Day.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=119674

2010-05-31 14:04:00
German investors plan to increase investment in Ukraine after crisis period.
Delegate of German economy Karin Rau noted economic growth in Ukraine over the
past four months.In particular, she said, permanent problem for German business
in Ukraine - VAT repayment - is finally being solved.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=119673

2010-05-31 13:57:00
Ukraine to cooperate with partners in fuel and energy sphere exclusively on
parity basis.
Such a statement was made by Fuel and Energy Minister Yuriy Boyko who said that
cooperation with partners will be carried out exclusively on parity basis with
taking into consideration interests of Ukraine.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=119669

2010-05-31 13:35:00
Opposition predicts increase of communal services tariffs right after local
elections this year.
Such a forecast was made by opposition government leader Sergei Sobolevon
television. According to him, this is why the authorities are so much in a hurry
to pass a resolution on holding the local elections.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=119667

2010-05-31 13:18:00
Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn admits conflict if Parliament passes new
laws to support Russian language.
This is what Volodymyr Lytvtn said in the air of one of Ukrainian tv channels.He
believes the Ukrainian current legislature ensures proper development of all
languages.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=119663

2010-05-31 13:10:00
Regions Party ready to table draft basic law on languages of Ukraine in
Verkhovna Rada.
Its author is the head of the Regions Party faction in parliament, Oleksandr
Yefremov.The document foresees the introduction of amendments to a number of
legal acts.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=119661

2010-05-31 13:03:00
Possible merger of Gazprom and Naftogaz of Ukraine discussed in Moscow.
Ukrainian Fuel and Energy Minister Yuriy Boiko and Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller
have discussed a possible merger of Gazprom and Naftogaz of Ukraine at a working
meeting at the Russian company's headquarters.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=119660


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Sunday, May 30, 2010

News 5.30.2010

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News Sunday, May 30th, 2010

By: Chris Johnstone

* President Vaclav Klaus will begin talks with leaders of all lower
house parties on Monday.

* Civic Democratic Party, TOP 09, and Public Affairs parties are
prepared to launch post election talks.

* Prague's Civic Democrat mayor has resigned as party leader in the
capital after a dramatic fall in support at elections.

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President Klaus launches talks with party leaders
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President Vaclav Klaus will start talks about the formation of a future
government with all five leaders of parties which made it into the
lower house. The round of talks will begin with the leader of the
Social Democrats, Bohuslav Sobotka, on Monday. The party gained most
votes and seats in elections to the lower house on Friday and Saturday
but looks like having little chance of creating a workable coalition.
The President's spokesman said talks would continue with leaders of the
parties with the next best results.

President Klaus had raised some questions over whether he would follow
precedent and give the leader of the biggest party in the lower house a
first shot at forming a government. Asked about whether he would follow
this traditional procedure on Saturday, president Klaus said: "I think
it will be this way, but we all well know that it may get tangled up.
We'll see who will be second, third, fourth, and what their strength
is." Previously he had clearly signalled he would follow precedent and
his own previous practice.


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Centre-right parties agree to coalition talks
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Leaders of the centre-right parties the Civic Democrats and TOP 09 and
Public Affairs are prepared to hold talks about a coalition government.
Civic Democrat leader Petr Necas and Karel Schwarzenberg agreed to
launch talks on a coalition partnership next week at a short meeting on
Saturday. The two parties appear in pole position to forge a government
with the Civic Democrats winning 53 and TOP 09 41 seats in the 200-seat
lower house. A deal with Public Affairs, with 24 seats, would give them
a comfortable majority with 118 seats. Public Affairs leader Radek John
talked with the Civic Democrat leader on Sunday morning and said his
party was ready to launch talks on Monday. A meeting of Civic Democrats
on Sunday should agree a negotiating team.

The Civic Democrats and TOP 09 both put curbing the Czech public
deficit at the top of their priorities for a future government. Mr.
Necas said the election result made a government of "fiscal
responsibility" possible. He ruled out on Czech Television on Sunday a
coalition with the left-wing Social Democrats saying it would bring no
benefit to the country.


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Public Affairs sets out coalition conditions
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Public Affairs leader Radek John listed a series of conditions for his
membership of a centre-right coalition on Saturday night. Fulfilling
the party's pledge to fight corruption was one condition and he also
demanded a 10 billion crown transfer from the Ministry of Defence
budget to the Ministry of Education. Mr. John said on Sunday the party
would conduct tough talks about its coalition membership and would not
sacrifice party priorities for a few ministerial seats.


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TOP 09 deputy leader attacks Public Affairs negotiating ploy
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Top 09 deputy leader Miroslav Kalousek described Public Affairs'
negotiating demands as a sign of either political inexperience or a
desire to close off post election partnership talks. He added that
starting negotiations on television live was the best way of getting
agreement on nothing. Mr. Kalousek said that TOP 09's priorities
clearly set out the demand for equal rights and conditions for
everyone, adding that clear guidelines were needed to prevent the
country running budget deficits.


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Social Democrats give themselves little chance of being in government
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The pyrrhic election winner, the Social Democrats, give themselves
little chance of forming a coalition government. Although the party won
most votes, 22.2 percent of the total and is the single biggest party
in the lower house with 56 seats, it was far short of pre-election
polls of around 30.0 percent. The only other party on the left, the
Communists, won 26 seats, meaning that a combination would fall well
short of a majority.

Social Democrat leader Jiri Paroubek announced his resignation before
all the results were in but when the election debacle was already clear
on Saturday evening. He handed over management of the party to its
first deputy chairman Bohuslav Sobotka. Mr Sobotka said he was "very
sceptical" about the chances of a coalition including the Social
Democrats. He added that leaders of both TOP 09 and Public Affairs had
rejected cooperation with the party. Mr. Sobotka said he thought
President Vaclav Klaus should conduct talks with all parties over the
coming days. He added that constitutional practice should be respected
and the Social Democrats given the first chance to form a government.


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Prague mayor resigns as party leader in capital
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Prague's Civic Democrat mayor Pavel Bem resigned on Sunday as party
chairman in the capital. The move follows the centre-right party being
beaten into second place in lower house elections in the capital by the
Top 09 party. Headed by party leader Karel Schwarzenberg, TOP 09 won
27.3 percent of the votes against the Civic Democrats 24.8 percent. A
meeting of party bosses in the afternoon accepted the resignation
offer. Civic Democrat leader Petr Necas said during a television debate
earlier that the offer was a logical and correct step. He said the
party's most dramatic fall in support nationwide took place in Prague.


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New look lower house has more feminine touch
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The new look lower house will have the most women lawmakers since
elections following the end of Communism. Forty-four women lawmakers
will take their seats in the lower house, an advance on the 31 during
the pervious term. While the average age of lawmakers in the new house
is around 18 months lower than the outgoing one, it is still just over
47 with TOP 09 leader Karel Schwarzenberg the oldest at 72. A total of
86 outgoing members of the lower house retained their seats, that is a
drop from the 115 who held on in 2006.


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Czechs abroad give overwhelming backing to TOP 09
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Czechs living abroad mostly cast their ballots for the TOP 09 party
with 39.59 percent of votes heading its way. The Civic Democrats came
second with 27.36 percent, the Greens won 10.52 percent, the Social
Democrats 6.14 percent and Public Affairs 5.32 percent. The Czech
Statistical Office said just over 77 percent of the 10,000 voters
registered abroad cast their votes. In 2006, the total was just under
84 percent.


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Social Democrats win most votes but centre-right triumphs in election
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Social Democrats gain most votes but centre and centre-right parties
get majority of seats in lower house. The final elections results gave
the left of centre Social Democrats most votes with 22.08 percent
followed by the Civic Democrats on 20.22 percent, according to the
Czech Statistical Office. The recently created TOP 09 party was third
with 16.7 percent followed by the Communists with 11.27 percent and the
Public Affairs party with 10.88 percent. The Christian Democrats and
the party of former Social Democrat prime minister Milos Zeman were
both just under the 5.0 percent threshold to entry to the lower house
with around 4.5 percent. The turnout was 62.6 percent.

These figures translate into 56 seats in the 200-seat lower house for
the Social Democrats. The Civic Democrats would gain 53 seats, TOP 09
41 seats, the Communists 26 seats and Public Affairs 24 seats. The
Social Democrats won most votes in most regions of the country apart
from the Liberec, Hradec Kralove, Southern Bohemia and Central Czech
regions won by the Civic Democrats. TOP 09 was the most popular party
in the former Civic Democrat bastion, Prague, with around 27 percent of
support.


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Tomas Berdych plays for place in last eight of French Open
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Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych faces Andy Murray, the fourth seed
from Scotland, for a place in the last eight of the French Open Men's
Singles on Sunday. The last Czech in the singles competition last faced
Murray four years ago and won. Berdych, seeded 15, got to the last 16
beating US player John Isner in straight sets: 6:2, 6:2, 6:1 in the
third round.


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Weather
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The next days will be cloudy with showers before turning brighter by
Wednesday. Daytime highs will reach 17 degrees Celsius.


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Czech Books
A remarkable book tells a story of resilience and courage
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Not many people have their first book published when they are over 80,
but Jaroslava Sklenickova is a remarkable exception. Her home village
is Lidice, a few miles to the west of Prague, where she and her husband
Cestmir, will be celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary next
year. But the fact that Jaroslava is alive at all is nothing short of a
miracle. Her book, which has just been published in English, tells the
moving story of her life, as David Vaughan reports in this week's Czech
Books.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/128315

Mailbox
Mailbox 5.30.2010
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This week in Mailbox: New arrival at the Prague Zoo, "Posters of the
Velvet Revolution", number of foreign tourists visiting the Czech
Republic, Radio Prague's Annual listeners' writing contest. Listeners
quoted: Steven Bell, Lili Eylon, Rassem ben Brahim.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/128284


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Czech Books: A remarkable book tells a story of resilience and courage

Not many people have their first book published when they are over 80, but Jaroslava Skleničková is a remarkable exception. Her home village is Lidice, a few miles to the west of Prague, where she and her husband Čestmír, will be celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary next year. But the fact that Jaroslava is alive at all is nothing short of a miracle. Her book, which has just been published in English, tells the moving story of her life, as David Vaughan reports in this week's Czech Books.

Mailbox: Mailbox 5.30.2010

This week in Mailbox: New arrival at the Prague Zoo, "Posters of the Velvet Revolution", number of foreign tourists visiting the Czech Republic, Radio Prague's Annual listeners' writing contest. Listeners quoted: Steven Bell, Lili Eylon, Rassem ben Brahim.

RCI Cyberjournal

Netanyahu arrives in Canada for four-day visit


Calderon ends trip with no give on visas


Ottawa forgives debts from Congo and Ivory Coast

TORONTO: ISRAELI PM SETS TALKS IN CANADA

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Canada for a four-day visit aimed at improving ties with Ottawa. It's first visit to Canada by an Israeli premier since Yitzhak Rabin visited in 1994. Mr. Netanyahu will meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper whom he calls a friend of Israel and a champion of peace. Mr. Netanyahu says he plans to discuss Israel's quest for peace with the Palestinians and wants to increase co-operation between Israel and Canada in the fields of high-technology, renewable energy and water conservation. Following his Canadian visit, Mr. Netanyahu travels to Washington for talks with US President Barack Obama on the US-brokered indirect peace talks with the Palestinians. Mr. Netanyahu is scheduled to attend a pro-Israel rally by Canada's Jewish community in Toronto on Sunday before travelling to Ottawa for meetings with government and opposition leaders.

MONTREAL: MEXICO PRESIDENT HEADS HOME

Mexico's president, Felipe Calderon, has ended a two-day visit to Canada after continuing to lobby against visa requirements for Mexican tourists. On Friday Mr. Calderon discussed visas with Quebec Premier Jean Charest. Mr. Charest said Mr. Calderon accepts the fact that new federal legislation must be passed before the visa requirements are lifted. Mr. Calderon raised the visa issue on Thursday with Prime Minister Harper, who said Canada's flawed immigration system has forced the federal government to crack down on false refugee claims. He told Mr. Calderon the visa requirement would remain in place until the immigration system is overhauled.

OTTAWA: FLAHERTY CANCELS AFRICAN DEBTS

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has announced that Ottawa has cancelled almost $24 million in debt owed by the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mr. Flaherty says this will make available more money in Congo for education and health care. The government will also stop collecting debt payments from Ivory Coast. Canada has cancelled almost $1-billion of debt through the Canadian Debt Initiative. The program applies to countries who demonstrate a commitment to invest in the current needs of their citizens.

QUEBEC: FIRES CONTINUE TO BLAZE IN QUEBEC

Nine fires are burning out of control in the Haute-Mauricie region of Quebec, north of Trois-Rivieres and there are over 50 major fires across the province. Crews are using waterbombers and creating fire breaks as a preventive measure. About 1,000 firefighters and specialists are currently on the ground battling the fires. Firefighting teams from the provinces of Manitoba and New Brunswick and from the US states of Maine and Massachusetts are involved in the fight. Some 2,400 people were evacuated from four communities in the region earlier this week.

OTTAWA: RCMP TO GO AFTER ILLEGAL SMOKES

The federal government is launching a major campaign against illegal cigarettes. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police will lead a new crime-fighting group against contraband tobacco. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says the illegal tobacco business has become a major money maker for organized crime with profits re-invested in drugs, firearms and other criminal activities. Police intelligence suggests 175 organized crime groups are involved in the illegal cigarette trade.


UNITED STATES

British Petroleum said Saturday it had yet to stop the oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico and is considering other ways to plug the leak. On Wednesday, BP began pumping heavy drilling mud into the crippled well in a bid to stop the oil. BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles told reporters that the operation--known as a "top kill"-- has not stopped the flow of oil and he did not know whether it would succeed. He said the company is already preparing its next option to cap the well. The oil spill began 40 days ago after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded last month, killing 11 people. The well has been leaking an estimated 800,000 thousand litres of oil a day. It's the worst oil spill in US history.

SOUTH KOREA

China, a strong ally of North Korea, came under intensified pressure from South Korea and Japan on Saturday to join global efforts to punish North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship in March that took 46 lives. South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak increased the pressure on Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at a three-way summit with Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama in South Korea. Regional tensions have risen sharply since international investigators said a North Korean torpedo sank the warship, with South Korea announcing reprisals that have sparked threats of war from the North. The Chinese premier offered condolences to South Korea for the sinking of the warship. He made the apology after promising his country would not defend anyone guilty. North Korea denies it carried out the attack.

MIDDLE EAST

Israel on Saturday denounced as "hypocritical" a resolution adopted by the Non-Proliferation Treaty's 189 nations on Friday and said it would not take part in a conference on a nuclear-weapons-free Middle East because the resolution failed to mention Iran's nuclear ambitions. Iran welcomed the document. President Barack Obama said Friday he supported the document's goals, but he criticized the agreement for its focus on Israel. Also on Saturday, Turkey's prime minister accused Western powers of lacking a "fair and sincere" approach on Iran.

CYPRUS

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists at sea in the eastern Mediterranean late Saturday were poised to launch a bid to break the blockade of Gaza--risking a confrontation with the Israeli navy. Earlier, ships carrying 10,000 tons of aid supplies for Gaza were held up near Cyprus as organizers tried to get more than two dozen high-profile activists on board.

INDIA

Police continue the search for Maoist rebels who authorities say are responsible for the deaths of at least 120 people after sabotaging a passenger train on Friday. The train in West Bengal state derailed onto another track and collided with an oncoming train. The death toll is expected to rise to as many as 150 as rescuers continue pulling bodies from the wreckage. The Maoists reportedly removed a section of the track before the accident. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the Maoist insurgency as India's biggest internal security challenge.

PAKISTAN

Police said Saturday the men who attacked two mosques of a religious minority in Pakistan's east on Friday belonged to the Pakistani Taliban. Officials said one of the captured attackers said the men had trained in North Waziristan, a region where the US wants Islamabad to mount an army operation. The attacks killed 93 people at sites of worship belonging to the Ahmadi sect. The Ahmadis are reviled as heretics by mainstream Muslims for their belief that their founder was a saviour foretold by the Qur'an. Many Muslims say Ahmadis are defying the basic tenet of Islam that says Muhammad is the final prophet.

CZECH REPUBLIC

The left-wing Social Democrats won a slim victory in parliamentary elections Saturday. However, centre-right parties won more votes overall, creating uncertainty over who will form the next government. Results reported by the country's election agency indicated that the Social Democrats will be unable to govern alone and may have trouble putting together a new coalition. Pre-election polls had predicted a much wider margin of victory--about 30 per cent--for the Social Democrats.

MALAWI

President Bingu wa Mutharika on Saturday pardoned a gay couple who had been sentenced to 14 years in prison and ordered their release. However, Mr. Mutharika insisted that homosexuality was still illegal in his conservative African nation. The president announced the pardon on"humanitarian grounds only" during a press conference with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Malawi had faced international condemnation for the conviction and harsh sentencing of Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza. They were arrested in December, a day after celebrating their engagement. After the pardon, activists were searching for a safe house for the couple, fearing they could be attacked upon release.


STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

Chicago hosted Philadelphia Saturday night in the first game of the best-of-seven final round.

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Calgary will be the first Canadian team to hold an outdoor NHL game since Edmonton and Montreal played Nov. 22, 2003 at Commonwealth Stadium. Once again, the Canadiens will provide the opposition. The teams will play Feb. 20 at McMahon Stadium. The NHL is also sticking with its popular outdoor Winter Classic on New Year's Day. Pittsburgh will host Washington at Heinz Field.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Saturday's result: Toronto defeated Baltimore 5-2. On Friday, Toronto shut out Baltimore 5-0.

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Canada's Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns hosted the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday night in Game Six of the Western Conference final. LA leads the series 3-2.

FRENCH OPEN TENNIS

Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak lost to fifth-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia 6-7(2/7), 6-3, 6-4 Friday in women's third round play at Roland Garros in Paris. Canada's Daniel Nestor and his Serbian partner, Nenad Zimonjic, the second seeds, won their first round men's doubles match over Ross Hutchins of Great Britain and Jordan Kerr of Australia in three sets. Canadian Adil Shamasdin and his partner, American James Cerretani, lost their first-round match to the French team of Gael Monfils and Josselin Quanna. In mixed doubles, Nestor and his Swiss partner, Patty Schnyder, lost their first-round match to the Czech team of Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and Frantisek Cermak in three sets.


Weather

On Sunday: Vancouver is cloudy with a forecast high temperature of 16 degrees Celsius. Cloudy, a chance of showers, nine in Calgary. Cloudy, a chance of showers, seven in Regina. Rain and 17 in Winnipeg. Sunny and 26 in Toronto and Ottawa. Sunny and 25 in Montreal. Cloudy and 23 in Fredericton. Cloudy, a chance of showers and 17 in Charlottetown. Cloudy, a chance of showers and 22 in Halifax. Cloudy, and 10 in St. John's. Sunny and 25 in Whitehorse. Sunny, 22 in Yellowknife. Cloudy, a chance of flurries and four in Iqaluit.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

News 5.29.2010

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News Saturday, May 29th, 2010

By: Chris Johnstone

* Social Democrat leader Jiri Paroubek has announced he will resign as
party chairman following the election results.

* The Social Democrats won most votes in lower house elections but face
a problem forming a coalition majority.

* Newcomer parties TOP 09 and Public Affairs have made a major
breakthrough.

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Jiri Paroubek announces resignation as party leader.
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Social Democrat leader Jiri Paroubek announced he would stand down as
party leader within 10 days following disappointing election results.
He said the decision was a personal one and the party needed a new
start. Mr. Paroubek said the Czech people had made their decision about
which way the country should go and he respected it. He added that the
election result was a defeat for the party but also, more importantly,
a defeat for ordinary people. The party would have to analyse in the
coming days why the final results were so at odds with the pre-election
opinion polls which consistently showed the party as a clear election
winner. The party would be run by its deputy chairman ahead of a final
decision about who the new leader would be, he added. The final result
represented a collapse in support since the last elections in 2006 when
they gained around 32 percent. The resignation might improve the
party's slim chances of taking part in a government.


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Social Democrats gain most votes but centre and centre-right parties
get majority of seats in lower house.
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With counting for elections to the lower house of parliament completed
in 99.9 percent of voting districts, the left of centre Social
Democrats were in the lead with 22.1 percent followed by the Civic
Democrats on 20.2 percent, according to the Czech Statistical Office.
The recently created TOP 09 party was third with 16.7 percent followed
by the Communists with 11.3 percent and the Public Affairs party with
10.9 percent. The Christian Democrats and the party of former Social
Democrat prime minister Milos Zeman were both just under the 5.0
percent threshold to entry to the lower house with around 4.5 percent.
The turnout was seen at just over 62.5 percent.

Czech Television predicted that these figures would translate into 57
seats in the 200-seat lower house for the Social Democrats. The Civic
Democrats would gain 51 seats, TOP 09 41 seats, the Communists 26 seats
and Public Affairs 25 seats. The Social Democrats appear to have won
seats in most regions of the country apart from the Liberec, Hradec
Kralove and Central Czech regions won by the Civic Democrats. TOP 09
won in the former Civic Democrat bastion, Prague, with around 27
percent of the vote.


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Newcomer parties make breakthrough in election
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New parties TOP 09 and Public Affairs appear to have re-written the
Czech political map after strong results. Together they are expected to
have just under a third of seats in the lower house and a clear role in
forming a future coalition. TOP 09 leader Karel Schwarzenberg said the
election result was a rejection of demagogy and extremism. His deputy
Miroslav Kalousek, said the result was "phenomenal" for a party that
was created only a year ago. Public Affairs leader Radek John said the
predicted result was a damning verdict on the Social Democrat leader
and on the major parties.


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Civic Democrat leader sees possibility of right of centre coalition
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Civic Democrat leader Petr Necas said the results suggested the
possibility a "coalition of budget responsibility," a reference to the
possibility of a centre-right coalition, probably with TOP 09 and the
Public Affairs party. He added that the Czech Republic had shunned the
temptation of populism. Social Democrat leader Jiri Paroubek said
voters seemed to have chosen another direction from that offered by his
party. He added that a right-wing coalition looked likely. Asked about
his personal position, he said it was too early for a full evaluation.


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President Vaclav Klaus says election results show clear weakening of
main parties
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President Klaus said the preliminary election results showed a clear
weakening of the two main parties, the Social Democrats and Civic
Democrats. That was an evident conclusion to draw from them, he added.
The Czech president said that weakening had been expected before the
election and was not a complete surprise. He refused to be drawn on the
format of a future government saying that all the results needed to
come in.


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Christian Democrat leader steps down
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Christian Democrat leader Cyril Svoboda announced he had tendered his
resignation as party chairman. His announcement came as election
results from most regions had come through with the long established
party falling short of the 5.0 percent threshold needed for entry into
the lower house. Mr. Svoboda said he expected the party to convene a
meeting in June to decide its future. He added that it faced a clear
challenge to rethink its direction. Separately, former Social Democrat
prime minister Milos Zeman said he would step down from the recently
formed Party for Citizens' Rights after it failed also to win a seat in
the lower house. The leadership of the Green Party also said it would
propose to let a party meeting decide on who would fill the top
positions.


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Voting ends on second day of lower house elections
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Polling stations closed for the second and final day of elections to
the Czech lower house of parliament at 1400 hours on Saturday. Voters
have been voting to fill the 200-seat lower house for the next four
years. Surveys throughout the campaign put the left of centre Social
Democrats in the lead but well short of a majority in the house. That
has fuelled speculation that although the Social Democrats might gain
the most votes, a centre-right coalition featuring the Civic Democrats
and newcomer parties TOP 09 and Public Affairs might be one possible
outcome. Twenty five parties contested the elections, the fifth since
the country was created from the split with Slovakia in 1993.


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Polling stations initially indicate high turnout
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A high turnout was suggested by initial reports from the around 15,000
polling stations nationwide. Around half of the around 8.0 million
eligible voters are believed to have cast their votes on Friday with
around 60 percent estimated to have voted by 11 am on Saturday. Around
two-thirds of all voters usually cast their ballot on the first day,
with that suggesting a final turnout figure of around 75 percent. The
turnout at the last lower house elections in 2006 was just under 65
percent. Czech President Vaclav Klaus along with other political
leaders set an example by voting early on Friday. Social Democrat
leader Jiri Paroubek voted in Teplice, north Bohemia, where he is
heading his regional party election list, and Civic Democrat leader
Petr Necas in his home town in northern Moravia.


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Czech police expel 51 foreigners heading for Hell's Angel meet
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Czech police said they had expelled 51 foreigners entering the country
for an international meeting of the motorbike club, the Hell's Angels.
Earlier reports said many of the foreigners were Norwegians. Around
1,500 members of the worldwide gang with around 500 motorbikes had
converged on Prague by Friday evening for the start of their meeting.
No trouble was reported. Czech police had set up special checks near
borders, Prague airport and near the meeting point. The gang last
converged on the Czech capital for such a meeting in 2005.


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Czech Philharmonic artistic council calls for new director to step down
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The artistic council of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra has called for
its newly appointed director Vaclav Kasik to resign. Members of the
orchestra have also called on him to go, saying that the dismissal of
the previous director and appointment of his replacement by the
minister of culture have been completely unorthodox. Mr. Kasik,
formerly director of public broadcaster Czech Radio, says he has no
intention of stepping down but would not stand in the way of a
competition being held for his post. The failure to hold such a
competition is one of the main complaints about his appointment.


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Tomas Berdych reaches French Open last 16 after straight sets win
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Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych has reached the last 16 of the French
Open men's singles. Berdych, seeded 15, beat US player John Isner in
straight sets: 6:2, 6:2, 6:1 in the third round. The last Czech in the
singles competition now faces Andy Murray, the fourth seed from
Scotland. The two players last faced each other four years ago when
Berdych won.


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Weather
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The weekend will be somewhat cloudy, with rain showers in places.
Daytime highs will reach 20 degrees


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Current Affairs
Czech voters turn away from big parties in general elections
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With 99 percent of the vote counted in the country's general elections
it is increasingly clear that voters have turned away from the two big
parties, the Civic and Social Democrats. Though slightly in the lead
with 22.1 percent of the vote the Social Democrats are disappointed by
the outcome, which makes it impossible for them to form a centre-left
coalition.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/128433

Top Story
Czech voters turn away from big parties in general elections
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With 90 percent of the vote counted in the country's general elections
it is increasingly clear that voters have turned away from the two big
parties, the Civic and Social Democrats. Thought still slightly in the
lead with just under 23 percent of the vote the Social Democrats are
disappointed by the outcome, which will make it extremely difficult for
them to form a centre-left coalition.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/128419


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Current Affairs: Czech voters turn away from big parties in general elections

With 99 percent of the vote counted in the country's general elections it is increasingly clear that voters have turned away from the two big parties, the Civic and Social Democrats. Though slightly in the lead with 22.1 percent of the vote the Social Democrats are disappointed by the outcome, which makes it impossible for them to form a centre-left coalition.

Top Story: Czech voters turn away from big parties in general elections

With 90 percent of the vote counted in the country's general elections it is increasingly clear that voters have turned away from the two big parties, the Civic and Social Democrats. Thought still slightly in the lead with just under 23 percent of the vote the Social Democrats are disappointed by the outcome, which will make it extremely difficult for them to form a centre-left coalition.

Friday, May 28, 2010

News 5.28.2010

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News Friday, May 28th, 2010

By: Jan Richter

* Polling stations around the country have opened for Czechs to vote in
general elections.

* The Czech Republic will sell two million carbon credits to the World
Bank.

* The Czech police have detained 33 members of the Hell's Angels
motorcycle gang.

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Polling stations open for general election
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Some 15,000 polling stations around the country opened at 2 PM on
Friday for Czechs to vote in a two-day general election to the lower
house of Parliament. In the fifth general elections held since the
country's establishment in 1993, 25 parties are contesting 200 seats in
the Chamber of Deputies. Czech President Vaclav Klaus cast his vote in
a Prague polling station on Friday afternoon; Social Demcorat leader
Jiri Paroubek voted in Teplice, north Bohemia, where he's heading his
party ballot, and Civic Democrat leader Petr Necas in his home town of
Roznov pod Radhostem in northern Moravia.

The polling stations will close for the night, and re-open on Saturday
at 8 AM. Czechs have a chance to cast their ballots until 2 PM on that
day. Around 8 million Czech citizens are entitled to vote in the
general elections; in the last four years ago, the turnout was just
below 65 percent.


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Czech Republic to sell carbon credits to World Bank
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The Czech Republic will sell two million carbon credits to the World
Bank, the Czech Environment Ministry said on Friday. The funds will be
used for subsidies of energy saving and renewable energy production,
the ministry said. The World Bank's vice-president for sustainable
development, Katherine Sierra said this was the first time the bank
finances such a programme with its carbon funds. The Czech Republic has
so far sold 75 million carbon credits, most of them to Japan, Austria
and Sweden; 25 million credits are still available for sale.


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Police detain 33 Hells Angels
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The Czech foreigners police on Friday detained 33 members of the Hell's
Angels gang en route to Prague where the group is holding an
international meeting over the weekend. The foreigners, 17 of whom are
Norwegian citizens, had earlier been declared personae non gratae; they
were detained in several locations and will now have to leave the
country.

A police spokeswoman said some 200 people with 150 motorbikes arrived
in Prague on Friday to take part in the meeting. This is the second
time Hell's Angels are meeting in Prague; they first came to the Czech
capital in 2005.


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European Commission investigates J&T
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The European Commission launched an investigation into the Prague-based
finance group J&T for obstructing last year's inspection. In November
2009, the European Commission looked into the group's activities in the
energy sector; J&T together with the Czech state-owned energy giant CEZ
faced accusations of manipulating the market to stifle competition. The
commission is now trying to find out whether J&T provided all requested
materials, and whether they were complete. The European Commission said
several incidents occurred during the inspection resulting in
restricted access to the company's e-mail accounts and other electronic
records.


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Skoda Auto to have new boss
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The German-owned, Czech base carmaker Skoda Audo will have a new boss
as of September, the company said on Friday. The current chair of
Skoda's board of directors, 58-year-old Reinhard Jung, will retire, and
will be replaced by Winfried Vahnland, five years his junior. Mr
Vahland, who joined the Volkswagen corporation in 1990, has been the
head of the firm's branch in China since 2005.


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Czech Republic lags behind EU average in high speed internet
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The Czech Republic lags behind the EU average in penetration of
high-speed internet access, according to a report by the European
Commission released on Friday. The Czech Republic has 19.1 internet
connections per 100 inhabitants, while the EU average is 24.8 percent.
The Czech Republic ranks 18th, which is highest of all post-communist
countries; since last year, the Czech Republic has moved up a notch,
and raised the penetration rate by 2 percent.


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Prague Food Festival kicks off
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The 4th year of the open-air Prague Food Festival opened in the Prague
Castle gardens on Friday. The three-day event features some 30 renowned
Czech chefs and restaurants; besides Czech cuisine, visitors to the
festival can enjoy Asian, Mediterranean, French and kosher dishes,
among others. The terrace-structure of the venue on the southern slopes
of Prague Castle presented organizational difficulties for the
participating restaurants, but that visitors will appreciate the
beautiful environment of the castle gardens.


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Singer-songwriter Jaromir Nohavica performs in London
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Best-selling Czech singer-songwriter Jaromir Nohavica will perform at
London's Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday, as part of the Pulse Festival.
The event presents musicians and bands from the Czech Republic,
Slovakia and other central and Eastern European countries to
commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. The
festival, which started last week and will go on until the end of the
month, also features Czech bands Uz jsme doma and Psi vojaci.


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Tennis: Zakopalova loses to Henin at Rolland Garros
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Czech tennis player Klara Zakopalova lost 6-3, 6-3 to 22nd seed Justine
Henin of Belgium in the second round of the French Open on Friday. The
match was interrupted by dusk and rain on Thursday, with Zakopalova
losing 3:2 in the second set. On Friday, the 28-year-old Czech began by
losing her serve, and eventually lost the match in one hour and 15
minutes. Zakopalova was the last Czech player left in the ladies'
singles at Rolland Garros.


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Sprinter Bolt fails to beat 300 metre world record at Ostrava
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Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt narrowly failed to set a new 300 metres
world record before a sell-out crowd of 22,000 at the Ostrava Golden
Spike meeting on Thursday night. The holder of the world records at 100
and 200 metres ran the distance in 30.97 seconds. The record set in
2000 by Michael Johnson is 30.85 seconds.


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Weather
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The weekend will be somewhat cloudy, with rain showers in places.
Daytime highs will reach 20 degrees centigrade.

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Business News
Business News 5.28.2010
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In this week's Business News: economic confidence continues to recover;
regional rail services battle heads to Brussels; winner of first state
PPP project selected; China fuels Skoda Auto sales surge; and crisis
hits DIY giants.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/128363

Current Affairs
Urban Interventions at DOX gallery in Prague
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A flower market on a giant paddle boat, a floating cycling path along
the Vltava River or a special high-heels lane running across the
cobbled centre of Prague - these are just a few projects created within
the Urban Interventions initiative, which is currently on display in
Prague's Dox gallery. The organizers have asked architects to find ways
of livening up what they see as problematic public spaces in the
capital.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/128374

Current Affairs
2010 election marks third time Czechs abroad able to take part in vote
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This Thursday and Friday marks the third time Czechs abroad - from as
far away as Japan or the US - have been able to take part in the
national election. Polling stations abroad opened at 14 pm on Thursday
- a day earlier than they opened in the Czech Republic. Worldwide as
many as 6,000 Czechs expatriates are expected to cast their ballot.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/128358

Current Affairs
Czechs cast their ballots in general elections
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Czechs are going to the polls to cast their ballot in elections to the
lower house of Parliament. At the end of a long and sometimes
aggressive campaign, the field is still wide open, with neither of the
two main parties, the Social and Civic Democrats, expected to win a
clear majority of the vote.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/128354

Arts
United Flavour: Prague's musical melting pot
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United Flavour is a motley group of musicians formed in Prague in 2004.
The band consists of seven members: lead singer Carmen, who is from
Spain, founder and producer Djei from Ivory Coast, three native Czechs:
Jaro, Standa, and Velocity, as well as Split, who is Slovak, and Bill
from the US.

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Current Affairs: Urban Interventions at DOX gallery in Prague

A flower market on a giant paddle boat, a floating cycling path along the Vltava River or a special high-heels lane running across the cobbled centre of Prague – these are just a few projects created within the Urban Interventions initiative, which is currently on display in Prague's Dox gallery. The organizers have asked architects to find ways of livening up what they see as problematic public spaces in the capital.

Current Affairs: 2010 election marks third time Czechs abroad able to take part in vote

This Thursday and Friday marks the third time Czechs abroad – from as far away as Japan or the US – have been able to take part in the national election. Polling stations abroad opened at 14 pm on Thursday – a day earlier than they opened in the Czech Republic. Worldwide as many as 6,000 Czechs expatriates are expected to cast their ballot.

Current Affairs: Czechs cast their ballots in general elections

Czechs are going to the polls to cast their ballot in elections to the lower house of Parliament. At the end of a long and sometimes aggressive campaign, the field is still wide open, with neither of the two main parties, the Social and Civic Democrats, expected to win a clear majority of the vote.

Arts: United Flavour: Prague's musical melting pot

United Flavour is a motley group of musicians formed in Prague in 2004. The band consists of seven members: lead singer Carmen, who is from Spain, founder and producer Djei from Ivory Coast, three native Czechs: Jaro, Standa, and Velocity, as well as Split, who is Slovak, and Bill from the US.

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2010-05-28 17:16:00
Hryvnia weakens on interbank market before weekend.
Trading on Ukraine's interbank currency market closed on Friday with the
strengthening of foreign currency quotations to UAH 7.9235-7.9255/USD 1 and UAH
9.8152-9.8217/EUR 1.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=119487

2010-05-28 16:32:00
President insists on demarcation of borders with Russia, Belarus till year end.
President Viktor Yanukovych considers necessary to complete demarcation of land
borders with Russia and the border with Belarus until 2011, he said this today
at a meeting on the state of the negotiation process with the EU
associationagreement.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=119496

2010-05-28 14:21:00
Ukraine strengthening work on European integration.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has called on concerned ministries and
agencies to "draw conclusions" due to a slow pace of talks with the European
Union on the creation of a free trade area.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=119493

2010-05-27 17:15:00
World Bank will invest in development of transport infrastructure with better
traffic safety.
The World Bank expressed the need for strengthening road safety in Ukraine,
Patricio Marquez, a leading expert in the health sector of the World Bank's
regional governance for Europe and Central Asia, and the main author of the
report on road safety in Europe and Central Asia, told a pressconference.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=119408

2010-05-27 17:03:00
Debt of Naftogaz to state-owned banks will be restructured.
The Cabinet intends to recommend to the National Bank of Ukraine, together with
OJSC Ukreximbank and OJSC Oschadbank, to take measures to restructure the debts
of Naftogaz of Ukraine on the borrowings, and reduce the cost of loans provided
to the company throughrefinancing.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=119412

2010-05-27 16:54:00
More than 1, 600 hectares of farmland flooded in Transcarpathia.
In Zakarpattia region (west of Ukraine), 1, 630 hectares of agricultural land
remain flooded, the press service of the Ministry of Emergencies reported.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=119405

2010-05-27 16:43:00
NATO membership is not on the agenday of the day.
The issue of Ukrainian membership in NATO is removed from the agenda, Minister
of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Kostiantyn Hryshchenko said while speaking at the
opening of the 11th interagency meeting on coordination of executive bodies'
efforts in the sphere of externalrelations.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=119402

2010-05-27 16:28:00
Ukrainian boxer Vitaliy Klychko to get German award.
Ukrainian heavyweight boxer Vitaliy Klychko will be awarded the Federal Cross of
Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=119398

2010-05-27 16:16:00
Tymoshenko suspects authorities of wanting to enrich themselves under the banner
of rapprochement with Russia.
BYuT leader Yulia Tymoshenko, at a press conference in Kherson (southern
Ukraine), accused the authorities that, while declaring the strengthening of
friendly relations with Russia, they are really hiding their own plans on how to
obtainsuper-profits.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=119393

2010-05-27 16:08:00
Ukrainians adopted 2, 374 children in 2009.
In 2009, the Ukrainians adopted 2, 374 children, which is the biggest number in
the past 7 years. Director of the State Department on Adoption and Protection
of the Rights of the Child, Liudmyla Balym, disclosed this in an interview with
the Zerkalo Nedeliweekly.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=119385


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Dear shristees ,

World Cup fever is intensifying and soon we will be cheering for the English boys in South Africa.

In our special new category 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, you will come to know everything about the teams, matches, and the World Cup venues. Besides this, we also have a World Cup surprise for you (scroll down to Ciao News).

Last-minute shoppers: Visit our TV Category to find the perfect World Cup TV accessories.

FIFA World CUP 2010: let's the games begin!

 


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Member Bonus Incentive Program for the World Cup

Only a few days left!!! On the 11th of June, the World Cup will begin in South Africa.
This doesn't only mean we can watch 64 exciting football matches. It also means numerous hours of TV commentary as well. In order to keep you writing reviews during these 4 weeks of nonstop football competition we thought of a special bonus incentive program for you.

During each qualifying round (preliminaries, final sixteen, quarter finals, semi-finals, 3rd place game and final) in which the English team advances, we will double the incentives for all reviews of pay level one (a *pound symbol will appear beside the product). This way your earnings will be doubled and you will receive more money for your reviews while you enjoy the English team victories. 

And an additional potential bonus for you: If England wins the World Cup, we will extend this program for an extra 14 days after the final.

Enjoy the World Cup: keep your fingers crossed for the English team and hang in there during this intense competition!

   

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Write your World Cup Review and Win an Xbox 360!

From 11th June all video and written review published on ciao.co.uk in this category will participate in a prize draw to win an Xbox 360. At the end of the World Cup, we will choose the funniest and most interesting review and the user who posted it will win the Xbox.

The best of luck and enjoy the World Cup!

*The name will be announced on our community section, Social Media News and Twitter profile on 14th July. Reviews must be uploaded in the system by 12th July.  Priority will be given to original video reviews. Quick reviews will not be considered in this competition. Prizes will be sent to UK addresses/PO Box only. UK members only.

 

Win a HP Mini 210 Vivienne Tam netbooks with Sex and the city 2!

HP is an official sponsor of the Sex & the City 2 film in which some of its stunning 2010 spring collection devices are featured. From June 1st, Bing will be hosting an exciting prize draw to offer participants a chance to win one of the fabulous HP Mini 210 Vivienne Tam Netbooks. These are the ultimate accessories for smart, busy fashionistas.

To participate, you just would need to answer the fashion question of the day on Bing. You can return daily for more chances to win a glamorous HP Netbook PC! Stay tune as the competition will be running until 11th July.

If you have already watched the film, don't forget to write your review on Sex and the City 2!

   

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Around the Ball

Are you interested in the World Cup at all? What do you think about the players' WAGS? Will you be skipping work to watch the matches? It is two weeks until the start of the World Cup and we will need your opinion in the coming pre and post-match talk sessions.

1. Do you agree to the following statement?

3. Which nation has the worst football players' wives?

2. Will your employer make allowances for you to watch games?

4. Do you plan to purchase merchandise or special gadgets before the World Cup?

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South Africa, more than just host of the World Cup

South Africa will be the first African country selected by the FIFA to hold the 2010 football World Cup. What could a tourist traveling to the World Cup expect from the country at the southern border of Africa?

With the help of the World Cup venues, we want to offer you a little preview of the immense mix of culture, nature, and history that fills this country.

Johannesburg

Johannesburg will welcome football fans to both the opening and final game of the tournament. The largest city of South Africa is characterized through its sunny and mostly dry weather. A must see in Johannesburg is the former residence of Nelson Mandela, prior Anti-Apartheid fighter and first black president of the country. Other places you should also visit are: the Gold Reef City amusement park, the Museum Africa, World Heritage Site the Cradle of Humankind and the historical Apartheid Museum.

Durban

The second largest city of South Africa will be the home to seven of the World Cup games and a semi-final. Because of all its beaches and subtropical weather, the town boarding the Indian Ocean at the eastern coast of the country is a true tourist attraction. But not only the surfers feel comfortable here, the town also welcomes everyone looking for cultural attractions. For instance visit one of the largest aquariums at the uShaka Marine World aquarium, go see the City Hall which was built in 1910, go to the Grey Street Mosque which is the biggest mosque in the south hemisphere and stop by the KwaMhule-Museum to learn about the history of race segregation and Zhulu culture.

Cape Town

Eight of the World Cup games and one semi-final will take place in Cape Town, the third largest city of South Africa. This city which is close to the Cape of Good Hope is characterized by its Atlantic Ocean influenced weather, with mildly hot dry summers and slightly wet winters. If you are in Cape Town don't forget to do the following things: a hike through Table Mountain, a visit of the historic castle of Good Hope, a trip to the wine vineyards of Stellenbosch for a tasting or a boat trip to Robben Island where the prison Mandela spent 18 years is located. An insider tip to all couples traveling to Cape Town: How about a spontaneous wedding at the Cape of Good Hope… ;)?

 

Other World Cup Venues

Additional World Cup towns include: PolokwaneNelspruitPretoriaRustenburgBloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.

South Africa has so much more to offer as we could list here. Our advice: use this opportunity of the World Cup to get to know more about this country at the southern tip of Africa.

   

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by Bollinger28 on T he Silk Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex
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by Collingwood21 on Singapore
Ciao-Diamant The Butterfly Effect (Director's Cut) *insert sexy title here*
by costas1234 on Pri Yafata Restaurant, Sofia
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by costas1234 on Pri Yafata Restaurant, Sofia
Ciao-Diamant A great place to watch music
by torr on Roman Holiday (DVD)
Ciao-Diamant You Should Have Saved Them All
by plipplopfromdooyoo on Shutter Island (DVD)
Ciao-Diamant Steaming Up The Kitchen After A Session On The Tiles
by Hishyeness on Ewbank SC1000 Dynamo
Ciao-Diamant Venus Is Yet To Be Doomed...
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Ciao-Diamant Michael Jackson - The Collection
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Member Voice »

   

As the World Cup being the main subject of this newsletter, we would like to know how strong your football knowledge is. Andycharger Ciao user since 2000, a devoted writer on Ciao and a passionate supporter of the three lions, was very kind to tell us his opinion.

 

World Cup Interview


Which team do you believe will win the World Cup?


I think this year will see a return of one of the most successful clubs in World Cup History. Brazil. They don't tend to go more than 1 or 2 world cups without dominating so I think it's time they came to the forefront again.

Which teams will play in the final?

I think the Spanish side is again playing well. I know they have historically failed miserably in the cup but this year I think they have the players to meet brazil, if not beat them.

Who will be the top scoring player of the World Cup?

Providing he is fit, I think it will be Torres. He has a good strike rate and equally good service from his supporting midfielders. Again, it all depends on hisfitness which is looking good.

...And the best player of the competition?

It Probably won't be a player from one of the "big" teams. I am expecting an emerging talent to be spotted from an African team that will play unbelievable football for a month, only to be hunted down by Chelsea/Man utd after the cup. They will pay an extortionate amount to secure the player only to let them rot in the reserves.  It's happened so many times before in big finals. Any one player can have a great few games and then become mediocre again.

Which team will be the biggest disappointment of the Cup?

I think France or Italy. The French literally scrapped their way into the last 32 and the Italians have an aging squad. Experience counts for a lot but I feel the altitude and hot climate is going to take its toll. Less experienced teams may be able to take advantage of this over an entire tournament. The Italians will simply run out of legs!

…And the surprise underdog team will be?

Again, I think it will be African teams. With so called "groups of death" out there, I think you will see both Ghana and Ivory Coast getting through to the last 16 at the expense of Portugal and Serbia.

The English team has already been selected for the World Cup. Which player do you feel is missing and why do you believe he should be in the World Cup?

It's not really a player that is missing from the England team. It's more of a position. Left and right backs seem to be struggling at the moment with the team relying heavily on Ashley Cole. Judging on the defensive talents of Glen Johnson and Leighton Baines, I do worry for the depth of talent in the squad.

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As a result of discussions with our legal team, we have now decided to modify this rule. If a merchant or a shop with products listed on Ciao wants to open a user account, we allow this if the following terms are understood:

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Our aim for allowing merchants/shops to have a user account on Ciao is to provide you with the opportunity to solve issues faster and without the intervention of lawyers or court of law. The fact that merchants/shops get the opportunity to contact unsatisfied clients through their Ciao accounts should hopefully benefit and make things easier for clients.

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