Tuesday, August 31, 2010

News 8.31.2010

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News Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

By: Christian Falvey

* A Czech injured in Monday's shooting incident in Bratislava is
reported to be in serious, but stable condition.

* Leaders of TOP 09 have protested the creation of a state post to
coordinate EU affairs policy.

* The director of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Vaclav Kasik, has
resigned.

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Czech injured in Bratislava shooting incident remains in serious
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The thirty-year-old Czech who was injured in Monday's shooting incident
in Bratislava was operated on and is reported to be in serious, but
stable condition. Police have not disclosed his identity. He was one of
15 people injured in a shooting spree when a man armed with an assault
rifle went on a rampage in the Slovak capital Bratislava, killing six
members of a Roma family and two others who happened to cross his path.
Thirteen people are in hospital, one of them in critical condition. The
shooter, who committed suicide after the attack, is reported to have
had frequent disputes with the local Roma community.


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TOP 09: only PM can coordinate EU policy
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Leaders of the junior coalition party TOP 09 said Tuesday that the
coordination of EU affairs policy cannot be entrusted to a specially
appointed state secretary because the coalition agreement allots that
responsibility to the head of the government. Prime Minister Petr Necas
has planned to establish the post of state secretary for the EU soon,
saying the depth of Czech-EU relations necessitates the post. In the
view of TOP 09 chairman and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg
however, the prime minister is responsible for the coordination of the
country's European policy, while the Foreign Ministry is responsible
for its implementation. Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek, who has
clashed with the PM on other matter in recent weeks, also said that the
powers of the prime minister could not be performed by an appointed
official. Mr Necas called the remarks a sign of pre-election uneasiness.


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Forum 2000 announces guests
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This year's Forum 2000 debate will be attended by Cuban dissident Jose
Luis Garcia Paneque and Iranian lawyer and 2003 Nobel Peace Prize
winner Shirin Ebadi, the organisers have announced. Opposition activist
Garcia Paneque was released from prison this summer after seven years
in prison, 17 months of which he spent in solitary confinement. He
accepted an offer of asylum in Spain in July. Ms Ebadi will be visiting
the forum for the second time; she first came to the Czech capital in
1997. The conference, now in its 14th year under the auspices of
ex-president Vaclav Havel, will take place between October 10 and 12
under the slogan "The World We Want to Live In".


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Director of Czech Philharmonic resigns
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The director of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Vaclav Kasik, has
tendered his resignation to the Ministry of Culture. The resignation
follows months of disputes with the orchestra's artistic council, which
objects to Mr Kasik having been appointed in May without an official
competition being held for the post. Vaclav Kasik headed Czech Radio
for ten years until he was dismissed in 2009 and was brought in to run
the orchestra when the previous director was dismissed for poor
economic management. Minister of Culture Jiri Besser accepted the
resignation on Tuesday and announced a competition for the open
position and also for the directorship of the National Technical
Museum. That institution has also seen several changes of management in
recent weeks based on allegations of corruption.


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Czech Republic will apply for flood relief funding from EU Solidarity
Fund
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Prime Minister Petr Necas says the Czech Republic will be applying for
money from the EU Solidarity Fund to cover damages from recent floods
in the regions of Liberec and Usti nad Labem. The government will be
discussing a joint application with Poland and the German state of
Saxony, both of which were also hard hit by the early-August floods.
The prime minister says that damages have so far reached 6.5 billion
crowns, which does not entitle the country to automatic funding from
the EU. The state has already earmarked 80 million crowns for immediate
aid and a further 665 million for repairs to infrastructure.


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Moravia-Silesia on high flood alert
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Meanwhile, meteorologists have declared a state of high alert in the
region of Moravia-Silesia as persistent rain raises river levels; lower
warning levels are in effect for the regions of Zlin, Liberec and Usti
nad Labem. Up to 120 mm of precipitation is expected in the Beskydy
Mountains in the far east of the Czech Republic, where a level-one
flood warning is in effect on the Lucina River. Engineers opened the
floodgates on all dams in the region on Monday to reduce waterway
levels. Weathermen also warn of strong winds throughout Moravia.


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"King of Poachers" acquitted for lack of evidence
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The Regional Court in Brno has upheld a not guilty verdict for a local
man facing up to five years imprisonment for poaching. Josef Konecny
was dubbed the "King of Poachers" by the media after police found over
1,300 deer trophies worth roughly ten million crowns in his home in
2005. He was acquitted by a district court on lack of evidence however,
pleading that he had collected rather than hunted the trophies; the
District Court upheld that verdict on Tuesday. Mr Konecny's collection
was first discovered after an incident five years ago when he fired
gunshots in the street with an illegal homemade weapon. For comparison,
one of the largest collections of antlers in the Czech Republic, at the
Moravian chateau in Kunstat, consists of 200 sets of antlers.


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Education Minister replaces Soc. Dem. deputy
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Education Minister Josef Dobes has replaced his deputy for general,
specialised and other education for political reasons. Though a long
time employee at the Education Ministry, the presence of Social
Democrat Petr Spirhanzl in the Public Affairs minister's inner circle
was apparently criticised by both parties. Mr Spirhanzl will remain at
the ministry in another position. The new deputy, Ladislav Nemec, will
be responsible for starting up state leaving exams, dealing with
declining numbers of secondary school students and preparing new
comparative exams for grades five through nine.


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Army General Staff burglar charged, faces two years
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A man who was caught on camera burgling the Army General Staff building
in July has been charged with attempted robbery and wilful damage to
property. If convicted he will face up to two years in prison. Police
were notified of the man's identity by his wife, who recognised him on
televised security camera footage. While some media at the time of the
burglary suspected the involvement of foreign spies, nothing was stolen
from the building and only several doors were damaged. The incident
resulted in the Military Police reassuming the task of monitoring the
building.


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Poll shows TOP 09 up, Public Affairs down
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A new poll conducted by the agency Factum Invenio suggests different
parliamentary election results for the parties TOP 09 and Public
Affairs in the vote were held today. While the poll showed roughly
similar results to those attained by the Social Democratic (-1.3%) and
Civic Democratic (-0.1%) parties in May, TOP 09 received 19.6% of the
mock election result, an improvement of some 3 points, while Public
Affairs' popularity dwindled by 3% to 7.9. The communist vote also
increased to 13.4% of the vote. No other parties exceeded 3%.


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Weather
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Conditions over the coming days are expected to be cloudy and rainy
with highs of 13 to 17o Celsius.

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Current Affairs
Czechs hunters frustrated over "King of Poachers" walking free
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A court in Brno did not find enough evidence on Tuesday to convict a
man dubbed "the King of Poachers". The man, who had more than 1,300
hunting trophies in his home, claimed he inherited them. The verdict
has upset Czech hunters who say that under the current Czech law, it's
extremely difficult to convict poachers even if they are caught
red-handed.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/131250

Current Affairs
Prague Zoo confirms position as leading breeder of Komodo dragons in
captivity
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In the wild there are reportedly only around 5,000 Komodo dragons left,
found in eastern Indonesia. But Prague Zoo has enjoyed continued
success in breeding the endangered lizard in captivity. Over the last
few days, the zoo saw the successful hatching of 20 new specimens, the
offspring of a female known as Aranka. What's more, viewers were able
to watch the entire hatching process online. Radio Prague's Jan
Velinger spoke to the zoo's spokeswoman Jana Ptacinska-Jiratova, who
told me more about the successful hatchings:

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/131249

Current Affairs
Czech seriously injured in Bratislava killing-spree
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The Slovak capital Bratislava on Monday experienced one of the worst
cases of violence in years when a lone gunman went on a rampage killing
8 people and injuring 15 others before turning the weapon on himself.
One of the injured is a 30-year-old Czech national who is reported to
be in serious condition.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/131244

Talking Point
Controversy reigns around camp for hard core homeless
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A storm of outrage erupted in mid August when Prague city council gave
the green light for a camp to be created for the capital's homeless.
Human rights groups said it was a throwback to a darker era, non-profit
groups argued the step would simply not work. This week's Talking Point
looks at the arguments stirred up about the homeless camp.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/131226


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Current Affairs: Czechs hunters frustrated over "King of Poachers" walking free

A court in Brno did not find enough evidence on Tuesday to convict a man dubbed "the King of Poachers". The man, who had more than 1,300 hunting trophies in his home, claimed he inherited them. The verdict has upset Czech hunters who say that under the current Czech law, it's extremely difficult to convict poachers even if they are caught red-handed.

Current Affairs: Prague Zoo confirms position as leading breeder of Komodo dragons in captivity

In the wild there are reportedly only around 5,000 Komodo dragons left, found in eastern Indonesia. But Prague Zoo has enjoyed continued success in breeding the endangered lizard in captivity. Over the last few days, the zoo saw the successful hatching of 20 new specimens, the offspring of a female known as Aranka. What's more, viewers were able to watch the entire hatching process online. Radio Prague's Jan Velinger spoke to the zoo's spokeswoman Jana Ptačinská-Jirátová, who told me more about the successful hatchings:

Current Affairs: Czech seriously injured in Bratislava killing-spree

The Slovak capital Bratislava on Monday experienced one of the worst cases of violence in years when a lone gunman went on a rampage killing 8 people and injuring 15 others before turning the weapon on himself. One of the injured is a 30-year-old Czech national who is reported to be in serious condition.

Talking Point: Controversy reigns around camp for hard core homeless

A storm of outrage erupted in mid August when Prague city council gave the green light for a camp to be created for the capital's homeless. Human rights groups said it was a throwback to a darker era, non-profit groups argued the step would simply not work. This week's Talking Point looks at the arguments stirred up about the homeless camp.

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2010-08-31 16:41:00
Ukrainian chairmanship of Council of Europe Committee of Ministers is important
and responsible mission.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryshchenko has chaired the first
(constituent) meeting of the Organizing Committee for the Ukrainian Chairmanship
of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, according to the Foreign
Ministry Information PolicyDepartment.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=127025

2010-08-31 16:12:00
Euro keeps at 10 UAH on Interbank.
Trading on interbank currency market of Ukraine finished in a range of
7.8865-7.8895 UAH/USD.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=127014

2010-08-31 16:02:00
President predicts great sporting future for winners of Youth Olympic Games.
President Viktor Yanukovych believes that the winners of the 1st Singapore 2010
Youth Olympic Games face a great sporting future, he said this at a meeting with
the young athletes who have won 35 medals in Singapore, of which 10 gold, 9
silver and 16bronze.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=127011

2010-08-31 14:47:00
Airlines increase traffic.
Ukrainian airlines have increased the carriage of passengers by 14% to 3.2
million people in seven months in 2010 compared to the same period in 2009, the
press service of the Ministry of Transport and Communicationreported.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=127026

2010-08-31 14:37:00
Wolodymyr Klychko excludes possible defeat from Samuel Peter.
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wolodymyr Klychko of Ukraine, who will face
Nigerian Samuel Peter on September 11, has even no thought of losing, he told
the Allboxing.Ru. forum.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=127024

2010-08-31 14:24:00
Odesa hosts Contemporary Art Biennale.
The 2nd Contemporary Art Biennale has got underway in Ukraine's southern city of
Odesa involving more than 100 painters from Odesa, as well as Russia, Germany
and Sweden.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=127018

2010-08-31 12:27:00
Emissions 6% up.
Emissions from the stationary sources of pollution into the air basin of Ukraine
in the first half of the year increased by 5.7% and amounted to 2 million tons
of harmful substances. Last year there were 108.3 thousand tons less harmful
substances, the Gazeta-po-Kievski publicationsays.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=127022

2010-08-31 12:18:00
Kolesnikov: Ukraine will spend not more than EUR 5 bln on EURO 2012
preparations.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister in charge of preparations for UEFA EURO 2012
Borys Kolesnikov believes that Ukraine will spend no more than EUR 5 billion on
preparations for hosting the finals of the European football championship. He
announced this in an interview with the Gazeta po-Kievskinewspaper.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=127017

2010-08-31 11:13:00
Expert says China plays crucial role in military-technical cooperation.
The first state visit of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to China,
scheduled for September 2-5, will be crucial for the intensification and
development of military-technical cooperation between the twocountries.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=127016

2010-08-31 09:53:00
Book production decreased in Ukraine.
During eight months of this year, book publishing in Ukraine decreased by 1, 824
items, and circulation decreased by 6 million 643.1 thousand copies. This fall
in comparison with the same period last year is seen from operative data of the
Book Chamber ofUkraine.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=127010


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RCI Cyberjournal

Another Canadian dies in Afghan campaign


Opposition party wrestles to save gun registry


Oilsands said polluting Alberta waterway

KANDAHAR: 152ND CANADIAN KILLED

The Canadian military says a soldier who was injured in a roadside blast in Afghanistan on Aug. 22 has died in hospital in Germany. Cpl. Brian Pinksen and another soldier were hurt by an IED west of Kandahar. He's the first Canadian fatality since July 20. One-hundred-and-fifty-two Canadian troops have been killed in Afghanistan since the mission there began in 2002.

OTTAWA: NDP CHIEF SEEK GUN REGISTRY COMPROMISE

The leader of Canada's opposition New Democratic Party is seeking a legislative compromise to save the federal registry for rifles and shotguns. Jack Layton wants to present legislation that would address complaints about the long-gun registry and avoid a vote on a private member's bill that would abolish it. It's unclear whether Mr. Layton's bill could be presented and pass three readings in the House of Commons before a vote on a Conservative Party MP's bill reaches a vote at the end of September. The bill passed second reading last fall by a vote of 164-137 because 12 New Democrats and eight Liberals voted with the minority Conservative government. The Liberals intend to impose party discipline on their MPs in the last reading, which leaves the fate of the registry in the hands of the NDP's legislators. The government wants to abolish the registry as expensive and inefficient. Police lobbies insist it saves lives.

CALGARY: OILSANDS POLLUTING RIVER

Research has been published concerning the oilsands industry in the western Canadian province of Alberta which claims it is polluting one of its major rivers. The study by two University of Alberta scientists says the industry is dumping major amounts of toxins including lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic into the Athabasca. The river flows in northeastern Alberta where the oilsands are located. Scientists Erin Kelly and David Schindler published their findings in the American scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Mr. Schindler says the results should be a warning call to the Alberta to consider limits on oil sands development.

TORONTO: PASSENGERS RESCUED IN ARCTIC

Almost 130 passengers have been rescued after spending two days stranded aboard their cruise ship in the Canadian Arctic. The vessel ran aground Friday night in Coronation Gulf in western Nunavut. The passengers were transferred to a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker. The 69 crew members will remain aboard the grounded vessel until further notice.


NORTH KOREA

U.S. President Barack Obama has frozen the U.S. assets of three North Korean entities and one individual as punishment in part for the sinking of a South Korean warship last March. The president signed an executive order widening existing sanctions to allow the U.S. to pursue the assets of North Korean financial entities that engage in the conventional arms trade and luxury products and that counterfeit U.S. currency. The sanctions can also be applied against companies involved in North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs. The new measures were outlined in July by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

SOUTH AFRICA

South African President Jacob Zuma has ordered his ministers to negotiate an immediate end to the three-week-old public sector strike. About 1.3 million teachers, nurses and clerks are off the job. The Congress of South African Trade Unions has threatened to widen the walkout to all of its member unions later in the week. The union wants a pay increase of 8.6 per cent. That's double the country's inflation rate.

SUDAN

The government of southern Sudan says it will stop using child soldiers by the end of the year. The Sudan People's Liberation Army says it won't recruit any more children because it's no longer at war. Sudan's civil war ended in 2005 after more than two million people were killed. The UN says that more than 22,000 children recruited as soldiers have been returned to civilian life but that 900 are still serving in the military. The south will vote in a referendum on political sovereignty next January.

SOMALIA

The African Union says four Ugandan soldiers were killed and eight others injured when a mortar shell fired by Somali insurgents hit their position in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. The AU has deployed 6,000 Ugandan and Burundian peacekeeping troops to protect Somalia's embattled government. The government controls only a small part of the city. The latest battles in Mogadishu have impelled President Sharik Sheikh Ahmed to call for international assistance. He says Somalia's government should receive the same help in fighting insurgency as are those of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.

ECUADOR

A bus accident has killed 38 passengers in Ecuador, the worst accident of its kind in that country in many years. The bus was heading to the capital, Quito, when it left the road in the central province of Cotopaxi on Sunday. Twelve other people were injured. Rescue workers looked for survivors on the steep cliffs around Lake Yambo. The cause of the accident is under investigation.


NEW DELHI: BLACKBERRY MAKER YIELDS TO SECURITY DEMANDS

India's interior ministry says the Canadian manufacturer of the BlackBerry smartphone device has agreed to grant the country's security agencies access to secure data starting on Sept. 1. The ministry says Research in Motion has offered the government several proposals and that their feasibility will be assessed over a two-month period. The government it requires access to the BlackBerry's email and instant messaging services to prevent them from being used by terrorists to plan and to mount attacks. Terrorists used mobile phones in planning and carrying out the Mumbai attacks in 2008 that left 168 dead.

MARKETS

TSX on Monday: 11,889, down 9. Canadian dollar: US94. Euro: $1.34. Oil: $US74.50, down .67.


BASKETBALL

Canada has Monday off at the world basketball championships after opening the tournament with two losses over the weekend. The Canadians will try to enter the win column tomorrow when they face France.

SKATING

John-Paul Cody-Cox has been named the new chief
executive officer of Speed Skating Canada.
The Halifax native replaces Jean Dupre, who left the organization
after 15 years to become the chief executive officer of the Canadian
Olympic Committee in April.

SQUASH

Four-time Canadian men's champion Shahier Razik and
three-time women's champion Alana Miller will lead Canada's squash
team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Since squash is not on the Olympic program, the Oct. 3-14
Commonwealth Games in New Delhi are considered one of the top events
on the international squash calendar.


Weather

British Columbia on Tuesday, rain, high C15 Vancouver. Yukon, Nunavut: rain. Northwest Territories: sun. Whitehorse 15, Yellowknife 16, Iqaluit 9. Alberta: rain north, sun south. Saskatchewan: rain north, mix sun cloud south. Manitoba: rain. Edmonton, Regina 16, Winnipeg 19. Ontario: rain north, sun south. Quebec: sun. Toronto, Ottawa 33, Montreal 31. New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador: rain. Nova Scotia: sun. Fredericton 33, Halifax 32, Charlottetown 27, St. John's 18.

Monday, August 30, 2010

News 8.30.2010

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News Monday, August 30th, 2010

By: Daniela Lazarova

* A man armed with an assault rifle went on a rampage in the Slovak
capital Bratislava on Monday killing eight people and injuring 15,
among them a Czech national.

* The prime minister has called for a tougher labour code than that
proposed by the labour and social affairs minister.

* A growing number of public sector employees say they will join the
planned anti-government protest on September 21st.

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Czech national injured in Bratislava shooting incident
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A man armed with an assault rifle went on a rampage in the Slovak
capital Bratislava on Monday killing eight people and injuring 15,
among them a Czech national. The shooting spree started shortly after
10am in the apartment of a Roma family where the gunman killed 6
people. He then left the apartment and according to one witness started
to shoot "at everything that moved". Police have refused to speculate
about a racist motive. Thirteen people are in hospital, one of them in
critical condition. A spokeswoman for the Teaching Hospital in
Bratislava has confirmed that a Czech national is among the injured,
but not further information has been made available.


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PM calling for tougher labour code
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Prime Minster Petr Necas has called for a tougher labour code than that
proposed by the labour and social affairs minister, Jaromir Drabek. In
an interview for the business daily Hospodarske Noviny the prime
minister said the proposal did not go far enough in giving employers
greater flexibility. Mr. Necas, who himself served as labour minister
in the previous government, has suggested among other things that
employers should be able to fire an employee without stating a reason
other than general dissatisfaction with performance, that the
two-months notice period should be shorted to one month and that the
standard three-month trial period should be extended to four months.


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More public sector workers join anti-government protest
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A growing number of public sector employees say they will join the
planned anti-government protest action on September 21st. The
demonstration originally called by police and firemen's trade unions
will be joined by soldiers, teachers and health workers. They are
protesting against the government's plans to introduce a 10 percent
wage cut, lay off employees and amend the labour code in a way that
will restrict employees' rights.


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Thousands in construction industry may lose jobs
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Planned cuts to investments in 2010 may bring the construction industry
to its knees, the Association of Construction Firms said on Monday.
According to the latest estimates of the Czech Business Chamber around
40,000 people in the construction industry may lose their jobs in the
coming year. The construction business will be severely impacted by the
Transport Ministry's decision to freeze all non-essential building
projects. Cuts in 2009, which the finance minister described as a
"warm-up" resulted in a 40 percent drop in public orders in the first
half of this year.


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Czech banks remain resilient to risks
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The Czech banking sector would not be jeopardised even in the case of
very unfavourable economic and financial development, the central bank
said on its website referring to the outcome of new stress tests in
August. The banking sector��s capital adequacy would remain above 8
percent, the minimum required by the central bank, in all scenarios of
potential economic development. Capital adequacy of the banking sector
reached nearly 15 percent at end-June.


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PM: Czechs should have been invited to ministerial meeting in Paris
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Prime Minister Petr Necas on Monday criticized the French authorities
for failing to invite the Czech Republic, as well as a number of other
EU member states, to a ministerial meeting in Paris that is to discuss
the expulsion of Bulgarian and Romanian Romanies from France. The
meeting is due next Monday when Czech Foreign Minister Karel
Schwarzenberg is scheduled to pay an official visit to Paris. Mr. Necas
said the selection of participants was a display of contempt and
arrogance that does not further good relations among EU countries.
Romania and Bulgaria, whom the problem directly concerns, have not been
invited either. In an interview for Saturday's daily Lidove noviny the
Czech foreign minister criticized the ongoing expulsions. He said it
was impossible not to suspect that a racist perspective played a role
in the expulsions and added that they were contrary to the spirit and
rules of the 27-strong European Union. He later softened his stand.


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Czech Foreign Ministry may close down more embassies to cut costs
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The Czech Foreign Ministry is laying off 250 employees and may be
forced to close down more embassies in order to meet the government's
cost-cutting measures in 2010, Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg
said at a meeting with Czech ambassadors in Prague on Monday. The
government recently approved plans to close down the country's
embassies in Congo, Venezuela, Kenya, Yemen and Costa Rica. A decision
on whether more embassies will need to be closed should be made by
mid-September.


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Grand Pardubice Steeple Chase to take place as planned
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The organizers of the Grand Pardubice Steeple Chase have rejected
rumors that this year's event is to be cancelled due to financial
problems. Miroslav Petran, head of the board of directors of the Czech
Horseracing Association, said the 114th annual steeple chase would take
place as planned on October 10, despite the ongoing financial
difficulties. He said this was possible thanks to the generosity of
several of the biggest shareholders who had boosted the association's
finances with a million crown loan.


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Czechs' trust in EU institutions slipping, but still above EU average
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A Eurobarometer poll indicates that Czechs' trust in European
institutions is slipping. A similar trend is discernable across the EU
and is being attributed to the impact of the global crisis. The number
of Czechs who profess to trust EU institutions is now at 50 percent,
down by nine percent as compared to last year. Despite the fall, the
Czechs still trust EU institutions more than the EU average which is
now down to a mere 42 percent.


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Eight killed on Czech roads over weekend
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Eight people died on the Czech roads over the weekend according to
preliminary figures in spite of stepped up police controls for the last
day of the summer holidays. A year earlier, the death toll was five.
Police stepped up controls on motorists to accompany an expected rush
back home at the end of the summer. Around 155 people died on Czech
roads during the holiday period according to initial figures.


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Czech Railways to compensate passengers for delays of intercity trains
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Czech Railways will in future compensate passengers on SuperCity,
EuroCity and InterCity trains for delays or failure to provide the
expected comforts, such as air conditioning, the internet news site
iDnes.cz reported on Monday. Compensation will be paid to travelers
with tickets worth over 300 Czech crowns, In-gold and In-gold business
passes. The company has stressed it would only compensate passengers
for delays or poor service for which it can be held directly
responsible. Delays caused by floods, an accident or bad weather will
not be compensated.


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Weather
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The coming days are expected to be cold and rainy with day temperatures
between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius. A gradual warming can be expected in
the second half of the week with skies gradually clearing and
temperatures climbing back to the20s.

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One on One
Czech Foreign Ministry lacks African strategy, says expert Marie Imbrova
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Czech-African relations went through a downturn after the fall of
communism, and might suffer another blow as the Czech Foreign Ministry
has announced the closure of Czech embassies in Congo and Kenya. In
this edition of One on One, we talk to Marie Imbrova, an African
studies expert and a former diplomat, who spent eight years at Czech
embassies in Kenya and Zimbabwe. She has continued visiting Zimbabwe
even after she left the Foreign Ministry, and she is involved in
several development projects there. During her sojourn in Africa, she
also developed a passion for modern African art.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/131218

Sports News
Sports News 8.30.2010
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In Sports News this Monday: in tennis, the US Open kicks off with two
main Czech hopefuls; in football, Sparta Prague are eliminated from the
Champions League and will only play in the second level club
competition this season; in motor-racing, Freddy Loix with Skoda takes
the title at the Barum Rally Zlin, and Czechs do fairly well at the
2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/131205

Current Affairs
Transport minister wants fines for speeding to be pegged to personal
wealth
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The country's transport minister, Vit Barta, has set off new debate
over how to clamp down on dangerous drivers: the idea - floated at the
weekend - is that speeding fines in the Czech Republic could be pegged
to motorists' personal wealth, similar to systems in currently in place
in Finland or Switzerland. The threat of high fines would theoretically
lead owners of powerful luxury cars - who currently ignore speed limits
- to think twice.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/131201

Current Affairs
Czech Foreign Minister's comments over Roma expulsion rack up tension
between Prague and Paris
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A very undiplomatic spat has blown up between Prague and Paris. The
fuse was lit by Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg who said
that France's ongoing expulsion of Roma, or gypsies, from camps across
the country smacked of racism.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/131199


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One on One: Czech Foreign Ministry lacks African strategy, says expert Marie Imbrová

Czech–African relations went through a downturn after the fall of communism, and might suffer another blow as the Czech Foreign Ministry has announced the closure of Czech embassies in Congo and Kenya. In this edition of One on One, we talk to Marie Imbrová, an African studies expert and a former diplomat, who spent eight years at Czech embassies in Kenya and Zimbabwe. She has continued visiting Zimbabwe even after she left the Foreign Ministry, and she is involved in several development projects there. During her sojourn in Africa, she also developed a passion for modern African art.

Sports News: Sports News 8.30.2010

In Sports News this Monday: in tennis, the US Open kicks off with two main Czech hopefuls; in football, Sparta Prague are eliminated from the Champions League and will only play in the second level club competition this season; in motor-racing, Freddy Loix with Škoda takes the title at the Barum Rally Zlín, and Czechs do fairly well at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore.

Current Affairs: Transport minister wants fines for speeding to be pegged to personal wealth

The country's transport minister, Vít Bárta, has set off new debate over how to clamp down on dangerous drivers: the idea – floated at the weekend – is that speeding fines in the Czech Republic could be pegged to motorists' personal wealth, similar to systems in currently in place in Finland or Switzerland. The threat of high fines would theoretically lead owners of powerful luxury cars - who currently ignore speed limits - to think twice.

Current Affairs: Czech Foreign Minister's comments over Roma expulsion rack up tension between Prague and Paris

A very undiplomatic spat has blown up between Prague and Paris. The fuse was lit by Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg who said that France's ongoing expulsion of Roma, or gypsies, from camps across the country smacked of racism.

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2010-08-30 16:33:00
New stage opens in relations between Ukraine and Germany.
Integration with the European Union is a strategic direction for Ukraine,
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said this after talks with German Federal
Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Monday.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=126933

2010-08-30 16:31:00
Sugar-making season begins in Ukraine.
Ukraine has launched the first in this season sugar refinery, Deputy Minister of
Agrarian Policy Yevhen Lavrov says.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=126931

2010-08-30 16:12:00
Ukraine's badminton players win gold medals at tournament in Dnipropetrovsk.
A female pair of Ukrainian badminton players, Natalia Holovkina and Olha
Nadtochiy, have taken first place at an international tournament in the eastern
Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=126923

2010-08-30 15:28:00
Presidential, parliamentary elections should be synchronized.
The election of the president and the parliament should be synchronized in time.
This opinion was expressed by the chairman of the Ukrainian parliament,
Volodymyr Lytvyn.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=126930

2010-08-30 15:14:00
Deputy Premier Kolesnikov estimates shadow economy at 55-60%.
Deputy Prime Minister Borys Kolesnikov estimated the proportion of shadow
economy at 55-60%, he said this in an interview for the Dzerkalo Tyzhnia
newspaper (The Mirror Weekly).
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=126925

2010-08-30 14:18:00
NERC raises retail electricity tariffs for September.
The National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) of Ukraine has increased
retail electricity tariffs for September 2010 for the consumers of energy
supplying companies compared to August 2010 by 1.03-2%, or 0.7-1.08 kopecks per
kWh, to 55.27-68.6 kopecks per kWh (not including VAT, UAH 7.89/USD1).
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=126927

2010-08-30 12:25:00
UEFA EURO 2012 official mascot to be unveiled on November 16.
An official mascot for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship will be
presented on November 2010, UEFA EURO 2012 director Martin Kallen said at the
opening of the new air terminal in Kharkiv on Saturday.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=126929

2010-08-30 11:30:00
President Yanukovych leaves for visit to Germany.
During the one-day visit, the Ukrainian President is scheduled to meet with
Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, Federal President Christian Wolf,
Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs GuidoWesterwelle.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=126887

2010-08-30 11:23:00
Berlin to unveil Lesia Ukrainka memorial plaque.
A memorial plaque to Ukrainian poetess Lesia Ukrainka (Larysa Kosach-Kvitka)
will be set in Berlin, information from the chairman of the Central Union of
Ukrainians in Germany and project initiator LiudmylaMlosh.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=126885

2010-08-30 11:11:00
Ukraine became world champion in fire-rescue sports.
Ukraine's national team first won the 6th World Championship in Fire and Rescue
Sports, which was held at the Olympic Stadium in Donetsk (eastern Ukraine).
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=126882


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RCI Cyberjournal

Suspect's role in terrorism probe remains unclear.


Investigation will study shale gas exploration.


Storm sends Titanic expedition home.

OTTAWA: SUSPECT'S ROLE IN TERRORISM PROBE REMAINS UNCLEAR

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police continued on Sunday to decline official comment on the status of a man arrested two days earlier in Ottawa. Initial reports said that he was the fourth person to be arrested that week as part of an operation aimed at terrorist suspects. The first three suspects have been charged with facilitating terrorism, but the fourth person was described only as a 20-year-old man. At an initial court appearance in Ottawa on Saturday, he was told that he could be released on bail, but on Sunday, the man was arraigned in court on domestic assault charges. He'll be held at least until Tuesday. A publication ban covers the proceedings that took place in the courtroom.

MONTREAL: INVESTIGATION TO STUDY SHALE GAS EXPLORATION

Environmentalists are criticizing the extent of a provincial probe into Quebec's shale gas exploration. The environmentalists say that the government needs to go further to control the growing industry. They are calling for a moratorium on all shale gas projects. Shale gas exploration has the potential to contaminate groundwater. Shale gas is a form of natural gas trapped in sedimentary rock formations. A new bill to regulate the industry will be tabled in Quebec's National Assembly next spring.

TORONTO: STORM SENDS TITANIC EXPEDITION HOME

Hurricane Danielle threatened on Sunday to cause high seas and winds in the North Atlantic, forcing explorers to interrupt their mission to photograph the wreck of the Titanic. Danielle was expected to hit an area close to the expedition's work area. The expedition left St. John's, Newfoundland earlier this month. Researchers were using robots to take photographs and video of the wreck. They intend to return after a few days.

SURREY: SIKH MAN SHOT DURING WEDDING

A man was shot in the leg during a wedding at a Sikh temple in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey, British Columbia. Police say the shooting in the temple parking lot appeared to be the result of a long-standing feud. The victim was recovering from his wound.


PAKISTAN

Pakistani troops and workers tried on Sunday to prevent floodwaters from inundating the city of Thatta. Hundreds of thousands of residents have already fled the city. Soldiers were trying to repair levees that were breached on the local river. Floodwaters on Sunday were still about two kilometres from the city. The road linking Thatta with the town of Sujawal had been flooded and closed to all traffic. The floods caused by severe monsoons have affected millions of people in northern Pakistan and threaten to affect many more in the south. Aid agencies are worried about the growing danger of malnutrition and water-borne disease.

AFGHANISTAN

Six American soldiers were killed over the weekend in a wave of Taliban attacks and bomb explosions in Afghanistan's most volatile regions. Three soldiers were killed in two separate battles in eastern Afghanistan. Two others died in an improvised bomb attack in the south on the same day. A sixth died in another battle.

UNITED STATES

The United States on Sunday marked the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's flooding of New Orleans. At a speech in New Orleans, U.S. President Barack
Obama promised that his administration would work to rebuild the city and to ensure that defensive levees would adequately protect the city from future hurricanes. The construction of new levees is expected to be finished by 2012.

HONG KONG

About eighty thousand people in Hong Kong marched on Sunday in honour of eight local residents who were killed in Manila earlier this week during a bus hijacking. Three of the victims were Canadian citizens. A Canadian was also among three others seriously wounded. The marchers denounced the Philippines' government for its handling of the rescue operation. A former policeman who hijacked the bus was eventually killed by security agents.

INDONESIA

A volcano in western Indonesia has erupted for the first time in some 400 years. Mount Sinabung spewed hot lava and sand high into the sky early on Sunday. The minor eruption stopped later in the day. It caused no major damage but left volcanic dust on plants and trees. The government has distributed 7,000 masks to refugees. Public kitchens were set up.

NIGERIA

A son of Nigeria's former prime minister was rescued from his kidnappers on Sunday in a gun battle. Jhalil Tafawa Balewa was abducted on Friday and taken to a forest in Katampe, near Abuja. Police found him and engaged in a shootout with his abductors. Abuja police chief John Haruna said that the kidnappers had backing from suspects whom he declined to name. The kidnappers had demanded a large ransom. Mr. Tafawa Balewa heads a prominent support group for President Goodluck Jonathan.

VATICAN

Pope Benedict said that he was praying for the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground following a mine cavein. He urged them to remain calm while efforts continue to free them. A rescue tunnel is expected to take three months to build. The Pope assured the men and their families that he was praying for a happy conclusion to their ordeal. He was speaking in Spanish to pilgrims gathered in the courtyard of the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

CHINA

Unconfirmed reports say that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il visited China's northeastern city of Harbin on Sunday. The South Korean Yonhap news agency reports that Mr. Kim toured a historic site commemorating his father's
communist movement. Mr. Kim's father, Kim Il Sung, engaged in anti-Japanese guerrilla warfare in Harbin during Japan's colonial occupation. Yonhap said that Mr. Kim would likely depart from Harbin later Sunday or early Monday. China has declined to confirm Mr. Kim's latest visit, and North Korea announces his trips only after his return home. Reporters have followed a 35-vehicle motorcade around several cities in northeast China in the belief that Mr. Kim is among the passengers.


GOLF

American Michelle Wie won the CN Canadian Women's Open in Winnipeg on Sunday by a three-stroke margin, finishing 12-under par at the St. Charles Country Club. Jiyai Shin of South Korea tied for second with American Kristy McPherson, Suzann Pettersen of Norway and Jee Lee Young from South Korea. Canadian Lorie Kane finished tied for 11th.

BASEBALL

The Detroit Tigers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 10-4, on Sunday.

BASKETBALL

Lithuania defeated Canada, 70-68, on Sunday in a preliminary round at the world basketball championships in Ismir, Turkey.

AUTO RACING

Canadian Andrew Ranger slammed American Jason Bowles on the final lap to win the NAPA Autopro 100 NASCAR Canadian Tire race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday. Canadian Robin Buck was third.


Weather

Here is Canada's weather on Monday. British Columbia will have variable cloudiness. The high temperature in Vancouver will be 21 degrees Celsius. The Yukon: variable cloudiness. Whitehorse, 16. Northwest Territories: sunny. Yellowknife, 15. Nunavut: cloudy. Iqaluit, 11. Alberta: overcast. Edmonton, 13. Saskatchewan: rain. Regina, 18. Manitoba: sunny periods. Winnipeg, 26. Ontario: mainly sunny. Toronto, 33. Ottawa, 33. Quebec: sunny. Montreal, 31. New Brunswick: mainly sunny. Fredericton, 32. Nova Scotia: sunny. Halifax, 30. Prince Edward Island: variable cloudiness. Charlottetown, 23. Newfoundland: mainly sunny. St. John's, 23.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

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News Sunday, August 29th, 2010

By: Chris Johnstone

* The Minister of Transport Vit Barta has called for a revolution in
motorists' fines with their level based on the ability to pay.

* Police have stepped up traffic checks for the expected Sunday rush
back from holidays.

* Prime Minister Petr Necas has said his Foreign Minister's comments
about apparent French racism over Roma expulsions were rash.

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Transport Minister calls for wealth related traffic fines
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Transport Minister Vit Barta has called for motorists' fines to be
related to their ability to pay. Mr. Barta has apparently been inspired
by the systems in Switzerland and Finland where such wealth related
penalties exit. He says such fines could help stop Czech roads being a
Wild West for rich young drivers.

Although the police have welcomed the idea, it has been given a cool
response from the two other government coalition parties, TOP 09 and
the Civic Democrats. Prime Minister Petr Necas said on Sunday he was
opposed to the idea. Fears have also been raised that such a step might
be unconstitutional because it infringes the principle of equal
treatment before the law. The minister wants to table his proposal by
the end of the year.


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Police boost traffic checks ahead of end of holiday rush
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Police have stepped up controls on motorists to accompany an expected
rush back home following holidays. Sunday is the last day of the
traditional holiday period with heavy traffic expected. Police say
checks will be carried out on motorists at 110 points across the
country. In Prague, police have also called up a helicopter to help
them stop congestion and pinpoint dangerous drivers. Around 155 people
died on Czech roads during the holiday period according to initial
figures.


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Prime Minister says 'racist' comments of Foreign Minister were rash
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Prime Minister Petr Necas distanced himself on Sunday from reported
comments of Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg about the French
expulsions of Roma or gypsies originally from Romania. Mr.
Schwarzenberg was reported by the Lidove noviny newspaper on Saturday
to have said it was impossible not to suspect that a racist perspective
played a role in the ongoing expulsions. He also said the move was
against the spirit and position of the European Union.

The Czech Foreign Minister later told Czech Television that he said the
actions gave an outward impression of racism but that he had not
described them as racist.

Mr. Necas said the comments were rash and that he saw no racist subtext
in the expulsions which have been championed by French president
Nicolas Sarkozy.


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Prime Minister estimates up to eight percent reduction in public
employees
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Prime Minister Petr Necas has estimated that between five and eight
percent of state workers will leave their jobs due to proposed budget
cuts next year. Cuts of 10 percent have been demanded in ministry
budgets. The Prime Minister said there was a choice between across the
board pay cuts of 10 percent or a 10 percent cut in employee numbers.
He reckoned that most ministries would opt for a mix of the above but
that there would be a bigger emphasis on job cuts. The 2011 budget will
start to be debated in the lower house of parliament in October. The
government programme calls for cuts across the public sector with the
exception of teachers.


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Rock fans disappointed at Ripfest
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Thousands of rock fans were left disappointed by the one day festival
Ripfest 2010 which culminated with an appearance by rock legend Ozzy
Osbourne just before midnight on Saturday. Fans were disappointed that
the Black Sabbath member only sang for around an hour instead of the
expected 90 minutes. The appearance of former Uriah Heep member Ken
Hensley was also cut short. Technical problems due to rain disrupted
the programme. Osbourne was launching an 11-stop European tour at the
Czech festival and also promoting his new album, Scream.


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Czech Finance Minister seeks to clamp down on tax fraud on fuel
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Czech Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek said on Sunday that he had
submitted a demand for European Union authorities to give him fast
track approval for a change in the rules for VAT charged on motor
fuels. Mr. Kalousek said the state was currently losing around 8.0
billion crowns a year through fraud on VAT payments on such fuel. He
wants petrol stations to be forced to include the tax on fuel sold. At
the moment sales are subject to a chain of fraud.


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Ujfalusi rules out return for his country
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In football, Czech defender Tomas Ujfalusi has ruled out a return to
the Czech national squad. In an interview with Sunday's edition of the
daily Sport he said that he would not return to play for his country.
The prospect of Ujfalusi's return in the autumn for European
Championship qualifiers was raised in the week by Czech manager Michal
Bilek. The 32-year-old defender retired from international football
last year. This week he won the European super cup with Spanish team
Atletico Madrid.


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Motorcyclist Karel Abraham opts out of Indianapolis Grand Prix
following medical advice
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Czech motorcyclist Karel Abraham has decided not to take part in
Sunday's Grand Prix event in Indianapolis, in the US. He took part in
Friday's training but only completed 12 courses of the circuit before
his father called off the practice. The rider was complaining of slow
reflexes and poor concentration. He later followed doctors' advice not
to take part in the race. The rider suffered concussion following
training for the Brno Grand Prix two weeks ago and has not fully
recovered since.


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Czech Kveta Peschke wins New Haven doubles title
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Czech tennis player Kveta Peschke and Slovak partner Katerina Srebotnik
have won the New Hampshire double title. The pairing beat the US
combination of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy 7:5, 6-0.
The Czech-Slovak pairing saved a set point at 4:5 in the first set and
then went on to win nine games in a row. It is the second major title
for the pairing this year. The New Hampshire event is seen as a warm up
for the US Open.


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Czech mountain cross cyclist wins world championship title
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Czech cyclist Jaroslav Kulhavy won the last of the series of world
championship mountain bike events at Windham in the US becoming the
first Czech to achieve such a success. Kulhavy was third in the overall
championship rankings which were headed by Swiss cyclist Nino Schurter.
The 25-year-old Czech was second in a world championship event last
month, a few days after winning the European title.


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Weather
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Showers with occasional heavier rain will continue throughout the week.
Top daytime temperatures will be around 17 degrees Celsius.

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Letter from Prague
The long shadow of Emperor Franz Joseph
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August 18 marked the 130th anniversary of birth of one of the most
distinct figures of the old Austrian empire, Emperor Franz Joseph I. He
ruled his peoples for nearly seven decades, and although Czechs today
don't seem to identify with this particular period in their history,
the legacy of the 'aged monarch', as he was semi-officially referred to
towards the end of his life, is still apparent in most of his former
empire today.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/131184

Science Journal
Science Journal 8.29.2010
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There's a hole in the middle of Prague, and we want you to know what's
in it. The early 1980s metro station at Narodni trida is the scene of a
fascinating archaeological dig that we'll be visiting in this month's
Science Journal.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/131162

Mailbox
Mailbox 8.29.2010
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In today's Mailbox: joint issue stamps, the Czechoslovak legions,
Vaclav Havel, and what happens to reception reports after we have read
them. Listeners quoted: Alex Torbeni, Steven Bell, Howard Barnett,
Grant Skinner.

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Letter from Prague: The long shadow of Emperor Franz Joseph

August 18 marked the 130th anniversary of birth of one of the most distinct figures of the old Austrian empire, Emperor Franz Joseph I. He ruled his peoples for nearly seven decades, and although Czechs today don't seem to identify with this particular period in their history, the legacy of the 'aged monarch', as he was semi-officially referred to towards the end of his life, is still apparent in most of his former empire today.

Science Journal: Science Journal 8.29.2010

There's a hole in the middle of Prague, and we want you to know what's in it. The early 1980s metro station at Národní třída is the scene of a fascinating archaeological dig that we'll be visiting in this month's Science Journal.

Mailbox: Mailbox 8.29.2010

In today's Mailbox: joint issue stamps, the Czechoslovak legions, Václav Havel, and what happens to reception reports after we have read them. Listeners quoted: Alex Torbeni, Steven Bell, Howard Barnett, Grant Skinner.

RCI Cyberjournal

Police examining evidence in terrorist arrest.


Jean Chretien breaks post-surgery silence.


Canada and Costa Rica seek to strengthen free-trade pact.

OTTAWA: POLICE EXAMINING EVIDENCE IN TERRORIST CASE

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police were examining evidence on Saturday in the case of a fourth man arrested during a crackdown on an alleged Ottawa terror cell. The arrest was part of an investigation called Project Samossa, which began last September. Three other men were arrested earlier in the week and held on terrorism-related charges. No charges were laid against the fourth man, who was not identified, raising speculation that he might be released for lack of evidence.

TROIS-RIVIERES: JEAN CHRETIEN BREAKS POST-SURGERY SILENCE

Former prime minister Jean Chretien says that he's reduced his activity following recent brain surgery, but he's doing well. In his first public comment since he underwent surgery in Montreal early this month, Mr. Chretien told Le Nouvelliste newspaper that he's walking with a cane. He's been obliged to temporarily stop playing golf. He's recovering at his summer home in Lac-des-Piles, Quebec. Doctors relieved a potentially life-threatening pool of blood between Mr. Chretien's skull and brain.

OTTAWA: CANADA AND COSTA RICA SEEK TO STRENGTHEN FREE-TRADE PACT

Canada's minister of international trade, Peter Van Loan, and Costa Rica's foreign trade minister, Anabel Gonzalez, have agreed to work to strengthen the two countries' free-trade pact. The pact went into effect in 2002. The initial pact was limited mainly to trade in property. A new pact would eliminate commercial obstacles in a wide range of trade sectors, opening the way for greater trade in construction, agriculture and manufacturing. Other sectors such as telecommunications, electronic trade and financing would also be facilitated under a new deal. Trade between Canada and Costa Rica in 2009 was CDN$441 million.

VANCOUVER: TWO CANADIANS ARRESTED IN CHILD PORN INVESTIGATION

A teacher in Vancouver, British Columbia and a man in Kelowna are among 11 people arrested in connection with an investigation into an international child porn ring. Christopher Ingvaldson was initially charged with using computers at an all-boys' school to access child pornography. He was relieved of his duties at St. George's School in June. On Friday, Australian authorities implicated him and the second Canadian in an international ring of pedophiles. Canadian police believe that no Canadian children were harmed by the ring.

VANCOUVER: SALMON PRICES FALL AS FISH NUMBERS RISE

Canadian sockeye salmon prices have fallen as much as 25 per cent as a result of the largest salmon run in almost a century. About thirty million sockeye salmon are expected to return to British Columbia's Fraser River this year. The Ocean Fisheries department says that British Columbia's fishermen are making good money for the first time in years.

WINNIPEG: FUGITIVE DOCTOR IS ARRESTED

A worldwide search has ended for a doctor charged in Canada with sexually assaulting a male teenage patient. Dr. Walid Abdelhamid was arrested in Greece by airport security. He was working at Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre when the alleged offence occurred. He was arrested in Canada last year but fled while free on bail. He will be extradited to Canada to face charges.

TORONTO: ONTARIO LABOUR STRIKE AVERTED

A province-wide strike that could have delayed the start of construction of a new power line in Ontario has been averted. The Labourers' International Union of North America reached a settlement with the Electrical Power Systems Construction Association. The EPSCA represents the owners of Hydro One and other electricity system contractors. A strike was called for Monday when Hydro One and its contractors refused to match a five-year wage settlement with EPSCA. On Friday, the two sides agreed to a deal that maintains wage parity. A strike would have affected the construction of the new transmission line from the Bruce nuclear station to Milton.

MOOSE JAW: HIGHWAY BRIDGE COLLAPSES

An elevated section of a highway in Saskatchewan collapsed into a lake on Saturday. A crane was at work on the Buffalo Pound Causeway north of Moose Jaw when a portion of the bridge collapsed. No one was injured. The causeway was undergoing CDN$2 million worth of repairs as part of a bridge rehabilitation project. The highway is closed while engineers investigate what caused the collapse.


AFGHANISTAN

U.S. and Afghan troops repelled an attack on two of their bases in Afghanistan on Saturday. Taliban militants in American uniforms and suicide vests launched the attacks before dawn in Khost province near the Pakistani border. About 50 insurgents took part in the twin assaults. Two attackers breached the wire protecting one base, but were killed before they could advance. Twenty-one attackers in all were killed and five were captured. Two Afghan soldiers were killed and three were wounded in the fighting. Four U.S. troops were wounded. The raids appeared to be part of an insurgent strategy to increase attacks throughout the country even as Afghan and NATO forces concentrate their raids on Taliban strongholds in the south.

INDIA

At least 215 people have died in an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in an impoverished region of northern India. Most of the victims were children. Health officials say that the death toll is likely to rise. Eastern parts of India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, are struck by the disease each year. Malnourished children succumb to the virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes from pigs to humans.

CHILE

Five of the 33 miners trapped underground could struggle psychologically during the time needed to dig an escape shaft. While most of the miners were happy to take part in a video to show their families that they were bearing up, the five refused and were exhibiting signs of depression. A psychiatrist will attempt to treat the men over an intercom system. The men are trapped 700 meters below ground. Engineers estimate that it could take up to four months to excavate a rescue tunnel wide enough for each man to be rescued.

CHINA

China has refused to confirm reports that North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Il was
preparing to return home from a visit to China. Unconfirmed reports say that on Saturday, a convoy of about 20 cars protected by Chinese security vehicles left a hotel in the northeastern city of Changchun where Mr. Kim was believed to have met Chinese President Hu Jintao. The reports say that Mr. Kim received China's diplomatic and financial support for an eventual handover of power to his son. Mr. Kim was expected to return home on a special train. If confirmed, the trip would be Mr. Kim's second visit to China this year.

FRANCE

About 300 people demonstrated in Paris on Saturday to urge Iran to lift its death sentence on an Iranian woman convicted of adultery. The protesters carried banners in honour of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a mother of two who had been sentenced to death by stoning. After international protests, Iran lifted the stoning sentence last month, but she could still face execution by hanging.

MEXICO

A government official who was probing the massacre of 72 migrants in northeast Mexico is missing along with a police officer. The official, Roberto Suarez, was one of the first people to find the bullet-ridden bodies at a ranch near San Fernando. News of the disappearance came as more bodies were identified and two car bombs shook the region of Tamaulipas state. State Governor Eugenio Hernandez says that troops and police are continuing to search for the missing men as well as for the perpetrators of the migrant killings. Diplomats from Honduras, El Salvador, Ecuador and Brazil have joined efforts to identify the 72 bodies.

MADAGASCAR

A court in Madagascar on Saturday sentenced former president Marc Ravalomanana and two others to prison for life in connection with the
death of dozens of protesters during a march on the presidential palace last year. Mr. Ravalomanan lives in exile in South Africa and he was sentenced in absentia. The two others, General Heriniaina Roelina and Colonel Anatole Ramlamboarison, were found guilty of complicity to murder. Mr. Ravalomanan was forcefully removed from office by President Andry Rajoelina. Last year, he called on supporters to march on the palace, where security guards fired on them, killing 30 people. Madagascar has been in a political crisis since Mr. Ravalomanan's removal.


FIGURE SKATING

Canadian Andrei Rogozine won the gold medal in men's singles Saturday at the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating meet in Courcheval, France. It was his first medal in seven junior Grand Prix appearances. American Jason Brown was second with his American teammate Max Aaron third.

BASEBALL

The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, 5-4.

RUGBY

Canada has suffered its first loss of the Women's Rugby World Cup in Guildford, England, on Saturday, dropping a 23-8 decision to France. Unbeaten France clinched first place in Pool C of the tournament.

BASKETBALL

Canada opened the basketball world championships in Ismir, Turkey, with an 81-71 loss to Lebanon on Saturday. Joel Anthony paced the Canadians with 17 points and six rebounds. Canada had not qualified for a major tournament since finishing 13th at the 2002 world championships.

MOUNTAIN BIKE

Canadian Catharine Pendrel won the final round of the Mountain Bike World Cup in Windham, New York, on Saturday to capture the overall title. She became the third Canadian woman to achieve the feat after Marie-Helene Premont in 2008, and Alison Sydor, who won it several times in the 1990s. Premont finished second on Saturday, while American Georgia Gould finished third.


Weather

Here is Canada's weather on Sunday. British Columbia will have variable cloudiness. The high temperature in Vancouver will be 20 degrees Celsius. The Yukon: overcast. Whitehorse, 15. Northwest Territories: sunny. Yellowknife, 16. Nunavut: showers. Iqaluit, ten. Alberta: overcast. Edmonton, 12. Saskatchewan: light rain. Regina, 11. Manitoba: variable cloudiness. Winnipeg, 32. Ontario: sunny. Toronto, 30. Ottawa, 30. Quebec: sunny. Montreal, 30. New Brunswick: variable cloudiness. Fredericton, 30. Nova Scotia: sunny. Halifax, 27. Prince Edward Island: sunny. Charlottetown, 25. Newfoundland: mainly sunny. St. John's, 23.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

News 8.28.2010

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News Saturday, August 28th, 2010

By: Chris Johnstone

* Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg has hit out at French
president Nicolas Sarkozy saying ongoing Roma expulsions from France
appear racist.

* The Minister of Justice has outlined wide ranging reforms including
cutting the maximum age of judges.

* Ozzy Osbourne is topping the bill at Saturday's Ripfest rock festival.

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Foreign Minister says French expulsions appear racist
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Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg has attacked French
president Nicolas Sarkozy over the country's ongoing expulsion of Roma
or gypsies originally from Romania. In an interview with the daily
Lidove noviny, Mr. Schwarzenberg said it was impossible not to suspect
that a racist perspective played a role in the ongoing expulsions. He
said the move was against the spirit and position of the European Union.

Mr. Schwarzenberg also criticized the French president for the
organization of a world summit on the Roma issue in Paris on September
6. The Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria, countries which host large
Roma populations and certainly would have something to contribute, have
not been invited to the summit. Canada, which has reimposed visas on
Czechs because citizens from the Roma minority were seeking asylum, has
been invited.

The Czech government's nominee responsible for human rights, Michael
Kocab, said the Paris summit should not seek to decide people's fates
in their absence. The Czech Republic currently heads a multinational
initiative on Roma rights grouping countries from central and southern
Europe.


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Shake up of justice system unveiled
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Justice Minister Jiri Pospisil has outlined his plans for reforming the
country's legal system. The plans include cutting the retirement age
for judges to 65 years from the current 70. The overall number of
judges would also be reduced. The minister said cutting the age limit
would hasten the influx of a younger generation of judges who had not
been educated under Communism, were more comfortable with technology
and foreign languages and had travelled. He said older judges could
stay on as judges' assistants if they wanted.

The minister also proposed transferring responsibility for seizures in
cases of debt entirely to private companies to relieve the work burden.
The changes are being prepared for the end of the year and could,
according to the minister, save money.


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Ozzy Osbourne to appear at Ripfest
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Thousands of rock fans have been gathering for the one day festival
Ripfest 2010 near the historic hill Rip in central Bohemia on Saturday.
The culmination of the festival will be a late night appearance by rock
legend Ozzy Osbourne. The former Black Sabbath member is launching an
11-stop European tour at the Czech festival and also promoting his new
album, Scream. Rain forced the cancellation of some of the earlier
bands on the programme.


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Michael Jackson fans honour hero
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Fans of deceased US pop singer Michael Jackson organised a three-hour
walk through the streets of Prague on Saturday in homage to their hero.
The walk was staged to coincide with would have been the singer's 52nd
birthday. At various stages along the walk stops were scheduled for
participants to dance to the tunes of his hit album "Thriller." Fans
from Slovakia were also expected to take part. Jackson died in June
last year after taking too many sedatives.


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Flood alert lifted for Liberec and Usti nad Labem regions
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The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute has lifted its flood alerts for
the regions of Liberec and Usti nad Labem in north Bohemia. The
institute issued the warning on Friday fearing heavy rain could result
in local rivers reaching the first or second level flood danger. Level
three indicates danger or extreme danger of flooding. Now, only showers
are predicted for the areas with rivers only rising because of previous
heavy rain. Both regions are still recovering from devastating flash
floods just three weeks ago which caused around 6.0 billion crowns in
damage and claimed at least five lives.


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Prime Minister promises aid to flood hit farmers
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Prime Minister Petr Necas has told flood stricken farmers that payments
to them will be speeded up in a bid to help them recover. Speaking at
an international farmers' fair in the south Bohemian city of Ceske
Budejovice on Saturday, the prime minister said that state payments to
farmers would be prioritised. He also said demands for rental payments
by the state land office could be postponed for up to a year. The
Ministry of Agriculture already made a similar pledge concerning
payments for land bought from the state.


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Defence Minister says cannot prevent army members joining anti-cuts
demonstrations
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Czech Minister of Defence Alexandr Vondra has said he has no knowledge
of members of the armed forces wanting to take part in police and fire
fighters' demonstrations against government austerity measures.
Mr.Vondra told Czech Radio on Saturday that he could not prevent them
joining the demonstrations if they were not in uniform and using their
own free time. Police unions have said members of the armed forces have
expressed interest in taking part in protests. The Ministry of Defence
this year faces a 10 percent cut in the wage bill and bill for
operating costs and a 5.0 percent cut in investments.


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Police charge four inspectors over driving test fraud
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Police have detained and charged four driving test examiners from the
eastern city of Ostrava according to a police spokeswoman. She said
they had been charged in connection with suspected corruption
concerning driving licenses and tests. Abuse of a public office carries
a punishment of up to three years in prison for a first offence.


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Ujfalusi wins European super cup title
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In football, Czech defender Tomas Ujfalusi has won the European super
cup with Spanish team Atletico Madrid. The Spanish winner of the Europa
League beat Champions League winner Inter Milan 2:0 in Monaco on Friday
night. The 32-year-old Czech is playing in his third season with the
Spanish club.


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Motorcyclist Karel Abraham doubtful for Indianapolis Grand Prix
following injury
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Czech motorcyclist Karel Abraham is uncertain to start in Sunday's
Grand Prix even in Indianapolis, in the US. He took part in Friday's
training but only completed 12 courses of the circuit before his father
called off the practice. He was complaining of slow reflexes and poor
concentration. The rider suffered concussion following training for the
Brno Grand Prix two weeks ago and has not fully recovered since.


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Weather
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Showers with occasional heavier rain will continue throughout the
weekend. Top daytime temperatures will be around 16

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SoundCzech
To carry someone in your arms
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Welcome to another edition of SoundCzech - Radio Prague's Czech
language series in which you can learn new phrases with the help of
song lyrics. Today's song is On My Own from the musical Les Miserables,
it is sung by Lucie Bila and the phrase to listen out for is "nosil by
me na rukou".

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/131159

Magazine
Magazine 8.28.2010
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A man pretending to be Spiderman gets stuck down a chimney. Jaromir
Jagr opens a gas station in Siberia and a sixty-year-old secondary
school teacher is running in the autumn local elections even though he
is dead. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/131158


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