Thursday, September 30, 2010

RCI Cyberjournal

OTTAWA, TORONTO: OTTAWA APPEALS PROSTITUTION


Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson says the federal government will appeal a ruling that struck down the country's prostitution law. He told the House of Commons that the government will appeal a ruling by Ontario Superior Court declaring the law unconstitutional. The court found that the law forbdding keeping a bawdy house, communicating for the purposes of prostitution and living on the avails of prostitution conflict with the principles of basic justice. The ruling says that Parliament must now act to rectify the situation and that in the meantime the provisions on the books are invalid. The case was brought by three sex workers who contended that the provision forbidding bawdy houses forced them to risk violence in the street. The government argued in vain that prostitution is inherently dangerous regardless of where practiced and that if prostitution is decriminalized Canada could become a sex tourism destination.

OTTAWA: CENTRAL PROVINCES PROTEST AGAINST CENSUS DECISION


The governments of Quebec and Ontario have launched a formal complaint against the decision by Canada's Conservative Party government to abolish the mandatory, long-form census. It's to be replaced by a voluntary, shorter census form. The two central provinces complain in a letter that the suppression of the long form will lessen their governments' ability to provide education, innovation and economic development. It also contends that it will impede their understanding of Canada's labour market. On Tuesday in the House of Commons, the three opposition parties backed a motion demanding the return of the longer census. Members of Parliament will vote on the non-binding motion on Wednesday afternoon.

TORONTO: ONTARIO OPPOSES PROSTITUTION RULING


Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says he expects the federal government will appeal a ruling on Tuesday which found federal prostitution laws unconstitutional. The premier says Ontario will support such an appeal. Mr. McGuinty noted that the ruling by Ontario Superior Court overturns laws that have been on the books for decades. The court found that the law forbdding keeping a bawdy house, communicating for the purposes of prostitution and living on the avails of prostitution conflict with the principles of basic justice. The ruling says that Parliament must now act to rectify the situation.

TORONTO: UK ACTIVIST TO VISIT CANADA AFTER ALL


British activist George Galloway says he'll speak in Toronto next weekend, after being banned from visiting Canada 18 months ago. He also blasted Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney for having decreed the ban on the grounds that he is a supporters of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which the Canadian government deems a terrorist group. Mr. Galloway says he'll prove Mr. Kenney is a fool or a knave in the course of his visit. On Monday, Federal Court of Canada ruled that the government had acted politically to suppress Mr. Galloway's opinions. Mr. Galloway says the terrorist allegations had been damaging, causing him to lose his seat in the House of Commons in the following May and placing him and his family under stress and anxiety.

MONTREAL: DIESEL FUEL LEAKS INTO RIVER


Suncor Energy says an undetermined amount of diesel fuel leaked near its Petro-Canada refinery in Montreal last night but was quickly contained. A spokesman says the majority of the diesel that made it into the St. Lawrence has been contained and the company is working to clean it up. He also says Suncor will launch an investigation into the cause. Environmentalists with Climate Justice Montreal warns that the leak is a reminder of just how dangerous the facility is to the St. Lawrence River ecosystem.

MONTREAL: CANADIANS GETTING STUN GUNS THROUGH MAIL


Some Canadians are illegally buying stun guns, known as tasers. Border agents say the weapons are being purchased over the Internet and shipped from the U.S. In 2008 border agents seized 24 tasers sent through the mail. This year that number is 237. A spokesperson for Customs and Immigration says the trend will likely continue because there are not enough agents to search every package mailed to Canada.

OTTAWA: OUTGOING GOV.-GEN. PRAISES MILITARY


Outgoing Canadian Gov.-Gen. Michaelle Jean has praised Canada's military in her final speech as its commander-in-chief and the Queen's representative in Canada. Miss Jean says that as a child growing up in Haiti military uniforms were associated with the brutal repression of the population. But she added that working with the Canadian Forces has given her a realization of the integrity, courage and generosity of Canadian soldiers. Academic David Johnston will succeed Miss Jean on Friday. She will serve as UNESCO's special envoy for Haiti.

OTTAWA: GOVT. REJECTS CENSUS APPEAL


The governments of Quebec and Ontario have launched a formal complaint against the decision by Canada's Conservative Party government to abolish the mandatory, long-form census. It's to be replaced by a voluntary, shorter census form. The two central provinces complain in a letter that the suppression of the long form will lessen their governments' ability to provide education, innovation and economic development. It also contends that it will impede their understanding of Canada's labour market. Industry Minister Tony Clement immediately dismissed the letter, saying the government disagrees that Canadians should be threatened with penalties for failing to fill out census forms.


BRITAIN


European security officials say an alleged terrorist plot to stage shooting sprees like that in Mumbai, India, two years ago is still active. Officials says terrorists are being actively sought in Pakistan, where the plot was uncovered two weeks ago. No details of the conspiracy have been released. The three-day rampage in Mumbai two years ago left 166 people dead. The most recent terrorist threat has impelled the U.S. to increase drone attacks against targets in northwestern Pakistan.

NORTH KOREA


A North Korean official has said his country should strengthen its "nuclear deterrent" in response to the threat posed by the United States. Vice Foreign Minister Pak Kil-yon told the UN General Assembly today that the U.S. is not a defender, but a disrupter, of peace. He cited U.S. nuclear aircraft carriers sailing in waters off the North Korean coast. However, Mr. Pak later said that Pyongyang's official policy goal remained the eventual denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and the world.

CHINA


Google says it's future in China is uncertain as a result of the search engine company's decision to stop censoring its search results for topics which the Chinese government considers sensitive. Google shut down its mainland service in March and directed users to its website in hong Kong. The company's head of government affairs for Asia, Ross LaJeunesse, acknowledged to students at Hong Kong University that Google has lost some market share in China and that its Hong Kong website is sometimes blocked, driving some users to rivals like Baidu.com. He also denounced the Chinese government to continuing to clamp down on Internet dissent.

UNITED STATES


The United States is adding eight Iranian officials to a financial blacklist for what the Obama administration says were their roles in human rights violations following the disputed June 2009 presidential election. The sanction order has been signed by President Barack Obama. It blocks any assets in the U.S. held by the eight Iranians and prohibits Americans from doing business with them. The list includes Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp and several cabinet ministers whom Washington accuses of rights abuses, including killings and beatings after the June poll.

SPAIN


Spain's first general strike in eight years took place on Wednesday, disrupting public transport and factories. The walkout was a protest against the government's plans to met deficit reduction plans imposed by the EU. Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will start seeking Parliament's approval for an austerity budget on Thursday. His government intends to pass labour reforms that will make it easier for companies to hire and fire. The government will also reform pension plans and extend the retirement age by two years to 67. There was also labour action against austerity budgets in Brussels, Athens and other European cities.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO


A UN preliminary report on a decade of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It lists more than 600 violent incidents over a 10-year period ending in June 2003. The document says the vast majority of the incidents can be classified either as war crimes or crimes against humanity. The report focuses in part on a three-year period starting in August 1998 during which at least eight foreign armies and 21 militia groups clashed with each other and with civilians. One of the foreign armies was Rwanda's. The final version of the report has been delayed until Oct. 1 after a protest by Rwanda.


MARKETS


TXS on Wednesday: 12,383, up 104. Canadian dollar: US96. Euro: $1.40. Oil: $77.76, up 1.58.

LINCOLN: GROUPS DON'T WANT TRANSCANADA PIPELINE


Environmental groups in the midwestern U.S. state of Nebraska are advising residents to join a campaign to prevent the Canadian pipeline firm TransCanada Corp. from building a pipeline through the state. A coalition of groups has set up a toll-free tip line for citizens to report instances of alleged "heavy-handed tactics." The groups accuse the company of trying to strongarm people into allowing the planned pipeline to run through their properties. TransCanada wants to expand an existing pipeline. The Keystone XL line would pass through Nebraska on its way to a refining hub near Houston, TX, to transport crude oil from Alberta's oilsands. TransCanada claims the project would create hundreds of jobs in Nebraska, give state finances a boost and reduce U.S. dependence on oil from unfriendly countries.

MONTREAL: DIESEL FUEL LEAKS INTO RIVER


Suncor Energy says an undetermined amount of diesel fuel leaked near its Petro-Canada refinery in Montreal last night but was quickly contained. A spokesman says the majority of the diesel that made it into the St. Lawrence has been contained and the company is working to clean it up. He also says Suncor will launch an investigation into the cause. Environmentalists with Climate Justice Montreal warns that the leak is a reminder of just how dangerous the facility is to the St. Lawrence River ecosystem.

CHICAGO: BLACK WANTS CONVICTIONS DISMISSED


The lawyer for Conrad Black has asked a U.S. federal appeals court in Chicago to toss out the former Canadian media tycoon's conviction. Attorney Miguel Estrada argued that, in convicting Black, juriors gave too much weight to a law that's since been deemed largely constitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court curtailed narrowed the definition of the "honest services" law in June, under which Black had been convicted for defruading Hollinger International Inc. investors. Wednesday's hearing came two months after a judge released Black from prison pending a decision on his appeal. He'd served two years of a six-and-a-half year sentence in a Florida prison for defrauding Hollinger and obstructing justice.


WEATHER


British Columbia on Thursday: sun, high C20 Vancouver. Yukon, Northwest Territories: mix sun cloud. Nunavut: cloud. Whitehorse, Yellowknife 10, Iqaluit 2. Prairies: sun. Edmonton, Winnipeg 18, Regina 20. Ontario, Quebec: rain. Toronto 21, Ottawa 18, Montreal 17. Atlantic Canada: rain. Fredericton 23, Halifax 22, Charlottetown 21, St. John's 17.


SPORTS


FOOTBALL

The Canadian Football League is out with its players of the month for September. Saskatchewan's Andy Fantuz is top Canadian and teammate Darian Durant is the winner of the offensive player award. The defensive nod goes to Toronto's Ronald Flemons. Teammate Chad Owens takes the special teams honour.

TENNIS

Milos Raonic, of Thornhill, ON, upset Sergiy Stakhovsky at the Malaysian Open. Raonic will meet Igor Andreev in his first ATP Tour quarter-final on Friday.

News 9.30.2010

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News Thursday, September 30th, 2010

By: Christian Falvey

* The Slav Epic must be turned over to the City of Prague for
exhibition in the National Gallery, a court has ruled.

* Prime Minister Petr Necas will meet with labour union representatives
Thursday evening to specify planned cuts to public sector wages.

* An explosion in a Moravian shopping centre has killed a man, reported
to be a thief, and left six others injured.

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The Slav Epic will be moved to Prague, for the time being
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A South Moravian court has ruled that the Slav Epic, the masterpiece of
artist Alfons Mucha, must be turned over to the City of Prague for a
prepared exhibit in the National Gallery. The decision overrules a
restraining measure filed by the town of Moravsky Krumlov to prevent
the renowned, 20-canvass artwork from being relocated until questions
regarding its ownership are resolved. Mucha's will bestows the
paintings to the City of Prague, though only on the condition that a
special pavilion is created for them. No such venue was ever built, and
the court based its decision on a 1993 document through which Prague
assumed ownership of them from the Ministry of Culture. The decision
may be appealed, however Moravsky Krumlov must hand over the artwork at
least until the planned exhibit ends on May 31.


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PM to meet with union leaders to specify cuts
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Prime Minister Petr Necas is to meet with labour union representatives
on Thursday evening to specify the means by which the government
intends to decrease public sector wages in 2011. Unions have complained
they have not been informed of a clear plan to implement the
government's recent proposal of cuts and say they will prepare their
further response according to what they learn from the PM. The most
recent proposal, which was passed by the cabinet but has not been
published, entails "bracket remuneration" that would allow employees'
salaries to be set regardless of the number of years they have been
employed. Union leaders say they will not agree with this proposal.


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Pravo: Finance Ministry may strip state employees of benefits next year
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Meanwhile, the daily Pravo reports that the Minister of Finance,
Miroslav Kalousek, has prepared a change in funding regulations that
may lead to state employees losing benefits next year. The fifty
percent cut to the cultural and social needs fund could entail the loss
of state employees' allowances for holidays, pension insurance,
emergency assistance payments or meal allowances. According to the
finance minister's report on the change, the additional 1.2 billion
crowns saved would help decrease the budget deficit and meet the
government's goal of reforming public finances for the sake of a
balanced budget by 2016. The state employees' union has said the
proposal is devastating. Last week a demonstration of some 40,000
people protested 10% cuts to state employees' salaries that have
already been proposed for 2011. Trade Unions are considering strike
action in October.


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Thief dead and four policemen injured after explosion
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An apparent grenade explosion in a shopping centre in the eastern town
of Krnov has killed a man, reported to be a thief, and left six others
injured. Four of the injured are policemen. The police department says
the deceased man was robbing a bureau de change armed with a grenade,
which exploded during a fray with policemen attempting to arrest him.
Police are not yet sure whether the explosive was detonated
intentionally. Rescuers say one of the officers is in critical
condition with multiple injuries and has been flown to hospital is
Ostrava.


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MPs salaries to fall to 56,000 crowns per month in 2011
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The basic salaries of Members of Parliament and Senators should be
56,000 crowns per month in 2011, according to a proposal from the
Ministry of Labour, or 3,000 crowns less than this year. The basic pay
for ministers would drop almost 6,000 to 107.000 crowns. The salaries
of judges will return to 2009 pay grades of 54.000 crowns. The Czech
Constitutional Court recently overturned a four-percent reduction in
the salaries of the judges in the Czech Republic citing a previous
verdict which declared that the salaries of judges had to be stable and
could not be cut.


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Social security administration 20 billion in debt
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The Czech Social Security Administration reports that it was short of
nearly 21 billion crowns in pension funds at the end of August, nearly
twice as much as the same period the previous year. Sickness
compensations however, which are also paid from social security, were
nearly 1 billion crowns out of the red, slightly easing the overall
deficit. At the end of August 2008 the social security administration
showed a total surplus of 9.6 billion crowns.


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Eight jailed over collapse of largest Czech credit union
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The District Court of Ostrava has sentenced eight people to
imprisonment for the collapse of the country's largest credit union, 1.
Druzstevni zalozna Ostrava. The list of charges against the bank
leaders and managers of associated companies reportedly took the judge
two hours to read. The sentences ranged from four to nine and a half
years, with the longest term being handed down to the bank's director,
who was found to have caused roughly a billion crowns in damages. The
case has been underway since 2005 and two other people have already
been convicted.


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Ombudsman's office dealt with record number of complaints last year
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The Czech ombudsman's office dealt with over 7,000 complaints last
year, the largest number since the office's founding. The numbers come
from the office's report to the Petitions Committee of Parliament made
on Thursday and show an increase of more than a thousand complaints
since 2007. The complaints most often dealt with social security and
court delays and only about a third of them fell within the ombudsman's
competencies. The late ombudsman Otakar Motejl proposed 16 legislative
changes as a result of the complaints. The office of ombudsman, which
defends people who feel wronged by authorities, was taken up Pavel
Varvarovsky earlier this month.


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Trial begins against members of banned Workers' Party
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The Municipal Court of Brno has begun hearings against members of the
recently banned Workers' Party charged with disseminating neo-fascism
and hate speech at a May Day rally. None of the six accused appeared in
court, citing various reasons. The case is a retrial of an objected
lawsuit in which the defendants were found guilty and faced up to five
years imprisonment. Among them is the former chairman of the Workers'
Party and current leader of the Workers' Party for Social Justice, who
warned the demonstrators against immigrants as opposed to decent
people. Experts on Thursday testified that those remarks and others
constituted intolerance of national minorities.


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Rath loses second lawsuit against Reflex
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The Governor of the region of Central Bohemia, David Rath, has lost the
second round of a lawsuit against the weekly magazine Reflex. Mr Rath
was seeking an apology from the publishing company Ringier for ethics
violations and defamation over a cover-page caricature that depicted
him as a cross between Adolf Hitler and Charlie Chaplin. After the
ruling, Mr Rath indicated he would be taking his case to the Supreme
and possibly European courts.


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Weather
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Conditions over the coming days are expected to be cloudy to mostly
cloudy with scattered showers and highs of around 12o Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Panorama
Back to the (socialist) future
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A recently opened exhibition in Prague turns the spotlight on science
fiction in Czechoslovakia between the late 1940s and the late 1970s,
when countless magazines, books and films promised a bright, socialist
future - in space.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/132161

Current Affairs
Decadence Now! opens at Galerie Rudolfinum
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Prague's Galerie Rudolfinum has officially opened one of its most
ambitious projects to date: the exhibition Decadence Now! Visions of
Excess, looking at the use of decadence in contemporary art. The show -
featuring work by such artists as Cindy Sherman, Joel-Peter Witkin and
the late Robert Mapplethorpe - will shock some but enthuse others, and
in all cases draw a strong response.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/132153

Current Affairs
Plaque unveiled to General Alois Elias, protectorate prime minister
executed by Nazis
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A plaque was unveiled in Prague on Thursday to a fascinating figure of
modern Czech history, General Alois Elias. General Elias, who had
fought in the Czechoslovak Legions in the first world war, was
appointed prime minister during the occupation of Bohemia and Moravia
in the second. While in that post he worked with the resistance - and
became the only head of government of an occupied state to be executed
by the Nazis.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/132152

Current Affairs
Government unveils opening bid to get to grips with gaming sector
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The government has answered local council calls they be given more
powers to stamp out gaming machine or so-called herna bars across the
country. Proposed legal changes seek to put some order into a chaotic
and poorly regulated multi-billion crown sector which many suspect is a
front for criminal activity and money laundering.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/132138


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Radio Prague Today 9.30.2010

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Panorama: Back to the (socialist) future

A recently opened exhibition in Prague turns the spotlight on science fiction in Czechoslovakia between the late 1940s and the late 1970s, when countless magazines, books and films promised a bright, socialist future – in space.

Current Affairs: Decadence Now! opens at Galerie Rudolfinum

Prague's Galerie Rudolfinum has officially opened one of its most ambitious projects to date: the exhibition Decadence Now! Visions of Excess, looking at the use of decadence in contemporary art. The show – featuring work by such artists as Cindy Sherman, Joel-Peter Witkin and the late Robert Mapplethorpe – will shock some but enthuse others, and in all cases draw a strong response.

Current Affairs: Plaque unveiled to General Alois Eliáš, protectorate prime minister executed by Nazis

A plaque was unveiled in Prague on Thursday to a fascinating figure of modern Czech history, General Alois Eliáš. General Eliáš, who had fought in the Czechoslovak Legions in the first world war, was appointed prime minister during the occupation of Bohemia and Moravia in the second. While in that post he worked with the resistance – and became the only head of government of an occupied state to be executed by the Nazis.

Current Affairs: Government unveils opening bid to get to grips with gaming sector

The government has answered local council calls they be given more powers to stamp out gaming machine or so-called herna bars across the country. Proposed legal changes seek to put some order into a chaotic and poorly regulated multi-billion crown sector which many suspect is a front for criminal activity and money laundering.

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2010-09-30 15:05:00
Concept of public radio creation in Ukraine approved by Humanitarian Council.
The concept of establishing public radio company in Ukraine was approved today
by the Humanitarian Council under the President at its today's meeting. The
document was supported unanimously.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129450

2010-09-30 14:51:00
Interior Minister proposes to reduce militia's staff.
Interior Minister Anatoly Mogilev says that militia's staff should be reduced
by one third to increase the interior ministry's budget.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129449

2010-09-30 14:44:00
Air show "Aviasvit - 2010 "opens at "Kyiv-Antonov" airport in Hostomel.
Air show "Aviasvit - 2010 "opens at "Kyiv-Antonov" airport in Hostomel. 280
companies from thirty two countries display their best products at the air show.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129445

2010-09-30 14:32:00
Ukraine wants to include Kerch Bridge into ring road around Black Sea.
As was disclosed by minister of Ukraine Kostiantyn Yefimenko, Ukraine's
Transport and Communications Ministry has proposed the Russian Federation to
include the Kerch Bridge into the ring road around the BlackSea.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129443

2010-09-30 14:24:00
European Commission to closely monitor holding of local elections in Ukraine.
The press service of the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said
that the letter was received from the nine opposition parties of Ukraine, in
which they expressed concern about possibility of holding undemocratic
localelections.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129441

2010-09-30 14:11:00
Printing -houses predict rise of price for printing paper.
According to chief of the capital's printing -house Olexander Velichko said, if
in August ton of paper cost a little more than UAH five thousand per ton, its
price in September rose to UAH 6 six thousand.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129437

2010-09-30 14:04:00
Volodymyr Lytvyn says he does not approve constitutional majority in Parliament.
This is what the Head of the Ukrainian Parliament told the heads of
parliamentary staffs of CIS, the Baltic and the Caucasus countries.As he said,
Ukraine is now stablly working and developing, there is no disagreement between
powerbranches.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129436

2010-09-30 13:52:00
Scientific works on Ukrainian diaspora presented at Ostroh Academy.
Scientific works on the Ukrainian diaspora have been presented at the Ostroh
Academy National University (Ostroh, Rivne region, western Ukraine) by
scientists of Canada, Slovakia, Poland, Croatia and Romania.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129435

2010-09-30 13:46:00
Security Service blocks international channel for drugs dispatch into Ukraine.
The Security Service, together with customs officials, have blocked an
international channel for the dispatch of drugs into the territory of Ukraine,
which was organized by a resident of Chernihiv (north ofUkraine).
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129433

2010-09-30 13:42:00
Mobile communication operators obliged to substantiate cost of international
roaming services.
The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) obliged mobile communication
operators to submit till the end of 2010 their substantiation of the cost of
international roaming services.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129431


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Ö1 Newsletter - KW 3=?UTF-8?Q?9?=/10

Liebe Abonnentinnen, liebe Abonnenten,
am Freitag startet mit dem Ö1 Musiksalon in Salzburg die exklusive
Konzertreihe von Ö1, Oesterreichischer Nationalbank und Münze Österreich.
Den Auftakt machen Lidia Baich (Geige) und Matthias Fletzberger (Klavier),
die für die erkrankte Lili Holetschek einspringen.
http://oe1.orf.at/artikel/256871
http://oe1.orf.at/kalender/95898
Ö1 gehört gehört.

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VERANSTALTUNGEN

THEATER
URFAUST
Die Inszenierung von Reinhard Göber bewegt sich in den individuellen und
sozialen Auseinandersetzungen einer multikulturellen Parallelgesellschaft.
Innsbruck, Tiroler Landestheater - Kammerspiele, bis Sonntag 7. November
2010, jeweils 20:00 Uhr.
Informationen auch im Ö1 Kalender:
http://oe1.orf.at/kalender/97077

OPER
DANTONS TOD
Die großen Theorien von Freiheit, Gleichheit, Brüderlichkeit haben versagt,
nur das Spiel bleibt übrig.
Wien, Halle E im Museumsquartier, 3. bis 10. Oktober 2010, jeweils 19:30
Uhr.
Informationen auch im Ö1 Kalender:
http://oe1.orf.at/kalender/97736

FILM
MAMMUTH
Ein berührender und skurril-komischer Film mit einem Gerard Depardieu, wie
man ihn noch nie gesehen hat. Französische OmU.
Wien, Votiv Kino, Freitag 1. bis Donnerstag 28. Oktober 2010.
Informationen auch im Ö1 Kalender:
http://oe1.orf.at/kalender/97754

MUSIKPROTOKOLL IM STEIRISCHEN HERBST 2010
GUILTY GUITARS
Mit Keith Rowe(GB), Martin Siewert(D/A), Bill Orcutt(USA) und Tomas
Korber(CH).
Graz, Festivalzentrum, Mittwoch 6. und 13. Oktober 2010, 21:30 Uhr und
Helmut-List-Halle, Samstag 9. Oktober 2010, 23:00 Uhr.
Informationen auch im Ö1 Kalender:
http://oe1.orf.at/kalender/97867

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HÖHEPUNKTE DER PROGRAMMWOCHE

MUSIK
PATRICK PULSINGER
Vom Techno-Track-Bastler zum Jazz-Aficionado. Gestaltung: Andreas Felber.
Zeit-Ton, Freitag 1. Oktober 2010, 23:03 Uhr.
Lesen Sie mehr:
http://oe1.orf.at/programm/256906

LANGE NACHT DER MUSEEN 2010
Auch heuer berichtet ein Team der Kulturredaktion in einer Sondersendung
live von den Schauplätzen der langen Nacht der Museen.
Samstag 2. Oktober 2010, 19:30 Uhr.
Lesen Sie mehr:
http://oe1.orf.at/programm/255466

WISSEN
DER MANIPULIERTE BAUCH
Die Frage, was und wie viel wir essen, ist längst von einer individuellen
zu einer gesamtgesellschaftlichen geworden.
Dimensionen - Die Welt der Wissenschaft, Mittwoch
6. Oktober 2010, 19:06 Uhr.
Lesen Sie mehr:
http://oe1.orf.at/programm/255667

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CD DES MONATS / LITERATUR
REINHOLD BILGERI - DER ATEM DES HIMMELS
Bilgeris Romanerstling ist Lokalchronik, Gesellschaftsstudie
Beziehungsroman zugleich.
http://oe1.orf.at/shop/2842
Mitglieder des Ö1 Clubs erhalten zehn Prozent Rabatt.

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MUSIK.ERLEBEN!
JEUNESSE TAG IM MQ
Erleben Sie mehr als neun Stunden Live-Musik mit Künstler/innen der jungen
Generation, darunter die "Bank Austria Artists of the Year" Acies Quartett,
Maja Osojnik, Sandor und Adam Javorkai und Daniela Koch.
Wien, Museumsquartier, Samstag 2. Oktober 2010, 13:00 bis 22:00 Uhr:
Konzerte im Haupthof, ab 22:00 Uhr: DJ-Line in der Ovalhalle.
Informationen auch im Ö1 Kalender:
http://oe1.orf.at/kalender/97237

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Ö1 TALENTEBÖRSE
HELDENPLATZ SKANDAL
Die Kooperation zwischen dem Theater in der Josefstadt und der Ö1
Talentebörse startet mit der Lesung "Heldenplatz-Skandal" auf der
Probebühne. Der Abend wird von zehn Schauspielschüler/innen unter der Regie
von Steffen Jäger gestaltet.
Wien, Theater in der Josefstadt, Mittwoch 6. Oktober 2010.
Lesen Sie mehr:
http://oe1.orf.at/talenteboerse/
http://www.josefstadt.org/Theater/Stuecke/Josefstadt/Probebuehne/Oe1Talente
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

News 9.29.2010

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News Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Water levels have begun receding in the north of the country where a
number of rivers broke their banks on Tuesday following days of heavy
rain.

* Czech Airlines has cancelled three flights in connection with the
general strike in Spain.

* The government has agreed to index old-age pensions in 2010.

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Water levels gradually recede in the north
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Water levels have begun receding in the north of the country where a
number of rivers broke their banks on Tuesday following days of heavy
rain. Several dozen people who were evacuated from their homes are
gradually returning to deal with the damage. Insurance companies say
they are prepared to process new claims, despite the fact that it is
less than two months since northern parts of the country were heavily
flooded. Many towns and villages in the region remain on flood alert in
view of more rain forecast in the coming days.


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Three flights to Spain cancelled
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Czech Airlines has been forced to cancel three flights in connection
with a general strike in Spain. A spokeswoman for Czech Airlines said
day flights to Madrid and Barcelona had been cancelled, though two late
evening flights to those destinations remain on schedule. She said
delays could not be ruled out and asked passengers to seek fresh
information ahead of scheduled flights. Two morning flights from Spain
to Prague have had to be cancelled as well, leaving passengers to seek
other means of transport.


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Government indexes old-age pensions
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The government on Wednesday approved a proposal to increase old age
pensions by 371 crowns a month as of January 2010. The indexing is to
make up for higher expenditures resulting from the government's fiscal
reforms. The average monthly pension in the Czech Republic is just over
10,000 crowns or 550 US dollars. At its regular Wednesday session the
cabinet also approved a proposed amendment to the lottery law which
should give municipalities the chance to regulate or even ban gambling
in their region.


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Opera diva's name to be struck off list of communist police agents
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A Prague court has ordered the Czech Interior Ministry to delete the
name of Czech born opera singer Sona Cervena from its list of communist
secret police agents and collaborators. The world-renowned mezzo
soprano sued the interior ministry over the matter, saying that while
she had repeatedly been questioned and harassed by the communist secret
police before escaping from the country in the 1960s she had never
signed any document pledging collaboration or cooperated with them in
any way. Mrs. Cervena, who is 83, returned to her homeland soon after
the fall of communism. She was recently made an honorary member of
Prague's State Opera Theatre.


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Czechs win main prize in EU Contest for Young Scientists
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Two Czech students, Miroslav Rapcak and David Pegrimek, have won the
prestigious main prize in this year's European Union Contest for Young
Scientists in Lisbon. The students competed in the physics category and
their work was based on a computer simulation of carbon dioxide
molecule clusters. On a practical level, their conclusions could help
in the process of storing carbon dioxide on the ocean-floor as a means
of protecting the environment. Rapcak and Pegrimek, who are from a
secondary school in Orlova, north Moravia, also won the Swedish
Academy's prize for best student work.


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Fire destroys train carriage, no one injured
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A fire broke out on an express train from Prague to Ceske Budejovice on
Wednesday morning completely destroying a carriage, but all passengers
escaped unharmed. The fire broke out in the last carriage most likely
due to a faulty electricity circuit. All twenty passengers disembarked
safely and the carriage was disconnected from the rest of the train.
Despite the fact that fire fighters arrived within minutes the carriage
was completely gutted, causing damage estimated at half a million
crowns.


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Public opinion survey indicates low turnout in upcoming elections
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A public opinion survey indicates a very low turnout in October's local
and senate elections. Only 35 percent of respondents said they fully
intend to vote. Twenty-five percent said they were considering going to
the polls and the remainder said they had little or no intention of
participating. Local elections and elections to a third of the Senate
are to take place on October 15-16.


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Taxi drivers unhappy about extended metro service
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Taxi drivers say they are suffering losses from the extended weekend
service of the Prague metro. Since the beginning of September the metro
runs an extra hour past midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, giving
people out on the town an opportunity to stay out longer without having
to order a taxi home. The metro's management has extended the service
on a temporary basis and is to review the decision at the end of the
year. If there is sufficient interest the extra hour of service will be
retained.


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Czechs lose to Spain in last 16 group stage at women's basketball world
championships
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The Czech Republic have been beaten by Spain in the last 16 group stage
of the women's basketball world championships. As in previous matches
in the tournament the Czechs flagged towards the end of Tuesday
evening's game in Brno, eventually losing 57:77. That result guarantees
the Spaniards a place in the quarter-finals, though the hosts will have
to beat Brazil on Wednesday to be sure of progressing.


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Football: Baros out of Czech team for Scotland qualifier
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Galatasaray's injured striker Milan Baros will not be fit in time to
face Scotland in the Czech Republic's Euro 2012 qualifier in Prague on
October 8, Czech coach Michal Bilek said Wednesday. Baros limped off
the pitch with a torn thigh muscle after scoring a hat trick against
Buyuksehir in the Turkish league game on Sunday. Doctors say he might
be out for two or three weeks.

Bilek, whose team lost 0:1 at home to Lithuania in the Group I opener,
selected two newcomers: Sparta Prague's 18-year-old striker Vaclav
Kadlec, and Milan Petrzela, a midfielder with Czech top-flight leaders
Viktoria Pilsen.


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Weather
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The coming days should be partly cloudy with rain in places and day
temperatures between 11 and 15 degrees Celsius.

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Spotlight
The home of Jumping Virgin Mary
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Many Czechs are familiar with the old expression Panenko Skakava, which
literally means Jumping Virgin Mary, but few know about the origin of
the phrase. Jumping Virgin Mary, or more precisely, the Virgin Mary of
Skoky, is the patron of what used to be one of Bohemia's most famous
Roman Catholic pilgrimage sites. In this edition of Spotlight, we visit
Skoky, now an extinct village with a run-down Baroque church that once
attracted large crowds of believers.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/132127

Current Affairs
Film tribute to St. Vaclav wins plaudits after 80 years
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Tuesday was a state holiday in the Czech Republic, the Day of Czech
Statehood, which marks the feast day of the patron Saint Vaclav, or
Wenceslas. While it has always been a red-letter day for Czech Roman
Catholics, who commemorate the martyr's murder in the year 935, it is
only in recent years that the date has gained in political
significance. This year the office of the government marked the
occasion with a special ceremony to return an 80 year old film epic
about the holy monarch to the screen.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/132121

Current Affairs
World's astronauts, scientists, technicians meet for annual space
congress
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More than 2,000 astronauts, engineers and scientists are currently
rubbing shoulders at the Prague Congress Centre, for the annual
International Astronautical Congress. The meeting, being held here for
the first time since 1977, covers subjects as diverse as the future of
the International Space Station and whether there's life on Mars.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/132120

Current Affairs
Czech president and foreign minister clash over EU treaty opt out
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A war of words has erupted between the two Czechs charged with steering
the country's external relations: the president and foreign minister.
The clash stems from concerns that the Czech opt-out from the European
Union's Lisbon Treaty demanded by President Vaclav Klaus might not be
looking so solid.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/132110

Science Journal
Czech spaceship architect who is going where no Czech has gone before,
to NASA, the asteroids, Mars and beyond.
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In this month's edition of Science Journal: the final frontier. These
are the voyages of Tomas Rousek, a Czech spaceship architect who is
going where no Czech has gone before, to NASA, the asteroids, Mars and
beyond.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/132099


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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Spotlight: The home of Jumping Virgin Mary

Many Czechs are familiar with the old expression Panenko Skákavá, which literally means Jumping Virgin Mary, but few know about the origin of the phrase. Jumping Virgin Mary, or more precisely, the Virgin Mary of Skoky, is the patron of what used to be one of Bohemia's most famous Roman Catholic pilgrimage sites. In this edition of Spotlight, we visit Skoky, now an extinct village with a run-down Baroque church that once attracted large crowds of believers.

Current Affairs: Film tribute to St. Václav wins plaudits after 80 years

Tuesday was a state holiday in the Czech Republic, the Day of Czech Statehood, which marks the feast day of the patron Saint Václav, or Wenceslas. While it has always been a red-letter day for Czech Roman Catholics, who commemorate the martyr's murder in the year 935, it is only in recent years that the date has gained in political significance. This year the office of the government marked the occasion with a special ceremony to return an 80 year old film epic about the holy monarch to the screen.

Current Affairs: World's astronauts, scientists, technicians meet for annual space congress

More than 2,000 astronauts, engineers and scientists are currently rubbing shoulders at the Prague Congress Centre, for the annual International Astronautical Congress. The meeting, being held here for the first time since 1977, covers subjects as diverse as the future of the International Space Station and whether there's life on Mars.

Current Affairs: Czech president and foreign minister clash over EU treaty opt out

A war of words has erupted between the two Czechs charged with steering the country's external relations: the president and foreign minister. The clash stems from concerns that the Czech opt-out from the European Union's Lisbon Treaty demanded by President Václav Klaus might not be looking so solid.

Science Journal: Czech spaceship architect who is going where no Czech has gone before, to NASA, the asteroids, Mars and beyond.

In this month's edition of Science Journal: the final frontier. These are the voyages of Tomáš Rousek, a Czech spaceship architect who is going where no Czech has gone before, to NASA, the asteroids, Mars and beyond.

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2010-09-29 16:24:00
Fuel and Energy Minister comments on benefits received by Ukraine from Energy
Community membership.
Speaking about the benefits received by Ukraine, becoming a member of the Energy
Community, Yuriy Boyko said that now Ukraine has the right to vote in the
European Commission as a partner of power companies inEurope.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129373

2010-09-29 16:17:00
Government adopts decision on privatization of Ukrtelecom.
According to Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, the corresponding decree was signed
by the Government and it starts the process of this enterprise's privatization.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129369

2010-09-29 16:14:00
Ukrainians get most work permits among foreigners legally employed in Poland.
In 2009, a total of 191, 000 these documents (95.7%) were provided to Ukrainian
citizens. Most often, the Ukrainians are employed in construction, agriculture,
as well as caring for children.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129361

2010-09-29 16:09:00
Speaker invites observers from international parliamentary organizations to
Ukrainian local elections.
Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn has sent letters to international
parliamentary organizations with an invitation to send their election observers
to the Ukrainian local elections.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129359

2010-09-29 16:04:00
Law on local elections and amendments aimed at ensuring equal conditions for
participation of all political forces in these elections.
This is what President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych said while meeting with the
co-rapporteur of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the
Council of Europe's, Mailis Reps. The parties discussed preparation and holding
of local elections in Ukraine thisyear.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129358

2010-09-29 15:58:00
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych pays tribute to memory of Babyn Yar
victims.
President Viktor Yanukovych has attended the ceremony commemorating the Babyn
Yar victims in the memorial park.The head of state laid a wreath at the monument
to the victims of Babyn Yar. The participants in the ceremony also observed a
minute ofsilence.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129355

2010-09-29 15:53:00
UEFA experts come to Ukraine to inspect stadiums in Euro 2012 host cities.
A large group of UEFA experts are to inspect stadiums in Lviv, Kharkiv, Kyiv and
Donetsk.This is the first of a series of visits, during which UEFA officials
will inspect the venues of the coming tournament each in their particular
spheres ofresponsibility.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129354

2010-09-29 15:51:00
Ukraine awarded diploma for best book display at exhibition in Ashgabat.
The State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine (SCTRB) was
awarded diploma for the best filling of a book display at the 5th International
Book Exhibition in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129353

2010-09-29 15:47:00
Milk prices in Ukraine continue to grow.
Purchase prices of milk in Ukraine, both from farms and households, continue to
soar. During a month the price of milk increased, depending on the grade, to
14-23%.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129352

2010-09-29 15:42:00
3rd international investment summit starts in Donetsk.
The summit, Donbass Investment Destination, on public-private partnerships in
the context of the new economic policy of Ukraine will be attended by Ukrainian
President Viktor Yanukovych, representatives of the Cabinet of Ministers,
National Bank, National InvestmentAgency.
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Radio Prague Today 9.28.2010

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2010-09-28 15:36:00
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov admits possibility of grain export quotas.
He said the government now estimates availability of grain.After that a decision
will be made on the volume of graine export. The Premier added that the
Government will get information about available amount of grain by the end of
theweek.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129257

2010-09-28 15:19:00
Energy Ministry denies reports on refusal of gas transportation to Poland.
The Ministry of Fuel and Energy of Ukraine denies the information spread by a
number of Ukrainian media outlets concerning Ukraine's alleged impediments to
the transportation of natural gas to Poland.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129256

2010-09-28 15:05:00
Every fifth Ukrainian considered teacher's profession prestigious.
These are the results of telephone surveys conducted by the Gorshenin Institute
from 25 to 27 September. These are the results of telephone surveys conducted by
the Institute Gorshenin from 25 to 27 September.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129253

2010-09-28 14:40:00
Cabinet of Ministers decides to put whole state's package of Ukrtelecom shares
for sale.
This was disclosed by Vice-Premier Sergiy Tihipko.State Property Fund Chairman
Olexander Ryabchenko earlier claimed that the auction for sale needs to be
announced before August 15, in order to get anticipated UAH 10 billion minimum
to fulfill the privatization plan.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129252

2010-09-28 14:22:00
Iryna Akimova proposes to set legal limits on growth of public debt for medium
term.
This is what First Deputy Head of Presidential Administration announced during
the conference "Ukraine: Reform, competitiveness, investments".
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129245

2010-09-28 14:10:00
Traffic movement opened on railway component of Darnytsya railway-motor bridge
across Dnieper.
As Prime Minister Mykola Azarov explained during the celebration of this
occasion, the idea of its building emerged in 2002.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129240

2010-09-28 14:03:00
Ukrainians begin to smoke less.
The number of Ukrainian smokers has declined by 17% over the last five years,
while the number of female smokers halved. These are the results of a survey
conducted by the Kyiv International Institute ofSociology.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129238

2010-09-28 13:58:00
Memorial to Crimean Tatar soldiers and officers unveiled in Yalta.
The memorial to Soviet soldiers and officers representing the Crimean Tatar
people, who were called to the front in 1941 from the region, has been unveiled
in Yalta (the Autonomous Republic of Crimea).
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129237

2010-09-28 13:45:00
National Askania-Nova Biosphere Reserve plans to prolong tourist season.
The National Askania-Nova Biosphere Reserve (Kherson region, Ukraine's south)
plans this year to receive tourists till late October inclusive.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129236

2010-09-28 13:38:00
NBU has enough resources to keep hryvnia.
This is what Olena Bilan, Chief Economist of Dragon Capital investment company
said. The central bank sold USD 0.6 billion on interbank to support the hryvnia
on the background of the increased devaluationpressure.
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Monday, September 27, 2010

News 9.27.2010

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

News Monday, September 27th, 2010

By: Chris Johnstone

* Heavy rain has brought flood warnings to the north of the country,
which bore the brunt of floods in August.

* The Czech President and Foreign Minister have clashed over who should
become ambassador to Ukraine.

* Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra has outlined plans to pull out the
Czech contingent in Kosovo during a trip to the former Serbian province.

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Weather office issues flood alerts for Liberec and Usti regions
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The Czech weather office has issued flood warnings for the northern
regions of Liberec and Usti following heavy rainfall over the weekend.
The regions were worst hit during severe floods at the start of August.
The highest, third category, flood level has been reached at one point
with many rivers in the regions at the second level of flood risk. In
the south of the country at Moravsky Krumlov the river there is also
only one level below posing an extreme threat of flooding. The
hydrometeorological institute says flood warnings should remain in
place until Wednesday when water levels are expected to subside.


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President opposed to former Freedom Union politician: report
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President Vaclav Klaus and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg have
clashed over the nomination of a new ambassador to Ukraine, according
to the daily Hospodarske noviny. The president is opposing the
suggestion that former Freedom Union chairman and minister, Petr Mares,
fills the spot. Mr. Mares is currently ambassador to the Netherlands.
The paper speculates that president Klaus' opposition stems from his
dislike of politicians from the now defunct Freedom Union which was
formed as a breakaway from the Civic Democrats when Vaclav Klaus led
the party. The paper reports, however, that the two men have agreed
that former Civic Democrat minister Petr Gandalovic will be the new
Czech ambassador in the United States.


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Defence Minister on Kosovo trip to explain force reduction
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Czech Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra visited Czech soldiers serving
in Kosovo on Monday and talked with members of the local government
from the former Serbian province. Mr. Vondra outlined Czech plans for
reducing its peacekeeping force in Kosovo from the current 270 to
around 90 in October. If the current security situation there does not
worsen the full force could be withdrawn by next summer, Mr. Vondra
said. Cost savings are the main reason for the reduction. At the same
time Prague has outlined plans to boost its presence in Afghanistan by
sending around 200 extra troops.


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'Slav epic' visitor numbers soar thanks to dispute
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More than twice as many visitors as usual flocked this year to see the
'Slav epic' series of painting by Czech painter Alfonse Mucha in
Moravsky Krumlov. According to the local mayor, visitor numbers soared
to 50,000 compared with the usual 20,000. Interest has been heightened
by a battle between the town and Prague which wants the series of 20
paintings sent to the capital to fulfill the wishes of the painter. The
paintings have stayed put as a legal dispute over whether Prague should
get them is fought out.


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Prague hosts International Astronautical Congress
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The Czech capital is hosting the 61st International Astronautical
Congress. The congress, which starts on Monday and lasts until Friday,
will bring more than 2000 experts to Prague. For the first time, the
congress is also being attended by representatives of space agencies
from Japan, India and the US. Experts will debate, among other issues,
how space exploration benefits mankind. The delegates will also have
time to explore the host city - on Tuesday, they are set for a "fun
evening" at one of Prague's most famous pubs, U Fleku.


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PPF seeks to branch out into retail banking
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The financial group PPF, controlled by the richest Czech Petr Kellner,
has asked the Czech National Banking for a banking license, according
to Monday's edition of Lidove noviny. According to the group's
spokesman, PPF is seeking to create a retail bank in the country with a
network of branches which would offer financial services to customers.
The spokesman said the project should bear fruit within the next year.
PPF already offers consumer loans in the Czech Republic and other
countries in Central Europe and Asia through its Home Credit company.


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'Forest murderer' commits suicide in jail
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The so-called 'forest murderer' Viktor Kalivoda committed suicide at
Valdice near Jicin over the weekend, prison authorities said on Monday.
The 33-year-old was given a life sentence after being found guilty of
murdering three people in 2005. Two were an elderly couple and a third
was a man who was walking his dog. Kalivoda said he chose his victims,
all who were walking in the woods, by chance.


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Austrians submit Internet protest against Temelin expansion and
environmental assessment
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Around 5,000 citizens and institutions in the Austrian region of Upper
Austria have taken advantage of an offer from authorities to submit
internet comments on plans to complete the Temelin nuclear power plant
by the deadline on Monday. Local authorities describe that total as a
success. The comments will be passed onto European authorities in
Brussels who have to oversee whether the plans are environmentally
acceptable. State controlled Czech power company CEZ wants to build two
more reactors at the site in South Bohemia. Austrian authorities
contend that the Czech environmental assessment was not conducted
properly.


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"Kawasaki's Rose" to get US premiere in November
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The film "Kawasaki's Rose" by Jan Hrebejk, chosen by the Czech Film and
Television Academy to compete for the Oscar for the best foreign
language film in 2011, will get its premiere in the United States at
the end of November. It will be screened at the New York cinema, Film
Forum, which specialises in independent productions. The academy
announced its Oscar competition selection on its website on Sunday. The
2009 drama tells the story of a respected psychiatrist and a former
dissident, who is about to receive state honours when it turns out he
had collaborated with the communist secret police. "Kawasaki's Rose"
got nine nominations for the annual Czech film awards, Cesky lev, but
only converted those for the best male and female actors in supporting
roles.


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Czechs face South Korea in women's basketball championships
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The Czech women's basketball team will take to the court for their
first game in the second group stage of the world championships being
hosted in the Czech Republic on Monday night. The opponents will be
South Korea. The Czechs have also been drawn in the same Brno group as
Spain, Russia, Brazil and Japan. The group results will decide who will
go onto the semi-finals.


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Weather
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The start of the week will be mostly overcast and cloudy, with rain
across the country. Highest day temperatures should range between 11
and 15 degrees Celsius. Sunny intervals should appear from Wednesday.

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Sports News
Sports News 9.27.2010
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In sports news this Monday: the women's basketball world championship
gets underway in the Czech Republic; in football, Galatasary's Milan
Baros scores a hat-trick and gets injured in a single game; and at
home, Plzen set a league record as they establish a convincing lead at
the top of the Gambrinus liga.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/132086

Current Affairs
Kawasaki's Rose chosen to vie for Best Foreign Film Oscar
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The Czech Film and Television Academy has made its choice for which
film to send to the 2011 Academy Awards, putting its trust once again
in director Jan Hrebejk for his drama Kawasaki's Rose. That Mr Hrebejk
has Oscar potential we already know - his WWII drama Divided We Fall
was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar in 2000 - but was
Kawasaki's Rose indeed the best candidate for an Oscar on offer; that's
a question I put to film critic Ilona Franckova.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/132085

Current Affairs
Klaus criticises UN, charges it needs to stay out of economics, science
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The outspoken Czech President Vaclav Klaus raised more than a few
eyebrows at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York when he
suggested in his address on Saturday what was needed was not an
increased role for the organisation in global governance. While he
agreed some reforms were necessary - namely to the Security Council -
he made clear that the UN needed to adhere more closely to its founding
principles.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/132084

One on One
Audio book publisher Karel Cernosek: selling literature as the spoken
word
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This week's edition of One on One features one of the joint founders of
the biggest Czech publishing house for audio books, Tympanum. The
company publishes dozens of titles, not just in Czech but also in
Slovak. While still a relatively new phenomenon, Karel Cernosek says
audio books are beginning to carve out a place for themselves on the
market. Chris Johnstone caught up with him recently at a cafe in the
centre of Prague to talk about selling literature as the spoken word.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/132075


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Sports News: Sports News 9.27.2010

In sports news this Monday: the women's basketball world championship gets underway in the Czech Republic; in football, Galatasary's Milan Baroš scores a hat-trick and gets injured in a single game; and at home, Plzeň set a league record as they establish a convincing lead at the top of the Gambrinus liga.

Current Affairs: Kawasaki's Rose chosen to vie for Best Foreign Film Oscar

The Czech Film and Television Academy has made its choice for which film to send to the 2011 Academy Awards, putting its trust once again in director Jan Hřebejk for his drama Kawasaki's Rose. That Mr Hřebejk has Oscar potential we already know – his WWII drama Divided We Fall was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar in 2000 – but was Kawasaki's Rose indeed the best candidate for an Oscar on offer; that's a question I put to film critic Ilona Francková.

Current Affairs: Klaus criticises UN, charges it needs to stay out of economics, science

The outspoken Czech President Václav Klaus raised more than a few eyebrows at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York when he suggested in his address on Saturday what was needed was not an increased role for the organisation in global governance. While he agreed some reforms were necessary - namely to the Security Council – he made clear that the UN needed to adhere more closely to its founding principles.

One on One: Audio book publisher Karel Černošek: selling literature as the spoken word

This week's edition of One on One features one of the joint founders of the biggest Czech publishing house for audio books, Tympanum. The company publishes dozens of titles, not just in Czech but also in Slovak. While still a relatively new phenomenon, Karel Černošek says audio books are beginning to carve out a place for themselves on the market. Chris Johnstone caught up with him recently at a café in the centre of Prague to talk about selling literature as the spoken word.

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2010-09-27 15:02:00
5th international biker convention starts in Odesa.
It is dubbed Autumn Rock 'n' Roll 2010, and is attended by about a thousand
motorcyclists. A festival show includes performances by rock groups from
Ukraine, Moldova and Russia, as well as contests, strength events, including
ultimate fighting and arm wrestlingcompetitions.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129151

2010-09-27 14:59:00
Ukrainian children sent for treatment and health improvement to Cuba.
As First Deputy Health Minister Vasyl Lazoryshynets has said, small patients
will reside at the health improving center near Havana.Climate conditions in
Cuba allow to effectively treat dermopathy that is not cured in Ukraine, and
such diseases as vitiligo andalopecia.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129149

2010-09-27 14:42:00
Dry cargo vessel "Lugela" with Ukrainian crew on board escape from pirates.
This was disclosed by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Ruslan
Demchenko.According to him, it happened due to efficient and professional action
of Ukrainian sailors who didn't allow pirates to change the direction of the
vessel's course towards the coast ofSomalia.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129147

2010-09-27 14:27:00
Ministry of Transport and Communications opens railway traffic on Darnytsya
motor- rail bridge in Kiev.
The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov.Traffic movement was
opened on two railway tracks of the bridge. As Mykola Azarov noted, motor
vehicle traffic will be opened next year.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129145

2010-09-27 13:59:00
Yaremche (Ivano-Frankivsk region) hosts international conference on
Ukrainian-Polish relations.
According to participants, the cooperation between the two countries is not
intensive enough and needs to be revived.Issues of political and humanitarian
spheres of the Ukrainian-Polish relations and their history were discussed at
theconference.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129142

2010-09-27 13:53:00
Pilgrims from other cities of Ukraine, representatives of different confessions
coming to Odesa.
In this city on September 30 an inter-confessional worship before the fragment
of the Cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified will be held in the Church of
Saint Andrew the Apostle.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129140

2010-09-27 13:25:00
Ukraine's accession to Energy Community gives it access to cheap credits.
This money will be spent for modernization of the equipment of the national gas
transportation system.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129138

2010-09-27 13:21:00
Today Ukraine launches nomination of candidates for local elections.
The relevant provisions are specified according to the schedule of basic
institutional arrangements for the preparation and holding of elections on
October 31, 2010, posted on the CEC website.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129136

2010-09-27 13:02:00
Speaker against amending law on local elections.
Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn, believes the law on local elections is far
from perfect, but he does not support amendments to it. This is what he said
during his working visit to Odesa region.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129133

2010-09-27 12:57:00
Ukrainian authorities open for frank dialogue with Ukrainian community abroad.
This was voiced by Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko in New York during a
meeting with representatives of the Ukrainian community in the United States.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=129130


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PORT HARDY: RESIDENTS ALLOWED HOME AFTER MUDSLIDE


Some residents on northern Vancouver Island were allowed to return home on Sunday after they were forced to flee because of a mudslide triggered by heavy rain. About 70 trailers and a dozen homes were evacuated in the village of Port Alice. Mud and debris washed out the main road. Mud was still blocking the road, but government officials declared the region safe to work. A state of emergency was lifted in the nearby community of Port Hardy.

FREDERICTON: FIVE PARTIES CONTEST PROVINCIAL ELECTION


People in New Brunswick vote in a provincial election on Monday in which five parties are contesting seats. New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham predicts that his Liberal Party will retain power in a close outcome. The Liberals have campaigned on a plan to create 20,000 jobs over the next four years. The Conservative Party leader, David Alward, has promised to obtain funding for a controversial treatment for multiple sclerosis.

OTTAWA: POLICE GATHER FOR ANNUAL MEMORIAL


Thousands of police officers attended an annual service on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Sunday to pay tribute to their colleagues killed in the line of duty. The hats of seven officers who were slain in the past year were laid on the steps leading to the Peace Tower. Among the victims were two members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who died during the earthquake in aiti, and two officers who were murdered in Ontario. Two officers were young women. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews paid tribute to Canada's police. A memorial pavilion commemorating the fallen officers includes the names of 771 people.

NEW DELHI: CANADIAN TEAM BEGINS TO ARRIVE AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES


Canadian sports officials say that accommodations for Canadian athletes at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi will be ready on Monday.  The president of Commonwealth Games Canada, Dr. Andrew Pipe, says that Canadian organizers are putting pressure on India's authorities to ensure adequate facilities for all members of the Commonwealth Games Association. For the past week, facilities at the Commonwealth site have been variously described as unsanitary or a health hazard. Several athletes, including two Canadians, withdrew from the Games. On Sunday, two Australian athletes withdrew. The Games begon on October 3.

CANADA FLIGHT


A Pakistan Airlines flight diverted to Stockholm, yesterday finally arrived at its destination in Karachi last night. The pilot of the Boeing 7-7-7 made an emergency landing, after Canadian police received a tip that a passenger was planning to blow up the plane. But no explosives were found on board, and the suspect was released, after questioning. Canadian police are now investigating whether someone with a grudge against the suspect, a Canadian national born in Pakistan, phoned in the bogus threat.

NEWFOUNDLAND


Canadian Forces members are working around the clock in eastern Newfoundland, helping with the cleanup from hurricane Igor. Soldiers have brought key supplies to residents, such as food, water and gasoline. Some 30 communities were cut off from the rest of the island by road and bridge washouts. Officials say military engineers could begin work in Marystown later today. It's been isolated since a key bridge at Long Pond failed in high winds and rain.


FRANCE


France's government claimed on Sunday to have information that seven foreign hostages in Mali, including five French citizens, were alive. The victims were kidnapped earlier this month in Niger by an Al-Qaeda gang. The French citizens along with a Togolese and a Madagascan were kidnapped in a raid on a uranium mining town. Most of the hostages work for France's state-owned nuclear giant Areva or its engineering sub-contractor Satom. The two companies have since withdrawn their foreign uranium workers from Niger. An aid in President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said that the government is ready to talk to the kidnappers. France has a reputation for paying off kidnappers, but the government officially denies making payoffs.

IRAQ


A suicide attack near Baghdad killed three police officers on Sunday. The victims died in an bomb explosion that targeted a police checkpoint in the town of Garma. Elsewhere in Iraq, an employee of Iraq's anti-corruption watchdog was shot dead by unidentified attackers along Baghdad's airport road. Gunmen also killed two Iraqi security officers in the centre of the capital. In the central city of Baquba, a magnetic bomb attached to a car killed one person and wounded five others. The attacks are part of an increased wave of violence that has swept across Iraq in the past three months.

JAPAN


Japan's prime minister on Sunday urged China to join him in resolving the two countries' dispute over a Chinese fishing captain. China has demanded that Japan apologize for detaining the captain and provide him with compensation. But Prime Minister Naoto Kan repeated that Japan would not respond to Chinese demands for an apology. Captain Zhan Qixiong was released and arrived back in China on Saturday. His crew had been freed earlier. His boat collided with Japanese patrol ships early this month near disputed islets, known as the Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan. The dispute has damaged bilateral relations and increased tension between the two countries. On Sunday, a Japanese man was arrested after he threw an object into the grounds of the Chinese consulate general in Nagasaki.

ISRAEL


Jewish settlers held symbolic ceremonies on Sunday to celebrate the end of Israel's moratorium on new construction in the West Benk. At one location, they broke ground for a new daycare centre while at another site, a large crowd released two thousand balloons to symbolize the number of apartments that they intend to build. Festivities went ahead despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's appeal for the settlers to show restraint as peace talks with Palestinian leaders continue. Palestinians have demanded an end to new Jewish construction in the West Bank.

POLISH CRASH


At least 12 people were killed in a bus crash near Berlin Sunday. Thirty-four others were hurt, including seven who are in critical condition. Officials say the bus was returning to Poland from a holiday tour of Spain. Most of those onboard are believed to be Polish. One report said the bus was forced off the road by a car leaving the highway.

RUSSIA CHINA


Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has begun a three day visit to China. He arrived Sunday in the former Russian city of Dalian, where he paid respects to fallen Russian soldiers who died defending the port from Japanese invaders. In a speech to Chinese and Russian war veterans, Mr. Medvedev said that friendship with China is the Kremlin's strategic choice, one that was sealed by blood years ago. Accompanied by top energy officials and business tycoons, Mr.Medvedev is slated to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing on Monday. He'll also sign a number of agreements with China, including energy deals.

NORTH KOREA


North Korea on Tuesday opens its largest political meeting in 30 years. Observers expect the The Workers' Party conference to pave the way for another dynastic succession in the impoverished hardline communist nation. The 68-year-old leader of the North, Kim Jong-II is widely expected to build support among delegates for an eventual takeover by his youngest son, Kim Jong-Un. The senior Kim suffered a stroke two years ago and also reportedly has kidney problems. At the last major ruling party gathering in 1980, Kim Jong-Il was publicly confirmed as eventual successor to his father, Kim II-Sung, the North's founding president who died in 1994.

VENEZUELA


Polls opened Sunday in Venezuela, launching crucial legislative elections seen as a key test for populist President Hugo Chavez. Late polls show the main opposition bloc is poised to make big gains against Mr. Chavez' United Socialist Party of Venezuela. The opposition hopes to win at least one-third of the 165 seats in Congress to block the president from pushing through constitutional changes as part of his self-styled socialist revolution. Ceremonies marked the start of voting, included military trumpet concerts, a tradition in Venezuela, an oil power with the second-largest proven reserves of crude in the world. President Chavez, a leader among Latin-American leftists, has urged Venezuelans to get-out and vote en masse.

 

CHILE


The first of three rescue capsules has arrived at the mine in northern Chile where 33 men have been trapped underground for more than seven weeks. Relatives and mining officials cheered as the capsule arrived at the mine site Saturday. Workers need to finish drilling the first of three rescue holes. They will be used to haul the miners out, and into the capsule. The government says if all goes well, that should happen by early November or sooner. Also on Saturday, a Chilean court froze the assets of the company which owns the mine. Chile's government requested the court action so that the company would be held responsible for costs incurred by the ongoing operation to free the miners.

MEXICO


One of the leading members of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico has been arrested. Margarito Soto Reyes, known as "The Tiger", was detained with eight accomplices near the western city of Guadalajara. He's accused of smuggling half a tonne of drugs into the US every month. Mexican police believe Soto Reyes replaced Ignacio Coronel, a top member of the cartel killed by soldiers in July. Coronel had operated an important trafficking route for synthetic drugs before his death. The Sinaloa cartel is one of the most powerful and violent drug trafficking groups in Mexico.


SPORTS


BASEBALL

Thee Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, 5-2, to complete a three-game sweep.

 

FOOTBALL

The Edmonton Eskimos beat the Toronto Argonauts, 24-6, on Sunday in a game played in Moncton, New Brunswick. The Saskatchewan Roughriders beat the Hamilton Tiger Cats on Saturday, 32-25, and the B.C. Lions defeated the Calgary Stampeders, 29-10.

 

MARATHON

Kenneth Mungara of Kenya broke his own race record on Sunday to win the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon for the third consecutive time. He ran in two hours, seven minutes, 57 seconds. Reid Coolsaet was the top Canadian. His time of 2:11:22 qualified him for the 2012 Olympics in London. It was the fastest ever run by a Canadian on home soil. In the women's race, Kenya's Sharon Cherop won in 2:22:42, just one second ahead of Tirfi Tsegaye of Ethiopia.

 

FIGURE SKATING

Canadians Kelly Oliveira and Jordan Hockley, in their international debut, finished fifth on Sunday in an ice dance competition in Karuizawa, Japan, the fourth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit. Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin of Russia finished first.