Tuesday, November 30, 2010

News 11.30.2010

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

News Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Prague Civic Democrat leader Bohuslav Svoboda has been elected mayor
of Prague.

* The police president is to meet with the prime minister and President
Vaclav Klaus following a call for him to resign from office.

* Czechs may soon gain better access to information pertaining to the
communist past of judges in active service.

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Bohuslav Svoboda elected mayor of Prague
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Prague Civic Democrat leader Bohuslav Svoboda was elected mayor of
Prague on Tuesday in a stormy session disrupted by angry protesters
unhappy with the opposition power-sharing deal in Prague. Hundreds of
people turned out to protest against the coalition of Civic and Social
Democrats crowding into City Hall to demonstrate their anger against a
deal which they claim perpetuates the corruption-tainted status quo.

The opposition agreement between the Civic and Social Democrats, which
froze-out Prague election winner TOP 09, has evoked widespread protests
and divided the parties of the Czech governing coalition. Thousands of
people have signed a petition against it including the former president
Vaclav Havel. Amidst growing tension at City Hall on Tuesday Bohuslav
Svoboda accused TOP 09 leaders of fuelling public discontent to further
their own political interests.

Mr Svoboda, who is 66, is a well known gynaecologist and former head of
the Czech Medical Chamber. His only previous involvement in politics
was when he stood unsuccessfully for the Senate in 1998 for a small
grouping called Four-Coalition.


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PM defends grand coalitions, but expresses preference for centre-right
alliance
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Prime Minister Petr Necas has dismissed criticism of an undercover pact
between his Civic Democrats and the opposition Social Democrats at many
town halls around the country. Mr. Necas said that although "grand
coalitions" have emerged in the four biggest towns, Prague, Brno,
Ostrava and Plzen, the overall number of towns that are to be governed
by a grand coalition would be lower than that after the last elections
eight years ago. Although the prime minister said the Prague public
should give Bohuslav Svoboda a fair chance, he said that he personally
would have liked to see a centre-right alliance in the Czech capital.
Many journalists have picked up on the discrepancy in recent days
noting that the Civic Democrat leader was simply unable to prevent a
deal with the party's main opposition rival.


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Police president wants to put his case to the PM and president
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Police president Oldrich Martinu is to meet with Prime Minister Petr
Necas and President Vaclav Klaus following a call for him to resign
from office. At a press conference in Prague on Monday, Interior
Minister Radek John asked the police president to leave his post,
saying he was highly dissatisfied with the way the country's elite
police units were functioning and criticized the police president for
failing to prevent information leaks from the presidium. The public
announcement came hot on the heels of last week's resignation of
Martinu's chief deputy, Viktor Cech who cited "long-lasting discord
between the country's elite police units" as the reason behind his
departure. The prime minister responded by saying he wanted a meeting
with all parties involved and criticized the interior minister for not
consulting the matter with him in advance. The Office of the President
confirmed that Mr. Klaus would meet with the police president on
Wednesday, but refused to disclose further details.


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Court ruling may bare judges' political past
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Czechs may soon gain better access to information pertaining to the
communist past of judges in active service. The Constitutional Court on
Tuesday upheld a complaint by activist Tomas Pecina, who demanded such
information in vain. The constitutional court judge overturned a ruling
by the Supreme Administrative Court which concluded that such
information was private and the public had no right to it. The Supreme
Administrative Court will now have to reopen the case.


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Advisory centre to cushion impact of rent liberalization
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The ministry for local development is setting up an advisory centre for
tenants who are hard hit by the liberalization of rents due to come
into force next year. Minister Kamil Jankovsky announced the decision
at a press conference in Prague on Tuesday, saying that the ministry
was aware that the liberalization of rents could leave some tenants
-especially elderly people and families with children- in financial
difficulties. The amendment to the law which goes into force as of
January, 2011 will affect over 400,000 tenants in the Czech Republic.
The minister said the advisory centre would operate free of charge and
be accessible to the public by phone, e-mail and visits in person.


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Predicted electricity price rises in 2011
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Electricity prices for households are expected to go up by 4.6 percent
in 2011, while companies should expect a 5.2 percent increase, the
Energy Regulatory Office said on Tuesday. The predicted price increases
will be valid on condition that a bill reducing state support for solar
power passes through both houses of Parliament and is signed into law
by the president. Should the bill, which has so far only passed through
the lower chamber, be rejected electricity prices next year could soar
by up to 15 percent. Its fate in the Senate is unclear since some
senators feel it is unfair to small investors.


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Sixteen-year- old aggressor taken into custody
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A sixteen-year-old boy who stabbed three children in a playground over
the weekend has been charged with attempted murder and taken into
custody. A judge ruled on the case on Tuesday morning, rejecting the
boy's release on bail for fear that he could inflict more violence on
others. A psychologist on the case described the youth as potentially
dangerous and highly unstable.

The youth, who had recently broken up with his girlfriend, had been
drinking at the pub with friends before heading for a local playground
where he attacked three children in quick succession as a means of
releasing his emotions. A nine-year-old boy was rushed to hospital in
critical condition after being repeatedly stabbed in the neck, stomach
and pelvis. He was operated on and is now in stable condition. The
other two children, who were stabbed in the back and hands, are also
recovering. If convicted, the youth faces a sentence of up to ten years.


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Road maintenance crews report problems on southern by-pass
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With the onset of winter, road maintenance crews report growing
problems along the recently opened southern by-pass around Prague. The
by-pass has no defrosting system which means that maintenance crews are
having to use heavy machinery to clear the road every few hours, with
traffic grinding to a halt. The tunnels along the by-pass were
repeatedly closed for maintenance and reopened when the first bout of
Arctic weather hit on Monday. Traffic police fear more complications on
Wednesday which is expected to bring more heavy snow.


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Deputy moves to make winter tires obligatory
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The first snow this week seriously worsened conditions on Czech roads,
a situation aggravated by the fact that some drivers are still using
summer tires. A deputy for the Public Affairs party has now moved to
change this. Stanislav Huml, former head of the traffic police, has
tabled a proposed amendment to the law which would make winter tires
obligatory from the start of November to the end of March. Huml says he
is certain the bill will pass through both houses without a hitch, but
due to time pressure it is unlikely to take affect this winter season.


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Second oldest Czech swears by Becherovka
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The second oldest Czech, 107-year-old Marie Tresnakova celebrated her
birthday at a senior citizens home on Monday surrounded by family and
friends. The old lady eats a healthy diet and has never smoked, but she
is partial to the Czech liqueur Becherovka to which she attributes her
good health and longevity. The news must have spread because many
well-wishers arrived armed with a bottle of her favourite drink. She
now has 11 litres of it to keep her going strong.


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Weather
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Although Tuesday has been clear and frosty across most of the Czech
Republic, Wednesday is expected to bring up to 20 centimetres of fresh
snow, with daytime temperatures at around minus 7 degrees Celsius and
night-time lows dropping to minus 15.

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Prague Civic Democrat leader Bohuslav Svoboda has been elected mayor of
Prague.
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Prague Civic Democrat leader Bohuslav Svoboda has been elected mayor of
Prague.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#1


The police president is to meet with the prime minister and President
Vaclav Klaus following a call for him to resign from office.
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The police president is to meet with the prime minister and President
Vaclav Klaus following a call for him to resign from office.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#3


Czechs may soon gain better access to information pertaining to the
communist past of judges in active service.
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Czechs may soon gain better access to information pertaining to the
communist past of judges in active service.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#4


Protestors, opposed to power-sharing deal, delay election at City Hall
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If anybody thought the election of Prague's new mayor would be easy on
Tuesday, their doubts were dashed by noon, when the Civic Democrat
candidate, Bohuslav Svodoba, was forced to delay proceedings for the
fourth time. Demonstrators at City Hall, carrying signs and blowing
whistles, had created such a din that electing the new mayor and city
council proved next to impossible.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/protestors-opposed-to-power-sharing-deal-delay-election-at-city-hall


Czech firms face increasing problems from both leaked information and
whistle blowers
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The WikiLeaks deluge of leaked US diplomatic cables has underlined the
dangers of information escaping from discontented employees. In the
Czech Republic, dismissed or unhappy workers are increasingly blowing
the whistle on their bosses, or going straight out of the door armed
with sensitive or compromising data.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czech-firms-face-increasing-problems-from-both-leaked-information-and-whistle-blowers


Tradition of Christmas tree collections for children's homes dates back
over 80 years
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On Sunday, which was the first Sunday of Advent, the lights were
switched on on Christmas trees on main squares around the Czech
Republic. But there is more to the brightly decorated evergreens than
creating a seasonal spirit: in many cities and towns charity
collections are held at the trees, with visitors donating cash and
gifts to Czech children's homes. It is a tradition that dates back more
than eight decades.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/tradition-of-christmas-tree-collections-for-childrens-homes-dates-back-over-80-years


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Radio Prague Today 11.30.2010

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Prague Civic Democrat leader Bohuslav Svoboda has been elected mayor of Prague.

Prague Civic Democrat leader Bohuslav Svoboda has been elected mayor of Prague.

The police president is to meet with the prime minister and President Václav Klaus following a call for him to resign from office.

The police president is to meet with the prime minister and President Václav Klaus following a call for him to resign from office.

Czechs may soon gain better access to information pertaining to the communist past of judges in active service.

Czechs may soon gain better access to information pertaining to the communist past of judges in active service.

Protestors, opposed to power-sharing deal, delay election at City Hall

If anybody thought the election of Prague's new mayor would be easy on Tuesday, their doubts were dashed by noon, when the Civic Democrat candidate, Bohuslav Svodoba, was forced to delay proceedings for the fourth time. Demonstrators at City Hall, carrying signs and blowing whistles, had created such a din that electing the new mayor and city council proved next to impossible.

Czech firms face increasing problems from both leaked information and whistle blowers

The WikiLeaks deluge of leaked US diplomatic cables has underlined the dangers of information escaping from discontented employees. In the Czech Republic, dismissed or unhappy workers are increasingly blowing the whistle on their bosses, or going straight out of the door armed with sensitive or compromising data.

Tradition of Christmas tree collections for children's homes dates back over 80 years

On Sunday, which was the first Sunday of Advent, the lights were switched on on Christmas trees on main squares around the Czech Republic. But there is more to the brightly decorated evergreens than creating a seasonal spirit: in many cities and towns charity collections are held at the trees, with visitors donating cash and gifts to Czech children's homes. It is a tradition that dates back more than eight decades.

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2010-11-30 16:08:00
Epidemic threshold of flu and ORVI sick rate not exceeded in Ukraine.
This was aired by Deputy Director of the Sanitary and Epidemiological Control
department under Ministry of Health Anton Parusov.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=134523

2010-11-30 15:57:00
Analysts forecast new wave of power's reformation initiatives may be postponed.
A new wave of legislative and reformation initiatives of the authorities, in
particular, adoption of the Labor and Housing Codes, the administrative reform,
may be postponed with the aim of avoiding socialprotests.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=134519

2010-11-30 15:54:00
92% of winter crops in good and satisfactory condition.
Winter grain crops as of November 25 were in good condition on an area of nearly
4.34 million hectares, or 53.4% of the total acreage. Winter crops were in
satisfactory condition on an area of 3.13 million hectares, or 38.6% of the
totalacreage.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=134516

2010-11-30 15:44:00
Official fan zone at EURO 2012 to function on Independence Square, Khreshchatyk.
One official fan zone will function during the UEFA EURO 2012 European Football
Championship Kyiv. It will be located on Independence Square and stretch along
Khreshchatyk Street from Instytutska Street to Bohdan KhmelnytskyStreet.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=134514

2010-11-30 15:37:00
A number of anti-corruption laws to be passed by Verkhovna Rada by end of this
year.
This was aired by Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn at a meeting with Czech
First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg in Kyiv.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=134513

2010-11-30 15:28:00
Parliament likely to consider President's remarks to Tax Code on December 2,
Speaker says.
According to Volodymyr Lytvyn, this should be done as soon as possible because
the process of passing the State Budget for next year depends on the adoption of
the new Tax Code.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=134512

2010-11-30 15:23:00
Tax code protesters to hold mass rally to prevent Parliament from overriding
President's veto.
This was disclosed by one of the coordinators of the protest action Volodymyr
Dorosh.The protesting entrepreneurs will closely follow the process of this
document's further development insisting that the instrument should include
their demands, hesaid.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=134509

2010-11-30 14:43:00
President decides to veto new Tax code.
This is what Viktor Yanukovych said today during a briefing at the Borispol
airport before leaving for Kazakhstan.It is here that a meeting attended by
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and Cabinet members was held bfore the President's
departure toKazakhstan.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=134506

2010-11-30 14:40:00
World' best short films will be shown in Kyiv.
In the capital's cinema theater Zhovten, the best videos will be shown at the
International Festival Wiz-Art 2010 on December 4-5 that will be represented by
the most recent short films from around theworld.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=134501

2010-11-30 14:31:00
Opposition ready for constructive work on draft state budget law for 2011.
This was voiced by deputy head of the BYuT faction Mykola Tomenko. However, he
said, opposition factions insist on developing the main financial instrument to
be based on the current tax regulations, not on the new TaxCode.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=134498


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OTTAWA: CANADIANS HELD AFGHAN JUVENILES


There's a report that Canadian Forces in Afghanistan have arrested children suspected of working with the Taliban. The report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. says many have been handed over to Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security, the organization that's been widely criticized for the mistreatment of captured insurgents. The CBC says Defence Minister Peter MacKay was briefed on the matter last March. The report also shows that an undisclosed number of juveniles have been kept in a Canadian facility at Kandahar Air Field for a significant period.

OTTAWA: THREE BYELECTIONS HELD


Three federal byelections are being held today in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba. One is being held in the Ontario riding of Vaughn, a Toronto suburb, while the two others are being held in the Manitoba constituencies of Winnipeg North and in Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette. Although the ruling Conservative Party is in a minority postion in Parliament, today's vote is not expected to affect the standings.

OTTAWA: TRADE DEFICIT WORSENS


Canada's trade deficit ballooned to $17.5 billion in the third quarter, $4.6 billion more than that of the previous quarter. The deficit is being propelled by the high Canadian dollar, which encourages imports and depresses exports. The dollar was trading at about US98 cents on Monday morning.

FORT LAUDERDALE: COMIC ACTOR DIES


Well-known Canadian actor Leslie Nielsen has died at the age of 84. The actor went from serious drama to such popular film comedies as Airplane and The Naked Gun. He appeared in more than 100 films, starting in the 1950's. Mr. Nielsen was named Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002, the country's highest civilian honour.


UNITED STATES


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the U.S. government deeply regrets the leak of classified documents to a website. The Wikileaks site will publish more than 250,000 documents later in the week. Mrs. Clinton says the government will take aggressive steps to bring the thieves to account. The secretary of state also says the documents will confirm how worried the world is by Iran's nuclear program. According to the British newspaper The Guardian, Saudi King Abdullah has repeatedly urged the U.S. to attack Iran's nuclear program.

IRAN


Iran's state television says separate bomb attacks have killed a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist and wounded another in the capital Tehran. It says attackers riding on motorcycles attached bombs to the car windows of the scientists as they drove to work on Monday morning. Majid Shahriari died, while Fereydoon Abbasi Davani survived the attack. At least two other Iranian nuclear scientists have been killed in recent years. Iran has said it suspects the attacks were part of an attempt by the West to undermine the country's nuclear program.

JAPAN


Japan has rejected a call by China on Sunday to resume six-party talks on North Korea because of the emergency caused by North Korea's attack against a South Korean island last week. Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara has told The Wall Street Journal that there's no point in such a resumption simply because North Korea has "gone amok." Mr. Maehara says North Korea must give indications it wants to advance the negotiations on its uranium enrichment and on the latest military incident. South Korea, the U.S. and Russia are also involved in the six-party talks which North Korea has been boycotting. Mr. Maehara, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung Hwan will meet in Washington on Dec. 6 to discuss the situation.

HAITI


There are widespread claims of fraud in Sunday's election in the Caribbean nation of Haiti. Twelve of the 19 presidential candidates have called for the election to be cancelled, accusing the existing government of tampering with the vote. Preliminary results are not expected until Dec. 7.

MEXICO


Mexican President Felipe Calderon has opened the UN-sponsored conference on climate change in Cancun with a call for nations to put purely national interests to one side. Mr. Calderon spoke before 15,000 delegates, business people, activists and journalists. He told them that the world's atmosphere is indifferent to the sovereignty of states. Delegates are hoping to mobilize billions of dollars to wean the economies of developing countries away from fossil fuels through green technology. In the wake of last year's disappointing UN summit on climate change in Copenhagen, there is little expectation of achieving a broad agreement among the 193 nations meeting in Cancun.

RUSSIA


A Russian journalist who was badly beaten on Nov. 6 says he's amazed by the level of public support he has received. Oleg Kashin also says he is surprised by the expression of support from President Dmitri Medvedev. The president pledged that the culprits will be found. Mr. Kashin works for the business weekly Kommersant. He has written articles about opposition demonstrations and controversial plans to build a highway through the Khimko forest outside Moscow.

BRAZIL


Brazil's law enforcement agencies says their anti-drug raids on a vast slum in Rio de Janeiro have been successful. On Sunday, some 2,600 paratroopers, marines and elite police backed up by helicopters and armored personnel carriers led a pre-dawn assault on the traffickers' compound in Grota, which has a population of 400,000. Grota is just one of 15 slums that make up the Complexo do Alemao in northern Rio. The city is preparing to host the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics and there's concern about security for both events.


MARKETS


TSX on Monday: 12,896, down 2. Canadian dollar: US98. Euro: $1.3. Oil: US$85.56, up $1.80.

MONTREAL: CHEESEMAKER INVESTIGATES CONTAMINATION


Canadian dairy firm Saputo says it's investigating the cause of a product contamination that caused a recall. Saputo says it has had to recall several lots of cheese made at an unidentified plant in Quebec that were infected with Listeria bacteria. Eleven-thousand kilograms of cheese have been recalled. There have been no reported illnesses. The biggest food recall in Canadian history occurred in 2008 when processed meats marketed by a Maple Leaf Foods plant in Toronto led to a listeriosis outbreak that killed 20 people.


WEATHER


British Columbia on Tuesday: rain south, snow north, high C9 Vancouver. Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut: snow. Whitehorse -15, Yellowknife -8, Iqaluit -2. Alberta: snow north, mix sun cloud south. Saskatchewan: mix sun cloud. Manitoba: snow. Edmonton -5, Regina -16, Winnipeg -9. Ontario, Quebec: rain. Toronto 10, Ottawa 6, Montreal 7. New Brunswick, Nova Scotia: sun. Prince Edward Island: mix sun cloud. Newfoundland and Labrador: snow. Fredericton, Halifax, Charlottetown 4, St. John's 3.


SPORTS


FOOTBALL

The Montreal Alouettes are optimistic Anthony Calvillo will pull through his health scare and play next season. The star quarterback revealed after last night's 21-18 Grey Cup win over Saskatchewan that he needs surgery to remove a lesion from his thyroid gland. General Manager Jim Popp says doctors feel very optimistic and that if all goes well he thinks Calvillo will be back.

HOCKEY

The hockey world has converged on Montreal to say goodbye to Pat Burns. The cop-turned-coach died earlier this month after a long battle with cancer. He was 58. Burns coached in Montreal, Toronto and Boston before winning a Stanley Cup with New Jersey.

Monday, November 29, 2010

News 11.29.2010

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

News Monday, November 29th, 2010

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Interior Minister Radek John has asked the police president to resign.

* US cables out of Prague form part of the deluge of leaked diplomatic
material released by the WikiLeaks server.

* A sixteen-year-old boy who stabbed three children in a playground
over the weekend has been charged with attempted murder.

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Interior minister says police president must go
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Interior Minister Radek John on Monday asked the police president,
Oldrich Martinu, to resign. At a press briefing in Prague the minister
said the situation at the police presidium was untenable and that
Martinu had proven a poor manager both in terms of people skills and
financial matters. He expressed dissatisfaction with the way the
country's elite police units were functioning and criticized the police
president for failing to prevent information leaks from the presidium.
This latest development comes hot on the heels of last week's
resignation of Martinu's chief deputy, Viktor Cech who cited
"long-lasting discord between the country's elite police units" as the
reason behind his departure.


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Leaked cable concerns strategic rethink following abandonment of
bilateral missile defence strategy
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Czech-US relations are caught up in the massive publication of US
diplomatic messages being released by the WikiLeaks server. So far the
site has released just one letter from the US embassy in Prague dating
from October 2009. It concerns the reset of relations following
President Barack Obama's decision a month earlier to abandon his
predecessor's anti-missile defence shield plans involving a radar base
in the Czech Republic and interceptor missiles in neighbouring Poland.
The letter gives a snapshot of how the US side is trying to encourage
the Czechs to think more broadly about future strategic cooperation,
with the Czech side struggling to deal with the reset. According to the
Guardian newspaper over 1,000 of the overall 250,000 cables are out of
Prague.


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Czechs to contribute to EU bailout for Ireland
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The Czech Republic will contribute 6.7 billion crowns, around 270
million euros, to the 85 billion euro loan offered to Ireland to help
it overcome its ongoing financial crisis. Details of the Czech
contribution were given on Sunday by deputy finance minister Tomas
Zidek following an emergency meeting of EU finance ministers in
Brussels. The Czech Republic joins other non-eurozone countries, such
as Britain, Denmark and Sweden, participating in the package. The help
will not apparently need to be cleared by the current government or
parliament on the principle of such a step already having been agreed
by the previous caretaker administration of prime minister Jan Fischer.
Czech eurosceptic president Vaclav Klaus last week raised the
possibility of the Czech Republic seeking an opt out from adopting the
euro, pinpointing the possibility of taking advantage of a reopening of
the Lisbon treaty to insert a financial safety mechanism for eurozone
countries to make such a demand.


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EC publishes revised economic growth forecast for Czech Republic
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The European Commission has revised its forecast of Czech economic
growth for 2010, predicting a growth of 2.4 percent, up from its 1.6
percent forecast in the spring. For next year it predicts a growth of
2.3 percent. Both predictions are more optimistic than those of the
Czech finance ministry and the central bank which are expecting a
growth of 2.2 percent this year and a mere 1.5 percent growth in 2011
due to the government's austerity package and slower economic growth in
the countries which are the Czech Republic's main business partners.


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Sixteen-year-old charged with attempted murder
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A sixteen-year-old boy who stabbed three children in a playground over
the weekend has been charged with attempted murder. The youth, who had
recently broken up with his girlfriend, had been drinking at the pub
with friends before heading for a local playground where he attacked
three children in quick succession as a means of releasing his
emotions. A nine-year-old boy was rushed to hospital in critical
condition after being repeatedly stabbed in the neck, stomach and
pelvis. He was operated on and is now in stable condition. The other
two children, who were stabbed in the back and hands, are also
recovering. If convicted, the youth faces a sentence of up to ten years.


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Ukraine seeking to forge closer business ties with EU
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Ukraine would like the Czech Republic to take part in its upcoming
negotiations with the EU on the modernisation of Ukraine's gas
transport network, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said during
talks with the visiting Czech foreign minister Karel Schwarzenberg. The
Czech foreign minister's one day working visit to Kiev covers a wide
range of issues including European security, bilateral relations and
Ukraine's ambition to develop closer ties with the EU. Prime Minister
Azarov said Ukraine was also interested in cooperation with the
car-maker Skoda Auto and would like to play a part in the modernisation
of the Czech air fleet.


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Czech banks pass new round of stress tests
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New stress tests have shown that Czech banks are highly resilient in
times of crisis, the central bank reports. The tests conducted are
based on a number of adverse scenarios including a combination of
unfavourable economic development both at home and abroad with renewed
uncertainty on financial markets. In all scenarios the banking sector
would maintain a capital adequacy above 8 percent, the bottom level
required by the central bank. The banking sector's stability is
attributed to the high capital adequacy of Czech financial institutions.


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Czechs divided on government's austerity measures
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More than three-fourth of Czechs ( 77 percent of those polled)have said
they will not take part in next week's planned strike against lower
wages in the public sector although many see it as justified. Forty-six
percent of respondents said they support the trade union protest, while
thirty-seven percent of those polled said the government had no choice
but to implement far-reaching austerity measures. SANEP, the agency
that conducted the poll, says that Czechs are generally more inclined
to support a welfare state at the expense of higher debts. Trade unions
have called a nation-wide strike on December 8th, to protest against
the government's austerity plans despite the fact that the respective
bills have already passed through both houses of Parliament and been
signed into law by the president.


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Two Czechs buy majority share in Belgian Quick Step
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Zdenek Bakala, one of the richest Czech financiers, has bought a
majority stake in the Belgian professional cycling team Quick Step,
along with Bessel Kok, former chief of a Czech telephone company.
Together Bakala and Kok have an 80 percent stake in Quick Step. The
rest of Quick Step is owned by the team's manager Patrick Lefevere. The
future of Quick Step had been uncertain for some time. Bessel Kok told
the Czech daily Hospodarske noviny that the new co-owners guaranteed to
finance the team till the end of 2013.


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Heavy snow complicating traffic
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Heavy snow is complicating road and rail traffic in many parts of the
country. Ten to twenty centimeters of fresh snow overnight resulted in
pile-ups along the country's highways with a number of stranded lorries
further complicating the situation. The main by-pass around Prague had
to be closed for over an hour on Monday morning after a truck got
wedged in one of the tunnels. Trains have been running with delays,
although city traffic in Prague has been fairly problem-free. More snow
is expected in the course of the day and drivers heading for the
mountains have been warned to exercise extreme caution. Traffic police
say the situation on Czech roads is unnecessarily complicated by the
fact that some drivers are still using summer tires.


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Weather
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More snow is expected in the coming days with daytime temperatures
between -2 and -6 degrees Celsius.


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Interior Minister Radek John has asked the police president to resign.
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Interior Minister Radek John has asked the police president to resign.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#1


US cables out of Prague form part of the deluge of leaked diplomatic
material released by the WikiLeaks server.
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US cables out of Prague form part of the deluge of leaked diplomatic
material released by the WikiLeaks server.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#2


A sixteen-year-old boy who stabbed three children in a playground over
the weekend has been charged with attempted murder.
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A sixteen-year-old boy who stabbed three children in a playground over
the weekend has been charged with attempted murder.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#5


Confidential material from US embassy in Prague included in WikiLeaks
release
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Czech-US relations have been caught up in the massive release of secret
US diplomatic cables by the WikiLeaks server. One of more than a
thousand cables from the US embassy in Prague already put up on the
whistle blower's server provides a snapshot of how Czech and US
diplomats began to recast their relations after the US dumped its plans
for an anti-missile base in the Czech Republic.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/confidential-material-from-us-embassy-in-prague-included-in-wikileaks-release


Elite military training course underway in Vyskov
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An elite battle command training program is drawing to a close at the
military training site in Vyskov. After more than three weeks of severe
physical and environmental stress only seven of the 25 officers who
started the course remain. They will form the backbone of the country's
elite combat units and be handpicked to lead military operations in
foreign missions.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/elite-military-training-course-underway-in-vyskov


Sports News 29.11.2010
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In Sports News this Monday: Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych fails to
get past the group stage at his first ATP World Tour Finals, but says
he is still happy after his best season to date; Aspen proves third
time unlucky for Sarka Zahrobska in the slalom; Olympic speed skating
champion Martina Sablikova is still waiting for her first World Cup win
this season; and Milan Baros returns but ends up on the losing side in
an Istanbul derby.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/sport/sports-news-2010-11-29


Rachel Kanarowski - editor of a major glossy magazine at just 30
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Rachel Kanarowski has the kind of job that must make her the envy of
her peers. At only 30, she is the editor-in-chief of the Czech version
of InStyle, a major international women's magazine. At the magazine's
offices, we discussed shopping in Prague and the Czech take on style.
But first Kanarowski described the unlikely sounding way in which the
opportunity to enter the business arose, and how she made the most of
that chance.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/one-on-one/rachel-kanarowski-editor-of-a-major-glossy-magazine-at-just-30


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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Interior Minister Radek John has asked the police president to resign.

Interior Minister Radek John has asked the police president to resign.

US cables out of Prague form part of the deluge of leaked diplomatic material released by the WikiLeaks server.

US cables out of Prague form part of the deluge of leaked diplomatic material released by the WikiLeaks server.

A sixteen-year-old boy who stabbed three children in a playground over the weekend has been charged with attempted murder.

A sixteen-year-old boy who stabbed three children in a playground over the weekend has been charged with attempted murder.

Confidential material from US embassy in Prague included in WikiLeaks release

Czech-US relations have been caught up in the massive release of secret US diplomatic cables by the WikiLeaks server. One of more than a thousand cables from the US embassy in Prague already put up on the whistle blower's server provides a snapshot of how Czech and US diplomats began to recast their relations after the US dumped its plans for an anti-missile base in the Czech Republic.

Elite military training course underway in Vyškov

An elite battle command training program is drawing to a close at the military training site in Vyškov. After more than three weeks of severe physical and environmental stress only seven of the 25 officers who started the course remain. They will form the backbone of the country's elite combat units and be handpicked to lead military operations in foreign missions.

Sports News 29.11.2010

In Sports News this Monday: Czech tennis star Tomáš Berdych fails to get past the group stage at his first ATP World Tour Finals, but says he is still happy after his best season to date; Aspen proves third time unlucky for Šárka Záhrobská in the slalom; Olympic speed skating champion Martina Sáblíková is still waiting for her first World Cup win this season; and Milan Baroš returns but ends up on the losing side in an Istanbul derby.

Rachel Kanarowski – editor of a major glossy magazine at just 30

Rachel Kanarowski has the kind of job that must make her the envy of her peers. At only 30, she is the editor-in-chief of the Czech version of InStyle, a major international women's magazine. At the magazine's offices, we discussed shopping in Prague and the Czech take on style. But first Kanarowski described the unlikely sounding way in which the opportunity to enter the business arose, and how she made the most of that chance.

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2010-11-29 16:09:00
Over five thousand entrepreneurs holding protest rally downtown Kyiv.
In addition to vetoing the new Tax code, the participants in the rally demand
the resignation of vice-premier Serhiy Tihipko.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=134429

2010-11-29 15:38:00
Visit of Czech Foreign Mister to Ukraine viewed significant event.
Such an opinion was expressed by Ukrainian Foreign Misiter Kostyantyn
Hryshchenko at a joint press conference with Foreign Minister of the Czech
Republic Karel Schwarzenberg.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=134424

2010-11-29 15:20:00
Problems with gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine not to repeat again.
This is what Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Hryshchenko said at a joint
press conference with Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg in Kyiv.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=134420

2010-11-29 15:15:00
Ukraine, Czech Republic boost trade in nine months.
The trade turnover between Ukraine and the Czech Republic in January-September
2010 reached USD 951.2 million, which was 40.3% more than in the same period
last year.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=134418

2010-11-29 15:04:00
Kateryna Bondarenko again among top 100 in WTA world ranking WTA.
She rose by 13 positions and ranks 100th. Her sister Olena Bondarenko is on the
36 th position.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=134417

2010-11-29 14:54:00
Ukraine and Russia to set up high level body for integration interaction.
This body is to implement joint projects aimed to introduce common approach
towards developing economies of both countries.This was stated by Viktor
Yanukovych during a meeting of Ukrainian-Russian interstate commission at the
residence of the President of Russia -Gorki.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=134413

2010-11-29 14:35:00
Finance Minister proposes to exclude from Tax code section on single tax system.
This also refers to changes in tax administration.This was disclosed by
co-organizer of the protest action Oksana Prodan. Press Secretary of the Central
Rescue Headquarters of Ukrainian entrepreneurs Sviatoslav Shvetsov has said the
prorest action will continuetoday.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=134411

2010-11-29 14:29:00
Government, entrepreneurs work out list of requirements for amendments to Tax
Code.
A joint working group of government officials and entrepreneurs on the
preparation and working out compromise solutions with respect to amendments to
the Tax Code of Ukraine started its work.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=134410

2010-11-29 14:15:00
Vice Premier Tihipko: Tax Code will not increase unemployment.
Vice Premier Serhiy Tihipko considers it groundless to state that unemployment
will increase in Ukraine with the Tax Code coming into force, he has said about
this on the air of the 1+1 TV Channel. "This will have no effect on the increase
of unemployment, " Tihipkosaid.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=134408

2010-11-29 14:12:00
Budget 2011 should be adopted till December 20, Premier believes.
The Premier noted that on November 29, amendments to the Tax Code should be
developed and adjusted.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=134406


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Sunday, November 28, 2010

News 11.28.2010

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

News Sunday, November 28th, 2010

By: Chris Johnstone

* Brno Social Democrats have backed acting party boss Bohuslav Sobotka
to lead the party in the future.

* Weather forecasters are warning of heavy snowfalls and disruption.

* The Czech Transport Minister has said new rules allowing a wider
range of punishments for road offences should be drawn up by March.

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Brno vote seen as important indicator for national congress
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Social Democrats in the second city of Brno have sent an important
signal about who is likely to be the future leader of the party. Party
members in a secret ballot backed acting party leader and former
finance minister Bohuslav Sobotka against his main rival, south Moravia
regional governor Michal Hasek. Mr. Sobotka won 70 votes and Mr. Hasek
52. The vote in Brno had been described as too close to call by party
chairman Jeronym Tejc. Brno will send 12 delegates to a national party
meeting in March which will decide the leadership. The former leader of
the main opposition party, Jiri Paroubek, resigned after disappointing
election results at the end of May.


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Forecasters warn of emergency conditions by Monday
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The Czech Republic is bracing itself for heavy snowfalls. Weather
forecasters on Sunday warned of snowfalls of up to 15 centimetres
during the night in the south-east and east of the country. Similar
amounts could fall across the country on Monday with up to 30
centimetres on high ground in the north. Smog conditions in the east of
the country had eased on Sunday. In some places on Saturday, air
quality was three times worse than the permitted level.


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Minister returns to income related penalties idea
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Czech Transport Minister Vit Barta has said that changes allowing more
flexible punishments for drivers who commit offences should be prepared
by March next year. The minister resurrected the idea that fines should
be related to the ability to pay and should have a long term deterrent
effect. Fines for aggressive and irresponsible drivers should mean that
offenders forgo expensive holidays or a flat for the rest of their
lives, he said during an interview on public broadcaster Czech
Television on Sunday. The minister's comments follow heavy publicity
for an exemplary five year jail sentence given in the week to a driver
who forced a slower car off the motorway and down an embankment. Mr.
Barta also said that bureaucratic delays in processing fines should be
dealt with rapidly. Around 30-40 percent of cases had to be dropped in
2009 because they were not processed within 12 months.

The minister urged higher road fines for the rich soon after taking
office in the summer. The idea was cold shouldered by government
colleagues and lawyers said that it could infringe citizen's rights.


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Around 30,000 crush into Old Town Square
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Two people collapsed and had to be given emergency treatment after
crowds thronged Prague's Old Town square for the traditional switch on
of Christmas lights on Saturday evening. Around 30,000 people crowded
into the historic square and side streets leading to a crush and panic
at some points. Some of the worst scenes were around the 52 metre high
Christmas tree erected in the square and under the historic clock
tower. Christmas markets have started in the square, nearby Wenceslas
Square and at other points around the city.


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Nine year old out of danger after stabbing spree
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Hospital authorities have said that a nine-year old boy who was
fighting for his life after receiving multiple stab wounds in the
eastern city of Ostrava is out of immediate danger. Two youths aged 13
and 14 who were stabbed in the same incident are in a stable condition.
Police say a running fight broke out during Saturday evening during
which they were injured. Two youths have been detained for questioning
with police saying that they are treating the incident as attempted
murder.


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Court orders man suspected of blackmailing missing girl's parents to
remain in custody
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A court in the western city of Plzen has ordered a 24-year-old man
suspected of blackmailing the family of a missing nine-year-old girl to
be kept in custody. Police say the man demanded 250,000 crowns for the
return of the missing girl and demanded no police involvement. The man
faces fraud charges and a jail sentence of up to two years. The
nine-year-old girl, Anna, disappeared from a Prague suburb in
mid-October and has not been found in spite of intensive police
searches. The family offered a reward of 3.5 million crowns for
information leading to her return or her takers.


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Czech film maker to receive prize for documentary on killings at end of
WWII
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Czech film director David Vondracek is to receive a prize for his film
"Zabijeni po cesku," which roughly translates as "Killing Czech style"
in Frankfurt, Germany, on Sunday. The Franz Werfel Human Rights Prize
has been awarded by the German foundation, the Centre Against
Expulsions. The film deals with Czech murders of German civilians at
the end of WWII. In particular it concentrates on the murder of 763
civilians by members of the Czech army and revolutionary guards at the
town of Postoloprty in the north of the country. The film was screened
in prime time by Czech Television.


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Poll shows bigger support for unions than government over public sector
savings
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Unions preparing strike action against threatened public sector pay
cuts and job losses have greater public support than the government
according to an internet poll released on Sunday. Almost 41 percent of
respondents in a poll conducted by the SANEP agency said they supported
the union stand with almost 38 percent backing the government. Unions
are planning to a one day strike on December 8 against government plans
to find savings of 10 percent on public sector wage costs either from
pay cuts or redundancies. They say the government should negotiate on
its proposed moves.


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Senate head expresses reserves about moves to curb solar power boom
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Senate head Milan Stech said the upper house is searching for greater
assurances that government moves to curb the costs of a solar power
boom are legally watertight. Speaking on television Sunday, Mr. Stech
said that lawyers from the upper house's legislative unit had raised a
series of warning that the country could face expensive arbitration
proceedings due to government moves against solar power companies. The
government has imposed taxes on solar power companies, increased taxes
on land changes and cut state support for solar generated power as part
of moves to stop electricity price rises next year exceeding 5.5
percent. Mr. Stech said the Senate might withhold backing for the
government moves as a protest move. This would still allow them to go
ahead by the end of the year but clearly focus any blame for future
problems on the government.


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Karel Gott wins Czech singer of the year award
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Karel Gott won the annual Czech Nightingale pop music contest,
receiving the prize for the most popular Czech pop singer at the award
ceremony on Saturday night. Gott, aged 71, won his 36th Nightingale
award. In 1963, he gained the prize for the first time. Since then, 44
Nightingale contests have been organised. Lucie Bila and Kabat also
defended their titles for the most popular female singer and the best
band categories. Votes from the public decide who gets the Czech
Nightingale prizes. Altogether, just under 148,000 votes were cast.


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Weather
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Daytime temperatures will plunge below zero on Monday with fall to
around minus seven degrees Celsius on Tuesday night. Heavy snow showers
are expected starting Sunday night.

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Brno Social Democrats have backed acting party boss Bohuslav Sobotka to
lead the party in the future.
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Brno Social Democrats have backed acting party boss Bohuslav Sobotka to
lead the party in the future.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#1


Weather forecasters are warning of heavy snowfalls and disruption.
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Weather forecasters are warning of heavy snowfalls and disruption.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#2


The Czech Transport Minister has said new rules allowing a wider range
of punishments for road offences should be drawn up by March.
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The Czech Transport Minister has said new rules allowing a wider range
of punishments for road offences should be drawn up by March.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#3


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Brno Social Democrats have backed acting party boss Bohuslav Sobotka to lead the party in the future.

Brno Social Democrats have backed acting party boss Bohuslav Sobotka to lead the party in the future.

Weather forecasters are warning of heavy snowfalls and disruption.

Weather forecasters are warning of heavy snowfalls and disruption.

The Czech Transport Minister has said new rules allowing a wider range of punishments for road offences should be drawn up by March.

The Czech Transport Minister has said new rules allowing a wider range of punishments for road offences should be drawn up by March.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

News 11.27.2010

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

News Saturday, November 27th, 2010

By: Chris Johnstone

* Czechs have experienced their first major snowfalls across the
country with warnings of heavy falls and disruption by Monday.

* Brno Social Democrats are meeting to vote on who they would like to
lead the party.

* Both the Czech National Bank and president are reportedly seeking an
opt out from the obligation to adopt the euro.

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Czechs deal with first major snowfalls
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Czechs across the country have experienced their first major snowfalls.
Fresh snowfalls were deepest in parts of Moravia with drifts
threatening problems on some roads. In the west of the country, snow
began earlier in the week and has turned to ice. Temperatures in the
Plzen region plunged overnight to minus 10 degrees Celsius.


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Air pollution more than three times over limits in north-east of country
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Freezing conditions have worsened air quality conditions in the
industrial north-east of the country. Limits for airborne dust has been
exceeded at all monitoring points and at one, at Bohumin, was more than
three times the permitted level. Air quality conditions in the region
are the worst in the country and are exacerbated during the winter. The
city of Ostrava has launched legal proceedings against the central
government saying it has not taken serious enough steps to deal with
the problem.


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Forecasters warn of emergency conditions by Monday
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Weather forecasters are warning of serious disruption being caused by
snowfalls on Sunday with up to 20 Centimetres of snow across the
country possible by Monday morning. The snow, likely to accompanied by
high winds which could create drifts, will arrive from the south-east.
Snow is likely to continue on Monday in the north of the country with
chances of another 15 Centimetres of snow there during the day.


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Brno leadership vote seen as important indicator
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Members of the main opposition party, the left of centre Social
Democrats, in the second city of Brno will send an important signal
about who is likely to be the future leader of the party. Party members
are meeting on Saturday to decide whether they would prefer acting
party leader and former finance minister Bohuslav Sobotka or south
Moravia regional governor Michal Hasek as leader. Both men will address
Saturday's meeting. Brno party chairman Jeronym Tejc has said it is too
close to call who might win in the secret ballot. Brno will send 12
delegates to a party meeting in Brno in March. The former leader, Jiri
Paroubek, resigned after disapointing election results at the end of
May.


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Czech National Bank and president back euro opt out: report
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The Czech National Bank as well as President Vaclav Klaus have called
for the government to seek an opt out from adopting the single European
currency, the euro, according to Saturday's edition of the daily Lidove
noviny. It said the bank was working on a report spelling out how an
opt out could be obtained. The paper says the bank and president feel
the time to make the demand is ripe now that Germany wants to reopen
the Lisbon treaty and insert a permanent safety mechanism for eurozone
countries. Prime Minister Petr Necas on Friday reacted to news the
president favoured an opt-out (similar to Denmark's or Great Britain's)
by making clear such a move was highly unlikely.

As well as much tighter rules on budget deficits, the mechanism should
include a larger fund to help save countries which hit problems.
Whether countries, such as the Czech Republic, which are not members of
the eurozone but are obliged to join when they meet the qualification
conditions, should also contribute to the fund in not clear. Finance
Minister Miroslav Kalousek has said he does not think the Czech
Republic should contribute directly as long as it is outside the zone.


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Police detain man suspected of blackmailing missing girl's parents
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Police in the western city of Plzen have detained a 24-year-old man
suspected of blackmailing the family of a missing nine-year-old girl.
Police say the man demanded 250,000 crowns for the return of the
missing girl and demanded no police involvement. The man faces fraud
charges and a jail sentence of up to two years. The nine-year-old girl,
Anna, disappeared from a Prague suburb in mid-October and has not been
found in spite of intensive police searches. The family offered a
reward of 3.5 million crowns for information leading to her return or
her takers.


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Czech Social Security Administration raises alarm over rocketing
distrainment orders
------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Czech Social Security Administration has highlighted an alarming
rise in distrainment orders served on pension payments connected with
the worsening economic situation. The number of such orders at the end
of October totalled more than 106,000, a sevenfold increase on the
total in 2005. Overall, the administration said over 591,000
distrainment orders have been served so far this year. In 2005, the
total was just over 247,000. The distrainment caseload has been
described as critical by the authority with management setting a target
of the middle of next year to sort it out.


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French customs officers make huge cannabis seizure in Czech truck
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French customs officers detained two men after find a tonne of cannabis
hidden in a lorry with Czech registration plates. The seizure was made
near the south-east city of Saint-Etienne on the motorway between Lyons
and Marseille. The drug had a street value of around 2.0 million euros,
around 50 million crowns. The regional daily Le Dauphine Libore said it
was the third such seizure in a month in the Rhone valley.


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Czech swimmer sets national record at European championships
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Czech swimmer Tomas Fucik set a new national record of 53.82 seconds on
Saturday in a heat of the 100 metres medley event during the European
Short Course Swimming Championships being held in Eindhoven, the
Netherlands. The 25-year-old swimmer won the heat. It is the first time
he has swum the event in less than 54 seconds.


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Speed skater Sablikova comes in second again
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Czech speed skater Martina Sablikova took second place in the World Cup
500 metres event in Hamar, Norway, on Saturday. The two times Olympic
champion was beaten by almost five seconds by German rival Stephanie
Beckert. Sablikova is still looking for a win this season having been
second-placed in the last three events she competed in.


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Weather
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It should be clear with daytime temperatures below freezing and falling
to around minus 5 degrees Celsius at night.

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Czechs have experienced their first major snowfalls across the country
with warnings of heavy falls and disruption by Monday.
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Czechs have experienced their first major snowfalls across the country
with warnings of heavy falls and disruption by Monday.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#1


Brno Social Democrats are meeting to vote on who they would like to
lead the party.
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Brno Social Democrats are meeting to vote on who they would like to
lead the party.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#4


Both the Czech National Bank and president are reportedly seeking an
opt out from the obligation to adopt the euro.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Both the Czech National Bank and president are reportedly seeking an
opt out from the obligation to adopt the euro.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#5


Blood and milk meets thunderbasher
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Hello and welcome to another edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague's
Czech language course in which you can learn new phrases with the help
of song lyrics. Today's song is a traditional Czech folk song sung by
Standa Hlozek - and it's called "When I used to come to your house."
The phrase to listen out for is "krev a mliko".

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/SoundCzech/blood-and-milk-meets-thunderbasher


Magazine 27.11.2010
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A wanted criminal makes a fatal mistake. Sick of Prague's rude,
unscrupulous taxi-drivers? Try a taxi service with a difference! And, a
huge chunk of ice from the sky crashes through the roof of a family
house. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/magazine/magazine-2010-11-27


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Czechs have experienced their first major snowfalls across the country with warnings of heavy falls and disruption by Monday.

Czechs have experienced their first major snowfalls across the country with warnings of heavy falls and disruption by Monday.

Brno Social Democrats are meeting to vote on who they would like to lead the party.

Brno Social Democrats are meeting to vote on who they would like to lead the party.

Both the Czech National Bank and president are reportedly seeking an opt out from the obligation to adopt the euro.

Both the Czech National Bank and president are reportedly seeking an opt out from the obligation to adopt the euro.

Blood and milk meets thunderbasher

Hello and welcome to another edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague's Czech language course in which you can learn new phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today's song is a traditional Czech folk song sung by Standa Hložek – and it's called "When I used to come to your house." The phrase to listen out for is "krev a mlíko".

Magazine 27.11.2010

A wanted criminal makes a fatal mistake. Sick of Prague's rude, unscrupulous taxi-drivers? Try a taxi service with a difference! And, a huge chunk of ice from the sky crashes through the roof of a family house. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarová.

RCI Cyberjournal

OTTAWA: AFGHANISTAN TOLL RISES


Canadian Forces in Afghanistan have added one more soldier to the list of Canadians who died serving in Afghanistan. Captain Francis Cecil Paul died in February while on leave during a trip back to Canada. Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff, General Walter Natynczyk, says that Captain Paul's death came while he was deployed on the Afghan mission, and his name will be added to the fallen. The addition brings the number of Canadian casualties in Afghanistan to 153.

DURBAN: CONCERN IN AFRICA OVER CANADIAN POLICY


A leading South African politician says there's concern among African leaders that the Canadian government is shifting its foreign policy away from the continent. Trevor Manuel, the minister in charge of South Africa's presidential planning commission, says there has been a history of much stronger support from Canada but that African countries feel there's a shift now of Canada's foreign policy in favour of Latin America. Mr. Manuel was commenting on the decision by the Conservative Party government to target more of its foreign aid spending to Latin American countries rather than African ones.

OTTAWA: CENSUS ROW CONTINUES


The debate about the decision by Canada's Conservative Party government to abolish the mandatory long-form census continues. The opposition Liberal Party says 51 federal departments and agencies used it to develop programs and benefits for society's most vulnerable. The revelation comes from Liberal Member of Parliament Ruby Dhalla. She based her finding on government documents. Mrs. Dhalla says the heavy use of data from the long-form census by the government itself proves its importance. Conservative MP Mike Lake answered that minorities and immigrants feel uncomfortable answering questions about such subjects as religion and therefore shouldn't be coerced into answering. The government's rationale for abolishing a mandatory, long census in favour of a short, voluntary census is that the traditional census invades privacy.

SAINT JOHN: PM PAYS TRIBUTE TO ONE-TIME ADVERSARY


Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has praised the Premier Danny Williams of Newfoundland and Labrador. The premier announced his resignation earlier in the week. Mr. Harper predicts that Mr. Williams will be remembered as one of his province's most successful political leaders. Several years ago, both were locked in a bitter feud over the province's right to retain offshore oil revenues, but have since made up their differences.


CHINA


Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi says China is determined to avoid a repetition of Tuesday's violence in the Korean Peninsula. He made the comment after a meeting in Beijing with the North Korean ambassador. Mr. Yang says the Chinese government is deeply worried about North Korea's shelling of a South Korean island on Tuesday. Four people died in the attack. Mr. Yang urges calm and a resumption of dialogue to ease rising tensions. Mr. Yang also discussed the situation on Friday with his South Korean and U.S. counterparts.

PORTUGAL


Parliament has approved the government's austerity budget. Prime Minister José Socrates says the step removes his country from the centre of the euro zone crisis. Earlier in the week, the risk premium on Portuguese government bonds as compared to German bonds rose to record highs. Also on Friday, Financial Times Deutschland reported that most euro zone countries and the European Central Bank were urging Portugal to seek an international rescue package as Ireland and Greece have done. The Portuguese government has denied the report.

RUSSIA


Three astronauts returned to Earth on Friday after a mission to the International Space Station. The two Americans and one Russian landed in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The United States is ending its space shuttle missions this year, which means that Russian rockets will ferry crews to the orbiting station. An American and two Russians remain on board the space station, a project shared by 16 nations, including Canada. Russia's space agency chief, Anatoly Perminov, says that joint international missions to Mars might begin in 2030. But he says that that many countries have renewed their interest in Moon missions.

VENEZUELA


Venezuela's human rights groups are concerned about proposed legislation that would prevent non-governmental organizations from receiving foreign funding. Activists fear the bill being drafted in the predominantly pro-government National Assembly would ban international funds completely. Critics say the legislation would also compromise the autonomy of human rights groups. Earlier this week, President Hugo Chavez urged lawmakers to pass a law prohibiting Venezuela's political parties, human rights groups and election watchdogs to receive U.S. funds.

MEXICO


Mexico's census shows the population has grown more quickly than expected. Preliminary data released Thursday by the National Institute for Statistics and Geography shows that Mexico had 112.3 million inhabitants as of July. 3.6 million more than experts had projected. The Institute says Mexico had been losing about 500,000 people a year to international migration but that number has dropped to almost half because the global economic crisis, particularly the U.S. slump, has reduced the numbers of jobs available for migrants.

BRAZIL


Brazil's government is sending in more security forces to slum areas of Rio De Janeiro in a widening crackdown on drug gangs that has left at least 30 people dead during the past week. Police claim to have gained control of some areas from drug gangs.


MARKETS


TSX on Friday: 12,892, down 53. Canadian dollar: US98. Euro: $1.35. Oil: US$83.87, down 01.

OTTAWA: CRTC APPROVES RIGHT-WING NEWS SERVICE


The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has granted a licence to Sun TV's politically 24-hour conservative television news service. Quebecor Inc. says it plans to start the service on Jan. 1. The telecom watchdog has granted Quebecor a Category 2 speciality service licence for five years, meaning that it will have to negotiate with cable and satellite carriers for a place in their schedules. Quebecor had originally sought a licence that would have forced the carriers to offer the service. Critics of the project have expressed the fear that the new service will resemble the highly partisan Fox News in the U.S.

REGINA: GROWER SUES WHEAT BOARD


A farm in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan has sued the Canadian Wheat Board for $50 million over the loss of a contract. The suit by Hudye Farms Inc. of Norquay, SK, and two associated companies results from the Board's finding an ineligible variety of wheat in one of the farm's shipments. The suit alleges that only 1.4 per cent of the shipment contained a small amount of the ineligible variety. The plaintiffs also contend that the Board's required procedures are too complex. The Board declined to comment on the specifics of the case, but did say it practices zero tolerance of variety contamination because its customers must be assured that what they're receiving matches their order.

OTTAWA: INQUIRY ORDERED INTO POSSIBLE INSIDER CASE


Under fierce pressure from opposition parties, Canada's government has ordered the federal police to look into a suspected case of insider stock trading. One day last month, an unusually large number of shares in the Canadian mining company, Taseko, were abruptly sold. The sale came a few weeks before Canada's government decided to deny approval for Taseko's new mine in British Columbia. After the government's announcement, the value of Taseko's shares plunged. Opposition parties suspect that someone in the federal government leaked news of the government's decision to certain investors. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police will decide whether the allegations warrant a criminal investigation.


WEATHER


British Columbia on Saturday: rain south, mix sun cloud north, high C8 Vancouver. Yukon, Northwest Territories: mix sun cloud. Nunavut: mix cloud rain snow. Whitehorse -11, Yellowknife -16, Iqaluit 3. Alberta, Saskatchewan: mix sun cloud north, sun south. Manitoba: sun. Edmonton -3, Regina -7, Winnipeg -6. Ontario: rain south, mix sun cloud north. Quebec: snow. Toronto 6, Ottawa 0, Montreal 1. New Brunswick: snow. Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island: rain. Fredericton 3, Halifax 4, Charlottetown 2, St. John's 7.


SPORTS


In the Canadian Football League, the Roughriders and the Alouettes continue to put the final touches on their preparations for Sunday's Grey Cup in Edmonton. The city was in a deep freeze at the start of the week but it has warmed up a bit with a high of -7 expected on game day.

Friday, November 26, 2010

News 11.26.2010

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News Friday, November 26th, 2010

By: Jan Velinger

* Three-way talks between the government, unions and employers over the
looming crisis in the health sector have failed to produce results.

* The Czech media has reported that the country's president would like
the government to negotiate a Czech opt-out from the eurozone.

* Tennis player Tomas Berdych has suffered defeat against World number
one Rafael Nadal on the ATP World Tour.

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Unions criticise planned reforms in health sector
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Three-way talks between the government, unions and employers over the
looming crisis in the health sector have so far failed to produce
results. Prime Minister Petr Necas' government is insisting on planned
reforms, but has not reached consensus with the unions. On Friday, they
rejected outright a proposed change to legislation which bans extra
payments for better health care until standard care, as covered by
health insurers, was defined. Otherwise, they said, patients' fees
would skyrocket. The prime minister repeated, after the talks, that the
change in the legislation - which the unions say will shift around 10
billion crowns of health charges to patients - was necessary. New talks
are scheduled for December, when Health Minister Leos Heger will table
new analysis.


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President reportedly in favour of Czech opt-out from eurozone
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The Czech media has reported that the country's president, Vaclav
Klaus, would like the government to negotiate a Czech opt-out from the
16-member eurozone, currently hit by debt crisis. The daily Mlada
fronta Dnes cited two cabinet members on Thursday on condition of
anonymity; the president's spokesman did not comment. An opt-out would
allow the Czech Republic to keep its crown currency even if all
conditions for euro adoption were met. The country pledged to join the
eurozone after becoming a member of the European Union in 2004.


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PM reacts to suggestion of opt-out
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Prime Minister Petr Necas on Friday reacted to news the president
favoured an opt-out (similar to Denmark's or Great Britain's) by making
clear such a move was highly unlikely. Speaking to the news website
iDnes, he stressed that such a step on the part of the Czech Republic
would be an artificial political act, one which he considered
untenable. The prime minister pointed out that it was up to the Czechs
to decide when to adopt the European currency since there was no "set"
deadline. The prime minister also confirmed he had received a letter
from the president but refused to any discuss details.


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City Hall to increase security during protest
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Prague City Hall has said it will increase security when city
representatives meet next week. The move comes in response to a planned
protest organised over the social network Facebook. Some 3,000 people
promised to attend a demonstration outside City Hall on Tuesday to
protest the coalition agreed earlier this month between local Civic and
Social Democrats. The deal, which has proven unpopular among many
voters, froze out the municipal elections winner TOP 09 and its
candidate for mayor Zdenek Tuma. Instead, the Civic Democrats'
candidate Bohuslav Svoboda is expected to take up the post.

The planned protest has received backing from a number of high profile
figures on the Czech arts scene, among them singer Radek Banga of
Gipsy.cz and documentary filmmaker Olga Sommerova.


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Police charge two in connection with building collapse
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The police have revealed that this week they charged two people in
connection with the collapse of a building last October in Prague's
Soukenicka street which killed four construction workers: two
Bulgarians, a Ukrainian and a Moldavian national. Two hundred fire
fighters at the time worked more than 40 hours to try and rescue them.
Charged are two construction company employees, aged 43 and 63, the
police say. Next week they will release more information. City Hall for
Prague 1 has maintained from the outset that the collapse which killed
the men was the result of unauthorised work which included the removal
of a floor and part of a stairway, affecting the building's structural
integrity.


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Police to step up checks on German registered cars
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Czech police are planning stepped up controls of cars with German
number plates the daily Pravo has reported. The move is expected to
start before the holidays. Authorities have denied this is a payback
for increased German controls of Czech drivers in recent months. Prague
had denounced the German checks as harassment and said they were
against the spirit of the European Union's passport-free Schengen
agreement. The Czech police, meanwhile, say the planned steps are aimed
at countering a car theft spree across the border in Germany, allegedly
involving some Czech citizens.


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Firemen respond to drugs fire
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Firemen in the Western spa town of Karlovy Vary say a drugs production
operation went wrong on Friday, setting fire to a four storey house in
the town. Two Vietnamese suspects were described as fleeing the scene.
They were picked up by the police around 20 kilometres away in the
nearby town of Sokolov. Traces of chemicals used for drugs production
were found in their car.


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Czech Post: internet orders up
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Czech Post has said it expects the volume of packages sent during the
upcoming holiday season to increase by more than 35 percent - higher
than the previous year. A spokeswoman said the rise in volume was
related to consumers' increasing ordering of goods over the internet.
In 4Q, the postal service saw a 15 percent increase in internet-order
packages alone. Czech Post confirmed it will be boosting service in
anticipation of the Christmas rush.


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Poet and former dissident Ivan Martin Jirous to give readings in North
America
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The Czech poet and former dissident who was jailed by Czechoslovakia's
Communist regime Ivan Martin Jirous (aka. Magor),will hold a number of
planned readings in North America - his first ever - from December 4 to
11. The poet's tour will include a talk at the Harriman Institute at
Columbia University, where he will discuss work from the samizdat days
of illegal underground publishing. Mr Jirous, a holder of the Jaroslav
Seifert prize, will also attend a concert in his honour at the Czech
national building. Scheduled on the tour are readings from his
collection for children, to be held at the Czech centre in New York but
also at consulates in Chicago, Toronto and the Czech Embassy in Ottawa.


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Tennis: Berdych defeated by Nadal
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Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych has suffered defeat against World
number one Rafael Nadal, who moves on to the ATP World Tour
semi-finals. Berdych fought a close first set against the Spaniard on
Friday but lost in the tie-break. The second set went almost completely
Nadal's way: the final score was 7:6, 6:1. Had Berdych clinched one set
in the loss, he could have maintained at least a theoretical chance of
advancing on points; as it is he is out of the tour. Friday's match-up
echoed the two player's earlier encounter this year in the Wimbledon
final.


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Weather
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It should be cloudy with some rain or snow in the coming days. Daytime
temperatures will range between - 3 and - 1 at the weekend.


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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Three-way talks between the government, unions and employers over the
looming crisis in the health sector have failed to produce results.
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Three-way talks between the government, unions and employers over the
looming crisis in the health sector have failed to produce results.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#1


The Czech media has reported that the country's president would like
the government to negotiate a Czech opt-out from the eurozone.
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The Czech media has reported that the country's president would like
the government to negotiate a Czech opt-out from the eurozone.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#2


Tennis player Tomas Berdych has suffered defeat against World number
one Rafael Nadal on the ATP World Tour.
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Tennis player Tomas Berdych has suffered defeat against World number
one Rafael Nadal on the ATP World Tour.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#10


Karel Skreta - His Work and His Era opens in Prague
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This week saw the opening of a major exhibition in Prague of the work
of the great 17th century Bohemian painter Karel Skreta, a show being
held at two separate venues: the Wallenstein and Prague Castle Riding
Schools, two of the capital's best-known arts venues. The exhibition is
result of extensive cooperation between the National Gallery, the
Prague Castle administration, and the Prague Archbishopric and features
work not only by the Czech painter but also Italian and German
contemporaries. If you see only one show of Old Masters this season,
this should be it.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/arts/karel-skreta-his-work-and-his-era-opens-in-prague


Business News 26.11.2010
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In this week's Business News: Czechs discuss eurozone support; Skoda
Auto comes under Brussels state aid scrutiny; windfall gains keep Czech
Airlines in profit; Czechs' purchasing power takes a hit; and Cepro
fuels merger talks.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/economic/business-news-2010-11-26


Czech health sector in critical condition
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Efforts to diffuse growing tension in the health sector over a
deepening financial crisis appear to have failed. The health minister's
announcement on Thursday that projected cuts in payments from insurance
companies would be less severe than expected did little to stem the
growing tide of discontent. The Czech Medical Chamber responded by
saying doctors would start handing in their resignations on Monday.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czech-health-sector-in-critical-condition


One of last surviving Czech WWII airmen Jan "Fighter" Wiener dies at 90
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Jan Wiener, a hero of World War II, has died in Prague at the age of
90. Mr Wiener fought with Britain's RAF before, like many of his peers,
being imprisoned by the Communists after the war. Charismatic and a
wonderful storyteller, he had in recent times been sharing his
remarkable experiences with today's young generation.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/one-of-last-surviving-czech-wwii-airmen-jan-fighter-wiener-dies-at-90


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