Friday, November 19, 2010

News 11.19.2010

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News Friday, November 19th, 2010

By: Christian Falvey

* The Czech prime minister and president are heading a national
delegation at a NATO summit described as the most important such
meeting for decades.

* Scientists have returned the remains of the 16th century Danish
astronomer Tycho Brahe to his tomb in Prague.

* The German President Christian Wulff said Friday that Germans must
never forget the indescribable suffering they caused Czechs during WWII.

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Strategy rethink picked out as main issue for Czech delegation
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Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas, President Vaclav Klaus, Foreign
Minister Karel Schwarzenberg and Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra are
heading a Czech delegation at a two-day NATO summit that began in
Lisbon on Friday. The Czech government has picked out the strategic
rethink of the alliance as the major issue for discussion. Government
members have insisted in the past they do not want to see any dilution
of the principle of common defence as new tasks such as tackling
terrorism, energy security and cyber crime are embraced. But alliance
members are also expected to plot a withdrawal timetable from
Afghanistan.

The meeting is also expected to push ahead with a NATO anti-missile
defence shield to be established over the next 10 years. This would be
a wider version of the now abandoned shield originally planned between
the US, Czech Republic and Poland. The last stage of the meeting will
be taken up by a summit between the alliance and Russia.


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Scientists to return remains of Tycho Brahe to Prague tomb
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Scientists returned the remains of the 16th Danish astronomer Tycho
Brahe to his tomb in Prague on Friday. The Czech and Danish
researchers, who opened the grave at the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn
at the start of the week, hope to settle a long-running dispute over
what caused the death of the astronomer, who served at the royal court
in Prague at the invitation of Holy Roman Emperor and Czech king
Rudolph II. Samples of Brahe's hair and beard taken during a previous
exhumation revealed a high level of mercury in his remains,
contradicting a legend that he died of an internal infection after his
bladder burst. Prior to the reinterrment, the archbishop of Prague,
Dominik Duka, will serve mass at the church, which is located a short
distance from Old Town Square.


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German President: we must never forget the suffering we inflicted upon
Czechs
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German President Christian Wulff told the Czech Press Agency on Friday
that Germans must never forget the "indescribable suffering" they
inflicted upon Czechs during the Second World War. In an interview
ahead of his first trip to Prague on Monday, President Wulff said that
even he, who was born 14 years after the war, shares responsibility for
that history, which he must pass on to the next generations. The
comments were in response to others made by his Czech counterpart,
Vaclav Klaus, signalled his frustration that the dimensions and
chronology of the occupation are being forgotten, in a speech to mark
the Czech student resistance on Wednesday's national holiday. Post-war
Czech violence on Germans, Mr Klaus reminded, was incomparably smaller
than the violence committed by the Nazis in the occupied countries. Mr
Wulff also said he would like to pay respect in Prague to the Czech
intellectuals and students who were sent to Nazi concentration camps on
November 17, 1939.


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Latest poll on politicians' popularity suggests slight shakeup
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A new survey from the STEM polling agency suggests that Social Democrat
leader Bohuslav Sobotka is the most popular politician in the Czech
Republic, favoured by 56% of people. Mr Sobotka, who will soon stand
for party chairman, held the same ranking at the beginning of this
year. Interior Minister and Public Affairs chairman Radek John however
suffered a steep fall from grace according to the poll, from first in
the middle of the year to 12th. The other two most popular politicians
were Chamber of Deputies Speaker Miroslava Nemcova and Justice Minister
Jiri Pospisil, both of the Civic Democratic Party.


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Ex-Communist Party MP in court on charges of abuse of power as prison
guard in 1980s
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The trial began in Liberec on Friday of a former Communist Party MP
accused of having beaten a prisoner when he was a warden in the 1980s.
Josef Vondruska faces charges of abuse of power for allegedly punching
former political prisoner Jiri Wolf for no reason and striking him with
a nightstick when he was a guard at Minkovice prison. Mr Vondruska
denies the accusations.


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Police accuse three of fraud in 2009 world ski championship
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The anti-corruption police have accused three people of complicity in
fraud for failing to deliver an order of furniture to the 2009 Nordic
World Ski Championship in Liberec, police spokesman Roman Skrepek has
told the Czech Press Agency. Police believe the three had concluded an
agreement that only certain new rooms in the campus would be furnished,
though new furniture was meant to be installed everywhere, resulting in
a profit of almost four million crowns for the deliverer. Last
September, police charged a former Liberec University rector and a
representative of the firm Investing.cz of conspiracy in a public
tender connected to the ski championship.


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TOP 09 applies for membership in European People's Party
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The TOP 09 party has applied for membership in the European People's
Party (EPP), the largest political grouping of the European Union, the
daily E15 wrote on Friday. According to the paper, the party will
likely be accepted as EPP members - that is, right-wing conservative,
liberal-conservative and Christian Democrat parties from all EU
countries - issued a positive stand on TOP 09's application. TOP 09
said the EPP was their sole choice and would not have considered any
other European party. The party currently has observer status in the
EPP, and its representatives can take part in important meetings at the
European level.


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Three Czech hockey clubs docked points over unregistered players
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Three clubs in the Czech ice hockey elite league the Extraliga have
been docked points for fielding players who were not correctly
registered. Mlada Boleslav, Plzen and Kladno will lose points they won
in matches in which the unregistered players performed. However, the
teams they were playing against will not receive any extra points. The
decision, announced by Extraliga boss Stanislav Sulc on Friday, means
that the three clubs are now at the bottom of the league table, in the
relegation playoff spots.


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Sablikova should be well for second World Cup meeting of season
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The Czech speed skater Martina Sablikova should be well in time to
compete in a World Cup event in the German capital Berlin this weekend.
The double Olympic champion was forced to pull out of the first World
Cup meeting of the season in Heerenveen in the Netherlands after
contracting intestinal flu. Sablikova, who is 23, holds the world
records in the speed skating 5,000 m and 10,000 m.


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Weather
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It should be mainly cloudy with rain at times over the next few days.
Temperatures are expected to reach a maximum of 8 degrees Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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The Czech prime minister and president are heading a national
delegation at a NATO summit described as the most important such
meeting for decades.
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The Czech prime minister and president are heading a national
delegation at a NATO summit described as the most important such
meeting for decades.

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


Scientists have returned the remains of the 16th century Danish
astronomer Tycho Brahe to his tomb in Prague.
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Scientists have returned the remains of the 16th century Danish
astronomer Tycho Brahe to his tomb in Prague.

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


The German President Christian Wulff said Friday that Germans must
never forget the indescribable suffering they caused Czechs during WWII.
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The German President Christian Wulff said Friday that Germans must
never forget the indescribable suffering they caused Czechs during WWII.

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


Surviving Life - Master Svankmajer returns to the screen with a
'psychoanalytical comedy'
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It is only every five years or so that the renowned Czech animator Jan
Svankmajer brings out a new film, and the wait is now over. "Surviving
Life" draws on many of Svankmajer's traditional themes and styles while
exploring them through an experimental medium, once again confirming
why he is the most acclaimed Czech art house director at home and
abroad.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/arts/surviving-life-master-svankmajer-returns-to-the-screen-with-a-psychoanalytical-comedy


Real work starts now, says scientist after examining remains of 16th
century astronomer Tycho Brahe
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Danish and Czech researchers have just completed the first part of a
project that should throw more light on the death of the 16th century
astronomer Tycho Brahe. Legend has it the Dane died of a burst bladder,
though tests of his hair indicated possible mercury poisoning. The
scientists this week took fresh samples from Brahe's remains, before
returning them to his tomb at the Tyn Church in Prague. Just prior to
the reinterment, Radio Prague spoke to the head of the team, Jens
Vellev.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/real-work-starts-now-says-scientist-after-examining-remains-of-16th-century-astronomer-tycho-brahe


The Makropulos Case, directed by Robert Wilson, premieres at Estates
Theatre
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A highly-touted production of Karel Capek's play The Makropulos Case,
directed by acclaimed American designer and director Robert Wilson,
premiered at Prague's Estates Theatre on Thursday. Mr Wilson is known
for a highly unique approach to the stage and The Makropulos Case (a
comedy about an enigmatic singer sought by all men) includes many
signature elements.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/the-makropulos-case-directed-by-robert-wilson-premieres-at-estates-theatre


Business News 19.11.2010
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In this week's Business News: World Bank releases upbeat growth
forecast; deal nears on refloating Czech shipyard; ministry seeks to
raise real estate taxes; new law for landlords and tenants ahead of
expected New Year clash; and charter flight marriage smacks of shotgun
wedding.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/economic/business-news-2010-11-19


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