Friday, December 31, 2010

News 12.31.2010

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

News Friday, December 31st, 2010

By: Jan Richter

* As part of cost-cutting measures, Prague City Hall has cancelled the
traditional New Year's fireworks.

* The "face of normalization", legendary 1970's TV announcer Milos
Fryba, has died at the age of 65.

* The Czech national hockey team has lost to Sweden 3:6 at the U20
world championship.

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Prague cancels traditional New Year's fireworks
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Prague City Hall has cancelled the traditional New Year's fireworks.
The decision was made by the previous city administration headed by
Civic Democrat Pavel Bem as part of the city's cost-cutting measures.
The current mayor, Bohuslav Svoboda, said there wasn't enough time for
the new city hall to prepare the fireworks after they assumed their
post after November's local elections, as fireworks require a series of
permissions from other state institutions. Last year, the 15-minute
fireworks that attracted thousands of viewers, cost around one million
crowns, or some 53,000 US dollars.


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Normalization TV announcer Milos Fryba dies at 65
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The "Face of Normalization", legendary 1970s and 80s TV announcer Milos
Fryba, died on Thursday at the age of 65. He became Czechoslovak
Television's first male programme announcer a few years after he joined
the state broadcaster in 1968. His calm and serious composure and his
deep voice became one of the symbols of the era following the Soviet
occupation of the country, known as normalization. After the fall of
communism, Milos Fryba stayed with Czech TV until his retirement two
years ago.


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Czech state to sue former government ministers over IPB takeover
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The Czech Finance Ministry will sue members of the country's government
that in 2000 oversaw a takeover of the collapsing IPB bank by another
bank, CSOB, Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek told reporters on
Thursday. Mr Kalousek said that in 2000, the cabinet concluded a deal
with the CSOB bank that damaged the Czech Republic and eventually meant
that the country lost on Wednesday a 33.3 billion crown, or 1.73
billion US dollars, claim against CSOB. The Czech finance minister said
a lawsuit would be filed against all but one of the ministers in the
cabinet headed by Milos Zeman along with the then head of the Czech
central bank, Josef Tosovsky, and the former trustee in bankruptcy of
the IPB bank, Petr Stanek.

An arbitration tribunal in Paris rejected on Wednesday a 33.3 billion
crown claim by the Czech state against CSOB related to state guarantees
provided during the 2000 takeover of the IPB bank. The tribunal also
granted CSOB a 1.6 billion crown award against the state, plus interest.


========================================================================
Norman Eisen appointed US ambassador to Prague
------------------------------------------------------------------------

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday took the rare step of by-passing
Congress to push through the temporary appointment of Norman Eisen to
the post of US ambassador to Prague. The president was able to make the
appointment for a 12 month period due to the fact that the US Congress
is now in recess. Norman Eisen had worked as an assistant to the
president on ethics and government reform since the beginning of his
term in January of 2009. His nomination to the post of US ambassador to
Prague was blocked by Republican Senator Charles Grassley in September.
The post of US ambassador to Prague has been unoccupied since the
departure of Richard Graber in January 2009. Analysts say the long
vacancy was damaging Czech-US relations.


========================================================================
Czech foreign minister, politicians welcome appointment of new US
ambassador
------------------------------------------------------------------------

In related news, the Czech Foreign Minister, Karel Schwarzenberg,
welcomed on Thursday the appointment Norman Eisen as the new US
ambassador to the Czech Republic. Mr Schwarzenberg said it was
something to be grateful for although the news was tainted by the fact
the appointment was only temporary. Mr Schwarzenberg said it was
strange that the post had not been filled for nearly two years but said
he would now reciprocally consider appointing a new Czech ambassador to
Washington. Deputy head of the lower house's Foreign Affairs Committee,
Jan Hamacek, said on Thursday the situation was an unnecessary
complication to Czech-American relations.


========================================================================
Press: Finance Ministry considers privatizing state-owned firms to pay
for pension reform
------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Czech Finance Ministry is considering privatizing several
state-owned firms to pay for the planned pension reform, the daily
Mlada fronta Dnes reported on Thursday. By mid 2011, the Finance
Ministry would complete a review of state property suitable for
privatization, the proceeds of which could pay for the planned pension
reform. The paper said that Czech Post, the Budweiser Budvar brewery
and the giant forestry company Lesy CR were among those considered for
privatization. Deputy finance minister Zdenek Zajicek told the daily
the privatization of these firms, along with several state-run research
institutes could fetch "hundreds of billions" of crowns.


========================================================================
Masaryk University researchers set out on Antarctica expedition
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Researchers from Brno's Masaryk Universitry set out on Thursday on a
two-month expedition to the Johann Gregor Mendel Polar Station on
Antarctia's James Ross Island. A university spokeswoman said the
11-member team included climatologists, geologists and ornithologists.
The experts are bringing new equipment to the station which should
allow for international scientists to take part in future research
there. The expedition should reach its destination by January 5. The
university-run station opened in 2006 and was named after the Moravian
botanist Johann Gregor Mendel.


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Press: Ministry looks to small health insurance firms for funds to up
doctors' salaries
------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Czech Health Minister, Leos Heger, is planning to pump some five
billion crowns from some of the country's smaller health insurance
companies, the daily Hospodarske noviny reported on Thursday. The daily
said these firms have a surplus of around ten billion crowns; Mr Heger
told the newspaper that half of those funds could be used to patch the
heath care system. The plan has met with opposition from the concerned
health insurance companies whereas doctors' trade unions said it was a
good idea, albeit one that would take too long. The Czech Republic is
facing mass departures of doctors; nearly one in four physicians in the
country's hospitals has filed their resignation in protest over low
salaries.


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Bungled international police operation might cost Czech driver his job
------------------------------------------------------------------------

A Czech truck driver, who was arrested in Turkey on December 24 in a
dodged international police operation, might lose his job, the Czech
news agency CTK reported on Thursday. The man, who works for a Czech
transport company, was hired to deliver to Istanbul a load of chemicals
that are used in drugs processing. The delivery was part of an
international anti-drug operation run by the Slovak police; however,
the authorities failed to inform the Czech truck driver or his company,
and the unsuspecting driver was arrested by Turkish police and banned
from entering Turkey for a year. But his company only delivers goods to
or through Turkey, which means the driver will probably have to look
for a new job.

Slovak press on Thursday blamed the country's police for using the
Czech driver in an international anti-narcotics operation without
sharing the details with Czech police. The owner of the Czech transport
firm said he would ask Slovak authorities for an explanation and
damages.


========================================================================
December sees record number of people treated for hypothermia
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Emergency workers in Prague treated 90 people for hypothermia in
December, which was more than twice the number of cases registered in
the same month last year, according to a statement by the city's
emergency medical service released on Thursday. Fifteen people died of
hypothermia in December, which was three times as many as last
December. Emergency workers said that freezing temperatures, wet snow
and alcohol was extremely dangerous for people on the street who most
often fall victim to these conditions.


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Vicious driver faces 12 years in jail
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Czech police arrested on Wednesday a 43-year-old driver whose
aggressive and dangerous driving caused an accident on the D1 motorway.
The man at least twice passed slower vehicles on the right, then lined
up ahead of them and slowed down, forcing them to pull over. One of the
drivers did not manage to stop in time and crashed. The police accused
the dangerous driver of attempted bodily harm; he is facing 12 years in
jail.


========================================================================
Hockey: Sparta Prague loses to Canada at Sprengler Cup
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sparta Prague lost to Team Canada 4:3 in overtime at the Sprengler Cup
in Switzerland on Wednesday and was eliminated from the tournament.
Canada was leading 2:0 and 3:1 in the game but Sparta's David Vyborny
equalized in the 37th minute. The game then went to overtime where
Sparta was penalized for too many players on the ice, and it only took
the Canadians two minutes to score the winning goal. Team Canada
advanced to the cup's semi-finals while Sparta, which had also lost to
St Petersburg and Geneva, was sent home.


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Hockey: Czechs lose 3:6 to Sweden at U20 world championships
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The Czech national hockey team lost 3:6 to Sweden at the U20 World
Championships in Buffalo, NY, in the United States on Thursday. The
Czechs had a great start, and pulled ahead 1:0 in a power-play in the
fourth minute. But the Swedes, who are considered one of the candidates
for the gold, equalized just two minutes later and eventually won the
first period 3:1. The Swedish team then built up a lead of 5:1 before
17-year-old Czech forward Michal Frk put in two goals, setting the
score at 5:3 at the end of the second period. The Czechs however
conceded one more goal in the final period, and will have to beat
Russia to advance to the tournament's quarterfinals.


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Weather
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The extreme cold should let up on New Year's Eve, with temperatures
ranging between -4 and zero. The skies will be overcast overt the
weekend, with snow and sleet in places.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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As part of cost-cutting measures, Prague City Hall has cancelled the
traditional New Year's fireworks.
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As part of cost-cutting measures, Prague City Hall has cancelled the
traditional New Year's fireworks.

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


The "face of normalization", legendary 1970's TV announcer Milos Fryba,
has died at the age of 65.
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The "face of normalization", legendary 1970's TV announcer Milos Fryba,
has died at the age of 65.

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


The Czech national hockey team has lost to Sweden 3:6 at the U20 world
championship.
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The Czech national hockey team has lost to Sweden 3:6 at the U20 world
championship.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#13


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Radio Prague Today 12.31.2010

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

As part of cost-cutting measures, Prague City Hall has cancelled the traditional New Year's fireworks.

As part of cost-cutting measures, Prague City Hall has cancelled the traditional New Year's fireworks.

The "face of normalization", legendary 1970's TV announcer Miloš Frýba, has died at the age of 65.

The "face of normalization", legendary 1970's TV announcer Miloš Frýba, has died at the age of 65.

The Czech national hockey team has lost to Sweden 3:6 at the U20 world championship.

The Czech national hockey team has lost to Sweden 3:6 at the U20 world championship.

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2010-12-31 13:33:00
Kremenchuk Car Assembly Plant plans to increase output by 25% in 2011.
OJSC Kremenchuk Car Assembly Plant (KrASZ, Poltava region, central Ukraine),
part of AIS Corporation, plans to increase production by almost 25%, or 1, 566
cars, in 2011 comparing to 2010, to 8, 000 vehicles, the company's director,
Mr.Chernysh, hassaid.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137091

2010-12-31 13:18:00
Government includes seven enterprises in Ukroboronprom.
Ukroboronprom State Concern will incorporate seven state-owned enterprises at
the first stage, including Ukrspecexport, Ukroboronservis, Ukrinmash, Progress
foreign trade company, Spetstechnoexport andPromoboronexport.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137089

2010-12-31 13:06:00
President signs law on establishing state-run Ukroboronprom.
President Viktor Yanukovych has signed a decree establishing Ukroboronprom state
association. In particular, the document provides for the establishment of
Ukroboronprom state economic association based on the state-owned enterprises,
which carry out economic activities in the development, manufacture, sale,
repair, modernization and disposal of arms, military and special equipment and
ammunition, take part in military-technical cooperation with foreignstates.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137088

2010-12-31 12:32:00
Winter holidays become increasingly popular among Ukrainians.
Thousands of Ukrainians have decided to celebrate New Year abroad. About 230,
000 people and nearly 50, 000 vehicles have been registered at border
checkpoints over the last 24 hours, which is almost two times more than in early
December, according to the media liaisons department of the State Border Service
ofUkraine.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137086

2010-12-31 12:14:00
Experts do not expect successful privatization of Ukrtelecom.
Economists do not expect successful privatization of telecoms giant Ukrtelecom.
As expected, in the result, the state monopoly will simply be replaced by a
private company, President of the Center for Market Reforms Volodymyr Lanovyi
hassaid.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137079

2010-12-31 12:00:00
Lviv City Council indignant at remarks by Russian consul general.
Lviv City Council has asked the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry to take steps to
terminate the authorities of the Russian Consul General in Lviv Yevgeniy Guzeev.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137072

2010-12-31 11:54:00
Prime Minister Azarov wishes Ukrainians optimism in 2011.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has congratulated Ukrainians on the
upcoming New Year and Christmas holidays. The premier's letter of congratulation
has been published in the government's Uriadovy Kuriernewspaper.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137068

2010-12-31 11:26:00
Cash currency exchange rates.
The average purchase rate of cash dollar in Ukrainian banks grew by 0.25 kopecks
on Friday compared to Thursday, to UAH 7.9567/USD 1. The sale rate of the U.S.
currency rose by 0.20 kopecks, to UAH 7.9904/USD1.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137083

2010-12-31 10:56:00
Speaker Lytvyn hopes politicians will be responsible in 2011.
Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn has said he hopes for the
consolidation of the government and the responsibility of politicians and
political parties in society in 2011, according to his New Year address to the
Ukrainian people, which was posted on the official website of the VerkhovnaRada.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137069

2010-12-31 10:22:00
World Bank's social assistance system modernization project to be completed on
time.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has introduced amendments to its resolution
of March 7, 2007, thus ensuring the uninterrupted financing of the
implementation of the World Bank's social assistance system modernization
project before itscompletion.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137080


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Thursday, December 30, 2010

News 12.30.2010

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

News Thursday, December 30th, 2010

By: Jan Richter

* The Czech Finance Ministry will sue members of the country's
government that in 2000 oversaw a takeover of the collapsing IPB bank.

* President Barack Obama has pushed through the temporary appointment
of Norman Eisen to the post of US ambassador to Prague.

* Researchers from Brno's Masaryk University have left on a two-month
expedition in Antarctica.

========================================================================
Czech state to sue former government ministers over IPB takeover
------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Czech Finance Ministry will sue members of the country's government
that in 2000 oversaw a takeover of the collapsing IPB bank by another
bank, CSOB, Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek told reporters on
Thursday. Mr Kalousek said that in 2000, the cabinet concluded a deal
with the CSOB bank that damaged the Czech Republic and eventually meant
that the country lost on Wednesday a 33.3 billion crown, or 1.73
billion US dollars, claim against CSOB. The Czech finance minister said
a lawsuit would be filed against all but one of the ministers in the
cabinet headed by Milos Zeman along with the then head of the Czech
central bank, Josef Tosovsky, and the former trustee in bankruptcy of
the IPB bank, Petr Stanek.

An arbitration tribunal in Paris rejected on Wednesday a 33.3 billion
crown claim by the Czech state against CSOB related to state guarantees
provided during the 2000 takeover of the IPB bank. The tribunal also
granted CSOB a 1.6 billion crown award against the state, plus interest.


========================================================================
Norman Eisen appointed US ambassador to Prague
------------------------------------------------------------------------

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday took the rare step of by-passing
Congress to push through the temporary appointment of Norman Eisen to
the post of US ambassador to Prague. The president was able to make the
appointment for a 12 month period due to the fact that the US Congress
is now in recess. Norman Eisen had worked as an assistant to the
president on ethics and government reform since the beginning of his
term in January of 2009. His nomination to the post of US ambassador to
Prague was blocked by Republican Senator Charles Grassley in September.
The post of US ambassador to Prague has been unoccupied since the
departure of Richard Graber in January 2009. Analysts say the long
vacancy was damaging Czech-US relations.


========================================================================
Czech foreign minister, politicians welcome appointment of new US
ambassador
------------------------------------------------------------------------

In related news, the Czech Foreign Minister, Karel Schwarzenberg,
welcomed on Thursday the appointment Norman Eisen as the new US
ambassador to the Czech Republic. Mr Schwarzenberg said it was
something to be grateful for although the news was tainted by the fact
the appointment was only temporary. Mr Schwarzenberg said it was
strange that the post had not been filled for nearly two years but said
he would now reciprocally consider appointing a new Czech ambassador to
Washington. Deputy head of the lower house's Foreign Affairs Committee,
Jan Hamacek, said on Thursday the situation was an unnecessary
complication to Czech-American relations.


========================================================================
Press: Finance Ministry considers privatizing state-owned firms to pay
for pension reform
------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Czech Finance Ministry is considering privatizing several
state-owned firms to pay for the planned pension reform, the daily
Mlada fronta Dnes reported on Thursday. By mid 2011, the Finance
Ministry would complete a review of state property suitable for
privatization, the proceeds of which could pay for the planned pension
reform. The paper said that Czech Post, the Budweiser Budvar brewery
and the giant forestry company Lesy CR were among those considered for
privatization. Deputy finance minister Zdenek Zajicek told the daily
the privatization of these firms, along with several state-run research
institutes could fetch "hundreds of billions" of crowns.


========================================================================
Masaryk University researchers set out on Antarctica expedition
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Researchers from Brno's Masaryk Universitry set out on Thursday on a
two-month expedition to the Johann Gregor Mendel Polar Station on
Antarctia's James Ross Island. A university spokeswoman said the
11-member team included climatologists, geologists and ornithologists.
The experts are bringing new equipment to the station which should
allow for international scientists to take part in future research
there. The expedition should reach its destination by January 5. The
university-run station opened in 2006 and was named after the Moravian
botanist Johann Gregor Mendel.


========================================================================
Press: Ministry looks to small health insurance firms for funds to up
doctors' salaries
------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Czech Health Minister, Leos Heger, is planning to pump some five
billion crowns from some of the country's smaller health insurance
companies, the daily Hospodarske noviny reported on Thursday. The daily
said these firms have a surplus of around ten billion crowns; Mr Heger
told the newspaper that half of those funds could be used to patch the
heath care system. The plan has met with opposition from the concerned
health insurance companies whereas doctors' trade unions said it was a
good idea, albeit one that would take too long. The Czech Republic is
facing mass departures of doctors; nearly one in four physicians in the
country's hospitals has filed their resignation in protest over low
salaries.


========================================================================
Bungled international police operation might cost Czech driver his job
------------------------------------------------------------------------

A Czech truck driver, who was arrested in Turkey on December 24 in a
dodged international police operation, might lose his job, the Czech
news agency CTK reported on Thursday. The man, who works for a Czech
transport company, was hired to deliver to Istanbul a load of chemicals
that are used in drugs processing. The delivery was part of an
international anti-drug operation run by the Slovak police; however,
the authorities failed to inform the Czech truck driver or his company,
and the unsuspecting driver was arrested by Turkish police and banned
from entering Turkey for a year. But his company only delivers goods to
or through Turkey, which means the driver will probably have to look
for a new job.

Slovak press on Thursday blamed the country's police for using the
Czech driver in an international anti-narcotics operation without
sharing the details with Czech police. The owner of the Czech transport
firm said he would ask Slovak authorities for an explanation and
damages.


========================================================================
December sees record number of people treated for hypothermia
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Emergency workers in Prague treated 90 people for hypothermia in
December, which was more than twice the number of cases registered in
the same month last year, according to a statement by the city's
emergency medical service released on Thursday. Fifteen people died of
hypothermia in December, which was three times as many as last
December. Emergency workers said that freezing temperatures, wet snow
and alcohol was extremely dangerous for people on the street who most
often fall victim to these conditions.


========================================================================
Vicious driver faces 12 years in jail
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Czech police arrested on Wednesday a 43-year-old driver whose
aggressive and dangerous driving caused an accident on the D1 motorway.
The man at least twice passed slower vehicles on the right, then lined
up ahead of them and slowed down, forcing them to pull over. One of the
drivers did not manage to stop in time and crashed. The police accused
the dangerous driver of attempted bodily harm; he is facing 12 years in
jail.


========================================================================
Hockey: Sparta Prague loses to Canada at Sprengler Cup
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sparta Prague lost to Team Canada 4:3 in overtime at the Sprengler Cup
in Switzerland on Wednesday and was eliminated from the tournament.
Canada was leading 2:0 and 3:1 in the game but Sparta's David Vyborny
equalized in the 37th minute. The game then went to overtime where
Sparta was penalized for too many players on the ice, and it only took
the Canadians two minutes to score the winning goal. Team Canada
advanced to the cup's semi-finals while Sparta, which had also lost to
St Petersburg and Geneva, was sent home.


========================================================================
Hockey: Czechs play Sweden for spot in world U20 championships'
quarter-finals
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The Czech national hockey team faces Sweden at the Under-20 world
championships in the US on Thursday for a spot among the last eight.
The Czechs kicked off the tournament with a 2:0 win over Norway but
then lost 7:2 to one of the favourites, Canada. Captain of the Czech
team, Jakub Jerabek, said Czechs needed to play more aggressively and
shoot more to overcome the Swedes, who are also considered strong
candidates for the medal.


========================================================================
Weather
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Freezing temperatures will continue until the end of the year, with
overcast skies and snow in places. Daytime highs should range between
-9 and -3 degrees Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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The Czech Finance Ministry will sue members of the country's government
that in 2000 oversaw a takeover of the collapsing IPB bank.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Czech Finance Ministry will sue members of the country's government
that in 2000 oversaw a takeover of the collapsing IPB bank.

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


President Barack Obama has pushed through the temporary appointment of
Norman Eisen to the post of US ambassador to Prague.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

President Barack Obama has pushed through the temporary appointment of
Norman Eisen to the post of US ambassador to Prague.

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


Researchers from Brno's Masaryk University have left on a two-month
expedition in Antarctica.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Researchers from Brno's Masaryk University have left on a two-month
expedition in Antarctica.

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


White House sidesteps Congress opposition and appoints ambassador to
Czech Republic
------------------------------------------------------------------------

After a gap of near two years, the US is finally going to install an
ambassador in Prague. The White House got around objections in Congress
to its nominee by taking advantage of the fact that it is not in
session just now.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/white-house-sidesteps-congress-opposition-and-appoints-ambassador-to-czech-republic


Poverty, insecurity and discrimination hindering Roma school kids in
the education process
------------------------------------------------------------------------

A sociological study, released by Gabal Analysis and Consulting, shows
that a staggering 40 percent of Romany children drop out of elementary
school and never go back, a figure that is eight times higher than the
national average. The study, based on data collected from 14 elementary
schools over the past five years, highlights one of the basic problems
underlying an endless vicious circle of discrimination of the country's
Romany minority. Kumar Vishwanatan, a community worker who works with
the Roma in one of the country's poorest districts, says there are many
factors contributing to this trend.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/poverty-insecurity-and-discrimination-hindering-roma-school-kids-in-the-education-process


Ski centres report ideal conditions for coming days, including New
Year's Eve
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Skiing centres around the Czech Republic including north and central
Bohemia have announced excellent conditions for skiers and snowboarders
in the coming days: plenty of snow and sunshine bringing out
enthusiasts in droves. Besides offering the usual services, some hills
will also be open for New Year's Eve.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/ski-centres-report-ideal-conditions-for-coming-days-including-new-years-eve


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Radio Prague Today 12.30.2010

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

The Czech Finance Ministry will sue members of the country's government that in 2000 oversaw a takeover of the collapsing IPB bank.

The Czech Finance Ministry will sue members of the country's government that in 2000 oversaw a takeover of the collapsing IPB bank.

President Barack Obama has pushed through the temporary appointment of Norman Eisen to the post of US ambassador to Prague.

President Barack Obama has pushed through the temporary appointment of Norman Eisen to the post of US ambassador to Prague.

Researchers from Brno's Masaryk University have left on a two-month expedition in Antarctica.

Researchers from Brno's Masaryk University have left on a two-month expedition in Antarctica.

White House sidesteps Congress opposition and appoints ambassador to Czech Republic

After a gap of near two years, the US is finally going to install an ambassador in Prague. The White House got around objections in Congress to its nominee by taking advantage of the fact that it is not in session just now.

Poverty, insecurity and discrimination hindering Roma school kids in the education process

A sociological study, released by Gabal Analysis and Consulting, shows that a staggering 40 percent of Romany children drop out of elementary school and never go back, a figure that is eight times higher than the national average. The study, based on data collected from 14 elementary schools over the past five years, highlights one of the basic problems underlying an endless vicious circle of discrimination of the country's Romany minority. Kumar Vishwanatan, a community worker who works with the Roma in one of the country's poorest districts, says there are many factors contributing to this trend.

Ski centres report ideal conditions for coming days, including New Year's Eve

Skiing centres around the Czech Republic including north and central Bohemia have announced excellent conditions for skiers and snowboarders in the coming days: plenty of snow and sunshine bringing out enthusiasts in droves. Besides offering the usual services, some hills will also be open for New Year's Eve.

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2010-12-30 17:38:00
Prosecutors launch probe into MPs fight in Verkhovna Rada.
Kyiv Prosecutor's Office has opened a criminal case on the infliction of slight
body injuries to people's deputies on December 16, according to the PGO press
office on Wednesday.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137030

2010-12-30 17:28:00
Antimonopoly committee permits Valars Agro (Cyprus) to acquire two grain
elevators.
The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine has permitted Cyprus-based Valars Agro
Limited to acquire shares in OJSC Kamennomostskoe Grain Reception Enterprise and
OJSC Podgornyansky Grain Elevator (both based in Mykolaiv region,
southernUkraine).
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137024

2010-12-30 17:19:00
EU ready to give Ukraine EUR 70mn for energy efficiency, technical assistance.
A representative of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine Hans Rein
handed over to the chairman of the National Agency of Ukraine for Efficient Use
of Energy Resources (NAER), Mykola Pashkevych, a preliminary report of
consultants with Cowi Group for support of the Budget Support Programme,
according to which the EU is ready to give Ukraine a grant of EUR 63 million for
energy-saving program, and EUR 7 million for technical assistance, NAER said in
a pressrelease.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137021

2010-12-30 17:07:00
State budget for 2011 published and takes effect.
Ukraine's state budget for 2011, which was adopted by parliament on December 23
and signed by President Viktor Yanukovych on December 28, was published in the
official newspapers Holos Ukrainy and Uriadovy Kurier on December30.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137013

2010-12-30 16:42:00
Ukrainian MFA demands immediate release of Ukrainians detained in Belarus.
Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus Valentin Velichko has been invited to the
Foreign Ministry of Ukraine for a meeting with Ukraine's First Deputy Foreign
Minister Ruslan Demchenko.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137033

2010-12-30 15:48:00
GDP to increase by 4-4.6% in 2011.
The gross domestic product of Ukraine in 2011 may increase by 4-4.6%. This
opinion was expressed by the lead researcher, project coordinator at the
Institute for Economic Research and Political Consultations, OleksandraBetliy.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137036

2010-12-30 15:26:00
High-speed highways to appear in Ukraine soon.
Vice Prime Minister, Infrastructure Minister Borys Kolesnikov predicts the
emergence of high-speed autobahns in Ukraine in the next 5-7 years. He said
about this in an interview with the Segodnia newspaper.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137023

2010-12-30 14:22:00
Passenger boom expected at Kyiv railway station on December 30.
A total of 120, 000 passengers will depart from the central railway station in
Kyiv on December 30, which is six times more than on a usual day, and this is
evidenced by the sale of tickets, the press service of the South-Western
Railways hasreported.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137022

2010-12-30 13:33:00
Andriy Pyatov named Ukraine's top footballer.
FC Shakhtar Donetsk goalkeeper has won the Ukrainian footballer of the year
award, according to the Komanda newspaper.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137028

2010-12-30 11:31:00
Trading on interbank market opens at UAH 7.9620-7.9705/USD 1.
Trading on Ukraine's interbank currency market on Thursday opened at UAH
7.9620-7.9705/USD 1.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137027


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ST-CYRILLE-DE-WENDOVER: FAREWELL BID TO FALLEN SOLDIER


Family and friends bade farewell on Wednesday to Corporal Steve Martin, a Canadian soldier who was killed in Afghanistan 11 days earlier. Mourners filled a church in St. Cyrille-de-Wendover, about 115 kilometres northeast of Montreal. Corporal Martin was the 154th Canadian soldier to be killed during Canada's combat mission in Afghanistan. He served with the Royal 22nd Regiment.

HALIFAX: NOVA SCOTIA TOURISM SEES RISE


Tourism increased in Canada's Atlantic province of Nova Scotia during 2010. The province had just over two million visitors, an increase of one per cent compared with 2009. The number of tourists in cars increased by three per cent, but the number of air travelers fell by three per cent. There were more visitors from Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Ontario, but fewer from the Western provinces. The number of American tourists decreased by about two per cent, and there was a seven per cent decrease in the overall number of overseas visitors. German tourists increased by 11 per cent.

SASKATOON: POLICE TO PUT PRESSURE ON STREET CRIMINALS


Police in Saskatoon plan to crack down on street crime in 2011. The decision comes after statistics showed an increase of violent crime in 2010 of two per cent compared with the previous year. But crimes against property fell by 11 per cent.

OTTAWA: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES DEMANDS VISAS FOR CANADIAN VISITORS


Canadians travelling to the United Arab Emirates will have to have a visa starting this weekend. The cost of the visa will range from 250 dollars to one thousand dollars depending on how long the visitor stays. Canada's relations with the U-A-E deteriorated earlier this year after Canada refused to approve extra landing rights to two U-A-E airlines. The U-A-E then refused to grant access to one of its military bases that Canadian Forces were using as a transport centre. Canada is the only Western nation whose citizens will be required to have a visa to enter the U-A-E. U-A-E visitors to Canada will have to pay for a visa costing between 75 and 150 dollars. More than twenty-five-thousand Canadians live in the U-A-E. Last year, bilateral trade was about CDN$1.5billion, mostly in Canadian exports.

OTTAWA: POLITICIANS NOT WORKING HARD ENOUGH
A report indicates that Canada's Members of Parliament are spending less time at work in the House of Commons and passing fewer bills. They spent only 119 days in Parliament this year, 11 days fewer than last year. Experts in parliamentary procedure find the trend worrisome. The experts are concerned that if the trend continues, there will be little time for scrutiny of various measures.

REGINA: PREMIER NOT INTERESTED IN HIGHER OFFICE


The Premier of the western Canadian province of Saskatcehewan, Brad Wall, is ignoring any suggestion of running for prime minister. He says he's proud to be a Canadian but he does not have the same passion for national issues as provincial matters. Mr Wall has gained a national profile this year in his fight to protect his province's potash industry from foreign takeover.

FREDERICTON: STORMS COSTLY


Emergency officials in Canada's east coast province of New Brunswick say the damage could be 50-million dollars from the four winter storms that have hit the province this month. More than 100 people have been forced from their homes by storm surges and overflowing rivers. The Emergency Measures Organization says at least a dozen homes have been damaged beyond repair. And an estimated one thousand homes and businesses still do not have electricity following the latest storm on Monday.

MONTEGO BAY: CANADIAN REMAINS IN JAMAICAN JAIL


A Canadian man remains in custody in Jamaica after appearing in court on a charge of attempted murder. Paul Martin is accused of trying to kill his wife with a knife near Montego Bay last week. Investigators allege that her husband attacked her after she told him she wanted to separate. The woman has been released from hospital and there are reports that she may testify against her husband at a second hearing before leaving Jamaica.


DENMARK


Police in Denmark have arrested four people in connection with an alleged plot to attack a local newspaper. The newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, published cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammed five years ago that outraged many Muslims. Police say that the suspects planned to enter the newspaper building and kill as many people as possible. Three of the suspects are Swedish citizens.A fifthsuspect was arrested in Sweden. The Danish justice minister says that the suspects have a militant Islamic background. He calls their plan the most serious terrorist attempt in Denmark so far. The suspects are not linked to an attempted suicide bombing in Stockholm two weeks ago.

INDIA


A new population study predicts that India will become the world's most populous country in 2025, surpassing China. The U.S. Census Bureau forecast predicts that India will have almost 1.4 billion people. China's population has grown more slowly in recent years because of a law that allows most women to bear only one child. The average Indian woman has 2.7 children in her lifetime. But the fertility rate in India is declining as a result of improved education and urbanization. In the future, China will likely face a shrinking labour force and a large number of pensioners. The U.S. Census Bureau forecasts that the United States will remain the third most populous nation, followed by Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nigeria. Japan, Russia and Germany are expected to fall in the population ranking because their birth rates have been low for years.

ANGOLA


Human rights groups are criticizing a court in Angola for its verdict in the case of an attack on Togo's football team early this year. Joao Antonio Puati was sentenced to 24 years in prison for participating in the attack that killed two members of the team. The team was in Angola to play in the Africa Cup of Nations. A second suspect was acquitted. Both denied involvement. Human rights advocates say that the court failed to present credible evidence, and forced the suspects to sign confessions in Portugueuse, a language that neither speaks. In all, nine people were arrested in connection with the attack, but Human Rights Watch says that only two had any direct link to the incident.

RUSSIA


Flights in and out of Moscow were slowly returning to normal on Wednesday after bad weather caused widespread delays during the previous few days. Thousands of air travellers were stranded at Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo airports. Some scuffles were reported as passengers expressed frustration over long delays. Some passengers threatened to file lawsuits against Aeroflot. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Wednesday rebuked airport officials for failing to handle the situation better. He said that all officials in charge of transportation would be banned from going on New Year's holidays until flights are back to normal.

IVORY COAST


West African leaders will try again to persuade President Laurent Gbagbo to give up power in Ivory Coast. Earlier this week, the 15-nation regional bloc known as ECOWAS had threatened military intervention if Mr. Gbagbo refused to allow his political rival, Alassane Ouattara, to take over the presidency. Mr. Gbagbo responded with his own threat, saying that he'll cut diplomatic ties with any government that recognizes Mr. Ouattara. Another ECOWAS delegation will go to Abidjan on Monday to resume talks.

AUSTRALIA


Severe flooding continues to wreak havoc in eastern Australia. Heavy rains over the last several days have turned some towns in Queensland state into lakes. About one thousand people have been transported out of the region. On Wednesday, the military airlifted the entire population of 300 out of one town where water continued to rise. At least two other towns, Emerald and Bundaberg, were preparing to evacuate. Flooding has shut down about 300 roads across Queensland, including two major highways to the state capital Brisbane. The state has launched a disaster relief fund. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has pledged to match state funds with federal funds.

CHINA


Europe and the United States are expressing concern after China announced a further reduction in its quota for rare earth exports. Rare earths are used in many common electronic devices. China produces almost all of the world's supply of rare earths. Earlier this year, China reduced its rare earth exports by one third, saying that it wanted to maintain enough supply in reserve. Since then, American and Japanese high-tech producers have sought alternative minerals outside of China. Japan's Sony Corporation calls China's move to cut export quotas a hindrance to free trade. Sony says that further restrictions could lead to a shortage of rare earths or to a rise in costs for related parts and materials.

KOREAS


South Korean President Lee Myung-bak says negotiations are the best way to handle the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula. He was referring to *six-party talks aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear program. The North walked out of the talks two years ago. Mr Lee Myung-bak's statement comes as his country has vowedto retaliateagainst any further attack by the North on its territory. Last month, the North shelled a South Korean island killing four people and destroyed buildings.

IRAQ


In Iraq, at least four policemen were killed today in the city of Mosul in an attack on their station by two suicide bombers. A third bomber was shot dead before setting off his explosives belt in the attack that was apparently targeting Colonel Shamil Ahmed Oglaq, who commanded the raid last week on an Al-Qaeda affiliate. He was among the four officers killed today. Mosul, located 350 kilometres north of Baghdad and the surrounding Nineveh province are one of the most violent areas of Iraq.

AFGHANISTAN


In Afghanistan, two Afghan soldiers were reportedly killed in a suicide bombing in the Barmal district of Paktika province. In another incident, a British soldier was killed by an explosive device in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand Province. The latest attacks, targeting Afghan and foreign troops by Taliban militants, are aimed at overthrowing the US-backed government of President Hamid Karzai. Canada is part of the NATO-led force in Afghanistan.

VENEZUELA


Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is challenging the United States to cut off diplomatic relations over his opposition to the choice of a new American ambassador to Caracas. Speaking on state television, Mr Chavezseem to imply that it was of no consequenece that relations could be severed. Last week, Venezuela's foreign minister expressed hope that the two nations could resolve the dispute over diplomat Larry Palmer, who has been nominated for the post but not yet confirmed by the U.S. Senate.Mr Chavez has insisted Mr Palmer is not welcome after the veteran diplomat sharply criticized Venezuela's government during his U.S. Senate confirmation hearings months ago.

HONDURAS


In Honduras, unidentified gunmen have shot to death radio reporter Henry Suazo. He's the 10th journalist to be killed in the country this year. This week's murder of the 39-year-old Suazo occured in the town of La Masica on the Atlantic coast. Media rights group Press Emblem Campaign says that Mexico and Pakistan recorded the most killings of media workers this year. Most of the 14 journalists killed in Mexico were linked to coverage of the brutal drug war there while the 14 killings in Pakistan occurred mostly in the lawless border areas near Afghanistan.


FINANCIAL MARKETS


On the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday, the composite index gained 66.01 points to close at 13,449. The Canadian dollar gained .58 of a U.S. cent to close at 99.94 cents. The euro was worth CDN$1.3229, up 0.29 of a cent. The price of a barrel of oil on the New York exchange fell 37 U.S. cents to end at US$91.12.

EDMONTON: ALBERTA COMPANY INVESTS IN CHILE HIGHWAY


Alberta Investment Management Company is making a major investment in a highway in Chile. The Canadian firm is paying CDN$878 million for a 50 per cent interest in the Autopista Central Highway. The seller, Skanska AB, expects the deal to be completed by next summer. The six-lane highway runs 61 kilometres through central Santiago.


WEATHER


Here is Canada's weather on Thursday, December 30. British Columbia will be mainly sunny. The high temperature in Vancouver will be one degree Celsius. The Yukon: flurries. Whitehorse, minus 11. Northwest Territories: sunny. Yellowknife, minus 25. Nunavut: increasing cloudiness. Iqaluit, minus 17. Alberta: mainly sunny. Edmonton, minus 17. Saskatchewan: variable cloudiness. Regina, minus 21. Manitoba: variable cloudiness. Winnipeg, minus 18. Ontario: overcast. Toronto, six. Ottawa, one. Quebec: cloudy. Montreal, one. New Brunswick: variable cloudiness. Fredericton, minus two. Nova Scotia: sunny. Halifax, minus one. Prince Edward Island: variable cloudiness. Charlottetown, minus two. Newfoundland: showers. St. John's, one.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

News 12.29.2010

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

News Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

By: Daniela Lazarova

* The Czech health minister has said some regions may be forced to
declare a state of emergency if, due to a mass exodus of doctors,
hospitals should be unable to provide acute care.

* The Czech state has lost an arbitration dispute with the bank CSOB
concerning guarantees provided during the takeover of IPB bank.

* Czech scientists are working on a substance that may revolutionarize
the process of mending broken bones.

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Czech health minister on possible emergency measures
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The Czech health minister, Leos Heger, says regional governors may be
forced to declare a state of emergency if, due to the planned mass
exodus of doctors in 2010, hospitals are unable to provide acute care.
If a state of emergency were declared, as happens after natural
disasters, the regional authorities could order doctors to return to
work. According to the daily Hospodarske Noviny regional governors are
reluctant to use this tactic. Close to 4,000 of the country's 16,000
hospital doctors are believed to have handed in their notice in protest
against low salaries. Some hospitals say they stand to lose 70 to 80
percent of their staff.


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Social Democrats say government should dispel public concern
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The opposition Social Democrats have slammed the health minister for
his approach to the problem. Shadow health minister David Rath said on
Wednesday that the Czech health sector is facing a serious crisis and
minister Heger should either deal with it or resign. Mr. Rath said it
was time for the government to dispel growing public concern and let
people know how it planned to cope with the problem. The health
minister has already indicated that some hospitals which are unable to
provide regular care may be turned into long-term care facilities and
rehabilitation centres.


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State loses arbitration case with CSOB bank
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The Czech bank CSOB said on Wednesday an arbitration tribunal had
rejected a 33.3 billion crown ($1.73 billion) claim by the Czech state,
clearing the last major litigation case ahead of CSOB's planned initial
public offering. The bank said the tribunal in Paris had also granted
it a 1.6 billion crown award against the state, plus interest. The
Finance Ministry declined to comment but said it would hold a news
briefing on the matter on Thursday. The disputes are related to the
2000 takeover by CSOB of collapsing bank IPB, in a deal agreed with the
state and involving state guarantees.


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Brno scientists testing revolutionary gel which would replace plaster
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Czech scientists are working on a substance that may revolutionarize
the process of mending broken bones. The daily Mlada Fronta Dnes
reported on Wednesday that scientists at the Chemical Faculty of the
University of Technology in Brno are testing a revolutionary new
hydro-gel which can be injected directly into the vicinity of a broken
bone and will firmly fixate it within a matter of seconds. The gel
moreover contains medicaments which speed up the healing process. Once
the bone is fully healed the hydro-gel dissipates without any negative
side effects. The substance is currently being tested on animals.


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Russians own more Czech registered companies than any other foreign
nationals
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Russian citizens own more Czech-registered companies than any other
foreign nationals, according to a report published by CEKIA, a leading
Czech financial information agency. The report says an increasing
number of Russian entrepreneurs are choosing the Czech Republic as a
base from which to launch businesses in the European Union. The main
factors attracting Russian investors to the Czech Republic are:
linguistic proximity, relatively low labour costs, and the reputation
of Czech goods in Russia as offering quality at competitive prices.


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Survey shows 70 percent believe coalition will not last until 2014
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Seventy percent of Czechs believe that the current coalition government
of Prime Minister Petr Necas will not stay its course for a full four
year term until 2014 according to a survey released by the Lidove
noviny newspaper on Wednesday. Respondents were questioned between
December 25 and 27, in the wake of the corruption scandal which forced
the resignation of the environment minister and unsuccessful vote of no
confidence tabled in the government. Around of third of those
questioned said the current coalition would split and not survive 2011
in its current form.


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Unemployed Czechs scrambling to register with labour offices
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Czechs who have recently lost their jobs are scrambling to register
with labour offices before the end of the year in order to avoid the
tougher conditions relating to unemployment benefits which are due to
take effect as of January 1st. An amendment to the labour code pushed
through within the government's austerity measures for 2010 will mean
less money for those who left their job of their own accord and will no
longer make it possible for people to make some extra money on the
side. People who have been given severance will also not be eligible
for benefits over a given period of time. Those who register before the
end of the year will benefit from the present labour code.


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Cinemas expected to post record-high sales this year
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Czech cinemas are expected to post record-high sales this year, with
sales between January and November at 1.4 billion crowns, up by 1.6
million as compared to the whole of last year, according to data
released by the Union of Film Distributors. In the first eleven months
of this year cinemas registered 12.55 million visitors, up by around
80,000 against 2009. Sales were also boosted by higher ticket prices.


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Married couple found dead in Rychnov
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Police in the town of Rychnov nad Kneznou are investigating the death
of a married couple who were shot to death in their home two days ago.
Relatives alerted the police when they failed to answer the door. A
legally held weapon found next to one of the bodies indicates it may
have been a planned suicide or a murder followed by a suicide. The
police are questioning relatives and neighbours.


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Rescuers in action as Czech hunters lose boar in icy river
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Two Czech hunters took an involuntary swim in an icy river and then got
stranded on a steep bank in a bizarre accident involving a wild boar
they had just shot, a local paper reported. On Sunday, two hunters shot
the animal near Turnov, about 90 kilometres northwest of Prague, but
the boar rolled down a steep slope and fell in the Jizera river.
Determined not to lose their game the men got into a canoe to retrieve
the animal but its capsized and the hunters found themselves stranded
and shivering on the deserted opposite bank. They spent over an hour on
the bank before they were rescued by the local fire brigade.


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Weather:
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The coming days are expected to be overcast with more snow and day
temperatures falling to minus 7 degrees Celsius. Night time lows may
drop below minus 20 degrees.

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The Czech health minister has said some regions may be forced to
declare a state of emergency if, due to a mass exodus of doctors,
hospitals should be unable to provide acute care.
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The Czech health minister has said some regions may be forced to
declare a state of emergency if, due to a mass exodus of doctors,
hospitals should be unable to provide acute care.

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


The Czech state has lost an arbitration dispute with the bank CSOB
concerning guarantees provided during the takeover of IPB bank.
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The Czech state has lost an arbitration dispute with the bank CSOB
concerning guarantees provided during the takeover of IPB bank.

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


Czech scientists are working on a substance that may revolutionarize
the process of mending broken bones.
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Czech scientists are working on a substance that may revolutionarize
the process of mending broken bones.

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


Retailers report spending surge before Christmas and in sales but mean
times seen in 2011
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Czechs opened their wallets wide before Christmas and are apparently
continuing to spend, spend, spend in the post-Christmas sales. But some
are warning that the spending spree will soon end with a gloomier start
to 2011 on the horizon.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/retailers-report-spending-surge-before-christmas-and-in-sales-but-mean-times-seen-in-2011


Town marks 150th anniversary of birth of Czechoslovakia's first prime
minister
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The town of Vysoke nad Jizerou this week marked the 150th anniversary
of the birth of notable Czech politician Karel Kramar. As an MP within
the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Kramar fought for Czech national
interests, leading to his arrest for treason by the Austrian
authorities during World War I. He was tried and sentenced to death,
galvanising Czech public opinion, and although the sentence was reduced
to imprisonment, Kramar became a national hero. Eventually he was
released as part of a general political amnesty in 1917. The flood of
support pushed him further into the spotlight and he was named the
first prime minister of the newly-founded Czechoslovakia a year later,
on November 28, 1918.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/town-marks-150th-anniversary-of-birth-of-czechoslovakias-first-prime-minister


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Radio Prague Today 12.29.2010

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

The Czech health minister has said some regions may be forced to declare a state of emergency if, due to a mass exodus of doctors, hospitals should be unable to provide acute care.

The Czech health minister has said some regions may be forced to declare a state of emergency if, due to a mass exodus of doctors, hospitals should be unable to provide acute care.

The Czech state has lost an arbitration dispute with the bank ČSOB concerning guarantees provided during the takeover of IPB bank.

The Czech state has lost an arbitration dispute with the bank ČSOB concerning guarantees provided during the takeover of IPB bank.

Czech scientists are working on a substance that may revolutionarize the process of mending broken bones.

Czech scientists are working on a substance that may revolutionarize the process of mending broken bones.

Retailers report spending surge before Christmas and in sales but mean times seen in 2011

Czechs opened their wallets wide before Christmas and are apparently continuing to spend, spend, spend in the post-Christmas sales. But some are warning that the spending spree will soon end with a gloomier start to 2011 on the horizon.

Town marks 150th anniversary of birth of Czechoslovakia's first prime minister

The town of Vysoké nad Jizerou this week marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of notable Czech politician Karel Kramář. As an MP within the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Kramář fought for Czech national interests, leading to his arrest for treason by the Austrian authorities during World War I. He was tried and sentenced to death, galvanising Czech public opinion, and although the sentence was reduced to imprisonment, Kramář became a national hero. Eventually he was released as part of a general political amnesty in 1917. The flood of support pushed him further into the spotlight and he was named the first prime minister of the newly-founded Czechoslovakia a year later, on November 28, 1918.

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2010-12-29 10:56:00
Snowmen-politicians made in Ivano-Frankivsk.
In Ivano-Frankivsk at noon the youth started to make popular politicians out of
snow. Competition "Snow Politician 2010" was organized by the Regional Youth
Administration and the Ivano-Frankivsk Youth CityCouncil.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=136936

2010-12-29 09:50:00
Only 10% of Ukrainians see outgoing year as good for country.
Nearly 59.7% of Ukrainians believe that everything in the country is going on in
the wrong direction, and only 24.9% have the opposite opinion, according to a
survey conducted by the Ukrainian DemocraticCircle.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=136934

2010-12-28 14:36:00
25% of Ukrainians would have voted for Regions Party in parliamentary elections.
This is what the survey says that was held by the Sofia Center for Social
Studies on December 16-22.11.7% for the opposition Batkivshchyna Party, 6.5% for
the Front for Change Party, 6.2% for the Strong Ukraine Party, 4.6% for the
Svoboda Party, and 3.2% for the CommunistParty.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=136804

2010-12-28 14:31:00
A number of international flights delayed at Boryspil Airport.
A number of international flights are being delayed at Kyiv's Boryspil
International Airport because of snowfall.Flights from New Delhi, Beijing,
Vilnius, Hurghada, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Astana, Almaty, and Riga were delayed by
more than anhour.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=136800

2010-12-28 14:06:00
Parliament Speaker believes opposition should bear responsibility for situation
in country together with current authorities.
This was stated by Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Lytvyn in
an interview to "Stolichnye Novosti" newspaper".
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=136799

2010-12-28 13:59:00
Ministry of Health says first wave of influenza in Ukraine ends.
This was disclosed by chief state sanitary doctor of Ukraine Sergey Ryzhenko at
today's press conference that was held at the Ministry of Health. According to
him, the epidemic situation of SARS and influenza is currentlystabilized.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=136798

2010-12-28 13:38:00
Trade unions to be envolved in discussing pension reform in Ukraine.
It was proposed by the National Forum of trade unions of Ukraine.As the National
Forum press-service informed, trade unions propose to the Government to discuss
the basic mechanisms of pension reform that will ensure itseffectiveness.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=136797

2010-12-28 13:29:00
Government approves documents for tax reform implementation.
This was aired by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov during presentation of new head
the tax service Vitaliy Zakharchenko to the staff.The Cabinet at its meeting
approved 22 documents necessary for implementation of the taxreform.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=136796

2010-12-28 13:26:00
Serhiy Tihipko: pension reform will not affect terms of calculation and payment
of pensions for current pensioners.
This was voiced by Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Social Policy during the
discussion of pension reform with budget organizations and trade unions.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=136795

2010-12-28 13:09:00
In 2011 Ukraine will complete all facilities for UEFA EURO 2012.
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov told this at a concluding press conference in Kyiv.
"Absolutely all the objects that we plan to prepare for the EURO, including such
serious as airports, roads, will be completed, " the Prime Minister said.
Azarov also said that in 2010 about 1, 000 kilometers of new roads were built
after 9 kilometers in 2009. Earlier, the UEFA Executive Committee had noted
that Ukraine's preparation for UEFA EURO 2012 goes according to plan.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=136794


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RCI Cyberjournal

OTTAWA: GOVERNOR GENERAL RELEASES NEW YEAR'S MESSAGE


Canada's Governor General is calling on Canadians to keep sending a message of hope and peace to people around the world, and close to home. In his first New Year's message since being appointed to the vice-regal position, Governor General David Johnston says he feels a sense of hope for 2011. Mr. Johnston says he saw great despair as he visited Afghanistan earlier this year, but adds he also saw Canadian troops providing hope for the future in the war-ravaged country. Mr. Johnston also asks Canadians to remember neighbours in need as the year begins, and to work together to continue building a caring nation.

OTTAWA: CANADA CRITICISES RUSSIA IN KHODORKOVSKY CASE


Canada has joined the growing international chorus of criticism over the second conviction of imprisoned Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon calls it a "worrying signal" about the rule of law in Russia. Mr. Cannon says Canada is troubled by the "alleged lack of a judicial system that operates independently of the Russian government." Mr. Khodorkovsky, who once was seen as a challenger to Vladimir Putin was already serving a sentence for tax evasion when he was convicted Monday of embezzlement. The Obama administration and European leaders have also criticized the case saying it raises questions about selective prosecution and about the rule of law being overshadowed by political considerations. The Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that the allegations of selective justice are unfounded.

HALIFAX: ATLANTIC CANADA STILL DIGGING OUT


Thousands of blacked-out Atlantic Canadians may not get their power back until Wednesday. They've been without electricity since a nor'easter blew through the region on Monday. It was the fourth winter storm to hit the region in as many weeks and it left northern New Brunswick and the western side of Prince Edward Island buried under more than 30 centimetres of snow. While most locations in the Maritimes were buffeted by winds of between 50 and 90 km/h, Grand Étang, N.S., on the Cape Breton coast, had a maximum gust of 152 km/h. Marine Atlantic's service between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland was forced to delay several scheduled crossings because of high winds in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Most weather watches and warnings for Atlantic Canada have now been lifted.

TORONTO: DND TO SHED CIVILIANS


The Department of National Defence reportedly has 14-percent more civilian employees, 3,500 people, than it should have. The Globe and Mail newspapersays the department is now looking to deal with its overstaffing through "zero growth" and attrition. Citing internal memos, the newspaper says the department is planning to roll-back civilian staffing levels slowly as Canada's combat mission in Afghanistan is scaled down in the months ahead. DND's civilian ranks include everyone from cooks to cryptographers, psychologists to procurement officials. Canada's military consists of some 65,000 uniformed soldiers, 30,000 reservists and the 28,500 civilian staff.

TORONTO: CANADIANS ARE WORLD'S NUMBER ONE WEB SURFERS


New figures show that Canadians are the biggest consumers of Internet information anywhere. The measurement firm comScore says Canadians spend more time online than users in any other country, they watch more YouTube videos and read more Wikipedia pages than anyone else. About 68 per cent of the Canadian population is online and comScore says the average user spends about 25-hundred minutes online a month, which is almost 42 hours. YouTube for its part says that, per capita, Canadians are the biggest users of the site, watching an average of 147 videos a month. And, Canadians read more Wikipedia pages than anyone else in the world: 16 pages a month.

ALBERTA: OIL SANDS


Environmental groups are promisng to keep up the pressure on the Alberta oilsands in 2011. Michael Marx of the group Corporate Ethics, which organized billboard campaigns in several foreign cities this year, says more are coming. Industry groups meantime are planning campaigns of their own to try to win over public opinion in both Canada and the U-S in the new year.


IVORY COAST


The leaders of three West African countries met with incumbent Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday and delivered an ultimatum. The ECOWAS regional bloc is telling Gbagbo to step down or be removed by force. The United Nations declared Alassane Ouattara the winner of last month's presidential runoff election in Ivory Coast, but Gbagbo refuses to concede defeat. His camp initially said it would welcome the visiting presidents -- Benin's Boni Yayi, Sierra Leone's Ernest Bai Koroma and Pedro Pires of Cape Verde -- "as brothers and friends, and listen to the message they have to convey". But shortly before the meeting, his government warned it would not tolerate any meddling in its affairs.

AFGHANISTAN


The number of international troops killed in Afghanistan this year has reached 700, making 2010, by far, the deadliest of the war. The death toll reached the new milestone Tuesday when NATO reported that two more of its service members had been killed in the Southern part of the country. No other details have been released on these latest casualties. Until now, the worst year of the war in terms of coalition deathshad been2009, with 504 foreign troops killed.

SOMALIA


There's been yet another act of piracy involving Somali rebels. The European Union Naval Force said Tuesday that pirates have seized the MV EMS River, a German-owned ship with eight crew onboard. The general cargo vessel was seized about 280 kilometres northeast of the port of Salalah, Oman. Another pirated vessel, the MV Motivator, was nearby during Monday's attack, which officials say indicates that the pirates are using larger pirated vessels as 'motherships' to extend their range. The European Union Naval Force says pirates are now holding 26 vessels and 609 hostages off the coast of Somalia.

CHINA


The commander of the U.S. Pacific Command says China is moving closer to deploying a ballistic missile capable of sinking an aircraft carrier. In an interview with Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper, Admiral Robert Willard says he believes the Chinese anti-ship ballistic missile program has achieved "initial operational capability." Still, he says it'll probably take years of tests before the Dong Feng 21D missile can be fully deployed. The so-called "carrier killer" is designed to sink a moving aircraft carrier at a distance of more than 1,500 kilometres. Its deployment could seriously weaken the U.S.'s ability to intervene in any potential conflict involving Taiwan or North Korea. It would also deny U.S. ships safe access to international waters near China's 18,000-kilometre-long coastline.

RUSSIA


There's been a deadly armed robbery in Saint Petersburg. Two security guards and a passerby were killed Tuesday by robbers carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles in a baby carriage. The guards were gunned down as they carried bags of cash from an armoured car to a bank on Leninsky Prospekt (southwest of centre.) The two assailants sprayed the guards with gunfire killing them instantly. They also shot a man who was walking his dog nearbyapparently fearing that he could help police identify them. The assailants escaped with more than CDN$800,000 (more than 25 million rubles) worth of cash. A criminal investigation is underway.

RUSSIA


Spain says it has ordered two Russian diplomats out of the country for alleged espionage; and Moscow has retaliated by expelling two Spaniards. An official with the Spanish Foreign Ministry says the Russians were expelled a month ago for activities incompatible with their status as diplomats. The official says the incident is now considered resolved and the two governments are working to replace the diplomats. Earlier this year, a Spanish intelligence agent was found guilty of trying to sell secret documents to Russia and sentenced to 12 years in prison. That sentence has since been reduced to 9 years. It was Spain's first treason conviction since the return of democracy to the country following the 1975 death of General Francisco Franco.


MARKETS


Oil: US$91.49 -- +.49 Gold: US$1,405.20 -- +$22.80

Dow -- 11,575.54 up 20.51 points

S&P 500 -- 1,258.51 up 0.97 of a point

Nasdaq -- 2,662.88 down 4.39 points

Nasdaq Canada -- 747.06 down 0.58 of a point

Canadian stock markets re-open Wednesday after being closed Monday and Tuesday for the Christmas holiday. The markets will be closed again on Monday, January 3, 2011 for the New Year's holiday.


WEATHER
Canada's weather for Wednesday. In the North, a chance of flurries in Iqaluit and minus 16 degrees Celsius. Sunny with cloudy periods in Yukon and minus 19 in Whitehorse. A chance of showers or flurries across most of British Columbia with a high of 4 in Vancouver. A chance of flurries across Alberta and in Saskatchewan and snow in Manitoba with highs of minus 17 in Edmonton, minus 11 in Regina and minus 3 in Winnipeg. Clearing skies in Ontario and a mix of sun and cloud in Quebec. In the four Atlantic provinces: A mix of sun and cloud in New Brunswick and in Nova Scotia. A chance of flurries in Prince Edward Island and a few rain showers or flurries in Newfoundland. Some temperatures: 3 in Toronto, minus 1 in Ottawa, minus 3 in Montreal, minus 3 in Halifax and 3 degrees in St John's, Newfoundland.


SPORTS NOTES:


Figure skater Joannie Rochette has won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as 2010 female athlete of the year. SKIING: Canadian skier Louis-Pierre Helie is in hospital with a head injury after crashing in a World Cup downhill training session. HOCKEY: Darryl Sutter is stepping down as general manager and executive vice-president of the Calgary Flames. Assistant G-M Jay Feaster will serve as acting general manager. Toronto is home to Carolina and Montreal visits Washington. Edmonton welcomes Buffalo and Vancouver entertains Philadelphia. BASKETBALL: Toronto visits Dallas Tuesday night.