Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ciao Community Newsletter - June 2010

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Dear shristees,

Summer is finally here and we are all enjoying the sunshine, lunch in the park and long evenings out.

If you are looking for nice summer activities, just browse through our categories Sport and Outdoors or House & Garden.

Summer, sun and sunshine: it's now time to enjoy!

June 29th »

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Change in the allocation of Community Points

From June 10th there will be a change with regards to the distribution of community points.

For an "exceptional" rating you will now receive 9 community points instead of the 6 points received so far. "Very Helpful" and "Helpful" ratings will still continue to provide you the same amount of points as previously. And for "Somewhat Helpful" ratings you will now have 3 community points subtracted instead of the 6 points given so far.  A rating of "Not Helpful" will result in the subtraction of 6 points rather than 9 points and for "Off Topic" ratings will have  a subtraction of 9 points instead of 12.

We hope these changes will make the rating system a bit more equitable by awarding outstanding ratings additionally with more points, while not having poor ratings deducting too many points. In this way, you are able to assess effective reviewers through good reviews easier and faster.

*Each user who published reviews between now and 10th June, will have an increase of his or her community points.

 

   

Mini Surveys »

 

   

What makes you happy?

Being happy is one of the main goals in our lives. But what does "happiness" mean? In cooperation with Coca-Cola we would like to know exactly what that means to you! Is it money and fame? Or is it more the little daily enjoyments life brings?
We are looking forward to hearing your opinion!

 

1. What makes you happy generally?

3. What cheers you up when you are in a bad mood?

2. What was your favourite moment of happiness?

4. Which one of the following statements do you agree?

Subject of the Month »

   

What are you looking forward to the most when summer comes?

In a recent survey people were asked about what they are the most looking forward to when summer arrives. The result: most of the participants loved to renovate their balcony, terrace or garden space when summer time arrives. Additional preferences were to take trips, purchasing summer clothes, participating in sports and of course sunbathing at the beach.

So how can Ciao help you enjoy the things named above?

 

Terrace, Balcony and Garden
In our category Household, you will generally be able to find all kinds of furniture for the household needs. But also special comforts such as lawn chairs, tables or stools for your outside enjoyment.
In our March newsletter, we recommended that you start your outside work first with your garden. Those who did their homework in March can now proudly look at their gorgeous greenery. Also with these warm summer temperatures a good irrigation system is important, as well as pest control for your plant care. Most importantly we want you to enjoy your garden. What a better way to start than with an enjoyable barbecue with friends? Firstly you might want to check and make sure you have the right tools in our "Barbecues" section!

Trips
80 % of those surveyed associated travel with their imagination of a perfect summer. If you still haven't booked your holidays yet, browse through our category Travel for assistance. For holiday essentials, click here. And our ultimate tip for summer travel is a visit to one of the many Spanish coasts.

Summer Clothes
70 % of the participants love summer because of a lighter clothing option. Fashion is becoming more and more important in our society and currently we are noticing a trend of older styles coming back in fashion. We predict a revival of the 90's this summer with graphic design shirts, high heels for the ladies and leather jackets for the guys. Anyway, in our Fashion section, you will find all the necessary accessories for both her and him.

Sun, Sea, Sunbathe
What do we Europeans habitually do when it's warm? We love lying by the sea, beach or just sunbathing somewhere outside enjoying the sun. Body care creams are an absolute must in this summer. For moisturizers or Creams and treatments just have a look in our category Body Care.

For further outdoor activities you would love to do this summer visit our category: Sport and Outdoors.

We don't know how long this wonderful summer is going to last for. Enjoy every single day of it while it's here!

   

New Diamonds »

Congratulations!

These ten reviews from May have been awarded a Diamond for outstanding quality. Well done!

Ciao-Diamant The Adventure Of A Lifetime by Andioz

Ciao-Diamant Have a Ball at Nidd Hall by arnodhenryrufus

Ciao-Diamant Great Balls of Washing by Autarkis

Ciao-Diamant To the Manor Born by Bollinger28

Ciao-Diamant Snowdonia's Hidden Gems by Andioz

Ciao-Diamant Green and Black But Better Than Chocolate by hishyrness

Ciao-Diamant Talking Fruity by mattygroves

Ciao-Diamant WAR! WAR! WAR! WAR! by Staffengurg

Ciao-Diamant Marymoose goes on an epic journey... by marymoose99

Ciao-Diamant In an Italian country garden by torr

The Interview »

 

"The summer" is also the subject of our today's interview. To know how Ciao users are doing over this season and which plans they have this summer in relation to ciao, we lead an interview with sunmelian.

 

About sunmeilan

Ciao User since : 05.05.2005

Written Reviews: 1078

Circle of trust : 388 members

To know more about sunmeilan, visit her profile

1. What do you rejoice in the most when summer comes?

I enjoy being able to sit outside in the garden. I work at home, so have the freedom to be able to do so during the summer months - then I thank my lucky stars that I no longer have an office-based job!

2. What are your plans for this summer?

I work for myself, which means that it is hard to take much time off work. I will spend a couple of weekends in London, staying with friends, and will hopefully visit another friend on the Isle of Wight, but I won't be going anywhere overseas this year. Hopefully, the weather in the UK will remain the way it is at the moment, so I won't miss out on good weather.

3. Because of holidays and the preference for outdoor activities the number of active users on Ciao usually goes down in the summer time. As an active and long standing user, what advise do have for us to prevent this tendency?

Doubling incentives for one of the summer months, probably August is probably a good idea. This seems to work well in general at persuading people to write for the site. However, it does seem that every time there is an incentive like this, the premium fund for the next month is much reduced (I could be wrong, but it certainly seems to be this way). This doesn't seem fair to the regular members who write for Ciao whether there is a promotion on or not. I would like to see regular members receive the recognition they deserve - and perhaps some kind of incentive especially for these members would be the best way to keep the number of active users up during summer time. 

4. And what do you think about our special World Cup bonus this summer?

I have to be honest here. I have earned very little extra money from the bonus. Perhaps other people are doing better. However, I am not complaining too much because any extra money is welcome, however little!

 

Inside Community »

 

 
 

 

CIAO MEET UP EVENTS

As a consumer platform, Ciao counts with millions of members who don't only use the website daily to write and comment on reviews, but also to communicate amongst each other and build friendships.
In doing so, it frequently happens that countless members express the desire to meet one another in person or to have a nice evening out among a few members within the Ciao community.
In February 2007, 40 community members from the German Ciao website achieved this initiative for the first time and organized a Ciao meet up in Munich. The success of the event was so big that other members started to organise these events soon after. Nowadays, there is at least one meet up event per month within the German Ciao community.


How does the planning and organisation of a meet up work?

Well, a Ciao member proposes the idea to organize an event and usually sends us an e-mail outlining all the details (city, date, location, time, and program) about the event. Then we upload the event via a link in the community member centre and everyone who is interested can confirm his or her participation through a simple click!
After the event, the organiser is usually inclined to publish a review about the event, which we then insert a short version into the community newsletter.
Ciao "meet-ups" are independent events planned by members without any influence from our side. However, we try to support these meetings by sending 'surprise' packages to the organizer for each participant.  Our experience shows: Meet-ups help create or maintain a friendly and positive atmosphere within the community.
Send us an email letting us know what you think about this idea or if you have any suggestions as to how this can be improved let us know. Wouldn't you be interested in getting to personally know some other Ciao members?

So organise a Ciao Meet up in your city now!

Your Ciao Team

 

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News 6.30.2010

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

News Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

By: Chris Johnstone

* The Civic Democrats have made concessions to coalition partners to
get a deal on a new cabinet.

* Party leaders have agreed to target a 4.6 percent GDP central
government deficit next year.

* The Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych has booked a place in the
Wimbledon semi-finals by knocking out holder and top seed Roger Federer.

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Parties agree share out of cabinet posts
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The three parties negotiating the formation of a coalition government
have agreed on the make-up of a 15-member cabinet. The deal was arrived
at following more than seven hours of talks with the biggest party, the
right-wing Civic Democrats, making concessions to the smaller two
parties, TOP 09 and Public Affairs. The post of interior minister has
been handed to Public Affairs' leader Radek John. The Civic Democrats
had expressed reservations about the party getting that post because of
the links of one of its leaders with a private security firm. Civic
Democrat Prime Minister Petr Necas said guarantees had been given that
the firm would not bid for public contracts.

TOP 09 deputy leader and former finance minister Miroslav Kalousek
returns to head the Ministry of Finance in spite of earlier comments
from Mr. Necas that his party should occupy it. Meanwhile, TOP 09
leader Karel Schwarzenberg returns to the post of foreign minister and
the Civic Democrats' Alexandr Vondra will take the defence portfolio.
The Civic Democrats have six ministerial posts, TOP 09 five and Public
Affairs four. Prime Minister Petr Necas of the Civic Democrats says he
hopes to see a coalition agreement signed in about a week's time.


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New cabinet has fewer posts, no women
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The proposed cabinet has two striking characteristics: its size and the
absence of any women in it. The 15-strong team is one of the smallest
in the Czech Republic's history with the number of seats equalling the
minimum set by the short-lived Civic Democrat government of Mirek
Topolanek in 2006. The outgoing government of prime minister Jan Fisher
had 18 members. The lack of any women is less unusual with the first
government of Civic Democrat premier Vaclav Klaus and the initial team
of Social Democrat Milos Zeman being made up entirely of men.


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Leaders say cabinet deal could smooth programme negotiations
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Negotiations between the three coalition partners continued on
Wednesday on the four out of seven policy areas where they have still
to reach agreement. Hopes have been expressed that with a deal on the
cabinet format, the remaining sticking points can be settled faster.
The parties sealed a deal on the law and corruption chapter of
negotiations on Tuesday. Policy priorities have also been hammered out
on defence and foreign affairs and farming and the environment. Talks
Wednesday were due to focus on budget issues.


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Coalition parties count on 4.6 percent of GDP central government
deficit in 2011
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The centre-right parties poised to form the next government said they
had agreed on a state deficit of 135 billion crowns or 4.6 percent of
Gross Domestic Product next year. Incoming Prime Minister Petr Necas
said the planned central government budget counted on savings of 54
billion crowns. The declared target is much more ambitious than the 4.8
percent of GDP deficit for next year that Mr. Necas mentioned on June
11. Last year's budget deficit was 5.9 percent with a 5.3 percent
deficit aimed at this year. The caretaker Czech government had already
agreed to cut the deficit to 3.0 percent, the limit for adopting the
single currency euro and judged as a sustainable deficit level, over
the next three years.


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Czech National Bank governor Zdenek Tuma steps down
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Respected Czech National Bank governor Zdenek Tuma stepped down after a
decade in the job on Wednesday. Mr. Tuma decided to leave a few months
before his term expired to clear the way for his successor and other
board appointments. Czech President Vaclav Klaus rounded off those
board appointments on Tuesday when he named Kamil Janacek to the board
of the Czech National Bank. Mr Janacek is an economics professor and
the chief economist of Komercni banka. At the same time, Mr Klaus
promoted Vladimir Tomsik to vice-governor. He replaces Miroslav Singer,
who was recently selected to become the new central bank governor. Mr.
Tuma built up the bank's and his own reputation during his long term.
He was recently named one of the world top seven central bankers by the
Global Finance magazine.


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June road deaths figure heading for record low
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Preliminary police statistics released Wednesday suggest 71 people died
on Czech roads during June. That figure is a record low for the last 21
years. The previous June minimum was set in 2009 when 79 died with a
maximum in June 2003 with 147 deaths. The Ministry of Transport is
counting on road deaths this year not exceeding 650, which would be a
record minimum for a whole year.


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Czech household debt burden passes the trillion crown mark
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Czech household debt rose in May to pass the trillion crown mark. The
debt burden climbed by 6.2 billion crowns compared with April to reach
1.004 trillion crowns. Over the last year the figure has risen by just
over 81 billion crowns. The total household debt burden represents
around 57 percent of their income, a debt ratio which according to
economists is still well below the levels of most West European
countries. Company debt meanwhile shrank by around 78 billion crowns in
May to 898 billion crowns.


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Miner killed after rock fall at OKD mine
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A 34-year-old miner was killed after an underground rock fall at the
Darkov mine near Karvina, in the east of the country, on Wednesday.
Five other workers were injured but were not in a serious condition
according to a spokesman for the mining company OKD. The death is the
third so far this year at the mining complex, equalling the total
number of deaths in 2010.


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Ostrava court postpones high profile Roma arson attack proceedings
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The Ostrava regional court has postponed until September 6 the trial of
four alleged neo-Nazis accused of an arson attack which nearly killed a
young Roma girl and left her scarred for life. The trial of the four
men, who could face life sentences for the crime, has been running
since May. The attack happened in April 2009 when three Molotov
cocktails were thrown into the house of a Roma family at Vitkov near
Opava in the far east of the country. The prosecution says the attacks
were motivated by the accused's extremist right-wing views and wish to
mark the 120th anniversary of the birth of Adolf Hitler. A recording
between two of the accused was offered as evidence at the start of this
week by the prosecution. On the tape, one said that he regretted they
had not imitated an attack in Hungary where two members of a Roma
family were shot when they fled their firebombed home.


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Berdych beats Federer to book last four place at Wimbledon
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Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych booked a place in the last four of
the Wimbledon Men's singles after beating top seed and title holder
Roger Federer. The 12th seeded Czech won 6:4, 3:6, 6:1, 6:4. The win is
the first time he had got so far at Wimbledon but follows up from a
semi-finals place at the French Open, his greatest success to date at a
Grand Slam tournament. Berdych had faced Federer 10 times on all
surfaces with the Swiss winning eight of those past confrontations. In
the next round Berdych faces the Serbian number three seed, Novak
Djokovice.

Meanwhile, tennis player Petra Kvitova sensationally reached the
women's semi-finals at Wimbledon on Tuesday. Kvitova, who is 20, saved
five match points on her way to a 4:6 7:6 8:6 victory over Kaia Kanepi
of Estonia.


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Weather
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It should remain hot over the coming days, with temperatures of up to
33 degrees Celsius expected. It will be mainly sunny with the chance of
storms.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Current Affairs
Beatles gigantic success "no surprise", says original drummer Pete Best
at Prague exhibition
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The name Pete Best became a synonym for nearly man after he was kicked
out of The Beatles before they became the biggest band the world had
ever seen. The group's original drummer is currently in Prague to
perform at an exhibition at the Czech Museum of Music entitled
Beatlemanie, which features original memorabilia and documents how
young people in Czechoslovakia, like their peers elsewhere in the
world, were thrilled by the explosion of the Fab Four. On the eve of
the show, I discussed The Beatles' continued popularity with Pete Best.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/129437

Current Affairs
Kvitova unexpectedly through to semis at Wimbledon
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The Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova unexpectedly reached the
semi-finals at Wimbledon on Tuesday, after overcoming Kaia Kanepi of
Estonia. The 20-year-old Kvitova - ranked 62nd in the world - had
already caused one upset earlier by knocking out fourth seed Caroline
Wozniacki. However, in the semi-finals she will face her toughest
opponent yet: grass court powerhouse and reigning Wimbledon champion
Serena Williams.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/129436

Current Affairs
Obama nominates White House "ethics Czar" Eisen as ambassador to Czech
Republic
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US President Barack Obama has nominated Norman Eisen, a lawyer and the
president's advisor on ethics, as the new ambassador to the Czech
Republic. The Czech Foreign Ministry approved the nomination on
Wednesday, but Mr Eisen's nomination is yet to be confirmed by the US
Senate. Radio Prague spoke to Daniel Anyz, a commentator for a leading
Czech daily, Hospodarske noviny, about the likely new US envoy to
Prague.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/129424

Current Affairs
Gender equality campaigners mortified as Necas unveils all-male cabinet
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Tortuous negotiations on who will fill key posts in the new
centre-right cabinet appear to have ended in agreement, with the final
pieces of the jigsaw falling into place for new prime minister Petr
Necas. His Civic Democrats seem to have made considerable concessions,
with the powerful ministries of finance, foreign affairs and the
interior all going to smaller coalition allies. But surprisingly - and
for the first time in eight years - there's not a single woman amongst
them.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/129411


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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Current Affairs: Beatles gigantic success "no surprise", says original drummer Pete Best at Prague exhibition

The name Pete Best became a synonym for nearly man after he was kicked out of The Beatles before they became the biggest band the world had ever seen. The group's original drummer is currently in Prague to perform at an exhibition at the Czech Museum of Music entitled Beatlemánie, which features original memorabilia and documents how young people in Czechoslovakia, like their peers elsewhere in the world, were thrilled by the explosion of the Fab Four. On the eve of the show, I discussed The Beatles' continued popularity with Pete Best.

Current Affairs: Kvitová unexpectedly through to semis at Wimbledon

The Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová unexpectedly reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon on Tuesday, after overcoming Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. The 20-year-old Kvitová – ranked 62nd in the world - had already caused one upset earlier by knocking out fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki. However, in the semi-finals she will face her toughest opponent yet: grass court powerhouse and reigning Wimbledon champion Serena Williams.

Current Affairs: Obama nominates White House "ethics Czar" Eisen as ambassador to Czech Republic

US President Barack Obama has nominated Norman Eisen, a lawyer and the president's advisor on ethics, as the new ambassador to the Czech Republic. The Czech Foreign Ministry approved the nomination on Wednesday, but Mr Eisen's nomination is yet to be confirmed by the US Senate. Radio Prague spoke to Daniel Anýž, a commentator for a leading Czech daily, Hospodářské noviny, about the likely new US envoy to Prague.

Current Affairs: Gender equality campaigners mortified as Nečas unveils all-male cabinet

Tortuous negotiations on who will fill key posts in the new centre-right cabinet appear to have ended in agreement, with the final pieces of the jigsaw falling into place for new prime minister Petr Nečas. His Civic Democrats seem to have made considerable concessions, with the powerful ministries of finance, foreign affairs and the interior all going to smaller coalition allies. But surprisingly – and for the first time in eight years – there's not a single woman amongst them.

NEWS /www.nrcu.gov.ua/

Dear subscriber!

We offer you most recent news by this moment on air at National radio company of
Ukraine. To read these news items in full, please, refer to our site
www.nrcu.gov.ua.

Sincerely yours, administrator.
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2010-06-30 16:21:00
Issue of country's neutrality should be discussed publicly.
It is necessary to carry out discussions at all levels in Ukraine regarding the
declared "non-allied" status of the state and guaranteeing the national security
in this context, according to the view of participants in the conference named
New Political Realities and Perspectives of Euro-Atlantic Integration ofUkraine.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=122097

2010-06-30 15:53:00
Production volume at aircraft complex makes up UAH 1.92bln in Q1.
In Ukraine, in Q1 the production volume in the aircraft complex made up UAH
1.924 billion (USD 1/UAH 7.91), the Industrial Policy Ministry sources inform.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=122091

2010-06-30 15:43:00
Prosecutor General's Office classifies Makarenko case.
The Prosecutor General's Office has classified as a secret the criminal case
opened against Anatoliy Makarenko, the former head of the State Customs Service
of Ukraine, First Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka said on Tuesday, who
was invited to parliament at the request of theopposition.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=122089

2010-06-30 15:27:00
Ukrainian freestyle wrestlers win Junior European Championships in Bulgaria.
Ukrainian freestyle wrestlers have won two medals at the Junior European
Championships of Free Style, Greco Roman and Female Wrestling that started in
Samokov, Bulgaria, on June 29, the International Amateur Wrestling Federation
(FILA) hasreported.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=122083

2010-06-30 15:25:00
President appoints Kostiantyn Yeliseyev as Ukraine's representative to EU.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has appointed Kostiantyn Yeliseyev as
Ukraine's representative to the European Union. This is stipulated in a
respective presidential decree.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=122082

2010-06-30 15:16:00
Absence of dam on Ukraine's Danube section leads to loss of state territory.
The absence of a dam on the Ukrainian side of the Danube River leads to the loss
of state territory, Minister of Environmental Protection Viktor Boiko told the
press commenting on the situation with the flooding in the DanubeRiver.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=122080

2010-06-30 14:42:00
SPF transfers UAH 572.5mln to state budget since beginning of 2010.
As of June 24, the State Property Fund (SPF) has transferred UAH 572, 532
million (USD 1 - UAH 7.91) to the state budget since the beginning of 2010, SPF
said in a statement.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=122073

2010-06-30 14:37:00
Parliament votes down bill on right of minority organizations to nominate deputy
candidates.
The Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) has today rejected a bill on the right
of national minority organizations to nominate their deputy candidates.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=122086

2010-06-30 14:13:00
Government allocates UAH 3.64 mln as humanitarian aid to Hungary.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has earmarked UAH 3.644 million (UAH 7.91 /
USD 1) to the Ukrainian Emergency Situations Ministry in order to provide
humanitarian assistance to Hungary. A respective order has been posted on the
official website of the Ukrainiangovernment.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=122064

2010-06-30 13:49:00
International experts to analyze state of corruption in Ukraine on July 5-9.
International experts from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD) will analyze the state of corruption in Ukraine on July 5-9,
2010, according to the press service of the Bureau for Anti-CorruptionPolicy.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=122090


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RCI Cyberjournal

G20 protesters had arsenal


Canadian mayors say no to future summits


Queen reviews international flotilla

TORONTO: POLICE DISPLAY PROTESTERS' ARSENAL

Toronto's police chief has defended the behaviour of his officers at last weekend's summit by displaying a range of weapons which he says were seized from violent protesters. The arsenal presented by Chief Bill Blair included baseball bats, guns, knives and crowbars. Chief Blair says several hundred people arrived in Toronto not to demonstrate peacefully for social change but to attack the city. The chief has set up a task force to review law enforcement during the summit but described it on Tuesday as "outstanding." About 1,000 demonstrators staged a rally on Monday night to protest against the 700 arrests during the event.

HALIFAX: MAYORS WARY OF FUTURE SUMMITS

Mayors of some major Canadian cities are saying that after last weekend's violence in Toronto during the Group of 20 summit, they do not want to host such an event. The mayor of the east coast city of Halifax, NS, Peter Kelly, says summits should be held on the outside of major cities, never in the downtown area as the one in Toronto. Meanwhile, the mayor of Toronto, David Miller wants the Canadian government to assume responsibility for damages caused during the G20 summit. Last month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the government would not reimburse Toronto property owners for protest-related damage during the summit.

HALIFAX: QUEEN MARKS NAVAL BIRTHDAY

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip reviewed a flotilla of 28 warships from different countries in Halifax harbour on Tuesday to help celebrate the Canadian Navy's 100th birthday. The flotilla comprised destroyers, frigates, and assault and the British aircraft carrier Ark Royal. The review took place during the second day of the 84-year-old monarch's nine-day visit to Canada.

MONTREAL: CANCER SOCIETY OPPOSES ASBESTOS LOAN

The Canadian Cancer Society has urged the government of the province of Quebec not to help revive one of the country's last asbestos mines. The Society has written a letter to Premier Jean Charest asking his government not to guarantee a $58-million bank loan that would extend the life of the Jeffrey mine in the town of Asbestos, east of Montreal. The letter points out that 90,000 people die annually from diseases linked to asbestos and that asbestos produced in the province is a major cause. The Canadian Cancer Society has been lobbying the federal government to eliminate exposure to asbestos domestically by phasing out the industry. Supporters of the loan for the 131-year-old mine currently under bankruptcy protection say it would create 400 jobs. Defenders of asbestos say it is safe when handled properly.


U.S.

A senior U.S. official says the improvement of relations with Russia won't be set back by the uncovering of a Russia spy ring operating in the U.S. Philip Gordon, assistant secretary of state for European affairs, says the spy ring is a vestige of the Cold War. The justice department announced on Monday that 10 people had been arrested in the U.S. as illegal agents of a foreign government, several of them Canadians. An 11th alleged member of the group, also a Canadian, was arrested in Cyprus on Tuesday. Mr. Gordon says the development won't detract from co-operation on a range of issues, including disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation and Afghanistan.

NORTH KOREA

North Korea has warned that an accidental clash during special naval exercises involving the U.S. and South Korea could lead to war. The special exercises involving a U.S. aircraft carrier battle group is in response to North Korea's sinking of a South Korean warship in March. No dates have been announced for the maneuvres. Forty-six sailors died in the torpedo attack, which North Korea denies. The newspaper published by North Korea's cabinet says that a small accident during the exercises could lead to full-fledged war.

CHINA

Google, the world's biggest Internet server, says it will stop automatically redirecting Web searchers in China to an uncensored portal in Hong Kong. The process began in March in response to censorship and cyberattacks it claims came from China. U.S.-based Google hopes to convince China to renew its operating license in the world's largest Internet market. Google's unexpected announcement comes ahead of Wednesday's deadline when the company's license is up for renewal. Chinese officials also said the redirect to the Hong Kong portal was not acceptable.

U.S.

The head of the International Monetary Fund says that China's yuan currency is still undervalued, despite a promise by China's central bank to make its exchange rate more flexible. But IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn warned that even a sharp revaluation of the yuan would fail to correct the imbalances that are hurting the global economy. On Sunday, U.S. President Barack Obama urged China to be serious about its promise. U.S. lawmakers have threatened retaliation against China, accusing Beijing of deliberately keeping its yuan low to maintain exports of cheap manufactured goods.

GUINEA

International observers and leading candidates have cast doubts on the credibility of Guinea's presidential election last Sunday. The vote has been touted as Guinea's first true election since the country became independent in 1958. The U.S.-based Carter Center for human rights says there was confusion about counting of the ballots and delays in delivering voting materials. And two of the leading candidates complained of irregularities in an electoral district of the capital, Conakry, where one-fifth of the country's 4.2 million voters live. Preliminary results in the first round of ballotting are due on Wednesday.


OTTAWA: CENTRAL BANKER GIVEN INTERNATIONAL ASSIGNMENT

Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney has been named chairman of a prestigious international organization. Mr. Carney will take over the chair of the Basel Committee on the Global Financial System on July 1. He replaces Donald Kohn, who is retiring from the U.S. Federal Reserve's board of governors. The Basel committee is part of the Bank of International Settlements and is responsible for identifying potential sources of stress in global financial markets and to promote reforms. Mr. Carney has been head of Canada's central bank since February 2007.

MONTREAL: MOLSON EXPANDS IN RUSSIA

Canadian-American brewer Molson Coors Brewing Company will expand in Russia, the world's fourth-biggest beer market, by launching its Coors Lights label there. The beer will become available in various retail stores and selected bars and neighbourhood locations in Moscow in coming days. The beer will be brewed by Molson's partner the Moscow Brewing Company at a new brewery in the capital.

MARKETS

TSX on Tuesday: 11,279, down 328. Canadian dollar: US94. Euro: $1.28. Oil: US$75.55, down $2.70.


SOCCER

Paraguay reached the final eight at the World Cup with a dramatic penalty kicks victory over Japan. The teams tie 0-0 through 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of extra time. Paraguay made all five of its kicks from the spot to win the shootout 5-3.

FOOTBALL

Canadian Football League players will be tested for performance-enhancing drugs next season under a new collective bargaining agreement. The four-year deal also includes increased salaries and a revamped business model. The previous collective agreement expired prior to the start of training camp, but the two sides reached a tentative deal last month.


Weather

British Columbia on Wednesday: rain, high C17 Vancouver. Yukon, Northwest Territories: rain. Nunavut: sun. Whitehorse 11, Yellowknife 21, Iqaluit 15. Alberta: sun south, mix sun cloud north. Saskatchewan: mix sun cloud. Manitoba: sun. Edmonton 16, Regina 30, Winnipeg 25. Ontario: sun. Quebec: rain. Toronto 20, Ottawa 17, Montreal 18. Maritimes: rain. Newfoundland and Labrador: mix sun cloud. Fredericton, Halifax 22, Charlottetown 18, St. John's 14.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

News 6.29.2010

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News Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

By: Ian Willoughby

* President Barack Obama has nominated Norman Eisen for the post of US
ambassador to Prague.

* Civic Democrats leader Petr Necas has rejected a demand from Public
Affairs that party chairman Radek John become interior minister.

* The Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova has sensationally reached the
semi-finals at Wimbledon.

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Obama nominates advisor Eisen for post of ambassador to Prague
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President Barack Obama has nominated his advisor Norman Eisen for the
post of US ambassador to Prague. The position has been unfilled for
nearly a year and a half. Mr Eisen, a lawyer by profession, is a
founding member of the NGO Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in
Washington, and advised the American president on issues such as the
regulation of lobbying. His appointment has to be approved by the
American Senate. Mr Eisen's mother was born in the former
Czechoslovakia.


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Necas against Public Affairs taking interior portfolio due to party's
links with security firm
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Civic Democrats leader Petr Necas has rejected a demand from Public
Affairs that party chairman Radek John become interior minister. The
two parties are in talks with TOP 09 on forming a government coalition.
Mr Necas said it would be "problematic" if the portfolio was held by a
party linked to a large private security firm, ABL. For their part,
Public Affairs insist on holding the post of interior minister in a new
15-member cabinet.

Talks on forming a new government have run into difficulties over the
filling of ministerial positions, how to combat corruption and other
issues. The three parties say they aim to sign a coalition agreement by
the end of the first week of July. Between them they would have 118
seats in the 200-seat Chamber of Deputies.


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Ministry ordered to pay compensation over police brutality at free
festival
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A Prague court has ordered the Czech Interior Ministry to pay
compensation to two victims of police brutality. Pavel Kuchar will
receive CZK 60,000 and Ondrej Holous CZK 40,000 after police officers
were ruled to have used excessive force against them during an
operation aimed at breaking up a free techno music festival in 2005.
The two, who were appealing against a previous ruling in which they got
less compensation, told the court that the police had beaten them up
and then aimed tear gas at them after they had been restrained. The
police's response to the unauthorised Czechtek festival provoked a
heated debate at the time.


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Fatal crash train was travelling over twice permitted speed
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Investigators say a train that crashed in Usti nad Labem on Monday
killing its driver was travelling at 108 kilometres per hour, over
twice the permitted speed of 50 kilometres per hour. However, a
spokesperson for Czech Railways said it was not possible to rule out a
technical fault. Eleven people were injured when the inter city train
was derailed and crashed into a wall in the north Bohemian town.


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Head of Czech Roman Catholic church receives symbolic vestment at
Vatican
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Pope Benedict XVI has presented the head of the Roman Catholic church,
Archbishop Dominik Duka, with a pallium, a woollen cloak that
symbolises the jurisdiction delegated to him by the Vatican. The Czech
cleric took possession of the vestment in Rome on Tuesday. A former
bishop of Hradec Kralove, he replaced Miloslav Vlk as Prague archbishop
in April.


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Havel to begin shooting film version of Leaving on Thursday
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Former Czech president Vaclav Havel is to begin filming an adaptation
of his play Leaving on Thursday, the newspaper Lidove noviny reported.
Shooting will take place over two months in the east Bohemian town of
Ceska Skalice. Mr Havel is making his debut as a film director at the
age of 73. Leaving, which was first performed on stage in 2008,
concerns a chancellor who quits power and enters the political
wilderness.


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Changes on central bank board after promotion of Singer to top job
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Czech President Vaclav Klaus has appointed Kamil Janacek to the board
of the Czech National Bank. Mr Janacek is an economics professor and
the chief economist of Komercni banka. At the same time, Mr Klaus
promoted Vladimir Tomsik to vice-governor, as a replacement for
Miroslav Singer, who was recently appointed central bank governor
following the departure of Zdenek Tuma.


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Czech vegetable growers face stiff competition from imports
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Over 60 percent of the fruit and vegetables sold in the Czech Republic
are imported, and that share of the market continues to grow, the head
of the Czech vegetable growers organisation said on Tuesday. Jaroslav
Zeman said some types of imported greens on Czech shop shelves could be
grown in the Czech Republic, describing the battle against products
from other countries as the biggest problem facing his industry. The
Netherlands is the most common country of origin, with tomatoes the
most commonly imported item in this area, he said.


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Exhibition of work by Hans von Aachen begins at Prague Castle
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An exhibition of the work of German artist Hans von Aachen gets
underway at Prague Castle on Tuesday. One of the highlights of the
travelling show is a portrait, believed to be from 1605, of the Holy
Roman emperor and king of Bohemia Rudolph II. Von Aachen served as a
court painter and art buyer for the Hapsburg monarch in Prague at the
start of the 17th century.


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Petra Kvitova reaches semi-finals at Wimbledon
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The Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova has sensationally reached the
semi-finals at Wimbledon. Kvitova, who is 20, had already caused one
upset by knocking out fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki to reach the last
eight at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career. On
Tuesday afternoon she went one better, returning five match balls on
her way to a 4-6 7-6 8-6 victory over Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. On
Wednesday Tomas Berdych will play Roger Federer in the men's
quarter-finals, after overcoming the German player Daniel Brands. The
Czech number one recently got to the semi-finals at the French Open,
his greatest success to date at a Grand Slam tournament.


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Weather
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It should remain hot over the coming days, with temperatures of up to
33 degrees Celsius expected. It will be mainly sunny with the chance of
storms.

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Talking Point
Czech Republic plays for high stakes in Temelin nuclear power plant
tender
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The contract to build two new nuclear reactors at the current south
Bohemian site of Temelin with the option for another three elsewhere
has been described as the tender of the century. The deal will be worth
hundreds of billions of crowns, but there is more than the money at
stake. The decision offers a stark choice between US, French and
Russian companies and technology with the Czech Republic looking to get
key strategic know-how and spin off contracts from the winner.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/129379

Current Affairs
Central Bohemian region takes unusual step to improve poor state of
roads
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Authorities in Central Bohemia have come up with an unconventional
remedy to improve the state of local roads. They've put the names and
cell phone numbers of staff responsible for road maintenance online,
hoping that public pressure will make them do a better job, despite
less money earmarked for road repairs this year.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/129401

Current Affairs
Czech researchers find childhood stress results in more accidents and
illness
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The first results are starting to be released from an exhaustive 20
year study of thousands of Czech children. One of the main findings is
that stress related incidents in childhood can mark you for the rest of
your life. We report on the findings and what the research team hopes
to do with them.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/129390

Current Affairs
Prague councillor wants to push homeless people from city centre
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A Prague City councillor, Jiri Janecek of the Civic Democrats, has come
forward with a controversial plan which - if implemented - would push
long-term homeless people from the city centre. His aim, Czech TV
reported on Tuesday, is for the city to build a camp somewhere on the
periphery that would provide shelter as well as soup twice a day for
those, he said, who "respected nothing" or presented a "hygiene or
security risk". Not surprisingly, the proposal has quickly drawn
criticism from charities and NGOs.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/129389

Current Affairs
Suspected arsonist caught on tape praising 'dudes' who shot Hungarian
Roma
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New evidence emerged on Monday at the trial of four neo-Nazis accused
of racially-motivated attempted murder after throwing petrol bombs
through the windows of the home of a Roma family last year. A
two-year-old girl was horrifically burned in the attack, which has
received unprecedented attention here in the Czech Republic.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/129376


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Talking Point: Czech Republic plays for high stakes in Temelín nuclear power plant tender

The contract to build two new nuclear reactors at the current south Bohemian site of Temelín with the option for another three elsewhere has been described as the tender of the century. The deal will be worth hundreds of billions of crowns, but there is more than the money at stake. The decision offers a stark choice between US, French and Russian companies and technology with the Czech Republic looking to get key strategic know-how and spin off contracts from the winner.

Current Affairs: Central Bohemian region takes unusual step to improve poor state of roads

Authorities in Central Bohemia have come up with an unconventional remedy to improve the state of local roads. They've put the names and cell phone numbers of staff responsible for road maintenance online, hoping that public pressure will make them do a better job, despite less money earmarked for road repairs this year.

Current Affairs: Czech researchers find childhood stress results in more accidents and illness

The first results are starting to be released from an exhaustive 20 year study of thousands of Czech children. One of the main findings is that stress related incidents in childhood can mark you for the rest of your life. We report on the findings and what the research team hopes to do with them.

Current Affairs: Prague councillor wants to push homeless people from city centre

A Prague City councillor, Jiří Janeček of the Civic Democrats, has come forward with a controversial plan which – if implemented – would push long-term homeless people from the city centre. His aim, Czech TV reported on Tuesday, is for the city to build a camp somewhere on the periphery that would provide shelter as well as soup twice a day for those, he said, who "respected nothing" or presented a "hygiene or security risk". Not surprisingly, the proposal has quickly drawn criticism from charities and NGOs.

Current Affairs: Suspected arsonist caught on tape praising 'dudes' who shot Hungarian Roma

New evidence emerged on Monday at the trial of four neo-Nazis accused of racially-motivated attempted murder after throwing petrol bombs through the windows of the home of a Roma family last year. A two-year-old girl was horrifically burned in the attack, which has received unprecedented attention here in the Czech Republic.