Monday, January 31, 2011

News 1.31.2011


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News Monday, January 31st, 2011

By: Jan Velinger

* Prime Minister Petr Necas has threatened to resign if the junior
coalition party Public Affairs jeopardized the government's reforms.

* Czech travel agencies have begun scrapping tourist trips to Egypt for
safety reasons over riots escalating in the country.

* The international service of Czech Radio is ending its shortwave
broadcast after 75 years.

* The Czech Nurses' Association has come out against the idea that two
billion crowns - set aside by the government to increase wages - should
benefit hospital doctors alone.

* Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova has moved up from 28th to 18th spot
in the women's rankings after her recent run at the Australian Open.



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PM tells Public Affairs not to jeopardize reforms
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Prime Minister Petr Necas has threatened to resign if the junior
coalition party Public Affairs jeopardized the government's reforms. In
an interview for the commercial station Public TV, the prime minister
said Public Affairs should make up its mind whether it wanted to be in
government or in opposition. He was reacting to a rapprochement between
the junior coalition party and the opposition Social Democrats in
recent weeks. A recent internal e-vote of Public Affairs party members
and their supporters showed that they want the planned pension and
health care reform bills to be passed by Parliament as Constitutional
bills requiring the support of three-fifths of both deputies and
senators. This would complicate matters for the coalition government
which would not have enough votes to push through the reform bills.


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Czech travel agencies scrap tourist trips to Egypt
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Czech travel agencies have begun scrapping tourist trips to Egypt for
safety reasons over riots escalating in the country, Czech travel
agencies´ association vice-president Tomio Okamura has said. The
agencies have offered an early return to Czech tourists; most agencies
have also offered their clients bound for Egypt to choose whether they
want to leave for the North African country or for another foreign
destination. At present, there are around 1,000 Czech tourists in
Egypt. Seven charter flights continue leave the Czech Republic for the
North African country each week, Mr Okamura said. After mass riots
spread in Egypt last week, Czech agencies abolished previously
scheduled tours of Cairo, Assuan and Alexandria. They began scrapping
or postponing whole holiday stays after the withdrawal from Egypt by
British and US tourists. According to Mr Okamura, the country is the
seventh most popular foreign tourist destination of Czechs, visited by
170,000 annually. The Czech Foreign Ministry has advised Czechs to
postpone all non-essential trips until the situation stabilizes.


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International service ends broadcasting on shortwave after 75 years
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The international service of Czech Radio, Radio Prague, ends
broadcasting on shortwave on Monday, 75 years after regular broadcasts
on shortwave were first relayed from the Czechoslovak (now Czech) Radio
building in Vinohradska Street. The first broadcast was on August 31,
1936 and included recorded music and live announcements in several
languages. It also included a speech in English by technical director
of Czechoslovak Radio Eduard Svoboda. The station's decision to cut
shortwave after 75 years followed a severe budget cut by the Foreign
Ministry in line with government austerity measures aimed at reducing
the state deficit. The station, which has seen some reduction in staff,
will continue its broadcasts in six languages via the internet as its
main platform, as well as on satellite; it will also continue
cooperation with partner stations in re-broadcasting.


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Czech nurses' association says nurses should also see pay raise
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The Czech Nurses' Association (CAS) has come out against the idea that
two billion crowns - set aside by the government to increase wages -
should benefit hospital doctors alone. The association's chairwoman
Dana Juraskova made the statement on Monday. She also met with Prime
Minister Petr Necas and is to meet with Health Minister Leos Heger on
Tuesday. The head of the Czech Doctors' Association, Martin Engel,
countered that since nurses failed to join the doctors' long-running
protest campaign for higher wages and better work conditions, they
should set aside their demand until health care reforms kick in. But
the prime minister has said he is against the idea of the money being
given only to doctors. There are roughly 80,000 nurses in the Czech
Republic, 15,000 of them are members of CAS.


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Finance Ministry revises economic growth forecast upwards
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The Finance Ministry revealed on Monday it has revised upward its
economic growth forecasts for 2010 and 2011 because of a lasting
recovery in the economy. The ministry said it would revise its growth
forecast for 2010 to 2.5 percent from the previously predicted 2.2
percent, and for 2011 to 2.2 percent from 2.0 percent. Statisticians
will release an estimate of 2010 growth on February 15. The ministry
expects growth to slow this year against 2010 amid austerity measures
adopted by the centre-right government in a bid to bring the country's
public finances back on track. But it forecasts a pick-up in the pace
to 2.7 percent in 2012. The Czech National Bank, which will update its
own forecast on Thursday, expects economic growth for 2010 to have
reached 2.3 percent, before a slowdown to 1.2 percent this year and an
acceleration to 2.5 percent in 2012. In 2009, the Czech economy, which
is heavily dependent on car production, contracted by 4.1 percent as a
result of the global crisis, while the public finance deficit climbed
to 5.8 percent of GDP.


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CNB: Czech household debt increases by 5.8 billion crowns in December
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The Czech National Bank has reported that household debt in the Czech
Republic in December increased by 5.8 billion crowns to an overall
1.056 trillion (the equivalent of around 60 billion US dollars). Over
2010 it rose by 72.9 billion in all. Company debt in December, by
contrast, dropped by 17.24 billion compared with that month in the
previous year.


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Rescue Service: fire-related deaths rose by 14 percent in 2010
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The Czech Republic's Fire Rescue Service reported on Monday that last
year 131 people died in fires in the country - a 14 percent jump from
the previous year. The number of those who suffered injury also rose,
from 980 to 1061. At the same time, the number of fire emergencies
dropped by 12 percent with a total of a little over 17,900 cases
registered. The statistics were released by the service on Monday and
also covered natural disasters such as flooding, where rescue workers
evacuated more than 37,000 people from their homes. In 2010, the
highest number of fires in the Czech Republic occurred in private
homes, which was followed by fires in traffic accidents.


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Flu epidemic to hit country in coming days
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Epidemiologists have reported that a flu epidemic will complicate the
lives of Czechs in the coming days, with incidence of flu or
flu-related illnesses jumping by 16 percent last week. The State Health
Institute registered 1,729 cases per one hundred thousand people - an
epidemic is defined as upwards of 2,000 cases. The epidemic is not
nationwide as yet: the regions hardest hit include Pardubice and Zlin
and the flu has so far affected mostly children, teens and young adults
up to the age of 24. Seven people in the country, including three
patients in Central Bohemia, had to be hospitalised after contracting
the pandemic H1N1 or swine flu. This week, the general spread of flu
was curbed somewhat by freezing temperatures and could be further
slowed next week when children have time off for spring break.


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Tennis: Kvitova moves up to 18th spot in rankings
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Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova has moved up from 28th to 18th spot
in the women's rankings after her recent run at the Australian Open,
where she went out in the quarterfinals. It is the first time in her
career that the 20-year-old has broken into the top 20. No Czech female
player has ranked among the twenty best players in the world since
Nicole Vaidisova succeeded in June 2008.


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Skicross competitor Kraus finishes 11th in X-Games
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Czech skicross competitor Tomas Kraus has finished in a disappointing
11th spot at the X-Games in Aspen, Colorado. The Czech skier and former
world champion qualified from 9th spot but was knocked out in the
semi-final. The competition was won by US skier John Teller. This year
marked Kraus' eighth appearance at the X-Games: his best result in the
competition ever was 4th, in 2006.


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Weather
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The coming days should continue partly cloudy with day temperatures
dropping to minus 4 degrees Celsius. Nighttime lows may reach minus 16
degrees.



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Prime Minister Petr Necas has threatened to resign if the junior
coalition party Public Affairs jeopardized the government's reforms.
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Prime Minister Petr Necas has threatened to resign if the junior
coalition party Public Affairs jeopardized the government's reforms.

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


Czech travel agencies have begun scrapping tourist trips to Egypt for
safety reasons over riots escalating in the country.
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Czech travel agencies have begun scrapping tourist trips to Egypt for
safety reasons over riots escalating in the country.

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


The international service of Czech Radio is ending its shortwave
broadcast after 75 years.
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The international service of Czech Radio is ending its shortwave
broadcast after 75 years.

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


The Czech Nurses' Association has come out against the idea that two
billion crowns - set aside by the government to increase wages - should
benefit hospital doctors alone.
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The Czech Nurses' Association has come out against the idea that two
billion crowns - set aside by the government to increase wages - should
benefit hospital doctors alone.

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


Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova has moved up from 28th to 18th spot
in the women's rankings after her recent run at the Australian Open.
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Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova has moved up from 28th to 18th spot
in the women's rankings after her recent run at the Australian Open.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#9


Ending an era: Radio Prague signs off on shortwave
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With the following special presentation, Radio Prague ends 75 years of
shortwave radio service. As many of you know by now, austerity measures
across Czech governmental ministries have forced budget cuts in many
sectors, and public broadcasting is one of them. For most of the last
century our signal has gone out to six continents, carrying news and
information about Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic to listeners
all over the world.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/special/ending-an-era-radio-prague-signs-off-on-shortwave


Sports News 31.1.2011
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In Sports News this Monday: Zdenek Stybar defends his world cyclo-cross
tite; Tomas Verner takes bronze at the European Figure Skating
Championships; in tennis, Jiri Vesely wins the junior boys' singles at
the Australian Open, and in football, Sparta's Ivory Coast striker Bony
Wilfried joins the Dutch club Arnhem.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/sport/sports-news-2011-01-31


Concern for hundreds of Czech holiday makers in Egypt
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Reports of looting and violence in Egypt have evoked concern for the
hundreds of Czechs currently in the country. According to available
information there are now over 1,000 Czech holiday makers in the
country's popular Red Sea resorts and dozens more travelling on their
own who are difficult to trace. Earlier today Radio Prague contacted
the Czech ambassador to Egypt, Jiri Slavik, for an update on the
security situation.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/concern-for-hundreds-of-czech-holiday-makers-in-egypt


Czech travel agencies cancel holidays in Egypt
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At the weekend the Czech Foreign Ministry advised Czechs to postpone
all non-essential travel to Egypt until the situation stabilizes.
Despite the warning, Czech travel agencies continued to send more
tourists to Egypt's Red Sea resorts, on the argument that those
destinations were still safe. On Monday they reversed their decision.
Tomio Okamura is the head of the Association of Czech Travel Agencies:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czech-travel-agencies-cancel-holidays-in-egypt






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Thursday, January 6, 2011

News 1.6.2011

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News Thursday, January 6th, 2011

By: Chris Johnstone

* The prime minister has rejected plans put forward for selecting a new
police chief.

* The Czech trade surplus shrunk in November compared with a year
earlier.

* A grouping of architects and town planners has challenged Prague city
council to come up with a development plan for the capital.

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Selection committee described as a travesty
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Prime Minister Petr Necas has rejected plans to select a new head of
the police force put forward by Interior Minister Radek John. He said
they were a travesty, would result in a complete mess and were the last
thing the force needed now. The prime minister said it was ridiculous
that the future police chief would in part be selected by those lower
down the hierarchy. Mr. John announced Tuesday that a 10-member
committee will decide on a successor to Oldrich Martinu, the police
president who stepped down at the end of December. The minister said on
Thursday that he was sticking by his plan in spite of the criticism.

Two of the places on the selection committee were offered to former
interior ministers: Martin Pecina and Frantisek Bublan, both members of
the opposition Social Democrats. But the party has since rejected the
invitation. So far two people have publically expressed interest in the
job: deputy police chief Ivan Bilek and Deputy Interior Minister Viktor
Cech.


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Czech trade surplus slips back in November
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The Czech trade balance in November stood at 11.8 billion crowns
according to figures released by the statistical office on Thursday.
Exports rose 21 percent over the month compared with November 2009 but
imports climbed by 24 percent. This resulted in a 2.7 billion crown
shrinking of the surplus year on year. Experts also expect the trade
surplus for the whole of 2010 to shrink by between 20 billion and 30
billion crowns. Part of the reason for that is the surge of imported
material during the year to feed the boom in solar power plants.


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Architects and planners call for clear conception for capital city
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A group of architects, architectural historians and urban planners have
called for a long term development plan to be drawn up for the capital
city Prague. For the moment and in the recent the short term and
individual aims of politicians have dominated. The call has been made
by a newly created organization, For a New Prague. Copies of
organisers' call has been sent to every member of the recently formed
city council. Prague citizens had the impression that everything and
nothing was permitted in the capital because there were was no clear
conception, the letter said.


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Czech new car sales at 169,000 in 2010
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New car sales climbed by almost five percent in 2010 as demand picked
up from the depths of a year earlier. Total sales rose 4.7 percent to
total just over 169,000 cars, according to the Association of Car
Importers. Overall sales of cars and light vehicles was down by 0.15
percent, largely due to a tax change that removed advantages for
companies buying light vehicles. The biggest car seller on the local
market, Skoda Auto, saw sales soar by 11 percent to just over 53,000
last year.


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Police investigate possible murder attempt at Kolin hospital
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Police are investigating an incident at a hospital in Kolin in east
Bohemia in which a patient may have attempted to kill another, either
through strangulation or smothering. Detectives have not yet revealed
whether the case will be investigated as attempted murder. In
conflicting reports, the police said the incident happened in the
intensive care unit, while the hospital claimed it took place in a
regular hospital ward. The head of the Kolin hospital, Gabriela
Urikova, stressed that the incident was unusual but said the man
targeted had not been in real danger. All the same the hospital decided
to contact the authorities.


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Battle breaks out over reward for new born baby
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An unseemly fight has broken out over the reward for the first born of
2011 awarded by the northern city of Usti nad Labem. The mayor of the
city decided to award the 20,000 crowns to the second mother that gave
birth in the city after the first decided to give her child for
adoption. But that mother has now had second thoughts about adoption
and says she should get the prize money. Questions have also been
raised about how the city authorities knew about her original adoption
decision which should have been secret.


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Auto parts company hopes to build plant near Zatec
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The Spanish manufacturer of metal automotive components Gestamp has
said it hopes to build a plant on ten hectares of land in the Triangle
industrial zone near Zatec, northeast Boehmia. The firm would like to
sign a contact with the region of Usti nad Labem through the firm
Mediolope, a regional spokeswoman said. If the project goes ahead, the
plant will provide some 300 jobs, she said. According to reports, the
investor in the project would like to see construction on site begin in
2011, with production beginning next year. The Triangle industrial park
is the site of a former military airport; others involved in the area
include US machinery giant Caterpillar and the Panatonni company, which
is set to build a hall for the production of plastic auto parts.


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Top Social Democrats received payment over coal mine privatization:
report
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Top members of the leading left of centre opposition party, the Social
Democrats, apparently received millions of crowns connected with the
privatisation of brown coal mining company, Mostecka Uhelna Spolecnost,
the daily Dnes reported on Thursday. Recipients of the pay offs 11
years ago had one thing in common, it wrote: connections with top
Social Democrat and former prime minister Stanislav Gross. The paper
said the evidence of payments stemmed from documents sent to the chief
state prosecutor in answer to help demanded for a Swiss investigation
into the privatization.


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Dakar: injured racer recovering after surgery
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A member of the Czech Dakar Team injured when his Tatra truck crashed
in the Dakar Rally on Tuesday is recovering after having undergone
surgery; according to reports he was not paralysed in the accident as
some had feared. Jaroslav Lamac suffered torn nerve endings and two
broken vertebrae in the crash. He was operated at a hospital in Salta,
Argentina. Fellow racer Martin Kolomy also suffered damage to his spine
in the accident but will be able to return to the Czech Republic for an
operation. The third crew member, David Kilian, escaped without injury.


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Kvitova reaches Brisbane tennis semifinals
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In tennis, Czech player Petra Kvitova has reached the semifinals of the
season opening Brisbane tournament. She beat Slovak Dominika Cibulkova
6:0, 6:4. In the next round she faces Russian player Anastasia
Pavlychenkova who beat Czech player Lucie Safarova in the previous
round.


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Weather
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Freezing conditions will continue until Thursday with a sharp thaw
expected to start on Friday. Daytime temperatures will rise as high as
three degrees Celsius.

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Czech farm lobby calls for ban on dioxin risk German food imports
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A new food safety scare has prompted calls from the biggest
organization representing Czech farmers to close the border to imports
from neighbouring Germany. The organization says this is the most
sensible step until the real risk from such imports can be established.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/134994


Ozone layer may be on the mend
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Recent research findings by European scientists suggest that man's
efforts to protect the environment are beginning to pay off. Ozone data
collected by a number of satellite stations indicate that the ozone
layer is gradually beginning to recover.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/134995


New series maps changes in Czech film industry over last 20 years
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The public broadcaster Czech TV has begun airing a new 20-part series
looking back on Czech film and the film industry since 1989. Called
Rozmarna leta ceskeho filmu (The Capricious Years of Czech film), the
documentary looks at difficulties and changes in the Czech film
business during the transition from the state-controlled economy to the
free market.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/135002


The prime minister has rejected plans put forward for selecting a new
police chief.
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The prime minister has rejected plans put forward for selecting a new
police chief.

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


The Czech trade surplus shrunk in November compared with a year earlier.
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The Czech trade surplus shrunk in November compared with a year earlier.

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


A grouping of architects and town planners has challenged Prague city
council to come up with a development plan for the capital.
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A grouping of architects and town planners has challenged Prague city
council to come up with a development plan for the capital.

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


Transformed Prague suburb comes under the spotlight at Prague exhibition
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A lesser known quarter of Prague, somewhat off the tourist beaten track
is under the spotlight at Prague's main municipal museum. The area is
Liben which was transformed from a downriver district of fields, farms
and vineyards by the industrial revolution and largely made over again
from the middle of the 20th century.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/134988


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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Czech farm lobby calls for ban on dioxin risk German food imports

A new food safety scare has prompted calls from the biggest organization representing Czech farmers to close the border to imports from neighbouring Germany. The organization says this is the most sensible step until the real risk from such imports can be established.

Ozone layer may be on the mend

Recent research findings by European scientists suggest that man's efforts to protect the environment are beginning to pay off. Ozone data collected by a number of satellite stations indicate that the ozone layer is gradually beginning to recover.

New series maps changes in Czech film industry over last 20 years

The public broadcaster Czech TV has begun airing a new 20-part series looking back on Czech film and the film industry since 1989. Called Rozmarná léta českého filmu (The Capricious Years of Czech film), the documentary looks at difficulties and changes in the Czech film business during the transition from the state-controlled economy to the free market.

The prime minister has rejected plans put forward for selecting a new police chief.

The prime minister has rejected plans put forward for selecting a new police chief.

The Czech trade surplus shrunk in November compared with a year earlier.

The Czech trade surplus shrunk in November compared with a year earlier.

A grouping of architects and town planners has challenged Prague city council to come up with a development plan for the capital.

A grouping of architects and town planners has challenged Prague city council to come up with a development plan for the capital.

Transformed Prague suburb comes under the spotlight at Prague exhibition

A lesser known quarter of Prague, somewhat off the tourist beaten track is under the spotlight at Prague's main municipal museum. The area is Libeň which was transformed from a downriver district of fields, farms and vineyards by the industrial revolution and largely made over again from the middle of the 20th century.

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2011-01-06 15:24:00
President signs law increasing social payment to low income families.
This document came into force on January 1 this year.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137404

2011-01-06 15:19:00
Yulia Tymoshenko to appear in Prosecutor General's Office on January 13 to
review her criminal case file.
This is what a statement reads that was released by the PGO press service .
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137402

2011-01-06 15:07:00
Orthodox world that lives by Julian calendar, celebrates Christmas Eve.
This day marks the end of Pylypivskyy, Christmas fasting.There should be 12
dishes on the table without meat or milk - in honor of 12 Apostles. Kutya and
stewed fruit should be there without fail.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137401

2011-01-06 14:43:00
On January 7 Christmas celebration ceremony to be held at Independence Square in
Kiev.
Kyiv residents and numerous guests of the city will be welcomed by head of the
city state administration Olexander Popov and head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church,
Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Volodymyr.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137400

2011-01-06 14:38:00
State budget 2010 fulfilled 99 percent.
Such preliminary data were disclosed by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov during the
first Cabinet's meeting this year.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137397

2011-01-06 14:25:00
English song festival held in Khmelnytsky.
An English song festival, entitled "The Song United Us, " has been held in the
western Ukrainian city of Khmelnytsky.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137396

2011-01-06 14:17:00
Bethlehem fire arrives in Ukraine.
A delegation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has brought Bethlehem fire to
Ukraine on Christmas Eve. With the blessing of Patriarch Theophilos III of
Jerusalem, representatives of the UOC took fire from the lamp above the
birthplace of JesusChrist.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137395

2011-01-06 14:13:00
President extends Christmas greetings to nation.
"My dear sisters and brothers - all fellow citizens, united in a great and
decent nation of Ukraine!, " Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has addressed
the nation on Christmas Eve.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137393

2011-01-06 14:09:00
Experts: GDP will reach pre-crisis levels only in 2013.
This is what a report prepared by analysts from the BG Capital investment
company says. Experts noted that it would take more time for Ukraine than for
other countries in the region to reach the pre-crisis level ofGDP.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137392

2011-01-06 14:01:00
Crimea hopes to receive about 6 m tourists in 2011.
Such a hope was expressed by Crimean Resorts and Tourism Minister Oleksandr
Liyev. Presently a media plan has been developed for 2011, that envasages to
ceremoniously meet every millionth tourist who arrived in Crimea by different
types oftransport.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137389


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OTTAWA: CANADA WANTS RESUMPTION OF DARFUR NEGOTIATONS
Canada has called on the government of Sudan to resume participation in the peace talks for Darfur region that had begun in Doha. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon says Canada is disappointed in the Khartoum government's decision to withdraw, particularly because it comes just days after the biggest Darfurian rebel movement, the Movement for Justice and Equality, joined the talks. The minister added that Canada is worried by the recent escalation of violence in Darfur both on the part of the Sudanese military and the insurgents. Since 2006, Canada has invested more than $800 million for peace, humanitarian aid and security in Sudan.

OTTAWA: ARCTIC NATIONS REACH RESCUE ACCORD
Canada's foreign affairs department reports that the eight Arctic Council nations may soon sign a multilateral treaty regarding search and rescue missions in the Arctic. The department says a tentative accord was concluded in Iceland on Dec. 16. The ministers involved will consider ratifying the agreement at the Council's ministerial meeting in Greenland in May. Iceland's foreign ministry says that the agreement divides the Arctic into specific search and rescue areas, with each nation responsible for its own territory. The Arctic Council comprises Canada, the U.S., Russia, Denmark, Greenland, Finland, Sweden and Norway.

TEHERAN: IRAN WANTS ACTION ON MURDERS OF IRANIANS


The Iranian government has demanded a full investigation of the murders of three Iranians in Canada in the past six months. According to the official news agency FARS, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has written to his Canadian counterpart Lawrence Cannon demanding that the Canadian judiciary investigate the killings and that the Canadian government protect the rights of Iranian citizens in Canada. Early last month, the Canadian chargé d'affaires in Teheran was summoned to the foreign ministry to provide information about the murder of an Iranian in Ottawa. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported that an Iranian teenager was shot to death in the capital on Dec. 6 and that three men were in custody and charged with his murder. Mr. Cannon regularly denounces the human rights situation in Iran.

VANCOUVER: COPTS GET POLICE PROTECTION


The Royal Canadian Mounted Police says it has taken steps to protect Coptic Christians as they prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ on Friday, according to Orthodox custom. Coptic leaders have confirmed the security arrangements by federal police but neither the police nor the leaders offered details. The arrangements have been prompted by the attack on New Year's Day by a suicide bomber at a Coptic church in Alexandria, Egypt, which killed at least 23 people. Canada is home to 250,000 Copts, the second-biggest settlement of Copts living outside Egypt after the U.S.

OTTAWA: SPY AGENCY VIOLATED GUIDELINES


An internal review has uncovered policy violations in the international division of Canada's spy agency. A Canadian Security Intelligence Service audit says practices frequently do not comply with policy and controls have been weakened or eliminated. CSIS, says new policies have been put in place. The report did not offer details of specific infractions. CSIS has more than 50 employees working outside Canada in about 30 countries, including Afghanistan.

OTTAWA: OPPOSITION SEES CABINET SHIFT AS ELECTION PRECURSOR


Canada's opposition political parties are saying that the minor cabinet shuffle on Tuesday by Prime Minister Stephen Harper indicates that an election will be called soon. The cabinet changes largely focus on the Canada's largest city Toronto. Peter Kent moves to the environment portfolio, while former Toronto police chief Julian Fantino becomes minister of state for seniors. Ted Menzies will run the newly-created ministry of state for finance and fellow Albertan Diane Ablonczy is now minister of state for the Americas.


PAKISTAN


Thousands of Pakistanis attended the funeral Wednesday of Punjab governor Salman Taseer, who was assassinated Tuesday. The 66-year-old Mr. Taseer, one of the country's strongest voices against religious extremism, was shot dead by a member of his own security detail outside an Islamabad café. Mr. Taseer spoke out against the country's blasphemy law, vowing not to back down despite pressure from his ruling Pakistan People's Party and threats to his life from fanatics.

UNITED STATES


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi have vowed that their countries will work closely despite disagreement on the subject of China's currency. Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Yang also said in Washington that preparations for a visit to the U.S. capital by President Hu Jintao on Jan. 19 are proceeding smoothly. Mr. Yang visited President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday. They discussed issues including the dispute over the value of the yuan, bilateral trade, Iran, North Korea and the forthcoming referendum in Sudan.

SPAIN


China's Deputy Prime Minister Li Keqiang was in the second day of his trip to Spain Wednesday and he had a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. The prime minister said afterwards that his visitor expressed confidence in the Spanish economy and that China has proven it by investing in Spain's public debt. Mr. Li began his visit to Madrid on Tuesday. He promised to buy more Spanish debt at a meeting with Spain's finance minister. Spain's central and regional government and banks need to repay 290 billion euros in debt this year. Mr. Li will also visit Germany and Britain.

UNITED STATES


The U.S. Congress resumed on Wednesday after its New Year's break with the Republican Party enjoying a majority in the House of Representatives. The Democrats of President Barack Obama have a reduced majority in the Senate. That majority will enable the Democrats to block the opposition's agenda, including a plan to repeal the president's landmark health care reform and to crack down on Wall Street. The Republican budget chief in the House. Rep. Paul Ryan, acknowledged on Wednesday that the party won't be able to respect its campaign promise to cut $100 billion in federal spending this year because of the momentum of spending already underway. The Republicans won't get a chance to affect spending until the next fiscal year.

IRAQ


A powerful Shi'ite anti-American cleric has returned to Iraq from Iran. Muqtada al-Sadr, the head of a once powerful militia, flew from the Iranian city of Qom to the southern Iraqi city of Najaf. The militia was routed by Iraqi and U.S. forces and appeared to fade from power. But his followers made a strong showing in last year's parliamentary elections. It's unclear whether al-Sadr intends to stay in Iraq.

IVORY COAST


The prime minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga, says the de facto leader of Ivory Coast won't be persecuted or prosecuted if he steps aside peacefully. Mr. Odinga made the remark in Nairobi after returning from Abidjan. He was one of four African leaders delegated by the West African grouping of states to try to persuade Laurent Gbagbo to abandon power peacefully to his rival Alassane Ouattara. The UN has recognized Mr. Ouattara as the victor of the presidential runoff election on Nov. 28. Mr. Gbagbo has refused to recognize that assessment.

CUBA


The Cuban government has begun laying off thousands of workers. The layoffs are part of President Raul Castro's central reforms to help boost the economy. The government has said it plans to cut 500,000 state employees by March.


TORONTO: SMALL BUSINESS RODE OUT RECESSION


A new report suggests Canadian small and medium-sized businesses did better during the recession than larger companies. The report issued by the Royal Bank says this was likely due to lower exposure to external markets such as the United States. The report found that private small and medium-sized businesses with fewer than 300 employees were better able to handle the effects of the recession.

TORONTO: CAR SALES UP


 

Several car companies are reporting record-breaking sales in Canada in the month of December. Ford and Subaru posted their best December sales in more than 10 years, while the sales of the Ford company increased by 17 per cent from the previous year. Car sales were down at Chrysler Canada, but its overall sales rose four per cent. General Motors car and truck sales increased to17 per cent from a year ago while Honda Canada saw a four per cent increase in sales.


WEATHER


British Columbia on Thursday: snow north, rain south, high C8 Vancouver. Yukon, Nunavut: mix sun cloud. Northwest Territories: snow. Whitehorse -6, Yellowknife -18, Iqaluit -2. Alberta, Saskatchewan: sun north, snow south. Manitoba: snow. Edmonton 1, Regina 0, Winnipeg -17. Ontario, Quebec: mix sun cloud north, snow south. Toronto -1, Ottawa -5, Montreal -6. New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island: sun. Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador: snow. Fredericton -5, Halifax 1, Charlottetown -4, St. John's 0.


SPORTS


HOCKEY

Canada was going for gold Wednesday night at the world junior hockey championships. An overwhelmingly pro-Canadian crowd is expected to pack Buffalo's HSBC Arena, where Canada faces an old foe, Russia. Canada beat Russia 6-3 to open the tournament on Boxing Day.

LUGE

A bronze for Canada's Alex Gough in a luge World Cup Wednesday in Germany. Gough was the only non-German to finish in the top five in the women's race, which was won by Natalie Geisenberger. Tatjana Huefner captured the silver.

FOOTBALL

In the Canadian Football League, the Saskatchewan Roughriders hired Greg Marshall as their new head coach. Marshall was the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' defensive co-ordinator the past two seasons. He will return to Saskatchewan after spending six seasons there,

1994-2000, as the Roughriders' defensive co-ordinator. The Riders have been searching for a new coach since Ken Miller announced he would be stepping down last month.

FOOTBALL

Family and friends of former Canadian Football League all-star Tony Proudfoot gathered in Montreal to bid farewell to the football player, known as much for his prowess on the field as for his grit in battling a devastating disease. Mr. Proudfoot died Dec. 30 at the age of 61 after a three-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a terminal, degenerative illness more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Proudfoot starred at defensive back for the Montreal Alouettes and B.C. Lions over 12 seasons, winning Grey Cups in 1974 and 1977 with the Als.

SOCCER

One of Canada's best women soccer players is retiring because of knee injuries.

National team veteran Kara Lang made the announcement Wednesday in her hometown of Oakville, ON. The 24-year-old Lang has torn up her right knee twice during her career. During her career Lang scored 34 goals in 92 international games.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

News 1.5.2011

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News Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

By: Chris Johnstone

* The government has adopted the main lines of an anti-corruption
strategy but party leaders have been tasked to fill in the gaps.

* The new US ambassador will reportedly take up his post by the end of
the month.

* The Czech energy regulation office says solar power capacity grew
almost fourfold in 2010.

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Partial adoption of anti-corruption strategy
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The Czech government at its first 2011 meeting on Wednesday adopted the
main lines of an anti-corruption strategy. Details of the road map of
how to tackle graft will, however, be filled out by a special working
group of party leaders. They will follow the lines set out for them by
Wednesday's cabinet meeting. The final draft of the strategy including
five reworked points of the 58-point programme should be adopted in two
weeks.

Tension between coalition partners has mounted over the proposed
strategy. The biggest government party, the Civic Democrats, and junior
party, Public Affairs, clashed over the proposal drawn up by Public
Affairs leader and Minister of the Interior Radek John. Prime Minister
Petr Necas said on Tuesday that he wanted the proposal reworked to
incorporate observations about it from the economic advisory council,
NERV. He also expressed reservations about the idea of police being
given greater access to corruption suspects' tax records. In the end,
only a special police unit will have access to these tax records. Mr.
John accused the prime minister of trying to 'mutilate' his proposal.


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Two year anniversary of US embassy vacancy looming
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The new US ambassador to the Czech Republic should take up his posting
in the second half of this month, the Czech News Agency reported on
Wednesday citing diplomatic sources. US president Barack Obama's ethics
advisor, Norman Eisen, was appointed to the post at the end of last
year taking advantage of a loophole allowing the president to push
through nominations while Congress is in recess. The appointment of
Eisen had faced opposition, notably from one mid-west Republican. The
post of US ambassador will have been vacant for two years on January
20th.


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Czech energy office says 1650 MW of solar power connected by end of 2010
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The head of the Czech Energy Regulatory Office said 1650 MW of solar
power was connected to the grid shortly before the end of 2010. Office
chairman Josef Firt the figure was valid for December 29 and the final
figure for the end of 2010 will vary by just a few kilowatts. The
regulator had cleared 1780 MW of capacity but some investors will
clearly fail to complete by the end of 2010. Solar power in the Czech
Republic climbed around fourfold over the year compared with the 463 MW
connected at the start of 2010.

Mr. Firt said that he expected a further rush to connect solar
facilities before the March 31 deadline for facilities over 30 KV on
open ground to continue getting more advantageous feed in tariffs.


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Government ministries slow to axe officials: report
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Government ministries only sacked a fraction of the officials they
originally promised by the end of 2010, the daily Lidove noviny
reported on Wednesday. It pointed out that some government departments
originally said in September that around 6,000 staff would be sacked.
The paper says it turns out that nine ministries have so far got rid of
1,704 staff with just under 4,000 job losses notified. The Finance
Ministry and Ministry of Interior have been the most hesitant about
axing staff with each sacking around 140 of the declared 900-1,000
initial target. The government says that the main object for ministries
is to save 10 percent of staff cost and that they are given leeway how
to make those savings.


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Czech national killed girlfriend before jumping under London subway
train
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Police have revealed that a Czech national killed his Czech girlfriend
at her apartment in north London before jumping under a subway train at
Finsbury Park Tube station on New Year's Day. The woman, in her late
twenties, had been stabbed multiple times; her body was found by
emergency services the next day. Reports say that the police were not
aware of any previous violence between the couple; they are now trying
to locate the woman's relatives in the Czech Republic. Police said no
one else was suspected of any involvement in the man's suicide or the
woman's murder.


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Social Democrats weigh up participation in selection of police chief
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The acting head of the main opposition Social Democrats, Bohuslav
Sobotka, has said the party will weigh up an offer to take part in the
selection of a new head of the police force. Interior Minister Radek
John announced on Tuesday that a 10-member committee will decide on a
successor to Oldrich Martinu, the police president who stepped down at
the end of December.

Two of the places on the committee were offered to former interior
ministers: Martin Pecina and Frantisek Bublan, both members of the
opposition Social Democrats. The departure of the police chief is
thought to have been to be at the centre of a deal between the
coalition government parties which helped them survive a vote of no
confidence. Individual candidates will be able to apply until Monday,
the interior minister said. So far two people have publically expressed
interest in the job: deputy police chief Ivan Bilek and Deputy Interior
Minister Viktor Cech.


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Director of national library rules out building Kaplicky 'blob'
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The project of renowned Czech architect Jan Kaplicky for a new and
futuristic national library building in Prague has been rejected by the
new head of the library. Director Tomas Bohm said that money for such a
building, nicknamed the blob, was simply not available. He added that
the library's biggest priority at the moment was to tackle the shortage
of storage space for its collection. A new library building might be
thought about in five to 10 years with a new competition likely
launched for the design, he said.


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Dakar Rally: Spacil out, Loprais in good shape, Machacek strengthens
lead in Quads
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Czech Tatra truck racer Marek Spacil and fellow team members Vodrhanek
and Vrsecky have withdrawn from the Dakar Rally underway in South
America. They took the step after crashing in the second stage, the
Czech Dakar Team reported its website on Tuesday. Unofficial reports
said the truck flipped over onto its roof; none of the crew members
were injured. On Sunday, following the opening stage from Victoria to
Cordoba, Spacil and co. had been in sixth place, 13 minutes off of the
leader.

The most promising Czech contender in the Truck category, Ales Loprais,
is currently in second place, seconds behind leader Firdaus Kabirov of
Russia. Quad rider Josef Machacek, meanwhile, has widened the gap
between himself and other opponents following a second-place finish in
the second stage. After winning the first, he leads the Quad category
over all and now has a five minute gap between himself and nearest
rider Alejandro Patronelli.


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U20 team wins final match at Worlds, downing Slovakia 5:2
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The Czech Republic's hockey team has finished in 7th place at the
Junior World Championship after beating Slovakia 5:2. It is the second
time the Czechs and Slovaks - former compatriots - have faced off at
the Juniors and the second time in a row the U20 team has finished in
7th spot. In the tournament the Czech Republic fared well against
Norway, Germany and Slovakia, but were badly beaten by Russia, Sweden
and Canada.


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Weather
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Freezing conditions will continue until Thursday with a sharp thaw
expected to start on Friday. Daytime temperatures will rise as high as
four degrees Celsius.

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The government has adopted the main lines of an anti-corruption
strategy but party leaders have been tasked to fill in the gaps.
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The government has adopted the main lines of an anti-corruption
strategy but party leaders have been tasked to fill in the gaps.

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


The new US ambassador will reportedly take up his post by the end of
the month.
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The new US ambassador will reportedly take up his post by the end of
the month.

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


The Czech energy regulation office says solar power capacity grew
almost fourfold in 2010.
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The Czech energy regulation office says solar power capacity grew
almost fourfold in 2010.

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


Anti-corruption watchdog says government has disappointed over action
to tackle graft
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Measures to tackle corruption were one of the centerpieces of the
coalition agreement that paved the way for the current government. But
with an anti-corruption strategy now on the government table and
creating rifts between the political partners, what have been the
results so far? We asked the director of the Czech branch of corruption
watchdog Transparency International, David Ondracka, how he evaluated
the government's performance so far.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/anti-corruption-watchdog-says-government-has-disappointed-over-action-to-tackle-graft


Milan Hlavsa - legendary Plastic People frontman remembered
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January 5th marks ten years since the death of Czech underground music
legend Milan Hlavsa. At the age of just 49 in 2001, the frontman for
The Plastic People of the Universe and Pulnoc succumbed to lung cancer;
fellow musicians from both bands will commemorate the singer and
bassist on Saturday at Prague's Akropolis.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/milan-hlavsa-legendary-plastic-people-frontman-remembered


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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

The government has adopted the main lines of an anti-corruption strategy but party leaders have been tasked to fill in the gaps.

The government has adopted the main lines of an anti-corruption strategy but party leaders have been tasked to fill in the gaps.

The new US ambassador will reportedly take up his post by the end of the month.

The new US ambassador will reportedly take up his post by the end of the month.

The Czech energy regulation office says solar power capacity grew almost fourfold in 2010.

The Czech energy regulation office says solar power capacity grew almost fourfold in 2010.

Anti-corruption watchdog says government has disappointed over action to tackle graft

Measures to tackle corruption were one of the centerpieces of the coalition agreement that paved the way for the current government. But with an anti-corruption strategy now on the government table and creating rifts between the political partners, what have been the results so far? We asked the director of the Czech branch of corruption watchdog Transparency International, David Ondráčka, how he evaluated the government's performance so far.

Milan Hlavsa - legendary Plastic People frontman remembered

January 5th marks ten years since the death of Czech underground music legend Milan Hlavsa. At the age of just 49 in 2001, the frontman for The Plastic People of the Universe and Půlnoc succumbed to lung cancer; fellow musicians from both bands will commemorate the singer and bassist on Saturday at Prague's Akropolis.

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2011-01-05 15:33:00
State Committee for Regulatory Policy and Entrepreneurship initiate checks on
markets.
As the agency's press-service informs, the State Committee receives complaints
from entrepreneurs concerning increased cost for markets services.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137309

2011-01-05 15:24:00
PGO of Ukraine sees no grounds for detaining former Prime Minister Yulia
Tymoshenko.
As was announced today by head of the the PGO Main department fo investigation
of particularly important cases Olexander Kalifitsky, PGO of Ukraine sees no
grounds for detaining leader of "Batkivshchyna" ( Motherland) Party, former
Prime Minister YuliaTymoshenko.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137306

2011-01-05 15:04:00
Kostyantyn Gryshchenko: Bulgaria to play important role for Ukraine in
cooperation with Balkan counries.
This is what Foreign Minister of Ukraine Konstyantyn Gryshchenko said in his
message to readers published in the Bulgarian journal "Europe 2001".
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137300

2011-01-05 14:40:00
PM Azarov: Modernization of Ukrainian economy is impossible without innovation
and investment processes.
This is what Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has said at the Cabinet meeting. Also
the head of government said that to speed up investment and innovation processes
the Cabinet is ready to provide substantial assistance and maximumsupport.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137297

2011-01-05 14:29:00
Tihipko predicts economic upturn in 2011.
As Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine Serhiy Tihipko
said in 2011, Ukraine can expect positive results. "We, at least, will get the
same economic growth as in 2010. I admit that it will be even higher, " the
Cabinet officialemphasized.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137295

2011-01-05 14:26:00
Exchange rate of hryvnia against major foreign currencies strengthened in 2010.
As the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has reported, the official rate of the
hryvnia strengthened against three major foreign currencies - the U.S. dollar,
the euro and the Russian ruble - in 2010.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137294

2011-01-05 14:20:00
2010 budget revenues fulfilled 99%.
This is what Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said at the opening session of the
Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137291

2011-01-05 14:14:00
Fines for serious traffic violations will increase in Ukraine.
If today the severity of the penalty for violation of traffic rules is decided
by an inspector, the new administrative code adapted to the European, provides
for a single fine.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137289

2011-01-05 14:09:00
Ukrainian borshch will be made of "organic" vegetables.
Over the next 5 years, the typical Ukrainian borshch can be prepared from
ingredients that are certified as organic. In addition, the Ukrainians will go
to certified organic restaurants and buy fresh organic produce at the weekly
specializedfairs.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137288

2011-01-05 14:06:00
UOC delegation goes to Bethlehem for sacred fire.
A delegation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), at the request of UOC
Primate, the Metropolitan Volodymyr has left for Bethlehem to take the Holy Fire
from the lamps burning over the birthplace of JesusChrist.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137287


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Wien, Reinhard Gerer Palazzo Spiegelpalast, bis Montag 28. Februar 2011.
Informationen auch im Ö1 Kalender:
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THEATER
SYLVESTER
Ein Schauspiel von Peter Turrini.
Klagenfurt, Stadttheater, Samstag 8. Jänner bis Donnerstag 24. Februar
2011, jeweils 19:30 Uhr.
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News 1.4.2011

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News Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

By: Jan Velinger

* The police anticorruption unit has charged former district mayor
Milan Jancik for alleged abuse of authority.

* The prime minister will seek changes in an anticorruption package
proposed by the Interior Minister Radek John, a Czech newspaper has
reported.

* Czech truck racer Marek Spacil and fellow team members have withdrawn
from the Dakar Rally.

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Former district mayor charged with abuse of authority
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The police anticorruption unit has charged former district mayor Milan
Jancik with alleged abuse of authority by a public official, related to
the transfer of debts to reclamation agency Agentura Praha 5. In a
contract signed between Mr Jancik and the agency, the firm was
transferred more than 63 million crowns in unpaid debts in return for
4.4 million, but police say the contract was illegal as it had never
been approved by the city council. Police claim that the former mayor,
dogged by numerous corruption allegations in the past, knew clearly
that the move was outside of the law. The anticorruption unit renewed
its investigation into the case last March after the Czech branch of
Transparency International put forward a fresh criminal complaint; if
found guilty in the case, Milan Jancik could face between two to ten
years in prison.


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Daily: PM and interior minister at odds over points in anticorruption
package
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The financial daily Hospodarske noviny has reported the prime minister
will seek changes to an anticorruption package proposed by Interior
Minister Radek John. According to the newspaper, Petr Necas, is not
satisfied on 11 out of roughly 50 points in the proposal, including
changes that would make it easier for the police to check suspects' tax
records. The prime minister sent his objections to Interior Minister
Radek John on Monday, two weeks before the government is due to debate
the package. In response, Mr John launched criticism of the prime
minister for not making his objections known earlier and for making
them known only after parties voted to back the government in a recent
no-confidence vote. In Mr John's view, changes proposed by the prime
minister will significantly weaken planned anticorruption measures.


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Interior minister says ten-member committee will assess applicants for
post of police president
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Interior Minister Radek John announced on Tuesday that a ten-member
committee will decide on a successor to Oldrich Martinu, the police
president who stepped down at the end of December. His departure is
thought to have been to be at the centre of a deal between the
coalition government parties which helped them survive a vote of no
confidence. Individual candidates will be able to apply until Monday,
the interior minister said. So far two people have publically expressed
interest in the job: deputy police chief Ivan Bilek and Deputy Interior
Minister Viktor Cech. The ten-person committee that will assess
candidates includes two former interior ministers: Martin Pecina and
Frantisek Bublan, both members of the opposition Social Democrats.


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State attorney's office throws out charges against motorist
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The regional state attorney's office in Prague has returned a case
against 43-year-old motorist and businessman Ales Trpisovsky to police
investigators, saying there was currently no evidence he had committed
a crime. The office also said the case file had significant
shortcomings. Police suspect Mr Trpisovsky of having purposely driven
recklessly on the country's D1 highway in an attempt to cause grievous
bodily harm or damage to personal property. According to reports, the
suspect purposely hit the brakes in front of slower vehicles in two
incidents last week. In one of the cases, the car behind him was able
to stop, but in the other the driver crashed. If the case did go to
trial and the suspect was found guilty, he would face between five to
12 years in prison. A police spokesman said the police would continue
their investigation.


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Husband of former Olympian sentenced to 3.5 years in prison
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A court in the southeast of the country has sentenced 76-year-old
Jaroslav Smid, the husband of former shot-put Olympian Helena
Fibingerova, to three-and-a-half years in prison for drunk driving and
committing grievous bodily harm, which resulted in death. The motorist
struck from behind and killed a 36-year-old cyclist and father of three
in 2009. The state prosecutor had sought a tougher sentence of 4.5 - 5
years and immediately appealed. The defendant in the case admitted he
had been drinking wine at the time of the accident, but maintained it
was the cyclist who swerved into his path and that he had tried to
steer out of the way. The judge said that Mr Smid had probably not
registered the cyclist at all. The defendant was not in court when the
sentence was read.


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Directorate reports nine billion in damages to roads from tough winter
conditions
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The Road and Motorway Directorate has reported that tough winter
conditions so far this season have done damages worth nine billion
crowns to the country's major roads and highways. According to the
directorate, that is a billion crowns more than available in its 2011
budget. A year ago, the bureau faced similar problems when it was four
billion short, leading only major throughways to see needed repairs.
The cost in damages this winter, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday, is
still expected to go up. The Czech Republic was hit by record cold
spells and high snowfall in December and conditions have not let up.
One of the regions hardest hit in terms of damage to road surfaces is
central Bohemia.


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Observatories see heightened interest over partial solar eclipse
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Czech observatories saw heightened interest by visiting schools, as
well as members of the public, in the partial solar eclipse observable
throughout parts of the Czech Republic on Tuesday morning. The eclipse
in the country was most visible at around half-past-nine when the moon
blocked four-fifths of the sun. Observers were able to directly view
the celestial phenomenon either at observatories or on their own, using
welder's goggles or looking through developed film. Along with the
partial solar eclipse, Czechs will be able to view two lunar eclipses
later in the year.


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Prague 1 orders Roxy to shut down
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The well-known Prague music club and gallery Roxy has been ordered to
close its doors after undergoing a check by hygiene and fire officials.
Inspectors reportedly uncovered numerous potential health and safety
risks, among them a lack of enough emergency exits, proper exit
markings and the proper location of fire extinguishers. The entire club
was shut down by Prague 1 on Tuesday morning. The club's owners will
have to apply for new construction permits and eliminate all
shortcomings in order to reopen. In the past, Roxy has also been
criticised by the city for not respecting closing hours, or for letting
more people than was safe into the venue's discotheque.


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Bauer moves from 21st spot to 8th midway through Tour de Ski
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Czech cross-country skier Lukas Bauer improved his position in this
year's Tour de Ski on Monday, from 21st spot to eighth overall, as the
fourth out of eight races was held in Obersrtdorf, Germany. On Monday
the Tour's defending champion finished fifth, but remains 1 minute and
55 seconds behind Swiss leader Dario Cologna. The Tour will now move to
Italy for the final four events. Bauer has expressed the hope he could
still finish within the medals this year but says he expects Cologna
will take the gold.


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Dakar Rally: Spacil out, Loprais in good shape, Machacek strengthens
lead in Quads
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Czech Tatra truck racer Marek Spacil and fellow team members Vodrhanek
and Vrsecky have withdrawn from the Dakar Rally underway in South
America. They took the step after crashing in the second stage, the
Czech Dakar Team reported its website on Tuesday. Unofficial reports
said the truck flipped over onto its roof; none of the crew members
were injured. On Sunday, following the opening stage from Victoria to
Cordoba, Spacil and co. had been in sixth place, 13 minutes off of the
leader.

The most promising Czech contender in the Truck category, Ales Loprais,
is currently in second place, seconds behind leader Firdaus Kabirov of
Russia.

Quad rider Josef Machacek, meanwhile, has widened the gap between
himself and other opponents following a second-place finish in the
second stage. After winning the first, he leads the Quad category over
all and now has a five minute gap between himself and nearest rider
Alejandro Patronelli.


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Weather
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The start of the week should be overcast with snow in places. Highest
day temperatures should range between -3 and +1 degree Celsius.

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The police anticorruption unit has charged former district mayor Milan
Jancik for alleged abuse of authority.
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The police anticorruption unit has charged former district mayor Milan
Jancik for alleged abuse of authority.

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


The prime minister will seek changes in an anticorruption package
proposed by the Interior Minister Radek John, a Czech newspaper has
reported.
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The prime minister will seek changes in an anticorruption package
proposed by the Interior Minister Radek John, a Czech newspaper has
reported.

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


Czech truck racer Marek Spacil and fellow team members have withdrawn
from the Dakar Rally.
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Czech truck racer Marek Spacil and fellow team members have withdrawn
from the Dakar Rally.

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


State sheds light on secrets involving settlements over rescued bank IPB
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It was the biggest bank rescue in modern Czech history when the state
rushed to take over the country's fourth biggest bank, IPB, as queues
formed to withdraw cash and a total collapse of the banking system
threatened in 2000. In the aftermath, a decade long legal battle with
tens of billions of crowns at stake broke out between the state, the
bank's former owners and new bank management. Now the state has lifted
the lid on some of the secrets relating to those battles and how it
fought them.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/state-sheds-light-on-secrets-involving-settlements-over-rescued-bank-ipb


Government determined to ride out the storm in the health sector
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The revolt of hospital doctors is over. The fact that close to 4,000 of
them have handed in their notice over low pay has left the government
unfazed and in some cases the authorities say the resignations will
work in their favour -by helping them undertake a much-needed overhaul
of the network of health care providers.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/government-determined-to-ride-out-the-storm-in-the-health-sector


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The police anticorruption unit has charged former district mayor Milan Jančík for alleged abuse of authority.

The police anticorruption unit has charged former district mayor Milan Jančík for alleged abuse of authority.

The prime minister will seek changes in an anticorruption package proposed by the Interior Minister Radek John, a Czech newspaper has reported.

The prime minister will seek changes in an anticorruption package proposed by the Interior Minister Radek John, a Czech newspaper has reported.

Czech truck racer Marek Spáčil and fellow team members have withdrawn from the Dakar Rally.

Czech truck racer Marek Spáčil and fellow team members have withdrawn from the Dakar Rally.

State sheds light on secrets involving settlements over rescued bank IPB

It was the biggest bank rescue in modern Czech history when the state rushed to take over the country's fourth biggest bank, IPB, as queues formed to withdraw cash and a total collapse of the banking system threatened in 2000. In the aftermath, a decade long legal battle with tens of billions of crowns at stake broke out between the state, the bank's former owners and new bank management. Now the state has lifted the lid on some of the secrets relating to those battles and how it fought them.

Government determined to ride out the storm in the health sector

The revolt of hospital doctors is over. The fact that close to 4,000 of them have handed in their notice over low pay has left the government unfazed and in some cases the authorities say the resignations will work in their favour –by helping them undertake a much-needed overhaul of the network of health care providers.

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2011-01-04 15:10:00
Tihipko says unpopular reforms may continue for another 3-5 months.
This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Social Policy Serhiy
Tihipko in an interview with TV Channel 5. Then, according to him, in some 4-6
months, it will be necessary to modify some aspects of the new taxlegislation.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137200

2011-01-04 14:40:00
President Yanukovych congratulates Hungary on taking EU presidency.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has sent greetings to President Pal
Schmitt of Hungary on the occasion of the country's first presidency of the
European Union since it became a full-fledged EU member-state.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137194

2011-01-04 14:29:00
Movement by roads of national importance not complicated.
This was disclosed by Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine. According to its
press service, as of the morning on January 4, 2011, traffic by the roads of
Ukraine and saddle road sections was fully guaranteed.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137191

2011-01-04 14:25:00
Forest museum to open in Rivne region.
An open-air museum, whose establishment began in Kostopil district, will present
flora and fauna of Rivne region.20 hectares of land was allocated by the local
forestry for arranging so-called natural exposures in the form of tracts,
nurseries andplantations.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137190

2011-01-04 14:19:00
About 1, 700 punished for smuggled fireworks this year.
1, 444 cases of sale of fireworks without appropriate documents have been
revealed this year. Nearly two million units of fireworks weighing more than
37.4 tons have been seized.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137189

2011-01-04 14:11:00
Monitoring of university dormitories conducted in Lviv.
It was conducted by experts of hotel business.They determined which of these
housing facilities will be able to accept guests of the 2012 UEFA European
Football Championship, which work must be done yet to make living conditions
meeting certain standards ofcomfort.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137188

2011-01-04 13:58:00
Childbirth aid to increase in Ukraine from New Year.
After its increase the aid for the first child will amount to about UAH 18 000,
for the second - to about UAH 37 000, for the third and each subsequent - to
about UAH 73 500.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137186

2011-01-04 13:36:00
Registration for independent external test of 2011 start all over Ukraine.
For their testing an applicant may choose five subjects, but to re-register (ie
to choose other subjects for test) is possible as many times as you wish.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137182

2011-01-04 13:21:00
Mykola Azarov: indicators of GDP growth this year are absolutely balanced and
objective.
The Head of Government noted that under the optimistic scenario, GDP growth
should reach 6 per cent, while the country's last year GDP made 5 percent.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137181

2011-01-04 13:13:00
Ukraine's unemployment lower than in Europe.
As the State Employment Center of Ukraine has reported, average unemployment in
Europe is higher than in Ukraine.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=137178


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