Monday, February 28, 2011

Radio Prague Today 2.28.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

The foreign ministry says Czechs seeking to quit Libya have been evacuated.

The foreign ministry says Czechs seeking to quit Libya have been evacuated.

The head of the Czech archaeological mission in Egypt has returned to the country to assess the prospects for restarting work.

The head of the Czech archaeological mission in Egypt has returned to the country to assess the prospects for restarting work.

Legendary film director Otakar Vávra is celebrating his 100th birthday.

Legendary film director Otakar Vávra is celebrating his 100th birthday.

The Franz Kafka Association has called for letters by Franz Kafka to be bought in auction.

The Franz Kafka Association has called for letters by Franz Kafka to be bought in auction.

President Václav Klaus has hit out against political correctness.

President Václav Klaus has hit out against political correctness.

Sports News 28.2.2011

In Sports News: Tennis player Tomáš Berdych will return for the Czech Republic's opening Davis Cup round against Kazakhstan; in hockey, Plzeň lose their best-of-five preliminary round playoff series against Litvínov, while Karlovy Vary force a decider against Slavia; the spring season opens in football with Jablonec's David Lafata scoring a hat-trick against Liberec; in the English Premier League, Birmingham – with Czech defender Jiránek – triumph over Arsenal to win the Carling Cup.

Author Arnošt Lustig dies at 84

The Czech Jewish writer, Arnošt Lustig died in Prague on Saturday at the age of 84. A survivor of several Nazi concentration camps, he made the Holocaust the central theme of his work that includes novels Dita Saxová, A Prayer for Kateřina Horovitzová, Lovely Green Eyes, and many others. He also worked as a reporter at Radio Prague in the 1950s.

Jakub Mareš – pioneering the co-working concept in the Czech Republic

Jakub Mareš is one of the operators of the Hub, Prague's biggest co-working centre. They are a new kind of shared working environment where people whose main tool is their notebook computer can rent a desk for as many hours a week as they need. Located in a former printing factory in the Smíchov district, the Hub features a large open office space, meeting rooms, a bar and lounge area, and even a summer terrace. When we spoke there recently, I asked Mareš (30) why he and his colleagues had launched the project in Prague, and why now.

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Overview of Topics

* EU imposes sanctions on Libya
* British guard gets life for killing colleagues in Iraq
* Iraqi 'wrath' hits the streets of Baghdad
* UN calls for coordinated action as nearly 100,000 flee Libya
* Tunisian prime minister steps down
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EU imposes sanctions on Libya

The European Union has agreed on a raft of sanctions against Moammar
Gadhafi as international pressure increased on the Libyan leader to step
down immediately. On the ground, Gadhafi's grip on power continued to
weaken.

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British guard gets life for killing colleagues in Iraq

An Iraqi court has sentenced a British security guard to life in prison for
the 2009 shooting death of two colleagues. The guard claimed he was acting
in self-defense.

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Iraqi 'wrath' hits the streets of Baghdad

At least 19 people were killed and hundreds arrested after thousands of
Iraqis staged protest marches during last Friday's 'day of wrath.' They
were demanding better living conditions, more jobs and less corruption.

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UN calls for coordinated action as nearly 100,000 flee Libya

The UN refugee agency UNHCR has said close to 100,000 people, mainly
foreign migrants, have fled the violence in Libya during the past week.
Meanwhile, the UK has evacuated more oil workers from the troubled country.

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Tunisian prime minister steps down

Tunisian Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi announced his resignation Sunday
as security forces clashed with protesters demanding the removal of
ministers of the interim government.

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2011-02-28 15:51:00
Victor Yanukovych says authority has every opportunity to improve people's life.
The Ukrainian President is confident that the authority has now every
opportunity to improve people's life. For a year the country remains stable -
important decisions are made, mechanisms for their implementation are workedout.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=140608

2011-02-28 15:03:00
Stanislav Bondarenko wins EJU Judo World Cup in Warsaw.
Ukrainian judoka Stanislav Bondarenko (+100kg) has won the heavyweight title at
the EJU Judo World Cup in Warsaw, Poland. In the final, Bondarenko was better
than French Adrien Pin.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=140618

2011-02-28 14:40:00
NBU releases memorable coin dedicated to Lesya Ukrainka.
The National Bank of Ukraine starting February 28 puts into circulation a
commemorative coin "The Forest Song" valued at UAH 20 (USD 1 - UAH 7.93),
dedicated to the 140th anniversary of Ukrainian poetess and playwright
LesyaUkrainka.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=140615

2011-02-28 14:30:00
Tourists going to Egypt again.
A plane with Ukrainian tourists on board has left Ukraine for Egypt for the
first time after a two week break associated with political instability in that
country.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=140613

2011-02-28 14:25:00
Ukraine sends Mika Newton to Eurovision 2011.
Ukrainian singer Mika Newton will present the country in the Eurovision Song
Contest 2011.Mika Newton won the Ukrainian national selection that took place on
Saturday night on the First National television channel. She won the highest
points from the audience and the professionaljury.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=140612

2011-02-28 14:23:00
Yalta to host international tourism fair.
The 20th International Fair "Crimea. Resorts. Tourism-2011", which is to involve
400 representatives of the tourism market of Austria, Germany, Russia, Turkey,
Ukraine and the Czech Republic, will take place in Yalta (Crimea) on March2-4.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=140611

2011-02-28 14:18:00
Ukrainian Olga Harlan becomes winner of World Fencing Cup stage in London.
On her way to the triumph Beijing Olympic champion beat representatives of the
United States Aziz Hassan (15: 5) and Ibtihay Muhammad (15: 13), Italian
Dzhulottu Loreto (15: 10) and Irene Vetskovsku of Poland (15:10).
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=140616

2011-02-28 14:05:00
Ukraine will have enough buckwheat and flour in March.
This was disclosed by First Vice Prime Minister Andriy Klyuyev today during a
meeting of the conciliation board at the Verkhovna Rada. He said that a contract
was signed for supply of 20 thousand tons of buckwheat to Ukraine .
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=140610

2011-02-28 13:34:00
Parliament likely to back mixed electoral system.
Such a forecast was made by Ukrainian Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn who believes the
Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) will support changes to the electoral law on
election of deputies by returning to a mixed system.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=140607

2011-02-28 13:18:00
Reforms of Ukrainian village to be implemented to 2014.
President Viktor Yanukovych said these reforms should improve life of peasants
in Ukraine whose number amounts to at least 15 million.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=140605


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CAPTIVE IN AFGHANISTAN
A Canadian man has been taken captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Colin Rutherford, who is from Ontario, was detained a week ago in Ghazni province in eastern Afghanistan. His captors accuse him of spying and say they found documents in his possession to prove it. The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that Mr. Rutherford was missing, but insist he was travelling in the country as a tourist. It says it is now working, in cooperation with Afghan officials, to secure his release.


CANADA ADDS TO SANCTIONS AGAINST LIBYA
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced that Canada will implement all the sanctions against Libya announced Saturday by the UN Security Council, and will go beyond those by banning all financial transactions with Libya and its institutions, including its central bank. Canada will also freeze all assets in Canada of Col. Ghadafy and his family. Earlier, Canada withdrew its ambassador from Tripoli, effectively severing diplomatic relations. Mr. Harper demanded that the Libyan leader immediately end what he described as the "bloodbath" and step down.


WATER SUMMIT
Three-hundred scientists, policy-makers and economists from around the world will meet in Ottawa this week to discuss a global approach to managing and protecting water. And Canada, with an abundance of water as well as the expertise to manage it, will be called upon to help other nations struggling with frequent drought, flooding and water quality concerns. Zafar Adeel, chair of UN Water, which co-ordinates water-related efforts for 28 United Nations organizations, will be attending the Ottawa gathering. He says says there is a significant amount of knowledge and technologies available within Canada, but they don't seem to be visible at the international level


LOCKOUT TO END
One of the longest work stoppages in Canadian media history has finally ended. Employees of the Journal de Montreal, the largest circulation daily in the province of Quebec, have voted to accept a contract offer, ending a lockout imposed by management over two years ago. However, it's believed the new offer will cover just 60 employees, whereas there were 250 at the start of the dispute, in January, 2009. The newspaper continued to operate during the lockout with the help of management, other media owned by the parent company, Quebecor, and various news agencies.


BLACKLIST
Beginning on April 1st, Canadian employers of temporary foreign workers and live-in caregivers who have been found to be abusive will see their names posted on a Government of Canada website. They will also face a two-year ban on bringing workers into the country. Other changes to the regulations will plug a loophole that allows recruiters to bring foreign workers to Canada with phony job offers, assigning them, instead, to perform unauthorized work which pays a fraction of what they were promised. Almost 200-thousand temporary foreign workers were brought into Canada in 2008, the last year for which data were available.


CHRISTY CLARK WINS BC VOTE
VANCOUVER: Christy Clark will be British Columbia's next premier. The former deputy premier and radio talk show host won the BC Liberal party leadership on the third round of voting on Saturday. Ms. Clark will succeed Premier Gordon Campbell, whose popularity fell after the implementation of an unpopular sales tax measure. Mr. Campbell announced his plans to resign last fall. Ms. Clark will be sworn in next month.


US MARKING JACKIE ROBINSON'S MONTREAL FLAT
MONTREAL: The Montreal apartment that baseball great Jackie Robinson called home in 1946 is being officially recognized by the US government. Mr. Robinson played for the Montreal Royals of the AAA International League that summer before going on to break the colour barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers of the National League the following year. US diplomats, Montreal's mayor and Mr. Robinson's daughter are all expected to attend a ceremony on Monday, when a commemorative plaque will be unveiled at the residence. The event coincides with Black History Month. Mr. Robinson's widow, Rachel, has always said the couple loved their time in Montreal and that their neighbours treated them so well. She has said the apartment served as a sanctuary because of the racism her husband faced on the road.




International

LIBYA-UNITED NATIONS
The UN Security Councilhas voted unanimously to impose sanctions against Libya to try to stop the slaughter of civilians. A travel ban has been issued against Moammar Gadhafi and his family. There's also an arms embargo to be imposed against Libya, and the Security Council referred Moammar Gadhafi to the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity. The UN estimates more than 1,000 people have died in the revolt in less than two weeks.


LIBYA
The situation in Libya appeared to be calming on Sunday. In the capital, Tripoli, Moammar Gadhafi remains in control, but in Benghazi, the opposition rules. It moved on Sunday to establish a provisional government there. In the city of Az-Zawiyah, 50-kms west of Tripoli, thousands gathered to denounce Mr. Kadhafi's crumbling regime in front of journalists there on a guided visit . Last Thursday, Mr. Kadhafi accused residents of the town, which has been hit by fierce fighting between his forces and rebels, of siding with Al-Qaeda and of being on drugs. Az-Zawiyah is a middle-class satellite town on the Mediterranean that is home to a number of pro-Kadhafi military officers and the site of the country's largest oil refinery. A Libyan newspaper said 10 people were killed and dozens more wounded when pro-government forces attacked the town on Thursday.


LIBYA-REFUGEES
The UN refugee agency says that close to 100-thousand people, mainly foreign migrants, have fled Libya to neighbouring countries during the past week of turmoil in the North African nation. The UN count showed that they weremainly Egyptians and Tunisians.


EGYPT-DEMONSTRATIONS
Witnesses say villagers in southern Assiut province blocked a highway with burning tires and set fire to three government buildings on Sunday to protest official corruption. Meanwhile some two thousand civil servants in the region went on strike for better living conditions, saying senior officials are distributing social benefits unfairly. Anger over corruption helped drive the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, on February 11th. On Saturday, a panel appointed by Egypt's military recommended constitutional reforms that appeared to meet key demands of pro-democracy activists.


TUNISIA-RESIGNATION
Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi announced his resignation Sunday after a renewed outbreak of street violence in the country in the past few days. Mr. Ghannouchi was a longtime ally of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and had pledged to guide the country until elections can be held this summer. Mr. Ben Ali fled the country on Jan. 14 amid massive protests.


YEMEN
Opposition parties announced Sunday they are joining young protesters trying to bring down the country's long-time president. The announcement marks the second major setback in two days for President Ali Abdullah Saleh. On Saturday, two powerful chiefs from his own tribe abandoned him, and anti-government protesters mustered the largest crowds yet. The mainstream opposition parties had been reluctant to join the protests, preferring instead a wait-and-see strategy. On Sunday, however, they said they would hold rallies Tuesday to show solidarity with the protesters. In recent weeks, Yemen has seen daily protests, inspired by successful uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.


OMAN
Police, using rubber bullets,shot dead two demonstratorson Sunday. Another five people were wounded when security forces opened fire on the demonstrators who tried to storm a police station. Sunday was the second day of protests and suggests that a government shake-up by Oman's ruler on Saturday failed to quell the tensions. The clashes also mark an escalation in the Oman protests, and indicate that the unrest roiling the Arab world has spilled over to Oman.


BAHRAIN
Bahrain's king reshuffled his cabinet Saturday. He did so under increasing presure as an exiled opposition leader returned to a hero's welcome and thousands of people protested in Manama to demand the Sunni rulers stand down. The move came on the 13th day of protests calling for reforms in the country, as opposition leader Hassan Mashaima returned home from self-imposed exile in Britain. Mr. Mashaima, who on Saturday night was greeted by thousands of cheering protesters and fireworks lighting the sky over Pearl Square, the epicentre of anti-regime demonstrations, called for unity.


IRAQ
Prime minister Nouri al-Maliki is giving his ministers one hundred days to improve their performance or risk losing their jobs. His warning came two days after thousands of protesters across the country demanded better public services. The prime minister told his Cabinet on Sunday that he would evaluate each ministry's performance. His office said personnel changes would be made, depending on the outcome. In Friday's demonstrations, thousands had marched on government buildings and clashed with security forces. Fourteen protesters were killed in the largest anti-government protests in Iraq since political unrest began spreading in the Arab world weeks ago. Rights groups asked the prime minister to investigate the use of force by his troops.


PAKISTAN
A police official said gunmen set fire to two NATO oil tankers in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday. The official said the attack occurred in the area of Mangocher, about 400 kilometres east of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province. He said the attackers fired at the tankers, but let the drivers go before torching the vehicles. Oil tankers carrying supplies to NATO forces in southern Afghanistan travel from the Pakistani port city of Karachi to the border town of Chaman, through the insurgency-plagued Baluchistan, where they routinely come under attack.


AFGHANISTAN
Afghan officials say two bomb blasts have killed 10 people who had gathered for an illegal dog fight in volatile southern Afghanistan. The attack occurred in Arghandab district, on the outskirts of Kandahar city. NATO and Afghan forces have been working to push Taliban out of the district in an attempt to establish order in and around the city. Police had been informed about the dog fight and had just arrived to try to break it up when a bomb exploded. As they got down from their vehicle, another blast went off. Five police were wounded but none killed. Canada has 2,800 troops with the NATO force in Kandahar province.


IRAN
Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has called for the release of two opposition leaders who have been under house arrest for the past two weeks. Hardliners are demanding that the opposition leaders, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi, be put on trial. Mr. Khatami, a reformist, has also come under attack from hardliners but remains popular in Iran. He was president from 1997 to 2005. Mr. Khatami's website quoted him as saying he hopes the opposition leaders will be released soon. The ex-president supported Mr. Mousavi and Mr. Karroubi in disputed 2009 elections. Mr. Mousavi and Mr. Karroubi have been under house arrest since urging supporters to attend a February 14th rally, the largest protest by the opposition in more than a year.


CHINA
Large numbers of police and the use of new tactics, like shrill whistles and street cleaners, squelched any overt protests in China this weekend, after calls for more peaceful gatherings modelled on recent democratic movements in the Middle East. At one end of Shanghai's People's Square, uniformed police blew whistles and shouted at people to keep moving, though a constant flow of about 200 people braved the noise. In Beijing, trucks normally used to clean the streets drove repeatedly up the busy commercial shopping district spraying water and keeping crowds pressed to the edges. In both cities, police also intensified monitoring of foreign journalists, ordering reporters with cameras away from the protest sites.


HONG KONG
At least 1,500 people gathered in a Hong Kong park Sunday to commemorate a democracy icon who helped dissidents escape China after the Tiananmen crackdown. People sang songs and held candles at a memorial ceremony for Szeto Wah in Victoria Park, which hosts a huge annual gathering every June 4th, the date in 1989 when China began its bloody crackdown on the Tiananmen protests which saw hundreds, if not thousands, killed. As well as helping dissidents escape, Szeto, who died of cancer aged 79 last month, founded the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China. The organisation regularly criticised Beijing for human rights abuses and pushed for political reforms in Hong Kong. His funeral last month sparked controversy, after two former student leaders-- Wang Dan and Wu'er Kaixi--exiled from China and who were close to Szeto, were refused entry to Hong Kong for the ceremony by immigration officials. Both live now in Taiwan. That sparked claims Beijing was tightening its grip on the former British colony.


HONDURAS
Followers of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya have decided not to form a political party and take part in 2013 elections. Mr. Zelaya's wife says the conditions are not right for the People's National Resistance Front to participate in an electoral process. Some 1,500 delegates at the group's first general gathering decided instead to push for a constituent assembly to rewrite the nation's constitution. They also ratified Mr. Zelaya, who was toppled by a coup in 2009, as their leader. He has since been living in exile in the Dominican Republic.


MEXICO
It was another weekend of drugs-related carnage in Mexico. At least 14 people were killed in three separate attacks in bars in the north of the country. The gruesome killings are the latest in an ever-erscalating war between the drug cartels and the authorities, and among the cartels themselves.




Sports

CANADA WINTER GAMES
HALIFAX: Ontario captured the Flag as top-scoring province in the Canada Winter Games in Halifax. Ontario edged out Quebec over the course of the two week competition, 312 points to 301, while British Columbia came third with 235 points. However, Quebec easily finished first in the overall medal count picking up 137 including 51 gold, while Ontario won 110 medals and B.C. 88.


THE DUKE DIES
Baseball Hall of Famer Duke Snider has died of natural causes. He was 84. Snider helped the Brooklyn Dodgers win their only World Series during a career where he batted .295 with 407 career home runs. The centre-fielder hit at least 40 home runs in five straight seasons. In his early career, Snider played briefly for the Montreal Royals of the AAA International League, the Dodgers' farm club. And he rekindled his connection with Montreal in his post-career when he did colour commentary during telecasts of the Montreal Expos baseball team.


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Saturday's results:Montreal defeated Carolina 3-2, Ottawa defeated Philadelphia 4-1, Pittsburgh defeated Toronto 6-5 in a shootout and Boston defeated Vancouver 3-1.


WHEELCHAIR CURLING
Canada closed out a perfect round robin with a 9-4 victory over Scotland at the world wheelchair curling championship on Sunday. Skip Jim Armstrong of Richmond, B.C., has won all nine of his matches at the Roztyly Curling Hall. Top-seeded Canada will take on No. 2 Norway in Monday's playoff game.




Weather

MONDAY'S WEATHER
Showers are expected in Vancouver, with daytime highs near plus 5. Much colder with snow across with Prairies. Highs of minus 21 and minus 17 in Edmonton and Calgary, minus 15 and zero for Saskatoon and Regina, and minus 6 in Winnipeg. Thunder Bay is a rare bright spot, with an expected high of minus 5 under clear skies. Toronto will see some rain with a mild plus 4. Ottawa can expect some freezing rain and a high of plus 2. Montreal is in for a rough day of freezing rain, snow, as much as 10 cms, and blustery winds. High zero. Fredericton can also expect significant snowfall, as well as some rain. High plus 2. Halifax will see sun, rain and snow. High plus 1. Charlottetown also starts with sunshine, then snow. 5 to 10 cms. High minus 2. St. John's will have a mix of sun and cloud with a high of minus 5. In the far north, clear skies and minus 17 in Whitehorse and minus 23 in Yellowknife. Iqaluit will see sun, cloud and some snow. High minus 22.




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News Sunday, February 27th, 2011

By: Christian Falvey

* The foreign ministry says that a group of 17 Czech citizens in Libya
will be evacuated from the country on Monday at the latest

* Leaders of the TOP 09 party have unanimously agreed to put forward a
proposal to ban the Communist Party.

* A majority of Praguers would welcome a Constitutional Court decision
invalidating the results of last autumn's local elections, according to
a survey.

* A snake breeder from northern Moravia is in specialised care after
being bitten by one of the world's most venomous snakes.

* Tennis player Tomas Berdych has recovered from a muscle injury and
will be playing Kazakhstan in the first round of the Davis Cup in
Ostrava next week.

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Czechs to be evacuated from Libya by Monday
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The foreign ministry says that a group of 17 Czech citizens in Libya
will be evacuated from the country on Monday at the latest. Six of the
evacuees are tourists in the desert town of Sabha, eleven others are in
the northern port of Benghazi. An additional five employees of the
Czech embassy in Tripoli, which has been temporarily closed, are being
evacuated on Sunday. The foreign ministry called on all Czech citizens
to leave the country on Saturday due to the worsening security
situation, primarily in Tripoli.


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TOP 09 leadership to push for ban on Communist Party
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Leaders of the TOP 09 party have unanimously agreed to put forward a
proposal to ban the Communist Party. The head of the party's
parliamentary club, Petr Gazdik, told the news website iDNES.cz that
their five ministers would initiate the proposal within the government
as soon as possible and have it submitted to the Supreme Administrative
Court. Mr Gazdik said that recent comments made by Communist Party
members in Parliament, praising communist-era border guards and
equating resistance fighters with terrorists, opened the door to a full
prohibition of the party.


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Poll: Praguers hope Constitutional Court will invalidate local elections
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A majority of Praguers would welcome a Constitutional Court decision
invalidating the results of last autumn's local elections, according to
a new survey. The poll, conducted by the agency SANEP, suggests that
65% of Praguers are opposed to the grand coalition between the Civic
and Social Democrats at City Hall, which nonetheless is a drop since
December, when 80% were opposed. The Constitutional Court will be
reviewing the election on March 29 at the behest of certain small
parties, which are complaining that the city's voting precincts were
gerrymandered.


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Moravian breeder bitten by one of world's most venomous snakes
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A snake breeder from northern Moravia is in specialised care in Prague
after being bitten by a Black Mamba, one of the world's most venomous
snakes. The man drove himself to a nearby hospital immediately after
being bitten and alerted rescue services of his condition while on
route. He was transferred by helicopter to a specialised division of
Prague's Vseobecne fakultni nemocnice and was kept in an induced coma
on artificial respiration. The hospital has not provided further
information on his condition. The Black Mamba's bite can inject 10 to
40 times the venom required to kill a human being and is lethal in
almost 100% of cases.


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Kalousek to present income tax changes by March 12
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Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek says he plans to introduce the main
points of his changes to income taxation by no later than March 12.
Speaking on TV Prima on Sunday, Mr Kalousek also said that growth in
the price of labour is not in the country's interests and added that
labour in the Czech Republic is burdened with the fourth highest tax in
the OECD countries. Increasing income tax or social insurance payments
would in his opinion lead to higher unemployment, an increased deficit
and weaken the country's competitive ability.


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Vondra wants top army brass to stay for reform measures
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Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra told Czech Televiion on Sunday that he
is not planning any changes to the leadership of the Army General
Staff. The current Chief of Staff, Vlastimil Picek, ends his term of
office this year, however Mr Vondra says that with fundamental reform
measures coming up, he does not want to propose anything that would
destabilise the army's high command. He also said he would discuss the
possibility of keeping General Picek in office in order to implement
those measure with President Klaus.


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Berdych to take on Kazakhstan in Davis Cup
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Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych has recovered from a muscle injury
and will be playing in the first round of the Davis Cup next week in
Ostrava, where he will face Kazakhstan. A thigh injury caused Berdych
to resign a semi-final match against world number three Novak Djokovic
in Dubai on Friday. The absence of the top seed Czech would have been a
major setback for the national team, with Radek Stepanek also out due
to illness.


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Weather
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Conditions over the coming days are expected to be partly cloudy to
cloudy with a rise in daytime temperatures to around 4o Celsius.

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The foreign ministry says that a group of 17 Czech citizens in Libya
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The foreign ministry says that a group of 17 Czech citizens in Libya
will be evacuated from the country on Monday at the latest

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


Leaders of the TOP 09 party have unanimously agreed to put forward a
proposal to ban the Communist Party.
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Leaders of the TOP 09 party have unanimously agreed to put forward a
proposal to ban the Communist Party.

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


A majority of Praguers would welcome a Constitutional Court decision
invalidating the results of last autumn's local elections, according to
a survey.
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A majority of Praguers would welcome a Constitutional Court decision
invalidating the results of last autumn's local elections, according to
a survey.

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A snake breeder from northern Moravia is in specialised care after
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A snake breeder from northern Moravia is in specialised care after
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next week.

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The foreign ministry says that a group of 17 Czech citizens in Libya will be evacuated from the country on Monday at the latest

The foreign ministry says that a group of 17 Czech citizens in Libya will be evacuated from the country on Monday at the latest

Leaders of the TOP 09 party have unanimously agreed to put forward a proposal to ban the Communist Party.

Leaders of the TOP 09 party have unanimously agreed to put forward a proposal to ban the Communist Party.

A majority of Praguers would welcome a Constitutional Court decision invalidating the results of last autumn's local elections, according to a survey.

A majority of Praguers would welcome a Constitutional Court decision invalidating the results of last autumn's local elections, according to a survey.

A snake breeder from northern Moravia is in specialised care after being bitten by one of the world's most venomous snakes.

A snake breeder from northern Moravia is in specialised care after being bitten by one of the world's most venomous snakes.

Tennis player Tomáš Berdych has recovered from a muscle injury and will be playing Kazakhstan in the first round of the Davis Cup in Ostrava next week.

Tennis player Tomáš Berdych has recovered from a muscle injury and will be playing Kazakhstan in the first round of the Davis Cup in Ostrava next week.

Sunday Music Show 27.2.2011

Don't miss this week's edition of the Sunday Music Show with our guest Jan Žampa, the frontman for the talented and popular alternative pop band Eddie Stoilow. He joins us for the full 30 minutes to talk about everything from his career to life in Malta, kickboxing, and a unique upcoming event with none other than former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

Radio Prague Today 2.27.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

The foreign ministry says that a group of 17 Czech citizens in Libya will be evacuated from the country on Monday at the latest

The foreign ministry says that a group of 17 Czech citizens in Libya will be evacuated from the country on Monday at the latest

Leaders of the TOP 09 party have unanimously agreed to put forward a proposal to ban the Communist Party.

Leaders of the TOP 09 party have unanimously agreed to put forward a proposal to ban the Communist Party.

A majority of Praguers would welcome a Constitutional Court decision invalidating the results of last autumn's local elections, according to a survey.

A majority of Praguers would welcome a Constitutional Court decision invalidating the results of last autumn's local elections, according to a survey.

A snake breeder from northern Moravia is in specialised care after being bitten by one of the world's most venomous snakes.

A snake breeder from northern Moravia is in specialised care after being bitten by one of the world's most venomous snakes.

Tennis player Tomáš Berdych has recovered from a muscle injury and will be playing Kazakhstan in the first round of the Davis Cup in Ostrava next week.

Tennis player Tomáš Berdych has recovered from a muscle injury and will be playing Kazakhstan in the first round of the Davis Cup in Ostrava next week.

Sunday Music Show 27.2.2011

Don't miss this week's edition of the Sunday Music Show with our guest Jan Žampa, the frontman for the talented and popular alternative pop band Eddie Stoilow. He joins us for the full 30 minutes to talk about everything from his career to life in Malta, kickboxing, and a unique upcoming event with none other than former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

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DW-WORLD.DE's top stories from Germany and Europe

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Overview of Topics

* Tunisian prime minister steps down
* Rebels advance on Gadhafi as calls for resignation intensify
* French foreign minister quits after Tunisia gaffes
* Chinese police detain German journalists covering protests
* Ahead of visit, Turkish Premier Erdogan launches fresh criticism at Berlin
* Ireland's opposition Fine Gael wins elections
* World-number-one Kaymer sets foot atop golfing world
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Tunisian prime minister steps down

Tunisian Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi announced his resignation Sunday
as security forces clashed with protesters demanding the removal of
ministers of the interim government.

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Rebels advance on Gadhafi as calls for resignation intensify

Moammar Gadhafi's control of Libya has shrunk to parts of Tripoli and areas
to the capital's west and south. As rebels advance, international leaders
have intensified calls for Gadhafi's "immediate resignation."

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French foreign minister quits after Tunisia gaffes

French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie presented her resignation in a
letter to President Sarkozy on Sunday following a series of blunders over
the popular uprising in Tunisia.

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Chinese police detain German journalists covering protests

Chinese police have detained journalists from Germany's two public
broadcasting networks trying to film anti-government protests in Beijing.

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Ahead of visit, Turkish Premier Erdogan launches fresh criticism at Berlin

Ahead of a trip to Germany, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan called out
Chancellor Angela Merkel on her stance against Turkey joining the EU.
German-Turkish relations are tense - largely over Germany's Turkish
minority.

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Ireland's opposition Fine Gael wins elections

Irish voters have propelled center-right opposition party Fine Gael and its
leader Enda Kenny to power in a historic election that crushed long-time
rival Fianna Fail.

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World-number-one Kaymer sets foot atop golfing world

German golf star Martin Kaymer has reached the summit of the golfing world.
The 26-year-old from Düsseldorf is now the second German ever to be ranked
number one in the world - and the youngest after Tiger Woods.

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PM PREPARES SANCTIONS AGAINST LIBYA
OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he's told his officials to prepare sanctions against Moammar Gadhafi's regime. Mr. Harper says Mr. Gadhafi's actions are "appalling and absolutely unacceptable" and the Libyan leader must be held accountable. Mr. Harper says Canada is prepared to impose sanctions both in concert with its international allies, or by itself if necessary. The US has already imposed sanctions against Libya and is freezing any assets that Mr. Gadhafi or members of his family or government have in the United States.


CANADA SUSPENDS PRESENCE IN LIBYA
OTTAWA: Canada has suspended its diplomatic presence in Libya. A military plane carried six consular officials as well as 18 other Canadians out of the country overnight Friday. The C-17 was also carrying British and Australian citizens to Malta. Officials said there are now less than 100 Canadians in Libya hoping to leave. A Canadian government plane remains on standby for them, but officials are working with other countries to co-ordinate other means of evacuation.


OPPOSITION CRITICAL OF LIBYA RESPONSE
OTTAWA: Canada's opposition parties are ridiculing the government's handling of the situation in Libya. Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff suggests Prime Minister Harper's threat of sanctions is an empty one because it's the UN Security Council that wields the big stick. He also says the Harper government has failed miserably in its efforts to get Canadians out of Libya. New Democrat MP Paul Dewar also called Ottawa's evacuation plans a "botched effort."


DEMONSTRATORS TURN OUT IN TORONTO
TORONTO: Hundreds of people demonstrated in downtown Toronto Saturday to show their support for protesters in Libya. Organizers said the international community is not putting enough pressure on the Gadhafi regime.


BC LIBERALS VOTING ON NEW LEADER
VANCOUVER: Members of the provincial Liberal Party in the province of British Columbia were votingSatruday for a new leader. The four candidates started their campaigns to replace Premier Gordon Campbell almost four months ago. About 90,000 party membersvoted by phone or Internet using a preferential ballot. However, therewere some technical problems. Thousands of party membersdid notreceive a personal ID number, which needed to cast a ballot. Those memberswere told to call a special help line, whichwas often met with a busy signal. The four candidates -- George Abbott, Kevin Falcon, Mike de Jong and Christy Clark -- are all former provincial cabinet ministers.


CRTC BACKS OFF ON CONTROVERSIAL PROPOSAL
OTTAWA: Canada's broadcast regulator has dropped a controversial proposal that would have given radio and TV stations more leeway to broadcast false and misleading news. The chairman of the Canadian Radio and Television Commission, Konrad von Finckenstein, says he's glad the committee dropped it in the face of fierce opposition from the public. The proposal sparked concerns the CRTC was about to allow the kind of venomous political debate that's common on American airwaves. Liberal MP Andrew Kania, co-chair of the parliamentary committee, said the committee never told the CRTC to adopt the proposal. Mr. Kania said it merely asked the CRTC whether the ban on false news violated free speech guarantees in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST JUDGE
WINNIPEG: The provincial government in the prairie province of Manitoba is filing a complaint about a judge who made sexist comments while sentencing a convicted rapist last week. Justice Robert Dewar suggested what the woman was wearing and her flirtatious behaviour were partly to blame for the attack. Kenneth Rhodes was given a two-year conditional penalty that allows him to remain free in the community. The Crown wanted at least three years behind bars, citing numerous case precedents which suggest that is the starting point for a major sexual assault. The Canadian Judicial Council says it will review the case as well


RCMP OPENS INVESTIGATION INTO BOUNTIFUL PRACTICES
VANCOUVER: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in British Columbia have opened a criminal investigation into the polygamous community of Bountiful. The force is investigating allegations of cross-border trafficking of of underage girls--some as young as 12 years old. Lawyers for BC's attorney-general say nine girls from the community were transported to the United States to be married.


INUIT LEADERS FAIL TO AGREE ON OFF-SHORE DRILLING
OTTAWA: Inuit leaders from Canada, the US, Greenland and Russia have wrapped up a two-day meeting in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. The leaders said they were all in favour of supporting resource development in the North, but they failed to come to an agreement over the controversial issue of off-shore oil and gas in the Arctic.




International

LIBYA
Fighting between protesters and forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi continued Saturday in Tripoli for the 11th straight day. Residents in the Libyan capital said Mr. Gadhafi was arming civilian supporters to set up checkpoints and quash dissent. The popular uprising throughout the country is posing the biggest challenge Mr. Gadhafi has faced in his 42-year rule. He has maintained control in the capital by using violence on protesters, though rebels have seized control of about half of Libya's coastline. It's estimated that hundreds of people have died in the violence. Pro-Gadhafi forces opened fire Friday on demonstrations after Muslims prayers, and Mr. Gadhafi told supporters he would "open the arms depot so all Libyans and tribes become armed."


UNITED NATIONS
The UN Security Council met Saturday consider sanctions against Moammar Gadhafi's regime to try to end its bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters. France, Britain, Germany and the US circulated a draft resolution that would impose an arms embargo on Mr. Gadhafi's government and an asset freeze and travel ban on Mr. Gadhafi's family and regime leaders. It also would refer the crackdown to the International Criminal Court for investigation of possible crimes against humanity. The US has already imposed sanctions against Libya and is freezing any assets that Mr. Gadhafi or members of his family or government have in the United States.


YEMEN
Pressure on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign intensified on Saturday when the leaders of two of Yemen's most important tribes abandoned him and joined the anti-regime movement. The news came as an official denied reports that police killed four people on Friday in an assault on an anti-government protest in Aden. The official blamed a southern secessionist group for the attack. Security forces also arrested many demonstrators as the protests continued through the night. At least 19 people have died in almost daily clashes between police and anti-regime protesters since Feb. 16.


EGYPT
The ruling military council apologised on Saturday after military police beat protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday. But activists called for fresh protests to denounce violence by the authorities. A security official and witnesses said that shortly after midnight, military police surrounded protesters, beating them with batons and using tasers to disperse the crowd of several hundred that had gathered to push for reforms. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said that "what happened late Friday was the result of unintentional confrontations between the military police and the youth of the revolution." It stressed that it "did not and will not issue orders to attack the youth, and all measures will be taken to ensure this will not happen again." But activists launched a Facebook call for fresh protests on Saturday to denounce the army's use of force. Meanwhile, thirteen former Egyptian police officers were sentenced on Friday to five years in prison for setting fire to an interior ministry building in central Cairo.


EGYPT
An Egyptian panel charged with amending the country's constitution has recommended presidential term limits -- a significant change from the current open-ended presidency. The eight-member panel suggested limiting a president to two consecutive four-year terms. It also said Saturday the election process -- previously heavily controlled and rigged -- should be overseen by the judiciary. Both changes were key opposition demands. The panel was appointed by Egypt's Armed Forces Supreme Council on Feb. 15 to suggest constitutional amendments that would pave the way for democratic elections later this year. The military council has been running Egypt's affairs since a popular uprising forced longtime President Hosni Mubarak to resign Feb. 11.


IRAN
The websites of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have posted calls for new protests on Tuesday to demand their release from reported house arrest. The call was issued by the Coordination Council of the Green Path of Hope--an umbrella group backing the two leaders who steadfastly oppose President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government. It said the protests would be held in key squares and streets of Tehran and provincial cities. The group, which called previous protests on Feb. 14 and Feb. 20, said that more demonstrations would be held on March 15 if Mr. Mousavi and Mr. Karroubi remained under house arrest beyond March 1. The Feb. 14 protests were deadly with two people killed when clashes erupted between demonstrators and security forces. The Feb. 20 protests in Tehran were quelled by a massive deployment of police. The two protests were first to be held since February last year and infuriated the authorities who accused Mr. Mousavi and Mr. Karroubi of treason and put them under "complete" house arrest, according to opposition websites.


ALGERIA
Hundreds of demonstrators protested Saturday inthe capital, Algiers, to demand the ouster of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. But police were out in far larger numbers to counter the protesters. The protest on central Martyrs Square came two days after the government ended a 19-year state of emergency born of Algeria's bloody Islamic insurgency. The move is aimed to ease tensions after weeks of anti-government strikes and protests. Saturday's demonstration, led by a political opposition party, was far smaller than protests that have brought down autocrats in fellow North African countries of Tunisia or Egypt. Algeria's Interior Minister said protest marches in the capital of Algiers are still banned.


TUNISIA
The Interior Ministry says three people were killed in clashes Saturday between demonstrators and security forces in Tunisia's capital. The deaths were announced after Tunisian soldiers confronted dozens of youths who broke shop windows in central Tunis. Police at the scene during the confrontation said that the youths were loyalists of deposed president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Tunisia's crime rates have soared since a popular uprising toppled Mr. Ben Ali on Jan. 14.


PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
Palestinian officials say Jewish settlers torched a car and tried to set fire to a house in a Palestinian village in the northern West Bank on Saturday. The pre-dawn attack occurred in the village of Burin, just south of the city of Nablus. The Israeli army said its Civil Administration branch had received a complaint and would investigate. Settlers could not be reached for comment on the Jewish Sabbath.


BAHRAIN
Bahrain's king reshuffled his cabinet Saturday, under pressure as an exiled opposition leader returned to a hero's welcome and thousands of people protested in Manama to demand the Sunni rulers stand down. The move came on the 13th day of protests calling for reforms in the country, as opposition leader Hassan Mashaima returned home from self-imposed exile in Britain. Mr. Mashaima, who on Saturday night was greeted by thousands of cheering protesters and fireworks lighting the sky over Pearl Square, the epicentre of anti-regime demonstrations, called for unity in a speech.


NEW ZEALAND
The death toll rose Saturday to 145 from the massive 6.3 earthquake that devastated Christchurch, New Zealand last Tuesday. Police suggest the toll will continue to rise because more than 200 people are still missing. Engineers say one-third of the mostly brick buildings in central Christchurch were severely damaged, and must be demolished.


AFGHANISTAN
A roadside bomb killed nine civilians including women and children when it struck the vehicle they were travelling in in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday. Officials blamed the attack on "enemies of Afghanistan," a term often used to refer to Taliban militants who have waged a bloody insurgency against Afghan and foreign forces in Afghanistan.


PAKISTAN
Supporters of a Pakistani police commando charged with murdering a high-profile liberal governor held a rally Saturday as the court resumed taking statements in the case. At a previous hearing on Jan. 4, Malik Mumtaz Qadri was charged with terrorism and the murder of Punjab governor Salman Taseer. The killing of Mr. Taseer, a reformist, was the most high-profile political assassination in Pakistan since former prime minister Benazir Bhutto died in a gun and suicide attack in Dec. 2007. More than 250 demonstrators rallied outside the court, located inside the Adiyala prison in the garrison town of Rawalpindi.


KASHMIR
Hundreds of Kashmiri separatists held a one-day hunger strike on Saturday to demand that government soldiers be punished for the deaths of 112 people during anti-India protests last summer. Families of some of those killed also joined the protest, called by the pro-independence Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front. Protesters also demanded the release of hundreds of people who have been held without trial for years in the Indian-administered portion of Kashmir. A variety of groups, included armed insurgents, have been demanding independence for Indian-held Kashmir or its merger with neighbouring Pakistan. More than 68,000 people, mostly civilians, have died in the conflict.


IRAQ
Gunmen in Iraq attacked the country's largest oil refinery on Saturday, killing one guard and detonating bombs that sparked a fire and forced the facility to shut down. Officials said the assailants broke into the Beiji refinery around in the pre-dawn hours, attacked the guards and planted bombs. One guard was killed and another wounded. The refinery processes about 150,000 barrels of oil per day. Beiji is about 250 kilometres north of Baghdad.


IRELAND
Exit polls suggest that Ireland's ruling party suffered a crushing defeat in elections on Friday. Thevote came amid public anger over the economic crisis and an EU-IMF bailout. Fianna Fail, the party of Prime Minister Brian Cowen, which has ruled Ireland for 21 of the last 24 years, slumped to just 15.1 percent of theexiti polls. It was the party'sworst-ever general election result. The main opposition Fine Gael party is set to lead the new government, taking 36.1 percent of the vote, although this is not enough to win the majority of parliamentary seats needed to govern alone. Official results are expected this week.


CHINA
Social networking site LinkedIn is once again accessible in China, after apparently being blocked by authorities following online calls for Middle East-style protests across the country. The unidentified organizers of the protests have urged citizens to rally Sunday in cities across China. Last weekend, an initial attempt to organize protests attracted only a handful of active participants, though it unnerved the Chinese government. Beijing has responded by increasing Internet filtering, stepping up police presence and detaining dissidents. LinkedIn could not be opened in China for a few days this week but was working again Saturday. The American company has said it was monitoring the situation.


MEXICO
Three relatives of a murdered Mexican rights activist were found dead Friday, 18 days after they were abducted in northern Mexico. The two brothers and a sister-in-law of Josefina Reyes were abducted by armed men on Feb. 7 in the Valle de Juarez area, near the US border. A written message from their alleged killers was left with the bodies, which were found near the notoriously violent city of Ciudad Juarez. Officials did not reveal its contents. Ms. Reyes, who was killed on Jan. 3, 2010, had organized protests against drug violence and alleged rights violations by the military. Another of her brothers, Raul Reyes, was also killed in Aug., 2010. The two brothers found dead Friday had sought justice for their siblings' killers. Amnesty International on Friday urged authorities to provide protection to the family. More than 3,100 violent deaths were registered in Ciudad Juarez in 2010 alone, in a region at the heart of Mexico's brutal drug violence.


CUBA
Cuba's Roman Catholic church announced Saturday that arrangements have been made for the release of a political prisoner who had refused exile in Spain. Diosdado Gonzalez, 48, was one of six dissidents left from a group of 75 imprisoned in a 2003 crackdown by Cuba's communist regime. Separately, the church said another eight Cuban prisoners would be released soon and head into exile in Spain. The eight are prisoners convicted of activities deemed a danger to the state, but are not considered political prisoners insofar as they were not activists with a political group opposing the government.


BRAZIL
The clown who had to prove he could read and write before taking his seat in Brazil's Congress will be a member of commission overseeing education and culture. Party of the Republic chief Lincoln Portela says that Francisco Silva "has a lot to contribute to Brazil's culture." Mr. Silva is known as Tiririca, which means "grumpy" in Portuguese. He won more votes than any other candidate in Brazil's October elections. But critics suggested he was illiterate and a judge ordered him to take a test in court to prove he was literate. The judge afterward ruled that Tiririca could read and write well enough to act as a congressman.




Financial

LOONIE HIGHEST IN THREE YEARS
OTTAWA: The Canadian dollar is at its highest value in more than three years -- 102.18 cents US. Traders say it's mainly because the price of oil has stabilized after a week of volatility caused by the crisis in Libya. Oil gained 60 cents Friday to end the week at $97.88 US a barrel. Saudi Arabia, OPEC's biggest producer, says it's prepared to boost production to make up for any shortfall caused by the Libyan crisis.


FISCAL SITUATION IMPROVES
OTTAWA: The Canadian government's fiscal position continues to improve. The federal finance department says the budget deficit for December was $1.4 billion, less than one-half of the figure for December 2009. The government had forecast a $45-billion deficit for the fiscal year, but at the present rate the final figure will be closer to $36 billion.


BUDGET WATCHDOG WANTS MORE FACTS
OTTAWA: Canada's budget watchdog says the federal government hasn't provided enough information to Parliament to allow MPs to assess the cost of three major items of expenditure. Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page has issued a report on the cost of the planned purchase of F-35 jet fighters, corporate tax cuts and bills to crack down on crime. The report says the government has provided some information but is still wilthholding some estimates that would enable legislators to assess how much the jet fighter and the tough-on-crime bills will cost. Mr. Page also predicts that the corporate tax cuts will cost $16 billion more over five years than the government has forecast.




Sports

FREESTYLE SKIING
Olympic champion Alexandre Bilodeau won gold as Canada took four medals in a freestyle skiing World Cup on Saturday in Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic. Bilodeau edged teammate Mikael Kingsbury in the final men's dual moguls race. Jeremy Cota of the United States was third. In the women's race, Canadian Jennifer Heil won silver ahead of teammate Chloe Dufour-Lapointe. American Hannah Kearney took the gold.


SKELETON
Canadian Mellisa Hollingsworth won the bronze medal at the skeleton world championships on Saturday in Konigssee, Germany. Hollingsworth joined two German athletes on the podium. Marion Thees captured the world championship title while Anja Huber took the silver. Two other Canadian women also finished in the top-10. Amy Gough finished seventh while Calgary's Darla Deschamps placed eighth. The men wrapped up their four-run race on Friday. Olympic gold medallist Jon Montgomery led the way for Canada with an 11th-place finish.


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Friday's results: Buffalo defeated Ottawa 4-2, San Jose defeated Calgary 4-3 in a shootout and St. Louis shut out Edmonton 5-0.


NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Friday's result: Phoenix defeated Toronto 110-92.


CURLING
Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones will lead her team into the final of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts for a fourth straight year. Jones's Team Canada rink fast-tracked to Sunday's final with a 10-9 extra-end victory over Saskatchewan's Amber Holland in the one-versus-two playoff on Friday. Jones will be looking to tie the record of four straight Canadian women's titles set by Halifax's Colleen Jones, who had a lock on the tournament from 2001 to 2004. Saskatchewan was to play again Saturday in the semifinals against against Ontario's Rachel Homan, a 13-5 winnerover Nova Scotia's Heather Smith-Daceyin Saturday's playoff.


CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
It appears the Saskatchewan Roughriders won't be playing their home games indoors anytime soon. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says there won't be a last-minute plea from his government looking for domed stadium funding from Ottawa. The province says it needs a decision by the end of the month because a land agreement for the proposed site is about to lapse. In other CFL news, Jim Barker has been recognized for turning around the Toronto Argonauts, and been named the CFL's coach of the year. The Argos were 9-9 last season after winning a combined seven games over the previous two years.




Weather

SUNDAY'S WEATHER
Vancouver has periods of rain or snow with a forecast high temperature of four degrees Celsius. Calgary is cloudy with a high of minus-eight. Regina is cloudy with a chance of flurries, a high of minus-10. Winnipeg has clearing skies, a high of minus-six. Toronto is cloudy with sunny periods with a chance of morning flurries and rain beginning late in the day, a high of four. Ottawa has periods of morning snow with a chance of afternoon flurries, a high of zero. Montreal has morning snow followed by a mix of sun and cloud, a high of minus-four. Fredericton has increasing cloud, a high of minus-nine. Charlottetown is sunny with cloudy periods, a high of minus-nine. Halifax has increasing cloud, a chance of afternoon flurries, a high of minus-four. St. John's has a mix of sun and cloud, a chance of flurries and local blowing snow, a high of minus-five. Whitehorse is cloudy, a high of minus-23. Yellowknife is sunny and minus-23. Iqaluit is sunny and minus-26.




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