Saturday, April 23, 2011

News 4.23.2011

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News Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

By: Jan Richter

* More ministers will be replaced in the Czech centre-right government,
Prime Minister Petr Necas has said.

* Hundreds of Czech pilgrims are planning to attend the beatification
of John Paul II in Rome.

* As sunny weather breaks temperature records around the country,
meteorologists have warned against an increased risk of fires.

* A hospital in Prague requires patients, including children, to swim
in the nude in its rehabilitation pool, citing hygiene reasons.

* The Czech Republic's national hockey team beat Russia 6:3 in a
preparatory game ahead of the world championships.

PM Necas: government shakeup to continue

More ministers will be replaced in the centre-right Czech government,
Prime Minister Petr Necas told the daily Mlada fronta Dnes on Saturday.
Mr Necas said the shakeup could involve ministers from any coalition
party, including TOP 09. Five cabinet members for the TOP 09 party
survived this week's government reshuffle that saw Public Affairs chair
Radek John leave the Interior Ministry to be replaced by non-partisan
Jan Kubice, while Vit Barta, of Public Affairs, stepped down as
transport minister and was replaced by Radek Smerda. Mr Necas
specifically mentioned Health Minister Leos Heger, of TOP 09, and said
he was not happy with the advance of the health care reform. The
planned shakeup might also involve Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra of
the senior coalition Civic Democrats and Education Minister Josef
Dobes, of Public Affairs.

Hundreds of Czech pilgrims to attend John Paul II's beatification

Hundreds of Czech Catholic pilgrims are planning to attend the
beatification of John Paul II in Rome on May 1, the pilgrimage's
organizers from the Hradec Kralove diocese said. Most of the pilgrims
will travel on a special train dispatched by the Czech Railways for the
occasion. The ceremony will also be attended by Prague Archbishop
Dominik Duka, the archbishop of Olomouc, Jan Graubner, Cardinal
Miloslav Vlk, and other Czech Catholic dignitaries. Some 2.5 million
pilgrims from around the world are expected to arrive in Rome for the
beatification of John Paul II who died in 2005.

Meteorologists issue fire warning

A spell of sunny weather broke several temperature records around the
country on Saturday. A weather station in Pribram, central Bohemia,
registered the temperature of 23.1 degrees Celsius, which topped the
previous record from 1885. Meteorologists issued a warning against an
increased risk of fires on Saturday for the whole of the Czech
Republic. Fire fighters also asked for extreme caution when starting
outdoor fires as record numbers of fires are registered each April;
over the last fire years, fires caused damages worth nearly one billion

Prague hospital forbids swimsuits in rehabilitation pool

Prague's Na Bulovce hospital requires patients, including children, to
swim in the nude in its rehabilitation pool, Czech TV reported on
Friday. The report said that preschool girls were often in the pool at
the same time as adult men, as were young boys and adult women. Several
patients complained about the rule, Czech TV said. A hospital spokesman
defended the measure saying patients' swimwear could bring bacteria
into the pool. The spokesman said this was confirmed by tests conducted
by the hospital's hygienists. However, a leading Czech sexologist, Petr
Weiss, said that in more conservative countries, the practice could be
labeled as sexual abuse of children. In contrast, other Prague
hospitals reportedly require patients to wear swimsuits in their
rehabilitation pools.

Prague zoo launches sale of elephant dung

Prague zoo started selling elephant dung as fertilizer to members of
the public on Saturday. Most of the several dozen plastic buckets with
the droppings sold within an hour, the news agency CTK reported. As
part of the launch, the zoo's director, Miroslav Bobek, signed the
containers for people as souvenirs. The zoo sells 1.5 kilo of elephant
dung for 70 crowns, or 4.2 dollars; each of the zoo's three elephants
produces between 140 and 180 kilos of dung a day. One customer, who
bought three buckets, told the CTK agency he would use two to fertilize
his exotic plants, and give the third to his mother for her roses. The
zoo will be sold n on weekends only.

Eight people died in Friday and Saturday's road accidents

Eight people died in traffic accidents in the Czech Republic on Friday
and Saturday despite a police road-safety operation. Traffic police
said they would conduct an increased number of checks over the Easter
weekend, focusing on speeding and drink driving, the most common cause
of accidents in the Czech Republic. Last year, 6 people died in road
crashes on Easter, and 16 were killed the previous year.

Hockey: Czechs beat Russia 6:3, Jagr scores goal and three assists

The Czech Republic's national hockey team beat Russia 6:3 in Brno on
Saturday, in a preparatory game ahead of the world championships. The
39-year-old Czech star forward Jaromir Jagr scored one goal and three
assists in the game, to the delight of the cheering crowds in Brno's
sold-out Rondo arena. The Czechs showed one of the season's
performances, with a great showing by goalie Ondrej Pavelec. The Czech
Republic will play Sweden on Sunday before heading to the world
championships in Slovakia that kick off on Friday.


Sunny and dry weather is expected to continue until early next week
when rain showers and occasional storms will occur. Highest day
temperatures will range between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius.

Articles posted on today

The Little Clown Project - a new generation of Czech volunteers at work

In the Czech Republic, where the state controlled everything under
Communism, volunteering does not enjoy a long tradition. But some 20
years after the demise of the former regime, more and more young
volunteers are actively changing the face of their country. One of them
is Petra Milsimerova, who runs a project called Little Clown.

Warnings of Hitler's ambitions go unheeded

We quite often hear it said that in the run-up to World War Two, no-one
quite realized the scale of the threat that Nazi Germany posed in
Europe. When Hitler set his eyes on Czechoslovakia, there were plenty
of politicians in Western Europe who really seemed to believe him, when
he said that the Czech borderlands, the so-called Sudetenland, were his
"last territorial claim". But Czech Radio's archives show only too
clearly, that here in Prague there were also plenty of people who were
only too aware of the worldwide menace that Hitler posed. As Britain
and France pursued their policy of appeasement towards Germany, these
were voices that, tragically, remained unheard.

Czech spaceship architect who is going where no Czech has gone before,
to NASA, the asteroids, Mars and beyond.

In this month's edition of Science Journal: the final frontier. These
are the voyages of Tomas Rousek, a Czech spaceship architect who is
going where no Czech has gone before, to NASA, the asteroids, Mars and

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