Tuesday, May 31, 2011

News 5.31.2011

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News Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

By: Sarah Borufka

* A Czech soldier was killed in the Afghan province of Vardak on
Tuesday.

* Three possible cases of a bacterial infection that has lead to
fourteen deaths in Germany have been evidenced in the Czech Republic.

* The Health Minister presented details of the health care reform on
Tuesday.

* US ambassador Norman Eisen has pledged his support for the American
company Westinghouse in securing the Temelin tender.

* The historic re-opening of the railway route between the Czech and
the Bavarian Zelezna Ruda will be celebrated on occasion of its 20-year
anniversary.

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Czech soldier killed in Afghanistan
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A Czech soldier was killed in the Afghan province of Vardak on Tuesday
morning when he drove over a roadside mine with his car. His Afghan
interpreter was severely injured and later died in hospital. A Czech
soldier in the car was also injured severely, while another escaped
with only light injuries. The severely injured man was brought to the
nearest military hospital. He will be transported to a larger military
hospital in the country's capital Kabul when his condition stabilizes.
The family of the dead soldier has been notified. His remains will be
shipped to the Czech Republic as soon as possible.


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Three possible cases of Czechs contracting infection in cucumber scare
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On Tuesday, news of three possible cases of a bacterial infection
linked to contaminated cucumbers emerged in the Czech Republic. A Czech
man who returned home from a business trip to Germany may have
contracted the life-threatening bacterial infection that has lead to 14
deaths in Germany. Another woman who may have caught the infectious
disease was hospitalized in Hradec Kralove on Tuesday. An American
tourist who travelled through Germany has also been hospitalized in
Prague on suspicion of having contracted the bacterial infection. The
National Reference Laboratory is currently examining samples; test
results will confirm whether the Czech man has indeed contracted the
mutated E.coli virus.


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Agriculture Minister speaks on cucumber scare
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Agriculture Minister Ivan Fuksa has assured the public that intensified
random checks of market vegetables in connection with the Spanish
cucumber scare would continue. Speaking on Czech public television the
minister said that at the moment it was not yet clear if the
contamination of the produce had occurred in Spain, where the
vegetables in question were farmed, or at the end of the distributor, a
German company. Mr. Fuksa said that should someone have tampered with
the vegetables, this could be labeled an act of terrorism.

After it emerged on Sunday that over 200 potentially infected Spanish
cucumbers were imported to the Czech Republic, of which 120 were sold
on the market, Czech authorities ordered intensified random checks. An
outbreak of bacterial infections believed to be caused by E. coli
bacteria in contaminated cucumbers and other vegetables have killed 14
in Germany; further outbreaks also occurred in the UK, Sweden, Denmark
and the Netherlands.


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Health Minister presents details of health care reform to public
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Health Minister Leos Heger presented the first part of a health care
system reform to the public on Tuesday. He said that a projected
deficit of 10.6 billion Czech crowns in his ministry's 2012 budget
could be balanced by several changes to the current health care system.
By no longer covering dental fillings and medication that costs 50
crowns or less, the state health insurance company VZP could cut its
expenses.

Mr. Heger is currently finalizing the details of the reform, which was
the subject of intense debate in Parliament earlier this month. He is
also currently preparing a unified legislation that would be binding
for all health care insurance companies, and will present three
additional proposals to Parliament by June 8. Some details, such as
which services will be covered by the insurer and which will have to be
paid for by the patient, are still unclear. An increase in patient fees
for hospitalization was approved by Parliament in early May and is
currently being discussed by the parliamentary committees.


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US ambassador pledges support to American company Westinghouse in
securing Temelin tender
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The US ambassador to the Czech Republic, Norman Eisen, said on Tuesday
that he plans to support the US company Westinghouse in securing a
tender for the expansion of the Czech nuclear plant Temelin. He added
that he regards this as an important part of his work in the Czech
Republic, and that collaboration between the US and the Czech Republic
would create jobs in both countries. US President Barack Obama is also
interested in the project and the potential jobs it could create, Mr.
Eisen said.

Along with Westinghouse, the French company Areva and the Czech-Russian
consortium Atomstrojexport are applying for the tender to expand
Temelin.


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Activists from Belarus in Prague to garner support and raise awareness
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Five activists and opposition members from Belarus spoke about the
worsening conditions in their native country at a news conference in
Prague on Tuesday. They travelled to Prague to garner support from the
Czech Foreign Ministry, as well as to speak to journalists about the
situation in Belarus. The five opponents of autocratic President
Alexander Lukashenko described the ongoing repression by his regime and
said that violations of human rights, random arrests of opposition
members and unfair court trials have escalated in recent months.


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Railway connection between Czech and Bavarian Zelezna Ruda towns to
celebrate 20-year anniversary
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The railway that connects the Czech town Zelezna Ruda and the
neighboring Bavarian town Markt Eisenstein, which in Czech also carries
the name Zelezna Ruda, will be celebrating its 20-year anniversary on
Saturday. To commemorate the re-opening of the railway route, a steam
train will take passengers from Plzen's main train station to the
border town of Alzbetin. Celebrations are scheduled to kick off in the
town in the evening, with a concert of Czech-Bavarian music and
culinary specialties from both countries.

The railway connection between the two towns was one of the seminal
events in Czech-German history after the Velvet Revolution. Before
1989, the railway had been defunct for decades and the communist
government in Czechoslovakia even planned its destruction.


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Prague zoo to reintroduce rare Prewalski's horses to native habitat
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Four specimens of the critically endangered Prewalski's horse species
will be reintroduced to their native habitat in Western Mongolia in
mid-June. The project is organized by Prague Zoo, which has been
breeding these horses since 1959. The four horses, three females and
one male, will be brought to Mongolia by a military plane; the project
will cost hundreds of thousands of crowns. Forty years ago, Prewalski's
horses were extinct in the wild; the species only survived thanks to
breeding attempts in zoos such as Prague zoo, which has greatly
contributed to the survival of the rare breed.


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Director of famous Semafor prepares new swing musical
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The director of Prague's well-known Semafor theater, director and actor
Jiri Suchy is preparing a swing musical which will kick off the new
season at his theater in the fall. Four early performances of the
musical are scheduled for June. The publisher Galen is also set to
publish a book box titled Jiri Suchy 80, on occasion of Mr. Suchy's
eightieth birthday in October.


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Seven injured in collision near Znojmo
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Seven people were injured in an accident on Tuesday morning, when a bus
collided with a truck in the town of Suchohrdly in the Znojmo region.
The injured passengers were immediately brought to the nearest
hospital; four have since been released. The two drivers did not suffer
any injuries. A police spokeswoman said that most likely, the truck
driver caused the accident by failing to give right of way at an
intersection.


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Weather
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Tuesday will be warm and sunny, highs are expected to reach 28 degrees
Celsius; heavy thunderstorms should bring the temperatures down on
Tuesday evening, with rainy weather predicted for the middle of the
week.

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Government offers churches less money, more land in property restitution
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The Czech government has come up with a new proposal for the
restitution of church property confiscated after the communist coup of
1948. Under the new draft, Czech churches and religious groups would
get back around 60 percent of the property seized by the state while
the rest would be paid in cash. Representatives of Czech churches have
welcomed the move but said a detailed analysis was needed before taking
a definite stand on the issue.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/government-offers-churches-less-money-more-land-in-property-restitution


Czech Republic facing serious problems in Diag Human arbitration case
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A drawn-out legal dispute between blood plasma technologies and
production company Diag Human and the Czech state has taken a dramatic
turn. Last week the company, which claims it is owed close to ten
billion crowns by the Czech state for damaging Diag Human's interests,
successfully applied to an Austrian court to order the seizure of
famous Czech artworks on display in Vienna. Just days after two
paintings and a sculpture from the National Gallery and the Moravian
Gallery were impounded by court bailiffs, a Paris court has recognized
a similar claim, putting Czech state assets in France at risk.
Commentator Jan Urban, who has written a book about the longest ever
arbitration involving the Czech state, says the Czech Republic has got
itself into a bind.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czech-republic-facing-serious-problems-in-diag-human-arbitration-case


Leos Janacek, the composer for a new republic
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The first two names always given at the top of the pantheon of Czech
classical music are Antonin Dvorak and Bedrich Smetana; the third is
invariably Leos Janacek. Probably the most innovative of the three,
Janacek likely lags behind the famous duo only because even today, 80
years after his death, musicians, musicologists and music lovers are
still reassessing those innovations, which took classical music into
uncharted territory.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/czech-history/leos-janacek-the-composer-for-a-new-republic


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Government offers churches less money, more land in property restitution

The Czech government has come up with a new proposal for the restitution of church property confiscated after the communist coup of 1948. Under the new draft, Czech churches and religious groups would get back around 60 percent of the property seized by the state while the rest would be paid in cash. Representatives of Czech churches have welcomed the move but said a detailed analysis was needed before taking a definite stand on the issue.

Czech Republic facing serious problems in Diag Human arbitration case

A drawn-out legal dispute between blood plasma technologies and production company Diag Human and the Czech state has taken a dramatic turn. Last week the company, which claims it is owed close to ten billion crowns by the Czech state for damaging Diag Human's interests, successfully applied to an Austrian court to order the seizure of famous Czech artworks on display in Vienna. Just days after two paintings and a sculpture from the National Gallery and the Moravian Gallery were impounded by court bailiffs, a Paris court has recognized a similar claim, putting Czech state assets in France at risk. Commentator Jan Urban, who has written a book about the longest ever arbitration involving the Czech state, says the Czech Republic has got itself into a bind.

Leoš Janáček, the composer for a new republic

The first two names always given at the top of the pantheon of Czech classical music are Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana; the third is invariably Leoš Janáček. Probably the most innovative of the three, Janáček likely lags behind the famous duo only because even today, 80 years after his death, musicians, musicologists and music lovers are still reassessing those innovations, which took classical music into uncharted territory.

Daily Bulletin | 31.05.2011, 18:30 UTC

DEUTSCHE WELLE / DW-WORLD.DE Newsletter

31.05.2011, 18:30 UTC
DAILY BULLETIN

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

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Overview of Topics

* E. coli claims first victim outside of Germany
* Mladic extradited to The Hague to face war crimes tribunal
* Weatherman acquitted of rape in 'trial of the year'
* Suspect held in murder of Russian journalist Politkovskaya
* FIFA urged to delay election as sponsors speak out against allegations
* Berlin festival raises 'Celluloid Curtain' on Europe's forgotten spy films
* Berlin summons Iranian ambassador over Merkel plane delay
* Global carbon emissions return to record highs
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* Free podcasts: live performances from the Beethovenfest
* Find out what's making the news across Asia
* Global Media Forum 2011
* Free podcasts and LIVE-STREAM: Paavo Jarvi interprets Beethoven

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E. coli claims first victim outside of Germany

The outbreak of a highly virulent strain of the E. coli bacteria found on
imported cucumbers in Germany has now killed at least 16 people.
Authorities are warning against eating raw vegetables.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Mladic extradited to The Hague to face war crimes tribunal

Suspected war criminal Ratko Mladic has been extradited to The Hague, where
he will appear before the UN war crimes tribunal for his role in the
Bosnian war in the early 1990s. Mladic is facing charges of genocide.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Weatherman acquitted of rape in 'trial of the year'

It's a case that has gripped the nation. Over 100 people crammed into a
court in Mannheim on Tuesday to hear the verdict in the case of a weather
forecaster accused of raping his ex-girlfriend.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Suspect held in murder of Russian journalist Politkovskaya

A man long suspected of being involved in the killing of Russian journalist
Anna Politkovskaya is being held by Russian authorities. Since her murder
in 2006, little progress has been made in the case.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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FIFA urged to delay election as sponsors speak out against allegations

As delegates from all over the world meet in Zurich to elect the next FIFA
president, major corporate sponsors have added their voice to the growing
calls for FIFA to reform.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Berlin festival raises 'Celluloid Curtain' on Europe's forgotten spy films

Forbidden cinema returns to the city that inspired it: In Berlin, the
'Celluloid Curtain' retrospective aims to shed light on the Cold War era
through rare espionage films from the East.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Berlin summons Iranian ambassador over Merkel plane delay

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived more than two hours late in New
Delhi for the start of her Asian tour, all because Iran refused to give her
plane access to its airspace. The incident has sparked a diplomatic row.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Global carbon emissions return to record highs

The goal to limit climate change to two degrees of warming is in jeopardy,
a new report has found. Due to resurgent economies, energy-related
emissions reached record highs last year. The IEA says it's a 'wake-up
call.'

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Global Media Forum 2011

The fourth Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum "Human Rights in a globalized
World - Challenges for the Media", international conference, 20-22 June
2011, Bonn/Germany

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Free podcasts and LIVE-STREAM: Paavo Jarvi interprets Beethoven

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Asia Compact | 31.05.2011, 18:00 UTC

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31.05.2011, 18:00 UTC
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Overview of Topics

* Find out what's making the news across Asia
* Facelift for Phnom Penh's Central Market
* Germany and India celebrating 60 years of diplomacy
* Karzai condemns civilian attacks
* Audio box: Pakistan new elections?
* Global Media Forum 2011
* Walled in! - The inner German border
* PARTNER SITE: Commentary from atlantic-community.org
* Free podcasts: live performances from the Beethovenfest
* DW Asia goes multimedia
* All about 2010 FIFA World Cup
* Free podcasts and LIVE-STREAM: Paavo Jarvi interprets Beethoven
* Travel Europe on a shoestring
* An interactive research trip to Papua New Guinea
* Join us for a jungle expedition

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Find out what's making the news across Asia

Our daily reports and analysis on a wide range of issues from the world of
politics, business and culture provide an in-depth look at what's going on
in that part of the world.

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Facelift for Phnom Penh's Central Market

Phnom Penh's Central Market has been an iconic fixture since it opened in
1937. Last week it was officially inaugurated for a second time after a 6
million dollar renovation program - its first in nearly 75 years.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Germany and India celebrating 60 years of diplomacy

Wide-ranging talks were held between Indian PM Manmohan Singh and German
Chancellor Angela Merkel that included discussions on the intensification
of trade, investment, nuclear energy cooperation and regional issues.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Karzai condemns civilian attacks

NATO and US forces get a warning after an airstrike that killed 12 children
and two women in the southern province of Helmand, according to Afghan
officials.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Audio box: Pakistan new elections?

Confidence in Pakistan's civilian government and military has crumbled
since bin Laden's death.

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Global Media Forum 2011

The fourth Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum "Human Rights in a globalized
World - Challenges for the Media", international conference, 20-22 June
2011, Bonn/Germany

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Walled in! - The inner German border

For the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Deutsche Welle has
developed a unique project in cooperation with the Berlin Wall Foundation:
an animated depiction of the former German-German border.

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Free podcasts: live performances from the Beethovenfest

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DW Asia goes multimedia

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All about 2010 FIFA World Cup

Keep up with all the action around the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Visit
DW-WORLD.DE for the complete coverage of the tournament.

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cities and proves you don't have to spend a fortune to enjoy them.

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An interactive research trip to Papua New Guinea

Join our reporter on an interactive journey to Papua New Guinea and visit
the country's protected forests. You can speak to the local people and find
out more about their communities.

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2011-05-31 14:21:00
Olympic NSC to open in October.
The opening of the Olympic National Sport Complex in Kyiv will take place in
October 2011, Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Infrastructure Borys Kolesnikov
told the press during the signing of a sponsorship agreement with the second
UEFA EURO 2012 national sponsor -UkrTelecom.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=145678

2011-05-31 14:19:00
Rotation of Ukrainian ambassadors continues.
President Viktor Yanukovych has discharged by his decrees Ukraine's ambassadors
to Australia and New Zealand (pluralistically), Norway and the Republic of
Korea.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=145677

2011-05-31 14:06:00
President calls for duly marking 20th anniversary of independence.
President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine has called a meeting of the coordination
council on the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Ukraine's independence to
be marked on August 24.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=145676

2011-05-31 13:55:00
Greece to deepen cooperation with Ukraine in Black Sea region.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryshchenko and his Greek counterpart
Dimitris Droutsas discussed issues of bilateral cooperation in Kyiv.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=145672

2011-05-31 13:52:00
Utility tariffs will be adjusted.
President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine stressed that the Government will make
every effort to streamline its tariff policy in the sphere of housing and
utility services.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=145670

2011-05-31 13:46:00
MPs must provide information about their incomes to all interested.
MPs must provide information on their incomes to those who are interested,
Verkhovna Rada Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn said Monday answering journalists'
question when all MPs will be able to publish their incomestatements.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=145669

2011-05-31 13:41:00
Ukraine to spend USD 22mn on independence celebrations.
More than UAH 177 million will be allocated for marking the 20th anniversary of
Ukraine's independence on August 24, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said during a
meeting of the Coordinating Council on the celebration of the country's upcoming
20th anniversary ofindependence.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=145668

2011-05-31 13:36:00
Premier Azarov sees no grounds to move to barter in trade with Belarus.
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov sees no reasons to apply the barter transactions
with Belarus, the Head of Government said at a Monday briefing in Kyiv.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=145667

2011-05-31 13:28:00
Authorities must do everything to modernize Ukraine.
The authorities must do their utmost for the further modernization of our
country, President Viktor Yanukovych said on Monday at a meeting of the
Coordinating Council on the celebration of the 20th anniversary of
Ukraine'sindependence.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=145665

2011-05-31 13:24:00
3 cholera cases registered in Mariupol.
Health Minister Oleksandr Anishchenko, commissioned by the President and Prime
Minister, has left for Mariupol, Donetsk region, where cholera cases were
registered.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=145664


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KANDAHAR: PM PAYS FINAL VISIT TO AFGHANISTAN

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid one last visit to wartorn Kandahar on Monday. Canada will end its war against the Taliban in July, and switch over to an advisory role for the Afghan security forces. Mr. Harper told hundreds of troops gathered at Kandahar airfield that the deployment starting in 2002 has been Canada's "great enterprise," suggesting as well that is has been successful because Afghanistan is no longer a threat to the world. The prime minister visited Tarnack Farms, a former agricultural project that later became a Taliban training centre. The site is now back in the hands of farmers. Mr. Harper visited a forward operating base, where he helped serve lunch and then took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at an airfield memorial to Canadian dead.



OTTAWA: UNDUE INFLUENCE ON PM DENIED

Canadian officials are denying a report that Prime Minister Stephen Harper acted under Israeli influence at the Group of Eight summit last week in France. An Israeli newspaper says that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Mr. Harper and spoke about the latest controversy surrounding Middle East peace talks. U.S. President Barack Obama recently proposed restarting the talks on the basis of Israel's borders before Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967. Mr. Netanyahu opposes the proposal. According to the newspaper, Mr. Harper persuaded the G8 to avoid mention of the borders in its communiqué dealing with peace in the Middle East. Mr. Harper's office admits that he and Mr. Netanyahu spoke, but it's not clear whether the border controversy was discussed.



QUEBEC: FORMER WORLD LEADERS GATHER

Former world leaders have gathered in the Canadian city of Quebec for the 29th annual meeting of the InterAction Council. Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien is hosting the forum, which brings together former heads of government to discuss world issues. The retired leaders will discuss the turmoil in the Arab world and its impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during the forum which runs until Tuesday. On Sunday, former Mexican President Vicente Fox criticized U.S. foreign policy by suggesting that U.S. President Barack Obama stay quiet about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Mr. Fox criticized Mr. Obama's recent comments favouring the creation of a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders. Mr. Fox says the conflict should be solved by those involved and, if that fails, the United Nations.



MONTREAL: PRO-PALESTINIAN ACTIVISTS WARNED

Canada's Foreign Affairs minister, John Baird, is warning against Canadian involvement in a new aid convoy for Gaza. He says the unauthorized efforts to deliver aid are provocative and, ultimately, unhelpful to the people of Gaza. Mr. Baird's warning comes amid reports that a group representing about 100 Canadian organizations plans to send a Canadian boat to Gaza. An estimated 15 aid ships are scheduled to leave next month from Turkey for the blockaded Gaza Strip On May 31, 2010, Israeli marines boarded the main ship of an international aid flotilla bound for Gaza, killing nine Turkish activists in international waters and drawing international condemnation. Israel has long claimed that attempts to breach the naval blockade are political rather than genuinely humanitarian.



OTTAWA: POSTAL WORKERS THREATEN TO STRIKE THURSDAY

The union representing 50,000 Canada Post workers says it will go on strike on Thursday if its latest contract offer is rejected. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says its new offer includes several changes and clarifications, including a drop in its wage increase demands. The two sides have been negotiating for seven months.



OTTAWA: ECONOMY GREW IN 1ST QUARTER

Canada's economy grew by 3.9 per cent in the first quarter. Statistics Canada reports that all major industrial sectors increased their output except for retail trade and arts and entertainment. Plant and equipment investments increased for a fifth straight quarter.



OTTAWA: NORTHERN PORT DELAYED

Canada's plan to build an Arctic naval port is being delayed by funding problems and bureucratic interference. The port is considered crucial to enforcing Canadian control of the Northwest Passage. Four years ago, Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised a port in Nunavut would be at least partially operating by next summer. But construction will only begin in 2013. The Nunavut Impact Review Board, which is conducting the environmental review, blames bureaucratic delays and funding problems.



QUEBEC: OFFICIAL OPPOSITION LEADER VISITS DISASTER AREA

The leader of the federal opposition New Democratic Party, Jack Layton, has toured Quebec's flooded Richelieu River region, south of Montreal. He was told by local officials that the Canadian military has been doing a good job helping with the problem, but that the overall response to the flooding by the federal government has been weak. Mr. Layton promised to raise the concerns directly with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and in the new session of Parliament. Three-thousand people have been forced from their homes in month-long flooding in the region.





International

LIBYA

A group of high-ranking Libyan officers has defected to Italy. The five generals, two colonels and one major were presented by Italy's foreign ministry in Rome on Monday. The generals appealed to fellow officers to join them in backing their country's insurgents. One general said the forces of Libyan leader Omammar Ghadafi are only 20 per cent as efficient as they were when the fighting started. A member of the rebel Libyan Transitional Council spoke at the same news conference. He claims that 120 Libyan officers have fled in recent days.



AFGHANISTAN

Taliban insurgents led by suicide bombers attacked an Italian military base and set off another explosion in western Afghanistan on Monday, killing four people and wounding dozens. The Italian-run base in Herat was the main target of the assault, which lasted several hours. But a message from the Taliban said a second bomb intended for the NATO facility had gone off prematurely in the center of the city. Herat, hear the border with Iran, in one of seven areas where NATO will begin handing over security to Afghan forces in July. The handover is part of a process that will lead to all foreign combat troops leaving Afghanistan by the end of 2014.



GERMANY

The German government has announced that it will shut all of Germany's nuclear reactors by 2022. The decision was motivated by Japan's nuclear disaster in March at Fukushima. The decision is an about-face for Chancellor Angela Merkel. Only late last year, her government pushed through a plan to extend the life span of the country's 17 reactors, the last having been scheduled to be shut in 2036. But on Monday, the chancellor said the fact that an industrialized, technologically advanced country like Japan is helpless in the face of the disaster has forced her to rethink the issue. Until March just under on-quarter of Germany's electrically was produced by nuclear power. Among the G8 countries, only Italy has abandoned nuclear power. Italians voted against it in a referendum that followed the Chernobyl disaster.



YEMEN

Yemen's air force has bombed the positions of al-Qaeda and Islamist militants who have taken control of the southern coastal city of Zinjibar. Residents also say the army is shelling the city. Several hundred al-Qaeda and Islamist militants took over the Gulf of Aden city a few days ago and have been battling locals and government soldiers who are trying to regain control. President Ali Abdullah Saleh refuses to resign and make way for a national unity government. Mr. Saleh has been in power for 33 years.



BURMA

The leader of Burma's Democracy Party, Aung San Suu Kyi, says that she is planning a political tour across the country next month. Analysts say the tour is likely to test both her popularity and the limits of her freedom since her release from house arrest six months ago. Miss Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for 14 of the past 21 years. Her National League for Democracy Party won the 1990 elections but the military refused to give up power. Over the years, western nations such as Canada and the United States have imposed sanctions on Burma because of its human rights record and treatment of Miss Suu Kyi.



CHINA

Police have increased security in Hohhot, the capital of China's vast region of Inner Mongolia. The move comes after nearly a week of protests over the hit-and-run death of a herder. He was killed after being struck by a coal truck. The government arrested two Han Chinese for homicide over the incident, but that failed to stop the anger. Resentment of ethnic majority Han Chinese by ethnic Mongolians goes back decades. Many of China's roughly six million ethnic Mongols complain of political and cultural repression by Beijing and complain that their nomadic, pastoral lifestyle is being eliminated.



RUSSIA

Russia's interior ministry says the prosecutor's office has cleared an investigator of responsibility for the death in jail of a lawyer in 2009. The ministry's Investigative Committee has received a letter from the prosecutor clearing Oleg Silchenko of involvement in any crimes. The development was met with outrage by the family of the late Sergei Magnitsky and his firm, Hermitage Capital. The 37-year-old lawyer died in jail after after being charged with what Hermitage considered fictitious. He was arrested after having claimed to have discovered a scheme through which Russian officials embezzled $200 million in taxes paid by Hermitage.





Financial

ST. JOHN'S: FORTIS ENTERS U.S.

Canadian electricity firm Fortis Inc. has announced it will buy Vermont's biggest electric utility for US$700 million. The move will give the Newfoundland-based company its first entry into the U.S. regulated power industry. Fortis President and CEO Stan Marshall says the acquisition of Central Vermont Public Service Corp. will provide a foundation for Fortis to start a utility business south of the border. The transaction needs U.S. regulatory and shareholder approval. Fortis owns Newfoundland Power as well as utilities in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Prince Edward Island. The company has operations in three Caribbean countries.



TORONTO: OTTAWA MAY SELL CHRYSLER EQUITY

Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the federal government may sell the stock it acquired in automaker Chrysler two years ago. The Canadian and Ontario governments acquired a 1.7 per cent stake in Chrysler as part of a bailout package. The government also lent Chrysler $1.7 billion to help the company survive Detroit's worst downturn. Mr. Flaherty joined Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne at a ceremony to celebrate the automaker's repayment of the loan. Mr. Marchionne says he and Mr. Flaherty discussed the resale of the stock. Mr. Flaherty says the government will observe how the repayment process proceeds in the U.S. before deciding whether the two Canadian governments will also sell.



VANCOUVER: AIR CANADA UNIONS DEMAND PENSION PROTECTION

Three labour unions representing 23,000 Air Canada employees have taken a joint stand that the preservation of their pension funds is a priority during their ongoing contract negotiations. The Canadian Auto Workers Union, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the Canadian Union of Public Employees say they want the workers' defined benefit pension plans to remain unchanged. Such plans guarantee set payment levels at retirement. The unions say the employer wants to cut pension benefits for existing employees and eliminate defined benefit plans for new ones. Air Canada responded that the deficit in the pension fund stands at $2.1 billion and that such a deficit cannot be sustained.



MARKETS

TSX on Monday: 13,812 + 12. Dollar: US$1.02. Euro: $1.39. Oil: $100.38 - .21.





Sports

SPORTS

HOCKEY

Tickets for the Stanley Cup final haven't even gone on sale to the general public yet, but seats are already fetching thousands of dollars online. Ticket reselling websites are taking listings from season ticket holders, and they say prices are the highest they've ever seen for a Stanley Cup final, about $1,900 for games in Vancouver, and $1,100 in Boston.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

The struggling Vancouver Whitecaps have fired head

coach Teitur Thordarson and goalkeeper coach Mike Salmon.

Tom Soehn, the current director of soccer operations, will take

over as head coach for the test of the season.

The expansion Whitecaps have not won in MLS since opening day

March 19, when they defeated Toronto FC 4-2 and have a 1-5-6

record.





Weather

WEATHER

British Columbia on Tuesday: rain, high C18 Vancouver. Yukon: rain. Northwest Territories: sun. Nunavut: cloud. Whitehorse 23, Yellowknife 21, Iqaluit 3. Alberta: sun. Saskatchewan: sun north, rain south. Manitoba: rain. Edmonton 20, Regina 16, Winnipeg 14. Ontario: rain north, sun south. Quebec: mix sun cloud. Toronto 30, Ottawa 31, Montreal 25. Maritimes: sun. Newfoundland and Labrador: rain. Fredericton 22, Halifax 20, Charlottetown 14, St.John's 6.





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KANDAHAR: PM PAYS FINAL VISIT TO AFGHANISTAN


Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid one last visit to wartorn Kandahar on Monday. Canada will end its war against the Taliban in July, and switch over to an advisory role for the Afghan security forces. Mr. Harper told hundreds of troops gathered at Kandahar airfield that the deployment starting in 2002 has been Canada's "great enterprise," suggesting as well that is has been successful because Afghanistan is no longer a threat to the world. The prime minister visited Tarnack Farms, a former agricultural project that later became a Taliban training centre. The site is now back in the hands of farmers. Mr. Harper visited a forward operating base, where he helped serve lunch and then took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at an airfield memorial to Canadian dead.

OTTAWA: UNDUE INFLUENCE ON PM DENIED


Canadian officials are denying a report that Prime Minister Stephen Harper acted under Israeli influence at the Group of Eight summit last week in France. An Israeli newspaper says that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Mr. Harper and spoke about the latest controversy surrounding Middle East peace talks. U.S. President Barack Obama recently proposed restarting the talks on the basis of Israel's borders before Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967. Mr. Netanyahu opposes the proposal. According to the newspaper, Mr. Harper persuaded the G8 to avoid mention of the borders in its communiqué dealing with peace in the Middle East. Mr. Harper's office admits that he and Mr. Netanyahu spoke, but it's not clear whether the border controversy was discussed.

QUEBEC: FORMER WORLD LEADERS GATHER


Former world leaders have gathered in the Canadian city of Quebec for the 29th annual meeting of the InterAction Council. Former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien is hosting the forum, which brings together former heads of government to discuss world issues. The retired leaders will discuss the turmoil in the Arab world and its impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during the forum which runs until Tuesday. On Sunday, former Mexican President Vicente Fox criticized U.S. foreign policy by suggesting that U.S. President Barack Obama stay quiet about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Mr. Fox criticized Mr. Obama's recent comments favouring the creation of a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders. Mr. Fox says the conflict should be solved by those involved and, if that fails, the United Nations.

MONTREAL: PRO-PALESTINIAN ACTIVISTS WARNED


Canada's Foreign Affairs minister, John Baird, is warning against Canadian involvement in a new aid convoy for Gaza. He says the unauthorized efforts to deliver aid are provocative and, ultimately, unhelpful to the people of Gaza. Mr. Baird's warning comes amid reports that a group representing about 100 Canadian organizations plans to send a Canadian boat to Gaza. An estimated 15 aid ships are scheduled to leave next month from Turkey for the blockaded Gaza Strip On May 31, 2010, Israeli marines boarded the main ship of an international aid flotilla bound for Gaza, killing nine Turkish activists in international waters and drawing international condemnation. Israel has long claimed that attempts to breach the naval blockade are political rather than genuinely humanitarian.

OTTAWA: POSTAL WORKERS THREATEN TO STRIKE THURSDAY


The union representing 50,000 Canada Post workers says it will go on strike on Thursday if its latest contract offer is rejected. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says its new offer includes several changes and clarifications, including a drop in its wage increase demands. The two sides have been negotiating for seven months.

OTTAWA: ECONOMY GREW IN 1ST QUARTER


Canada's economy grew by 3.9 per cent in the first quarter. Statistics Canada reports that all major industrial sectors increased their output except for retail trade and arts and entertainment. Plant and equipment investments increased for a fifth straight quarter.

OTTAWA: NORTHERN PORT DELAYED


Canada's plan to build an Arctic naval port is being delayed by funding problems and bureucratic interference. The port is considered crucial to enforcing Canadian control of the Northwest Passage. Four years ago, Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised a port in Nunavut would be at least partially operating by next summer. But construction will only begin in 2013. The Nunavut Impact Review Board, which is conducting the environmental review, blames bureaucratic delays and funding problems.

QUEBEC: OFFICIAL OPPOSITION LEADER VISITS DISASTER AREA


The leader of the federal opposition New Democratic Party, Jack Layton, has toured Quebec's flooded Richelieu River region, south of Montreal. He was told by local officials that the Canadian military has been doing a good job helping with the problem, but that the overall response to the flooding by the federal government has been weak. Mr. Layton promised to raise the concerns directly with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and in the new session of Parliament. Three-thousand people have been forced from their homes in month-long flooding in the region.


LIBYA


A group of high-ranking Libyan officers has defected to Italy. The five generals, two colonels and one major were presented by Italy's foreign ministry in Rome on Monday. The generals appealed to fellow officers to join them in backing their country's insurgents. One general said the forces of Libyan leader Omammar Ghadafi are only 20 per cent as efficient as they were when the fighting started. A member of the rebel Libyan Transitional Council spoke at the same news conference. He claims that 120 Libyan officers have fled in recent days.

AFGHANISTAN


Taliban insurgents led by suicide bombers attacked an Italian military base and set off another explosion in western Afghanistan on Monday, killing four people and wounding dozens. The Italian-run base in Herat was the main target of the assault, which lasted several hours. But a message from the Taliban said a second bomb intended for the NATO facility had gone off prematurely in the center of the city. Herat, hear the border with Iran, in one of seven areas where NATO will begin handing over security to Afghan forces in July. The handover is part of a process that will lead to all foreign combat troops leaving Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

GERMANY


The German government has announced that it will shut all of Germany's nuclear reactors by 2022. The decision was motivated by Japan's nuclear disaster in March at Fukushima. The decision is an about-face for Chancellor Angela Merkel. Only late last year, her government pushed through a plan to extend the life span of the country's 17 reactors, the last having been scheduled to be shut in 2036. But on Monday, the chancellor said the fact that an industrialized, technologically advanced country like Japan is helpless in the face of the disaster has forced her to rethink the issue. Until March just under on-quarter of Germany's electrically was produced by nuclear power. Among the G8 countries, only Italy has abandoned nuclear power. Italians voted against it in a referendum that followed the Chernobyl disaster.

YEMEN


Yemen's air force has bombed the positions of al-Qaeda and Islamist militants who have taken control of the southern coastal city of Zinjibar. Residents also say the army is shelling the city. Several hundred al-Qaeda and Islamist militants took over the Gulf of Aden city a few days ago and have been battling locals and government soldiers who are trying to regain control. President Ali Abdullah Saleh refuses to resign and make way for a national unity government. Mr. Saleh has been in power for 33 years.

BURMA


The leader of Burma's Democracy Party, Aung San Suu Kyi, says that she is planning a political tour across the country next month. Analysts say the tour is likely to test both her popularity and the limits of her freedom since her release from house arrest six months ago. Miss Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for 14 of the past 21 years. Her National League for Democracy Party won the 1990 elections but the military refused to give up power. Over the years, western nations such as Canada and the United States have imposed sanctions on Burma because of its human rights record and treatment of Miss Suu Kyi.

CHINA


Police have increased security in Hohhot, the capital of China's vast region of Inner Mongolia. The move comes after nearly a week of protests over the hit-and-run death of a herder. He was killed after being struck by a coal truck. The government arrested two Han Chinese for homicide over the incident, but that failed to stop the anger. Resentment of ethnic majority Han Chinese by ethnic Mongolians goes back decades. Many of China's roughly six million ethnic Mongols complain of political and cultural repression by Beijing and complain that their nomadic, pastoral lifestyle is being eliminated.

RUSSIA


Russia's interior ministry says the prosecutor's office has cleared an investigator of responsibility for the death in jail of a lawyer in 2009. The ministry's Investigative Committee has received a letter from the prosecutor clearing Oleg Silchenko of involvement in any crimes. The development was met with outrage by the family of the late Sergei Magnitsky and his firm, Hermitage Capital. The 37-year-old lawyer died in jail after after being charged with what Hermitage considered fictitious. He was arrested after having claimed to have discovered a scheme through which Russian officials embezzled $200 million in taxes paid by Hermitage.


ST. JOHN'S: FORTIS ENTERS U.S.


Canadian electricity firm Fortis Inc. has announced it will buy Vermont's biggest electric utility for US$700 million. The move will give the Newfoundland-based company its first entry into the U.S. regulated power industry. Fortis President and CEO Stan Marshall says the acquisition of Central Vermont Public Service Corp. will provide a foundation for Fortis to start a utility business south of the border. The transaction needs U.S. regulatory and shareholder approval. Fortis owns Newfoundland Power as well as utilities in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Prince Edward Island. The company has operations in three Caribbean countries.

TORONTO: OTTAWA MAY SELL CHRYSLER EQUITY


Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the federal government may sell the stock it acquired in automaker Chrysler two years ago. The Canadian and Ontario governments acquired a 1.7 per cent stake in Chrysler as part of a bailout package. The government also lent Chrysler $1.7 billion to help the company survive Detroit's worst downturn. Mr. Flaherty joined Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne at a ceremony to celebrate the automaker's repayment of the loan. Mr. Marchionne says he and Mr. Flaherty discussed the resale of the stock. Mr. Flaherty says the government will observe how the repayment process proceeds in the U.S. before deciding whether the two Canadian governments will also sell.

VANCOUVER: AIR CANADA UNIONS DEMAND PENSION PROTECTION


Three labour unions representing 23,000 Air Canada employees have taken a joint stand that the preservation of their pension funds is a priority during their ongoing contract negotiations. The Canadian Auto Workers Union, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the Canadian Union of Public Employees say they want the workers' defined benefit pension plans to remain unchanged. Such plans guarantee set payment levels at retirement. The unions say the employer wants to cut pension benefits for existing employees and eliminate defined benefit plans for new ones. Air Canada responded that the deficit in the pension fund stands at $2.1 billion and that such a deficit cannot be sustained.

MARKETS


TSX on Monday: 13,812 + 12. Dollar: US$1.02. Euro: $1.39. Oil: $100.38 - .21.


SPORTS


HOCKEY

Tickets for the Stanley Cup final haven't even gone on sale to the general public yet, but seats are already fetching thousands of dollars online. Ticket reselling websites are taking listings from season ticket holders, and they say prices are the highest they've ever seen for a Stanley Cup final, about $1,900 for games in Vancouver, and $1,100 in Boston.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

The struggling Vancouver Whitecaps have fired head

coach Teitur Thordarson and goalkeeper coach Mike Salmon.

Tom Soehn, the current director of soccer operations, will take

over as head coach for the test of the season.

The expansion Whitecaps have not won in MLS since opening day

March 19, when they defeated Toronto FC 4-2 and have a 1-5-6

record.


WEATHER


British Columbia on Tuesday: rain, high C18 Vancouver. Yukon: rain. Northwest Territories: sun. Nunavut: cloud. Whitehorse 23, Yellowknife 21, Iqaluit 3. Alberta: sun. Saskatchewan: sun north, rain south. Manitoba: rain. Edmonton 20, Regina 16, Winnipeg 14. Ontario: rain north, sun south. Quebec: mix sun cloud. Toronto 30, Ottawa 31, Montreal 25. Maritimes: sun. Newfoundland and Labrador: rain. Fredericton 22, Halifax 20, Charlottetown 14, St.John's 6.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Radio Prague Today 5.30.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Sports News 30.5.2011

Kreuziger takes an historic sixth place in the Giro d'Italia; French Open remains a dream for Petra Kvitová, who lost the fourth round to Li Na; the Czech women's basketball team beats Russia to win the Karlovy Vary Grand Prix; and Bolt is back for the Golden Spike Ostrava, and having a go at golf.

Czech authorities launch checks of fresh vegetables in response to German outbreak of E.coli infection

The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority on Monday ordered a nation-wide inspection of fresh vegetables. The decision comes after more than a hundred Spanish cucumbers possibly contaminated with a deadly mutated E. coli bacterium went on sale in several health food outlets in the country. Czech authorities are implementing the checks after vegetables with the infectious bacteria killed ten consumers in neighboring Germany.

Czech journalist Jana Ciglerová – a media professional with experience both at home and abroad

Jana Ciglerová studied journalism in Prague and in London, where she started working as a UK correspondent for the daily Lidové noviny when she was still a student. She has since then written for an interesting variety of publications, including The Observer. Upon her return to the Czech Republic, she became the editor-in-chief of Elle magazine, later launched a women's weekly and currently works for the daily Mladá fronta Dnes as well as producing a TV show. In this week's One on One, Jana Ciglerová speaks about UK media, feminism and how she first became interested in becoming a journalist.

News 5.30.2011

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Copyright (c) 2011 Radio Prague (Cesky Rozhlas 7 - Radio Praha)

News Monday, May 30th, 2011

By: Daniela Lazarova

* The Association of Independent Unions has threatened to halt railway
services and block roads unless the government softens its health and
pension reforms.

* The Czech Food Inspection authority has ordered intensified random
checks on all market vegetables in connection with the Spanish cucumber
scare.

* British police have detained a Czech wanted on suspicion of child
abuse

* Academicians and NGOs have slammed the education minister for
reportedly turning a blind eye to discrimination of Romany children.

* The newly reconstructed Golden Lane below Prague Castle is to reopen
to visitors on Wednesday.

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Czech unions threaten transport strike over reforms
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Czech trade unions will halt railway services and block roads after
June 10th unless the centre-right cabinet softens its health and
pension reforms, the second-biggest union group said on Monday. The
Association of Independent Unions said it was willing to negotiate
until June 10 but made it clear that unless a compromise agreement was
reached by that date it would launch a strike and transport blockade
without further delay. The government, although weakened by infighting,
has so far refused to budge and has stuck to its plan to cut the
country's budget deficit below 3 percent of GDP in 2013.


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Food Inspection Authority orders intensified random checks on all
vegetables
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The Czech Food Inspection authority has ordered intensified random
checks on all market vegetables in connection with the Spanish cucumber
scare. It emerged on Sunday that over 200 potentially infected Spanish
cucumbers were imported to the Czech Republic, of which 120 were sold
on the market. The vegetables came from Germany on Tuesday and were
distributed to over a dozen retailers in different parts of the
country; the same German dealer also supplied cucumbers to Austria,
Luxembourg and Hungary.

Potentially infected Spanish cucumbers are believed to be behind an
outbreak of E.coli bacterial infections in Germany, the UK, Sweden,
Denmark and the Netherlands. At least ten people have died of the
infection in Germany, another 30 are in reported to be in serious
condition.


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Chief hygiene officer to public: observe standard precautions
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The country's chief hygiene officer Michal Vit has told Czechs there is
no reason for concern if they observe standard precautions when
preparing food. He stressed that all fruits and vegetables should be
properly washed and where possible peeled in order to prevent bacterial
infection. Slicing boards and knives should also be properly washed
before coming into contact with other food. Mr. Vit asked people to
check out the list of stores which had the potentially infected
cucumbers on sale and dispose of any suspect produce they may still
have.


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British police arrest Czech pedophile
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British police on Friday detained a 37-year-old Czech pedophile who is
wanted by the Czech authorities on suspicion of child abuse, the Czech
police presidium reported on Monday. The man who has a record of child
abuse was reportedly spending time abroad in order to avoid outpatient
medical treatment which the court ordered him to undergo. The suspect
is believed to have abused a five year old girl in southern Moravia
last year. If found guilty he could face up to ten years in prison. The
man was arrested on an Interpol warrant and is expected to be
extradited to the Czech Republic shortly.


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EU commissioner: Czechs among top humanitarian aid providers
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Kristalina Georgieva, EU commissioner for international cooperation,
humanitarian aid and crisis response told the CTK news agency on Monday
that the Czech Republic is one of the EU's best providers of
humanitarian and development help. On a working visit to the Czech
Republic, the EU commissioner said this was largely due to good
organization and people's willingness to provide aid to areas afflicted
by natural or humanitarian disasters. Ms. Georgieva said the Czech
Republic's participation in humanitarian actions is by far the biggest
of the 12 EU "newcomer" states.


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Sazka in bankruptcy proceedings
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The lottery company Sazka is in bankruptcy as of May 30 and its board
of directors has lost the right to handle the company's assets which
will now be administered by an insolvency administrator. The decision
was reached at a meeting of the company's creditors on Friday. Sazka��s
management wants to turn to court to defend itself against the decision
on bankruptcy. The company was declared insolvent at the end of March.


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Police helpless as driver speeds down wrong lane
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The police say it was not in their power to stop a 33-year-old driver
from speeding down a Czech motorway in the opposite lane. The man, a
foreign national who was later found to be on drugs, caused ten lighter
accidents as he sped down the R1 motorway from eastern Bohemia to
Prague for a stretch of over 70 kilometers. The police said on Monday
it was not in their power to close down the motorway within so short a
time and radical action would have put other unsuspecting drivers at
risk. The man was going in the opposite direction at a speed of 180
kilometers per hour, dodging cars and forcing them to the side of the
road. The police only arrested him after he had left the motorway on
the suburbs of Prague. He has been charged with endangering public
safety for which he could get up to eight years in jail.


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Academicians and NGOs slam education minister for turning a blind eye
to discrimination of Romany children
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Academicians and NGOs who were to assist the Education Ministry with
the task of integrating Romany school children in the education process
have abandoned the endeavor and are refusing to cooperate with the
ministry further saying it has no intention of making any real progress
on the issue. Tomas Habart from the NGO People in Need said the
Education Minister Josef Dobes was not serious about tackling the
problem and the group set up to deal with it was practically paralyzed
as a result of personnel changes made by him. Amnesty International has
issued a similar statement saying the Czech Republic is likely to be
hit by sanctions for failing to take any action against discrimination
of Romany children in the education system.


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Written school leaving exams begin
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Written exams as part of state school-leaving exams began on Monday at
hundreds of secondary schools across the Czech Republic. This year,
students are for the first time taking a unified state school-leaving
exam valid for all secondary schools in the country. The tests had been
distributed under tight security measures to prevent leaks, Education
Minister Josef Dobes said. The first written exam is in the Czech
language, followed by tests in math and a foreign language. The written
part of the state school leaving exams will conclude on June 7.


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Presidential couple to reopen Golden Lane
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President Vaclav Klaus and the first lady Livia Klaus are to reopen the
newly reconstructed Golden Lane below Prague Castle on Wednesday. The
lane with its charming row of Mannerist-style houses dating back to the
late 15th century has just undergone the most extensive reconstruction
in its history. Prague Castle administration which paid 34 million
crowns for the reconstruction of one of the most visited sites of the
Prague Castle compound has made sure that its historic value is well
preserved. After the street reopens some of the houses will serve as
museum exhibits - their interiors reflecting their former use : a
goldsmith's workshop, an alchemists' den or a fortune-tellers home.


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Weather
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The coming days are expected to be warm and sunny with rain predicted
mid-week. Tuesday's highs are expected to reach 28 degrees Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Sports News 30.5.2011
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Kreuziger takes an historic sixth place in the Giro d'Italia; French
Open remains a dream for Petra Kvitova, who lost the fourth round to Li
Na; the Czech women's basketball team beats Russia to win the Karlovy
Vary Grand Prix; and Bolt is back for the Golden Spike Ostrava, and
having a go at golf.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/sport/sports-news-2011-05-30


Czech authorities launch checks of fresh vegetables in response to
German outbreak of E.coli infection
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The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority on Monday ordered a
nation-wide inspection of fresh vegetables. The decision comes after
more than a hundred Spanish cucumbers possibly contaminated with a
deadly mutated E. coli bacterium went on sale in several health food
outlets in the country. Czech authorities are implementing the checks
after vegetables with the infectious bacteria killed ten consumers in
neighboring Germany.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czech-authorities-launch-checks-of-fresh-vegetables-in-response-to-german-outbreak-of-ecoli-infection


Czech journalist Jana Ciglerova - a media professional with experience
both at home and abroad
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Jana Ciglerova studied journalism in Prague and in London, where she
started working as a UK correspondent for the daily Lidove noviny when
she was still a student. She has since then written for an interesting
variety of publications, including The Observer. Upon her return to the
Czech Republic, she became the editor-in-chief of Elle magazine, later
launched a women's weekly and currently works for the daily Mlada
fronta Dnes as well as producing a TV show. In this week's One on One,
Jana Ciglerova speaks about UK media, feminism and how she first became
interested in becoming a journalist.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/one-on-one/czech-journalist-jana-ciglerova-a-media-professional-with-experience-both-at-home-and-abroad


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Daily Bulletin | 30.05.2011, 18:30 UTC

DEUTSCHE WELLE / DW-WORLD.DE Newsletter

30.05.2011, 18:30 UTC
DAILY BULLETIN

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

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Overview of Topics

* German government plans total nuclear shutdown by 2022
* FIFA hit by 'tsunami' from within
* NATO apologizes for civilian deaths in Afghanistan
* E. coli claims first victims outside of northern Germany
* Interactive advertising with Foursquare keeps hungry dogs happy
* Merkel heads to India to strengthen ties, press for reforms
* African Union's reputation at stake as mediator Zuma meets Gadhafi
* Growing Afghan intravenous heroin use spurs HIV epidemic
* PARTNER SITE: Commentary from atlantic-community.org
* Free podcasts: live performances from the Beethovenfest
* Find out what's making the news across Asia
* Global Media Forum 2011
* Free podcasts and LIVE-STREAM: Paavo Jarvi interprets Beethoven

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German government plans total nuclear shutdown by 2022

As public opposition to nuclear power remains high, the German government
has announced new plans to phase it out completely in the next 11 years.
And the proposal may have a chance at support from the center-left.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ewaq6zI45gen02I0

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FIFA hit by 'tsunami' from within

Following the suspension of two of FIFA's top officials by an ethics
committee one of the accused has unleashed what he describes as a "tsunami"
of revelations against soccer's governing body.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ewaq6zI45gen02I1

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NATO apologizes for civilian deaths in Afghanistan

International forces in Afghanistan have apologized for the deaths of 14
civilians in an airstrike in the southern province of Helmand on Saturday.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai criticized the bombing.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ewaq6zI45gen02I2

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E. coli claims first victims outside of northern Germany

The outbreak of a highly virulent strain of the E. coli bacteria found on
imported cucumbers in Germany has now killed 14 people. Authorities are
warning against eating raw vegetables.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ewaq6zI45gen02I3

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Interactive advertising with Foursquare keeps hungry dogs happy

A German advertising agency has come up with a novel way to advertise
upscale dog food using the Foursquare social networking platform. When
humans 'check in' at a billboard, their pooch gets a free bowl of dog food.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ewaq6zI45gen02I4

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Merkel heads to India to strengthen ties, press for reforms

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has kicked off a state visit to India in a
bid to forge stronger ties with the emerging nation. Both countries'
interests run parallel in many respects, but a few differences remain.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ewaq6zI45gen02I5

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African Union's reputation at stake as mediator Zuma meets Gadhafi

South African President Jacob Zuma is in Libya this week attempting to
broker a peace deal between government and rebel forces. The visit comes at
a crucial time for the African Union's reputation as a regional mediator.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ewaq6zI45gen02I6

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Growing Afghan intravenous heroin use spurs HIV epidemic

Dealing Afghanistan's expansive poppy fields - and the ensuing opium trade
- is central to the war against the Taliban and al Qaeda. While most of the
drugs are exported, domestic use has now led to an HIV epidemic.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ewaq6zI45gen02I7

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PARTNER SITE: Commentary from atlantic-community.org

Atlantic-community.org is an online platform for transatlantic debate on
key issues of international politics and globalization. Find thought
provoking analysis from international policy leaders and decision makers.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ewaq6zI45gen02I8

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Free podcasts: live performances from the Beethovenfest

Deutsche Welle presents highlights recorded live at the Beethovenfest,
including star performers and up-and-coming talent like percussionist
Martin Grubinger and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Download for
free!

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ewaq6zI45gen02I9

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Find out what's making the news across Asia

Our daily reports and analysis on a wide range of issues from the world of
politics, business and culture provide an in-depth look at what's going on
in that part of the world.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ewaq6zI45gen02Ia

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Global Media Forum 2011

The fourth Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum "Human Rights in a globalized
World - Challenges for the Media", international conference, 20-22 June
2011, Bonn/Germany

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ewaq6zI45gen02Ib

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Free podcasts and LIVE-STREAM: Paavo Jarvi interprets Beethoven

DW presents live recordings from this year's Beethovenfest, available
starting Sept. 9. Also, don't miss the LIVE-STREAM of all nine Beethoven
symphonies from Sept. 9-12, interpreted by conductor Paarvo Jarvi.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ewaq6zI45gen02Ic

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