Sunday, May 29, 2011

News 5.29.2011

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News Sunday, May 29th, 2011

By: Jan Richter

* Some 120 Spanish cucumbers potentially contaminated with the mutated
E.coli bacteria have been sold on the Czech market.

* The Public Affairs party has laid down conditions for staying in the
centre-right coalition government.

* The Czech finance minister says the 2012 state budget deficit will
not exceed 105 billion crowns, or 3.5 percent of the country's GDP.

* Czech Railways trade unions will go on strike against the
government's reforms, their leader has said.

* Czech bicycle racer Roman Kreuziger finished sixth overall at Giro
D'Italia.

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Inspection finds 120 Spanish cucumbers sold on Czech market
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Some 120 Spanish cucumbers possibly contaminated with the mutated
E.coli bacteria have been sold on the Czech market, a spokesman for the
country's food inspection authority said on Sunday. The vegetables came
from Germany on Tuesday and were distributed among retailers the
authorities are now trying to identify ; the same German dealer also
supplied cucumbers to Austria, Luxembourg and Hungary, the spokesman
said. Another shipment that arrived in the on Thursday has not yet
entered distribution.

Spanish cucumbers and other produce are believed to have caused an
outbreak of the E.coli bacteria in Germany, Denmark and other
countries. In Germany, ten people have died of the infection and
hundreds of others fell ill.


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Public Affairs set conditions, confirm re-elected leader
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The Public Affairs party has laid down conditions for staying in the
Czech coalition government. A party conference held in Hradec Kralove
over the weekend recommended Public Affairs ministers and MPs to quit
the coalition if PM Petr Necas does not allow the party to keep four
ministries in the 15-member cabinet. Public Affairs now hold the
ministries of education and regional development. Earlier this year,
the party was hit by a corruption scandal and lost the ministries of
interior and transportation. The Public Affairs conference also
confirmed the re-election of Radek John to party chairman; the head of
the party's group of deputies, Karolina Peake, became the new first
deputy chair.


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Czech FinMin: 2012 state budget deficit not to exceed 3.5 pct of GDP
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Czech Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek said on Sunday he would submit
the state budget for 2012 with the deficit of 105 billion crowns, or
3.5 percent of the country's gross domestic product, as planned by the
centre-right government. This year, the deficit is set to reach 4.2
percent of the GDP. Mr Kalousek said more austerity measures will be
needed to meet that goal, including the planned hike in VAT. The Czech
finance minister said he would quit his post if the deficit exceeded
105 billion crowns.


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Railway unions to go on strike
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Czech Railways trade unions will go on strike against the government
reforms, their leader Bohumir Dufek said on Sunday. Mr Dufek said
further details about the strike would be announced on Monday, adding
the strike was the only way to make the government reconsider its
reform plans. Should the government health care and pension reforms be
implemented, railway trade unions demand a 5-percent pay rise for
employees in the public and private sectors, the trade union leader
said..


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Education minister announces deputy pick
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Czech Education Minister Josef Dobes told the news website novinky.cz
on Sunday that he chose former Charles University rector Ivan Wilhelm
as his deputy for research and universities. The minister said he
needed a "heavyweight" for negotiations with universities, and Mr
Wilhelm was just that. 69-year-old Ivan Wilhelm, a nuclear physicist,
served as the rector of Prague's Charles University between 2000 and
2006. He is set to assume his new role on Wednesday.


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Children's film festival in Zlin kicks off
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The 51st International Film Festival for Children and Youth begins in
the eastern city of Zlin on Sunday. The event, which will present
around 400 movies from 44 countries of the world, will this year focus
on Italian and Hungarian cinema; the festival will also commemorate the
110th anniversary of Walt Disney, and 75 years since film studios were
established in Zlin. Among the members of the festival's jury are the
Italian actor Franco Nero and his Bulgarian colleague Ivan Barnev. The
festival, which will offer a series of concerts, exhibitions and other
events, goes until June 5.


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Folkloric "Ride of the Kings" held in south Moravian town
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The centuries-old folkloric procession known as the "Ride of the Kings"
took place in the south Moravian town of Vlcnov on Sunday. This year,
12-year-old Jan Prochazka led the mounted procession in the role of the
king, traditionally dressed in woman's costume. The tradition is said
to have originated in pagan times; some ethnographers believe it refers
to the story of the Hungarian king Matthias Corvinus who in the 15th
century was fleeing the Czech king and passed through the town
disguised as a woman.


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North Moravian railway line closed after train hits rock
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Railway line between the towns Hanusovice and Stare Mesto, in northern
Moravia, was closed on Sunday morning after a local passenger train
drove into a rock that had collapsed onto the tracks. Nobody was hurt
in the accident, a Czech Railway spokesman said, adding that the
railway line would remain closed until Monday afternoon. The damage on
the train was estimated at 350,000 crowns.


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Cycling: Kreuziger finished sixth at Giro d'Italia
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Czech bicycle racer Roman Kreuziger finished sixth overall at this
year's Giro d'Italia, reaching the best raking of any Czech rider in
the history of the race. Kreuziger, a member of the Astana team, was
seventh before the last stage; he finished 16th and moved one place up.
The 25-year-old Czech also won the white jersey for the best young
rider.


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Weather
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The start of the week will see partly cloudy skies with occasional rain
showers and storm. The highest day temperatures should range between 25
and 29 degrees Celsius.

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A tribute to composer Ladislav Simon
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Last Thursday, Czech Radio lost one of its most esteemed colleagues and
the Czech Republic one of the major figures in modern music with the
death of Ladislav Simon at the age of 82. His music has been a staple
of television, radio and contemporary classical music for more than
half a century and he was tirelessly involved in the artistic
management of some of the country's leading cultural institutions, such
as the National Theatre, and the founding of Czech Television and the
Prague Philharmonia.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/a-tribute-to-composer-ladislav-simon


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