Thursday, June 2, 2011

News 6.2.2011

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News Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Coalition leaders are to debate a demand for more ministerial posts
by the junior coalition party Public Affairs.

* Four employees of the Semtex-manufacturing company Explosia who went
missing after a powerful explosion at the plant in April have been
officially confirmed dead.

* The Czech Republic has registered 1 case of the deadly bacterial
infection E.coli, with seven more cases being tested.

* The remains of the Czech solider who was killed in the Afghan
province of Wardak on Tuesday will be transported back to Prague on
Sunday.

* City transport workers in Ostrava are on strike for a second day in
protest against low wages.

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Coalition leaders to discuss cabinet line-up
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Coalition leaders are to debate a demand for more ministerial posts by
the junior coalition party Public Affairs. Following a corruption
scandal in its ranks the smallest party in government was forced to
relinquish two ministries and at its weekend conference party members
demanded a stronger representation in the cabinet saying they would not
continue to support the centre right government if their role was
marginalized.

Prime Minister Petr Necas said on Thursday morning he was still ready
to offer the party the post of deputy prime minister with an
anti-corruption portfolio. Party leader Radek John who rejected the
offer last month and left the cabinet over an alleged lack of support
from the prime minister said he was not interested in returning.


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Explosia employees confirmed dead
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Four employees of the Semtex-manufacturing company Explosia who went
missing after a powerful explosion at the plant in April have been
officially confirmed dead. DNA tests on remains found amidst the debris
reportedly confirmed the identity of the four missing workers. An
investigation into what caused the powerful nitro-glycerine explosion
is still underway. The blast damaged only part of the building and the
factory resumed operation shortly after.


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One case of E.coli infection confirmed, seven others being tested
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The Czech Republic has registered 1 case of the deadly bacterial
infection E.coli, with seven more cases being tested, the country's
chief hygiene officer reported on Thursday. The one confirmed case was
that of an American tourist who had recently spent time in Germany. She
is reported to be recovering well and is soon to be released from
hospital. Two other suspected cases proved to be a false alarm and the
national laboratory on Thursday received seven more samples. The
suspected cases are from different parts of the country. Test results
should be available later today or on Friday.


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Lab tests clear Spanish cucumbers
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Laboratory tests have shown that Spanish bio cucumbers imported to the
Czech Republic via a German distributer were not contaminated with a
deadly E.coli strain. The news comes days after German authorities
backtracked on the initial claim that Spanish cucumbers were the source
of the mutated E-coli bacteria that has killed 17 people in Germany and
Sweden. The firm Country Life that imported the cucumbers said in a
statement on Thursday they suspected from the beginning it was a "false
alarm".


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Sales of fruit and vegs down after cucumber scare
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The sale of organic food products in the Czech Republic is reported to
have dropped by 30 percent in the past week as a result of the cucumber
scare. Supermarkets have also reported a sharp drop in the sale of
fruits and vegetables and some have started ordering less of those
commodities to minimize their losses.


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Czech soldiers injured in Wardak recovering
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The remains of the Czech solider who was killed in the Afghan province
of Wardak on Tuesday will be transported back to Prague on Sunday, the
army chief of staff told the CTK news agency on Thursday. The condition
of two other soldiers who were injured when their vehicle hit a
landmine is reported to be stable. One has been transported back to
Prague where he is getting treatment at the Prague Military Hospital,
the other is recovering in a hospital in Logar. Doctors say it is not
yet clear if he will be able to return to his post.


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Club for Old Prague protests demolition of protected building
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The Club for Old Prague, an NGO for the preservation of the city's
historic monuments, has called a demonstration in protest of the
planned demolition of a protected building on Prague's Wenceslas
Square. Opponents of the plan are to meet outside the building at 5pm
on Tuesday. The decision to tear down the building on Wenceslas Square
has met with a great deal of opposition, not least because the building
is protected both by the City of Prague and UNESCO. Proponents of the
demolition say that continuous remodelling of the building have left
nothing of the original 19th century structure and that the building is
not a cultural monument. The demolition is planned for this November
and a nine-storey office and commercial building is to be constructed
in its place.


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Government sets aside 800 million crowns for foreign aid
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The Czech government has earmarked over 800 million crowns for foreign
aid in 2012, the same amount that was set aside for this year. Close to
700 million is to be used for aid projects in the developing world, 73
million is to be set aside for emergency humanitarian aid and the rest
for so-called transition projects in aid of countries which are
undergoing a transformation from an autocratic regime to democracy.
Czech aid is now channeled to Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Kosovo, Serbia and Cambodia among others.


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Transport strike in Ostrava continues
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City transport workers in Ostrava are on strike for a second day in
protest against low wages. Trade unions have been pushing for an eight
percent pay rise but the transport company is not willing to go higher
than 3 percent. The company employs 2,000 people whose average monthly
wage is 22,000 crowns. Trade unions have warned that they will not let
up the pressure until they get a positive response. Talks with the city
transport company and city hall officials have dragged for over six
months.


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Female white rhino dies in Dvur Kralove zoo
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A female white rhino, one of the world��s last surviving northern white
rhinos, died in Dvur Kralove zoo last week, the ctk news agency
reported Thursday. Vets say her ailing health and advanced age were
responsible. The zoo now only has one female rhino left. It transported
another four animals, two males and two females, of the critically
endangered species to the Ol Pejeta reserve in Kenya in December 2009
as part of an international effort to save the dying breed in its
natural habitat.


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Weather
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The coming days are expected to be partly cloudy with day temperatures
at around 25 degrees Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Bringing the Mongolian wild horse back from extinction
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Prague Zoo this week announced an important step in its effort to help
reintroduce the critically endangered Mongolian wild horse to its
natural habitat. Four specimens - one stallion and three mares - born
and bred in the Czech Republic are to be transported to the Mongolian
steppes to enrich the gene pool of a small protected herd that is to
help the endangered breed survive. I met up with the zoo's spokeswoman
Jana Ptacinska Jiratova to find out more about the project and how
Prague Zoo came to be involved in it.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/panorama/bringing-the-mongolian-wild-horse-back-from-extinction


Coalition leaders agree on outlines of health care reform
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Leaders of the Czech coalition government have approved the basic
outlines of the planned health care reform. The first phase of the
reform, which should be introduced in January 2012, should increase
patients' fees and curb the system administrative costs. At their
meeting on Wednesday, the officials also agreed that the reform's key
principle - a new bill determining standard care covered by insurance
and "above-standard" care patients will pay for themselves - would be
sent to Parliament in mid-June. But a leading Czech expert in medicinal
law, Ondrej Dostal says the debate on the health care reform has failed
to include those who pay for it.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/coalition-leaders-agree-on-outlines-of-health-care-reform


Czechs and Bavarians celebrate historic anniversary of railway
re-opening
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For many decades, a train station located right on the Czech-German
border was a symbol for the division between Germany and communist
Czechoslovakia. The train station once connected a Bavarian and a Czech
town that both carried the same name in Czech - Zelezna Ruda. After
World War II, it was defunct and even set to be demolished. Its
re-opening in 1991 was one of the most significant events in
Czech-Bavarian history after the Velvet Revolution. Now, both towns are
once again collaborating - on a celebration of the
twenty-year-anniversary of the train station re-opening.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czechs-and-bavarians-celebrate-historic-anniversary-of-railway-re-opening


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