Saturday, June 25, 2011

News 6.25.2011

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News Saturday, June 25th, 2011

By: Jan Richter

* More budget cuts might be needed to balance the effects of the
European debt crisis, the Czech finance minister has said.

* A Czech tourist bus has crashed in Austria, injuring 18 people.

* Several hundred neo-Nazis have marched through the eastern town of
Prerov.

* The town of Milovice, once the seat of the largest Soviet military
garrison in the country, has celebrated 20 years since the departure of
the occupying troops.

* The Czech men's football team lost to Belarus 0:1 in the bronze medal
game at the Under-21 European Championships.

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FinMin: more budget cuts might be needed in the wake of EU debt crisis
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Additional budget cuts of up to 15 billion crowns, or more than 870
million US dollars, might be needed to balance the effects of the
European debt crisis on the Czech economy, Finance Minister told the
daily Lidove noviny on Saturday. Mr Kalousek said that given the
fragile post-crisis growth, there was a considerable risk of the
economy falling back into recession. The Czech government this year
implemented austerity measures amounting to 35 billion crowns to reach
a budget deficit of around 105 billion crowns, or 3.5 percent of the
country's GDP.


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Czech bus crashed in Austria
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A Czech tourist bus on its way to Croatia crashed on the A9 motorway in
south-east Austria in the early hours of Saturday after it went off the
road and hit the side bank. Four passengers were seriously injured and
were taken to a nearby hospital; another 14 people suffered light
injuries. Other passengers were picked up by another bus and continued
their trip. The authorities believe the accident was caused by the
driver of the bus who probably fell asleep behind the wheel.


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Neo-Nazis march through Moravian town
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Several hundred neo-Nazis marched on Saturday through the town of
Prerov, in the east of the country. The march, organized by the
extremist Workers' Party of Social Justice, passed through the town's
Romany neighbourhood. Hundreds of police officers were deployed to
prevent clashed between the neo-Nazis and members of the town Romany
community; the police confiscated a handgun and several batons and
knives from the extremists. No incidents have so far been reported.


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Former Soviet garrison town celebrates 20 years since occupiers'
departure
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The central Bohemian town of Milovice, once the seat of the largest
Soviet military garrison in then Czechoslovakia, celebrated on Saturday
20 years since the departure of the occupying forces. The celebrations,
entitled Good Bye, Army!, was attended by Defence Minister Alexandr
Vondra and former MP Michael Kocab, who oversaw the departure of the
Soviet troops from Czechoslovakia in 1991. The celebrations included a
reenactment of the event by various military history clubs.


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United Islands music festival under way in Prague
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The United Islands music festival is under way on several islands in
the River Vltava in the capital. The festival's headliners include the
Cuban punk band Porno Para Ricardo, Audio Bullys from the UK, and the
Spanish band Balkatalan Experience, along with a number of Czech and
foreign bands and performers. Entry to the festival is free of charge.


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Czech-Maori couple dedicate stone to Path of Reconciliation
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A Czech-Maori couple dedicated a granite stone to the symbolic Path of
Czech-German Reconciliation near the north-eastern town of Opava on
Saturday. Mr and Mrs Braddock, who live in New Zealand, had an
inscription in the Czech, English and Maori languages carved in the
stone. The path, which now consists of 200 large granite stones, is
meant to promote understanding between the Czech and German nations.


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Football: Czechs U21 lose 0:1 to Belarus in European Championship
bronze medal game
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The Czech Republic's under-21 men's national football team lost 0:1 to
Belarus on Saturday in the bronze medal game at the European
Championships in Denmark. The Czechs showed a poor performance in the
match against their weakest opponent at the tournament, and conceded
the decisive goal two minutes before the end of the regular game time.
Besides bronze medals, the Czech team also lost an opportunity to
qualify for the football tournament of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.


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Weather
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The weekend will be mostly overcast, with rain showers in places.
Daytime highs should range between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Reinhard Heydrich: the Butcher of Prague
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At the end of September 1941, Hitler appointed Reinhard Heydrich as
acting Reichsprotektor of occupied Bohemia and Moravia. The radio
reported on his inauguration at Prague Castle, and the sound of the SS
military band hammering out the German national anthem followed by the
Horst Wessel song still sends a shiver down the spine.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/archives/reinhard-heydrich-the-butcher-of-prague-1


Science Journal 25.6.2011
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It is only two and a half years now since the Czech Republic officially
joined the European Space Agency, and already Czech scientists are
playing a big role, with more than three dozen projects currently
underway.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/science-journal/science-journal-2011-06-25


"If I had been a boy, I would have been shot..." Part 2
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In Czech Books this week we hear the second episode in our
serialization of Jaroslava Sklenickova's moving autobiography, "If I
had been a boy, I would have been shot..." We continue with Jaroslava's
account of the dramatic events that led to the destruction of her home
village of Lidice. Extracts are read by Veronika Hyks and introduced by
David Vaughan.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/books/if-i-had-been-a-boy-i-would-have-been-shot-part-2


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