Sunday, September 4, 2011

News 9.4.2011

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News Sunday, September 4th, 2011

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg has named his deputy Jiri
Schneider state secretary for EU affairs.

* Close to a thousand people marched through the streets of Varnsdorf
on Saturday calling for the authorities to take action against rising
crime in the north of the country.

* A thirty-six-year-old woman who is believed to have killed her four
children before attempting to commit suicide has been questioned by
police.

* Data released by the Czech Statistical Office indicate that Czechs
are saving money where they can, predominantly on food products.

* Thousands of people attended the CIAF international aviation festival
in Hradec Kralcove over the weekend.

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Foreign minister appoints his own secretary for EU affairs
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Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg has named his deputy Jiri
Schneider state secretary for EU affairs. The appointment comes just
days after the cabinet approved the establishment of an identical post
under the prime minister. The TOP 09 party which is led by Foreign
Minister Schwarzenberg fiercely opposed the move for fear of losing
ground to the prime minister. Speaking in a televised debate on Sunday
Minister Schwarzenberg rejected the suggestion that he had made the
appointment to vex the prime minister, saying that while his own deputy
would represent him in Brussels, the state secretary at government
level would coordinate the country's position on EU matters.


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More street protests in Varnsdorf
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Close to a thousand people marched through the streets of Varnsdorf on
Saturday calling for the authorities to take action against rising
crime in the north of the country. The protest -one of many in recent
days - was directed against the local Romany minority which is being
blamed for the deteriorating security situation. In recent weeks the
town witnessed several serious incidents of racially motivated violence
and street wars between Romany gangs. The protesters headed for a Roma
settlement in town, where around 150 Romanies were waiting, ready to
defend their turf, but the police, which had received reinforcements,
managed to keep the groups apart. The local authorities are struggling
to deal with the growing ethnic tension and there are fears that
neo-Nazis will abuse the situation for their own ends.


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Woman suspected of murdering her four children undergoes questioning
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A thirty-six-year old woman who is believed to have killed her four
children before attempting to commit suicide has been questioned by
police. She was later transferred to a psychiatric clinic for a medical
examination from where she will most likely be transported to a prison
hospital. The case is being closely followed as one of the worst crimes
in the country's modern history. The mother is the prime suspect though
it is still not clear what could have led her to brutally murder her
four children aged between 2 months and 8 years. There is speculation
that she might have been suffering from a serious case of post natal
psychosis. Her live-in partner and the father of the youngest child,
who came upon the scene of the tragedy, has suffered a mental breakdown
and is in the care of doctors.


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Czechs on tighter budgets
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Data released by the Czech Statistical Office indicate that Czechs are
saving money where they can, predominantly on food products. The sale
of food products has consistently decreased with June statistics
showing a 6.2 percent drop year-on-year. Economist David Marek from
Patria Finance says consumers are clearly on a tighter budget, limiting
themselves to staple goods and selecting cheaper brands. People are
also spending less on petrol - a 3,3 percent drop year-on-year- and
putting off the purchase of more expensive household appliances and
electronics.


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Thousands attend CIAF aviation festival in Hradec Kralove
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The 18th annual CIAF international aviation festival in the city of
Hradec Kralove attracted thousands of visitors over the weekend. The
two-day event is the largest exhibition of military aviation technology
in the Czech Republic with planes of all categories on display, from
transporters to turboprops and jets from 11 countries. The highlight of
the event was an air show by acrobatics pilots such as Breitling Jet
stream from France, the Czech Republic's Flying Bulls or the Baltic
Bees Jet Team.


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New audio-visual programme on Orloj clock tower
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Hundreds of tourists gathered around Prague's famous astronomical clock
on Saturday night for an audio-visual programme video-mapping the
highlights of Czech history on the clock tower. The show, similar to
that organized last year to mark the clock's 600 birthday, will become
a regular feature over the next seven weeks and can be seen on
Saturdays between 8 and 10pm. The oldest part of the Orloj, the
mechanical clock and astronomical dial, dates back to 1410 when it was
made by clockmaker Mikulas of Kadan and Jan Sindel, a professor of
mathematics and astronomy at Charles University. Later, presumably
around 1490, a calendar dial was added and the clock facade was
decorated with gothic sculptures.


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Abandoned baby reported to be in good health
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A newborn baby girl who was found in one of Brno's baby boxes on
Saturday is reported to be doing well. Doctors said the baby had been
abandoned shortly after what was clearly a home birth. The baby has
been named Eve, after the doctor who was on duty at the time of her
arrival, and the authorities are waiting to see whether she will not be
reclaimed by her biological mother before launching adoption
proceedings. She is the 54th child to be placed in a baby box since
they were introduced in the Czech Republic in 2005. There are now 44 of
them in operation.


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Toxicologists issue mushroom warning
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Toxicologists have warned people not to risk their lives by picking
mushrooms they do not know. On average up to 500 Czechs end up in
hospital every summer with more or less serious symptoms of mushroom
poisoning. The national laboratory for toxins, says it now gets on
average five specimen of mushrooms a day from hospitals requesting
information about the type of poisoning involved. Mushroom picking is a
national pastime in the Czech Republic with hundreds of people heading
for the forest every day. Toxicologists say storing mushrooms in
plastic bags, even for a few hours, can also result in serious health
complications.


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EURO 2012 qualifying: Czech Republic draws 2:2 against Scotland
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The Czech Republic's national football team drew 2:2 with Scotland on
Saturday in their Euro 2012 qualifier. Twice the Czechs came back from
a goal down, the second time on a penalty kick. In the 90th minute,
Michal Kadlec sent the ball just under the crossbar, giving the
Scottish keeper no chance and allowing the Czechs to earn a point from
the game. The draw means the Czech Republic still has a chance to
finish second behind Spain in group I, with the possibility of
qualifying for the European Championship in the playoff round. The
Czech team plays Lithuania on Tuesday.


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Weather
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The heat wave is expected to culminate on Sunday with temperatures
reaching 29 degrees Celsius in places. The start of the week should
bring rain and a drop in temperatures by more than 10 degrees.

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Love, love, love - a review of popular and unique Czech love songs
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This edition of our Sunday Music Show is devoted to songs about love -
be it rock, pop or folk tunes.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/love-love-love-a-review-of-popular-and-unique-czech-love-songs


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