Thursday, November 10, 2011

News 11.10.2011

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News Thursday, November 10th, 2011

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Three people are reported dead and one injured after a man went on a
shooting spree on the grounds of Aircraft Industries in Kunovice on
Thursday.

* One of the legends of the Czech underground, poet Ivan Martin Jirous
known to his friends as Magor, has died at the age of 67.

* The European Commission has revised downward its growth forecast for
the Czech economy for both this and next year.

* WWII veteran and hero Marie Ljalkova-Lastovecka has died at the age
of 90.

* Fifth seed Tomas Berdych beat Serbian Janko Tipsarevic 7-5 6-4 to
reach the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters and book his place for
the ATP World Tour Finals.

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Shooting spree at Aircraft Industries
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Three people are reported dead and one injured after a man went on a
shooting spree on the grounds of Aircraft Industries in Kunovice on
Thursday. The attacker shot dead two men and injured one woman before
turning the gun on himself. According to media reports the attacker was
the brother of the arms magnate Pavel Musela who suffered irreparable
brain damage during an accident at a hunt in 2008. Police are searching
for a likely motive and there is speculation that it could have been
revenge in connection with his brother's accident.


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Czech underground legend Ivan Martin Jirous dies at 67
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One of the legends of the Czech underground, poet Ivan Martin Jirous
known to his friends as Magor, has died at the age of 67. The author of
numerous poetry collections (first published in samizdat in the 1970s
and 1980s) Ivan Jirous is perhaps best-known as the artistic manager
and spiritual leader of the underground rock band The Plastic People of
the Universe. His battles with the communist regime resulted in eight
and a half years behind bars. In 2006 he was awarded the Jaroslav
Seifert Prize for literary achievement, among others for a 500-page
collection of his letters from prison.


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EC revises Czech growth figures down
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The European Commission has revised downward its growth forecast for
the Czech economy for both this and next year. According to figures
released on Thursday the EC expects the Czech economy to grow by a mere
1.8 percent this year, from an earlier 2 percent forecast, while next
year's growth estimate is now at 0.7 percent down from a previous 2.9.
The predictions are more dire than those released both by the
International Monetary Fund and the Czech Finance Ministry. The
ministry's latest growth predictions speak of a 2.1 percent growth this
year and a 1 percent growth in 2012. However Finance minister Miroslav
Kalousek said that a worse result could be expected next in view of the
economic slow-down in Europe.


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WWII hero Marie Ljalkova-Lastovecka dies at 90
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WWII veteran and hero Marie Ljalkova-Lastovecka died on Monday at the
age of 90, the Czechoslovak Community of Legionnaires as announced. A
Czech from the Ukrainian region of Volhynia, Ljalkova-Lastovecka was
the first Czechoslovak woman to be put into battle in the war. She
served as a sniper during the Battle of Sokolovo, where she neutralised
four Nazi machine gunners and gained fame in the Soviet and
Anglo-American press. For that deed and thirty other successful kills
she was awarded the Czechoslovak War Cross and the Soviet Order of the
Red Star. Last year she received the highest distinction of the Czech
Republic, the Order of the White Lion, from President Vaclav Klaus.


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Moravsky Krumlov looses battle for Slav Epic
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Employees of the Prague City Gallery are packing up the last five
canvasses of Alfons Mucha's 20-strong Slav Epic in Moravsky Krumlov and
are expected to see them on their way to Prague on Thursday night. The
fight over Alfons Mucha's Slav Epic has soured relations between the
Czech capital and Moravsky Krumlov which fought in vain to be allowed
to keep the collection, pointing out that Prague had not fulfilled the
conditions under which the famous Art Nouveau painter bequeathed the
Slav Epic to the capital city: building a special pavilion which would
do the outsize collection justice. No date has yet been set for when
the paintings will be put on display in the Czech capital.


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Czech truck driver gets five years for manslaughter
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A British court has sentenced a Czech truck driver to five years in
prison for manslaughter. He caused an accident that killed two people
after running a red light. He was also found to have been speeding and
had an open notebook on the seat next to him which apparently
distracted his attention. It is not clear if he plans to appeal the
verdict.


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Woman faces kidnapping charges after trying to make off with pram
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The police have brought kidnapping charges against a sixty-one-year old
woman who tried to make off with a pram parked outside a store in the
town of Nachod. A five-year-old boy who was minding the baby while his
mother was in the store quickly raised the alarm and the mother caught
up with the woman in time. She was allegedly undergoing a family crisis
and was unable to explain her behaviour. If convicted she could face up
to three years in prison.


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Fate of gorilla baby uncertain
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A baby gorilla born at Prague's Troja Zoo this week and rejected by its
mother remains in an incubator. Vets say it is not in immediate danger
but are concerned about its fate if its mother persistently refuses to
care for it. Keepers say they will make another effort to get the
sixteen-year-old western lowland gorilla to accept her first young,
despite the fact that it could put the life of the baby at risk. So far
the facility has raised three gorillas born there since 2004.


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Tennis- Berdych, Tsonga and Fish complete London line-up
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Fifth seed Tomas Berdych beat Serbian Janko Tipsarevic 7-5 6-4 to reach
the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters and book his place for the ATP
World Tour Finals on Thursday. Berdych's win also sent France's
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and American Mardy Fish to the Nov. 20-27 event at
the 02 in London.


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Cech tries on mask for Montenegro game
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Goalkeeper Petr Cech has tried out a specially-designed mask to protect
his broken nose and allow him to try to play for the Czech Republic in
their Euro 2012 playoff against Montenegro on Friday. The Chelsea
player, however, was not completely confident of being ready for the
first leg of the playoff, telling journalists on Thursday that even
with the mask he could not guarantee a 100 percent performance. Cech
broke his nose against Blackburn Rovers in a Premier League game on
Saturday. Coach Michal Bilek, already without suspended midfielder
Tomas Hubschman, said Cech's presence on the pitch would be a big boost
for the team. If Cech cannot play Bilek will turn to Hamburg SV's
Jaroslav Drobny.


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Weather
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The coming days should be clear to partly cloudy with day temperatures
between 4 and 8 degrees Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Czech scientists present HemaGel: an effective cure for acute and
chronic wounds
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One hears a great deal about the importance of fighting free radicals,
but it is not often that one sees the benefits of this in practice.
Czech researchers from the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of the
Czech Academy of Sciences have an outstanding success story in this
respect. They have developed a gel that has proved exceptionally
effective in healing both chronic and acute wounds with the aid of
free-radical-binding technology.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/panorama/czech-scientists-present-hemagel-an-effective-cure-for-acute-and-chronic-wounds


Industry minister resigns amid corruption charges
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Prime Minister Petr Necas accepted the resignation of Industry and
Trade Minister Martin Kocourek on Wednesday evening, the sixth change
to the cabinet in the last year. The resignation was preceded by
several days of corruption allegations against Mr Kocourek and
speculation as to the source of a 16 million crown payment made to the
minister's mother.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/industry-minister-resigns-amid-corruption-charges


Czech Martin Staszko finishes second in world's biggest poker event
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Czech player Martin Staszko achieved the greatest success of his poker
career when he finished second in the World Series of Poker in Las
Vegas on Wednesday where the 35-year-old Czech won over 5.4 million US
dollars in prize money. Czech players now hope his accomplishment will
popularize poker back home, and eventually relax recently tightened
Czech legislation on the game.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czech-martin-staszko-finishes-second-in-worlds-biggest-poker-event


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