Saturday, November 12, 2011

News 11.12.2011

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News Saturday, November 12th, 2011

By: Daniela Lazarova

* The Karvina mine is investigating a case of mass food poisoning which
has now affected over three hundred miners.

* The opposition Social Democratic party is holding a weekend
conference on party policy.

* A special mass was celebrated in St. Vitus' Cathedral on Saturday in
honour of St. Agnes of Bohemia on the 22nd anniversary of her
canonization by the Roman Catholic Church.

* Police evacuated Prague's Palladium shopping mall around midday on
Saturday after receiving a hoax bomb threat.

* The Czech national football team on Friday defeated Montenegro 2:0 in
the first-leg of their playoff for Euro 2012.

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Mass food poisoning at Karvina coal mine
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The Karvina black coal mine is investigating a case of mass food
poisoning which has now affected over three hundred miners. The health
problems started three days ago with new cases reported every hour.
They have reportedly affected both miners and above ground employees
such as clerks and operators. Hygiene workers are on site taking
samples and special measures are in place regarding food and drink. All
canteen employees are undergoing tests. The mine has over 5,000
employees and the fall out has so far not effected excavation work.


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Social Democrats debate party policy
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The opposition Social Democratic party is holding a weekend conference
on party policy. Its leader Bohuslav Sobotka on Saturday accused the
present government of having failed morally and policy-wise and warned
that the growing social divide, corruption and gloomy economic
prospects could lead to growing public support for populist and
authoritarian politicians. He said the Social Democrats were ready to
offer the public a welfare state which could be achieved without
increasing public debt. The Social Democrats have proposed the
introduction of progressive taxation, abolishing the private pension
scheme in the government's pension reform, and leveling a 76 percent
tax on anyone who could not explain the source of their wealth.


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Papal envoy serves mass in honour of St Agnes of Bohemia
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The Pope's special envoy Cardinal Joachim Meisner, archbishop of
Cologne, served a special mass in St Vitus' Cathedral on Saturday in
honour of St. Agnes of Bohemia on the 22nd anniversary of her
canonization by the Roman Catholic Church in 1989. The mass is part of
a series of events this year marking the eighth centenary of the birth
of St. Agnes of Bohemia, one of the country's most revered saints. In a
letter to Czech believers, written in Latin, the Pope speaks of the
outstanding character of St. Agnes and the strength of her legacy.


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Row over left-wing party merger
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The Czech National Socialist Party 2005 on Saturday officially approved
a planned merger with the National Socialist Party - Left Wing of the
21st Century -a new political entity set up by former Social Democrat
leader Jiri Paroubek. The party's conference started with a conflict
between its former leader Karel Janko and its temporary leadership
headed by Stanislav Palsa. Mr. Janko was recently ousted from the
party's helm over his point blank refusal for the party to merge with
Mr. Paroubek's new political grouping. Mr. Janko attempted to address
the conference in a last-ditch-attempt to dissuade the party leadership
from its decision. He was not allowed to finish and after getting into
a scuffle with another party member was led away by the police.

Jiri Paroubek, who headed the Social Democrats between 2006 and 2010
and resigned following a poor showing in the last general elections,
was at odds with his successor and needed a new platform for his
political ambitions.


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Palladium shopping mall evacuated over hoax bomb threat
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Police evacuated Prague's Palladium shopping mall around midday on
Saturday after receiving a hoax bomb threat. The mall remained closed
for over an hour as explosives experts conducted a thorough search of
the building. Police are searching for the hoax caller, who could face
up to two years in jail.


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Father to be compensated for bad decision of Czech court
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The European Court of Human Rights has ordered the Czech Republic to
pay 10.000 euros i.e. around a quarter of a million crowns in
compensation to a father who was barred from seeing his son following
his divorce, the daily Lidove Noviny wrote on Saturday. The father was
prevented from seeing his son for almost ten years - first on the whim
of his former wife and later on the grounds of a ruling by a Czech
court which argued that the relationship between the divorcees was
irreparably bad and seeing both his parents would have an adverse
affect on the child. The man took his case to a European court and won.


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Euro 2012 playoffs: Czech Republic downs Montenegro in first match
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The Czech national football team played its best match to date under
coach Michal Bilek on Friday defeating Montenegro 2:0 in the first-leg
of their playoff for Euro 2012. The match, played at Sparta's stadium
on Letna plain, was scoreless after the first 45 minutes, but early in
the 2nd half Czech goalie Petr Cech - playing with a partial facemask
after breaking his nose - quashed a major chance that could have been a
game-changer.

The second half saw goals from Pilar and Sivok as well as tireless play
from team captain and key playmaker Tomas Rosicky. The 2:0 win leaves
the Czech Republic in good shape ahead of the rematch in Montenegro on
November 15. The team that triumphs in the playoff will head to the
European Championships to be held in Ukraine and Poland next year.


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Weather
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The coming days should be clear to partly cloudy with daytime
temperatures between 3 and 7 degrees Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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John Banville: claiming Kafka as an Irish writer
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A few days ago the Booker Prize winning Irish writer John Banville was
in Prague, to receive one of Europe's most coveted literary awards, the
Franz Kafka Prize. David Vaughan took the opportunity to talk to the
writer about his work and his fascination with the cultural and
literary world of Central Europe.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/books/john-banville-claiming-kafka-as-an-irish-writer


"My first love was a drill": building the socialist state
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After the communist coup, Czechoslovak Radio was at the political
vanguard and transformed into a tool of propaganda. One of the first
big changes at Radio Prague was that our familiar call signal from
Dvorak's New World Symphony was replaced by a stirring socialist anthem
- "Ku predu leva". The words are simple: "Left foot forwards, left foot
forwards, and never a backwards step." All broadcasts acquired a
political hue. Here, for example, is a factory worker, talking about
his first love:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/archives/my-first-love-was-a-drill-building-the-socialist-state-1


Science Journal 12.11.2011
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In this month's Science Journal we talk to the Czech psychologists who
monitored the participants in the Mars 500 experiment, and also to the
discoverers of a hitherto unknown, tick-borne disease.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/science-journal/science-journal-2011-11-12


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