Sunday, November 20, 2011

News 11.20.2011

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News Sunday, November 20th, 2011

By: Christian Falvey

* Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra has criticised the Interior Ministry
for its failure to prepare a proposal for banning the Communist Party.

* Less than a quarter of adult Czechs feel they are better off now than
under communism, according to a new poll.

* Waiting lists for kidney transplants in the Czech Republic are
getting longer each year, but remain shorter than the European average.

* PepsiCo CZ has recalled a batch of flavoured water found to be
contaminated.

* Police are searching for the dean of the Plzen law school, Kvetoslav
Ruzicka, who has been missing since Friday morning.

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Vondra criticises Interior for failing to produce proposal on banning
Communist Party
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Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra has criticised the Interior Ministry
for its failure to prepare a proposal for the banning of the Communist
Party. Mr Vondra told Czech Television on Sunday that he believed the
ministry had failed in fulfilling a government resolution. The Interior
Ministry was asked by the government to prepare the groundwork for a
constitutional lawsuit against the party. The ministry however says it
was unable to acquire sufficient material, even with the aid of experts
and the intelligence community. The government will be discussing the
situation on Wednesday.


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Poll: less than 25% feel better off now than under communism
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Less than a quarter of adult Czechs feel they are better off now than
under communism, according to a new poll. The results, compiled for
Czech Television by the poling agency SC&C, also suggest that three out
of ten feel they were better off during the communist era. Respondents
said that the most significant improvement since November of 1989 has
been the offer of goods in shops and open borders. The greatest
failures were given as coupon privatisation, the worsening of personal
relations and the work of government offices.


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Growing waiting lists for kidney transplants
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Waiting lists for kidney transplants in the Czech Republic are getting
longer each year, but remain shorter than the European average, the
Transplantations Coordinating Centre reports. The centre's director,
Pavel Brezovsky, says that the list increased by roughly 60 people to
651 last year compared to the year before. The reason for the
discrepancy with Europe, he says, is that fact that haemodialysis
centres in Europe put people on the writing list earlier than in the
Czech Republic. Physicians are marking the 50th anniversary of the
first kidney transplant in Czechoslovakia and have launched a campaign
to encourage living donors.


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Pepsi recalls batch of contaminated water
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PepsiCo CZ has recalled a batch of flavoured water found to be
contaminated. The beverage manufacturer made a press release stating
that extensive microbiological tests had shown that no other batches or
products were contaminated other than the one in question - Toma Natura
Plus with peach and jasmine favouring. It says it discovered the
problem after receiving one complaint.


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Police searching for missing dean of Plzen law school
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Police are searching for the dean of the West Bohemian University law
school, Kvetoslav Ruzicka, who they say has been missing since Friday
morning. He was last seen leaving his residence in Prague 5. The Plzen
law school's doctorial programme was recently suspended as a result of
continuing fallout from a plagiarism and corruption scandal. Mr Ruzicka
has also been involved with the ongoing lawsuit between the company
Diag Human and the Cezch state, in which he was an arbitrator.


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Negligent manslaughter charges for driver who left two children dead
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Police in Hradec Kralove are filing charges of negligent manslaughter
against a driver whose unexplained manoeuvres on a side street left two
children dead. The 40-year-old driver struck the children, boys aged
three and six, and their grandparents while reversing rapidly into a
zebra crossing. He then circled the car a number of times in the
intersection, eventually crashing into a building. Police have ruled
out alcohol or drug use, and witnesses told the website Tyden.cz that
he may have been suffering a seizure. If convicted he faces up to six
years' imprisonment.


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Smog conditions nearly within norm
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Severe smog that has afflicted the entire country in recent weeks has
largely lifted, though many areas still have higher air dust rates than
are permissible. Measuring stations still show three times in the limit
in parts of the region of Moravia-Silesia - one of the worst areas for
air pollution in Europe. Conditions have also remained poor in Kladno,
west of Prague, and in a part of Brno. Elsewhere the situation is
returning to within permissible norms..


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Weather
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Currently partly cloudy conditions are expected to clear up at the
beginning of the week with daytime highs of around 6o Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Michael Kocab, composer, rock star and human rights activist
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In Sunday Music Show today, we'll be listening to the music of Michael
Kocab. A distinct and versatile musician, Michael Kocab also has a
record as a human right activist who played a significant part in the
Velvet Revolution.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/michael-kocab-composer-rock-star-and-human-rights-activist


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