Sunday, December 11, 2011

News 12.11.2011

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News Sunday, December 11th, 2011

By: Daniela Lazarova

* The Czech foreign minister has said the country should pull its
weight to help save the euro.

* The Dalai Lama, who is on a three day visit to Prague, said China's
economic achievements were not enough for the country to win
international respect.

* The Green Party which was marginalized in the last general elections
has approved new party statutes.

* One of the symbols of Christmas - the Bethlehem light -has arrived in
the Czech Republic.

* A serious traffic accident paralyzed the D1 highway for close to two
hours on Sunday morning.

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Foreign minister says Czechs should help save the euro
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Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg said on Sunday the Czech
Republic should pull its weight in helping to save the euro zone.
Speaking in a televised debate, the Czech foreign minister said the
Czech Republic could not afford to remain isolated in Europe and should
seriously think about making a financial commitment towards restoring
financial stability in the euro zone. The country's contribution would
be 90 billion crowns and as other EU members it would have to make a
commitment within eight days. The Czech foreign minister said the
matter should be put to the country's parliament without delay.


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Dalai Lama says China's economic successes "not enough"
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The Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, who is in Prague for a three
day visit, said at Charles University on Sunday that China could do
much for the world but its growing economic power was undermined by
mistrust and a lack of respect. Speaking at an academic debate on the
subject of China and its human rights record, the Dalai Lama said that
without freedom of speech and rule of law China would never gain the
respect and international standing it craved. Chinese dissident Jian
Tian Li said that the country's economic successes were helping the
communist leadership to maintain power and it had bribed the country's
intellectual elite with special privileges and high salaries in order
to curb opposition.


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Green Party approves new statutes
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The Green Party which was marginalized in the last general elections
has approved new party statutes including a set quota for men and women
on its list of candidates for next year's regional and senate
elections. The new rule stipulating that at least a third of candidates
must be women, will also put a woman in the party's top leadership,
either in the top post or a deputy position. The party also agreed to
elect an ombudsman who would referee and resolve internal party
disputes.


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Bethlehem light arrives in Brno
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One of the symbols of Christmas - the Bethlehem light -has arrived in
the Czech Republic. The light is traditionally brought to the country
from Vienna by Czech scouts and this year it was handed over to Bishop
Vojtech Cikrle at a special mass in Brno's Cathedral of St. Peter and
St Paul on Sunday. In the coming days it will be distributed all over
the country for people to take home as a symbol of love and hope.
Traditionally one of the sites in Prague where people will find the
Bethlehem light is the Czech Radio building on Vinohradska street.


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Serious accident on D1 highway
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A serious accident involving a truck and two vans brought traffic along
the D1 highway from Prague to Brno to a standstill for close to two
hours on Sunday morning. One driver was killed on impact another was
airlifted to hospital with serious injuries. Police are investigating
the cause of the accident. Witnesses say icy conditions on the highway
are likely to have caused the crash.


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Divers still searching for man who jumped into the Vltava River
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Divers are searching for the body of a man who jumped off a bridge into
the Vltava River in the town of Kralupy nad Vltavou. Eyewitnesses say
he swam in the freezing cold water for about one hundred meters before
disappearing underwater. The incident happened at around five am on
Sunday morning and it is not clear if the man acted on impulse or had
planned the daring feat to impress his friends. The incident is being
investigated.


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Kangaroo playing hide and seek along D1 highway
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A runaway kangaroo on the loose near the D1 highway in the region of
Vysocina is giving the police a run for their money. The animal who
escaped from a private owner on Wednesday, managing to avoid a party of
70 volunteers and officers throughout the day, has once again been
sighted near the main road. Police are keeping it away from traffic and
the owner has sent out a team of fresh volunteers to try to capture the
animal.


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Weather:
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No significant change is expected in the coming days with partly cloudy
skies and sleet or snow showers in the higher altitudes. Afternoon
highs may reach 7 degrees Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Karel Mares - Czech pop-music composer
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In today's Sunday Music Show we will feature the greatest hits by the
Czech pop-music composer Karel Mares who died last month at the age of
84. A composer, lyricists, pianist, screenplay writer, theatre and film
director, theatre manager as well as an occasional actor, this
inconspicuous "man at the back" had a significant influence on the
development of Czech popular music of the 1960s.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/karel-mares-czech-pop-music-composer


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