Monday, December 31, 2012

News 12.31.2012

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News Monday, December 31st, 2012

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Police are out in force for the New Year's street celebrations in the
centre of Prague.

* Prime Minister Petr Necas has refused an invitation from President
Vaclav Klaus to attend the traditional New Year's lunch at Lany Chateau.

* Two patients who were admitted to Prague's General Teaching Hospital
with swine flu in the past 48hours are reported to be in stable
condition.

* Statistics show a decrease in the number of fatalities on Czech roads
in 2012.

* Skiers in the Sumava Mountains will symbolically see the New Year in
with a torch ride down one of the mountain's steepest slopes.



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New Year's celebrations in city centre
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New Year's celebrations are due to take place on Prague's Old Town
Square where Prague City Hall has prepared a special programme starting
at 2pm in the afternoon. People also traditionally gather on Wenceslas
Square for midnight fireworks followed by a street party. Some 200
officers will out to maintain law and order in the city centre and
traffic restrictions will be in place on Wenceslas Square after 4pm. In
line with a special regulation relating to the recent spate of methanol
poisonings, street vendors will not be allowed to sell spirits. The
metro will run for an hour later than usual closing down at 1am on
January 1st. Prague City Hall has scheduled a New Year's fireworks
display for 6pm on Tuesday.


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PM refuses New Year's lunch with president
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Prime Minister Petr Necas has refused an invitation from President
Klaus to attend the traditional New Year's lunch at Lany Chateau. No
reason has been given for the refusal. Commentators note that relations
between the president and prime minister have been increasingly
strained in recent months. The president's office has confirmed that
the head of state will meet with the speakers of the lower and upper
house of Parliament on Thursday. President Klaus' second term in office
is due to expire in March.


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Swine flu patients stable
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Two patients who were admitted to Prague's General Teaching Hospital
with swine flu in the past 48hours are reported to be in stable
condition. Their condition is complicated by pneumonia and both remain
in intensive care. One of the patients is a pregnant woman. It is not
clear where they contracted the virus. Although the authorities say
there is no reason for undue concern they have urged high-risk groups
to get a flu vaccine which comprises the H1N1 virus.


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Three injured in tram accident
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Three people were injured in a collision involving two trams near
Prague's Hradcanska metro station in the early hours of Monday. One of
the drivers allegedly failed to brake in time as he approached a tram
stop ramming into a stationary vehicle in front of him. One of the
injured suffered a broken leg, the other two had lighter injuries. The
accident slowed down traffic in the vicinity since firemen were called
to dislodge the trams.


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Fewer deaths on Czech roads
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Police statistics show a decrease in the number of fatalities on Czech
roads in 2012. According to data released by the traffic police 679
people were killed on Czech roads in the course of the past year, which
is 28 less than in 2011 and 74 less than in 2010. According to the head
of traffic police Leos Trzil the positive trend is being attributed to
tougher road regulations introduced two years ago. The most frequent
cause of accidents is still speeding and drink-driving.


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Authorities issue health warning
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The health authorities have issued a warning to the public to exercise
extreme caution in manipulating with fireworks on New Year's Eve. Every
year at this time dozens of people end up in emergency rooms with
serious injuries resulting from mishaps with fireworks. Injuries range
from severe burns to loss of limbs, often caused by unsafe or home-made
fireworks.


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Sumava sees New Year in with torch ride
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Skiers in the Sumava Mountains will symbolically see the New Year in
with a torch ride down one of the mountain's steepest slopes starting
at 5,30 this evening. The night's celebrations will culminate with an
open-air party at the bottom of the slope with bonfires, food, drink,
live music and a fireworks display at midnight. This popular tradition
dates back to 1948.


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Czech mountaineer in critical condition
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A Czech mountaineer who was gravely injured in an avalanche in the
Austrian Alps on Sunday remains in critical condition. The mountaineer
remained trapped under the snow for close to 30 minutes and was
unconscious when rescue workers found him. Although some members of the
group dug their own way out after the avalanche hit and managed to
rescue three others they had trouble locating the Czech mountaineer.
The rescue operation was further complicated due to a poor mobile phone
signal in the vicinity.


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Football: Cech to undergo tests for groin injury
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Czech goalie Petr Cech, who plays for London football club Chelsea,
will undergo a scan on Monday to determine the extent of an injury
suffered in the club's match against Everton on Sunday. The goalkeeper
played only in the first half after suffering pain in his groin shortly
before the break. Chelsea won the game 2-1 and remains in third spot in
the Premier League, behind Manchester United and Manchester City.


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Hockey: junior team downs Latvia 4:2
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The Czech junior hockey team won its second straight game at the U20
Championships on Sunday defeating Latvia by a score of 4:2. The game
was close throughout: the Czechs twice led by one goal, both times
Latvia squared the game. The Czech squad was only able to jump ahead
some six minutes from the end of the 3rd period. Three of the team's
goals came on the powerplay. In order to reach the knockout
quarterfinals stage the Czechs need - at worst - a draw with
Switzerland.


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Weather
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The start of the year should bring clear to partly cloudy skies with
snow in the higher altitudes and day temperatures between 3 and 7
degrees Celsius.



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Corruption, scandal and protests - a year in musical disgruntelment.
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On this last day of 2012, Radio Prague has prepared a special music
show inspired by some of the events and particularly the mood of the
past year. Much of this year in the Czech Republic was marked by
corruption and political scandal. We take a look at some of the music
that was inspired by these events, and also glance back at Czech songs
that have expressed disgruntlement and protest against the political
system of the time.

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Corruption, scandal and protests - a year in musical disgruntelment.

On this last day of 2012, Radio Prague has prepared a special music show inspired by some of the events and particularly the mood of the past year. Much of this year in the Czech Republic was marked by corruption and political scandal. We take a look at some of the music that was inspired by these events, and also glance back at Czech songs that have expressed disgruntlement and protest against the political system of the time.

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New Inuit art magazine launches
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A new magazine devoted to Inuit art has been launched in Toronto, Canada.

The Inuit Art Magazine is available in Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, English and French.

It's put out by the Museum of Inuit Art based in Toronto, which is a non-profit institution which exclusively features Inuit artists.

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Then, last September, Professor Ty Binfet came to Canada, and began teaching in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan Campus.  But this time Frances was helping him.
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Sunday, December 30, 2012

News 12.30.2012

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News Sunday, December 30th, 2012

By: Jan Velinger

* Snow and ice are complicating the situation on Czech roads.

* A 10-year-old was seriously injured at a ski hill on Saturday.

* Investigators are examining evidence from a Tu-204 jet which crashed
during landing in Moscow after returning from the Czech Republic.

* Commercial and public broadcasters in the country largely kept with
tradition at the holidays, repeating classic Czech comedies and
fairytales.

* Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova has begun the new season with a win
in the first round in Brisbane.



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Snow and ice complicate situation on Czech roads
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Snow and ice have complicated the situation on roads in parts of the
country, namely in the regions of Olomouc, the Czech-Moravian highlands
and eastern Bohemia. Central Bohemia by comparison on Sunday saw
increased fog. Drivers are advised to exercise maximum caution along
smaller routes but also on the country's main highways, including the
D1.


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Skier dies in Sumava
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A cross-country skier estimated as being around 50 years of age died on
Saturday not far from Horska Kvilda in Sumava. Tourists found the skier
unconscious in the snow and called rescue workers to the scene. Despite
efforts they were unable, using CPR, to revive the patient. Police are
investigating the cause of death.


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Ten-year-old seriously injured at ski hill
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A 10-year-old skier was seriously injured on an expert run on a hill in
the Orlicke Mountains and had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital.
Witnesses said the boy lost control and slid on his skis and fell on
his side from a height of about 1.5 metres, injuring his pelvis. There
is suspicion he also broke his femur. A nurse, who happened to be
skiing nearby, provided first-aid before the emergency crew arrived.
Pelvic injuries can be life-threatening due to extensive internal
bleeding.


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Investigators examine black boxes recovered from Tu-204 crash
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Russian investigators are examining evidence from the two black boxes
recovered from a Tu-204 jet which crashed during landing in Moscow on
Saturday after returning from Pardubice in the Czech Republic. Four
people from the eight-person crew died in the crash or shortly
afterwards; a fifth person succumbed to injuries on Sunday; three
remain in hospital with serious injuries. There were no others on board
the medium-sized jet which normally carries up to 210 people. The
pilots made several attempts to land before the crash: a faulty braking
system may have played a role. During the unsuccessful landing the
plane departed the runway and crashed through a barricade separating
the airfield from a nearby highway. The plane broke into three parts
and burst into flames. A Russian tabloid cited a witness who said the
plane had been billowing smoke even before the crash.


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Cibulka files complaint with Constitutional Court
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Former dissident Petr Cibulka has filed a legal complaint with the
country's Constitutional Court, the Czech news agency reported on
Sunday. Mr Cibulka filed the complaint two days earlier, questioning
whether 50,000 signatures needed by independent candidates to run for
president (unlike candidates nominated by a political party) was
constitutional. Mr Cibulka, who had aspirations to run but was able to
garner only a little more than 300 signatures, would like to see the
court postpone the upcoming election until the law on the election,
which he sees as unconstitutional, is changed. Another disqualified
candidate, Tomio Okamura, has already filed a similar complaint; he was
just a few hundred votes short of being able to run. Barring a delay by
the Constitutional Court, the first round of the election is set for
January 11 and 12. Czechs are choosing from among nine official
candidates.


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Czech soldiers will take part in fewer military exercises in 2013
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The Czech Armed Forces will take part in fewer military exercises in
2013, news website idnes reports, citing information available to
lawmakers. According to idnes, Czech soldiers will train in Slovakia,
North America and Africa next year. This year the army held 38 military
exercises in the Czech Republic and took part in 99 abroad. Next year
the number will be reduced to 34 and 95, respectively. The budget for
exercises in 2012 was 72.3 billion; the army will have more money for
military training in 2013: 75.4 billion crowns.


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Classic Czech comedies and live-action fairytales remain holiday staple
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Repeats of Czech comedies and live-action fairytales continue to
dominate among broadcasters at the holidays the Czech news agency
reports. Both public and commercial broadcasters bet on classic films,
some of which have been repeated more than 20 times. According to CTK,
the all-time record holder is the 60-year-old fairytale Pysna princezna
(Proud Princess) broadcast 30 times in the Czech Republic and the
former Czechoslovakia. Back when it was originally shown in the
cinemas, it was seen by eight million people. On TV screens, the film
is statistically followed by Princezna se zlatou hvezdou na cele (The
Princess with the Gold Star on her Brow) which has been repeated 22
times, and classic comedies by Vlasta Burian as well as the 1970s
popular retelling of Cinderella Tri orisky pro Popelku starring Libuse
Safrankova.


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In 2012 some Czechs took loans for home appliances... but also less
traditional items
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The Czech news agency has reported that Czechs who took small loans in
2012 did so most often to buy electronic home appliances such as TVs
and fridges but also more surprising items such as lottery tickets or
funeral wreathes. Some took loans to pay off hospital fees. The
marketing director of one lending firm told CTK that clients were free
to use loans as they wished but sometimes offered up personal
information: one client, apparently a diehard hockey fan, explained he
needed money to buy a television during the Ice Hockey World
Championship, while another person calling the client centre explained
that unless she received a loan she would be unable to pay for new
dentures and would remain toothless. One person took a loan for lottery
tickets after having had an "unusually vivid dream" in which he
apparently "won" millions.


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Tennis: Kvitova begins new season with win
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Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova began the new season with a win in
the first round at the Brisbane International Tennis Tournament. The
player, ranked 8th in the WTA rankings, downed Carla Suarez Navarro in
straight sets by a score of 6:3, 6:4. During the match Kvitova broke
her opponent's serve five times but her own service was less than
steady, broken three times. The 22-year-old player's coach David Kotyza
described her performance "as solid" but made clear there was room for
improvement.


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Weather
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The beginning of the week should see mostly cloudy conditions with some
sunny periods. Daytime highs of around 4 degrees Celsius are expected.







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The Link Online is your web radio show featuring a look back at a few of the stories that we felt were particularly interesting during the past week.

Along with your submitted stories as our “reporter for a day”, we also air some of your letters and voicemails, and answer questions you have about Canada.
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This week on the Link Online,

The anti-poverty movement Campaign 2000 calls on the government to “develop an immediate plan to end poverty for all in Canada". take action to end child poverty in Canada. Today, one in seven Canadian children lives in poverty. According to Campaign 2000, the situation is unacceptable.
Interview: Gilda Salomone

Canadians are generous, especially at this time of the year. Dr. Alain Dagher, a neuro-scientist at Montreal's Neurological Institute says that "altruism is inherently rewarding".
Interview: Carmel Kilkenny

An initiative by an Ontario couple who lost their 18-year-old son to suicide will bring hope to young people facing mental health problems all over Canada.  Unleash The Noise is the first student-inspired and student-led Mental Health Innovation Summit in Canada.
Interview: Gilda Salomone

A new museum in Northern Alberta will feature the region's amazing dinosaur bones. There are more than 1,000 animals preserved at the site. The bones come from full-grown adult and juvenile dinosaurs that inhabited the area 73 million years ago. The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum will be located in Grande Prairie and will open in July 2013.
Interview: Gilda Salomone

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

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Therapeutic Paws of Canada brings free pet therapy to children, seniors and university students
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“Pet therapy is a work of the heart," says Judy Sauvé, founder of Therapeutic Paws of Canada (TPOC), a non-profit organization that provides animal services to people in hospitals, senior’s residences, schools and universities.

Sauvé says that many people in retirement homes, for example, left their pets behind and feel a void. “When we come in to visit with our pets, it does evoke a lot of emotion for them and gives them a tremendous amount of comfort," she says.
Canada's Solar Evolution
Solar panel installation; Canadians evolving slowly
Canada is blessed with natural resources and during our cold winters and hot summers we often heated and cooled with little thought to the source of that comfort.  But with the increased price of oil, and electricity, people are looking for alternatives.

Solar power projects are a growing endeavor in several provinces.  Ontario has a popular Feed-in-Tariff program which allows home and landowners to sell electricity into the grid.  It’s becoming more common to see rows of solar panels in farmer’s fields and on the top of factories and businesses.  Since the program began three years ago, 56,000 applications have been submitted.
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Record-breaking winter storm dumps 45 cm of snow in Montreal
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Montrealers are digging and digging… and digging, At least 45 centimeters of snow fell on Montreal on Thursday, breaking a record that had stood since 1969. The extreme weather conditions caused traffic chaos on the roads. [...]
The Christmas Spirit Continues
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In 2009 Kirby Fontaine handed over his last $10 bill for a lottery ticket. Then he and his wife, Marie, got the news that they’d won the big one; $50 million! Since then, they’ve been sharing the wealth. [...]
Botox from Canadian supplier unsafe, FDA warns U.S. doctors
(Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)
The Food and Drug Administration is warning U.S. doctors not to use Botox they received from a Canadian supplier. The drug is unapproved and could be counterfeit or unsafe. The batches of the wrinkle treatment were shipped by suppliers owned by pharmacy Canada Drugs. [...]
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Friday, December 28, 2012

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Child poverty crisis in Canada unacceptable: UNICEF, anti-poverty movement
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Twenty-three years after the House of Commons voted to eliminate child poverty in Canada, both the Unicef and Campaign 2000 are calling for immediate action on the part of the government  to deal with the crisis. Today, one in seven Canadian children lives in poverty – one in four in First Nation’s communities.

In September, a review by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child expressed "concern over the lack of improvement to Canada's child poverty rate."

The review highlighted “continuing Canadian health issues such as unhealthy weights and child mental illness, and inadequate monitoring mechanisms for tracking the well-being of children.” 

In November, Campaign 2000’s annual report card arrived at the same conclusion. The anti-poverty movement urges the Canadian government to “develop an immediate plan to end poverty for all in Canada".
Why it's Good to Give
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Food banks across Canada collected extra food for the holidays.  Newspapers and social organizations requested donations and profiled some of the families and people most in need.  And once again Canadians responded generously.

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Botox from Canadian supplier unsafe, FDA warns U.S. doctors
(Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)
The Food and Drug Administration is warning U.S. doctors not to use Botox they received from a Canadian supplier. The drug is unapproved and could be counterfeit or unsafe. The batches of the wrinkle treatment were shipped by suppliers owned by pharmacy Canada Drugs. [...]
Canada's Female Athlete of the Year
CP photo/Jonathan Hayward
2012 brought big wins, big losses and some personal bests for Christine Sinclair. The 29-year old captain of the Canadian Women’s Soccer team, was chosen by Canadian Press sports writers and editors for the award. [...]
Eastern Canada hit by massive snowstorm
Tony Smyth/CBC
The first heavy snowfall of the season is blasting through Eastern Canada Thursday morning. As of 5:22 a.m. winter storm warnings were posted for portions of eastern Ontario and southern Quebec along the St. Lawrence River. [...]
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