Sunday, January 1, 2012

News 1.1.2012

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News Sunday, January 1st, 2012

By: Christian Falvey

* President Vaclav Klaus has given his annual New Year's address to the
nation.

* Prime Minister Petr Necas praised the president's speech for its
realism.

* Three Czech citizens who were arrested in Zambia on charges of
espionage have been returned home.

* This year's New Year's Eve was calmer for police, fire and medical
services, the Czech Press Agency reports.

* Six babies were reportedly born in the first minute of the new year.

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Klaus warns of difficult year ahead in annual address
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President Vaclav Klaus has given his annual New Year's address to the
nation. Mr Klaus said that a poor atmosphere in society and mutual
distrust was worsening, partly due to various advocacy groups trying to
acquire benefits for themselves at the expense of others. The country,
he said, is unable to find political leaders because it reins in,
rather than supports, those who step out of line. While noting that the
Czech Republic was more stable than other countries of the EU, the
president said that Czechs must fundamentally alter their approach and
not increase their needs if the economy does not allow it. The coming
year, he said, would not be an easy one, and the country will need
further, speedy reforms to its political, economic and social system.


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Necas praises, Sobotka condemns president's speech
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Prime Minister Petr Necas praised the president's speech for its
rejection of false optimism and false promises while avoiding fear
mongering over the state of the economy. Mr Necas said he strongly
agreed with Mr Klaus' appeal for personal responsibility and call for
support for the able, gifted and hard-working. Social Democratic
Chairman Bohuslav Sobotka spoke against President Klaus' criticism of
advocacy groups and unfulfilled expectations from the country's entry
into the EU. Mr Sobotka said the president neglected the need for
reforms to also be socially tolerable.


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Three Czechs arrested in Zambia returned home
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Three Czech citizens who were arrested in Zambia on charges of
espionage have been returned home after two and a half months in
captivity. The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it expects their
court proceedings in Zambia will continue in their and hopes their
innocence will be proven. The three men were visiting the Zambian
capital of Lusaka as tourists after a business trip to South Africa in
October. They were arrested and charged with spying after being found
to have photographed an old Czechoslovak plane displayed in front of a
military base.


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Relatively calm New Year's Eve for emergency services
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This year's New Year's Eve was calmer for police, fire and medical
services, the Czech Press Agency reports. Fire services around the
country received a high volume of calls - twice the average in Prague.
Most fires involved rubbish bins or greenery lit by fireworks. The most
serious incidents were apparently unrelated to celebrations. Police
have a suspect in the shooting of two men during a fight in the
northern town of Tanvald. One road accident near Trutnov left one
person dead and other in serious condition. A fire near Sumperk in
Moravia threatened a leak of poisonous hydrogen cyanide, but was
prevented.


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Doctors must now notify authorities of drivers with disabilities
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Beginning on New Year's Day, doctors who find that their patients are
drivers and contract an ailment that limits their ability to drive must
immediately notify the relevant authorities. The Ministry of
Transportation says that such drivers will either have their licences
revoked immediately or will be asked to retake their examinations.
Officials hope the move will decrease the number of epileptics or
people with serious heart conditions behind the wheel.


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Six children born in first minute of new year
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Six babies were born in the first minute of the new year at hospitals
in Mlada Boleslav, Usti nad Labem, Brno, Tabor, Ostrov na Karlovarsku
and Rokycany. However, the number may be incorrect as some hospitals
alter information in order to announce the first births. Many cities
and regions give gifts to their first citizens of the year, such as
gold coins, plush dolls or a spa visit. Prague awards all children born
on January 1, so as to avoid competition for reporting the first birth.


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Parachutist injured at Strahov Stadium
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A parachutist was seriously injured on Saturday when landing at the
Strahov Stadium in Prague. Rescue services say the man suffered
injuries to his limbs and head when he landed in the seats rather than
on the field of the stadium. He was reportedly conscious when taken to
hospital.


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Weather
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Conditions over the coming days are expected to be overcast with rain
in North and Central Bohemia. Daytime highs should be between 3 and 10o
Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Emil Viklicky, the "Janacek of Jazz"
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In today's Sunday Music Show we look at the work of living jazz legend
Emil Viklicky, for whom 2011 began with a Presidential Medal of Merit
and ended with the release of two new albums. In the second part of an
interview begun on our December 16th Arts programme, we began by asking
the pianist if he remembers the first time he ever sat down to a piano.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/emil-viklicky-the-janacek-of-jazz


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