Tuesday, May 1, 2012

News 5.1.2012

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News Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* Opposition Social Democrats have promised new attempts to instigate
early general elections.

* Five people have been injured in clashes between far-right and
far-left extremists in Prague.

* Some 2,000 people have marked the International Workers' Day at a
rally held by the Communist party.

* New Education Minister Petr Fiala will be appointed on Wednesday.

* The National Museum has decided not to open two mysterious wooden
chests, complying with the wishes of their donator.



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Opposition promises new efforts to instigate snap elections
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The leader of the opposition Social Democrats, Bohuslav Sobotka, has
promised his party will "not miss any opportunity" to instigate early
general elections. Speaking at a May 1 rally in Vyskov, southern
Moravia, Mr Sobotka said the government survived its latest crisis
against the wishes of most Czechs, and suggested the regional and
Senate elections in the autumn will be a "referendum" on the
centre-right government.


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Clashes between extremist groups leave five injured
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Five people including three police officers were injured in clashes
between far-right and far-left extremists in Prague on Tuesday. One man
was arrested after attacking the police, a spokesman for the force
said. The conflict occurred when marches staged by both groups to
commemorate the International Workers' Day passed each other under
heavy police supervision; however, the activists threw bottles, stones
and other objects at each other. One of the injured officers was taken
hospital; the other people only suffered light injuries.


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Hundreds join communist rally marking International Workers' Day
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Some 2,000 people on Tuesday came to a rally organized by the Communist
party at Prague's exhibition grounds marking the International Workers'
Day. Communist leaders addressed the crowd, calling for an end of the
government's reforms; the rally was also attended by one of the party's
pre-1990 leaders, former general secretary, Milous Jakes.


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New education minister to be appointed on Wednesday
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New Education Minister Petr Fiala will be appointed to his post by
President Vaclav Klaus on Wednesday, a spokesman for the president
said. PM Necas nominated Petr Fiala, a former rector of Brno's Masaryk
University, a month after his predecessor stepped down over problems
with securing EU funds. Mr Fiala, who is also an advisor to the prime
minister, said he could not promise miracle but would try to stabilize
the education sector. The opposition has welcomed Mr Fiala's nomination
but said the new minister will have to tackle severe problems facing
the education system.


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"Burning of Witches" festivals cause most fires since 2008
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Monday's "Burning of the Witches", or Walpurgis Night festivals caused
178 fires across the country, a spokeswoman for the Czech fire brigades
said. The fires caused damages worth around 6.2 million crowns. A
homeless man died in Melnik, in northern Bohemia, on Monday after his
shack caught fire but the accident was not linked to the festivities.


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National Museum decides not to open mysterious chests
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The National Museum has decided not to explore the contents of two
wooden chests, donated to the museum over a hundred years ago by Czech
scientist Bohuslav Jirus who died in 1901, the museum said on its
website on Tuesday.. In his testament, the botanist and pharmacologist
said the chests should be opened 200 years after his death. The museum
held an online poll to decide whether or not to open the chests; more
than 3,000 people took part, 53 percent of which voted against the
opening of the boxes.


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Temperature records broken across country
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Several temperature records for May 1 were broken across the Czech
Republic on Tuesday. A weather station in Tabor, southern Bohemia,
registered a temperature of 28.4 degrees Celsius, the highest in 66
years while in the east Bohemia city of Hradec Kralove, meteorologists
registered 30..6 degrees Celius, the highest temperature since 30.5
degrees Celsius, the highest since 1934.


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Weather
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The current spell of warm and sunny weather should continue until
Thursday when overcast skies and rains showers are expected. Daytime
highs in the next few days will drop from the current 28 to around 20
degrees Celsius.



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Radio Prague's great radler tasting special
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Czech beer is considered part of national heritage and has long been
just as popular abroad as it has been at home. But over the last
several years, beer consumption in the Czech Republic has been on a
slow but steady decline which prompted all major breweries to look for
new ways of attracting the pampered Czech beer drinker. In our beer
special today, we examine a new hit on the market - low-alcohol fruit
beers, or radlers, put out by three biggest beer producers - Pilsner
Urquell, Staropramen, and Heineken.

http://radio.cz/en/section/special/radio-pragues-great-radler-tasting-special






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