Monday, May 14, 2012

News 5.14.2012

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News Monday, May 14th, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* Opposition groups will stage an anti-government protest in Prague on
May 22.

* Around three quarters of Czechs oppose the government's reforms,
according to a new poll.

* The Czech Education Ministry has revised the results of this year's
school-leaving exams in maths that were considered too difficult.

* Two people have died in a helicopter crash in southern Bohemia.

* The manager of the Czech national football team has announced the
nomination for the upcoming EURO 2012.



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Opposition groups to march through Prague on May 22
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Opposition groups on Monday announced details of their protest against
the government's austerity measures planned for May 22. Members of
trade unions and several dozen NGOs, associated in the Stop the
Government group, will stage a march through the capital that will end
in front of the government building. The activists are also planning
several other events including the occupation of several ministerial
buildings which should take place in May and June while Czech trade
unions are considering a large-scale strike later this month.


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Poll: Most Czechs oppose government reforms
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In related news, some 74 percent of Czechs do not agree with the
reforms carried out by the country's centre-right government, according
to a poll by the STEM agency released on Monday. However, approximately
the same number of people recognizes the necessity to reform the
social, health care and tax systems. 24 percent of respondents said
they agreed with the cabinet's reform efforts, which is two percent
more than last year.


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Audit: billions were wasted on Prague ring road
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Billions of crowns were wasted during the construction of the Prague
ring road, according to an audit by the Czech Supreme Audit Office
released on Monday. The ring road was originally expected to be
finished by 2008 at a cost of over 48 billion crowns; however, the
total costs are now estimated at 106 billion due to changes to the
plans, additional construction work, and the cost of land needed for
the construction which could be finished by 2020. The office filed a
criminal complaint in connection with the case.


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Education Ministry revises math exams results
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The Czech Education Ministry on Monday revised the results of this
year's school-leaving exams in maths which were considered too
difficult and students were given too little time to sit them. Under
the revised results, some 2.8 percent of students failed the tests
while originally more than 16 percent of them failed the math exam.
Education Minister Petr Fiala had earlier apologized to students for
the problems.


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Czech mobile calling no longer most expensive in OECD countries
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Czechs no longer pay the highest prices for mobile calls of all OECD
countries, according to a study by the Telingen consultancy firm,
quoted by the Czech Telecommunications Office on Monday. In February,
the Czech Republic now ranked 25th in the list of 50 countries
according to the costs of mobile calling while last year, it had the
most expensive calls. The change took place after Czech mobile
operators began offering cheaper tariffs.


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Defence Minister: army needs to prepare for post-Afghanistan period
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The Czech army needs to prepare for the time after the end of
operations in Afghanistan, Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra said on
Monday at a seminar in the Senate dedicated to the Czech army's foreign
missions. Mr Vondra said that in the coming years, NATO will have to
re-focus to its own defence as the United States becomes more involved
in Asia.


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Part of D8 motorway opens in north Bohemia
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A 3.7 kilometre-long stretch of the D8 motorway between Lovosice and
Bilinka in north Bohemia opened for traffic on Monday. The new road is
expected to alleviate heavy traffic within the town Lovosice. The
newly-opened part of the motorway cost around three billion crowns; the
complete D8 motorway between Prague and the German border should open
in 2016.


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Concert dedicated to John Cage featured at Prague Spring
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The Prague Spring international music festival on Monday features a
concert by the Agon Orchestra dedicated to the composer and music
theorist John Cage. The concert, conducted by Petr Kofron, will be held
at the National Technical Museum among historic airplanes, cars, steam
engines and other vehicles. Besides several compositions which will
have their Czech premiere at the concert, the ensemble will also play
John Cage's composition Imaginary Landscape n. 4 dedicated to 12 radio
sets tuned to different stations.


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Two die in south Bohemia helicopter crash
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Two people died in a helicopter crash near Ceske Budejovice, in the
south of the country, on Monday. The accident occurred at around 2 PM
when a two-seat Robinson R 22 light helicopter crash-landed in a field
and caught fire, a police spokesman said. The director the Ceske
Budejovice airfield said both victims were experienced pilots. The
authorities are investigating the causes of the accident.


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Football: national team nominations announced for EURO 2012
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The manager of the Czech national football team, Michal Bilek, on
Monday announced his picks for the upcoming EURO 2012. The 23 nominees
include Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky, goalkeeper Petr Cech from
Chelsea and strikers Milan Baros from Galatasaray and Tomas Necid from
CSKA Moscow. Coach Bilek also picked seven players from the Czech top
division including midfielders Daniel Kolar, Milan Petrzela and Vaclav
Pilar from Viktoria Plzen and the best Gambrinus Liga striker David
Lafata from Jablonec. The Czechs will


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Weather
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The coming days will be partially overcast with rain showers in places
and daytime highs of around 16 degrees Celsius.



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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Mycologist Jan Borovicka on mushrooms and where to find them
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With mushroom season in full swing, our guest in this edition of One on
One is Jan Borovicka, a leading member of the Czech Mycological
Society, who combines a very Czech hobby of mushroom picking with his
profession of geochemist at the Czech Academy of Sciences. How has the
internet changed mushroom picking? Why are mushrooms safe to eat even
after Chernobyl and Fukushima? And, most importantly, where are the
best spots to find them? These are some of issues we discussed with Jan
Borovicka, who says this year's mushroom-picking season did not start
out that great.

http://radio.cz/en/section/one-on-one/mycologist-jan-borovicka-on-mushrooms-and-where-to-find-them-1

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Health insurer counting its losses as government moves to scrap costly
and inefficient electronic health records project
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The Czech government has announced its decision to dump a costly
electronic health records project launched ten years ago. The project
which was to facilitate communication between doctors regarding
treatment of individual patients failed to get off the ground properly
and was frequently criticized for lack of transparency.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/health-insurer-counting-its-losses-as-government-moves-to-scrap-costly-and-inefficient-electronic-health-records-project

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Sports News 14.5.2012
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In Sports News: Liberec win Czech football title; Arsenal, with Czech
midfielder Tomas Rosicky, have secured a spot in next year's Champions
League; Chimsa, Kiprop win Prague International Marathon while
legendary footballer Pavel Nedved also takes part; the Czech national
hockey team wins over Italy but loses to Russia in group stage action
at the World Championship in ice hockey; Czech tennis player Berdych
loses to Federer in Madrid final.

http://radio.cz/en/section/sport/sports-news-2012-05-14






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