Saturday, June 16, 2012

News 6.16.2012

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News Saturday, June 16th, 2012

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Prime minister and Civic Democrat leader Petr Necas has said his
party's main aim in the autumn regional elections would be to prevent
the formation of left-wing coalitions.

* Social Democrat leader Bohuslav Sobotka has said the prosecution of
former party member David Rath must not be allowed to overshadow the
government's mistakes and the country's growing economic problems.

* Rail transport on the main route between Prague and Brno was fully
restored early on Saturday after parts of a wall collapsed onto the
tracks.

* Lany chateau, the summer residence of Czech presidents, opened to the
public on Saturday.

* Two Czech mountaineers are reported to have been killed in an attempt
to climb Austria's highest mountain Grossglockner.



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PM Necas rails against left-wing coalitions
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Prime minister and Civic Democrat leader Petr Necas has said his
party's main aim in the autumn regional elections would be to prevent
the formation of left-wing coalitions. Speaking at his party's
ideological conference in Ostrava over the weekend, Mr. Necas said the
present coalitions between the Social Democrats and the Communists were
having a devastating effect on financing. He said public debt had risen
three-fold in the regions with left wing-leaderships and that money was
being spent on salaries rather than being invested.


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Social Democrats: autumn elections will be referendum on unpopular
reforms
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The opposition Social Democrats who are likewise holding a policy
conference this weekend said the autumn Senate and regional elections
would inevitably be a national referendum on the government's reform
programme. Party leader Bohuslav Sobotka has said the prosecution of
former party member David Rath -which has already hit the party's
support rating - must not be allowed to overshadow the government's
mistakes and the country's growing economic problems. He slammed the
ruling coalition for approving what he called chaotic spending-cuts
instead of effecting measures to jump-start the economy. He moreover
questioned the government's fiscal targets saying that the first 5
months of the year had already created 75 percent of the projected
spending deficit for the whole year.


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Rail route between Prague and Brno fully operational
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Operation on the main rail route between Prague and Brno was fully
restored early on Saturday after parts of a wall collapsed onto the
tracks on Friday. Two trains ploughed into the debris but fortunately
the accident resulted only in material damage. Emergency crews worked
13 hours straight clearing the tracks. An investigation is now underway
into what caused the wall to fall. Police are not ruling out charges of
negligence.


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Lany chateau opens to the public
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Lany chateau, the summer residence of Czech presidents, opened to the
public on Saturday with a guided tour by none-other than the first lady
herself, Mrs. Livia Klaus. Hundreds of people queued up since 6 am for
the special treat and Mrs. Klausova smiled and joked as she took groups
of people round the chateau and well-tended park gardens. Lany chateau
is rarely open to the public. During President Masaryk's time in office
it only opened its gates to the public twice. The last time it did so
-during President Klaus first term in office - it attracted 11 thousand
visitors.


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RAVY CZ meat loafs taken off shelves around the country over Listeria
scare
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Food inspectors have ordered 2.8 tons of meat loafs produced by the
Liberec firm RAVY CZ taken off the shelves after a random check
detected the presence of listeria, a type of bacteria that can cause
food poisoning. The symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, and fever. The
products were distributed to several big chain stores: Kaufland, Norma,
Tesco and Globus. People have been asked to return the goods to the
store where they bought it and they will get their money back.


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Two Czech mountaineers killed in attempt to conquer mount Grossglockner
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Two Czech mountaineers are reported to have been killed in an attempt
to climb Austria's highest mountain Grossglockner. According to the APA
news agency the men were found at the bottom of a 450 metre deep
crevasse. Both were experienced mountain climbers and it is not clear
what caused the accident.


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Karel Abrham to miss British Grandprix due to injury
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Czech MotoGP rider Karel Abraham will reportedly miss Sunday's British
Grand Prix at Silverstone due to an injury. Abrham broke two fingers on
his left hand in a testing accident in Spain last week. The official
motograndprix.com website reported that the Cardion Ducati rider should
be fit for the Dutch Grand Prix at Assen on June 30.


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Weather
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The coming days are expected to bring clear skies and extremely hot
weather with afternoon highs hitting 32 degrees Celsius.



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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Lillian Schorova: Part One - Love During Wartime
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Only a handful of the hundreds of British women who moved to this part
of the world with their Czechoslovak husbands after World War II remain
in the Czech Republic. Many have died, while some returned home to the
U.K. decades ago. One of the few British war brides still living here
is Lillian Schorova, whose home is in North Bohemia. Radio Prague's
Sarah Borufka visited her there for this episode of Czech Life.

http://radio.cz/en/article/148614

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Lillian Schorova: Part One ��� Love During Wartime
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Only a handful of the hundreds of British women who moved to this part
of the world with their Czechoslovak husbands after World War II remain
in the Czech Republic. Many have died, while some returned home to the
U.K. decades ago. One of the few British war brides still living here
is Lillian Schorova, whose home is in North Bohemia. Radio Prague's
Sarah Borufka visited her there for this episode of Czech Life.

http://radio.cz/en/article/148615

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Politics and the golden foot at the 1980 Olympics
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Part of the American response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in
1979 was a threat to boycott the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics. The
Soviet troops stayed put and the boycott went ahead, led by US
President Jimmy Carter. To a greater or lesser extent, dozens of
countries joined the protest.

http://radio.cz/en/article/148616

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Exhibition at Prague Castle presents the life and times of Ferdinand V,
the last crowned king of Bohemia
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The Habsburg imperial family ruled the Czech lands for nearly four
centuries but few of the emperors and empresses found favour with their
Czech subjects. One of the exceptions whom Czechs took to their hearts
was Ferdinand V the Benign who spent nearly three decades living at
Prague Castle as its last imperial inhabitant. A new exhibition which
recently opened at Prague Castle looks at the life and times of the
last crowned king of Bohemia.

http://radio.cz/en/article/148707






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