Saturday, June 2, 2012

News 6.2.2012

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News Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

By: Jan Velinger

* The opposition Social Democrats have insisted they are not in crisis
after taking a hit in public opinion polls over the Rath corruption
case, according to a Czech daily.

* Police have arrested seven men suspected of having accosted a
Litomerice businessman at his home in a robbery attempt.

* Major road, tram line, and sidewalk repairs, expected to last
throughout the summer at Prague's Letna, will affect traffic.

* World-renowned tenor Jose Cura will perform in a sold-out concert in

* The Czech national football team lost its final friendly in the
run-up to Euro 2012.

Mf Dnes: Social Democrats say party is not in crisis

The opposition Social Democrats have insisted they are not in trouble
after taking a hit in public opinion polls over the Rath corruption
case, according to a Czech daily. Mlada fronta Dnes reported on Friday
that the party - which had been on the upswing for some time - had lost
some support among potential voters over the Rath scandal and other
developments such as initial indecision over its candidate for
president or a decision by influential party member Milada Emerova to
candidate for another party in the regional elections. Speaking to the
daily, the Social Democrats' Jeronym Tejc denied the party was in
crisis but admitted that recent developments had forced introspection;
colleague Jiri Dienstbier, the party's candidate for president,
stressed that the recent cases were not connected, while deputy leader
Michal Hasek suggested that recent developments required a quick
response to improve the party's standing among some of its supporters.

Seven charged with attempted robbery

Police arrested seven men on Friday suspected of having accosted
Litomerice businessman Jaroslav Papousek at his home on May 25 - an
incident in which an eighth assailant was killed. Police have since
also apprehended an additional suspect who was on the run. All seven of
those detained, whose ages range from 21 to 60, have been charged with
attempted robbery. The men involved were either local, or from Plzen
and Prague, a police spokeswoman said. Police are investigating how
events unfolded, including how one of the suspects was killed while the
others fled, and are otherwise keeping a tight lid on details.

Homeless man dies in compactor

A homeless man sleeping in a garbage container was killed on Saturday
morning when sanitation workers failed to register his presence and
dumped him along with the contents into a garbage truck compactor. By
the time they realised their mistake, it was too late. The man, a
foreign national, was in his mid-forties, a police spokeswoman said.
The tragedy happened in Prague's Zizkov. According to the spokeswoman
two similar incidents happened last winter; she said that although
workers regularly checked containers, it was sometimes hard to see
sleeping figures hidden beneath paper. The tragedy was reported by the
CTK news agency.

Traffic at Letna sees restrictions

Traffic and public transport at Prague's Letna will see restrictions
that began on Saturday as major road, tram line, and sidewalk repairs
get underway. Letna tunnel will closed to motorists for a number of
weeks. The extensive renovation project will last throughout - and
should be completed by the end of - the summer holidays.

Unusual student project reaches final of international competition

Three Czech students reached the final round in an international
competition (Social Impact Award) recognizing socially-beneficial
projects, idnes reports. The three - all students at Charles University
- came up with a project called Pragulic (a play on the word Prague and
the Czech word for street), by which homeless people could give foreign
tourists somewhat atypical tours of Prague: namely of areas they know
well. The students behind the project say they want to begin looking
for reliable candidates soon. Similar projects already exist in London
and Munich, the daily notes.

Tenor Jose Cura to perform in Olomouc

World-renowned tenor Jose Cura will perform in a sold-out concert in
Olomouc on Saturday. Some 2,600 tickets for the performance were
bought. The concert will also see Korean soprano Wonsin Lee perform. Mr
Cura will return to the Czech Republic again in two months to perform
in a Ruggero Leoncavallo opera to be staged in Cesky Krumlov.

Football: Czech team loses to Hungary in run-up to Euro 2012

The Czech national football team lost its final friendly on Friday in
the run-up to the European Championship in Ukraine and Poland which
begins next week. On Friday evening the squad - minus team captain
Tomas Rosicky (still recovering from injury) - faced Hungary at Letna
stadium in Prague. Hungary opened the scoring after just six minutes:
Balazs Dzsudzsak's free kick from just outside the penalty area caught
the Czechs out as they organised their defence. The hosts, who created
a number of chances, equalized with a Michal Kadlec penalty midway
through the first half after striker Milan Baros was brought down
inside the area. Although the Czechs largely dominated, Hungary struck
again late in the game with a goal by Adam Gyurcso. The Czech's first
game at Euro 2012 takes place next Friday against Russia.


Mostly cloudy conditions are expected throughout the weekend; daytime
temperatures should reach highs of around 16 degrees Celsius.

Articles posted on today
Mailbox 2.6.2012

Today in Mailbox: Prague Writers' Festival, Czech and British
journalism, listeners' mothly quiz. Listeners quoted: Mohamed Elsayed
Abd Elraheim, Colin Law, Roger Tidy, Mary Lou Krenek, Jayanta
Chakrabarty, Charles Konecny, Zara Modu, Ian Morrison, Paul Peacock.
Radio Prague versus Ronald Reagan

The last years of the Brezhnev era were a period of deep mistrust
between the Soviet Union and the United States. As disarmament talks
stumbled and both countries expanded their nuclear arsenals, the
popularity of the peace movement in the West grew. The governments of
communist countries saw this as an opportunity to try to influence
Western public opinion and Radio Prague's English-language broadcasts
were part of this process.
Wellness specialist Monika Divisova: even small changes can make a big
difference when it comes to improving health

The Czech Republic has repeatedly fared among the worst countries in
Europe when it comes to obesity - placing in the "top five" in past
Eurostat statistics. According to specialists, many adults in the
country need to pay a good deal more attention to what they eat to
avoid serious health problems. In this week's Czech Life I spoke to
nutritionist and wellness professional Monika Divisova, who runs a
wellness centre in Prague. The first thing I asked her was why - when
it comes to weight - many Czechs are so poorly off.

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