Tuesday, July 31, 2012

News 7.31.2012

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News Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* The Czech Republic should increasingly rely on nuclear power,
according to a blueprint for the country's energy strategy.

* Four members of the Prerov town council including the mayor are to be
charged with corruption.

* The USAID agency has ranked the Czech Republic third among
post-communist nations in the sustainability of the civil society
sector.

* A Czech NGO is launching a campaign to fight prejudices against
Romanies.

* Canoeist Stanislav Jezek finished fifth at the Olympics' men's single
canoe event.



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Czechs to rely on nuclear power: ministry
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The Czech Republic should in the future increasingly rely on nuclear
power while phasing out coal power plants, according to an updated
blueprint for the country's energy strategy unveiled on Monday by the
minister of industry and trade. The share of nuclear power should
increase from the current 16 percent to between 30 and 35 percent by
the year 2040. Minister Martin Kuba told reporters that the state
should also halt massive subsidies for renewable sources of energy.

Environmental groups criticized the plan and said the country has a
much greater potential of using renewable energy sources than assumed
by the government. The blueprint will be now reviewed by the various
government branches before it is discussed by the cabinet at the end of
August.


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Four Prerov council members to be charged with corruption
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The police will charge the mayor of Prerov, Social Democrat Senator
Jiri Lajtoch, along with three council members and two council
employees with corruption, a spokesman for the anti-corruption unit of
the Czech police said on Tuesday. In 2008, the men allegedly overpriced
two public procurement projects. The police were originally going to
charge 13 people in the case but the prosecutor dropped the charges
against seven of them.


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USAID: Czech civil society ranks third among post-communist countries
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The USAID agency ranked the Czech Republic third among post-communist
nations in the sustainability of the civil society sector for 2011. In
its annual report, the US Agency for International Development said the
Czech NGO sector scored above average in the fields of advocacy and
public image but low in financial viability which was affected by the
ongoing economy crises. Oldrich Haicman, the head of Charity Czech
Republic, the largest Czech NGO, said the survey reflected the reality
as many NGOs have been hit by the financial crunch.


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Tattooed artist interested in presidential run
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Respected Czech artist and composer Vladimir Franz on Monday expressed
interest in running in direct presidential elections next year provided
he gets 50,000 signatures required. Mr Franz posted a short video clip
online discussing his views on the role of the head of state as a moral
guarantor and someone who could represent the Czech Republic in a
dignified manner in organisations like NATO. Vladimir Franz,
recognisable to many Czechs because of his extensive bodily and facial
tattoos, has become the 14th person interested in running for the
office of the president in next year's election.


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NGO launches campaign fighting anti-Roma prejudices
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Czech NGO IQ Roma Servis on Tuesday announced the start of a new
campaign aimed at fighting prejudices against Romanies. The campaign
lampoons some of the anti-Romany stereotypes rooted in the Czech
society, and cleverly plays with the fact that Czechs might perceive
some words differently in a Romany-related context. The campaign which
also targets Czech employers, will be launched on Wednesday.


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Czech households' debt reaches new high
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Czech households' debt with banks and financial institutions rose by
4.2 billion crowns in June compared to the previous month, and reached
one trillion and 133 billion crowns, or over 55 billion US dollars,
according to the latest figures by the Czech National Bank released on
Tuesday. The debt increased by 53 billion crowns year-on-year. The bulk
of the debt consists of relatively safe housing credits and loans.
Analysts say that compared with western European countries, the debt
levels in the Czech Republic are still relatively low.


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Every third scrap merchant buys stolen things: inspection
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Every third Czech scrap merchant buys stolen metal, the country's trade
inspection authority said on Tuesday. In the first six months of this
year, the Czech Trade Inspection carried out checks in 200 scrap metal
yards and found out that over 30 percent of them breached the law.
Theft of metal items has become a serious issue in the Czech Republic;
thieves often steal sewage covers, electrical wiring and other items
which they sell to scrap yards. Municipalities from around the country
have long been calling for introducing stricter regulation of the
business.


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Film Dark Knight Rises tops weekend's box offices
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The film The Dark Knight Rises topped the Czech box offices over the
weekend. Some 80,000 viewers came to see the Hollywood blockbuster
which made around 11 million crowns at the first weekend in Czech
cinemas, according to figures by Czech film distributors released on
Tuesday. Second on the list came the animated film Ice Age 4 with jut
over 26,000 viewers, followed by Madagascar 3, The Amazing Spiderman
and Magic Mike.


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Ex-US embassy guard gets six years in jail for assaulting bus driver
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A court in Domazlice, in western Bohemia, on Tuesday sentenced a
36-year-old man to six years in prison for having assaulted and injured
a bus driver. The court said that the man, who in the past worked as a
guard at the US embassy in Prague, was trying to overtake the bus on a
country road; when they reach a nearby town, the man got off his car
and attacked the bus driver, inflicting permanent injuries in the
incident which occurred in September 2011. The convicted man appealed
the verdict.


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Olympics: Jezek fifth in men's single canoe event
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Stanislav Jezek finished fifth in the final of the Olympic men's single
canoe event on Tuesday, 8.67 seconds after the winner Tony Enstanguet
from France. The 35-year-old Czech canoeist achieved the same position
as four years ago at the Games in Beijing. In other Olympic results,
Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek beat the Italian pair Daniele
Bracciali, Andreas Seppi 4:6, 7:6, 6:4 to advanced to the second round
of the Olympic tennis doubles tournament while skeet shooter Jan Sychra
finished sixth in the Olympic finals on Tuesday.


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Weather
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The next few days will be mostly clear, with rain showers and storms
setting in from the west. Daytime highs should range between 24 and 28
degrees Celsius.



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The Four Corners of the Czech Republic, Pt. II: The Sudetenland
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On the one hand, defining one's territory is said to be a basic human
trait, and on the other there is nothing that comes so natural to
people - when given a say - as to defy a boundary and explore the other
side. The Czech/German/Polish tri-border is an excellent example of
this.

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Bradacova appointed high state attorney
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It took weeks for the new Justice Minister Pavel Blazek to decide but
in the end, on Monday, he appointed reputable state attorney Lenka
Bradacova high state attorney at the state prosecutor's office in
Prague. Her candidacy - and fearless reputation as a prosecutor -
sparked controversy within the government and namely within the ruling
Civic Democratic Party, suspected by some of trying to stall or derail
her appointment.

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New Sumava National Park head raises eyebrows with plans to downgrade
conservation status
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The Sumava National park is one of the Czech Republic's indisputable
natural treasures. A vast 100km long stretch of forest running along
the south-western border of the country, the area has been protected
since the early 1960s and a nature reserve has existed within this zone
since 1991. But, the reserve's new head Jiri Manek has announced
controversial plans to weaken environmental protection there.

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London opening ceremonies evoke memories of Vancouver/Whistler
AP Photo/Matt Dunham
As opening ceremonies go, this was the bomb.

The London2012 Summer Olympics cranked up the historical rear-view mirror to shine a light on the events, people, places and things that have come to symbolize what it means to be British.
Canada's asbestos policy shameful, say epidemiologists
(Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)
A joint committee of epidemiologist societies around the world is calling for a global ban on the mining, use and export of all forms of asbestos. Its statement has been endorsed by more than 150 Canadian and international public health, civil society organizations and individual scientists from twenty countries.

This comes at a time when the Canadian province of Quebec has approved a $58 million loan to reopen and expand the only asbestos mine left in Canada. The scientists call Canada’s policy on asbestos shameful. RCI’s Lynn Desjardins found out more.
The Summer of 2012 – Strange Weather!
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Robinson
Drought in the east, rain in the west and tornados in between!

This summer of 2012 is a challenging one for farmers and gardeners in eastern Canada where drought-like conditions are causing problems.

David Phillips, Senior Climatologist at Environment Canada, said “that double whammy of too warm, too dry for too long has left farmers and growers in dire straits.”  The only good news says Phillips is that the mosquitoes aren’t too bad this year.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

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Grizzly bear tells her story
National Film Board of Canada
A Canadian, interactive documentary uses real video of a grizzly bear in the wild to tell her story. Bear 71is narrated from the point of view of the bear starting when it is shot with a tranquilizer gun and tagged by officials in Banff National Park in western Canada.

The documentary has garnered international acclaim for its innovative technique. RCI’s Lynn Desjardins spoke with filmmaker Leanne Allison.
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

News 7.29.2012

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News Sunday, July 29th, 2012

By: Christian Falvey

* Heavy storms caused widespread damage throughout Bohemia on Saturday
night.

* Politicians and hundreds of onlookers attended an annual celebration
of Czech and Slovak brotherhood.

* Anti-government Syrians in the Czech Republic are forming an
'opposition embassy' in Prague.

* A new web application offers visitors a virtual tour of the Vysehrad
Cemetery.

* Czechs are low on the list of regular blood donors in Europe,
according to research.



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Heavy storms cause widespread damage
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Heavy storms caused widespread damage throughout Bohemia on Saturday
night. Firemen were called out to hundreds of sites in those regions
and in Central Bohemia, where most of the problems involved fallen
trees and flooded cellars. Part of a road by the Vltava collapsed near
Cesky Krumlov. The D11 motorway connecting Prague and Hradec Kralove
remained partially blocked on Sunday afternoon as a slope on the side
of the road slid into the motorway. More than 50 people had to be
evacuated from a children's camp near Kutna Hora.


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Czechs and Slovaks celebrate brotherhood at Velka Javorina
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Politicians and hundreds of onlookers attended an annual celebration of
Czech and Slovak brotherhood on Sunday at Velka Javorina mountain on
the border of the two states. Representatives of the two states of the
former Czechoslovak federation, among them prime ministers Petr Necas
and Robert Fico, spoke of the above-average relations between their
countries. Mr Necas, who grew up near Slovakia, said that Slovaks were
truly a brother nation and that it would be hard to find two states in
Europe that enjoy the same kind of friendship. A meeting of the Czech
and Slovak governments is to take place in the autumn.


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Syrians in Prague form 'opposition embassy'
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Anti-government Syrians in the Czech Republic are forming an
'opposition embassy' in Prague. The newly elected chairman of the
association of Syrians in the Czech Republic, Andar Shaker, told the
Czech Press Agency that the aim was to facilitate the creation of a new
Syrian representation in Prague should the regime of President Bashar
al-Assad collapse. The association also plans to cooperate with
non-governmental organisations to send humanitarian aid and teams of
Czech doctors to Syria. Mr Shaker said the association's anti-Assad
demonstrations has been closely monitored by the Syrian embassy in
Prague, which he said worked as a secret service rather than an embassy.


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Online virtual tour of Vysehrad Cemetery released
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The Prague cemeteries administration has released a web application
allowing visitors a virtual tour of the Vysehrad Cemetery. The
application at www.hrbitovy.cz offers information and photographs for
all of the nearly 1300 graves in the cemetery and will include more
information on the Cezch personages laid to rest there. The graveyard
on the historic hill of Vysehrad is a sort of pantheon of important
Czechs, among them composer Antonin Dvorak, Karel Capek, Jan Neruda,
and Bozena Nemcova.


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Czechs low on list of regular blood donors
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Czechs are low on the list of regular blood donors in Europe, according
to research from the European statistical office. Around two-fifths of
Europeans have donated blood, with the most donors in Austria followed
distantly by France, where more than half have donated. The Czech
Republic is in 22nd place, with only 30% of the population over the age
of 15 having ever donated blood.


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Higher hospital registration fees will bring better food
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Higher hospital registration fees this year will not mean better
catering for patients, according to the health insurance company VZP.
While many have expected that hospitals would be using the extra income
to increase the comfort of patients, the company's spokesman points out
that the law stipulates no such thing and hospitals receive money for
patients' catering from insurance companies. The law states that the
regulation fee is the income of the hospital and must be used for
running and modernising the hospital. Patients have paid for hospital
stays since 2008; the original fee of 60 crowns a day was raised to 100
at the end of 2011.


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Olympic roundup
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In the London Olympics, shooter Lenka Maruskova advanced to the final
round of the air pistol only three points away from first place but
ended up eighth overall. Backstroker Simona Baumrtova set a new Czech
record in the 100m race, finishing just under one minute and advancing
to the semi-final. Gymnast Kristyna Palesova lost her chance to qualify
for the multi-disciplinary final, finishing eighth out of 14 in the
first group.


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Weather
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Conditions should remain partly cloudy with occasional showers and
storms and daytime highs reaching 32o Celsius.



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Charlie Straight, the young Czech Britpop (or Indy pop) band
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My guests today are two members of the Czech band called Charlie
Straight. They are a group from the town of Trinec, and were founded in
2006. But, they don't play Czech folk music or Czech rock music - they
play English Britpop and they even sing in English.

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Charlie Straight, the young Czech Britpop (or Indy pop) band

My guests today are two members of the Czech band called Charlie Straight. They are a group from the town of Třinec, and were founded in 2006. But, they don't play Czech folk music or Czech rock music – they play English Britpop and they even sing in English.

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The Link
The Link Online is your web radio show featuring a look back at a few of the stories that we felt were particularly interesting during the past week.

Along with your submitted stories as our “reporter for a day”, we also air some of your letters and voicemails, and answer questions you have about Canada.
THE LINK ONLINE (05) July 28, 2012
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The Link Online, #5... this week, with Marc Montgomery and Wojtek Gwiazda on vacation, Carmel Kilkenny and Ian Jones join Lynn Desjardins with some of the interesting stories we covered this week.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

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Mailbox 28.7.2012

Today in Mailbox we reveal the name of our July mystery man and ask a new quiz question for the month of August. Listeners/readers quoted: Y. Venkata Ratnam, Mike Shea, Paul R Peacock, Sunilbaran Das, Li Ming, Zara Modu, Colin Law, Charles Konecny.

Popular fitness club opens new Pilates centre

Over the last twenty years many Czechs have drastically changed their lifestyles, eating healthier foods and taking up new sports. Every weekend, cyclists and rollerblade-users hit local parks in Prague from Vítkov Hill to Stromovka. Fitness clubs which emerged over the same period are also going strong, drawing regular-goers to work-out in the gym, cycle indoors, or attend aerobics classes. Martin Nehasil is the programme director as well as a personal trainer at Solarium Fitness BBC – a popular fitness chain in the Czech capital. When I met with him at the club's flagship gym on Vinohradská Street, he explained there are constant innovations in the approach to fitness, ideal for anyone looking to improve their health.

The different worlds of Husák and Havel

If you tune in to Czech Radio on New Year's Day, at some point you will hear the stirring tones of the presidential fanfare, introducing the president's annual address to the nation. It was Czechoslovakia's first head of state, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, who established the tradition, when he spoke to listeners on the Czechoslovakia's tenth birthday in 1928. Here is a short extract from his address, which also happens to be one the oldest recordings in our archives:

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Canadian amateur sport to get Olympian facelift
Courtesy the COC
The Canadian Olympic Committee is getting rave reviews for its efforts to rebrand amateur sport in this country.

In May, the COC launched a new campaign called “Give Your Everything” to show Canadians how hard Olympians train.
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