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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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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http://img.radio.cz/pictures/c/muzikanti/charlie_straight3p.jpg
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.

http://radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/charlie-straight-the-young-czech-britpop-or-indy-pop-band






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