Friday, August 31, 2012

News 8.31.2012

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News Friday, August 31st, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* The Czech Air Force has officially taken over the NATO Baltic
air-policing mission.

* Czech police have broken up a major international ring of document
forgers.

* A court in Brno has handed out record compensation for the 2006 death
of a woman during delivery.

* In football, Plzen has been drawn against Atletico Madrid while
Sparta Prague against Olympic Lyonnais in the group stage of UEFA
Europa League.



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Czech Air Force takes over Baltic airspace policing
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The Czech Air Force has officially taken over the NATO Baltic
air-policing mission. The commander of the Czech contingent
symbolically took over the mission from Poland at a ceremony at the
Siaulia airbase in Lithuania on Friday. The Gripen fighters of the
Czech Air Force will start policing the Baltic airspace on Saturday.
Their mission will last four months. This is the second time Czech
pilots are guarding the airspace of the three Baltic countries -
Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia - who lack their own air forces. Czechs
were first deployed there in 2009.


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Police breaks up international gang of document forgers
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Czech police have broken up a major international ring of document
forgers which was based in Prague and Brno but operated in several
other European countries, a spokesman for the organized crime unit of
the Czech police force said on Friday. Seventeen people including one
Czech citizen were arrested during police raids over the last week. The
gang was headed by five Albanian and Bulgarian men with permanent
residency in the Czech Republic. They forged Czech, Slovak, Bulgarian,
Belgian, Dutch, Finnish and Danish passports, IDs and driving licences,
as well as those of various post-Soviet states.

The police said the gang had gained control of the European black
market for forged documents over the last decade as its counterfeits
could not really be detected during ordinary checks. If convicted, gang
members face up to 10 years in prison.


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Deputy PM drops objections to new police chief
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Deputy prime minister, and leader of the coalition LIDEM party,
Karolina Peake, on Friday dropped her objections to the new head of
Czech police. After meeting the new police boss, Martin Cervicek, Ms
Peake said she considered his appoinetment " a done deal". Earlier this
week, Karolina Peake threatend to withdraw her groups's support for
some key government bill in retaliation for the dismissal of Mr
Cervicek's predecessor in the post of the police cheif.


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Four Prague-Frankfurt flights cancelled due to Lufthansa strike
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Four Lufthansa flights between Prague and Frankfurt were cancelled on
Friday due to a strike by the German carrier's cabin staff. The strike
began at 5 AM and lasted for eight hours. The four cancelled flights
included two Prague-bound flights arriving at 9:05 and 11:25, and two
Frankfurt-bound connections leaving at 9:50 and 12:10, a spokeswoman
for Prague airport said. Lufthansa cancelled over 200 flights due to
the strike.


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Brno court hands out record compensation for woman's death during
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A court in Brno on Friday ordered a hospital in Trebic to pay record
compensation of 3.5 million crowns to the husband and children of a
36-year-old woman who died there in 2006 during the delivery of her
third child. The court upheld a review of the case by the Health
Ministry which said the woman died of internal bleeding the doctors
failed to notice. Criminal proceedings against the doctors had been
dropped but the judge said on Friday that based on the new verdict,
charges against the maternity ward's head doctor might be raised again.


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Prague transit authority informs of major changes
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Prague transit authority sent out dozens of staffers to the streets of
the capital on Friday to inform travellers of major changes to the
transportation system, a day before they come into effect. The
city-owned company will cut several tram and bus lines, move some
transfer points and introduce cross-city bus lines. The authority plans
to save up to 400 million crowns through the makeover which has however
come under heavy criticism from the public and a number of NGOs.


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Prices of baked goods to increase due to poor harvest
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The associations of Czech millers and bakers on Friday warned that this
year's poor wheat harvest would increase the prices of bread and other
baked products. The wheat harvest is expected to be some 20 percent
lower this year due to long periods of drought; that means that one ton
will sell at 6,500 crowns, some 30 percent more than in the first half
of this year. It's not clear by how much the prices of bread will
increase as bakers' associations will hold talks with supermarket
chains in the coming months; however, bakers say their costs have risen
by 20 percent this year due to increased prices of fuel, energy and
grain.


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Pilsner to raise prices
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The biggest Czech beer producer Pilsner Urquell will raise prices of
their world-famous brew on average by three percent, starting 1
October, the brewery announced Friday. The increase is due to the
rising prices of ingredients. The price hikes will apply to a large
part of the company's portfolio, mainly bottled beer. However, it will
exclude the 50-litre barrels of the popular Gambrinus and Radegast
brands to boost dropping beer sales in pubs and bars. Other Czech
breweries are reportedly not considering any immediate price hikes but
said they could not rule out a similar move.


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Brno police fine "rooftop driver"
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Police in Brno on Thursday night fined a man who was steering his car
with his legs through the sun roof while sitting on top of the car. The
21-year-old man, accompanied by two friends, was driving his car on the
parking lot outside one of the local supermarkets. When police arrived
at the scene and flagged him down, the driver tried to get back into
his seat but crashed into the police car in the process, a police
spokeswoman said. The young man was not under the influence of alcohol
or drugs. The police handed him a fine of 2,000 crowns, or around 100
US dollars, and instructed him about road traffic rules, the
spokeswoman added.


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Football: Sparta Prague, Plzen drawn opponents in Europa League group
stage
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In football, last season's Czech runners-up Sparta Prague was drawn on
Friday against Olympic Lyonnais of France, Spain's Athletic Bilbao and
the reigning Israeli champions Kiryat Shmona in Group I of Europa
League. The other Czech club which reached the group stage of the
competition, Viktoria Plzen will play last year's Europa League
champions Atletico Madrid, the Israeli club Hapoel Tel Aviv and
Academica Coimbra of Portugal in Group B. The first matches of the
group stage are schedules for September 20.


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Weather
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The weekend will be mostly cloudy with rain showers. Daytime highs
should range between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius.



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Business News 31.8.2012
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This week in business news: the government's economic advisory council
says state institutions are not being frugal enough; fuel prices are
breaking high records for the second week in a row; a Czech company
will build wind generators in Pakistan; hops harvest this year is
drastically lower than usual; and the two main Krkonose ski resorts
will now be run by private companies.

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Muffs and veils - Hollar's original take on the Four Seasons
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Born in Prague, he lived in Brussels, Stuttgart, Cologne, and later
London and Antwerp, meticulously recording his surroundings and
reflecting the society around him in his art. Vaclav or Wenceslaus, or
even Wenzel, Hollar sounds like a modern-day European artist, but he
actually lived four hundred years ago. Although he was brought up to go
into law, Hollar became an etcher and draughtsman, whose work now
provides us with beautifully detailed depictions of the people,
architecture, landscapes and even a battle that took place in Europe in
the seventeenth century. This week, the Czech National Gallery opened a
small exhibit in the print room of the Schwarzenberg Palace of Hollar's
allegorical etchings of the Four Seasons. I spoke to the exhibit's
curator Alena Volrabova, and asked her why she selected these specific
pieces for the exhibit:

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Czech paralymic athletes start their medal campaign in the London 2012
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This week a spectacular opening ceremony heralded the beginning of the
2012 Paralympic games in London with the themes of enlightenment and
diversity. Czechs are being represented at the games by 52 athletes
competing across many traditional events like athletics and swimming,
but will also be appearing in paralympics-only sports such as Boccia.

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Business News 31.8.2012

This week in business news: the government's economic advisory council says state institutions are not being frugal enough; fuel prices are breaking high records for the second week in a row; a Czech company will build wind generators in Pakistan; hops harvest this year is drastically lower than usual; and the two main Krkonoše ski resorts will now be run by private companies.

Muffs and veils - Hollar's original take on the Four Seasons

Born in Prague, he lived in Brussels, Stuttgart, Cologne, and later London and Antwerp, meticulously recording his surroundings and reflecting the society around him in his art. Václav or Wenceslaus, or even Wenzel, Hollar sounds like a modern-day European artist, but he actually lived four hundred years ago. Although he was brought up to go into law, Hollar became an etcher and draughtsman, whose work now provides us with beautifully detailed depictions of the people, architecture, landscapes and even a battle that took place in Europe in the seventeenth century. This week, the Czech National Gallery opened a small exhibit in the print room of the Schwarzenberg Palace of Hollar's allegorical etchings of the Four Seasons. I spoke to the exhibit's curator Alena Volrábová, and asked her why she selected these specific pieces for the exhibit:

Czech paralymic athletes start their medal campaign in the London 2012 games

This week a spectacular opening ceremony heralded the beginning of the 2012 Paralympic games in London with the themes of enlightenment and diversity. Czechs are being represented at the games by 52 athletes competing across many traditional events like athletics and swimming, but will also be appearing in paralympics-only sports such as Boccia.

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Episode date 30 August 2012
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Canada expanding relations with Brazil
Canada's relationship with Brazil has not always been cordial. In the late 1990s the rivalry between Canada's aerospace manufacturer Bombardier and Brazil's Embraer led to some confrontations.

But Diane Abhlonczy, Canada's Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and consular Affairs), says that's in the past.

This week she's on her third trip to Brazil to expand relations between the two countries. The trip started August 24 and was due to wrap up August 31.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda has this report.







Questioning Canada's pick for ambassador to China
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Canada is about to name a new ambassador to China. Guy Saint-Jacques is currently Canada’s chief negotiator and ambassador for climate change. He is one of the few top Canadian diplomats who speaks Mandarin. He is expected to get the posting to China but some observers are disappointed about that.

To find out why, RCI’s Lynn Desjardins spoke with Charles Burton, a former advisor to the Canadian embassy in Beijing and now, a professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Pier 21 Visionary, Ruth Goldboom
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Thursday, August 30, 2012

News 8.30.2012

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News Thursday, August 30th, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* At a meeting with police union leaders, the new head of Czech police
promised to increase the force's budget by 700 million crowns.

* The prime minister has urged coalition parties not to withdraw their
support for the government's key bills over the dismissal of the police
president.

* A top Czech court has ordered a man from Olomouc to serve the rest of
his prison sentence for defacing political campaign posters.

* Price of fuel at Czech gas stations hit a new high.

* Czech hockey player Frantisek Kaberle, a five-time world champion and
a Stanley Cup winner, has ended his career.



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New police president promises to increase police budget
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At a meeting with police union leaders on Thursday, the new head of
Czech police, Martin Cervicek, promised to increase next year's budget
of the police force by 700 million crowns. Police unions objected
Wednesday's decision by the interior minister to sack Mr Cervicek's
predecessor, Petr Lessy. Interior Minister Jan Kubice dismissed Petr
Lessy after criminal charges of libel and abuse of authority were
filled against him. After Thursday's meeting with the new police boss,
union leaders said it was a good start for future co-operation.


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PM Necas urges coalition parties to stand behind government legislation
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Prime Minister Petr Necas on Thursday urged coalition parties not to
withdraw their support for the government's key bills over the
dismissal of the police president. The warning came after deputy prime
minister, and head of the LIDEM party, Karolina Peake, called for a
meeting of coalition leaders over Wednesday's dismissal of police
president Petr Lessy which she said complicated matters within the
coalition. The lower house is set to vote next week on two crucial
government bills on the restitution of church property and raising the
VAT rates. Prime Minister Necas said the issues were not related and
warned the government would fall if its reform legislation is rejected.


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Court orders man to serve sentence for defacing campaign posters
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The Czech Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a complaint by the justice
minister and ordered Roman Smetana to serve the rest of his prison
sentence. Mr Smetana, then a bus driver in Olomouc, was sentenced in
2011 for defacing political campaign posters of several political
parties; he was sentenced to pay the damages and do 100 hours of
community service. While he complied with the former, he rejected the
latter and was therefore ordered to serve 100 days in prison. He spent
some 30 days in jail before then-justice Minister Jiri Pospisil filed a
compliant in his favour. However, the Supreme Court said on Thursday
the complaint was unjustified.


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One in seven Czechs understand pension reform
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Only 14 percent of Czechs understand the basic principles of the
pension reform, according to a survey by the STEM/MARK agency released
on Thursday. 70 percent of those polled said they did not know the
rules for joining the so-called second pillar of the system, which
means they would pay part of the pension tax to private funds. The
government's pension reform will allow those under the age of 35 to
join the second pillar beginning in 2013; those aged 35 and over will
only have a chance to join the programme in the first six months of
that year.


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Court buildings in Usti nad Labem evacuated over bomb threat
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Police evacuated two court buildings in Usti nad Labem in the north of
the country on Thursday after an anonymous bomb threat. The police
received a phone call alerting them of the threat at 8 AM; a male voice
said the explosive will go off at 10. The police searched the buildings
and found no suspicious objects, a police spokeswoman said. Hundreds of
people had to leave the buildings of the regional and district courts;
the authorities also temporarily closed a nearby bridge over the Labe
River. The police are now searching for the caller who faces up to five
years in prison.


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Fuel prices hit new high
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The prices of fuel at Czech gas stations hit a record high last week
when a litre of gasoline Natural 95 sold at an average price of 38.17
crowns, 13 hellers more than the previous week, according to the latest
figures by the CCS firm released on Thursday. The prices of diesel also
reached a new high of 37.17 crowns per litre. The firm said however
that many gas stations sold fuel at prices of over 40 crowns per litre.
Analysts believe the surge in fuel prices had been caused by rising
prices of oil on world markets as well as the weakening Czech crown to
the dollar.


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Czech firm to build wind farms in Pakistan
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Czech firm Wikov Wind has signed a two-billion-crown deal to build wind
farms in the Sindh province of Pakistan, the news agency CTK reported
quoting the Pakistani publication Business Recorder. The firm signed
the deal with the provincial government; the construction of 25 wind
generators that will produce 50 megawatts of power, should begin in
January 2013 and conclude by the end of that year.


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Riot police break up out-of-control Facebook party
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Riot police were called in to break up a house party organised on
Facebook in the north-eastern town of Orlova on Wednesday night after
hundreds of people showed up. When neighbours alerted the police over
noise and public disorder in the street, the woman who advertised the
party said that it had got out of control; however, dozens of people
attacked the police officers and a riot squad had to be called in to
disperse the party-goers. Five officers were injured in the incident
while five people were arrested, a police spokeswoman said.


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Hockey defenceman Frantisek Kaberle ends career
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Czech hockey player Frantisek Kaberle, a five-time world champion and a
Stanley Cup winner, has ended his career. The 38-year-old defenceman,
who in the last season played for HC Plzen in the Czech top division,
said a series of minor injuries prevented him from getting fully into
training. In the NHL, Kaberle played for the Atlanta Thrashers, the Los
Angeles Kings and the Carolina Hurricanes with whom he won the Stanley
Cup before returning to the Czech Republic in 2009. As part of the
Czech national team, Frantisek Kaberle also won a bronze medal at the
2006 winter Olympics in Torino.


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Press: skier Zahrobska back in training after brain surgery
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The condition of Czech skier Sarka Zahrobska, who in July underwent
surgery to remove a brain tumour, has improved, according to a report
by the gossip website blesk.cz. The website said the 27-year-old skiing
champion had resumed training and could be fit in time for the new
season. Her agent said they were awaiting the latest test results.
Sarka Zahrobska is scheduled to appear at a news conference on Saturday.


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US Open: Kvitova advances to third round
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The fifth seed at the US Open, Petra Kvitova, has advanced to the third
round. The left-handed Czech player, who is the only female player to
reach three Grand Slam quarterfinals so far this year, was able to
overpower France's Alize Cornet in straight sets. The final score was
6:4, 6:3. Kvitova, last year's Wimbledon and WTA Championships winner,
will next face another French player Pauline Parmentier.


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Weather
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The current warm and sunny conditions are expected to deteriorate
towards the end of the week, with rain setting in on Friday. Daytime
highs should not exceed 20 degrees Celsius in the coming days.



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Celebrity chef laments current Czech food culture
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In his weekly TV show "Ano, sefe!" or "Yes, Boss!," Zdenek Pohlreich
sets restaurant owners straight. Some might say he is the closest
equivalent that the Czech Republic has to Gordon Ramsay. And the Czech
celebrity chef has some authority on the topic: he started cooking in
1975, then left the country shortly after the Velvet Revolution and
spent some time working abroad. Since returning home, he has applied
what he calls "the Western standard of cooking and service" to a number
of restaurants around Prague. Zdenek Pohlreich's current operation is
the restaurant in the city's famous Hotel Imperial, where he talked
about why so many restaurants fail at producing decent food.

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Former police president says he will be vindicated of charges
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Shockwaves have continued to reverberate across the Czech political
scene over the unexpected firing of police president Petr Lessy. On
Wednesday, the police official was relieved of duty with unusual speed
after he was charged with libel and abuse of public office. The
opposition slammed the step as an assault on the independence of the
police.

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Patient survives six months without heart
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A patient in the Czech Republic has become the first person in the
world to survive for nearly six months without a heart. The patient, a
37-year firefighter, had a malignant tumor that allowed immediate
transplantation as the only alternative. When a donor was not found in
time, his heart was replaced by two mechanical pumps.

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Celebrity chef laments current Czech food culture

In his weekly TV show "Ano, šéfe!" or "Yes, Boss!," Zdeněk Pohlreich sets restaurant owners straight. Some might say he is the closest equivalent that the Czech Republic has to Gordon Ramsay. And the Czech celebrity chef has some authority on the topic: he started cooking in 1975, then left the country shortly after the Velvet Revolution and spent some time working abroad. Since returning home, he has applied what he calls "the Western standard of cooking and service" to a number of restaurants around Prague. Zdeněk Pohlreich's current operation is the restaurant in the city's famous Hotel Imperial, where he talked about why so many restaurants fail at producing decent food.

Former police president says he will be vindicated of charges

Shockwaves have continued to reverberate across the Czech political scene over the unexpected firing of police president Petr Lessy. On Wednesday, the police official was relieved of duty with unusual speed after he was charged with libel and abuse of public office. The opposition slammed the step as an assault on the independence of the police.

Patient survives six months without heart

A patient in the Czech Republic has become the first person in the world to survive for nearly six months without a heart. The patient, a 37-year firefighter, had a malignant tumor that allowed immediate transplantation as the only alternative. When a donor was not found in time, his heart was replaced by two mechanical pumps.

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Let the games begin!
(Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)
At the opening of Paralympics in London, Canada is hoping to finish in the top eight of the overall medal count. But what are its chances? What role will enhanced technology play? Will the games be fair? What are the best events to watch?

For some answers RCI’s Lynn Desjardins spoke with Fred Mason, a professor of kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick and involved with the International Centre for Olympic Studies at the University of Western Ontario.
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Rene Brunet grew up New Orleans. He remembers, as a child, the excitement of an approaching hurricaine; being on the move, gathering with other people to wait out the storm, in an almost festive atmosphere.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

News 8.29.2012

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News Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

By: Masha Volynsky

* Police president Petr Lessy has been sacked after being accused of
libel and abuse of public office.

* Vit Barta has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court over his
suspended sentence for bribery.

* President Vaclav Klaus wants assurances before signing the church
property restitution bill.

* Martin Knetig, former aid to the Environment Minister, has been
acquitted of corruption charges.

* Government looks favorably on Senate's proposal to get rid of
lifelong immunity for lawmakers and consitutional court judges.



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Lessy sacked for misconduct, ready to fight back
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Petr Lessy was relieved of his duties as the president of the Czech
Police on Wednesday morning. Interior Minister Jan Kubice dismissed Mr
Lessy from the police force with immediate effect following the filing
of criminal charges against him. The General Inspectorate of Security
Forces accused the now former police chief of libel and abuse of public
office. At a press conference later in the day, Mr Kubice cited a law
that says a police officer can be dismissed if he is accused of
contemptible or possible criminal behaviour which could threaten the
good reputation of the security forces. Mr Lessy told the E15 news
server that he considers the accusations to be nonsensical and is ready
to defend himself. Mr Lessy will be replaced by his former deputy
Martin Cervicek, the government announced.

The slander charge is connected to statements Mr Lessy made more than
half a year ago about the head of the Zlin regional police force
Bedrich Koutny and his deputy Jaroslav Vanek in relation to the
so-called Tofl gang case. Interior Minister Jan Kubice has called on Mr
Lessy to resign a number of times in the past. Chairman of the
opposition Sovial Democrats, Bohuslav Sobotka, fiercely criticized the
move, saying the dismissal is an attempt of the Civic Democrats and the
TOP 09 party to curtail the independence of the police force.


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Barta appeals the April verdict with Supreme Court
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The Public Affairs party MP Vit Barta has filed an appeal of the April
decision by the Prague 5 district court, on Tuesday. Judge Jan Sott
gave Mr Barta an eighteen-month suspended sentence for giving fellow
party members hefty bribes in the form of interest-free loans in order
to increase his influence. Barta lodged his appeal to the Czech Supreme
Court claiming that the court's decision referred to events that took
place in the parliament, where he has immunity as an MP. The appeal in
the case of Jaroslav Skarka, who was originally one of Mr Barta
accusers and later became his co-defendant, is also currently under
deliberation.


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President asks for assurance on church restitution
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Czech President Vaclav Klaus has asked Prime Minister Petr Necas to
give a guarantee that the planned church property settlement will not
breech the restitution limit of 25 February 1948. President Klaus said
in a letter to the heads of the coalition parties that such a guarantee
is necessary for him to sign the church restitution bill, that the
coalition is planning to pass in the lower house, overriding an earlier
Senate veto. The president wrote that he and many others are concerned
that if the church settlement will pertain to property changes from
before the communist take-over in 1948, it may set a dangerous
precedent for the future, opening numerous cases from third parties
that may potentially threaten state sovereignty.


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Former aid to Environment Minister acquitted of corruption charges
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A Prague district court acquitted Martin Knetig, one-time advisor to
the former Czech environment minister Pavel Drobil, of corruption
charges on Tuesday. The state attorney appealed the verdict on the
spot. Mr Knetig was accused of corruption after allegedly demanding a
bribe from a bank officer in connection with depositing the State
Environmental Fund's money into a number of unspecified banks in 2010.
Allegedly, Mr Knetig sought to collect money for the Civic Democratic
Party. Pavel Drobil resigned as Environment Minister in December 2010
in relation to the same scandal.


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Government in favor of ending lifelong immunity
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Prime Minister Petr Necas announced today that his cabinet is in favor
of the Czech Senate's proposal for a constitutional amendment that
would divest members of both houses of parliament and the
constitutional court judges of life-long immunity. The government had
previously supported a similar proposal by a group of MPs. In both
cases, cabinet members suggested that the new rules should apply to
newly elected officials not to current ones. Both of the submitted
proposals want to change the current practice according to which MPs or
Senators cannot be tried for criminal offenses at any time, if a
parliamentary committee confirms their immunity. The new proposal would
give immunity to lawmakers and judges only for the duration of their
term, if the lower or upper house do not retract their immunity.


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President Klaus expresses great concern over Lessy's sacking
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Czech President Vaclav Klaus has expressed great concern over the
dismissal of Police President Petr Lessy on Wednesday. Apparently, the
president was not made aware of this crucial move, and the quick naming
of Mr Lessy's deputy Martin Cervicek as replacement. President Klaus
said in a statement that the interior minister's decision "will
destabilize not only the police force, but the whole of the Czech
political sphere as well." According to Interior Minister Jan Kubice,
the Prime Minister Petr Necas was also not informed of this move
beforehand.


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Government approves new healthcare regulations
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The government approved on a new regulation that states that patients
sets a specific distance within which providers of medical services can
be reached and changes the waiting time for certain operation. The
directive, that was submitted by Health Minister Leos Heger and was
approved on Wednesday, guarantees that patients should be able to reach
their general practioners, dentists, gynecologists, and pharmacies at
most within 35 minutes by car, and shortens the maximum waiting period
for operations like knee and hip replacements or mammograms. Waiting
periods for some medical procedures were increased. Unions, the
National Disability Council and the Czech Association of Patients
criticized the establishment of a distance for practitioners claiming
this will allow health insurance companies to terminate contracts with
some doctors and hospitals.


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Future aid to Afghanistan set for 140 million crowns
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The Czech government approved a budget for aid to Afghanistan for the
period 2014-2017 on Wednesday. The Czech Republic will give a total of
80 million crowns for development projects and 60 million more to
support security forces in Afghanistan. The newly structured funds are
meant to substitute the work of Czech Army's Provincial Reconstruction
Team in the Logar province, which is part of NATO's International
Security Assistance Force mission. The Czech team is set to leave
Afghanistan in the middle of next year.


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Ostrava city hall turns to the state to resolve Prednardazi dispute
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City officials in Ostrava has requested a district court to rule on the
ownership rights of the defunct sewer in the Prednadrazi district,
where a slum is located. The Prednadrazi slum, that has been occupied
primarily by Romani tenants, has been at the center of month-long
controversy. City officials have been trying to get residents to leave
the slum buildings that have fallen into disrepair and have been deemed
uninhabitable. The buildings' owner, who has been issued with a fine,
claimed he is willing to carry out necessary repairs as long as the
city fixes the sewage system, which does not belong to him. City
officials have claim that this particular section of the sewage does
not belong to the city either. Approximately 100 people remain in some
of the buildings without running water or other amenities for almost a
month.


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New tourism campaign highlights famous figures from abroad
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The national tourism agency CzechTourism is launching a new campaign to
promote the country abroad. Magazine and newspaper ads in different
countries refer to well-know historical figures from those nations that
have visited the Czech Republic. German tourists will read about Johann
Wolfgang Goethe's amorous adventures in Marianske Lazne; French readers
will be beckoned to visit the country by learning about how Guillaume
Apollinaire was so inspired by Prague that he wrote his famous story
Prague Walker in two days. The campaign will also extend to Czech
tourist and will cover all the regions of the country.


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Weather
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Sunny and partly overcast weather is expected on Thursday; daytime
temperatures should reach highs between 27 and 31 degrees Celsius.



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Czech distillers expect lower sales due to changing lifestyle, weak
economy and taxation
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The changing lifestyle of the Czechs, combined with a protracted
economic recession and increased taxation, has led to a significant
drop in the sales of spirits on the Czech market. According to fresh
figures by the Czech Republic's Union of Spirits Producers and
Importers, sales dropped by 7 percent from January to June, a trend
that began three years ago. Radio Prague talked to Petr Pavlik, the
head of the union and the CEO of the country's biggest spirits producer
Stock Bozkov, and asked him about the drop in sales and the strategies
of the Czech producers to expand their business.

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Police president Lessy sacked for alleged libel, misconduct
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Petr Lessy was relieved of duty as the president of the Czech Police on
Wednesday morning by the interior minister. The move comes after the
General Inspectorate of the Security Forces charged the police official
with libel and abuse of public office. The libel charge is connected to
statements Mr Lessy made over half a year ago. The opposition has
slammed his dismissal, saying there were other reasons Mr Lessy was
fired.

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Fresh Film Fest kicks off in Prague with Manipulation as its main theme
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The 9th Fresh Film Fest opens in Prague on Wednesday celebrating new
and debut films from around the world. This year's installment of the
festival features movies by British documentary maker Peter Watkins,
Tom Tykwer and other Czech and international artists. The main theme of
the Fresh Film Fest this year is Manipulation. Radio Prague spoke to
the festival's programme director Michal Hogenauer, and asked him what
exactly this means.

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Czech distillers expect lower sales due to changing lifestyle, weak economy and taxation

The changing lifestyle of the Czechs, combined with a protracted economic recession and increased taxation, has led to a significant drop in the sales of spirits on the Czech market. According to fresh figures by the Czech Republic's Union of Spirits Producers and Importers, sales dropped by 7 percent from January to June, a trend that began three years ago. Radio Prague talked to Petr Pavlík, the head of the union and the CEO of the country's biggest spirits producer Stock Božkov, and asked him about the drop in sales and the strategies of the Czech producers to expand their business.

Police president Lessy sacked for alleged libel, misconduct

Petr Lessy was relieved of duty as the president of the Czech Police on Wednesday morning by the interior minister. The move comes after the General Inspectorate of the Security Forces charged the police official with libel and abuse of public office. The libel charge is connected to statements Mr Lessy made over half a year ago. The opposition has slammed his dismissal, saying there were other reasons Mr Lessy was fired.

Fresh Film Fest kicks off in Prague with Manipulation as its main theme

The 9th Fresh Film Fest opens in Prague on Wednesday celebrating new and debut films from around the world. This year's installment of the festival features movies by British documentary maker Peter Watkins, Tom Tykwer and other Czech and international artists. The main theme of the Fresh Film Fest this year is Manipulation. Radio Prague spoke to the festival's programme director Michal Hogenauer, and asked him what exactly this means.

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PM's chief of staff faces conflict of interest questions
CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada's Official Opposition Party, the New Democratic Party (NDP), is once again raising questions about conflict of interest within the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

This time it involves the Prime Minister's chief of staff, Nigel Wright, who was lobbied twice this year by Barrick Gold, the world's largest gold producer.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Member of Parliament Charlie Angus, who is the NDP's Privacy and Ethics critic.
Prison overcrowding causing violence
(Office of the Correctional Investigator 2012)
Canada’s prison population is bigger than ever and growing. Tension and violence are increasing. Guards are getting sick.

Over the past two years 1,000 new inmates have gone into federal prisons. Since no new beds have been added the Correctional Service of Canada has gone against its own policy and sometimes put two inmates to a cell.

The Correctional Investigator Howard Sapers told RCI’s Lynn Desjardins the overcrowding is not safe for inmates, not safe for staff and ultimately, not safe for Canadian society.
Coronation Street Continues in Canada
Outside the pub on Coronation Street
One in 5 Canadians tune in daily, or settle in for the full 5 episodes on Sunday morning.
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