Sunday, August 12, 2012

News 8.12.2012

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News Sunday, August 12th, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* Mountain biker Jaroslav Kulhavy has won the Czech team's fourth gold
medal at the London Olympics.

* Several Czech NGOs have accused the Czech government of ignoring the
problems faced by foreign domestic workers.

* Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg has assembled his team for
the presidential campaign.

* The Brutal Assault heavy metal festival in eastern Bohemia has
attracted 15,000 fans.

* Six people died in car accidents on Saturday, making it one of this
year's deadliest days on Czech roads.



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Mountain biker Kulhavy wins Czech Republic's fourth gold at Olympics
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Mountain biker Jaroslav Kulhavy won the gold medal at the London
Olympics. The 27-year-old Czech won the Czech Republic's first ever
Olympic medal in Sunday's mountain bike race in a sprint finish when he
managed to stay in front of Switzerland's Nino Schurter, who finished
second. Kulhavy's gold set the Czech medal tally at 10, with four gold,
three silver and three bronze medals which ranks the country 19th in
the Olympic medal count, between Jamaica and North Korea.


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NGOs accuse government of ignoring foreign domestic workers' problems
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Several Czech NGOs including the human rights and charity group People
in Need on Sunday criticized the government for not taking seriously
the issues faced by foreigners working in the country as domestic
workers. The NGOs said the government failed to move and ratify an
international treaty which would improve the workers' conditions. The
activists dismissed the government's argument that the numbers of
foreign domestic workers are very low, less than 0.02 percent of all
foreigners working in the country. Pavla Redlova from People in Need
said that their real numbers were much higher, and that they often work
and live in poor conditions. The international treaty dealing with the
issue will next be debated in the Czech Senate.


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Czech doctors ask firefighters to donate bone marrow
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The Czech Republic's national marrow donors register has launched a
campaign to recruit new donors among the country's firefighters, the
news agency CTK reported on Sunday. Some 3,000 members of the Fire
Rescue Service could become donors of bone marrow, around half of the
total number, a spokeswoman for the service said. Doctors from the
national registry said they had positive reactions to the campaign.

The national marrow donation programme has around 36,000 donors; each
year, it helps to provide marrow for some 100 transplantations.


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Foreign Minister Schwarzenberg assembles presidential campaign team
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The Czech foreign minister, and head of the coalition TOP 09 party,
Karel Schwarzenberg has assembled his team for the presidential
campaign, the news agency CTK reported on Sunday. Businessman Marek
Vocel, who was one of the founders of anti-communist NGO Opona, has
become the leader of the team that also includes producer David
Gaydecka. Mr Schwarzenberg, who ranks third or fourth in most polls of
the presidential candidates, is planning to officially launch his
campaign in September, some four months ahead of the first ever direct
presidential elections held in the country.


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Ministry to increase speed limit on some roads
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The Czech Transportation Ministry is planning to increase the speed
limit fro 90 to 110 km/h on selected 1st class roads, Czech TV reported
on Sunday. The pilot project will be launched on the road between the
cities of Pardubice and Hradec Kralove, in eastern Bohemia, in the
autumn, and other roads should follow. The ministry is also planning to
rename expressways as motorways which would mean the network of
motorways in the country would be extended by some 300 km overnight.


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Heavy metal festival attracts 15,000
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The Brutal Assault heavy metal festival held in the Josefov fortress
near Jaromer in eastern Bohemia, attracted some 15,000 fans of the
genre over the weekend, organizers said on Sunday. The line-up of the
event included the US band Ministry, the group Amon Amarth from Sweden
and the British death metal veterans Napalm Death. The organizers said
the festival was sold out but that they were not considering moving to
another location. The police said the even was "relatively peaceful".


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Six people die in Saturday's road crashes
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Saturday became one of this year's deadliest days on Czech roads as six
people died in car crashes across the country, according to police
figures. Saturday's victims include a 27-year-old cyclist who died near
Teplice after he was hit by a car, a 58-year-old woman who entered the
opposite lane on a major Prague-Ceske Budejovice road, killing herself
and injuring three others.


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Drunk man run over by train escapes unharmed
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A drunk man was run over by a train in northern Bohemia on Sunday
morning escaped with bruised nose, a spokeswoman for the regional
emergency services said. The man was spotted by the train's driver
lying on the tracks inside a tunnel. The driver stopped the train and
called emergency services. When they pulled the man, who they said
smelled of alcohol, from under the train, he had no serious injuries,
except for bruised nose, a fact later confirmed in the hospital. The
incident halted railway traffic on the line for some two hours.


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Weather
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The start of the week will be cloudy and a little colder before it
clears up later on. Daytime highs in the coming days should not exceed
26 degrees Celsius.







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