Sunday, September 30, 2012

News 9.30.2012

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News Sunday, September 30th, 2012

By: Ian Willoughby

* Vaclav Klaus's chief bodyguard has quit following an incident in
which a man was able to attack the Czech President with a pellet gun.

* Two men charged with producing poisonous bootleg liquor were the only
source of the lethal concoction, a state attorney said on Sunday.

* September 30 marks the 10th anniversary of the final broadcast in the
Czech language by Radio Free Europe.

* A DVD of a concert held in honour of Vaclav Havel on the night of his
funeral is being launched in Prague.

* Slavia beat Sparta in the 278th derby between the two Prague soccer
clubs on Saturday night.



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President's chief bodyguard quits after security detail fails to react
to pellet gun attack
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The chief bodyguard of the Czech president, Vaclav Klaus, has resigned
following an incident on Friday in which a man was able to attack the
head of state from extremely close range with a pellet-firing plastic
gun. Explaining his decision to quit, Jiri Sklenka said that while he
had not been present during the attack, which occurred in the north
Bohemian town of Chrastava, he felt responsible for the actions of his
subordinates. Mr. Klaus's security detail were widely criticised for
the slow and ineffective manner in which they reacted to the incident,
with the president himself describing their response as an all-round
failure. His attacker, 26-year-old Pavel Vondrous, has been charged
with disorderly conduct.


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State attorney: Two arrested only source of lethal bootleg alcohol
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According to the police's information, two men charged in connection
with producing methanol-tainted bootleg liquor were the only source of
the lethal concoction, state attorney Roman Kafka said on Sunday. To
date, 26 people have died in the Czech Republic from drinking the fake
booze, while others have been blinded. Mr. Kafka said the police were
still investigating the pair's accomplices, including highly-placed
distributors. The Czech government banned the sale of all drinks with
more than 20 percent alcohol content for almost two weeks following the
spate of poisonings.


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State to compensate vendors forced to destroy legally acquired alcohol
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The Czech state is going to compensate vendors forced to destroy
legally acquired alcoholic drinks because they have not been able to
acquire on time confirmation that they come from a legitimate source.
The state will return the VAT paid on such alcohol in the form of
credit towards future income tax, the minister of finance, Miloslav
Kalousek, said on Sunday. The government has decided that freshly
produced alcohol with proof of origin and new stamps can be sold, as
can alcohol produced before the start of 2011. Alcohol produced this
year cannot be sold until a so-called "birth certificate" is acquired,
within 60 days of last Thursday, when a ban on spirits with over 20
percent alcohol content - introduced in response to the methanol crisis
- was partially lifted.


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Tenth anniversary of final RFE broadcast in Czech
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September 30 is the 10th anniversary of the final broadcast in the
Czech language by Radio Free Europe, a U.S.-funded station that was
established to transmit information across the Iron Curtain to the
communist-controlled Eastern Bloc. The first ever broadcast by the
station, which was based in Munich, West Germany, took place on May 1
1951 and was in Czech. After the fall of communism, then Czech
president Vaclav Havel invited RFE/RL (by then it had merged with Radio
Liberty) to move to Prague, from where it continues to broadcast to
countries such as Belarus, Iran and Pakistan.


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DVD of highlights of Vaclav Havel tribute concert gets launch
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A DVD featuring the highlights of a concert held in honour of Vaclav
Havel on the night of his funeral last December is being launched at
Prague's Akropolis music venue on Sunday night. Artists such as The
Plastic People of the Universe, Suzanne Vega and Ivan Kral performed in
the original show, which took place at the Czech capital's Lucerna
complex (which was built by Mr. Havel's grandfather) on December 23,
following his state funeral at St. Vitus Cathedral. Members of The
Plastic People are among the musicians set to take part in Sunday's DVD
launch.


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Film on Villa Tugendhat gets TV premiere on eve of New York screening
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A new documentary about Brno's Villa Tugendhat is being premiered on
public broadcaster Czech Television on Sunday evening. Alongside period
footage, Osud jmenem Tugendhat (A Fate Named Tugendhat) features some
dramatic re-enactments of events surrounding the history of the
world-renowned functionalist building, which reopened earlier this year
after extensive renovation work. On Monday, the film will be screened
at the Bohemian National Hall in New York as part of the Brno Days-New
York event promoting the Moravian capital.


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Slavia beat city rivals Sparta for first time in four years
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Slavia beat Sparta 1:0 at their Eden stadium on Saturday night in the
278th derby between the two Prague soccer clubs. Slavia's first win
over their historical rivals in four years came thanks to a headed goal
by Martin Latka in the 73rd minute. The result helped Slavia climb to
within two points of Sparta, who are in fourth place in the Czech top
flight. The game had to be halted twice when items were thrown onto the
pitch and police arrested 15 fans for fighting before and during the
game.


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Weather
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October should get off to a cloudy start around much of the Czech
Republic, with temperatures on Monday expected to reach a maximum of 18
degrees Celsius. Forecasters say it will be quite sunny on Tuesday and
Wednesday, when temperatures will climb to 21 degrees Celsius.



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Two voices
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This week's Sunday music show is devoted to a refreshing female duo
called Two Voices. At first glance they have little in common - Jana
Rychterova is a classic chanson singer, who writes her own lyrics and
accompanies herself on the guitar while mezzo-soprano Edita Adlerova
studied opera. What brought them together is a sense of humour and a
natural talent to entertain the crowd.

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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 (#14) Sat. Sept.29
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on todays edition ...we look at a grwoing phenomenon being called "land grabs". This is where foreign conglomerates or even states in a few cases, purchase outright or sign 99 year leases with governments of developing countres for huge tracts of land.  They can often push locals off land and scare water these people have used for generations as communal property, or  land and water they owned but as is almost always the case, without physical documents to prove their case.  Such land-grabs in too many cases deprive the locals of their sole means of support..

we'll also hear about the situation involving the all too common rape of women and girls in Kenya. Although there are tough laws against rape, the police seem uninterested in taking any action and now a lawuit has been launched against the govt. for failing to protect women..and its being launched with some Canadian help

Also the often bitterly contentious topic of abortion has been raised again in Canada, but in a round-about way by a member of parliament suggesting the government should determine when a foetus becomes a human being....

and I speak to Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield who will soon be the commander of the International Space Station, about his role as a commander, and what its like to walk in space.

thats coming up on this weeks LINK ONLINE show 14
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Saturday, September 29, 2012

News 9.29.2012

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News Saturday, September 29th, 2012

By: Ian Willoughby

* The Czech police have called on members of the public for information
relating to an incident in which President Vaclav Klaus was attacked by
a man with a plastic pistol.

* There has been criticism of the ineffective response of President
Klaus's security detail to Friday's attack.

* Jana Bobosikova has become the latest candidate to gather the
signatures required to stand in next year's presidential election.

* Bela Gran Jensenova has been named Overseas Czech of the Year at a
ceremony in Prague.

* The Ministry of Health is to set up a new agency to oversee the
purchase of equipment for Czech hospitals, according to a newspaper
report.



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Police ask public for video footage of attack on president by man with
plastic pistol
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The Czech police have called on members of the public to come forward
if they have any information - including video recordings - relating to
an incident on Friday in which President Vaclav Klaus was attacked by a
man with a plastic pistol. Mr. Klaus was not injured in the incident,
which occurred in the north Bohemian town of Chrastava, where he was
opening a new bridge. A man of 26 was arrested soon after shooting at
the president from very close range with a plastic "airsoft" pistol
that fires pellets. The attacker, who told reporters he had been acting
in protest at politicians' disregard for ordinary people, has been
charged with disorderly conduct.


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Response of president's bodyguards to attack criticised
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There has been criticism of the slow and ineffective response on the
part of President Klaus's bodyguards to Friday's attack. Security
analyst Andor Sandor told the Czech News Agency that the head of
state's security detail had been guilty of a fatal failure, while a
former bodyguard to senior state officials said if the attacker had
been carrying a real pistol "we would now have a dead president". Mr.
Klaus himself described the situation as an all-round failure. It was
reported on Saturday that the police's internal affairs department was
investigating the affair on suspicion of dereliction of duty.


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Bobosikova third to gather enough signatures to stand for president
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Jana Bobosikova has become the latest candidate to gather the 50,000
signatures required to stand in next January's presidential election,
her Sovereignty party said on Saturday. To date the only other
candidates to acquire the necessary signatures have been Milos Zeman
and Jan Fischer, two former prime ministers that polls suggest have the
highest chance of making it into the second, run-off round of the Czech
Republic's first direct presidential vote. Mrs. Bobosikova, whose party
support Czech "national interests" and have no seats in the country's
Parliament, was nominated unsuccessfully by the Communist Party in the
last, parliamentary election. The current Czech president, Vaclav
Klaus, is due to step down next March after two terms.


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Bela Gran Jensenova named Overseas Czech of Year at Prague ceremony
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Bela Gran Jensenova, who lives in Norway, was named Overseas Czech of
the Year at a ceremony on Friday night at Prague's National Theatre
organised by Czech Radio and Czech Television. Mrs. Jensenova is the
founder of Stonozka (Centipede), an organisation that helps children in
hospitals and other institutions in the Czech Republic and a number of
other states. She came first in a vote in which listeners and viewers
could choose between 20 Czech expatriates that have made notable
achievements. Second in the poll was U.S.-based plastic surgeon Bohdan
Pomahac, while the Prague-born former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine
Albright placed third. The ceremony was held in connection with this
year's Day of Czech Statehood, which was dedicated to Czechs living
abroad.


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Press: New Health Ministry agency to oversee purchase of hospital
equipment
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The Czech Ministry of Health is to set up an agency to oversee the
purchase of technology and equipment for the country's publicly-owned
hospitals, Mlada fronta Dnes reported on Saturday. One reason it is
being established is to prevent a situation in which individual
hospitals buy the same equipment at different prices, the newspaper
said. All purchases over a value of CZK 100,000 will have to go through
the new office. Similar systems are in place in other European
countries, such as the United Kingdom and Austria.


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Guided tours highlight interesting architecture around Czech Republic
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Architects and theoreticians, many of whom are of the younger
generation, are giving free guided tours of significant historical
landmarks and contemporary buildings at 45 Bohemian and Moravian cities
and towns on Saturday and Sunday, as part of an event dubbed the Day of
Architecture. Almost 70 individual activities are being held, including
16 in the capital Prague; these range from tours of some of the city's
estates of prefabricated tower blocks to lectures on the work of
German-speaking architects that are today largely forgotten.


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Czech Republic's second city Brno set for New York showcase
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Preparations are underway for a showcase of the Czech Republic's second
city, Brno, at the Bohemian National Hall in New York on Monday and
Tuesday next week. Organisers say the event, entitled Brno Days-New
York, will present the Moravian capital's commercial and scientific
potential, as well as its cultural and architectural heritage, to U.S.
investors and businesses. One element of the showcase will be a seminar
on Brno's Villa Tugendhat, a world-renowned functionalist building that
reopened earlier this year after extensive renovation work.


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Weather
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The remainder of the weekend should see a good deal of sunshine in many
parts of the Czech Republic, though there will be rain in some places.
Daytime temperatures are expected to range from 16 to 20 degrees
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Radio Prague goes back on air
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For a few weeks just after the fall of communism, Radio Prague went
silent. Its days as a tool in the Cold War were over. After huge staff
cuts, and with the old communist managers gone, Radio Prague went back
on air early in 1990. A new era began for the English Section, and with
so many sweeping social and economic changes under way, there was
plenty to report about.

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Science Journal 29.9.2012
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Two stories of the fruitful work of Czech scientists on the
international scale in this month's Science Journal, both touching on
key modern issues of food production and climate change.

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"Second Exile": a true story from communist Czechoslovakia in poetry
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Born in 1946, Ales Machacek, has been through experiences that it is
hard for people from the west to imagine. In 1977 he was sentenced to
three years in prison for helping to distribute books and periodicals
that were banned by the regime in Czechoslovakia, and in 1985 he was
bullied into exile in London, as part of a secret police campaign to
get rid of troublesome dissidents. That was where he met his partner,
Jane Kirwan. Today they live in Prague, in a flat above an old cinema
built by Ales's grandparents nearly a century ago. All this has
provided inspiration for an unusual and moving book, "Second Exile", in
which Ales tells his story, interspersed with Jane's poems responding
to events in Ales's life, his family's history and their shared life.
David Vaughan reports.

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Radio Prague goes back on air

For a few weeks just after the fall of communism, Radio Prague went silent. Its days as a tool in the Cold War were over. After huge staff cuts, and with the old communist managers gone, Radio Prague went back on air early in 1990. A new era began for the English Section, and with so many sweeping social and economic changes under way, there was plenty to report about.

Science Journal 29.9.2012

Two stories of the fruitful work of Czech scientists on the international scale in this month's Science Journal, both touching on key modern issues of food production and climate change.

"Second Exile": a true story from communist Czechoslovakia in poetry and prose

Born in 1946, Aleš Macháček, has been through experiences that it is hard for people from the west to imagine. In 1977 he was sentenced to three years in prison for helping to distribute books and periodicals that were banned by the regime in Czechoslovakia, and in 1985 he was bullied into exile in London, as part of a secret police campaign to get rid of troublesome dissidents. That was where he met his partner, Jane Kirwan. Today they live in Prague, in a flat above an old cinema built by Aleš's grandparents nearly a century ago. All this has provided inspiration for an unusual and moving book, "Second Exile", in which Aleš tells his story, interspersed with Jane's poems responding to events in Aleš's life, his family's history and their shared life. David Vaughan reports.

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Episode date 28 September 2012
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Girl Guides of Canada, new leader, new uniform, new directions
(Girl Guides of Canada)

The Girls Guides of Canada has a new leader, and is also showing off a brand new uniform for girls aged five to 18.

Sharron Callahan of Newfoundlane and Labrador is the new and recently installed Chief Commissioner of the Girl Guides of Canada
She has been involved with Canadian Guiding from her own childhood first as a brownie, then later in life in a variety of leadership roles.

To talk about the new uniforms and modern additions to the focus of guiding, RCI's Marc Montgomery spoke to Chief Commissioner Callahan earlier this week
Supreme Court rules on cyberbullying case
(Paul Sakuma/Associated Press)
The Supreme Court has ruled that a young victim of cyber bullying can remain anonymous when she sues her tormentors. A.B., as she is known, wants to find out who put up a phony Facebook page with her picture and defamatory comments on it and to eventually take them to court for defamation. She, however, felt she would be further victimized if her identity were made public.

The case is precedent-setting. It could encourage other victims to come forward, and discourage bullies from using the Internet to prey on them. RCI’s Lynn Desjardins has more.
Crisis situation for Aboriginal women in Canada's federal prisons
Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
A new report released by Canada's Public Safety Department concludes that the "current state of over-representation of Aboriginal women in Federal Corrections is nothing short of a crisis." The report "Marginalized: The Aboriginal Women's Experience in Federal Corrections" points out that one out of every three women prisoners is of Aboriginal indigenous descent - even though indigenous people represent only four per cent of the Canadian population.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Kim Pate, the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies which works with and on behalf of criminalized women and girls. Pate is also a law professor at the University of Ottawa specializing in prison law.
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Seniors on sleeping pills may risk dementia
(Reuters)
Might be better to stay awake. A new study suggests people over 65 years old who take benzodiazepines may have a higher risk of developing dementia within 15 years. The drug is used to treat insomnia and anxiety. [...]
Canada: 50 years of space technology
(photo : Communication Research Centre Canada)
Tomorrow, September 29th, marks the 50th anniversary of an important milestone in space. On this date in 1962, Canada became the third nation in the world, after the U.S. and Russia, to have designed and built its own earth orbiting satellite. [...]
Bullying victim wins anonymity in launching lawsuit
(Paul Sakuma/Associated Press)
A Canadian teenager wants to sue someone for defamation, but she wants her identity to be protected in court. Someone set up a phony Facebook page with the victim’s name slightly altered. [...]
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Friday, September 28, 2012

News 9.28.2012

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News Friday, September 28th, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* The police have arrested a man who shot at President Vaclav Klaus
with a plastic gun in the northern town of Chrastava.

* Three people intoxicated with methanol remain in hospital in critical
condition.

* Czechs commemorate Saint Wenceslas, the nation's national patron
saint, with a series of events on Friday, a public holiday.

* In football, Plzen midfielder David Limbersky has been fined for
faking a foul.



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Police arrest man who shot at Vaclav Klaus with plastic gun
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The police arrested a man who shot at President Vaclav Klaus during a
bridge-opening ceremony in Chrastava, in northern Bohemia, on Friday
afternoon. The 26-year-old man, dressed in camouflage, put his plastic
airsfot gun to Mr Klaus' left side from up close and fired several
plastic pellets. The president suffered no injuries but underwent
medical test after his return to Prague. After the shooting, the
attacker walked away and told TV Nova station he did it in prostest of
the government's policies which "starved a third of the nation". He
said he was a manual worker, and gave his political affiliation as
communist but said he was not active in the party. He was then
apprehended by the president's security service who handed him over to
the police. President Klaus, who arrived in Chrastava after attending
an event marking the holiday of St Wenceslas earlier in the day,
displayed annoyance at his security service, and said the attacker
deserved "a few slaps".


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Czech politicians condemn attack on President Klaus
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Several Czech politicians condemned Friday's attack on Vaclav Klaus.
Prime Minister Petr Necas said people had the right to express their
views but that these expressions should not exceed acceptable norms.
Communist leader Vojtech Filip said his party distanced themselves from
the attack, and condemned violence. Social Democrat deputy chair
Lubomir Zaoralek said the attack was "unbelievable" and blamed the
president's security service for letting the attacker close to Mr Klaus.


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Methanol crisis: three people remain in hospital in critical condition
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Three people intoxicated with methanol remain in critical condition in
hospitals in the north-east of the country. A 43-year-old man, who was
earlier this week hospitalized in Havirov, showed signs of improvement
on Friday, doctors said. Another two people - a 60-year-old and a
58-year-old men - are in an Ostrava hospital; their condition has been
reported as stable. 26 people have died in the recent outbreak of
methanol poisoning in the country while dozens have been hospitalized.


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Czechs commemorate holiday of St Wenceslas
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Czechs commemorate Saint Wenceslas, the nation's patron saint, on
Friday, a public holiday entitled the Day of Czech Statehood. More than
2,000 people attend the traditional pilgrimage in Stara Boleslav,
north-east of Prague, where Wenceslas was assassinated by his brother
on September 28, 935. Czech President Vaclav Klaus, Prague Archbishop
Dominik Duka and other dignitaries are to take part in the event.
Prague's Wenceslas Square, named after the saint, will on Friday see a
historic procession complete with Saint Wenceslas riding a horse.

Wenceslas, from the Premyslid dynasty, was the duke of Bohemia from 921
until his assassination 14 years later. He is considered a the founder
of the historic Bohemian state, and has been worshiped as a martyr and
a saint.


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President Klaus calls for more vocal defence of national traditions
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Speaking at the St Wenceslas pilgrimage in Stara Boleslav on Friday,
President Vaclav Klaus called for "more vocal defence" of national
traditions. That would benefit the "inner unity" of the Czech nation
and state and its prosperity, he said. The Czech president again warned
against the decline of traditional European values brought about by the
"integration experiment". For his part, Plzen's Bishop Frantisek
Radkovsky asked people not to allow a new form of dictatorship to
appear as a result of the ongoing moral crisis and issues with
democracy.


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First name Vaclav coming out of fashion
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Vaclav is one of traditional Czech names but it is going out of
fashion, the news agency CTK reported on Friday. According to
government statistics, there are nearly 133,000 men and boys named
Vaclav living in the country, some 20,000 fewer than two decades ago.
Its currently the 17th most popular name in the country. Around 6,600
Czech women bear the female version of the name, Vaclava.


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President Klaus says Czech Rep. should foster relations with China
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The Czech Republic should foster its relations with China, according to
Czech President Vaclav Klaus. Speaking at a reception at the Chinese
embassy in Prague, Mr Klaus said Czechs should boost ties between the
two countries rather than strain them with "unnecessary obstacles". For
his part, Chinese ambassador Yu Qingtai said his country was set to
continue with its reforms and opening up to the world.

Mr Klaus' remarks came a few weeks after Czech Prime Minister Petr
Necas suggested Czech support for the Dalai Lama and the imprisoned
members of the Russian group Pussy Riot hurt Czech trade with China and
Russia, respectively.


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Football: Plzen's Limbersky fined for faking foul
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The Czech Football Association handed a fine of 40,000 crowns, or
around 2,000 US dollars to Viktoria Plzen midfielder David Limbersky
for faking a foul, and for his post-match remarks. In the Czech top
division's seventh-round game between Plzen and Sparta Prague,
Limbersky dived inside the penalty area; the referee awarded Plzen a
penalty kick thanks to which the home side won 1:0. After the game,
Limbersky said Sparta won its 20 league titles with help from referees.
Viktoria Plzen later apologized to Sparta for the comment. The referee
was banned for five top division games.


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Weather
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The weekend will be mostly overcast with some rain showers, mainly in
the west. Daytime highs should range between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius.



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Bob Hurikan - The Czech Jack London
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In today's music programme, we'll be looking back at the life and times
of folksinger and writer Josef Peterka, better known under the name of
Bob Hurikan. Born in Prague in 1907 in what was then the
Austro-Hungarian Empire, Hurikan became one of the main proponents of
the 'tramping' movement in Bohemia (or trempink as it is also known) -
more than a pastime but even a way of life combining a love of
scouting, woodcraft and the American Wild West.

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Episode date 27 September 2012
Interviews and reports
Contraception info online
(courtesy The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada)
“Contraception saves women’s lives. It allows women to space and time their children so it’s good for family health across the world,” said Canadian specialist Dr. Ashley Waddington on World Contraception Day, September 26th.

To mark the day, an updated interactive website was launched by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada to help people consider their birth control options and find out more about their sexual health. RCI’s Lynn Desjardins asked how people can use the site.
MP's motion to define human being defeated, abortion debate suspended?
Photo Canadian Press/Fred Chartrand
A Canadian government MP's motion to review the definition of a human being was defeated in Canada's House of Commons on Wednesday, September 26, 203 to 91.

The motion by Conservative backbencher Stephen Woodworth focuses on Article 223 (1) of Canada's Criminal Code and its definition that a child becomes a human being when it has left the body of its mother. Motion M-312 called for a committee of MPs to be set up to determine whether a child is a human being before the moment of complete birth. The 'human being' motion was seen by some in Canada as a way of opening up the possibility of limiting the right of Canadian women to have abortions, something that is legal right now.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda has this report.
International "land grabs"
Photo credit: Emily Cain
It’s a growing phenomenon, multi-national corporations, or sometimes foreign states themselves, contract long-term leases, or buy outright huge tracts of  land in developing countries.

The concern is that these land deals can push local small-hold farmers off their land, or land they traditionally have worked, often for generations, but without paper title.

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of Canadian Churches working in developing countries providing short-term food-aid for those in desperate need and longer term food security with agricultural programming to help people produce their own food.  In recent years they and others have become concerned about the consequences to local peoples from the so-called “land grab” issue

Paul Hagerman is the Director of Public Policy at the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. RCI's Marc Montgomery contacted him at his office in Winnipeg, in the prairie province of Manitoba.
Regards sur l'actualité
Bullying victim seeks anonymity in launching lawsuit
(Paul Sakuma/Associated Press)
A Canadian teenager wants to sue someone for defamation, but she wants her identity to be protected in court. Someone set up a phony Facebook page with the victim’s name slightly altered. [...]
Moose out for an early morning stroll
Photo from the CBC's Craig Paisley
It seems we’ve been noticing a lot of animal stories around Canada in the last little while. [...]
Miners rescued
. (David Lipnowski/Canadian Press)
Darwyn Wirth saw “a fairly large ball of flame,� reports the Globe and Mail. Mr. Wirth was driving down a mine shaft in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan at the time. [...]
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