Saturday, September 1, 2012

News 9.1.2012

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News Saturday, September 1st, 2012

By: Jan Velinger

* Broad changes in public transit in Prague have come into effect.

* According to statistics, 140 people died in traffic accidents in the
Czech Republic over the course of the summer.

* Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova has reached the quarterfinals at
the US Open.

* Football club Chelsea, with goalie Petr Cech, lost 4:1 to Atletico de
Madrid in this year's Super Cup.

* Prague will host the UEFA Super Cup in 2013.



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Transit changes come into effect
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September 1 sees broad changes in public transit routes in the Czech
capital come into effect. Czech daily Lidove noviny points out
two-thirds of tram and bus routes have seen modification: some routes
have been cancelled altogether, while some stops as well as intervals
between trams or busses have changed. According to the newspaper, the
'revolution' in transit (as it describes it) could be chaotic for
commuters, not least for seniors used to relying on long-term routes.
The changes by the Prague Transit Authority were introduced to save
more than 400 million crowns.


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Police statistics: 140 people died on Czech roads over the summer period
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Police statistics have revealed that 140 people died in road accidents
over the summer. The number is the same as last year - the lowest
number of road fatalities in the country since 1990, CTK reported.

In related news, the final summer fatality was a 14-year-old school
girl - tragically struck by a car at a crossing in Prague on Friday.
The vehicle was impacted in a crash and sent flying, hitting the
teenage pedestrian. She died at the scene.


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Doctors register 121 new HIV cases in first seven months
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Doctors registered 121 new cases of HIV infection in the Czech Republic
in the first seven months of 2012; last year the number overall twelve
months was 153. According to information from the National Reference
Laboratory for AIDS a total of 728,700 thousand tests were conducted
from January to the end of July this year. Nine HIV cases developed
into AIDS; three patients died. Overall, the number of HIV infections
in the country has consistently gone up: in 2002 the number of new
cases was 50, compared to last year's 153 or 2009's 156. The rise this
year suggests that the slight dip in 2011 and 2009 were aberrations in
an otherwise upward trend.


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Czechs spend 17 billion at apothecaries
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Czechs spent just under 17 billion crowns in supplementary charges on
medicines at pharmacists last year. The number represents a jump of two
percent from 2010. Overall sales of drugs and medicines at pharmacies
amounted to almost 64 billion. Pharmacies received a total of almost 74
million prescriptions.


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Czech tennis star Petra Kvitova reaches US Open quarterfinals
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Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova has reached the US Open
quarterfinals; Kvitova is the only female player in 2012 to reach at
least the quarterfinal stage at all four grand slam events. On Friday,
the left-handed player defeated Frances' Pauline Parmentier 6:4, 6:4.
The former Wimbledon champion faces Marion Bartoli on Sunday.


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Football: Chelsea, Cech, soundly defeated in UEFA Super Cup
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Football's Atletico de Madrid sent a barrage of shots against Chelsea
and goalkeeper Petr Cech in the UEFA Super Cup, scoring four-times
against the European Champions. Falcao notched a hat-trick in the first
half and Atletico put the match beyond reach with a fourth goal in the
second half; Chelsea's Gary Cahill got a consolation goal for the
London club in the 75th minute. This year's Super Cup was played in
Monaco.


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Prague will host the prestigious competition in 2013
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In related news, the competition next year will by hosted by Prague.
Legendary former football international Pavel Nedved, 2003's European
footballer of the year and a UEFA Super Cup winner with Lazio in 1999,
said in an interview for UEFA that he was "extremely happy" over the
choice, saying that the Czech capital had a lot to offer. The Super Cup
pits the title holders of the Champions League against the reigning
Europa League champions.


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Weather
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Mostly overcast conditions, with some sunny periods, are expected
throughout the weekend. Daytime temperatures on Sunday should reach
highs of around 22 degrees Celsius.



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Willa Cather and the Bohemians of the prairies
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If you have ever wondered about how 19th century Czech settlers lived
on the Great Plains of the American Midwest, there is no better way to
find out than by reading the novels of Willa Cather. David Vaughan
looks at the Bohemian side of a classic American novelist who is
surprisingly little known here in the Czech Republic.

http://radio.cz/en/section/books/willa-cather-and-the-bohemians-of-the-prairies

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Science Journal 1.9.2012
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In this month's Science Journal we talk to the Czech psychologists who
monitored the participants in the Mars 500 experiment.

http://radio.cz/en/section/science-journal/science-journal-2012-09-01

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Saint Agnes joins the revolution
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In last week's From the Archives, we heard Jaroslav Hutka, singing at
the huge demonstration that took place in Prague's Letna park on
November 25 1989. This was over a week after the Velvet Revolution had
begun, but the hard liners in the communist party were still clinging
on to power. The demonstration was a sign of the huge momentum for
change that had built up in the previous days, and despite the cold
weather, with sleet and snow, it was attended by nearly a million
people.

http://radio.cz/en/section/archives/saint-agnes-joins-the-revolution-1






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