Monday, December 31, 2012

News 12.31.2012

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News Monday, December 31st, 2012

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Police are out in force for the New Year's street celebrations in the
centre of Prague.

* Prime Minister Petr Necas has refused an invitation from President
Vaclav Klaus to attend the traditional New Year's lunch at Lany Chateau.

* Two patients who were admitted to Prague's General Teaching Hospital
with swine flu in the past 48hours are reported to be in stable
condition.

* Statistics show a decrease in the number of fatalities on Czech roads
in 2012.

* Skiers in the Sumava Mountains will symbolically see the New Year in
with a torch ride down one of the mountain's steepest slopes.



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New Year's celebrations in city centre
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New Year's celebrations are due to take place on Prague's Old Town
Square where Prague City Hall has prepared a special programme starting
at 2pm in the afternoon. People also traditionally gather on Wenceslas
Square for midnight fireworks followed by a street party. Some 200
officers will out to maintain law and order in the city centre and
traffic restrictions will be in place on Wenceslas Square after 4pm. In
line with a special regulation relating to the recent spate of methanol
poisonings, street vendors will not be allowed to sell spirits. The
metro will run for an hour later than usual closing down at 1am on
January 1st. Prague City Hall has scheduled a New Year's fireworks
display for 6pm on Tuesday.


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PM refuses New Year's lunch with president
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Prime Minister Petr Necas has refused an invitation from President
Klaus to attend the traditional New Year's lunch at Lany Chateau. No
reason has been given for the refusal. Commentators note that relations
between the president and prime minister have been increasingly
strained in recent months. The president's office has confirmed that
the head of state will meet with the speakers of the lower and upper
house of Parliament on Thursday. President Klaus' second term in office
is due to expire in March.


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Swine flu patients stable
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Two patients who were admitted to Prague's General Teaching Hospital
with swine flu in the past 48hours are reported to be in stable
condition. Their condition is complicated by pneumonia and both remain
in intensive care. One of the patients is a pregnant woman. It is not
clear where they contracted the virus. Although the authorities say
there is no reason for undue concern they have urged high-risk groups
to get a flu vaccine which comprises the H1N1 virus.


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Three injured in tram accident
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Three people were injured in a collision involving two trams near
Prague's Hradcanska metro station in the early hours of Monday. One of
the drivers allegedly failed to brake in time as he approached a tram
stop ramming into a stationary vehicle in front of him. One of the
injured suffered a broken leg, the other two had lighter injuries. The
accident slowed down traffic in the vicinity since firemen were called
to dislodge the trams.


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Fewer deaths on Czech roads
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Police statistics show a decrease in the number of fatalities on Czech
roads in 2012. According to data released by the traffic police 679
people were killed on Czech roads in the course of the past year, which
is 28 less than in 2011 and 74 less than in 2010. According to the head
of traffic police Leos Trzil the positive trend is being attributed to
tougher road regulations introduced two years ago. The most frequent
cause of accidents is still speeding and drink-driving.


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Authorities issue health warning
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The health authorities have issued a warning to the public to exercise
extreme caution in manipulating with fireworks on New Year's Eve. Every
year at this time dozens of people end up in emergency rooms with
serious injuries resulting from mishaps with fireworks. Injuries range
from severe burns to loss of limbs, often caused by unsafe or home-made
fireworks.


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Sumava sees New Year in with torch ride
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Skiers in the Sumava Mountains will symbolically see the New Year in
with a torch ride down one of the mountain's steepest slopes starting
at 5,30 this evening. The night's celebrations will culminate with an
open-air party at the bottom of the slope with bonfires, food, drink,
live music and a fireworks display at midnight. This popular tradition
dates back to 1948.


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Czech mountaineer in critical condition
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A Czech mountaineer who was gravely injured in an avalanche in the
Austrian Alps on Sunday remains in critical condition. The mountaineer
remained trapped under the snow for close to 30 minutes and was
unconscious when rescue workers found him. Although some members of the
group dug their own way out after the avalanche hit and managed to
rescue three others they had trouble locating the Czech mountaineer.
The rescue operation was further complicated due to a poor mobile phone
signal in the vicinity.


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Football: Cech to undergo tests for groin injury
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Czech goalie Petr Cech, who plays for London football club Chelsea,
will undergo a scan on Monday to determine the extent of an injury
suffered in the club's match against Everton on Sunday. The goalkeeper
played only in the first half after suffering pain in his groin shortly
before the break. Chelsea won the game 2-1 and remains in third spot in
the Premier League, behind Manchester United and Manchester City.


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Hockey: junior team downs Latvia 4:2
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The Czech junior hockey team won its second straight game at the U20
Championships on Sunday defeating Latvia by a score of 4:2. The game
was close throughout: the Czechs twice led by one goal, both times
Latvia squared the game. The Czech squad was only able to jump ahead
some six minutes from the end of the 3rd period. Three of the team's
goals came on the powerplay. In order to reach the knockout
quarterfinals stage the Czechs need - at worst - a draw with
Switzerland.


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Weather
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The start of the year should bring clear to partly cloudy skies with
snow in the higher altitudes and day temperatures between 3 and 7
degrees Celsius.



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Corruption, scandal and protests - a year in musical disgruntelment.
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On this last day of 2012, Radio Prague has prepared a special music
show inspired by some of the events and particularly the mood of the
past year. Much of this year in the Czech Republic was marked by
corruption and political scandal. We take a look at some of the music
that was inspired by these events, and also glance back at Czech songs
that have expressed disgruntlement and protest against the political
system of the time.

http://radio.cz/en/section/special/corruption-scandal-and-protests-a-year-in-musical-disgruntelment






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