Thursday, January 31, 2013

News 1.31.2013

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News Thursday, January 31st, 2013

By: Masha Volynsky

* The Civic Democrats have rejected the ultimatum their coalition
partner TOP 09 has put forward earlier this week.

* The Finance Ministry has worsened the outlook for GDP growth in the
upcoming year.

* The Czech Medical Chamber is calling on private practitioner to
protest against the Health Ministry's measure that could decrease their
income.

* Rivers in Bohemia have risen to dangerous levels in the last few days.

* The annual Three Kings drive has brought in a record amount of
donations for charity.



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Civic Democrats reject TOP 09's ultimatum
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The Civic Democrats have rejected the ultimatum issued by their
coalition partner TOP 09. The second largest coalition partner
announced on Tuesday that it will not sign the new coalition contract
unless it includes a commitment to join the EU's Fiscal Compact by the
end of the year. The head of the Civic Democrats' deputies' group,
Marek Benda, said that his party will not comply with the demand. At a
meeting on Thursday morning, the Civic Democratic leadership agreed
that there is no reason for the Czech Republic to join the fiscal pact
just yet. The Czech Republic and the UK are the only two EU countries
that have not signed the Fiscal Compact, which is mandatory for
Eurozone member states.


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Bartak and Smrz will be tried for soliciting bribes
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The Ostrava State Attorney's office has filed a lawsuit against the
former Defense Minister Martin Bartak and the arms dealer Michal Smrz.
Both men are being accused of soliciting bribes from the truck maker
Tatra in exchange for a defense contract deal in 2008. The two men will
be tried separately. The anti-corruption police filed charges against
them last November.


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Finance ministry worsens outlook
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The Czech Finance Ministry has worsened its economic prognosis for the
upcoming years in a new micro-economic analysis released on Thursday.
According to the new estimates, the Czech GDP will grow only by 0.1%,
compared to the 0.7% that was estimated in October. The Czech National
Bank has previously placed the estimate at 0.2%. The Finance Ministry
has dampened its prognosis because of the anticipated slowing down of
growth in the Eurozone countries, which will influence Czech exports.
The analysis predicts that the economic growth will pick up in 2014,
when the economy should grow by 1.4%.


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Zeman asks for protective detail for his daughter
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President-elect Milos Zeman has asked the Czech police to place a
protective detail on his nineteen-year-old daughter Katerina. She was a
highly visible member of Mr Zeman's campaign, which is why police
president's deputy has said that giving Ms Zemanova police protection
is warranted. The final decision will be made by the Interior Minister
Jan Kubice, once the proposal is assessed. Mr Zeman was given a state
security detail already on Saturday after being confirmed as the winner
in the presidential elections, but has so far also commissioned a
private security company to protect him.


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Medical Chamber calls on doctors to protest
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The Czech Medical Chamber is calling on doctors with private practices
to organize protests against new regulations from the Health Ministry
that could drastically lower doctors' incomes. The chamber is warning
that doctors' real wages could decrease by as much as 20% this year,
and some may be forced to cover parts of patient treatments that the
public insurance companies will no longer cover. There is also a
possibility that insurance companies will be re-evaluating all private
practitioners' contracts, as they did with hospitals last year. The
Health Ministry says that private doctors have always been favored by
the public insurance system and the effects of austerity measures will
logically affect them more than hospitals.


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Czechs worry about financial security in old age
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According to the results of a study released by the Center for Public
Opinion Research (CVVM), some 70% of Czechs are worried about being
financially secure after retirement. A little over 80% of the
respondents said that the government pension will not be sufficient for
maintaining a good quality of life. But only 56% currently have private
savings or investments. The most concerned are people with lower
quality of life and voters of left-wing parties.


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Rivers in Bohemia rise as a result of sudden warming
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The fast increase in temperatures, melting of snow and rain in the past
few days has caused a number of rivers around the Czech Republic to
rise. Flood warnings are in effect from Thursday morning in the Plzen,
Usti nad Labem and South Bohemian regions. Authorities in Prague,
Central Bohemia, Pardubice, Hradec Kralove and Vysocina regions have
asked residents to be mindful of potential flooding. Nine rivers in
southern Bohemia have risen beyond the first flood level. Some rivers
in the north of Bohemia passed the highest - third - flood level on
Wednesday night, but by Thursday morning were down below dangerous
levels.


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Three Kings collection sets charity record
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The traditional nation-wide Three Kings collection drive organized by
the non-profit organization Charita Czech Republic, brought in a record
amount of donations this year. The drive that is held annually on the
occasion of the Christian holiday of the Magi, or the Three Kings in
Czech, celebrated on January 6, brought in almost 77 million crowns,
which is 1.6 million more than last year. Around 50,000 volunteers
collected money for the two weeks surrounding the holiday dressed as
the three kings and singing carols. This was the thirteenth year of the
drive, and the donated money will go to projects and organizations that
help the physically, mentally and socially disadvantaged persons.


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City Hall promotes healthier school meals
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The Prague City Hall will launch a month-long project in February,
which will see nutrition consultants visit around 30 schools to advise
their lunchroom staff on how to improve the daily menu. The Mlada
fronta Dnes reported on Thursday that the consultants will have a taste
of what kids are offered in the mess and will make suggestions on how
to prepare tastier and healthier food. As part of the project,
organizers will also hold discussions with the school children about
healthy eating choices.


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Zeman comes back to Prague
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Milos Zeman has ended his post-campaign recuperation the town of Veseli
na Zdarsku where he has a house and has returned to Prague on Thursday.
The president-elect attended the meeting of the Party for Citizens'
Rights Zemanovci, where he is the honorary chairman. Mr Zeman and his
team will also begin making the necessary preparations for his
transition to the castle.


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Tennis: Kvitova past first round at Open GDF Suez
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Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, ranked eighth in the world on
the women's tour, won her opening match at the Open GDF Suez tournament
in Paris on Wednesday. The tennis player, who won the tournament two
years ago and is the second-seed, defeated Swiss opponent Stefanie
Voegele by a score of 7:6, 6:3. Also at the Suez tournament, fellow
Czech tennis player Lucie Safarova came back from a set down against
Spain's Lourdes Dominguez-Lino to win 2:6, 6:1, 6:1.


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Weather
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The upcoming days will see partly cloudy and overcast skies with
intermittent rain in most parts of the country. Daytime highs will be
between 5 and 8 degrees Celsius.



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Lemonade Joe: soft-drink purveying cowboy and cult Czech figure
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'Limonadovy Joe' (Lemonade Joe) is a cult sixties Czech western cum
musical about a lemonade salesman in the Wild West. The film started
life as column in a newspaper written by Jiri Brdecka during the war,
before becoming a theatre play, and then finally the all-singing,
all-dancing, film production Czechs know and love today. Tereza
Brdeckova is a film critic and the daughter of Jiri Brdecka, the man
who conceived the movie:

http://radio.cz/en/section/panorama/lemonade-joe-soft-drink-purveying-cowboy-and-cult-czech-figure-1


Study suggests broader ban would help reduce the number of underage
smokers
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More than half of Czechs between the ages of 18 and 22 smoke on a
regular basis, lighting up in bars, restaurants and discotheques. But a
new study suggests that if a strict ban were in place preventing
smoking in just such establishments, many young people might avoid the
habit in the first place.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/study-suggests-strict-ban-would-help-reduce-the-number-of-underage-smokers


Bike to Heaven monument to honour cyclists' rights activist and others
killed on Prague streets
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A junction at Prague's Nabrezi Kapitana Jarose is set to get an unusual
new monument in May, with the installation of a work by the renowned
artist Kristof Kintera. Comprising a bicycle attached to a street lamp,
Bike to Heaven will serve as a memorial to riders who have been killed
in the city, including cyclists' rights activist Jan Bouchal, who was
run over at that very spot in 2006. The monument is being funded by a
public collection organised by the civic association Auto*Mat, whose
project coordinator Tereza Vohryzkova explained the genesis of the idea.

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Lemonade Joe: soft-drink purveying cowboy and cult Czech figure

'Limonádový Joe' (Lemonade Joe) is a cult sixties Czech western cum musical about a lemonade salesman in the Wild West. The film started life as column in a newspaper written by Jiří Brdečka during the war, before becoming a theatre play, and then finally the all-singing, all-dancing, film production Czechs know and love today. Tereza Brdečková is a film critic and the daughter of Jiří Brdečka, the man who conceived the movie:

Study suggests broader ban would help reduce the number of underage smokers

More than half of Czechs between the ages of 18 and 22 smoke on a regular basis, lighting up in bars, restaurants and discotheques. But a new study suggests that if a strict ban were in place preventing smoking in just such establishments, many young people might avoid the habit in the first place.

Bike to Heaven monument to honour cyclists' rights activist and others killed on Prague streets

A junction at Prague's Nábřeží Kapitána Jaroše is set to get an unusual new monument in May, with the installation of a work by the renowned artist Krištof Kintera. Comprising a bicycle attached to a street lamp, Bike to Heaven will serve as a memorial to riders who have been killed in the city, including cyclists' rights activist Jan Bouchal, who was run over at that very spot in 2006. The monument is being funded by a public collection organised by the civic association Auto*Mat, whose project coordinator Tereza Vohryzková explained the genesis of the idea.

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Canadian photographer Louie Palu's latest project: chronicling the drug war in Mexico
Photo © Louie Palu/ZUMA Press
Award winning photographer Louie Palu works on long term projects, and on subjects which he feels don't get sufficient coverage in the media.

In a previous multi-year project, he covered the reality of the Afghanistan war.  In the last few years, he's focussed on the drug war in Mexico.

With an art college background in Toronto, and an always curious journalistic sense, he has pushed himself to discover and record the reality he is witness to. He feels photos should teach and not shock, and yet he often finds himself in dangerous and shocking situations.

Toronto's Globe and Mail newspaper featured a number of the Mexico photos in a photo essay on Saturday (Jan 26).

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Louie Palu about his photos, his art, and his journalism.
Building for the environment and living off the grid
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Keith Robertson is an architect with the firm Solterre Design, in the east coast province of Nova Scotia  More than that however, he’s an expert in energy efficient design and recycling of materials. He’s an LEED-accredited architect, which is a special designation in energy and environmental design and construction.

A few months ago he completed a house which his family of four will eventually use as a full-time retirement home.  What’s unusual is that there are no electrical wires or poles to connect him to the power grid.  The home is entirely “off-grid”, producing its own heat and power, augmented by a little propane for cooking, and a wood burning stove if needed. A number of repurposed and recycled materials also went into the house.

What’s also interesting is that this super efficient house, didn’t cost that much more to build than a conventionally-built house of similar size.
Immigrants over-qualified, underpaid
(Concordia University)
Two-thirds of new immigrants to Canada have more education than their jobs require, according to a new study. Things get better the longer they stay. But the study’s author says Canada should invest in solving the problem which costs the economy an estimated $5 billion dollars a year. Immigrants need to invest too and to be patient, according to Mesbah Sharaf, an assistant professor at Concordia University’s Department of economics in Montreal.

Using data from the government’s Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada Prof. Sharaf found that six months after arriving in Canada, 76.3 per cent of men and 71.8 per cent of women had more education than their jobs required. Four years after arrival the figures improved slightly. 70.4 per cent of men and 64.6 percent of women were over-educated for their jobs. That compared with Canadian-born workers who are 44 per cent qualified.

RCI’s Lynn Desjardins spoke with Prof. Sharaf about his study.
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Old painting, new controversy
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

News 1.30.2013

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News Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

By: Jan Velinger

* The Senate has passed a bill legalising the use of marijuana for
medical purposes.

* The Prague High Court has sentenced former City Police chief Vladimir
Kotrous to five-and-a-half years in prison.

* The Czech Republic is considering providing military equipment and
training in conflict-stricken Mali.

* Outgoing President Vaclav Klaus is weighing the possibility of a post
within the structure of the European Union, daily Lidove noviny reports.

* The Office for Personal Data Protection has said the Ministry for
Labour and Social Affairs has until the end of June to correct mistakes
made in the S-Card system.



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Senate passes medical marijuana bill
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A bill legalising the use of marijuana for medical purposes has been
passed by the Czech Senate, and can take effect after being signed by
the president; 67 of 74 senators present on Wednesday voted in favour
of the legislation. Medical cannabis has been shown to be effective in
alleviating symptoms of diseases ranging from cancer to Parkinson's
disease, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Patients
will be able to purchase medical marijuana with an electronic doctor's
prescription. Critics of the bill had charged that many patients would
not be able to afford legalised marijuana unless the price was at least
partially covered by public health insurance, which insurers opposed.
According to some estimates, some patients could pay up to 10,000
crowns a month.


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High court sentences former police chief to five-and-and-a-half years
in jail
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The Prague High Court has sentenced former Prague City Police chief
Vladimir Kotrous to five-and-and-a-half years in prison, lowering his
original six-year sentence. In addition, the court ruled that Mr
Kotrous was banned from working in any of the security forces for five
years and will also have to pay a 400,000 crown fine. The former police
chief was arrested with a 150,000 crown bribe on his person last year,
which he admitted to; the prosecution charged that he had asked for an
overall sum of one million. Mr Kotrous said that his family's
unforeseen financial difficulties had led him to break the law.


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Czech government may help in EU training mission in Mali
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The Czech government is considering equipping and training a Malian
army battalion within a possible EU mission, Prime Minister Petr Necas
said on Wednesday, after the cabinet session. He added that Prague was
primarily negotiating the possibility with France, which put boots on
the ground in Mali after Islamist militants were said to be threatening
the south of the country. Great Britain is to send 330 troops to help.
Sending Czech military instructors would require the consent of not
only of the Czech government but also of Parliament. Prague is
considering not only providing military expertise and equipment but has
made clear it will send an additional three million crowns to Mali in
humanitarian aid.


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Outgoing president setting sights on EU post?
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Outgoing President Vaclav Klaus, who steps down in a little over a
month, is weighing the possibility of a post within the structure of
the European Union, Czech daily Lidove noviny reports. According to the
newspaper, citing an anonymous source close to the president, there is
a possibility the former head-of-state would even be "satisfied" with
the post of euro MP, noting elections to the European Parliament are
scheduled for next spring, enough time for Mr Klaus to launch a new
party to back his bid. Mr Klaus is widely-regarded as a staunch
eurosceptic opposed to further federalisation; any new party formed by
him would be expected to have a strong anti-federalist platform.
Several highly-placed members of the Civic Democratic Party that he
once headed, meanwhile, expressed support for the outgoing president
continuing in politics. One of Mr Klaus' closest advisors, Ladislav
Jakl, told the daily he had no information about the president's plans.


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Ministry will have to make changes to S-Card system
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The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has until the end of June to
correct mistakes made in the S-Card system, namely breaking the law on
personal data protection, the Office for Personal Data Protection
revealed on Wednesday. Either the system, which streamlines social
benefits and welfare payments, would have to be shelved by the ministry
or the current situation would have to be approved in the Chamber of
Deputies, the head of the Office for Data Protection Igor Nemec
announced. The office head explained that the ministry broke the law by
sharing client information with the bank Ceska sporitelna which
administers the S-Card system. The bureau has launched proceedings
which could lead to the ministry being fined up to 10 million crowns.
The prime minister, Petr Necas, said in response that he had expected
the tough stance by the bureau, stressing that the ministry would have
to quickly prepare legislative changes. He is planning to meet with the
minister for Labour and Social Affairs, Ludmila Mullerova of TOP 09,
saying he expected her to have concrete plans on how to move forward.


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Regional councillor for education resigns
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The councillor for education in the region of South Bohemia, the
Communist Party's Vitezslava Baborova, stepped down on Wednesday
sending a letter of resignation to regional governor Jiri Zimola. Mrs
Baborova explained in the letter that she was resigning for health
reasons. Her decision will come into effect on February 3. The
politician, as a member of the Communist Party, was strongly opposed by
students and other activists who waged a public campaign against her
instatement. The regional governor has declined to discuss possible
successors.


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Schwarzenberg team disbands
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Members of the campaign team of presidential candidate Karel
Schwarzenberg (who finished second in the recent presidential election)
have revealed they will not attempt to found a new political platform.
Spokesman Marek Prazak said the campaign team had had one goal which
was to try and get its candidate elected. He made clear that members
respected the results, despite a thin line, in the team's view, walked
by their rivals regarding some statements in the final weeks of the
campaign. Mr Prazak called on supporters to push for greater decency in
Czech politics. In the runoff election last weekend, Mr Schwarzenberg
earned more than 2.2 million votes - not enough to beat fellow
candidate Milos Zeman who received roughly 500,000 more.


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Property tax deadline looms
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Just two days remain for individuals in the Czech Republic who bought
property last year, or made substantial renovations such as adding a
garage, to file their property tax. Other property owners do not have
to meet the January deadline and can wait to receive notification from
the tax office. The property tax was raised from three to four percent
as of 2013 - part of the government's measures to generate more
revenue, complementing existing austerity measures.


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Poll: Social Democrats would win election easily, support for TOP 09
doubles
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In related news, a new poll by the CVVM agency suggests that support
for governing coalition member TOP 09, headed by Mr Schwarzenberg,
doubled during the presidential elections, jumping from a single-digit
to double figures. Support for the centre-right party would rank at 16
percent if elections were held today, mirroring the results of the
actual 2010 Parliamentary election when the party received 16.7
percent. The opposition Social Democrats also improved on recent polls
and would win the election with 38 percent of the vote. The Communists
would come second with 17.5 percent and the ruling Civic Democrats last
with 13 percent. According to the survey, no other party would pass the
five percent threshold to make it into the Chamber of Deputies.


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Poll suggests 46 percent happier with current system than with former
regime
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According to a new survey by the STEM polling agency, 46 percent of
Czechs (down from 53 percent a year ago) say the current democratic
system is better than the former Communist regime in Czechoslovakia
before 1989. One-third survey said the opposite was true, while 22
percent said the two systems measured up almost the same. STEM has run
the poll annually since 1992. That year, the highest number - 69
percent - said they said the current system was better. More than 1,100
people over the age of 18 took part in the survey which was conducted
from January 4-11.

Weather

Rainy weather is expected in the coming days, with temperatures due to
reach up to 6 degrees Celsius.



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Government's bill on tourism to introduce structure to Czech
destinations' marketing
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The Czech Republic is struggling to maintain its position on the global
tourist market. With some 8.7 million visitors in 2011, the country
ranks below other destinations in central and Eastern Europe, such as
Austria, Poland and Hungary. What's more, most tourists rarely venture
outside Prague during their relatively short stays. The government says
this is partly because the country's travel industry lacks a clear
structure when it comes to marketing and promotion. To address the
issue, it has come up with a new bill on tourism.

http://radio.cz/en/section/marketplace/governments-bill-on-tourism-to-introduce-structure-to-czech-destinations-marketing


TOP 09 demand opens fresh fissure in weak coalition
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Within hours of being elected president, Milos Zeman called for early
parliamentary elections, leading to speculation about the chances of
Petr Necas's right-of-centre coalition serving its full term. Now the
embattled prime minister is coming under pressure from within: TOP 09,
perhaps buoyed by their chairman's showing in the presidential vote, on
Tuesday issued a demand that opens a fresh fissure in the government.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/top-09-demand-opens-fresh-fissure-in-weak-coalition


Nerve-wracking weeks ahead for Pardubice as decontamination work starts
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Residents of the east Bohemian city of Pardubice could be in for an
eventful few weeks, as workmen begin the delicate task of
decontaminating an area surrounding the local Paramo oil refinery. The
work itself would normally be fairly run-of-the-mill, except for the
fact that there could be a number of unexploded bombs buried in the
ground from the Second World War.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/nerve-wracking-weeks-ahead-for-pardubice-as-decontamination-work-starts






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Government's bill on tourism to introduce structure to Czech destinations' marketing

The Czech Republic is struggling to maintain its position on the global tourist market. With some 8.7 million visitors in 2011, the country ranks below other destinations in central and Eastern Europe, such as Austria, Poland and Hungary. What's more, most tourists rarely venture outside Prague during their relatively short stays. The government says this is partly because the country's travel industry lacks a clear structure when it comes to marketing and promotion. To address the issue, it has come up with a new bill on tourism.

TOP 09 demand opens fresh fissure in weak coalition

Within hours of being elected president, Miloš Zeman called for early parliamentary elections, leading to speculation about the chances of Petr Nečas's right-of-centre coalition serving its full term. Now the embattled prime minister is coming under pressure from within: TOP 09, perhaps buoyed by their chairman's showing in the presidential vote, on Tuesday issued a demand that opens a fresh fissure in the government.

Nerve-wracking weeks ahead for Pardubice as decontamination work starts

Residents of the east Bohemian city of Pardubice could be in for an eventful few weeks, as workmen begin the delicate task of decontaminating an area surrounding the local Paramo oil refinery. The work itself would normally be fairly run-of-the-mill, except for the fact that there could be a number of unexploded bombs buried in the ground from the Second World War.

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Breast Cancer: simple things to reduce your risk
(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation wants to make people aware of an important fact.  Most people presume that breast cancer can’t be helped, being either a case of “its in your genes”, or perhaps, bad luck.

The CBCF has just launched a campaign called “Reduce Your Risk” in which it points out that with a few simple lifestyle changes you can reduce your risk of getting breast cancer by as much as a third.

Those simple steps include; maintaining a healthy body weight (through exercise and healthy diet), reducing alcohol consumption, quitting smoking, limiting use of hormone therapy during menopause and, reducing exposure to environmental carcinogens and hormone disruptors
Canadian corporate 'cash hogs' sitting on $575 billlion
(Photo Canadian Labour Congress)
According to the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) big business is hoarding money from tax giveways and not investing it. In a study relased Tuesday (Jan 29) the Congress concluded the total cash reserves of Canada's largest non-financial private corporations rose from $187 billion to $575 billion between 2001 and 2011.

In comparison, the entire federal budget deficit of 2010-11 was $33.4 billion.

The CLC released the study "What did Corporate Tax Cuts Deliver?", as it held a "cash hog" race Tuesday to show which company was the biggest cash hoarder. The Congress represents about 3.3 million workers in union federations and unions across Canada.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to the CLC's Secretary-Treasurer Hassan Yussuf.
Western U helping international students
courtesy Le Chen
Getting help with the English language and acclimatizing to the culture of Canada are important for international students. That’s the view of Western University in the heart of Canada’s central province of Ontario. So the university is launching a new English Language Centre to help international students in several ways starting in September. RCI’s Lynn Desjardins has details
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7th annual Lindalee Tracey Award for emerging filmmakers, submissions open until March 8th
It's an award that celebrates the social engagement and talent of award winning filmmaker Linda Lee Tracey who died in 2006 of breast cancer at the age of 49. [...]
Canada's JUNO Music Awards launch JUNO TV
If you love Canadian music, or want to discover some, it's become easier thanks to the launch Tuesday (Jan 29) of JUNO TV, a new initiative of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) which is responsible for Canada's national music awards, the Junos. [...]
Snowshoeing: an Olympic sport?
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It’s a tough sport, yet it’s a sport that continues to gain in popularity. Ottaw triathlete Jamie Stewart gave snowshoe racing a try this past weekend at an event near Canada’s capital city, Ottawa. He said that as a distance runner, he thought 2.5[...]
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