Saturday, January 5, 2013

News 1.5.2013

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News Saturday, January 5th, 2013

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Persistent rain has resulted in local flooding in north-western
Bohemia.

* Presidential candidate Milos Zeman is widely perceived as the winner
of a one-on-one television debate with his main rival Jan Fischer.

* Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg has rejected as unfounded
safety concerns over the planned completion of the Temelin nuclear
power plant.

* Liquor sales have dropped by 10 percent in the wake of the methanol
poisonings.

* A recently amnestied prisoner has been charged with the death of a
55-year-old man.



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Flood alert in north-western Bohemia
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Persistent rain has resulted in local flooding in north-western
Bohemia. Many villages in the Plzen, Karlovy Vary and Usti nad Labem
regions are on high flood alert and firemen have been pumping water
from gardens and cellars. Several smaller roads in the area have had to
be closed to traffic. Although water levels have now stopped rising
meteorologists are predicting more rain in the coming days.


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Zeman perceived as winner of election debate with Jan Fischer
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Presidential candidate Milos Zeman is widely perceived as the winner of
a one-on-one television debate with his main rival Jan Fischer. Both
experts and the public gave Mr. Zeman higher marks, saying he had
appeared more confident, more at ease and better prepared than his
rival. The two former prime ministers, who have been running neck to
neck in recent polls, were also given questions in English and Russian
to test their language skills. The debate organized by commercial TV
Prima Family was tailored according to presidential debates in the US.


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Czech foreign minister in defense of Temelin nuclear plant
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Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg has rejected as unfounded
safety concerns over the planned completion of the Temelin nuclear
power plant saying the country fully adheres to all international
safety norms. In an interview for the Austrian magazine Profil, Mr.
Schwarzenberg said the Czech Republic would not backtrack on its plans
to build two more nuclear reactors at Temelin. He dismissed safety
concerns stemming from the Fukushima nuclear disaster as irrelevant
saying that the last tsunami the Czech lands experienced would have
been about 500 million years ago and it was unlikely to occur for
several thousand more years.


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Liquor sales down after methanol poisonings
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Liquor sales are reported to have dropped by 10 percent in the wake of
the methanol poisonings. According to the head of the Union of Spirits
Producers Petr Pavlik, 2012 was the worst year for Czech spirits
producers since 1990. Czechs are not only consuming less spirits in
pubs and restaurants, they are also shunning home liquor brands in
favour of costlier imported labels and drinking more wine and beer.
Vodka sales in particular are significantly lower.


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Amnestied prisoner suspected of manslaughter
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A recently amnestied prisoner has been charged with the death of a
55-year-old man. The suspect has been charged with inflicting grievous
bodily harm resulting in death. The victim was found dead with facial
wounds and other injuries. Two other amnestied prisoners have also been
arrested after stealing money from a local bar within hours of being
released. The broad amnesty declared by President Vaclav Klaus on
January 1st has been widely criticized both by the government and
opposition. According to the Justice Ministry it may relate to an
estimated 32,000 people.


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Man drowns after diving into Morava River at night
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A 32-year-old man drowned in the Morava River in Olomouc after taking a
dive from a bridge in order to impress his two female companions. The
trio had been drinking at a bar nearby prior to the incident. Two
officers who were in the vicinity tried in vain to save the man and one
of them nearly lost his own life in the rain-swollen river. Divers
later found the man's body several miles downstream.


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Derelict building collapses after heavy rain
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A derelict building in the centre of Beroun collapsed in the early
hours of Saturday. Fears that there could be squatters buried under the
debris proved unfounded, although firemen sifting through the wreckage
found personal belongings, bottles and cigarette butts. According to a
police spokeswoman the building collapsed due to long years of neglect
and the present adverse weather conditions. It had been raining heavily
in the area for several days.


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Weather
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The coming days should bring more overcast skies and rain with day
temperatures between 2 and 6 degrees Celsius.



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Playing chicken at zebra crossings
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Sometimes I walk out in front of moving cars. But not very often, and
only at zebra crossings. That's because, sadly, stepping onto the road
- naturally allowing oneself space and time to jump back should the
driver be a psycho, not just a jerk - is often the only way of
asserting one's rights as a pedestrian in this city.

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Paul Kaye: twenty years of the Czech-Slovak border
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How have Czechs and Slovaks got used to the border between their two
countries twenty years after the split of Czechoslovakia? A British
journalist decided to find out by travelling the length of the border
last summer by bicycle and producing a book on his experiences. In
Czech Books, David Vaughan finds out more.

http://radio.cz/en/section/books/paul-kaye-twenty-years-of-the-czech-slovak-border

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Magazine 5.1.2013
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In Magazine: two break-away villages celebrate their independence,
getting rid of the wurst is no easy task, working pensioners rebel
against the government's austerity measures and a wristwatch that's not
for sale.

http://radio.cz/en/section/magazine/magazine-2013-01-05






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