Sunday, February 24, 2013

News 2.24.2013

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News Sunday, February 24th, 2013

By: Jan Richter

* Air pollution in the Moravian-Silesian region has exceeded permitted
levels.

* New legislation proposed by the Education Ministry should curb the
practice of placing Roma children to special schools.

* Czech hospitals register little interest in "above-standard" care and
services.

* Czech cinematographers have handed out their annual awards.

* In tennis, Tomas Berdych has lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final
of an ATP tournament in Marseilles.



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Air pollution deteriorate in north-eastern Czech Republic
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Air pollution in the Moravian-Silesian region in the north-east of the
country exceeded permitted levels on Sunday. All measuring stations in
the region reported excessive levels of particulate matter in the air;
the area of Frydek Mistek has been most affected, according to the
Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. The region is one the most
polluted in Europe, mainly due to heavy industry, traffic and the use
of household furnaces. Meteorologists don't expect the situation to
improve in the coming days.


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Snow and ice continue to disrupt traffic
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Up to 16 cm of fresh snow fell in the Czech Republic on Saturday,
disrupting traffic in most parts of the country. Hundreds of road
accidents occurred over the weekend which killed three people and left
dozens of injured. Most roads continue to be covered with snow and ice
on Sunday, mainly in the elevated Vysocina region; the authorities have
asked drivers to take extra care or stay off the roads if they can as
more snow is expected in the western part of the country. Two flights
from Prague's Vaclav Havel Airport have been cancelled.


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New legislation to curb Roma segregation in schools
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The Czech Education Ministry has come up with new legislation that
should curb the practice of placing disproportionately high number of
Roma children in special schools, the news website idnes.cz reported on
Sunday. The Czech Republic has been consistently criticized for
including many Roma children into programmes for children with light
mental disabilities. The new legislation will oblige school directors
to report the number of pupils in such programmes, a statistics that is
now not available. The ministry also wants to increase control over
institutions diagnosing schoolchildren, and introduce standards to make
sure only mentally disabled children are included in the programmes.
The new legislation should come into force in July.


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CTK: little interest in hospital's above-standard care
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Czech hospitals have registered little interest in "above-standard"
care and services since January 2012 when new legislation allowed them
to offer such options for extra fees, the news agency CTK reported on
Sunday. Few patients are willing to pay more for higher-quality contact
lenses, lighter plaster casts, some vaccines or another 15 items
approved by the Health Ministry. Most of those willing to pay extra do
so to be able to get better rooms during their hospital stays. The
ministry estimates that nationwide, between 30 and 40 million crowns
was collected for "above-standard" services, a small fraction of annual
health care costs that amount to around 300 billion.


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Czech cinematographers hand out annual awards
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The Czech cinematographers' association handed out their annual awards
in Prague on Saturday. The prize for best camera in feature film went
to Marek Jicha for the movie Love is Love while Petr Koblovsky won the
award for best camera in TV film for the film Applause. Petr Polach,
who died last year, was recognized for his life-time contribution to
cinematography.


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Patient injures doctor in Tabor hospital
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The police have arrested a man who injured a doctor in a hospital in
Tabor, in southern Bohemia, a spokesman said on Sunday. The incident
took place on Friday, when the patient assaulted the doctor, stabbing
him with a knife. The attacker then ran away but was detained a few
hours later. The man, who was reported to be in poor mental state, was
taken to a Prague psychiatric hospital.


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Tennis: Berdych loses Marseilles final
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Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych lost 6-3, 6-7, 4-6 to France's
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final of ATP tournament in Marseilles on
Sunday. The Czech, ranked sixth in the world, failed to win his first
title of the season despite earning a match point in the tie-break of
the second set. Meanwhile, the leading Czech woman player, Petra
Kvitova, won her first title this season after she beat Italy's Sara
Errani 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in the final of a WTA tournament in Dubai on
Saturday.


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Weather
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The next few days should see a spell of warmer weather, with rain and
daytime highs between 2 and 6 degrees Celsius.



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Folk-jazz-chanson singer Martina Trchova
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In this week's edition of Sunday Music Show we profile a talented young
artist: singer and songwriter Martina Trchova. With her mix of folk,
jazz and chanson Martina is popular at clubs and festivals around the
country. She has two highly successful CDs to her name and a third one
in the making.

http://radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/folk-jazz-chanson-singer-martina-trchova






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