Saturday, March 30, 2013

News 3.30.2013

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News Saturday, March 30th, 2013

By: Jan Richter

* Up to 20 centimetres of wet snow is expected in parts of the Czech
Repbulic overnight and on Sunday, meteorologists warn.

* The police have launched a nationwide drunk-driving crackdown.

* A Czech businessman abducted in southern France earlier this month
was murdered, the daily Pravo reported.

* Prague zoo has opened a new habitat for elephants and hippos.

* The Czech Republic, along with the rest of Europe, switches to summer
time at 2 AM on Sunday when clocks move forward by one hour.



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Heavy snow expected on Saturday night, Sunday
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Up to 20 centimetres of heavy wet snow is expected to fall in the
south, east and north-east of the Czech Republic, meteorologists
warned. Around 50 cm of snow could fall in the north-eastern Jeseniky
and Beskydy mountains. Roads in parts of the country could also be
covered with snow and ice. Meteorologists also said this March was set
to be the coldest on record since 1987.


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Police launch drunk-driving crackdown
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The Czech police on Saturday launched a nationwide crackdown against
drunk driving. Around 1,500 police officers will take part in the
campaign organized along with the Czech Malt and Brewing Association
which gives drivers who pass alcohol test a free tester and a sample of
alcohol-free beer. The campaign will last until Monday.


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Interior Ministry to pull municipal police bill
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Interior Minister Jan Kubice will pull a bill extending the powers of
municipal police forces from the lower house, the news agency CTK
reported on Saturday. The bill was approved by the government last
August; however, debates in several committees of the Chamber of
Deputies showed it would not gain enough support on the floor. The
issue is to be discussed by the cabinet next week.


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Missing Czech businessman "murdered"
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A Czech businessman abducted in southern France earlier this month was
murdered, the daily Pravo reported on Saturday quoting police sources.
The 72-year-old man arrived in Nice on March 6 to close a real-estate
deal with two Czech nationals but was abducted on his way from the
airport. The police reportedly believe he was shot dead by one of the
clients; his body has been discovered in the French Alps, the daily
said. The police arrested two people in the Czech Republic in
connection with the case.


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Prague zoo opens new elephant, hippo habitat
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Prague zoo opened a new habitat for elephants and hippos on Saturday.
The occasion was accompanied by a name-giving ceremony for a baby
elephant which was born in January. The elephant girl was named Sita.
The new habitat, which cost over 500 million crowns, will allow the zoo
to extend its elephant breeding programme, zoo's management said.
Prague zoo has bred elephants since 1933; it now has seven female, one
male and one baby elephant.


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Czech Republic switches to summer time
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The Czech Republic switches to summer time, or daylight saving time, at
2 AM on Sunday, along with the rest of Europe. Summer time will end in
October. The change will affect 15 express trains which will be delayed
by an hour, Czech Railways said. In the Czech Republic, summer time was
first introduced during WWI and then again during WWII. It was
abolished in 1949 but brought back by the communist authorities in 1979.


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Hockey: Slavia ties semifinal series against Plzen
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Regular season winners Slavia Prague beat Plzen 3:2 in the fourth game
of the best-of-seven semifinal series of the Czech hockey league
playoffs on Friday night, and tied the series 2:2. The fifth game is
scheduled on Monday. In the other semifinal series which continues on
Saturday, Zlin is tied 1:1 with Trinec.


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Weather
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The prolonged Easter weekend will be partly cloudy, with rain and later
snow, mainly in the south and east of the country. Daytime highs should
range between 1 and 5 degrees Celsius.



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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Elena Buixaderas: a Spanish poet in Prague
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At a crossroads in Europe, the Czech capital has always been an
international city and has attracted writers from many parts of the
world. But, despite the rich historical links between the two countries
going back to the 16th century and beyond, we would not normally
associate modern Prague with Spain. One person who has been building
literary Spanish-Czech bridges for the best part of two decades is the
Prague based Spanish poet, Elena Buixaderas. She is David Vaughan's
guest in Czech Books.

http://radio.cz/en/section/books/elena-buixaderas-a-spanish-poet-in-prague


It's not Easter without a good whipping!
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Prague welcomed Easter early this year, maybe even earlier than usual.
The cold weather and the return of snow almost made me forget a few
weeks ago that spring and the Easter holiday are around the corner. But
the rows of identical house-like stalls that one morning landed on one
of my favorite squares in Prague - Namesti Miru - served as a somewhat
cynical reminder.

http://radio.cz/en/section/letter/its-not-easter-without-a-good-whipping


Magazine 30.3.2013
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In Magazine: Czech bettors lose money on the new Pope; a good way to
beat the cold is to attend the annual wine-tasting event From wine
cellar to wine cellar; check out the capital's latest attraction: a six
star one-room hotel and, a police search is on for 19th century
explorer Emil Holub's pipe.

http://radio.cz/en/section/magazine/magazine-2013-03-30






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