Saturday, April 6, 2013

News 4.6.2013

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News Saturday, April 6th, 2013

By: Ian Willoughby

* The minister of foreign affairs has raised the possibility of a deal
with the president on the appointment of ambassadors.

* The Ministry of Transport has played down a press report suggesting
it wants to create a central register of bicycles.

* A 56-year-old woman died from methanol poisoning in a hospital in
north Moravia on Friday.

* The Czech Republic are leading 2:1 on matches against Kazakhstan in
the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup.

* Tomas Rosicky scored twice for Arsenal in an English Premier League
game on Saturday.

Schwarzenberg raises possibility of deal with Zeman over ambassadors

The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Karel Schwarzenberg, has raised
the possibility of a deal with President Milos Zeman on the appointment
of ambassadors, an issue on which the two men have been at loggerheads.
In a newspaper interview, Mr. Schwarzenberg said he would propose
Communist Party MEP and former cosmonaut Vladimir Remek, who enjoys Mr.
Zeman's support, for the post of envoy to Moscow, if the president
approved his suggestions for other ambassadorial positions. In a
separate interview, the foreign minister said former defence minister
Alexandr Vondra would make a good ambassador to Israel. However, he has
insisted that former first lady Lidia Klausova, who Mr. Zeman is
pushing, is not qualified to become Czech ambassador to Bratislava.

Ministry of Transport officials play down bicycle register idea

The Ministry of Transport has played down a report in Mlada fronta Dnes
suggesting that it is proposing the creation of central register of
bicycles in a bid to reduce the number of thefts. A ministry official
said on Saturday afternoon that the idea was only aimed at fostering
debate on the issue of bicycle thefts. The prime minister, Petr Necas,
had said earlier in the day that a register of that type, which would
cost around CZK 20 million, would only increase bureaucracy. Last year
nearly 8,000 bicycles were stolen in the Czech Republic, where the
total number of bikes is around 4 million, Mlada fronta Dnes said.

Death of woman from methanol poisoning 25th in Moravian-Silesian Region

A 56-year-old woman died from methanol poisoning in a hospital in
Orlova, north Moravia on Friday. She was the 25th victim of methanol
poisoning in the Moravia-Silesia Region, while over 40 people have died
around the Czech Republic since the first such death last summer. The
Ministry of Health imposed a ban on sales of all spirits for a two-week
period in September in a bid to deal with a health crisis stemming from
illegally-produced poisonous booze. Police are still warning against
the consumption of old bottles of spirits and of alcohol of uncertain
provenance lacking the correct stamps.

Saturday marks 135th anniversary of foundation of Social Democratic

Saturday marks the 135th anniversary of the foundation of the Social
Democratic Party, which is today the Czech Republic's largest left-wing
grouping. The party was established at the Kastan house of culture in
the Prague district of Brevnov on April 7 1878 as part of the Austrian
Social Democrats. Present-day leaders laid a wreath at the
still-functioning Kastan on Friday, while on Saturday an anniversary
ball is being held at the National House in Prague's Vinohrady district.

Czechs lead Kazakhstan in Davis Cup quarter-final

The Czech Republic are leading 2:1 on matches against Kazakhstan in the
quarter-finals of the Davis Cup. On Friday, the Czechs - who are
without the country's men's number one, Tomas Berdych - got off to a
perfect start when Jan Hajek and Lukas Rosol won their singles matches
to open up a 2:0 lead. However, in Saturday's doubles rubber Hajek and
Radek Stepanek were beaten 7-6 6-4 6-3 by Evgeny Korolev and Yuriy
Schukin. The Czechs are the defending Davis Cup champions after taking
the trophy in Prague at the end of last year.

Rosicky scores twice in Arsenal win

The Czech soccer captain Tomas Rosicky scored both goals for Arsenal in
a 2:1 win over West Bromwich Albion in an English Premier League game
on Saturday. They were his first league goals of the season. The
midfielder, who is 32, had headed a shot of the line to prevent a West
Brom lead when the score stood at 0:0. Rosicky has said he will
consider his future at Arsenal in the summer, after not being a regular
starter this term.

Around 12,000 take part in Prague Half Marathon

Around 12,000 people took part in the Prague Half Marathon on Saturday.
The race was won by Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea in a time of 1:00:10,
meaning organisers' hopes of a world record in the 15th edition of the
race were dashed. The fastest of the women was Kenya's Gladys Cheron,
who set an event record of 1:06:47. The full Prague Marathon takes
place on May 12.


It should be cloudy with some sunny spells in the next couple of days.
Temperatures are expected to reach a maximum of 9 degrees Celsius.

Articles posted on today

Mailbox 6.4.2013

Today in Mailbox: Czech singer Jitka Molavcova, her 1970 Christmas song
and an album of Australian folk songs; answers to last month's
listeners' quiz question plus a brand new question for April. Listeners
quoted: Tony Prescott, Hans Verner Lollike, Valery Luhovski, Ian
Morrison, Meng Cheng, Uday Nayak, Chun-quan Meng, Jaroslaw Jedrzejczak,
Jayanta Chakrabarty, Eyamin Hossain.

The Grim Toother

Welcome to another edition of SoundCzech. In today's edition we'll be
hearing a song called called Zubata by the legendary Czech band Prazsky
vyber. The root of the word Zubata is zub, which means tooth. Zubata,
could be loosely translated as 'Ol' Toothy' or the 'Grim Toother',
referring to the Grim Reaper and his unflinching skeletal grin. One
difference is that in Czech, Death is female.

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