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Friday May 31 2013 edition

HIGHLIGHTS

Diabetes rate increasing faster among Canadians of Chinese origin

Diabetes rates are climbing precipitously in Canada, but much more so among people of Chinese origin according to a new study. The incidence of diabetes increased 15 times between 1996 and 2005 in that group, but rose only 24 per cent in people of European extraction, as found researchers from the Institute for ...

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Eye on the Arctic - Biodiversity report singles out Canada’s North

Each week, Eye on the Arctic features stories and newsmakers from Canada’s northern regions.

When people think of biodiversity hotspots, it’s often places like the Amazon or the tropics that come to mind.

But in a recent report titled “10 Cool Canadian Biodiversity Hotspots,” several regions in Canada’s North made the final cut.

The list was put ...

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As protests continue against Canada's Eldorado Gold in Greece, delegation in Canada

Maria Kadoglou admits for some Greeks the image of Canada has changed because of mining companies like Eldorado Gold.

Kadoglou, a member of Hellenic Mining Watch, is part of a delegation from Northern Greece in a four city pan-Canadian tour to protest mining projects of Eldorado Gold, including one in the densely populated area of Halkidiki, and an ...

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

More cougar attack incidents in Canada

Cougar attacks seem to be in the news this month, earlier this month in the west coast province of British Columbia a young man managed to scare off a cougar who was attacking his dog, and narrowly missed a serious confrontation himself.

In Alberta earlier this week, near Banff, a young man walking along in the north side of ...

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Canadian province rejects Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal

The government of the Pacific coast province of British Columbia (B.C.)  has rejected a proposal for the Northern Gateway pipeline project, saying it fails to address the province's environmental concerns.

The announcement was made Friday (May 31) in a written submission to the Northern Gateway Pipeline Joint Review Panel.

"British Columbia thoroughly reviewed all of the evidence and submissions ...

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Smoking tobacco still a leading cause of death in Canada

Smoking rates have been falling for the last 25 years in Canada but smoking tobacco is still the leading cause of preventable disease and death. 19.9 per cent of Canadians smoked in 2011.

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day as declared by the World Health Organization. This year’s theme is a ban on tobacco advertising, ...

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Court refuses quest to identify sperm-donor father

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused the appeal of Olivia Pratten who wants to know the identity of her biological father. Sperm donations are solicited in Canada by heterosexual couples where the mail partner has fertility issues or by single women who want a child or by lesbian couples.

Pratten had argued that offspring like her should ...

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Developer sues government over wartime and post-war bombs

A Vancouver development company says the federal government should have told it that the property it bought might be littered with leftover unexploded bombs.


The developer's land overlooks scenic Kalamalka Lake, a popular boating destination just south of Vernon, B.C. © (LN/Wikimedia Commons)

The 546 hectare ...

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Canadian couple's backyard dig reveals meteorite may have killed mammoths

A Canadian couple's archaeological project at a lakeside cottage may have unearthed proof of comet or meteor hits that wiped out mammoths.

A new study posted by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sceinces of the United States of America lists a number of spots on earth suggesting "extraterrestrial (ET) impact" comets or meteors could explain a change of ...

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News 5.31.2013

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Copyright (c) 2013 Radio Prague (Cesky Rozhlas 7 - Radio Praha)

News Friday, May 31st, 2013

By: Jan Richter

* The Czech Finance Ministry will ease austerity and instead focus on
stimulating economic growth.

* The Czech police have raided the National Stud Farm in Kladruby as
well as other sites in a major anti-corruption operation.

* Meteorologists have declared flood alert on several rivers in the
west and north of the Czech Republic.



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Finance Ministry to ease austerity, stimulate growth
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The Czech Finance Ministry will temporarily ease austerity measures;
instead, it will use government spending to stimulate economic growth,
the news agency CTK reported on Friday quoting the ministry's fiscal
outlook. The ministry expects this year's deficit of Czech public
finances to drop to 2.8 percent of GDP from 4.4 percent in 2012; in the
following years, the deficit should remain at similar levels. The
ministry therefore believes it will be able to use government spending
to stimulate economic growth. According to the latest predictions, the
Czech economy should stagnate this year, and grown by around 1.2
percent of GDP in 2014.


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Police raid national stud farm
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The organized crime unit of the Czech police on Friday raided the
national stud farm Kladruby nad Labem, a subsidiary of the Agriculture
Ministry, a police spokesman said. The raid is part of a large-scale
operation in a number of places in eastern Bohemia and the capital. The
police have not disclosed any further details, and said a report would
be released next week. Some reports suggest the police operation is
related to the distribution of EU's cohesion funds in eastern Bohemia.


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President to meet prime minister over ambassadorial appointments
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President Milos Zeman wants to meet with Prime Minister Petr Necas in
the coming days to settle an ongoing dispute over ambassadorial
appointments, the president told reporters on Friday. President Zeman
and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg have failed to reach agreement
on appointing some Czech ambassadors. Mr Schwarzenberg refused to
accept the president's nominations for several Czech embassies until
the president approves his own candidates. On Thursday, the foreign
minister said he would bypass Mr Zeman by filling vacancies at
embassies with envoys in lower diplomatic ranks.


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Czech Republic drops again in IMD competitiveness chart
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The Czech Republic fell for the fourth time in a row in the
competitiveness chart of the International Institute for Management
Development (IMD), this time by two notches to 35th spot. The US topped
the chart of 60 countries this year, followed by Switzerland and Hong
Kong. Among the EU countries that joined the bloc in 2004, the Czech
Republic placed 3rd behind Lithuania, in 31st spot, and Poland which
ranked 33rd.


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New survey fails to confirm rising support for Civic Democrats
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A new survey by the ppm factum agency, released on Friday, failed to
confirm rising support for the senior coalition Civic Democrats. The
Social Democrats came out as the most popular party in the poll, with
24.9 percent of voter support, followed by the coalition TOP 09 group
with 16.2 percent. The Civic Democrats rank third with 14.5 percent.
Another poll conducted by the STEM agency earlier this month suggested
the Civic Democrats had edged TOP 09 to rank second among the most
popular parties.


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STAN to continue association with coalition TOP 09 party
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The STAN party of mayors and independents agreed to continue their
association with the TOP 09 group. At their congress in Prague on
Friday, STAN delegates agreed to continue cooperating on the national
level with the right-of-centre TOP 09 group until 2017. The STAN won
three seats in the lower house on TOP 09 ballots. Friday's STAN
conference was addressed by President Milos Zeman, who told party
delegates he supported some of their priorities including the direct
election of mayors.


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Prague airport cancels flights due to fog
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Prague's Vaclav Havel International Airport has cancelled 32 flights on
Friday due to dense fog in the capital. Another dozen incoming flights
have been diverted to airports in Brno, Ostrava and Dresden, Germany, a
spokeswoman for the airport said. The cancelled flights include
connections to Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich, and other European
destinations. More arriving flights could be cancelled later on Friday
if dense fog persists.


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Crossbow killer lands 10 years in jail
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A court in Ostrava on Friday sentenced a 39-year-old man to ten years
in prison for killing a Romany man with a crossbow. The killing
occurred in the north-eastern town of Chotebuz last April when four
Romany men searched for scrap metal outside the convicted man's house.
The man said he though they were thieves; he told them to leave and
fired a bolt at them as they were getting in the car, hitting one of
them in the head. The man later died in hospital. The court rejected
the man's claim he acted in self-defence and said the attacker was
aware he could inflict severe injuries.


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Court clears alleged cash van robbers
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A court in Prague on Friday cleared two men of robbery charges. The men
had been sentenced to 10 and 12 years in jail, respectively, for
robbing 154 million crowns from a cash van in Prague in 2002; one of
the men was tried in absentia. However, the trial was reopened last
year after he was extradited from the Dominican Republic. On Friday,
the court said there was no reliable evidence showing the men in fact
took part in the crime.


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Meteorologists warn of rising water levels on rivers
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Meteorologists have declared flood alert on several rivers mainly n in
the north and west of the Czech Republic. Heavy rain has also swollen
the Vltava in Prague where City Hall on Friday closed sections of the
embankment. Up to 70 mm of precipitation is expected to fall in the
borderland regions over the weekend.


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Weather
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The weekend will be mostly overcast with heavy rain expected across the
country. Daytime highs should range between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius.



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Incentives in film industry help draw major foreign productions
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In less than a fortnight, principal photography will begin on one of
the most significant film productions in the Czech Republic this year,
the adaptation of Tom Rob Smith's Child 44. The thriller, a bestseller
published in 2009, tells the story of a police detective in the Soviet
Union who gets on the wrong side of his bosses. The film of the book
represents a major investment and boost in Czech products and services.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/incentives-in-film-industry-help-draw-major-foreign-productions


Business News 31.5.2013
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In this week's Business news: Central bank governor says the Czech
Republic won't adopt the Euro before 2019; The OECD lowers the
forecasted growth for the Czech GDP to -1.0 percent; The automomotive
industry increased revenues by 7 percent last year; Google releases
Business Photos in the Czech Republic; Bosch plans to hire 100 more
engineers for its South Bohemian innovation center.

http://radio.cz/en/section/economic/business-news-2013-05-31






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Incentives in film industry help draw major foreign productions

In less than a fortnight, principal photography will begin on one of the most significant film productions in the Czech Republic this year, the adaptation of Tom Rob Smith's Child 44. The thriller, a bestseller published in 2009, tells the story of a police detective in the Soviet Union who gets on the wrong side of his bosses. The film of the book represents a major investment and boost in Czech products and services.

Business News 31.5.2013

In this week's Business news: Central bank governor says the Czech Republic won't adopt the Euro before 2019; The OECD lowers the forecasted growth for the Czech GDP to -1.0 percent; The automomotive industry increased revenues by 7 percent last year; Google releases Business Photos in the Czech Republic; Bosch plans to hire 100 more engineers for its South Bohemian innovation center.

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Thursday May 30 2013 edition

HIGHLIGHTS

Canadian First Nation Cree leader Ashley Iserfhoff in conversation

Just back as a keynote speaker at the first meeting of the World Indigenous Network in Darwin Australia, Ashley Iserhoff talked to RCI about his presentation and the challenges facing indigenous peoples both in Canada and around the world.

Ashley Iserhoff is the Deputy Grand Chief of the Grand Council of Eeyou Istchee (People's Land) of a vast territory ...

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Plant life buried and frozen for 400 years, and.... still alive.

It was an amazing discovery and debunked a previously held theory.

Dr La Farge at the margin of the Tear Drop Galcier, Sverdrup Pass, C Ellesmere Island, Nunavut. The sky is just visible at the top of the glacier surface to the left © courtesy C La ...

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Prepare for more extreme weather warns insurance industry

“Protect Yourself from the Effects of Climate Change,” warns the Insurance Bureau of Canada on one of its web pages. “Are you disaster-ready?” 

The frequency, severity and cost of extreme weather in Canada are increasing said Don Forgeron, president and CEO of the bureau. “Storms that used to happen once every 40 or 50 ...

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CANADIAN HEADLINES

Canadian couple's backyard dig reveals meteorite may have killed mammoths

A Canadian couple's archaeological project at a lakeside cottage may have unearthed proof of comet or meteor hits that wiped out mammoths.

A new study posted by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sceinces of the United States of America lists a number of spots on earth suggesting "extraterrestrial (ET) impact" comets or meteors could explain a change of ...

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Valuable historic treasures at risk, say collectors.

In June, the western province of British Columbia will begin a month-long amnesty programme for people to turn in unwanted and unauthorized firearms.

The provincial government, which announced the amnesty in February, says this will help remove guns from communities, and reduce risk of them falling into the hands of criminals.

However, police know the gun amnesty program ...

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A coalition of women's groups seeks “third way” regarding Canada’s prostitution laws

Should prostitution be legalized, remain illegal, or is there a "third way"?  Starting June 13th, The Supreme Court of Canada will examine this country’s prostitution laws.

The Women’s Coalition for the Abolition of Prostitution is preparing for its intervention in the case which stemmed from an Ontario Court of Appeal decision.   That ruling struck down a Criminal Code provision ...

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Canadian bankers get paid millions

Canadian banking executives were among the highest-paid in North America last year, with three in the top 10 according to a new survey.

The Royal Bank’s Gordon Nixon is in fourth spot with a total pay package of $13.1 million says the Bloomberg Markets magazine survey.

Next are Bank of Nova Scotia’s Richard Waugh in seventh ...

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Shrinking snowpack suggests future water shortages

Western Canadians depend on melting snowpack in the Rocky Mountains to provide them with water but that snowpack is rapidly diminishing. Snowpack in the U.S. Rockies has shrunk by about 20 per cent since 1980, largely because of warmer springs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

"The trends we do see in Canada are consistent with this ...

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Eritrean diplomat ordered out of Canada

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has announced an Eritrean diplomat has until June 5th to leave Canada.

In a statement released Wednesday (May 29) Baird said: "Canada has taken steps to expel (declare persona non grata) Mr. Semere Ghebremariam O. Micael, consul and head of the Eritrean Consulate General in Toronto, effective immediately. Mr. O. Micael must leave ...

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