Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Czech Republic Will Sign Agreement About Controversial Radar Base With U.S. on May 5

Prague - A written agreement between the governments of the Czech Republic and the United States concerning the placement of a controversial American radar base on Czech soil should be signed on May 5, 2008, during a conference in Prague about missile defense with participation by U.S Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary General of NATO Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. The text of the agreement is expected to be finalized next week at the NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania, according to Czech diplomatic spokesperson Zuzana Opletalova, who added that "now it is a question of organization rather than negotiation". (sources: Pravo,

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Vaclav Klaus Will Sign His Czech Presidential Oath With A $60,000 Pen

Prague - On Friday Vaclav Klaus will sign his second Czech presidential oath of office, this time with a limited edition pen that would carry a $60,000 price tag if it were actually for sale. The pen is part of a set of ten created especially for Czech presidents by Koh-i-noor and donated by the company to the government. Koh-i-noor's company director Hardtmuth Vlastislav Briza said the inspiration for creating the pens came from the first time Vaclav Klaus signed his oath of office five years ago, when the pen given to him wouldn't write and he had to use his own instead. The new presidential pens are made from the highest quality materials including 18-karat gold and platinum. (source: Pravo)

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Prague's Homeless "Boat People" Now Have Their Own Lawyer

Prague - The city of Prague's homeless people already have a unique shelter, a renovated boat house on the banks of the Vltava River. The shelter provides clean and modern overnight accommodation including hot meals for more than 150 people per night. As of today the city has added the services of a lawyer on the boat twice a month to help the homeless cope with such issues as debts and personal bankruptcy proceedings. (sources: CTK,

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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Almost 10% of the Czech Republic Lost Power Yesterday in High Winds

Prague - Almost 10% of the population of the Czech Republic, or nearly one million people were intermittently without power on Saturday and Sunday because of extremely high winds that were clocked by meteorologists at up to 140 kilometers/hour (86 miles/hour). Falling trees were responsible for at least two deaths over the weekend. Severe thunderstorms also knocked out rail transportation and mobile telecommunications networks throughout the country. (source: CTK)

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