A medical study conducted by researchers at Masaryk University suggests that people living in the vicinity of the Temelin nuclear power plant do not suffer any adverse psychological effects from the plant's close proximity. The study involved a thousand Temelin locals and a thousand people from other areas. According to the results, the incidence of depression among people living near Temelin is lower than the average in the Czech Republic. Nevertheless many respondents living close to the plant said that they felt they did not have as much control over their lives as people elsewhere.
The world athletics governing body IAAF has announced it will not take any action against Czech decathletes Roman Sebrle and Tomas Dvorak over glucose injections they were given during the World Championship in Helsinki. The IAAF said in a statement that "a full investigation into alleged intravenous infusions by the athletes had been completed and it had been agreed that no further action would be taken". It was ascertained that the glucose injections were administered for medical reasons by the team doctor after the athletes complained they were dehydrated. This was allegedly performed in front of ten witnesses. While glucose is not a banned substance, injections are only allowed during competition for "legitimate and acute medical reasons".
The Czech intelligence services have rejected claims in the press that Prague is high on the list of a future terrorist attack. The daily Pravo wrote in its Saturday edition that an attack on the Czech capital is highly likely, for many reasons, among them the fact that it is a popular destination for Jewish tourists. The daily enumerates several possible scenarios, including bomb explosions in the metro leading under the Vltava river and a plane exploding over Old Town Square. A spokesman for the intelligence service BIS slammed the press report, saying that it bordered on scaremongering. He said the country's intelligence services had no information to suggest that Prague or any other location in the Czech Republic was in serious danger of a terrorist attack.
The police have filed charges against the organizer of the CzechTek techno party Vaclav Sroub for damaging private property. The police used water canons and tear gas to disperse a crowd of some 5,000 participants on the grounds that they were trespassing on private land. Dozens of people were injured during the police action. Sroub had rented a meadow for the party but there is some controversy as to whether the size of the given plot of land was adequate for such a large gathering.
An Italian mafia boss on the run for six years has been arrested in the Czech Republic on the basis of an international arrest warrant, Czech police announced on Friday. Luigi Putrone, who was sentenced to life in Italy in absentia in the late 1990s, was detained near Usti nad Labem in north Bohemia on Thursday. Police said he may have been living in Usti for many years, and are now hunting for those who helped him remain there undetected.
T-Mobile has passed out Eurotel to become the leading operator on the Czech mobile telephones market in terms of the number of active SIM cards. However, Eurotel - which is owned by Cesky Telecom - is still in front in terms of profits. The country's third operator Oskar was bought by Vodaphone earlier this year.
A Czech Airlines plane en route from Madrid to Thessaloniki in Greece was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Prague on Thusday after a suspected burst tyre, a CSA spokesperson said. Shortly after takeoff the captain reported large pieces of rubber along the runway. However, no burst tyre was found and the plane carried on to Greece.
Czech athletics officials have denied any wrongdoing after Roman Sebrle and Tomas Dvorak were investigated for receiving intravenous infusions during the decathlon at the World Athletics Championships in Helsinki. The Czech team's leader and doctor said the two had been given glucose, which is not a banned substance. Sebrle took silver in the decathlon, while Dvorak finished eighth.
Some 1,200 people have signed a petition asking Parliament to pass a law permitting same-sex registered partnerships. Organised by the Czech League of Gays and Lesbians, it is the second attempt to influence deputies. Last year, the League forwarded Parliament a petition with 4,000 signatures. However, the law was not passed, missing only one vote. Lower house deputies are expected to hold another vote on the issue in the autumn, after their summer break.
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