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MediaCom, Prague, wins  VW/Skoda  account in the Czech Republic in April U.S.-based Euroweb leaps into Czech ISPs

Czech Government To Publish  Initial Call For Bidders To Participate In Its Tender To Sell  Significant Stake in Komercni Banka

The Czech Market Stays Bullish - Will the Government Go Bearish?      Fears of old-style communist ways shadow an economy and a stock exchange
No Pulse '99? A new manifesto, Impuls 99, aims to save Czech society. Sadly, it does little more than fulfil the need of some Czech intellectuals to pompously pontificate in public

Prague And Czech Republic  Just Outside Path Of Total Eclipse - Will Only See Partial Solar Eclipse At Around 12:50 In The Early Afternoon On Wednesday, August 11

Czech Hockey Star Jiri Dopita Rejects Florida Panthers -   Decides To Remain In Czech Republic For Professional And Personal Reasons Czech July core CPI flat,crown outlook mixed
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Windy, With Passing Clouds

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EUROPEAN YOUTHS CONVERGE IN MORAVIAN VILLAGE TO RESTORE JEWISH CEMETARY                In an era when so many tragic stories of hate and violence are reported among young people, a refreshing story has emerged from a Moravian village.  Students from five European countries gathered on Sunday  to tak on the task of  cleaning and refurbishing   a Jewish cemetery in the village of Miroslav,  near the South Moravian town of Znojmo. The group of students included nineteen  young Czechs, along  with fellow students from Germany, Poland, The Netherlands and Slovakia. The students   spent 40 hours each to clean up  rubble, as well as personally meet those who have been promoting Jewish cultural values, including writer Ivan Klima, Brno-based artist Wolf Spitzbart and playwright Milan Uhde. The Miroslav Jewish Cemetery has   tombstones dating  from as early as the 17th century. IMPULSE - '99 MAY HAVE BEEN A BIT, IMPULSIVE! - The newest Czech  public initiative group,  Impulse 99,  which hundreds of Czech intellectuals have allegedly  signed,  as an appeal for decency and common sense in politics,  seems to be on a collision course  after two people claimed that they,  in-fact,  never signed it. Supreme Court President Eliska Wagnerova said that while  she sympathised with the appeal against political arrogance, her public status in  the judiciary effectively made it impossible for her to sign the document. Her name, but not her signature,  was included in a  list published on the internet.  Another reported signatory,   Radio Free Europe's Yvonne Prenosilova,  says that  she only signed an   abbreviated  version of the manifesto. Ms.  Prenosilova added that her status as a  journalist,  working for a public-service broadcasting organization,  effectively precluded  her from  signing the document.   Impulse 99 is an initiative group created  to promote more  public discussion on civic and political  problems.  Its signatories believe that they are being neglected in the Czech Republic.
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