Sunday, June 27, 2010

News 6.27.2010

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News Sunday, June 27th, 2010

By: Daniela Lazarova

* President Vaclav Klaus will name Civic Democrat leader Petr Necas the
country's next prime minister on Monday.

* Public Affairs, one of the parties in talks on forming a new
government, has threatened to walk out if it does not get the interior
ministry portfolio.

* The newly appointed archbishop of Prague is to visit the Vatican on
Tuesday where the Pope will present him with a pallium, a vestment
symbolizing his position.

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Necas to be named prime minister
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President Vaclav Klaus has said he will name Civic Democrat leader Petr
Necas the country's next prime minister on Monday. The president on
Friday accepted the formal resignation of Jan Fischer's caretaker
cabinet, asking the outgoing government to remain in office until a new
administration was in place. Speaking on commercial TV PRIMA on Sunday,
Mr. Klaus said the new prime minister would have some time to put
together a new centre-right cabinet before the start of a 30-day
deadline by which the new government is bound to seek a confidence vote
in Parliament. Civic Democrat leader Petr Necas is in negotiations with
two new parties TOP09 and Public Affairs on forming a centre right
government. They are expecting to conclude negotiations by mid-July.


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Public Affairs issues ultimatum
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Public Affairs, one of the parties in talks on forming a new
government, has threatened to walk out if it does not get the interior
ministry portfolio. The party's deputy Krystyna Koci said on Sunday
that being in charge of the interior ministry was one of the party's
absolute priorities in view of the fact that the fight against
corruption was the mainstay of its policy programme. Public Affairs
negotiator Vit Barta confirmed the stand noting that so far there was
only a 20 percent probability of his party entering the emerging
coalition government.


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Archbishop Duka to receive the pallium
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The newly appointed Archbishop of Prague Dominik Duka is to visit the
Vatican on Tuesday where the Pope will present him with a pallium, a
vestment symbolizing the jurisdiction delegated to him by the Holy See.
The former bishop of Hradec Kralove took over the Prague archdiocese on
April 10th, replacing Miloslav Vlk who resigned on the grounds of
advanced age. Archbishop Duka is seen as a man of consensus who may
improve relations between the Church and state in the largely atheist
Czech Republic. In May he put an end to an 18-year-long legal battle
with the state over the ownership of St. Vitus Cathedral by withdrawing
the Catholic Church's property claim and accepting a proposal for joint
administration.


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President Klaus denies pushing ambassadorial nomination
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President Klaus on Sunday denied having pushed the nomination of Civic
Democrat deputy Vlastimil Tlusty for the post of ambassador in
Kazachstan.

The allegation appeared in the weekly Respekt which said that the
outgoing Foreign Minister Jan Kohout had sought to get the nomination
approved by the Fischer cabinet at the direct intervention of the
president. Mr. Klaus said on Sunday the weekly's claim was utter
nonsense and he had never made any attempt to meddle in ambassadorial
nominations. Who will fill the post of ambassador to Kazachstan has
been left to the new government to decide.


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Former Social Democrat leader's wife to tell all in new book
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Petra Paroubkova, the wife of former Social Democrat leader Jiri
Paroubek, who resigned after the party's poor showing in May's general
elections, has revealed that she is working on a book of political
memoirs focusing on behind the scenes practices in Czech politics. Mrs.
Paroubkova, who works as an interpreter, said on a popular talk show
that many politicians, journalists and businessmen had a surprise in
store. She admitted that she was writing the book partly for the money
it would bring, and also because she felt the public had a right to
know what goes on behind the scenes in Czech politics. The book is
expected to come out in the early autumn.


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Statistics on migrants
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The police uncovered over 4,400 illegal migrants on Czech territory in
2009, for the most part Ukranians, Vietnamese and Russians, according
to an Interior Ministry report that the cabinet is due to receive on
Monday. On the other hand the number of foreigners legally residing in
the Czech Republic dropped for the first time since the year 2,000 by
over 5,000 people. This is being ascribed to the economic crisis and
fewer job opportunities. Seventy-five people were granted political
asylum.


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Czech police and firefighters searching for missing German
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The police and firefighters in the border town of Cinovec are assisting
their German colleagues in the search for a missing 19-year-old German
youth whose car was found abandoned early on Sunday. The search is
taking place in mountainous terrain with the aid of sniffer dogs and a
helicopter.


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Cold, rainy weather brings slump in beer sales
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Beer producers say that sales of beer on tap in the past three months
have dropped as compared to the same period last year due to the cold
and rainy weather. Although no official statistics are out yet, some
brewers say the drop is likely to be in two-digit numbers. Beer sales
usually soar in late March, early April with the opening of outdoor
eateries and garden restaurants. These outlets account for a third of
overall beer sales.


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Animated film sparks craze for plush Kooky teddy bears
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Kooky the teddy bear, the hero of Jan Sverak's animated film which
premiered in Prague in late May has sparked a craze for plush Kooky
toys. Twenty-five thousand Kooky toys were put on the market within PR
and the original toys are now only available through consumer
competitions or at the film's upcoming international premiere at the
Karlovy Vary Film Festival. The CTK news agency reports that home-made
Kooky toys are now being sold on the internet for as much as 1,000
crowns. The film's Oscar-winning director says he doesn't mind. If
Kooky revived the tradition of home-made toys I can only be happy, he
told the daily Lidove noviny. The film tells the story of a boy who
imagines that his favorite toy, a red teddy bear named Kooky, goes on
an adventurous journey after being tossed out by the boy's mother.


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Calf survives fall into dry well
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A calf gone missing for three days was found trapped at the bottom of a
four-meter deep dry well on Saturday sparking an unusual emergency
operation. Firefighters called a vet out to the case before one of them
descended to help the trapped animal, strapping it with a wide belt and
ropes. After several hours the animal was safely lifted up. It was
dehydrated and bruised but otherwise unhurt.


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Weather
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The coming days are expected to be hot and sunny with temperatures
between 25 and 28 degrees Celsius.

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Czech Books
Hana Wilson: messing about on boats after two decades on the airwaves
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When she lost her job after twenty years in the Czech section of the
BBC, Hana Wilson was far from despondent. She simply allowed her hobby
to take over her life. Hana, who left Czechoslovakia back in 1980, has
spent much of the last decade on the waterways of Britain. Now she has
published a book, introducing Czechs to the wonders of life on a
narrowboat. Hana Wilson is David Vaughan's guest in this week's edition
of Czech Books.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/129270

Letter from Prague
Che Guevara's central Bohemian hideaway
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Ernesto "Che" Guevara is to many people a symbol of revolution. In fact
his handsome, defiant face topped by a beret is said to be one of the
most reproduced images in the world. The Argentinean Marxist famously
took part in the Cuban revolution, and died trying to foment another
uprising in Bolivia. What is perhaps less well known is his connection
to a small town south of Prague.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/129231

Mailbox
Mailbox 6.27.2010
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Today in Mailbox we announce the winner of Radio Prague's annual
listeners' contest and read the winning entry.

http://www.radio.cz/en/article/129249


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