Sunday, March 6, 2011

News 3.6.2011

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News Sunday, March 6th, 2011

By: Jan Richter

* To offset a planned VAT hike, the government may increase the minimum
income, pensions and child benefits, the labour and social affairs
minister has said.

* The coalition Public Affairs party will not back the government's
pension reform if the raise in the VAT is not fully justified,
according to a Public Affairs MP.

* The political thriller Walking Too Fast has won five annual Czech
Lion awards, including that for best film of 2010.

* The Czech Republic's men's tennis team is tied with Kazakhstan 2:2 in
the first round of the Davis Cup and advanced to the quarterfinals.

* Roman Sebrle has finished third in heptathlon at the European
Athletics Indoor Championships.

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Government may compensate for VAT hike
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The Czech government may increase the minimum income, pensions and
child benefits to offset the planned VAT hike, Minister of Labour and
Social Affairs Jaromir Drabek said on Sunday. The government may also
lower some indirect labour costs, such as social security payments made
by employers that should decrease by 1.8 percent. The government is
planning to introduce a single 20-percent VAT on most goods, except
several basic foodstuffs, by the end of the year. The revenues are
earmarked to pay for an overhaul of the pension system.


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Public Affairs' might withdraw support for pension reform if VAT hike
not justified
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In related news, the coalition Public Affairs party will not back the
government's pension reform if the planned raise in the VAT is not
fully justified, Public Affairs MP Michal Babak told Czech TV on
Sunday. Mr Babak said coalition partners, the Civic Democrat and TOP 09
parties, have yet to explain to the public why it is necessary to
increase the VAT so that a private pension scheme can be added to the
system. Mr Babak said he agreed with President Vaclav Klaus who earlier
this week criticized the planned reform over a lack of debate and
political consensus. Prime Minister Petr Necas, of the Civic Democrats,
and Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek, from TOP 09, rejected the
criticism and said it was time to act rather than talk.


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Walking Too Fast wins five Czech Lion film awards
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The political thriller Pouta, or Walking Too Fast, converted five out
of 13 nominations for the annual Czech Lion film awards, including
those for best film, director, cinematography, screenplay and best male
actor, at an awards ceremony in Prague on Saturday. The low-budget
film, directed by Radim Spacek, landed 13 nominations. It received
little attention when it premiered in February 2010. Set in 1980s
Czechoslovakia, it's about a communist secret police agent who snaps.

The film Kooky by Jan Sverak landed three Czech Lions in technical
categories, while Zuzana Bydzovska was given the award for best female
actor for her role in the film Mamas and Papas. Katka by Helena
Trestikova got the award for best documentary, while actor and writer
Zdenek Sverak was honoured for his exceptional contribution to Czech
cinema.


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Zlin music club hit by arson attack
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A music club in the eastern town of Zlin was deliberately set on fire
on Sunday morning, a police spokeswoman said. The fire occurred around
6 AM; no one was inside the building at the time. The police said the
perpetrators broke inside the club and set the building on fire. The
damage is estimated at 500,000 crowns.


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Tennis: Czechs tied with Kazakhstan in Davis Cup's first round
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The Czech men's tennis team is tied 2:2 with Kazachstan in the first
round of the Davis Cup after Czech Tomas Berdych lost to Andrei Golubev
5:7, 7:5, 4:6 and 2:6 in the northern city of Ostrava on Sunday. World
number seven Berdych failed to score the decisive third point for the
Czechs; he put up little resistance to the Kazakh, ranked 43rd, who
showed great tennis throughout the match. In the final singles rubber,
Czech Republic's Jan Hajek faces Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan for a
spot in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.


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Cash and valuables stolen from Kazakh players' hotel rooms
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The Czech police said on Sunday that cash, computers and other
valuables were stolen from the rooms at the Clarion Congress Hotel in
Ostrava where members of the Kazakh tennis team were staying. The theft
occurred on Saturday afternoon when the team members were out at the
Davis Cup game. The police estimated the damages at 415,000 crowns, or
nearly 24,000 US dollars. Hotel management said they would compensate
the team members for the loss.


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Sebrle takes bronze in heptathlon at European indoor championships
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Roman Sebrle finished third in heptathlon at the European Athletics
Indoor Championships in Paris on Sunday. The 36-year-old former Olympic
champion ranked second before the final 1,000 metre race but was beaten
by Nadir el Fassi from France. The bronze is Sebrle's sixth medal from
the European indoor championships in a row; in the past, he took two
gold medals and another bronze from the previous championship two years
ago.


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Weather
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The start of the week with see clear skies with daytime highs ranging
between -1 and +3 degrees Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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To offset a planned VAT hike, the government may increase the minimum
income, pensions and child benefits, the labour and social affairs
minister has said.
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To offset a planned VAT hike, the government may increase the minimum
income, pensions and child benefits, the labour and social affairs
minister has said.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#1


The coalition Public Affairs party will not back the government's
pension reform if the raise in the VAT is not fully justified,
according to a Public Affairs MP.
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The coalition Public Affairs party will not back the government's
pension reform if the raise in the VAT is not fully justified,
according to a Public Affairs MP.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#2


The political thriller Walking Too Fast has won five annual Czech Lion
awards, including that for best film of 2010.
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The political thriller Walking Too Fast has won five annual Czech Lion
awards, including that for best film of 2010.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#3


The Czech Republic's men's tennis team is tied with Kazakhstan 2:2 in
the first round of the Davis Cup and advanced to the quarterfinals.
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The Czech Republic's men's tennis team is tied with Kazakhstan 2:2 in
the first round of the Davis Cup and advanced to the quarterfinals.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#5


Roman Sebrle has finished third in heptathlon at the European Athletics
Indoor Championships.
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Roman Sebrle has finished third in heptathlon at the European Athletics
Indoor Championships.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#7


Sunday Music Show 6.3.2011
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In our Sunday Music Show this week, you'll have a chance to sample some
of the hits from the communist era. In those times, popular music was
under a tight control of the authorities who made sure nothing
ideologically subversive reached the audiences. At the same time, the
cultural supervisors pushed authors to produce songs that would match
the propagandistic needs of the regime, and the songs we'll hear today
are fine examples of just that.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/sunday-music-show-2011-03-06


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