Wednesday, March 9, 2011

News 3.9.2011

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News Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

By: Chris Johnstone

* The Czech government has laid down its stand ahead of an
extraordinary EU summit over Libya.

* Czech inflation speeded up to 1.8 percent in February but still came
in under analysts' forecasts.

* Former president Vaclav Havel's condition has been described as
stable after being taken to hospital with breathing difficulties.

* A Czech tourist was killed after an avalanche buried a group of
skiers in the mountains of Georgia.

* World record sprinter Usain Bolt has confirmed he will run in Ostrava.

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Sanctions and support sought not intervention
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The Czech government on Wednesday laid down the country's stand at a EU
extraordinary summit over the situation in Libya and across North
Africa to take place on Friday. The Czech delegation is being led by
President Vaclav Klaus. The main line of the Czech position is to call
for EU sanctions but not intervention against Libya and the regime of
Colonel Muammar Gadaffi. Prime Minister Petr Necas said far reaching
steps would first have to be backed by the United Nations council, The
government already called for an immediate end to repression and the
use of violence against rebels. The president and government have
rejected former president Vaclav Havel's demand for intervention in
Libya arguing that the situation is not the same as that of former
Yugoslavia.


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Analysts had seen annual inflation at 2.0 percent
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Czech annual inflation speeded up in February to 1.8 percent from 1.7
percent in January according to figures released by the Czech
Statistical Office. Month on month the rate of price rises was 0.1
percent. The latest figures came in lower than analysts expected. Many
had predicted annual inflation at 2.0 percent and the monthly figure at
0.2 percent.


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Trade balance widens thanks to cars, machinery
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The Czech foreign trade balance was 15.7 billion crowns in the black in
January, a 400 million crown improvement on the same period in 2009 and
better than the 13.6 billion crown surplus expected in a poll of
analysts. The trade surplus in vehicles and machinery rose by 9.9
billion crowns. But that was all but cancelled out by a widening
deficit on fuel oils and chemicals.


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Hospitalised ex-president Havel said to be in stable condition
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The condition of former Czech president Vaclav Havel was described as
stable on Wednesday by a spokeswoman at the Prague hospital where he
was taken a day earlier. Mr. Havel had been suffering with an acute
respiratory inflammation since the start of the week. He has cancelled
his programme for the next two weeks The former dissident and
politician however hopes to attend the premiere of his film debut,
Leaving, scheduled for March 24. The 74-year-old former president has
frequently suffered from breathing problems and underwent a lung
operation in 1996.


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Czech tourist killed after avalanche buries ski group
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One Czech tourist was killed and two injured during an avalanche at a
ski resort in the north of Georgia, the news server. Lidovky.Cz
reported on Wednesday. Rescue services were able to extract two of the
group alive but the third was dead. The body has been taken to Tbilisi
for final identification according to the Czech consul in the country.
Heavy snowfalls have affected the area over recent days.


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Missing emissions certificates will be drawn from national account
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Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas pledged on Wednesday that the
government will temporarily replace emissions allowances stolen from a
Czech registry. The prime minister said international companies which
lost the allowances or certificates worth hundreds of millions of
crowns would be compensated from national reserves as attempts are made
to recover them. The biggest loser from the hacking attack in
mid-January was state controlled power company CEZ followed by
international trader Blackstone Global Ventures. The emissions
allowances give companies the right to pollute and are part of the EU's
attempts to curb climate changing carbon emissions.


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Hubschman through to Champions League quarter finals
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There were mixed fortunes for Czech footballers in Tuesday nights
Champions League matches. Czech captain Tomas Rosicky was on the losing
side as Arsenal went down 1:3 against Barcelona to lose 3:4 on
aggregate. But Tomas Hubschman scored the first goal for Ukrainian team
Shakhtar Donetsk as they romped past Roma to win 3:0 on the night and
6:2 overall. The winning teams go through to the quarter finals of the
competition.


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Hockey: Pardubice knock out Zlin and advance to semifinals
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Defending champions Eaton Pardubice knocked out Zlin in the playoff
quarterfinals after they won 6:2 on Tuesday, scoring their fourth
victory in the best-of -seven series, and their 16th consecutive win.
The game was tied until the end of the second period when the hosts
went ahead 4:2. With four minutes left of the match, Zlin played with
an empty net but Pardubice added two more goals to knock out Zlin which
ranked fourth after the regular season. Pardubice are the first club to
advance to the semis; in the other quarterfinal games, Vitkovice lead
2:1 over Ceske Budejovice, regular season winners Trinec are tied with
Litvinov and Slavia Prague with Liberec.


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Czech football team falls to 31st place
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The Czech national football team has slipped further down the world
rankings produced by governing body FIFA. The national team is now
ranked 31st, slipping from 30th place following the 2:4 defeat in a
friendly against Croatia. World and European champions Spain, who the
Czechs face in a 2012 Euro qualifier on March 25, are still ranked in
first place.


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Distance still not settled for Bolt
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Triple world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt has confirmed he will
compete at the Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava. But the Jamaican is yet
to decide over which distance he will run at the 50th edition of the
Czech meeting on May 31st. The 100, 200 and little-run 300 metres are
all open to him according to organisers. Bolt ran at the event last
year but failed to dent the 300 metres world record in rainy conditions.


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Weather
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The next few days will see clouds and some showers before clearer
weather returns at the weekend. Top daytime temperatures will reach 9.0
degrees Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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The Czech government has laid down its stand ahead of an extraordinary
EU summit over Libya.
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The Czech government has laid down its stand ahead of an extraordinary
EU summit over Libya.

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


Czech inflation speeded up to 1.8 percent in February but still came in
under analysts' forecasts.
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Czech inflation speeded up to 1.8 percent in February but still came in
under analysts' forecasts.

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


Former president Vaclav Havel's condition has been described as stable
after being taken to hospital with breathing difficulties.
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Former president Vaclav Havel's condition has been described as stable
after being taken to hospital with breathing difficulties.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#4


A Czech tourist was killed after an avalanche buried a group of skiers
in the mountains of Georgia.
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A Czech tourist was killed after an avalanche buried a group of skiers
in the mountains of Georgia.

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


World record sprinter Usain Bolt has confirmed he will run in Ostrava.
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World record sprinter Usain Bolt has confirmed he will run in Ostrava.

http://www.radio.cz/en/news#10


The Republic of Zizkov
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Each of Prague's quarters contributes to its famous diversity in its
own way and offers a completely different experience. In today's
Spotlight we want to introduce you to a part of Prague that is a
keystone for modern Czech cultural life, aptly dubbed by its
inhabitants the "Independent Republic of Zizkov".

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/spotlight/the-republic-of-zizkov


Disabled people set to protest social welfare reform proposal
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Czechs with medical disabilities are upset by plans for social welfare
reform that they believe could lower their standard of living, and that
some have even called humiliating. The Ministry of Labour and Social
Affairs has proposed four amendments it believes will make the system
simpler and more effective; however some of the measures cut to the
heart of benefits that disabled people have long been accustomed to. On
March 22 they are planning to take to the street to protest.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/disabled-people-set-to-protest-social-welfare-reform-proposal


Supreme Court: killing a thief when protecting property is murder
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The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that anyone who kills a thief (or
thieves) while protecting their property in the Czech Republic will in
the future not be tried for manslaughter but murder. Understandably the
latter charge carries a higher sentence. Now all courts in the country
will have to respect the decision from the country's highest court.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/supreme-court-killing-a-thief-when-protecting-property-is-murder


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