Tuesday, June 28, 2011

News 6.28.2011

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News Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

By: Daniela Lazarova

* A Prague court has sentenced the former president of the Czech
Football Association Frantisek Chvalovsky to 10 years in jail for
extensive fraud.

* A man who went on a shooting spree in Prague's Modrany district on
Monday evening is reported to have acted under the influence of alcohol
and drugs.

* Several dozen disabled people protested against the government's
health reform outside the Czech Health Ministry on Tuesday.

* Tuesday's general strike in Greece rescheduled a number of Czech
flights bound for Athens and other popular tourist destinations but did
not present serious complications.

* Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova has advanced to the semi-finals at
Wimbledon.

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Former football boss sentenced to 10 years in jail for fraud
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A Prague court has sentenced the former president of the Czech Football
Association Frantisek Chvalovsky to 10 years in jail for extensive
fraud that allegedly stripped Komercni banka of 1.5 billion crowns.
Chvalovsky, who was also a functionary and sponsor of the Chmel Blsany
team, and four managers of the Satrapa and Ceskomoravska agrarni
spolecnost companies are suspected of having used the money Komercni
banka lent them for the repayment of previous debts, not for the
purchase of farm produce as agreed on with the bank. The four
accomplices also received unconditional sentences. Chvalovsky can
appeal the verdict.


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Man on shooting spree was on drugs
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A twenty-seven-year-old man who went on a shooting spree in Prague's
Modrany district on Monday evening is reported to have acted under the
influence of alcohol and drugs. He injured four people, two of whom
will have to undergo surgery. His victims were selected at random, only
one of the injured was shot in the chest when he tried to wrestle the
gun from the aggressor. The case is being investigated.


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Disabled citizens stage protest against health reform
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Several dozen disabled people protested against the government's health
reform outside the Czech Health Ministry on Tuesday. People in
wheelchairs, with hearing and sight disabilities joined a happening
outside the ministry headquarters bringing a bed and sleeping bag to
symbolize standard and above-standard health care which the reforms
will introduce. They expressed concern that given their special needs
the planned changes would further isolate them and lower their living
standard. Health Minister Leos Heger came out and spent over an hour
with them, explaining the planned changes and providing assurances that
in their case above-standard care would be the norm.


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Parliament's mandate committee says it wants more information on Barta
case
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Parliament's mandate and immunity committee, which is reviewing a
police request for the former transport minister Vit Barta to be
stripped of his parliamentary immunity so that he can be investigated
for corruption, says it wants to study the respective police files
before coming to a decision. Mr Barta is suspected of attempting to
bribe fellow party members in return for their loyalty; he claims that
the money was offered as loans. Parliament's mandate committee will
hear Mr. Barta and ultimately make a recommendation to MPs on how to
vote on the matter. When Parliament decides against giving up a member
for investigation, he or she cannot be investigated on the same
grounds, even after their term of office expires.


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General strike in Greece reschedules flights
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Tuesday's general strike in Greece rescheduled a number of Czech
flights bound for Athens and other popular tourist destinations but did
not present serious complications, a spokeswoman for the flight company
Travel Service told the CTK news agency on Tuesday. Passengers heading
for Greece were alerted about the rescheduled flights in advance, those
returning from Greece suffered a several hour delay. The same policy
will be in place on Wednesday when the general strike is expected to
reschedule 7 flights out to Greece.


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Inspectors confiscate fake goods worth millions of crowns
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The Czech Trade Inspection office says its employees conducted four
inspections on open air markets in Prague confiscating over 3,000
counterfeit products to the tune of over 3 million crowns. Most of the
counterfeit goods are textile products and footwear sporting Burberry,
Diesel, Adidas, Puma and Nike labels.


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Czech view corruption as persisting blight
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According to the outcome of a public opinion survey 93 percent of
Czechs see corruption as the country's most pressing problem. The poll
conducted by the STEM agency indicates that 83 percent of Czechs think
the vast majority of civil servants are open to bribery and 77 percent
of respondents consider corruption in the Czech Republic to be more
widespread than in other EU member states. On the other hand only 24
percent of those questioned claimed to have registered progress in
fighting corruption.


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Pilot killed in paraglider accident
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A thirty-year-old Czech was killed in a paragliding accident near
Velesin in southern Bohemia on Tuesday. The pilot appears to have lost
control and the paraglider spiraled down from a height of around 100
meters. Although witnesses rushed over to give the man emergency aid he
died shortly after of multiple internal injuries. The cause of the
accident is being investigated.


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Police preparing road safety operation
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Police say they are preparing a large-scale road safety operation to
coincide with the end of the school year. The first week of the school
holidays is regarded as highly problematic due to the large number of
families hitting the road. Traffic police say they plan to focus on the
most common transgressions -speeding, drink-driving and using mobile
phones without a hands-free device. Similar road safety operations in
the past have been known to reduce the number of accidents -and more
importantly road deaths.


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Kvitova advances to semi-finals at Wimbledon
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Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova has advanced to the semi-finals at
Wimbledon after defeating Bulgarian opponent Tsvetana Pironkova on
Tuesday evening. The Czech player won the first set 6:3 but lost the
tie-break that decided the second. In the third set, Kvitova broke
Pironkova twice. She won the final set 6:2, sealing match point with an
ace. It is the second year in a row that Kvitova has advanced to
Wimbledon's semi-final stage.

A day earlier - on Monday - Petra Kvitova breezed past Belgian player
Yanina Wickmayer by a score of 6:0, 6:2. By contrast, Tomas Berdych -
the world men's no. 7 - was stopped in his tracks by US player Mardy
Fish. He lost in straight sets by a score of 7:6, 6:4, 6:4. A third
Czech player, Petra Cetkovska, was also defeated on Monday, losing to
Sabine Lisicki of Germany.


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Weather
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The Czech Republic is currently affected by a heat wave which should
last for another 24-hours with cloudless skies and temperatures in the
30s. Thursday should bring relief in the form of scattered showers and
a significant drop in day temperatures.

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Warsaw Pact conference highlights ongoing divisions between Russia and
its former satellites
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An international conference entitled Europe - Whole and Free? concludes
in Prague on Tuesday, commemorating the end of the Warsaw Pact. Hosted
by the Czech Foreign and Defence Ministries, the conference over two
days brought together former officials from both sides of the Cold War
to share their views of past events. It also highlighted ongoing
divisions between Russia, and the former Soviet satellites in Central
and Eastern Europe.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/warsaw-pact-conference-highlights-ongoing-divisions-between-russia-and-its-former-satellites


Kvitova breezes through to Wimbledon quarterfinals but Berdych goes out
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Some of the Czech media labelled it Super Monday - the 4th round at
Wimbledon in which three Czech players were vying to make it to the
tournament's quarterfinals. In the end, only one of the three did: not
Tomas Berdych (a finalist at Wimbledon last year and the World No. 7)
and not the lesser-known Petra Cetkovska, whose surprise run was ended
by German player Sabine Lisicki. Through to the quarterfinal is
21-year-old Petra Kvitova who is showing sensational form, dispatching
Belgian opponent Yanina Wickmayer in a mere 45 minutes. The score: 6:0,
6:2.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/kvitova-breezes-through-to-wimbledon-quarterfinals-but-berdych-goes-out


Frantisek Krizik - a Czech engineer, entrepreneur and inventor
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In this edition of Czech History, we look at the life and times of the
electrical engineer Frantisek Krizik, whose Plzen lamp took the gold
medal at the World Fair in Paris in 1881. Today, he is considered one
of the best-known Czech inventors.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/czech-history/frantisek-krizik-a-czech-engineer-entrepreneur-and-inventor


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