Sunday, July 17, 2011

News 7.17.2011

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News Sunday, July 17th, 2011

By: Jan Richter

* Czech agriculture and food industry has warned against devastating
effects a planned VAT hike might have on farmers and food processors.

* The car that crashed off a bridge in Prague on Saturday belonged to
the protective services division of the Czech police.

* Traffic police in southern Moravia have launched a second day of
border crossing checks focusing on long-distance buses.

* Prague hosts an international Shakespearean congress.

* Czech motorcycle racer Karel Abraham has finished 12th in the Moto2
class of the German Grand Prix.

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Agriculture and food industry warns against VAT hike impact
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Representatives of the Czech agriculture and food industry have warned
against devastating effects a planned hike in VAT might have on the
country's farmers and food processors. The head of the Federation of
the Food and Drink Industries, Miroslav Toman, told Czech TV on Sunday
if the government goes ahead and raises the VAT rate to 19 percent, the
industry might shrink by up to 20 percent as a result, while food
prices will increase by some 25 percent, according to the head of the
Czech Agrarian Chamber, Jan Veleba. The center-right government is
considering raising the VAT to 19 percent to make up for falling tax
revenues.


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Car that plunged into river in Prague belongs to police
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The car that crashed off Hlavkuv bridge in the centre of Prague on
Saturday and plunged into the Vltava River belonged to the protective
services division of the Czech police, Czech TV reported on Sunday. The
division is in charge of protecting government and other officials. The
driver of the car remains in hospital in serious condition. The
accident occurred when two cars crashed at around 5:30 PM on Saturday ;
one of the vehicles broke through the railing and plunged into the
river; its driver was rescued after some 25 minutes under water. Police
have asked any witnesses to contact them.


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South Moravia police crack down on buses
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Traffic police in southern Moravia on Sunday launched a second day of
road checks focusing on tourist buses returning to the Czech Republic
from Austria, Slovakia and other countries further south. Random
checks, which began at the borders crossings at Hate, Mikulov and
Lanzhot at 6 AM, reportedly take between 15 and 30 minutes. The police
first launched these checks on Friday, days after police in Austria
took off the road a ramshackle Czech bus which was missing one of its
four rear wheels.


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Environmentalists continue logging prevention protest at Sumava
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For a third day in a row, Czech environmental activists continue on
Sunday their campaign of physically blocking certain areas of the
Sumava National Park to prevent the logging of bark beetle infested
trees. The Czech branch of the Friends of the Earth, which organizes
the protest, says the park management has failed to obtain an exemption
required to cut in the most protected parts of the park but it had some
3,000 trees marked in the area for logging. The campaign began on
Friday; however, no loggers reportedly showed up to fell trees in the
areas in question.


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Police look for witnesses of Prague bridge accident
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Police are looking for witnesses of an accident in Prague in which a
car crashed off a bridge and plunged into the river. The accident
occurred when two cars crashed on Hlavkuv Bridge in central Prague at
around 5:30 PM on Saturday. One of the vehicles, broke through the
railing and plunged into the river; its driver was rescued from the
water only after some 25 minutes, and is in hospital in critical
condition. Passers-by who witnessed the accident told rescue workers
there were more passengers in the vehicle; however, rescue workers
called off the search after only the driver was found inside. Police
have asked any witnesses to contact them.


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Prague hosts world Shakespearean congress
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The 6th World Shakespeare Congress got underway in Prague on Sunday.
The six-day event, held under the auspices of Czech President Vaclav
Klaus, is entitled "Renaissance Shakespeare: Shakespeare Renaissances".
The congress is organized by the International Shakespeare Association
together with Prague's Charles University and the National Theatre,
will draw some 600 literary historians, theatre experts, historians and
other scholars to the Czech capital, including the leading Czech
Shakespearean expert, professor Martin Hilsky.


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Czech Center in New York to choose author "Windows on Madison"
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Czech Center in New York has launched a competition to choose the
author of street banners that will decorate the building of the Czech
mission to the UN on Madison Avenue. The organizers set no specific
theme for "Windows on Madison" as the series will be called; however,
it should explore today's social, cultural or environmental topics,
Ivana Siglerova from Czech Centers said on Sunday. The competition is
open for Czech artists as well as those who reside in the Czech
Republic; the deadline for entries is September 11.


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Motor racing: Kornfeil finishes 13th in German GP Moto2 race
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Czech motorcycle racer Jakub Kornfeil finished 13th in the 125ccm class
of the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring on Sunday, winning three points
in the World Championship series. The Czech rider showed good
performance and moved up 17 places from the 30th position on the grid.
A month before the Czech Grand Prix in Brno, the 18-year-old Czech
racer ranks 11th in overall standings of the season.


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Weather
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The start of the week will be colder, mostly overcast, with occasional
rain showers and storms in places. Highest day temperatures will ranger
between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius.

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Sunday Music Show 17.7.2011
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Today's Sunday Music Show looks back at the work of a great Czech
musician - a man of musically royal blood - who died last week at the
age of 81: the inimitable Josef Suk, a violinist who set the standard
for how Czech classical music is played everywhere in the world. Here
to paint a picture of how the maestro was regarded at home and abroad,
and to illustrate his import to classical music, is music journalist
and critic Dr Petr Veber, who heads the department of classical music
at our sister station Vltava.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/sunday-music-show-2011-07-17


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