Sunday, July 3, 2011

News 7.3.2011

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News Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

By: Christian Falvey

* Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra says that exceeding the planned
budget deficit could bring about the fall of the government.

* Culture Minister Jiri Besser will propose that the state earmark half
a billion crowns for support of film productions next year.

* Local elections in 24 communities around Bohemia and Moravia have
yielded clear results in only 14 areas.

* A newborn child has been found in a 'babybox' in Moravia, the 51st
since the facilities were created.

* Czech meteorologists have cancelled flood warnings; high wind
warnings remain in effect.

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Vondra: exceeding planned budget deficit could bring down government
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Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra said Sunday that exceeding the planned
budget deficit could bring about the fall of the government. In a
debate on Czech Television, Mr Vondra said that the leading Civic
Democrat and TOP 09 are not considering raising corporate tax, as has
been demanded by the opposition and the junior coalition party Public
Affairs. A one-percent increase in the corporate tax would bring some 7
billion crowns to the state coffers, though not immediately. Only an
increase in VAT would have an immediate effect, Mr Vondra pointed out.
Tax revenues have been rising year-on-year, but less than the Finance
Ministry has planned. The 2011 budget deficit is set at 135 billion
crowns. The coalition has agreed on a VAT increase from 10 to 14
percent in 2012. As of 2013, the two VAT rates (14 and 20 percent) are
to unify at 17.5 percent.


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Vondra: Czech soldiers to begin withdrawing from Afghanistan this year
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Mr Vondra also said during his Czech TV appearance that Czech soldiers
would begin withdrawing from Afghanistan this year. In reaction to
criticism from Social Democrat deputy chairman Lubomir Zaoralek, who
said the Czech Republic is not responding to changes in US policy in
Afghanistan, Mr Vondra said that the withdrawal of a helicopter unit
this year and at least 100 soldier in 2012 should be interpreted as a
gradual withdrawal. American President Baracck Obama recently announced
that Us troops would begin a withdrawal from the ten-year engagement.
Prime Minister Petr Necas responded to that announcement last week by
saying that would act like a reliable NATO ally and would not take any
unilateral steps.


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Besser to propose half a billion crowns in support of film productions
for 2012
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Culture Minister Jiri Besser will propose that the state earmark half a
billion crowns for support of film productions next year, compared to
this year��s 300 million crowns, a sum that has been completely spent
already. Speaking on Czech Television in Sunday, Mr Besser said he
believed he would get 300 million crowns for film production during the
2012 budget bill debate, but would be demanding 500 million crowns.
Economists say the state will benefit from such incentives, estimating
profits of at least 18 to 20 percent for the state.


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Voters in 24 communities elect new local representatives
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Local elections in 24 communities around Bohemia and Moravia have
yielded clear results in only 14 areas as of Sunday. Ten other races
were too close to call. The situation is opposite to that of April's
local elections, where only nine out of 50 communities had clear
winners. One community selected a mayor nine months late because no
candidate could be found; nonetheless, voter turnout for that sole
candidate was 70%. The most successful of the candidates overall were
from the 'Mayors' Movement' or were independents, followed by Social
Democrats. The results of the elections have been published by the
Czech Statistical Office on the website www.volby.cz.


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Baby with placenta left in Sumperk babybox
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A newborn child was left in a babybox in the northern Moravian town of
Sumperk on Sunday morning. The newborn, a girl, was left naked and with
placenta attached; the hospital says she is in full health and has been
given the name Katerina. Babybox founder Ludvik Hess says it is the
51st child left in one of the heated boxes, the second case in Sumperk,
and the third time a baby has been left with placenta attached.
Babyboxes were conceived as a safe any anonymous way for a parent to
hand over a child they are unwilling or unable to care for. The
facilities are used in many neighbouring countries and there are 44 of
them at various locations around the Czech Republic.


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Kvitova celebrates Wimbledon win
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Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova is attending the Wimbledon champions'
ball on Sunday evening after winning women's singles tournament on
Saturday against Russian Maria Sharapova, 6-3, 6-4. The 21-year-old
said she had been receiving been receiving congratulatory text meesages
all day from friends from her hometown of Fulnek in Moravia and from
other Czech sports stars like Jaromir Jagr and Roman Sebrle. Kvitova
said Sunday she was looking forward to the ball, but was glad that
dancing was not mandatory. Petra Kvitova is the first Czech to win the
women's singles tournament since Jana Notovna, 13 years ago. On Monday
she will move up to a career record of world no. 7 on the WTA list.


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Flood alerts in mountain regions cancelled
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Czech meteorologists have cancelled flood warnings for various, mostly
mountainous, regions where heavy rainfall is expected on Sunday.
Warnings were issued for the regions of Liberec, Usti nad Labem,
Moravia-Silesia and Zlin. The meteorological institute now says it
expects water flows to remain in the riverbeds. A warning of strong
winds remains in place.


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Weather
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The rest of the weekend is expected to be cool and rainy with highs of
around 16o Celsius.

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The Czech "Scumbag X"
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This week's Sunday Music Show is devoted to a musician going by the
name of Xindl X -a musician who combines rap, folk, hip hop, jazz and
blues as the mood takes him; a musician whose lyrics are laced with
irony and who says he writes protest songs which portray a world
without God, morals or love -a world of scumbags of the generation X.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/the-czech-scumbag-x


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