Sunday, August 14, 2011

News 8.14.2011

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News Sunday, August 14th, 2011

By: Christian Falvey

* Anti-communist resistance fighter Ctirad Masin, 81, will be buried in
the US, likely with military honours.

* Estimates suggest the Czech economy grew by 2.4% year-on-year in the
second quarter of 2011.

* Profits of Czech energy colossus CEZ stumbled by 11% in the first
half of the year, according to analysts.

* Prague City Hall wants changes to the municipal development plan, the
Czech Press Agency reports.

* A Week of Jewish Culture has kicked off in the town of Holesov in
Moravia.

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Ctirad Masin to be buried in the US with military honours
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Anti-communist resistance fighter Ctirad Masin, who died on Saturday at
the age of 81, will be buried in the United States, his brother Josef
has said. The time and place of the funeral have not been announced,
though he is expected to receive military honours as a veteran of the
US Army Special Forces of five years. The controversial brothers are
famous for their resistance activities and escape from Czechoslovakia
in the early 1950s, which left a number of people dead, mostly members
of the communist secret police. Prime Minister Petr Necas offered great
praise for Ctirad Masin on Saturday, calling his resistance to the
communist dictatorship heroic. Czech society has long been divided on
the merit of the brothers' actions, with some saying they should be
decorated for their deeds, while others consider them murderers. The
Czech Senate has repeatedly recommended distinctions for the Masin's,
though left-wing parties have invariably rejected them.


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Estimates suggest 2Q growth of 2.4%
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Estimates suggest the Czech economy grew by 2.4% year-on-year in the
second quarter of 2011, 0.3% higher than the previous quarter on
average. Exports were again the driving force, with construction and
private services also expected to short-term growth in GDP. Agriculture
however is expected to stagnate while public services may see a
decline, some analysts suggest. The economy grew by 2.8% year-on-year
in the first quarter of 2011; growth for the year in total is estimate
to end up at 2.2% on average.


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CEZ profits expected to drop by 11%
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According to analysts contacted by the Czech Press Agency, net profits
of Czech energy colossus CEZ stumbled by 11% year-on-year in the first
half of 2011 to roughly 25.5 billion crowns. Economists put the drop
down to lower prices of electricity sold and unfavourable trends in the
crown to euro rate. Profits were also brought down by new taxes on
emissions vouchers and the solar energy plant tax. CEZ will publish its
results for the first half of the year on Tuesday before stock markets
open.


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Prague City Hall wants changes to development plan
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Prague City Hall wants significant changes to the municipal development
plan over the coming years, the Czech Press Agency reports. According
to the agency, the changes would include a transformation of industrial
zones in Vysocany and Ruzne into residential areas and potentially
redevelop the area of Strahov Stadium. The current city administration
says the new development plan will not be ready until at least 2014, a
considerable postponement from the plans of the previous
administration. The city is already discussing three packages for major
city-wide changes, including the reconstruction of three train stations
as well as metro and transport structures.


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Week of Jewish Culture begins in Holesov
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A Week of Jewish Culture has kicked off in the town of Holesov in
Moravia. This year's festival is devoted to Jewish life from birth to
death and features films, lectures and exhibits. There will also be a
mock Jewish wedding, concerts and lessons in Jewish dances all running
until August 20. Holesov was once one of the largest Jewish communities
in Moravia, with a population of 1,700 Jews in the 19th century.


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Grand Prix Austerlitz international wine exhibition ends
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The international Austerlitz Grand Prix wine exhibition ended on
Saturday with awards for a Riesling by Brno vintner Oldrich Drapal. A
variety of Cahors from Moldavia won the liqueur category of the
exhibition. The Austerlitz Grand Prix recalls the 1805 Battle of the
Three Emperors, in which Napoleon defeated the Russian and Austrian
Empires. Only wines from countries involved in the battle or their
allies may compete in the contest. 140 wines were chosen for the final
selection, 80 of which were Moravian or Bohemian.


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Glider crash in France kills Czech tourist
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A Czech tourist reportedly died in France at the weekend in a glider
accident, according to the French media. The plane crashed in the
mountains of the south-eastern Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region, and
was apparently piloted by a 45-year-old Czech man. A witness said that
the plane was changing course, trying to regain altitude when it
nosedived into the ground.


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Weather
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Conditions over the weekend are expected to be mostly overcast with
showers and occasional storms, and daytime highs between 22 and 26
degrees Celsius.

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Czech opera diva Milada Subrtova
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In Sunday Music Show we look at the life and work of Czech opera diva
Milada Subrtova who died at the age of 87 last week. The soprano, whom
many consider to have been the best Rusalka ever, was one of the lights
of the Czech opera world. With her three octave range and considerable
acting abilities she could interpret both coloratura roles and dramatic
parts, making her one of the stars of the prestigious National Theatre.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/czech-opera-diva-milada-subrtova


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