Sunday, September 18, 2011

News 9.18.2011

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News Sunday, September 18th, 2011

By: Christian Falvey

* Politicians from various parties told Czech Television on Sunday that
racial discord in Northern Bohemia could be helped a central register
of offences.

* Government representatives will hold a special meeting with employers
and union reps on Tuesday to discuss the state budget for next year.

* Police checked more than 9000 foreigners during the weekend in a
crackdown on illegal aliens.

* Reactor number one at Temelin Nuclear Power Station was brought back
online on Sunday after a planned shutdown.

* The new south-western leg of the Prague ring road has made over a
quarter of a billion crowns in cargo tolls since opening last September.

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Politicians suggest central register of offences for Northern Bohemia
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Politicians from various parties told Czech Television on Sunday that
the current racial discord in Northern Bohemia could be helped a
central register of offences. Speaking on a debate programme, Civic
Democrat Miroslava Nemcova, Public Affairs' Karolina Peake and Social
Democrat deputy chairwoman Marie Benesova agreed that the measure would
only be a partial step. Ms Peake raised other measures, such as
increasing the strictness of hygienic norms and restricting the
purchase of coloured metals, assumedly in an effort to dissuade
non-adaptive residents from living there. Ms Nemcova confirmed that
Prime Minister Necas is to visit the region this coming week.


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Government to hold special meeting on state budget on Tuesday
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Government representatives will be holding a special tripartite meeting
with employers and union reps on Tuesday to discuss the state budget
for next year. Labour Minister Jaromir Drabek announced the meeting on
TV Prima on Sunday and said that comments on the budget would be
discussed and considered so that the government can vote on it on
Wednesday. The government has only two weeks left to submit a budget
proposal to Parliament. Talks have thus far been marked by disputes
between the government and the employers.


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Police checked 9,000 foreigners during crackdown
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Police checked more than 9000 foreigners during the weekend in a
crackdown on illegal aliens. More than 500 infractions were uncovered
as were ten crimes; 29 persons sought nationwide were arrested, mostly
people who were supposed to have reported for prison terms for property
crimes. The crackdown involved nearly a thousand police officers from
all over the country and 28 people were deported.


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Temelin reactor back online
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Reactor number one at Temelin Nuclear Power Station was brought back
online on Sunday after a planned shutdown. The unit is currently
running at 80% and will reach full power in the middle of the week. The
reactor was taken offline primarily so as to exchange a fourth of the
fuel for units from the Russian company TVEL, which began a ten-year
contract for Temelin last year. Three CASTOR containers carrying spent
fuel were removed. Roughly a thousand employees of CEZ and some 50
subcontractor companies took part in the suspension.


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New leg of Prague ring road made 289 million in first year
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The south-western leg of the new Prague ring road has made over a
quarter of a billion crowns in cargo tolls since opening last
September. Some ten thousand cargo vehicles use the 23km section every
day, or three million since it was opened last year. The road connects
the Prague-Brno D1 motorway with the D5 to Plzen and was intended to
relieve traffic elsewhere on the city's outskirts.


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Justice Ministry seeks 2.6 billion for wage increases
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The Justice Ministry is requesting about 2.6 billion crowns for wage
increases over the next three years. The gradual rises are intended for
employees of courts and state prosecutors' offices, who the ministry
says receive considerably less than other state employees. The
ministry's report for last year shows that workers in the sector
received around 19,500 crowns a month, or 4.500 less than average state
employees, despite the fact that the positions in question often
require special qualifications.


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RAF Museum marks Czechoslovak pilots in Battle of Britain
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The Royal Air Force Museum in London is honouring Czechoslovak and
Polish involvement in the Battle of Britain with a new exhibition.
'Brother's in Arms' salutes the dispossessed Polish and Czechoslovak
pilots of WWII, who the museum says were arguably the RAF's most
prolific and successful pilots in the campaign. Drawings, archive film
footage and sculptures are on display to recall individuals such as
fighter pilot Josef Frantisek and the men of 303 Squadron. Another
section covers the fate of the Czechoslovak and Polish RAF pilots who
were persecuted by the Communist regime upon returning home.


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Weather
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Currently rainy and cool conditions are expected to continue for the
next few days with daytime temperatures between 13 and 18o Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Lyricist Pavel Vrba - the man behind hundreds of Czech hits
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This edition of Sunday Music show is dedicated to the poet and lyrics
writer Pavel Vrba who died last week at the age of 73. In a career
spanning over five decades, Mr Vrba authored lyrics to more than 2,000
songs. His prolificacy along with a wide range of singers, musicians
and bands he worked with made his lyrics a phenomenon in the Czech pop
culture.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/lyricist-pavel-vrba-the-man-behind-hundreds-of-czech-hits


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