Monday, September 19, 2011

News 9.19.2011

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News Monday, September 19th, 2011

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Prime Minister Petr Necas on Monday visited hotspots of racial
tension in north Bohemia.

* The cabinet is to meet on Wednesday to discuss the growing problem of
Romany ghettos and social exclusion.

* A hundred more community jobs are to be established in the north of
the country.

* Prime Minister Petr Necas has said that more personnel changes should
follow at the country's power utility CEZ in the wake of a change of
guard at the top post.

* A tram driver was killed in a collision of two trams on Prague's
Plzenska street early on Monday.

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PM visits hotspots of racial tension in Northern Bohemia
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Prime Minister Petr Necas visited Northern Bohemia on Monday where the
local authorities have been struggling to deal with growing racial
tension and a wave of anti-Romany sentiment. Mr Necas visited ghettos,
talked to local inhabitants and debated specific measures with
community representatives. In Novy Bor he thanked the locals for
showing restraint in their protests and not supporting extremist
groupings which have tried to use the crisis for their own ends.
Extremist demonstrations and public gatherings have been taking place
in the region since August, when several violent, apparently
racially-motivated conflicts occurred. Local forums held to discuss the
situation have criticised negligence on the part of the police and town
halls and a liberal social welfare system.


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Cabinet to debate ghettos, social exclusion
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The cabinet is to meet on Wednesday to discuss growing racial tension
in the north of the country, Romany ghettos and social exclusion.
Ministers are expected to debate a comprehensive strategy aimed at
fighting social exclusion of Romanies in the spheres of education,
housing, employment, health care and security. According to available
statistics there are some 400 Romany ghettoes around the country with
an estimated 80.000 inhabitants. The vast majority of adults living in
them are jobless. A rise in racially motivated crime in the north of
the country in recent weeks has escalated tension between the majority
population and the Romany minority with calls for their eviction.


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Rules for welfare benefits to be tightened
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Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jaromir Drabek on Monday revealed
some of the measures aimed at alleviating ethnic tension in the north
of the country. At a press conference in the town of Rumburk he said
that that in future welfare benefits would only be paid out to people
who have permanent residence in the given region and that after a
certain period of time people on welfare would have to enrol for
community service. A hundred more community jobs are being established
in the north. Parents who do not send their children to school would
not be eligible for state support.


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Romany man apprehended after threatening visitors in bar in Varnsdorf
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A thirty-four- year- old Romany man with a machete threatened people in
a bar in Varnsdorf, north of Prague, late on Sunday night. Witnesses
say the man barged in, shouted insults and threatened to eliminate
everyone in the place. He left as the owner called the police and was
apprehended shortly after. The incident reflects growing ethnic tension
in the north where a recent attack on a bar in the town of Novy Bor
ended in bloodshed and serious injuries. There is a heightened police
presence in the area.


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PM: more personnel changes at CEZ to follow
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Prime Minister Petr Necas has said that more personnel changes should
follow at the country's power utility CEZ in the wake of a change of
guard at the top post. The prime minister threw fresh light on CEO
Martin Roman's unexpected resignation last week saying that he was
dissatisfied with Mr. Roman's performance in office and had made it
clear he would not be renewing his contract next year. The prime
minister said he was not happy with the outcome of the power utility's
foreign acquisitions. Mr. Roman has been replaced by the second in
command Daniel Benes as chief executive manager.


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Czech scientists uncover gene mutation responsible for Kufs disease
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A Czech research team from the Institute of Hereditary Metabolic
Disorders at the Medical Faculty of Charles University in Prague has
reportedly uncovered the cause of the Kufs disease. At a press briefing
in Prague on Monday scientists said a mutation of the DNAJC5 gene was
behind the incurable brain disease. The disease is a defect of the
metabolism of fats and proteins that is manifested only in adult age.
The patients�� condition gradually worsens. They suffer from spasms,
mobility disorders, paralysis and dementia. This particular research
team has had previous successes in detecting genes responsible for some
diseases of the eyes and kidneys.


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Tram driver dies in collision
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A tram driver was killed in a collision of two trams on Prague's
Plzenska street early on Monday. No one else was injured in the
accident. The collision occurred shortly after six am when the second
tram drawing into a station failed to brake properly and ploughed into
a stationary vehicle. The driver failed to leave the cabin in time and
was trapped in the wreckage. He succumbed to his injuries on the spot.
The five passengers riding on the tram were uninjured. The tram route
was closed for the entire morning. The damage is being estimated at 10
million crowns.


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Robbers make off with unspecified amount from money van
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Police are investigating a robbery in which masked men attacked and
robbed a money transport van carrying an unspecified amount of cash.
The robbery took place near a Ceska Sporitelna bank outlet in Karlovy
Vary. It is not clear if anyone was injured in this incident. The
police have asked possible witnesses to provide any information they
may have regarding the case.


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Slovak police arrest convict wanted in the Czech Republic
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Slovak police have arrested a Ukrainian convict on the run who was
sentenced to13 years for murder by a Czech court in 1996. The man
escaped shortly after and was on the run for 15 years. He was arrested
on an Interpol warrant near the Slovak-Ukrainian border. The Czech
authorities will request his extradition.


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Half of Czechs do not trust private pension funds
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Almost half of Czechs do not plan to use private pension funds, which
are to be established within the government's pension reform, according
to a poll conducted by the Millward Brown agency and released in
today's daily Lidove noviny. Forty-nine percent of respondents said
they preferred to rely on state pension funds. Over 22 percent plan
less risky investments with a lower profit and 17.7 percent prefer more
profitable, but also more risky alternatives, the daily writes.


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Weather
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The next few days should be partly cloudy with day temperatures between
17 and 20 degrees Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Sports News 19.9.2011
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In Sports News this Monday: Czechs beat Romania to stay in the Davis
Cup World Group; in football, Plzen wins its first point in the
Champions League; the Czech top hockey league begins; and Jaromir Jagr
arrives in Philadelphia for yet another NHL season.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/sport/sports-news-2011-09-19


Prime and Labor Minister highlight importance of social reform in
solving Sluknov district's racial tensions
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On Monday, Prime Minister Petr Necas, Labor Minister Jaromir Drabek and
the government's human rights commissioner set off on a visit to the
North Bohemian Sluknov district, where racial unrest is escalating and
unemployment and crime are on the rise. Government officials are now
meeting with local politicians to discuss possible solutions to a
situation that is threatening to spin out of control, but some say
their reaction has come too late.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/prime-and-labor-minister-highlight-importance-of-social-reform-in-solving-sluknov-districts-racial-tensions


Richard Fuchs - well-known Prague cook and new head chef of Prague's
Four Seasons' restaurant
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Starting October, well-known Czech cook Richard Fuchs will be taking
over the post of head chef at Prague's Four Seasons' restaurant
Allegro, replacing the Italian Andrea Accordi, under whose direction
the kitchen became the first in the former Eastern Block to be marked
with a Michelin star. Richard Fuchs, who has cooked in restaurants all
over the world and just wrapped up his gig at Prague's Monastery
restaurant, will also be the first Czech to lead Allegro. Ahead of the
start of his engagement, he speaks about his cooking style, respecting
ingredients and if he is looking forward to his new role.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/one-on-one/richard-fuchs-well-known-prague-cook-and-new-head-chef-of-pragues-four-seasons-restaurant


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