Friday, November 11, 2011

News 11.11.2011

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News Friday, November 11th, 2011

By: Jan Velinger

* Prime Minister Petr Necas will meet with the president on Monday to
hand over the resignation of Trade and Industry Minister Martin
Kocourek.

* The head of Aircraft Industries - who survived a deadly shooting
spree at the company's Kunovice plant on Thursday - has been released
from hospital.

* Detectives from the anti-organised crime unit have charged three
suspects with illegal arms dealing.

* Prime Minister Petr Necas will meet with the president on Monday to
hand over the resignation of Trade and Industry Minister Martin
Kocourek.

* The national football team faces Montenegro on Friday in the first
leg of their Euro 2012 playoff.

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PM may announce name of new industry minister on Monday
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Prime Minister Petr Necas will meet with the president on Monday to
hand over the resignation of Trade and Industry Minister Martin
Kocourek, who on Wednesday announced his decision to leave the cabinet
amidst allegations of corruption. The prime minister is also likely to
propose a successor to the post from his own Civic Democratic Party.
Among the possible candidates for the position are Zbynek Stanjura,
head of the party's deputies' group in the lower house, one of the
party's leading economic experts Michal Doktor, and former industry and
trade minister Martin Riman.


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Shooting spree survivor released from hospital
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The head of Aircraft Industries, Ilona Plskova, injured in a shooting
spree at the company's Kunovice plant on Thursday - has been released
from hospital. According to sources, she suffered only light injuries
in the tragedy and will continue her recovery at home. The shooting saw
three people - including the gunman - die. �� The police, meanwhile on
Thursday night completed their investigation at the site, with the next
focus to be on autopsies of the victims and assailant in the attack.
According to sources, the deadly assault may have been revenge for an
accident that left the suspect's brother, arms magnate Pavel Musela,
with permanent brain damage. Following the shooting, the attacker
turned his weapon on himself.


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Three arrested for illegal arms dealing
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Detectives from the anti-organised crime unit have charged three
suspects with illegal arms dealing. One of the men, the head of a
suspected gang operating in the Czech Republic, is reportedly a former
police officer himself. The trio were reportedly involved in the sales
of banned automatic weapons and ammunition: if found guilty each could
face up to eight years in prison. The illegal sales were said to
repeatedly have taken place in areas of North and Central Bohemia,
involving seven weapons worth more than 200,000 crowns. Some of the
items were retrofitted, featuring equipment currently used by some
countries' Special Forces. The head of the gang will remain in custody
awaiting trial.


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Ombudsman: Employment Bureau needs to show greater understanding
regarding unemployed
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The country's ombudsman (or public defender of rights) Pavel
Varvarovsky, in a written statement, has said that that the Employment
Bureau should take into account personal factors in some cases when it
comes to helping the unemployed. The ombudsman was referring to a case
where a woman seeking employment was struck off the bureau's list after
failing to show up for a prearranged meeting. The client was unable to
make the date due to personal difficulties: within a period of one
month she had lost her job, received an eviction notice, faced
financial problems and was visited by the social services, the
ombudsman noted. While he recognised that the Employment Bureau had
acted within its rights under the law, Mr Varvarovsky made clear that
it needed to be more flexible. The woman in question later apologised
for her failure to show up and also took her case to the Ministry of
Labour and Social Affairs.


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Soldiers promoted on Veterans Day
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Several Czech soldiers were promoted and decorated during a ceremony in
Prague on Friday, which is Veterans Day. Senate deputy leader Premysl
Sobotka spoke on the occasion, remembering how the former communist
regime neglected or failed to show respect to the country's heroes. A
total of six soldiers were promoted on the occasion, including Robert
Chudy who was seriously wounded while on a mission in Afghanistan.
Despite the injury, he still serves in the Czech military. Chudy was
promoted to the rank of major.


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Diamonds worth half-a-billion crowns go on display in Prague
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More than 300 diamonds of various sizes from one to 22 carats, worth
half-a-billion crowns, went on display in Prague on Friday - the
largest exhibition of diamonds in the country's history, organisers
from Diamonds International Corporation told reporters. The exhibition,
which runs until November 22, is located near Prague's Old Town Square.
The touring event offers exhibits that were loaned from the prestigious
Diamond Bourse in Antwerp, Belgium. They were flown to Prague from
Bratislava where the exhibition was held previously. Afterwards, the
display will be presented in Karlovy Vary, West Bohemia, and then in
Warsaw. The exhibition is being protected using extraordinary security
measures, the organisers said.


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Five injured in seven-car pileup
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Five people were injured - at least one of them seriously - on Friday
in a seven-car pileup in the east of the country. The accident took
place on a road between Jablunkov and Trinec shortly before three pm,
when a truck hit a car head-on leaving additional cars no room to
manoeuvre. Rescue crews had to work carefully to free the most
seriously injured motorist from his vehicle: he was airlifted to a
hospital in Ostrava. The extent of two peoples' injuries, meanwhile,
has not been reported.


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Zoo attempts to reunite baby gorilla with mother fail
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Specialists at Prague Zoo on Friday twice attempted but failed to
reunite a newborn gorilla with its mother, the zoo's director Miroslav
Bobek has said. The mother, named Bikira, has shown no interest in the
baby, which until now has been kept in an incubator. On the second
attempt, Bikira was tranquilised and zookeepers tried to put the baby
closer to the mother for feeding but were equally unsuccessful. The
three-day-old newborn will be moved to another facility where he could
be raised among different gorillas.


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National football team faces Montenegro in Euro 2012 playoff
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The national football squad faces Montenegro on Friday in the first leg
of their Euro 2012 playoff. The Czechs are playing the opening match at
home, at the Sparta stadium on Letna plain, and need to perform well if
they are to keep their chances of qualifying for next year's European
Championships in Poland and Ukraine alive. The match is to be refereed
by Martin Atkinson and will kick-off shortly after eight pm Prague
time. Star goalkeeper Petr Cech has confirmed he will play in the
all-important match, wearing a special facemask after accidentally
breaking his nose in a Premier League game last weekend.


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Bank trains in Austria
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Czech downhill skier Ondrej Bank has expressed satisfaction after
training at Pitztal, Austria, this week - his first time on skis since
suffering from a recent illness. At the beginning of the summer Bank
came down with an unknown disease after returning from a holiday in
Thailand. He spent weeks in hospital - suffering high fevers, weakness
and weight loss of 15 kilograms. To date, a series of tests was unable
to reveal the cause. The skier joked about his situation at one point
saying he no longer knew who to call and might try "Doctor House" -
referring to the popular television series starring Hugh Laurie. Bank
is reportedly leaving his options open regarding the FIS World Cup.


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Weather
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Sunny but cold conditions are expected at the weekend, with
temperatures reaching highs of around 6 degrees Celsius.

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Time travel, Sci-Fi, films by Todd Haynes highlighted at 12th Mezipatra
Queer Film festival
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This Thursday saw the opening of the 12th annual Mezipatra Queer Film
festival in the Czech Republic. In this week's Arts, I talk to the head
of the festival Ales Rumpel, who discussed not only this year's main
theme but also its focus on the work of Todd Haynes. Also discussed are
gay and lesbian issues in the Czech Republic, gay studies, as well as
queer interpretations of the popular Sci-Fi series Star Trek.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/arts/time-travel-sci-fi-films-by-todd-haynes-highlighted-at-12th-mezipatra-queer-film-festival


Business News 11.11.2011
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In this week's business news: lower house approves package of reform
bills, coalition agrees to postpone tax reform until 2014, EC revises
Czech growth forecast downward and Czechs pessimistic about the future.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/economic/business-news-2011-11-11


Czech underground legend Ivan Martin Jirous dies aged 67
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One of the legends of the Czech underground, poet Ivan Martin Jirous,
died in Prague on Thursday at the age of 67. Ivan Jirous, or Magor -
literally "the crazy one" as he was affectionately called by his
friends - was perhaps best-known as the artistic manager and spiritual
leader of the underground band The Plastic People of the Universe, but
this eternal rebel was also a sensitive, contemplative poet and master
of the Czech language.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czech-underground-legend-ivan-martin-jirous-dies-aged-67


Saint Martin's vintage arrives in Prague
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In recent years, Saint Martin's day has become a welcome opportunity
for Czech winemakers to present their young wines. The revived
tradition of Saint Martin's wines has caught on, and November 11 has
become a fixture in the calendar of Czech wine-lovers. One of the main
wine festivals in the capital is held on Jiriho z Podebrad Square, in
the Vinohrady neighbourhood.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/saint-martins-vintage-arrives-in-prague


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