Friday, November 25, 2011

News 11.25.2011

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News Friday, November 25th, 2011

By: Daniela Lazarova

* President Vaclav Klaus has written a letter to his Zambian
counterpart requesting justice for the three Czechs who are to go on
trial for spying.

* The head of Prague's city police Vladimir Kotrous has been arrested
on suspicion of corruption.

* Some 500 people are reported to have taken part in a trade union
rally against widespread corruption in the Czech Republic.

* Architect Karel Hubacek has died at the age of 87.

* Five seriously injured Libyans are to receive treatment in the Czech
Republic.

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President asks Zambia for just trial of three Czechs
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President Vaclav Klaus has written a letter to his Zambian counterpart
requesting justice for the three Czechs who are to go on trial for
spying. The president expressed the hope that the case would be
speedily and justly resolved. He said he was conviced that the three
men were innocent of any wrongdoing, and had merely wanted to take home
snapshots of an exhibited Czechoslovak plane. The Czech nationals face
25 years in prison for having taken photographs of an old plane
displayed outside a military base in Lusaka. The Czech government has
sent a special envoy to the country in the hope of assisting their case.


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Head of city police arrested on suspicion of corruption
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The head of Prague's city police Vladimir Kotrous has been arrested on
suspicion of corruption. According to the internet news site lidovky.cz
Mr. Kotrous was arrested by members of the anti-organized crime squad
on Friday morning and is being questioned. He is suspected of having
accepted a bribe. Mr. Kotrous was appointed to the post in 2002. He has
been with the force for ten years.


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Anti-corruption rally in Prague
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Some 500 people are reported to have taken part in Friday's trade union
rally against widespread corruption in the Czech Republic. The
protesters marched to the lower house of Parliament where they handed
over a petition calling for the setting up of a parliamentary
commission which would oversee the investigation of large-scale
corruption cases. Prime Minister Petr Necas recently criticized the
protest, saying that his government had made its anti-corruption
strategy a top priority and was doing everything possible to curb the
problem.


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Karel Brezina acquitted of fraud
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A Prague court on Friday acquitted Karel Brezina, former Prague deputy
mayor for the Social Democrats, of distorting data on financial
management and assets while on the supervisory board of several
companies. The state attorney accused Brezina of withholding
information about his place on the board of two companies which were in
bankruptcy proceedings while joining the supervisory board of Zizkov
Station Development 2009. In a statement for the company Brezina said
he did not hold a similar post in any company faced with bankruptcy
proceedings. The court came to the conclusion that Brezina��s conduct
did not constitute a crime. The state attorney has appealed the verdict.

KarelBrezina was Prague deputy mayor until Thursday when the grand
coalition of the Civic Democrats and Social Democrats collapsed and all
Social Democrat representatives were dismissed from the City Council.


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Outstanding Czech architect dies
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Czech architect Karel Hubacek who is best known for designing the
Jested TV and radio transmitter on Jested Mountain, has died at the age
of 87. The transmitter's innovative design -modelled in the shape of a
rotating hyperboloid - won Hubacek the Perret Prize in August of 1969.
The funeral is to take place in Liberec on December 2nd.


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Medevac project to assist Libyan patients
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The government-financed humanitarian aid programme Medevac which was
set up to help treat children from countries ravaged by war or natural
disasters is to be extended to five seriously injured adult Libyans who
are in urgent need of medical assistance. The decision was announced by
Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg on Friday. The patients are
to be transported to the Czech Republic on an army plane and are
scheduled to arrive on December 12th. Close to 130 child patients have
received care in Czech hospitals within the Medevac programme set up in
1993. They were mostly from Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan and
Cambodia.


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First swine flu victim this year
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The Czech Republic has reported its first swine-flu related death this
year. According to the country's chief hygiene officer Michal Vit a
middle-aged woman from north Bohemia succumbed to complications
resulting from the swine flu this week. Five other people have been
diagnosed with it.


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German hospitals send head hunters to Prague
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German hospitals are holding a job fair in Prague on Friday and
Saturday, offering qualified Czech doctors significantly higher
salaries and better work conditions than they can hope to get in the
Czech Republic. The fair comes at a time when many Czech doctors are
disappointed by the fact that the health ministry has cut back on a
promised pay rise next year as a result of slower growth and further
cost-cutting measures. German hospitals are offering 140 jobs with pay
conditions three to four times better than those in the Czech Republic.


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Court invalidates ban on ultra-right rally
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The regional court in Ceske Budejovice has invalidated a ban on an
ultra right rally issued by the town of Vimperk in south Bohemia. The
town hall cited security reasons for its decision. In the wake of
Friday's court ruling the mayor said he respected the court's decision
and had requested police reinforcements. The rally, organized by the
far-right workers party, is to take place on Saturday between 11 and
3pm.


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Deputy mayor's death confirmed
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Police have confirmed the death of the deputy mayor of Zidenice Ales
Vytopil who has been missing since early September. A police
spokeswoman said that a dead man found in south Moravia on Thursday had
been identified as the missing mayor and that he had died a violent
death. There has been widespread speculation surrounding Vytopil's
disappearance, but according to the police his murder was not linked to
his position at city hall.


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Weather
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The coming days are expected to be partly cloudy with scattered showers
and day temperatures between 4 and 8 degrees Celsius.

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Business News 25.11.2011
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In business news today: household energy prices to grow in coming
months; Slevomat.cz buys share in Hungary's Bonus Brigad; Czech Post
expects rise in profit compared to 2011; Construction sector expects
crisis to deepen.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/economic/business-news-2011-11-25


Survivors remember first transport to Terezin in winter of 1941
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It's exactly seventy years since the first transport of Czechoslovak
Jews left Prague, bound for the garrison town of Terezin, transformed
by the Nazis into a ghetto and concentration camp. Some 140,000 Jewish
men, women and children were sent to Terezin, known as Theresienstadt
in German; most of them were later killed at Auschwitz. A number of
events were held this week bringing together Terezin survivors, one of
them on Thursday evening at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian
Regimes.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/survivors-remember-first-transport-to-terezin-in-winter-of-1941


DVD series resurrects 1950s Czechoslovak Socialist Realist films
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Filmy patri lidu (Films Belong to the People) is the title of a series
of Socialist Realist pictures that have been released on DVD in the
Czech Republic in recent months. These propaganda-filled films are from
the 1950s, the harshest decade of the communist era, notorious for its
brutal repression, show trials and forced labour camps.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/arts/dvd-series-resurrects-1950s-czechoslovak-socialist-realist-films-1


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