Saturday, December 3, 2011

News 12.3.2011

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News Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

By: Pavla Horakova

* Czech Airlines has resumed normal operation after a two-day protest
by its pilots.

* Thirty Czech military doctors have been sent to Slovakia even though
the Slovak government finally signed an agreement with local doctors
ending a long labour dispute over low salaries.

* Prime Minister Petr Necas has said he believes that the eurozone will
not collapse as a result of the current debt crisis.

* President Vaclav Klaus has backed Police President Petr Lessy after
Interior Minister Jan Kubice demanded his resignation.

* A Czech national suspected of being at the head of a sex trafficking
gang in Northern Ireland has been charged with trafficking into the UK
for sexual exploitation, controlling prostitution, and brothel keeping.

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Czech Airlines resumes normal operation
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Czech Airlines has resumed normal operation after a two-day protest by
its pilots. A spokeswoman for the carrier said on Saturday the pilots'
protest would not affect flights at the weekend but a representative of
the pilots' labour union said its members remained on strike alert.
Czech Airlines cancelled 25 flights from and to Prague's Ruzyne airport
on Thursday and another eight on Friday as around a hundred pilots
co-ordinately took sick leaves to protest against a transfer of
aircraft to a charter carrier affiliated with Czech Airlines, a move
they described as the beginning of Czech Airlines' liquidation. Czech
Airlines said it considered the protest illegal and would punish the
pilots participating in the action.


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Thirty Czech doctors sent to Slovakia
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Thirty Czech military doctors have been sent to Slovakia even though
the Slovak government finally signed an agreement with local doctors
ending a long labour dispute over low salaries. The Czech and Slovak
Health Ministers confirmed the assistance mission on Saturday. The
Czech doctors are expected to stay only for several days and will be
working in hospitals in Bratislava, Nitra and Zilina which were
affected by the recent industrial action.


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PM: eurozone will not collapse
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Prime Minister Petr Necas has said he believes that the eurozone will
not collapse as a result of the current debt crisis. Speaking to
reporters on Saturday, Mr. Necas said scaremongering might only
aggravate the situation. Earlier this week Finance Minister Miroslav
Kalousek warned of disastrous consequences the collapse of the euro
would have for the Czech economy. He said a systemic financial collapse
of the eurozone would have a fatal economic, fiscal and social impact
on the Czech Republic, and the country would 'struggle to survive'.


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PM: Civic Democrats to promote targeted social benefits
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Prime Minister Petr Necas has said his Civic Democrats are promoting a
targeted system of social benefits based on each person's activity.
Speaking at a party conference titled "Law and Solidarity" in the
northern town of Usti nad Labem on Saturday, Mr Necas said that people
who abused social benefits could not rely on state assistance. "We want
to give a helping hand to those in need who are willing to change their
situation and work but we will not support idlers who only pose as
needy," the prime minister said. The party conference has been called
in response to the situation in the North Bohemian Sluknov district
troubled by tension between the Roma community and the majority
population following a number of violent attacks in the summer which
the locals blamed on members of the Roma minority.


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Klaus backs police president
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President Vaclav Klaus has backed Police President Petr Lessy after
Interior Minister Jan Kubice demanded his resignation. According to the
daily Lidove noviny Mr. Klaus does not wish a change in the post mainly
because it might trigger a government crisis just like a year ago. Mr.
Klaus told the paper he thought it would be unfortunate to destabilize
the current fragile political situation and that he could empathize
with the police president defending his officers. Relations have been
tense between the police president and the interior minister lately as
the Interior Minister suggests abolishing hundreds of managerial posts
in the police force, a move which according to Mr Lessy would
compromise the police force's performance.


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Czech national charged with controlling prostitution in Belfast
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A Czech national suspected of being at the head of a sex trafficking
gang in Northern Ireland has been charged with trafficking into the UK
for sexual exploitation, controlling prostitution, and brothel keeping.
The BBC reported on Friday the 29-year-old man had been arrested in
August by anti-organized crime police during a raid across Belfast. He
is alleged to have advertised the services of at least 21 women online
and taken up to 80 percent of their earnings. Some of the victims were
identified in cooperation with Czech police and Interpol.


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Group of policemen attacked by foreign nationals in Varnsdorf
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Four police officers were allegedly injured in a fight with a group of
foreign nationals which broke out on Saturday afternoon in the northern
town of Varnsdorf. A police spokeswoman refused to comment further on
the incident but confirmed the officers had been attacked. According to
the novinky.cz news site the incident was initiated by a member of the
local so-called "Yugoslav mafia". He allegedly accused one of the
police officers of fining him in the past and wanted to take revenge.


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Weather
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The rest of the weekend is expected to be cloudy with scattered showers
and daytime highs of around 6o Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Mailbox 3.12.2011
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Today in Mailbox: the 22nd anniversary of the Velvet Revolution; the
Ministry of Industry and Trade is considering cancelling a long-running
health subsidy for miners; Radio Prague's correspondence with DX-ers
during the Cold War; Radio Prague's English broadcasts on DRM in
Europe; mystery Czech quiz. Listeners quoted: Mary Lou Krenek, David
Eldridge, Bo Sundin, Daniel Kahler, Patrick Robic, Hans Verner Lollike,
Li Ming, Colin Law, Charles Konecny, Jayanta Chakrabarty.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/mailbox/mailbox-2011-12-03


The success story of Petr Kosiner, the dumpling king of Prague
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Tram and car traffic is heavy on Prague's Dukelskych Hrdinu St. - not a
very inviting location to open a business in the middle of the
financial crisis. Yet the 45-year-old cook gone entrepreneur Petr
Kosiner has set up his store Laznickovy knedlik here. It is the only
brick-and-mortar shop in Prague to sell homemade dumplings. Since it
opened seven months ago, the store and the humble goods it sells have
turned out to be so popular that already its owner has a hard time
keeping up with the huge demand. Both restaurant professionals and
regular people shop here, he says.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/czech-life/the-success-story-of-petr-kosiner-the-dumpling-king-of-prague


Stalin and Gottwald: together in life and death
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When Joseph Stalin died on March 5 1953, it sent shockwaves round the
world. In Czechoslovakia his personality cult had been almost as
overwhelming as in the Soviet Union itself. At the time of his death,
work was already well under way to build the biggest statue of the
Soviet dictator in the world - unveiled two years later in Letna Park.
Stalin had a close ally and kindred spirit in the Czechoslovak
President, Klement Gottwald, and Gottwald ignored warnings from his
doctors in order to attend his friend and protector's funeral. Before
leading the Czechoslovak delegation to Moscow, he had a few words for
his country's citizens.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/archives/stalin-and-gottwald-together-in-life-and-death-1


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