Sunday, December 4, 2011

News 12.4.2011

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News Sunday, December 4th, 2011

By: Pavla Horakova

* Prague Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda has said he is going to run for the
post of chairman of the Civic Democrat Prague branch.

* The Czech Republic's GDP is expected to grow by 0.8 percent next year
while inflation should reach three percent due to a higher VAT rate.

* Prices of food in the Czech Republic are expected to rise by around
10 percent next year.

* Five foreign nationals have been detained in connection with
Saturday's attack against a group of police officers in the North
Bohemian town of Varnsdorf.

* Two people have been reported missing following a boat accident on
the Lipno dam in South Bohemia.

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Prague mayor to run for Civic Democrat party posts
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Prague Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda has said he is going to run for the post
of chairman of the Civic Democrat Prague branch, despite his earlier
statements to the contrary. Speaking in a televised debate on Sunday,
Mr Svoboda also said he did not rule out running for the post of
vice-chairman of the party, but said he was not interested in
presidential candidacy. A new Civic Democrat leadership will be elected
in about a year's time. A gynaecologist by profession, Mr Svoboda
became Prague Mayor after the 2010 municipal elections. Last month a
coalition of the Civic and Social Democrats at the Prague City Hall was
terminated and replaced by a centre-right coalition of the Civic
Democrats and the TOP 09 party. The chairman of the Civic Democrats'
Prague branch Boris Stastny who unexpectedly ended the grand coalition,
in a move that many have speculated was aimed at removing Bohuslav
Svoboda, resigned from his post on Friday.


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Finance Ministry prediction: GDP to grow by 0.8 pct in 2012
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The Czech Republic's GDP is expected to grow by 0.8 percent next year
while inflation should reach 3 percent due to a higher VAT rate, a
survey carried out by the Finance Ministry and based on predictions by
domestic and foreign economic institutions suggests. The Czech economy
should grow by 2.1 percent in 2013 and by 2.3 percent in 2014 while
inflation in those years should hover around the 2-percent target set
by the Czech National Bank, the ihned.cz news site reported.


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Food prices expected to rise by 10 pct in 2012
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Prices of food are expected to rise by around 10 percent next year, the
novinky.cz news site reported on Sunday, citing Czech producers and
traders. According to the president of the Czech Confederation of
Commerce and Tourism Zdenek Juracka, the price increase will be caused
by a weakening crown, a VAT hike, growing commodity prices on foreign
markets and rising costs of transport and energy. A spokeswoman for the
Czech Federation of the Food and Drink Industries said higher prices
might affect local production as consumers might travel to countries
with a lower VAT. Producers have warned pressure on lower prices might
lead to a decline in quality. According to the Czech Statistical Office
Czechs consumed less meat, milk products, fruit and vegetables as well
as alcohol and cigarettes last year. Producers say they believe the
trend has continued in 2011.


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Five foreigners detained in connection with attack against policemen in
Varnsdorf
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Five foreign nationals have been detained in connection with Saturday's
attack against a group of police officers in the North Bohemian town of
Varnsdorf. A police spokeswoman said on Sunday charges were being
prepared against the men. A group of foreign nationals allegedly
attacked seven police officers off duty at 2:30 am on Saturday in one
of the town's bars. Personal revenge is believed to be behind the
attack. According to TV Nova, one of the detained men is an Albanian
national whose son was fined a year ago by one of the policemen. Police
are still determining the precise number of the attackers.


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Two missing after boat accident
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Two people have been reported missing following a boat accident on the
Lipno dam in South Bohemia. A police spokeswoman said on Sunday a boat
carrying three German-speaking tourists had capsized on Saturday night.
While one of them managed to swim to the shore, the two other men, aged
21, are still missing and police continue searching for them.


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Eight horses poisoned at farm near Jihlava
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Five horses have died and three others have shown symptoms of poisoning
since Friday at a farm in the district of Jihlava, probably after
ingesting poisonous bait, the novinky.cz news site reports. Two animals
are being treated at a veterinary clinic. Damage has been estimated at
500,000 crowns. According to the website, the owner of the horses has
announced a reward for anyone who identifies the perpetrator. She has
ruled the possibility of accident. Police have collected samples of
feed and water at the farm and are awaiting results from the veterinary
authority while investigating the case.


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Eight thousand spectators watch re-enactment of Battle of Austerlitz
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Around eight thousand people braved the weather and arrived at the site
of the historic Battle of Austerlitz in South Moravia on Saturday
afternoon to watch a re-enactment of the 1805 battle. Some 900 military
buffs took part in the annual re-enactment of the operation in which
Napoleon defeated the armies of Russian Tzar Alexander I and Austrian
Emperor Franz I. Around 20,000 men were killed in the combat, also
known as the Battle of Three Emperors, which took place on December 2,
1805 near the town of Slavkov (or Austerlitz in German), south of Brno.


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Weather
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Monday should be partly cloudy with rain in places and daytime highs
around 6o Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Berenika Kohoutova, la Femme Plastique
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Berenika Kohoutova is a name you are probably going to hear more and
more in the coming months and years. Here a successful actress, there a
rising star of the Czech music scene, the talented 20-year-old is
making a good name for herself both on TV and in appearances on stages
around Europe, formerly with the ska ensemble Disco Balls and now with
her own project Femme Plastique.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/berenika-kohoutova-la-femme-plastique


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