Saturday, March 3, 2012

News 3.3.2012

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News Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Prime Minister Petr Necas has defended his decision for the country
to stay out of the EU's fiscal treaty.

* Bavarian police are dealing with a steep rise in drug trafficking
from the neighbouring Czech Republic.

* A group of 27 children from the tsunami-devastated region of
north-east Japan are to spend a week-long wellness stay in the Czech
Republic.

* Several members of the junior Public Affairs party have testified
against Vit Barta, head of the party's parliamentary group, who is to
stand trial for bribery.

* Police have called off the search for a nine-year-old boy who fell
into the Bilina river, in the north of the country, on Friday afternoon.

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PM defends Czech stand on fiscal treaty
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Speaking at his party's ideological conference, Prime Minister Petr
Necas defended his decision for the Czech Republic to stay out of the
EU's fiscal treaty and slammed the opposition Social Democrats for
misleading the public with regard to what it would bring. Mr. Necas
said the Social Democrats were capitalizing on their positive stand to
the treaty without telling Czechs that its ratification would
effectively prevent them from fulfilling their policy programme. The
ideological conference of the Civic Democratic Party is focussing
mainly on planned austerity measures in the coming years and the need
to communicate them to the public.


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Social Democrat MEP breaks ranks to thank PM
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The Social Democratic Party has distanced itself from a statement made
by party member and MEP Richard Falbr who publicly thanked the Czech
prime minister for not signing the EU's fiscal treaty. Mr. Falbr was
the only Social Democrat to openly disagree with his party's position
on the issue, noting that the fiscal treaty had been rejected by the
European Trade Union Confederation and that as a former chairman of the
Bohemian and Moravian Trade Union Confederation he understood the
reasons for that and felt the need to state his position.


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Bavarian police report steep rise in drug trafficking from Czech
Republic
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Bavarian police are dealing with a steep rise in drug trafficking from
the neighbouring Czech Republic. The Bavarian authorities say the
problem concerns mainly the home-made drug pervitin, known in Germany
as Crystal, which is being smuggled across the border both by Czech
dealers and by German nationals who buy it on Czech territory to take
home. While in 2009 police confiscated 1 kilogram of the drug, in 2011
the overall amount was 17 kilos. The Bavarian authorities complain that
excessive tolerance toward drugs in the Czech Republic is to blame.


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Czech Republic to host Japanese children
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A group of 27 children from the tsunami-devastated region of north-east
Japan are to spend a week-long wellness stay in the Czech Republic. The
visit has been arranged by the Czech-Japanese society which set up an
aid fund for the victims of the natural disaster which struck Japan a
year ago. The event was organized with the aid of the Czech Olympics
Committee and gymnastics queen Vera Caslavska who won three gold medals
in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo and is extremely popular in Japan.
In 2010 Japan honoured Vera Caslavska with the Japanese Order of the
Rising Sun for her contribution to cultural understanding between the
two countries.


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Public Affairs members give evidence against Vit Barta
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Several members of the junior Public Affairs party have testified
against Vit Barta, head of the party's parliamentary group, who is to
go on trial for bribery on Monday, according to Saturday's edition of
Mlada fronta Dnes. Mr. Barta is suspected of having bought the loyalty
of at least two former party members, Kristyna Koci and Jaroslav Skarka
to whom he handed over large sums of money in cash. While Vit Barta
admits to having given them money he claims the transactions were
"personal loans". If found guilty Mr. Barta, who is widely perceived as
the party's de-facto leader, could face a sentence of up to six years.
Jaroslav Skarka is also being tried for accepting the bribe.


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Nine-year-old boy believed drowned
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Police have called off the search for a nine-year-old boy who fell into
the Bilina river, in the north of the country, while playing with a
group of children on Friday afternoon. Teams of rescuers are said to
have combed the banks of the entire stretch of the river and divers
searched the river bed without success. The accident happened near the
town of Usti nad Labem.


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Gerard Depardieu to shoot in Chotesov
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A historic film starring Gerard Depardieu is to be shot in the town of
Chotesov in west Bohemia next week. A French crew has rented out the
local cloister for the filming of L'Homme Qui Rit based on a novel by
Victor Hugo. An advance crew has been on-site for a week now and Mr.
Depardieu is expected to arrive "any day" for next week's filming. The
townspeople are said to be awaiting his arrival with immense
anticipation. The popular French actor was last seen in these parts 12
years ago when he starred in Les Miserables, part of which was filmed
in west Bohemia.


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Weather
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The coming days should be partly cloudy to overcast with daytime highs
between 2 and 6 degrees Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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"Heaven, distance, light and dazzling brightness": Czech literary links
with Scandinavia
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Did you know that one of Norway's popular writers is actually Czech, or
that in the mid 1930s Karel Capek fell in love with the forests and
skies of Scandinavia? And do Czechs and Danes have more in common than
just beer? David Vaughan looks at Czech-Scandinavian literary links.

http://radio.cz/en/section/books/heaven-distance-light-and-dazzling-brightness-czech-literary-links-with-scandinavia


Mailbox 3.3.2012
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Today in Mailbox: Radio Prague's Czech language programmes, personal
memories of the former Czech President Vaclav Havel, the European Court
of Human Rights' ruling on the case of Frantisek Oldrich Kinsky.
Listeners/readers quoted: Stephen Hrebenach, Harold Yeglin, Frank
Miata, Carrie Paterson, Deborah Floyd, Colin Law, Jaroslaw Jedrzejczak,
Miguel Angel Lahera Rivero, Charles Konecny, Hans Verner Lollike, Alan
Roe.

http://radio.cz/en/section/mailbox/mailbox-2012-03-03


Words, words, words... The United Nations and the 1968 invasion
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In this week's From the Archives we continue our look at how radio
covered the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968. Today
we follow the part played by the United Nations. Within just a few
hours of the tanks crossing the border, the UN Security Council met for
a special meeting to discuss what to do about the invasion.
Czechoslovakia's Ambassador to the UN, Jan Muzik was unequivocal:

http://radio.cz/en/section/archives/words-words-words-the-united-nations-and-the-1968-invasion-1


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