Sunday, April 1, 2012

News 4.1.2012

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News Sunday, April 1st, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* The prime minister has backed the head of the Czech intelligence
service who recently came under fire over leaked wiretaps.

* The Czech government will discuss new rules that would require
lobbyists to register.

* New health care legislation that enters into force on Sunday gives
more rights to patients.

* March saw the lowest number of road deaths in more than two decades.

* Tereza Chlebovska, a 22-year-old student from Krnov, has been voted
the new Miss Czech Republic.

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PM Necas backs intelligence service boss
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Prime Minister Petr Necas has backed the head of the Czech intelligence
service, Jiri Lang who recently came under criticism over leaked
wiretaps. The prime minister told Czech TV on Sunday that he had full
confidence in Mr Lang who was a loyal official and a good director of
the service. Mr Lang was criticized over leaks of wiretapped phone
conversations between former Prague mayor Pavel Bem and an influential
lobbyist which revealed corruption and cronyism at Prague City Hall.
One of the wiretaps also suggested the lobbyist, Roman Janousek, had
contacts among top officials of the intelligence service.


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Government to discuss registration of lobbyists
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In related news, the Czech government will this week discuss proposals
to introduce compulsory registration of lobbyists, the news agency CTK
reported on Sunday. Under the proposed legislation, lobbyists would
have to register with a newly established institute while public
officials including MPs, and Senators, members of the government as
well as their assistants would be required to make their scheduled
meetings available on the internet. If the government approves the
proposal, the respective bill should be ready by the middle of the year.

The government will discuss the proposed legislation at a time when
lobbying came into the spotlight due to a scandal involving former
Prague mayor Pavel Bem. Leaked wiretaps revealed that Mr Bem consulted
some of his key decisions with a lobbyist, Roman Janousek.


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New health care legislation enters into force
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New health care legislation that enters into force on Sunday gives more
rights to patients. They are now for example entitled to go through
their own medical records and make copies of them; some decisions by
doctors now also require the patients' informed consent and it will be
easier to file complaints against health care providers. Patients are
now also entitled to leave instructions for the doctors concerning
life-sustaining treatment. The new legislation, which also mandates
insurance companies to cover vaccination against cervix cancer for
girls aged 13, is part of a broader health care reform pursued by the
centre-right Czech government.


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March saw lowest number of roads deaths since 1990
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Forty-four people died on Czech roads in March 2012, which is the
lowest number of road deaths for that months recorded since 1990. Last
year, 45 people died in traffic accidents in March, a significant
decrease since the 1990s. The police registered nearly 5,900 accidents
last months, a slight increase compared to last year.


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Krnov student voted Miss Czech Republic
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Tereza Chlebovska, a 22-year-old student from Krnov, has been voted the
Miss Czech Republic 2012. The winner of the beauty pageant received the
most votes from the viewers of the show, and was crowned by the Italian
actress Claudia Cardinale on Saturday. The jury chose 18-year-old Linda
Bartosova from Pardubice to represent the country at Miss World 2012.


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Hockey: Plzen beats Kometa Brno in semifinals game
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HC Plzen 1929 beat Kometa Brno 3:2 in the fourth game of the hockey
league's best-of-seven semifinal series in Brno on Saturday. The hosts'
victory could end the series but Plzen played a great game, and were
leading 3:1 just after the start of the second period. Brno brought the
gap down to 3:2 several minutes later but were unable to equalize. The
series now moves on to Plzen where the two teams will clash again on
Monday. On Sunday, the other semifinal series continues between
Pardubice and Liberec.


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Weather
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The start of the week will be mostly cloudy with rain showers expected
across the Czech Republic. Daytime highs should range between 8 and 12
degrees Celsius.


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