Sunday, April 29, 2012

News 4.29.2012

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News Sunday, April 29th, 2012

By: Christian Falvey

* Prime Minister Petr Necas has nominated his science advisor Petr
Fiala to head the Education Ministry.

* Convicted MPs Vit Barta and Jaroslav Skarka could lose their seats on
their parliamentary committees.

* Opposition MPs plan to return government bills more often to the
Senate, where they have a majority.

* The Czech Finance Ministry forecasts GDP growth of nearly three
percent in 2015.

* Unseasonably high temperatures at the weekend have caused a sharp
rise in fires.



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Necas nominates science advisor Petr Fiala to head education ministry
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Prime Minister Petr Necas has nominated his science advisor, former
dean of Masaryk University Petr Fiala, the position of education
minister. Mr Fiala told the Czech Press Agency that he would comment on
Monday. Leading members of the governing parties Miroslava Nemcova and
Karel Schwarzenberg called Fiala a good candidate with high
professional credit. The opposition Social Democrats have taken issue
with the long absence of a head of the ministry, which they also said
had such a poor budget outlook that even a respected expert could not
improve its situation. The ministerial post has been vacant since late
March, when Josef Dobes of the Public Affairs party resigned.


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Barta and Skarka could lose committee seats
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Convicted MPs Vit Barta and Jaroslav Skarka could lose their seats on
their parliamentary committees. Lower house chairwoman Miroslava
Nemcova reminded Czech Television on Sunday that the independent
deputies, formerly of the Public Affairs party, had refused to give up
their mandates as MPs and that the only thing the chamber could do
would be to remove them from their functions. Mr Barta, the de facto
head of Public Affairs, was given probation for bribery in March, while
his former colleague Skarka was sentenced to three years' for perjury.
Barta is a member of the budgetary and organisational committees;
Skarka is the deputy chair of the inspections and petitioning and
budgeting committees.


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Social Democrats to return government bills to Senate more often
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Social Democrat chairman Bohuslav Sobotka says his opposition party
will return the government's bills more often to the Senate, where they
have a majority. Speaking to Czech television on Sunday, Mr Sobotka
said they will thus put pressure on the government's loss of a
comfortable majority of 118 MPs. The government received a thin
majority of 105 in a vote of confidence on Friday, and some of those
deputies have said they will not support all of the cabinet's proposals.


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Finance Ministry forecasts nearly three percent growth for 2015
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The Finance Ministry has prepared an updated economic forecast to be
submitted to the European Commission by the end of May. The Convergence
Programme states that following this year's slight economic growth the
Czech economy should recover and reach 2.8% growth by 2015. The
Convergence Programme is a basic document for a country's acceptance of
the single European currency and describes the government's strategy
for developing public finances for the coming years. GDP growth of 0.2%
is expected for this year and 1.3% in the next.


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Heat wave brings rise in fires
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Unseasonably high temperatures at the weekend have caused a sharp rise
in fires. Fire departments have estimated the damages from fires on
Friday and Saturday alone at nearly nine million crowns. They noted a
75% increase in fires on Friday and a 167% increase on Saturday - in
all 243 fires. Weekend temperatures of around 30o Celsius (86o F) have
broken records older than 200 years.


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Styrsky painting sold at auction for 4.6 million
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An early painting by Czech surrealist Jindrich Styrsky entitled
"Cloister" has been sold at auction for 4.6 million crowns. The 1922
work is considered an important piece of Czech cubism. A 1917 cubist
still-life by Emil Filla was also sold for 3.8 million. Galerie Art
Praha sold off 461 works of Czech 19th and 20Th century art on Sunday.
The sale included a benefit auction of one hundred statues and
paintings for the reconstruction of Prague's Manes gallery, which
brought in about one million crowns.


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Police unable to identify men killed ultra-light aircraft crash
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Police are unable to determine the identities of two men who were
killed in the crash of an ultra-light aircraft near Karlovy Vary
Saturday evening. Fire crews found the burnt remains of the men laying
near the ruins of the plane, which was still on fire when they arrived.
The cause of the crash is unknown and is under investigation. The
aircraft's automatic rescue system and parachute had been launched.


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Weather
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Conditions over the coming days are expected remain very warm, with
mostly sunny skies and daytime highs reaching 29o Celsius.



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Prague-based Quebecois Jonathan Gaudet adds Latin flavour to his blues
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Our guest in this edition of Sunday Music Show is Jonathan Gaudet, a
French-Canadian guitarist, singer and songwriter who travelled the
world before he settled in Prague. Collaborating with Czech musicians
and singing in French, Spanish and English, Jonathan incorporates
various musical influences in his lively blues.

http://radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/prague-based-quebecois-jonathan-gaudet-adds-latin-flavour-to-his-blues






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