Sunday, April 8, 2012

News 4.8.2012

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News Sunday, April 8th, 2012

By: Sarah Borufka

* Senior officials from junior coalition partner Public Affairs are
preparing for a round of negotiations over the future of the government
set to take place Tuesday.

* Deputy leader of the coalition's TOP 09 party Miroslav Kalousek says
his party would consider forming a coalition with the Social Democrats
should snap elections take place.

* Social Democrat leader Bohuslav Sobotka made it clear that his party
would not consider forming a coalition with any of the parties
currently in the government.

* Hundreds of Catholics attended the Easter Mass celebrated by Prague
Cardinal Dominik Duka on Sunday.

* Tomas Berdych's victory has secured the Czech Republic a spot in the
Davis Cup semi-finals.

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Senior Public Affairs officials preparing for negotiations with
coalition partners
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Senior officials from the junior coalition member Public Affairs are
preparing for a round of negotiations with the two other government
parties, the Civic Democrats and TOP 09, to take place on Tuesday. The
party's deputy leader, Dagmar Navratilova, told the Czech News Agency
CTK on Sunday that the party was hoping a compromise within the
coalition would be reached. Should the three coalition partners fail to
reach an agreement, early elections will be held. Earlies this week,
Public Affairs had threatened it would quit the coalition unless
certain demands were met.


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PM: Senior coalition party has been preparing for early elections for
weeks
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Prime Minister Petr Necas has said, in an interview that was published
in the weekend edition of the daily Mlada fronta dnes, that his party,
the Civic Democrats, had been preparing for possible snap elections for
weeks. Mr Necas explained that the senior government coalition party
started putting together an election campaign two weeks ago, for fear
that spats over austerity measures would force the government to
resign. In addition, he said, the trial of Public Affairs deputy Vit
Barta, the de-facto leader of the junior coalition partner, was a
factor in the party's decision to prepare for possible early elections.
The prime minister said that the Civic Democrats were concerned that in
the case of an acquittal, Mr Barta would put the government under
pressure in an effort to return to the cabinet. The verdict in the
highly publicized corruption trial will be delivered next Friday.


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Deputy TOP 09 leader: New coalition with opposition Social Democrats
possible option
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Deputy leader of the government coalition's TOP 09 party, Finance
Minister Miroslav Kalousek, has said that his party would consider
forming a coalition with the Social Democrats in the case of early
elections. He added that he would not welcome working together with the
current opposition party, but would prefer it if junior coalition
partner Public Affairs quit the coalition. The party was pushing
through its agenda in a way that damaged the government, he said.
However, the TOP 09 leader added that the coalition needed the junior
partner's deputies' votes to push through reforms that will work to
improve the country's prosperity and prevent it from sliding into a
financial crisis.


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Social Democrats leader: Coalition with government parties not an
option in case of early elections
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In related news, the Social Democrats leader Bohuslav Sobotka said that
his party would not consider forming a coalition with either the TOP 09
party or the Civic Democrats in the case of snap elections. He added
that should the Social Democrats win the next elections, they would
choose political allies that would support his party in its effort to
rework the poorly conceived reforms of Prime Minister Petr Necas's
government.


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Cardinal Dominik Duka celebrates Easter Mass
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Hundreds of Catholics on Sunday poured into the Czech capital's St.
Vitus Cathedral, where Cardinal Dominik Duka was celebrating the
country's main Easter mass. The cardinal highlighted the important role
Easter played in the Christian faith and blessed all attendees, as well
as believers around the world. Some tourists had also come to attend
the two-hour mass. Additional Easter masses were held in several other
churches in Prague as well as across the country.


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Police looking for hit-and-run driver
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Police are looking for the driver of a Ford Escort who on Friday
evening hit a cyclist on a highway near Jevicko in the country's
Svitavy region. The driver committed a hit-and-run. His victim died at
the site of the accident. Police are investigating the case.


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Huntsmen find five more dead wild bores
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Huntsmen found another five wild bores which died under mysterious
circumstances on Sunday, in the Tachov region near the city of Plzen.
In recent weeks, some 20 wild bores died from unknown causes in the
Czech Republic. Veterinarians have confirmed that the animals were not
shot; a mass poisoning of bores by a human is looking to be a likely
cause of the recent wave of wild bore deaths. Blood and other samples
were drawn from the dead animals and are being analyzed at a laboratory
in Prague.


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Tomas Berdych secures Czech Republic spot in Davis Cup semi-finals
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Tomas Berdych secured the Czech Republic a spot in the Davis Cup
semi-finals with his victory over the Serbian Janko Tipsarevic in
Prague on Sunday. Berdych won in three tiebreakers, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6
(8-6), 7-6 (9-7), giving the Czech Republic a 3-1 lead in the
best-of-five tie. The result put the Czechs into the semifinals against
Argentina in September. Argentina had clinched a quarterfinal win over
Croatia on Sunday.


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Easter snowfalls in the Krkonose mountains
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In the highest altitudes of the Krkonose mountains, some 10 centimeters
of fresh snow fell on Saturday night. According to the mountain rescue
service, snow continued falling on Sunday. In addition, conditions are
very windy. A second-level avalanche warning has been issued. However,
the main skiing resorts are still operating, some of them until early
April.


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Weather
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The Easter weekend is expected to be overcast and rainy with day
temperatures between 4 and 8 degrees Celsius. Nighttime lows may drop
below zero and snow showers are expected in the mountain regions.

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Composer and pianist Hana Robinson
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In this edition of the Sunday Music Show we talk to the talented young
singer, composer and pianist Hana Robinson, who studied at the Berklee
College of Music and launched a successful musical career in the Czech
Republic. In the show you we discuss learning piano in childhood,
sport, her stay in the US and being diagnosed several years ago with MS
and how that changed her life.

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