Friday, June 1, 2012

News 6.1.2012

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News Friday, June 1st, 2012

By: Jan Velinger

* Prosecutors from Usti nad Labem have transferred the case against
former governor David Rath to the region of Central Bohemia.

* Patients at Czech hospitals can now opt for specialists of their

* Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg has presented 12 people
with the Gratias Agit award for promoting the good name of the Czech
Republic abroad.

* Hundreds of bells will toll throughout the country on Friday evening
to begin Church Night.

* Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych has survived a tough five-setter
against South Africa's Kurt Anderson at Roland-Garros.

Usti nad Labem prosecutors transfer Rath case to region of Central

Prosecutors from Usti nad Labem transferred the case against former
governor David Rath - remanded in custody over suspected corruption -
to the region of Central Bohemia on Friday. It is there, in the town of
Rudna, that Mr Rath is suspected of having accepted a bribe related to
a corrupt tender and the planned renovation of Bustehrad castle. News
website reports that supervision of the case has been taken
over by Petr Jirat, an expert in economic corruption at the state
prosecutor's office in central Bohemia. The Social Democrat MP and
former governor David Rath was arrested in mid-May with seven million
crowns on his person; eight others were also charged in the case.
Police wiretaps, a small part of which were published by the press on
Friday, showed Mr Rath and a colleague expressing glee over illicit

Patients have option of paying extra for specialist

Patients at Czech hospitals will be able to opt for surgeons or
specialists of their choice by paying a fee between five and 15
thousand crowns as of Friday. Facilities, however, will still have to
provide top quality service even for those who "opt out". In Prague,
the Royal Vinohrady Teaching Hospital is one of the facilities
providing the service; not all facilities will. The head of the Royal
Vinohrady Teaching Hospital, Marek Zeman, has said that doctors booked
by patients would receive 50 percent of the fee, while the rest went to
the hospital budget. Lawyer and former head of the Constitutional
Court, Eliska Wagnerova, has interpreted the service differently,
saying the entire fee will go to hospitals in question and not be
divided with specialists.

Twelve receive Gratias Agit awards

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg on Friday presented 12
laureates with the Gratias Agit award for promoting the good name of
the Czech Republic abroad. Among those awarded this year are former
figure-skating champion Aja Vrzanova, UK-based architect Eva Jiricna,
and composer Antonin Tucapsky. Three foreign nationals were recognised,
including Nazmi Akiman of Turkey, a former diplomat who is now the
chairman of the Czech-Turkish Business Council. The awards are held
annually in the Great Hall at Czernin Palace - the headquarters of the
Czech Foreign Ministry.

Renovation at Letna set to begin

Traffic and public transport at Prague's Letna will see restrictions
beginning on Saturday as major road, tram line, and sidewalk repairs
get underway. Letna tunnel will closed to motorists for a number of
weeks. The extensive renovation project - as a whole - will continue
through the summer holidays.

Euro MP sends Chilean president "replacement" pen

Chile's president, Sebastian Pinero, has been sent a ceremonial pen to
replace one pocketed by the Czech head-of-state last year. Video of
President Vaclav Klaus taking the pen while Mr Pinero was speaking in
Chile went viral on the internet and the incident was reported on by
many media outlets. The sending of replacement pen was Euro MP Edvard
Kozusnik's idea: a humorous gesture by the member of the Civic
Democratic Party originally founded by Mr Klaus. The Czech news agency
reported that the new pen, manufactured in the Czech Republic, cost
12.000 crowns.

Poll puts presidential hopefuls Fischer, Svejnar in front

A new poll conducted by the Factum Invenio agency suggests that
presidential hopeful Jan Fischer, a former prime minister, and
Czech-American economist Jan Svejnar would get the most votes in the
first round of next year's presidential election. According to the
agency, Mr Fischer, who led an interim government following the fall of
Mirek Topolanek's government in 2009, would receive 24.1 percent in the
first round, while Mr Svejnar would receive 15.8. The latter, however,
has not yet officially announced. Former prime minister Milos Zeman
placed third but has picked up growing support, sources like Czech
daily Mlada fronta Dnes noted, suggesting he could be competitive in
the contest. So far independent candidates have gotten the most support
with analysts suggesting that many voters are 'fed up' with traditional
party candidates.

Night-time tours offered on annual Church Night

Hundreds of bells throughout the country will be rung on Friday evening
to begin Church Night. More than 1,250 churches and other
ecclesiastical buildings will be open to the public. Organisers say the
aim is to bring people closer to Christianity through interviews,
music, and art. In Prague alone, 222 churches will be taking part in
the event. Organisers on Friday also marked International Children's
Day, with events beginning at 12 pm.

Tennis: Berdych defeats Anderson in fifth set match-up at Roland-Garros

Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych survived a tough five-setter on
Friday against South Africa's Kurt Anderson at Roland-Garros. The
seventh seed won the opening set but lost the next two before fighting
his way back into the match. Berdych won the deciding set 6:4. Anderson
was seeded 31st in the tournament. The second-round win means that
Berdych will face either Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina or
Croatia's Marin Cilic next.

NHL: Elias gets assist in losing effort in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Finals

Czech hockey player Patrik Elias, who plays for the New Jersey Devils,
earned an assist in the opening game of the Stanley Cup finals against
the L.A. Kings. Both teams were tied 1:1 going into the extra period,
before the Kings' Kopitar got the winner on a breakaway. Game 2 is in
New Jersey.

Football: Czech squad faces Hungary

The Czech national football team faces Hungary at Prague's Letna
stadium on Friday evening - the squad's final friendly ahead of Euro
2012 in Ukraine and Poland. The squad is playing exactly as nominated
with the exception of team captain Tomas Rosicky who is recovering from
a calf injury. He is to resume training on Monday to be ready in time
for the tournament. The Czech squad has had a good run up to the
European Championship, winning four of its last five games.


Partly clear skies are expected on Saturday with daytime temperatures
reaching highs of just 16 degrees Celsius.

Articles posted on today
New glass works go on view in Nove mesto na Morave gallery

This Friday sees the opening of a new exhibition of new work in glass
by Czech, Slovak and Austrian artists. The work is going on view at the
Horacka Gallery in Nove Mesto na Morave. The work was produced at the
AGS Glassworks near Zdar nad Sazavou, located in the Czech-Moravia
highlands, at this year's International Glass Symposium.
Foreign Ministry honours 12 people for promoting good name of Czech

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg on Friday presented the 16th
annual Gratias Agit awards in recognition of those who promote the good
name of the Czech Republic abroad. This year's 12 laureates of the
prize include former figure-skating champion Aja Vrzanova, UK-based
architect Eva Jiricna, composer Antonin Tucapsky, and others.
Business News 1.6.2012

The manufacturing sector hits its lowest point in three years; the
government approves legislation banning anonymous bearer shares; the
Finance Ministry expects the public finance deficit to drop to 3% GDP
this year; new law on emission fees ratified; the Czech Republic's
international competitiveness slips for the third year.

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