Tuesday, June 12, 2012

News 6.12.2012

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News Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

By: Daniela Lazarova

* The Supreme Administrative Court has upheld the justice minister's
decision to sack Vlastimil Rampula from the post of Prague High State
Attorney.

* The lower house on Tuesday approved the government's foreign missions
plan for the next two years.

* The lower chamber has voted to strip Public Affairs deputy Otto
Chaloupka of parliamentary immunity opening the way for criminal
prosecution.

* The Czech Foreign Ministry has refused to extend the accreditation of
three Russian tourist agencies citing low credibility.

* The head of a primary school in Prague's Jinonice district has been
sacked after admitting he starred in a number of porn videos.



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Justice minister wins cassation complaint against Rampula
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The Supreme Administrative Court has upheld the justice minister's
decision to sack Vlastimil Rampula from the post of Prague High State
Attorney, invalidating a ruling by the Prague city court which
reinstated him in office. The Supreme Administrative Court reviewed the
case following a cassation complaint from Justice Minister Jiri
Pospisil who sacked Rampula in July of last year for allegedly dragging
his feet on corruption cases involving politicians. The case will now
return to the Prague city court.


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Lower house approves government's foreign missions plan
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The lower house on Tuesday approved the government's foreign missions
plan for the next two years. The plan envisages a reduction of troops
in Afghanistan and a gradual change of focus from military operations
to training of local security forces. The Czech army will maintain 539
troops in Afghanistan next year and 340 in 2014. A maximum of ten
soldiers will remain active in Kosovo within the KFOR mission and three
soldiers will serve in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Around 40 soldiers will
serve in NATO command structures around the world.


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MP Chaloupka stripped of immunity
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The lower house has voted to strip Public Affairs deputy Otto Chaloupka
of parliamentary immunity opening the way for criminal prosecution.
Deputy Chaloupka is suspected of having forced his assistant to
surrender 20,000 crowns from his monthly paycheck to him every month.
Chaloupka denies the charges.


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Three Russian tourist agencies denied accreditation
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The Czech Foreign Ministry has refused to extend the accreditation of
three Russian tourist agencies citing low credibility. The names of the
agencies have not been released. The ministry denies or fails to extend
accreditation in cases where an agency does not fulfill the respective
criteria or violates their conditions such as providing false
information. There are currently 168 Russian travel agencies which
arrange trips to the Czech Republic. Approximately 80 percent of
Russian tourists visit this country within a package tour. The Czech
consulate in Moscow issues around half a million visas a year.


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Former environment minister says ministry loosing precious know-how
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Former environment minister Martin Bursik claims environment experts
are leaving the ministry in droves and are being replaced by
unqualified party officials. In an interview for Tuesday's Mlada fronta
Dnes daily, Mr. Bursik slammed the current environment minister Tomas
Chalupa from the ruling Civic Democratic Party for allegedly driving
away the core of professionals established over the years and replacing
them with yes-men whose only qualification is party membership or
membership in the Young Conservatives Association. Mr. Bursik claims
minister Chalupa's mission is to weaken the ministry while indirectly
boosting the position of the industry and transport ministries in the
government.


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Saudek wins court battle for rights to his work
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favour of a complaint lodged by
photographer Jan Saudek against the Saudek.com company, represented by
his son and former girlfriend, which claimed all rights to his work.
The court ruled that the two agreements signed by Saudek in 2005, by
which he allegedly relinquished all rights to his work were invalid and
had never been legally binding.


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Primary school director was former porn star
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The head of a primary school in Prague's Jinonice district has been
sacked after admitting he starred in a number of porn videos. Igor
Krupka first denied the accusations but was forced to come clean when a
tabloid produced ample evidence of his role in a porn movie that
allegedly involved S&M scenes. Prague 5 councilors have also filed a
criminal complaint against him on suspicion of involvement in child
porn movies.


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Population grew slightly in Q1 thanks to immigration
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The population of the Czech Republic grew slightly in the first quarter
of the year thanks to immigration. While fewer children were born than
in the same period last year, more than 4000 people moved to the
country. Most of the immigrants came from Slovakia, Russia, the USA and
Ukraine. The country's population now numbers roughly 10,507,000. The
first quarter also saw a year on year decrease in mortalities,
marriages, divorces and abortions.


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President signs bill which will end monopoly of Czech Post
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President Vaclav Klaus has signed into law a bill that will end the
monopoly of Czech Post for delivering letters and postcards as of 2017.
The bill obliges Czech Post to continue all unprofitable operations for
a five-year period after the liberalization and obliges all private
postal services providers to pay into a fund that will cover Czech
Post's losses. This particular condition is to allay fears of the
closing down of post offices in small towns and villages which would
create major problems particularly for senior citizens.


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Meteorologists issue torrential rain warning
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Meteorologists have issued a warning of torrential rain in the eastern
and southern parts of the country in the coming 24 hours which may lead
springs and smaller rivers to break their banks. Some towns in the
Sumava region of southern Bohemia are on flood alert and Moravia is
expected to be hit by the belt of rain about twelve hours later. The
torrential rain warning in Moravia ends on Thursday mid-day.


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Weather
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The coming days are expected to be partly cloudy to overcast with heavy
rain in places and day temperatures around 22 degrees Celsius. The end
of the week should bring a heatwave with temperatures hitting the 30s.



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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Historic Rakovnik
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For first-time visitors the world-famous Konopiste Chateau or Karlstejn
Castle are natural choices for daytrips outside of Prague but one
destination visitors might want to consider is the royal Czech town of
Rakovnik, a veritable historic gem found less than 60 kilometres west
of the Czech capital. Archaeologists have found that long before it was
established as a town, the site of Rakovnik and its surroundings, was
favoured by tribes as far back as the Stone Age. Finds on display at
the local TG Masaryk Museum in Rakovnik show some of the oldest flint
weapons and stone tools, and the museum gradually maps the evolution of
Rakovnik and its hilly and wooded surroundings down through the ages.

http://radio.cz/en/section/spotlight/historic-rakovnik-1

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Roma request government representative
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Representatives of a new Roma civic association had their first
audience with Prime Minister Petr Necas on Monday. As the Roma
community's problems seem to be worsening the group is seeking other
support from that government than investment, and have petitioned the
prime minister for a Roma cabinet position with real authority to
effect change.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/roma-request-government-representative

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Broadway musical Once, featuring score by Hansard/Irglova, wins eight
Tony Awards
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The Broadway production of Once, a musical based on the successful 2006
film of the same name starring Irish and Czech musicians Glen Hansard
and Marketa Irglova, walked away the big winner at this year's Tony
Awards. The production clinched a total of eight awards including Best
Direction of a Play and Best Musical.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/broadway-musical-once-featuring-score-by-hansardirglova-wins-eight-tony-awards






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