Wednesday, June 13, 2012

News 6.13.2012

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News Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* The police have asked the lower house to allow the prosecution of MP
Vlasta Parkanova over her role in the purchase of military CASA planes.

* The lower house has passed legislation slowing down the growth of
pensions.

* The police have arrested a man who allegedly killed a 6-year-old boy
in Jablonne nad Orlici, in the north east of the country.

* In football, medical tests have confirmed that Czech national side's
Petr Cech and Tomas Rosicky did not suffer any serious injuries.

* Meteorologists have warned against a heightened risk of floods in the
east of the country.



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Police ask lower house to allow prosecution of MP Parkanova
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The anti-corruption police on Wednesday asked the lower house of
Parliament to allow the prosecution of MP, and deputy speaker of the
house Vlasta Parkanova, from the coaltition TOP 09 party, for her role
in the 2009 purchase of the CASA transport aircraft for the Czech army.
The police believe Ms Parkanova, who served as defence minister between
2007 and 2009, abused her authority while supervising the 3.6
billion-crown deal, and caused damages worth 658 million crowns. MP
Parkanova said she was shocked to learn about the petition while her
party colleagues said the decision to buy the Spanish-made transport
planes was made by the whole government.

The government signed the contract in 2009, a day before Ms Parkanova
stepped down along with other members of the cabinet. The Defence
Ministry awarded the contract without a public tender.


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Lower house passes slower pension growth
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The lower house of Parliament on Wednesday passed legislation that will
slow down the growth of retirement pensions between 2013 and 2015. The
legislation, part of the government's austerity measures, will now be
debated in the Senate. If approved, pensions will grow by 156 crowns a
month rather than 428 crowns which means the state budget will save up
to 50 billion crowns over the next three years. The
opposition-controlled Senate is however likely to reject the bill.


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MPs approve direct presidential elections rules
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MPs on Wednesday also approved a bill introducing rules for direct
presidential elections. If approved by the Senate and signed into law
by the president, the legislation will establish a 50-million financial
limit for the candidates' campaigns. Each candidate will be allowed to
spend 40 million crowns on his or her campaign for the election's first
round, and another 10 million for the second. Direct presidential
elections will be held for the first time in February 2013 to select a
successor to President Vaclav Klaus.


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Road authority cancels planning projects
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The Czech road authority has cancelled a series of public tenders for
construction planning projects, a spokeswoman for the transportation
ministry said on Wednesday. The projects were included in one large
tender which could lead to a higher price than if the projects were
procured individually, the ministry said. A total of 34 such projects
have been cancelled, most of them related to the construction of the D3
motorway connecting Prague with Austria, and to the Prague ring road.


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Member of Czech WWII airborne commandoes dies aged 93
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One of the last surviving members of WWII airborne Czechoslovak
commandoes, Robert Matula, died in his Canadian home in Victoria on
Tuesday, aged 93. Robert Matula, a native of Radvanice near Ostrava,
was airlifted to the Nazi-occupied Czech territory in September 1944 as
part of the Operation Wolfram and fought the German army until the end
of the war. He left Czechoslovakia again after the communist coup in
1948 and settled in Canada ten years later. In 2009, he was promoted to
the rank of brigadier general in recognition of his war-time actions.


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Stone blocks from Prague's oldest bridges removed from riverbank
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Some 25 mediaeval stone blocks from Prague's oldest bridges -Charles
Bridge and its predecessor Judith Bridge - were removed from the Mala
Strana bank of the Vltava River on Wednesday. They were taken to Prague
City Museum where they will be featured in an exhibition. The stones
were first found several years ago on the bottom of the river and
placed on the riverbank during a recent renovation of Charles Bridge.


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Police arrest man suspected of killing 6-year-old boy
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The police on Wednesday arrested a 42-year-old man who allegedly
attacked two people in Jablonne nad Orlici, in the north east of the
country, killing a six-year-old boy. The police said the man entered a
house with the two people inside. A 60-year-old woman was taken to
hospital with serious injuries while the boy died after 90 minutes of
resuscitation attempts. The motif of the crime remains unclear.


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Football: Cech, Rosicky did not suffer serious injuries
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Medical tests on Wednesday confirmed that the Czech national team's
Petr Cech and Tomas Rosicky did not suffer serious injuries in last
night's game against Greece at the EURO 2012 tournament in Poland, and
might be fit for Saturday's match. The team captain, midfielder Tomas
Rosicky retired at half time of the Czech side's 2:1 win against Greece
with an injury of his Achilles' tendon while goalkeeper Petr Cech
complained about problems with his shoulder joint. The Czech team's
doctor said chances were high of both players appearing in Saturday's
key game against the hosts Poland.


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Czech team disappointed about fans' hostility towards coach, striker
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Members of the Czech national football team expressed disappointment
over some of their fans' hostility towards team coach Michal Bilek and
striker Milan Baros, the news agency CTK reported on Wednesday.
Defender David Limbersky said he didn't understand why some fans
whistled at the coach and the striker after Friday's game against
Russia as well as ahead of the game against Greece on Tuesday. Milan
Baros is one of the team's most prolific strikes but he last scored
last November against Liechtenstein. Many fans also dislike his
frequent dives and discussions with the referees.


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Meteorologists warn of increased flood risk in the northeast
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Meteorologists on Wednesday warned against a heightened flood risk in
the Moravian-Silesian and Zlin regions in the north-east of the
country. Heavy rain is expected to hit the area later on Wednesday and
continue until the following morning; up to 60 millimetres of
precipitation is expected over the course of 24 hours which might swell
local rivers. Meteorologists have therefore advised people to follow
the latest news and drive carefully.


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Weather
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The coming days will be mostly overcast with rain showers and
occasional storms. Daytime highs will range between 16 and 20 degrees
Celsius.



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Court orders Prague High Prosecutor Rampula to leave post
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The Prague High Prosecutor Vlastimil Rampula will have to leave his
post once again after the Supreme Administrative Court ruled that he
made serious errors in the execution of his duties. The court thus
settled the latest stage in a dispute between Rampula and Justice
Minister Jiri Pospisil, who sacked him for influencing a number of
high-profile political cases.

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Czech football team stuns Greece at EURO 2012
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The Czech national football team rebounded on Tuesday from its opening
loss at EURO 2012, by defeating opponents Greece. The squad got off to
the best possible start: scoring two goals inside of six minutes. But a
mistake by goalie Cech in the second half put Greece back in the game,
and made this one closer than it should have been.

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