Friday, June 22, 2012

News 6.22.2012

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News Friday, June 22nd, 2012

By: Daniela Lazarova

* The Visegrad group states have said the solution to the EUs debt
crisis must not undermine growth or hurt the common market.

* The lower house on Friday failed to vote on a bill on the restitution
of church property.

* The finance ministry wants to get the controversial privatization of
the Mostecka uhelna coal mining company annulled.

* South Moravian Regional State Attorney Petr Coufal has announced his
decision to resign from office.

* The Czech Republic lost 0:1 to Portugal in the EURO 2012
quarterfinals.



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Leaders of the Visegrad 4 in Prague
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The Visegrad group states have said the solution to the EUs debt crisis
must not undermine growth or hurt the common market. At their session
in Prague on Friday the heads of government of the Czech Republic,
Slovakia, Poland and Hungary stressed the need for long-term,
far-reaching changes which would gradually restore confidence on EU
financial markets. Meeting ahead of next week' s EU summit in Brussels
the Visegrad group warned against quick solutions in the form of a
hastily conceived fiscal union which EU members would be asked to
support without closer inspection.


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Church restitution bill debated in lower house
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The lower house on Friday failed to vote on a bill on the restitution
of church property, now in its third reading, due to procrastination
tactics employed by the opposition parties. The opposition Social
Democrats who strongly oppose the proposed legislation conducted a
protracted debate in order to prevent a possible vote on the bill in
the course of this parliament session. Their aim was to get the vote
postponed until July, after which they plan to veto it in the Senate
where they have a majority meaning that it would return to the lower
house in September. The opposition's argument is that the ruling
parties would have a more difficult time pushing through the bill on
the eve of the senate and regional elections in view of strong public
opposition to it.

Under the draft legislation, the Czech state would return some 56
percent of the physical property worth around 75 billion crowns; for
the rest, Czech churches and religious societies would receive some 60
billion crowns in compensation over a period of 30 years.


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Finance ministry wants MUS privatization annulled
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The finance ministry wants to get the controversial privatization of
the Mostecka uhelna coal mining company annulled and is seeking to
receive damages from six former managers who allegedly siphoned close
to 7 billion crowns from the company. The police have accused the men
of insider trading and abuse of power. They are suspected of illegally
taking over 3 billion crowns from the company in 1998 and subsequently
using the money to buy its shares. Paradoxically, it was the Swiss
authorities who launched an investigation into the company's
privatization in 2005. The equivalent of 12 billion crowns was blocked
in Swiss accounts.


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Regional Attorney resigns after deciding on a case that concerned his
person
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South Moravian Regional State Attorney Petr Coufal has announced his
decision to resign from office after the Supreme Administrative Court
ruled that he had made a serious mistake by deciding on a case that
concerned him. Coufal went out of his way to deal with an anonymous
complaint against himself for parking his private car in a parking lot
for official vehicles. The judge said Coufal had abused his position to
sweep the case under the carpet.


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Liberec fined for irregular tenders
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The Czech Anti-Monopoly Office has fined the city of Liberec, which
hosted the world ski championships in 2009, 6.5 million crowns for
irregularities in around 70 tenders relating to the event. A frequent
transgression was the illegal parsing of tenders. City councillors have
said they would appeal the decision. The fine is one of the biggest
ever levied in this country.


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Man turns himself in to police owning up to a 16-year-old murder
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A thirty-six-year-old man turned himself in to the police in Olomouc on
Friday, owning up to a murder he committed 16 years ago. According to a
police spokesman he claimed to have killed a 41-year-old woman who was
an acquaintance and trustingly let him into her flat. The man allegedly
provided many details of the murder leading the police to believe that
he is telling the truth. An investigation is underway.


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Statistics indicate obesity growing problem
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Statistics indicate that obesity is a growing problem in Czech society.
According to data published on Friday the number of obese children in
the Czech Republic is now four times higher than it was 15 years ago,
while the number of obese adults has risen fivefold. Doctors claim that
in most cases an unhealthy lifestyle is to blame.


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Czechs lose to Portuguese in EURO 2012 quarterfinals
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The Czech national team on Thursday lost to quarter final opponent
Portugal after Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored the only
goal of the game in the 79th minute. Portugal is now the first side to
enter the semi-finals. The Czech team put up a strong defense
throughout the first half of the game, but were no match for
Portugal.They barely tested the Portuguese defence and most of the game
took place in their half. Goalkeeper Petr Cech, who playsfor Chelsea,
delivered a spectacular performance in the goal but was not able to
hold the decisive shot. The Czech team played without its captain Tomas
Rosicky, who was still recovering from an Achilles tendon injury.


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Soccer-Euro-Czech defender Gebre Selassie joins Bremen
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Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie has joined Werder Bremen from
Czech champions Slovan Liberec, the Bundesliga club said on Friday.
Gebre Selassie, 25, has signed a four-year deal. Selassie, born to an
Ethiopian father and a Czech mother, played in all four of the Czech
Republic's games at Euro 2012, including the 1-0 quarter-final defeat
by Portugal on Thursday when the right back was marking Cristiano
Ronaldo.


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Baros to quit national team
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Czech footballer Milan Baros announced that Thursday's match was his
last for the country's national team. There had been speculation that
the 30-year-old was ready to quit the national team following severe
criticism for his performance especially against Russia, which beat the
Czech Republic 4:1 in the EURO 2012 opening match. The forward has
played a total of 93 matches for the national team and scored 41 goals
during that time.


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Weather
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It should be clear to partly cloudy with scattered showers afternoon
highs reaching 26 degrees Celsius.



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Czechs end EURO 2012 campaign after quarter-final loss to Portugal
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The Czech national football team lost 1:0 to Portugal in the
quarterfinals of EURO 2012 in Warsaw on Thursday and was knocked out of
the tournament. In the game, the Czechs delivered their best
performance at the championships but failed to stop Portugal's star
Ronaldo from sending them home. Thursday's match was also the Czech
striker Milan Baros's last appearance for the national side.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czechs-end-euro-2012-campaign-after-quarter-final-loss-to-portugal

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Business News 22.6.2012
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In Business News: Czechs buy a total of 13.8 billion state savings bond
units worth 15.3 billion crowns; the Czech Republic could lose roughly
22 billion crowns in EU subsidies in 2012; more than 60 percent of
Czechs are in favour of further development in nuclear energy; the
Czech Republic remains the most attractive country for foreign
investors; at the pump, a drop in fuel prices.

http://radio.cz/en/section/economic/business-news-2012-06-22

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Semafor Theatre - 53 years and inventive as ever
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The Semafor theatre, one of the oldest continuous traditions of modern
Czech entertainment, is still putting out new performances after 53
years of existence. The latest concoction of multi-genre comedy theatre
is 'Kam se podela Valerie?', or 'Where Did Valerie Go?', which has four
pre-premieres this week and next, before the real premiere in September.

http://radio.cz/en/section/arts/semafor-theatre-53-years-and-inventive-as-ever






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