Sunday, June 3, 2012

News 6.3.2012

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News Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

By: Jan Velinger

* The head of the lower house Miroslava Nemcova has said she will
recommend that the Chamber of Deputies not allow the presence of
lawyers for MP David Rath at a Chamber of Deputies meeting.

* Members of the Czech Philharmonic will receive a significant boost to
their monthly salaries.

* On Monday Czech Radio's flagship station Radiozurnal will broadcast a
gala concert marking Queen Elizabeth's 60-year reign.

* A motorcyclist was killed on the road from Revnice to Mnisek pod Brdy
on Saturday after losing control of his vehicle and swerving into a
car's path.

* A 19th century US Civil War hero is the only person of Czech descent
to have received the US Medal of Honour, according to a Czech Radio
report.



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Nemcova not in favour of lawyers' presence
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The head of the lower house Miroslava Nemcova has said she will
recommend that the Chamber of Deputies not allow the presence of
lawyers for MP David Rath on the floor at a meeting of the chamber on
Tuesday, which will decide whether the MP will be stripped of immunity.
The MP - who has maintained his innocence but was caught red-handed
with a suspected bribe of seven million crowns - has been charged with
corruption and remanded in custody for fear he could influence
witnesses, flee, or continue in illegal activities. Eight others have
also been charged in the case. Mrs Nemcova found agreement on a Sunday
debate programme with Social Democrat deputy leader Michal Hasek, who
said the lawyers could view the meeting from the visitors' gallery.
David Rath was a prominent and outspoken member of the Social
Democratic Party and is the former governor of Central Bohemia.


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Finance Ministry approves salary hikes for Philharmonic
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The Finance Ministry has approved members of the Czech Philharmonic
receiving monthly raises of up to eleven thousand crowns. A total of
forty million crowns needed for the salary adjustments will be paid
from the Culture Ministry's budget. Members will thus receive salaries
averaging around 40,000 crowns per month. Finance Minister Miroslav
Kalousek backed the move as necessary to guarantee the continuation of
the Philharmonic's high quality. The National Theatre has also
requested a boost in salaries; there, no decision has been taken yet.


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Radiozurnal to broadcast jubilee concert marking Queen Elizabeth's
60-year reign
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Czech Radio's flagship station Radiozurnal on Monday June 4 will
exclusively broadcast a gala concert marking the Queen Elizabeth's
60-year reign. The live broadcast begins at eight-thirty pm. The
programme - put together by British musician Gary Barlow - will feature
performances by Elton John, Tom Jones, Annie Lennox, Madness, Paul
McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Shirley Bassey, and others.


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Motorcyclist killed by oncoming car
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A motorcyclist was killed on the road from Revnice to Mnisek pod Brdy
on Saturday after losing control of his vehicle and swerving into a
car's path in the opposite lane. The incident took place at around two
pm. The motorists - a married couple - were unhurt and a breathalyser
test showed the driver had not drunk alcohol. An autopsy has been
ordered for the deceased.


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Police find body of newborn in ditch
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The police, responding to an emergency call, uncovered the body of a
dead newborn that had been left in a ditch near Rotava in the Sokolov
area. The caller mentioned seeing something suspicious but it was only
upon arrival that officers learned the truth. The death is under
investigation; the police are revealing no additional details.


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US Civil War hero sole 'Czech' to have received Medal of Honour
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Sergeant Leopold Karpeles, born to a Jewish family in 1836 and a later
hero in the US Civil War, is the only person with Czechs roots to
receive a Congressional Medal of Honour - the highest US military
distinction, Czech Radio reported. According to the public broadcaster
- which cited archivist Wendy Turman of the Jewish Historical Society
in Washington - Karpeles showed extreme courage in battles against the
Confederate Army. While little is known about the hero and his family,
it is thought he immigrated to the US after 1848. He was wounded twice
in battle and reportedly joined the Civil War because he wanted to
fight against slavery. Karpeles is registered in the Washington-based
archive of the American Jewish Historical Society as a native of
Prague, but he was also officially listed as a native of Hungary. It is
possible he was not born in Prague but only later moved there with his
family.


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Tennis: Kvitova, Zakopalova through to fourth round at Roland Garros
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World No. 4 Petra Kvitova and fellow Czech player Klara Zakopalova have
both made it to the fourth round at the French Open. Zakopalova
advanced in straight sets over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (6:3, 7:5).
Kvitova lost her first set at Roland Garros but survived for a 6-2 4-6
6-1 victory over Nina Bratchikova.


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Weather
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Overcast conditions and showers are expected at the beginning of the
week. Daytime temperatures should reach highs of around 20 degrees
Celsius.







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