Wednesday, June 6, 2012

News 6.6.2012

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News Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

By: Daniela Lazarova

* The Czech Foreign Ministry has advised Czech citizens against
travelling to Egypt, in particular the Sinai Peninsula.

* The Czech government is planning an overhaul of the public sector
which would save state coffers billions of crowns.

* Ombudsman Pavel Varvarovsky has warned against continuing
discrimination of Roma children in the Czech education system.

* The Social Democrats have rejected the idea that the David Rath
corruption case could be linked to party financing.

* Czech industrial output grew by 2.2 percent year-on-year in April
following an 0.7-percent decline the month before.



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Czech Foreign Ministry advises Czechs against travelling to Egypt
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The Czech Foreign Ministry has advised Czech citizens against
travelling to Egypt and in particular making individual trips to the
Sinai Peninsula citing a heightened threat of terrorist attacks. The
ministry advises tourists who are already in Egypt to exercise extreme
caution, not to stray from their tour group and stay away from public
rallies and protests. Travel agencies say their clients are in no
danger but are ready to offer alternate holiday destinations.


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Overhaul of public sector to save more money
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The Czech government is planning an overhaul of the public sector which
would save state coffers up to 12 billion crowns in 2014 and close to
25 billion the year after. Individual ministries have until mid-July to
revise their expenses and say where money could be saved. A merging of
ministerial agendas is not being ruled out. Deputy Prime Minister
Karolina Peake has been commissioned with drafting a proposal for the
respective changes by the autumn.


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Ombudsman slams ongoing discrimination of Romany children
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Ombudsman Pavel Varvarovsky has warned against continuing
discrimination of Roma children in the Czech education system. The
Ombudsman said that according to the results of a recent study 32 to 35
percent of Romany children were studying at schools for children with
learning, physical or mental disabilities and that most of them were
placed there undeservedly in order to spare regular schools the effort
of helping them integrate. The Czech Republic has received similar
criticism from the European Commission and the European Court of Human
Rights.


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Social Democrats say party financing is transparent
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The Social Democratic Party on Wednesday once again rejected the idea
that the David Rath corruption case could be linked to shady party
financing. In his address to the lower house on Tuesday, the former
governor of central Bohemia MP David Rath, who is charged with
corruption, slammed his party colleagues for distancing themselves from
him and implied that the seven million crowns he was caught red-handed
with were finances for the party ahead of the autumn elections. Party
leader Bohuslav Sobotka said on Wednesday that the party's financing
was transparent and that all transactions were above-board. He said the
police had made no inquiries in this respect nor asked to look into the
party's books.


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Protest rally held outside Labour and Social Affairs Ministry
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Some thirty people gathered outside the Ministry of Labour and Social
Affairs in Prague on Wednesday to protest against the reform of the
welfare system and the fact that no tender was held for a new
computerized system of welfare payments. The rally, is part of a series
of anti-government protests which were originally planned as "human
blockades" of several ministries implementing a broad range of
government austerity measures but all have been marked by a low turnout.


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Ruling parties block parliamentary commission on IZIP
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The ruling parties on Wednesday blocked an opposition proposal for the
lower house to discuss the setting up of a special parliamentary
commission which would investigate who is responsible for a bungled
electronic health records project (IZIP) that cost taxpayers two
billion crowns. The project, launched ten years ago was frequently
criticized for lack of transparency and failed to motivate doctors to
use it. The government recently voted to scrap it and cut its losses
saying that nothing can be salvaged from it. The ruling parties are in
favour of a standard investigation by the police.

The health minister is now outlining conditions for a tender on a new
electronic health records project that would link up a complex system
of already existing data bases run by hospitals, GPs and specialists.


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Industrial growth up by 2.2 percent in April
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Czech industrial output grew by 2.2 percent year-on-year in April
following an 0.7-percent decline the month before, according to data
released by the Czech Statistical Office on Wednesday. The growth was
pulled by the manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers
which registered an increase of 8.3 percent against the previous month,
while the manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products
posted a record drop of 19.0 percent in annual terms.


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People in Need celebrating 20th birthday
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The non-profit humanitarian organization People in Need is celebrating
its 20th anniversary. It was established in 1992 by a group of war
reporters and foreign correspondents who were no longer satisfied with
reporting on conflicts and natural disasters and began sending out aid
instead. The organization, now one of the biggest of its kind in
central Europe, focused on providing aid to crisis areas and supporting
adherence to human rights around the world. Czech public television is
devoting a special day of programming to People in Need showing photos
and videos from the organisation��s projects, missions and fundraising
campaigns supported by tens of thousands of people.


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Corruption in driving schools
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Police in Karlovy Vary have detained five people suspected of
corruption in issuing drivers' licenses. According to a police
spokeswoman several driving schools may have been involved in the scam
in which drivers licenses were issued without proper training or tests.
No one has as yet been charged in connection with the case.


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Czech FA denies second division winners Usti license to play in top
division
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The Czech football association has denied the winners of the second
division, FK Usti nad Labem, a license to play in the top division. The
association said that the club had failed to reconstruct its stadium
which did not meet the requirements for the Gambrinus Liga. Usti will
therefore remain in the second division in the next season. Second
division runners-up Jihlava will be promoted along with Zbrojovka Brno
which finished fourth as FK Banik Sokolov, which came in third, did not
have the funding to play in the top division.


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Weather
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The coming days are expected to be cloudy to overcast with rain in
places and day temperatures hovering at around 20 degrees Celsius.



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Support for human rights hurts Czech business in China, says manager of
Czech firm in Kunming
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One of the Czech companies which successfully launched an operation in
China is the machine tool producer TOS Varnsdorf. In 2006, the firm
invested some 2.5 million euro to form a joint venture company TOS
Kunming. In this edition of Marketplace, the firm's financial director
Stanislav Linc talks about doing business in China, hiring Chinese
employees, and how the Czech government supports Czech businesses in
that country.

http://radio.cz/en/section/marketplace/support-for-human-rights-hurts-czech-business-in-china-says-manager-of-czech-firm-in-kunming

http://old.radio.cz/mp3/podcast/en/curraffrs/mp-david-rath-fails-to-convince-lower-house-of-his-innocence.mp4http://img.radio.cz/pictures/ctk1206/rath5p.jpg
MP David Rath fails to convince lower house of his innocence
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The Czech Parliament had not seen the like of it - a member of
Parliament, held in police custody on corruption charges, was escorted
to the lower house where he tried to convince his fellow MPs of his
innocence. Such was the scene that unfolded in the Czech Chamber of
Deputies on Tuesday when MP David Rath accused everyone from the
interior minister to the police and prosecutors from destroying his
career. But Mr Rath's speech failed to impress his colleagues who
handed him over for prosecution.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/mp-david-rath-fails-to-convince-lower-house-of-his-innocence

http://old.radio.cz/mp3/podcast/en/curraffrs/exhibition-shows-diverse-work-and-fortunes-of-josef-capek.mp4http://img.radio.cz/pictures/maliri/capek_josef4p.jpg
Exhibition shows diverse work and fortunes of Josef Capek
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If artist Josef Capek is less known to non-Czechs than his younger
brother Karel, the writer, that's all the more reason to visit the new
exhibition dedicated to his life and work at the National Library. The
show, which opens on Wednesday, commemorates the 125th birthday of the
jack of all artistic trades, and recalls the very different fortunes
and pursuits of his professional life.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/exhibition-shows-diverse-work-and-fortunes-of-josef-capek






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