Friday, July 20, 2012

News 7.20.2012

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News Friday, July 20th, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* The Czech justice minister will not for the time being appoint Lenka
Bradacova chief Prague prosecutor.

* The Senate has turned down a bill aimed at promoting foster care and
reducing the number of children in institutions.

* The expansion of the Temelin nuclear plant is a rational move,
according to President Vaclav Klaus.

* Direct foreign investment in the Czech Republic in the first quarter
of this year grew by over 50 percent year-on-year.

* Archaeologists in Prerov have discovered the foundations of a 17th
century school once run by the protestant philosopher Comenius.



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Lenka Bradacova not to be appointed chief Prague prosecutor
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Justice Minister Pavel Blazek said on Friday he would not appoint Lenka
Bradacova chief Prague prosecutor. Ms Bradacova, who oversaw the
corruption case of former prominent Social Democrat politician David
Rath, is considered a champion of anti-corruption efforts in the Czech
judiciary. Mr Blazek's predecessor, Jiri Pospisil, who was dismissed
last month, was going to appoint Ms Bradacova to the post, and some
observers noted his dismissal was a move to prevent getting Ms
Bardacova appointed to the post. Justice Minister Pavel Blazek said he
will fill the position of chief Prague prosecutor in a regular
competition.


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Senate turns down foster care bill
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The Czech Senate on Friday rejected a bill aimed at promoting foster
care and reducing the number of children in institutional care. The
draft legislation, prepared by the government, would professionalize
foster parenting and increase foster parents' salaries. However, some
senators warned the bill could destroy the current system of
institutional care and commercialize foster parenting. The bill will in
September return to the Lower House which can overturn the Senate veto.


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President Klaus: Temelin expansion rational move
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During his visit to the Temelin nuclear power plant in southern Bohemia
on Friday, President Vaclav Klaus said the plant's expansion was a
"rational move". Mr Klaus also dismissed objections to the planned
construction of two new blocks at Temelin, and said all Czechs should
appreciate that the plant was an extraordinary achievement of the
country's industry. After visiting the plant, the president praised the
state-owned energy firm CEZ for the preparation of the expansion, and
said the company has to make sure the project does not exceed the costs
of 300 billion crowns.


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US military to help modernize Czech helicopters
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The US military has offered assistance in modernizing Czech army
helicopters to be used in NATO's ISAF mission in Afghanistan, the Czech
Defence Ministry said on Friday. The US offered to equip between six
and eight Russian-made Mi-171Sh helicopters with modern technology and
train their crews; the helicopters should serve to deploy Czech troops
in special forces operations in Afghanistan. The modernization and
training programme will finalize by 2016.


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Aspen Institute opens Prague branch
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The prestigious Aspen Institute, an international non-profit
organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and
open-minded dialogue, has opened a branch in Prague. The opening
ceremony on Thursday was attended by the Czech-born former US secretary
of state Madeleine Albright and the former Czech ambassador to the US
Michael Zantovsky, who has been named president of Aspen Prague. Radek
Spicar, director of the Aspen Prague, said the organization would
educate leading experts in business, politics, science and culture from
around central Europe. The Prague branch of the institute will be
active not just in the Czech Republic but also in Hungary, Poland and
Slovakia.


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Direct foreign investment up by 51 pct in Q1
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Direct foreign investment in the Czech Republic reached 26.3 billion
crowns in the first quarter of this year which represents an annual
growth of 51 percent, according to data by the Ministry of Industry and
Trade released on Friday. The bulk of investments came in the form of
reinvested profits, the ministry said. Czech firms' investments abroad
amounted to nearly nine billion crowns in the first three months of
2012, which was 39 percent more than in the same period last year.


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Czech crown falls to US dollar
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The Czech crown weakened to US dollar on Friday when it sold over 21
crowns per dollar, hitting a two year low against the US currency. The
crown also fell to the single European currency, selling at over 25
crowns per euro on Friday. Analysts said the fall was triggered by
gloomy news from the eurozone, particularly from Spain. In its
long-term prognosis released on Friday, the Czech Finance Ministry
expects the average crown to euro exchange rate to weaken to 25.30
crowns per euro this year while in the coming years, the crown should
gain 1.2 percent against the euro.


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Archaeologists in Prerov discover foundations of Comenius school
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Archaeologists in the eastern town of Prerov have discovered what they
believe are the foundations of a 17th century school, once run by the
protestant philosopher and educator Comenius. The head of the
archaeological research at the site, Zdenek Schenk, told the news
agency CTK on Friday that two rooms had been discovered so far
including one with an original floor. According to historical sources,
Comenius first attended the school as a pupil before returning to teach
there between 1614 and 1618.


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Four railway crossing accidents leave four injured
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Four people suffered injuries in accidents which occurred on four
railway crossings in different parts of the country on Friday morning.
Near Louny, in northern Bohemia, a Prague-bound express train hit a car
whose driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Another
accident took place near Hodonin in southern Moravia while two people
were wounded after their car was hit by a cargo train near Semily, in
the north of the country.


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Football: Plzen and Mlada Boleslav win first leg of Europa League
qualifiers
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Czech football clubs Viktoria Plzen and FK Mlada Boleslav won the first
leg of the Europa League's second qualification round. Plzen beat
Metalurg Rustavi 3:1 in Georgia on Thursday while Mlada Boleslav
defeated Iceland's Thor Akureyri 3:0. The second leg fixtures are
scheduled for next week. Meanwhile, Czech football champions Liberec
beat Shakhter Karagandy 1:0 in the Champions League's second
qualification round on Wednesday; Friday's draw in Nyon determined that
if Liberec advance, they will face Romania's FC Cluj in the third
qualification round.


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Weather
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The weekend will be mostly partly cloudy with rain in places and
daytime highs of around 22 degrees Celsius.



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Business News 20.7.2012
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In this week's Business News: the government reduces its forecasts for
deficit reduction; the Finance Ministry predicts slower growth; Moody's
affirms the Czech Republic's stable rating; Koh-i-noor is to purchase a
French gas company; the country's water management authority
commissions a study into a massive canal project and the country's
construction sector is hit by the weak economy.

http://radio.cz/en/section/economic/business-news-2012-07-20

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Nepras retrospective at DOX Gallery
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In this week's Arts I talk to Marketa Stara of the DOX Gallery about
the retrospective of work by one of the greatest 20th century Czech
artists Karel Nepras. The show, features many of Nepras' famous metal
works but also drawings and work in porcelain, is highly recommended.

http://radio.cz/en/section/arts/nepras-retrospective-at-dox-gallery

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Madeleine Albright christens new Aspen Institute in Prague
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Thursday saw the ceremonial opening in Prague of a new branch of the
US-based Aspen Institute. The ceremony was attended by numerous former
foreign ministers from around the globe, including former us Secretary
of State Madeleine Albright.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/madeleine-albright-christens-new-aspen-institute-in-prague






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