Tuesday, July 3, 2012

News 7.3.2012

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News Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

By: Christian Falvey

* The new justice minister has cast doubt on the appointment of
corruption prosecutor Lenka Bradacova as Prague High State Attorney.

* The president has signed a law allowing the army to use radio

* Heavy storms and torrential rain have caused numerous problems in the
northern parts of the country.

* A rare white tiger in Liberec Zoo gas given birth to three cubs.

* All three participants in the tender for the expansion of the Temelin
nuclear power plant have submitted their bids to the Czech power giant

New justice minister casts doubt on appointment of Bradacova

President Vaclav Klaus confirmed deputy chairman of the Civic
Democratic Party Pavel Blazek as the country's new justice minister in
a ceremony at Prague Castle on Tuesday morning. In a speech, Mr Blazek
cast doubt on any appointment of Lenka Bradacova, a highly respected
prosecutor and anti-corruption crusader, to the post of Prague High
State Attorney. The new minister said he would not be taking orders
from the Supreme State Attorney or following in the footsteps of his
predecessor, both of whom he insinuated were controlled by regional
politicians. The independent authority of state attorney, he said,
should be kept in check. Pavel Blazek replaces Jiri Pospisil whom the
prime minister controversially sacked last week, criticising him of
poor financial management. However, many have speculated that the
decision was actually meant to block the imminent appointment of

Amendment allows army to use radio scramblers

The president has signed an amendment to the Armed Services Act that
will allow the army to use radio scramblers for training purposes.
According to the new law, the devices can only be used under set
conditions and when necessary for training, particularly for foreign
missions. The army must inform the Czech Telecommunications Office and
the Integrated Rescue System of their use beforehand. The same law also
simplifies the sending of planes with humanitarian aid, which can now
be decided on by the Defence Ministry rather than the entire government.

Heavy storms cause problems in northern parts of the country

Heavy storms and torrential rain overnight are reported to have caused
numerous problems in the northern parts of the country. High winds
brought down power lines in Trutnov, Nachod and Hradec Kralove leaving
hundreds of people without electricity, a number of smaller roads have
had to be closed down due to local flooding and cellars were inundated.
No injuries have been reported. More storms of equal intensity are
expected Tuesday night.

Rare white tiger in Liberec Zoo bears three cubs

The zoo in Liberec is now home to three baby white tigers. The rare
cubs were born to their four-year-old mother, Surya Bara, on Sunday
morning. The births mark only the second successful attempt at breeding
white tigers, the last having been ten years ago. The same animal bore
three cubs last year but failed to care for them; the breeders then did
not intervene and allowed the tigress to learn on her own - a decision
they say Sunday's birth proved to be the right one. The zoo's tiger
pavilion has been closed to the public as a precaution, but can be
watched on a television screen elsewhere in the zoo.

Trade unions preparing to publish 'Vision for the Czech Republic'

Trade unions are preparing to publish their own plans for how the
country should save and enact reforms. The confederation of trade
unions is preparing a programme called Vision for the Czech Republic,
that is intended to be an alternative to the government's proposals and
cuts, which they have long said worsen living standards for the
majority of people and do nothing for the economy. One of the main
points of the plan will likely be pension reform, the current form of
which the unions say will cost the state 20 billion crowns next year
without fully covering today's pensioners.

CEZ gets bids for Temelin expansion

All three participants in the multi-billion crown tender for the
expansion of the Temelin nuclear power plant have submitted their bids
to the Czech power giant CEZ. The bidders are the US-based
Westinghouse, France's Areva and a Czech-Russia consortium. The bidders
have all promised the lion's share of the work to Czech companies. CEZ
will be assessing the bids for most of the second half of the year and
is expected to announce the winner in the course of 2013. The third and
fourth units of the Temelin power plant are to be completed by 2025.

Czechs will have to pay more for medicaments and treatment

The health ministry is preparing to extend the list of medicaments
which patients will have to pay for in full as "above standard" health
care items. The list is to be extended as of next year by 70
medicaments and treatments largely in the field of gynaecology, urology
and surgery. As of this week Czechs are paying more for several dozen
over-the counter medicaments such as pain killers and allergy products.

Czech tourist dies on hike in Croatia

A Czech tourist is reported to have died of dehydration while on a hike
to Hum, a hilltop medieval town on the Istrian peninsula of Croatia.
According to the internet news site 24sata.hr the woman was making the
trip with her husband and neither was suitably attired or had thought
to bring bottled water. The man called the emergency services when his
wife collapsed with exhaustion but medics were unable to revive her. An
autopsy is being performed to ascertain the precise cause of death.

Truck demolishes house in Prerov

A truck passing through the town of Prerov unexpectedly careened off
the main road and smashed into a building around mid-day on Monday. The
forty-nine-year-old driver was rushed to hospital with severe injuries.
The building was badly damaged and may be slated for demolition. The
ceiling between the ground and first floor collapsed on impact and
firemen are sifting through the debris. It is believed to have been
empty at the time of the accident.

Tennis-Kvitova overcomes Schiavone at Wimbledon

Defending champion Petra Kvitova came back from a set and a break down
to beat Italian Francesca Schiavone 4-6 7-5 6-1 in a rain-disrupted
fourth-round match at Wimbledon on Monday. Kvitova, the fourth seed,
looked to be in trouble when former French Open champion Schiavone went
a set and 2-1 up, taking advantage of a double fault to help her break
the Czech. Kvitova, however, broke straight back and went 6-5 up before
light rain began falling resulting in several stops and starts which
unsettled Schiavone. In the third set Kvitova raced through two breaks
of serve to wrap up the set in 39 minutes. She will now face the former
champion Serena Williams.


Conditions should be mostly cloudy with scattered showers and heat
storms; daytime highs of 24-28o Celsius.

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Church of St John of Nepomuk seeped in symbolism

The Pilgrimage Church of Saint John of Nepomuk is a unique work of
Czech-Italian architect Jan Santini Aichel, who was known for using
unlikely combinations of Baroque and Gothic styles. Such a marvel is it
that in 1994 it was included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage
Sites. Its architecture was guided by symbols of the legend of the
Czech St. John of Nepomuk, one of the foremost saints of Central
Europe, but also by the disciplines of the Kabbalah.


"Invisible man" sworn is as new justice minister

New Justice Minister Pavel Blazek was sworn in by President Klaus on
Tuesday at 10am in a ceremony at Prague Castle also attended by Prime
Minister Petr Necas. The relationship between Blazek and fellow Civic
Democrat Necas, and the ability of the former to carry out his job
independently will undoubtedly be at the heart of assessments of the
new justice minister's performance.


CzechTourism adopts a new, controversial logo

Innovative! Refreshing! Cool! But also: Shallow, Dumb, and an outright
travesty! Since its release roughly a week ago, the new logo of
CzechTourism has almost become a sort of Czech Marmite. Receiving, both
very positive, as well as mocking remarks from critics and the wider


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