Saturday, August 25, 2012

News 8.25.2012

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News Saturday, August 25th, 2012

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Prague High State Attorney Lenka Bradacova has filed a complaint
against state attorney Petra Pavlanova for foot dragging on important
cases and neglecting her duties.

* Interpol has been asked to provide assistance in the investigation
into IZIP, the controversial electronic health records project which
was abandoned for being ineffective and overpriced.

* Standard & Poor's has affirmed the AA- sovereign rating assigned to
the Czech Republic.

* Seventy-five political parties and movements will compete in the
autumn regional elections.

* Two Czechs were killed in a road accident in Austria in the early
hours of Saturday.



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High state attorney files complaint against her subordinate
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Prague High State Attorney Lenka Bradacova has filed a complaint
against state attorney Petra Pavlanova for foot dragging on important
cases and neglecting her duties. Bradacova, a widely respected
anti-corruption crusader who was named to the post in July, has refused
to provide any details as to the cases involved. She said State
Attorney Pavlanova had grossly neglected her duties for months. The
state attorney in question has not issued a public statement with
regard to the case.


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Interpol asked to assist with IZIP investigation
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Interpol has been asked to provide assistance in the ongoing
investigation into IZIP, the controversial electronic health records
project which was abandoned earlier this year for being ineffective and
overpriced, the daily Lidove Noviny reported on Saturday. The Czech
anti-corruption police who are investigating a number of suspect deals
in public procurement reportedly asked Interpol for assistance in
investigating a foreign link. The ambitious electronic health records
project IZIP launched in 2002 cost taxpayers 1.8 billion crowns and was
scrapped by the government in May of this year as ineffective and
financially disadvantageous.


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Standard & Poor's affirms AA- rating for Czech Republic
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Standard & Poor's on Friday affirmed the AA- sovereign rating assigned
to the Czech Republic. The agency said the country's financial,
monetary, and economic institutions remained robust and stable,
enabling the economy to adjust quickly to adverse shocks. It warned
however that the country's favourable credit rating could come under
downward pressure should the state of public finances worsen or should
the country reverse the fiscal policies pursued by the current
government.


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Seventy-five groupings to compete in regional elections
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Seventy-five political parties and movements will compete in the autumn
regional elections, the CTK news agency reports. The Civic Democrats,
TOP09, the Social Democrats and Communists have fielded candidates in
all 13 regions as have a number of smaller parties not represented in
Parliament such as Milos Zeman's Party of Civic Rights, the Green Party
and the Pirates' Party. Voters will thus have a broader choice of
candidates than they did in the last elections when they could chose
from 60 political groupings.


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233 candidates running in Senate elections
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Two hundred and thirty-three candidates are running for office in the
Senate elections in which 27 seats will be contested in October. The
elections will decide whether the opposition Social Democrats will
regain their majority in the upper chamber. Only the Civic Democrats,
Social Democrats and Communists have fielded candidates in all 27
constituencies. The first round of Senate elections will be held on
October 17th and 18th together with regional elections. The second
round will take place two weeks later. Elections to a third of the
Senate are held once in two years.


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Two Czechs killed on Austrian highway
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Two Czechs, a father and son, were killed on an Austrian highway
shortly after midnight after getting out to change a flat tire and
getting hit by a truck. According to the APA news agency the accident
happened on the highway to Salzburg. Apparently the car was parked
correctly and the men put out warning triangles behind their vehicle
before getting to work on the tire. One truck reportedly gave them a
wide berth but another following in its wake failed to see them and hit
them at full speed. Both were killed on the spot. Two other people in
the car were unhurt but had to be treated for shock.


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Domestic violence statistics
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Eight hundred and eighty one people were ordered out of their homes in
connection with domestic violence in the first seven months of the
year, according to the White Circle of Safety, an NGO assisting victims
of domestic violence. Restraining orders were issued on average for a
ten day period to give victims time to re-think their situation and
take measures to protect themselves and their children. According to
the NGO 12 percent of the perpetrators are repeat offenders. Domestic
violence has been perceived as a crime in the Czech Republic since 2004
and the law enabling perpetrators to be ordered out of their homes was
passed in 2007.


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Weather
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Sunday is expected to be partly cloudy with some rain and daytime highs
reaching 21 degrees Celsius.



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Mailbox 25.8.2012
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Today in Mailbox: Response to Radio Prague programmes, answers to our
mystery Czech listeners' quiz. Listeners quoted: Stephen Hrebenach,
Jaroslaw Jedrzejczak, Colin Law, Zara Modu, Charles Konecny, Syed Ali
Akbar.

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"Biggest of all is human freedom": Jaroslav Hutka and the Velvet
Revolution
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Last week we heard how a song, Marta Kubisova's "A Prayer for Marta",
came to symbolize the period of the Velvet Revolution. But there were
other songs and singers who also captured the spirit of the time. One
of them was Jaroslav Hutka. After signing Charter 77, he had been
bullied into exile in 1978, and all his songs and recordings banned. As
soon as the revolution of November 1989 began, he came back home, and
in one of the most moving moments of the period, he appeared at the
vast demonstration held on Prague's Letna Plain on November 25.

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Urban cycling accelerates in Prague, with some speed bumps
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The past few years have seen a rapid increase in the number of cyclists
in Prague. As Praguers become more concerned with healthy living and
the environment, more and more of them choose to cycle both for
recreation and daily travel.

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