Monday, August 6, 2012

News 8.6.2012

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News Monday, August 6th, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* Some 140 Roma have refused to leave their homes in an Ostrava slum
despite a note of eviction.

* The Czech Republic's industrial output in June slowed down by 2.2
percent year-on-year.

* Up to 190 million crowns from two EU operational programmes have been
paid in breach of the rules, according to the Supreme Auditing Office.

* President Vaclav Klaus is one of few active politicians listed by
international agencies as prominent motivational speakers.

* Meteorologists have warned against strong storms that are expected to
hit most of the country on Monday.



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Romanies refuse to leave Ostrava homes
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Some 140 Czech Roma, to be evicted over poor technical and sanitary
conditions of the buildings in the Prednadrazi slum in Ostrava in the
north-east of the country, have refused to leaver their homes. The
houses are now being reviewed by the authorities; the inhabitants were
given until Saturday night to leave. The municipality has offered
alternative housing to the Roma who however complain that the
accommodation is overpriced. The Czech branch of the human rights
watchdog Amnesty International, along with several Czech NGOs, has
called on the authorities to immediately find a solution to the problem.


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June industrial output down by 2.2 percent
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The Czech Republic's industrial output in June slowed down by 2.2
percent annually, according to figures released by the Czech
Statistical Office on Monday, following a decrease of 2.4 percent
registered in May. After seasonal adjustment, however, the country's
industrial production rose by 0.3 percent year-on-year. Analysts expect
industrial output to keep slowing down in the rest of the year as the
Czech economy is going through a protracted period of recession.


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Exports up in June but analysts say economy slows down
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In related news, Czech exports in June rose by 5.6 percent annually
while imports increased by 0.9 percent, the Czech statistical office
said on Monday. In total, the country's foreign trade in that month
registered a surplus of 29 billion crowns. Trade balance with EU
countries showed a surplus of 58.9 billion crowns while that with
non-EU states registered a deficit of 29.5 billion crowns, 11 billion
lower than last June. Analysts say the latest figures signal a slowing
down of the Czech economy as higher exports show a drop of domestic
demand.


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Audit: 190 million from EU funds released in breach of rules
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Nearly 190 million crowns, or more than 9.2 millions US dollars, from
two EU operational programmes, was between 2007 and 2011 paid in breach
of the rules, according to a report by the Czech Supreme Auditing
Office released on Monday. The audit found the Jihozapad and
Moravskoslesko programmes frequently breached public procurement
legislation and lacked sufficient control of the funds, the auditing
authority said. In some cases, money was paid for projects that were
never completed. Representatives of the two programmes in question said
did not agree with the results of the audit.


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President Klaus listed as motivational speaker
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Czech President Vaclav Klaus is among few active politicians listed by
international agencies as prominent motivational speakers, the news
website aktualne.cz reported on Monday. Lectures by Mr Klaus are
offered by agencies such as the London Speaker Bureau, All American
Speakers, and others. The agencies refused to reveal Mr Klaus' speaking
fees while a spokesman for the Czech president declined to comment on
the issue. Vaclav Klaus is offering lectures on a variety of topics
including politics, EU affairs, globalization, and others.


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Presidential candidate Dlouhy to resign from all private sector posts
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Czech presidential candidate Vladimir Dlouhy said on Monday he would be
terminating his position at the U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs by
the end of October and he would also give up his seat on the Telefonica
Czech Republic supervisory board. Mr Dlouhy, 59, who served as industry
and trade minister in the 1990s, has already launched his presidential
campaign undertaking a marathon run from Moravia to western Bohemia for
daily informal meetings with members of the public. Sponsors have
already contributed more than four million crowns to his campaign.

Some 15 people have so far announced their intention to run for
president, most of them are still in the process of collecting the
50.000 signatures needed to enter the race. Former caretaker prime
minister Jan Fischer and former Social Democrat prime minister Milos
Zeman have topped opinion polls so far.


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Survey: most Czechs don't leave work behind while on vacation
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Only around one third of Czechs leave work behind while on vacation,
according to a new survey by the website onlineprace.cz released on
Monday. Some 40 percent of those polled said they were available for
their colleagues in emergency situations while on holiday; 16 percent
said they wanted to follow developments at work no matter what.


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Mountaineer missing after reaching summit of Broad Peak
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Czech mountaineer Zuzana Hofmanova was on Monday reported missing after
she reached the summit of Broad Peak in the Pakistani Himalayas. The
website of her expedition said the 53-year-old mountaineer reached the
top of the 8,047 metre-high mountain on July 31 but never returned to
the base camp. Ms Hofmanova became the fist Czech woman to reach the
summit of Broad Peak, the world's 12th tallest mountain.


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Olympics: Fenclova finishes ninth in women's Laser Radial sailing event
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Veronika Fenclova on Monday finished ninth in women's Laser Radial
sailing event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The 31-year-old
Czech started off eight with no chance of winning a medal, the news
agency CTK reported. In other Olympic news, trap shooter Miroslav
Kostelecky, who won gold at the previous games in Beijing, failed on
Monday to qualify for the finals of the event.


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Meteorologists warn against strong storms
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Czech meteorologists on Monday warned against strong storms that will
hit most of the country later in the day. Heavy rainfall could swell
local rivers, and the authorities in the Vysocina and Olomouc regions
are considering declaring flood alert. Daytime highs in Moravia could
reach up to 35 degrees Celsius.


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Weather
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The coming days will be mostly clear with clouds, rain and storms
setting in later in the day. Daytime highs will range between 27 and 31
degrees Celsius.



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Czech Olympic Wellies stride to success
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This weekend saw the Czech Olympic team pick up four more medals in
London, including the first gold in this year's Olympics. The Czechs
achieved most of their successes of the past few days in the water, but
even before the games began, the Czech team made a big splash in the
world of fashion. At the Opening ceremony they paraded around the
Olympic stadium in facetious wellingtons with umbrellas in hand. But
for the creators of the Olympic opening outfits their success was not a
given.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czech-olympic-wellies-stride-to-success

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Sports News 6.8.2012
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In this week's Sports News: Vavrinec Hradilek brings Czechs their first
Olympic medal; a second silver for Czechs in rowing competition;
Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka win silver in the tennis doubles;
Kolocova and Slukova are knocked out in the beach volleyball
quarter-finals; Sykorova wins bronze in shooting competition and
Miroslava Knapkova brings Czechs their first gold medal.

http://radio.cz/en/section/sport/sports-news-2012-08-06






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