Friday, October 12, 2012

News 10.12.2012

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News Friday, October 12th, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* Polling stations have opened across the country for Czechs to vote in
regional and Senate elections.

* The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize for the European Union is a "tragic
error", according to Czech President Vaclav Klaus.

* Iraq has agreed to buy 28 Czech-made L-159 training aircraft for 19.2
billion crowns.

* A man set himself on fire in front of a court building in the
northern town of Litomerice.

* The Czech Republic's national football team plays Malta on Friday in
their second World Cup qualification game.



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Polling stations open for regional and Senate elections
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Polling stations opened across the country at 2 PM on Friday for Czechs
to vote in Senate and regional elections. Voters will choose assemblies
in 13 of the country's 14 regions - with the exception of Prague.
Voting is held in conjunction with elections to a third of the Senate.
Polling stations will close at 10 PM on Friday to reopen the next day
between 8 AM and 2 PM. Some 10 percent of the voters turned up in the
course of first few hours, the news agency CTK reported.

At present, the opposition Social Democrats head governments in all the
regions and look set to maintain much of that advantage. The elections
are widely perceived as an indicator of public opinion on the
government's austerity drive.


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President Klaus: Nobel Peace Prize for EU "tragic error"
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Czech President Vaclav Klaus considers the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize for
the European Union "a tragic error". Mr Klaus, who first did not take
the news of the Norwegian Nobel Committee's decision serisouly, told
reporters later on Friday the Nobel Peace Prize had a meaning when
awarded to an individual for their unique actions; however, it turned
into an "empty award" when handed to a bureaucratic insititution, the
Czech president added.

For his part, the Czech foreign minister, Karel Schwarzenberg, welcomed
the Nobel Peace Prize for the EU as the right decision. However, Mr
Schwarzenberg also said that he would have personally preferred to see
the prize go to an individual.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said the European Union deserved the
award for its role in advancing peace in Europe. According the
committee, the EU helped to transform Europe "from a continent of war
to a continent of peace".


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Police charge another distributor of methanol-laced liquor
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The police on Friday levelled charges of posing a threat to public
safety against another distributor of methanol-laced bootleg liquor. A
54-year-old man from Zlin faces up to 20 years in prison, or even an
exceptional sentence of life imprisonment, for distributing the deadly
beverage mix. The police had earlier charged two distributors of
methanol-laced liquor; in total, 40 people have been charged in the
case of methanol poisonings which killed 28 people in the Czech
Republic over the last month.


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Police warn 12,000 litres of methanol-laced alcohol still unaccounted
for
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In related news, the police warned on Friday that 12,000 litres of
methanol-laced liquor were still unaccounted for. The head of the
special police team investigation the methanol crisis, Vaclav Kucera,
said only 3,000 litres of the deadly beverage had been found to date.
Mr Kucera also appealed to the public to exercise caution when drinking
spirits, and said he himself had been very careful in doing so since
the outbreak of the crisis.


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Iraq to buy Czech-made L-159 aircraft
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Iraq has agreed to buy 28 Czech-made L-159 jet training aircraft for
19.2 billion crowns, or around one billion US dollars, a spokesman for
the Iraqi prime minister told the Reuters news agency on Friday. Iraqi
PM Nouri al-Maliki is in Prague on a working visit, heading a political
and business delegation. Details of the deal have been agreed at a
meeting of the Czech and Iraqi defence ministers. Four planes will be
shipped to Iraq within seven months' time while the remaining 24
aircraft will be newly produced and delivered in two years. The Iraqi
contract is the first successful sale of the aircraft which the Czech
government has been trying to sell for years.


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Man in Litomerice sets himself on fire
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A 57-year-old man set himself on fire in front of a court building in
Litomerice, some 50 km northwest of Prague, on Friday evening, a police
spokeswoman told the news website idnes.cz. The man was airlifted to a
Prague hospital in serious condition, the spokeswoman said, adding the
police were working to establish the motif of the man's action.


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Police question labour and social affairs minister in his deputy's case
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The police on Friday questioned Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
Jaromir Drabek in connection with bribery charges raised against his
deputy, Vladimir Siska. Mr Siska was arrested last week over alleged
corruption related to an overpriced IT deal at the ministry. Minister
Drabek, who said he would step down from his post at the end of the
month because of the scandal, reiterated on Friday he believed in his
deputy's innocence.


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Inspectorate: controversial police response to Andel incident adequate
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The inspectorate of the Czech security forces found that Saturday's
controversial response by Prague municipal police to an incident at the
Andel intersection was adequate. The incident involved several
municipal police officers who tackled a pair of homeless people for
were drinking alcohol at a tram stop. An onlooker who thought they used
excessive force intervened and the officers used a pepper spray against
him before they handcuffed him and took him away. The inspectorate said
they only error the officers committed was the use of pepper spray.


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Tennis: Berdych reaches Shanghai Masters semifinals
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Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France
6:3, 7:6 in the quarterfinal of the Shanghai Masters tournament on
Friday and reached the event's semifinals. The fourth-seeded Czech had
a great serve in the match and only made few errors to wrap the game in
one hour and 34 minutes. Another Czech player, Radek Stepanek, was
knocked out of the tournament when he lost to third seed Andy Murray of
the UK 4:6, 6:2, 6:3.


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Football: Czechs play Malta in World Cup qualifier
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The Czech Republic's national football team plays Malta in Plzen on
Friday, in their second World Cup qualification game. Team manager
Michal Bilek has decided to use two strikers in the line-up - FC
Nurnberg's Tomas Pekhart and Jan Rezek of Cyprus' Famagusta. The
Czechs, who drew 0:0 against Denmark in their first qualifier, are
hoping to score three points against the outsider of the World Cup 2014
qualification Group B.


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Weather
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The weekend will be mostly cloudy with rain showers with daytime highs
of around 14 degrees Celsius.



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Business News 12.10.2012
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In Business News this week: Czech government planning to stimulate
growth, approved financial constitution, health insurance companies are
falling into debt, and the national brand label "Ceske pivo"
increasingly popular with Czech brewers.

http://radio.cz/en/section/economic/business-news-2012-10-12

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Weary voters go to polls for regional, Senate elections
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The Czech Republic goes to the polls this weekend, with voters choosing
members of the country's regional assemblies as well as one third of
the seats in the upper house, the Senate. Opinion polls suggest the
parties of the centre-right government will receive something of a
drubbing, whilst analysts are concerned at the prospect of an extreme
right party winning a regional assembly seat for the first time.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/weary-voters-go-to-polls-for-regional-senate-elections






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