Tuesday, October 9, 2012

News 10.9.2012

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News Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Slovakia and Poland have lifted their ban on the import and sale of
Czech spirits.

* Police have arrested a man suspected of distributing contaminated
bootleg spirits in the Semily area, north-east of Prague.

* The leadership of the ruling TOP 09 party is considering a possible
successor to outgoing Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jaromir Drabek.

* The six rebel Civic Democrat deputies who will decide the fate of the
centre-right government at an upcoming parliamentary session in October
say there is still room for a compromise solution.

* The legendary Czech goalie Dominik Hasek has announced his retirement
at the age of 47.



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Slovakia and Poland lift ban on Czech spirits
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Slovakia and Poland have lifted their ban on the import and sale of
Czech spirits. Slovak Agriculture Minister Lubomir Jahnatek said on
Tuesday that all Czech spirits imported to the country would have to
have certificates of origin and a clearly marked date of production. He
said Slovakia would recognize certificates issued in the Czech
Republic. Special measures will apply to spirits produced between
January and September this year which is considered high-risk. Poland
is taking similar measures. Czech liquor producers recently protested
against the ban arguing that their certified products were
unquestionably safe.


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Police arrest contaminated liquor salesman
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Police have arrested a man suspected of distributing contaminated
bootleg spirits in the Semily area, north-east of Prague. The man is
reported to have bought cheap liquor from Moravia containing the deadly
methanol. Police found over 3 thousand liters of it in storage on his
premises. If convicted the man would face up to five years in prison.


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TOP 09 considering Drabek's successor
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The leadership of the ruling TOP 09 party met on Tuesday to consider a
possible successor to outgoing Labour and Social Affairs Minister
Jaromir Drabek. Mr. Drabek is to leave office at the end of the month
in connection with the bribery charges leveled against his first deputy
Vladimir Siska. Minister Drabek, who is to be questioned by
investigators on Friday said that he did not feel in any way guilty but
was prepared to accept political responsibility for the actions of his
subordinates. Among the names being floated are the party's deputy
chairwoman Helena Langsadlova and Deputy Health Minister Marek Zenisek.
The final decision will be in the hands of party leader Karel
Schwarzenberg.


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Rebel Civic Democrat deputies offer compromise solution
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The six rebel Civic Democrat deputies who will decide the fate of the
centre-right government at an upcoming parliamentary session in October
say there is still room for a compromise solution. Following Tuesday's
session of the party's deputies club in Parliament, Petr Tluchor said
he and five other deputies who were not willing to support tax hikes
had no interest in bringing down the coalition government. He said the
group had offered the Civic Democratic party alternate ways of saving
money which would not necessitate a 1 percent VAT hike next year. The
proposal is reportedly a package of cost-cutting measures in the public
sector. The row over tax hikes within the prime minister's Civic
Democratic Party threatens to bring down the government since the prime
minister has linked a vote of confidence in his government to the
controversial tax hike bill. The bill is to be debated at a session
starting October 23.


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Iraqi PM to head delegation to Prague
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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki will head a Czech delegation to
Prague on Thursday. His meeting with Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas is
expected to focus on security matters, business ties and the debated
sale of Czech L-159 fighter jets to the Iraqi military. The Iraqi
ministers of defense, foreign affairs culture and trade will be holding
separate talks with their Czech counterparts. An unnamed diplomatic
source told the CTK news agency on Tuesday that the Czech Republic had
invested a great deal into the reconstruction process in Iraq and
logically wanted to tap the existing business potential.


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Growing number of suicides linked to financial concerns
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Work pressure, job uncertainty and financial problems are believed to
be behind the growing number of suicides in the Czech Republic.
According to the National Health Institute 1600 people took their own
lives last year as compared to 1375 in 2007. The number of people
getting treatment for depression is also on the rise. Psychiatrists
report over 100,000 patients last year and say the number of people
suffering from depression without getting treatment is likely to be six
times higher. The number of depressions and suicides has always hit a
peak at tumultuous times in the country's history such as 1934 when the
country was hit by an economic crisis or after the 1968 Soviet-led
invasion of Czechoslovakia.


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Forum 2000 to focus on media and democracy
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The 16th Forum 2000 - the first to be held since ex-president Vaclav
Havel's death - will be attended among others by former US secretary of
State Madelaine Albright, the head of the Tibetan government in exile
Lobsang Sangay and Serbian Deputy PM for EU affairs Suzana Grubjesic.
According to the Forum 2000 website this year's debate will focus on
media and democracy, a topic proposed by the late Vaclav Havel at the
close of the previous conference a year ago. Forum 2000 was established
by Vaclav Havel as a meeting of minds on the issues of the present day.
The conference is scheduled to start on October 21st.


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Nineteen rowdies charged over Skalka incident
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Nineteen football fans have been charged with disorderly conduct after
starting a fight near Prague's Skalka metro station ahead of Monday's
game between Sparta Slavia and Banik Ostrava. Police say they are still
analyzing material from security cameras in the vicinity and are not
ruling out further charges. The fight was allegedly planned in advance
but the police managed to separate the groups and prevent serious
injuries.


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Czech Stamp wins Grand Prix at WIPA world exhibition in Vienna
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A stamp honoring Prague��s Postal Museum has won the prestigious Grand
Prix competition for the world��s most beautiful postage stamp at the
WIPA world exhibition in Vienna, Czech Post said on Tuesday. The stamp
depicts an old postage emblem surrounded by a map and mail carriers of
olden times. Stamps from Liechtenstein and Slovakia came second and
third.


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Dominator announces retirement
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The legendary Czech hockey goalkeeper Dominik Hasek has announced his
retirement. In an interview for the Czech daily Sport, the 47-year-old
"Dominator" said he had been preparing for another season in the NHL
but received no offers from any of the clubs. The 1998 Olympic champion
and two-time Stanley Cup winner, who won six Vezina Trophies for best
goaltender in the NHL said he had received some offers to play in
Europe, but had decided to end his career.


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Weather
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The coming days should be partly cloudy with day temps between 12 and
15 degrees Celsius.



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Former Topolanek aide charged with attempted fraud
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Anti-corruption police on Monday arrested one of the country's
best-known lobbyists, Marek Dalik, often referred to as an 'eminence
grise' during Mirek Topolanek's government. The former aide and
personal friend of the former prime minister was charged with attempted
fraud related to the controversial government purchase of Austrian-made
personnel carriers. If found guilty, Mr Dalik, suspected of having
asked for an 18-million euro bribe, could be sentenced to 10 years in
jail.

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Hockey legend Dominik Hasek announces retirement
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The legendary Czech hockey goalie Dominik Hasek has announced his
retirement. A year and a half since his last match, played in Russia,
the 47-year-old Olympic champion and two-time Stanley Cup winner had
been hoping for yet another stint in the NHL. But on Tuesday, Dominik
Hasek said that since no offer had come from overseas, it was best to
call time on his career. RP spoke to the star goalie Dominik Hasek,
soon after he announced his decision.

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