Sunday, November 25, 2012

News 11.25.2012

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News Sunday, November 25th, 2012

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Four people have been charged with theft and abuse of office
following a police raid on the Hermanice prison house in Ostrava.

* Martin Bursik was elected deputy leader of the Green Party on
Saturday night after losing the battle for the top post to his main
rival, the party's current leader Ondrej Liska.

* Cardinal Dominik Duka, Archbishop of Prague, is to take possession of
the titular church of Santi Marcellino e Pietro in Rome.

* Twenty-six-year-old Tomas Klus was voted singer of the year in the
men's category of the Cesky slavik awards ousting pop idol Karel Gott
who had 13 awards in succession to his name.

* A record number of Czech construction firms have gone bankrupt this
year.



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Raid on Hermanice prison house
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Four people have been charged with theft and abuse of office following
a police raid on the Hermanice prison house in Ostrava. Officers have
been searching the premises and questioning employees since Friday
night. Nine people were detained in the case and the four charged are
prison guards who are believed to have been involved in scam practices
at a nearby scrap metal yard from which they made millions of crowns.
Officers were still searching the premises on Sunday. In view of the
ongoing investigation the police have not released any details on the
case.


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Martin Bursik elected deputy chairman of the Green Party
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Martin Bursik was elected deputy leader of the Green Party on Saturday
night after losing the battle for the top post to his main rival, the
party's current leader Ondrej Liska. The two men clashed over the
party's future direction with Martin Bursik criticizing his rival for
pulling the party left of centre, instead of striving to regain lost
right-wing voters. Ondrej Liska argued there were no potential allies
right of centre who would help implement the Green's policy programme
and stressed the need to address the young generation which is
generally receptive to green issues. Others elected to the party
leadership are Pavla Brady, Matej Stropnicky, Dana Kuchtova, Tomas
Prusa and Eva Tylova. The Greens were relegated to the sidelines of
Czech politics after failing to cross the 5 percent threshold needed to
win seats in the lower house in the 2010 general elections.


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Cardinal Duka to take possession of titular church
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Cardinal Dominik Duka, Archbishop of Prague, will take possession of
the titular church of Santi Marcellino e Pietro in Rome on Sunday
November 25th, the church he was assigned when he became cardinal. He
will formally accept responsibility for the titular church at a mass
served by Pope Benedict XVI. The cardinal will manage this new office
with the help of an assistant.


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Klus causes sensation at 2012 Cesky slavik awards
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Twenty-six-year-old Tomas Klus was voted singer of the year in the
men's category of the Cesky slavik (Czech Nightingale) awards ousting
pop idol Karel Gott who had 13 awards in succession to his name. The
73-year-old singer who has dominated the awards since they were
established in 1962 winning 37 nightingales altogether, got a standing
ovation from the audience and joked that his fans must be having
problems voting over the internet. Lucie Bila picked up the award for
best female singer and was also voted overall winner. Kabat picked up
the award for best band for the seventh time in succession. The winners
are elected by the public.


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Peake against rewarding former rebel deputies with seats on supervisory
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Deputy Prime Minister Karolina Peake has said she would try to prevent
three former deputies for the Civic Democratic Party, who gave up their
seats in the lower house to allow the government's tax package to win
approval, getting a reward in the form of seats on supervisory boards
in state-owned companies. Ms. Peake said in a panel debate on Czech TV
on Sunday that this kind of behaviour seriously undermined the
government's credibility and that she intended to bring the matter up
at the next cabinet meeting. The Czech branch of Transparency
International has long criticized the practice of appointing
politicians to the boards of state-owned companies saying it presents a
serious corruption risk.


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Domestic violence statistics
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Close to 1,200 people were evicted from their homes over domestic
violence between January and October of this year, according to
statistics published by 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. 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. Six thousand people have been temporarily evicted from
their homes for perpetrating domestic violence since it came into force.


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Record number of construction companies going under
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A record number of Czech construction firms have gone bankrupt this
year, according to the Czech Credit Bureau. The CCB says it expects a
17 percent increase in the number of bankruptcies year on year. 130
construction companies went bankrupt in the first six months of this
year, which makes up 70 percent of all bankruptcies in 2011, the CCB
said in its report. Newly-established construction firms are reported
to be the most vulnerable.


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Weather
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The start of the week should be partly cloudy to overcast with
scattered showers and day temperatures between 7 and 10 degrees Celsius.



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Petra Janu - One of the Czech Republic's most versatile singers turns 60
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This week the popular Czech performer Petra Janu celebrated her 60th
birthday with a sold-out concert at Prague's Lucerna and a compilation
three CD release. Well-wishers included guests like iconic fellow
singer Marta Kubisova, Eva Pilarova and many others.

http://radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/petra-janu-one-of-the-czech-republics-most-versatile-singers-turns-60






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