Thursday, November 29, 2012

News 11.29.2012

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News Thursday, November 29th, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* The Czech Republic does not support Palestine's bid to upgrade its
status at the UN, the Czech foreign minister has said.

* The opposition Social Democrats have again vowed to abolish the
government's pension reform as soon as they come to power.

* President Vaclav Klaus has formally received the resignation of
Transport Minister Pavel Dobes who will step down on Monday.

* A Czech student who was detained in Togo on espionage allegations has
been allowed to return home, his university said.

* The former head of the Prague municipal police has been sentenced to
six years in prison for accepting a bribe.



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Prague against Palestine's bid for UN upgrade
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The Czech Republic does not support the Palestinian Authority's bid to
upgrade its status at the UN to a non-member observer state, Czech
Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg told the news website lidovky.cz
on Thursday. In the upcoming vote at the UN General Assembly, the Czech
delegate will vote against a resolution requesting the upragrade, Mr
Schwarzenberg said, arguing such position was in line with the Czech
Republic's long standing policy on the issue. According to media
reports, some two thirds of UN member states, including China, Russia,
France, Austria, and others, pledged their support for the bid.


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Once in power, Social Democrats vow to abolish pension reform
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The opposition Social Democrats have again vowed to abolish the
government's overhaul of the pension system as soon as they come to
power. Speaking at a conference in Prague on Thursday, the party's
economic expert, Jan Mladek said they would abolish individual pension
accounts managed by private funds as introduced by the reform. Mr
Mladek said a Social Democrat cabinet would look for inspiration to
Hungary where private pension savings were nationalized in 2010.


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President Klaus receives transport minister's resignation
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President Vaclav Klaus on Thursday formally received the resignation of
Transport Minister Pavel Dobes, of the LIDEM party, who had earlier
announced he would step down on Monday. Mr Dobes joined the cabinet in
July 2011 but found himself under pressure to step down from within his
own party over problems of a new system of central vehicle registry.
The coalition parties are yet to reach agreement on the new transport
minister.


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Committee recommends stripping of immunity of MP Pekarek
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The mandate and immunity committee of the Czech lower house has issued
a recommendation that deputies lift the immunity of MP Roman Pekarek.
The committee reached a unanimous decision on the matter, chairman
Bohuslav Sobotka told reporters on Thursday. Mr. Pekarek was in the
process of appealing a six-year jail term for corruption when he gained
a seat in the Chamber of Deputies due to the resignation of a party
colleague from the Civic Democrats. He has rejected calls for him to
quit the lower house. It will vote on his fate in its next session,
which starts on Tuesday.


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Czech held in Togo on espionage charges free to return home
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Czech university student Radim Tobolka, who was earlier this month
detained in Togo on espionage allegations, has been allowed to return
home, a spokesman for the University of Hradec Kralove said on
Thursday. Mr Tobolka, who attends a postgraduate programme in political
science at the university, was researching the political systems in
Togo and Burundi. He was arrested on November 10 but the police raised
no charges against him. On Thursday, the authorities returned his
passport and said he would be able to leave the country as soon as he
obtains a visa, the university said.


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Former Prague municipal police chief sentenced to six years for
corruption
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A court in Prague on Thursday sentenced the former head of the city's
municipal police, Vladimir Kotrous, to six years in jail for accepting
a bribe and abuse of power. Mr Kotrous was convicted of taking a bribe
of 350,000 crowns from an auto repair service in exchange for a promise
a contract with the firm will be extended. Mr Kotrous confessed to the
charge but said he only accepted part of the money. The court also
banned him from joining the police for a period of 10 years.


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New head of Prague municipal police approved
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In related news, Prague City Council on Thursday approved Eduard Suster
as the new head of the municipal police. Mr Suster, who joined the
state police in 1994, most recently served as commander of an emergency
response unit of the force. His predecessor in the post, Vladimir
Kotrous was arrested last November on corruption charges. Mr Suster
told the city council he would try to improve the reputation of the
Prague municipal police.


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Czech fuel prices down this week
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Fuel prices in the Czech Republic have continued to fall this week,
according to figures by the CCS monitoring firm released on Thursday.
The price of the most popular petrol, Natural 95, decreased by 0.24
crowns to an average of 35.6 crowns per litre while the average price
of diesel dropped by 0.008 crowns to 36.1 crowns per litre. The highest
prices have been registered at gas stations in the capital; the lowest
were recorded in the Plzen and Usti regions. Analysts say the
strengthening Czech crown and lower margins are behind the continued
drop in fuel prices.


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CD Cargo rumoured to be facing two-billion loss
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The Czech state-owned railway transporter, CD Cargo, will post a loss
of nearly two billion crowns, or around 100 million US dollars, for the
year 2012, the opposition Social Democrat shadow transport minister
Milan Chovanec said. Mr Chovanec blamed the loss on the firm's
management which has not compensated decreasing numbers of cargo trains
by single wagon shipments. Mr Chovanec also said the state-owned
company was going to cut some 450 jobs by the end of the year, and
another 2,000 jobs in 2013. The company refused comment, and said it
would reveal its strategy before the end of the year. CD Cargo employs
around 9,500 workers. Last year, the firm posted a lost of 60 million
crowns, down from over 850 million crowns in the previous year.


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Frydek Mistek mayor steps down
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The mayor of the north-eastern town Frydek Mistek, Social Democrat Petr
Cvik on Thursday said he would officially resign as of December 3. Mr
Cvik has been on leave since May when several town hall officials,
including deputy mayor, were accused of manipulating public procurement
tenders. Frydek Mistek town hall is set to elect the new mayor next
week.


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Dozens of Czechs undergo sex change each year
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Between 50 and 60 people undergo sex change surgeries in the Czech
Republic, Ivo Prochazka from Prague's Institute of Sexology told Czech
News Agency. The procedures became more common after the fall of
communist in the country; over a thousand Czechs have had their sex
changed since doctors in Prague carried out the first such surgery in
1942, Mr Prochazka said. There are around 30,000 transsexuals living in
the Czech Republic According to Transforum, a support group.


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Weather
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Rain and snow is expected to come from the west by the end of the week
with daytime highs of around 5 degrees Celsius.



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Therapist: parental failure behind increasingly aggressive kids
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Aggressive behavior in young children and adolescents is on the rise
and there are indications that parents are increasingly unable to deal
with it. Schoolteachers are ringing alarm bells and therapists are
warning of the dire consequences of failing to deal with the problem in
time.

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Turnover of ministers in Necas cabinet unprecedented
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Wednesday's announcement that Alexandr Vondra is giving up the defence
portfolio means that, since the appointment of Petr Necas's government
in July 2010, 12 ministers have now left the cabinet. Indeed, that's
the highest number of departures from one front bench since the
foundation of the Czech Republic. So why is the turnover in the Necas
cabinet so high? And what can we expect next?

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Record number of new HIV cases registered this year
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The National Reference Laboratory for HIV/AIDS has just announced that
in the first 10 months of this year alone, the number of new registered
cases of HIV has already exceeded the previous annual record from 2010.
This week the number hit the 200 mark - and it is expected to grow
further by the end of 2012.

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