Wednesday, November 7, 2012

News 11.7.2012

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News Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

By: Ian Willoughby

* The Czech prime minister has congratulated Barack Obama on his
victory in the US presidential election.

* The Czech lower house has approved a government tax bill tied to a
confidence vote.

* A Civic Democrat in line to replace one of three deputies who have
resigned insists he will take the post, despite being sentenced to jail
for corruption.

* The cartoonist Vladimir Jiranek has died at the age of 74.

* The Czech Republic soccer squad for a friendly against Slovakia on
November 14 will feature five uncapped players.



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Necas congratulates Obama on re-election
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The Czech prime minister, Petr Necas, has congratulated the incumbent
Barack Obama on his victory in Tuesday's presidential election in the
United States. Mr. Necas said cooperation between Mr. Obama's
administration and the Czech government worked very well and he
believed the two sides could build on those good relations in the
future. Meanwhile, the Czech president, Vaclav Klaus, told the news
site Novinky.cz that while his heart beat on the right rather than on
the left, he congratulated the American leader on his success.


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US ambassador: Obama win spells continuity
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The US ambassador to Prague, Norman Eisen, described the victory of Mr.
Obama - who nominated him for the post - as a signal of continuity in
his country. He said the Obama administration would continue its
policies aimed at supporting a path out of the recession. Mr. Eisen
hosted a party at the American Embassy in Prague that ran from Tuesday
night to Wednesday morning, with attendees following the results of the
election as they came in on television. .


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Lower house approves tax bill tied to confidence vote
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The Czech lower house approved a government tax bill in its final
reading on Wednesday. Prime Minister Petr Necas had tied a vote of
confidence in his coalition government to the vote on a raft of tax
changes, which includes an increase in VAT. The bill is crucial to the
passing of the budget for next year, and the finance minister had
drafted an alternative budget in case it failed.

Its approval was complicated by the position of a group of rebels
within the prime minister's own Civic Democrats. However, the rebellion
fizzled out on Tuesday, when three of the deputies in question resigned
their mandates and two said they would back the bill.


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Civic Democrat sentenced to jail term insists on taking up seat
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A Civic Democrat politician in line to replace one of three party
deputies who have resigned insists he will take the post, despite the
fact that he has been sentenced to a six-year jail term for corruption.
Roman Pekarek has protested his innocence and appealed against the
verdict. He has ignored calls from party colleagues to forego the seat
in the lower house, and has not said he would do so if he loses his
appeal.


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Finance Ministry planning sell-off of Czech Airlines
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The Czech minister of finance, Miroslav Kalousek, is set to ask the
government to prepare the privatisation of the state-controlled carrier
Czech Airlines, the news website Novinky.cz reported on Wednesday. A
spokesperson for the Ministry of Finance said plans were afoot to
launch a tender process with a view to finding an international
long-term investor for Czech Airlines. Mr. Kalousek said price would be
the most important criterion but not the only one. A previous attempt
to find a buyer for the airline in 2009 proved unsuccessful.


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Cartoonist Vladimir Jiranek dies at 74
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The popular Czech cartoonist Vladimir Jiranek has died at the age of 74
after a serious illness. He was known for his political cartoons and
illustrations in daily newspapers as well as an animator who helped
create the much-loved children's television characters Bob and Bobek
and Pat and Mat.


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Christmas market set for Prague's Male namesti
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Prague will get a new Christmas market this year, with one set to be
held on the square Male namesti, a short distance from the traditional
market on Old Town Square. The mayor of Prague 1 said on Wednesday that
the local council did not want to see Christmas celebrations
concentrated on one site, adding that he favoured the sale of
traditional Czech goods, such as a pastry known as "trdelnik". A
pedestrian zone was created on Male namesti earlier this year.


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Merta teams up with old group for LP launch
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The Czech singer-songwriter Vladimir Merta is launching a new LP,
entitled Nikdo v zemi nikoho (Nobody from the Land of Nobody), at a
special concert at Prague's Malostranska beseda on Wednesday night.
Merta will be appearing alongside his old rock group Dobra uroda, who
last performed in 1989. The LP comprises fresh recordings of old songs
alongside a number of new numbers.


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Berdych to lead Czechs in upcoming Davis Cup final in Prague
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The Czech men's tennis number one Tomas Berdych will lead the country's
team in the upcoming Davis Cup final in Prague. The team will also
feature Radek Stepanek, Lukas Rosol and Ivo Minar. The Czechs were
defeated by Spain in the final of the competition three years ago. This
year's final will take place on an indoor hardcourt at Prague's O2
Arena the weekend after next.


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Czechs call up five uncapped players for Slovakia friendly
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The Czech Republic soccer squad for a friendly against Slovakia on
November 14 will feature five uncapped players. Tomas Kalas, Ladislav
Krejci, Borek Dockal, Martin Pospisil and Michal Ordos have received
call-ups from coach Michal Bilek. Bilek has been forced to make do
without several players, such as injured Arsenal midfielder Tomas
Rosicky and goalkeeper Petr Cech, who is planning to undergo an elbow
operation next summer and has been excused because of his club
Chelsea's busy schedule.


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Weather
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It should be cloudy with some rain over the next couple of days.
Temperatures will reach a maximum of 11 degrees Celsius.



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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Lower house approves government's crucial tax hikes
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The Czech government on Wednesday won a vote of confidence in the lower
house of Parliament which approved its tax legislation. In an
unexpected turn of events, the senior coalition party, the Civic
Democrats, found a solution to an inner-party conflict which threatened
to topple the government: three Civic Democrat deputies who were
opposed to the government's tax bills resigned as MPs, allowing the
government to continue.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/lower-house-approves-governments-crucial-tax-hikes

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Requiem for Auschwitz - fighting prejudice, with choir and violin
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Prague's Rudolfinum concert hall is one of Europe's most prestigious
classical music venues - it kicks off the Prague Spring International
Music Festival each year, among other things. Certainly its hallowed
halls aren't open to just anyone. So an appearance at the weekend by an
orchestra made up of Roma or gypsy musicians was a rare event.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/requiem-for-auschwitz-fighting-prejudice-with-choir-and-violin






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