Friday, November 9, 2012

News 11.9.2012

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News Friday, November 9th, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* Social Democrat politicians have been elected governors of the South
Bohemian, Moravian-Silesian and Vysocina regions.

* Counterfeit liquor has claimed its 32nd victim after a man died of
methanol poisoning in the eastern city of Olomouc.

* The Interior Ministry will revise a bill on free access to
information which has come under harsh criticism by experts and NGOs.

* In tennis, Tomas Berdych has lost to Novak Djokovic at the ATP World
Tour Finals and was knocked out of the tournament.



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Social Democrat governors elected in three regions
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Social Democrat politicians were on Friday elected governors of the
South Bohemian, Moravian-Silesian nad Vysocina regions. In South
Bohemia the regional council re-elected Jiri Zimola as governor, while
Miroslav Novak was freshly elected governor of Moravia-Silesia. The
council of the central Vysocina region re-elected the popular governor
Jiri Behounek. All three regions are now ruled by coalitions of the
Social Democrats and Communists following the two parties' strong
showing in last month's elections. The Social Democrats came first in
11 of the country's 13 regions where the elections took place.


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Methanol claims its 32nd victim
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Counterfeit liquor has claimed its 32nd victim in the Czech Republic
after an autopsy on Friday confirmed that a 53-year-old man from
Olomouc died of methanol poisoning. The man collapsed while seeking
medical attention on Monday, and died while being taken to hospital.
Doctors said he also suffered from a cardio-vascular condition, which
contributed to his death. Experts warn that methanol-related deaths
will continue to appear for months after the authorities discovered the
source of the poisonous bootleg liquor.


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Court asks lower house to strip Civic Democrat MP of immunity
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The High Court in Prague on Friday asked the lower house of Parliament
to strip Civic Democrat MP Roman Pekarek of his immunity so that he can
take part in a court appeals hearing. Mr Pekarek, who only became MP on
Wednesday after he replaced a party colleague of his who stepped down,
had previously been sentenced to six years in prison in connection with
bribery during his time as deputy mayor of Kolin. The embattled MP on
Friday requested that his party membership be suspended, the head of
the Civic Democrat deputy group, Zbynek Stanjura, said.


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MP John removed as head of lower house committees
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The lower house of Parliament on Friday voted to remove MP Radek John,
of the opposition Public Affairs group, from the chamber's security and
mandate and immunity committees over his return to journalism. Mr John,
formerly an investigative reporter, began to work for a commercial
Czech TV station but coalition MPs were concerned that he might be
releasing classified information. The Social Democrats opposed Mr
John's removal as the opposition lost a majority in the two committees.


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Ministry to revise criticized bill on free access to information
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The Czech Interior Ministry will revise a bill on free access to
information, a spokesman for the ministry said on Friday. The bill has
come under criticism from a number of experts and NGOs who say it would
in fact restrict access to information that is now available to the
public, such as the salaries of some public officials. The ministry
spokesman said the decision to revise the bill was taken in order to
accommodate the objections.


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Amsterdam-bound Emirates flight makes unscheduled landing in Prague
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An Emirates flight from Dubai to Amsterdam made an unscheduled landing
at Prague's Vaclav Havel Airport on Friday morning after a passenger
collapsed on board, a spokeswoman for the airport said. Emergency teams
tried to revive the passenger after landing, which occurred at 11.25,
but she was pronounced dead soon afterwards. The plane left for its
original destination at 13:15.


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Memorial to Czechs serving in RAF during WWII unveiled in Jihlava
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A memorial plaque dedicated to Czech servicemen who fought in Britain's
RAF during the Second World War was unveiled in a Catholic church in
Jihlava on Friday. The plaque bears the names of 22 men from Jihlava
and the surrounding area who served as pilots, bomber crews or ground
personnel. There are some 1,500 WWII veterans living in the Czech
Republic today, according to a veteran association.


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Football: Plzen wins, Sparta draws in Europa League
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Viktoria Plzen beat Hapoel Tel Aviv 4:0 in their fourth group stage
game in the Europa League on Thursday night. Plzen went ahead in the
23rd minute and scored again six minutes before half-time. In the
second half, Plzen added two more strikes against the Israeli side
which offered little resistance. Plzen, ranked first in their group,
need at least one point from their remaining two games to progress.

Sparta Prague drew 1:1 against Israel's Kyriat Shmona. The Czechs had a
poor start and conceded a goal in the third minute. But Leonard Kweuke
scored a superb goal just 20 minutes later from some 40 metres away to
keep alive Sparta's hopes of advancing to the Europa League's knock-out
stage.


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Tennis: Berdych loses to Djokovic at ATP World Tour Finals
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Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych lost to world number one Novak
Djokovic 2-6, 6-7 at the ATP World Tour Finals in London on Friday and
was knocked out of the tournament. Berdych needed to win at least one
set to keep alive his hopes of advancing and was close in the second
set. But he spoilt all three set points and lost in a tie-break. The
leading Czech player will now move to Prague to prepare for next week's
finals of the Davis Cup in which the Czechs host Spain.


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Hockey: Czechs beat Finland at Karjala Cup
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The Czech national hockey team beat Finland 1:0 in their second game of
the Karjala Cup in Turku on Friday, earning their second win of the
tournament. The Czechs scored a few minutes before the end of the first
period when veteran Petr Nedved hit the net from up close after a pass
from Petr Koukal. The visitors then managed to defend the narrow
victory, mainly thanks to goalie Ondrej Pavelec.


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Weather
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The weekend will be mostly overcast with light rain and snow in higher
places. Daytime highs should range between 7 and 11 degrees Celsius.



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Government announces second attempt to sell off Czech Airlines
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The Czech government has just announced plans to sell off the country's
national carrier Czech Airlines, or CSA. A previous attempt to do so in
2009 ended in failure, when one of the two potential buyers that made
it to the final round dropped out and the other made an unacceptable
bid. Since then CSA, which has been making a loss for some years, has
changed significantly: it has a smaller fleet, fewer routes, and
undergone restructuring that has included the hiving off of some
daughter companies by its operator Cesky Aeroholding.

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Graffiti and street art invade 'traditional' gallery space
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Part of Prague's City Gallery, one of the city's best-known venues, has
been turned inside out, recently launching an exhibition of work not
usually restricted by gallery walls. Entitled Stuck on the City, the
show brings together work of top international street art and graffiti
artists, names like Swoon, Zedz, the Czech Republic's Pasta Oner and
others.

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Business News 9.11.2012
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In Business News: energy giant CEZ posts a 27 percent increase in
profits in first three quarters of 2012; government savings bonds
selling fast; unemployment in the Czech Republic rises to 8.5 percent;
the first Czech branch of the Bank of Investment and Development of
Vietnam opens in Prague.

http://radio.cz/en/section/economic/business-news-2012-11-09






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