Thursday, January 3, 2013

News 1.3.2013

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News Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

By: Ian Willoughby

* The Czech president says he did not decide on an amnesty announced on
New Year's Day with any particular cases in mind.

* The Social Democrats say they will table a vote of no-confidence in
the Czech government in connection with the amnesty.

* Two men released under the amnesty have already been arrested again.

* LIDEM are prepared to talk to the other parties in the government
about the future of the coalition.

* Tests have revealed that a gorilla born at Prague zoo a couple of
days before Christmas is male.



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Klaus: Amnesty not created with particular cases in mind
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The Czech president, Vaclav Klaus, says he did not decide on an amnesty
announced on New Year's Day with any particular cases in mind. Mr.
Klaus made the comment in an interview in Mlada fronta Dnes, following
growing criticism of one plank of the amnesty under which long-running
cases of alleged massive corruption have been dropped. He said that
decision was in line with European Union norms against excessively long
cases, adding that he would also announce at least one pardon before he
steps down in March.


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Opposition to table no-confidence vote over amnesty
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The opposition Social Democrats announced on Thursday that they would
table a vote of no-confidence in the Czech government in connection
with the president's amnesty, which had prior approval from the prime
minister, Petr Necas. The party expressed opposition to both the form
and extent of the amnesty, describing it as unacceptable, unjust and
inflammatory. Chairman Bohuslav Sobotka said it freed those involved in
large financial scandals in the 1990s, including the asset-stripping of
banks and companies and corruption linked to privatisation.


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TOP 09: Amnesty leads to speculation about protection for genuine
criminals
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Meanwhile, the second largest party in the governing coalition, TOP 09,
on Thursday distanced themselves from the president's amnesty. In a
statement, TOP 09 said the matter had not been discussed in advance by
the government and that its ministers had no foreknowledge of the move.
The party said the extent of the amnesty was unfortunate; it had led to
speculation that it was intended to protect genuine criminals rather
than pardoning minor crimes.


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Many prisoners already freed under amnesty
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The amnesty also pardons prisoners sentenced to a year or less behind
bars and those over 75 whose sentence was for less than 10 years.
Nearly 7,500 people are set for release, with around 3,000 having been
freed already. Courts established temporarily in jails are processing
applications around the clock. Around a quarter of the Czech prison
population are getting early releases, in a move that officials say
will ease over-crowding.


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Two released under amnesty arrested again
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Two men released under the amnesty have already been arrested again.
The two, who were both aged 27, left Vladice prison in central Bohemia
at around 10:30 PM on Wednesday and - after a night's drinking -
apparently returned to a life of crime on Thursday morning, when they
allegedly robbed a bar and attempted to burgle a car. They will not be
remanded in custody while their investigation takes place.


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LIDEM ready for talks on staying in government
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LIDEM are prepared to talk to the other parties in the government about
the future of the coalition, their leader Karolina Peake said after a
senior party meeting on Thursday. Representatives of the three
groupings should meet in the first half of next week. LIDEM had
previously "called on" its ministers to quit the cabinet on January 10,
after Mrs. Peake was sacked after only eight days in the post of
defence minister. LIDEM broke off from the party Public Affairs, when
it quit the government after becoming involved in a number of scandals.


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Section of C metro line closed for hour after person enters tunnel
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An important section of one of Prague's three underground rail lines
was halted for over an hour on Thursday morning when a person was
reported to have entered the tunnel at the city's Nusle Bridge.
However, a search of the metro tunnel - which runs between I.P. Pavlova
and Vysehrad on the C or red line - failed to find the intruder. A
replacement bus service was put in place until the problem was resolved.


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Thieves steal metal plates from memorial to fallen climbers
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Thieves have stolen metal plates from a memorial at Cesky raj (Bohemian
Paradise) in central Bohemia to people who have died while climbing,
the news website idnes.cz reported. The plates bore the names of fallen
climbers from the Czech Republic and other countries, along with the
dates and exact locations where they met their deaths. The Cesky raj
"graveyard" was created in 1970 following the deaths of several members
of a Czechoslovak expedition in Peru.


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It's a boy, Mrs. Gorilla
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Tests have revealed that a gorilla born at Prague zoo a couple of days
before Christmas is male. The zoo is now looking for a name for the
infant ape and has invited the general public to send suggestions to
its website before January 20. While gorillas have been kept at Czech
zoos for 60 years, the first baby gorilla was born in the country in
2004.


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Czech international Petr Cech ruled out for up to three weeks
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The Czech international soccer goalkeeper, Petr Cech, has been ruled
out for up to three weeks with a groin injury. The Chelsea star was
taken off at half-time last weekend in what was his 400th appearance
for the English Premier League club. In a tweet, the Chelsea manager
Rafael Benitez said he was optimistic about Cech returning soon.


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Weather
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Rain is expected in many parts of the Czech Republic in the next couple
of days. The maximum temperature will be 8 degrees Celsius.



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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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The ideal skiing holiday: brushing shoulders with celebrities at Spindl
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It's the Czech answer to Aspen or St. Moritz - the Czech ski resort
frequented by local celebrities, tourists and well-off Czechs.
Spindleruv Mlyn or Spindl -as it is commony called -offers more than
good skiing and excellent services, it offers the chance to party and
socialize in cosmopolitan surroundings.

http://radio.cz/en/section/panorama/the-ideal-skiing-holiday-brushing-shoulders-with-celebrities-at-spindl

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Presidential amnesty slammed for letting big fish off the hook
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An amnesty declared by President Vaclav Klaus on New Year's Day has
come under fire from all sides. Most experts agree the president was
right in granting amnesty to people sentenced to less than one year in
jail, as well as to elderly prisoners serving terms for more serious
crimes. But Mr Klaus's decision to halt prosecution of cases older than
eight years, regardless of the nature of the crime, has earned him
serious criticism.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/presidential-amnesty-slammed-for-letting-big-fish-off-the-hook

http://old.radio.cz/mp3/podcast/en/curraffrs/new-publication-presents-early-years-of-czech-animation.mp4http://img.radio.cz/pictures/pohadky/tyrlova_ferdap.jpg
New publication presents early years of Czech animation
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The Czech National Film Archive has come out with a new publication
entitled Czech Animated Film from 1920 to 1945. The publication follows
a six-part series that the archive published last year about Czech
feature films. This book, though, looks at a rarely mentioned period in
Czech animation. Although most of the famous Czech animated films came
after the war, the seeds were planted in the interwar period. The book
is also accompanied by a DVD with a rare collection of over 70 films
from this period. Radio Prague spoke to Michaela Mertova from the
National Film Archive and asked her what is significant about the new
publication.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/new-publication-presents-early-years-of-czech-animation






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