Monday, February 25, 2013

News 2.25.2013

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News Monday, February 25th, 2013

By: Masha Volynsky

* Horsemeat has been found in more imported products, including IKEA's
meatballs, that were set to be sold in the Czech Republic.

* The 65th anniversary of the communist takeover of Czechoslovakia is
being marked on Monday, by both communists and their opponents.

* The overall confidence in the Czech economy has increased in
February, compared to the previous month.

* The Supreme Public Prosecutor's Office has asked the justice minister
to suspend a prosecutor involved in the recent corruption scandal.

* The annual Mene Tekel festival, commemorating victims of totalitarian
regimes, has begun in a number of locations around Prague.



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More products containing horsemeat found in Czech distribution
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Two more imported products have been found to contain horsemeat instead
of the listed beef and pork. DNA tests showed that Swedish meatballs
slated for the Brno IKEA store and one brand of hamburgers produced in
Poland were made from horsemeat. More than one ton of the products was
confiscated. Last week, horsemeat was found in frozen lasagna that was
produced in Luxembourg.


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Monday marks 65th anniversary of communist takeover
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The 65th anniversary of the communist takeover of Czechoslovakia is
being marked on Monday by both communists and their opponents. The
deputy chairman of the Czech Senate, Premysl Sobotka, attended a
gathering commemorating an anti-communist student march in 1948 which
was violently dispersed by communist-run police. Current university
students and faculty as well as former students who took part in the
march 65 years ago took part in the ceremony on Nerudova street in
Prague. Members and supporters of the Communist Party met at the grave
of Klement Gottwald, the leader of the 1948 coup and later the
country's first communist president, to honor his memory. Also,
hundreds of people attended an anti-communist rally at Prague's Old
Town Square on Monday evening.


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Overall economic confidence grew in February
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Overall confidence in the Czech economy improved significantly in
February, with the composite confidence indicator going up to -2.6,
from -4.2 in January, the Czech Statistical Office announced on Monday.
The consumer confidence indicator went up to -22.3 this month from
-27.8 in January, while the indicator of confidence among entrepreneurs
increased to -8, from -10.7 the previous month. The economic confidence
in the construction sector, though, dropped to -49 this month from
-45.5, amid fears of further job cuts and stagnation in the industry.


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Public prosecutor's office asks minister to suspend corrupt attorney
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The Supreme Public Prosecutor's Office has asked the justice minister
to temporarily suspend Prague 2 prosecutor Frantisek Fiala, one of the
accused in the corruption scandal that broke last week. Mr Fiala is one
of six people who were charged on Friday with bribery, fraud,
blackmail, and abuse of authority. He and a Prague 2 district judge
Ondrej Havlin reportedly confessed to criminal activity during police
questioning. Judge Havlin remains in police custody, while the other
five suspects have been released.


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Labor Ministry's contract with software provider voided
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The Office for the Protection of Competition has revoked a contract
between the Labor and Social Affairs Ministry and the company Fujitsu
Technology Solutions, according to the internet news server Novinky.cz.
Former Labor Minister Jaromir Drabek gave the contract for the
provision of software for labor offices to the IT firm without issuing
a public tender. The ministry will have to launch a new public tender,
worth roughly a billion crowns, or return to the previous software
provider.


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Schwarzenberg: Social Democrats and Zeman are to blame for communists'
influence today
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Chairman of the TOP 09 party, Karel Schwarzenberg, criticized Czech
politicians who came to power after 1989 for allowing the influence of
the Communist Party to grow, at a conference entitled Communism
Yesterday and Today. The Foreign Minister said that the Communist Party
is preparing to potentially be part of the government after the 2014
elections, a situation that was aided by the conduct of the Social
Democratic party and the next Czech president Milos Zeman. TOP 09
senator Jaromir Stetina said that he is planning to once again ask the
current government to request the Supreme Court to suspend or dissolve
the Communist Party.


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Necas to tour regional party offices
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Prime Minister Petr Necas has begun a five-week tour of the Czech
Republic, amid increasing anti-government sentiments and unrest inside
his own Civic Democratic Party. Last week, Mr Necas met with
representatives of the Civic Democrats in the town of Nymburk and the
West Bohemian city of Plzen. Although a party spokesman said that the
visits are standard procedure, the Czech media is characterizing this
as a response to the criticism of the government and Civic Democratic
leadership. Regional party representatives have complained about
Prague's lack of communication and transparent strategy.


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Mene Tekel festival commemorating anti-Communist political prisoners
begins on Monday
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The annual Mene Tekel festival began in Prague on Monday. In its
seventh year, the festival commemorates political prisoners from the
1950's and points to the dangers of totalitarian regimes. Mene Tekel is
comprised of a number of exhibits, film screenings, discussions and
meetings with former dissidents and prominent figures. One of the
exhibits, entitled Letters from Siberia Written on Birch Bark,
chronicles the tragic moments of Latvian history in the 20th Century.


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Leonard Cohen is set to return to Prague in July
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The famous singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen will appear in Prague's O2
arena on 21 July as part of his 2013 Old Ideas World Tour. Sazka will
be selling the tickets for the concert starting on 1 March. The
singer's latest album was at the top of the Czech charts last year. His
last live concert in Prague was in 2009, which was attended by
thousands of fans.


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Oldest Prague gorilla survives complicated childbirth
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The oldest gorilla living in the Prague zoo survived serious
complications during childbirth on Sunday, although the baby did not
survive. The 40-year-old Kamba had already had a complicated birth six
years ago, when her life was in danger and the baby also did not
survive. A team of veterinarians and human doctors were on-call around
the clock for the past two months, since the childbirth was expected to
be complicated and potentially dangerous to Kamba's health.


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Weather
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It will be mostly cloudy with drizzle and heavy rain in places.
Temperatures will go up to between 2 and 6 degrees Celsius.



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Dalibor Dedek - Modest electronics magnate with a hands-on approach
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Dalibor Dedek is the owner of Jablotron, an electronics producer based
in north Bohemia that has grown into an international concern.
Jablotron's main focus is on security alarms and systems, while it has
also in the past received a lot of attention for producing the "world's
biggest mobile phone".

http://radio.cz/en/section/one-on-one/dalibor-dedek-modest-electronics-magnate-with-a-hands-on-approach


Sports News 25.2.2013
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In Sports News: the top domestic football league resumes after winter
break; tennis player Kvitova triumphs in Dubai while Berdych loses
Marseille final; hockey's Pavelec on a roll for Winnipeg Jets; members
of the hockey team that won gold in Nagano 15 years ago hold reunion in
Prague.

http://radio.cz/en/section/sport/sports-news-2013-02-25


Czechs protest on anniversary of 1948 communist coup as party gains
ground
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Monday marks the 65th anniversary of the communist putsch of 1948 which
for the next four decades turned Czechoslovakia into a totalitarian
state and a satellite of the Soviet Union. The anniversary is being
commemorated by a series of events, warning against the Communists'
growing support in the society.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czechs-protest-on-anniversary-of-1948-communist-coup-as-party-gains-ground






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