Thursday, March 21, 2013

News 3.21.2013

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News Thursday, March 21st, 2013

By: Jan Richter

* Anti-Roma sentiments continue to be a major issue in the Czech
society, says a report by the European Network against Racism.

* The Finance Ministry has refused to cover 2.6 billion crowns for
regional projects which failed to secure EU funding.

* Speaking in the Senate, President Milos Zeman made his case for a
change of the election system.

* The police have charged two men for having failed to report a
valuable find of historic silver coins.

* Speedskater Martina Sablikova has finished second in the 3,000-metre
race at the world championships in Sochi.



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ENAR: anti-Roma sentiments major issue in Czech society
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Anti-Roma sentiments continue to be a major issue in the Czech society,
according to an annual report by the European Network Against Racism,
an advocacy group. The report says little progress has been achieved in
fighting discrimination against Roma children many of whom are still
placed in schools for mentally handicapped pupils. The Czech Romany
community also faces attacks and discrimination on the labour market,
in housing and other areas. In other EU countries, the report mainly
focused on the rise of islamophobia.


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Finance Ministry refuses to pay for projects which failed to secure EU
funding
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The Czech Finance Ministry will not pay some 2.6 billion crowns, or
more than 130 million US dollars, for regional projects that had failed
to secure funding from the EU, according to a press release by Finance
Minister Miroslav Kalousek. The European Commission last month refused
to pay for the projects organized by the Czech operational programme,
ROP Northwest, over issues with the projects' administration and lack
of supervision. Mr Kalousek said the costs of the projects would have
to be covered from the budgets of the respective Usti and Karlovy Vary
regions. Members of the regional representations meanwhile said that
with no help from the ministry, the regions could not afford to do so.


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President Zeman makes case for changes to election system
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Czech President Milos Zeman has made his case for changes to the
country's election system. Speaking in the Senate on Thursday, Mr Zeman
said the threshold for parties to enter the lower house should be
lowered from five to three percent, and suggested that the number of
electoral districts should be raised. These changes would lead to a
higher participation by the people in politics. Mr Zeman also said he
would next week present the Senate with his list of nominees for judges
of the Czech Constitutional Court.


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Press: Vaclav Klaus to run for seat in European Parliament
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Ex-president Vaclav Klaus is considering running for a seat in the
European Parliament on the ballot of his former party, the Civic
Democrats, the daily Pravo reported on Thursday. If elected, Mr Klaus
could become the chair of the European Conservatives and Reformists
group. The eurosceptic Vaclav Klaus's term as president expired earlier
this month; his approval ratings were quite low when he was leaving
office but commentators say that his critical stance on the EU could
draw enough support from Civic Democrat voters.


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Police registers slight increase in number of illegal aliens
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The number of illegal aliens in the Czech Republic grew slightly last
year, the head of foreign police said on Thursday. In total, the police
registered 3,476 foreigners staying in the country illegally, some 200
more than in the previous year. Most illegal aliens came from Ukraine,
Russia and Vietnam. Some 430,000 foreigners have long-term or permanent
residence permits.


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Czech activist deported from Israel
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A Czech pro-Palestinian activist was deported from Israel on Thursday,
a day after he was detained by the Israeli army during a march in
Hebron, in the West Bank, according to a report by ISM, a Palestinian
group. The Czech citizen was deported along with a Danish and a German
activist. The march, which took place on the day US President Barack
Obama arrived in Israel on an official visit, was to draw attention to
the Palestinian movement for independence.


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Two men charged for failing to report find of historic coins
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The police have charged two men for having failed to report a find of
thousands of historic silver coins. The treasure, consisting of coins
minted between the 15th and 17th centuries, was discovered in a forest
near Boskovice, in the southeast of the country, in 2011. The
29-year-old finder failed to report the discovery, as required by law,
and instead sold the coins to a collector for 850,000 crowns, or more
than 42,000 US dollars. But the police was anonymously tipped off, and
raised charges against both men who, if convicted, face up to five
years in jail.


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Police search for dangerous man
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A police search is underway in south Bohemia for a man suspected of
attempted murder. Some 150 police officers are searching for the man in
the vicinity of Jindrichuv Hradec. The man is believed to have attacked
his girlfriend; the police warned the man was mentally ill, and could
be dangerous.


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Speedskating: Sablikova takes silver at world championships
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Speedskater Martina Sablikova finished second in the 3,000-metre race
at the world championships in Sochi on Thursday. The 25-year-old Czech
athlete, who was defending gold medal on the track from the previous
world championships, came in some two seconds after the winner, Ireen
Wust of the Netherlands. Martina Sablikova, who has won nine world
speedskating titles, is a strong favourite for the 5,000-metre event
scheduled for Saturday.


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Hockey: Trinec, Plzen advance to playoffs' semifinals
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Trinec and Plzen have joined Slavia Prague and Zlin in the semifinals
of the Czech hockey league playoff. Trinec beat Sparta Prague 5:0 in
the decisive match of the best-of-seven quarterfinal series on
Wednesday night while Plzen defeated Litvinov 4:3 in the seventh game
of the series. The semifinal series kick off on Sunday when Plzen face
regular season winners Slavia; the best-of seven series between Zlin
and Trinec starts next Tuesday.


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Weather
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The end of the week will be mostly overcast, with rain and snow in
places and daytime highs ranging between 0 and +4 degrees Celsius.




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Czech cabinet and president in accord over foreign policy priorities
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President Milos Zeman made his first appearance at a meeting of the
centre-right cabinet on Wednesday. The debate, which was seen as a
litmus test of future cooperation between the left-oriented president
and the right-oriented government, went off surprisingly well.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czech-cabinet-and-president-in-accord-over-foreign-policy-priorities


Contaminated products and false labeling fuel concerns over food in
Czech supermarkets
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Recent scandals involving food products sold in Czech supermarkets are
making some consumers in this country quite nervous. The growing
food-related controversies may not be enough to change their mind about
choosing price over quality.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/contaminated-products-and-false-labeling-fuel-concerns-over-food-in-czech-supermarkets






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