Saturday, March 9, 2013

News 3.9.2013

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News Saturday, March 9th, 2013

By: Jan Velinger

* Roughly 850,000 TV viewers tuned in on Friday to watch President
Milos Zeman's inaugural speech.

* Forty lawmakers, including some MPs from TOP 09, declined to attend
Mr Zeman's swearing in.

* The chairman of the Constitutional Court Pavel Rychetsky has
suggested that the court should have taken into count broader factors
regarding a recent senatorial complaint.

* A controversial former aide to Vaclav Klaus is planning to launch a
new online 'magazine'.

* The long-running Febiofest film festival has changed owners,
according to idnes.



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Czech TV: 850,000 tune in to watch inaugural speech
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Roughly 850,000 TV viewers over the age of 15 tuned in on Friday to
watch President Milos Zeman's inaugural speech - 60 percent of viewers
in the 11 am time slot, public broadcaster Czech TV reported. The
reported figures are preliminary. Mr Zeman's speech attracted more
viewers at home than his predecessor's a day earlier. Vaclav Klaus, on
Thursday, gave a final speech that was seen by 647,000 viewers. Milos
Zeman is the Czech Republic's third president but is the first to have
been elected directly and not by lawmakers in Parliament.


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Thirty MPs, 10 senators miss inauguration
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In related news, 30 MPs on Friday were absent from the inauguration on
Friday; 10 senators who declined to attend, responded in advance in
writing. The presidential pledge is taken before both houses of
Parliament. The largest number of those who were absent were lawmakers
from centre-right party TOP 09 (which nominated Karel Schwarzenberg for
president in the recent election). Others absent included former Social
Democrat David Rath (remanded in custody awaiting trial and former
Civic Democrat Roman Pekarek - who began a five-year prison term last
month.


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Court chairman: amnesty should have been discussed in connection with
international agreements
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The chairman of the Constitutional Court Pavel Rychetsky has suggested
that the court should have taken into count broader factors regarding a
recent senatorial complaint. A group of senators had sought the
annulment of part of the controversial New Year's amnesty but the
motion was rejected on Tuesday. Eight out of 12 judges currently in the
Constitutional Court were against; four - including Rychetsky - had a
differing view. According to Judge Rychetsky, the amnesty should have
been examined in connection with international agreements that bind the
Czech Republic to prosecute crimes and limit the legalisation of
criminal profits. Former president Vaclav Klaus' New Year's amnesty saw
more than 6,000 prisoners released; the controversial article 2 of the
amnesty halted - or threatens to halt - a number of major cases of
suspected corruption and fraud.


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Controversial Klaus associate to launch online 'magazine'
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Petr Hajek, former vice chancellor to the president, will launch a new
internet journal with the slogan of "counterrevolutionary magazine"
linked to Parlamentnilisty.cz, the news site reports. Mr Hajek served
at Prague Castle under former president Vaclav Klaus. Hajek, a
controversial figure at Prague Castle for years, called the late Vaclav
Havel a "servant of Satan" in a book published last year and in the
past questioned, conspiracy-style, the truth of the 9/11 attacks,
suggesting they could have been orchestrated by the US secret service.


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Febiofest changes owners
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The long-running Febiofest film festival has changed owners, the news
website idnes reports. According to the site, founder Fero Fenic sold
the ownership rights to the Prague International Film Festival for the
sum of 25 million crowns, to be paid over five years. Mr Fenic is to
stay on as the festival's president. The company behind the Prague
International Film Festival was founded last year by Mr Fenic along
with partners and financial investors. Kamil Spacil, the former head of
Barrandov TV, will be the festival's new director. Febiofest was
founded back in 1993; in 2011 it generated profits of 1.1 million
crowns, a year after suffering losses of 4.5 million, idnes writes.


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Fire damages part of motorcycle plant
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Part of a motorcycle production plant in Tynec nad Sazavou was damaged
by a fire that broke out on Friday evening. According to reports, a
warehouse as well as a building condemned to be demolished were
damaged. Damage at the Jawa factory has been estimated at around
600,000 crowns. Fire fighters have suggested that the fire was set
intentionally.


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Heavy fog complicates conditions on Czech roads
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Heavy fog on early Saturday complicated the situation on roads across
the country. A worsening of conditions was reported on parts of the D1
highway connecting Prague and Brno. Drizzling rain and a drop in
temperature may lead to icy roads in places.


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NHL action: Pavelec busy in goal
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Winnipeg Jets' goalie Ondrej Pavelec had a busy night in the NHL on
Friday against the Florida Panthers. Pavelec saved 38 shots to keep his
team in the match. Winnipeg were able to clinch the win 3:2 in overtime.


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Weather
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Grey skies and rain are expected in the coming days, with temperatures
reaching a maximum of 7 degrees Celsius.



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Mailbox 9.3.2013
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Today in Mailbox: The Czech singing duo Petr and Pavel and their song
"Laska" - a mystery solved after ten years. We also reveal the answer
to last month's listeners' quiz question, and there is a brand new
mystery person for the coming four weeks. Listeners/readers quoted:
Neil Critchley, Alan Blaikley, Ian Morrison, Hans Verner Lollike, Bob
Boundy, Mary Lou Krenek.

http://radio.cz/en/section/mailbox/mailbox-2013-03-09


London conference recalls the legacy of Czechoslovak statesman Jan
Masaryk
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The head of Radio Prague, Miroslav Krupicka, attended a conference in
London this week recalling the legacy of the much-loved former
Czechoslovak Foreign Minister and ambassador to the UK, Jan Masaryk.
The event was held on the 65th anniversary of Masaryk's still largely
unexplained death.

http://radio.cz/en/section/czech-history/london-conference-recalls-the-legacy-of-czechoslovak-statesman-jan-masaryk






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