Wednesday, April 10, 2013

News 4.10.2013

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News Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

By: Jan Richter

* The Czech government has approved legislation reforming the financing
of political parties.

* The European Court of Human Rights has upheld the Czech judiciary's
ban of the extremist Czech Workers' Party.

* Korean Air has acquired a 44-percent stake in the troubled Czech
carrier, CSA.

* The levels of overweight and obesity in the Czech Republic have
stopped rising, suggests a new survey.

* Zlin are playing Plzen in game two of the finals of the Czech hockey
league playoffs.



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Government approves reform of parties financing
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The Czech government on Wednesday approved legislation reforming the
financing of political parties. The bill will require parties to
establish transparent bank accounts accessible on the web; they will
also have to release their annual accounts and details of campaign
finances. However, the bill does not establish an independent body that
would monitor parties' finances; its absence has been criticized by the
Council of Europe's anti-corruption agency. The new legislation will
now be debated by the Czech Parliament.


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Czech government says Irish Lisbon treaty opt-out needs three-fifth
majority to pass
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To be approved by the Czech Parliament, an Irish opt-out from the EU's
Lisbon treaty will require a three-fifth majority in both chambers, the
Czech government said on Wednesday. The cabinet adopted the view that
the opt-out from judicial and home affairs coordination complemented
the European Union's primary law, and as such needed to be approved by
the so-called constitutional majority of lawmakers. Czech MPs and
Senators may however choose to follow a different procedure in voting
on the opt-out, the CTK news agency said.


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European court upholds ban of Czech extremist party
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The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a ban imposed in 2010 on
the Czech extremist Workers Party by the country's Supreme
Administrative Court. The Czech Justice Ministry said on Wednesday the
European Court rejected a complaint against the ban filed by the
group's former leader, Tomas Vandas. The far-right Workers' Party was
dissolved in February 2010 upon the government's request; the cabinet
claimed the group incited tensions in the society, abused minorities
and threatened democracy. The Workers' Party became the first political
group to be banned in the Czech Republic since the fall of communism.


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UNICEF: Czech children's well-being average
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The Czech Republic ranked 14th out of 29 developed nations in
children's well-being, according to a report by the UN agency UNICEF
released on Wednesday. The country ranked high in factors such as
health and safety but low in the factors related to behaviour, risks
and housing and environment. Ten years ago, the Czech Republic was
ranked 9th.


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Korean Air buys 44 percent of Czech Airlines
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Korean Air has acquired a 44-percent stake in the troubled Czech
national carrier, Czech Airlines. The contract between Korean Air and
Czech Aeroholding, CSA's mother company was signed in Prague on
Wednesday. Under the deal, the Korean carrier will pay 3.4 million US
dollars for the minority stake in Czech Airlines, the Korean carrier's
first such investment abroad.


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No decision reached on controversial S-Cards programme
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The Czech government on Wednesday failed to reach a decision on whether
the controversial system of welfare payments, known as S-Cards, should
continue. The cabinet refused a proposal by the labour and social
affairs minister, Ludmila Mullerova of TOP 09, to use the cards as
identification for welfare recipients. Prime Minister Petr Necas said
the best solution would be to scrap the system, a move opposed by the
coalition TOP 09 group.


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Car production down by 18 percent in Q1
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Car production in the Czech Republic dropped by 18 percent in the first
quarter of this year, according to the latest figures released by the
Czech Automotive Industry Association. In total, over 287, 700 vehicles
were made in the Czech Republic between January and March. All
Czech-based car producers saw a decrease in production. Meanwhile, the
production of trucks registered a 56-percent drop over the same period,
and reached a mere 157 vehicles.


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Survey: obesity levels stop rising
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The levels of overweight and obesity in the Czech Republic have stopped
rising, according to a new survey commissioned by the public health
insurer, VZP. The survey found that 21 percent of Czechs are obese
while another 34 percent are overweight, the same numbers that were
recorded in a similar study three years ago. There are now fewer obese
and overweight women whereas the number of overweight and obese men
grew slightly. The survey also found that 20 percent of women aged 18
and 19 were underweight.


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Last four weeks "coldest in a century"
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The last four weeks were the coldest in a hundred years, according to
the Czech Meteorological Institute. Temperatures in the period between
March 11 and April 7 averaged -1 degree Celsius, the lowest
temperatures on record since 1912 when nationwide measuring began.
Meteorologists said the unusually cold start of spring was due to
strong jet streams over the Atlantic which created cyclones that
brought cold air to central Europe from Scandinavia and Russia.


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Tennis: Fed Cup nominations announced for semifinals against Italy
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The captain of the Czech Fed Cup team, Petr Pala, on Wednesday
announced the nominations for the upcoming semifinal rubber against
Italy. The Czech team includes the country's top player, Petra Kvitova
along with Klara Zakopalova, Lucie Safarova, Andrea Hlavackova and
Lucie Hradecka. The Fed Cup semifinals are to be played out in Palermo
on April 20 and 21.


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Zlin, Plzen clash in hockey playoffs final's game two
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Zlin host Plzen in game two of the finals of the Czech hockey league
playoffs. Tuesday's opening game of the best-of-seven final series was
won by visitors Plzen who have never won the league title. On
Wednesday, Plzen were leading 1:0 at the start of the match after the
team's captain Martin Straka scored in the 4th minute.


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Weather
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The next few days will be mainly overcast with rain showers and daytime
highs ranging between 12 and 16 degrees Celsius.



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Czech-Polish food row heats up
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The drawn-out Czech-Polish dispute over the quality of food imports
this week reached a new level after Polish officials accused the Czech
authorities and media of waging a campaign aimed at hurting Polish food
sales in the country. Czech officials, meanwhile, complain about poor
quality of some Polish foodstuffs, and say inspections prove they fail
to meet set standards much more often that Czech products.

http://radio.cz/en/section/marketplace/czech-polish-food-row-heats-up


Korean Air gets minority stake in Czech Airlines
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Representatives of the Czech government and Czech Aeroholding signed an
agreement with Korean Air on Wednesday, giving the South Korean state
airlines a 44-percent stake in Czech Airlines. The Czech side sees the
new partnership as a long-awaited lifeline for the struggling state
airline, while the Koreans are hoping to gain a stronger foothold in
Europe.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/korean-air-gets-minority-stake-in-czech-airlines


Lendl's unique Mucha collection goes on show in Prague
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A much-anticipated exhibition of posters by the Czech Art Nouveau
master Alfons Mucha has just opened its doors at the grand Municipal
House in central Prague. The collection, which belongs to the
Czech-born tennis legend Ivan Lendl, is the largest in the world and is
being shown publicly for the first time ever.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/lendls-unique-mucha-collection-goes-on-show-in-prague






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