Monday, April 22, 2013

News 4.22.2013

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News Monday, April 22nd, 2013

By: Ian Willoughby

* The head of the Czech police's anti-corruption force is to quit
following a dispute with the high state attorney.

* Two rescue workers were killed in a mine in Karvina, Silesia on
Sunday night.

* The director of the Czech traffic police has proposed marked changes
to the country's points system.

* Defending champions the Czech Republic have been knocked out in the
semi-finals of tennis's Fed Cup.

* Over 2,000 fans welcomed home Plzen in the early hours of Monday
after the club won ice hockey's Extraliga for the first time.



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Head of anti-corruption force quits over dispute with state attorney
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The head of the Czech police's anti-corruption force, Tomas Martinec,
has announced that he is to quit the post next month. He is stepping
down in the wake of a public dispute with the high state attorney,
Lenka Bradacova, who has said that the anti-corruption force was
preparing a fabricated case against her. Speaking at a news conference
on Monday, Officer Martinec said his department was working well but
that the recent media coverage had discredited that work. The police
president, Martin Cervicek, said he had behaved like a man by placing
the interests of the police above his own personal interests.


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Two rescue workers die in Karvina mine
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Two rescue workers died in a mine in Karvina, Silesia on Sunday night.
Investigators said the men, who were both aged 43, had probably been
poisoned when collecting air samples in an underground space. The
mine's operator, OKD, said it did not want to speculate about the cause
of death, but did rule out several other possibilities. The two deaths
were the first fatalities recorded this year in Karvina, which last
year registered five.


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Director of traffic police proposes on the spot punishment for offences
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The director of the Czech Republic's traffic police is proposing marked
changes to the country's penalty points system, Mlada fronta Dnes
reported on Monday. Tomas Lerch told the newspaper that he wants to see
motorists punished for offences on the spot, with police given the
right to confiscate technical licenses. He said this would reduce the
workload of officials and help prevent obstruction on the part of
drivers. The police chief also proposes that some misdemeanours be
punishable after a third offence, not a second offence as at present.


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Police treating death of new-born found in plastic bag as murder
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The police are treating the death of a new-born girl found in Perknov
in the Vysocina region on April 12 as murder, a spokesperson said on
Monday. A search is underway for the mother of the child, who a
post-mortem showed had been born healthy. The police in Vysocina are
working with forces in West Bohemia and Germany in an effort to locate
the woman. The baby's body was discovered by a passer-by in a plastic
bag in a wooded area near Perknov.


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Prague authorities suing food vendors over failure to remove kiosks
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The Prague authorities are suing the operators of eight food stands on
the city's Wenceslas Square which have not removed them despite their
being forcibly shut down. The city abrogated its contracts with the
stands' operators at the end of last year. One of them continues to
sell pizza on the thoroughfare despite the closure order and the
imposition of fines. Eighteen of a total of 23 kiosks selling fast
food, newspapers and flowers on Wenceslas Square should have
disappeared by the beginning of January.


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Bronze chain surrounding Saint Vaclav statue to return
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A bronze chain surrounding a statute of Saint Vaclav (Wenceslas)
sitting on a horse at the top of Prague's Wenceslas Square is to be
returned to the structure. The original chain was removed for cleaning
and weather-proofing in 2005 but is to be installed once again later
this week, a curator from the City of Prague Gallery said on Monday.
The statue was made a national cultural monument in 1995.


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Czechs knocked out in Fed Cup semis by Italy
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The Czech Republic have been knocked out in the semi-finals of tennis's
Fed Cup by Italy. The Czechs had lost the opening two rubbers only to
recover and take the tie to 2:2 on a clay court in Palermo. However, in
Monday's fifth and final match Lucie Safarova lost 3-6 6-7 3-6 to
Roberta Vinci. Last year the Czechs won the competition, shortly before
the Czech men took the Davis Cup; it was the first time the country had
held both team titles simultaneously.


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Davis Cup trophy to go on show at exhibition of Mucha posters owned by
Lendl
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The Davis Cup trophy is to be displayed at Prague's Obecni Dum
(Municipal House) for seven days starting April 29 at an exhibition of
posters by Alfons Mucha that is owned by former world number one Ivan
Lendl, who was part of the Czechoslovak team which won the competition
in 1980. Lendl is coming to Prague to inspect the exhibition, which
comprises the world's most complete collection of the poster work of
the great Czech Art Nouveau painter, at the end of the month. Over
18,000 people have seen it since it opened to the public less than two
weeks ago.


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Two thousand fans welcome home Plzen after dramatic Extraliga title win
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Over 2,000 fans welcomed Plzen's ice hockey team to the West Bohemian
city in the early hours of Monday morning, hours after they had won the
Extraliga for the first time ever. Plzen took the title following a
fairytale 4:3 victory over Zlin on Sunday in the last game of the
best-of-seven playoff final. The highly dramatic match went to two
overtime periods and was decided after a record 96 minutes 15 seconds.


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Weather
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It should be quite sunny over the next few days, with temperatures of
up to 22 degrees Celsius.



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Max Bahnson - Beer philosopher
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Going by the name Pivni Filosof, or the Beer Philosopher, Max Bahnson
blogs in English and Spanish about all aspects of Czech pivo and beer
culture. The Argentinean, who has little time for those who look down
on popular, mass-produced brews, has written a guide to Prague's pubs
and is currently working on a second book.

http://radio.cz/en/section/one-on-one/max-bahnson-beer-philosopher


Sports News 22.4.2013
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In Sports News this Monday: Plzen claims first Extraliga title in club
history; defending Fed Cup champions Czech Republic lose to Italy in
semifinals; and in Czech football, Sparta and Plzen are still neck and
neck at top of Gambrinus Liga with six round to go.

http://radio.cz/en/section/sport/sports-news-2013-04-22


Former health ministry top official implicated in new corruption scandal
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A fresh corruption scandal has erupted on the Czech political scene.
The police have charged a high placed former health ministry official
with breach of trust and abuse of office in connection with a dubious
tender for the operation of the air rescue services. The transfer of
the operation from the defense ministry to two private companies is
reported to have caused the state losses of close to 800 million crowns
to date.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/former-health-ministry-top-official-implicated-in-new-corruption-scandal






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