Saturday, April 27, 2013

News 4.27.2013

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News Saturday, April 27th, 2013

By: Jan Richter

* The Czech foreign minister says there is no resolution in sight to
his row with the president over ambassadorial appointments.

* The Czech police' anti-corruption unit has launched investigation of
IT contracts tenders at the Agriculture Ministry.

* A draft agreement on the transfer of prisoners between the Czech
Republic and Vietnam is being debated by Czech government ministries.

* In football, Plzen has gained a two-point lead at the top of the
league table.

* The Czech national hockey team lost 0:1 to Sweden at the Czech Hockey
Games.



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Foreign minister: no end in sight of ambassadorial row with president
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Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg told the news website
idnes.cz on Saturday there was no resolution in sight to his ongoing
row with the president, Milos Zeman, over ambassadorial appointments.
The dispute broke out last month when President Zeman proposed the wife
of Vaclav Klaus, Livia, as the ambassador to Slovakia and former
Czechoslovak astronaut Vladimir Remek, to the Czech mission in Moscow.
The nominations were rejected by Foreign Minister Schwarzenberg who
maintained it was his role to nominate ambassadors who are only then
appointed by the president. On Saturday, Mr Schwarzenberg said there
was no development in the row which could take "a year or two" to
resolve.


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President Zeman criticizes EU regulations
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In an interview for the Austrian weekly Profil, Czech President Milos
Zeman criticized EU's numerous regulations. The European Union should
not regulate light bulbs, smoking and alcohol, Mr Zeman said. The Czech
president also voiced his objections to EU's bailout for Greece and
Cyprus, and reiterated that the Czech Republic should soon adopt the
euro.


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Government to back Romany Holocaust remembrance day
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The Czech government is going to back a motion in the lower house to
establish a remembrance day of the victims of Romany Holocaust, the
news agency CTK reported on Saturday citing government documents. A
group of MPs from several parties want to introduce March 7 as the
Remembrance Day of the Victims of Romany Persecution during WWII; on
that day in 1943, the first transport of Bohemian and Moravian Romanies
was sent to the Auschwitz extermination camp. In total, nearly 9,000
Romanies were murdered in the Holocaust, nearly 90 percent of their
pre-war population.

All ministries have expressed consent with the idea; however, the
Foreign Ministry noted Holocaust victims are remembered on January 27.
Should a special day be established to honour Romany victims, the
ministry said, it might be necessary to also remember victims from
other ethnic or social groups persecuted during the war.


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Police launch probe into Agriculture Ministry's IT deals
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The anti-corruption unit of the Czech police has launched investigation
of IT contracts at the Agriculture Ministry. The police have moved on
the basis of a criminal complaint, filed by the country's Supreme
Auditing Office earlier this year. The auditors say that between 2005
and 2011, the ministry spent around one billion crowns on technologies
and equipment it did not need, and bought them without a tender as
required by law.


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Czech Republic and Vietnam to transfer prisoners in future
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A draft agreement on transferring prisoners between the Czech Republic
and Vietnam is being discussed by Czech government ministries, a
spokeswoman for the Justice Ministry said. Under the bilateral
agreement, Vietnamese national sentenced to jail in the Czech Republic
would serve their sentences in Vietnam while Czechs imprisoned in
Vietnam would be transferred to the Czech Republic. After the document
is reviewed by relevant ministries, it will be discussed by the Czech
government, the spokeswoman said.


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Civic Democrats back foreign minister against president
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The senior coalition Civic Democrats have backed Foreign Minister Karel
Schwarzenberg, of TOP 09, in his row with the president over
ambassadorial appointments. In a reference to President Zeman's efforts
to take over the appointments, the Civic Democrat leadership on Friday
said they rejected any extraordinary procedures, and did not want the
country to move towards a semi-presidential system. Mr Zeman and Mr
Schwarzenberg, formerly rivals in the presidential vote, have clashed
over the president's picks of ambassadors in Russia and Slovakia.


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Anti-government protest fails to attract protesters
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An anti-government protest, organized by trade unions and
anti-government activists in Prague on Saturday, only drew several
dozen people, the news agency CTK reported. The organizers they were
expecting up to 6,000 people to show up. This is another failed protest
against the government in less than a month; on April 7, an
anti-government group was planning to topple the cabinet but only
around 500 turned up for the rally.


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Brno baby bears named Kometa, Nanuk
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Two baby polar bears in Brno Zoo were named Kometa and Nanuk on
Saturday, the winning names of an online poll. The bears were born last
November as their mother Cora's second pair of cubs. The zoo is
planning to keep them for a year before exchanging them for other
animals. The bears have been a huge attraction for visitors; last
weekend, some 8,000 people came to see them.


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Football: Plzen gain two-point lead
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Plzen beat Jablonec 3:1 in the 25th round of the Czech top football
division on Saturday, gaining a two-point lead at the top of the league
table over Sparta Prague. Plzen were losing after Jablonec's Cizek hit
in the 28th minute but equalized before the break, and added two more
goals in the second half. Sparta Prague meanwhile drew 2:2 against
Jihlava on Friday. There are five more rounds to be played in the
Gambrinus liga.


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Hockey: Czechs lose to Sweden in Brno��
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The Czech national hockey team lost 0:1 to Sweden at the Czech Hockey
Games in Brno on Saturday. The only goal of the match came from Par
Arlbrandt. The Czechs play Russia on Sunday for first place at the
tournament, held a week before the start of the world championships in
Sweden and Finland.


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Weather
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The weekend is set to be slightly colder, with overcast skies, rain and
storms in places and daytime highs of around 20 degrees Celsius.



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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Magazine 27.4.2013
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In Magazine: A cookbook for men is about to hit bookshelves, a woman
calls the police to chase a mouse out of her house, crowds of visitors
turn up for the seventh annual tractor mud race, over half of Czechs
admit to having snooped in their partner's mobile phone and how do you
tell the Prague transport authorities that busses are overcrowded?

http://radio.cz/en/section/magazine/magazine-2013-04-27


The Cold War neighbour
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Around a decade ago I had a flat in Vinohrady, near Flora. One day, not
long after I'd moved in, a couple of older residents, members of the
building committee, knocked on my door to check on something. While we
were talking, one of them asked brusquely how much rent I paid.

http://radio.cz/en/section/letter/the-cold-war-neighbour






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