Friday, April 5, 2013

News 4.5.2013

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News Friday, April 5th, 2013

By: Masha Volynsky

* The Prague 1 district attorney has tabled a legal complaint against
the prime minister over his co-signing of the presidential amnesty.

* Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic does not support President Milos
Zeman's intention to expand the Visegrad group.

* The state prosecutor's office has filed the official lawsuit against
the former Central Bohemian governer David Rath and ten other
defendants over corruption.

* Photographs by famous Czech artists Josef Sudek and Jaroslav Rossler
were sold for 2.9 million crowns at Christie's auction house in New
York.

* The Czech tennis team is leading 2:0 against Kazachstan in the
quarterfinals of the Davis Cup in Astana.



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DA dismisses case against Necas over amnesty
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The district attorney for Prague 1 concluded on Friday that Prime
Minister Petr Necas did not commit a crime by co-signing the
presidential amnesty announced on New Year's day. The attorney's office
thus decided not to pursue the complaint filed against Mr Necas by the
chairman of the Czech senate, Milan Stech, and senator Miroslav Antl.
The two Social Democratic lawmakers argued that Petr Necas should not
have co-signed the amnesty initiated by the former president Vaclav
Klaus without first receiving approval from his cabinet. The premier is
also facing another complaint over the amnesty that was filed a by a
group headed by the billionaire Karel Janecek.


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Zeman disagrees with Gasparovic over Visegrad members
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After meeting with Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic on Thursday, Czech
President Milos Zeman expressed the hope that the Visegrad group, which
includes the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, could be
expanded to include Slovenia. The Slovak press reported on Friday that
Mr Gasparovic, however, is not in favour of such a move. On the second
day of his visit to Slovakia, Mr Zeman is scheduled to lay a wreath at
the statue of the co-founder of Czechoslovakia, General Milan Stefanik,
in Bratislava. The Czech president will complete his first
international visit with a lunch on Friday with the chairman of the
Slovak Parliament, Dusan Paska.


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Rath's case reaches court
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After months of preparations, the state prosecutor's office has filed a
lawsuit against former Central Bohemian governor and MP David Rath and
ten other defendants, accusing them of corruption and abuse of office;
if found guilty, Mr Rath faces up to 12 years in prison. Because of the
considerable amount of evidence and documentation involved in the case,
the court hearings will most likely only begin in the summer. The
former governor remains in custody but could be allowed on bail by the
Prague regional court.


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CEZ expects losses resulting from Romania limiting support for
renewable energy
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The Romanian government has decided to limit support for existing
renewable energy providers and to halt funding for any new projects.
This decision will affect the Czech company CEZ which owns a wind farm
in the country. The energy giant has lost its energy distribution
license in Albania in January, and its operations in Bulgaria have been
under investigation for the past two months.


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Case of Chrastava shooter to continue
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A request by Pavel Vondrous, who shot former president Vaclav Klaus
with an air gun last September, for criminal prosecution against him to
be dropped has been rejected. The Liberec state prosecutor, Ivan
Bernatek, said he sees no reason to suspend the investigation or
downgrade the case to an infraction. The 26-year old defendant says
that he shot Mr Klaus in the town of Chrastava with the non-lethal
weapon to show that politicians in this country do not listen to
regular citizens.


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Czech Post to provide exact gas prices online
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The Czech Post is launching a new online service that would provide
exact daily gas prices at petrol stations around the country. The
postal service created the project with the Industry and Trade Ministry
according to the Hospodarske noviny daily, and will rely on the
information that letter carriers will gather on their daily routes.


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US helps transport uranium from Czech research facility.
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American specialists were instrumental in retrieving 68 kilograms of
highly enriched uranium from the Czech Republic and bringing it to
Russia where it will be turned into low-enriched uranium and used as
fuel for nuclear reactors. The United States paid for the
transportation of the uranium, which was produced at the research
reactor in the town of Rez near Prague. The Czech authorities provided
the containers.


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Sudek and Rossler claim top dollar at Christie's
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Christie's auction house in New York sold works by famous 20th century
Czech photographers Josef Sudek and Jaroslav Rossler for a total of
143,750 dollars, or 2.9 million crowns. Photographs by two other Czech
greats Frantisek Drtikol and Jaromir Funk were not auctioned off. The
works by the four artists were part of a larger private collection.
Frantisek Drtikol nonetheless remains the top-selling Czech
photographer abroad, with his photograph A Snow Wave having been sold
for 312 thousand dollars six years ago in New York.


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Tennis: Czechs lead 2:0 at Davis Cup quarterfinals in Kazakhstan
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Defending Davis Cup champions, the Czech Republic, are leading in the
Davis Cup quarterfinal against Kazakhstan, after Jan Hajek beat Michail
Kukushin in three sets in the first match in Astana. Lukas Rosol added
an important second point by defeating Andrei Golubov: the final score
was 4:6, 6:4, 6:2, 7:6. In the doubles match on Saturday, Radek
Stepanek and Ivo Minar will play the Kazakhstani pair Yuri Schukin,
Evgeny Korolev.


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Hockey: Zlin beat Trinec to reach playoffs' finals
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Zlin defeated Trinec 4:3 in the best-of-seven semifinal series of the
Czech hockey league playoffs on Thursday night to book a place in the
final. Zlin scored the first goal of the game very early, and added
another goal five minutes into the second period. The hosts Trinec
equalized just two minutes later but Zlin scored their second goal just
before the second intermission. The visitors then added two more goals
with some ten minutes to go and Trinec were only able to narrow the gap
but failed to take the game into overtime. Zlin, who advanced to the
finals after eight years, will face Plzen for the league title.


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Weather
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It will be mostly cloudy, with some rain showers towards the evening.
Daytime highs will be between 5 and 7 degrees Celsius.



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Nika Kupyrova: Creating myths of home and demons that hide within
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Nika Kupyrova has traversed Europe from East to West and back. Born in
Ukraine and having grown up in Prague, she went on to study art in
Edinburgh and Iceland. Now Nika lives and works in Vienna, and partly
in Prague, creating installations and photographs of dream-like
creatures and spaces. Currently, the young artist has an installation
at the Windows Gallery in Vienna - the new art space of the Czech
Center in Austria.

http://radio.cz/en/section/arts/nika-kupyrova-creating-myths-of-home-and-demons-that-hide-within


Business News 5.4.2013
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In Business News this week: government plans to tighten rules for firms
bidding for public contracts; Parliament releases parties' accounts for
2012; Telefonica considers selling stake in Czech division; new film
incentives programme attracts foreign productions; women's salaries
grow faster than men's; and every other Czech would struggle to pay
unexpected expenses of 15,000 crowns.

http://radio.cz/en/section/economic/business-news-2013-04-05


No let up in Zeman-Schwarzenberg spat over embassy posts
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The dispute between President Milos Zeman and Foreign Minister Karel
Schwarzenberg over who should fill a number of vacant ambassadorial
posts shows no sign of abating. On Thursday President Zeman accused Mr
Schwarzenberg of 'amateurism' after the foreign minister criticised Mr
Zeman's suggestion that Livia Klausova, the wife of his predecessor,
should become ambassador to Slovakia.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/no-let-up-in-zeman-schwarzenberg-spat-over-embassy-posts






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