Sunday, April 7, 2013

News 4.7.2013

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News Sunday, April 7th, 2013

By: Ian Willoughby

* The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to respond on Monday to a North
Korean warning that embassies in Pyongyang should consider evacuating
employees.

* Around 500 people took part in an anti-government demonstration in
Prague on Sunday.

* The minister of labour and social affairs says her ministry will this
year lack billions of crowns needed for social welfare payments.

* The Czech Republic have reached the semi-finals of the Davis Cup.



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Czechs to decide Monday on response to North Korean embassy evacuation
suggestion
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The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to decide on Monday how to
respond to a warning from the North Korean authorities on Friday that
embassies in Pyongyang should consider evacuating their employees in
view of current tensions with South Korea. While no foreign embassies
have to date announced plans to evacuate, a Czech Foreign Ministry
official said on Sunday that it had been monitoring the situation over
the weekend with a view to deciding on a course of action. The Czech
Republic closed its embassy in Pyongyang in 1993 and reopened it in
2004, when Czech diplomats offered North Korea help in overcoming its
international isolation.


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Five hundred call for resignation of government at Prague protest
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Around 500 people took part in an anti-government demonstration on
Prague's Wenceslas Square on Sunday. The protest was organised by the
south-Moravia based Holesovska vyzva (Holesov Appeal), an umbrella
group formed about a year ago that demands the resignation of the
coalition government of Petr Necas and other changes. They named their
demonstration Twilight of the Godfathers, indicating their wish to see
the end of alleged mafia involvement in Czech politics.


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Social affairs minister warns of shortfall in welfare budget
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The minister of labour and social affairs, Ludmila Mullerova, says her
ministry will this year lack billions of crowns needed for social
welfare payments. Speaking on a TV debate show on Sunday, she said she
would ask the Ministry of Finance for increased funding. However, the
minister of finance, Miroslav Kalousek (who is also from the TOP 09
party), said he could find no extra money for the Ministry of Labour
and Social Affairs. Mr. Kalousek said Ms. Mullerova would have to find
the money needed within her own department, which receives the greatest
amount for outlays of any ministry.


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Official: Number of poor ghettos in Czech Republic growing
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The number of apartment buildings and districts inhabited by the poor
in the Czech Republic is on the rise, the Czech News Agency quoted the
head of the government's social integration agency, Martin Simacek, as
saying on Sunday. While there were an estimated 330 ghettos in the
country in 2006 and 400 in 2011, that number is now higher, said Mr.
Simacek, adding, however, that precise figures will not be available
until next year. He said many poor people have been forced to move from
apartments to hostel-style accommodation due to indebtedness.


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Defending champions Czech Republic reach Davis Cup semi-finals
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The Czech Republic have reached the semi-finals of the Davis Cup after
opening up an unassailable 3:1 lead over Kazakhstan in Astana. The
Czech team - without the country's men's number one, Tomas Berdych -
won the first two singles rubbers on Friday before losing in Saturday's
doubles to allow the hosts back into the tie. However, Lukas Rosol
calmed Czech nerves by beating Evgeny Korolev 7-6 6-7 7-6 6-2 on
Sunday. The Czech Republic are the defending Davis Cup champions after
taking the trophy in Prague at the end of last year, while the country
also holds the Fed Cup.


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Plzen remain at top of Czech league on goal difference after win over
Teplice
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Viktoria Plzen are still heading Czech soccer's first division after a
2:1 home win over relegation-threatened Teplice on Sunday. Plzen are
only ahead of rivals Sparta Prague, who also have 47 points after 22
games played, thanks to a goal difference of two. Sparta beat Olomouc
3:0 away on Saturday.


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Cold spell coming to end, say forecasters
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The wintery weather the Czech Republic has been experiencing lately is
evidently coming to an end, with temperatures set to gradually
increase. The Czech Hydro-meteorological Institute said in its regular
monthly forecast that the average daily temperature over the next four
weeks should get close to 9.4 degrees Celsius, which is the norm for
the time of year. The third week of April should be the warmest of the
month.


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Weather
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It should be cloudy with some sunny spells in the next couple of days.
Temperatures are expected to reach a maximum of 12 degrees Celsius.



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Folk singer Jana Vebrova: the girl from the windmill
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This week Radio Prague's Sunday music show profiles Jana Verova - a
young musician whose music is both raw and poetic and deeply rooted in
her place of birth -the former Sudetenland. Although she has recorded
just one album she regularly plays at festivals around the country and
has a strong following of devoted fans.

http://radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/folk-singer-jana-vebrova-the-girl-from-the-windmill-1






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