Monday, April 8, 2013

News 4.8.2013

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News Monday, April 8th, 2013

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Czech politicians have paid tribute to the late British prime
minister Margaret Thatcher.

* The Czech Foreign Ministry has said it will not evacuate its embassy
in North Korea despite growing tensions in the region.

* A sixteen-year-old schoolgirl was killed and twenty young people were
injured when a French coach crashed on the D5 highway near Rokycany
early on Monday.

* The names of Czech victims of the Holocaust were read out at a
memorial in Prague on Monday which is international Holocaust
Remembrance Day.

* Poland says criticism of Polish food imports by the Czech authorities
stems from competition on the market.



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Czech politicians pay tribute to Margaret Thatcher
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Czech politicians have paid tribute to the late British prime minister
Margaret Thatcher. Prime Minister Petr Necas said her firm and
principled stand had contributed to the fall of communism in eastern
Europe and that her style of government had been an inspiration to the
post-communist world. Mr. Necas further highlighted the former British
prime minister's courage and dedication in bringing about unpopular but
necessary reforms. Deputy Prime Minister Karolina Peake described
Margaret Thatcher as an exceptionally strong leader who was not afraid
to swim against the tide in defending her views on personal
responsibility and a free market.


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Vaclav Klaus: Thatcher's demise huge loss for Europe
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Former Czech president Vaclav Klaus has described former British prime
minister Margaret Thatcher's demise as a huge loss for Europe. Mr.
Klaus said Margaret Thatcher was one of great leaders of the 20th
century; a dedicated proponent of freedom, democracy and market
economy. Himself a former prime minister who shared Mrs. Thatcher's
views, Mr. Klaus recalled their cooperation in the post communist days
saying Margaret Thatcher had given the Czech government staunch support
and valuable advice as it undertook the transformation from a
communist-controlled state to a market economy. He said her voice would
be sadly missed in Europe and urged that her legacy should not be
forgotten.


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Czech Foreign Ministry not to evacuate embassy in North Korea
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The Czech Foreign Ministry announced on Monday it is not planning to
evacuate its embassy in North Korea despite growing tensions in the
region. According to a ministry spokesperson the decision was made in
the light of the latest information received from the country's
embassies in Pyongyang and Seoul. The Foreign Ministry said it would
continue to closely monitor developments and consult the situation with
other EU member states. The North Korean authorities told embassies in
Pyongyang they could not guarantee their safety after April 10 and
there is speculation the warning could be linked to possible new
nuclear tests. No diplomats appear to have left the North Korean
capital so far.


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One dead, twenty injured in accident involving French coach
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A sixteen year old schoolgirl was killed and twenty young people were
injured when a French coach crashed on the D5 highway near Rokycany
early on Monday. The coach is reported to have careened off a motorway
bridge. It was carrying 50 passengers most of them aged between 12 and
15. Twenty people were taken to hospital, three of them were airlifted
with serious injuries. The cause of the accident is being investigated.


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Names of Holocaust victims read out at Prague memorial
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The names of Czech victims of the Holocaust were read out at a memorial
on Prague's namesti Miru square on Monday, which is international
Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah. Individual stories of
victims of the Nazi genocide of Jews and others were also read out at
the event, which is jointly organized by the Foundation for Holocaust
Victims and the Terezin Initiative Institute. Of Czechoslovakia's
pre-war Jewish population of 350,000, 250,000 died during the
Holocaust, the Czech News Agency said.


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Poland says criticism of Polish food imports unwarranted
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Poland says growing criticism regarding the quality of Polish food
imports to the Czech Republic stems from competition on the market. In
a statement for the media the Polish Embassy in Prague said on Monday
that Polish food inspections were conducted fully in adherence with
European standards and accused the Czech side of orchestrating a smear
campaign against Polish goods with the intention of increasing the
share of Czech food products on the home market. The embassy said this
tactic could backfire since the two countries were often seen as one
region and one market. The quality of Polish food imports is expected
to dominate the agenda of this week's Czech-Polish business forum.


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Media stereotype Roma minority
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The Czech media often stereotype Romanies and portray them in a
negative light thus worsening their public image, according to an
analysis conducted by the government agency for social integration and
released on Monday, International Roma Day. According to the analysis,
three fifths of all the items on Romanies which appeared in the media
between September 2011 and May 2012 concerned crime in which Romanies
were named as the perpetrators. The analysis says media output on the
Romany minority shows little variety and focuses largely on crime
followed by extremism and housing problems. There were substantially
fewer reports on Roma culture, history and traditions.


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Czech Republic still has significant problem with corruption
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According to a report by the Hertie School of Governance the debt
crisis in the Euro zone has significantly curbed corruption in the
public sector. According to the study countries such as Italy, Spain
and Portugal have all benefitted, unlike Greece which remains highly
susceptible to corruption. The Czech Republic which is not a euro zone
member, ranks near the bottom of the list of countries which have a
serious problem with corruption together with Poland, Bulgaria, Romania
and Latvia.


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National vehicle registration system in working order
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The national vehicle registration system is reportedly in good working
order after a two-week break and stations around the country are
processing applications successfully. Hundreds of people are waiting to
be served. The new system which is linked to the Schengen database has
been dogged by problems since it was introduced in July of last year.
As of April the system changed hands and is now being administered by
ICT and Telephonica.


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Chilly weather breaking records
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The chilly April weather has been breaking temperature records around
the country. The monitoring station at Kvilda in the Sumava Mountains
measured a record low temperature for April 8 at -19 degrees Celsius on
Monday. A long-term weather forecast predicts a significant warming in
the coming week with day temperatures expected to reach 19 degrees in a
week's time. However the month of April should remain below average as
far as temperatures are concerned.


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Weather
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Tuesday should be clear to partly cloudy with scattered showers and day
temperatures between 8 and 12 degrees Celsius.



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Jirka Mrazek - trading in Communist-era design items with firm Nanovo
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The company Nanovo trades in classic design items from Czechoslovakia's
Communist era. With a name that translates as 'again' or 'afresh',
Nanovo sells everything from kitschy chandeliers to simple plastic
phones to old-fashioned armchairs. Jirka Mrazek is one of two Praguers
in their late 20s behind the firm, which since last summer has been
operating out of a small warehouse in Vysocany, an old industrial part
of the city. There, surrounded by a treasure trove of stuff, I asked
Mrazek where he and his partner had got the idea for their business.

http://radio.cz/en/section/one-on-one/jirka-mrazek-trading-in-communist-era-design-items-with-firm-nanovo


AI launches Europe-wide campaign to end discrimination against Roma
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Marking International Roma Day on Monday, Amnesty International has
just launched a Europe-wide campaign entitled Human Rights Here, Roma
Rights Now. It aims to end persisting discrimination and segregation
that an estimated six million Roma face in many European countries,
including the Czech Republic. Mark Martin, the head of Amnesty
International's Czech branch, explains what the campaign hopes to
achieve.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/ai-launches-europe-wide-campaign-to-end-discrimination-against-roma


Sports News 8.4.2013
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In Sports News: the Czech Republic defeats Kazakhstan to advance in
Davis Cup; Plzen and Trinec reach final in hockey playoffs; in the NHL,
Jaromir Jagr sees winning start with the Boston Bruins; 12,000 people
take part in the Prague Half Marathon.

http://radio.cz/en/section/sport/sports-news-2013-04-08






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