Friday, May 10, 2013

News 5.10.2013

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News Friday, May 10th, 2013

By: Daniela Lazarova

* The head of the government's legislative council Petr Mlsna has not
been approved for the post of judge of the European Court of Justice.

* The Ukrainian branch of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights has
called on the Czech Republic not to extradite a Russian manager wanted
for embezzlement in the Ukraine.

* Hundreds of people have been lining up to view the Czech crown jewels
which are now on display in the Vladislav Hall of Prague Castle.

* The police have charged 25 people with tax fraud relating to imported
goods from Asia.

* The Czechs beat Slovenia 4:2 at the Ice Hockey World Championship on
Friday.



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Petr Mlsna rejected as nominee for judge at the European Court of
Justice
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Petr Mlsna, head of the government's legislative council, who was
nominated for the post of judge of the European Court of Justice has
not been approved for the post by the respective EU committee. Mlsna
was nominated for the post by the Czech government to replace Judge
Irena Pelikanova, whose six-year term in office expires at the end of
August. The position will need to be filled in early September. The
Necas cabinet will now have to make a new nomination. A committee of
former EU judges evaluates the candidates' legal education, work
experience, language proficiency and personality.


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Controversy over Russian manager wanted by Ukraine
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The Ukrainian branch of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights has
called on the Czech Republic not to extradite a Russian manager wanted
for embezzlement in the Ukraine on the grounds that she could face
torture, the daily Lidove noviny reports. Tatjana Pareskevic, who has
been charged with embezzling 5 million dollars in the Ukraine, claims
that she is victim of a politically motivated trial. The Czech Foreign
Ministry has also spoken out against her extradition. The Prague
Supreme Court recently approved it on the grounds that it had received
assurances from Ukrainian officials that she would get a fair trial.
Paraskevic has appealed the verdict. She was arrested in the Czech
Republic last spring while visiting a spa resort for health reasons.


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Crown jewels go on display at Prague Castle
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Hundreds of people have been lining up to view the Czech crown jewels
which are now on display in the Vladislav Hall of Prague Castle. The
crown jewels only go on public display on special occasions. This year
they are being shown for ten days on the occasion of the election of
President Milos Zeman. The crown jewels include the St. Wenceslas
crown, which Charles IV had made in 1347, the coronation crucifix also
from the 14th century, as well as the royal sceptre and the royal apple
from the first half of the 16 th century. Thousands of people are
expected to view these symbols of Czech statehood in the next ten days.


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Customs officers involved in tax fraud
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The police have charged 25 people with tax fraud relating to imported
goods from Asia. Among those charged are five customs officers and
several Vietnamese nationals. The damages could reach millions of
crowns. Individual members of the group have also been charged with
organized crime and taking or soliciting bribes.


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National vehicle registration system suffers 3-hour fallout
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The national vehicle registration system was out of operation for over
three hours on Friday morning, the CTK news agency reports. According
to the Transport Ministry the problem was not linked to the system
itself but was due to a failure between the system and the police data
base to which it is connected. 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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Pope Francis not to attend Velehrad celebrations
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Pope Francis will not attend July's celebrations of the 1150th jubilee
of Saints Cyril and Methodius at Velehrad, south Moravia, though he
will send an envoy in his stead, the Vatican said on Friday. The chosen
legate is reported to be Archbishop Josip Bosanovic. The celebrations
at the pilgrimage site of Velehrad will mark the saints' arrival in the
Great Moravian Empire in 863. Ss Cyril and Methodius came from
Thessaloniki to spread the Christian faith and lay the foundations of
written culture.


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President suffering from a viral infection
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President Milos Zeman is suffering from a viral infection and his
engagements for the next few days have been cancelled, his spokeswoman
Hana Burianova said on Friday. She said the president had a head cold
and was feverish but should be back in his office on Monday. Mr. Zeman
appeared unwell and was visibly unstable at Thursday's ceremony of
bringing the crown jewels out of storage, sparking speculation
regarding the cause of the problem.


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Inflation, unemployment statistics
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Czech annual inflation remains unchanged at 1.7 percent, which is in
line with market expectations and slightly below the forecast of the
Czech National Bank (1.8 percent). Consumer prices rose by 0.1 on the
month in April, driven by the higher prices of clothing, footwear,
alcohol and tobacco products. On the other hand, the price of
foodstuffs, primarily pastry and dairy products, decreased slightly.
Separate data released by the Czech Labour Ministry on Friday showed
the April jobless rate at 7.7 percent down from 8.0 percent.


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Police find all victims of tragic river boat trip
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Divers on Friday found the body of the last victim of a tragic boat
ride down the Morava River. Two men and a six-year-old girl set off in
a rubber boat on May 1st and were reported missing by relatives later
that day. Their capsized boat was located soon after but it took the
police eight days to retrieve the bodies. Rafting or boating the
country's rivers is a popular activity in the spring and summer and the
authorities have issued repeated warnings to people to adhere to safety
regulations, avoid dangerous stretches and not risk their lives
unnecessarily.


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Czechs beat Slovenia in hard-won game
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The Czechs improved their standings at the Ice Hockey World
Championship with a hard-won 4:2 victory against Slovenia on Friday
night. Slovenia turned in a strong performance and the game was
undecided until the third period when Zbynek Michalek took advantage of
a power play and Jiri Novotny scored an insurance goal to clinch the
badly-needed victory. The Czechs have so far given a lacklustre
performance at the Ice Hockey World Championships and Zbynek Michalek
said after the game that despite the win he was far from happy with the
results.


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Weather
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The coming weekend is expected to bring overcast skies and rain across
most of the country with daytime highs reaching 17 degrees Celsius.



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Business News 10.5.2013
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In this week's Business News: The grey economy in the Czech Republic is
estimated to be 16% of the GDP; Average fuel prices have gone done for
the fifth week in a row; The Czech energy company Enrgo-Pro has been
fined by the Bulgarian anti-monopoly agency; Unemployment sees a small
decline to 7.7% in April, due to more seasonal positions; A group of
international solar energy investors have filed an arbitration suit
against the Czech Republic; Czech and Poles want to oppose planned EU
legislation curbing cigarette sales.

http://radio.cz/en/section/economic/business-news-2013-05-10


Czechs get rare chance to view crown jewels
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Tens of thousands of people are expected to queue for hours to view the
Czech crown jewels, which have just gone on display at Prague Castle's
Vladislav Hall. The priceless collection, which includes the St.
Wenceslas crown, is being shown for the first time in five years - but
only for a 10-day period.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czechs-get-rare-chance-to-view-crown-jewels






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