Friday, May 31, 2013

News 5.31.2013

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News Friday, May 31st, 2013

By: Jan Richter

* The Czech Finance Ministry will ease austerity and instead focus on
stimulating economic growth.

* The Czech police have raided the National Stud Farm in Kladruby as
well as other sites in a major anti-corruption operation.

* Meteorologists have declared flood alert on several rivers in the
west and north of the Czech Republic.



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Finance Ministry to ease austerity, stimulate growth
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The Czech Finance Ministry will temporarily ease austerity measures;
instead, it will use government spending to stimulate economic growth,
the news agency CTK reported on Friday quoting the ministry's fiscal
outlook. The ministry expects this year's deficit of Czech public
finances to drop to 2.8 percent of GDP from 4.4 percent in 2012; in the
following years, the deficit should remain at similar levels. The
ministry therefore believes it will be able to use government spending
to stimulate economic growth. According to the latest predictions, the
Czech economy should stagnate this year, and grown by around 1.2
percent of GDP in 2014.


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Police raid national stud farm
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The organized crime unit of the Czech police on Friday raided the
national stud farm Kladruby nad Labem, a subsidiary of the Agriculture
Ministry, a police spokesman said. The raid is part of a large-scale
operation in a number of places in eastern Bohemia and the capital. The
police have not disclosed any further details, and said a report would
be released next week. Some reports suggest the police operation is
related to the distribution of EU's cohesion funds in eastern Bohemia.


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President to meet prime minister over ambassadorial appointments
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President Milos Zeman wants to meet with Prime Minister Petr Necas in
the coming days to settle an ongoing dispute over ambassadorial
appointments, the president told reporters on Friday. President Zeman
and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg have failed to reach agreement
on appointing some Czech ambassadors. Mr Schwarzenberg refused to
accept the president's nominations for several Czech embassies until
the president approves his own candidates. On Thursday, the foreign
minister said he would bypass Mr Zeman by filling vacancies at
embassies with envoys in lower diplomatic ranks.


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Czech Republic drops again in IMD competitiveness chart
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The Czech Republic fell for the fourth time in a row in the
competitiveness chart of the International Institute for Management
Development (IMD), this time by two notches to 35th spot. The US topped
the chart of 60 countries this year, followed by Switzerland and Hong
Kong. Among the EU countries that joined the bloc in 2004, the Czech
Republic placed 3rd behind Lithuania, in 31st spot, and Poland which
ranked 33rd.


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New survey fails to confirm rising support for Civic Democrats
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A new survey by the ppm factum agency, released on Friday, failed to
confirm rising support for the senior coalition Civic Democrats. The
Social Democrats came out as the most popular party in the poll, with
24.9 percent of voter support, followed by the coalition TOP 09 group
with 16.2 percent. The Civic Democrats rank third with 14.5 percent.
Another poll conducted by the STEM agency earlier this month suggested
the Civic Democrats had edged TOP 09 to rank second among the most
popular parties.


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STAN to continue association with coalition TOP 09 party
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The STAN party of mayors and independents agreed to continue their
association with the TOP 09 group. At their congress in Prague on
Friday, STAN delegates agreed to continue cooperating on the national
level with the right-of-centre TOP 09 group until 2017. The STAN won
three seats in the lower house on TOP 09 ballots. Friday's STAN
conference was addressed by President Milos Zeman, who told party
delegates he supported some of their priorities including the direct
election of mayors.


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Prague airport cancels flights due to fog
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Prague's Vaclav Havel International Airport has cancelled 32 flights on
Friday due to dense fog in the capital. Another dozen incoming flights
have been diverted to airports in Brno, Ostrava and Dresden, Germany, a
spokeswoman for the airport said. The cancelled flights include
connections to Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich, and other European
destinations. More arriving flights could be cancelled later on Friday
if dense fog persists.


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Crossbow killer lands 10 years in jail
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A court in Ostrava on Friday sentenced a 39-year-old man to ten years
in prison for killing a Romany man with a crossbow. The killing
occurred in the north-eastern town of Chotebuz last April when four
Romany men searched for scrap metal outside the convicted man's house.
The man said he though they were thieves; he told them to leave and
fired a bolt at them as they were getting in the car, hitting one of
them in the head. The man later died in hospital. The court rejected
the man's claim he acted in self-defence and said the attacker was
aware he could inflict severe injuries.


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Court clears alleged cash van robbers
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A court in Prague on Friday cleared two men of robbery charges. The men
had been sentenced to 10 and 12 years in jail, respectively, for
robbing 154 million crowns from a cash van in Prague in 2002; one of
the men was tried in absentia. However, the trial was reopened last
year after he was extradited from the Dominican Republic. On Friday,
the court said there was no reliable evidence showing the men in fact
took part in the crime.


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Meteorologists warn of rising water levels on rivers
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Meteorologists have declared flood alert on several rivers mainly n in
the north and west of the Czech Republic. Heavy rain has also swollen
the Vltava in Prague where City Hall on Friday closed sections of the
embankment. Up to 70 mm of precipitation is expected to fall in the
borderland regions over the weekend.


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Weather
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The weekend will be mostly overcast with heavy rain expected across the
country. Daytime highs should range between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius.



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Incentives in film industry help draw major foreign productions
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In less than a fortnight, principal photography will begin on one of
the most significant film productions in the Czech Republic this year,
the adaptation of Tom Rob Smith's Child 44. The thriller, a bestseller
published in 2009, tells the story of a police detective in the Soviet
Union who gets on the wrong side of his bosses. The film of the book
represents a major investment and boost in Czech products and services.

http://radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/incentives-in-film-industry-help-draw-major-foreign-productions


Business News 31.5.2013
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In this week's Business news: Central bank governor says the Czech
Republic won't adopt the Euro before 2019; The OECD lowers the
forecasted growth for the Czech GDP to -1.0 percent; The automomotive
industry increased revenues by 7 percent last year; Google releases
Business Photos in the Czech Republic; Bosch plans to hire 100 more
engineers for its South Bohemian innovation center.

http://radio.cz/en/section/economic/business-news-2013-05-31






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