Friday, October 28, 2011

News 10.28.2011

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News Friday, October 28th, 2011

By: Jan Richter

* Czechs mark the 93rd anniversary of the foundation of independent
Czechoslovakia.

* Prime Minister Petr Necas laid wreaths at the statue of
Czechoslovakia's founder T.G. Masaryk in Washington.

* Writer and diplomat Jiri Grusa passed away at the age of 72.

* Several hundred Czech Christians of various denominations gathered at
the mythical mount Rip to pray for their country.

* In tennis, Petra Kvitova beat Agniezska Radwanska at the WTA
Championships in Istanbul and moved up to number two in world rakings.

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Czechs mark Independent Czechoslovak State Day
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Czechs on Friday commemorate the 93rd anniversary of the foundation of
independent Czechoslovakia, the precursor of the modern-day Czech
Republic that was established on October 28, 1918. Events are being
held to mark the national holiday; President Vaclav Klaus laid wreaths
at the National Monument at Prague's Vitkov hill, along with the
Archbishop of Prague, Dominik Duka, several government ministers and
other officials. The celebrations will conclude on Friday evening when
President Klaus will present state honours and decorations at Prague
Castle.


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PM Necas lays wreaths at Masaryk statue in Washington
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Prime Minister Petr Necas on Friday laid wreaths at Washington's statue
of Tomas Garrigue Masaryk, Czechoslovakia's founder and first
president, marking the national holiday. On the second day of his short
working visit to the US, Mr Necas wished Czechs behaved better to each
other. On Thursday, the Czech Prime Minister met US President Barack
Obama in the White House for talks on issues such as a multi-billion
Czech nuclear tender and plans to establish a NATO helicopter training
base in the Czech Republic.


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Writer and diplomat Jiri Grusa dies aged 72
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The writer, poet, diplomat and former dissident Jiri Grusa died on
Friday at the age of 72. The head of the Czech Pen Club Jiri Dedecek
told the news agency CTK Mr Grusa died in Hannover, Germany during
heart surgery.

Jiri Grusa was born in Pradubice on November 10, 1938. He graduated
from Charles University in Prague but was banned from publishing after
the 1968 Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. He signed the human
rights manifesto Charter 77 and left the country in 1981 and lived in
Germany. After the fall of communism, he served as the Czech ambassador
to Germany and Austria, and also briefly as the minister of education.
In 2003, he was elected the head of the International Pen club.


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Czech Christians pray at Mount Rip
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Several hundred Czech Christian believers of various denominations
gathered on Friday at the foot of the mythical Mount Rip, in central
Bohemia, to pray for the wellbeing of their country. Organizers said
they wanted to offer an alternative to official secular celebrations of
the national holiday. The Czechoslovak Independence Day was also marked
by Czech monarchists who marched through the centre of Prague.


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Military recruits sworn in on national holiday
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Three hundred and thirty first-year students of the Czech Defence
University along with 153 military recruits were sworn in at Prague
Castle on Friday. After the ceremony, President Vaclav Klaus also
appointed three new generals and promoted two other generals of the
Czech military. The event was held as part of the celebrations of the
Independent Czechoslovak State Day. While President Klaus said the new
troops have undertaken immense responsibility while Defence Minister
Alexandr Vondra noted the military oath also represented a moral
commitment.


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Far-right extremists gather in Havirov
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Some 30 far-right extremists gathered at a rally organized by the
Workers' Party of Social Justice in the north-eastern town of Havirov
on Friday. The rally, which had been banned by the local authorities,
lasted for about 30 minutes; the party chair, Tomas Vandas, criticized
the authorities for allegedly oppressing the freedom of speech in the
country. The organizers face a fine for holding the rally despite the
ban.


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Tennis: Kvitova beats Poland's Radwanska at Istanbul to become number
two in WTA rankings
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Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova beat Agniezska Radwanska from Poland
7:6, 6:3 at the WTA Championships in Istanbul on Friday move to her
career-best number two in the world rankings. The 21-year-old Czech was
losing 1:5 in the first set but won four games in a row and took the
set in a tie-break. In the second set, Radwanska failed to convert two
break points and Kvitova wrapped up the match. In the tournament's
semifinals, Petra Kvitova will face Australia's Samantha Stosur.


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Weather
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The weekend will be mostly overcast, with rain and fog in places.
Daytime highs should range between 10 and 14 degrees Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Laureates of Gratias Agit award on the significance of their Czech
heritage
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Every year in October the Czech Republic honours those who have
contributed significantly to promoting the country's good name abroad.
This year, Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg bestowed the annual
Gratias Agit awards on thirteen personalities from around the world to
thank them for their work. On occasion of the country's national
holiday we bring you the thoughts and experiences of three Czechs who
live abroad, but who never severed ties with their homeland and are
proud of their Czech roots and national heritage.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/special/laureates-of-gratias-agit-award-on-the-significance-of-their-czech-heritage


Music of the First Republic
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The independence of Czechoslovakia, which we celebrate each October 28,
was the result of a movement of many decades, and when at least it
came, in 1918, after four hard years of war, the joy must have been
very palpable. There are so few alive today who can remember that
period, but it is certainly not lost to us, and one of the ways we can
relive it is through the music of the day.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/special/music-of-the-first-republic


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