Sunday, January 22, 2012

News 1.22.2012

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News Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

By: Daniela Lazarova

* Railway transport in the north of the country was disrupted for most
of Sunday morning after a train hit a fallen tree and derailed.

* Prague's Masaryk Railway Station was closed for over two hours on
Sunday due to a hoax bomb threat.

* Two Czech artists are creating a heart-shaped wax sculpture in honour
of the late president Vaclav Havel.

* The Vietnamese minority in the Czech Republic is celebrating the
arrival of the Lunar New Year -the Year of the Dragon.

* Tomas Berdych was booed off Hisense Arena on Sunday after a bad
tempered fourth-round victory over Nicolas Almagro at the Australian
Open.

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Rail transport disrupted due to bad weather
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Railway transport in the north of the country was disrupted for most of
Sunday morning after a train hit a fallen tree and derailed. No one was
reported hurt in the incident. Czech Railways said train traffic
between Liberec and Pardubice was fully restored by 11 am. The line
between Zelezny Brod and Harrachov, was also closed for several hours
as maintenance workers cleared fallen trees from the tracks. Czech
Railways secured a replacement bus service for passengers.


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Police evacuate Masaryk Railway Station after receiving bomb threat
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Prague's Masaryk Railway Station was closed for over two hours on
Sunday due to a hoax bomb threat. Police evacuated the premises shortly
after mid-day and explosives experts with sniffer dogs searched the
grounds. Ten trains were delayed in consequence. Police are now
searching for the hoax caller.


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Artists making heart for Vaclav Havel
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Two Czech artists - Roman Svejda and Lukas Gavlovsky - are creating a
heart-shaped wax sculpture in honour of the late president Vaclav
Havel. The sculpture is being made from the thousands of candles that
people lit in Vaclav Havel's memory on the city's main square. The
sculpture is being made at the Trafacka cultural centre and many people
have voluntarily turned up to help the artists. A heart is considered
to be symbolic of the late president since he often added a small heart
to his signature to illustrate his life-long motto "Truth and love must
prevail over lies and hatred."


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Vietnamese minority celebrates Year of the Dragon
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The Vietnamese minority in the Czech Republic is celebrating the
arrival of the Lunar New Year -the Year of the Dragon. The arrival of
the New Year is traditionally celebrated as a family holiday in the
privacy of people's homes or Vietnamese restaurants. New Year's Eve
celebrations took place at the SAPA Vietnamese open air market in
Prague on Saturday. With a population of over 17,000 the Vietnamese
community is the country's third largest minority.


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Many Czech cinemas threatened with closure
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Dozens of Czech cinemas may have to close down in 2013 because they are
not ready for digitalization. As of 2013 films for cinema screenings
will only be available in digital format and according to the Czech
Statistical Office only a quarter of the country's 470 cinemas are
equipped with the respective technology. Many cinemas in the smaller
towns and cities have not been modernized for financial reasons.


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Police investigating brutal murder in Ceska Lipa
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Police are questioning a 26-year-old man who on Saturday brutally
murdered his mother and grandmother. The incident happened in a housing
condominium in the town of Ceska Lipa. Despite the fast arrival of
emergency services both women, aged 60 and 80, succumbed to their
injuries. Both had multiple knife wounds and were bleeding severely.
The motive remains unclear.


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Berdych booed off Hisense Arena after victory over Almagro
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Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych was booed off Hisense Arena on Sunday
after a bad tempered fourth-round victory over Nicolas Almagro at the
Australian Open. Berdych refused to shake hands with the Spaniard after
he won the match 4-6 7-6 7-6 7-6 and set up a quarter-final with Rafa
Nadal because he felt the 10th-seeded Almagro had deliberately blasted
a return at his head during the fourth set.


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Weather:
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The start of the week should bring mostly overcast skies with rain or
snow showers and day temperatures hovering at just above 0.


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