Sunday, February 5, 2012

News 2.5.2012

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News Sunday, February 5th, 2012

By: Christian Falvey

* Prime Minster Petr Necas and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg
will meet on Tuesday to discuss the planned European fiscal agreement.

* Vaclav Havel's film Leaving has been nominated for 12 Czech Lion
awards.

* A writ of execution has again been filed on Prague City property due
to a late payment.

* Some 300 Czech patients have received low-quality hip-joint implants.

* Petra Kvitova has advanced the Czech women's team into the semi-final
of the Fed Cup.

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Necas and Schwarzenberg to discuss EU pact on Tuesday
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Prime Minster Petr Necas and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg will
meet on Tuesday to discuss the planned European fiscal agreement. The
two party heads have been sharply at odds in recent weeks over the PM's
resistance toward the agreement, which is aimed at establishing tighter
fiscal discipline across the EU and was signed by all member states
except the Czech Republic and the UK. Mr Schwarzenberg strongly
rejected the Prime Minister's statement that the pact is not in the
Czech Republic's interests and has previously said he would not be part
of any government that moved the country away from the EU mainstream.


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Havel's Leaving nominated for 12 Czech Lions
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Vaclav Havel's film Leaving has been nominated for 12 Czech Lion
awards. The semi-autobiographical adaptation of a play of the same name
by the late president was his first and only foray into filmmaking,
something he had long wanted to do. Despite nominations in every
possible category, Leaving received lacklustre reviews upon release.
Another directorial debut by Zdenek Jirasek, Poupata, was nominated for
ten awards. Nevinnost by Jan Hrebejk and Alois Nebel by Tomas Lunak
were each nominated in eight categories.


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Prague faces property seizure again
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A writ of execution has again been filed on Prague City property due to
a late payment of less than 15,000 crowns. Use of the property has not
been limited, as the city paid the sum, which arose from a legal
dispute, on the day the writ was issued. Prague faced a similar
freezing of assets three weeks ago, in which case the use of property
was restricted due to an unpaid sum of 163 thousand crowns.


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Hundreds received faulty hip-joint implants
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Some 300 Czech patients have received low-quality hip-joint implants,
the manufacturer Depuy has announced. The Johnson & Johnson subsidiary
says the full implants have decreased durability and may release heavy
metals such as cobalt. Some recipients have suffered medical problems
requiring further treatment, the company told Czech Television.
Patients with the implants will undergo blood tests and more frequent
check-ups; doctors say replacement operations are not necessarily
needed.


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Demonstration outside Syrian embassy in Prague
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Several dozen people demonstrated outside the Syrian embassy in Prague
on Sunday. The event was called by the Free Syria Initiative, which
wants to draw attention to the long-running violence in the country and
support the popular democratic movement. Similar gatherings have been
taking place in recent days at Syrian embassies around the world. The
Prague embassy's website was also attacked by hackers on Sunday.


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Record number of personal bankruptcies
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Nearly 1,300 people filed for personal bankruptcy in January. According
to an analysis conducted by the Czech Credit Bureau for the Czech Press
Agency, the figure marks a 43% increase compared to January of 2011 and
is the largest number of cases since it became possible to declare
personal bankruptcy in January of 2008. The highest number of
bankruptcies was filed in the region of Usti nad Labem, which accounted
for 13% of cases.


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Petra Kvitova advances the Czech team to Fed Cup semi-final
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Petra Kvitova advanced the Czech women's team into the semi-final of
the Fed Cup with a win over Sabine Lisicki in Stuttgart on Sunday, 6:7,
6:4, 6:1. The victory was the latest in a 27 match winning streak
indoors for Kvitova, who is currently ranked world no. 2. It was also
the sixth win for the Czechs out of seven matches against Germany. The
Czech title-holders now have an unsurpassable 3:0 lead over Germany and
will next play Ukraine or Italy in the semi-finals at home on April
21-22.


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Weather
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Conditions over the weekend are expected to be clear and sunny with
daytime highs dropping to -12o Celsius and night-time lows to around
-20o. Temperatures in higher altitudes could drop to -40o.

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Moravian folk fusion band Hradistan and Jiri Pavlica
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Hradistan is one of the country's most respected interprets of folk
music. The band started as a folk music ensemble in the south Moravian
town of Uherske Hradiste - hence the name - in the 1950s but its rise
to popularity and critical acclaim began when Jiri Pavlica became the
band's leader, or primas, in the 1970s.

http://radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/moravian-folk-fusion-band-hradistan-and-jiri-pavlica-1


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