Sunday, May 6, 2012

News 5.6.2012

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News Sunday, May 6th, 2012

By: Jan Velinger

* The presidents of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland, meeting on
the second day of a summit in Slovakia, have expressed differences in
their stance on Ukraine.

* Presidential hopeful Premysl Sobotka won his party's opening
primaries on Saturday.

* More than 750 people took part in the Prague Zombie Walk, celebrating
the horror genre founded by American filmmaker George A. Romero.

* London football club Chelsea, together with star Czech goalie Petr
Cech, has won the FA Cup.

* The Czech national hockey team was soundly beaten in its second
outing at the World Ice Hockey Championships, losing 4:1 against Sweden.

Presidents express differences in stance on Ukraine

The presidents of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland, meeting on
the second day of a two-day Visegrad 4 summit in Slovakia's High
Tatras, have expressed differences in their stance on Ukraine regarding
the case of jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. According to
the Czech news agency, all agreed not to boycott this summer's Euro
2012 football championship (jointly-hosted by Ukraine and Poland) but,
for example, Czech President Vaclav Klaus has chosen not to attend an
upcoming summit in Yalta. More than ten statesmen have chosen to
boycott the planned summit in protest over how Ukraine's former prime
minister is being treated behind bars.

Mr Klaus stressed there had been no change in his position, in the past
having asked Ukraine's president, Viktor Yanukovych, for assurances
that Mrs. Tymoshenko's trial was not a political one. Slovakia's
President Ivan Gasparovic and Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski,
however, will attend; Mr. Klaus said he respected their decisions, not
least because their countries, unlike the Czech Republic, both border

Trade union head confirms union reps will not return to negotiating

Trade union representatives will not return to tripartite talks to
discuss planned strike legislation, the head of the independent unions
Bohumir Dufek said in a TV debate programme on Sunday. Union leaders
said last week that they would return to the negotiating table with the
government and employers only when there was a new cabinet or the
current centre-right government put the brakes on planned reforms. The
head of the trade union's umbrella organisation CMKOS, Jaroslav
Zavadil, will reportedly arrive for talks to be held on May 10, but
only to outline the unions' demands.

Representatives are planning on organizing a number of protests -
including a strike. The unions most recently called for the government
to step down following the splintering of its smallest party, Public
Affairs, into a new faction and following the departure of Public
Affairs from government. As a result Prime Minister Petr Necas called a
vote of confidence that the government survived with 105 votes in the
lower house.

Sobotka wins first Civic Democrat primaries

Presidential hopeful Premysl Sobotka won his party's opening primaries
on Saturday, defeating lone party rival Evzen Tosenovsky. The deputy
speaker of the upper house received 404 votes, compared to the Euro
MP's 141 in Pardubice and Hradec Kralove - two of the country's 14
regions. Mr Sobotka said that while the contest in his party to elect a
candidate was just beginning, he had received a boost into the next
stages. The party primaries will continue through June, with the winner
being officially announced on July 1.

Twenty-year-old parachutist killed in jump

A 20-year-old parachutist and foreign national was killed on Saturday
during a jump at an airfield near Plzen, the Czech news agency CTK
reports. The tragedy took place at around 5 pm; according to a police
spokeswoman, the young man fell around 40 or 50 metres. Emergency
workers were unable to resuscitate the jumper, whose injuries were too
extensive. Police are investigating the cause of the accident,
including the possibility that the parachutist somehow became
unfastened from his chute.

Police evict squatters from Cibulka

Police evicted around 20 squatters from well-known Prague ruins of an
estate known as Cibulka in Prague 5 on Sunday morning, a police
spokeswoman has revealed. Officers during the night checked IDs from
among 50 individuals who were allegedly disturbing the peace. Police
also questioned the organiser of a screening at the site which ended at
around 10 pm and was apparently unrelated. The history of Cibulka dates
all the way back to the 14th century, news website CTK pointed out; one
of the squatters evicted admitted Saturday was not the first night she
had spent at the run-down site.

Zombie walk attracts some 760 participants

Organisers had to settle for 762 would-be zombies at this year's Prague
Zombie Walk which took place on Saturday - short of a record 1,000 they
had hoped to gather for a photo in front of Prague's Rudolfinum. The
annual event (inspired by similar happenings in other European as well
as US cities) celebrates a genre founded by American filmmaker George
A. Romero. His films The Night of the Living Dead and the 1978 horror
classic Dawn of the Dead - earned popularity by showing the difficulty
of survival under apocalyptic conditions. The genre has since inspired
numerous comic and TV series (such as The Walking Dead). Zombies in
Prague, as well as some of their 'victims', walked from Mala strana's
Kampa and across Charles Bridge to the Rudolfinum Concert Hall; the day
also saw several additional events including a concert and after party.

Football: Chelsea, goalkeeper Cech, win FA Cup

London football club Chelsea, together with star Czech goalie Petr
Cech, won the FA Cup on Saturday, defeating rivals Liverpool by a score
of 2-1. It is the fourth time in six years that Chelsea clinched the
championship and this year has marked a remarkable turn-around for the
team, which has struggled to otherwise remain among the top five or so
teams in the English Premier League. Later in May, the club will play
Bayern Munich in the final of the Champions League.

Hockey: national squad loses 4:1 against Sweden

The Czech national hockey team was soundly beaten in its second outing
at the World Ice Hockey Championships. The Czechs were downed 4:1 by
Sweden, with the Swedes winning each period. The Czechs were only able
to get on the scoreboard in the 3rd. After the final whistle, Czech
forward David Krejci shrugged off the loss saying that the team had
gelled better than in the opener, indicating it still had a chance to
go far. 'Powerhouse' Sweden, meanwhile, is being regarded as one of the
tournament favourites.


Overcast and rainy conditions are expected into the new week: daytime
temperatures on Monday should reach highs of around 15 degrees Celsius.

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