Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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News Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

By: Sarah Borufka

* Former prime minister Jan Fischer and the economist Jan Svejnar are
the two top contenders for the post of president in the next elections,
according to a fresh poll by the Median agency.

* Following a long battle with illness, the actor Michal Pesek died at
the age of 53 on Monday.

* Director Tomas Lunak was awarded the prestigious main prize at the
11th AniFest in the South Bohemian Trebon.

* Czech President Vaclav Klaus and Prime Minister Petr Necas marked the
67th anniversary of the end of WWII at a commemorative ceremony on

Czech political figures commemorate holiday marking end of World War II

President Vaclav Klaus and Prime Minister Petr Necas, along with
Cardinal Dominik Duka and military officials, on Tuesday celebrated the
67th anniversary of the end of World War II at Prague's Vitkov
memorial. A ceremony was held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The
national anthem was followed by a minute of silence and a three-gun
salute. The president as well as war veterans laid down wreaths at the
memorial. Dozens of Prague residents were in attendance. Across the
capital and in several other cities, similar commemorative events
marking the national holiday are taking place.

President appoints three new generals

In related news, President Vaclav Klaus on Tuesday appointed three new
generals on Tuesday. Among them are major general Petr Pavel, who is
the new general lieutenant. Media have been speculating that he may
become the army's future chief of staff. In his speech, Mr Klaus said
that during his time in office, he named 108 new generals, 95 of whom
were soldiers. He also commented on cuts to the military budget in
recent years.

Median poll: Jan Fischer and Jan Svejnar top candidates for
presidential post

According to a fresh poll by the Median agency, former prime minister
Jan Fischer as well as the economist Jan Svejnar are the two most
likely contenders for the post of president in next year's first-ever
direct presidential elections. Fischer was the top pick for about a
third of respondents, while 17.5 percent of those polled said they
would give their vote to Svejnar. Former prime minister Milos Zeman
came in third with 11 percent; Karel Schwarzenberg, the current foreign
minister and head of the TOP 09 party, was fourth in the poll. Some 70
percent of Czechs responded that they would go vote in the presidential

Actor Michal Pesek dies at age 53

The actor Michal Pesek died at the age of 53 in the Netherlands on
Monday. Pesek had been suffering from illness for a long time. He
played in numerous TV series, such as Zkousky z dospelosti and was a
member of Prague's Vinohrady Theater until 1990. After his acting
career, Pesek was active in business and politics. He was a deputy for
the Civic Forum, which was established during the Velvet Revolution.
Later, he owned a rock club and an advertising agency. He was born in
Prague in 1959. His funeral is set to take place in the Czech capital
on May 15.

Director Tomas Lunak takes main prize at AniFest 2012

For his animated movie Alois Nebel, Czech director Tomas Lunak was
awarded the prestigious main prize at the 11th AniFest in the South
Bohemian Trebon, a showcase of animated film. Lunak's film is based on
Jaroslav Rudis's eponymous graphic novel. Some 280 films were shown at
this year's edition of the festival, which features international
submissions in the animation genre. Among the other winners were the
French film Picture in the category children's movie and the
Belgian-French submission Ach, Willy in the shorts competition. The
legendary Czech animator Zdenek Miler, father of the famous Czech
cartoon mole, was given a posthumous prize for his lifetime achievement
at the opening of the festival on Thursday. This year's edition of
AniFest drew nearly 20,000 visitors.

Long-term medical problems reported by a fifth of working age Czechs

About a fifth of working age Czechs reported long-term medical problems
last year. According to information from people aged 15 to 64 let
analysed by the Czech Statistics Office, complaints most frequently
involved back, muscular system, heart and circulation problems. The
office's calculations suggest that more than 1.34 million Czechs may
have health problems lasting longer than one year. About 20% of female
respondents cited health problems compared to some 17% of men. While
such long-term problems were reported by every fifteenth just under 30
years of age, that statistic rose to every ninth person 10 years older.
People aged 25 to 29 were most likely to complain of long-lasting
depression or psychological problems.

Czech Republic beat Norway 4:3 at World Ice Hockey Championships

The Czech Republic beat Norway 4:3 at the World Ice Hockey
Championships on Monday night. After a penalty-riddled first period,
Ales Hemsky scored two goals, including the shoot-out winner. Two other
goals came from David Krejci and Michal Frolik. The shoot-out in the
Czech Republic vs. Norway game was the first of the 2012 IIHF. On
Thursday, the Czech Republic faces Latvia.

Two killed in car accidents on public holiday

A 30-year old man became the victim of a traffic accident near the
South Bohemian town of Pisek on Tuesday. He was in a car with a
28-year-old driver who crashed into a tree. The driver survived the
accident. According to a police spokeswoman, he was under the influence
of alcohol. Another man was killed on a road connecting the South
Bohemian city of Ceske Budejovice with the municipality Dubna. He was
crossing the road on foot when he was hit by a car. The man was already
dead when paramedics arrived at the site of the accident.


The coming days bring partly cloudy conditions with rain showers in
places. Daytime highs are expected to reach up to 15o Celsius.

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Jerri Zbiral: finding a new path to Lidice

Anniversaries give us the chance to think again about the meaning of
events and their relevance today. Next month it will be exactly 70
years since the destruction by the Nazis of the Czech village of Lidice
in June 1942. The facts and figures are well known, and even in the
shadow of huge numbers later killed in the Holocaust, still remain
shocking: 340 people were murdered, including 88 children and all but
two of the men of the village. They were killed systematically and in
cold blood in a calculated attempt by the SS to prevent Czech
insurgency. The extent to which Lidice later became a tool of communist
propaganda, using rhetoric that equated Nazi Germany with the "West",
is also well known, and for many Czechs, the memory of Lidice still
remains tainted by this legacy. So what can Lidice mean to us today,
now that all but a handful of the survivors are no longer with us and
with memories of both Nazism and Communism fading? David Vaughan brings
us a special programme.


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