Friday, July 6, 2012

News 7.6.2012

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News Friday, July 6th, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* Dozens of people were rescued from their homes flooded by heavy rain.

* Police keep up search for newborn girl kidnapped in Usti nad Labem on
Wednesday.

* Czechs commemorate the execution of the mediaeval church reformer Jan
Hus.

* A piece of Jan Hus' robe was found in Colmar, German scholars say.

* Actor Josef Sommer has received an award for life-time contribution
to Czech cinema at the Karlovy Vary film festival.



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Dozens evacuated in wake of storms
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Fire fighters rescued 39 people from homes flooded by heavy rain on
Thursday night and saved 30 lives across the country, a spokeswoman for
the service said. Storms with rain and strong winds hit the Czech
Republic on Thursday; hundreds of homes have been left without power in
many parts of Bohemia. Firefighters responded nearly 850 times during
the night, five times the usual number of operations. The storms also
disrupted traffic in several parts of the Czech Republic, mainly in
northern and southern Bohemia and in the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands.
The storm also disrupted one of the country's biggest music festivals,
Rock for People in Hradec Kralove in eastern Bohemia.


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Police keep up search for kidnapped newborn
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Czech police continue their search for a newborn baby who was kidnapped
in Usti nad Labem, in the north of the country, on Wednesday. The
police said a man who spoke with a strong German accent snatched the
baby from her carriage, took her into his car and drove off towards the
German border. The investigators asked German police for cooperation,
and on Friday, they again searched the surroundings of the motorway
connecting Usti with the German border. They are also reviewing camera
records from the Czech and German part of the motorway.


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Czechs mark Jan Hus anniversary
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July 6 is a Czech public holiday commemorating the execution of the
mediaeval church reformer Jan Hus who was burnt at the stake for heresy
in 1415. Dozens of people gathers in Prague's Wenceslas Square to mark
the anniversary, and to protests against the current government. At a
service in Prague, the Czechoslovak Hussite Church, which acknowledges
Jan Hus as its predecessor, has declared the tree years before the
600th anniversary "the Hussite Triennium" to highlight Hus'
significance. Religious services were also held at Jan Hus' birthplace
in Husinec, in southern Bohemia.


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German scholars find piece of Jan Hus' robe
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Curators at the Badisches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe on Friday presented
a piece of textile which they say was a piece of Jan Hus' robe, the DPA
news agency reported. The museum said the piece was found in the
collections of the Musee d'Unterlinden in the French city of Colmar by
its researches working on a major exhibition dedicated to the Council
of Constance (1414-1418) where Hus was condemned as heretic. The
researches said the find proves that Hus was worshiped soon after his
death at the stake in 1415.


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Finance minister complains about allegations
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Czech Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek, from the TOP 09 party, has
filed a complaint to the security forces inspection authority, GIBS,
over allegations he exerted pressure over the police investigator of
the CASA aircraft deal. The police are investigating Mr Kalousek's
party colleague and former defence minister Vlasta Parkanova for her
role in the 3.6 billion crown deal, sealed in 2009, which the police
say was overpriced. Last week, a media report accused Mr Kalousek of
trying to influence the investigation, quoting a record the phone call
between the finance minister and the investigator. Mr Kalousek has
denied the accusations, and said those responsible for leaking the
document should be found out.


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Sokol festival concludes in Prague
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The 15th Sokol athletic festival concluded with synchronized mass
exercises to music performed by 14,000 people at Prague's Eden stadium
on Wednesday. Some 20,000 members of the Sokol movement attended the
week-long event which included exercises, public stage performances and
a march through the capital. The Sokol sports movement, once an
important nationalist organization, marks the 150th anniversary of its
founding. Some 2,000 Czech expats arrived in Prague for the festival,
held every six years.


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Actor Josef Sommer honoured at Karlovy Vary film festival
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Czech actor Josef Sommer received an award for his contribution to
Czech cinema at the Karlovy Vary film festival on Sunday. The
festival's president, Jiri Bartoska, handed the popular 88-year-old the
award ahead of a screening of the 1969 film the Joke, based on the
novel of Milan Kundera in which Josef Sommer played the lead role. The
47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival continues in the west
Bohemian spa town until Sunday.


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Weather
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The weekend will be mostly overcast with chances of showers and storms.
Daytime highs should range between 24 and 28 degrees Celsius.



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Pianist Rudolf Firkusny as remembered by his students
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This special programme is dedicated to one of the world's foremost 20th
century pianists Rudolf Firkusny. This year music lovers around the
country are celebrating the centenary of the birth of one of its most
famous sons -a virtuoso par excellence who was moreover one of the last
direct personal links to some of the country's greats - Leos Janacek,
Bohuslav Martinu, Josef Suk, Alfons Mucha but also president Tomas
Garrigue Masaryk.

http://radio.cz/en/section/special/pianist-rudolf-firkusny-as-remembered-by-his-students






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