Sunday, October 14, 2012

News 10.14.2012

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News Sunday, October 14th, 2012

By: Ian Willoughby

* The Czech president has described the outcome of regional and Senate
elections - in which left-wing parties triumphed - as clear and
comprehensible.

* Talks have already begun in some regions about the formation of
regional governments.

* Hackers posted a message on the website of the Communist Party
calling those who had voted for them idiots.

* Scientists in Brno are working on a computer programme that uses
voice analysis to identify some neurological diseases.

* The Czech tennis player Radek Stepanek and his Indian partner Leander
Paes have taken the doubles title at the Shanghai Masters.



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Klaus: Election results clear and comprehensible
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The Czech president, Vaclav Klaus, has described the outcome of
regional and Senate elections as clear, unequivocal and comprehensible,
and said that everybody should draw their own conclusions from them.
The right-of-centre Civic Democrats, who lead the Czech coalition
government, suffered a drubbing in the polls. The Social Democrats came
first in nine out of 13 regions, though they had won in all of them in
2008, and the biggest winners were the Communist Party, who triumphed
in two regions. The Civic Democrats and the Mayors for the Liberec
Region each placed first in one.

The first round of elections was held for one third of the seats in the
Czech Senate. The Social Democrats saw 23 of their members make it into
next weekend's two-candidate runoffs, while the Communists will have 12
in the running and the Civic Democrats 10. If the Social Democrats and
the Communists take 15 of 25 possible mandates they would together have
a constitutional majority.


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Talks underway in some regions about forming governments
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Negotiations have already begun in some regions about the formation of
regional governments, with the Social Democrats likely to lose at least
some of their current 13 governorships. In the Karlovy Vary region the
Communists, who came first, have held talks with the Social Democrats
about forming a coalition, though the issue of who should become
governor has been postponed. While the Civic Democrats triumphed in the
Pilsen region, the current coalition of the Social Democrats and
Communists is likely to continue. In other regions the Christian
Democrats, the Zemanites and regional groupings have a chance of
playing a role in government.


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Hackers call Communist voters idiots on party website
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Following the electoral success of the Communists, hackers saying they
were from the group Anonymous attacked the website of the party's Brno
branch on Saturday. The hackers placed a message on the site calling
those who had voted for the Communists idiots who were not watching
which way the Czech Republic was headed. They said that communism had
halted progress in the country for decades, and that the modern-day
Communist Party was attempting to do likewise.


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Brno scientists working on programme to identify neurological diseases
by voice
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Scientists from the Brno University of Technology are working on a
computer programme that uses voice analysis to identify some
neurological diseases. University spokesperson Jitka Vanyskova told the
Czech News Agency that the software could pick up on whether somebody
had for instance Parkinson's disease, even in its early stages. She
added that voice analysis could be as useful at detecting some diseases
as blood testing is with others.


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Rotating house wins environmental building award
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A house that rotates and follows the sun has received the top prize in
this year's E.ON Energy Globe Awards Czech Republic, which honour
environmentally friendly structures. The building, which is located in
Velke Hamry near Jablonec in north Bohemia, can also retract two metres
into the ground, making it easier to heat in winter, and has a swimming
pool heated by solar panels. It was built by its owner Bohumil Lhota
over a period of around 20 years.


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Stepanek and Paes take Shanghai Masters doubles trophy
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The Czech tennis player Radek Stepanek and his Indian partner Leander
Paes have taken the doubles trophy at the Shanghai Masters. The pair
beat the Indian duo of Mahes Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna 6-7(7) 6-3 10-5
in Sunday's final to give them their third title of the year. Stepanek
and Paes, who has in the past enjoyed success in the mixed doubles with
Czech-born Martina Navratilova, joined forces at the start of this
season.


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Baros makes generous donation to Banik Ostrava
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The former Czech soccer international Milan Baros has made a generous
donation to his first club, Banik Ostrava. The striker, who now plays
for Galatassary in the Turkish league, paid CZK 1,000,000 in an auction
for an Ostrava shirt from the team's league-winning 2003/2004 season,
on the condition that half of the money go directly to the club's
players and half to the club itself, the website of the newspaper Sport
reported. The auction was part of an event marking 90 years since
Banik's foundation. The club, which also struggled to avoid relegation
last season, is currently at the bottom of the Czech top flight.


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Weather
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There should be a good deal of sunshine in the Czech Republic in the
coming days, but some places will see rain. Temperatures are expected
to reach a maximum of 17 degrees Celsius.



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Czech movie hits
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In this week's edition of the Sunday Music Show well be focussing on
music in Czech film - rock and pop hits from the 1960s up to the
Noughties. Everything from more recent films like Rebelove (Rebels) to
family classics like Saxana and S tebou me bavi svet - sure to be fired
up on the DVD or re-watched on TV during the upcoming holiday season.

http://radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/czech-movie-hits






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