Sunday, December 9, 2012

News 12.9.2012

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News Sunday, December 9th, 2012

By: Ian Willoughby

* Four deaths have been registered in connection with the weekend's
sub-zero temperatures.

* Prague is set to boost services for the homeless by the year 2020,
under a new plan.

* A tapestry dedicated to Vaclav Havel was unveiled at Prague's
recently renamed Vaclav Havel Airport on Sunday.

* The chairman of the Czech FA has asked for help from UEFA in
connection with alleged corruption in the domestic top flight.

Sub-zero temperatures lead to four deaths over weekend

Four deaths have been registered in connection with the weekend's
sub-zero temperatures. Two men and one woman died from suspected
hypothermia in different parts of the country on Friday night, when
record low temperatures were seen in several places. Another person
died on Saturday night. Three of the deceased were believed to have
been from the homeless community, the most at risk section of society
in such weather. Shelters in various parts of the country reported
being filled to capacity. One, in the form of a boat on the River
Vltava in Prague, housed over 160 people on Saturday night.

Prague to improve services for homeless with numbers projected to
triple within seven years

In related news, Prague is set to increase the capacity of shelters and
drop-in centres for the homeless by the year 2020, the Czech News
Agency reported. The city authorities will also put more effort into
resocialising the homeless, invest in social and starter flats and
expand field programmes, under a new plan due to be discussed by the
city council in the coming weeks. Around 4,000 people currently live on
the streets of the Czech capital, though that number is projected to
increase to as many as 13,000 within seven years, according to the
authors of the plan. Tapestry tribute to Vaclav Havel unveiled at

A large tapestry dedicated to the late former president Vaclav Havel
was unveiled at Prague's recently renamed Vaclav Havel Airport on
Sunday. The French-made tapestry is based on a painting created by the
award-winning Czech-born artist Petr Sis and originally published in
the newspaper Hospodarske noviny on the day of Mr. Havel's funeral last
December. The work was the idea of the organisation Art for Amnesty and
has been funded by a group of admirer's of Czechoslovakia's first
post-Communist president, including rock stars such as Sting and
members of U2.

Survey: Average Czech family to spend around USD 200 on Christmas
dinner and decorations

The average Czech family are planning to spend around CZK 4,000 (around
USD 200) on their Christmas dinner and tree, according to survey
conducted by the STEM/MARK agency for the company Home Credit. Three
quarters of respondents said they were planning to have a traditional
Czech Christmas, spending the festive season with their families and
eating carp on the evening of December 24. Over 80 percent of those
polled said they planned to buy presents in traditional shops, though
an analyst for Home Credit said a surprising number of the over 60s
were making purchases online this year.

Suicide trio met on internet

Three people who committed suicide together at Roblin near Prague at
the end of November met on the internet. Police were baffled when two
men, of 39 and 27, and a woman of 37 from different corners of the
Czech Republic were found dead in a car in the town. A police
spokesperson said on Saturday that it had been ascertained that the
three had met on an internet chat site; they had all been depressed for
some time and agreed that while they did not want to go on living they
could not face committing suicide on their own.

Festival of open cellars held in Brno

The first ever two-day "festival of open cellars" was held in Brno at
the weekend. Underground spaces at around 30 spots in the Czech
Republic's second city have been opened to the public for the weekend,
including the casemate at the Spilberk Castle, cellars beneath medieval
arches, basement wine bars and restaurants and a number of spots not
normally accessible to the public.

Czech FA chief requests UEFA help over "pressure" from Plzen

The chairman of the Czech Football Association, Miroslav Pelta, has
asked for help from European soccer's governing body UEFA in connection
with a case of alleged corruption. Mr. Pelta said on a television
debate programme on Sunday that he had requested the intervention of
UEFA because of the behaviour of Tomas Paclik, the owner of Viktoria
Plzen, who have been accused of corrupt practices by the owner of
Sparta Prague Daniel Kretinsky and a former referee, who said he had
been paid to influence a game in Plzen's favour. The Czech FA chief
said Mr. Paclik's method of communication had exceeded the boundaries
of good ethics and that he felt under great pressure. Plzen, who led
the Czech league going into the winter break, strenuously deny any


It should be quite sunny over the next couple of days, with
temperatures set to reach a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius.

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Czech bluegrass band Druha Trava live at Telc summer festival

The Czech bluegrass band Druha trava has just released a new album
Telc. One part of the album captures the band's concert at a summer
festival in the town of Telc last year, the other - coming out in a
limited edition - contains songs Druha Trava's recorded live with their
friends and collaborators including Peter Rowan and Charlie McCoy.

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