Sunday, February 17, 2013

News 2.17.2013

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News Sunday, February 17th, 2013

By: Daniela Lazarova

* At least two people were killed and a dozen injured in a gas
explosion that demolished a block of flats in Frenstat pod Radhostem on
Sunday.

* There have been fresh protests against the Czech power distributor
CEZ in Bulgaria.

* A runaway 60-metre-long steamboat crashed into one of the pillars of
Prague's Palacky bridge on Sunday morning.

* Companies in Moravia and Silesia have been ordered to scale-down
production amidst worsening air-pollution in the region.

* Many small-town cinema houses may have to close down this year
because they lack the finances to go digital.



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Gas explosion kills two, injures dozen people
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At least two people were killed and a dozen injured in a gas explosion
that demolished a block of flats in Frenstat pod Radhostem in the early
hours of Sunday. The blast completely wrecked the inside of the
building and firemen had to tear down two walls before they could start
sifting through the debris for survivors. Several people are still
unaccounted for, including two children. Police are trying to ascertain
who was in the building at the time of the blast and the local
authorities have established a crisis help line for relatives. It is
not yet clear what caused the explosion.


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Protests against CEZ in Bulgaria
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Massive street protests continued for a second weekend in Bulgaria
where people are demonstrating against what they call excessive
electricity prices set by the Czech power distributor CEZ and the
Austrian energy company EVN. Over 3,000 demonstrators stopped traffic
in the Bulgarian capital Sofia on Sunday chanting "out with the mafia"
and demanding that the country's distribution network be nationalized.
CEZ claims that the higher electricity bills in January reflect higher
consumption over the Christmas holidays and a colder-than-usual winter.
CEZ recently had its license revoked to operate Albania's national grid
after drawn-out disputes over tariffs and unpaid bills.


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Runaway boat smashes into Palacky bridge
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A runaway 60-metre-long steamboat crashed into one of the pillars of
Palacky bridge on Sunday morning. No one was reported hurt in the
accident and the bridge is reported to be undamaged. It appears that
the boat was poorly moored and came loose several hundred meters
upstream. The accident is being investigated.


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Biggest industrial polluters ordered to scale-down production
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Regulatory measures are in place in many parts of Moravia and Silesia
after air-pollution levels exceeded permitted levels more than
three-fold at all monitoring stations in the region for three
consecutive days. The situation is reported to be worst in Ostrava and
Zlin where the concentration of dust particles in the air was four
times higher than normal. The region's biggest industrial polluters
have been ordered to scale-down production and car transport has been
restricted in most city centers. Children, chronically ill people and
seniors have been advised to stay indoors as much as possible.


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ERO audit to be published by end of February
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The head of the Energy Regulatory Office, Alena Vitaskova, who last
week accused her predecessors of having illegally upped the prices of
electricity from solar plants, said the audit on which she based her
claim would be made public by the end of February. The ERO claims to
have found serious irregularities in the purchase prices for solar
power in the 2005-2011 period, which incurred damages to the tune of
tens of billions of crowns. Meanwhile, the head of the Czech
Photovoltaic Industry Association says that the audit on which Ms
Vitaskova based her accusations was doctored and was intended to cover
up the organization's present failings.


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Danish students leave under heightened police scrutiny
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Several busloads of Danish students who spent their spring school-break
in Prague this week left the capital under heightened police scrutiny
over the weekend. The Danish visitors made headlines with several
incidents of alcohol-fuelled violence in hotel rooms and the streets of
Prague. One student was stabbed in his hotel room and two others were
detained after assaulting officers in a brawl started by a group of 15
Danish students on Wenceslas Square. The Danish Embassy has apologized
for the incidents. Two busses which were to have taken the students
back failed to arrive for fear of problems and replacement busses had
to be found. Another 6,000 Danish students are due to arrive in the
Czech capital next week.


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Digitalization threatening many small-town cinema houses
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Many small-town cinema houses in the Czech Republic may have to close
down this year because they lack the finances to go digital. Only 36
percent of Czech cinemas have met this requirement so far, with 155
cinema houses of an overall 426 having started digital projection. The
country's 27 multiplexes all meet the required standard. The Czech
Republic currently has the densest network of cinema houses in Europe.


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Weather
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The coming days should bring clearer skies, with scattered snow or
sleet showers and day temperatures between 1 and - 3 degrees Celsius.




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Jazz bassist Jaromir Honzak plays music of Suzanne Vega
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In this edition of Sunday Music Show, we play Blood Sings, the latest
album by the renowned Czech bass player Jaromir Honzak. The record
contains covers of songs by the American singer-songwriter Suzanne
Vega, and features Norwegian singer Sissel Vera Pettersen.

http://radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/jazz-bassist-jaromir-honzak-plays-music-of-suzanne-vega






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