Sunday, February 3, 2013

News 2.3.2013

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News Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

By: Jan Velinger

* President-elect Milos Zeman has said in an interview that the EU flag
will fly at Prague Castle.

* Mid-level flood alerts remain in effect on two rivers in the region
of South Bohemia.

* The highly-respected jazz guitarist Rudolf Dasek died at the age of

* The nominations for the 20th inception of Cesky lev, the Czech Lion
national film awards, were revealed on Saturday.

* The Czech Republic has defeated Switzerland in their best-of-five
match-up to advance to the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup.

EU flag to fly at Prague Castle

The president-elect, Milos Zeman, has told the Czech daily Pravo that
the flag of the European Union will fly at Prague Castle after he
assumes office. Mr Zeman told the newspaper that he would invite
European Commission President Jose Barroso to attend a special ceremony
during which the EU flag would be raised. The step is a departure from
that of Mr Zeman's predecessor Vaclav Klaus, a well-known critic of the
EU, who refused such a move.

In the interview, the president-elect also told Pravo that he would
transfer the agenda of presidential pardons to the Justice Ministry;
ahead of the elections, Mr Zeman maintained that he would never declare
an amnesty, a reaction - at least in part - to one declared in January
by Mr Klaus. The New Years Day amnesty controversially halted, or
threatens to halt, a number of major corruption and economic crime

Mid-level flood alerts in effect on two rivers in southern Bohemia.

Mid-level flood alerts are in effect on two rivers in southern Bohemia,
the Luznice and Nezarka. The Luznice River rose most markedly in the
area of Bechyne and Klenovice, while the Nezarka rose most at the
village of Hamr near Sobeslav. Officials the Hydrometeorological
Institute in Ceske Budejovice said, all the same, that water levels
were gradually receding in the region. Lower-level warnings are in
place on a number of other rivers.

Thirty-year-old skier seriously injured at Kliny

A 30-year-old skier suffered serious injury on a ski hill near Most on
Sunday afternoon after apparently losing control on a jump on a
specialized trail. No witnesses saw the accident but the skier was
found unconscious below. According to officials, the skier suffered
serious trauma to his head, made worse by the fact he had not worn a
helmet. Specialists called skiing without a helmet extremely hazardous,
explaining that although trails could be covered with fresh powder, the
snow beneath was hard-packed and a hard surface for falls.

Jazz guitarist Rudolf Dasek dies at 79

Darina Hajkova, the daughter of highly-respected jazz guitarist Rudolf
Dasek, has revealed that her father died on January 31 at the age of
79. Ms Hajkova told the Czech news agency that a service in his memory
will held on February 7 in Prague. As a musician, Mr Dasek often teamed
up with well-known flutist Jiri Stivin; music critic Antonin Matzner
told CTK that the duo of Stivin and Dasek was the best export item from
1970s Czechoslovakia, adding that Mr Dasek was considered the best jazz
guitarist in Europe at the time.

Film award nominees announced

Nominations for the 20th inception of Cesky lev, the Czech Lion
national film awards, were announced at Prague's Lucerna cinema on
Saturday night. The event, which will be shown live on public
broadcaster Czech Television, preceded the actual awards ceremony,
which takes place in exactly a month's time. Members of the Czech
Academy of Film and Television chose from among 30 feature films and 15
documentaries that premiered in 2012. Director Bohdan Slama's film
Ctyri slunce (Four Suns) received the most nominations - 12 - including
best picture. The four films other nominated for best film are Odpad
mesto smrt, Okresni prebor, Polski film and Ve stinu.

Tennis: Berdych sees Czechs through to next round of Davis Cup...

The Czech Republic has defeated Switzerland in their-best-of-five
match-up to advance to the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup. Tennis
player Tomas Berdych secured the decisive third point against the Swiss
team by downing opponent Stanislaw Wawrinka on Sunday afternoon. The
match saw four sets played; the final score was 6:3, 6:4, 3:6, 7:6. The
final singles match of the day, pitting Lukas Rosol against Henri
Laaksonen, will have no influence on the outcome.

... after earlier triumph in seven-hour thriller

In related news, a day earlier Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol won the
longest match in Davis Cup history to give the Czech Republic 2-1 edge
over Switzerland. The doubles match against opponents Stanislas
Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli took a record 7 hours and two minutes;
the deciding fifth set alone took 215 minutes. The final score was 6:4,
5:7, 6:4, 6:7, 24:22. The previous longest Davis Cup match dates back
to 1982 and lasted 6 hours and 22 minutes: John McEnroe defeated
Sweden's Mats Wilander. Berdych and Wawinka return to the court at noon
Sunday in the reverse-singles. The final match will pit Rosol against
Henri Laaksonen.


Cloudy conditions with a chance of rain are expected at the beginning
of the week; daytime temperatures on Monday should reach highs of
around 5 degrees Celsius.

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Composer and pianist Hana Robinson

In this edition of the Sunday Music Show we talk to the talented young
singer, composer and pianist Hana Robinson, who studied at the Berklee
College of Music and launched a successful musical career in the Czech
Republic. In the show you we discuss learning piano in childhood,
sport, her stay in the US and being diagnosed several years ago with MS
and how that changed her life.

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