Sunday, April 28, 2013

News 4.28.2013

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News Sunday, April 28th, 2013

By: Jan Richter

* President Zeman will respect the government's foreign policy, his
aide has said.

* The Czech Constitutional Court might deliver a verdict on the
restitution of church property within the next two months, according to
the court's chairman.

* The website of the state secondary school-leaving exams has come
under a hacking attack, four days before the exams are scheduled.

* Czech tennis player Lukas Rosol has won his first ATP title in
Bucharest.

* The Czech national team lost 1:2 to Russia, failing to defend last
year's Euro Hockey Tour title.



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President Zeman will respect government's foreign policy: aide
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President Milos Zeman will respect the government's foreign policy,
according to the head of the presidential office's foreign department,
Hynek Kmonicek. The president will however pick some topics which he
would like to focus on such as support for Czech exports, Mr Kmonicek
said. Mr Zeman's aide for foreign policy also said negotiations were
taking place between the president's office and the Czech Foreign
Ministry about the appointments of several ambassadors, an issue which
caused a major row between the president and the foreign minister,
Karel Scharzenberg. While Mr Kmonicek said he believed a compromise
could soon be found, Mr Schwarzenberg said on Saturday there was no
resolution in sight.


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Top court to reach verdict on church restitution within two months
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The Czech Constitutional Court might deliver a verdict on the
restitution of church property within the next two months, the court's
chief justice, Pavel Rychetsky told Czech TV on Sunday. Under the deal,
approved last year, 16 churches and religious societies including the
Roman Catholic Church will get back part of the property confiscated by
the communist regime along with financial compensation for the rest,
amounting to 134 billion crowns. However, the opposition, which says
some of the property did not in fact belong to the churches, has asked
the Constitutional Court to review the restitution deal.


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Exams website comes under hacking attack
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The official website of the Czech Republic's state secondary
school-leaving exams has come under a hacking attack, four days before
the exams are scheduled, the government agency responsible for the
exams said. The attack, described as DDoS, has prevented students from
accessing trial test available on the website, the agency said, adding
it was impossible to say when the website would be functioning again.


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Storms, rain cause damages
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Storms and heavy rain that hit the Czech Republic on Saturday night
caused minor damages in parts of the country. Fire fighters in the
western Plzen region cleared fallen tress and mud off several roads. In
Central Bohemia, local flooding occurred in the community of Bohutin.
Heavy rain also hit the southern and eastern regions of the Czech
Republic.


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Television's TyTy awards handed out
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Television's TyTy awards for the most popular TV personalities were
handed out in Prague on Saturday night. Investigative reporter Josef
Klima received the highest number of votes, and became the overall
winner. TV Prima's Particka was voted the most popular comedy show
while Czech TV's Vypravej won the award for the most popular series.
Karel Gott and Lucie Vondrackova won the categories of male and female
signers, while actor Lubomir Lipsky, who last week celebrated his 90th
birthday, was inducted into TV's hall of fame.


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Tennis: Rosol claims first ATP title in Bucharest
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Czech tennis player Lukas Rosol beat Spain's 6-3, 6-2 in the final of
an ATP tournament in Bucharest on Sunday, to claim the first title of
his career. Rosol converted four of his nine break points to win the
match in just over an hour. The 27-year-old player, who knocked out
world number two Rafael Nadal at last year's Wimbledon, is currently
ranked 48th in the world.


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Czechs lose to Russia in EHT's final leg
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The Czech national hockey team lost 1:2 to Russia on Saturday in the
final leg of the Euro Hockey Tour, to finish second overall. The Czechs
missed several good opportunities to score and did poorly in power
plays. The game was the Czech team's last ahead of the world
championships which start in Helsinki and Stockholm.


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Weather
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The start of the week will be mostly overcast, with rain in places and
daytime highs ranging between 13 and 17 degrees Celsius.




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Rockers Schodiste mark 30 years on stage
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The Prague-based rock band Schodiste, formerly known as Nahoru po
schodisti dolu band, this year marks 30 years on stage. Founded at the
height of the new wave, the band with its original sound and
melancholic lyrics, somewhat undermined by their irony and sarcasm, has
evolved into a steady fixture of the Czech rock scene.

http://radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/rockers-schodiste-mark-30-years-on-stage






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