Paul Newman – A Prominent American of Slovak Descent (Paul Newman – Vyznacny American se Slovenskym Puvodem)

29 09 2008

After a long battle with lung cancer, Paul Leonard Newman, has died at age 83 on Friday (September 26th, 2008). Even though he was born in Cleveland, Ohio (January 26th, 1925), his roots were partially in Slovakia. Paul Newman was an actor, film director, but also entrepreneur. He also loved auto racing and was a supporter of liberal activities. He will be missed for his philanthropy and deeds during his life.

 

Newman’s mother Theresa (Terezia Feckova) came from a small village in Humenne District of today’s Slovakia. She was catholic and his father, Arthur, was Jewish but Newman had described himself as Jewish as well. His mother worked in his father’s sporting goods store while taking care of Paul and his brother Arthur.

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Czech Events Abroad (USA, Canada, UK, and more) – October 08 (Ceske Akce v Zahranici – Rijen 08)

28 09 2008

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We update our Events regularly; thus, for more recent updates, go to our page “Events (Akce)” or CLICK HERE.

Pro informace v CESTINE, kontaktujte CzechFolks (e-mail nebo komentar dole).

NOTE: Our Meetup Schedules are listed below. For more details about Czech Meetups CLICK HERE.

 

Concerts:

Jaromir Nohavica – details in October Schedule below

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Another Czech Movie Selected for Oscar Nomination (Dalsi Cesky Film Vybran na Nominaci na Oscara)

26 09 2008

During the communist regime, many great Czechoslovak movies were isolated from the rest of the world or were destroyed. Today, Czech filmmakers have freedom to create their work of art without being afraid of censorship. Czech movies are viewed around the world receiving admirations and prizes. The new movie, called The Karamazovs, was selected by the Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA) for the best non-English speaking film.

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Oh No – Four More Czech National Anthems! (Jejda – Dalsi Ctyri Ceske Narodni Hymny!)

25 09 2008

Clanek v CESTINE dole.

A couple of days ago I introduced to you a new Czech national anthem composed by Varhan O. Bauer. Little did I know there will be more of them created for other official Czech holidays. Why is there so much interest in remaking our anthem? Can we even do that?

 

The new initiative of the Czech Prime Minister, Miroslav Topolanek, led to four new arrangements of the Czech national anthem. The public airing, according to Mlada Fronta Dnes, will be on Sunday, September 28th, to celebrate the national holiday of Czech Statehood. Topolanek also declared that these new versions of the national anthem were performed by the orchestra of the National Theatre in Prague conducted by Jiri Belohlavek.

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The US Radar Base Talks Bring CZ Tank Back Home (Diskuze o US Radarove Zakladne Prinasi Cesky Tank Zpet Domu)

25 09 2008

Between the two world wars, Czechoslovakia was one of the Europe’s most industrialized countries and one of the world’s biggest arms producers. The LT-35 light tank was the most cutting-edge weapon in its category. It was admired by Nazis during World War II and also by Americans after the war. Now, it is coming back to the Czech Republic from the United States thanks to the Czech Defense Minister Vlasta Parkanova, who negotiated its transport within the framework of US radar-base talks in the United States in July.

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A New Czech National Anthem Could Be Emerging Soon (Nova Ceska Narodni Hymna?)

23 09 2008

Clanek v CESTINE dole.

The national Czech anthem was composed over 170 years ago by Frantisek Skroup as the opening scene of a patriotic opera called Fidlovacka. The opera was written by Josef Kajetan Tyl at a time where Czechs were only a small ethnic minority within the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The anthem is known to every Czech living at home or abroad as a festive patriotic piece. But to the Czech conductor and composer Varhan Orchestrovic Bauer it is envisioned as a melancholic and sad folk song that needs a makeover.

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Green Cards in the Czech Republic (Zelene Karty v Cechach)

23 09 2008

Clanek v CESTINE dole.

On Friday, Sept 19th 2008, the Czech Senate approved a bill amendment that would make it easier to attract qualified staff from abroad to the Czech Republic. This movement is expected to bolster the Czech Republic’s supply of skilled workers from outside the European Union. If the amendment is signed by the president, the first green cards could be issued in January 2009. People’s reactions vary, though. Will this movement do any harm to the Czech nation?

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