Compact archive August 22, 2008

Soulfly – Concert in Prague this Sunday

Soulfly is a heavy metal band formed in 1997 in Arizona. Led by founder, frontman, songwriter and only constant member Brazilian Max Cavalera, who formed the band after he left influental Brazilian death/thrash band Sepultura in 1996. The band has released six studio albums, one tour EP, several singles, and one DVD video.

Soulfly incorporates thrash metal, groove metal, with Brazilian tribal music and world music. The band has had all six of their studio albums debut on the United States Billboard 200, with a peak position at number 32 with their second album Primitive, and the band’s debut album Soulfly, has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Su 24th, August 2008, Prague Roxy

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Russia officially freezes cooperation with NATO

Moscow announced the North Atlantic Treaty Organization they stop military cooperation. The information came from the speaker of the alliance Carmen Romero. The reason is obvious; present Russian-Georgia conflict.

“Russia informed us through military channels that the Russian Federation Defense Ministry decided to stop the military cooperation international events scheduled between Russia and the NATO states, until further instructions”, said Carmen Romero

The decision came after NATO found out this week that maintaining normal relations with Russia is no longer possible until their troops withdraw from Georgia. The reaction of Russia was predicable, as they never willingly leave once occupied territory.

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Cerny Returned Pink Tank to Prague

The original David Cerny Pink Tank The Pink tank appeared again at Prague Smichov. It was made in 90’s by the sculpturer David Cerny, by painting the Russian occupation tank pink. This time, only a torso of the tank appeared. It is pink, and it also have the white occupation stripe. By the stripe, Cerny expresses his attitude to the present Russian behavior.

“With regard to what Russia does today, I saw this as a possibility, how to alert people about it.”

After peripheries with the original tank, which is now listed as a cultural heritage and protected, Cerny wanted to get permission for at least placing a torso of some other Russian pink tank, but that was rejected by the politicians as well. So he decided to make a little remake of what they did 17 years ago, found a sponsor for it, and placed the torso there illegally using rented hydraulic level-jack.

Among the greatest pieces of the Czech sculpturer – beside the pink tank – are the black babies, crawling up the Zizkov tower.

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Masters of Alpe Adria Cup at Vltava River - Alpe Adria Cup

vaclav zacek - iceman Some extreme tricks on water scooters will be shown for visitors of Zlute Lazne in Prague on the weekend 13-14 September, as it hosts the finals of European cup Alpe Adria. The leading person of the serie is a Czech Vaclav Zacek, who recently celebrated 8th place on the world championship. It is going to be a freestyle and hydrocross event.

Czech Jetski Freestyle Champion 2006/2007 Vaclav Zacek aka Iceman is a Czech Jetski pioneer. Interestingly enough, Vasek see his biggest career achievement neither in high ranking in European Championship, nor in his first Czech back-flip, but in the fact that together with other members of the Czech Jet Ski Association, after negotiations with the Ministry of Transport and Shipping SPS, he was able to push through several public tracks on Czech inland waterways, where after several years of complete jet ski prohibition, they are able to operate jet skis again.

Czech Barbora Spotakova won the Olympic Games women's javelin gold

BarboraSpotakova Barbora Spotakova won the javelin gold by the fantastic last try with 71.42 metres , by which she beaten her Russian opponent Maria Abakumova with 70.78m, while Germany’s Christina Obergfoll took the bronze with a best of 66.13m.

The toss was even more great, that by it she has beaten the Russian athlete on 21th August: “It’s extra sweet this win because it is the 40th anniversary to the day of the Russian invasion in 1968.” Spotkova commented.

In one moment she was second, and not very few people believed that is going to change. Than the Czech javeliner went for her last try; “I was like in a trance. I don’t recall anything.” she says. The javelin she threw flew almost to the line showing the world record. The bird nest exploded. She improved the European record. “That was a miracle, like if I didn’t threw it at all” she told with tears in her eyes. That is the third gold medal Czechs gained at the Olympics.