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Czech govt bars Russia’s Rosatom from nuclear power plant contract tender amid diplomatic row

Russia’s nuclear energy corporation Rosatom won’t be invited for a security assessment as a bidder vying to renovate the Dukovany nuclear power plant, the Czech industry minister said, amid the diplomatic spat initiated by Prague.

The Czech government has approved a resolution effectively excluding the Russian company from the $ 7-billion project, the nation’s industry and trade minister Karel Havlicek confirmed on Monday.

The construction project’s investor, the majority state-controlled Czech utility company CEZ, will now only send a security assessment questionnaire to the remaining three contenders by April 30. The companies vetted by Prague include France’s EDF, South Korean Hydro & Nuclear Power as well as the American-Canadian firm Westinghouse.
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“We make it clear that this is an assessment of three eligible suppliers of nuclear technology,” Havlicek told the Czech media, adding that suppliers of critical technologies and materials can only be “an entity from a European Union or a NATO country,” meaning that Rosatom could not enter the project in collaboration with another company or as a subcontractor.

The decision was taken amid an ongoing diplomatic row between Prague and Moscow that followed the Czech government’s decision to expel 18 Russian diplomats on Saturday. Prague claims Russian intelligence officers were involved in an incident at a munitions depot in the village of Vrbetice, some 330 kilometers southeast of Prague, back in 2014.

The depot was rocked by a series of explosions that killed two employees of a private company renting the facility from the military. The Czech authorities said that the embassy staff might also have had a role in the incident, while Moscow denounced all the accusations as absurd. Russia also expelled 20 Czech diplomats in a reciprocal measure.
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“I can’t imagine being contacted by Rosatom as part of a security assessment after the last incidents,” Havlicek said earlier on Monday. He added that “none of… the candidates” would pass the assessment with “a supplier from Rosatom.”

Previously, Prague already barred China’s General Nuclear from participating in pre-tender activities. Russia, however, was called a “key energy partner” by Havlicek only in March. Some media reports suggested that NATO and EU security services, as well as Washington, repeatedly called on the Czech government to drop Russia’s bid, citing security issues.

Launched in 1985, the Dukovany nuclear power plant covers around a fifth of the electricity consumption in the Czech Republic. Under the refurbishment project, estimated to cost more than seven billion dollars, the plant will receive a new 1,200 megawatt-strong power unit.

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Andrea Bocelli’s son Matteo Bocelli sings Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender – WATCH

Andrea Bocelli has covered a couple of Elvis Presley tracks in recent years, including Can’t Help Falling In Love and Love Me Tender. But did you know his son Matteo Bocelli has also shared his takes on The King’s classics too? Captured three years ago, the young singer gives a stunning performance in the video below.
Elvis fans will know Love Me Tender as one of The King’s first big hits and that it was also the title of his acting debut in the 1956 movie of the same name.

Love Me Tender’s lyrics are credited to both Elvis and Ken Darby under the pseudonym of Vera Matson, the name of the latter’s wife.

While the melody is adapted from an American Civil War Ballard called Aura Lee.

Elvis famously performed Love Me Tender on The Ed Sullivan Show on September 9, 1956 before its release. Matteo Bocelli has also song Elvis’ Blue Hawaii movie hit Can’t Help Falling In Love.

READ MORE: Andrea Bocelli performs Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender live – WATCH

The 23-year-old sung The King’s classic track in a duet with Nuška Drašček for a television concert inside Slovenia’s Postojna Cave.

The melody for Can’t Help Falling In Love is similarly historic being based on Plaisir d’amour; a well known French love song composed in 1784 by Jean-Paul-Égide Martini.

More recently, Matteo has shared a cover of Justin Bieber’s Holy on his Instagram.

Accompanying the video, he wrote: “Holy (Acoustic) by @justinbieber. The first time I heard this song I fell in love with it on the spot. Here’s my version of “Holy” (Acoustic) by @justinbieber I hope you like it too…”

In a YouTube Q&A last year, Matteo teased: “We’re composing a lot of songs that we hope to share with you very soon. I’m writing a lot of new music.”

But it’s not just the 23-year-old who is following in his father’s footsteps, with sister Virginia having recently performed live with Andrea.

The 8-year-old sang Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah with her father for his live-streamed Believe in Christmas concert last year.

Around the time, Express.co.uk asked the 62-year-old if a family album was now in the works considering the talent and popularity surrounding his children.

Andrea replied: “It’s not a consideration at the moment. But… never say never.”

While on singing with Matteo in lockdown he added: “It happens a lot, yes. Matteo hasn’t been with us lately, as he has spent a few weeks working in Australia.

“He is just back and we’re definitely planning to make up for lost time.”

Andrea Bocelli’s new album Believe is out now.

Andrea Bocelli performs beautiful cover of Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender live – WATCH

Andrea Bocelli is best known as a classical tenor, but he’s branched out in recent years, even singing some Elvis Presley. Back in 2012, the star performed a concert in Portofino, Italy with pianist David Foster where he gave a live rendition of the hit track. Before performing, Foster said: “We’re going to Las Vegas now. This is so surreal to me to have Andrea Bocelli, the great tenor, in Portofino under the stars.
Foster continued: “He said to me, ‘I want to do an Elvis Presley song.’

“Now Elvis Presley is a Rock and Roller, but he did have some great love songs and we’d like to do one of them for you right now.”

Bocelli then broke into Love Me Tender accompanied by Foster on the piano and an orchestra.

The Italian tenor’s cover of the 1956 Elvis hit features on his 2013 album Passione.

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Love Me Tender’s lyrics are credited to both Elvis and Ken Darby under the pseudonym of Vera Matson, the name of the latter’s wife.

While the melody is adapted from an American Civil War Ballard called Aura Lee.

Elvis famously performed Love Me Tender on The Ed Sullivan Show on September 9, 1956 before its release.

And, of course, the track’s name was also shared by The King’s acting debut that year too.

Originally the track was written for a female singer and was called Can’t Help Falling In Love With Him.

This is why the first and third lines when sung by Elvis and Bocelli ended with the words “in” and “sin”.

Most recently, Bocelli’s latest album Believe features a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, plus Christian favourites Amazing Grace and Ave Maria.

The record also features a couple of new duets with Alison Krauss and Cecilia Bartoli, which had to be recorded remotely due to the pandemic.

Now 62-years-old, Bocelli said how his new album is one that he holds very dear to his heart.

He added: “The fruit of a long internal journey even more so than an external, artistic one.

“It’s a project with a purpose to put into words the musical dimension of spirituality by offering music that – at least for our intentions – can bring peace and harmony to those who listen to it.”

Andrea Bocelli’s Believe is out now.