Sunday, September 23, 2012

News 9.23.2012

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News Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* The police say they have uncovered the entire distribution network of
methanol-laced bootleg liquor.

* The destruction of democracy and the national state in Europe has
entered its final phase, according to Czech President Vaclav Klaus.

* Over 200,000 people attended the NATO Days air show in Ostrava over
the weekend.

* Fire fighters evacuated 16 people after fire broke out in an
apartment building in eastern Bohemia.

* Jan Becher, the country's third biggest spirits maker, has begun
producing a prohibition version of one of its liqueurs..



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Police uncover distribution network of methanol-laced liquor
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The police have uncovered the entire distribution network of
methanol-laced bootleg liquor, the head of Czech police, Martin
Cervicek, told Czech TV on Sunday. The police chief said investigators
were now only following one version of what happened but shared no
further details as it might interfere with ongoing investigation, he
said. The police are planning to release more information at a new
conference on Monday.

The methanol crisis has killed 24 people in the Czech Republic over the
last several weeks. The police have charged 41 people in connection
with methanol poisonings, 17 of whom remain in custody. A breakthrough
in the investigation came on Thursday when detectives discovered some
6,000 litres of suspicious liquid in a warehouse in Opava.


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President Klaus warns of destruction of democracy in Europe
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Czech President Vaclav Klaus has warned of the destruction of democracy
and the national state in Europe. In an interview for the UK paper the
Daily Telegraph, Mr Klaus said that "two-faced" politicians had opened
the door to an EU superstate by giving up on democracy. The Czech
president, commenting on ways EU officials were considering to cope
with the ongoing debt crisis, suggested that statehood and sovereignty
needed to be restored which was impossible in a federation; the EU
should therefore move in the opposite direction, Mr Klaus added.


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208,000 people attend NATO Days air show
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Some 208,000 people attended the annual NATO Days air show in Ostrava
over the weekend, organizers said on Sunday. The air forces of 19
countries took part in the show, including the US Air Force with two
strategic bombers B-52, the British RAF with its Red Arrows acrobatic
team as well as the Ramex Delta team of the French Air Force. Visitors
could also see Czech army's Gripen fighters demonstrating in-flight
refueling..


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Firefighters evacuate building on fire
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Firefighters evacuated 16 people including two children from an
apartment building in Svoboda nad Upou, in eastern Bohemia, in the
early hours of Saturday, after a fire broke out in one of the flats. A
police spokeswoman said no one was hurt in the fire that caused damage
of around 950,000 crowns. Causes of the incident are being investigated.


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Foreign Ministry building opens to public
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Prague's Czernin Palace, the seat of the Czech Republic's Foreign
Ministry, opens to public on Sunday between 10 AM and 4 PM, offering an
opportunity to visit the 18th century palace. People can see among
other things the apartment of former Czechoslovak foreign minister Jan
Masaryk who tragically died there in 1948, and can also stroll through
the palace gardens. Viewings last for about an hour. The Open Door Day
also featured photo exhibits in the palace and concluded with a concert
by the Allstar Refjudzi Band.


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Becher to launch "prohibition" liquor
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Jan Becher, the country's third largest spirits maker, on Sunday began
producing a "prohibition version" of its Lemond liqueur. The new
variety contains 19 percent alcohol which means it is not be covered by
the government's ban on sales of spirits with 20 or more percent of
alcohol. The company's production manager said the citrus-flavoured
beverage should be available in most supermarkets on Tuesday. The
government-imposed ban on the sales of hard liquor is widely expected
to be at least partially lifted next week.


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Weather
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A warmer spell with partially cloudy skies is expected over the next
few days, with occasional rain showers and daytime highs between 20 and
25 degrees Celsius.



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Brno's banjo-punk-future-jazz-band
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The Brno band Poletime? describes itself as an original
banjo-punk-future-jazz-band. Established in 2007 by artist and musician
Rudolf Brancovsky it soon became a regular at clubs and festivals
around the country. Its songs are a colourful mix of genres and are
based on witty and often shocking texts -what the band calls "simple
songs about a complicated life".

http://radio.cz/en/section/sunday-music-show/brnos-banjo-punk-future-jazz-band






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