Friday, September 28, 2012

News 9.28.2012

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News Friday, September 28th, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* The police have arrested a man who shot at President Vaclav Klaus
with a plastic gun in the northern town of Chrastava.

* Three people intoxicated with methanol remain in hospital in critical

* Czechs commemorate Saint Wenceslas, the nation's national patron
saint, with a series of events on Friday, a public holiday.

* In football, Plzen midfielder David Limbersky has been fined for
faking a foul.

Police arrest man who shot at Vaclav Klaus with plastic gun

The police arrested a man who shot at President Vaclav Klaus during a
bridge-opening ceremony in Chrastava, in northern Bohemia, on Friday
afternoon. The 26-year-old man, dressed in camouflage, put his plastic
airsfot gun to Mr Klaus' left side from up close and fired several
plastic pellets. The president suffered no injuries but underwent
medical test after his return to Prague. After the shooting, the
attacker walked away and told TV Nova station he did it in prostest of
the government's policies which "starved a third of the nation". He
said he was a manual worker, and gave his political affiliation as
communist but said he was not active in the party. He was then
apprehended by the president's security service who handed him over to
the police. President Klaus, who arrived in Chrastava after attending
an event marking the holiday of St Wenceslas earlier in the day,
displayed annoyance at his security service, and said the attacker
deserved "a few slaps".

Czech politicians condemn attack on President Klaus

Several Czech politicians condemned Friday's attack on Vaclav Klaus.
Prime Minister Petr Necas said people had the right to express their
views but that these expressions should not exceed acceptable norms.
Communist leader Vojtech Filip said his party distanced themselves from
the attack, and condemned violence. Social Democrat deputy chair
Lubomir Zaoralek said the attack was "unbelievable" and blamed the
president's security service for letting the attacker close to Mr Klaus.

Methanol crisis: three people remain in hospital in critical condition

Three people intoxicated with methanol remain in critical condition in
hospitals in the north-east of the country. A 43-year-old man, who was
earlier this week hospitalized in Havirov, showed signs of improvement
on Friday, doctors said. Another two people - a 60-year-old and a
58-year-old men - are in an Ostrava hospital; their condition has been
reported as stable. 26 people have died in the recent outbreak of
methanol poisoning in the country while dozens have been hospitalized.

Czechs commemorate holiday of St Wenceslas

Czechs commemorate Saint Wenceslas, the nation's patron saint, on
Friday, a public holiday entitled the Day of Czech Statehood. More than
2,000 people attend the traditional pilgrimage in Stara Boleslav,
north-east of Prague, where Wenceslas was assassinated by his brother
on September 28, 935. Czech President Vaclav Klaus, Prague Archbishop
Dominik Duka and other dignitaries are to take part in the event.
Prague's Wenceslas Square, named after the saint, will on Friday see a
historic procession complete with Saint Wenceslas riding a horse.

Wenceslas, from the Premyslid dynasty, was the duke of Bohemia from 921
until his assassination 14 years later. He is considered a the founder
of the historic Bohemian state, and has been worshiped as a martyr and
a saint.

President Klaus calls for more vocal defence of national traditions

Speaking at the St Wenceslas pilgrimage in Stara Boleslav on Friday,
President Vaclav Klaus called for "more vocal defence" of national
traditions. That would benefit the "inner unity" of the Czech nation
and state and its prosperity, he said. The Czech president again warned
against the decline of traditional European values brought about by the
"integration experiment". For his part, Plzen's Bishop Frantisek
Radkovsky asked people not to allow a new form of dictatorship to
appear as a result of the ongoing moral crisis and issues with

First name Vaclav coming out of fashion

Vaclav is one of traditional Czech names but it is going out of
fashion, the news agency CTK reported on Friday. According to
government statistics, there are nearly 133,000 men and boys named
Vaclav living in the country, some 20,000 fewer than two decades ago.
Its currently the 17th most popular name in the country. Around 6,600
Czech women bear the female version of the name, Vaclava.

President Klaus says Czech Rep. should foster relations with China

The Czech Republic should foster its relations with China, according to
Czech President Vaclav Klaus. Speaking at a reception at the Chinese
embassy in Prague, Mr Klaus said Czechs should boost ties between the
two countries rather than strain them with "unnecessary obstacles". For
his part, Chinese ambassador Yu Qingtai said his country was set to
continue with its reforms and opening up to the world.

Mr Klaus' remarks came a few weeks after Czech Prime Minister Petr
Necas suggested Czech support for the Dalai Lama and the imprisoned
members of the Russian group Pussy Riot hurt Czech trade with China and
Russia, respectively.

Football: Plzen's Limbersky fined for faking foul

The Czech Football Association handed a fine of 40,000 crowns, or
around 2,000 US dollars to Viktoria Plzen midfielder David Limbersky
for faking a foul, and for his post-match remarks. In the Czech top
division's seventh-round game between Plzen and Sparta Prague,
Limbersky dived inside the penalty area; the referee awarded Plzen a
penalty kick thanks to which the home side won 1:0. After the game,
Limbersky said Sparta won its 20 league titles with help from referees.
Viktoria Plzen later apologized to Sparta for the comment. The referee
was banned for five top division games.


The weekend will be mostly overcast with some rain showers, mainly in
the west. Daytime highs should range between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius.

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more than a pastime but even a way of life combining a love of
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