Sunday, September 30, 2012

News 9.30.2012

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News Sunday, September 30th, 2012

By: Ian Willoughby

* Vaclav Klaus's chief bodyguard has quit following an incident in
which a man was able to attack the Czech President with a pellet gun.

* Two men charged with producing poisonous bootleg liquor were the only
source of the lethal concoction, a state attorney said on Sunday.

* September 30 marks the 10th anniversary of the final broadcast in the
Czech language by Radio Free Europe.

* A DVD of a concert held in honour of Vaclav Havel on the night of his
funeral is being launched in Prague.

* Slavia beat Sparta in the 278th derby between the two Prague soccer
clubs on Saturday night.

President's chief bodyguard quits after security detail fails to react
to pellet gun attack

The chief bodyguard of the Czech president, Vaclav Klaus, has resigned
following an incident on Friday in which a man was able to attack the
head of state from extremely close range with a pellet-firing plastic
gun. Explaining his decision to quit, Jiri Sklenka said that while he
had not been present during the attack, which occurred in the north
Bohemian town of Chrastava, he felt responsible for the actions of his
subordinates. Mr. Klaus's security detail were widely criticised for
the slow and ineffective manner in which they reacted to the incident,
with the president himself describing their response as an all-round
failure. His attacker, 26-year-old Pavel Vondrous, has been charged
with disorderly conduct.

State attorney: Two arrested only source of lethal bootleg alcohol

According to the police's information, two men charged in connection
with producing methanol-tainted bootleg liquor were the only source of
the lethal concoction, state attorney Roman Kafka said on Sunday. To
date, 26 people have died in the Czech Republic from drinking the fake
booze, while others have been blinded. Mr. Kafka said the police were
still investigating the pair's accomplices, including highly-placed
distributors. The Czech government banned the sale of all drinks with
more than 20 percent alcohol content for almost two weeks following the
spate of poisonings.

State to compensate vendors forced to destroy legally acquired alcohol

The Czech state is going to compensate vendors forced to destroy
legally acquired alcoholic drinks because they have not been able to
acquire on time confirmation that they come from a legitimate source.
The state will return the VAT paid on such alcohol in the form of
credit towards future income tax, the minister of finance, Miloslav
Kalousek, said on Sunday. The government has decided that freshly
produced alcohol with proof of origin and new stamps can be sold, as
can alcohol produced before the start of 2011. Alcohol produced this
year cannot be sold until a so-called "birth certificate" is acquired,
within 60 days of last Thursday, when a ban on spirits with over 20
percent alcohol content - introduced in response to the methanol crisis
- was partially lifted.

Tenth anniversary of final RFE broadcast in Czech

September 30 is the 10th anniversary of the final broadcast in the
Czech language by Radio Free Europe, a U.S.-funded station that was
established to transmit information across the Iron Curtain to the
communist-controlled Eastern Bloc. The first ever broadcast by the
station, which was based in Munich, West Germany, took place on May 1
1951 and was in Czech. After the fall of communism, then Czech
president Vaclav Havel invited RFE/RL (by then it had merged with Radio
Liberty) to move to Prague, from where it continues to broadcast to
countries such as Belarus, Iran and Pakistan.

DVD of highlights of Vaclav Havel tribute concert gets launch

A DVD featuring the highlights of a concert held in honour of Vaclav
Havel on the night of his funeral last December is being launched at
Prague's Akropolis music venue on Sunday night. Artists such as The
Plastic People of the Universe, Suzanne Vega and Ivan Kral performed in
the original show, which took place at the Czech capital's Lucerna
complex (which was built by Mr. Havel's grandfather) on December 23,
following his state funeral at St. Vitus Cathedral. Members of The
Plastic People are among the musicians set to take part in Sunday's DVD

Film on Villa Tugendhat gets TV premiere on eve of New York screening

A new documentary about Brno's Villa Tugendhat is being premiered on
public broadcaster Czech Television on Sunday evening. Alongside period
footage, Osud jmenem Tugendhat (A Fate Named Tugendhat) features some
dramatic re-enactments of events surrounding the history of the
world-renowned functionalist building, which reopened earlier this year
after extensive renovation work. On Monday, the film will be screened
at the Bohemian National Hall in New York as part of the Brno Days-New
York event promoting the Moravian capital.

Slavia beat city rivals Sparta for first time in four years

Slavia beat Sparta 1:0 at their Eden stadium on Saturday night in the
278th derby between the two Prague soccer clubs. Slavia's first win
over their historical rivals in four years came thanks to a headed goal
by Martin Latka in the 73rd minute. The result helped Slavia climb to
within two points of Sparta, who are in fourth place in the Czech top
flight. The game had to be halted twice when items were thrown onto the
pitch and police arrested 15 fans for fighting before and during the


October should get off to a cloudy start around much of the Czech
Republic, with temperatures on Monday expected to reach a maximum of 18
degrees Celsius. Forecasters say it will be quite sunny on Tuesday and
Wednesday, when temperatures will climb to 21 degrees Celsius.

Articles posted on today
Two voices

This week's Sunday music show is devoted to a refreshing female duo
called Two Voices. At first glance they have little in common - Jana
Rychterova is a classic chanson singer, who writes her own lyrics and
accompanies herself on the guitar while mezzo-soprano Edita Adlerova
studied opera. What brought them together is a sense of humour and a
natural talent to entertain the crowd.

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