Sunday, October 28, 2012

News 10.28.2012

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News Sunday, October 28th, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* Czechs mark the 94th anniversary of the foundation of independent
Czechoslovakia.

* Prime Minister Petr Necas and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg
will not attend the evening's memorial ceremony at Prague Castle.

* Wet weather and freezing temperatures continue to cause problems in
many parts of the country.

* The police have arrested a man and a woman suspected of murdering a
Vietnamese shop owner.

* In football, Sparta Prague have beaten reigning champions Liberec in
the highlight of Gambrinus liga's 12th round.



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Czechs mark Czechoslovakia's 94th anniversary
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Czechs on Sunday mark the 94th anniversary of the foundation of
independent Czechoslovakia, observed as a national holiday. Several
events commemorate the establishment of the precursor of modern-day
Czech Republic; a ceremony with a military oath was held at the
National Memorial at Vitkov; another ceremony was hosted by the
National Museum in Prague. The celebrations conclude with a ceremony at
Prague Castle hosted by President Vaclav Klaus.


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Top government officials to miss Prague Castle ceremony
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Prime Minister Petr Necas and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg will
miss the evening's ceremony at Prague Castle where President Vaclav
Klaus, for the last time as head of state, presents state honours and
decorations to distinguished personalities. A spokesman for the prime
minister said Mr Necas could not attend the event for health reasons
while Mr Schwarzenberg told the news website lidovky.cz he was out of
Prague for the day, adding it didn't really matter whether politicians
attended the ceremony.


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TOP 09's Kalousek: party will only participate in govt' led by PM Necas
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A leader of the coalition TOP 09 party, Finance Minister Miroslav
Kalousek, said his group would only participate in a government led by
the current prime minister, Petr Necas. Speaking on a Czech TV channel,
Prima, on Sunday, Mr Kalousek said his party would also leave the
coalition if the lower house of Parliament next week makes changes to
the government's tax legislation.

Mr Kalousek's statement comes at a time when Mr Necas finds himself
under pressure from within his party, the Civic Democrats, and a week
before he runs for re-election as party chair. Some Civic Democrat MPs,
who have refused to back the government's plant to raise VAT rates,
have called for Petr Necas to step down as party leader.


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Wet weather, freezing temperatures cause problems
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Wet weather combined with freezing temperatures continue to cause
problems in many parts of the country on Sunday. Meteorologists have
warned of ice that will be forming on roads and pavements. The
authorities advise motorists to drive with extra caution, particularly
in mountainous regions where roads are still covered with snow. Several
roads and train lines are still closed due to snow and fallen trees.
Freezing weather has also claimed its first victim this season; a
45-year-old man who was found lying in the street in the southern town
of Tabor on Saturday night, died in hospital of hypothermia.


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Police arrest Prague murder suspects
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The police have arrested a man and a woman suspected of murdering a
Vietnamese shop owner, a police spokeswoman said on Sunday. The police
believe the pair entered a food shop in the Prague district of Horni
Mecholupy on Thursday night shortly before 4 PM. The woman pointed a
gun at the shop owner and demanded cash; when he refused, the woman's
accomplice stabbed him and both of them ran away. The Vietnamese shop
owner died of his injuries while being transported to a hospital. If
convicted, the suspects face up to 20 years in prison.


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Zlin court sends three methanol suspects into custody
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A court in Zlin, in the east of the country, has ruled that two men
suspected of distributing methanol-laced bootleg liquor. According to
media reports, one of the men ran a firm which supplied untaxed spirit
to bootleg liquor producers; the other was allegedly involved in
distributing illegal alcohol. At least 30 people have died in the
country after drinking bootleg alcohol contaminated with methanol. Last
month, the police arrested two men who face charges for having produced
the deadly beverage and released it into distribution.


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Football: Sparta beats Liberec to move to top
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Sparta Prague defeated reigning Czech champions Liberec 2:1 in the
highlight of the 12th round of Gambrinus liga on Sunday. Sparta went
ahead in the 32nd minute when Jiri Jarosik found the net after a corner
kick, and the hosts added another strike half an hour later when
Sparta's Ondrej Svehlik scored after another corner. In the 75th minute
Liberec's Jan Blazek set the final score at 2:1. Sparta is ranked
second with 23 points, behind Jablonec in first place on goal
difference. Liberec remains seventh.


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Weather
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The cold spell is set to continue for several days to come, with snow,
sleet and daytime highs of around 5 degrees Celsius.



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