Tuesday, December 25, 2012

News 12.25.2012

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News Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

By: Jan Richter

* Senator Okamura says he will on Tursday file a constitutional
complaint over his elimination as a candidate in the upcoming
presidential election.

* The head of the Czech Catholic Church, Archbishop Duka hosted
Christmas lunch for dozens homeless people.

* The police are investigating the deaths of three people found in a
family home in a north Bohemian village.

* This year's Christmas Eve saw the lowest number of house fires in 17
years, according to the country's fire brigade.

* Around one third of all newborn babies were born at hospitals'
high-risk units last year, according to the Czech Statistical Office.



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Senator Okamura to address top court over elimination from presidential
race
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Senator Tomio Okamura said he would on Thursday file a complaint with
the Czech Constitutional Court over his elimination as a candidate in
the upcoming presidential election. The Interior Ministry refused to
register the senator as a candidate in the race on the grounds he had
failed to collect the 50,000 signatures required by law to stand as the
error rate found in the petition was too high. The decision was later
confirmed by Supreme Administrative Court. Mr Okamura's complaint, and
those filed by some other aspirants for the race, could delay the first
direct presidential election the first round of which is planned for
January 11 and 12.


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Warm weather raises flooding concerns
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Warm weather has raised water levels in rivers in the south, west, and
central Bohemia. On Tuesday morning, the Berounka reached the second
degree of flood risk at Zbecno, some 40 kilometres west of Prague while
lower levels of flood hazard have been declared at several other
places. In the eastern Czech Republic, freezing rain, snow and
ice-covered roads complicate traffic. The authorities have appealed to
drivers to exercise extra caution.


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Archibishop Duka hosts Christmas lunch for homeless people
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The head of the Czech Roman Catholic church, Archbishop Dominik Duka,
hosted Christmas lunch for homeless people. The lunch, organized for
the 14th time by the Sant'Egidio community, was held in the Archbishop
Palace and the Capuchin Monastery in Hradcany. Some 270 guests arrived
to enjoy the traditional liver dumpling soup, beef in cream sauce,
roast duck with cabbage and dumplings, and Christmas cookies. Every
guest also received a small gift.


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Police investigate violent deaths in north Bohemia
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The police are investigating the deaths of three people whose bodies
were found on Thursday in Jilove, a village near Decin in the north of
the country. The police have imposed information embargo on the case;
however, the news website denik.cz reported an older man allegedly shot
dead his wife and son before committing suicide. A police spokesman
said more details could be released later on Tuesday.


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Christmas Eve sees record low number of house fires
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Firefighters extinguished 16 house fires across the country on
Christmas Eve which is the lowest number in 17 years, a spokeswoman for
the country's fire brigade said on Tuesday. Two people suffered minor
injuries when a Christmas tree caught fire in a village outside Prague.
However, a fire which broke out at a farm near Havlickuv Brod in
central Czech Republic on Tuesday morning killed 1,400 pigs.


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One third of newborns delivered at high-risk units
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Around one third of all newborn babies were born at hospital's
high-risk units last year, according to figures released on Tuesday by
the Czech Statistical office. The causes include a growing number of
children born following IVF procedures; more multiple births and a rise
in the average age of mothers, the statisticians said. Over 108,000
babies were born in 2011, 8,400 less than in the previous year. The
highest birth rates were registered in Prague and central Bohemia, the
lowest in the Zlin and Moravian-Silesian regions. 331 babies were born
outside health care facilities, either at home or on the way to the
hospital.


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Police shoot man who threatened them with air gun
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The police in Prague shot a man in the leg after he threatened them
with an air gun, the news agency CTK reported on Tuesday quoting a
police press release. The incident occurred in a bar in the Prague 8
district; a 34-year-old man was being aggressive and when the security
took him out, he pulled out his air gun and shot at them before walking
away. The police intercepted him and told him to drop the weapon but he
pointed it at them; one of the officers then shot him in the leg,
inflicting a minor injury. The man was treated by emergency service and
was not taken to hospital. If convicted of disturbing the peace, he
could land a 2-year prison sentence.


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Thousands attend Christmas Eve hockey game
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More than 4,000 fans attended a Christmas Eve hockey game between the
KHL's Lev Praha and Bars Kazan in the capital on Monday. The hosts lost
the match 2:0 after conceding both goals within one minute in the first
period. The atmosphere was described as quiet, with many Russian fans
attending the game.


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Weather
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The coming days should be overcast with occasional rain and snow in
higher places. Daytime highs should range between 4 and 8 degrees
Celsius.



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A Magic Toyshop: exploring the tradition of toy making in Bohemia and
Moravia
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A traditional Czech toyshop is full of hums, whirrs, rattles and
whistles; such is the diversity of the toys that for generations have
been made in Bohemia and Moravia. In this special Christmas programme
we look at this country's toy making traditions. I'll be joining Ivan
Karhan, who knows all there is to know about Czech toys and toymakers -
past and present.

http://radio.cz/en/section/special/a-magic-toyshop-exploring-the-tradition-of-toy-making-in-bohemia-and-moravia






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