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CZECH REPUBLIC

President not drunk: aides

Was he or wasn’t he? The video footage shows Czech President Milos Zeman clearly worse for wear, propping himself up against a wall at a public event, struggling to negotiate a step and being aided by a cardinal. Zeman makes no secret of his drinking. However, on this occasion — a rare and highly ceremonial public display of the Czech crown jewels last week — his office insisted he simply had a virus and subsequently needed a day or two of rest. Since then, the video has prompted a storm of social media gags. Czechs — by far the biggest beer drinkers in the world per capita — have been posting pictures of themselves in bars getting drunk with slogans like: “Here I am getting a virus,” or “Heading out for a virus.” Zeman, 68, a chain smoker and lover of fatty foods, often extols the virtues of booze. On one occasion, he praised former British prime minister Winston Churchill for his love of whiskey and pointed out that Adolf Hitler was a teetotaler and vegetarian — “and you know how he ende

d up.” During a 1996 election campaign Zeman said his campaign bus “drove on gas and Becherovka,” a popular Czech liquor.

CANADA

Man fights frost with chopper

With a frost warning in effect in parts of Canada, an Ottawa area farmer reportedly sent a helicopter to hover over his apple orchard overnight on Monday in an unusual effort to save his crop. Temperatures in the Ottawa region fell to minus-2°C at about 3am on Tuesday morning. Phil Lyall of Mountain Apple Orchards, about 60km south of Ottawa, told public broadcaster CBC he paid thousands of dollars to have a helicopter fly all night over his 10,000 trees in order to push rising warm air back down and keep temperatures on the ground above freezing. It was the second time in two years that he had tried it, after hearing that fruit growers in Argentina, New Zealand and elsewhere were doing the same in similar circumstances when their crops were threatened by cold. Last year, he recorded a six-point jump in temperatures in his 10-hectare orchard, from minus-3°C to 3°C. Lyall said his orchard might lose only 10 percent of its apples when temperatures drop to 0°C, but a night at minus-2°C can kill 90 percent of the crop.

UNITED STATES

Man charged over feast

Authorities have charged a man who officers said had an overnight feast in a closed supermarket outside Louisville. The manager of a ValuMarket says he found 57 empty whipped cream cans in the garbage when he arrived on Monday morning. WAVE-TV in Louisville reported 30-year-old Trevor Runyon was charged after he was found in the ceiling of the store. Surveillance video from the store showed that Runyon cooked and ate six steaks, washed them down with beer and then topped off his meal with shrimp and birthday cake. Police say Runyon slipped into the store and hid while employees closed it for the night.

UNITED STATES

Officer rescued from tree

Authorities say a New York police officer who tried to rescue a cat stuck in a tree got caught himself and needed a little help getting back down to the ground. The Fire Department of New York says it happened on Monday afternoon in the borough of Queens. A call came in that a man attempting to get a cat out of a tree had gotten stuck. Fire department personnel used a bucket ladder to get the man and the cat down. The fire department said the man is a police officer.

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