A thirty-nine-year old mother who abandoned her newly-born twins in hospital has returned to claim them. The woman left the hospital at night without telling anyone and failed to return for two days. She said later she had gone home to look after her eleven other children. Since she left the twins in good care the mother will not face charges of negligence. The twin boys are said to be in good health and their mother is once again nursing them.
US President Barack Obama will meet eleven Central and East European
leaders when he comes to Prague next Thursday to sign a disarmament treaty
with Russia. The US and Russian presidents are expected to sign a landmark
deal to slash nuclear warheads that will replace the START I treaty which
expired in December.
President Obama is expected to arrive on Thursday morning and head straight for Prague Castle for the signing ceremony and one-on-one talks with his Russian counterpart. A meeting with the Czech president and prime minister is also on the agenda.
In the evening he is to host a dinner for 11 Central and East European leaders. Political analysts say that the main aim of the talks is to reassure the former Soviet-block states that Washington is not selling out their interests in forging closer ties with Moscow.
The film Protektor directed by Marek Najbrt won the Kristian award at the international Prague film festival Febiofest which ended with a gala ceremony on Friday night. Jiri Barta’s film In the Attic was voted best animated film of 2009. Welcome to Korea by Linda Jablonska received the critics’ prize for best documentary. Swiss actor Bruno Ganz – who has starred in such films as The Downfall, Wings of Desire, and The American Friend, was presented with a special prize recognizing his contribution to cinema. The festival saw 184 films from 57 countries screened.
The Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva is to visit the Czech Republic in mid-April. The Portuguese head of state and first lady will be in Prague for three days at the invitation of President Vaclav Klaus. President Silva is expected to meet with Czech top officials, attend a state dinner and as a professor of economy, he is also expected to address a business seminar at Prague’s Hilton Hotel.
Close to half a million people have signed a petition calling for juvenile murderers to remain under medical supervision for life. The petition is organized by the mayor of Kmetiněves, where a 13-year-old schoolboy raped and murdered a girl from his class in 2004. Because of his age he was sent to a correctional institute for juveniles where he underwent medical treatment. He was released in January of this year after reaching the age of 18. Since he committed the murder as a juvenile he will have no criminal record and it is up to him whether he will continue in his medical treatment. Doctors concluded that he suffers from a sexual deviation which requires permanent medical supervision.
Towns in Central Bohemia have urged the regional authorities to speed up the process of fixing pot-holes on roads and highways in the region since they present a serious threat to drivers. The state of all Czech roads is particularly bad this year, after the long, harsh winter, and a large slice of the money which was reserved for maintenance was spent on extra salt for the roads during the winter months. With the overall road-maintenance budget smaller because of the economic crisis, many towns fear that roads in their vicinity may be left untouched.
The international Prague film festival, Febiofest, will conclude later on Friday with an awards ceremony marking the best feature, documentary, and animated films of 2009. Swiss actor Bruno Ganz – who has starred in such films as The Downfall, Wings of Desire, and The American Friend, will also be presented with a special prize recognising his contribution to cinema. Febiofest, underway since March 25, saw 184 films from 57 countries screened. The overall winner this year is the Turkish film The Children of Diyarbakir.
Former president Václav Havel has fully recovered from illness: a bronchial infection that recently saw the cancellation of his planned meeting with Prince Charles and Camilla on an official visit to the Czech Republic. Mr Havel fell ill on March 23 and was given antibiotics by his doctors, after having a similar bout with the illness in February. It is well-known that he suffers greater risk from bronchial infections, suffering pneumonia in the past as well as being successfully operated for lung cancer. Mr Havel is now expected to return to regular daily affairs, his secretary said, confirming that there has been no word as to whether the former president will meet with US leader Barack Obama next week. Mr Obama will be in Prague to sign an historic nuclear arms reduction agreement with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Messrs Obama and Havel met during the US president’s first trip to the Czech capital last April.
The Czech School Inspection has found that a high number of children from socially-challenged environments unnecessarily attend special schools in the Czech Republic. The schools largely educate mildly mentally-handicapped children, or children with developmental disabilities. The Inspection began its investigation into special schools last autumn at the behest of the Education Ministry. So far, it has found that 110 children – more than a quarter of them Romany – attended special schools without due reason. An additional 173 cases are being looked into. The deputy head of the Czech School Inspection, Libor Vacek, suggested earlier that poor diagnostics were part of the problem, sometimes ranking children from poor backgrounds among those with mild disabilities. But 34 special schools which received state funding could see high fines and face possible closure if it is found they purposely abused the system to fill classrooms. The Inspection is expected to conclude its review of special schools in May.
In hockey action on Thursday Atlanta Thrashers Czech goalie Ondřej
Pavelec put in a solid game, blocking a total of 22 shots, including five
by Alexandr Ovechkin, but was unable to stop his team’s 2:1 loss to
Washington. Atlanta are fighting for a final playoff spot in the Eastern
In another game, Czech defenceman Roman Polák, who plays for St Louis, was quick to drop the gloves against Nashville forward Colin Wilson - in the Blues' goal crease. Wilson, hit several times, had the last word though, scoring once in a 3:2 turnaround against the Blues - a game they had led 2:0.
Karel Gott to get funeral with state honours as singer’s death is mourned at home and abroad
Beijing ends agreement with Prague – but can spat harm Czech capital?
Karel Gott’s Mona Lisa to be put up for auction
Czechs observe day of mourning for pop idol Karel Gott
Thousands pay tribute to deceased national pop icon Karel Gott