The actress Zita Kabatová died in Prague on Sunday at the age of 99 years after a long period of illness. Zita Kabatová was one of the last living stars from the golden era of Czech film, the 1930s and 1940s. Her first on-screen appearance was in the film Světlo jeho očí in 1936. By the end of the decade, she had performed in ten movies. After the Second World War, the actress was a member of a village theater group and worked as the director of several Prague cinemas.
Police are investigating a case of four men burgled a house in the early hours of Saturday morning. The group had disguised themselves as policemen to gain entrance into the house. The owner of the house injured one of them severely and the burglar died as a result of his injuries. He had threatened the wife and daughter of the house owner at gunpoint. His accomplices stole some 150 000 Czech crowns.
Deputy chairman of the Czech Senate and presidential candidate of the Civic Democrats Přemysl Sobotka has won the primaries in Western Bohemia. He defeated his opponent, MEP Evžen Tošenovský, by 273 votes and was able to consolidate his current lead in the presidential primaries. Overall, he has gained some 66 percent in regions where primaries were held so far. The voter turnout of about 20 percent was the lowest yet.
Czech swimmer Petra Chocová on Sunday won the 50-meter race in the discipline chest stroke at the European Swimming Championship in Budapest on Sunday. The Czech athlete set the country’s new record time of 31.25 seconds, ahead of the Irish Sycerika McMahonov. Chocová previous gold medal win was at the 2004 championships.
Franz Pany, the head of the Sudetengerman group Sudetendeutsche Landsmannschaft, has slammed Czech President Václav Klaus at the group’s annual gathering on Sunday. He said that the Czech head of state had a contrarian attitude toward Germany and Europe. Good sense, realism and an openness for mutual understanding needed to return to Prague castle, he added. On Saturday, the group had honored the Czech-born writer Max Mannheimer, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, with its Karl IV. prize.
Two people have been killed and three injured severely in a traffic accident near the Central Bohemian town of Kladno on Saturday. The victims of the accident, which happened in the afternoon in the town of Slaný, were both women, one of them aged seventy. A 9-year-old girl and two other persons who were injured in the crash were brought to hospital by helicopter and are being treated. Police are investigating the cause of the accident.
The scandal surrounding former Central Bohemian governor David Rath of the Social Democrats has cost the party voters, a fresh poll by the Milward Brown agency suggests. One in two voters who had previously planned on casting their ballot for the opposition party has changed their mind after Mr Rath was caught with 7 million crowns in cash on his person and charged with corruption. Regional elections are set to take place in the fall. The majority of respondents said they believed the former governor would be handed a prison sentence at court.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych lost the first finals game against the Serbian Janko Tipsarević 5:7, 6:7 at the Power Horse World Team Championship in the German city of Düsseldorf. After the Czech defeat, Serbia now leads by 1:0 in the finals. For the Czechs to advance, Radek Štěpánek has to beat his opponent Viktor Troicky in the second game of the finals.
The number of senior citizens who are living on their own is on the rise in the Czech Republic. While in 2000, some 13.9 percent of over-65-year-olds lived in one-person households, the figure has now increased to 15.5 percent of the country’s overall population. Some 1.5 million seniors in the Czech Republic are living by themselves, the majority of them women. According to experts, the figures are worrying especially because most of those senior citizens not only live alone but are largely isolated and do not have anyone who looks after them.
A number of commemorative events are being held in the Czech capital on
the occasion of the 70-year anniversary of the assassination of Gestapo
chief and governor of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, Reinhard
Heydrich. An exhibition that opened in Prague’s Libeň neighborhood on
Saturday gives insight into the training of the resistance fighters who
killed the Nazi leader, as well as everyday life during that era.
Sunday marks the 70-year-anniversary of Operation Anthropoid, the targeted killing of Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich. The operation was carried out in Prague on May 27, 1942. British-trained Czech commandos parachuted into the Nazi-held protectorate and severely injured Heydrich by tossing a bomb into his car. He died as a result from the injuries suffered in the attack. The Gestapo chief's assassination became a symbol of Czech independence and was later hailed as an important moment in the resistance movement. His death led to a wave of revenge acts, including the Lidice massacre.
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