Additional paratroopers from the Czech 43rd Airborne Battalion departed from Pardubice on Friday to take part in the NATO military exercise Noble Jump 2015 in neighbouring Poland. Sixty-five soldiers left in the second group, a military representative confirmed for the Czech News Agency. In all 150 Czech personnel are taking part. The first group left earlier this week.
Former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright, on a personal visit to the Czech Republic, unveiled a plaque in Terezín on Friday honouring 26 members of her family who were sent to the Jewish ghetto in the town during WWII and suffered and perished at the hands of the Nazis. Albright, who is 78, only learned of her Jewish heritage in the 1990s. On Thursday, the former secretary of state visited the town of Letohrad where her father had lived.
The regional court in Hradec Králové has ruled that a local teaching hospital made no mistakes in its treatment of a patient in 2006 and 2007 later found to have a cancerous tumor which spread and eventually took her life. The woman had complained of back pain but did not meet the criteria for an MRI. The judge overseeing the lawsuit said that expert witness assessments showed that an overwhelming majority of health officials would have proceeded in the same manner. Her children had been suing for two million crowns in damages.
The Czech national football team faces Iceland on Friday evening in a key qualifier for next year’s European championships being held in France. The Czechs currently lead Group A with 13 points in five matches – a single point ahead of their hosts. Friday night’s match will mark midfielder Tomáš Rosický’s 100th appearance for the national team.
City Hall in the town of Ústí nad Labem, North Bohemia, will reportedly commission a study to weigh the benefits of a possible road tunnel aimed at improving transit from the city centre. The proposed tunnel would be around four kilometres in length, connecting the centre to the D8 highway and ending at the Neštěmice district. Councillors at City Hall are of the view the tunnel should be paid for the state; no price tag has been mentioned yet.
A car crash in the area of Domažlice on Thursday night claimed the life of an 18-year-old boy on the passenger side while four others in the vehicle were injured. The fatal accident took place at around 10 PM; for reasons still unknown, the 26-year-old driver lost control and the car went off the road, crashing into a tree. The news was confirmed by a police spokeswoman for the Czech News Agency. Three of those injured were trapped in the car and hydraulic equipment was needed to free them from the vehicle.
Czech hockey legend Jaromír Jágr, historian Jehudu Bauer and the grand-daughter of the shoe manufacturer Jan Antonin Bata, Dolores Liljana Bata are 12 personalities being awarded the 2015 Gratias Agit award for promoting the good name of the Czech Republic abroad on Friday evening. The awards are presented by the Czech foreign minister, Lubomír Zaorálek, at a special ceremony at Prague’s Černín Palace. The Gratias Agit awards have been presented annually since 1997.
The 12th annual Prague Museum Night will take place on Saturday 13 June, 2015. This popular cultural event established in 2004 offers people the possibility to visit Prague galleries, museums and other cultural heritage sites in the late night hours. Around 40 institutions are opening their doors to visitors this year.
The Czech winner of the biggest ever Eurojackpot has come forward to claim his money, the Sazka betting agency reported on Thursday. The man appeared more than three weeks after winning a staggering 90 million euro or 2.4 billion crowns in the lottery and demanded he remain in anonymity. Sazka disclosed only that winner was a middle-aged man who was still working and who said he had needed time to think things over. He took out 270,000 crowns in cash and left, saying he was in a hurry to catch a train, the Sazka employee said. The winner has been offered the services of a psychologist and financial advisor.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretsu on Thursday signed a list of operational programmes for the Czech Republic from the European Structural and Investment Fund for the 2014 to 2020 period. All of the country’s operational programmes have now been approved by the EC. In total, about 23.85 billion euros (about 644 billion crowns) have been earmarked for the Czech Republic in the said period.
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