Infamous Czech prisoner Radovan Krejčíř has won a worldwide following for his dubious soccer skills after a video of him playing football with Oscar Pistorius in the courtyard of a South African jail was put on the web. Both Krejčíř and Pistorius are being held in Pretoria’s Kgosi Mampuru prison. Paralympic athlete Pistorius was sentenced to five years in jail for shooting his girlfriend last year. Czech businessman Krejčíř has been detained in custody. A local South African paper said other prison inmates were angered that the footballing duo were being given special treatment.
Czech humanitarian organisations have denounced what they describe as the ‘shameful’ level of Czech government aid in the Middle East. Around half a dozen charities made a joint statement suggesting that the Czech Republic should be capable of providing refuge to around 1,000 refugees from the civil war in Syria rather than the 70 offered asylum so far. The charities argue that the Czech Republic should feel a moral responsibility to providing refuge after so many Czech were given asylum in other countries during the Cold War. It is estimated that around 4 million have fled the conflict in Syria.
The woman who was seriously injured in the Uherský Brod shootings two weeks ago has been transferred from the local hospital to Prague’s Vinohrady teaching hospital. The woman is in a stable condition following an earlier operation and this made her transfer possible. Although the shooting victim is ready to be discharged from hospital, further specialist care is expected to speed her full recovery. The woman was shot in the chest but was able escape from the restaurant where the shooting spree took place. Eight people died in the attack with the attacker then turning his gun on himself.
Half the bread and bread rolls produced in the Czech Republic contain more the recommended level of salt, according to the consumer group Vím, co jím a piju (I Know What I Eat and Drink). Tests it carried out found that showed that ordinary white rohlík rolls and brown bread with caraway seeds were most likely to have salt levels above those recommended by the World Health Organization. A representative of Vím, co jím a piju Czechs consumed three times the five grammes of salt a day recommended by the WHO.
There are 72 unlicensed nursing homes in the Czech Republic, according to the Ministry of Social Affairs. Administrative proceedings that may result in fines have been taken against 20 old folks’ homes and homes for people with dementia and other diseases. The ombudswoman recently highlighted the issue of the elderly receiving inadequate and undignified treatment at some facilities. There are around 800 registered nursing homes in the Czech Republic. A new bill regulating what is a growing industry should come into effect in 2017.
Former defence minister Alexandr Vondra has testified at the trial of Jana Nagyová on charges of ordering military intelligence officers to surveil the former wife of erstwhile prime minister Petr Nečas. His centre-right government fell following the arrest of his then chief of staff. Mr. Vondra, a one-time cabinet colleague of Mr. Nečas, told a Prague court on Tuesday that he was unaware any monitoring had taken place. He said he had been unable to believe his ears when he heard about the Nagyová case in the summer of 2013, when it came to light. Jana Nagyová is now married to Mr. Nečas.
President Miloš Zeman’s spokesman says Czech Television’s decision to not broadcast live a news conference he gave on Tuesday was “childish revenge” for comments the head of state recently made about the station. Jiří Ovčáček said the president’s office was considering making a complaint to the Radio and Television Council over the matter. Last week Mr. Zeman accused Czech Television of not being a genuine public service broadcaster and questioned its current license fee funding model. The station has previously broadcast Mr. Ovčáček’s news conferences live on its news channel. Czech TV said it had no reason to believe that the spokesman was going to release any new information at the one held on Tuesday.
The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, has described the situation surrounding a Czech kidnapped in Libya along with a group of other foreign workers as very serious. His spokesman Jiří Ovčáček said the president was following the situation extremely closely. The head of state also praised the work of Czech diplomats and said he appreciated being informed about developments by Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek.
The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Lubomír Zaorálek, says the authorities in the Philippines also believe that a group of foreign workers including one Czech were kidnapped by Islamic State in Libya on Friday. Mr. Zaorálek made the comment after speaking to his Filipino counterpart, Alberto del Rosario on Tuesday. The Austrian Foreign Ministry had said on Monday that the nine-member group, which also includes one Austrian citizen and four Filipinos, had been taken hostage by Islamic State radicals. The Czech man, who has not been named, is reported to have been working as a caterer for the oilfield management company Value Added Oilfield Services.
The number of European pond turtles in the Czech Republic is close to zero. According to the wildlife group Herpeta, which is trying to boost turtle numbers, there were millions in the wild on Czech territory in the Middle Ages but today there are only a few hundred left. Most in existence now were brought from other countries, such as Romania, and the largest population is in south Moravia.
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