Paramedics took part in a six-hour rescue operation in a cave in Moravský kras on Saturday evening to save a speleologist who was injured at the bottom of the cave. The man, who explored the cave with a team of colleagues, bruised his ankle some 25 metres under ground. The rescuers had to widen one the cave's tunnel to be able to bring the man out and then they had to carry him through difficult and snowy terrain to a site accessible by ambulance.
Prague deputy Matěj Stropnický was elected chairman of the Green Party for the next two years at the Party's election conference in Prague on Saturday. Mr Stropnický won with 117 votes against Prague 4 mayor Petr Štěpánek with 97 and Jan Šlechta with six votes. The 32-year-old Stropnický, former deputy mayor of Prague, replaces Jana Drápalova, who was not defending the post. In his candidate speech, Mr Stropnický said that the Greens were a consolidated party respecting mutual diversity. He also said they were ready to once again become a real parliamentary party. Irena Moudrá Wünschová, a doctor from Ústí nad Labem, was elected the first deputy chairperson.
Ztraceni v Mnichově (Lost in Munich) by Petr Zelenka took the Czech Film Critics' Award for Best Film at a ceremony at Prague's Archa Theatre on Saturday night. Zelenka also picked up the Best Screenplay and Best Director Awards. The award for best actors went to Alena Mihulová for her part in Domácí Péče (Home Care) and to Kryštof Hádek for his role in Kobry a užovky (Snake Brothers). Jana Ševčíková's Opři žebřík o nebe (Lean a Ladder Against Heaven) took the Best Documentary prize.
Czech Eva Samková has won the women's World Cup event in snowboard cross in Germany's Feldberg. It was the fourth World Cup win for the 21-year-old Olympic Champion. Another Czech snowboarder, Ester Ledecká, has won the finals of the ladies paralell giant slalom World Cup event in Slovenian Rogla, reaching a second World Cup win of the season. Ledecká came ahead of the former World Champion Marion Kreiner of Austria.
An extraordinary meeting of the National Security Council board took place on Friday, the spokesman for the government, Martin Ayrer, told the Czech News Agency on Saturday, adding that the Office of the Government would not provide any further details. The unannounced meeting took place on Friday evening, less than a week after the council's last session. The National Security Council, which comprises the Prime Minister and other government members, coordinates steps in the event of a natural disaster or state of emergency.
Franišek Mičánek, the head of the Centre for Security and Military Strategic Studies at the University of Defence in Brno and former director of the Force Planning Division at the defence Ministry, is among the leading candidates for the post of the dean of the NATO Defense College in Rome, the daily Právo wrote on Saturday. The new dean will be elected by NATO officials in Brussels on Monday. The chairman of NATO's Military Committe, General Petr Pavel, told the daily that he would support Mr Mičánek's election.
Heavy snowfall has disrupted traffic in most parts of the Czech Republic, mainly in western, northern and central Bohemia. Several centimetres of snow have fallen there during the morning hours of Saturday. While most of the major roads have been chemically treated, drivers have been warned to drive with caution in areas where snow remains has not yet been cleared. In Prague, a number of international flights have been delayed at the Václav Havel Airport as a result of the snowfall.
The government on Monday is scheduled to debate the introduction of a security threat scale, which would enable a fast and coordinated response by the country’s security forces in the event of a terrorist threat, the Czech News Agency reported on Saturday. The three point scale, which would define the potential degree of danger, would be annouced by the government based on the proposal of the Interior Minister. The introduction of the security threat scale comes in reaction to the heightened threat of international terrorism after a series of attacks in Paris in November last year.
Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová has advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time in her career, after beating third-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6:3, 6:2 on Saturday. The 29-year-old Czech will next face the two-time Australian Open Champion Viktoria Azarenka of Belarus. Other Czech female players, Karolína Plíšková and Denisa Allertová,were knocked out of the tournament in the third round.
Embassies of the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, Norway and South Korea in the Czech Republic have launched a six-week anti-corruption campaign on social media with the aim to share their experiences with fighting corruption. Each week, the embassies will release information regarding one specific topic, including law on civil servants, state attorneys or public orders. The first week will be dedicated to the financing of political parties. The campaign will be running on Facebook and Twitter until March 7.
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