The national hockey team faces Sweden on Monday after winning their first two games at the Ice Hockey World Championships against Russia and Latvia (on penalty shots). The team should see the return of David Pastrňák. Pavel Francouz (who helped the Czechs eke out a 4:3 victory against Latvia) is expected to start in goal.
President Miloš Zeman attended celebrations at the Russian Embassy in Prague on Monday, marking the anniversary of the end of WWII, celebrated as Victory day in the Russian Federation and a number of post-soviet countries. Both the Czech president and Russia’s ambassador to Prague spoke at the event, with the latter outlining how states with different ideologies and political systems had overcome their differences to defeat their common adversary. Other notable guests on Monday included former Czech president Václav Klaus, ex-prime minister Petr Nečas, the speakers of both houses of Parliament and the American ambassador to Prague, Andrew Shapiro.
Legendary American band Red Hot Chili Peppers will play Prague on September 4 this year, Petr Novák of the agency Live Nation announced on Monday. The concert will take place at the city’s O2 arena. The Chili Peppers’ European tour coincides with the release of a new studio album – their 11th – called The Getaway. The Red Hot Chili Peppers first rose to international stardom in the early 1990s with the album Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
More than one fifth of employees in the Czech Republic have some experience with mobbing, suggests a study carried out by scientists from Palacký University in Olomouc. According to the survey, the Czech Republic belongs among EU countries most threatened by workplace bullying, along with Austria and Finland. The survey also found that university educated people are more affected by mobbing than other employees. Some 42 percent of them said they had experienced mobbing in some form last year.
Anomalisa, a stop-motion animated film by US director Charlie Kaufman, has won the main prize at the international festival of animated films Anifilm in Třeboň, which came to a close on Saturday. French film Phantom Boy directed by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli picked up the Best Animated Film for Children award. More than 27,000 people saw the screenings and accompanying programmes this year, spokeswoman Gabriela Zajícová said.
Freedom Celebrations in the west Bohemian town of Pilsen, marking the end of WWII, will come to a close on Sunday night with a huge open air concert at the city centre. Hundreds of people turned up during the day to greet an unofficial convoy of 80 historical military vehicles. On Saturday, thousands of people came to see the official military convoy, called A Ride of Freedom, carrying war veterans who helped to liberate the city 71 years ago.
Czech athletes took two bronze medals at the European Rowing Championship in Brandenburg, Germany. Ondřej Synek came third in the men's single sculls event; Lenka Antošová and Kristýna Fleissnerová earned a bronze medal in the women'sdouble skulls. Fire-time European champion Miroslava Topinková-Knapková finished in the sixth place.
Czech President Miloš Zeman appointed five new army generals on Sunday, on the occasion of Liberation Day. The new generals include the Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces, Josef Bečvář, the head of the rescue service, Drahoslav Ryba, police president Tomáš Tuhý, and the head of the Office for Protection of Public Officials, Jiří Komorous. The ceremony took place at Prague Castle.
The winner of the 2016 Prague Marathon is Lawrence Cherono from Kenya, who covered the distance with the time of 2:07:24, 50 seconds ahead of last year's champion Felix Kandie, who came in second. Another Kenyan, Solomon Kirwa Yego, finished in the third place. The fastest Czech woman in the race, cross country skier Eva Vrabcová-Nývltová, finished in the sixth place with the time of 2:30:10, and met the qualification limit for the Olympic Games. Some 10,600 participants from around the world took part in the 22nd edition of Prague Marathon.
The Czech parliament is holding an open day on Sunday, which is the anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe and a state holiday in the Czech Republic. People can visit the government's Liechtenstein palace on Kampa Island, as well as the seat of the Senate in the Kolowrat and Wallenstenin palaces at Prague's district of Malá Strana. On Saturday, people had a rare chance to visit the Černín Palace, which is the seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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