Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš as well as other politicians have
expressed shock over the murder in neighbouring Slovakia of 27-year-old
investigative journalist Ján Kociak and his girlfriend. The two were found
dead at their home after relatives grew worried; he had reportedly been
shot in the chest and his girlfriend in the head.
It is thought that Mr Kociak's murder was connected to his investigative work.
Czech Prime Minister Babiš, a Bratislava native, tweeted that he hadn't thought such a thing was possible in present-day Slovakia. He condemned the murder in the strongest possible terms.
The newly-elected head of the Social Democratic Party Jan Hamáček wrote that the murder was an attack on free society and that journalists were rightly considered watchdogs of democracy, while the head of the Civic Democrats, Petr Fiala, expressed the hope that the killers would soon be caught.
President Miloš Zeman did not comment, the Czech News Agency noted; his spokesman Jiří Ovčáček tweeted "disgust" that some politicians were - in his view - using the murder for their own political ends.
A new poll conducted by the CVVM agency suggests that if elections were
held today they would be easily won by ANO, currently heading the outgoing
government of its ministers together with experts.
The poll, released on Monday, suggests that ANO would receive 33.5 percent – up from 30.5 last month. The Pirates would receive 13 percent, the Social Democrats 12, and the Civic Democrats 10.5. The last to get into the lower house would be the Communists and Freedom and Direct Democracy, projected at 10 percent and 6.5, respectively.
According to the survey, three parties in the current lower house would slip below the minimum five percent threshold: the Christian Democrats, TOP 09 and STAN.
Last year, Czechs handed in some 1,681 tonnes of batteries for recycling,
an increase of three percent from 2016. The number has risen steadily year
by year; the region where the most batteries were handed in for recycling
was South Moravia.
In 2017, Czechs recycled 46.3 percent of batteries in circulation, according to ECOBAT, the NGO which collected the data.
Kladno native Tomáš Plekanec is changing teams for the first time in his
NHL career. The centre, who was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 2001
and began playing full time for the Habs in the 2005/2006 season, is not
moving far: he was traded on Sunday to the Toronto Maple Leafs, along with
forward Kyle Baun.
The 35 year-old’s chances of making the playoffs got a huge boost in the deal: the Leafs are currently second in the Eastern division, while Montreal are third from last.
Plekanec ranks seventh on the Canadiens’ all-time list for games played with 981.
Members of the Czech Olympic team, returning from the Winter Games in
Pyeongchang, touched down in Prague shortly before 2 pm on Monday. The team
won seven medals, including two golds, at the games which just wrapped up
in South Korea.
Later in the day medalists, including the Games’ snow queen Ester Ledecká who won gold in the women’s super-G and the snowboard parallel slalom, were scheduled to appear on stage at Prague’s Old Town Square, to be greeted by thousands of fans and well-wishers inspired by their performances at the Olympic Games.
Municipal police officers have focussed on areas where homeless people
sleep, in an effort to get them to go indoors, to various shelters for the
night. The move comes at a time when the Czech Republic has been hit by
extremely cold weather.
Officers doing their rounds, whether in Prague or towns like Ústí nad Labem and Zlín, have encouraged those sleeping rough to take shelter and have been providing information. Temperatures have fallen well below zero at night, putting lives at risk.
Ten people in Prague this year have died from flu-related illnesses, nine
of them above the age of 60, while 30 people had to be treated in emergency
wards or intensive care. The news was confirmed by the chief hygiene office
in the Czech capital. The number of those infected with acute respiratory
illness is roughly the same as a week ago, around 1,250 patients per
To try and curb the flu epidemic and protect other patients in hospital, most hospitals but also many pensioners’ homes have banned visits.
The legendary rock band The Rolling Stones will perform in Prague on July 4
of this year, the company Echo Promotion confirmed on Monday. The band –
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood – performed
five times before in the former Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic.
The concert, at Prague’s Letňany airport, is part of the European leg of
the bands No Filter tour.
Advance ticket sales are to begin on March 9. A maximum eight tickets will be available per transaction.
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