Czech hockey goalie Petr Mrázek may have gotten off to a three game
winning start with his new NHL club the Philadelphia Flyers but a three
game skid has followed, including a 7-6 loss against in the shootout to
Tampa Bay at the weekend and a 4-1 defeat by the Florida Panthers on
The only Czech to get on the board in the NHL on Sunday was forward Tomáš Hyka, called up from the farm team for Las Vegas: he earned an assist in the Golden Knights’ 3-2 win over New Jersey.
A 39-year-old Czech tourist died of heart failure last week while
vacationing in Hurghada, Egypt, while his six-year-old son was hospitalised
with respiratory problems, news site iDnes reports. The spokeswoman for the
Czech Foreign Ministry confirmed that the tourist was taken to hospital
after falling ill and treated in intensive care. The man died the next
According to the news site, both the father and son had contracted fevers with breathing problems in the days prior. The child suffered no additional difficulties. His mother and another sibling, who were also on the vacation, have given consent for the deceased’s body to be repatriated to the Czech Republic later this week.
In 2017, the authorities uncovered 2,850 counterfeit banknotes and coins in
various currencies and denominations, 22 percent fewer year-on-year and the
lowest number since 1990.
The number of fake Czech banknotes and coins dropped by 814 to a total of
1,318; the number of counterfeit currency was 1,532, 18 more year-on-year.
The news was confirmed at a press conference by a representative of the
board of the central bank.
The bill was often copied was the Czech 2,000 crown note.
The 20th edition of the One World international festival of human
rights-themed documentaries gets underway in Prague on Monday. This
year’s One World will show 128 films and welcome over 100 guests from
around the world.
The opening film will be The Cleaners, a German picture that looks at the work of anonymous content moderators on social networks.
One World is also featuring a competition of Czech documentaries for the second time. Highlights are set to include When the War Comes, which explores a Slovak militia group, and Nothing Like Before, a coming of age film set in the Czech border regions.
Demonstrations were held across the Czech Republic on Monday night voicing
broad protest over the recent election of Communist Party MP Zdeněk
Ondráček as chairman of the lower house committee overseeing the General
Inspectorate of the Security Forces, which investigates the police.
Thousands gathered on Wenceslas Square in Prague as well as in Brno and smaller crowds in at least another nine cities and towns, making their discontent known over the MP's election. Mr Ondráček was a member of the Communist-era riot police that clamped down on demonstrators in 1989.
Many on the square in Prague jangled keys - a symbol of 1989 - in protest, or carried paper truncheons mocking the riot police who had once tried to stop students and other supporters of democratic reforms by force.
Others on Wenceslas Square on Monday carried slogans saying No to the Communist Party as well as the country's president, Miloš Zeman, and the prime minister in resignation Andrej Babiš, whose ANO MPs are being blamed by the opposition for making Mr Ondráček's election possible.
The prime minister had begun backtracking earlier, saying he will push for the official to be recalled from his post.
The former riot unit member Ondráček, meanwhile, has voiced no remorse over his actions against demonstrators in the year that the Velvet Revolution brought down communism in Czechoslovakia.
President Zeman's spokesman Jiří Ovčáček criticised the demonstrations on Twitter as "hateful anti-Zeman protests" in which only politicians who had failed or come up short at the polls were taking part.
Mr Zeman was recently re-elected to a second and final five year term as head of state.
He is seen as a close ally of Mr Babiš - giving him considerable space in his second chance to try and form a viable government. Although Mr Babiš routinely polls as the most popular party leader in the lower house, the protests on Monday seemed to underline that there were political decisions which quite simply crossed the line and remained unacceptable for at least part of the populace.
The prime minister in resignation, Andrej Babiš, says he will propose the
removal of Communist MP Zdeněk Ondráček as the chairman of the lower
house committee that oversees the General Inspectorate of the Security
Services, which investigates police crimes.
The ANO leader made the statement on his Facebook page on Sunday evening, saying if anybody else proposed ousting Mr. Ondráček he would back the move.
This comes despite the fact that only on Friday deputies from Mr. Babiš’s ANO party helped vote the controversial Mr. Ondráček into the position.
Mr. Ondráček was a member of a riot police unit that beat protesters in 1989 and his election has caused a major outcry, with protests against it set to take place in Prague and 10 other cities and towns on Monday evening.
The Czech Republic’s Markéta Davidová has become the junior world
champion in biathlon 10 kilometre pursuit. In Sunday’s final she finished
just ahead of Poland’s Kamila Zukova, who had beaten her to the gold in
the biathlon sprint at the competition in Estonia on Saturday.
It was the last time that Davidová, who is 21, was competing in the Junior World Championships.
ANO would have received 33 percent if elections had been held in February,
suggests an opinion poll conducted by the Kantar TNS agency for Czech
Television. Andrej Babiš’s party, who currently occupy a government in
resignation, got just under 30 percent in the last elections in October.
The survey indicates that the Czech Pirate Party would climb to second on 12.5 percent. The Social Democrats would do slightly better than in October, while the Civic Democrats, Freedom and Direct Democracy and the Communists would do worse.
Neither TOP 09 or the Mayors and Independents would achieve the minimum 5 percent needed to get back into the lower house, the poll suggests.
Communist Party chairman Vojtěch Filip says he does not understand the
reasons for a planned demonstration against the election of Zdeněk
Ondráček as chairman of the lower house committee that oversees the
General Inspectorate of the Security Services, which investigates police
crimes. Now a Communist MP, Mr. Ondráček was a member of a police riot
unit that beat protesters in 1989.
Speaking on a TV debate show on Sunday, Mr. Filip said Mr. Ondráček’s critics were not democrats and did not respect the rules of civic society. The Communist Party leader also said that more dramatic police interventions than in 1989 had taken place, including against people protesting at an IMF conference in Prague in 2000.
Mr. Filip said he didn’t see “anything bad” about the 1989 clampdowns as it was necessary “for people to feel safe and for the police to function”.
A demonstration against Mr. Ondráček’s appointment is planned for 19:00 on Monday on Prague’s Národní St., where the violent quelling of a demonstration on November 17, 1989 sparked the Velvet Revolution.
Czech doctors groups say conditions are too lax for medics from Ukraine
coming to the Czech Republic under a government programme to bring in
qualified workers from abroad, Czech Television reported on Sunday. They
are calling for the thorough examination of the Ukrainians’ certificates
and for the imported doctors to undergo local tests.
The Czech Ministry of Health agrees that the Ukrainian doctors’ qualifications should be examined more closely, Czech Television said. However, the ministry has no plans to change the system of examinations or to do away with the scheme, as the Czech doctors groups have demanded.
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