The renowned horror director Juraj Herz died on Sunday at the age of 83,
the Czech News Agency reported. The Slovak-born director, who moved to
Prague in the late 1950s, was perhaps best-known for 1968’s The Cremator,
a macabre, internationally acclaimed cult film based on a novel by Ladislav
Herz’s Petrol Lamps was entered in the Cannes film festival in 1972 and other important titles in his filmography include Morgiana and Ferat Vampire. His last movie was Habermann in 2010.
A major agricultural machinery trade fair got underway in Brno in Sunday.
Techagro is the third biggest event of its kind in Europe and is held every
two years. The current edition features 720 companies from 37 countries.
Organisers say they expect over 100,000 visitors for the trade fair, which continues until Thursday.
The oldest living female Czechoslovak World War II veteran, Anděla Haida,
has died in the United Kingdom at the age of 104, the Czech Embassy in
London has announced.
During the war Mrs. Haida served as a driver with the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force after signing up as a volunteer in 1942.
In 2017 the North London resident received a medal for heroism from the Czech president, Miloš Zeman. She was born Anděla Beníčková in Uherský Brod in October 1913.
ANO would have won elections to the Chamber of Deputies if they were held
last month with 29.5 percent of the vote, suggests an opinion poll by the
Kantar TNS agency released on Sunday. That is two tenths of percentage
point down on what the party achieved in October’s elections but a fall
of three percent on the figure indicated in a Kantart TNS poll in February.
The survey suggests gains for the Civic Democrats, the Pirates and the Social Democrats compared to their results in October. By contrast, Freedom and Direct Democracy, the Communists and the Christian Democrats fared worse than in the last elections in the poll, which was conducted for Czech Television.
The Czech ice hockey player Radim Vrbata has called time on his career in
the NHL. The right wing, who is 36, made his final appearance in the league
for Florida Panthers on Saturday. He said he was returning to the Czech
Republic in part so his children could go to Czech schools.
In his 16 years in the NHL Vrbata played over 1,000 regular season games, scored 284 goals and made 339 assists.
The next month should see average to slightly above-average temperatures in
the Czech Republic, according to a regular four-week forecast published by
the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. The coming week is expected to
see daytime highs of up to 24 degrees Celsius, which is unusual for the
time of year. The following week will be relatively cool before a return to
warm weather, forecasters say.
Precipitation will be low for the time of year until the start of May, when showers are predicted.
The Czech biathlon star Gabriela Koukalová says that injury will rule her
out again next season. The 2017 biathlon sprint world champion and Czech
sportsperson of the year missed the Winter Olympics in February due to
problems with her calves and says she cannot at present imagine returning
Koukalová, who last competed in March last year, told the Sport.cz website that she didn’t want to rule out ever returning, saying she might miss it in a year or two.
The Czech Republic’s men’s tennis team have reached the playoffs for
the elite World Group in the Davis Cup. The Czechs made it 3:1 against
Israel with a doubles win in Ostrava on Saturday for an unassailable lead
on games in the best of five series.
The draw for the playoffs takes place next Wednesday. The Czech Republic won the Davis Cup in 2012 and 2013.
The acting minister of justice, Robert Pelikán of ANO, will not be in the
next government and is set to quit politics. Mr. Pelikán made the
announcement in an interview for the news site aktuálně.cz. He said he
planned to leave the Chamber of Deputies but did not specify when.
Mr. Pelikán said he had made the decision due to differences of outlook with ANO. However, he said he would remain a member of the party.
The minister said he had been weighing up the move for some time. He said his decision to extradite alleged hacker Yevgeny Nikulin to the US was also a factor; the response from some political quarters was hostile and he did not wish this to make forming a new government harder, Mr. Pelikán said.
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