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10-03-2019

Prague man shot in Vinohrady hospital by fellow patient dies

One of the shooting victims from separate incidents late Friday night has died of his injuries.

The 65-year-old man died Saturday. He was undergoing oncological treatment at University Hospital in Vinohrady when he and another patient were shot.

The shooter, a 74-year-old man, was also a patient and sharing their room. He was disarmed by nurses and arrested.

In the other incident, a drunken man shot three people with a shotgun on Rostovská Street in Vršovice. The shooter also had a handgun on him when taken into custody, police said.

MPs due to vote on Church restitution tax proposal rejected by Senate

MPs are set to vote again this week in favour of a proposal to tax financial compensation awarded to churches in lieu of property that could not be returned in restitution.

The Senate had rejected the Communist-drafted proposal, arguing it was unconstitutional and unjust to tax money paid in compensation for properties confiscated by the former regime.

The Communists have conditioned their tolerance of the minority government comprised of the ANO and Social Democrat parties on the proposal passing.

They estimate the Czech state stands to recover about 380 million crowns annually from the roughly 2 billion crowns it now transfers to 16 churches and a Jewish federation under bilateral agreements.

750 Czech towns fly Tibetan flag to mark 60th anniversary of uprising against China

The Tibetan is flying at town halls in nearly 750 hundred Czech municipalities to mark the 60th anniversary of the country’s uprising against Chinese occupation.

Protests are also scheduled outside the embassy of the Communist country on Sunday afternoon.

Since the end of communism in 1989, many Czechs have marked 10 March, the day when the Chinese crushed an uprising in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, in a show of support for Tibetan independence.

In 1996, when the "Flag for Tibet" initiative first started here, four Czech city and town halls flew Tibet's flag.

Sáblíková breaks own 3,000m record in Salt Lake City win

Olympic champion speed skater Martina Sáblíková broke her own world record in the 3,000m race on Saturday at the ISU World Cup Finals in Salt Lake City, USA.

She clocked in at 3:52.027, eclipsing her prior mark of 3:53.31 from last week in Calgary.

This is the third world record in 10 days for the 31-year-old athlete, the Czech Republic’s first to win two gold medals at a single Olympic Winter Games back in 2010.

Strong winds knock out power to thousands of homes, more gusts expected Monday

Strong winds have knocked out electricity supplies to thousands of consumers, with felled trees also blocking roads across the Czech Republic.

Firefighters spent hours late Saturday night clearing debris, responding to more than 200 incidents. They responded to another 160 calls on Sunday.

The Institute of Hydrometeorology reported gusts of up to 110 kilometres per hour in the mountains.

Meteorologists expect strong winds to return with greater force on Monday evening.

Czech actress who voiced Maya the Honey Bee character dies

Vlasta “Aťka” Janoušková, best known for voicing the children’s character Včelka Mája (The Adventures of Maya the Honey Bee), has died at the age of 88.

Janoušková, who stood only 1.2 metres, was a prolific voice-over artist and had won the František Filipovský Prize for lifetime contribution to Czech dubbing.

She was the third child of a Prague jeweler. Her parents were sent to a concentration camp from which her father never returned.

The Adventures of Maya the Honey Bee was a Japanese anime television series from the mid-1970s based on the classic children's book by Waldemar Bonsels, which was extremely popular in Europe.

Weather outlook

Monday should be cool and cloudy with scattered showers or light snowfall likely throughout the country. Average daytime highs should range between 3 to 7 degrees Celsius.

10-03-2019