News Czech Fair Play awards handed out
Hockey player Tomáš Slovák, bike rider David Pabiška and former cyclist Jan Smolík received the Czech Fair Play awards on Wednesday. Škoda Plzeň defenceman Slovák was honoured for admitting to the referee he had deflected a puck out of play during the decisive match of last year’s play-offs finals. David Pabiška, meanwhile, assisted an injured rider during last year’s Dakar Rally; he called a medical helicopter and waited with the injured Italian biker until it arrived. Former cyclist Jan Smolík, who won the international Peace Race event in 1964, received an award for his life-time commitment to fair play principles, the organizers from the Czech Olympic Committee said.
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A statue of the famous Czech long-distance runner Emil Zátopek has been unveiled at a sports stadium in Zlín, south Moravia. The four-time Olympic champion used to run at the Stadium of Youth and met his wife Dana at the venue. The life-sized bronze sculpture, which is by Radim Hanke, depicts Zátopek running in his trademark pained-looking style and stands metres from the stadium’s 400m track.
A state attorney has requested a 10-year jail term for Roman Janoušek if the controversial businessman is found guilty of attempted murder in connection with a hit-and-run incident. Speaking at the close of an appeal hearing in Prague, the state attorney said Mr. Janoušek should get seven years in prison if found guilty of grievous bodily harm. In April a court sentenced the businessman to three years for grievous bodily harm over an incident in 2012 in which he knocked down another driver with whom he had become involved in an altercation. Both the state attorney and Mr. Janoušek appealed that verdict. The hit-and-run came days after a newspaper published transcriptions of wiretaps giving the impression that he held strong influence over politicians and officials in Prague.
The governor of South Moravia Michal Hašek has called a state of emergency in two villages in the Břeclav region where there is a continuing danger of mudslides in the wake of heavy rain. Ten families had to be evacuated in the town of Strachotín over the weekend as a debris flow came dangerously close to their homes. In the town a Dolní Vestonice a mudslide necessitated the evacuation of a campsite. One woman was reported injured and two caravans were damaged. Emergency crews have been working to secure the areas.
Police have charged 18 people with manipulating public tenders in river basin management, the daily Lidové noviny reports. Among those charged are high placed public officials and construction company managers who are suspected of manipulating seven tenders worth over 660 million crowns on work on a stretch of the Vltava River in southern Bohemia.
Police in Liberec pursued a speeding driver going at nearly 200km/h on Monday and were forced to fire several warning shots into the air before making the car draw to a halt. The young woman behind the wheel was on drugs, did not have a driver’s licence and was driving a borrowed car. She also had drugs in her possession. The incident is being investigated.
The head of Czech expat associations in Ukraine Ludmila Muchinova has said she knows of only four families who are interested in repatriation to their old homeland. Mrs. Muchinova met with Czech Deputy Foreign Minister Rudolf Jindrák on Monday to discuss the situation after President Miloš Zeman last week asked Interior Minister Milan Chovanec to meet the request of 40 families for repatriation. Ms. Muchinova said that while Czech expats in Ukraine were afraid of how the conflict might develop only those in the Donbas area were directly affected by it. The Czech Foreign Ministry has said it is ready to give Czech expats assistance locally where needed.
Romany women in the Czech Republic generally have a low level of education, make on average 10,000 crowns a month and live in a rented flat with their family, according to the outcome of a Charles University survey on the life of Romany women. The vast majority marry young –between the age of 18 and 21, close to 40 percent of them have three or more children and singlehandedly shoulder the burden of looking after the household. The vast majority said they had faced discrimination when looking for a job or flat.
Five-year old British cancer patient Ashya King underwent his first treatment at Prague’s Proton Therapy Centre on Monday. The therapy that he is undergoing uses beams of protons rather than high energy X-rays as in conventional radiotherapy. The former can be directed at a tumour with immense precision and unlike conventional treatments cause less damage to surrounding bodily tissue reducing the chance that the patient might develop secondary cancer later in life. Ashya will undergo a series of thirty sessions over the next six weeks.
The Czech Republic will offer Iraq help in training the country’s security forces, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaorálek said at a conference in Paris aimed at coordinating international action in tackling the threat from Islamic State militants. Earlier this year the Czech government approved the sale of 15 L-159 training fighter jets to Iraq and the Czech military will send the Kurdish forces munitions including bullets, grenades, and anti-tank shells no longer needed by the Czech Army. The government is also providing humanitarian aid.
Police are reported to have detained a young man with a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine at the main railway station in Olomouc. The twenty-one-year old had the drugs stuffed in a backpack and claimed he had no idea what he was carrying. He told the police he had been offered five thousand crowns to take the backpack from Prague to Olomouc where someone would pick it up. According to detectives the drugs have a street value of approximately one million crowns. The man has been charged with drug-trafficking for which he could get a prison sentence of up to ten years.