Monday is the 30th anniversary of the start of protests in Teplice, North
Bohemia that took place just days before the Prague demonstration that
sparked the Velvet Revolution. People chanted “We want to live!” in
response to appalling pollution that frequently left the industrial city
covered by a blanket of noxious air.
The environmental protests, which were initially called by a teenage apprentice, led to clashes with the police, who used a water cannon in a bid to disperse the crowd. They ran from November 11 to 13.
The Czech national football squad gathered in Prague on Monday ahead of
their final two qualifying games to reach the 2020 European Championship.
Trainer Jaroslav Šilhavý’s charges will face Kosovo at home on Thursday
before taking on Bulgaria away three days later.
The Czechs, who are without injured striker Patrik Schick, are at present three points behind leaders England and one point ahead of Kosovo in their qualifying group.
The Czech Republic’s European Commissioner, Věra Jourová, has come out
against a statement by French President Emanuel Macron that NATO is
“brain dead”. Speaking on Czech Television on Sunday, Ms. Jourová said
everything that caused the Kremlin to celebrate should be eschewed, adding
that she the European Union must make itself heard more within NATO.
Speaking on the same programme, the Czech former chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Petr Pavel, said Mr. Macron’s words had disrupted unity within the alliance.
The Czech Republic’s ice hockey players have won the Karjala Tournament
in Finland after a 3:0 victory over Russia on Sunday gave them three wins
out of three. The Czechs’ goals came from Kovár, Sedlák and Nestrašil.
It is only the second time ever that the Czech Republic has won the Karjala Tournament, which is the opening event in the four-nation Euro Hockey Tour.
Neither the Social Democrats nor Tomio Okamura’s Freedom and Direct
Democracy would have made the five-percent threshold to reach the Czech
lower house if elections had been held last month, suggests a newly
published poll conducted for Czech Television by the Kantar CZ agency. Both
parties would have got 4.5 percent and exited the Chamber of Deputies, the
Government leaders ANO would have received the backing of 31.5 percent of respondents, ahead of the Pirates on 17 percent and the Civic Democrats on 12.5 percent.
The leading Czech cinematographer Vladimír Smutný says he is the person
who shot the only known footage of Jan Palach in his hospital bed, shortly
before his death. He made the comment in an interview for news site DVTV,
saying he had never before revealed that he was the author of the film shot
between Palach’s self-immolation in January 1969 and death several days
Mr. Smutný is a seven-time winner of the Czech Lion award and has worked on numerous well-known Czech films, including the recently released The Painted Bird by Václav Marhoul.
The Czech Republic’s ice hockey players made it two wins out of two with victory over hosts Finland in the Karjala Tournament on Saturday night. The Czechs sealed a 3:2 victory on penalties in that game in Helsinki. They now face Russia in a game to decide the winners of the competition, which is the first event in the four-nation Euro Hockey Tour.
Hurdler Zuzana Hejnová has been named Czech Athlete of the Year for the
third time. The 32-year-old came fifth in the women’s 400m hurdles at the
World Athletics Championships in Doha and regularly reached the podium at
Diamond League events in 2019.
Hejnová, a two-time world champion in the past, finished ahead of javelin thrower Jakub Vadlejch and shot putter Tomáš Staněk in the poll of athletics functionaries, trainers and journalists.
The authorities in Prague 3 are offering students cheap accommodation in
municipal properties in exchange for spending time with the residents of
old folks’ homes, Novinky.cz reported on Sunday. The programme comes
partly in response to the fact that student dormitories are overcrowded and
commercial rents have skyrocketed in the city.
The students are required to spend 30 hours a month with seniors under the scheme. Prague 3 deputy mayor Ondřej Rut said it should bring together the generations and offer both fresh perspectives.
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