English actress Helen Mirren is set to receive a lifetime achievement reward at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the festival’s spokeswoman said on Wednesday. At the festival, Ms Mirren will present the film The Door by the Hungarian director István Szabó. During her visit, the actress will be accompanied by her husband, the director and producer Taylor Hackford who last year chaired the festival’s jury. The 47th Karlovy Vary International Festival will take place between June 29 and July 7.
Sparta Prague on Wednesday handed a fine of 250,000 crowns, or more than 13,000 US dollars, to their Cameroonian midfield Martin Abena for missing sessions. The 25-year-old player, who has only appeared in one game this season, missed five sessions in March, club management said. Martin Abena’s lawyer said the fine was too big, and asked the club for further details.
The Czech Ice Hockey Association on Wednesday said Alois Hadamczik will coach the national team until June 2015. The 59-year-old coach worked with the team between 2005 and 2008 and again since 2010, won the bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino and silver medals at the world championships in 2007 and 2008. In 2015, the world championship will be hosted by the Czech Republic.
The leader of the opposition Social Democrats, Bohuslav Sobotka, has promised his party will “not miss any opportunity” to instigate early general elections. Speaking at a May 1 rally in Vyškov, southern Moravia, Mr Sobotka said the government survived its latest crisis against the wishes of most Czechs, and suggested the regional and Senate elections in the autumn will be a “referendum” on the centre-right government.
Five people including three police officers were injured in clashes between far-right and far-left extremists in Prague on Tuesday. One man was arrested after attacking the police, a spokesman for the force said. The conflict occurred when marches staged by both groups to commemorate the International Workers’ Day passed each other under heavy police supervision; however, the activists threw bottles, stones and other objects at each other. One of the injured officers was taken hospital; the other people only suffered light injuries.
Some 2,000 people on Tuesday came to a rally organized by the Communist party at Prague’s exhibition grounds marking the International Workers’ Day. Communist leaders addressed the crowd, calling for an end of the government’s reforms; the rally was also attended by one of the party’s pre-1990 leaders, former general secretary, Milouš Jakeš.
New Education Minister Petr Fiala will be appointed to his post by President Václav Klaus on Wednesday, a spokesman for the president said. PM Nečas nominated Petr Fiala, a former rector of Brno’s Masaryk University, a month after his predecessor stepped down over problems with securing EU funds. Mr Fiala, who is also an advisor to the prime minister, said he could not promise miracle but would try to stabilize the education sector. The opposition has welcomed Mr Fiala’s nomination but said the new minister will have to tackle severe problems facing the education system.
Monday’s “Burning of the Witches”, or Walpurgis Night festivals caused 178 fires across the country, a spokeswoman for the Czech fire brigades said. The fires caused damages worth around 6.2 million crowns. A homeless man died in Mělník, in northern Bohemia, on Monday after his shack caught fire but the accident was not linked to the festivities.
The National Museum has decided not to explore the contents of two wooden chests, donated to the museum over a hundred years ago by Czech scientist Bohuslav Jiruš who died in 1901, the museum said on its website on Tuesday.. In his testament, the botanist and pharmacologist said the chests should be opened 200 years after his death. The museum held an online poll to decide whether or not to open the chests; more than 3,000 people took part, 53 percent of which voted against the opening of the boxes.
Several temperature records for May 1 were broken across the Czech Republic on Tuesday. A weather station in Tábor, southern Bohemia, registered a temperature of 28.4 degrees Celsius, the highest in 66 years while in the east Bohemia city of Hradec Králové, meteorologists registered 30..6 degrees Celius, the highest temperature since 30.5 degrees Celsius, the highest since 1934.