The director of a psychiatric hospital in Opava, Ivan Drábek, has resigned from his post in the wake of Tuesday’s knife attack at a secondary school in Ždár nad Sázavou. The attacker was admitted to the hospital after a 2012 attack in an elementary school in Havířov but a court released her last February on the basis of doctors’ recommendations. The 68-year-old hospital director however denied any wrongdoing on the part of the hospital, and quoted strong media pressure as the reason behind his decision.
The Czech National Archive will on Wednesday take possession of a valuable collection documenting 20th century photography in the then Czechoslovakia. The archive of photographer of the late Alexandr Paul, who co-founded the Press Photo Service in 1931, contains black and white and colour negatives, slides of various formats, photographs and other archival materials. They capture cultural events, architecture, street scenes, sport and various other areas of life.
Health workers will receive a pay rise in January not at the same time as other state employees at the start of November, says Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka. In an interview for Czech Television on Tuesday evening, he said this was because medics’ salaries were not financed directly from the state budget. State employees will get a 3.5 percent pay rise next month, while some – including police and fire officers – will get a second rise in January to give them a total of 5 percent more than they are now receiving.
The minister of health, Svatopluk Němeček, has questioned a decision under which a woman detained for a killing at a school in Žďára na Sázavou on Tuesday was released from a mental hospital in February. Mr. Němeček criticised doctors at the facility in Opava, north Moravia for letting her go and the Opava district court for approving her release; he told Czech Television the court had satisfied itself with only one positive appraisal of the then patient and had not sought more. The minister said he believed Tuesday’s incident would lead to changes in the system. The woman was placed in the mental hospital after stabbing a carer at a school in Havířov.
The Ministry of Transport is planning to bar Segways from pavements in the Czech Republic, according to a draft amendment sent to other ministries for review. Under the proposal, the two-wheeled vehicles could be used on cycle paths or other places set aside for them by local authorities. Ministry officials said the move had been prompted by a growing number of collisions between Segway drivers and pedestrians.
The Czech football manager Pavel Vrba says he couldn’t be happier with the team’s start to its campaign to reach Euro 2016 after a 4:2 win over Kazakhstan made it three wins in three games. Speaking at a news conference following Monday’s match, Mr. Vrba – whose team failed to impress in a series of friendlies before the Euro qualifiers – said journalists couldn’t be more surprised, he hoped pleasantly. Prior to being appointed national team coach he had enjoyed considerable success with club side Viktoria Plzeň.
Two well-known Czech actors have received suspended sentences for their part in a Candid Camera-style prank during which a motorist had a heart attack. Petr Čtvrtníček and Jan Potměšil stopped the man while wearing police uniforms in a sketch being recorded for a Czech Television charity campaign. The victim suffered a heart attack when they told him he was being filmed. Mr. Potměšil is in a wheelchair.
A hunter accidentally shot a woman near Holešov in south Moravia at the weekend, the police said on Tuesday. The woman, who was coating trees in a wooded area to prevent animals from stripping their barks, was taken to hospital after being shot in the stomach. The police are treating the case as negligence resulting in grievous bodily harm, a charge that can carry a sentence of up to four years in prison.
An appeal by the film actress and producer Deana Horváthová-Jakubisková, wife of director Juraj Jakubisko, will be heard by the country’s Supreme Court. Horváthová-Jakubisková was given a suspended sentence of 2.5 years in prison with a four-year probation period and four year ban on driving as the result of an accident in which, at the wheel of her car, she struck and killed a pedestrian at a crossing. The verdict was confirmed earlier this year by Prague's Municipal Court. Mrs Horváthová-Jakubisková has said she was going the speed limit, and disagreed with the ruling that she wasn’t paying proper attention behind the wheel.
Speaking at the Forum 2000 conference in Prague, the Russian former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky said the West ought to decide whether it should do business with certain Russians rather than imposing sanctions on the whole country. He made the comments in a debate held on Monday night at the Václav Havel Library as part of this year’s edition of Forum 2000, which was co-founded by Mr. Havel. Mr. Khodorkovsky said targeting individuals may look similar to sanctions but was in fact different. The West imposed sanctions against Russia over its actions connected to the crisis in Ukraine. Once Russia’s richest man, Mr. Khodorkovsky spent a decade behind bars for tax evasion after falling foul of President Vladimir Putin.