The UNHCR educational project putting school children in the role of refugees by means of comics and a film is idiotic and dangerous, President Miloš Zeman said in Sunday's debate on Prima TV, praising Education Minister Kateřina Vlachová who said that her ministry will not distribute it to schools. According to the Czech president, the comics was just as naive as Bolshevik propaganda. The refugee awareness project Hello Czech Republic is based on a Swedish model and it was brought to the Czech Republic by the META association, which focuses on education of foreigners.
The first group of ten Christian refugees from Iraq arrived at Prague's Václav Havel Airport on Sunday, the spokesman for the foundation Generace 21, which is financing most of the relocation project, told the Czech News Agency. The refugees will now be taken to a recreational centre Okrouhlík near Jihlava, where they will spend the next few months. Another group of about two dozen people are expected to arrive within the next few weeks.
Tomáš Berdych has reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the sixth time in his career. The Czech men's tennis number one overcame Spain's Roberto Bautista 4:6, 6:4, 6:3, 1:6 a 6:3 on Saturday in a match that took more than three hours. Tomáš Berdych will next face the winner of the duel between Swiss Roger Federer and Belgium's David Goffin.
Paramedics took part in a six-hour rescue operation in a cave in Moravský kras on Saturday evening to save a speleologist who was injured at the bottom of the cave. The man, who explored the cave with a team of colleagues, bruised his ankle some 25 metres under ground. The rescuers had to widen one the cave's tunnel to be able to bring the man out and then they had to carry him through difficult and snowy terrain to a site accessible by ambulance.
Prague deputy Matěj Stropnický was elected chairman of the Green Party for the next two years at the Party's election conference in Prague on Saturday. Mr Stropnický won with 117 votes against Prague 4 mayor Petr Štěpánek with 97 and Jan Šlechta with six votes. The 32-year-old Stropnický, former deputy mayor of Prague, replaces Jana Drápalova, who was not defending the post. In his candidate speech, Mr Stropnický said that the Greens were a consolidated party respecting mutual diversity. He also said they were ready to once again become a real parliamentary party. Irena Moudrá Wünschová, a doctor from Ústí nad Labem, was elected the first deputy chairperson.
Ztraceni v Mnichově (Lost in Munich) by Petr Zelenka took the Czech Film Critics' Award for Best Film at a ceremony at Prague's Archa Theatre on Saturday night. Zelenka also picked up the Best Screenplay and Best Director Awards. The award for best actors went to Alena Mihulová for her part in Domácí Péče (Home Care) and to Kryštof Hádek for his role in Kobry a užovky (Snake Brothers). Jana Ševčíková's Opři žebřík o nebe (Lean a Ladder Against Heaven) took the Best Documentary prize.
Czech Eva Samková has won the women's World Cup event in snowboard cross in Germany's Feldberg. It was the fourth World Cup win for the 21-year-old Olympic Champion. Another Czech snowboarder, Ester Ledecká, has won the finals of the ladies paralell giant slalom World Cup event in Slovenian Rogla, reaching a second World Cup win of the season. Ledecká came ahead of the former World Champion Marion Kreiner of Austria.
An extraordinary meeting of the National Security Council board took place on Friday, the spokesman for the government, Martin Ayrer, told the Czech News Agency on Saturday, adding that the Office of the Government would not provide any further details. The unannounced meeting took place on Friday evening, less than a week after the council's last session. The National Security Council, which comprises the Prime Minister and other government members, coordinates steps in the event of a natural disaster or state of emergency.
Franišek Mičánek, the head of the Centre for Security and Military Strategic Studies at the University of Defence in Brno and former director of the Force Planning Division at the defence Ministry, is among the leading candidates for the post of the dean of the NATO Defense College in Rome, the daily Právo wrote on Saturday. The new dean will be elected by NATO officials in Brussels on Monday. The chairman of NATO's Military Committe, General Petr Pavel, told the daily that he would support Mr Mičánek's election.