Sparta Prague remain three points behind at the top of the Czech soccer league after a 2:0 win over Mladá Boleslav on Sunday. Sparta’s 20th win in 21 home games saw recent signing came after leaders Viktoria Plzen grabbed three points with a 1:0 win over Teplice. Sparta beat Krasnodar 1:0 in the first leg of a Europa League tie this week and travel to Russia for the second leg on Thursday.
Four suitable sites for new reservoirs aimed at combating water shortages in the Czech Republic have been selected, the minister of agriculture, Marian Jurečka, said on TV Prima on Sunday. The station reported that the four spots were Pěčín in north-eastern Bohemia, Vlachovice in eastern Moravia and Senomaty and the nearby Šanov in the Rakovník district in the Central Bohemian Region. Locals and preservationists have opposed the plans. Minister Jurečka said the areas in question had suffered during droughts in recent years, adding that the planned reservoirs were a long-term project and would not be built under him or possibly even under his successor.
Plans to create a new network of around 30 psychiatric centres in the Czech Republic in the next few years could be held back by a lack of qualified personnel. Martin Hollý, the head of a psychiatric specialists organisation, said on Czech Television on Sunday that staff would need to receive special training before the centres could go into operation. The facilities are being created as part of a reform of the Czech psychiatric care system. The need for such reform came into the spotlight in 2003 when international institutions criticised the Czech Republic for the continued use of caged beds in mental hospitals.
The minister of defence, Martin Stropnický, said the Czech Republic could send 100 soldiers to serve with NATO forces in eastern members of the alliance. Speaking on a Czech Television discussion programme on Sunday, Mr. Stropnický said if preparations went according to plan, the mission could be sent in the second half of the year. Reacting to Russia's treatment of Ukraine, NATO decided to beef up the defence of its easternmost members with a new rapid reaction force composed of 5,000 soldiers.
The Czech ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr has become the third highest goal-scorer in the history of the NHL. Jágr, who is 44, found the net twice in Florida Panthers’ 3:1 win over Winnipeg Jets on Saturday to reach a total of 742 goals, passing out the previous third top scorer, Brett Hull. Only Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801) have scored more NHL goals than the Czech; Jágr said he hoped to surpass them some day.
A dentist has been ordered to apologise in writing to Roma family and pay them CZK 30,000 in compensation for refusing to treat them because of their skin colour, the news website Lidovky.cz reported on Sunday. Members of the family had set up an appointment with the Brno dentist by telephone but when they arrived at her surgery she refused to register them and denied having agreed to treat two of them, who had acute problems with their teeth. She had repeatedly denied discrimination before admitting to it in court, Lidovky.cz said.
The Dawn party have changed their name to Dawn with Block Against Islam. Representatives of Dawn – who have eight seats in the Chamber of Deputies – and the extra-parliamentary group Block Against Islam approved the move at a joint congress in Prague on Saturday. The head of Dawn’s parliamentary group, Marek Černoch, said voters needed to know that the two groups had complementary outlooks were cooperating. It is the fourth time that Dawn has changed its name. It began as Tomio Okamura’s Dawn of Direct Democracy but Mr. Okamura was later ousted from the party.
The Czech police managed recent opposing demonstrations in Prague against Islam and supporting refugees well, says the Czech minister of the interior, Milan Chovanec. Speaking to journalists on Saturday, he said only “minor excesses” had been uncovered. Mr. Chovanec is due to present on Monday the findings of an assessment of the police’s handling of events that took place two weeks ago. The minister of justice, Robert Pelikán, said at the time that officers should have intervened as some of those taking part were masked and carrying weapons, which is illegal during a demonstration. Mr. Chovanec said the actions of such demonstrators had likely been a “targeted provocation”.
A court in Norway has postponed the hearing of an appeal lodged by a Czech woman who was stripped of her parental rights and saw her two sons put up for adoption. The court said it had failed to secure interpretation for the hearing involving mother Eva Michaláková, according to a representative of a petition drive launched in her support. The court, which had been due to consider the matter by the end of February, did not inform the group as to whether a new date had been set.