A new feature-length documentary film about the great Czech ice hockey player Jaromír Jágr is set to begin shooting later this year, iDnes.cz reported on Thursday. Producer Jiří Jurtin told the news site that the star had given permission for the making of 68, which refers to the number he wears on his jerseys. Mr. Jurtin said a top director would helm the documentary, while Czech and international interviewees have been lined up for the project, which will also draw on archive material. The film is due to premiere in autumn next year, when the NHL is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
A Prague court has rejected a claim from midwife Ivana Königsmarková, who was demanding CZK 5 million in compensation for non-pecuniary damage resulting from her criminal prosecution. The court said her action fell under the statute of limitations. However, it will continue to consider her CZK 1 million claim for alleged loss of earnings. In 2014, Ms. Königsmarková, who is the head of the Czech Union of Midwives, was found innocent of charges stemming from a home birth in which the infant suffered brain damage.
A rare Barbary lion cub was born at Plzeň Zoo last month, officials announced on Thursday. The zoo had been attempting to breed a Barbary lion for 13 years. As the female cub was weak it was removed from its mother a week after it was born on September 12 and fed by zookeepers. Part of the zoo was also temporarily closed to visitors as a protective measure. Barbary lions are extinct in the wild. Plzeň Zoo is this year celebrating the 90th anniversary of its establishment.
Almost CZK 1 billion in European Union grants is to go toward flood prevention measures, redevelopment and the securing of unstable slopes in the Czech Republic, the Ministry of the Environment said on Thursday. Minister Richard Brabec said such problems were a priority as the impact of climate change had become more apparent in recent years. His office has just approved around 200 projects in those areas throughout the country.
Lawyer Marek Kincl of TOP 09 has failed in his appeal against a verdict exonerating the Communist Party and its deputy Marta Semelová over comments she made regarding executed politician Milada Horáková and the 1968 Soviet invasion. Mr. Kincl had told the Prague Municipal Court he felt fear and anxiety over the possible restoration of a “criminal totalitarian Communist regime” following the comments from Ms. Semelová. Speaking on Czech Television, she cast doubt on the fact Milada Horáková had been forced to confess in a 1950 show trial. She also said the Soviet-led invasion of August 1968 had been a case of international assistance, not occupation.
The Social Democrat prime minister, Bohuslav Sobotka, says his party’s talks on forming regional coalitions following elections last weekend are going well. Mr. Sobotka told reporters on Thursday that it appeared the grouping would have five regional governors and would be a coalition member in eight or nine regional governments. He said this success in negotiations reflected the fact the Social Democrats had not campaigned negatively against potential partners. The party only came first in voting in two of 13 regions after winning in nine in 2012.
The 14th annual Bollywood festival of Indian film gets underway at Prague's Světozor cinema on Thursday night. Over the next four days, the event will offer a selection of classical as well as contemporary movies mainly from India. Among the films screened at the festival this year will be Sultan, the fourth-highest grossing Indian film of all time, with Indian superstar Salmar Khan in the lead role or the spectacular historical drama Bajirao Mastani, loosely based on real events in the first half of the 18th century.
The Spolana chemical plant in Neratovice in central Bohemia tops the rankings of the biggest Czech polluters in 2015, presented by the environmental association Arnika on Wednesday. According to Arnika, the quantity of carcinogenic substances released by plants decreased year-on-year for a second time in a row, but the quantity of substances harming the ozone layer of the Earth and dioxins has increased. Other large polluters include Kovohutě Holding DZ and the Peter GFK laminate producer. Most polluters are located in the Moravia-Silesia, north Bohemia and Vysočina regions.
After more than a year of investigation, the Czech police have cracked down a gang smuggling cocaine in the Pilsen region. On Monday, police in arrested a man carrying 2.2 kilogrammes of cocaine from the Netherlands to the Czech Republic. Police subsequently searched 25 homes in Prague and the Pilsen region and found over quarter of a kilogramme of the drug. They also discovered five illegal indoor marijuana farms and detained eight people between the ages of 27 and 59.