Last year saw the lowest number of road fatalities in the Czech Republic
since 1961, when the police began tracking the statistic.
The head of the Traffic Police Tomáš Lerch confirmed on Friday that last year saw 502 fatal road accidents, 43 fewer than the previous year. 2017 saw more traffic accidents in total: 103,821 – up by 4,957.
Slovak actor Marián Labuda, well-known to Czech moviegoers, has died at
the age of 73. The news was confirmed by members of his family on Friday.
As a young man, Labuda studied acting at the academy of performing arts in
Bratislava and later acted at the Slovak National Theater.
Czech viewers knew him from a number of movies including the Jiří Menzel films My Sweet Little Village and I Served the King of England.
In other NHL action, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondřej Palát forced what
NHL.com called the save of the year from Montreal Canadiens' goalie
Carey Price although 2018 is only a few days old.
Jumping on a rebound from Price, Palát shot at what appeared to be an open net. Somehow, the Montreal goaltender managed a “roll over save” and to get his skate in front of the puck.
The clutch back-to-back saves, which came in overtime, allowed the Habs to win the game in a shootout, snapping a five-game losing streak.
The region of Ústí in North Bohemia has registered seven new cases of
hepatitis A; since last January the number of infected reached 358.
At least one of the new cases registered were at a local elementary school.
The local hygiene office is ordering special measures including vaccination against the disease.
Andrej Babiš arrived in Bratislava on Friday for his first bilateral
foreign visit as prime minister. He was welcomed by his Slovak counterpart
Issues due to be discussed in their meeting were Czech and Slovak cooperation in the areas of transport, defense and security, and energy.
One issue which came to the fore at the press event afterwards was that of EU quotas and continuing opposition by the Czech Republic and other countries in the Visegrad 4 to the EU relocation of migrants. Mr Fico said that the migrant quotas “did not work” and had “divided Europe to an unbelievable extent”. Also to be discussed were important anniversaries the Czech Republic and Slovakia are commemorating this year, including the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia.
After a working lunch and the joint press conference, the prime ministers were scheduled to lay wreaths at a statue of the first Czechoslovak president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and a monument to the co-founder of the Czechoslovakia, Milan Rastislav Štefánik.
Mr Babiš is being accompanied on the visit by Defense Minister Karla Šlechtová and Finance Minister Alena Schillerová.
The president’s chancellor, Vratislav Mynář, owns property and other
assets worth hundreds of millions of crowns, according to news site iDnes,
citing the chancellor’s tax declaration. The story was also reported by
Czech Radio on Friday.
According to iDnes, the chancellor owns 125 plots of land, shares in Unipetrol and Pražská teplárenská and has around 13.5 million crowns in the bank. He is owed some 60 million crowns he lent to his own companies. The report confirmed he also owned a building at Prague Castle worth around 70 million crowns, a villa in Strašnice, and property in Brno.
The chancellor has routinely made headlines since the start of his tenure – and faced continued criticism – for not having the level of security clearance required for the post.
Different responses are emerging over the report by the European Anti-Fraud
Office (OLAF) of its investigation of alleged EU subsidy fraud at the
Stork’s Nest farm and hotel complex, formerly owned by members of the
prime minister and ANO leader Andrej Babiš' family.
The report has not been published by the Czech authorities but was accessed by lawmakers at the police presidium in Prague. Two of them, the head of the Pirate Party’s deputies’ club Jakub Michálek and the former head of TOP 09 Miroslav Kalousek, maintained the independent investigation lined up with that of Czech police; the police have charged 11 people, including the prime minister and his deputy party leader Jaroslav Faltýnek, with fraud. The two have parliamentary immunity and the Czech lower house will have to decide, for a second time, whether to lift it. Both have denied any wrongdoing.
Former education minister Kateřina Valachová of the Social Democrats, said – in her view – there were no new revelations in the report and that it was evident that the police and the European office had shared information over the matter.
There will be no change to a directive by the
former Social Democrat-led government which boosted the minimum wage for
fixed-route bus drivers, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš confirmed in a tweet
Funds for wages will be the responsibility of the regions, he also confirmed, after meeting with the chairwoman of the Association of Regions of the Czech Republic and fellow ANO party member Jana Vildumetzová and Transport Union head Luboš Pombík.
The regions had been asking the government for four billion crowns in funds to cover wages as well as local road repairs. After the meeting, the prime minister confirmed that the government would look for funds for the repairs of secondary and tertiary roads.
Czech hockey forward Jaromír Jágr was not on the roster for Thursday
night’s game between the Calgary Flames and the L.A. Kings. The
45-year-old star veteran, who has been dogged by a groin injury this
season, was not listed as injured but did not take part in the skate and
Flames’ coach Glen Gulutzan said more information would be made available on Friday. He told the press that, looking at Jágr’s career, it had not happened often that the player had had to miss games.
No. 68 recently played in his 1,731st NHL match, tying Ron Francis in third sport for most NHL matches. Gordie Howe has the record for most played, followed by Mark Messier.