Chairman of the Canadian House of Commons, Geoff Regan, will honor the
memory of Jan Palach at Charles University in Prague on January 18. The
Czechoslovak student died after setting himself alight in Prague on 16
January 1969 in protest against growing public apathy to the Soviet-led
invasion of Czechoslovakia.
A number of events to commemorate Jan Palach’s death are set to take place in the Czech Republic and abroad, including a special mass served by Tomáš Halík at the city’s parish of St. Salvatore on the eve of the anniversary.
On 16 January, the Speaker of the Senate, Jaroslav Kubera, will give a speech at a memorial service on Prague’s Wenceslas Square, held by organizers of the festival against totalitarianism Mene Tekel.
Social Democrat MP and Former Interior Minister Milan Chovanec will give up
his seat in the lower house of parliament by the end of March, Czech
Television reported on Sunday.
He made the statement at a regional conference of the Social Democratic Party in Pilsen on Sunday. He said that he didn’t agree with the party’s participation in the ANO-led government.
Mr Chovanec failed to show up for a vote of confidence in a coalition government comprising his party and ANO last July, saying he could not raise his hand for the alliance for reasons of conscience.
In biathlon, the Czech Republic’s women’s relay team have taken the bronze in 4x6 km relay race at the World Cup event in Germany’s Oberhof, Veronika Vítková, Eva Puskarčíková, Lucie Charvátová and Markéta Davidová made it into the top three on Sunday, behind Russia and Germany. The Czech women’s team reached the podium for the first time since March 2017.
The Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute has issued a warning against high
winds with a force of up to 70 km an hour for most parts of the Czech
Republic. The warning is valid from Sunday evening until Monday night.
According to meteorologists, the mountains regions could see winds of put to 110km/hour. Drivers have been warned to exercise extreme caution and mountain rescue services have advised people against mountain hiking.
Average temperatures for the season are expected in the coming four-week
period, according to the long-term weather forecast of the Czech Hydro-
Meteorological Institute issued on Saturday. Daytime highs over the next four weeks are expected to range between minus one and four degrees Celsius. Precipitation should also be average for the time of year.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš leaves on Sunday for a week-long official
visit to Singapore, Thailand and India aimed to help diversify Czech
Mr Babiš will be accompanied by Industry and Trade Minister Marta Nováková and representatives of over 40 Czech companies engaged in energy, health care, engineering and aircraft and defence industries.
Among other things, the Czech Prime Minister is set to meet with his respective counterparts and attend the opening of a new development centre of Škoda Auto India.
President Miloš Zeman and his team of experts met with Health Minister
Adam Vojtěch on Saturday at the Lány Chateau to discuss the current
situation in Czech health care system.
Mr Vojtěch said after the meeting that one of the burning issues of Czech health sector was a long-term shortage of nurses. Among other things, the ministry is planning to increase the nurses’ bonuses for working shifts by around 5,000 crowns this year.
Among other issues on the agenda was the present situation of general practitioners in the country, computerization of Czech health care system and availability of medicines.
Czech-born Holocaust survivor George Brady has died in Toronto at the age
of 90, the Czech News Agency reported on Saturday, citing his nephew and
former culture minister Daniel Herman.
The Auschwitz survivor has lived in Canada since 1951. In 2016, he became a central figure in the Czechoslovak Independence Day celebrations getting recognition from institutions around the country after he had been reportedly crossed off the list of nominees for a state award from President Zeman.
Mr Brady received numerous distinctions and awards including the Karel Kramář Medal from Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka for his efforts in support of democracy and human rights, which included educating students about the Holocaust and supporting Czech expats abroad.
Czech speed skater Martina Sablíková has won the silver medal at the
World All-round Speed Skating Championships in Italy’s Collalbo on
Saturday. The long-distance specialist won the women’s final 5,000-meter
race on Saturday and finished second in the overall competition.
Antoinette de Jong of the Netherlands took home the winning title, while Italy’s Francesca Lollobrigida finished third. It is the eleventh medal in the ladies’ tournament for the 31-year-old Czech, who has won the championship five times over the course of her career.