The University of Pardubice on Tuesday opens an exhibition of photos taken
of Olga Havlová, the first post-communist first lady of Czechoslovakia.
The exhibition, which runs until January 6, is part of a series of events marking the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, is dedicated to her charitable work.
It includes works taken by well-known Czech photographers such as Ondřej Němec, Bohdan Holomíček, Přemysl Fialka, Gabriela Čapková and Zdeněk Chrapek.
Olga Havlová founded the Committee of Good Will, one of the first charities established in democratic Czechoslovakia, in 1990 along with fellow Charter 77 signatories. She died of cancer in January 1996.
A Czech soldier killed in Afghanistan last year will receive in memoriam
the Bronze Star Medal, a U.S. decoration for meritorious service in a
Corporal Tomáš Procházka, a specialist in training dogs, was shot dead in October 2018 while returning from a routine mission outside his base in Herat Province.
A U.S. Embassy official will present the posthumous award at a ceremony on Friday also attended by Czech Army chief of staff General Aleš Opata.
District hospitals are calling on the government to speed up the process
under which doctors and nurses from Ukraine acquire the necessary
documentation to work in the Czech Republic, Czech Television reported on
Ukrainian medics have been encouraged to find jobs in this country for four years under a government scheme entitled “Ukraine” aimed at resolving a shortage of local doctors and nurses.
District hospitals in particular find it hard to make hires, Czech Television said. The head of one such facility told the station its administrators did not want to have to wait a year to be able to take on a doctor or nurse that they require.
The Supreme Audit Office has uncovered errors amounting to CZK 2.7 billion
in the Ministry of Culture’s financial statement for 2018, a spokesperson
for the former said on Monday. The ministry reported some expenses
incorrectly while its data regarding the implementation of the state budget
was CZK 0.8 billion out, the auditors said.
The Supreme Audit Office said the Ministry of Culture had, for instance, wrongly listed expenditures for renovations to the National Museum and State Opera as being for their regular operation.
The Czech Bishops’ Conference has filed a criminal complaint against
unknown individuals over possible sexual abuse within the church, a legal
representative of the Roman Catholic organisation, Ronald Němec, said on
The Catholic Church has been trying without success to uncover individuals accused of sexual abuse, Mr. Němec said. However, claims have been made by a number of sources cited in the media so the church hierarchy decided last month to turn the matter over to the criminal authorities, he said.
Speaking on Sunday, the head of the church, Cardinal Dominik Duka, said that unless those making allegations of sexual abuse informed the church of the identity if the culprits it would not be able to take action.
Sunday is the 30th anniversary of one of the most significant moments of
the Velvet Revolution, when the general secretary of Czechoslovakia’s
Communist Party, Miloš Jakeš, stood down, along with the rest of its
The move, on November 24, 1989, came a week after the demonstration that sparked the fall of communism in the country and ultimately paved the way for dissident writer Václav Havel to become president by the end of December 1989.
Markéta Pekarová Adamová has been elected leader of the right-wing
opposition party TOP 09. The MP received 54 percent of the vote to finish
ahead of senator Tomáš Czernin in a leadership election held in Prague on
Ms. Pekarová Adamová is the only female leader of a political party in the Czech Parliament and becomes only the second chairwoman a Czech party after Hana Marvanová, who headed the Freedom Union in the early 2000s.
A CVVM opinion poll this week put TOP 09 on 3.5 percent, which would not be enough for the party to re-enter the lower house.
The introduction of a new system under which if an MP becomes a minister
they can be replaced by another member of their party now depends on the
Senate. The introduction of the sliding mandate, as it is called, has the
backing of the Chamber of Deputies, Czech Television reported on Sunday.
The Senate has expressed opposition to this constitutional change but may back it in exchange for other changes. These include extending the term of Constitutional Court judges to 12 years and making it easier to file a petition against the president at the country’s highest court.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said he had asked Jaroslav Faltýnek, head of ANO’s lower house group, to undertake negotiations to push the introduction of the sliding mandate through.
Czech archaeologists say they were surprised to discover the remnants of a
Celtic settlement near Jičín, Eastern Bohemia. Dating from the third
century BCE, it is the most northerly Celtic site found in that region of
the country and came to light during work on a bypass around the town.
An archaeologist from the Jičín Museum said items from the late Stone Age had also been found on the dig.