The east Bohemian town of Hradec Králové saw the opening of a new facility on Monday which will streamline all information regarding application for European funds. The building in question was renovated at the cost of 20 million crowns. The Minister for Regional Development Karla Šlechtová confirmed that the building, called Evropský dům (European House) was the first facility of its kind in the Czech Republic. Regional governor Lubomír Franc said the facility would make it easier to navigate the application process.
The Chinese company CEFC is to invest ten million euros into a center of traditional Chinese medicine in the Czech Republic, the head of the Hradec Králové Hospital Roman Prymula told the ctk news agency on Tuesday. Mr. Prymula is part of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka’s entourage on his six-day business mission to China. The centre should be completed within a year and a half and operate on a 30-strong medical staff, including eight doctors from Shanghai. A small clinic of traditional Chinese medicine is already in operation within the Hradec Králové hospital but due to considerable interest it is unable to meet demand.
A court in Hradec Králové has freed a former police officer charged with manslaughter on the grounds that he acted in self-defence. The brawl in which the former officer shot dead a man and seriously injured another with a legally held weapon happened outside a disco in Vysoké Mýto last December. He was off duty at the time and had had several beers. The defence claimed that he only used his gun when one of the men started strangling him.
A clinic specializing in traditional Chinese medicine will open to patients in September within the Hradec Králove Teaching Hospital complex. The clinic will be staffed by Chinese doctors who helped set up the Czech-Chinese Centre for Research into Traditional Chinese Medicine at the hospital in June of this year. They are currently studying the effects of traditional Chinese medicine on oncological patients and patients with multiple sclerosis. The centre is a pilot project and the first of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe.
Police in Hradec Králové are searching for a young man who may have witnessed moments preceding a hold up in the city last month in which two unknown perpetrators targeted a motorist transporting money for a local firm. Video from a CCTV system suggest the potential witness was in the area shortly before the incident. In the hold-up, the duo backed into the targeted vehicle with their own, before jumping out and using a tear gas spray on the driver. They escaped with a reportedly high but undisclosed amount of funds. Their Mitsubishi was found abandoned not far off. Investigators suggest the perpetrators may have had additional accomplices who helped with their escape.
The regional court in Hradec Králové has ruled that a local teaching hospital made no mistakes in its treatment of a patient in 2006 and 2007 later found to have a cancerous tumor which spread and eventually took her life. The woman had complained of back pain but did not meet the criteria for an MRI. The judge overseeing the lawsuit said that expert witness assessments showed that an overwhelming majority of health officials would have proceeded in the same manner. Her children had been suing for two million crowns in damages.
Czech actor and screenwriter Zdeněk Svěrák will be given an honourary doctorate and gold medal by Hradec Králové university on Wednesday for his lifetime contribution to the Czech language. The award ceremony is the culmination of the university’s education week. Svěrák, who wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-winning film Kolja, originally trained to be a teacher but quit the profession to work at the then Czechoslovak radio at the start of the 1960s. He then went on to launch his acting and writing career.
The regional court in Hradec Králové on Monday sentenced 26-year-old convict Patrik Kónya – already serving a sentence in Valdice prison for murder – to 30 years behind bars for an attack on his cellmate that left the other man in critical condition. The attacker admitted to the crime during police questioning, saying there was no motive and that he had no personal reasons for hurting the other man; he also said they had not quarrelled. Kónya told the police on the morning of the attack he had felt tension, leading him to steal a hammer from a work area; he said he had intended to use it only to break a sink and toilet. Monday’s ruling can still be appealed.
Police in Hradec Králové, have concluded an investigation into an incident at a hospital in the East Bohemian city in which new-born babies were given wrongly mixed medicine that almost caused their deaths. Three babies were given a preparation containing several times the prescribed amount of the barbiturate phenobarbital at the turn of August and September last year. A police spokesperson said the babies had been saved by the timely intervention of a doctor at the hospital. The case was first treated as a serious criminal act but investigators concluded it had been due to accident.
The 21st annual Czech International Air Fest is held at the weekend at an airport in Hradec Králové, east Bohemia. Military aircraft from nine countries including the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany and Croatia are participating in the show, organizers said. Belgium Air Force’s acrobatic team, the Red Devils, are making their premiere at the show this year.