Pope Benedict XVI has issued a decree approving the beautification of 14 Franciscan monks who were murdered in Prague in the 17th century, the Prague Archbishopric said on its website on Saturday. The monks should be included in the list of the beautified on October 13, 2012, in the St Vitus Cathedral. The monks were murdered in February 1611 at the Church of Our Lady of the Snow in Prague over their efforts to bring the largely protestant Prague inhabitants back to the Catholic faith.
Around 30 people, who were evacuated from the Prague Marina apartment complex on Saturday morning, were able to return to their homes. The building had to be evacuated again due to cracking walls after tenants in the luxurious new complex, located in the Holešovice neighbourhood in Prague 7, called the emergency services; the fire brigade then evacuated the complete building. The incident took place less than two weeks after some 30 people had to leave their apartments after one of the structural supports bent and the building threatened to collapse.
Some repeated misdemeanors will constitute a criminal offence, according to draft legislation now under review by the Justice Ministry, the news agency ČTK reported on Saturday. If approved, the legislation will established a central register of offences which will only include those whose repetition will constitute a crime, such as petty theft, embezzlement and penal damages; if anyone commits these offences three times in less than two years, they might be sentenced to up to two years in prison.
Around 300 people protested against municipal regulation of opening hours for pubs, bars and other venues in Boskovice, southern Moravia, on Saturday. The protesters staged a march through the town at 3 AM on Saturday; they damaged several traffic signs and broke a shop window. The police detained three people. The new regulation, which came into force this week, requires bars to close at 2 AM to prevent public disorders. Some bars however received exceptions and are allowed to remain open until 4AM.
The Czech knife maker Mikov on Saturday opened a museum in Mikulášovice, in northern Bohemia, dedicated to the 218-year-long tradition of knife-making in the area. The museum features hundreds of historic knives made by the Mikov factory along with other tools such as scissors, hole-makers and aluminium cutlery, including the fish-shaped penknife that has become the symbol of the factory. The firm’s director said it had taken five years of work to get all the materials and exhibits together.
In the final round of the Czech top football division, Slovan Liberec play Viktoria Plzeň for the title. Liberec, in first place with 65 points host defending champions Plzeň, in second place, with 62 points. If Plzeň win, they will win the title due to a higher number of points won. Sparta Prague, which spent most of the season at the top of the table, lost any hope of winning the tile on Wednesday when they tied 1:1 against Dukla Prague, and are now ranked third with 61 points.
A court has handed down a life sentence to a woman who murdered her four children in an East Bohemian village last year. The 37-year-old has testified that she remembers only fragments of her life, but not her children or her attack on them. Experts told the court that she did not suffer from any mental illness and was only feigning a loss of memory. The ruling is only the third life sentence imposed on a woman since the fall of communism in 1989.
A new study suggests that air pollution in the Czech Republic is harming couples’ chances of conception. Experts from the Institute of Experimental Medicine studied the reproductive cells of police officers who spend most of their days on city streets and found that their fertility was considerably worsened in the winter months due to heating pollutants. The long-term study on reproductive health also found that the air quality in the badly polluted north of Bohemia has improved over the last 156 years, while other areas formerly considered clean have been badly damaged by people having switched to solid fuels due to rising energy prices.
A new governmental regulation from the Environment Ministry will allow communities introducing low-emission zones to ban high-emission vehicles. Such bans would require vehicles to have special certification, which would rule out most cars registered before 1997. According to the daily Mladá fronta Dnes, the spa town of Klimkovice has shown interest in enforcing a low-emission zone, while Prague has made a special workgroup to consider the idea.
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