Some 1.4 million Czech women, or two fifths of the female population aged between 18 and 65, have at some point in their lives faced some form of domestic violence, according to a new study by the Prague-based proFem group released on Tuesday. The study shows that the most common form of domestic violence is repeated humiliation followed by sexual aggression, stalking and threats. Only around 10 percent of victims have reported violence to the police. The authors of the study said that alarmingly, only around half of the victims recognized their partners’ attacks as domestic violence.
The Krnov-based organ maker Rieger-Kloss Varhany has begun working on a large pipe organ for a concert hall in the Chinese city of Jinan, the firm’s manager Jakub Škrhel told the news agency ČTK on Tuesday. The large instrument with 88 registers will be worth around 1.2 million euro. After its completion, it will be dismantled and shipped to China where it should arrive next summer, Mr Škrhel said. This will be the second pipe organ made by the Czech firm for a Chinese client; the first was delivered to the city of Tianjin.
A court in Ostrava on Tuesday sentenced a 27-year-old woman to 16 years in prison for the murder of her newborn child. The woman killed the child soon after birth which she gave in her parents’ house; she hid the corpse in the garden and left on vacation with her boyfriend three days later. She claimed she did not know she was pregnant and thought the baby was stillborn. But the court proved she knew about her pregnancy, and said her actions were not affected by postpartum stress. The woman might yet appeal the verdict.
The finals of the Davis Cup between the Czech Republic and Spain will be played in Prague’s O2 Arena on November 16 – 18. The organizers have reached a deal with arena management who agreed to hold a dance party, originally planned for November 17, on another date. The O2 Arena will also host the finals of women’s Fed Cup in which the Czech Republic will face Serbia on November 3 and 4.
Czech national side captain Tomáš Rosický has not fully recovered from his Achilles heel injury and will miss the team’s world cup qualifiers against Malta and Bulgaria, national team manager Michal Bílek said on Tuesday. The 31-year-old Arsenal FC and Czech international midfielder missed the Czechs’ first qualifying game against Denmark in September which ended in a 0-0 draw. Manager Bílek will also miss the injured midfielders Václav Pilař and Daniel Kolář and striker Tomáš Necid in the upcoming World Cup qualification games.
President Václav Klaus has said in an interview that he considers
Friday’s attack against him a “political act” – one that reflected
the extremely poor state of Czech society. In an interview for the daily
Mladá fronta Dnes on Monday, Mr Klaus said the attack involving a man
firing pellets at him from a plastic gun, was not a “regrettable
incident” (as described by the prime minister) but the first such attack
Czech president in history. Rather than a failure of his security
detail, the shooting highlighted much deeper issues within society, the
Last Friday an assailant shot pellets at the president seven times during an official visit in Chrastava: video footage, aired around the world, showed the president’s security team oblivious to any danger, failing to react. The assailant successfully departed the scene and was even able to grant interviews to two TV stations before being arrested. The head of the president’s security team has stepped down over the incident.
In related news, a Czech seller of airsoft weapons and equipment has suggested that failure by the president’s security team to register pellet shots fired by the assailant last Friday stemmed simply from the fact that the guns are generally hard to hear. Jan Šulc told the Czech news agency the sound emitted by the guns, although audible on tape of the incident, was minimal. Video captured bodyguards completely failed to act against the assailant who fired at close range, hitting the president’s arm. Others, including security expert Andor Šandor, reacted more critically: shown the footage by a private station, Mr Šandor suggested that the security detail should have better read the body language of those in the crowd. He suggested that the behaviour of the shooter was different enough from those around him to have stuck out.
Czechs will go to the polls to elect the country’s next president on
January 11th and 12th, 2013. The dates were announced by the speaker of
upper house, Milan Štěch. If no candidate wins an outright majority in
the first round, a run-off will take place between the two most successful
candidates. The successor to Václav Klaus will be known, at the latest,
the 26th of January.
Presidential candidates will now have five weeks to officially submit their bids by the November 6 deadline. Candidates not nominated by 10 senators or 20 members of the Chamber of Deputies will have had to have collected 50,000 signatures, under the election law. The Interior Ministry will check the candidatures by November 23 to see that they comply with the law. This is the first time in the country’s history that the president will be elected directly by voters. Until now, they were elected in a joint session of both houses of Parliament.
Methanol poisoning has claimed a 27th life in the Czech Republic since the outbreak of poisoning began on September 14. The patient was a 62-year-old man from the Beskydy area. The man had been found poisoned in his home on September 28; he is one of 11 people in his region to have died as a result of having drunk bootleg alcohol.
Hygiene officers conducted checks of 1,207 establishments – mostly
restaurants – at the weekend to see if they were upholding the partial
ban on hard liquor following the spate of methanol poisoning in the Czech
Republic in September that killed 27 people. Nine remain in hospital from
drinking poisoned alcohol; five of those persons were admitted to hospital
at the weekend. In all, 76 people were poisoned after consuming bootleg
liquor; some of those who survived suffered permanent disability, such as
blindness or badly-damaged eyesight.
Health Minister Leoš Heger confirmed on Monday that of the 1,207 establishments checked at the weekend, 20 venues had failed to meet the strict new requirements, lacking, for example, the necessary documentation for specific products sold. Under the partial ban, establishments have up to 60 days to produce certification for alcohol in storage and only hard alcohol produced before 2012 can be legally sold. In the near future, hygiene officers will focus on taking samples from opened bottles at establishments to measure for the presence of dangerous substances.