Prague’s fairgrounds are hosting a festival of healthy living called Festival Evolution from Friday to Sunday. This is an umbrella event for four related exhibits focused on organic food, sustainable energy use, personal development and alternative lifestyles. The event is open to the public and offers hundreds of stands, workshops and lectures.
The mayor of the town Hostivice near Prague has filed criminal charges against an unknown perpetrator at the Prague regional court who disclosed personal details of the defendants in the case against the former Central Bohemia governor David Rath. The mayor of the town where Mr Rath has permanent residency claims that the regional court violated the privacy law by releasing to the public information about all of the 11 people accused in the ongoing case.
Prime Minister Petr Nečas is on a one-day working visit to Finland. He is scheduled to meet with his Finnish counterpart Jyrki Katainen and will be received by President Sauli Niinisto. On Friday morning the Czech prime minister addressed the Czech-Finnish Business Forum at a meeting of the European Democratic Union, an alliance of European conservative parties. Finland is an important trading partner for the export-dependent Czech economy, with a stable interest in Czech engineering products and Škoda cars. The Czech side is hoping to raise its traditional export commodities and is seeking new business opportunities in the fields of infrastructure and power production.
Health Minister Leoš Heger on Thursday announced several hospital mergers in connection with the government’s austerity measures. The health minister said the planned mergers would save the health sector approximately 60 million crowns annually. Among others the Prague Rheumatology Institute is to merge with Prague’s General Teaching Hospital and in Brno two teaching hospitals are to merge with the Brno Centre for Cardiology and Transplant Medicine. The move has come under fire from the opposition which says it will lower the quality of health care, extend the waiting period for operations and reduce the number of hospital beds for patients.
Plzeň are one win away from the league title after they beat Zlín 2:1 in game five of the playoffs’ finals in Zlín on Wednesday, taking a 3:2 lead in the best-of seven series. Zlín had a good start and scored in the 7th minute but Plzeň equalized just 13 second before the second intermission, and added another six minutes into the third period. Plzeň’s line-up included former Olympic winner and NHL veteran Jaroslav Špaček who came back for the game four months after he announced retirement; he took four shots at the goal. The next game is scheduled for Friday in Plzeň.
The Constitutional Court has ruled in favour of a man who has been fined hundreds of thousands of crowns for being four days late in paying alimony. The man’s ex-wife filed a complaint the day after the payment was due and his case was handed to a bailiff even though the payment was by then settled. The man has now been asked to pay the costs relating to bailiff services. The Constitutional Court ruled that the bailiff had no right to demand money for any services other than certifiable expenditures and sent the case back to the regional court.
The newly-installed head of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes Pavla Foglová has confirmed her intention to dismiss office head Pavel Žáček, head of the security services archive Zlatuše Kukanová and the institute’s deputy for economic affairs Rene Schreier. The institute’s former head Daniel Herman was dismissed last week for allegedly failing to restore order to the troubled institution and make a headway with digitalization. The institute’s 15-member academic council promptly resigned in protest of the move saying it was politically motivated.
The Czech ambassador to the US, Petr Gandalovič, is in West, Texas providing assistance to Czech-Americans in the wake of Wednesday’s devastating fertilizer plant explosion. According to local police sources 15 people were killed in the blast, over a hundred were injured and many people have been left homeless. West has some 2,700 residents and is home to large community of Czech immigrants. A number of Czech-Americans are reported to have been among the firefighters who fought the blaze.
Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek has refused MPs money to set up a Parliamentary football team which would represent the Czech Republic at the next parliamentary football tournament in Soci, Russia. Deputies from different political parties had asked for 650 thousand crowns from public funds to pay for travel and hotel expenses. The idea came under fire from some of their colleagues in view of the country’s economic problems. Minister Kalousek said on Thursday he had nothing against the idea but that MPS should pay their own way.
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Screenshot: a hybrid English-friendly Prague art-house cinema where screenings are events