The Czech Television and Film Academy on Monday chose the drama Burning Bush as its candidate for nominations for the US Academy Awards for best foreign film. The movie, produced by HBO and directed by Agnieszka Holland, focuses on the story of Jan Palach, a student who set himself on fire in 1969 in protest of the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. The last Czech movie which won the Oscar was Kolya in 1997.
Every third Czech doctor suffers from burnout syndrome, the news website idnes.cz reported on Monday quoting a new survey by the Czech Medical Chamber and Charles University. Some 15,000 physicians took part in the study which revealed that many of them felt tired and frustrated and were cynical about their patients. The authors of the survey, the first of its kind to be conducted in the Czech Republic, said doctors with burnout syndrome were less efficient and incurred higher costs to health insurers. The Czech authorities have so far failed to address the issue.
Prime Minister Jiří Rusnok has congratulated German Chancellor Angela Merkel on her victory in the general elections. Ms Merkel’s party, the CDU/CSU bloc, won over 40 percent of the vote. The Czech prime minister said the result was extraordinary, adding that he expected no change to the good relations between the Czech Republic and Germany. For his part, the eurosceptic former Czech president Václav Klaus said the elections showed that Germany, as well as the EU and the Czech Republic, had no alternative.
The first team of the Czech top division club Slavia Prague was attacked by its fans on Saturday upon their return from an away game on Sunday. Slavia lost 2:1 in Jablonec, the latest in a string of poor results and the first game under a new manager. The masked attackers were waiting for the team bus in Prague; they hurled rocks and bottles at players emerging from the team bus. The police arrested five people after the incident.
Prague 10 municipal council approved a plan to buy a villa in the Vinohrady district of the capital which once belonged to the writer Karel Čapek. The municipality earmarked nearly 44 million crowns for the purchase. The villa, built in the 1920s, houses part of the writer’s archive, his library and some of his personal belongings. The owner, a distant relative of Karel Čapek’s wife, had been offered a higher price by other interested buyers but said he wanted to sell the property to Prague 10. The villa should eventually be open to the public as a museum dedicated to the writer.
Around 65 percent of Czechs would like to see new political parties and movements in the lower house of parliament following the October elections, according to a new poll by the Herzmann agency in cooperation with Ppm factum. People who want a change in parliamentary representation are to a large part younger than 29 years old, or are from households with monthly income higher than 30,000 crowns. Out of the six best known new and non-parliamentary parties the poll shows that Andrej Babiš’s party ANO currently has the best chances of getting into parliament.
The two main prizes at this year’s František Filipovský awards were given to Ivana Milbachová for the dubbing of Sarah Palin in the American TV film Game Change and to Vladimír Brabec for dubbing Tom in the American film The Way. Hana Talpová and Antonín Molčík received prizes for lifetime achievement in dubbing at a ceremony on Saturday, while Zdeněk Podhůrský received the viewers’ award for the dubbing of the character Micholas Rush in the Stargate Universe television series. The František Filipovský awards for dubbing were founded 19 years ago.
Outgoing Defense Minister, Vlastimil Picek, said on Czech Television on Sunday that he is hoping to increase his ministry’s budget for next year. Speak on the Vaclav Moravec’s Questions talk show, Minister Picek said that he expects to increase the military budget from 42.7 to 43 billion crowns at the cabinet meeting on Wednesday, when the government is set to vote on the proposed state budget for next year.
A 60-year-old man murdered his wife on Saturday evening near the Central Bohemian town of Kolín, after which he committed suicide. Police are investigating the motive for the crime. The couple was discovered by a relative. The police are not releasing information about the weapon used for the murders.
Businessman and chairman of the ANO party, Andrej Babiš, said on Sunday that he will remain the head of the food, chemicals and agriculture giant Agrofert holding even if he is elected to parliament. Speaking on the talkshow Partie on Prima television, Mr. Babiš said that neither he or anyone else from his party would take the position of agriculture minister or become memebers of any agricultural committees, but he does not see a problem with being an MP and leading one of the largest companies in the country.
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