Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek has met for talks with Norway’s State Secretary Bard Glad Pedersen over the situation of two Czech children removed from the family by Norwegian social services, the news agency ČTK reported. The children were taken away in 2011 over suspicions of sexual abuse; a year later, the children were place in foster families despite the fact that a police investigation found no evidence of abuse. Mr Zaorálek said he discussed the case with Secretary Pedersen, and recommended the family raise a complaint at the European Court of Human Rights, and file a petition for a revision of the case with Norwegian courts.
A court in Plzeň on Sunday sent to custody a 53-year-old who was arrested on Friday for having shot dead his 51-year-old landlord. The suspect reportedly shot his victim in the head several times with a legally-held firearm before turning himself in to the police. He had owed several months of rent, and the attacked the victim after having been asked to move out, according to media reports. The man faces up to 18 years in prison.
The country’s state-owned rail operator Czech Railways introduces slight changes to its timetable on Sunday. The only major alteration concerns the Ostravan express between Prague and Bohumín via Ostrava which now terminates in Olomouc and runs under the name Moravan. Other, minor changes only apply to regional and local connections, a Czech Railways spokeswoman said. The operator will also launch new Austrian-made Railjet trains on the Prague-Vienna route.
Every other Czech believes they will be able to take care of themselves in retirement, according to a survey by the Sodexho firm carried out in May and released on Sunday. Meanwhile, some 45 percent of those polled said they believed their children would take care of them; some 10 percent also said they were planning to rely on specialized institutional care. A mere one percent of people who took party in the survey said they were going to depend on state assistance.
A 17-year-old girl from Slovakia won the Miss Roma 2014 beauty pageant held in the eastern Czech town Hodonín on Saturday night, the news website novinky.cz reported. Romany girls from Slovakia also finished on second and third place. The contest included a czardas dance which the jury said played a big role in evaluating the finalists. Organizers believe the beauty contest is a way of fostering Romany girls’ self-confidence.
The Plzeň-based West Media firm which operates a network of dinosaur-themed amusement parks in the Czech Republic and Slovakia is expanding to Spain, the news agency ČTK reported on Sunday. Its first Dino Park in Spain should open near the town of Benidorm on the Mediterranean Costa Blanca, in early July. It has taken the company about a year to set up the park in Spain, which will have 26 models of prehistoric animals, the firm said. Its first Dino Park opened in Plzeň in 2002.
The aviation museum in the Prague district of Kbely drew over 24,000 visitors during the 11th annual Prague Museum Night on Saturday, the highest number of all participating venues. The event saw 39 museums, galleries and other venues in the capital open their doors to the public between 7 PM on Saturday and 1 AM on Sunday; organizers said the institutions, including the National Museum, the Václav Havel Library and the Police Museum, in total registered nearly 170,000 visits, some 20,000 more than last year.
Czech officials, survivors and other guests marked the 72nd anniversary of the Nazi massacre in Lidice. The German authorities razed the central Bohemian village to the ground and killed most of its inhabitants in retaliation for the assassination of high-ranking Nazi official, Reinhard Heydrich, in 1942. The head of the Czech Roman Catholic Church, Cardinal Dominik Duka celebrated a mass on Saturday in the village to commemorate the victims including the local priest, Josef Štembera, who was offered to leave by the Nazis but he chose to say and die with his parishioners.
The Czech national handball team sensationally beat Serbia 32:21 in Brno on Saturday in the second leg of their qualifying tie and booked a spot at the world championships in Qatar next year. They lost the first leg 15:23 in Serbia last week. The women’s national handball team, meanwhile, lost to Poland 22:25 on Saturday, failing to qualify for this year’s European championships.
Former Prague mayor Bohuslav Svoboda has been nominated the leader of the Civic Democrat ballot in October’s local elections. Mr Svoboda, who served as mayor between 2010 and 2013, received 57 out of 74 votes at the party’s regional congress on Saturday, the news agency ČTK reported. The chair of the party’s Prague organization, Filip Humplík, will be number two on the ballot, followed by Jaroslava Janderová, Alexander Bellu and Alexandra Uženija. Local elections will be held in October.