The 58th International Film Festival for Children and Youth opens in the
town of Zlín on Friday night. The festival, which runs until June 2nd,
will screen some 300 films from around 50 counties of which 18 will have
their world premiere in Zlín.
169 films are competing for the main festival prize The Golden Slipper, the Europe Award and the Zlín Dog, among others. The festival expects to attract over 120,000 visitors.
Among the VIP guests this year is Andrea Morricone, one of the greatest contemporary Italian composers and conductors, and the son of the phenomenal composer Ennio Morricone.
Andrea Morricone composed the musical composition for the film 72 Hours in Bangkok, a film by Czech director and producer Lubomír Haltmar, which is having its world premiere screening on Monday, May 28at the festival.
Clean-up operations are underway in central, western and southern Bohemia
which were hit by flash floods on Thursday night.
Flood alerts have been called off, but a number of roads were still closed in the Karlovy Vary region on Friday and many homes remained without electricity.
Firemen have been working around-the-clock to clear roads and pump water from cellars in the wake of Thursday’s storms. The severe storms hit the country following a lengthy period of drought.
Snowboard champion Ester Ledecká, footballer Petr Čech and poet Karel
Sýs are among the 28 nominees for a state award proposed by the lower
house of Parliament. War veterans Josef Ocelka, Josef Bernát and
Květoslav Prokeš have been nominated for state awards in memoriam.
The country’s highest state distinctions – The Order of T.G. Masaryk, the Order of the White Lion and medals of merit are traditionally handed out by the president on October 28th, Czechoslovak Independence Day. Nominations are put forward by both houses of parliament and the president.
This year the anniversary will be especially important since it marks 100 years since the birth of Czechoslovakia.
Nymburk have become Czech basketball league winners for the 15th time in a
row. The Central Bohemians decided the final playoff series in two games;
after overcoming Opava convincingly in Nymburk, they again easily overcame
them on Thursday, 114:73.
Opava’s silver medal was their first in Czech basketball’s top flight in a decade and a half. It means they, like Nymburk, will enter next year’s Champions League, Europe’s top international club competition.
President Miloš Zeman says Social Democrats leader Jan Hamáček went back
on an agreement between the two to not nominate Miroslav Poche as minister
of foreign affairs in a possible coalition with ANO. Speaking on TV on
Thursday evening, Mr. Zeman said that Mr. Poche – whom he called an
amateur – cast doubt on two pillars of Czech foreign policy: opposition
to EU quotas on migrants and a pro-Israel policy.
Mr. Poche is one of five members of his party in line to take ministerial portfolios in a possible minority coalition with ANO. The Social Democrats are currently conducting an internal ballot on whether to enter such a government.
A man suspected of attacking tennis star Petra Kvitová in December 2016
has been remanded in custody. On Thursday the district court in Prostějov,
where the incident took place, placed the suspect on remand on the
recommendation of the state attorney, a court official said. The man was
arrested on Tuesday.
Kvitová, who had to undergo surgery and months of rehabilitation after her left, playing hand was slashed with a knife during the attack at her home, said it was good news but the matter would only close for her when the culprit was sentenced.
The two-time Wimbledon winner gave her reaction to the arrest of the suspect in Paris, where she is preparing for the French Open.
A well-known Prague railway bridge is in line for demolition, the newspaper
Mladá fronta Dnes reported on Thursday. The steel bridge between the
city’s Výtoň and Smíchov districts is in such a poor state that it
cannot be repaired, according to a study commissioned by the Railway
The bridge, which first went into operation in 1872, is a protected structure and may eventually be replaced by a copy, Mladá fronta Dnes said.
Tomáš Vymazal used the power in the apartment he receives as a Pirate
Party MP to generate cryptocurrency, the news site Aktualne.cz reported.
Mr. Vymazal’s activities were given away by a major rise in electricity
consumption at the flat. The lower house deputy, who is 28, said his
powerful computers had helped to heat up the cold property on Nerudova St.
However, Mr. Vymazal also apologised and promised to give the money he had earned from generating the cryptocurrency Zcash to charity.
The government is considering increasing nurses’ bonuses for working
shifts, Czech Television reported. At present nurses get between CZK 2000
and CZK 3000 a month for doing such work, but that could rise to CZK 7000
under proposals put forward on Thursday by the acting prime minister,
Andrej Babiš, and health minister, Adam Vojtěch.
At the beginning of May cabinet members promised a pay rise of 10 percent for medical workers from next year.
Around 3000 nursing positions are at present unfilled in the Czech Republic. Roughly half that number of nurses have left the profession since 2010, Czech Television said.