Some 200 people gathered outside the University Hospital in Ostrava on
Wednesday evening for a memorial service for six people killed there the
previous morning by a gunman.
Originally, the service was to be in the hospital chapel, but it could not accommodate those wishing to pay their respects to the victims. One woman remains in critical condition.
Sirens across the Czech Republic will sound at noon on December 17 to commemorate the victims.
The gunman, a 42-year-old construction technician with a history of mental illness and minor scrapes with the law, later committed suicide in his car as police closed in on him.
The new European Space Agency will be based in Prague from 2021 onwards,
the Czech Ministry of Transport announced on Wednesday.
The agency will be created by extending the existing European GNSS Agency (GSA), which is already based in the Czech capital. It is currently mainly responsible for operating the Galileo satellite navigation system and employs 100 people.
The new agency – the European Union Agency for the Space Program (EUSPA) – will employ approximately 700 people. Apart from developing satellite telecommunications it will monitor the nearby surroundings of the Earth.
The EUSPA will also manage of Copernicus which, along with Galileo, have become global references in satellite positioning and earth observation, and the governmental satellite communications initiative Govsatcom.
Achieving carbon neutrality in the Czech Republic would cost some 675
billion crowns, something that the EU should take into account in the next
EU budget period, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) tweeted on Wednesday.
His assertion came following a meeting with Minister of Environment Richard Brabec (ANO), State Secretary for European Affairs Milena Hrdinková, and the head of power utility ČEZ, Daniel Beneš.
According to Babiš, they have agreed on a strategy for the European Council in Brussels that starts on Thursday and will focus on the bloc’s aim to be carbon neutrality by 2050.
He further reiterated his assertion that the country cannot achieve carbon neutrality without boosting nuclear energy production.
By 2050, nuclear energy could form about one half of the Czech energy mix, and coal and natural gas about 20 percent each.
The ransomware attack early on Wednesday that disabled the computer system
of a hospital in Benešov, central Bohemia, is far from an isolated
incident, the Czech News Agency (ČTK) reports.
This year, one in five Czech healthcare facilities have been subject to attempted blackmail by hackers demand ransom money to unencrypt data, the agency says, citing Kaspersky antivirus statistics.
The Benešov hospital had to postpone planned operations and turn away new patients due to the cyberattack, and some of its equipment and services remain offline.
Czech-American director Miloš Forman’s 1984 biopic Amadeus is among the
films added to the US Library of Congress’ National Film Registry this
Each year the Registry adds 25 films, chosen for their cultural, historic
and aesthetic importance to America’s film heritage.
Forman left Czechoslovakia for America after the Soviet-led invasion of 1968 and became a naturalized US citizen in 1977.
Amadeus is considered among the best films of all time. It received 40 awards, including eight Oscars (including the Academy Award for Best Picture), four BAFTAs, four Golden Globe Awards, and a Directors Guild of America award.
The US Embassy in Prague has honoured Šimon Pánek, a Velvet Revolution
student leader and founder of People in Need, one of the largest
humanitarian aid NGOs in the region.
Pánek was presented with the Alice Garrigue Masaryk Prize on International Human Rights Day. The distinction, named after the American-born wife of the first Czechoslovak president, is awarded to personalities for their work in that area.
People in Need (Člověk v tísni) is an internationally recognized Czech humanitarian organisation active in the fields of humanitarian aid, development and education.
Pánek founded the NGO in 1988 by organising a collection to aid victims of a devastating earthquake in Armenia.
Recently, Russia’s Ministry of Justice declared the Czech NGO “undesirable”, effectively banning it from operating in that country.
A Prague district court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the former of
Prague National Gallery head Jiří Fajt over his dismissal from the
Fajt claimed his eventual successor, Ivan Morávek, had no power to sack him when he was the nominal interim director.
Morávek had been chosen to lead the Prague National Gallery by the outgoing Minister of Culture, Antonín Staněk (Social Democrats).
His sacking of Fajt, as well as then Olomouc Museum of Art head Michal Soukup, was viewed by critics as politically motivated.
The initiative “A Million Moments for Democracy”, which is calling for
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) to step down over alleged corruption and
conflicts of interest regarding EU funds and subsidies, held another mass
rally on Tuesday.
Police estimate around 50,000 people turned out for the demonstration on Prague’s Wenceslas Square while ‘Million Moments’ put the figure at 80,000 demonstrators.
The initiative has held a series of protests against Babiš since late April, when Czech police proposed that he be charged with EU subsidy fraud. Their largest demonstration, in mid-November, drew some 300,000 people.
Slavia Prague lost 1:2 against German side Borussia Dortmund in Tuesday’s
last round of Champions’ League group stage matches. Dortmund’s Jadon
Sancho put the home team in the lead in the 10th minute, but Slavia’s
Tomáš Souček managed to equalise just before the end of the first half.
Despite chances, Slavia was not able to put another goal in the net and
Julian Brandt scored the winner for Dortmund in the 61st minute.
Slavia finished bottom in the table, five points behind third placed Inter Milan, losing four games and drawing two. However, the Czech team’s performance has been viewed by many Slavia fans as dignified in view of the elite teams the Prague side had to face. Meanwhile, Dortmund’s victory means the team has qualified for the knockout phase along with Barcelona.