The US beat the Czech Republic 3:4 in overtime in the World Junior Hockey Championship in Ostrava on Monday. The Czechs got one point for the overtime loss, setting up a huge Russia-Germany game on Tuesday. The team is now 3rd in Group B with four points and its place in the quarterfinals remains uncertain.
January 1st will see the start of the Three Kings Collection, the largest
and most successful fund-raiser in the country.
Organized by the Catholic charity Caritas the Three Kings Collection, involves thousands of volunteers, most of them children, taking to the streets dressed as the Three Wise Men, singing carols and asking people to donate money to charity.
24,000 carollers are expected to take part in the charity event this year.
Since the year 2,000 the collection has raised more than 1.1 billion crowns in aid of the needy. It lasts for a fortnight.
More than a hundred people had to be evacuated from Occidental Hotel in
Prague 5 on Monday night after a fire broke out in the hotel sauna in the
No one was hurt in the fire, which broke out shortly after 7pm, but smoke filled the garage space and interior of the hotel, necessitating an emergency evacuation.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Deutsche Bahn subsidiary Arriva, which secured a contract to operate four
express rail lines in the Czech Republic, is to be fined for a series of
problems in the Liberec region.
Arriva started operating at the start of December but its trains have been running late and the company also has problems with the check-in system.
The regional management says that unless everything is running smoothly by mid-January at the latest it will consider withdrawing from the contract.
The 45-million-euro contract covers four lines from Prague to the cities of Tanvald, Novy Bor, Rakovnik and Ceske Budejovice.
Under the contract Arriva will operate the lines for three years, with the option to extend the contract by a further two years.
Police will be out in force in the Czech capital on Tuesday night to
maintain law and order during the New Year celebrations in the city centre.
New Year street parties are expected on Wenceslas and Old Town Square where
hundreds of people traditionally congregate to see in the New Year.
A heightened police presence can also be expected on January 1st in connection with the New Year’s video-mapping on the building of the National Museum (at 6.15pm, 7.15pm and 8.15pm) as well as the planned fireworks display over Folimanka Park at 6pm.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has indicated he would welcome the
presence of Czech President Miloš Zeman at next year‘s Victory Day
celebrations in Moscow. In his New Year’s greetings to the Czech head of
state, President Putin wrote that President Zeman’s presence at the end
of war celebrations in Moscow would symbolize “friendship and mutual
respect between the two nations”.
The message comes in the wake of news that President Miloš Zeman is considering cancelling his planned visit to Russia next year in protest against what he described as Russia’s outrageously insolent reaction to the Czech Parliament’s decision to recognize the day of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia as a day of remembrance for those who had been killed by the invading forces.
Moscow said in response to the news that Prague's efforts to return to the 1968 events in order to incorporate them into the current political context, would not contribute to good relations and cooperation between the two countries.
Miloslava Kalibová, one of the last survivors of the Lidice massacre, has
died at the age of 96. As a nineteen- year-old Kalibová saw her father
executed by the Nazis and spent almost three years with her mother and
sister in the concentration camp in Ravensbrück. She returned to
Czechoslovakia after the war.
Through her life Kalibová worked tirelessly to bear witness of the atrocities of the Holocaust, sharing her experience with schoolchildren and adults in numerous lectures and debates.
Seven years ago she and other Lidice survivors met with German president Joachim Gauck. Her funeral will take place on January 7, in Prague’s Motol crematorium.
The Czech Republic is the seventh biggest exporter of fireworks in the
world, according to world business data. The country exports 10 million
dollars worth of fireworks annually.
The Netherlands is Europe’s top exporter of fireworks selling 52 million dollars worth of fireworks every year.
The Czech Republic is also one of the most lenient states when it comes to the sale of fireworks.
According to the CTK news agency there are currently 11 e-shops offering F-4 –the most dangerous category of fireworks which should only be handled by professionals.