Czech documentary ‘Caught in the Net’, highlighting the danger posed by
online predators, attracted a record number of visitors during the first
seven days since its release.
The film, co-directed by Vít Klusák and Barbora Chalupová, was seen by
over 179,000 people, making it the biggest box-office documentary in the
history of the Czech Republic.
Previously, the most popular documentary film was ‘Citizen Havel’ by Miroslav Janek from 2007, which attracted 163,726 cinemagoers.
‘Caught in the Net’, which presents over-18 actresses as 12-years-olds on fake social media profiles to expose online predators, has already led to several criminal investigations.
Czech humanitarian aid supplies to Greece, including electric generators,
pumps and tents, will be transported from the Czech Republic on Friday by
firefighters from the national centre for co-ordinating humanitarian aid in
the West Bohemian town of Zbiroh, a spokeswoman for the Czech fire corps
said on Thursday.
The government on Wednesday agreed to send humanitarian aid to Greece in order to prevent a re-run of the migration crisis of 2015. Interior Minister Jan Hamáček also offered a lump sum of EUR one million in immediate financial aid to Greece and 20 policemen who could serve as part of the Frontex European Border and Coast Guard Agency.
Greece is currently dealing with a new wave of thousands of migrants released by Turkey in a move that has been condemned by the Czech Chamber of Deputies as breaking the 2016 EU-Turkey agreement where Turkey promised to stop migrants moving through their country into Europe in Exchange for financial help.
According to the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body GRECO (Group of
States against Corruption), the Czech Republic’s compliance with the
agency’s recommendations is considered “globally unsatisfactory” and
maintains a very slow pace.
In its latest compliance report on the Czech Republic, GRECO says that only one of the 14 measures contained in the Fourth Round Evaluation Report, which concerned the code of professional conduct for all public prosecutors, has been dealt with satisfactorily. Seven measures have been implemented only to some degree and six have not been implemented at all. GRECO has called on the Czech authorities to provide a report on the progress made in implementing the given recommendations by the end of 2020 at the latest.
Renovation of the Czech Republic’s famous Karlštejn Castle got underway
on Thursday. The renovation works, expected to cost more than CZK 150
million, were officially launched by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and
Minister of Culture Lubomír Zaorálek.
Among the places to be reconstructed are the Imperial Palace and the Burgrave House. The renovation will also include the creation of a modern visitor’s centre. The castle will remain open during the reconstruction work although some areas might be temporarily closed off to visitors.
The Gothic castle was founded by the Bohemian King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV in 1348 as a treasury for the Bohemian crown jewels. It is one of the most visited sites outside the capital.
Nobel-prize winner Olga Tokarczuk has cancelled her attendance at this
year’s Book World Prague, the 26th instalment of the International Book
Fair and Literary Festival, due to take place in the Czech capital between
May 14 and 17.
The Polish writer has called off all her public appearances until the end of this summer due to a heavy workload. The organizers on Thursday announced a new guest, Polish fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski, who is best known for his book series The Witcher.
The delegation representing Poland, which is the guest of honour at this year’s Book World Prague, also includes Mariusz Szczygieł, winner of Poland’s most prestigious literary award, and several other authors.
The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the Czech Republic
has risen to twelve, deputy health Minister Roman Prymula announced at a
press conference on Thursday. Several dozen people are awaiting the results
of tests for the virus.
All the patients registered positive contracted the virus abroad and suffer from a mild form of the disease. Mr Prymula also said testing for the virus will no longer be limited only to people returning from high risk areas, adding anyone can get tested as long as a doctor or a hygienist agrees.
A government ban on flight connections from Czech Republic to Northern
Italy and South Korea, in view of these regions being heavily affected by
the coronavirus known as COVID-19, has gone into effect this Thursday.
The ban concernes around 50 flights made to the regions every week, including popular destinations such as Venice and Bologna. A ban on flights to China has been in effect for some time already.
This year's Appolo award for best Czech album was awarded to
37-year-old Prague based rapper Hugo Toxx, whose real name is Jan Daněk.
Last year he released "1000", an album which has been described
as a balanced recording, which has much more energy than those of other
rappers of his generation.
Other nominees included "D.Y.K." by singer Vojtěch Dyk, an eponymous album by Czech electronics band Khoiba, the rather long titled "First I Thought Everyone’s Staring at Me but Then I Realized Nobody Cared - All the Creatures I Met Sitting on the Back Seat and How to Deal with What I’ve Learnt" by Margo, Vladimír Mišík's Once I Will Meet You (Jednou tě potkám), Kvalita by Vypsaná fixa and Animal Named Autumn (Zvíře jménem podzim) by alt-rock band Září.
More than a fifth of children between the ages of 11 to 15 are either
overweight or obese and their numbers are growing every year, Health
Minister Adam Vojtěch said on the occasion of World Obesity Day this
Wednesday, stressing that more focus on the issue is necessary.
According to Mr Vojtěch, children are now eating more fruits and vegetables while consuming fewer sweets, but lack sufficient exercise, which should amount to around an hour per day.
The statements were made at Wednesday’s address during Charles University’s “Through Movement Against Obesity“ (Pohybem proti obezitě) event in Prague, where visitors could have their blood pressure and sugar levels measured, receive tips on healthy eating as well as being introduced to various sporting activities.