NHL: Vokoun blanks league leaders Boston

Hockey goalie Tomáš Vokoun, of the Florida Panthers, stopped 41 shots by league leaders Boston on Saturday to lead his team to a 2:0 win. The game was his third shutout over the last ten days. In the game he also assisted on his team’s first goal.

In other action, the Canadien’s Roman Hamrlík earned two assists in Montreal’s 5:2 win over Ottawa. Czech forward Tomáš Plekanec, also of the Canadiens, scored the game’s opening goal.

Author: Jan Velinger

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  • NATO and EU allies sending Czechia ventilators and medics


    As the coronavirus crisis in the Czech Republic deepens the country’s NATO and EU allies are sending aid to see hospitals through the worst of the crisis.

    Hungary is sending 150 ventilators, The Netherlands is sending 100 ventilators and more are expected to arrive from Austria and NATO’s central reserves.

    Earlier this week EC President Ursula von der Leyen said that the EU would send 30 ventilators from rescEU - the common European reserve of medical equipment.

    A team of 28 military doctors from the Texas and Nebraska National Guards is expected to arrive in the country at the end of next week to help handle the crisis, as a growing number of Czech medics have contracted the infection.

    Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Interior Minister Jan Hamáček have both expressed gratitude for the assistance.

  • Record number of Covid-19 infections registered on Friday


    The Czech Republic registered 15,252 new cases of Covid-19 infections on Friday; the first time that the daily increase has crossed the 15,000 mark.

    Close to 145,000 people are currently fighting the infection, over 5,000 are hospitalized, of those 751 in a serious condition. The death toll is close to 2,000.

    Although the majority of people have mild or no symptoms the number of hospitalized and those in a serious condition is growing steeply.

    Community transmissions are now taking place around the country and hygiene offices are having increasing problems tracing contacts.

  • PM sacks health minister, proposes replacement


    Prime Minister Andrej Babiš proposed the dismissal of Health Minister Roman Prymula and named his choice of successor for the post in a meeting with President Miloš Zeman on Friday.

    Mr. Babiš said the president had accepted his decision and would meet with the given candidate on Tuesday. He said he hoped to see the new health minister appointed next Thursday.

    Health Minister Roman Prymula was hit by scandal on Friday morning, when the daily Blesk published photos of him leaving a Prague restaurant that should have been closed due to anti-coronavirus measures.

    M. Prymula refused to resign, saying he had not breached the restrictions he himself ordered, since the meeting with another politician and the head of a hospital had been private and the facility had been closed to the public.

    The prime minister has apologized on his behalf.

  • Prymula: I broke no rules and so will not resign voluntarily


    Health Minister Roman Prymula, under pressure to resign after having been photographed leaving a Prague restaurant that should have been closed due to anti-coronavirus measures, told reporters on Friday he had done nothing wrong.

    "I stand here looking like a person who is preaching water but drinking wine. … Based on the photos that appeared in [the tabloid] Blesk today, it looks like I broke some rules. I'm honestly saying that I did not,” Prymula told a press conference at which questions were not allowed.

    Prymula told reporters he had met MP Jaroslav Faltýnek (ANO) and the Ostrava University Hospital director Jiří Havrlant in a private setting and wore a facemask in line with government restrictions. Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said if Prymula did not resign he would be recalled.

    Restaurants in the Czech Republic were ordered closed last week and people are required to wear facemasks even outside if within two metres of another person. Opposition politicians criticized Prymula’s decision not to resign, saying it undermines public confidence in the government and its ability to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • President Zeman again rejects promoting spy chief Koudelka


    The Office of President Miloš Zeman has released a list of people he plans to promote to the rank of general ahead of the anniversary of Czechoslovakia’s founding next week. Yet again, Michal Koudelka, head of the counter-intelligence service BIS, is not on it.

    The president has been highly critical of the BIS in highlighting the activities of Russian and Chinese agents on Czech territory. Zeman has five times rejected the government’s proposal to name Koudelka a general.

    Zeman has accepted other nominees on the government’s list, including Police President Jan Švejdar and Prison Service head Petr Dohnal.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • Hackers increasingly target Czech schools’ online sessions


    The number of cyberattacks on online teaching and other videoconferencing sessions is growing, Czech authorities have warned.

    The Ministry of Education is instructing schools to use guidelines prepared by the National Office for Cyber and Information Security (NÚKIB) for holding secure videoconferencing sessions. These include not giving login details and personal data to others.

    According to a report by Check Point Research, cyberattacks have grown by 24 percent in Europe in recent months, as more people use technology at home due to anti-coronavirus measures.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • Football: Martin Hašek must pay Sparta CZK 22 mn for breaking contract


    The Czech Football Association has announced that midfielder Martin Hašek must pay 22 million crowns to his old club Sparta Prague for violating his contract.

    Hašek had signed a 2.5-year contract with Sparta in December 2018, which he unilaterally terminated in March. This January, he refused to travel with the first team to train in Spain and was later moved to reserve team.

    Hašek is the son of the Czech international footballer of the same name, and the nephew of former ice hockey goalkeeper Dominik Hašek.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • Weather


    Saturday should be partly cloudy throughout most of the country with scattered rain possible in the morning. Average daytime temperatures should range from 14 to 16 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • Corpse found after fire in Prague homeless encampment


    A charred corpse was found on Thursday evening at a homeless encampment in Prague’s Libeň district where a fire broke out. Police detectives and fire brigade officials have yet to release details about their ongoing investigations at the scene.

    The homeless encampment is located in an area that is difficult to access. According to the Prague Fire Brigade, a gas cylinder damaged by fire was found at the scene as was an open fire pit.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • Prague Mayor: City authorities to investigate Prymula’s restaurant visit


    Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirate Party) announced via Twitter that City Hall and the regional hygiene authorities will investigate a visit by Health Minister Roman Prymula (independent) and MP Jaroslav Faltýnek (ANO) to a local restaurant that should have been closed under anti-coronavirus restrictions.

    Hřib said the municipality will conduct administrative proceedings into the actions of legal and natural persons, meaning the businesses and people involved. “Although apparently some may think some people are more equal than others, the rules here still apply to everyone equally," he tweeted.

    Opposition party leaders called on Prymula to resign for having violated a state of emergency restriction to contain the spread of Covid-19 that he himself pushed for. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) said he would recall Prymula if he did not step down and is looking to replace him quickly.

    Author: Brian Kenety