Karolina Pliskova Loses Her Cool At The Italian Open

Pliskova needs to keep her temper in Czech..

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Karolina Pliskova, the Czech former world No. 1 and the No. 6 seed at the Italian Open, lost her temper yesterday after a poor refereeing decision sent her out of the Italian Open.

Under the grey skies of an expected storm, Pliskova caused a storm on the court after a bad decision by the umpire sent her out of the competition. The score was tied at 5-5 in the deciding set in her second-round match against Greece’s Maria Sakkari, when the umpire called out on a shot.

Replays show the ball was quite clearly in by at least an inch, but with clay matches not using Hawkeye for confirmation, the umpire uses their own judgement and markings in the clay.

The linesperson called out, but couldn’t exactly point out a ball mark in the clay; the umpire couldn’t see a mark either, but decided not to overrule the call; a supervisor was called, but could do nothing to fix the situation and Pliskova was extremely upset about the call. On replay, you can clearly see Pliskova’s ball landing inside the court.

Pliskova, clearly agitated with the incident, went on to lose the game and would not forget it. Sakkari carried on with the match to win 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, taking the biggest scalp of her career before and the two players shook hands at the net. Then, after faking a handshake with the umpire, Pliskova let her know what she really thought about her decision. Sakkari, looking a tad frightened, took a step back.

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Pliskova can expect a hefty fine for the outburst and bringing the Women’s Tennis Association into disrepute.

Karolina Pliskova’s twin sister, Krystina, also a tennis player in the world’s top 100, tweeted her frustration at the poor decision.

As for the idea of an umpire “blacklist” raised by Kristyna Pliskova, we have seen this sort of thing before, notably when Rafael Nadal admitted in 2015 that he had asked for the respected chair umpire Carlos Bernardes to be kept away from his matches.

Supervisors do sometimes take previous bad blood into account when they allocate officials, but it is not a good look for the sport.

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Ice Hockey World Championships: Czech Republic Vs USA Preview

It may not be the most important competition for US fans, but the Czech Republic will go insane if they get beat the USA this Thursday.

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It’s been 6 long years since the Czech Republic last took home a medal from the Hockey World Championships but a subtle sense of optimism has been slowly developing among Czech hockey fans of late. In 2012, the Czechs lost to Slovakia in the semis before beating Finland in the bronze medal match. This time around, the Czechs are quietly hoping for even more.

Standing in their way are team USA, who despite getting turned over by Finland in their last match are always a huge threat and one of the tournament favourites.

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The Czechs started off a little inconsistently, losing to the old nemesis, Sweden before narrowly beating Switzerland. The last few matches have seen a big turnaround with David Pastrňák and David Krejčí being introduced to the team after the Boston Bruins exited the Stanley Cup.

The Main Men:

Team USA: Patrick Kane

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Patrick Kane isn’t usually a regular at the annual IIHF World Championships because he’s often on a lengthy playoff run with the Chicago Blackhawks.

This year, however, the Blackhawks failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup, so Kane decided to support his country and the fans are sure glad he did, as on Tuesday he broke the record for most points recorded by an American in a single tournament. Kane scored a goal and added an assist in his team’s group finale against Finland, bringing his tournament totals to six goals and 11 assists. The previous record was 16 points set by Richard Roberge way back in 1962.

“It’s not a good feeling losing,” Kane said following the loss to Finland. “It could be good for us to make sure we won’t deal with this again and stay positive. We’re a good team, we’ve had a good tournament to this point. [The Czechs] have some talents, it will be a tough game against them.”

Team CZ: David Pastrnak

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Bruins forward David Pastrnak had only just joined the Czech team last Thursday morning after being knocked out of the NHL playoffs by the Tampa Bay Lightning, but immediately made his presence felt in a 4-3 overtime victory against Russia. Pastrnak scored two goals, including the winner with 1:37 left in OT, and added one assist while Bruins teammate David Krejci finished with a goal and three assists.

Pastrnak is young and relatively experienced, but he’s also a great skater, skilled with the puck and a really strong player. The Bruins rate him highly and Team CZ will be hoping that he can put one over his NHL rivals in the American team.

The Quarters:

The Czechs enter the IHFF quarters in third position, meaning they’ll face the USA who came second in theirs after that 6-2 loss to Finland.

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Russia face Canada in what promises to be a pretty memorable match, whilst one of the favourites, Finland, face Switzerland and the Swedes line up against unfancied Latvia.

Prediction:

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The game starts at 16:15 CET on Thursday 17th May

As a Czech resident and a fan of Czech hockey and the underdog, I’m going for a Czech win in OT. 2-2 in normal time, Pastrnak with an OT winner to send Team CZ onto a semifinal against Sweden.

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Prague Tragedy In IP Pavlova: 2 Pedestrians Killed

Tragedy struck the busy neighborhood of IP Pavlova earlier, as a tram hit and killed 2 pedestrians. Emergency services were quick on the scene but unable to save the pair.

In the IP Pavlova square in Prague, the tram crashed two people, the rescuers were on the spot for 45 minutes, but they were killed by the wounds.  (May 15, 2018)

The incident occurred at around 10:15 and the police have not yet revealed information surrounding the tragedy. One onlooker said that the pair went to cross but hadn’t looked and were unlucky to be wedged between a stationary tram and an oncoming one.

The as yet unnamed victims were treated for 45 minutes at the scene but rescuers were not able to save them. Public transport services in the vicinity are still on lockdown as the scene is ongoing.

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According to a spokesman for Prague rescue, Jana Poštová, the rescue service received a notification at about 10:15 and the first crew was in place in three minutes. Two medical crews intervened at the accident, the pedestrians alive after a heart attack. After 45 minutes, however, the two 60-year-old injured men died.

IP Pavlova tram trapped two pedestrians, both of them died.

“The rescuers of the two men secured their airways, connected them to the monitor, made all their life-saving actions, unfortunately they did not succeed despite all their efforts.”

The incident highlights the need to take care when crossing roads, as trams are bulky and restricted vehicles that wont be moving for you. The drivers do undergo significant training for any eventuality, but they also are not able to see what exactly is coming at every corner. The newer trams especially, are quieter than the older models, meaning you should always pay close attention when crossing any street, especially those in busy areas, making sure you know which side of the road traffic is moving on.

 

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Travel info:

According to the transport company site, the X22 is available in the Karlovo náměstí – Náměstí Míru section. Štěpánská stop in the direction of Karlovo náměstí is not bus service.

Lines 22 and 16 are driving along the Karlovo namesti – Botanical Garden – Otakarov – Square Bratří Synků – Pod Karlovou – Bruselská – IP Pavlova and further on their regular routes.

Line 23 goes both directions to Karlovo náměstí – Botanical Garden – Otakarova – Botanical Garden – Karlovo náměstí and on its way to Malovanka. Line 6 one of Charles Square to the Botanical Garden and then to Otakarova stop, then along your route.

Sainsbury’s Show Blatant Disregard For The Environment With New Plastic Food Wraps

At a time when our oceans are grossly infested with plastic, Sainsbury’s have decided it necessary to increase the amount of packaging used in their meat products because millennials don’t like to touch meat.

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British supermarket, Sainsbury’s have decided to introduce touch-free packaging to help millennial’s who are afraid to handle raw meat. They will be introducing pouches that allows customers to place chicken pieces straight into a frying pan without having touch them. The supermarket chain said the plastic pouches were developed after consumers under the age of 35 said they didn’t like to handle uncooked meat.

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So I’d just like to show Sainsbury’s, and any millennial who thinks this is a good idea, a few images of the amount of plastic currently destroying our planet; oh, but out of sight, out of mind right?

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“Customers, particularly younger ones, are quite scared of touching raw meat. These bags allow people, especially those who are time-poor, to just ‘rip and tip’ the meat straight into the frying pan without touching it,’ Katherine Hall, Sainsbury’s product development

Nice one Katherine.

When, in the not-so-distant future, the sea is so contaminated that the hundreds of millions of people around the world who rely on the sea for their income can no longer get by or start to develop serious health problems because of plastic intake, I’d like to bring people back to this. Undoubtedly we’ll look for someone to blame and I’d like to point fingers at Sainsbury’s here.

We desperately need to reduce the amount of plastic in the ocean and increasing packaging because some people don’t like to touch meat is certainly not something that will help.

lets not forget that the media don’t like to often remind us of anomalies like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This is a giant patch of plastic waste and sludge that has collected together due to the currents of the sea, and now pollutes anything around it.

With this in mind, it does make me wonder if we’ll ever clean up our act, or if we even want to until it’s too late..

 

 

Police Lose 500 Kilograms Of Marijuana And Blame Rodents

Police in one Buenos Aires district have lost more than 540kg of seized marijuana in the past year, stating that rats probably ate it.

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Pilar, Buenos Aires

Pilar, a small community in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, recently had a change of guard with a new incoming police commissioner named Emilio Portero taking over the reins. The new commissioner decided that a full inventory check should be done and was surprised to learn that from the 6,000 kilograms of marijuana seized in the previous few years 540 kilos had mysteriously gone missing.

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When quizzed about the missing contraband, the officers in charge of safeguarding the seizures tried to explain that there were lots of rats and mice in the warehouse that probably ate much of the dope. Their statements were looked at by the Home Affairs Department, who found that the rats would have had to have eaten 700 grams of marijuana per day, which would have left a trail of dead rats around the warehouse.

“The drugs were in a state of absolute dryness, since they were in storage for about two years, which forced us to investigate if a rodent invasion could have eaten so much marijuana, but the experts consulted concluded that that was very unlikely because if it had happened, the mice would have died, and no animal carcasses were detected in the room.” Home Affairs Spokesperson.

The story was first seized upon by Argentine daily El Patagónico, which accuses the police force of corruption and theft. This would not be the first time that regional forces in Argentina have been accused of such behavior.

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They have all three police officers accused of illegitimate handling of confiscated evidence. But the officers are still in the service, at least until the next hearing that is scheduled next month.

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Logan Boulet: Selfless Act From Canadian Bus Crash Victim Saves 6

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The family of Logan Boulet, a Humboldt Broncos hockey player from Lethbridge, who was badly injured in the fatal bus crash in Canada last Friday, have taken the impossibly difficult decision to turn off their son’s life support.

Selflessly, Logan had become an organ donor when he reached 21 and as per his wishes, the decision to turn off the life support was made only after the doctors had enough time to find patients in need of organ replacements.

Logan Boulet was put on life-support, and his family said Saturday that his organs would be harvested overnight Saturday and that positive matches had been found for six of his organs. The remainder would be donated to science, as per his wishes.

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Logan and his team, the Humboldt Broncos, were on their way to a semi-final game against the Nipawin Hawks when a trailer tragically collided with the bus causing an incident that cost the lives of 15 people and injuring over a dozen more. Ten players and five staff members from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey team were confirmed to have been killed in the incident.

Logan’s father:

“Despite other media reports today, Logan’s strong heart continues to beat this evening. The final harvesting of Logan’s organs will take place overnight, now that he has positive matches for all organs donated. He is giving new hope to at least six different people. Logan made it clear previously that he signed his donor card as soon as he turned 21. Even in his eventual passing, he will be a selfless hero.”

The incident has caused immense grief in the rural Canadian town of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, who turned out in numbers at the local ice rink for a vigil to pay their respects last night. The Prime Minister also came to show his respect for the fallen members of the team.

It was an immensely selfless decision by Logan to make the pledge of being an organ donor. In doing so, he’s given 6 other people a shot at life and his selfless act should be a reminder to us all to become registered donors. Keep in mind that you have absolutely zero use for your organs after you pass away, but someone laying in a hospital bed somewhere might be in desperate need and running out of time.

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Family Friend:

“As with many families across the globe our house is devastated with the news about the Humboldt Broncos. Our great friends, the Boulets have shared more news about their incredible son, (and our godson) Logan! He is a great hero and one of the nicest people you would have been lucky enough to meet. Logan’s strong heart continues to beat, allowing a surgical team from the U of A hospital to travel to Saskatoon for organ transplant procedures. There have been matches made for all vital organs, including a patient set to receive his heart and lungs. All counted, six people will receive the gift of life from Logan. The family will stay with Logan until the surgery begins at around 2:00 am. Logan had made it known, and very clear to his family, that he had signed his organ donor card when he turned 21 just a few weeks ago. Following the organ surgery, his other organs will be donated to science as he requested. These actions alone give voice to the selfless and benevolent nature Logan possessed in life for others, truly taught and fostered by Toby and Bernie. ”

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A tribute to the victims of the incident

I rarely write about international news, as this website is primarily dedicated to the goings on in Prague, Czech Republic, but I read the story of Logan and found myself compelled to honor the selflessness of his actions and the bravery of his family.

Whilst the investigations into the crash will continue, and the families and friends come to terms with the tragedy that has affected their small community, this small piece of positive news should inspire us all to be as selfless as Logan Boulet.

5 Ways To Make Friends In Prague, Czech Republic

How To Make Friends In Prague

Moving to any new city can be a daunting prospect. First there are the legal requirements and documentation to adhere to and the dreaded foreign office where you are labelled an alien questioned about your motives. If you aren’t moving for work, employment is also high on the priority list, as is finding long-term accommodation if you don’t already have it covered.

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Once you’re working, living comfortably and settled, you’re gonna need some friends. Sure it’s nice to go out with colleagues from time to time, but it’s always good to separate work and social life by finding people with similar interests and hobbies to enjoy spending your time with.

Whilst the planet is getting ever closer and ever more connected with social networking and the internet, it can still be a daunting prospect to go out in the outside world and make buddies.

So for Prague newbies, oldies, or indeed anyone looking to make new pals, here’s a few easy ways to make new friends in Prague.

InterNations

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InterNations is a company developed specifically for the above purpose. If you sign up on their website, you’ll get invites to their well-organized parties and events, where you’ll get the chance to meet other people in the same boat as you. It isn’t just about going to the pub with a label that says ‘Hi I’m Dave’ as the events have themes and entertainment where you’ll get a chance to try something new. I have a great memory of learning tango, although the instructor specifically pointed me out as the worst he’d ever seen, and I don’t blame him.

As the largest international community for people who live and work abroad, InterNations offers global networking opportunities, local events and expat-relevant information. At around 3,500 monthly events and activities, expats get to meet fellow internationals in their city, while forums and destination guides provide valuable tips and information. To ensure the quality of the network, InterNations membership is by approval only.

Reddit

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Reddit is an excellent forum where people post thoughts, questions, links and invites which are divided into subcategories. If you check the Czech forum, or subreddit, you’ll find people asking for restaurant tips, people asking if anyone wants to join them for a football match and even searching for beer buddies.

Obviously keep your wits about you if you agree to meet some randoms for a beer, but it can be a great way to meet new people. 5 Years ago I met some Italian guys who were new to Prague, asking about football teams to play for and we’re still friends today; although we drink beer more than playing football these days.

MeetUp

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MeetUp is a cool application that provides a platform for people to organize events for likeminded individuals. If you’re a chess player looking for some friendly competition, a musician looking for people to jam with or a book fiend looking for a discussion, check out meetup and there should be a group meeting with your interests. It’s a great way to meet people with similar interests and hobbies, or alternatively just a nice way to meet people new to the city and looking to meet new people.

Old School Way – Pubs

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Some people are able to just walk into a pub, sit at the bar and strike up a conversation with other people. That’s one way I like to make acquaintances, although I understand that not everybody has the confidence to do that, and it isn’t always successful.

If you are one of those who doesn’t mind talking about sports or whatnot to randoms, head down to a decent bar in Prague, especially when there is football on the television so that you can start a conversation by calling the referee a derogatory name.

Facebook Groups and Pages

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Despite its recent security problems and data loss scandals, Facebook is still an extremely useful resource for those looking to keep in touch with friends and those looking to make new ones.

There are many groups and pages on Facebook that advertise events and gatherings across Prague and they often concentrate on bringing together people with similar interests.

Here’s a few that I found with just a quick search:

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Prague Hang-Out Friends

Prague Happening Now

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