Czech mountaineer Zuzana Hofmanová was on Monday reported missing after she reached the summit of Broad Peak in the Pakistani Himalayas. The website of her expedition said the 53-year-old mountaineer reached the top of the 8,047 metre-high mountain on July 31 but never returned to the base camp. Ms Hofmanová became the fist Czech woman to reach the summit of Broad Peak, the world’s 12th tallest mountain.
Czech President Václav Klaus is among few active politicians listed by international agencies as prominent motivational speakers, the news website aktualne.cz reported on Monday. Lectures by Mr Klaus are offered by agencies such as the London Speaker Bureau, All American Speakers, and others. The agencies refused to reveal Mr Klaus’ speaking fees while a spokesman for the Czech president declined to comment on the issue. Václav Klaus is offering lectures on a variety of topics including politics, EU affairs, globalization, and others.
The Czech Republic’s industrial output in June slowed down by 2.2 percent annually, according to figures released by the Czech Statistical Office on Monday, following a decrease of 2.4 percent registered in May. After seasonal adjustment, however, the country’s industrial production rose by 0.3 percent year-on-year. Analysts expect industrial output to keep slowing down in the rest of the year as the Czech economy is going through a protracted period of recession.
Czech meteorologists on Monday warned against strong storms that will hit most of the country later in the day. Heavy rainfall could swell local rivers, and the authorities in the Vysočina and Olomouc regions are considering declaring flood alert. Daytime highs in Moravia could reach up to 35 degrees Celsius.
Only around one third of Czechs leave work behind while on vacation, according to a new survey by the website onlineprace.cz released on Monday. Some 40 percent of those polled said they were available for their colleagues in emergency situations while on holiday; 16 percent said they wanted to follow developments at work no matter what.
Several dozen people took part in a special mass on Saturday at Prague's St Vitus cathedral marking 20 years since the death of Cardinal František Tomášek. The mass was led by Prague Archbishop Dominik Duka. The archbishop recalled Tomášek was persecuted by the former Communist regime, spending three years at a labour camp at the monastery in želiv before he was released in 1954. The cardinal had displayed unwavering strength and optimism despite living most of his life under the former regime, Archbishop Duka said.
The Deputy Speaker of the European Parliament, Social Democrat Libor Rouček slammed presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in a Social Democratic Party blog, writing that the world "did not deserve as its most powerful politician" another "paler version" of George W. Bush. In the blog, Mr Rouček referred to Mitt Romney's recent foreign trip to London, Israel and Poland, slamming the candidate for a number of controversial statements that stirred the political waters. in the past Mr Romney has referred to Poland's neighbor, Russia, as America's number one geopolitical foe. In Mr Rouček's view - the candidate went as far as to damage US interests in the Middle East through comments pertaining to the Palestinians and Israel, referring to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Polls in the US suggest that Mr Romney continues to trail incumbent Barack Obama, if only just.
Some 150 Czech Romanies to be evicted over poor technical and sanitary conditions from the Prednadrazi slum in Ostrava would not leave by a set deadline, Jan Bandy, a member of the local self-rule body created by the tenants, told the Czech news agency on Saturday. The relocation was ordered by the planning and building authority on the grounds that the buildings were no longer inhabitable. Mr Bandy said the locals had instead decided implement minor repairs; Bandy said there were still some 25 families or 180 people in the houses, many of them children. Indian-born activist Kumar Vishwanathan, from the civic group Co-Existence - helping the residents - confirmed that they had opted to repair the old homes gradually.
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