An exhibition focused on the Kralice Bible, the first complete Czech language translation of the book, has begun at the National Library’s Clementinum building in Prague. The show is timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the last publication of the Kralice Bible prior to the Battle of White Mountain. It includes earlier translations of the Bible in Czech and valuable documents that have not previously been displayed publicly.
A court in Costa Rico on Tuesday sentenced a British man to 25 years in prison for the murder of a 22-year-old Czech woman in the country in 2011. Alfred Saunders was found guilty of stabbing the woman to death in her tent on an eco-farm near the border between Costa Rico and Nicaragua. He had confessed to the killing prior to the trial.
The recently formed Liberal Environmental Party headed by one-time Greens chairman Martin Bursík have decided not to stand in next month’s election. In a statement, the party said they did not wish to split the centre-right vote in the poll. A representative, civic activist Matěj Hollan, told the Czech News Agency that the Liberal Environmental Party, which came into existence just two weeks ago, did not have enough time to prepare the kind of campaign that would win them seats in the Chamber of Deputies. The party is not backing any other groupings.
The captain of the Czech Republic, Tomáš Rosický, has said he will consider retiring from international soccer following the team’s failure to reach the 2014 World Cup. The midfielder, who is 32, was forced off with injury in the first half of a 2:1 defeat to Italy in Turin on Tuesday that made it impossible for the Czechs to take second place in their group and a possible berth in the playoffs for Brazil. Manager Michal Bílek stood down in the wake of the defeat.
A Sumatran tiger has been born at Prague Zoo, according to a statement issued by the zoo on Wednesday. The cub, which was born at the end of July, is doing well, officials said. Members of the public will be able to get their first glimpse of the rare animal when it is placed in a tiger run in November. Renovation work on the zoo’s big cats pavilion, which was damaged by flooding in June, was postponed because of the birth.
The population of the Czech Republic fell slightly in the first half of this year, according to official figures released on Wednesday. There were 10,512,900 people living in the country at the end of June, just over 3,000 fewer than at the end of 2012. The population of the capital Prague had also dropped marginally, to 1,246,176 at the end of the first half of the year.
The number of suicides registered in the Czech Republic in recent years is growing, the news agency ČTK reported quoting official statistics. Last year, 1647 Czechs took their own lives which was nearly 300 more than in the previous year. However, demographers say that despite the increase, the numbers of suicides are lower than in the past. The highest number of people who killed themselves – over 4,000 – was recorded in 1934.
The state of human rights in the Czech Republic deteriorated in 2012, the Czech Helsinki Committee said in its annual report released on Tuesday. The human rights group noted that unemployment, the negative effects of social reforms, lower accessibility of health care as well as rising anti-Roma sentiments were among the major trends registered last year. The group also warned that the situation of the Roma community was rapidly deteriorating as increasing numbers of the population see Romanies as scapegoats for various problems in the society. The Helsinki Committee criticized politicians for exploiting the situation, and accused some media of misleading coverage of anti-Romany riots.
A test of stain removers carried out by the leading Czech consumer magazine dTest has revealed none of the substances actually work. The magazine tested eight stain removers available on the Czech market by using them to remove 17 stains of various origins. Only one substance was found to be satisfactory. The magazine said people should treat stains according to their origin rather than rely on universal stain removers that are expensive and burden the environment.
Prague City Hall on Tuesday approved the city’s draft budget for 2014. The budget should be balanced with expenditures and revenues amounting to 44.2 billion crowns, or over 2.2 billion US dollars. Some 9.4 billion crowns have been earmarked for investments, a spokesperson for the city hall said. The budget is yet to be approved by the city council.
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