The Czech Embassy in Washington is on Thursday launching its annual Mutual Inspirations Festival, which this year will remember the life and work of the late Czech playwright, dissident and president Václav Havel. The festival, which runs until the end of October, will include film screenings, concerts, lectures, exhibitions and theatre performances, all of which will have free admission. Previous editions have been dedicated to T.G. Masaryk, Anton Dvorák and Miloš Forman.
Czech holiday makers have begun returning to Egypt, almost three weeks after travel companies had to quickly bring tourists home due to violence in the country. Two planes carrying tour groups left Prague for Egypt on Wednesday night. Operators insist that resorts in the country are now completely safe, though the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is still advising Czechs not to travel to Egypt.
The Czech tennis player Andrea Hlaváčková has reached the final of the mixed doubles at the US Open alongside partner Max Mirnyi of Belarus. The pair beat the Serbian-French duo Kristina Mladenovic and Daniel Nestor 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 12-10 on Wednesday to set up a title decider with the US-Mexican pairing of Abigail Spears and Santiago Gonzalez. Hlaváčková has also reached the semi-finals of the women’s doubles with compatriot Lucie Hradecká.
Czech President Miloš Zeman will soon appear on around 300 billboards around the country in an election campaign ad for his Citizens’ Rights Party-Zemanites, the news site iDnes.cz reported. The advertisements show a postcard bearing an official postage stamp with the president’s image and the words I’m going to vote for the Zemanites – what about you? Mr. Zeman has said in the past that as head of state he is duty-bound to be above party politics. Some polls indicate that the Zemanites, who currently have no seats in the Chamber of Deputies, could reach the five-percent threshold needed to enter the lower house.
Four thousand year-old gold and bronze jewellery and tools found by a Czech dog walker at Libochovany in May will go on display at the Teplice museum at the weekend, the museum’s director, Bohuslav Boček, has told journalists. Bronze axes, jewellery and decorations were probably unearthed by wild boars close to a tourist trail leading up a hill overlooking the Elbe River valley; archaeologists have called the find unique. The dog walker picked up the rare objects and addressed Teplice archaeologists who returned to the spot the next day and found further smaller fragments of metals and ceramics. The metal items were probably placed in a ceramic vessel of which only two small fragments have survived to date. Under the law, the finder is entitled to a reward, which is estimated in the tens of thousands of crowns.
The right-of-centre Civic Democrat’s Prague organisation has approved
former Chamber of Deputies chairwoman Miroslava Němcová as its leader
Prague branch head Bohuslav Svoboda as number two on its candidates list
the upcoming election. The party’s Prague branch elected Mrs Němcová
unanimously on Tuesday evening; however, the battle for the other leading
positions on the candidates’ list lasted several hours. The final
selections were confirmed only at around 3 AM. The Civic Democrats’
executive council will still have to approve the final line-up.
In Prague, Mrs Němcová will run against TOP 09 chairman Karel Schwarzenberg, trade union leader Jaroslav Zavadil (running for the Social Democrats), Christian Democrat candidate Daniel Herman (the former director of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes) Green Party chairman Ondřej Liška, and the Communist Party’s Marta Semelová. The election is set for October 25 and 26.
Prague City Hall’s new development plan is beginning to take shape: on Wednesday, the municipal council passed the proposal complete with input (a total of 1,600 suggestions and recommendations) from individual districts as well as the public. The text will be debated by assembly members later in September. If passed by the assembly, City Hall will begin overseeing the drawing up of a new detailed plan of the Czech capital.
The Czech men’s number one Tomáš Berdych has been knocked out in the last 16 stage of tennis’s US Open. He had not previously dropped a set at Flushing Meadows this year but was beaten 6-3 1-6 6-7 2-6 by Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland on Tuesday. Berdych, who last season reached the semi-finals at the US Open, had been the last remaining Czech singles player in the tournament.
The summer holidays in the Czech Republic saw 133 road fatalities – seven fewer than in 2012 and the lowest number of traffic-related deaths in the country in 23 years, according to statistics released by the Police Presidium. Along with fewer road fatalities, the summer period between July and the end of August also saw fewer people seriously injured in traffic accidents.
The Czech Foreign Ministry is aiming to boost security for diplomats serving in Syria, Libya and Afghanistan, acquiring new armoured vehicles at the cost of around six million crowns. The government is studying the proposal now by which upgraded Toyotas are to be provided by the Czech firm Real Trade Praha. Last year, the previous government bought an armoured BMW X5 for the ambassador in Syria; the Czech Republic is one of only a few NATO countries not to have closed its Damascus embassy – serving not only Czech nationals but helping allied member states.
Language exams for foreigners seeking permanent residency permit to become tougher
Gunman kills six patients in Ostrava hospital, two more fighting for their lives
Czech teenager builds second-largest ever Millennium Falcon LEGO model
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