Czech-born photographer Antonín Kratochvíl, who works and resides in the
US, has given up his membership in the photo agency VII, which he
co-established in 2001, following accusations of sexual harassment.
The Columbia Journalism Review reported earlier this year that the photographer, who worked for prestigious magazines such as Vogue, Rolling Stone and Newsweek, had harassed a number of women. Kratochvíl denies the allegations.
Karolína Plíšková has been knocked out in the quarter finals of
tennis’s US Open, the same stage at which she exited the tournament last
year. The Czech player was beaten by Serena Williams of the US 4-6 3-6.
Plíšková was the last remaining Czech singles player in the final Grand Slam of the season. This year there were no Czech men in singles action at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 1970.
Around half of the 216,000 people standing in municipal elections around
the Czech Republic in October did not stand four years ago, Czech
Television reported. Data from the Czech Statistics Office shows that a
large number of candidates who ran on the tickets of political parties last
time out have chosen to instead stand as independents, the station said.
However, parties have also managed to attract people who didn’t run at all in 2014, with the highest numbers joining the candidate lists of ANO, Freedom and Direct Democracy and the Czech Pirate Party.
Home goods store IKEA is planning to open an outlet on Prague’s Wenceslas
Square in just over two weeks’ time. The 800 square metre shop will focus
on living rooms.
The new furniture store will be located in a former bank building near the bottom of the capital’s main thoroughfare. Its opening reflects a new IKEA strategy that the Swedish company is planning to implement in a number of countries.
Plans have been unveiled for this year’s edition of Prague’s Signal
festival of light. The 2018 Signal will take place in the capital from 11
to 14 November and organisers say that for the first time it will have a
common theme, the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. This will
be reflected in the involvement of an unusually high number of Czech
The Prague district of Karlín will for the first time feature in this year’s edition of the festival, which comprises light installations and video mapping shows. Around half a million people are expected to attend.
The biggest contract in the modern history of the Czech Army will not be
awarded on the basis of a public tender process, Czech Television reported.
The Ministry of Defence intends to directly address potential suppliers of
over 200 mechanised infantry combat vehicles, the station said. The
contract should come in at a cost of CZK 53 billion.
An army spokesperson said there were few suppliers of such hardware and that it would consider offers from four producers that met its requirements. Military chiefs want the vehicles to be supplied by 2020.
The Czech government has earmarked CZK 6.8 billion to try to ensure the
country does not lack doctors in the future. That figure should ensure that
the intake of medicine students at the country’s teaching hospitals
increases by 15 percent.
A third of all doctors in the Czech Republic will be over the age of 60 by 2020 and the current number of medicine graduates is insufficient to replace the medics who will be retiring in the coming years.
Markéta Vondroušová has been knocked out in the fourth round at the US
Open in New York. The 19-year-old Czech took the first set against Lesja
Curenko of Ukraine but eventually lost 7-6 5-7 2-6.
That result means that the only Czech singles player remaining at Flushing Meadows is Karolína Plíšková, who will face America’s Serena Williams for a place in the semi-finals.
Police have changed another 35 people in a long-running fraud case
concerning now bankrupt engineering company ČKD Praha DIZ, a significant
player on domestic and international markets until two years ago. In total
about 60 people, including the company's former owner, have been
The latest suspects are accused of helping the company evade taxes exceeding 850 million crowns in total, in part by issuing or processing fictitious invoices, or transferring funds offshore. In April, billionaire Petr Speychal, a former ČKD Praha DIZ owner, was charged with tax evasion by anti-corruption police.
Prior to going bankrupt, ČKD Praha DIZ had been embroiled in a legal battle with Prague City Hall over completion of the controversial Blanka Tunnel in the capital, which cost the taxpayers some 43 billion crowns. It was the largest and most expensive project in the history of Prague.