Czech president Miloš Zeman, who is on a three-day official visit to
China, attended a dinner hosted by his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in
The event took place ahead of the launch of a new international trade fair focused on imports into the world’s most populous state on Monday. The China International Import Expo will be attended by a Czech delegation, made up of some 70 business representatives and four ministers.
President Zeman is scheduled to hold talks with the Chinese president on Monday. Among the topics on their agenda should be China’s new silk road project, the president’ spokesman Jiří Ovčáček told the Czech News Agency.
Popular Czech singer songwriter Jaromír Nohavica has been awarded the
Pushkin Medal, a Russian state decoration, for strengthening Czech-Russian
The singer received the medal from Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Sunday, on the occasion of Russia’s National Unity Day, the news agency RIA Novosti reported.
The Medal of Pushkin has been awarded since 1999 to Russian citizens as well as foreign nationals for achievements in the arts and culture, education, humanities and literature.
Other Czech recipients of the award include former Czech president Václav Klaus and head of the Czech-Russian society Jiří Klapka.
The grape harvest in the Czech Republic should exceed that of the two
previous years, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday, citing data
released by the Union of Winemakers of the Czech Republic and the
country’s Wine Fund.
According to the head of the Wine Fund, Jaroslav Machovec, the grape harvest is about 30 percent higher than the ten-year average. Contrary to expectations, the quality of grapes, with the exception of early varieties, has not been affected by drought.
Due to the exceptionally hot and dray weather, the grape harvest in the Czech Republic started a few weeks earlier.
Czech women’s tennis player number two Karolína Plíšková has pulled
out of the Czech team for next week’s Fed Cup final against defending
champions the United States due to a calf injury.
She will be replaced by Barbora Krejčíková, who leads the WTA doubles rankings with her partner Kateřina Siniaková.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová will be leading the Czech team for the best-of-five series on indoor hardcourt at the O2 Arena in Prague next weekend, joined by Barbora Strýcová, Kateřina Siniaková and Barbora Krejčíková.
Czech golf player Klára Spilková became the first Czech player to secure
an LPGA Tour card for the 2019 season, after finishing fourth in the
eight-round LPGA qualification tournament in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
The 23-year-old Spilková was the first Czech player to win a Ladies European Tour event at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco. She also represented the Czech Republic at teh 2016 Rio Olympics.
The LPGA Golf Tournament is a series of weekly golf tournaments for elite female golfers from around the world organised by the Ladies Professional Golf Association.
A new plaque was unveiled in Shanghai on Sunday commemorating China's
assistance to Czech Jews, who were fleeing Europe to escape the Holocaust.
The event was attended by Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, who is part of the government delegation accompanying President Miloš Zeman on his official visit to China.
Mr Petříček also visited the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, commemorating the Jewish refugees who lived in the city during World War II, which is located in former synagogue.
The official programme of president Zeman's visit starts on Sunday evening with a reception hosted by his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. The two heads of state are scheduled to meet for talks on Monday.
Czech president Miloš Zeman leaves for an official visit of China on
Saturday. The Czech head of state will be received by his Chinese
counterpart Xi Jinping in Shanghai on Monday.
The Czech delegation, made up of some 70 business representatives and four ministers, including Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, will attend China International Import Expo, an international trade fair focused on imports into the world’s most populous state.
Mr. Zeman has visited Beijing in the past and also hosted the Chinese president in Prague.
Former Czech basketball player Jakub Kudláček has been promoted to head
the department of International Scouting for Charlotte Hornets, a
professional basketball club based in Charlotte, North Carolina, the CZech
News Agency reported on Saturday. He was hired as an international scout
The Charlotte Hornets, which competed in the NBA, is largely owned by retired NBA player Michael Jordan. Kudláček, who is 28, played professionally in Europe for seven seasons and was a member of the Czech national team. He previously served as an international scout for the Los Angeles Clippers.
A quarter of hospitals in the Czech Republic last year posted a loss of
more than 160 billion crowns, according to a report released by the
Institute of Health Information and Statistics. The assets of the 137
medical facilities in question amounted to over 14 billion crowns, while
their liabilities stood at 17.7 billion.
The overall costs of Czech hospitals in 2017 amounted to 160.5 billion crowns, which is a nine percent increase on the previous year.
The Ministry of Health is currently working on introducing a new system of financing medical care in hospitals, which should come into effect in 2020.
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