Petra Kvitová has reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open. The
Czech women’s tennis number one overcame Australia’s Ashleigh Barty 6-1
6-4 in 70 minutes on Tuesday to continue a very impressive run at the first
Grand Slam tournament of the season. Kvitová has not dropped a single set
on her route to the last four in Melbourne.
In the women’s doubles, Barbora Strýcová and Markéta Vondroušová have also reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open. Another Czech pair, Kateřina Siniaková and Barbora Krejčíková, exited at the quarter-final stage.
Smog regulations are now in force in the Zlín, Olomouc and Moravia-Silesia
regions which are suffering from severe air pollution. The situation is
reported to be worst in Ostrava, Karviná and parts of Frýdek-Místek
where levels of dust particles are three times higher than limits allow.
Children, older people and people with chronic health problems have been advised to stay indoors. Air pollution has long been a serious problem in the region due to heavy industry, traffic and coal heating.
Former German president Joachim Gauck has been awarded the Charles IV
Prize, a distinction bestowed by the city of Prague and Charles University
to persons known for their outstanding contribution to culture, politics or
economics. The former German president received the award for his
contribution to Czech-German relations and his commitment to defending
In his speech at the award ceremony at Charles University Gauck emphasised the importance of the EU as a community defending the values of freedom, democracy and rule of law.
Previous recipients of the award include leading personalities in the fields of philosophy, music and medicine such as Paul Ricoeur, Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich, John Foxton Ross Kerr, and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg.
The Czech Hydro-meteorological Institute has issued a frost warning for the
coming 48 hours. Day temperatures will remain well below freezing point and
night time lows can drop to – 20 degrees in places.
Children, older people and people with chronic illnesses have been advised to keep their outdoor activities to a minimum and layer their clothing.
Prague councillors have elected the city’s first nightlife mayor. The
post has gone to Jan Štern, whose task it will be to deal with complaints
about noise pollution from bars, pubs and restaurants and promote a safe
and vibrant nightlife scene that benefits businesses and residents alike.
According to councillor Hana Třeštíková the nightlife mayor’s task will be to gradually change the image of Prague from that of a city offering cheap alcohol and numerous nightclubs.
In electing a nightlife mayor Prague councillors were inspired by cities such as New York or Paris.
The Supreme Audit Office has found financial irregularities at the Ministry
of Labour and Social Affairs to the tune of 737 million crowns.
The ministry reportedly erred in the process of establishing new information systems for paying out state support. Two employees have been charged in connection with the findings.
According to the ministry’s spokeswoman Barbara Hanousek Eckhardova the failings took place under the former labour minister and the present administration is trying to put things right.
An elderly woman from the Radvanice district in Ostrava is suing the Czech
Republic for having developed cancer, which also killed her husband several
The woman aims to convince the court that her cancer is linked with the heavy air-pollution that constantly plagues the region and is accusing the authorities of doing very little to fight the problem and protect people’s health.
Radvanice is one of the most polluted parts of Ostrava where the amount of dust particles in the air frequently exceeds permitted norms.
An exhibition of paintings by the renowned Czech painter and graphic artist
František Kupka at the Waldstein Riding School in Prague has been seen by
over 90,000 visitors since it opened in September.
Due to overwhelming interest from the public visiting hours were extended until 10 pm in the last few days of the exhibition. The exhibition closed on Sunday and extending the date further was not possible since it is due to be exhibited in Helsinki, Finland next.
The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery and was also shown in Paris.
Hundreds of people braved the freezing cold in the early hours of Monday to
watch a full lunar eclipse from one of the country‘s observatories.
The viewing conditions were exceptionally good due to clear skies. The eclipse lasted for just over an hour and ended at 6.43 am.
The next full lunar eclipse is expected in September 2025.
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