This year's National Prize for Architecture has been awarded to the
Sporadical studio for the new sports hall at Dolní Břežany primary
school. Judges said the rounded, ellipsoidal building, which mirrors its
surroundings, cleverly masks its true dimensions.
More than 160 ateliers with over 200 projects implemented in the Czech Republic between January 2017 and March 2018 had been entered in the 25th year of the competition. The five-member international jury had initially selected 42 finalists.
Stricter mortgage rules, in force since October, apply not only to new
contracts but also to refinancing existing housing loans, the business
daily Hospodářské noviny writes, citing a central bank spokesperson.
According to the report, this is in direct contradiction with what the Czech National Bank governor Jiří Rusnok said in June, taking some commercial lenders by surprise.
Czech Egyptologists have discovered the limestone grave of a high-ranking
official from the middle of the fifth dynasty, “a custodian of royal
affairs” identified as Kaire, whose name had been carved into the wall at
the Abusir necropolis.
The Czech research team under the direction of archaeologist Miroslav Bárta has also discovered a halved granite sculpture. In Egypt, it is hoped that the new finds will help boost tourism, which has slumped since the so-called Arab Spring.
Viktoria Plzeň were beaten 5:0 away by Roma in the Champions League group
stage on Tuesday evening. The hosts’ striker Edin Dzeko, who played for
Teplice earlier in his career, scored a hat trick in the one-sided
That result leaves Plzeň with one point after two games. On the previous match day the West Bohemians drew at home with CSKA Moscow, who now top the group after a surprise win over Real Madrid.
The Social Democrats’ nominee for minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš
Petříček, should be installed in the post at the end of next week, Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš of ANO said after a meeting with President Zeman on
Mr. Zeman’s spokesperson said that the head of state would meet Mr. Petříček on Thursday. The president refused to appoint the Social Democrats’ previous candidate for diplomatic chief and the party’s Jan Hamáček has been filling the role in a caretaker capacity.
The state enterprise Diamo should become actively involved in a project to
mine lithium at Cínovec in Northern Bohemia, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš
said on Tuesday. He made the statement in response to reports on Monday
that the Australian firm European Metals Holdings had acquired permission
from the Czech authorities to begin 13 test drills, an important step in
ascertaining the viability of the project.
Mr. Babiš said he would meet the ministers of the environment and industry and trade to discuss the matter. He said Diamo would have to be forced to be more active as it had done nothing to date.
The Czech state had signed a memorandum with European Metals Holdings on exploiting the mine but that was abrogated by Mr. Babiš’s government.
The divisive chairman of the lower house’s Security Committee, Radek
Koten of Freedom and Direct Democracy, received classified category
security clearance last week, the head of his party’s deputies club,
Radim Fiala, said on Tuesday. Mr. Fiala also hit out at MPs who questioned
Mr. Koten’s credentials for the position over his activities on social
Mr. Koten had promised to acquire the clearance when he was elected to head the Security Committee in November. His application for classified-level clearance means the committee will not have access to documents deemed top secret.
The Freedom and Direct Democracy politician allegedly joined Facebook groups calling for a referendum on the Czech Republic leaving the EU, referring to Islam as a fatal evil and naming Russia as the Czech Republic’s ally. He said he did not administer his Facebook page.
Prague’s leaders have selected the winner of an architectural competition
for a new bridge across the Vltava. The structure is set to connect Dvorce
on the east bank of the river in Prague 4 and Lihovar, which is south of
Smíchov train station on the west bank. The winning design was submitted
by the Tubes and Atelier 6 studios.
The future Dvorecký Bridge will cost around CZK 1 billon, officials say. However, no date has been set for the launch of construction. The architects say they were inspired by Cubism and that the structure should blend in with the banks of the Vltava.
Petr Štěpánek has withdrawn his candidature for membership of the
Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting. A number of opposition
politicians had called on governing party ANO to rescind Mr.
Štěpánek’s nomination and on Tuesday a number of its MPs, including
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, said they would not back him in a vote on
Opposition parties had slammed his nomination due to the fact that Mr. Štěpánek had spoken about wishing to blow up public broadcaster Czech Television, which he referred to as a criminal organisation.
Around 200 people protested against Mr. Štěpánek’s appointment outside the Czech lower house on Monday.