The annual Signal festival of light gets underway in Prague on Thursday
night. Over the next four days, the festival will offer site-specific
installations, video mapping on historical buildings and other events
around the city.
The common theme of the festival’s sixth edition will be the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. Around half a million people are expected to attend.
The festival will be launched on Prague’s Karlín Square with a video mapping show by French visual artist Romain Tardy.
Czech-based regional used car dealer AAA Auto, which has been mentioned as
a possible IPO candidate in Prague, plans to expand in its Polish
operations next year and return to the Romanian market in 2020. The company
left both markets in 2009 due to the global financial crisis.
AAA Auto is among the largest dealers of used cars in Central and Eastern Europe in terms of the number of cars sold. It has more than 40 branches in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary.
Since the new gambling law went into effect in 2017, the Finance Ministry
has imposed fines against online operators totalling 455 million crowns but
collected only a fraction of that amount – just 240,000 crowns – the
daily E15 reports.
In most cases, sanctions were imposed for operating a site without authorisation. According to the NMS monitoring centre for drugs and dependences, more than 500,000 people in the CR have a gambling problem.
The Czech Philharmonic will open its 123rd season on Wednesday with a
concert at the Prague Rudolfinum, under new chief conductor and music
director of Semjon Byčkov. Under the direction of Lukáš Vasilka, the
Prague Philharmonic Choir will also take part.
Among the highlights of the upcoming season are concerts by Simona Rattla, Franz Welser-Mösta, Giovanni Antonini and Christophe Eschenbach as well as the programmes of the main guest conductors Jakub Hrůša and Tomáš Netopil.
The government has approved a proposal to allow patients’ medical records
to be shared among doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals
treating or caring for them. Currently, healthcare professionals are not
always aware of what medications their patients have been prescribed.
Health Minister Adam Vojtěch (an independent, on the Ano ticket) said it was an important step towards an e-health system, meaning the digitisation of healthcare records.
The Pirate Party and civic movement Praha Sobě are due to formally discuss
on Wednesday who should be their candidate for Lord Mayor of the Czech
Although the Civic Democrats won the elections, the centre-right party does not have enough mandates alone to push through own of their own – while, together, the Pirates and Praha Sobě do.
As a party, the Pirates got more votes in the municipal elections and so should get the position, argues Prague chapter head Zdeněk Hřib, who is gunning for the position.
But on an individual level, Praha sobě leader Jan Čižinský was the voters’ clear favourite, and while he isn’t insisting that he be the nominee, he is likewise keen on it.
British new wave band The Cure is the first confirmed headliner set to
perform at the next Colours of Ostrava music festival.
The band, formed by singer and guitarist Robert Smith, played their first show in 1978 and have since performed around 1,500 concerts and released 13 studio albums.
The 18th edition of Colours of Ostrava takes place from July 17 - 20, 2019. Organisers says in total 120 bands from around the world will perform across some 20 stages.
Only 15 percent of Czechs are involved in unpaid volunteer activities –
the lowest percentage among 34 countries surveyed in the latest Workmonitor
Global Survey by the staffing advisory company Randstad.
Alžběta Honsová, marketing manager at Randstad's local branch, said 51 percent of Czechs consider volunteer work to be important and 67 percent of them say they would volunteer if given paid leave from their jobs to do so.
Forty-one percent of Czechs surveyed said their employer actively supports at least one charity initiative, but only 7 percent were given paid leave to volunteer for a charity activity or organisation.
The suspected perpetrators of the Novichok attack on the Russian former spy
Sergei Skripal reportedly visited the Czech Republic in 2014 at the time
when Skripal himself was in the country, allegedly helping the Czech
counter intelligence service uncover Russian spies. The flagship news
channel of Czech Radio, Radiozurnal, broke the story on Wednesday, citing
Czech intelligence sources.
The two men, who are believed to work for the Russian intelligence service GRU, arrived in the Czech Republic in mid-October 2014, using the same cover names as they did in Britain -Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov – just days before Skripal’s scheduled visit to the country.
This suggests that Skripal was being followed by the two men long before the attempted poisoning. The Czech Intelligence Service has said it will not comment on the case.