A record 65,000 people joined in “Let’s Clean up the Czech Republic
Day” over the weekend.
The event organized by the Czech Union of Nature Conservation is traditionally held in the spring and autumn, the latter on World Clean-Up Day.
Volunteers collected over 1,000 tons of garbage at the weekend, focusing primarily on car tires of which they collected over 16,000 pieces on illegal dumps and in rivers.
The clean-up event was first held in 2014 and has since gained an increasing number of supporters.
Several dozen Prague taxi drivers on Monday joined a protest march against
a bill under which taxi services providers would no longer be required to
use taximeters and pass a test proving knowledge of a city’s streets.
The legislation, which was approved by the Government to legalize the app-based services, will now go before the lower house of Parliament. The Association of Czech Taxi Drivers, which organized the protest, says the bill could lead to the destruction of traditional taxi services.
The Magnesia Litera award for Czech Book of the Year has gone to ‘Hodiny
z olova’ (Hours of Lead) by Radka Denemarková, a novel inspired by the
author’s stay in China. Denemarková has previously won Magnesia Litera
awards for prose, non-fiction and best translation.
The prestigious Magnesia Litera award for prose went to Pavla Horáková’s ‘Teorie podivnosti’ (A Theory of Strangeness) about the life of a young researcher at the fictional Institute of Interdisciplinary Human Studies. Prizes in six other categories were also handed out at Sunday’s awards ceremony in Prague.
Czech Philharmonic marked the International Roma Day, which falls on April
8, with a special concert at Prague’s Rudolfinum concert hall on Sunday,
featuring nearly 300 participants from the Czech Republic, Slovakia,
Romania, Serbia, Sweden, and Austria.
The event was prepared in cooperation with vocalist and choirmaster Ida Kelarová and featured traditional and contemporary Romani music as well as compositions by guitar player, singer and composer Desiderius Dužda.
An exhibition mapping the six-year collaboration between the Czech Philharmonic and Ida Kelarová’s Romani children's choir Čhavorenge is currently on display in Rudolfinum.
Slovak president Andrej Kiska is set to visit the Czech Republic in on what
will be his last foreign trip as president of Slovakia. He is due to meet
with president Miloš Zeman at the Lány Chateau, he said on a debate
programme on Czech Television on Sunday.
The first official visit of the newly elected Slovak president, Zuzana Čaputová, who will be sworn in on June 15, will also lead to the Czech Republic.
Czechs and Slovaks spent over seventy years in a common state before splitting in 1993, but they have maintained exceptionally close ties.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is set to discuss possible cabinet reshuffle
with president Miloš Zeman next week, he said in a debate programme on TV
Prima on Sunday. According to the presidents spokesman, Jiří Ovčáček,
the meeting will take place at the beginning of next week.
There has been speculation about the dismissal of Minister of Industry and Trade Marta Nováková, who is facing criticism over an incident last month when a representative of Taiwan was forced to leave a diplomatic meeting at the trade ministry, at the insistence of the Chinese ambassador.
Other name mentioned in the media in connection with the possible reshuffle in the government is that of Transport Minister Dan Ťok.
Prices of older Czech apartments grew by an average 10.9 year-on-year in
February, to around 39,000 per square meter, data from the market monitors
The most expensive properties are in Prague, where the average price per square meter for an old flat stood at 92,000 crowns (3,600 euros.) This is five times more than, for example, in the North Bohemian city of Ústí nad Labe.
According to Ondřej Hon of CeMap, the growth of apartment prices is fueled by a shortage of quality property and low building development in larger towns and cities.
The legendary US singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is set to perform the first of
his three concerts at Prague’s Lucerna Hall on Sunday evening, within his
European 2019 tour.
According to organizers, the concerts will feature some of his best-known hits and a selection from his 2017 album Triplicate.
The 77-year-old Nobel Prize-winner has performed in the Czech Republic repeatedly. He last appeared in Brno in April of last year.
Water reserves in the ground have not been fully replenished over winter,
Jan Daňhelka, deputy director of the Czech Hydro-meteorological Institute,
told the Czech News Agency on Sunday.
Despite above-average precipitation in December and January, most of the country’s rivers are down to fifty percent of normal levels and the Czech Republic is most likely facing another drought.
Last year was the hottest year on the territory of today’s Czech Republic since 1961. The average temperature was 9.6 degrees Celsius, which is 1.7 degrees Celsius higher than the long-term average. Damages caused by the drought amounted to around 11 billion crowns.
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