War veteran Emil Boček is due to receive the Order of the White Lion,
first class, on October 28, the anniversary of the foundation of
Czechoslovakia. A pilot with the RAF during World War II, he previously
received a lower level of the high state honour. President Miloš Zeman
informed Mr. Boček of the fresh accolade at a celebration of his 96th
birthday on Monday.
The head of state has also called on the minister of defence to promote the aviator to the highest rank in the Czech Army, general, suggesting commemorations of the end of WWII in May as a suitable date.
Hundreds of people attended a screening of the final episode of the hit TV
series MOST! on Monday evening at a pub in the north Bohemian town where it
was partly set. Members of the cast were also in attendance at the
now-famous hostelry in Most and signed autographs for the public.
MOST! was written by Peter Kolečko and directed by Jana Prušinovský. Producers Czech Television say the eight-part show had the highest ratings of any Czech-made comedy in several years.
The Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa will be the special guest at this
year’s edition of Book World Prague, which begins on May 9. The Nobel
Prize-winning author is known for such novels as The Time of the Hero, Aunt
Julia and the Scriptwriter and The Feast of the Ghost.
Other guests at the four-day book fair will include Bernardo Carvalho, Rodrigo Fresan, Alvaro Enrigue, David Unger and Mariana Enriquez, the organisers said on Tuesday.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Petříček has expressed the Czech
Republic’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial
integrity and deep concern about the plight of millions of effectively
Speaking at a high-level session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, Minister Petříček said Czech observers would monitor the Ukrainian presidential elections as part of the OSCE mission. He reiterated Czech support for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, widely recognised as the interim president.
He also noted that the Czech Republic was the driving force behind the council resolution on Equal Participation in Political and Public Affairs adopted in September 2018 and encouraged states to use the new guidelines for the effective implementation of the right to participate in public affairs.
Minister Petříček also congratulated Cambodia, the Czech Republic’s priority partner country, on new initiatives promoting public participation in law and policy decisions. But he said Cambodia could do more to create space for civil society and a free press.
Zubr Gold has taken top honours at the 27th annual Pivex Golden Cup contest
in two categories. The Přerov brew was named best bottled beer and best
light draft beer.
This year 50 brands from 13 industrial breweries took part in the two-round competition.
Bernard won in the category of top dark lager. Holba won in the mixed beer category for its cranberry and mint brew.
In the mini-brewery contest, the Merklín crocodile of the Petr Petružálek brewery took first prize.
Czech companies doing business with British firm have already been impacted
by the UK’s impending exit from the European Union.
A poll by Bibby Financial Services and the British Chamber of Commerce found more than a quarter (28 percent) of Czech firms have noted a decrease in orders or revenue, which they blame on Brexit.
About 40 percent said they had felt an indirect influence, for example, in the form of additional administrative costs or modifications to existing terms and conditions.
However, only a quarter of Czech firms surveyed said they worry that their British business partners will be unable to pay outstanding invoices.
People gathered on Wenceslas Square and other sites on Monday to pay homage
to the memory of student martyr Jan Zajíc, who set himself on fire 50
years ago, on the 21st anniversary of the communist putsch of February
Zajíc, aged 18 at the time of his death, was inspired by university student Jan Palach, who a month earlier made the same sacrifice in an effort to rouse the nation in the face of Soviet occupation.
Days after announcing they had traced all deliveries of Polish beef
infected with the Salmonella virus, Czech veterinary inspectors now say
another metric ton of suspect beef from the same source was imported into
Polish authorities informed their Czech counterparts about another shipment of 1,164 kilogrammes of potentially infected meat under the terms of a rapid alert system, Czech Television reports.
Last week, the Czech Republic introduced strict controls on all beef imports from Poland.
Overall confidence in the Czech economy slightly increased in February
after declining three consecutive months, according to the Czech
Statistical Office (ČSÚ).
Confidence rose by 0.2 points to 98.2 points last month, it said. In annual terms, overall confidence in the economy is lower than in February 2018, and the confidence of both businesses and consumers has declined year on year.
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