Czech tennis player Karolína Plíšková has reached the semi-final of a
Wimbledon warm-up tournament at Eastbourne for the third time in her
career. The 2017 champion and former World No. 1 needed just 54 minutes to
dismiss Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia 6-2, 6-0.
Plíšková will face Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands for a spot in the final.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is due to meet with the leader of the Social
Democrats, Jan Hamáček, on Friday to discuss the situation concerning the
embattled culture minister Antonín Staněk.
Mr. Staněk announced his resignation at the end of May following pressure
from the Czech cultural scene and his own party and is to be replaced by a
fellow party member Michal Šmarda. However, President Miloš Zeman has so
far refused to accept his resignation.
The head of the Social Democrats said on Thursday that the situation at the Culture Ministry has almost reached the level of a Constitutional crisis. He also said the party wants the whole thing to be settled by the end of June.
Prague Castle remains to be the most popular tourist destination in the
Czech Republic, according to figures put together by Czech Tourism agency.
Last year, it attracted over 2.4 million tourists, a nearly three-percent
The Petřín funicular with over two million visitors placed second, while Prague Zoo was the third most visited site with over 1.4 million visitors.
Among the other top 10 most visited landmarks are Prague's Old Jewish quarter and the Petřín tower, as well as the former industrial complex of Dolní Vítkovice in the North Moravian city of Ostrava.
The Chief Justice of the Czech Constitutional Court and Charter 77
signatory Pavel Rychetský on Thursday received the highest award of
Comenius University in Bratislava, the Grand Gold Medal, for his
contribution towards the development of democracy, legal science and the
rule of law.
The ceremony took place on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the university. Among those who attended the event was the newly elected Slovak president, Zuzana Čaputová and Slovak Prime Minister Petr Pellegrini.
Czech Prima TV, the second most popular commercial TV in the Czech
Republic, has received a 12-year license from the Council for Radio and
Television Broadcasting to launch a 24-hour news platform CNN Prima News
Prima announced its plan to team up with CNN International Commercial in April this year. It said the new channel should be launched in the next 12 months. CNN Prima News should combine international news coverage by the CNN, dubbed or subtitled, with national reporting covered by Prima. Prima TV was established in 1993 and is currently the third most-watched TV station in the country.
The turnover of Czech carmakers and spare parts manufacturers increased by
0.8 percent last year, to a record 1.1 billion crowns, the Czech Automotive
Association announced at a press conference on Thursday. Final sales
reached 617.5 billion crowns, up by 0.6 percent on 2017.
The growth rate slowed significantly compared to the previous year, when it rose by seven percent. According to the association chairman Bohdan Wojnar, the automotive industry likely reached its peak last year. He also said similar development is expected for 2019.
Wednesday was the hottest day so far this year in the Czech Republic, with
a high of 38.9 degrees Celsius registered in Doksany in the north-west of
the country. It is also the overall Czech temperature record for the month
of June. Record temperatures for June 26 were recorded at 90 percent of
stations that have been active for over 30 years.
Temperatures should cool a little on Thursday and Friday, but the heatwave is likely to return at the weekend, with daytime highs reaching up to 38 degrees Celsius.
Ticket sales for the 54th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film
Festival (KVIFF) began on Thursday morning.
This year’s festival features around 180 films, of which 50 will be world or European premieres. Most films will have several screenings, allowing visitors more opportunities to get tickets.
The main stars of this edition will be Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore and her husband, director Bart Freundlich, who along with the actor Billy Crudup will present his new film "After the Wedding".
Other notable guests include actress Patricia Clarkson, who along with Moore will receive the festival’s Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema, and actor and director Casey Affleck, who has an Oscar, Bafta, and Golden Globe to his credit. He will present “Light of My Life,” which he wrote, directed and produced