Rain and thunderstorms are anticipated in the west (Bohemia) on Monday, where highs should range from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. In the east (Moravia), skies should be mostly clear during the day, with temperatures hovering at around 30 degrees Celsius. However, a storm warning is in effect for Moravia in the evening.
More than 40,000 people have visited an exhibition of work by London-based
Czech architect and designer Eva Jiřičná at the DOX Centre for
Contemporary Art in Prague in celebration of her 80th birthday.
The DOX exhibition, which closes on Monday, showcased no less than 700 projects of the architect, whose firm Eva Jiricna Architects is famous for its sleek boutiques and dramatic staircases.
Her iconic works include the interior design of the Lloyd’s of London headquarters, the home of fashion designer Joseph Ettedgui as many of his stores, and a convention centre in Zlín, Moravia, where she was born.
The European Ombudsman has proposed that at least part of a letter from
outgoing EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger to Czech PM Andrej Babiš (ANO)
regarding an ongoing conflicts of interest probe be made public, Czech
Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly’s recommendation comes in reaction to a complaint filed by Czech opposition Senator Lukáš Wagenknecht (affiliated with the Pirate Party) about the EU Commission’s allegedly nontransparent approach in the case.
In May, O’Reilly opened an inquiry into whether EU authorities were withholding or delaying the release of information as regards the Babiš case, and if so, why.
In the letter she wants partly published, Oettinger allegedly explains to Babiš how he could free himself from conflicts of interest regarding subsidies to the Agrofert conglomerate he founded and was forced to place in a trust in 2017 under a new Czech law.
A spokesman for O’Reilly said the Ombudsman is expecting a response from the EU Commission regarding the by 20 September.
Czech tennis player Marie Bouzková lost to American star Serena Williams
in the semi-finals of the WTA tournament in Toronto on Saturday by a score
of 6-1, 3-6, 3-6.
Ahead of the match, Bouzková, a 21-year-old qualifier ranked 91st in the world, had gone six matches without dropping a set.
She said it was a dream come true to take on Williams, seeded 8th in the tournament.
Bouzková broke the American three times to take the first set in less than half an hour. But Williams rallied in the second set, slashing her unforced errors and won the last four games to force the decider.
Up 40,000 cubic meters of wood infested by bark beetles in the Krkonoše
National Park may need to be felled this year, about 20 percent more than
in 2018, a park official says.
The bark beetle infestation affecting spruce forests throughout the Czech Republic in 2018 was said to have been the worst in the past 200 years.
Due to the infestation, the country’s largely coniferous forests face extensive felling of trees, which could negatively impact many animal species, including hawks and white-tailed eagles.
A fan of the football club Victoria Plzeň has died following a skirmish in
a pub in Kutná Hora. The man died of his injuries on Friday at a hospital
Police say they have identified a suspect in the death of the 36-year-old Plzeň supporter and have filed a motion for his arrest.
The suspect is allegedly a regular at the Kutná Hora pub, where the deceased had been watching his team play a televised away game against a Belgian club.
It is unclear whether football featured in the clash between the two men.
A passenger car collided with a train at a barrier-free railway crossing on
Sunday morning near Olomouc leaving the car’s driver and a passenger
The accident comes after renewed calls to install barriers at crossings and take other safety measures in the wake of 10 death at crossings in July alone.
According to the Rail Safety Inspection Office, over 740 collisions and other extraordinary events were recorded on the Czech rail network in January through July. Those crashes left 130 people dead.
Plans are afoot to install barriers at railway crossings on most of the country’s first-class roads by 2023. By the close of 2019, they should be in place on 132 of the 164 around the country.
The ninth edition of the week-long Prague Pride festival celebrating sexual
minorities culminated on Saturday afternoon with a massive parade through
the Czech capital.
Despite the rain, organisers said more than 30,000 people turned out to watch or take part in the colorful event, marked by wild costumes and floats.
Among the marchers in procession under the rainbow flag from Wenceslas Square to Letná Park, on the other side of the Vltava River, were representatives from 11 embassies. They marched under the banner Diplomats for Equality.
The festival’s theme this year is ‘Together Within Reach’. It notes that 50 years since the birth of the gay rights, in the Stonewall protests in New York, many same-sex couples still shy from public displays of affection due to intolerance.
For the first time this year, the LGBT rainbow flag will be flown at the city’s Town Hall in support of the Prague Pride festival. After the parade, a dance party will continue in the Letná Park area.
Prague City Council has been mapping wells through the capital towards
creating a drinking water supply network that can be in emergencies, the
newspaper Lidové Noviny reports.
Experts have surveyed and tested some 12,500 wells, of which specialists have chosen 45 that could serve in cases of emergency, such as drought or contamination of the greater supply.
Prague aims to have the system in place within two years, the daily reports.