Firefighters have managed to put out a fire raging on the grounds of the
Losovice chemicals factory since Thursday afternoon, the ctk news agency
reported early on Friday.
Three fire-fighters were injured in the blaze. A team of experts will investigate the cause of the fire as soon as conditions allow. Preliminary damage has been estimated at 40 million crowns.
The main factory hall, with around 300 employees was not damaged.
The Prague 6 authorities have ordered that the statue of Soviet Marshal
Ivan Konev be covered up and hidden behind scaffolding.They say it is the
easiest and cheapest way of protecting it against vandalism.
The controversial statue has repeatedly been vandalized with spray paint in the past, most recently on the anniversary of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, sparking controversy between Prague and Moscow.
The local authorities in Prague 6 have been pushing for the statue to be moved to the grounds of the Russian embassy in Prague, and refused to clean it up when it was last sprayed with red paint, saying the act reflected the feelings of the public.
Marshal Konev is perceived as a controversial figure in the Czech Republic. Although he helped liberate the country from Nazi oppression, he was also involved in the suppression of the Hungarian uprising in 1956 and the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961.
Hundreds of people attended an open air concert in Prague’s Wallenstein
Gardens commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution on
The event featured the Prague Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Jan Kučera, which performed Antonin Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances and singers Jaroslav Hutka, Aneta Langerová, Michael Kocáb and the group Spiritual Quintet with songs reminiscent of the heady days of the Velvet Revolution.
The concert, called Velvet Voices, was the first of a series of concerts and cultural events celebrating the return of democracy to the country 30 years ago.
Bass baritone Adam Plachetka launched his new CD Winter Journey on the roof
of Prague‘s Lucerna Palace on Thursday.
The CD comprises 24 songs by the Austrian composer Franz Schubert and was recorded live at Plachetka's May concert in the Rudolfinum, where he was accompanied by pianist Gary Matthewman. It will start selling in September.
Opera buffs can also look forward to Plachetka’s first concert in Prague’s 02 Arena in January of next year.
Slavia Prague‘s opponents in the Champions’ League group will be
Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan.
The group stage clashes of the UEFA competition were traditionally decided in a closely-watched draw in Monaco on Thursday evening.
Slavia Prague have qualified for the Champions League for the second time ever.
The lower house of Parliament is to debate a Senate proposal for a
constitutional complaint against President Miloš Zeman on September 26,
the committee for procedural matters decided on Thursday.
The proposal was approved by the Senate in July. If it is passed by the lower house, it will reach the Constitutional Court.
However, this is unlikely, due to the ruling ANO-Social Democrat coalition, supported by the Communist Party, holding a majority in the Chamber of Deputies.
The complaint is based on the president’s recent procrastination tactics in sacking and naming a new culture minister and his frequent unwillingness to adhere to the government’s set foreign policy line.
The earliest possible date for the planned intergovernmental negotiations
between the Czech Republic and Israel is sometime in the first half of
2020, the Czech Ambassador to Israel Martin Stropnický told the Czech News
Originally, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu considered the possibility of organising the talks this year.
However, Mr. Stropnický says that, due to a turbulent year in Israeli politics, it was impossible to find a suitable time in 2019.
The Czech ambassador went on to say that it is an absolute priority for his mission to ensure the eventual talks are held in the Czech Republic.
In regards to the question of moving the Czech Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a policy which the country’s president, Miloš Zeman, is in favour of, Mr. Stropnický said that the Czech government is following the European political line and does not intend to go ahead with the move.
A top-level Czech delegation on Thursday attended a commemorative event in
Bratislava marking the 75th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising
launched on August 29, 1944.
Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová spoke about the crucial role of the national uprising saying that without it Slovakia would not have developed into a country with an anti-fascist and democratic tradition.
The aim of the armed resistance was to overthrow the government of Jozef Tiso, who collaborated with Nazi Germany. Although the resistance was suppressed, partisans continued with subversive operations until allied forces liberated the country in 1945.
The Czech Republic was represented at the ceremony by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and the speakers of both houses of Parliament.
The Czech Republic is one of 38 countries whose companies are taking part
in the 61st International Fair in Damascus, despite the US sanctions
levelled against the country.
The US Embassy in Syria warned on Thursday that foreign companies doing business with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are exposing themselves to the possibility of US sanctions.
According to the ctk news agency there are around twenty Czech companies represented at the fair. According to the news agency they deal in products and services that are not affected by the sanctions.