Divers on Friday found the body of the last victim of a tragic boat ride down the Morava River. Two men and a six-year-old girl set off in a rubber boat on May 1st and were reported missing by relatives later that day. Their capsized boat was located soon after but it took the police eight days to retrieve the bodies. Rafting or boating the country’s rivers is a popular activity in the spring and summer and the authorities have issued repeated warnings to people to adhere to safety regulations, avoid dangerous stretches and not risk their lives unnecessarily.
Individuals and colleagues made every effort on Saturday afternoon to save the life of a friend who almost drowned as they were rafting on the Kamenice River. The man went under after their raft flipped in whitewater; he had to be pulled to shore where colleagues began resuscitation. Although they were able to restore his breathing, the rafter remained unconscious and had to be transported through difficult terrain to nearby train tracks where he was first taken by rail, then ambulance and finally by helicopter to hospital where he remains in intensive care.
Holešovice Fashion Market is taking place on Friday and Saturday of this week for the fifth year in a row. The fashion market, held at Prague’s Holešovice market hall, offers clothes, accessories and other creations by Czech and Slovak independent designers. The market will be open on Saturday until 10 pm.
A friend of my wife’s once said the good about the Czech Republic is that wherever you go from here, the food is always better. That’s probably no longer true, if it ever was, but Czechs have certainly had a tough time adapting the often appalling communist-era fare into a modern cuisine. But in some ways, such as in the quality of groceries, Czechs are still stuck in the past.
A Czech clothing designer Beata Rajská announced this week that she is going to the African country of Zambia to teach youngsters there how to sew clothing. The highly successful designer will be joining the staff at a vocational school run by a Brno-based organization Njovu. Masha Volynsky spoke to the NGO’s director, Vendula Jičínská, and asked her about the project that Ms Rajská will be helping with, in the next ten days.
The drawn-out Czech-Polish dispute over the quality of food imports this week reached a new level after Polish officials accused the Czech authorities and media of waging a campaign aimed at hurting Polish food sales in the country. Czech officials, meanwhile, complain about poor quality of some Polish foodstuffs, and say inspections prove they fail to meet set standards much more often that Czech products.
The Czech design industry got off to a strong start this year with a number of major events being held in March. The annual Czech Grand Design awards were presented earlier in the month and Prague hosted a special edition of the now popular Designblok and the newest Dyzajn Márket. So what is Czech design like and what are its biggest challenges?
A survey of shopping habits by the KPMG agency published this week suggests that organic food products have lost their initial attraction: shoppers find them too expensive and often question their superior quality. According to the results of the poll only 4 percent of Czechs buy organic food on a regular basis. 37 percent of respondents said they did so occasionally and approximately the same number of people said they had tried organic products in the past but no longer shopped for them. So are Czechs losing interest in organic food and should
In Business News this week: Korean Airlines are to acquire a 44 percent stake in ČSA; Česká Spořitelna planning lay-offs despite high profits; despite efforts to find new markets, the Czech economy remains heavily dependent on export to EU states and two Prague restaurants hold onto their Michelin stars.
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Screenshot: a hybrid English-friendly Prague art-house cinema where screenings are events