Czech headlines: Russian tanks on display at Letná Park in Prague

Ukraine Russian military equipment on display at Letná

Russian military equipment destroyed by Ukraine during the current war has been visible on the Letná plain in Prague since Sunday evening. The exhibition won’t officially open until Monday evening, but the equipment has already arrived and caught the attention of families with children, with some children climbing on the machines. The exhibition, brought to Prague by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, will be opened on Monday by outgoing Ukrainian Ambassador to the Czech Republic Yevhen Perebyinis and Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Vít Rakušan. The exhibition will last until July 24.

Politics Israeli President Herzog to meet Czech politicians

Israeli President Isaac Herzog will meet today with the highest political representatives of the Czech Republic in Prague. He will meet successively with President Miloš Zeman, President of the House of Representatives Markéta Pekarová Adamová, President of the Senate Miloš Vystrčil and Prime Minister Petr Fiala. They should talk about bilateral cooperation, arms deals and a joint meeting of the Czech and Israeli governments. Along with Zeman, Herzog should meet people who survived Nazi concentration camps or were persecuted by the Nazis. Herzog will begin his program with a visit to Jewish monuments in Prague, followed by a reception at Prague Castle.

Health Czechia will receive 2,800 monkeypox vaccines

The Czech Republic will receive 2,800 monkeypox vaccines that the European Commission purchased from the EU budget, the health ministry said, according to iDnes news server. The EU has purchased 110,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine. Each member country will receive the number of doses proportional to its population. The country will not pay for these vaccines. They will be stored and used for at-risk patients when needed. So far, eleven cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in the Czech Republic.

Story People remember the fire in Český Malín in Volhynia

The 75th anniversary of the return of the Volhynian Czechs in northwestern Ukraine to their homeland was remembered yesterday by people born in Volhynia, their offspring and representatives of various organizations in the city of Žatec. They also remembered the burning of Český Malín, a municipality that Czech expatriates founded in the late 19th century in Volhynia, by the Nazis 79 years ago. In July 1943, Nazi troops burned Český Malín and a nearby village, killing 374 Czechs, including 105 children. More than 100 Ukrainians and about 30 Poles were also killed there.

Travel Three Czech hikers rescued in Albania

Three Czech tourists were trapped in the Albanian Alps between the villages of Theth and Valbona on Sunday morning, the The Albanian daily reported. The Czechs had to be rescued by helicopter due to the remoteness of the area. A medical team was also sent. The area near Teth, where the rocky peaks reach up to 2,400 meters, is popular for tourism but has been dangerous in the past. Three Czech students disappeared in this region in 2001 and in 2015 two Czech tourists were murdered in the mountains of northern Albania, according to the Czech News Agency (ČTK)

July 10, 2022

Music The Colors of Ostrava music festival will be performed in sign language

Songs from the main artists of this year’s Colors of Ostrava will be performed in sign language, festival spokesperson Jiří Sedlák told reporters over the weekend. Amber Galloway, one of the world’s foremost sign language performers, will appear on stage alongside artists including The Killers, Twenty One Pilots, LP, Inhaler and more.

Galloway went viral in 2019 for her speedy sign language rendition of a performance by Twista, often cited as one of the fastest female rappers in music. This year, the Colors of Ostrava festival will take place in the UNESCO-listed industrial area of ​​Vitkovice next week, July 13-16.

Policy Recall of the Ambassador of Ukraine to the Czech Republic

Yevhen Perebyinis, Ukraine’s ambassador to the Czech Republic, has been recalled by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and will be replaced, embassy spokeswoman Tetiana Okopna told reporters over the weekend. Ukraine also recalled ambassadors to Germany, Hungary, Norway and India.

“These ambassadors have already served four years and, as usual in diplomacy, they will now be replaced,” Okopna said. She said she had no further details on exactly when Perebyinis would be replaced, but added that he would take part in a planned exhibition of destroyed Russian military equipment on Monday.

Accident Teenage boy rescued after falling into bohemian paradise abyss

A sixteen-year-old boy was rescued by air and mountain rescue services after falling into a gap between rocks in Český ráj (Bohemian paradise) on Saturday. Firefighters also assisted in the rescue. The injured young man is currently hospitalized, according to a spokesperson for the Czech Republic’s mountain rescue service.

The accident happened in the region of Malá Skála, near Besedice. “The accident happened on densely wooded terrain covered with sandstone. That’s why we went down with a doctor to the spot,” René Mašín, a rescuer from the Jizerské hory mountain service, told reporters.

Technology Growing popularity of smartphone apps for tourism

The popularity of local smartphone apps used for domestic tourism and recreation in the Czech Republic is on the rise, according to representatives of CzechTourism and SmartGuide. CzechTourism’s national portal Kudy z nudy (Travel Tips) saw 2,000 new app downloads last month and now serves 85,000 users.

SmartGuide, a Czech startup that publishes digital audio guides for travelers, has also seen strong growth in recent years. Over the past two years, the number of SmartGuide users has almost doubled to about 500,000 people, of which about 100,000 are Czechs. The average age of their users has also increased significantly over this period, from 35 to 44 years old.

Europe Czechia could face sanctions for not integrating EU regulations

The Czech Chamber of Deputies still has to decide on the adoption of around 20 proposals which integrate the new European regulations into national legislation. The European Commission could impose sanctions on the Czech Republic for failing to transpose the regulations into law within the set deadlines.

“These are at least 15 or 20 lower house proposals, and in these cases we have been warned that we risk being threatened with sanctions for taking too long after the transposition deadline,” said to journalists Marek Výborný, member of the Chamber of Deputies. He added that it is crucial for the European Commission to ensure that the process of adopting the laws is completed.

July 9, 2022

Sports Siniaková and Krejčíková advance to Wimbledon doubles final

Kateřina Siniaková and Barbora Krejčíková will contest their second Wimbledon title this weekend after beating Latvian Jelena Ostapenko and Ukraine’s Ljudmila Kičenokova 6-2, 6-2 in Friday’s semi-final. Siniaková and Krejčíková, the tournament’s second seeds, defeated their fourth-seeded opponents in one hour and sixteen minutes in straight sets.

The duo had already won the Wimbledon doubles title in 2018. “It was perfect and enjoyable, I enjoyed it a lot,” Krejčíková told reporters after the match. “It was probably the most important and special match of my career, I would rank it above all my singles matches last year.” The pair will face top-seeded duo Zhang Shuai and Elise Martens at 3:00 p.m. Sunday in the Wimbledon doubles final.

Policy Czechia not unimportant, PM says in EU Presidency speech

The Czech EU presidency is an opportunity for Czechs to realize that the country is not a small nation or an insignificant nation, Prime Minister Petr Fiala said ahead of an event in Prague marking the start of the presidency on Friday. The Czech Republic has a voice in the EU and its future is not decided elsewhere, Fiala added.

Also delivering a speech, Czech President Miloš Zeman said European freedom was permanently threatened by Russia’s war in Ukraine, fanaticism of all kinds and attempts to reintroduce censorship. On the occasion of the start of the Czech EU Presidency on July 1, a concert by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra took place on Friday at the Rudolfinum building in Prague.

Literature Czech author and translator wins German literary prize

Czech author Radka Denemarková and her translator Eva Profousová have won the biannual German Brücke Berlin Prize for Literature and Translation for the novel Stunden aus Blei (Lead hours). The couple will be honored at a ceremony in Berlin on October 10.

“Radka Denemarková also raised her voice against repressive China, by which […] it is in the tradition of the great Václav Havel,” the jury wrote in a statement. The Brücke Berlin Prize, which also comes with a €20,000 reward, has been awarded by the BHF Bank Foundation once every two years since 2002. Denemarková and Profousová are the first Czechs to win the prize.

Time Czechia will see overcast skies and scattered storms this weekend

Overcast skies and scattered thunderstorms are forecast for most parts of the Czech Republic this weekend, according to the latest updates from the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute. The most violent thunderstorms will be observed in the night from Saturday to Sunday morning.

Saturday afternoon temperatures will be in the lower 20 degrees Celsius across much of the country this weekend, with highs of 25 degrees expected for parts of southern Moravia. Sunday will see cooler temperatures with highs in the upper teens in most parts of the country.

Finance The Czech Crown and the Prague Stock Exchange end the week with gains

The Czech currency was up 0.11 kroner against the euro and 0.12 kroner against the dollar at the end of business on Friday according to Patria Online, erasing losses from the start of the week that saw the krone hit course. the lowest against the dollar since May 2020. Analysts credit the intervention of the Czech National Bank with contributing to the gains.

The Prague Stock Exchange, meanwhile, rose 1.1% as a whole last week to 1230.7 points according to the exchange’s website. The rise bucks a trend of four straight weeks of losses, including a 5.5% drop in the last week of June.

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