News Terezín loses EU grant to build visitors parking lot

14-06-2014 10:31 | Jan Richter

The town of Terezín in central Bohemian has lost an EU grant to build a visitors’ parking lot, the town mayor told the news agency ČTK on Saturday. Terezín was to receive funds from an EU’s regional operational programme to build a parking lot in front of its tourist information centre, located near its historic fortifications; however, the town will fail to invest 10 percent of the grant by the end of July, the mayor said, adding that the town will apply for a new grant in the next round of applications. Around 220,000 people visit Terezín each year, the site of a former Nazi concentration camp and a ghetto for European Jews.

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Prague Zoo sending four more Przewalski mares to Mongolia

04-07-2015 17:14 | Daniela Lazarová

A Czech military plane is transporting four Przewalski mares to Mongolia for reintroduction into the wild, part of Prague Zoo’s long-standing programme to save the Mongolian wild horse. The zoo’s spokeswoman said the horses left Prague airport aboard a CASA military plane on Saturday. Przewalski’s horse is a rare subspecies native specifically to Mongolia. It became extinct in the wild 40 years ago and Prague Zoo has played a major role in saving the horse, breeding it and gradually returning it to its natural environment. Between 2011 and 2014 the zoo has sent 15 horses to a nature reserve in the Mongolian steppe where they have started breeding successfully. 

PM condemns recent display of racism and xenophobia at anti-migrant rally

04-07-2015 15:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Interior Minister Milan Chovanec have resolutely condemned the racism and xenophobia displayed at a recent anti-migrant rally in Prague. Prime Minister Sobotka said it was inadmissible to use freedom of speech and assembly to spread intolerance and racial hatred and it was up to the police force to ensure the right of law at such gatherings. Interior Minister Milan Chovanec admitted that the law had been violated on several counts at the Prague demonstration and the police had failed to take action. He said the police force had been reminded of its duty and stressed that such behaviour would not be tolerated in future. Thousands of people have been signing a petition against racism and xenophobia in the wake of the anti-migrant rally in Prague, where the police turned a blind eye to participants carrying dummy gallows for the traitors who opened the country’s doors to migrants. 

Two Czech tourists murdered in northern Albania

04-07-2015 14:28 | Daniela Lazarová

Two Czech tourists holidaying in the Albanian mountains were brutally murdered and robbed by unknown gunmen, the ctk news agency reports. The thirty-six year old woman and twenty six-year old man are reported to have been gunned down on a mountain road near the town of Skadar on their way to a tent camp. According to the AFP news agency the killers pushed the car with the dead bodies down a ravine to make it appear an accident. Police reportedly found an automatic weapon inside the car suggesting that one of the attackers might have been travelling with the victims. 

Pilgrims pouring to Velehrad for People of Goodwill Days

04-07-2015 12:36 | Daniela Lazarová

People are gathering at the Velehrad pilgrimage site for the annual People of Goodwill Days that traditionally accompany the celebrations of the legacy of Ss Cyril and Methodius, missionaries from Thessalonica who brought Christianity to the Czech lands in the 9th century. Although the main celebrations, including a mass served by Cardinal Dominik Duka, will take place on Sunday, many events are taking place today, such as the unveiling of a sculpture to St. Methodius on the occasion of the 1200 th anniversary of his birth and a performance by a Greek choir from Thessalonica. The celebrations annually attract thousands of visitors and this year is not likely to be an exception despite the tropical heatwave that has hit the country. 

Thirty people evacuated after gas explosion in Litvinov housing estate

04-07-2015 12:13 | Daniela Lazarová

Thirty people were evacuated from a block of flats in Litvinov on Saturday morning after a gas explosion in one of flats. Although the explosion shattered windows, the flat where it happened was empty and none of the inhabitants were hurt. Seven fire brigades from the vicinity were called to the scene and it took firefighters over two hours to get the fire under control. The municipality has provided temporary housing for the evacuated families. 

Karlovy Vary Film Festival to present the international premiere of Mississippi Grind

04-07-2015 12:01 | Daniela Lazarová

The 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is offering viewers more than fifty screenings at eleven cinemas on Saturday. They selection includes the world premiere of Journey to Rome, a Czech-Polish coproduction, and the world premiere of the Kyrgyz movie Heavenly Nomadic. The highlight of the festival’s second day is the international premiere of the poker road movie Mississippi Grind, presented by actor Ben Mendelsohn with director Ryan Fleck. US actor, Richard Gere, who was presented with the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at the festival’s opening ceremony of Friday night will give a press conference and later attend a screening of Pretty Woman at the festival’s outdoor cinema. 

Thousands sign petition against public display of racism and xenophobia at anti-migrant rallies

03-07-2015 18:56 updated | Daniela Lazarová

Over 5,000 people have signed an appeal calling on the government to openly denounce the recent show of racism and intolerance at several anti-migrant demonstrations in the Czech Republic. The appeal, drafted by the group, calls on the prime minister and interior minister to take a resolute stand to the hate-speech and xenophobia the country has witnessed, saying that the public debate on the migrant issue had been hijacked by a number of intolerant individuals who were spreading an atmosphere of fear and hate.

A group of 12 senators on Friday made a similar appeal, sending an open letter to the government, in which they asked the country’s leadership to strongly denounce the displays of hatred and xenophobia. The senators say it is alarming that police officers present at these demonstrations did not take action against what is clearly a violation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms. Interior Minister Milan Chovanec has already slammed the police for its inaction demanding an explanation from his subordinates. 

Šafářová reaches fourth round at Wimbledon after victory over Stephens

03-07-2015 18:31 | Daniela Lazarová

In the women’s singles at Wimbledon on Friday, 6th seed Lucie Šafářová beat Sloane Stephens 3-6 6-3 6-1 to reach the 4th round at Wimbledon for the second time in her career. “I am extremely happy. Sloane played a tough game but from the second set I was more aggressive and was able to turn the match around,” she told reporters. She will next face US Coco Vandeweghe against whom she has not previously played. 

Czech Republic braces for heatwave

03-07-2015 16:20 | Daniela Lazarová

Meteorologists have been issuing health warnings with respect to the tropical heatwave that is expected to hit the Czech Republic over the weekend. Temperatures on Sunday and Monday should hit 37 degrees Celsius with the worst conditions expected in the big cities. People have been advised to stay out of the sun and limit physically straining activities as much as possible. The situation is further complicated by the fact that Sunday is a public holiday dedicated to the missionaries Cyril and Methodius who brought Christianity to the Czech lands and hundreds of believers are expected to undertake the annual pilgrimage to Velehrad. 

MERS ruled out in Czech patient

03-07-2015 15:56 updated | Ruth Fraňková

Tests have ruled out the potentially fatal MERS virus in a Czech man hospitalized in Prague, the country’s chief hygiene officer Vladimir Valenta reported on Friday. The patient, a man from Ostrava who had recently travelled to South Korea, remains at Prague’s Na Bulovce hospital for further tests and treatment. The 49 people who were placed in quarantine in connection with the case will be released immediately. It was the country’s second MERS scare and Mr. Valenta said that the measures undertaken showed that the authorities were well prepared to deal with a potential crisis. 


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