News Traditional Race of Kings takes place in Hluk

06-07-2014 11:16 | Chris Johnstone

The traditional Ride of the Kings took place Sunday in the south-eastern town of Hluk. The ride takes place every year and is part of traditional folklore in the region where a young by dressed in traditional costume and his retinue enter the town. The tradition has been included in UNESCO’s list of cultural events. Hluk, like most similar towns, holds the event every three years with the town of Vlčnov the only one to hold it annually. The tradition is sometimes said to date back to the flight of a Hungarian king in the 15th century disguised in women’s clothes after losing a battle.

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Prisoners tried to use heart medication as drug

13-02-2016 09:28 | Daniela Lazarová

Eleven prisoners at a jail in Pardubice, east Bohemia who were rushed to hospital after overdosing on medication intended for heart arrhythmia reportedly used them in place of drugs. Two of the prisoners were in a grave condition and had to be resuscitated, but all are now out of danger. One remains hospitalized. The prison service has dismissed speculation that they attempted to commit suicide. The medication was prescribed for one of the inmates who suffers from heart arrhythmia. 

Czech Republic still has problems with gender equality at the workplace

13-02-2016 09:26 | Daniela Lazarová

A survey of 250 Czech companies revealed that a mere 13 percent of supervisory board members are women, the ctk news agency reports. In firms with a turnover higher than 100 million crowns the number of women on executive boards was 11.5 percent. Women were completely absent on the boards of two fifths of financial institutions. As regards gender equality at the workplace in 2014 the Czech Republic placed 96 th on a list of 142 countries. 

Damage estimate of fire at National Museum around 10 million crowns

13-02-2016 09:25 | Daniela Lazarová

A preliminary estimate of the fire that broke out at the National Museum in the early hours of Friday is 10 million crowns. The fire ravaged 200 square metres of the roof, but the historic halls of the building escaped significant damage. No one was hurt in the fire. An investigation is underway to ascertain its cause. The head of the National Museum Michal Lukeš says it was most likely linked to the extensive reconstruction work underway on the building. 

Czech crown jewels to go on display in May

12-02-2016 18:01 | Daniela Lazarová

The Czech crown jewels will go on display at Prague Castle in May as part of events marking the 700th anniversary of the birth of Czech king and Holy Roman emperor Charles IV, the head of Prague Castle administration David Šebek told the ctk news agency on Friday. The crown jewels will be put on display at Vladislav Hall from May 15 until May 29 and admission will be free of charge. The collection was last displayed in May 2013 to mark the election of Miloš Zeman president. 

Koller not to perform alongside Ortel

12-02-2016 16:20 | Daniela Lazarová

Czech singer David Koller has announced he will not be performing at venues at which the highly controversial Czech band Ortel makes and appearance. Ortel, whose hateful lyrics primarily target religious and ethnic minorities, is currently riding high on anti-immigrant sentiments. Last year, the largely unknown band from Plzeň jumped from 105th spot to fourth place in the Český Slavík competition. Koller, on the other hand, often takes a public stand against left and right extremism. 

President Zeman: Europe must deport economic migrants and religious fanatics

12-02-2016 16:18 | Daniela Lazarová

President Miloš Zeman has said that the solution to the migrant crisis in Europe is the deportation of all economic migrants and religious fanatics. Speaking at a conference on social democracy in Bratislava, Mr. Zeman said Europe should not underestimate the danger of jihadists infiltrating the continent in the migrant wave and setting up dormant terrorist cells in Europe. The president said Europe’s Social Democrats must take responsibility for the defence of European values. 

Justice Ministry says Czech Republic could not prosecute Fayad

12-02-2016 16:16 updated | Daniela Lazarová

The Justice Ministry has dismissed the idea that Lebanese terrorist suspect Ali Fayad could have been prosecuted in the Czech Republic. Deputy Justice Minister Petr Jager said the legal conditions for this were not met. The opposition TOP 09 party on Friday accused the government of having violated Czech and international law in releasing terrorist suspect Ali Fayad who was wanted by the US authorities. The party claims that since the Czech Republic refused to extradite him he should have been prosecuted here. Fayad was released on the order of the Czech justice minister on the same day that five Czechs kidnapped in Lebanon returned home. 

Tomáš Holub to be new Bishop of Plzen

12-02-2016 14:44 | Daniela Lazarová

Tomáš Holub, general secretary of the Czech Bishops Conference and dean of the Basilica and Royal Collegiate Church of St Peter and St Paul, has been appointed Bishop of Plzen. The appointment by Pope Francis was announced by the papal nuncio in the Church of St. Bartholomew in Plzen. Tomáš Holub will replace the outgoing bishop Frantisek Radkovský on April 30th. Radkovský announced his resignation upon reaching the age of 75. Holub served as the Czech Army’s first military chaplain. 

Lower house debates migrant crisis

12-02-2016 12:31 | Daniela Lazarová

The lower house on Friday met to debate the migrant crisis and the official stance of the Czech government to developments. Opposition deputies criticized the government for not having rejected mandatory refugee quotas outright and expressed concern over the fact that the EU was not able to bring the influx of refugees under control. Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek defended the government’s stand, saying that the priorities were to secure the EU’s outer borders, bring the flow of migrants under control by establishing functional registration hot spots and maintain the Schengen open space. 

Turkish national not to be extradited to his homeland

12-02-2016 12:05 | Daniela Lazarová

A Turkish national, convicted in his homeland of a crime with a terrorist subtext, will not be extradited to Turkey, the regional court in Hradec Kralove ruled on Friday. Nazmi Sahin, 30, was arrested in the Czech Republic last year on an Interpol warrant. His lawyer Zuzana Dostalkova dismissed claims of terrorism, saying that her client had been convicted of political activities which she likened to dissident activities in communist Czechoslovakia. The judge ruled Sahin was free to go. He had been moving around Europe for six years and has reportedly been granted political asylum in Italy. 

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