• 06/28/2022

    The average price of lunch at a Czech restaurant stands at CZK 163, suggests a survey conducted in June by Sodexo Benefity, a company that supplies luncheon vouchers. That is CZK 28 higher than in 2020.

    In the capital Prague the average price of a lunch is CZK 190, the study indicates. Lunches are cheapest – at CZK 147 on average – in the relatively badly off Karlovy Vary Region.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/28/2022

    Ukraine’s ambassador to Prague, Yevhen Perebyinis, has protested against the inclusion of a Russian work in the programme of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which begins on Friday.

    In a letter to festival chief Jiří Bartoška, the diplomat said the movie Capitan Volkonogov Escaped had been made with Russian state support and its makers had worked on Russian propaganda films.

    The festival’s artistic director, Karel Och, said previously that Karlovy Vary did not wish to boycott the work of Russian filmmakers.

    The festival has expressed support for Ukrainian cinema since Russia invaded the country and is presenting works in progress in cooperation with a festival in Odessa which was unable to take place.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/28/2022

    The Czech minister of culture, Martin Baxa, will visit Lviv on Wednesday at the invitation of his Ukrainian counterpart, Oleksandr Tkachenko. The meeting will also be attended by arts ministers from other Central and Eastern European and Baltic states.

    The officials are expected to discuss the impact of Russian aggression on Ukraine’s cultural monuments and co-operation with Kyiv in this area.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/28/2022

    It should be mainly overcast in the Czech Republic on Wednesday, with an average high temperature of 27 degrees Celsius. The following days are expected to sunshine.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/28/2022

    This year’s edition of tthe Summer Shakespeare Festival at Prague Castle gets underway on Tuesday evening with a performance of Macbeth, starring Marek Němec and Lenka Krobotová.

    Among the other highlights of the event will be the Concert for Mr. Shakespeare on July 29.

    Last year more than 90,000 people attended the outdoor festival.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/28/2022

    Czech power company ČEZ on Monday signed contracts for the supply of fuel assemblies for the Temelín nuclear power station with US firm Westinghouse and Framatome of France. The companies won a selection procedure for the deals in April.

    Supplies of fuel assemblies will begin in 2024 and will continue for over a decade, at a cost of several billion crowns.

    At present fuel from Russia’s Rosatom is used to power Temelín.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 06/28/2022

    Prague 10 city councillors dismissed the mayor of the Prague 10 district, Renata Chmelová, and her deputy mayor, David Kašpar, at a meeting on Monday, due to their alleged ties to former deputy mayor of Prague Petr Hlubuček, the Czech News Agency reported. Mr. Hlubuček was remanded in custody ten days ago as he was implicated in a huge corruption scandal involving the Prague public transport company DPP.

    Ms. Chmelová has denied any wrongdoing or connection to the case. She has said that the real reason for her dismissal is the fact that she appealed against a new zoning plan for a large undeveloped area on the border between the Prague 10, 11 and 15 city districts, which the Prague 10 city council discussed and almost unanimously approved on Monday.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 06/28/2022

    President Miloš Zeman will appoint MP Vladimír Balaš as the new education minister on Wednesday, Prime Minister Petr Fiala told journalists after his meeting with the president on Monday evening. The president will meet with Mr. Balaš on Tuesday.

    The current education minister, Petr Gazdík, is stepping down at the end of June after being linked to the businessman Michal Redl, the alleged ringleader in the Prague city hall and public transport company corruption case.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 06/27/2022

    Tuesday will be overcast with cooler temperatures than today of between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius, thanks to the rain and storms that are expected tonight. There may still be occasional showers or thunderstorms in some parts of the country.

    Author: Anna Fodor
  • 06/27/2022

    The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute issued a warning on Monday for high temperatures, storms and a risk of forest fires. The first rain is supposed to appear in the west of the country on Monday evening and night. Meterologists warn that heavy storms with torrential rain, hail, and strong wind may occur on Tuesday morning.

    Author: Anna Fodor

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