• 07/31/2021

    Czech tennis player Markéta Vondroušová lost to Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic 5:7 6:2 3:6 on Saturday, meaning that she will receive the silver medal in the women’s singles category.

    Despite coming back in the second set, which she won with six points to two, Vondroušová ran into trouble in the third, decisive set of the game. She managed to get to deuce when Bencic was serving to win the game at 5:3, but the Swiss player managed to press the advantage and won the game.

    Nevertheless, the 22-year-old from Sokolov managed to reach the finals in her Olympic debut and has achieved the greatest success in Czech singles tennis at the Olympics thus far.

    Sunday will see Kateřina Siniaková and Barbora Krejčíková face the Swiss duo of Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic in the women’s doubles finals.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 07/31/2021

    Foreign students at Czech universities who come from states classified by the Czech government’s coronavirus travel map as extreme risk countries are now allowed to stay in the Czech Republic for their studies, Health Minister Adam Vojtěch announced after Friday’s cabinet meeting.

    The decision comes after student communities petitioned Czech authorities to exempt Czech students from the ongoing coronavirus travel ban on extreme risk states. The move is aimed at ensuring that foreign students do not lose their scholarships and study opportunities at Czech universities. Health Minister Vojtěch said that this will, for example, benefit students of medicine who would have otherwise missed out on an year of study.

    The website of the Ministry of Health currently lists 18 countries in the extreme risk states category. They are Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini (Swaziland), India, South Africa, Colombia, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Paraguay, Peru, Russia, Tanzania (including Zanzibar Islands and Pemba), Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 07/31/2021

    Sunday will see temperatures lie at around 20 degrees Celsius. Rainfall and overcast skies are expected across the whole country.

  • 07/31/2021

    76 historic sites across the Czech Republic are set to take part in this year’s edition of the Castle and Chateau Night, which will take place on the night from Saturday to Sunday this week.

    The main centre of the event will be in the Moravian Pernštejn Castle and its newly opened gardens, which will feature a special exhibition on the nobility of the Enlightenment period that opens from 6pm on Saturday. Meanwhile, in Valtice Chateau, visitors will be able to take part in a wine tasting event. Other castles will feature specialised exhibits depicting life in the Renaissance and in the Middle Ages. Theatre, dance and music performances in normally inaccessible spaces will also be on offer.

    The Castle and Chateau Night is a popular event in the Czech Republic attended by thousands of visitors every year. Details about the event and the specific venues can be found on the official website of the National Herritage Institute - npu.cz.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 07/31/2021

    Two members of the presidential security police unit have been charged with embezzlement by the General Inspectorate of Security Forces, news site Aktuálně.cz reported on Friday.

    The two individuals are accused of stealing and illegally selling ammunition which caused between 10,000 to 50,000 crowns in damages. They could face up to two years in jail if convicted.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 07/31/2021

    The Czech government has approved a Defence Ministry program aimed at helping Afghan translators who helped Czech soldiers during the NATO mission in Afghanistan. The plan, which counts on financial support and the option of offering asylum, was given the green light at an extraordinary meeting on Friday. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said that the programme has now been officially confirmed and will be activated as soon as possible.

    The program is designed to take into account the complexity of the service rendered by the individuals and to accommodate their personal preferences, Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar said. It does not endanger the security of Czech citizens and respects current legislation, according to the Ministry of Defence.

    Afghan translators and other support staff who helped NATO troops in Afghanistan are currently facing the threat of retaliation from advancing Taliban forces.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 07/31/2021

    Saturday, July 31, is the last day of the so-called weapons amnesty when people in the Czech Republic have the opportunity to register, or hand over any illegally held weapons to the Czech Police without the risk of prosecution.

    Folowing a change in legislation, the Czech Interior Ministry announced a weapons amnesty running from the end of January to the end of July. Thousands of weapons and tens of thousands of ammunition pieces have since been either newly registered, deactivated, or handed over to the police. This is the fifth weapons amnesty since the founding of the Czech Republic in 1993.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 07/31/2021

    Painter Alfons Mucha’s masterpiece The Slav Epic has been returned after 10 years to the Moravský Krumlov Chateau. Visitors are able to view the series of 20 paintings depicting Slavic myth and history from Saturday, July 31, the Czech News Agency reports.

    The paintings will be exhibited in Moravský Krumlov for the next five years after which administrators plan to return them to Prague where they will be displayed in the Savarin Complex on Wenceslas Square for 25 years.

    The Slav Epic was on display in Moravský Krumlov from 1963, but was transferred to Prague in 2011. Since then the city spent millions of crowns on reconstructing the local chateau in order to have the paintings returned.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 07/30/2021

    Saturday should be partly cloudy with rain showers in the eastern parts of the country and day temperatures between 23 and 27 degrees Celsius.

  • 07/30/2021

    Czech judoka champion Lukas Krpálek has won gold at the Olympics in Tokyo, defeating Georgian Guram Tutishvili in the final tournament of the over 100 kilograms category. Five years after dominating the games in Rio de Janeiro in the lower category up to 100 kg, he has now taken gold in the "super heavy" weight in Tokyo. The two-time Olympic champion is the most successful judoka in the country’s history. It is the country's third gold medal at the Olympics to date.

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