• 05/21/2022

    Legendary Czech basketball player and coach Jiří Zídek has died at the age of 78, the Czech Basketball Federation wrote on its website on Saturday.

    Zídek, who is widely considered as the best player in Czechoslovak basketball history, played for Slavia Prague for 14 consecutive seasons.  He won silver and bronze at the European Champioships as part of the Czechoslovak representation and participated in the Munich Olympics in 1972.

    In 2019, he was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame as the as the first Czech ever.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 05/21/2022

    Dozens of buildings, from historical sights to state-of-the art office spaces, opened to the public on Saturday within the eighth edition of the Open House Prague festival.

    The event, which this year pays tribute to the renowned Slovene architect Jože Plečnik, invites visitors to look around 100 buildings all around the city, which are otherwise inaccessible to the public.

    Open House Prague is part of the Open House Worldwide international network of festivals, which take place in dozens of cities around the world. It first took place in the Czech Republic in 2015.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 05/21/2022

    A windstorm accompanied by heavy rain and hail swept across the Czech Republic on Friday night uprooting trees, damaging roofs and bringing down power lines in places.

    Transport along several railway lines was disrupted and many roads were closed to traffic due to fallen trees. In Prague, the Václav Havel Airport was forced to temporarily suspended operation.

    The highest wind speed was recorded at the Plzeň-Mikulka station in Western Bohemia, where it reached 125 kilometres per hour.

    Fire crews were called to over 1000 emergencies in the course of the night and clean-up work will continue throughout Saturday. The worst damage is reported in the Central Bohemia, Pilsen and Karlovy Vary regions.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 05/20/2022

    Tuesday’s cyber-attack on the Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic was a professional ransomware attack that encoded data, the National Cyber and Information Agency (NÚKIB ) announced on Friday. The agency’s spokeswoman Alena Minxová said that NÚKIB knows the identity of the perpetrator of the attack but will not announce it for tactical reasons. She said that NÚKIB is currently working with the directorate to restore the latter’s information systems and network.

    As of Friday afternoon, the website of the Road and Motorway Directorate as well as that of the associated Dopravniinfo.cz are still unavailable.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 05/20/2022

    Celebrations of the 80th anniversary of the assassination of acting Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich on Friday, May 27, will include a reconstruction of the event in Prague’s Libeň district, as well as a ceremonial gathering in the National Museum. Attending the museum ceremony will be both Czech President Miloš Zeman and Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová, a spokeswoman of the National Museum told the Czech News Agency on Friday.

    The reconstruction of the assassination in Libeň will take place after 10:30am – the time when parachutists Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš attacked Heydrich’s vehicle. Military aircraft flyovers, including a World War II era Hawker Hurricane, will take place above the Anthropoid memorial in Libeň after which a commemorative act will be held, the Czech News Agency writes.

    The two events a part of a much wider range of commemorations that will be taking place across the Czech Republic during the anniversary.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 05/20/2022

    The 15 tanks that Germany plans to donate to the Czech Republic will come with 30 days’ worth of 120mm ammunition supplies, the German Ministry of Defence has stated in a letter addressed to the Bundestag. Germany expects the tank deliveries to begin this year. Their subsequent maintenance will be a responsibility of the Czech Republic, the letter states.

    Germany will supply 14 Leopard 2 A4 models and one rescue tank that is based on the Leopard, Czech Radio reports citing the letter.

    The tanks are being donated in order to substitute the 20 T-72 tanks that the Czech Republic has sent to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

    Both states have also launched talks on the Prague government buying up to 50 of the most modern Leopard tanks, the 2A7+. The purchase could go ahead in the coming years, the Czech minister of defence, Jana Černochová, told the cabinet at a meeting last week.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 05/20/2022

    Czech Culture Minister Martin Baxa and Ukrainian Ambassador Yevhen Perebiinis have discussed plans for a music event in support of Ukraine’s European aspirations that could take place in Prague sometime this summer, the Culture Ministry’s Press Office announced on Friday. Mr Baxa said that the project would show that the Czech Republic considers Ukraine to be a part of Europe.

    Ukraine’s government has repeatedly stated that it hopes to become a member of the European Union and is currently in negotiations with the EU about receiving candidate status.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 05/20/2022

    Friday evening will see the launch of film festival Formanova Čáslav, which will pay tribute to famous Czech director Miloš Forman who was born in the city 90 years ago. The festival will kick off with a performance by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, followed by a screening of Forman's 1984 film Amadeus.

    Aside from screening Forman’s movies, the festival will also include concerts, exhibitions, lectures and film workshops. It will run from Friday to Sunday, May 22.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 05/20/2022

    Saturday should see temperatures range around 22 degrees Celsius with overcast skies and possible storms.

    Meteorologists have issued a warning that powerful storms could break out across much of the country between the afternoon and evening hours of Friday. Windspeeds could reach up to 90km/h in the west of the country, while in the east they could be slightly lower at 70km/h. Meanwhile, associated torrential rainfall could raise water levels in smaller waterflows. Saturday's storm intensity is expected to be lower.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe
  • 05/20/2022

    The government is considering a destructuralisation of energy company ČEZ, in which the Czech state is a majority shareholder, Prime Minister Petr Fiala told Hospodářské noviny in an interview published on the daily newspaper’s website on Thursday. Mr Fiala said that one of the options would be to divide the company. However, he said that a thorough analysis is needed before any decision can be made.

    ČEZ shares rose by 8 percent on the Prague Stock Exchange after news site Seznam Zprávy reported on Wednesday that the government is considering getting the company’s power plants under state control in order to gain control over energy prices.

    However, analysts questioned by the Czech News Agency said that such a move would not be able to help alleviate the current energy crisis, as it would take several years to implement. However, there was consensus that it would enable the state to gain control over energy prices.

    Author: Tom McEnchroe

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