• 04/01/2024

    Over 400 Czech artists have now signed an open letter to the Czech government and president calling on them to demand a ceasefire in Gaza and Israel. The group, which includes singer Tomáš Klus, singer-actor Vojtěch Dyk and actress Tatiana Dyková, have aligned themselves with the US group Artists4Ceasefire. Members unveiled a banner reading Artists For Ceasefire at the Anděl music industry awards in Prague on Saturday night.

    Czechia has been a staunch supporter of Israel in its war against Hamas since a terror attack by the latter in early October.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 04/01/2024

    Sparta Prague continue to lead the Czech football league following the first league round after an international break.

    The defending champions beat České Budějovice 1:0 away through a goal from Veljko Birmančevič on Sunday to maintain their one-point lead over traditional rivals Slavia Prague, who had earlier defeated Slovácko 3:1 on the road.

    Three more rounds of the regular season remain before the start of the “superstructure”, a system where the league is divided into three mini-leagues for the final part of the season.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 04/01/2024

    The Czech Ministry of Justice is working on a plan to relieve pressure on overcrowded prisons and thus the state budget, Czech Television reported. The plan envisages lower sentencing rates and greater use of alternative sentences as a way to ensure fewer inmates in the national prison system.

    Most people currently locked up in the country have been found guilty of repeated theft or non-payment of alimony, Czech TV said.

    Members of the Czech judiciary and opposition leaders ANO welcome the proposals.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 04/01/2024

    The Czech power giant ČEZ plans to select a provider for the country’s first small modular reactor by the end of this year, Czech Television reported. Small modular reactors are a type of small and advanced nuclear fission reactors.

    ČEZ aims to have Czechia’s first one at the Temelín power station in South Bohemia by the middle of the 2030s, Czech TV said.

    Some of the small modular reactors under consideration have comparable output to the current blocks at Dukovany, the country’s second nuclear plant.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 04/01/2024

    It should be mainly overcast in Czechia on Tuesday, with an average high temperature of 13 degrees Celsius. Similar weather is expected on the following days

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 03/31/2024

    The one-time electoral alliance of the Pirates and Mayors parties have the right to propose Czechia’s next European Commissioner under the deal created when they entered government with Together, Prime Minister Petr Fiala of the Civic Democrats reiterated through a spokesperson on Sunday. Together consists of the Civic Democrats, the Christian Democrats and TOP 09.

    Mr. Fiala said it would still be up to the governing coalition whether to approve any candidate.

    Alexander Vondra, who is Together’s leader for European Parliament elections in June, also said on Sunday that it was the Pirates and Mayors who would nominate a European Commissioner to replace Czechia’s Věra Jourová, when her term ends.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 03/31/2024

    A smog alert was in force in the whole of Bohemia and parts of Moravia and Silesia due to sand from the Sahara desert on Sunday morning.

    The Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute said the sand, which increases the concentration of dust particles in the air, may be present in Czechia until Monday.

    The concentration of dust particles in the air was above the threshold of one hundred micrograms per cubic metre in many places at 8:30am on Sunday, according to the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute website.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 03/31/2024

    The anti-EU Freedom and Direct Democracy party say they aim to appeal to supporters of government leaders the Civic Democrats in June’s European Parliament elections, Novinky.cz reported on Sunday.

    Party leader Tomio Okamura told the news site that the grouping planned to target dissatisfied supporters of the Civic Democrats.

    To that end they have placed one-time MEP Petr Mach, a euro-sceptic, at the head of the party’s candidates list, instead of Ivan David, who is currently Freedom and Direct Democracy’s sole MEP. The grouping are planning to run in an alliance with the extra-parliamentary Tricolour in the Euro elections.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 03/31/2024

    Karlovy Vary’s Preciosa Villa, which is part of a luxurious villa district known in the West Bohemian spa town as “Westend”, has been made a protected monument. It is the second cultural monument declared in the Karlovy Vary Region in 2024.

    The building, which contains apartments, was built in the French neo-Renaissance style in 1902 and 1903.

    The initiative to declare it a cultural monument came from the owners of the building themselves, the National Heritage Institute in Loket said in a press release.

    Author: Ian Willoughby
  • 03/31/2024

    Christians in Czechia are celebrating Easter Sunday, one of the most significant days in their faith’s calendar. With regard to folk traditions, many Czechs eat a meat-based lunch on the Feast of the Resurrection, breaking a long symbolic fast, while eggs are painted for the following day.

    Easter Monday is more closely associated with customs linked to the arrival of spring. These include males lightly “whipping” females with switches braided from willow branches and adorned with ribbons.

    Author: Ian Willoughby

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