• 09/09/2021

    Czech tennis player Karolína Plíšková, the No. 4 seed in women’s singles, lost her US Open quarterfinal match against No.2 seed Maria Sakkari of Greece on Wednesday in two sets (6:4, 6:4).

    Sakkari’s win over Plíšková was her third straight victory over a Top 10 seed, after defeating No.6 seed Bianca Andreescu in a record-setting Round of 16 win, and Plíšková’s compatriot the No.10 seed Petra Kvitová the Round of 16.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/09/2021

    The international festival of contemporary art 4 + 4 Days in Motion kicks off in Prague’s Strašnice district on Thursday. Last year, it lasted only three days due to anti-coronavirus measures, but this year it go over two week, until September 26.

    The festival, which focuses on theatre, dance and the visual arts, also seeks to promote community life and draw attention to buildings of architectural note in Prague that are unused and in some cases crumbling.

    The 4+4 Days in Motion festival, as in 2020, will be held in one such disused building, namely the New Strašnice School.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/09/2021

    Andrej Babiš Jr., the son and namesake of the Czech prime minister, is due to speak to police on Thursday about his alleged abduction to Crimea in 2017.

    He claims that his father had him taken to the Ukrainian peninsula against his will in order to prevent him from testifying about alleged EU subsidy fraud by his father.

    The Czech prime minister is suspected of having wrongfully acquired 50 million crowns in EU funds for a conference centre near Prague known as the Stork’s Nest. He denies any wrongdoing.

    To date, police have not questioned Andrej Babiš Jr., who resides in Switzerland. Since arriving in the Czech Republic in July, he has spoken out publicly against his father, and recently confronted him at a campaign event.

    The prime minister says that his son is mentally ill and denies having him forcibly removed from the Czech Republic.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/08/2021

    Prime Minister Andrej Babiš on Wednesday awarded the Karel Kramář Medal to diplomats, soldiers and others who helped evacuate the Czech Embassy in Afghanistan last month.

    At a ceremony held at the Liechtenstein Palace in Prague, he praised Ambassador to Afghanistan Jiří Baloun, his deputy Štěpán Konopásk, and embassy chief Zuzana Černá Vondráčková for their personal bravery and professionalism.

    Mr Babiš also praised Lieutenant General Josef Kopecký, the Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Major General Milan Schulc, and the Chief of the Operations Management Department, Colonel Josef Nejedlý, for planning and coordinating the evacuation.

    Karel Kramář Medals were also presented to Libor Tomolya and Michal Malý, both captains of special military units that flew to Kabul three times in difficult conditions, and 18 soldiers and members of the Military Police.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/08/2021

    A 27-year-old man from Karlovy Vary was handed down a 20-year sentence on Wednesday for having engaged in terrorist attacks and participating in an organised crime group.

    A Czech regional court found that in July 2015 Lukáš Nováček travelled to parts pf eastern Ukraine controlled by separatists from the so-called Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic.

    Nováček was trained, armed and equipped by separatists and took part in battled against Ukrainian troops defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country, the verdict said.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/08/2021

    Prague is building car parks on the outskirts of the capital by the terminus stations along Metro lines to encourage drivers to use public transport for part of their commute.

    At the same time, the city is raising prices at 20 more central car parks. City councillors say they need to raise prices to cover rising maintenance costs, but will study the impact of the price increase within a few months.

    A new car park near the Černý Most metro station is near completion and another is due to open at the Hostivař metro station within six months with others planned.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/08/2021

    Czech laboratories detected 588 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the largest increase since the end of May, according to Ministry of Health data released today. The reproduction rate is also on the rise, now estimated at 1.48.

    Health Minister Adam Vojtěch said on Wednesday that he had expected the situation to worsen after the summer holidays, as children returned to school and restrictions were eased, in particular regarding travel.

    The parliamentary health committee is due to discuss the current state of the pandemic situation in the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/08/2021

    Thursday should be clear to partly cloudy with average daytime highs of 24 to 28 Celsius.

  • 09/08/2021

    Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the “9/11” terrorist attacks on the United States, the Czech Center New York along with other organisations is preparing a memorial programme for Thursday and Friday evening.

    Part of the programme includes the multimedia project “Requiem 2021”, dedicated to the memory of victims. The project is directed by Anna Eva Kotyza, an American of Czech and Slovak heritage, and will be screened at the Bohemian National Hall, along with music by contemporary Slovak composer Juraj Filas.

    An accompanying VR exhibition will feature virtual reality works by visual artist Markéta Gebrian, and artist Alex Dowis, an America’s Got Talent semi-finalist, both of whom are Czech-born.

    “Requiem 2021” is being realised in cooperation with the Harmony Foundation and the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York.

    Author: Brian Kenety
  • 09/08/2021

    Minister of Interior Jan Hamáček spoke to police on Tuesday about an unrealised trip to Moscow during which he allegedly planned to offer to silence a deadly Russian operation on Czech soil in exchange for doses of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Czech Television reports.

    Hamáček had announced a trip to Moscow last spring, when also acting foreign minister, when he already had information pointing to Russian responsibility for the 2014 Vrbětice explosions.

    The Police’s national organised crime unit had requested that Mr. Hamáček be brought in for questioning. He categorically denies having even considered negotiating with the Kremlin to get Sputnik V doses in exchange for concealing evidence of Russia’s complicity in the fatal 2014 incident.

    Author: Brian Kenety

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