• Czechs mark 70th anniversary of death of Milada Horáková

    06/26/2020

    Czechs are marking 70th anniversary of the death of Milada Horáková, a democratic opposition leader who was sentenced and executed in a communist show trial on June 27, 1950.

    On June 26, the day before the anniversary of her execution, recordings from the trial will be transmitted by sirens and messages in Prague metro, as part of the civic initiative called Milada 70: Murdered by Communists.

    Banners with a portrait of Milada Horáková and the caption Murdered by Communists were hung on important buildings in Prague, including the National Museum, Rudolfinum concert hall, the National Gallery’s Trade Fair Palace or Charles University’s Faculty of Law, where Milada Horáková studied.

    Commemorative events will also take place at a symbolic grave of the politician at Prague’s Vyšehrad cemetery and in many other places around the country.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • Czechia’s highest building to be built in Ostrava

    06/25/2020

    Plans to build the Czech Republic’s highest building are underway in Ostrava. Local councillors on Thursday approved the sale of a building plot in the centre of the city to the company RT Torax, which plans to build there a skyscraper measuring 238 metres. The 60-storey building is expected to cost over two billion crowns.

    Currently the tallest building in the Czech Republic is the AZ Tower in Brno, with 111 metres and 30 floors.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • Czech retailer Rohlik.cz expands to Bulgaria

    06/25/2020

    Rohlík.cz, the largest Czech online grocery company, has expanded to Bulgaria, the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday. The company has bought a stake in the local e-shop Ebag.bg for one million euros.

    Rohlik.cz entered its first foreign market at the end of last year, opening a new online store in Hungary. The founder and majority shareholder of Rohlik.cz, Tomáš Čupr, also plans to expand to Austria and Germany this year.

    The company’s turnover exceeded CZK four billion in 2019, which was an increase of 60 percent on the previous year. Rohlik.cz currently has around 450,000 customers.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • Šilhavý to remain boss of Czech national soccer team

    06/25/2020

    Jaroslav Šilhavý will continue as the coach of the Czech international football team in the next qualifying cycle for the 2020 world championship. Šilhavý, who is 58, was appointed to the post in 2018, replacing Karel Jarolím.

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Euro 2020 has been postponed by one year until 2021. The qualification for the world Championship in Qatar is due to start in March next year.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • Prague Zoo raises nearly CZK 23 million to help Australia

    06/25/2020

    Prague Zoo has raised nearly CZK 22.8 million crowns through a public donation fund to help in the relief efforts to Australia, which was ravaged by devastating bushfires last year, the zoo’s director Miroslav Bobek announced on Thursday.

    Some CZK 20 million have already been sent to the country. The funds were used to help animals injured in the fires but also for projects aimed at protection of endangered animal species.

    The collection was established in January and until now, more than 18,200 people have contributed.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • Weather

    06/25/2020

    Friday is expected to be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain. The Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute has issued a warning against heavy storms for the east of the country, which will be in place until Saturday morning. Daytime highs will range between 20 to 24 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • University library in Olomouc to be named after Milada Horáková

    06/25/2020

    The Faculty of Law of Palacký University in Olomouc will name its newly built library after Milada Horáková, who was sentenced to death in a communist show trial and executed in June 1950.

    The faculty got permission to do so from the politician’s daughter, Jana Kánská. The library should open to the public later this year.

    Palacký University will also mark the anniversary of Milada Horáková’s death with a special video-mapping event on the building of the Faculty of Law, which used to be the seat of the regional committee of the Communist Party.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • Police find body of flood victim

    06/25/2020

    Police have found the body of a woman who went missing in the flash floods in the northeast of the country, the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday.

    The 74-year-old woman was swept away by a swollen stream in the village of Oskava in the Šumperk region on June 7. Rescue workers found the body six kilometres away from where the incident happened.

    Flash floods that hit several regions of the Czech Republic in recent weeks claimed nine lives in total.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • Street festival Praha žije hudbou gets underway in Prague

    06/25/2020

    The street art festival Praha žije hudbou got underway in Prague on Thursday, offering 150 local artists at more than 30 locations in the Czech capital over the next three days.

    The busking festival, which is in its fifth year, includes music, dance, new circus, and theatre by artists and theatre ensembles such as Circus Brothers, Lenka Dusilová, Kittchen and Zrní, among others.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • Babiš: Military acquisitions to go ahead despite downturn

    06/25/2020

    Prime Minister Andre Babiš says the Czech government will go ahead with planned acquisitions for the country’s army despite the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus. Speaking at the start of a conference about the Czech Republic’s security and position in NATO, Mr. Babiš said a loan might be required but the purchases of infantry fighting vehicles would still go ahead.

    The PM said the country was not investing in defence to fulfill NATO requirements but because its security was primarily its own responsibility.

    Author: Ian Willoughby

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