• 01/22/2023

    A mass for the homeland was celebrated in St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle on Sunday by Prague Archbishop Jan Graubner.

    The service was attended by outgoing President Miloš Zeman and both of his potential successors, retired army general Petr Pavel and the chairman of the ANO movement and former Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. Among the participants was also the unsuccessful presidential candidate and Senator Pavel Fischer.

    The mass took place less than a week before the second round of the presidential election.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 01/22/2023

    Czechia’s men’s number one Jiří Lehečka advanced to fifth round of tennis’s Australian Open in Melbourne. The World No. 71 defeated the sixth-seeded Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 ,7-6, reaching his first ever Grand Slam quarterfinal. He will next face the winner of a match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jannik Sinner.

    In women’s singles, Barbora Krejčíková lost her fourth round match, after failing to get past American Jessica Pegula, who won 7-5, 6-2.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 01/22/2023

    The main prize in this year’s Trilobit film and television awards has gone to Tomáš Bojar for his documentary film about Czech airmen in World War II, combining never-before-seen archive footage with the memories of RAF pilots František Fajtl and Filip Janský.

    The same prize also went to Five Years, a Czech TV series centred on events at a prom night that later lead to rape allegations, told from the perspective of the two main characters.

    The Vladislav Vančura award for lifelong contribution to Czech cinematography went to the legendary Czech painter, costume and set designer Theodor Pištěk, who won an Oscar in 1985 for his costumes for Amadeus.

    The Trilobit awards are handed out by the Czech Film and Television Union FITES.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 01/21/2023

    Sunday is expected to be mostly overcast with occasional snow showers and day temperatures ranging between -2 and 2 degrees Celsius.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 01/21/2023

    Hundreds of people gathered in the centre of Prague on Saturday afternoon to demonstrate against the current government. The participants started their protest on Wenceslas Square, then marched to the seat of the government.

    Speakers demanded the resignation of the ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Petr Fiala and advised the participants not to vote for Petr Pavel in the second round of elections to the presidency.

    The event was organised by the group “Czechia First”, which was behind a protest in Prague last September that was attended by about 70 000 people.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 01/21/2023

    The wife of presidential candidate and ANO party leader Andrej Babiš has received an envelope with a bullet and an anonymous note full of insults, Mr. Babiš announced at a press conference on Saturday.

    Mr Babiš said he had contacted the police, who started to investigate the matter. He also said he considered it a threat to his family, which is afraid for its life.

    Mr Babiš called on the chairmen of the ruling coalition parties and his rival in the second round, Petr Pavel, whom he repeatedly described as the coalition’s candidate, to urge their supporters not to attack voters of parties with different views.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 01/21/2023

    A new survey by the CVVM agency suggests that Czechs’ trust in the political representatives slightly increased at the end of last year. However, they still earned trust of less than 40 percent of the population.

    According to the survey, President Miloš Zeman was trusted by 38 percent of respondents, deputies received a 34 percent backing and trust in the cabinet reached 33 percent.

    Local government officials - mayors and municipal councils – traditionally enjoy the highest backing of around 70 percent. The overall satisfaction with the political situation remains low.

    The survey was carried out between November 11 and January 9.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 01/21/2023

    Fresh snow and icy roads are complicating traffic around the country on Saturday, especially in the Moravian-Silesian region. Although maintenance crews have been working around the clock there may be snow drifts and ice on less frequented roads.

    Heavy snowfall has already brought up to 20 centimetres of fresh snow in the mountainous areas and more snow is expected in the course of the day. Drivers heading for the mountain regions have been asked to exercise extreme caution. Weather experts have also warned against strong winds.

  • 01/21/2023

    Fire-fighters and veterinarians have begun culling 23,000 ducks at a poultry farm in Dobřenice near the east Bohemian town of Hradec Králové, after tests confirmed the presence of the H5N1 type of bird flu virus.

    The eggs from the farm owned by the company Perena, one of Europe’s largest duck hatcheries, will also have to be disposed of.

    This year’s tenth outbreak of the avian influenza, which is fatal to birds, was recorded at the farm on Thursday. Outdoor breeding of poultry has been prohibited in the country since December 14 due to the epidemic.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková
  • 01/21/2023

    Czech teenager Linda Fruhvirtová advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday after defeating her compatriot Markéta Vondroušová 7-5 2-6 6-3.The 17-year-old, who is the youngest woman remaining in the draw, will next face Croatian Donna Vekic.

    Karolína Plíšková overcame Varvara Gracheva of Russia 6-4, 6-2 and will next meet Zhang Shuai for a place in the quarterfinals.

    Author: Ruth Fraňková

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