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Daily news summary 21.7.2019

ÚSTR council vote looms, Operalia in Prague, Prague Lions win Czech Cup more >>
 

ÚSTR unionists: Senate should reject ex-interior minister’s council candidacy

Union leaders at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (ÚSTR) have called on Senators to reject the election of former interior minister František Bublan to the institute’s council. ÚSTR's Miroslav Vodrážka and Petr Blažek argue that the former minister tried to dissolve the ... more >>
 

Czech PM backs creation of National Security Advisor position

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) has backed the idea of creating a National Security Advisor position, put forward by the intelligence services. They argue the work of all security forces, including the police, should be coordinated at the cabinet level, Czech Television reports. A National ... more >>
 

Weather outlook

Monday should be partly to mostly cloudy throughout the country. Average daytime highs should range from 24 to 30 degrees Celsius, with the Liberec region experiencing the coolest weather and the Pilsen region the hottest. more >>
 

Michálek: Pirates ‘not interested’ in joining proposed liberal pre-election bloc

Pirate Party caucus chairman Jakub Michálek has said the opposition party sees no reason to join a pre-election bloc proposed by Party of Mayors and Independents (STAN) chairman Vít Rakušan. Michálek told the ČTK news agency the Pirates have gained steadily in the polls since forming and want ... more >>
 

Prague Lions win American football Czech championship for 5th time

The Prague Lions have won the Czech championships in American football for a fifth time, defeating the Ostrava Steelers 29-23 at home on Saturday evening at the 26th Czech Bowl. The Lions’ win ended the six-year reign of the Prague Black Panthers, who compete as members of the Austrian Football ... more >>
 

Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition in Prague for first time

The Operalia World Opera Competition, founded by Plácido Domingo to discover and honor the best young opera singers of today, is being held in Prague for the first time. The current edition of Operalia runs from July 21 through July 26 at the Czech National Theater and is open to the public. ... more >>
 

Czech Scouts to highlight danger of totalitarianism at World Jamboree

Some 500 Czech Scouts and Guides are heading to the United States for the movement’s World Jamboree, which runs from July 22 to August 2. They will rally under the motto "Unbreakable". The aim is to both highlight the suppression of the Czech movement under totalitarianism – by the Nazis… more >>
 

Colours of Ostrava brings leading Czech and international bands to steel capital of Czech Republic

This week one of the country’s most famous annual music festivals, Colours of Ostrava, took place in the largest city of Czech Silesia. This year the festival boasted some truly major artists, including the legendary rock band The Cure, as well as Florence + The Machine, Rag’n’Bone Man and ... more >>
 

Daily news summary 20.7.2019

S&P confirms Czech rating, fewer compulsive gamblers, new record at Sněžka more >>
 

Štěpán Domorád sets new strongman-climbing record at Sněžka

Štěpán Domorád of Vrchlabí has become the new record holder in a strongman / mountain-climbing contest by hauling 170 kilograms up Sněžka, the highest peak in the country. Domorád covered a nearly 2 kilometre trek ascending over 200 meters in approximately 4 hours and 20 minutes. The previous ... more >>
 

Defence Ministry selling pre-WWII bunkers to military clubs, private bidders

The Ministry of Defense has been gradually getting rid of the pre-World War II era bunkers, Czech Television reports. While some have been transferred free of charge to municipalities and military clubs, others are being sold through brokers. In no buyer comes forward, they are put up for ... more >>
 

Report: 164,000 Czech residents may be compulsive gamblers

Around 164,000 people over the age of 15 in the Czech Republic habitually gamble online, with many doing it compulsively, according to a report due for release on Monday, ČTK reports. Nearly two in five gamblers (almost 60,000) are thought to be compulsive gamblers, the National Monitoring ... more >>
 

Weather outlook

Sunday should be warm but cloudy, with occasional rain or thunderstorms likely throughout the country, especially in the morning. Average daytime highs should range from 26 to 28 degrees Celsius. more >>
 

Apollo 11 mission videomapped on Prague TV Tower

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and first landing on the Moon, the TV Tower in Prague’s Žižkov district will host a virtual space launch this Saturday evening, via a videomapping project. At 22:17 – the exact moment the Apollo lunar module Eagle landed on the Moon – an ... more >>
 

Survey: Nearly 4 in 10 Czechs forgoing summer holiday

About 39% of Czechs will not go take a holiday this summer, according to a survey conducted by the Profesia.cz server. About 23% of respondents said they will take their entire holiday abroad, while 16% said they would combine short trips abroad with days off in the Czech Republic. The study ... more >>
 

S&P confirms AA- rating for Czech Republic

International rating agency S&P Global Ratings has confirmed the Czech Republic's long-term foreign currency sovereign credit rating at AA- with a stable outlook. S&P said the low government debt level, sound public finances and flexible monetary policy were the main positive factors.… more >>
 

Key witness in Mueller investigation, sentenced for sexually abusing Czech minors, faces fresh charges

A Lebanese-American sentenced for sexually abusing minors in the Czech Republic, who served as a key witness in the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, now faces charges of child sex trafficking and pornography in the United States. The Mueller ... more >>
 

Moravia-Silesia reports 27 tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) cases

The Moravian-Silesian region reports that 27 people have contracted from tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) so far this year, with 8 cases discovered this week. None of the victims had been vaccinated. The Czech Republic recorded 712 TBE cases last year, the most in the entire European Union. Only ... more >>
 

U Veselíků: Prague bathing spot in the midst of nature

In the second edition of our summer mini-series, Radio Prague pays a visit to U Veselíků, one of Prague’s oldest outdoor pools. The family-owned swimming pool located in the Divoká Šárka valley opened back in the 1930s and offers an ideal refuge from the scorching heat of the summer city. more >>
 
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