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Gene Deitch, Part 1: The Oscar-winning US animator who made Tom and Jerry cartoons in communist Prague

Gene Deitch, who turns 95 next month, is by some distance the US citizen longest resident in Prague. Deitch had run a successful animation studio in New York prior to the fateful meeting in 1959 with his future wife Zdenka that led him to settle in Prague soon after. From behind the Iron Curtain,... more >>
 

Masters of Rock festival gets underway in Vizovice

The 17th annual Masters of Rock festival, the biggest rock and metal event in the Czech Republic, gets underway in Vizovice in south Moravia on Thursday evening. Among the headliners of this year’s edition will be the British heavy rock band Uriah Heep, which returns to the festival after ... more >>
 

Smartwings airplane makes emergency landing in Budapest

A passenger airplane operated by Czech budget airline Smartwings was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after take-off at Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt Airport on Thursday when its landing gear was damaged, a company spokesperson told the Czech News Agency. The Boeing 737-400 plane, which was... more >>
 

Czechs receive diplomatic note from Afghanistan concerning killed soldiers

The Czech Foreign Ministry has received a diplomatic note from Afghanistan concerning the death of three Czech soldiers in the country a year ago, the news site iRozhlas reported on Thursday. The three Czech service members were killed by a suicide bomber while conducting a joint foot patrol with... more >>
 

Battle over Little Mole cartoon character goes to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will consider an appeal over the licensing rights to the famous cartoon character Krteček, or the Little Mole, Czech Television reports. The High Court in Prague had ruled in March that the granddaughter of Krteček’s creator, the late Zdeněk Miler, can no longer grant licenses... more >>
 

16th edition of Best Film Fest starts in Prague

The semiannual Best Film Fest gets underway at Prague arthouse cinemas Atlas, Lucerna, Evald and MAT on Thursday. The eclectic program, now in its 16th year, features the top international and Czech films of the past year from a wide range of genres. The festival runs until 17 July. Screening ... more >>
 

Daily news summary 10.7.2019

Charles Bridge ice breakers, Czech divers’ new recrod, Sting cancels Slavkov more >>
 

Barbora Strýcová, 33, in “best form” ahead of Wimbledon semi-final against Serena Williams

Nine Czech female singles players started this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament, two of them in the world top 10. However, the only one left standing is a name few would have expected, Barbora Strýcová. The 33-year-old is now preparing to face Serena Williams in her first ever Grand Slam ... more >>
 

Czech divers break national record, spend 7 days, 15 mins underwater

Two divers on Wednesday broke the Czech national record for time spent underwater. After a week and 15 minutes below the surface, they emerged from a flooded quarry near Lišov in České Budějovice at 12:22. David Vondrášek, a lecturer at the Prague Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, and his... more >>
 

Future of Antarctica discussed at important Prague conference

For the first time in history, Prague is hosting the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, an annual conference focused on environmental conservation, the impact of tourism and research cooperation on the White Continent. The event is attended by representatives of 29 countries, which are ... more >>
 

Slavia Prague defender Simon Deli to join Belgian club Brugge

Ivory Coast international Simon Deli is reportedly leaving Slavia Prague for FC Brugge next season. According to press reports, the Belgian team will pay around 2.5 million euros for the 27-year-old defender. Deli has twice won the championship title with Slavia Prague and the Czech Cup. He ... more >>
 

Weather outlook

Rain is expected on Thursday in the north-western region of Karlovy Vary, as well as in the Moravian regions of Zlín and Olomouc. Average daytime highs should range between 19 to 24 degrees Celsius. Rain is expected nationwide on both Friday and Saturday. more >>
 

Sazka bids for complete control of one of Europe’s largest betting firms

The Czech lottery company Sazka Group has submitted a bid to buy out the remaining shares in the Greek company OPAP, which going by revenue is the fourth largest betting company in Europe. more >>
 

Škoda Auto orders down 4.9 pct due to flagging Chinese sales

Škoda Auto delivered 620,900 cars to customers in the first half of the year, down 4.9 percent year on year. The main factor was a drop of about a quarter in sales in China, the Volkswagen Group subsidiary said. In the second half of 2019, the carmaker, which is the nation’s biggest exporter, ... more >>
 

EC forecasts Czech GDP growth to slow to 2.6 pct this year

The Czech economy is expected to grow by 2.6 percent this year, following a 3 percent expansion in 2018, according to the latest forecast from Brussels. For the coming year, the European Commission foresees growth of 2.5 percent, again mainly fuelled by solid growth in household ... more >>
 

Air quality at Prague crossroads of Sokolská/Ječná among worst in Czechia

The Prague intersection of Sokolská and Ječná streets in the city centre has one of the highest pollution levels in the Czech Republic, according to the Centre for Environment and Health (CpŽPZ). The Centre took readings of nitrogen dioxide values at 200 locations in a total of nine regional ... more >>
 

Sting cancels Czech leg of ‘My Songs’ tour due to illness

Grammy-winning British musician Sting has had to cancel his sold-out Friday concert at Slavkov, near Brno, due to illness. The 70-year-old former frontman of The Police was also scheduled to perform this week in the European cities of Ghent, Munich and Stuttgart. He is currently on a summer ... more >>
 

Star statistician Ola Rosling schools Czechs on democratising data, systematic misconceptions

Swedish statistician Ola Rosling is co-founder of Gapminder, a foundation that aims to chart trends and use data to fight what it calls “devastating ignorance” using “fact-based worldviews everyone can understand.” On the invitation of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, he recently visited the Czech ... more >>
 

Number of foreigners working illegally in Czechia doubles, most are Ukrainians

An estimated 3,800 foreigners worked illegally in the Czech Republic last year, almost twice as many as in 2017. According to a Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs report on combating illegal employment, four-fifths of them were Ukrainians. Many were Slovaks, Romanians or Bulgarians. The ... more >>
 

Czechs with debts incurred as minors may get greater relief

A preferential debt relief regime that now only applies to the elderly and disabled will likely be extended to Czechs paying off debts incurred when they were minors. MPs voted unanimously on Wednesday to amend the Insolvency Act to allow the new category of debtor to be included in the ... more >>
 
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