More than 660 stores around the country are taking part in the sixth
National Food Collection held in the Czech Republic on Saturday.
Throughout the day people can donate non-perishable foodstuffs that will be distributed among socially weaker groups of the population, single parents, senior citizens and others.
The annual food drive is traditionally organised by Business for Society, along with other NGOs.
Last year people donated some 397 tonnes of foodstuffs to the needy.
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček will visit Israel and the
Palestinian territories on November 13th and 14th, the ministry said on its
In Israel the Czech foreign minister will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanjahu and open the 6th Czech-Israeli Forum. He will also visit the Czech House in Jerusalem which will officially open on November 27th, 2018, during a state visit to Israel by President Miloš Zeman.
In Ramallah, Minister Petříček is scheduled to meet Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad al-Malki.
Public gatherings, masses and commemorative ceremonies are being held
around the Czech Republic over the weekend in remembrance of the ten
million soldiers who fell in WWI.
According to estimates some 1.4 million men from the territory of the former Czechoslovakia fought in the war, either with the Austro-Hungarian army or in the foreign legions. Approximately 140,000 of them died on the battlefield.
Bells will peal around the country on Sunday marking the centenary of the end of the war.
The fire that ravaged the trampoline centre in Prague‘s Vysočany
district on Friday is estimated to have caused damages of around 20 million
crowns, the CTK news agency reported. Experts are to decide whether the
building needs to be torn down.
No one was hurt in the fire, since the centre had been closed for three weeks. Close to a hundred fire fighters fought the blaze. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
The 100-year history of the Czech state is closely linked to the army,
Czech Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar said on the occasion of Veterans Day
and the end-of-war celebrations in the Czech Republic.
At a ceremony on Prague’s Námestí míru, Defence Minister Metnar spoke about the crucial role of Czechoslovak legionaries in bringing about an independent state for Czechs and Slovaks and the work of Czech soldiers serving in foreign missions today. He paid homage to the four Czech soldiers who recently lost their lives serving in NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.
The Czech Republic has marked Veterans Day since 2001. The Defence Ministry registers 14,000 war veterans, of those just 500 from WWII.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš will join world leaders in France for
celebrations commemorating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the
Armistice treaty that brought an end to World War One.
On Saturday evening the prime minister will attend a dinner hosted by President Emmanuel Macron. On Sunday he will join heads of state at a commemorative ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Champs-Elysees and later attend the opening of the three-day Paris Peace Forum.
On Monday, Mr. Babiš will fly to Palermo, Italy, to attend an international conference on Libya.
Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová has announced that she will retire
from the sport after the Fed Cup contest against the US team in Prague this
Strýcová, now 32, won the Fed Cup for the first time when she was only 16. She won again in a double’s team with Karolína Plíšková. She achieved her highest WTA singles ranking, a world No. 16, in January 2017. This May, she peaked at No. 7 in the doubles rankings.
Meanwhile, Plíšková has pulled out of the Fed Cup due to a calf injury. She will be replaced by Barbora Krejčíková, who leads the WTA doubles rankings with her partner Kateřina Siniaková.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová will be leading the Czech team for the best-of-five series on indoor hardcourt at the O2 Arena in Prague.
A former Prague-based Islamic cleric, who faces charges of supporting
terrorism, has given up his right to lodge a complaint against his
detention and so will remain in custody pending a trial, along with two
Imam Samer Shehadeh could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted on charges of supporting, promoting and financing terrorism. According to media reports, the other suspects are Shehadeh’s brother Omar and his brother’s wife.
The Czech intelligence services began investigating Imam Shehadeh in 2016. While in Prague, he had allegedly tried to radicalise Muslims and told them attending a Christian mass in a show of solidarity with people of different faiths would amount to a betrayal of Islam.
Recordings of Imam Shehadeh preaching elsewhere indicate that he was more radical than the Czech Muslim community, which expelled him, may have suspected at the time.
The Islamic cleric later briefly preached in Bratislava, the Slovak capital, from where he was also forced out. He was captured in Jordan and flown to the Czech Republic this week.
The leadership of the centre-left Social Democrats (ČSSD) is meeting in
Prague on Friday afternoon to discuss the impact of the resignation of
party first vice-chairman Jiří Zimola.
When resigning on Wednesday, Mr Zimola said making significant changes in the party was impossible given the current power structure. He also spoke of shady regional operators who latch on to the party leadership like parasites.
The first vice-chairman post will remain vacant until the next congress of the Social Democrats, to be held in March 2019.
The Social Democrats had disastrous showings in the parliamentary elections of 2017 as well as in the municipal and senatorial elections this October.
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