Literary historian and translator Josef Čermák died on Tuesday at the age
of 91, his son informed Czech news agency ČTK.
He specialized mainly in German literature by Prague authors, and was a leading on the work of Franz Kafka. He also translated dozens of titles from French, Spanish and Italian.
Čermák in 1990 cofounded the Franz Kafka Society in Prague, which aims to continue traditions of cultural pluralism in Central Europe.
Vietnam’s start-up airline Bamboo Airways, which began operations in
January 2019, expects to launch direct flights to the Czech Republic this
April. Initial flights will connect Prague and Hanoi.
Vietnam agreed in June 2017 during a visit to Hanoi by Czech President Miloš Zeman to open a direct air route. The communist country also agreed to offer visa waivers to Czech citizens for up to 15 days.
Czech police are investigating acts of vandalism and possible hate crime in
Ústí nad Orlicí, eastern Bohemia.
On Tuesday night, a total of 15 buildings in the city were spray painted with swastikas and other far-right symbols.
The buildings defaced include the local theatre. Mayor Petr Hájek (Oušťáci) said it was the first such an extensive case of hate-driven vandalism in the city.
The Czech central bank expects some crown firming ahead but not as strong
as in previous years, rate setter Vojtěch Benda said Wednesday at an
economic conference in Vienna, Reuters reports.
On Wednesday morning the crown gained past a key level against the euro to touch a 7-year high as markets priced in rising chances of an interest rate increase in 2020. Shortly before 10:00 am, the Czech currency traded at 25.118 CZK/EUR, according to the Patria.cz server.
Benda is quoted as saying the Czech currency should continue to gradually strengthen but probably not at the same pace seen in 2008 and 2009, the time of the global financial crisis.
The nominees for the Czech Lion national film award (Český lev) were
announced on Wednesday morning.
A theatre play about a co-op board adapted to film, called Owners (Vlastníci), received 12 nominations, the WWII epic drama The Painted Bird (Nabarvené ptáče) got 11, and Old-Timers (Staříci), about a geriatric pair seeking revenge on a communist-era prosecutor, received 10.
All three films have been shortlisted in the Best Films and Best Director categories. The award ceremony takes place on March 7 at Prague's Rudolfinum. Early in January, the three films also dominated the Czech Film Critics’ Awards nominations.
Hradec Králové hockey club beat Swedish team Djurgården 3-0 at home on
Tuesday night in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final.
Following on a 3-1 victory in Stockholm the first leg, the Czech team have qualified for the finals.
Their first final match is on February 4, at home, against Frölunda, another Swedish club, which has won several titles in recent years.
The historic Prague 1 district has a new mayor following the ouster of
Pavel Čižinský (Praha 1 Sobě) by a city council vote.
Taking over the role is Petr Hejma (Mayors and Independents), who was previously first deputy mayor.
Following the shake-up, Praha 1 Sobě and two other parties, the Pirates and Greens, are now in the opposition.
Czech opposition MP Tomáš Vymazal (Pirates) plans to propose legislation
to legalise the recreational use of marijuana as well as prescribing as
psychedelic mushrooms, ecstasy and LSD.
The opposition MP argues that such drugs can be used in therapy to help people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders.
Ester Ledecká has taken second place in her first Snowboard World Cup race
of the season, at the Austrian resort Bad Gastein.
Ledecká, a double Olympic gold medallist who began her career as a skier, lost to Germany’s Ramona Theresia Hofmeister in the women’s parallel slalom event, by a mere 0.63 seconds.
On Saturday, she finished eighth in the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup speed event on another Austrian slope, in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee.
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