Jockey Jiri Palik and the three-year old mare 'Ready for Life' have won the 85th annual Czech derby, at Prague's Chuchle racetrack. In the 2,400 metre race for three-year-olds, 'Ready for Life' finished ahead of 'Arrina', and the German racehorse known as 'Do It'. The filly 'Ready for Life' is the charge of legendary Czech jockey Josef Vana.
A poll released by the STEM agency has suggested that around 73 percent
of Czechs consider President Vaclav Klaus to be the most trustworthy
among Czech politicians. He is followed by Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek
at 48 percent. Mr Klaus' numbers have been mostly stable since a
previous poll, but Mr Paroubek's rise has been noteworthy: not long ago
- on April 25th - he took over as prime minister - as a relative
unknown. His numbers have risen steadily since.
Trust in two other constitutional officials - the speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Lubomir Zaoralek, and the chairman of the Senate, Premysl Sobotka, was expressed by 43 percent of those surveyed.
A well-known patriarch of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church, Jan Shwarz, stepped down from his post following a conflict on Saturday over who should administer a special mass at the meeting of the church diet. Delegates voted in favour of fellow patriarch Josef Spak. Differences between church members are apparent: Jan Shwarz has been the centre of controversy in the Hussite Church in recent weeks, apparently at odds with bishops over questions of financing, property, and an alleged lack of democracy in the church's organisation.
Czech actor Jiri Kodet has died following prolonged illness. The much-loved stage and film actor, who came from a family famous for its theatre background, was known for dozens of roles throughout his career. Most recently he appeared in films like Jan Hrebejk's Pelisky and Petr Zelenka's cult hit Knoflikari (The Buttoners), for which Mr Kodet received the prestigious Czech Lion award in 1998. Jiri Kodet was 67.
A member of the ruling Social Democratic Party's executive committee, the
former health minister Ivan David, recommended on Saturday at the
committee's meeting that the chairman of the Social Democrats, Stanislav
Gross, step down from his post. Mr Gross, however, has flatly refused.
Others, including the chairman of the party's deputies club, Michal Kraus,
as well the head of the Chamber of Deputies, Lubomir Zaoralek, backed Mr
Gross, indicating that choosing a new leader so shortly after the party's
congress was not the order of the day.
Mr Gross stayed on as the Social Democrats' chairman despite being forced out of the prime minister's office earlier this year, following a personal financial scandal. No Social Democrat leaders suggested on Saturday that the party should hold an extraordinary congress in the aim of having someone else fill the post.
Czech tennis player Kvetoslava Peschkeova has made it the Women's final 16 at Wimbledon for the very first time. On Saturday the 30-year-old downed the experienced Conchita Martinez - a former Wimbledon winner - in straight sets, 6:4, 6:1. Until now Peschkeova had never made it past Wimbledon's 2nd round: she will now face 8th-seeded Nadezda Petrovava of Russia.
A lower house deputy for the Social Democrats, Josef Hojdar, has been expelled from the party. The local branch of the Social Democrats in the northern town of Most voted to expel Mr Hojdar at an extraordinary meeting on Thursday, saying rules were broken during his election as chairman earlier this year. The government has a majority of just one, but the MP has said he will continue to support it. Several Social Democrats have given their backing to Mr Hojdar, who says he says he will appeal against the expulsion.
Increasing numbers of foreigners have been coming to the Czech Republic for fertility treatments, Hospodarske noviny reported on Friday. Assisted reproduction is considerably cheaper here than in neighbouring states Germany and Austria, the paper said, adding that some Czech clinics actively promote their services abroad.
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night has been premiered at the annual Shakespeare festival at Prague Castle. Other plays being performed at the outdoor theatre include Hamlet and the Merchant of Venice. The festival, which usually sells out, travels on to Brno and the Slovak capital Bratislava later in the summer.
The Czech prime minister, Jiri Paroubek, is to cut short a visit to Japan
in order to meet the president of China, Hu Jintao. Mr Paroubek had been
due to leave Japan for China on Sunday but will now set off a day earlier,
after a meeting with the Chinese leader was organised at the last minute.
The Czech prime minister said it would be mistake not to take the
opportunity to meet Hu Jintao, who he described as the second most
powerful man in the world.
While in Japan Mr Paroubek has met Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Emperor Akihito; on Friday he took part in Czech national day at the World Expo, which is being held in the city of Aichi.