Several thousand people have attended a special mass served in honour of the priest Josef Toufar who was murdered by the communist secret police in the 1950s. Toufar died following injuries sustained during his interrogation at the beginning of 1950. Police wanted to force him to admit that he had staged a ‘miracle' at his parish church in Čihošť. The mass was celebrated by the bishop of Hradec Králové, Jan Vokál, ijn the presence of Cardinal Dominik Duka. The two-day event in Číhošť culminated by the burial of Toufar's remains, found at a mass grave in Prague's Ďáblice cemetary last year, at the local church. Toufar's beatification, initiated by the Hradec Králové diocese, should start later this year.
Seven people jumped into the Vltava River on Sunday to mark the annual River Bathing Day, initiated in 2005 by Roberto Epple from the European Rivers Network. The 'Big Jump' event was held by the NGO Coalition for Rivers near the Palacký Bridge in the centre of Prague with the aim to highlight the need to protect rivers and return life to them. People could also see an exhibition on rivers and floods.
The Czech Republic's Mirka Knapková won the silver medal in the women's single skulls at the final event of the World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland. The reigning Olympic Champion finished seven seconds behind Australia's Kim Crow. In men's single sculls, Czech Ondřej Synek finished in the fifth place.
Several dozen people were evacuated from the southern terminal of Prague's Václav Havel International Airport on Saturday morning after unexploded WWII ammunition was found nearby. Flights were interrupted and planes and vehicles were towed away for security reasons. The operation of the terminal was resumed in the afternoon, after the ammunition was cleared away by exlosive experts. The terminal is used mainly for private planes and the incident did not affect the rest of the airport.
The quality of water remains safe for swimming in most lakes across the Czech Republic despite the recent heat-wave, which increases the growth of micro-organisms known as cyanobacteria, website Novinky.cz reported on Sunday. Around five locations across the country have been declared unsafe for swimming by the health authorities as the concentration of cyanobacteria, also known as "pond scum", has reached critical levels.
Temperatures in the Czech Republic should not exceed 30 degrees Celsius in the coming four-week period. According to a long-term forecast by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute issued on Saturday, we can expect day temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius, which is normal or slightly above the average for the time of year. Rainfall over the next month should be slightly below the long-term average.
The 50th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival closed with an awards ceremony on Saturday night.US film Bob and the Trees, where the main character, logger and rap fan Bob Tarasuk, plays himself, took the main Crystal Globe award for best film. The Grand Prix for Best Documentary Film went to Czech filmmaker Helena Třeštíková for her latest long-term documentary Mallory. Czechs also took the awards for best actor and actress. Alena Mihulová was rewarded for her portrayal of a dedicated nurse in Slávek Horák’s debut Home Care and Kryštof Hádek was given the award for his role in the drama The Snake Brothers by Jan Prušinovský.
Bailiffs on Saturday seized assets, including cash and cars, worth over one million crowns belonging to Prague casino owners. According to the Financial Administration Office, they own the state dozens of millions of crowns in taxes, the spokeswoman for the Genral Financial Directorate, Petra Petlachová, told the Czech News Agency on Saturday. According to Petlachová, the casino owners operate across the whole of the Czech Republic.
Cinemas in Prague and Brno will screen films presented at the 50th Karlovy Vary International Festival. The festival's annual Official Echoes get underway this Saturday in the Aero and Světozor cinemas in Prague and in la Scala cinema in Brno. People who missed the festival will have a chance to see 31 films, including five from the main competition, until July19. The festival in Karlovy Vary, which celebrates 50th anniversary this year, comes to a close on Saturday night.
The awards by non-statutory juries were announced at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on Saturday. The award of international film critics FIPRESCI went to Romanian film Box by Florian by Florin Şerban. The Ecumenical Jury awarded Bob and the Trees by US director Diego Ongara. The jury's special mention went to Ukrainian film Song of Songs. The FEDEORA Jury Award went to Heavenly Nomadic by Mirlan Abdykalykov and The Wednesday Child by Lili Horváth. Visar Morina's Babai collected the Europa Cinemas Label Award.