Around 90,000 people attended a NATO military show in north Moravia over
two days at the weekend, organisers said. The NATO Days event took place at
the Mošnov airfield near Ostrava.
Almost all of the planned flyovers had to be cancelled due to bad weather on Sunday, which saw attendance of 25,000 compared to over 65,000 on the opening day.
The Czech men’s tennis team have been knocked out of the World Group in
the Davis Cup. It is only the second time the Czech Republic have exited
the top level of the competition and comes after a 2:3 defeat to the
Netherlands at the weekend.
The Czechs – without big names Tomáše Berdych and Radek Štěpánek – had been leading 2:1 on matches going into Sunday, but Jiří Veselý lost to Robin Haas before Lukáš Rosol was beaten by Thiemo de Bakker in the decisive fifth match.
The Czech writer Petr Šabach died on Saturday at the age of 66, a
representative of his publishers said on Sunday. The Prague-born author’s
short stories became the basis for the hugely popular movies Cosy Dens
(Pelíšky) and Big Beat (Šakalí léta), as well as other films by
director Jan Hřebejk and screenwriter Petr Jarchovský.
Šabach’s son said that the writer had died at home according to his wishes and that there would not be a public funeral.
ANO MP Martin Komárek has written a satire based on his experiences in the
Czech lower house. The book is entitled A Dangerous Band, or the Czech
Deputy and Other Retarded Species (Nebezpečné stádo aneb poslanec
český a jiné retardované druhy). The author writes that he has observed
his fellow MPs “like Diane Fossey among gorillas”.
Mr. Komárek, who was previously a newspaper columnist, is not standing for re-election in next month’s general elections.
The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, is due to fly to New York on Sunday
ahead of a speech this week at the United Nations General Assembly. Mr.
Zeman is expected to discuss the battle against terrorism in his address on
A day earlier the Czech head of state will receive an award from the Gershon Jacobson Jewish Continuity Foundation in recognition of his long-term support for Israel. He will also have lunch with Czech-born businesswoman Ivana Trump, the ex-wife of US President Donald Trump.
Czech tennis player Lucie Šafářová has been knocked out in the
semi-finals of the WTA tournament in Quebec. She missed out on what would
have been her first final of the season after losing 6-7 4-6 to Timea Babos
of Hungary in Saturday’s encounter.
Šafářová, who is 30, lifted the title in Quebec in 2013 and was seeded first in this year’s tournament.
Heřmanov in the Vysočina region has been named the 2017 Czech Village of
the Year. The mayor of Heřmanov, Pavla Chadimová, said it had only around
200 inhabitants but that they all worked together. She said the fact the
village wasn’t wealthy inspired the locals to work harder to maintain it.
Second among the 13 finalists in the competition was Lukavice in the Pardubice region, while Slavkov in the Zlín region placed third.
The next four weeks should see temperatures slightly below long-term
averages in the Czech Republic, according to a regular monthly forecast
issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute issued on Saturday.
Daytime highs in the coming week are expected to reach around 15 degrees Celsius. The following week they ought to climb to around 17 degrees Celsius before falling again to around 16 in the first week of October. The second week of next month should see temperatures of up to 14 degrees Celsius.
Saturday marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Favorit in what is
described as a landmark moment in the modern history of the Czech carmaker
Škoda. The hatchback was presented to the public for the first time at an
engineering trade fair in Brno on 16 September 1987.
The CEO of the now German-owned Škoda Auto, Bernhard Maier, said the Favorit had begun a new era for the company and enabled it to compete with cars from the then West.
The car was remodeled twice in the early 1990s. Production ceased in 1995, after almost 800,000 Favorits had been rolled out at Škoda factories in Bohemia.