Police have retrieved a valuable 16th century herbarium that disappeared
from the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague.
The book was confiscated during a raid in the home of a Ukranian national who is suspected of illegal drugs production and bribery.
The herbarium had been missing for 26 years. The Ukrainian claimed to have bought it on the black market. Its value is estimated at 150,000 crowns.
Czech judoka Lukáš Krpálek won silver in the over 100 kg category at the Grand Slam in Tokyo on Sunday. The Olympics gold medallist from Rio in the -100 category fought valiantly for the gold but succumbed to Japan’s Yusei Ogawa for whom it was the first gold medal at a grand slam. Krpálek had been out for five month because of a knee injury.
A lightening inspection of Prague’s bridges, in the wake of the collapse
of one of the city’s footbridges on Saturday, has revealed serious
problems in other constructions as well.
Prague City Hall is considering closing down several more bridges for emergency repairs, among them the Radotin footbridge and Hlavkův Bridge.
According to the Prague councillor for transport Petr Dolínek trams may be banned from Hlavkův Bridge until its renovation has been completed. A decision is to be made in the coming weeks.
Dolínek rejected claims that Prague City Hall had neglected maintenance of the city’s bridges, saying Prague had invested 1.2 billion crowns into the maintenance of bridges between 2014 and 2017.
Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová has ordered an assessment of the latest
expertise into the footbridge across the Vltava River which collapsed on
Saturday injuring four people, two seriously.
The expert assessment reporting on the state of the bridge is just three weeks old and contained no warning that the bridge could present a public hazard. The cause of the accident is being investigated.
It is believed that the footbridge, which was thirty years old, was damaged by corrosion. Emergency crews have been working to clear the debris. The remains of the bridge are unstable and will have to be torn down.
Until a new bridge has been constructed a ferry will serve passengers needing to cross from Císařský Island to Troja.
The lower house of Parliament will meet on Tuesday to start debating the
2018 state budget. As approved by the outgoing government the budget has a
deficit of 50 billion crowns.
Deputy Finance Minister Alena Schillerová, who is to serve as finance minister in the new government, would like to see it approved without major changes, but observers predict a tough battle ahead. Deputies, including those of the outgoing coalition, are proposing shifts amounting to sixty billion crowns.
The lower house needs to approve the budget by the end of the year otherwise the country would have to start operating on a provisional budget.
The extreme Taxis Gladiator Race, copying the Velká Parbubice
Steeplechase, including the famous Taxis hurdle, saw its premiere in
Pardubice on Saturday. It proved a gruelling track for the 1,200
contestants, many of whom had to give up half-way. Freezing fog, mud and
ice- old water in which the contestants waded, weighed down by rubber
tyres, proved a major test of strength and stamina.
The track for human contestants was the same as for horses i.e. 6,900 metres but instead of 31 hurdles it had 39. The winner,Tomáš Tvrdík, covered the track in 33.5 minutes.
Thousands of people attended the annual re-enactment of the historic Battle
of Austerlitz in South Moravia on Saturday afternoon. Around 1,000 military
buffs staged the re-enactment of the operation in which Napoleon Bonaparte
defeated the armies of Russian Tzar Alexander I and Austrian Emperor Franz
The Battle of Three Emperors took place on December 2, 1805 near the town of Slavkov (or Austerlitz in German), south of Brno. 20,000 men were killed in action. The battle’s re-enactment is a popular event accompanied by craft and food fairs.
Hundreds of people gathered on Prague’s Old Town Square on Saturday
afternoon for the traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony, marking the
start of Advent and the opening of the city’s biggest Christmas market.
The lighting ceremony of the 22-metre tall spruce felled near Křivoklát, South Bohemia, was enhanced by a selection from Bedrich Smetana’s cycle of symphonic poems My Country. Visitors will find 99 stalls on Old Town Square and three Nativity scenes, one of which is live.
The Christmas market offers visitors a rich cultural program with some 700 performers appearing on stage in the course of the next three weeks.
A concrete footbridge across the Vltava River near Troja collapsed on
Saturday injuring four people. Two of the injured are in serious condition,
one of them in an induced coma.
The cause of the accident is being investigated. It is believed that the footbridge was damaged by corrosion. Emergency crews are clearing the debris.