President Miloš Zeman on Monday wrapped up meetings with three final
candidates for ministerial posts in Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’
proposed minority government. Meetings began last week at Lány Chateau,
with candidates outlining priorities once they take up their posts. The
president is due to name the new government this week, after which it will
have 30 days to seek backing in a confidence vote.
On Monday President Zeman met with Robert Plaga, who is to head Education, Jiří Milek to head Agriculture, and Ilja Šmíd, to head the Culture Ministry.
The Czech Republic and Saxony have submitted their nomination of the mining
region of Krušnohoří/Erzgebirge for UNESCO World Heritage Site listing.
The joint nomination was signed on Monday by Czech culture minister Daniel
Herman and Saxony State interior minister Markus Ulbig.
The mountain region was influenced by 800 years of ore mining and
processing and contains a number of unique historical mine shafts and other
The historical mining towns on both sides of the borders, including Jáchymov and Krupka in the Ore Mountains, have been seeking the prestigious label since 2014. The revised nomination will be submitted to the UNESCO committee at the beginning of 2018.
Czech filmmaker, documentarist and screenwriter Drahomíra Vihanová has
died at the age of 87. Prague’s FAMU film school confirmed that Mrs
Vihanová, a native of Moravský Krumlov, passed away on Sunday after
suffering from a short illness. The director belonged to the golden 60s
generation of the Czech New Wave, completing studies at Prague’s FAMU and
working alongside filmmakers such as Frantíšek Vláčil and Otakar
Her drama debut, Squandered Sunday (from 1969) was banned for political reasons by the communists and only screened 20 years later, after the fall of the regime in 1989.
In 1994, Vihanová directed Pevnost (The Fortress) with Hungarian actor György Cserhalmi and Miroslav Donutil in lead roles
Workers have begun disassembling parts of a footbridge which collapsed in
Prague’s Troja over a week ago. Parts of the bridge are being transported
to a nearby concreting plant for expert assessment, the spokeswoman for the
Technical Administration of Roadways of the Capital of Prague Barbora
The cause of the sudden collapse, on December 2, has not yet been determined. Four people were injured in the accident, two of them seriously.
Strong winds on Monday meant that the use of the cable car on the Czech
Republic’s highest peak at 1,602 metres, Snežka, was restricted to the
lower level, from Pec pod Snežkou to Růžová hora. The cable car can
remain in operation during winds of up to 60 kilometres per hour.
Meteorologists warned that along the ridges of the peak, winds could reach up to 110 kilometres per hour. There is around a metre of snow at the mountain’s top.
Arsenal football goalkeeper Petr Čech criticised his teammates suggesting
that many of the players weren’t fully prepared against Southampton, with
who they trailed from the third minute on Sunday.
The Gunners’ Giroud equalised late for the team to salvage a point.
Čech told Match of the Day that Arsenal “deserved to get a point for the second half performance” Express.co.uk reported. The London club is fifth in the Premier League standings.
The Czech skiing season was launched in most parts of the country this
weekend, following heavy snowfall in the previous days. According to
ski-operators, conditions on the slopes were very good.
Some 3,500 people took to the slopes in the country’s biggest ski centre in Špindlerův Mlýn in the Krkonoše Mountains. According to the Czech News Agency, there are also dozens of kilometres of maintained cross-country ski trails currently open in the Czech mountains.
Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková finished second in the 3,000 metres
event at Salt Lake City in the United States.
The three-times Olympic champion crossed the line in around 3.57 minutes, less than a second behind winner Natalia Voroninova from Russia.
It is the best result of the season for Sáblíková, who has been suffering from back-pain.
President Miloš Zeman continues to meet individually with members of the
proposed minority government led by Andrej Babiš, ahead of the
government’s official appointment next week.
Tomáš Hüner, set to be the next Industry and Trade Minister, met with the head of state at Lány Chateau on Sunday. He told journalists after the meeting that priorities for him were energetics, mineral resources and clean-up of environmental damages.
The new government is to be named on December 13.