Czech company ZVU Strojírny Hradec Králové on Tuesday dispatched the
first part of a device for an oil refinery in Basra, Iraq.
The delivery is part of a three-billion-crown deal (around 135 million US dollars) signed by a consortium of Czech firms led by Technoexport for building two distillation units at refineries in Iraq.
The Czechs’ partner in Iraq is the Iraqi Oil Ministry. The company from Hradec Králové is set to provide some 40 atmospheric distillation units to Iraq.
A ceremony at Prague Castle on Tuesday evening will launch the celebrations
of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia and 25 years
since the foundation of an independent Czech Republic.
The event at the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle will be attended by a number of political and public figures, including Czech President Miloš Zeman, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his Slovak counterpart Robert Fico.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Czech president, along with Cardinal Dominik Duka, are set to open an exhibition called ‘Founded 1918 / At the beginning of the statehood’ at Prague Castle’s Imperial Stables, presenting unique documents and other objects relating to the beginning of the Czech State.
The Museum of Romani Culture will take over the former pig farm in Lety
near Písek, which stands at the site of a WWII Roma concentration camp, in
March, its spokesman announced in a press release on Tuesday.
After years of negotiations, the government last year finally agreed with the farm’s owner on a buyout for roughly 450 million crowns. A proper memorial to the victims of the Romany Holocaust is set to be built at the site.
More than 1,300 Roma men, women and children were held at the camp at Lety beginning in 1940: an estimated 327 of them died at the site, largely due to disease; more than 500 of those interned were transported to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland, from which they never returned.
The health of Czech president Miloš Zeman is in a very good state, his
doctors announced at a press conference on Tuesday. According to the
doctors, the Czech head of state is in good physical and mental health and
is able to carry out the functions of a head of state.
The doctors confirmed that Mr Zeman suffers from diabetes as well as polyfunctional neuropathy, adding that his condition hadn’t worsened. The doctors have also said that they found no trace of cancer.
Czech unemployment rose in December to 3.8 percent after four months of
decline, according to the data released by Czech Labour Office on Tuesday.
The figure stood at just over 280,000.
Despite the rise, it is still the lowest December figure since 1997. In December 2016, Czech unemployment stood at 5.2 percent. The number of vacancies increased in December to nearly 217,000, which is almost 3,000 more in November.
French linguist and translator Erica Abrams will be presented with the
Karel Čapek Award by the Czech Pen Club on Tuesday.
Abrams studied linguistics, literature and Slavic languages and since 1973 she has repeatedly visited Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. She has translated works of many Czech authors, poets, playwrights and philosophers, including Jan Patočka, Ivan Blatný, Ladislav Klíma or Václav Havel, to French.
The Karel Čapek Award was established by the Pen Club’s Czech branch in 1994 and is presented to outstanding writers every two years. Among previous holders of the award are the former president and writer Václav Havel, Arnošt Lustig and Ivan Klíma.
The award will be presented at the Mayor’s seat in Prague on Tuesday evening.
Speculation is growing over the future of star forward Jaromír Jágr with
the Calgary Flames in the NHL following a report on Saturday by
Sportsnet's Eliotte Friedman that the Flames management had given
Jágr's agent Peter Svoboda permission to find an apparent
"exit" for the player from the franchise.
The story was also reported by The Hockey News on Monday.
Jágr, a future Hall of Famer and second-most productive player in the history of the NHL (second only to Wayne Gretzky), has suffered from a groin and knee injury and only picked up seven points so far this season. It is unclear whether Jágr, 45, at this point would be able to secure another contract in the NHL although there is reportedly European interest and the player could return to play one last time for the Czech national squad at the upcoming Winter Olympics. Or return to play for his hometown team HC Kladno, a club he owns.
The legendary forward, who has two Stanley Cup rings, won Olympic gold with the Czech team at Nagano in 1998, where the Czechs defeated the US, Canada and Russia in the knock-out stages.
Music expert, publicist and radio show host Vojtěch Lindaur, contributing
writer to publications such as iDnes or Revolver Revue, editor-in-chief of
Rock & Pop and the man who snuck 1960/1970s icon and singer Nico into
Czechoslovakia in 1985 for an illegal concert in defiance of the communist
authorities, has died following a long illness. He was 60 years old. The
news was announced by Radio Beat, where he was employed.
On Facebook, his colleagues at Radio Beat wrote that they had lost a close friend who would be dearly missed.
Besides writing, Lindaur produced several albums over the course of his career and had a key role in shaping the Czech TV documentary series Bigbít about the music scene, including "underground" bands, in the former Czechoslovakia.