Brno Contemporary Orchestra has commissioned music compositions from
domestic and foreign composers to celebrate the centenary of the birth of
Czechoslovakia which it will perform in the course of 2018 in the Moravian
One concert will be titled From Czechoslovakia while the one featuring the work of foreign composers will be titled For Czechoslovakia. The Czech composers working on the celebratory compositions are Petr Bakla, Marián Lejava and Luboš Mrkvička. The foreign composers involved are American composer Elliot Sharp and Swiss composer Roland Dahinden.
Defence Minister Karla Šlechtová has acknowledged a problem with a
contract on the purchase of eight mobile radars for the Czech army from
Israel, prepared by her predecessor in office Martin Stropnicky.
In an debate on commercial TV Prima, Šlechtová said the radars had not been approved by the National Institute for Cyber Security and unless approval was granted the radars could not be linked up to NATO systems and put to effective use.
Šlechtová has commissioned a legal expertise on the matter, saying the contract might need to be reviewed.
Surveys conducted for Czech public television suggests that the second
round of presidential elections will be extremely tight. The incumbent
president, Miloš Zeman and his challenger academic Jiří Drahoš are
running neck and neck, according to polls conducted Median and Kantar TNS.
Judging by the preferences of voters who are decided, Miloš Zeman would get 34.5 percent of the vote and Drahoš 36.5 percent. Among the undecided voters, 11 percent said they are more likely to support Zeman while 8.5 percent would be more inclined to favour Drahoš.
Police are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out at Eurostars David hotel in Prague on Saturday. Two people, a young man from Germany and a young woman from South Korea, died in the blaze and another two women succumbed to their injuries in hospital. Nine people were reported injured, among them two firemen. Dozens of others were given medical attention at the site after inhaling the fumes. Forty people were evacuated from the building. Those who escaped without injuries were accommodated at another Eurostars hotel on Narodni trida. Preliminary reports suggest the fire started in the air conditioning circuit.
A third degree avalanche alert has been called in the Jeseníky and
Krkonoše mountains following several days of heavy snow. It is the highest
avalanche warning this season.
The mountain rescue service says the situation is extremely dangerous since a combination of factors have created a highly unstable layer of snow on many slopes. Skiers have been warned not to take risks or stray from marked trails.
Petr Štěpánek, biologist and mayor of Prague 4, was elected leader of
the Green Party on Saturday. He replaces Matěj Stropnický who resigned in
the wake of the party’s poor showing in October’s general elections.
Štěpánek said the Green Party is based on three pillars, environment, social issues and freedom and democracy.
Two people have died and tens more are reported injured in a fire at
Eurostars David hotel in Prague. Fire crews from around Prague were called
to the fire on Saturday evening.
Forty people had to be evacuated from the building, seven are reported gravely injured, tens of others suffered lighter injuries.Two firemen were injured when the floor collapsed under them.
The rescue operation is expected to last for several more hours. The head of the resue team has not ruled out more casualties.
Social Democrat members critical of the party’s leadership met in Tabor
on Saturday to debate the situation within the party in the wake of its
election debacle in the last general elections and propose changes.
Close to 200 members have joined a new platform to "save the party" established by former regional governors Jiri Zimola and Michal Hasek. They are pushing for greater democracy in decision-making, arguing that all party members should elect a new leader at the party’s election conference in February and saying that all members should decide on whether the Social Democrats should join or support the new government.