A joint Czech-Slovak exhibition marking 100th anniversary of the foundation
of Czechoslovakia was launched in Bratislava on Thursday. The event at
Bratislava castle was attended by Slovak and Czech Prime Ministers, Petr
Pellegrini and Andrej Babiš, and Slovak President Andrej Kiska.
After a stint in Bratislava the show will move to the Czech National Museum in October, which by then will have reopened after major renovations.
Albatros publishing house is set to re-publish all the major works by the
late writer and youth movement activist Jaroslav Foglar. The new edition of
his work, prepared in cooperation with the Scout Foundation of Jaroslav
Foglar, will also include previously unreleased texts.
Besides more than 15 novels for children, Jaroslav Foglar also authored the legendary comics Rychlé šípy, or “Rapid Arrows”, that has earned a following with generations of Czech readers. The writer, who was persecuted by the Nazis and the communists, has also founded his own youth organization which attracted tens of thousands of members across the country in its heyday.
The Czech Republic’s public finances should stay in the black through to
2021, albeit at a reduced level compared with 2017, according to a report
to be put to the government on Monday. The updated convergence report sees
the overall budget surplus sliding to 1.5 percent of Gross Domestic Product
in 2018 from 1.6 percent last year. The surplus should continue until 2021
when it will have narrowed to 0.9 percent of GDP.
The EU target is for member countries annual deficits not to exceed 3.0 percent of GDP. The overall Czech debt to GDP ratio is set to slide over the period from an expected 32.9 percent this year to 29.9 percent in 2021.
A court in Prague has sentenced three Dutch citizens, who took part in the
brutal attack on a waiter at an outdoor restaurant in the centre of Prague
on Saturday, with eight month suspended sentences for disorderly conduct.
They have also been expelled from the Czech Republic for five years and
have to leave the country within the next five days.
Another two Dutch citizens, who are accused of causing grievous bodily harm, have been taken into custody. The attack in the centre of Prague was sparked after the waiter told the Dutch tourists they were not allowed to bring in alcohol to consume on the premises. The injured man was taken to hospital in a serious condition and has undergone a surgery.
Prague councillors on Thursday failed to take a decision on whether to
approve the demolition of Libeň bridge, a 1928 construction with Cubist
elements. Mayor Adriana Krnáčová ended the session early because the
councillors couldn’t agree on its programme for the session.
Earlier this week, the city council’s executive committee decided to support the demolition of the historic bridge and build a new one in its place. The bridge is in a dangerous state and had to be closed to most traffic for seven weeks this year.
A newborn Czech girl has undergone a thymus transplant in a hospital in
London, Prague Motol Hospital informed in a press release on Thursday. She
is the first Czech to ever undergo such surgery, which is aimed at renewing
her immunity system.
The girl was born without a thymus gland, which develops white blood cells to help fight infection, and therefore her body never developed an immune system. The patient remains under the supervision of both Czech and British doctors.
One person died following a leak of phenol from a tanker in Děčín in
north Bohemia on Thursday morning, which occurred at a local chemical plant
producing detergents and various raw materials.
Altogether 16 people required medical treatment, after inhaling the fumes or suffering chemical burns. An investigation has been launched into the release of the dangerous chemical substance.
The head of the Czech Roman Catholic Church, Cardinal Dominik Duka, who
turned 75 on Thursday, has tendered his resignation to the Pope, the Prague
Archbishopric has announced.
It is now up to the pontiff to decide whether he will extend the Prague Archbishop’s mandate.
Supporters including President Miloš Zeman say the church leader should be allowed to continue in the post, while some Czech Catholics are in favour of him being replaced.
Around 200 people blocked Prague’s Libeň Bridge on Wednesday evening in
protest at plans from the city authorities to demolish and replace the
structure. The demonstrators also said a new bridge should not be
commissioned, as the city envisages, without an architecture competition.
The demonstration lasted several minutes. Some people protested from beneath the bridge in kayaks.
Libeň Bridge dates from 1928 and features elements of Cubist architecture.