Fire officers from around the country took part in a spectacular show
combining water hoses, coloured lights and music on the banks of the Vltava
river in Prague on Saturday evening. More than 1,000 officers from 200 fire
brigades took part in the event, which was held to celebrate the centenary
of the foundation of Czechoslovakia.
Thousands of locals and tourists watched the 30-minute show, which took place on embankments between the capital’s Jirásek and Palacký bridges and culminated with fireworks.
Moves are afoot to do away with the present system of voting for the
Senate, Czech Television reported. Currently if no candidate receives over
half the vote in a first round of Senate elections, the two front-runners
enter a second round a week later.
In April a group of Senators from the Social Democrats, the Christian Democrats, the Mayors and Independents, the Civic Democrats, the Greens and ANO tabled a bill under which a first-past-the-post, one-round system would be created.
Backers of the change point out that turnout in the first round of Senate elections, held at the same time as regional and local elections, is 36 percent on average but that falls to 17 percent during the second round.
The policy programme of the ANO government in resignation includes creating a one-round system and that pledge also features in the manifesto of a potential ANO-Social Democrats coalition.
Temperatures over the next month should not fall below average for the time
of year, while the week beginning June 18 is likely to be warmer than
usual, according to a regular four-week forecast issued by the Czech
The coming week should see temperatures approaching 30 degrees Celsius. Rain and storms are also expected during the week but precipitation for the whole month of June should not exceed the long-term average.
Retired football legend Pavel Nedvěd played a one-off game for the Czech
lower league club Skalná on Saturday. Nedvěd, who is 45, took part in the
match in order to fulfill his dream of lining up alongside his son, also
called Pavel, the Czech News Agency said.
The Nedvěds were on the losing side in the encounter, which took place in the seventh tier of Czech soccer, as Skalná were overcome 4:1 by Královské Poříčí.
Pavel Nedvěd spent five years at Italy’s Lazio and eight at Juventus and in 2003 became only the second Czech to win the Ballon d’Or as European footballer of the year. He earned 91 international caps.
The leading Czech women’s tennis players Karolína Plíšková and Petra
Kvitová were knocked out in the third round of tennis’s French Open on
Plíšková lost to 1-6 2-6 to Maria Sharapova of Russia, while Kvitová was beaten 7-6 7-6 in Paris by Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, bringing her run of 13 consecutive wins on clay to an end.
Around 250 people took part in a 32-kilometre Pilgrimage of Reconciliation
from the town of Pohořelice to Brno on Saturday to commemorate the victims
of the post-war expulsion of Brno’s German-speaking population. The route
followed the one that the expellees must have taken but symbolically went
in the opposite direction, organisers said.
The pilgrimage, which began at the site of a May 1945 holding camp for German speakers in Pohořelice, was part of a festival entitled Meeting Brno. The first such commemoration took place in 2006.
On the night between June 9 and 10 candles are to be lit near the Lidice
Memorial around the precise area where the original village of Lidice
stood, officials from the institution told Novinky.cz. The candles will
help create a sombre atmosphere before more events commemorating the
anniversary of June 10, 1942, when the Nazis razed the small Central
Bohemian village to the ground and killed over 300 of its inhabitants in
one of the worst atrocities in modern Czech history.
Similar events are planned for June 24 at the site of Ležáky, a second village wiped off the map by the Nazis. Whereas the people of Lidice were killed in retaliation for the assassination of Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich, Ležáky was targeted due to the presence of a resistance group.
The only quintuplets ever born in the Czech Republic turned five on
Saturday. The four boys and a girl, Alex, Martin, Michael, Daniel and
Tereza, were born by Caesarean section at Prague’s Podolí maternity
hospital on June 2, 2013. Their mother, Alexandra Kiňová, was 23 at the
A special collection was held at the time of the children’s birth to help the family financially.
The chance of quintuplets being spontaneously conceived is one in 48 million and their story received international attention at the time.