Czech President Miloš Zeman and his Slovak counterpart Andrej Kiška will
travel together today in a historic presidential train as part of ongoing
events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of
The heads of state will stop in Hodonín in the Czech Republic where they will place a wreath in honour of the first Czechoslovak president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk.
Later in the day, Zeman and Kiška will go to Topoľčianky in neighbouring Slovakia, the site of Masaryk’s favourite summer retreat.
A three-day techno party on the outskirts of Ústí nad Labem drew an
estimated 3,000 people at its peak and passed without serious incident, a
local police spokesperson said.
The event was held on a private meadow within a protected area, so the police presence was higher than usual. Several thefts and minor injuries were reported.
Illegal techno parties often attract thousands of participants and have on occasion led to clashes with the police.
The Czech National Bank will likely raise its key interest rate by a
quarter percentage point to 1.25 per cent at its board meeting on Thursday,
according to a poll of analysts by state news agency ČTK.
ING chief economist Jakub Seidler told the news agency there is an 80 per cent chance of a rate hike, according to market predictions.
The reasons are the unexpected weakening of the koruna, rising inflation and the tight labour market. The annual inflation rate rose to an eight-month high of 2.6 per cent in July. The unemployment rate, at 2.9 per cent, is at its lowest level in 22 years.
Since 2012, the Czech Republic has experienced a severe drought every year,
but this summer’s could prove the worst, as the air temperature has since
April been far above average, climatologist Pavel Zahradníček told
Most rainstorms have short and local rather than nationwide. Groundwater reserves have become steadily lower in recent decades Zahradníček said with mild winters, in terms of snowfall, a contributing factor.
Czech students won three gold medals and one silver medal at the
International Chemical Olympiad to finish in fourth place overall, the
country’s best showing in history.
Some 300 participants from 76 countries to part in the event. Jan Obořil, a Brno-Bystrc grammar school student, finished in eighth place. He was previously a member of a three-person team that won the European Science Olympiad.
Many Czech universities continue to accept applicants in some fields,
particularly in technical disciplines, but also some philosophical,
theological or natural sciences, as the number of applicants has dipped in
line with demographic trends.
Charles University has registered around 60,260 students this academic year, down from 62,384 a year ago. At the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen applications were down by about 1,000 applications and the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem recorded 300 fewer applicants than last year.
A group of United Arab Emirates (UAE) medical staff has arrived at the
Central Military Hospital in Prague to study special procedures in
maintaining blood supplies also in times of emergency.
The hospital’s Department of Hematology and Blood Transfusion is a world leader in the cryopreservation of blood, erythrocytes and thrombocytes.
Bonnie Tyler sang her 1983 hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” at the
ongoing Benátská! music festival in Liberec on Friday night, against the
background of the century’s longest blood moon.
The Welsh singer’s trademark pop ballad, known as “Zatmění” in the Czech version, often surges in popularity around lunar and solar eclipses, as seen in Spotify charts and views of the official music video on YouTube.
The 62nd annual Summer School of Slavonic Studies (LŠSS) organised by
Charles University in Prague gets underway on Saturday.
Over the next four weeks, some 140 students from 40 countries will attend Czech language classes and seminars on the nation’s history, literature and traditions. They will also go on walking tours of Prague and attend various cultural events.