British singer Elton John is set to perform at Prague's O2 Arena on
Tuesday night. Sir Elton will appear in the Czech capital as part of his
final tour called Farewell Yellow Brick Road, which consists of more than
300 shows across five continents.
The 72-year-old singer, who first performed in the Czech Republic in 1984, has last appeared in Prague two years ago.
Political leaders as well as members of the public gathered outside Czech
Radio’s Prague headquarter on Sunday to mark the 74th anniversary of the
Prague Uprising against Nazi rule at the end of WWII.
The radio station was the focal point of the uprising and the site of one of the biggest clashes with Nazi forces as citizens came to defend the building against German attempts to retake it.
Around 170 people died defending the radio building and hundreds of others fell at the barricades that went up around Prague. Altogether, over ten thousand people were killed around the country. The commemorative ceremony outside Czech Radio was attended by the Speaker of the Senate Jaroslav Kubera, Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib, members of the Union of Freedom Fighters and others.
Hundreds of people paid their final respects to football player Josef
Šural in Brno on Sunday. The 28-year-old forward died following a minibus
crash in Turkey last Sunday, when he was returning from a game with his
Present at the ceremony were Czech national football team coach Jaroslav Šilhavý, president of Alanyaspor Hasan Cavusoglu as well as players from his former clubs Brno, Liberec and Sparta Prague.
The winner of the 2018 Prague International marathon is Almahjoub Dazza of
Bahrain. He covered the 42 km distance in 2:06:18, which was the second
fastest time in the marathon’s 25 year history. Dawit Wolde of Ethiopia
came second, followed by his compatriot Aychew Bantie.
Lonah Chemtai Salpeter of Israel was the fastest woman in the race, crossing the finish time in 2:19:44, which is a new race record and her personal best.
Nearly two thirds of Czech employees can feel the negative impacts of the
ongoing labour shortage, according to a survey carried out by the Up ČR
agency. Increased workload and more frequent overtimes are among the most
common downsides of low unemployment. As a result, over 40 percent of Czech
employees are considering changing jobs, suggests the survey.
The unemployment rate in the Czech Republic dropped in March to 3 percent, which is the lowest jobless rate since last November, with the number of unemployed people decreasing to 227,000.
A rediscovered painting by one of the leading Czech modernist painters, Jan
Zrzavý, has sold for 5.8 million crowns at an auction in Prague on
Saturday. The 1938 oil on canvas, called ‘Landscape in Brittany’, was
part of a private collection and has been hidden from view for several
decades. Bidding for the painting began at 3.8 billion crowns.
So far the most expensive painting by the painter, sold at a Czech auction, is entitled ‘Calvary in Locronan’, auctioned off in 2017 for more than 17 million crowns.
Dozens of people joined in the third edition of the annual March for
Science through the centre of Prague on Saturday. The aim of the event,
organised by the Czech club of sceptics, Sisyfos, was to defend the vital
role of science in society and protest against the trend of politicizing
The march from Prague’s Wenceslas Square to the seat of Czech Academy of Sciences on Národní třída, was followed by a series of lectures inspired by science fiction, reflecting the fact that May 4 is Star Wars International Day. Marches for science took place in a number of European capitals on Saturday.
Below-average temperatures for the season are expected in the coming
four-week period, according to the long-term weather forecast issued by the
Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute issued on Saturday.
Night-time temperatures in the coming week could drop below zero while daytime highs are set to reach a maximum of 18 degrees Celsius.
Rainfall levels will be above average for the time of year, with the next few days set to be the rainiest of the four-week period.