Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová has failed to advance to the semifinals
of the WTA Championships, which takes place in Shenzen. The Czech second
seed was defeated by Australia’s Ashleigh Barty 6:4, 6:2 in the final
match of the group stage on Thursday.
Another Czech, Karolína Plíšková is set to face Romania’s Simona Halep on Friday for a place in the semi-fainals.
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has ranked the Czech
Republic second among the post-communist nations in the sustainability of
the civil society sector for 2018, along with Poland, Latvia and Lithuania,
the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday.
The USAID annual report, which compares the situation in 24 former Eastern Bloc countries, suggests that Czech NGOs have improved the offer and the quality of their services over the past year, but the sector’s public image has deteriorated for the second consecutive year.
The growing distrust in NGOs is caused by the activist approach of some NGOs in face of the migrant crisis as well as fake news, which portray the sector as unreliable and incompetent, says Marek Šedivý, president of the Association of public benefit organisation in the Czech Republic.
Freezing temperatures were recorded in many parts of the Czech Republic on
Thursday morning. The lowest temperature, minus 13 degrees Celsius, was
registered at the measuring station in Kořenov in the Jizera Mountains in
the north of the country.
The average morning temperature for the whole of the Czechia was minus 3.8 degrees Celsius. According to meteorologists, the spell of cold weather is expected to last until Saturday.
A top European Union legal adviser Eleanor Sharpston says the Czech
Republic, Poland and Hungary have been breaking EU law by refusing to
comply with the EU’s migrant quota scheme.
In a legal opinion issued on Thursday, Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston said the three nations ‘failed to fulfil their obligations under EU law’ by not complying with the ‘provisional and time-limited mechanism for the mandatory relocation’ of people seeking international protection.
The European Commission in 2017 took the three nations to court for their refusal to take in asylum-seekers in line with the EC’s mandatory redistribution mechanism.
Although Mrs Sharpston’s opinion is not legally binding, such recommendations are usually followed by the European Court of Justice.
The legendary US saxophonist Charles Lloyd is set to perform at Prague’s
Rudolfinum concert hall on Thursday night as part of the annual Strings of
The concert, featuring Lloyd’s current quintet, marks 52 years since his
first performance in the capital and eight years since he last appeared at
the Strings of Autumn festival.
The jazz-rock musician, who turned 81 this year, started his career playing in famous blues bands such as Howlin’ Wolf and BB.King, before forming a succession of his own groups. He also played for the legendary bands The Doors and The Beach Boys.
Environmental activists continue to occupy a giant excavator at the Vršany
brown coal mine in protest against the planned sale of the coal-burning
Počerady electric power plant to the group Se.ven Energy, belonging to
Czech billionaire Pavel Tykač. The activists, who forced their way to the
mine on Tuesday morning, are also calling on the Ministry of Environment to
reject an exemption from EU emission norms for the Chvaletice coal power
plant, which also belongs to Sev.en Energy.
Academics and former politicians have been petitioning the power utility ČEZ against the sale of Počerady on the ground that the plant’s continued operation would be in violation of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
The Roma singing star Ida Kelarová will perform a concert with Romani
children from the Čhavorenge Children’s Choir accompanied by musicians
from the Czech Philarmonic at the Phoenix Concert Hall in Croydon, southern
England on Thursday evening.
The programme will feature the international Romani anthem Gelem, Gelem, which the ensemble sang on October 8 at Prague’s Rudolfinum concert hall at a special concert marking International Romani Day.
The Office of the President invited pro-Russian activists from the Crimean
Tatar group Kyrym birligi (Crimean Unity) to an event at Prague Castle on
Monday marking the anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia, news
site DeníkN reported. The activists later wrote on Facebook that President
Miloš Zeman had recognised the Russian-occupied Ukrainian territory of
Crimea as being part of Russia.
Mr. Zeman’s spokesman did not deny the activists had been asked to the event but said the president continued to regard the annexation of Crimea as unlawful.
The Ukrainian Embassy in Prague criticised the invitation of the activists to Prague Castle. The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš Petříček, told DeníkN he would not invite them to events organised by his office.
The Prague Municipal Court on Wednesday rehabilitated the late General
Milan Píka over his unjustified imprisonment by the Communist regime in
the late 1940s. The judge said it was the only possible response to the
wrongs committed against him by the regime.
Milan Píka was jailed in 1948 for allegedly plotting to break his father, General Heliodor Píka, out of prison. In 1949 war hero Heliodor Píka became the first victim of judicial murder during Czechoslovakia’s Communist show trials.
Milan Píka died earlier this year and the case to clear his name was taken by his daughter Dagmar Sedláčková.