Around two dozen swimmers took part in an event at the weekend aimed at showing that the Czech Republic's longest river the Labe is clean enough to bathe in. The event, near the spot where the Labe meets the Vltava, was being held for the fifth time. Some of the participants in the swim came from neighbouring Germany, where the river is known as the Elbe.
Jiri Dienstbier, a possible candidate for the Czech presidency, has
criticised the incumbent, Vaclav Klaus. Mr Dientsbier, Czechoslovakia's
first post-communist foreign minister, accused Mr Klaus of spreading
negative feeling towards civil society and the European Union; he said a
pro-European position would be more appropriate during the Czech
Republic's presidency of the EU in 2009. Speaking on a TV debate
programme, Mr Dientsbier also accused the president of being a
"know-all" who comments on everything from architecture to
Jiri Dientsbier appears to have the support of some Social Democrats ahead of presidential elections due next year. His backers are hoping the former dissident can unite cross-party opposition to Vaclav Klaus, who plans to seek a second term.
The Czech Republic's footballers have reached the semi-finals at the Under 20s World Cup in Canada, the furthest the country has ever gone in the tournament. The Czechs made the last four by beating Spain on penalties after a scoreless match on Saturday. They face Austria on Wednesday for a place in the final.
Forests Czech Republic estimates that it suffered losses of almost CZK two billion (USD 98m) due to January's Hurricane Kyrill. The main cause of the losses has been a fall in the price of wood due to excessive supply and the hurricane's negative impact on the quality of wood sold, said a spokesperson for the state company.
Weather forecasters say temperatures in the Czech Republic could reach up
to 39 degrees Celsius on Monday, possibly setting new records. In most of
the country temperatures will range between 34 and 38 Celsius. Clear skies
are also expected and officials have warned people against going out in
mid-day and afternoon sun.
On Sunday a record dating from 1928 was broken at Prague's Clementinum weather station, when a temperature of 34.6 degrees Celsius was registered.
A set by the English singer Marianne Faithful ended the Colours of Ostrava music festival on Saturday night. The three-day festival was taking place in the north Moravian city for the sixth time; it also saw performances by artists such as Gipsy Kings, Coco Rosie and Goran Bregovic's Wedding and Funeral Band.
Firefighters and soldiers have begun disinfecting five poultry farms in east Bohemia after putting down almost 70,000 birds in the wake of an outbreak of bird flu. Several cases of the dangerous H5N1 strain of avian flu have been found on poultry farms in the area in the last month. Previously the disease had only been detected in wild swans in the Czech Republic.
A train driver was killed when an express train crashed into his stationary local train at a station in Cercany, central Bohemia on Saturday morning. The driver of the express train is in a serious condition in hospital, while several of the train's passengers were injured, said a spokesperson for Czech Rail. The cause of the crash is as yet unclear.
The Czech Republic's only ever winner of an Olympic medal in sailing now has only one chance to reach the 2008 games in Beijing. Lenka Smidova and her partner Veronika Fenclova finished a poor 36th in a regatta in Portugal which could have guaranteed them qualification. That means the pair, who began sailing together this year, must do well at next year's World Championships in Melbourne in order to take one of five remaining Olympic berths.
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