The opera singer Gabriela Beňačková has been inducted into a new Hall of
Fame at the National Theatre in Prague on Thursday.
Beňačková, who is 70 years old, is the third person honoured in this way. She was preceeded by actor Vlasta Charmostová and ballet dancer Vlastimil Harapes.
Beňačková specializes in the music of her compatriots, notably Bedřich Smetana and Leoš Janáček and is considered to be one of the greatest 'Jenůfa's' in Janáček's opera of the same name.
Speaking at Thursday’s induction ceremony, the head of the national Theathre Jan Burian highlighted Beňačková’s succesfull international career.
European Office of the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Human Rights
has welcomed the decision of the Czech government to purchase a pig farm at
the site where a camp for Roma was created during WWII.
The office is pressing the government to buy out the farm as soon as possible, the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday. The European High Commissioner for Human rights has also called on the government to compensate Romany women who were sterilised without their consent in the Czech Republic in the 1990s.
Czech household debt rose in the month of July to 1.5 trillion crowns,
according to figures released by the Czech National Bank on Thursday.
The amount owed by Czech households to banks and financial institutions therefore rose by nine billion crowns in comparison with the previous month and by 113.6 billion crowns compared with the same period in 2016.
Company debt for the same period has increased as well, by around 10 billion to over one trillion crowns.
Financial Administration officials have carried out over 55,000 checks
since the introduction of electronic cash registers, a measure introduced
by former Finance Minister Andrej Babiš to counter the grey economy and
The authorities have issued nearly 1,700 fines to the tune of 15 million crowns. Eight businesses were forced to close down for failing to follow the rules. The first phase of the four-stage measure was introduced in December 2016.
Finnish Transtech, a subsidiary of Škoda Transportation, will deliver a
total of 20 double deck electric carriages to Finland. The price of the
contract amounts to nearly 1.4 billion crowns.
The first double deck coaches were introduced in the Finnish railways in June 1998, and now a total of 152 coaches carry passengers on all main routes in Finland.
Plzeň-based transport company Škoda Transportation acquired a controlling stake in Finland’s sole manufacturer of rail vehicles and trams in August 2015.
Former nurse Věra Marešová, who was acquitted in the murders of six
patients, is demanding compensation of nearly five million crowns, news
site iRozhlas.cz reported on Thursday. Marešová had been accused of
injecting patients with overdoses of potassium at a hospital in the North
Bohemian town of Rumburk between 2010 and 2014 and spent nearly a year in
Marešová is suing for compensation for alleged damage to her health and her prospects on the labour market, as well as for her time in custody. She has already been granted more than one million crowns by the Justice Ministry.
Czech band Mňága a Žďorp is set to perform at the Chernobyling festival
in Ukraine on Thursday. The event takes place in Slavutych, a town that was
built for the evacuated personnel of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant
after the 1986 disaster that occurred near the city of Pripyat.
The festival got underway on Wednesday and will continue until Friday. The profits will be dedicated to the inhabitants of the Chernobyl zone to improve their living conditions and restore some of the houses.
13th seed Petra Kvitová has reached the third round of the US Open after
beating Alizé Cornet 6-1, 6-2 in just 59 minutes.
“I don’t have any expectations here in the US Open or in the American hard court season,” Kvitová said afterwards. “I’m just taking every match one day at a time.
Up next, the two-time Wimbledon champion will take on the winner between No.18 seed Caroline Garcia and Ekaterina Alexandrova.
The Czech Republic has ratified the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA)
between the EU and Canada, which includes cooperation of the fight against
terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
The SPA is to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the field of foreign policy, sustainable development, research and innovations, education and culture," the Czech Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
It will also involve cooperation in the area of security, fight against terrorism, organised crime and cyber-crime.
In the Czech Republic it won approval from all parties with the exception of the Communist Party.
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