Czech filmmaker Marie Dvořáková received a Student Academy Award for her
short film ‘Who is Who in Mycology’ at a ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn
Theater in Beverly Hills on Friday night. Dvořáková is the second Czech
winner of a Student Oscar, after Jan Svěrák, who got it in 1989 for his
short film Oil Gobblers.
‘Who is Who in Mycology, which has been chosen as the bronze winner in the narrative film category, is Marie Dvořáková’s graduate film at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. The film was shot in Czech-US coproduction with Negativ Film Production and Czech Televison and it was supported by the Czech Film Fund.
Temperatures in the Czech Republic in the next four weeks should be above average for the time of year, according to a long-term forecast by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. Next week is expected to be the warmest, with daytime temperatures reaching up to 20 degrees Celsius. The remaining weeks should be slightly cooler, with daytime highs only around 10 degrees Celsius. Rainfall levels over the next four weeks should be average or slightly below average for the time of year.
Czech tennis player Barbora Strýcová has advanced to the final round of WTA event in Linz. In Saturday’s match, the 31-year-old Czech beat Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 7-6 In the final round, Strýcová will face the winner of the match between Slovakia’s Magdaléna Rybáriková or Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland.
Heads of state of the V4 countries have expressed their support for the
integration of the Western Balkan countries into the European Union and
called for accelerating the process during a two-day meeting in Szekszard
in Hungary, which got underway on Friday.
According to the Czech President Miloš Zeman, who attended the summit with his Hungarian, Polish and Slovak counterparts, they have also agreed that there was a risk of spreading radical Islam in Bosnia. The heads of state have also talked about ecology or digitization.
Two new bishops of the Olomouc Archdiocese were consecrated at a ceremony
in the cathedral of St Wenceslas on Saturday. The newly ordained bishops,
Antonín Basler and Josef Nuzík, had been appointed to the office by Pope
Francis in June this year. They were consecrated by Archbishop Jan Graubner
The ceremony in the cathedral of St Wenceslas was attended by around two thousand people, including several other bishops from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland and representatives of the political and public life.
Czech singer Karel Gott received the Golden Hen (Goldene Henne) award for lifetime achievement in Leipzig on Friday night. The singer, who is 78, has a huge fan base in Germany, where he is known as ‘the Golden Voice of Prague,’ and has been regularly appearing on German TV shows. Goldene Henne is Germany’s biggest audience award and has been presented since 1995. Gott is the second Czech to receive the prize. In 2009 it was awarded to the late Czech president Václav Havel in recognition of his life-time political work.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka insists that a solution to the
problem of double product quality, over all foodstuffs, in the EU countries
requires a revision of the directive on dishonest commercial practices.
Sobotka made the statement on Friday at the summit 'Equal quality of
products for all', held in Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava.
The summit, convened by the Czech and Slovak governments, is attended by the Prime Ministers of the countries of the Visegrad Group, composed of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, and representatives of the European Commission.
Mr Sobotka stressed that several tests showed that the double quality of the products is not a casual phenomenon, but rather a widespread practice. He added that he considered it positive that it had been agreed that the solution to this problem should be sought jointly within the framework of the European Union and with the active participation of the European Commission.
The new chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic will be American
conductor of Russian descent Semyon Bychkov, the Czech News Agency reports,
citing two sources familiar with the decision-making process. The
Philharmonic is reportedly due to introduce the new chief conductor at a
press conference on Monday. On the day, a new contract with the conductor
will also be signed.
Bychkov was guest conductor with the philharmonic last season; the Czech Philharmonic was looking for a chief conductor following the death of Jiří Bělohlávek in May of this year.
Agriculture Minister and regional council member for Olomouc Marian
Jurečka has requested the regional governor to not help fund an upcoming
visit by the head-of-state - set to take place in November.
The president regularly travels to regions in the Czech Republic as a means of meeting with local representatives, businesses and others. Critics have charged the visits are tantamount to a pre-election campaign. The regional governorship covered costs in the hundreds of thousands of crowns for four previous visits.
The Czech president recently scratched a planned visit to Zlín after the governor there, Jiří Čunek, made clear his office would only cover the costs for the delegations’ lunch and dinner up to a maximum 30,000 crowns.