The Bohuslav Martinů Centre in the composer’s home town of Polička has
received a collection of close to 100 letters which Martinů sent to his
close friend and compatriot Frank Rybka in the United States.
The collection was donated to the center by Rybka’s descendants and handed over to the Czech ambassador in the United States Hynek Kmoníček.
The center has a unique collection of Bohuslav Martinů scores and over 3,600 artefacts relating to the famous composer’s life. Many others remain scattered around the world since Bohuslav Martinů spent more than half of his life abroad.
The Czech government has earmarked 36 billion crowns in support of science
and technology in 2019, which is 2.1 billion more than this year, the
deputy head of the government council for research, development an
innovation Karel Havlíček told the CTK news agency on Thursday.
The minister stressed the need for better planning in research for the funds to be drawn and used since 6.9 billion crowns from previous funding remain untapped.
Supporting research, development and innovation is a government priority and the cabinet has approved a resolution which should keep funding stable in the future.
President Miloš Zeman is to hold talks with Foreign Minister Martin
Stropnický at Prague Castle on Thursday.
The meeting is likely to be dominated by the Czech Republic’s response to the poisoning of a Russian double agent and his daughter in Great Britain, over which the country is expelling three Russian diplomats.
The Czech Republic was directly drawn into the dispute after Russia denied responsibility for the attack and suggested the nerve agent could have been produced in the Czech Republic or a number of other states.
President Zeman stirred controversy on the home front by commissioning the country’s intelligence services to check out the claim, after Prime Minister Andrej Babiš had publicly rejected it as a lie.
The new head of the government agency CzechInvest Silvana Jiriotková has
said the country must in future prioritize foreign investment that will
bring added value and 4.0 technology to the Czech Republic, rather than
just job opportunities.
Jirotková said she was working on a new strategy in which CzechInvest would focus on three groups of clients –foreign investors, Czech small and medium-sized companies and start-ups, which it would try to link-up and create new synergies.
She said she was also planning organizational changes in the agency.
One of the Czech Republic’s flagship engineering companies, Vítkovice
Engineering, has let go more than 550 employees, general director Bohuslav
Fajmon told the Czech News Agency on Thursday.
Many of the employees have reacted by handing in their notice on the
grounds of not receiving their wages since January this year.
The company, which employs around 600 people in and around Ostrava, filed for insolvency proceedings earlier this month.
Vítkovice Engineering appeared to be lined up for a lifeline from the arms company of Czech businessman Jaroslav Strnad. However, he later decided to invest in another part of the Vítkovice Group, Vítkovice Heavy Engineering.
The Vatican has approved the process of beatifying the former bishop of
České Budějovice, Josef Hlouch, which is the first step on the path to
sainthood. According to the current bishop of České Budějovice,
Vlastimil Kročil, the beatification process could take around 18 years.
Josef Hlouch, who was born in 1902, was persecuted by the authorities for criticizing the Communist regime. In 1950, he was placed under house arrest and later forced out of his diocese. It was not until 1968 that he could return to his post.
President Miloš Zeman will visit Slovakia next week, the head of the Czech
president's foreign policy team Rudolf Jindrák announced on
Wednesday. It will be Mr Zeman's first foreign trip in his second term
The Czech head of state is scheduled to meet his Slovak counterpart Andrej Kiska and the new Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini in the High Tatra Mountains on Thursday.
The politicians are expected to discuss domestic political situation in their two countries. Among other topics on their agenda will be the joint celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia.
New versions of the Czech national anthem got their first public airing on
Wednesday in the building of the Czech Radio in Prague. The new
arrangements were created by composer Miloš Bok at the initiative of the
Czech Olympic Committee.
According to the initiators, the Czech national anthem, which was composed by František Škroup in 1834, should sound more dignified and patriotic. The four different arrangements of the anthem, entitled Kde domov můj? or Where is My Home? were recorded last December by the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
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