Several hundred people gathered in the Želiv monastery on Sunday to commemorate the 464 priests and monks, who were imprisoned there under the Communist Regime. The gathering started with a mass celebrated by Cardinal Dominik Duka and abbot Jáchym Jaroslav Šimek. The Monastery in Želiv was turned into an internment camp in the 1950s. Among the people who were interned there was Cardinal František Tomášek and Archbishop Karel Otčenášek.
Some 18,000 people visited the annual open-air Brutal Assault music festival, which takes place at an old army fortress in Jaroměř, some 130 kilometres east of Prague. The 20th edition of the festival, which focuses on extreme metal, got underway on Thursday and featured over a hundred bands from all over the world.
Politicians can expect a pay rise by around eight percent next year. This is due to the fact that the average wage in the non-business sector, on which the parliamentarian’s salary is base, has increased as well. Monthly wage of a senator could rise next year from current 65,000 crowns to 71,000, while the deputies could get around 66,000 crowns a month. The monthly wage of the president is expected to increase by more than 17,000 to 236,000.
The first Day of Jewish Monuments is held in the Czech Republic on Sunday. Over 40 heritage sites around the country, including synagogues, Jewish cemeteries and other buildings, will be open to visitors for a reduced fee. Among them are ten synagogues and Jewish buildings recently reconstructed under the “Ten Stars project.” The event is organised by Jewish community in Prague and coincides with the fast day of Tisha B’av, a day of mourning in Jewish religious tradition commemorating the destruction of the Temple.
In the women’s doubles competition, two Czech teams fought for the bronze
medal. In the end, the duo Lucie Šafářová and Barbora Strýcová
defeated Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká 7:5, 6:1. Hlaváčková
played with a fractured orbital bone, an injury she suffered in the
semi-finals after Switzerland's Martina Hingis crushed a swinging
volley into her face.
Lucie Hradecká,alongside Radek Štěpánek, will also fight for the bronze in mixed doubles. The Czechs lost in the semi-finals against the US duo Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock 6:4, 7:6 (7:3) and will face the Indian pairing of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna in their last match.
Petra Kvitová has won the Olympic bronze medal in women's tennis at the Olympic Games in Rio. The two-time Wimbledon champion beat American Madison Keys 7:5, 2:6, 6:2 on Saturday running away with the third set after dropping the last four games of the second. Kvitová, who had not been beyond the quarterfinals of a major tournament since her second Wimbledon win in 2014, said having a medal from the Olympics is one of the best things that has happened in her career.
Foreign mafia groups in the Czech Republic last year continued in their attempts to infiltrate state and public administration and the judiciary, according to an Interior Ministry report, that will be debated in the parliament in the coming weeks. Apart from corrupting lower-level officials, customs officials and policemen, they were also trying to influence legislation processes on a regional as well as government and parliamentary level, suggests the report. The most active gangs involved in this kind of corruption are from the Russian-speaking countries and Asia. The report also points to a increased criminal activity of Balkan gangs.
Czech long-distance swimmer Abhejali Bernardová has crossed the Tsugaru Strait, becoming the first Czech and the seventh woman ever to cover the channel located between the largest Japanese islands Honshu and Hokkaido. The 39-year-old swimmer covered the distance of 30 kilometres in a time of 11:07:58, battling strong under-currents. Bernadrová wants to complete the so-called Ocean’s Seven, a series of long-distance open-water swims. She has already crossed the English Channel, the Catalina Channel and the Strait of Gibraltar.
Czech rower Ondřej Synek secured the Czech Republic’s third medal at the Olympic Games in Rio on Saturday. The Czech competitor took the bronze medal in the men’s single sculls 200m event. Olympic Champion Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand took gold with a time of 6:41:34. Croatia’s Martin Damir crossed the line in the same time, but officials called the race for Drysdale after studying a photo of the finish. Synek received silver in the same discipline in London and Beijing.
Tropical weather is unlikely to return to the Czech Republic this summer. In the next four weeks, Czechs can expect average temperatures for the time of year, according to a regular monthly forecast, issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute on Saturday. Next week should be the warmest of the four-week period, with temperatures reaching up to 27 degrees Celsius. In the following three weeks, temperatures are expected to hover around 21 degrees Celsius. Rainfall should also be average for the month of August.
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