The 2016 Prague Pride LGBT festival culminated with a parade through the city centre on Saturday. The parade set off from Wenceslas Square and ended at Prague’s Letná park, where an estimated 40,000 people gathered. Among the biggest starts attending the sixth Prague Pride parade is Omar Sarif Jr., the grandson of the famous actor and the first person to “come out” in the Arab world. The participants also observed a minute’s silence for the victims of a recent massacre at an LGBT club in the U.S. city of Orlando. A few dozen Christian opponents of homosexuality gathered on Wenceslas Square to protest against the event.
First burčák of the season appeared on sale this week in South Moravia. The fermented young wine traditionally appears on the market several weeks into the start of the grape harvest. According to wine makers, there will be less burčák available this year due to the spring freeze damage to the harvest. This has also affected the price, which is slightly higher than in the previous year, around 70 crowns a litre.
In tennis, neither of the Czech pairings made it to the finals in the women’s doubles competition at the Olympic Games in Rio. Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká were defeated 5:7, 7:6, 6:2 by Timea Bascinszky and Martina Hingis of Switzerland, while Lucie Šafářová and Barbora Strýcová were knocked out by the Russian couple Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 7:6 and 6:4. The Czech pairings will now face each other to fight for the bronze medal.
Puerto Ricco’s Monica Puig has dashed Petra Kvitova's hopes of becoming the first ever Czech player to reach an Olympics women's singles final in Rio de Janeiro. In Friday's semi-final unseeded Puig beat 11th seeded Kvitova 6-4 1-6 6-3. Kvitova will now face either Madison Keys or Angelique Kerber in a contest for the bronze medal.
The cold spell is breaking temperature records at monitoring stations around the country, the ctk news agency reported. Ten monitoring stations reported record low temperatures for August 12th on Friday with the lowest temperature recorded in Prerov, at just 5.4 degrees Celsius. The previous record at this monitoring station was 5.8 dating back to 1908. Prague’s Klementinum, the oldest monitoring station in the country, reported the lowest temperature for August 11 since 1867 – at just ten degrees Celsius.
Volkswagen Group has moved to dispel security concerns regarding nearly a hundred million cars sold in the past twenty years, including Skodas. Researchers from Birmingham University have warned that the keyless entry security system in nearly a hundred million Volkswagen group cars is vulnerable to a simple hack that could grant entry in under a minute. A spokesperson for Volkswagen Group said on Friday that while this is the case, the procedure would not allow thieves to start the car and drive off. Among the cars that are deemed vulnerable are VW, Audi, Seat a Skoda makes sold after 1995.
South Moravia is fighting a hepatitis epidemic, with heightened sanitary measures in hospitals, institutions and public places. The health authorities report 151 cases of Hepatitis A since the beginning of the year, the highest incidence of the infectious disease in 25 years. Fifteen cases have been reported in the past week alone. 600 people were vaccinated. Heightened sanitary measures are in place in hospitals, on trams and buses, in churches and other places where people gather.
The police have shelved an investigation into an attempt to blackmail the Czech government with the threat of spreading the Ebola virus in the country if the government failed to pay the blackmailer one million euros. The incident happened in 2014 at the time of an Ebola epidemic in Africa. According to Jaroslav Ibehej, spokesperson for the National Centre for Combatting Organized Crime, the police did not find enough evidence on the case to prosecute. If the blackmailer had been charged and convicted they would have faced up to 12 years in prison.
The Czech Hygiene Office has issued a health warning regarding smoked salmon sold in the food chain Albert. In performing random tests, the food inspection authorities detected the presence of a parasite –specifically the roundworm Anisakis simplex –which may cause stomach pain and nausea in humans. The bio product by the firm Nekton is no longer on the shelves but consumers who may still have the product at home have been warned against consuming it.
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