A visit by Czech President Miloš Zeman to the White House has been postponed, the freshly appointed Czech ambassador to Washington, Hynek Kmoníček, told Czech Television on Tuesday. Mr. Zeman and President Donald Trump spoke by telephone shortly after the latter’s election win and the Czech head of state said Mr. Trump had invited him to visit Washington in April. Mr. Kmoníček said Mr. Trump’s agenda was currently dominated by the “North Korea crisis” and that talks on a visit by Mr. Zeman later in the year were ongoing. President Zeman was one of the few European leaders to publicly support Mr. Trump when he was campaigning for the White House.
A team of scientists at the Technical University of Ostrava is capable of producing the strongest titanium alloy in the world, a member of the team, Radim Kocich, told journalists on Tuesday. The material is biocompatible so can be implanted in the human body. The scientists have been working on the development of biocompatible materials for three years with American colleague Terry C. Lowe and the discovery will be patented in the US.
A Prague court has acquitted a man accused of throwing two eggs at President Miloš Zeman. Jindřich Frühauf, who is 63, had been charged with hurling the eggs during a demonstration against the head of state when he appeared at a public event on November 17, 2014. Judges said on Tuesday that there was no evidence to support the charge. Mr. Frühauf told the court he had been disgusted by the hysteria surrounding the matter; he said he felt like he was in Belarus, Russia or China rather than in the Czech Republic in the 21st century.
ANO chief Andrej Babiš says he is likely to head the party’s ticket in Central Bohemia in general elections in October. He made the comment in an interview with the news site Novinky.cz. The billionaire finance minister had previously said he would take the last spot on ANO’s candidates list in the constituency in order to test voters’ faith. An opinion poll released on Monday put ANO on 33.5 percent, with more than double the support of the second-placed Social Democrats, their current coalition partners.
An exhibition of work by the German artist Gerhard Richter is set to begin at the Czech National Gallery’s Kinský Palace on Wednesday. Featuring more than 50 pieces spanning six decades, it is the first retrospective of Richter’s work ever held in Central Europe, organisers said. Richter is one of the most expensive contemporary artists and the National Gallery has never previously insured an exhibition of such value, director Jiří Fajt told journalists on Tuesday. The exhibition runs until September 3.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will this year present its Crystal Globe award for outstanding contribution to world cinema to UK director Ken Loach and his regular screenwriter Paul Laverty, organisers said on Tuesday. The pair’s most recent success was I, Daniel Blake, which won at Cannes last year. The festival will also present a newly restored version of The Shop on Main Street by Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos, which was the first Czechoslovak film to win an Oscar, and pay tribute to screenwriter and director Jiří Brdečka, co-writer of Lemonade Joe. The 52nd edition of the Karlovy Vary festival begins on June 30.
Special provisions introduced to combat bird flu in the Czech Republic have evidently been brought to an end after veterinarians abolished the last remaining protection zone at Poseč in the Karlovy Vary region, Czech Television reported on Tuesday. Since the start of the year vets have put down around 100,000 birds over fears of possible infection. Outbreaks of avian flu began in the Czech Republic almost five months ago.
The Czech Olympic Committee (COV) changed its logo today in compliance with new international requirements, and the new logo still contains a Czech flag and the Olympic rings, but no longer the motif of lime tree leaves. "It is not our initiative, but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) toughened conditions for the use of the rings and most national Olympic committees were forced to adjust their logos," COV chairman Jiří Kejval explained at the COV plenary session.
Agriculture Minister Marian Jurecka announced that the new head of the new head of the state-owned brewery Budějovický Budvar will be Petr Dvořák, until now the global brand director at rival brewery Pilsner Urquell (Plzeňský). As of May 1 he will replace the long-time director Jiří Boček, who led Budvar since 1991 but stepped down at the start of the year because of health issues. Budvar's economic director Petr Žáček has been leading the firm since Boček stepped down. Budvar is the fourth largest brewer in the Czech Republic and exports to over 75 countries.
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