Over 40,000 people turned out for the open day at Čáslav military airport in Central Bohemia on Saturday. The event, which takes place every two years, marked the 60th anniversary since the introduction of jet aircraft at the base. Among the highlights of the programme was the performance of the Swiss Patrouille Suisse aerobatic team flying the F-5E Tiger II fighters. It was the first performance of the team in the Czech Republic.
The Minister of Industry and Trade, Jiří Havlíček, has held discussions with Czech president Miloš Zeman and the team of his advisors. During their four-hour talks, they were discussing the law on electronic communication or the law that would enable operators to reduce the cost of deploying communication networks. The legislation is set to be to be debated by the lawmakers. Among other topics on the agenda was the operation of the Czech Export Bank and state export insurer EGAP, Mr Havlíček told journalists after the meeting on Saturday.
Over 20,500 people turned out for the 52nd march between Prague and the central Bohemian town of Prčice on Saturday. Participants can take part in 16 different walks, the longest of which is 70 kilometres log. The traditional event, which takes place on the third weekend in May, enjoyed its heyday in the 1980s when around 30,000 took part.
Several dozen people gathered on Wenceslas Square in the centre of Prague on Saturday to protest against the NATO and against the Czech Republic’s membership in the alliance. The event was organised by the Czech Peace Movement organisation in connection with the upcoming NATO summit in Brussels. Among those who attended the meeting were Communist MPs Marta Semelová and Stanislav Grospič.
Czech football player David Bystroň, who previously played defence for FC Viktoria Pilsen and Baník Ostrava, has commited suicide. The 34-year-old footballer has hanged himself in his house. It is the second Czech football player to kill himself in recent weeks. His former teammate from FC Viktoria Pilsen, František Rajtorál, committed suicide in April. In 2012, Bystroň tested positive for doping in 2012 and was banned from playing for two years. He ended his professional career two years later.
Strong storms, including heavy rain and hail, hit the western part of the Czech Republic on Friday night. In the region of Domažlice, torrential rain has swollen local rivers and flooded houses. Fire fighters also had to deal with with fallen trees, which blocked the roads and disrupted power supplies.
The Euro commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová and Vladimír Špidla, former prime minister and aide to current Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, have stressed the need for the Czech Republic to aim for integration within the core of the European Union. Both were scheduled on Friday to speak at a conference at Prague’s Charles University. Mr Špidla, who was prime minister in 2004 when the Czech Republic joined, said that without integration the EU would not be able to survive as an entity capable of influencing globalization. Mrs Jourová expressed the view that the Czech Republic would most benefit if it were a part of the ‘faster-speed Europe’ when it came to economic and security issues.
Students fared better this year with regards to mathematics in their high school leaving exams, the Education Ministry and exam organizer Cermat confirmed. According to the ministry, the number of those who succeeded in the math section rose by 1.5 percent compared to last year. Overall, 21.5 percent of students failed the section while 8.4 percent failed in the Czech language. The high school leaving exams, known as ‘maturita’ were attended by 62,000 students this year. Students prepare for weeks and months for the final exams.
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