Five Czech universities are included in the list of the best 1000 universities in the world according to the UK education specialists Quacquarelli Symonds rankings released on Thursday, but none of them is among the top 300. Prague’s Charles University finished 314th, dropping by 14 places on the previous year. The United States has the highest number of high ranking schools with Massachusetts Institute of Technology is topping the list.
The Czech Railway Infrastructure on Thursday launched an extensive reconstruction of the Negrelli viaduct in Prague, the first railway bridge to be built across the Vltava River in 1850. The speed limit on the bridge, which is part of a link from the city centre to Prague Airport, will increase from 40 to 60 kilometres an hour. The work on the bridge is expected to take three years and costs are projected at around 1,44 billion crowns.
Jan Troell, one of the most distinguished Swedish directors of the time, will be one of the guests at this years’ Summer Film School in Uherské Hradiště, the organizers of the event announced on Thursday. Among other guests will be Ingmar Bergman’s son David, who is also a director, and Swedish television producer and director Tarik Saleh. The festival will take place from July 28 to August 6. The closing film will be a preview screening of Po strništi bos or Barefoot across the Stubblefield by Jan and Zdeněk Svěrák.
The lower house of Parliament has stripped two deputies of their immunity opening the way for charges to be filed against them in connection with involvement in suspected EU fraud. The two deputies in question are Josef Novotný of the Social Democrats and Communist Party deputy Jaroslav Borka. The case relates to distribution of EU funds within the Regional Operational Program North-West. The assembly voted in accordance with the recommendation of the Immunity Committee of the lower house.
Prague Zoo has presented the winning design for the new enclosure for giant pandas. The management of Prague zoo is currently negotiating acquiring a pair of the rare mammals from China. The overall cost of the “pandárium”, which will also include a Chinese restaurant, is estimated at 200 million crowns. The zoo will also have to build a new enclosure for polar bears, who will have to make way for the pandas. If it succeeds in acquiring the giant pandas, Prague zoo is expected to see a huge surge in visitor numbers.
The number of visitors in the Czech Republic accommodated via the Airbnb room rental site reached 710,000 last year, the Czech News Agency reported on Thursday. That figure is an increase of 59 percent on the previous year. The average length of stay was three days. There are currently nearly 16,000 rooms or flats on offer in the Czech Republic, with 11,500 of them in Prague. The number of Czech tourists, who searched for accommodation abroad through Airbnb increased by 100 percent last year to 265,000.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic has gone down for the fourth consecutive month and is currently at its lowest level since May 2008. According to the latest figures from the country’s Labour Office, 4.1 percent of the potential workforce was jobless in May, down by 0.3 percentage points on the previous months. Meanwhile, the number of vacancies has been gradually increasing and currently stands at over 174,000.
In tennis, Czech Karolína Plíšková is scheduled to play in the semi-final of the French Open on Thursday with the chance of becoming the world ranked number one women’s singles player. Plíšková got through to the semi-final match, where she will face Romanian Simona Halep, by beating home favourite Caroline Garcia in straight sets 7:6, 6:4. A place in the final would be sufficient for the tournament second seed to advance to first place on the world rankings.
Czech president Miloš Zeman has said he has received a letter from US president Donald Trump apologising for the delay in their planned meeting. The Czech head of state made the announcement during an official visit to Vietnam. Zeman said new options for a meeting had been raised which included September when he is due to be in New York for a meeting of the United Nations. The meeting with Trump, whom Zeman backed during the US election campaign, was first raised after a discussion between the two presidents in November last year. It had been initially expected to take place in April.
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