The Social Democrats Kateřina Valachová, who was due to step down on Saturday, will remain Czech minister of education, youth and sports for now, Czech Radio reported. President Miloš Zeman had given her until June 10 to reconsider her decision to resign following the charging of her deputy with large-scale corruption. Though she has not changed her mind, the president is set to go on a regional tour on Sunday and will not officially accept her resignation until he returns on Wednesday. She will be replaced by Stanislav Štech, who has hitherto been a deputy education minister.
The Czech Republic should continue to enjoy warm weather in the coming weeks but the start of July will see cooler than average weather for the time of year, according to a regularly monthly forecast issued on Saturday by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute. From now until the end of June, daytime highs should reach up to 25 degrees Celsius, though forecasters say warmer weather is also a possibility. However, the start of the school holidays next month is likely to be accompanied by lower temperatures and higher than average rainfall.
Hundreds of people attended events in Lidice on Saturday marking the 75th anniversary of the village’s destruction and the 70th anniversary of its rebuilding. The Nazis razed the small Central Bohemian village to the ground and killed over 300 of its inhabitants on June 10, 1942 in one of the worst atrocities in the country’s modern history. Among those who took part in a commemoration ceremony in Lidice on Saturday morning were the bishop of Plzeň, Tomáš Holub, the minister of culture, Daniel Herman, the chairman of the Union of Freedom Fighters, Jaroslav Vodička, and the deputy speaker of the Senate, Miluše Horská. The traditional Light for Lidice gathering of children’s choirs took place in the afternoon.
The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, has opened the country’s pavilion at the Expo 2017 in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The pavilion at the world’s fair is showing Czech inventions related to the event’s central themes, energy of the future and the reduction of harmful emissions. Mr. Zeman thanked former industry minister Jan Mládek for getting behind Czech participation in the Expo, which will cost around CZK 90 million. The fair was officially opened on Friday evening and is set to continue until September 10.
There are around 68,500 homeless people in the Czech Republic, according to a report that the government is due to discuss on Wednesday, the Czech News Agency reported. Another almost 120,000 adults and children live in unstable or unsuitable accommodation, the study says. Just under a quarter of the country’s homeless are women, almost 12 percent are under 18 and over 10 percent are aged 65 or more. Debt, alcohol addiction and unemployment are cited as the main causes of homelessness.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka is set to meet his counterpart, Shinzo Abe, during a five-day visit to Japan at the end of June, the Czech news Agency reported. Mr. Sobotka will also meet the speaker of the lower house of the Japanese Parliament, Tamadori Oshima, and Crown Prince Naruhito. He will be accompanied by a delegation that includes other members of the Czech cabinet and business people on a trip marking the 60th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic ties between the two states.
Czech player Lucie Šafářová and he tennis partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US defeated Taiwanese-Swiss doubles partners Chang Yung-Jan and Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-2 in the women's doubles semifinal at the French Open on Friday. They will face Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua of Australia in the championship match. Earlier, the other finalists defeated the Czech duo of Lucie Hradecká/Kateřina Siniaková in the other semi.
More than 1,500 houses of worship will open their doors to the public across the Czech Republic on Friday night for the annual Night of Open Churches. Visitors will be able to view church interiors that are normally off-limits and attend concerts, exhibitions and other programmes. This year, one of the highlights will be a candlelight pilgrimage across Prague’s Charles Bridge from the Church of St. Thomas in Malá strana to St. Salvador Church across the Vltava River.
Some 20 employees for logistics company Loxxess in Bor in the Tachov area suffered poisoning after a transport truck engine was turned on in a closed area. The number of people poisoned is expected to rise; all of the people affected were fully conscious and none of the cases was life-threatening, fire fighters confirmed.
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