The respected Czech art restorer Karel Stretti has died at the age of 74,
the ctk news agency reported. Karel Stretti was the country’s leading
restorer of paintings and helped to preserve numerous art treasures both
here and abroad.
He was also a respected pedagogue at the Prague Academy of Arts. Stretti was of Italian descent and came from a long line of painters and graphics.
The expulsion of Russian diplomats would be an adequate reaction to the
poisoning of a Russian double agent in Britain and a minimal show of
solidarity with the country, according to the Czech Ambassador to the US
In a debate on Czech Television Ambassador Kmoníček pointed out that the fact that a Russian double agent had been killed in Britain, when there were Russian double agents in other parts of the world, such as the US or Israel, suggested that Russia considered Britain to be a weak link in defence, which was something that the EU should stand up against. Prime
Minister Andrej Babiš, who said on Friday that the Czech Republic was likely to expel a number of Russian diplomats over the incident, is to discuss the matter with Foreign Minister Martin Stropnicky and other cabinet ministers on Monday.
The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan is due to arrive
in Prague for a two-day private visit.
On Monday he is due to meet for talks with Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and on Tuesday he will address a special session of the lower house before attending a conference on Czech-US relations in the Senate. He will also present an address at Charles University.
The Speaker of the US House is the highest US top official to visit the Czech Republic in nine years.
Christians in the Czech Republic joined millions around the world in
celebrating Palm Sunday.
Believers joined a procession re-enacted the entry of Christ into Jerusalem in which they carried branches and sang the Hosanna going from the Church of St. Jiri to St. Vitus Cathedral.
The procession was followed by a mass celebrated by the Archbishop of Prague, Cardinal Dominik Duka.
The celebrations will culminate with a concert by the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra.
EU Commissioner for Justice and Consumer Protection Věra Jourová has
asked Facebook to provide more information about the Cambridge Analytica
data sharing scandal, particularly, the number of European consumers whose
data were misused. The Czech Euro commissioner told the German daily Bild
she had expressed grave concern over the situation.
The London-based data analytics firm is reported to have misused data from as many as 50 million users worldwide. Jourová said earlier that the Facebook scandal was not just about data protection breaches, but about a threat to democracy."
The Czech Actors' Association presented the prestigious annual Thalia
Awards at Prague’s National Theatre on Saturday night. The awards are
given in recognition of exceptional performances in the fields of drama,
opera and ballet as well as for lifetime achievement.
Tereza Dočkalová and Daniel Bambas picked up the main prizes in the drama category, the former for her lead role in Ibsen’s Nora, the latter for his performance in the play Beauty. Maida Hundelingová won in the opera category.
Lifetime achievement awards were handed out to actor Petr Kostka, puppeteer Bohuslav Šulc and the founder of the Prague Black Light Theatre Jiří Srnec, among others.
War veteran Colonel Josef Holy has died at the age of 99. Holy fought in
the Eastern front in WWII and was later taken into German captivity.
After being released he joined a resistance group composed of Volhynian Czechs and volunteered for the newly formed 1st Czechoslovak army corps. He fought in the battle for the Dukla pass, where he was hit in the head by a shrapnel.
After the war he was a member of the anti-communist resistance for which he was sentenced to 18 months in jail and later only allowed to do menial labour. Holy was rehabilitated after 1989 and received the Memory of the Nation Award.
The Ostrava internal police is investigating a case of suspected breach of
ethics on the part of three officers who posed for a picture with Jiří
Kajínek, who was convicted of serial contract murder and released on a
presidential pardon last year, after serving 23 years of his life sentence.
The officers were on duty and wearing uniforms at the time. The photo appeared on social networks where it caused considerable controversy. Interior Minister Lubomír Metnar denounced the officers‘ behaviour saying it was in very bad taste.
Kajinek became something of a celebrity after escaping from the country’s maximum security prison several years ago.