The Czech state-owned passenger train operator České dráhy has announced
a public tender for the supply of up to50 electric trains for regional
transport, the company announced in a press release on Wednesday.
The value of the tender is expected to reach over six billion crowns. The tender is expected to give the company a better chance of winning regional train contracts when the existing contracts expire at the end of 2019.
České Dráhy operates over 7,000 trains a day on average. Last year they transported nearly 175 million passengers.
In tennis, Petra Kvitová has advanced to the quarter-finals of this
year’s biggest tennis tournament in Prague, the J&T Banka Prague
Open. Kvitová eased past Russia’s Natalia Vikhlyantseva 6:3, 6:1. She
will next face the winner of the match between Kateřina Siniakova and
Kvitová, who is currently placed ninth in the WTA rankings, last played in a Czech tournament seven years ago.
People have paid their last respects on Wednesday to the late writer,
translator and lyricist Pavel Šrut who died last week at the age of 78.
Mr Šrut was one of the Czech Republic’s most respected authors of poetry
and books for children. His popular trilogy Lichožrouti or Oddsockeaters
won him the Magnesia Litera Award for literature.
Apart from his work for children, he was also a translator from English and Spanish. His translations include books of Robert Graves, D.H Lawrence and John Updike.
He also authored lyrics to many songs, including hits sung by Michal Prokop, Vladimír Mišík and Petr Skoumal.
The number of long-term unemployed in the Czech Republic has continued to
go down, according to data released by the Czech Statistical Office on
The number of Czechs who have been unemployed for more than a year has dropped over the past year by 7.8 percentage points to 31.4 percent (of the total number of unemployed). It is one of the lowest figures in the EU, with the exception of Scandinavia and the UK.
The number of unemployed between the ages of 15 to 24 stands at 6.3 percent, which puts the Czech Republic in second spot in Europe, right behind Germany.
German club Eisbären Berlin are hoping to land Czech hockey star Jaromír
Jágr, the Czech News Agency reported on Wednesday, citing the German
newspaper Berliner Zeitung.
The 46-year-old forward and the second most productive player in the
history of the NHL joined his hometown club Kladno from Calgary at the end
of January this year.
His name has also appeared among the 16 players listed on Kladno’s roster for the 2018–2019 season, which was published on the club’s website.
Several German newspapers reported earlier that the Berlin club’s management was already in contact with Jágr before the playoffs.
A new festival dedicated to television series begins in Brno on Wednesday.
The first edition of Serial Killer will screen noteworthy shows produced
for TV and internet distribution at a number of cinemas in the Moravian
capital and will get underway with the first two episodes of the
Czech-produced series Most!
Festival organiser Kamila Zlatušková, formerly a well-known Czech Television producers, says Serial Killer aims to support original work and new formats. The event will come to a close on Saturday.
ANO’s national committee has backed further negotiations with the Social
Democrats on forming a coalition government, the party’s deputy leader,
Jaroslav Faltýnek, said on Tuesday evening. Mr. Faltýnek said a deal on a
minority coalition, which would be supported by the Communists, should be
ready by the end of the week.
The Social Democrats are pushing for a proviso under which ANO chief and acting PM Andrej Babiš would have to step down if found guilty of abusing EU subsidies. They also want to see the position of Freedom and Direct Democracy on lower house committees weakened. However, ANO have as yet been unwilling to accede to these demands.
ANO and the Social Democrats appeared on the verge of striking a coalition deal previously only for negotiations to collapse.
Political parties and other groups held events in Prague and elsewhere in
the Czech Republic on Tuesday marking May Day, which is a holiday. The
Communist Party had a gathering at the capital’s Výstaviště, the
Social Democrats were on Střelecký ostrov, ANO were at Ladronka and the
Civic Democrats were on Petřín hill.
Anarchists organised a gathering in Prague while the far-right Workers Party of Social Justice and other groups came together in Plzeň.
In the Czech Republic May 1 is also considered a day of lovers and homosexual rights group We Are Fair created a huge cake in Prague in support of marriage equality.