Temperatures dropped to record lows in some parts of the Czech Republic in the early hours of Tuesday. The lowest temperature, minus 7.8 degrees Celsius, was recorded at Luční Bouda in the Krkonoše mountains in north Bohemia. Freezing temperatures were also registered corded in the Šumava mountains in the south west of the country. Records were broken at 30 stations in operation for 30 years or more.
US Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson arrived at Karlovy Vary
International Film Festival on Tuesday. Mr. Levinson, who won the Academy
Award for best director for Rain Man in 1989, is set receive the Crystal
Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema.
Rain Man and Levinson’s 1998 political satire Wag the Dog will both screen at the festival, with introductions from the director.
Some 60,000 bikers are expected to take part in the Harley-Davidson
celebrations due to start in Prague on Thursday. The gathering, marking the
115th anniversary of the legendary US company, will take place at the
city’s Výstaviště exhibition grounds until July 8.
The annual event will include a traditional Bikers’ Parade through the centre of the city on Saturday. Dozens of roads will be closed for traffic and several trams lines will be rerouted because of the ride.
The Czech state-owned passenger train operator České dráhy has signed a contract with Siemens-Škoda Transportation to supply 50 passenger cars to operate on long-distance lines. The contract is valued at nearly three billion crowns. The first 200 km/h coaches should be delivered by 2021, the operator announced on Tuesday, adding that the purchase of new passenger cars should improve the company’s competitiveness in interstate transport services.
An exhibition entitled “Masaryk in the Holy Land” opens in Israel’s
Parliament on Tuesday on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the
foundation of Czechoslovakia. The event will be opened by Senate chairman
Milan Štěch and several other Czech senators, who are visiting Israel
The exhibition recalls the contribution of the country’s first president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, and his son, Jan, who later became foreign minister, to the creation of the state of Israel. It will run in the Knesset until the end of this year.
Four Czech players have advanced to the second round of the women’s
singles at Wimbledon, including seventh seeded Karolína Plíšková, who
defeated Britain’s Harriet Dart 7:6, 2:6 and 6:1. Other Czechs to secure
spot in the Grand Slam’s second round are Barbora Strýcová, Lucie
Šafářová and Kateřina Siniaková.
Two –time Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitová win enter the tournament on Tuesday in a match against Aliksandra Sasnovich of Belarus.
An inspection conducted by the Czech Trade Inspection Office at the end of
the school year has found that the majority of stores violated the law by
selling alcohol to minors.
Inspectors say 60 percent of the stores they checked sold youngsters under-18 alcohol without requesting an ID. The worst situation was in the Olomouc and Moravian regions where teenagers were 100 percent successful in buying alcoholic beverages in all the stores they were sent to.
Stores caught selling alcohol to minors can be fined up to one million crowns.
The legendary rock band The Rolling Stones will perform at Prague’s
Prague’s Letňany Airport on Wednesday, July 4. It is the band’s fifth
concert in Prague.
They made their first appearance in the Czech capital in 1990 when they performed at the invitation of President Václav Havel in what was a symbolic celebration of the country’s newfound freedom.
The concert, at Prague’s Letňany airport, is part of the European leg of the band’s No Filter tour.