Since 2012, the Czech Republic has experienced a severe drought every year,
but this summer’s could prove the worst, as the air temperature has since
April been far above average, climatologist Pavel Zahradníček told
Most rainstorms have short and local rather than nationwide. Groundwater reserves have become steadily lower in recent decades Zahradníček said with mild winters, in terms of snowfall, a contributing factor.
Czech students won three gold medals and one silver medal at the
International Chemical Olympiad to finish in fourth place overall, the
country’s best showing in history.
Some 300 participants from 76 countries to part in the event. Jan Obořil, a Brno-Bystrc grammar school student, finished in eighth place. He was previously a member of a three-person team that won the European Science Olympiad.
Many Czech universities continue to accept applicants in some fields,
particularly in technical disciplines, but also some philosophical,
theological or natural sciences, as the number of applicants has dipped in
line with demographic trends.
Charles University has registered around 60,260 students this academic year, down from 62,384 a year ago. At the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen applications were down by about 1,000 applications and the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem recorded 300 fewer applicants than last year.
A group of United Arab Emirates (UAE) medical staff has arrived at the
Central Military Hospital in Prague to study special procedures in
maintaining blood supplies also in times of emergency.
The hospital’s Department of Hematology and Blood Transfusion is a world leader in the cryopreservation of blood, erythrocytes and thrombocytes.
Bonnie Tyler sang her 1983 hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” at the
ongoing Benátská! music festival in Liberec on Friday night, against the
background of the century’s longest blood moon.
The Welsh singer’s trademark pop ballad, known as “Zatmění” in the Czech version, often surges in popularity around lunar and solar eclipses, as seen in Spotify charts and views of the official music video on YouTube.
The 62bd annual Summer School of Slavonic Studies (LŠSS) organised by
Charles University in Prague gets underway on Saturday.
Over the next four weeks, some 140 students from 40 countries will attend Czech language classes and seminars on the nation’s history, literature and traditions. They will also go on walking tours of Prague and attend various cultural events.
The head of Prague’s Na Homolce hospital Ivan Oliva has resigned from
office over irregularities uncovered by an in-depth audit into the
Health Minister Adam Vojtěch said the findings were serious and pertained to purchases and public tenders.
According to the daily Pravo the audit uncovered invalid contracts to the tune of 400 million crowns. The hospital has denied this.
The shortcomings in Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar’s university thesis
cannot be regarded as plagiarism, Ostrava University concluded after
conducting an in-depth analysis of the work. A spokesman for the university
said that while Metnar failed to include references to the sources he drew
on in his 2004 university thesis, he did include the authors and works
cited at the end of the work. Lubomír Metnar did not intentionally
plagiarize the works of others, the university concluded.
The defence minister defended his work at a press briefing in Prague on Friday afternoon, saying he had no reason to resign from office. Two ministers from this cabinet have stepped down after facing accusations of plagiarism.
Former prime ministers Bohuslav Sobotka and Jiří Rusnok, as well as
former industry minister Miroslav Grégr have been questioned by a
parliamentary committee investigating the privatization of the OKD coal
Bohuslav Sobotka was finance minister at the time of its privatization and he in particular has been a target of criticism for the controversial sell-off of state shares in the company. The company was acquired by the firm Karbon Invest in 2004 and later sold to billionaire businessman Zdeněk Bakala. It later went bankrupt.
Sobotka said the sale to Karbon Invest had been perfectly in order, adding that he was later taken aback by the re-sale of the company to Bakala.