New versions of the Czech national anthem got their first public airing on
Wednesday in the building of the Czech Radio in Prague. The new
arrangements were created by composer Miloš Bok at the initiative of the
Czech Olympic Committee.
According to the initiators, the Czech national anthem, which was composed by František Škroup in 1834, should sound more dignified and patriotic. The four different arrangements of the anthem, entitled Kde domov můj? or Where is My Home? were recorded last December by the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
Over 20 percent of bridges on the country’s second and third-class roads
are in poor condition, according to data released by the Czech Chamber of
Construction Engineers and Technicians (CKAIT), on Wednesday. Nearly 3,000
out of 12,579 bridges are in bad shape and over 100 of them are in
Among the main reasons behind the poor state of bridges used for traffic is pressure to lower construction costs and lack of maintenance on the part of owners. Only 1,470 bridges, which is less than 12 percent, were in a perfect state last year.
US folk singer Joan Baez is set to perform at Prague’s Congress Centre on
Wednesday evening. The event is part of what she has declared her final
tour, presenting her most recent album called Whistle Down the Wind.
Joan Baez, who is 77, has performed several times in Prague since the fall of Communism. She was a long-time friend of the late president Václav Havel, whom she first visited in 1988, and was also a vocal supporter of Czechoslovak dissidents.
High Court in Prague has confirmed a 15-year prison sentence for fugitive
Czech criminal Radovan Krejčíř. Krejčíř was sent to prison in 2015
for attempting to asset-strip the company Čepro and plotting the murder of
a customs officer. The sentence also included previous punishments for
massive tax evasion and other crimes of which he was convicted earlier.
Krejčíř was sentenced in absentia having fled the country during a police raid of his villa in 2005. He is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence for attempted murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking in South Africa.
A South African court ruled earlier this month that Krejčíř can be extradited to the Czech Republic, but the decision has not taken effect yet.
Two Prague restaurants have succeeded in holding on to their Michelin stars
in the latest edition of the Michelin Guide Main Cities of Europe, which
was released on Tuesday. La Degustation Boheme Burgeoise and Field have
retained the prestigious rating, but Alcron – which first earned a star
in 2012 – is not listed in the 2018 edition of the dining guide.
Alcron representatives said the restaurant would carry out changes in response to the downgrading.
The Social Democrats say they will accept Andrej Babiš as prime minister
despite him facing criminal charges of abusing EU subsidies if their party
gets the post of minister of finance or interior in a coalition with Mr.
Babiš’s ANO. Following further talks on Tuesday evening between the
parties on forming a minority government, representatives said a number of
issues remained to be resolved between them.
ANO are offering the Social Democrats four seats in cabinet but the latter are demanding five. Other sticking points include various aspects of taxation.
Winners ANO received almost 30 percent of the vote in elections in October. The Social Democrats got less than 7.7 percent and finished sixth.
There have been suggestions the two parties could create a minority government supported by the Communist Party during important votes.
If the Social Democrats insist on ANO leader Andrej Babiš not heading a
coalition of the two parties then there is no point holding talks on
forming a government, ANO’s Jaroslav Faltýnek said on Tuesday. Social
Democrats chairman Jan Hamáček said that his party wished to discuss Mr.
Babiš’s remaining in government as they have issues with the fact he is
facing criminal charges of abusing EU subsidies.
Mr. Faltýnek said Mr. Babiš was ANO’s only candidate for prime minister. The winning party received almost 30 percent of the vote in elections in October. The Social Democrats got less than 7.5 percent and finished sixth.
There have been suggestions the two groupings could form a minority government supported by the Communists during key votes.
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