Several firefighter units are trying to extinguish a blaze that has broken
out at a waste sorting facility in Kutná Hora, just 50 kilometers out of
Prague. The fire has already spread to a nearby field.
A third degree fire-alert is in place, a spokesman for the fire service Jaroslav Gabriel told the Czech News Agency. Several firefighters, who are trying to prevent the blaze from spreading to a nearby hall, have collapsed as a result of the intense heat.
The number of Russian nationals living in the Czech Republic keeps
increasing, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday, citing data released
by the Ministry of Interior. There are currently 37,000 Russians
permanently residing in the country, compared to 23,300 ten years ago.
Russians are currently the fourth biggest group of foreigners with long term residency in the Czech Republic, making up seven percent of all foreign residents. According to a recent poll carried out by CVVM agency, focusing on Czechs’ perception of foreign nationalities living in the country, around one third of respondents said they disliked Russians.
August 11 proved to be the most tragic day on Czech roads so far this year. A total of six people, four of them motorcyclists, lost their lives in traffic accidents, on Saturday, the Czech News Agency has reported. The number of motorcycle fatalities in the Czech Republic ranks among the worst in Europe and the number of accidents traditionally increases during the summer months.
Czech runner Eva Vrabcová Nývltová has won the bronze medal in the women's marathon at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin. The former nordic skier covered the race in a time of 2:26:31, setting a new Czech record and winning the first-ever marathon medal in the country's history. The race was won by Volha Mazuronak of Belarus.
Czech road cycling racer Roman Kreuziger has signed a two-year contract
with South Africa’s Dimension Data Team from Australia’s
“Joining Team Dimension Data provides a new motivation for me, a fresh start in some ways," he said, adding that he was entering into the prime of his career. Kreuziger, who is 32, has finished repeatedly in the top 10 in the Tour-de-France.
The current heatwave is likely to continue in the Czech Republic until the
end of summer holidays, with temperatures of above 30 degrees Celsius
expected to return next week.
According to a long-term forecast from the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute, above average temperatures will stay until the end of August, while rainfall levels will remain below average for the time of year.
The Czech Republic, like the rest of the continent, is facing one of the most severe droughts in its history, which has had a dramatic impact on farming and agriculture.
More than 50 Jewish monuments around the country will open to the public
free of charge on Sunday as part of this year’s Day of Jewish
Monuments. Visitors will be able to see synagogues, Jewish cemeteries and
other buildings, some of which are normally not accessible. The event,
organized by the Jewish community in Prague in cooperation with the
Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic, is held for the
Some 200 synagogues and 370 Jewish cemeteries have been preserved to this day in the Czech Republic. Around 70 synagogues were destroyed in the country during the Second World War and another 105 were demolished under the post-war Communist regime. by the end of the War.
The eight Prague Pride festival of LGBT culture culminated on Saturday with
a traditional parade through the city centre. An estimated 40,000 people
took part in the procession, which set off from Wenceslas Square and ended
at Prague’s Letná plain, where a concert is held.
The main focus of this year’s LGBT festival was on a bill, due to be debated in Parliament in the autumn, that would allow gays and lesbians to enter into regular marriages, which would give them the same rights as heterosexuals. At present they can only enter into so-called registered partnerships.