Slavia Prague seals cooperation with oldest Chinese football club
In football, Czech top club Slavia Prague has moved to deepen its
cooperation with the game in China.
It has signed a strategic cooperation deal with the oldest Chinese club, Beijing Sinobo Guoan, which plays in the country’s top league. The cooperation covers top professional and youth football.
Beijing Sinobo Guoan was founded in 1951 and was 9th in the league last year. Slavia is owned by Chinese company CEFC. A delegation from the Chinese club have been on a visit to Prague.
News agency Bloomberg has said that the Czech capital Prague could be a
location for the meeting between US president Donald Trump and North Korean
leader Kim Jong Un.
Bloomberg included Prague in a list of nine possible locations. It added that Kim’s uncle is ambassador in the country. Other locations included Oslo, Helsinki, Stockholm, Geneva, Warsaw, Ulaanbaatar, Bankok, and Singapore.
The meeting should take place in early June or before according to the US president.
Czech Cardinal Dominik Duka has condemned a theatre festival in the Czech
second city, Brno, from featuring the play ‘Our Violence, Your
Violence.’ And as a result the church has said it will not take part in
events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the creation of
In his letter on behalf of other bishops, Duka said the play was a sell out of Christianity and its ideals and an insult to all Czechs and Christians as well as Muslims.
The church says the play, by director Oliver Frljic, involves a scene where Jesus Christ rapes a Muslim woman. The theatre festival has resisted demands the play be withdrawn from the programme.
The Finále Plzeň film festival, devoted to Czech and Slovak film
production, gets underway on Thursday in the west Bohemian town.
The 31st edition of the festival will offer 135 screenings. Fifty-one films will be competing for the main prize, the Golden Kingfisher, in five different categories. The festival will continue until April 24.
A new statue depicting Saint Vojtěch and fellow saints is set to be
unveiled at St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague on Thursday evening. The ceremony
will take place at the same time as the remains of exiled Czech Cardinal
Josef Beran are taken out of the crypt of St Peter's Basilica in the
Cardinal Josef Beran, a symbol of resistance to the communist regime, was
exiled to Rome in 1965, where he died four years later. He was buried in
the Vatican because the communist authorities did not approve the return of
his body to his homeland.
The Cardinal’s remains will be flown to the Czech Republic on Friday and will be buried in Prague’s St. Vitus Cathedral the next day. The idea for the statue to be placed in the cathedral emerged during the time when Cardinal Beran was still Archbishop of Prague and Primate of Czechoslovakia.
Construction of a new concert hall in Brno is scheduled to start in mid-
2019, Brno City Hall deputy Matěj Hollan said on Wednesday.
The Janáček Cultural Centre will serve as the headquarters for the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra and will accommodate 1,200 visitors. The hall, which is expected to cost 1.3 billion crowns, should be completed by 2021.
Lawmakers in the Chamber of Deputies elected ANO Party MP Jiří Mašek to
head the standing parliamentary commission overseeing the police general
Mr Mašek’s election was criticised by the opposition parties, who say the Prime Minister and ANO party leader Andrej Babiš tries to gain control over the country’s security corps.
The previous head of the commission Zdeněk Ondráček, a former riot police officer who beat pro-democracy demonstrators in Czechoslovakia in 1989, stepped down following demonstrations across the Czech Republic and a motion for his removal.
President Miloš Zeman met with the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic
Stephen King at Prague Castle on Wednesday. According to the president’s
spokesman, Jiří Ovčáček, the talks focused on bilateral relations and
international developments, as well as the 100th anniversary of the
foundation of Czechoslovakia.
Ambassador King, who replaced Andrew Schapiro in the post, handed his credentials to President Zeman last December.
President Zeman’s relations with the previous ambassador were strained after Andrew Schapiro expressed reservations about Zeman's presence at the Victory celebration in Moscow in 2015 in spite of most European leaders' decision to shun the event due to the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
The Constitutional Court has called for minor modifications to the
anti-smoking law introduced in the Czech Republic in June 2016.
The court scrapped a provision banning the sale of alcohol to those who might likely injure themselves and the sale of alcohol and tobacco at events aimed at children.
The main aspects of the ban remain in force, including a total ban on smoking in restaurants and other public places. The court was called to deal with the matter by a group of senators, led by Marek Benda of the Civic Democrats.
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