Renovation work on Prague’s Negrelli viaduct will take longer than
planned. Some of the arches in the historical structure, which serves as a
rail bridge across the Vltava, are in a worse state than originally
believed, representatives of the Railway Infrastructure Administration told
Czech Television on Thursday.
Trains ceased using the structure, which dates back to 1850, in July last year. They were due to return in September 2019 but it now appears that April 2020 is a more likely date.
The former Czech football international Tomáš Řepka has been jailed for
six months. The Municipal Court in Brno on Thursday found Řepka guilty of
advertising sexual services on the internet in the name of his ex-wife
Vlaďka Erbová. The 44-year-old’s current partner Kateřina Kristelová
has been fined CZK 50,000 for her part in posting the first of three online
ads under the guise of being Ms. Erbová. The classifieds were accompanied
by the victim’s phone number.
Řepka earned 45 caps for the Czech Republic and played for a number of clubs, including Italy’s Fiorentina and the English Premier League side West Ham United.
The Czech women’s tennis number one, Petra Kvitová, has reached the
quarter-finals of the Connecticut Open in New Haven. Kvitová advanced
after overcoming qualifier Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 6-1 5-7 6-2.
The world number five’s next opponent will be Spain’s Carla Suarez, who earlier overcame the Czech Republic’s Barbora Strýcová. Kvitová is seeded third in the Connecticut Open, a competition she has won three times.
Boat traffic on the Baťa Canal in Moravia has been curtailed after a
marked fall in the level of the waterway. This follows an intense drought
and a falling of the water level in the adjacent Morava River. Only boats
whose submersion does not exceed 60 centimetres are now allowed on the
Baťa Canal, operators said in a statement on Thursday.
It is the first time such restrictions have been imposed on the waterway, which was opened in 1938. They are set to remain in place until September 2.
President Miloš Zeman says he will bestow the highest state honour in
memoriam on interwar politician Antonín Švehla on October 28, the
centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. Speaking at an agricultural
trade fair in České Budějovice on Thursday, Mr. Zeman said he wished to
honour Švehla as the founder of the Agrarian Party and a supporter of
In an address, the president also said he would support projects of all sizes aimed at combating drought, including a canal linking the Danube, Odra and Labe (Elbe) rivers, which he has long backed.
Antonín Švehla was prime minister of Czechoslovakia for six years during the First Republic and headed the Agrarian Party from 1909 to his death in 1933.
Škoda Auto will present its Kodiaq RS sports utility vehicle at the Paris
Motor Show in October, powered by the strongest diesel engine in the
history of the brand, a two-litre TDI with a two-turbine.
German parent company Volkswagen has used the four-cylinder biturbo, but it’s a first for the Czech carmaker. Škoda has also announced its smaller Fabia and Rapid diesel models will be phased out, with new models featuring CNG engines.
The 23rd International Bagpipe Festival opens in the south Bohemian town of
Strakonice on Thursday with a concert of Czech and foreign soloists
accompanied by the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra.
Over four days, some 1,200 musicians and 40 ensembles from 17 countries will perform, in many cases winding their way through the city centre in processions.
The bi-annual festival has been going strong now for over 50 years and in 2016 attracted some 20,000 visitors. Apart from bagpipe performances, the programme this year includes an open-air cinema, exhibitions and an ongoing fair at Strakonice castle, and open doors at the local brewery.
Most Czechs distrust their partner’s ability to manage money properly,
according to a new poll by the Poštovní spořitelna savings bank, which
surveyed 1,500 respondents. They are also reluctant to lend their partners
Some 19 per cent of women polled blame their partners for spending too much on cigarettes, while 15 per cent of men think women squander money on clothes.
But around one-third of respondents said they themselves spend too much on food and credit their partners with being better at saving for a rainy day.
Thursday should be partly cloudy throughout the country, with scattered showers likely in central and western Bohemia, as well as in the southcentral Vysočina region. Average highs should be between 32 and 34 degrees Celsius. The forecast is for more rain on Friday nationwide and much cooler daytime temperatures.