The 73rd edition of the Prague Spring International Music Festival gets
underway on Saturday evening. The event’s traditional curtain raiser will
take place at the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House with a rendition of
Smetana’s My Country, this time performed by the Czech Philharmonic under
the baton of Tomáš Netopil. There will also be a live relay of the
concert at Prague’s Kampa.
This year’s Prague Spring will celebrate the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia with a number of works by modern Czech composers.
Social Democrat deputy leader Jaroslav Foldyna declined on Friday to
apologise to the party’s top branch for his behaviour at a gathering of
Russia’s Night Wolves bike gang in Prague on Monday.
At the event Mr Foldyna got into altercations with protesters against the nationalist bikers, who have been linked to President Vladimir Putin. Afterwards, Mr Foldyna released a video – recorded by weights in a gym – refusing to apologise and describing himself as a patriot.
Earlier on Friday, Senate chairman Milan Štech said Foldyna had no business being in the party leadership. While he declined to apologise, the deputy leader said he was sorry he had put pressure on party chairman Jan Hamáček.
Famous Czech singer Karel Gott will release a new studio album at the start
of June - his first new album since he overcame serious health problems in
Then, the singer was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma but later made a full recovery after undergoing chemotherapy and other treatment.
The record, named Ta pravá, will be a mix of both domestic and international pop classics including material by famous country singer Garth Brooks, according to reports.
When he was diagnosed and undergoing treatment, Mr Gott had put his musical career on hold indefinitely. He said now he had not really expected to record again, making his return “all the happier”.
Jindřich Vobořil is stepping down as head of the National Anti-Drug
Agency after eight years on the job, Czech daily Mladá fronta Dnes
reported on Friday.
According to the newspaper, Vobořil will leave the post at the end of July.
The paper reported he had cited personal reasons for leaving, including his family and having to commute regularly to the capital from Brno.
Before he steps down, he is to present the bureau’s strategy in the fight against addiction for the next nine-year bloc.
Prime Minister in resignation Andrej Babiš confirmed the decision was strictly the official’s own.
The leadership of ANO on Friday officially backed the policy programme and
coalition deal reached with the Social Democrats on a planned minority
The Social Democrat top leadership is expected to do the same. The latter is also holding an inner-party referendum on whether the party should join the coalition.
The details of both the program and coalition deal were agreed upon by negotiators earlier this week and are due to be published.
On Saturday, the documents will be assessed by the Communist Party, whose backing will be required by the new government in a confidence vote and on key legislation, as the coalition lacks a majority in the 200-member Chamber of Deputies.
Retired Czech football legend Pavel Nedvěd will join the ranks of small
hometown club Skalná 1.B in a match which could see up to 2,500 visitors,
far more than the 115 people who saw the team’s last outing (8:1 against
Hazlov), news site idnes.cz reported Friday.
Nedvěd was European Footballer of the Year in 2003 and is the former captain of the Czech national squad and most famously played for Juventus and Lazio before that.
He was also part of the Czech squad that finished second at Euro ’96, losing in the final to Germany.
FK Skalná head Miroslav Balej confirmed that Nedvěd had registered with the team. Also registered with the club is the player’s son, Pavel Nedvěd, jr. The match, against Královský Poříčí B, takes place on June 2.
The Czech competition office has imposed a 300,000 crown fine on the
country’s telecoms regulator, according to a report by the news server
The fine, on the state authority which among other tasks should ensure fair competition in the telecoms sector, is for failing to hold an open tender for software services. And the Czech competition office says it warned in advance that the Czech Telecommunication Office risked breaking the law.
The telecoms office can still appeal against the fine.
A motorist was killed and two others were injured in a collision on the D1
highway on Friday morning. The tragedy unfolded near Prague when the driver
of a tanker truck drove into oncoming traffic.
The person who died was in a personal vehicle; one of the people injured was hospitalized.
The crash saw massive amounts of heating fuel leak from the tanker onto the road, leading to the highway being closed in both directions.
The accident took place shortly after 8 am.
Czech police say they have shelved an investigation into a hacking attack
on the website of the national statistical office as it updated results
from parliamentary elections last October.
The attack caused the website of the Czech Statistical Office to collapse. The office said the results of counting for elections to the lower house of parliament were not affected.
Police, according to the news website of Czech Radio, were not able to identify where the attack originated. The statistical office said that it had stepped up its security measures following the attack.
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