Presidents of the Visegrad group states – the Czech Republic, Hungary,
Poland and Slovakia are holding a summit in the High Tatras in Slovakia.
Among the topics on the two-day V 4 summit will be the future of the EU, the European social agenda, ageing of the population and issues concerning the Roma minority.
Czech football player Filip Firbacher has been included among 60 of the
best young talents in world football born in 2001 by the British daily
The 16-year-old player from Hradec Králové made his debut for the Czech Under-17s when he was 15. He is playing in the Czech Under-19 league and scored 11 goals last season.
According to the Guardian, Firbacher is the most talented centre-forward in the Czech Republic and is reportedly eyed by the Southampton scouts.
Police in Ostrava have warned against a new type of synthetically made
marihuana that has appeared on the black market in the city.
The dangerous substance first appeared among drug users in the Moravian-Silesian region in September. So far, 23 people have been treated for intoxication after taking the drug and one person died as a result of combining the drug with alcohol.
Police have warned there could be thousands of doses of the synthetic drug among addicts. Six people have been charged in connection with the case.
A total of 410 people died on Czech roads in the first nine months of 2018,
which is 43 more than in the same period last year, the head of the
country’s traffic police, Tomáš Lerch, announced at a press conference
Most people died in head-on collisions or in accidents caused by speeding. On the other hand, the number of alcohol-related accidents has dropped to 21, which is 13 fewer than in the previous year.
The Pirate Party, the civic movement Praha Sobě and the Allied Forces for
Prague (comprising of TOP09, Christian Democrats and STAN) have agreed on
the reconstruction of Libeň bridge over the Vltava River. The possible
coalition partners at Prague City Hall entered into talks on forming a
municipal coalition in Prague on Wednesday. The first meetings focused on
transport, including the development on the new D metro line, parking in
the city and the reconstruction of Libeň Bridge, a 1928 historical
construction with Cubist elements.
Earlier this year, the City Council executive committee backed the demolition of the bridge, but the decision met with protests from conservationists and other experts.
Negotiations over the formation of a municipal coalition at Prague City Hall will continue in the following day.
The annual Signal festival of light gets underway in Prague on Thursday
night. Over the next four days, the festival will offer site-specific
installations, video mapping on historical buildings and other events
around the city.
The common theme of the festival’s sixth edition will be the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. Around half a million people are expected to attend.
The festival will be launched on Prague’s Karlín Square with a video mapping show by French visual artist Romain Tardy.
Czech-based regional used car dealer AAA Auto, which has been mentioned as
a possible IPO candidate in Prague, plans to expand in its Polish
operations next year and return to the Romanian market in 2020. The company
left both markets in 2009 due to the global financial crisis.
AAA Auto is among the largest dealers of used cars in Central and Eastern Europe in terms of the number of cars sold. It has more than 40 branches in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary.
Since the new gambling law went into effect in 2017, the Finance Ministry
has imposed fines against online operators totalling 455 million crowns but
collected only a fraction of that amount – just 240,000 crowns – the
daily E15 reports.
In most cases, sanctions were imposed for operating a site without authorisation. According to the NMS monitoring centre for drugs and dependences, more than 500,000 people in the CR have a gambling problem.
The Czech Philharmonic will open its 123rd season on Wednesday with a
concert at the Prague Rudolfinum, under new chief conductor and music
director of Semjon Byčkov. Under the direction of Lukáš Vasilka, the
Prague Philharmonic Choir will also take part.
Among the highlights of the upcoming season are concerts by Simona Rattla, Franz Welser-Mösta, Giovanni Antonini and Christophe Eschenbach as well as the programmes of the main guest conductors Jakub Hrůša and Tomáš Netopil.
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